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The coronavirus is showing us how clean the air can be if electric cars were the norm

March 31st, 2020 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

With all the loss of lives and financial destruction that the coronavirus has brought us, it’s hard to look at silver linings from this crisis, but there’s one that’s becoming obvious: cleaner air. It might not last for long, but it’s giving us a glimpse at what we could experience if the world was to […]



Coronavirus: Robots use light beams to zap hospital viruses

March 31st, 2020 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

The UVD robot takes about 20 minutes to treat a room “Please leave the room, close the door and start a disinfection,” says a voice from the robot. “It says it in Chinese as well now,” Simon Ellison, vice president of UVD Robots, tells me as he demonstrates the machine. Through a glass window we […]



Researchers create stretchable super capacitors for our next wearables

March 31st, 2020 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

Carbon nanotube forests improve the stretchable supercapacitor’s performanceDuke University The supercapacitors still functioned well when stretched to eight times their original size. Imagine a new type of supercapacitor that can be repeatedly stretched to eight times its original size, yet still retaining its full functionality. Only after 10,000 cycles of charging and recharging does it […]



Americans on the move to escape the coronavirus

March 30th, 2020 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

Lisa Pezzino brushes her teeth at her retreat in Big Sur, Calif., 140 miles from her city home in Oakland. The mass migration looks urgent and temporary but might contain the seeds of a wholesale shift in where and how Americans live. This story and all coronavirus stories are free to the public. Please support […]



Japanese spacecraft fired cannonball into asteroid

March 30th, 2020 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Hayabusa2 spacecraft fired a copper cannonball into Ryugu, an 850 meter-wide near-Earth asteroid. The 2 kilogram “Small Carry-on Impactor,” a bit larger than a tennis ball, hit the asteroid at approximately 7,200 kilometers/hour and blew out a 14.5 meter wide crater with a depth of .6 meters. After a […]



Helicopter drone is made to drop bombs on forest fires

March 30th, 2020 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

The QilingUAV JC260, loaded up and ready to go  One of the good things about drones is the fact that they can safely be flown in conditions that would prove hazardous for crewed aircraft. That’s where the JC260 unmanned helicopter comes in, as it’s designed to fight forest fires. Created by Chinese manufacturer QilingUAV, the […]



A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

March 29th, 2020 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency […]



Instacart is hiring 300,000 grocery shoppers

March 29th, 2020 at 10:49 am » Comments Off

The company will provide with paid sick leave in case they’re diagnosed with COVID-19. Instacart plans to hire an additional 300,000 “full-service” contractors to help it deliver groceries to people during the coronavirus pandemic. With so many individuals and families stuck inside as a result of social distancing measures and shelter in place orders in […]



Total emissions from EVs undercut ICE cars in 95% of the world

March 29th, 2020 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

A new study claims that EVs are better for the environment than gasoline-powered vehicles in 95 percent of the world  Comparing the eco-credentials of electric cars and their gasoline-powered counterparts isn’t as simple as counting the carbon emissions coming (or not) from the tailpipe. New research is claiming to have settled the debate once and […]



The coronavirus isn’t alive. That’s why it’s so hard to kill.

March 28th, 2020 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

This novel coronavirus is a sneaky variety similar to those that have been responsible for the most destructive outbreaks of the last 100 years. Viruses have spent billions of years perfecting the art of surviving without living – a frighteningly effective strategy that makes them a potent threat in today’s world. That’s especially true of […]



What should the government spend to save a life?

March 28th, 2020 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Economists have a way of measuring the cost of protecting people from COVID-19. Economists have done the math. The staggering economic toll of the new coronavirus is becoming abundantly, unavoidably clear. On Thursday, a Department of Labor report showed that a record-shattering 3.3 million people applied for initial unemployment claims last week. And with entire […]



Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]



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