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Personalized Precision Immunotherapy Tested in Brain Tumors

Friday

The American Association for the Advancement of Science issued the following news release: In a pilot study in humans, 10 patients with highly malignant glioblastoma brain tumors received a treatment regimen called CAR T cell therapy that reengineers people’s own immune cells to recognize cancer-specific proteins. The findings, published July 19 in Science Translational Medicine , could eventually expand the use of CAR T cell-based regimens beyond blood-based cancers like leukemia to solid tumors. “I am firmly convinced



LG’s Upcoming Q6 Introduces Facial Recognition in a Mainstream Phone

Friday

The LG Q6, due out next month starting in Asia, will have onboard facial recognition technology for unlocking the smartphone, a feature that has been questioned by some tech buffs. South Korean smartphone maker LG has chosen to equip its upcoming handset, the Q6—due to sell for about $370 according to Korean media—with various specs previously reserved for top-of-the-range models. As well as its borderless display, the Q6—which launches in August in Asia, followed by a



Dell Reveals How IoT Solutions Assisting Business Clients

Friday

Dell has revealed how its Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are assisting business clients across the globe. Automation technology provider Emerson; energy management software provider Talisen Technologies; video surveillance company Innodep; and ICT research and innovation organization TSSG are the latest IoT clients. Dell is also deploying its Edge Gateways across its manufacturing facilities after seeing productivity improvements during recent proof of concepts in Brazil. Recently, Dell’s factory in Brazil streamlined quality-control in the production line with IoT.



Silkworm Micrococoons Could Be Used in Biotechnology and Medicine

Friday

The tiny capsules, which are invisible to the naked eye, can protect sensitive molecular materials and could prove a significant technology in areas including food science, biotechnology and medicine. The capsules were made by researchers at the University of Cambridge with help from engineers at the University of Sheffield, using a specially-developed microengineering process that combines the power of microfluidic manufacturing with the value of natural silk. The process mimics on the microscale the way in which



Lupin Recalls 12,480 Bottles of Antidepressant Drug From U.S.

Friday

Drug firm Lupin’s U.S. arm, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., is recalling 12,480 bottles of Paroxetine extended-release tablets on account of failed dissolution specifications from the U.S. market. Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling 12,480 bottles of Paroxetine extended-release tablets in the strength of 12.5 mg manufactured by Lupin Ltd. at its Pithampur plant in Madhya Pradesh, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) said in its latest Enforcement Report. The reason for the recall is “failed dissolution specifications:



Google Glass is Back From the Dead, and Changing the Face of Manufacturing

Thursday

Depending on who you talk to, Google Glass was either a device way ahead of its time and the general public just wasn’t ready for it, or an expensive technological dead-end that solved a problem no one ever had. Google Glass raised thorny privacy concerns and early adopters were quickly labelled “Glassholes” giving the device a public stigma it might never overcome. In 2015, the Google Glass Explorer Program went dark. The device went off sale



442,214 Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler Vehicles Recalled to Replace Alternator

Thursday

NHTSA campaign number: 17V435000 Manufacturer: Chrysler Components: Electrical system Potential number of units affected: 442,214 Summary Chrysler is recalling certain model year 2011-2014 Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, Dodge Durango, and 2012-2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles. The affected vehicles have electro-hydraulic power steering (EHPS) and are equipped with a 5.7L or a 3.6L engine and a 160, 180 or 220-amp alternator. In the affected vehicles, the alternator may suddenly fail. If the alternator fails, the vehicle may stall without



Robot Leak Detection Revolution Could Save Water and Gas Industry Millions

Thursday

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new leak detection system, one which uses a robot to inspect pipes from the inside to find leaks before they have time to become catastrophic. The new leak detection system can inspect gas and water pipes. Significantly, it works “no matter what the pipe is made of.” Many other leak detection systems, on the other hand, don’t work well in systems that use wood, clay



Microsoft Debuts Path Guide for Indoor Navigation

Thursday

Navigating around busy cities today is next to impossible for some people without the aid of their preferred smartphone GPS system guiding the way. Whether its Waze, Google Maps or Ride with GPS, people today are rarely using physical or old school printed maps to figure out where their destination is and how to get there. While this is all fine and good when walking, driving or cycling around an area, there is an issue that arises



