The Obtain: future house meals, and EV battery swapping

That is at the moment’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a day by day dose of what’s happening on the earth of expertise.

Future house meals could possibly be comprised of astronaut breath

The way forward for house meals could possibly be as easy—and bizarre—as a protein shake made with astronaut breath or a burger comprised of fungus.

For many years, astronauts have relied totally on pre-packaged meals, or the occasional grown lettuce, throughout their forays off our planet. With missions past Earth orbit in sight, a NASA-led competitors is hoping to alter all that and usher in a brand new period of sustainable house meals.

To resolve the issue of feeding astronauts on long-duration missions, NASA requested firms to suggest novel methods to develop sustainable meals for future missions. Round 200 rose to the problem—creating nutritious (and outlandish) culinary creations within the course of. Learn the total story.

—Jonathan O’Callaghan

How 5-minute battery swaps may get extra EVs on the street

Charging is the primary means individuals hold their EV batteries filled with juice whereas on the go. However some firms have another that could possibly be even faster than the quickest chargers at the moment: battery swapping.

However whereas proponents say battery swapping may assist strengthen the case for EVs by making it quicker to replenish a automotive’s vary, some specialists are skeptical—viewing battery swapping as an costly answer that may at finest serve a slender area of interest inside the way forward for electrical transportation. Learn the total story.

—Casey Crownhart

Learn extra battery swapping evaluation from Casey, within the newest situation of The Spark, her weekly e-newsletter supplying you with the within monitor on all issues batteries, power and local weather. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you at the moment’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 Montana has grow to be the primary US state to ban TikTok
But it surely’s unlikely to outlive authorized challenges. (The Guardian)
+ The state has additionally banned Telegram and Chinese language apps from authorities gadgets. (The Verge)

2 The world seems to be more and more prone to breach 1.5°C international warming 
In at the very least one of many subsequent 5 years, based on the World Meteorological Group. (Economist $)
+ Do these warmth waves imply local weather change is occurring quicker than anticipated? (MIT Know-how Assessment)

three The US isn’t ready for AI-induced job losses
In idea, common fundamental revenue is at the very least one answer. (The Atlantic $)
+ What would an AI regulator appear to be, precisely, Sam Altman? (Wired $)
+ ChatGPT is about to revolutionize the financial system. We have to determine what that appears like. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

four A New York-based crypto miner is organising store in Iceland
It’s a dodge to keep away from the Biden administration’s heavy crypto mining tax. (WSJ $)
+ How Bitcoin mining devastated this New York city. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

5 Fb’s content material moderators in Nairobi are suing Meta
It’s simply one among three lawsuits the corporate is dealing with over the way it treats moderators. (FT $)

6 Homeland Safety is utilizing AI to research vacationers’ social media
It raises questions over what function surveilling them serves. (Motherboard)

7 California’s EV push is coming for truckers
The state’s charging infrastructure can’t accommodate heavy automobiles. (Wired $)+ The U.S. solely has 6,000 quick charging stations for EVs. Right here’s the place all of them are. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

eight Anti-aging medicine make lofty guarantees
Generally, good quaint train is simply as efficient. (New Scientist $)
+ How scientists need to make you younger once more. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

9 Serving celebrities with authorized papers is simpler mentioned than accomplished
Attorneys for FTX buyers are being thwarted at each flip. (WSJ $)

10 How TikTok is shaking up restaurant menus 🧀
Additional cheese, please! (NY Magazine $)

Quote of the day

“It looks as if taking part in the lottery.”

—Writer Michelle Schusterman tells Insider about how ebook gross sales appear to more and more be on the mercy of TikTok’s algorithm.

The massive story

The search to indicate that organic intercourse issues within the immune system

immunity concept illustration

August 2022

For years, microbiologist Sabra Klein has painstakingly made the case that intercourse—outlined by organic attributes reminiscent of our intercourse chromosomes, intercourse hormones, and reproductive tissues—can affect immune responses.

Klein and others have proven how and why female and male immune methods reply otherwise to the flu virus, HIV, and sure most cancers therapies, and why most ladies obtain better safety from vaccines however are additionally extra prone to get extreme bronchial asthma and autoimmune problems.

Klein has helped spearhead a shift in immunology, a discipline that lengthy thought intercourse variations didn’t matter—and he or she’s set her sights on pushing the sphere of intercourse variations even additional. Learn the total story.

—Sandeep Ravindran

We will nonetheless have good issues

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

+ Try this fascinating reason we’re extra carefully associated to sponges than some jellyfish-like creatures.
+ Lastly—justice has been served for this ruby slippers thief.
+ That is cool: Weezer carried out a brief set for the placing TV writers exterior Paramount Studios.
+ If solely we may all look as youthful as Patrick Bateman.
+ A enjoyable potted historical past of the Caesar salad.

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