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These are the winning routes of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge
by Richard Tyr Blewitt
Hyperloop One, the Nevada-based company working on the revolutionary new transport system, has just announced the top ten winners of its Hyperloop One Global Challenge.
The Hyperloop One Global Challenge is a competition setup by the company which allowed teams from all over the world; be they from universities, countries, or cities, the opportunity to come up with a proposed route for the Hyperloop transport system. The submitted routes were then analyzed by experts in infrastructure, technology, and transportation. Following that investigation, 10 different routes from 5 countries were selected; the winning countries were the US, UK, Canada, Mexico, and India.
In the US there were four winning routes, these were: Cheyenne-Denver-Pueblo, Chicago-Columbus-Pittsburgh, Miami to Orlando, and Dallas to Houston.
For the UK, there were two successful routes: Edinburgh to London, and Glasgow to Liverpool. India also has two promising routes between Bengaluru and Chennai, as well as Mumbai to Chennai. Canada and Mexico both got one route each: Mexico City to Guadalajara, and Toronto to Montreal.
Hyperloop One will now be working closely with these teams on their routes, exploring the feasibility and challenges of each route, which might eventually lead to the actual development of some of these routes around the world. Initially, there were teams from over 100 countries and there are still 11 other finalists that the company's experts will also be working with as development of Hyperloop continues.
Of particular note, is that Hyperloop One has entered into a public-private partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation and together they will begin a thorough feasibility study of a potential route and all that it might be able to provide in terms of transport and freight. So it may very well be the case that in the near future with the legislation, terrain, and Hyperloop in Colorado, people will be able to be both fast and high.
Source: Hyperloop One | Image via Hyperloop One
SEVERANCE, Colo. -- Police in Colorado say a woman robbed a bank using two children she was babysitting to pay back money she had already stolen from her employers.
28-year-old Rachel Einspahr went to the bank's drive-up window last week and sent a note to a teller saying there was a man in the back of her SUV who wanted money and was threatening to hurt the children. The teller gave her $500. It didn't take long for police to catch her.
An arrest report says Einspahr wanted to rob the bank to pay back $15,000 under a possible plea agreement in previous theft cases involving her employers.
Google's Minion 'Mic Drop' April Fools' prank goes horribly wrong
by Justin Luna
When the first day of April comes, it is already a tradition for technology company Google to play around and entertain with their April Fools' jokes. Back in 2013, it launched 'Google Nose', which integrates search with our sense of smell. Last year, they enabled Google Maps users to play Pac-Man on the streets. This year is no exception, with the search giant featuring the popular "minions".
But all that's cute doesn't always end cute.
For this year, Google launched a Gmail 'Mic Drop' feature, which embeds a GIF image of a minion dressed as royalty dropping a microphone. The feature, while it can be easily found as cute, was not seen as such by some people, especially those messages that contain serious and sensitive content.
One incident, seen below, shows an email about a prayer request. With the mic-drop minion being displayed at the end of the email, an email that seemed to be solemnly asking for a few thoughts was ruined by a minion that seemed to be arrogantly dropping a mic in front of the audience, and probably sending the wrong kind of message to the receiver.
Another incident, was with an email of someone from a funeral company sympathizing with one of their clients over their loss, and planning on the funeral arrangements. The minion was inadvertently included in the message, which could apparently send the wrong signals to the one receiving it.
The chaos doesn't even stop there, as the prank has allegedly caused the termination of employment of a worker. Allan Pashby took the time to write on a Google forum how an innocent picture caused him his job. He writes:
Google has since pulled the feature, and a spokesperson has released a statement in a blog post, which reads:
Source: Business Insider | Minion image via Tumblr
NEDERLAND, CO ? Nederland, Colorado's town marshal says he is resigning after just six months because he can't adjust to the altitude.
The Daily Camera (http://bit.ly/1l8PgwY) reports Monday that Jim Matheney wanted to dispel rumors, including one claiming he left the job in the quirky town just west of Boulder because of a space alien attack.
Matheney, a former police captain in suburban Detroit, says he left because he could not acclimate to the 8,400-foot altitude.
Paul Carrill, a former Kansas City, Missouri, sheriff's commander, is interim marshal.
The town, which has five officers and a sergeant, is also known for its Frozen Dead Guy Days festival, celebrating the corpse of a man who hoped to one day be revived.