Daniel Oberhaus

I report on (astro/nuclear/quantum) physics, artificial intelligence, space exploration, the future of energy, DIY tech/open source development, and the psychedelic renaissance. 

When the Drugs Hit

What It’s Like to Smoke Salvia for Science

I was the final volunteer in the world's first brain imaging study on salvia divinorum.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.5.19
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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.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.10.19
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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.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.4.19
Magnets

Watch Scientists Accidentally Blow Up Their Lab With The Strongest Indoor Magnetic Field Ever

Researchers at the University of Tokyo were expecting to create a strong magnetic field, but they got a lot more than they were bargaining for.
Daniel Oberhaus
2.1.19
scams

I Stopped Using a Computer Mouse for a Week and It Was Amazing

Your life will be so much easier if you force yourself to learn keyboard shortcuts.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.24.19
black holes

Astronomers May Have Seen a Star Turn Into a Black Hole for the First Time

Last year astronomers witnessed an explosion like no other. Now astronomers are debating if what they witnessed was the exact moment a star became a black hole.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.13.19
black holes

Astronomers Discover a Supermassive Black Hole Rotating At Half the Speed of Light

The astronomers took advantage of a fortuitous discovery to measure the rotation of a supermassive black hole with unprecedented accuracy.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.12.19
teens

This Teen Translated a Bible Verse Into DNA and Injected it Into Himself

Will bioengineering become the hot new teen trend?
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
biocomputers

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.”
Daniel Oberhaus
12.22.18
AI

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.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.19.18
When the Drugs Hit

The Decline of American Peyote

The small, bulbous peyote cactus is central to the religious rituals of the Native American Church, but poaching and unsustainable harvesting practices put it at risk of extinction in the United States.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.18.18
open source

How I Quit Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon

A reflection on my month without Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, plus a how-to guide if you want to quit the biggest companies in tech.
Daniel Oberhaus
12.17.18
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