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CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

CDC warns COVID-19 pandemic could result in a deadly Halloween

October is nearly upon us and it'll naturally bring with it a variety of spooky events and festivities. While the theme of death that permeates Halloween is in good fun, this year may actually be deadly for those who decide to participate in social events, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned. The pandemic is still underway and it will soon be joined by the flu season in many regions, making such gatherings particularly risky for those who participate and those who come into contact with careless partygoers.

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Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Hand sanitizer recalled because it’s not “Edible Alcohol”

Bottles of hand sanitizer were voluntarily recalled this month because of a major label mistake. At some point in the design / pre-press process, the latest batch of Leafree Instant Hand Sanitizer Aloe Vera was labeled as "EDIBLE ALCOHOL." This substance should not have been labeled as edible, as it is not safe to ingest.

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Popular dog food brands recalled over high levels of risky toxin

Popular dog food brands recalled over high levels of risky toxin

The FDA recently brought attention to a voluntary dog food recall that involves multiple popular brands, all of which have been recalled after random testing revealed unacceptably high levels of a risk toxin. Though consuming a small amount of this toxin -- called aflatoxin -- isn't likely to harm a pet, there are regulations in place that limit how much of this toxin can be present in dog food.

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Study linking any caffeine level to pregnancy risk stirs up controversy

Study linking any caffeine level to pregnancy risk stirs up controversy

A new observational study has linked caffeine consumption during pregnancy with a number of potential complications, suggesting that it may not be safe to consume the common stimulant in any quantity while pregnant. This surprising -- and controversial -- finding is contrary to current medical advice, which is that while pregnant when can generally consume caffeine, they should cap the quantity to no more than 200mg daily.

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FAA gets serious about protecting airplanes from rogue drones

FAA gets serious about protecting airplanes from rogue drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a new plan under its Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program that will evaluate new systems and various technologies intended to protect airplanes from drones. According to the agency, it will analyze at least 10 of these systems starting later this year.

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WHO warns Ebola cases are growing rapidly in latest DRC outbreak

WHO warns Ebola cases are growing rapidly in latest DRC outbreak

Earlier this summer, public health officials warned that new cases of Ebola had appeared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, indicating that another outbreak was underway. Only around five weeks later, the number of cases nearly doubled to 100, marking the 11th outbreak in the DRC. Whereas the new outbreak was originally declared in the Equateur Province's capital city, it has since spread into 11 of 17 zones, claiming 43 lives.

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Tesla needs FCC go-ahead for tech trial to prevent forgotten child deaths

Tesla needs FCC go-ahead for tech trial to prevent forgotten child deaths

Tesla has developed a new system that could help warn parents if they're about to leave their children in the car, potentially helping avoid situations where kids have died due to extreme temperatures. The proposal, currently being considered by the US FCC, wouldn't be the first "forgotten child" system on the market, but the electric car company argues that it's more nuanced than what's currently available.

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Zenfox T3 3CH Triple Channel Dashcam Review

Zenfox T3 3CH Triple Channel Dashcam Review

Dashcams have become almost a staple in any car these days though they're most limited in what they can keep an eye on. Some can see only the front while ride-sharing services have made in-cabin cameras almost a necessity. There are some systems that show the front and back of the car but very few actually give you a view of all three. That's exactly the promise that Zenfox is making with the T3 3CH triple camera Dashcam and we take it for a spin if the young company is truly able to deliver.

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TikTok says it has purged tens of thousands of hate videos this year

TikTok says it has purged tens of thousands of hate videos this year

TikTok, the massively popular platform full of short videos, is home to a variety of content, some amusing, some cringy, and some hateful. The company takes measures against the latter category, something it provided an update about today, August 20. In a long blog post, TikTok Head of Safety Eric Han talked about the company's hate speed policy, how it targets this content, improvements to transparency with users, and more.

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Facebook targets vague but risky anarchists in latest policy update

Facebook targets vague but risky anarchists in latest policy update

Facebook is cracking down on anarchist groups that don't explicitly meet the criteria of being a dangerous organization, but that do engage in problematic behaviors and support content that indicate 'significant risks' to the public, according to the company. The update adds these groups to Facebook's Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy.

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SiriusXM taps RapidSOS to send car crash data to emergency responders

SiriusXM taps RapidSOS to send car crash data to emergency responders

SiriusXM, the company best known for its satellite radios, has teamed up with RapidSOS, an emergency tech company, to help EMS and law enforcement respond to recent car crashes. Under this new 'joint effort,' SiriusXM will connect its Connected Vehicle Services Advanced Automatic Crash Notification platform with the RapidSOS data platform to send 911 services relevant info about a wreck, such as how severe it was and what kind of crash took place.

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WHO: COVID-19 control possible with consistency and vigilance

WHO: COVID-19 control possible with consistency and vigilance

Today the World Health Organization spoke on humanity's current handling of global pandemic with COVID-19 here in August of 2020. Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical Lead, COVID-19, WHO Health Emergencies Program spoke in response to a question of numbers - how it may appear that we've flattened the curve, and how some countries appear to be doing quite well with COVID-19 suppression.

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