Katherine Johnson, mathematician, dies at 101

NASA space scientist, mathematician, Katherine Johnson, circa 1966

NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped pave the way for the first American astronaut to successfully orbit the Earth, died Monday morning at the age of 101, according to NASA.

The pivotal roles of Johnson and other African-American women at NASA were highlighted in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures.”…

When John Glenn was preparing for his mission on which he’d become the first American to orbit the Earth, he requested that Johnson personally recheck the calculations made by the new electronic computers.

According to Johnson, Glenn said, “If she says they’re good, then I’m ready to go.”

Remember when. Always remember.

Families driving opposite directions in Teslas hit by the same falling tree


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Two Tesla owners in two different Model X vehicles going in two different directions were hit by the same falling tree on the road and claim that Autopilot saved their family’s lives by applying the brakes before they could.

The incident happened last weekend in Dorset, in southwest England, where Storm Dennis has been hammering parts of the country with wind and rain…

Laurence Sanderson was driving his Model X with his wife and three kids when a giant oak tree fell in the middle of the road.

He told the Mirror that he saw the tree coming down, but Autopilot applied the brakes before he could…

Josh Whitelock was in the other Model X with his girlfriend and her mother. All three also came out mostly unharmed from the crash…

Whitelock also claimed that the Autopilot’s Auto Emergency Braking system did the work.

Given the circumstances – and other similar accounts – autonomous driving or not, Autopilot is a winner for driving safety. The one truly terrible auto accident I was in [many years ago] would never have happened if I had a system like this in my car.