Electric cars and batteries could last over 20 years with new aluminum coatings

Battery material testing machines that Tesla and Jeff Dahn h ve developed enabled them to test new chemistries more accurately and much faster. This has enabled significant discoveries for the longevity of batteries. Aluminum coated batteries lasted longer than any other material. Novonix is a specialized start-up company spun out of Dr. Jeff Dahn’s lab …

Read more

500 job openings at Spacex and 2000 jobs at the Tesla Gigafactory

Spacex has around 500 job openings on its careers site. Panasonic plans to hire 2,000 people this year to make batteries for the Tesla Model 3 at the Gigafactory located east of Sparks. They’re looking to fill positions as material handler, production operator, maintenance technician and shift lead. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought …

Read more

Improved software enables Tesla cars to use autopilot at speeds up to 80mph

The autopilot function on newer Tesla cars will function at speeds up to 80 mph. New software to enable the improvement started streaming into its vehicles on Wednesday. Prior to the over-the-air version 8.1 update, Model S and Model X vehicles equipped with hardware 2 have been operating a more restricted version of Autopilot 2.0 …

Read more

Automated collision avoidance and driver assistance will help Tesla model 3 drivers avoid 9 out of 10 accidents

Driver-assist hardware and software included in the Model 3 will make the $35,000 car 10 times safer than the average car. Both Tesla and NHTSA assert that safety is also higher when Autopilot is activated. So, Model 3 customers who upgrade to the full Enhanced Autopilot, which includes automatic lane changes, steering, and parking, the …

Read more

Spacex Dragon returns with 5400 pounds of samples from the space station

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, March 19, with more than 5,400 pounds of NASA cargo, and science and technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station. Everything from stem cells that could help us understand how human cancers start and spread after being exposed to …

Read more

Warming Mars and thickening its atmosphere can be done in 10-100 years

If all the solar incident on Mars were to be captured with 100% efficiency, then Mars would warm to Earth-like temperatures in about 10 years. However, the efficiency of the greenhouse effect is plausibly about 10%, thus the time it would take to warm Mars would be ~100 years. This assumes, of course, adequate production …

Read more

MIT makes new form of matter which is a crystalline Supersolid and superfluid at the same time

MIT physicists have created a new form of matter, a supersolid, which combines the properties of solids with those of superfluids. By using lasers to manipulate a superfluid gas known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, the team was able to coax the condensate into a quantum phase of matter that has a rigid structure — like …

Read more

Bioprinter makes fully functional human skin

Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group, have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin. This skin is adequate for transplanting to patients or for use …

Read more

CRISPR gene editing is undergoing rapid development and improvement

Applications of the genome editing system CRISPR are appearing at a furious pace, and gathering momentum toward therapeutic use in human cells. Indeed, Chinese scientists recently began a human clinical trial using CRISPR-edited cells to fight lung cancer, and U.S. clinical trials are slated to begin in 2017. But leading up to this exciting milestone, …

Read more