Trust and capability considerations continue to rank high on the list of concerns limiting broader adoption of technology.
Smartphones are a technological marvel with a searing practical limitation: touchscreens. These all-but-essential computers can quickly become all but useless when in the rain or when consumers have hands that are wet, dirty, gloved or otherwise occupied. This can leave consumers frustrated, and with no major plans for advances in touchscreen durability (beyond folding screens) on the horizon, the next evolution may use a different tool entirely: voice technology, specifically modern iterations that are increasing powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI).
Despite touchscreens’ ubiquity, consumers recognize the benefits of voice technology for emergency or otherwise unexpected events where successful touchscreen use is not an option, per data in PYMNTS’ “How Consumers Want to Live in the Voice Economy” report.
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At a shuttered Texas coal mine, a 1-acre garden is helping feed 2,000 people per month
by Alejandra Martinez, The Texas Tribune | Grist
This story was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Five homeschoolers pick fist-size garlic cloves, green jalapeños, strawberries, squash and kale on a breezy Thursday morning in late June. They’re volunteering at a local food garden where bright orange marigolds attract bees from a local keeper’s hive.
The 1-acre garden has yielded about 10,000 pounds of produce for six food pantries since it began harvesting in April 2022. Texan by Nature, which manages the garden and was founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, estimates it has served approximately 2,000 people per month in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.
Located in Freestone County about 60 miles east of Waco, NRG Dewey Prairie Garden is a part of a massive effort to restore a 35,000-acre lignite coal mine, which stretches mainly into the town of Jewett and used to fuel NRG’s Limestone Electric Generating Station, a 1,688-megawatt power plant. An NRG spokesperson said the coal plant began running on cleaner-burning coal from Wyoming in 2016.
🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
Hubble Peers at a Tranquil Galaxy
The tranquil spiral galaxy UGC 12295 basks leisurely in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This galaxy lies around 192 million light-years away in the constellation Pisces and is almost face-on when viewed from Earth, displaying a bright central bar and tightly wound spiral arms.
Despite its tranquil appearance, UGC 12295 played host to a catastrophically violent explosion – a supernova – detected in 2015. Supernovae are the explosive deaths of massive stars and are responsible for forging many of the elements found here on Earth.
Two different teams of astronomers used Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 to observe UGC 12295 and sift through the wreckage of this vast stellar explosion. The first team examined the supernova’s detritus to better understand the evolution of matter in our universe.
The second team of astronomers also explored the aftermath of UGC 12295’s supernova, but their investigation focused on returning to the sites of some of the best-studied nearby earlier supernovae. Hubble’s keen vision can reveal lingering traces of these energetic events, shedding light on the nature of the systems that host them.
Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, A. Filippenko, J. Lyman
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2023
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