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Vaccine

The WHO has a dashboard which shows what is going on country by country. Globally, as of  November 5, there have been 248,467,363 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 5,027,183 deaths, reported to WHO. A total  of 7,027,377,238 vaccine doses have been administered. The Covid breakthrough is the new Pfizer pill. The significance is to take a pill at home and prevent hospitalization. Our hospitals need a break.

Videos

The The Tesla Semi has some amazing features. I don’t know much about trucks but this looks like a winner top me. 

3D Printing

Axios reported, “as 3D printing matures, companies will be able to produce parts on-site, turning “just in time” to “on demand.” I don’t think this will apply to electronic chips, which are the current major problem but in many specialized areas it could be a supply chain problem solver. Astronauts use 3-D printing at the International Space Station. If interested, you can see the updated collection of 3D objects I have printed here. My botched objects are here.

Space

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its fifth flight with astronauts. NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn, European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer, and NASA mission specialist Kayla Barron will launch on the Crew Dragon spacecraft to begin a six-month expedition on the International Space Station. The launch has been delayed by weather more than once. It should happen this coming week. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. My son and I are headed to Huntsville, AL to see what NASA has going on there. More on that later.

 

Wall Street

Stocks look really good now and looking ahead. Jobs gets the credit but another big factor, in my opinion is dysfunctional Washington, DC. As long as the bickering continues, something stupid will not get passed. Google, Amazon, and Meta had strong gains. Tesla had a correction after its huge run up to joined the $trillion club. AirBnB had a big gain after reporting strong results. Zoom had a hiccup. Coinbase declined along with flat crypto.

Crypto

The latest buzz word in the crypto world is flippening. The term refers to the hypothetical point at which ether, the native token of the ethereum network, overtakes bitcoin in market capitalization to become the largest cryptocurrency. Crypto overall has climbed to $2.7 trillion and more than 23% of total of all crypto. Bitcoin is 43% of it. ETH is gaining but I do not see it overtaking BTC. No flippening, in my opinion.