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After the Indians and Japanese, the American (private sector) is back on the moon.
"It's on the shortlist of locations where Nasa is considering sending astronauts later this decade as part of its Artemis programme.

There are some deep craters in this region that never see any sunlight - they're permanently in shadow - and scientists think frozen water could be inside them.

'We could use that ice to convert it to water - drinkable drinking water - and we can extract oxygen and hydrogen for fuel and for breathing for the astronauts. So it really helps us in human exploration.'"

You could sell it on Earth! Moon water!
 

"At London-based digital design agency Driftime, adopting AI technology has been crucial to enable the business to operate a flexible four-day work week. 'By handing over simple tasks to AI tools, we gain invaluable time previously lost to slow aspects of the process,' says co-founder Abb-d Taiyo. 'With tools like Modyfi, the graphics are all live and modifiable, making it so much easier and quicker for our designers to create concepts and ideas.'"

Worker 1: Do f*ck all for 4 days, and use generative AI to actually do the real advertising design on Friday.

Worker 2: Do your work for 4 days, and let AI loose on Friday to muck everything up so you can come back on Monday and fix everything. Job security for life!
 

"They have undergone rigorous training for 13 months in Russia and are now carrying on with their gruelling schedule back home. A video screened at the event showed them working out in the gym, swimming and doing yoga."

Russian cosmonauts do yoga?
 

"Strikingly for a ship that's 78m (255ft) in length there are only 16 people on board. A traditional ship carrying out the same kind of work would need a crew of 40 or 50. OI believes it can reduce the numbers still further."

I hope Starlink means it will continue working.

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Are the rest of the 15 crew members looking like this?
 

"But unlike these drone-like passenger aircrafts, AirCar does not take off and land vertically, and requires a runway."

As a kid this was always a neat idea. But given how people's ability to drive seems to have degraded in the 21st century I'm not sure the vast majority of drivers can handle an additional dimension.
 

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