VIDEO: Will Climate Engineering Kill Us All?

Many people fear this technology but Harvard University’s David Keith explain how Solar Geoengineering may REDUCE global warming like volcano’s do. Fareed Zakaria interviews Keith on the fascinating idea that humans may be able to intentionally create volcano like events and systems to block the sun and cool the planet. Keith is a Professor of Applied Physics and the School of Engineering and a Professor of Public Policy at Harvard and is also the founder of a company named Carbon…

SOLVED: Everything You Need To Know About EV Charging in two 2 Minute Videos

EV’s and their charging is certainly a misunderstood by many so we put together two, two minute videos to clear up the confusion.  The first uses clips from a recent BBC Click episode explain how EV charging works today and second video demonstrates how home charging on a lowly 110 volt wall charger in cold weather works good enough for most people. It is important to note that there are different charging standards and connectors in different parts of the…

The All New 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV with Battery Swap?

Now that Mitsubishi is part of the Nissan Renault Alliance it is time to share parts, designs and advance into a brave new all electric world.  In fact the new 2022 Nissan Pathfinder EV and Mitsubishi Outlander All EV have battery swap technology.  This means their batteries can replaced in THREE MINUTES inside a kiosk smaller than a gas station convenience store. Click to Expand   That would be great if it were true.  Unfortunately the pictures above are not…

What is a SPAC Special Purpose Acquisition Company & How Does It Differ From a Merger, Reverse Merger or Blank Cheque Company?

If you want to understand modern business, in particular EV, new energy and tech companies, you had better understand what a SPAC is. The world of finance used to be relatively simple.  There were just three kinds of ownership structures: Sole proprietors One person running a company Partnerships Small group of people running a company Privately held companies Usually a small group of people running a company with many (i.e. 40) shareholders that is not publicly traded so their shares…

VIDEO: Will Google Loose Its Innovation Mojo Because of the DoJ AntiTrust Case Like Microsoft Did?

Like millions of people, thousands of companies and dozens of countries, staff at our sister site URTech.ca are closely following Googles’ Antitrust case. There is much talk about how this process will take years to play out and how Google may or may not be broken up as a result.  However, there is little attention paid to how Google will involuntarily react during the process. We found a small part of a Bloomberg interview with Zillow co-founder and SuperNova founder…

In Simple Terms: Everything You Need To Know About Solid State EV Batteries

In recent months there has been much talk of so called solid state batteries for use in electric vehicles (EV’s).  However, most Solid State Battery engineering is not being done by the big automobile manufacturers like VW, Toyota and GM; mostly SSB’s are being developed by small design houses you likely have never hear of like QuantumScape, Fisker and Solid Power. WHAT IS A SOLID STATE BATTERY? When we think of solid state batteries, we think of electronic circuits with…

Did the U.S. Just Invest $25 Million in a Brazilian Cobalt Mine To Fight China?

A new and little known agency of the United States federal government just invested USD$25 million into a Brazilian cobalt and nickel mine. Who is the US DFC? The United States Development Finance Corporation US DFC was formed in December 2019 as a replacement for several agencies including Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Development Credit Authority (DCA) of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As you might expect from the name of these groups, US DFC is…

Are GM’s New Ultium Batteries The Cure For EV Sales & Market Domination?

It should not have come as a surprise to us that several people have made snide comments about our review of General Motors new Ultium batteries but it did. So let us quickly clarify a few things. There is no suggestion that the GM’s Ultium EV battery packs will leap frog GM or any other company into market domination.  Low cost, flexible packaged, high capacity, fast charging, EV battery packs are a necessary but NOT sufficient element for domination.  So…

VIDEO: GM Announces Amazing Ultium Lithium EV Batteries

As word spread last week that Tesla is likely to change to hexagonal from the cylindrical batteries it has used for a decade, GM that usurped the whole efficiency debate by showing off their innovative new flat pack batteries they call “Ultium”.  They are higher density at a much lower cost than any other companies battery pack and can be charged at a massive 800V providing a 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. It appears that GM will…

VIDEO: Wealthsimple Roboadvisor & ETF’s In Explained Laymans Terms

What is Wealthsimple? What is a roboadvisor?  What is an ETF? Why Mutual Funds are a bad investment option?  How can I setup an account?  These questions and many more are explained in this video: What is Wealthsimple? Wealthsimple is a roboadvisor.  Their slogan is “investing on auto pilot” and that boils down to putting your money into the stock market without big fees or complexity. Who Runs Wealthsimple? Their board of directors include some very big names in the…

What the COVID19 Economic Shutdown Tells Us About How Unrealistic The Paris Climate Accord Is

Few people can envision a world with a greater economic shutdown than what we have seen in the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The bright side of this unprecedented collapse is the world has seen skies over industrialized cities cleaned up to a degree many thought impossible. It is an undeniable fact that COVID19 shutdown has shown us what is possible and that is the problem. COVID19 Pandemic Cleared the Air On the up side take a look at this excellent two minute…

VIDEO: Why The US Should Not Block China’s Huawei From Buying Amercian Semiconductors & Software

In this short edited interview from BNN Bloomberg Technology show, Huawei’s US chief of security explains that blocking US companies from selling billions of dollars in hardware to China’s Huawei, will only force them buy parts elsewhere. This blockage will slow down Huawei but will not stop them.  It will, however, have serious implications for US tech companies as their competitors just gained giant sales and support from one of China’s darling tech behemoths. If you found this interesting, these…

Myth: People Share Dirty Virus Infected Air on Airplanes

In 2020 millions of people are worried about coronavirus COVID-19 (watch this amazing video comparing it to SARS and the Swine Flu) and refusing the fly, but for the wrong reasons.  People are not traveling because they are worried about their fellow man (or woman!), but because they are worried about becoming infected themselves. It is a well known fact that if one person is sick on a plane, everyone will be exposed to the infection because a planes ventilation…

VIDEO – Microsoft Announces $1 Billion Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy Retroactive to 1975

In this stunning announcement Microsoft President Brad Smith said his company will: Consume only renewable energy by 2025 Will CAPTURE as much CO2 carbon as Microsoft AND ITS SUPPLIERS have put into the environment since its founding in 1975 Will require vendors to be increasingly carbon neutral Will fund investments in other companies and organizations, often in third world countries, to accelerate the migration to clean energy This makes Microsoft, which already gets two thirds of energy needs from renewables,…

Process vs Strategy: Why Generalists Will Rule The World

In the video below, author David Epstein explains why being a specialist is generally (see what we did there ?) a bad idea.  Conventional wisdom is that specializing in a subcategory offers the best path to both personal and financial success.  For example: an engineer focusing only on bridge construction an mathematician becoming a financial quant a computer coder becoming an expert on one language In todays world, specialties are expensive and repetitive making them ideal candidates for automation: Artificial…