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Flying Cars? Maybe as Soon as 2023!

Are you ready for flying cars? By the time you’re ready to drive, cars could be flying down freeways in the sky.

SkyDrive Inc. in Tokyo, Japan may just have one ready by 2023. The company just had a successful test flight. It only lasted about ten minutes and the car could only go a few miles per hour, but it’s a start. The goal is to have the flying car able to do 40 MPH for up to 30 minutes at a time. A short flight to move passengers around the Kansai Airport in Japan is scheduled to start in 2023.

One of the goals of flying vehicles is to help relieve congested traffic such as at airports and in traffic jams during rush hour. There is one thing to consider, though. Once flying cars become “the thing,” won’t that mean that the skyways will then become choked with other flying vehicles as well?

The Violence Keeps Growing

For the past several months, our nation has seen protests, riots, and looting. In several incidents, the police shot a black American and that has sparked protests and riots in cities. Buildings have been damaged, items stolen, and many people have been injured or killed.

The city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is the most recent city to experience severe violence from protesters, since a shooting there.

Portland, Oregon has seen ongoing violence since May with incidents becoming worse each week. Protesters went to Mayor Ted Wheeler’s apartment complex and set it on fire. They vandalized it, and the mayor has announced he will move. Wheeler has refused help from the National Guard to try and gain control.

COVID Vaccine Crisis: Test Monkey Shortage

Countries around the world are trying to come up with a vaccine to the Coronavirus. Finding a vaccine for a new virus is hard enough, but now researchers are scrambling because there is a shortage of monkeys, which are the main test subjects for such projects.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported the short supply of primates in 2018. But after China banned transporting and selling of wildlife after the COVID-19 outbreak, things have gotten even harder.

Pros and Cons of Research Using Monkeys

Monkeys have similar immune and reproductive systems as humans, so testing vaccines and other medicines on them has helped to develop important life-saving treatments without harming humans.

On the other hand, animal activists complain of cruelty to the animals. No matter how humane researchers claim to be, the monkeys still suffer physically and mentally.

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