biosphere

Motherboard

The First Plants to Grow on the Moon Are Already Dead

Cotton sprouts grew for about one week in a biosphere brought to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission.
Becky Ferreira
1.16.19
The Moon

Plants Are Growing on the Moon for the First Time

Cotton seeds brought to the far side of the Moon by China's Chang'e-4 lander have sprouted.
Becky Ferreira
1.15.19
intraterrestrials

There's a 'Subterranean Galapagos' Deep Inside the Earth

“A decade ago, we had no idea that the rocks beneath our feet could be so vastly inhabited.”
Becky Ferreira
12.11.18
Donald Trump

The Strange History of Steve Bannon and the Biosphere 2 Experiment

Here’s what happened when Trump’s chief strategist was given a mock Earth.
Samantha Cole
11.15.16
Features

Rave Revivalism Meets Ambient Bubble Bath in This Week's Seven Most Played

We've rounded up the week's best music so you don't have to.
Josh Baines
7.29.16
Design

See Earth’s Biosphere as Abstract, Free-Flowing Forms

Architect and digital artist Navaneeth R. Nair graphically captures the Earth’s complexity.
DJ Pangburn
2.22.16
Art

Watch a Czech Planetarium Transform into a Mythic Light Show

Instead of the sky, INITI gives you an acid trip.
Beckett Mufson
1.6.16
VICE News

How Life on Earth Could Destroy Life on Mars

Could a virus or microbe from Earth screw up another planet's biosphere before we even discover it? Or could a Martian microbe brought back for scientific study spread an Andromeda Strain type of illness on Earth and wipe out humanity?
Bart Leahy
10.2.15
Art

Morphing Fractal Orbs Spin and Shine in 'BIOSPHERE'

Find your favorite forms in visual artist Tatyana Zabanova's shifting, animated landscapes.
Sami Emory
7.29.15
deep dives

How Biosphere’s 'Microgravity' Became an Ambient Techno Classic

The 1991 album was re-released on June 23 after a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Bobby Power
6.24.15
Perfect Worlds

The Challenge of Recreating Earth

If humanity is ever going to expand beyond Earth, we’ll need to figure SimEarth out.
Maddie Stone
5.7.15
ALIENS

Earth's Deep Oil Reserves Are Teeming With Ancient Life

Earth's 'deep biosphere' is home to as many single-celled organisms as its surface. They may hold the key to explaining how life began—and even to how it might travel through space.
Maddie Stone
12.16.14
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