Virgin Hyperloop One: Richard Branson invests in Musk-inspired high-speed transportation

October 13, 2017 by  
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A Hyperloop project just got a huge boost from none other than business magnate Richard Branson . Hyperloop One will rebrand as Virgin Hyperloop One, as the Virgin Group invests in the high-speed transportation effort. The investment follows a July full-scale test , which co-founder Shervin Pishevar described as their Kitty Hawk moment. Virgin Hyperloop One seems set to take on the world with help from Branson. He said in a blog post Virgin has always “been known for disruption and investing in innovative companies” and that he visited their test site, DevLoop, near Las Vegas during the summer, and was impressed with the tests. He’s now investing in the effort, and will also sit on the company’s board of directors. Related: Hyperloop One conducts first full-scale test of superfast transportation system Branson said during the second phase of testing, the Hyperloop team achieved a top speed of 192 miles per hour, and the longest test was 10.6 seconds. 436 meters, or around 1,430 feet, is the maximum distance traveled. The DevLoop tube length is 500 meters – around 1,640 feet – long, with a diameter of 3.3 meters, or around 11 feet. Hyperloop One said in their statement on the investment that the partnership “feels like a natural fit.” Their President of Engineering Josh Giegel once worked at Virgin Galactic. Branson said he invests in people, not simply technology . Hyperloop One said they already have projects afoot in the United States, United Arab Emirates, India, Canada, Finland, and the Netherlands, and hope to accelerate commercialization with the help of the Virgin Group. Both Branson’s blog and Hyperloop One’s statement mentioned the importance of clean transportation technology – the Hyperloop mode of transportation will be all- electric and efficient. Even though the Virgin name is now attached to the project, Hyperloop One said Virgin won’t be the sole operator. Around the world, they’ll work with many different operators, chosen by customers. Via Virgin Group and Hyperloop One Images via Greg Rose/Virgin and Hyperloop One

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is almost ready to launch into outer space

October 11, 2017 by  
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After over a decade in development, Virgin Galactic, a private space travel service founded by billionaire Richard Branson , is almost ready to enter orbit. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space , maybe six months before I’m in space,” said Branson at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki, Finland. If accurate, this moment for Virgin Galactic represents a culmination of years of hard work and setbacks, which included a fatal crash, delays, and technical problems. Branson’s Virgin Galactic is one of several companies, including Elon Musk’s SpaceX, in a high-stakes race to establish a private space travel service in the near future. Although Branson is reaching for the stars, he’s declined to reach as far as Mars. That’s Tesla territory. “I’m not as passionate about Mars as Elon [Musk] is,” said Branson. “My love for space is about how much it can do for people back here on earth, and that’s what Virgin Galactic is pushing towards.” As part of his SpaceX program, Musk plans to land rockets on Mars by 2022, in preparation for manned missions to the red planet . “[Getting to Mars] is an incredible challenge, and I suspect Elon [Musk] will get there first,” said Branson. “He’s more interested in big rockets going big distances. We’ve been more interested in taking people to space, and satellites, slightly closer to Earth.” Related: Richard Branson’s new supersonic jet will fly 2X faster than the speed of sound Earlier in 2017, Branson promised that Virgin Galactic would be bringing passengers into outer space by the end of 2018. Tickets to boldly go where few have gone before will not be cheap; each ride is expected to cost $250,000 per traveler. In addition to providing access to the wonder of space travel, the Virgin Galactic service will provide city to city travel across the world. “To get to space we’re going to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 miles per hour,” said Branson. “We are going to be the only people in the world, in a few months, to be flying a craft that’s going 3000 [mph]. Taking that craft and looking at point to point travel is something we are going to be in the best position in the world to do.” Via Business Insider Images via  Roderick Eime (1) and Land Rover

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Mysterious giant hole cracks open in Antarctica

