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France has made it illegal for supermarkets to throw away food

France is making it illegal for large supermarkets to throw away edible food as part of a series of measures to cut down on waste.

The country’s National Assembly unanimously voted in new laws on Thursday night that will force chains to donate discarded food to charity or allow it to be turned into animal feed, compost or energy.

Guillaume Garot, a Socialist politician who sponsored the bill, said: “It’s scandalous to see bleach being poured into supermarket dustbins along with edible foods.”

British supermarkets have also been known to destroy out-of-date food in industrial bins with chemicals, a practice that is now illegal across the Channel.

Hackers Pop Submarine Cable Operator Pacnet, Probe Internal Networks

Submarine cable and data centre operator Pacnet was breached last month by hackers rummaging through its corporate network accessing emails and administration systems.
Pacent was recently acquired by Australia's Telstra, which today disclosed the breach of a "critical server" and is now informing customers and regulators about the mess.

Telstra security chief Mike Burgess said there is no evidence that customer data is impacted but says it is not yet known what data if any was stolen.

"The initial point of compromise was the result of an SQL injection against a web application server and they exploited that to drop server code to do what they wanted to do next," Burgess told Vulture South.
"Beyond that we have no evidence of data leaving the network.

"We know they had access to the network. We don't know what they took, [and] we don't know where they went in terms of information sources so that's why we took the step to inform all of our customers so they can be aware of the facts."

Telstra learnt of the 3 April breach after it finalised its acquisition of the company on April 16th.
Global enterprise services group executive Brendon Riley says Pacnet made some security changes after the hack but not to Big T's standard.

"Pacnet had taken action to rectify the breach prior to [acquisition] completion," Riley says.

Wounded Sea Turtle Gets A 3D-Printed Jaw

In an earlier era, colliding with a boat's propeller could have been the end of a sea turtle’s life. This is not that grim dark era, so a sea turtle found with a broken jaw was rescued and then brought to Pamukkale University’s Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation center in Denizli, Turkey. Thanks to a collaboration with Turkish company Btech Innovation, the turtle received a custom-designed, 3D-printed titanium jaw.
To make the jaw, the company scanned the turtle, and then converted those scans into 3D models. Then, they printed the jaw out of medical-grade titanium and mailed it to the rescue center, where surgeons attached the jaw to the turtle.

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US Government Admits Americans Have Been Overdosed On Fluoride

The US government has finally admitted they’ve overdosed Americans on fluoride and, for the first time since 1962, is lowering their recommended level of fluoride in drinking water.
The CDC reports that around 40% percent of Americans have dental fluorosis, a condition referring to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel — from chalky-looking lines and splotches to dark staining and pitting — caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming.
The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay should be 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water(mg/L), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday, down from a accepted previous fluoride level of 0.7 to 1.2  of water mg/L.
The HHS has stated that the newly recommended change is because “Americans now have access to more sources of fluoride, including toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when municipal officials first began adding the mineral to water supplies across the United States.”
Federal health officials say the new recommended level will maintain the protective benefits of water fluoridation and reduce the occurrence of dental fluorosis.

Should We Be Adding A Drug To Our Public Drinking Water?

As many of us are already aware, we cannot fully control the dose of a drug that is added to the public water supply, so therefore it begs the question, should we be adding a drug of known toxicity to our public water supply at all? Or should we be approaching fluoride intake from the same perspective we do with other drugs?

Your Boss Is Now Tracking You at Home

Myrna Arias knew that her professional life was monitored by her boss. As part of her sales job at Intermex, a wire transfer service, she had to install an app called Xora that uses GPS to keep tabs on her whereabouts as she drove around California's Central Valley.

The tracking appears to have continued even when Arias was off the clock. A recently filed lawsuit alleges that her manager "admitted that employees would be monitored while off duty." Arias claims her decision to uninstall the app resulted in her firing, and her wrongful-termination lawsuit seeks more than $500,000 in damages for lost wages and breach of privacy. Intermex declined to comment.

Requiring employees to install GPS-enabled apps sounds slightly dystopian but it isn't unusual. Tracking is especially prevalent in jobs where employees spend a lot of their workday on the road. A report last year from Aberdeen Group found 54 percent of companies that send employees out on service calls track the real-time location of workers, up from 37 percent in a similar study from 2012. Employers rely on tracking to improve safety and productivity. The data and analytics from GPS can help fleets cut down on fuel costs. It's also a great disciplinary tool: Using company time and a company-owned vehicle to run an errand or take a nap? The boss will know.

Arias, who likens her employer's alleged surveillance to ankle-bracelet monitoring for parolees, had reason to believe the tracking went beyond her 9-to-5 movements. The lawsuit alleges her boss required that her company phone remain on at all times, and even when inactive the app's GPS ran in the background. Xora did not respond to questions on how the app works.