USA Today reported today that a joint venture between Toyota Motor Co. and Panasonic will start making lithium-ion batteries next year, reportedly for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. The Toyota-Panasonic joint venture previously made nickel-metal hydride batteries for Toyota’s hybrids. Automakers are looking to lithium-ion for future hybrids because it offers higher energy density.
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
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