I report on (astro/nuclear/quantum) physics, artificial intelligence, space exploration, the future of energy, DIY tech/open source development, and the psychedelic renaissance.
Who Killed the American Demoscene?
I went to Synchrony, one of the US's last active demoparties, where programmers showcase artistic audiovisual works made in marathon coding sessions.
The Burnout and Escapism Issue
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.
How a 1980 Bank Robbery Sparked the Militarization of America's Police
Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions love cops with lots of army gear—the legacy of a $20,000 heist that became a political weapon.
There's a Complicated Conspiracy Theory About Brand New Floating Around
The band’s latest album ‘Science Fiction’ has been the subject of conspiracies from the start. But is the latest mystery just a troll from people with too much time on their hands?
The Totally Normal Town Where Everyone Worked on Weapons of Mass Destruction
A 1954 report from the birthplace of the atomic bomb wants you to know that everything is totally “normal” in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
The Most Toxic Nuclear Facility in the US Is in Lockdown
3,000 workers are sheltering as an emergency is declared at a nuclear facility in Washington State.
Meet the Lawyers Defending the Right to Use Ayahuasca Around the Globe
By protecting the drug's status as medicine, they're helping to legitimize psychedelics, and potentially inspire more humane drug policies.
Four Hundred People Microdosed LSD for a Month in the Name of Science
Drugs! For Science!
Two Years Later, Vision Scientists Are Still Studying the Dress
Yes, that dress.
Inside the Loneliest Five-Star Restaurant in the World
You can eat foie gras at Antarctica's Concordia Station, but your closest neighbor is the International Space Station and you might not see oranges for three months.
OK, WTF Is a Time Crystal?
Physicists have made a new phase of matter called a time crystal—but what does that even mean?
This Neuroscientist Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good
Most scientists dismiss ufology, the study of UFOs, as a pseudoscience. Dr. Bob Davis wants to change that.