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Toyota Patents a Helicopter Car
AutoGuide.com is reporting that Toyota has filed a patent application for a flying helicopter car with wheels that could double as rotary wings.
In the patent, the wheels are described as attached to spaced arms that are fixed to a central pivot, according to AutoGuide. When the vehicle switches from the land mode to the flight mode, the arms extend upward and the wheels begin to spin.
The rotors will extend from within the wheels and spin like helicopter rotors, producing lift to allow the vehicle to fly
Each of the rotor-wheels would be powered by an electric motor fed by a power system such as a battery pack, gas turbine generator, or a hydrogen fuel cell.
J&J Works to End Tuberculosis
Johnson & Johnson has announced a 10-year initiative to help end tuberculosis. The initiative is in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the TB pandemic by 2030. Johnson & Johnson will work with partners to improve detection of undiagnosed cases of TB, broaden access to its novel medicine for multidrug-resistant TB, and accelerate R&D to discover next-generation TB treatments.
In a statement Paul Stoffels, MD, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer at Johnson & Johnson said.
“TB is the world’s number one infectious killer, and TB and MDR-TB cause major devastation for people, communities and entire countries around the world. “The good news is TB is both preventable and treatable, and Johnson & Johnson is committed to doing everything we can to create a world free from TB. This new initiative will unleash the power of science and technology to forever change the trajectory of TB.”
Amazon Expands Whole Foods Delivery
More people will now have access to Amazon’s Whole Foods grocery delivery services. Amazon has announced the expansion of delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime now in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Jacksonville, Madison, Milwaukee, Omaha, Orlando, St. Louis, Tampa and Tulsa as well as additional areas of New York City and Seattle.
Prime members in those cities can now shop through Prime Now for fresh produce, meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. Now available in 48 cities, the service launched earlier this year with plans for continued expansion across the U.S. throughout 2018.
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