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Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

New Jupiter JWST Photos Revealed

The most detailed photos of Jupiter in history have been revealed by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). 

Two images were beamed back from the observatory, showcasing the planet’s massive storms, rings, and satellites in an unprecedented way. 

The two images come from the observatory’s Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam), which has three specialized infrared filters. Since infrared light is unobservable to the himan eye, scientists had to translate the Webb data into images.

The result is an image that features brilliant auras extending from the planet’s poles. the longest infrared wavelengths appear redder and the shortest wavelengths are shown as more blue.

European Heatwave is the First in History to be Named

Hurricanes and tropical depressions have a new ally.  Meet Zoe, the first heat wave to be given an official name.

Spanish scientists bestowed the moniker on a heat wave that sent temperatures soaring to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius) in Seville between July 24 and July 27.

According to José María Martín Olalla, an associate professor in the department of condensed matter physics at Sevilla University, the intense band of weather was named in an effort to alert the public to extreme temperatures and warn them of the dangers as climate change becomes an increasing concern around the world. 

Nuclear Waste-Powered Diamonds Could be the Future of Sustainable Energy

While breakthroughs in nuclear fusion offer hope for more sustainable energy throughout the world, a new technology that has flown under the radar until now may provide a viable alternative to nuclear pursuits. 

Scientists at the California-based business, NDB, claim to have built a self-powered battery made entirely of radioactive waste that has a life expectancy of 28,000 years, making it ideal for your future electric car or iPhone 5000.

Rather than storing energy generated elsewhere, the battery generates its own charge. It is constructed of two kinds of nano-diamonds, which makes it almost crash-proof when used in vehicles or other moving things. Additionally, the business claims that its battery is safe since it emits less radiation than the human body.

NDB has already created a proof of concept and intends to construct its first commercial prototype within the next few years, according to sci-nature.com. 

Man Uses Son as Test Dummy to Prove Tesla’s Self Driving Cars Will Not Mow Down Children

A North Carolina resident is making headlines for his unwavering faith in Tesla’s self-driving cars — and wanton disregard for his son’s safety. 

Carmine Cupani recently posted a video online showing a Tesla Model S equipped with beta self-driving software using its self-driving software to brake while his 11-year-old son stood in the path of 4,500 pound vehicle. 

The car stopped well ahead of the child, and Cupani was in the vehicle and ready to put the brake on manually if necessary. 

Cupani uploaded a video earlier this year showing his son sitting in the driver’s seat as the self-driving car moved effortlessly through a parking lot. 

According to CNN Business, the experiment was carried out in response to a video Dan O’Dowd, a software company CEO, posted showing a self-driving Tesla mowing down child-sized mannequins. It looks as though Cupani successfully proved that Tesla’s self-driving software will not, in fact, mow down a child — but at what cost?

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