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  • New ‘blackest black’ material can cloak this bright, sparkling diamond

    MIT engineers have created a material that is 10 times blacker than anything else ever been reported, the school announced. The material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, or CNTs, which are microscopic filaments of carbon. (Think a fuzzy forest of tiny trees.) The team grew them on a surface of chlorine-etched aluminum foil. The foil captures at least 99.995 percent of any incoming light. This means the material reflected 10 times less light than all other superblack materials, including Vantablack […]

  • Chilling ‘back-to-school’ PSA recalls horrors of school shootings

    WARNING: The video below contains graphic, unsettling content that some viewers may find difficult to watch. Viewer discretion advised. It begins with a smiling teen boy, opening his locker to retrieve the “perfect” backpack that his mom bought him. It ends with a young girl, in tears, texting a goodbye to her mother as a door opens and foot steps approach. The “Back to School Essentials” public service announcement, which debuted Wednesday morning, purports to show off the items every student needs […]

  • Dutch YouTuber and his friend arrested, jailed for trying to get near Area 51

    LINCOLN COUNTY, Nev.– Two Dutch friends said they just wanted a good look at the mysterious Area 51 before leaving the US, but they ended up in a Nevada jail, instead. Ties Granzier, 20, and Govert Charles Wilhelmus Jacob Sweep, 21, were arrested about three miles deep into the Nevada National Security Site, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office said. The site is near Area 51, which has been the focus of conspiracy theories for decades alleging the US government keeps evidence about […]

  • Group forms human chain to rescue 4 dolphins stranded in Florida canal

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Four dolphins stranded in a canal in St. Petersburg are free after days of being trapped. The four dolphins, that included two calves, were stranded in a canal near Fossil Park neighborhood off 4th Street North and the 78th Avenue bridge. According to wildlife officials, the dolphins were stuck in the water since Sunday but did not appear to be in distress. ABC Action News learned that they wanted to wait a day to see if […]

  • Prominent Democratic donor Edward Buck charged with running drug house where 2 men died

    LOS ANGELES — Democratic donor Ed Buck has been charged with operating a drug house after a 37-year-old man suffered a nonfatal overdose at his apartment last week. Two other men have died of overdoses at Buck’s house. Buck is accused of injecting the man with methamphetamine at his West Hollywood apartment on September 11, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The man overdosed but survived. Buck was charged with three felony counts on Tuesday, including battery […]

  • Plumber fixes boiler for 91-year-old terminally ill woman, bills her $0

    “It’s totally free of charge.” These are words you wouldn’t normally associate with a broken boiler. That was until a plumber in the British town of Burnley, gained internet stardom after a receipt from one of his jobs went viral. James Anderson, originally from Liverpool, is being lauded for his bill of £0 sent to a 91-year-old woman with leukemia. The bill, initially shared on Facebook by the woman’s daughter, Christine Rowlands, was accompanied by the message: “No charge for […]

  • Man who contracted mosquito-borne illness went from healthy to brain dead in 9 days

    WILLIAMSTON, Mich. — A Michigan man went from healthy to brain dead in just nine days after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis, his brother said. Gregg McChesney, 64, was a “perfectly healthy, happy human being” less than two weeks before his August 19 death from the rare mosquito-borne virus, Mark McChesney told CNN affiliate WOOD. “…Within a matter of nine days he went from perfectly healthy to brain dead,” Mark McChesney said. “All of a sudden he had a seizure and next […]

  • Kroger takes aim at food waste by selling longer-lasting avocados

    Kroger will start selling longer-lasting avocados to reduce waste and save money. This week the company will start selling avocados treated with a plant-based solution that helps slow down decay. The fruit will be available in about 1,100 of Kroger’s nearly 2,800 stores. The grocery chain also plans to sell longer-lasting asparagus and limes in a Cincinnati pilot program. When treated with the innovative coating — a colorless, odorless powder that is mixed with water and sprayed, brushed or otherwise applied to lock in […]

  • California man’s death is 7th in the US from vaping-related illness

    A California man has become the seventh person to die from a vaping-related illness in the United States as the nation’s leading health agency activates emergency operations to better investigate the outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes. California will launch a $20 million ad campaign to warn against the dangers of vaping, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday, the same day health officials said a 40-year-old had died over the weekend from complications related to using e-cigarettes. Vaping-related illness recently killed another person […]

  • General Mills recalls Gold Medal flour for possible E. coli contamination

    Making cookies with Gold Medal flour this week? It may be best to check the date before you bake. On Monday, General Mills announced a voluntary recall of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour for possible E. coli O26 contamination. The recall applies to five-pound bags stamped with a “better if used by” date of September 6, 2020. No other bags with other dates are affected. No illnesses linked to the product have been confirmed yet, General Mills said. This strain […]

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