Seen in → No.187
- 📚 🤩 Fantastic 🧵 by Incunabula. Despite the first tweet, it’s largely about books. European civilization is built on ham and cheese, which allowed protein to be stored throughout the icy winters. Without this, urban societies in most of central Europe would simply not have been possible. This is also why we have hardback books. Here’s why.
- 🤯 🌳 🜠 Scientists are mining metals from an unusual source — plants. “Producing metal by growing plants, or phytomining, has long been tipped as an alternative, environmentally-sustainable way to reshape – if not replace – the mining industry. Of 320,000 recognized plant species, only around 700 are so-called ‘hyperaccumulators,’ like Kinabalu’s P. rufuschaneyi. Over time, they suck the soil dry of metals like nickel, zinc, cobalt, and even gold.”
- Excellent 🧵 by Simon Wardley on the traditional company vs the next generation organization. X : What are the new technologies that are likely to change our future? Me : The real impact to organisational behaviour is never from novel technology but the industrialisation of pre-existing technology. The changes today can be described as follows … (Via PNR Weekly insights.)
- 🤔 🔗 ✍🏼 Untitled Frontier. “Currently, we are producing the first season of “The Logged Universe”, a permissively licensed shared-story universe about the future of simulations, our collective records, and our humanity.”
Can’t say I completely understand how it works, shared here because of Jay’s description: “[A] collective bottom up hypertext storytelling project‘ … What if Twine but blockchain? Passages are NFTs and anyone can mint a passage and connect/link it to other nodes.
- 💚 💙 Imagining Intercitizenships. ”[W]e consider critical to this proposal, the need to understand the internet as physical, entangled, public networked infrastructures, that enable complex entanglements of algorithms, digital data, hardware and interfaces, by consuming gigatons of energy, minerals and gigaseconds of attention, while producing gigatons of waste.”
- 🗺 🌊 To Save Earth’s Climate, Map the Oceans. “It is worth repeating that scientists know more about Mars, Venus and the dark side of the moon than they know of Earth’s ocean depths. To date, less than 20% of the ocean floor has been mapped — 13% in just the past four years. But with the right support, scientists could map it all by 2030. It’s an essential undertaking, but it’s going to take dedicated effort, public support and government funding. Such a project can be accomplished only through global cooperation.”
- 🗺 🐠 🇺🇸 Researchers complete first-ever detailed map of global coral. “The atlas also includes a coral bleaching monitor to check for corals that are stressed due to global warming and other factors. Asner said about three quarters of the world’s reefs had not previously been mapped in this kind of in-depth way, and many not at all.”