climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030
# health

climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030

We knew people would die as climate change got progressively worse. Now we have a realistic idea of just how many, and plenty of hints that these statistics are underestimated.


sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787
# longform

sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787

Sci-fi Saturday returns with what will be part one of a short story…


why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords
# tech

why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords

Pundits are charging that not only are tech billionaires taking advantage of their employees and automating them out of a job, they’re actually on a mission to make humans obsolete.


are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?
# science

are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?

As official approval of lab-grown meat looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to rethink how we feed ourselves and why we need to make a change sooner rather than later.


the five technologies we can use to prevent catastrophic earthquake damage
# tech

the five technologies we can use to prevent catastrophic earthquake damage

Earthquakes might be both powerful and inevitable. But we have the tools to soften their blows, save millions of lives, and save billions when cleaning up after them.

trickle down pseudoscience: why mlms jumped into the supplement game
# health

trickle down pseudoscience: why mlms jumped into the supplement game

MLMs prey on human vulnerabilities to hijack the health industry. And they have a lot of help in high places.

world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how to live forever, maybe

Humans have spent millenia looking for a fountain of youth or a recipe for immortality. Why have we been failing? And is there anything we can do to make death optional?

despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe
# health

despite rampant internet fear mongering, artificial sweeteners are safe

Alt med cranks have been scaring millions about the supposed harm of artificial sweeteners. A systematic review of 13,000 studies shows they’re either lying or ignorant.

bad sleep in senior citizens could be an early symptom of alzheimer’s
# health

bad sleep in senior citizens could be an early symptom of alzheimer’s

We’ve all had a rough night and woke up even more tired than we went to bed. But if you’re in your 60s and that’s becoming a common occurrence, it may be a dangerous sign.

we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…
# astrobiology

we think aliens may lurk in europa’s oceans. we might be disappointed…

New models trying to infer the geology of potentially habitable moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn hint at surprisingly cool, geologically inactive worlds, the opposite of what a diverse alien ecosystem would need.

why india’s toxic nationalism and science don’t mix
# science

why india’s toxic nationalism and science don’t mix

An Indian science conference espoused the superiority of Hindu religion and legends over actual facts and history. And it’s just a small part of an alarming and accelerating trend...

jordan peterson’s fan club goes after computer science and big data
# tech

jordan peterson’s fan club goes after computer science and big data

Followers of viral regressive ideologues found a new supposed hive of politically correct scum and radical feminist villainy: computer science.

world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: ultimate doomsday prepping

Just because the universe is dying doesn’t mean you and your civilization have to die with it, at least not if you’re ready to go stellar grave robbing.

wonky star systems may be born that way
# space

wonky star systems may be born that way

A nearby baby star has been discovered with a warped protoplanetary disk — a feature that may reveal the true nature of the solar system’s planetary misalignments

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