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#130 – November 24, 2022

When Lethal Weapons Grew on Trees

While manufacturing modern firearms and bullets depends on a global supply chain and fossil fuels, bows and arrows can be made anywhere out of anything, using only human power and simple hand tools.

Stable Diffusion 2.0 Release

The Stable Diffusion 2.0 release includes robust text-to-image models trained using a brand new text encoder (OpenCLIP), developed by LAION with support from Stability AI, which greatly improves the quality of the generated images compared to earlier V1 releases. The text-to-image models in this release can generate images with default resolutions of both 512x512 pixels and 768x768 pixels.

A game-changing new hybrid EV battery recharges in only 72 seconds

The new technology could massively boost small city EV and ebike adoption by drastically cutting recharge times and boosting longevity.

Last.fm turns 20

People like to talk about music. This is a tool to easily see other people’s music taste.

How Long Would Society Last During a Total Grid Collapse?

In February 2021, a winter storm that swept through Texas caused one of the most severe power crises in American history. The cold weather created shockingly high electricity demands as people tried to keep their homes warm.

The Ancient Japanese Technique That Produces Lumber Without Cutting Trees

Daisugi is an ancient Japanese forestry technique in which planted cedars are pruned in a special way to produce "shoots" that eventually become perfect, straight, knot-free lumber.

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