Consumption Week 33

My notes from some of the media I consumed this week.

  1. Flexible batteries
  2. Generative artificial intelligence
  3. Sustainable aviation fuel
  4. Designer phages
  5. Metaverse for mental health
  6. Wearable plant sensors
  7. Spatial omics
  8. Flexible neural electronics
  9. Sustainable computing
  10. AI-facilitated healthcare

Tags: Innovation, Future, Technology, Batteries, AI, Air Travel, Medicine, Healthcare, Agriculture



Tags: Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar, Resources, Materials

  • A sponge-like material developed at the University of Sydney holds on to CO2 molecules as air passes through it. Fans draw air into canisters containing the sponges, and then heat is used to extract the pure CO2 that can be pumped and stored underground. All power comes from the solar panels that cover the units like an A-frame tent.

Tags: CCUS, Solar

  • In his experiments, Volkov saw increases in harvest of 20-75%, depending on the plant. Treating seeds in plasma for less than a minute led to a 40% increase in potato harvests. “One cabbage farm let us experiment, to get statistics,” says Volkov. “We increased cabbage production by 75%. It also tasted better.” The flavour, he said, was sweeter.

Tags: Farming, Food, Agriculture

  • Viral DNA possibly gave us the ability the remember (by changing our brains) and give birth to live young (by changing our autoimmune response)
  • The Plague of Cyprian possibly caused the popularity of Christianity through the ideas of suffering (disease) and good deeds (helping those who are sick) in this life being rewarded in afterlife.
  • The Black Death caused capitalism by reducing labour supply and increasing land supply, therefore increasing peasant power versus the nobility.
  • Smallpox (and others) conquered Latin America, not the Spanish. Given how deadly the diseases was, the natives believed it was due to the enemy’s god, which is why Christianity is so pervasive to this day in LatAm.

Tags: Disease, Evolution, Religion

Tags: Sports, Motorsport, F1, Funny

  • Take a step back and watch the process, see the connections and cycles. Don’t try to control everything; see unexpected positive externalities.
    • Cow poop breeds flies → chicken food
    • Trees encourage snails → duck food
  • Regenerative farming handles droughts better

Tags: Agriculture, Farming, Sustainability