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Retro Looks Meet Safari Style

An adorable retro-inspired electric vehicle got a lot of attention a few weeks ago. The Alpha Motor Ace, an electric coupe with an aesthetic that can only be described as mid-century modern European, seemed to capture the full potential of EVs to break out of contemporary car styling and explore unusual and interesting forms. With fewer constraints from packaging hardpoints, EVs—and in particular, skateboard-chassis ones—are ripe for this sort of thing. The Ace’s cartoonish (in a good way) proportions communicate fun in a way no Nissan Leaf can. Carrying that to its next logical extreme, there’s the Jax, an off-road inspired variant (that still only exists in digital form), and a sleeker Ace Performance Edition. See all 34 photosfalse It must be said that we were hoping the next time… Source link

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Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl Pairs KFC Fried Chicken with Champage

“There was once, when we were in Australia…” How many great stories start that way? It’s the “one time, at band camp” for musicians. This particular yarn comes from Foo Fighter’s frontman, Dave Grohl — rock god and pulled pork pitmaster — about the origin of his obsession with pairing KFC Original Recipe chicken and champagne. The tale comes from the latest episode of Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, featuring Grohl. The whole interview is a delight; Dave Grohl is sunshine in human form, after all. But the first ten minutes shine the brightest, as the megastar waxes poetic on the magical combo of fried chicken and champagne. The gist of the story is this, O’Brien and the Foo Fighters have the same tour manager, Gus Brandt. While commiserating comically about… Source link

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Ortus Solutions Releases Software Community Forum | News

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Ortus Solutions, Corp announced the release of its Ortus Software Community site, a place dedicated to support all software initiatives and provide developer/customer interaction. As part of that effort, all the Google Group threads have been imported to the new Ortus Community and effective immediately, the Google Groups are closed for further posting. “I’m excited to finally bring all of our mailing lists together under one roof to consolidate our community and improve the experience for our users,” said Brad Wood, Senior Developer at Ortus Solutions. “The Ortus Community will be easier to use and… Source link

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The Scientific Method: Procedure, Creativity, and Blunders

By Robert Hazen, Ph.D., George Mason University Scientists study the natural world utilizing the scientific method, but this method didn’t came to be overnight. It emerged gradually, as humans began to realize the great scientific principle that many aspects of the physical universe are predictable. However, some of the greatest scientific discoveries are due to the unpredictable nature of creativity. The scientific method consists of question, observation, hypothesis, prediction, and testing.(Image:ibreakstock/Shutterstock) The Scientific Process Is Nonlinear Science is a procedure, and like any other process, requires an exact framework. The scientific method has four parts. The first involves observations, experiments, data collection about the natural world, and… Source link

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Letter to the Editor, Feb. 13, 2021: Superior technology can aid clean energy | Letters

Superior technology can aid clean energy The Letter to the Editor from Robin Traywick Williams (“Natural gas better than windmills, solar panels) in response to my Letter to the Editor (“Climate change critic? Then offer alternatives”) is thought provoking. This is a discussion we need concerning the existential threat of climate change and how we should address it. Natural gas is only a bridge fuel to a non-carbon energy environment. Nuclear power is a non-carbon method of producing energy, but we will have to deal with the waste from conventional nuclear power plants indefinitely. If nuclear cold fusion, thorium or molten salt fusion, etc., become viable energy sources they should be used. They are not now. There are negatives associated with all energy sources — but it is… Source link

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Some Like it Cold — as in Taking Dips in Chilly Swimming Pools

It still sends chills down my spine when I think of Brad Giesinger’s Facebook post. Not that it was scary, but it was just that feeling of being very, very cold. Brrrrrr. Giesinger, 39, a former Memphian now living in Phoenix, Arizona, where he’s in the luxury real estate business, takes a plunge in his pool every day. Even if the temperature is below 50 degrees. “I know the pool is there and it’s cold,” he says.  … Source link

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Mercury Shocks Boating World With First V12 Outboard Engine

In the boating world, outboard motors reign supreme in terms of portability, ease of maintenance, and better power-to-weight ratio in comparison to their inboard counterparts. However, these design advantages limit the engine’s power output, which is a fair trade-off for the benefit of larger cabin space. That’s the reason why the Lexus LY 650 opted for a 2,700-horsepower (2,013-kilowatt) Volvo inboard engine setup, while the Lamborghini 63 luxury yacht has two V12s integrated within the hull, each making 2,000 hp (1,491 kW). 12 Photos … Source link

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Letter to the Editor, Feb. 11, 2021: Natural gas better than windmills, solar panels | Letters

Natural gas better than windmills, solar panels In a recent Letter to the Editor,  Fred Roensch accuses me of “sneering at someone’s climate solutions” when in fact, I merely pointed out the negatives that must be weighed against the putative benefits of President Joe Biden’s climate solutions. But since Roensch asked for alternative solutions, here are my suggestions: • Use clean, efficient natural gas to its best advantage, keeping our economy strong, while developing the next generation of technology. • Streamline approvals and encourage further development of modern, small nuclear power stations. • Support energy innovation — cold fusion, molten-salt fission, et al. Solar (1.7% of U.S. energy in 2019) and wind (7%) will never be the solution to the search for… Source link

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Opinion | Coexistence with machine intelligence requires opening “black box”

Photo Courtesy of Xu Yu/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS Chinese Go player Ke Jie, third from right, and other guests attend the opening ceremony of the Future of Go Summit before a match between him and Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in China on May 23, 2017. Columnist Clint argues we must be careful when developing artificial intelligence. The year 2020 was, well, terrible … in many ways. The COVID-19 pandemic brought the entire world to a near standstill, and millions have either been infected or killed by the virus. The economies of many major countries are now in recession, with millions having lost their jobs in the United States alone. And, to top it all off, 2020 was the year we lost one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time — and my personal guitar hero —

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A full-scale prototype for muon tomography — ScienceDaily

Each year, billions of tons of goods are transported globally using cargo containers. Currently, there are concerns that this immense volume of traffic could be exploited to transport illicit nuclear materials, with little chance of detection. One promising approach to combating this issue is to measure how goods interact with charged particles named muons — which form naturally as cosmic rays interact with Earth’s atmosphere. Studies worldwide have now explored how this technique, named ‘muon tomography,’ can be achieved through a variety of detection technologies and reconstruction algorithms. In this article of EPJ Plus, a team headed by Francesco Riggi at the University of Catania, Italy, build on these results to develop a full-scale muon tomograph… Source link

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