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DIY drugs: should hospitals make their own medicine?

If pharmaceutical companies rapidly inflate the price of their products, is there an alternative? One Dutch chemist thinks so. By Chris Stokel-WalkerWhen a pharmaceutical company raised the price of an essential medicine to unacceptable levels, there was only one thing for pharmacist Marleen Kemper to do: start making it herself. When Kemper was in primary school, she had watched two of her classmates get ill. One had a brain tumour, the other contracted an infection in his gut. Both of them die...
Tags: Drugs, Pharmaceuticals industry, Hospitals, Society, Science, Drugs policy, Politics, Health, Health insurance, Money, Healthcare industry, Business


Owl killings spur moral questions about human intervention

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As he stood amid the thick old-growth forests in the coastal range of Oregon, Dave Wiens was nervous. Before he trained to shoot his first barred owl, he had never fired a gun. He eyed the big female owl, her feathers streaked brown and white, perched on a branch at just […]
Tags: Nation, Northwest, Science


Congress Wants Answers on Who Sent Millions of Pro-Vaping Posts From Bot Accounts

The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Massachusetts attorney general’s office are investigating exactly who spammed millions of bot posts promoting e-cigarettes while downplaying or misleading viewers on its effects on human health.Read more...
Tags: Vaping, Social Media, Bots, Marketing, Advertising, Tobacco, Nicotine, E Cigarettes, Technology, Health


I Wore Hasbro's Ridiculous New Star Wars Replica Helmet for a Day, and All I Got Was Some Neck Ache

No wonder those pilots spend most of their time outside of the cockpit with these things off. They’re heavy.Read more...
Tags: Goofballery, Star Wars, X Wings, Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Disney, Nerd, Toys, Helmets, At Least It Didnt Get Stuck On His Head


Zuckerberg: I Only Wined and Dined Right-Wingers to, Um, Engage in a Meaningful Exchange of Ideas

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg briefly poked his head out of his gilded panic room on Monday to address reports that he ran a quiet lobbying campaign to reassure right-wing critics of his company that he shares their concerns. In his view, he’s guilty of nothing more than “hearing from a range of viewpoints” and…Read more...


Common drug could prevent thousands of head injury deaths

Researchers say tranexamic acid treatment has potential to save tens of thousands of livesA cheap and widely available drug could reduce the risk of death from common head injuries and save tens of thousands of lives each year, researchers say.Tranexamic acid slows down the breakdown of blood clots, and is already used to control heavy bleeding in people who have experienced trauma elsewhere in the body – for example from being shot or stabbed. Continue reading...
Tags: Medical research, Drugs, Science, Health, Society, UK news


Microsoft Xbox Introduces Content Filters to Help Purge Your Life of Toxic Trolls

Just over a year after Microsoft started cracking down on toxicity on Xbox, the company will now help users crackdown on the toxic interactions that are just considered par for the course when gaming online. Read more...
Tags: Xbox, Xbox One, Microsoft


Google Buries the Hatchet With Yubico, Brings Physical Security Keys With USB-C

After launching its Titan Key last year, Google has returned with a new version of its two-factor security dongle featuring USB-C. Read more...
Tags: Gotta Have That 2fa, Titan Key, Usb C, Fido, Security Dongle, Dongles, Consumer Tech


Zoë Kravitz Will Play Catwoman in Matt Reeves' Batman Movie

The Bat has found his Cat.Read more...
Tags: The Batman, Batman, Matt Reeves, Casting, Dc Entertainment, Warner Bros, Catwoman, Zoe Kravitz


Toxic Algae Blooms Really Have Become More Intense, Study Finds

A new study out Monday seems to confirm an unpleasant reality: Potentially toxic algae blooms in the world’s freshwater lakes have become more intense over the last 30 years. And while climate change may not be the only reason why blooms have gotten worse, rising temperatures are likely making it harder for lakes to…Read more...
Tags: Algae Algae Everywhere, Algae, Algae Blooms, Climate Change, Science


Could an Electrical Equipment Malfunction Be Behind the Saddleridge Fire?

In Northern California, utility PG&E cut power to hundreds of thousands amidst a wildfire weather threat. Southern California’s main electric utility didn’t, and now it appears its equipment could responsible for sparking last week’s Saddleridge Fire. Read more...
Tags: Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now, Wildfires, California, California Wildfires, Climate Change, Saddleridge Fire


The 10 Best Deals of October 14, 2019

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.Read more...
Tags: Kinja Deals, Deals


Scientists Discover Hidden Information in 140-Year-Old Fundamental Physics Concept

Physicists have uncovered a way to access physical information that had been hidden to science for 140 years, according to a recent paper.Read more...
Tags: Hall Effect, Ibm, Science, Perovskite, Solar Cells


Safari in iOS 13 Sends Chinese Users' Browsing Data to Censorship-Friendly Tencent

It seems like Apple’s China-related controversies aren’t over just yet. It appears that Safari in iOS 13 now sends browsing data to Tencent, a giant Chinese conglomerate that owns the country’s biggest digital platforms, including QQ, WeChat, and Qzone. It’s also known for helping the Chinese government keep its iron…Read more...
Tags: Cool Cool Cool, Apple, Tencent, Ios 13, Safari, Privacy, China


A Study That Linked Shorter Lifespans to CRISPR Baby Mutation Has Been Retracted

An alarming study that added fuel to the fire over a recent controversial genetic experiment in China has now been invalidated. The study, which suggested that a mutation induced by Chinese scientist He Jiankui in human babies could shorten their lives, was retracted late last week, after other scientists failed to…Read more...
Tags: He Jiankui, Genetics, Crispr, Bioethics, Science


Uber Lays Off 350 More Employees in Latest Blood Sacrifice

According to a letter sent by Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, about 350 more staffers at the not-a-cab company are being laid off across multiple departments, marking its third major round of layoffs in about as many months.Read more...
Tags: Someone Who Is Good At The Economy Please Help, Uber


Typhoon Hagibis Is Japan's Latest Multi-Billion-Dollar Disaster

Typhoon Hagibis may now be a swirl of clouds near Alaska, but its impacts on Japan are still playing out. The country was walloped by the storm over the weekend, with some areas receiving 40 percent of their annual rain in the span of a few days.Read more...
Tags: Typhoons, Japan, Disasters, Flooding


Student of the stars: How do you become an astronomer?

