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Boeing & Porsche Developing Electric Flying Car
Source: Porsche-Boeing flying car Artist Rendering
Moving into the 3rd Dimension of Travel
Aerospace giant Boeing and luxury sports car maker Porsche have teamed up to create a premier electric flying car. They say that they are exploring the premium urban air mobility market through the extension of "urban traffic into the airspace." The car-plane combination is clearly targeted at big city commuters who would relish a lift above traffic snarled streets.
Their goal is to create a fully electric vehicle that is capable of vertical takeoff and landings - a VTOL. Both companies view this as a potentially key market segment of the future. They expect the flying car market to take off in 2025.
VW Going Electric
Germany-based Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, the world's largest automaker. VW has committed to building 22 million electric vehicles across its brands over the next ten years of the 2020's decade.
Tech Race to Electric Skies and Highways
There are no solid details on the amount of investment money each of the global companies are putting into this R&D effort. They also haven't revealed a price range for the flying car or target dates for production and availability. But it is clear that Porsche and Boeing are determined to jointly produce a flying car that is all-electric and delivers smooth driving and flying. As Porsche puts it we're moving into the 3rd dimension of travel. For its part, Boeing has successfully tested an autonomous, electric passenger air vehicle that it is developing.
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…