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There’s a Hole in the Ozone Layer Bigger Than Antarctica, Scientists Sigh – Futurism

Posted: September 20, 2021 at 8:29 am

Its now larger than 75 percent of the previous years holes.Looming Problem

Whelp, the hole in the ozone layer is as big as ever.

Scientists with the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service announced that the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole is now larger than Antarctica, according to a press release from the organization. Researchers say that the hole has grown considerably in the past two weeks, and is currently larger than 75 percent of holes in the ozone layer since 1979.

[The hole] seems pretty similar to last years, which also wasnt really exceptional until early September, but then turned into one of the largest and longest-lasting ozone holes in our data record later in the season, said Copernicus director Vincent-Henri Peuch in the press release. Now our forecasts show that this years hole has evolved into a rather larger than usual one.

The ozone layer plays a crucial role in protecting the Earth from the Suns UV radiation, which can harm terrestrial crops and animals. Increased UV light has also been linked to skin cancer and cataracts in humans, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

However, the layer has been depleted over the years due to chlorine and bromine atoms in the air that destroy ozone molecules. Each year, when temperatures in the South Pole warm during Antarctic spring, these harmful atoms deplete the layer even more causing an annual opening of the ozone layers hole.

While the hole is as big as ever, Copernicus scientists believe that the layer is recovering due to environmental regulations such as the Montreal Protocol, which began regulation of chlorine and bromine chemicals in 1987. However, they estimate the layer wont completely recover until the 2060s or 2070s, reports CNN.

Until then, we imagine that scientists are a mix of on edge and also tired of having to report on the size of the ozone hole. If only our world governments and big corporations that vastly contribute to climate change could do literally anything about it.

READ MORE: The ozone hole over the South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica [CNN]

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Faraday Future Hosts 919 Futurist Day Co-Creation Celebration and Announces New Business Initiatives as well as Positive Progress on FF 91 Production…

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LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. (FF) (NASDAQ: FFIE), a California-based global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, today announced important new business initiatives at its annual 919 Futurist Day held jointly at its headquarters in Los Angeles, California and in China on Sunday September 19th. Hundreds of attendees representing FF users, partners, car enthusiasts as well as global FF employees and family members gathered to celebrate FFs successes, products, technologies, people, innovation, and user-centric philosophy. 919 Futurist Day is an important platform for FF to co-create its products and services with its users. This year included FF 91 product and technology demos as well as important business updates on FF 91 progress and new business initiatives from FF management.

The event also included numerous invited VIP guests, retail investors, potential users and futurist product officers who participated in an in-depth all-round comparison experience between FF 91 and some of the most iconic automotive products and technologies in an interactive co-creation session with FF executives and designers. They were given time with the FF 91, Mercedes Benz Maybach, Rolls-Royce Cullinan and Lamborghini Urus. After comprehensive evaluations were completed by the VIPs, FF 91 was ranked first in overall sentiment.

Faraday Futures Global CEO, Dr. Carsten Breitfeld, shared significant progress made by FF in the areas of product capability enhancement, product testing, supply chain, manufacturing, sales, business development, and top talent recruitment. Dr. Breitfeld announced FF's unparalleled US-China dual home market strategy has also made an important breakthrough, as substantial progress is being made in the strategic cooperation between FF and Geely Holdings, which was an anchor investor in FFs recently completed SPAC business combination, with the official completion of the first phase of technical cooperation. At present, the technical teams of both sides are closely aligned for the acceptance and development preparation of the technologies. The implementation of the technical cooperation will help drive both parties to explore further collaborations. It will also promote the growth of FF's business in China.

Dr. Breitfeld also outlined the FF and Palantir Foundry partnership in the U.S. and EU whereby Palantir has made a strategic investment into FF and will allow FF the opportunity to leverage Palantir Foundry to develop disruptive products and services. The partnership jointly explores ambitious innovations across the value chain to advance the mobility revolution, including leveraging Palantirs experience with leading manufacturers such as Fiat Chrysler, Faurecia, and Airbus, to accelerate the production ramp up and to drive down the costs of non-quality; leveraging Foundrys unique analytics and modeling infrastructure to accelerate the delivery of leading edge capabilities such as autonomous driving; transforming vehicles into platforms and redefining aftersales experience and financial services; and enabling partners across the value chain to join a growing ecosystem of data and analytics across the industry.

