Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Who’s to Blame for Plastic Microfiber Pollution?

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Who’s to Blame for Plastic Microfiber Pollution?

Earlier this month, researchers reported a startling discovery: in 11 national parks and protected areas in the western US, 1,000 metric tons of microfibers and microplastic particles fall from the sky each year, equivalent to over 120 million plastic water bottles—and that’s in just 6 percent of the country’s land area. Last month, another group…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired There’s No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help

Hexbyte Tech News Wired There’s No Cure for Covid-19 Loneliness, but Robots Can Help

Sandra Petersen’s patients are on the older side. “My youngest is 72,” she says. Some are centenarians. All are vulnerable to Covid-19, which disproportionately kills the elderly. Social distancing helps protect them, but it can also leave them profoundly lonely, facing a public health crisis while in isolation.Petersen is a program director for the University…