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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.


the doomsday plans of the rich and fabulous
# oddities

the doomsday plans of the rich and fabulous

Wealthy investors and tycoons are joining the ranks of doomsday preppers, planning elaborate post-apocalypse compounds and bunkers, or dystopian power grabs.

how crypto may be about to change for the (slightly) better
# tech

how crypto may be about to change for the (slightly) better

Bitcoin’s rival wants to eliminate its vast contributions of energy waste and global warming. Will the original crypto coin follow suit?

did nasa find evidence of life on mars? sort of…
# astrobiology

did nasa find evidence of life on mars? sort of…

A new discovery of organic molecules in Martian sediment doesn’t prove there was life on the red planet. But it does help build the case for it.

why texas went to war with social media
# tech

why texas went to war with social media

Governments are no longer just interested in controlling social media narratives with bots and premium content. They’re now reaching for new laws.

why a scientist wants to look for ufo shards in the ocean, and why he’ll fail
# astrobiology

why a scientist wants to look for ufo shards in the ocean, and why he’ll fail

A physicist who keeps making wild claims about alien technology and in the solar system now claims there are parts of an alien spaceship in the Pacific Ocean.

why the biggest galaxies have the fewest new stars
# space

why the biggest galaxies have the fewest new stars

Some of the largest galaxies in the cosmos aren’t creating new stars. Now scientists finally think they know why.

why the next big leap in a.i. isn’t new math, but energy savings
# tech

why the next big leap in a.i. isn’t new math, but energy savings

We keep seeing artificial intelligence do more and more impressive things. But the most impressive thing it can do next is to fit in our hands.

can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?
# science

can we really bring extinct species back to life? and is it a good idea?

Bioengineering company Colossal wants to bring back the wooly mammoth and the thylacine. But could they actually do it? And most importantly, should they?

why your bosses are spying on you, and why they need to stop
# tech

why your bosses are spying on you, and why they need to stop

In a quest for productivity from remote workers, companies are creating a totalitarian nightmare in which computers police employees’ every second.

how governments are using babies’ genes to investigate their parents
# science

how governments are using babies’ genes to investigate their parents

Police are starting to use newborns’ blood samples in criminal investigations involving their parents, alarming privacy advocates and legal scholars.

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