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TESLA DOUBLES DOWN ON SOLAR

Published on: 1 August 2019

Using uncertainty to generate future revenues - and profit

Dateline: 2 August 2023

Tesla Energy has caught the market napping, by announcing a unilateral doubling of the power warranties on its solar panels and tiles. Previous power production guarantees were an industry matching 25 years on panels and 30 years on solar roof tiles. Now Tesla has doubled that to 50 and 60 years respectively. Competitors are nonplussed. "No one will buy a panel that has only 25 years power life now," says an influencer for a leading Chinese solar module manufacturer. "We're basically ruined, unless ...

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Battery demand beating supply
Posted: 27 May 2019

With the increase in installing home batteries to store solar power, and the shift to electric vehicles, there is pent-up demand for batteries worldwide. The future, of course, could be different.

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For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making Enough Batteries
27 May 2019
Demand for batteries to power cars and store solar energy has overmatched the world’s few suppliers.
MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after ...
New life for 'dead' batteries
Posted: 2 May 2019


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MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with ...

DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE

Published on: 2 May 2019 2 Comments

China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries

Dateline: 3 May 2024

They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with electric cars, but on an exponential scale. New energy vehicles, or NEVs, have been a runaway success, in the US, ...

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Hacking your own face
Posted: 23 April 2019 1 Comment

When airlines' computers can recognise you as quickly as government agencies, perhaps it's time to invest in digital disguise, as this MindBullet suggests!

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Facial recognition creeps up on a JetBlue passenger and she hates it
23 April 2019
Facial recognition systems don't want you to stop and think about them. This is what happens when someone does.
MindBullet logo DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION
Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?
Dateline: 11 December 2025
Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and ...

TERAHERTZ CHIP ACCELERATES EVERYTHING

Published on: 11 April 2019

It's like an actual superpower for devices

Dateline: 11 May 2025

See through clothing, analyze chemicals without touching them, and communicate in nanoseconds - these are just some of the new things our smart devices can do, thanks to terahertz frequency waves, or t-wavez as they are known in the industry. It's astounding to think that, only six years ago, t-wavez were new, and although promising, not very powerful; just like lasers and LEDs, when they were first invented. Now, technology for producing the ultra high speed chips has also accelerated beyond ...

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HYDROGEN ECONOMY EXPLODES

Published on: 4 April 2019

Cheap solar powers the next energy revolution

Dateline: 5 April 2036

Now that solar power has become so ubiquitous and abundant that it's almost free, energy companies are turning to the most efficient and harmless way of storing excess electricity for later use - hydrogen. It's over 30 years since Jeremy Rifkin predicted the hydrogen economy, but it's finally in full swing. The beauty of hydrogen is that it's easily manufactured from water if you have lots of spare power, can be stored and transported, burnt as ultra-clean fuel, or simply converted back into ...

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Laser eyes get better
Posted: 25 March 2019

Machines that can see with laser scanning (LIDAR) have the advantage over those that use cameras, as we have discussed in this MindBullet. The biggest disadvantage of LIDAR has been cost, and they rely on bulky mechanics. Now Lumotive is using metamaterials to overcome both of those issues:

https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/22/gates-backed-lumotive-upends-lidar-conventions-using-metamaterials/ ...

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MindBullet logo WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!
Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its ...
Rebuilding the earth
Posted: 15 March 2019

A decade ago - yes in 2009! - we speculated in MindBullets that climate change could be 'fixed' with geoengineering, but we also warned against unintended (harmful) consequences. Now a new study says it can be done safely, using "small doses". We remain unconvinced that tinkering with atmospheric and solar systems is a good idea.

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Small Doses Of Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Cool Earth's Warming Climate, Study Finds
15 March 2019
A new study found that injecting small doses of aerosol into the stratosphere could safely slow down global warming without unwanted side effects. It said ...
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
Watch out for robot laser eyes
Posted: 14 January 2019


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MindBullet logo WHAT BEAUTIFUL LASER EYES YOU HAVE, MR ROBOT!
Robotic vision has improved exponentially, and it's making them more 'human'
Dateline: 12 January 2020
In the last three years, laser-based optical radar, or LIDAR has come a long way. LIDAR became famous when Google started using it on their self-driving cars; but it was big, clumsy and slightly threatening. That spinning cylinder on top of a car or robot might help it navigate, but it looks so mechanical! Then along came digital 3D laser scanners. With a diamond-studded microchip at its ...
Smart closet cleans your clothes
Posted: 11 January 2019


