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PHOTO CREDIT: Neuron EV™
HUB's platform rides low for a stable center of gravity and enables efficient induction charging

Today, Neuron EV, a visionary automotive company, presents HUB, the future of smart transportation. HUB stands for Harmony, Utility, Balance. HUB is convergence of technology for ease of mobility. The vision of HUB is unity without uniformity and diversity without fragmentation. HUB is a new paradigm of transportation that aims to make a positive impact in our society.

Urban infrastructure needs a smart transportation system. HUB is the beginning of a holistic solution. HUB integrates renewable energy, telecommunications, and cloud computing for ease of mobility. Variants of HUB vehicles provide commercial, public, and personal transportation. HUB activates service through three methods; on-demand, reservations, and traffic detection. A user can also locate a HUB by GPS through a smart device or visit a nearby HUB station. Rideshare HUBs operate autonomously at low speeds within a 5-mile radius of a community. HUB expands intuitive ride sharing by integration of blockchain technology. Input or scan of a blockchain ID allows HUB service without reservations and incentivizes frequent use. Traffic detection software directs HUB to areas with high demand and reserves time for efficient maintenance. HUB is versatile transportation with diverse autonomous applications: cargo transport, storage locker, emergency vehicle, commercial space, ride sharing, lodging, shuttle service, fleet rental, personal vehicle.

HUB can be reserved as a personal vehicle. The user can select from basic, comfort, and premium levels of accommodations. A basic HUB comfortably fits a maximum of 6 passengers with abundant cargo space.

Neuron EV’s philosophy of “Unity” emphasizes enrichment through diversity. HUB’s iconic design harmonizes diverse functions. Motor integrated wheels power a spacious octagonal structure. HUB’s platform rides low for a stable…

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Small Eye in the Sky: Special Forces Will Soon Have New Enduring ISR Option
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Combating counterinsurgency, conducting reconnaissance, collecting information vital to national security, United States Special Forces conduct some of the most sensitive and critical missions.

The people and infrastructure required for these missions also require constant protection through reliable intelligence and surveillance. That’s why Lockheed Martin expanded its Indago portfolio…

Scientists From Palacký University in Olomouc Accelerate Chemical Reactions With a Single Atom
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A unique method that can accelerate diverse chemical reactions, for example, in food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, has been developed by scientists from the Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) of Palacký University in Olomouc, in cooperation with Italian colleagues from the University…

New Research: 68% of Adults Are Concerned About Their Security on Facebook
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Today, ID Experts released their 2019 Study on Social Media Privacy and Security Concerns regarding the risks facing social media users in the U.S. More than eighty percent of adults believe that they’re at risk when it comes to security on social media.

The study…

Out with the Gold, in with the Blue – United Airlines Unveils its Next Fleet Paint Design
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Today, United Airlines is introducing customers and employees to a modernized aircraft livery, which will bring a refreshed look to its fleet. The design is a visual representation of United’s ongoing brand evolution while staying true to the history it has developed over the past 93 years of proudly…

First-Ever National Day Of Action Against Meningitis B Rallies Volunteers In All 50 States To Raise Awareness Of Deadly Disease Affecting Young Adults
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The Meningitis B Action Project launched today the first nationwide Day of Action Against Meningitis B. Held during World Meningitis Day, the initiative is bringing together hundreds of advocates in all 50 states to simultaneously complete actions in their communities on April 24 to improve awareness of Meningitis B,…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Electrify America, LLC
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Company Offers Charging Membership Options; Plans a 20 percent price reduction off current rates

Electrify America today announced the launch of a mobile app, available for both Android and iPhone. The company’s first-ever app allows users to manage the entire charging session on their phone, increasing convenience for electric vehicle (EV) owners.

The company also is introducing two charging membership plans called Electrify America Pass and Electrify America Pass+. In addition, Electrify America will be changing its introductory charging cost pricing, currently at 30 to 35 cents per-minute, and will implement a roughly 20 percent reduction on those prices, depending on regions and local utility rates.

“We are committed to increasing EV adoption and are constantly innovating to make the charging experience as convenient and accessible as possible,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO at Electrify America. “With our new app, we put all the information and capabilities you need to charge your EV right in your pocket, making charging with us easier than ever. Combined with our new membership plans, we are streamlining the charging experience at our ultra-fast chargers.”

Mobile App: Thanks to easy-to-navigate features, the Electrify America app offers a seamless charging experience:

  • Locate a Charger: Find a charging station near you and get directions. The Locate a Charger feature shows you the…
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CREDIT: Maid of the Mist. Later this year, the catamaran-style vessels will provide more than 1.6 million guests from around the world with an up-close, iconic view of Niagara Falls
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New-build emission-free vessels to be launched during 2019 season

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the Maid of the Mist, which has been navigating the waters of the Lower Niagara River since 1846, is preparing to launch the first two new all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the United States. Later this year, the catamaran-style vessels will provide more than 1.6 million guests from around the world with an up-close, iconic view of Niagara Falls. The vessels feature a wide stance, resulting in a smooth, quiet ride, allowing them to better enjoy the roar and majesty of Niagara Falls.

“The Maid of the Mist has offered tours of the world-famous Niagara Falls waterfalls and of the Niagara River Gorge for more than a century, and are a signature tourism attraction of Western New York,” said Governor Cuomo. “The new zero-emission boats will continue that proud tradition while continuing our efforts to make New York State a premier environmentally friendly tourism destination.”