Our annual 919 Futurist Co-Creation Festival was a great success, said FF Global CEO Dr. Carsten Breitfeld. "The 919-event allowed us to both announce new important information to the marketplace as well as complete our goal for the day, which was coming together with the FF community to co-create and share ideas and create value together. With the business and product updates we announced at 919, we are extremely confident that we will deliver the FF 91 Futurist on time, with high quality and strong product capability, and within 12 months of closing."

Many FF futurists gathered at FFs headquarters on Sunday to witness the FF 91 being evaluated against numerous ultra-luxury top-brand vehicles. We witnessed the juxtaposition between the pinnacle of future technology and the traditional luxury strongholds, and the new generation of mobility replacing the long-standing automotive culture, said YT Jia, Founder and CPUO of Faraday Future. The results of this comparison showed that the FF 91 is equipped with unbeatable product and technology prowess and is the only product in the world that is one class higher than Model S/X/Plaid both in terms of performance and technology positioning. Our priority is to deliver FF91 to the hands of our global users, disrupt traditional ultra-luxury brands like Maybach, Ferrari and Bentley, and become No.1 in the global ultra-luxury user segment. This is the common mission of the Futurist Alliance.

On this special day, FF also partnered with the non-profit organization The Purist Group to support a joint FF Toy Drive which benefits underprivileged and less fortunate children and families in Southern California communities. Attendees of the 919 event were asked to bring a new toy in order to participate in the activities, all of which will be donated to local charities through The Purist Group. As a global company based in Southern California, Faraday Future and The Purist Group are united in supporting the local communities and families.

The FF 91 Futurist Alliance Edition and FF 91 Futurist models represent the next generation of intelligent internet electric vehicle (EV) products. They are high-performance EVs, all-ability cars, and ultimate robotic vehicles, allowing users to experience the third internet living space. The models also encompass extreme technology, an ultimate user experience and a complete ecosystem.

Both models have an industry-leading 1050 horsepower, a 130kWh battery pack with immersive liquid cooling technology and 0-60 mph performance in 2.4 seconds. In addition, both employ tri-motor torque vectoring and rear wheels independently driven and controlled by dual rear motors. Both models are also equipped with the industrys only super access point for internet connection at light speed, video streaming on the passenger information display, a rear intelligent internet system, an in-car video conferencing system, intelligent seamless entry, FFID face recognition, multi-touch eyes-free control, and zero gravity rear seats with the industrys largest seating angle of 150 degrees.

A replay of the business update provided by Dr. Breitfeld is now available for viewing on the companys investor relations page: FF also announced that it will hold an investor day in the first half of December this year.

Users can reserve an FF 91 Futurist model now via the FF intelligent APP or at:

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Established in May 2014, FF is a global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company, headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Since its inception, FF has implemented numerous innovations relating to its products, technology, business model, profit model, user ecosystem, and governance structure. On July 22, 2021, FF was listed on NASDAQ with the new company name Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc., and the ticker symbols FFIE for its Class A common stock and FFIEW for its warrants. FF aims to perpetually improve the way people move by creating a forward-thinking mobility ecosystem that integrates clean energy, AI, the Internet and new usership models. With the ultimate intelligent techluxury brand positioning, FFs first flagship product FF 91 Futurist is equipped with unbeatable product power. It is not just a high-performance EV, an all-ability car, and an ultimate robotic vehicle, but also the third internet living space.



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This press release includes forward looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words estimates, projected, expects, anticipates, forecasts, plans, intends, believes, seeks, may, will, should, future, propose and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside FFs control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include: FFs ability to execute on its plans to develop and market its vehicles and the timing of these development programs; FFs estimates of the size of the markets for its vehicles; the rate and degree of market acceptance of FFs vehicles; the success of other competing manufacturers; the performance and security of FFs vehicles; potential litigation involving FF; the result of future financing efforts and general economic and market conditions impacting demand for FFs products. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. You should carefully consider the foregoing factors and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors section of the registration statement on Form S-1 filed by Faraday Future Intelligent Electric Inc. on August 20, 2021 with the SEC and other documents filed by FF with the SEC. These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Readers are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and FF does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

