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Oct 7, 2020

A Robot Made This

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A cafe in Dubai has opened up that is operated by robots, this is what it looks like. 🤖.

Oct 7, 2020

Surviving Corona — A Warning: Facts, Fakery, and Hope for the Future

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, mapping, policy

In this brief, at times controversial— even radical—volume. Dr. Ian C. Hale guides us through likely scenarios and gives us life-saving recommendations for effectively dealing with the next waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a must read for public policy makers, medical professionals, and those mapping out their financial future in the post-corona world.

Oct 7, 2020

Blastoff! SpaceX’s Starlink megaconstellation gets new batch of satellites

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Oct. 6, 2020. The private spaceflight company has now launched well over 700 of these internet-providing satellites into orbit. [SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites and lands rocket at sea](

Credit: SpaceX

Oct 7, 2020

WATCH: This New Shape-Shifting Liquid Metal Can Move

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2015

First we kick them, then we give them the tools they need to destroy all of humanity. Good job, us.

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Oct 7, 2020

UK Pledges to Get 100% of Residential Power From Wind Turbines

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability, transportation

Ramping Up

Johnson announced that the U.K. would invest about £160 million ($207 million) that will go toward factories that would develop new turbines as well as floating offshore turbines themselves. In order to power every home in the U.K., those turbines would need to generate about 40 GW of power, Engadget reports. That’s four times the nation’s current wind energy output.

“Your kettle, your washing machine, your cooker, your heating, your plug-in electric vehicle, the whole lot of them will get their juice cleanly and without guilt from the breezes that blow around these islands,” Johnson announced at the U.K. Conservative party conference.

Oct 7, 2020

Urine turned into hydrogen fuel

Posted by in categories: energy, transportation

Circa 2009

Whizz electrocatalyst frees the hydrogen from ‘liquid gold’

US researchers have developed an efficient way of producing hydrogen from urine — a feat that could not only fuel the cars of the future, but could also help clean up municipal wastewater.

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Oct 7, 2020

Is “Peecycling” the Next Wave in Sustainable Living?

Posted by in category: sustainability

Circa 2014

Human waste can be converted into valuable fertilizer, if people can get past the “ick” factor.

Oct 7, 2020

Solar-powered machine turns urine into drinkable water

Posted by in categories: media & arts, sustainability

Circa 2016

Scientists from a Belgian university have built a solar-powered machine that can turn urine into drinkable water. They deployed it at a 10-day music and theater festival in central Ghent, Belgium. The experiment was a success as the scientists were able to recover a 1,000 litres of unconsumed water, which will be used to make Belgian beer, from the urine of several partygoers.

Oct 7, 2020

14 million tonnes of microplastics on sea floor: Australian study

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The world’s sea floor is littered with an estimated 14 million tonnes of microplastics, broken down from the masses of rubbish entering the oceans every year, according to Australia’s national science agency.

The quantity of the tiny pollutants was 25 times greater than previous localised studies had shown, the agency said, calling it the first global estimate of sea-floor microplastics.

Researchers at the agency, known as CSIRO, used a robotic submarine to collect samples from sites up to 3,000 metres (9,850 feet) deep, off the South Australian coast.

Oct 7, 2020

A new interpretation of quantum mechanics suggests that reality does not depend on the person measuring it

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, quantum physics

Quantum mechanics arose in the 1920s, and since then scientists have disagreed on how best to interpret it. Many interpretations, including the Copenhagen interpretation presented by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, and in particular, von Neumann-Wigner interpretation, state that the consciousness of the person conducting the test affects its result. On the other hand, Karl Popper and Albert Einstein thought that an objective reality exists. Erwin Schrödinger put forward the famous thought experiment involving the fate of an unfortunate cat that aimed to describe the imperfections of quantum mechanics.

In their most recent article, Finnish civil servants Jussi Lindgren and Jukka Liukkonen, who study quantum mechanics in their free time, take a look at the that was developed by Heisenberg in 1927. According to the traditional of the principle, location and momentum cannot be determined simultaneously to an arbitrary degree of precision, as the person conducting the measurement always affects the values.

However, in their study Lindgren and Liukkonen concluded that the correlation between a location and momentum, i.e., their relationship, is fixed. In other words, reality is an object that does not depend on the person measuring it. Lindgren and Liukkonen utilized stochastic dynamic optimization in their study. In their theory’s frame of reference, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle is a manifestation of thermodynamic equilibrium, in which correlations of random variables do not vanish.