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Nov 22 13:07

For more than half a century, the sugar industry has used Big Tobacco tactics to suppress sugar/cancer link and to confuse the science

UCSF researchers have published an important paper in PLOS Biology that draws on internal documents from the US sugar industry lobby that shows that the industry deliberately suppressed research on the link between sucrose and bladder cancer and heart disease, and then deliberately sowed misinformation about the health effects of sugar, using tactics straight out of the tobacco industry's cancer-denial playbook.

Nov 22 12:35

Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

"More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardship…Otherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity."

The first team of researchers ever to discover that the world’s most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth we must respond to...

Nov 22 07:35

Ikea recalls 29 million chests and dressers after death of EIGHTH child

SWEDISH furniture giant Ikea has relaunched a recall of 29 million dressers after an eighth child was killed when a chest of drawers fell on top of him.

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They should have issued the recall after the FIRST child was killed.

Nov 21 12:03

GOOGLE ADMITS IT TRACKED USER LOCATION DATA EVEN WHEN THE SETTING WAS TURNED OFF

Android phones gather your location data and send it to Google, even if you’ve turned off location services and don’t have a SIM card, Quartz reported today.

Nov 21 12:00

TYSON FOODS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHEMICAL RELEASE THAT LED TO MASS FISH DEATH

Tyson Foods – the largest U.S. chicken producer – has pleaded guilty in a chemical incident that led to the deaths of over 100,000 fish. The Arkansas-based poultry giant has claimed “full responsibility” for accidentally releasing an acidic chemical used in chicken feed that wound up in Monett, Missouri’s wastewater treatment system.

Nov 20 14:23

Marijuana farmers are destroying natural ecosystems as quest for profits outweighs “green” agricultural practices

Natural News: People who turn to medical marijuana are often drawn to the fact that it’s natural. This is indeed a great quality from a health standpoint, but environment-minded marijuana buyers, take note: New research shows that marijuana farming in remote locations is having a negative effect on the environment.

After studying the ecological consequences that marijuana farming had in Northern California, researchers from Ithaca College discovered that small farms were having a surprisingly big impact.

Nov 20 12:28

STUDY OF 500,000 TEENS SUGGESTS ASSOCIATION BETWEEN EXCESSIVE SCREEN TIME AND DEPRESSION

It’s a cultural stereotype as old as the landline: teenagers love their phones. But for North American teen girls, especially, increasing smartphone use could have a darker side. Depression and suicide rates in teenagers have jumped in the last decade—doubling between 2007 and 2015 for girls—and the trend suspiciously coincides with when smartphones became their constant companions. A recent study places their screen time around nine hours per day.

Nov 20 11:10

GMO Apples That Do Not Brown Have Hit Stores

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

After much anticipation, consternation and hype – the GMO Arctic Apples, genetically engineered not to brown are on their way to supermarkets across America. Arctic Apples, made by Okanagan Specialty Fruits were specifically altered to not turn brown when exposed to the air...

Nov 20 11:06

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable.

Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe...

Nov 18 22:37

A Boeing 757 was hacked and now DHS is worried more planes could be at risk

A Department of Homeland Security official admitted that the agency was able to remotely hack into a Boeing 757 during a test in 2016.
The DHS official indicated that he and his team were able to do so without having any direct contact with the aircraft or using any materials that would be flagged by security.
While the exact details of the hack are confidential, Boeing insists that the hackers were not able to take control of the aircraft's flight systems.

Nov 18 13:04

1967 vs. 2017

Nov 17 13:28

PENTAGON MASS SURVEILLANCE SLURPED UP THE WORLD'S SOCIAL MEDIA TRAFFIC; THEN THEY DUMPED IT ON A PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE AMAZON CLOUD SERVER

The Upguard Cyber Risk Team has found three Department of Defense mass-storage "buckets" on Amazon that are world-viewable, containing 1.8 billion of social media posts that the DoD scraped from social media over 8 years as part of its global surveillance program.

Nov 16 13:47

FDA, DEA LAUNCH MASSIVE ASSAULT ON KRATOM – DRUG WAR FOR MIRACLE PLANT RAMPING UP

To no one’s surprise, the U.S. government, after hysterically declaring a “national emergency” over America’s opioid crisis, is once again setting its sights on Kratom, the non-addictive natural plant that has helped thousands of Americans wean themselves off opioids. In 2015, the DEA announced its plans to place Kratom on the list of Controlled Substances (in the same scheduling level as heroin to be exact) but, amid public outcry, the agency backed off, deferring to FDA “review” and “advice.” Many optimistic Kratom activists were tempted to rest on their laurels, trusting that the FDA would prove to be more reasonable in relation to Kratom and hoping the testimonials, overwhelming public support for Kratom, and the science itself would win the day.

