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October 2020 Current Events: Science and Technology News

Updated October 3, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for October 2020:

  1. England Bans Single-Use Items
  2. Airbnb Blocks Halloween Parties
  3. Driverless Taxis to Debut

England Bans Single-Use Items

Plastic Straws

On October 1, England’s ban on plastic straws, plastic stirrers, and cotton buds when into effect. The law, originally set to go into effect in April, bans businesses from using or selling these items. The hope is that pollution in England will decrease in a matter of years. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Richard Vogel

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Airbnb Blocks Halloween Parties

Airbnb

On October 2, Airbnb announced that one-night bookings scheduled for October 31 have been cancelled in Canada and the US over fears of Halloween parties. The company hopes this action will help protect communities from coronavirus. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File

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Driverless Taxis to Debut

Waymo

On October 8, Google announced plans to extend its Waymo program to Phoenix. The app will allow people to hire driverless cars. The cars are monitored, and vehicle operators will intervene in extreme circumstances, according to Google. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

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