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 them back into dinosaurs.
In an attempt to reverse evolution, the team has already made significant strides in mutating chickens back to the very creatures from which they descended. If that wasn’t enough genetic splicing and dicing, Harvard scientists attempted a similar feat recently by inserting the genes of a woolly mammoth into elephants in order to recreate the extinct beasts. Whoa baby.
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, with automation poised to displace humans in the fields of medicine, agriculture, and beyond. Will the rise of robots fuel a new wave of “us versus them” populism capable of undermining democracy?
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 hurling it into space. While the company is vague on how the system works, NextBigFuture states that it is based on the 1997 Derek Tidman Slingatron proposal. In other words, it can launch things such as satellites but nothing delicatehumans would not survive.
SpinLaunch’s so-called kinetic energy launch system would use electricity to accelerate a projectile and help do much of the dirty work fighting through gravity and the atmosphere. In theory, this means the company could build a simpler, less expensive rocket that’s more efficient at ferrying satellites. “Some people call it a non-rocket launch,” said Yaney. “It seems crazy. It seems fantastic. But we are actually using relatively low-tech industrial components to break this problem into manageable chunks.”
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 the point where we may not take any action to mitigate the damage we are doing.
Scientists have long speculated that so-called "negative emissions" technologies like CO2 removal could not only slow the accumulation of carbon in the air, but even reverse it. Before last week, though, all that speculation was, well, largely speculative; nobody had convincingly demonstrated how to pull off negative emissions at scale. Previous estimates had pegged the cost of sucking carbon from the skies, for instance, at $600 per ton—way too pricey to qualify as a viable cleanup solution. The findings from Carbon Engineering, which appear in the latest issue of the journal Joule, point the way toward a future in which negative emissions are not only technically possible…
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 AM is delivered anywhere in China the same day. Calling this a sign of things to come, Amazon is already working on reducing the number of white-collar staff.
This is the future. Like JD, its fierce e-commerce rival Alibaba has also built an entirely automated warehouse, showing how retail will probably be done in years to come everywhere including the U.S. and Europe.
When an old superhero meets his rebooted version.
Owl Guy, a retro comic book superhero, is suddenly introduced to his rebooted counterpart.
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 hues of our blue planet and the incredible animals that live therewith this 10 hour loop.
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, the benefits of nationalism, and how the digital revolution is eroding democracy.
In a profound talk about technology and power, author and historian Yuval Noah Harari explains the important difference between fascism and nationalism -- and what the consolidation of our data means for the future of democracy. Appearing as a hologram live from Tel Aviv, Harari warns that the greatest danger that now faces liberal democracy is that the revolution in information technology will make dictatorships more efficient and capable of control. "The enemies of liberal democracy hack our feelings of fear and hate and vanity, and then use these feelings to polarize and destroy," Harari says. "It is the responsibility of all of…
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 carbon dioxide out of the air and turn it into gasoline. Best of all, because of the use of off-the-shelf components, the process is cheap enough that production may start up at industrial levels in 2021.
The new paper says it can remove the same ton for as little as $94, and for no more than $232. At those rates, it would cost between $1 and $2.50 to remove the carbon dioxide released by burning a gallon of gasoline in a modern car.
“If these costs are real, it is an important result,” said Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science. “This opens up the possibility…
"Nino explores the new dynamics of social creation and consumption — 'design, make and enjoy' — allowing users to design their own cocktail creations, while digitally controlled machines transform their ideas into reality," said Ratti, who is a founder of Makr Shakr as well as the head of his own practice, Carlo Ratti Associati and a professor at MIT.
Although Nino might lack the banter of the best human bartenders, Makr Shakr describes the robot as able to "precisely prepare and elegantly serve any drink in seconds".
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