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How NFTs Could Disrupt the Art Market
After years of being a museum novelty, digital art is starting to sell like hotcakes--and in some cases for millions of dollars--because of a crypto asset called nonfungible tokens, or NFTs. And it isn't just art--sales of digital collectibles of all kinds are benefiting from these blockchain-based certificates of authenticity. NFTs are making the market more accessible for artists, but in the future, they also could disrupt the entire economy of the art market.
What We Can Learn From 'Long Covid'
Millions of people worldwide who survived an initial Covid-19 infection continue to struggle with debilitating symptoms months later. Physicians are unable to explain their illness. But there's now a name for it: Long Covid. The medical community is hoping that the data trove from Long Covid survivors can not only help them understand their conditions, but also how to treat illnesses with similar symptoms. In a previous version of this podcast released on March 26, we said that Body Politic published survey results in December. The Patient-Led Research Collaborative for Covid-19 published the paper.
How Psychedelic Drugs Are Making a Comeback to Treat Depression
The hallucinogenic compound psilocybin is undergoing a renaissance-not as a recreational drug but as a potential treatment for mental health conditions. We follow the journey of one participant of a scientific study into the psychedelic drug's effect on depression.
Metals That Work Like Magic
Trains that run from New York to California in a few hours, laptops that never overheat, and rockets that fly to Jupiter: These are some of the possibilities of superconductivity. After decades of failed experiments, a new discovery may have just gotten us a step closer.
How the Pandemic Fueled Scientific Discovery and Collaboration
When Chinese researchers published the draft genome of the virus that causes Covid-19 early last January, it altered the course of the pandemic--and possibly changed science forever. Will this spirit of information-sharing and collaboration persist beyond the current crisis?
E-Ternal: New Technology and the Quest to 'Live' Forever
In this episode, we feature a short documentary by Wall Street Journal senior personal technology columnist Joanna Stern that explores how we can use technology to tell our stories long after we die.
Amazing in beginning
Used to be amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it. Now it’s a bit boring, too many recordings from conferences, and I liked the original host Jennifer Strong SO much better
Cool idea but
It’s obvious when people care about their podcasts and with this it’s just not there. I get that it’s pretty research heavy, but monthly podcasts are tough to build a listener base.
Pushing an agenda
The episode on police training lost me. Implicit bias is a sham. The result of experiments are not repeatable and don’t hold up to scientific scrutiny. Why is it presented as gospel truth here? There are legitimate concerns about its efficacy and it was presented as an unimpeachable scientific finding along with the implication that there’s a significant proportion of the population who it is making racist and therefore marginalizes a portion of society. This is a despicable and ideologically driven effort to rebrand the Marxist idea of false consciousness and foist it on all society. The Wall Street Journal should be ashamed of itself for this poor quality “reporting” or “content” or “narrative” or whatever you want to call it. Shameful display and it made me question what else I’ve missed in past episodes that I’m not as knowledgeable on to know where I’m being presented ideology instead of reality.
To be a bit more concrete in my criticism, the episode spoke on a program that has people play as a black person throughout their life and then talks about how the result of that was having peoples’ minds changed about race and justice, but there is an immense amount of special pleading involved here considering the life story is a narrative written by someone, who by their statements in the episode, it can be assumed has a specific idea of race in America which is taken as reflective of reality when it may not be. That’s special pleading. They’re making the argument contingent on the depiction of reality they present despite there being ample evidence that their depiction is flawed that they choose to ignore. Once again, this is a shameful display by the WSJ and is reflective of how our journalistic class has fallen. Be better.