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Month: July 2017

Hyperloop: Like a Bullet? ?>

Hyperloop: Like a Bullet?

Thunderf00t, a great chemist you may be, but you need to review your mechanical engineering. Hyperloop for all its challenges – and particularly the danger of a vacuum failure – will not “shoot like a bullet” in the case of tube and vacuum failure. In a gun, the projectile fits tightly in the barrel.  It is propelled by massive pressure behind it.  In the case of a 9mm pistol, the pressure is 2,400 atmospheres, 35,000 psi (2400 Bar).  When the…

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Hyper Chariot — Technology’s version of #FakeNews ?>

Hyper Chariot — Technology’s version of #FakeNews

Elon Musk rekindled the dream of travel in a tube.  It’s not a new idea.  Engineers in New York experimented with a pneumatic subway in 1867.  A hundred years later, the Federal Railway Administration experimented with a train that traveled on an air cushion.  In 2013, Musk, reputation strong with engineering successes at SpaceX and Tesla Motors, proposed a 700 mph train-in-a-tube that could be built at a tenth of the cost of the California High Speed Rail system.  He…

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Fair Voting and Gerrymandering ?>

Fair Voting and Gerrymandering

“My vote doesn’t count.”  “The system is rigged.”  The complaints are manifold.  Suggestions are scarce. Winner take all, or first-across the line voting schemes are often blamed.  A plurality voting protocol leads inevitably to a two-party system, the process being described by Duverger’s Law. More fundamental though, is the geographic basis of almost every existing political structure.  In the United States, we vote in wards, consolidate the totals in precincts, and consolidate them again in districts.  For President, the districts…

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