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Brittany Roston is 88gadget.info's Entertainment, Health, and Science Editor. She has over a decade of experience writing about entertainment, health, and science for many media outlets.

State Department ‘Do Not Travel’ list adds 80% of countries over pandemic

State Department ‘Do Not Travel’ list adds 80% of countries over pandemic

In a travel advisory update published today, the US Department of State 'strongly' recommended that all citizens 'reconsider' any international travel they have planned. The reason, according to a release from the agency, is the continued presence of SARS-CoV-2 and the risks related to COVID-19. With this update, the State Department will label around 80-percent of countries at 'Level 4: Do Not Travel' risk.

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Nextdoor app targets toxic behavior with anti-racism warning

Nextdoor app targets toxic behavior with anti-racism warning

Nextdoor, the app that allows neighbors to connect with each other and share details about their communities, is introducing a new feature that will detect and warn against potentially racist content. The company announced the new feature today, explaining that it will ask users to reconsider their posts before sharing them if certain offensive language is detected.

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Facebook plans huge audio push with Soundbites, podcasts, and tools

Facebook plans huge audio push with Soundbites, podcasts, and tools

Facebook has announced some big plans related to audio and its place on the company's primary social media platform. Starting later this year, the company plans to introduce multiple changes for its users, including the addition of sound creation tools backed by artificial intelligence and a new audio format the company calls Soundbites.

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CDC says 39% of people in US have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

CDC says 39% of people in US have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its COVID-19 numbers this weekend, revealing a slow but steady trend upward in cases over the past several days. As well, the agency has published its data on the US vaccination rate as of late Saturday, April 17, revealing that more than 205,000,000 vaccine doses have been administered.

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Netflix’s Castlevania will end with season four, but the universe may live on

Netflix’s Castlevania will end with season four, but the universe may live on

In the summer of 2017, Netflix launched an anime series called Castlevania based on the video games by the same name. Now, a few years later, the streaming service is set to end the series with its fourth season, though the universe itself may live on in the form of an entirely new series, according to a new report.

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Universal Studios Hollywood reopens and it has a new dinosaur to celebrate

Universal Studios Hollywood reopens and it has a new dinosaur to celebrate

As expected -- and after a very long wait -- Universal Studios Hollywood has reopened to the public, though it's not quite the same as it was before it shut down. The theme park opened its doors on Friday in California, giving the public access to its attractions, including a new ride and an updated Jurassic Park attraction with a massive new dinosaur.

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Borat Supplemental Reportings special is coming to Amazon Prime

Borat Supplemental Reportings special is coming to Amazon Prime

If you couldn't get enough of the Borat sequel Subsequent Moviefilm, Amazon has some good news: there's a Borat special in the pipeline and it's more than an hour long. This isn't a third movie, mind, but rather is a special with scenes that didn't make it in Subsequent Moviefilm. Amazon announced the news with a trailer.

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Epic 000s with Spotify to offer Fortnite Crew music perk

Epic 000s with Spotify to offer Fortnite Crew music perk

If you're a Fortnite Crew subscriber, you can get a Spotify Premium subscription for free as a new perk. The offer will go live on April 22 and remain available for active subscribers to claim until June 30, according to Epic, which notes that you can only redeem the perk using a Spotify account that has never previously had a Premium subscription.

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USDA details beef and ham recalls over E. coli and salmonella risks

USDA details beef and ham recalls over E. coli and salmonella risks

The USDA has announced two different food recalls, one involving imported beef products and the other involving ready-to-eat ham. A sample of the ham product tested positive for salmonella enteritidis, according to the agency, while the boneless beef products may have been contaminated with E. coli. Though the items were packaged several months ago, the USDA says it is concerned that some of the meat may still remain in freezers.

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Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Another chocolate study finds cocoa may be potent obesity treatment

Newly published research from Penn State University suggests that adding a hefty dose of cocoa powder to your daily diet may help improve health factors related to obesity. The study involved mice but the results may be applicable to humans, as well, according to the researchers -- though hitting an equivalent dose may be a bit difficult at 10 tablespoons per day.

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NFL’s first official sports betting partnerships include FanDuel, DraftKings

NFL’s first official sports betting partnerships include FanDuel, DraftKings

The National Football League has announced its first official sports betting partnerships, giving football fans the opportunity to easily bet on game outcomes and their favorite 000s. The business move represents the latest major deal penned by the NFL, which recently announced a media deal that'll bring many games to Amazon's video platform.

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Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

Study warns young adults still at COVID-19 risk after infection

A study on more than 3,000 young, healthy US Marines has found that a previous COVID-19 infection doesn't entirely protect young adults from reinfection from the virus. The research comes from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which notes that young people should still be sure to get the COVID-19 vaccine even if they've previously caught and recovered from SARS-CoV-2.

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