MIT Unveils Faster, Meaner Solar Car
The MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team is up to their old tricks again. They've just finished construction of the latest high-tech car, which is being unveilved on the MIT campus tomorrow.
According to an MIT news release, The new car, called Eleanor, is taller than earlier versions yet has exactly the same drag area -- a measure of its wind resistance -- as the team's older one, "thanks to some very sophisticated aerodynamic design and wind-tunnel testing."
Eleanor also features six square meters of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and improved electronic systems and design. And the car can run all day on a sunny day at a steady cruising speed of 55 mph. Eleanor will be competing in October in the World Solar Challenge race across Australia. In preparation, the team plans to drive the car across the United States over the summer.
The new vehicle is also equipped with wireless links so that the lead and chase vehicles during the race will be able to monitor every aspect of the car's electrical performance in real time. Its batteries have enough energy, when fully charged, to get the car from Boston to New York City without need of sunlight.
Let's get some green stimulus money to MIT immediately so that we can all start driving Eleanors as soon as possible!
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
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- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The best-selling author tells us his methods.
- James Patterson has sold 300 million copies of his 130 books, making him one of the most successful authors alive today.
- He talks about how some writers can overdo it by adding too much research, or worse, straying from their outline for too long.
- James' latest book, The President is Missing, co-written with former President Bill Clinton, is out now.
Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.
- America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
- Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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It's the first time the association hasn't hired a comedian in 16 years.
- The 2018 WHCA ended in controversy after comedian Michelle Wolf made jokes some considered to be offensive.
- The WHCA apologized for Wolf's jokes, though some journalists and many comedians backed the comedian and decried arguments in favor of limiting the types of speech permitted at the event.
- Ron Chernow, who penned a bestselling biography of Alexander Hamilton, will speak at next year's dinner.
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