Mike Bieser

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Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Here's How We'll Terraform Mars With Microbes

Gary King, a microbiologist at LSU who studies the most extreme organisms on Earth, can't help but wonder whether our planet's toughest microbes could change the face of Mars<p>Back in April, NASA's Curiosity rover found evidence ofliquid water on Mars. Still, this is no life-friendly oasis: The water …


Would Elon Musk’s Plan to Nuke Mars Actually Work?

It's not often you hear a prominent CEO talk about nuking Mars, so when SpaceX founder Elon Musk broached the idea on the "Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Wednesday night, people took notice.<p>No, Musk has not declared interplanetary war on Mars. The idea is to "terraform" it so that future …

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Is Earth as Special as We Think?

You might be surprised at some of the factors that made Earth a cozy place for life to set up shop.<p>Maybe Earth isn't so special. "We could have easily been standing on Venus having this conversation," says Mark Jellinek, a geologist who studies how planets form.<p>I envision standing under Venus' …