Happy Saturday! Grab a pumpkin latte and get cozy – this is going to be a good one. Here, we’ll look back and discuss the prominent post-its we’ve compiled from the past week – what stood out, what made us laugh, what struck a nerve. Read on to get our unique take in this week’s Prominent Post-its!
There’s a bug going around, and it’s not cute. This past week, news about Volkswagen cheating on American air pollution tests came to a head. Apparently VW isn’t as environmentally friendly as they claim. NOT good for business. They did admit their mistake and apologize, as CEO, Martin Winterkorn, said he was “deeply sorry” to have broken public trust and promised that VW would fully cooperate with regulators. That’s fine, but the company could still face US fines of $37,500 per vehicle, which could mean up to 18 billion. WOMP.
Real Life Harry Potter?
In a recent study, scientists said they’re developing an invisibility cloak, described as an ultrathin invisibility skin cloak for visible light. The cloak has been shown to cover an object and, by manipulating certain wavelengths of light, render it invisible. Huh. It seems that J.K. Rowling wasn’t far off. One small step for science, one giant leap for magic. (But not really; it’s science.)
A Mobile Pope
This week, Pope Francis became the first pope ever to address a joint meeting of US Congress. In his journeys (to D.C., New York, and Philadelphia), he’s really been making Americans feel things, and in a good way. He said that the US should be more welcoming to immigrants, the death penalty has to go, and the US needs to pay more attention to going green. His advice could affect Congress’s policy decisions, so it’s kind of a big deal. Keep that popemobile rollin’!
Cool Clock… NAHT.
You’ve surely heard about Ahmed Mohamed’s clock, right? This story (probable hoax) is ridiculous. The 9th grader was arrested for bringing a clock to school that was mistaken for a bomb. He claimed that he had built the clock himself, but it was actually just an alarm clock that was taken apart and put into a suitcase. If this was a setup, it worked like a charm, since Obama promptly invited Ahmed to the White House AND Mark Zuckerberg said that he could intern at Facebook. The Islamophobic PR spin and the fact that the Mohamed family is refusing to allow the school and police to tell their side of the story are just more perplexing pieces to the disassembled mess.
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