Polaris Recalling Thousands of ATVs Due to Fire, Fuel Leaks

Thursday

The recall includes 2014 Sportsman 570 model ATVs that were sold from April 2014 through May 2017. Polaris Industries, a maker of recreational vehicles, is recalling about 25,600 all-terrain vehicles following reports of fires and fuel leaks. The recall includes 2014 Sportsman 570 model ATVs that were sold from April 2014 through May 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says. There have been 30 reports of fuel leaks and four reported incidents of fire involving the



Breathable, Wearable Electronics Show Promise for Long-Term Continuous Health Monitoring

Wednesday

A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, says a Japanese group of scientists. The elastic electrode constructed of breathable nanoscale meshes holds promise for the development of noninvasive e-skin devices that can monitor a person’s health continuously over a long period. Wearable electronics that monitor heart rate and other vital health signals have



BMW to Introduce Skype Integration in its Cars

Wednesday

German car-maker BMW has entered a partnership with Microsoft, and as a result you can expect a lot of the latter’s connectivity features to be integrated into BMW’s cars. But as strange as it may sound, BMW wants its drivers to attend meetings while on the go. The company has announced that it will integrate Microsoft’s Skype for business in its iDrive infotainment set-up, thus enabling people to connect to attend a meeting while driving. This



Safety of Wire Barbecue Brushes Being Investigated

Wednesday

Health Canada is conducting an investigation into the safety of wire-bristle brushes used to clean barbecues, with plans to conclude the probe by the end of the summer. The agency said the risk assessment on the brushes comes after it has received nine reports of injuries from wire bristles since 2011. The assessment started in April and should wrap up in August, said Tyler Goodier, unit head of mechanical and physical hazards in Health Canada’s consumer product



Apple Aims to Put iPads in the Hands of Every Patient

Wednesday

Apple is gearing on its project to launch iPads for hospitals, which will play a vital role in its enterprise health efforts. For Apple, the $3 trillion health care sector offers a lot of potential for growth for its iPad. iPhones and iPads have been used by some hospitals for more than five years, but it’s only recently that the company went public about its interest in the health care. The new technology will transform the



3 Million Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles Recalled to Fix Emissions Problems

Wednesday

Daimler announced Tuesday the recall of 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe to address concerns about emissions. The German automaker plans to spend $255 million to correct the problem, the company said in a statement. The recalls expand a service action that began in March on about 274,000 compact cars and V-Class vans. Since then, Mercedes-Benz has offered its customers an improvement in NOx emissions for one engine version. It said about 45% of those cars



Tesco Joins Levi, Aldi and Others in a Pledge to Tackle Chemicals in Supply Chain

Tuesday

TESCO has joined a growing list of major high street retailers in beginning to remove chemicals thought to be hazardous from the supply chain of its clothing brand. Greenpeace said Tesco will immediately begin the process of eliminating 11 groups of hazardous substances from its F&F brand, including phthalates, brominated and chlorinated flame retardants, chlorinated solvents and heavy metals. The environmental group said the supermarket giant’s commitment went beyond chemicals already banned by EU regulations and took



Car Technology Gets a Big Upgrade Thanks to FCC

Tuesday

Federal regulators have approved a big swath of new airwaves for vehicle radar devices, opening the door to cheaper, more precise sensors that may accelerate the arrival of high-tech, next-generation cars. Many consumer vehicles already use radar for collision avoidance, automatic lane-keeping and other purposes. But right now, vehicle radar is divided into a couple different chunks of the radio spectrum. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to consolidate these chunks—and added a little



Samsung to Recover Gold From Recalled Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Tuesday

Samsung plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste. The South Korean company said that it expects to retrieve 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, copper and other metals from millions of smartphones that were recalled and discontinued last year after their batteries were found to be prone to catching fire. It did not say how it would use the retrieved metals. The phones’ display modules, memory chips,



More Than 9,000 Pounds of Chicken and Beef Products Recalled Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

Tuesday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued the following news release: Custom Culinary, Inc., an Oswego, Ill. establishment, is recalling approximately 9,444 pounds of chicken and beef base products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products’ labels incorrectly identified the products as chicken, but may contain beef. Additionally, the products contain soy, a known allergen, which is



Honda Recalls 1.2 Million Accord Cars in U.S. Over Battery Sensor

Tuesday

Honda is recalling 1.2 million Accord cars from the 2013-16 model years in the United States over a battery sensor issue, according to several media reports. The recall addresses the potential for an engine compartment fire, reports the New York Times . Honda reportedly says that the sensors on the negative terminal of the battery are not properly sealed from moisture; as a result, road salt can get in and cause corrosion and an electrical short



