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World's first phone-free tourist island

World’s first phone-free tourist island

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Chung, François [u/fchung]. “Finland introduces the world’s first phone-free tourist island.” Reddit, 16 July 2023, www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/151diex/finland_introduces_the_worlds_first_phonefree/.

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Travel Desk. “Finland introduces world’s first phone-free tourist island.” The Independent, 21 June 2023, www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/finland-phone-mobile-free-island-b2361499.html.

Ulko-Tammio, a tourist island off the coast of Finland, is a beautiful place where visitors are encouraged to distance themselves from their cell phones this summer. The goal of this initiative is to become the first island in the world without cell phones. Tourists will be asked to keep their cell phones (or any mobile devices) in their pockets, distance themselves from social media and fully enjoy the island. This is an initiative that could also be implemented in other natural and recreational destinations.

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Beaming solar power from space

Beaming solar power from space

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Chung, François [u/fchung]. “Japan will try to beam solar power from space by 2025 : « The technology is appealing because orbital solar arrays represent a potentially unlimited renewable energy supply. ».” Reddit, 23 June 2023, www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/14h75ek/japan_will_try_to_beam_solar_power_from_space_by/.

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Bonifacic, Igor. “Japan will try to beam solar power from space by 2025.” Engadget, 30 May 2023, www.engadget.com/japan-will-try-to-beam-solar-power-from-space-by-2025-214338244.html.

Japan has been trying for decades to make it possible to transmit solar energy from space to Earth. In 2015, the country made a breakthrough when scientists managed to transmit 1.8 kilowatts of power, enough energy to power an electric kettle. Today, Japan is on the verge of bringing this technology closer to reality. Indeed, a project will attempt to deploy a series of small satellites in orbit, from which the solar energy collected by the solar panels will then be transmitted to reception stations on the ground.

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Replacing jobs with AI, bad idea?

Replacing jobs with AI, bad idea?

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Chung, François [u/fchung]. “Would it really be so bad if AI took our jobs?.” Reddit, 05 Feb 2023, www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/10uj0i6/would_it_really_be_so_bad_if_ai_took_our_jobs/.

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Smith, Serena. “Would it really be so bad if AI took our jobs?.” Dazed, 16 Jan 2023, www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/57944/1/would-it-be-so-bad-if-ai-took-our-jobs-chat-gpt-automation.

The rise of the ChatGPT chatbot has sparked pressing questions about automation and the future of work. In a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing rapidly, the question of whether it would be a good or bad thing for machines to take our jobs is becoming increasingly relevant. On the one hand, some argue that the rise of automation could lead to a fully automated utopia, where machines do all the work and humans are free to pursue leisure and creativity. On the other hand, others argue that the widespread loss of jobs linked to automation could have disastrous consequences for society.

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AI-engineered enzyme eats plastic

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Chung, François [u/fchung]. “AI-engineered enzyme eats entire plastic containers.” Reddit, 29 May 2022, www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/v0dmxu/aiengineered_enzyme_eats_entire_plastic_containers.

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Krämer, Katrina. “AI-engineered enzyme eats entire plastic containers.” Chemistry World, 9 May 2022, www.chemistryworld.com/news/ai-engineered-enzyme-eats-entire-plastic-containers/4015620.article.

A plastic-degrading enzyme enhanced by amino acid changes engineered by a machine-learning algorithm can depolymerize polyethylene terephthalate (PET) at least twice as fast, and at lower temperatures, than today's best enzyme. It all started when, six years ago, scientists digging through the debris of a plastic bottle recycling plant discovered a bacterium capable of degrading PET. The engineered enzyme was able to break down an untreated plastic container in 48 hours.

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Planet spotted close to the sun

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Chung, François [u/fchung]. “Earth-like planet spotted orbiting Sun’s closest star.” Reddit, 12 March 2022, www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/tce083/earthlike_planet_spotted_orbiting_suns_closest.

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Castelvecchi, Davide. “Earth-like planet spotted orbiting Sun’s closest star.” Nature, 10 February 2022, www.nature.com/articles/d41586-022-00400-3.

Astronomers have discovered a third planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun. Called Proxima Centauri d, this planet is likely smaller than Earth and may have liquid water oceans. Proxima Centauri d was detected by measuring tiny changes in Proxima Centauri's light spectrum as the planets' gravity pulled it during orbit. This discovery was made thanks to a state-of-the-art instrument called ESPRESSO (Echelle Spectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations), which was used at the Very Large Telescope (Chile).

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