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Breaking News  - A cure for Huntington's disease could be in the pipeline
 
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A cure for Huntington's disease could be in the pipeline following the results of a groundbreaking new drug trial.For the first time, scientists have been able to correct the defect that is responsible for the devastating neurodegenerative disease.The results, hailed as the 'biggest breakthrough in 50 years', saw 46 patients of the incurable disease given an experimental drug.University College London researchers discovered the pill lowered their levels of toxic proteins in the brain.The drug, dubbed a 'tremendous step forward', was also found to be safe - despite fears it could lead to meningitis.Professor Sarah Tabrizi, lead researcher told the BBC: 'I've been seeing patients in clinic for nearly 20 years, I've seen many of my patients over that time die.'For the first time we have the potential, we have the hope, of a therapy that one day may slow or prevent Huntington's disease.'Professor Tabrizi, director of UCL's Huntington's Disease Centre, added: 'This is of groundbreaking importance for patients and families.'Huntington's disease is a genetic disorder that affects the central nervous system and leads to involuntary movements, difficulty talking and memory loss.The condition, which affects 8,500 adults in the UK and around 30,000 in the US, occurs as a result of a fault in the huntingtin gene.On average, patients live for between 10 and 20 years after their diagnosis.The huntingtin protein itself is vital for the development of the brain, but the genetic error leads to it instead killing brain cells.Huntington’s disease is an illness caused by a faulty gene in your DNA (the biological ‘instructions’ you inherit which tell your cells what to do).  If you have Huntington’s, it affects your body’s nervous system – the network of nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord that co-ordinate your body’s activities. Huntington’s can cause changes with movement, learning, thinking and emotions.  Once symptoms begin, the disease gradually progresses, so living with it means having to adapt to change, taking one day at a time. Living with Huntington’s disease can be very challenging. Getting the right information and support is vital and we’re here to help. Huntington’s is not something you can catch; it is inherited. Every child conceived naturally to a parent who carries the Huntington’s gene has a 50% chance of inheriting it.The new drug works by silencing the faulty huntingtin gene - stopping the creation of damaged proteins in the brain, the BBC reports.Having proved successful on animals, the British researchers looked to investigate the drug's effects on human patients.For the trial, the patients were injected with the drug into their spinal fluid at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.Alongside its benefits at reducing the amount of huntingtin, the volunteers were found to tolerate the drug well.However, the team remain adamant that more research is needed to prove that lowering levels of huntingtin could lead to a possible AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5167335/Could-cure-Huntingtons.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Is 1997 Isle of Man TT 50p coin rare and what's it worth?
 
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Recently, I received an unusual 50p coin in my change, which I had never seen before. It shows two motorcyclists racing with a wreath-style pattern on either side.The coin is dated 1997 on the back, with the usual effigy of the Queen and says Isle of Man on it.I have tried to research it to see if it is rare but cannot find much about it. I'm hoping that I have struck gold.Lee Boyce, consumer affairs editor at This is Money, replies: In the last two years, we have seen a glut of readers get in touch with coins they believe could be rare.Many that land in my inbox tend to be common coins. For example, I receive around a dozen e-mails a week about the Lord Kitchener £2 coin (which gives you the answer to whether it is rare or not).The coin in question that you have sent in is a normal 50p shape seen in Britain – and 1997 was the year in which the coin was downsized to the smaller, lighter coin we are familiar with today.As a Crown Dependency, the Isle of Man issues its own banknotes and coins, which feature the Queen.Isle of Man coins and notes are not legal tender in the UK, but UK coins and notes are accepted on the island.This means you could have rejected the 50p you received in your change and shops may not accept it (although it will be easy to spend unless you have an eagle-eyed cashier).Before this year, Isle of Man coins and notes were made by a firm called Pobjoy based in Surrey.The Royal Mint, which makes UK coins, publishes a list of mintage figures. This means we can determine how rare a coin is – for example, with only 210,000 Kew Gardens 50p coins minted, they are reasonably rare and can therefore fetch up to £50 online.The Isle of Man is synonymous with the TT racing which takes place every May or June.The first race was in 1907 – exactly 90 years before your coin.To determine if it is rare or not, we need to know the circulation figures - and a search around online doesn't throw up the answer.I contacted Pobjoy and it said: 'Unfortunately, we do not share mintage figures on our commemorative coins, let alone our circulating coins.'Our circulating coins depend on how many the Government demand, in which case the issue limit is unlimited.'This means we do not know how many were minted. A quick search online on marketplaces such as eBay throw up examples of the coin for around £3-5 – or six to ten times its true value in the Isle of Man.Many listings describe the coins as 'rare' - but they have no real way of knowing.Like any of these coins, it is only worth what someone is willing to pay.Given the popularity of motorsports and the fact marks 90 years of the first race, it makes a good keepsake – but don't expect to be able to buy a motorbike with any profit you may make with it. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5205387/Is-1997-Isle-Man-TT-50p-coin-rare-whats-worth.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Humans have TWICE as much Neanderthal DNA as first thought
 
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Some modern humans have more Neanderthal DNA in their genetic make-up than first thought, a new study has found.Research shows that between 1.8 and 2.6 per cent of the genomes of modern, non-African human populations is made up of Neanderthal DNA.This is far higher than previous estimates of 1.5 to 2.1 per cent.These genes play roles in our cholesterol levels, eating disorders, arthritis and other diseases today, the researchers claim.The study follows separate research, published yesterday, which found that Neanderthal DNA can drive our smoking habits, mood swings, and skin tone.Neanderthals are the closest extinct relatives of humans, migrating to Europe from Africa thousands of years before our Homo Sapien ancestors.Early humans migrating from Africa interbred with Neanderthals in Europe roughly 100,000 years ago, and this DNA mixing still contributes to several modern traits.Researchers believe the genes from our extinct cousins could have helped our ancestors to thrive as they adapted to the European continent.In the new study, experts from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, analysed billions of DNA fragments sampled from the remains of a female Neanderthal.It is only the second genome of the species to be fully sequenced with a high level of quality.The ancient female lived 52,000 years ago, and her remains were found in Vindija Cave, Croatia in the 1980s.Previous work has shown that Neanderthals lived in the cave until late in their history, with the species predicted to have gone extinct roughly 45,000 years ago.Compared to other sequenced remains, the researchers found their Croatian Neanderthal - dubbed Vindija 33.19 - was more closely related to the Neanderthals who interbred with the ancestors of modern humans living outside Africa.This closer relation meant the team identified 10 to 20 per cent more Neanderthal DNA in modern humans than previously thought.These newly discovered gene variants contribute to human blood vitamin D levels, LDL cholesterol counts,  as well as body fat levels.The DNA also plays a role in arthritis, schizophrenia and responses to antipsychotic drugs, the study found.'This adds to mounting evidence that Neanderthal ancestry influences disease risk in present-day humans, particularly with respect to neurological, psychiatric, immunological, and dermatological phenotypes,' the authors wrote in their paper.But not all of the Neanderthal DNA is negative, the researchers claims.'Variants from Neanderthals are not necessarily bad for your health,' said study lead author Dr Kay Prüfer told Live Science.'We find one variant that is associated with LDL cholesterol, and the variant we got from Neanderthals is associated with lower LDL cholesterol.'The team compared the genomes of the Vindija Neanderthal with that of a specimen found in Russia's Altai mountains.They found that the two were surprisingly similar, suggesting that the European population of Neanderthals around 52,000 years ago was very small.'The two Neanderthals were separated by thousands of kilometers and probably lived tens of thousands of years separated in time as well,' Dr Prüfer said.'That is why it is so surprising to find them to be so similar.'The new research follows a separate Neanderthal DNA study published yesterday, also from the Max Planck Institute.Scientists studying British DNA found our Neanderthal inheritance affects our skin tone, hair colour, height, sleep patterns, mood, and even a 1
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Breaking News  - HEALTH NOTES: MARTIN CLUNES on his 5:2 weight-loss plan
 
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When Martin Clunes, the star of TV’s Doc Martin, dramatically lost weight five years ago, it was assumed he was suffering from an illness. But the actor, left, has revealed that his slimmer frame was the result of adopting the fashionable 5:2 diet.‘I was fat – and while I was getting heavy, I had tired knees and stuff,’ he admits.‘So I thought I’d try that diet and the weight came off. I lost about three stone in as many months. It’s great – and it’s supposed to be good for cholesterol, too.’Clunes, 55, currently starring in the penultimate series as the grumpy Cornwall GP, explains: ‘Now I do 6:1 and that seems to work fine. I eat anything I want on the other days. It’s easy and seems to keep the weight off me.’He adds that his working farm in Dorset helps to keep him in good physical shape.‘I have a couple of big horses and ride them. I’m very healthy. This is a difficult age, obviously, but I’m doing fine – I’m not on any medication.‘The only bad thing about being a farmer is that I stink!’Omega fatty acids are a ‘safe and effective treatment’ for children with ADHD, a major review of clinical trials has concluded.Omegas, found in oily fish and evening primrose plants, are important for brain health and cognition – and low intakes have been linked with poor social behaviour and communication.In the new review, published in the Journal Of Lipids, 16 studies were analysed, including those where omega fatty acids had been a standalone treatment and others where they’d been used alongside prescription drugs.The majority of the studies – 13 – reported significant improvements in ADHD symptoms, including reduced hyperactivity and impulsivity, better attention, and improved working and short-term memory.The research also found that supplements with a specific ratio of certain essential fatty acids were the most beneficial.Researcher Dr Emma Derbyshire said: ‘It is well-known that children with ADHD have lower fatty-acid levels in their blood than those without the condition.‘Now we know supplements which provide a 9:3:1 ratio of eicosapentaenoic acid, docosahexaenoic acid and gamma linolenic acid, such as Equazen, are the most effective at improving blood levels of these acids.’Stress – not food – is the main trigger for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a survey has found. The condition, estimated to affect up to one in five in the UK, causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms that stopped those questioned from socialising (88 per cent) and going to work (50 per cent).While stress (34 per cent) and food (28 per cent) were identifed as the most common triggers, nearly a quarter of people stated that they didn’t know what caused their IBS.The poll was conducted by Enterosgel – a gel drink that claims to help those with the condition by ‘protecting the intestinal wall’.Good news for those who like crooning to the guitar or tinkling the ivory keys – music has an age-protecting effect on the brain, especially for amateurs. Researchers from Harvard University compared the brains of three groups of people: professional and amateur musicians and non-musicians. Based on the results, ‘brain ages’ were calculated – and compared to peoples’ chronological age.Non-musical people had the highest brain-age scores, suggesting that ‘music-making has an age-decelerating effect’, the researchers reported.Amateur musicians had the youngest brains. One theory is that concentrating on one activity might not be as beneficial as having the wider interests of an amateur musicians. Intense music-making activities of a professional could also lead to stress, they say, reducing the positive effect of music-making. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4958592/HEALTH-NOTES-MARTIN-CLUNES-5-2-weight-loss-plan.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - property development scam
 
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A former public schoolboy has been named as the alleged mastermind behind a multi-million pound property development fraud, according to High Court papers.Charles Cunningham, whose time at Eton overlapped with Prince William’s, has been identified in court papers as controlling a series of companies used to defraud Asian investors of millions of pounds by enticing them with UK developments that were never completed.The son of a City financier, Mr Cunningham, whose brother Rupert is friends with some of Prince Harry’s inner circle, lives in a large country estate in North Wales with his wife. The couple boast a who’s who of society contacts.Mr Cunningham, 38, flatly denies all the allegations and has said that he is confident that a High Court hearing will overturn the freezing order which was brought by the liquidator of Absolute Living Developments.He has been accused of being one of the masterminds behind ALD, which offered five large development projects in northern England that were marketed to investors in the Far East and South-East Asia.But in April 2016 the company, which boasted developments in Runcorn, Manchester and Bradford, went into liquidation.ALD is one of a raft of UK property companies that have become mired in controversy in Asia. Hong Kong investors and politicians have accused the UK authorities and police of turning a blind eye to multi-million pound ‘fraud’.Hong Kong politicians have reported ALD to the Serious Fraud Office and have also asked the Chinese government to protect the interests of Chinese investors in UK property projects. The news comes as Beijing attempts to slow down the outflow of capital from the country.Liquidator Louise Brittain was recently granted a £14.5 million freezing order in the High Court, designed to prevent ‘steps to dissipate or secrete assets’ from ALD by Mr Cunningham and a business partner.In her High Court affidavit in support of the order, the liquidator said she had discovered that ‘a substantial proportion of the monies owed and/or paid to ALD…had been wrongfully diverted’ to three companies, named as DS7, Gozon and EPG Manlet.Brittain states that the ‘three companies form part of a complex structure of entities under the control’ of Mr Cunningham and his alleged business partner, which, she claims, ‘has been used to defraud investors (most of whom are based in Hong Kong and Malaysia)’.Mr Cunningham told The Mail on Sunday: ‘These monies were not wrongfully diverted and a forensic report is currently being prepared which will establish the exact payments and the legitimacy of those payments made by these companies.’ ALD, set up in 2013 to market properties, is linked to a Salford-based company called Fresh Start Living. In 2011, Mr Cunningham was brought in as the face of FSL, but the firm went bankrupt in 2013 with debts of more than £2 million.Mr Cunningham, whose ancestors include baronets and a Founding Father of the American constitution, has a social media profile showing that he is Facebook friends with Ben Vestey, a close friend of Prince William, and Edward Guinness, a scion of the brewing family.In April 2016, Mr Cunningham bought a large Georgian country house in North Wales for more than a million pounds. It has played host to visiting literary giants Lord Byron, William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott. Mr Cunningham told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The freezing order is a cynical abuse of power. DS7 categorically refutes all claims and allegations made by Louise Brittai1
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Breaking News  - Helium reserve in Tanzania is twice as big as thought
 
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You may think of it as the gas in party balloons, but helium is one of the most valuable gases on Earth, with uses ranging from rocket fuel to MRI scanners.A large underground reserve of the precious gas was discovered in East Africa in 2016.And now new estimates suggest that there is at least twice as much helium in the reserve than previously thought.Researchers hope to start pumping the precious gas from the reserve by 2020.Helium, the second lightest element in the universe, is created by the slow radioactive decay of rock below the Earth's surface. More than half the world's supply is stored in the US National Helium Reserve in Texas. But that supply is dwindling after the US passed a law in 1996 obliging it to sell off a certain volume of helium every year at a fixed price, in order to raise funds for the Government. in 2015, British Medical Association chair, Dr Mars Porter said it was 'a tragedy' to see the gas being sold off for party balloons. 'I'm not a party pooper but this has gone too far, it is such a scant resource.'The reserve was discovered in the Great Rift Valley in Tanzania last year, and initial samples suggested that deposits contained around 2.6 per cent helium, mixed with nitrogen.Based on that estimate, experts from the US Geological Survey predicted that the reserve contained around 54 billion cubic feet (1.5 billion cubic meters) of helium - an amount described as 'life-saving.'But new measurements by experts from Helium One, suggest that the deposits contain up to four times the concentrations of helium than previously predicted.Speaking to Live Science, Thomas Abraham-James, CEO of Helium One, explained that the firm now believes that the Tanzanian reserve contains about 98.6 billion cubic feet (2.8 billion cubic meters) of helium.He said: 'So it's pretty much doubled in size.'The researchers believe that the initial estimates were off because a small amount of air had diluted the samples in the laboratory.To come up with the new estimate, Helium One enlisted the help of researchers from the University of Oxford, who took measurements at the site, rather than collecting samples to study later in the laboratory.Dr Peter Barry, who worked on the project, said: 'We made probably 50 measurements out there in the field, and we saw up to four times as much helium in these samples.'So this was really exciting for us, because we were able to show quite convincingly that there's a lot more helium than we originally assessed.'Dr Abraham-James said: 'We are probably still somewhat understating what is present, but nevertheless, that gives us room to update and improve as we progress.'While helium is extremely valuable in a range of industries, the world faces a shortage of the non-renewable gas.The main source of helium for decades was from an underground reserve in Texas, but commercial supplies will be stopped from there in 2021, after the authority controlling it fell into debt.Another reserve in Qatar was also an important source of helium, but supplies ceased earlier this year after the closure of the country's border with Saudi Arabia.Dr Abraham-James said: 'The supply dynamics at the moment are very challenging, particularly with US output stopping in 2021, and Qatar, it's fair to say, has its share of problems.'The world needs a reliable source of helium, so that we don't see the fluctuations that we have in recent times.'Helium One plans to begin drilling at the Tanzania reserve by July 2018.Dr Abraham-James added: 'Probably by the end of 2020, people will start to be using Tanzanian helium.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4965540/Helium-reserve-Tanzania-TWICE-big-thought.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Fisker patents battery that can charge a car in a minute
 
