Amazon workers at a plant in Bessemer, AL, voted against unionization by a 1,798 to 738 tally.
Roughly 55% of the 5,900 employees at the warehouse participated in the election (which features more than 500 challenged ballots).
More: The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union filed a legal challenge contesting the election results, accusing Amazon of interfering with their employees’ freedom of choice – allegations the company has rejected.
🚇 Elon Musk’s Boring Companyunveiled its $52.5M underground people-mover system on Thursday. The tunnel supposedly turns a 15-minute walk into a two-minute Tesla ride.
👰🏻💒 What a Wedding!
One woman got the surprise of her life on her wedding day, marrying the love of her life (par for the course) while simultaneously finding her long-lost birth mother (not so par for the course) – who just so happened to be her new mother-in-law (really not so par for the course).
In a series of events that could rival your favorite soap opera, mother-of-the-groom, Xi, was able to determine that her son’s bride was actually her long-lost-daughter from a birthmark on her hand.
“My daughter I had been looking for so many years turned out to be my daughter-in-law!” said Xi after the emotional reunion.
It’s unclearhow Xi lost her daughter about twenty years ago, but some have raised the possibility of child trafficking.
When her daughter was found on the side of the road as a baby, another couple adopted and raised her as their own. After the two mothers connected at the wedding, Xi was able to determine that the bride was indeed her daughter.
Soooo…. did the wedding still happen?
Luckily, Xi’s son was also adopted – meaning the couple shared no biological blood – and the happy occasion took place after all.
🧬 Sound Editing… researchers at MIT and the University of California, San Francisco, developed new gene-editing technology called CRISPRoff that, unlike the classic CRISPR-Cas9 system, is reversible and prevents damaging cells’ genetic material.
➕ Think Positive… a study conducted by behavioral scientists at the University of Virginia found people tend to default towards addition when attempting to solve a problem, even when subtraction represents an equal or even a better solution. (Full study)
🌻 This Little Light of Mine… Dutch design firm Vouw designed a new streetlight called the Bloomlight, which uses a series of motors and LiDAR – a laser technology used in self-driving cars – to bend toward individual passerby as if it were alive. (Video)
⏳ Once Upon a Time
What is the longest measurement in geological time?
A) Era B) Epoch C) Period D) Eon
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Eons represent the longest measurement in the geologic time scale, followed by eras, periods, then epochs.
The geologic time scale was developed long before geologists had the means to recognize and express time in terms of years before the present – thus, the units of measurement may vary in length (e.g., the Archean Eon – 1.5B years – and the Proterozoic Eon – 1.959B years – span different, but similar lengths of time).