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Mar 2, 2024

Scientists use whey protein sponges to extract gold from computer parts, like motherboards — the process is 50X less expensive than the cost of gold and eco-friendly

Posted by in categories: computing, food, sustainability

Recycling previous metals from electronic waste is very expensive and, at a large scale, often requires exorbitant amounts of power and very expensive machines to recycle efficiently. However, scientists have discovered a food byproduct, whey protein, capable of recovering gold from electronic waste, making the recycling process substantially more efficient than it once was. With this byproduct, the energy cost of the entire recycling process can be 50 times lower than the value of the gold extracted from electronic components. The team found they could extract around 450mg of gold from 20 motherboards using this method.

This magical organic material comes in the form of whey proteins, a byproduct of dairy. Scientist Raffaele Mezzenga from the Department of Health Sciences and Technology discovered that an organic sponge made from whey proteins is exceptionally good at extracting metals from electronic components. To make this sponge, the scientists denature whey proteins under an acidic bath and high temperatures so the substance turns into a gel. Then, the scientists dry the gel, creating a sponge out of the whey protein fibrils.

But before the sponge can be used, the electronic waste must be prepared so it can do its job. First, electronic waste is dissolved in an acid bath to ionize the metals; then, the sponge is placed in the metal ion solution. Once in the bath, the ionized metals attach to the protein sponge, like a magnet picking up metal shavings. Mezzenga and his team of scientists discovered that most metal ions can adhere to the sponge, but gold ions do so a lot more efficiently.

Mar 2, 2024

AI is going to change your phone — and your face. Here’s how

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI

Why smarter phones and cutting-edge headsets will change everything.

Mar 2, 2024

China’s new AI ‘Supermind’ deepens challenge to U.S.

Posted by in categories: geoengineering, military, robotics/AI

One thing i do like about China. they like to publicly lay cards on table of a project in development an opponent has, that is high level top secret. Just to ruffle feathers, lol. like weather modification stuff. Of course US has, and far superior, its just an open play to tweak someones nose.

China says it is building a new AI-based intelligence platform to track global scientists and hoover up breakthrough technologies for its industry and military.

Mar 2, 2024

The Paradox Of Time That Scares Scientists

Posted by in categories: cosmology, singularity

When time reaches its limits, scientists call those moments “singularities.” These can mark the start or end of time itself. The most famous singularity is the big bang, which happened around 13.7 billion years ago, kicking off the universe and time as we know it. If the universe ever stops expanding and starts collapsing, it could lead to a reverse of the big bang called the big crunch, where time would stop. As our distant descendants approach the end of time, they will face increasing challenges in a hostile universe, and their efforts will only accelerate the inevitable. We are not passive victims of time’s demise; we contribute to it. Through our existence, we convert energy into waste heat, contributing to the universe’s degeneration. Time must cease for us to continue living.

Mar 2, 2024

Dubai Solar-Powered Rail Bus System Will Bring Us a Marvel Once Again

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Dubai, a city known for pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology, is set to redefine its transportation landscape with two groundbreaking projects. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai has recently entered into partnerships with international experts to develop sustainable and futuristic transport solutions. The first memorandum focuses on the development of the Floc Duo Rail system, while the second aims to create a solar-powered rail bus system. These initiatives mark a significant leap forward in Dubai’s commitment to embracing advanced technologies, sustainability, and the future of urban mobility.

Designer: Urban-Mass Company and RAIL BUS Inc.

Mar 2, 2024

General Atomics’ ‘robot wingman’ makes first flight

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

General Atomics’ new air combat drone has flown, another step toward what the Air Force is calling the “first of a second generation” of autonomous aircraft.

The drone, called the XQ-67A, is derived from GA-ASI’s Gambit series of aircraft, which the company is proposing for the Air Force’s program to build robot wingmen, called collaborative combat aircraft, or CCAs.

The new platform is part of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s highly classified Off-Board Sensing Station program, or OBSS. The service awarded GA-ASI and Kratos design contracts in 2021, then picked GA-ASI to actually build the design in 2023.

Mar 2, 2024

The Philosophy of Star Trek [Federation, Post Scarcity Economy, Alien Cultures]

Posted by in categories: alien life, economics, existential risks

Star Trek is the most popular and longest running Sci-Fi franchise in American history. Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek follows the various crew of Starfleet in their missions across the galaxy.

This presentation showcases the inspiration behind Star Trek, how the Federation came to be, examines the post-scarcity economy featured in their future Earth society, and explores the philosophies of all of the major alien cultures shown throughout the Star Trek series.

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Mar 2, 2024

Electric Sheep’s jolly AI-powered garden bot edges, trims and blows

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Robotic garden helpers have been keeping lawns in trim for decades, but none are as much fun to watch as the Verdie AI-powered outdoor maintenance bot from Electric Sheep as it wheels around edges, blows debris and gets to grips with power tools.

For the last few years, San Francisco’s Electric Sheep Robotics has been providing automated outdoor maintenance tech as a Robots-as-a-Service rental model. But more recently the company has been acquiring traditional outdoor service providers and “progressively transforming operations by deploying proprietary AI software and robots” in a move towards becoming a large-scale outdoor maintenance company.

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Mar 2, 2024

Space Accident Means Tardigrades May Have Contaminated The Moon

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, space

# spacebear.

Just over five years ago, on 22 February 2019, an unmanned space probe was placed in orbit around the Moon.

Named Beresheet and built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, it was intended to be the first private spacecraft to perform a soft landing. Among the probe’s payload were tardigrades, renowed for their ability to survive in even the harshest climates.

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Mar 2, 2024

Figure AI robot gets OpenAI’s ChatGPT-brain to train at lightning speed

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Discover the future of robotics with Figure AI. Find out how their humanoid robot, Figure 1, is revolutionizing the industry.

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