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Tesla Motors under investigation after driver dies while using self-driving car’s ‘autopilot’

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Tesla said Thursday a driver was killed while using the “autopilot” self-driving mechanism on its Model S electric car, leading to a federal safety investigation.

Tesla said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had opened a “preliminary evaluation” into the performance of Autopilot after the electric car company notified the agency of the fatality.

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In a statement, Tesla said it the fatality was “a tragic loss” and was the first such incident with autopilot activated.

“This is the first known fatality in just over 130 million miles (209 million kilometers) where Autopilot was activated,” the company said.

“Among all vehicles in the US, there is a fatality every 94 million miles. Worldwide, there is a fatality approximately every 60 million miles,” it said.

“It is important to emphasize that the NHTSA action is simply a preliminary evaluation to determine whether the system worked according to expectations.”


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CNN host buries Trump for promoting elderly game show host’s COVID conspiracy

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CNN's John Berman on Monday buried President Donald Trump for promoting the medical advice of a former game show host over the advice of doctors when it comes to the novel coronavirus.

The president on Monday morning promoted a tweet from former "Love Connection" host Chuck Woolery that accused both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors in general of deliberately lying about the pandemic to harm Trump's re-election bid.

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5 ways higher education can be seen as hostile to women of color

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Editor’s note: In 2019, Amy Bonomi, a women’s studies scholar, co-edited “Women Leading Change: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.” The book examines the perspectives of 23 female leaders on issues of leadership and the challenges of confronting structural racism, bias and discrimination at colleges and universities. Here are five takeaways that Bonomi offers from her book about how higher education can be hostile toward the women of color who serve as college and university leaders.

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The UAE’s Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

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On July 14, a new Mars-bound spacecraft will launch from Japan. While several Mars missions are planned to launch over the next month, what makes this different is who’s launching it: the United Arab Emirates.

Though new to space exploration, the UAE has set high goals for the probe, named Hope. The mission aims to further study the climate of Mars, but Omran Sharaf, mission lead, also says, “It’s a means for a bigger goal: to expedite the development in our educational sector, academic sector.”

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