✅ The TSA says that passengers who misbehave on flights could lose their PreCheck privileges. That oughta’ show ‘em.
💨 A lawyer in England sued his firm because his colleagues asked him to stop farting so much. He lost his case because the court found that it was “reasonable” to ask him to knock it off.
👾 The U.S. is investigating why some Teslas allowed drivers to watch video games on the screen while they drove.
🕷 Spider-Man: No Way Home is on pace to be the only $1 billion movie of 2021.
Coronavirus Update: 😷 Total confirmed global cases as of 8:15 pm ET on Wednesday: 277,088,735 — Total deaths: 5,376,034 — Total vaccine doses administered: 8,798,205,730
The FDA approved Pfizer’s oral Covid antiviral pill on Wednesday.
Poland hit a record number of Covid deaths last week in what they are calling the “fourth wave.”
Technology companies are dropping out of the Consumer Electronics Show due to Covid surges.
A new report shows that people with the Omicron variant are 80% less likely to be hospitalized.
The National Hockey League says that its players will not compete in the Beijing Winter Olympics due to the pandemic.
*Stock data as of market close, cryptocurrency data as of 5:00am ET.
Markets: Oil prices, European stocks, American stocks, and Asian stocks all ticked higher thanks lower worries about Omicron.So bottomline investors aren't worried about new lockdowns because the data out of South Africa is encouraging.
Student loan payments were just about to start back up again but now the Biden Administration has extended the pause until May 1, 2022.
Just last week the President confirmed that he would allow loan payments to restart in January as planned but now that the Omicron variant has us all guessing, the President and the Education Department have pushed back. According to the Wall Street Journal, the loan pause “has helped 41 million borrowers save $5 billion a month.”
Progressive lawmakers are once again asking the President to cancel up to $50,000 in student loan debt for every borrower but the President has not shown an appetite for this. Instead, he wants Congress to do it.
This is nice news for borrowers but also not a nice indication that the pandemic is still disrupting business as usual.
Would you take a Covid vaccine developed by the U.S. Army? Because now there is one.
Scientists at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research say that they have developed a vaccine that is effective against all Covid variants. It is called PsFN and it has already completed animal trials with “positive results.” Phase one of human trials were also completed with positive results and it now moves to phases two and three.
The government hospital says that it is working with an unnamed partner to discuss vaccine rollout soon.
There is no word on whether this vaccine would need a second dose or a booster. Which is good because the World Health Organization is saying that boosters are not the answer and that they can actually “prolong the pandemic.”
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A whistleblower has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of removing information about a carcinogen from a paint. In fact, the whistleblower points out that this chemical has never been assessed for human safety at all yet it is in oh-so-many household products.
A toxicologist says that they submitted a report about a new paint on the market and found that half of the product’s weight came from a chemical called parachlorobenzotrifluoride, or PCBTF. The researcher says that their supervisor removed that information from the final report on the paint so the public had no way to know that PCBTF is a known carcinogen.
PCBTF is in many products such as ink, finishes, primer, graffiti remover, paint, steel, concrete and garage floors. The EPA promotes PCBTF because it is easier on the ozone layer than other solvents but it has been used since the 1960s, before the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed so it has never been properly tested for human safety. It was grandfathered in!
The EPA says that it did nothing wrong in handling this report but acknowledges that many chemicals grandfathered in from the 1976 law “may pose risks.” Oh yeah????
Did you know that smells contain memories? You probably did know that but now science confirms it.
A new study shows a “neural link between smell and place.” Researchers say that the olfactory system has “direct reciprocal connections to the hippocampus system, which is involved in memory and navigation.” Animals in the wild use this to locate sources of food.
Scientists tested this by putting rats in a maze and leading them to food based on scents. Although, to be fair, Chez Remy already taught us that rats could do this.
News By The Numbers
1,000. That is approximately how many people went to Stonehenge to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The site was closed to visitors last year but park officials say that it was a Covid-friendly outdoor joyous event this year.
3 billion. That is how many times Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” has been streamed on Spotify. It is the only song to reach three billion streams on the platform.
1.8 years. That is how much the life expectancy in the U.S. dropped in 2020, mostly due to the pandemic. Covid was the third most common cause of death, responsible for 10.4% of all deaths in 2020.
35%. That is how many managers report burnout from their job this year, compared to 27% last year.
John Wick is trending after it was announced that the movie has been delayed until 2023. It was slated for Memorial Day 2022 but the studio did not want it to compete with the Top Gun reboot so it fell off the calendar next year.
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