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When you’re driving, there’s acceleration and there’s testing the very bounds of time, space and human endurance. The upcoming Bentley EV will tilt toward the latter.In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark promised that his company’s electric vehicle will sport 1,400 horsepower and go from 0-60 mph in a bonkers 1.5 seconds. Most current lists have even the fastest 0-60 mph times hovering around 2 seconds, so yeah, this car will pulverize you.Hallmark said the current Bentley Continental GT Speed is at 650 horsepower and that the Bentley EV will double that. But he warned of diminishing returns with such rapid acceleration. “The problem is, it's uncomfortable,” he said. “The thrill of 2.4 seconds to 60 mph is great about 10 times. Then it just becomes nauseous."However, Bentley will leave it up to the driver, who can stick with 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds or switch it to 1.5 seconds. So, you can decide if you’d like to turn your brains into mashed potatoes. But with a 12-cylinder engine, you’ll probably be going fast no matter how carefully you drive.Hallmark said though that the “brutality of acceleration” won’t be the defining trait of the Bentley EV, but rather its ability to easily overtake other vehicles due to the huge amount of torque on demand.The Bentley EV won’t go into production until 2025 and one variant may cost as much as 250,000 Euros, so there’s still time to save your money and prepare your body to endure the physical rigors this insanely powerful vehicle will wreak upon it.
Earlier this year, Ford made headlines after it came to light that the American automotive titan was considering spinning off its rapidly expanding electric-vehicle operations from its conventional, internal-combustion engine ones.A complete split was quickly ruled out – likely amid opposition from the Ford family – and the company instead announced plans to create two separate businesses — sort of — under the Ford corporate umbrella.Ford officials said the move would give the company the best of both worlds — the flexibility of a startup and the scale of an established automaker — but analysts continue to wonder how the company will deal with decades-old, legacy operations that run the risk of becoming obsolete as the world pushes car makers to change.Everyone involved, it seems, could get a look at what might have been from across the pond.Recent reports indicated that Renault is also exploring the possibility of spinning off its EV operations, complete with its own initial public offering. The company this week acknowledged that it was evaluating a separation and suggested that the individual units could employ 10,000 workers each by next year.Reuters reported that several working groups were studying two separate legal structures: an EV operation, code-named "Ampere," and "Horse," which would comprise its gas-powered and hybrid cars. The EV jobs would be located in the company’s native France, while the internal combustion operations would be located elsewhere.Executives are reportedly pressing ahead despite continued uncertainty over the company’s operations in Russia. They plan to present the findings at a company conference this fall.
On Wednesday, Abbott Laboratories said that production at a troubled infant formula plant in Michigan could restart within two weeks.In February, Abbott recalled baby formulas made at its plant in Sturgis after complaints of bacterial infections in infants who drank specific Similac products. As a result, two infants died, and several babies were hospitalized. Once the company gets the go-ahead, it will restart EleCare, Alimentum and metabolic formulas first, with Similac and others to follow. Unfortunately, it could be six to eight weeks before stores start restocking shelves, which won't help a supply chain already failing in many areas of the country, even the daycare my children attend. On April 20th, when the company had to slash its sales forecast for its nutrition division, Abbott called the recall a "short-term hindrance" and noted that it was working with the FDA on corrective actions.According to the FDA, the Sturgis facility failed to maintain sanitary conditions and procedures at the plant. Abbott didn't keep surfaces clean and had a history of bacteria contamination.Overall, the company will be fine after reporting $3.3 billion in COVID-19 test sales last quarter. And while the FDA is trying to work with manufacturers to ease supply chain issues, many are already at or exceeding capacity. 
Cannabis use, both recreational and medicinal, has increased dramatically in the United States. As more people incorporate it into their lives, businesses remain concerned about protecting their workforce from impaired employees on the job. To combat cannabis intoxication, some companies have turned to breathalyzers; it's a familiar tech, and they are accurate when testing for the presence of THC.However, according to Ken Fichtler, CEO and founder of Gaize AI, the problem isn't the presence of THC. He says it all comes down to impairment. Fichtler says that while breathalyzers can detect THC, they don't detect impairment. This is because studies have shown that measuring THC in the body cannot be correlated to a predictable level of impairment.
The baby formula supply problem is not getting better. In fact, it is getting worse. Manufacturers claim production is at full capacity, but it still is not meeting the current demand. In the first half of 2021, the out-of-stock rate for baby formula sat between 2% and 8%. However, the rate skyrocketed between November 2021 and early April of this year to 31%. CNN Business reports that the number is currently up to 40%. According to Datasembly, over half of baby formula was completely sold out in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Missouri and Texas during the week starting April 24. The data also said 26 states are struggling with supply. 
