Virgin Hyperloop selects West Virginia as the future home of its new high-tech certification center

Virgin Hyperloop is investing $500 million to build what could one day be the future of high-speed transportation.



A rendering of a Virgin Hyperloop One Cargospeed station.


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A rendering of a Virgin Hyperloop One Cargospeed station.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice held a news conference on Friday along with Virgin Airlines founder Sir Richard Branson to announce a partnership to bring the Virgin Hyperloop Certification Center to Tucker County in West Virginia.

Hyperloop is a theoretical transportation system originally proposed by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The idea was to create a high-speed transportation system to send a podlike capsule levitating along a rail inside a low-pressure tube at speeds of more than 600 miles per hour.

The proposal sparked a wave of companies and innovators working to make this technology a reality, with Virgin Hyperloop being one of the biggest investors. A fully functional hyperloop system is still a long way from coming to

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Nvidia and Huawei face uncertain future in Britain’s high-tech capital

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LONDON — Situated in the middle of China and the U.S., the English university city of Cambridge has found itself at the center of two massive tech sagas.

U.S. chip maker Nvidia and Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei have big expansion plans in Cambridge but both companies have big hurdles to overcome if their dreams are to be realized.

Nvidia hopes to acquire Cambridge-headquartered Arm for $40 billion and set up a new “world-class” AI center in the city, while Huawei plans to build a £1 billion ($1.3 billion) research lab in Sawston, located roughly eight miles from Cambridge city center.

Renowned for being one of the world’s greatest intellectual powerhouses, Cambridge is home to thousands of tech workers and companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Apple all employ highly-educated research teams in the city. “Lots of tech companies want to get foothold in

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The discovery of triplet spin superconductivity in diamonds has the potential to revolutionise the high-tech industry. — ScienceDaily

Diamonds have a firm foothold in our lexicon. Their many properties often serve as superlatives for quality, clarity and hardiness. Aside from the popularity of this rare material in ornamental and decorative use, these precious stones are also highly valued in industry where they are used to cut and polish other hard materials and build radiation detectors.

More than a decade ago, a new property was uncovered in diamonds when high concentrations of boron are introduced to it — superconductivity. Superconductivity occurs when two electrons with opposite spin form a pair (called a Cooper pair), resulting in the electrical resistance of the material being zero. This means a large supercurrent can flow in the material, bringing with it the potential for advanced technological applications. Yet, little work has been done since to investigate and characterise the nature of a diamond’s superconductivity and therefore its potential applications.

New research led by

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How Russia Today Skirts High-Tech Blockade to Reach U.S. Readers

On any given day over the past two years, visitors to the home page of RealClearPolitics were likely to see its famous average of political polls, a roundup of news and center-right commentary—and, near the bottom, a link or two to stories from RT.com.

The provenance of the RT headlines was obscured. Readers didn’t immediately know they were clicking on headlines from a Russian state-backed publication that American intelligence officials considered the Kremlin’s “principal international propaganda outlet.” The news organization, once known as Russia Today, was a central player in Russia’s efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of the Russian efforts created a backlash against social-media companies, which were accused of providing platforms for a misinformation campaign aimed at influencing voters.

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and others have since implemented changes to limit the reach of state-run media.

Yet RT continues to draw

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Falcons will use high-tech drones to clean Mercedes-Benz Stadium once fans return

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The 0-3 Atlanta Falcons’ second-half play this season has been anything but clean, but now with the help of some high-tech drones, at least their stadium will be spotless. The team and Mercedes-Benz Stadium have partnered with Charlotte-based Lucid Drone Technologies for D1 disinfecting drones to sanitize the stadium. They will use two drones to sanitize the 71,000-seat area, with a third on deck if needed.

To get everything in the space clean, the drones use electrostatic spraying nozzles that allows for “medical-grade disinfecting chemicals” to be spread in the stadium, according to ESPN. The move to use these drones comes as the team plans to welcome back fans at a limited capacity in October, starting on the 11th when they host the Carolina Panthers.

“This stadium is incredibly large, and as we begin to slowly welcome fans back, these drones allow us to maximize the time between games

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The high-tech materials helping Renault in its F1 rise – F1

The current turbo-hybrid Formula 1 power units take an unfair amount of flak. Mostly, the pejoratives directed at them are predicated on the fact that they’re not the wailing V12s or screaming V10s that past F1 fans were treated to, while other points of concern are usually in relation to their hefty price tags and complexity.

Fine, the noise might not be as tinnitus-inducing, but the guttural snarls of the current cars offer a different soundscape to each event. The old engines were a Red Hot Chili Peppers stadium tour – the current power units are a Nirvana gig in a small Seattle club. Perhaps the points about cost and complexity are fair, but as far as F1’s bid to further the advancement of technology is concerned, the current powertrains are a necessity to keep it relevant and attractive to manufacturers.

Renault is one such manufacturer to throw its lot

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Meet Project Convergence 2020: How the U.S. Army Is Perfecting Future High-Tech Warfare

The U.S. military recently carried out an air-ground live-fire operation, connecting drones, computer systems, helicopters, armored combat vehicles and artillery weapons to one another in real time. This networked warfare allowed them to find, track and destroy enemy air defenses, infantry carriers and tanks all in a matter of seconds. 

The coordinated attacks were done at Yuma Proving Grounds, Ariz., during Project Convergence 2020, a combat exercise intended to conduct AI and network-enabled attack operations in preparation for high-speed, high-risk major power warfare. 

There were many elements to the networking connectivity, including cloud-based computer systems and satellites, yet the majority of the data exchanges between weapons platforms was done using software programmable radios. These single-channel commercial devices, Army engineers explain, were woven into the sensor systems of every platform to create a common, interoperable information exchange pipeline. 

Targeting data traveled through a specific progression and sequence, often going from forward-operating

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Kit brings high-tech fun to Ashland library | News

ASHLAND — Learning through creativity and being creative while learning is something the Ashland Public Library will support with its new Design, Create, Play Kit.

The kit is part of a statewide initiative that focuses on engaging children’s natural curiosity about the world, including those interested in building Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) skills.

Library Manager Margaret Schachte said items in the kit, which can be used in the library and in some cases borrowed, include two iPads, two Chromebooks (which are on back order), animation software, a digital camera, a Silhouette Digital Fabricator and fabrication software, and 3D Snap Circuits.

Meant for use by children in grades two to seven, the kits help them learn essential skills for school and life, and give them an early start on concepts like critical thinking, problem solving and familiarity with simple technology.

The Silhouette fabricator can be used to make

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LDCs Adopting High-Tech Solutions To Get Methane Emissions Under Control

As federal regulators and large upstream oil and gas companies grapple with the problem of getting their emissions of methane under control, at the other end of the pipeline, where local distribution companies (LDCs) deliver natural gas to residential and commercial customers, a quiet revolution is taking place with the adoption of new technologies to get control of emissions of the powerful greenhouse gas.

One positive from the LDCs’ perspective is that, as measured by the Environmental Protection Agency, methane emissions from the nation’s natural gas systems — including transmission, distribution and storage systems — have decreased by almost one-quarter over the past three decades.

“Natural gas systems were the second largest anthropogenic source category of CH4 (methane) emissions in the United States in 2018 with 140.0 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMT COշe.) of CH4 emitted into the atmosphere. Those emissions have decreased by 43.4 MMT COշe (23.7%)

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