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All The News You Missed Overnight: MIT Will Build A Hyperloop

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MIT Wins Prototype Hyperloop Design Competition
Over the weekend, a thousand American high school and university students congregated at Texas A&M University to pitch prototype design ideas for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. The winning team from MIT will build a vehicle to be tested by Musk & Co.

On the team’s website, it explains that its prototype has one major goal: “to demonstrate high speed, low drag levitation technology”. To that end, the 250kg pod is designed to accelerate at 2.4G to a maximum speed of 396km/h. The construction of the prototype pod is said to begin this month, with testing taking place from April.

Cuba Is Finally Getting Home Broadband
Cuba is one of the least-connected nations in the world. But yesterday its state telecommunications company announced that it was launching the first domestic broadband scheme in Havana.

The company, called ETECSA, will allow citizens who reside in Old Havana — the city’s old colonial centre — to order the Huawei-provided broadband service. Cafes, bars and restaurants will also be able to get in on the action.

How Pointy Brackets Became A Computing Icon
Video: The are an archetypal pair of characters in the world of computing. But if you’ve ever wondered how they became so pervasive, you’re in luck.

In this video, Professor David Brailsford explains that the pointy bracket first arrived on the scene to make Noam Chomsky’s hierarchy — now a fundamental tenet of computer science — a little easier to read and understand. And like all good simplifying ideas, it took a hold. Watch to find out why.

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