Dan Stone

How Do You Build a Stadium in The Rainforest?

Eight months before the first game of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is on a feverish construction binge. The country is also planning for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, its biggest city. Development workers have never been busier, and Brazil’...

Why China Wants (and Needs) Foreign Farm Land

China eats about 20 percent of the world’s food, reasonably expected for its 1.3 billion people. But the country only has nine percent of the world’s farmland. For decades, the disparity was tolerable. China found ways to maximize its domestic ...

Why China Wants (and Needs) Foreign Farm Land

China eats about 20 percent of the world’s food, reasonably expected for its 1.3 billion people. But the country only has nine percent of the world’s farmland. For decades, the disparity was tolerable. China found ways to maximize its domestic ...

Why China Wants (and Needs) Foreign Farm Land

China eats about 20 percent of the world’s food, reasonably expected for its 1.3 billion people. But the country only has nine percent of the world’s farmland. For decades, the disparity was tolerable. China found ways to maximize its domestic ...

Bringing Sun to a Norweigian City in the Shadows

The Norwegian town of Rjukan sits in an unfortunate spot. During the winter, the nearby Gaustatoppen mountains block the sun entirely, leaving the town’s 3,500 people in a frigid shadow for five months. Rather than wait for the Earth’s ...

How What Happens in Syria Could Affect Your Travel Plans

It isn’t just Syrians who are worried about a potential strike on their country—especially those who live close to military bases. Airlines are also creating contingency plans and preparing for the worst. Military activity won’t hit commercial ...

Eating Crickets: I Tried Them and So Should You

I’ve always found something enchanting in the idea of eating bugs. Partly for the exoticism, introducing new things into our diet that challenge chefs and provoke our taste buds. But more than that, there are unending benefits to the ...

Eating Crickets: I Tried Them and So Should You

I’ve always found something enchanting in the idea of eating bugs. Partly for the exoticism, introducing new things into our diet that challenge chefs and provoke our taste buds. But more than that, there are unending benefits to the ...

Eating Crickets: I Tried Them and So Should You

I’ve always found something enchanting in the idea of eating bugs. Partly for the exoticism, introducing new things into our diet that challenge chefs and provoke our taste buds. But more than that, there are unending benefits to the ...

Where Brazilians Love to Shop (Hint: Not in Brazil)

Anyone who’s ever gone on vacation in a country with cheap prices has heard some variation of the following advice: Go with your suitcases empty. Buy everything there and then bring it all back. Favorable exchange rates and developing ...

Where Brazilians Love to Shop (Hint: Not in Brazil)

Anyone who’s ever gone on vacation in a country with cheap prices has heard some variation of the following advice: Go with your suitcases empty. Buy everything there and then bring it all back. Favorable exchange rates and developing ...

One Way China is Getting Serious About Climate Change

One catch-22 of climate change has always been that it’s a global problem that must be addressed locally. Global governments won’t agree on action until individual nations have a plan. And individual nations are reluctant to make a ...

How Fast Can A Human Run?

Every four years, the premier event at the summer Olympics is the 100 meter dash, the swift sprint that you can literally miss by sneezing. In the past two summer games in London and Beijing, the man who won the race ...

Waste Water into Wine: An Idea for Producing More Phosphorus

A few shortages on the planet pose fairly ominous threats to humanity. Clean water is becoming scarce in some regions, and energy that simply can’t meet future demands. Some endangered animals have too few remaining individuals. And the political ...

Waste Water into Wine: An Idea for Producing More Phosphorus

A few shortages on the planet pose fairly ominous threats to humanity. Clean water is becoming scarce in some regions, and energy that simply can’t meet future demands. Some endangered animals have too few remaining individuals. And the political ...