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Mar 2, 2024

The Earth’s Crust Flipped Upside Down in This Spot, Scientists Find

Posted by in category: futurism

In 2010, scientists detected unusual seismic waves under Granada, Spain, which eventually led to a surprising finding: an oceanic slab that had completely flipped upside down as it was being pushed beneath its neighbor.

As detailed in a new paper published in the journal The Seismic Record, the team found that the “Alboran slab,” which meets the Eurasian slab just east of the Straits of Gibraltar, “has been overturned.”

It’s the first time such a discovery has been made, the researchers claim. And it’s due to “hydrous magnesium silicates,” roughly 370 miles beneath the surface, indicating that water on the slab’s surface had not only been pushed under, but had also been folded over and pulled beneath the slab as well.

Mar 2, 2024

BWC Megastructures & Artificial Planets

Posted by in categories: engineering, space

BWC Megastructures are types of hypothetical mega engineering projects, like artificial planets, who scope is vast, but whose practicality is debatable. To fi…

Mar 2, 2024

Antarctica: Are we awakening a sleeping giant?

Posted by in category: futurism

13.8 columnist Marcelo Gleiser reflects on his recent voyage to Earth’s last wild continent: Antarctica.

Mar 2, 2024

Everything We Know

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Multiple EV manufacturers, charging networks and charging equipment suppliers in North America are now evaluating the switch from CCS1 to Tesla’s NACS charging plug.

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.

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