Test Ride

21 May 19
Chasse to Csharp

I’m just over a quarter of the way through my 12 weeks (or a quarter of the year for the corporate folk among us). I thought this’d be a good chance to reflect on the first few weeks of the course plus all the stuff I promised to myself (and my readers!) that I’d keep […]

21 May 19
Inner Focus Reiki

Once there were eight soldiers, all strangers and recent high school graduates who left their parents, siblings, jobs and homeland to fight in a war.  Putting aside the last of their waning youth, they focused their still-developing brains on learning how to kill and, perhaps more importantly, how to stay alive in Uncle Sam’s Army. […]

21 May 19
U23 Cycling Zone

After the opening months of the season offered plenty of chances for sprinters and Classics riders, as well as plenty of one-day races in Italy, but now the focus really shifts to the climbers and GC riders. The opening GC salvo will be held, as per usual, at the Ronde de l’Isard in France. This […]

21 May 19
Tech and Life Science

Self-Driving Trucks Begin Mail Delivery Test For US Postal Service Published on May 21, 2019 at 11:23PM The U.S. Postal Service today started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. From a report: San Diego-based startup […]

21 May 19
Wolfmans Cult Film Club

First up please accept my deepest sincere apologies. Seriously how the blue blazes had I never seen The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension before I really have no clue! Yep that’s the title and yep it’s a wild ride. Big shout out going to the original card carrying Blue Blaze Irregulars member Todd […]

21 May 19
Take a Ride on My Mood Swing

I am finally sitting still after running all morning. My spoon/spork allotment is zilch, I used them all getting my kid to the doctor, rushing her 15 miles to Armpitopia school, rushing back to town 15 miles to make my job interview with like two minutes to spare…Stick a fork in me, I am done. […]

21 May 19
the feminist motorist

Prior to Saturday, I had never ridden a motorcycle on my own. Dirtbike, yes. Passenger, yes. But I had no idea what “roll on the throttle” and “ease out the clutch” meant in action. I had no clue what it felt like to have control of the bike for myself. I had basic knowledge thanks […]

21 May 19
The Wandering Dolphin

“Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” — Judith Thurman It has been many months since we have traveled or done any real exploring. And we found that it was past time for another adventure. So, for […]

21 May 19
Science

In a project spanning almost six years, Rice bioengineer Jeff Tabor and colleagues conducted thousands of experiments to show they could systematically rewire two-component systems, the genetic circuits bacteria use to sense their surroundings and listen to their neighbors. Tabor’s group rewired the outputs of known bacterial sensors and also moved sensors between distantly related […]

21 May 19
The life and times of George Cull

I write this in a state of ‘gutted’.  I have had to defer ironman until next year. To keep it as brief as I can, I have been suffering periodically with bouts of constant tiredness that just knock me out for weeks on end. The last 2 years its happened at the same time in […]

21 May 19
Beauty Above Us

http://beautyaboveus.com/goto?des=https://www.space.com/mars-2020-rover-spacecraft-test-photo.html Earlier this month, engineers put the Mars 2020 rover’s fully assembled spacecraft through some tests at the Space Simulator Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. [Source] Watch it LIVE ➡️ http://bit.ly/bauashop

21 May 19

Weekly musings courtesy of Flemmings Beaubrun.

21 May 19
VentureBeat
Flying taxis aren’t the stuff of science fiction. In fact, Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2030, intrepid passengers will take over 1 billion flights along fixed routes in drones it expects will fly autonomously, without pilots. In anticipation of this road-free future, Bosch today unveiled a new sensor box for air vehicles that it describes as “plug-and-play.” The sensor suite consists of microelectromechanical — or MEMS — acceleration sensors that record the aircraft’s movements, along with built-in yaw-rate sensors that track its angle of attack. Magnetic field sensors gauge compass headings, while pressure sensors — which measure altitude from barometric pressure — determine the vehicle’s current speed. According to Bosch, the sensor box’s chief advantages compared with conventional solutions are that it’s lightweight and compact. That’s in part because it uses some of the same sensors found in the company’s automated driving and ESP anti-skid systems. “Through our Bosch solution, we aim to make civil aviation with flying taxis affordable for a wide range of providers. Compared to today’s means of transportation, flying taxis save time on trips of six miles or more, with a maximum range of up to 180 miles,” said Bosch senior manager Marcus Parentis, who added that the company is working with “a wide range of players” in the air taxi field to integrate the sensors. “We are talking to air taxi manufacturers from the aerospace and automotive industries, as well as with startups that build air vehicles and are looking to provide sharing services. The question isn’t whether flying taxis will become reality, but when.” Parentis’ unbridled optimism isn’t baseless. Experts predict that air taxis will begin ferrying customers in earnest within three years, and that these taxis could start flying autonomously or semi-autonomously as early as 2025. Analysts at Roland Berger forecast 3,000 flying taxis will be in operation globally in five years, a number which they say will increase to 12,000 by 2030 and to nearly 100,000 by 2050. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley projects the market for flying taxis will reach $1.5 trillion by 2040, which is likely why there’s sustained interest from the private sector. Just last week, German startup Lilium Jet completed the first test of its five-seater aircraft. Chinese electronics conglomerate Ehang intends to build a fleet of passenger-carrying quadcopters in the next few years. Google cofounder Larry Page’s Kittyhawk received backing from the New Zealand government for its self-piloting, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air taxi. And Volocopter’s 18-propeller passenger drone recently completed test flights over Dubai, aiming to beat ride-hailing giant Uber to the punch with the world’s first drone taxi system. Air taxis from AeroMobil, Vertical Aeorospace, Joby Aviation, Airbus, Boeing, and Bell are in various stages of development, as well, in addition to over 100 such electric aircraft worldwide. Bosch expects drone test flights to ramp up in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, and Singapore next year. “Bosch plans to play a leading role in shaping this future market,” said president of the Bosch Automotive Electronics division Harald Kröger.
21 May 19
Robbie Dhesi

An in-depth look through Season 8 of Game of Thrones.