how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches
# longform

how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches

We should take the gig economy’s rapid growth and global impact as a warning that we need to make some major changes, and we need to make them very quickly.


the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal
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the scientific and ethical disaster that is the chinese crispr scandal

He Jiankui tried to create two human beings resistant to HIV. Instead he triggered an international scandal with his methods and work experts describe as amateurish and shoddy.


can antacids and geoengineering help us stop global warming?
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can antacids and geoengineering help us stop global warming?

A new geoengineering experiment seeks to cool the Earth by safely emulating the aftermath of volcanic eruptions. But even if it’s successful, all it can do is buy us time.


why we haven’t actually doubled our lifespans
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why we haven’t actually doubled our lifespans

A common refrain says that we live twice as long as our ancestors while it’s our life expectancy that’s increased, not our lifespan. And that difference is extremely important to keep in mind.


world of weird things podcast: the recipe for conspiracy theories
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world of weird things podcast: the recipe for conspiracy theories

Nearly 6 in 10 otherwise perfectly normal Americans believe in some sort of conspiracy theory. We look at both current events and science to figure out why.

screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold
# health

screening for cancer with a microscopic amount of gold

Researchers may have found a cheap, easy, and far less invasive way to screen for cancer than conventional scans and biopsies. But there’s still a lot to test before it makes its way to your doctor’s office.

why black holes have magnetic storms like stars
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why black holes have magnetic storms like stars

New observations of the center of our galaxy have, for the first time, revealed hotspots in the disk of chaotic gas orbiting our Milky Way’s supermassive black hole.

world of weird things podcast: mars
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world of weird things podcast: mars

We’re about to learn some new and exciting things about Mars, and we preview what some of them might be.

how do you solve an enigma like the sentinelese?
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how do you solve an enigma like the sentinelese?

The world’s most remote and least contacted tribe wants to be left alone, and they’ll use lethal force to make sure of it. But what happens if that contact is accidental?

when scientists explore the dark side of meditation with buddhist monks
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when scientists explore the dark side of meditation with buddhist monks

Researchers want you to know that immersing yourself in your own mind isn’t all sunshine and enlightenment.

we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?
# tech

we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?

Voting online would be easy and convenient for millions of voters. But won’t solve big problems and we already have an almost equally convenient way to cast your ballot.

how to have a happy, (figuratively) toxin-free holiday season
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how to have a happy, (figuratively) toxin-free holiday season

Thanksgiving marks the start of the winter holidays and the dread associated with having to deal with relatives and family friends you rather wouldn’t...

why water could kill life on mars
# astrobiology

why water could kill life on mars

We think of water as the most essential ingredient for life, but as a recent discovery shows, it can also be toxic to living things in alien environments

world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons
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world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons

Killer drones and hackable weapons and easy targets for spies, oh my...

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