science
These (Real) New Moisture Harvesters Belong on Tatooine

Luke Skywalker’s home planet isn’t the only place in need of moisture farms to harvest water. Here on Earth, with our deserts and droughts, we’ve got tons of folks in need of fresh, drinkable H20. Read More >>

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Burning Man Just Bought a Permanent Outpost in the Nevada Desert

For the past few years the future of the most famous temporary city on Earth has been in limbo. The annual Burning Man festival has grown larger than its site can feasibly accommodate from an environmental perspective, causing some Burners to break off and start their own events. Now, the acquisition of property nearby might signal that Burning Man is about to put down some roots. Read More >>

environment
No, the UAE Should Not Build a Rain-Making Mountain to Fix its Water Problems

It sounds like the plot of a summer blockbuster, but the United Arab Emirates is apparently quite serious about building a mountain to increase rainfall in the region. Would it work? Probably. But instead of launching an infrastructure project where a very rich country attempts to dig its way out of a drought, the UAE needs to get serious about conserving its water. Read More >>

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Wish You Were Here? The Sahara Desert, as Seen From Space

The Sahara desert, over southeastern Algeria, sure looks unwelcoming. With humans unwilling to spend weeks surveying such a space, satellites do the job for them. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they're revealing evidence of soil degradation and overwhelming dehydration—a result of the area seeing less than 10 mm of rainfall per year. [ESA] Read More >>

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You Can Swim in a Secret Pool in the Mojave Desert, if You Can Find It

When it's hot, city dwellers begin to have a certain look of desperation: that single-minded determination to access the sweet summer relief of a pool. Well, here's a public pool that's completely free and available to use – provided you can locate the pool itself, which is somewhere in the middle of a 25,000 square-mile Southern California desert. Read More >>

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Abu Dhabi’s New Park Will Hide a 30-Acre Oasis Below Parched Desert

The United Arab Emirates has been overrun with a surge of costly and extravagant developments over the past decade including the Palm Islands and Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Now, a 125,000-square-metre park in Abu Dhabi will join them—but this isn't your average mega-development. Read More >>

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A Gigantic Walking City That Farms the Desert as it Moves

Living in the desert is no piece of cake. So to imagine a glittering city in the desert is to imagine something awesome and fantastical—and maybe a touch of crazy. Like architect Stephane Malka's, "The Green Machine," a mobile city on caterpillar treads that farms the desert as it walks. Read More >>

environment
This Is What the Hottest Place on Earth Looks Like

You're looking at a satellite image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran. If you think it looks a bit weird, that' because it is: it's widely regarded as the hottest place on Earth. Read More >>

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These Star Wars Parkour Guys Are Probably Real Life Jedis

If you dress up like a Jedi on a day that's not October 31st (even if it is October 31st, actually), you're probably going to be branded a geek. Wear that proudly! But if you dress up like a Jedi and do parkour tricks in the freaking desert, while looking like you're in a chase sequence for the next Star Wars movie, well, you're still a geek, but one everyone's envious of. Read More >>

science
Why Does the Earth Have Rain Forests and Deserts?

You'd think with all the tumultuous weather and winds the Earth experiences, the planet would be covered in a fairly even mix of green space. But it's not. Some parts are covered in fertile rain forests, while others are barren deserts. And it's all because of a weather effect known as Hadley Cells. Read More >>

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This Billboard Produces Drinkable Water Out Of Thin Air

Lima, Peru, has the unfortunate distinction of being the second largest capital in the world located in a desert. It rarely rains there, and many of the residents are forced to get their water from dirty wells. But on the flipside, the humidity also hovers around 98 percent, so the local University of Engineering and Technology designed a clever billboard that's able to harvest the moisture in the air and turn it into potable water. Read More >>