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Moor Mother Offers Psychedelic Sounds On New Album "Black Encyclopedia Of The Air" – HotNewHipHop

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American poet Moor Mother has proven herself to be one of the country's most unique artists over the past few years. After growing up in Maryland, Moor Mother moved to Philadelphia where she eventually started her poetry and music career. After releasing her debutFetish Bones in 2016, the artist has always been known for experimenting with jazzy and industrial sounds while offering up some incredible poetry that touches on a plethora of topics. In recent years, Moor Mother has shifted from spoken word rap to more traditional flows, and fans are taking notice. This shift is particularly evident on the albumBlack Encyclopedia Of The Air, which can be streamed below.

As you make your way through the tracklist, you will immediately get a true sense of Moor Mother's artistry as each line is deliberate and thought-provoking. The imagery is something to behold and if you naturally gravitate to more poetic forms of hip-hop, then this album is for you.

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1. Temporal Control Of Light Echoes2. Mangrove (ft. Elucid, Antonia Gabriela)3. Race Function Limited (ft. Brother May)4. Shekere (ft. Iojii, Sayduh Ruz)5. Vera Hall (ft. BFLY)6. Obsidian (ft. Pink Siifu)7. Iso Funk8. Rogue Waves9. Made A Circle (ft. Nappy Nina, Maassai, Antonia Gabriela, Orion Sun)10. Tarot (ft. Yatta)11. Nighthawk Of Time (ft. Black Quantum Futurism)12. Zami13. Clock Fight (ft. Elaine Mitchener, Dudu Kouate)

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Artists by art movement: Futurism –

Posted: September 17, 2021 at 9:13 pm

Futurism (Italian: Futurismo) was an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century. It emphasized speed, technology, youth, and violence, and objects such as the car, the aeroplane, and the industrial city. Although it was largely an Italian phenomenon, there were parallel movements in Russia, England, Belgium and elsewhere. The Futurists practiced in every medium of art, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, urban design, theatre, film, fashion, textiles, literature, music, architecture, and even Futurist meals. Its key figures were the Italians Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carr, Gino Severini, Giacomo Balla, Antonio Sant'Elia, Bruno Munari, Benedetta Cappa and Luigi Russolo, the Russians Natalia Goncharova, Velimir Khlebnikov, Igor Severyanin, David Burliuk, Aleksei Kruchenykh and Vladimir Mayakovsky, the Belgian Jules Schmalzigaug and the Portuguese Almada Negreiros. It glorified modernity and aimed to liberate Italy from the weight of its past. Cubism contributed to the formation of Italian Futurism's artistic style. Important Futurist works included Marinetti's Manifesto of Futurism, Boccioni's sculpture Unique Forms of Continuity in Space, and Balla's painting Abstract Speed + Sound (pictured). To some extent Futurism influenced the art movements Art Deco, Constructivism, Surrealism, Dada, and to a greater degree Precisionism, Rayonism, and Vorticism.

Futurism is an avant-garde movement founded in Milan in 1909 by the Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Marinetti launched the movement in his Futurist Manifesto, which he published for the first time on 5 February 1909 in La gazzetta dell'Emilia, an article then reproduced in the French daily newspaper Le Figaro on Saturday 20 February 1909. He was soon joined by the painters Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carr, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini and the composer Luigi Russolo. Marinetti expressed a passionate loathing of everything old, especially political and artistic tradition. "We want no part of it, the past", he wrote, "we the young and strong Futurists!" The Futurists admired speed, technology, youth and violence, the car, the airplane and the industrial city, all that represented the technological triumph of humanity over nature, and they were passionate nationalists. They repudiated the cult of the past and all imitation, praised originality, "however daring, however violent", bore proudly "the smear of madness", dismissed art critics as useless, rebelled against harmony and good taste, swept away all the themes and subjects of all previous art, and gloried in science.

Publishing manifestos was a feature of Futurism, and the Futurists (usually led or prompted by Marinetti) wrote them on many topics, including painting, architecture, religion, clothing and cooking.

