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China new energy car output, sales in August rise
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China-based makers produced 309,000 new energy vehicles and sold 321,000 units in August 2021, both soaring 180% on year, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

Sono Motors will provide 100 Solar Powered Sion Cars to City of Utrecht
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Munich-based mobility provider Sono Motors signed a cooperation agreement for a large-scale vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands, with We Drive Solar. Sono Motors will provide 100 Sion and thereby support the city in its goal of becoming the first metropolitan ecosystem to combine bidirectional charging and car sharing. Sono Motors’ Sion, […]

Autonomous Cargo Ship experiments launching in Japan and Norway
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After autonomous cars, trucks, shuttles, tractors, industrial vehicles and flying machines we will now also have autonomous ships. In Japan, a consortium led by the shipping company Nippon Yusen and with […]

MIT-designed project achieves major advance toward fusion energy
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For the first time, a large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet was ramped to a field strength of 20 tesla, the most powerful magnetic field of its kind ever created. The demonstration helps resolve the greatest uncertainty in the quest to build the first fusion power plant that can produce more energy than it consumes, according to project leaders at MIT and startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS).

The Concentration of Capital
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The Concentration of Capital: The Benefits of Non-Capitalist Markets

Atlas | Partners in Parkour
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Parkour is the perfect sandbox for the Atlas team at Boston Dynamics to experiment with new behaviors. In this video our humanoid robots demonstrate their wh...

The Ancient Persian way to keep cool
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From Ancient Egypt to the Persian Empire, an ingenious method of catching the breeze kept people cool for millennia. Now, it could come to our aid once again.

Robot police dogs: Just a tool or something more sinister?
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Police departments say they're putting robot dogs to work, but critics say they can be invasive and dehumanising.

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully rockets to outer space
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Richard Branson became the first person to ride into space aboard a rocket he helped fund. The supersonic space plane developed by his company, Virgin Galactic, roared into the sky over New Mexico early Sunday, carrying Branson and three fellow crewmembers.

World’s smallest, best acoustic amplifier emerges from 50-year-old hypothesis
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World’s smallest, best acoustic amplifier emerges from 50-year-old hypothesis: Acousto-electric devices reveal new road to miniaturizing wireless tech

Blood test that finds 50 types of cancer is accurate enough to be rolled out
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Diagnostic tool being piloted by NHS England shows ‘impressive results’ in spotting tumours in early stages

Japan gov't backs 4-day workweek, but experts split - The Mainichi
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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's government plans to encourage firms to let their employees choose to work four days a week instead of five, aiming to improve

Kill the 5-Day Workweek
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Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work.

Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UK
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Canadian company General Fusion is set to build a $400m fusion demonstrator near Oxford.

Employees Are Quitting Instead of Giving Up Working From Home
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The drive to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who’ve embraced remote work as the new normal.

The Future Of Work Will Be Five-Hour Days, A Four-Day Workweek And Flexible Staggered Schedules
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Remote work, hybrid, flexible staggered hours, job sharing, four-day workweeks, five-hour days, hot desks and other initiatives are being tried out by companies to enhance employee happiness and retain talent.

Canada declares plastics toxic, paving the way for restrictions
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“I think the days of waiting for recycling to work are over,” notes one environmentalist.

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