why neutron stars may be the coolest objects in the universe
# space

why neutron stars may be the coolest objects in the universe

Neutron stars’ thunder is usually stolen by black holes, but these bizarre objects living on the edge of physics create plenty of fascinating phenomena all on their own.


why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality
# tech

why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality

What happens when voters make decisions based on the belief that someday soon, scientists and engineers will turn them into immortal robots or web-enabled software?


how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back
# tech

how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back

Thanks to social media, everybody can be a pundit today, and that’s ruining how we build a factual understanding of our world and what’s happening in it.


behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s
# science

behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s

Humans have been thinking about modifying themselves to survive the rigors of space flight for a long time now. Thankfully, out ideas for how to do it have vastly improved.


if you want to save the world, relax, and start daydreaming
# health

if you want to save the world, relax, and start daydreaming

The quest for a minimalistic life could be the best thing for the future of humanity.

how anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers added years to the covid pandemic
# health

how anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers added years to the covid pandemic

We held the key to defeating the COVID-19 in our hands. Then, our worst citizens gave the virus a second lease on life, and millions more will die before this is over.

when, why, and how popular science lies to you
# science

when, why, and how popular science lies to you

When science, the media, and short-sighted metrics meet, the end result is often long on flash and short on facts.

to save society, should we talk to strangers?
# science

to save society, should we talk to strangers?

New research says that talking to strangers has a lot of mental benefits. And they may just help us out of the societal mess we’re in today.

how our mismanaged boredom is destroying the world
# oddities

how our mismanaged boredom is destroying the world

Today’s conspiracy theorists are baffling to old school skeptics because their motives are completely different, much simpler, and much more disturbing.

will all the aliens we meet end up being robots?
# astrobiology

will all the aliens we meet end up being robots?

A popular thought among experts thinking about alien life is that any intelligent life we discover in space will be artificial. But how realistic is this notion?

billionaires are starting a new space race. so, what happens to the rest of us?
# space

billionaires are starting a new space race. so, what happens to the rest of us?

The next big space race isn’t the United States vs. China, it’s Musk vs. Bezos. And who wins has the potential to change our lives.

why science says we should be spending a lot less time at the office
# politics

why science says we should be spending a lot less time at the office

Today’s typical working hours are a result of politics, compromise, and ideology. Now, some experts are finally asking what science says is the perfect work week, and why.

just how old is human civilization, exactly?
# science

just how old is human civilization, exactly?

Many of us are taught that civilization started around 5,000 years ago, even though we know it’s actually much older. But just how old is it really?

if the aliens are here, we’re all in big trouble
# astrobiology

if the aliens are here, we’re all in big trouble

Former military pilots and officers often share UFO stories with the media. But what if some of those objects really are from alien words? How would we know? What would we do?

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