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Solid-state batteries may soon be on the market – Harvard has developed a prototype that charges very quickly

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Researchers at Harvard University have developed a solid-state lithium metal battery that can be charged and discharged at least 10,000 times. In this case, the current density remains almost unchanged. The lab tested a coin cell battery that could be charged in just 3 minutes.

Solid-state batteries may soon be on the market - Harvard has developed a prototype that charges very quickly

Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has granted start-up Adden Energy an exclusive technology license to build this type of commercial battery. So far, they are planned for electric vehicles. Within 3-5 years, the startup is going to turn the battery into a palm-sized battery, and then scale it up to a full-fledged battery.

It’s not the only company in the business of solid-state batteries. Among others, we note the Taiwanese Prologium, which intends to build a gigafactory for the production of such batteries in the US or Europe. ProLogium estimates that the plant will create more than 6,500 jobs by 2031. Earlier this year, Prologium announced a major investment from Mecedes-Benz and Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast.

SVOLT from China and Factorial Energy from the USA are also testing their solutions. And research is being done not only at Harvard, but also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Previously, Japan created a solid-state battery with a capacity of 1000 mAh.

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Goodbye 100 MP. Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50-megapixel sensor as part of the main camera

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Goodbye 100 MP Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50

An insider, known on the Web under the nickname Digital Chat Station, published details about the camera of Redmi K60 smartphones. According to the leaker, the devices in the series will “upgrade” to a 50-megapixel sensor. It sounds like a downgrade in words, but in fact, the 50-megapixel sensor should provide higher quality photos and videos compared to the current 100-megapixel sensors.

Goodbye 100 MP.  Redmi K60 smartphones will receive a 50-megapixel sensor as part of the main camera

The 100-megapixel sensor used in Redmi K50 Pro will be a thing of the past

What kind of sensor in question is not reported. Possible options are Sony IMX766 or Sony IMX707. The first is used in Xiaomi 12 (and in many other flagships of the current year), the second is used in Xiaomi 12 Pro. At the same time, this may be the only innovation of the Redmi K60 camera: the rest of the low-resolution sensors (8 and 2 megapixels) will remain, and there will most likely be no telephoto lens.

Digital Chat Station was previously the first to accurately announce the specifications and release dates of Redmi K30, K40, Xiaomi Mi 10 and Mi 11.

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Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

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Not long to wait consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya

Chinese handheld game console manufacturer Aya Neo has announced that the first models based on the AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor and Radeon 680M graphics will go on sale in December.

Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

Two models are expected to be released at once: Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek. The first version will receive 16/32 GB of RAM and from 512 GB to 2 TB of permanent memory. In all cases, there will be 7-inch 1200p screens. Declared support for Windows 11 and Aya Neo OS based on Linux. Prices start at $949 for pre-orders. Retail prices start at $999. The maximum price for pre-order will be $1199, retail – $1499.

The second Geek model is positioned as more affordable. It has the same processor, but the most basic version will get an 800p screen. It will have 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The maximum version with a 1200p screen, 32 GB of RAM and 2 TB of permanent storage will cost $1149/$1369.

Not long to wait: consoles Aya Neo 2 and Aya Neo Geek will be released in December

Both devices have fingerprint sensors, gyroscopes, vibration motors and analog sticks. However, the more premium Neo 2 line has LPDDR5-6400 RAM and PCIe 4.0 drives, while the Geek has PCIe 3.0. But support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 is available for all versions. Separately, we note that all models are equipped with 3.5 mm connectors, as well as high-speed USB4 ports with support for external graphics cards.

Also previously reported about the imminent release of the OneXfly console from One Netbook.

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Chinese scientists have created a biomedical robot from “liquid metal”

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Chinese scientists have created a biomedical robot from liquid metal

Scientists from Soochow University have created a microscopic robot that can break up into drops and then reassemble. The work was published in the journal Science Advances.

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The human body is full of winding narrow passages that are too tight for normal robots. The microrobot created by scientists is potentially useful for delivering drugs – in difficult places it can break up into smaller components, and then assemble back. At the same time, there is no need to reduce the payload that it can carry.

The robot consists of a ferrofluid – a suspension of iron oxide and hydrocarbon oil. You can control it with the help of spherical magnets, passing it through the narrow passages in the body. To demonstrate the potential utility of the robot, the researchers built a maze with large and narrow sections and then successfully navigated it to the end of the maze.

The main obstacle to the use of the invention for biomedical purposes may be the inaccessibility for clinics of magnetic control systems, which must be powerful enough to penetrate human tissue.

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