Mars 2020 rover enters its final year of engineering before launch Installation of SuperCam Mast Unit on Mars 2020 rover is a towering success Ready to roll: Mars 2020 rover fitted with wheels ahead of mission next year NASA’s Mars Helicopter is ready to take to the red skies Mars 2020 will capture high-definition color images from the Jezero Crater Editors’ Recommendations On June 21, 2019, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory install the main robotic arm on the Mars 2020 rover. Measuring 7 feet (2.1 meters) long, the arm will allow the rover to work as a human geologist would: by holding and using science tools with its turret. NASA/JPL-CaltechNASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory continues to make progress on preparing the Mars 2020 rover for its upcoming mission. Recently the rover had its six wheels fitted so it can traverse the Martian surface, and now it has had its robotic arm installed as well.The robotic arm is a complex piece of machinery in its own right, consisting of five electrical motors and five joints — the shoulder azimuth joint, the shoulder elevation joint, the elbow joint, the wrist joint, and the turret joint. In total the arm is 7 feet (2.1 meters) in length and will be used to move around and use scientific tools.At the end of the arm is the turret, which acts as the rover’s “hand” and includes equipment such as high-definition cameras, science instruments, and a percussive drill and coring mechanism.The rover will eventually have two arms: The main robotic arm which was just installed, as well as a smaller arm which will be installed inside the rover to handle samples of Martian rock and soil.After its launch in 2020, the rover will touch down in an area of Mars called the Jezero Crater which is thought to be the site of an ancient Martian lake. It will collect samples of rocks in the area and observe the structure of the sediment to give scientists clues as to whether there was once liquid water on the planet’s surface. It will collect both visual information, using high definition color cameras, and geological samples using its arm to be brought back to Earth for study.The NASA engineers are clearly having fun updating the public about the progress on the rover. “You have to give a hand to our rover arm installation team,” Ryan van Schilifgaarde, a support engineer at JPL for Mars 2020 assembly, said in a statement. “They made an extremely intricate operation look easy. We’re looking forward to more of the same when the arm will receive its turret in the next few weeks.”
Editors’ Recommendations Telescopes, including Hubble, have monitored the Eta Carinae star system for more than two decades. It has been prone to violent outbursts, including an episode in the 1840s during which ejected material formed the bipolar bubbles seen here. NASA, ESA, N. Smith (University of Arizona, Tucson), and J. Morse (BoldlyGo Institute, New York)This Hubble image shows Eta Carinae, a double star system 7500 light-years away, which has been exploding in slow motion for more than a hundred and eighty years.The system contains at least two stars which glow five million times brighter than our Sun, and the dramatic event began in 1838, when it experienced an enormous explosion called the Great Eruption. The event threw off enough light that it became the second brightest in the sky by April 1844, and sailors and mariners in the southern seas used it for navigation. It almost destroyed the system, but the light eventually faded although the explosions continued.A smaller eruption happened in 1892, and it has grown consistently brighter since 1940, suggesting the activity is still ongoing. This video traces the evolution of this remarkable system:The new image from Hubble has revealed more information about the two round globe shapes formed by dust, gas, and other materials pushed out into space by the explosion. It was previously thought that the clouds would glow with magnesium illuminated by nitrogen (which is shown in red in the image), but in fact complex magnesium structures were found in between the bubbles of gas instead.“We’ve discovered a large amount of warm gas that was ejected in the Great Eruption but hasn’t yet collided with the other material surrounding Eta Carinae,” Nathan Smith of Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, lead investigator of the Hubble program, explained in a statement. “Most of the emission is located where we expected to find an empty cavity. This extra material is fast, and it ‘ups the ante’ in terms of the total energy of an already powerful stellar blast.”Hubble captured ultraviolet wavelengths of light to create the image, which help to illuminate warm gas is a different way from other wavelengths.“We had used Hubble for decades to study Eta Carinae in visible and infrared light, and we thought we had a pretty full account of its ejected debris. But this new ultraviolet-light image looks astonishingly different, revealing gas we did not see in either visible-light or infrared images,” Smith said. “We’re excited by the prospect that this type of ultraviolet magnesium emission may also expose previously hidden gas in other types of objects that eject material, such as protostars or other dying stars; and only Hubble can take these kinds of pictures.” Spitzer captures childhood, middle age, and maturity of stars in one image See 265,000 galaxies in the epic Hubble Legacy Field mosaic The Very Large Telescope gets upgrade to aid its hunt for habitable exoplanets Images of the Whirlpool galaxy show the value of infrared light observations Cosmic dust feeds star formation in this week’s Hubble image
SpaceX hopes to blast off its Starship and Super Heavy Rocket project in 2021 SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy but loses core booster in crash landing SpaceX joins internet-from-space race with launch of 60 Starlink satellites How to watch SpaceX’s most difficult Falcon Heavy launch ever SpaceX launch to resupply ISS finally goes off after several delays Editors’ Recommendations SpaceX’s Starhopper creates fireball!SpaceX’s prototype Starhopper engine burst into flames after a routine engine test.ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:09/Duration 0:33Loaded: 100.00%0:10Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpaceX’s Starhopper rocket bursts into flames during testsCloseSpaceX ran into trouble Tuesday evening when a small fire erupted from the engine of a prototype rocket it was testing at the company’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas.The rocket in question is an early prototype of the company’s Starship rocket called Starhopper. Ultimately Starship is expected to be used for space tourism, specifically to transport up to 100 passengers from Earth to the moon and Mars. The fire, captured on video by Everyday Astronaut, produced a large burst of flames just after SpaceX tested the rocket’s engine. