Space exploration, and why we are hooked on hybrid cars

Space exploration, and why we are hooked on hybrid cars

They must be read

I’ve been combing the internet to find today’s funniest/most important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Sam Bankman-Fried’s best associates have pleaded guilty to fraud
They have agreed to cooperate in his prosecution. (ENJOY $)
+ Here are some of the charges the US authorities have brought against the couple. (Bloomberg$)
+ “Ethical Crusader” Vikram Akula engaged in some similar shady practices over a decade ago. (Wired $)

2 Elon Musk claims his cost-cutting has saved Twitter from bankruptcy
Others might argue that it has only hastened the company’s demise. (FT$)
+ The obvious choice for a new Twitter boss is among the people he has fired. (New Yorker $)

3 It has been a record year for the climate
But major American legislation could pave the way for a brighter future. (New Yorker $)
+ Why biodiversity is a central measure of climate change’s effects. (Economic $)
+ 2023 is the year we will see whether the company’s climate commitments are real or green. (Wired $)
+ These three diagrams show who is most to blame for climate change. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Gene therapy has restored 10 children’s immune system
The patients, who were born without a functioning immune system, can now lead normal lives. (New Scientist$)
+ This family raised millions to get experimental gene therapy for their children. (MIT Technology Review)

5 The race to share the James Webb Space Telescope’s first images
NASA scientists had a strict deadline to meet, and no room for error. (Reverse)

6 Sextortion scammers in India are ruining their victims’ lives
This is a look into a growing, horrific industry. (The rest of the world)

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7 Your days of sharing Netflix passwords are numbered
Netflix’s crackdown on account sharing is unlikely to be popular. (WSJ$)
+ Sharing passwords is against the law in the UK, the government says. (BBC)

8 How Meme Shares Stopped Being Funny
It turns out that investing based on vibes and jokes doesn’t always pay off. (Vox)

9 Grandmas on TikTok are charming younger generations
It strikes a special chord with those who seek homely, older wisdom in the run-up to Christmas. (The Atlantic $)
+ Why these “day in my life” videos are so addictive. (Vox)

10 We are obsessed with trying to age more healthily
But promising drugs are in danger of being overhyped. (Knowable Magazine)
+ How scientists want to make you young again. (MIT Technology Review)

Quote of the day

“He’s banjaxed the revenue by being a dick.”

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