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Chinese EV maker Xpeng touts flying car that can also operate on roads; plans for 2024 rollout
Arjun Kharpal

HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng, publicized a new flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on roads.
The company says it plans for a rollout in 2024.
HT Aero’s vehicle will have a lightweight design and a rotor that folds away, the company said. That will allow the car to drive on roads and then fly once the rotors are expanded.



HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric carmaker Xpeng Inc., launched a new vehicle capable of flying in the air and driving on roads. The launch of HT Aero’s 6th–generation model happened at the Xpeng Tech Day on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
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GUANGZHOU, China — HT Aero, an affiliate of Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng, publicized a flying car on Sunday that it says can also drive on roads.

The company says it plans a rollout in 2024. The car is not yet commercially available. And HT Aero said the final design might change.

HT Aero’s vehicle will have a lightweight design and a rotor that folds away, the company said. That will allow the car to drive on roads and then fly once the rotors are expanded.

The vehicle will have a number of safety features including parachutes, the company said.

HT Aero is backed by Xpeng and its founder He Xiaopeng. The company raised $500 million last week from a number of outside investors including high-profile venture capital firms.

Flying cars — also called electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles — have garnered a lot of interest from automakers and start-ups.

However, there are a number of challenges for those vehicles to be used widely, including regulation and safety issues.

HT Aero’s new land and air vehicle was introduced at Xpeng’s Tech Day where the company also took the wraps of the latest version of its advanced driver assistance system called Xpilot 4.0.

Tesla hits $1 trillion market cap for the first time after Hertz says it will buy 100,000 electric vehicles


Samantha Subin
Tesla hits $1 trillion market cap for the first time after Hertz said Monday it would buy 100,000 electric vehicles.
News of the deal brought Tesla’s stock to a new record-high just one trading day after shares hit $900. The stock is currently up around 9%.
The deal comes more than a year after Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection during the height of the pandemic, as demand for travel and rental vehicles dropped.


Close up of Tesla logo on a charger at a Supercharger rapid battery charging station for the electric vehicle company Tesla Motors, in the Silicon Valley town of Mountain View, California, August 24, 2016.
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Tesla hit a $1 trillion market cap on Monday following news that Hertz is ordering 100,000 vehicles to build out an electric vehicle rental fleet by the end of 2022.

The company joins trillion-dollar market cap companies like Apple, Amazon and Microsoft.

News of the deal brought Tesla’s stock to more than $997 midday, a new record-high just one trading day after shares hit $900. The stock is currently up around 9%.

The deal, which will bring in a reported $4.2 billion for Tesla, is the largest ever purchase of electric vehicles, Bloomberg previously reported.

Tesla could not be reached for comment.

Bloomberg also reported the cars are slated for delivery within the next 14 months and will be available to customers in the U.S. and parts of Europe as early as November, according to the people.

The deal comes more than a year after Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection during the height of the pandemic, as demand for travel and rental vehicles waned. This year, investors from Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Management said they would take over the company.

According to Jato Dynamics, Tesla’s Model 3 electric sedan became the first fully electric vehicle to top new car sales overall in Europe in September.

The feat marked the first time an EV led the market and the first time that a vehicle manufactured outside of Europe occupied the top spot.

For September, Tesla had 24,600 registered units in Europe, representing a 2.6% market share, according to Jato.

--CNBC’s Lora Kolodny and Michael Wayland contributed to this report.

Squid Game, il perche' di tanto successo.


Mi sono visto costretto a seguire la serie di Netflix, Squid Game che secondo le ultime rilevazioni sui media sta ottenendo un successo planetario.

Fatto per me questo inspiegabile non solo per ragioni di età anagrafica ma per conoscenza professionale.

Squid Game, come direbbe Fantozzi, è 'una cagata pazzesca'..

La recitazione è elementare, rozza, schematica.

Ogni episodio della serie è creato gestito, realizzato con uno stile da cartone animato di terza serie.

La violenza su cui si impernia il racconto alla lunga diventa noiosa e insopportabile perché scontata.

Capisco che risponda agli stilemi della cultura asiatica che vive di esagerazione, ma non trova certamente una corrispondenza  nel modo di gestire la violenza nel mondo occidentale.

Molti hanno sostenuto che questo serial sia pericoloso soprattutto per gli adolescenti e le personalità prive di una concreta maturazione ed equilibrio.

E' una giusta preoccupazione: la eliminazione dei concorrenti con un colpo di pistola alla testa alla lunga acquisisce la stessa importanza della pulizia di un pavimento.

