weather
Photos of Freak Snowfall in the Sahara Look Unreal

The Algerian town of Ain Sefra is known as the Gateway to the Sahara, and it’s not the kind of place that gets associated with winter weather. So imagine the surprise of amateur photographer Karim Bouchetata when he awoke to see his picturesque town and the surrounding sand dunes covered in a blanket of snow. Thankfully for us, he grabbed his camera. Read More >>

science
Mysterious ‘Fairy Circles’ Discovered In Australia’s Outback

Uniformly spaced gaps called “fairy circles” often appear in the grasslands of Namibia. The unprecedented discovery of these enigmatic patches in the Australian outback now reaffirms an ongoing theory about their origin. (It’s not aliens.) Read More >>

architecture
A Glimpse of the Strange Sci-Fi Houses of Earth’s Alien Future

Admit it; you've thought about life in the far flung, alien future. Maybe you've thought about it today, whether it's a skyscraping utopia or a scarred nuclear desert full of mobile monoliths. Artists and architects are thinking about it too, and their visions of what may come will really get your future fantasies cooking. Read More >>

robots
This Wind-Powered Tumbleweed Robot Aims to End Desertification

We're a long way away from having a humanoid robot that you can send on an excursion through a dune-covered desert. That's why, when he wanted to design a robot to collect climate data, designer Shlomi Mir looked to nature. Specifically, to tumbleweeds. Read More >>

science
Scientists Flattened a Desert With Bulldozers to Study Sand Dunes

Six years ago, a patch of land in the Inner Mongolian desert became unnaturally flat. Researchers, for the sake of science, had razed 40 acres of desert. Then, for three and half years, they set up cameras and watched as small piles of sand grew and grew into full-fledged sand dunes. Read More >>