Despite the severe storms now raging across the country, the long term future will be a drier one. The long lull in sunspot activity at the end of the last 11-year solar cycle gave us more time to work on solving the climate change problem, but a new analysis of the magnitude of climate change during Earth’s deep past suggests that future temperatures may eventually rise far more than projected if society continues its pace of emitting greenhouse more

In the future, everyone may have an avatar–a double who does tasks that you don’t want to perform. Your avatar will make a better impression than you would and, since you program it, everyone else it deals with (who may be avatars themselves) will know that its decisions are the same as more