Musk sees 200 kph multi-level tunnel networks for cars with elevator access

Elon Musk says traffic jams will be eliminated with multi-level tunnel networks for cars. Musk spends only two or three percent of his time to the Boring company. It is a hobby. It is nevertheless making good progress. A snail can currently travel 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine and a preliminary goal …

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Elon Musk gives a glimpse of electric semi truck

Elon Musk showed a teaser image for Telsa’s forthcoming electric semi truck. Elon will have a full reveal of the electric semi truck in September. The electric tucks is also self-driving. It is powerful enough to tow a regular big rig up a hill and it handles like a sports car. Brian WangBrian Wang is …

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Key Metrics for China’s future economic growth- Debt to GDP, Private Consumption

Morgan Stanley and Michael Pettis differ on what China’s sustainable economic growth rate is over the next ten to fifteen years China. Morgan Stanley, however, proposes that China can manage to grow at an average annual rate above 5 percent for the next ten years, which suggests that they think this sustainable growth rate today …

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Enzinc and Navy working on 3D zinc electrode battery

Enzinc is working with the US Navy to develop a better and safer battery. Enzinc and the Navy Research lab have a unique three-dimensional (3D) zinc electrode. The research aims to bring a safer, more affordable rechargeable battery to market for electric vehicles, ebikes, and home and grid energy storage.“This breakthrough in rechargeable battery technology …

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F35 stealth fighter costs still out of control

Cascading F-35 testing delays could cost the Department of Defense (DOD) over a billion dollars more than currently budgeted to complete development of the F-35 baseline program. Because of problems with the mission systems software, known as Block 3F, program officials optimistically estimate that the program will need an additional 5 months to complete developmental …

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MIT 3D printing for faster, cheaper, more adaptable building construction

Large building structures built could be produced faster and less expensively than traditional construction methods allow using a new MIT 3d printing system. A building could also be completely customized to the needs of a particular site and the desires of its maker. Even the internal structure could be modified in new ways; different materials …

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UK Tokomak Energy startup has a test fusion reactor running

The UK’s newest fusion reactor has been turned on for the first time and has officially achieved first plasma. The reactor aims to produce a record-breaking plasma temperature of 100 million degrees for a privately-funded venture. This is seven times hotter than the centre of the Sun and the temperature necessary for controlled fusion. Oxford, …

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DARPA and ASU electrical brain stimulation could boost learning and memory by 30 percent

Stephen Helms Tillery wants to make you smarter — by electrically stimulating your brain. This work was done at Arizona Stat University. The Arizona State University neuroscientist has been awarded funding for a four-year study to develop a method of brain stimulation that may boost learning and retention up to 30 percent. The money comes …

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Electric bikes could grow from 200 million today to 2 billion in 2050

There are 200 million electric bicycles ridden today and most are in China. China has had annual sales of about 30 million bikes sold for several years but about 25 million are replacements for worn out bikes. Growth exists, but it has slowed greatly. The Electric Bike Worldwide Report predicts that the electric bike industry …

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Cornell developing transition metal dichalcogenides which could make topological superconductor and quantum computers

Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), materials offer several key features not available in graphene and are emerging as next-generation semiconductors. TMDs could realize topological superconductivity and thus provide a platform for quantum computing. “Our proposal is very realistic – that’s why it’s exciting,” Kim said of her group’s research. “We have a theoretical strategy to materialize …

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Superconductors and better batteries using seaweed derived materials

Researchers have made a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. Seaweed is an abundant algae that grows easily in salt water. While Yang was at Griffith University in Australia, he worked with colleagues at Qingdao University and at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the U.S. to make …

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