The next invasion of the robots may be in the construction industry, when Hadrian X, a robot named after Roman emperor Hadrian (of Hadrian’s Wall fame), may soon laying bricks far faster and more cheaply than any human can.
Once commercially available, this amazing robot will be capable of laying approximately 1,000 bricks per hour, which means that it could build the entire shell of a building in just two days, rather than four to six weeks of hard labor needed for a human crew to complete the same task.
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Time For Truth: (Market Watch) – This home-building robot could put human construction crews out of business
The U.S. wants to fight superbugs by targeting one of the world’s biggest markets for antibiotics: farms.
Big pharma has other ideas.
Even as the industry prepares to comply with new U.S. Food and Drug Administration efforts to limit antibiotic use in American livestock, it is marketing the drugs to U.S. veterinarians while continuing to expand sales elsewhere around the world. Bacteria resistant to antibiotic drugs, or superbugs, are a growing problem particularly in hospitals and claim an estimated 700,000 lives annually. Scientists say there is an intimate link between the health of the planet’s livestock and that of the human population.
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Time For Truth: (Bloomberg) – As Deadly Superbugs Rise, Big Pharma Presses Farm Antibiotics
A man has told how he spends up to £1,000 a year on mundane ‘fake girlfriend’ texts – and insists he feels a connection with the woman he’s never spoken to.
Ben, a 28-year-old software worker, pays $100 (£81) each month for his favourite Snapchatter to send him photos, messages and emails.
Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans.
People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago.
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Time For Truth: (BBC News) – DNA hints at earlier human exodus from Africa
Most of us have wondered what we might do if we didn’t need to work – if we woke up one morning to discover we had won the lottery, say. We entertain ourselves with visions of multiple homes, trips around the world or the players we would sign after buying Arsenal. For many of us, the most tantalising aspect of such visions is the freedom it would bring: to do what one wants, when one wants and how one wants.
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Time For Truth: (The Guardian) – A world without work is coming – it could be utopia or it could be hell