Friday 06.16.17

“Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on  a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner." - Walt Disney


U.S. Invests $258 Million in Supercomputing Race With China In 2016 U.S. government leaders warned that the country was at risk of losing the leadership spot in supercomputers to China. As a result, the DOE will award $258 million over three years to six tech companies, to develop supercomputers that can process at least 50 times faster than America's current supercomputer.   - Wall Street Journal

U.S. youth tobacco use in 2016 fell by largest amount in 6 years Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the number of middle and high school students who used any tobacco product fell to 3.9 million in 2016 from 4.7 million in 2015. This is the first decline of this size since the CDC began the report back in 2011.   - Reuters

Dow and DuPont Receive Antitrust Clearance on Proposed Merger DuPont and Dow Chemical have reached a deal with the DOJ that will allow the two companies to proceed with their merger. DuPont will need to divest portions of its crop protection portfolio, and Dow will sell off its global ethylene acrylic acid copolymers and ionomers business.   - Seeking Alpha

A.I. will create more jobs that can’t be filled, not mass unemployment Alphabet's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt believes that 90 percent of jobs can not be replaced by automoation. The Alphabet chairman said that while some of the routine of a job could be replaced, much of what a human does cannot.   - CNBC

UVA Student Freed From North Korea Has Brain Damage American college student, Otto Warmbier, who was released from a hard labor camp in North Korea is said to have severe brain damage. A medical team in Ohio is still unaware of what the ultimate cause of the damage was.   - Associated Press

Facebook reveals measures to remove terrorist content Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda.   - BBC

Chinese scientists have built the first quantum satellite network The satellite uses a crystal to produce pairs of entangled photons in orbit. The photons are then transmitted down to base stations in China, traveling as much as 2,400 km through space.   - The Verge

DiCaprio returns Brando Oscar as part of Malaysian laundering probe Leonardo DiCaprio has handed over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando to United States investigators in relation to an investigation of alleged money laundering conducted by a state-owned Malaysian investment fund.   - Reuters

"Valter Longo runs the Longevity Institute at USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology." 
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