why fossil fuels are even more radioactive than nuclear reactors
# science

why fossil fuels are even more radioactive than nuclear reactors

If you start studying the waste from gas and oil wells, and measure the emissions from coal ash, the fossil fuel industry is more dangerous than any nuclear plant.

is minimalism the antidote to runaway industrialization?
# tech

is minimalism the antidote to runaway industrialization?

Our factories crank out tsunamis of cheap consumer goods and online shopping is getting them around the world faster. But are we hitting a point of diminishing returns?

will urban farming save the future or make modern politics worse?
# tech

will urban farming save the future or make modern politics worse?

According to a growing number of architects and urban planners, cities need more greenery and easier access to food. But will their solution cause more problems than it solves?

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too
# tech

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too

From abusing your data, to refusing to deal with dangerous hoaxes and fake news, to undermining brands and limiting their reach, Facebook is the worst of social media.

world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species

Empathy is the most important trait for human cohesion and civil politics. So, where does empathy comes from, how does it break down, and how can it be stimulated?

how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media
# tech

how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media

Modern design and social media leveled the playing field for news outlets. But in doing so, they helped lies and hoaxes thrive alongside reputable sources.

how your guts could define your personality, literally
# health

how your guts could define your personality, literally

When we say someone bold has guts, we mean that figuratively. But apparently, bravery, extroversion, and happiness could very well be in their intestines.

will the sun really turn pluto habitable as it dies?
# space

will the sun really turn pluto habitable as it dies?

When our sun becomes a red giant at the end of its life, will it really be able to warm the outer solar system enough for a new burst of life to emerge?

why we can’t understand the scope of white-collar crime
# politics

why we can’t understand the scope of white-collar crime

Widespread fraud and financial misdeeds have cost us trillions of dollars, but we're having trouble holding the perpetrators responsible. Is it because our minds can't process it?

politicians rush to undermine the future of space exploration
# space

politicians rush to undermine the future of space exploration

A new bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives wants to take a sledgehammer to the future of space travel for the benefit of one corporation.

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