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BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

BAE Systems uses laser-guided rockets to take out pesky drones

With drones increasingly utilized as common warfare and surveillance technologies, a number of government contractors and agencies have funded projects that look into new ways to knock the aerial vehicles out of the sky. The latest among them is BAE Systems, which has tested a modified rocket featuring a laser guidance system to shoot down drones without the cost of existing missile options.

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FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

FDA authorizes its first nicotine vape, but only with tobacco flavors

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted its first market authorization for a small batch of electronic cigarette (vape) products, the agency has announced. The approval underscores the agency's intentions to target 'appealing' vape products amid growing public criticism over non-tobacco flavors and youth vaping trends.

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Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

The European Union has banned the use of a common food additive commonly used to produce white colors. The decision follows years of contention over whether titanium dioxide represents a health risk when used as a food additive. Though officials still have not concluded whether titanium dioxide is genotoxic when used in food, the "evidence along with all of the uncertainties" fueled the decision to ban its use.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first national security launch delayed again

The US Space Force USSF-44 mission set to launch on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket has been delayed once again due to a 'payload readiness' issue, Space Force Command has confirmed. The USSF-44 mission was first scheduled to launch this past July, but was delayed to early October because the payload wasn't ready. The next launch date is less firm, but will happen next year.

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Biden calls for an international crackdown on ransomware

Biden calls for an international crackdown on ransomware

The Biden administration has announced that it is calling a meeting that will include representatives from 30 different nations in an attempt to drum up support for a global crackdown on ransomware. Ransomware is a type of cyber attack where data and files on a computer or server system are stolen and encrypted. If the victim doesn't pay a ransom, the data is deleted or leaked to the public.

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US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

As of the latest figures on Friday, the United States has reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, a grim milestone amid anti-vax sentiments and continued misinformation. The deaths are largely now driven by the delta variant, which is highly contagious and particularly dangerous for people who remain unvaccinated.

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NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

NOAA shares dramatic Hurricane Sam video recorded on ocean’s surface

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has shared a dramatic high-quality video of Hurricane Sam as experienced while floating on the ocean's surface. The video was captured by a 'saildrone,' which is a type of floating drone that resembles a sailboat, only with a bright orange coating and a large solar panel.

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US Army backs ‘sleeping cap’ that monitors brain-cleaning fluid

US Army backs ‘sleeping cap’ that monitors brain-cleaning fluid

Getting proper restful sleep at night is a key aspect of maintaining health. Chronically poor sleep has been linked to a number of issues, including immediate ones like slower reaction speeds and trouble concentrating, as well as long-term problems like increased risk for certain diseases. One of the key aspects of sleep is fluid that cleans waste from the brain.

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CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

The CDC has issued a health advisory regarding pregnant people and COVID-19 vaccinations. The new advisory "recommends urgent action" to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among not only those who are currently pregnant, but those who were recently pregnant, including those who are lactating, those who are trying to become pregnant, or those who could become pregnant in the near future. According to the CDC, vaccination among pregnant people is low.

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USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

USAF taps Rolls-Royce to build new engines for classic B-52 bomber

The United States Air Force has awarded Rolls-Royce North America with the coveted Commercial Engine Replacement Program (CERP) contract to build the replacement engines for the B-52 bombers. Rolls-Royce beat out competitors like Pratt & Whitney and General Electric, scoring a $2.6 billion contract to build more than 600 engines for the classic aircraft.

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China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

China name-checks Bitcoin, Ethereum, TEDA in blanket crypto ban

The People's Bank of China just released a note that effectively outlawed cryptocurrency in China. This note was issued to "the people's governments of all provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities under the Central Government, and Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps. That's basically everyone in China - every Chinese citizen, anyway. They're targeting what they're called "virtual currency trading hype activities" of all sorts.

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FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster shot, but only for some people

FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster shot, but only for some people

The US Food and Drug Administration has officially authorized the administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but only for select people who are at a greater than typical risk of developing a severe infection. The authorization comes only days after the agency rejected plans to offer anyone who wanted one a booster shot.

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