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Jul 25, 2019

Seabed mining is coming — bringing mineral riches and fears of epic extinctions

Posted by in categories: business, existential risks, sustainability, transportation

Now, it seems this nascent industry’s time has come. A growing demand for batteries to power electric cars and to store wind and solar energy has driven up the cost of many rare-earth metals and bolstered the business case for sea-bed mining. What’s more, the industry’s long-awaited regulations — in the form of a mining code — are due to be finalized by 2020, putting in place a process whereby contractors can apply for 30-year licences to mine assigned ‘claim areas’ in parts of the international sea bed such as the CCZ. Already, miners are exploring the potential wealth of these claim areas, but no commercial extraction will begin until the regulations are in place. Investments in this industry are now growing.

Plans are advancing to harvest precious ores from the ocean floor, but scientists say that companies have not tested them enough to avoid devastating damage.

Jul 24, 2019

Elon Musk: Revolutionising Space Transportation with Stainless Steel

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, transportation

SpaceX has come a long way. After being shocked by the absence of NASA’s concrete plans for a manned mission to Mars in the early 2000s, Elon Musk, the well-known entrepreneur and engineer, founded SpaceX in order to establish affordable access to space.

After spending a couple of years on designing, building and testing the first privately developed orbital rockets, the fourth launch of the Falcon 1 rocket into orbit was successful, marking the dawn of private space transportation. With its proven capabilities, SpaceX was awarded a substantial contract from NASA for supply missions to the International Space Station, providing the funding for a rapid development of new launch vehicles.

Jul 24, 2019

You Can Now Sign Up to Buy Your Own Hybrid-Electric Plane

Posted by in category: transportation

Los Angeles company Ampaire is offering its hybrid-electric Electric EEL aircraft to general-aviation pilots starting this week.

Jul 23, 2019

Toyota, Japan to Launch Huge Moon Rover for Astronauts in 2029

Posted by in categories: space, transportation

The pressurized vehicle could help astronauts scout for resources such as water ice.

Jul 23, 2019

Tesla has a giant new machine to produce the Model Y frame in almost one piece

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Tesla is working on several significant manufacturing improvements for the Model Y production program and it includes building a giant new casting machine to produce a big part of the Model Y frame in one single piece.

We have been reporting on how Tesla plans to simplify the design of its future vehicle platforms and achieve greater automation in the manufacturing process.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Universe’s First Type of Molecule Is Found at Last

Posted by in categories: chemistry, cosmology, particle physics, transportation

Making a replicator from this could make something that could create almost anything :3.

The first type of molecule that ever formed in the universe has been detected in space for the first time, after decades of searching. Scientists discovered its signature in our own galaxy using the world’s largest airborne observatory, NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, as the aircraft flew high above the Earth’s surface and pointed its sensitive instruments out into the cosmos.

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Jul 22, 2019

The Analog Motion E-Bike is the alternative to commute hell — and it’s $130 off

Posted by in category: transportation

If you’ve never done battle with serious day-to-day metro traffic, we salute you — because you have no idea of the smoldering hell you’ve escaped. Big city commuting is a different world that requires smart solutions to avoid hours lost in standstills every single week.

The guys behind the Analog Motion E-Bike have some horrifying UK commuting stories of their own. That’s why they created the AM1+ ultralight electric bike, a crafty alternative to cars and scooters that keeps the needs of city travel firmly in mind. Right now, you can discover a smarter way to get across town at more than $130 off, just $1,449 from TNW Deals.

Jul 22, 2019

Team TUM wins SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition with record 288 mph top speed

Posted by in category: transportation

SpaceX hosted its fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition finals on Sunday at the test tube it built outside its Hawthorne HQ. We were on site for the competition, and watched as Team TUM, from the Technical University of Munich, took home the win thanks to achieving the top speed overall of any team to run in the finals.

TUM (formerly known as team WARR Hyperloop in past competitions) is a repeat winner, and achieved a top speed of 288 mph in this year’s finals. That’s the fastest overall for a Hyperloop pod thus far – it beat its own record from last year of 284 mph set during the third SpaceX student run-off. It wasn’t without incident, however – near the end of its run, there was a spark and some debris appeared to fly off the craft, but it still survived the run mostly intact and satisfied SpaceX judges to qualify for the win.

TUM beat out three other finalist competitors, including Delft Hyperloop, EPFL Hyperloop, and Swissloop. Delft unfortunately had a communication error that cut their run short at just around 650 feet into the just over 3/4 mile SpaceX Hyperloop test track. EPFL managed a top speed of 148 mph and Swissloop topped out at 160 mph.

Jul 20, 2019

Italy’s Etna volcano erupts on Sicily, disrupting flights | 20.07.2019

Posted by in category: transportation

Italy’s Mount Etna began spewing hot ash and lava overnight, forcing authorities to close two airports in eastern Sicily. Experts detected “lively spattering” at the volcano last month.

Jul 20, 2019

Apps and Products

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2020 Harley-Davidson LiveWire test ride: Rebooting the brand with an electric bike.

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