Electrical cars EV Electric scooters: France introduces new rules to ‘restore tranquillity’

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electrical cars  EV A woman rides a dock-free electric scooter in a Paris street in September 2src19

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The new e-scooters rules are designed to “restore a sense of tranquillity” for pedestrians

France is bringing in new rules for the use of electric scooters following hundreds of incidents involving the vehicles, including several deaths.

From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement.

The two-wheeled vehicles’ top speed will also be capped by next year.

E-scooters, which can travel at more than 50km/h (30mph), are growing in popularity, in part because of their low environmental impact.

Junior Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a statement the new rules would encourage “more responsible use… and restore a sense of tranquillity for pedestrians, in particular the most vulnerable: the elderly, children and handicapped people”.

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Other rules coming into force include:

  • Riding on the pavement will be prohibited unless in designated areas, and then at walking speed only
  • Only one rider will be allowed per device, and no mobile phone use will be allowed
  • Users cannot go against the traffic flow and must use cycle paths where available
  • Riders will not be allowed to wear headphones while on their scooter
  • By next July, the scooters’ top speed will be capped at 25km/h
  • Users riding on permitted faster roads must wear a helmet and high-visibility clothing
  • E-scooters will be banned completely on country roads

Any infringement will be punished by a fine of €135 (£116), and up to €1,500 for going over the speed limit.

Last weekend, a 25-year-old man was killed and a young woman seriously injured after the scooter they were riding was struck by a car in the south-western city of Bordeaux.

At least five other scooter deaths have been reported in France, including in the capital Paris and its suburbs and the eastern city of Reims.

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Employees of bicycle-sharing service Lime fish an abandoned e-scooter out of the River Seine

Some 15,000 scooters are available for hire in Paris.

Dumped scooters have also become a significant problem in the city, with many being found in the city’s parks and squares.

A ban on parking the dockless scooters on pavements has largely gone unheeded despite the threat of an €35 fine.

Some are also being thrown in the River Seine, leading some firms to salvage discarded scooters to try to recycle them where possible.

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Robots Here’s what the arrow icon means on your iPhone for location tracking, and how different apps use location services


  • When the arrow icon appears in the upper right corner of your iPhone, it means that an app is using location services.
  • There are a few variations of the arrow icon, and different types or colors mean that your location has been accessed in different ways. 
  • It’s easy to find out what each of these arrow icons mean in the location services page of your Settings app. 
  • You can also choose to hide the arrow icon or turn off location services altogether in Settings. 
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Many apps on your iPhone use your location. But did you know that you can tell when different apps have access to your location? 

For example, when using Maps, or Find My iPhone, or any of the other apps that use location services, an arrow icon will show up in the upper right corner of your screen. 

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There are a few different variations of the arrow icon. Sometimes, it will change colors or appear hollow, depending on how your location is being used by different apps. 

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Sometimes the arrow icon is colored in, but other times it is hollow.
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You should understand what the location services arrow means for privacy concerns in each setting, especially if you’re unsure of which apps have access to your location. 

Here’s how to find out what the different arrow icons mean through the location services page in Settings. 

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1. Open Settings on your iPhone.

2. Scroll down and tap on “Privacy.”

3. Tap on “Location Services.”

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You can view what each arrow icon means and your location settings in location services.
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You’ll see the explanation of what each kind of arrow indicates on the bottom of the page, under System Services:  

  • “A hollow arrow indicates that an item may receive your location under certain conditions.”
  • “A purple arrow indicates that an item has recently used your location.”
  • “A gray arrow indicates that an item has used your location in the last 24 hours.” 

On the location services page, you can see how you’ve shared your location with different apps, and adjust your settings. You can also tap on System Services to view and adjust more location-based settings. 

In System Services, you can prevent the arrow icon from appearing on your screen by toggling off “Status Bar Icon” at the bottom of the menu. 

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Turn off Status Bar Icon to prevent the arrow icon from appearing on your screen.
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You can also fully turn off location services on your iPhone to ensure that no apps have access to your location, although this will restrict most functionalities in location-based apps like Maps and Weather. 

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Robots Grocery e-commerce is a red-hot consumer demand, but profitability is elusive. The CEO of a $500 million supply chain visibility company that counts Amazon and Walmart as customers explains why.


Rachel Premack: Retailers are heavily investing into their logistics, and in some cases they’re also in-housing their supply chain. What’s your viewpoint on that trend?

