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Here is your SHAB TECHNOLOGY PLANET customized technology news for December 28, 2020.
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FUTURE MATERIAL DEMAND FOR AUTOMOTIVE LITHIUM-BASED BATTERIES
As the world shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate change, it is important to quantify future demands for key battery materials. In a new report, Chengjian Xu, Bernhard Steubing and a research team at the Leiden University, Netherlands and the Argonne National Laboratory in the U.S. showed how the demands of a lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese oxide dominated battery will increase by many factors between 2020 to 2050. As a result, supply chains for lithium, cobalt and nickel will require significant expansion and likely additional resource discovery. Nevertheless, uncertainties are large relative to the development of electrical vehicle fleets and battery capacities per vehicle. While closed-loop recycling plays a minor but increasingly important role to reduce the primary material demand until 2050, researchers must implement advanced recycling strategies to economically recover battery-grade materials from end-of-life batteries. This work is now published on Nature Communications Materials.
DEEPMIND’S MUZERO CONQUERS AND LEARNS THE RULES AS IT DOES
Albert Einstein once said, “You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else.” That could well be the motto at DeepMind, as a new report reveals it has developed a program that can master complex games without even knowing the rules.
CHINA BEGINS ANTI-MONOPOLY PROBE INTO TECH GIANT ALIBABA
China has launched an anti-monopoly investigation into Alibaba, regulators said Thursday, sending the share price of the e-commerce giant tumbling and intensifying the troubles of its billionaire founder Jack Ma.
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KOREAN ARTIFICIAL SUN SETS THE NEW WORLD RECORD OF 20-SEC-LONG OPERATION AT 100 MILLION DEGREES
The Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research(KSTAR), a superconducting fusion device also known as the Korean artificial sun, set the new world record as it succeeded in maintaining the high temperature plasma for 20 seconds with an ion temperature over 100 million degrees.
? EARTH NEWS?:
A-68A ICEBERG THINNING AT 2.5 CM PER DAY
Latest images reveal that the A-68A iceberg has shattered into multiple pieces, with two large fragments of ice breaking off from the main berg and floating away in the open ocean. Scientists using satellite data have not only been monitoring the iceberg’s journey across the South Atlantic Ocean, but have been studying the iceberg’s ever-changing shape.
NOVEL METHOD REVEALS SMALL MICROPLASTICS THROUGHOUT JAPAN’S SUBTROPICAL OCEAN
Research conducted in the Light-Matter Interactions for Quantum Technologies Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has revealed the presence of small microplastics in the ocean surrounding Okinawa. The study was published in Science of the Total Environment.
HIKING GUIDES AS A BRIDGE LEADING TO INCREASED TOURISM SUSTAINABILITY IN PROTECTED AREAS
A multidisciplinary survey focusing on the role ecotourism has in sustainable development, led by the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy) and published in Ecology and Society, reveals the great potential that hiking guides have in conveying principles of sustainability to tourists. The study highlights the main goals of sustainable development in four major national parks in the Apennines (Italy), with a special emphasis on low ecological footprint tourism practices and conservation messaging.
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JAPANESE SPACECRAFT’S GIFTS: ASTEROID CHIPS LIKE CHARCOAL
They resemble small fragments of charcoal, but the soil samples collected from an asteroid and returned to Earth by a Japanese spacecraft were hardly disappointing.
IF A PLANET HAS A LOT OF METHANE IN ITS ATMOSPHERE, LIFE IS THE MOST LIKELY CAUSE
The ultra-powerful James Webb Space Telescope will launch soon. Once it’s deployed and in position at the Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 2, it’ll begin work. One of its jobs is to examine the atmospheres of exoplanets and look for biosignatures. It should be simple, right? Just scan the atmosphere until you find oxygen, then close your laptop and head to the pub: Fanfare, confetti, Nobel prize.
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ATOMIC-SCALE NANOWIRES CAN NOW BE PRODUCED AT SCALE
Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered a way to make self-assembled nanowires of transition metal chalcogenides at scale using chemical vapor deposition. By changing the substrate where the wires form, they can tune how these wires are arranged, from aligned configurations of atomically thin sheets to random networks of bundles. This paves the way to industrial deployment in next-gen industrial electronics, including energy harvesting, and transparent, efficient, even flexible devices.
SCIENTISTS PIONEER NEW METHOD OF MEASURING ELECTRICITY IN CELLS
Electricity is a key ingredient in living bodies. We know that voltage differences are important in biological systems; they drive the beating of the heart and allow neurons to communicate with one another. But for decades, it wasn’t possible to measure voltage differences between organelles—the membrane-wrapped structures inside the cell—and the rest of the cell.
SHAPESHIFTING CRYSTALS: VARYING STABILITY IN DIFFERENT FORMS OF GALLIUM SELENIDE MONOLAYERS
The gallium selenide monolayer has been recently discovered to have an alternative crystal structure and has diverse potential applications in electronics. Understanding its properties is crucial to understand its functions. Now, scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the University of Tokyo have explored its structural stability, electronic states and transformation of crystal phases.
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