Here’s How America Let 70,000 Opioid-Related Deaths Go Unaccounted For

The rate of overdose deaths due to opioids is already alarmingly high, killing 40,000 people in the United States in 2016 alone. But a study published Wednesday in Public Health Reports suggests even that number might be a gross underestimate. The University of Pittsburgh biostatisticians behind the study combed through death certificates from all fifty states, looking for places where opioid deaths might have been miscounted. What they found was nearly 70,000 potentially mislabeled deaths from 1999 to 2015, lurking in the fine print.

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Quantum Computers Pose A Big Threat To Internet Security

If all the world had been water balloons, the guy with the Super Soaker would reign supreme. That’s essentially the situation with the arrival of quantum computers. They’re so powerful that it takes them mere hours to solve problems that would take modern computers years to work through. That means that the moment the first quantum computer turns on, encrypted data across the internet is pretty much up for grabs. That is unless we do something about it.

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Envirobot swims like an Eel to Help Save the World

Suppose you watched a group of scientists build a robot based on an eel and release it into the waterways, you could be pretty sure how that movie would end — probably with the hero grappling with an enraged octo-bot. But this little guy isn’t trying to take over the world. It’s trying to save it.

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