The founding manifesto did not contain a positive artistic programme, which the Futurists attempted to create in their subsequent Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting (1914). This committed them to a "universal dynamism", which was to be directly represented in painting. Objects in reality were not separate from one another or from their surroundings: "The sixteen people around you in a rolling motor bus are in turn and at the same time one, ten four three; they are motionless and they change places. ... The motor bus rushes into the houses which it passes, and in their turn the houses throw themselves upon the motor bus and are blended with it."

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GitHub – stimulusreflex/futurism: Lazy-load Rails partials …

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Lazy-load Rails partials via CableReady

BREAKING CHANGE: With v1.0, futurism has been transferred to the stimulusreflex organization. Please update your npm package to @stimulus_reflex/futurism accordingly


with a helper in your template

custom s (in the form of a

or a

are rendered. Those custom elements have an IntersectionObserver attached that will send a signed global id to an ActionCable channel (FuturismChannel) which will then replace the placeholders with the actual resource partial.

With that method, you could lazy load every class that has to_partial_path defined (ActiveModel has by default).

You can pass the placeholder as a block:

You can also omit the placeholder, which falls back to eager loading.

Currently there are two ways to call futurize, designed to wrap render's behavior:

You can pass a single ActiveRecord or an ActiveRecord::Relation to futurize, just as you would call render:

Remember that you can override the partial path in you models, like so:

That way you get maximal flexibility when just specifying a single resource.

Call futurize with a partial keyword:

You can also use the shorthand syntax:

Collection rendering is also possible:

You can also pass in the controller that will be used to render the partial.

By default (i.e. not passing in a value), futurize will use ApplicationController, but you may override by setting the Futurism default controller in an initializer, for example config/initializers/futurism.rb.

You can pass a hash of attribute/value pairs which will be mixed into the HTML markup for the placeholder element. This is important for layouts that require elements to have dimensionality. For example, many scripts calculate size based on element height and width. This option ensures that your elements have integrity, even if they are gone before you see them.

This will output the following:

It may sound surprising to support eager loading in a lazy loading library , but there's a quite simple use case:

Suppose you have some hidden interactive portion of your page, like a tab or dropdown. You don't want its content to block the initial page load, but once that is done, you occasionally don't want to wait for the element to become visible and trigger the IntersectionObserver, you want to lazy load its contents right after it's added to the DOM.

Futurism makes that dead simple:

Futurism's default behavior is to broadcast partials as they are generated in batches:

On the client side, IntersectionObserver events are triggered in a debounced fashion, so several renders are performed on the server for each of those events. By default, futurism will group those to a single broadcast call (to save server CPU time).

For collections, however, you can opt into individual broadcasts by specifying broadcast_each: true in your helper usage:

For individual models or arbitrary collections, you can pass record and index to the placeholder block as arguments:

Once your futurize element has been rendered, the futurize:appeared custom event will be called.

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

And then execute:

To copy over the javascript files to your application, run

! Note that the installer will run yarn add @stimulus_reflex/futurism for you !

After bundle, install the Javascript library:

In your app/javascript/channels/index.js, add the following

For authentication, you can rely on ActionCable identifiers, for example, if you use Devise:

The Stimulus Reflex Docs have an excellent section about all sorts of authentication.

In Rails system tests there is a chance that flaky errors will occur due to Capybara not waiting for the placeholder elements to be replaced. To overcome this, add the flag

to an initializer, for example config/initializers/futurism.rb.

Out of the box, Rails will prefix generated urls with rather than http://localhost, much like ActionMailer. To amend this, add

to your environments.

Below are a set of instructions that may help you get a local development environment working

The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Thanks goes to these wonderful people (emoji key):

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Traveling through time with Black Quantum Futurisms ancestral exhibit – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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What does it mean to have enough time?

From a Western viewpoint, time is a linear construct. It started at some point in the past, it will end at some point in the future, and our lives are an inexorable march from one end of the arrow to the other. But in many West African cultures, time is much more circular the Kiswahili word Sasa refers to a broader present, and Zamani, an ocean of time that all things flow into.

And importantly, if an ancestors memory is still alive, that means they are still present in the Sasa.

All these cultural concepts are on display in Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves, an incredible immersive art installation from Black Quantum Futurism. The question of time what it means, how we move through it, and whether we can ever have enough of it permeates the entire experience. This mixed-media exhibition at Brewerytowns Hatfield House closes on Sunday.