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MindBullet logo SMART CLOSETS KEEP YOU COOL
Thinking Cupboards™ organize your stuff, and your life
Dateline: 24 September 2024
You'll never have to look for anything again. Now that everything's connected in the internet of things, the wardrobe knows which clothes are your favourite, and automagically sorts your sock drawer. Looking for your keys, sunglasses, hat, beanie or whatever? Just ask, and the Thinking Cupboard™ will retrieve it for you. Each item or article of clothing has one of those nanochips embedded. ...
Greening the city office
Posted: 7 January 2019


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MindBullet logo THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN
Printed bio solar cells are greening the city
Dateline: 3 January 2028
We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the ...
Science breakthrough of the year 2018
Posted: 3 January 2019

How does a single embryonic cell grow into the many different cell types that form the basis of organs and physical features? That mystery has now been unlocked by the breakthrough of 2018, tracking development cell by cell.

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Science’s 2018 Breakthrough of the Year: tracking development cell by cell
3 January 2019
With a trio of techniques, scientists are tracking embryo development in stunning detail
MindBullet logo GAME OF CLONES
It's patents versus patients as biotech giants fight to dominate the stem cell industry
Dateline: 16 June 2023
In the world of biotech, genetic engineering and regenerative medicine there's a magic holy grail: stem cells on demand. And like the holy grail, stem ...

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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SPOTTING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Published on: 20 December 2018

Quantum sensing sees the invisible

Dateline: 18 December 2021

The Butterfly Effect theorizes that the beating of the wings of a single butterfly in Japan could cause a hurricane in Hawaii. What it really means, is that everything in nature and the world is connected on some level, however insignificant it may seem. And the greatest connection is at the molecular level, beyond the nanoscale. Much like the way smart systems can detect someone moving in the next room, by analyzing faint disturbances in the background WiFi signals, we can now 'see' into opaque ...

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Moore's law might never end
Posted: 10 December 2018

We've said before that Moore's law becomes almost irrelevant, when pervasive computing is present in all the sensors and devices that surround us. But transistors continue to shrink anyway, down to 2.5nm and counting.

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Smallest 3D transistors ever made measure a minuscule 2.5 nanometers
10 December 2018
Engineers from MIT and the University of Colorado have developed a new microfabrication technique and used it to produce the smallest 3D transistors ever ...
MindBullet logo MOORE'S LAW COMES TO AN END
High performance computing is embedded everywhere and virtually free
Dateline: 22 September 2022
Moore's Law says, in essence, that computer processors become twice as powerful, and half the price, approximately every two years. Over time that sort of ...
Your DNA test might be worth less than you thought
Posted: 17 October 2018


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MindBullet logo THE TRUE COST OF YOUR DNA
Shouldn't you be rewarded if you are the product?
Dateline: 23 September 2023
A bit more than a decade ago, it would have cost you US$ 10,000 to have your entire genome sequenced; four years ago, about $100. But now, you can take the highest bidder, and get paid for your genomic data. Of course, the first complete sequence of a human genome was an enormous undertaking, as there was no reference data, and the project cost an estimated US$ 2.7 billion, but Moore's Law ...
Cows that tweet
Posted: 15 October 2018

A little while ago we wrote about connecting organic things like plants and animals to the internet. Well, here you go, courtesy of MIT Technology Review.

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future
15 October 2018
Livestock Labs is getting bio-monitors under cows’ skin in hopes of helping farmers spot disease earlier, and it wants to bring its tech to people, too.
MindBullet logo INTERNET OF ORGANIC THINGS
Plants that tweet and pets that ping
Dateline: 13 October 2023
Does your prize rose bush send you an email when it needs specific nutrients, or tweet incessantly when it's thirsty? Does your Labrador retriever ping you ...
Gene editing for a longer life
Posted: 7 October 2018

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MindBullet logo THE ULTIMATE CURE FOR AGING
It's not drugs or gene therapy
Dateline: 26 June 2024
In the last six years, a bunch of longevity entrepreneurs, or should I say aging researchers, have been seeking the holy grail: a way to slow down or even reverse the aging process. In other words, keep you living longer, and having healthier lives while you do so. For money, of course, but it's a noble purpose, so no-one is complaining. Now prominent geneticist and longevity evangelist ...
Middle class or middle aged?
Posted: 1 October 2018


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MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four decades ago, and steel is at its lowest price in 100 years. Deflation is the norm in the Old World, and the so-called Dynamic Markets are no longer so dynamic. Over the past century, we have seen global growth on an unprecedented scale, and ...

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