Daniel Grushkin

The Military’s Push To Green Our Explosives (Slate)

Last year, when the United States military debuted footage of an iridescent drone the size and shape of a hummingbird buzzing around a parking lot, the media throated a collective hooah!Time magazine even devoted a cover to it. Meanwhile, with no fanfare at all—despite the enormous potential to reshape modern warfare—the military issued a request for scientists to find ways to design microbes that could produce explosives for weapons. Imagine a vat of genetically engineered yeast that produces chemicals for bombs and missiles instead of beer.