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Jan 7, 2023

World’s-first live 4K stream from astronauts revealed how tech is turning space into a second home

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Despite the 10-second lag, two astronauts had a lot to say about tech for space at CES 2023.

Today (Jan. 06), the International Space Station (ISS), which is the only location where people can investigate the long-term effects of living without gravity, completed the first call ever made in 4K to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2023.

In the first instance, the discussion was unsurprisingly focused on what it’s like to be living in space now. After all, it’s not every day you get to watch two astronauts in real-time casually floating a mic between each other to answer our pressing earthly questions.

Jan 6, 2023

The XBB.1.5 variant is taking over on the East Coast. Will it happen in California too?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats

You may have come home with it after a recent trip to New England. Or you may have gotten it from that friend or family member who flew in from New York over the holidays.

The newest Omicron subvariant of concern is XBB.1.5, and it has arrived in Southern California. This version of the coronavirus is more contagious and more resistant to existing immunity than any of its predecessors.

“It’s just the latest and greatest and most infectious variant,” said Paula Cannon, a virologist at USC. “It’s amazing to me that this virus keeps finding one more trick to make itself even more infectious, even more transmissible.”

Jan 3, 2023

The World’s Oldest And Deepest Lake Is Home To Cannibalistic Fish

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The world’s oldest lake can be found in southeastern Siberia where it’s believed to have existed for around 25 million years. As well as being the great great grandad of lakes, Baikal is also the deepest at 1,700 meters (5,600 feet). The impressive accolade means it’s home to around 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen freshwater reserves, and in a pond that massive you can expect a fish or two.

Lake Baikal is known as the “Galapagos of Russia” for the many weird and diverse species that call it home. Despite being covered by a thick layer of ice for five months each year, the ecosystem that has developed in the lake is astonishing and like few others. It is estimated that 80 percent of plants and animals that live in it are found nowhere else on the planet.

Among them is the Baikal oilfish, also known as the golomyankas. They’re scale-less fish with translucent bodies that can stretch to around 21 centimeters (8.3 inches). There are two species in the Comephorus genus, C. baikalensis and C. dybowski.

Jan 2, 2023

Dream Chaser: Hypersonic spaceplane will feature a building-sized inflatable space habitat

Posted by in categories: business, habitats, space travel

The spaceplane that will carry passengers to the “space business park” features its own inflatable space habitat.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ space company, Blue Origin, has been hard at work alongside Colorado-based startup Sierra Space on the Orbital Reef project.

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Jan 2, 2023

How We Built Our Low-Cost Dream Sustainable Home Without Cutting a Single Tree

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

Laya Joshua from Kerala has used stones, old wood, and many such eco-friendly elements to build her dream sustainable home, for which no trees were cut.

Dec 29, 2022

There Are Spying Eyes Everywhere—and Now They Share a Brain

Posted by in categories: existential risks, government, habitats, internet, neuroscience, security, surveillance

One afternoon in the fall of 2019, in a grand old office building near the Arc de Triomphe, I was buzzed through an unmarked door into a showroom for the future of surveillance. The space on the other side was dark and sleek, with a look somewhere between an Apple Store and a doomsday bunker. Along one wall, a grid of electronic devices glinted in the moody downlighting—automated license plate readers, Wi-Fi-enabled locks, boxy data processing units. I was here to meet Giovanni Gaccione, who runs the public safety division of a security technology company called Genetec. Headquartered in Montreal, the firm operates four of these “Experience Centers” around the world, where it peddles intelligence products to government officials. Genetec’s main sell here was software, and Gaccione had agreed to show me how it worked.

He led me first to a large monitor running a demo version of Citigraf, his division’s flagship product. The screen displayed a map of the East Side of Chicago. Around the edges were thumbnail-size video streams from neighborhood CCTV cameras. In one feed, a woman appeared to be unloading luggage from a car to the sidewalk. An alert popped up above her head: “ILLEGAL PARKING.” The map itself was scattered with color-coded icons—a house on fire, a gun, a pair of wrestling stick figures—each of which, Gaccione explained, corresponded to an unfolding emergency. He selected the stick figures, which denoted an assault, and a readout appeared onscreen with a few scant details drawn from the 911 dispatch center. At the bottom was a button marked “INVESTIGATE,” just begging to be clicked.

Dec 28, 2022

Holly Moeller Finds Keys to Ecology in Cells That Steal

Posted by in categories: biological, food, habitats

Nature, red in tooth and claw, is rife with organisms that eat their neighbors to get ahead. But in the systems studied by the theoretical ecologist Holly Moeller, an assistant professor of ecology, evolution and marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the consumed become part of the consumer in surprising ways.

Moeller primarily studies protists, a broad category of unicellular microorganisms like amoebas and paramecia that don’t fit within the familiar macroscopic categories of animals, plants and fungi. What most fascinates her is the ability of some protists to co-opt parts of the cells they prey upon. Armed with these still-functioning pieces of their prey, the protists can expand into new habitats and survive where they couldn’t before.

Dec 27, 2022

Bengaluru Couple Pays Zero Electricity Bill in Dream Home Made of Mud, Recycled Wood

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

Vani Kannan and Balaji, a Bengaluru-based couple, built their sustainable dream home using recycled wood and mud.

Dec 26, 2022

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Dec 25, 2022

Humans could one day live in Manhattan-sized asteroid megacities

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

University of rochester / michael osadciw.

That’s because a team of scientists from the University of Rochester published, what they call, a “wildly theoretical paper” outlining how we could one day use asteroids as massive city-sized space habitats.

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