READ MORE: New Afrofuturism exhibit at Hatfield House explores time travel and storytelling forms

Staff reporter Cassie Owens and I, an interactive developer here at The Inquirer, talk about ancestors and time all the time. We took an afternoon to move through the installation and share the thoughts, feelings, and impact that it left. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

Cassie Owens: Whats coming up for you right now?

Dain Saint: Wow. So we published the Wildest Dreams this week, which was titled after that saying, We are our ancestors wildest dreams. It took nearly a year from conception to release, but we finally got to publish it! After this, Im going to go and work on my show, called freedom is nonnegotiable, that I wrote while processing everything that happened in 2020. And all of these projects deal with this question of what did we receive from our ancestors, and what will we leave behind?

Its funny, I was going to record thoughts on my phone as we were walking through, and I quickly realized Oh, thats not gonna work. It was like the experience was saying, Youre supposed to stay in the present. It was just profoundly moving. Octavia Butler would be proud. Im kind of still processing [how it portrayed] what quantum entanglement feels like.

Owens: When I was watching the film, I sort of was getting caught up in the realization that so many rituals not all rituals, but so many across cultures do have to do with time. If youre celebrating the harvest, if you are celebrating the birthday of a deity or a saint, if you are celebrating someone going to the prom or about to have they graduation these are markers of time and milestones. And it made me feel like I was smack dab in the middle of a ritual of time not existing and time not being real.

Saint: Yeah.

Owens: And it just sort of really immediately was like, Oh snap.

[Upstairs] there was Im gonna call it an invitation It was some text that was in a collage on the second floor, that basically was encouraging [visitors to] take one of the past thoughts that you have reversed and walk into it as if it is unfamiliar, as if you are experiencing it for the first time. Just that invitation made me think about, like, how much time do I spend revisiting past thoughts outside of the context of trauma.

Saint: Yeah, that makes me realize that, outside of the context of trauma maybe this is a common experience, but I think Im a lot better at ruminating than reminiscing. And thats something that Ive been really thinking about. Why is it so much easier for me to sit in a painful memory, than it is for me to enjoy a joyful one?

READ MORE: Are you thinking about time right now? For Black Futures contributor Rasheedah Phillips, its a lifelong pursuit.

Saint: There was a description of Black Quantum Futurism up there as creating a Black space outside of Greenwich Mean Time, and I really appreciated that idea. The thing that struck me really was it felt like, Here is a way for you to create more time. And thats a question weve had as Black people, like, Will there be enough time? Will we have enough time? We have cousins that are no longer here. Did they get enough time? Our histories, our stories, our cultures, you know, tribes that we belonged to that we no longer remember are all kind of subsumed under this mechanistic Greenwich Mean Time. Which is an excellent metaphor for how England and Western culture declared themselves the center of our universe, right? Even just trying to get here today, we were worrying. Will we have enough time to take in the exhibit? Will we have enough time to process our thoughts?

It really felt like an invitation to say, like, time is abundant. And not everything is going to happen in sequence. Not everything is gonna happen one after the other. And if you stop thinking about time as a linear story, youll have as much of it as you need.

Owens: I think that something that also stuck with me was the line, only we/us can touch our grandmothers face. Im very, very, very fortunate to have both of my grandmothers still alive. But I am also very unfortunate to have lost a lot of my loved ones. And I think sometimes I worry that I might not remember their face the way that you remember it [when theyre physically here.]

Not that you forget what they look like, right? Not that you lose access to the photos. But sometimes even the grief can kind of fade the picture in your mind. [Being inside the exhibition] was reminding me that, you know, your ancestors are in you. You cant exactly forget that, even if you dont know all of them. And it made me feel like, when we tap into our memories of who our ancestors were and are, that that is something that is just ours. I mean, its a work that no one can take from you.

Saint: Yeah, its not a resource, to be exploited or something like that; its just written in us.

