Problem sleeping here’s 5 white noise apps to enhance sleep

Even while sleeping, the human brain registers and processes sound. Even while sleeping, the human brain registers and processes sound. The National Sleep Foundation says “noise can jostle your slumber — causing you to wake, move, shift between stages of sleep, or experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure — so briefly that you don’t remember it the next morning.” White noise can help. A 2005 study published in the journal Sleep Medicine determined it reduces the difference between background noise and peak noise, such as a door…

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Opioid epidemic: Judge holds Johnson & Johnson liable for $572m

The Oklahoma case was the first to go to trial out of thousands of lawsuits filed by state and local governments. A United States judge on Monday found Johnson & Johnson liable for fueling an opioid epidemic in the state of Oklahoma by deceptively marketing painkillers, and ordered the drugmaker to pay damages of $572m. Judge Thad Balkman of Cleveland County District Court in Norman, Oklahoma delivered his decision in a lawsuit alleging that Johnson & Johnson’s marketing practices fueled the opioid epidemic by flooding the market with painkillers. Shares…

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Is your phone or laptop destined to become a ‘technofossil’?

Forty-four million tonnes of e-waste was generated last year. Activists want big tech to start dealing with the problem. Because worldwide annual e-waste is worth $62.5bn – more than the gross domestic product of many countries – environmental advocates are encouraging reclamation efforts like this mobile-phone recycling workshop in Lima, Peru. Janet Gunter was working at an international nongovermental organisation (NGO) when she noticed an alarming trend. She had grown up with technology and started blogging in 2001, but she watched as the people she knew – even those who…

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Authorities seek death penalty in Pittsburgh synagogue attack

US prosecutors list substantial planning, the number of victims, and religious hostility motivation as justification. A man charged with killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue should face the death penalty if convicted, federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Monday. The United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against 46-year-old Robert Bowers in last year’s attack. The government filing said justification for a death sentence included allegations of substantial planning and premeditation, the vulnerability and number of victims, and…

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