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Happy Tuesday everyone! Here are some of the top links since last week, with a lot of interesting developments from the automotive industry, followed by SpaceX's Mars announcement, architecture, and more.




Behind the design of Porsche's upcoming Mission E, it’s first all electric car, unfortunately not launching until 2019.

McLaren’s Applied Technologies team developed custom body armor to discreetly protect a billionaire.

Ford, planning to release fully autonomous cars in 2021, has announced they will partner with Lyft’s open ride-sharing platform, which already includes GM, Waymo, and others.

Dyson is also joining the EV party, setting an electric car unveil date for 2020, leveraging their years of learning related to batteries and from in vacuums and hair dryers.  Interesting profiles of James Dyson, who still apparently directly leads of a lot of his company’s innovation, here and here.

Branching away from cars, Aston Martin will work with submarine maker Triton to build luxury 3-person submersibles



Space / More

Elon Musk announces the BFR, designed to bring equipment to Mars in 2020 and then around 100 people starting in 2024. (Full talk)  The icing on the cake of these gigantic gigantic reusable rockets is rapid Earth transit to the tune of any city-to-city within an hour.


To simulate the harsh Martian environment, the UAE is constructing the Mars Science City in conjunction with the Bjarke Ingles Group, who also just opened the new LEGO House in Denmark and was previously featured in the great Netflix series, Abstract.  


Software as Hardware: Apollo’s Rope Memory: Programs for the Apollo Guidance Computer were encoded by painstakingly threading wires through tiny magnetic cores


The Royal Netherlands Navy plans to 3D scan their entire fleet to streamline maintenance and modifications.

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