Neuralink Implant Moving Toward Human Trials

Elon Musk hopes coin-sized computer implants may soon bring sight to the visually impaired and movement to the paralyzed.

However, the first project for his Neuralink Corporation is to win approval for a brain-computer interface (BCI) to be tested in humans.  This technology could help someone who, for instance, had a stroke to be able to communicate with their thoughts, making the neuronal spikes from the brain readable by a computer.

Testing has been going on for a while, but human trials […]

High Tech Farming Yields a Lot More with a Lot Less in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is ahead of the game in farming.

Whereas the rest of the world is trying to adapt to the effects of climate change on food production, Dutch farmers have anticipated the problem and used science and ingenuity to align their outputs with consumers’ needs and wants. It has paid off: the country is the second largest exporter of food behind the United States! They are achieving world class excellence along the four competitive priorities of an operations strategy: quality, […]

Thrifting as a Sustainability Trend?

More and more, consumers are turning to thrifting—partly for the value, partly for the fun, and partly because they view it as being eco-friendly.

The trend is growing in both face-to-face stores as well as via online platforms like ThredUp.  One survey reported that over 50 percent of sellers are at least 42 years old. Yet the purchasers are most often younger generations.

One other interesting trend, however, is that affluent customers are increasingly among those looking to thrift, sometimes for luxury […]

EV Batteries Made from Recycled Batteries

Ascend Elements is investing $1 billion to build a facility in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to produce lithium-ion cathode materials for electric vehicle batteries.

The battery materials are made from recycled lithium-ion batteries using a “hydro-to-cathode” process that generates no toxic waste and minimal carbon emissions.  The facility will produce 250,000 batteries each year for customers such as Honda, EcoPro, and SK Battery.


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