Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable fluke. By definition, probable events occur frequently, improbable events occur rarely—or once. Our evolutionary history shows that many key adaptations—not just intelligence, but complex animals, complex cells, photosynthesis, and life ...
Time magazine has named Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk as its Person of the Year, for an incredible 12 months of achievements in which he jockeyed for the crown of world’s richest person and made his Twitter account a must-read while moving the needle on climate change, cryptocurrencies, space exploration, and universal broadband. In […]
Back in 2019, a Scottish company called Statoil erected the world’s first floating wind farm. Although offshore wind farms have existed for several years, they’re often constructed in super shallow waters just off the coast. Floating wind farms, however, can float in hundreds of feet deep waters, without becoming an eyesore, or taking up land […]
The researchers surveyed over 72,000. Image: Visual Capitalist How does your personality type affect your income? You’ve just finished giving a presentation at work, and an outspoken coworker challenges your ideas. Do you: a) Engage in a friendly debate about the merits of each argument, or b) Avoid a conflict by agreeing or changing the […]
The pace of change in the technology sector has always been brisk. As much as 10 years worth of growth in e-commerce may have been compressed into just three months in late 2019, according to McKinsey & Company, which predicts that we’ll experience more technological progress in the coming decade than we did in the preceding 100 […]
A Spanish company has devised a system to extract drinking water from thin air to supply arid regions where people are in desperate need. “The goal is to help people,” said Enrique Veiga, the 82-year-old engineer who invented the machine during a harsh drought in southern Spain in the 1990s. “The goal is to get […]
People care what their avatars are wearing. When the virtual world Decentraland said in June users could make and sell their own clothing for avatars to wear on the site, Hiroto Kai stayed up all night designing Japanese-inspired garments. Selling kimonos for around $140 each, he said he made $15,000-$20,000 in just three weeks. While […]