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Google Maps gains driving mode and food delivery status

Google announced updates to Google Maps aimed at informing users about risks related to the pandemic. Maps will soon show all-time detected COVID-19 cases in an area, along with quick links to resources from local authorities. Google will also begin to show how crowded bus, train, and subway lines are in more places around the world. In supported countries, Maps also now displays the live status of takeout and delivery orders, as well as reservations. Google says it has added nearly 250 features and improvements to Maps since the start of the pandemic with over 50 million updates made to the map each day.

FBI hires 140 robots to retrieve sensitive information

Imagine the headache of physically retrieving a paper file from a 250,000 square foot facility full of 360,000 filing bins stuffed with paper records. Enter the robots. The GSA chose an automated record filing and retrieval system which not only streamlines retrieval but also optimizes space by allowing files to be stored in a way that eliminates aisle space. The robots maneuver on an overhead steel grid system to identify, access, and retrieve requested items from any of the 360,000 bins. The AutoStore software tracks record and bin numbers, allowing the robots to work securely without the supplier having any access to the records themselves.

Science News

National supplies of protein, carbs and fats may predict your lifespan

A new global study has looked at how macronutrient supplies (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) of different countries are associated with the risk of death at different ages. It is the most extensive analysis to date of corresponding national macronutrient supplies, survival statistics and economic data. Before the age of 50, 40 to 45 percent of energy from each of fat and carbohydrates and 16 percent from protein minimises mortality. However, for later life lower fat and protein supplies at 22 percent and 11 percent, respectively, and replacing these with carbohydrates is associated with the lowest rate of mortality.

Bursts of exercise can lead to significant improvements in indicators of metabolic health

Short bursts of physical exercise induce changes in the body’s levels of metabolites that correlate to, and may help gauge, an individual’s cardiometabolic, cardiovascular and long-term health. The research team describe how approximately 12 minutes of acute cardiopulmonary exercise impacted more than 80% of circulating metabolites, including pathways linked to a wide range of favorable health outcomes. “What was striking to us was the effects a brief bout of exercise can have on the circulating levels of metabolites that govern such key bodily functions as insulin resistance, oxidative stress, vascular reactivity, inflammation and longevity.”

Business News

Universal Strikes Deal With Cinemark Allowing Movies to Premiere On-Demand Early

Cinemark Theatres and Universal Pictures have forged a landmark agreement. Under their terms, any movie that earns more than $50 million in opening weekend ticket sales has to stay in theaters for at least 31 days, or five weekends. All other titles can be made available to rent on digital platforms after just 17 days. The deal follows an unexpected arrangement that Universal struck months ago with AMC Theatres. Neither agreement says that new releases will definitively move to premium video-on-demand after three weekends. However, it gives Universal the opportunity to recoup potential losses should a movie underperform in theaters.

Tesla value jumps $40 billion as S&P 500 beckons

Shares of Tesla rose as much as 12% adding more than $40 billion to the value of the electric carmaker and giving another boost to the fortune of billionaire Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk. S&P Dow Jones Indices confirmed that the company would be added to Wall Street’s main index from Dec. 21. At $400 billion or more, Tesla’s market capitalization should amount to more than 1% of the total value of the companies listed on the S&P 500, potentially making it the biggest ever addition to the index. Bolstered by a decade of stock market gains, the combined market capitalization of the S&P 500 now totals close to $32 trillion.

Miscellaneous News

1% of people cause half of global aviation emissions

Frequent-flying “‘super emitters” who represent just 1% of the world’s population caused half of aviation’s carbon emissions in 2018. Only 11% of the world’s population took a flight in 2018 and 4% flew abroad. US air passengers have by far the biggest carbon footprint among rich countries. Its aviation emissions are bigger than the next 10 countries combined, including the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia. They said the 50% drop in passenger numbers in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic should be an opportunity to make the aviation industry fairer and more sustainable.

World’s only known white giraffe gets fitted with a tracking device

The only known white giraffe in the world has been fitted with a GPS tracking device in an effort to protect him from poachers in Kenya. The GPS tracking device, secured to one of the animal’s horns, will give hourly updates of his location. Rangers will be able to monitor the giraffe’s movements in the conservancy located in Garissa County, eastern Kenya. The male giraffe has a rare genetic trait called leucism, which results in the partial loss of pigmentation in an animal and makes it easy to spot for poachers on the arid savannah.

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