social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news
# politics

social media propagandists aren’t changing minds, and that’s terrible news

The good news is that foreign disinformation trolls aren’t changing people’s minds. The bad news is that, as it turns out, they don’t have to…


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

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.


wowt explains: what is a black hole?
# space

wowt explains: what is a black hole?

We know that black holes are bizarre. We know they exist. We even have a picture of one. But what exactly are they?

can we stave off global warming by blocking out the sun?
# tech

can we stave off global warming by blocking out the sun?

Politicians aren't in a hurry to lower emissions even as the world's temperature rises. Can we buy more time to fix the environment with a giant orbiting sunshade?

world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: why ad astra is the breakup letter to space exploration

Advertised as a journey to the edge of space and our inner selves, Ad Astra is a tedious, scientifically inaccurate dive into a one-dimensional character's navel. Here's why it matters.

did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?
# space

did we really discover the day that venus turned to hell?

A new study shows just how little we know about why Venus became the hothouse world it is today.

could space planes help fight global warming?
# tech

could space planes help fight global warming?

Planes capable of suborbital flights reducing emissions from air travel sounds absurd at first glance, but a lot more plausible when you consider the technology they plan to use.

world of weird things podcast: don’t trust your gut on probiotics
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: don’t trust your gut on probiotics

Probiotics are the next big health trend thanks to new discoveries about our gut biomes. But are we just buying a lot of hype?

world of weird things podcast: how does global warming make storms worse?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how does global warming make storms worse?

Are hurricanes and major storms getting more dangerous thanks to global warming or is that just what the news and pop culture tell us? The answer is a bit more complicated than you might think…

world of weird things podcast: how ignorant politicians could supercharge hackers
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how ignorant politicians could supercharge hackers

If we compromise encryption standards used to secure almost everything we do electronically, we'll catch more criminals. But we'll also create millions more by giving them easy targets.

world of weird things podcast: are we getting our germs all over space?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: are we getting our germs all over space?

A recent crash landing on the Moon was an astrobiologist's worst-case scenario, raising the question of whether we're just doomed to contaminate every world we'll ever touch.

world of weird things podcast: planes, trains, and automobiles (of the future)
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: planes, trains, and automobiles (of the future)

The Fishes debate the future of transportation and the likelihood that you'll be flying to work with your own, personal jetpack.

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