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4/12/2021

The Biden administration says it is willing to negotiate with Republicans regarding the $2 trillion infrastructure package, according to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Lawmakers will begin work on the package this week; and Biden's goal is to be open to changes in order to gain bipartisan support.

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4/12/2021

SK Innovation and LG Energy Solution, both based in South Korea, reached a settlement to keep the supply of batteries for electric vehicles for Ford, Volkswagen and others from stalling. In a joint statement, the battery makers said, "We will work together to strengthen the battery network and environmentally-friendly policy that the Biden administration is pursuing."

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Yahoo
4/12/2021

Embark, a developer of autonomous trucks, signed an agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bison Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Werner Enterprises to provide its automated driving system, equipped with its universal interface, on any of four major truck brands used by the fleets. Embark said the agreement "will improve speed and reliability for customers, as well as safety and work-flexibility for professional truck drivers."

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4/12/2021

Researchers in Australia developed a robot that can scale walls, drawing inspiration from the nimble lizard. "A lizard is a really good place to start because they find one of the optimal climbing configurations," said Christofer Clemente, supervisor of the University of the Sunshine Coast team that developed the robot, dubbed X-4.

4/9/2021

CREAL, based in Switzerland, showcased its light-field display in a mixed reality demonstration that could be used in virtual reality headsets. The display can focus on any depth, unlike current VR displays that are limited to fixed-focus.

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TechRadar
4/9/2021

Efficiency. Safety. Thoughtfulness. Leading-edge robotics technology. There are many factors in a sustainable farming future -- Bear Flag Robotics is one of them. Tune into #SAETomorrowToday to hear from the founders, Igino Cafiero and Aubrey Donnellan and discover the future of farming.

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sae.to
4/9/2021

Pratt & Whitney is proposing the F100-PW-229 engine for US Air Force Boeing F-15EX aircraft. The service released a request for proposals earlier this year and could acquire up to 461 engines.

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GovConWire
4/9/2021

The Biden administration's 2022 defense budget request will total $715 billion, a slight increase and lower than the funding level planned by the previous administration, which forecast a $722 billion budget. Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are calling for a 5% increase in defense spending.

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Politico
4/9/2021

Collins Aerospace has been selected by the US Air Force to design a new wheel and brake system for the B-52 that will help extend the aircraft's service life into the 2050s. Collins will retrofit a total of 77 planes.

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4/9/2021

The US Air Force has updated its mission statement with a focus on air power following the creation of the Space Force. The new mission statement is "To fly, fight, and win ... airpower anytime, anywhere."

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