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Why you need a supercomputer to build a house – TechCrunch

Why you need a supercomputer to build a house – TechCrunch When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don’t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking …

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Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time – TechCrunch

Cove.Tool wants to solve climate change one efficient building at a time – TechCrunch As the fight against climate change heats up, Cove.Tool is looking to help tackle carbon emissions one building at a time. The Atlanta-based startup provides an automated big-data platform that helps architects, engineers and contractors identify …

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Agtech startup Imago AI is using computer vision to boost crop yields – TechCrunch

Agtech startup Imago AI is using computer vision to boost crop yields – TechCrunch Presenting onstage today in the 2018 TC Disrupt Berlin Battlefield is Indian agtech startup Imago AI, which is applying AI to help feed the world’s growing population by increasing crop yields and reducing food waste. As …

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DroneSeed is planting trees from the air – TechCrunch

DroneSeed is planting trees from the air – TechCrunch Wildfires are consuming our forests and grasslands faster than we can replace them. It’s a vicious cycle of destruction and inadequate restoration rooted, so to speak, in decades of neglect of the institutions and technologies needed to keep these environments healthy. …

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Lightfoot gets $4M to nudge more drivers to go smooth with a ‘Fitbit for cars’ – TechCrunch

Lightfoot gets $4M to nudge more drivers to go smooth with a ‘Fitbit for cars’ – TechCrunch UK car tech startup lightfoot, which sells a telematics system that gives real-time feedback to drivers combined with a rewards platform to further incentivize good driving, has picked up £3.2 million (~$4M) from …

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How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities – TechCrunch

How issues of microtransit, congestion and parking are closing in on cities – TechCrunch Earlier this week in a new experimental newsletter I’ve been helping Danny Crichton on, we briefly discussed transit pundit Jarrett Walker’s article in The Atlantic arguing against the view that ridesharing and microtransit will be the …

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David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet – TechCrunch

David Attenborough to voice Netflix’s nature conservation series, Our Planet – TechCrunch Netflix has persuaded everyone’s favorite naturalist, David Attenborough, to voice its forthcoming original nature documentary series, Our Planet, which is slated to put conservation squarely in the frame, not just offer glorious animal eye-candy. It’s a timely moment …

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Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions – TechCrunch

Reef-rejuvenating LarvalBot spreads coral babies by the millions – TechCrunch The continuing die-off of the world’s coral reefs is a depressing reminder of the reality of climate change, but it’s also something we can actively push back on. Conservationists have a new tool to do so with LarvalBot, an underwater …

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Google AI listens to 15 years of sea-bottom recordings for hidden whale songs – TechCrunch

Google AI listens to 15 years of sea-bottom recordings for hidden whale songs – TechCrunch Google and a group of game cetologists have undertaken an AI-based investigation of years of undersea recordings, hoping to create a machine learning model that can spot humpback whale calls. It’s part of the company’s …

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