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Month: June 2017

20,000 Leagues Under The Seabed of Tellurium

20,000 Leagues Under The Seabed of Tellurium

One of the limiting factors in the research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technology and the use of solar panels lies in the rare earth metal tellurium. This rare metal is generally produced as a byproduct of copper refining. With only a small amount being available, it is certainly what is is limiting research and development in the area of photovoltaic technology. However, it has been found that some deep undersea ridges are quite rich in tellurium.   Scientists just…

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Driving Into the Future

Driving Into the Future

It appears that self-driving vehicles will be here quicker than anticipated. There have been many test runs, but autonomous vehicles without any human backup will be sent out to roads potentially as soon as early 2018. This will take place in France through the cooperative effort of Delphi and the French transport company Transdev.   Two autonomous taxis and a shuttle van will be the first things used in the project. They will run small routes between a local rail…

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