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公開日時: 2020-07-03 00:00:00

CarbFix: Helping Iceland reduce CO2 emissions
Heavy industries around the world contribute significantly to carbon emissions and atmospheric pollution. To deal with that situation, some countries are using a method called "carbon capture," where carbon released by industries is not allowed to go into the atmosphere but is "captured" and stored deep underground, where they turn into a harmless mineral called calcite. However, Iceland has adapted the "carbon capture" system in a novel way. Instead of directly storing carbon underground, the gas is dissolved in water and then injected into porous basalt rock....

公開日時: 2020-07-02 00:00:00

Tanzanite makes a millionaire
It is not every day that a man digs the ground and finds something that makes him a millionaire. But that is precisely the experience of Saniniu Laizer, a 52-year-old miner from Tanzania. He found two pieces of a precious stone called Tanzanite. They fetched him $3.4 million at a trading center that allows miners to sell their finds. Laizer not only became rich but also famous overnight; he received a congratulatory phone call from President John Magufuli....

公開日時: 2020-07-01 00:00:00

The US Navy has a UFO Task Force
2020 has thrown another surprise at us. The Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC) has confirmed the existence of a UFO Task Force of the US Navy. While many conspiracy theorists will rejoice at this revelation, it might disappoint many to know that the Task Force does not necessarily track alien spaceships....

公開日時: 2020-06-30 00:00:00

Unlimited food deliveries from unknown prankster
Many people hate going through the routine of ordering food and having them delivered at home. They would rather visit a restaurant and dine in. That is the case with 65-year-old Jean Van Landeghem, a resident of Turnhout, Antwerp. But for almost ten years, he and his friend have been subject to forced deliveries at home for food they never ordered....

公開日時: 2020-06-27 00:00:00

Tenino prints wooden currency...again!
It is no surprise that the pandemic is killing small independent businesses around the world. While many have managed to migrate to digital platforms, others have shut down. A similar situation has gripped the city of Tenino in Washington. But fire-fighter turned mayor Wayne Fournier has come up with a unique solution....

公開日時: 2020-06-26 00:00:00

MilkRun: A startup that sells local products the old way
In the old days, a familiar sight was the milkman delivering at the doorsteps of customers. Milk produced locally was consumed locally too. Today, the large farms cater to the commercial market, sending their products to distant stores and receiving just 8 cents out of every dollar spent by consumers, on an average. Important aspects such as taste, nutrition, and the farmer’s earnings have taken a backseat; instead, it’s all about efficiency and scale. Due to the COVID-19 situation, many such farmers have been unable to reach those distant markets and consequently suffered huge losses. That has created a strong case for a return to the old door-to-door milkman-delivery model. Portland-based startup MilkRun is pursuing that course with significant success....

公開日時: 2020-06-25 00:00:00

$0-budget movie tops the US box office
Usually, big-budget movies turn out to be blockbusters. But is it possible to make a movie with no budget and still top the box office? To find out, YouTuber Eric Tabach and filmmaker Christian Nilsson developed and executed a unique idea by producing a 29-minute horror movie called Unsubscribe and taking it to the top of the box office chart....

公開日時: 2020-06-24 00:00:00

Taiwan’s fake vacation experience
It is no surprise that COVID-19 has spoiled summer vacation plans for many, with most people under lockdown since the past few months. But if you are craving for travel, would you like to experience a holiday without actually traveling anywhere? That’s right! Taiwan is allowing residents to have the complete experience of going through immigration and boarding a plane....

公開日時: 2020-06-23 00:00:00

Microsoft favors AI over employees
It is said that artificial intelligence is the future. In many business areas, AI has been accommodated to make lives easier, such as the hospitality business. But an old debate has once again resurfaced with tech giant Microsoft laying off employees and replacing them with trained AI: Will AI make employees dispensable?...

