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Saudi Arabia’s sci-fi metropolis is well underway, these exclusive satellite images show
In early 2021, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman announced The Line: a “civilization revolution”, a zero-carbon megacity that will house up to 9 million people, 170 kilometers long and 0.5 kilometers high, but only 200 meters wide. Within its mirrored, car-free walls, residents will be flown around by underground trains and electric air taxis.
Satellite imagery of $500 billion projectExclusive access to MIT Technology ReviewA huge linear construction site indicating that the line has begun to take shape. Visit The LineLocation on Google MapsandGoogle EarthHowever, you’ll only see bare rock and sand.
The odd gap in the imagery raises questions about who has access to the high-resolution satellite technology. If the largest urban construction site on Earth isn’t on Google Maps, what else can’t we see?read more.
why babies sleep so much
Babies spend far more time asleep than awake. Scientists still aren’t sure why, but new techniques are starting to shed more light on the mystery — and may help shed light on what’s going on inside the rapidly developing brains of newborns.
During the first few months, a baby’s brain is developing connections at a rate of about one million synapses per second. These connections are thought to play a key role in helping babies learn to make sense of the world around them, laying an important foundation for the rest of their lives.read more.
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1 Covid figures start to disappear in China
It is about to enter the deadliest phase of the pandemic. How deadly? We won’t know. (Financial Times$)
+A letter from Foxconn’s founder may help convince China’s leaders to ditch zero-covid.(wall street journal$)
+The policy shift has been a source of relief, but also worry and confusion.(New York Times$)
+Here’s What Scientists Have To Say.(nature)
2 AI selfies are everywhere
You can thank the app Lensa for the fact that people can’t resist sharing how sexy it makes them look. (wettable powder$)
+However, it generates disturbing NSFW images.even if the picture is of a child.(wired$)
+AI is also getting better at generating convincing text.(sound)
+Can you tell real tweets from tweets written by AI?(wall street journal$)
3 Americans flock to climate danger zone
Migration patterns are largely away from safe areas and toward hotter, drier areas with more wildfires. (wired$)
+These three charts show who is most responsible for climate change.(MIT Technology Review)
4 A lawsuit claims women were targeted by Twitter layoffs
In engineering jobs, 63% of women are unemployed compared to 48% of men. (NBC)
+Musk’s plans to encrypt Twitter messages appear to be on hold.(Forbes)
+Twitter plans to change ‘Twitter Blue’ price after dispute with Apple.(News$)
+Elon Musk has openly courted a far-right, conspiracy-obsessed fan base.(wired$)
5 CoinDesk’s FTX scoop hits own parent firm
Ownership structures in cryptocurrencies are complex — in this case, a little too comfortable. (edge)
+Crypto execs frantically exchanging text messages as FTX crashes.(New York Times$)
6 Tired of surfing the Internet? You are not alone.
It’s starting to feel like a dying mall full of stores you don’t want to go to. (New Yorker$)
+Amazon is launching a TikTok clone.yes, amazon.(wettable powder$)
7 The hype surrounding esports is fading
The broader recession sent sponsors and investors fleeing. (Bloomberg$)
+The FTC is trying to block Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of video game giant Activision Blizzard.(sound)
8 What are the causes of dementia?
A series of recent findings suggest that it is more complex than the formation of amyloid plaques. (Quanta)
+The miracle molecule that can heal brain damage and boost fading memory.(MIT Technology Review)
9 The global spyware industry is out of control
America plays both arsonist and firefighter, using the exact same tools it condemns. (New York Times$)
+It’s hard to control spyware technology when it’s in such high demand from governments around the world.(MIT Technology Review)
10 Xiaomi teaches a robot to play drums
However, professional musicians can now rest easy if they can refer to demo clips. (IEEE Spectrum)
“Globalization is almost dead. Free trade is almost dead. A lot of people still wish they could come back, but I really don’t think it’s going to be back for a while.”
— According to Nikkei Asia, Zhang Zhongmou, founder of Taiwanese chip giant TSMC, made some outspoken remarks on geopolitical issues this week at the launch of a new plant in Arizona.
The future of urban housing is energy-efficient refrigerators
Older apartments under the jurisdiction of the New York City Housing Authority are not innovative. NYCHA, the city’s largest landlord and home to nearly one in six New Yorkers, has its buildings all but crumbling after decades of deferred maintenance and mismanagement. An estimated $40 billion or more, at least $180,000 per unit, is required to restore the building to a state of good repair.
Despite the scale of the challenges, NYCHA hopes to address them. It launched the Clean Heat for All Challenge, which asks manufacturers to develop low-cost, easy-to-install heat pump technology for building retrofits. The stakes for the agency, the winning company, and society itself could be huge — and good for the planet.
After all, retrofitting existing buildings is more sustainable than tearing them down and building new ones.read more.
— Patrick Sisson
we can still have nice things
+ thisPhotoshopComicsIt’s really cute about changing the sky.
+ Santa Claus, Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas: whatever you want to call him, he haslong and glorious history.
+ how to manicureclever and casual.