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NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

Technology
NASA's newest Mars rover has hit the dusty red road, taking a spin for the first time this weekBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterMarch 6, 2021, 3:30 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive.The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position Thursday, two weeks after setting down on the red planet to seek signs of past life.The roundabout, back and forth drive lasted just 33 minutes and went so well that more driving was on tap Friday and Saturday for the the six-wheeled rover.“This is really the start of our journey here,” said Rich Rieber, the NASA engineer who plotted the route. “This is going to be like the Odyssey, adv...

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

Technology
LANSING, Mich. -- The state of Michigan and some private partners are taking steps toward building or assigning dedicated lanes for automated vehicles on a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state officials announced the project Thursday afternoon near a former railroad station that Ford is renovating to house its autonomous vehicle operations in downtown Detroit. Ford is among nine autonomous vehicle and auto companies on an advisory board for the project. “What may be the world’s most sophisticated roadway will be built here in Michigan — to help increase the safety, efficiency, resilience and operations of roadways in the not-so-distant future,” Whitmer said. Organizers say the project will begin with a two-...
Climate change: Road plans will scupper CO2 targets, report says

Climate change: Road plans will scupper CO2 targets, report says

Science
The vast majority of emissions cuts from electric cars will be wiped out by new road-building, a report says.The government says vehicle emissions per mile will fall as zero-emissions cars take over Britain’s roads.But the report says the 80% of the CO2 savings from clean cars will be negated by the £27bn planned roads programme.It adds that if ministers want a “green recovery” the cash would be better spent on public transport, walking, cycling, and remote-working hubs.And they point out that the electric cars will continue to increase local air pollution through particles eroding from brakes and tyres.The calculations have been made by an environmental consultancy, Transport for Quality of Life, using data collected by Highways England. Get Britain buil...
IL&FS may add another road asset to proposed InvIT list

IL&FS may add another road asset to proposed InvIT list

Finance
Facing delays in finalising bidder due to COVID-19, cash-strapped IL&FS Group is looking at including one more road project - Pune Sholapur Road Development to its proposed infrastructure investment trust (InvIT), according to a source. It had earlier shortlisted nine road projects with a total debt of around Rs 10,800 crore on the proposed InvIT platform and sent it to market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India. The approval for the same is awaited. PSRDCL is one of the 10 road projects of the group for which binding bids were received in August 2019. There were four bidders in the fray for this road asset. The names of the bidders could not be ascertained. However, as the finalisation of bidder for Pune Sholapur Road Development Company Limited (PSRDCL) was taking time ...
Silk Road discovery suggests cats were pets 1,000 years ago

Silk Road discovery suggests cats were pets 1,000 years ago

Science
July 10 (UPI) -- The discovery of a cat skeleton along Kazakhstan's Silk Road suggests that cats were kept as pets over 1,000 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers from Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Tubingen, Kazakhstan's Korkyt-AtaKyzylorda State University and the Higher School of Economics in Russia reconstructed the cat's life for a study published this week in the journal Scientific Reports. Advertisement DNA analysis of the nearly complete cat skeleton indicates that the animal, a domesticated species not related to local feral cats, had a high-protein diet and was likely fed by members of the pastoral Oghuz tribe, researchers said. An X-ray indicated it sustained numerous broken bones and lost most of its teeth, further suggest...