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Starhopper was damaged in the incident. We’ve reached out to SpaceX to find out how exactly the fire impacted the rocket — if at all — and will update this story if we hear back.Unlike some other space vessels, Starship, Spacehopper’s big brother, is expected to be completely reusable. Much like an airplane, it will be able to take off and land multiple times. SpaceX’s Falcon series of rockets are currently partially reusable.The vessel was originally named “Big Falcon Rocket.” CEO Elon Musk changed the name of the rocket to Starship last year. When he announced the name change on Twitter a commenter mentioned “unless this starship is sent on a mission to another star system it can’t be called a starship” to which Musk replied, “Later versions will.”Starhopper is meant to be a test rocket for the Starship project. During tests, the spacecraft has been flying short flights at a low altitude as a way of proving the technology used to power it actually works. If the project takes off, it could revolutionize space travel (and make it significantly less expensive by reusing the same rocket).The spacecraft uses SpaceX’s “Raptor” rocket engines, and the company plans to gradually add more of those engines over time, ultimately reaching the seven engines expected to be included in the final Starship rocket. That rocket will also have an additional 31 Raptor engines as part of a “Super Heavy” booster. SpaceX completed its first test of Starhopper in April.Inaugural missions for Starship are expected to happen as early as 2021.
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Inspector General: Medicare Wrongly Paid Millions For Refills On Restricted Prescriptions The Associated Press/Washington Post: Inspector General: Medicare Wrongly Paid For $25M In Refills On Painkillers, Other DrugsMedicare routinely refilled pain pills and other restricted medications that are barred by federal law from renewal without a fresh prescription, government inspectors said in a report Thursday (9/27).
Viewpoints: The Country’s Deep Health Problems; Anthem’s Rx Policy In Calif. May Not Be Legal; Wis. Gov. Medicaid Decision Looming This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The New York Times: America’s Health Disadvantage It is now shockingly clear that poor health is a much broader and deeper problem than past studies have suggested. An authoritative report issued by the Institute of Medicine this week found that, on average, Americans experience higher rates of disease and injury and die sooner than people in other high-income countries. … The panel suggested a campaign to raise public awareness of the American health disadvantage and a study of what other countries are doing that might be useful here (1/10). The Wall Street Journal: Team Of Liberal Loyalists It’s notable how (Jack) Lew’s reputation has changed during the Obama years. As White House budget director in the Clinton era, he was viewed by Republicans as a reasonable liberal they could do business with. But as budget director and chief of staff in the Obama White House, Mr. Lew has been the President’s most partisan and implacable negotiator. Our sources who have been in the room with the 57-year-old say he is now a fierce defender of entitlements in their current form, resists all but token spending restraint, and favors higher tax rates (1/9). Los Angeles Times: Anthem’s Mail-Order Policy May Have Crossed A Legal Line Anthem Blue Cross may be breaking California law by requiring some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy, according to the state attorney general’s office. … it shouldn’t be “my way or the highway,” not when people’s lives are on the line. Offer a discount for shopping at the pharmacy of Anthem’s choosing, but don’t punish people for going to the same drugstores that all other members are free to use (David Lazarus, 1/10). USA Today: Retirees Face Their Own ‘Fiscal Cliff’ One group with a darker financial future is older Americans. With some new twists to old-fashioned retirement saving plans, Americans can fill some gaps we can expect as Social Security, Medicare and other safety net programs get recast (Ted Fishman, 1/10). The Washington Post: FDA Should Revamp Nutrition Labels Millions of health-conscious people consider nutrition labels essential when they buy food, but the labels are showing their age. Improving food labels could spur companies to market much healthier foods and encourage consumers to make smarter choices. One problem is that because of advances in nutrition research since 1993, calories and refined sugars are considered more important today, and concern has shifted from total fat to saturated and trans fats (Michael F. Jacobson, 1/10). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker’s BadgerCare DecisionOf all the decisions Gov. Scott Walker is likely to make in 2013, none will have a bigger impact than whether Wisconsin accepts over $12 billion in federal health care reform money over the next decade to fill the holes in BadgerCare. … It will guarantee hundreds of thousands of working Wisconsinites the freedom to control their own health care decisions, create thousands of 21st-century jobs in the health care professions and actually save the state budget hundreds of millions of dollars. It would be nothing short of public policy sabotage to turn the money down for the narrow partisan purpose of undermining the health care reform law. Yet Walker seems poised to do so (Robert Kraig, 1/9). Reuters: How To Improve VaccinationThe cost of [the current flu epidemic] is going to be enormous, both in dollars and in lives, and there’s a limited number of things that anybody can do to slow it down. … Vaccination isn’t perfect — as we’re discovering right now. Especially with respect to influenza, which comes in a dizzying variety of flavors, a vaccine can’t prevent an outbreak every year. But vaccination has proved itself time and time again as being the most ambitious and effective solution to public-health problems that the world has ever seen (Felix Salmon, 1/10). New England Journal of Medicine: Post-Hospital Syndrome — An Acquired, Transient Condition Of Generalized Risk To promote successful recovery after a hospitalization, health care professionals often focus on issues related to the acute illness that precipitated the hospitalization. Their disproportionate attention to the hospitalization’s cause, however, may be misdirected. Patients who were recently hospitalized are not only recovering from their acute illness; they also experience a period of generalized risk for a range of adverse health events. Thus, their condition may be better characterized as a post-hospital syndrome, an acquired, transient period of vulnerability (Dr. Harlan M. Krumholz, 1/10).
