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Light pollution in the UK is at its lowest since 2011. That’s great for stargazers and animals whose routines are thrown off by artificial light. Now is the best time to stargaze in the UK since 2011, according to the results of a new citizen science survey led by the countryside charity CPRE. Light pollution in the UK has dropped to its lowest levels since CPRE began its annual study more

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The Pentagon has 400 reports of strange aerial phenomena — but nothing suggests aliens

On March 17th, a House subcommittee held the first hearing on unidentified aerial phenomenon, or UAPs — commonly referred to as UFOs — in more than 50 years. The Pentagon’s new task force for tracking unidentified aerial phenomena (or UAPs) has collected roughly 400 reports, an official told Congress in an open hearing on Tuesday. The comments came from Scott Bray, the deputy director of US naval

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Telehealth startup Cerebral halts controlled substance prescriptions

Mental health startup Cerebral will no longer offer new prescriptions for Adderall and Xanax. The company is under investigation by federal agencies over its practices. Nurses say they were pressured to prescribe drugs. Mental health startup Cerebral will no longer prescribe most controlled substances, The Wall Street Journal reported. The embattled company is facing investigations from the US Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration over its

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How fears of electromagnetic radiation spawned a snake-oil industry

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is a disputed condition where people attribute physical symptoms to radiation. People who believe they have it are targeted by companies selling devices that claim to block the waves. $(".c-entry-hero__image").html('.vrg-video-lede {max-width: 1000;margin: 16px auto;} .vrg-label {height: 1px;width: 1px;overflow: hidden;position: absolute;} .vrg-inner-container {position: relative;padding-bottom:66.66667%;overflow: hidden;}

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Google hires former FDA digital health leader

Bakul Patel was a digital health leader at the FDA and will now lead Google’s health strategy. There’s a new revolving door between Google, Alphabet, and regulatory agencies. Google hired a former Food and Drug Administration leader as its new senior director of global digital health strategy. Bakul Patel spent over a decade at the FDA and most recently was the chief digital health officer of global strategy and

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FDA: fluvoxamine doesn’t treat COVID-19 — and here’s 27 pages why

The FDA released a document with information about its decision to not authorize fluvoxamine to treat COVID-19. It’s unusual for the agency to publicize its reasoning for rejecting a drug. When the US Food and Drug Administration rejected an antidepressant as a treatment for COVID-19 on Monday, it also released a 27-page memorandum explaining exactly why it wasn’t convinced the drug was effective. It’s an unusual move for the

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Over half of US properties face at least some wildfire risk

Wildfires pose at least some risk to a majority of properties in the continental US, according to new data. The new search tool allows property owners to see what the risk is to their home or business. More than half of all homes, 56 percent, in the contiguous 48 states face at least some wildfire risk in the next few decades, according to a first-of-its-kind report published today by the nonprofit research organization First Street Foundation.

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Scientists create algae computer powered by photosynthesis

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have used algae to power a low-energy ARM computer chip for six months continuously. They hope that in the future, such natural power systems could be used to power Internet of Things devices. Scientists have used algae to power a low-energy computer chip for six months. Researchers from the University of Cambridge sealed a colony of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae, inside a metal enclosure the size of an AA battery.

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SIDS study shows the risks of science hype

New research hints at a potential relationship between an enzyme and sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, but the study is preliminary and doesn’t give a clear-cut answer to the problem. Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is a devastating condition that’s still very poorly understood, so when new research comes out, it can feel like a very big deal — especially if that research seems to offer a way to save children’s

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Google’s finally straightening out its legacy free G-Suite mess

It seems like Google has finally arrived at a solution for legacy free G-Suite users who weren’t terribly excited about having to pay to keep their accounts. Almost five months after Google announced that it was going to make G-Suite legacy free edition users start paying for their accounts, it seems to finally have a path in place that most people will be happy with. According to 9To5Google, there’s

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Netflix has been screening new shows and movies among subscribers before their release

Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. The company takes feedback into account for potential changes ahead of a film or show’s debut. Netflix has been showing movies and TV shows ahead of their public release to small groups of subscribers in the US, according to a report from Variety. Subscribers who participate in the feedback panels will watch “several upcoming movies and

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