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This meat-allergy tick also carries a mysterious killer virus .
The Lone Star tick, famous for making people suddenly allergic to red meat , has a new weapon: the Bourbon virus. Scientists know little about how the Bourbon virus behaves, but they do know it can kill you , and they worry that it could be silently spreading through human populations, getting noticed only when it causes severe symptoms in an unlucky few.
Waze data may be able to help predict car crashes .
Computer models haven't been very good at predicting rare events like car crashes, but the navigation app Waze may be able to help. Waze allows users to report accidents happening around them, and the user base is now so large and active that Waze users notify the app of crashes an average of 2 minutes, 41 seconds before anyone alerts law enforcement. More cities are starting to use data from the app to try to help predict crashes and cut response time when they happen.
Is social media interfering with childhood? Maybe. But is the problem that children forget to have childhoods, or that they have childhoods that can't be forgotten? Children now create their own worlds in technology, leaving hard-to-erase digital trails that make them potentially vulnerable as they move into adulthood. Is social media making it impossible to grow up ?
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It offers unusual insight into how social media news consumption varies by platform according to age, political affiliation, gender, education level, and race.Only a third of people who use Instagram told Pew they get news from the site, but two-thirds of that group are nonwhite—the highest proportion of nonwhite news consumers of any social media site.