We still don’t know enough about the Omicron variant to panic

What we don’t know: In the midst of all the panic, it’s important to remember that we still know very little about the new variant — and we used to worry about variants that were in vain. The key questions are whether it increases portability, whether it worsens health outcomes (thus increasing mortality and hospitalizations) and, crucially, whether it impairs the immunity given by vaccines or previous infections. We do not yet have solid answers to any of these questions – although it seems likely, given the mutations, that this will have some effect on vaccine efficacy. If this is

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The best charities to help animals

If you care about animals and want to reduce their suffering, but you’re not sure how exactly, Animal Charity Evaluators (ACE) is an organization that could help. A California-based nonprofit publishes an annual guide to recommended animal charities and has just published it list for this year. (Disclosure: ACE helped fund some Future Perfect works in 2020 and 2021) Two of the top three charities focus on improving conditions on factory farms – which makes sense, given that they are places of great suffering. It’s not just death that happens there – only in the USA, factory agriculture kills 10

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NASA wants to use the sun to drive future missions into deep space

While other spacecraft, like Lucy, who used solar energy to control instruments, Psyche will be among the first NASA deep-space missions to use solar energy for both onboard and propulsion operations. Paulo Lozano, director of MIT’s space-powered lab, says Psyche could lay the groundwork for more solar-powered space exploration. Finally, technology could help us explore more celestial objects over longer periods and potentially make manned missions out of Earth orbit more accessible and feasible. “It actually opens up the possibility of exploring and commercializing the space in a way we haven’t seen before,” says Lozano. Because a solar-powered spacecraft requires

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The Facebook group is turning to controlling poisons for plants and mushrooms

Thin, white mushrooms appeared in part of Sarah Hunter’s backyard in western Massachusetts last May, after days of rain. One afternoon, Hunter’s wife ran into the house in panic. She found their five-year-old son sitting in the yard with a bite of the mushrooms she immediately took out of his mouth. Unsure if he had swallowed anything – and what that would mean if he had – Hunter called the poison control and received a general email address to which they could send photos of the specimen. They were told the response could take hours. “It’s very scary,” Hunter later

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Can Afghanistan’s underground sneakernet survive the Taliban?

When the Taliban captured the city of Herat on August 12, Yasin and his colleagues speculated that it would not be long before Taliban invasion forces captured their city of Mazar-i-Sharif. “Things were more tense in Mazar as well, so was I and the other computer kars Mazara working together held a secret meeting to decide what to do to protect all our content, ”he says. Among them is an informal computer union kars had several hundred terabytes of data collected over several years, much of which the Taliban would find controversial – even criminal. “We all agreed not to

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Why you should care about Facebook’s push into the metaverse and VR

It’s the next big breakthrough in technology. It’s a joke. It’s a marketing strategy. It’s a techno-dystopian nightmare. It’s the metaverse — defined most simply as a virtual world where people can socialize, work, and play — and Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it is the future of the internet and of his trillion-dollar company. Although “metaverse” became a buzzword after Facebook changed its company name to “Meta” last month, many people are still trying to understand what exactly the metaverse is and whether the futuristic technological concept is something they should take seriously. Many critics and skeptics have mocked

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Machine learning improves the ability to transcribe Arabic speech

Thanks to advances in speech processing and natural language, there is hope that one day you will be able to ask your virtual assistant what the best ingredients for a salad are. It is currently possible to ask your home gadget to play music or open it with a voice command, a feature that is already found on many devices. If you speak Moroccan, Algerian, Egyptian, Sudanese, or any other dialect of Arabic, which varies greatly from region to region, where some of them are incomprehensible to each other, that is a different story. If your mother tongue is Arabic,

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“We are doing something that was said to be impossible only a few years ago.” lähde: Annela Coates | Starship Technologies | Nov, 2021

Interview with Sul Kallas – Senior Electronics Engineer, Starship Technologies. At Starship’s headquarters in Mustamäe, Tallinn, the world’s leading delivery robot is being developed as a solution to the challenge of last mile delivery – a six-wheeled robotic vehicle that resembles a small lunar walker. The specialist, at home for electronics and software, is invited to join the robotics platform team, which combines these two areas of expertise in one role. We do not expect perfect knowledge of several technologies. What is important is that this new team member has the desire to learn independently and to find a solution

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Facebook’s new haptic glove allows you to feel things in the metaverse

On Tuesday afternoon, Meta, a company formerly known as Facebook, made an allegedly exciting announcement: a glove. But not any gloves. It’s a haptic glove lined with tiny engines that use a rush of air to mimic the feel of touch, and it looks like a nightmare that can be worn. There is nothing wrong with Meta inventing the 21st century Power Glove which allows you to feel digital objects. The company has obviously been working on the project for seven years, and the team that is building it is thinking for at least a decade into the future. The

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How Facebook and Google fund global misinformation

There were hundreds of them, they collected tens of thousands of engagements and hundreds of thousands of examinations. In early November, the MIT Technology Review found dozens of duplicate live fake videos from this time frame. One duplicate with more than 200,000 and 160,000 views, respectively, said in Burmese: “I am the only one that broadcasts live from all over the country in real time.” Facebook removed a few of them after we drew his attention to them, but dozens more, as well as the pages that posted them, still remain. Osborne said the company is aware of the problem

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