How Strong Are Elon Musk’s 10-Cent Bricks?

How Strong Are Elon Musk’s 10-Cent Bricks? The Boring Company is turning the dirt from its underground tunnels into bricks. But are they actually …

    “Why is Elon building bricks?” the host of YouTube’s What’s Inside? asks in a new video. The answer: By turning waste dirt from The Boring Company’s tunnels into bricks, Musk says, he can sell low-cost building materials that will also help subsidize the cost of the tunnel.

    ➡ You can’t get enough Musk. Neither can we. Let’s nerd out over his creations together.

    Let’s watch as the What’s Inside guys test the bricks for quality and durability.

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    “These are supposed to sell for 10 cents a brick,” host Dan Markham says. That’s super cheap, and Musk has said that bricks earmarked for affordable housing projects will be available for free. But the first batch of Boring Company bricks wasn’t quite perfect, so Musk gave them away internally. While a Boring brick may not be quite as sentimental as a brick from, say, Old Comiskey, it’s still an instant collector’s item.

    And to that end, Markham bought two of these bricks for $200 each. If an average red clay brick costs 75 cents at a home renovation store (the one Markham shows and uses is 53 cents, but prices and styles vary), that means the production Boring brick will cost about 1/8th of that, and Markham’s costs about 270 times more.

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    Markham puts the Boring brick up against a new red clay brick, a used red clay brick, a cinderblock-style brick with what look like prestress wires through the middle, and a plain cinderblock brick. Musk, Markham explains, has claimed that his innovative, but extremely low-cost brick will even be much more durable than traditional bricks. The only way to find out, of course, is to drop them from great heights.

    The cinderblock and used red brick don’t even survive the very first test, a chest-high drop onto Markham’s cement patio. (He marvels at the slightly higher cost of the used brick, but that extra cost may be in the labor of recovering and recycling the brick, not anything to do with its quality.)

    “Oh, this one is hard to do,” Markham says, cringing, as he drops the $200 brick from higher and higher positions. The traditional red clay brick finally breaks after an underhand toss off the very top of a stairway over the patio, and the Boring brick makes it one step further: a high-arcing toss.

    This video is cool, and we love the idea of low-cost building materials made by innovative recycling. But we’d be curious to see a scientifically rigorous version of the test, because so much of whether these materials break is affected by weird things like the angle at which they hit the ground. Simply dropping from the same height without more control isn’t enough.

    But for $200 a brick, at least for now … we’ll have to wait on further studies.

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5 Things To Know On Thursday, September 17, 2020

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at 2:17 p.m. today from Kennedy Space Center. This will be SpaceX’s 13th batch of Starlink communication …

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you’re prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. Should we fall back this year? Florida senators say no.

Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott have teamed up to make a push to keep Daylight Saving Time across the country during the pandemic.

The senators say their bill will help provide stability for families dealing with enough change with virtual learning, working from home and other disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic has caused.

In 2018, Florida lawmakers approved a bill to keep Florida on Daylight Saving Time permanently. But it can’t be enacted without congressional approval.

The fight for daylight: Why Florida lawmakers are leading the charge to change federal law

2. Pres. Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks

Trump said Wednesday that a vaccine will be available as early as October and in mass distribution soon afterward — much sooner than was projected in congressional testimony earlier in the day by Dr. Robert Redfield.

Trump says Redfield “made a mistake” when he told lawmakers that any vaccine available in November or December would be in “very limited supply,” and reserved for first responders and people most vulnerable to COVID-19.

Redfield estimated the shot wouldn’t be broadly available until the spring or summer of 2021.

Pres. Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks

3. Will he stay or will he go? PBCSD Superintendent embattled

The Palm Beach County teachers union called for Dr. Fennoy’s removal, saying union members “have lost all faith and now have zero confidence that a righting of this rudderless ship is possible without immediate change.”

The Palm Beach County School Board offered their support to embattled superintendent.

District 3 School Board Member Karen Brill spoke about Fennoy’s upcoming review, saying now was not the right time to evaluate his performance given the “heat of the moment” with “heavy emotions.”

