Last week's Curios covered the "not a morning person" gene, dubious 10,000 steps, and melting Everest.
Changing technology stimulates the brain and increases intelligence. But that may only be true if the technology challenges us. In a world run by intelligent machines, our lives could get a lot simpler. Would that make us less intelligent?
The admission of women to the UFC presents us with a fascinating natural experiment. Due to the well-documented greater tendency of males to engage in physical aggression, researchers have not thought to test for ability to assess the fighting formidability of women.
The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away.
Advancing technologies will cause so much disruption to almost every industry that entire professions will disappear. We will be entering an era of abundance in which we no longer have to work to have our basic needs met. And we will gain the freedom to pursue creative endeavors and do the things that we really like.
Summer is here and all over the world, people take the roads, airways, exploring the world around them. But our travels aren't just limited to terrestrial destinations this year. Exploration, be it of space or thought is one of the great natural human impulses. It can lead us anywhere, often with the help of mathematics.
When Stevie Wonder wrote "Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand," the word "all" meant "all people." But that was in 1976. With the rapid advancement of technology, music is gradually becoming a language that can also be understood by computers.
My son Roman never cries. He is paralyzed, but he has the heart of a lion. So when he called tonight, just moments ago, sobbing uncontrollably, I could not recognize the voice.
Asteroids are leftover rocks from the creation of the Solar System 4.5 billion years ago.
What is special about the The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is the way it enables viewers to look through the observation window as if they were part of the prison staff watching this remarkable drama slowly unfold, and simultaneously observe those observers as well.
All physics is error prone and then there is bad physics. I deconstruct one of the most controversial antigravity experiments on the internet, so that we as a general population are able to differentiate misinformation from the real thing.
Someday, perhaps all of medicine will be reducible (like most things) to a set of algorithms and doctors will be replaced by computers. But we are still far from achieving anything approaching this level of technical omniscience and certainty. For the far foreseeable future, we need doctors who understand life and people, not just lab test readouts and scientific papers.
Why do we keep asking "why?" It is that characteristic, after all, that is one of the keys to what makes us human. Every answer to a scientific question only opens the door to an entire series of new questions. They say that curiosity is contagious. Let's turn it into an epidemic!
The problems and possibilities are endless in the future we are headed into. We need to be prepared and to develop a new version of capitalism that benefits all.
Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.
At some point, a scientist must say it is time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong. In my opinion, we have reached that point on the sea level issue. We have a global crisis, an emergency that calls for global cooperation to reduce emissions as rapidly as practical.