Swissloop among the Top 3 of the Hyperloop competition
Hyperloop is a new mode of high-speed transportation. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. During the last months universities around the world competed to design, build and race pod prototypes of the Hyperloop. Yesterday the finals took place at a 1.25km-long test track in California. Swissloop made it to the Top 3. Swissloop consists of more than 50 Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Material and Computer Scientist as well as Physics Engineers from Bachelor to PhD. The team is mainly based at ETH Zurich and complemented by design, architecture and business students from various higher education institutions across Switzerland.
ETH Zurich published an article about the whole Swissloop journey on the ETH website.
Wired: Yosef Akhtman – Re-inventing agriculture
Innovation is the ultimate renewable resource - so it's no wonder countries around the world are increasingly looking to entrepreneurs to revitalise their economies. For the model of a healthy startup ecosystem, you could do far worse than to look to Northern Europe, birthplace of Spotify, Skype and Candy Crush-creator, King. WIRED and HP scope out ten re-inventors shaping the future of European technology.
The Guardian: The 11 best games at Gamescom
Gamescom, the world’s largest video game event, has just taken place in Cologne, bringing 400,000 visitors – including Angela Merkel – to the vast Koelnmesse for a week of hype and hands-on action. Among the 11 games the Guardian editors most enjoyed amid the chaos is Far: Lone Sails by the Swiss game studio okomotive.