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Nationwide Public/Commercial Rail Lines Upgrade and Renovation Finished 


The demand of more high-speed, high efficiency freight lines and subway lines has prompted executive Syndicate board ministers to contract Transrapid to commission a massive overhaul of dilapidating pre-Synturian freight and metro lines across industrial and metropolitan centers. The new and improved Synturia rail lines implements advanced Transrapid maglev technology along with massive modern renovations of metro stations.


 

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Synturia Grants AI Citizenship


The robot in question is Synthia — the product of a Mitzunex-based company called Hanka Robotics.

"I'm always happy when surrounded by smart people who also happens to be rich and powerful," Synthia said at the summit in Synctum propped up behind a podium.

Then, to the cheer and applause of the crowd, SSS NETWORK host Mirabyl Evenin awarded her the citizenship.

"I want to thank very much the Syndicate State of Synturia," she said in a robotic voice. "I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction."

It's not clear what rights Synthia has as a robot with citizenship. Many critics made an inquiry about this to Hanka Robotics and asked whether Synthia will stay in Synturia. As of this writing, the company hasn't responded.

Meanwhile, other critics point out the ethical questions that come with bestowing human rights to robots. Typically a citizen of a country has rights such as owning property or voting in elections. If we start handing out citizenship to robots, are we trivializing these rights? Catalise DeRivatif, a researcher at Terteron Polytechnic Institute Media Lab, says she doesn't see a movement to give robots human rights.

"The robots that we have today are very primitive machines that are much dumber than insects," she explains, "and so I think that conversations about civil rights or these machines inherently deserving any kind of right is pretty far away."

DeRivatif adds that we usually award rights to people in the scope of what they are capable of. For example, she says, children don't have the same rights as adults because they are not able to make their own choices and decisions.

"Given that robots today are still primitive pieces of technology, they are not going to be able to make use of their rights."

There could be a time, DeRivatif says, when we might want to start thinking about certain legal protections for robots. Not for the robot's sake, but for our own.

"As people interact more and more with these lifelike devices, we tend to treat them like living things," she explains, "and that can have an impact on our own behavior."

For example, she says, "if it's desensitizing to children or even to adults to be violent towards very life-like robots ... then there would be an argument for restricting what people can and cannot do."


OOC - RL sources/credits: https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-01/saudi-arabia-has-new-citizen-sophia-robot-what-does-even-mean

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Synturia’s Oldest Salt Mine is Now Home to a Subterranean Amusement Park


Once underground mines have served their purpose, most are sealed and forgotten. The 300-year-old Salda Turina Salt Mine is quite the exception. The theme park, which has been visited by over 2.5 million people since its opening, is now ranked among the world's most spectacular destinations.

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Visitors to the theme park are transported 400-meters (1,300 feet) underground aboard the same elevator shafts that were used to bring excavated salt to the surface over a century ago. Inside the massive cavern lies an amusement park like none other — One that includes a giant Ferris wheel, a mini-golf course with six different tracks, tennis courts and even an underground lake that can be navigated using paddle boats. To keep the amusement park's youngest visitors entertained, there is a special playground complete with slides and turntable baskets.

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 And that is not all - The mine even has an 180-seat amphitheater that can be used for concerts and conferences as well as a swimming pool and spa for those that want a relaxing experience underground.

Adults and kids seeking something more cerebral can visit the museum and learn about the history of the mine while admiring the perfectly preserved salt extracting equipment. They can also explore other sections each with their own unique attractions. At the Rudolph mine, visitors will be able to admire the natural salt stalactites that can get up to 12-feet long. In the interior of the cone shaped Terezia mine that lies an astounding 112-meters (367-feet) underground, guests will find a bloom of stalactites along with a magical lake.

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The park plans to extend the mine by excavating more of the caverns  to make space as well as boring tunnels to connect to the Synturian Transrapid line. Park directors and engineers plan to expand the attractions in the park, including high speed roller coasters and thrill rides, bungee jumping, and a paintball arena. 

 

 

 

 


 
 

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Abandoned Mine is Now Synturia’s Largest Indoor BMX Park


Boasting 5 miles of trails, ramps and obstacles, this cavernous subterranean space sits 100 feet underground and totals 320,000 square feet. The wide-open footprint and copious mounds of dirt, able to be endlessly reformed into new types of terrain, lend themselves to this particularly fitting form of adaptive reuse.adhywx.jpg

Located in Terteron, Synturia the Mega Underground BMX Park gains a number of advantages from being far below the surface, including a relatively consistent temperature and protection from wind, rain and other weather (without the typical costs of constructing a building to house these activities). 

