The US wants to go back to the Moon
In an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal, on the eve of the first gathering of the US' National Space Council, vice president Mike Pence has set out the nation's intention to return to the Moon. In the piece, Pence said the nation is intent on "establishing a renewed American presence on the Moon".
Source: Ars Technica
Elon Musk thinks he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid
SolarCity founder Elon Musk has said that Puerto Rico’s power grid can be rebuilt with batteries and solar power. “The Tesla team has [built solar grids] for many smaller islands around the world, but there is no scalability limit, so it can be done for Puerto Rico too,” Musk tweeted on Thursday.
Source: The Hill
Boeing backs electric commuter plane that could take off in 2022
A Seattle-area startup backed by Boeing and JetBlue Airways has announced plans to begin selling a hybrid-electric commuter aircraft by 2022. The small plane would seat up to 12 passengers and be powered by two electric motors, dramatically reducing the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles.
Source: The Guardian
Driverless cars to be tested in retirement village
Two self-driving cars will be deployed in a gated community for senior citizens in San Jose. The cars will offer trips to 4,000 residents, while they also learn how to interact with pedestrians, animals, roundabouts, and golf carts. The speed limit is only 25 mph, which will help reduce the risk if something goes wrong.
Source: The New York Times
General Motors makes plans for an all-electric future
General Motors has announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future, and will start that process with two new, fully electric models next year – then at least 18 more by 2023. “General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” said Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product.
Yahoo thinks all accounts were compromised in 2013 breach
Yahoo now believes that its massive 2013 security breach led to all of its three billion accounts being compromised. "The company recently obtained new intelligence and now believes... that all Yahoo user accounts were affected by the August 2013 theft," reads Yahoo's statement.