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Tesla sued in wrongful death lawsuit that alleges Autopilot caused crash

techcrunch.com
  • The article analyzes the lawsuit filed against Tesla Company by the family of Walter Huang, who died when his Tesla Model X car hit a barrier on Highway 101 in Mountain View, California.
  • According to the lawsuit, Huang's death was caused by failures of the vehicle's autopilot system that did not work properly at the time of the accident.
  • In the face of the wrongful death claim, Tesla argued that Huang was not paying attention to the road and did not heed the warning signals issued by the vehicle's system before the accident occurred.
  • The lawsuit intends to ensure that all technical systems and equipment installed in vehicles must be safe and sufficiently tested before being used by people on the roads.

Why do people with depression like listening to sad music?

digest.bps.org.uk
  • A new study suggests that people with depression listen to sad music to lift their spirits - and not, as older studies assumed, to maintain negative emotions.
  • 38 female undergrads diagnosed with depression, alongside 38 non-depressed controls, were played various excerpts of sad and happy music.
  • Most of the depressed participants stated that they preferred sad music because it was calming and even uplifting.
  • The study doesn’t give answers as to why depressed people find low-energy, sad music uplifting.

Half of England Is owned by less than 1% of its population, researcher says

nytimes.com
  • British writer has discovered that only 25,000 landowners, including corporations and foreigners outside the UK and EU, own half of the land in England.
  • He analyzed 25 million title records in the government’s Land Registry.
  • The article addresses various issues related to economic inequality, including rewarding landowners with subsidies.
  • For example, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s estates received over $900,000 in aid in 2017 alone.

Pig brains partially revived four hours after death

bbc.com
  • In a new and ethically questionable experiment, scientists were able to temporarily preserve basic cell function in dead pig brains.
  • It involved 32 pig brains, connected to a special system 4 hours after being collected from the slaughterhouse.
  • For 6 hours, the system pumped a liquid designed to slow or reverse the death of brain cells.
  • The main finding is that cell death in the brain takes longer than scientists previously thought.
  • Death is a gradual process, and some parts of it can be postponed, preserved, or even reversed.

Travel through wormholes is possible, but slow

phys.org
  • A team led by Harvard physicist Daniel Jafferis developed a new theory which connects gravity with quantum mechanics.
  • Using quantum field theory tools, the team shows that tunnels in curved space-time connecting two distant places can exist, and be used for travel.
  • The theory is based on a setup created by Einstein and Rosen - a connection between two black holes now known as a wormhole.
  • The problem is the direct connection between black holes is shorter than the wormhole connection, so it wouldn’t be very useful.
  • The main benefits of this study are new insights into quantum mechanics.

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