Engineering

Watching lithium in real time could improve performance of EV battery materials

Graphical abstract. Credit: Joule (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.joule.2022.09.008 Researchers have found that the irregular movement of lithium ions in next-generation battery materials could be reducing their capacity and hindering their performance. The team, led by the University of Cambridge, tracked the movement of lithium ions inside a promising new battery material...
Tech

Google Android 13 Review

THE BOTTOM LINE Following a period of beta testing lasting several months, Google has made Android 13 available to all users of the Pixel phone. The operating system is an iterative update that builds upon the framework built down with Android 12, and it will debut sooner in 2022 than...
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For real, Faraday Future built a real car

Faraday Future, the California-based electric vehicle firm that has come close to going bankrupt far too many times to count, has finally produced a vehicle. The business staged a gathering on Wednesday to commemorate the completion of its first “production intent” FF91, an ultra-luxury electric SUV that has been under...
Computer Sciences

Machine vision breakthrough: This device can see ‘millions of colors’

Graphical abstract. Credit: Materials Today (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.mattod.2022.08.016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Northeastern have built a device that can recognize "millions of colors" using new artificial intelligence techniques—a massive step, they say, in the field of machine vision, a highly specialized space with broad applications for a range...
Consumer & Gadgets

Beyond just cryptocurrencies, digital money has changed how we live

Bitcoin, one of the earliest and most well-known cryptocurrencies, began circulation in 2009. Credit: Shutterstock In simple terms, digital money can be defined as a form of currency that uses computer networks to make payments. Breathless media coverage of the future potential of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has made digital...
Electronics & Semiconductors

3D printing can now manufacture customized sensors for robots, pacemakers, and more

Robotics is one area where small volumes of advanced sensors can now be produced with 3D printing. Credit: David Callahan A newly-developed 3D printing technique could be used to cost-effectively produce customized electronic "machines" the size of insects, which could enable advanced applications in robotics and medical devices. In particular,...
Energy & Green Tech

Not keeping up with the Joneses: the one factor that makes us less likely to emulate our neighbours on climate action

Credit: Shutterstock About 30% of Australian homes have rooftop solar panels installed—the highest uptake of any nation. Their popularity has been helped along by government subsidies that reduce the upfront costs of the technology. But these subsidies may not always have a positive climate impact. While people like to "keep...
Engineering

New walking robot design could revolutionize how we build things in space

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers have designed a state-of-the-art walking robot that could revolutionize large construction projects in space. They tested the feasibility of the robot for the in-space assembly of a 25m Large Aperture Space Telescope. They present their findings in Frontiers in Robotics and AI. A scaled-down prototype...
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