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Airbus Just Unveiled Three New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft

Airbus Just Unveiled Three New Zero-Emission Concept Aircraft

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Air travel has plummeted during the pandemic; not only do a lot of people not feel safe being in airports or on planes, but with everything we used to do being closed or canceled, we don’t really have anywhere to go.With all the reduced human movement caused by the pandemic—not just in air travel, but transportation of all kinds—has come a reckoning about our impact on the planet, and calls to find ways to continue the emissions reductions caused...

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This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab | Science Times

This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab | Science Times

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!Eating fish, then, seems preferable to meat. In fact, according to the , 3.1 billion people around the world now rely on fish and seafood for a fifth of their daily animal protein intake. Fish are also one of our only sources of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.But—spoiler—it turns out there are some serious issues with the seafood industry, too.READ:   Water , throwing off marine ecosystems’ natural balance and kicking off negative ripple effects throughout their food chains. —when we take fish out of their natural...

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Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked

Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.A little over two years ago, a shipping container-sized cylinder bearing Microsoft’s name and logo was off the northern coast of Scotland. Inside were 864 servers, and their submersion was part of the second phase of the software giant’s . Launched in 2015, the project’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of underwater data centers powered by offshore renewable energy.A couple months ago, the deep-sea servers were brought back up to the...

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This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab

This Startup Is Growing Sushi-Grade Salmon From Cells in a Lab

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.As the ills of factory farming become more pronounced, people are increasingly gravitating towards vegetarian or pescatarian diets. Besides producing a large percentage of our total greenhouse gas , raising livestock uses up a third of the to grow feed, not to mention that the animals themselves are often terribly mistreated.Eating fish, then, seems preferable to meat. In fact, according to the , 3.1 billion people around the world now rely on...

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Walmart Is Piloting Drone Delivery in North Carolina

Walmart Is Piloting Drone Delivery in North Carolina

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to quickly adapt to circumstances that were unimaginable a year ago. Companies are finding new ways to do business, and in the process we’re seeing an acceleration of technologies that, though they were already in the pipeline, would have taken several more years to really pick up speed.One of these technologies is . Though the regulations around them are still somewhat piecemeal, drones have seen a steady...

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Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won't Be Easy

Uber Wants to Go All-Electric by 2030. It Won't Be Easy

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The coronavirus pandemic has been an all-around nightmare, but there are a few silver linings. One of these is a renewed focus on the environment. worldwide when countries went into lockdown in the spring, and cities have since been implementing new measures to keep pollution down and get people to be more active and environmentally conscious.In keeping with the trend, ridesharing market leader Uber that it will transition to a 100 percent...

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A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The UN population forecast predicts that by 2050 there will be almost people on the planet. They’ll live mostly in cities and have an older median age than the current global population. One looming questions is, what will they eat?The of the 1960s used selective breeding to double crop yields of rice and wheat in some areas of the world, rescuing millions of people from food shortages and even famine. Now, the fast-growing global population...

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These Sleek Houses Are 3D Printed, and They Fit in Your Backyard

These Sleek Houses Are 3D Printed, and They Fit in Your Backyard

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.If you’d told me ten years ago that I could go live in a house built by a giant concrete-spitting 3D printer, I not only would’ve thought you were crazy, I wouldn’t have known what you were talking about.Five years ago I still would have been very, very skeptical.But today, 3D printed homes seem to be coming out of the woodwork—so much so that we may soon need to adjust that saying to “coming out of the printer.” (I’ll show myself out…).This week...

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An Indian Company Is Gearing Up to Make Millions of Doses of a $3 Covid-19 Vaccine

An Indian Company Is Gearing Up to Make Millions of Doses of a $3 Covid-19 Vaccine

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, there’s one thing we’re all counting on to rescue us from the drudgery of socially-distanced life: a vaccine.How many times have you heard “X won’t happen again until there’s a vaccine”? Concerts, conferences, festivals, sporting events, weddings, and anything else that entails a lot of people being in one place has been put on hold indefinitely—and we miss it. All of it.But as much as we’re counting on a vaccine...

