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Big Auto Going Global Electric
BMW & Tesla Expanding Production of Electric Vehicles in China
Source: BMW MINI Cooper
Tesla's Cybertruck About to Set a Record
BMW is significantly expanding its global electric vehicle operations. BMW and its Chinese partner Great Wall announced today that they plan to build a $716 million plant in China big enough to manufacture 160,000 electric cars a year. The plant will produce electric MINI's for BMW and also Great Wall electric vehicles. Great Wall is China's #1 SUV and pickup truck manufacturer. Meanwhile, US-based Tesla is close to setting a new record with its electric pick-up Cybertruck.
Big China Electric Vehicle Market Expansions
The BMW-Great Wall plant is due to open in 2022 near Shanghai. For e-car makers, the opportunity in China is huge. China has new quotas starting in 2025 requiring that 20% of total vehicle sales are electric and rechargeable hybrids. Automakers and suppliers are diligently working to meet these tough, new, antipollution standards that China is enforcing. VW is opening two plants in China with a combined production capacity of 600,000 electric vehicles per year. And, Tesla is building a new plant in Shanghai to produce 500,000 electric vehicles per year.
Meanwhile, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says his electric Cybertruck orders are closing in on a new record. 250,000 customers have signed up to buy the muscle, e-pickup truck. The orders are within one week of launch, despite the shattered "bulletproof" windows that broke twice when hit by metallic balls during the big debut. Production of Cybertruck is targeted for 2022 so CEO and engineer Musk has time to fix the glass. For a free borrow of journalist Ed Kane's books on innovation in green energy and transportation, go to amazon.com/author/ekane
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.
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…
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…