BMW want to sell cars. I'm certain whatever the Brexit deal ends up being they'll still sell us cars. So will Mercedes. And Citroen. And Peugeot. And Volvo. And Alfa Romeo. And Saab.BMW are confident of Brexit failing/not happening?
The cynic in me suspects what they're actually doing is judging that by 2040 almost all manufacturers will be making mostly electric cars anyway, and then saying 'Ooh, look how environmentally committed we are! We're banning fossil fuel cars and vans by 2040!'It's good that they're giving us time to change over.
However, it could also be that they are kicking the can down the road to a government in the future.
Thought folks might like to see this video tour of where the Stratolaunch was built.The single flight deck is in the right / starboard fuselage.
The analogous area in the left / port fuselage is used for data systems.
Stratolaunch's own diagram mentions flight crew being housed in the right / starboard fuselage alone.
It's the same general configuration (two fuselages; one flight control cockpit) used on the bizarro dual-bodied warplanes from the 1940's / 1950's.
^this^Edit: Oh yeah...I think Tesla may go out of business. Electric battery-powered cars is a 'blind alley' technology, and they can't make it cheap enough for us all to be owners.
H2Go Power is seeking a patent to store the explosive gas cheaply and safely.
Until now, storing hydrogen required ultra-strong and large tanks which could withstand pressures of up to 10,000 pound-force per square inch (psi). That is hundreds of times greater than what you would find in a car tyre.
But, while studying for her PhD in Cambridge, Dr Enass Abo-Hamed came up with a revolutionary structure which could store hydrogen as a stable solid without compression.
"The pressure involved is similar to what you'd get in a coffee machine," she says.
widespread availability of renewable energy and improvements in electrolysis - the chemical process of separating elements using electricity - have brought down the financial and environmental cost of producing hydrogen for fuel.
Dr Abo-Hamed points out, even if their drone fell out of the sky, the hydrogen would remain stable in its solid form inside the reactor.
Hydrogen generates three times as much power per kilogram compared to fossil fuels - approximately 39.0 Kilowatt hours per kilogram compared with roughly 13 KWh per kg for kerosene or petrol or just 0.2 KhW for conventional lithium ion batteries.
That means a hydrogen-powered drone can fly further than a battery-powered drone and, potentially, carry heavier loads.
There were experiments with encapsulation tech years ago, but that all went quiet. I'm guessing she picked up some of that old research and solved a few problems. Fantastic, if true - because hydrogen tech is definitely the way forward.
Rich man's toy. Can become more available when Chinese manufacturers copy the design, which they will.Electric Aquaplaning Waterbike
Can reach speed of 12 mph. Going on sale this year at close to 6 grand.
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That is a major step forward! Wow.Here's something that feels like the future. Scientists in Switzerland have created a device, which can keep a liver alive outside a human body for a week.
It appears the liver can even regenerate and get healthier in the device. So perhaps you can take a part of someones liver, let it grow to full size and healthier and then use that to replace the original liver.
Writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, Watson and colleagues report how they made their findings by infusing water with sycamore leaves to produce an acidic brown extract.
When a drop of iron chloride in water – representing iron dissolved from the rails – was added to this leaf extract, a black iron-containing material formed. This was not the case when a tannin-free leaf extract was used.
The researchers then placed their tannin-containing leaf extract between pairs of steel surfaces, finding the black material that formed significantly reduced the friction between them – compared with situations where only water or tannin-free leaf extract were applied.
“The leaf extract by itself can cause this extremely low friction,” said Watson.
The team did not compare their black material to material recovered from rail tracks, and cannot rule out other factors contributing to the slippery conditions.
“Hopefully this will lead to some chemical treatments that can stop [the slippery material] from forming,” he told the Guardian.
Something like that would never work, because... science!How cool is this? .. if it works I think I'm going to get one .. your frikin arm is your touch screen!!
edit: .. dammit, I'm too gullible ..