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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.


can we really sleep our way to the stars?
# space

can we really sleep our way to the stars?

Imagine being able to sleep for months, if not years, waking up orbiting another world. But is this just wishful thinking, or can humans really learn to hibernate?

the ancient nonsense of graham hancock, now on netflix
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the ancient nonsense of graham hancock, now on netflix

Ancient Apocalypse is not a bold new exploration of human history. It’s a cheap, lazy rehash of myths and cliches debunked a century ago.

zombie worlds are out there, and they’re terrifying places
# space

zombie worlds are out there, and they’re terrifying places

It turns out there is life after stellar death. Say hello to zombie worlds, undead planets orbiting the most extreme objects in the universe.

the brave, new, exploitative world of generative a.i.
# tech

the brave, new, exploitative world of generative a.i.

Generative AI is meant to help writers, artists, and coders. But it may be stealing from them first, creating a legal and ethical nightmare.

can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?
# science

can we prevent a pandemic by creating one in a lab?

Controversial new research offers us a chance to create tools to fight pandemics before they start. But can it really live up to its hype? And is it safe?

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.

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