Super blue moon dazzles the sky

Onlookers gazed up at the sky January 31 for the rare super blue moon. A once in a lifetime astronomical feat. Last seen in U.S. in 1866. A lunar eclipse + blue moon + supermoon = astronomy fan Super Bowl.

Super Bowl, spoiler alert someone wins

Speaking of Super Bowl, Super Bowl LII took place Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots battled it out. The Eagles won, 41 to 33. The controversial halftime performance featured Justin Timberlake and a digital projection of Prince, who sort of hated the idea when he was alive. The event also brought the world a new meme celebrity, #SelfieKid.

Google vs Uber the self-driving car battle, day one

Waymo is Google’s driverless car software company under Alphabet Inc. Their mission is to “make it safe and easy for people and things [to] move around”. They’ve been doing so since 2009 with the “software and sensor technology developed in Google’s labs.” It wasn’t until 2015 they delivered the world’s first fully self-driving trip on public roads.

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World’s first fully self-driving ride on public roads Credit: Waymo

The ride-sharing app Uber first mentions the prospects of self-driving cars in their 2016 edition of Mapping Uber’s Future. Later on August 18, 2016, the company acquired the technology startup Otto, a company focused on self-driving trucks. The acquisition made Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski, a former Google employee, lead of Uber’s self-driving efforts.

Uber Advanced Technologies Group Volvo SF car
Car from Uber Advanced Technologies Group Credit: Uber Technologies Inc.

February 5 marks the first trial date between the two industry giants. Uber is being sued by Waymo in regards to stealing and using trade secret. The trade secret Lidar is a light detection and ranging technology for aiding the cars in identifying what’s occurring around the vehicle. Waymo is making the first case and Uber will later have to defend itself.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase are tackling healthcare with a new super company.

iphone stethoscope

We already know what Amazon can do with retail, the grocery landscape and smart devices. Berkshire Hathaway is a massive conglomerate. JPMorgan Chase is the largest U.S. bank. The corporate giants are joining forces to create an independent healthcare company for their U.S. employees.

The new company is designed to cut healthcare costs, improve employee satisfaction and use innovative tech solutions. There aren’t many details yet. However, this partnership could disrupt the complicated American health care system with potential game-changing tech.

State of the Union was long, but most people who bothered watching liked it.

Trump delivers his first State of the Union
Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

President Trump (seriously, no joke) gave his first State of the Union, which offered his vision for the rest of the year. The speech included an array of hot button issues, such as immigration, foreign policy, economy and infrastructure. According to some polls, it was mostly well-received.

FYI, Sonny Perdue, the guy in charge of our nation’s agriculture, is expected to make sure the government continues running in case the end of the world does happen, wiping out the president and several other officials.

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