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  • No cobalt, no Tesla? Crunch Network

    No cobalt, no Tesla?

    The battery industry uses 42 percent of global cobalt production, critical for Lithium-ion cells. Much of the world’s supply of cobalt comes out of Africa. Chinese players recently bought controlling stakes in one of Africa’s largest known cobalt sources. Tesla has stated that the cobalt it needs will be sourced in North America, but the math doesn’t add up. Is Tesla doomed? Read More

  • The Mine Kafon: A Low-Cost, Wind-Powered Minefield Clearing Device Hits Kickstarter

    The Mine Kafon: A Low-Cost, Wind-Powered Minefield Clearing Device Hits Kickstarter

    We brought you a video back at the end of November that showed off Massoud Hassani’s mine-clearing device, the Mine Kafon, based on a wind-powered child’s toy. Now, the Afghan industrial designer has taken the suggestions of a number of our commenters and put the project on Kickstarter. Hassani is looking for £100,000 to make the Kafons and document the process. Read More

  • De-Mining In Post-Conflict Territory? There's An App For That

    A handful of Ivy League researchers recently came up with a solution to post-conflict landmine location that employs none other than our favorite pocket companion: a smartphone. As of now, most humanitarians actually willing to go hunt for landmines must listen to audio feedback from a metal detector. This means that volunteers must get a little too close for comfort, potentially costing lives. Read More