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Always Be Curious🔎 #19

After 7 weeks and 1 day of working entirely from home, I went back into the office for a film shoot l

Always Be Curious🔎

May 3 · Issue #19 · View online
Always Be Curious is your weekly shot of sci-tech coverage. Bringing you the now, the how and the wow of science and technology with a special focus on the chip industry.

After 7 weeks and 1 day of working entirely from home, I went back into the office for a film shoot last Tuesday. I drove up the giant parking lot and parked right next to the building entrance, strolled in, had a chat with a welcoming receptionist behind unwelcoming plexiglass, had my thermal image taken and got the thumbs up, swiped my badge, and finally walked into an absolutely deserted office. On any given day prior to the pandemic, this campus would be buzzing with 12,500 engineers. Meeting, chatting, tinkering, sketching on whiteboards. Now, it’s down to the 2,000 colleagues working assembly shifts in the cleanroom. Everyone else is on Microsoft Teams. While I was happy to be back on campus, I couldn’t help but to feel a wave of sadness rush over me as I strolled through the empty hallways. Oof. Let’s hope we get some of that buzz back there soon. ⚡️
Stay safe and sound, have a good week folks.

👨‍💻The round-up in sci-tech💡
Robots with 3D-printed muscles are powered by the spines of rats (New Scientist)
NASA descended down to just 75 meters above the surface of Bennu in a recent test (Universe Today)
The world after covid-19 - Bill Gates on how to fight future pandemics (The Economist)
Exam anxiety: how remote test-proctoring is creeping students out (The Verge)
Physicists clear the air with a sweet frickin' laser beam (WIRED)
Windows will soon generate electricity, following solar cell breakthrough (Exciton Science)
Nanomachines to be deployed to fight next viral pandemic (Deutsche Welle)
A swimming dinosaur: the tail of Spinosaurus (Nature)
🤓This week in chips⚠️
TSMC starts 2 nm process development for fast, efficient chips (Tom's Hardware)
Chiplets promise to help reinstate Moore's Law (Digitimes)
Samsung warns of second-quarter profit fall as coronavirus hits sales of phones, TVs (Reuters)
AMD’s quarterly profits sink, and it expects weakened demand throughout 2020 (The Verge)
📈By the numbers📉
Spotify earnings for Q1 2020 (The Verge)
❤️For the love of tech❤️
A one-take journey shot entirely on iPhone 11 Pro. Wow. See the 45 galleries of Russia’s iconic Hermitage museum.
Always Be Curious is curated by Sander Hofman, Corporate Communications Manager at ASML. My company provides chipmakers with everything they need (machines, software and services) to mass produce integrated circuits on silicon. Opinions expressed in this newsletter are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer.
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