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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Qatar Foundation’s Stars Of Science Selects Season 12’s Top Eight Innovators

DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eight innovators have distinguished themselves during the auditions for Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science moving on to compete to become this season’s Top Arab Innovator.

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“Selecting this crop of contestants was not easy, as they had to prove that both their ideas and their pitching skills stood apart from the best that Arab youth has to offer,” said Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, Stars of Science jury member. “This season’s contestants come from a wide variety of disciplines, showcasing an incredibly diverse pool of ideas.”

Mohammad Almogahwi, a Kuwaiti periodontist, joined with his Automated Hands-Free Toothbrush, which includes a U-shaped mouthpiece designed for effective teeth brushing, especially for people with special needs. Sarah Aboerjaib, a fellow Kuwaiti engineer, earned her place with the Fractured Bone Optical Scanner; a handheld device that uses near-infrared rays

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China selects 18 new astronauts ahead of space station construction

HELSINKI — China’s human spaceflight agency has selected a group of 18 new astronauts to participate in the country’s upcoming space station project.

The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced the results Thursday (Chinese), a few days after the final decisions.

The 18 new Chinese astronauts consist of seven pilots, seven spaceflight engineers and four payload specialists. The final selection includes just one woman. The process, which included primary, secondary and final selections, began in May 2018 with a total of about 2,500 candidates participating.

No information of the identities of the selected astronaut candidates was provided. The CMSA operates under the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and has previously restricted information flow regarding astronaut and mission selection.

Previous selection rounds in 1998 and 2010 were open to air force pilots only. The latest selection was opened to civilians, reflecting changing needs as China seeks to construct and operate

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NSF selects Sean Jones to head Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate | NSF

News Release 20-009

NSF selects Sean Jones to head Mathematical and Physical Sciences directorate

Sean Jones

Sean Jones will serve as head of the NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

September 29, 2020

The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected Sean Jones to serve as head of the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

Jones has worked as an innovator in the field of materials science; an advocate for inspiring and training the next generation of researchers and skilled workers; and a leader at NSF, committed to institutional improvements that serve the science and engineering community as well as the public. He has served with NSF for more than a decade, starting as a program director in 2009 and most recently heading the MPS Directorate as acting assistant director.

“Sean Jones’s expertise and experience as a leader both in academia and industrial research are rich perspectives that we need as we

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Charles Taylor Investment Management Selects Bloomberg to Streamline Investment Workflow | Press

New York, September 29, 2020 – Bloomberg today announced that Charles Taylor Investment Management (CTIM), the fund management business of Charles Taylor plc, a professional services and technology solutions provider to the global insurance market, has adopted its Asset & Investment Manager (AIM) and PORT Enterprise solutions.

AIM will serve as the firm’s order management system, providing data consistency, execution and efficient end-to-end workflows. In addition, PORT Enterprise, Bloomberg’s advanced Portfolio and Risk Analytics solution, will deliver market-leading risk and attribution models, and detailed portfolio analytics. PORT Enterprise also includes full valuation scenario analysis through a flexible and automated reporting solution to support CTIM’s portfolio management and assets and liabilities management workflow needs across a range of asset classes.

Anthony King, Chief Operating Officer at Charles Taylor Investment Management, stated “Our work with Bloomberg has shown the firm’s ability to address the rapidly evolving business environment that asset managers are

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