Palm Beach County School Board offers support to embattled superintendent following calls for his removal

4. Goodbye Paulette, Sally and Vicky! Keep an eye out for Teddy and possibly Wilfred

A section of the Three Mile Bridge in Pensacola is missing after Hurricane Sally battered the Gulf Coast Wednesday morning.

Paulette is no more. Vicky will die out in the next day or as it gets sheared by moisture coming off of Hurricane Teddy.

Hurricane Teddy could approach Bermuda over the weekend. The low in the Gulf of Mexico could form into a depression in the next day, then move towards the Gulf Coast states sometime next week. A couple of other systems out there, but no threats to Florida.

Tropical Update: Thursday 5 a.m.

5. Ready for blast-off? SpaceX launch this afternoon

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket at 2:17 p.m. today from Kennedy Space Center. You’ll be able to watch it live on the WPTV Facebook page.

This will be SpaceX’s 13th batch of Starlink communication satellites atop its Falcon 9 rocket.

The ultimate goal is to have tens of thousands of Starlinks providing internet connection to those living in rural, underserved communities around the world, and to also help fund CEO Elon Musk’s dream of sending humans to live on Mars.

SpaceX launch scheduled for Thursday afternoon

Today’s Forecast

Hot and humid conditions over the next few days

Latest Weather Forecast: Thursday 5 a.m.

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

On This Day In History

On September 17, 1976, NASA publicly unveils its first space shuttle, the Enterprise, during a ceremony. Development of the aircraft-like spacecraft cost almost $10 billion and took nearly a decade. In 1977, the Enterprise became the first space shuttle to fly freely when it was lifted to a height of 25,000 feet by a Boeing 747 airplane and then released, gliding back to Edwards Air Force Base on its own accord.

Remember, you can join Mike Trim and Ashleigh Walters every weekday on WPTV NewsChannel 5 beginning at 4:30 a.m.

First Operational Boring Tunnel Under Vegas Almost Done, Elon Musk Announces

Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the first operational tunnel under Las Vegas was almost done on Tuesday. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving …

Elon Musk announced via Twitter that the first operational tunnel under Las Vegas was almost done on Tuesday. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive,” wrote the founder of The Boring Company.


Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive

First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done

The @BoringCompany

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2020

This is pretty impressive as excavation for the tunnel was just completed last February. The new transit line will be known as the Loop and will be planned as a tunnel with a modified Tesla Model X frame.

The novel tunnel will carry 16 passengers maximum, up to 155 MPH along its underground tunnels. The Las Vegas Convention Center has been undergoing expansions since last year.

The building has expanded to add some extra segments which include 600,000 square feet (55,742 square meters) of rentable, exhibition space. The Loop will serve to connect the two buildings and minimize the 15-minute walk down to a 1-minute ride.

Free rides, everyone?

The Boring Company also plans on digging a second tunnel. This one will connect, amongst other areas, the downtown Las Vegas, the Vegas strip, and even Las Vegas with Los Angeles.

Perhaps what’s most exciting is that Musk has promised to offer free rides on the newly completed tunnel. Back in May 2018, the CEO wrote an Instagram post with the following caption: “First Boring Company tunnel under LA almost done! Pending final regulatory approvals, we will be offering free rides to the public in a few months. Super huge thanks to everyone that helped with this project. Strong support from public, elected officials & regulators is critical to success.”

Will you take a ride through Musk’s tunnel?

Elon Musk Hints Boring Company will Build Loops in Austin, Texas as Las Vegas Tunnel is Almost …

Boring Company CEO Elon Musk’s vision of warping out of traffic will soon come true as the company’s first operational tunnel under Las Vegas is …

Boring Company CEO Elon Musk’s vision of warping out of traffic will soon come true as the company’s first operational tunnel under Las Vegas is almost done while they plan to expand in Austin, Texas.

In a series of tweet posted on Tuesday, Musk said: “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done.”

Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive

First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done

The @BoringCompany

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 15, 2020

The Boring Co. aims to bypass traffic by creating an underground traffic system, which is made of earthquake-resistant tunnels that are super safe. In 2017, Musk tweeted that he did not like the heavy traffic and vowed to build tunnels to avoid it.