Doritos Chilli Heatwave Urgently Recalled Over Allergy Risk Fears

Monday

Popular food and drinks company PepsiCo is recalling bags of Chilli Heatwave Doritos because they could contain milk not mentioned on the label. Allergy charities are warning people not to eat the crisps if they are allergic or intolerant to milk or milk proteins. AllergyUK said: “PepsiCo is recalling two pack sizes of Doritos Chilli Heatwave because they contain milk which is not mentioned on the label. “This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone



Police Pull Fords From Service Over Carbon Monoxide Fears

Monday

Some police say their Ford Motor SUV police cars are leaking exhaust fumes into their vehicles, causing officers to suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning. Federal safety officials are looking into the allegations surrounding the Ford Police Interceptor, a version of the Ford Explorer modified for police use. They have yet to open a formal investigation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has already investigated more than 150 complaints from Ford Explorer owners about the smell of exhaust



Sabrett Hot Dogs Recalled Over Pieces of Bone

Monday

Millions of pounds of Sabrett hot dogs and sausages—as well as similar foods sold under other popular brand names—have been recalled after customers reported small pieces of bone and cartilage in some of the foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Saturday. One person reported a minor mouth injury after eating one of the foods, the FSIS said. The brands’ parent company, New-York based Marathon Enterprises Inc., is recalling more than



6 Million Verizon Customers’ Info Leaked

Monday

The data exposure of 6 million users included their names, addresses and phone numbers. A third-party vendor exposed the personal account information of millions of Verizon customers, a technology security firm announced Wednesday. Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at the security firm UpGuard, discovered a cloud-based server on June 8 open to public access that contained not only names, addresses and phone numbers of Verizon customers, but also included specific account information ranging from personal



Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.33 Million Vehicles Worldwide Over Fire, Air Bag Risks

Monday

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Friday it is recalling 1.33 million vehicles worldwide in two separate campaigns for potential fire risks and inadvertent airbag deployments. The Italian-American automaker said it is recalling about 770,000 sport utility vehicles because of a wiring issue that may lead to inadvertent deployment of the driver-side air bag and is linked to reports of five related minor injuries, but no crashes. The company said wiring could chafe against pieces



Honda U.S. to Recall Odyssey Vehicles to Inspect and Replace Seatbelts

Friday

Honda will voluntarily recall approximately 3,900 Odyssey vehicles from the 2018 model year in the United States to inspect and, if needed, replace the third-row center seatbelt, free of charge. Third-row seatbelts use different seatbelt tongues for the outer seating positions and the center seating position. During third-row center seatbelt assembly at a supplier, outer seatbelt tongues were mistakenly installed on to center seatbelt assemblies. When an outer seatbelt tongue is inserted into a center seatbelt



Australian Government Orders Medicare Review Over Concerns Details Being Sold on Dark Web

Friday

The Federal Government may make it harder for health professionals to access Medicare numbers online after a news outlet revealed one of its reporters had been able to purchase his details on the dark web. Last week, The Guardian said its journalist had bought the information from a darknet trader who claimed he had “exploited a vulnerability” in government systems, provoking fears there may be widespread problems which could potentially expose millions of Australians to fraud. The



Medication Errors Resulting in Negative Outcomes on the Rise

Friday

A new study reveals that medication errors outside of medical facilities resulting in serious medical outcomes is on the rise in the United States. The study, conducted at the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined calls to Poison Control Centers across the country over a 13-year period. Researchers looked at exposures to medication errors that occurred primarily in the home and resulted in serious medical outcomes. The



German Carmaker Daimler Facing its Own Emissions Scandal

Friday

Daimler is alleged to have sold over a million cars in Europe and the United States containing engines rigged to cheat emissions tests. German authorities raided several locations associated with the automaker back in May. A German media research consortium reported Wednesday that German automaker Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, had for almost 10 years cheated emissions tests on two of its lines of engines. The allegations prompted a series of raids carried out by German



Walmart Insistent on Efficiency; Charging Suppliers for Late, Early or Incomplete Orders

Friday

Long known for squeezing its vast network of suppliers, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is about to step up the pressure. The focus this time is delivery scheduling, and the company’s not messing around. Two days late? That’ll earn you a fine. One day early? That’s a fine, too. Right on-time but goods aren’t packed properly? You guessed it—fined. The program, labelled “On-Time, In-Full,” aims to add $1 billion to revenue by improving product availability at stores, according to