Jett McCandless: Historically, what we’ve seen, there was a book written — I believe in the 1950s or 60s — that makes a bold statement that transportation logistics adds no value to the cost of goods sold. 

I think we would all agree that that’s not true. And I’ll give you this really quick example of how I think we can prove that that’s not true.

If all of us were stranded in the middle of the desert and we were out of water and someone said for $1,000 I’ll give you a bottle of water, we would pay that thousand dollars if it meant survival. Working on the idea that transportation doesn’t add any value to the cost of goods sold is really how — for the last half-century-plus — it’s how CFOs and CEOs have been thinking about supply chain transportation and logistics.

What that led to is kind of an afterthought. Transportation logistics is about, “Just save as much money as you can during the procurement process.” They’re often run by procurement experts.

What happened is, when you look at the Walmart PBS special about their supply chain, it was all about how can they drive down the cost from a percentage standpoint of cost of goods sold.

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One of the reasons why Walmart is able to expand so quickly with the idea of everyday low prices is because of how cheap they were able to get their supply chain to operate and other parts of their business. So I think a lot of companies say, well that’s kind of the pinnacle, that’s what we should all strive for. It just kind of reinforced this idea that had come around in the fifties or sixties.

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Walmart’s trucking fleet numbers
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Then, what happened is Amazon came in and they’re actually the catalyst who said, “We disagree with this idea. We disagree that transportation and logistics doesn’t add value to the cost of goods sold.” And then turned that upside down, and they said, “People are willing to pay more for products if it’s delivered in two days.”

Now, it’s one hour or two hours in some cities. People are paying a premium for that. So that means that companies are having to invest more into titles at chief supply chain officers, SCPs of supply chain, VP of supply chain.

Read more: FedEx is officially sounding the alarm bells on Amazon after years of laughing off the retail giant’s rapidly building package-delivery empire

All of these retailers and manufacturers and distributors are being challenged at the board level to modernize and to digitize their business. They can’t modernize and they can’t digitize without updating their supply chain.

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A woman uses a computer to control robots at the 855,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island on February 5, 2019.


I think that’s the trend that we’re seeing is heavy investment into that area and potentially maybe they are bringing something in-house that they think is core to them, but I think they’re also outsourcing just as much if not more of their total transportation and supply chain spending costs.

Robots Fulfilling grocery orders through brick-and-mortar isn’t efficient, according to McCandless

Premack: Walmart is focusing on grocery fulfillment as part of a big portion of its e-commerce strategy. What kind of investment is needed in order to launch a grocery delivery network or the click-to-collect grocery? What does it take?

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McCandless: Well, I think a lot of different retailers will attack the challenge differently. We expect the incumbents in the traditional grocery retailers to leverage the infrastructure that they have and add innovation to them. So meaning, maybe they’re using an existing store and we can already see that — they pay folks to go up and down the aisles and to pick products.

I think we know as consumers when we do that, it’s kind of an experience. It’s not the most direct or efficient way to pull products. 

Read more: Walmart’s curbside grocery pickup is pulling new customers and higher spend

When you look at how a consumer, even if it’s someone paid just to pick groceries, when you watch them and go up and down the aisles, there’s a lot of marketing, there’s a lot of advertising, there’s a lot of things that are designed for the experience — versus where if you think about, well what if those look more like a warehouse?

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Walmart has been investing heavily into grocery e-commerce.
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Then it’s run much more efficiently and is all about how fast can you get the product into the box or bag so that you can then make the speediest delivery. That will be an interesting challenge for these stores to solve.

Robots Delivering fresh produce poses problems for grocery e-commerce 

Premack: What are some other points executives miss when thinking about delivering groceries?

McCandless: It’s important when you’re talking about grocery, you have the dry goods and then you have the perishables. Those are two completely separate challenges.

The dry goods are relatively easy to get delivered. We’ve been doing that in e-commerce for quite some time. There’s not a lot of difference between a box of macaroni and a crib or furniture or something that’s been delivered for the last decade or so. It can hold throughout the entire day and not have to worry about temperature. You don’t have to worry about spoilage or anything like that.

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Kroger’s digital sales totaled $8 billion in 2018.
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Of course we’ll want to combine the dry goods and grocery, so when you fill up your shopping cart, consumers tend not to think, well, what’s perishable and what’s dry.

Read more: The CEO of Kroger, America’s largest supermarket chain, explains why the company’s merger with the country’s 6th-favorite grocer puts them in the perfect position to take on Amazon and Whole Foods

When you get into the perishable goods, you have a challenge. It’s a similar challenge to food delivery from restaurant.

