Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Apple's Black History Month efforts, support systems for travel and hospitality workers, a preview of Virgin's hyperloop and more

Fossils Suggest Earth’s Largest-Ever Land-Dwelling Animal In 2012, when paleontologists began excavating a massive set of 98-million-year-old fossilized bones located at the Candeleros Formation in Argentina’s Neuquén Province, they didn’t realize how big (literally and figuratively) their discovery would be. The research team now believes that the enormous dinosaur—a long-necked, plant-eating titanosaur—could be larger than the 122-foot-long Patagotitan. So far, mostly vertebrae and some pelvic …

Virgin Hyperloop’s Passenger Experience Concept Video

In a new step-by-step concept video, Virgin Hyperloop walks viewers through the entire Hyperloook passenger experience. With utopian serenity, and portal design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and pod designs by Teague, the journey portrays a commute at supersonic speed with structure and ease. “Hyperloop technology—and what it enables—is paradigm-shifting,” Sara Luchian, Virgin Hyperloop’s Director of Passenger Experience, says. Luchian, one of the first people …

Teams of College Engineers are Competing to Design Hyperloop Pods

The latest phase of the visionary Hyperloop project—which would transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in just 30 minutes—has 124 teams of college student engineers competing to create pod designs. Each team has been selected by SpaceX—the aerospace company of Elon Musk (who initially proposed the Hyperloop)—and will present their concepts at the end of January. If they’re chosen to advance, the teams …