New concept in ocean freight

Oceanbird is about revolutionizing technology that will put an end to the era of fossil-driven cargo ships in maritime transport. Even though the main energy force comes from wind, the Oceanbird wing riggs have more in common with airplane wings than traditional sails. Therefore, aerodynamics are important in developing the concept.

The complete Oceanbird concept includes wing rigs, as well as a special designed hull and recommendations regarding speed and routes. Extensive simulations and model testing at sea and in water tanks, have proven that it is possible to reduce emissions from a vessel with 90%. Even vessels that don’t use the complete concept, will have a significant reduction.

The Oceanbird concept is based on a car-carrier able to transport around 7,000 cars. When sailing in an average speed of 10 knots, it will take 12 instead of 8 days to cross the Atlantic.

The wing rigs are adapted to a 200 metres long and 40 metres wide cargo vessel. You will be able to reduce the height of the wings, which comes in handy when passing under bridges or if the surface area needs to be reduced due to strong winds.

To be able to get in and out of harbours – and as a safety measure and to be able to keep schedule – the vessel will also be equipped with an auxiliary engine, powered by the best alternative available today.

Designers and builders say they will be performing their first test sailings in 2025.

Tesla’s production capacity

Tesla Giga Shanghai

It’s time for an update about Tesla’s manufacturing infrastructure, which includes two electric car plants (one in California and one in China). Two new plants (in Germany and in Texas) are under construction and should start production by the end of the year or in early 2022…

The production rate in Q3 was above 237,000, while 12-month production exceeds 800,000. The annualized production rate is close to 1 million EVs…

“In Q3, we saw a continuation of global supply chain, transportation and other manufacturing challenges. We continue to run our production lines as close to full capacity as conditions allow. While sequential growth remains our goal, the magnitude of growth will be determined largely by outside factors.”

Additionally, Tesla is building a new 40 GWh battery energy storage factory in California,that will produce only Tesla Megapack systems for utilities.

If you haven’t been keeping an eye on Elon Musk’s progress…aided by a helluva staff of engineers, planners, logistics genies…here’s a list of Tesla production sites. It shows seven locations in the United States, China and Germany. There are at least eight more locations manufacturing components and subassemblies.

People are buying cars better for life on Earth. Whether critics realize that or not.

NASA’s Mission To Crash a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid Is Ready To Launch – You Can Watch It Live

NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is the world’s first full-scale planetary defense test, demonstrating one method of asteroid deflection technology. True to its name, DART is a focused mission, proving that a spacecraft can autonomously navigate to a target asteroid and intentionally collide with it (called a kinetic impact) at roughly 4 miles per second (6 kilometers per second). Its target, which poses no threat to Earth, is the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos (Greek for “two forms”), which orbits a larger asteroid named Didymos (Greek for “twin”).

As part of NASA’s larger planetary defense strategy, DART will simultaneously test new technologies and provide important data to enhance our modeling and predictive capabilities and help us better prepare for an asteroid that might pose a threat to Earth, should one be discovered…

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The mission will help determine if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course. DART’s target asteroid is not a threat to Earth…

Live launch coverage on NASA Television will begin at 12:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, November 24, 2021 (9:30 p.m. PST Tuesday, November 23, 2021), on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website, with prelaunch and science briefings beginning Sunday, November 21.

Yes, there are lots of interesting, politically-sensitive things going on, as well. This is a proof-of-concept test that just might save our butts from being vaporized by an asteroid impact, sometime in the future. Worth keeping in touch with the experiment.

High-speed internet is now legally essential as water and electricity

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, was hailed by the White House and advocates as a historic investment to improve internet access in America…

In the law, Congress finally recognizes that “access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband is essential to full participation in modern life in the United States.” In other words, broadband access is like access to running water or electricity. It is essential infrastructure, the lack of which is a barrier to economic competitiveness and the “equitable distribution of essential public services, including health care and education…”

Many studies…have documented how investments in fiber-optic lines and related next-generation broadband infrastructure are going to more affluent communities, often bypassing low-income residents in highly urbanized areas such as Los Angeles and Detroit. The law not only empowers the FCC to monitor and correct such practices, but also helps align private investment incentives with public benefits by creating the Affordable Connectivity Fund, a permanent broadband subsidy for low-income households.

So, check in with your friendly neighborhood politicians. Make certain they’re up-to-date on the importance, usefulness, benefits to society provided by broadband access. Especially to middle and lower-income communities. It’s the law!

Secret Google Warrants Placed Suspects in the Capitol Riot

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Court documents suggest the FBI has been using controversial geofence search warrants at a scale not publicly seen before, collecting account information and location data on hundreds of devices inside the US Capitol during a deadly invasion by a right-wing mob on January 6…

Geofence warrants are intended to locate anyone in a given area using digital services. Google has been the target for many geofence warrants because its location technologies, which leverage GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals to pinpoint a phone within a few yards, are powerful and widely used…

…WIRED has found 45 federal criminal cases that cite Google geolocation data to place suspects inside the US Capitol on January 6, including at least six where the identity of the suspect appears to have been unknown to the FBI prior to the geofence warrant. One of these involved a serving Chicago police officer.

But where a typical geofence fishing expedition might catch only one or two suspects, the January 6 investigation appears to have landed a netful. Court documents show that the initial Google geofence warrant included the US Capitol building and the stairs leading down to Capitol plaza. They also reveal that within days or weeks, the FBI had access to personal information about many of their owners, including at least the account name, email, and phone number.

None of the legal experts WIRED spoke with had heard of another case where the personal data for devices in a geofence warrant had been unmasked at this scale.

Fun article. For me, anyway. Anyone who has challenged any portion of American law enforcement should be aware that privacy no longer exists for someone confronting any part of our political system.

Whether fighting racism, confronting our military over any attempt to strengthen global peace, legitimate protests are meat and potatoes for the government gearheads snooping on your life. Been going on for decades. The chuckle here is keeping up with the latest tech. Seeing the rare use on rightwing targets.

And, of course, folks have always been aware of the role played by tech hipsters like GOOGLE who will kiss government butt at the slightest sniff of a chance at Uncle Sugar’s approval. Always time for a quid pro quo.

Newfangled portable radio

April 1922. Chicago. “The Singing Valise

“The Singing Valise,” or “Talks-as-it-walks,” may be the latest thing in radiotelephone reception, displayed to the amazement of delegates attending the American Institute of Engineers meeting here last month at the Drake Hotel, by F.W. Dunmore of the radio laboratory of the U.S. Bureau of Standards. Incidentally, it may be pointed out that the engineers at their spring meeting are paying a great deal of attention to radio…

While the engineers were gathered in the French Room of the Drake, all windows closed, Mr. Dunmore opened the grip, turned the aerial director toward the Westinghouse broadcasting station KYW, and at once the voice of the announcer of a radio news service was heard…

The reception of radio in a set inclosed in a leather case and all within the confines of the steel, concrete and brick structure of the hotel, amazed even those of the engineers who thought they had seen the very latest in radio reception.

Someone had to do it, first. Never looked back, Never stopped innovating. Helluva species, ain’t we?