Robots Perishables make it challenging to create density — and generate profit

McCandless: When you talk about transportation and logistics, you always you have two legs essentially you have to think about. You have from the origin to destination, the destination to the next stop or back to the origin.

What you do with dry goods and what parcel carriers and LTL carriers and small-pack carriers, air-freight carriers what they all try to do is they try to leave the terminal or the operating center, the distribution center, they try to make a bunch of deliveries as closely as they can together and then they drive back from that last delivery to the store to wherever they’re going.

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In a perfect World, you actually pick something up from your last delivery to the distribution center. The reason why is you can have revenue for that last leg, so you minimize what’s known as a deadhead.

When you get into grocery, the challenge that you have is when you start to try to stack two or three deliveries.

Let’s say you have a great piece of New York pizza, and they say, ‘Well, we’re going to have this driver go take three deliveries cause there’s more density and there’s more efficiency.’

Whoever that unlucky third person is, your pizza’s pretty soggy, the box is soggy, the pizza’s cold, it’s a totally different experience.

This is really similar challenge that these grocery retailers have with groceries.

To protect experience, they end up doing almost a one-to-one ratio or one-to-two which means they leave the distribution center, they make a delivery, then they come back. It means 50% of the drive back, they weren’t hauling any product, even if it’s just six blocks, and that can be 10 or 15 minutes in these urban cities.

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Restaurant delivery app GrubHub reported a net income of $78.5 million in 2018, which was 21% below 2017’s net profit.

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The way you offset that is you have the driver make maybe two or three deliveries, four or five, certainly whatever vehicle they’re in has the capacity to make a lot more.

They can fill the whole car with groceries, five or 10 or 20 or 30 stops if it’s a van or something. These are interesting challenges to solve.

Robots The lack of density in grocery delivery translates to less pay for workers

Premack: It’s funny because you’re mentioning drivers going up to 10-20 stops. I usually do Instacart for my grocery delivery. Usually, I order it and then 20 minutes later, someone’s shopping and then right after they finish shopping, they deliver it. Which to me sounds like they’re only doing one stop.

McCandless: We can just work the math down to that.

A reasonable quality of life in the US — and we’re talking very reasonable — is $40,000 a year. It’s about $20 an hour. So that person just happened to already be sitting at Whole Foods or wherever store they’re at.

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They get the order, they spend 20, 30 minutes picking, because it’s an inefficient pick method, you’re walking up and down the aisle. Then they package it up fast. Some of these guys have faster checkout processes now for these types of things, or they don’t have to checkout or then they’ve got to go from wherever they are to you, which is probably at least 10 or 20 minutes.

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Kroger CFO Gary Millerchip described digital grocery as “becoming less of a headwind” — indicating that investments are still outweighing profits.
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That whole process, and then they have to go from you back to the store, that’s an hour or so. That’s $20 on $80 of groceries.

Now you’ve got 25% of the cost there. And by the way, nobody does anything to break even. There has to be a net profit on that. That person needs a manager, that person needs technology, that person needs insurance, whatever vehicle needs insurance. You start stacking this all up. 

Robots The project44 CEO isn’t surprised that traditional retailers can’t seem to profit from grocery e-commerce

Premack: Is it surprising to you that a lot of these traditional retailers, speaking generally, haven’t really been able to see a lot of profits from their grocery e-commerce offerings?

McCandless: It’s not surprising to me.

I don’t want to call them out specifically by brand, but I’ll just talk more about general trends and if they are in that bucket, then they’re in that bucket.

As a general trend, it doesn’t surprise me at all. The challenge is what people say is they make it up in density or they make it up in volume. That’s typically true in transportation because you can get multiple stops, but with perishable goods, you can’t.

Premack: What’s the solution then?

McCandless: You have to do a couple of things. Remember it takes 20 minutes or 30 minutes to walk the aisle floors and pick groceries. Instead of them going to the actual grocery store, it could be more like a traditional distribution center where all the product is pulled and available. It could be automated, it could be manual.

You can turn that 30-minute process into a five-minute process or even faster. Rather than that person that’s doing a delivery, rather than them picking the groceries, can we have the orders all ready for them?

Then, what you have to do is you have to get that product closer to where the end customers are. So the challenge that you have then is getting the product closer to the end customer. (In urban areas,) it’s a really, really expensive space to now open a distribution center.

