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Hummer's Electric Pickup Comeback
Hummer EV Pickup Truck for Sale 2021
Source: GM Front Bumper of Hummer EV
Gas Guzzler No More
At tonight's 2020 Super Bowl Game 54, GM is unveiling a comeback version of the Hummer that is all-electric. It's a battery powered electric Hummer EV pickup truck that will be teased in a :30 ad featuring basketball star LeBron James. The Hummer EV will be officially unveiled in May 2020 and go on sale in September 2021. This is another big GM electric vehicle bet. CEO Mary Barra believes that the future of driving is electric.
The pickup's battery is huge. It's capable of generating 1,000 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds. It also has a high towing capability. GM hasn't disclosed the price or how far the EV can go on a single charge. And, the only image that GM has provided so far is the front bumper area of the EV as shown in the picture above.
The electric pickup truck market is on fire with compeition. Tesla's Cybertruck, unveiled a few months ago, has more than 200,000 pre-orders. Hot EV startup Rivian has an electric pickup truck coming out for sale soon. And Ford is electrifying its very popular F-150 pickup.
GM is betting a lot on the electric comeback of Hummer. The company scrapped the Hummer brand in 2010. It was harshly criticized by environmentalists for being a gas guzzling tank that spewed toxic emissions into the air. GM is calling the new EV "a quiet revolution" that is virtually noiseless, "all-electric, zero emissions and zero limits".
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.
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…
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…