To resolve thousands of lawsuits, including 8,500 personal injury complaints, Juul has agreed to pay $1.2 billion. If you think that’s a lot for such a young firm, consider this: Altria, the corporation that owns Marlboro, spent $12.8 billion in Juul in 2018.
Juul was the market leader for e-cigarettes in the US in 2018, but it fell to second place behind Vuse due to a number of scandals. The US Food and Drug Administration attempted to outlaw the sale of Juul products and ordered e-cigarette makers to stop selling flavored pods if they can’t demonstrate that they can keep them out of the hands of children.
Still, California sued Juul in 2019, accusing the company of targeting minors in the state, failing to verify the age of its customers, and failing to warn users of their exposure to chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects.
– Mat Smith
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The Orion crew vehicle landed in the Pacific Ocean.
NASA’s Artemis 1 mission has returned to Earth following a successful trip around the Moon. On Saturday, at approximately 12:40 PM ET, the uncrewed Orion vessel landed off the coast of Baja, California. Its almost 26-day journey included a new spaceflight record and some stunning photos of Earth’s natural satellite.
Another tractor can run on manure gases.
CNH Industrial has unveiled what it says is the “first” electric light tractor prototype with self-driving features. The machine promises zero emissions, quieter operation than diesel models, and, according to CNH, lower running costs. Sensors and cameras on the roof help the vehicle complete tasks, dodge obstacles, and work in harmony with other equipment. You can even activate it from your phone.
Plus: This year in drones and action cams.
This week, many of us saw our social media feeds taken over by colorful, surreal pictures of people we follow, except they don’t quite look like themselves. Lensa AI generated the images, the latest in what feels like a now-annual trend to use a new app to create mockups of your face in various scenarios. This week’s AFKFree Podcast discusses the fascination with them, and AFKFree Editor-at-Large James Trew joins the team for a check-in on the state of action cameras.
The E-Ray could pair a V8 with an electric motor to offer all-wheel drive.
Fans on CorvetteBlogger and Corvette Forum discovered GM briefly made the 2024 Corvette E-Ray hybrid available through Chevy’s online visualizer tool. The design combines the wide body of the C8 Z06 with the regular model’s exhaust pipes. There are some new colors (Cacti green, anyone?) and model-specific wheels. The biggest changes, as you might guess, are in the engine. Images of the engine bay suggest the E-Ray will use the regular C8 Corvette’s LT2 V8 engine. The absence of a charging port suggests this is a conventional hybrid rather than a plug-in.
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