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May 20, 2022

JUST IN! Elon Musk & NASA’s New Light Speed Engine DEFIES Laws Of PHYSICS!

Posted by in categories: education, Elon Musk, neuroscience, physics, sustainability

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You’d be instantly where you want to be if you moved at the speed of light. Indeed, light-speed travel has been a fantasy of many scientists and aerospace engineers who look for ways to achieve it.
And now, it seems Elon Musk and NASA have broken that fantasy code to build a light-speed engine that defies the laws of physics.

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May 20, 2022

Fast-growing Austin-area motor maker Infinitum Electric looks to jump into EV market

Posted by in categories: business, finance, sustainability, transportation

Round Rock-based motor company Infinitum Electric is expanding as it steps up production and breaks into the electric vehicle business.

The company is growing its footprint and workforce on the back of an $80 million funding round, which it announced this week. The financial infusion brings the company’s funding to date to $135 million.

Infinitum Electric was founded in 2016 in Austin by CEO Ben Schuler and moved to Round Rock in 2019. The motors include circuit boards that cut down on some of the costly equipment required in traditional motors, making Infinitum’s motors more efficient, smaller and quieter than traditional motors, according to the company.

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May 20, 2022

Scientists discover ‘ghost’ fossils beneath a microscope

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

The unexpected discovery of “ghost” fossils belonging to tiny, ancient organisms could provide insights about how life reacts to climate change in Earth’s oceans.

Looking through a powerful microscope, researchers were stunned to see the impressions left by single-celled plankton, or fossilized nannoplankton, that lived millions of years ago – especially since they were analyzing something else.

A study detailing the findings published Thursday in the journal Science.

May 19, 2022

This $6,500, solar-powered electric car is coming to Europe in 2023 — see the Squad

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Squad city car. Squad Mobility. Dutch startup Squad Mobility unveiled its first car, the all-electric Squad. The tiny city car charges through a built-in solar panel and has 62 miles of driving range.

May 18, 2022

Orbex Unveils First Full-Scale Prototype of the World’s Largest 3D-Printed Rocket

Posted by in categories: space, sustainability

In 2019, U.K.-based aerospace company Orbex wowed the world with its plans to develop the largest 3D-printed rocket in the world, one that would be sustainable and environmentally friendly, being powered by ultra-low-carbon biofuel. Now we’re being presented with the first full-scale prototype of the Primex orbital space rocket proudly sitting on its dedicated launch pad.

May 18, 2022

Imperial students find innovative new use for lobster shell waste

Posted by in categories: chemistry, engineering, sustainability

The four students are studying Innovation Design Engineering, a course delivered jointly by Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. They have built a series of machines that extract, form and recycle the material, which they believe could be used as a replacement for various single-use plastics.

The project uses chitin, the world’s second most abundant biopolymer, (a naturally produced plastic). Chitin is found in crustaceans, insects and fungi, but needs to be chemically extracted from the source before it can be turned into the material.

The group of students have developed new manufacturing processes to transform lobster shell waste into biodegradable, recyclable bioplastic.

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May 18, 2022

Ingenious Electric Train Fully Charges Itself

Posted by in categories: energy, physics, sustainability, transportation

Australian mining company Fortescue is looking to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations by allowing a specially designed electric “Infinity Train” to roll down a hill to recharge its massive batteries — without ever relying on an external charging system.

“The Infinity Train has the capacity to be the world’s most efficient battery electric locomotive,” Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines said in a statement. “The regeneration of electricity on the downhill loaded sections will remove the need for the installation of renewable energy generation and recharging infrastructure, making it a capital efficient solution for eliminating diesel and emissions from our rail operations.”

It’s a cleverly designed system: since the train is far lighter on the way up, it will generate enough energy fully loaded with iron ore on the way down to make it back up to the mine. In other words, it might sound like a perpetual motion machine — which is impossible, of course — but in reality it’s just an ingenious exploit of conventional physics.

May 18, 2022

Soft Robots Powered by Light May Clean Up Future Oil Spills and Decontaminate Drinking Water

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability

Invented by researchers at UC Riverdale and U of Notre Dame, this soft robot built using multi-layered film can clean up oil spills.

May 17, 2022

This solar-powered weeding robot offers more sustainable use of herbicides

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability


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May 17, 2022

They’re autonomous, self-cleaning and powered entirely by solar energy

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

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