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We also mentioned the relationship between TikTok and Gen Z, as well as the fact that researchers are using dead spiders as tools. Check out the Trio!

No Showmetech TRIO of the week we will talk about the project The Line, a linear city with 170 km of extension. You will also see the curious fact that TikTok have become a research tool for the Generation Z. And finally, we'll show how scientists are using dead spiders as mechanical claws, kicking off the so-called "necrobotic”. Check out the main news of the week!

The Line, the linear city

Sustainable initiatives are everywhere possible, including in engineering. And it is from this premise that the project The Line was proposed, a linear city in Saudi Arabia that would be 170 km long, 500 meters high and 200 meters wide.

The line, the linear city, is an ambitious project to house at least 9 million people by 2045. Reproduction: the next web
The Line, the linear city, is an ambitious project to house at least 9 million people by 2045. Reproduction: The Next Web

The project suggests a city with two faces of glass, containing semi-reflective solar filters, natural ventilation and offering zero carbon emissions. The intention is to accommodate a population of at least 9 million people until 2045. The Line project is estimated at 1 trillion dollars, more than 5 trillion reais.

Living on The Line would be like living in a city without cars, with only an underground train, with trips of a maximum of 20 minutes to any point, with easy access to shops, drugstores and other establishments, in less than 5 minutes of walking. Until then, this type of architecture was only seen in science fiction productions. Will this time come true?

TikTok and Generation Z

A Generation Z, which includes people born after the 2000s, came into the world at a time of technological transition. This includes cell phones becoming more accessible, the internet and social networks becoming popular in society and even the way we watched movies, through DVD. after the Internet stabilized, we found that searching for literally anything was easier through Google, which always had dozens of pages of results. 

But that custom seems to be changing: a survey by the vice president of Google Search, prabhakar raghavan, points out that young people between 18 and 24 years old prefer to do more research in the TikTok ou Instagram than in itself Google.

If one day young people already needed to interview specific people or go to the library to research some subjects, nowadays these sources of information are based on the internet - more specifically on social networks like instagram and tiktok. Playback: mashable
If one day young people already needed to interview specific people or go to the library to research some subjects, nowadays these sources of information are based on the internet – more specifically on social networks like Instagram and TikTok. Playback: Mashable

Among the searches most performed by young people, the most accessed topics are recipes, restaurants or eateries and travel recommendations. In the case of recipes, the content creator Emily Mariko displays your videos that are intended to be more intuitive than step-by-step instructions.

Another attraction that also catches the attention of TikTok users is the fact that they see reports through videos about the places they want to go. That way, there's a more complete experience, even before you arrive. Although this information is also present in Google searches, younger people prefer TikTok, which speaks more to their age and style.

Using spiders as tools

Rice University, which is located in the United States, has brought an interesting new term to science: the necrobotics ou necrorobotics. The conception was due to the fact that the researchers there transformed the corpses of wolf spiders into robotic mechanical claws. The magazine advanced science explains that this practice is due to the difficulty in replicating the movement of these animals in possible artificial tools.

After witnessing the death of a spider in 2019, researchers Daniel Preston e faye yap observed how the arachnid retracted and decided to invest in a study in order to replicate the movement in their activities.

The function of corpses is to serve as a kind of "tweezers" to pick up more delicate and lighter objects. Playback: super interesting
The function of corpses is to serve as a kind of “tweezers” to pick up more delicate and lighter objects. Playback: Super Interesting

Through a syringe, those responsible inject or withdraw air from a chamber that is close to the spiders' heads, in this way they are able to command the movement of their legs. Thus, it is possible to pick up small objects or more delicate electronics, always taking into account the weight that the spider's body could support.

The fact that these claws are biodegradable is also an advantage, as it would reduce the amount of possibly polluting waste in their manufacture. On the other hand, corpses begin to wear out after many uses, perhaps due to the dehydration that the joints suffer over time. Every day science impresses us in different ways, isn't it?

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Source: The Next Web, Mashable e Super interesting.

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