Tesla made only 260 Model 3 cars in Q3, but is ‘confident’ it can fix bottleneck

 Tesla has released its quarterly vehicle production numbers for the third quarter of 2017, which it says was its “all-time best quarter for Model S and Model X deliveries” — but it was not a great quarter for production of the Model 3, of which only 260 were made. Read More

Tiny aquariums put nanoparticle self-assembly on display

Seeing is believing when it comes to nanoparticle self-assembly. A team of engineers is observing the interactions of colloidal gold nanoparticles inside tiny aquariumlike sample containers to gain more control over the self-assembly process of engineered materials.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171002112349.htm

Ultracold atoms point toward an intriguing magnetic behavior

Researchers have studied the quantum behavior of ultracold atoms and discovered an intriguing magnetic behavior that could help explain how high-temperature superconductivity works.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170929093326.htm

Sensible driving saves more gas than drivers think

A new study has quantified the impact speeding and slamming on the brakes has on fuel economy and consumption. Aggressive behavior behind the wheel can lower gas mileage in light-duty vehicles, which can equate to losing about $0.25 to $1 per gallon.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170928152725.htm

Perovskite solar cells reach record long-term stability, efficiency over 20 percent

Scientists have greatly improved the operational stability of perovskite solar cells by introducing cuprous thiocyanate protected by a thin layer of reduced graphene oxide. Devices lost less than 5 percent performance when subjected to a crucial accelerated aging test during which they were exposed for more than 1,000 hours to full sunlight at 60°C.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170928142002.htm

Dyson is working on an electric car set to launch by 2020

 Dyson, maker of high-tech vacuum cleaners and fans, has long been rumored to be getting into the car game. That’s no longer a rumor, as the company has confirmed that it’s working on a battery electric vehicle with an all-electric drivetrain to be launched by 2020. The news comes from Dyson founder and CEO James Dyson himself, who announced the project via an internal… Read More

Energy harvested from evaporation could power much of US

In the first evaluation of evaporation as a renewable energy source, researchers find that US lakes and reservoirs could generate 325 gigawatts of power, nearly 70 percent of what the United States currently produces.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170926125154.htm

Physicists achieve rapid magnetic switching with lasers

New research shows control over composition of ferrimagnetic materials offers new ways of switching their magnetism.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170926090000.htm

Daimler answers Elon Musk’s Twitter challenge on EVs

 Elon Musk uses Twitter to express his thoughts frankly and directly, and he just took issue with a USA Today story about the size of a rival automaker’s bet on electric vehicle technology. Musk noted that the reported $1 billion Daimler was spending on taking on Tesla was not enough for such a large company – and Daimler agreed. In response to Musk’s tweet that the $1… Read More

Fairphone takes $7.7M to push for change across the electronics value chain

 European mobile device maker Fairphone, which designs modular smartphones with the aim of supporting repairability and encouraging sustainability, has taken in new investment of €6.5 million ($7.7M). It says it’s hoping to use the financing to build wider support for a push towards a circular economy for consumer electronics. Read More