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Electric car-maker Fisker has filed patents for flexible solid-state battery technology that could slash charging times and improve range.In an announcement this week, the firm claimed the new battery could charge a car in just one minute, and allow for a range of over 500 miles.The battery is expected to be ready for mass production by 2023, and will be displayed at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in January.The new technology attempts to overcome the challenges of solid-state batteries using a three-dimensional structure. This allows the electrodes to cover 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film designs. According to Fisker, the structure will allow for more versatile voltage and form factors.  They may be wound in cylindrical cells with higher voltage output, Fisker says. This could allow for usage of current tooling and machinery for battery packs, along with thermal management and safety requirements, to reduce costs.According to Fisker, the radical new battery would deliver 2.5 times the energy density of typical lithium ion batteries.Solid-state batteries are known to have a number of limitations, such as low power and low rate capability as a result of the layered electrode structure, and issues arising from cold temperatures, the firm explains.But, the new technology attempts to overcome the challenges using a three-dimensional solid-state structure.This allows the electrodes to cover 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film designs.'This breakthrough marks the beginning of a new era in solid-state materials and manufacturing technologies,' said Dr. Fabio Albano, VP of battery systems at Fisker Inc.'We are addressing all of the hurdles that solid-state batteries have encountered on the path to commercialization, such as performance in cold temperatures; the use of low cost and scalable manufacturing methods; and the ability to form bulk solid-state electrodes with significant thickness and high active material loadings.'We are excited to build on this foundation and move the needle in energy storage.'According to the firm, the battery could allow electric cars to drive more than 500 miles on a single charge.Fisker plans to show off the solid-state battery and fast-charging technology at CES.They'll also be launching the Fisker EMotion luxury electric vehicle, alongside a battery module equipped with advanced thermal management.And, they'll have on display fast-charging technology that will allow for a 127-mile range in just nine minutes.'Our aggressive vision for the entire EV and automotive industry, not just for Fisker Inc., revolves around making the impossible, possible – and this global solid-state battery breakthrough is reflective of our utmost seriousness in making that vision a reality,' said Henrik Fisker, chairman and CEO of Fisker Inc.'It used to be about the efficiency of the gasoline engine. Now, it's all about who breaks the code and smashes the barriers to future battery technologies that will enable mass market electrification.'Our scientists have been working tirelessly to deliver. We've done it, and this is just the beginning.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5083367/Fisker-patent-solid-state-battery-charges-MINUTE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Marmite can curb symptoms of stress and anxiety
 
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You either love it or hate it.But new research suggests you should have no qualms about Marmite - the spread famed for its bitterly divisive taste.Starting the day with a slice of toast covered in the dark brown paste can help to battle stress and anxiety, scientists found.Marmite's supposed benefits stem from its abundance of vitamin B - deemed to be 'important' in alleviating mental pressure.The findings, made by researchers at the University of Victoria, Australia, are the latest in a long-line of Marmite's supposed benefits.It follows a disputed British study in April which discovered the vitamin B-packed spread may help prevent you getting dementia.While over recent years, other scientists have claimed it can help to prevent birth defects and even cure blood problems.The new research, published in the Journal of Functional Foods, was based on the answers of a survey of 520 participants.Starting the day with a slice of toast covered in Marmite boosts a chemical vital to ‘calm’ the brain, York University researchers said in April. Eating a teaspoon of Marmite a day for a month was found to tone down the brain’s response to visual stimuli by 30 per cent – a sign of a healthy mind that is not hyperactive and overreacting. That is because it contains vitamin B12 at more than 100 times the level found in another popular spread, peanut butter. When 28 people were given the spreads, although some hated Marmite, it appeared far better for their brain than the peanut butter – even eight weeks after eating it.Writing in the journal, the scientists said: 'Vitamin B supplementation appears to be an important additive supplementary source to improved stress and anxiety.'Volunteers were quizzed about their consumption of yeast-based spreads, dietary habits and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.Researchers found a 'significant improvement' in anxiety and stress for those who consumed yeast-based spreads.However, no beneficial effect was discovered for those with depressive symptoms.The results also found vitamin B12 fortified yeast-based spreads, such as Marmite, packed a stronger punch.Invented in 1902, Marmite was discovered by a German scientist called Justus von Liebig who found that brewer's yeast could be concentrated, bottled and eaten.The results follow a study published in September that revealed whether someone likes the taste of marmite is based on their genes.Data obtained by the makers of the spread made the conclusion after testing 260 people. It found 15 genes can predict if someone will like the paste. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5174961/Marmite-curb-symptoms-stress-anxiety.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Outbreak of EYE syphilis is not slowing down, CDC warns
 
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Eye syphilis is on the rise in the United States, health officials warn.More than 200 people across 20 states were diagnosed with the sexually-transmitted disease in their eyes between 2014 and 2016, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Ocular syphilis, which can cause blindness and blurry vision, develops out of a syphilis infection in the spinal cord, which spreads to the eye.While it was once rare but rates have been steadily climbing in America in recent years.According to the CDC, ocular syphilis can involve any part of the eye, but it typically causes inflammation of the middle layer of the eye.It can blur vision and ultimately lead to vision loss, and can even travel up into the brain.A chronic bacterial disease, syphilis can be contracted by other means but is typically a sexually-transmitted disease.In very rare cases, it can be spread through prolonged kissing, as well as the more common routes of transmission: vaginal, anal and oral sex.It comes from the bacteria Treponema pallidum.Syphilis is notoriously difficult to diagnose since its symptoms are similar to other conditions - a runny nose and soar throat. Sufferers develop sores, though these can often go ignored.However, rates are rocketing across the United States.While the rate of all sexually-transmitted diseases has gone up, the biggest increase was seen in cases of congenital syphilis, which went up 27.6 percent between 2015 and 2016.The rate of primary and secondary syphilis infections went up 17.6 percent since 2015.In the early stages, patients can receive an injection of Benzathine penicillin G. This will not undo the internal damage but will eliminate the infection.For those with latent syphilis - and are unsure how long they had it - doctors recommend having three doses of the penicillin injection, seven days apart from each other. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5048425/Outbreak-EYE-syphilis-not-slowing-CDC-warns.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could cannabis be a CURE for psychosis?
 
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A cannabis compound could hold promise as a treatment for psychosis - despite the drug being a known cause, 'promising' research suggests.Cannabidiol, subject to an array of research in recent years, is widely considered to have therapeutic benefits for dozens of ailments, including multiple sclerosis.And a new medical trial, led by Kings College London scientists, has now found it can ease symptoms of psychosis - such as hallucinations and hearing voices.The British study, which involved 88 patients, offers sufferers hope of a drug that doesn't trigger any serious side effects.However, the findings dispute the substantial body of evidence that links smoking cannabis to the mental health condition that drives some to suicide.Campaigners have long been concerned that super-strength skunk, flooding the illegal market at a worrying rate, is actually fuelling rates of psychosis.But these high potency strains, often purposely created by criminals, are abundant in tetrehydrocannabinol (THC) - responsible for marijuana's high.Researchers believe CBD, which doesn't cause a high, has quite the opposite effect - and has been touted as a cure for various conditions.How was the study carried out?Volunteers in the trial either received CBD or a placebo for six weeks on top of their traditional medication.Before and after treatment, researchers assessed how bad their symptoms were. A psychiatrist evaluated their overall mental state.Patients treated with CBD had lower levels of psychotic symptoms than those who received a placebo, the scientists concluded.They were also more likely to have been rated as 'improved' by their psychiatrist, according to the study in the American Journal of Psychiatry.Professor Philip McGuire, lead researcher, found that treatment with CBD was not associated with any significant side effects.He said this was important because 'patients may be reluctant to take anti-psychotic medication because of concerns about side effects'.'Although it is still unclear exactly how CBD works, it acts in a different way to anti-psychotic medication, and thus could represent a new class of treatment.'Anti-psychosis drugs have been used as a first-line treatment for 60 years - but are worryingly linked to heart attacks.Figures estimate that around one per cent of the population suffer from psychosis, which can cause delusions, such as hearing voices, and lead to severe distress.Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in mental health at York University, welcomed the findings, which he described as 'timely'.He told MailOnline: 'Traditional medicines are not tolerated well by patients as they have a range of side effects which can put people off taking them.'Mr Hamilton suggested that the medicines using CBD could be effective at treating the symptoms of the condition.Is there a risk of psychosis?He was behind research in April that found the risk of developing psychosis as a result of smoking cannabis is much lower than first thought.A review of existing studies pub AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5180317/Could-cannabis-CURE-psychosis.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Seven-day 'Pioppi diet' plan that extends life by 10 years
 
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From starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to eating eggs for breakfast, this seven-day Pioppi diet plan will extend your life by 10 years.Pioppi, in southern Italy, has been dubbed the 'world's healthiest village', with its residents frequently living 10 years longer than elsewhere to 100 years old.Despite bacon and chocolate being a staple of their diet, its inhabitants' love of vegetables, oily fish and nuts is thought to prevent them from developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes.To adapt the diet of Pioppi, which UNESCO has protected as the home of the Mediterranean diet, into that which suits the average western urban-dweller, cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and former athlete Donal O’Neill have created the below seven-day meal plan.As well as consuming lots of olive oil for its heart-health benefits, the diet also involves starting each day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, which is thought to aid acid reflux, lower blood pressure and boost weight loss.The diet also includes eggs most days, which are a good source of protein for keeping hunger pangs at bay. It also recommends intermittent fasting by limiting your 'eating window' to just eight-to-nine hours a day. Red wine is permitted providing it is good quality.In a piece for Get The Gloss, Dr Aseem and Donal feature an extract from their book 'The Pioppi Diet: A 21-day Lifestyle Plan'  that explains how to incorporate the life-extending plan into your everyday life.Afternoon snack: Tinned oysters; full-fat Greek yoghurt with berries; a handful of nuts and cinnamonDinner: Picanha steak (a superb Brazilian cut) served with creamed spinach and avocado side salad; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids); a cup of Earl Grey teaBrunch: Halloumi and fried tomato; vegetable soup made using chicken bone broth; a small portion of oily fish (anchovies, sardines, pilchards); coffee with coconut creamDinner: Grilled salmon fillet with vegetables and sauerkraut; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids), a cup of Earl Grey teaBrunch: Full-fat Greek yoghurt mixed with coconut cream and berries with a handful of nuts, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of turmeric; coffee with coconut creamAfternoon snack: Bacon nut-butter sliders – crispy, grilled bacon strips, topped generously with almond butter and a sprinkle of raw cacaoDinner: Grilled lamb chops with lots of mixed vegetables and a side salad; two squares of dark chocolate (95 per cent cocoa solids), a cup of Earl Grey teaBreakfast: Two or three eggs any style, with smoked salmon and avocado; coffee with coconut creamBrunch: Smoothie with kefir and/or coconut milk, berries, a handful of nuts, some avocado; a tablespoon of coconut oil, a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, turmeric and fresh mintDinner: Chicken bone broth to start, with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and salt to taste, followed by fresh pan-fried hake and vegetables; cacaonut bombs (raw cacao, cinnamon, coconut oil, cream and nuts heated, blended and frozen into bite-size pieces); a cup of Earl Grey teaBreakfast: Bacon and two or three eggs, any style, with avocado (optional); coffee with coconut creamDinner: Roast chicken with sweet potato and mixed vegetables; cacaonut bombs, a cup of Earl Grey teaBreakfast: Smoked salmon with three scrambled eggs on very high-quality sourdough (the only bread I eat, thanks to the fermentation process and taste), avocado and crème fraiche; coffee with coconut creamThis article was originally published by Get The Gloss and reproduced with their permission. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4962346/Seven-day-Pioppi-diet-plan-helps-people-reach-100.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vanguard launches its first actively managed bond fund
 
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Vanguard has added weight to the downward pressure on fund fees with the launch of its maiden, low-cost actively managed bond fund for UK retail investors.The Vanguard Global Credit Bond fund levies 0.35 per cent in ongoing charges (OCF).To put this into context, the cost of some actively managed bond funds exceeds 1 per cent but this new product from the world's second-largest asset manager falls in the price bracket of some much cheaper passive investments.But should you invest? Here are the main considerations.The fund aims to beat the returns generated by its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Credit index, which has returned 38.6 per cent in the past five years to 13 September 2017, and averages a yield of 2.4 per cent each year.Vanguard, which boasts more than £926bn in assets under management, says the fund will invest substantially in components of the index but its investment manager will follow distinct approaches in managing the fund's assets.One of the most attention-grabbing facets of the fund is its price point.Beyond the low OCF, the fund does not levy one-off charges before or after you invest - although investment platform charges are applicable.In addition, it does not apply controversial performance fees, which will be subject to scrutiny in a future Financial Conduct Authority probe.What does it invest in?The fund invests in high-quality investment-grade bonds, which means the issuers are considered credit worthy and able to meet their debt obligations.It invests in corporate issuers and supranational organisations from around the world, which may include regional development banks and local authorities.Rather than rely on one individual to make decisions, Vanguard has delegated management of the product to its Fixed Income Group.How does it compare?The fund will rival propositions in the Investment Association Global Bonds sector, including the GAM Star Credit Opportunities fund and the Aberdeen Global Select Euro High Yield Bond fund.Those funds are the top two performing funds in the sector over a five-year investment horizon respectively and charge OCF of 1.15 per cent and 0.89 per cent respectively, so Vanguard's fund is cheaper.It is important to remember that you are not comparing apples with apples here, and the variance in price is a result of the fund's unique investment mandate.It is easy to get carried away by the low price point of the fund, but it is paramount to factor in what lies under the bonnet before piling into the investment.Funds investing in investment-grade bonds have struggled to produce exceptional yield in recent history, but benefited from have lower volatility than high-yield bonds or equities.So the new fund is unlikely to deliver exuberant returns but could be a decent addition to the cautious part of your portfolio.Jason Hollands, managing director of financial firm Tilney, says: 'Investing in bonds issued by very large global companies is very scalable and therefore although this is a "new" fund in the UK, it is essentially a UK marketable version of an existing fund sold elsewhere with lots of assets - which means it can be managed at low cost.'A key thing to be aware of is that as a global fund, managed from the US, American company bonds are going to be a big chunk of this.'The US is on the process of a rate-rising cycle and this could see bond yields rise and capital values fall as that path continues. Most UK Bond fund investors choose funds focused on Sterling Corporate Bonds.'The usual disclaimers when it comes to investing in bond funds apply. The value of bonds erode when interest rates creep up and there is always a risk of default.The chance of the latter happening with fund is minimal because it invests in companies and organisations that have a solid credit rating and track record of honouring bond agreements. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-4883590/Vanguard-launches-actively-managed-bond-fund.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - World's first 'negative emissions' power plant in Iceland
 
