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Kratom salmonella outbreak across 20 states prompts CDC warning

Kratom salmonella outbreak across 20 states prompts CDC warning

The Centers for Disease Control are warning about a salmonella outbreak associated with a plant called kratom. The outbreak has affected individuals in multiple states, according to the CDC, which says it is recommending that people abstain from kratom use until further notice. There aren't any common suppliers or brands associated with the illnesses at this time, though information is still forthcoming.

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George Washington’s hair found in old college book

George Washington’s hair found in old college book

A historical archivist has stumbled across an unlikely and particularly exciting historical artifact: some strands of George Washington's hair. The lock of hair was found safe in an envelope that was tucked into a leather book belonging to Union College in New York. That book is titled "Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793."

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Google 911 tech could help US EMS find cell phone callers

Google 911 tech could help US EMS find cell phone callers

Cell phones, as great as they are, have made things difficult for the US's emergency operators. It's difficult to pinpoint the location of a cell phone caller who isn't able to give their location, a problem Google may be working to solve. According to a recent report, the Internet giant recently tested tech that helps 911 centers identify the location of a cell phone caller.

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Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

Drone in helicopter’s path may have caused first UAV-related crash in US

It's only a matter of time before some reckless fool causes a big incident by flying a drone in the path of an actual plane. The FAA has confirmed that a helicopter crashed earlier this week in South Carolina, but the wider story isn't so simple. According to reports, including anonymous sources who have spoken up, a consumer drone may have flown in front of the helicopter, forcing the pilot to make a hasty -- and dangerous -- maneuver to avoid hitting it.

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Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren’t friends

Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows. The facility, colloquially known as "the spaceship" for its unusual ring-like shape, has only just begun accommodating staff, having seen its opening delayed after construction took longer than expected.

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FedEx goof exposes 119,000 passports, IDs and more

FedEx goof exposes 119,000 passports, IDs and more

A huge FedEx security goof exposed more than 119,000 scanned documents, including passports and driving licenses of customers, the shipping company has admitted. Security researchers identified a server on which the scans - which had been collected as part of a discontinued service that assisted customers in setting up shipments - had been left unsecured and open to public access.

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Cheddar Man DNA paints portrait of Mesolithic Britain’s population

Cheddar Man DNA paints portrait of Mesolithic Britain’s population

In 1903, a skeleton was discovered in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset's Gough's Cave. Decades later, scientists used radiocarbon dating to determine that the nearly complete skeleton is around 10,000 years old, placing it back to Mesolithic Britain. Thanks to DNA recovered from the skeleton and modern technology, experts have been able to recreate what the man likely looked like.

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Singapore Airlines loyalty program gets blockchain-based makeover

Singapore Airlines loyalty program gets blockchain-based makeover

Singapore Airlines has announced a blockchain-based loyalty program, something it says is the first of its kind. This is part of Singapore Airlines' KrisFlyer frequent-flyer program, and it involves a digital wallet for loyalty benefits. The blockchain-based program is still a work in progress, but the airline says it expects to launch the related digital wallet app around this summer.

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Ancient spiders found in amber had long, hairy tails

Ancient spiders found in amber had long, hairy tails

Researchers have discovered ancient spiders preserved in amber, and they, like many ancient critters, are more horrifying than their modern counterparts. While resembling the spiders you may find in your cupboard today, the ancient variety have one very distinct, very uncomfortable difference: a long semi-hairy tail. Researchers suggest the tail may have been used to feel around for sensing nearby things.

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YouTube combats fake news by calling out government-backed sources

YouTube combats fake news by calling out government-backed sources

The battle against fake news is not one that's easily fought, but Google is trying to use YouTube to arm people with more knowledge about the news content they watch. YouTube has announced a new initiative that will help it "provide greater transparency across the board to our community of creators, advertisers, and viewers." Today, we're seeing the first part of that initiative roll out to the service itself.

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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai steps down, Kenichiro Yoshida taking over

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai steps down, Kenichiro Yoshida taking over

Sony has had a very mixed past five years. It managed to hold on to a saturated and stagnating TV market but lost its PC business. It fended off Microsoft in the console wars, only for both of them to be upstaged by the Nintendo Switch. And let’s not even go into its mobile business. It’s all in a day’s work for Kazuo Hirai, who took the helm back in 2012. But now that the company is about to embark on the last stage of his corporate plan, Hirai is stepping down and passing the torch to CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.

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An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

An opioid in over-the-counter anti-diarrhea meds has the FDA worried

Head to your local big box store, pharmacy, or even online retailers like Amazon and you can easily find anti-diarrhea medications made with the same main ingredient: loperamide. These medications serve an important purpose, of course, but some people are increasingly using them to get high. This trend has officials worried and now the FDA is taking steps to address the issue.

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