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Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019 at 19:47.

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Juul pulled almost all of its flavored nicotine pods other than menthol and mint off the market last year under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, which under recently departed Administrator Scott Gottlieb was pursuing a hardline stance on the vaping industry and specifically on Juul, which has been repeatedly accused of knowingly marketing to teenagers . But if Juul...

Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Aug 13, 2019 at 21:40.

Sci-Fi Looking Robotic Neck Brace Could Help Lou Gehrig’s Disease Patients Lift and Move Their Heads Again

Sci-Fi Looking Robotic Neck Brace Could Help Lou Gehrig’s Disease Patients Lift and Move Their Heads Again
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gherig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 13, 2019 at 08:50. 5 comments

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Preliminary Data Shows Two New Ebola Drugs Dramatically Decrease Mortality Rates

Two new clinical treatments for the infamous Ebola virus may result in it becoming a “preventable and treatable” disease, the BBC reported on Monday, with a study of four drugs finding that two treatments called REGN-EB3 and mAb114 were effective in limiting mortality from the disease.

Per Wired, while researchers have already developed an experimental vaccine to prevent people from catching...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Aug 12, 2019 at 19:38. 11 comments

Can You Laugh to Death?

Can You Laugh to Death?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

True laughter—not the strained, polite variant you find in offices, or the monotonous guffawing you hear on comedy podcasts, but real, involuntary, gasping laughter—is an escape from death, or at least the dread of it: you can think about death while laughing...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 08, 2019. 7 comments

FDA Is Investigating 127 Incidents of Seizures Possibly Linked to Use of E-Cigarettes

FDA Is Investigating 127 Incidents of Seizures Possibly Linked to Use of E-Cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that it is investigating 127 reports of seizures or other neurological issues that may be linked to the use of e-cigarettes, a figure that has expanded by nearly 100 since the agency first announced its probe back in April.

The FDA said Wednesday in an update on its investigation that the incidents spanned a period between 2010 and 2019 and...

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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jul 30, 2019. 2 comments

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?

What's the Worst Thing That Could Happen if You Hold in Your Pee Too Long?
Giz AsksIn this Gizmodo series, we ask questions about everything from space to butts and get answers from a variety of experts.  

Unless there are some truly radical advances in catheter technology, having to pee and not being able to will remain a universal predicament, albeit one more acute for some (Amazon warehouse workers , for instance) than for others. Certainly it can feel, in the...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Jul 23, 2019. 14 comments

U.S. Beaches Are So Full of Sewage Pollution, They're Often Unsafe for Swimming, New Report Finds

U.S. Beaches Are So Full of Sewage Pollution, They're Often Unsafe for Swimming, New Report Finds

I don’t go to the beach for the sand or the sun. I go for the waves. There’s nothing like splashing in the water after lugging your cooler, chair, and beach umbrella to your designated spot. Unfortunately, I may need to think twice about going for a swim at the beach. And so should you.

A new report out Tuesday has found that more than half of the beaches in coastal states, the Great Lakes...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 18, 2019.

Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

Ebola Outbreak Declared a Public Health Emergency by World Health Organization

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week that it has elected to declare the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a decision that comes nearly a year after the outbreak was first declared and after the infection of thousands of people.

The declaration was made following the fourth meeting of an emergency panel...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 17, 2019. 16 comments

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

Elon Musk's Neuralink Says It's Created Brain-Reading 'Threads,' Surgical Robot That Inserts Them

On Tuesday evening in San Francisco, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk finally shed some light on what Neuralink, his company that has raised $158 million to develop “ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers,” has been up to since its launch in 2017.

In the livestreamed announcement, Musk expressed his long-held concern that humans would be “left behind” by...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 16, 2019. 14 comments

Judge Slashes Payout in Roundup Lawsuit, But Calls Monsanto's Conduct 'Reprehensible'

Judge Slashes Payout in Roundup Lawsuit, But Calls Monsanto's Conduct 'Reprehensible'

A federal judge in one of the lawsuits between pharmaceutical giant AG Bayer, which bought agrochemical giant Monsanto in 2018, and plaintiffs who claim its Roundup herbicide caused their cancer has slashed an $80 million payout, Reuters reported on Monday.

