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May 14, 2017

Alternative to Open Heart Surgery

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Could this be a viable alternative to open heart surgery?

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May 14, 2017

3D Body Scanner

Posted by in category: electronics

Can this 3D body scanner help you get fit?

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May 14, 2017

Lab-Grown Meat Is Healthier. It’s Cheaper. It’s the Future

Posted by in categories: food, futurism

The price of lab-grown meat keeps dropping.

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May 14, 2017

The Solution to Oil Spills

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A breakthrough solution to oil spills!

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May 14, 2017

Scientists Uncover Genes That May Help Combat Aging and Disease

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension

These specialized genes could help us prevent aging.

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May 14, 2017

Chemists Are One Step Closer to Manipulating All Matter

Posted by in category: futurism

Scientists want to control individual molecules so precisely they could snap them together like Lego pieces. Now they’re a little bit closer.

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May 14, 2017

Watch a single autonomous car stop a traffic jam from happening

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Intelligent Machines

A single autonomous car has a huge impact on alleviating traffic.

Even intelligent cruise control systems could be used to clear up congestion.

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May 14, 2017

NASA has been quietly working on a Mars rover concept that looks like a Batmobile

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

The new vehicle is 28 feet long, 13 feet wide, 11 feet tall, weighs about 5,000 pounds, and is designed for the punishment of Mars.

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May 14, 2017

Tesla Just Doubled the Lifetime of Its Batteries Four Years Ahead of Schedule

Posted by in category: sustainability

NSERC/Tesla Canada Industrial Research Chair Jeff Dahn has claimed that the cells developed by his research team could double the life of Tesla’s batteries, a milestone not expected for another four years.

For the procrastinators of the world, simply hitting a deadline is often an achievement worthy of celebration. Clearly, battery researcher Jeff Dahn is not one of those people. Less than one year into a research partnership with Tesla, his team has created and lab-tested cells capable of doubling the lifetime of the company’s batteries — a milestone they weren’t expected to hit for another four years.

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May 13, 2017

Why Tesla Could Become the Next Apple

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, mobile phones, robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

See also: Elon Musk Says Robots Will Help Tesla Catch Up to Apple in Value

So why won’t other auto manufacturers follow suit and overtake Tesla? First, their products, as well as their factories, are bogged down by legacy. Tesla’s electric cars are significantly easier to manufacture than internal combustion (IC) vehicles. Tesla’s Model S has fewer than 20 moving parts, compared with almost 1,500 moving parts in an IC-engine car. This means that there are fewer steps in the assembly process, fewer suppliers to deal with, and lower inventory of components and parts. Further, Tesla doesn’t have to deal with a unionized workforce, a complex supply chain, or a legacy dealer network. Free from this legacy, Tesla can embrace disruptive innovation without worrying about the backlash from workers, suppliers, and dealers.

To become as big as Apple one day, Tesla will need more than the “Henry Ford” approach to manufacturing. It will also need the “Steve Jobs” approach to marketing by creating a vast global appetite for its products. The Apple iPhone is a global product that can be sold from New York to Mumbai to Beijing with very little incremental investment. However, Tesla’s cars require the creation of infrastructure for charging and a distribution network from scratch—a very expensive and time-consuming process. Tesla will need to build out its charging network and distribution reach, country by country. China is an important overseas market for Tesla, as is Scandinavia; it also has a rollout plan for India with its Model 3.

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