Henry Payne: Five cool things to know about GM's Hummer EV
True to its military roots, the GMC Hummer EV is big, brawny, and blingtastic. And now it’s electric.The gas-guzzling celebrity toy has transformed into an electron-guzzling celebrity toy. The $112,595, three-electric motor “Edition 1” launch model (the base model starts at $80k) will roll off the line in late 2021 on massive, 35-inch off-road tires — loaded to its removable roof with the latest in automotive technology. Promising “zero limits” performance to go with its “zero-emissions” drive-train, General Motors Co.’s Hummer hopes to be as fashionably athletic as its new spokesman, Lebron J...
The Detroit News
Looking beyond smartphones; Qualcomm launches new tech for 5G network gear
SAN DIEGO — Qualcomm is best known for making processors that power the cellular connection in smartphones. But with the emergence of faster 5G technologies, the company now plans to broaden its reach with a new lineup of chips and software for 5G network gear.At its 5G Summit event on Tuesday, Qualcomm announced that it would offer technologies for virtualized and interoperable network architectures that are expected to take hold with the continued rollout of 5G.While Qualcomm used to build network gear, it sold that business years ago to focus on mobile devices. Today, European firms Ericsso...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The only Chicagoan of the Chicago 7 just wrote a memoir and says he's a fan of the Netflix movie 'Trial of the Chicago 7'
CHICAGO — Lee Weiner was the only defendant in the 1969 trial of the Chicago 7 who was from Chicago. He grew up in South Shore; while facing federal charges of inciting a riot and teaching his fellow protestors to build Molotov cocktails, he was a research assistant in the sociology department at Northwestern University. Yet, in the new Aaron Sorkin movie, “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which hits Netflix on Friday, Weiner is barely a supporting character. Which isn’t far from the truth: If the Chicago 8 (as they were initially) was considered a dream team of magnetic war protestors — Abbie Hof...
'Incredibly rare' white baby sea turtle pops out of the sand on South Carolina beach
An “extremely rare” white baby sea turtle was found Sunday on a beach 25 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina, according to Kiawah Island town officials.“You can imagine the excited ‘oohs’ and the ‘aahs’ from the guests, including some College of Charleston students, when the (beach) patroller found a lone, leucistic hatchling in the nest,” town officials wrote on Facebook. “It was a first for everyone.”Leucism is a condition that decreases color pigmentation, experts say, often making an animal appear white or spotted.“Leucism is different from albinism, as albino animals have a complete...
The Charlotte Observer
Bankrupt Mallinckrodt may still be expected to help shoulder nuclear cleanup costs
ST. LOUIS — Two sets of nuclear waste complaints against Mallinckrodt have been thrown into question in a two-week span, while the company restructures in bankruptcy court.Facing a wave of lawsuits and a $1.6 billion settlement stemming from its role in the national opioid crisis, the company with deep St. Louis roots filed for protection from creditors on Monday.While industry analysts have focused on Mallinckrodt’s future as a drugmaker, the company also faces potential liabilities for work a predecessor company, St. Louis-based Mallinckrodt Chemical Works, performed decades ago, when it pro...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Washington tribes find new energy to vote in 2020 election, pour campaign cash into races
LUMMI NATION — Freddie Lane gathered up T-shirts, posters and signs at the tribal administration building, getting ready for a Native Vote 2020 rally, planned for later this month at Lummi and reservations across the state.All over the get-out-the-vote swag was the image of a woman, stoic and resolute.She is “Lummi Woman,” as the haunting photo made by Edward Curtis in 1899 is called. She was photographed in the midst of historic change after her people in 1855 signed a treaty with the United States, ceding vast swaths of their land. Yet the nation’s first people were the last to receive citiz...
The Seattle Times
SpaceX successfully launches more Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Center
ORLANDO, Fla. — SpaceX on Sunday morning launched another batch of 60 Starlink satellites, as part of its long-term mission to deliver fast, affordable internet to the entire planet.Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center’s 39A launchpad happened at 8:25 a.m. under blue skies. A Falcon 9 rocket carried the small Starlink satellites into orbit.About eight minutes into the flight, the first stage of the rocket successfully landed on the drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You” off the coast of Florida. It was the sixth time this stage and the 62nd time any first stage had been recovered.SpaceX said the...
Pfizer says coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until Thanksgiving — at the earliest
Pfizer Inc., one of the many pharmaceutical companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, said it hopes to have a treatment authorized for emergency use by the end of the year.CEO Albert Bourla in an open letter published Friday revealed that while scientists are working quickly to develop a vaccine, that it would not be ready by Election Day — a claim that has been repeatedly made by President Donald Trump. He added that the earliest the company would seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration would be the third week of November.Pfizer expects to have preliminary numbers by...
New York Daily News
These women use augmented reality to help owners find their way around Ram trucks
As a manager of the team generating ideas for new features on Fiat Chrysler vehicles, Carolina Harris knows the automaker’s latest models bristle with more technology than ever before.So when her teen children began getting behind the wheel for the first time, she saw a need for a tool to introduce them and others to the parts and capabilities of the machine.Mimi Nguyen, left, and Carolina Harris with the new Ram 1500 TRX for which they developed the “Know & Go” mobile app. It uses augmented reality to provide information about the truck’s features.“For my kids, as early drivers, I thought how...
The Detroit News
COVID-19 will likely get worse in the winter, thanks to biology and behavior
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania is at the beginning of a fall COVID-19 surge, the state’s health secretary said Wednesday, matching experts’ predictions that cooler weather will worsen the coronavirus’ spread.That’s likely both because of biology and behavior, though scientists say the latter may matter more.“As it gets colder, people spend more time indoors and that will increase their risk of exposure to the virus,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesperson for the department of health.Health Secretary Rachel Levine noted that around the country, small gatherings tend to be driving case count increases, ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer