Score one for the humans. After four years of trial and error, Boeing Co. is dumping one of its most ambitious forays into automation: the robots that build two main fuselage sections for its 777 jetliners and an upgraded version known as the 777X.Instead, the Chicago-based plane maker will rely on skilled mechanics to manually insert fasteners into holes drilled along the circumference of the fuselage by an automated system known as “flex tracks,” which it has honed over years of use on the 787 Dreamliner.The shift to the new human-plus-machine system began during the second quarter and should be completed by year’s end, Boeing spokesman Paul Bergman said in a statement. Boeing doesn’t plan any change in total staffing for its 777 jetliners, which are manufactured in Everett, Wash., about an hour north of Seattle.“The flex track solution has proven more reliable, requiring less work by hand and less rework, than what the robots were capable of,” he … [Read more...] about Boeing ditched the robots on its 777 line. Like Tesla, it needed the human touch
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Democratic opposition to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court was as determined as it was ham-fisted. Framing fresh reporting with intelligent analysis, authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino skillfully catalogue the stunning blunders that made Kavanaugh’s confirmation possible in their new book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court.” After dozens of interviews with Republican lawmakers, members of the high court, and President Donald Trump, the pair persuasively show the story of Kavanaugh’s nomination is in many respects a story of Democratic ineptitude.Hemingway and Severino will be familiar to right-leaning readers. Hemingway’s political commentary is a fixture of Fox News programming, and Severino is chief counsel of the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN), the axis of conservative spending and organizing around judicial confirmations. Unsurprisingly, the book has a decidedly … [Read more...] about Was Brett Kavanaugh Saved By His Enemies?
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb Children's Tumor Foundation Announces FDA Accepts Submission for Selumetinib as Treatment for Neurofibromatosis and Grants Priority Review 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Would Become First Approved Drug for Genetic Disorder Affecting Millions. NEW YORK (PRWEB) November 14, 2019 AstraZeneca and MSD (Merck) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted acceptance to file status of its application for the MEK inhibitor selumetinib, for use in patients with plexiform neurofibromas, a common manifestation in the disease neurofibromatosis type one (NF1). The FDA’s acceptance of the application is a major milestone for selumetinib becoming the first ever … [Read more...] about Children’s Tumor Foundation Announces FDA Accepts Submission for Selumetinib as Treatment for Neurofibromatosis and Grants Priority Review
This piece is the first of a series reviewing the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term. The justices adjourned for the summer on June 27. Though President Donald Trump’s two appointments have set a new trajectory for the Supreme Court, the conservative majority flashed a strong independent streak in its 2018-2019 term.As the administration leveraged bold procedural maneuvers and a law-and-order agenda, the justices resisted a “Trumpification” of the judiciary, while leaving the administration reason for optimism. Aggressive procedural tactics The newly-completed term was marked by the government’s liberal use of a seldom-used procedure to bypass lower courts like the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The solicitor general (SG), who represents the government before the Supreme Court, filed petitions for review before judgment in several politically-charged matters — meaning the government wanted the justices to take a case before an appeals panel had … [Read more...] about It’s Not Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Yet
A shareholder for a company with an all-male board is suing California over a law that requires public companies to have women on their boards, arguing that it is unconstitutional and forces him to consider candidates based on sex. The plaintiff, Creighton Meland, is a retired corporate attorney in Illinois and current shareholder at OSI Systems. The Delaware-incorporated, California-based company designs and manufactures specialized electronic systems for the security and health-care industries, and it has a seven-person board of directors constituted solely of men. Meland is represented pro bono by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a California-based libertarian group that brings legal challenges against the government for actions it deems invasive or unconstitutional. California's law mandates that by the end of 2019, public companies that have their executive base in California must have at least one woman on their boards. By 2021, those numbers must increase for companies depending on … [Read more...] about Company sues California over law requiring that women be on corporate boards