Basically, the article argues that most all of small-town America will simultaneously die.
One very concrete thing pointed out is, the technology to convoy multiple vehicles on the freeway (where only the front one is human-driven) is reasonably well-developed today, and could make a huge change in truck delivery today.
This is a bird's nest fungus - a kind of mushroom that looks like a bird's nest full of eggs. More precisely, it's Cyathus novaezelandiae, photographed by .
Why does it look like this? It's a trick for spreading spores. When rain hits the cup-shaped mushroom, spores shoot out!
Like many fungi that grow on rotten logs, the bird's nest fungus has a complex life cycle. There's the stage you see here, where it reproduces asexually via spores. But there's also a sexual stage!
Spores germinate and grow into branching filaments called hyphae, pushing out like roots into the rotting wood. As these filaments grow, they form a network called a mycelium. These come in several different sexes, or mating compatibility groups. When hyphae of different mating compatibility groups meet each other, they fuse and form a new mycelium that combines the genes of both. After a while, these new mycelia may enter the stage where they grow into the mushrooms you see here. Then they reproduce asexually using spores!
It's complicated, and I don't fully understand it. You can read more here:
Nidulariacaeae is the family that contains this particular bird's-nest fungus, and many others.
You can see more of Steve Axford's photos here:
The good news… portrayed in both EARTH (1989) and EXISTENCE… is that: “By using measurements of physiological characteristics, people no longer need security tokens or cumbersome passwords to identify themselves.” The harsh news is that every measure that you thought would conceal you is probably moot.
Nothing could be more stupid than trying to protect your freedom and safety by hiding and secrecy. Only one endeavor will prevent this stuff from empowering Big Brother. Sousveillance. Looking back.
For now, the clothes' interactive abilities amount to turning a section of fabric into a touchpad, functionally similar to what you'd find on a laptop. You can tap and swipe, while other gestures (e.g. multi-finger swipe, pinch, etc.) wouldn't be too hard to incorporate.
The touch panel resides in just a small section of a garment. Although you could theoretically weave an entire shirt or pair of pants with the material, all you really need is a chunk of cloth slightly smaller than a smartphone screen. The rest of the garment is just clothing.
- Reality Zealot LabspresentUnweaving the rainbow.
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