Perseverance. Plus, the most liked TikTok of 2020, cryogenic ferrets, good news on refugees in Colombia, the ozone layer, population growth in China, and a new national park in the United States.
Welcome to the
Future Crunch Newsletter
Science, technology, intelligent optimism (not necessarily in that order).
A sleuth of bears, a dance of cranes. Plus, sound-beaming, hydrogen paste, good news on a slavery ban in India, police reform in Denver, an ambitious conservation goal in the United States, and fisheries reform in Mozambique.
Peak oil, EVs, terrorism down in Pakistan, police reform in Denver, ambitious US conservation goals, fisheries reforms in Mozambique and Namibia, and dances of cranes in the UK.
Satanic Oreos. Plus, another antidote for environmental despair, transparent wood, genetic matching for couples and good news on terrorism in Pakistan, clean energy in South Australia, decriminalization in Oregon and seabirds in Namibia.
Whatever happened to fake news? Plus, photobiological art, biomimetic heat sinks, and good news on nuclear weapons, Guinea Worm, clean energy in China, and the righting of an old wrong in Montana.
A global treaty on nuclear weapons, stricter laws against female genital mutilation in Egypt, Guinea Worm eradication, funding for the Great Green Wall, clean energy in China, fisheries success in California, and the return of bison and a tiny tern.
Why the tree of life is lot messier than we think. Plus, robot ballet, the most important Bitcoin essay of 2020, and good news on solar in Vietnam, indigenous land rights in Panama and the recovery of the world's smallest tern.
Wormtongue Inc., mysterious caves, the one-minute city, and good news on clean energy in Germany, women's rights in Argentina, child marriage in the Dominican Republic and a plastic ban in Mexico City.
Why mainstream news, and not social media or Donald Trump, is the greatest threat to American democracy today.
Even during the darkest of times, there's been hope.
The internet is a buffet. Eat but do not be gluttonous. You'll get sick.
Plus, garbage language, a mind-blowing map of the Milky Way, smartphone DNA sequencers, and good news on fossil fuel divestment, e-waste, and global pneumonia and stunting rates.
Plus, a gargantuan leap for biology, Ethereum 2.0, ice dreaming, and good news on drilling in the Arctic, malaria, and cannabis declassification by the UN.
Plus, good news on drilling in the Arctic, progress on malaria, terrorism, period poverty in Scotland, child poverty in the United States, air pollution in Europe, and ocean conservation.
Plus, why your brain is not for thinking, space gnomes, 3D-bioprinted hearts, and good news on global terrorism, period poverty in Scotland, and air pollution in Europe.
Plus, time cells, bionic gloves, the best seed-saving story you'll ever hear, and good news on COVID-19 vaccines, elephantiasis, landmines in the Falklands, and a massive new reserve in the Atlantic Ocean.
A special edition with co-founders, Gus and Tane.
Plus, the First Troll President, lab-grown chicken, close-up photography, uncanny vulvas, and good news on AIDS treatments, women's rights in the Middle East and turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
How Donald Trump pioneered the never-ending fireside rant, and made sure nobody could ever look away.
There's only one story now...
Plus, the smallest boat on Earth, why China may have already peaked, digital public parks, and good news on tuberculosis, child marriage in Bangladesh and ocean conservation in Samoa.
Plus, Disney Britain, intuition pumps, zeptoseconds, and good news on global electricity access, women's rights, seagrass restoration in Virginia, and a new conservation project in Uganda.
Uncovering ancient secrets in the sky
Plus unhappy families, the world's biggest insect farm, bionic drummers and good news on lynxes, Hepatitis B, electric vehicles in Europe, and crime in the United States.
Plus rock n' roll gods, composting funerals, 3D-printed decoy turtle eggs, and good news on immigration laws in Italy, air pollution in London and conservation in Vietnam.
What does it mean to be 'normal'?
Plus, conscious crows, Curly the Robot, predatory gaming chairs, and good news on electric vehicles in California, parental leave in France and community rights in Ecuador.
Plus, terrible lizards, sunken data centres, GMO chestnut trees, and good news on peak oil, a pneumonia vaccine and fur farming in Poland.
A no-BS exploration of how to make the most of your mind.
Plus, silent owl wings, giant mech warriors, big wave surfing, and good news on global inequality, hydrofluorocarbons, air pollution in China and re-wilding in Australia
Plus, cryopreserved horses, Black Hole Lego, the opposite of cynicism, and good news on coal in Bangladesh, sleeping sickness in Togo, and turtle conservation in Myanmar
Exploring the heart of the matter, and embracing the God of the Glitch
Plus, real conspiracies, zeppelins, quantum chemistry, and good news on global AIDS deaths, refugees in Germany and ocean conservation in Belize and the Seychelles.
Plus, nano-diamond batteries, hummingbird gymnastics, and good news on Chinese fishing fleets, US immigration and afforestation in Niger.
Exploring the art of narrative thinking, and celebrating the taste of chocolate.
Plus, ekroplans, moon buggies, a love letter to amateur dancing, and good news on the global offshore wind industry, lung cancer in the United States and elephants in Kenya.
Plus, flying grain silos, moonhacks, the Planthroposcene, and good news on dementia in the US and Europe, plastic bags in the UK and childhood stunting in Senegal.
Amidst the tragedy, there is also hope
Plus, Arctic code, a new CasΦ for the CRISPR family, bird tracks in the sky, and good news on population growth, military spending, wildlife bans in Vietnam and woodland cover in the United Kingdom.
The coronavirus pandemic has set off the most devastating downturn in the industry’s 150-year history, one from which, ultimately, it may never recover.
Plus, ice craters on Mars, the best science fiction movie of the last three decades, and good news on funding for the WHO, prison rates in the US, and conservation in Pakistan.
Plus, Mayan ruins, the passion economy, and good news on global funding for vaccines, human rights in Gabon, and tree planting (again!) in Ethiopia.
Diving deep on the DNA of purpose
Plus, The Narrow Waist Of The Internet, Thomas Friedman is the worst (so are brains), and good news on FGM in Sudan, traffic deaths in the US and coal power in the UK.
Plus, hot qubits, magic mushrooms, Nicolas Jaar, and good news on coal financing in Japan, a Green New Deal in South Korea, and white-tailed eagles in Britain.
COVID-19 offers us an escape from a much bigger mess, but only if we're brave enough to try it.
How the pandemic exposes the limits of our economic and political imaginations.
Plus, the world's largest distributed supercomputer, the best business advice we've been given, and a tonne of good news from the frontlines of the global effort to beat COVID-19.
Plus, a library for press freedom in Minecraft, and good news on coal in South Korea, women's rights in Pakistan, and conservation in Afghanistan.
Plus, ground penetrating radar, Blade Runner greenhouses, lab-grown breastmilk, good news on clean energy in Turkey, foster care in the US and blue whale populations off South Georgia.
Plus, legendary astronauts, dead children in VR, genetically engineered moths and good news on EU emissions, foster care in the US, and rhino poaching in South Africa.
Plus, Kanye's Sunday Service, heartprints, AR contact lenses, the "Bohemian Rhapsody" of T-cells, and good news on Chinese birth rates, global fisheries and solar in Vietnam.
Plus, holographic popstars, cobra genomes, Blade Runner samples and good news on cholera, landmines and child marriage.
If we want to change the story of the human race in the 21st century, we have to change the stories we tell ourselves.