Virgin Hyperloop cofounder Josh Giegel and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience, prepare for their high-speed ride. (Photo courtesy of Virgin Hyperloop)
Virgin Hyperloop carried its first passengers in a high-speed vacuum tube Sunday in a test run that company officials hailed as a major milestone toward commercializing the revolutionary transportation technology.
Why it matters: The test was intended to show that hyperloop travel — using magnetic levitation to whisk small pods through a vacuum tube at speeds of up to 600 miles per hour — is safe for humans. The company says it could one day enable a 45-minute journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco, with no emissions.
Be smart: It will be years, potentially even decades, before the public can take a high-speed trip.
Details: The test guinea pigs were Josh Giegel, co-founder and chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience, who seemed no worse for the wear after the journey.
What to watch: More meaningful tests will be possible once a new six-mile hyperloop certification center is up and running in West Virginia.
Facebook Tuesday said that political content makes up only about 6% of what users actually see on its platform.
Why it matters: The new number is meant to provide context for reports that have focused on the viral popularity of conservative political content on Facebook.
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the inextricable link between child care and the economy — and it’s pushing businesses to confront the cost of working parents’ unpaid side gig.
The big picture: Child care is denting the workforce, preventing a huge swath of Americans from contributing to their firms and to the economy at large. To chip away at the problem, and protect their bottom lines, employers are bulking up child care benefits for workers.
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