Companies wanting to participate in the Commerce Department's controversial Advanced Technology Program (ATP) face a new set of qualification rules. The changes have two major objectives. One is to encourage more consortia composed of a broad range of participants in ATP research ventures. The other is to ensure that big companies pay a majority of costs on their projects. From now on, corporations with large annual revenues must provide at least 60% of total project costs when applying as individual firms, not as part of joint ventures. Previously, all firms had been treated alike regardless of size. Companies applying as individual firms were not required to provide any specific amount as their part of the cost sharing. The aim of the ATP is to provide funding to industry to carry out R&D on high-risk, high-payoff technologies.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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