Commodity prices strengthened in the first quarter of 2018. Broad-based price increases were supported by both demand and supply factors.
Commodity prices mostly rose in April, led by energy, which surged 8,2%.
Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists.
Global car exports by country were valued at US$740.1 billion for 2017. Cars represent the world’s number one export product by value in recent years, surpassing crude petroleum revenues handicapped by lower oil prices.
Commodity prices were mixed in March, with energy prices rising 0,6 % and non-energy prices falling 0,7 percent.
Electric vehicles may one day be able to recharge while driving down the highway, drawing wireless power directly from plates installed in the road that would make it possible to drive hundreds -- if not thousands -- of miles without having to plug in.
Researchers are laying the foundation for more widespread use of lithium metal batteries. They have developed a method to mitigate the formation of dendrites -- crystal-like masses -- that damage the batteries' performance.