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Dec 28, 2021

Toyota’s cleaning robot shows off its new skills

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Toyota’s cleaning robot has demonstrated new skills, revealing an ability to detect clear objects and snap perfect selfies.


The challenge: While seeing a reflection in a toaster isn’t going to stop us from knowing that it’s a toaster, robots can be easily confused by reflections, as well as transparent objects, such as glasses and windows.

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Dec 28, 2021

Interstellar Travel and Post-Humans

Posted by in categories: alien life, genetics, habitats, robotics/AI

“Interstellar Travel and Post-Humans” by Martin Rees is one of the chapters of the book “The Next Step: Exponential Life”.


Astronomers like myself are professionally engaged in thinking about huge expanses of space and time. We view our home planet in a cosmic context. We wonder whether there is life elsewhere in the cosmos. But, more significantly, we are mindful of the immense future that lies ahead—the post-human future where our remote descendants may transcend human limitations—here on Earth but (more probably) far beyond. This is my theme in the present chapter.

The stupendous timespans of the evolutionary past are now part of common culture. But the even longer time-horizons that stretch ahead—though familiar to every astronomer —have not permeated our culture to the same extent. Our Sun is less than half way through its life. It formed 4.5 billion years ago, but it has got six billion more before the fuel runs out. It will then flare up, engulfing the inner planets and vaporizing any life that might still remain on Earth. But even after the Sun’s demise, the expanding universe will continue—perhaps forever—destined to become ever colder, ever emptier.

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Dec 27, 2021

Virginia family gets keys to Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home in the US

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

One Virginia family received the keys to their new 3D-printed home in time for Christmas.

The home is Habitat for Humanity’s first 3D-printed home in the nation, according to a Habitat news release.

Janet V. Green, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg, told CNN it partnered with Alquist, a 3D printing company, earlier this year to begin the process.

Dec 26, 2021

Powerless fridge shows potential of ‘frugal innovation’

Posted by in categories: food, habitats

Though innovation is often associated with Silicon Valley and high-tech start-ups, sometimes all that’s needed to make a big difference in people’s lives is a new spin on tradition, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General Isabelle Durant said on 2 July at the opening of a meeting in Geneva on the topic.

Mitticool, the clay refrigerator that requires no electricity, costs less than $50 and can keep food fresh for 2 to 3 days, is just one example of the power of “frugal innovation”, Ms. Durant said.

Inspiration came to the Indian inventor, Mansukhbhai Prajapati, after seeing his community suffer during the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, when a magnitude seven quake wrecked more than 8,000 villages, killing around 20,000 and leaving a million others without a home.

Dec 24, 2021

Canadian Company Is Using Hemp to Build Affordable Housing in Colorado

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A Canadian hemp company just bought nearly 1,000 acres of land in Colorado as part of a new plan to showcase how hemp can be used to help build affordable housing.


Although most of America’s new hemp industry is focused on producing CBD and other cannabinoids, some companies are still using this remarkable plant for more traditional uses.

Dec 23, 2021

Scientists Found a Cradle of Life Under Antarctica

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Nearly 100 species were found living in extreme cold and total darkness beneath the ice in one of the world’s “least-known” habitats.

Dec 23, 2021

The Horrible Tragedies Caused By Bizarre 1950s Kids’ Toys | Hidden Killers | Absolute History

Posted by in categories: habitats, materials

How far our safety regulations have come…


Dr Suzannah Lipscomb looks at the hidden dangers of the British post-war home. In the 1950s, people embraced modern design for the first time after years of austerity and self-denial. The modern home featured moulded plywood furniture, fibreglass, plastics and polyester — materials and technologies that were developed during World War II.

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Dec 23, 2021

Woman moves into first 3D printed home in US, created by Habitat for Humanity

Posted by in categories: habitats, materials

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WTKR) — Habitat for Humanity made the first 3D printed home in the U.S. for a woman in Virginia.

“To have a home right before Christmas is really, really exciting,” homeowner April Stringfield said.

In July, crews broke ground on the 1,200-square-foot, three-bedroom concrete home.

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Dec 22, 2021

Neurons in the Olfactory Cortex Link Smells to Places

Posted by in categories: habitats, mapping, neuroscience

Summary: Neurons in the primary olfactory cortex play a role in encoding spatial maps, a new study reports.

Source: champalimaud centre for the unknown.

Smell has the power to transport us across time and space. It could be the sweet fragrance of jasmine, or the musty scent of algae. Suddenly, you are back at your childhood home, or under the burning sun of a distant shore.

Dec 20, 2021

World’s First 3D-Printed House Made Of Local Raw Earth — And it Closes the Roof With a Dome

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

A Bologna-based architecture firm has used clay and 3D printers to create sustainable domed housing with little waste.

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