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Vaccine

The CDC lists 26 vaccines which are routinely administered to children and adults. I have had most of them over the years. If you want to see the list, look here. According to HealthDay, vaccines have saved 37 million lives, mostly children, over the past two decades. Unfortunately, one vaccine has been politicized. Nevertheless, the number of vaccinations is impressive. The WHO has a dashboard which shows what is going on country by country. Globally, as of  October 14, there have been 239,007,759 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,871,841 deaths. A total of 6,495,672,032 vaccine doses have been administered.  I continue to hear some people say they are waiting. I cannot imagine what they are waiting for.

3D Printing

3D printing is an enjoyable hobby, but every week I learn new things. Printing objects is partly a science but partly a trial by trial art. The support team at Dremel is great for solving problems. If interested, you can see the updated collection of 3D objects I have printed here. My botched objects are here.

Space

William Shatner, at age 90, became the oldest person to fly to the edge of space. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company and the New Shepard rocket seem to have things down pat. Musk is on a roll with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The Chinese are not standing still. On Friday afternoon, China launched its Shenzhou 13 rocket with three astronauts onboard. They are headed to their new space station.

Wall Street

We all know the world is plagued with numerous problems. Wall Street tends to look out 12-18 months, and apparently thinks the problems will be solved. I think so also. MAGFA stocks rose with the exception of Facebook which is taking heat from several directions. Government  attacks continue on the upswing with the U.S. Senate crafting some legislation which will provide more regulation of the biggest of techs. I continue to believe the techs will survive and thrive. Tesla is headed toward the trillion dollar club.

Crypto

Crypto has come back strongly after the new pressures from China. As predicted last week, Bitcoin mining has moved a huge share to the U.S. One company is using hydro power created by the Niagra Falls which makes it clean, renewable, and less expensive. Crypto entrepreneurs are reinventing how things work to make it more attractive. There are now 12,778 crypto currencies, mostly vaporous, but the total value of all crypto has risen to $2.5 trillion, 22.5% of the market cap of gold.