• Psychokinetic powers may no longer be reserved to super hero comics. UC San Francisco (UCSF) neurosurgeon, Edward Chang, has led a team of researchers for over a decade in an attempt to develop a technology whereby paralyzed people may be able to speak simply by thinking. Their efforts have turned out to be successful as they were able to develop a process whereby a computer system based on complex artificial intelligence and mapping of the human brain was able to assist a man completely paralyzed in speaking simply by thinking of the words he wished to use.

  • If you were hoping to travel out of the country following the lifting of COVID-19 travel restrictions you will be in for a long wait if you do not have a up-to-date passport. This is because the US State Department has revealed that they have an astronomical backlog of initial passport requests and passport renewals. As a result the State Department has told potential travelers that it will likely be a matter of months before they are able to receive a new or renewed passport.

  • Parents across the country should keep an eye on their bank accounts as the first payment in the expanded child tax credit is scheduled to go out on Thursday. This tax credit payment was a part of the COVID-19 relief bill that was passed shortly after President Biden took office. It is designed to assist families with children by providing a small monthly stipend calculated based on the number of children a couple has as well as their combined annual income.

  • The investigation and eventual conviction of former USA Gymnastics physician Lawrence Nassar for the sexual abuse of US gymnasts along with the creation and possession of child pornography rocked the country in 2018. Now, the Inspector General, the governmental watchdog for the US Department of Justice, is saying that the FBI made “fundamental errors” when investigating and prosecuting the Nassar case. Indeed, the investigative misconduct was so extreme that the attorneys for Nassar’s victims are considering bringing criminal charges against the FBI agents who were involved with and carried out the botched investigation.

  • Amazon has developed a new sleep tracking technology which was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday. Amazon initially filed a request for waiver with the FCC in order to get the new technology licensed and the FCC gave its approval on July 9, 2021. According to the waiver request, Amazon has indicated that the technology will track users’ movements with radar while they sleep.

  • Tensions between the US and China continue to rise as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken re-affirmed the US’s position denying essentially all territorial maritime claims by China in the South China Sea. This policy was first instituted by former President Trump after “an Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention delivered a unanimous and enduring decision firmly rejecting the PRC’s expansive South China Sea maritime claims as having no basis in international law.” Blinken went on to condemned the continued and increasing intrusions by China in the South China Sea and nearby regions and strongly warned China against attempting any sort of military action.

  • The brutal heatwave and drought continues to oppress the Western United States and the situation is only getting worse as wildfires have begun to tear through the region. The largest wildfire is near Doyle, California spanning close to 90,000 acres but there are a number of other smaller fires across California, Nevada, Arizona, and Idaho. Thus far two firefighters have died in Arizona and in Idaho the governor has activated the National Guard to be on alert in order to assist firefighters.