Qualcuno potrà obiettare che altri prodotti televisivi come l'italiano Gomorra vivono sulla violenza e sugli omicidi.

A nostro parere la differenza e' che, mentre il prodotto televisivo italiano rimane pur sempre una manifestazione di artigianato della violenza, il serial sudcoreano finisce per diventare l'imprenditoria industrializzata dell'omicidio che ricorda purtroppo la capacità nazista nel gestire quotidianamente migliaia di uccisioni nei campi di sterminio.

Oscar

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Mah, il confronto finale mi pare un po' esagerato.

Ci sono videogiochi altrettanto violenti.
Io penso faccia parte della necessaria "vaccinazione" contro i bombardamenti mediatici che le nuove generazioni stanno ricevendo via Internet e servizi di streaming.
È giusto discuterne, e magari revisionare i rating per consentire ai genitori controllo (e al solito, i minorenni dovrebbero essere sotto l'egida dei genitori, non del sistema....
Clark
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Trapiantato rene di maiale ad un paziente. Sembra che funzioni


In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked

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Surgeons in New York have successfully attached a kidney grown in a genetically altered pig to a human patient and found that the organ worked normally, a scientific breakthrough that one day may yield a vast new supply of organs for severely ill patients.

Although many questions remain to be answered about the long-term consequences of the transplant, which involved a brain-dead patient followed only for 54 hours, experts in the field said the procedure represented a milestone.

“We need to know more about the longevity of the organ,” said Dr. Dorry Segev, professor of transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who was not involved in the research. Nevertheless, he said: “This is a huge breakthrough. It’s a big, big deal.”

Researchers have long sought to grow organs in pigs suitable for transplantation into humans. A steady stream of organs — which could eventually include hearts, lungs and livers — would offer a lifeline to the more than 100,000 Americans currently on transplant waiting lists, including the 90,240 who need a kidney. Twelve people on the waiting lists die each day.

An even larger number of Americans with kidney failure — more than a half million — depend on grueling dialysis treatments to survive. In large part because of the scarcity of human organs, the vast majority of dialysis patients do not qualify for transplants, which are reserved for those most likely to thrive after the procedure.

The surgery, carried out at N.Y.U. Langone Health, was first reported by USA Today on Tuesday. The research has not yet been peer-reviewed nor published in a medical journal.

The transplanted kidney was obtained from a pig genetically engineered to grow an organ unlikely to be rejected by the human body. In a close approximation of an actual transplant procedure, the kidney was attached to a person who had suffered brain death and was maintained on a ventilator.

The kidney, attached to blood vessels in the upper leg outside the abdomen, started functioning normally, making urine and the waste product creatinine “almost immediately,” according to Dr. Robert Montgomery, the director of the N.Y.U. Langone Transplant Institute, who performed the procedure in September.

Although the organ was not implanted in the body, problems with so-called xenotransplants — from animals like primates and pigs — usually occur at the interface of the human blood supply and the organ, where human blood flows through pig vessels, experts said.

The fact that the organ functioned outside the body is a strong indication that it will work in the body, Dr. Montgomery said.

“It was better than I think we even expected,” he said. “It just looked like any transplant I’ve ever done from a living donor. A lot of kidneys from deceased people don’t work right away, and take days or weeks to start. This worked immediately.”

Last year, 39,717 residents of the United States received an organ transplant, the majority of them — 23,401 — receiving kidneys, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, a nonprofit that coordinates the nation’s organ procurement efforts.

Genetically engineered pigs “could potentially be a sustainable, renewable source of organs — the solar and wind of organ availability,” Dr. Montgomery said.

Reactions to the news among transplantation experts ranged from cautiously optimistic to wildly effusive, though all acknowledged the procedure represented a sea change. The prospect of raising pigs in order to harvest their organs for humans is bound to raise questions about animal welfare and exploitation, though an estimated 100 million pigs already are killed in the United States each year for food.

While some surgeons speculated that it could be just months before genetically engineered pigs’ kidneys are transplanted into living human beings, others said there was still much work to be done.

“This is really cutting-edge translational surgery and transplantation that is on the brink of being able to do it in living human beings,” said Dr. Amy Friedman, a former transplant surgeon and chief medical officer of LiveOnNY, the organ procurement organization in the greater New York area.

The group was involved in the selection and identification of the brain-dead patient receiving the experimental procedure. The patient was a registered organ donor, and because the organs were not suitable for transplantation, the patient’s family agreed to permit research to test the experimental transplant procedure.

Dr. Friedman said she envisioned using hearts, livers and other organs grown in pigs, as well. “It’s truly mind-boggling to think of how many transplants we might be able to offer,” she said, adding, “You’d have to breed the pigs, of course.”

