One flying car seems absurd; Larry Page has three. He started with Cora, a two-seater flying taxi, then added a sporty flying boat called Flyer, both developed by a company called Kitty Hawk. And last week, The Verge discovered a third: Opener, which just came out of stealth mode. There was no mention of the Google co-founder in the startup’s announcement, but when confronted with evidence of Page’s involvement, Opener quickly issued a press release admitting it. Flying cars (more formally known as eVTOLs — for electric vertical takeoff and landing) are the electric scooters of aviation. Everyone from Uber to Airbus is working to build the lightweight aircraft and the aerial networks they will require, to say nothing of a host of well-funded startups, including Joby in the US, Volocopter in Germany, and China’s EHang. Kitty Hawk and Opener are based just a few buildings away from each other in Palo Alto, California, but have almost no contact. In fact, their … [Read more...] about Larry Page is quietly amassing a ‘flying car’ empire
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Jun 08, 7:15 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Arathi M @ArathiMini 06/08/18 AT 5:03 AM Canadian senators passed the Cannabis Act on Thursday, thus crossing a major hurdle to legalize marijuana in the country.With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to legalizing marijuana by the summer of 2018, the senate passed Bill C-45 — commonly known as the Cannabis Act — by 56 to 30 votes with one abstention. After the vote, the bill will be sent back to the House of Commons, where Parliament members will take a call on the amendments made to the legislation by the senate.The amendments made by the senate included committing more centers to mental health and addiction services, provinces being given more power over whether citizens can grow the plan at home and tighter restrictions on advertisements, BBC reported.Liberal leaders believe legalizing the drug would keep it out of the hands of underage … [Read more...] about Canada Announces Full Marijuana Legalization, But Will Black Market Sales End?
I. The Bumper The trip to Delaware was only supposed to last a day. David Pokora, a bespectacled University of Toronto senior with scraggly blond hair down to his shoulders, needed to travel south to fetch a bumper that he’d bought for his souped-up Volkswagen Golf R. The American seller had balked at shipping to Canada, so Pokora arranged to have the part sent to a buddy, Justin May, who lived in Wilmington. The young men, both ardent gamers, shared a fascination with the inner workings of the Xbox; though they’d been chatting and collaborating for years, they’d never met in person. Pokora planned to make the eight-hour drive on a Friday, grab a leisurely dinner with May, then haul the metallic-blue bumper back home to Mississauga, Ontario, that night or early the next morning. His father offered to tag along so they could take turns behind the wheel of the family’s Jetta. An hour into their journey on March 28, 2014, the Pokoras crossed the … [Read more...] about The Young and the Reckless
Sales increased faster in Otay Ranch last year than almost any other master-plan community in the nation, said a recently released annual report.The massive residential development, the largest in San Diego County, is close to the U.S.-Mexico border and has seemingly emerged as one of the top spots for new homes in the region after years of delays and substantial price decreases during the recession.Master-planned communities are a relic of San Diego County’s past when a surplus of land stretched population areas east, north and south. Otay Ranch is likely the last truly large master-plan community, making it a focus for new home building.Otay Ranch reached the No. 14 spot in the John Burns Real Estate Consulting report, which ranks the top 50 communities in terms of total sales. In 2017, 563 homes sold in the development, up from 159 the year before — representing a 254 percent increase.The only other community to see a faster sales increase in the Top 50 report was Wallis … [Read more...] about Are master-planned communities a development of the past?
Published 11:04 pm, Thursday, April 5, 2018 CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — When Joan Harrison was 21 years old, she gave birth to her first daughter, knowing it was likely the last time she would see her. As an unwed woman in 1957, Joan made the decision to give her baby, Kathy, up for adoption at a Catholic hospital in Montreal. When Kathy was born, the nurses told Joan over and over: "Don't look at your baby. You're not keeping her, so the sooner you can leave the better." But Joan decided before she left that she would lay eyes on her daughter. She went against the direction of the nurses, and with a stranger in her arms, Joan sang to her days-old newborn who she'd soon leave the hospital without. She told Kathy she was sorry for what she was doing, but there was a family out there waiting to give her a better life. Kathy Kirkland would wait 60 years until she heard her mother's voice again. Latest videos Now Playing: Now Playing Anti-Sinclair Deadspin … [Read more...] about Daughter, birth mother reunited in Utah 60 years later