just how old is human civilization, exactly?
# science

just how old is human civilization, exactly?

Many of us are taught that civilization started around 5,000 years ago, even though we know it’s actually much older. But just how old is it really?

if the aliens are here, we’re all in big trouble
# astrobiology

if the aliens are here, we’re all in big trouble

Former military pilots and officers often share UFO stories with the media. But what if some of those objects really are from alien words? How would we know? What would we do?

why humans and machines may have no choice but to merge
# tech

why humans and machines may have no choice but to merge

With so many imagining a future where machines exist not just by our side but as parts of us, we may have made sure that we have no choice but to become part robot.

we may be over covid, but the covid isn’t done with us
# health

we may be over covid, but the covid isn’t done with us

As parts of the world attempt to return to their pre-COVID normal, millions of people are anxious about declaring the pandemic over. They’re right.

how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain
# space

how the lack of gravity can scramble your brain

When you’re not being firmly planted onto a solid surface by gravity, it’s not just your bones and muscles that suffer. It takes a toll on your brain too.

how to cool things to absolute zero using only a laser
# science

how to cool things to absolute zero using only a laser

We’re used to lasers being either death beams, or harmless little points of light. But we also use lasers to cool matter to absolute zero and probe the limits of physics.

why computers will rule nations. and why they’ll fail miserably.
# tech

why computers will rule nations. and why they’ll fail miserably.

To combat humanity’s flaws, some pundits are urging us to give AI the power to govern. These ideas are guaranteed to backfire.

is emotional intelligence the secret to defeating fake news?
# science

is emotional intelligence the secret to defeating fake news?

Mastering your emotions and understanding what others feel and why can make you more resistant to fake news and social media hoaxes.

the next deepfake porn clip to go viral may just be starring you…
# tech

the next deepfake porn clip to go viral may just be starring you…

While pundits worry about the effect of deepfakes on global politics, trolls are using the technology to make fake porn of people they hate. And the victims rarely have any recourse…

are we really all martians?
# space

are we really all martians?

As the international race to explore Mars heats up, some writers are resurrecting an old hypothesis that life on Earth really started on the red planet.

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