October 11, 2017 by  
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A giant hole the size of Maine or Lake Superior has suddenly appeared on the surface of Antarctica and scientists are not quite sure how it came into being. “It looks like you just punched a hole in the ice,” said atmospheric physicist Kent Moore, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus. The sudden emergence of this hole, for the second year in a row, has confounded scientists, whose access to the site is limited. “This is hundreds of kilometers from the ice edge,” said Moore. “If we didn’t have a satellite, we wouldn’t know it was there.” Known as a polynia, the observed phenomenon occurs when open ocean water is surrounded by solid sea ice, leading to changes in the surrounding ice and below. This particular polynia has been known to scientists since the 1970s, though they were unable to fully investigate in the past. “At that time, the scientific community had just launched the first satellites that provided images of the sea-ice cover from space,” said Dr. Torge Martin, meteorologist and climate modeler. “On-site measurements in the Southern Ocean still require enormous efforts, so they are quite limited.” Related: New Antarctic farm will grow produce despite temperatures of -100 degrees F This is the second year in a row in which the reported polynia hole has opened in Antarctica, “the second year in a row it’s opened after 40 years of not being there,” according to Moore. While some may feel that climate change is behind this unusual occurrence, Moore cautions further study before drawing any conclusions. However, climate change certainly can influence the structure of sea ice and polynia. “Once the sea ice melts back, you have this huge temperature contrast between the ocean and the atmosphere ,” said Moore explained. “It can start driving convection.” This can result in polynias, fueled by warmer water rising to the surface, lasting longer than previously observed. Regardless of its origins, the reported polynia offers additional information for the study of climate. “For us, this ice-free area is an important new data point which we can use to validate our climate models,” said Moore. “Its occurrence after several decades also confirms our previous calculations.” Via Motherboard Images via  meereisportal.de , Jeff Schmaltz/LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response/Jesse Allen/NASA , and  MODIS-Aqua via NASA Worldview; sea ice contours from AMSR2 ASI via University of Bremen

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Bill Gates, allies launch $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures

December 12, 2016 by  
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A year on from the Paris pledge to step up clean energy investment, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Jack Ma and Vinod Khosla are backing this new fund.

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Here’s a master plan for 1.5 degrees

December 12, 2016 by  
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Achievable, market-driven transformative solutions to combat the worst effects of climate change.

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New technology reduces water use by up to 80 percent

December 9, 2016 by  
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Sponsored: Johnson Controls’ BlueStream hybrid cooling technology could end up being a cooling tower’s best friend.

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Supersonic jet will travel from New York to London in 3 hours at half the price of the Concorde

March 28, 2016 by  
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What if you could travel from New York to London in just over three hours? Colorado startup company Boom is designing a supersonic jet to make that vision a reality, and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has optioned 10 planes and will help test them. Read the rest of Supersonic jet will travel from New York to London in 3 hours at half the price of the Concorde

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Richard Branson Unveils Amazing Mahali Mzuri Eco-Camp in Kenya

April 3, 2014 by  
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Venturi Automobiles and Leonardo DiCaprio Unite to Create the World’s First Electric Racing Series

December 11, 2013 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio has long been an advocate of environmental ventures. Now, he has teamed up with Venturi Automobiles to create, and enter, a team into the world’s first electric vehicle racing series . If all goes as planned, it is hoped that the new FIA Formula E Championship will commence as early as September 2014. Read the rest of Venturi Automobiles and Leonardo DiCaprio Unite to Create the World’s First Electric Racing Series Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: e-cars , e-vehicles , electric racing cars , FIA Formula E Championship , Leonardo DiCaprio , Sir Richard Branson , Venturi Automobiles , Venturi Grand Prix Formula E Team , Virgin Group        

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Photosynthesis Bike Could Purify the Air as You Ride

December 11, 2013 by  
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Biking to work is about to get a whole lot greener. Not only are bikes better for the Earth than driving and a great way to keep in shape — but a new design concept recently unveiled by Bangkok-based Lightfog Creative & Design Company could actually purify polluted air while in use. The idea is to have an aluminum frame that generates oxygen through a “photosynthesis system,” causing a reaction between water and electric power from a lithium-ion battery. Read the rest of Photosynthesis Bike Could Purify the Air as You Ride Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air filtering bike , air purifying bike , bangkok design , clean transportation , green transportation concept , green transportation design , lightfog creative , photosynthesis bike , portable air filter , product concept , product mock up , red dot design award , reducing pollution , thai designers        

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