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Tuesday Nov 15 2022
 
 
You may have considered the recent closure of the Boring Company’s California test track as a sign of the Hyperloop’s demise. But Elon Musk’s dreams may not be dashed after all: A few days later, the company tweeted that it had kicked off full-scale Hyperloop testing (though the image shared Company is a bit cryptic).

Outside of the Elon Musk drama, though, companies around the world are putting their own spin on the hyperloop concept — so maybe, in turn, someone could get it right.
 
 
 
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Is the Hyperloop doomed? Here's what Elon Musk's latest setback really means
 
Think back to a bygone era of Elon Musk — when he talked less about blue checks on Twitter and more about blue-sky ideas to colonize Mars, reuse rockets, and tackle climate change.

In 2016, Musk’s Boring Company completed the construction of a mile-long test track at the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Now, the test bed for what Musk sees as revolutionary new transit will soon meet its end: Bloomberg reported on November 3 that it was torn down to make space for a SpaceX employee parking lot.

The Boring Company hasn’t revealed why exactly it shuttered the test track, but a few days later the company tweeted that “Full-scale Hyperloop Testing has begun.” The company didn’t indicate where exactly this testing was going down, but Electrek speculated that the track may be located in Texas (the site reported in April that the Boring Company had bought land near the Tesla Gigafactory in Austin). So, it’s possible that the company simply wants to move testing operations down south.

But outside of the Musk universe drama, it’s important to note that consortiums and companies around the world have continued humming along in the background, trying to push the Hyperloop dream a little further down the tube.
 
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Game Awards 2022 nominees prove the "indie" label has lost all meaning
 
What is an indie game, anyway? Looking at the nominees of the 2022 Game Awards, I’m not sure anybody could definitively tell you. Amongst the likes of God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring sat only a few indie darlings from the past year.

A label that started out as a way to recognize smaller developers making games outside of the traditional trappings of the industry has become commodified by that industry. It may be time to rethink how we define an indie game.
 
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Artemis I is ready for launch — here's how to watch
 
Fifth time’s the charm. Artemis I is scheduled to lift off Wednesday night despite a mild battering from Hurricane Nicole over the weekend. 

NASA officials told the press that despite some superficial damage to insulation on the Orion capsule, the rocket was ready to fly. With launch night approaching, Inverse has the answers to all your questions about the Artemis I launch and the mission so far.
 
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WINK, WINK Gear
 
This EV company’s big plan is to make Americans love tiny cars
 
Americans love big cars. That’s not a stereotype — it’s a fact. U.S. motorists buy tens of millions of SUVs and trucks every year, and while consumers clearly love to go big, driving a diesel truck to and from the store might not be the best choice for everyone, and certainly not for the environment.

Wink, an EV company based out of New York, sees that reality and is offering up Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) in response.

Its tiny EVs land somewhere between a Smartcar and a golf cart, and while they may not enjoy the full freedom of most full-blown EVs, they could prove useful for urban motorists looking for an easy and efficient way to run errands or commute to work.
 
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REST IN PEACE Science
 
Film crew discovers wreckage of tragic spaceflight off the coast of Florida
 
Divers filming a History Channel documentary about the Bermuda Triangle have found a piece of wreckage from the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded during its liftoff in 1986.

In a video clip shared by the History Channel, two divers examine a large, flat section of aircraft wreckage, partially buried in the sand. What’s exposed is covered with layers of 8-inch square tiles and at least a few rivets. The uppermost tiles have been eroded and pitted by their time in the ocean.

“Definitely an aircraft,” one diver remarks, looking up from the debris toward the camera. “I think we need to talk to NASA.”
 
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'Dune 2' leak could reveal the most important location in the book
 
 
 
 
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