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A radical new  'negative emissions' power plant has begun operations in Iceland.The EU-backed project at one of the world's largest geothermal power plants in Hellisheidi, Iceland, will capture CO2 from ambient air for permanent storage underground.Although still at pilot scale, researchers hope the scheme could be scaled up across the globe.The CO2 reacts with the basaltic bedrock and forms solid minerals, creating a permanent storage solution.The team behind it this week confirmed a testing phase has started during which the CO2 is captured from ambient air, bound to water, and sent to more than 700 meters underground.Currently the pilot system captures only 50 metric tons CO2, each year, about the same emitted by a single US household.However, its inventors hope it can be scaled up.'The potential of scaling-up our technology in combination with CO2 storage, is enormous,' said Christoph Gebald, Founder and CEO at Climeworks.'Our plan is to offer carbon removal to individuals, corporates and organizations as a means to reverse their non-avoidable carbon emissions.'Edda Sif Aradóttir, CarbFix project leader at Reykjavik Energy said: 'We have developed CarbFix at a unique location here in Iceland and proved that we can permanently turn this greenhouse gas into rock.'By imitating natural processes this happens in less than two years.'The firm is also pursuing other projects.In the countryside near Zurich, Swiss company Climeworks began to suck greenhouse gases from thin air in May with giant fans and filters in a $23 million project that it calls the world's first 'commercial carbon dioxide capture plant'.Worldwide, 'direct air capture' research by a handful of companies such as Climeworks has gained tens of millions of dollars in recent years from sources including governments, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the European Space Agency.If buried underground, vast amounts of greenhouse gases extracted from the air would help reduce global temperatures, a radical step beyond cuts in emissions that are the main focus of the Paris Agreement.Climeworks reckons it now costs about $600 to extract a tonne of carbon dioxide from the air and the plant's full capacity due by the end of 2017 is only 900 tonnes a year.That's equivalent to the annual emissions of only 45 Americans.And Climeworks sells the gas, at a loss, to nearby greenhouses as a fertiliser to grow tomatoes and cucumbers and has a partnership with carmaker Audi, which hopes to use carbon in greener fuels.Jan Wurzbacher, director and founder of Climeworks, says the company has planet-altering ambitions by cutting costs to about $100 a tonne and capturing one percent of global man-made carbon emissions a year by 2025.'Since the Paris Agreement, the business substantially changed,' he said, with a shift in investor and shareholder interest away from industrial uses of carbon to curbing climate change.Scientists are sucking carbon dioxide from the air with giant fans and preparing to release chemicals from a balloon to dim the sun's rays as part of a climate engineering push to cool the planet.Backers say the risky, often expensive projects are urgently needed to find ways of meeting the goals of the Paris climate deal to curb global warming that researchers blame for causing more heatwaves, downpours and rising sea levels.The United Nations says the targets are way off track and will not be met simply by reducing emissions for example from factories or cars - particularly after U.S. Pre1
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Breaking News  - Time capsule Ford Escort RS Cosworth sells for £91,000
 
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A Ford Escort RS Cosworth dubbed a 'time capsule' car after covering just 837 miles since 1996 has sold for £91,125 at auction.The rally-influenced Escort RS Cosworth was considered the king of the boy racers in its day and was famous for both its huge wing and immense power.Now the Escort Cosworth is considered a fully-fledged modern classic car and the two previous owners' decision to forgo driving this one and wrap it in cotton wool instead has been celebrated with the astonishing price fetched at Silverstone Auctions' NEC Classic Motor Show sale.The 1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth had been described by auctioneers as a unique opportunity for a classic car collector.It said: 'This is without doubt one of the finest Fords Silverstone Auctions has ever offered and this car presents a unique opportunity for an astute buyer to complete the ‘full set’. Form an orderly queue here, please.'We highlighted the incredibly low mileage Escort Cosworth and its £85,000 to £95,000 estimate just over a week ago.There were just 7,145 examples of the cars built between 1992 and 1996 and many were heavily used, modified and driven hard.While it might have looked like any normal Escort of the generation - albeit one with a body kit and huge rear wing - the Cosworth was an entirely different beast.Instead of being based on the family-friendly model it shared its name with, the Escort Cosworth was underpinned by a shortened version of the Sierra RS Cosworth and used the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine producing a then mind-bending 227bhp that sent this version to 60mph in 6.1 seconds.This is one of the latter cars to come off the assembly line in February 1996, and is the higher-spec Lux model, featuring upgrades that include Recaro seats, electric windows and mirrors, central locking, a heated rear windscreen and a sunroof.The Lux was slightly pricier too, retailing at around £1,000 more expensive than the £21,380 standard car just over 20 years ago.It was originally supplied by Dees Ford of Croydon in Diamond White with a Raven Black leather interior - the stereotypical Essex Boy's specification. But that's not what makes it so valuable today.Locked away and barely used, it has covered an average of just under 40 miles each year. Even the original Pirellis it came with are there - and the spikes you get on a fresh set of rubber remain today.The auctioneer's description details the 'like-new' condition, saying: 'Open the driver's door and the waft of new car smell still remains, whilst the Recaro seats are in A1 condition and barely look like they've been sat in, which they haven't much.'To guarantee that the car runs as smoothly as it did when it left the factory 21 years ago, it was fully serviced by a Ford main dealer, with new cambelts and given a new MOT prior to the auction. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5073013/Time-capsule-Ford-Escort-RS-Cosworth-sells-91-000.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Fury at Lloyds as it turns on fraud whistleblowers
 
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Lloyds Bank is this weekend under fire for its handling of the HBOS Reading fraud after demanding that the whistleblower couple who exposed the scandal prove yet again that they were victims.The pair have already handed over a mountain of evidence to the high street lender, which took over HBOS in 2008.Lloyds stands accused of attempting to cover up the £245million fraud – one of the biggest in British banking history – and of trying to fob off the scores of owners of small firms who lost their livelihoods.The bank has sparked new fury by writing to Paul and Nikki Turner, who first publicised the wrongdoing, calling for them to hand over more proof that they had suffered at the hands of the notorious Reading branch of HBOS.However, the Turners have already supplied hundreds of documents to Lloyds over the course of more than a decade. Critics say the bank's demand typifies its obstructive attitude.Banking sources say that although current boss Antonio Horta-Osorio was not at the helm at the time of the scandal, he is under increasing pressure due to his treatment of the victims.A number of them – including TV star Noel Edmonds who is claiming £300 million from Lloyds over the collapse of his Unique Group of businesses – say Horta-Osorio has refused to meet them.Many are furious at what they see as the bank's high-handed behaviour.One banking insider said: 'Antonio has taken a dismissive approach hoping they will go away, but it has backfired.'Lloyds has come in for harsh criticism from Thames Valley police commissioner Anthony Stansfeld, who investigated the case.He said: 'If it hadn't been for the unearthing of evidence by victims and whistleblowers within the bank much would not have come to light.'The treatment of whistleblowers and the huge legal pressure they were then put under by the banks' lawyers has been disgraceful.'Lloyds has set aside £100 million to compensate victims through a review led by Professor Russel Griggs.But victims say the bank is dragging its feet on payouts and the process is not independent.The Turners' music business, Zenith, was devastated by corrupt bankers more than a decade ago.The couple said the treatment of them was at the heart of the criminal case where the rogue bankers were convicted, so Lloyds already has piles of definitive evidence.In January, six bankers and consultants were jailed for defrauding businesses and spending the proceeds on sex, holidays, parties and superyachts.Nikki Turner told The Mail on Sunday: 'We have sent first HBOS and then Lloyds numerous letters and documents and it took them until the beginning of this year to accept the truth. This is either severe incompetence or cynical prevarication by Lloyds.'The bank says it accepts that the Turners were victims but that it needs them to detail how they were defrauded because the pair have not formally issued a legal claim against them.Lloyds said: 'Where we are engaging with customers through an alternative dispute resolution process we need them to set out their personal experiences... in their own words in the greatest possible detail.'The independent mediator will review this position statement and the group's response and consider the impact on the customer.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-4958294/Fury-Lloyds-turns-fraud-whistleblowers.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Brain scans of toddlers reveal impact of childhood neglect
 
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These two scans are of the brains of two toddlers of the same age – yet one is significantly bigger.The image on the left is of a three-year-old brought up in a nurturing environment, while the one on the right is of child who has suffered extreme emotional trauma and neglect.The pictures provide a hard-hitting visual insight into how an abusive or neglectful childhood can impact the brain structures of youngsters.They have been shared by Professor Bruce Perry, the chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital.This child in the right scan is suffering from 'severe sensory-deprivation neglect', he said, and as a result the brain is far smaller and has far more blurry structures.It is believed the child lacked any experiences of sound, smell or touch and as a result will have been subjected to an extreme level of abuse.He wrote: 'These images illustrate the negative impact of neglect on the developing brain.'In the CT scan on the left is an image from a healthy three-year-old with an average head size.'The image on the right is from a three-year-old child suffering from severe sensory-deprivation neglect.'This child's brain is significantly smaller than average and has enlarged ventricles and cortical atrophy.'There were over 58,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016, according to the NSPCC. In the US, child abuse reports involved 7.2 million children.Such structural damage to the brain means that a child will likely suffer developmental delays and memory problems.Cortical atrophy is something that is more commonly seen in older people with from Alzheimer's disease as degeneration progresses.It is well known that some cases of physical abuse can cause immediate direct structural damage to a child’s brain, leading to permanent complications and even fatalities.For example, according to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, shaking a child can destroy brain tissue and tear blood vessels.This can lead to seizures, loss of consciousness, or even death.In the long-term, shaking can damage the fragile brain so that a child develops a range of sensory impairments, as well as cognitive, learning, and behavioral disabilities.Abuse early on can have long-lasting effects on children's emotional development.Dr Perry explains that children who have suffered emotional neglect can struggle to form healthy relationships.They may end up with attachment disorders, in which they become overly dependent on others, or they may find it difficult to get close to people.Previous research has found that a child's upbringing can impact on their brain structure.A study by US scientists last year suggested youngster's brains grow at twice the rate of those who are 'neglected'.Brain scans showed that nurturing provided the most benefit to under-sixes – and even if a mother became more caring when a child was a bit older, those neglected when very young fail to catch up.A team had analysed 127 children from when they started school until they were teenagers.To assess their upbringing, their mothers were videoed as they tried to carry out a stressful task in the presence of their child.Researcher Joan Luby, a child psychiatrist at Washington University, said: 'This study suggests there's a sensitive period when the brain responds more to maternal support.'Other studies have linked childhood abuse to heart disease and obesity later in life.Professor Perry concluded in his paper: 'Healthy development of the neural systems which allow optimal social and emotional functioning depends upon attentive, nurturing caregiving in infancy and opportunities to form and maintain a diversity of relationships with other children and adults throughout childhood.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5043215/Brain-scans-toddlers-reveal-impact-childhood-neglect.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Invisibility cloak could hide opaque objects using light
 
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From Star Trek to Harry Potter, invisibility cloaks are a popular theme in science fiction.And now researchers have developed a new technique that could turn the futuristic technology into a reality.The technique involves disrupting the way that light waves pass through opaque objects, and could lead to active camouflage.While researchers are yet to demonstrate it in practice, they are confident that experiments will soon confirm the idea.HOW DOES IT WORK?  The concept involves shining a laser onto a material from above to pump it full of energy. This can alter the material's properties, making it transparent to other wavelengths of light coming in from the side.   But in order to render an object invisible, the pattern that is projected onto it must correspond perfectly to the inner irregularities of that item that usually scatters light. Professor Rotter said: 'Mathematically, it is not immediately obvious that it is at all possible to find such a pattern. 'Every object we want to make transparent has to be irradiated with its own specific pattern – depending on the microscopic details of the scattering process inside. 'The method we developed now allows us to calculate the right pattern for any arbitrary scattering medium.'Researchers from the Technical University in Vienna are behind the new idea for a cloaking technology.Professor Stefan Rotter, one of the researchers working on the technology, said: 'Complex materials such as a sugar cube are opaque, because light waves inside them are scattered multiple times.'A light wave can enter and exit the object, but will never pass through the medium on a straight line.'Instead, it is scattered into all possible directions.'The researchers' technique is attempting to outwit this kind of light scattering.Dr Andre Brandstötter, one of the authors of the study, said: 'We did not want to reroute the light waves, nor did we want to restore them with additional displays.'Our goal was to guide the original light wave through the object, as if the object was not there at all.'This sounds strange, but with certain materials and using our special wave technology, it is indeed possible.'The concept involves shining a laser onto a material from above to pump it full of energy.This can alter the material's properties, making it transparent to other wavelengths of light coming in from the side.Professor Konstantinos Makris, who is also working on the study, explained: 'The crucial point is to pump energy into the material in a spatially tailored way such that light is amplified in exactly the right places, while allowing for absorption at other parts of the material.'To achieve this, a beam with exactly the right pattern has to be projected onto the material from above – like from a standard video projector, except with much higher resolution.'But in order to render an object invisible, the pattern that is projected onto it must correspond perfectly to the inner irregularities of that item that usually scatters light.Professor Rotter said: 'Mathematically, it is not immediately obvious that it is at all possible to find such a pattern.'Every object we want to make transparent has to be irradiated with its own specific pattern – depending on the microscopic details of the scattering process inside.'The method we developed now allows us to calculate the right pattern for any arbitrary scattering medium.'So far, computer simulations have suggested the method works, although it is yet to be shown in practice.Professor Rotter added: 'We are already discussing with experimentalists how this could be done.'As a first step, we may test this technology with sound instead of light waves.'Experimentally, they are easier to handle, and from a mathematical point of view, the difference does not matter significantly.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4976996/Invisibility-cloak-hide-opaque-objects-using-light.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - California farmer claims to have spotted Bigfoot
 
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A California farmer claims to have witnessed the latest Bigfoot sighting after spotting five of the creatures running near his ranch.The farmer, identified only as Keith, claims to have spotted the Bigfoot near Avocado Lake in Fresno County.He recounted the story to Jeffrey Gonzalez who runs the talk show Paranormal Central.'I'm going up the road and all of a sudden these five bodies, whatever, run past the front of my headlights on my truck,' Keith said.He said he believes it was the legendary Bigfoot.Gonzalez told Fox News that one of the Bigfoot spotted by the farmer was supposedly carrying a pig.'One of them, which was extremely tall, had a pig over its shoulder. The five scattered and the one with the pig was running so fast it didn't see an irrigation pipe and it tripped, with the pig flying over,' Gonzalez claims.Gonzalez, a self-described paranormal expert, said there have been two other Bigfoot sightings in the same area in the last five years.He has a photo of one of the sightings that claims to show a Bigfoot running through an orchard.Gonzalez also says he has what he describes as a footprint mold belonging to a Bigfoot from the orchard.Gonzalez claims a woman told him that her two sons saw a Bigfoot in their orchard. A few years later a man called him to say he saw five Bigfoot in the same orchard across from his house.'What are the odds of three people, three different families, who don't know each other, within a radius of 2 to 3 miles, come and tell me what they witness, and it matches up,' Gonzalez said.'I believe there are a lot more people out there who have seen things and are keeping it inside themselves. They don't want to go out and tell people, they don't want to be ridiculed. They don't want to be made fun of.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4990702/California-farmer-claims-spotted-Bigfoot.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Type 2 diabetes breakthrough
 
