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Maybe we should worry more about solar storms.

Inside this article you’ll learn how carbon dating works. “1859’s Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.” | learn more

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Dude, where’s my fuel?

Prometheus Fuels Founder and CEO: “But as often happens with breakthroughs of this magnitude, our process has … raised a lot of questions: How is it possible that your e-fuels are so much cheaper than everyone else’s? And if you […]

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When to throw your plastic straw into the garbage.

“I’m a civil engineer. Landfills get a bad rap because they seem horrible, but modern landfill technology is really pretty amazing. … And anything that goes into the landfill does not get into the ocean.” | learn more

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Why U.S. population growth is collapsing.

“Journalists are obsessed with the question of why Americans aren’t having more babies…. But it’s the other two factors—death and immigration—that are overwhelmingly responsible for the collapse in U.S. population growth.” Please give us more immigrants! | learn more

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The current thing.

“It is very counter-intuitive to see how “bad” ideas are in fact extremely valuable: not only do they highlight why the good ideas are better, but they also sometimes show that the “good” ideas are in fact wrong. Arguing that […]

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Ark Invest’s big ideas 2022.

“This annual research report seeks to highlight our most provocative research conclusions for the coming year.” Multi-omics, autonomous ride-hail and logistics, and orbital aerospace all sound pretty interesting to me. | learn more

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Deploying 1.2 MWh nuclear plants anywhere within 48 hours.

“Radiant’s Kaleidos power generator will be an encapsulated, meltdown-proof core utilizing TRI-structural ISOtropic particle (TRISO) fuel, which the Office of Nuclear Energy claims to be “the most robust nuclear fuel on Earth”.” | learn more