I report on (astro/nuclear/quantum) physics, artificial intelligence, space exploration, the future of energy, DIY tech/open source development, and the psychedelic renaissance.
This Website Lets You Track Elon Musk’s Sports Car Through Space
Dude, where's my luxury Tesla?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.