FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb during a tour of University of Colorado Hospital's emergency department. (Photo: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Food and Drug Administration is moving away from using comparisons with much older products on the market to clear new medical devices, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The existing method has been criticized, as many of the products being used to clear new devices are decades old and new products aren't subject to full studies. The agency said that if the comparison method continues to be used, companies will be driven toward analyzing new products against devices no more than 10 years old.

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.