The FDA Asks Companies to Stop Selling Ranitidine

The FDA Asks Companies to Stop Selling Ranitidine

With its promise of taming the ravages of stomach acid, ranitidine—best known under the brand name Zantac—was counted among the agents of pharmaceutical salvation, the enduring and reliable drugs that treat intractable diseases and make daily life more tolerable. In 1987, Zantac became the most-prescribed drug in the world.But last week ranitidine was essentially erased…

The Rise and Spread of a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

The Rise and Spread of a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

It started with one doctor. On January 22, Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws published an interview with Kris Van Kerckhoven, a general practitioner from Putte, near Antwerp. “5G is life-threatening, and no one knows it,” read the headline. One scientifically baseless claim in this article, published in a regional version of the paper’s print edition…

Fighting Covid-19 Shouldn’t Mean Abandoning Human Rights

Fighting Covid-19 Shouldn’t Mean Abandoning Human Rights

Governments around the world are racing to adopt new surveillance tools in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many are green-lighting dragnet monitoring systems, seeking real-time location data from mobile providers or deploying facial recognition and other emerging technologies. These steps may usher in a long-term expansion of the surveillance state. Covid-19 has arrived after two…

Highlight Reel #540

Highlight Reel #540

Highlight Reel is Kotaku’s regular roundup of amazing plays, stunts, records, and other great moments from around the gaming world. Please check out the original videos in the links below, and send us your favorite clips to highlightreel@kotaku.com. To submit, either send us a link to your video on YouTube, a game DVR, Streamable, Twitch,…