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McDonald's Becomes the First Restaurant Company to Set Approved Science Based Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions - “by 2030. This is the equivalent of taking 32 million passenger cars off the road for an entire year or planting 3.8 billion trees and growing them for 10 years.”
Robots Could Replace Surgeons in the Battle Against Cancer - Fred Moll started a $50 billion robotics company. Now he has FDA approval for a device a doctor sends into the lungs to detect cancer. His ultimate goal: Get rid of the doctor.
Daimler: Electromobility has many facets. And hydrogen is one of them. "The potential of fuel cell technology, and of hydrogen for energy storage, is beyond question. Hydrogen plays a major role in the discussion of ways in which to reach worldwide climatic targets."
Researchers are injecting stem cells directly into the brains of Parkinson's patients. The first round showed promise with patients improving on all scores across the board, second round is underway.
U.S. heavy duty trucking companies could save $43.84 billion each year in future fuel costs by switching from internal combustion engines to electric powertrains such as the Mercedes Benz eActros.
In field tests, a new water-harvesting device successfully pulled water from the desert air in Tempe, Arizona. The new technology could allow humans to survive in some of the most inhospitable regions on Earth.
There are over 60 cities in the US that have committed to 100% clean, renewable energy. Aspen, Colorado, Greensburg, Kansas, Burlington Vermont are all cities that are already achieving 100% of their electricity from renewable energy. Texas will become the 6th.
AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Computer scientists have created a neural network that can self-replicate. “Self-replication is a key aspect of biological life that has been largely overlooked in Artificial Intelligence systems,” they argue in a paper in arXiv this month.
Tesla says its giant battery is not getting paid correctly because it sends power too quickly - “The battery system is stabilizing the local grid, a service reportedly worth millions, but now Tesla says that it is not being paid correctly because its battery is too quick for the billing system.”
New algorithm will allow for simulating neural connections of entire brain on future exascale supercomputers - The algorithm, as described in the journal Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, is intended to allow simulation of the human brain’s 100 billion interconnected neurons on supercomputers.
Elon Musk has set aside $15 million for an XPRIZE contest for entrepreneurs who can find the most effective way to use software to teach illiterate children living in extreme poverty, with the goal of wiping out illiteracy, a condition that Musk called "the wellspring of poverty."
A prototype 3D printer has for the first time combined several printing methods to produce devices out of multiple materials in a single print run. The technology brings materials scientists a step closer to their goal of printing complex equipment such as robots or smartphones.
Microsoft makes largest corporate solar deal in U.S. history, buying 315 MW from 750,000 solar panels - “The company says the latest deal will help achieve its next goal, powering 60 percent of its data centers with clean energy by 2020.”
Tech experts get real about automation’s impact on today’s jobs - It’s a thrilling time for technology, with innovations in artificial intelligence and robotics propelling society ever faster forward. But is it too fast?
The Boring Company: "Loop is a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates traveling at 125-150 miles per hour. Electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle." (video)
Tesla Powerpacks power up new microgrid to stop outages in town in the Philippines - “The microgrid can now supply the town with solar energy 24 hours per day by storing the excess solar energy during the day into the Tesla Powerpacks.”