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Sep 24, 2022

Why the Feds Are Building a Massive Army of Tiny Wasps

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Circa 2021:3


The insects don’t sting but they could be the key to controlling the highly destructive emerald ash borer beetle.

Sep 21, 2022

I spent a year in outer space on the International Space Station. The experience still chokes me up — here’s what my days looked like

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Mark T. Vande Hei did experiments, spacewalked, and even did house chores and worked out. He loved to meditate with Earth in full view.

Sep 20, 2022

Mark Zuckerberg has lost $70 billion in 2022 after metaverse leap

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Markets have been down but Meta’s stock price loss is astounding.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal worth has eroded by a whopping $71 billion dollars in 2022 alone, the most for any billionaire as tracked by Bloomberg.

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Sep 16, 2022

Adobe’s $20 Billion Takeover Of Figma Makes Cofounders Billionaires

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Dylan Field and Evan Wallace started building design startup Figma to challenge Adobe’s PhotoShop. Now Adobe has made them billionaires after announcing it would acquire Figma for $20 billion in a cash and shares deal.

The deal doubles the valuation that the San Francisco-based startup landed in June 2021, when it raised $200 million from investors including Durable Capital and Morgan Stanley. Forbes.

Figma has been branded the Google Docs, or GitHub, for designers with a loyal user base in the millions paying between $12 or $45 per editor for its digital whiteboard product.

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Sep 15, 2022

The Chinese Plan for the A.I. Revolution | Futuristic China | ENDEVR Documentary

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Futuristic China | Business Documentary from 2018.

Hear from the leaders of Baidu, China’s equivalent to Google. The smart home is being advanced at Iflytech, robots for business use are developed at UBTECH, while Tiandi demonstrates their latest advances in surveillance technology.
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Sep 14, 2022

Voices: Alarm bells are going off across the world — but we’re barely listening

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Sometimes it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. We spend so much time on what’s in front of us, we can miss the bigger picture. Alarm bells are going off across the world. We need to hear them.

An extreme heatwave and drought has been roasting China for 70 days straight, something that “has no parallel in modern record-keeping in China, or elsewhere around the world for that matter.”

Next door, in Pakistan, a “torrential downpour of biblical proportions” has so far killed 900 people and destroyed nearly 100,000 homes. Its neighbour India has suffered 200 heatwave days this year so far, compared to just 32 last year. South Korea received it’s the heaviest hourly downpour in Seoul for 80 years, flooding the capital and leaving 50 cities and towns with landslide warnings.

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Sep 13, 2022

Brain folding

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The neocortex is the part of the brain that enables us to speak, dream, or think. The underlying mechanism that led to the expansion of this brain region during evolution, however, is not yet understood. A research team headed by Wieland Huttner, director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, now reports an important finding that paves the way for further research on brain evolution: The researchers analyzed the gyrencephaly index, indicating the degree of cortical folding, of 100 mammalian brains and identified a threshold value that separates mammalian species into two distinct groups: Those above the threshold have highly folded brains, whereas those below it have only slightly folded or unfolded brains. The research team also found that differences in cortical folding did not evolve linearly across species.

The Dresden researchers examined brain sections from more than 100 different with regard to the gyrencephaly index, which indicates the degree of folding of the neocortex. The data indicate that a highly folded neocortex is ancestral – the first mammals that appeared more than 200 million years ago had folded brains. Like brain size, the folding of the brain, too, has increased and decreased along the various mammalian lineages. Life-history traits seem to influence this: For instance, mammals with slightly folded or unfolded brains live in rather small social groups in narrow habitats, whereas those with highly folded brains form rather large social groups spreading across wide habitats.

A threshold value of the folding index at 1.5 separates mammalian species into two distinct groups: Dolphins and foxes, for example, are above this threshold value – their brains are highly folded and consist of several billion neurons. This is so because basal progenitors capable of symmetric proliferative divisions are present in the neurogenic program of these animals. In contrast, basal progenitors in mice and manatees lack this proliferative capacity and thus produce less neurons and less folded or unfolded brains.

Sep 7, 2022

How Lockdown in Europe Generated a Whole New Wave of Home Startups

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EU today — news, views, & analysis from across the EU & beyond.

Sep 6, 2022

Researchers developed 3D-printed living soil walls that can support plant growth

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They created a cylindrical prototype resembling a Chia pet.

We can observe how far the architecture has progressed with the developing technology today. Referring to this, we have even seen houses made with 3D printing technology.

Now, a group of scientists from the University of Virginia is raising the bars of 3D printing technology by producing 3D-print soil structures which can grow plants on their surfaces.

Sep 6, 2022

Jeff Bezos Says Most People Won’t Be Able to Live on Earth

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Jeff Bezos thinks the Earth will be like a protected national park in the future — and maybe even a hot cosmic tourist attraction.

The Amazon and Blue Origin founder spoke at the 2021 Ignatius Forum last Wednesday about the future of space travel. During the discussion, he made the eyebrow-raising comment that most people won’t even be born on Earth one day and that it might even turn into a tourist destination for space colonizers, according to RealClearPolitics.

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