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news – Tesla unveils semi truck

After months of delays, Tesla finally unveiled its ‘revolutionary’ semi truck in a livestream on 16 November 2017.
The truck can drive 500 miles on a single charge, which was higher than some analysts had expected.

self-driving vehicles

After more than eight years of development, Waymo is now taking the next step toward unlocking the potential of fully self-driving technology.
Waymo’s fully self-driving vehicles are now test-driving on public roads, without anyone in the driver’s seat.
To date, Waymo vehicles have been operating on public roads with a test driver at the wheel.


  • editorial 
  • news & trends 
    Researchers produce an energy-harvesting wallpaper
    Dream Chaser: The lifting-body spacecraft has been in development for more than a decade and is designed to deliver up to 5,500 kg of cargo to the space station.
  • interview 
    Frank Egersdörfer, CEO of Nuremberg-based Cosmino AG, talks about Industry 4.0 and what companies should do to take advantage of new opportunities.
  • seen.heard.read 
    Interesting and useful books and websites
  • preview 
  • the last straw


  • electrified freight traffic 
    As it will not always possible to transfer more freight traffic to rail, this traffic will have to be carried by trucks that combine reliable service with minimum environmental impact. Siemens’ eHighway is said to be a solution to this problem. It supplies trucks with power from an overhead contact line.
  • rocket drone tops out at Mach 0.8 
    MIT partnered with the United States Air Force to create a drone rocket capable of top speeds over 960 km/h and can sustain those speeds for three minutes or longer.
  • satellite tracks ozone pollution 
    NASA-funded research has devised a way to use satellite measurements of precursor gases.
  • driving a new generation of toolmaking 
    Audi is making its production ready for Industry 4.0.


  • basics 
    What is telecommunication(s)? Basically, telecommunication is the transmission of signs, signals, messages, words, writings, images and sounds or information of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems. Telecommunication occurs when the exchange of information between communication participants includes the use of technology.
  • technical dictionary 
  • history audio 
    Early inventions of the electric telegraph.


  • business partner 
    Smack-bang in the middle of Western Europe, this compact multilingual country eff ortlessly blends the historic with the new; from countless castles and medieval belfries to innovative art museums and hip cafes. Expats wanting to work in the country that is home to the de facto capital of the European Union will need to make considerable preparations.
  • travel 
    Maldives: Luxury, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world make the Maldives an obvious choice for a true holiday of a lifetime.


  • business 
    Economy and the environment
  • common mistakes 
  • idiomatic english 
    Big and heavy
  • phrases 
  • grammar review 
    Easy fixes. This grammar review looks at relatively simple aspects of the English language that should not be an issue but are.
  • advanced learners 
    Be prepared for your next meeting
  • small talk with friends 
  • crossword

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