preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity
# space

preparing for a very low stakes test of general relativity

A new mission to Mercury will test a quirk of general relativity. It won’t be decisive and will involve a lot of precision measurement and tedious number-crunching. And it’s exactly the kind of science we should be encouraging.


why your beer is safe from global warming. for now…
# science

why your beer is safe from global warming. for now…

The beer industry has a plan to keep their product affordable in spite of climate change. But they’re not the only ones having to come up with climate mitigation plans to stay in business.


is time running out for today’s fighter jets?
# tech

is time running out for today’s fighter jets?

American fighter jets aren’t as combat ready as the military wants them to be. But the biggest challenge to meeting readiness goals aren’t older airframes. Some of the newest and most capable fighters are looking a little iffy…


primordial earth may have been purple and that’s a big deal for astrobiologists
# astrobiology

primordial earth may have been purple and that’s a big deal for astrobiologists

A pair of researchers propose that a simpler molecule used in photosynthesis by ancient bacteria may have been widespread on early Earth and could be prevalent on alien worlds.


how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated
# tech

how old macdonald’s farm might just get automated

Robots are now making their way to one of the oldest and most important human occupations: farming. And further automation of agriculture will have serious consequences.

what interstellar’s black hole can teach us about science in entertainment
# science

what interstellar’s black hole can teach us about science in entertainment

After Interstellar, more and more representations of black holes are leaning towards scientific correctness. It may not sound like much, but it’s actually kind of a big deal.

antarctic ice shows us a glimpse of what may lie beyond the standard model
# science

antarctic ice shows us a glimpse of what may lie beyond the standard model

Particle physicists have been stuck confirming the same patterns of particle creation and decay. Now, they coud have a chance to study something brand new.

how cryptocurrencies are trying to perform an act of economic necromancy
# tech

how cryptocurrencies are trying to perform an act of economic necromancy

Cryptocurrency advocates are trying to change the world with a paradox of new technology and an idea we've outgrown after thousands of years.

why kepler-1625b, what a big moon you have…
# space

why kepler-1625b, what a big moon you have…

The first moon detected outside of our solar system may be a gas giant orbiting another gas giant and we’re not sure how that happened. Unless it didn’t start its life as a moon...

the state of california vs. coffee
# health

the state of california vs. coffee

A California law mandating disclosure of any potentially cancer-causing chemicals is starting to cross the line from useful advice into eye-rolling alarmism.

now you’re just a platform that i used to know…
# tech

now you’re just a platform that i used to know…

The times, they are a changin’, and Weird Things is once again changing with them.

what’s wrong with right to try laws
# science

what’s wrong with right to try laws

Giving terminally ill patients a chance to try experimental drugs also means protecting them from scammers.

why we need to explore space now more than we ever did before
# space

why we need to explore space now more than we ever did before

We need big ideas if we're going to successfully transition to a post-industrial society.

sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887
# longform

sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887

Another short sci-fi story for your weekend distraction.

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