Big Tech &
A new sodium-ion battery breakthrough means they may one day power EVs (3 minute read)
Sodium-ion batteries operate well in colder temperatures and are energy dense, nonflammable, and made out of cheap and abundant materials. However, their performance has always been limited by poor durability. US-based researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery that can go through over 300 charging cycles while retaining over 90% of its capacity. The battery's temperature-change resistance, stability, and long cycle life could make it valuable for electric vehicles or energy storage applications.
Physicists Find The 'Missing Link' That Could Provide Quantum Internet Technology (3 minute read)
New research shows that certain defects in silicon qubits, known as T centers, can act as light-based links between qubits. T centers could make scalable, distributed quantum computers possible by combining high-performance spin qubits and optical photon generation. They can handle processing and communications together, which makes systems more efficient and easier to build. T centers emit light at the same wavelength used by fiber communications and telecom networks, making rolling out quantum internet technology potentially more straightforward.
Programming, Design & Data Science
GPU Puzzles (GitHub Repo)
GPU architectures are critical to machine learning, but people can become experts in machine learning without ever touching GPU code. This notebook teaches beginner GPU programming in an interactive way. It covers the basics up to understanding the real algorithms that power 99% of deep learning today.
Why Firefox Deserves Its Sad Decline… (8 minute read)
Firefox was a legend, but most people are now using Chrome, especially with Brave browser targeting a similar audience. This article discusses the birth of Firefox, how it developed, and its downfall. The browser didn't keep up with the market and what users wanted. By the time Firefox started paying attention to its audience, many users had already switched to Chrome.
GM is building a 'coast-to-coast' EV fast-charging network (3 minute read)
GM has partnered with EVGo to construct a coast-to-coast national DC fast charging network. The network will offer 2,000 charging stalls at 500 stations located every 50 or so miles along America's highways. Each station will offer a 350kW maximum charge rate and be accessible to all EV brands. GM owners will receive added perks such as exclusive reservations and discounts. The stations will feature amenities such as Wi-Fi, restaurants, coffee, and secure shower facilities.