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Mar 15, 2024

Scientists solve key problem in solid-state batteries

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, sustainability, transportation

A new research in battery technology now promises safer, longer-lasting energy storage. Thanks to a research team tackling a critical issue with solid-state batteries. The researchers have now developed a “bottom electrodeposition” method that changes the game for these next-generation power sources.

Today’s batteries say the ones in our smartphones or electric cars, mostly use liquid electrolytes for shuttling energy. However, these liquids are flammable, which obviously factors into safety concerns, even though they are minimal in today’s modern processes.

Mar 15, 2024

Volkswagen announces production start date for its most affordable $20K ID.1 EV

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

For the first time, Volkswagen announced it aims to start producing its most affordable ID.1 electric car, starting at 20,000 euros ($21,700), in 2027. The $20K Volkswagen ID.1 will offer “affordable electric mobility for everyone,” VW brand leader Thomas Shafer said Thursday.

“The working title is ID.1 and the vehicle is planned for 2027,” Shafer confirmed during VW’s annual press conference Thursday.

Work on the ID.1 is already well underway. Shafer said, “We’re already in the middle of it, we know what the car should look like.” However, the biggest challenge will be deciding where to build it.

Mar 14, 2024

Larry Ellison and Elon Musk teaming up to bring AI to farming

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mapping, robotics/AI, space travel, sustainability

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is teaming up with Larry Ellison’s Oracle to help farms plan and predict their agricultural output using an AI tool.

Larry Ellison said on Oracle’s earnings call on Monday that it’s collaborating with Musk and SpaceX to create the AI-powered mapping application for governments. The tool creates a map of a country’s farms and shows what each of them is growing.

The Oracle executive chairman said the tool could help farms assess the steps needed to increase their output, and whether fields had enough water and nitrogen.

Mar 14, 2024

Game-changing solar tech gets even more flexible

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

With their lightweight, flexible design, printed solar cells can be deployed in previously unimaginable ways.

Mar 13, 2024

New electric vehicle prices are falling as EV inventory levels increase

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Automakers were once struggling to keep pace with demand for some new EVs, but now the opposite appears to be true.

Mar 13, 2024

Zero-boil-off tank experiments to enable long-duration space exploration

Posted by in categories: space travel, sustainability

Do we have enough fuel to get to our destination? This is probably one of the first questions that comes to mind whenever your family gets ready to embark on a road trip. If the trip is long, you will need to visit gas stations along your route to refuel during your travel.

NASA is grappling with similar issues as it gets ready to embark on a sustainable mission back to the moon and plans future missions to Mars. But while your car’s fuel is gasoline, which can be safely and indefinitely stored as a liquid in the car’s gas tank, spacecraft fuels are volatile cryogenic liquid propellants that must be maintained at extremely low temperatures and guarded from environmental heat leaks into the spacecraft’s propellant tank.

And while there is already an established network of commercial in place to make refueling your car a cinch, there are no cryogenic refueling stations or depots at the moon or on the way to Mars.

Mar 12, 2024

Teen invents AI solar-powered tree to safely rid city of invasive flies

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

Find out how this high-schooler developed an AI tree equipped with a solar-powered trap designed to counter invasive Lanternflies.

Mar 12, 2024

ChatGPT And Generative AI Innovations Are Creating Sustainability Havoc

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

This article discusses the risks of ChatGPT and Generative AI innovations are having on sustainability goals and highlights the energy and water consumption risks.

Mar 12, 2024

Navigating the Industrial Metaverse: A Blueprint for Future Innovations

Posted by in categories: economics, sustainability

At the brink of a new phase of the industrial revolution, the Navigating the Industrial Metaverse: A Blueprint for Future Innovations report draws on insights from over 150 experts, advocating for a responsible approach to metaverse innovation that balances economic growth with sustainability and human-centric values.

Mar 11, 2024

Covariant is building ChatGPT for robots

Posted by in categories: food, habitats, robotics/AI, sustainability

Covariant this week announced the launch of RFM-1 (Robotics Foundation Model 1). Peter Chen, the co-founder and CEO of the UC Berkeley artificial intelligence spinout tells TechCrunch the platform, “is basically a large language model (LLM), but for robot language.”

RFM-1 is the result of, among other things, a massive trove of data collected from the deployment of Covariant’s Brain AI platform. With customer consent, the startup has been building the robot equivalent of an LLM database.

“The vision of RFM-1 is to power the billions of robots to come,” Chen says. “We at Covariant have already deployed lots of robots at warehouses with success. But that is not the limit of where we want to get to. We really want to power robots in manufacturing, food processing, recycling, agriculture, the service industry and even into people’s homes.”

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