Open Lunar Foundation Believe $2-3 Billion Could Create a First Lunar Settlement

Open Lunar Foundation is a San Francisco based non-profit that had the goal of creating settlements on the moon. Steve Jurvetson and executives from Planet Labs are among those involved. There is $5 million invested in the organization. They were founded in 2018 and recently have appeared in Bloomberg. Their analysis is that will be …

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SpaceX Casting Raptor Engine Parts from Supersteel Alloys

SpaceX is developing stronger steel superalloys. SpaceX is making improved versions of Inconel alloys. SpaceX metallurgy team developed SX500 superalloy for 12000 psi, hot oxygen-rich gas. It was hard. Almost any metal turns into a flare in those conditions. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 23, 2018 Inconel is a family of austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloys. Inconel …

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If we had general intelligence at the level of a rat then the Singularity would be very near

The head of Facebook’s AI, Yann LeCun, says AI still has a long, long way to go before it approaches anything near the intelligence of a baby, or even an animal. LeCun thinks the keys are * machines that can build, through learning, their own internal models of the world, so they can simulate the …

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DARPA’s Dormant but Always-Alert Sensors

DARPA has new sensor that use virtually zero stand-by power. Then ovel sensors could improve situational awareness for warfighters, add smarts to Internet of Things. A research team at Northeastern University, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Matteo Rinald has built sensors remain dormant and unattended but always alert, even for years, without …

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India begins building first high speed rail with Japan’s help

India as begun building a high speed rail line with a low interest loan from Japan that will cut the 316-mile journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai from eight hours to around three. India aims to begin operating the line by 15 August 2022 from Ahmedabad, the Gujarat capital, to the financial hub of Mumbai. Indian …

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Mercedes Benz makes new home battery modules to compete with Tesla Powerwall

Mercedes Benz has new home battery modules. The Mercedes Benz battery modules start with a capacity of 2.5 kWh and up to eight battery modules can be combined for a total energy storage capacity of 20 kWh. Including a required power inverter and installation, the total price for the Mercedes-Benz home battery will range from …

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Toyota plans to leapfrog Tesla electric cars by 2022 with fast charging solid state batteries

Toyota Motor Corp is working on an electric car powered by a solid state battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces charging time. Toyota aims to begin sales of solid battery electric cars in 2022, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday. Toyota’s new electric car, to be built on an all-new platform, will …

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Israeli company starting 5 year project to make a flying car

Metro Skyways, a subsidiary of Israel’s Urban Aeronautics company is set to embark on a five-year development of the CityHawk – an optionally-autonomous flying car. They plan to fund the current flight demonstrator phase, or the entire five-year program, that will result in the completion design, development, and testing of a VTOL aircraft built exclusively …

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Multi-directional cableless elevators could deliver people to the subway directly from their offices

The world’s first horizontala and vertical elevator can literally open up new directions of travel in underground transport hubs. MULTI breaks the 160-year tradition of rope-driven elevators and has been designed to increase passenger shaft capacity by 50%. It does this by enabling multiple cabins to travel safely up one shaft and down another in …

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