Nov 14 16:42

Apple succeeds in failing wearables

An expensive and clunky-looking watch that can’t tell you the time* is once again clear winner in the failing smart wearables space.

Overall the market for things-on-your-wrist-with-a-chip-in dipped 2 per cent, or 17.3 million units, in Q3, but Apple regained top spot, according to Canalys, thanks to the third generation Apple Watch.

Nov 14 16:31

Shocked mother finds her 10-year-old son's face can unlock her iPhone X

There are countless reasons you might not want a 10-year-old to have access to your new $1000 smartphone.

And, after setting up Apple’s FaceID, Staten Island mom Sana Sherwani joked there was ‘no way’ her son could get into it now.

Unfortunately, however, the authentication system didn’t work as planned.

In a video posted to YouTube, the shocked parents have revealed how Apple’s FaceID registers both Sherwani's face and that of her son Ammar, allowing the fifth-grader instant access to his mom’s phone.

Nov 14 13:50

Trump's Health Secretary Nominee is an Establishment Big Pharma Exec

By Derrick Broze

President Trump has nominated a former lobbyist and executive of a major pharmaceutical company to be U.S. Health Secretary.

On Monday, Trump announced his pick for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. “Happy to announce, I am nominating Alex Azar to be the next HHS Secretary. He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices,” Trump tweeted. The nominee immediately came under scrutiny for his former connections to the pharmaceutical industry...

Nov 14 11:55

World’s Top Tech Giants Amass $1.7 Trillion In Monster Year

Between the FAANG quintet and China’s rivaling BAT companies, gains in the world’s top technology shares are nearing a whopping $1.7 trillion in market value this year.

Nov 14 11:17

US Company Unveils First Hijab-Wearing Barbie

American group Mattel unveiled its first ever hijab-wearing Barbie doll Monday in honor of US Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who in 2016 became the first American Olympian to wear a headscarf while competing.

Nov 14 10:35

OnePlus Left A Backdoor That Allows Root Access Without Unlocking Bootloader

Just over a month after OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable information on its users, the Chinese smartphone company has been found leaving a backdoor on almost all OnePlus handsets.

A Twitter user, who goes by the name "Elliot Anderson" (named after Mr. Robot's main character), discovered a backdoor (an exploit) in all OnePlus devices running OxygenOS that could allow anyone to obtain root access to the devices.

The application in question is "EngineerMode," a diagnostic testing application made by Qualcomm for device manufacturers to easily test all hardware components of the device.

This APK comes pre-installed (accidentally left behind) on most OnePlus devices, including OnePlus 2, 3, 3T, and the newly-launched OnePlus 5. We can confirm its existence on the OnePlus 2, 3 and 5.

Nov 14 10:12

Connected toys have ‘worrying’ security issues

Consumer watchdog Which? has called on retailers to stop selling some popular toys it says have "proven" security issues.

Those toys include Furby Connect, the i-Que robot, Cloudpets and Toy-fi Teddy.

Which? found that there was no authentication required between the toys and the devices they could link with via Bluetooth.

Two of the manufacturers said they took security very seriously.

The lack of authentication meant that, in theory, any device within physical range could link to the toy and take control or send messages, the watchdog said.

Nov 13 18:15

The next generation of HomePods could have Face ID

The first generation of HomePods, Apple’s intelligent speaker, isn’t shipping until December, but according to a report by Nikkei, Apple supplier Inventec Appliances is already making projections that future models might have facial and image recognition.

Nov 13 11:26

Australian Contract Company Continues Assault On Maintenance Workers

Around 200 workers formerly employed to maintain Esso Australia’s onshore and offshore oil and gas operations in Victoria are continuing an around-the-clock protest outside the Longford gas plant in Gippsland.

Nov 13 10:50

Electric cars are NOT as green as you think (and some are worse polluters than petrol!) GUY WALTERS provides a reality check about the vehicles

Research recently published by the Trancik Lab of the highly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could wipe the smug expressions off thousands of electric car drivers’ faces.

The boffins at the Trancik Lab have shown that an electric Tesla Model S P100D saloon produces more carbon dioxide, at 226g per kilometre, than a petrol-driven run-around such as the Mitsubishi Mirage, which is responsible for just 192g/km.

