Dangerous ‘forever chemicals’ have been found in US drinking water at alarmingly high rates. Here’s what to know about PFAS.

A class of industrially produced chemicals called PFAS are found in many products, including cosmetics, fire-retardant foams, and food packaging. Almost everyone in the industrialized world has some of these so-called “forever chemicals” in their blood. But scientific evidence suggests they may also be linked with cancer and other serious health issues. More than 30 […]

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Beer giants like Heineken and Molson Coors are duking it out in the billion-dollar market for marijuana-infused drinks

Big beer companies are looking to develop marijuana-infused beverages as a way to revitalize their businesses. Lagunitas, Heineken’s California-based brand, recently developed a hoppy, THC-infused sparkling water. And Molson Coors recently entered a joint venture to produce marijuana-infused beer for the Canadian market, among other deals. Investors are excited about the prospect of creating a […]

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Red Tide Is Killing Marine Life and Scaring Away Tourists in Florida. Here’s What to Know About It

Tourists and residents alike have been chased away from Florida’s famous beaches by an ominous-sounding ecological occurrence: red tide. Florida sees red tide — an algae outbreak that can kill marine life and sicken humans — nearly every year, but the current flare-up has become severe enough to warrant a state of emergency declaration from […]

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Scientists have found a way to calculate your risk for deadly conditions like diabetes, breast cancer and heart disease

A new genetic test which can test how likely a person is to contract serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes has been developed, according to a study published by scientists at the Broad Institute and Harvard on Monday in Nature Genetics. This test screens for multiple genes that are implicated in common diseases and […]

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Oscar Health just raised $375 million from Alphabet

Oscar Health just raised an additional $375 million from Alphabet, bringing the health insurer’s total funding up to more than $1 billion. As part of that raise, Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser told Wired, the company plans to expand beyond the individual healthcare exchanges and small employer market and into the Medicare Advantage market, caring for […]

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Silicon Valley’s favorite high-fat diet is beloved by everyone from venture capitalists to LeBron James — here’s how it works

The keto diet is one of the trendiest diets around, but it was originally developed to help children with epilepsy suffer fewer seizures. It kicks the body into a natural fat-burning mode, called ketosis, by starving a person’s system of carbs and sugars, which are typically the first fuels we burn. Some people say being […]

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US investors are pouring hundreds of millions into a healthcare company that doesn’t take insurance and lists its prices like a ‘McDonald’s menu’

Meet Dr. Consulta, a Brazil-based healthcare company that provides set prices for healthcare services like check-ups and MRIs. Founded in 2011, the company has already seen 1 million patients through its clinics and has raised $100 million with plans to raise even more. The company could be a model for healthcare in the US, which […]

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Glacier National Park is burning amid a record heatwave, sparking evacuations

A wildfire broke out in Glacier National Park on Saturday, forcing evacuations from the park. The park also saw record high temperatures on Saturday. Firefighters have had difficulty containing the blaze due to dry winds and a lack of precipitation. A fire in Glacier National Park has sparked evacuations over the weekend as record heat […]

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China’s ‘one-child’ policy led to a demographic time bomb, and now the country is scrambling to undo it

China has become a demographic time bomb despite ending its one-child policy two years ago. Local authorities are scrambling to incentivize women to have more children, as the country’s birth rate continues to drop. Some provinces want to offer cash bonuses to parents who have a second child, and others are voicing support for eliminating […]

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New York City has painted over 6 million square feet of rooftops white — and it could be a brilliant heat-fighting plan

New York City has painted at least 6.7 million square feet of rooftop white in the past nine years. Reflective paint can decrease the temperatures insides buildings and lower air conditioning costs. Los Angeles is also taking steps to use more reflective paint, spending $40,000 per mile to paint streets white. Scientists believe that light […]

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