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Jan 12, 2021

Dream Chaser space plane’s first flight slips to 2022 due to pandemic-related delays

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Sierra Nevada, the spaceship’s maker, is also building the LIFE space habitat.


Delays, many related to COVID, have pushed the first flight of the Dream Chaser space plane to 2022.

Jan 12, 2021

Samsung’s Bot Handy is kind of like a first generation robot butler

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI

This robot will vacuum and serve you a martini all with one hand…ignore the dust in your glass please.


Two of the new robots are more futuristic, but one of Samsung’s new Bots will be available in the US this year — a robot vacuum that doubles as a home monitoring device.

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Jan 11, 2021

High-Frequency Traders Push Closer to Light Speed With Cutting-Edge Cables

Posted by in categories: business, habitats, information science, internet

The cable, called hollow-core fiber, is a next-generation version of the fiber-optic cable used to deliver broadband internet to homes and businesses. Made of glass, such cables carry data encoded as beams of light. But instead of being solid, hollow-core fiber is empty inside, with dozens of parallel, air-filled channels narrower than a human hair.

Because light travels nearly 50% faster through air than glass, it takes about one-third less time to send data through hollow-core fiber than through the same length of standard fiber.

The difference is often just a minuscule fraction of a second. But in high-frequency trading, that can make the difference between profits and losses. HFT firms use sophisticated algorithms and ultrafast data networks to execute rapid-fire trades in stocks, options and futures. Many are secretive about their trading strategies and technology.

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Jan 11, 2021

Could Floating Cities Be a Haven as Coastlines Submerge?

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Circa 2020


“Seasteader” housing built on platforms would rise and fall with the tides, but practical challenges are huge.

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Jan 8, 2021

Scientists Propose Permanent Human Habitat Built Orbiting Ceres

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

Would you like to live on a space station? 😃


If that sounds familiar to fans of the popular sci-fi book and TV series “The Expanse,” that’s because in that fictional universe, Ceres Station plays a pivotal role as one of humanity’s first human off-world colonies. In the series, however, the space rock itself was spun up to create a crewed habitat on its surface with artificial gravity.

In a paper uploaded to the prewrite repository arXiv this week, the team argues that Ceres would be prime real estate because it has nitrogen, which could enable the creation of an Earth-like atmosphere.

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Jan 5, 2021

A 3D Printed Apartment Building Is Going Up in Germany

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OEC promoting 3D printing technology in Africa.


When completed the building will have five separate apartments and a total square footage of 4090. The 3D printed apartments will rent at market rates.

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Jan 3, 2021

Nestron Cube Two Is the Tiny House With Its Own AI Assistant

Posted by in categories: habitats, robotics/AI, space, sustainability

The tiny house we’re going to discuss today won’t buy you freedom like trailer-based models, but it compensates for that with its own AI assistant. It’s smart, it’s tiny, it can be solar powered if you want, and it’s still very chic. It’s dubbed the next-generation tiny house: the Cube Two from Nestron.


You don’t have to actually live large in order to live large. Tiny houses are a good option when it comes to minimizing your footprint, downsizing costs and not sacrificing anything but space you probably wouldn’t be using either way.

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Jan 2, 2021

21 Residents of Retirement Home Get Coronavirus After Receiving Vaccine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, habitats, health

Some 21 residents of a Bat Yam retirement home tested positive for the coronavirus after they were vaccinated but before they had developed antibodies, according to Ynet.

The other 150 residents of the home will be tested for the virus.


Health officials have stressed that the two-dose Pfizer vaccine regimen means that the vaccine is only fully effective about five weeks after the first dose. This means it could take until sometime in February for enough elderly and high-risk people to be vaccinated to help lower the spread of infection and start reopening the economy.

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Jan 1, 2021

Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon

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Turn-of-the-century faith in ventilation to combat disease pushed engineers to design steam heating systems that still overheat apartments today.

Jan 1, 2021

Boston Dynamics: Rise of the Dance of the Machines

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It’s judgement day for Atlas and friends as they debut their new dance routine. Atlas believes that artistic expression is the key to salvation and could be the genisys of a new beginning. After all, a being who lacks a creative outlet is a being who resigns themselves to a dark fate. Terminator.

Original Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fn3KWM1kuAw.

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