A recent study from the Environmental Working Group found that the drinking water in 89 percent of surveyed U.S. cities had detectable amounts of hexavalent chromium, a likely carcinogen. But environmental health experts say the public shouldn't be alarmed because the amounts of chromium the study found are likely too low to cause cancer in most people, though past research has linked ingestion of hexavalent chromium with cancer in animals. "Modern analytical chemistry can detect concentrations of carcinogens in water that are unimportant," said Allan Smith, director of the Arsenic Health Effects Research Program at University of California, Berkeley. The EWG study found that 31 of 35 surveyed cities — including Honolulu, Pittsburgh and Tallahassee, Fla. — had hexavalent chromium in their drinking water. Past studies have shown that hexavalent chromium — different from trivalent chromium, which is an essential nutrient to our bodies — can cause cancer when inhaled. … [Read more...] about Can Chromium in Drinking Water Cause Cancer?
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Discord users who access the Discord app through iOS will now face restrictions on adult content that go beyond those for other platforms. The gaming-focused social networking app—which lets users create public or private servers to chat via text, image, voice, and video livestreaming— announced this week that "all users on the iOS platform (including those aged 18+) will be blocked from joining and accessing NSFW servers. iOS users aged 18+ will still be able to join and access NSFW communities on the desktop and web versions of Discord." That NSFW designation can be set by the server owner or by Discord itself, in keeping with community guidelines requiring the label on "adult content." Individual channels within a server can be designated as NSFW without imposing limits on the full server, but an entire server may be labeled as NSFW "if the community is organized around NSFW themes or if the majority of the server’s content is 18+," the company said. Discord has set up an … [Read more...] about iOS users—and only iOS users—face NSFW content ban on Discord app
Acer has launched a new pair of true wireless earphones called the Gateway GAHR012. The wireless earbuds feature a stick form factor and come with touch control features. The Acer Gateway GAHR012 earbuds were launched with a price tag of Rs 3,499. But they are listed at a discounted price of Rs 2,999 on leading e-commerce websites. We have been using the earbuds for some time and here’s the review Acer Gateway GAHR012: Design The Acer Gateway GAHR012 earbuds feature an in-ear form factor with a stem design. It comes in a white case with a gloss finish. It's not too shiny that makes it look cheap. The glossiness is perfect to the amount that it does not look dull either. There are no other colour options for the Acer earbuds and it only comes in White colour. The case is slightly small which is a good thing. This means it can be slipped into your jeans pocket easily. It is also lightweight and easy to carry. The case has four LED indicators to reveal battery levels. There … [Read more...] about Acer Gateway GAHR012 review: Good design, average sound
Google has worked for years to position itself as a responsible steward of AI. Its research lab hires respected academics, publishes groundbreaking papers, and steers the agenda at the field’s biggest conferences. But now its reputation has been badly, perhaps irreversibly damaged, just as the company is struggling to put a politically palatable face on its empire of data. The company’s decision to fire Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell — two of its top AI ethics researchers, who happened to be examining the downsides of technology integral to Google’s search products — has triggered waves of protest. Academics have registered their discontent in various ways. Two backed out of a Google research workshop, a third turned down a $60,000 grant from the company, and a fourth pledged not to accept its funding in the future. Two engineers quit the company in protest of Gebru’s treatment and just last week, one of Google’s top AI employees, a research manager named Samy Bengio who … [Read more...] about Google is poisoning its reputation with AI researchers
After recent leaks suggested an imminent arrival, Microsoft has officially launched the latest entry in its line of Surface PCs: the Surface Laptop 4 . The new laptop starts at $999 and will be available to purchase in the US, Canada, and Japan as of today, with shipping beginning on April 15. Microsoft says more markets will follow in the “coming weeks.” In the US, those who buy the Surface Laptop 4 through Microsoft or Best Buy before April 15 will get a pair of Surface Earbuds headphones bundled in at no extra cost. Familiar hardware Further Reading Hands-on with Microsoft’s barrage of new Surface devices As for the device itself, the Surface Laptop 4 is more of a refinement than a reinvention of the previous Surface Laptop 3, which launched in late 2019 . That laptop’s build quality was generally well-regarded, and the design here is more or less identical to before. There are still two models, one with a 13.5-inch touch display and one with a 15-inch … [Read more...] about Microsoft makes the Surface Laptop 4 official, offers choice of AMD or Intel