Lordstown Motors has struggled with a moving target of challenges over the past few years, among them multiple lawsuits that accused the EV maker of breach of contract, conspiracy and outright fraud.It seemed for a moment the company was destined for bankruptcy, when a unique opportunity arose. Foxconn, the global electronics contract manufacturing giant based in Taiwan, handed the company an offer that was tantamount to a lifeline and in September of last year, the two parties came to an agreement…Foxconn would buy Lordstown’s Ohio factory for $230 million, as well as purchase $50 million in stock, and the companies would parse out a deal for Foxconn to assemble Lordstown’s flagship SUV and build out its own EVs leveraging Lordstown technology.But since then, the road has been rocky. In March it was revealed that the deal hit a snag as the two parties were reportedly struggling to come to terms on certain conditions. More recently, US regulators have cleared the deal, but Lordstown has confirmed the conditions to close still have not been met and instead of closing on the deadline of April 29th, Foxconn issued a press release.
On April 25, 2022, Urban-Air Port and Supernal unveiled the Air-One in the United Kingdom. The Air-One is a proprietary deployable operations hub that could provide quick multimodal infrastructure for eVTOLS and other passenger travel – think small turnkey airport, or, as they call it, a vertiport. Unfortunately, this one is for viewing purposes only, though they plan to hold drone demos to show potential advanced air mobility (AAM) use case scenarios. The Air-One is a 17,000 square-foot circular structure built in just 11 weeks and designed to serve four markets: passenger air taxis, autonomous delivery drones, disaster emergency management and defense operations and logistics. The vertiport has zones to serve these various purposes, so it has a passenger lounge, security screening, café and retail space, as well as a cargo logistics hub, electric and hydrogen-air vehicle hangar, passenger taxi processing and control center. The middle of the vertiport is a 56-foot circular final approach and takeoff platform that raises 19 feet in the sky using a small link-lift system for takeoffs and landings.
Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot and current CEO of Bantam Tools, says the U.S. must bring prototyping and manufacturing back in-house, close the skills gap and build an independent manufacturing workforce.
Cameras on drones is not a new concept but Snapchat’s just announced Pixy offers an interesting take on the product category.Instead of being controlled by the user, the Pixy flies itself and follows the user like an adorable little creeper. The device, which is about the size of a CD case, pairs with a smartphone and uses its four propellers to take off from and land in a user’s hand. The company says the rechargeable battery supports about five to eight flights for capturing video and images.Pixy uses different preset flight patterns to make it more user-friendly than a typical drone. Hover lets users take selfies and direct Pixy to pan its camera; Reveal lets the Pixy fly high above users for wide angle views; Follow lets the Pixy just tag along behind the user; and Orbit lets the Pixy fly circles around the user. The device includes a 12 megapixel sensor that can shoot up to 100 videos or 1,000 photos and then store them locally on a 16 gig drive.When it’s done, Pixy will wirelessly transfer your Snaps to Memories in Snapchat, after which users can edit the videos and add sounds and filter effects.Even with everything on board, the Pixy still weighs less than a quarter pound.The Pixy starts at $229 and that means it will be marginally upsetting if it ever malfunctions and flies off into the woods without you. And since it’s so lightweight, the Pixy is not ideal for windy conditions, unless you like to stare wistfully at the horizon while your significant investment flies off into the sunset.
It was hard to look away from the Elon Musk-Twitter chronicles that spanned a few weeks. Musk became the social media platform’s biggest shareholder. Then Musk was set to join Twitter’s board. And then he wasn’t. Then, it looked like he was set to buy Twitter and take it private, then it didn’t. Then it did again. Now, as Musk and Twitter are looking to close the $44 billion buyout offer, each party has set out terms and conditions.As reported by Business Insider, these rules are in a new SEC filing and some of them are a bit unique. One of the details is that if either party leaves the deal, they have to pay the other a $1 billion kill fee. Additionally, Twitter must cease negotiations with other potential buyers and stop actively looking for other buyers. But if a new buyer appears and intrigues Twitter, the company has to tell Musk, who will have four days to make a better offer. Even if Musk does not change his offer and Twitter elects to go with the other buyer, it still owes Musk the termination fee. Should Musk fail to get funding to finance the deal or change his mind, he will owe the kill fee. 
