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FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

FDA warns public about ‘cool trend’ whole body cryotherapy

Whole body cryotherapy is a growing trend amongst those brave enough to tackle the coldest (briefly) livable temperatures — if you’ve ever taken an ice bath, gone on a polar bear swim, or spent a few minutes running around in an ice chamber, you’ll probably be familiar with the general idea. Whole body cryotherapy is popping up at spas and wellness centers across the nation promising to help treat a whole host of ailments, including serious conditions like MS and Alzheimer’s disease. Finally, the FDA has stepped in with a word of caution.

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Pale eel-like fish spotted alive in deep sea waters for the first time

Pale eel-like fish spotted alive in deep sea waters for the first time

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a video showing a living, pale, “ghostly” fish; this is the first time the creature has been found alive, marking a new milestone discovery for the agency. The fish was found by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer team during the agency’s 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Mariana. NOAA recently shared a clear high-resolution video of the fish.

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‘Superbug’ bacteria found in Rio’s water raises Olympics concerns

‘Superbug’ bacteria found in Rio’s water raises Olympics concerns

As if there aren’t already enough concerns about the Rio Olympics, a team of scientists from Brazil have announced that a drug-resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria has been found at popular beach destinations in the region. The news is troublesome for many reasons, not the least of which is the 2016 Olympic Games planned for the city this summer which will bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors, potentially exposing them to the drug-resistant bacteria.

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Google’s latest diversity numbers show very little change

Google’s latest diversity numbers show very little change

Google has been working to diversify its workforce for a couple years, and it recently released the latest numbers on its efforts. Unfortunately, not much changed last year in comparison to 2014. The number of non-white and non-Asian U.S. employees scarcely budged, for example, with Hispanics accounting for 3-percent of the workforce and African Americans accounting for 2-percent. The company’s overall number of female workers increased a whole 1-percent over 2014.

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Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper will be shut down late next month, the social network has revealed, with Facebook advising users via an in–app message that they will not be able to access the app after July 29. Though Facebook Paper had initially garnered good reviews back in 2014, it didn’t draw in any significant number of users if the app download numbers are anything to go by. The writing has been on the wall for a while, though, as Facebook never got around to releasing an Android version and it last updated the iOS app in March of last year.

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Ancient pay stub reveals worker was paid with beer

Ancient pay stub reveals worker was paid with beer

A 5,000-year-old clay tablet is the oldest known pay stub in the world, and it has revealed an interesting relationship between one ancient worker and his boss: the worker was paid with beer. The pay stub was discovered in what is now modern day Iraq, and it is written in cuneiform, appearing to be a gibberish of lines and chicken scratch to most of us. A trained eye, though, will see a person with his head leaned toward a bowl and another container with a shape that indicates beer, as well as marks that show how much beer the worker got for his labor.

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Evernote guts free plan, hikes paid plan pricing

Evernote guts free plan, hikes paid plan pricing

It's a cut-throat business out there in the cloud, and Evernote users are latest to bear the brunt, with the note management service making big changes to squeeze out more subscriber cash. Prices are going up for the company's two paid plans, while the free tier is being shackled with new limitations that some users might find tough to swallow.

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Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh brings same-day grocery deliveries to Boston

Amazon Fresh, the company’s same-day grocery service for Prime members, has expanded into Boston. Though Amazon Fresh isn’t available throughout the entire city, it is available in most of it, and it makes more than 95,000 items available to residents. This includes fresh foods like meat and vegetables, hence the name. Depending on what time of the day the items are ordered, the food will be delivered on the same day or the next morning.

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Anti-aging human drug tests may start as early as July

Anti-aging human drug tests may start as early as July

A joint clinical study will soon be conducted by Washington University in St. Louis and Keio University in Japan, it has been announced, and it’ll involve a drug that may slow down the aging process in humans. The study may begin by early July, but it first must undergo review by the Research Ethics Committee at Keio University, which will review the plans and determine whether they’re suitable for proceeding.

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Chameleon spit is ultra sticky, enables tongue to nab insects

Chameleon spit is ultra sticky, enables tongue to nab insects

Chameleons have long intrigued humans, due in no small part to their funny eyes, their color-changing skin, and their whip-like tongues. When hunting, a chameleon will shoot its tongue out to surprising lengths, striking an insect and reeling it back in for a quick meal. How the tongue itself works is no mystery, but how it managed to cling to the insect wasn't so clear until now. Turns out, chameleons have super-sticky spit.

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Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

Zika vaccine approved for phase one human trial

A pair of companies have gotten the go-ahead for human trials of a zika virus vaccination, they have announced. Inovio Pharmaceuticals and GeneOne Life Science got approval for a phase I trial, which will concern Inovio’s Zika DNA vaccine GLS-5700. The vaccination is designed to prevent zika virus infections in humans; it showed promise in pre-clinical trials involving both small and large animals.

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Waze’s new feature bypasses those terrible left turns

Waze’s new feature bypasses those terrible left turns

The U.S. doesn't make adequate use of 'diamond' and other atypical intersections, and that means we’re frequently faced with terribly difficult left turns — the kind where there’s no traffic light, it’s the middle of rush hour, and you have to make your way across a few lanes at best. Everyone has encountered these turns at times; you may even have given up on them, choosing to go right until you find somewhere you can turn left at a traffic light, having to take the time to backtrack to your original destination. With a new Waze update, that changes.

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