Other experts were more reserved, saying they wanted to see whether the results were reproducible and to review data collected by N.Y.U. Langone.

“There’s no question this is a tour de force, in that it’s hard to do and you have to jump through a lot of hoops,” said Dr. Jay A. Fishman, associate director of the transplantation center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Whether this particular study advances the field will depend on what data they collected and whether they share it, or whether it is a step just to show they can do it,” Dr. Fishman said. He urged humility “about what we know.”

Many hurdles remain before genetically engineered pigs’ organs can be used in living human beings, said Dr. David Klassen, chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing.

While he called the surgery “a watershed moment,” he warned that long-term rejection of organs occurs even when the donor kidney is well-matched, and “even when you’re not trying to cross species barriers.”

The kidney has functions in addition to clearing blood of toxins. And there are concerns about pig viruses infecting recipients, Dr. Klassen said: “It’s a complicated field, and to imagine that we know all of the things that are going to happen and all the problems that will arise is naïve.”

Xenotransplantation, the process of grafting or transplanting organs or tissues between different species, has a long history. Efforts to use the blood and skin of animals in humans go back hundreds of years.

In the 1960s, chimpanzee kidneys were transplanted into a small number of human patients. Most died shortly afterward; the longest a patient lived was nine months. In 1983, a baboon heart was transplanted into an infant girl known as Baby Faye. She died 20 days later.

Pigs offered advantages over primates for organ procurement — they are easier to raise, reach maturation faster, and achieve adult human size in six months. Pig heart valves are routinely transplanted into humans, and some patients with diabetes have received pig pancreas cells. Pig skin has also been used as temporary grafts for burn patients.

The combination of two new technologies — gene editing and cloning — has yielded genetically altered pig organs. Pig hearts and kidneys have been transplanted successfully into monkeys and baboons, but safety concerns precluded their use in humans.

“The field up to now has been stuck in the preclinical primate stage, because going from primate to living human is perceived as a big jump,” Dr. Montgomery said.

The kidney used in the new procedure was obtained by knocking out a pig gene that encodes a sugar molecule that elicits an aggressive human rejection response. The pig was genetically engineered by Revivicor and approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a source for human therapeutics.

Dr. Montgomery and his team also transplanted the pig’s thymus, a gland that is involved in the immune system, in an effort to ward off immune reactions to the kidney.

After attaching the kidney to blood vessels in the upper leg, the surgeons covered it with a protective shield so they could observe it and take tissue samples over the 54-hour study period. Urine and creatinine levels were normal, Dr. Montgomery and his colleagues found, and no signs of rejection were detected during more than two days of observation.

“There didn’t seem to be any kind of incompatibility between the pig kidney and the human that would make it not work,” Dr. Montgomery said. “There wasn’t immediate rejection of the kidney.”

The long-term prospects are still unknown, he acknowledged. But “this allowed us to answer a really important question: Is there something that’s going to happen when we move this from a primate to a human that is going to be disastrous?”

The post In a First, Surgeons Attached a Pig Kidney to a Human — and It Worked appeared first on New York Times.

Capito perche' piace a tanta gente....?

Gianluca Modolo per repubblica.it

Se i bambini fanno i cattivi, in punizione ci finiscono i genitori. Questo il senso della nuova bozza di legge sulla promozione dell’educazione familiare allo studio dell’Assemblea nazionale del popolo cinese. “Ci sono molte ragioni per cui gli adolescenti si comportano male e la mancanza o l’inappropriata educazione familiare è la causa principale”, ha spiegato Zang Tiewei, portavoce della Commissione per gli affari legislativi dell’Assemblea, citato dall’agenzia Reuters.

La legge, che si propone di sanzionare e formare padri e madri, punirà i genitori se i loro figli mostrano "comportamenti molto cattivi" o commettono crimini.
come “oppio dello spirito” - da parte dei minorenni (soltanto tre ore alla settimana, un’ora al giorno dalla 20 alle 21 nei weekend e nei giorni festivi) e dopo quella sui corsi di tutoring extrascolastico al di fuori dei normali orari di lezione, per alleviare l’ingente peso economico che grava sulle famiglie.

Nella bozza una delle raccomandazioni principali rivolte ai genitori è quella di organizzare il tempo dei più piccoli assicurando loro il giusto equilibrio tra riposo, studio e attività sportiva.

