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Rivian (RIVN) faces critical test in Q4 earnings as EV stocks cool

Rivian (RIVN) faces critical test in Q4 earnings as EV stocks cool

Rivian (RIVN) is set to report its Q4 2023 earnings after the market close on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. EV makers, including Rivian, look to show they can gain control of costs as output ramps up. Still expanding and lowering costs Rivian has continued to outpace rival EV startups with its rugged R1S and R1T adventure vehicles. The EV maker delivered over 50,000 vehicles last year, more than double the 24,337 handed over in 2022. It also hit its production goal with 57,232 vehicles built in 2023, topping the 54,000 guidance. However, the pace slowed in Q4. Rivian’s CFO, Claire Mcdonough, explained the company expects “a more significant gap between production and deliveries in Q4.” The gap is due to Amazon limiting new vehicle intake during the peak holiday season. According to registration data, Rivian was the fifth best-selling EV brand in the US last year, with a 4% share. Rivian followed the industry trend, cutting prices on the base R1T and R1S earlier this month. The R1T now starts at $71,700. The EV maker …

Peter Sarsgaard on nudity, insecurity and marriage to Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘I’m not critical of how I look in films – it’s more in life’

Peter Sarsgaard on nudity, insecurity and marriage to Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘I’m not critical of how I look in films – it’s more in life’

Get our free weekly email for all the latest cinematic news from our film critic Clarisse Loughrey Get our The Life Cinematic email for free Trim and boyish-looking, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor Peter Sarsgaard has never had a problem with scenes involving sex, nudity or the busting of taboos. In the biopic Kinsey, he bared all and seduced Liam Neeson. In the psychological thriller The Dying Gaul, he was masturbated by Campbell Scott. For director Maggie Gyllenhaal – his real-life wife – he humped a tree in the short film Penelope and slept with one of his students in The Lost Daughter. “I’m such an object of desire in that movie,” he tells me from the study of his brownstone home in New York. “I couldn’t be more the object of desire!” There’s full-frontal nudity in his new film, too. Memory tells the story of Sylvia, a traumatised rape victim (played by a clenched and gloriously un-glossy Jessica Chastain), who falls for Saul, a man with young-onset dementia. Sarsgaard is magnificent in the …

Developing Brazil’s critical mineral deposits

Developing Brazil’s critical mineral deposits

Brazilian Critical Minerals is an emerging Brazilian rare earth and platinum group metal developer set for rapid growth. Brazilian Critical Minerals (BCM-ASX) is an Australian technology and critical mineral developer with strategic assets in Amazonas, Brazil, near the Town of Apui. The very large portfolio contains one platinum group metal (PGM) project covering slightly over 340 hectares and three rare earth element (REE) projects covering approximately 720km². Its Três Estados PGM discovery, which is only 9% explored, currently has a 725,300-ounce JORC resource containing gold (Au), platinum (Pt), palladium (Pd), iridium (Ir), and rhodium (Rh), and its EMA and ENE Apui REE discoveries are in the final stages of calculating a JORC resource for both, with Eme being the largest. The company began in 2011 as BBX Minerals with what was believed to be two gold discoveries – Ema and Três Estados. The company name has recently been changed from BBX Minerals to Brazilian Critical Minerals. Given that the company now pursues advanced technology, PGMs and REEs, the name Brazilian Critical Minerals perfectly describes what …

Nickel placed on Australia’s Critical Minerals List

Nickel placed on Australia’s Critical Minerals List

Australia’s Federal Resources Minister, Madeleine King, has placed nickel on the Critical Minerals List to allow nickel companies to gain access to billions of dollars in Commonwealth funding. Since the Critical Minerals List was last updated on 16 December 2023, six operating nickel facilities have announced a reduction in operations or gone into care and maintenance. Nickel being placed on Australia’s Critical Minerals List means that companies will have access to financing under the $4bn Critical Minerals Facility and critical minerals-related grant programmes. What is the importance of nickel? A strong resources industry is important for the strength of Australia’s economy. The sector is critical for the road to net zero, and nickel is essential to the energy transition. According to the Nickel Institute, Australia has 21,000,000 tonnes of nickel, accounting for 19.6% of the global reserves. The mineral has a wide range of applications, including in EV battery manufacturing, making production crucial. Australian nickel operations at risk Minister King stated that there are substantial structural challenges facing the nickel industry that cannot be addressed …

The Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Critical Theory

The Relationship Between Critical Thinking and Critical Theory

I recently asked a fellow academic, in conversation, how they try to integrate critical thinking into their classroom, and they replied that they don’t have “much time for that kind of thing.” I quickly realised that they didn’t know what I was talking about and likely confused it for something else. This shouldn’t have been entirely surprising to me, given research by Lloyd and Bahr (2010) indicates that, unfortunately, many educators are not au fait with what critical thinking actually is. Following further conversation, I came to understand what this academic was referring to: critical theory. This was neither the first time I’ve encountered such confusion of terms, nor was it the first time I heard criticism of the field. What Critical Theory Is I recognise that the phrasing “critical lens” one often hears in educational contexts might be a bit ambiguous and could be perceived in various ways. Critical thinking is many things, but one thing it is not is critical theory. Critical theory is an arts and humanities approach to identifying, critiquing, and …

ELEMISSION’s core scanner for accurate real-time detection and analysis of critical minerals

ELEMISSION’s core scanner for accurate real-time detection and analysis of critical minerals

ELEMISSION’s ECORE core scanner offers new opportunities by delivering real-time quantitative automated mineralogy using LA-AES (LIBS). Critical minerals are essential for the global transition towards a greener future. They are required to develop many new technologies, including low-greenhouse gas energy sources, and are the backbone of the current electric vehicle revolution. The Government of Canada has identified 31 critical minerals and metals that are instrumental for sustainable economic prosperity and growth within Canada and its trading partners. Many of these minerals, including lithium (Li), aluminium (Al), cobalt (Co), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), zinc (Zn), and rare earth elements (REEs), are currently mined and actively being explored nationwide. Demand for critical minerals is rapidly increasing around the world. Therefore, the optimisation of their exploration and processing is crucial for propelling society toward a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future. Fig. 1: ECORE LIBS core scanner manufactured by ELEMISSION Inc. Conventional core scanning technologies In an attempt to optimise the exploration and production of critical minerals, many exploration and mining companies have turned to the digitisation of …

‘Honest, critical, sane’: Jon Stewart’s welcome return to The Daily Show | US television

‘Honest, critical, sane’: Jon Stewart’s welcome return to The Daily Show | US television

When Comedy Central announced that Jon Stewart would return once a week to the Daily Show desk, left hostless for more than a year since Trevor Noah stepped down and heir apparent Hasan Minhaj became embroiled in fabrication controversies, it seemed to symbolize all the wrong things. A show that was supposed to be charting a path forward had circled back to its own past, unable to offer an option more inspiring than another helping of whatever the public approved of during the Obama years. In the worst-case scenario, the failure of imagination that ushered a 61-year-old Stewart back to the fore of a drastically changed political reality could have been an unfortunate parallel to the DNC, hurtling toward a dead end as they refuse to cultivate young talent in the party and cast their lot with a dug-in gerontocracy. Oh we (me?) of little faith. The difference between Stewart and every other talking head has historically been an allergy to BS, and, as he settled back into the throne, that included his own. The …

Pentagon chief in critical care unit, transfers power to deputy

Pentagon chief in critical care unit, transfers power to deputy

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was admitted into the critical care unit for a bladder issue on Sunday night after transferring his duties to the deputy defense secretary earlier Sunday, Walter Reed Military Medical Center officials announced. Austin, 70, underwent a series of tests and evaluations Sunday night at Walter Reed after showing symptoms “suggesting an emergent bladder issue,” earlier in the day, the hospital’s doctors said in a statement. He was later admitted into the critical care unit for “supportive care and close monitoring,” doctors added. The Pentagon announced Austin’s hospitalization earlier on Sunday and confirmed Austin transferred his functions and duties to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks shortly before 5 p.m. Pentagon press secretary Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder initially said Austin would be “retaining” his functions and duties of the office, but noted the deputy secretary was prepared should she need to assume duties. Walter Reed officials did not have an estimate for how long Austin will remain in the hospital. The top defense chief was diagnosed with prostate cancer in early December, with …

Ukraine facing critical gap of ammunition after US funding failure

Ukraine facing critical gap of ammunition after US funding failure

Ukraine is facing a critical ammunition shortage after efforts to secure a fresh US funding package failed and Europe missed its targets for arms production, a senior US military official said.  Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted against a bill to provide a crucial $60 billion of aid to Ukraine, leaving American shipments effectively on hold. The congressional delay risked creating an “air bubble” or “gap in the hose” of supplies to Kyiv, a senior US military official told the Financial Times.  “This is really as grave as we have been portraying it… this is a very grim scenario,” a defence official said. “It is a desperate situation on the front lines for the Ukrainians, far worse than they are letting on,” added a senior Nato diplomat. Hopes remain that there could be a final breakthrough to secure US aid after the Senate yesterday voted to advance a debate over a separate bill to send $60bn in additional funds to Ukraine. Josep Borrell, The EU chief diplomat yesterday gave a speech in Warsaw calling on European …