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NY’s digital prescriptions use tech to battle addiction

NY’s digital prescriptions use tech to battle addiction

Paper prescriptions: they're hard to read, easy to lose, and, for those particularly desperate, not terribly difficult to modify. Starting March 27, New York will be the first state to require all doctors to submit prescriptions digitally rather than writing them out on a sheet of paper. Doing so presents some minor downsides for patients — namely, they’re stuck with whatever pharmacy receives it rather than being able to take it wherever is cheapest at that moment — but there are several upsides as well.

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UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

UN aviation agency unveils new rules to prevent future aircraft disappearances

New rules have been made public on the anniversary of the loss of MH370 that are intended to prevent any future aircraft disappearances from happening. The ICAO Council adopted new rules to prevent the loss of aircraft that run into distress in very remote locations. These new rules will be amendments to Annex 6 of the Chicago Convention covering the operation of aircraft.

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Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

Ford F-150 drivers allege brake failure, NHTSA investigates

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced an investigation into complaints that some 2013 and 2014 model year Ford F-150 trucks can experience brake failure. According to the NHTSA, the issue could affect about 420,000 of the 3.5-liter V6 pickups; it has received 33 complaints about the possible issue so far, with some drivers reporting their trucks suffered “complete” braking failure, a few instances of which reportedly resulted in crashes.

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Gas-powered shoulder cannon blasts nets at wayward drones

Gas-powered shoulder cannon blasts nets at wayward drones

Drones being operated in places they’re not allowed — the White House, over airports, etc. — has been a growing issue, and researchers have moved quickly to develop various neutralizing weapons that take down such drones. Nets seem to be the most popular method, as they have a large spread and the drone’s rotors get tangled up easily. Deploying those nets isn’t so easy though — that is, until SkyWall100 was developed.

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DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

DOT bans e-cigarettes on commercial flights

A final ruling has been made about e-cigarette use on commercial flights: they’re banned and you'll get in big trouble for violating the ban. The ruling surprises exactly no one, but had to be made, as some travelers have eschewed common sense to use the 'vaping' devices during their flights. The DOT announced the final rule today, with the agency applying the same rules to e-cigarettes that it has for regular cigarettes.

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US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

US CPSC finally and officially declares hoverboards unsafe

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, but now it is on paper too. 2015 ended badly for the self-balancing, two-wheeled board, with many catching fire and harming their riders. Some manufacturers and a few retailers have started pulling what would be considered deathtraps on wheels, and now there is official government weight to those actions. In a letter to manufacturers, importers, and retailers, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission described these hoverboards as posing an unreasonable risk to fire. That is, unless they meet safety standards. Problem is, none of them currently do.

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Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

Self-balancing scooters have caused over $2 million in damage since December

We all know that the so-called hoverboards are bad news. In addition to making you look really stupid, they can also cause some serious damage. The US Office of Compliance and Field Operations recently compiled a report on the devices, and sent it to "Manufacturers, Importers, and Retailers of Self-Balancing Scooters."

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Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota has announced plans to recall 2.87 million vehicles across the globe over a potential safety issue with the seatbelt. The recall will concern the RAV4 and Vanguard SUVs, the latter of which are sold in Japan. The auto maker isn’t sure whether any injuries have resulted from the issue, but is aware of instances where seatbelts were damaged during crashes.

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2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

2016 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription Review: Chinese takeout

Volvo is on a roll right now, its XC90 SUV named North American Truck of the Year and anticipation levels high for the S90 sedan unveiled in Detroit last month. Even smooth-talking Swedes can't sustain a whole company on two flagships, however, and so the meat of the range remains the leftovers from before Geely's purchase of the brand.

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New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

New software enables drones to search forests for lost hikers

Autonomous drones could be the future of finding lost hikers thanks to new software developed by researchers at a few universities. Drones equipped with this software are able to find and follow forest paths on their own, possibly finding someone who has become lost on the path. Once the lost hiker is found, the drone can alert rescuers and provide the location.

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GM to recall 473k SUVs, trucks over loose brake pedal bolt

GM to recall 473k SUVs, trucks over loose brake pedal bolt

General Motors will be recalling 473,000 SUVs and pickup trucks in Canada and the United States due to a potentially faulty bolt and the brake pedal failure it can cause. Most of the recalled vehicles are located in the US, and include the Chevy Tahoe vehicles used by some police departments. When the recall will begin isn't clear at this time.

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NHTSA Safety Probe Involves 856,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Shifters

NHTSA Safety Probe Involves 856,000 Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Shifters

Auto designers are always looking for ways to maximize interior space, and that includes thinking outside the box when it comes to reinterpreting the control surfaces we've all become so accustomed to in modern vehicles. At Fiat Chrysler, in recent years this has meant transmuting the traditional transmission shifter stalk into a smaller selector that frees up significant room on the center console by avoiding a direct mechanical linkage with the transmission in favor of an electronic connection.

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