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May 14, 2024

Scientists create green composite material from Japanese washi paper

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Washi: the traditional Japanese paper, known for its beauty and strength, has been used in bookbinding, art, furniture, and architecture for hundreds of years. But, more recently, washi’s usage is on the decline, as people opt for more western style housing designs.

May 10, 2024

Rewiring the Brain: Poverty Linked With Neurological Changes That Affect Behavior, Illness, and Development

Posted by in categories: education, habitats, neuroscience

What influences mental health, academic achievement, and cognitive growth? A recent review published in De Gruyter’s Reviews in the Neurosciences indicates that poverty and low socioeconomic status (SES) are significant contributing factors. While previous research has explored the individual impacts of poverty on the brain and behavior, this review introduces the first integrated framework. It synthesizes evidence from various studies to directly connect brain alterations caused by low SES with behavioral, pathological, and developmental outcomes.

SES refers to the social standing of an individual or family, and involves factors such as wealth, occupation, educational attainment, and living conditions. As well as affecting day-to-day life, perhaps surprisingly SES can also have far-reaching consequences for our brains that begin in childhood and persist into adulthood.

So, how can poverty and low SES change the brain? The review examines the negative effects of poor nutrition, chronic stress, and environmental hazards (such as pollution and inadequate housing conditions), which are more likely to affect low-SES families. These factors can impair the brain development of children, which in turn can influence their language skills, educational attainment, and risk of psychiatric illness.

May 9, 2024

Sierra Space: Inflatable Habitats and the Future of Commercial Space Stations

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In the rapidly evolving landscape of space exploration, private companies are increasingly taking the lead. One company at the forefront of this commercial space revolution is Sierra Space. With its innovative inflatable habitat modules and ambitious plans, Sierra Space is poised to play a pivotal role in building the next generation of space stations and lunar habitats.

May 9, 2024

Japan Grapples With 9 Million Empty Homes, More Than The Population Of New York

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Previously seen mainly in rural areas, abandoned houses or “akiya” are now spreading to major cities like Tokyo and Kyoto.

May 5, 2024

“We lost everything”: East Texas residents confront their future after flooding

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Jones’ family home sat to the south of Lake Livingston, in the river bottoms of Coldspring, the San Jacinto County seat. It was overtaken by water shortly after the family left and Jones found safe harbor for their animals, his neighbors told him.

Much of the county was still underwater Friday as crews pulled stranded residents from their homes and roadways.

His family sat among dozens of evacuees who rested on cots and sat around plastic folding tables in Dunbar Gym, a makeshift shelter in an old school building. Many were elderly or infirm, few spoke English or were comfortable telling their stories.

Apr 28, 2024

Cheap, climate-friendly dream homes: New AI architect and 3D printing transform construction industry

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biological, climatology, habitats, robotics/AI

When facing a predator, single cells sometimes unite to defend themselves, paving the way for more complex multicellular life forms to evolve.

Apr 23, 2024

Scientists discover hidden oasis of life underneath world’s driest desert

Posted by in categories: biological, habitats, space, sustainability

POTSDAM, Germany — One of the most lifeless places on Earth is actually hiding an underground biosphere teeming with microscopic life! Researchers have unearthed this amazing oasis under Chile’s Atacama Desert. The findings not only change our view of life on Earth, but they might prove that there is still life under the soil of dead alien worlds like Mars!

Despite being renowned as the driest desert on Earth, with some regions going decades or even centuries without a drop of rain, researchers from Germany discovered hardy communities of microorganisms that have managed to carve out habitats deep below the desert floor. Down here, totally isolated from the surface world, microscopic life finds a way to eke out an existence against all odds.

Study author Dirk Wagner and the team from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences explain that they detected signs of potentially viable microbial ecosystems as far as 13 feet underground. This remarkable discovery is upending our understanding of desert biodiversity, demonstrating that life can persist in even the most extreme subterranean environments on Earth.

Apr 23, 2024

‘I have arrived’: Israel unveils house chore humanoid robot

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Discover Menteebot, the headless AI-enabled household chore robot developed by Mentee Robotics.

Apr 21, 2024

$300,000 Robotic Micro-Factories Pump Out Custom-Designed Homes

Posted by in categories: economics, finance, habitats, robotics/AI, space

Construction is the world’s largest industry, employing seven percent of the planet’s working-age adults, contributing 13 percent of the world’s GDP and completing floor space equivalent to the city of Paris every seven days.

The construction industry is also the most inefficient, least digitised and most polluting industry (37% of ALL emissions), so change is imperative from macro economic necessity alone. For the builders of the world faced with a jigsaw puzzle of partial digital solutions and chronic labor and supply chain issues, the margins are growing ever-thinner and the necessity is to change or perish.

British company Automated Architecture (AUAR) has a thoroughly ingenious solution and it has enlisted an all-star cast of financial backers in short order: Morgan Stanley, ABB Robotics, Rival Holdings (USA), Vandenbussche NV (Belgium) with VCs such as Miles Ahead and Bacchus Venture Capital (Jim Horowitz et al) helping to get the initial idea off the ground.

Apr 16, 2024

Fusion to Warp Drive with a Hint of Antigravity

Posted by in categories: education, habitats, health, space travel

Jason Cassibry, Ph.D., explains his team’s research and experiments in the areas of fusion, warp drive and even a mention of antigravity propulsion. A mention is also made as to what happened to Ning Li (more on that in a subsequent video). This was a presentation to the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society, a chapter of the National Space Society. There is a lot of technical discussion with the audience who were almost all engineers and scientist.

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