EV subsidies, fantasies and realities

Tesla may be synonymous with electric vehicles right now. But within a few years, GM, Volvo and many other manufacturers will be making mostly or only EVs, because they’re emission-free,…

Weakest link to EV growth is the material supply chain

The worldwide plans for EV domination of the vehicle population are like having the plans to build a large house without sufficient materials being available to ever finish the house.

6 Things to Know About NASA’s Mars Helicopter on Its Way to Mars

From NASA Jan. 21, 2021 Ingenuity, a technology experiment, is preparing to attempt the first powered, controlled flight on the Red Planet. When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars on…

Army scientists pick top 10 coolest advances of 2020

The lab’s leading scientists picked the coolest advances to showcase how Army scientists and researchers are supporting the Soldier of the future with a top 10 list from 2020.

Looking forward: new technologies in the 2020’s

The basis for this post is an article by Eli Dourado that I spotted on twitter: Notes on technology for the 2020’s. Will the new decade be the roaring 20’s…

World’s first wooden satellite to be launched by Japan in 2023

TOKYO — Japanese logging company Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University are planting the seeds for a 2023 launch of the world’s first satellite made out of wood.

Battery Basics for Climate Warriors

There are basically only three non-kinetic electrical storage mechanisms: electrochemical, pseudocapacitive, and capacitive. We deliberately exclude indirectly kinetic pumped hydro, for which there are two big expansion problems: insufficient remaining…

Novel cathode design significantly improves performance of next-generation battery

Li-S batteries can potentially offer an energy density of over 500 Wh/kg, significantly better than Li-ion batteries that reach their limit at 300 Wh/kg. The higher energy density means that…

Electric vehicle shock treatment

Joe Biden, his fellow Democrats, and apparently big U.S. automakers, have joined the rush to transform America’s transportation to 100% electric vehicles (EV) whether We the People want it or…

Reality Check On The Electric Car

Believe me, I and most other cooperative managers in the country would love to see an abundance of electric cars. If every member of our cooperative were to go out…

Mandating electric vehicles without a plan will be devastating to California’s economy

Ramifications of California Governor Newsom’s ban on sale of gas-powered vehicles by 2035 Guest essay by Ronald Stein Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California Before sky diving, you need to…

The FAA Just Approved Amazon Delivery Drones

The FAA just approved Amazon to deliver packages by drone across the United States. But a small scale drone trial in Australia caused such a noise nuisance locals threatened to…

THE BLOB! – Google’s new threat to Internet privacy and security

“Google is proposing a new standard called WebBundles,” according to Brave’s senior privacy researcher. Brave is an alternate web browser, competition to Chrome, Edge, and Firefox. From the Brave website: WebBundles…

“The future is going to be weird”: Elon Musk Wants to Plant a Chip in Your Head

Last Friday Elon Musk showed off his neural implant chip for pigs, and expressed hope that one day people with silicon chips in their brains would be able to summon…

Astronaut Christina Koch Services a 3-D Biological Printer

From NASA In this image from Dec. 2019, astronaut Christina Koch handles media bags that enable the manufacturing of organ-like tissues using the BioFabrication Facility (BFF), a 3-D biological printer…

A first: New “helper” satellite extends life of failing geosynchronous IntelSat 901

DULLES, Va. – Feb. 26, 2020 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, have successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1…

AI could deceive us as much as the human eye does in the search for extraterrestrials

FECYT – Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology An artificial neural network has identified a square structure within a triangular one in a crater on the dwarf planet Ceres, with…

New “exascale” supercomputer can run incorrect climate models even faster

Exascale system expected to be world’s most powerful computer for science and innovation. OAK RIDGE, TN – The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a contract with Cray Inc. to…

Flying cars, sustainability, climate, and all that…

From the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN and the department of “where the heck is that flying car promised 50 years ago?” department. A Jetsons future? Assessing the role of flying cars…

The Guardian: Green Car Maker Tesla Just Laid Off a Quality Control Department

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Breitbart – According to The Guardian, Tesla’s recent layoffs include an entire quality control department. ‘How do they expect to run without us?’ Tesla…

Give thanks that we no longer live on the precipice

Fossil fuels helped humanity improve our health, living standards and longevity in just 200 years Paul Driessen Thanksgiving is a good time to express our sincere gratitude that we no…

Does the U.S. (and green tech) have a looming technology-security minerals crisis?

Foreword Impacts from the 1973 OPEC oil embargo could pale by comparison to an embargo or other disrupted access to the exotic, critical and strategic metals and minerals that are…

Despite a mishap, GOES-17 is online and producing imagery

GOES-17, the western USA-centric twin satellite to GOES-16 looking at the east and midwest suffered some sort of mishap during launch and deployment. NASA and NOAA just announced they are…

NOAA’s newest GOES 17 weather satellite may not be fixable, and a loss

From NOAA and NextGov reports. The second satellite in NOAA’s $11 billion GOES program continues to experience issues with its most important instrument and officials still aren’t sure what’s wrong.…