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Airships Are No Longer a Relic of the Past; You Could Ride in One by 2023

Airships Are No Longer a Relic of the Past; You Could Ride in One by 2023

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.As concern over climate change and rising temperatures grows, the airline industry is taking heat (pun intended). Flying 2.5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions; that’s lower than car travel and maritime shipping, but still a chunk worth acknowledging.In some parts of the world people have started “flight-shaming,” that is, giving up air travel themselves and encouraging others to find alternative means of transport that are more...

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A Year After Gene Therapy, Boys With Muscular Dystrophy Are Healthier and Stronger

A Year After Gene Therapy, Boys With Muscular Dystrophy Are Healthier and Stronger

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Two and a half years ago, a study published in detailed how the gene editing tool genetic mutations related to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The study was a proof of concept, and used induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).But now a similar treatment has not only been administered to real people, and made a difference in their quality of life and the progression of their disorder. Nine boys aged 6 to 12 who have been living with DMD since...

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What If Cars Could Read and React to Your Emotions? Soon, They Will

What If Cars Could Read and React to Your Emotions? Soon, They Will

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Imagine you’re on your daily commute to work, driving along a crowded highway while trying to resist looking at your phone. You’re already a little stressed out because you didn’t sleep well, woke up late, and have an important meeting in a couple hours, but you just don’t feel like your best self.Suddenly another car cuts you off, coming way too close to your front bumper as it changes lanes. Your already-simmering emotions leap into overdrive,...

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This Russian Firm's Star Designer Is an AI—but No One Knew That for a Year

This Russian Firm's Star Designer Is an AI—but No One Knew That for a Year

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Imagine discovering a new artist or designer—whether visual art, fashion, music, or even —and becoming a big fan of her work. You follow her on social media, eagerly anticipate new releases, and chat about her talent with your friends. It’s not long before you want to know more about this creative, inspiring person, so you start doing some research. It’s strange, but there doesn’t seem to be any information about the artist’s past online; you...

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This Startup Is 3D Printing Custom Prosthetics for a Fraction of the Standard Cost

This Startup Is 3D Printing Custom Prosthetics for a Fraction of the Standard Cost

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Around in the US are currently living with limb loss. The trauma of losing a limb is just the beginning of what amputees have to face, with the sky-high cost of prosthetics making their circumstance that much more challenging.Prosthetics can run for a complex limb (like an arm or a leg) and aren’t always covered by insurance. As if shelling out that sum one time wasn’t costly enough, kids’ prosthetics need to be replaced as they outgrow them,...

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This Century Will See Massive Shifts in the Global Population, Economy, and Power Structure

This Century Will See Massive Shifts in the Global Population, Economy, and Power Structure

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.A lot of the predictions we hear about the future involve a hot, crowded planet, one where we need some serious science to figure out how to feed everyone and control rising global temperatures. The of almost 10 billion people by 2050 is widely quoted, and with it has come much conjecture about what such a world will look like. Where will all those people live? What kind of jobs will they have? What will they eat?But before we invest too much into...

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Google Loon Is Now Beaming WiFi Down to Earth From Giant Balloons

Google Loon Is Now Beaming WiFi Down to Earth From Giant Balloons

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Four years ago, three big tech companies had to beam internet down to Earth from the sky, and each scenario sounded wilder than the next. SpaceX requested permission to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit to create a global internet hotspot. Facebook wanted to use solar-powered drones and laser-based tech to shoot wifi to antennas. And Google’s Loon was building giant balloons to house solar-powered electronics that would transmit connectivity down...

