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Giant inflatable sails could make shipping greener | CNN travel

CNN travel | Giant inflatable sails could make shipping greener

(CNN) — Sailing boats date back more than 5,000 years, when the ancient Egyptians floated up and down the Nile in wooden vessels powered by wind and oars. But when steam and diesel engines arrived and globalization increased the need for timely trade, the sails dropped.

Today, they are making a comeback as the shipping industry looks to decarbonize. But the new sails look nothing like those of the past. Tall, white and puffy, the giant inflatable sails designed by tire manufacturer Michelin more closely resemble the Michelin man — the company’s mascot — than a traditional cloth sail. Made from a flexible material that the company would not reveal, the sails can inflate or deflate at the push of a button. No crew is required to rig them, and they pivot automatically to catch the wind, equipped with sensors that measure the wind direction and speed.  —read more—  

The glitzy electric Mercedes EQS could be the most important Mercedes in decades | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | The glitzy electric Mercedes EQS could be the most important Mercedes in decades

Half Moon Bay, California (CNN Business) – The all-electric Mercedes EQS may well be one of the most important cars in company’s history. And that’s saying a lot, because that’s a whole bunch of history.

Mercedes-Benz and its direct ancestor companies have been making internal combustion-powered automobiles longer than any company on Earth. Karl Benz applied for a patent on a gas-engined car in 1886, a decade before Henry Ford built his first car.

Throughout much of that history, Mercedes-Benz has remained a dominant maker of big luxury cars. Over the past few decades, if you wanted a nice, comfortable car for around a hundred thousand inflation-adjusted dollars, your handful of top choices would almost surely have included a Mercedes and maybe a few European competitors and maybe a Lexus.  —read more

23 Grands Prix, a new venue, and the return of some classics – 5 key takeaways from the 2022 calendar reveal | F1

F1 | 23 Grands Prix, a new venue, and the return of some classics – 5 key takeaways from the 2022 calendar reveal

The 2022 Formula 1 calendar has finally been revealed, charting the championship’s course for the season as the brand-new breed of F1 cars prepare to make their debut. Here are five takeaways from the 2022 calendar announcement…

1. It’s set to be the biggest F1 season ever

The 2022 Formula 1 season is set to be the most bumper yet, with 23 races slated for the year – up from the 22 in 2021.

Provisional 2022 Formula 1 calendar

Date Grand Prix Venue
20 March Bahrain Sakhir
27 March Saudi Arabia Jeddah
10 April Australia Melbourne
24 April Emilia Romagna Imola*
8 May Miami Miami**
22 May Spain Barcelona*
29 May Monaco Monaco
12 June Azerbaijan Baku
19 June Canada Montreal
3 July United Kingdom Silverstone
10 July Austria Spielberg
24 July France Le Castellet
31 July Hungary Budapest
28 August Belgium Spa
4 September Netherlands Zandvoort
11 September Italy Monza
25 September Russia Sochi
2 October Singapore Singapore*
9 October Japan Suzuka
23 October USA Austin*
30 October Mexico Mexico City
13 November Brazil Sao Paulo
20 November Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

* subject to contract
** subject to FIA circuit homologation

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See how Tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ mode works | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | See how Tesla’s ‘full self-driving’ mode works

(CNN) – Despite concerns from regulators, Tesla is rolling out its autonomous driving feature to some owners who can prove they are safe drivers.  —watch— 

NASA’s Lucy mission is ready to launch and explore never-before-seen asteroids | CNN World

CNN World | NASA’s Lucy mission is ready to launch and explore never-before-seen asteroids

(CNN) – The first NASA mission to fly by a total of eight ancient asteroids is ready for launch.

Weather conditions will be 90% favorable on the morning of October 16, when the Lucy mission is set to leave Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 5:34 a.m. ET. If it doesn’t launch at that time, the window for liftoff remains open for 75 minutes.