Wind energy has the potential to dramatically reduce the world’s dependence on carbon-emitting energy sources, and governments across the globe are racing to develop new wind power facilities amid efforts to curb global warming.But setting up a wind farm isn’t just a matter of putting up a windmill here or there; they can comprise hundreds of turbines across farmland or sea, and the turbines themselves can be hundreds of feet tall — and are likely to only get taller in the future.The logistics of getting those systems’ components into place present an enormous challenge, but industrial conglomerate GE hopes a newly unveiled facility could provide a solution.The company says the complex outside Rochester, New York, is the first of its kind in the U.S.: a research and development center that includes the world’s largest 3D concrete printer — three stories tall — capable of churning out more than 10 tons of concrete per hour.The facility, funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, will be staffed by a team of 20 who will work to optimize its printing technology before taking it out into the field, hopefully within five years.Ultimately, GE wants to be able to take its massive concrete-printing system on the road so that it can print the concrete bases to support wind turbines — up to 65 feet high — on-location, rather than hauling them over hundreds or thousands of miles.
You may recall that there was a lot going on in 2020. A lot. So in case you missed this one, we’ll offer up a quick recap:In May of that year, just a scant two months into the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic, Nissan quietly announced that it would be winding down its Datsun brand – a big reveal that may not have registered amid the din, not to mention the fact that Datsun has been down this road before.The brand, which had its heyday in the 1960s, has actually been around since 1931. In 1986 it was discontinued but received a stay in 2012 after then-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn pledged to revive the brand as a low-cost entry in emerging markets.A decade later and a lot has changed. Ghosn is history after being accused of white collar crimes in 2019 and then fleeing Japan, leaving Nissan’s new execs to right the ship. This strategy seems to entail a shift where Nissan gets back to focusing on its core brands – Nissan and Infiniti – which left Datsun out of the mix. And while the decision to discontinue the brand was made in 2020, it wasn’t until March of this year that Nissan-Renault has finally ceased output at the car brand’s last remaining plant.According to Automotive News, that plant – in Chennai, India – has wound down production of the Datsun Redi-GO five-door subcompact.
Tesla has continued to absolutely floor it, with revenue in its 2022 first quarter outpacing last year’s by seven times. But according to recent comments by CEO Elon Musk, vehicles might not be Tesla’s chief breadwinner for long.In an earnings call with investors, Musk referenced an in-development robot that he believes will be worth more than Tesla’s car business as soon as 2023.The humanoid robot in question stands at 5 foot 8 and is named Optimus. Tesla first unveiled the robot in August of 2021, though the big reveal was largely panned when observers noted the “robot” was actually a person in a spandex suit.Not to be deterred, Musk says he was “surprised” that nobody understood the scale of the Optimus development project, and hinted at a slate of products coming next year specific to the platform. Musk believes the bot is best designed for boring, repetitive everyday tasks, like grocery shopping, and reportedly runs on Tesla’s neural networks and Dojo advanced supercomputer.
An Amazon warehouse collapsed and six workers died after a tornado struck the facility in Edwardsville, Illinois on Dec. 10. The company is still facing repercussions from decisions that were made that day. In a press statement, attorneys filed two lawsuits on behalf of victims involved in the deadly disaster. Plaintiffs include four Amazon drivers: Jamarco Hickman, Evan Jensen, Jada Williams and Deontae Yancey. The mother of DeAndre Morrow, a warehouse worker who died in the collapse, is also a plaintiff in the lawsuit. The other four drivers survived the collapse, but their lawyers say they suffered physical or mental harm.The statement said the plaintiffs and Morrow delivered packages the day the tornado hit. It also claims the company received warning from the National Weather Service of possible tornadoes in the area as much as 36 hours before the collapse of the warehouse. 
Newark, California-based Lucid Group burst onto the electric vehicle scene with their Air model, which touts an industry-leading 520-mile range. You might also remember the company commencing manufacturing last spring at their recently completed 500-acre production facility in Casa Grande, Arizona.This time Lucid is turning heads with the most powerful electric vehicle available in North America - their Air Grand Touring Performance. Not to be confused with the Lucid Air Grand Touring vehicle, the Performance model will offer 1,050 horsepower in going 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, and hitting a top speed of 168 mph.The vehicle will feature one of Lucid’s proprietary electric motors at each axle and despite the added power, will still offer an EPA-estimated driving range of 446 miles. While this is less than the Air, it’s still ahead of the nearest competitor for the range title, as Tesla’s dual motor Model S offers a range of between 375 and 405 miles on a single charge.And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Model S Plaid does own the title of quickest EV on the planet, as it sacrifices range for a sub 2-second 0 to 60 time and top speed of 200 mph.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the end of the Concorde put supersonic passenger air travel on hold, but startups and industry giants alike are working on ways to not only fly beyond the sound barrier, but potentially much faster — into the realm of hypersonic travel.The most ambitious efforts in recent years floated the possibility of flying at Mach 4 or 5, up to five times the speed of sound — fast enough to trim the flight from New York to London down to 90 minutes.But what if you could go even farther in even less time; say, from Los Angeles to Tokyo in 60 minutes?A Texas company says its technology could enable flights at speeds of 12 times the speed of sound, or some 9,200 miles per hour.Venus Aerospace earlier this month announced the completion of a $20 million fundraising round toward its ultimate goal: a zero-carbon spaceplane that could cross the globe in an hour.