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Scientists have created a new pill that can halt type 2 diabetes in its tracks and help patients shed pounds from their waistlines, a major study has revealed.Results from a human trial of 632 patients found semaglutide allowed 71 per cent of them to shed pounds - it is believed this is the first type 2 diabetes pill to instigate weight loss.Researchers hope semaglutide will offer a better way to control the hidden killer, as some treatments currently available can trigger unexpected weight gain which fuels type 2 diabetes.Results from the phase II trial carried out by the Leicester Diabetes Centre were published in the prestigious JAMA. Semaglutide could be available on the NHS within three years.The pill was handed as an add-on to patients already taking Metformin - the drug is the first line of defence to control the preventable condition.Researchers discovered semaglutide stopped type 2 diabetes in its tracks, slashed blood sugar levels and prevented patients from needing insulin.Type 2 diabetes can lead to heart failure, blindness and leg amputations and is deemed a global time bomb.Spiraling obesity rates have fuelled a 65 per cent rise in diagnoses in a decade, with more than 4 million people now living with the condition, UK data shows. Globally there are 380 million patients.Charities have warned the NHS will become crippled by the burden of the condition without urgent action to make changes to today’s lifestyles.Professor Melanie Davies, lead author, dubbed the results 'hugely promising' and said they show 'semaglutide’s ability to lower HbA1c and support weight loss'.Lead author Professor Melanie Davies said taking semaglutide as a pill may provide relief to some diabetics who 'struggle injecting themselves'.She told MailOnline: 'For some patients injectable therapies are a problem, so having something available orally makes it more accessible to some patients.'We know that it is a bit of a barrier to people and anything that makes treatment more accessible and easier has got to be seen as good.Professor Davies added: 'Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition with potentially devastating complications which is posing a major challenge to health services across the world because of the increasing numbers of people developing it.'These results demonstrating semaglutide’s ability to have a significant impact on lowering HbA1c and support weight loss when taken orally therefore are hugely promising.'Worldwide, there are believed to be around 380 million sufferers. In Britain this has topped 3.8 million, a figure that continues to rise. The World Health Organization issued a warning to say the world is facing 'a growing diabetes epidemic of potentially devastating proportions' in 2004. Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled. The rapid escalation remains of great concern to health bodies. Type 2 diabetes is caused by having too much glucose in the blood because the body's way of turning it into energy is not working properly. As the condition progresses, sufferers often need to maintain a healthy diet, exercise and a combination of medications to manage it. Controlling blood sugar levels are also considered to be the key to reducing the risk of life-changing complications for those already diagnosed. Someone's life expectancy with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years, it is believed.Oliver Jelley, editor of The Diabetes Times, told MailOnline: 'T1
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Breaking News  - Russian firm reveals plans for five seater flying taxi
 
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The makers of the world's first hoverbike have revealed plans for a self flying air taxi that seats five.Hoversurf, whose hoverbikes are used by police in Dubai, is launching a new product known as 'The Formula Project'.It uses fold-away wings and 52 tiny turbine Venturi propulsion units - and its makers say experience is not necessary to navigate the skies.The company also said that the device will help with traffic jams and it will be a 'solution' for people's daily commutes.'Do you know the problem with all projects of flying cars?,' it said'They are all made for the future, and are impossible to park at the store or put in a garage.'FORMULA - is created for the present day.'Hoversurf announced that the drone taxis, which they call the 'transport of the future', will be available as early as next year, and they said the taxis are safer than ground transportation.The new product is called an ATAAS (Air Transport As A Service), and it features a computer, a security system and a drone signal.It monitors all ground and flying vehicles.ATAASs can take off from and land in a parking space, and they also feature a digital map of the city and GPS.They can be fueled at an electric charging station or a regular gas station with a hybrid power plant FPE.Hoversurf is also responsible for the Scorpion-3, the single-seat aircraft capable of lifting a person in the sky with full passenger control.The Scorpion-3 merges a standard motorbike design with drone quad-copter technology to allow riders to maneuver in the air as if they were riding a bike.Creators say the Scorpion-3 can carry 266 pounds in weight while hitting 30 miles an hour and reaching 33 feet.It can stay airborne for up to 27 minutes.The quad-copter is available for a whopping $150,000.An inbuilt safety mechanism limits the maximum speed and altitude of the aircraft in order to prevent accidents.Hoversurf creators want to provide flight to the hands 'of amateur and professional navigators'.While it is currently seen as an 'extreme sports' incident the company hopes that the mode of transportation will one day realize its full potential and replace cars as the go to mode.The growing trend and developments in the world of drone-technology could lead to a revolution in everyday transportation. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5033113/Russian-firm-reveals-plans-five-seater-flying-taxi.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Red wine could HELP you get pregnant
 
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If you’re trying to get pregnant the current NHS advice is to abstain completely from alcohol.But a moderate amount of red wine – no more than five glasses a month – could actually boost the chances of conceiving, research suggests.The study found a link between drinking red wine and healthy ovaries that produce more eggs.White wine, beer, spirits or more than five glasses of red a month did not have the same effect.Doctors have said alcohol should be avoided when trying for a baby to prevent harming development on conception.Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in the US set out to examine the effect of alcohol on fertility because previous findings were ‘conflicting’.They studied 135 women aged 18 to 44 and measured their ovarian reserve.This is the ovaries’ capacity to make healthy egg cells, which is measured by counting the antral follicles that produce them.Antral follicle count (AFC) is the standard way of assessing a woman’s fertility.The typical number for a woman in her 30s is around 12 or 13, but this decreases over time.Women who drank moderate amounts of red wine were found to have the highest ovarian reserve.The researchers, led by Dr Ashley Eskew, wrote: ‘The impact of lifestyle factors including dietary patterns and alcohol intake on ovarian reserve are conflicting.‘The objective of this study was to determine if alcohol intake is associated with ovarian reserve as determined by AFC.Red wine intake is associated with ovarian reserve as measured by AFC.’ They were unsure about how exactly red wine might boost ovary health, but said it could be that it contains the anti-inflammatory compound resveratrol.The findings will be presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in San Antonio, Texas, next week. However, other experts urged caution, saying that a larger-scale study was needed before any conclusions could be drawn.Head of the British Fertility Society Adam Balen said: ‘This is an interesting study, albeit with a small sample size which means that it doesn’t reach statistical significance.It is an interesting idea that a small amount of red wine might be positively associated with ovarian reserve.‘However we have to remember that the exposure of the developing foetus to alcohol may cause irreversible developmental damage and so alcohol consumption should be less than six units per week for women wishing to conceive.’And Dr Channa Jayasena, a lecturer in reproductive endocrinology at Imperial College London, warned women not to ‘rush out’ and drink red wine.He said: ‘There is a lot of interest in whether anti-oxidants could improve fertility in men and women. It is tempting to tell women to rush out and drink red wine, which contains anti-oxidants, but this study does not support that.’Debate has long raged over whether pregnant women should abstain from alcohol once they are pregnant – as recommended by the NHS.But last month Bristol University researchers found there was ‘surprisingly limited’ evidence that drinking up to four units a week caused birth defects. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5025753/Red-wine-HELP-pregnant.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Half-price generic version of Viagra to hit the shelves
 
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Viagra is getting a cheaper, generic makeover from Pfizer in an effort to preempt competitors.Pfizer has repackaged its famous little blue impotence pill in a white tablet, called sildenafil, and will slash the$65-a-pill retail price of its blockbuster drug by half starting Monday.The pharmaceutical giant's patent for Viagra is set to expire next week, opening the flood gates for competitors to jump into the market with their cheaper generic versions.Rather than lose most of its sales to other companies, Pfizer is banking on the lower price point of and the 40 percent of its customer base that claims to be loyal to Viagra to help the company ride the wave of generics slated to undercut Viagra's prices by as much as 90 percent.'Patients are paying fortunes. When generic Viagra comes out, they will be very happy,' said Dr Nachum Katlowitz, a urologist at New York's Staten Island University Hospital.Launched in 1998, Viagra was the first pill for impotence. It transformed a private frustration for many aging men into a publicly discussed medical condition with an easy treatment, far more appealing than options like penile injections and implants. Pfizer's early TV ads for the little blue pill even coined the term erectile dysfunction, ED for short.Eli Lilly's Cialis came out in 2003 and now dominates the U.S. market with on-demand pills and daily, low-dose ones. Viagra is a close second.Pfizer says its market research shows 20 percent of customers are loyal to Viagra. So rather than give up sales to generic makers as brand-name drug makers once routinely did, the company is selling its own generic and also fighting to keep men on its blue pills.'We believe that the story for Viagra isn't done. It's just going to be a new chapter,' said Jim Sage, president of U.S. brands for Pfizer Essential Health, which sells its older medicines.In January, the drug maker will offer two new discount programs and increase its co-payment card discounts. Uninsured men can get brand-name Viagra half off through an innovative online home delivery program, Pfizer Direct. Many insured patients will be able to get a month's prescription - typically six to 10 pills, depending on plan limits - for as little as a $20 co-payment.'This is the most comprehensive pricing and marketing response I've seen to a generic,' said Erik Gordon, a pharmaceuticals analyst at the University of Michigan's business school. 'It's unprecedented.'Gordon thinks Pfizer's reduced prices will retain some patients and attract others who buy pills, often counterfeits, from the internet.Dr. Matthias Hofer, a urologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said some of his insured patients who take Viagra wouldn't want a generic. 'They will be ecstatic if they can save money and get the brand product from Pfizer,' he said.Last year, more than 12 million prescriptions for Viagra and Cialis were filled in the US, generating a combined $3 billion in sales, according to health data and clinical resea AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5152483/Viagra-goes-generic-Pfizer-launch-little-white-pill.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Boom Supersonic will be heading to airports by 2025
 
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Flight times from London to New York could be slashed to just 3 hours 15 minutes by 2025, if plans revealed by Boom Supersonic plane go ahead.The firm has previously revealed that initial test flights for its 1,451mph (2,330kph) aircraft, nicknamed 'Baby Boom', will begin by the end of 2018.And now Blake Scholl, founder of Boom Supersonic, has revealed that commercial flights on the full-sized, 55-seater aircraft which is 'better than Concorde', could begin running by 2025.The full-size boom aircraft is expected to reach speeds of more than 1,687mph – 100mph faster than the infamous Concorde.Mr Scholl was speaking at the Dubai Airshow this week, when he revealed the latest details about the Boom Supersonic aircraft.He said: 'Think about for a moment the families that are separated because of the long flights.'Think about the trips not taken because when you add up the lost hours, the trip just doesn't feel worth it.'That's where we come in. We are a team of engineers and technologists, brought together for the sole purpose of making our world dramatically more accessible.'You won't have to be on the Forbes' list to be able to fly, it will cost about the same as flying business class today. The ultimate goal is to make supersonic affordable for anyone who flies.'While you might think that flying on such a high-speed aircraft could be a daunting experience, Mr Scholl reassured that passengers won't even notice the difference.'This aircraft will be as quiet as the ones flying around the airports today,' he said, adding that it will also be 'significantly quieter than Concorde.'The news comes just months after Mr Scholl revealed that a smaller version of the plane, called the XB-1 will be tested next year.He also said that Boom had already received 76 orders for its passenger plane from five unnamed airlines.Backed by Virgin tycoon Richard Branson, the 'Baby Boom' jet could usher in a new era of affordable supersonic travel.It hit headlines earlier this year when Boom Supersonic announced it had received $33million (£26million) in funding and was ready to build its XB-1 jet prototype.'I have long been passionate about aerospace innovation and the development of high-speed commercial flights,' Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, said at the time.'As an innovator in space, Virgin Galactic's decision to work with Boom was an easy one.'The airline tycoon confirmed that Virgin has options to buy 10 of the supersonic Boom jets.'Sixty years after the dawn of the jet age, we're still flying at 1960s speeds,' said Mr Scholl.'Concorde's designers didn't have the technology for affordable supersonic travel, but now we do.'Today, we're proud to unveil our first aircraft as we look forward to its first flight.'The Boom jet was created by top aviation experts with collective experience working at Nasa, SpaceX and Boeing.Learning from the Concorde, they combined advanced aerodynamics, efficient engine technology and new composite materials to produce a 'safe and affordable' supersonic aircraft 2.6 times faster than current jetliners.The prototype has been subjected to more than 1,000 simulated wind tunnel tests and features a tapered carbon fibre fuselage, and efficient turbofan jet engines.In March, Virgin told MailOnline Travel: 'Richard has long expressed interest in developing high speed flight and building high-speed flight R&D through Virgin Galactic and our manufacturing organisation, The Spaceship Company.'We can confirm that The Spaceship C1
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Breaking News  - Italian Rolls-Royce transformed into futuristic FLYING car
 
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Stunning concept images have revealed an Italian designer's unique vision for a retro-inspired flying vehicle.Lazzarini Design Studio has merged futuristic technology with 1920s luxury for its Hover Coupe, which resembles a cross between a Rolls-Royce and something from a science fiction film.According to its creators, the hover car will be able to reach a top speed in excess of 342mph (550kph) using four jet turbines.The concept car is based on the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8, an Italian luxury car manufactured from 1919 to 1924, which was the main rival to the Rolls-Royce.   Like many high end vehicles of the day, the Tipo 8 came from Fraschini as a chassis only. Bodies were typically from Italy’s top-tier coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Castagna and Cesare Sala, but European and American coachbuilding firms also offered to supply custom built bodies. The Tipo 8 was the first mass produced car in the world to be equipped with a straight-eight engine, initially producing 80 bhp (60 kW) and eventually 90 bhp (67 kW) in later models. The car had top speed of around 85 mph (137 km/h) to 90 mph (140 km/h).The Hover Coupe is the brainchild of Pierpaolo Lazzarini, head of the Rome-based agency behind the creation of breathtaking images and footage of their vision for the vehicle.Its unique design features drone-like propellers which would make the flying car capable of vertical take off and landing (VTOL).The concept car is based on the Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8, an Italian luxury car manufactured from 1919 to 1924, which was the main rival to the Rolls-Royce.The company has not yet given a time-frame on when the hovercraft might become a reality.But one of the firm's designs, for the mini-yacht Jet Capsule, was recently created, so the concept may not just be pie in the sky.In a written statement, a company spokesman said: 'Inspired by the Isotta Fraschini, a full blood Italian legend, here at Lazzarini Design we played with our imagination to relaunch the brand in a futuristic way. And no wheels needed.'The Hover Coupè maintains the soft lines, yet is powered by four turbine engine, similar to the ones in use in commercial planes, but smaller in diameter at 50 cm (12 inches).'Four jet engines are mounted on an extremely light carbon body structure. The vehicle measures 4500mm (4.5m/15ft) in length, can hover vertically, moving forward thanks to a system of specially fitted flaps.'Similar to a drone in the manoeuvrability, the Hover Coupe could reach, hypothetically, an estimated top speed of 550km/h and it turns left and right by the release of the available air inside the turbines.'Isotta Fraschini underwent a complete change after the First World War, moving from building a wide variety of models, to adopting a single-series policy.Like many high end vehicles of the day, the Tipo 8 came from Fraschini as a chassis only.Bodies were typically from Italy’s top-tier coachbuilders, Carrozzeria Castagna and Cesare Sala, but European and American coachbuilding firm AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5193681/Italian-Rolls-Royce-transformed-futuristic-FLYING-car.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Anglo Saxon treasure found in Norfolk valued at £145,000
 