This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The measure, which would “require the Obama administration to notify Americans within 48 hours if their identity is compromised” via the Obamacare website, is part of the GOP strategy. The Washington Post: House Set To Vote On Healthcare.gov Security BillHouse lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a proposal designed to address potential security breaches on the HealthCare.gov Web site as Republicans seek to keep political attention focused on concerns with the ongoing rollout of the new federal health-care law (O’Keefe and Eilperin, 1/10).Fox News: Cantor: House Bill On ObamaCare Identity Theft Notification Is A ‘No-Brainer'[House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor] said on The Kelly File that many Americans are “legitimately” concerned with information and identity theft when sharing personal information online. “If there is any chance that one’s information and identity can be stolen or abused on the healthcare.gov website or in any way shape or form connected with the ObamaCare exchange then we should take the precautionary measures necessary,” Cantor said (1/9). The Associated Press: GOP-Led House Again Targets Obama Health Care LawThe bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, R-Pa., would require the secretary of health and human services to notify an individual within two business days of any security breach involving personal data provided to the government during health care enrollment. The administration, in objecting to the measure, said it already has implemented safeguards to secure personal information and notify consumers if a breach occurs (Cassata, 1/10).The Hill: White House Stops Short Of Veto Threats On House Healthcare BillsThe Obama administration stopped short Thursday of threatening to veto House bills to require officials to tell people if their personal data has been compromised through ObamaCare, and to require weekly reports on the health law’s implementation. … The White House added that more staff would likely be needed to comply, which would add “millions of dollars in costs to the States and the Federal Government, without additional funding from the Congress” (Kasperowicz, 1/9). House To Vote Today On GOP’s Healthcare.gov Security Bill
In a report released Tuesday, the VA’s Office of Inspector General criticized a Phoenix VA hospital for “troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care.” Investigators said that numerous veterans died after receiving substandard care, but they could not substantiate allegations that delays had caused at least 40 deaths.Los Angeles Times: VA Inquiry Stops Short Of Linking Deaths To Delays In Care In PhoenixOn the same day President Obama pledged to regain veterans’ trust, Department of Veterans Affairs investigators reported that they had been unable to prove that delays in medical care caused any deaths at the VA medical center in Phoenix, epicenter of a national scandal over mismanagement in the veterans healthcare system. In a report released Tuesday, however, the VA’s Office of Inspector General criticized the Phoenix VA for “troubling lapses in follow-up, coordination, quality and continuity of care” (Carcamo and Hennessey, 8/26).The Washington Post: VA Watchdog Confirms Patients Died After Receiving Poor CareThe Department of Veterans Affairs’ watchdog confirmed Tuesday that numerous veterans died after receiving poor care in a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., but stopped short of substantiating widely reported allegations that at least 40 veterans died while awaiting care. The VA inspector general’s office said in a report that it reviewed the records of 3,409 veterans and found 45 cases where patients experienced “unacceptable and troubling lapses” in care. Of those, 28 experienced long delays in care, and six died, the report said. Seventeen other patients experienced care that “deviated from the expected standard independent of delays,” and 14 of them died, the IG found (Lamonthe, 8/26).The Associated Press: IG: Shoddy Care By VA Didn’t Cause Phoenix DeathsInvestigators uncovered large-scale improprieties in the way VA hospitals and clinics across the nation have been scheduling veterans for appointments, according to a report released Tuesday by the VA’s Office of Inspector General. The report said workers falsified waitlists while their supervisors looked the other way or even directed it, resulting in chronic delays for veterans seeking care (8/26).Politico: VA Report: Deaths Not Linked To Wait TimesThe final report aligns with previous investigations from the watchdog office, which helped launch a scandal that cost former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki his post. The inspector general said in May it found evidence that employees, including senior level managers, manipulated wait times to hide the delays faced by veterans seeking medical treatment (French, 8/26).NPR: VA Deputy Secretary On Wait Times: ‘We Owe The American People An Apology’Melissa Block talks with Sloan Gibson, the deputy secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department, about the results of a recent probe into wait times at VA facilities (8/26).CNN: Scathing Report Slams Veterans’ Care But Says No Definite Link To DeathsA lengthy report on wait times at VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had “clinically significant delays” in care, and six of them died, but investigators couldn’t conclusively link their deaths to the