TAG: Population growth

The Weird World Of Cryonics


Not to be confused with ‘cryogenics’, which is the study of anything cold, cryonics is the scientific equivalent to what Han Solo went through when he was frozen in carbonite. The popular thing today among the uber wealthy and crazy DIYers, is being frozen in a mixture of chemicals with the expectation of being “re-animated” sometime in the far future. Immortality is an elusive dream, but that doesn’t stop many would-be pioneers from trying, most notably Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. So what would some of the benefits of cryonics look like, provided it actually turns out to be… read more

How Many People Can Live On Earth?


The educational Youtube channel Vsauce asked this very question a few months ago. Via a Google Plus Hangout, Micheal Stevens (the host of Vsauce) gave a live Q & A session to shed scientific light on the subject. You can watch the hangout below. Open your notebook, because this one’s chalk full of exciting facts. What did you think? Did his commentary more or less mirror your own thoughts on the discussion? Let us know in the comments below!

Three Ways To Solve The Energy Crisis

Artist's Rendering

By the year 2050, we’ll have added over 2 billion more humans to the planet’s population. This means more mouths to feed, more bodies to keep warm, and a higher strain on the global energy grid. The time to think of future-proof solutions is now, and researchers think they may have come up with a few. The first involves creating a next-generation nuclear reactor. Now, I know what you’re thinking, what with the recent Japanese Fukishima meltdown a few years ago, and Chernobyl a couple of decades earlier. However, this is a completely different scenario than the ones listed above…. read more

The Building Scraping the Sky

Dubai Tower landscape

Our population is growing at a rate of 77 million people per year, and shows no signs of slowing down. In countries like China and India,  their populated areas are full of dangerous and unsanitary housing, plumbing, rundown schools and major traffic snarls. It is clear that reformation is well overdue, and the solution may be found by reaching for the stars. The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE. Formerly known as the Dubai Tower, the Khalifa is home to approximately 30,000 people, or the population of a small city. It cost… read more