The Obtain: various aviation fuels, and drone-delivered bubble tea

That is at this time’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on this planet of expertise.

Every little thing you must know concerning the wild world of other jet fuels 

The aviation business is answerable for about 3% of all human-caused world warming. A method it hopes to cut back that’s by utilizing new fuels, which may assist it meet its local weather goal: net-zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. 

These alternate options are produced from a variety of sources, together with used cooking oils, and landfill trash. They will largely be utilized by present planes. 

However the precise influence of other fuels will depend upon plenty of elements. Our local weather reporter Casey Crownhart dug into the science. Learn the total story.

Casey’s story is a part of our Tech Overview Explains sequence, devoted to untangling the complicated, typically messy, world of science and expertise that will help you perceive what’s occurring. Take a look at the opposite tales within the sequence.

I ordered a bubble tea by drone in Shenzhen

—Zeyi Yang

Throughout a latest journey to China, I discovered that the dominant Chinese language meals supply platform, Meituan, has been flying supply drones within the metropolis for greater than a 12 months now. 

The truth of drone supply continues to be removed from supreme, and other people could also be turned away by the steep studying curve. Ordering a bubble tea is fraught with obstacles, from having to find and journey to a pickup kiosk, to bugs within the ordering system. 

However on the similar time, it was an thrilling expertise—the prospect of routine drone supply feels extra practical than it’s ever been. Learn the total story.

This story is from China Report, Zeyi’s weekly e-newsletter providing you with the within monitor on all issues China. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Tuesday.

The must-reads

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

1 Predators are utilizing AI to create baby sexual abuse pictures 
It’s a deeply grim pattern that’s sadly solely poised to develop. (Bloomberg $)
+ The viral AI avatar app Lensa undressed me—with out my consent. (MIT Know-how Overview)

2 We nonetheless don’t totally know the way social media impacts adolescents
Nevertheless it’s clear that for some, the dangers do outweigh the advantages. (WSJ $)
+ The primary technology to develop up on social media are sad, too. (The Atlantic $)

Three Ron DeSantis is launching his US presidential bid on Twitter
In a stay broadcast with Elon Musk, no much less. (The Guardian)
+ Twitter is principally a far-right social platform as of late. (The Atlantic $)
+ We’re witnessing the mind demise of Twitter. (MIT Know-how Overview)

four Virgin Orbit is being carved up
It’s a tragic finish for the once-promising rocket firm. (CNBC)
+ What’s subsequent in house. (MIT Know-how Overview)

5 Chinese language labs are promoting lethal fentanyl in trade for crypto
Technically, the quantity they produce is sufficient to kill each individual on earth. (Wired $)

6 Netflix’s nice password crackdown is upon us 📺
Good luck sharing logins between households now. (The Verge)
+ Anybody nonetheless sharing might be requested to cough up $7.99 a month. (WP $)

7 How three youngsters almost crashed the web
The Mirai botnet they created rapidly turned a devastating hacking instrument. (IEEE Spectrum)
+ Today, college students are being educated to defend companies as an alternative. (Bloomberg $)

eight The web is obsessive about purity tradition
Anti-sex campaigners are clashing repeatedly with pro-sex advocates on-line. (Vox)

9 Would you watch a full film on TikTok?
Tens of millions of customers are discovering previously-unknown movies, in 10 minute chunks. (The Atlantic $)

10 What occurs when the digital nomads come to city
Locals are typically priced out, for starters… (Remainder of World)

Quote of the day

“If we’re disadvantaged of the Chinese language market, we don’t have a contingency for that. There isn’t any different China, there is just one China.”

—Jensen Huang, CEO of semiconductor large Nvidia, tells the Monetary Instances that smothering commerce with China may find yourself damaging American firms.

The massive story

Why enterprise capital doesn’t construct the issues we actually want

June 2020

Enterprise capitalists promote themselves as the highest of the heap in Silicon Valley. They’re the expertise spotters, the cowboys, the danger takers; they help folks keen to buck the system and, they are saying, need to be richly rewarded and calmly taxed for doing so.

This largely white, largely male nook of finance has backed software program firms that develop quick and generate massive quantities of cash for a shrinking variety of People—firms like Google, Fb, Uber, and Airbnb. 

However they don’t create many roles for strange folks, particularly in contrast with the businesses or industries they disrupt. And issues have been slowing down. Just lately, enterprise capitalists have discovered fewer and fewer concepts that match their most popular sample. Learn the total story.

—Elizabeth MacBride

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

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

+ This cool Twitter account tweets out textual content graphics all through the ages.
+ How to take a look at a once-in-a-decade supernova, utilizing nothing greater than your yard telescope.
+ In case you’ve received three weeks to spare, this information to interrailing by means of Europe ought to hold you occupied.
+ How invested are you within the mismatched movie star couple drama?
+ Lou Reed: icon of cool, grasp of tai chi.

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