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Feb 17, 2021

Millions Still Without Power As Winter Storm Wallops Texas

Posted by in category: energy

Nearly three million Texans are enduring extreme cold and are without power in their homes. The embattled ERCOT, which manages the state’s power grid, said power is restored for 600000 households.

Nearly 3 million Texans are enduring extreme cold and are without power in their homes. The embattled ERCOT, which manages the state’s power grid, said power has been restored for 600000 households.

Feb 17, 2021

Wall Street Looks Again at Bluebird, Rivals, After Gene-Therapy Setback

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

J.P. Morgan’s Cory Kasimov moved bluebird bio to Neutral from Overweight in response to news it is suspending trials of a treatment for sickle cell disease.

Feb 17, 2021

Modified Laser Cutter Fabricates a Ready to Fly Drone

Posted by in categories: computing, drones, military

This bolt-on system creates a drone that can fly straight out of your fabricator.

It’s been very cool to watch 3D printers and laser cutters evolve into fairly common tools over the last decade-ish, finding useful niches across research, industry, and even with hobbyists at home. Capable as these fabricators are, they tend to be good at just one specific thing: making shapes out of polymer. Which is great! But we have all kinds of other techniques for making things that are even more useful, like by adding computers and actuators and stuff like that. You just can’t do that with your 3D printer or laser cutter, because it just does its one thing—which is too bad.

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Feb 17, 2021

The Coach Who Led the U.S. Math Team Back to the Top

Posted by in category: mathematics

Po-Shen Loh has harnessed his competitive impulses and iconoclastic tendencies to reinvigorate the U.S. Math Olympiad program.

Feb 17, 2021

Startup Ozette unveils AI approach to understanding the immune system

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Ozette applies artificial intelligence to immune monitoring to gain greater insight into a cancer patient’s immune system. Beyond informing treatment decisions, the technology can guide drug and diagnostic development.

Feb 17, 2021

Platform With International Community Adopts Quantum Computing For Humanity

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

QubitTech has built an ecosystem to boost investment returns and create stable passive income.

Feb 17, 2021

‘Politics was always in the room.’ WHO mission chief reflects on China trip seeking COVID-19’s origin

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

We spoke with the leader of the World Health Organization’s recent mission to China to probe the origins of the #COVID19 pandemic. Here’s what we learned:

Lab accident hypothesis, while “extremely unlikely,” has not been ruled out, Peter Ben Embarek says after returning from 4-week investigation.

Feb 17, 2021

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, food

“Figures published in 2011 suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in: at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein more environmental damage, and a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat. How is this possible? Agriculture to produce wheat, rice and pulses requires clear-felling native vegetation. That act alone results in the deaths of thousands of Australian animals and plants per hectare. Since Europeans arrived on this continent we have lost more than half of Australia’s unique native vegetation, mostly to increase production of monocultures of introduced species for human consumption. Most of Australia’s arable land is already in use. If more Australians want their nutritional needs to be met by plants, our arable land will need to be even more intensely farmed. This will require a net increase in the use of fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides and other threats to biodiversity and environmental health. Or, if existing laws are changed, more native vegetation could be cleared for agriculture (an area the size of Victoria plus Tasmania would be needed to produce the additional amount of plant-based food required). Most cattle slaughtered in Australia feed solely on pasture. This is usually rangelands, which constitute about 70 per cent of the continent.”

Going vegetarian, or even vegan, to minimise animal suffering and promote sustainable agriculture, actually kills more sentient animals living in vegetable crops that livestock farmed in paddocks.

Feb 17, 2021

How the Human Brain May Tap Into Visual Cues When Lacking a Sense of Touch

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Summary: Study of people who are unable to feel touch reveals surprising new details about how we unconsciously embody our physical selves.

Source: university of chicago medical center.

Feb 17, 2021

FAA Releases Remote ID, the Largest Regulatory Change for Drones In Years

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

Part of the purpose is to allow for more complex operations in the future.