The Download: Storing renewable power with carbon dioxide, and Roe v Wade under threat
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.
This company wants to use carbon dioxide to store renewable power on the grid
Sourcing power: Renewable power has been growing worldwide, but sources like wind and solar aren’t available consistently. Energy Dome, an Italian startup, is looking for a better way of storing power for the grid.
How does it work? Energy Dome discovered carbon dioxide through its physics. It turns to a liquid when it is squeezed at high pressures. This can be stored in small steel tanks near where renewable energy is generated. Energy Dome’s technology allows carbon dioxide to be accessed when it is needed and then converted into electricity.
Greater flexibility: The company has already started trials and promises it will soon be able to safely and cheaply store energy using carbon dioxide sourced from commercial vendors. Experts warn that it could take longer than expected due to the engineering challenges involved. Read the complete story .
I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.
1 The Supreme Court is reportedly planning to overturn Roe v Wade
An actual decision won’t arrive for a couple of months, but it could be earth-shattering if the law that protects abortion rights gets repealed. (Politico)
Here’s what would happen if Roe v Wade was overturned. (WP $)
The decision is most likely to affect young women who are already mothers. (NYT $)
Restricting access to abortions tends to go hand in hand with declines in democracy. (NYT $)
Activists stepped in to help Texans access abortion pills last year. (TR)
2 A new disinformation advisory board is already being targeted with disinformation
Republicans are unhappy, claiming its creation is a threat to free speech. (NYT $)
Ironically, the board could end up debunking untruths about itself. (Protocol)
4 Open-source researchers are sharing gory images from the war in Ukraine
But there’s a limit to how helpful it is to disseminate such graphic pictures. (Rest of World)
Homesick Ukrainians are heading home to Kyiv. (FT $)
Ukraine has been braced for cyberwarfare since Russia first invaded in 2014. (Wired $)
5 Maybe Twitter’s not a town square after all
But a hellish, elite-driven hierarchy. (New Yorker $)
Elon Musk doesn’t have a business plan, and is driven by pure self-belief. (NYT $)
Here’s why that makes him such a divisive figure. (WP $)
6 How Apple’s anti-tracking feature shook the mobile ad industry
But we’re still being tracked–just in slightly different ways. (Vox)
How Jony Ive’s departure from Apple signaled the end of its product golden age. (NYT $)
7 Crypto trading is a dangerous game for addicts
Its highly volatile nature goes hand in hand with addictive behavior, therapists say. (WP $)
Argentina’s crypto frenzy is crippling one of its energy grids. (Bloomberg $)
8 Grindr users’ location data was on sale for at least three years
The information could be used to infer romantic encounters between users. (WSJ $)
9 How Amiga computers birthed modern dance music
They removed the need for a studio. (The Guardian)
10 There is life after quitting social media
Just don’t expect anyone to remember your birthday. (WSJ $)
Here’s why you can’t stop adding lol to your messages. (The Atlantic $)
Quote of the day
“I was angry and then I was just hit with this overwhelming wave of sadness, and I didn’t know where else to go.”
–Lauren Guzowski, 20, tells the Washington Post why she’s protesting the potential overturning of Roe v Wade outside the Supreme Court
I’m a journalist who specializes in investigative reporting and writing. I have written for the New York Times and other publications.