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May 15, 2023

Startup Vast plans first commercial space station for launch in 2025

Posted by in categories: habitats, space travel

Space startup Vast has announced that it intends to launch what it calls the world’s first commercial space station, Haven-1, sometime after August 2025 atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as the first element of a 100-m (330 ft) rotating station.

With its increasing emphasis on lunar and deep-space missions, NASA has decided to leave low-Earth orbit to private companies when it comes to human spaceflight. The idea is that when the International Space Station (ISS) is retired in 2030, the space agency will buy time on some of the commercial stations currently on the drawing board.

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May 15, 2023

Elon Musk Claims Google Co-Founder Is Building a “Digital God”

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, habitats, robotics/AI

In a bombastic interview with none other than Tucker freakin’ Carlson, Elon Musk made a bold claim about Google co-founder Larry Page that, we have to admit, isn’t entirely implausible.

During the newly-released Fox News interview, Musk alleged that back when he and the Google co-founder and CEO “used to be close friends” and he’d stay at the techster’s Palo Alto house, they’d get into lengthy discussions about “AI safety” — and that what Page told him led to his own cofounding of OpenAI.

In characteristic confused-puppy fashion, Carlson asked Musk what Page had said about AI.

May 13, 2023

Cana, The Startup Building a Make-Any-Drink Beverage Printer, Shuts Down

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Cana, the company which was building an appliance that they claimed could create and customize virtually any beverage, shut down last week, The Spoon has learned.

According to numerous Linkedin posts from previous employees, the company could not secure funding and laid off all of its employees last week. Cana, which had raised $30 million in January last year, promised to have the product ready to ship sometime this year. But despite having a working prototype and brand partners in place, Cana could not raise the “funding necessary to build a production line for manufacturing and shipping devices.”

The news comes just two months after the company brought on none other than Sir Patrick Stewart of Star Trek fame to be a brand ambassador, a hail mary move that didn’t work out.

May 12, 2023

Netgear Routers’ Flaws Expose Users to Malware, Remote Attacks, and Surveillance

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, habitats, surveillance

Attention Netgear RAX30 users! Five new flaws revealed! Hackers could hijack your devices, tamper with settings, and control your smart home.

May 11, 2023

Amazon offers US shoppers $10 to pick up purchases as it targets delivery costs

Posted by in category: habitats

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (Reuters) — (AMZN.O) is offering U.S. customers $10 to pick up a purchase rather than have it shipped to a home address, as the e-commerce giant joins other retailers in racing to slash costs for home delivery and returns amid slack consumer demand.

Amazon said the promotion is not a cost-cutting measure and that it applies to customers who have never used Amazon Pickup or have not used that service in the last 12 months.

“We offer customers a variety of ways to get their packages, inclusive of delivery and pickup options. The $10 Amazon Pickup promotion isn’t new,” the company said in a statement. Amazon did not say for how long this or similar pickup promotions have been in use.

May 8, 2023

High concentrations of floating neustonic life in the plastic-rich North Pacific Garbage Patch

Posted by in categories: food, habitats

Floating life (neuston) is a core component of the ocean surface food web, but the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic is the only known region of high neustonic abundance. This study reveals high densities of floating life in the plastic-rich Great Pacific Garbage Patch, suggesting that this area could be an important marine habitat.

May 6, 2023

I toured an apartment built in a factory, and I’m convinced that these high-tech homes are the future of city living

Posted by in categories: futurism, habitats

I was shocked by how luxurious it was, from a bed that descends from the ceiling to built-in surround sound to lighting that can change to your mood.

May 5, 2023

Twinning? Two Side-by-Side Mansions in Florida Built for Twin Brothers Just Listed for $54 Million

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Located in Fort Lauderdale, the French country-style homes have their own pools, but share the bass-stocked lake between them.

Apr 30, 2023

NASA’s next space station will be 1,000 times farther from Earth

Posted by in categories: habitats, space

While NASA prepares to launch its lunar space station, other groups are working to ensure we still have an off-world home closer to Earth.

Apr 28, 2023

Memory Across Time & Space — Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist

Posted by in categories: evolution, habitats, physics, space

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake believes that memory is inherent to nature, and has spent the last forty years of his career investigating slippery, esoteric phenomena at the very edges of empiricism. Some of the results are intriguing — dogs that know when their owners have started the long journey home, crosswords that become easier to solve a few days after they’ve been published in the papers, IQ scores increase generation after generation. His work is ongoing, the territory marginal, and the implications immense.

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