Blue collar jobs boom, and Elon Musk's scientific study
Good morning everyone, and welcome to another fantastic week of 2021! Let’s end February on a strong note!
0:05- Blue Collar Boom
Despite a majority of industries struggling during the pandemic, “blue-collar” jobs have recently seen a strong uptick YoY. This is largely due to a significant rise in the adjacent industries such as home building and eCommerce that have led to the increase in construction(+24.4%), driving(+12.7%), warehousing(+35.6%), and manufacturing(+35.1%) sectors. Experts don’t think this is a short-term trend either, as low interest rates keep housing demand up, and consumer preferences have strongly shifted towards online purchases.
0:27- Made in China
As western nations such as the US and UK struggle to fulfill their own vaccine requirements, China is gearing up to not only provide the shots for their country but developing nations as well. So far the project is best known as the “Health Sick Road” as the nation has built cold-storage infrastructure in various locations such as African, South American, and the Middle East in an effort to build good will (and therefore allegiance). The US is also trying via a $4Bn donation to Covax (a Covid vaccine charity run by the Gates Foundation), but is a bit behind.
0:52- Malicious M1 Mac Malware
Security researchers have recently discovered a new form of malware that has affected more than 30k M1 (the newest variant) Macs worldwide called “Silver Sparrow.” Thus far the researchers have been unable to determine what the malware does (or how it’s installed), but they do know that once every hour the devices check a server for instructions, and that it also has the ability to delete itself without a trace once it’s accomplished its goal.
But it might not be the kind that you’re thinking of. Rather, Elon Musk convinced more than 4k SpaceX employees to participate in a long-term Covid study that would provide information on transmission, antibody performance, and vaccine effectiveness. This past week, the peer-reviewed study was finally published here.
1:25- Cutting her teeth
155 years ago yesterday, Lucy Hobbs became the first woman in the world to receive her doctorate in dentistry. After receiving her degree and opening her practice, she practiced for five years before leaving to become an activist for women’s rights.
Have a great rest of your day, and we’ll see you tomorrow bright and early!
-The 90 Second News Team
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