delays. The scathing report, released Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General, said the delays were because of scheduling issues. There were also 17 patients — 14 of whom died — in the review who received poor care but not as a result of access or scheduling issues (Fantz, Griffin, Black and Bronstein, 8/26).NBC News: VA: No Proof Delayed Medical Care Caused Deaths In PhoenixInvestigators found no conclusive proof that delays in medical care caused patient deaths at the Phoenix VA Health Care System, even though some patients died while waiting for appointments and delays “adversely affected” the quality of care, according to a report released Tuesday by the VA’s inspector general. Dr. Sam Foote, a whistleblower at the Phoenix VA, had charged in February that up to 40 patients may have died waiting for appointments (Gardella, 8/26). VA Watchdog Stops Short Of Tying Deaths To Delayed Care This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
Early this summer the Supreme Court will render a decision on King v. Burwell, the case challenging the IRS workaround that allows ObamaCare subsidies to be paid through federal exchanges. Many on the right believe that if the justices rule against the administration, it would be the final stake in the heart of ObamaCare. Nothing could be further from the truth. … Without an effective response from Republicans, there is little doubt that the crisis would allow President Obama to permanently cement ObamaCare in place. (Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., 4/13) Forbes: Chief Actuary Blows Away Make-Believe Medicare ‘Doc Fix’ In a welcome break from political stasis, Congress may be on the verge of passing important bipartisan legislation to fix the way Medicare pays doctors. A bill before the Senate this week, which the president is willing to sign, would shift toward paying based on how well doctors care for their patients, rather than on how much care they provide. The fix isn’t perfect, but it’s far better than most of us expected from a polarized Congress. Yet much of the commentary about the bill is very negative. Stranger still, it comes in the form of two contradictory arguments — both wrong. (Peter R. Orszag, 4/14) National Review: A Bill That Actually Reforms Medicare The Washington Post’s Plum LIne: GOP Resistance To Obamacare Is Working Brilliantly Viewpoints: ‘Smarter’ Way To Pay Doctors Or ‘Make-Believe’ Reform? Sen. Johnson’s Alternative Health Plan A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The estimate of the legislation’s long-term impacts by Medicare’s chief actuary is sober reading. The legislation provides for a bonus pool that physicians can qualify for over the next 10 years but applies only in 2019 to 2024. The budgetary “out-years” provide for minimal increases in reimbursement rates. Beginning in 2026, physicians would receive a 0.75 percent annual increase if they participate in some alternative payment models or a 0.25 percent annual increase if they do not. Both are significantly lower than the normal rate of inflation. (Chris Jacobs, 4/13) Tomorrow, the Senate will consider H.R. 2, a Medicare-reform bill that has already acquired a classic Beltway acronym, MACRA. Conservatives should give their full support: According to a report released last week, MACRA not only would pay for itself but would result in large net savings to the Medicare program over time, reducing unfunded liabilities and preventing massive new debt. (Ryan Ellis, 4/13) There are two major differences between this so-called “fix” and previous ones. The first one is real: Previous increases have been offset by cuts to other government spending, and this one is not. The second one is fiction: That this doc fix is a permanent solution to the fee problem. (John R. Graham, 4/14) The Wall Street Journal: A Make-Or-Break ObamaCare Moment Bloomberg: A Smarter Way To Pay Doctors The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: House ‘Doc Fix’ Bill Makes Things Worse, Medicare Analysis Finds One of the core purposes of the Affordable Care Act is to expand health care to people who previously lacked it, and today Gallup-Healthways released new numbers showing once again that the law is accomplishing this goal. But buried in the data is an indicator of a different kind of success: Republican resistance to the law at the level of states is also having a substantial impact by limiting the drop in percentages of uninsured people, keeping the uninsured rate higher than it might otherwise have been. (Greg Sargent, 4/13) As the figure above shows quite incredibly clearly, since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the share of the uninsured has fallen sharply. As this Gallup-Healthways poll indicates, about 88 percent of adults are now covered, compared to about 82 percent at the peak uninsured rate before Obamacare kicked in. Moreover, the largest gains have accrued to the young, those with low incomes and Hispanics. For example, since late 2013, the share of the uninsured is down just two percentage points for those with incomes about $90,000 (most of whom already had coverage); for those with incomes below $36,000, it’s down nine percentage points. (Jared Berstein, 4/13) The Washington Post: Can Someone Please Print This Graph On A T-Shirt?! Sharp Decline In The Uninsured Since The ACA Came Online. This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
