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Oct 11, 2022

Why building the metaverse is going to be a ‘thrilling ride’

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The metaverse is set to disrupt our lives — its development should not be taken lightly.

Building it must not be hastened by a few companies; it must be careful, calculated, thoughtful and most of all, collaborative.

This was the key takeaway of a panel discussion (moderated by GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi) on the technical standards and building blocks of the metaverse at this week’s MetaBeat event.

Oct 9, 2022

One Florida community built to weather hurricanes endured Ian with barely a scratch

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats

BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. — Like many others in Southwest Florida, Mark Wilkerson seemingly gambled his life by choosing to shelter at home rather than evacuate when Hurricane Ian crashed ashore last week as a Category 4 storm.

But it wasn’t just luck that saved Wilkerson and his wife, Rhonda, or prevented damage to their well-appointed one-story house. You might say that it was all by design.

…and yes it’s 30 miles inland, as that’s part of the design, with many more innovations.

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Oct 9, 2022

Amazon has a new plan for its home robot Astro: to guard your life

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Amazon’s home robot Astro will be getting a slew of major updates aimed at further embedding it within homes—and in our everyday lives.

Oct 7, 2022

Amazon Abandons Home Delivery Robot Tests in Latest Cost Cuts

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

Amazon.com Inc. is shutting down tests of its home delivery robot, the latest sign that the e-commerce giant is starting to wind down experimental projects amid slowing sales growth.

Oct 6, 2022

For $25 million, you can now have a yacht that can dive underwater for up to four days

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Fiction will become reality at the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show.

Dutch yacht builder U-Boat Worx has unveiled the design of its $25 million superyacht, Nautilus.

More than 150 years ago, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea first brought to our attention the possibility of a luxury yacht that could take an underwater dip at will. Over the years, the concept has been admired and looked up to by many engineers but building a real-world prototype has so far still been a dream.

Oct 2, 2022

This 100% solar community endured Hurricane Ian with no loss of power and minimal damage

Posted by in categories: climatology, habitats, internet, solar power, sustainability

The streets in this meticulously planned neighborhood were designed to flood so houses don’t. Native landscaping along roads helps control storm water. Power and internet lines are buried to avoid wind damage. This is all in addition to being built to Florida’s robust building codes.

Some residents, like Grande, installed more solar panels on their roofs and added battery systems as an extra layer of protection from power outages. Many drive electric vehicles, taking full advantage of solar energy in the Sunshine State.

Climate resiliency was built into the fabric of the town with stronger storms in mind.

Oct 2, 2022

Humanity’s future beyond Earth: Multiplanetary or Islands in Space?

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Is the future of humanity in space or on multiple planets?

You can’t build massive space habitats without harvesting resources from nearby asteroids. The resources of the Moon and asteroids are needed to create their proposed habitats.

The prospects for colonization of other planetary surfaces are unappealing.

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Oct 2, 2022

Germany builds new gas terminals to succeed Russian pipelines

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Germany’s most strategically important building site is at the end of a windswept pier on the North Sea coast, where workers are assembling the country’s first terminal for the import of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Starting this winter, the rig, close to the port of Wilhelmshaven, will be able to supply the equivalent of 20 percent of the gas that was until recently imported from Russia.

Since its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has throttled gas supplies to Germany, while the Nord Stream pipelines which carried huge volumes under the Baltic Sea to Europe were damaged last week in what a Danish-Swedish report called “a deliberate act.”

Oct 1, 2022

People Are Loving the World’s Biggest Four-Day Workweek Trial—and They’re Just as Productive

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Overall, 86 percent of the survey respondents said they’re likely or extremely likely to want to stick with a four-day work week after the trial ends in three months.

Trials of this sort are becoming more popular; Spain, Scotland, Japan, and New Zealand have all looked into or trialed a reduced work week. Before the UK trial, the largest to date took place in Iceland in 2021, and it was broadly considered a success. The 2,500 participants reported decreased stress, increased energy levels, improved focus, more independence and control over their pace of work, and less conflict between their work and home lives. Managers reported boosts in employee morale, with productivity levels maintained if not improved.

Eighty-six percent of Iceland’s working population has subsequently either moved to a shorter work week or been given the option to do so. That’s a high percentage, but a small number compared to most European countries; Iceland’s total population is around 343,000, and it’s a highly equitable society in terms of income.

Sep 29, 2022

Businesses Going Green Can Co-opt and Reward Employees for Doing the Same

Posted by in categories: business, habitats, sustainability

More companies are thinking about ways they can change their business processes to be green and combat global warming. But what about giving employees incentives to also go green?

Practices in the workplace to lower carbon emissions can be carried over to employees’ homes through company incentives and programs.

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