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3d printingOrganic ionic ink can make 3D printed sensors for soft robots

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Integrating sensors within soft robots has been difficult in part because most sensors, such as those used in traditional electronics, are rigid. Harvard researchers developed an organic ionic liquid-based conductive ink that can be 3D printed within the soft elastomer …

batteriesChina’s CATL making two giant battery factories with billion dollar funding

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Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. (CATL) has raised nearly $1 billion to fund new battery plants. China will be making 70 percent of the world’s electric-vehicle batteries by 2021, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). China is already the world’s …

air pollutionClean future trucks with gasoline-alcohol engines at half the cost of alternatives

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The US trucking industry is being pressured to deal with diesel emissions. California would require that NOx emissions from medium- and heavy-duty trucks be cut by about 90 percent relative to today’s cleanest diesel. India and China mostly do not …

futureSpinlaunch has $40 million to fund development to first centrifuge space launch by 2022

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SpinLaunch Inc. has closed a $35 million Series A funding round with a powerhouse syndicate of investors. Investors include Airbus Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), and Kleiner Perkins. This syndicate joins institutional investors including Lauder Partners, ATW Partners, Bolt, and …

educationMillion Dollar University Team Space Launch Challenge will Build Pipeline of Qualified Rocketeers

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The Base 11 Space Challenge is a $1 million+ prize for a student-led university team to design, build, and launch a liquid-propelled, single-stage rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers (the Karman Line) by December 30, 2021. Annual competitions and …

energyTexas and Permian Basin oil production to double by 2023

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Permian basin oil production is forecast to reach 5.4 million b/d by 2023—more than current production from any single Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries member other than Saudi Arabia, IHS Markit said in a new report. The Permian Basin is …

futureGig economy may not be the future of work

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In May 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics were 10.6 million independent contractors (6.9 percent of total employment), 2.6 million on-call workers (1.7 percent of total employment), 1.4 million temporary help agency workers (0.9 percent of total employment), and 933,000 …

futureIntel superconducting quantum technology could push to 1000 qubits by 2023 and silicon spin qubits to 1 million qubits by 2028

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Intel’s director of quantum hardware, Jim Clarke, sees a path with their current quantum technology to perhaps 1000 qubits. This is the highlights of what he told Spectrum IEEE. Intel is working on multiple qubit technologies. They were initially exclusively …

DNAProgrammed DNA origami nanobot kills cancer in mice

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Arizona State University (ASU) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have successfully programmed nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply. Above – Nanorobots …

airplaneLearn to fly Larry Pages seaplane flying car in under an hour

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The Kitty Hawk Flyer is the first personal flying vehicle. The Flyer is 100% electric and the first step to making flying a part of everyday life. The 250-pound Flyer can fly up to 20 mph and flies between three …