Smart technology (probably) isn’t making you dumber

Technology usually has more pros than cons, but every benefit still carries some risk.

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  • A new paper in Nature Human Behaviour states that technology is not making us dumber.
  • The authors believe smart technology changes how we engage our biological cognitive abilities.
  • While fears are likely overblown, technology addiction and memory problems still need to be addressed.
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Heliogen: concentrated solar power plant produces temperatures of 2700° F

How one startup plans to use "death rays" for good instead of evil.

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  • A new advance in concentrated solar power makes temperatures of 2700° F possible from nothing but sunlight.
  • The heat produced can be used to produce electricity, make clean fuels, or power industrial processes.
  • Founder Bill Gross sees these plants as part of a grand design to wean the world off oil.
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Vertical farming: disrupting agriculture

A new agricultural revolution could forever change the planet.

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  • Vertical farming leverages cutting-edge technology to grow food in a new and better way.
  • One of its many benefits is that it can increase crop yield by 700 percent.
  • Vertical farming can help relieve pressure on scarce resources and boost Earth's biodiversity.
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There’s nowhere left on Earth free of space pollution

When we look at the night sky, we may see junk instead of stars.

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  • New research has found that the entire planet is covered by light pollution from space objects.
  • Companies like SpaceX and Amazon plan to launch thousands of satellites into orbit this decade.
  • Scientists fear this space traffic will impede their ability to stare into deep space.
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  • A major hurdle for any human mission to Mars is how to feed astronauts during the extended spaceflight.
  • NASA is currently crowdsourcing solutions through its Deep Space Food Challenge.
  • The challenge is open to all U.S. citizens and ends July 30, 2021.
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