Over the past decade, prices for solar panels and wind farms have reached all-time lows.

However, the price for lithium ion batteries, the leading energy storage technology, has remained high.

So researchers are exploring other alternatives, including flow batteries, thermal batteries, and gravity-based systems.

The Infographics Show provides a look at the industries hit hardest by the COVID shutdown.

With nearly the whole world in quarantine, more business are being forced to close their doors, and some may never re-open. In today’s video we’re going to look at the industries affected most by the global pandemic. Places like hotels, music venues, and movie studios have all closed down. What ripple effects will these massive shut downs cause to the economy? Watch today’s informative video to find out which work places have been hit the hardest by this insane pandemic.

DW News has an interesting overview of the global impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus cases are down in China but rising in the West:China is reporting another drop in the number of new cases of Coronavirus infections. But the death toll in the country where the Covid-19 Coronavirus began is now nearing 3,000. Elsewhere Iran’s death toll has risen to 92, the highest outside China.The EU has reported the first confirmed case of the virus at its administrative centre in Brussels. Italy has announced it will close all schools and colleges across the country for two weeks.The German government had banned the export of medical gear and adjusted a national travel advisory to warn of an “elevated quarantine risk” associated with cruise ship travel.

In October 2019, Google announced its 53-qubit quantum computer named Sycamore had achieved ‘quantum supremacy.’

That’s when quantum computers can complete tasks exponentially more quickly than their classical counterparts.

In this case, Google said its quantum machine completed a task in 200 seconds that would have taken the world’s most powerful computer 10,000 years to complete. IBM, another major player in quantum computing, took issue with the findings.

Either way, it was a big milestone in quantum computing, and it’s leading to a lot of hype in the field. Here’s how quantum computing works, and how it could change everything from Wall Street to Big Pharma and beyond.

CNBC explores the rise of open source software and how it went from fringe movement to mainstream and core to the every enterprise.

Open-source software powers nearly all the world’s major companies. This software is freely available, and is developed collaboratively, maintained by a broad network that includes everyone from unpaid volunteers to employees at competing tech companies. Here’s how giving away software for free has proven to be a viable business model. 

As millions of Americans hit the roads today for Thanksgiving travel, I wonder how different it would be if self-driving cars were the norm.

CNBC explores the current state of self-driving cars.

More companies are trying to bring self-driving cars to the masses than ever before, but a truly autonomous vehicle still doesn’t exist. It’s not clear if, or when, our driverless future will arrive. Where exactly are we with self-driving cars, and when can we expect them to be a part of our daily lives? 

CNBC got a first look inside Lyft’s level 5 lab, where it builds self-driving cars that are being tested on roads now.

Self-driving rides are also available to select Lyft passengers in Arizona and Las Vegas, where Lyft opened its app to autonomous vehicle companies Waymo and Aptiv.

Lyft says it’s completed more than 75,000 self-driving rides.

Watch the video to see how the program works.

CNBC takes a closer look at what’s going on with its cryptocurrency project, Libra

When Facebook first announced it was getting into the crypto business—with a basically unregulated currency called Libra—the reaction from Wall Street and government bankers was about as expected. Fast-foward a few months, and Libra is in trouble. The social media giant had lined up a long list of corporate backers for the initiative, including major players in the payments space. And in October 2019, several prominent backers began to back out. Here’s how Facebook’s crypto future got into serious trouble.