Sen. Ted Cruz is feeling the heat from multi-hyphenated talent Matthew McConaughey's rumored run for governor in 2022, saying the actor would pose a "formidable" challenge.
In a Thursday interview on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," Cruz was very complimentary of the Austin-based "Dazed and Confused" actor. Cruz said he likes McConaughey on a personal level, which is what makes him a threat.
"I know him a little bit, not well, but I've spent a little bit of time with him," Cruz said. "He's a movie star, and a good-looking, charming, affable movie star can be a really formidable candidate on the ballot."
Reports that McConaughey has been mulling a run for governor started circulating in November last year, though he has yet to make an announcement of such plans. The Minister of Culture's publicly-facing political views are vague, though he has said he is "aggressively centrist."
If he decides to run, McConaughey would be up against incumbent Greg Abbott and possibly Democrat Beto O'Rourke, who ran against Cruz for U.S. Senator in 2017. O'Rourke was ultimately defeated but made for the closest senate race in Texas since 1978.
Cruz, who worked under Abbott for over five years, said he is a "big fan" of the incumbent and hopes to see him succeed.
"I am a big fan of Greg Abbott. He's a close friend and mentor," Cruz said. "I think (McConaughey) would undoubtedly be formidable. I hope that doesn't happen, but you know what? He's going to have to make his own decision whether he's going to run or not."
An April poll by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas showed that 45% of registered Texans would support McConaughey over Abbott, who 33% support. Over the past year, Abbott's approval rating dropped from 56% to 45%.
McConaughey himself sat down on the Hugh Hewitt Show last November when Hewitt first asked him about a possible run.
"That wouldn't be up to me. It would be up to the people more than it would me," McConaughey said on the show. "Look, politics seems to be a broken business to me right now and when politics redefines its purpose, I could be a hell of a lot more interested."
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Someday, electric vehicles could go distances fit for road trips across Texas.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, who have previously made strides in the lithium-ion battery industry, have developed a new electrode for such batteries that could draw greater power and allow faster charging.
So far, the research has looked at just a single type of battery electrode and is in its early stages. But it offers exciting potential as some buyers consider driving range an important factor when making the switch to an EV or picking one.
Tesla’s Model Y being produced out of Giga Texas, for example, offers an estimated 330-mile range, which is lower than what many have become accustomed to in gas-powered vehicles.
So UT professor Guihua Yu, along with other researchers, had their findings on battery electrodes published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“The unprecedented growth of electric vehicles during the past decade has played an indispensable role in paving the way for a carbon-neutral future,” the researchers write.
That’s why it’s key to address a hitch with next-generation batteries, where restacking material can cause “significant bottlenecks” in charge transport, Yu says. Consequently, it can be difficult to achieve high energy and fast charging.
To tackle the sluggish reactions of electrodes, the team used thin two-dimensional materials as the building blocks and stacked them to create thickness. Then, they used a magnetic field to manipulate their orientations and put the materials in vertical alignment. In doing so, researchers essentially made a fast lane for ions to travel through the electrode.
They compared their results to a commercial electrode and a horizontally arranged one for experimental control purposes. In that comparison, they recharged the vertical thick electrode to 50% energy level in 30 minutes. The horizontal electrode took 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Zhengyu Ju, a graduate student in Yu’s research group who is leading this project, said the team’s electrode shows superior electrochemical performance.
In part, that’s “thanks to the unique architecture we designed,” Ju said. It ultimately allowed for high mechanical strength, high electrical conductivity and facilitated lithium-ion transport.
Going forward, the team aims to generalize their methodology of vertically organized electrode layers to apply it to different types of electrodes using other materials. They imagine if this technique becomes more widely adopted in industry, it may create future fast-charging, high-energy batteries to power EVs.
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