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Hyundai's Unique Hybrid with Solar Power
Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid
Source: Hyundai's Sonata Hybrid
Hybrid, Electric & Solar Panels on the Car Roof
At the Chicago 2020 Auto Show, a new breed of hybrid, electric and solar powered car was unveiled. It's Hyundai's 2020 Sonata Hybrid and it takes the popular Sonata to a whole new level. What is so innovative and unique about the vehicle is the solar paneled roof. The Sonata Hybrid with its combined electric and gas powered engines is much more fuel efficient. But add to that the solar panels that can provide an extra 800 solar electric powered miles per year. It represents another milestone in the drive toward cleaner, greener driving.
New Hybrid Platform
Hyundai says it's building the new hybrid on a brand new platform that makes it lighter in weight and increases the vehicle's strength. It's powered by a 2.0 liter 14 engine that provides 150 horsepower and an electric motor that provides a supplemental 51 horsepower. The solar panels directly charge the 12 volt and the hybrid battery with an electrical output of 205 watts. That provides extra miles of green driving every day and adds up to 800 miles plus per year. The hybrid gets 54 miles per gallon on the highway. One automotive expert calls the vehicle "high fashion with low fuel consumption." It also has the Sonata's full list of driver assistance technology and the central touchscreen, among other features.
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…