I just lost my grandmother a few weeks ago, and I was worried for a while, because she had been on the decline for so long I was worried that when I think of her I will remember her face on the decline. I was really worried about that, and thats not the case. I remember her in the kitchen, I remember making cakes and all of that. I just watched that new Matrix trailer, and one of the things that always struck me from that series is this idea of your Residual Self Image, where no matter what is going on in the real world, theres this internal image of yourself that you hold on to. And I have her Residual Image that Im holding on to. And Ancestors really validates that as just as real, if not more so, in a sort of cosmic sense. Remember the whole thing, her whole life, and all of it is real.

I think it was Louis XIII that did a movie where they filmed an ad, and its sealed in a vault, and no ones gonna watch it for a hundred years. So none of the people that are even attached to the project are ever going to see this film. So why do it? Why do anything that outlives us? [Because we understand] that we are not the end of the story, that in the future somebodys going to look back, and were trying to have a conversation with them. And I just think theres something really beautiful about the way Ancestors portrayed that conversation.

Owens: To your point about the exhibition feeling like being about a way to create more time, I was really moved by them putting so many clocks in the time capsule right, almost like literally sending more time or sending time, you know?

Saint: Yeah.

Owens: It made me think about how, you know, a lot of time with different things in Black culture, there are so many things that different generations associate themselves with really strongly, especially when it comes to aesthetics and, you know, fashion and music and all of that. But this, like not sending any of those type of relics into the time capsule, really, I feel like it was challenging me to think about how there is a time capsule that isnt actually aspiring to, like you said, tell the future who we were, but that there can be a time capsule that actually just makes it clear that we have always been.

Saint: Yes. I feel like, now, especially after the last two years, theres a sense of impermanence to everything.

And especially as Black people, thats really hard because you see how many futures have been taken from us. And theres something about this exhibit that is like, hey, remember, nothing is permanent, but also, nothing is truly gone.Just creating more time, creating more and more space in which to exist, and expanding our conception of our own existence, and our past.

Ancestors returning again / this time only to themselves is on display at the Hatfield House through Sept. 19. Admission is free.

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Startup Says Its Tech Can Kill Hurricanes Before They Get Strong – Futurism

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But there could be terrible consequences to the ecosystem. Hurricane Killer

A Norwegian company called OceanTherm says it has a novel solution to stopping a hurricane in its tracks: bubbles.

More specifically, it wants to use bubbles to cool down sea temperatures in order to cut off a hurricanes supply of warm water, according to WFTX. Since hurricanes typically feed off waters 80 degrees fahrenheit or higher allowing them to intensify and grow more dangerous the idea is that cooling them down would diminish their power.

Im an old submariner and knew that the water is colder deeper down in the ocean, OceanTerm CEO Olav Hollingsaeter told Fast Company last year. So my thought was, why dont we use this cold water in the deep sea mixed with the surface water and thereby reduce the sea surface temperature.'

OceanTherm is developingwhat it calls a bubble curtain system to do just that. The contraption involves ships lowering a series of perforated pipes into the ocean in the path of a storm to generate bubbles to raise colder waters from deep below the surface.

The company also has a bubble curtain concept where the pipes are installed in a fixed location underneath the ocean, according to its website, for areas that are frequently hit by hurricanes.

While its an interesting concept, it still hasnt been tested yet on an actual hurricane so its unclear whether it could work in the real world.

To prevent a hurricane, the bubble curtain would need to stretch miles in order to have an impact. While the company plans to one day implement its system across the Gulf of Mexico, thats a very pie-in-the-sky fantasy for now.

Theres also the environmental concerns that could arise.

When you change one thing there is a domino effect of things that can occur, National Oceanic and Atmospheric environmental engineer Tracy Fanara told WFTX. With Florida red tide, you could be forcing an upwelling event that causes those cells to come from the bottom to up top.

So the jurys still out on whether OceanTherm will ever deliver on their very ambitious, hurricane-killing goals. But we wouldnt hold our breath.

READ MORE: Norwegian company hopes bubble curtain technology can combat major hurricanes [Fox4Now]

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NASA Awards $26.5 Million to Company That Sued It – Futurism

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But its much less than what Blue Origin wanted. Consolation Prize

NASA has announced that it will award contracts to five US companies to help support the Artemis Moon program including one company thats currently suing the space agency.

