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Riding an E Pickup Truck Future
Tesla, GM, Ford Charging Ahead with E-Pickups
Big SUV and Pickup Truck Green Driving
Big news. Tesla's all electric Cybertruck has picked up 200,000 orders in the three days following its launch in Los Angeles. That's a big deal. People love the sleek armored truck look and power of the electric muscle truck that is Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pet project. Engineer Musk made the truck of the same steel he uses at Space X for his rockets. Buyers apparently forgave the faux paus of the bullet proof windows shattering twice when hit by a metallic ball at its debut. Production on Cybertruck starts in two years. Prices start at $40,000 and the vehicle has a battery range on the top class model of 500 miles. Musk has some time to work on the shattered glass of the shatterproof windows.
All Electric Pickup Wars
GM just announced it will deliver an all electric pickup truck by fall of 2021. Ford will deliver on an all electric pickup truck F150 at about the same time. And a Detroit based startup Rivian, which is backed by Amazon and Ford, will start producing its own electric pickup next year. The e-pickup category is very hot and congested with competition. The reason is that pickups are hot, accounting for 17% of US light vehicle volume sales and a staggering 70% of the profits.
All Electric Crossovers
Meanwhile, electric crossover vehicles are a super charged market. Ford just unveiled its 2021 Mustang Mach-E all electric SUV to rave reviews as a revival of the iconic sports brand. The Mach-E will take on Tesla Model Y, a compact e-SUV that goes into production in 2020. BMW, Audi and Mercedes are also all in the game, In all, 100 electric vehicles will be hitting global showrooms in the next couple of years.
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…