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Obama warns of social media dangers, in interview with Prince Harry

LONDON: Former US President Barack Obama told Britain's Prince Harry he was concerned social media was "corroding civil discourse", in what he said was his first interview since leaving the White House, aired Wednesday. "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities," he told the prince, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. Things aren't as simple as they've been portrayed in whatever…

Many people don’t know what makes smoking dangerous

WASHINGTON: Most Americans don't grasp that the chemicals produced by burning a cigarette are more harmful than the manufacturer's additives that cigarette also contains, and many mistakenly believe filters can protect them from breathing toxic fumes, a recent study suggests. "We already knew that many people, especially smokers, think smoking might be dangerous for other people but not for themselves," said lead study author Dr. Noel Brewer, a public health researcher at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.…