Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

Uber’s Big Loss, Boeing’s 787 Trouble, and More Car News This Week

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To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries

Unlike student loans, ISAs mitigate the risk of pursuing post-secondary education by aligning the economic incentives of school and student. But unlike student loans, if regulated responsibly, ISAs power a risk-averse path to higher education.

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

This Lidar Is So Cheap It Could Make Self-Driving a Reality

Luminar’s Iris lidar sensor will cost as little as $500, making it a realistic option for helping personally owned vehicles drive themselves. The upshot of bringing lidar into consumer cars is a potentially major upgrade over the semi-autonomous systems currently on the road, like Tesla’s Autopilot , Cadillac’s Super Cruise , and Nissan’s ProPilot Assist .

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

Generative Music Apps Let Your Phone Write Songs for You

Generative Music Apps Let Your Phone Write Songs for You

Mubert, the world’s first generative streaming service, invites listeners to choose an intention like Study, Relax, or Dream to produce a one-time-only sequence of electronic sounds.

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

Shell Carbon-Capture Plant Hits 4 Million Ton Milestone Early

The Quest facility, which sequesters emissions from the Scotford Upgrader near Edmonton, Alberta, started up in November 2015 and has since run ahead of its target of capturing 1 million tons of carbon a year, said Anne Halladay, a geophysicist who has been an adviser on the project since it was in construction in 2014.

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

Can Baze’s Blood Test Tell You Which Vitamins to Pop With Just a Prick?

And so, when a new company called Baze pitched me that it was offering a bespoke vitamin service based on an at-home blood test, I was immediately onboard. After my time was up, I took the suggested follow-up blood test to see whether Baze’s vitamin advice had been on the mark.

Find Cold Comfort at the Campsite With an Electric Cooler

Find Cold Comfort at the Campsite With an Electric Cooler

My family and I recently tested a few ice coolers alongside some electric fridge/freezer units, using them on a number of road trips and car-camping journeys.

Should I Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

Should I Spend $1,000 on a Smartphone?

The question to ask, if you’re going to rationalize a big smartphone spend, is whether your reasoning holds up in the age of Pretty Darn Good Non-Flagship phones.

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

British Beach-Goers Could Get a Bigger Road Through Stonehenge

So the government quashed its ambitions until the early 1990s, when the Department for Transport proposed two options for an expanded A303: Divert the road so it gave Stonehenge a broader berth, or bury it in a half-mile long cut-and-cover tunnel (essentially a trench topped with soil and sod).Nick Stockton covers climate change, transportation, and logistics for WIRED.The general public supported the tunnel, but politicians—concerned about the cost—spiked the plan in 1997.

Conferencia del Banco Mundial sobre la tierra y la pobreza: 20 años después

Conferencia del Banco Mundial sobre la tierra y la pobreza: 20 años después

Imágenes satelitales , que permiten no solo el registro por primera vez a un bajo costo sino, aún más importante, el vínculo de los derechos a las responsabilidades en terminos de gestión y uso sostenible de la tierra o el cumplimiento de las normas sobre ordenación territorial o los permisos de construcción, y el monitoreo del cumplimiento en tiempo casi real.

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

The True Dollar Cost of the Anti-Vaccine Movement

A case report written by a physician who treated him along with staff members at the state health department and published this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relates what happened next.

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada explains Costa Rica's new plan to ditch fossil fuels and how it could inspire others to do the same. If successful, Alvarado's plan could make Costa Rica the first zero-emissions country.

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

NASA’s Space Shuttle Rises From the Dead to Power New Vehicles

A Space Act Agreement signed in 2018 shows that the aerospace company wants to include a handful of the Shuttle’s smaller orbital maneuvering engines in a secret Department of Defense project.

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

Trump's Missile Defense Plan Creates More Problems Than It Solves

The assessment also discusses more radical ideas, like capabilities that could neutralize a missile anywhere in the world during its initial ascent, space-based tracking and interception technologies, and even high-energy lasers mounted on "airborne platforms." Anywhere, Any Time, Any Place And while Trump described a comprehensive, airtight vision of missile defense in his remarks, analysts say the administration's actual report is more of a survey of all possible avenues, from realistic, incremental next steps to unlikely moonshots.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

How do we help cities breathe better? Introducing the Clean Bus Project

A city-by-city diagnostic that compared life cycle costs and GHG emissions of technologies ranging from clean diesel (Euro VI equivalent) and compressed natural gas (CNG) to battery-electric (BEB) and hydrogen buses was completed.

The Math Whiz Behind the Hoberman Sphere Takes Up Origami

The Math Whiz Behind the Hoberman Sphere Takes Up Origami

the name may not have been on the tip of your tongue then, but the toy that Trump/Baldwin begins to play with is called a Hoberman sphere—and its creator has made scores of other contraptions just as mathematically complex.Like what?

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Resilient housing joins the machine learning revolution

Today, machine learning algorithms can detect over 100 types of cancerous tumors more reliably than a trained human eye. In Guatemala City, images and algorithms were used to locate “soft-story” buildings – buildings at least two stories high that have a structurally weak first floor.

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

How an InfoWars Video Became a White House Tweet

It’s notable that neither Watson’s nor Sanders’ video has sound, as the source video for both appears to be a three-second GIF circulated in conservative circles moments after the actual event took place.At 12:34 pm Wednesday, ForAmerica, a conservative group popular on Twitter, posted this three-second GIF of the press conference lifted from C-Span’s feed.https://twitter.com/ForAmerica/status/1060224093604245504?ref_src=twsrc%5EtfwTwelve minutes later, the Daily Wire, a right-wing news and opinion blog, posted the same GIF.

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

We Know Exactly How to Stop Wildfires—With Money

Except if you don’t reduce the number of trees, and if you then also try to put out every fire, and allow runaway climate change to make droughts and heat waves worse … the boreal forests of North America will continue to literally go up in smoke, erasing the landscape and spewing climate-changing carbon into the atmosphere.Everyone pretty much agrees on how to deal with our new Burning World: Stop trying to suppress fire and start managing that land to restore a more natural (less intense) fire regime.

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Our research on Australian coal transition – based on contributions by researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne – looks into the prospects for coal use in Australia and for exports, and the experiences with local transition in the case of the Hazelwood power station closure.

NASA's 'space botanist' observes California, Nevada wildfires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA's 'space botanist' observes California, Nevada wildfires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA's Ecosystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station(ECOSTRESS) has captured new imagery of three wildfires burning in California and Nevada -- the first image of its kind to be taken by the agency's newest Earth-observing mission.

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

Addressing the risks from climate change in performance-based contracts

At present, climate change risks are generally carried by the asset owner through the Force Majeure provisions of the contract, and treated as ‘unforeseen’ events, with repair costs reimbursed to the contractor. Explore the full report: Incorporating Climate Adaptation Risks to Performance Based Contracting

New Science Shows Nature’s Potential to Fight Climate Change

New Science Shows Nature’s Potential to Fight Climate Change

Building on a large body of existing research, they divided natural carbon sinks into 20 different pathways and then calculated both their potential for emissions reductions and the associated costs.

Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

Nature Could Help Prevent $50 Billion in Flood Damages in the Gulf of Mexico

The resulting analysis shows – for the first time – that the cost effectiveness of nature-based (green), artificial (gray) and policy solutions (like regulations) for reducing risk from storms and sea level rise can be directly compared – quantitatively – (apples to apples, so to speak) to one another across a region as large as the Gulf of Mexico.