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ALERT – Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 47 In 12 States, With 1 Person Dead

ALERT – Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 47 In 12 States, With 1 Person Dead

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Update The FDA is warning consumers to avoid all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas. Grande Produce has informed the FDA that the company initiated a limited recall of their Caribeña brand Maradol papayas distributed nationwide from July 7 - July 18, 2017. As of July 25, 2017, Grande Produce has not issued a press release to notify consumers of their recall. Therefore, FDA is advising consumers to avoid all Caribeña brand Maradol papayas. The FDA also noted that there are illnesses in states where Grande Produce did not distribute papayas and is continuing its investigation.   The FDA, CDC, MDH and other state and local officials are investigating Salmonella Kiambu and SalmonellaThompson illnesses linked to Caribeña brand Maradol papayas from Mexico distributed by Grande Produce  i
Hackers Access Millions Of Social Security Numbers Across 10 States

Hackers Access Millions Of Social Security Numbers Across 10 States

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Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system used by multiple states gained access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers and put the agency on the hook to pay for credit monitoring services for all victims. The number of SSNs exposed across the 10 states whose data was accessed has not been previously reported. The Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio, obtained the information through an open records request. More than half a million of the SSNs were from Kansas, according to the Department of Commerce. The data is from websites that help connect people to jobs, such as Kansasworks.com, where members of the public seeking employment can post their resumes and search job openings. Kansas
Walmart Files Patent For Technology To Track Your Emotions

Walmart Files Patent For Technology To Track Your Emotions

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Shopping might be about to get pretty creepy. Walmart, it seems, is branching out into the business of facial recognition technology. Apparently, the grocery store giant is seeking ways to identify whether a customer is unhappy or dissatisfied, and then sending staff in to deal with them before they are able to register a complaint. According to reports, Walmart has filed a patent that seeks to develop facial recognition technology by scanning customers as they wait in line for the cashier. The footage will then be fed into a computer, which will assess how each person is feeling. If the system judges a customer to be sad or unhappy, then the right staff members will be alerted, and the problem dealt with. The company insists that this technology is entirely focused on improving thei
Philippines Is Challenging China Again Over A Disputed Sea

Philippines Is Challenging China Again Over A Disputed Sea

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The Philippines and China are at odds as to which of the country has rights to Reed Bank, an 8,866 square-kilometer table mount 80 kilometers from the Philippine island of Palawan. The Philippines is ready to let drilling restart there, after it has been halted two years ago when the disagreement had began publicly. China believes more than 90% of the sea including Reed Bank to be its own – despite the July 2016 arbitration verdict saying otherwise. Thusly, they would not appreciate the drilling from Philippines. Therein lies a question, will China allow the Philippines to continue drilling to sustain their friendship, which keeps China’s chief rival the United States at bay, or start an altercation. Strong push-back would risk letting the United States tighten its grip on the Philippin
Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don’t Apply Down Under

Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don’t Apply Down Under

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"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. He has been rightly mocked for this nonsense claim, that foreshadows moves to require online messaging providers to provide law enforcement with back door access to encrypted messages. He explained that "We need to ensure that the internet is not used as a dark place for bad people to hide their criminal activities from the law." It bears repeating that Australia is part of the secretive spying and information sharing Five Eyes alliance. But despite the well-deserved mockery that ensued, we shouldn't make too much light of the real risk that this poses to Internet freedom in Australia. It's true enough, for now, that a
USA and Australia test secret hypersonic flight trial

USA and Australia test secret hypersonic flight trial

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The United States and Australia have concluded a series of hypersonic test flights at the Woomera test range in South Australia. The tests were conducted under the auspices of the Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HiFIRE) programme, says Australia's Department of Defence in a statement. In the statement, defence minister Marise Payne congratulated Canberra's Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) "on another successful hypersonic flight at Woomera test range." She said that the tests have achieved "significant milestones, including design assembly, and pre-flight testing of the hypersonic vehicles and design of complex avionics and control systems." She said Canberra and Washington DC are drafting plans for fut
UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

UGA Using Robots, Drones To Increase GMO Food Production

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These researchers suggest humans have 30 years to double our food supply, and a local university said robots will help get the job done. Engineers at the University of Georgia have developed robots and software that will monitor crops to gather information for geneticists to help increase food and fiber production. “Arable land that is in production worldwide is a finite resource,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black said. According to WSB-TV's report, Black suggested growers must be more productive with the farm land they already have. Black also believes, crops can be genetically developed to increase yields, resistance to pests and to withstand droughts and high temperatures. “We’re very certain we’ve got to increase this food and fiber production somewhere between 7
UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

UN Votes to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons – Treaty Awaits Ratification

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United Nations Conference Vote to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination Background information By resolution 71/258, the General Assembly decided to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination. The Assembly encouraged all Member States to participate in the Conference and decided that it shall convene in New York, under the rules of procedure of the General Assembly unless otherwise agreed by the Conference, with the participation and contribution of international organizations and civil society representatives. The Conference will be held in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July. The Conference held a one-day organizational session 
CELL PHONE CAN MAKE CALLS EVEN WITHOUT A BATTERY

CELL PHONE CAN MAKE CALLS EVEN WITHOUT A BATTERY

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HELLO, HELLO. I am calling from a battery-free phone. Vamsi Talla's words in a cluttered lab at the University of Washington in Seattle are barely audible through pops and static. But the fact they can be heard at all, on a nearby Android smartphone, is revolutionary, because Talla's own cell phone has no battery at all. It draws what little power it needs from thin air. The prototype cell phone is the culmination of a years-long quest by Talla, a research associate at the lab of Joshua Smith, who researches computer science and electrical engineering at UW. "If you had to pick one device to make battery-free, what would you pick," asks Smith. "A cell phone is one of the most useful objects there is. Now imagine if your battery ran out and you could still send texts and make calls."
South Florida judge rules to keep some 9/11 records secret

South Florida judge rules to keep some 9/11 records secret

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A U.S. District Court judge has determined that the FBI is not improperly withholding information about who funded the 9/11 attacks and also decided that there would be no Freedom of Information Act trial to evaluate the need for keeping some information related to the attacks under wraps. Judge Cecilia Altonaga’s ruling was part of a case brought by Florida Bulldog, a South Florida journalism organization, that for years has probed connections between the hijackers and some Saudis living at the time in the United States. The organization has been supported in its efforts by former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11, and by the Herald-Tribune, as a so-called “friend of the court.” A Freedom of Information Act trial, in which the government would h