Thursday 06.08.17

“I was always the black sheep of the family and always told that I was dumb, and I had a low IQ and did badly in school." - Francis Ford Coppola



Boeing Is Studying Pilotless Jets  Boeing is looking ahead to a brave new world where jetliners fly without pilots and aims to test some of the technology next year, the world's biggest plane maker said in a briefing ahead of the Paris Airshow. - Fortune

U.K. Election Remains Tight as Voters Head to the Polls  Britain headed to the polls Thursday to cast votes in a hotly contested election that will likely determine the country’s strategy for exiting the European Union, after a campaign colored by three terrorist attacks in as many months. - Wall Street Journal

Honda to focus on self-driving cars, robotics, EVs through 2030 Honda on Thursday spelled out for the first time its plans to develop autonomous cars which can drive on city streets by 2025, building on its strategy to take on rivals in the auto market of the future. - Reuters

Google Uses Elephants and Camels to Map Remote Parts of the Globe  Google is coming across some unusual challenges as it seeks to capture eye-level imagery of the most remote parts of the globe. An elephant helped to map in Thailand, and a camel wore a camera pack in the United Arab Emirates. And in Cambodia, monkeys destroyed its equipment.- Wall Street Journal

Earliest fossils of our species found in Morocco  How long has our species been around? New fossils from Morocco push the evidence back by about 100,000 years. The bones, about 300,000 years old, were unearthed thousands of miles from the previous record-holder, found in fossil-rich eastern Africa. - Associated Press

Amazon loaned $1 billion to merchants to boost sales on its marketplace  The e-commerce giant has doled out more than $1 billion in small loans to sellers in the past 12 months, compared with more than $1.5 billion it lent from 2011 through 2015. Sellers have used the money to expand their inventory or discount items on Amazon. - CNBC

Hawaii Becomes First State to Pass Law Committing to Paris Climate Accord Hawaii's govenor David Y. Ige, signed two bills at a ceremony at the state’s capitol rotunda in Honolulu. One of the bills was explicitly geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the landmark goals adopted by world leaders with the Paris Agreement in 2015. - New York Times

Einstein's theory provides new technique to size up stars  Researchers applied Einstein's findings to measure how Stein 2051B's gravity warped the background star's light, a phenomenon the physicist predicted more than 100 years ago and a direct means to assess its mass. - Reuters

US considering flight laptop ban at 71 overseas airports  The U.S. government is considering banning laptops from the cabins of inbound flights from 71 airports overseas, a dramatic increase from the 10 airports where the security protocol currently applies. - The Hill

"Remember that one kid who was always chosen last to play games? That’s essentially how kids who don’t use social media are looked at."
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