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.


to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job
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to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job

Futurists once dreamed of an automated, leisurely utopia. Our failure to live up to their visions is taking a massive toll on our health and politics.


quantum physics has a new way to blow your mind. it’s called quantum scarring
# science

quantum physics has a new way to blow your mind. it’s called quantum scarring

It turns out that some quantum systems don’t want to decay into their most chaotic state. Instead, they want to return to the state in which they started.


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.


swiping left on casanova: new study says hookup apps don’t work
# sex

swiping left on casanova: new study says hookup apps don’t work

In the latest blow to the media's myth of hookup culture, it turns out that hookup apps are actually really bad at letting users hook up.

in one ear and out the other: are views on vaccination really immune to influence?
# health

in one ear and out the other: are views on vaccination really immune to influence?

Researchers tried to test whether debates about vaccination lead to more extreme polarization and found a complete shutdown of all debate. But is their study critically flawed?

climate change denialists’ new favorite conspiracy theory
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climate change denialists’ new favorite conspiracy theory

Denialists are now imagining cabals of ecoterrorists burning down entire ecosystems so they don't have to admit that scientists were right about the symptoms of climate change.

do we need github to save our code forever? or should we rethink how we code?
# tech

do we need github to save our code forever? or should we rethink how we code?

Code storage and sharing platform GitHub wants to archive open source software for up to 10,000 years. But is that a good idea, and could we use its momentum to rethink how and why we code?

a planet four times the size of its star shows how solar systems die
# space

a planet four times the size of its star shows how solar systems die

When some stars die, they take their entire systems with them. Others appear to give their planets a fighting chance.

astronomers find more dark matter free galaxies
# space

astronomers find more dark matter free galaxies

A new study sees evidence of more than a dozen galaxies that seem to lack dark matter and raises big questions about our ideas of galaxy formation.

want to look competent? wear expensive clothes.
# science

want to look competent? wear expensive clothes.

It turns out that clothes have an amazing effect on how we're perceived by others, even at first glance.

so, what shape is the universe?
# space

so, what shape is the universe?

Why do popular science news keep offering new theories about the basic shape of our universe every week?

the amazing, evolving ancient astronaut theory
# oddities

the amazing, evolving ancient astronaut theory

For some people, science is not enough but religion is too implausible to explain our origins, so instead of making their peace with one, they turn to a curious mix of both.

wowt explains: what is dark matter?
# science

wowt explains: what is dark matter?

We might know that dark matter is everywhere, but we know very little about it. So, what do we understand about this mysterious but critical component of the universe?

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