SciFriday: Asteroids and Algorithms

NASA recently smashed a spacecraft into an asteroid to test a concept for a future planetary defense system. Is it a coincidence that asteroid Dimorphos is about the same size as Apophis, which makes a near-pass of Earth in 2029?

We also discuss the way social media algorithms shape our society. Here’s a disturbing thought: What if social media addiction leads to mental health problems by design? And what if that design is imposed on the algorithms by outside (i.e., spiritual) forces?

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