The tech billionaire also thought of building more tunnels with trains or cars as each large city on Earth is pestered by worsening traffic. “Multi-level tunnels might solve this, so worth trying,” said Musk.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnel From Las Vegas to Los Angeles

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tunnel From Las Vegas to Los Angeles

With the company’s second tunnel in Las Vegas called the Vegas Loop is near completion within just under 3 months after completing the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, the Boring Company will soon open the tunnels to the public. This will cut driving time from the Las Vegas Convention Center to Mandalay Bay to just three minutes, which can take up to 30 minutes during typical peak hours.

The Vegas Loop

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The Vegas Loop

The tunnel is scheduled for public launch in January 2021. Once the project is completed, visitors will be transported from one end of the Convention Center to to the other side using Tesla electric vehicles Model X and 3 as well as a trams made from Model 3, which will serve as shuttles to make the two-minute journey.

Elon Musk's Boring Company Tunnel: Las Vegas Loop

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tunnel: Las Vegas Loop

LVCVA President and CEO Steve Hill said the drivers will drive at the launch of the system while vehicles will follow sensors and lines in tunnels as they move along the tunnel. After the completion of the second tunnel, the company will link the Las Vegas tunnels to the company’s existing tunnels in Los Angeles, which would cut the current five-hour drive to just two hours or less without carbon emissions.

Loops in Austin?

Musk’s Las Vegas project is highly appreciated by representatives who picked The Boring Co. for the city’s dual tunnel system, which can transport passengers in small autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs). Aside from Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the CEO also aims to build a system that links Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago.

Loops in Austin?

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Loops in Austin?

As one of his fans who suggested on Twitter that the company could also build a tunnel under Tesla’s Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, Musk simply replied: “For sure.”

Well, that is something to look forward to as a tunnel system under the factory can help reduce pressure on nearby roads, which is expected once the factory becomes operational.

The benefits of tunnel transport system:

  • The construction and operation of the underground tunnel system will be invisible at the surface, producing no vibration and noise.
  • Does not use public right-of-way for construction or operation, so no communities will be divided.
  • Ensures higher speeds and straighter alignments for comfortable and convenient transport.
  • Operation is weatherproof and unaffected by any weather situation.

The tunnel system provides limitless benefits for the community and people. If only Musk can build tunnels in all cities.

Read also: Elon Musk’s 5 Seemingly Crazy Ideas That Actually Came True

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Elon Musk is charged about prospects of self-driving EVs in tunnels under cities

Elon Musk’s Boring Company is nearing completion of an underground loop in Las Vegas which would zip people at 241 kmph. The loop is around 1.33 …

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been a vocal supporter of self-driving or autonomous vehicles and claims these are safer than conventional vehicles that have humans controlling the wheel. He has also in the past made a case for driving underground and his Boring Company is fast nearing completion on a tunnel project in Las Vegas which could cut down traffic times significantly. It is hardly surprising then that Musk has made a case for self-driving cars and tunnel transportation to come together in what he terms as a ‘warp drive.’

Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday (US time) to inform that the tunnel project under Las Vegas is nearing completion. “Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive. First operational tunnel under Vegas almost done,” he wrote on his handle on the micro-blogging site.

The tweet once again set off a wave of excitement among many of the millions who follow Musk on Twitter. Among them are people who believe that tunnel road transportation could indeed solve most of the traffic woes that global cities currently face.

The Strip in Las Vegas, for instance, required a transportation solution because of the high volume of tourists it handles. Musk’s Boring Company made a successful bid of $52.5 million to build a tunnel transport system which came to be known as the LVCC loop. The project was started in October of 2019 and is now nearing completion.

The twin 0.83-mile-long (1.33 kilometer), 14-foot-wide tunnels will cut down a travel time of 15 minutes to just under a minute. Musk has previously confirmed that the loop will make use of modified, on-rails electric sedans that will zip people at speeds of up to 150 mph (241 kmph).

Warp drive indeed!

Musk and Boring Company are reportedly eyeing more such projects which could ensure lightning quick transport solutions to cities currently grappling with choke points.