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There’s no digital afterlife…

There’s no digital afterlife…

That thing? It’s just a monster living in Microsoft’s basement. And it’s wearing someone’s face...

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Know Sweat

Know Sweat

During the 1800s, Western culture morphed its distaste for olfaction into a belief that the human sense of smell was mediocre and superfluous...

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The dog was more lifelike than expected…

The dog was more lifelike than expected…

If he obeyed a voice command – to sit, stay or roll over – I was supposed to scratch his head and say, “good dog”...

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Amongst Us

Amongst Us

Many SETI scientists now agree with UFOers that the first alien detection plausibly could occur within our own solar system...

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Early Transnational Astronomy in Chile

Early Transnational Astronomy in Chile

Improvisation was part of the technological expedition: a mule was responsible for the Danjon telescope while the astronomer lit a fire to make some smoke...

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Is God a cosmologist?

Is God a cosmologist?

Does the universe have a beginning in time? If so, is it an argument for theism?

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Where No Man Has Sat for Hours and Hours Before

Where No Man Has Sat for Hours and Hours Before

The Starship cabin is not ultimately intended for trips “under an hour,” but in fact for journeys of multiple months...

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Quantum Secure

Quantum Secure

Just like the nuclear revolution, the possible ramifications of the quantum revolution reach far beyond the spheres of academia and may become instrumental in security and warfare...

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“Constructor theory puts counterfactuals at the very foundation of physics”

“Constructor theory puts counterfactuals at the very foundation of physics”

The standard laws of physics — such as quantum theory, general relativity, even Newton’s laws — are formulated in terms of trajectories of objects and what happens to them given some initial conditions. But there are some phenomena in nature that you can’t quite capture in terms of trajectories...

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From the Sky

From the Sky

To be frozen, and come back to life. It is fantastical. And yet, it seems to be true...

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The Order of the Dolphin was dismayed…

The Order of the Dolphin was dismayed…

As the 1960s opened, the Order of the Dolphin was dismayed as it became clearer that the Milky Way was no cacophonous cloud of thinking stars...

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Doctored

Doctored

We are living, at least in the West, in the days of the health religion. And whoever doubts it is a blasphemer...

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When you’re listening to jazz, you lose your sense of time…

When you’re listening to jazz, you lose your sense of time…

We're in a dance with the tools we make and the technologies we create...

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Investigating the Genetic Origins of the Platypus’s Weirdness

Investigating the Genetic Origins of the Platypus’s Weirdness

It was reported that platypus fur glows blue-green under UV light...

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What was Dilophosaurus really like?

What was Dilophosaurus really like?

The animal that departed most from the fossil evidence was Dilophosaurus. In the movie, it takes the form of a golden retriever–sized creature with a rattling frill and venomous spit...

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Promising Exoplanets

Promising Exoplanets

If humans are capable of instigating multiple origins of life under a broader array of circumstances than life currently exists, ought we to do it?

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Science needs birds and frogs…

Science needs birds and frogs…

If the history of physics with its creative interplay between frogs and birds is any guide, there is much cause for optimism...

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And Yet as Mortal

And Yet as Mortal

H.G. Wells’ 1897 novel The War of the Worlds has never lost its power to unsettle, but it has become peculiarly resonant with the arrival of Covid-19...

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Space Rubbish Collection

Space Rubbish Collection

As the debris spiralled downward, gathering speed, the Air Force was keeping a close watch, but small things in space can easily evade detection...

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Our cognition continues to be emotionally led…

Our cognition continues to be emotionally led…

In the realm of public opinion, climate change isn’t a scientific issue, it’s a political one. Climate change science is relatively new and technically...

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