A type of battery still in development here on Earth could head to the Moon as early as 2021 on board a commercial lunar lander. Japanese startup ispace plans to be the first to test a solid-state battery on the Moon’s surface, in hopes that this emerging technology can help solve the challenge of off-world energy storage. Countries and companies like ispace are racing to send both robots and people back to the Moon — and they’ll need energy to power their rovers, habitats, and other electronic equipment once they get there. Solar power is an option, but areas of the lunar surface go without sunlight for weeks at a time. During those days without the Sun, temperatures plunge and solar panels don’t receive any light. Finding a battery that can withstand extreme temperature swings and still efficiently store energy could be a big boon for lunar exploration. Solid-state batteries could be a promising solution. These are a much-hyped version of traditional … [Read more...] about Japanese startup plans to test an experimental battery on the Moon
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The Jaguar I-Pace is already on sale. The Mercedes EQC and Audi E-Tron are coming soon. What of BMW's first battery-electric SUV, then? Well, it's currently in Sweden undergoing cold-weather testing. The BMW iNext might not be the first to market, but that doesn't seem to bother BMW. The company last week published a series of photos of its camouflaged SUV undergoing winter testing at its test center in Arjeplog, Sweden. It's pretty traditionally shaped, although the massive grille-shaped cutouts up front let you know it probably won't stray too far from the BMW iX3 concept, with a dash of BMW Vision iNext thrown in the mix.Cold-weather testing is supremely important for EVs. Not only does it ensure the vehicle can handle all manner of weather, but the automaker also needs to make sure that the battery can withstand low temperatures without losing all its range. It's also using this time to fine-tune the steering and brakes. Winter testing doesn't just happen on snow -- BMW also tests … [Read more...] about BMW iNext EV heads to Sweden to see how it handles cold and snow
New York City's Department of Health & Mental Hygiene confirmed Thursday that a majority of the test results from passengers aboard Emirates Flight 203 who reported illness Wednesday "showed common viruses such as influenza and the common cold."Additional testing for other viruses will be done today, with full results expected by this afternoon, department press secretary Christopher R. Miller said in a statement.Roughly 106 of the more than 500 people on the flight, which originated in Dubai and landed at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport just after 9 a.m., reported symptoms like coughing, fever or vomiting. Upon arrival in New York, the plane was taken to a "hard standing area," a Port Authority source told CNN.There, paramedics and officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screened all 549 passengers and crew."Unfortunately, tests for other viruses were inconclusive," Miller said. "This is not unusual when testing, but it means we have to retest some … [Read more...] about Flu and common cold confirmed in sick passengers on Emirates flight to JFK
It's been a challenging road for Faraday Future with legal issues involving former executives, wholesale changes to its manufacturing plans and funding challenges, but it seems like there's been more good news than bad for the startup electric carmaker lately. After abandoning plans for a Nevada plant, construction is underway on its Hanford, California factory with machines getting placed and more recently a $2 billion round of equity funding has been secured. With a healthy war chest of cash to draw from and a production facility in the works, the other part of the puzzle is the car itself. Throughout everything, development of the 1,050-horsepower FF 91 SUV has required plenty of testing, taking Faraday engineers through traditional exercises such as hot- and cold-weather testing, tire evaluations, general durability runs and not-so-traditional ones including last year's Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.For high-speed testing, Faraday traveled to the Transportation Research … [Read more...] about Faraday Future FF 91 goes high-speed testing
Produced by Sarah Prior and Richard Fetzer Nearly three decades ago, Marlene Warren opened the door of her Wellington, Fla., home and was shot in the face by a clown bearing balloons, flowers and a gun. Joe Ahrens, Warren's son, tells "48 Hours"' Peter Van Sant the clown calmly walked back to a car and drove off. It is a case that rocked the Florida neighborhood where Warren lived at the time and has haunted family members ever since. "I remember that being one of the most terrible days of my life," says Ahrens. "At first we thought maybe it was a balloon popped, but when we saw her fall, we knew something was definitely, seriously wrong," Ahrens says. Also in the home at the time was Ahrens' friend Jeannie Pratt who says the questions she's been asking herself ever since are simple: Who would want Marlene Warren dead. And why? DEADLY DELIVERY Joe Ahrens was 21 years old on that May morning in 1990 when his beloved mother and best friend, Marlene Warren, was shot in the face at her … [Read more...] about Can new DNA tests help police crack the “killer clown” cold case?