5 Things to Know Today: March 27, 2017
Liz Biscevic—5 Things to Know Today
While you’re watching your March Madness brackets go to hell, here are five things you need to know about what’s going on in the world.
1. Reuters: Uber halts self-driving car tests after a crash in Arizona.
The accident happened as a result of a driver “failing to yield” to the Uber vehicle while making a turn, causing the self-driving car to roll. Though there were no serious injuries, and the autonomous vehicle had no paying passengers (two “safety” drivers were in the car at the time of the accident), Uber announced it would be grounding the driverless cars until investigations surrounding this accident are complete.
2. National Geographic: A spinach leaf was transformed into beating heart tissue.
Scientists found a way to use spinach leaves like scaffolding to build a working human heart muscle, which can potentially be used in the future to help with tissue regeneration. The study, published in the journal Biomaterials, holds promise for overcoming difficulties in rebuilding vascular systems.
3. Quartz: A Dutch town is putting traffic lights on the ground to alert walkers looking at their phones.
A town in the Netherlands called Bodegraven just installed LED light strips on the sidewalk that correspond with traffic lights so people can’t miss them, even if they’re looking at their phones. Right now, the lights are only located at one intersection as part of a pilot project to test its worth.
4. The Motley Fool: Facebook and Amazon plan to take on Google's ad business.
Facebook is expanding its advertising reach by partnering with Amazon for display ad space. Together, they are expected to sell three times as much display advertising as Google. Right now, Facebook’s ad network generates a few hundred million in ad revenue, but once it rolls out the new header bidding solution, they’ll have access to other mobile web publishers outside the Facebook network, which could lead to a huge boost.
5. CNN: Obamacare isn’t going anywhere (for now).
Much to the new President’s chagrin, Republicans pulled the proposed healthcare bill on Friday afternoon, meaning Obamacare is, for now, here to stay. House speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans they are “moving on” from healthcare, instead focusing on tax reform.