I report on (astro/nuclear/quantum) physics, artificial intelligence, space exploration, the future of energy, DIY tech/open source development, and the psychedelic renaissance.
There’s a Growing Population of Wild Monkeys With a Deadly Herpes Virus in Florida
The risk that humans may contract the deadly herpes virus is low, but the number of monkeys with the virus is set to explode, increasing risk of contact.
Doctors Without Orders
Meet the Anarchists Making Their Own Medicine
The Four Thieves Vinegar Collective is a network of tech-fueled anarchists taking on Big Pharma with DIY medicines.
This Teen Made a DIY Device That Measures the Strength of Your Bong Hits
Bradley Moore explains how he generates the dankest of data.
Evidence Based Medicine
Volunteers Jumped Out of a Plane Without a Parachute to Test the Efficacy of Parachutes
Fifteen years ago, researchers said it would be impossible to do a randomized controlled trial of parachute safety. A team of scientists from Harvard, the University of Michigan, and UCLA disagreed.
Researchers Developed a Technique to Turn Nearly a Quarter of Our Plastic Waste into Fuel
The process could help convert millions of tons of plastic we generate every year into an gasoline and diesel-like fuel.
Leaving Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Informed, Study Finds
When researchers measured the welfare of hundreds of people who left Facebook for a month, they found they were happier, less politically informed, more active in IRL activities, and less likely to go back to Facebook.
When the Drugs Hit
Scientists Identify Key Neural Mechanisms Behind an LSD Trip
LSD appears to cause information to disintegrate as it is passed through a neural circuit that determines how we process internal and external stimuli.
Astronomers Discover Incredibly Rare ‘Fossil Cloud’ Created Minutes After the Big Bang
The fossil cloud is only the third of its kind ever seen by astronomers, but could pave the way for their systematic discovery in the future.
This Teen Translated a Bible Verse Into DNA and Injected It Into Himself
Will bioengineering become the hot new teen trend?
An Amoeba-Based Computer Calculated Approximate Solutions to a Very Hard Math Problem
These single-celled organisms have a strange computing capacity that allows them to generate approximate solutions to a computationally complex problem known as the “traveling salesman problem.”
This Guy Made a ‘Game Boy Supercomputer’ That Can Handle 1 Billion Frames Per Second
Teaching AI how to transfer knowledge from one game to another is a tricky task, but some clever hardware hacking offered a solution.
This AI Can Insert Your Selfie Into Famous Paintings
Digitally adding objects to photos is trivial, but AI researchers have struggled to replicate the same techniques with paintings.