Safety & Security

Bahamas shark attack victim shares harrowing story of survival

An experienced diver who survived a shark attack in the Bahamas last week spoke on TODAY Monday about the harrowing moment when he realized the shark had struck him from behind. Jonathan Hernandez, a professional boat captain and fisherman from Florida, was spearfishing with friends off Abaco Island when he found himself in mortal danger from a shark bite. “I ...

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Dow Sets Record Not Seen in over 80 Years

The S&P 500 set a new closing record on Monday, surpassing its all-time high from last month, as investors breathe a sigh of relief and global stocks rally following the trade developments over the weekend. While stocks lost some steam after opening sharply higher, the S&P 500 (SPX) climbed 0.8% to close at 2,964 points. The index also surpassed its ...

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One in Five Americans Gets Hurt By Someone Else’s Drinking Every Year

The negative effects of secondhand smoke are well-documented—the CDC estimates that tens of thousands of nonsmokers die every year in the U.S. due to exposure to someone else’s cigarette habit. But a new study out Monday suggests that the secondhand effects of alcohol consumption are another source of serious harm, with one in five Americans hurt by another person’s drinking ...

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Your July Financial To-Do List

For many people, summer offers the chance to enjoy some down-time and focus on the company of family and friends. But at this halfway point in the year, we recommend consumers also take a few moments to tend to their financial well-being. July is a good month to review your finances for the year so far and prepare for the ...

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A Tool to Help Home Microgrids Stay Off Grid as Long as Possible

Researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) have developed an optimization tool for microgrids that allows homes to stay off grid as long as possible, generally using solar, storage and smart meters. The researchers recently received a patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office, based on a grant from the US Department of Energy. The tool aims to optimize the ...

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What to know about flesh-eating bacteria infections

Carolyn Fleming of Ellenton, Florida, may have been the latest person to die of a flesh-eating bacteria infection, which she contracted infection swimming off the coast of Anna Maria Island in Florida, her family says. Cases of the deadly infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, may be on the rise because of climate change. In fact, a study published last month in ...

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Trump Makes History by Venturing into North Korea

President Donald Trump made history on Sunday when he stepped foot in North Korea and became the first sitting U.S. president to do so. Trump made the bold move just before an hour-long, closed-door meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to Politico. The largely theatrical move was meant to signal that the two countries have once again ...

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Biohackers Want To Upgrade Their Brains, Their Bodies And Human Nature

Even if you haven’t heard the term “biohacking” before, you’ve probably encountered some version of it. Maybe you’ve seen Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey extolling the benefits of fasting intermittently and drinking “salt juice” each morning. Maybe you’ve read about former NASA employee Josiah Zayner injecting himself with DNA using the gene-editing technology CRISPR. Maybe you, like me, have a colleague ...

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We Should All Be Worried About Facial Recognition Boarding Passes

Let’s be honest: Air travel already feels pretty invasive. Between the full-body metal detectors, police dogs sniffing for bombs, and pat-downs by TSA agents, it’s no wonder we all dread going through the airport security line. (By the way, these four letters on your boarding pass will guarantee you a longer wait.) But those measures are not what privacy advocates ...

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“Worst-Ever Market Crash” If Democrats Win In 2020?

It’s going to be decision time. President-elect Donald Trump had barely declared victory in the early-morning hours of Nov. 9, 2016, when liberals started predicting doom for the economy. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman was one of the first, and worst, with his now-notorious essay in The Times projecting “global recession, with no end in sight.” Now, after an ...

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