As many as 800 million children have dangerously high lead values in their blood. The neurotoxin can cause permanent brain damage.
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The huge international numbers come from a new report from Pure Earth and UNICEF. Pure Earth works to solve pollution problems that can be harmful to humans.
“A child’s earliest years of life are characterized by rapid growth and brain development. This makes children particularly vulnerable to harmful substances in the environment,” says Kam Sripada, a postdoc at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) who has contributed to the report.
Sripada collaborates with international organizations to research social health inequalities, especially among children.
“Exposure to lead during pregnancy and early in life can lead to a child never reaching his or her potential,” she says.
Sripada works at NTNU’s Center for Global Health Inequalities Research (CHAIN) in collaboration with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and UNICEF.
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New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) The government on Saturday said maintenance of vehicular documents, including driving licences and e-challans, will be done through an information technology portal from October 1, 2020.
Vehicular documents found validated through electronic means shall not be demanded in physical forms for inspection, it said and added that details of driving licences disqualified or revoked by the licensing authority will be recorded and updated chronologically in the portal.
‘Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has recently issued notifications regarding various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 requiring implementation of enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents and E-Challans through portal w.e.f 1.10.2020 for better monitoring and enforcement of MV Rules,’ MoRTH said in a statement.
Use of IT services and electronic monitoring will result in better enforcement of traffic rules in the country and will lead to removing harassment of drivers and would facilitate the citizens,
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- Newly released documents obtained by American Oversight show that Amazon produced nearly $3.9 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion in profit for the USPS in the fiscal year of 2019.
- USPS delivered 1.54 billion packages for Amazon during that time, or roughly 30% of the technology company’s total volume.
- While President Donald Trump has been critical about USPS doing business with Amazon, the numbers make it clear that the retail giant is generating much-needed profit for the Post Office.
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Recently released documents show that Amazon accounted for a good chunk of the money the USPS brought in just one year ago.
A slew of financial statements and emails obtained by American Oversight show that Amazon accounted for nearly $3.9 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion in profit for the postal service in the fiscal year of 2019, the Washington Post reported.
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- The CIA once considered making a weapon out of artificial lightning.
- The weapon could be used without directly implicating the CIA or the rest of the U.S. government.
- Although the weapon was scientifically sound, the CIA ultimately never pursued it for reasons unknown.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) once considered the idea of using lightning as a weapon system. In the late 1960s, an unknown scientist proposed the service use lightning strikes as a weapon that would leave behind “little or no evidence,” making it difficult to identify the U.S. government as the perpetrator. The CIA, despite always being interested in covert weapons, never developed the idea. Probably.
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The pitch, which Forbes discovered in declassified CIA files, involved using “artificial leaders” of thin metal wires to “cause discharges to
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Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken another step in its ongoing battle with Apple.
On Friday, Epic Games doubled down on its request for a preliminary injunction that would require Apple to put its beloved video game back in the App Store. In a California court filing, the gaming company refuted a number of claims made by Apple, including one that suggested gamer interest in Fortnite was fleeting.
Apple removed the Fortnite app in August after the gaming company violated Apple’s rules by introducing a direct payment option into the game without Apple’s approval. That payment system would have competed with Apple’s in-app purchase system, which the iPhone giant requires all apps to use.
Typically, when players on iOS devices make in-app purchases, Apple gets a 30% cut of those sales. Fortnite’s direct payment functionality undermined that structure.
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