For many, the last few months have opened up and given us a taste of a return to normality, whatever that means. When most people say normal, they mean comfortable.

The pre-pandemic business world was both a convenient and dangerous place. Since the pandemic, there have been many changes, from digital transformation in all aspects of the business to changing customer expectations. Companies and their marketers must adapt to these changes to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic business environment. …

We love to think that life is not just an insulated incident in the universe. Earth is swarming with 9 million species, including those clever enough to understand that intelligent life might occur elsewhere.

A string of discoveries has fuelled the idea that alien life is plentiful. A growing catalogue of exoplanets, many of which orbit in the habitable zone of their home stars, suggests that there is plenty of real estate for life.

Subsurface oceans on icy moons in the outer solar system are evidence of life-friendly conditions. …

Everything you need to know about AI - in under 8 minutes.

Knowing a little about everything is often better than having one expert skill. This is particularly true for people entering the debate in emerging markets. Most notably, tech.

Most folks think they know a little about AI. But the field is so new and growing so fast that the current experts are breaking new ground daily. There is so much science to uncover that technologists and policymakers from other areas can contribute rapidly in the field of AI.

That’s where this article comes in. My aim was to create a short reference which will bring technically minded people up to…

Evolution is too slow to react in an overpopulated world

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Striding through the tangle of side streets, I let my high heels strike heavily on the asphalt, announcing my presence. I found the drugstore — antiquated, long out of business. I entered and stood, looking at the deserted aisles. Waiting, watching.

Behind me, a sudden draft.

He was standing in the shadows, next to the counter where once they dished out pills to the unmodified. He was almost totally silent, waiting with an air of ready confidence. I was going to give him what he wanted, and that irritated me.

We walked together in silence. I opened the door of…

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I’m tired of watching our heroes fail. It’s no fun to watch a protagonist who is not only doomed to fail, but is also doomed to never even try. I want to see characters who are willing to take risks and who have the ability and determination to make good things happen.

I want stories that explore how we can turn our problems into opportunities, rather than stories that pretend that there are no problems in the first place.

Solarpunk is a utopian vision for the future. It imagines a world where humanity has come together to save the planet…

Science is full of popular ideas and concepts. The ones we hear about are those that the general media speculate will determine the course of human society. However, it is the mundane and simple ideas that develop to shift our daily lives in ways that are difficult to predict. In this article I explore some of the more obscure and unassuming scientific endeavors that I believe will affect all of our lives in the years to come.

1. Photovoltaics — Solar power that can generate electricity from sunlight, without relying on any other energy source. This is a new technology…

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The European Space Agency plans to organize a mission in 2025 to show the feasibility of using lunar resources. The exploration can only be carried out by robots capable of cooperating. A first simulation has just been successfully carried out.

Among the robots in development at the European Space Agency (ESA), those capable of cooperating will play a key role in future space exploration missions, including missions to Mars.

Announced in 2015 by former European Space Agency (ESA) Director Jan Wörner, the Moon Village, a utopian vision of a human and/or robotic lunar base, is now taking shape. ESA plans…

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The discovery of liquid water on some planetary bodies could be a sign that the Earth is not the only one to harbor life. But if micro-organisms from far away reached us, would we be immune? The answer is most likely not. Indeed, while having an immune system that protects us from a vast variety of pathogens sounds like an agreeable thing to have, the interaction between it and ET turns out to be more problematic than you might think.

I live for the day when I see humans set foot on a planet other than Earth. This is the…

In future news, Martian and Venusian quarantine zones are set up around Earth, as people have been infected by a potentially fatal virus that is believed to originate from the red planet.

As a precautionary measure, the US has extended its containment zone in the state of New York. The official decision comes after the death of two patients and twenty-one possible cases of infection near New York City. There is no cure for this virus yet, but scientists are optimistic that they will find one soon enough to prevent further outbreaks on Earth.

The outbreak was first discovered by…

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I sometimes hear from people that they are overwhelmed by the amount of work in their life. They say “I have too much to do”, and “my workload is heavy”. This comes in a variety of different iterations, but one thing remains true: an overwhelming workload can be downright punishing. It’s no fun when you’re constantly behind, feeling like you always have more work than you can handle and there are rarely any insights or joys to be found. …

Adam Mackay Sci-fi, science & technology writer. Ghost writer. Software professional.

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