Emerging Technologies

Keeping you current with the latest leaps in technology

QuantumScape says its technology is ready to move from the lab to VW’s dealerships. But this secretive startup is very familiar with failure.

April 14, 2021

The future of batteries, sought for decades by academics, startups, and corporate R&D armies is—quite possibly—just a slender sheet of ceramic material that’s supple enough to bend between two fingers. But no one outside of a Silicon Valley startup is allowed to know what it’s made of. Even the color of this man-made substance is a closely held secret, so of course it’s never been independently analyzed.

Microsoft to buy AI firm Nuance Communications for about $16 billion in healthcare push

April 12, 2021

(Reuters) -Microsoft Corp said on Monday it would buy artificial intelligence and speech technology firm Nuance Communications Inc for about $16 billion in cash, as it builds out its cloud strategy for healthcare.

How to tell, what to do if a robot can take your job

January 13, 2021

In one vision of the not-too-distant future, robots handle half of all work tasks, leaving legions of humans unemployed and insecure. In another scenario, those same technologies revolutionize rather than reduce opportunities for people, creating jobs that have yet to be imagined. Such are the stakes as a new wave of automation reshapes the workplace, accelerated by the pandemic.

Giant Copper Mines Start to Get Serious About Green Hydrogen

April 12, 2021

All the talk about how green hydrogen will help heavy industries kick their fossil fuel habit is starting to turn into action in the biggest copper-producing nation.

The Subprime Solar Trap for Low-Income Homeowners

April 6, 2021

Predatory deals from the financial crisis are back—just in time for the climate crisis.

A Top U.S. Seller of Carbon Offsets Starts Investigating Its Own Projects

April 5, 202

The Nature Conservancy's review calls into question millions of dollars of credits sold to JPMorgan, BlackRock, and Disney.

A Carbon-Sucking Startup Has Been Paralyzed by Its CEO

April 8, 2021

Global Thermostat is America's best hope to pull CO2 directly from the air. Insiders say pioneering, brilliant co-founder Graciela Chichilnisky has held it back for years.

Billionaire-Backed Swedish Startup May Have Digital Cash Fix

March 27, 2021

A Swedish fintech backed by billionaire Mohammed Al Amoudi says it’s found a solution to one of the biggest nightmares of an increasingly cashless world: what happens if the Internet goes dark and we can’t use our phones or cards?

New Technology and Data From C.H. Robinson Are Helping Companies Around the World Cut Carbon Emissions

April 8, 2021

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — C.H. Robinson is paving the way for more sustainable supply chains around the world by turning decades of logistics expertise into technology and data that any company can use to reduce its carbon footprint. Today it announced:

SoftBank, BlackRock Lead $640 Million Funding for Startup Trax

April 7, 2021

(Bloomberg) -- Trax, a Singapore-based startup serving the retail industry, raised $640 million from investors led by SoftBank Vision Fund II and BlackRock Inc. to bankroll its global expansion.

Here’s Why Porsche Is Testing a Lower-Carbon Fuel in Its Race Cars

APR 6, 2021

ExxonMobil and Porsche working on a designing fuels that will significantly reduce the amount of greenhouse gases produced versus conventional gasoline.

UPS to buy electric aircraft to cut delivery time for small markets

April 7, 2021

UPS has an option to purchase up to 150 of the electric aircraft from Beta, with the first 10 planes starting to arrive in 2024.

Former Credit Suisse exec backed SPAC to take robotics firm Sarcos public

April 6, 2021

Utah-based Sarcos is a developer of wearable robotics equipment designed to help public and private sector workers lift heavy items and reduce injuries at the workplace.