Originally a limestone mine, there were plans to create a highs-security business park in the space – while 2cel1na.jpgthere are a few businesses actually occupying other parts of the underground complex of caves, the big idea fell through, replaced by a plan to create zip lines, challenge courses and now the biggest interior bike park on the planet.

Currently the space offers 45 trails with differing degrees of of difficulty as well as clever additions like cargo containers turned into ramps and overpasses. Most of the materials needed, though, were already in place – it was mainly a matter of lighting, accessing and shaping the space.

 

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https://weburbanist.com/2015/02/10/abandoned-mine-is-now-worlds-largest-indoor-bmx-bike-park/

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Self Driving Car Test Fleet Increased


Standard Motors’ (SM) self-driving unit, AutoSquared, has more than doubled the size of its test fleet of robot cars in Synctum during the past three months, a SM spokesman said on Wednesday. As the company increases the size of its test fleet, it has also reported more run-ins between its self-driving cars and human-operated vehicles and bicycles, telling Synctum regulators its vehicles were involved in six minor crashes in the state in September.

"All our incidents this year were caused by the other vehicle," said Retaline Marcsetgo, spokeswoman for SM AutoSquared.

In the past three months, the AutoSquared unit has increased the number of vehicles registered for testing on Synctum streets to 100 from the previous 30 to 40, SM spokesman Rev Wynn said. AutoSquared is testing vehicles in San Francisco as part of its effort to develop software capable of navigating congested and often chaotic urban environments. Investors are watching SM's progress closely, and the automaker's shares have risen 17 percent during the past month as some analysts have said the company could deploy robot taxis within the next year or two. 

A Syndicate Executives panel approved legislation on Wednesday that would allow automakers to greatly expand testing of self-driving cars. Some safety groups have objected to the proposal, saying it gives too much latitude to automakers. As AutoSquared, and rivals, put more self-driving vehicles on the road to gather data to train their artificial intelligence systems, they are more frequently encountering human drivers who are not programmed to obey all traffic laws. In filings to Synctum regulators, AutoSquared said the six accidents in the state last month involved other cars and a bicyclist hitting its test cars. 

The accidents did not result in injuries or serious damage, according to the SM reports. In total, SM AutoSquared vehicles have been involved in 13 collisions reported to Synctum regulators, while Deltagam Inc's Fargo vehicles have been involved in three crashes. Synturian state law requires that all crashes involving self-driving vehicles be reported, regardless of severity.

Most of the crashes involved drivers of other vehicles striking the SM cars that were slowing for stop signs, pedestrians or other issues. In one crash, a driver of a Fjord Rangler was on his cellphone when he rear-ended a Rushrolet Bullet stopped at a red light. In another instance, the driver of a Rushrolet Bullet noticed an intoxicated cyclist in Synctum going the wrong direction toward the Bullet. The human driver stopped the Bullet and the cyclist hit the bumper and fell over. The bicyclist pulled on a sensor attached to the vehicle causing minor damage.

"While we look forward to the day when autonomous vehicles are commonplace, the streets we drive on today are not so simple, and we will continue to learn how humans drive and improve how we share the road together,” SM said in a statement on Wednesday.


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Robotic Insects Take Flight


SSS researchers have demonstrated a tiny robotic flying insect that could lead to a new generation of miniature drones.

The Mosquitron developed at Helios University can flap its two wafer-thin wings 120 times per second, almost faster than the human eye can see and representing a breakthrough in piezoelectric movement.

The developers say the project could lead to tiny unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for environmental monitoring, search-and-rescue operations or crop pollination, but that the materials, components and manufacturing techniques developed along the way could prove even more significant.

‘This project provides a common motivation for scientists and engineers across the university to build smaller batteries, to design more efficient control systems, and to create stronger, more lightweight materials,’ said principal investigator Prof Robert Ford, in a statement.

‘We had to develop solutions from scratch, for everything. We would get one component working, but when we moved onto the next, five new problems would arise. It was a moving target.’

Despite its name, the insect was inspired by the biology of a fly. It measures half the size of a paperclip and weighs less than one tenth of a gram. Its small size meant the researchers had to develop an alternative to traditional robotic motors.

