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Everything we know about the futuristic AI-operated self-sustainable Portuguese house that follows the sun.

House roof covered by solar panels facing the sun to depict Portugal’s Ultra Hi-Tech futuristic AI-operated self-sustainable Portuguese housing design that turns to follow the sun like a sunflower.
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Portugal remains one of the European Union countries highly dependent on outsourcing its energy supply, hence the advances in hi-tech housing solutions. In recent years, the country invested in innovation and cutting-edge technology to become more self-sustainable energy-wise.

Portugal has a high voltage network and several interconnection points with Spain to import and export electricity across the transmission grid. Besides that, the country also relies on natural gas that reaches continental Portugal by pipeline from Spain or by ship arriving at the Sines harbor facilities.

Nevertheless, the country remains highly dependent on fossil fuels and their import, for the time…


Even an old weapon might have enough firepower to push back COVID-19.

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The race to find a silver bullet against COVID-19 seems like a wild goose chase, as humanity may never take the kill shot at SARS-CoV-2.

Early in the fight against the new coronavirus, we holstered a weapon that had saved countless lives in developing countries across the globe. That vaccine wasn't a billion-dollar gunslinger or a stellar trigger-happy sniper fresh out of the ranks. It served as the anonymous observer armed only with target designators and range finders, up on the edge of a cliff, guiding the immune system rapid response warfare.

Henceforth, I will share my experience and knowledge…


Welcome to the Creator Fellowship: one alliance to unite us all

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I was checking my email when the long-awaited news arrived around 7:45 PM (WEST), July 16. The opening paragraph left me exulting because it stated I received the email not only because I’m “enrolled in the Partner Program” but also because my work was being noticed, wrapping it up with a motivational booster:

“You’re one of our most valued creators.”

This platform has been investing many resources in creators, namely, with the Partner Program bonuses. Thus, starting from August, the platform launches a new creator support program, and I had just received an invitation to apply.

Developers plan to keep…


With artificial intelligence in high demand, new challenges arise for cryptocurrency mining

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We barely notice it, but algorithms run and rule our lives. Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, from the bedroom where you sleep to the car you drive; every tiny fragment of your daily routine has some AI intervention.

Scientists believe the human brain is hardwired for laziness, and our latent tendency to sloth paradoxically became one of the main driving forces towards humanity’s technological evolution.

That explains the exponential increase in machine-learning capabilities. Thinking is a tiresome thing for the average human. …


Netflix's ‘Fear Street: 1994’ soundtrack isn’t a perfect 90s mixtape, but it’s close enough.

Man holding a knife depicting the Shadyside killers in Fear Street film series by Netflix
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Netflix’s Fear Street is based on the book series of the same name by R. L. Stine and directed by Leigh Janiak. The film starts as a teen slasher parody but rapidly grows into a saga powered by vintage nostalgia, namely during part one — 1994.

No, actually, the team from Chernin Entertainment wasn’t thinking like, “this film is about 1994; let’s do a Google search for songs on the radio from that year.” A handful of the tunes from the soundtrack hadn’t even been released back then. No, it’s not a silly mistake. The songs are there to meet…


The life and death of Joseph Barboza, the Boston Mafia's most feared hitman.

Mugshot of Joseph Barboza born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1932 to a family of second-generation Portuguese immigrants. The photo is dated January 25, 1967. Joe was an American gangster and hitman for the Patriarca family of the Boston Mafia known as La Cosa Nostra.
Mugshot of Joseph Barboza | MCI-Cedar Junction, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Joseph “The Animal” Barboza, a descendant of Portuguese Lisbon-born parents, was the only non-Italian hitman for the Patriarca clan of the Boston Mafia.

Nicknamed “Animal”, the “Portugee” went by many names and became notorious as the most vicious gangster in Boston and earned the fearsome title of number four on the top five most notorious mob hitmen.

Legend says he had at least thirty known killings under his belt as the henchman for the Patriarca Family — the Boston clan of the Italian Mafia known as La Cosa Nostra.

He was the only non-Italian to join the Mob because of…


Nicholas Cage cooks up a stellar performance in ‘Pig’ — a film about the unconditional love between a man and his hog.

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What is a truffle hog? Becomes a Kafkaesque query about the conceptual leitmotivs depicted in the acclaimed film Pig starring Nicolas Cage.

I haven’t shed a tear during a Nic Cage film since City of Angels (1998). Well, yesterday, Pig got me all emotional at some point. Pig is a 2021 American drama feature film that marks Michael Sarnoski’s debut as a director.

Cage plays Robin “Rob” Feld, a former Portland-based chef turned truffle forager and hermit as he dwells in the Oregonian wilderness with his priceless and beloved truffle hog at his side up to a time when the…


‘Home’ is the LOYD’s sophomore album following ‘Love and Revolution’

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The LOYD, from Santa Maria da Feira, have been buzzing in the Portuguese alternative rock scene since 2004. Hence, a decade had passed when the band released their full-length album Home.

About the band

The LOYD had Jou Maia on vocals and guitar, Paulo Azevedo on bass, Mike B. on drums, and Daniel Amorim (guitar). Their discography includes the EP Done (2007), followed by the debut album Love and Revolution (2010), and Home (2014).

Album Review

At first, we feel a mixture of emotions derived from the highly positive energy that emanates from the songs. …

Rui Alves

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