What's the difference between an astronomer and an astrophysicist? NASA's Michelle Thaller explains that these terms are used interchangeably: both are physicists who study objects and phenomena in the sky. How can you become an astronomer? There is a defined path to take: Do an undergrad degree in astrophysics, physics, mathematics or computer science, then complete a doctorate in astrophysics. You could also work with astronomers by studying engineering and building telescopes. In this fascina...
Tags: Pace, Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Physics, Education, Telescopes, Work


Titans Turned Superboy Into Frankenstein's Manchild, and It Was Awesome

Titans’ cast of superheroes and villains has gotten so large that the series has largely shifted away from dedicating entire episodes to single characters, but this week’s straightforwardly named “Conner” focused on nothing but the latest live-action incarnation of Superman and Lex Luthor’s genetically-engineered…Read more...
Tags: TV Recap, Titans, Teen Titans, Dc Universe, Superboy, Conner Kent, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Superman, Krypto, Dogs, Abuse, Joshua Orpin, Titans Recaps


The UK Just Got More Power From Renewables Than Fossil Fuels, a First Since 1882

It’s been an eventful year for carbon-free energy in the UK. First, Great Britain went a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution. Then the country fired (wound?) up the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Read more...
Tags: Transitions, Renewable Energy, Coal, Fossil Fuels, UK, Clean Energy


Renewables overtake hydrocarbons in UK electricity generation: study

Renewable sources generated more of Britain's electricity than fossil fuels for the first time last quarter, according to analysis by specialist website "Carbon Brief" published Monday. "In the third quarter of 2019, the UK's windfarms, solar panels, biomass and hydro plants generated more electricity than the combined output from power stations fired by coal, oil and gas," said the website. "During the three months of July, August and September, renewables generated an estimated total of 29.5...


The Witcher 3 Does The Best It Can On The Switch

How did CD Projekt Red and Saber Interactive get the gorgeous, resource-hungry role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt running on Nintendo’s plucky hybrid handheld? Lots and lots of compromise and a fair amount of blur. Read more...
Tags: The Witcher, The Witcher 3, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Cd Projekt Red, Cd Projekt, Saber Interactive, Switch, Comparison, Graphics, Pc, Kotakucore


'Apocalypse in The Making': Authorities to Use Drones and Snipers to Kill Infected North Korean Pigs

South Korea plans to slaughter invading diseased pigs on Tuesday using troops of swine assassins and thermal-imaging drones. Read more...
Tags: Swine Flu, Drones, Pigs, Boars, Swine, North Korea, South Korea


Even WeWork's Phone Booths Reek of Death

WeWork, the latest tech darling turned venture-funded flameout, sure looks like a walking corpse. Now, thanks to 1,600 potentially formaldehyde-tainted phone booths, many of its offices reportedly have the odor to match.Read more...
Tags: Smells And Their Origins, Wework


San Francisco Is Getting Sick of All Your Dumbass 'Disruption'

The Wild West days of unapproved or unwanted technology infiltrating public spaces in San Francisco without permission from the city may be nearing their end.Read more...
Tags: Disruption, Technology, Scooters, San Francisco


Here Is the Frankly Ridiculous List of Everything Coming to Disney+ at Launch

We already knew that Disney was using all of its megacorp might to bring an absurd amount of archival content to launch its new streaming service with. Now, we finally know just what will be arriving day one, and hoo boy, folks: it’s a lot.Read more...
Tags: Disney Plus, Streaming, Disney, Movies, Marvel, Star Wars, Nostalgia, Animation, Musicals


'We Are Nations:' What Environmental Justice Looks Like For Indigenous People

Climate reporting often overlooks indigenous peoples’ position on the front lines of the climate crisis. Though environmental justice is a term now featured frequently in environmental news, this hasn’t always translated into an acknowledgement of the climate crisis’ disproportionate impacts on indigenous communities,…Read more...
Tags: Indigenous Rights, Indigenous People, Dina Gilio Whitaker, Climate Crisis


The New Interstellar Object Looks Surprisingly Familiar

New results paint the second recorded interstellar visitor as a surprisingly familiar object, according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Interstellar Objects, Science, Astronomy, 2iborisov, Oumuamua


ABC News Broadcasts Fake Syria Bombing Video That's Actually From a Kentucky Military Show in 2017

ABC News aired a video on Sunday that host Tom Llamas said depicted a Turkish attack in northern Syria against Kurdish civilians. Turkey is indeed pushing into Syria and slaughtering Kurds along the way, but the video ABC News played last night is from a military gun demonstration in Kentucky that was published to…Read more...
Tags: Abc News, Fakes, Fake, Syria, Donald Trump, President Trump, Knob Creek Gun Range, Kentucky, Youtube, Turkey, Kurds


Air pollution linked to 'missed' miscarriages in China: study

Exposure to airborne pollutants increases the risk of "missed" miscarriages in which a fetus dies without a pregnant woman experiencing any noticeable symptoms, researchers said Monday. Previous studies have shown a correlation between air pollution and pregnancy complications, but the new research -- published in Nature Sustainability journal by a team of researchers from Chinese universities -- sheds light on a little-studied impact of pollution. The study found that exposure to higher conce...



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