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Bringing back mammoths

A new startup venture co-founded by gene editing pioneer George Church aims to bring woolly mammoths back to the Arctic. This is not a frivolous “Jurassic Park” scenario, but a genuine attempt to combat climate change in one of Earth’s most vulnerable and important habitats: the Arctic tundra. Even though the Arctic is sparsely populated, it is one of the most important regions on Earth for maintaining a livable planet. That is because its frozen ground holds a vast amount of

Earth: There's no place like home

As a science fiction writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about what life on other worlds might be like. For Earth Day, let’s celebrate our special Earth by imagining how different life would be on an “average” planet. Night and day. The planets near the sun have long, long, days and nights, due to tidal forces. On Venus, the time from sunrise to sunrise is 117 Earthdays long. On Mercury, it’s 176 Earthdays! If Earth were tidally locked to the sun in a 3:2 ratio like Mercur

Sneak preview: Project Hannibal

Stuck at home for the last ten months, I've immersed myself in thinking about the future. The result: a new science fiction book, Project Hannibal! Climate change threatens to melt the Arctic permafrost layer and unleash a devastating cascade of greenhouse gases. As a vital step in maintaining a livable Earth, a brilliant geneticist has resurrected genetically engineered mammoths. Estelle Dupris is a flying doctor visiting patients in an isolated Native Alaskan village. With