DAF electrified its CF and LF trucks.DAF Trucks was presenting at the 2018 IAA a fleet of plug-in trucks that will enter field tests in 2018 and 2019.Besides the all-electric DAF CF Electric, announced earlier this year, there is also the all-electric DAF LF Electric and plug-in hybrid DAF CF Hybrid.DAF says that it intends to offer electrified trucks “when the market is ready”, which hopefully means shortly after the pilot tests.More trucks at IAA Customer field tests starting in 2018 and 2019 Source: Electric Vehicle News 90 Years of DAF ExcellenceRecord 16.5% Market Share in EuropeMarket Leader in TractorsMarket leader in The Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic and BulgariaLargest import brand in Germany DAF CF Battery Electric Innovation Truck240 kW/325 hp electric motor170 kWh lithium-ion battery packRange of 100 kilometresFeaturing VDL E-Power Technology 7 photos Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on September 30, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Press blast:Innovative Electric Trucks Demonstrate the Road to the Future ‘Proud of our heritage, leading today, ready for the future’ is DAF’s overall theme at IAA 2018 – which is being held in Hanover from 20 to 27 September. DAF Trucks is exhibiting its full, industry-leading product and services range, the result of 90 years of heritage in developing innovative transport solutions. DAF is the European market leader in tractors and is number 1 in fuel efficiency, uptime, reliability and driver comfort. DAF’s powertrain leadership is demonstrated by the advanced LF Electric, CF Electric and CF Hybrid Innovation trucks that are on display at Europe’s largest truck exhibition and are a key part of DAF’s vision on future transport. DAF CF HybridThe CF Hybrid is like one of those “Hybrids” that turns out to a plug-in hybrid. The all-electric range is expected to be 30-50 km (19-31 miles) using an 85 kWh batteryDAF CF Hybrid specgross weight of 40,000 kgZF electric motor 75 kW/100 hp continuous and 130 kW (177 hp) peak plus a 330 kW (449hp) ICE85 kWh battery30-50 km (19-31 miles) of all-electric rangefull charge in 1.5 hour or 80% in 20 minutes Ford Unveils Wild F-Vision Electric Semi Truck Hyundai Reveals Render Of Fuel Cell Truck For 2019 The DAF stand is located in Hall 17 of the exhibition complex. Occupying an area of 2,500 m2, it showcases the complete on highway and vocational product range that set the standard in quality, low operating cost and vehicle performance. The DAF trucks on display include the LF for distribution transport, the versatile CF designed for a wide variety of applications and the flagship XF for heavy and long distance transport. The CF and XF were voted ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ thanks to a comprehensive package of technical innovations, resulting in a 7% fuel efficiency enhancement that sets the benchmark in the industry. The DAF LF was awarded ‘Fleet Truck of the Year 2018’ in the United Kingdom.To highlight the importance that DAF and its 1,100 sales and service dealers attach to a full range of services to support their class leading products, PACCAR Financial, PacLease, PACCAR Parts, DAF MultiSupport Repair and Maintenance and the DAF Connect fleet management system are prominently featured in the DAF IAA stand.On the Road to Zero Emission Transport To underline DAF’s aim to further strengthen its industry leading position in fuel efficiency and low emissions, DAF is exhibiting a full range of Innovation Trucks at the IAA. These include the LF Electric and CF Electric for medium and heavy duty city distribution, as well as the CF Hybrid for mid-range distribution with zero emissions in urban areas and the best overall efficiency. These innovative solutions have been developed to champion the needs for improving local air quality in cities, as well as reducing CO2 emissions.DAF LF Electric Innovation TruckThe DAF LF Electric is a 19 tonne fully electric truck for zero emissions city distribution. The truck features Cummins technology with a 195 kW/266 hp electric motor (peak: 250 kW/340 hp). The motor is powered by a battery pack of up to 222 kWh, providing a range of up to 220 kilometres when the truck is fully laden. As the battery pack is modular, capacity can be scaled to the range required by customers. For city distribution the 220 kilometre range of the DAF LF Electric is ideal.DAF CF Electric Innovation TruckThe DAF CF Electric is the ideal zero emission solution for urban distribution requiring higher payloads and volumes. This includes applications where single or double axle semi-trailers are the standard, such as in supermarket delivery.The CF Electric is a 4×2 tractor unit for up to 37 tonne GCW applications. The truck is based on DAF’s versatile CF series – ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ – and uses VDL’s advanced E-Power Technology for fully electric operation. The centre of the intelligent powertrain is the 210 kW/286 hp (peak: 240 kW/326 hp) electric motor, which gets its energy from the 170 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.The CF Electric has a range of approximately 100 kilometres which is appropriate for high volume city distribution applications. Quick charging of the batteries can be performed in 30 minutes or a full charge can be accomplished in as little as 1.5 hours. Freight loading and unloading time can be used to charge the battery pack.DAF CF Hybrid Innovation TruckThe DAF CF Hybrid has been developed for driving electrically with zero emissions in urban areas, while offering a much longer range to operate beyond those urban areas, thanks