Tag: infrastructure

Climate Research Must Change to Help Communities Plan for the Future

By Robert Koop, Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Director, Rutgers Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Rutgers University. Originally published at The Conversation Climate change is a chronic challenge – it is here now, and will be with us throughout this century and beyond. As the U.S. government’s National Climate Assessment […]

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MemVerge raises $24.5 million for Intel Optane-based infrastructure designed for big data workloads

MemVerge, a San Jose, California-based enterprise infrastructure provider that taps high-speed memory and storage optimized for AI and data science workloads, today emerged from stealth with $24.5 million in series A funding led by Banyan, with participation from Gaorong Capital, Jerusalem Venture Partners, LDV Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. The fresh […]

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Climate Change: Hurricanes to Deliver a Bigger Punch to Coasts

By Ryan P. Mulligan, Associate Professor in Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Ontario. Originally published at The Conversation When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization called it possibly the the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. This massive and horrifying storm […]

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The Rise and Fall of the New York Wheel

In 2008, Meir Laufer, a small-time New York real estate developer, was taking a spin aboard the London Eye, the 443-foot ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames, when he decided on a scheme: He would bring a similarly enormous ferris wheel to New York, but make it even bigger. When he got back […]

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative vs Washington Consensus

Originally published by Inter Press Service With the Washington Consensus from the 1980s being challenged, President Donald Trump withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and China pursuing its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), most notably with its own initiatives such as the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the political and economic […]

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As It Sheds Employees, Tesla Promises a Faster Charge

Tesla, the upstart electric automaker who reminds your author of that person you knew in high school who existed in a perpetual cloud of drama, wants Tesla owners to juice up their cars in a hurry. Recharging times are one factor behind the slow adoption of EVs in North America (cost, range, and recharging availability […]

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The Cost of Future-proofing: German Auto Industry to Invest $68 Billion Into EVs, Mobility, Data Over Next Three Years

The German Association of the Automotive Industry, known in its native tongue as Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA), says its members have formally committed themselves to investing 60 billion euros (roughly $68 billion USD) into electrification and vehicular autonomy over the next three years. The claim was made as part of a larger announcement serving as a […]

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Bezos Admits His Fortune Is Due to Public Infrastructure….Even as He Fought Paying a Homeless Tax in Seattle, Shakes Down Cities for Subsidies

As the lawyers like to say, res ipsa loquitur, or the thing speaks for itself. But I wanted to add a comment to this section of a section from a lightly edited Q&A held with Jeff Bezos at the Yale Club, published in Business Insider. Another factor that helped boost Amazon sales was its avoidance […]

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California Congestion Bill Could Result in American Autobahn

While California has some of the best driving roads in the country, large swaths of the state suffer from serious congestion issues. For years, the preferred solution was to bolster public transit in San Francisco and Los Angeles while simultaneously establishing high-speed rail lines between the two areas. Unfortunately, costs ballooned and support for the […]

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Waze Beacons arrive in New York City tunnels

Solid concrete and GPS don’t get along all that well, as New York City’s bridge and tunnel crowd can attest. Commuters, couriers, bus attendants, cabbies, and sightseers driving between the Garden State and the Big Apple — or crossing from Manhattan into the city’s outer boroughs (or vice versa)  — know all too well what […]

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Elwood, Illinois (Pop. 2,200), Has Become a Vital Hub of America’s Consumer Economy. And It’s Hell.

It’s hard to find anyone who will admit to it now, but when the CenterPoint Intermodal freight terminal opened in 2002, people in Elwood, Illinois, were excited. The plan was simple: shipping containers, arriving by train from the country’s major ports, were offloaded onto trucks at the facility, then driven to warehouses scattered about the […]

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Volkswagen’s Solution to EV Charging Woes: A Charging Station That Requires Recharging

Concerned that customers won’t buy vehicles from its upcoming electric product tsunami for fear of missing their turn at the plug, Volkswagen is offering a fairly novel solution: mobile charging stations that also require recharging, presumably from a much larger charging station. A power station, for example. The takeaway from Volkswagen’s lesson in energy packaging […]

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Senators Press for Expanded Probe of FEMA Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Relief Efforts

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Bernie Sanders, and Dick Durbin last week sent a letter to John Kelly, acting inspector general (IG) of the Department of Homeland Security, asking him to expand […]

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Post Office Privatization Thrust Awaits (Stalled) Publication of Trump Task Force Report

By Lambert Strether of Corrente. Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution reads: [The Congress shall have power to t]o establish post offices and post roads This enumerated power, as Schmoop (I love Schmoop) points out, wasn’t trivial: For most of the first century of American independence, the Post Office was […]

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Putting a Stop to Stopping: Jaguar Land Rover Testing Green Light Speed Advisory Tech

Jaguar Land Rover has announced it will implement Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) technology on a trial basis. The system utilizes vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) connectivity, allowing cars to “talk” to traffic lights while informing drivers of the speed they should travel to avoid having to stop. GLOSA isn’t a new concept. In fact, it’s been kicked […]

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VW’s Electrify America Plots Second Batch of EV Charging Stations, Plug-in Propaganda

Volkswagen’s court-mandated subsidiary, Electrify America, has announced its second investment of $200 million into the nation’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and not a moment too soon. Plug-in car sales in the United States have already surpassed last year’s record of nearly 200,000 deliveries, thanks to Tesla’s rollout of the Model 3, and we’ve still got three […]

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