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Study: Automation makes the three-day weekend more common

A new study conducted in Britain suggest that employees in the UK could enjoy shorter work weeks thanks to automated machines and their ability to make work more efficient. Currently, workers in the UK are laboring longer hours on average than in most other European countries.  New technologies could change that by increasing workforce productivity while allowing employees to take pleasure in shorter 4-day work weeks.

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:10/15/2018

This cheap mineral is making LED lighting technology far more efficient

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) may be the most energy efficient light-generating technology we have now, but scientists have found a way to make them even more efficient. Using perovskite, a mineral found abundantly in the Earth’s mantle, as the semiconductor, the LED can produce light more efficiently at a cheaper cost the conventional LEDs. While producing this technology with perovskite is a relatively new thing, scientists say they already perform as good as the best LEDs on the market—suggesting there’s plenty of room for improvement.

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  • Nature
  • Date:10/12/2018

Solving agriculture’s labor shortages with robot farms

The first robot farm was opened in the U.S. last week. The farm can grow 30 times more produce than traditional farms through the use of artificial intelligence (AI), year-round, soilless hydroponic processes, and moving plants as they grow to efficiently use space. Investors see AI as a solution to raise output in a traditional industry that is facing serious labor shortages.

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  • The Guardian
  • Date:10/11/2018

Tesla CEO is providing schools in Flint with new water filtration systems

Flint has been suffering from a lack of access to clean water for over a year now due to lead contamination. That’s why Elon Musk and his foundation for technological developments has granted nearly half a million dollars to schools in Flint in order to install new water filtration systems. The filtration technology makes use of an ultraviolet purification method that will disinfect and rid water pipes of bacteria.

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  • ABC
  • Date:10/09/2018

Introducing the very first Hyperloop passenger capsule

The Hyperloop has long been a distant concept, but now we’ve just gotten a first glimpse of what a passenger ‘capsule’ of the Hyperloop will actually look like. Resembling high-speed trains found in Europe and Japan, the Hyperloop capsule is around 100 feet long, is able to transport up to 40 passengers, and is designed to travel at a mind-boggling 750 mph. That would make it possible to commute from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 35 minutes. Have a look for yourself here.

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  • USA Today
  • Date:10/09/2018

No more distraction: these glasses block all the screens around you

In many public places, it’s hard to avoid distracting screens. News and commercials keep streaming at you—even if you don’t want to watch. These glasses help. A special film turns screens black while you keep seeing everything else around you.

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  • Wired
  • Date:10/08/2018

The father of the web has a radical plan: the Internet of people

The man who invented the world wide web, knows what the original mission was: a decentralized global network. That is very different from today’s reality where a few big companies—Google, Facebook, Amazon—dominate the Internet. Now, Tim Berners-Lee launches an initiative to create a free and open Internet and give people back the control over their own data.

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:10/01/2018

This robot can pick up lettuce with as much care as a human hand

A team of researchers has developed a robot that can maneuver so deftly that it’s able to pick up a lettuce head, find its outer layer of leaves, and delicately remove them. The machine is able to perform this task using three tools: a camera to size-up an individual lettuce head and find its stem, an arm to roll and position the lettuce for tearing, and another arm with a suction device on the end for removing leaves. 

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  • Quartz
  • Date:09/28/2018

Walmart is deploying the blockchain to stop bacterial outbreaks for its produce

To protect against the possibility of bacterial outbreaks for its leafy greens, Walmart is making use of a blockchain system to track the shipments of their produce. That way, Walmart can trace the vegetables’ path from the farm to the store in order to find the source of any potential outbreak within seconds rather than days. This isn't just for Walmart's internal benefit, either. Eventually, you could scan a bag and use the blockchain to find out where your spinach came from.

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  • Engadget
  • Date:09/26/2018

Is this finally the beginning of the end for the password?

Passwords are under attack in a war on multiple fronts. Just today, Microsoft announced the rollout of password-free login using its Microsoft Authenticator app while the digital security company Yubikey announced a new version of its USB security keys that forgo the need for passwords altogether.

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  • Date:09/26/2018
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