to the latest, ultra-clean diesel technology. The combination of electric and diesel power ensures the highest logistical efficiency.The sophisticated DAF CF Hybrid features the very efficient 10.8 litre PACCAR MX-11 engine (330 kW/450 hp), a ZF electric motor (75 kW/100 hp / peak: 130 kW/175 hp), in combination with a dedicated ZF TraXon gearbox for hybrid drivelines.The electric motor is powered by an 85 kWh battery pack, which allows for a full electric, zero emission range of 30 to 50 kilometres, depending on the Gross Combination Weight. The batteries can be charged by the diesel engine during on-highway operations, and by using a DC charger at a charging location. The vehicle is designed with a fast charge capability that takes 30 minutes for a full charge and only 20 minutes for a charge of up to 80%.Outside urban areas, the CF Hybrid is powered by the clean and efficient PACCAR MX-11 diesel engine, where the hybrid technology provides additional fuel savings thanks to the smart energy management. Regenerative energy is captured during braking and when using speed-related controls like Down Hill Speed Control and Predictive Cruise Control. This energy can be used by the electric motor to operate in conjunction with the diesel engine to further reduce fuel consumption.The battery pack of the hybrid system powers the electric driveline, the electric air compressor, as well as the optional intelligent e-PTO. The e-PTO can be used to drive refrigeration equipment on semi-trailers for temperature controlled transportation further enhancing low noise operation.Customer Focused Strategy“The overriding priority for any development is to provide value to our customers”, stated Ron Borsboom, member of the Board of Management, responsible for product development. “Our approach has always been and will always be to thoroughly validate our new developments before launch. That customer focused strategy continues with electric and hybrid trucks. Zero emissions and low noise levels may be demanded in the future as cities announce their intentions to create zero emission zones which could drive a need for our customers to have a wide variety of solutions to meet their needs.”The first CF Electric trucks will be released into field test operation with leading customers this year and similar field tests are planned to start with the LF Electric and CF Hybrid in 2019. DAF will be ready to introduce these state-of-the-art trucks when the market is ready.90 years of DAF ExcellenceTo commemorate the fact that it has been 90 years since Hub van Doorne laid the foundation of DAF, a historic DAF 1600 model from the late sixties is on display at the IAA-stand, next to a highly exclusive XF 90th Anniversary Edition which commemorates the founding of DAF in 1928. The vehicle features a premium options package, exclusive striping and exterior design elements, as well as the most powerful 530 hp/390 kW PACCAR MX-13 engine. DAF’s famous historic logo is proudly displayed on the front of the truck, on the sides and back of the cab, as well as in the luxurious, fully leather upholstered interior.In the past 90 years DAF has developed the European truck industry’s leading vehicles. DAF’s heavy-duty market share in Europe grew from 15.3% in 2017 to 16.5% in the first half of this year. DAF Trucks is the heavy duty market leader in The Netherlands, Hungary, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, and is Europe’s market leader in the tractor segment. In Germany – the largest truck market in Europe – DAF is the largest import brand.“With excellent trucks – setting the standard in efficiency and quality – and industry-leading services, DAF is well positioned to further expand its presence throughout Europe and beyond”, said Harry Wolters, DAF Trucks’ president.The DAF stand in Hall 17 features dedicated areas with class leading trucks for long distance and vocational operation, highlighting that DAF delivers the perfect vehicle for every application. 4 photos DAF CF Hybrid Electric Innovation TruckPACCAR MX-11 diesel engine130 kW/177 hp ZF electric motor85 kWh lithium-ion battery packElectric range from 30 to 50 kilometres DAF CF ElectricThe CF Electric tractor-trailer doesn’t have high range – just 100 km (62 miles) – but according to DAF it could be a perfect choice for supermarkets, which need a lot of supplies within the range. The technical partner on the project was VDL, known from electric buses.DAF CF Electric – Technical Specification:Tractor weight 9,700 kg (gross weight of 37,000 kg)Electric motor: 210 kW (286 hp), 2,000 Nm continuous and 240 kW (326 hp) peakCapacity batteries 170 kWhRange 100 km (62 miles)Quick battery charge 30 minutesFull battery charge 1.5 hours DAF LF ElectricThe LF Electric is a medium-duty distribution truck with some 220 km (137 miles) of range. The 250 kW powertrain comes from Cummins.DAF LF Electric spec:electric motor: 195 kW (266 hp) continuous and 250 kW (340 hp) peakModular lithium-ion battery packs up to 222 kWhRange of up to 220 km (137 miles)80% fast charge in 70 minutes19,000 kg gross weight 7 photos Scania Presents New L 320 6×2 Truck In PHEV Version State-of-the-art Electric & Hybrid Innovation TrucksDAF LF Battery Electric Innovation Truck250 kW/340 hp electric motorModular lithium-ion battery packs up to 222 kWhRange of up to 220 kilometresFeaturing Cummins Technology
