Daniel Oberhaus, Slate

Daniel Oberhaus


New Delhi, DL, India

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Past articles by Daniel:

Why We Keep Sending Music to Extraterrestrials

Our appreciation of music is part of what makes us human—and could teach ET a lot about us, too. → Read More

The Complicated Economy of Open Source Software

A look at the complicated business of funding open source software development. → Read More

Researchers Use AI to Discover Evidence of Unknown Human Ancestor In Our DNA

The research explains how a third ancient human ancestor bred with humans to produce the modern human genome. → Read More

Researchers Developed a Technique to Turn Nearly a Quarter of Our Plastic Waste into Fuel

The process could help convert millions of tons of plastic we generate every year into an gasoline and diesel-like fuel. → Read More

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. → Read More

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. → Read More

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. → Read More

The ‘World’s Most Beautiful Data Center’ is a Supercomputer Housed in a Church

The MareNostrum 4 is only the world’s 25th most powerful supercomputer, but it definitely has the most style. → Read More

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. → Read More

Tons of Stars Are Actually Solid 'Crystal Spheres' Hanging In Space

Turning into crystal spheres is the ultimate fate of billions of stars in our galaxy, including our own Sun. → Read More

There’s a Growing Population of Wild Monkeys With a Deadly Herpes Virus in Florida

The risk that humans may contract the deadly herpes virus is low, but the number of monkeys with the virus is set to explode, increasing risk of contact. → Read More

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.” → Read More

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. → Read More

Watch Sound Waves Levitate Small Objects In Different Directions

A new type of acoustic levitation called "holographic acoustic tweezers" is mesmerizing to watch. → Read More

The Decline of American Peyote

The small, bulbous peyote cactus is central to the religious rituals of the Native American Church, but poaching and unsustainable harvesting practices put it at risk of extinction in the United States. → Read More

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. → Read More

Community Activists Kill Elon Musk's Plan for an Underground Freeway Tunnel in LA

Elon Musk tried to bypass a full environmental review for his test tunnel, but community groups sued and won. → Read More

Complex Systems Theorists Explain Why Democracy Is Dying

A team of mathematicians, physicists, philosophers and psychologists argue that the decline of democracies is poorly understood, but concepts from complex systems theory may offer a solution. → Read More

How I Refilled My Juul With DIY Mango Vape Juice

Although the FDA backtracked on its threat to ban e-cigarette juices, vapers can save a lot of time and money by making it themselves. → Read More

Researchers Created Fake 'Master' Fingerprints to Unlock Smartphones

It’s the same principle as a master key, but applied to biometric identification with a high rate of success. → Read More