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Murphy Letter - Hypersonic Jet - 1 Hour from New York to London

By Tim Muprhy 1 years ago No comments

The Unique, The Interesting and The Productive.

August 2015 Edition

***New Hypersonic Jet - 1 Hour from New York to London***

Last month, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved an application from Airbus’s Marco Prampolini and Yohann Coraboeuf for an “ultra-rapid air vehicle and related method of aerial locomotion.”

In other words, Airbus just patented a hypersonic jet.

Airbus expects the hypersonic jet to reach speeds as high as Mach 4.5 — or four and half times the speed of sound.

According to PatentYogi’s Deepak Gupta, t his means the Airbus jet could make the trip from London to New York in just one hour. That’s a significant improvement over the three and a half hours it took for the now retired Mach 2 Concorde to make the same trip. The

Concorde was a joint venture between Airbus’s two predecessors — France’s Aerospatiale and British Aerospace.

The hypersonic jet would also completely demolish the seven to eight hours it takes a conventional airliner, such as Airbus’ own A330, to cross the Atlantic.

In addition, Airbus predicts the patented craft will be able to complete trips like Paris to San Francisco or Tokyo to Los Angeles in just three hours.

-Originally Published in Business Insider, Austrailia. Full article can be found here.


***Killer Robots: Tech Experts Warn Against "AI" Arms Race***

"Killer robots" are currently the subject of much debate and have recently been discussed by committees at the United Nations, which is considering the potential for a ban on certain types of autonomous weapons.

Now, the experts have called for a specific ban on the use of artificial intelligence to manage weapons that would be "beyond meaningful human control".

"Just as most chemists and biologists have no interest in building chemical or biological weapons, most AI researchers have no interest in building AI weapons - and do not want others to tarnish their field by doing so," they add.

More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons.

Among the signatories are scientist Stephen Hawking, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Click here to read the letter.

-Originally published in


***Why Being Unreasonable Produces Great Results***

George Bernard Shaw said, “All progress is made by unreasonable people because reasonable people adjust to their surroundings and unreasonable people rebel against their surroundings and produce progress.”

There are more than 7 billion people in the world, and there are no two people exactly alike. If you take a moment to think deeply about this, you will realize just how powerful this fact is. Our glory comes from being “different than” not “better than” anybody else.

So how do we stand out from the crowd? It’s easy: Be unreasonable and you will succeed.

The first step is to get out of our comfort zones and embrace our unique qualities. Progress isn't produced in a reasonable, comfortable, or safe place. Happiness isn't found there either. Only when we eliminate our fears — the fear of failure and lack of self-confidence — will we take the necessary risk to be all we can be.

-Originally Published in, click here for full article.



“Everyone has a strategy, Mike Tyson famously said, until he gets punched in the mouth.”


***$725 Million Buys a Texas Ranch the Size of a Small Nation***

FOR SALE: Largest ranch in the U.S. within a single fence. Texas fixer-upper with more than 1,000 oil wells; 6,800 head of cattle; 500 quarter horses; 30,000 acres of cropland; tombstones for legendary cowboys, long-dead dogs, and a horse buried standing up. Favorite of Will Rogers and Teddy Roosevelt.

Colorful history of drinking and divorce. Fifteen-minute drive to rib-eyes at the Rusty Spur in Vernon. Ideal for Saudi oil sheiks, billionaire hedge funders, and dot-commers who can tell a cow from a steer. Profitable. Zero debt. Property taxes only $800,000 a year. Price: $725 million.

Click here to read the full article about the colorful history of the Waggonerand the broker trying to save it.

***Robbie Maddison's "Pipe Dream"***

Click here to see Robbie Maddison's incredible video of motorbike surfing in Tahiti. He prepared for this moment for over two years - his inspiring story can be found here.


***Viagra added to Popular Chinese Alcohol***

Distillers in China added Viagra to thousands of bottles of spirits and told customers it had "health-preserving qualities", food safety officials say.

More than 5,300 bottles of alcohol were seized by the investigators in the southern city of Liuzhou.

They also found packets of a white powder called Sildenafil, better known as the anti-impotence drug Viagra.

Police in the Guangxi region are now investigating the two distillers.

