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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for April 26, 2021.
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A STRATEGY TO REJUVENATE DEAD LITHIUM INSIDE BATTERIES
Li-ion batteries and other emerging lithium-based battery technologies are currently used to power a wide range of devices, including smartphones, laptops, tablets and cameras. Despite their advantages, batteries containing lithium do not always retain their performance over time.
ANYbotics REVEALS FULL-SCALE ROBOTIC INSPECTION SOLUTION
The Swiss robotics company ANYbotics has announced the launch of a new end-to-end robotic inspection system for the energy and industrial processing arenas. This solution aims to answer the call for better safety at production sites and lower downtime.
BIOHYBRID SOFT ROBOT WITH SELF-STIMULATING SKELETON OUTSWIMS OTHER BIOBOTS
A team of researchers working at Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology has developed a skeletal-muscle-based, biohybrid soft robot that can swim faster than other skeletal-muscle-based biobots. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group describes building and testing their soft robot.
TESLA HITS CHINA SPEED BUMP WITH BLOWBACK OVER SAFETY, SERVICE
Electric carmaker Tesla has hit a speed bump in China with questions being raised over safety and service just as local competitors gear up to challenge the US-based company in the huge Chinese market.
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A NEW METHOD TO GENERATE AND CONTROL ORBITAL ANGULAR MOMENTUM BEAMS
Artificial spin ices (ASIs) are magnetic metamaterials with exotic properties that are dependent on their geometries. Over the past few years, many physicists have studied these materials, as their unique properties could be advantageous for a number of applications.
SCIENTISTS GLIMPSE SIGNS OF A PUZZLING STATE OF MATTER IN A SUPERCONDUCTOR
Unconventional superconductors contain a number of exotic phases of matter that are thought to play a role, for better or worse, in their ability to conduct electricity with 100% efficiency at much higher temperatures than scientists had thought possible—although still far short of the temperatures that would allow their wide deployment in perfectly efficient power lines, maglev trains and so on.
FASTER AIR EXCHANGE IN BUILDINGS NOT ALWAYS BENEFICIAL FOR CORONAVIRUS LEVELS
Vigorous and rapid air exchanges might not always be a good thing when it comes to addressing levels of coronavirus particles in a multiroom building, according to a new modeling study.
? EARTH NEWS?:
PREPARING FOR CLIMATE’S IMPACT ON RENEWABLES
Reducing the impacts of climate change will require substantial investments in renewable energy sources. But climate change itself could affect those renewable alternatives: changing yields for biomass crops, reduced streamflow for hydropower, diminished sunlight and increasing temperatures for solar, and altered air density and wind speed patterns for wind power.
COLD WAR LEGACY: INVESTIGATION OF CESIUM-137 IN U.S. HONEY
Work that began in 2017 as a spring break assignment for members of a William & Mary freshman seminar unexpectedly blossomed into a serious investigation into the presence of a radioactive isotope in honey in the eastern U.S.
WHAT DOES A 1.5-DEGREE WARMING LIMIT MEAN FOR CHINA?
As part of the Paris Agreement, nearly all countries agreed to take steps to limit the average increase in global surface temperature to less than 2 degrees C, or preferably 1.5 degrees C, compared with preindustrial levels. Since the Agreement was adopted, however, concerns about global warming suggest that countries should aim for the “preferable” warming limit of 1.5 degrees C.
? ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWS??:
IN FIRST, PERSEVERANCE MARS ROVER MAKES OXYGEN ON ANOTHER PLANET
NASA’s Perseverance rover keeps making history.
ALMA DISCOVERS ROTATING INFANT GALAXY WITH HELP OF NATURAL COSMIC TELESCOPE
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), astronomers found a rotating baby galaxy 1/100th the size of the Milky Way at a time when the universe was only 7 percent of its present age. Thanks to assistance by the gravitational lens effect, the team was able to explore for the first time the nature of small and dark “normal galaxies” in the early universe, representative of the main population of the first galaxies, which greatly advances our understanding of the initial phase of galaxy evolution.
THE SCIENCE OF SPIN—ASTEROSEISMOLOGISTS CONFIRM OLDER STARS ROTATE FASTER THAN EXPECTED
Stars spin faster than expected as they age according to a new study led by scientists at the University of Birmingham which uses asteroseismology to shed new light on this emerging theory.
? NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:
NEW MATERIAL COULD BETTER PROTECT SOLDIERS, ATHLETES AND MOTORISTS
Soldiers, athletes, and motorists could lead safer lives thanks to a new process that could lead to more efficient and re-useable protection from shock and impact, explosion, and vibration, according to a new study.
RESEARCHERS CREATE LONG-SOUGHT ZIGZAG-EDGED CARBON NANOBELTS
NUS chemists have developed a strategy for the atomically precise synthesis of fully conjugated zigzag-edged carbon nanobelts (CNBs). The obtained molecule, known as octabenzocyclacene, is acknowledged as one of the first fully characterized synthetic segments of zigzag-edged (12,0) carbon nanotube. Such molecular structures have been elusive targets for synthetic chemists for the past 35 years.
BREAKTHROUGH IN MATERIALS DISCOVERY ENABLES ‘TWISTRONICS’ FOR BULK SYSTEMS
Researchers from the Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and National University of Singapore (NUS), have discovered a new way to control light emission from materials.
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