why neutron stars may be the coolest objects in the universe
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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
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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
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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
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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 computers will rule nations. and why they’ll fail miserably.
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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?
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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…
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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?
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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.

american boomers are experiencing an alarming cognitive decline. we should all worry.
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american boomers are experiencing an alarming cognitive decline. we should all worry.

This isn’t just younger generations griping, according to a study of over 30,000 baby boomers, the older generations’ mental capabilities are declining faster than expected.

forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments
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forget giant domes, cities on other worlds will fit their environments

There are good reasons why designs for human outposts on other planets are starting to look nothing like the typical science fiction tropes with which we’ve grown up.

how matter might have won the race to dominate the universe
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how matter might have won the race to dominate the universe

The universe may be the way it is today because the physics of matter and antimatter work just a bit differently...

when stars become cannibalistic parasites
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when stars become cannibalistic parasites

When stars get too close to each other the encounters can end in cannibalism, massive explosions, and even parasitic infestations.

do we finally know what makes us conscious?
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do we finally know what makes us conscious?

One of the biggest questions about the human mind is how it creates consciousness. We may finally have an answer.

how social media is radicalizing wellness gurus and your parents
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how social media is radicalizing wellness gurus and your parents

Once associated with lefty politics, hipsters, and hippies, wellness influencers and their audiences are taking a sudden right wing turn, and social media may be to blame.

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