Unilever has partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a laundry soap made from industrial carbon emissions—instead of from fossil-fuels. The innovative shift in production utilizes biotechnologies and a newly configured supply chain between the three partners, who are working together for the first time. Typically derived from fossil fuels, surfactants are a critical ingredient for creating the foam and cleaning action of many household cleaning and laundry products—from dish soaps to fabric detergents. The new process now allows surfactants to be made using recycled carbon. Recycled carbon is a key form of renewable carbon and is essential to eliminating the use of fossil fuels. The process marks the first time a surfactant made using captured carbon emissions will be offered to consumers in a mainstream cleaning product. The new surfactant launched in China on April 22nd, Earth Dan, in an OMO (Persil) laundry capsule—and, best of all, will not increase the price of the product. Unilever consumer data from 2020 found that 87% of consumers in China considered climate change as serious a threat as Covid-19, the highest of all countries polled.
Tesla prides itself on cutting-edge innovations in car manufacturing, particularly its famous Autopilot system. However, recent developments have indicated that this technology may not be as safe as previously thought. On April 17, a 2019 Tesla Model S carrying two men crashed into a tree near The Woodlands, Texas. Both men died in the accident, KPRC-TV reported. The story has gained traction because, according to Harris County Constable Mark Herman, no one was driving the car at the time of the crash. While there are supposedly safeguards in place to ensure that someone is in the driver’s seat and using the steering wheel, Herman said he believes the car wasn’t being driven by a human when the crash occurred. In response to this tragedy, Consumer Reports set out to test how easy it is to get a Tesla to drive with no one in the driver’s seat. Its findings were alarming. “Consumer Reports engineers easily tricked our Tesla Model Y this week so that it could drive on Autopilot, the automaker’s driver assistance feature, without anyone in the driver’s seat — a scenario that would present extreme danger if it were repeated on public roads,” the report said.
The massive Stratolaunch — an airplane with the world’s longest wingspan, powered by six engines — flew this week for the second time over the Southern California desert. The catamaran-looking aircraft, which features two cockpits on separate fuselages, took off Thursday from the Mojave Air and Space Port two years after its maiden flight, following a change in ownership and purpose. “We are airborne,” the Stratolaunch company tweeted about 7:30 a.m. The plane, a behemoth with a wingspan of 385 feet named Roc, reached a maximum altitude of 14,000 feet and a top speed of 199 mph during Thursday’s test flight, according to Space.com. It landed safely about three hours later on its 28 wheels — and Stratolaunch called the test a success.
The feud began when Trevor Cork, owner of Speedy Auto Glass in Listowel, Ont., north of London, posed the friendly question, “Hey DQ, wanna have a sign war?” The Dairy Queen next door accepted the challenge, with a zinger suggested by a customer.
The Trump Organisation has been accused of abusing the UK Government’s coronavirus furlough scheme after its flagship Scottish resort claimed up to half a million pounds in taxpayers’ money despite making scores of redundancies. The former US president’s Scottish firms have received as much as £575,000 via the UK job retention scheme over a two-month window, with at least £110,000 claimed while Mr Trump was still in office. Union officials who railed against Trump Turnberry’s “all-out assault on jobs and conditions” during the pandemic described it as a “scandal” and have called for an investigation by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It said at least 66 jobs had been lost at Turnberry since last summer, with some staff rehired on inferior terms, which it described as an “abuse” of the emergency initiative. Mick Cash, the RMT’s general secretary, said: “It is clear to us that at the very least the principles of the job retention scheme appear to have been breached by the Trump Organisation and that should now be subjected to a detailed and forensic investigation by HMRC.”
An unearthed deposition suggests he knows the Trump Organization has broken the law. As you’ve probably heard by now, at present Donald Trump is drowning in criminal investigations and is possibly legally screwed. Aside from the whopping 29 lawsuits he is facing — which is no small thing to set aside! — he is the subject of at least three criminal investigations, the most worrisome one, from the standpoint of staying out of prison, being the Manhattan district attorney’s. For months now, Cyrus Vance Jr. has been looking into possible tax, banking, and insurance fraud, and in February scored a major victory when the Supreme Court cleared the way for him to get his hands on Trump‘s tax returns, which the ex-president responded to like a man who knows he’s broken the law and is about to get caught. Another seemingly crucial development appeared to occur earlier this month, when the former daughter-in-law of longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg turned over a trove of documents to Vance‘s office that could contain the kind of information that might get Weisselberg, who has described himself as the “eyes and ears” of the Trump Organization, to flip and testify against his boss.