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Amazon is expanding its grocery footprint beyond Whole Foods.
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You have to have a distribution center in an urban area, it’s still out in the industrial part of town. You have to do high-velocity, high-fulfillment rates to get the product into the store — up to two, three, four times a day.

Or, the retail store has that product so that they don’t have to have these massive distribution centers right in our neighborhood that we all live in, which is super expensive rent.

Read more: Aldi is rolling out grocery delivery across the US in a direct assault against Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger

That’s why I say step one is if you don’t know where your stuff’s at, and you can’t track that truck to get into that distribution center, then you can’t do any of these next phases. Just cost, cost, cost, waste, waste, waste, cost, cost.

Robots Despite the struggles for profitability, online grocery isn’t going away — and there are two models for how it will shake out

Premack: So where did you see these sort of grocery experiments going in the next five years? Do you think retailers will continue to have them or do you think they’ll pull back once they see that it’s a bit of a loss leader to continue to be involved in this space?

McCandless: I think they all have to struggle and have to find innovative ways to solve the challenge. I suspect it’ll either be very, very highly dominated by one or two companies. They can get massive amounts of density very close to the end-consumer.

Or, I could see it being where I think the World tends to be going, which is in marketplaces, which is essentially where there’s shared those high-velocity fulfillment grocery places that are in your backyard are actually shared facilities by multiple brands and then they’re all marketing and advertising and carrying their own stock-keeping unit (SKU) category and on their own way.

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Robots How to sync Nintendo Switch controllers with your system, so that up to eight people can play at once


When it comes to Nintendo Switch games, the more the merrier. Multiplayer gaming only enhances the fun, especially when you and your friends or family are playing together in the same room. 

A Switch console can support four controllers connected at the same time. This means four pairs of Joy-Cons (or eight if you’re playing them individually), eight Pro Controllers, and up to two controller hubs (each of which supports four controllers, again adding up to eight).

Once you’ve got your controllers, here’s how to sync them.

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Robots How to sync a Nintendo Switch controller with your console

The best way to sync a Nintendo Switch controller will depend on what sort of controller you have.

The easiest way to sync a pair of Joy-Con controllers to a Nintendo Switch is simply to slide them onto the physical console. The right- and left-hand Joy-Con controller will then be linked to that Nintendo Switch until affixed to a different console, or until the remote pairing steps below are followed.

You can also sync a Pro Controller by connecting it to your Switch’s dock with a USB-C cable.

To pair controllers remotely:

1. From the Switch’s homepage, scroll down to the “Controllers” tab — it looks like a single gray Joy-Con — and click it.

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You can pair and re-order Nintendo Switch controllers from the “Controllers” icon link at the bottom of the home screen.
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2. Select “Change Grip/Order.”

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This is where you’ll go to add new controllers or change their configuration.
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3. If you’re trying to pair a new controller or Joy-Con, you’ll want to press and hold its SYNC button (a small circular button, usually on the top) for about five seconds before moving on to the next steps.

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Every Switch controller has a SYNC button, which you’ll press when you’re first syncing it.
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4. If you want to use a Joy-Con (or multiple Joy-Cons) as an individual controller, take it out of the Switch and press both its shoulder buttons at the same time — they’re labeled “SL” and “SR.” It may take a few presses for the Switch to recognize them.

5. If you want to use two Joy-Cons as a single controller, press the shoulder buttons on each Joy-Con at the same time. They’re labeled “ZL” and “ZR.” You can add up to four Joy-Con pairs.

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You’ll want to press “SL” and “SR” if using a single Joy-Con, or “ZL” and “ZR” if using them together.

6. If you want to pair a Pro Controller, press its shoulder buttons, “ZL” and “ZR,” at the same time.

If a controller that worked before won’t sync, press the SYNC button anyway (again, the small circular button). Your Switch may have forgotten the controller and needs to be reminded of it again.

If you’re using a controller hub, just connect the hub to your Switch’s dock via USB and plug your controllers into the hub. They should work automatically.

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A controller hub should work without having to sync.

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Quantum Computing Progress is Way Faster Than Classical Computers

Quantum Computing Progress is Way Faster Than Classical Computers

Brian Wang |
October 24, 2019 |

IBM says they could use 250 petabytes of memory and the best supercomputer to match a 53-qubit Google quantum computer on a particular problem.

Scott Aaronson notes that this clearly shows that quantum supremacy is clearly emerging.

