quantum physics has a new way to blow your mind. it’s called quantum scarring
# science

quantum physics has a new way to blow your mind. it’s called quantum scarring

It turns out that some quantum systems don’t want to decay into their most chaotic state. Instead, they want to return to the state in which they started.


for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?
# space

for the sake of the planet, stop exploring space?

The space exploration industry is booming, which is an encouraging sign for our future. But some pundits are arguing that rocket launches will exacerbate global warming.


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.


and now a few (uncensored) words about climate change
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and now a few (uncensored) words about climate change

With the planet still heating up while politicians are either twiddling their thumbs or actively making things worse, prepare for conversations about climate change to have a very different tone.


so, you elected a conspiracy theorist…
# politics

so, you elected a conspiracy theorist…

It's bad enough when conspiracy theorists with an axe to grind decide who gets to run nations. It's far worse when those they elect are just as wild-eyed and paranoid.

wowt explains: what is antimatter?
# science

wowt explains: what is antimatter?

Like warp drives, suspended animation, and teleportation, antimatter is a frequent staple of science fiction. But what exactly is it, and could we ever use it to do amazing things?

has anyone ever been killed by dark matter?
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has anyone ever been killed by dark matter?

When you think about just how much dark matter there is in the universe, it would be pretty strange if it never harmed anyone or anything…

wowt explains: what is a quantum computer?
# tech

wowt explains: what is a quantum computer?

Quantum computers are coming. But what exactly are they and what can they do for us?

the simmering battle to define a.i. and how smart it can be
# tech

the simmering battle to define a.i. and how smart it can be

Despite constantly using algorithms defined as artificial intelligence and losing millions of jobs to it, we're still not sure where this technology can go and if it's really intelligent.

world of weird things podcast: why everything we know is a theory
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why everything we know is a theory

This one is for every scientist and science writer who've been told that something is "just a theory" in response to an article.

wowt explains: what is a cyborg?
# tech

wowt explains: what is a cyborg?

Thanks to science fiction we're all familiar with the term cyborg, but what it means is actually a lot less defined than it appears at first glance.

why planet nine is very unlikely to be a tiny black hole
# space

why planet nine is very unlikely to be a tiny black hole

According to sensationalistic headlines, the hypothetical ninth planet in our solar system is a tennis ball sized black hole. According to physics, it's far more likely to be literally anything else.

wowt explains: what is automation?
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wowt explains: what is automation?

Few topics today are as relevant and impactful as automation, changing the fortunes of developing nations and deeply reshaping the economies of politics of wealthy ones.

why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die
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why the myth of nasa’s $165 million space pen just won’t die

The long-debunked story of NASA buying ridiculously expensive pens is just too gratifying for some people to pass up.

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