social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news
# politics

social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news

The good news is that foreign disinformation trolls aren’t changing people’s minds. The bad news is that, as it turns out, they don’t have to…


to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job
# tech

to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job

Futurists once dreamed of an automated, leisurely utopia. Our failure to live up to their visions is taking a massive toll on our health and politics.


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.


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.


the amazing, evolving ancient astronaut theory
# oddities

the amazing, evolving ancient astronaut theory

For some people, science is not enough but religion is too implausible to explain our origins, so instead of making their peace with one, they turn to a curious mix of both.

wowt explains: what is dark matter?
# science

wowt explains: what is dark matter?

We might know that dark matter is everywhere, but we know very little about it. So, what do we understand about this mysterious but critical component of the universe?

world of weird things podcast: how we teach math doesn’t add up
# education

world of weird things podcast: how we teach math doesn’t add up

If we want more kids to pursue careers in STEM, they need to study math. But what type of math they study matters.

scientists find a place where liquid water can’t support life
# science

scientists find a place where liquid water can’t support life

Normally on Earth liquid water means life. But researchers found a place where that isn't the case…

why we should give tesla’s cybertruck a chance
# tech

why we should give tesla’s cybertruck a chance

The Cybertruck looks like an aggressively angular prop from a sci-fi movie. But it can also change our minds about how to build and power utility vehicles for the better.

sand smugglers and water thieves are making climate change worse
# science

sand smugglers and water thieves are making climate change worse

Sand and water might be everywhere, but the grim reality is that the sand we can use, and water needed for watering our crops and modern civilization are both being threatened.

wowt explains: what is transhumanism?
# tech

wowt explains: what is transhumanism?

As we learn more about how we evolved and accelerate our technical know-how, some are wondering if we can use science and technology to overcome our limitations.

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?
# science

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…

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