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South Korea Says FU To Diesel Cheating While Tesla Model 3 Customers Form Long Lines

South Korea is an interesting case in “Electric Vehicle World.” LG Chem, probably the most notable EV battery company not connected to Tesla, is based there. It seems like LG Chem has battery contracts with every single automaker (it might be more like 60%). SK Innovation and Samsung SDI, medium-sized battery producers, also call Korea home. And then there are Hyundai and Kia, or Hyundai–Kia if you combine them due to their intertwined investment structure. These large automakers have produced highly acclaimed electric vehicles, but they struggle to produce a large number of them — or just don’t care to do so

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Are bioplastics better for the environment or a waste of time?

There has been massive pushback against the use of plastics
over the past few years, including single-use plastic bans in cities all over
the world. In response, industrial innovators have responded with a new product
– bioplastics – that seems like the perfect solution. It looks and feels like
plastic, but its made from plants, so it’s good for the environment. Right? Turns out, the answer is much more complicated, and most
likely its just a case of greenwashing. What are bioplastics? Traditional…

Explainer: The high-emissions ‘RCP8.5’ global warming scenario – Carbon Brief

A sizeable portion of recent studies on future climate impacts have focused on a warming scenario called “RCP8.5”. This high-emissions scenario is frequently referred to as “business as usual”, suggesting that is a likely outcome if society does not make…

Pluripotency: ‘Butterfly effect’ discovered

Pluripotent cells can give rise to all cells of the body, a power that researchers are eager to control because it opens the door to regenerative medicine and organ culture for transplants. But pluripotency is still a black box for science, controlled by unknown genetic and epigenetic signals. Researchers have now uncovered one of those epigenetic signals, after a detective quest that started almost a decade ago.

Kickstarting solutions

(Stanford University) The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment has awarded nine proposals as part of its 2019 Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) and Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) grants. Both programs provide funding for interdisciplinary research needed to solve major environmental problems. Such problems — ranging from long-neglected tropical diseases to managing groundwater supplies to drought-fueled wildfires — are too complex to be solved by any one discipline alone.