We admit that our critical examination of rapid-climate change disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow contained a fair measure of glittery Hollywood flair. But it doesn't take a paleoclimatologist to realize that abrupt climate change can't really happen in a week, and our writer Matthew Teague didn't actually climb a mountain of skulls in Africa to find that out. Even though we indulged in a measure of dramatic exaggeration, the original source material shocks the reader with plausible conjecture. Peruse the cruel truth in the Pentagon report--authored by the Oracle of the Future (a.k.a. futurist Peter Schwartz)--which outlines the global impact, such as sudden food and water shortages, that rapid climate change could provoke.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.