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Samsung apologizes for acid leak that killed 1 and injured 4

Samsung apologizes for acid leak that killed 1 and injured 4

Samsung issued an apology yesterday for the tragic accident that occurred at its semiconductor plant in Hwaseong on January 28th. A hydrofluoric acid leak killed one worker while injuring four others. It is said that around 3 gallons of the acid leaked. The colorless poison damages the lungs and bones and eventually harms the entire nervous system. While the incident occurred around 11:00PM that night, Samsung failed to report it until 3:00PM the next day.

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Offshore oil rigs suffer from malware attacks

Offshore oil rigs suffer from malware attacks

Several offshore oil rigs have been infected with malware accidentally downloaded from its workers’ personal computers. The malware seems to be originating from pirated videos and music that has been downloaded through the satellite connections used by the rigs, as well as pirated material that were already existing on the workers' computers. These malware attacks shed light on several security gaps that could lead to serious dangers, from well blowouts to fatalities.

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Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing 787 investigations making progress, but there’s no rush

Boeing and the FAA ended up grounding all of its 787 Dreamliners last month due to multiple reports of battery failures. Both US-based and international airlines ended up grounding the entire 787 fleet in order to get to the bottom of the issue, and while investigators are making progress into the failed battery problems, they say that there's no rush and no pressure to get it done as soon as possible.

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Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota recall woes continue: 1.1m cars pulled

Toyota faces another embarrassing recall, this time pulling 1.1m cars back into dealerships to address two independent flaws affecting Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and Lexus IS models. The recalls, which affect cars in the US, Japan, Canada, and Mexico, Reuters reports, are over faulty airbag electronics that could trigger unexpected inflation, and recalcitrant wiper assemblies that could fail in arduous conditions.

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The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

The TSA doesn’t want to see you naked any more (just fondle you)

Controversial backscatter body scanners which could show "nude" images of airport travellers will be retired, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has confirmed, after the manufacturer couldn't deliver privacy software swiftly enough. The 174 Rapiscan scanners in use across the US will be returned to the manufacturer, OSI Systems, Bloomberg reports, after "it became clear to TSA they would be unable to meet our timeline" on developing masking software that would obscure individual identities, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed.

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Federal regulators want black boxes in cars made after September 2014

Federal regulators want black boxes in cars made after September 2014

We mentioned earlier this month that rumors were circulating that the federal government would move to place event data recorders inside new vehicles. Federal regulators are now proposing that all new automobiles sold in the US after September of 2014 will be required to be equipped with these event data recorders. The recorders are somewhat like the black boxes that are found inside aircraft.

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Toyota hit with whopping $17.35 million fine from NHTSA

Toyota hit with whopping $17.35 million fine from NHTSA

Toyota is finding itself with a big bill to pay today, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hitting the company with a $17.35 million fine. The fine is based on safety defects discovered in 2010 Lexus RX 350s, though Toyota isn't getting fined simply because those defects exist. Instead, the company is getting hit with this fine because it allegedly failed to report these defects within the allowed window of five business days.

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New seatbelt automatically unlocks when submerged

New seatbelt automatically unlocks when submerged

I'd wager at one time or another just about every driver has wondered what exactly they would do if their car ever started to sink in a lake. Each year hundreds of drivers across the United States drown because they're unable to get out of a vehicle that has become submerged in water. Some of those deaths are likely thanks to panicked drivers who are unable to release their seatbelt.

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