Orbiting Tomorrow

Explore the dissolving boundary between science and science fiction with news from the front lines of discovery and imaginative speculation on how each one could change our world.

Category Archives: Earth and Nature

This blog is entering a new orbit!

Orbiting Tomorrow’s content is moving to a new home. You may not have guessed, but I’m a science fiction writer (suddenly it all makes sense!) and I’ve finally launched a … Continue reading

October 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rock and Ages: The Week in Paleontology

It’s been a banner week for paleontology geeks, with the discovery of a new titanosaur species and the debut of a new fossil imaging technique that will give us more … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fallout: A Community Copes with Uranium Pollution

Uranium pollution from wartime mining activity is driving Native Americans from their homes in Church Rock, part of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Toxic waste, radioactive dirt, and polluted … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Winter is Coming”: The Stark Implications of Low Sunspot Activity

Although our sun has reached its solar maximum—the peak of its 11-year cycle, where it should be bursting with sunspots and flares—it appears to be practically inactive. The last time … Continue reading

January 29, 2014 · 3 Comments