The Daily Populous

Wednesday April 24th, 2019 night edition

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Toyota's Project Portal, which brings its zero-emission hydrogen fuel-cell tech to commercial trucks, has been graduating through various stages since the pilot program kicked off in 2017.

Now, it's ready to put some of these trucks to work with other companies.

The automaker has unveiled the latest version of its hydrogen fuel-cell semi truck, which was developed jointly with truck manufacturer Kenworth.

This latest swath of zero-emission trucks is expected to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Like previous iterations of Project Portal, the latest trucks rely on a hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain, which takes compressed hydrogen gas and converts it to electricity, with the only byproduct being potable water.

With more than 43,000 diesel trucks in ports across the US, there's plenty of room to clean things up.

Project Portal is just the start, too -- Toyota aims to completely eliminate carbon-dioxide emissions at its Port of Long Beach facility by 2050. »

Donald Trump's U.K. State Visit Faces 'Maximum Disruption,' Protesters Vow to Make Trip 'as Unpleasant as Possible'

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Activists said they were prepared to cause “maximum disruption” to President Donald Trump’s U.K. state visit, which will take place in June.

“It’s up to us, again, to say Trump is not welcome, and to make his visit as unpleasant as possible.

Queen Elizabeth II extended the invitation to a state visit at the suggestion of the British government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May. »

Children in U.S. don't drink enough water, opt for sugary juice instead

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On any given day, 1 in 5 American youngsters don't drink any water at all, a new survey shows.

"Drinking water is the healthiest beverage to drink," said study author Asher Rosinger, director of the Water, Health and Nutrition Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University.

He noted that current guidelines recommend limiting daily intake of added sugars to less than 10 percent of all calories consumed. »

Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult

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Lord of the Rings author’s estate declares it did not ‘approve of, authorise or participate in the making of’ new biopic.

Why would I want to be involved in moments of my childhood which I never want to return to?

Rebel in the Rye was based on a 2010 biography – that was also not endorsed by the estate. »