At the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn was joined for the unveiling of the new vessels by New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen C. Hochul, New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, Congressman Brian Higgins, New York State Senator Rob Ortt, Niagara Falls…

Criminal Investigations Use Google Tracking of Cellphones
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Microsoft increases carbon fee while announcing commitment to double down on sustainability
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On Monday, Microsoft President Brad Smith shared the company’s vision of a doubling down on sustainability, with a road map that will put sustainability at the core of every part of the business and technology to work for sustainable outcomes.

“The magnitude and speed…

World’s Largest Aircraft Takes To The Sky For Its Test Flight Over Mojave Desert
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Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, founded by Paul G. Allen, today successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft, the Stratolaunch. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 06:58 AM PDT from the…

Meeka’s Secret Game App Teaches Emotional Intelligence and Self-Advocacy Skills to Defend Against Childhood Abuse
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Meeka’s Secret, a groundbreaking audiobook and game app designed to help prevent adverse childhood experiences is offering free downloads during the month of April to honor National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In the age of the #MeToo movement, Meeka’s…

Nine in Ten Security Professionals Rate Cybersecurity as a Larger Threat Than Border Security
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Lastline®, the leader in AI-powered network security, today announced the results of a survey completed at the 2019 RSA Conference that illustrates the extremely low level of trust that security professionals have in our collective security systems. In a nearly unanimous response, 92 percent of respondents feel that cybersecurity…

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PHOTO CREDIT: Raytheon Company. HC-BLOS Family of Products
$663M IDIQ contract to deliver reliable communications anywhere in the world
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Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will deliver new troposcatter communication systems to the U.S. Army as part of a 10-year, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract worth up to $663 million to ensure troops have access to secure voice and data communications in contested environments.

“Soldiers on the front lines can’t afford dropped calls,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “Our solution, a secure, reliable and wireless troposcatter system, allows troops to communicate in areas that would otherwise be dead zones. Importantly, it also gives the military a way to communicate in satellite-denied environments.”

Troposcatter – short for tropospheric scatter – technology uses particles that make up the Earth’s atmosphere as a reflector for radio signals. Those signals are aimed just above the horizon in the direction of a receiver station. As they pass through the troposphere, some of the energy is scattered back toward the Earth, allowing the receiver station to pick up the signal. Essentially, it creates a secure communications network without the need for cellular towers or satellites.

In addition to battlefield use, troposcatter systems are ideal for crisis response. One of the key challenges first responders face is a lack of reliable communications after a natural disaster. By deploying a troposcatter system, responders can quickly establish networks even where there’s no…

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AT&T and LiveU Team Up on 5G for Live News and Sports Broadcasts
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Techman Robot Unveiled at Chicago Automate 2019
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The most intelligent collaborative industrial robot in the world – Techman Robot with built-in visual system and innovative user interface has become one of the industrial robots with fastest sales growth in the global market. Since its establishment for three years, its sales cover multiple countries in the US,…

ENN Clean Energy Value Chain Makes Its Grand Debut at LNG2019
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Themed around “LNG for a Sustainable Energy Future”, the 19th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG2019) had its grand opening at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center on April 2nd, 2019. ENN, a leading clean energy provider in China, presented a panorama of its full…

Students Put Energy Efficient Cars to the Test at Shell Eco-marathon Americas
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Make the Future Live California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas drew more than 1,000 students to Sonoma Raceway to compete for the title of most fuel-efficient vehicle.

Northern Illinois University of DeKalb, Illinois took home first place in the Internal Combustion Engine Prototype category with their gasoline-fueled vehicle achieving 1,524 miles…

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LiveU HEVC Broadcast Units will use the AT&T 5G Network for Mobile Video Production

Broadcasters, production crews, and sports organizations must deliver breaking news and live events quickly and efficiently. 5G offers the potential to transform behind-the-scenes video operations, expand broadcast production capabilities and deliver the next generation of entertainment options. AT&T* and LiveU are working together to bring 5G to LiveU’s HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) bonding portable transmission solutions. We will test the real-world impact and performance enhancements 5G technology can have on live broadcast video production using LiveU HEVC portable broadcast units.

LiveU provides reliable live video streaming solutions for TV, mobile, online and social media for newsgathering, live sports and events coverage in more than 130 countries. The combination of HEVC bonding and 5G capabilities is intended to allow LiveU’s global customer base to take advantage of higher speeds and lower latency in the field and promises enhanced features for future LiveU video solutions.

From backpacks to smartphones, and satellite/cellular hybrid to antenna video solutions, LiveU enables content creators to capture, manage and distribute high-quality, live broadcasts on the go from virtually anywhere. LiveU HEVC portable units currently use a patented technology that bonds multiple cellular networks together for video transport including AT&T’s 4G LTE network. In addition, they offer other…

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Dutch biotechnology company Micreos announced it has secured €30 million in funding to accelerate the development of its endolysin technology, set to replace antibiotics. Proceeds are earmarked for the clinical development program of its endolysin XZ.700 and the USA launch of its breakthrough OTC Gladskin product for eczema.

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The Pancreatic Cancer Collective Funds Two New Research Teams Using Artificial Intelligence To Identify High-Risk Pancreatic Cancer Populations
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The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, the strategic partnership of Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), today announced two, million-dollar grants for computational approaches to identifying high-risk pancreatic cancer populations. The grant money will be used to develop novel tools to identify individuals who are at high risk for…

Leaders in Ocean Drones and Sensors Merge to Form Sofar Ocean Technologies
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