Fusion reactors, Starlink crashes, and more: THE WEEKLY RECAP (2022#06)

Hitting deadlines like a champ, but now I need to sleep for the whole weekend. A short list of cool stuff I managed to read while sleep deprived:


For the jillionth time

Futurama is coming back! I honestly liked how the show ended the last time, and I cannot help but think this is another money grab reboot as the 10 million reboots we have seen for the past decade. However, Futurama is one of my favourite shows ever, and the old gang is getting back together, so I have to admit I am in the brink of being hyped about this. It cannot be worse than Disenchantment, right? RIGHT? (please don’t be like Disenchantment.

‘Futurama’ Revived at Hulu, at The Hollywood Reporter
‘Futurama’ Revival Ordered at Hulu With Multiple Original Cast Members Returning, on Variety

Urine diversion

Separate urine from the rest of sewage so you can recycle and fabricate top notch fertilisers? Dope idea which is not only useful (we could substitute more than 20% of the industrial fertilisers used worldwide by using a process that we do literally everywhere humans are living), but also prevents contaminating water bodies.

The urine revolution: how recycling pee could help to save the world, on nature

One step closer to clean energy

New record for a fusion generator! While still producing much less energy that the one required to power the facility, it seems that follow-up experiments in the next decades could fill the final gap in efficiently producing energy from fusion processes. One of the advances that one would love to see during its lifetime. Bonus video with sound, super cool:

Nuclear-fusion reactor smashes energy record, on nature
Fusion energy record demonstrates powerplant future, on Culham Centre for Fusion Energy

For once, the Sun helped sky watchers

Not long ago, Elon Musk started a company called Starlink, which purpose is to set a global network of satellites providing wireless internet connection. In principle the idea is quite cool, but once you start thinking about it there are some terrible side effects on its implementation. One of the biggest is the fact that you need a huge number of satellites in a low orbit, which fucks up the night sky A LOT by introducing super bright objects moving fast. Of course, legislation is decades behind in regulating this kind of stuff, so Earth’s surroundings are effectively free to grab and make money with.

However, sometimes nature heals itself, and a solar storm warmed up the atmosphere, which increased the drag on ~40 satellites which won’t be able to keep their orbit and will be destroyed upon contacting the atmosphere. One point for Nature.

SpaceX loses 40 satellites to geomagnetic storm a day after launch, on BBC
Astronomers are very frustrated with Elon Musk’s satellites, on VOX

And that’s it for the week. Stay safe!

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