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Toyota Hydrogen Concept Car | Photo by Maximalfocus on Unsplash

Fans of electric cars and proponents of hydrogen technology often get into an argument over what kind of vehicle humans will use to get around in the future. More precisely, they discuss whether we will use battery (or pure) electric vehicles (BEVs) or fuel cell electric vehicles (yes, hydrogen cars are also electric because they use electric motors).

As we will discuss in this article, both technologies will likely be used in the future, albeit for different use cases.

Most of you are probably familiar with how battery electric cars work.


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In late 2019, the German government announced that it is ready to spend one billion euros on sustainable mobility in India. During the joint declaration, both governments demanded more support from political leaders around the world for the fight against climate change. While this is undoubtedly necessary, Germany and India are also missing their climate goals by a large margin.

Germany has more ambitious climate goals than the European Union and than most other countries in the world. German politicians pride themselves in emphasizing the importance of strong climate policies abroad and in setting ambitious goals for themselves. …


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When we look at most political polls released in January 2020, it appears as though Joe Biden could win the upcoming election against Donald Trump with ease. Some polls even show the former vice president to be winning by over 15%.

But just like Hillary Clinton in 2016, Biden is (and will remain) the primary target of Trump’s ongoing disinformation campaigns. Trump’s team, as well as his fellow Republicans, have apparently decided on Biden to be the most dangerous opponent for the current president. …


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Artificial Intelligence (noun) — the capacity of a computer to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans […]. Abbreviation: AI, A.I.”
Dictionary.com

Artificial intelligence is one of the most prominent buzz words of this decade. Nowadays, it seems as though every startup, every global enterprise, and every government wants to ‘do something with AI’.

Some experts believe that artificial intelligence could have a similar economic impact as electricity did. Mark Cuban, for example, famously said that the world’s first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur.

At the same time, some people are convinced that it is one of the most dangerous technologies we will ever come into contact with. This group includes prominent voices, such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. …


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AfD politician Björn Höcke | Image by DPA

Fascism (noun)
“a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.”
Definition from Dictionary.com

The darkest time in German history was undoubtedly Adolf Hitler’s rule over the country from 1933 to 1945. It marked the height of European fascism, which was started by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1910s.

After being defeated in World War II, Germans found various ways to come to terms with their past. …


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Since its reunification in 1990, Germany served as the engine of the European continent. It has the fourth-largest economy in the world and accounts for roughly 28% of the Eurozone’s market. Because the German market is mostly export-based, it has to be very open, which means that it has to be easy to invest and compete in the market.

Global trade disputes hit open markets the hardest, and the German export business was hit very hard by the US-China trade war that Donald Trump randomly started in 2018.

As a result, Germany’s economy has started to slow down, and in the second quarter of 2019, the country reported that its GDP shrunk by 0.1%. If it falls for another quarter, Europe’s industrial powerhouse will officially be in recession. …


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Artist’s impression of a Navstar-2F GPS satellite. Image: USAF via Wikimedia Commons

“Track (verb) — Follow the trail or movements of (someone or something), typically in order to find them or note their course.”
Oxford English Dictionary

“Trace (verb) — Find or discover by investigation.”
Oxford English Dictionary

For most of us, it has become quite normal to be able to track a package that we ordered on the Internet. After all, we have developed a lifestyle where it has become ‘vital’ to receive anything as quickly as possible and to have as much information as possible at any point in time. …


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Since the World Wide Web was opened to the public in 1991, every year has brought us closer to having access to all human knowledge. While many of us take this abundance of information for granted, it is amazing to see how much information there actually is.

According to Internet Live Stats, a website of the Real Time Statistics Project, there are more than 4 billion internet users worldwide, who have created almost 2 billion websites so far. Every second, the Internet facilitates more than 8,000 tweets, 70,000 Google searches, 2.7 million emails (of which two-thirds are spam) and 63,000 GB of traffic (October 2018). …


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“3D printing is the action or process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many thin layers of a material in succession.”
Oxford English Dictionary

Today, most supply chains are comprised of the same processes. They involve the procurement of raw materials, the storage and transport of work-in-progress inventory, the production and assembly of the final product, and, ultimately, the distribution of the product to the customer.

But, what if procurement, production, and distribution could be done by the customers themselves? Enter the world of 3D printing:

Even though the rise to popularity happened rather recently, the concept of 3D printing is nothing new. One of the first methods of its kind, so-called stereolithography, was developed in the late 1970s and patented in 1984 — roughly a decade before the first digital printers were sold. Back then, the goal was to make it easier and cheaper for engineers to create prototypes and models for new product ideas. …


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“Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years.” — United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Sustainability, or the ability of something to be sustained in the long run, has been a part of business strategies since the mid-20th century. …

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