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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

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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?

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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

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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.

Sep 25, 2022

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Box Leaks And There’s A Small Wafer Inside

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If you’re building an Intel Raptor Lake-based machine in the next year, this is probably the box you’ll be opening up.

Sep 25, 2022

My 1.5KJ Home-Built Gauss Rifle!

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I’ve finally finished my gauss rifle! This is about four months in the making. I may improve on it in the future, or build an entirely new and better one! But I want to take a break from coil guns for a while.

I’d consider myself to be a pacifist, and don’t intend to use this on any person or animal. This project has merely acted as an outlet for my interest in electronics and electromagnetism. My aim has also been to create something cool to get others interested in science and engineering.

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Sep 24, 2022

Why the Feds Are Building a Massive Army of Tiny Wasps

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Circa 2021:3

The insects don’t sting but they could be the key to controlling the highly destructive emerald ash borer beetle.

Sep 21, 2022

I spent a year in outer space on the International Space Station. The experience still chokes me up — here’s what my days looked like

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Mark T. Vande Hei did experiments, spacewalked, and even did house chores and worked out. He loved to meditate with Earth in full view.

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