And unfortunately for Tesla drivers who would rev their engines in fury and declare the research an anomaly, the MIT finding backs up that of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which last year declared: ‘Larger electric vehicles can have higher life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions than smaller conventional vehicles.’

Nov 13 10:46

Hackers 'fool' Apple's iPhone X Face ID with a simple £100 mask just a week after the handset's release

It's one of the most wanted features in the iPhone X, but it seems that Face ID may not be as safe as Apple thinks.

Cyber-security researchers claim they have fooled the face recognition technology with a mask that costs just £114 ($150) to make.

The findings suggest that face recognition is not yet mature enough to guarantee security for computers and smartphones, according to the researchers.

Nov 13 10:09

Lovense sex toy app recorded and stored nearby sounds

A smart sex toy-maker has acknowledged that a bug with its app caused handsets to record and store sounds made while its vibrators were in use.

Nov 11 10:42

DEA Says It Won’t Arrest CBD Oil Users

By the way.CBD works best in synergy with THC. The battle is being won!

“They are not a priority for us… it would not be an appropriate use of federal resources to go after a mother because her child has epileptic seizures and has found something that can help and has helped,” Rusty Payne, a spokesperson with the DEA, told news channel WTHR.

Nov 10 17:09

Apple admits 'coldgate' bug that makes iPhone X screens unresponsive if temperatures drops suddenly

Just a week after the iPhone X officially hit the shelves, customers have begun reporting problems with the $999 device's responsiveness in cold temperatures.

On Reddit, several iPhone X owners complained the handset’s screen does not work upon stepping outside into a wintry chill.

While Apple recommends using its devices in temperatures above the freezing point, the issue so far appears to be occurring within the described range, causing problems with swiping and even FaceID.

Nov 10 17:07

Have YOU seen the 'green line of death' on your iPhone X? Users reveal strange flaw appearing on screens

A ‘green line of death’ has appeared on more than two dozen iPhone X screens, baffling owners who’ve only had the $999 handset for a few days.

On forums, social media, and Apple Support Communities, iPhone X users have revealed a mysterious green line appeared seemingly out of nowhere, despite the phones functioning normally when first taken out of the box.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue, but some suspect it may be the result of an electrical fault, causing the green sub-pixels in the phones' new diamond subpixel pattern to illuminate, according to TechCrunch.

Nov 10 16:37

Snapchat loses $40m on flop Spectacles

The company behind Snapchat has taken a $40m (£30m) hit to its finances after its video-recording sunglasses failed to sell as well as hoped.

Snap launched Spectacles in September 2016, originally selling them only through pop-up vending machines.

Pressing a button on the glasses records a short video that can be shared on the Snapchat messaging app.

But on Tuesday the company revealed costs of $40m (£30m) due to "excess inventory" and cancelled orders.

Nov 10 16:27

6 Shocking Ways Your Phone Is Destroying The Planet

We do a lot of things knowing that they aren't great for the environment. We leave the faucet running while we brush our teeth, we throw out tons of food because it looks misshapen, and we use hairspray even though we know damn well we've been bald for over 15 years. But surprisingly, our worse sin might be that we encourage the tech industry to keep churning out slightly better bricks to browse Facebook on, despite the fact that those companies are basically Captain Planet villains with stock tickers. Confused? Allow us to explain...

Nov 10 11:08

Confirmed Health Harms from Microwaves In Smart Meters And Other Smart Devices

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Have you ever wondered what the real deal is regarding RF EMFs from cell phones, Wi-Fi, all smart devices, but specifically from AMI Smart Meters being forced upon everyone’s utilities?...

Nov 09 08:50

Reddit is just now learning that climate change conspiracy-theorist Bill Nye is a totally clueless loser.

SAD!

Bill Nye had an AMA today...or I should say his farewell AMA today.

Gets shredded on AMA today and doesn't answer any questions!

Nov 08 07:42

In Just 5 Days Without Trucks, Chaos Would Erupt in America

This video has been around for a while, but it's a valuable reminder of our precarious reliance on the current status quo.

In only 5 days without the transportation system, America would devolve into chaos. Most people aren't prepared to live a life without the availability of "just-in-time" supplies.

Nov 07 09:57

BMW recalls one million cars over FIRE fears - Warning issued to drivers to NOT drive them

BMW has issued a recall over one million cars and SUVs in the US over fears they could catch fire under the bonnet.

