The Global Seed Vault may seem like a failsafe for end times, but it’s actually a reminder that the world is always ending.
Keeping an Eye on Climate ChangePrivate satellite companies are providing critical information about sea-level rise and more.
The Proper Role of NASAThe space agency supports exploration. After that, private businesses should take over.
Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling MightilyIt’s the only country that regularly sends humans to orbit. But its long-term prospects don’t look great.
Why America’s Current Approach to Cybersecurity Is So DangerousIt treats users like they are the problem, when they should be part of the solution.
The Terrestrial Challenges to Nigeria’s Ambitious Space ProgramThe country had early success with satellite launches, but it’s since been thwarted.
The Corrupt Personalization of NetflixThe company embodies one of the most seductive myths of the algorithmic age.
Are You Upset About Russia Interfering With Elections?If so, you should also worry about Russia’s domestic surveillance, and internet governance policy, and more.
What Biosecurity and Cybersecurity Research Have in CommonThey have similar dangers—and similar potential benefits.
Can We Really Travel Back in Time to Change History?Theoretical physicist Paul Davies responds to Emily St. John Mandel’s short story “Mr. Thursday.”
We Need to Stop Talking About Space as a “Frontier”The language we use matters, especially when it’s deployed in the service of envisioning possible futures.
Can a Machine Predict Your Death?It’s easier than ever—but what does that mean for you and your doctor?