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Your EV’s electricity will cover parking fee at Nissan’s new Pavilion

Nissan just opened its futuristic Pavilion exhibition and it’s inaugurating the facility with a global first: Visitors can use their electric vehicles to discharge electricity back to the building in lieu of paying for parking. It’s a demonstration of the Nissan Energy Share system, which enables EVs to charge their batteries, power homes or buildings, or feed energy back into the grid, effectively turning vehicle batteries into mobile energy storage devices. The Pavilion is powered by its own solar panels and hydroelectric energy, and it houses interactive exhibits on Nissan’s ProPilot driver-assist technology, connected car systems, Formula E simulations and other exhibits.

Trump Administration announces 2021 midband spectrum auction for 5G

The White House and the Department of Defense announced a plan to free up 100 megahertz of wireless spectrum currently being used for military use to be used for commercial 5G service. This nationwide spectrum is in the midband range, which wireless providers say is key to delivering the next generation of 5G wireless service to suburban and rural users. The Defense Department identified 100 MHz of contiguous wireless spectrum across the US that could be shared among military and commercial users in the 3450 and 3550 MHz range. The spectrum that is being targeted for use is currently being used by the military for high powered defense radar systems.

Science News

Fighting Like Cat and Dog? Scientists Reveal Pheromones are Key to Harmonious Pet Relationships

Animal behaviour scientists have discovered that filling your home with appeasing pheromones could be the key to a happy household where both dogs and cats are living under the same roof. Feliway Friends, which emits pheromones that are calming for cats, and Adaptil, which does the same for dogs – both had a positive impact on the interactions between cats and dogs living in the same home. Over a six week period, both products led to a notable decrease in undesirable interactions. Users of Adaptil even observed a significant increase in some desirable behaviours – friendly greetings between cat and dog, and time spent relaxing in the same room.

A new way to target resistant cancer

Researchers found that the cells left after chemotherapy went through a temporary change in metabolism. Specifically, they changed the way they used the amino acid glutamine, directing it almost exclusively to fuel nucleotide production. “If you look too late, when the relapse has occurred, these changes are no longer visible. It’s a transient stress response. If you target metabolism during that time, the cancer cells are extremely vulnerable.” When the researchers targeted glutamine metabolism or nucleotide production for even just one day, resistant cells were eliminated and disease survival improved.

Business News

Nikola shares surge as much as 22% on garbage truck order for Republic Services

Shares of Nikola surged by as much as 22% after the company confirmed an order of thousands of all-electric refuse trucks for Republic Services. The order includes 2,500 electrified chassis, with the option to increase it up to 5,000 units, the aspiring zero-emissions truck manufacturer said in a release. The company expects manufacturing and testing of the trucks to begin in early 2022, followed by deliveries in 2023. The announcement of a commercial order is one of three milestones Nikola promised investors it would deliver on this year. The others are partnerships for manufacturing of its all-electric Badger pickup and hydrogen fueling stations for its semi-trucks.

Toshiba exits from the laptop business, transfers stake to Sharp

Toshiba has ended its 35-year-old laptop business and has transferred its remaining minority stake in its PC business to Sharp. Toshiba sold 80.1% of its stake in the PC business to Sharp two years ago for $36 million. After this, Sharp renamed the division as Dynabook. Now, Sharp has exercised its right to buy the remaining 19.1% of shares. Toshiba marked the entry into the PC segment by making its first PC in 1985 named T1100. At that time the Toshiba T1100 was launched at $2,000. Toshiba was amongst the top PC manufacturers during the period of 1990 and early 2000.

Miscellaneous News

Mauritius oil spill: Fears vessel may ‘break in two’ as cracks appear

Large cracks have reportedly appeared in the hull of a cargo ship leaking oil in Mauritius, prompting the prime minister to warn it may “break in two”. The MV Wakashio, believed to have been carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July. Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said 500 tonnes had been safely pumped out but he warned the country was preparing for the “worst-case scenario”. Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs, and tourism is a crucial part of its economy.

PM Imran launches Pakistan’s largest tree plantation drive

Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched the largest tree plantation drive in the history of Pakistan as the ruling party commemorates August 9 as ‘Tiger Force Day’. He urged the people to take part in the tree plantation campaign across the country, saying Pakistan is the sixth most affected country by climate change in the world. “I want to congratulate Tiger Force that they planted 3.5 million plants in one day which is highest number in the country’s history.” The government continues to pursue its ambitious plan of planting over 10 billion trees across the country.

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