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If you’re looking at the current seed funding climate and thinking it’s rough out there, you’re not alone. The last few years have been a roller coaster for startups. First came the uncertainty in the early days of the pandemic, then came the exuberance mid to late in the...
The world’s electricity infrastructure is awash in transformers, the bits of equipment that change voltage as electricity courses through the grid. They’re present at nearly every point, from power plants to phone chargers. For the most part, they’ve been unchanged since they were first developed in the late 1800s. That...
The residential solar industry has been a victim of its own success. People across the country have raced to install solar panels to take advantage of generous net metering rates, where utilities pay people a premium for their power. Meanwhile, big power producers have found themselves forced to shut off...
Just when you thought the hype about room-temperature superconductors was over, it’s not. A Swiss quantum algorithm startup, Terra Quantum, and a research lab at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil claim that they have discovered a form of graphite that superconducts at ambient temperature and pressure. Terra Quantum...
It’s a dirty little secret in business that everybody has a boss, even the bosses. Top executives report to the CEO, the CEO answers to the board, and the board serves at the whim of the shareholders. Exxon’s management has now decided that it doesn’t like what its bosses have...
Lithium-ion batteries have come a long way, but in many ways they haven’t come far enough. They charge faster than ever before, but there’s still room for improvement. The materials they’re made of, particularly cobalt and nickel, are pricey and problematic. Researchers have been scrambling to find alternative materials, from...
While other automakers are dialing back their electric vehicle plans, BMW is quietly going all in. “The tipping point for the combustion engine was last year,” CFO Walter Mertl told journalists at a roundtable in Munich recently. The German automaker has seen sales of its fossil fuel vehicles plateau and...
It's a precautionary tale for how to assess new markets — and how not to introduce a new product Hertz made a splash in 2021 when it announced that it would buy 100,000 Tesla Model 3 sedans in a little over a year. Six months later, the rental car company...
All automakers, including Tesla, are at a crossroads If you’ve only been reading headlines these past few months, you’d think demand for electric vehicles has fallen off a cliff. There are many reasons why that’s not the case, some of which we’ll get into later, but two more data points landed...
If you’re someone who loves an internet hype cycle, good news: There’s a new group of scientists who claim to have discovered a near-room-temperature superconductor. Yes, again. People on X, formerly Twitter, and Hacker News and all the other places science enthusiasts post are getting worked up about a new material...