Elon Musk tunnel to LAX would reduce travel time from an hour to five minutes

Elon Musk and his Boring company have begun digging a tunnel from his Spacex facility in Westwood to Los Angeles Airport. The tunnel will have sleds installed which will move cars at 125 miles per hour. The tunnel and sled system will take what is now a one hour trip from Westwood to LAX from …

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Cable free elevator has been built and it will boost capacity and cut wait times in half

Thyssenkrupp has built the first rope (cable) free elevator. This will enable system like the Star Trek Turbolift which can move up down and side to side. This is elevator industry’s holy grail. It ends the 160-year reign of the rope-dependent elevator. MULTI harnesses the power of linear motor technology to move multiple cars in …

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Made in space also working on robotic manufacturing of large structures in space

Made In Space is putting 3D printing into space and is working on other space based manufacturing. They are looking to make large light structures as well. They call these systems Archinaut. It is an alternative approach to the Tether unlimited spiderfab. In November 2015, NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) announced its selection of …

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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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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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First life on Earth evidence from 4.28 billion years ago (580 million years earlier than previous) and DNA analysis for more complex eukayote life for 2.33 billion years ago (770 million years earlier)

Structures seem to be microfossils formed around hydrothermal vents as much as 4.28 billion years ago have been found embedded in crystal. Stalks of iron-rich minerals, each a fraction the size of an eyelash, may be evidence of the earliest life-forms to inhabit the newborn planet Earth. The tiny hematite tubes are as much as …

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Methuselah Foundation making progress to make 90 the new 50 by 2030

The Methuselah Foundation wants to extend healthy life – By advancing tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, they want to create a world where 90-year olds can be as healthy as 50-year olds—by 2030. Donate to the Methuselah Foundation here at this link Methuselah Foundation reviewed the progress they made over the past year. Much of …

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US Navy Sticking With Advanced Arresting Gear in Next Carrier despite tripling cost from $476 million to $1.4 billion

The Navy is electing to use the controversial Advanced Arresting Gear on its next Gerald R. Ford-class carrier, John F. Kennedy (CVN-79), USNI News has learned. The landing gear had been estimated in 2009 to cost $476 million in costs for research development and acquisition for four systems but have increased to a 2016 cost …

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Exosuits and Exoskeletons will be hitting milestones and ramping up from 2017-2026

The DARPA Warrior Web program aims to significantly lower the “metabolic cost” — or energy expenditure — of troops operating in the field, and reduce the physiological burden of the gear that they carry, which can exceed 100 pounds. They are developing soft robotic exosuits that are designed to provide power and torque to critical …

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German Nuclear Fusion Stellerator operating with error rate of less than one in 100,000

A team of researchers from the US and Germany have now confirmed that the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) stellerator is producing the super-strong, twisty, 3D magnetic fields that its design predicted, with “unprecedented accuracy”. The researchers found an error rate less than one in 100,000. “To our knowledge, this is an unprecedented accuracy, both in …

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