Switzerland is getting a whole eco district!

Plus, save the planet — turn off your Zoom cam.
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What's considered to be the first robot ever made?

Hint: Not Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, also known as the T-800.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

You have a good excuse to turn off your camera during Zoom meetings—it’s better for the environment | FastCompany

“If you have Zoom fatigue, you’re not alone. But now you have a good reason to keep your camera off during a Zoom call: You’re doing your part to save the planet. … According to one study, leaving your camera off reduces the carbon footprint of a videoconferencing session by up to 96%.”

Career need a boost? Learning Python could be the key to your next move | StackSocial

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The psychological reason you fancy your best friend’s partner | IFLScience

“At some point in our lives, many of us may have looked at the partner of a good friend and been very understanding about their reasons for liking them. Maybe too understanding in some cases. If that’s you, then you’re not alone, as this is a classified psychological phenomenon known as ‘mimetic desire’.”

Are Gen Z more susceptible to online scams than Baby Boomers? | Digital Information World

“According to a recent survey conducted by Deloitte, Americans that belonged to gen Z, which is to say people born between the 1990s and the 2010s, had triple the likelihood of getting scammed as baby boomers. A report on catfishing scams also revealed that people under the age of 20 lost a whopping $210 million in 2022 alone through various scams. This is several times more than the $8.2 million that was reported in 2017 with all things having been considered and taken into account.”

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Lush "eco district" showcases ambitious approach to sustainability | New Atlas

“Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) has revealed plans for a new ‘eco district’ in Switzerland. As we've come to expect from the visionary Belgian architect, the project is defined by an ambitious approach to sustainable design, including a remarkable amount of greenery.”

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Trivia Answer: The steam-powered pigeon of Archytas – the flying machine of antiquity

Trivia Answer: The steam-powered pigeon of Archytas – the flying machine of antiquity

From the Ancient Origins page: “Archytas was an ancient Greek philosopher, who was born in 428 BC in Tarentum, Magna Graecia, now southern Italy. In addition to being a philosopher, Archytas was also a mathematician, astronomer, statesman, and a strategist, best remembered for inventing what is believed to be the first-ever self-propelled flying device known as the Flying Pigeon.”