The Download: Sensory cities and carbon trapping-crops

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Why sounds and smells are just as important as places for cities

When David Howes thinks of his hometown of Montreal, he thinks of the harmonious tones of the Carillon Bells and the smell of bagels cooked over a wood fire. But when he stopped by his local tourism office to ask where they recommend visitors go to smell, taste and hear the city, he found empty stars.

“They only know about things to see, not the other sensory attractions of the city, its soundmarks and odor signs,” says Howes, director of Concordia University’s Center for Sensory Studies, often referred to as “sensory urbanism.”

Across the world, researchers like Howes are investigating how unreliable information defines a city’s character and affects its ability to live. Using methods ranging from low-tech sound walks and smell maps to data scraping, wearable and virtual reality, they are fighting what they see as a limited visual bias in urban planning. Read the full story.

– Jennifer Hattam

These scientists want to get more carbon with the CRISPR crop

News: Plants are the original carbon capture factories અને and a new research program aims to make them more efficient using gene acquisition. The Innovative Genomics Institute, a research group founded by CRISPR co-researcher Jennifer Dodd, has announced a new program to use a revolutionary gene-acquisition tool on agricultural crops to enhance their suitability for carbon storage.

How it will work: One of the primary goals is to alter photosynthesis so that plants can grow faster. By modifying the enzymes involved, researchers can cut down on energy-saving side effects, including some carbon dioxide emissions. Researchers also hope to find ways to store more carbon in the soil, for example by encouraging larger, deeper root systems.

Big picture: It will be a significant challenge for these techniques to work, but this research is part of a growing effort by scientists to find ways to vacuum carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere to slow down climate change. Read the full story.

-Casey Crownheart

Must read

I used the internet to find out some of the most fun / important / scary / compelling stories about technology today.

1 The crypto market is in Freefall
With so much money at stake, the volatility of crypto now seems less exciting and more worrying. (New York Mag)
, The price of Bitcoin has reached its lowest level in 18 months. (Bloomberg 2)
, Even the most bullish investors are frustrated. (Motherboard)
, Crypto companies are also making big cuts. (The Verge)
, El Salvador has lost almost half of its bitcoin investment(Mashable)
, It is OK to dislike from the crypto revolution. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Big Tech has agreed to reveal more about disinformation
On a country-by-country basis, something tech companies have previously resisted. (FT)
, The EU is threatening to penalize Deepfax for failing to deal with it. (Reuters)

3 Study Strokes What Teaches Us About Addiction
A neural network in the brain can hold the key to quitting smoking. (NYT)

4 Long fight to take illegal, unsubstantiated video offline
Survivors have struggled to remove the footage from the pornhub. (New Yorker 2)
, Deepfake porn is ruining women’s lives. (MIT Technology Review)

5 SpaceX has received approval to launch its Starship rocket from Texas
But strict measures must be taken to protect the environment. (WP)
, This newborn star has a brother. (Physical)
, Our galaxy map has just received a major upgrade. (Nature)

6 Indian officials are big fans of facial recognition
Privacy advocates disagree with police claims that it is used only to survey criminals. (Motherboard)
, Here’s how to block AI from your face in selfies(MIT Technology Review)

7 We need to change the way we warn coastalists about deadly currents
Fixed warning icons not working. Systems that warn of changing conditions. (Hakai Magazine)
, Rip is a global movement dedicated to raising awareness about currents. (The Guardian)

8 People are increasingly panicking over the cancellation
Psychiatrists wonder if this is a new manifestation of OCD centered around the fear of social destruction. (Slate)

9 The design of the electric car is becoming more creative
While some are becoming more luxurious, others only seat two passengers. (The Guardian)
, This startup wants to pack more energy into the battery of an electric vehicle(MIT Technology Review)

What does it mean to drink alcohol in 10 metavars?
Drink brands are creating virtual bars પરંતુ but not a drop to drink. (WSJ)

Quote of the day

“Older people go to the internet for certain things. The Internet is a ‘thing’ for the younger generation. “

– Payton Iheme, head of public policy for the dating app Bumble, explains to the New York Times how different generations use the technology and what it means for potential risks.

Big story

Lunik: Inside the CIA’s adventurous plot to steal Soviet satellites

January 2021

In late October 1959, a Mexican spy named Eduardo Diaz Sylvester broke into the US Embassy in Mexico City. Sylvester, 30, Sylvester, 30, had learned to spy on the Mexican secret police. During the Cold War, the capital was so overrun by communist spies that the CIA enlisted the help of Mexican secret services in their fight against the Soviet Union.

Winston Scott, 49, was the first secretary of the US Embassy. That was his cover; He was also the CIA’s most respected spymaster in Latin America. The secrets for the silver-haired Alabama were stock-in-trade: he arrived in Mexico City in 1956 and made the CIA station one of the most successful breeding operations in the world.

He called Sylvester to his office, according to the Mexican, to offer him a top-secret mission that was “extremely necessary for the United States.” If things go wrong, Scott warns that “World War III could begin.” They were going to hatch a conspiracy to steal a Soviet satellite for a few hours so that American experts could study it. Read the full story.

-Jeff Mash

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