Tech & Science Repulsed by the thought of where chicken nuggets come from, Genesis Butler chose to go vegetarian at age three, and vegan at six. By age 10 she had become one of the youngest people to give a TEDx Talk. Now, she’s making international headlines for challenging Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent in exchange for a $1 million donation to charity. Next? Her sights are set on The White House. Standing shoulder to shoulder (figuratively, at least) with A-list stars like Woody Harrelson, Joaquin Phoenix and Paul McCartney, the 12-year-old is among high-profile veggies calling on the pontiff to ditch animal products for the Christian observance as part of the Million Dollar Vegan campaign. In an open letter aimed at the head of the Catholic church, Butler spoke of how "farming and slaughtering animals causes a lot of suffering and is also a leading cause of climate change, deforestation, and species loss.” She argued that feeding crops … [Read more...] about “I Want to Be President”: Meet the 12-year-old Girl Challenging the Pope to Go Vegan for a $1m Charity Donation
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This article was originally published on TechRepublic. Every morning for the past two years, Eric Shashoua, the founder and CEO of Kiwi for Gmail, cracks open a Soylent meal replacement drink for breakfast. And lunch. And a snack. His 12- to 14-hour workdays leading a tech company require deep concentration, and little time to break for lunch. "I'd been searching for something like Soylent for ages, ever since I could imagine how convenient it would be if you could just drink food," Shashoua said. "I'm not a foodie guy. For me, it's more convenient during the day." Elon Musk once said, "If there was a way that I couldn't eat so I could work more, I would not eat. I wish there was a way to get nutrients without sitting down for a meal," according to the book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Today, a relatively small but enthusiastic number of tech professionals have followed this ethos, replacing some or all meals with … [Read more...] about Meal replacements make tech workers more productive. Can they also solve world hunger?
LORI HINNANT and BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press Updated 10:36 pm PDT, Wednesday, October 31, 2018 In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, mortuary workers carry the coffin of an unidentified man for burial at a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. less In this Thursday, April 12, 2018 photo, mortuary workers carry the coffin of an unidentified man for burial at a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of ... more Photo: Bram Janssen, AP This Wednesday, April 11, 2018 photo shows burial plots in a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of each other in each grave. This Wednesday, April 11, 2018 photo shows burial plots in a cemetery outside Johannesburg. At least five bodies of unidentified people are buried on top of … [Read more...] about The global lost: 56,800 migrants dead and missing in 4 years
Could quantum computing help feed the hungry? That’s one possible way that it will transform the world around us, University of Chicago computer science professor Fred Chong told Digital Trends. According to Chong, in the long-term quantum computers could employ special quantum chemistry algorithms to better understand and improve nitrogen fixation, thereby leading to more energy-efficient production of fertilizers and greater food production. While that’s still a way off, Chong has reason to be optimistic: his department at the University of Chicago is among seven universities selected to receive a total of $15 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, with the goal of developing the world’s first practical quantum computer over the next five years. They are employing a different approach, based around trapped ions, to the quantum computers developed by companies such as Google. The funding could help make quantum computers that can attack real-world … [Read more...] about The world’s first practical quantum computer has cash and a timeline
Updated 3/12/18: Deadline reports that Apple has signed a two-season agreement for a new animated musical comedy show called Central Park.Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we're not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.The bulk of Apple's TV content is likely to be in production throughout 2018, with actual release dates in 2019. We'll probably see a mix of show types, from reality TV to dramas, and even a few films and miniseries, too. Currently, Apple's TV efforts are accessed through Apple Music, but … [Read more...] about Apple’s original TV shows and series: Apple signs two-year deal for animated musical comedy Central Park