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YouTube - Elements - Fusion Energy Could be a Reality in Less Than Five Years, hosted by Julian Huguet

SPARC is aiming to be the first experimental device to achieve an energy-positive fusion reaction.

ScienceNews - The new light-based quantum computer Jiuzhang has achieved quantum suprfemacy, by Emile Conover

A photonic quantum computer, which harnesses particles of light, or photons, performed a calculation that’s impossible for a conventional computer, researchers in China report online December 3 in Science.

Awaken - QuantumScape's New Solid-State Battery is Twice as Energy-Dense as Lithium-Ion, by Edd Gent

TechXplore - Instant Hydrogen Production for Powering Fuel Cells, by American Institute of Physics
Since the Industrial Revolution, the environmental impacts of energy have posed a concern. Recently, this has driven researchers to search for viable options for clean and renewable energy sources.

IEEE Spectrum - Iron Powder Passes First Industrial Test as Renewable, Carbon Dioxide-Free Fuel by Evan Ackerman

Innovation & Tech Today - Making Water Out of Thin Air by Sara Brittany Somerset

Technology Org - Research breakthrough could transform clean energy technology

FAO - In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data, in conversation with Keith Cressman.

InHabitat - Nestle's Vegan Tuna Spares Fish Lives, by Teresa Bergen. Over the last few years, veggie burgers have nearly gone mainstream. But Nestlé’s new vegan tuna — aka Sensational Vuna — will be a whole new taste sensation for vegans and non-vegans alike. The product will hit Swiss markets this year, then roll out globally.

Technology.Org - Cheaper, Lighter and More Energy-Dense: The Promise of Lithium-Sulphur Batteries, by Rex Merrifield.
Lithium-sulphur batteries, which are lighter and cheaper than today’s models, may be the next generation of power cells that we use in electric cars or mobile phones – if scientists can get them to last for longer.

Nature - Hello Quantum World. Google Publishes Landmark Quantum Supremacy Claim, by Elizabeth Gibney.

Successful Farming - Technology Spotlight: The Future of Robots in Farming
The future of agriculture will look very different than it does today.

Science Daily - Water Splitting Advance Holds Promise for Afforable Renewable Energy, by Washington State University.
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.

Wallaces Farmer - Wind Energy Surpasses Coal in Iowa, by Rod Swoboda.

Wind is now the largest single source of electrical energy in Iowa, providing 42% of the state’s total electricity generation. That’s more than any other state.

The Bahai World - Technology, Values, and the Shaping of Social Reality, by Matt Weinberg.
Technological change is inherent to human progress. Technology, by definition, serves to augment human capacities and in so doing alters the environment in which we act. In a very real way, social reality and technology co-evolve or are co-constructed.

Plough Magazine - Not So Simple, by Mark Boyle.
Who hasn’t dreamed of living a more wholesome, less frenetic life? Ten years ago economist Mark Boyle tried living without money. Two years ago he foreswore modern technology as well. We asked him what he’s learned since he ditched his stupid phone and logged off antisocial media.

University of Kent - Global Diets are Converging; With Benefits and Problems, by Olivia Miller. New research has shown that diets are changing in complex ways worldwide. International food supply patterns are supporting healthier diets in parts of the world, but causing underweight and obesity elsewhere. They are also having important effects on environmental sustainability, with potentially worrying consequences.

YouTube - Introducing Ballie!

"Meet Ballie, the first product of Samsung’s vision to create intelligent robots that serve as life companions.

MIT News - A New Way to Irrigate Crops Year-Round, by Zach Winn.

Medium - How Tech Will Transform the World in Ten Years, by Katie Couric. Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler on everything from flying cars to health care.

Politico - Tech's Newest Leaders Shrug Off D.C., by Nancy Scola and Cristiano Lima. Washington is one American power center. Silicon Valley is another. But if any national policymakers entertained the idea that most of the tech industry lives in constant dread of D.C. — with voters complaining about privacy and CEOs forced to testify before Congress — they would have gotten a wake-up call at this year’s CES.