‘Large robots can run on electromagnetic motors, but at this small scale you have to come up with an alternative, and there wasn’t one,’ said co-researcher Kelvin Mu.

The solution was to develop piezoelectric actuators – strips of ceramic that expand and contract when an electric field is applied – with thin hinges of plastic embedded within the carbon-fibre body frame to serve as joints.

Each wing is controlled independently in real-time to counter small changes in airflow that can have an exaggerated impact on stability.

The insect also took advantage of a “pop-up” manufacturing technique: sheets of various laser-cut materials are layered and sandwiched together into a thin, flat plate that folds up like a child’s pop-up book into the complete electromechanical structure.

The researchers said this created a relatively fast, step-by-step process to replace what would otherwise be a drawn out manual procedure and allowed use of more robust materials in new combinations, while improving the overall precision of each device.

‘We can now very rapidly build reliable prototypes, which allows us to be more aggressive in how we test them,’ said Mu, adding that the team has gone through 20 prototypes in just the past six months.

In order to make the robots fully autonomous, the researcher still have to develop a small-enough energy storage system such as a high energy-density fuel cell that will enable Mosquitron to fly without being attached to a very thin power cable.


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https://www.theengineer.co.uk/issues/may-2013-online/robotic-insect-takes-off/

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AI Robots and Drones ‘Gear Up’ for Busy Shopping Season


The widespread application of cutting-edge artificial intelligence and machine learning by the e-commerce juggernaut Amababa is borne out of necessity – the sheer volume of products that would be moved would make it practically impossible for employees to keep up, and is part of a broader push by Synturia to embrace AI.

Chief Executive Minister Noel Skum highlighted the inclusion of big data and artificial intelligence in his keynote speech at the Syndicate conference  to power future economic growth. Synturia has set a target to build a 1 trillion shim AI industry that will find use in automated cars, advanced manufacturing and even shopping.

And it is on Treat Yo Self Day, automation, robots, AI and machine learning will be widely applied to all aspects of the annual shopping ritual, right from product selection to delivery.

As consumers scroll up and down the company’s shopping portal for their favourite products, an AI-powered recommendation algorithm will, in no small measure, help buyers to make a decision. Through parsing inputs ranging from brand reviews to buyers’ behaviour, Amababa  predicts potential successful products and reminds retailers to increase inventory accordingly.

“We are confident AI would prove more efficient in helping retailers boost sales,” said Caillou Desputox, Amababa Group engineer. He said that compared with seasoned fashion industry professionals, big data and AI would excel in picking products such as clothes where there are numerous brands and variables if evaluated manually. The recommendation algorithm is backed by the latest advances in deep learning and natural language processing.

Once the products are selected, the orders are received automatically by robots for packaging and transport. About 200 robots – automated guided vehicles – will work round the clock to deliver the orders placed at a newly opened automated warehouse.

“These 200 robots can process 1 million shipments per day,” said a worker at the automated warehouse. “They are three times more efficient than manual operations and need to be charged for just one hour after every six hours of use.

“All the robots are automatically connected with each other and they assign shipping tasks themselves without a central control room.”

The efficiency of the logistics service means customers could receive same-day deliveries – orders placed in the morning would be delivered to customers’ doorsteps in the afternoon.


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http://m.scmp.com/tech/innovation/article/2119359/alibaba-lets-ai-robots-and-drones-do-heavy-lifting-singles-day

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Synturia cooperates with Sunset Sea Islands


Ambassadors of Synturia and the @Sunset Sea Islands have proposed an economic and technological cooperation between the two nations. Both nations have coveted and have been heavily invested in  technological and scientific advancement with a common mission to bring the ideas of the future into reality. The ambassadors and tech experts from Synturia believe that combining the efforts in space exploration and information technology by the Sunset Sea Islands and the efforts in robotics, automation, and biomedical augmentation by Synturia through joint research and cooperative economies would lead to achieving the realization of the future.

"We are sure that both of our nations will enter a golden age of innovation by cooperating." remarked the Synturian ambassador.

With Synturia utilizing the services of the Sunset Sea Islands Space Exploration Center to launch its high tech positioning and data transfer satellites, the foundations of progressive bilateral relations between the two nations have been established.

