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New Self-Watering Soil Could Revolutionize Farming & Gardening

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Engineers at the university of Texas have created a new type of soil that effectively pulls water from the air and distributed to the plants roots. If viable on a mass scale this soil could be used to create farmable land in places around the earth that were previously uninhabitable or inhospitable. This technology could also help areas that suffer from severe seasonal droughts or water shortages.

The technology uses a super moisture absorbent gel (Aka SMAG) to capture water from the atmosphere, then when the soil is heated to a certain temperature the gels will begin to release the water into the soil for the plants to absorb.

The SMAG works by pulling water out of the air during the cooler evenings then releasing and re-distributing the water into the soil during the warmer or hot days.

According to news.utexas.edu “Each gram of soil can extract approximately 3-4 grams of water. Depending on the crops, approximately 0.1 to 1 kilogram of the soil can provide enough water to irrigate about a square meter of farmland.”

This is undoubtably a revolutionary breakthrough for agriculture but extensive testing still needs to be done in order to ensure that it is safe for biology, the environment, and humans.

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Is “WFH” really a good thing?

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Bill Gates predicts that most in-person meetings will be a thing of the past and that “50% of business travel” will never return after the Covid pandemic.

If this is true, is it good or bad? And how do we adjust to it?

In a recent businessinsider.com article Bill Gates said:

“My prediction would be that over 50% of business travel and over 30% of days in the office will go away,”

But also goes on to say:

“More could be done on the software side to allow for serendipitous run-ins after meetings,”

As of mid-October Microsoft announced that they are moving 150,000 people to permanently work from home.

Inversely, there are arguments claiming that the “WFH” mandate is hurting their creativity and ability to collaborate and innovate.

In an article written by Joe McKendrick, he argues that work from home culture could be hurting our creativity and our ability to rapidly innovate.

“The team can come unglued pretty fast as members begin to feel psychologically disconnected from one another.”

“61%, report they have not learned how to effectively delegate and empower virtual teams.”

Click to Read McKendrick’s Article

Also in an article from Bloomberg.comIt’s Not Just You. Lockdowns Make Us Less Creative.

Wisdom from Reddit:

“This was such an issue in Japan before, though on a usually smaller scale. We’d go back and forth between companies all over the city for minutes-long meetings, wasting usually half a day each time. Remote work has been so much more productive, though some people I work with see those who want to stay remote as ‘lazy’…” Reddit User kurodon85

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Stentrode; Brain implant allows mind control of computers

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Brain implant allows mind control of computers in first human trials – Called Stentrode, the implant has brought about significant quality-of-life improvements for a pair of Australian men suffering from motor neurone disease (MND). from technology

https://newatlas.com/medical/stentrode-brain-implant-mind-control-first-trials/

“Hope this doesn’t lead to another Black Mirror episode”

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