Source: Electric Vehicle News At the same time, consumer demand is being boosted by longer driving range, lower battery costs and quicker charge speeds. As a result, more EVs and PHEVs will hit the streets, increasing visibility and further increasing demand for driving electric.See It GraphedIt should come as no surprise that China is receiving the bulk of automaker’s financial investments. The country has been pushing heavily for plug-ins via EV mandates and purchasing credits. Currently, over $135 billion dollars have been announced for investments in China.German automaker Volkswagen is leading the pack with $91 billion planned for electric car development. Volkswagen has $45.5 billion aimed at the Chinese market. Daimler ($42 billion), Hyundai/Kia ($20 billion), Changan ($15 billion) and Toyota ($13.5 billion) round out the top 5.In contrast, early leaders in the plug-in space have announced more modest investments. Nissan, Renault and Tesla are all on the record with $10 billion. General Motors has promised $8 billion, while BMW has announced $6.5 billion and BYD plans for $3.86 billion. These lower numbers are likely because these automakers have already sunk significant amounts of money into electric vehicle technologies.Naturally, actual spending will almost certainly be higher. The assessment does not include spending by automotive suppliers, technology companies or other organizations that might work with automakers. For the full breakdown by automaker, check out the link below.Source: Reuters Honda To Launch 20 Electrified Cars In China By 2025 No one is shocked that China will see the largest slice of the pie.Over the next decade, automakers will be investing heavily in electric vehicle technologies. Reuters analyzed investment and procurement budgets announced by automakers over the past two years. According to Reuters, $300 billion is currently devoted to EV technologies.So what is fueling this move away from fossil fuels? One of the main contributors is growing consumer demand. The other primary reason is greater pressure from governments around the globe. Emission and fuel economy standards are becoming stricter. In addition, many nations are now mandating electric car sales.Electric Vehicles In China General Motors Has Grand Electric Car Plans For China More Info On Tesla Model 3 Configuration In China Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 12, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
Renault news Renault Sold More EVs In Europe Than Any Other Automaker Renault Ends Sale Of ZOE Q90 With 43-kW AC Charging Capability New Renault ZOE To Get 250 Miles Of Electric Range Eight months of consistent growthRenault electric car sales in February increased by 27% to 3,861, which is the best February ever. This time both the ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. generated similar growth rate, while the Master Z.E. reached its peak of 55 (still not much though).Electric cars currently account for 2.2% of passenger car sales (3.9% in Europe) and 2.4% of commercial car sales (3.0% in Europe).Renault ZOE – 3,154 (up 25%) and 7,149 YTD (up 58%)Renault Kangoo Z.E. – 652 (up 27%) and 1,192 YTD (up 15%)Renault Master Z.E. – 55 (new) Renault electric car sales – February 2019So far this year, sales amounted to 8,409 (up 52% year-over-year), including:Renault ZOE – 7,149 (up 58%)Renault Kangoo Z.E.- 1,192 (up 15%)Data does not include the Twizy – heavy quadricycles (L7e). Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on March 18, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News Source: Electric Vehicle News
© 2017 The Texas Lawbook.By Allen Pusey(March 17) – The Supreme Court of Texas Friday allowed a defamation suit against D Magazine to proceed while rejecting an appeals court’s use of Wikipedia to reach the same decision. The lawsuit involved an anonymously written article in the Dallas-based magazine titled “The Park Cities Welfare Queen” concerning a woman living in a $1.15 million home in University Park who had been receiving food stamps. The woman, Janay Rosenthal, was described as a Park Cities mom who “has figured out . . .You must be a subscriber to The Texas Lawbook to access this content. Not a subscriber? Sign up for The Texas Lawbook. Remember me Password Lost your password? Username
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Are Central Banks Supporting Share Markets? » QUESTION: Central banks around the world are currently purchasing equities. If they continue to purchase equities, will we ever have a significant market downturn again? What happens when central banks acquire enough shares to control corporations?PEANSWER: Yes. The central banks have been buying equities to try to diversify their balance sheets as they also see what is coming down the road. Still, they are not the major buyers to influence the market in that manner. Corporate buybacks have been a much stronger factor in the marketplace.The reason why we will not have a major crash is simply because this time it is different — the crash is in the debt markets. « World View v Domestic & Why It Has Been Always Wrong Categories: Stock Indicies Tags: Central Banks, corporate buybacks, Equities
No one was injured in a train derailment in Okanogan County Monday. The locomotive was starting to move after being loaded near Janice Bridge when several of its 52 rail cars slid off the tracks.The ground under the rails 2-and-a-half miles north of Riverside appeared to liquefy, causing five cars carrying Calcium Carbonate to derail. The substance is a non-hazardous neutral stone.The train was also carrying lumber and was traveling less than 9 miles-an-hour when the incident occurred.
