A selection of the most interesting and intriguing arXiv papers from the past week.
The number of people we can have meaningful contact with is limited by the size of our brains. Now this group seems to be subdivided into layers, say anthropologists.
Though politicians are increasingly willing to admit the planet is warming, they’re still reluctant to fund clean energy R&D.
Virtual-reality projects are trying to offer a new perspective on what it’s like to experience conditions such as deafness, migraines, and depression.
Another chance to catch the most interesting, and important, articles from the previous week on MIT Technology Review.
Siemens is testing teams of creepy-crawly 3-D-printing robots. Their descendants might make manufacturing lines far more efficient.
AbbVie’s purchase of the cancer fighting startup backed by Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund bodes well for biotech funding.
Google’s founders chose not to pen the company’s annual letter for the first time in 12 years, leaving investors in the dark about Alphabet’s moon shot strategies.
Don’t bet against SpaceX’s ability to land a capsule on Mars. But colonization probably remains further off than it seems.
The technology already exists to give third-party apps and devices access to cable content. The question is whether the cable companies will support it.