While Coke and Pepsi fans engage in a never-ending battle over which is the best sugary beverage, real soda fans comfortably lounge from the sidelines knowing the answer is neither of those. It’s Dr Pepper. Unfortunately, Pepp fans have bigger problems than faux battles at the moment–they can’t seem to find any Dr Pepper on the shelves. … [Read more...] about Why is there a Dr Pepper shortage?
Election officials were quick to point out that attempting to vote twice in an election is both a federal crime and a felony in most states. North Carolina state law says it is a Class I felony “for any person with intent to commit a fraud to register or vote at more than one precinct or more than one time, or to induce another to do so, in the same primary or election . . .” That italicized bit raises the question of whether Trump’s statements were themselves felonious. … [Read more...] about Election experts explain why President Trump’s ‘vote twice’ statements are so dangerous
This Labor Day weekend, a wildfire broke out in El Ranch Dorado Park near Yucaipa, California. The city is home to 54,000 people and just outside of Los Angeles. Parts of Yucaipa were evacuated as the fire grew to almost a dozen square miles by Monday morning. The cause of the fire? A device used at a gender reveal party, reports Bloomberg. What is a gender reveal party? It’s an event, usually with close friends and families, in which expectant parents reveal the sex of their upcoming child using a bit of flare. Gender reveal parties can sometimes involve the use of devices that are to be hit or exploded by a participant. Once the device is ruptured, a substance inside—anything from smokey powders to confetti—bursts forth revealing the sex of the baby: blue for boys, pink for girls. What types of devices are used at gender reveal parties? Most devices take the form of piñatas that are meant to be struck with a baseball bat. Once struck, the powder or confetti … [Read more...] about What is a gender reveal party? Here’s what to know after the latest California wildfire incident
That’s the basis of another hospital-at-home startup, DispatchHealth. Based in Denver, the company operates hundreds of paramedic-style vehicles with on-call remote medical professionals ready to provide both emergency and ongoing care to patients in cities such as Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and smaller markets like Springfield, Massachusetts, and Spokane, Washington. In partnership with local hospitals and health systems, the vehicles can arrive at a patient’s home within an hour, carrying a suitcase-sized “moderate complexity lab” capable of running blood tests, administering fluids or medication through an IV, treating shortness of breath, arranging for x-rays, ultrasounds, and EKGs—”basically everything in the ER, short of a CAT scanner, an MRI, and certain higher-level procedures,” says Dr. Mark Prather, the company’s founder and CEO. … [Read more...] about The $1 trillion quest to bring hospital care to your home
AR: There’s an element of these emulation manuals or the attempt to replicate the special sauce or the secret sauce as people say about Silicon Valley—there’s some huge holes in those stories. We’re trained as historians, and we’re trained on the tradition that looks at technological systems holistically, whether it’s trains or computers or software. The emulation manuals about how to make your own Silicon Valley usually leave out the unsavory aspects of Silicon Valley and the actual keys to its success, which include massive federal subsidies, massive amounts of undocumented labor, huge disparities between the haves and the have-nots, irreversible environmental damage, the list goes on and on. Scholars have written about this. That work tends to get dismissed by people who were looking to get funding or just mobilize people around this vision of just getting the good and not reckoning with the costs. … [Read more...] about How Silicon Valley turned true innovation into an overhyped delusion