Electric vehicles are taking off as alternatives to cars with internal combustion engines, but what about electric flight? The idea has been around a long time, but it’s only recently that major strides have been made. Helicopter maker Sikorsky was one of the first to show the way with its Firefly, which was a modified S-300C small helicopter. With two lithium batteries, it was claimed it would offer 15 minutes of flight endurance. However, it remained a prototype and didn’t ever fly. Related | Flying cars: how close are we? Martine Rothblatt This hasn’t put off others, however. Especially not Martine Rothblatt, a serial entrepreneur and the driving force behind an EV version of the Robinson R44. When Rothblatt first floated the idea of an electric helicopter, nobody took her seriously, yet she has pushed the project through and it set world records for the longest duration and highest altitude in the air for an electric helicopter at 22 minutes and 800-feet … [Read more...] about Electric aircraft: challenges and promises
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Peter King/NBC Sports ENCINO, Calif. — Sean McVay said he’d be leaving his home for work Saturday at 4:15 a.m., Insane Standard Time. But there he was, on Coughlin Time, at 4:10, opening his Range Rover driver-side door in this silent neighborhood in the hills north of Los Angeles. “I felt bad about you waiting out here,” said McVay, perky even two hours before dawn. Truth is, I had no idea if he’d be on time or a half-hour early for our date, a ride to his office on the last day of Super Bowl LIII preparation at the Rams’ home base. So I got to his place at 3:30 and waited. McVay, about to be the youngest coach in Super Bowl history (he turned 33 last Thursday), is so excited about his job, it’s hard for him to sleep. On this night, he got about four-and-a-half hours. “I gotta do better,” he said. “Big week coming up.” For the Rams, Super Bowl week is a stunning culmination of the franchise turnaround executed by the … [Read more...] about FMIA—Driving The 101 With Sean McVay: On Texting Belichick, Trusting Goff and the Plan for Super Bowl 53
Here's everything you need to know as these playoff hopefuls square off by Jared Dubin @jadubin5 1m ago • 8 min read We're getting quite the treat this Saturday night, with two AFC contenders with distinct offensive and defensive styles squaring off in primetime. Philip Rivers and the Chargers now have the NFL's second-best record and a legitimate chance at winning both the AFC West and the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC. Rivers is playing at as high a level as he's ever played in his career, and last week's win against the Chiefs was his crowning achievement, as he made a series of completely absurd throws down the stretch while working without his three best options in the passing game. Meanwhile, the Ravens are back in the mix and currently in possession of the No. 6 seed in the AFC, thanks to having won four of their past five games with Lamar Jackson under center. They're running an anachronistic offense ... and it's working, thanks … [Read more...] about Chargers vs. Ravens: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for showdown of AFC playoff contenders
By Rich Thompson | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: December 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm | UPDATED: December 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm FOXBORO — Quarterback Tom Brady is always concerned about the effects of climate change — whenever the Patriots play the Dolphins in Miami. The forecast for South Florida this weekend calls for temperatures in the 80s at kickoff when the Patriots (9-3) take on the Dolphins (6-6) in an AFC East divisional matchup on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium. Brady will be making his 33rd start against the Dolphins and is 22-10 overall. Brady is 7-9 in Miami, though, while 15-1 in Foxboro. So, regional climate changes in this annual home-and-home series has had a greater effect on the team from tropics. The Dolphins are 5-1 at home this season and 1-5 on the road — including a 38-7 pasting in Foxboro on Sept. 30. “When you look at those stats, it is pretty interesting,” Brady said Friday. “The way some of those teams … [Read more...] about Tom Brady concerned about climate change — between Boston and Miami
It's really week 14? Already? The calendars don't lie, which means for fans of most NFL franchises there are only four weeks until attention turns from the field back to the draft, and the cycle of hope starts all over again. For some (hey Raiders, Jets, Cardinals and 49ers fans!) that cycle refreshed weeks ago. This week's NFL action kicked off with one of the best games from a running back you are ever likely to see. Derrick Henry went absolutely wild on the Jaguars, rushing for 238 yards and four - count them, four - touchdowns at an absurd average of 14 yards per carry. In amongst that was a record-equalling 99-yard score on which he made two Jaguars defenders look like little schoolboys. Make a damn tackle! With bye weeks now ancient history there is pleeeenty of football to get stuck into on this week's NFL RedZone. The Rams and Bears play in the late game and the Seahawks and Vikings have to wait until Monday night for their vital NFC wild card battle, but that still leaves … [Read more...] about NFL RedZone companion, week 14: Chiefs’ #1 offense vs Ravens’ #1 defense, and will the Pats slip up in Miami again?