Standing at a church pulpit, a blood vessel burst in her brain

As a caretaker for her aging and ailing parents, Deborah Brown took on many responsibilities. At work, she dealt with extreme cases of child abuse and neglect as a lead trauma investigator for the City of Chesapeake Child Protective Services in Virginia. Even though she knew she was “burning the candle at both ends,” Brown […] The post Standing at a church pulpit, a blood vessel burst in her brain appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Chronic itch linked to heart disease, sleep loss

In a new study from Johns Hopkins Medicine, researchers linked chronic itch to sleep loss and other medical conditions—and could signal an increased risk of heart disease. Many people suffer from a skin disorder known as chronic pruritic dermatosis, commonly referred to as “chronic itch.” Chronic itch has been associated in previous studies with multiple […] The post Chronic itch linked to heart disease, sleep loss appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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Prebiotic supplement may help treat fatty liver disease

Fatty liver disease is an important metabolic disease, which without treatment can develop into cirrhosis or even hepatocellular carcinoma—that is, hepatic cancer. In a recent study published in Nutrients, researchers found common dietary supplement prebiotic may help in the treatment of fatty liver. The study is at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. One author is […] The post Prebiotic supplement may help treat fatty liver disease appeared first on Knowridge Science Report. …read more Source:: Knowridge Science Report       

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G.I. Joe goes triple-A with new game headed by ex-WB developers

Enlarge (credit: Hasbro) Consider this a public service announcement big enough for Flint, Gung-Ho, and Alpine to host: G.I. Joe, one of the United States’ longest-running comic and cartoon series, appears to finally be on the verge of returning to console video games in a major way. Magic: The Gathering creators Wizards of the Coast are making a new game in the franchise with ex-WB Games developers—the first project for a new, as-yet-unnamed triple-A studio. As listed in multiple job posts on its career page, the company is looking to fill positions at the development house, currently called “New Raleigh-Durham Studio,” for a multiplatform third-person action game set “in the… Read More

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AMD CEO Lisa Su downplays the company’s role in crypto mining

AMD CEO Lisa Su at Code Conference 2021. | Photo: Asa Mathat Can’t get a new graphics card for your PC? You might be tempted to blame bots, scalpers or cryptocurrency miners for that — but AMD CEO Lisa Su is downplaying the impact of crypto at the 2021 Code Conference today. When asked about how big a deal crypto is for the chipmaker, she told the audience that it’s a rather small part of AMD’s business, called it “a pretty volatile space,” and suggested that it shouldn’t be a focus for AMD going forward either. That’s not a particularly surprising stance for several reasons. First, what upside there was… Read More

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Twitch leak suggests major response to streaming site’s “hate mob” issues

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Ars Technica) Twitch—the popular game-streaming site acquired by Amazon in 2014—has been inundated in recent months by “hate raids,” which can dump vulgar and hateful speech into the site’s prominent chat feeds. For some time, racist slurs and bigoted references have been winning this fight, but a leaked interface update suggests that Twitch might finally take legitimate steps to squash its toxic chat feeds. On Sunday, streaming-industry reporter Zach Bussey shared a series of screenshots, including an interface as apparently captured from Twitch’s German site, that point to a new type of user verification system coming to the chat-heavy service. As pictured and described, this… Read More

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Electronic Frontier Foundation will deprecate HTTPS Everywhere plugin

Enlarge / We had trouble even finding HTTPS statistics earlier than 2016—but even in 2016, fewer than one in four websites were delivered via HTTPS. (credit: HTTP Archive) Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced that it will deprecate its HTTPS Everywhere browser plugin in 2022. Engineering director Alexis Hancock summed it up in the announcement’s own title: “HTTPS is actually everywhere.” The EFF originally launched HTTPS Everywhere—a plugin which automatically upgrades HTTP connections to HTTPS—in 2010 as a stopgap measure for a world that was still getting accustomed to the idea of encrypting all web-browser traffic. When the plugin was new, the majority of the Internet was served up in plaintext—vulnerable to… Read More

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Ford picks Kentucky and Tennessee for $11.4 billion EV investment

Enlarge / A rendering of the BlueOvalSK campus in Glendale, Kentucky. (credit: Ford) On Monday, the Ford Motor Company announced a massive investment to build electric vehicles in Kentucky and Tennessee. Together with partner SK Innovation, it will invest $11.4 billion and create around 11,000 new jobs in the region building electric F-series pickup trucks and battery packs. “This is our moment—our biggest investment ever—to help build a better future for America,” said Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “We are moving now to deliver breakthrough electric vehicles for the many rather than the few. It’s about creating good jobs that support American families, an ultra-efficient, carbon-neutral manufacturing system, and… Read More

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CDC Director: ‘Walk, Don’t Run’ to Get Your Booster

Editor’s Note: This article is part of our coverage of The Atlantic Festival. Learn more and watch festival sessions here. For some of us, booster shots have finally arrived. But they’ve charted quite a meandering course to get here. First, last month, President Joe Biden announced that most Americans would be able to nab third doses of mRNA vaccines eight months after their second shots. Then, last week the FDA narrowed the eligible population, before a CDC advisory committee suggested tightening the boundaries even further. Hours after that panel shared its recommendation, the agency’s director, Rochelle Walensky, reversed course and ballooned the guidance back out to more closely align with… Read More

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Ford reveals plans for massive EV and battery factories in the US

Ford and South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation will spend a combined $11.4 billion to build several new factories in the Tennessee and Kentucky focused on the development and production of electric vehicles and the batteries that power them. The new facilities represent the first new plants built by Ford, completely from scratch, in over 50 years. The Tennessee plant will be a “mega campus” that houses a vehicle-production facility for Ford’s F-series pickup trucks and a battery assembly division, while the twin factories in Kentucky will manufacture lithium-ion batteries. “This is show, not tell time” The facilities won’t come online until 2025, but Ford CEO Jim Farley says the… Read More

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NY prepared for tens of thousands of unvaccinated health workers to lose jobs

Enlarge / Demonstrators hold signs during a protest against COVID-19 mandates in New York on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) New York state has braced itself for the possibility of losing tens of thousands of unvaccinated health workers who fail to meet the state’s Monday deadline for COVID-19 vaccination. Last month, New York’s health department announced that all health care workers in the Empire State would be required to receive at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by September 27. As of last week, 84 percent of New York’s roughly 450,000 hospital workers were fully vaccinated, according to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office. That leaves the… Read More

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US employment watchdog sues Activision Blizzard over discrimination claims

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued Activision Blizzard over its allegedly pervasive sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit, filed Monday in California court, is based on a three-year EEOC investigation that included cooperation from the games publisher. It seeks a court order requiring the company to cease unlawful behavior and pay restitution to employees who suffered discrimination or retaliation. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Activision Blizzard was in settlement talks with the EEOC, and the company said in a statement that it was “actively engaged in continued discussions with the EEOC.” In its complaint, the EEOC says… Read More

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Netflix reveals how many accounts are actually watching its top titles

Asa Mathat During this year’s Code conference, Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos shared a significant haul of data about some of the streaming giant’s top titles — a rare move for a company that traditionally holds numbers close to the chest. In one slide, shared while Sarandos was speaking on the Code stage with Kara Swisher, Netflix shared numbers about how many accounts viewed its top 10 films and series based on the number of accounts that watched at least two minutes of the title during the first 28 days it was on Netflix. The first season of Bridgerton led its top series list with 82 million… Read More

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