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Arriving soon: Electric aviation for passengers

November 23rd, 2020 at 1:33 pm » Comments Off

Drone pilots don’t need to be told about the wonders of electric flight. But Scientific American believes electric aviation for passengers may be here sooner than we think as the industry struggles to decarbonize. It’s one of the top ten emerging technologies the magazine highlights in its most recent issue. In an article co-written by […]

These are the top 10 emerging technologies of 2020

November 22nd, 2020 at 4:40 pm » Comments Off

Like VR and AR before it, spatial computing is the next step in merging physical and digital worlds. A new report reveals the top 10 emerging technologies of 2020. Innovations include microneedles for painless injections, and electric planes.

This coffee table’s sliding indoor garden is the ultimate millennial-friendly plant parenting hack

November 17th, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

Home gardening is difficult enough as it is, but it gets even trickier when you live in small city quarters. With city living’s and home gardening’s popularity rising in recent years, those of us who live in apartment complexes might feel discouraged from starting home garden projects – they’re messy and time-consuming, not to mention […]

These researchers have found a way to turn a common plastic into high-value molecules

November 7th, 2020 at 2:10 pm » Comments Off

  More than 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic has been produced in the last six decades. However, recycling plastic can be difficult as the most common process involves melting and reworking the material. A new process developed by the University of California can turn polyethylene into useful smaller molecules. If you thought those flimsy […]

Getting a country from moderate/high EV purchase rate to 100% EV market share – some ideas

November 4th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

 Norway just hit 82% plugin vehicle new car sales in September 2020. This raises the question: “Why are 18% of the purchases non-plugin vehicles?” That got me dreaming up ideas for how to get a country from moderate EV market share (5–10%, for example) to 100% EV market share. Perhaps some of those ideas could […]

Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel

October 28th, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

(CNN) — After more than a decade of planning, work has begun on the world’s longest immersed tunnel. Descending up to 40 meters beneath the Baltic Sea, Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will link Denmark and Germany, slashing journey times when it opens in 2029. The tunnel, which will be 18 kilometers (11.1 miles) long, is one of […]

Hyundai delivers first fuel cell trucks to Switzerland

October 14th, 2020 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

LUCERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – South Korean carmaker Hyundai on Wednesday presented the first seven hydrogen-powered trucks to customers in Switzerland, out of 50 such vehicles scheduled this year to bring zero-emission commercial vehicles to European roads. For long haul, proponents say hydrogen-powered trucks have an advantage over electric rivals as they have a greater range […]

This vegan leather made from cactus is a genuinely green alternative

October 9th, 2020 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

This is Desserto by Adriano Di Marti, a vegan leather made from cactus that is an eco and animal-friendly alternative to animal leather or synthetic leather. Like the aforementioned leathers, Desserto has competitive features, such as elasticity and it’s also customizable and breathable. It’s also biodegradable, flexible, non-toxic, and doesn’t stain.

Formula E founder develops world’s first electric powerboat championship

October 8th, 2020 at 12:07 am » Comments Off

  Image: E1 World Electric Powerboat Series Alejandro Agag, founder of both the Formula E and Extreme E championships, has just announced the formation of an all-electric powerboat league called the E1 World Electric Powerboat Series. Once again, the whole goal of the series is to draw attention to the environmental concerns that impact marine […]

Physicists build circuit that generates clean, limitless power from graphene

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

A team of University of Arkansas physicists has successfully developed a circuit capable of capturing graphene’s thermal motion and converting it into an electrical current. “An energy-harvesting circuit based on graphene could be incorporated into a chip to provide clean, limitless, low-voltage power for small devices or sensors,” said Paul Thibado, professor of physics and […]

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

October 8th, 2020 at 12:04 am » Comments Off

Breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two. The super-enzyme, derived from bacteria that naturally evolved the ability to […]

IRJ 2020 Innovations Showcase: Siemens and Ballard develop hydrogen trains

October 6th, 2020 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

SIEMENS Mobility is currently developing a modular hydrogen fuel cell drive for its Mireo Plus H regional train platform, which will subsequently be integrated into other platforms. The hydrogen-powered Mireo Plus H trains will be used on existing diesel routes and in regions where hydrogen is cheaply available. The €12m project, in partnership with Canadian […]

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