Like many scientists, Jean-François Bastin and colleagues had a question. A question that on its surface seems like it may have an obvious answer, or at least, an obvious way to find out the answer.
During the 1990s, over 90,000 square kilometers of forest cover in the continental United States were lost—an approximate decline in coverage of nearly 3% or an area roughly equivalent to the size of Maine. Primarily
The above image by Kreg Steppe (creative commons license). “Mr. Data… can you find a way to scan for lifeforms?” “I would be happy to, Sir. I just love scanning for lifeforms!” Like many of Star Trek’s