🇵🇱-🇧🇾 The Poland-Belarus border crisis is escalating, with Russia deploying nuclear bombers over ally Belarus. Poland had a closed-door meeting with NATO allies. So, fairly equal shows of support.
⚖️ Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand Wednesday in Wisconsin to testify in his own trial, saying he acted in self-defense. Rittenhouse is on trial for killing two men and wounding a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
🚧 Donald Trump is mad that the infrastructure bill didn’t go through when he was president. He didn’t seem to care when he was in the White House.
📉 Tesla CEO Elon Musk unloaded $5 billion dollars worth of Tesla stock. More could be on the way.
Actor Matthew McConaughey told CNN his kids aren’t vaccinated and he’s against vaccine mandates for kids. McConaughey also happens to be considering a future run for Texas governor.
Almost 1 million non-McConaughey U.S. kids ages 5-11 got their first jab as of Wednesday night.
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The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA Covid vaccines changed the world in ways we have yet to see. But French company Valneva might change the game again.
Instead of teaching the body to recognize Covid spike proteins, the Valneva vaccine basically gives you Covid. All of it. This is similar to the technique used for flu and polio vaccines.
The Valneva vaccine delivers an inactive version of the full coronavirus, which triggers an immune response. That way, if there’s a variant that tries to hide behind unrecognizable spike proteins, a Valneva-vaccinated body could still fight it.
Phase-three trials for the vaccine involved 4,000 patients 18 and older in the UK. The trial showed that the Valneva vaccine triggered a stronger immune response than the AstraZeneca vaccine, and none of the participants developed severe Covid.
While zero anything isn’t a common goal for businesses, it is where the transportation industry needs to head if they want any humans around to buy their stuff.
At COP26 on Wednesday, a group of countries signed on to the Glasgow Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, setting a goal for 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2040. Carmakers including Ford and General Motors signed on as well.
Missing were signatures from the biggest car companies in the world, Toyota and Volkswagen, and the biggest car markets in the world, the U.S. and China.
According to the EPA, transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, so zero is an excellent goal for everyone involved in the industry. Massive oil company Shell got that memo. It’s teaming up with Norwegian company Norsk Hydro to go into the green hydrogen business.
Who knows? Maybe the industry can reach zero before humanity does!
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Portugal might be making a play for remote workers (see above), but Apple is making a play for their employers.
The company announced Wednesday that it was launching a business tools service for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Tools will focus on making remote work easier for everyone.
The service, called Apple Business Essentials, is going up against big players in the business support field, like Google and Microsoft. Apple’s service offers support and storage, employee onboarding, and device setup. Subscriptions will start at $2.99 per user per month, and the full release is set for spring 2022.
Asian honey bees might respond to attacks from giant hornets by screaming their heads off.
The research, published in Royal Society Open Science, showed that the bees respond in a similar way to mammals when they sense danger. The bee scream is “characterized by rapid bursts of high-pitched sounds that change unpredictably in frequency,” study co-author Heather Mattila told Gizmodo. “They’re quite harsh and noisy.”
Sounds like some mammals I know.
It is still unclear how or if the screams change bee behavior, but this study shows how specific bee chatter can be. Pretty soon, we might be able to listen in on all the hot bee gossip.