What are we reading? September 29, 2022

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

More encouraging news on the transportation electrification front, as market demand and technology team up to accelerate the development of critical infrastructure components needed to power the electric vehicle revolution.

First up: Quantum physics meets your local EV charging station – BrighterSide



Followed by: Photovoltaic nanotechnology and the power of the sun – Electrek



Then: Robots and artificial intelligence joining forces to build better battery technology. – MIT Technology Review



And not to be outdone by eggheads in lab coats: A dedicated team of hard working bacteria that can turn solar energy into electricity. – Inverse



Glen Korstrom, reporter:

The U.K. pound has plummeted against the U.S. dollar, and fallen significantly against the Canadian dollar as well. This Paul Krugman column puts the fall in perspective, while searching for reasons why. Is it a gutless Bank of England that is hesitant to raise interest rates? Or new PM LIz Truss’ tax cuts that provide a stimulus in an inflationary environment that some call “moronic,” and a country run by morons deserves to have a risk premium on its currency. – New York Times



There’s much hype about what some call “the metaverse.” It’s really many metaverses. This story gives a good breakdown of some of the main ones, whether it is worth investing in virtual real estate and how companies are dipping their toes in the space.  – Forbes