Express VPN - What Are Smart Cities? - The idea of fitting municipalities with internet-connected sensors, and six places that have embraced the concept.

National Review - Facial-Regognition Technology - Closer to Utopia Than Dystopia, by Robert D. Atkinson. - We’ve all heard the stories: Authorities have installed cameras operating facial-recognition technology everywhere — on street corners, in shopping malls, even in office buildings. The software behind it is biased, generating high rates of false-positive matches, particularly for minorities. And law enforcement is using those matches, even false ones, to prosecute and imprison innocent people.

The Venus Project - The plans of The Venus Project offer society a broader spectrum of choices based on the scientific possibilities directed toward a new era of peace and sustainability for all.

Environmental Magazine - Harnessing Bioluminescence For Practical Purposes, by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss.

Aalto University - Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun? The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate. A new study entitled - Meeting Increased Global Cooling Demand with Photovoltaics during the 21st Century - yields critical new insight to a fundamental question: How much photovoltaics (PV) would be needed to power the world sustainably?

Popular Mechanics - 6 Bright Ideas for Bioluminescence Tech, by Adam Hadhazy. Living light from fireflies, bacteria, and other luminescent creatures could change the way we illuminate our cities, fight cancer, and find toxins in our water.

Evonomics - Self-Driving Vehicles: What Will Happen to Truck Drivers? By Andrew Yang.

The replacement of drivers will be one of the most dramatic, visible battlegrounds between automation and the human worker.

Crisis Magazine - Made in the Image of Man: How Big Tech Threatens our Humanity, by Andrew Beebe

TED Talks - Abundance is Our Future

Onstage at TED, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

Raconteur - Top Five Innovations in Agriculture, by Jim McClelland.

IEEE Spectrum - Order for First All-Electric Passenger Airplane Placed by Massachusetts Carrier, by Mark Anderson.

First Things - Michael Hanby: “Technocracy And The Future of Christian Freedom”. Michael Hanby shares his thoughts on this subject in a video presentation by First Things.

IEEE Spectrum - The Factories of the Future Will Be Fast, Flexible, and Free of Wires, by Stacey Higginbotham.

Forbes - New Solution Changes the Rules of Warehouse Automation, by Steve Banker.
Order Streaming Improves Capabilities of Warehouse Management Systems at Manhattan Associates.

PV Magazine - The United States is headed for a battery breakthrough, by Tim Sylvia. A new report released by the U.S. Department of Energy projects that installed battery storage will reach 2.5 GW by 2023. Florida and New York are set to pave the way, as massive projects in each of those states will account for nearly half of the coming volume.

The Catholic Register - God's Grace in Space, by the Editor.

The 50th anniversary of the first moon landing salutes a towering human achievement, but it should also be a call to contemplate our place in God’s creation.

New York Times - Why Everyone Wants to Go Back to the Moon, by Kenneth Chang.

Something of a new lunar race is underway, but the motivations differ from what put men on its surface 50 years ago.

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Every civilization has had its own ways of getting materials out of the bio-physical environment in order to feed, clothe, and house people, and to move people and things from where they are to where we want them to go. People with technical abilities know how to do things, how to make instruments to do things, and how to fix things when they are broken. Modernity thinks it is right to honor them and what they do.

Forbes - New Solar + Battery Price Crushes Fossil Fuels, Buries Nuclear, by Jeff McMahon

Los Angeles Power and Water officials have struck a deal on the largest and cheapest solar + battery-storage project in the world, at prices that leave fossil fuels in the dust and may relegate nuclear power to the dustbin... "This is the lowest solar-photovoltaic price in the United States," said James Barner, the agency's manager for strategic initiatives, "and it is the largest and lowest-cost solar and high-capacity battery-storage project in the U.S. and we believe in the world today. So this is, I believe, truly revolutionary in the industry."

National Review - The Miracle of Industrialization, by Marian L. Tupy.

Why the world stopped having to be poor - Our species is 300,000 years old. For the first 290,000 years, we were foragers, subsisting in a way that’s still observable among the bushmen of the Kalahari and the Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands.