Greg Fish, author at [ weird things ]

is the earth’s core really about to stop spinning? absolutely not.
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is the earth’s core really about to stop spinning? absolutely not.

According to the news, our planet’s core has stopped spinning and will soon reverse. What’s really happening is a lot less exciting, but still pretty neat.

the killer fungi are coming for us thanks to global warming
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the killer fungi are coming for us thanks to global warming

One of scientists’ biggest fears about fungi and global warming is starting to slowly play out.

when artificial intelligence tries to go to court
# tech

when artificial intelligence tries to go to court

In a legal and technical first, a robot lawyer is about to help a human defendant. Is it a good idea? And what happens next?

contrary to popular belief, citizen science is alive and well
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contrary to popular belief, citizen science is alive and well

Despite what cranks, frauds, and their fans will tell you, scientists do listen to amateurs with good ideas, as two recent news stories demonstrate.

why science says that suburbs are mind-numbing boredom generators
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why science says that suburbs are mind-numbing boredom generators

Suburbs have long been the subject of consternation and ire from activists and urban planners, and research seems to agree with their critiques.

why math says there’s no such thing as a true meritocracy
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why math says there’s no such thing as a true meritocracy

According to pundits and politicians, we live in a world where talent and reward go hand in hand. But basic statistics says that’s simply not possible.

did fusion really achieve net gain, and if so, what happens next?
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did fusion really achieve net gain, and if so, what happens next?

After decades of promises, fusion research finally yielded the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting to see. Sort of. And there’s a lot of work still to do.

black hole suns: the theoretical monsters at the dawn of the universe
# space

black hole suns: the theoretical monsters at the dawn of the universe

Imagine stars millions of times larger than the Sun powered by black holes. It sounds too bizarre to be true, but scientists think they may be responsible for today’s universe.

can we really sleep our way to the stars?
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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.

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