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Last year, one lucky student discovered a gold necklace and pendants in an Anglo Saxon grave while out metal-detecting in Winfarthing, Norfolk.Now, Thomas Lucking's discovery has been valued at a staggering £145,000 ($195,000).The incredible discovery is just one of 1,120 treasure finds made by the public in 2016 - the highest figure for 20 years.Thomas Lucking was a 23-year-old history student when he found the items while out metal-detecting in Norfolk. The items, which Norwich Castle Museum wants to acquire and which includes a gold cross pendant, were previously declared treasure but their value has only just come to light.  Much of the gold jewellery was still on the skeleton of the woman, who would have been of extremely high status, buried between around 650 and 675 AD, and one of the earliest Anglo-Saxon converts to Christianity. One of the large pendants, found lower down on the skeleton's chest, was made of gold and inlaid with hundreds of tiny garnets and in itself is valued at £140,000 ($188,000).Mr Lucking was a 23-year-old history student when he found the items while out metal-detecting in Norfolk.The items, which Norwich Castle Museum wants to acquire and which includes a gold cross pendant, were previously declared treasure but their value has only just come to light.Mr Lucking said that any money he receives after the landowner and his metal detecting partner get their share 'will probably end up as a deposit on a house in some way.'It's going to make things a lot easier,' he added.Much of the gold jewellery was still on the skeleton of the woman, who would have been of extremely high status, buried between around 650 and 675 AD, and one of the earliest Anglo-Saxon converts to Christianity.One of the large pendants, found lower down on the skeleton's chest, was made of gold and inlaid with hundreds of tiny garnets and in itself is valued at £140,000 ($188,000).'We could hear this large signal. We knew there was something large but couldn't predict it would be like that,' Mr Lucking said of the discovery.'When it came out the atmosphere changed.'The ex-student is now an archaeologist and still uses a metal detector, mostly at weekends.'I had found the run-of-the-mill stuff, medieval coins a few Roman coins, smaller treasure, but another league really,' he said.Treasures announced on Monday also include a Roman coin hoard found in 2016 in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, by another metal detectorist, Brian Read.The coins - more than 2,000 were found in a pottery vessel - include the earliest products of the newly established Roman mint of London.Another man, Dave Haldenby, discovered two late Bronze Age hoards, which experts believe may have been buried for ritual purposes, near to one another in Driffield, East Yorkshire, dating to around 950-850 BC.One hoard contained 158 axes and ingots and is the largest of its kind discovered in Yorkshire, while the other consisted of 27 axes and ingots.The finds were announced at the launch of the P AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5144445/Anglo-Saxon-treasure-Norfolk-valued-145-000.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Royal Navy reveals its second Type 26 warship
 
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AutoNews- The Royal Navy has revealed the name of the second of eight new Type 26 warship – the HMS Belfast.The enormous warship will be used to protect the UK's nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers, and can travel at speeds of up to 26 knots (30mph).Both the HMS Belfast and the HMS Glasgow – which was revealed in July – will enter service in the mid 2020s.HMS Belfast is a Type 26 Global Combat Ship - a 21st Century warship that will replace the Type 23 frigate as the workhorse of the Royal Navy's Fleet. The ship will undertake three core roles - warfighting, maritime security and international engagement - on the world stage. On board the HMS Belfast is the 'Sea Ceptor' – a cutting-edge missile capable of intercepting multiple targets out to a range of 15.5 miles (25 kilometres), travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 miles/hour (3,218 kilometres/hour). The warship is also fitted with a small-calibre SA80 gun, as well as a general purpose machine gun and Mk44 miniguns. Unlike the majority of the ship's weapons systems, these guns are not radar and computer controlled, but aimed and fired by the upper deck weapon crews.Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon made the announcement as he visited Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Navy's last HMS Belfast was built prior to World War Two.The ship will be one of eight new Type 26 frigates joining the Navy's fleet.'I'm hugely proud that the second name announced of our eight cutting-edge new Type 26 frigates will be HMS Belfast,' said Sir Michael.'She and her sister ships will form the backbone of our Navy well into the 2060s, keeping us safe by protecting the country's nuclear deterrent and new aircraft carriers.HMS Belfast is a Type 26 Global Combat Ship - a 21st Century warship that will replace the Type 23 frigate as the workhorse of the Royal Navy's Fleet.The ship will undertake three core roles - warfighting, maritime security and international engagement - on the world stage.On board the HMS Belfast is the 'Sea Ceptor' – a cutting-edge missile capable of intercepting multiple targets out to a range of 15.5 miles (25 kilometres), travelling at speeds of more than 2,000 miles/hour (3,218 kilometres/hour).The warship is also fitted with a small-calibre SA80 gun, as well as a general purpose machine gun and Mk44 miniguns.Unlike the majority of the ship's weapons systems, these guns are not radar and computer controlled, but aimed and fired by the upper deck weapon crews.The original HMS Belfast, which took part in the Arctic campaign and the Normandy landings, is now a floating museum permanently docked in London.It will now be renamed 'HMS Belfast 1938' to avoid confusion.Diane Lees, director general at Imperial War Museums, said: 'IWM is delighted that the name HMS Belfast will return again to the Royal Navy's front line as a major warship.'We welcome the opportunity this will bring for our internationally significant museum to have a close affiliation with the new Belfast, enabling a powerful link between the Royal Navy's past and present.'
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Breaking News  - Researchers claim we are NOT living in a simulation
 
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AutoNews- It’s a question that has persisted in science fiction and philosophical discussion alike: are we living in a computer simulation?Scientists have long argued both sides of the theory, with some even suggesting if we did live in a simulated reality, we’d never know the truth.But now, a new study could finally put the debate to rest.Theoretical physicists have discovered that it is impossible, by principle, to simulate a quantum phenomenon that occurs in metals – and, ultimately, something as complex as the entire universe.In a new study published to the journal Science Advances, the team from the University of Oxford and the Hebrew University used a technique known as Monte Carlo simulation to investigate a phenomenon said to be a gravitational anomaly.The effect, called thermal Hall conductance, can be seen in systems with high magnetic fields and low temperatures.But in their work, the researchers found that the simulation is unable to capture a system with gravitational anomalies, such as the quantum Hall effect.As the number of particles required for the simulation increased, the researchers found the simulation itself became far more complex.If the particles increased in a linear way, the number of computational resources to simulate the system would have to as well; for a system twice as large, for example, the number of required resources, including processors and memory, would have to double.But, if the system grew exponentially, this effect would be far more extreme.To store the information of a few hundred electrons on a computer, the simulation would require memory built from more atoms than exist in the entire universe, the researchers note.‘Our work provides an intriguing link between two seemingly unrelated topics: gravitational anomalies and computational complexity,’ said co-author Zohar Ringel, a professor at Hebrew University.Last summer, when asked at the Code Conference in southern California if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was 'yes', Elon Musk said the answer is 'probably'. Musk believes that computer game technology, particularly virtual reality, is already approaching a point that it is indistinguishable from reality. But, according to Sabine Hossenfelder, a theoretical physicist at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, the simulation scenario ignores the laws of nature. Such a universe that would either have to ‘overthrow quantum mechanics’ or rely on qubits, which have yet to tie in with general relativity. Elon Musk is one of many who have suggested reality may not be as we think. Last summer, when if the answer to the question of whether we are in a simulated computer game was 'yes', Elon Musk said the answer is 'probably' Essentially, the researcher argues, ‘our presently best theories are the standard model and general relativity, and whatever other explanation you have for our observations must first be able to reproduce these theories’ achievements.’ So far, no one has been able to do this.   Hossenfelder considers a scenario in which the universe is composed of bits, like a computer, relying on ordered time-series encoded by an algorithm.  Such a thing could not be done using classical bits, as there would be no quantum effects. But, even if you were to attempt to build the universe from quantum bits (qubits), there ‘are good reasons to believe it’s not possible,' the physicist argues, as no one has yet succeeded in recovering general relativity and the standard model of particle physics from qubits.‘It also shows that the thermal Hall conductance is a genuine quantum effect: one for which no local classical analogue exists.’According to the researchers, the study shows that systems with gravitational anomalies will bring about a ‘sign problem’ within the Monte-Carlo approach.If the problem could be solved, large-scale quantum simulations could be possible, they say – but the work provides proof that it cannot be solved for some systems.While the computer simulation theory continues to gnaw at the minds of many, with people such as Elon Musk backing the idea, the new study suggests it would be impossible to generate the illusion of reality in this way.
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Breaking News  - Workhorse to test electric vans in California, Ohio
 
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Electric delivery van maker Workhorse Group Inc said on Tuesday it will test its new lightweight N-Gen electric van in cities in Ohio and California as the race to develop mass-market electric delivery vehicles heats up.Workhorse's customers already include package delivery groups United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp.Chief Executive Officer Steve Burns told Reuters the company has signed up a new customer but said he could not disclose the name.Workhorse will test two versions of the van, including one carrying a drone in the roof for remote deliveries, he added.The company is already testing van-based drone deliveries with UPS.Burns did not disclose the exact locations for the tests, but said they would take place in several cities in Ohio and California.Cincinnati-based Workhorse is also in the running for a contract to replace the delivery vans in the United States Postal Service's fleet, in partnership with a unit of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd.The N-Gen has a similar frame to the vehicle the USPS is evaluating.Workhorse said the tests will begin in the first quarter of 2018.The market for medium- and heavy-duty electric trucks is in its infancy and the distance they can travel before recharging is still limited.They tend to cost more than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, but as battery costs come down they should become more competitive.Vehicle manufacturers such as Daimler AG and Navistar International Corp, as well as Tesla Inc and a host of other new entrants, are racing to overcome the challenges of substituting batteries for diesel engines as regulators crack down on carbon dioxide and soot pollution.Some manufacturers argue that with their short, largely predictable daily routes, delivery vehicles are a natural market for electrified versions.Cutting the high cost associated with last-mile delivery as ecommerce has grown has become a major priority for the likes of Amazon Inc, which runs its own delivery service in some cities and has leased cargo planes to reduce expenses.Daimler said in September that UPS will be the first U.S. commercial customer for its new battery-powered eCanter truck.U.S. truck leasing and rental company Ryder System Inc is a strategic service partner with Workhorse and last week also ordered 125 all-electric delivery vans from Chanje, a unit of FDG Electric Vehicles Ltd.Workhorse's Burns said the N-Gen van has a lightweight carbon frame, weighs 5,500 lbs (2,495 kg) when empty - 5,000 lbs lighter than comparable vehicles - and its load space measures 500 cubic feet (14 cubic meters).He said Workhorse vans cost more than conventional vehicles, but gas and fuel savings make up the difference in less than three years.'The premium that we charge is made back very quickly,' he said.'Fleets that look at total cost of ownership understand that and that's how we sell our vehicles.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5058411/Workhorse-test-electric-vans-new-customer-California-Ohio.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Savills selling former home of Madness' Suggs for £1.95m
 
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It's the house, in the middle of the street, where Suggs used to live - but not anymore.Madness singer Suggs used to own this London property in the 1980s when he released the hit song 'Our House'. He bought it in 1981, aged just 20, following the group's success in UK Singles chart.He sold it to the current owners 32 years ago in 1985, and the property is only now back on the market, with an asking price of £1.95million.The three-bedroom end of terrace mews house is for sale through estate agents Savills.It is just off Camden Square in London and was originally three separate mews houses.Today, it spreads across an impressive 2,800 sq ft and two floors.Suggs told MailOnline: 'Finally we arrived at my newly purchased house in Camden Mews. It had been part of the stables for the bigger houses at the back. It was pretty, but tiny.'One half of the downstairs was a garage, which we were eventually going to convert. The furniture at this point consisted of one jukebox with one record, 'Cry Me a River' by Julie London. Which did make our housewarming somewhat limited, as did the fact that my mate who'd been in charge of the bar got fed up halfway through the proceedings and locked all the booze in the bathroom, taking the key with him.'The years flew and we had two lovely daughters, Scarlett and Viva. The Karmann Ghia became too small and sadly had to go, as did the mews house.'The house boasts wooden floors, with windows in some of the rooms extending from the floor to the ceiling.There is a fully-fitted kitchen, along with three double bedrooms and three bathrooms.Camden Mews is a cobbled street, moments from Camden Square and within close reach of both Camden and Kentish Town.Kentish Town provides easy access to the City while a little over a mile away is Kings Cross St Pancras which provides access to the north and Europe via the Eurostar.Suggs - whose real name is Graham McPherson - released the song 'Camden Town' in 1995 as homage to his favourite part of London.In 2012 at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, Madness performed Our House at the top of Buckingham Palace as terraced streets from around the country were projected onto the front of the palace.The band also performed the song in the closing ceremony for the London Olympic Games in 2012.Madness had 15 top ten singles, including Baggy Trousers, House of Fun and It Must be Love and had three platinum albums between the late Seventies and mid-Eighties. The band released their 42-track hits package, 'Full House – The Very Best of Madness' on November 17.Commenting about the sale, Peter Rosen, of the Savills branch in Primrose Hill, said: 'Located on a cobbled street in the heart of Camden, this is an exceptionally large mews house which offers wonderful lateral space, making it perfect for entertaining. We expect to see interest from buyers who are drawn to the area for its strong local and international transport connections as well as downsizers seeking a London base.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5113989/Savills-selling-former-home-Madness-Suggs-1-95m.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Russia unveils SKYF heavy lift drones
 
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A new drone designed by Russian researchers is the hulk of the quadcopter world - and can carry a 400-pound (181-kg) payload and fly for up to eight hours.The multi-rotor, autonomous drone, called SKYF, was designed with logistics and agribusinesses companies in mind to create a air freight platform to help business carry out tasks.The vertical take-off and landing drone has applications in areas such as the aerial application of pesticides and fertilizers, seed planting for forest restoration and emergency situations for food and medicine delivery.The drone, designed by Russian company ARDN technology, has a maximum flight speed of 70 kilometers per hour (43.5 miles per hour) and is 5.2 meters (17 feet) by 2.2 meters (7.2 feet).It can fly at a maximum height of 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) and has a positional accuracy of 30 centimeters (11.8 inches).According to ARDN, although it's fairly large in size, it can fold down and two can fit into a 20-foot (6-meter) cargo container.In addition, it required 10 minutes of setup before it can fly, ARDN says.Currently, prototypes of the drone are receiving encrypted instructions from a flight dispatch center.SKYF relies on gasoline-powered engines for lift and electric motors for stabilization to transport heavy loads up to 350 kilometers away (when carrying loads of 110 pounds, or 50 kg).Specifically, the drone uses the gasoline-powered engines for its two primary lift props, and uses all four sets of twin props with electric motors to help stabilize and steer it.According to ARDN, this dual-advantage separation of features is what allows the unmanned drone to to carry heavy loads.The patented, heavy-duty drone is also able to hover and move at low speeds, making it ideal for package delivery tasks.According to ARDN, it can operate under a wide range of weather conditions at any time of day.The drone's design is also modular, meaning versions can be modified for added fuel range and other features.SKYF it able to directly use the energy of its internal combustion engine without the need for an electrical hybrid system, enhancing its reliability and also driving down its price, maintenance costs and total weight, according to ARDN.ARDN says that the drone has applications in a wide range of fields, including delivering postal items to hard to reach places, delivering cargo to ships at sea and even weather management, for example extinguishing fires and preventing the accumulation of snow in fields.It's not yet clear how much the drone costs or when it will be released, but it could have a major impact on a wide range of industries. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5115609/Russia-unveils-SKYF-heavy-lift-drones.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Women should not clean their vaginas with Vicks' VapoRub
 
