Five for Friday: Here for the science

With a few hours left on the day, here's your weekly round-up! Today we're dealing in alt-alternative facts, or as some might call it, the truth. Let's revel in some science, shall we?

1. From the NYT - 'Thanks to automation, we now make 85 percent more goods than we did in 1987, but with only two-thirds the number of workers.' The robots have risen, y'all. This article makes an interesting argument for investing in robots because they're the future and they're all made in China. Just think of the manufacturing impact: yuuuuge.

2. From the Detroit News - '5,387,980 Americans [are] living with a form of paralysis' and self-driving technology should benefit them, too. In this op-ed by college senior Dominique Sims, the author recounts her visit to the North American International Auto Show and thinking about how autonomous vehicle technology can bring benefit to the disabled community. (Drive Together Mpls is thinking about this, too.)

3. From Science Daily - Human/pig chimera embryos may 'someday provide a means of growing human cells, tissues, and organs for regenerative medicine'. If you're in to the science-y bits, there's a great write-up in this article but the net-net is that we're getting closer to being able to manufacture human components.

4. From The Hill - 'Driverless cars could save US $300B/year.' In news the insurance industry is watching closely, self-driving cars could greatly reduce the incidence of crashes and accidents. Don't worry, I'm sure some different rates will go up instead.

5. From Gizmodo - What a week for science, eh? This lovely round-up will not help you sleep easily tonight, but it will help you start to grasp the enormity of what the Office of the President has been up to this week. TL;DR: It's not great.

That's it for this week! We're getting back in the groove after our marching both near and far. Inspiring though it was, it's clear after Week 1 of this boondoggle that we're in for a long and bumpy ride. Rest assured we'll be here sifting through it alongside you.

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