The danger isn’t over yet. California is forecast to cool down this week, but firefighters are bracing themselves for a new threat. The Santa Ana and Diablo winds are expected to sweep across the state and stir up more trouble today and tomorrow. The hot, dry offshore winds are posing problems earlier than usual — they usually start stirring up fires in October. … [Read more...] about 2020 set another record for being awful: the most acres burned in California
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The worst of those fires started on Friday and has already covered more than 75,000 acres (300 square kilometers). Called the Creek Fire, it has likely spawned fire tornadoes and forced the California Air National Guard to rescue more than 200 people trapped by the flames, according to the Washington Post. … [Read more...] about California’s fast-moving Creek Fire spawns ‘fire cloud’ visible from space
Robust voice recognition is more than just a novelty, though. It can be a key element in reducing driver distraction. Being able to toggle between the directions, temperature, and Spotify while keeping my eyes on a road made me a better driver and reduced the likelihood that I’d swerve or let my attention wander. Smartphones and digital infotainment systems that invite a lot of scrolling or tapping are obvious distractions, and tech companies need to come up with better ways to mitigate that problem. … [Read more...] about The Lucid Air is a luxury electric sedan with the speed and power to rival Tesla
Musk labeled the Hyperloop project as "low priority," maintaining that he will continue to devote most of his attention to his other more high-profile projects: the Tesla electric-car and SpaceX rocket companies. Still he stated he intends to be a key investor in the project. And while Musk would like the Hyperloop to be an open-source endeavor, he also stated he is willing to develop a small-scale prototype to demonstrate the validity of the concept. … [Read more...] about Can Elon Musk’s Superfast ‘Hyperloop’ Transit System Really Be Built?
Subjective things aside, our biggest practical concern with using the Rocket Skates for actual transportation is that they're fairly large. The place you're skating to will need to have a place to put them if you want to take them off, or you'll need to stick them in a backpack or bag and carry them around that way (Acton offers one for $99). It's possible to manage curbs and stairs in the skates but you wouldn't want to walk around in them for extended periods of time. In some cases, it might be preferable to leaving a bike chained out on the street, but in other cases the skates may prove cumbersome. As with anything, it depends on what you do and how you like to do it—if you already skateboard everywhere, then you'll be used to carrying your transit method around with you. … [Read more...] about Feet-on with RocketSkates, which are exactly what they sound like