Sunday, November 19, 2017

Airlander 10 deflated after breaking free of its mooring

The Airlander 10 suffered a setback this weekend after breaking free of its mooring and deflating

Just one day after successfully completing its sixth test flight, the Airlander 10 has suffered a major setback. According to reports, the world's largest aircraft apparently broke free of its mooring mast on Saturday morning and was deflated as a safety precaution. An investigation is underway.

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Watch NASA’s Mars 2020 Parachute Unfurl at Supersonic Speeds

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In preparation for NASA’s next robotic mission to Mars, the space station has performed a successful test of a special parachute that’s designed to withstand the intense speeds involved during an atmospheric descent.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

New Tesla Roadster First Look: Zero to 60 in 1.9 Seconds, 250-MPH Top Speed, 620-Mile Range

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If Elon Musk had been holding a microphone during the big reveal event for the upcoming Tesla semi, he could have dropped it a dozen times, especially when a little red sports car emerged from the back of one of two Tesla semi prototypes on hand. While being dramatically backlit and surrounded by the haze from a smoke machine, the car crept down the trailer ramp, turned away from the assembled crowd of VIPs and journalists, and rocketed away as if propelled by a silent thermonuclear explosion. With that, Tesla resurrected the Roadster.

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When a prototype of the car finally reappeared after a couple of fast, silent passes, Musk provided just a few comments and details, including confirmation that, yes, the long-awaited follow-up to Tesla’s first car was indeed happening. “People asked us for a long time, ‘When are you going to make a new Roadster?’ We are making it now.”

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As they are wont to do at Tesla events, the crowd went wild, clearly not bothered at all by the fact that this version is no “roadster” in the traditional “sporty, two-seat convertible” sense but is, rather, a four-seat sports car with a removable glass roof panel. That makes it more akin to a Porsche 911 Targa than anything else, albeit without the complicated power top. Nor, for that matter, is Tesla “making it now” in the sense that you can pop by one of the company’s retail centers today and drive one home: the new Roadster supposedly will be available in 2020. Of course, Tesla isn’t the best at meeting deadlines, so it remains to be seen if that target date will indeed be hit.

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We may be willing to overlook those semantic inaccuracies if the proffered numbers hold up. Zero to 60 mph could take as little as a mind-bending 1.9 seconds, Musk said, with ­zero to 100 mph being accomplished in just 4.2. The claimed quarter-mile time of 8.8 seconds is truly hard to fathom, while the car’s projected top speed is more than 250 mph—and “this is the base model,” he said, without providing any hints of what other versions the company might have planned.

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Musk didn’t provide any details about the three electric motors the car will use, except that they will provide 7376 lb-ft of torque at the wheels and there will be one in front and two in back, which means the Roadster will be all-wheel drive. Musk also asserted that this new Roadster will be the first production car to hit 60 in less than two seconds or cover a quarter-mile in less than nine. The car’s capacious 200-kWh battery pack was also touted, enabling, it was claimed, a massive 620 miles of highway range. “Driving a gasoline sports car is going to feel like a steam engine with a side of quiche,” said Musk.

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The Roadster’s exterior design is quite beautiful, if not as striking as that of, say, a Bugatti Chiron, one of the only cars that may be able to keep up with the thing. It’s also not quite as distinctive as a McLaren 570GT, a car with which it will compete on price, with the electric model already advertised to start at $200,000; Tesla says that $250K will snag one of the 1000 Founders Series launch models, although no other details were given about those. (Naturally, Tesla invites customers to reserve a Roadster now for $50,000; reservations for the Founders Series version cost the full $250,000.)

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We hope that the next-generation Model X and Model S will adopt some of the Roadster’s more successful design elements, such as the contoured hood and the curvy body sculpting. The interior appears relatively austere, too, but that’s something of a Tesla hallmark at this point.

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We’ll bring you more details as they become available, presumably accompanied by the sound of mics dropping.