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Experts are urging women not to clean their vaginas with Vicks' Vaporub after a bizarre internet trend has spurred many to experience tingling in their genitalia.Online forums and blogs claim the ointment, intended to soothe an irritating cough, can boost women's sex lives, clean the intimate area, cure thrush and even maintain a pleasant odour on the vagina.VapoRub, which gives users a tingling sensation when applied on the chest, apparently elicits the same gentle tickling feeling when put on intimate areas, leading blogs to suggest women smear it on their clitoris or men's penises.Some forums also claim the ointment could cure vaginal thrush, however, experts argue applying such products could introduce infections or make them worse by disrupting the intimate area's bacteria.The need to apply VapoRub as a fragrance to the vagina, which is self-cleaning, is also concerning, as genitalia should not have a strong odour.WHY YOU SHOULDN'T CLEAN VAGINAS WITH CUCUMBERS: TREND INCREASES RISK OF INFECTIONS  A doctor warned women earlier this month not to use a cucumber as a douche for the vagina in a bizarre and dangerous trend that is sweeping the web. Dubbed the 'vagina facial', the craze involves inserting the peeled salad staple into your intimate parts before twisting it around for approximately 20 minutes. Bloggers claim the fruit's high vitamin content sanitises genitals and gives vagina's a pleasant odour. Certain forums add cucumbers can even reduce a woman's chances of contracting sexually transmitted infections. Yet an expert has warned the practice could actually leave women at a greater risk of infections, like gonorrhoea and even HIV. Canadian gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter says washing with a cucumber upsets the natural pH balance of intimate areas.The trend to apply VapoRub as a cleanser or fragrance could lead to women developing vaginal thrush or bacterial vaginosis, with experts arguing vaginas are self-cleansing via naturally-occurring discharge.The need to apply a fragrance to combat an odour is a sign something is wrong and should be checked by a doctor.Contrary to what some blogs suggest, VapoRub, which remains on the skin for hours, will also not cure an existing thrush infection and could even make it worse by further disrupting the vagina's bacteria.Dr Vanessa Mackay, a gynaecologist and spokeswomen for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told The Sun: 'It [the vagina] contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it from infections.'Disturbing the natural flora through extensive cleaning can lead to infection, such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush, and inflammation.'Use plain, unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vagina [the vulva], not inside it, gently every day.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5008585/Women-not-clean-vaginas-Vicks-VapoRub.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Lockheed Martin to build giant US Navy robosub
 
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It could be the biggest robot craft ever made.Lockheed Martin has won a lucrative  $43.2 million US Navy contract to built a radical new giant submarine - without a human on board.Called Orca, the Navy hopes to use up to nine of the giant submarines on secret mission.They will be able to stay underwater for months at a time,  communicating remotely from enemy waters.Officially known as the US Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV),Lockheed say the 'long-range autonomous vehicle will perform a variety of missions, enabled by a reconfigurable payload bay.'It says  key attributes include extended vehicle range, autonomy, and persistence.Orca will be able to move to an area of operation and 'loiter', periodically establishing communications and deploying payloads before returning to its home port.A critical benefit of Orca is that Navy personnel launch, recover, operate, and communicate with the vehicle from a home base and are never placed in harm's way, Lockheed Martin says.'With each new undersea vehicle that Lockheed Martin designs, we bring to bear the state-of-the-art in technology, and innovative system integration of those technologies, to increase the range, reach, and effectiveness of undersea forces and their missions,' said Frank Drennan, director, submersibles and autonomous systems, business development.'With decades of experience supporting the U.S. Navy's mission, our engineers are approaching this design with a sense of urgency and continued agility.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5055845/Lockheed-Martin-build-giant-Navy-ROBOSUB.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vitamin D supplements could help women conceive
 
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Experts at Birmingham University found women undergoing fertility treatment were 33 per cent more likely to have a baby if their vitamin D levels were healthy.They said the findings may explain why people tend to find it easier to conceive in the summer, when vitamin D levels are boosted by the sun’s rays.The NHS already recommends women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take daily vitamin D supplements for the sake of the development of their baby.But the new findings, published in the Human Reproduction journal, suggests it also might help them conceive in the first place.Only 26% of women have sufficient vitamin D levelsCrucially, they found three in four women trying for a baby were deficient in vitamin D.The researchers examined the records of 2,700 women undergoing IVF and other forms of fertility treatment.Their data - compiled from 11 previous studies - suggested women who had sufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood were 46 per cent more likely to become pregnant and 33 per cent more likely to have a live birth.The scientists said it was likely similar results would be found among those attempting to conceive naturally.Researcher Dr Ioannis Gallos, a reproductive specialist in Birmingham, stressed they had only found a link connected to blood tests - and had not actually tested whether supplements would boost fertility.He called for a full randomised control trial to establish whether vitamin D can indeed improve the chances of conceiving.But he said: ‘Women should follow the national guidance on this and take a low-dose vitamin D supplement. And if they are concerned they are deficient they can get tested.’He added: ‘One startling finding was the high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among these women.‘We found that only 26 per cent of women in the studies had sufficient concentrations of vitamin D.’The researchers believe vitamin D may help dampen the immune system’s inflammatory response, improving the chances that an embryo successfully implants in the lining of the womb at the very start of pregnancy.They wrote: ‘Seasonal variations in conception rates have been established with higher conception rates found in the summer and autumn.‘Although many hypotheses have been postulated to explain this phenomenon the exact mechanism behind this has not been explained.‘It is possible that an increase in sun exposure and greater sunlight luminosity increases the body’s store of vitamin D, thereby yielding higher conception rates in summer and autumn.’Vitamin D is produced naturally by the skin when it soaks up the sun’s rays - but experts are worried Britain’s poor weather and modern indoor lifestyles mean we are not getting enough sunlight.Oily fish such as sardines or mackerel, red meat, liver or eggs are all rich in vitamin D.But fewer people are now eating these foods, and one in five people in Britain now have low levels of the vitamin D.The vitamin is particularly important during pregnancy, and is already known to affect the way a baby’s bones grow in the womb.But very few women trying for a baby actually follow NHS advice to take a supplement.Government advisors last year extended the guidelines to suggest that all adults - not just pregnant women - should consider taking vitamin D supplements over the winter, to avoid bone diseases such as rickets.Fellow researcher Dr Justin Chu said women should beware taking very high doses of vitamin D in a bid to conceive - as it is possible to overdose.The NHS recommended d1
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Breaking News  - Two-thirds of baby food on the market contains arsenic
 
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Two-thirds of baby food in the United States tested positive for arsenic and other dangerous toxins, a study claims.Also, 80 percent of baby formula analyzed had levels of arsenic in the mixture.The Clean Label Project, a non-profit organization advocating for transparent product labels in Denver, tested more than 500 baby foods sold in United States stores.The researchers found that 65 percent tested positive for arsenic, including products from popular brands such as Gerber, Parent's Choice and Sprout.Arsenic is a metalloid and experts warn it can affect a child's motor skills, cognition and heart as they are growing.The Clean Label Product tested the baby food products on what contained arsenic, lead and other dangerous chemicals.Each product was then ranked from one to five stars based on the toxins and how nutritious the product was for a child.The study showed that not only did more than half the products have arsenic, but also 35 percent tested positive for lead and 58 percent for cadmium.These chemicals can pose potential risks for the infants when consumed such as neurological deficiencies and problems to the immune system.Rice-based products such as puffs are most likely to contain arsenic, according to the study.The US Food and Drug Administration has previously looked into the impact of arsenic on rice in food products such as rice-based baby cereals.In April 2016, the administration proposed a limit of 100 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic in rice cereal for infants.This was proposed to potentially eliminate risk that an infant could consume large amounts of the dangerous metalloid.The European Food and Safety Authority has already enforced limitations of inorganic arsenic in rice, but the US is still in the discussion phase of the possible regulation.The study also found that 60 percent of products that were labeled as 'BPA free' actually tested positive for bisphenol A, an industrial chemical used to make some plastics.This chemical can seep into food and cause an increased risk of a child developing high blood pressure and disrupt the hormones.Experts warn that some products that have this 'BPA free' label could still have traces that have seeped into the food.They recommend for people to pay attention to what products they are buying for their infants to prevent these toxins from being consumed.Daily Mail Online reached out to Gerber, and the company said the study is causing unnecessary alarm and all their food meets US government standards.They said in a statement: 'We regularly test our foods and formulas and work closely with our suppliers and farmers to find ways to do even better.'Daily Mail Online has contacted all the other companies for a comment. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5017827/Two-thirds-baby-food-market-contains-arsenic.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Massive killer whale geoglyph found in the Peru Desert
 
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The remarkable depiction of a killer whale spans more than 200 feet, and is thought to date back more than 2,000 years, making it older than even the famous Nazca Lines that sit nearby.Experts say the people who once inhabited the region considered the orca a powerful marine deity, and this particular geoglyph may be among the oldest in the area – but today, the site is threatened by ‘land traffickers.’Experts say the people who once inhabited the region considered the orca a powerful marine deity. It was created in a method similar to that used by the Nazca people, who created the famous 'Nazca Lines.' The experts say the killer whale was likely created by removing a layer of stones along the landscape in the outline of its figure. But, the eyes of the orca, and other parts of the design, were made by piling up stones. The researchers say this was a trademark of the Paracas culture, who inhabited the area from 800 BC to 200 BC.The orca geoglyph was discovered in the 1960s by a team of German archaeologists – but, for decades after, it was considered lost, according to the Bradshaw Foundation.Few traces of it existed in the records, but, it was finally found again during efforts led by Johny Isla, of the Ica branch of Peru’s Ministry of Culture.The 230-foot-long (70 meter) orca etching was found in the Palpa region of southern Peru.The team first attempted to find it by scouring Google Earth, Live Science reports.But, its location and size were not well described.Eventually, the archaeologists set out on foot, and found it after months of searching in January 2015.Palpa is situated near the province of Nazca – home to the sprawling expanse of ‘Nazca Lines’ drawn by the Nazca people between 100 BC and AD 800.The experts say the killer whale was likely created by removing a layer of stones along the landscape in the outline of its figure, according to Live Science.While this is similar to the method used by the Nazca culture, the researchers say there are differences between the two, indicating that the Palpa orca is much older.The eyes of the orca, and other parts of the design, were made by piling up stones.The researchers say this was a trademark of the Paracas culture, who inhabited the area from 800 BC to 200 BC.According to the Bradshaw Foundation, the Paracas culture was an Andean society known to have extensive knowledge of irrigation and water management.Most of the lines are formed by a shallow trench with a depth of between four inches (10cm) and six inches (15cm), made by removing the reddish-brown iron oxide-coated pebbles that cover the surface of the Nazca desert and exposing the light-coloured earth beneath. This sublayer contains high amounts of lime which has down the years hardened to form a protective layer that shields the lines from winds and prevents erosion. An aerial view of a spiral-tailed monkey figure in Peru's mysterious Nazca Lines, located some 240 miles south of Lima, Nov. 3, 2003. No one knows why the Pre-Inca Nazca AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5138097/Massive-killer-whale-geoglyph-Peru-Desert.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The Sex Robots Are Coming shows married man's sex robot
 
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A man enjoying a relationship with his sex doll girlfriend as well as his wife of 36 years has confessed he wouldn't know what to do if he had to choose between them.James, 58, from Atlanta, Georgia, bought 5ft blonde robot April - who he now has sex with four times a week - for £2,000 when his wife Tine began caring for her sick mother.He explains in an upcoming Channel 4 documentary, The Sex Robots are Coming, how he shares a bed with April and takes her out on dinner dates, and claims people often don't even notice she isn't a living, breathing woman.And the engineer's sexual relationship with the doll has his wife's blessing, according to the Daily Star.Although Tine has admitted she found it difficult at first to come to terms with her husband's sex doll obsession, she has adapted, and said she was glad he hadn't cheated with another real woman.'I was uneasy about it, but it got better as time went on.'If he really wanted to he could have gone out and found someone else, but he didn't do that, he was true to me,' Tine said.James and April’s relationship features in the new Channel 4 show, which follows a manufacturer's attempt to create one of the world's first fully functioning sex robots - a doll that looks, moves and talks in a more lifelike fashion than any that has gone before.And James already has his eye on an £8,000 robot named Harmony.The robot, which is due to arrive on the market in the next few months, has been developed by engineer Matt McMullen of The Real Doll Company in California.As well as plans to make the doll artificially intelligent Matt wants to add realistic sexual responses to the body like internal heating, self-lubrication and a constricting sensation to simulate an orgasm.'It's like having sex with a real woman'Of his existing companion, James explains in the programme that he 'feels deeply' for April, and insists she is 'more than just a sex toy'.He believes that the pleasure of their relationship lies in taking care of the doll - being able to dress it, put on make up and interact with it - but also bending it into whatever position he desires.'It's amazingly like having sex with a real woman,' he explained.'The biggest difference is whatever position you want them in you have to put them in, as they will not get there on their own.'Doggy style is not a problem, because their backs flex, you put it in whatever position you want. Every guy knows what it is like to slap a woman on the butt and this is not unlike the real thing.'Standing in front of his wife and preening April, James said in the documentary: 'Every guy has in his head the perfect girl and this is what I see when I look in the mirror and see this look.'Female technology expert says sex dolls are not replacing womenThere is only one woman on the robotics team at The Real Doll Company, Susan, who has worked on the Harmony project for the last three years.She wants to add electronics to the vaginal inserts so that if a man went deeper or faster the dol AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5110439/Meet-man-robot-girlfriend-WIFE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Video shows a baby's parasitic twin being removed
 
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Shocking video footage reveals the moment a baby boy, born with his twin attached to his stomach, successfully undergoes separation surgery.In 2016, Hemlata Singh, from Jodphur, India, gave birth to a healthy baby named Sonni, but attached to his stomach was his partially formed, parasitic twin, putting the infant's life at risk.At just nine days old, Sonni was separated from his parasitic twin via the liver they shared before disconnecting the artery that carried blood from Sonni's heart to his twin's deformed one.As expected, the twin died shortly after surgery, with Sonni going home 12 days later.Ms Singh said: 'I am happy to see that my child's condition is improving and he will get better.'Parasitic twins occur when a baby is born with the attached tissue of an undeveloped twin who died in the womb. The parasitic twin's tissues are dependent upon the 'host'.  It is unclear why this occurs, but may be due to a restricted blood supply during pregnancy, which leads to the death and partial absorption of one of the twins. The condition occurs in around one in a million live births.'The risk of mortality is 80 per cent'Parasitic twins occur when an embryo develops inside the mother's womb but the pair do not separate, resulting in just one embryo developing fully.Unlike conjoined twins, a parasitic twin is not completely formed and is dependent on the bodily functions of the healthier baby.Sonni's twin's brain was underdeveloped, with the infant having no intestine or stomach, meaning the baby had no way of surviving on its own and was putting his brother's life at risk.Dr Anurag Singh from Saroj Hospital in Delhi, said: 'When we saw this baby one of the children was just like any other normal child, the only abnormality was that from his whole abdomen there was another small baby sitting on it.'The two had a common skin and they were joined together. So it was as if one small child was sitting on another child.'The is the first case I've seen and the literature has reported one in one million live births.'The risk of mortality is 80 per cent, so this is a very high risk surgery.''He will get better'Ms Singh said: 'When I first saw my kids, I felt anxious and awful.'They told me that they will be operated on then we can give you one child but we can't save the other.'I am happy to see that my child's condition is improving and he will get better.Body Bizarre is on Thursdays at 10pm on TLC UK. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5088537/Video-shows-baby-s-parasitic-twin-removed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Photos reveal days-old Alabama SEXTUPLETS
 
