Day: September 7, 2020

Otto Aviation Hopes To Torpedo The Business Jet Market With Its Curious New Design. Will It Sink Or Swim?

Otto Aviation is looking for investors to advance its unconventional “Celera” business aircraft from a prototype to a production airplane built in the thousands. The media attention the company has garnered since formally unveiling the Celera 500L last week is no doubt pleasing.

But with the spotlight comes scrutiny and the questions that all startup aviation manufacturers face. The answers often determine whether a new effort even reaches the market. In Otto’s case the mere appearance of the Celera with its bulbous fuselage, pusher propeller and short, thin wing, leads to questions.

The man responsible for the project, and the Celera’s distinctive shape, is William Otto Sr., a former researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory, chief scientist at North American Aviation (subsumed by Boeing in the 1990s after a series of mergers) and founder of aviation

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Save big on monitors, printers, software, and more in HP’s Labor Day sale

The Labor Day sales are rolling out and we found a few nice deals over at HP’s Labor Day blowout. The computer maker’s sale is active now, and while we weren’t too keen on many of the laptop and desktop deals, we loved a few of the deals for smaller electronics and software. Here are our top picks from the sale.

First up, we’ve got the HP Sprocket 2nd Edition Photo Printer for $90, instead of the usual $130. This is a tiny printer that lets you print 2-by-3 photos directly from your smartphone via Bluetooth. There’s also LED lighting that shows when the device is printing, and the lights are assigned to specific users so you can see whose photo is being spit out.

Next up we’ve got the HP 24uh 1080p display for $110. This is

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How Are Internet Infrastructure Stocks Doing This Year?

Our indicative Theme of Internet Infrastructure Stocks – which includes a diverse set of companies that sell semiconductor products, networking equipment, and related products that underpin the Internet – is up by about 19% year-to-date, on an equally weighted basis, compared to the S&P 500 which has gained about 9% over the same period. The theme remains up by about 60% since the end of 2017, versus about 31% for the S&P. Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), up 128% year-to-date, is the major driver of the theme’s return this year. On the other side, Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) and Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU), in fact, are down roughly

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Surface clean-up technology won’t solve ocean plastic problem

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Credit: Making Oceans Plastic Free

Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won’t solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows.

Researchers compared estimates of current and future plastic waste with the ability of floating clean-up devices to collect it – and found the impact of such devices was “very modest”.
However, river barriers could be more effective and – though they have no impact on plastic already in the oceans – they could reduce pollution “significantly” if used in tandem with surface clean-up technology.

The study – by the University of Exeter, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Jacobs University and Making Oceans Plastic Free – focusses on floating plastic, as sunk waste is difficult or impossible to remove depending on size and location.

The authors estimate that

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