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Donald Trump masks, the US millennials living at home and friendly, helpful ‘cobots’

Donald Trump: drying on the shelves at the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province in China. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

Donald Trump: drying on the shelves at the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province in China. Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

 

Image of the week: Top Trumps

It’s not quite Mount Rushmore, but here lies some masks of US Republic presidential candidate Donald Trump, drying on the shelves at the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory in Zhejiang Province in China. The Halloween and party supply business, which produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama bin Laden to Spider- Man, is expecting sales of the Trump mask to outsell those of Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, perhaps because Trump is scarier, or perhaps because people have no imagination when it comes to Halloween. Either way, it expects to shift about half a million of each. This was in fact one of the least disturbing pictures taken at the Jinhua factory. Some of the others are simply too traumatic to show.

Photograph: Reuters/Aly Song

In Numbers: Sticking with the nest

32.1

Percentage of people aged 18-34 in the United States who are living with home with their parents, according to Pew Research Center analysis of US Census Bureau data for 2014. The proportion now exceeds those living with spouses and partners (31.6 per cent).

35

Percentage of US men aged 18-34 who are living with home with their parents. For men, living with parents has exceeded living with spouses or partners since 2009.

29

Percentage of US women aged 18-34 who are living with home with their parents. Unlike the men, more women in this age group still cohabit with spouses and partners than with their parents.

The Lexicon: Cobot

A “cobot” is a collaborative robot. It’s a robot that doesn’t want to steal your job, it wants to help you do it. It sounds a bit like the way computers were once sold, and indeed, who hasn’t enjoyed taking a couple of hours off while Microsoft Windows “works on updates”? Now, however, the vaguely humanoid cobots are coming to factory floors to give humans “super powers” and ideally not bump into them or injure them in any way. They’re still working out the whole safety thing. But these cobots will definitely be very friendly – they’ll be smiling as they hand you your P45.

Getting to know: Lauri Love

Lauri Love is a British-Finnish electrical engineering student (31) who has been battling extradition to the US, where the FBI and department of justice allege he was involved in the hacking of government agencies such as the US army and Nasa. Love is part of Hacker House, a cybersecurity group that says it aims to “foster a culture of ethical hacking and knowledge sharing”.

He hasn’t yet seen the evidence against him, but believes fighting a court case in the US would be impossible because the legal fees could cost about $100,000 that he hasn’t got. He says he would “rather face a murder charge in the UK than a computer charge in the US, because I know at least I would get out in 20 years”, which is a bit depressing.

The list: Richest people in US states

Just for fun, billionaire trackers Forbes have worked out who the richest person is in each of the 50 US states. Mark Zuckerberg is the new king of California, overtaking Larry Ellison, while Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have got the states of Nebraska and Washington respectively to call their own. But who else came out top of their particular patch?

1 Michael Bloomberg He loves New York. The $43.6 billion fortune probably helps.

2 Alice Walton The Wal-Mart heir is wealthier than everybody else who lives in Texas. She prefers collecting and curating art to running supermarkets. Brother Jim took the Arkansas crown.

3 Pierre Omidyar The French-born eBay founder is the richest person living in Hawaii, says Forbes.

4 Sheldon Adelson The man with the most chips in Nevada, aka the chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, is placing his financial bets on Trump, so good luck with that.

5 James Goodnight North Carolina’s richest person founded the data analytics software firm SAS in the 1970s and hasn’t had a bad night since.

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