Breakfast Buzz: Guns on Planes


A record-breaking week for firearms found in carry-on bags at airports around the nation. That story tops this morning’s Breakfast Buzz.

The TSA says from August 5 to the 11, they discovered 78 guns. Of those, 68 were loaded and 21 had a round in the chamber. The previous mark for firearms found in a week, 74 was in May of this year. The TSA maintains in many cases, travelers simply forgot they had weapons with them. It’s not just firearms. TSA agents found a knife inside a pill bottle in San Francisco. Four replica grenades were found in the past week.  

Pregnant women who take acetaminophen are more likely to have a hyperactive child. That’s according to a new study published in Jama Pediatrics. Its authors say expectant mothers exposed to the drug run a higher risk of having children with emotional or behavioral symptoms. More than half of all pregnant women in the U.S. and Europe use acetaminophen. It’s the active ingredient in Tylenol and other popular over-the-counter and prescription medications.  

Seven people were injured after a camera fell at the Olympic park in Rio De Janeiro. The Olympic broadcasting system said the camera was at a height of 20 meters, which is about 66 feet when the two cables holding it snapped. Those injured sustained minor injuries and have received medical attention. An investigation into the incident has been launched.

We’ve heard of smart phones, but a group of MIT researchers is now looking at smart tattoos. These metallic, temporary tattoos are called duo-skin. They can also control your smart devices. Users can use them as a touch pad to control what’s happening on their screens. So for example, you can change songs on your smart phone just by tapping the tattoo. Some of the tattoos can also sense body temperature and mood. The idea comes from a Ph.D. student who is hoping to one day make these tattoos affordable and widely available.

A patent recently granted to Apple hints at the tech giant’s possible plans for waterproof or water-resistant gadgets. The patent highlights technology to edit photos taken underwater. In the patent, Apple envisions the technology being used in its iPhones and iPads. Apple has been behind the trend of water-proof gadgets, while Samsung has offered water-resistant products for years.

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