Issue No. 19 | Frontiers
The Bleeding Edge
The thing about approaching the unknown—colonizing the American West, understanding climate change, altering social customs, exiting Earth’s atmosphere—is that you often don’t know you’ve gone over the edge until you’ve fallen off. This month, we investigate frontiers in multiple realms. In our documentary series I’m Moving to Mars, we meet five people who want to leave Earth ... forever. On the terrestrial front, our story on the fate of baobabs explores the mystery of why some of our planet’s oldest trees are dying sudden and dramatic deaths and what it might mean for the rest of us. Also: a look at the insane plans Exxon engineers came up with in 1997 to save us from global warming; life inside a coed frat; and what some psychic mediums think the afterlife—the final frontier—really looks like.
Giant Mirrors. Ocean Whitening. Here’s How Exxon Wanted to Save the Planet
In 1997, scientists working for the oil company offered visionary solutions for climate change—which might have destroyed the earth in the process.
The Mysterious Life (and Death) of Africa’s Oldest Trees
A shocking study found some of the most famous baobab trees are dying. What will this mean for the people who depend on them—and for the planet?