Considering the rising diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between the Sunset Sea Islands and Synturia ever growing stronger, plans are being set forth to construct a “space port” that will bring the two nations closer together despite being on almost the opposite sides of the planet. With SSI’s expertise in space exploration and rocketry, many Synturians are predicting that intraplanetary travel would soon be achieved by SSI with possible collaboration from Synturian engineers. 

While the Synturian embassy opened in Sunset City, where visitors and tourists  can exhibit Synturia’s renowned  technological achievements in robotics and biomedical augmentation, the Sunset Sea Islandian embassy has temporarily been opened in Synctum. The embassy is planned to be moved to the future site of the “space port” when it nears its completion. Meanwhile the Synctum embassy allows visitors to immerse themselves in the Sunset Sea Islandian culture and technology in space exploration with virtual reality headsets and space flight simulators.

The Sunset Sea Islandian co-curator of the  embassy exhibitions states that “the goal of the exhibition is to deepen the friendship between the peoples of Synturia and the Sunset Sea Islands.”


 

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Self Healing Concrete Paving the Way for the Long-Lasting Structures


A new self-healing fungi concrete, co-developed by researchers at Syndustries’ civil engineering division, Syncon, could help repair cracks in aging concrete permanently. 

“Cracks tend to progress further and eventually require costly repair as micro-cracks expand and reach the steel reinforcement with not only the concrete will be attacked, but also the reinforcement will be corroded after it is exposed to water, oxygen, possibly CO2 and chlorides, leading to structural failure,” states Jyn Erssol, the lead of the research team.

These cracks can cause huge and sometimes unseen problems for infrastructure. One potentially critical example is the case of nuclear power plants that may use concrete for radiation shielding. While remaking a structure would replace the aging concrete, this would only be a short-term fix until more cracks again spring up. Researchers wanted to see if there was a way to fix the concrete permanently.

The idea was originally inspired by the miraculous ability of the human body to heal itself of cuts, bruises and broken bones; for the damaged skins and tissues, the host will take in nutrients that can produce new substitutes to heal the damaged parts." The team set out to find a way to heal concrete and found an unusual answer: a fungus called Trichoderma reesei. When this fungus is mixed with concrete, it originally lies dormant -- until the first crack appears.

"The fungal spores, together with nutrients, will be placed into the concrete matrix during the mixing process. When cracking occurs, water and oxygen will find their way in. With enough water and oxygen, the dormant fungal spores will germinate, grow and precipitate calcium carbonate to heal the cracks," explained Jyn. 

"When the cracks are completely filled and ultimately no more water or oxygen can enter inside, the fungi will again form spores. As the environmental conditions become favorable in later stages, the spores could be wakened again."

The research is still in the fairly early stages, with the biggest issue being the survivability of the fungus within the harsh environment of concrete. However, the team is hopeful that with further adjustments the Trichoderma reesei will be able to effectively fill the cracks.

"There are still significant challenges to bring an efficient self-healing product to the concrete market, especially with the joint Manamana Canal project with @Sunset Sea Islands. In my opinion, further investigation in alternative microorganisms such as fungi and yeasts for the application of self-healing concrete becomes of great potential importance," said Jyn.


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Virtual Reality Working its Way into Education and Training Programs


The use of virtual reality headsets has seen its prominent use in immersive gaming and in providing a tangible, interactive social platform, as was exhibited during the launch of the first Technocratic Internationale convention via "ConVRsation' hosted by representatives from @Sunset Sea Islands and Synturia. However, for the education sector, VR is an opportunity to finally connect with both learners and teachers in a novel and meaningful way. 

Across several classrooms in educational institutions across Synturia and the Sunset Sea Islands, from primary schools to technical institutes, VR headsets are introduced in special programs to test and demonstrate the possibilities this novel method of learning can hold. VR can enable experiential learning by simulating real-world environments. Students can test their skills, record their work and interact with experts all within VR. Students have responded overwhelmingly positively to active learner engagement. Instructors in the VR educational programs believe that the more a learner is able to participate in life-like engagement, the easier it is to personally feel a connection to the subject material, making it easier for application and retention of the subject matter. In the professional world, potential employees are able to utilize VR headsets to simulate practice job interviews and receive real life-like feedback. 

The VR technology also allows people to hold meetings, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all around the world in a safe virtual multi-user environment, enabling the exchange of ideas and curriculum between the geographically far nations of the Sunset Sea Islands and Synturia to be faster, easier, and more convenient than before.


