The recommendations outline the specifics of how to tell if someone meets the criteria for brain death, such as excluding conditions that might mimic the criteria for brain death. For example, someone on a medication that induces paralysis would not show limb movement in response to pain or other similar reflexes. Other steps include ensuring that a sufficient amount of time has passed to make the diagnosis — 24 hours at the very minimum for death caused by lack of oxygen to the brain — and testing a series of basic reflexes controlled by the brainstem. The final test is apnea testing, which determines whether the person can breathe on his or her own, another process controlled by the brainstem. The guidelines also provide the first formal recommendations of how to determine brain death in a person who is being supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a process that circulates the person's blood outside of the body to oxygenate it by machine rather than … [Read more...] about What is brain death? New guidelines offer answers.
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In 2016, Microsoft acquired MinecraftEdu from Teacher Gaming LLC. Officials said at that time they planned to build Minecraft Education Edition, based on MinecraftEdu. Bringing Minecraft: Eduction Edition to Chromebooks has been a long-standing request by educators. … [Read more...] about Microsoft releases Minecraft Education Edition for Chromebooks
FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who's championed the war on robocalls, positioned it as a major win for consumers. However, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel criticized the new rules because they didn't prevent carriers from charging for blocking services. … [Read more...] about AT&T to auto block fraud robocalls for free, but blocking spam calls will cost extra
On August 6th, Trump declared TikTok and WeChat a “national emergency” because of real — but also politically convenient — privacy and security concerns. He invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which lets him ban transactions between US and foreign entities. This requires less evidence of wrongdoing than putting ByteDance on the Department of Commerce’s banned “entity list,” something the Trump administration did with Chinese telecom Huawei. And the likely outcome is similar. Apple and Google could have to stop offering TikTok and WeChat on their app stores, and other parts of Tencent’s massive tech and media empire could suffer too. Existing app users wouldn’t necessarily be forced off the network, however, the way they’d be with China’s site-blocking Great Firewall. … [Read more...] about The big legal questions behind Trump’s TikTok and WeChat bans
Patti Goldman, an attorney working with the NRDC, told The Times that the organization would pursue a legal challenge. If Pruitt’s decision stands, chlorpyrifos’ safety won’t likely be reviewed again until 2022, when the agency would complete its standard 15-year review process. … [Read more...] about Pruitt chooses not to ban pesticide after scientists find neurotoxicity