Cooking oils are crucial for frying all the foods that make life so worth living. But after they fulfill their destiny and get our jalapeno poppers nice and golden brown, they are also often used as a sustainable fuel. And not just for cars, but also jumbo jets.Airbus recently flew a three-hour test flight in France using a commercial jet outfitted to run on Sustainable Aviation Fuel or SAF, which is made up primarily of used cooking oil and other waste fats, according to CNN. The test flight, which was run using a single Rolls Royce Trent 900 turbofan engine, was followed by a similar trip to test how SAF was consumed during takeoffs and landings.Airbus had previously tested SAF with an A350 and an A319neo single-aisle aircraft. But this latest test used an A380, the company’s wide-body passenger jet with two full-length decks with a total area of 550 square meters, or three tennis courts. In other words, it’s a huge gas guzzler.
This might come as a surprise to some of you, but SpaceX is not the only name in privatized space launching services. For example, Long Beach, CA-based Rocket Lab has had 25 successful launches since 2017, and deployed over 100 satellites into orbit for clients that include NASA, DARPA and Canon.While their scale is smaller than the aforementioned competitor, their focus on innovation is definitely amongst industry leaders. Not only is this evidenced by their Electron rocket, which is described as the only reusable orbital-class small rocket currently in use, but by a recent announcement on how they intend to recover said rocket after its next launch.The “There and Back Again” mission is scheduled to take place within a 14-day launch window that begins April 19. After launching from their Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand, the company will attempt a mid-air helicopter capture of the Electron launch vehicle for the first time.After deploying a payload comprised of satellites, as well as propulsion systems and power generators for satellites, Rocket Lab will employ a customized Sikorsky S-92 helicopter with a large twin engine to capture the returning rocket stage as it returns from space. Approximately an hour prior to lift-off, the helicopter will move into position about 150 nautical miles off New Zealand’s coast. At two-and-a-half minutes after lift-off, Electron’s first and second stages will separate, per the standard mission protocol. Electron’s second stage will continue into orbit to deploy the payload, while the first stage will begin its descent back to Earth. As it falls, it will reach speeds of over 5,000 mph and temperatures exceeding 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.After deploying a parachute at 8.3 miles altitude, the main parachute will be extracted at around 3.7 miles in slowing the descent to 22 mph.  As the stage enters the capture zone, the helicopter, via a specially-designed hook, will look to snag the parachute and secure the rocket.According to Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, “We’ve conducted many successful helicopter captures with replica stages, carried out extensive parachute tests, and successfully recovered Electron’s first stage from the ocean during our 16th, 20th, and 22nd missions. Now it’s time to put it all together for the first time and pluck Electron from the skies.” 
The U.S. Department of Labor’s investigators and attorneys are working to prevent companies along the United States-Mexico border from exploiting Mexican workers. Wage and Hour Division investigators recently discovered three San Diego-area customs warehouses were violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.The employers, OMG Global Logistics, Atlas Freight Forwarding and Columbia Export Group PDSA, were ordered to pay approximately $2 million combined in minimum and overtime back wages to employees. It turns out the companies were paying wages as low as $2.50 per hour and also used Mexican affiliates to pay employees, making it appear as if they worked in Mexico rather than the United States. This took place in the San Diego neighborhood of Otay Mesa where some workers were making a daily international commute to work at warehouses. Columbia Export Group denied workers federal minimum wages and overtime premiums and ended up paying penalties to 60 employees. 
Night shift workers at a New Zealand french fry factory were rattled by an unusual discovery last week that ended with a call to the bomb squad.Richard Teurukura, a worker at the Mr Chips factory in Aukland was reportedly observing the conveyor line when an object caught his eye for being a bit oddly shaped. 100,000 potatoes had just been delivered and were running down the belt when Teurukura saw what he thought was a muddy stone. He retrieved the object before realizing to his horror that it actually looked like a grenade.After he confirmed his suspicion with some input from a co-worker who had “seen a lot of war movies” he placed the grenade in a cordoned off area and contacted the authorities. When the bomb squad arrived they confirmed that what they had on thier hands was, in fact, an inert grenade, confirmed as a “Mill bomb” – an 80-year-old grenade used in World Wars 1 and 2.According to the Guardian, it’s actually not uncommon for grenades to be discovered in potato fields in Europe but it’s very unusual to find them in New Zealand.The plant’s manager said it was the first weapon discovered on the production line in the facility’s 30 year history and that he took a picture and placed it around the factory “so other workers know what to look out for.” He lauded Teurukura for “keeping his cool about the whole thing.”
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