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Sep 17, 2018

Lucid Motors closes $1 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to fund electric car production

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, finance, sustainability, transportation

Lucid Motors, the electric car startup that aims to compete with Tesla, will receive an eye-popping $1 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the kingdom announced on Monday. The investment will finance Lucid Motor’s 2020 commercial launch of its first electric vehicle, the Lucid Air. Meanwhile, Tesla’s stock dipped by as much as 2 percent in early trading on news of the investment.

The deal is a major win for Lucid, which has languished over the last year as it failed to secure the funding necessary to start making its luxury electric cars. News of the talks comes weeks after Saudi Arabia purchased 5 percent of Tesla and emerged as a central player in Elon Musk’s failed effort to take the company private again. Musk cited conversations with the director of the Saudi fund as the impetus for his push to take Tesla private.

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Sep 17, 2018

High-Fiber Diet Reduces Brain Inflammation in Older Mice

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience

A diet rich in fiber helps reduce inflammation in murine brains.


According to a new study performed by University of Illinois researchers and published in Frontiers in Immunology, a diet rich in fiber reduces inflammation in aged mice, both in the guts and the brain. This beneficial reduction is due to high levels of butyrate, which result from the fermentation of fiber during digestion [1].

Study abstract

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Sep 17, 2018

Predicting flood risk better

Posted by in categories: engineering, finance, habitats

90% of natural disasters are flood related. Flooding will occur and people will build in areas that can and will flood so how can we change the outcomes in the future? Why not have floating homes that are anchored to their site but rise and lower with the flood with zero damage? I am about to start a new company that can manufacture those homes. If you want to know more contact me directly.


Engineers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a new statistical model that predicts how likely extreme flood events are in Germany. In contrast to earlier models, they distinguish between several types of floods with different causes, such as heavy rain, snow or spatially extended rain events with long durations. The model improves the assessment of flood risks and to plan appropriate protective measures. The team led by Professor Andreas Schumann from the Institute of Hydrology, Water Resources Management and Environmental Engineering reports on its work in the Bochum science magazine Rubin.

In their model, the hydrologists distinguish between three main types of flood, which stem from different causes: heavy , which lasts one or two days; prolonged rain over four to five days; and snow-related flooding.

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Sep 17, 2018

Bike-path made from recycled plastic opens in the Netherlands

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

I am all for recycling of plastics but I would prefer we stop using petroleum based plastics and instead use hemp based plastics that are biodegradable. I have better materials for roads and paths that could last for hundreds of years. If you want to know more get in touch with me.


Officials with the Dutch city of Zwolle have announced the opening of a new bike path made using recycled plastic. The bike path is part of a nationwide effort to recycle more user end products. The bike path was made using a modular design called PlasticRoad by a pipe-making company called Wavin.

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Sep 17, 2018

Bizarre Physics Phenomenon Suggests Objects Can Be Two Temperatures at Once

Posted by in category: quantum physics

The first new uncertainty principle to be formulated in decades helps explain why a quantum object can be two temperatures at once.

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Sep 17, 2018

Father of hobby robotics, Gordon McComb, has died

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

I woke up this morning to the sad news that maker-pal and pioneering hobby roboticist, Gordon McComb, had passed away. I wrote a brief eulogy on Make:

It is with a heavy heart that we here at Make: announce the passing of hobby robotics pioneer, Gordon McComb. He died on Monday, Sept 10th, apparently of a heart attack. Gordon was a great friend to Make: and to makers and robotics hobbyists from around the world.

Gordon’s Robot Builder’s Bonanza book, first published in 1987, arguably marks the beginning of hobby robotics as a significant maker category. It was the book that I bought in the late 80s that got me into robot building, and by extension, all forms of hardware hacking…

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Sep 17, 2018

In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Russian company GET (Global Energy Transmission) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to land. Build enough of these stations, and you can have an army of drones in the air that never need to land.

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Sep 17, 2018

A.I. and robotics will create almost 60 million more jobs than they destroy by 2022, report says

Posted by in categories: employment, robotics/AI

Machines and technology in the workplace could create 133 million new jobs in place of 75 million that will be displaced between now and 2022, new research from the World Economic Forum found.

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Sep 17, 2018

Elon Musk’s SpaceX to name first passenger for round-the-moon flight Monday

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

The SpaceX CEO is also showing photos of its BFR rocket, which could eventually go to Mars.

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Sep 17, 2018

Here’s what Google Maps looks like running on Apple CarPlay

Posted by in category: transportation

With iOS 12, Apple is giving third-party apps more flexibility and new capabilities within CarPlay. As an example, for the first time, you can use other apps besides Apple Maps as your preferred navigation software for Apple’s in-car platform. With that change now possible, Google Maps and Waze are both planning to support CarPlay and have begun beta testing.

Unfortunately it’s not a beta test most of us can join, so you’ll have to wait for the proper release before you can use either of these in your own vehicle through CarPlay. But some early screenshots posted by 9to5Mac provide a good preview of how Google Maps and Waze will look once that happens.

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