According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco found that while evidence supports a $5.27 million in...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 15, 2019.
Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 14, 2019. 20 comments

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

Anti-Vaxxers Fail to Block New York Law Eliminating Religious Exemptions to Vaccine Requirements

A New York State Supreme Court Justice on Friday rejected a suit brought by 55 families attempting to block the state’s recently passed law “eliminating exemptions to school vaccination requirements on the basis of religious beliefs,” Ars Technica reported.

New York is the state hardest hit this year by outbreaks of measles, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared...

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Jul 12, 2019.

Sugar Molecules May Be the Key to Safer Chemo

Sugar Molecules May Be the Key to Safer Chemo

The ability to aim chemotherapy drugs at cancer cells - and just cancer cells - has been a goal for medical researchers for a long time. So is the recent discovery of a malaria protein that appears to target the tumour and not the patient’s normal cells a significant step forward in the arms race against cancer?

Certainly the idea of targeting cancer cells with proteins that carry a toxic drug...

Robbie Gonzalez Robbie Gonzalez Jul 12, 2019.

About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

About That Ultramarathon You've Been Meaning To Run

A recently conducted study concludes that that when extreme athletes (like ultramarathoners) overextend themselves, their guts can leak microbes into their blood stream, “poisoning” their blood and triggering a harmful inflammatory immune response. Scientific American’s Christopher Intagliata has more details.

Contact the author at rtgonzalez@io9.com.

Jul 08, 2019.

Gene Editing Won't Work on Complex Traits Like Intelligence

Gene Editing Won't Work on Complex Traits Like Intelligence

As we consider the ethics of human gene editing, we need to understand what can and can’t be meaningfully edited.

Last week, scientists gathered in Washington, DC for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing to discuss a technology called CRISPR-CAS9, which can insert, remove and change the DNA of basically any organism. It is relatively simple, inexpensive and accurate, and it’s already...

Victoria Song Victoria Song Jul 08, 2019.

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon Pulls Books Peddling Toxic 'Autism Cures'

Amazon has pulled two books peddling pseudoscientific “autism cures” that promote giving children potentially toxic chemical baths and medication for mercury poisoning.

Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win, the books in question, were amongst those highlighted in a recent report from Wired about Amazon carrying multiple books peddling dubious, potentially...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Jul 07, 2019. 20 comments

Philly Park Officials Criticized for Installing Devices That Blare High-Frequency Noise at Young People

Philly Park Officials Criticized for Installing Devices That Blare High-Frequency Noise at Young People

There is growing criticism of Philadelphia officials’ decision to install sonic devices called the Mosquito that constantly emit extremely loud, high-frequency noise from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. every night designed to be audible only to persons aged 13 to 25, according to a Friday report by NPR’s Morning Edition.

The working principle behind the devices, produced by Vancouver-based Moving...

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We Should Be Planting More Trees, Purely For Selfish Human Reasons

We Should Be Planting More Trees, Purely For Selfish Human Reasons

Yesterday we learned that humans have killed half of the Earth’s trees , which today number in the trillions. At the same time, there’s been a boom in scientific studies showing that humans are healthier and happier when exposed to our leafy friends.

At least three news studies this summer focus on the mental and physical benefits of having access to trees and nature. They’re part of a...

George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 05, 2019. 9 comments

Astronauts Aren’t Dying From Space Radiation, New Research Suggests

Astronauts Aren’t Dying From Space Radiation, New Research Suggests

Excessive exposure to the Sun’s harmful rays is an occupational hazard endured by astronauts, who run the risk of contracting cancer and heart disease as a result. At least that’s what we thought. New research shows that astronauts aren’t dying prematurely, but scientists caution that long duration missions will pose serious risks.

A study published today in Scientific Reports failed to...

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