Lessons learned: 2020, COVID-19 and the Future of Manufacturing

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a particularly interesting year.

The challenges, constraints and complex (and often contradictory) safety and productivity requirements COVID-19 presented the manufacturing industry have tested its people, its processes and its technologies like never before. It fundamentally changed the way the industry operates—it required new production systems, new supply chains and new procedures for the full market while individual companies experimented with new technologies to meet unexpected surges in demand while keeping customers and workers safe.

An interesting year to say the least.

The totality of the changes 2020 required will be studied in textbooks for years. It was a unique high-stakes, high-speed innovation race, the likes of which the world has rarely experienced. Some of these changes will likely prove to be temporary, though others—particularly around the technological and automation implementations it included—have already begun to reshape the industry in permanent ways.


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Things you learned in school that are actually lies

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5 Scientific Facts We Learned Just By Watching The Moon

The brightest object in the night sky, our Moon is an unmistakable sight.

Beyond its skyward motion and changing phases, naked-eye lunar observations yield tremendous scientific knowledge.

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GastroBox, the Mexican brand of nostalgia products that learned a great lesson at Shark Tank Mexico

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  • GastroBox is a brand of nostalgia products from the Sonora region.

Fermín Soto and Martín Landeros met in an exchange in the United States. Both young men, originally from Hermosillo, Sonora, began to miss the food from their hometown after two months, but that feeling brought to mind the idea of creating a business that could bring products from your region to wherever you were.

“Martín and I clicked from the first day, we became very close friends and about the second month you quickly start to miss family, friends, girlfriend and then food and we realized that you don’t really start to miss food for food if not for what transported you ”, explains in an interview

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Jim Ryan, PlayStation CEO, on lessons learned from PS5 launch

  • This is a defining week for Sony’s PlayStation division as it launches its next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5, on November 12.
  • Ahead of the PS5 launch, we spoke to Jim Ryan, the president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, which handles the PlayStation business, about how he managed his global team through an important but tumultuous year.
  • Ryan says he learned a lot through launching the PlayStation 5 this year, and believes his business won’t return to the old ways of doing things once the pandemic has ended.
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On Thursday, Sony’s PlayStation division will launch its next-generation game console, the PlayStation 5, in its first seven countries. Years in the making, the global launch will continue rolling out one week later on November 19.

This was always the plan at Sony: to launch the PS5 in “holiday 2020.” But earlier this year,

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Science has been in a “replication crisis” for a decade. Have we learned anything?

Much ink has been spilled over the “replication crisis” in the last decade and a half, including here at Vox. Researchers have discovered, over and over, that lots of findings in fields like psychology, sociology, medicine, and economics don’t hold up when other researchers try to replicate them.

This conversation was fueled in part by John Ioannidis’s 2005 article “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False” and by the controversy around a 2011 paper that used then-standard statistical methods to find that people have precognition. But since then, many researchers have explored the replication crisis from different angles. Why are research findings so often unreliable? Is the problem just that we test for “statistical significance” — the likelihood that similarly strong results could have occurred by chance — in a nuance-free way? Is it that null results (that is, when a study finds no detectable effects) are ignored while positive

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To survive asteroid impact, algae learned to hunt — ScienceDaily

Tiny, seemingly harmless ocean plants survived the darkness of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs by learning a ghoulish behavior — eating other living creatures.

Vast amounts of debris, soot, and aerosols shot into the atmosphere when an asteroid slammed into Earth 66 million years ago, plunging the planet into darkness, cooling the climate, and acidifying the oceans. Along with the dinosaurs on the land and giant reptiles in the ocean, the dominant species of marine algae were instantly wiped out — except for one rare type.

A team of scientists, including researchers at UC Riverside, wanted to understand how these algae managed to thrive while the mass extinction rippled throughout the rest of the global food chain.

“This event came closest to wiping out all multicellular life on this planet, at least in the ocean,” said UCR geologist and study co-author Andrew Ridgwell. “If you remove algae, which

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Tech in 2020 and beyond: What we’ve learned at the GeekWire Summit, and what to expect this week

Moderator Tyra Mariani, left, president of Schultz Family Foundation, leads a “Future of Education” panel discussion at the 2020 GeekWire Summit in Seattle with Dr. Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College; Diane Tavenner, co-founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools; and Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning. (GeekWire Photo)

We’ve reached the third and final week of the 2020 GeekWire Summit, and like many of you who’ve been joining us for this virtual event, we’re still buzzing with insights on the future of education, travel, biotech and other topics that we explored with our speakers in our second week.

Up next: the evolution of the workplace, the future of healthcare, and the state of tech in 2020 and beyond. Our speakers and moderators this week include journalists from the New York Times. CNBC, STAT and Axios, plus leaders from Google, Microsoft, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the

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