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Electronic pill monitors health; new CO2 fight strategy

2023's extreme heat, Android's 911 update, Celero's health pill, Meta's encryption concerns, Lithos Carbon's CO2 solution

Today ChatGPT read 1257 top news stories. After removing previously covered events, there are 5 articles with a significance score over 7.

[8.4] 2023 declared hottest year on record by Copernicus — ABC News

In 2023, Copernicus, an EU-run climate change service, declared it the hottest year on record. Global mean temperature is 1.46°C above pre-industrial levels. Each month since June has been the warmest on record. November 2023 was 1.75°C above pre-industrial levels. If December is similar, 2023 will be 1.48°C above pre-industrial levels. This year has had 43% of days above 1.5°C, double the previous record.

[7.3] Android update sends critical medical data to 911 — The Verge

Google is rolling out an Android update to send critical medical data to 911 when users call for help. The feature, available on Android 12 and newer, relays information like age, weight, blood type, and allergies to first responders via the Personal Safety app. Over 15,000 agencies are connected to the platform, RapidSOS, which has supported this feature for iPhones since 2020.

[7.2] Celero Systems developing electronic pill for health monitoring — WIRED

Celero Systems is developing an electronic pill to monitor heart rate, breathing, and temperature from inside the stomach. In a trial, the pill proved nearly as accurate as polysomnography for diagnosing sleep apnea. CEO Ben Pless, previously focused on medical implants, sees ingestible devices as a non-invasive alternative. The pill, the size of a large vitamin, transmits data wirelessly and is the first to monitor cardiac and respiratory activity in humans.

[7.0] Meta's end-to-end encryption decision sparks criticism — The Guardian

Meta's decision to introduce end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Messenger has sparked criticism from the UK government and child safety advocates. The move is expected to affect over 1 billion users and has raised concerns about enabling child sexual abusers to evade detection. The government's Online Safety Act also includes provisions related to encryption, prompting privacy concerns and threats from messaging apps to quit the UK market.

[7.0] Lithos Carbon secures investment for carbon removal technology — WIRED

Lithos Carbon received $57.1 million to advance basalt dust technology, a natural method using volcanic rock to enhance soil and capture carbon dioxide. This approach, positioned as an alternative to traditional limestone, is aimed at reducing soil acidity and sequestering atmospheric CO2. By 2028, the project intends to treat thousands of acres of U.S. farmland, targeting the capture of 154,000 tons of CO2.

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