climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030
# health

climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030

We knew people would die as climate change got progressively worse. Now we have a realistic idea of just how many, and plenty of hints that these statistics are underestimated.


sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787
# longform

sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787

Sci-fi Saturday returns with what will be part one of a short story…


why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords
# tech

why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords

Pundits are charging that not only are tech billionaires taking advantage of their employees and automating them out of a job, they’re actually on a mission to make humans obsolete.


are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?
# science

are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?

As official approval of lab-grown meat looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to rethink how we feed ourselves and why we need to make a change sooner rather than later.


wonky star systems may be born that way
# space

wonky star systems may be born that way

A nearby baby star has been discovered with a warped protoplanetary disk — a feature that may reveal the true nature of the solar system’s planetary misalignments

how fixing particle colliders’ discarded data problem could bring us a better internet
# tech

how fixing particle colliders’ discarded data problem could bring us a better internet

Particle colliders have a huge, seldom discussed problem when trying to record experimental data. Solving it could help us find ground breaking new physics and give us a more reliable internet.

our war on microbes may be giving us cancer
# health

our war on microbes may be giving us cancer

Modern houses tend to be clean, so clean that they may be undermining our immune systems, and alongside our addiction to antibiotics, giving us a wide variety of health problems.

world of weird things podcast: artificial untelligence
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: artificial untelligence

Everyone is talking about artificial intelligence, but what do they actually mean by that? Turns out nailing down the meaning of the term is a lot harder that it seems at first glance.

when philosophers keep hearing the siren call of digital communism
# tech

when philosophers keep hearing the siren call of digital communism

To address income inequality, economists and philosophers keep coming up with the same ideas, most of which involve resurrecting heavy-handed control economies and adding computers.

coffee, booze, and extra weight won’t help you live longer. so what will?
# health

coffee, booze, and extra weight won’t help you live longer. so what will?

According to media reports, a recent study found the recipe for a longer life: to be a little overweight and enjoy your beer and lattes. But there’s a secret ingredient they’re missing...

the weird things year in review, 2018
# tech

the weird things year in review, 2018

As 2018 winds down, it’s time to take a quick look back at what happened this year before we ring in the new one...

how weird things is getting ready for a fresh new hell in 2019
# tech

how weird things is getting ready for a fresh new hell in 2019

Weird Things has returned, but because this hiatus was so different, so is the comeback. This site is changing in new and very important ways to tackle the year ahead.

why a conspiracy theorist and his money are soon parted
# oddities

why a conspiracy theorist and his money are soon parted

Thanks to modern technology and streaming platforms, conspiracy theories are big business, meaning that you’re quite literally paying to have people mess with your mind.

world of weird things podcast: why robots are coming for your job and education is the only way to stop them
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why robots are coming for your job and education is the only way to stop them

Futurists have long predicted a time when tens of millions of jobs are done by machines, out of sight and out of mind. Now, this moment is here and we’re far from ready...

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