New carbon capture solvent is another stab at optimism in a stagnant industry

Enlarge / CO2 being released by mild heating of the BIG-bicarbonate solid. (credit: Neil J. Williams and Erick Holguin) Capturing carbon emissions before they enter the atmosphere is a white whale for the fossil fuel industry. In theory, if a power plant or a factory could easily eliminate carbon emissions by filtering them out of […]

A potted history of Japan’s car industry delights at the Petersen Museum

This Datsun Model 16 Coupe is actually a pre-war Japanese car. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ] LOS ANGELES—Like most nerds, I love spending time in a good museum. It doesn’t matter if it’s planes, video games, cars—even creationists. (OK, that last one wasn’t good, per se.) When it comes to good car museums, the Petersen Automotive Museum […]

Check out our exclusive list of the top 12 venture capital firms making deals in the booming marijuana industry

Shayanne Gal/ Business Insider Business Insider compiled an exclusive list of the top 12 venture-capital firms making deals in the cannabis industry.  Subscribe to read the list here.  Ever since Colorado legalized cannabis for all adults in 2014, the cannabis industry has blossomed, with a multitude of companies competing to scale up as more states legalize the […]

Environmentalists fear the Trump administration is gearing up to lift a key regulation on the coal industry

Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images The Trump administration on Friday said limits on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants were unnecessary as they were too costly. Those remarks have sparked an outcry from environmentalists who feared the next step would be looser rules favoring the coal industry at the expense of public health. Under the Mercury and […]

Congress just quietly passed a law that could spark a boom for the $1 billion marijuana-linked CBD industry

Shutterstock The US Farm Bill passed on Wednesday legalizes hemp, a plant that’s roughly identical to marijuana and is a key source of highly touted wellness ingredient CBD. The bill defines hemp as an agricultural product for the first time and amends a major drug law that hadn’t been altered in 50 years. Experts said the […]

Electric car industry group says Californians have now purchased 500,000 EVs

Enlarge / Nissan Leaf electric car plugged in and charging at an electric vehicle charging station in San Ramon, California, September 26, 2018. (credit: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images) In November, California reportedly crossed the 500,000 threshold for electric vehicles sold in the state since 2010. Months of strong US sales in 2018, preceded by a strong 2017, […]

From at-home orthodontics to coconut-flavoured floss: Meet the startups disrupting the dental industry

A host of companies are disrupting the dental industry with everything from at-home orthodontic impressions to coconut-flavoured dental floss in Instagram-worthy packaging to a $ 290 toothbrush alternative that promises to clean your teeth in six seconds.

The Future of the Private Space Industry Is … Communist China

With a 90-pound satellite strapped on, the Zhuque-1 shot off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Inner Mongolia on Oct. 27 with a historic mission in its sights: becoming China’s first private sector rocket to deliver a payload into orbit. The Zhuque-1 didn’t make it, but Landspace, the firm that owns it, isn’t settling […]

[Report] Future of Life Insurance Industry: Insurtech & Trends in 2018

Life insurance is fundamentally hard to sell; it’s morbid to think about, promises no immediate rewards, and often requires a lengthy paper application with minimal guidance. Despite the popularity of personalized products in other areas of finance and fintech, life insurance largely remains unchanged. A small, but growing pocket of insurtech startups are shaking up […]