Aug 2 2018Scientists at the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission’s Science and Knowledge service, place Europe’s regions under the microscope in a report identifying cancer trends within and across countries.Today is World Lung Cancer Day, which aims to spread awareness about the impact of the disease on individuals and societies across the world.In Europe, 2018 predictions of cancer incidence and mortality are available via the European Cancer Information System (ECIS).These predictions stem from a collaborative exercise led by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in collaboration with the JRC, the European Network of Cancer Registries and the International Association of Cancer Registries.Restricting to EU-28, ECIS estimates that in 2018 there will be 3 million new cases of cancer and over 1.4 million cancer-related deaths.Scientists also expect lung cancer, the third most common type of newly diagnosed cancer in Europe, to cause the most deaths.Relying on country-level information may not be sufficient to fully understand cancer trends and drive health policies.For this reason, JRC scientists placed Europe’s regions under the microscope in a report identifying cancer trends within and across countries.The study provides evidence to help authorities in developing the right policies to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.Smoking remains the dominant cause of lung cancer in Europe, accounting for over 80% of cases.The report identifies lung cancer trends and analyses these alongside smoking habits, gender and geographic distribution.It also covers trends in stomach cancer and breast cancer, giving an overview on the main risk factors and prevention measures for each.Regarding lung cancer, 2018 estimates for incidence and mortality rates vary considerably across EU countries, reflecting the different levels of the smoking epidemic.Lung cancer incidence in men has been decreasing in most European countries over the last two decades, while women have experienced an increase.This generally correlates to the difference in smoking habit trends, where a decrease in smoking prevalence has been evident for men for a longer period than for women.By increasing the level of detail to include regions, scientists were able to highlight important variations that are otherwise diluted when considering only the national level and indicating therefore that country-level information may not be sufficient to exhaustively depict cancer trends and drive health policies.Related StoriesResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerThe incidence and mortality figures reported above are based on population-based cancer registries which collect, manage and analyze data on new patients diagnosed with cancer occurring in a well-defined population.Cancer burden indicators in Europe: insights from national and regional informationFor more than 30 years since the first ‘Europe against cancer’ program was launched, actions taken at EU level were implemented to extend and save lives.The Commission has been at the forefront of tackling risk factors, promoting screening to detect cancer early, and best practices to help EU countries improve the quality, effectiveness, resilience of health systems and to reduce inequalities in access to health services.Population-based cancer registries are the data providers that enable the monitoring of cancer frequency and collecting information on new cancer cases in well-defined populations.They are critical resources for the clinical and epidemiological investigation of cancer and for the planning and evaluation of cancer prevention and control programs.The European Cancer Information System (ECIS) application is a web-based tool conceived and developed by the JRC to report and disseminate cancer burden indicators at European level, on incidence, mortality and survival, from data submitted by around 150 European cancer registries.It provides added value by allowing regional and national comparisons of harmonized cancer indicators, quantifying the burden of cancers and following its trends and changes over time. It can help to understand the causes of certain types of cancer and compare best practices in prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions.The Socio-economic regional microscope seriesThis analysis is part of the JRC’s Socio-economic regional microscope series of short publications which aim to open-up new areas of analysis, and present the stories which can only be told using regional socio-economic data.Source: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/news/monitoring-lung-cancer-burden-europe
By Erik StokstadMar. 8, 2017 , 1:15 PM Another £250 million will be spent on fellowships for students and scientists over the next 4 years. Just over a third of this money will support 1000 Ph.D.s, a sizable increase, with 85% in science, technology, engineering, and math subjects that are consistent with the industrial strategy. The remainder will go to early- and midcareer researchers. The government will also provide an extra £50 million over the next 4 years to bring scientists to the United Kingdom from overseas. No figures were immediately available to provide percentage increases in these areas. CAMBRIDGE, U.K.—A major boost to government R&D spending in the United Kingdom will focus on technology and supporting scientific talent. In today’s announcement of the U.K. 2017–18 budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond revealed details of the new £4.7 billion over 4 years that the government pledged last November. The money is part of an Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for research partnerships with business, designed to develop the U.K. economy.The new funding round consists of £270 million largely for research and development on electric vehicle batteries; drug manufacturing technology; and artificial intelligence and robots for work in space, offshore energy, nuclear power plants, and mining. The areas were selected after a consultation with universities and industrial firms. Some of this pot has not yet been allocated, says Sarah Main, director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, an advocacy group in London, and should be used in general support of university research. “Let’s make sure that gets delivered,” she says. Tech and talent win big in U.K. science budget The MASCOT telemanipulator system used inside the Joint European Torus, a fusion experiment near Culham, U.K. The United Kingdom plans to fund more research on robots in space, offshore energy, nuclear power plants, and mining. United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority