Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain

Enlarge / “Whaaaaaaaat?” (credit: Lisa de Vreede) If you’ve spent any time thinking about the world’s dirty energy problem, you’ve probably pondered some impractical “What if?” scenarios. Solar panels in space beaming energy down, or covering Nevada in solar panels—that kind of thing. Well, a new study led by Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, and Safa […]

High-tech, remote-controlled Golden Sahara II custom car going for auction

Imagine a vehicle with automatic braking, remote operation, self-opening doors and a big screen on the dash. You’re probably imaging a Tesla Model X, but we’re actually talking about a car called the Golden Sahara II, a custom car originally built in the 1950s, and it’s going for auction at Mecum’s event in Indianapolis. According […]

Google Maps: What is the Eye of the Sahara? Creepy natural phenomenon remains a mystery

Google Maps was created in 2005 to open up the world to people from their computer. It has since captured some of the weirdest and unsolved mysteries of the world. One of those is the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara which is found near Ouadane in Sahara. But where it […]

The Sahara Desert used to be green and lush — then humans showed up

Today, the Sahara Desert is defined by undulating sand dunes, unforgiving sun and oppressive heat. But just 10,000 years ago, it was lush and verdant. So, what spurred the shift from woodland to wasteland? A new study suggests humans played a big role. Author David Wright, an environmental archaeologist at Seoul National University, says that as humans spread […]