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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

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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.

Feb 11, 2022

1.5 million-year-old fossil rewrites ‘Out of Africa’ theory

Posted by in category: climatology

But some experts want more evidence.

A 1.5 million-year-old vertebra from an extinct human species unearthed in Israel suggests that ancient humans may have migrated from Africa in multiple waves, a new study finds.

Although modern humans, Homo sapiens, are now the only surviving members of the human family tree, other human species once roamed Earth. Prior work revealed that long before modern humans made their way out of Africa as early as about 270,000 years ago, now-extinct human species had already migrated from Africa to Eurasia by at least 1.8 million years ago, during the early parts of the Pleistocene (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), the epoch that included the last ice age.

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Feb 8, 2022

The Nuclear Industry Argues Regulators Don’t Understand New Small Reactors

Posted by in categories: climatology, nuclear energy

Advocates say the plants offer a climate fix, but opponents decry them as dangerous.

Feb 7, 2022

Astronomers spot a wandering black hole in empty space for the first time

Posted by in categories: climatology, cosmology, existential risks, information science, robotics/AI, sustainability

Machine learning can work wonders, but it’s only one tool among many.

Artificial intelligence is among the most poorly understood technologies of the modern era. To many, AI exists as both a tangible but ill-defined reality of the here and now and an unrealized dream of the future, a marvel of human ingenuity, as exciting as it is opaque.

It’s this indistinct picture of both what the technology is and what it can do that might engender a look of uncertainty on someone’s face when asked the question, “Can AI solve climate change?” “Well,” we think, “it must be able to do *something*,” while entirely unsure of just how algorithms are meant to pull us back from the ecological brink.

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Feb 5, 2022

Massive Methane Emissions by the Oil & Gas Industry Detected from Satellite, Space

Posted by in categories: climatology, economics, space, sustainability

An international study involving researchers from CNRS and CEA as well as the company Kayrros reveals hundreds of major methane leaks linked to the global exploitation of oil and gas. Scientists show that their mitigation would lead to climatic and economic benefits amounting to billions of dollars for the main hydrocarbon producing countries. This work is published on February 4, 2022 in the journal Science.

Original press release published on CEA.

A major contributor to climate change, methane (CH 4) has a warming potential over 100 years approximately 30 times greater than that of CO 2. A quarter of anthropogenic emissions of this greenhouse gas come from the global exploitation of coal, oil and natural gas, of which CH4 is the main component. In 2018, a study had already exposed, based on the case of the United States, the vast underestimation in official inventories of emissions related to the extraction and distribution of oil and gas. A discrepancy which could be explained by sporadic undeclared releases of large quantities of methane by operators in the sector.

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