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Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi’s e-tron SUV just scooped Tesla to a top EV safety award

Audi's e-tron SUV may not have been the first all-electric luxury car to US roads, but it can claim to be the first such vehicle to get a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. The new fully battery-electric SUV has managed to scoop rivals like the Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz EQC to the independent safety test's top score.

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Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Recalled 15-inch MacBook Pros banned on flights for fire risk

Ever since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, regulators and airlines have become wary of lithium batteries on planes, be it as checked in baggage or especially in cabins. The US Federal Aviation Administration even created special instructions in 2016 to address that particular issue. And to be fair, Samsung isn't being singled out by authorities. The FAA has just reminded airlines of those guidelines which basically prohibits 2015 15-inch MacBooks from going on flights.

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US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

US Navy to move away from touchscreens on warships

There is an old saying that goes "just because you could, doesn't mean you should." And because it's old, it is also often taken for granted. That, however, seems to the realization that the US Navy has reached in investigating a fatal warship collision in 2017. Moving forward, the Navy will be installing physical controls and throttles on warships installed with touchscreens after an overwhelming amount of fleets voiced their preference for the analog controls over flat glass ones.

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FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

FDA orders 44 vaping products to be pulled from shelves

The Food and Drug Administration has ordered 44 vaping products, including items sold for hookahs and e-liquids, to be pulled from shelves in the United States. These products can't be legally sold, according to the agency, because the companies behind them do not have the proper marketing authorization. The news arrives amid the FDA's ongoing investigation of a possible link between vaping and seizures.

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FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits

Consumers around the nation have expressed concerns about the potential health consequences associated with 5G networks. The issue arrives as cities increase the number of RF antennas to support 5G networks, spurring a letter sent in December 2018 to FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr over the matter. In a statement about the concerns published today, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed that the agency maintain the current radiofrequency exposure limits for handheld gadgets.

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Vaping concerns grow as FDA probes 127 seizure and neurological cases

Vaping concerns grow as FDA probes 127 seizure and neurological cases

In early April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a small advisory warning that it had received some reports of seizures possibly linked to electronic cigarette use. At the time, the FDA said it had identified 35 cases associated with vaping; in an update published today, the agency said that number has jumped to 127. In addition to seizures, the FDA warns that some neurological issues may be linked to vaping.

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Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

Health officials warn ‘severe lung disease’ has been linked to vaping

The Department of Health Services in Wisconsin has issued a public health advisory urging the public to stop using e-cigarettes and other 'vaping' devices after linking them to 'severe lung disease.' This health issue has been observed in teenagers and young adults who used vaping devices; 11 of these individuals have been hospitalized as a result and another seven cases are described as under investigation.

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Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft pauses e-bike rentals in San Francisco following battery fires

Lyft has temporarily suspended rentals of its electric bicycles in the San Francisco Bay Area following reports of two suspected battery fires impacting the e-bikes. The first fire reportedly happened last Wednesday and was followed by a second fire over the weekend. The electric bikes are operated under Lyft's Bay Wheels, which recently returned to San Francisco following a legal spat between Lyft and the city's transportation agency.

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Michigan officials reveal fair pigs tested positive for swine flu

Michigan officials reveal fair pigs tested positive for swine flu

This weekend, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that pigs at the Fowlerville Family Fair had tested positive for swine flu. The diagnosis was made on late Friday after the pigs began showing symptoms of the illness on Thursday, July 27. No humans have been reported as ill due to exposure to these pigs, which were isolated after the test results came back.

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FDA cracks down on CBD products sold for pain and other health issues

FDA cracks down on CBD products sold for pain and other health issues

The 2018 Farm Bill caused a massive spike in the CBD market, one that now includes a variety of products containing CBD as an ingredient. Some of these CBD products are sold with marketing that claims vast health benefits, ones unproven and often predatory, including promises of curing cancer, preventing Alzheimer's, and sending chronic diseases into remission. The FDA has had enough and is cracking down on such claims.

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FDA warns taco seasoning recalled over Salmonella contamination risk

FDA warns taco seasoning recalled over Salmonella contamination risk

If you're planning to make tacos this weekend using premade taco seasoning packets, beware: the FDA is alerting the public to two recalls involving Walmart-brand and HEB taco seasonings over the risk of Salmonella contamination. The recall was voluntarily initiated by Williams Foods of Kansas, according to the agency, as a precautionary step to ensure no one contracts the potentially deadly illness.

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