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Electric Vehicles Driving into 2020
Tesla Gets a Run for its Money
Source: Volvo Polestar 2 Electric Sedan
Big E-Competition from Volvo and BMW
The 2020's are expected to be the decade of electric vehicles. Every major automaker is planning to electrify its vehicle lineups. For the first time, some global automakers will offer more electric and hybrid than conventional, gas and diesel powered vehicles. There are projections that by 2030 electric cars will amount to more than 20% of new cars sold in the US.
Mass Market Electric Vehicles
Two electric cars expected to be important to a wide consumer audience are coming out during 2020 from BMW and Volvo. These cars are designed and priced to give Tesla a run for its electric vehicle money.
The 2020 BMW i4, 4 door, fastback styled electric vehicle is expected to hit the market in 2020 and be an important factor. Entry level models will be priced at less than $40,000. Reports indicate this vehicle can get 340 to 435 miles on a single charge, which offers Tesla significant competition. More details will come out on the BMW i4 from upcoming auto shows in 2020 during which BMW will provide more information.
Volvo's Polestar 2
Volvo also has a big ace up its sleeve in the all-electric Polestar 2 priced at $40,000. The compact, all-electric sedan packs 400 horsepower and a 311 mile range on a charge. The final product will roll out in 2020 and is expected to be a major player in the EV global market. For free listens, borrows and browsing of my books, co-authored with fellow journalist Ed Kane, on travel and other innovations, 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…