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  1. Alphabet’s Project Loon Deploys LTE Balloons To Puerto Rico

    Oct
    20
    2017

    In collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Aviation Authority, FEMA, and other cellular spectrum and aviation authorities, Alphabet’s Project Loon has officially deployed its LTE balloons to Puerto Rico. The ultimate goal is to help bring connectivity to areas of the island still experiencing the effects of Hurricane Maria. AT&T, Loon’s official partner […]

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  2. World’s Largest Airplane Gets Ready for Maiden Flight

    Oct
    11
    2017

    Private spaceflight company Stratolaunch Systems brought the world’s largest airplane (by wingspan) out of its hangar for the first time recently. Called the Stratolaunch, the massive aircraft successfully tested out all six of its Pratt and Whitney turbofan engines, each weighing 8,940 lbs. (4,000 kg), at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Here are some […]

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  3. All-Electric Truck From Bollinger Motors Tears Up Test Track

    Sep
    25
    2017

    Bollinger Motors has garnered a lot of attention ever since announcing it would be building an all-electric utility vehicle with a range upwards of 200 miles. However, everyone has been relatively in the dark since the initial announcement, leading some to become skeptical in regards to how the all-electric, half truck half jeep was coming […]

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  4. Porsche’s New $18K Carbon Fiber Wheels

    Sep
    22
    2017

    In the world of automotive design, carbon fiber has played a major role in reducing vehicle weight. Wheels using carbon fiber in their construction have been around for a while, but until now these wheels were made with carbon-reinforced resin. German automaker Porsche claims to be the first to produce ultra-light wheels made with braided carbon fiber. A […]

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  5. Jaguar Land Rover Announces Plans For All-Electric Everything

    Sep
    07
    2017

    British automaker Jaguar Land Rover has become the latest company to bet on the future of electric vehicles. In fact, the company recently announced that all of its new cars will come equipped with an electric powertrain beginning in 2020. The announcement from the automaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, comes shortly after Volvo and […]

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  6. These Innovative Glass Blocks Can Power Buildings

    Aug
    31
    2017

    Our inefficient buildings consume more than 40 percent of the electricity generated across the globe. To generate electricity through a building’s architecture, Tesla created solar tiles last year. Now, a team of researchers from the University of Exeter in the U.K. have created an innovative type of glass block designed to collect solar power and […]

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  7. US Power Grid Holds Up as Solar Eclipse Takes the Spotlight

    Aug
    24
    2017

    On Monday, millions of Americans put on their glasses (hopefully) and took in a rare total eclipse. While 14 states were in the dark for a couple of minutes as the moon covered the sun, the power grid in the United States was put to the test. This was especially true in California where roughly […]

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  8. New High-Strength Aluminum Alloy Could Help Hydrogen Fuel Become Viable

    Aug
    16
    2017

    Researchers at the US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground Research Laboratory have discovered a new high-strength aluminum alloy which could prove to be pertinent to the future of hydrogen fuel becoming a viable option. When testing the alloy, researchers found pouring water over its surface created a bubbling reaction and produced hydrogen gas. Of course, this reaction is extremely unique […]

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  9. Nissan Leaf Priced Lower Than the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt

    Aug
    15
    2017

    The 2018 Leaf will reportedly be priced from $29,995 for a base model S to $36,200 for a top-level Leaf SL. This means the Nissan Leaf will be approximately $5,000 to $7,000 less than its competitors, the Tesla 3 and Chevy Bolt. However, while the new Leaf will be cheaper compared to similar vehicles in […]

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