Forty-seven widely varying technologies can be developed in stages over the next 30 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That's the conclusion of directors of 11 national laboratories of the Department of Energy. They recommend "a vigorous national push" to bolster the 47 technologies. The result, they say, could eliminate hundreds of millions of tons of carbon emissions per year. The report envisions how progress could unfold. The first decade would bring significant advances in energy efficiency technologies--such as in appliances, heating and cooling systems, and transportation. Strides would be made in such near-term practical technologies as electric hybrid vehicles, high-efficiency lighting, super-insulating windows, and passive solar heating and cooling of buildings. The following 10 years would see research-based advances in clean energy technologies. These could include high-efficiency natural gas systems, fuel cells for transportation, microturbines, broad use of biomass fuels, hydrogen-fueled energy systems, and renewable energy, such as solar and wind.
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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