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Jan 19, 2022

CATL Warns On Solid-State Batteries, Sees Supply Shortfall Ahead

Posted by in categories: business, economics, energy, finance

CATL warns investors its expansion plans may not keep up with demand and that advanced solid-state batteries won’t be commercially available until 2035 — at the earliest.

The rules that govern stock markets in China are different than they are in other countries. Recently, CATL, the largest battery manufacturer in China, revealed plans to invest enormous amounts of money to increase its production capacity. But first it had to convince the Shenzhen Stock Exchange that its plans were realistic and in line with sound business practices. In response to several questions put to it by the stock exchange, the company said solid-state battery development faces technical difficulties that will prevent mass production from occurring for a long time yet.

According to CnEVPost, CATL was asked to explain the development of technology paths for solid-state batteries, sodium ion batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells, along with the risks that each could pose to its operations and capacity expansion. Solid-state batteries and hydrogen fuel cells have certain technical features and advantages, but there are still unresolved technical problems and barriers to mass production, the company said.

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Jan 19, 2022

Meta might let companies sponsor the appearance of objects in the metaverse, patent filing suggests

Posted by in categories: business, sustainability, transportation

The FT reviewed hundreds of patent applications by Meta and found references to a “virtual store” where users could buy virtual products, as well as objects that correspond to real-world items that have been sponsored by third-party brands.

A patent reviewed by the FT said brands would go through a bidding process to “sponsor the appearance of an object” inside a virtual store.

Meta’s head of global affairs Nick Clegg told the FT in an interview that the business model for the metaverse would be “commerce-led”.

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Jan 19, 2022

Motor Mouth: 5 Times the battery range, one-fifth the weight!

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Could the University of Michigan’s lithium-sulfur battery be the breakthrough electric vehicles have been waiting for?

Jan 19, 2022

AI is the key to fixing identity security, ForgeRock CEO says

Posted by in categories: business, information science, robotics/AI, security

For enterprises that are looking to bring a zero trust approach as a way to better secure identities and permissions, leveraging advanced AI is now essential in order to achieve accuracy and scalability, ForgeRock CEO Fran Rosch told VentureBeat.

While traditionally, zero trust decision-making has relied mostly upon rules–for instance, rejecting a user request based on an impossible geographic location– ForgeRock adds in AI algorithms that enable far greater accuracy, Rosch said. This accuracy equates to dramatically enhanced security, he said–citing an example of a recent customer that increased its entitlement rejections by 300% after deploying ForgeRock.

“Because it was previously all done by these rules, and people were rubber-stamping these entitlement requests, they were letting these things go that they should never have approved,” Rosch said in a recent interview. “That was increasing the risk to the company. Because there were people who had no business accessing HR data, and no business accessing sales data, that were getting that information. So by leveraging the AI, a 300% increase in request rejections really tightened up the security of the organization.”

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Jan 18, 2022

US Airlines Warn of a ‘Catastrophic’ Crisis Caused by New 5G Services

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, engineering, government, internet

They claim that more than 100,000 passengers could be affected in a single day. 🤔


Several high-profile executives of U.S. airlines warned on Monday, January 17, of an oncoming “catastrophic” aviation crisis that will take hold by Wednesday should AT&T and Verizon activate their new 5G services, a report from Reuters reveals.

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Jan 18, 2022

Microsoft posts DIY teardown video for Surface laptop repairs

Posted by in category: computing

In response to pressure from right-to-repair advocates, Microsoft has released a new teardown video for its Surface Laptop SE.

Jan 18, 2022

Creating diamonds at room temperature from carbon nanofibers and nanotubes

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Circa 2019

NC State researchers created diamonds at room temperature in 2015 using carbon thin films. Now, they made diamonds using carbon nanofibers and nanotubes.

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Jan 18, 2022

China’s New Space Station Will Be Powered by Ion Propulsion System

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy, space

Such thrusters have been used since the 1970s; however, the Tiangong’s core module is set to become the first crewed spaceship propelled by ion drives. China is betting big on ion thrusters and intends to develop them on a far greater scale for its deep-space missions.

The space station’s core Tianhe module, which will welcome its first astronauts later this month if all goes to plan, is propelled by four ion thrusters, which utilize electricity to accelerate ions as a type of propulsion.

When compared to chemical propulsion, which keeps the International Space Station (ISS) in orbit, ion drives are much more efficient. According to the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the ISS’s thrusters require four tons of rocket fuel to keep it afloat for a year, whereas ion thrusters would require only 882 pounds (400kg) to do the same.

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Jan 18, 2022

Sold-out Swedish Jetson ONE personal eVTOL set for delivery in 2022

Posted by in category: transportation

Swedish flying car maker Jetson will deliver its first batch of Jetson ONE personal eVTOL this year before scaling production in 2023.

Though still young, 2022 is shaping up to be monumental for Swedish flying car developer Jetson, which plans to deliver the first series of its one-passenger personal electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle later this year, then turn to outside investors to help scale activity.

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Jan 18, 2022

Swiss-Made Hybrid Tilt-Wing eVTOL With Eight Seats Boasts a 630-Mile Range

Posted by in category: transportation

EVTOLs (electric vertical take-off and landing) are gearing up to become serious competition for conventional helicopters, as the clean energy and advanced urban air mobility trends continue to rise. A Swiss eVTOL developer is ready to begin flight tests for its eight-seat aircraft that will be operating across Scandinavia.

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