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Siemens opens battery module factory in Norway to assemble batteries for ships

According to a recent announcement by Siemens, an “advanced robotized and digitized” battery module factory has been opened by the company in Trondheim, Norway, to assemble battery modules for marine and offshore markets. The move indicates a noteworthy effort by Siemens towards electrification of shipping.

The robotized battery module factory opened by Siemens in Trondheim is named West Mira. It is the first of its kind battery module factory to boast operations with a modern battery solution.

IEA projects that EV adoption could lead to nearly $100B fuel tax shortfall by 2030

IEA projects that EV adoption could lead to nearly $100B fuel tax shortfall by 2030

According to a recent report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), the increasing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) could lead to an approximately $100 billion fuel tax shortfall by the year 2030.

The report by IEA, the world’s top energy watchdog, has come in the wake of the fact that governments across the world are launching clean fuel initiatives and subsidies for green vehicles to promote the use of EVs by an increasing number of people.

Skyglow project showcases New York City Night Sky without Light Pollution

Skyglow project showcases New York City Night Sky without Light Pollution

Light pollution is becoming a big issue in major cities across the world and Skyglow project team aims to bring focus on light pollution. Skyglow project shared an image of New York City night sky without light pollution. Too much light from artificial sources in majority of big cities blocks out the visibility of many stars. Skyglow project shared a video to promote upcoming awareness event, Dark Sky Week.

Tesla’s Largest Battery Turned on in Australia

Tesla’s Largest Battery Turned on in Australia

Tesla has delivered the largest battery project in Australia within the deadline announced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The 100-megawatt lithium-ion battery has been plugged into an Australian state grid, regional officials confirmed. In September, Tesla CEO promised 100-megawatt battery project to be delivered within 100 days or the company won’t charge any money for the project.

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Particle Physics Research Lab for Neutrino Research under DUNE Project to Cost $1.4 Billion

Particle Physics Research Lab for Neutrino Research under DUNE Project to Cost $1.4 Billion

Nearly 1,000 scientists and engineers will be working on an international project named Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) for next 10 years to build first of its kind research project for neutrinos. Researchers from 30 countries will be working on this ambitious project with an initial estimated budget of $1.4 billion. The project has officially begun on July 21 with groundbreaking ceremony held at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory research team will be working on the project along with researchers from other parts of the world.

Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

Researchers build prototype device capable of pulling water from the air

A team of researchers from MIT and UC Berkeley have built a prototype solar-powered device that can pull or extract fresh water from the air.

The “personalized water” harvester is a small, solar-powered device that requires just 20 to 30 per cent humidity to work. Prof. Omar Yaghi, one of the scientists involved in the project, envisions a future where such devices would make it possible for water to be supplied off-grid.

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Wendelstein 7-X Nuclear Fusion Machine Receives Positive Feedback from Physicists

Wendelstein 7-X Nuclear Fusion Machine Receives Positive Feedback from Physicists

Wendelstein 7-X Nuclear Fusion machine developed by researchers in Germany has received support from scientific community as the reactors works as expected. The Wendelstein 7-X Nuclear Fusion reactor uses very complex stellerator system to operate. Nuclear fusion generates high amount of energy and scientists have warned about difficulty to control this high amount of energy. Nuclear stellerator concept was showcased by Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics researchers last year.

Reykjavik Council switches off city lights to provide clear view of Northern Lights to residents

Reykjavik Council switches off city lights to provide clear view of Northern Lights to residents

On Wednesday night, Reykjavik council switched off the lights in the city centre and many other districts from 22:00 local time. Main aim behind the move was to lessen the light pollution so that the capital's residents are able to enjoy the Aurora Borealis, one of the most impressive views of the sky.

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Some States could rethinkLED streetlights after AMA links them with health issues

Some States could rethinkLED streetlights after AMA links them with health issues

Concerns have been raised over the past few years about negative impacts of high-intensity LED streetlights. In June, the American Medical Association report has added credence to these concerns.

In the report, the high-intensity LED streetlights in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and San Francisco and in many other places have been linked with disturbed sleep, increased risk of health conditions, like cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Oldest Indigo-dyed fabric in world discovered

Oldest Indigo-dyed fabric in world discovered

During a 2009 excavation of HuacaPrieta, a Peruvian ceremonial mound, archaeologists have discovered a 6,200-year-old piece of indigo dyed fabric. Upon testing the samples, researchers came to know that the cotton scraps were at least 1,800 years older than the next-oldest instances of indigo dye use.

Study’s lead researcher Jeffrey Splitstoser said that the cotton used in that time’s fabric is the same that is grown today and is known as Egyptian cotton. The researchers have shared that the cloth scarps were found in-between layers of a ramp that led up to the temple.

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