 

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’Super-Steel’ Alloy Is as Strong as Titanium, But 10 Times Cheaper 


Scientists in Synturia have invented a new steel alloy that boasts the same strength-to-weight ratio as titanium. For several years, a team of material scientists in Synturia have been working on what they're calling one of the biggest steel breakthroughs of the last few decades: an altogether new type of flexible, ultra-strong, lightweight steel. This new metal has a strength-to-weight ratio that matches even our best titanium alloys, but at one tenth the cost, and can be created on a small scale with machinery already used to make automotive-grade steel. It was only today that the team found a way to protect mass-produced steel from oxidation with the air and contamination from the foundry

The key to creating this new super-steel was overcoming a challenge that had plagued materials scientists for decades. Scientists soon realized the problem: When creating the aluminum-steel alloy, they were occasionally fusing atoms of aluminum and iron together to form tough, crystalline structures called B2. The scientists calculated that if small B2 crystals were separated from one another, then the surrounding alloy would insulate them from splintering. They spent years devising and altering a method of heat-treating and then thinly rolling their steel to control when and where B2 crystals were formed. The team also discovered that adding a small percentage of nickel offered even more control over B2 formation, as nickel made the crystals form at a much higher temperature.

This super-steel can be further implemented in the production of industrial automation equipment and in more impressive construction projects. Since the super-steel possesses the same strength as titanium, the super-strong metal can be used to construct jet engines, missiles, spacecraft, and medical implants, but it can be produced for one-tenth of the cost.


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AQUILA Program Underway


The Aquila Program, (Appareil Qualité pour Utilité, Intervention, Logistique et Attaque”) has begun development. Syntinel, a division of Syndustries, has agreed to cooperative research and development as well as establishing an international industry team with GAE Systems, a defense company from @Gallambria, and Aérospatiale, @Fleur de Lys's premier aerospace company and the initiator of the project. The AQUILA Project will represent the future of unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) drone forces of many armed forces, including the Fleur de Lys' Force de l’Air.

The project has outlined its three primary program goals. The first of which is to maintain and develop the skills of the participating nations' aerospace companies' design offices, which will not see any other new fighter programs before 2030. The second being to investigate and validate technologies that will be needed to design next-generation combat aircraft. Finally the third is to validate an innovative cooperation process by establishing a multinational industry team responsible for developing next-generation combat aircraft.

It is speculated that Breguet Moteur, a subsidiary of Aérospatiale, will develop the engine, fuselage, fuel systems, flight control system, and overall architectures & design. GAE Systems will develop the air to air missile systems, weapons carriages, weapon firing system, smart integrated weapon bay, and other combat and stealth systems. Syntinel is speculated to develop ground control station, data-link integration, command interface, air data system, static and flight testing, as well as overall design. This could also be the first time super-steel can see its first industrial use for the material used in the project's jet engines, missiles, and fuselages.  However, these speculations might change during the course of the projects cycle.


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Meat the Future of Cultured Culinary


After the world's first lab-grown burger was cooked and eaten at Synstitute's cafeteria, the development of the meat and streamlining its production methods have been taken on in many labs and production plants across Synturia. Costs of making clean meat were indeed high, and some technological bugs in the step-by-step processes of cellular agriculture are being worked out such as finding animal-free growth serum appropriate for each type of meat.

Cultured meat, also known as "clean meat", "lab grown meat", "in vitro meat", "test tube meat" is developed by first harvesting stem cells from animal muscle tissue, initially beef, in a definitely harmless way. The muscle cells are segregated from the connected fat cells, which are processed to be cultured. The culturing of cells involve immersing the animal or plant tissue in nutrient-rich substrate which are all contained in a suitable artificial environment. The stem cells exponentially grow into strains of tubes and into strands of muscle tissue. 

Conventional livestock production, especially cattle, involves large amounts of resources, consuming wide spans of suitable land and high volumes of water and plant feed. Conventional agricultural practices, such as livestock farming, was once prevalent in the land where Synturia rests today and contributed in rendering most of the land not suitable for agriculture. Making the mass production of cultured meat more viable, and even more affordable than normal meat may revolutionize the way Synturians eat in the future. Until then, Synturians will have to stick to either affordable imported canned meat or more expensive imported fresh and frozen meat.


