Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like? (Ep. 283)

(Photo Credit: TheDigitalWay/Pixabay) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Earth 2.0: What Would Our Economy Look Like? (Earth 2.0 Series)”. (You can subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or...

What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (Ep. 301)

Around 7,000 languages are spoken on Earth 1.0. (Photo: Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series).” (You can...

Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (Ep. 300)

...baggage and global bureaucracy on Earth 1.0 don’t exist and we try to come up with the optimal language plan for Earth 2.0. McWHORTER: I would say that an ideal,...

Is Space Exploration Worth the Cost? A Freakonomics Quorum

...who service the International Space Station (ISS). Mercury astronauts were the first to photograph Earth from space with hand-held cameras. Earth scientists in orbit on the ISS may view aspects...

Is Income Inequality Inevitable? (Earth 2.0 Series) (Ep. 284)

...dignity. So what would Sachs do it we made him chief economist of Earth 2.0? SACHS:You don’t want to really create Earth 2.0 in the way that you’ve stated because...

The SuperFreakonomics Global-Warming Fact Quiz

...the facts surrounding global warming. Take the following true/false quiz to test your knowledge of the science, economics, and technology of global warming. Global-warming science questions: 1. The Earth has...

If You're Still Not Sick of Geoengineering: A Q&A With Jeff Goodell

Photo: Eric Etheridge The SuperFreakonomics chapter on global warming generated plenty of controversy and debate about the pros and cons of geoengineering the earth. If all that attention piqued your...

The Rare Earth Conundrum

...become a mainstay, we may be trading one dependence for another that is even more troubling. Ninety-five percent of the world’s output of rare-earth metals today comes from one country:...

Nuclear Power as Terrestrial Energy: A Guest Post

...the sun. “Geothermal energy” involves tapping the earth’s natural heat. Steam arises naturally out of the earth at geysers and fumaroles and can be engineered anyplace where hot magma approaches...

After Google Earth Is Banned, What's Next?

For all the good that Google Earth has brought to the world, it’s been a boon for ne’er-do-wells and mischief-makers as well. In the U.K., teenage hooligans allegedly use it...