Steve April 22, 2021

Tesla is creating a new team to accelerate use of new materials in its products and processes. This new move aims to capitalize on Tesla’s longtime focus on new materials science. For the last five years, Elon Musk has pushed Tesla and SpaceX to invest more in materials science. Through his “first principal” philosophy, Musk […]

Steve April 22, 2021

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): The US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate kicks off today. Keep an eye on these three countries. Los Angeles City Council unanimously approves a Global Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. UnderstandSolar is a free service that links you to top-rated solar installers in your region for personalized solar estimates. Tesla […]

Steve April 22, 2021

Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 21.04, it includes native Microsoft Active Directory integration, a Flutter application development SDK, and Wayland switched on by default replacing the X Window System which is now 36 years old. Ubuntu 21.04 comes with the Linux 5.11 kernel meaning newer hardware is supported but Canonical decided not to […]

Steve April 22, 2021

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell last week to 547,000, a new low since the pandemic struck and a further encouraging sign that layoffs are slowing on the strength of an improving job market. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined 39,000 […]

Steve April 22, 2021

By CANDICE CHOI Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Since the COVID-19 vaccines haven’t been around that long, it’s not yet known how long their protection lasts. Experts are still studying vaccinated people to determine if and when boosters might be needed. So far, evidence indicates shots by Pfizer and Moderna last at least six […]

Steve April 22, 2021

Source: Japan Times Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wants to make a decision as soon as this week on whether to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka and other areas, and ramp up restrictions to contain a surge in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of the delayed Olympics. The Tokyo metropolitan […]

Steve April 22, 2021

A study of more than 2,000 pregnant women from dozens of hospitals around the world has found that those with COVID-19 saw a significantly higher risk of death and of complications for themselves or their newborns. The study, published Thursday in JAMA Pediatrics, underscores that pregnancy is a major risk factor for complications involving COVID-19 […]

Steve April 22, 2021

A judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant whose pipe bomb mostly misfired in a busy New York City subway station in 2017 to life in prison on Thursday, calling the crime “barbaric and heinous.” Akayed Ullah, 31, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court by Judge Richard J. Sullivan. “A life sentence is appropriate,” Sullivan said. “It […]

Steve April 22, 2021

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., will introduce new legislation Thursday to end partnerships between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws. The PROTECT Immigration Act seeks to repeal the controversial 287(g) program, which allows state and local law enforcement departments to enter into an agreement with ICE to help with immigration […]

Steve April 22, 2021

The U.S. aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 as part of its new commitment to the Paris climate agreement, President Joe Biden announced Thursday. Biden made the pledge, called the “nationally determined contribution,” while speaking at a two-day virtual climate summit attended by dozens of world leaders Thursday morning. Biden rejoined […]

Steve April 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court declined Thursday to impose new restrictions on sentencing juvenile offenders to life in prison without the possibility of parole. By a 6-3 vote, the court upheld a life sentence for a Mississippi man, Brett Jones, who was 15 when he used a knife to kill his grandfather during an argument. […]

Steve April 22, 2021

President Joe Biden convened leaders of the world’s most powerful countries on Thursday to try to spur global efforts against climate change, drawing commitments from Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to cooperate on cutting emissions despite their own sharp rivalries with the United States. “Meeting this moment is about more than […]