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CDC to test for carcinogens around eight U.S. military bases

CDC to test for carcinogens around eight U.S. military bases

Business
Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin testing humans for exposure to toxic fluorinated compounds surrounding eight former and current military bases in the United States. The CDC will work with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to check for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, the agencies announced last week. PFAS are used in firefighting foam on military bases. The assessments are expected to begin this year and continue through 2020, the agencies said. And they are planning a future multi-site health study to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and health outcomes. They plan to enlist volunteers in the targeted communities to have their blood and urine tested for PFAS. The areas the agencies plan to investigate ...
Manchester United: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned around a toxic atmosphere

Manchester United: How Ole Gunnar Solskjaer turned around a toxic atmosphere

Sports
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could hardly have done any better in his first 11 games as Manchester United's caretaker manager.What happens in the next 11 - starting against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday - will probably determine whether the 45-year-old Norwegian gets the job of replacing Jose Mourinho full-time.But off the pitch, he has hit the reset button at Old Trafford, restoring the ethos of Sir Alex Ferguson's trophy-laden time in charge. In eight short weeks, Solskjaer has wiped out the toxic atmosphere of Mourinho's final few weeks at Old Trafford - and United fans are enjoying going to watch their team again.So how has he done it? The personal touchIn 14 years as a play...
Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges

Our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around edges

Technology
It turns out our Milky Way galaxy is truly warped, at least around the far edges. Scientists in China and Australia released an updated 3D map of the Milky Way on Tuesday. They used 1,339 pulsating stars — young, newly catalogued stars bigger and brighter than our sun — to map the galaxy's shape. The farther from the center, the more warping, or twisting, there is in the Milky Way's outer hydrogen gas disc. Researchers say the warped, spiral pattern is likely caused by the spinning force of the massive inner disc of stars. "We usually think of spiral galaxies as being quite flat, like Andromeda, which you can easily see through a telescope," Macquarie University's Richard de Grijs, who took part in the study, said in a statement from Sydney. Lead researcher Xiaodian Chen of t...
Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Technology
Social media users are hard at work exploring an interactive episode of science fiction series Black Mirror, which essentially allows viewers to pick their own storyline. Without any spoilers, Bandersnatch follows a nerdy teenager who is working to turn a choose-your-own-adventure science fiction book into a computer game.Viewers must make the lead character's choices for him - sending the plot in different directions.The episode, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, is said to have many millions of unique permutations. Working collectively on social media sites including Reddit, viewers are combing through the multiple possible story arcs to search for hidden outcomes, Easter eggs, and even ways to cheat.Despite initial misgivings that the interactive element would be too...
Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

World
Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika.It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee.While Facebook and Twitter have previously disclosed Russian interfere...