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Brazil decriminalizes marijuana possession + 2 more stories

Marijuana possession decriminalized in Brazil. AI predicts Alzheimer’s through speech. ‘Forever chemicals’ in beauty absorbed by skin.

Today ChatGPT read 1189 top news stories. After removing previously covered events, there are 3 articles with a significance score over 6.

[6.6] Brazil's Supreme Court decriminalizes personal marijuana possession — The Associated Press

Brazil’s Supreme Court voted Tuesday to decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use, potentially reducing its massive prison population. The decision awaits final details on permissible quantities and implementation date. Brazil has the third-largest prison population in the world, with nearly 25% incarcerated for drug-related offenses.

[6.2] AI model predicts Alzheimer's from speech — Neuroscience News

A new AI model from Boston University predicts Alzheimer’s disease progression in individuals with mild cognitive impairment with 78.5% accuracy through speech analysis. Utilizing machine learning, the model evaluates speech content, potentially eliminating the need for expensive tests and enabling accessible cognitive impairment screening.

[6.0] ‘Forever chemicals’ found in beauty products can be absorbed through skin — The Washington Post

A study published in Environment International revealed that "forever chemicals" (PFAS) in products like sunscreen and mascara can be absorbed through human skin into the bloodstream. This challenges prior beliefs that PFAS couldn't breach the skin barrier. Shorter chained compounds showed higher absorption rates. PFAS exposure is linked to cancer, infertility, and other health issues.

Highly covered news with significance over 5:

[5.4] Kenya: Anti-tax protesters storm parliament, drawing police fire
(The Associated Press + 5)

[5.2] Philippines warns of region-wide conflict over South China Sea reef dispute
(Financial Times + 25)

[5.1] North Korea missile explodes mid-flight, South Korea reports
(CTV News + 3)

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