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Longer-lasting electric car batteries and Big Tech’s fight against Congress’ antitrust plans

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Fully charged: Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but they are still limited by how far they can travel on a single charge — a Tesla Model 3 can drive about 350 miles before needing a recharge. In a quest to build batteries that can safely take us further, startup Solid Power is working to create solid-state batteries that can pack more energy into a smaller space.

Battery powered: The company makes battery cells that replace the liquid used as the electrolyte in lithium-ion batteries with ceramic layers. This could unlock new options for battery chemistry, potentially allowing for solid batteries to be exchanged. It has taken a step towards testing the technology in vehicles by starting a large-scale pilot production line.

A warning: Questions remain about whether companies that make solid electrolytes can produce them on a large scale. Inorganic materials can be brittle and difficult to move during production. Another concern about solid batteries is how well they resist degradation over time. Read the full story.

— Casey Crownhart

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I’ve scoured the internet to find the funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology today.

1 Big Tech Shocked By Congress’ Proposed Crackdown
Tech giants are pulling out all the stops to avert attempts to curb their market power. FT
Proponents are rushing to get it over the line before the midterm elections.CNBC
What does breaking up Big Tech actually mean? (MIT Technology Review)

2 The Largest NFT Marketplace Faces Settlement
OpenSea has to pay huge sums of money to settle claims of theft and plagiarism. †NYT
The voice of the crypto naysayers is getting louder. WP
Why this crypto crash feels different from the one before it. the guard
Japan has become one of the first countries to introduce a legal framework around stablecoins.Bloomberg
The obsession with web3 is not without its victims.Motherboard

3 One of America’s Largest Baby Food Factories Has Restarted Production
Good news for parents and carers facing widespread shortages. †BBC
The FDA is facing an investigation into how it is dealing with the shortage.NPR
The shortage of baby food has led to a shady online marketplace. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Migrants document dangerous journeys to Europe on TikTok
Social media platforms and EU lawmakers are at odds over illegal migration content. †Rest of the world)

5 You can expect to get infected with covid again
We probably need more and better vaccines. †wired

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