Archive for the ‘habitats’ category: Page 19

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

9 Technologies that will REVOLUTIONIZE graphics (and video) in the next 10 years

Posted by in categories: electronics, habitats

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Dec 25, 2022

Humans could one day live in Manhattan-sized asteroid megacities

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

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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.

Dec 24, 2022

Company prints 3D homes to help solve housing crisis

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats

Amid rising mortgage rates and surging housing prices, one company is betting that 3D printing homes is a solution to the affordable housing crisis. Nancy Chen takes a look.

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Dec 23, 2022

OpenAI ChatGPT: The Future Is Here!

Posted by in categories: habitats, information science, physics, robotics/AI

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Dec 21, 2022


Posted by in categories: bioengineering, education, Elon Musk, environmental, habitats, robotics/AI, space travel

40 SpaceX Starships are terraforming Mars. Slowly transforming the Martian atmosphere, water begins to flow on the surface. Building the foundation for long term Mars colonization.

Going beyond the ‘First 10,000 Days on Mars’ and 2050, this is a timelapse look into the future.

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Dec 20, 2022

NASA Gives ICON $57 Million to Build a 3D Printer for Structures on the Moon

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, habitats, space travel

Austin, Texas-based 3D printing construction company ICON has gotten some pretty significant projects off the ground in recent years, from a 50-home development in Mexico to a 100-home neighborhood in Texas. This week the company won a NASA contract that will help it get an even bigger project much further off the ground—all the way to the moon, in fact.

The $57.2 million contract is intended to help ICON develop technologies for building infrastructure on the moon, like landing pads, houses, and roads. The goal is for ICON to build these lunar structures using local material—that is, moon houses built out of moon dust and moon rocks.

Dec 20, 2022

A concrete house, printed: Is this the answer to America’s housing crisis?

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, employment, habitats

3D printing machines can build up to 40 percent of homes during the construction process and save money on labor costs, experts say.

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