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin is receiving $25.6 million as part of the agencys Artemis program to send astronauts back to the Moon by 2024, according to aNASA press release. Thats less than one percent of the original $6 billion the company asked for when it lobbied for the coveted human landing system (HLS) contract earlier this year and which it ultimately lost to its main competitor, SpaceX.

Thats resulted in a messy lawsuit thats effectively hamstringing the development of the HLS and, therefore, the Artemis project as a whole. Its also stirred up a lot more bad blood between Bezos and his rival Elon Musk, who has taken to Twitter numerous times to roast his fellow billionaire.

That seems to track with one anonymous NASA source, who told Ars Technica last month that because of the suit Blue Origin will never get a real government contract after this.

The most recent contract awards are under NASAs Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships Appendix N: Sustainable Human Landing System Studies and Risk Reduction. The kicker: Its actually under a different section of the same HLS contract awarded to SpaceX back in August that Blue Origin is suing the agency over.

So yeah, that means Blue Origin may well now be actually working to support SpaceXs vision for the HLS adding insult to injury.

READ MORE: NASA Selects Five U.S. Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts [NASA]

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There Are More People in Orbit Right Now Than at Any Other Point in Human History – Futurism

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A record 14 astronauts are circling the Earth as we speak.Crowded Orbit

There are a total of 14 humans in space right now, circling the Earth on board three different spacecraft. Its a new (off) worldrecord, breaking the previous record by one additional astronaut, according to

Lets tally them up. There are currently four space tourists traveling on board SpaceXs Crew Dragon spacecraft. The International Space Station is hosting seven astronauts: three from NASA, two Russian cosmonauts, one from the Japanese space agency, and one from the European Space Agency. And then theres Chinas Tianhe, the core module of its much larger planned Tiangong space station, which is housing three further astronauts.

Its a rare moment in spaceflight history, with human spaceflight becoming more accessible than ever before though, needless to say, there are still billions more people on Earth than space, and its likely to stay that way forever.

The record wont be in place for very long. The three Chinese astronauts are scheduled to return to Earth tomorrow. And the all-civilian Inspiration4 crew will also make their return journey soon, splashing down in the Atlantic on Saturday.

The previous record of 13 astronauts has been matched on several occasions, according to

Once was in 1995, when the Space Shuttle Endeavour hosted seven while Russias Mir station hosted six. In 2009, the ISS hosted 13 astronauts all on its own, when seven newcomers joined the station after traveling there on board the Endeavour.

The ISS also got pretty packed this past April, after three spacecraft were docked to it at the same time, bringing the total to 11 astronauts. Some of the crew members had to resort to sleeping in the two SpaceX Crew Dragon capsules that were docked to the outpost at the time.

And with human spaceflight becoming more commonplace, well likely see this weeks record broken sooner rather than later.

READ MORE: SpaceXs Inspiration4 launch boosts population of space to record-breaking 14 people []

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Companies Are Ditching Drug Tests Because They’re Blocking Good Candidates – Futurism

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Amazon is one of the biggest employers to do so. Just Say No

More and more companies around the world are getting rid of drug screening policies in an attempt to attract employees.

A new poll conducted by staffing company ManpowerGroupshowed that roughly nine percent of employers are doing away with drug testing during the application process in order to attract and retain in-demand talent. The company surveyed 45,000 employers across 43 countries about their hiring strategies amidst a worldwide labor shortage sparked by the COVID pandemic.

The global talent shortage shows no sign of slowing, with 69 percent of employers reporting difficulty filling roles, the survey said, later adding that the employment outlook is optimistic, particularly for employers that are prepared to adapt to a new world of work and offer incentives to attract and retain the talent they need.

As employers struggle to fill vacant roles, it only makes sense that archaic practices like drug screenings would be done away with. After all, they only present a barrier to potentially qualified candidates who might safely enjoy recreational drug use from time to time.

Perhaps one of the biggest companies to do away with its drug screening policy recently is Amazon. In June, the ecommerce and web services giant said it would no longer test for marijuana during the application process for jobs not regulated by the US Department of Transportation.

With more and more states legalizing marijuana and politicians striking down old policies that led to the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders, it only makes sense that most employers stop drug testing altogether.

READ MORE: Companies are Getting Rid of Drug Tests Because They Cant Find Enough Workers [Vice]

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