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May 24, 2024

Renewable grid: Recovering electricity from heat storage hits 44% efficiency

Posted by in category: futurism

Closing in on the theoretical maximum efficiency, devices for turning heat into electricity are edging closer to being practical for use on the grid, according to University of Michigan research.

May 24, 2024

Tesla officially breaks ground at Megafactory in China

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

Tesla has officially broken ground on its new Megafactory project to build Megapacks for energy storage in China.

The Megafactory in Lathrop, California, was Tesla’s first dedicated factory to produce Megapacks, which were previously produced at Gigafactory Nevada.

It is still ramping up to its full capacity of 40 GWh worth of Megapacks, a battery pack for utility-scale energy storage projects, but it has already helped Tesla break new records of energy storage deployment almost every quarter.

May 24, 2024

FLO’s new Ultra DC fast chargers can charge EVs to 80% in 15 minutes

Posted by in categories: government, sustainability, transportation

The first FLO Ultra DC fast chargers are rolling off the assembly line at the company’s Auburn Hills, Michigan, factory – and they’re pretty powerful.

The 320 kW FLO Ultra DC fast chargers feature a dual-port power configuration. The EV charging company designed them to comply with the federal government’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program (NEVI) standards and the Buy America Act, including 98% uptime. They can charge most EVs to 80% in just 15 minutes.

The FLO Ultra DC fast chargers feature the new FLO motorized cable management system. The EZLift system is designed to keep cables off the ground and provide extended reach, allowing the cable to reach EVs no matter where the port is located. The motorized system makes the cables feel lighter and easier to maneuver.

May 24, 2024

This ‘supercharger on wheels’ brings fast charging to you

Posted by in category: transportation

Mobile car care company Yoshi Mobility just launched a DC fast charging EV mobile unit that it likens to “a supercharger on wheels.”

Yoshi Mobility saw that its existing customers needed mobile EV charging in places where infrastructure has yet to be installed, so the Nashville-based company decided to bring the mountain to Moses.

“We recognized a demand among our customers for convenient daily charging, reliable private charging networks, and proper charging infrastructure to support their fleet vehicles as they transition to electric,” said Dan Hunter, Yoshi Mobility’s chief EV officer and cofounder.

May 24, 2024

NVIDIA Accelerates GPU, CPU, & AI Platform Roadmap, New Chips To Launch Each Consecutive Year Instead of Two

Posted by in categories: innovation, robotics/AI

NVIDIA has accelerated its GPU, CPU & AI roadmap significantly as stated by CEO, Jensen Huang, during the latest earnings call.

NVIDIA Will Be Launching Next-Gen GPUs, CPUs & AI Solutions Much Faster Than Everyone Else, Shifts To A 1-Year Cadence Instead of 2-Year

NVIDIA’s current roadmap includes the likes of Hopper H200 and its follow-up Blackwell in B100 & B200 GPUs. The company also previously teased X100 GPUs though we know from recent reports that the actual next-gen architecture comes as the Rubin “R100” series which looks like a major breakthrough for the company based on the specs, performance, and efficiency data that has been laid out.

May 24, 2024

New nanostrings can vibrate longer than any previously known solid-state object

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI

Researchers from TU Delft and Brown University have engineered string-like resonators capable of vibrating longer at ambient temperature than any previously known solid-state object—approaching what is currently only achievable near absolute zero temperatures. Their study, published in Nature Communications, pushes the edge of nanotechnology and machine learning to make some of the world’s most sensitive mechanical sensors.

May 24, 2024

A year in training: ESA’s new astronauts graduate

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, robotics/AI

ESA’s newly graduated astronauts reach the end of one year of rigorous basic astronaut training. Discover the journey of Sophie Adenot, Rosemary Coogan, Pablo Álvarez Fernández, Raphaël Liégeois, Marco Sieber, and Australian Space Agency astronaut candidate Katherine Bennell-Pegg. Selected in November 2022, the group began their training in April 2023.

Basic astronaut training provides the candidates with an overall familiarisation and training in various areas, such as spacecraft systems, spacewalks, flight engineering, robotics and life support systems as well as survival and medical training. They received astronaut certification at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre on 22 April 2024.

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May 24, 2024

Physicist Sean Carroll and the biggest ideas in the universe

Posted by in categories: information science, quantum physics

Sean Carroll, a physicist at Johns Hopkins University, spoke at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York, in an event presented by New York City’s Secret Science Club. He talked about quantum field theory, which is now considered the definitive explanation of what reality is made of. So, pretty important stuff.

His new book The Biggest Ideas in the Universe: Quanta and Fields was released this week. It’s the second in a three-book series in which he goes through the important ideas of Physics for non-academics, but actually using and carefully explaining the equations that physicists use.

May 23, 2024

Scientists Discover A New Planet That Could Support Life

Posted by in category: futurism

The planet is only a little smaller than Earth, but is 40 light years away.

May 23, 2024

Former Facebook engineer says coding with an AI copilot is like working with a ‘demigod’

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A former Facebook director is praising AI’s prowess, likening the technology’s co-pilot coding ability to a religious experience.

In a Thursday post on X, Aditya Agarwal attempted to describe the feeling of coding alongside a large language model co-pilot.

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