how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence
# evolution

how a virus accidentally helped the evolution of intelligence

Intelligent life on Earth may owe its existence to an ancient virus which inserted its genetic code and machinery into early tetrapods and now helps their neurons talk to each other.


how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics
# tech

how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics

The American military may be the best in the world, but too often, it’s fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century ideas. Its foreign counterparts have an opportunity to master the wars of the future.


why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet
# tech

why and how we’re building and securing the quantum internet

In the next ten years or so, your internet experience will be the same as today. But that internet may be built on complex quantum interactions instead of bits and bytes flying between routers and servers.


the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them
# science

the world’s insects are going extinct, and they might take us with them

You might not care that that some places on Earth are seeing 75% declines in some insects. You really should. When they’re gone completely, so are the ecosystems in which we grow our food.


sci-fi saturday: chapter 002
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 002

shadow nation / future shock / chapter 002

world of weird things podcast: the fermi paradox, or, are we being ghosted by aliens?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: the fermi paradox, or, are we being ghosted by aliens?

When it comes to alien life, the truth is out there. We just don’t know it yet. And the aliens don’t seem to be interested in helping us find out what it is...

a baby star and a cloud of organic molecules may help us in the search for aliens
# astrobiology

a baby star and a cloud of organic molecules may help us in the search for aliens

A star named V883 Ori is going through a growth spurt, and as it does, it’s showing us just how abundant the building blocks of life might be throughout the universe.

models and entertainers may get automated, but not how you might think…
# tech

models and entertainers may get automated, but not how you might think…

If you’re in a creative, artistic industry, relying on your looks and presence to make a living, computers couldn’t possibly come for your job, right? Actually, they can, and here’s how.

did ancient californians accidentally poison themselves with their tupperware?
# science

did ancient californians accidentally poison themselves with their tupperware?

The ancient inhabitants of the Channel Islands suffered an unexplained and serious decline in health some 5,000 years ago. Scientists are still not sure why.

how hustle culture is slowly, and very literally, killing you
# health

how hustle culture is slowly, and very literally, killing you

Today’s office and gig culture are glorifying workaholism and a non-stop “hustle ‘till you make it, sleep when you’re dead” attitude. It’s not just socially toxic. It’s damaging to your health and psyche.

why it’s so hard to study psychedelics for mental health treatment
# health

why it’s so hard to study psychedelics for mental health treatment

As recreational drugs show promise in medical, and possibly professional settings, research is being held back by laws crafted around vindictive politics rather than science.

sci-fi saturday: chapter 001
# sci-fi saturday

sci-fi saturday: chapter 001

shadow nation / future shock / chapter 001

world of weird things podcast: how absolute power corrupts absolutely
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how absolute power corrupts absolutely

As we’ve been told for decades, the wealthy and powerful are not like the rest of us. Not only do they enjoy things we can only dream of, their very mental wiring is altered.

was mars one the fyre festival of space startups?
# space

was mars one the fyre festival of space startups?

Mars One was an impossible dream. No, literally. As in not possible and could never happen. Now the company is bankrupt and its mission plans abandoned, which is really for the best.

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