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For His Next Trick, Elon Musk Will Revolutionize HVAC Systems

For His Next Trick, Elon Musk Will Revolutionize HVAC Systems

Because running Tesla and SpaceX and isn't enough, now Elon Musk would really love to for home use, according to Inverse. It could even piggyback the existing work Tesla has done to make heaters for its newest vehicle, the Model Y.The first few Tesla vehicles used an electric cabin heater to replace a traditional fuel vehicle’s reliance on internal combustion engine heat. Trying to find the right kind of heater has been challenging at times for Tesla, which was faced with reinventing the wheel, so to speak. Before now, engines made the heat as a secondary effect of combustion. Tesla’s first...

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Mar 26, 2020
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The U.S.'s $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Has a Toilet Problem

The U.S.'s $13 Billion Aircraft Carrier Has a Toilet Problem

The toilets on America’s two newest aircraft carriers, USS Bush and USS Ford are experiencing clogging problems, and the only way to keep the pipes draining is to use a special, extremely expensive acid solution. The two carriers toilet plumbing system, modeled on the plumbing system installed on airliners, clog frequently requiring the Navy to regularly service them with an acid that costs $400,000 per use.The problem, , is mentioned in a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on sustainment costs for Navy ships. The GAO report that the Navy used a brand new toilet and sewage system...

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Mar 26, 2020
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NASA Ventilator | NASA Makes Its Own Ventilator | COVID-19

NASA Ventilator | NASA Makes Its Own Ventilator | COVID-19

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, have come up with a design for a high-pressure ventilator that can mechanically breathe for patients with the most severe cases of COVID-19 ()—and they did it in just 37 days. "We specialize in spacecraft, not medical device manufacturing. But excellent engineering, rigorous testing and rapid prototyping are some of our specialties," JPL Director Michael Watkins said in a "When people at JPL realized they might have what it takes to support the medical community and the broader community, they felt it was their...

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What Is OLED? - New OLED Material for Better Lighting

What Is OLED? - New OLED Material for Better Lighting

Researchers in Switzerland have found a (OLED) material that could scale the technology up to inexpensively light entire rooms and homes for the first time. The results come from a new arrangement of copper electrons, CuPCP, that replaces more costly precious metal diodes (PHOLEDs). Let’s have some alphabet soup and learn about OLEDs.Related StoryOLEDs are a natural descendant of original light-emitting diode (LED) technology. About 10 years ago, plasma and LED TVs competed head to head in different categories, and plasma was the clear winner. But plasma TVs represented a proprietary...

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Starlink Satellites | Starlink SpaceX | Elon Musk Starlink News

Starlink Satellites | Starlink SpaceX | Elon Musk Starlink News

says SpaceX's has made great steps toward providing good internet to previously low-priority locations. Musk’s accounts for an eventual 40,000 satellites in orbit to blanket the globe in internet coverage, far surpassing any existing satellite internet service. In the near term, however, Musk has said his goal for Starlink is to get to communities that have had almost no internet options until now. For these communities, Musk says, the “private beta” testing phase should begin in a few months, with public beta in six months.Private beta begins in ~3 months, public beta in ~6 months,...

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Russia Military Robots

Russia Military Robots

A new report out of Russia's military research center suggests the Kremlin is close to realizing an army of Terminator-like robot soldiers that could soon replace humans in battle. "Living fighters will gradually begin to be replaced by their robotic 'brothers' who can act faster, more accurately and more selectively than people," Vitaly Davydov told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti on April 21, according to a Forbes Davydov is the deputy director of the Advanced Research Foundation, which is Russia's version of the U.S. Defensed Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).Killer...

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The U.S. Army Is Using an MMO for Training | War Thunder MMO

The U.S. Army Is Using an MMO for Training | War Thunder MMO

Soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, are using a massive-multiplayer online (MMO) game to learn tank tactics and flex their real-life skills. The tankers of D Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are training in-game, maneuvering their vehicles and using real-life procedures. The tankers are currently tankless in the real world, waiting for new tanks and are stuck in “force protection.” That's what civilians would call social distancing, making video games an ideal solution.The U.S. military is not immune to the COVID-19 pandemic with...

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Microwave Plasma Thruster | Jet Engine Replacements

Microwave Plasma Thruster | Jet Engine Replacements

Chinese scientists suggest they’re bringing down to Earth, with a new kind that performs as well in the atmosphere as others do in the vacuum of space. Using just air and electricity, researchers from the Institute of Technical Sciences at Wuhan University say they’ve overcome longtime atmospheric issues like air friction and made a plasma thruster that can compete on the ground.In a in American Institute of Physics Advances, the scientists describe how they built and tested their plasma thruster. “We demonstrated that, given the same power consumption, its propulsion pressure is comparable...

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Reverse Evolution | Why Turtle Ants Undergo Reverse-Evolution

Reverse Evolution | Why Turtle Ants Undergo Reverse-Evolution

12345Evolution is usually a forward-moving process, honing every single living thing to perfectly fit its environment. But even this steady march of biological progress isn't a universal truth, at least not for the humble turtle ant, which experiences what scientists call "reverse evolution." A published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) studied the turtle ant caste system, the natural order these ants maintain to create functioning social order. Researchers found that those belonging to the soldier caste have developed a “head shape and size…specialized for nest...

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