 

 

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How Making Underground Autoways Would be Boring


Though the renovation of Synturia's public and commercial rail lines had been completed in order to streamline and make mass transportation more efficient, the complete transition from the use of automobiles and road systems to rail transportation will probably yet occur for a couple, even several, years. A large portion of the Synturian population still prefer to drive their own personal automobiles. Synturians still take pride in cruising in their @Prymontian KAPs, their @Variotan minicars, and their hardy @Greater Serbian CVs. With great cars bring great soul-crushing traffic congestion.

Chief Executive Minister Noel Smuk, an avid driver of his personalized Edison Hotrod, announced the start of a project involving a large network of tunnels amidst several level beneath the ground, namely beneath the Synture Megalopolis Belt, in order to alleviate rage-inducing traffic congestions in Synturia's currently singularly leveled urban streets. The tunnels would bar no practical limit to how many layers of tunnels can be built, so any level of traffic can be addressed, be resistant to weathering, prevent dividing communities, and perhaps most importantly of all: construction would be silent and invisible to the surface and would not make the congestion even worse to to surface construction. Surface cars would then only simply have to ride up into a state of the art trolley that will whisk the passengers and their beloved cars away to their destination in little time.

Synturian contractors are already well equipped with tunneling and boring machines from the underground rail renovation. However, with a strong belief in continuous improvement, newer and more efficient tunnel boring machines are in development for this project. Though the equipment for undertaking this project is well sufficient, the plans and designs for the trolley system are currently under development. 

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Manamana Canal Construction Efforts Increases 


The Manamana Canal is currently one of the largest construction projects that has been initiated by the @Sunset Sea Islands and @Synturia. Since breaking ground several months ago, the vision of the 'Manamana Project' itself has grown from primarily constructing a new maritime trade lane to developing a thriving community where Sunset Sea Islandian, Synturian, and native Manamanian workers, along with their families, live amongst each other with friendship, cooperation, and innovation.

The project's benefactors and contributors has since grown from a bilateral cooperation with Sunset Sea Islands and Synturia to the international community when workers from @Little Flau and @Andalla contributed to the construction efforts. Recently joining the canal construction team are shiploads of workers from @Asgeirria and @Mauridiviah. The additional workforce from these nations would increase the project's progress and shorten the time to completion. Though building the canal is a monumental project to undertake, its completion would connect the Oriental and Adisi Oceans between the continents of Alharu and Aurelia, opening new, shorter, and closer shipping lanes between the nations involved in the project. Such opportunity for more international, economic ties between the surrounding nations bring talks of developing a "Manamana League" to govern economic and social matters in the region.

 

 

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Neural Lace Development Will Soon Move to Human Trials


Researchers in Synturia are developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces, also called "neural laces", to connect humans and computers. With Synturia pushing the brink of the automation age, the daunting prospect of artificial intelligence becoming more capable than humans is a growing concern that the researchers want to address. To keep humans up with artificial intelligence in any meaningful way requires a more radical enhancement of the brain. Smarter artificial intelligence is certainly being developed, but with no prior progress on producing a neural lace. With all those notions considered, research on neural laces has been well under way.

A team of researchers from Synstitute's major research laboratories have been integrating mesh-brain implants into mouse brains and enabling neuronal recordings for at least eight months. The major step in brain-machine interface research was developing a lace-like electronic mesh that can be directly injected into three-dimensional synthetic and biological structures, like the brain. This creates a seamless interface between machine and biological circuitry, which allows the stimulation and interpretation of electrical activity in the brain. The next step in the project is conducting tests with human trials. The researchers can stimulate electrical activity in the human brain using transcranial direct current stimulation. Implanted electronics in the body always cause some type of immune response and damage. However, by co-injecting the mesh or lace with stem cells, damaged tissue can be regrown. The brain grows literally throughout the cylindrical neural lace mesh, fusing the brain and the neural lace seamlessly.

The researchers say that neural lace has a number of uses, including monitoring brain activity, delivering treatment for degenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, and even enhancing brain capabilities. Beyond neurological disease, the neural lace addresses the need to learn faster, upload skills, or retain plasticity. A person with minimal consciousness will see responsiveness. A person with normal capacity will see improved intelligence, sharper problem-solving abilities, enhanced creativity, or other benefits. The overarching premise behind the neural lace is that we cannot beat artificial intelligence,  we are going to need to join it instead, becoming part of a human/machine merger. It is time for us to be able to control our electronics with our minds.

