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.


the galactic graveyard: why alien civilizations in our galaxy may be long gone
# astrobiology

the galactic graveyard: why alien civilizations in our galaxy may be long gone

Did humanity evolve too late to ever meet a galactic federation of intelligent life?

the universe’s axis of evil and why the cosmos is askew
# space

the universe’s axis of evil and why the cosmos is askew

We’re taught that our universe looks and works the same way in every direction. That may not be entirely true.

why we need to forget about terraforming
# space

why we need to forget about terraforming

Science fiction and popular science say that we can change other worlds to be like ours. In reality, that will be a terrible idea.

how social media algorithms turn us and our politicians into trolls
# tech

how social media algorithms turn us and our politicians into trolls

A study of American politicians’ tweets shows they’ve become angrier and more crass over the last decade. Why? Because social media algorithms reward them for it.

the great blackpilling: why millions are surrendering to the worst of humanity
# politics

the great blackpilling: why millions are surrendering to the worst of humanity

Incels may have popularized the idea of being blackpilled, but now existential surrender is the dangerous new hotness in all corners of social media.

toxic positivity: how happiness becomes a burden
# health

toxic positivity: how happiness becomes a burden

We’ve made such a deal of being happy and optimistic, it’s making us more fatalistic, depressed, and in denial. So how do we find real happiness?

global warming won’t kill us anymore. but it will make us suffer
# science

global warming won’t kill us anymore. but it will make us suffer

Humanity won’t collapse from climate change thanks to the steps we’ve already taken. But we will still be in serious trouble if we don’t do more.

why crypto enthusiasts are #notallbros
# tech

why crypto enthusiasts are #notallbros

The stereotype of NFT and crypto enthusiasts is that of young, upper middle class men gambling on get-rich-quick-schemes. We need to update that perception.

why we need to talk more about geothermal energy
# science

why we need to talk more about geothermal energy

A new energy startup wants to use lasers to make geothermal energy more accessible across the world. We should be rooting for their success.

why is right wing social media obsessed with ukrainian biolabs?
# oddities

why is right wing social media obsessed with ukrainian biolabs?

Combine malicious propaganda with paranoid people who want to believe they know secrets they don’t, and you get a noxious mess.

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