Modelled on the Johnny Cab from Total Recall, obviously.Meanwhile the buggers are out to get us -
I mean, who would get in a self driving Taxi that locks the doors on you - well that guys obvioulsy ?
Most of the world’s cobalt production happens in the Katanga Copperbelt of the Congo. In addition to the large industrial operations, the skyrocketing demand for cobalt has led to the proliferation of so-called artisanal mines, where toxic minerals like cobalt and nickel are extracted by child-miners using their bare hands!
In a nutshell, the problem is this - Cobalt, dubbed the hottest commodity of 2017, is essential to meet our ever increasing demand for electronics like phones and computers. Significant amounts of cobalt are mostly concentrated in a single country, the DRC, which also happens to be one of the poorest countries in the world. Given the destitution and poverty of the Congo and the incredible prices that cobalt fetches, it is not hard to understand why the locals find themselves having to resort to unethical and unsafe practices.
There are some, I think more sturdier bags that claim to have anti germ technology. They are more the hessian bags like we use. Interestingly enough since our branch of Argos moved into Sainsbury’s (a supermarket) we sell hardly any bags. Strangely though we sold more when I was temporarily stationed at another Argos in a much larger Sainsbury’s.Another thing about plastic bags is they should be washed and preferably sterilised as they can become carriers and breeding grounds for e coli and salmonella. Transfer of what I, as a non-scientist, call ‘Germs’ can collect in the bag. Whether this can be transmitted to a trolley or the packing area of the checkout for someone else to pick up is for someone more qualified than me to explain.
Of course, we’re all sterilising our Bags For Life after each use aren’t we?
Agree.Back to electric cars. I had a thought the other day. Is more wildlife going to get run over? There’s not even the engine sound to put the poor creatures off.
Also all the new builds being built around my way (and they are a lot -and not affordable either) have next to no or no parking spots. They need designated parking with charging but who knows where they are going to park let alone charge.
Just like ours. We are in the South East and they are aiming at commuters who obviously aren’t supposed to go anywhere else. The irony being that they have moved the bus stops away from next to these new builds are going up. Fair enough in central London where there’s the underground etc. Also I think things are going to change a lot after what’s happened and people can work from home more and don’t need ridiculously priced houses in the South East.Here in WGC a large development on a former factory site is right next to the town centre and main train line (it was handy for the factory to have instant rail links - in fact a line branches off to a storage area).
All the properties are blocks of flats, mostly only 4 floors high, but some are allowed to be 10 floors high.
When they first made their construction proposals public it was pointed out to them that they did not include anywhere near enough parking, and indeed some blocks had no allocated parking whatsoever.
Their response was that they were hoping to attract residents who lived here, but worked 'In London' and as such would not need a car as they would use the train.
Incredibly short-sighted (especially now that so many people are 'working from home') and also, what about visitors, where are they going to park their cars?
What about families with children that need taking to school etc?
Are the residents of these blocks expected to only ever use the trains? (god help them if they want to use any of the other local transport here)
Even if everyone goes 'green' by using electric cars, they will still need to be parked up somewhere and charged.
And locally of course there is concern that the companies doing the building are obviously and clearly just trying to maximise their profit from the available space as their plans pretty much exclude 'local people' from wanting to buy there.
FULL STORY: https://www.foxnews.com/us/amazon-warehouse-fire-maryland-solar-panelsAmazon warehouse fire in Maryland ignited by solar panels: investigators
Investigators have determined that a two-alarm fire at an Amazon warehouse in Maryland was ignited by solar panels on the roof.
The fire broke out Wednesday in the Perryville warehouse and quickly spread across the roof. Firefighters worked to extinguish fires on "multiple solar panels, HVAC units & roofing materials."
The estimated losses totaled around $500,000 and took around an hour and a half to fight due to the fire breaking out in an "unprecedented" area of the building. ...
A subsequent investigation by Maryland's Office of the State Fire Marshal - an agency of the state police -- determined that the preliminary cause was "accidental" and involved "an unspecified event involving the solar panel system."
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) advises that solar panels can cause fires when improperly installed, usually due to "electrical arcing … faulting wiring or insufficient insulation."
Big businesses and solar panel fires are no strangers to each other: Walmart started suing Tesla over solar panel installations after seven fires broke out on rooftops of their stores across the country in 2019. ...
Never mind the bloomin' wildlife: there's the pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Those electric cars, they creep up on you like ill fitting underpants. I've had a couple of close calls where that final "life saver" check over the shoulder has revealed a previously unsuspected early adopter in a glorified milk float.Back to electric cars. I had a thought the other day. Is more wildlife going to get run over? There’s not even the engine sound to put the poor creatures off.
It's not for the reasons you think.every car on the market can do 100 mph
I absolutely understand your argument and the principles behind it. I'm a driver, motorcyclist and bicyclist, I use outboard motors of various sizes on my boat, and so on. So I know that there is a most efficient region of the power and torque curves, and in most cases it is not at the top of the range.It's not for the reasons you think.
It's because most Internal Combustion Engines are at their most efficient, and therefore less polluting, when they are running at a certain speed.
Therefore the most common modern vehicles are likely to have an oversize engine (Diesel or Petrol) linked to a gearbox with at least 6 ratios.
This allows the gearing to be chosen to be most efficient for the speed you are doing.
This results in an efficient cruising speed of somewhere around 70 mph in one of the higher gears so that the revs are still quite low.
(Similarly at 30 mph around town, one of the lower gears so that there less strain on the engine)
If car manufacturers made their cars so that they could only achieve a maximum speed of 70mph they would incredibly polluting and inefficient.
Successive road transport policies since the 1960s was, though, to prevent pollution in towns caused by heavy traffic, moving slowly, by providing (what was thought to be) efficient, fast solutions of motorways and dual carriageways around towns. This led to a network of these fast roads, so car manufacturers designed their vehicles to be suitable for same. Which is also how we ended up with really very efficient indeed 'city cars' with small engines that were also not as polluting, and also electric and hybrid vehicles.Most of the distance I covered was not on motorways
is probably much better than my feeble 55 year old 'engine' though, but then I guess that depends what vehicle we are powering.feeble 58 year old "engine"