climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030
# health

climate change could kill over 500,000 people per year by 2030

We knew people would die as climate change got progressively worse. Now we have a realistic idea of just how many, and plenty of hints that these statistics are underestimated.


sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787
# longform

sci-fi saturday: 06.27.2787

Sci-fi Saturday returns with what will be part one of a short story…


why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords
# tech

why tech companies aren’t building our new machine overlords

Pundits are charging that not only are tech billionaires taking advantage of their employees and automating them out of a job, they’re actually on a mission to make humans obsolete.


are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?
# science

are we ready to grow our food in labs instead of on farms?

As official approval of lab-grown meat looms on the horizon, it’s a good time to rethink how we feed ourselves and why we need to make a change sooner rather than later.


hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem
# tech

hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem

Hyperloop designers are dreaming big, which is admirable. What’s less admirable is their failure to dream of practical solutions to real world problems.

world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders
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world of weird things podcast: why we need particle colliders

Particle colliders seem like an ideal example of esoteric, purely curiosity-driven science. But we’ve actually been enjoying the fruits of their discoveries for decades now.

the cognitive paradox of a political hardliner
# science

the cognitive paradox of a political hardliner

A new study shows that people with hardline political views are more confident in their decisions, no matter how minor, than moderates. But we still don’t know why...

why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get
# tech

why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get

According to researchers and experts, emojis aren’t replacing the written word, they’re just helping us understand the emotional context in which that written word was deployed.

why saturn’s majestic rings won’t be around for much longer
# space

why saturn’s majestic rings won’t be around for much longer

Saturn’s rings are young and might be gone almost as quickly as they appeared in planetary terms, according to the latest research by NASA.

the “dark intellectual web” takes on the millennial sex recession
# politics

the “dark intellectual web” takes on the millennial sex recession

In their fight against postmodernism, the so-called dark web intellectuals managed to create its regressive parallel universe clone.

house republicans take on google, own selves in process
# tech

house republicans take on google, own selves in process

When the internet really doesn’t like you, there isn’t much you can do but get better. Just don’t tell that to angry aging lawmakers. They will refuse to believe you.

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how not to design your baby

The CRISPR babies scandal has unlocked old fears about the power of gene editing in the wrong hands and created new concerns about rogue operators who refuse to play it safe, even when there are literally lives on the line.

italy’s five star movement goes full mental anti-vaxxer
# health

italy’s five star movement goes full mental anti-vaxxer

Evidence-based medicine, vaccination, and good science are out in Italy. Alt med scams, snake oil, and anti-vaccination propaganda are in.

the fun, excitement, and challenge of recording alien winds
# space

the fun, excitement, and challenge of recording alien winds

InSight’s recording of Martian winds isn’t what you’d hear if you were on the planet yourself. And if you start asking why, you’ll find out some bizarre and fascinating things about how winds work on alien worlds.

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