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Jeep's 1st EV: e-Mountain Bike
Jeep Goes Electric with a Powerful Mountain Bike
Jeep Super Bowl Ad: Bill Murray on RidgeRunner e-Bike
RidgeRunner: Electrified Biking Jeep Style
Chrysler- Fiat's Jeep is going electric with a powerful electric mountain bike. It's Jeep's first EV. It's called the RidgeRunner Jeep Edition. Jeep is partnering with the Colorado based e-bike builder QuietKat, which makes top-of-the-line e-bikes, costing as much as $6000. The Jeep RidgeRunner vehicle will be released for sale in June. Automotive industry experts are calling the e-bike "massively powerful". Jeep claims "it's the most capable off-road e-mountain bike there is."
Plenty of Watts
Jeep's e-bike is equipped with a huge, 750 watt class 2 electric motor, backed up by a 48 volt battery with a range of 30 to 60 miles on a charge. This is a ten speed suspension bike with a 17 inch or 19 inch frame. It weighs a hefty 80 pounds.. It can travel up to 25 mph. It has thick tires to bike through difficult terrain, including snow, sand, rocks and gravel. According to the company, the rear suspension linkage "has been fine-tuned" for maximum traction, capability and ride quality. Bottomline: it's an electric muscle bike for enjoying the great outdoors with zero emissions. Jeep teased the bike in a Super Bowl commercial with actor Bill Murray riding it along with Puxatony Phil, the groundhog onboard.
E-Bikes $26 Billion Industry
In 2018, e-bike sales globally hit $18 billion. The market is growing at a 6% annual rate through 2024.The e-bike industry is forecast to have a market valuation of $26 billion by 2025. There is a lot of competition out there. Jeep's new muscle electric mountain bike is said to offer Harley-Davidson's electric line-up of bikes, scooters and e-motorcycles like the LiveWire a great deal of competition. And GM is in the game, selling two electric bikes, the Meld and the Merge. Right now, the GM e-bikes are only sold in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Jeep has not set a price on the e-bike as of yet. Finally, it is clear that e-bikes are a big business avenue of global growth with no market hotter than Asia.
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…