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A man drives an electric scooter at the "La Defense" business district near Paris in 2018. Photo: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

According to a new joint study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, 271 people sustained potential scooter-related injuries from September to November 2018.

By the numbers: Almost half of those 271 riders in Austin experienced head injuries, while 15% sustained traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 55% of riders were injured in the street, while just 33% were injured on a sidewalk. Another 33% of riders said they drank alcohol in the 12 hours prior to any injuries experienced on their electric scooter.

The bottom line: “These injuries may have been preventable,” the study's conclusion states. “Studies have shown that bicycle riders reduce the risk of head and brain injuries by wearing a helmet. Helmet use might also reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of an e-scooter crash.”

Go deeper: Electric scooters are more popular than station-based bikes in the U.S.

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Google's parent shuts down effort to deliver internet via balloons

Image: Loon

Alphabet is shutting down Loon, one of its "moonshots," which aimed to deliver internet service via high-altitude balloons.

Why it matters: The effort was one of several approaches designed to get high-speed connectivity to some of the world's most remote spots and proved useful in the aftermath of disasters that shut down traditional infrastructure.

Dave Lawler, author of World
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What has and hasn't changed as Biden takes over U.S. foreign policy

Photo Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden swiftly recommitted the U.S. to the Paris climate pact and the World Health Organization, but America's broader foreign policy is in a state of flux between the Trump and Biden eras.

Driving the news: One of the most striking moves from the Biden administration thus far was a show of continuity — concurring with the Trump administration's last-minute determination that China had committed "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims.

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