With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy:
Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the red planet after an almost 7-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. InSight’s 2-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed.
BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and parenting digital resource, on Nov. 27 released its much-anticipated Top 100 Names of 2018. Jackson leads the boys’ list for the sixth year in a row, and Sophia tops the girls’ list for the ninth year running, making it the decade-defining name for girls born in the 2010s.
The World in 2019, the annual publication from The Economist, predicts that 2019 will be jittery, citing more populists in power from Brazil to Italy; a trade war under way between America and China; and growing public wariness of technology and giant tech companies. The World in 2019 is on newsstands as of Thursday, Nov. 22 and can be found on https://worldin2019.economist.com and within The Economist app.
Dictionary.com on Nov. 26 announced it has named misinformation its 2018 Word of the Year. Defined as “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead,” the word describes a phenomenon that has emerged given the large role technology plays in the spread of information, misinformation and disinformation alike. In an era of division about identity, environmental, health, political and economic concerns, the rise of misinformation has been profound.
Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the Current Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigation
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, said it continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and its partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.