Month: March, 2020

What Happened To Airships?

Airships took over the skies and imaginations of the early 20th century. They were a symbol of technological progress and a prosperous future. And then, they vanished. What happened? And why are they possibly making a comeback?

Author David Quammen On The Current And Future Pandemics

David Quammen is the author of Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, which eerily predicted the kind of zoonotic virus outbreaks that we’re seeing right now. In this interview, we talk about his experience tracking ebola in Africa in 2007, why bats make such great hosts for viruses, and why we’ll be seeing more outbreaks like this in the future.

COVID-19 Is Just The Beginning. Here’s Why.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has officially destabilized our economy, our workplaces, and our homes. That’s the bad news. The worse news? It won’t be the last.

In today’s video I speak with bestselling author David Quammen about zoonotic viruses – viruses that jump from animals to humans. Why they’re so dangerous, why we’ve been seeing more of them in recent years, and why COVID-19 will not be the last one we’ll be dealing with.

5 Good Ideas That Went Horribly Wrong

You never know what life’s gonna throw at you. Often our best efforts and most brilliant ideas turn into hellish nightmares. From the plant that ate the south to a pill that destroyed a generation, here are 5 times that’s happened.

How To Become A Quadrillionaire

Our asteroid belt holds minerals and precious metals worth trillions, even quadrillions of dollars. So could asteroid mining create the first trillionaire? Or is the hype overblown?

There are millions of asteroids in the asteroid belt (and perhaps just as many trojan asteroids in Jupiter’s orbit), and some of them potentially contain precious metals worth more than all the money in the world. One single asteroid, 16 Psyche, is worth quintillions of dollars. But somehow early pioneers in asteroid mining like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries have struggled and gone under. How, in this new space race, with the prices of launching to space falling every year, has asteroid mining not become a thing? The answer, and the reality about asteroid mining, is more complex than we think.