Hyperloop Vactrain: From Los Angeles To New York In 45 Minutes?

Hyperloop Vactrain From Los Angeles To New York In 45 MinutesElon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation. Again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes.

‘Better solution’

The engineering behind the Hyperloop is similar to the old-school pneumatic tube systems used by banks to suck your deposit to the teller at the drive-through. But naturally, it’s more complicated than that. A massive vacuum tube — mounted either above ground or even under water — would be combined with a magnetic levitation system used on conventional bullet trains. That means no friction, no wind resistance, no chance of collisions, and insanely high speeds.

Musk’s interest in the idea was sparked after researching California’s new high-speed rail project and realizing that it will be the slowest and — at $70 billion — the most expensive system on the planet. To his mind, there’s a better solution. The Hyperloop is it. And one firm unaffiliated with Musk is in the early stages of development.


‘Space travel on Earth’

ET3, a company based in Longmont, Colorado, is working on a Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT) system, which it describes as “space travel on Earth.” It uses two tubes — one for each direction — with 400-pound, passenger car-sized capsules that could house six people, each accelerated by linear electric motors. According to ET3, state trips would average speeds of around 370 mph, while international trips would hit that insane 4,000 mph mark.

When asked about partners, Musk said he’s “happy to work with the right partners. Must truly share philosophical goal of breakthrough tech done fast & w/o wasting money on BS.”

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Source:  Damon Lavrinc | Wired, CNN Travel

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Patient Pronounced Dead Woke Up To Find Doctors Preparing To Remove Her Organs

Patient Pronounced Dead Woke Up To Find Doctors Preparing To Remove Her OrgansIn Syracuse, New York, a resident awoke during a trip to the emergency room to find that doctors were mistakenly preparing to remove her organs.

‘Breathing independently’

The Post-Standard reports that in October 2009, Colleen S. Burns was taken to the emergency room at St. Joseph’s Hospital Center, suffering from a drug overdose. Although a nurse told doctors that Burns was recovering from her overdose, those same doctors pronounced her dead.

A call was placed to her family informing them that Burns had passed away, and the family subsequently agreed to have her removed from life support and gave the hospital clearance to harvest her organs.

But Burns was not dead. In fact, a number of signs clearly pointed to her being alive. When a nurse performed a mandatory reflex test on Burns, her toes curled downward. She appeared to be breathing independently of a hospital respirator, and her lips and tongue were said to have moved moments before doctors prepared to remove her organs.


‘Unnecesary move’

Nonetheless, the nurse then followed instructions to give Burns a powerful sedative, a seemingly unnecessary move if the patient were actually dead. Thankfully, Burns awoke moments before doctors were going to cut her open to remove the organs from her presumed-dead body.

The hospital was sanctioned for its actions and cited for a number of mistakes that placed the patient’s health in jeopardy. Burns, who fully recovered from her injuries at the time, committed suicide in 2011 at the age of 41. But her mother says Burns was already suffering from a number of issues and that the hospital incident did not play a role in her eventual suicide.

Do you think the hospital should have been given a heavier sanction for this mistake? Feel free to discuss your opinion with us!

Source: Eric Pfeiffer | Yahoo! News

Image: Channel 4