Summarizing US Trucking Statistics

The US Department of Energy reports that class 8 trucks average 62,000 miles a year. The American Trucking Association provides the following statistics on trucking in America. Trucks move roughly 72.2% of the nation’s (USA) freight by weight. US Annual Trucking Revenue: $875.5 billion in gross freight revenues (primary shipments only) from trucking, representing 80.8% …

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Correction on Converting the USA and the World to Electric Semi Trucks

I made mistakes calculating how much electricity would be needed for 4 million total USA semi trucks and 40 million large trucks globally. There are also another 40 million light and medium trucks for commercial usage in the USA and another 120 million consumer pickup trucks and SUVs. Regular people use trucks far less than …

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Finding All Earth-Like Exoplanets Orbiting Sun-Like Stars Within 30 Light Years

A new NASA NIAC phase 1 study is analyzing a 20-meter class infrared space telescope. It is currently impossible to find Earth-like planets in the habitable zones (where the temperature supports liquid water) of Sun-like stars. It is even harder to measure the composition of their atmospheres. But this is necessary if we want to …

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Manipulating the Epigenome Can Drive Aging and Reverse Aging

Researchers developed a system called “ICE” (inducible changes to the epigenome) in DNA reparation, which actually advances aging, and also discovered that the process can be reversed by using OSK-mediated rejuvenation. Using the ICE system, young mice have aged quickly, but with dire consequences on the tissues in their bodies. Journal Cell – Loss of …

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For the USA Going All Electric Semi Trucks is Like Getting All of Iraq’s Oil Without War

Jordan of the Limiting Factor goes into detail on electric semi trucks and the megacharging that will be needed. I will go over the scale of the shift for electric trucks. The motivation is that it will make trucks about 30% cheaper to operate by saving 80% of the fuel costs. It also means countries …

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AI Model Trained With 174 Trillion Parameters

The BaGuaLu AI system used the Chinese Sunway exaflop supercomputer to train the largest AI model with over 174 trillion parameters. The miraculous capabilities of neural net AI systems like ChatGPT (AI generate novel text and stories) and Dall-E (AI generate novel pictures) and Alphafold2 (protein folding) comes from the growth of the AI models. …

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Overall Annual Global Deaths Will Double Over the Next 60 Years

The UN has their latest world population projections. Overall Annual Global Deaths Will Double Over the Next 60 Years The overall level of absolute annual deaths will be increasing from 60 million per year to about 80 million by 2050 and 100 million by 2070. The annual global death rate will average an increase by …

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Here is What Peter Zeihan Got Wrong on the Joe Rogan Show

Peter Zeihan was interviewed by Joe Rogan where Zeihan again predicted the collapse of China. This time Zeihan says it will happen within ten years. Zeihan has been predicting China’s meltdown since 2005. He repeats the call for China meltdown and possible breakup or breakdown multiple times. In 2010, he said it would happen within …

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Caltech Space Solar Power Demo Launched to Orbit January 3rd

The Transporter-6 mission successfully launched at 6:55 a.m. PT on January 3 placed the Caltech Space Solar Power Project (SSPP) prototype, the Space Solar Power Demonstrator (SSPD) in orbit. It will test several key components of an ambitious plan to harvest solar power in space and beam the energy back to Earth. Space solar power …

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Brian Wang on Farzad Tesla Panel

I, Brian Wang, was part of today’s Farzad Tesla panel. Here is the youtube video recording. There was a discussion of the Tesla price cuts in China and the impact on margins. Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is …

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