As if volcanoes weren’t already cool enough…

Plus, here's where geeks vacay.
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Volcanic ash 'could store unused green power' | Recharge News

“Millions of tons of ash spewed out by volcanoes could be used to store surplus energy generated by renewables, claim researchers. The team from the University of Barcelona was investigating the potential of volcanic ash to store excess energy generated by concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) plants. The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Energy Storage, said that concrete and other solid particles are now considered a more affordable option than molten salts to help ‘enhance the competitiveness’ of CSP plants.”

Epilog - Autopilot isn’t just for planes anymore [Partner]

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Inside Orangetheory’s tech-forward approach to group fitness | Athletech

“The inception of Orangetheory’s tech-centric strategy began with a simple yet powerful concept: utilizing the rate of perceived exertion to monitor how people felt during their workouts. This evolved into an impactful experience, allowing members to see which heart rate zone they were in at various points and adjust their exercises in real time to stay within optimal zones. … This evolution was not just about adding technology into the mix, but about transforming how members interacted with their workouts, providing them with instant feedback on their effort levels.”

Hims vs BlueChew: Which is better for ED? | The Fascination

“If you’ve dealt with ED, you’ve probably dealt with long waits at doctor’s offices and expensive prescriptions. Thankfully, treatment options have evolved and are more flexible than ever. Hims, a front-runner in the sexual wellness space, offers access to licensed medical providers to help you find the best course of treatment from the comfort of your own couch. Doesn’t everyone want to spend less time in a waiting room and more time in the bedroom? We decided to do our research on how a streamlined telehealth provider like Hims holds up to another service, BlueChew.”

Firstleaf - It’s time to shake up your drink order… with world-class wines | [Partner]

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Friendships, problem-solving: How video games are helping U.S. teens | Axios

“Teenage gamers say video games help them build problem-solving skills, make friends, and collaborate — but they also admit to problems like bad sleep habits and cyberbullying, a new Pew Research Center survey finds. … 56% of teens say video games have boosted their problem-solving skills, 47% say they've helped them build friendships, 41% say they've made it easier to work with others, and 32% say they're good for their mental health.”

The 2024 Comedy Pet Photo awards – in pictures | The Guardian

“From a dog with kung-fu moves to a headless horse, the Comedy Pet Photo awards choose the finalists. Winners announced on June 6.”

Let your nerd flag fly: 5 vacay destination for geeks | StackSocial

If you’re reading The Futurist, there’s a good chance you’ve got at least a little bit of nerd in you. Which means you’ll probably dig most of these geek-centric vacay destinations. From SDCC (San Diego Comic Con, for the uninformed) to adult space camp, there are lots of cool places out there made by dorks, for dorks.

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