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The 3D Printed Homes of the Future Are Giant Eggs on Mars

The 3D Printed Homes of the Future Are Giant Eggs on Mars

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Last month, a 3D printed on a pontoon was unveiled in the Czech Republic. Last year, work started on a for low-income families in Mexico. While building homes with 3D printers is becoming more scalable, it’s also still a fun way to play around with unique designs and futuristic concepts for our living spaces.It doesn’t get much more futuristic than living on Mars—and guess what? There’s a 3D printed home for that, too. In fact, there are a few;...

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The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend

The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do things, big-time. The events, places, and activities we were used to enjoying have been canceled, closed, or in some cases, permanently shut down. Virtual versions of just about everything have sprung up: meetings, , parties, classes, conventions. This week another event was added to the list of things gone : the Tour de France.First held in 1903, the has gone on every year since, with the only...

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This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years

This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.One of the world’s first 3D printed houses went up in . At 400 square meters in size and 2 stories tall, the house took 45 days to print—and at the time, this seemed amazingly fast.Since then, similar houses have popped up in other parts of the world, including , , , and even an entire community of 3D printed homes .This month, another country joined the list: the Czech Republic. Not to be outshined by its predecessors, , as the house has been...

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Your Personal Data Is Worth Money. Andrew Yang Wants to Get You Paid

Your Personal Data Is Worth Money. Andrew Yang Wants to Get You Paid

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Contact tracing has been a somewhat controversial tool for fighting coronavirus in the US. American consumers wanted privacy to be preserved, so Apple and Google set about devising an API that could help while keeping users’ identities anonymous. But what many of us seemed to forget during conversations about contact tracing is that we’re already living under a digital microscope, with multiple companies following and recording our every...

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SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports for Daily Starship Launches

SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports for Daily Starship Launches

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.The stopped a lot of things, but it hasn’t done much to slow down SpaceX and Elon Musk. The company sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station last month in the first-ever , and it’s its tenth group of Starlink satellites next week and a GPS satellite for the US military later this month.As if all that weren’t enough, SpaceX is also starting to take action on plans to build floating launchpads for travel to the moon, Mars, and...

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OpenAI’s New Text Generator Writes Even More Like a Human

OpenAI’s New Text Generator Writes Even More Like a Human

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.In early 2019 , a startup co-founded by Elon Musk devoted to ensuring artificial general intelligence is safe for humanity, it had created a neural network for natural language processing called GPT-2. In what some saw as a publicity stunt and others as a sign of an imminent robot apocalypse, OpenAI initially chose not to publicly release the text generator. Because the tool could produce text realistic enough that it was, in some cases, hard to ,...

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New Record-Crushing Battery Lasts 1.2 Million Miles in Electric Cars

New Record-Crushing Battery Lasts 1.2 Million Miles in Electric Cars

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Electric cars had their biggest year ever in 2019. As of the end of the year, of the world’s total cars were electric. It’s a small percentage, but represents for the electric vehicle industry.Before electric cars become more widespread, they have some technological hurdles left to clear, including the distance drivers can go before having to re-charge the car’s battery (also known as !), and the life of the battery itself. Range currently runs...

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Fixing What's Broken: If We Build a Moral Economy, the Future Will Be Better

Fixing What's Broken: If We Build a Moral Economy, the Future Will Be Better

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been eagerly awaiting a return to normal. We want to be able to go out again, see our friends, and be in public places without feeling like we’re risking our health or that of others.Now that Covid-19 case counts have gone down and restrictions are starting to lift, it seems we’re at last on the path back to some semblance of normalcy. But as recent events have shown, the status quo before the pandemic...

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Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech

Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.10 percent of the global population suffers from some form of . That includes 37 million people , 100,000 of whom pass away each year awaiting a kidney transplant.Our kidneys are crucial for keeping us alive and healthy. A sort of chemical computer that keeps our blood chemistry stable—whether we’re eating a sugary birthday cake or a vitamin-filled salad—they prevent waste buildup, stabilize our electrolyte levels, and produce hormones to regulate...

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