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Microsoft Had a Crazy Idea to Put Servers Under Water—and It Totally Worked

A little over two years ago, a shipping container-sized cylinder bearing Microsoft’s name and logo was lowered onto the ocean floor off the northern coast of Scotland. Inside were 864 servers, and their submersion was part of the second phase of the software giant’s Project Natick. Launched in 2015, the project’s purpose is to determine the feasibility of underwater data …

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Loneliness doubled for older adults early in pandemic

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Loneliness doubled among older adults in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new poll shows. Staying close to home and avoiding crowded places can help older adults reduce their risk of COVID-19. But the new national poll suggests it comes with a cost, …

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This Company Just Opened Reservations for Public Air Taxi Flights

Ticket to Ride German startup Volocopter just announced that it’s taking reservations for electric air taxi rides on board its VoloCity aircraft. Tickets for the “VoloFirst” experience go for 300 euros (about $350) and can be reserved with a ten percent deposit. You’ll have to be quick: the company only made 1000 presale tickets available. A Long Wait You’ll also …

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Child psychology has wisdom for pandemic parenting

Even at young ages, children are acutely aware of illness and death, and they are sensitive to stress in the family. Children will have almost certainly heard about the COVID-19 pandemic, so the first important thing for parents to do is to listen. Parents should listen openly and allow children to talk freely, without too many guiding questions. Parents can …

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Resilience Is the New Black: The Lessons of Covid-19

For years it can seem as if the world is predictable, and then all at once, everything changes. Most of us have been blown away by the speed at which the coronavirus, Covid-19, has swept the world. But 2020’s pace is more comprehensible if you see the pandemic as an exponential phenomenon. When spreading unchecked, coronavirus infections were doubling over …

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New Thin Film Thermoelectric Can Harvest More Waste Heat – NextBigFuture.com

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists have created thermoelectric generators that can harvest waste heat from previously inaccessible sources, such as pipes with complex geometries. Thirteen quadrillion (3600 terawatt-hours) BTUs of energy is lost annually through waste heat by U.S. industry. The team cold-sprayed a bismuth-telluride powder on substrates ranging from stainless steel to aluminum silicate and quartz. The …

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Bahrain Joins UAE in Normalizing Relations With Israel – NextBigFuture.com

Bahrain has joined the United Arab Emirates in normalizing relations with Israel, President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday. Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2020 Bahrain has a population of 1.6 million and a GDP of $39 billion. The UAE has a population …

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Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Misinformed vaccine beliefs are by far the strongest driver of opposition to pro-vaccination public policies, according to new research. The new research finds that misinformed beliefs about vaccines drive opposition more than political partisanship, education, religiosity, or other sociodemographic factors. “There are real implications …

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New ‘soft’ tick shows up on New Jersey bats

Share this Article You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. A new paper documents a tick species, Carios kelleyi, on bats in New Jersey for the first time. It could pose health risks to people, pets, and livestock, according to the study in the Journal of Medical Entomology. This species is a “soft” tick. …

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    2021 Exascale computers are deployed An exaFLOP is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (a million trillion, or one quintillion) floating point operations per second. The world’s top supercomputers are now reaching this speed, which is a 1,000-fold improvement over a petaFLOP machine. The growth of computing power had followed an exponential trend for many years. However, a slowdown in the rate of …