Stupid homes Experts suggest people create space without technology

I love technology, but I don’t want it to overrun my home. I’m three-quarters of my way through a master’s degree specifically focused on the management of technology and innovation. I marvel at a future of self-driving cars, computers that diagnose and treat disease and 3-D printed everything. But, at the end of the day, when I close my door behind me, after using an analog, non-digital key to get in, I’m happy to live in what I call a stupid home. I don’t own an Amazon Echo – and…

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In the heart of Madrid, El Campo de Cebada offers a space for all

At the crossroads in La Latina, the old-town barrio at the heart of Madrid, a scruffy blue-and-white painted fence of corrugated steel runs the curve of the corner. Peer through a porthole, and you’ll find yourself looking down into a wide, space of poured concrete and graffiti, scattered with tiered benches, a basketball hoop at either end. This is El Campo de la Cebada, a community space created por y para los vecinos – for and by the neighbours – when the local authority demolished the swimming pool. The money…

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Brussels universities plan int’l student space

A joint initiative of French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Flemish Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the space will provide accommodation space especially for international students and researchers. The new development will consist of 800 rooms for international student accommodation, as well as a number of flats for the researchers. There will also be facilities for catering and a hall for student events. “The target date to complete the entire complex is 2023” While the space is dedicated primarily to international students, Paul De Knop, rector of VUB, said…

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Turkey set to release 38,000 prisoners, makes space in jails after coup

Turkey will release some 38,000 prisoners under a penal reform announced on Wednesday as the arrests of tens of thousands of people suspected of links to last month’s attempted coup burden overstretched jails. The reform, extending an existing probation scheme, was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday in two new decrees under a state of emergency declared after the July 15 failed putsch during which 240 people were killed. The government gave no reason for the reform. Turkey’s Western allies worry President Tayyip Erdogan is using the…

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Breakthrough As Mouse Embryos Grown In Space

Chinese scientists have grown mouse embryos in space – paving the way for humans to colonise other planets. They have become the first group in the world to overcome the biological hurdles of reproduction in orbit. The experiments were carried out aboard China’s SJ-10 recoverable satellite. Before and after pictures show how two-cell mouse embryos developed into blastocyst just 80 hours after launch. The country’s first microgravity satellite was launched on 6 April. The cells pictured at the start of the space experiment The return capsule will stay in orbit…

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