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Pentagon Cache of Over 1.8 Billion Scraped Social Media Posts Left Unsecured on Amazon Server

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The Pentagon accidentally left at least 1.8 billion publicly accessible posts it scraped from social media sites, forums and other web destinations unsecured on an Amazon S3 repository, where anyone with a free Amazon Web Services account could download the data, PC Mag reported.

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Guy in Charge of All the Nukes: Relax, I'm Not Gonna Let Trump Nuke Just Anything

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The U.S. military’s stockpile of nuclear weapons is one of the most existentially terrifying arsenals ever assembled, and a conflict involving the detonation of even small percentage of those weapons could potentially destabilize the entire world. With a commander-in-chief who has shown a fairly incredible…

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Watch Tesla’s new Roadster show off its record-breaking speed

 Tesla has delivered the ultimate fan car – a revamped version of its original Roadster, with crazy fast acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph times of only 4.2 seconds, a top speed north of 250 mph and 621 miles of estimated range on a single charge. There’s nothing quite like seeing the car peel out in person, which I got a chance to do at the Tesla Semi… Read More
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This NASA simulation of aerosols reveals a lot about the recent hurricanes

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NASA has tracked aerosols carried on winds and created an enlightening simulation of currents in the atmosphere. Read more...

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Two Teams Have Simultaneously Unearthed Evidence of an Exotic New Particle

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A few months ago, physicists observed a new subatomic particle—essentially an awkwardly-named, crazy cousin of the proton. Its mere existence has energized teams of particle physicists to dream up new ways about how matter forms, arranges itself, and exists.

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Tesla Semi has the technical capability to convoy today

 Tesla founder Elon Musk revealed at the Tesla Semi unveil that the truck can work in a convoy mode, with a three-truck convoy beating not only traditional diesel trucking, but also rail transport in terms of a cost per mile price. It can do $0.85 per mile, with diesel only able to do around $1.25 per mile at today’s gas prices. Convoying involves using a lead car to provide guidance… Read More
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Apple Working With Intel on 5G Hardware for Future iPhones

Apple is "leaning heavily" towards choosing Intel's 5G modems for its future iPhones, according to Fast Company. Apple engineers are said to be already working with Intel on upcoming 5G technology.

Apple's discussions with Qualcomm about 5G modems, meanwhile, have been described as "limited."


Citing a source with knowledge of Apple's plans, Fast Company says that while Qualcomm 5G modems will offer more specialized carrier features, many of those features will not be adopted by carriers, leading Apple to believe Intel's hardware will be sufficient for future devices.
The end game, multiple sources have said, is to build the Intel modem onto an integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC) that would also contain the CPU, GPU, and other iPhone components. The SoC would be co-designed by Intel and Apple and would be fabricated at an Intel facility.
Intel reportedly has "multiple thousands" of people working on 5G technology in an effort to catch up with Qualcomm and win the contract from Apple.

Intel this morning said that it had made "substantial advances" in its wireless product roadmap to accelerate the adoption of 5G. According to Intel, an end-to-end 5G call based on early 5G silicon has been completed successfully, which Intel says is a "key milestone in its development."

Intel expects its first 5G chips to roll out in 2019, ahead of the wide rollout of 5G networks. T-Mobile just today said that it is planning to roll out its fifth-generation network across the United States by 2020, and most of the carriers in the United States are already experimenting with limited trials.

5G is expected to deliver speeds that are 10 to 100 times faster than the average 4G connection, at a gigabit per second or higher, along with lower latency and other benefits.

Rumors that Apple is considering Intel's 5G technology are in line with previous reports that have suggested Apple is considering eliminating Qualcomm chips from its 2018 iPhones and iPads.

Apple and Qualcomm have been embroiled in a bitter legal battle since the beginning of the year, which has continued to escalate over the months. Apple believes Qualcomm charges unfair royalties for "technologies they have nothing to do with," while Qualcomm claims its technology is "at the heart of every iPhone."

Apple and Apple suppliers have ceased paying royalties to Qualcomm amid the dispute, while Qualcomm has filed several patent infringement lawsuits against Apple and has asked for import/export bans in the United States and China.

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