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By Corey Noles

5 Things to Know This Morning — Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Mustang Mach-E Beats Out Tesla 3 for NYC Gov’t./NYPD Deal

New York City officials announced Wednesday they plan to order 184 Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles. The Mustangs will be used for law enforcement and emergency response teams. The Tesla Model 3 was also up for consideration, but no information was given as to why the Ford model was chosen. The new vehicles will replace 184 of its 30,000 automobiles.

TuSimple Logs First No-Human Semitruck Run

A semitruck has officially completed a run without a human onboard and no human intervention. Using technology developed by TuSimple, the truck made an 80-mile trip in Arizona. The company claims it is the first known successful trip by a class 8 vehicle without a human. The company did keep a lead vehicle five miles ahead to be on the lookout for unexpected obstacles. A tail vehicle followed along with several unmarked police cars. The vehicle reportedly managed lane changes, traffic signals, and on/off ramps.

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Weekly NFT Sales Top $319 Million

NFT sales have exploded in 2021 combining for a total of $14 billion in sales volume. Last week also led to a new sales record of $319 million worth of NFT purchases taking place. Bored Ape Yacht Club accounted for $104.3 million in sales alone, with some 2,111 NFT moved in the 7-day period. Collections from Crypto Punks, Art Blocks, The Sandbox, and Cool Cats rounded out the top 5 movers.

Did Scientists Find the Secret to Early Onset Alzheimer’s?

A group of Australian scientists believes it has made a significant discovery with regard to early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The group recently completed a study of Zebrafish, which are surprisingly similar to humans at the DNA level, and made a number of observations regarding the passing of various genes through multiple generations. They found similar results to those in mice, and will now begin testing a wider range of cell types to see if the trend is consistent in each. At that point, they will be able to determine if and how it can be adjusted.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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