Amazon removes hundreds of toxic and unsafe products after news report

Wall Street Journal found that more than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon have been declared unsafe by federal agencies Amazon has removed hundreds of toxic and unsafe products from its site after a Wall Street Journal report found thousands of listings from third-party sellers dont comply with federal safety standards. Thousands of problematic products remain. More than 4,000 items for sale on Amazon have been declared unsafe by federal agencies, including 2,000 listings for childrens toys and medications. The Journal also identified 157 items Amazon had already banned still listed on the site, and one product it tested had lead levels that exceed federal limits. In light of the report, Amazon has reworded or taken down 57% of the …

John Bolton in UK to meet Johnson and Brexit hardliners

US security adviser expected to urge tougher line on Tehran and Chinese tech firm Huawei John Bolton, the hawkish US national security adviser, has started two days of meetings in London with key figures in Boris Johnsons government as the US pitches to steer a post-Brexit UK further away from Europe on a range of issues including trade, the role of the Chinese technology firm Huawei. Bolton is the most senior Trump official to visit since Johnson became prime minister, and the move is seen to have increased the chances of the UK leaving the EU on 31 October without a withdrawal agreement a position more in line with the Brexit policy favoured by the US president. Bolton will be …

Robot, heal thyself: scientists develop self-repairing machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs. But being robots prone to damage and left them largely impractical for use in the real world until now. A European commission-funded project, led by scientists at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Cambridge, aims to create self-healing robots that can feel pain, or sense damage, before swiftly patching themselves up without human intervention. The researchers have already successfully developed polymers that can heal themselves by creating new bonds after about 40 minutes. The next …

Why do some people develop the lost camera films of total strangers?

A growing band of hobbyists are buying rolls of undeveloped film, getting them developed and looking at strangers lives from many years ago. Amelia Tait tries her luck The woman in the photographs had an eventful year. Which year, exactly, is unclear judging by the number plate on her car and her three-quarter-length cargo shorts, it was sometime between May 1995 and the early 2000s. Its undoubtable, however, that she had a good time: she went to see the Eagles perform live in concert, travelled abroad and splashed around in a sunlit swimming pool, visited an exotic bird sanctuary, witnessed a snow storm and then, to round it all off, posed semi-nude in her kitchen, exhibiting her nearly bare bum. …

Squirrel rescues and cyst extractions: my descent into YouTube addiction

I found myself spending days utterly alone as the hypnotic site became my drug of choice The wild elephants Electrocuted squirrel gets CPR by kind man. Unbeknownst to me, the daylight has faded across to the other side of the Earth, and I am in darkness. I am lying on my bed in the fetal position, as I have been for three hours straight watching YouTube. I dont know exactly how long Ive had a YouTube problem. The first chapters of addiction are often written in the pen of innocence. Mine started in the same way all others must with a joy unforeseen. A music video with a new friend behind the sofa at some party one unending summer night. …