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Tiny, Wireless, Injectable Chips Use Ultrasound to Monitor Body Processes

 

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New York, NY—May 12, 2021—Widely used to monitor and map biological signals, to support and enhance physiological functions, and to treat diseases, implantable medical devices are transforming healthcare and improving the quality of life for millions of people. Researchers are increasingly interested in designing wireless, miniaturized implantable medical devices for in vivo and in situ physiological monitoring. These devices could be used to monitor physiological conditions, such as temperature, blood pressure, glucose, and respiration for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

 

I wonder if they could be used to track people like a GPS tracker ? 🤔

 

Fascinating stuff though. 😎

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From what I read, it's using way to much energy not to be natural. I think a neutron star is more interesting than aliens anyway. 😉

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Inside Finland's Plan to End All Waste by 2050

 

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Yrityskyla, the learning center where Ho and her class were spending the day, is designed to introduce Finnish schoolchildren to working life. In one of 13 centers spread throughout the country and sponsored by a consortium that includes the Confederation of Finnish Industries and the Finnish government, they run a simulacrum of a town, with each student performing a job in a different business (all of them based on real-life companies), from banking to health care to fashion design. The program was launched in 2010, and today roughly 83% of all sixth-graders go through it each year. And since 2017, their day at Yrityskyla has included not just experiential lessons on entrepreneurship and progressive taxation but also, as Ho’s “job” makes clear, the circular economy.

 

 

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Meanwhile, the number of successful young companies employing circular measures seems to expand every month. Many are working to convert sidestreams from the forestry industry into new materials like bioplastics, paperboard and textiles. But in the birthplace of Nokia, just as many seem to be aimed at tech. Swappie, a company that refurbishes iPhones, for example, is one of Finland’s most successful recent startups. In 2016, its founders, then all in their 20s, embarked on a mission to make used phones—which then made up only 5% of the global market—as common as used cars (which make up 50% of all cars sold). “After researching the market, we realized that the main obstacle was quality,” CEO Sami Marttinen explains. “People didn’t trust the quality of refurbishers. So that’s what we built the company on.”

 

Well done that tiny country but then again it is one of the Baltic countries so you expect excellence as the norm. 😍

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Pop Culture Gargoyles Hidden in Gothic Architecture

 

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Some of you might have heard the story of the most famous one: the Darth Vader gargoyle, who was the winning proposal in a children’s contest organized by National Geographic. Christopher Rader, a 13-year-old kid from Nebraska, created its design, envisioning the Star Wars villain as a modern incarnation of supreme evil. Sculpted by Jay Hall Carpenter and carved by Patrick J. Plunkett, our dark-sided Anakin is today on the Washington Cathedral, wearing his iconic helmet on the first tiny peaked roof from the center pinnacle, on the right hand side.
 

 

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science fiction story about people who live in high mountains being made astronauts due to being able to breathe for minutes without need for oxygen feed if situation comes up.

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Why This Could Be a Critical Year for Electric Cars

 

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Ford will soon start selling the Lightning, an electric version of the F-150 pickup truck, which has topped U.S. sales charts for decades. It initially planned to make 75,000 a year. But demand has been so strong that the company is racing to double production of the Lightning, which starts at $40,000 and runs up to more than $90,000. Ford stopped taking reservations after amassing 200,000.

“We’re going to be able to sell every one we can build,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product platform and operations officer.

 

 

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Companies are planning more than a dozen new electric car and battery factories just in the United States.

“It’s one of the biggest industrial transformations probably in the history of capitalism,” Scott Keogh, chief executive of Volkswagen Group of America, said in an interview. “The investments are massive, and the mission is massive.”

 

 

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Tesla is still small compared with auto giants, but it commands the segment with the fastest growth. Wall Street values the company at about $1 trillion, more than 10 times as much as General Motors. That means Tesla, which is building factories in Texas and Germany, can easily expand.

“At the rate it’s growing now, it will be bigger than G.M. in five years,”

 

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The Tsunami Could Kill Thousands. Can They Build an Escape?

 

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The Cascadia fault off the Pacific Northwest coast is poised for a massive, 9.0-magnitude earthquake at some point, scientists say, a rupture that would propel a wall of water across much of the Northwest coast within minutes. Low-lying coastal neighborhoods in Washington, Oregon and Northern California would be under 10 feet or more of water, with the elementary school in Ocean Shores, Wash., facing an inundation that could be 23 feet deep.

 

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On 3/7/2022 at 10:54 AM, crp said:

talk about a time capsule - https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/nasa-opening-lunar-sample/

 

wonder why it is not getting more notice.

 

 

Blimey they have had the capsule for 50 years and resisted opening it. Probably did not get much notice as there was not a lot to say about it. A yearly news update could have looked  like this

" Still have not opened the capsule maybe next year. Watch this space." 😂

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V.T. Eric Layton

Ah, yes... alcohol and driving; not a good combination. When will folks learn to just buy the darn booze and drink at home, so they'll be safe and the rest of the world, too?

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On 3/9/2022 at 4:48 PM, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Here's something of interest...

 

Shackleton's ship, the "Endurance" found!

 

There are also some cool vids on YouTube -> Search YouTube "Endurance Found"

 

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106 Years, 4 Weeks, 1 Wreck: How Shackleton’s Ship Was Found

 

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The expedition, financed by more than $10 million from an anonymous donor, had left South Africa aboard the icebreaker Agulhas II in early February. It arrived on Feb. 16 at the search site, a 150-square mile zone that had been chosen based on Endurance’s last known position, which had been determined by Shackleton’s captain and navigator, Frank Worsley.

 

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V.T. Eric Layton

COOL, but that sure looks like a diesel locomotive in the picture. A more informed train fellow like @raymac46 would know for sure, though. :)

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They are developing locomotives that don't run on diesel-electric, but rather batteries and fuel cells. Instead of using dynamic brakes that just release heat thay can charge the loco's batteries for the return trip.

Years ago they had gravity powered coal carts that took coal from the mountains in Pennsylvania down to the canals. Then thay used mules to haul the empty carts back up the hill.

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12 hours ago, crp said:

first read thought it said "gravy".

 

Once set up it will be a gravy train as it will be cost free apart from maintenance 😁

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12 hours ago, crp said:

So I guess this would qualify as interesting as it is the first opinion column on OpenSource that i saw that takes my position on the idiotic move of booby trapping projects for the 'greater good' -

https://www.zdnet.com/article/some-developers-are-fouling-up-open-source-software/

 

(in other words, which forum should posts about generic OpenSource go in?)

 

 

 

Blimey I had no idea that this was occurring.

 

I like this persons reasoning.

 

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Another more pragmatic argument about forbidding one group from using open-source software is that blocking on something such as an IP address is a very broad brush. As Florian Roth, security company Nextron Systems' Head of Research, who considered "disabling my free tools on systems with certain language and time zone settings," finally decided not to. Why? Because by doing so, "we would also disable the tools on systems of critics and freethinkers that condemn the actions of their governments." 

 

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On 3/26/2022 at 6:07 PM, V.T. Eric Layton said:

I'd like to be on the Gravy Train about now.

 

Well your almost there. I guess life is brown an sticky at the moment 😂

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