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New spacesuit ‘go home’ function could save astronaut lives

 New research from Draper into technology that could build a self-return system into spacesuits would produce a significant leap in astronaut safety during activities in outer space. Draper researchers filed a patent for an automated ‘take-me-home’ feature that would turn spacesuits from mostly manual affairs to something that could guide itself back to safe shelter in the case of… Read More

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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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Tesla hits back at employee’s racial discrimination claims

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Tesla has unrelentingly hit back at a class-action complaint which labeled the carmaker’s factories a “hotbed for racist behavior.”  

In a statement titled a “Hotbed of Misinformation” issued on its website Wednesday, Tesla said it is “absolutely against any form of discrimination, harassment, or unfair treatment of any kind.”

The plaintiff is former employee Marcus Vaughn, who claimed he was routinely called the “n-word” by supervisors while working at Tesla. Vaughn also said he was fired in October “for not having a positive attitude” after complaining to Tesla’s human resources department. Read more…

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Watch SpaceX launch Koreasat-5A on a Falcon 9 rocket live

 SpaceX is launching a commercial communications satellite for client KT SAT, South Korea’s lone satellite service provider, today at 3:34 PM EDT (12:34 PM PDT). The window extends for two hours and twenty four minutes, so the launch could take place anytime between then and 5:58 PM EDT, depending on conditions. The launch will aim to put the Koreasat-5A satellite into geostationary… Read More

Business

The Toyota TJ Cruiser concept is a fun-filled toolbox on wheels

 SUVs are on the rise as a category, in many regions but particularly in the U.S., and Toyota’s new TJ Cruiser concept aims to address that growing demand in a way that other vehicles in its lineup doesn’t. Toyota’s TJ Cruiser project lead Mai Takeiuchi explained that Toyota believes that in terms of SUV buyers, their are urbanites who value style, and on-the-go consumers who… Read More

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Here’s our first look at Elon Musk’s Boring Co. LA tunnel

 Elon Musk is digging a tunnel under Hawthorne near SpaceX headquarters in California, after receiving approval from city council to do so. Musk’s Boring Co. has already made considerable progress on the dig and tunnel build, apparently, as Musk shared an image of the tunnel from the inside showing a reinforced tube that stretches off into the distance out of sight.
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Waymo to start testing its self-driving cars in Michigan

 Waymo’s next stop for its self-driving Chrysler Pacifica test vehicles is Michigan. The company that sprung from Google’s self-driving car project will be deploying its autonomous cars just in time for Michigan’s winter, too, which will mean that they should encounter a range of major challenges, including snow, sleet and frozen roads. This isn’t the first time Waymo… Read More

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Daimler’s new electric heavy-duty truck has 220 miles of range

 Daimler has a new all-electric semi truck that it revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, with a range of around 220 miles on a single charge and a heavy-duty towing capacity of around 11 tons, or just two tons less than its diesel equivalent. The Vision One packs in batteries with storage capacity of up to 300 kilowatt hours, and that 220 miles of range allow for short haul trips… Read More

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Qantas will pay for the passports of Americans, if they come to Australia

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Only about 40 percent of Americans have a valid passport, according to official statistics.

It’s why Australian airline Qantas has come up with a nifty marketing campaign to lure Americans Down Under — by paying for their passports.

The airline is offering a US$135 discount on its fares to Australia, which is the same cost as getting a U.S. passport.

“Australia is in the top five destinations Americans would consider travelling to in the next four years, yet more than half the population do not hold a valid passport,” Qantas chief customer officer Olivia Wirth said in a statement. Read more…

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Somehow this driver managed to hit himself with his own car

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Warning: Coarse language in this video.

Getting hit by your own car really takes some talent.

But if you want to find out how to do it, here’s a few pointers as per this video from Facebook page Dash Cam Owners Australia.

