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US Border Patrol seizes thousands of fake vaccine cards and Pfizer stickers

US Border Patrol seizes thousands of fake vaccine cards and Pfizer stickers

The US Border Patrol has reported seizing thousands of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards and Pfizer inoculation seals, the latest confiscation in what has been at least several thousand counterfeit cards found by customs officers this year. The latest batch arrived at the Port of Cincinnati in multiple shipments.

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Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Office 2021 perpetual consumer release date locked for Windows and MacOS

Today Microsoft announced the release date for Office 2021, the company's consumer perpetual offering for the service. At the same time, Microsoft revealed the release of the Microsoft Office Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for both Windows and Mac for government and business licensing to general availability. If you're looking for the next one-time-purchase Office build for your own home computer, look to October!

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NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA picks 5 companies for Artemis lander work: Who ranked best?

NASA's Artemis lander concept process reached a point where 5 companies were awarded further millions to mature sustainable human landing system concepts. The awards will be given under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N broad agency announcement, and represent a combined total of $146 million USD for work over the next 15 months.

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DOE spends $16m for AI that can make its own scientific discoveries

DOE spends $16m for AI that can make its own scientific discoveries

Technology is getting more complex every year, opening the door to new scientific innovations and discoveries, but with a big downside: there's more data than ever, and transforming it into something useful gets harder with the more data available. The Department of Energy wants to help address this by funding machine learning and AI research that may 'automate scientific discovery.'

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US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

US solar roadmap makes Biden’s surprisingly bright predictions for 2035

Close to half of America's electricity needs could be handled by clean solar energy by 2035, the US Department of Energy has concluded, as the Biden Administration looks to ways to trim emissions without increasing the costs of power. A focus on solar power has been key to that strategy, but even record-setting installations so far have been a relative drop in the ocean compared to the sort of solar farms required to ween America off its fossil fuel dependence.

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Texas abortion website is down again after onslaught of fake reports

Texas abortion website is down again after onslaught of fake reports

The Texas Right to Life group's abortion 'whistleblower' website is down again, this time redirecting to the group's website. This is the second time the website's tips platform has been shut down, each amid an onslaught of fake reports from all over the country. The website will return, the group claims, but the timeline for this return hasn't been revealed.

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Study claims getting rid of cash could benefit society, but there’s a catch

Study claims getting rid of cash could benefit society, but there’s a catch

A new study from the University of Georgia claims that getting rid of cash could ultimately benefit the average US family, but only if a certain change is made alongside it: lowered taxes. Though some experts have predicted that society will eventually get rid of fiat currency, the idea is controversial -- physical cash, after all, is completely anonymous and private, unlike digital transactions.

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Bitcoin now official legal tender of El Salvador

Bitcoin now official legal tender of El Salvador

As of the 7th of September, 2021, El Salvador became the first country in the world to accept Bitcoin as legal tender. "For the first time in history, all the eyes of the world will be on El Salvador," said El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, "The bitcoin achieved this." Officials in the country hope that Bitcoin will open opportunities for new business in the country, "reduce costs and attract tourists from anywhere in the world."

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Texas abortion website shows blocked messages amid fake tips campaign

Texas abortion website shows blocked messages amid fake tips campaign

The Texas Right to Life group's abortion whistleblower website has been inaccessible for many users today; instead of displaying its anonymous tip page, the website is instead showing a 503 error and telling users they've been blocked. The message given explaining the reason for the block varies based on whether the user is out of state or using a VPN.

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Department of Energy has $25m to tackle plastic recycling’s biggest problem

Department of Energy has $25m to tackle plastic recycling’s biggest problem

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has earmarked $25 million to tackle some of plastic recycling's biggest problems. The agency has selected 10 research projects that involve putting plastic waste to good use as the recipients of the funding, explaining that it aims to not only reduce plastic garbage, but also recycle these waste products into "valuable products."

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FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

FTC leak reveals interest in broken McDonald’s ice cream machines

Every McDonald's restaurant has an ice cream machine, but whether you can actually order anything involving the cold treat is a gamble. It's well-known that McDonald's ice cream machines are often 'not working right now' when someone tries to order, an issue that may have more to do with long repair wait times than employees who simply don't want to re-clean them.

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Apple Wallet driver’s license and ID states start the list

Apple Wallet driver’s license and ID states start the list

On September 1, 2021, Apple revealed the beginning of the list of states working to enable state ID and driver's license in Apple Wallet. Connecticut, Arizona, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Maryland, and Utah are all in the process of making Apple Wallet an official choice for digital holding of documents like state ID and driver's licenses. Apple is also working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to enable "select airport security checkpoints in participating airports" to accept this digital documentation.

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