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Feb 20, 2022

Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas

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The discovery may be the strongest evidence yet that people reached the Americas thousands of years earlier than many archaeologists thought.

Between 23,000 and 21,000 years ago, people squished through the mud along a lakeshore in what is now New Mexico, alone and in small groups, leaving behind their footprints. Or at least that’s the conclusion of a new paper that Oregon State University, Corvallis, archaeologist Loren Davis calls “potentially groundbreaking.” If the dates are right, the discovery would be the strongest evidence yet that people reached the Americas during the middle of the last ice age, thousands of years earlier than many archaeologists thought.

“If that’s true … it’s going to be a revolution in the way that we think about archaeology in the Americas,” says Davis, who wasn’t involved with the work. It might reignite debates about how people first reached the continent from Asia. But Davis and others would like corroboration of the surprising dates before they rewrite their understanding of when and how people arrived.

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Feb 19, 2022

Can a planet “think”? The bold idea gets new backing

Posted by in categories: alien life, climatology, evolution, sustainability

In a way, it could mean climate change is linked to an “immature technosphere”.

It’s called an epiphenomenon.

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Feb 18, 2022

Solar canals could generate 13GW of energy annually for California

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, sustainability

Turlock Irrigation District (TID) has announced Project Nexus, a pilot project to build solar panel canopies over a portion of TID’s existing canals to operate and research how water-plus-energy can meet California’s needs for climate resiliency.

The Project Nexus could contribute to a more water resilient future for California and position the State to meet its ambitious clean energy goals. The Project will assess the reduction of water evaporation resulting from mid-day shade and wind mitigation; improvements to water quality through reduced vegetative growth; reduction in canal maintenance through reduced vegetative growth; and generation of renewable electricity.

The inspiration for Project Nexus comes from the concept presented in a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Merced, and UC Santa Cruz, which found many advantages to mounting solar panels over open water canals. The study showed that covering the approximately 4,000 miles of California canals could save 63 billion gallons of water annually. This amount of water could be used to irrigate 50,000 acres of farmland or meet the residential water needs of more than 2 million people.

Feb 16, 2022

Ancient kauri trees capture last collapse of Earth’s magnetic field

Posted by in category: climatology

Unleashed cosmic ray bombardment may have eaten up ozone, driving short-term climate swings.

Feb 16, 2022

Nestron’s Cube Two X Is a Futuristic Small and Smart Prefab

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats

There is a whole range of possibilities when it comes to prefabricated modular housing—some might be as simple as a prefab cabin in the woods or a home office in the backyard; others are designed as stackable and programmable smart homes, perhaps strong enough to withstand natural disasters or for seniors looking to age in place affordably.

Whatever it may be, the prefab industry continues to evolve. Singapore-based Nestron is yet another contender in this ever-expanding field, now offering the Nestron Cube Two X (C2X). This rather futuristic-looking smart living pod measures a relatively generous 377 square feet (35 square meters)—a sizable increase in floor area compared to the company’s 280-square-foot (26-square-meter) Cube Two of the same series, which was launched back in 2020, and is designed for three to four inhabitants. Additionally, the Cube Two X comes in two versions: either a one-bedroom or two-bedroom unit with different floor layouts within the same footprint.

Similar to the preceding Cube Two, the 18,000-pound (8,000-kilogram) Cube Two X sports an ultra-sleek exterior that features an insulated, FRP-paneled, galvanized steel frame, which the company says was designed to weather out natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and typhoons. However, the company notes that further fortifications can be done for clients looking for something even more resistant.

Feb 15, 2022

Carbon-neutral geodesic domes built to withstand natural disasters

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats

U.S. startup Geoship have created ‘dome homes’ which last up to 500 years and are resistant to fire, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

Made of earth-friendly bioceramic, Geoship’s geodesic domes envision a new future for humanity.

Although no images of the built domes have been released yet, Geoship has shared these renders of what the dwellings could look like.

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Feb 14, 2022

Rogue rocket about to smash into the moon is from China, not SpaceX, experts say

Posted by in categories: climatology, satellites


A rocket stage set to smash into the moon on March 4 is no longer believed to be a piece of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, but rather a booster from a Chinese rocket sent to the moon in 2014, experts say.

Bill Gray, an astronomer and the developer of the asteroid tracking software Project Pluto, initially identified the errant space junk (which had been given the temporary name WE0913A) as the upper stage of a Falcon 9 rocket, predicting that the debris would collide with the moon after hurtling through space for seven years.

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Feb 14, 2022

Elon Musk — People Don’t Realize What’s Coming!

Posted by in categories: business, climatology, education, Elon Musk, law, space, sustainability

He’s absolutely right about birth rates and its implications for our species. OVER population is a disproven concept as far as our near and near-far future goes.

Elon Musk is the charismatic co-founder of PayPal and Tesla, as well as the founder of SpaceX, Neuralink, and The Boring Company. He serves as CEO of Tesla and CEO/lead designer of SpaceX. Watch along as he explains why earth doesn’t have a lot of time left.

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Feb 14, 2022

World Economic Forum 2021 Global Risk Report Doesn’t Sugarcoat Anything

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

We now know the power that political leaders can wield when the challenge demands it giving us the means to combat climate change.

Feb 13, 2022

Chile is making its own glaciers

Posted by in categories: climatology, futurism

This article is an installment of Future Explored, a weekly guide to world-changing technology. You can get stories like this one straight to your inbox every Thursday morning by subscribing here.

In recent years, mountain communities in Chile have been facing longer and more intense dry spells thanks, in part, to rapidly shrinking glaciers in the Andes. This puts serious stress on local communities that rely on their fresh water.

But a team of Chilean climate experts have come up with a solution. In 2022, they will attempt to DIY their own glaciers, in hopes of supplying fresh water through the dry, summer months.

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