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Oct 20, 2021

Facebook to Hire 10,000 People to Build Zuckerberg’s ‘Metaverse’

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It could thin the lines between the digital and the real world.

As insiders bring things that are wrong with the company to the light, Facebook is embarking on a new journey to build the future of the internet: the metaverse. In the past, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shared his vision of the metaverse and now the company will hire top talent from Europe to bring this concept into reality, the company said in a press release.

Social media giant, Facebook is going through a tumultuous phase as lawmakers in the U.S. are contemplating if the company that now also owns Instagram and WhatsApp is too big and needs to be broken down. Recently, former employees have turned whistleblowers to reveal how the company has neglected its own data about the harmful effects of its services and done little to rectify them.

Oct 19, 2021

Why longtermism is the world’s most dangerous secular credo

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It started as a fringe philosophical theory about humanity’s future. It’s now richly funded and increasingly dangerous by Phil Torres + BIO.

Oct 19, 2021

Seismological expression of the iron spin crossover in ferropericlase in the Earth’s lower mantle

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This study identifies the predicted seismic expression of the high-to-low iron spin crossover in the deep Earth mineral ferropericlase. A depth-dependent signal is detected in the fastest and slowest regions, related to lateral temperature variations, of several global seismic tomography models.

Oct 19, 2021

(PDF) Low-efficiency long gamma-ray bursts: A case study with AT2020blt

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The Zwicky Transient Facility recently announced the detection of an optical transient AT2020blt at redshift $z=2.9$, consistent with the afterglow of a gamma-ray burst. No prompt emission was observed. We analyse AT2020blt with detailed models, showing the data are best explained as the afterglow of an on-axis long gamma-ray burst, ruling out other hypotheses such as a cocoon and a low-Lorentz factor jet. We search \textit{Fermi} data for prompt emission, setting deeper upper limits on the prompt emission than in the original detection paper. Together with \konus{} observations, we show that the gamma-ray efficiency of AT2020blt is $\lesssim 2.8\%$, lower than $98.4\%$ of observed gamma-ray bursts. We speculate that AT2020blt and AT2021any belong to the low-efficiency tail of long gamma-ray burst distributions that are beginning to be readily observed due to the capabilities of new observatories like the Zwicky Transient Facility.

Oct 19, 2021

Tesco opens new checkout-free store

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Retail giant Amazon has pioneered the idea of automated shopping, as seen with its Amazon Go store format. The first of these launched in January 2018 in downtown Seattle and nearly 30 others have opened since. The concept is now catching on with other companies – including Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket and third-largest retailer in the world measured by gross revenues. It has just launched its own automated store in central London.

The rollout of this technology at Tesco Express High Holborn follows a successful trial in Welwyn Garden City, a town north of London. The High Holborn branch has already been a cashless store since it first opened in 2018 and is now checkout-less too.

The newly developed system – called “GetGo” – offers the same products but with a faster and more convenient shopping experience. A customer simply downloads the mobile app, scans the QR code generated on their screen, picks up the groceries they need and then leaves the store.

Oct 19, 2021

Why the passage of Chinese, Russian navy ships is ringing alarm bells in Japan

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Chinese and Russian vessels have for the first time jointly traversed the Tsugaru Strait in between Honshu and Hokkaido islands.

Oct 19, 2021

General relativity’s time dilation was captured across a millimeter

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A record-breaking result reveals the precision achievable by atomic clocks, letting researchers detect slightly faster ticking over a tiny height change.

Oct 19, 2021

Automakers are spending billions to produce battery cells for EVs in the U.S.

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Based on a rolling five-year average of announced investments, AlixPartners expects companies to invest $330 billion in the next five years throughout the EV supply chain globally. About a third of that is expected to be for batteries, largely in the China and Europe, while the U.S. attempts to catch up.

That forecast is up by 65% from an expected $200 billion from 2,018 according to Kumar.

“Electrification is occurring faster than many were thinking even a few years ago,” he said. “The plans OEMs have in place have started to change dramatically.”

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Oct 19, 2021

Russia aims to replace US dollar reserves with digital assets in long term

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Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs doesn’t exclude replacing the U.S. dollar in the country’s international reserves with “some digital assets.”

Oct 18, 2021

USS Archimedes — Full Breakdown (Lower Decks)

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