how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.


how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics
# tech

how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics

The American military may be the best in the world, but too often, it’s fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century ideas. Its foreign counterparts have an opportunity to master the wars of the future.


why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet
# tech

why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet

In the next ten years or so, your internet experience will be the same as today. But that internet may be built on complex quantum interactions instead of bits and bytes flying between routers and servers.


the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them
# science

the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them

You might not care that that some places on Earth are seeing 75% declines in some insects. You really should. When they’re gone completely, so are the ecosystems in which we grow our food.


for cryptocurrencies, the only way to wide acceptance could be regulation
# tech

for cryptocurrencies, the only way to wide acceptance could be regulation

Another month, another case to remind us that investing in the economic Wild West has real consequences for thousands of people.

why recommendation algorithms are a necessary evil
# tech

why recommendation algorithms are a necessary evil

Experts are worried we’re ceding too many decisions to recommendation algorithms and are on a slippery slope to exploitation and learned helplessness. In reality, we’d be lost and very frustrated without them.

home is where the mars rover is
# space

home is where the mars rover is

Now that Opportunity’s mission is complete, many wistfully lament about “bringing our robot home.” There’s just one problem: it’s already home.

sci-fi saturday: chapter 005
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 005

shadow nation / future shock / chapter 005

world of weird things podcast: the sinister conspiracy to make the world healthier
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: the sinister conspiracy to make the world healthier

You might think that a cleaner world with renewable energy and smart urban planning would make our lives better. But that’s exactly what those evil Illuminati want you to think...

we know that green spaces mean healthy minds. now we need to act on that data.
# science

we know that green spaces mean healthy minds. now we need to act on that data.

A new Danish study confirms that being surrounded by greenery improves mental health. As more of us move into rapidly growing cities and aim to explore space, we need to plan for a greener future.

why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids
# space

why the future is steampunk: steam-powered spacecraft could explore asteroids

Buckle up steampunk enthusiasts, it turns out that not only are steam-powered space probes possible, they might be perfect for hopping between comets and asteroids on research and mining missions.

did we cure hiv? actually, we don’t know…
# health

did we cure hiv? actually, we don’t know…

After more than a decade, doctors think they were finally able to replicate the case of the Berlin patient, the only man known to be cured of HIV. But the London patient offers more questions than answers.

sci-fi saturday: chapter 004
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 004

shadow nation / future shock / chapter 004

world of weird things podcast: how do you solve a problem like dark matter?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how do you solve a problem like dark matter?

Cosmologists have been trying to figure out what dark matter is made of for decades and getting nowhere. And now, some are wondering if dark matter is just an illusion created by gravity.

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