Earth’s Core Has Stopped and May Be Reversing Direction, Study Says

Did you feel that? Three thousand miles beneath our feet, the earth’s spinning molton core stopped spinning. And if does what it has done in the past, it’s going to start spinning the other direction. Why does it matter in Minot? Other than being inhabitants of the planet, this story is just plain cool. Get

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Scientists say they’ve found T. rex’s early ancestor in northeast Montana

One of the lesser-known niche benefits of living in our part of the world — we’ve got dinosaurs. Well, we have their fossilized remains, at least. And a recent discovery in northeast Montana has people talking. It’s believed to be an ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  Get the full story from the Billings Gazette.

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Need a hand? Atlas has you covered, but he’s a bit of a showoff

The robots are coming. And when they get here, we better join them or hire them. The work and progress of Boston Dynamics has been a regular subject here on TheMinotVoice going back to our beginning. And looking back at the early posts shows just how fast this technology is moving. The two videos below

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Welcome to the Age of Extreme Acceleration

New technology has a way of disrupting the status quo. And when it comes to electric car technology, we’re on the eve of a new age of acceleration. It’s a future people both inside and outside of cars are unprepared for, and it’s likely to have consequences. What does it mean? That little extra time

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For some northern climate greens growers, winter doesn’t halt their harvests

Fresh produce from Minnesota in December? No, it’s not a joke. From passive-solar powered greenhouses to hydroponic container farms, demand for local produce is inspiring small farmers to innovate. And in a place like Minot that has no shortage of cold and an economy built on agriculture, this is a trend we need to watch.

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Does solar power still work in the depths of winter?

When it comes to sunlight hours, Northern geographies tend to get less sunlight hours than places further south, but the colder weather actually benefits energy transmission. Get the full story on solar effectiveness up here in the North at Inforum.

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5 Things Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About Agriculture (and why it matters)

There’s a notion out there that farming is old-fashioned. But just because the vocation has been around for a few thousand years, doesn’t mean it’s opposed to innovation. It’s just the opposite, and we probably wouldn’t have food to eat today if the agriculture sector shunned new technology. But it’s possible Silicon Valley, our current

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Bakken likely to see early dollars in state BVLOS investment

With an appropriation of $28 million coming out of the recent legislative session, the State of North Dakota will make a big investment building out a Beyond Visual Line of Sight network of the emerging UAS industry. But the question remains on where those investment dollars will focus first. Check out this article from the

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How well do electric vehicles perform in cold weather?

Winter’s over (hopefully) but if you’re thinking about a new car purchase and wondering about going electric, you’ll want to be extra mindful of our longest season. Why? We all know batteries don’t perform as well in winter, and electric cars have lots of batteries. Want to know how much performance your prone to to

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Everyone hates passwords. Good news: They’re about to die

If you’re among the high percentage of people who use ‘password’ for your password, don’t worry — your days of the annoying security prompts are numbered. It turns out passwords aren’t the best or even the expected security solution for the future; check out the article linked below from Fast Company to see where we’re

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Future of Farming: Fargo claims first automated farm, hoping for support environment that goes with it

What does the future of farming look like? If you’re in the camp that believes the march of technology is unstoppable, than you’re probably willing to bet on automation. Testing that automation in a literal field is a first step to wider introduction. Check out this story from Inforum to see how Fargo is moving

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This is what you’ll find in the dark spots of the Minot sky — if you look closely for a long time

We know the universe is big, but we’re consistently challenged by contemplating the full scope of what ‘big’ really means. Here’s a helper image. The image below shows an estimated 265,000 galaxies. Some dating back to more than 13.3 billion years ago — back when the universe was young. And while those numbers are impressive

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US facial recognition will cover nearly everyone departing a U.S. airport

The rollout is already started, but completion is expected to take about four more years, At that point, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security expects to capture facial recognition data on ~97% of all departing passengers. The goal is to keep track of who is coming and going and one benefit of that is a

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The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and everyone else

From computers to cars to online dating, odds are high that more of your life is influenced by artificial intelligence and learning algorithms than you realize. These algorithms are why Facebook occasionally freaks you out. You’ve probably experienced this, it’s when your news feed seems to know what you’re thinking or what you want. Perhaps

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The robots are marching, and they can pull a truck, too

While this story is not exclusive to Minot, it helps remind us that we’re not immune to the march of technology. And this company — Boston Dynamics — has been the subject of past publishing here on The Minot Voice.  If you go back and watch those old videos, you’ll get a sense of how

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What’s the cure for distracted driving — more or less responsibility?

Self-driving and driver-assist technology is coming at us at a 65 miles per hour. Culturally, our response to adopt it will be closer to a reflex reaction than a calculated decision based on merits of the technology. But at least one driver is questioning whether more technology is the answer to curing our distracted driving

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