The clip was shot in the Sydney suburb of Malabar, and shows a man getting out of his car to try and talk to the beeping driver behind him. The only problem is that he forgets to put his car’s handbrake on, and let’s just say it all goes downhill from there.

Fortunately, the man in question appears to be fine — eventually arguing with the driver behind him. His ego, maybe not so much. Read more…

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Relativity Space wants to launch rockets for 90% less with 3D printing

 A new startup called Relativity Space founded by two aerospace engineers wants to use massive 3D printers to produce rockets without humans required on the factory floor, with the ultimate aim of driving the price of rocket launches down from their current rate of around $100 million to just about $10 million per launch. Bloomberg reports that Relativity’s founders think using 3D printing… Read More

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Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell trucks put to work in Port of LA pilot

 Toyota has hydrogen fuel cell transport trucks that generate no local emissions, and that have 670 horsepower and an 80,000 lb total weight capacity. The powertrain includes two of Toyota’s Mirai fuel cells, and a 12kWh battery charged by the cells. Toyota is now running a concept version of the truck along pilot routes that run around 200 miles per day, moving good between depots in… Read More

Business

Nissan drove a GT-R around a racetrack using a PS4 controller

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Mightier with the controller than you are with the steering wheel?

Well, you might fancy Nissan’s modified GT-R/C, which can be driven with a PlayStation 4 controller, and was created for the release of Gran Turismo Sport.

The car was given a spin around Silverstone’s National Circuit, with driver Jann Mardenborough steering the GT-R from a helicopter above the circuit. 

It’s understandably a complex beast: The car has four robots which operate the steering, transmission, brakes and throttle; while six computers at the back of the car look after the controls. Read more…

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Boeing to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences in bet on autonomous flight

 Boeing is acquiring Aurora Flight Sciences, a company that focuses on autonomous flight systems designed to make robot aircraft and vehicles a reality. Boeing says that its acquisition of Aurora will help it push forward its efforts around self-flying vehicle development, for both military and commercial use. Aurora Flight Sciences has been developing its LightningStrike XV-24A vertical… Read More

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Freight train with no driver is one step closer to a fully-autonomous rail system

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Look, it’s just a hunch, but careering down long stretches of Australia’s desert would be quite fatiguing. On the flipside, it’d make an ideal location to operate a driverless train system. 

It’s something mining company Rio Tinto are betting on in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, with its AutoHaul system — which the company claims to be world’s first fully-autonomous heavy haul, long distance rail network.

One of Rio Tinto’s trains has completed a near 100 kilometre pilot run without a driver on board, making it the first ever fully autonomous heavy haul train journey ever in Australia, according to a company statement. Read more…

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American Airlines ups its pillow game by tossing in a mattress pad, duvet — but only for first class

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American Airlines is making in-flight sleep better for the folks who already have the best chance at a comfortable nap. 

As if the rest of us flying back in coach didn’t have it bad enough walking by all that leg room toward seat purgatory, now we’ll have to uncomfortably squirm as we try to get some shut-eye knowing first and business class customers get a mattress pad, duvet, pillow, blanket, lumbar pillow, pajamas, and slippers.

The airline is partnering with mattress company Casper to offer the exhaustively engineered sleep accessories starting in December. Way to taunt the rest of us flying back in coach!   Read more…

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World View successfully launches its first stratollite from its Tucson HQ

 Stratospheric balloon launch startup World View has completed its inaugural launch from its new Tucson, Arizona-based headquarters, the company announced today. The new HQ was officially opened back in February, but since then it’s been preparing the facility for regular launch operations, culminating in today’s debut take-off. World View is trying to carve out novel territory… Read More

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Airbus and HAX create an accelerator program for flying taxi tech

 Aeronautics industry giant Airbus is teaming up with hardware early-stage investment firm HAX to create a four-month accelerator program based in Shenzhen focused on a high-flying goal – “urban air mobility.” The program will seek to guide startups working on various aspects of flying cars and aerial city transportation, including air traffic management, perception systems… Read More