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The Federal Council of Switzerland has endorsed a report advocating for carbon-neutral aviation by 2050, highlighting sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as a crucial strategy for diminishing fossil CO2 emissions. This initiative, responding to a postulate from the House of Representatives’ Environment Committee, also acknowledges the importance of efficiency improvements in aircraft fleets and operations. However,...
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Australian engineers have developed a method to enhance concrete strength by nearly 30% using biochar made from spent coffee grounds. This innovative approach, involving a low-energy pyrolysis process, not only strengthens concrete but also offers environmental benefits by reducing the need for natural sand in construction. The technique, still in early stages, could significantly decrease...
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Agrivoltaics, the integration of solar panels with agriculture, offers a dual benefit of clean energy production and agricultural use, but its impact on crop yields has been uncertain. A comprehensive review of 54 global agrivoltaic operations by researchers from Bern University of Applied Sciences and Agroscope reveals varied results. While some crops like potatoes and...
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AI’s prowess in creativity tests is advancing, with a recent study published in Scientific Reports revealing AI chatbots outscoring humans in tasks assessing creative thinking. This achievement sparks debate about AI’s creative capabilities and what it means for machines to excel in areas traditionally reserved for human ingenuity. The research, involving AI models and human...
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An AI chatbot developed by Limbic significantly boosted referrals to mental-health services within England’s NHS, notably aiding underrepresented groups less inclined to seek assistance. Amid escalating demand for mental-health services post-COVID-19, with 2022 witnessing a record 4.6 million referrals, the healthcare system struggles with insufficient funding and professionals. The chatbot aimed to facilitate quicker, more...
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