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In today's edition:

// AI companionship

// Lunar economy

// Futuristic concrete

// Workers

Customers want instant gratification. Workers say it's pushing them to the brink | National Post

"Overworked and underpaid employees is an enduring complaint across industries — from delivery drivers to Starbucks baristas and airline pilots — where surges in consumer demand have collided with persistent labor shortages. Workers are pushing back against forced overtime, punishing schedules or company reliance on lower-paid, part-time or contract forces."

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Futuristic concrete could transform roads and homes into giant batteries | The Independent

"A next-generation energy storage system made of cement and an ancient ink has the potential to massively scale-up renewable energy operations by transforming homes and roads into giant batteries, according to the scientists who invented it."

Moon mining gains momentum as private companies plan for a lunar economy |

"As NASA's Artemis Program moves forward, so too do long-term plans by small and large firms, academia, along with international space agencies.

That was in evidence at the twenty-third meeting of the Space Resources Roundtable, held here last month at the Colorado School of Mines. A record attendance of some 250 participants spoke on lunar economic models, results of in-the-lab tests, and legal and policy issues. A number of entrepreneurial groups shared their strategies to turn the moon into a hustle and bustle world of marketable services."

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You can now build your own AI girlfriend — here's how | Decrypt

"Ever dreamed of creating your perfect partner? Now you can with AI, thanks to a new project from prominent VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

The Silicon Valley heavyweight has uploaded a tutorial to GitHub outlining how to create customizable 'AI companions' with configurable personalities and backstories."

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//Quiz: What is the name for the point in a planet's orbit when it is nearest the Sun?

What is the name for the point in a planet's orbit when it is nearest the Sun?

You know who'd know? The crew of the Icarus II from Danny Boyle's Sunshine. (Also, this might be a third time too many we've made a Sunshine reference.)