A Consumer Reports investigation has found that toxic “forever chemicals” are in several popular bottled water and carbonated water brands. According to the EPA Per- and polyfluoroakyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemical compounds that don’t easily break down in the environment, or the human body. They’re found in many consumer products, including food packaging, textiles, and nonstick pans. Gizmodo reports they are also found in drinking water itself.
Gizmodo reports scientists have discovered a specific wavelength of UV light that’s both safe for people and can kill coronaviruses, both on surfaces and in the air. Researchers from Columbia University and Japan's Hiroshima University, have found that a UVC light wave of 222 nanometers does the trick. It's unable to penetrate the eye’s tear layer or the dead-cell layer of skin, preventing it from reaching and damaging living cells in the human body.
Over the weekend, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 can be airborne. Days later, Gizmodo reports the public health agency took it back. The new language on the CDC's website was released Friday, saying COVID-19 could be transmitted by respiratory droplets and through the air. But by Monday afternoon, the CDC removed the new language, claiming it was a draft version that was posted in error.
Lovers of the great outdoors may not know his name, but they'll almost certainly know the name of his invention: Gore-Tex. Gizmodo reports the celebrated inventor, engineer, and chemist Robert W. Gore has died. He was 83. It's easy to keep rain off your clothes by cutting holes in a garbage bag and wearing it like a vest. However, it prevents the flow of moisture in both directions. Rain is kept out, but your sweat is kept in, making you soggy and unable to regulate your own temperature.
A woman seeking urgent care in Germany died this week after an apparently bungled ransomware attack took down a major hospital there. According to Gizmodo, the computer system's breakdown forced paramedics to rush her to another city for treatment. German authorities say it appears to be the first case of someone dying as a result of a ransomware attack, albeit indirectly. They're investigating the unknown hackers on suspicion of negligent manslaughter.
A licensed practical nurse who previously worked at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Georgia has turned whistleblower. According to CNN, Dawn Wooten filed a complaint to the Department of Homeland Security inspector general on Monday. Wooten's complaint detailed a high rate of hysterectomies and alleged medical neglect. She stated that while some of the detained women may have required a hysterectomy, 'everybody's uterus cannot be that bad.
The parents of a 12-year-old Guatemalan boy named Gustavo, who struggles to speak, has deformed limbs and suffered a machete attack, sent their son to the United States alone amid turmoil in Mexico. They hoped for a better future for him in the U.S., until he vanished and was deported to Guatemala, where he's targeted and bullied. Gavino Garay tells the story.
Police declared a riot on Wednesday for a second night in the U.S. city of Portland after demanding the breakup of a protest near an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building, calling it an unlawful assembly.
New York Attorney General Letitia James plans to sue the Trump administration for its plan to deport international students if their colleges and universities don't offer in-person classes in the fall.