AeroMobil unveils futuristic flying car, plans to launch by 2017

July 11, 2016 by  
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AeroMobil just unveiled a brand new prototype of its futuristic flying car in Brussels. The AeroMobil 3.0 is the latest version of the vehicle, which is designed to be both driven on the road and flown through the air. Perhaps the most exciting part of the Brussels presentation came when AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik announced that the company is planning to commercialize the car by 2017. The AeroMobil 3.0 is one of several new experimental prototypes from the Slovakian company, which hopes to debut several additional features and design improvements by the end of the year. While the company’s current prototypes are all two-seated vehicles , Vaculik hinted that could change, calling it only the “first product in a series of innovative vehicles.” Unfortunately, details about future designs haven’t yet been made public. Related: Aeromobil: Sleek Slovakian Flying Car Takes its First Flight (Video) While it’s easy to see a flying car as a luxury item, the AeroMobil team insists that there are practical uses for the vehicle. For example, it could cut commuters’ travel time, help people travel medium distances, and could even be used by first responders and law enforcement in areas with poor road infrastructure . Though the company calls the AeroMobil a “car,” it will need to be certified as an aircraft as well as a road vehicle. Those who want to see the flying roadster up close can go to the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels during working hours until August 1st. + AeroMobil

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Over 200 tons of poisonous herbicides are dumped on North Americas wild lands every year

July 11, 2016 by  
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New data has emerged on how widespread the use of herbicides , including glyphosate , has become in North American federal and tribal land. In 2010 alone, 200 tons of the stuff was sprayed on natural wild lands to help curb the growth of invasive plant species. It is possible this “just trying to help” move may have done more damage to the native plants than the intrusive species would have done. University of Montana researchers published their findings recently, having gathered data with the help of figures from Algoma University and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources . They found that those 200 tons of herbicide were sprayed over 1.2 million acres of U.S. wildlands. Viktoria Wagner from UM explained, “Imagine: The wildland area sprayed by herbicides in that year is comparable to 930,630 football fields, and the amount of herbicides used equals the weight of 13 school buses.” Related: Shocking new map shows where cancer-causing glyphosate sprayed in San Francisco Researchers suspect the numbers are actually higher, seeing as data were not able to be collected from the U.S. Forest Service lands. An unexpected finding from their research was the alarmingly high use of glyphosate, a notorious cancer-causing chemical. Wagner stated, “This finding was unexpected because glyphosate is a nonselective herbicide that harms grasses and herbs alike and thus has a higher potential to negatively affect desired native plants.” The low cost and few restrictions on usage may have played a part in its widespread use, however. The study calls for further analysis and monitoring of how helpful herbicides are in the fight against invasive plants in natural wild lands. Via Phys.org Images via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ,  Wikipedia

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Joby S2 has 12 propellers and 16 electric motors for a clean, long-range flight for two

December 3, 2015 by  
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Congress approves $305 billion bill to fund infrastructure and transit programs

December 3, 2015 by  
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The US Highway Trust Fund has been dwindling for the last 10 years, but Congress recently approved a new plan to give it a much-needed boost. Both the House and the Senate have proposed differing legislation to address transportation programs, and this Tuesday compromised on a $305 billion plan that would manage infrastructure care until 2020. Both chambers of Congress are expected to seal the deal by the end of 2015. Read the rest of Congress approves $305 billion bill to fund infrastructure and transit programs

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