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A mother-of-three successfully delivered sextuplets this Monday making the couple from Alabama parents of nine.In just four minutes, Courtney and Eric Waldrop, 35, welcomed three boys and three girls to the world to join their three older sons.The sextuplets were born premature at 30 weeks old and doctors said the babies are all in good condition but will remain in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for several weeks.New pictures have been released of the days-old infants who range from two pounds four ounces to two pounds 14 ounces.This is the first sextuplet delivery at Huntsville Hospital and the first in Alabama since 2011.Hospital employees held drills to practice for the rare delivery and performed a c-section with a team of about 40 labor and delivery nurses, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, maternal fetal medicine specialists and surgical assistants.Courtney took to Facebook to update family and friends and said she is doing well but very week and getting blood transfusions.'My body is in complete shock after growing six babies,' she wrote.The middle-school sweethearts said they always wanted a big family but to their surprise doctors discovered six fetuses in Courtney's womb.With that shock came the fear of the complications that could arise while pregnant with multiple babies.But the babies came out crying and are stable, according to doctors.This is a relief for the couple from Alabama who had a long history of heartbreaking miscarriages after having their first son Saylor in 2008.They then used fertility treatments to conceive their twin boys, Wale and Bridge, now five.After a miscarriage of their fourth child in January, their doctor put them on a low dosage of fertility treatment that was meant to minimize the chances of Courtney carrying multiple fetuses, even though their twins were born this way.'It was devastating because I can get pregnant so easily, I just can't hold on to them,' Courtney told PEOPLE. 'It was upsetting, but we had experienced it before and I knew I had a medical issue that contributed to it.'During an ultrasound in June, the technicians heard six heartbeats in the first-grade teacher's womb.This was both cause for celebration and concern, due to the extremely high risk of the sextuplets being born preterm.Mothers carrying multiple fetuses have an increased chance of having a c-section and are at a higher risk of stroke, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and urinary tract infections.Doctors explained the option of selective reduction, a procedure that reduces the number of fetuses and increase the chances of survival for the others.But the parents refused and said they would let faith guide them.Courtney said the couple was scared due to her small frame but excited to see their family grow.According to a 2013 study, the number of multiple births of triplets or more due to fertility drugs and injectable hormones rose from 36 percent to 45 percent from 1998 to 2011.At the same time, the births of m AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5183479/Photos-reveal-days-old-Alabama-SEXTUPLETS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - 95% of plastic in oceans comes from just TEN rivers
 
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Up to 95 per cent of plastic polluting the world's oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research.The top 10 rivers - eight of which are in Asia - accounted for so much plastic because of the mismanagement of waste.About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources - such as the Yangtze and the Ganges - could almost halve it, scientists claim.Massive amounts of plastic bits that imperil aquatic life are washing into the oceans and even the most pristine waters.But how it all gets there from inland cities has not been fully understood.Now a study shows the top 10 rivers - eight of which are in Asia - accounted for 88 to 95 per cent of the total global load because of the mismanagement of waste.The team calculated halving plastic pollution in these waterways could potentially reduce the total contribution by all rivers by 45 per cent.Dr Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist at Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany, said: 'A substantial fraction of marine plastic debris originates from land-based sources and rivers potentially act as a major transport pathway for all sizes of plastic debris.'His team analysed data on debris from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers - both microplastic particles measuring less than 5 mm and macroplastic above this size.They said microplastics in particular can damage the health of marine life but cleaning it all up would be impossible. However stemming the tide could help reduce the potential harm.Dr Schmidt said to do this, researchers need a better understanding of how plastic makes its way into the oceans in the first place.Rivers which flow from inland areas to the seas are major transporters of plastic debris but the concentration patterns aren't well known.The findings could help fill in this knowledge gap.Dr Schmidt pooled data from dozens of research articles and calculated the amount in rivers was linked to the 'mismanagement of plastic waste in their watersheds.'He said: 'The 10 top-ranked rivers transport 88-95 per cent of the global load into the sea.'The study follows a recent report that pointed the finger at China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam for spewing out most of the plastic waste that enters the seas.The Yangtze has been estimated in previous research to dump some 727 million pounds of plastic into the sea each year. The Ganges River in India is responsible for even more - about 1.2 billion pounds.A combination of the Xi, Dong and Zhujiang Rivers (233 million lbs per year) in China as well as four Indonesian rivers: the Brantas (85 million lbs annually), Solo (71 million pounds per year), Serayu (37 million lbs per year) and Progo (28 million lbs per year), are all large contributors.Previous research has also suggested two-thirds of plastic comes from the 20 most contaminated rivers. But Dr Schmidt reckons this can be narrowed down even further.He said: 'The rivers with the highest estimated plastic loads are characterised by high population - for instance the Yangtze with over half a billion people.'These rivers are also in countries with a high rate of mismanaged plastic waste (MMPW) production per capita as a result of a not fully implemented municipal waste management including waste collection, dumping and recycling.'The data shows large rivers are particular efficient in transporting plastic debris. Large rivers like the Yangtze transport a higher fraction of the MMPW that is generated 1
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Breaking News  - Hope for an HIV vaccine as two US-funded trials launch
 
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Two US-funded trials for an HIV vaccine launched in Africa, bringing us closer than ever to widespread protection against the virus that causes AIDS.The start of the three-year vaccine trial involving 2,600 women in southern Africa means that for the first time in more than a decade there are now two big HIV vaccine clinical trials taking place at the same time.Although modern HIV drugs have turned the disease from a death sentence into a chronic condition and preventative drug treatment can help, a vaccine is still seen as critical in rolling back the pandemic.The latest vaccine experiments aim to build on the modest success of a trial in Thailand in 2009, when an earlier vaccine showed a 31 percent reduction in infections.The new study is testing a two-vaccine combination developed by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.The first vaccine, also backed by NIH, began a trial last November.At the same time, GlaxoSmithKline's majority-owned ViiV Healthcare unit is starting another study enrolling 3,200 women in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate the benefit of giving injections every two months of its experimental drug cabotegravir.The ViiV initiative, which is expected to run until May 2022, also has funding from the NIH and the Gates Foundation.Women are a major focus in the fight against the sexually transmitted disease since in Africa they account for more than half of all new HIV infections.ViiV is also running another large study with its long-acting injection in HIV-uninfected men and transgender women who have sex with men.'We're making progress,' said J&J Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, who believes it should be possible to achieve effectiveness above 50 percent.'That is the goal. Hopefully, we get much higher,' he told Reuters.The new vaccines require one dose to prime the immune system and a second shot to boost the body's response.Significantly, J&J's latest vaccine uses so-called mosaic technology to combine immune-stimulating proteins from different HIV strains, representing different types of virus from around the world, which should produce a 'global' vaccine.One reason why making an HIV vaccine has proved so difficult in the past is the variability of the virus.Initial clinical results reported at an AIDS conference in Paris in July showed the mosaic vaccine was safe and elicited a good immune response in healthy volunteers.Some 37 million individuals around the world currently have HIV and around 1.8 million became newly infected last year. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5131769/New-vaccine-long-acting-drug-trials-buoy-hopes-HIV-fight.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Methane ecosystem found in caves of the Yucatan Peninsula
 
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Researchers have discovered a methane-fueled ecosystem that feeds bacteria in the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.In these caves, which Mayan lore describes as a fantastical underworld, methane and the bacteria that feed off it form a vital part of an ecosystem that is similar to what's been found in deep ocean cold seeps and some lakes.This explains how cave adapted animals are able to survive without any visible evidence of food, and more broadly, the research could help researchers understand how sea level rise and seaside development could impact these ecosystems.The researchers, who are trained in cave diving in addition to their other expertise, had to use techniques that had previously been used by deep-sea subs to be able to study the environment.The study, conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University at Galveston, the US Geological Survey and a team of collaborators from Mexico, The Netherlands, Switzerland and other US institutions, claims to be the most detailed ecological study ever for a coastal cave ecosystem that is always underwater.'The opportunity to work with an international team of experts has been a remarkable experience for me,' said David Brankovits, who is the study's lead author and conducted the research during his Ph.D. studies at TAMUG.HOW THEY DID THE STUDY  Researchers have discovered a methane-fueled ecosystem that feeds bacteria in the underground rivers and flooded caves of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.  In these caves, which Mayan lore describes as a fantastical underworld, methane and the bacteria that feed off it form a vital part of an ecosystem that is similar to what's been found in deep ocean cold seeps and some lakes.  Between 2013 and 2016, five field campaign were conducted to investigate cave networks through Cenor bang, the primary study site within the Ox Bel Ha Cave System and secondary locations. The researchers collected water samples as well as shrimp samples in the caves.   (a) Entrance pool of Cenote Bang (b) Subsurface vantage of Cenote bang entrance pool, the primary locations where particulate organic detritus enters the system without being filtered The researchers, who are trained in cave diving in addition to their other expertise, had to use techniques that had previously been used by deep-sea submergence vehicles to be able to study the environment. The freshwater portion of the caves and the sinkholes, which are used to access the caves and are referred to locally as cenotes, are important sources of freshwater for communities throughout the Yucatan.  After entering the cave, the divers used a guideline to provide a continuous route to the surface is one of many safety standard the divers follow.'Finding that methane and other forms of mostly invisible dissolved organic matter are the foundation of the food web in these caves explains why cave-adapted animals are able to thrive in the water column in a habitat without visible evidence of food.'The s AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5126697/Methane-ecosystem-caves-Yucatan-Peninsula.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Study links gut bacteria to every age-related disease
 
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Changing your diet to maintain healthy gut bacteria could help to protect you from nearly all age-related diseases, new research suggests.Imbalanced gut bacteria may to blame for many age-related diseases, according to the new study from University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands.The researchers found that the poorly balanced gut bacteria in older mice could induce ‘inflammaging’ in younger mice when it was transplanted to them.Inflammaging is a chronic inflammation condition associated with aging, which is linked to most serious age-related health conditions, like stroke, dementia and cardiovascular disease.Scientists know that elderly people tend to have different gut bacteria profiles from younger people. This new research suggests that this change in balance is linked to inflammaging, which is in turn related to most late-onset diseases and disorders.In recent years, we’ve found out that the gut is at the heart of just about everything, with many calling our second brain.Inflammaging is a catch-all term for the tendency of elderly people to have generalized inflammation. It is thought to be related to evolved changes that the immune system undergoes as a person gets older.It isn’t clear whether aging causes inflammation or inflammation causes aging, but the two go hand-in-hand, and susceptibility to many diseases goes along with both of them.Since they knew that the bacterial microbiome also undergoes changes with age, the researchers, led by Dr Floris Fransen, wanted to test the relationship between the three factors.They took samples from older mice – whose gut bacteria composition, like humans’, changes with age – and introduced them to the bodies of younger mice. After the procedure, the younger mice developed chronic inflammation, like the inflammaging that would normally have struck them later in life.The scientists also transplanted gut bacteria from one group of younger mice to another group of mice of around the same ages to see if the immune response was just to the introduction of foreign bacteria.But only the mice with transplanted gut bacteria from older ones developed inflammaging.The differences in the responses suggested to the researchers that aging leads to an imbalance in gut bacteria, such that there are more ‘bad’ bacteria than good in the microbiome.The proliferation of the bad bacteria leaves the gut lining more permeable to toxins that can contaminate the bloodstream and lead to disorders like inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, diabetes, anxiety, autism and even cancer.The study suggests a causal relationship between aged gut bacteria and inflammaging in mice, and, though the same has not been proven in humans, the researchers report that a correlation has already been observed.Still, the findings are enough to determine that ‘strategies that alter the gut microbiota composition in the elderly,’ such as developing a good diet and taking probiotics and prebiotics, ‘reduce inflammaging and promote healthy aging,’ says Dr Fransen. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5040845/Study-links-gut-bacteria-age-related-disease.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Facebook rolls out alternative timeline 'Explore Feed'
 
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Facebook is rolling out its 'Explore Feed' that helps users discover content from outside their standard feed.The second timeline offers lets users discover content beyond the friends and pages they already follow.The tab is now available to users on mobile and desktop devices.It shows posts Facebook thinks users might like based on their previous 'likes' and what's trending.The second new feed, known as Explore, offers content from pages that its users have not liked or followed - meaning it looks less familiar than the main feed. The new tab is now available to users on mobile and desktop devices and is Facebook's attempt to get users trying out new things on Facebook. On desktop the 'Explore feed' us on the left-hand sidebar under the 'See more' section. On the Android app it can be found via the 'More' menu. The option 'Explore feed' then appears in a list.  iOS users can access the feed by tapping the hamburger button, which is listed under the 'Explore' menu.'We are beginning to roll out a complementary feed of popular articles, videos, and photos, automatically customised for each person based on content that might be interesting to them', Facebook said in a statement.'We've heard from people that they want an easy way to explore relevant content from Pages they haven't connected with yet.'On desktop the 'Explore feed' is on the left-hand sidebar under the 'See more' section.On the Android app it can be found via the 'More' menu. The option 'Explore feed' then appears in a list.iOS users can access the feed by tapping the hamburger button, which is listed under the 'Explore' menu.According to IBTimes, Facebook has rolled out the feature to elevate its monetising campaign as it compels users to spend more time on the site.The company first tested the feature on Android users in March.It wanted its developers to get feedback on new features before they hit the mainstream iOS and Android apps.Instagram launched a 'videos you might like' tool that provides a personalised list of clips last July.Tapping on the video preview will show you the entire clip and provide a list of further videos that you might like to watch.'Over the last six months, the total time people spent watching video on Instagram increased 150 per cent - and as people share more and more videos on Instagram, video channels make it easier to discover the best video content, personalised for you,' the company said in a statement back in March.'At Facebook, we've been able to utilise Android's flexibility to innovate in ways that aren't possible on other platform,' said Ragavan Srinivasan from Facebook for Android.'The Android beta programme will give users who opt-in access to the latest versions of Facebook for Android before the general release.'Our goals with this program are to expand our pool of testers and gain feedback across a more diverse set of devices.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4996764/Facebook-rolls-alternative-timeline-Explore-Feed.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Can I cut my bills by turning my fridge off at night?
 
