The Obtain: CRISPR crops, and busting renewables myths

That is right this moment’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on this planet of know-how.

How CRISPR may assist save crops from devastation brought on by pests

For many years, the grape-growers of California have battled Pierce’s Illness, a nasty an infection which causes vines to wither. The arrival of an invasive insect across the late ‘80s supercharged the unfold of the illness, turning it from a nuisance to a nightmare.

The illness nonetheless has no remedy, and it’s vulnerable to getting worse as a result of local weather change. However an unlikely resolution has arrived within the type of CRISPR gene-editing know-how, which permits researchers to alter the pest’s genome in order that it may well now not unfold the bacterium. Learn the complete story.

—Emma Foehringer Service provider

Busting three myths about supplies and renewable vitality

With regards to renewable vitality, there are specific myths which might be troublesome to shake. The uncooked supplies we have to combat local weather change are sometimes discovered on the middle of a number of the most pervasive untruths or misunderstandings.

Our local weather reporter Casey Crownhart dove into three of the largest myths linked to local weather change-combatting supplies and renewable energy—demonstrating simply how essential it’s to disregard the hype, and comply with the science. Learn the complete story.

Casey’s story is from The Spark, her weekly vitality and local weather publication. Signal as much as obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you right this moment’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Keep in mind Amazon’s drone supply program?
It’s nonetheless struggling to take off. (The Info $)

2 These movies present how Iran violently suppresses protests
Safety forces are beating and opening fireplace on civilians. (WP $)
+ Hundreds of demonstrators proceed to rail in opposition to authorities, although. (WSJ $)

three Whisper is ChatGPT’s quieter cousin
The accuracy of the transcription mannequin, additionally made by OpenAI, is near-perfect. (New Yorker $)
+ ChatGPT is launching a subscription tier for $20 a month. (Gizmodo)
+ Microsoft’s wasted no time integrating ChatGPT into Groups. (Reuters)
+ OpenAI is an actual breeding floor for AI expertise. (The Info $)
Individuals are already utilizing ChatGPT to create exercise plans. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

four The essential position satellites will play in area warfare 🛰
They acquire information to disclose rivals’ places and weapons methods. (Wired $)
+ Easy methods to combat a warfare in area (and get away with it) (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

5 Instagram’s founders have launched a AI-aggregated information app
They consider Artifact can bust the information echo chambers popularized by Twitter. (FT $)

6 We don’t totally understand how psychedelics can alter our brains 
All of the extra cause to train warning earlier than you increase your thoughts. (The Atlantic $)
+ Thoughts-altering substances are being overhyped as marvel medication. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

7 Are you able to really feel the metaverse?
Haptic tech is the subsequent step to creating immersive experiences extra life-like. (Economist $)
+ In the meantime, Meta’s metaverse labs are nonetheless hemorrhaging cash. (Insider $)

eight Overlook 3D-printers, it is a 3D-printing manufacturing unit
It’s all about scale, child. (Bloomberg $)
+ Meet the designers printing homes out of salt and clay. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

9 Voice-dictated textual content messages are riddled with errors
Goof duck decoding them! (WSJ $)

10 TikTok’s ‘fortunate lady syndrome’ is simply one other time period for manifesting 🍀
Gen Z has found the ability of constructive considering. (Vox)
+ Tiktok’s ‘darkish psychology’ development sounds loads like gaslighting to me. (Vice)

Quote of the day

“Privateness has been extinguished. It’s now a zombie.”

—Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Enterprise College, highlights a similarity between western tech giants and China’s surveillance state in an interview with the Monetary Instances.

The massive story

How megacities could lead on the combat in opposition to local weather change

April 2021

In 2050, 2.5 billion extra individuals will stay in cities than do right this moment. Because the world grows extra urbanized, many cities have gotten extra populous whereas additionally making an attempt to scale back carbon emissions and blunt the impacts of local weather change.

Within the coming a long time, cities might be engines of financial progress. However they need to additionally play a key position in confronting local weather change. Learn the way a number of the world’s greatest cities—known as megacities—are rising to this problem. Learn the complete story.

—Gabrielle Merite & Andre Vitorio

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Acquired any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Atlas has fallen—and I’m cackling on the blooper reel (thanks Will!)
+ Don’t fear if your private home’s wanting a bit untidy nowadays, even the queen of fresh Marie Kondo is easing off on the dusting.
+ These exhibitions are effectively value trotting the globe for.
+ I’m determined to go to this breathtaking sea serpent sculpture on a French seaside. 
+ This cat is a few form of well-hydrated genius.