HyperloopTT is building the world’s third Hyperloop test track in France

April 16, 2018 by  
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Hyperloop Transportation Technologies just began construction on the world’s third Hyperloop test track. According to its latest announcement, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies ‘ full-scale tubes just reached a research and development facility in Toulouse, France , and a test track is under construction. The two other Hyperloop test tracks are Virgin Hyperloop One in the desert near Las Vegas and Elon Musk’s near the SpaceX headquarters in California. The race toward a functioning, real-world Hyperloop system continues as more test tracks pop up , governments sign deals , and billionaires get in on the action. Construction of Hyperloop TT’s test track will happen in two phases. The first phase is the building of a closed system around 1,050 feet long, which the company says will be operational in 2018. In 2019, the company plans to finish a 0.6-mile system elevated by pylons at around 20 feet for the second phase. HyperloopTT’s passenger and freight tubes have an interior diameter of about 13 feet. A full-scale passenger capsule is scheduled to arrive in France this summer “for assembly and integration” — it’s almost finished being built at a facility in Spain. Related: Hyperloop One exhibits exciting first images of full-scale test track In the company’s statement, HyperloopTT chairman Bibop Gresta said, “We’ve pioneered the technology , proved feasible and insurable by the world’s largest reinsurance company, Munich RE. We have agreements in place in nine countries where we’re working on feasibility and regulations. We have a research center for freight and logistics in Brazil and a facility in Toulouse where we’ll deliver the first full-scale passenger capsule. Hyperloop is no longer a concept, it has become a commercial industry.” Stay tuned — HyperloopTT said they’ll soon reveal details for a public unveiling of their France facility this year. + Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Via The Verge Images via Hyperloop Transportation Technologies

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5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

February 17, 2016 by  
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Take everything you know about data storage and set it aside, because a breakthrough from a research team at the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Center (ORC) could change everything. The scientists have developed a totally new type of data storage , in the form of glass discs close to the size of a quarter. Data is encoded into tiny nanostructures embedded within the glass, and the team believes their invention could be used to store data for up to 13.8 billion years. Read the rest of 5D glass discs can store data for as long as the universe has existed

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What scares you more? Climate change or ISIS?

July 20, 2015 by  
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When you lie awake at night worrying about the world, what grips your intestines with fear? Lack of money? California’s drought and food shortages ? Or do you have nightmares filled with orange suits and gory ISIS reports? Well, here’s something we found interesting: for a new survey, the Pew Research Center asked this very same thing of 45,435 people in 40 different countries between March 25 and May 27, 2015. And the results are fairly predictable. Americans, who are among the least threatened by ISIS, are more afraid of the group than any other critical global issue. By the end of October last year, ISIS killed an estimated 24,000, according to the UN . That number has to be significantly higher now, but to put it in perspective, consider that climate change is expected to kill up to 600,000 each year by 2030 . Read the rest of What scares you more? Climate change or ISIS?

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Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers

July 8, 2015 by  
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The National Park Service operations budget has been cut 80 percent in the last 4 years, but not enough for a group backed by the Charles G Koch Charitable Foundation. In a recent New York Times Op-Ed , Reed Watson, executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center, lambasted existing provisions to protect national parks and efforts to set aside new land for preservation. PERC, which has received over $90,000 from the Koch brother’s foundation, advocates cutting all taxpayer support for national parks and switching to a 100 percent fee-based funding structure instead. Read the rest of Cut new national parks, says group backed by Koch brothers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: conservation , environmental law , environmental policy , fossil fuel industries , fossil fuels , Koch Brothers , Koch charitable foundation , Koch Industries , Land and Water Conservation Fund , National Park Service , New York Times Op Ed , PERC , Property and Environment Research Center , Public Relations , Reed Watson

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NASA sending probe to Europa in search of ancient sub-glacial life

February 26, 2015 by  
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With past life on Mars already likely , NASA is making plans to venture farther into the solar system by sending a probe to Europa to search for life. One of Jupiter’s many moons, about the size of Earth’s moon, Europa has been the subject of much interest by astronomers for years. The Hubble space telescope first captured images of water vapor there in 2012, causing some scientists to suspect a salty ocean that lies beneath its glacial crust might contain evidence of life. Read the rest of NASA sending probe to Europa in search of ancient sub-glacial life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ames Research Center , europa , europa clipper , hubble telescope , jupiter , Life , moon , nasa , probe , vapor plume

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Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder

February 19, 2015 by  
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Scanadu , a startup based at the NASA Ames Research Center , has made the science-fiction of Star Trek a reality by creating a non-invasive tricorder that, within 10 seconds, can gather medical information about a person and then relay it to their smartphone. The device, known as the Scanadu Scout , has been in development for over two years and can measure blood pressure, temperature, ECG, oximetry, heart rate and breathing rate. Read the rest of Scanadu creates world’s first Star Trek-style medical tricorder Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: medical device , medical diagnosis , medical tricorder , NASA Ames Research Center , scanadu , scanadu scout , star trek , tricorder , Yves Béhar

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The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado

November 25, 2014 by  
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The Denver Botanic Garden’s new Science Pyramid is an iconic new symbol for the park that also fosters conservation and research . The sustainable pyramid structure was created by Burkett Design and fuses architecture with the surrounding nature landscape. The beautiful peaked building emulates the mountains of the region , while providing a sprawling new center for visitors and researchers to enjoy. Read the rest of The Denver Botanic Garden’s New Research Center Rises Like a Modern Pyramid in Colorado Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , colorado , Colorado Rockies , Denver Botanic Garden , eco design , green design , passive design , pyramid architecture , Science Pyramid , skylights , sustainable design

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Raywork’s Design Unveils Regenerative Solar & Wind Powered Walkway

November 25, 2014 by  
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Raywork’s recent design submission of a regenerative walkway and public display system to the Taipei International Design Competition 2014 ( TIDC 2014 ) has some serious potential. The walkway structure features a photovoltaic regenerative roof with a multipurpose design that could fit easily at a roadside, beach side or bus or rail shelter. Read the rest of Raywork’s Design Unveils Regenerative Solar & Wind Powered Walkway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , media wall , public display system , rayworks design , regenerative walkway , solar , Solar Roof , solar shelter , Street art , tony Thomas , vertical axis wind turbines , Zero Energy Media Wall

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German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

October 21, 2013 by  
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Scientists from the Thueringian Regional Institute for Agriculture, the German Biomass Research Center , and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research have concluded that common straw could be used to provide power and heat to millions of homes throughout Germany. The team estimate that out of a total of 30 million tons of cereal straw produced annually in Germany, between 8 and 13 million tons could be used to produce energy or fuel. This would provide 1.7 to 2.8 million average households with electricity and 2.8 to 4.5 million households with heating. Read the rest of German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , biomass , Denmark , EU , German biomass research center , germany , Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research , renewable energy , Straw , Thueringian regional institute for agriculture        

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Woods Bagot-Designed Cairns Institute Contributes to the Sustainable Quality of Life for Queensland

October 18, 2013 by  
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