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The New Energy Storage Tech Gates, Bezos, Ma, and Branson Are Investing In

The New Energy Storage Tech Gates, Bezos, Ma, and Branson Are Investing In A group of billionaires including Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, and Richard Branson have invested in Form Energy. The company, out of MIT, is designing a new type of battery, thought to be based on sulfur. If early reports of success…
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Plasma, the Mysterious (And Powerful) Fourth Phase of Matter

Plasma, the Mysterious (And Powerful) Fourth Phase of Matter When I was in elementary school, my teacher told me that matter exists in three possible states: solid, liquid, and gas. She neglected to mention plasma, a special kind of electrified gas that’s a state unto itself. We rarely encounter natural plasma, unless we’re lucky enough…
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The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better

The Smart Road Tech That’s Making Driving Faster, Safer, And Just Better From autonomous cars to flying taxis to electric-powered aircraft, technological innovations in transportation vehicles seem to be moving faster than Elon Musk’s express loop underneath Chicago. But when it comes to regular roads and traffic systems, we still seem to be stuck in…
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Pulling Water, Fuel, and Power From Thin Air Is Getting Practical

Pulling Water, Fuel, and Power From Thin Air Is Getting Practical Pulling things from thin air is generally considered a magic trick. But several recent research papers suggest we could soon be extracting valuable resources like water, fuel, and power from the atmosphere. Startup Carbon Engineering published a new technique for turning atmospheric CO2 into…
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5 Reasons Car Companies Are Betting Big on Energy Storage

5 Reasons Car Companies Are Betting Big on Energy Storage An increasing number of major car manufacturers are developing solutions in a space that at first glance may seem like a strange choice: energy storage. BMW recently signed a contract that adds 500 of its i3 battery packs to the UK national energy grid. Audi…
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Will Bitcoin Use as Much Electricity as All of Austria by the End of the Year?

Will Bitcoin Use as Much Electricity as All of Austria by the End of the Year? Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were designed to be efficient, low-friction alternatives to traditional financial systems. But it seems their creators maybe didn’t think too hard about their sustainability. An analysis published in the journal Joule this week predicts the Bitcoin…
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This Planned Solar Farm in Saudi Arabia Would Be 100 Times Bigger Than Any in the World

This Planned Solar Farm in Saudi Arabia Would Be 100 Times Bigger Than Any in the World Right now it only exists on paper, in the form of a memorandum of understanding. But if constructed, the newly-announced solar photovoltaic project in Saudi Arabia would break an astonishing array of records. It’s larger than any solar…
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Can We Recycle CO2 Emissions to Make Carbon-Neutral Fuel?

Can We Recycle CO2 Emissions to Make Carbon-Neutral Fuel? Our failure to curb our carbon emissions is threatening to cause catastrophic climate change within our lifetimes. But what if we could recycle CO2 emitted by power stations and turn it into fuels and valuable chemicals? A new analysis suggests this may be possible within a…
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New MIT Startup Targets Working Fusion Reactor in 15 Years. Can It Be Done?

New MIT Startup Targets Working Fusion Reactor in 15 Years. Can It Be Done? The joke is that nuclear fusion is 20 years away, and always will be. This joke, now a cliché, arose from optimistic scientists suggesting in the 1950s (and then in most subsequent decades) that nuclear fusion was just 20 years away.…
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Putting AI in Your Pocket: MIT Chip Cuts Neural Network Power Consumption by 95%

Putting AI in Your Pocket: MIT Chip Cuts Neural Network Power Consumption by 95% Neural networks are powerful things, but they need a lot of juice. Engineers at MIT have now developed a new chip that cuts neural nets’ power consumption by up to 95 percent, potentially allowing them to run on battery-powered mobile devices.…
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