Butter Astronauts, Personal Postcodes, and the Perils of Paper Straws

Weekend Reads: August 9, 2019

Self-Driving Trucks Are Ready to Do Business in Texas

Aarian Marshall | Wired | Retweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Self-driving truck company Kodiak Robotics, as well as others, have chosen Texas as its main testing ground because of the state’s temperate weather, booming freight economy, and friendly regulatory environment.

Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized with 2,200 Pounds of Butter

Jason Daley | Smithsonian Magazine | Retweeted by Robert Graboyes

At the Ohio State Fair, American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins were sculpted into butter as part of a 50th anniversary tribute to the moon landing.

Can Kanye West Solve America's Housing Crisis? Maybe…

Luke O’Neil | The Guardian | Shared by Tyler Cowen

Rapper Kanye West is taking cues from Star Wars architecture in an attempt to provide low-income housing in California.

China Is Giving Everyone a Personal Postcode so Delivery Drones Can Find Them

Xinmei Shen | Abacus | Retweeted by Brent Skorup

To make automated deliveries cheaper and easier in the face of an aging population, each person in China will be assigned a personal postcode, much like a phone number.

Brazilian Gang Leader Who Tried to Escape Prison Disguised as Teen Daughter Found Dead

Chris Mills Rodrigo | The Hill | Retweeted by Veronique de Rugy

After trying to escape a 73-year prison sentence dressed in jeans, a pink shirt, flip flops, a wig, and a silicone mask, drug-trafficker Clauvino da Silva was found dead.

To Fight Hate, Celebrate Capitalism

Jeffrey A. Tucker | American Institute for Economic Research | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

The values of capitalism promote the idea that everyone has the right to strive for a better life, and do so in peace.

Steelmaker That Praised Trump Tariffs Now Suing US for Relief

Joe Deaux | Bloomberg | Tweeted by Christine McDaniel

Less than a year after celebrating US tariffs for aiding the steel industry, JSW Steel (USA) Inc. is suing the US Commerce Department for wrongfully denying their exemption requests.

McDonald's New Paper Straws Aren't Recyclable — but Its Axed Plastic Ones Were

Rob Picheta | CNN Business | Retweeted by Alex Tabarrok

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, after immense pressure by government and consumers, McDonalds replaced their plastic straws with paper ones to help “protect the environment.” The only problem: they’re not easily recyclable.