"Blowhole wave energy generator exceeds expectations in 12-month test." "The UniWave 200 has been making reliable, clean energy for Australia's King Island for a year now, delivering better performance than expected." "Wave Swell Energy's remarkable UniWave 200 is a sea platform that uses an artificial blowhole formation to create air pressure changes that drive a turbine and feed energy back to shore." newatlas.com/energy/blowhole-w

Conjoined twins with fused brains separated. 7 surgeries, over 100 medical staff involved, 33 hours of operations time in Rio de Janiero. Twins were 3-year-olds Bernardo and Arthur Lima. Another twist in this story is that the medical staff practiced the operation in virtual reality for 6 months before the operations. No only that but the VR wasn't done in one place -- it was done over the internet between Brazil and the UK. youtube.com/watch?v=Os0oSVOvOD

"DALL-E 2 app for Sony cameras". But why? "Submits photos to the DALL-E 2 AI, and uses it to generate variants of the photos you take.
But... "Currently, using this app will get your DALL-E 2 account automatically banned, because OpenAI consider it to be a 'web scraping tool' in violation of their Terms and Conditions. So check back here after DALL-E 2 has released their public API for a version that complies with their new terms." github.com/Sherlock-Photograph

"From the time it lifted off from Kuala Lumpur at 15:42 local time, SPAR19 was already the most tracked flight on Flightradar24 among active flights. By the time it landed in Taipei, SPAR19 was being tracked by more than 708,000 people around the world, making it the most tracked live flight in Flightradar24 history. Over the seven hours from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei, a total of 2.92 million people followed at least a portion of the flight." flightradar24.com/blog/spar19-

"US crypto firm Nomad has been hit by a $190 million theft." "Crypto analytics firm PeckShield told Reuters $190 million worth of users' cryptocurrencies were stolen, including ether and the stablecoin USDC. Other blockchain researchers put the figure at over $150 million." "Nomad, which last week raised $22 million from investors including major US exchange Coinbase Global, makes software that connects different blockchains." reuters.com/technology/us-cryp

"Echo reads your recipes out loud, letting you keep both hands free while you cook. When you're ready, ask for the next step and it will be read to you." "Echo knows about the ingredients in your recipe so you can ask questions like, 'How much butter?' and Echo will reply with the exact amount the recipe calls for. As you collect the milk cross it off your list by saying, 'I have the milk.'" echorecipes.com/

New AI-generated horsies. Well, model horses. In the style of Breyer Animal Creations. They say "animal creations" but we all know it's mostly horses. Except now you can see things like, "Product photo of a breyer horse model of a guinea pig" made with DALL-E 2 by -- who else could it be? -- Janelle Shane. aiweirdness.com/new-ai-generat

Unicycle robot that balances with one wheel on the bottom and a second wheel on top oriented in a perpendicular direction to the bottom one. One neat trick this robot can do is get up from lying flat on the ground just by spinning and stopping the spinning of its two wheels with the proper timing. youtube.com/watch?v=UEMN0wPo5i

"Midjourney in its present form is a social network for creating AI-generated art from a text prompt." "But Midjourney has its own distinctive style." theregister.com/2022/08/01/dav

"Banned from Minecraft, crypto group says it'll just make a better game." This is the first I've heard that NFTs and blockchain technology were ever integrated with Minecraft. arstechnica.com/gaming/2022/07

The Ferrocene Language Specification is a precise documentation of a particular subset of a particular version of the Rust programming language. The idea is to qualify this particular subset of Rust and this particular Rust compiler for safety-critical software. The language currently used for the most safety-critical software is Ada, and a safety-critical certification for Rust could open the door for Rust to be used alongside Ada for safety-critical software. ferrous-systems.com/blog/the-f

Facebook's rollout of a sweeping TikTok-like redesign marks the end of the social networking era. "Under the social network model [...] keeping up with your friends' posts served as the hub for everything. Now Facebook wants to shape your online life around the algorithmically-sorted preferences of millions of strangers around the globe. That's how TikTok sorts the videos it shows users, and that's largely how Facebook will now organize its home screen." axios.com/2022/07/25/sunset-so

A border between Switzerland and Italy has shifted due to a melting glacier. Items in the restaurant of a mountain lodge are priced in euros, but the prices will have to be changed to Swiss francs. "The Theodul Glacier's retreat means the watershed has crept towards the Rifugio Guide del Cervino, a refuge for visitors near the 3,480-meter (11,417-foot) Testa Grigia peak -- and it is gradually sweeping underneath the building." phys.org/news/2022-07-redraw-g

Micron Technology has just made a 232-layer NAND storage device for solid state (flash) drives that can store 1 terabit per die and 2 terabytes per package. A 32% increase over the previous state-of-the-art of 176 layers. Density is 14.6 gigabytes per square millimeter, 35% more than the previous state-of-the-art. So it has the most 3D layers and the most density. Data read and write speed is 2.4 gigabytes per second, a 50% increase over the previous state-of-the-art. micron.com/Products/NAND%20Fla

"Rootkits are malware implants which burrow themselves in the deepest corners of the operating system. Although on paper they may seem attractive to attackers, creating them poses significant technical challenges and the slightest programming error has the potential to completely crash the victim machine." securelist.com/cosmicstrand-ue

Software frameworks come to Linux malware. "The software framework has become essential to developing almost all complex software these days." "Last week, researchers from security firm Intezer revealed the Lightning Framework, a modular malware framework for Linux that has gone undocumented until now. arstechnica.com/information-te

Russia has made the decision to withdraw from the International Space Station (ISS). The head of Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, says Russia will fulfill its obligations to 2024 and then withdraw from the ISS. By that time, he says Russia will begin deployment of its own space station. The Russian portion of the ISS is 6 modules with ships docked to them, accounting for 17% of the ISS. euronews.com/next/2022/07/26/r

Video from Japan on use of satellite imagery in the Ukraine war. Although made in Japan and includes Japanese satellite experts, most people interviewed are from the US. Maxar is highlighted. Includes synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery and open source intelligence (OSINT). youtube.com/watch?v=ahbnVYro1G

"Has the world become less colourful? If you feel like the world seems increasingly colourless, you're not just imagining it. Take cars, for example. Greyscale colours now make up three quarters of cars produced globally, compared to less than 50% in the past. Just look at a parking lot from the 1980s compared to one today." twitter.com/culturaltutor/stat

For young adults born between 1984 and 1992 -- that is, millennials -- "At age 26, the authors find, 30 percent of Americans live in the census tract they lived in at 16. Fifty-eight percent live less than 10 miles away; 80 percent live less than 100 miles away; 90 percent live less than 500 miles away." vox.com/future-perfect/2022/7/

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