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Dec 2, 2023

Scientists create new battery material by mimicking bluebird feathers

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The material could also be used in water filters.


Now, ETH Zurich researchers at the Laboratory of Soft and Living Materials, led by former ETH Professor Eric Dufresne, have managed to replicate the material in the laboratory to be used in applications such as batteries and water filters.

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Dec 2, 2023

AI-system boosts microgrid efficiency for rapid power outage recovery

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

During power outages, microgrids leverage local renewable sources like rooftop solar panels and small wind turbines for efficient power restoration.

UC-Santa Cruz.

Addressing this common challenge, a research team from the University of California — Santa Cruz led by assistant professor Yu Zhang is employing innovative methods to enhance power systems’ efficiency, dependability, and robustness. For this, they have devised an artificial intelligence (AI) centered strategy to intelligently manage microgrids intelligently, ensuring effective power restoration in the event of outages.

Dec 2, 2023

Michigan welcomes US’s first wireless charging roadway for EVs

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

The wireless-charging roadway is expected to boost the adoption and convenience of electric vehicles, which are increasing in popularity in the United States.


MDOT and Electreon initiative.

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Dec 2, 2023

The AI military race is led by American tech. Is there a challenger?

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

America calls and raises the AI bet with the B-21 Raider stealth bomber.

U.S Air Force.

This incident, whose timing peculiarly lined up with Chinese Premier Xi Jinping’s visit to the United States, caused China to suddenly change tact and want to talk about nukes and AI.

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Dec 2, 2023

Prophetic: Work while you sleep? This startup wants to make it real

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The company says that the device can help users work, create, and explore in their dreams.

Fizkes/iStock, Prophetic.

Prophetic, founded in March this year, has created a headpiece called the “Halo” that can induce a state of lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is when you are aware that you are dreaming and can manipulate the content of your dreams. Prophetic says that using the Halo can turn your dreams into a virtual workspace where you can do anything you want.

Dec 2, 2023

New study finds bots and fraud farms responsible for 73% of web traffic

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

The report found that bot attacks increased by 167 percent in the first half of the year, with a staggering 291 percent increase in intelligent bots.

Eakarat Buanoi/iStock.

73 percent of all web and app traffic was malicious in Q3 2023.

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Dec 2, 2023

Amazon buys rival SpaceX’s launches for its satellite internet

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

The addition of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 brings a new dynamic to Amazon’s Project Kuiper, introducing unexpected competition within the space industry.

Amazon, SpaceX

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Dec 2, 2023

Tsunami warning after Philippines hit by 7.5 magnitude earthquake

Posted by in category: climatology

An earthquake of at least magnitude 7.5 struck Mindanao in the southern Philippines late on Saturday, triggering evacuation orders for some areas of the country and for south-west Japan over warnings of tsunami waves of 1 metre (3ft) or more.

The Philippine Seismology Agency, Phivolcs, said the waves could hit the Philippines by midnight local time (4pm GMT) and continue for hours, though there were no initial reports of significant wave damage by that time.

Dec 2, 2023

RSG (1).pdf

Posted by in category: futurism

Connectionism eliminativism and the future of folk psychology.

Shared with Dropbox.

Dec 2, 2023

Unleashing the Power of Li-Fi for Next-Gen Wireless Communication

Posted by in categories: innovation, internet

In the age of rapid technological advancements, a new player has emerged on the scene, promising to revolutionize the way we transmit data wirelessly. Li-Fi, or Light Fidelity, is a cutting-edge technology that employs visible light to transmit information, offering an innovative alternative to traditional radio frequency-based wireless communication systems.

The IEEE published the 802.11bb standard for light-based networking in July 2023, an extension of the Wi-Fi specification enabling wireless networking using visible and infrared light rather than the radio spectrum. The standard outlines adjustments to the physical and medium access control layers, allowing wireless networking through light source modulation imperceptible to the human eye.

The Li-Fi specification mandates bidirectional transmission within the 800nm to 1,000nm electromagnetic spectrum range, ensuring a minimum throughput of 10 Mb/s and a maximum of 9.6 Gb/s at the MAC data service access point. By comparison, Wi-Fi operates within wavelengths of 120mm (2.4 GHz) and 60mm (5 GHz), with speeds that vary across versions, including Wi-Fi 6, which reaches up to 9.6 Gb/s, akin to Li-Fi capabilities.

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