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Alien life on Earth

Alien life on Earth

When we search for alien life, we tend to look into the vastness of space for planets that have conditions similar to our planet. But instead of looking in all three dimensions in space, there is another dimension one can look into, when searching for aliens, namely,...

The Uncanny Valley

The Uncanny Valley

The robotics industry is one of the fastest growing industries of the 21st century. Found almost everywhere, robots have integrated into human society. By this, I am not referring to an apocalyptic world in which robots are superior to people, but rather the...

Submarine TikTok

Submarine TikTok

You could say that the pinnacle of globalization lies on the bottom of the sea. Almost every piece of land on earth is connected by optical fiber cables. Together they are the global submarine telecommunications cable network and more than 99% of the worldwide data...

The metaverse and the simulation argument

The metaverse and the simulation argument

In the past I have written an article or so about the simulation argument, however, I have not been satisfied with the article itself. Therefore, I have decided to give it another try. Recent plans of Meta (formerly, Facebook) have also sparked my interest in the...

Wordle: the way to play

Wordle: the way to play

If you grew up in the Netherlands, you probably have heard of the television game ‘Lingo’ and maybe even watched it a lot. In Lingo, participants had to guess five-, six-, seven- or sometimes even ten-letter words in a few tries, where the first letter was given. In...

Rutte IV: What does it mean for the environment?

Rutte IV: What does it mean for the environment?

The cabinet and its ministers for the new Dutch Coalition have been revealed, consisting of the VVD, D66, CDA and ChristenUnie. It has been entitled Rutte IV, after Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s fourth consecutive term. With each new cabinet comes new objectives: what...

How to eradicate a virus

How to eradicate a virus

At the beginning of 2020, our entire world got shocked by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.  Now almost two years later we have realised that we will never get rid of this coronavirus and that we have to learn to live with the virus. However, at the beginning of...

Quantum immortality

Quantum immortality

In quantum mechanics, physicists have come up with all kinds of thought experiments. Quantum suicide and quantum immortalilty are examples of these thought experiments. They are a variation on the most famous problem in quantum mechanics, Schrödinger’s cat. This...

Travelling every single country in the world

Travelling every single country in the world

As soon as one receives one’s first passport, dreams of filling it with stamps start drifting into one’s mind. With about 190 nations in the world, there is no dearth of places to visit. But how long would it take to visit every single country? And how much would it...

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