What We Missed: Thursday July 18th

A year ago, Detroit and Silicon Valley had visions of putting thousands of self-driving taxis on the road in 2019, ushering in an age of driverless cars.

Most of those cars have yet to arrive — and it is likely to be years before they do. Several carmakers and technology companies have concluded that making autonomous vehicles is going to be harder, slower and costlier than they thought.

“We overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles,” Ford’s chief executive, Jim Hackett, said at the Detroit Economic Club in April.

In the most recent sign of the scramble to regroup, Ford and Volkswagen said Friday that they were teaming up to tackle the self-driving challenge.

source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/business/self-driving-autonomous-cars.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

A rare albino porcupine lounging on the lawn of the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport is drawing national attention after the museum asked for help identifying the animal on Facebook.

True albino porcupines occur in about one of every 10,000 births, according to Missouri Department of Conservation researchers who work with porcupines.

The museum says the “white ball of fluff” was seen on the museum’s front lawn Tuesday, and visitors and volunteers initially believed the animal was a skunk from a distance.

“We all thought it was an albino skunk because it was so fluffy,” Katie Orlando, executive director of the Seashore Trolley Museum said.

source: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/07/17/rare-albino-porcupine-spotted-in-kennebunkport/

Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report.

That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week.

source: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/17/health/beef-environment-resources-report/index.html

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