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Dec 31, 2023

Wildflowers Adapting to Insect Apocalypse by Pollinating Themselves, Scientists Say

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This may sound great at first glance, but researchers say it could signal the start of a “vicious cycle.”

The world is undergoing an insect apocalypse, with our buggy friends experiencing global mass population decreases at an estimated 2 percent yearly due to a woeful combination of climate change, pesticides, habitat loss, and other human-made ills.

How are flora — which often rely on insects for pollination — adapting to this massive change within the worldwide food chain? Researchers in France have now revealed one way: turning to self-pollination.

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Dec 29, 2023

Electric Truck Showdown: Tesla Cybertruck vs. Ford F-150 Lightning

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The Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 Lightning are both electric trucks with comparable range, but they have different features and capabilities that make them suitable for different types of users.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 27, 2023

‘There has never been such big hype’: Why space tech is booming thanks to AI

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, space

The AI gold rush has brought many market opportunities to the space tech sector, said Zainab Qasim, investor at Seraphim.

“AI’s impact on existing tech used in space will no doubt become more prevalent over the coming years allowing faster research and development execution and smarter insights for end customers,” she said.

AI plays a “heavy hand” in the development of future climate and space technologies, said Jeff Crusey, partner at early-stage fund 7percent Ventures, adding that it has “dramatically improved the efficiency of models, improving logistics, fuel savings, and ultimately the environment.”

Dec 26, 2023

Earth Itself May Be an Intelligent Being, Suggests New Theory

Posted by in categories: alien life, climatology, sustainability

This was suggested by Gustave Fechner and other philosophers.

How about planets? Can they have minds? This idea, that planets are also conscious beings, seems to be at the heart of a new theory put forth by astrobiologists. The premise of this thought experiment is that bacteria and plants working together have altered planets like Earth, giving them a new lease on life.

This research, published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, provides a scale by which planets’ intelligence can be evaluated. It’s shocking to consider an extraterrestrial organism intelligent rather than a sentient animal like a human. But in a way, a planet can have a “green mind”; this paradigm suggests novel approaches to coping with climate change, technological upheaval, and other emergencies.

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Dec 25, 2023

The Pursuit of Perfection: Ultimate Mid-Infrared Mirror Achieves 99.99923% Reflectivity

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Advanced infrared mirrors enhance climate and biofuel research via precision trace gas sensing.

An international team of researchers from the United States, Austria, and Switzerland has demonstrated the first true supermirrors in the mid-infrared spectral region. These mirrors are key for many applications, such as optical spectroscopy for environmental sensing, as well as laser cutting and welding for manufacturing.

Achieving Near-Perfect Reflectivity

Dec 24, 2023

MIT’s Breakthrough: Cooling Homes Without Electricity

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Let’s face it: on a scorching hot day, the sweet hum of an air conditioner feels like a lifeline. But what if that lifeline is actually tying us into a knot of environmental woes?

It turns out, our reliance on air conditioning is heating up the planet just as much as it’s cooling our homes.

Enter a team of ingenious researchers from MIT with a revolutionary idea: aerogel. This isn’t just another tech buzzword; it’s a potential game-changer in our fight against climate change.

Dec 19, 2023

Exploring the Runaway Greenhouse: Implications for Exoplanet Habitability

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Could Earth end up with a runaway greenhouse effect like Venus someday, and what could this mean for finding life on exoplanets? This is something a recent study published in Astronomy & Astrophysics hopes to address as an international team of researchers used a 3D global climate model to investigate if Earth is destined to develop a runaway greenhouse effect like the planet Venus, which precious studies speculate was once much like Earth long ago. This study holds the potential to bring awareness of the long-term consequences of climate change and what steps can be taken to mitigate the effects.

A Runaway greenhouse effect can turn a habitable planet like Earth with a surface liquid water ocean into an inhospitable planet like Venus. (Credit: Thibaut Roger / UNIGE)

“Until now, other key studies in climatology have focused solely on either the temperate state before the runaway, or either the inhabitable state post-runaway,” said Dr. Martin Turbet, who is a research scientist at CNRS laboratories of Paris and Bordeaux and a co-author on the study. “It is the first time a team has studied the transition itself with a 3D global climate model and has checked how the climate and the atmosphere evolve during that process.”

Dec 19, 2023

Iceland volcano erupts near town after weeks of quake activity

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OSLO, Dec 18 (Reuters) — A volcano erupted late on Monday in southwest Iceland, spewing lava and smoke across a wide area after weeks of intense earthquake activity, the country’s Meteorological Office said, threatening a nearby town.

Fearing a significant eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula, authorities last month evacuated the nearly 4,000 inhabitants of the fishing town of Grindavik and closed the nearby Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

“Warning: Eruption has started north of Grindavik by Hagafell,” the Met Office said on its website, noting that the eruption began only a few kilometres from the town and cracks in the ground stretched toward the village located about 40 km (25 miles) south-west of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik.

Dec 19, 2023

IBM’s Juan Bernabé-Moreno: ‘Understanding nature using traditional computers is impossible’

Posted by in categories: climatology, governance, quantum physics, robotics/AI, sustainability

Juan Bernabé-Moreno is IBM’s director of research for Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Spanish computer scientist is also responsible for IBM’s climate and sustainability strategy, which is being developed by seven global laboratories using artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing. He believes quantum computing is better suited to understanding nature and matter than classical or traditional computers.

Question. Is artificial intelligence a threat to humanity?

Answer. Artificial intelligence can be used to cause harm, but it’s crucial to distinguish between intentional and malicious use of AI, and unintended behavior due to lack of data control or governance rigor.

Dec 15, 2023

AI Takes Over The Classroom: Alpha Helping Solve The Teacher Shortage

Posted by in categories: climatology, education, mathematics, robotics/AI

The teacher shortage crisis is a major concern, casting a shadow on educational quality across the globe. In this academic climate, the rise of AI in the classroom sparks both hope and skepticism. Alpha school is leading the way, devoid of traditional teachers and reliant on its AI-powered curriculum and “guide” system. This innovative approach offers a glimpse of a promising future where technology and human ingenuity merge to redefine education.

AI has become a game-changer in education by customizing learning experiences according to students’ individual learning styles and paces. Alpha’s app-based tutoring system is a prime example of this. It is personalized for each student’s strengths and weaknesses, a significant departure from the traditional “one-size-fits-all” classroom approach. For instance, consider a child who struggles with math concepts. AI can modify the exercises and explanations to suit their learning style, enabling them to understand the material better.

Moreover, this AI-driven education system offers instant and detailed feedback, which may be lacking in some schools. Such immediate response fosters a deeper understanding and encourages a more engaged learning process. This level of individualized attention is a powerful tool for enhancing knowledge and engagement.

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