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Musk Plans Mass Transit System

Musk "envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double car parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot".

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Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.
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SpaceX and The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has for the first time revealed his concept for a personalised mass transit system or “Loop” that will carry 16 people and travel at 240 km per hour for a fare of just $1.

In a rare public appearance here late on Thursday, the Tesla founder also unveiled the project details, including 2.7 miles of tunnel that will run north to south parallel to the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, CNET reported.

Musk, however, did not provide a time-line for his project that could get people from downtown to Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes in a vacuum tube.

Musk “envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double car parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot”.

Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.

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“It’s the only way we can think of to address the chronic traffic issues in major cities,” Musk said.

These tunnels were not yet part of his cross-country “Hyperloop” system, which would ferry people in tubes travelling at airline speeds at a much lower cost.

“Excited for @boringcompany partnership with LA Metro,” Musk later tweeted.

LA Metro is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, an agency that operates public transportation for the County of Los Angeles.

According to the city, the proposed tunnel would begin with the entry/exit point at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard, in West Los Angeles.

Earlier, Musk hinted that he plans to link the hyperloop project under his start-up The Boring Company with SpaceX’s rockets to create a transportation system that may ferry people anywhere on Earth in less than an hour.

The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Musk in late 2016.

Musk’s aviation company SpaceX has got approval from the City of Los Angeles to build The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars — a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022. IANS.

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Research Reveals: It’s Your Friend’s Company That Can Turn You Obese

Social contagion in obesity means if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese.

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Unhealthy food promotes obesity. pixabay

Besides genes and an unhealthy diet, your friends can also play a role in making you overweight, says a study, which found that obesity can spread through communities like a ‘social contagion’.

The study showed social circles can influence a person to become obese, suggesting the risk of becoming overweight increases if one moves to an area with a high rate of obesity, the Daily Mail reported.

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On the other hand, the risk of the parent becoming obese or overweight went up five per cent for increase in every one per cent of obesity in the area. Pixabay

“Social contagion in obesity means if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese. Subconsciously, you are affected by what people around you are doing,” said Ashlesha Datar at the University of Southern California.

“If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence,” Datar said.

For the study, the team included 1,314 parents and 1,111 children of US Army personnel at 38 bases.

The chances of becoming overweight or obese for a teenager increased four-six per cent for rise in every one per cent in the obesity.

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If you move to a community where a sedentary lifestyle is the norm, you join that. There is this social influence,” Datar said. Pixabay

On the other hand, the risk of the parent becoming obese or overweight went up five per cent for increase in every one per cent of obesity in the area.

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The longer the families lived there, the more likely they put on weight, the report said.

Obesity can be caused by many variables, and previous research has shown living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities. (IANS)