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Self-driving cars to race for $1.5 million at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ​

So far, 30 student teams have entered the Indy Autonomous Challenge, scheduled for October 2021.

Indy Autonomous Challenge
  • The Indy Autonomous Challenge will task student teams with developing self-driving software for race cars.
  • The competition requires cars to complete 20 laps within 25 minutes, meaning cars would need to average about 110 mph.
  • The organizers say they hope to advance the field of driverless cars and "inspire the next generation of STEM talent."
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Traffic air pollution may be linked to structural brain changes

Air pollution poses "a significant risk to brain development" according to researchers.

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  • A study found that childhood exposure to significant traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) is linked with structural changes in the brain.
  • Among children who had been exposed to higher levels of TRAP, researchers found smaller regional gray matter volumes in some areas of the brain including the cerebellum.
  • Increased levels in early life TRAP were associated with increases in depression and anxiety scores for the children in the study.
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First U.S. gas station to ditch oil for 100% electric vehicle charging opens

The national public charging infrastructure is coming online.

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  • There are over one million EVs in the U.S., but no gas stations have completely switched until now.
  • Takoma Park, Maryland, is home of RS Automotive, the first merchant to fully make the leap.
  • Worldwide, there's an urgent need for about 2 million public chargers.
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Why Germany is a blank spot on Google's Street View

There are good historical reasons why Germans are suspicious of surveillance — but is Google as bad as Gestapo or Stasi?

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  • Since its launch in 2007, Google Street View has mapped millions of miles of roads across the world — and even gone to space and into the ocean.
  • Germany and Austria are a conspicuous gap in the mess of blue lines that covers the rest of Europe.
  • It's to do with Germans' curious sense of privacy: they'd rather flaunt their private parts than their personal data.
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It looks like Tesla just developed a million-mile battery

Such a battery would make it far cheaper to implement robotaxis and long-haul electric trucks, both of which Tesla is developing.

  • A team of researchers working with Tesla recently released a paper describing a lithium-ion battery that should last 1 million miles over 4,000 charges and depletions.
  • The researchers reportedly optimized commonly used components of EV batteries, and made their findings available to other battery researchers.
  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said robotaxis could hit streets as early as 2020.
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