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1st Hoverboard Ride Over English Channel
France's Flying Inventor Franky Zapata
Source: Zapata flying into Dover, England
French Inventor Goes 106 MPH
French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the English Channel today on a jet powered hoverboard that he invented. It's a 22 mile trip that took him 22 minutes from Sangatte, France to Dover, England. At times he reached speeds of 106 mph.
Second Try Was the Charm
For Zapata, the second attempt brought success. In late July, he made his first attempt but fell into the water when trying to land on a refueling platform in the middle of the Channel. He missed it by inches. During today's successful flight, he stopped once to refuel because he started the journey with just 10 minutes worth of fuel. When he landed in Dover, he commented: "We made the machine 3 years ago and now we've crossed the Channel. It's crazy!"
Zapata the inventor has created Zapata Industries. He invented the Flyboard which uses a water jet to propel the rider into the air, behind and tethered to a boat. He's also invented the Flyboard Air that uses four jet engines to power the rider through the air untethered.
Interest and Competition
There's a lot of interest in this emerging personal travel technology including from the defense industry. And there's fascinating competition including from English inventor Richard Browning. He's the inventor of the Jet Suit that enables you to take off in flight powered by six jet engines strapped to your arms.
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…
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.