They began clogging sidewalks across the Bay Area, California in late 2017 as brands with four-letter names like Bird and Lime fought for dominance in the latest vampiric startup scheme.I just wondered how far they could go.Then I’d finally be free.I found one offered by Skip (one of the two companies legally allowed to operate in San Francisco) with 79 per cent battery.Most scooter batteries last for about 15 miles, though Skip’s website claims its devices have a range of 30 miles.Best of all, Skip’s rate schedule indicates that they “may charge you a drop off charge equal to $25.00 for for [sic] each drop or ended ride outside of the service territory area.” This seemed like a totally reasonable fee to maybe pay.
Tiny, individual, flexible ribbons of crystalline phosphorus have been made by UCL researchers in a world first, and they could revolutionise electronics and fast-charging battery technology.These properties could be extremely valuable to a range of industries.In a study published today in Nature, researchers from UCL, the University of Bristol, Virginia Commonwealth and University and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, describe how they formed quantities of high-quality ribbons of phosphorene from crystals of black phosphorous and lithium ions.The ribbons form with a typical height of one atomic layer, widths of 4-50 nm and are up to 75 μm long.This aspect ratio is comparable to that of the cables spanning the Golden Gate Bridge's two towers."By using advanced imaging methods, we've characterised the ribbons in great detail finding they are extremely flat, crystalline and unusually flexible.
Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.Allbirds, one of our favorite new shoe brands, turns 3 years old today on March 1.To mark the special occasion, the San Francisco-based startup is selling a limited-edition 'SF Grey' Wool Runner with orange laces inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge.Limited-edition styles sell out quickly, so if you're interested in getting your first pair or building your Allbirds collection, act quickly.San Francisco-based shoe startup Allbirds turns 3 years old today on March 1.Birthdays are always a good excuse to celebrate; Allbirds' way of doing so is releasing a new, limited-edition SF Grey Wool Runner ($95).
BINGHAMTON, NY - High-tech radar and laser scans have uncovered a hidden military traverse underneath the infamous Alcatraz penitentiary, according to research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York.Binghamton University archaeologist Timothy de Smet and colleagues used terrestrial laser scans, ground-penetrating radar data and georectifications (the process of taking old digitized maps and linking them to a coordinate system so that they can be accurately geolocated in 3D space) to locate and assess the historical remains beneath the former recreation yard of the Alcatraz penitentiary.This unique, nondestructive research method revealed that remnants of buried structures, including a "bombproof" earthwork traverse along with its underlying vaulted brick masonry tunnel and ventilation ducts, ran east to west beneath the recreation yard of the Alcatraz Smet said he was shocked to discover that the historical structures were maintained in such good condition.We also learned that some of the earthwork traverses were covered over with thin concrete layers through time, likely to decrease erosion on the rainy windy island.It was wonderful to find the history just beneath our feet that we can visualize for the public."
One look at the image of the Golden Gate Bridge below and most of us would call the clouds “fog.” What we see there is a marine layer cloud, and a new study has been published that says high carbon dioxide levels could destabilize this type of cloud.The study notes that Earth could reach a tipping point that would make marine layer clouds unstable and disappear.If clouds of this sort did disappear, according to the study, the surface temperatures around the planet could increase by about 14-degrees Fahrenheit.This tipping point is said to be about 1,200 parts per million (ppm).The current concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is 410 ppm.The study did help solve a mystery in paleoclimatology.
It all started with the beautiful Audi Prologue concept unveiled by Audi at the 2014 LA Auto Show.The rounded lines of the past are now strong and aggressive; gone are button-heavy consoles from the interior and, in their place, touchscreens and a handful of necessary keys.Question is, are the 2019 Audi A6 and A7 worth making friends with?The gorgeous new interior is feeding us a steady stream of data from three massive screens; the 18-way adjustable, cooled, and massaging seats keep us relaxed, along with the rest of the beautiful cabin meant to keep the driver and their passengers traveling in luxury.Tracing the contours of roads like these is a whole lot of fun, even with a car the size of the A6.Rear wheel steering will become an option later this year, and I would definitely consider optioning it to increase the fun factor.
Version 8 of Amiga Forever arrives to save the gadget drawer from yet more junkLooking glumly at that hunk of retrocomputing-esque plastic you got for Christmas?Fear not, for classic Commodore botherers, Cloanto, have just the thing.Amiga Forever and ever and everFirst released in 1997, Amiga Forever is effectively a front end for a variety of emulators of the venerable kit and saves the user from the hassle of configuring the likes of WinUAE and WinFellow and tracking down the necessary ROMs to make the thing work.€9.95 gets you the Value version, with emulators and the Kickstart 1.3 ROM files.