公開日時: 2020-06-20 00:00:00

Amazon offers credit for businesses
Amazon is now venturing into the world of financing. The e-commerce giant is collaborating with Goldman Sachs’ Marcus, a fixed-rate, no-fee personal loan provider, to help small independent companies that are also sellers on Amazon. This is a calculated move by both companies during this time of economic downturn. Previously, Amazon tried to enter the finance business to provide student loans by partnering with Wells Fargo, but the move ended abruptly....

公開日時: 2020-06-19 00:00:00

Germany unleashes "Technology You Can Trust" initiative
The German government will invest millions of euros toward research and development in electronics. The objective is to reduce dependence on imported equipment to build infrastructure....

公開日時: 2020-06-18 00:00:00

R.I.P. social media influencers
Popularity of social media over the years has seen a sharp rise in the number of social media influencers--people who have a large following and are veritable internet celebrities. They played a big part in shaping advertising on social media as people were drawn to their posts and believed what they sold. But things changed as the pandemic spread earlier this year....

公開日時: 2020-06-17 00:00:00

Bank of England helps Europe’s billionaires
During this time of unprecedented crisis and vagueness about the future, many business owners are struggling to keep their businesses alive and looking for a financial helping hand. In a unique case, companies owned by European billionaires have received emergency financial aid totaling over 16 billion pounds ($20.6 billion). This emergency financial aid, launched by the Bank of England, is called COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF)....

公開日時: 2020-06-16 00:00:00

Rotary dial cellphone in 2020?
Astronomy instrumentation engineer Justine Haupt has developed a cellphone with a retro look that goes back to the 1970s. She has replaced the touchscreen with an old-school rotary dial. She published images of a prototype and viewers seem to be appreciating it....

公開日時: 2020-06-13 00:00:00

Pandora to use recycled gold and silver
Pandora, one of the largest jewelry firms in the world, has taken a major step toward minimizing environmental degradation due to mining. Instead of relying on newly mined gold and silver, the company will only use recycled precious metals. The Danish group aims to completely replace mined precious metals by 2025. The company estimates that emissions from silver will be reduced by 66% and gold by 99%....

公開日時: 2020-06-12 00:00:00

A glimpse into the past through "tree rings"
From the outside, all you can gauge from a tree are its green leaves and dark brown bark. Yet, trees have historic information hidden inside. According to Valerie Trouet, author of the book "Tree Story," human and tree histories are intertwined....

公開日時: 2020-06-11 00:00:00

Google introduces new tools to help small businesses
The year 2020 has been rough for global health and economic wellbeing. In the new-normal where social distancing is taking root, small business owners need to transition to digital services. This is reflected in the sharp increase of the online search string "how to help small businesses." According to Google, searches for that phrase have increased 700% since February....

公開日時: 2020-06-10 00:00:00

Environmental-friendly self-destructing glue
A new technology developed in the UK allows composite structures joined by glue to be separated faster and cheaper using a simple source of heat. The technology, a collaboration between the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol and Oxford Brookes University, will have a huge impact on the design, use and end-of life recycling of a wide range of products, including cars, airplanes, and wind turbines....

公開日時: 2020-06-09 00:00:00

‘Yarn stimulus’: An innovative idea that saved many small businesses
Business might never be the same again--at least, not for a long time. The pandemic has constricted businesses, squeezed margins, and left a trail of shuttered shops and factories. In the midst of a situation like this, sometimes an innovative idea can help a business, as well as its entire supply chain, stay afloat. A 10-year-old online yarn company called Brooklyn Tweed has shown the way....

公開日時: 2020-06-06 00:00:00

Twitter "fact-checks" Donald Trump
Last month, Twitter introduced a "fact-checking" feature that allowed the site to label some questionable posts as "misleading information," "disputed claim," or "unverified claim." The main purpose is to weed out false news on sensitive topics, such as COVID-19. However, the "fact-checking" feature has already become controversial with Twitter labelling two recent posts by President Donald Trump as misleading information....