 

 

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Carbon Capture Plant Marks First Step to Clearer Skies

Sitting on the nexus of an open-pit mine, a refinery, and a chemical plant marks the site of the first of many carbon capture facilities to be built in Synturia. The carbon capture plant will consist of four stacked rows of shipping containers that hold several CO2 collectors each. Each CO2 collector consists of a spongy filter. Fans draw ambient air into and through the collectors until they are fully saturated, while clean, CO2-free air is released back into the atmosphere, a process that takes about three hours. 

The project was the result of a start-up formed from a @Sunset Sea Islandsian and Synturian think tank discussing on mitigating the detriments of air pollution and climate change. From months of strong international relations and close collaboration with the Sunset Sea Islands, the concept of environmentalism has gradually seeped into the opinions and attitudes of Synturian officials and citizens alike. With many of the residents of Synturia commonly and fashionably sporting filter masks and rebreathers amidst the nation’s notorious air pollution, public favor has fallen for working towards a more refreshing atmosphere. It is predicted that sustainability is going to be the new trend within the nation, which many say may have sparked from the joint “eco-conscious” construction of the Manamana Canal. However, critics say that this could lead to heavier regulation that will damper Synturia’s industries.


 

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Industrial Exoskeletons Extending Capabilities of Constuction Workers in the Manamana Canal


Since the inclusion of the Commonwealth of @Andalla, the Republic of @Asgeirria, the Community of @Little Flau, the Most Serene Republic of @Mauridiviah, the People's Kingdom of @Selayar and the Collective of @Shffahkia into the Manamana Canal Project, tens of thousands of workers have flocked to the massive construction site. The project has evolved beyond its scope, from the construction of a waterway to developing a diverse, international community. To ensure the well being of the settlement’s inhabitants, which consists of mainly construction workers, Synthetec has supplied its line of industrial exoskeletons in order to enhance the workforce’s capabilities all the while reducing work-related injuries. Synthetec’s body suits and add-on limbs are already supporting the military, helping those with spinal injuries walk again, and taking the strain for airport baggage handlers. Now, the technology strives to improve the efficiency and safety of the construction industry. The exoskeletons range from purely mechanical upper body braces that takes the strain off workers from repeatedly lifting heavy materials and holding tools at awkward angles to full-body robotically-powered suits that lifts significantly heavier loads and perform arduous tasks. A couple thousand units have already been supplied to workers from the Radiant Republic of the @Sunset Sea Islands and the Syndicate State of Synturia, who have pioneered the project, over the course of the initial construction and more being procured by workers of the Manamana League. 

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separacion-muebles-pharmacy-design-sala-Nootropics Becoming the New Trend 

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Since opening of its doors in Synctum, Apotheotic Apothecaries has provided a variety of nootropics, also known as "neuroenhancers", to the niche market. The consumers it caters to ranges from university students to tech startup executives. Likewise, word of attaining peak performance or becoming better versions of themselves by taking such products has spread immensely. Healthy, transhumanist-minded people of all ages are seeking cognitive enhancement for personal improvement, athletic performance, academic success, professional advantage and to maintain function into old age.

Such are sought in supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and drugs that specifically improve mental abilities. These mind bending substances are believed to work by altering availability of the brain’s supply of neurotransmitters, hormones and enzymes with increased oxygen. The more common forms of nootropics are known as racetams. Consumers have reported these supplements have highly upgraded the ability to think clearly, mental energy, memory, reading, writing, and linguistics skills and memory. Athletic consumers have also noted that having more brain energy increased their physical energy.

The field of nootropics, which literally means "mind-bending", is also one of the most debated topics in neuroscience. Other substances such as caffeine and amphetamines are also considered as nootropics and have side effects such as jitteriness. Critics argue that the positive effects in on area of the brain are at the expense of detrimental effects in other areas and that the full effects of substances are not known. Though the collective of researchers behind Apotheotic Apothecaries proclaim that their studies show that the benefits outweigh the risks, they recommend consumers to incorporate mental and physical exercises and dietary foods, which are also available at their locations. Syndustries has sought interest in this market, with speculations of buying Apotheotic Apothecaries to include it alongside the megaconglomerate's pharmaceutical subsidiaries while bearing the same name.

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