San Francisco-based companies including Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack are expected to issue initial public offerings, along with ride-hailing rivals Uber and Lyft.If history is any guide, they'll buy new homes and cars, throw wild parties, invest in wineries in nearby Napa and Sonoma, and possibly even install deluxe bomb shelters (the next big thing for tech's moneyed set)."It's going to affect the city in a lot of positive and negative ways."Creating brand-new millionaires has been a Silicon Valley rite of passage for decades -- especially during the dot-com boom when working for a startup was practically synonymous with an IPO windfall.Facebook's IPO in 2012 reportedly created "thousands of millionaires," according to Reuters.The birthplace of the Beat Generation of the 1950s, and of the 1960s counterculture movement, San Francisco is famous for embracing artists, activists and the outright weird.
Anthony Levandowski, the infamous self-driving car engineer whose shenanigans helped spur a multimillion-dollar lawsuit between Waymo and Uber, is back with a new project.And to help sell his new product, Levandowski took it for a test drive: a 3,000-mile journey from San Francisco to New York without any human intervention.If Levandowski actually accomplished what he says he did, it would be the longest recorded journey of a self-driving car without a human driver taking over.The cross-country drive commenced on October 26th on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and finished nearly four days later on the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.Levandowski claimed to be sitting in the driver’s seat for the entire 3,099-mile journey, but he says he did not touch the steering wheels or pedals, aside from planned stops to rest and refuel.Levandowski has posted a time-lapse video of his trip on the website of his new startup,
Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has taken his newest autonomous vehicle technology company out of stealth mode with a product aimed at the commercial trucking industry.Technically, Levandowski involvement in a self-driving trucking company was first revealed by TechCrunch in July.Levandowski, nor anyone else attached to the company, would talk on record, leaving TechCrunch to rely on a paper trail instead.Now, Levandowski is talking publicly about his company, including details on its mission and product as well as a bold new claim of a cross country autonomous drive.Levandowski says the autonomous car drove by itself the entire 3,100-mile trip without any human intervention.(Note the speed at which the vehicle is traveling at different spots like the Golden Gate Bridge).
Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and 12 other successful entrepreneurs revealed their favorite places to "think big" on the podcast "Masters of Scale."Host Reid Hoffman, who founded LinkedIn, said it's one of the questions he asks every guest on the show.Their answers ranged from the treadmill and a dance studio to the Golden Gate Bridge.That's the question LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said he asks every one of his guests on his podcast "Masters of Scale," from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates.On a "Masters of Scale" episode from earlier this year, Hoffman revealed several of the responses he's gathered over the years.He learned that Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg does her best thinking on the treadmill, for example, while Netflix CEO Reed Hastings thinks best while sitting in his living room.
China opened the world's longest sea bridge on Tuesday, creating a direct road link between Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland city of Zhuhai.The 34-mile (55 km) span across China's Pearl River estuary was declared open by President Xi Jinping and is 20 times the length of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, according to The Wall Street Journal.The six-lane bridge links up a region with a population of around 70 million.Construction cost about $20 billion and took nine years, with at least 18 workers dying on the job and hundreds getting injured during that time, the BBC noted.Since ships use the waterway, there's a 4-mile middle section where the bridge moves to an undersea tunnel that links a pair of artificial islands.The bridge cuts the journey between Zhuhai and Hong Kong from four hours to 30 minutes, but not everyone will have access -- private car owners looking to cross must have separate permits for each city, which are subject to a quota, and pay a toll.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty, some landmarks are instantly recognizable even for the infrequent traveler — but what landmarks are most often featured in creative works?That’s the question stock video and photography agency Storyblocks asked in a recent study.In sharing the results on October 22, the company said it analyzed 60 million searches to determine the top 50 landmarks used in creative works.New York City, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., took a majority of the top slots on the list, with the Statue of Liberty being the most-searched-for landmark.Times Square, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Empire State Building ranked second, fourth, 11th and 12th, respectively.“The best video productions have the ability to pull you into a specific place and time — and the instant recognition that comes with landmark footage gives producers the ability to set the scene in a matter of seconds,” said TJ Leonard, StoryBlocks CEO.
