A new study shows the vascular dangers of e-cigarettes, Texas gets hit with an unprecedented ransomware attack, and WIRED has some earbud suggestions for your workouts. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Vaping may harm your bloodflow—even without nicotine
E-cigarettes have always been marketed as the sweeter, safer smoking future. But a new study shows that their vapor alone can cause your blood vessels to constrict, stiffen, and circulate less oxygen. And that’s without the nicotine and flavoring. As the study’s principal investigator put it: “The results of our study defeat the notion that e-cigarette vaping is harmless.”
A huge ransomware attack messes with Texas
On August 16, a total of 23 local government organizations in Texas were hit by the largest coordinated ransomware attack ever seen against multiple local governments. Texas authorities have not revealed the names of the entities affected nor the details of the attack, other than to say “the evidence gathered indicates the attacks came from one single threat actor.”
Fast Fact: 2.4 million acres
That’s the amount of land consumed by wildfires this year … in Alaska alone. And the fires don’t just burn houses and displace wildlife. They also release huge amounts of CO2 into the air. Weirdly though, melting glaciers are capturing at least some of it.
WIRED Recommends: Workout Buds
If you’re looking for wireless earbuds specifically to get you through your next sweat sesh, we’ve put together a list of the best workout-ready ear accessories to power you through.
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