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5/20/2019

Why it matters: The launch of the original Google Glass years ago did not go well. Positioned as a consumer product, the gadget proved unpopular for a variety of reasons, including privacy and style concerns. Google has pivoted a bit and is doing something very smart with the next generation of Google Glass by positioning the product as a business-to-business offering. 

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5/20/2019

Why it matters: The day got off to a fine start for Sprint and T-Mobile when FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he would recommend the approval of the two companies' proposed merger. But then things got dicey when word leaked out of the Justice Department that officials there were leaning against approving the deal. Both agencies have to approve the deal for it to be finalized. Hmm ... if only there were some better lines of communication between the FCC and DoJ.

5/20/2019

Why it matters: Through a combination of voluntary buyouts and involuntary layoffs, Ford plans to eliminate 7,000 positions by the end of August. The cuts and other re-structuring efforts will target Ford's operations around the world.



Ford isn't the only carmaker looking to navigate tough times. Word out of Germany is that incoming Daimler boss Ola Kaellenius has plans to cut administration costs by about 20%.

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Why it matters: Nothing chips away at the enjoyment of a far-flung vacation -- or the efficiency of a far-flung business trip -- like jet lag. This piece features steps you can take when you plan your travel, during your flight and when you land to minimize the havoc jet lag can wreak on your body.

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5/20/2019

Why it matters: Controlling water levels along the Mississippi River matters a lot, especially amid a season of heavy rainfall. If officials get their calculations wrong, disaster can follow. Dive on into this piece about the physics behind controlling a spill way located in Louisiana, but don't forget your calculator because there is a quiz at the end!

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Why it matters: The mission map NASA is reportedly planning appears to have leaked. A chart that seems to be intended for internal use only (see story linked below) shows planning for 37 missions featuring a combinations of NASA and private rockets. Questions are still swirling about how all those missions will be funded.

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5/20/2019

Why it matters: Google partnered with various organizations, including Northwestern University, to develop a model that uses artificial intelligence to detect lung cancer. When tested against the performance of 6 radiologists, the AI model detected 5% more cancer cases and reduced false-positive exams by 11%. Google hopes the AI-powered endeavor will drive more widespread adoption of lung cancer screenings by making them more accurate and consistent. Right now, only 2-4% of eligible patients in the US undergo lung cancer screenings.

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Why it matters: A significant portion of the global discourse surrounding climate change has been dedicated to strategies to reduce greenhouse gases. So naturally, your first instinct might be to think Stanford University's approach to the issue -- converting methane into CO2 -- is puzzling. However, considering that methane exacerbates global warming much more than carbon dioxide does, the researchers see their use of zeolite to capture methane as a net gain for the environment. Their work comes as many other researchers in other parts of the world are developing carbon capture technologies into things like coal and rock. I imagine the next step for science will be to find a way to combine the two technologies into a streamlined solution. -Evan

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Why it matters: The subscriber numbers HBO reports for the next year or so are going to be verrrrrry interesting as many viewers might be tempted to bail now that "Game of Thrones" has concluded. HBO tried desperately hard to stem the losses last night by wrapping the GoT finale in promos about other shows still on the network. However, those promos might have backfired: Mrs. WYWW first expressed surprise that some of the shows in the promos were still in production and then concluded, "I am canceling our subscription tomorrow."

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I've created a WYWW playlist on Spotify to keep track of all the songs I list in this space. Enjoy!

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