Car-sharing will grow in Paris, thanks to the shutdown of city-owned and -operated service Autolib, says transportation official Christophe Najdovski. Several private companies already are filling the void, including US car-sharing group Zipcar, which is owned by Avis and plans to double its Paris fleet to 200 by year-end.
A few electric scooter companies are starting to work with localities to address potential concerns rather than plowing ahead and "asking forgiveness" later, as Uber and Airbnb have done. In Memphis, Tenn., for example, a scooter company is being lauded for working closely with the city before the product hit the pavement and for continuing to address issues promptly.
Manufacturers want to protect their property rights over easily copied 3D-printed products, and embedded QR or UDI codes are one solution. Additive manufacturing company Rize embeds identifying and other relevant information on a product during 3D manufacturing, eliminating the extra step and cost of adding the details after printing.
Flow batteries, which have fluid cathode and anode material, hold tremendous potential for storing energy on a large scale but are costly and dangerous due to the chemicals used. Stanford researchers believe they have a solution with a sodium and potassium metal used on the negative side of the battery, a water-based liquid on the positive side, and, in between, a ceramic membrane made out of potassium and aluminum oxide, thus keeping the cost and the peril down.
An intravascular magnetic wire may one day attract tumor cells in the blood and detect cancer more quickly than a blood draw or other diagnostic methods. "We estimate that it would take about 80 tubes of blood to match what the wire is able to sample in 20 minutes," said Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, author of the study published in Nature Biomedical Engineering.
J.P. Morgan Asset Management organized $102 million in institutional investors to go with $222 million in loans from Wells Fargo for the 1 million-square-foot, mixed-use Arsenal Yards project in Watertown, Mass. The former Arsenal Mall site will be renovated and expanded to offer 425 residences, 150 rooms in a Hampton by Hilton hotel, 250,000 square feet of retail and dining space and 200,000 square feet of commercial space.
Construction crews have been breaking down concrete slabs and asphalt since June to prepare for the $1 billion waterfront hotel and convention center in Chula Vista, Calif. In addition to 1,600 hotel rooms, resort amenities and 275,000 square feet of convention space, it will feature upgrades to public infrastructure and a new park.
Scientists in Estonia may have developed a solution for the world's housing shortage in the form of a different 3D-printable concrete. The composite material made of milled peat, oil shale ash and silica nanoparticles hardens within 24 hours and could drastically lower the cost of house construction.
Atlanta-based Thomas Concrete has begun using CarbonCure, a product that injects carbon dioxide into concrete and results in a mineral that traps CO2 and reduces emissions. "We've been able to keep 16 million pounds of CO2 from going into the atmosphere," said Justin Lazenby of Thomas Concrete, who notes that the product is also stronger.
Under a settlement between Toys R Us and its lenders, vendors and creditors would receive cash payments with the potential for higher recoveries. The settlement, which is awaiting court approval, would also prevent unsecured vendors and creditors from suing the retailer's lenders.