Charting a course for marine energy, and the country, to decarbonize the grid

NREL’s Casey Nichols (left) hones his team’s data acquisition system’s software, which can collect, store, and share field data via the cloud, while Andrew Simms prepares its hardware, building the beautifully complex box of wiring seen on the right. Credit: Werner Slocum, NREL As climate change alters the planet, it is causing massive changes to our… Continue reading Charting a course for marine energy, and the country, to decarbonize the grid

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To help meet global EV demand, researchers develop sustainable method for recycling older lithium-ion batteries

Professor Gisele Azimi and PhD candidate Jiakai (Kevin) Zhang have proposed a new, more sustainable method to recover valuable metals from lithium-ion batteries that have reached the end of their useful lives. Credit: Safa Jinje A University of Toronto researcher has developed a new technique to help recycle the metals in lithium-ion batteries, which are in… Continue reading To help meet global EV demand, researchers develop sustainable method for recycling older lithium-ion batteries

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Walgreens seeks to automate more prescription refills

Ongoing pandemic crises and a shortage of trained pharmacists has Walgreens doubling down on automation. As The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, the drug store giant is heavily investing in a network of prescription refill centers reliant on automated pharmabots to help with recent years’ skyrocketing medication orders. In doing so, the company… Continue reading Walgreens seeks to automate more prescription refills

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White House unveils artificial intelligence ‘Bill of Rights’

Alondra Nelson speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Jan. 16, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, the Biden administration unveiled a set of far-reaching goals to align artificial intelligence-powered tools with what it called the values of Democracy and equity, including guidelines for how to protect people’s personal data and… Continue reading White House unveils artificial intelligence ‘Bill of Rights’

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EU lawmakers impose single charger for all smartphones

Apple resisted the EU legislation, saying it stifled innovation. The EU parliament on Tuesday passed a new law requiring USB-C to be the single charger standard for all new smartphones, tablets and cameras from late 2024. The measure, which EU lawmakers adopted with a vote 602 in favor, 13 against, will—in Europe at least—push Apple… Continue reading EU lawmakers impose single charger for all smartphones

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US auto sales remain slow in third quarter

General Motors retained its position atop US auto sales, but most other firms suffered losses in the latest three months. Automakers saw lackluster US sales in the third quarter, as manufacturers continued to grapple with supply constraints, according to reports from the companies Monday. The auto sector has been battling a shortage of components with… Continue reading US auto sales remain slow in third quarter

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Why crypto’s big ‘merge’ is causing big headaches

The Ethereum blockchain, which supports billions of dollars of trading in games, tokens, art and the ether currency, has cleaned up its act. The biggest software upgrade in the short history of crypto has fulfilled its promise to wipe out more than 99 percent of the electricity used by the second-biggest cryptocurrency, experts have told… Continue reading Why crypto’s big ‘merge’ is causing big headaches

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Cruise self-driving cars keep blocking traffic

This article was originally featured on The Drive. Driverless cars from GM subsidiary Cruise have been holding up traffic in San Francisco earlier this month. As covered by SFGate, multiple incidents have occurred around the city with the company’s autonomous fleet of Chevrolet Bolts. In one Reddit post from earlier this month, two of the company’s cars can be seen… Continue reading Cruise self-driving cars keep blocking traffic

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This new air taxi aims to carry four people with no pilot

Last week, an experimental electric commuter airplane from Eviation made a very brief flight for the first time. At the controls of the aircraft was a tried and true form of aviation technology: a human pilot. Meanwhile, a different firm—Wisk Aero, which is backed by Boeing—unveiled the latest version of its electric flying machine today,… Continue reading This new air taxi aims to carry four people with no pilot

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