Se i bambini fanno i cattivi, in punizione ci finiscono i genitori. Questo il senso della nuova bozza di legge sulla promozione dell’educazione familiare allo studio dell’Assemblea nazionale del popolo cinese. “Ci sono molte ragioni per cui gli adolescenti si comportano male e la mancanza o l’inappropriata educazione familiare è la causa principale”, ha spiegato Zang Tiewei, portavoce della Commissione per gli affari legislativi dell’Assemblea, citato dall’agenzia Reuters.

La legge, che si propone di sanzionare e formare padri e madri, punirà i genitori se i loro figli mostrano "comportamenti molto cattivi" o commettono crimini.

Sembra essere dunque l’ultima mossa dei legislatori del Dragone per monitorare ancora più da vicino l’ecosistema delle famiglie cinese: arriva dopo la stretta sull’uso dei videogiochi - bollati come “oppio dello spirito” - da parte dei minorenni (soltanto tre ore alla settimana, un’ora al giorno dalla 20 alle 21 nei weekend e nei giorni festivi) e dopo quella sui corsi di tutoring extrascolastico al di fuori dei normali orari di lezione, per alleviare l’ingente peso economico che grava sulle famiglie.

Nella bozza una delle raccomandazioni principali rivolte ai genitori è quella di organizzare il tempo dei più piccoli assicurando loro il giusto equilibrio tra riposo, studio e attività sportiva.

Una interessante opportunita' di business: FXC - Fireball Extreme Challenge™ (o FXC)

 

Cari amici. 

Spero che questa e-mail vi trovi bene e in salute
 
Vi sto contattando perché mi piacerebbe condividere un'opportunità di business.
 
Mia moglie ed io lavoriamo da anni alla promozione del FXC - Fireball Extreme Challenge™ (o FXC), il nuovo, inclusivo sport di squadra misto, oggi giocato da oltre 4800 persone in 6 paesi.

Con una comunità sui social media di oltre 30 mila persone, siamo oggi in molti a considerare FXC lo sport del futuro e il futuro dell'industria sportiva ed è per questo che dopo tre anni di sviluppo, 6 tornei e molte novità all'orizzonte, abbiamo deciso di fare un passo importante e iniziare a vendere nei prossimi mesi le azioni dell'azienda attraverso il crowdfunding utilizzando la società leader statunitense in questo settore: WeFunder.

Crediamo fermamente che questo sport, FXC, sia l'equivalente di quello che Nike era nel 1980 nel settore dell'abbigliamento sportivo. Celebrità come Magic Johnson hanno rifiutato le loro offerte. Le azioni Nike di allora valevano $ 0,18. Ora valgono migliaia di dollari! Mi piacerebbe che voi ne poteste far parte.

Vendere azioni è sempre una cosa complessa, soprattutto negli Stati Uniti dove le leggi della SEC, a protezione di consumatori e  investitori, sono precise e devono essere sempre rispettate.
Ecco perché solo pochi giorni fa abbiamo avviato il processo che ci porterà a vendere eventualmente azioni di FXC - Fireball Extreme Challenge™ nei prossimi mesi.

In questa fase, chiamata "Test The Waters", possiamo solo valutare l'interesse degli investitori in un'offerta ai sensi del Regolamento Crowdfunding.
 
Non viene richiesto alcun denaro o altra considerazione. Tecnicamente, le persone possono esprimere il loro interesse a spendere in futuro un importo che corrisponderà a un numero di azioni, ma in questa fase non sarà accettata alcuna offerta di acquisto di titoli.

Nessuna transazione per l’acquisto di azioni sarà eseguita fino a quando non avremo raggiunto i $50 mila dollari di “prenotazioni” e WeFunder non avrà consegnato alla SEC i moduli necessari compilati e firmati. A questo punto Wefunder contatterà le persone che hanno espresso interesse all'acquisto e chiederà loro se vogliono ancora procedere.
In tal caso, il loro pagamento verrà elaborato.
Fino a quando non raggiungiamo $ 50K qualsiasi indicazione di interesse non comporta alcun obbligo o impegno di alcun tipo.

Potrete trovare maggiori informazioni sull'azienda e sul prodotto alla pagina FXC su WeFunder accessibile cliccando sul link qui sotto.


Riservarsi il diritto di comprare almeno 100 azioni del FXC - Fireball Extreme Challenge™ per  $100 (€80) potrebbe rivelarsi un investimento di successo nel medio - lungo termine. 

Grazie per il vostro tempo e la vostra attenzione
Cordiali saluti,
Max Bartoli

Gualtieri, nuovo sindaco di Roma

Per fortuna Gualtieri e' diplomato in chitarra classica.

La musica, se suonata bene, da' equilibrio.

Auguri Signor Sindaco


da Washington