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The Download: Longer-lasting electric car batteries, and Big Tech’s fightback

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. This startup wants to pack more energy into electric vehicle batteries Fully charged: Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but they’re still constrained by how far they’re able to travel on a single…

This startup wants to pack more energy into electric vehicle batteries

While electric vehicles are rising in popularity, they are still limited in range—a Tesla Model 3 can go for about 350 miles before it needs to be recharged—and concerns about safety have plagued the lithium-ion batteries that dominate the market. In a quest to build batteries for electric vehicles that can take us farther safely, startup Solid Power is working to make solid-state batteries...


THURSDAY 2. JUNE 2022


Evaluating brain MRI scans with the help of artificial intelligence

In almost every country in the world, the proportion of older people in the population is increasing. By 2050, the number of people above 65 years old is expected to double compared with 2020, growing from 9.3% to more than 16% of the global population. Therefore, the World Health Organization (WHO) is expecting a significant rise in neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia: today,...


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TUESDAY 31. MAY 2022


A new storage technique could vastly expand the number of livers available for transplant

A patient who received a donated liver that had been stored for three days in a new type of machine that mimics the human body is healthy one year on from surgery, according to a study in Nature Biotechnology. The technology could significantly increase the number of livers suitable for transplant, the authors claim, both by enabling donor livers to be preserved for longer than the current...

Anti-abortion activists are collecting the data they’ll need for prosecutions post-Roe

The Supreme Court is shortly expected to issue its decision on a challenge to Roe v. Wade that will—if a leaked draft version of the opinion holds—end federal protection for abortion access across the US. If that happens, it will have far-reaching consequences for millions of people. One of those is that it could significantly increase the risk that anti-abortion activists will use...


MONDAY 30. MAY 2022


The Download: Open source censorship in China, and US kids are more anxious than ever

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How censoring China’s open-source coders might backfire Earlier this month, thousands of software developers in China woke up to find that their open-source code hosted on Gitee, a state-backed Chinese competitor to the…

How censoring China’s open-source coders might backfire

On May 18, thousands of software developers in China woke up to find that their open-source code hosted on Gitee, a state-backed Chinese competitor to the international code repository platform GitHub, had been locked and hidden from public view. Later that day, Gitee released a statement explaining that the locked code was being manually reviewed, as all open-source code would need to be...


FRIDAY 27. MAY 2022


The big new idea for making self-driving cars that can go anywhere

Four years ago, Alex Kendall sat in a car on a small road in the British countryside and took his hands off the wheel. The car, equipped with a few cheap cameras and a massive neural network, veered towards the verge. When it did, Kendall grabbed the wheel for a few seconds to correct it. The car veered again; Kendall corrected it. It took less than 20 minutes for the car to learn to stay on the...


THURSDAY 26. MAY 2022


A robotic shoulder could make it easier to grow usable human tissue

A robotic shoulder that stretches, presses, and twists lab-grown human tendon tissue could pave the way for more successful tissue grafts. Though the field of tissue engineering is still mostly experimental, skin cells, cartilage, and even a windpipe grown from samples of human cells have been implanted in patients so far.  But growing usable human tendon cells—which need to stretch...

Estimating impact and defining a future-ready cybersecurity strategy with brand risk calculator

Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Watch Bill Mew, digital ethics campaigner and CEO of CrisisTeam.co.uk talk to Vishal Salvi, SVP & CISO at Infosys, and Ameya Kapnadak, chief growth officer and head of consulting at Interbrand India, about why brands need to implement a well-defined, evolving cybersecurity strategy to ensure...

How Charm Industrial hopes to use crops to cut steel emissions

Charm Industrial has gained attention for its unusual approach to storing away carbon dioxide: converting plant matter into bio-oil that it then pumps into deep wells and salt caverns. (See related story.) But the San Francisco startup is now exploring whether that oil could be used to cut emissions from iron and steelmaking as well, pursuing a new technical path for cleaning up the dirtiest...


WEDNESDAY 25. MAY 2022


The Download: Google’s AI cuteness overload, and America’s fight for gun control

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images Another month, another flood of weird, wonderful and cute images generated by an artificial intelligence. In April, OpenAI showed off its new picture-making neural…

The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images

Another month, another flood of weird and wonderful images generated by an artificial intelligence. In April, OpenAI showed off its new picture-making neural network, DALL-E 2, which could produce remarkable high-res images of almost anything it was asked to. It outstripped the original DALL-E in almost every way. Now, just a few weeks later, Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI,...


TUESDAY 24. MAY 2022


The walls are closing in on Clearview AI

Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined almost $10 million by the UK’s data protection watchdog for collecting the faces of UK citizens from the web and social media. The firm was also ordered to delete all of the data it holds on UK citizens. The move by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the latest in a string of high-profile fines against...


MONDAY 23. MAY 2022


The Download: DeepMind’s AI shortcomings, and China’s social media translation problem

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it Earlier this month, DeepMind presented a new “generalist” AI model called Gato. The model can play the video game Atari, caption…

The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it

Earlier this month, DeepMind presented a new “generalist” AI model called Gato. The model can play the video game Atari, caption images, chat, and stack blocks with a real robot arm, the Alphabet-owned AI lab announced. All in all, Gato can do 604 different tasks.  But while Gato is undeniably fascinating, in the week since its release some researchers have gotten a bit carried away....

Equipment management and sustainability

Key takeaways: Modernizing manufacturing processes reduces the amount of equipment, energy, and raw materials used in production and can significantly cut CO2 emissions. The factory floor can act as an important “command-and-control” point for a larger decarbonization journey, particularly now as the sustainability emphasis of firms expands to include Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.…


FRIDAY 20. MAY 2022


The Download: The monkeypox outbreak latest, and the online trail left by mass shooters

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. What you need to know the monkeypox outbreak The news: Monkeypox infections are spreading around the world, with 62 confirmed cases so far, and 55 suspected, according to a database compiled by researchers…


THURSDAY 19. MAY 2022


5G private networks enable business everywhere

The world is rapidly moving from human-directed manufacturing using computerized assembly lines to largely automated smart factories that manufacture more efficiently using real-time data. Considered by many to be the fourth industrial revolution, or “Industry 4.0,” this transformation requires a bevy of technologies to deliver on its promise of ultra-reliable low-latency...