Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

Big Changes in Vegas Tunnel Project

January 25, 2020

Elon Musk’s changing visions and explanations of the Las Vegas tunnel project with his Boring Company have left many onlookers confused about what is being built.

Two 14-foot-wide, 0.83 mile tunnels are being drilled under the Las Vegas Convention Center grounds, to serve guests needing to travel from one end of the facility to the other, with one end-point reaching the Las Vegas strip.  The project, which broke ground in November, is costing nearly $50 million. Musk claims it will be completed in time for Las Vegas’s huge Consumer Electronics Show in early 2021.


Video Spotlight: The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA


This post is based on the Curbed article, Stop calling Elon Musk’s Boring tunnel public transit, by Alissa Walker, January 8, 2020; the CBS article, Elon Musk Says Underground Tunnel to the Vegas Strip Could Open in 2020, by CNN, December 28, 2019; and the YouTube video, The Boring Company has started boring at the LVCVA, by KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, November 15, 2019. Image source: Veni/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the current plan differ from even recent renditions of Musk’s vision?

Guidance: Originally touted Continue reading

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Vertical Farming for Local Food

Vertical Farming for Local Food

January 20, 2020

As the world’s population grows and people move towards urban areas, locally sourced fresh produce will become more important.

One possible approach is vertical farming with hydroponic agriculture.  Vertical farming would involve using an enclosed facility and growing crops in vertically stacked layers.  In this climate-controlled environment, crops could be grown year-round.  Everything could be controlled to insure optimal production of crops.

The primary approach with vertical farming is to grow the crops hydroponically.  In this approach, a water solution containing the required nutrients is provided to the plants.


Video Spotlight: Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works


This post is based on TheHill.com article, This is where the food of the future will be grown: Vertical farms offer a number of significant advantages–and they help conserve precious resources, by Eileen Abbot, January 1, 2020, and the YouTube video, Growing Up: How Vertical Farming Works, by The B1M, March 6, 2019. Image source: © Bert Hoferichter / Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. What supply chain advantages does vertical farming offer?

Guidance: Vertical farming offers several supply chain advantages.  The first is crops that can be grown closer to urban centers, without requiring farmland that Continue reading

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Changing Trends Leave Borden Short of Moolah

Changing Trends Leave Borden Short of Moolah

January 20, 2020

Got milk?  Consumers may see their dairy options shrinking as two of the biggest players in America’s milk industry declare bankruptcy within the last two months.

Borden’s Chapter 11 declaration follows that of Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer.  After over 160 in business, Borden plans to reorganize, whereas Dean Foods plans to sell its assets.


Video Spotlight: Dairy giant Borden files for bankruptcy


This post is based on the CNN article, One of America’s oldest and largest milk producers files for bankruptcy, by Chris Isidore, January 6, 2020; the CBS News article,  Borden is latest big milk producer to go bust, by Kate Gibson, January 6, 2020; and the YouTube video, Dairy giant Borden files for bankruptcy, by Newsy, January 6, 2020. Image source: Shutterstock/Andrey_Popov.

Discussion Questions:

1. What factors caused Borden’s bankruptcy?

Guidance: Changing consumer preferences, part of the socio-cultural environment, have played a major role in Borden’s bankruptcy.  Dairy milk consumption has been on a decreasing trend, dropping six percent in the last five years or so, as more Americans opt for nut-based or soy-based milk.  In addition, 2019 saw 2,700 family dairies close, following a trend of Continue reading

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