Trying To Live Anywhere Outside Of Our Solar System Is Going To Be Harder Than We Can Imagine

Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best popular technology, culture and science stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week: science art, colonizing the solar system, international business, toys and CGI.

  • Maria Sibylla Merian was a naturalist in the 1600s, drawing up fantastic images that helped to inform scientists of the day. [The Atlantic]
  • Kim Stanley Robinson points out that colonizing our solar system will be difficult, but moving beyond to others will be even more difficult. [Scientific American]
  • In 2013, Target embarked on a major expansion into Canada. It was a disaster. [Canadian Business]
  • Funko’s vinyl toys have exploded in popularity. Here’s why you can find them everywhere. [Mental Floss]
  • CGI has become a mainstay for science fiction and action films in the last couple of decades. This year, a handful of major films have eased back on the computers. [New Yorker]

Image credit: NASA

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