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.


oddball earth: why our planet really is different
# space

oddball earth: why our planet really is different

Looking for worlds around other stars shows us just how weird and unusual our planet really is in the grand scheme of things.

cryptocurrencies are here to stay. so, what happens now?
# tech

cryptocurrencies are here to stay. so, what happens now?

Cryptocurrencies were going to be the future of money. Why haven’t they lived up to their own hype?

what is the metaverse and why you’re going to hate it
# tech

what is the metaverse and why you’re going to hate it

Social media platforms want to take a note from dystopian science fiction and lock you into a virtual world for growth and profit.

nothing to see in the galactic core, move along
# space

nothing to see in the galactic core, move along

Astronomers detected a new, strange signal from the heart of our galaxy to the delight of social media users ready for a sign from an alien civilization…

how do you solve a problem like facebook?
# tech

how do you solve a problem like facebook?

Facebook is now the poster child for all of Big Tech’s evils, and deservedly so. The big question is what comes next.

nasa is getting ready to defend the planet by shooting at asteroids
# space

nasa is getting ready to defend the planet by shooting at asteroids

Dinosaurs may have had no choice but to get wiped out by a catastrophic impact from outer space. But we have options. And we’re starting to test them on real asteroids.

why your genes rarely determine your fate
# science

why your genes rarely determine your fate

The question of nature vs. nurture may never be settled when it comes to humans.

the forgotten power of science fiction
# education

the forgotten power of science fiction

We live in a world science fiction and dreams built. Then we let the worst among us turn it into a nightmare.

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.

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