As a professional photographer, I carry many cameras.Earlier this month, I took the new iPhone XS Max out to shoot San Francisco Fleet Week, an annual tradition since 1981 that honors the men and women in the nation's sea services.Both the iPhone XS and XS Max have two important camera features the iPhone X lacks: a bokeh adjustment slider and an improved HDR mode, called Smart HDR.Apple's Smart HDR captures different exposures of more kinds of photo sources, including interframe shots, to produce greater shadow detail and bright highlights.All of this comes with a significant increase in processing power, so that everything happens nearly instantly.Now Apple's newest phones have 1.4-micrometer pixel cameras, just like the cameras on Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 phones.
Boyan Slat talks to reporters before the Ocean Cleanup launches their first array.There's a stunning amount of plastic in the oceans, with much of it concentrated in one of five regions, called gyres, like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.Five years ago, Slat founded his organization, the Ocean Cleanup.The group has spent its time designing a system to pull floating plastic out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of five ocean regions known as gyres where plastic pollution from all over the world congregates."I think if you look at this sort of technology, every new invention has been met with skepticism and pessimistic views," Slat told Business Insider.The material was collected by volunteers in Hawaii, and has been used for recycling research.
Big problems call for equally big solutions.That maxim will be put into practice this weekend when a multimillion dollar project called The Ocean Cleanup launches a giant floating vessel aimed at removing the largest accumulation of plastic in the world from a stretch of ocean referred to as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.The brainchild of 24-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, The Ocean Cleanup is a foundation that develops technology for extracting plastic pollution from our oceans.It has been working toward this goal for several years now, but Saturday marks the day the initiative begins in earnest.That’s when the organization will unleash its giant 2,000 foot, U-shaped passive collection system, intended to gather up garbage consuming around 600,000 square miles of ocean between California and Hawaii.Using just this one trash collector, the goal is to extract around 50 tons of plastic from the ocean each year.
There’s a movement in business today to incorporate storytelling into just about everything -- from marketing campaigns and sales presentations to company meetings and talent recruiting efforts.Make no mistake, however: This is more than a trend.Storytelling is here to stay.And it can be very good for your business, provided you embrace a modern approach to creating and sharing a narrative that will be highly engaging and memorable for your audiences -- and thus, effective.Companies that excel at storytelling understand it is a powerful tool for communicating the possibilities that they can create for their customers, employees, partners, investors or any other person or group they want to reach.A campaign for Nike running shoes won’t focus on the product -- it will instead seed the idea that you can become a better athlete by wearing Nike footwear.
Rolling into San Francisco’s new bus terminal has all the vibes of docking with a googie space station—the weird, special bridge into the hangar, the orange color accents behind a white superstructure, glowing information screens everywhere.The heiroglyphically obtuse wayfinding signage only adds to the effect.The station is a white whale eight years in the making (and that’s just the construction bit), a crystalline Moby Dick with Penrose-tile skin breaching the downtown grid and drafting the psychogeographic currents around glass-and-steel towers.I like it; San Francisco feels new there, and even though a building that’s aesthetically to my taste might not be to yours, there’s urban glory in bustle, in elegant skyways and in clotted mazes of streets opening onto a broad pedestrian plaza.I like the aluminum screen, and I like the orange walls inside, though I’m suspicious about how well they’ll age as color fashions change and urban soot and fungus go looking for new substrate.The big, main open space of the station has a beautiful tile floor under a grand light well, and its high escalator makes it feel like a place where a human can make a big entrance or a big exit.
But beyond giving you a reason to daydream while you’re stuck in the office, social media has had a very real effect on the number of visitors making their way to the most ‘grammable locations.Travel booking company Globehunters recently conducted a study using Instagram hashtags to find the most shared attractions in North and South America.There are few surprises, but there’s still plenty there to get you thinking about your next vacation.The list encompasses some of the most-visited locations, serving as a list of travel inspiration (or, for those that prefer to travel off the beaten path, a list of destinations to avoid).The study compared a long list of tourist attractions with hashtags on Instagram to find which locations had the most posts.There’s something about seeing characters and stories come to life that must inspire Instagram photos.
The property sits in Tiburon, Calif., about nine miles north as the crow flies from downtown San Francisco.Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty/YouTubeThere's a 14-acre chunk of a peninsula north of San Francisco currently for sale for a whopping $37 million — and that's excluding home construction costs.The property features 2,000 square feet of bay shoreline, private sandy beaches and approved plans for a 15,000-square-foot residence.Though the infamously competitive Bay Area real estate market has seen plenty of unique listings, this one is a rarity in that it's an expansive undeveloped waterfront parcel situated in the tech capitol of the world.In the San Francisco Bay Area housing market, it's not uncommon to find fire-gutted properties listed for a cool $2 million or a 1-acre dirt lot selling for $15 million.