IBM paper says the 200 Petaflop Summit at Oak Ridge National Lab with its 250 petabytes of hard disk space—one could just barely store the entire quantum state vector of Google’s 53-qubit Sycamore chip in hard disks. They could then simulate the Google quantum chip solution in ~2.5 days, more-or-less just by updating the entire state vector by brute force, rather than the 10,000 years that Google had estimated on the basis of my and Lijie Chen’s “Schrödinger-Feynman algorithm” (which can get by with less memory).

If Google, or someone else, upgraded from 53 to 55 qubits, that would apparently already be enough to exceed Summit’s 250-petabyte storage capacity. At 60 qubits, you’d need 33 Summits. At 70 qubits, enough Summits to fill a city etc…

The three-minute quantum solution versus 2.5 days is still a quantum speedup by a factor of 1200. If we compare computation. We are comparing ~5 billion quantum gates against 200 million trillion FLOPs. This is a quantum speedup by a factor of ~40 billion.

SOURCES- Scott Aaronson, Google, IBM

Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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SpaceX Updated Mars Colonization Plans from Paul Wooster

SpaceX Updated Mars Colonization Plans from Paul Wooster

Brian Wang |
October 21, 2019 |

SpaceX Principal Mars Development Engineer Paul Wooster talked about SpaceX Starship and Super Heavy (BFR) at Mars Society Convention 2019. Paul described the impact of full reusability for the Super Heavy Starship to lower costs. He also described the in-orbit refueling to get large payloads to Mars, the Moon and other destinations.

Paul confirmed that early Starships will remain on Mars.

A prime focus on the iterations of Starship is to reduce the weight of construction and to enable payloads for real missions. Each new version of the Starship will reduce the construction time, lower costs and reduce the weight.

The target is to have an unmanned Super Heavy Starship mission to Mars in 2022 and for a manned mission in 2024.

Mass cures a lot of sins. Existing technology can be used for Mars missions when you are able to bring 100 to 150 tons to Mars.

SpaceX is ramping up mass production of the new ceramic heat shield.

SpaceX believes the ceramic heat shield and metal body will enable rapid reuse of the vehicles.

SpaceX Raptor engine development is also advancing. They have built twelve Raptor engines so far. They have throttled up to 105% power in tests.

Raptor engines have less soot, which reduces maintenance costs and time.

They are using autogenous pressurization. They recycle some of the oxygen and methane to keep pressure instead of using helium. This helps to eliminate the helium tank and parts.

Helium is expensive and there is no helium on Mars.

They will limit the Mars re-entry to 5Gs while still having a fast transit time. 5Gs is the NASA limit for a de-conditioned crew. Nextbigfuture notes that if the travel to Mars had rotating Starships tethered together for simulated gravity, then the crew would not be de-conditioned. This would enable faster transit and higher G re-entry.

Starship Mark 4 Cylinder Segments Have Been Built

There will be static fire tests in weeks for the Mark 4. They will build a lot and test a lot.

Highlights of the Wooster Talk by What About It?

NASA Moxie Mission

Human explorers need about 33 to 50 tons (30 to 45 metric tons) of fuel, about the weight of a Space Shuttle.

The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment is better known as MOXIE. NASA is preparing for human exploration of Mars, and MOXIE will demonstrate a way that future explorers might produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere for propellant and for breathing. MOXIE is a 1% scale model aboard the planned Mars 2020 rover. MOXIE will launch June 2020.

Mars 2020 rover will launch August 2020.

SOURCES- Mars Society, SpaceX, Paul Wooster, What About It?, Space News Pods

Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com

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Electrical cars EV Tourists climb Australia’s Uluru before ban kicks in

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Huge crowds are expected to scramble up Uluru before a ban on climbing it kicks in on Saturday.

The rock is sacred to the Anangu people who have long implored tourists not to climb.

Electrical cars EV Essex lorry deaths: Police begin removing the 39 bodies

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Police have begun the process of moving the bodies of 39 Chinese nationals found dead in a refrigerated lorry in Essex.

Eleven victims were taken by private ambulance from the Port of Tilbury to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Police have been granted an extra 24 hours to question lorry driver Mo Robinson, 25, on suspicion of murdering the eight women and 31 men.

Post-mortem examinations will be the next step in the investigation.

The ambulance carrying the bodies left the port at 19: 41 BST under police escort.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said recovering all the victims would take time and the dignity of the victims was their primary concern.

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Electrical cars EV Player Rater: Celtic v Lazio in the Europa League

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