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The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC really needs you to stop snuggling chickens

The CDC is singing a familiar song: stop snuggling, kissing, or otherwise being physically affectionate with chickens. The message has been preached many times in the past, each in reference to outbreaks of Salmonella, a bacterial disease most commonly acquired through contaminated water or food. Salmonella is common among chickens, as well, and that's a problem for backyard farmers.

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US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

US Space Force successfully launches secretive X-37B space plane

Following a delay caused by poor weather, the US Space Force and United Launch Alliance have successfully launched the military's secretive X-37B space plane. The craft was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida using the Atlas V rocket, sending it off on its sixth space mission. Space Force recently revealed that the space plane is carrying multiple experiments, including some for NASA, though many details on the spacecraft remain a secret.

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Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

Artemis Accords moon mining pact in the works with Trump admin: Report

A "legal blueprint for mining on the moon" was tipped to be in the works in the White House under the U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords. A report this week suggests that a draft pact has not yet been "formally shared" with any U.S. allies as of yet. This agreement would be made in association with NASA and ideally agreed upon by by government officials around the world.

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How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

Apple and Google revealed plans to implement Contact Tracing on the iPhone and Android devices of all sorts this week. The plan starts with Google and Apple creating the code that'll allow smartphones to anonymously "ping" one-another and keep a record of said pings. If one person tests positive for COVID-19, notifications will be sent to all devices that've been near the infected person in the recent past.

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US Intelligence Community releases statement on origins of COVID-19

US Intelligence Community releases statement on origins of COVID-19

A statement was released today by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in the USA on the origins of COVID-19. In the statement it's written, "The entire Intelligence Community has been consistently providing critical support to U.S. policymakers and those responding to the COVID-19 virus, which originated in China." They go on to agree with "wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified."

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Coronavirus quarantine fatigue spurs Fauci warning of ‘inevitable’ 2nd wave

Coronavirus quarantine fatigue spurs Fauci warning of ‘inevitable’ 2nd wave

As quarantine fatigue spreads across the planet, a second round of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is "inevitable" according to the USA's leading epidemiologist. If states lift restrictions on quarantine too early, the results could be dire. But if the USA makes significant progress in efforts to deal with the pandemic before the second wave, suggested Dr. Anthony Fauci, the USA should weather the storm

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Pentagon finally confirms and releases leaked US Navy UFO videos

Pentagon finally confirms and releases leaked US Navy UFO videos

Following the big leak involving them in late 2017 and early 2018, the Department of Defense has officially confirmed the validity of and released into the public domain a total of three US Navy videos showing what is popularly referred to as 'UFOs.' In a brief statement on Monday, the Pentagon said that it has categorized the 'aerial phenomenon' showcased in the leaked videos as officially 'unidentified.'

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Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Online learning company Coursera has announced a new initiative designed to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Under this initiative, various governments can sign up to participate in the program, making it available to unemployed individuals as a way to help them score new jobs. The initiative includes 3,800 classes, as well as professional certificates.

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Check your IRS stimulus payment status: Don’t get hoodwinked via email

Check your IRS stimulus payment status: Don’t get hoodwinked via email

Because the vast majority of Americans will be getting a sum of money from the government this week to stimulate the economy, there's a danger. The potential for chaos is great, and malicious agents are out in force attempting to trick the average citizen into revealing personal information at the promise of info on said cash. But the IRS has created a simple website with which users can see the status of their stimulus check, and that's where you should go right this minute.

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NASA Hubble finds your birthday photo – in space!

NASA Hubble finds your birthday photo – in space!

Each day of the year, every year for the past 30 years, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope has captured photos of our universe. The vast majority of these photos are used by NASA and the scientific community without being seen by the general public. As such, and because Hubble's been snapping photos for 30 years (happy birthday Hubble!) NASA's released this fun tool for us all.

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New York taps meditation app Headspace to help the public calm down

New York taps meditation app Headspace to help the public calm down

Many people are feeling various negative emotions related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic: fear, loneliness, despair, and more. These feelings can be overwhelming, particularly when so many are forced to remain isolated in their homes with few things to distract them. According to meditation company Headspace, New York Governor Cuomo's office recently reached out in hopes of helping the public calm down.

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FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

FDA expands on 2 coronavirus treatment trials

The FDA announced expansions of clinical trials and potential for expanded access programs for two treatments for COVID-19. The FDA announced this latest national effort to bring blood-related therapies for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic this afternoon. The two potential treatment products are called convalescent plasma and hyperimmune globulin.

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