If you’re reading this sentence, there’s a pretty good chance that you interact with electricity more than just as an end-user. You’re a hacker. You aren’t afraid of a few …read more Continue reading The Unofficial Guide To (Avoiding) Electrocution
A first-of-its-kind study led by researchers at George Washington University has measured levels of plasticizer chemicals in a number of fast food products. The findings reveal high concentrations of a number of potentially harmful chemicals, such as p… Continue reading Most US fast food found to contain potentially harmful chemicals
Researchers from the Grossman School of Medicine at New York University are calling for urgent regulatory action limiting the use of chemicals called phthalates in the production of plastics. The research strikingly estimates up to 100,000 premature de… Continue reading Exposure to common plastic chemical linked to 100,000 early deaths
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics is reporting one half of American children under the age of six have detectable levels of lead in their blood. The research looked at recent blood test results from over one million children and is the first study of this scale to analyze minute traces of lead in blood samples.
A newly published consensus statement, co-signed by nearly 100 scientists, is calling for the common painkiller acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol or APAP) to be used cautiously and conservatively during pregnancy. The researchers indicate there … Continue reading Scientists call for limited use of acetaminophen during pregnancy
Among other items, serious canoeists are advised to carry an extra paddle (in case they lose one) and a bilge pump (in case their boat gets swamped). The Paddle Pump is designed to make things simpler, by combining both tools in one device.Continue Rea… Continue reading Paddle Pump combines two canoeing safety essentials
Although the inspection of railway tracks is a very important task, such inspections typically have to be performed when no trains are anywhere nearby. The new rail-riding Staaker BG-300 Railway Drone offers an alternative, as it just flies off the tra… Continue reading Track-inspection drone rides the rails, and flies away from trains
McAfee security researchers on Tuesday said they had found multiple vulnerabilities in infusion pump software that, under certain conditions, a skilled hacker could use to alter a patient’s medication dose to a potentially unsafe level. The vulnerabilities are in equipment made by multinational vendor B. Braun that are used in pediatric and adult health care facilities in the United States. While there are no reports of malicious exploitation of the flaws, the research illustrates the challenge of securing devices conceived decades ago from 21st-century digital threats. The findings come as the health care sector reckons with a series of ransomware attacks that hit aging hospital computer networks during the pandemic. Medical devices “remain vulnerable to legacy issues that have persisted for many years and have exceptionally slow update or upgrade cycles,” said Steve Povolny, who heads the Advanced Threat Research team at McAfee. In a statement, B. Braun said the […]
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After years of lengthy court battles the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will ban agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide suspected of causing neurodevelopmental problems in children. The ban comes into effect in six … Continue reading EPA finally bans common food pesticide after years of court battles