1. China's Rolling Out Dedicated Highway Lanes for Self-Driving Cars

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While China and the USA ramp up tariffs against each other, China has made a bid to lead the race in another area as they move towards the realization of fully-autonomous vehicles [AVs]. Currently they are building a new 62-mile stretch of freeway in the Beijing area that will have two lanes dedicated to self-driving cars. The idea is that the investment in infrastructure at this time will give AVs access to actual traffic conditions, as opposed to simulations or isolated testing. At the same time, the separate lanes will ensure that the still-developing AV tech is tested in a way that reduces risk for human drivers.

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With nearly 800 Asiatic elephants struggling to survive extinction in Laos right now, the World Wildlife Fund estimates that on the low-end, over 200 species become extinct every year. Every year. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Texas, young entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer, best known for her amazing lemonade, works diligently to save another species that faces extinction: bees. In Mikaila's own words, "I'm  often asked why I spend so much energy trying to save the bees. Funny enough, my love for bees started with a series of painful stings. When I was 4 ½ years old I got stung by two bees in one week. Unsurprisingly, this experience left me terribly afraid of bees. In an effort to help me get over my fear, my parents encouraged me to do some research into the ecological role of honey bees. My research revealed how incredibly important bees are to sustaining healthy ecosystems. I also learned that bees are dying at an alarming rate. That day, I decided that I was going to do everything in my power to help save them." Besides being an aggressive and inspiring entrepreneur, Mikaila also takes a proactive role in saving one of our very vital parts of the ecosystem. To learn more about how you can help, we encourage you to read Mikaila's blog. Also, you can visit her site at:  https://www.meandthebees.com/blogs/beelieve

3.Save the Bees