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.


why your contrarian take is almost certainly wrong
# education

why your contrarian take is almost certainly wrong

Today’s media is addicted to contrarian takes on everything. And those takes are almost always just attention-grabbing clickbait.

how social media brought us to the edge of world war 3
# tech

how social media brought us to the edge of world war 3

With an invasion of Ukraine and thinly veiled threats of nuclear war, we’re living on the edge of World War 3 thanks to Rupert Murdoch, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

how artificial intelligence is helping to crack fusion
# science

how artificial intelligence is helping to crack fusion

Researchers trying to give the world a nearly limitless source of clean energy are getting a hand from an AI trained to fight against 100+ million degree plasma.

how confirmation bias became the most valuable and dangerous product in the world
# politics

how confirmation bias became the most valuable and dangerous product in the world

A massively profitable global industry got that way by showing people only what they already believe. Now we’re dealing with the fallout.

how to spot aliens with a telescope
# space

how to spot aliens with a telescope

With the successful launch and deployment of the James Webb Space Telescope, a lot of researchers and science enthusiasts are wondering if it could actually help us find alien life.

web3 promises to make the internet better. it will do the exact opposite.
# tech

web3 promises to make the internet better. it will do the exact opposite.

Even if you’re not a techie, posts about “Web3” and NFTs are probably littering your social media feed. What the hell are they all about, and how will they “save the internet?”

world of weird things podcast: probing the mysteries of space with the fishes
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: probing the mysteries of space with the fishes

Impress your friends and family with some surprising facts about space and the weird stuff floating in it to start 2022.

covid denialists want you to think you’re brainwashed
# health

covid denialists want you to think you’re brainwashed

Joe Rogan and other prominent anti-science mouthpieces are now trying to pull off an old conspiracy theory Jedi mind trick when discussing the pandemic.

what is a planet anyway? astronomers campaign to avenge pluto
# space

what is a planet anyway? astronomers campaign to avenge pluto

A group of scientists want Pluto to be considered a planet again, even if hundreds of other objects earn the same rank.

will we really eat each other to survive in space?
# space

will we really eat each other to survive in space?

What happens when your crops fail and you’re 60 trillion miles from Earth? Some experts are raising grim alternatives to tabloids’ delight.

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