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.


world of weird things podcast: christmas in a mad scientist’s lab
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: christmas in a mad scientist’s lab

On a very special extended episode, we talk about the science of transhumanism, cyberpunk, extreme life extension, and our potential future merger with machines.

world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how science knows if you’re an awful human

Being a bad person isn’t just a matter of popular opinion. It turns out that science can quantify if and when someone is being terrible.

the psychology of how terrible people get their way and how to stop them
# science

the psychology of how terrible people get their way and how to stop them

How do societies that try to educate kids to share, cooperate, and respect each other end up being bullied by toxic, shameless people to refuse to do any of the above?

world of weird things podcast: did we find the limits of ai?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: did we find the limits of ai?

How can artificial intelligence be so impressive in demos but end up with a shaky real life track record? Is it because we’re hitting the limits of our current machine learning models?

world of weird things podcast: the most abundant lifeforms in the universe
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world of weird things podcast: the most abundant lifeforms in the universe

As scientists search for evidence of life on other worlds in our solar system and beyond, they’re starting to ask how to define life in the first place.

do dogs hold the answer to the mysteries of social evolution?
# science

do dogs hold the answer to the mysteries of social evolution?

Scientists studying how communication and cooperation evolves are turning towards dogs to shed light on long-standing mysteries.

world of weird things podcast: yes, your devices are spying on you, here’s why
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: yes, your devices are spying on you, here’s why

Your electronics are watching you. The good news is that it’s usually to fix bugs. The bad news is that the data they collect can be abused without some serious oversight.

world of weird things podcast: in search of ancient little green men
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: in search of ancient little green men

Tales of long-lost ancient civilizations are nothing new. What is new, is scientists asking how to find such societies on our world and those orbiting other stars…

today’s politics is undermining mental health
# politics

today’s politics is undermining mental health

Unless we tackle the cultural and mental health issues fueling populist train wrecks across the West, any political victory against them will only be temporary.

world of weird things podcast: why space can’t be our trashcan
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why space can’t be our trashcan

After decades of exploring space, the orbit around our planet is filled with junk we need to clear as soon as possible. But physics and politics aren’t going to make it easy on us.

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