Hurricane Woodwork is a one-person show: 'Being a queer female in this trade is difficult at best'
PHILADELPHIA—For six months in 2015, EJ Duff worked on a construction project in Fishtown. She installed drywall and light fixtures. She painted rooms and carried bags of rocks and piles of ceramic tile up and down four flights of stairs.Although she enjoyed working with her hands and outside of an office environment, the work was too demanding for her 5-foot-4-inch body. But from that job, Duff's tool collection had grown to include a circular saw, a crowbar, a hammer, and a drill/driver.She used her tools to build a shoe rack with wood from recycled pallets that she had found on the roadside...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: The COVID-19 vaccine is a gift from science. Accept it
In three separate announcements in recent weeks, three scientific teams at different pharmaceutical companies have given a weary, frightened world what it needs: a verifiable path to defeat the coronavirus pandemic, end the suffering and start the process of returning life to the normal rhythms of “before.”Imagine again going to work and school, to restaurants and concerts without significant risk of infection. Imagine being able to travel. Imagine hugging family members and friends. We are likely to get there in 2021 because a safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine appears on pace for emergency reg...
FDA gives emergency authorization to most precise coronavirus-antibody test yet
NEW YORK — A new, next-level coronavirus-antibody test that measures not just antibodies’ presence but also how much protection they afford are on the way.The test, which on Wednesday received emergency-use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, measures the number of neutralizing antibodies that the body’s immune system has produced after exposure, reported CNBC. While previous tests have measured antibody levels, this one zeroes in on the antibodies that attack two specific aspects of the novel coronavirus.This “new generation” of test, the COVID-SeroKlir, was developed by...
New York Daily News
Dow Jones hits 30,000 points for first time in history amid vaccine hopes, Biden transition
The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged past 30,000 points for the first time in history Tuesday, a day after the Trump administration finally agreed to start the transition process to President-elect Joe Biden.Investors also appeared encouraged by a series of hopeful developments in the race for a coronavirus vaccine and news that Biden has selected former Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen as treasury secretary. The Brooklyn-born labor economist is well-liked by Democrats and Republicans and has been working on fiscal policy for decades.The jump of nearly 500 points by midday Tuesday fo...
New York Daily News
Ford aims to offer COVID-19 vaccines to employees, orders ultra-cold freezers
DETROIT — In an attempt to keep the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic from again disrupting its operations, Ford Motor Co. has ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store vaccines globally when they become available, the company confirmed Tuesday.“It’s important to Ford because the health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press. “What we’ve done is order these ultra-cold freezers so we can make the vaccine available to them on a voluntary basis when the vaccine is available.”At this point...
Detroit Free Press
Time to relive the garage parties of your youth. Chicagoans are remodeling outdoor spaces to socialize safely as winter approaches.
CHICAGO — After spending months working from home in tight quarters with her two college-aged children, Katie Wrobel began to worry about how the three would make it through winter confined in the same living space.That’s when Wrobel began to see potential in a neglected part of her Evanston property: a 100-year-old detached garage.“I was inspired by the garage parties of my youth," said Wrobel, who’s in her 50s. “I had to do something because if they were home for extended periods of time during the winter and had no access to outdoor socializing … Well, then, it was going to be bad for every...
Manufacturing, industrial development to drive Africa’s economic growth
While industrialization has transformed the developed world by generating rapid structural change, drive development, and alleviate poverty and unemployment, the same narrative cannot be said of African nations.Despite their potential and promising trajectories, most African countries have remained relatively dearth of factories. This limited industrial development represents a missed opportunity for economic transformation and quality employment generation that alleviates poverty.According to a Brookings Institution Africa Growth Initiative September2018 research study titled: “The Potential ...
Refugee women come to furniture maker's aid as business shifts amid COVID crisis
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A few years back, and halfway through a master’s degree in business administration, Kansas City native John Pryor realized he didn’t want to spend his life in a “digital nothingness.” So he left his corporate tech job in Boston and moved home, looking to recover from the stress of the tech world by retreating to a workshop where he could craft furniture by hand.Creating tangible things, he said, “made me come alive.”Earlier this year the 40-year-old opened a showroom called Madison Flitch where he could display and sell his artisan furniture pieces.Then the pandemic hit.Pryo...
The Kansas City Star
GM ups effort to safeguard parts supplied for its full-size pickup, SUV plants
DETROIT — General Motors has its eye south of the border as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, restricting the output of parts from some of its suppliers in Mexico.That, in turn, could further impact GM's vehicle production at its U.S. factories.GM has had to either cancel some overtime shifts or run partial shifts at its important Arlington Assembly factory in Texas where it makes hot-selling, highly profitable full-size SUVs, GM spokesman David Barnas said Tuesday. It's had to cancel some Corvette production recently at Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky, too, because of parts supply disrupti...
Detroit Free Press
Sex robots: An answer for aging, lonely Americans in the age of AI?
Fear not the march of time. For you may be accompanied by a certain sort of clank — a sex robot to get you through your twilight years.A University of Washington professor of bioethics and humanities has just published a paper saying that “sex robots” and artificial intelligence may be the breakthrough our ever-growing aging population needs to relieve social isolation.“Alexa …” Oh, never mind.In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics titled “Nothing to Be Ashamed of: Sex Robots for Older Adults with Disabilities,” Nancy Jecker of the UW’s School of Medicine connects society’s embr...
The Seattle Times