Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tesla patent reveals plans for a new battery-swapping machine

When electric vehicles (EV) rule the road, don’t expect to sit in line for more than 15 minutes waiting for your car's battery pack to be exchanged. This is because electric automaker Tesla recently filed a patent for mobile battery swap technology which will make the task both efficient and quick.   In 2013, the company toyed with the idea of building stationary rigs that can replace a car’s battery pack. However, that idea never took off. Now, the EV maker is improving on the concept...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation donates $20M to support environmental causes

Leonardo DiCaprio's foundation (LDF) just announced their biggest portfolio of environmental grants ever given. LDF is giving $20 million to organizations working for conservation, climate solutions, and indigenous rights. DiCaprio made the announcement yesterday during the Yale Climate Conference hosted by John Kerry, former Secretary of State. LDF CEO Terry Tamminen said, "With a lack of political leadership, and continued evidence that climate change is growing worse with record-breaking heatwaves...

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London's sewer-dwelling 'fatberg' will be converted into biofuel

IT's not the only monster lurking in the sewers. Beneath the streets of London lies the now-notorious "fatberg," a congealed mass of grease, oil, wet wipes and sanitary products which weighs as much as 11 double-decker buses and is 820 feet (250 meters) long. Thames Water Utilities has confirmed that the fatberg will be removed from its subterranean lair and converted into biofuel. “It may be a monster, but the Whitechapel fatberg deserves a second chance,” said Thames Water waste network manager...

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Strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years made landfall this morning

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico earlier today as a Category 4 storm. While the hurricane had weakened from a Category 5, officials still warned the hurricane is dangerous with life-threatening winds that could blow for 12 to 24 hours. Governor Ricardo Rossello said, "We have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history." Related:

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Extraordinary living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

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Schwarzenegger-backed startup takes on Tesla with new battery tech

  Tesla may be the best-known electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer, but its grip on the industry isn't guaranteed. The Elon Musk-founded company has plenty of competition, including the Austrian startup Kreisel Electric GmbH. Having experienced sweeping success in the past two years, Kreisel — which was founded by three brothers — is moving into a $12 million research center and battery assembly facility where it will test new battery technology.    For years, Kreisel Electric...

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Affordable flat-pack Surf Shack shelter operates completely off the grid

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