Recent online rumors have been circulating about whether the American Red Cross prohibits people donating blood after receiving Covid-19 vaccines. With over 80% of Americans having received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, if true, this could represent a significant danger to the U.S. donated blood supply. The organization declared an emergency blood shortage in January, reporting that the number of blood donors had hit a 20 year low. The good news is, the rumor isn’t true. The rumor seems to stem from this part of the eligibility criteria on the American Red Cross website about “immunization/vaccination”: COVID-19…

Have you ever felt like you’re just one step away from being exposed as a fraud? That lurking fear that, despite your achievements, you’re not nearly as capable as others think you are? While it’s normal to experience moments of self-doubt, for some, these feelings run deeper, infiltrating every aspect…

There’s a new model in town – and pretty soon, we’re all going to be talking about it … a lot! OpenAI just dropped an announcement on its Sora model (named after the Japanese word for ‘sky’) which is going to immediately make all sorts of video marketing projects obsolete.…

You have a music streaming service on your iPhone, don’t you? Chances are you do, and most likely it will be either Spotify or Apple Music, though it could be Amazon Music or Tidal, among others. Whichever it is, changing services has always been a pain: you can’t take your…

I started studying dengue virus infections 25 years ago as a young U.S. Army medical corps officer in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Dengue had been a constant health threat in the region since the mid-1950s. Since then, the mosquitoes that transmit the dengue viruses have been expanding their habitats and…

Do you remember all of the talk about Hurricane or Tropical Storm Hilary and California in 2023? It created quite the stir because hurricanes or tropical storms are rare for that part of the country. Initial estimates suggested that the storm made landfall as a hurricane near the Baja California…

Public discourse around toxic masculinity reached a fever pitch in October 2017 due to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. According to a Vice article, Google searches for “toxic masculinity” surged by 50 percent in its aftermath, making Weinstein the symbolic embodiment of this oppressive form of manhood—that glorifies sexual conquest, violence…

Huawei has always made solid, functional, “jack of all trades, master of none” type tablets, but in the past year it’s become much more adventurous and inventive. A few months ago, the company released a tablet with a matte color screen that can simulate the effects of being an e-ink…

You may forget at this point, that among all the other 90+ rated games back in 2023, Diablo 4 was among them. It did at least initially debut with that score, though it dropped down to an 86 on PC over time. On Xbox it retains a 91. Part of…

Samsung has just revealed it has a cool new gadget waiting for release: the Samsung Galaxy Ring. You can guess a little about it from the name (like, it’s round and fits on your finger), but not much more is known. February 12 update below. This post was first published…

WhatsApp is about to change. The change will be big and far-reaching, allowing users to send messages from other messaging apps and see them land in your WhatsApp. How cool is that? February 10 update below. This post was first published on February 8, 2024. Last September, lawmakers in the…

It has been reported that last year was the worst on record for cryptocurrency payments received by ransomware groups. According to the Chainalysis Crypto Crime Report for 2024, published on February 7, crypto-criminals have finally broken the elusive $1 billion in ransomware barrier for ransoms paid in a single year.…

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