Note — Feb 06, 2022

No.205 Asides

  • 🎥 🤖 Looking forward to this! Official Trailer for After Yang “In a near future, a family reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down.”
  • 😱 🌡 🌊 Extreme Heat in the Oceans Is Out of Control. “More than half of the sea now logs temperatures once considered extreme, threatening countless species, livelihoods, and the air we breathe.”
  • 🎉 🌲 Redwood Forest in California Is Returned to Native Tribes. “The group, the Save the Redwoods League, which was able to purchase the forest with corporate donations in 2020, said it was transferring ownership of the 523-acre property to the Intertribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, a group of 10 Native tribes whose ancestors were “forcibly removed” from the land by European American settlers, according to a statement from the league.”
  • 🇨🇳 🚀 🌖 China unveils five-year plan for space exploration that continues push into lunar space. “[D]etailing ambitious goals that include strengthening its space infrastructure and developing a next-generation spacecraft for carrying people to space. The country is also researching how it could possibly land people on the Moon in the coming years.”
  • 👍🏼 🇦🇺 🧱 Move over Medusa. Chemists turn carbon emissions into a solid—instantly. “Researchers in Australia have found a way to convert carbon dioxide into solid carbon that could be processed into other products or stored safely. The advance offers a way to address emissions from cement- and steel-making and other heavy industries.”
  • ⚡️ 🚢 Maersk launches the world’s first offshore electric vessel-charging station venture. “Stillstrom will deliver offshore electric charging solutions to vessels at ports, hubs, and offshore energy operations. Offshore charging for idle vessels is critical to facilitating the decarbonization of the maritime industry, since it allows vessel owners to replace fossil fuels with electricity while moored to a charging buoy.”
  • 🇸🇰 🇨🇿 Single board computers from the 80s in Czechoslovakia, Home Computers Behind The Iron Curtain. (Via The Prepared.)
  • 🤖 🇺🇸 🤦🏼‍♂️ (They are not “joining the workforce! It’s equipment being installed!!”) Robots marched on in 2021, with record orders by North American firms. “More robots joined the U.S. workforce last year than ever before, taking on jobs from plucking bottles and cans off conveyor belts at trash recycling plants to putting small consumer goods into cardboard boxes at e-commerce warehouses.”