Lucy will embark on a 12-year mission to explore Jupiter’s Trojan asteroid swarms, which have never been observed. The Trojan asteroids, which borrow their name from Greek mythology, orbit the sun in two swarms — one that’s ahead of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, and a second one that lags behind it.  —read more—  

Your children need life skills — this dad explains how to teach them | CNN health

CNN health | Your children need life skills — this dad explains how to teach them

(CNN) – I taught my 12-year-old daughter to change a car battery at 8 p.m. in a grocery store parking lot.

It’s one of the many skills that I want her to know in case she ever finds herself stranded in a parking lot — just like her father at that very moment. I also wanted to get her familiar with a car engine, even though to me it mostly looks like metal spaghetti.

Parents know there is a whole host of life skills that our children need to learn, but my reasons date back to my childhood.

My father taught me how to do laundry, but no one talked about mental health — we covered up our issues with bro talk and the firm belief that real men don’t cry.  —read more—  

‘Ghost towns’: Evergrande crisis shines a light on China’s millions of empty homes | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | ‘Ghost towns’: Evergrande crisis shines a light on China’s millions of empty homes

Evergrande‘s unraveling is still commanding global attention, but its troubles are part of a much bigger problem.

For weeks, the ailing Chinese real estate conglomerate has made headlines as investors wait to see what will happen to its enormous mountain of debt. As the slow-moving crisis unfolds, analysts are pointing to a deeper underlying issue: China’s property market is cooling off after years of oversupply.

Chinese authorities finally weighed in on the Evergrande crisis on Friday. The People’s Bank of China said the company had mismanaged its business but risks to the financial system were “controllable.”

“In recent years, the company has failed to manage its business well and to operate in accordance with market changes,” Zou Lan, director of the financial market department at the Chinese central bank, said at a press briefing. “Instead, it blindly diversified and expanded, resulting in serious deterioration of its operating and financial indicators, which eventually led to risks.”  —read more—  

Second sale of Banksy’s shredded painting sets staggering new record at $25.4 million | CNN style Arts

CNN style Arts | Second sale of Banksy’s shredded painting sets staggering new record at $25.4 million

The Banksy painting that partially self-destructed at auction three years ago has sold once more, for a staggering £18.5 million ($25.4 million).

The new auction for “Love is in the Bin” took place at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on Thursday and became the artist’s record, topping the sale of “Game Changer” one year ago. That artwork, which depicted health care workers as superheroes, sold for £16.7 million ($23.1 million) to benefit UK hospitals.  —read more—  

Federal grand jury investigating Kansas City cop who allegedly ‘exploited and terrorized’ Black residents for decades | CNN US

CNN US | Federal grand jury investigating Kansas City cop who allegedly ‘exploited and terrorized’ Black residents for decades

(CNN) – Federal prosecutors in Kansas have launched a criminal grand jury investigation into a retired Kansas City police detective who is the subject of long-swirling allegations that he “exploited and terrorized” Black residents of the city’s north end for decades, CNN has learned.

Roger Golubski is accused of being “a dirty cop who used the power of his badge to exploit vulnerable black women, including black women who worked as prostitutes,” according to a 2019 civil complaint filed by a man exonerated of double murder charges investigated by Golubski. The veteran detective, who retired from the Kansas City, Kansas, police department in 2010 at the rank of captain, was also accused of being on the payroll of a local drug kingpin and of framing people for crimes they did not commit.  —read more— 

Stocks soar as America’s biggest banks are booming | CNN BUSINESS

CNN BUSINESS | Stocks soar as America’s biggest banks are booming

New York (CNN Business) – Several of America’s largest financial firms reported strong earnings and revenue Thursday thanks to solid demand for loans, better credit quality and a boom in mergers and initial public offerings.

Morgan Stanley (MS), Citigroup (C), Bank of America (BAC) and even troubled Wells Fargo (WFC) posted healthy results that surpassed analysts’ expectations.

Shares of BofA were higher in early trading, while Morgan Stanley and Citi were flat. Wells Fargo’s stock fell.  —read more—  

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