Pyka Bets The Path To The Future Of Passenger Planes Runs Through Banana Plantations In Latin America

Oakland-based Pyka shares a goal common to many high-tech California aviation startups: to build an autonomous electric passenger aircraft. However, its first steps to get there have taken the company far away from the pack, first to New Zealand and now to banana plantations in Costa Rica and Ecuador, where it’s preparing to field a robotic crop-spraying airplane called Pelican that CEO Michael Norcia says will prove out technology he believes will lead the way to an era of green, low-cost passenger planes.

The fat-bellied, 500-pound plane can carry more than its weight in liquid pesticides or fertilizer, and is engineered to take off and land in a ridiculously short space: 150 feet, half the length of

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Israel Tucker’s 2 TD runs gets La Tech past UTEP 21-17

Israel Tucker ran for two touchdowns, leading Louisiana Tech to a 21-17 victory over UTEP

Israel Tucker ran for two touchdowns, leading Louisiana Tech to a 21-17 victory over UTEP on Saturday night.

Tucker had a 15-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and bulled into the end zone from the 1 that stretched the Bulldogs’ lead to 21-10 with about 12 minutes remaining. On the ensuing kickoff, Duron Lowe ran untouched 100 yards into the end zone for UTEP (3-2, 0-1 Conference USA).

The Miners forced a punt on fourth-and-8 with about six minutes left, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave the ball back to the Bulldogs, who then ran the clock down to 32 seconds. UTEP fumbled the ball on its own 14-yard line three plays later.

Justin Henderson had a 14-yard touchdown run

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Science denial runs deep in the GOP


Back in 2012, climate science denial created an “October Surprise” moment for the presidential election and a turning point against the presidential prospects of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. In 2020 science denial is again a game changer, this time for Republican President Donald Trump, who has continued to downplay COVID-19’s seriousness, even after he was hospitalized for the disease which has killed more than 210,000 Americans.

A month before Hurricane Sandy reached landfall first in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and then New York City, killing 37 people in New Jersey and 44 in New York, and causing $70 billion worth of damage, Romney downplayed the threat of the climate crisis.

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans,” said Romney, pausing to do a clearly scripted lip bite, as if to stop himself from laughing along with the audience. “And to heal the planet. My promise

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Trump’s luck finally runs out

People underestimate the role luck (or chance) plays in an individual’s life. Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus MORE, Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosSenate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives Privacy, civil rights groups demand transparency from Amazon on election data breaches NASA’s Bridenstine: We really are going to the lunar south pole MORE and Bill Gates are brilliant and accomplished, but more than a little good luck has helped them. Sergey Brin and Larry Page almost sold Google for $1 million (it’s now worth nearly $1 trillion).

And so it is with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJaime Harrison debates Graham

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SteelSeries Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse runs for a year on two AAA batteries

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Steelseries has been quiet this year, but maybe that’s about to change. Last week it announced the SteelSeries Arctis 9 dual-wireless gaming headset for PC and PS4 and now it’s releasing the Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse, a cordless version of its entry-level Rival 3 mouse announced in January. 

The company always seems to offer a bit more than the competition and that’s the case here. The Rival 3 Wireless has a new sensor made with help from sensor experts PixArt. The TrueMove Air sensor is rated at 18,000 counts per inch (CPI) for more precise onscreen movement and a top tracking speed of 400 inches per second (IPS) and tilt tracking. 

The mouse can be used wired or you can choose between Bluetooth or the Steelseries’

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