NL Longform: Science + Space

Longform stories about science and space-related things. We're adding as we read. 

The Boy Who Played with Fusion
A profile of Taylor Wilson, who achieved nuclear fusion at age 14.
  20 Minutes - by Tom Clynes for Popular Science

Aliens Exist.
Tom Delonge, the lead singer of Blink-182 quit music to become one of the world's leading UFO experts. He used to sound crazy, now, not so much.
13 Minutes - by Kelsey McKinney for The Fader

How Sam Cossman Makes a Living Jumping into Volcanoes
The idealistic entrepreneur turns wild experiences into viral videos into actual science into a going business concern.
  33 Minutes - by Josh Dean for Wired

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration
Extreme weather displaced over a million people last year. It's starting to reshape our nation. (Also Read: Can New York Be Saved in the Age of Global Warming)
  25 Minutes - by Jeff Goodell for Rolling Stone

  by Katy Vine
 25 mins
The Astronaut Who Might Actually Get Us to Mars
The improbable journey of Franklin Chang Díaz, who immigrated to the U.S. at eighteen, became an astronaut, tied the record for most spaceflights, and now might hold the key to deep space travel.

  by Guy Gugliotta
How Titanaboa, The 40-Foot-Long-Snake, Was Found
In Colombia, the fossil of a gargantuan snake has stunned scientists, forcing them to rethink the nature of prehistoric life.

  by Howard Lee
 18 mins
When Will the Earth Try to Kill Us Again?
Most mass extinctions begin with vast convulsion's of the Earth's interior - can we detect that?

   by Antonio Regalado
 15 mins
Eugenic 2.0: We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Height, Health & More
Will you be among the first to pick your kid's IQ? As machine learning unlocks predictions from DNA databases, scientists say parents could have choices never before possible.

  by Kevin Berger
 40 mins
Is the Modern Mass Extinction Overrated?
We are ignoring the gains that balance losses.