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“Research that could engineer dinosaurs back into existence within the next five to 10 years.”

Turning chickens into dinosaurs

#Science
Tue, June 19th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Entrepreneur, instead of using ancient DNA a la Jurassic Park researchers have opted instead to modify the DNA of a chicken to reverse-engineer…

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“Are the puppets coming for our jobs?”

Automation Will Crash Democracy

#Technology
Mon, June 18th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

IntelligenceSquared has a lengthy debate between various experts as to whether or not automation will crash democracy. Around the world, technology is disrupting the workforce,…

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“A machine meant to hurl rockets into space.”

Space Catapult

#Space
Sun, June 17th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Bloomberg introduces us to SpinLaunch Inc., a California-based startup that wants to significantly reduce the cost of launching a rocket into space by quite literally…

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“The only thing worse than assuming that carbon removal will save the day is assuming it will save the day.”

The problem with sucking carbon dioxide from the air

#Environment
Sat, June 16th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Wired argues that while there have been announcements about the possibility of usable carbon removal technologies at an affordable cost they are being hyped to…

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Chinese warehouse organises, packs, and fulfills 200,000 orders a day with four people

And they just service the robots

#Robots
Fri, June 15th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Axios, Chinese e-commerce giant JD.COM has been using automation to remove slow, costly humans and to ensure that any purchase made before 11…

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Owl Guy

Rebooted

#Video
Thu, June 14th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

When an old superhero meets his rebooted version. Owl Guy, a retro comic book superhero, is suddenly introduced to his rebooted counterpart.

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10 Hours of Relaxing Oceanscapes from BBC Earth

Open Ocean

#Video
Wed, June 13th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

BBC Earth has made available a 10-hour long video of soothing oceascapes. Yes, TEN hours. A reminder of what's disappearing. Be wowed by the brilliant…

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“It is the responsibility of all of us to get to know our weaknesses and make sure they don't become weapons.”

Why fascism is so tempting

#Politics
Tue, June 12th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

If you have ever wondered what a fascist is and how that compares to a nationalist, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains their difference,…

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“A method to cheaply and directly pull carbon-dioxide pollution out of the atmosphere.”

Carbon Engineering

#Environment
Mon, June 11th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Albeit noting that reducing emissions is a better and cheaper tactic than emitting them and then recapturing them, Carbon Engineering claims they can easily take…

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“A mass-market robotic cocktail maker.”

Nino

#Robots
Sun, June 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

dezeen brings to attention the robotic cocktail maker Nino, an updated version of Makr Shakr, capable of serving any drink in seconds. Nino is the…

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“Whether using drones to pollinate an apple orchard will increase yields.”

Dropcopter

#Robots
Sat, June 9th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

According to Syracuse.com, startup Dropcopter have used a drone to pollinate apple trees in order to compensate for the drop in bees. Adam Fine, co-founder…

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“So is this just paranoia, or are our smartphones actually listening?”

Yes

#Privacy
Fri, June 8th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Smartphones constantly listen to everything you say in order to pick-up your trigger keyword. But while the remainder of the things you say do not…

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“The construction industry is by no means immune to these developments.”

The construction robots are coming

#Robots
Thu, June 7th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Website TheB1M has this short documentary on the roles robots are both having and will be having in the construction sector. We explore the roles…

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“To pass a day without encountering some form of plastic is nearly impossible.”

Please stop using plastic

#Environment
Wed, June 6th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Asking for a change that will probably fall on deaf ears, The Guardian is begging people to stop using plastic and for governments to take…

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“It might be possible to make some pretty convincing copies of popular premium wines.”

The rise of fake wine

#Food
Tue, June 5th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Wired looks at Integrated Beverage Group which creates fairly convincing copies of expensive wines in the laboratory. And while this may appear as sacrilegious, wine…

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“Reduce major urban bridgeworks projects from months or even years to just three days.”

The hybrid fiberglass-concrete-steel bridge construction technique

#Technology
Mon, June 4th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

The University of Queensland showcases the development of the hybrid fiberglass-concrete-steel bridge construction technique. The technology permits for a quick install of major infrastructure that's…

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“Does anyone across the cosmos ever make it?”

How have aliens solved climate change?

#Space
Sun, June 3rd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

With the discovery of the plethora of exo-planets available in the cosmos, researchers want to look for those with an exo-biosphere capable of hosting an…

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“The tracking ability and the concentration of data make privacy advocates nervous.”

Digital license plates being tested in California

#Driving
Sat, June 2nd, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Reviver Auto is testing out digital license plates, touted to be able to track a vehicle, show slogans and (in case we don't see enough…

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Turning Scraps into Highly-Detailed Retro-Looking Pieces of Art

From Scraps

#Art
Fri, June 1st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Using nothing more than scrap, artist Lydia Ricci takes paper, cardboard, paperclips, "the back of anything," and turns them into seriously well-crafted retro-looking art pieces…

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“Solar systems like ours are the rule in the Universe, rather than the exception.”

Space is full of planets

#Space
Thu, May 31st, 2018 11:00 by capnasty

Forbes looks at rogue planets, a planetary-mass object that orbits the galactic centre rather than a star. These planets tend to be formed in star…

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