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.
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.
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.
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.
Scientists Recreate 25-Year Old Freak Wave in a Laboratory for the First Time
For the past 25 years, scientists have struggled to explain how large and unexpected waves are created.
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.
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.