how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.


how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics
# tech

how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics

The American military may be the best in the world, but too often, it’s fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century ideas. Its foreign counterparts have an opportunity to master the wars of the future.


why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet
# tech

why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet

In the next ten years or so, your internet experience will be the same as today. But that internet may be built on complex quantum interactions instead of bits and bytes flying between routers and servers.


the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them
# science

the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them

You might not care that that some places on Earth are seeing 75% declines in some insects. You really should. When they’re gone completely, so are the ecosystems in which we grow our food.


why we need to learn more about super-earths
# space

why we need to learn more about super-earths

Super-Earths are often thought of as just bigger version of our own planet on steroids. But these worlds offer us amazing insights into everything from plate tectonics to planetary formation and classification.

why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t
# science

why gravity is the force you think you understand, but actually don’t

If you think you know how gravity works, you’re probably wrong. While we can explain what it does, figuring out how has been a multi-decade long exercise in frustration and dead ends.

why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet
# science

why the world’s tallest mountains might be hundreds of miles under our feet

Determining the tallest mountains on Earth seems like a fairly straightforward task, but it actually depends on which mountains you measure and how you measure them...

welcome to the internet of (dumb, hackable, and possibly dangerous) things
# tech

welcome to the internet of (dumb, hackable, and possibly dangerous) things

Gadgets connected to the internet and controlled by apps are everywhere, even in things that don’t need to be linked global communication networks. Unfortunately, they’re not working out well for us...

did asteroids and comets help create our continents?
# science

did asteroids and comets help create our continents?

Asteroids and comet brought our planet water and the chemical precursors for life. But could they have also given rise to our continents and help set plate tectonics in motion?

sci-fi saturday: chapter 003
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 003

shadow nation / future shock / chapter 003

world of weird things podcast: the cult who told me they loved me
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: the cult who told me they loved me

Cults are all the rage right now, if streaming documentaries about their history and fate are anything to go by. Who joins cults and why? And what kind of cults can we expect to take off in the near future?

why you can’t “hack yourself” to live for two centuries
# health

why you can’t “hack yourself” to live for two centuries

Biohacking is the next big craze for those obsessed with taking charge of their health beyond just diet and exercise. But while it sounds like science, there’s no evidence it actually works.

when confronted with measles, anti-vaxxers and their kids get vaccinated
# health

when confronted with measles, anti-vaxxers and their kids get vaccinated

It’s one thing to speculate about how evil vaccines are and dismiss the illnesses they’re meant to prevent. But after seeing the effects of measles and whooping cough up close, parents and teenagers are losing their anti-vaxx attitudes.

there may not be dark matter or energy, just gravity. we just don’t know how.
# space

there may not be dark matter or energy, just gravity. we just don’t know how.

Theoretical physicists seem ready to move on from looking at dark matter as unknown particles we’ve yet to discover, and consider it a side-effect of gravity at cosmic scales.

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