San Antonio company working with military, SpaceX to move cargo anywhere in world in an hour or less

A San Antonio company is partnering with the military and SpaceX to move cargo anywhere in the world in an hour using commercial spacecraft — including vertical-landing rockets built in Texas.

U.S. Transportation Command, which is responsible for moving military personnel and equipment around the world, said it’s working with Exploration Architecture, or XArc, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop “rapid transportation through space” capabilities.

XArc, with six employees, is responsible for determining what’s needed on the ground to launch and land commercial spacecraft around the world.

The collaboration is the latest development in Texas’ still-expanding role in space travel and could help the U.S. military more quickly respond to threats and humanitarian crises around the world.

The aim is to use commercial space vehicles, including SpaceX’s Starship, to deliver payloads anywhere in the world. Starship can carry loads of 220,000 pounds.

“Our role is to understand the

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San Francisco Shock Win Back-To-Back Overwatch League Titles

San Francisco Shock have cemented their status as the best team in Overwatch. They claimed their second straight Overwatch League championship on Saturday, beating surprise finalists Seoul Dynasty 4-2. They also won $1.5 million in prize money, while the Dynasty walk away with $750,000.

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Unlike last year, when they dropped to the lower bracket after their first playoffs match, the San Francisco Shock ran the table on their path to a second championship in a row.

The Dynasty powered their way to the Grand Finals weekend after winning the Asia-Pacific playoffs losers’ bracket. They narrowly lost to the Shock in the semi-finals, before seeing off Philadelphia Fusion and then hot favorites Shanghai Dragons,

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Renders for Google’s San Jose Campus Actually Look Kinda Neat

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Google isn’t exactly a name you associate with urban planning, but newly released renders for its San Jose campus are… pleasantly surprising. Unlike the typical closed-off tech campuses, the Downtown West project looks like an open plan neighborhood that’s actually part of the city itself.

In a roughly 40-minute video presentation, Google explained that it wasn’t interested in building a cookie-cutter campus that centered around a single building. Instead, it says it wants the roughly 80-acre campus to include residential spaces, amenities for the public, lots of open green space, and utilize existing historic buildings in the area. This is counter to some major campuses—like the Apple campus which is a feat of architecture hidden from public view by tall walls, or the campuses of HP or Microsoft, which are relatively remote despite being close to major population areas.

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In its announcement blog, Google highlighted

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North San Jose tech center is bought by California investor

Two modestly size office buildings that sit on a north San Jose lot that’s big enough to be redeveloped have been bought by a Southern California investor.

In a rare occurrence for Silicon Valley office buildings, the sellers sold the property for less than what they paid for it, Santa Clara County public records show.

An affiliate of JW Capital Inc., which is headed by San Diego-based investor John Wang, bought the two north San Jose buildings in a cash deal, according to property documents filed on Oct. 2.

The two buildings are located at 1110 and 1120 Ringwood Ct. in San Jose and together they total about 79,000 square feet, according to a brochure prepared by CBRE, a commercial real estate firm that has been working to find tenants for the office buildings.

JW Capital paid $10.6 million for the two buildings, county documents show. The buildings make up

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San Antonio Utility Taking Steps Into An Ultra-Green Future

Students of energy policy have long been familiar with the cry from activists: Government shouldn’t pick the winners and losers.

But the environmental movement, albeit with good intentions, is quite often guilty of that. Collectively, the environmentalists have told the electric utility industry, with varying degrees of vehemence, “We want wind and solar.”

As an afterthought, some environmentalists have acknowledged that there are other options, most notably nuclear and improved storage, and there is the possibility of new technologies or huge improvements in the known ones.

These deserve a hearing in the great sea change now taking place in electricity production.

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Electric utilities want to reduce and end carbon emissions. But right now, they’re struggling with the overselling

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California Hit by 400 Earthquakes in Swarm on San Andreas Fault, USGS Warns Bigger Quakes Could Strike

A swarm of more than 400 earthquakes has hit California in the area between the San Andreas fault and the Imperial fault, with further seismic activity and potentially larger earthquakes set to follow over the next week.

The biggest earthquake that has been recorded in the swarm so far was a magnitude 4.9, which hit at 5.31 p.m. local time on September 30, but bigger quakes are a possibility.

“In a typical week, there is approximately a three in 10,000 chance of a magnitude 7+ earthquake in the vicinity of this swarm,’ the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said in a statement. “During this earthquake swarm, the probability of larger earthquakes in this region is significantly greater than usual. Currently, the swarm is rapidly evolving, and we expect to update this forecast with more specific probability information as we collect more data.”

The most likely scenario is that the rate of

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IQHQ Completes Acquisition, Breaks Ground on Iconic Development to Transform San Diego’s Waterfront into a Life Science Hub

The Research and Development District will capture the innovative spirit of San Diego and enhance the experience of working in life sciences with a premier, urban, mixed-use waterfront campus including laboratory, office and retail space

IQHQ, Inc., a premier life sciences real estate development company, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of an iconic development site along San Diego’s waterfront. In addition, IQHQ introduced a new brand to capture the significance of the site – the San Diego Research and Development District (The RaDD) – and announced the start of construction.

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IQHQ’s Research and Development District (The RaDD) is situated on more than eight acres – representing the largest urban commercial waterfront site along California’s Pacific coast. (Photo: Business Wire)

“San Diego has some of the brightest minds and innovative companies that have made our region a

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Fisker To Launch New Technology Center In San Francisco

  • Fisker — the designer and manufacturer of eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – recently announced details about its first dedicated engineering and technology center

Fisker — the designer and manufacturer of eco-friendly electric vehicles and advanced mobility solutions – recently announced details about its first dedicated engineering and technology center, which will be located in the Mission District of San Francisco. This facility is going to be the focal point and development center for the company’s software and vehicle electronics, including both in-car and Fisker data center elements.

And Fisker is planning a portfolio expansion to a four-vehicle range by 2025. Along with the the Ocean SUV, the four-vehicle lineup will include a super-sports sedan based on the EMotion concept — an extreme sports crossover and a new segment-changing lifestyle pickup truck. Each vehicle is going to be delivered utilizing durability-tested platforms, battery packs, and component systems from

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San Antonio billionaire wants to test every student in the city for COVID-19

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San Francisco birds sing differently in the pandemic

San Francisco birds started singing differently in the quiet of the coronavirus lockdown, says a study in Science.



a small bird perched on a branch: The Covid-19 shutdown created a "proverbial silent spring" across the San Francisco Bay Area, prompting the white-crowned sparrow to sing differently.


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The Covid-19 shutdown created a “proverbial silent spring” across the San Francisco Bay Area, prompting the white-crowned sparrow to sing differently.

Before, urban white-crowned sparrow’s breeding territories were almost three times as loud as rural territories, the study found.

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But during the pandemic, researchers noted that noise levels in urban areas were drastically lower. In fact, they were consistent with traffic flow in the mid-1950s.

“In other words, the Covid-19 shutdown created a proverbial silent spring across the SF Bay Area,” researchers noted.

By analyzing traffic flow data from the Golden Gate Bridge, researchers found that vehicle crossings from April to May 2020 returned to levels not seen since 1954. While noise recordings are not available from the 1950s, researchers said this indicates that a

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