The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said (in Chinese) that the powder was added to three different types of 'baijiu' - a strong, clear spirit that is the most popular drink in China.

They said the haul was worth up to 700,000 yuan (£72,000; $113,000).

Doctors recommend that adults requiring prescription should take only one dose of Viagra a day, with a lower dose for those over the age of 65.

China continues to face widespread food safety problems.

In June, police in cities across China seized more than 100,000 tonnes of smuggled meat, some of which was several years old.

The 2008 tainted milk scandal outraged the nation.

Some 300,000 people were affected and at least six babies died after consuming milk adulterated withmelamine.

-Originally Published in


***VIDEO: Man Able To Move His Paralyzed Hand Again Thanks To Brain Chip!***

In 2010, Ian Burkhart experienced a tragic accident in which he broke his neck on a sandbar at beach, instantly losing all feeling in his hands and legs.

Thanks to researchers at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center,Ian was recently able to move his hand again for the first time since his accident years ago.

A chip in Ian’s brain, along with the help from electrodes and a special algorithm, bypass his broken spinal cord helping communicate and regain movement in his hand.

Click here to see the video.

--Originally Published in

***The 50 Most Looked Up Words in the NY Times***

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***Fast Food on Fast Forward***

A McDonald’s Corp. restaurant in Wesley Chapel is among a select few nationwide to test a distinctly new way for McDonald’s customers to order food: Via a digital kiosk.

The touchscreen system stands in the main lobby of the restaurant and allows customers to customize nearly every item on the menu, from burgers to milkshakes, which is part of a major drive at the fast-food giant to better compete with upcoming rivals like Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Dunkin Donuts and Five Guys Enterprises LLC.

“This is the first step toward teaching our customers that we are able to create a truly customizable McDonald’s,” said John Frost, the owner/operator of a test site McDonald’s restaurant at 27643 S.R. 54 that unveiled the kiosks to customers quietly last week. “From here, we can go so many places, like different forms of payment and mobile apps.”

-Originally Published in the Tampa Tribute 8/5/15

Taco Bell is unrolling on-demand delivery. Through a partnership with on-demand delivery service DoorDash, Taco Bell will start offering delivery at more than 200 restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County and Dallas areas.

Here's how it works: Customers place their orders via the DoorDash mobile app or website, then the Palo Alto startup puts in the order at Taco Bell. Doordash's delivery people pick it up and drive it to the customer. The app will also notify customers when it gets close to their location.

There is no minimum order, but a flat fee of $3.99 is added to the delivery.

"We were one of the first to redefine convenience at (quick-service restaurants) with our mobile app, and knowing that delivery is the No. 1 request from our consumers, we see a tremendous opportunity to bring the Taco Bell experience to fans where and when they want it most,” said Taco Bell CEO Brian Niccol in a statement.

-Orginally Published in 7/9/15


***Torricelli Brake Uses Suction and 15,000 Newtons of Force to Stop Cars on a Dime***

All kinds of new types of smart braking technologies are popping up, but I have yet to see anything like Autoliv’s Torricelli brake.

The Torricelli brake uses extreme suction to grab onto the road, and while it’s still a prototype in its testing stage, this video makes it look very promising.

How the Torricelli brake works:

Sensors and hydraulics automatically tell the brake, which uses a metal plate and is mounted beneath the vehicle, to drop to the ground when it needs to stop. In a mere fraction of a second, the metal plate uses suction to create a vacuum that exerts approximately 15,000 Newtons of force on the surface of the road!

This, in turn, reduces the vehicle’s stopping distance by up to 40 percent.

Obviously, stopping a car by way of suction has its downfalls, namely the crazy amount of G-forces that could potentially lead to passenger injuries. The Torricelli brake should be able to find an application in settings where cars are not traveling at high speeds.

-Originally written by Marshall Smith and Published in


***Nova Website***

NOVA revolves around a simple premise: the world of science is exciting! If you're looking for interesting information on everything from Ancient Worlds to Nature to Space and Flight -- go here and be enlightened!

Just for fun, here's a one minute short of scientists drinking "Mastadon Juice."

Keep watch for more unique, interesting and productive news next month!

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