when climate change contrarians actually have a point
# science

when climate change contrarians actually have a point

A recent paper with a grim notice about the planet’s warming oceans was wrong according to a climate change contrarian. Its authors agree.


why we need to return to the moon and do the other things
# longform

why we need to return to the moon and do the other things

Space is becoming a growing commercial industry. And we need to start heavily investing in it to save ourselves from our worst decision makers.


‘oumuamua, the galaxy’s slowest interstellar spaceship?
# space

‘oumuamua, the galaxy’s slowest interstellar spaceship?

A new paper about the bizarre interstellar visitor to our solar system says it may well be a lost alien spacecraft. But there’s a big snag with that idea…


how pollution is turning men sterile
# health

how pollution is turning men sterile

Male sperm counts across the world are in freefall and solving their problem will be difficult, especially because those who could help us most, don’t want to…


world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: cyber weapons

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

when it’s what’s on the inside that counts
# space

when it’s what’s on the inside that counts

How do we know what the insides of Venus or Jupiter look like? The short answer is that we don’t. The longer answer is that we make a fairly accurately guess.

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…
# space

right round, like a black hole baby, right round…

Black holes aren’t just the densest, most massive objects in space. They might also be some of the fastest.

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?
# space

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?

Some 25 underwater mines mysteriously exploded in the summer of 1972. A newly declassified report points its finger at a surprising culprit: the sun.

world of weird things podcast: ancient aliens
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: ancient aliens

We tackle a classic theory that turned The History Channel into the alien conspiracy network and consider what extraterrestrial life might actually be like.

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard
# space

turns out the oldest known star in the universe is in our backyard

It turns out that one of the oldest objects in the known universe is only a few thousand light years from Earth.

how gravity and lasers are helping us learn more about the universe
# science

how gravity and lasers are helping us learn more about the universe

The best way to understand the fabric of space and time might just involve a fifth state of matter and falling for a really long time...

if you care about science, technology, and the future, vote tomorrow
# politics

if you care about science, technology, and the future, vote tomorrow

The 2018 midterms may be the most important vote today’s generations will cast for science, technology, and the basic social contract in America. The future is at stake, literally.

how studying falling antimatter can eventually help us treat cancer
# science

how studying falling antimatter can eventually help us treat cancer

CERN wants to investigate how antimatter falls by creating and dropping anti-hydrogen atoms, adding to our understanding of particle physics and its applications.

gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight
# health

gene therapy is here, but our bodies are putting up a fight

The good news is that scientists found a reliable mechanism for gene therapy. The bad news is that your immune system is primed to throw a wrench into it.

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