The German car giant has also recommended that owners park the vehicles outside and not drive them until they are fixed.

It is making two separate recalls affecting different models and different areas of the car which could lead to a fire.

The first is related to BMW 3 Series models from 2006 to 2011, with issues related to potentially faulty wiring of the climate control blower fan.

Nov 07 09:39

The $999 iPhone X costs Apple just $357.50 to make, experts reveal

Apple new flagship iPhone X makes the company more money per phone than its iPhone 8 model, according to an analysis, which found the iPhone X's flashier parts cost Apple 25 percent more than the iPhone 8, but that it retailed 43 percent higher.

The iPhone X smartphone costs $357.50 to make and sells for $999, giving it a gross margin of 64 percent, according to TechInsights, a firm that tears down technology devices and analyzes the parts inside.

The iPhone 8 sells for $699 and has a gross margin of 59 percent.

Nov 06 15:26

Drop test concludes iPhone X is the “most breakable iPhone”

As we suspected in our review, the iPhone X is not faring well in the first drop and durability tests. Two different drop tests showed immediate damage to the device.

Consumer electronics site CNET ran a drop test from a height of three feet. The glass at the corner of the phone cracked on the very first test, which dropped the phone on its side. A second test dropped the phone on its face, leading to even more fractures. CNET concluded that dropping the phone without a case is "out of the question."

The damage CNET encountered was only cosmetic—a more extreme drop test from SquareTrade showed damage to functionality as well.

Nov 06 13:35

On Legalization’s 5th Anniversary, Here’s What We’ve Learned

Monday, November 6, 2017, marks the five-year anniversary of the glorious back day in 2012 when Colorado and Washington voted to become the first two US states to legalize recreational cannabis.

Since then, the data generated by those two states have refuted pretty much every dire fear that the nation’s drug warriors predicted would come to pass. Legalizing and regulating cannabis has made for a safer and more just society, while ushering in the beginning of the end of a costly, massively corrupt, and wholly counterproductive war on a largely beneficial plant.

Nov 05 19:23

iPhone X Might Have “Screen Burn-In” Problem, Apple Warns

Apple has released a new support document for the iPhone X. The company writes that the iPhone X’s display which meets their “incredibly high standards” is still prone to screen burn-in (also known as image persistence) when it is used for an extended amount of time.

Nov 05 08:18

Red Cross admits $6-million fraud during Ebola crisis

The Red Cross has uncovered several cases of fraud by officials during efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-2016, estimating losses of $6-million (5.2 million euros). In a statement, the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it was "outraged", and said it would "ensure any staff involved are held to account."

Nov 02 11:25

Damascus Calls Israel 'Agent of Terrorism' After Airstrike on Syrian Factory

Tel Aviv and Damascus that have been in the state of war since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, have repeatedly exchanged tit-for-tat attacks.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) — The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the UN Security Council over an Israeli airstrike on a copper factory in Hassia area in Syria's Homs province, according to the ministry's documents published on Thursday.

"Yet another aggression of Israel… shows that Israeli authorities are not satisfied with the state terrorism against the Arab population in occupied Palestine, Syria and Lebanon. They want to play the role of the official agent of terrorism," the ministry's document read, as quoted by the SANA news agency.

Damascus' statement comes a day after a Lebanese security service source told Sputnik that Israeli aircraft had carried out an attack on targets in Syria from Lebanon's airspace.

READ MORE: Israel Carries Out Airstrike Against Syrian Targets From Lebanon's Airspace

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Israel has best be careful not to annoy Russia too much with these kinds of activities, because the pilots flying these missions may get a very unpleasant surprise from Russian military activity in Syria.

Nov 02 10:50

What Your MD Doesn’t Tell You Can Harm You

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The opioid problems notwithstanding, has it ever occurred to healthcare consumers and allopathic medicine’s patients as to why you aren’t told the warnings, contraindications or adverse effects regarding the Rx-prescription MDs give you, often as many as 3 “scripts” at a time, when no studies have been done to determine if there are adverse reactions or contraindications from taking various chemical pharmaceuticals and legal drugs simultaneously?

Nov 02 09:30

MONSANTO'S NEW CHEMICAL HALTED AFTER CAUSING RASHES

The largest producer of genetically-modified seeds and the notorious Roundup weedkiller Monsanto has stopped the launch of a chemical designed to be applied to crop seeds. Multiple reports show the new chemical causes rashes on people. The product, called NemaStrike, is supposed to protect crops from worms. It has been given the green light by US environmental regulators.

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