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Wormholes may exist

HyperLoop has "built and begun to perfect an electric motor powerful enough to accelerate and decelerate levitated pods through tubes at incredible speeds and low costs. They intend to literally 'sell time.' And that's pretty worm-hole-y."

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Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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Conversations from home

Anyone with a significant other driver on the road will totally get this post. It doesn't matter how long you've been married, or together, after your driver has been away for a week or so, the conversations begin to lag a little. Considering that when they're home, you probably don't spend three or four hours a day conversing with them, or checking in every couple of hours just to say, “Hey,” it's to be expected. ...

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Chuck Timbrook’s new memorial addition to the Black Out veterans-support rig

The last several months have been eventful for Chuck Timbrook. Since my last update after his heart surgery last fall, his doctor told him that "my commercial driving days are done," he says. But it hasn't stopped his work on the Black Out military tribute Freightliner, with several new additions.

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Pass the cheese and rice, Matilda

"I was clued into the fact that he was actually taking the Lord's name in vain when Matilda attempted to re-position the motor home again and almost took Huffy Puffy out. 'Fa the love of Rice, Matilda! Cheesus, Mary and Joseph!'"

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Video: Trucker Bob Stanton on sleep apnea, fatigue research and bringing researchers, regulators into the truck

"Oh my God, I'm one of them, I've got it! I have the scarlet A on my forehead!" --Trucker Bob Stanton somewhat facetiously opening his presentation on apnea to the regulators, researchers and transport folks attending a conference last month.

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The blended trucking family

"Regular blue Dawn dish washing liquid and hot water will get fifth wheel grease off of pretty much anything – even an angry cat."

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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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How to boost your income, and 6 other tips from a true pro

Landstar System’s Gary Buchs isn’t just an owner-operator, he’s one of the best. Among a variety of aspects of his business plan, he’s worked out a meticulous system that dictates which loads he chooses, based on his annual and less-frequent goals for earnings and downtime.

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Here’s a little story about a nail tech named Wendy

As in nails, as in trucking: "Don't cave. Don't cave on the prices, or the quality of service, because doing so only cuts your own throat in the end."

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