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India Pushing Electric Vehicles for its Roads
Targets 200 Million Vehicles to be Electric by 2026
Source: New Delhi Street stock image
India's Government Sees EV Future
India is working on a plan to require that all 2-wheel vehicles, such as mopeds, motorbikes and scooters, be electric by 2026. That is a very big deal. 2-wheel vehicles are the dominant form of transportation in India. Of the 250 million registered vehicles, 190 million are 2-wheel.
Global EV Capital
The government of Prime Minister Narenda Modi is strongly committed to an EV future. In fact, the government is accelerating incentives to produce and buy EVs. A number of new startups are springing up creating e-scooters, e-mopeds and e-bikes. India has a goal to become a global capital of EV manufacturing.
Cleaner, Greener Driving
For India much is at stake. It is a huge consumer of crude oil to power the 250 million vehicles, which in turn spew toxic emissions into the air. A recent study indicates that vehicle emissions in India caused 74,000 premature deaths and more than $20 billion in damage. The government's EV plan has been evolving but it is clearly committed to accelerating the use of electric vehicles. And it has the backing of the giant Indian conglomerate Tata Group, including Tata Power and Tata Motor, to build 300 rapid, recharging stations in five major cities within the next year or so.
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…