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Your dream commuter car is coming to your driveway. TFX, the prototype flying car that takes off and lands like a helicopter. It's brand new automotive and aviation innovation. You vertically take off from your driveway and land vertically in your office parking lot. It also drives like a car on the road. One of the selling points of the helicopter car is you can avoid and take-off from traffic jams.
Electric and Autonomous
TFX is autonomous, electric and fuel efficient. Vertical takeoff and landing means no need for an airport. Chinese owned company Terrafugea says the vehicle will be on the roads and in the skies within ten years. Company founder Dr. Carl Dietrich and his team of MIT engineers created the world's first FAA and NTSB approved flying car The Transition. They designed and engineered the TFX.
Pushing Flying Car Technology Skywards
Meanwhile, NASA and Uber are teaming up to make electric flying cars operational within six years. Their dual vision is flying taxis for cities. NASA has developed air traffic management for a fleet of flying taxis. Uber has shared its plans for a ridesharing network and NASA is going to test it through simulations. NASA believes the process will help develop needed industry standards and regulations.
Flying Electric Taxis
Here's the NASA-Uber concept. Flying taxis that are affordable and deployed in urban areas. Among other compelling points, the electric and autonomous flying taxis would reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. NASA has a traffic management plan for flying cars. It's a powerful combination to launch flying taxes on the roads and in the sky. NASA and Uber are now building plans for ridesharing networks. Rides will be booked through the Uber app, just like Uber cars. The networks will be operational by 2023. Like TFX, the NASA-Uber flying cars are vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (VTOL), Virtual game-changing robotic helicopters.
There's plenty of competition to take off first. Airbus and a startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page are developing flying car prototypes. The key issue to be tackled is safety in crowded airspaces near airplanes and drones. NASA is at the forefront of the air management issues. NASA officials believe urban air mobility could revolutionize the way people and cargo move around cities. As one NASA official put it: Flying cars "
would fundamentally change our lifestyle like smartphones have."
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
One of the World's Largest: $2.3 Billion EV Battery Plant for Lordstown, Ohio
GM and South Korea's LG Chem Joint Venture
GM and South Korea's LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion to build an electric vehicle battery cell plant in the Lordstown area of Ohio, USA. The plant will be one of the world's largest EV battery cell producing plants. GM and LG Chem will break ground for the new facility in mid-2020 and the new plant will create 1100 jobs at the start of operations. The companies say this plant will be flexible enough to respond to rapid changes in EV battery technology needs. Those needs are accelerating with demand for greater range on less charge times, advancing with electric car technology and they are very expensive. GM CEO Mary Barra's Electric Vehicle Commitment
This is a very significant investment. GM CEO Mary Barra believes that the future of driving is electric. The lack of lithium-ion battery supplies, persistent production problems and the pres…
Continuous Supply of New Neurons Tied to Lifetime Learning & Memory Important Discovery by University of Pennsylvania Medical School Scientists
This is breakthrough research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The scientists have shown for the first time that brain neurons grow and develop over a lifetime from a single population of stem cells in the hippocampus region of the brain. That region is the brain's center of memory and learning. It's also a key area of reaction to stress and mood adjustments.
Why is This Important to You
The discovery underscores how a continuous supply of new neurons throughout life is the source of youthful like learning and memory throughout your life. The discovery was found in research on mice. And, it sets a new benchmark. It helps neuroscientists to determine how to enable youthful life brain conditions for memory and learning for all of us throughout our lives. It's also a path of discovery to repair and regen…