Welcome to the new home of "Too Hard For Science?" In this series, I interview scientists about ideas they would love to explore that they don't think could be investigated. For instance, they might involve machines beyond the realm of possibility, such as neutrino detectors as big as a galaxy, or they might be completely unethical, such as experimenting on children like lab rats. This feature aims to look at the seemingly impossible dreams, the most intractable problems in science. However, the question mark at the end of "Too Hard For Science?" suggests that nothing might be impossible.

I'll have a new post in the series at noon today and will hopefully be posting new items in the series every week. In the meantime, here are the original posts, in chronological order:


Vladimir Mironov: Making astronauts with printers

Robert Stickgold: The sense of meaning in dreams

Jeanne Garbarino: The adventures of a biomolecule in a cell

Martin Bojowald: Creating naked singularities

Philip Zimbardo: Creating millions of heroes

Duncan Watts: A digital panopticon

David Brin: Raising Animals to Human Levels of Intelligence


Greg Valentine: Recreating What Killed Pompeii

Dean Kamen: Defying Gravity

Luis Bettencourt: Simulating the Human Brain

Freeman Dyson: ESP

Bora Zivkovic: Centuries to Solve the Secrets of Cicadas

John Tonry: An Early Warning System for Killer Asteroids

David Stevenson: Journey to the Core of the Earth

E. O. Wilson: A Vertical Map of Life on Earth

Klaus Zuberbuhler: The Genetic Foundations of Intelligence


Joan Slonczewski: Reshaping Ourselves for Our Changing World

Christopher Chabris: Seeing If 10,000 Hours Make You an Expert

Daniel Simons: Regaining the Element of Surprise

Lawrence Krauss: Neutrinos from the Big Bang

Steven Pinker: Experimenting on Children Like Lab Rats

Anthony Atala: Off-the-Shelf Organs