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If I turn off my fridge freezer overnight would I make any savings on my energy bills? Gerry Merritt, via email.Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, replies: Energy bills have been steadily rising over the past year and electricity costs have seen the biggest hikes.All of the Big Six energy providers have increased prices for customers with standard variable tariffs while many of the smaller firms have done the same.Now the temperature has also started to fall and households are using more energy, we've seen a spike in emails from readers asking for tips and tricks on how to cut their overall energy bills.You've asked if there's any way turning off your fridge freezer at night could help to cut your bills. If it was off for around six hours a night, for example, could this cut down the cost without thawing the food and causing a safety risk?A fridge freezer can be one of the most expensive household appliances to run as it uses electricity for 24 hours a day. A brand new model, for example, with an energy efficiency rating of A+++ will cost around £65 a year to run while an older model could be far more expensive.We asked energy expert Aled Stephens, from the Energy Saving Trust if this was a viable option to cut down your energy usage.He replied: 'Fridges and freezers are designed to be kept on all the time.'They cool down to the set temperature automatically so you don't need to turn them on and off yourself.'You won't save energy by turning your fridge off for short periods of time because it will just use more energy to cool down again when you do turn it back on.'There's also an important health issue - we do not recommend turning fridges or freezers off when there is food in them because that food could defrost and cause food poisoning if it's eaten.'If your fridge or freezer is very old it could be using much more electricity than a new one would.'Consider choosing a new appliance with a good energy rating – A+++ is the best you can get – but make sure it's the right size for you. Choosing too large an appliance will just waste energy, with smaller fridge freezers typically using less energy.'Rebecca Rutt, of This is Money, adds: Although turning your fridge freezer off won't save you any money – and poses a health risk if the food starts to thaw and then refreeze - there are other ways you can cut down on your energy bills.To start with making sure your households appliances are energy efficient will make a difference to your bills, especially if your current fridge freezer is an older model.However if you're not in a position to buy a new one - and don't forget the initial outlay is likely to cancel out the savings in the short term - there are a number of tips that can help to lower your costs.This includes putting your fridge freezer at least 10cm away from the wall to make sure the coils at the back of the fridge freezer can work properly, making sure the door seals are working so air isn't allowed to escape and regularly defrosting the freezer.While these tips can help you cut costs, switching your energy supplier could make a bigger difference. If you've not switched providers in a while you could save around £250 off your annual bills by doing so.QUICK MONEY SAVER: CAN YOU CUT YOUR BILLS?  Energy firms are constantly battling to pinch customers from each other. Shrewd consumers can take advantage of this by reviewing deals every year to ensure they are on the cheapest deal. Even moving every other year will save you significan1
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Breaking News  - NSW five-year-old is going through the menopause
 
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A five-year-old girl who grew breasts at just two years old and started her period at four is going through the menopause.Emily Dover, from New South Wales in Australia, was a toddler when she started to develop breasts, body odour and acne.She started menstruating at just four years old and, within the past 12 months, has grown pubic hair due to suffering from Addison's Disease.Now going through the menopause as a result of her aggressive treatment, Emily is experiencing the same debilitating symptoms that normally affect women in their 50s.Emily, who weighs seven stone, also endures bullying at playschool for her size, leaving her parents terrified she will always be seen as the 'different kid' at school.'She hasn't had a chance to be a little girl'Emily's mother Tam, 41, who works in a local hospital, told The Mirror: 'She hasn't even had a chance to be a little girl.'By two years of age, Emily had breast buds and body odour, and a rash on her skin since birth that was now being diagnosed as cystic acne.'Something was very wrong with our little girl.'When Emily first started her period, she thought she had soiled herself.Now older, she is learning how to use sanitary towels but still tells her parents her 'foo foo is bleeding'.The youngster wakes daily with swollen wrists and ankles; sore, itchy breasts and very painful bone growth issues.Emily's parents react calmly to the youngster's symptoms in an attempt to encourage her to do the same.Although Emily is aware her body is different to other girls her age, the youngster is clueless as to why.Size of a one-year-old at four monthsAlthough Emily at seven stone is larger than other children her age and extremely body conscious, she was born a healthy baby and was even the smallest of her siblings weighing 8lbs at birth.Yet at just one week old she started crying out in pain and struggling to sleep.By the time she reached four weeks old, she grew 4cm in just seven days.At four months old, she was the size of a one-year-old.The youngster endured years of doctors visits who dismissed her height as genetic and symptoms of vomiting and infections as being a result of being in daycare.Finally, Emily was diagnosed with Addison's Disease this year after blood tests revealed she had the hormone levels of a pregnant woman.She also has central precocious puberty - where puberty starts too early in children, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, autism, sensory processing disorder and anxiety.To treat her complex health issues, Emily is due to start a course of monthly injections that kick start her body into a very premature menopause, with all its side effects.Her parents will have to pay the equivalent of £1,105 per shot as the working couple are not entitled to healthcare.They have exhausted their paid leave caring for the youngster, who frequently becomes unwell.The couple are hoping to raise money to fund Emily's vital treatment. Donate here. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4963628/Five-year-old-going-menopause.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Shelley the AI horror writer that pens hair-raising tales
 
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You’ve likely heard the horror stories about artificially intelligent beings – but now, you can read the tales penned by one.A team of MIT researchers has unveiled an AI horror writer, Shelley, named for the famed Frankenstein author.After training on scary stories collected from Reddit, Shelley can now generate her own nightmare-inducing creations, and even collaborate with humans in effort to write the world’s first AI-human horror anthology.HOW TO WRITE WITH THE SHELLEY AI To add to one of Shelley's stories, you can reply to the tweet with up to 3 of your tweets for a given story, according to the creators. If your reply contains more than 1 tweet, the team recommends threading the tweets according to Twitter's guidelines.   Your tweet should end with #yourturn, so Shelley or other Twitter users can continue the story. If your contribution is intended to conclude the story, you can write #theend. The rules are explained in full on Shelley's website.The AI-horror writer is the creation of researchers at MIT’s Media Lab, who previously unveiled the ‘Nightmare Machine’ – an AI that can generate gruesome horror imagery.To train Shelley, the researchers fed the AI stories from the horror subreddit, r/nosleep.Then, working on just the ‘seed’ of an idea, the AI can spin her own tales and work with humans to further develop the story.‘Now as an adult, and not unlike Mary Shelley – her Victorian idol – she takes a bit of inspiration in the form of a random seed, or a short snippet of text, and starts creating stories emanating from her creepy creative mind,’ the creators explain.‘But what Shelley truly enjoys is to work collaboratively with humans, learning from their nightmarish ideas, creating the best scary tales ever.’The team revealed the AI this week, and as of Monday, Shelley has been tweeting a new story every hour.Anyone can then join in on the writing process by replying to her tweet with the next bit of the story, and concluding with #yourturn.The AI-human collaboration has already produced a slew of short stories, many of which ring the familiar bells of a classic horror tale.‘What could I do? I was a monster,’ one story begins. ‘I was seeing things. I was the victim. The lives of my thirst.'But I was never actually dead. I was still in my own body.’The AI draws inspiration from the long history of horror, touching on numerous common themes, from monsters and ghosts to violence and the unsettling feeling of being watched.‘I stood there staring down the hill, and I saw the man in the black cloak standing there, holding a knife,’ Shelley wrote in one thread.‘He stood in silence, his head motionless but was staring at me. "I’m sorry. I found you. I want you to enjoy this curse. I love you, I’m so sorry."'In another spine-tingling thread, Shelley wrote: ‘I remember his face in a look of horror, and it was agony and malice.'I was trapped. I was trapped in this hospital bed. ’The AI, however, is not perfect just yet.In the midst of Shelley’s hair-raising stories, there are also several bizarre snippets that don’t seem to make any sense.In one comical example shared by the team, the AI wrote, ‘”You…your wife is your father,” the voice said perfectly.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5014213/Shelley-AI-horror-writer-pens-hair-raising-tales.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - BT ‘to shut’ pension scheme with £14bn black hole
 
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Thousands of BT staff face having their retirement nest eggs cut as chief executive Gavin Patterson moves to rein in the firm’s pension scheme deficit.The 50-year-old is looking at options to reduce costs, including closing its final salary scheme and moving members to defined contribution schemes. Formal proposals are expected within weeks.BT yesterday said it could also give the pension scheme a ‘prior claim’ over its assets, including buildings such as BT Tower or its BT Centre headquarters in the City.At the last review the pension scheme deficit was nearly £10bn, but analysts now believe it could be closer to £14bn.Patterson insisted he had not yet ‘made a decision to close anything’, but added: ‘In the next few weeks we will be consulting members on a range of different proposals around benefits, both the defined benefit and the defined contribution schemes. We need to balance a number of things – affordability, fairness, making sure that there is not one group of employees that [is] being treated unfairly.’The shake-up could put him on a collision course with union chiefs.Last night, the Communication Workers Union warned against closure of the final salary scheme.It is in the middle of a bitter dispute with Royal Mail over similar changes. A union spokesman said: ‘We remain resolute in our opposition to closure of the BT pension scheme, and have made it clear to BT on repeated occasions that closure will result in an industrial dispute.’It is one of the issues Patterson is grappling with towards the end of a torrid year for the company.The company yesterday unveiled half-year results showing revenues fell 1 per cent, to £5.95bn, in the three months to September 30, when compared to last year. Profits fell 1 per cent to £666m in the same period. It added only 7,000 customers to its TV services – compared to 63,000 last year – after customers were told they would no longer be free with phone and internet services.It has spent billions on rights to broadcast Champions League and Premier League football matches and is again due to go up against Sky, in the next quarter, at auction.Meanwhile, problems at its Global Services division were cushioned by a strong performance from its mobile division – mainly EE – which added 279,000 customers.It comes after a £530m accounting scandal in BT’s Italian arm, a slowdown in public sector business and several bitter rows with watchdog Ofcom, have weighed on its share price.Patterson and Clive Selley, chief executive of BT’s network arm, Openreach, are also under mounting political pressure to invest more in Britain’s broadband network. Shares fell 2.7 per cent, or 6.9p, to 253.6p – the lowest since February 2013.Amid speculation about Patterson’s position, Jan du Plessis took over as chairman on Wednesday but backed him in meetings with shareholders. BT has shed 1,500 staff this year, with another 2,500 to go. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5044281/BT-shut-pension-scheme-14bn-black-hole.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Shedding new light on Europe's oldest battlefield
 
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It was one of the biggest and most brutal battles in the Bronze Age.Now archaeologists have shed new light on the mysterious people who fought in the Tollense Valley 3,250 years ago.A study of the skeletons at the site in north-eastern Germany suggests that more than 2,000 people were involved in the on battle.And while experts are yet to pinpoint exactly where the fighters were from, a DNA analysis suggests that it was a large, diverse group of non-local warriors.The reason for the war on Europe's oldest battlefield remains unknown.WHO WERE THE FIGHTERS?  While 140 skeletons have been found, Professor Terberger said that this is likely only a fraction of the men involved. He estimates that more than 2,000 people were involved in the battle.  To understand more about the fighters, the researchers conducted a chemical analysis of the skeletons, looking for elements like strontium, which can leave a geographically specific signature in bones. While the results showed that the fighters were a large, diverse group of non-locals, the archaeologists were unable to pinpoint specifically where they were from. The analysis did suggest that many of the fighters came from the south – either southern Germany or Central Europe – a find that was in line with many pieces of evidence found at the site, including Central-European arrowheads and pins.Since the 1980s, several pieces of evidence of a battle have been found in river sediment at the site, including daggers, knives and skulls.In 1996, an amateur archaeologist found a single upper arm bone sticking out of the steep riverbank with a flint arrowhead embedded in one end of the bone.A systematic exploration of the site began in 2007, after archaeologists unearthed an enormous battlefield, as well as 140 skeletons and remains of military equipment.These included wooden clubs, bronze spearheads, and flint and bronze arrowheads.Now, archaeologists from the Lower Saxony State Office for Cultural Heritage have analysed the remains to learn more about the people who fought in the battle.Accoridng to Science, in the Bronze Age, Northern Europe was long dismissed as a backwater, overshadowed by more sophisticated civilizations in the Near East and Greece.They believe the battle was of a scale up until then, completely unknown north of the Alps.It suggests more organisation and violence in the area than once thought.Speaking to Live Science, Professor Thomas Terberger, one of the archaeologists working on the excavation, said: 'We are very confident that the human remains are more or less lying in the position where they died.'While 140 skeletons have been found, Professor Terberger said that this is likely only a fraction of the men involved.He estimates that more than 2,000 people were involved in the battle.He said: 'This is beyond the local scale of a conflict,' suggesting that the battle went beyond neighbours.To understand more about the fighters, the researchers conducted a chemical analysis of the skeletons, looking for elements like strontium, which can leave a geographically specific signature in bones.While the results showed that the fighters were a large, diverse group of non-locals, the archaeologists were unable to pinpoint specifically where they were from.The analysis did suggest that many of the fighters came from the south – either southern Germany or Central Europe – a find that was in line with many pieces of evidence found at the site, including Central-European arrowheads and pins.Th1
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Breaking News  - James Bond-style spy shoes have phone hidden under sole
 
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At first glance, you'd be forgiven for mistaking these shoes as a basic black pair of men's lace-ups.But lifting the sole reveals a wealth of tiny spy devices, including a USB stick, payment ring, and the world's smallest phone.The incredible James Bond-style spy shoes are on sale now but come with a hefty price tag of £2,000 ($2,636).The Secret Shoes have been designed by London-based cobbler, Oliver Sweeney.The gadgets are hidden beneath the sole of the each shoe and even the laces of the shoes have been gadgetised.They're made out of Kevlar and can be used to cut through wood or plastic - so if you find yourself frequently cable tied, then these are probably the shoes for you.The shoe also holds the world's smallest phone - no bigger than your thumb.Six gadgets can be stored between the shoes and you can choose from: the world's smallest phone, a tracking device, a Kerv payment ring, a currency capsule, a Swiss Army knife, a torch, a USB stick, a compass, miniature video camera, an aftershave atomiser, a miniature pen and a pill case.Made from deerskin from red deer on Scottish estates, each shoe takes two weeks to be handcrafted by experts.And if you're interested, you can also get a fire writer to inscribe your details in the shoe: from name to co-ordinates to blood type.Tim Cooper, Cobbler in Chief at Oliver Sweeney has been in the business over 30 years.The gadgets are hidden beneath the sole of the each shoe and even the laces of the shoes have been gadgetised.They're made out of Kevlar and can be used to cut through wood or plastic - so if you find yourself frequently cable tied, then these are probably the shoes for youHe said: 'I'm involved in and obsessed by every part of the shoe-making process.'We go to extraordinary lengths to source the very best materials from across the globe.'The leather for the Secret Shoe is wild red deer from Scottish estates; hand selected by myself and is tanned using vegetable tannage in very small batches.'You can now purchase this Spy Shoe from VeryFirstTo.com and oliversweeney.com. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5088531/Incredible-spy-shoes-phone-hidden-sole.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - 'Snoozeliners' set to transform late-night travel in UK
 
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Late-night bus travel is set to be transformed thanks to the 'snoozeliner', which is set to hit British roads next year.Bleary-eyed revellers and weary shift workers could soon be taken home in the early hours on an ultra-luxurious night bus fitted with beds, memory foam mattresses and sleep-inducing scents.It is hoped the late night shuttles will operate eight routes across four UK cities including London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham from Autumn 2018.Each bus will be fitted with 14 discreet futuristic pods and stewards will be on hand to wake passengers up before they reach their destination so they don't miss their stop.The buses, dreamt up by mattress brand Simba, have been in development for four months, and Surrey-based Andersson-Wood architects has been working on its design.Simba plan to fit USB chargers and Wi-Fi to every bus, as well as a valuables storage system.Revolutionary software will enable passengers to tap in their stop when they board so stewards know when to wake them up.Early computer-generated images of the vehicles reveal a striking vertical forest air purifying system and calming plants.The cutting-edge sleep pods are being trialled with sound-isolating treatments and acoustic black-out blinds, together with a recessed amber light-therapy system.Each booth will also feature a console offering a choice of soothing scent infusions recognised by aromatherapists for their sleep-inducing or hangover-busting properties as well as individual recessed sanitised shoe drawers and coat storage.The mattress-maker is also in talks with a food delivery service to provide an advanced on-board system that will cleverly track your route, so you and your takeaway arrive home at the same time.Unlimited free mineral water, with coffee and specially-selected smoothies will also be available on board.It comes as a research shows a resounding 94 per cent of British workers have grabbed 40 winks on their commute in the past, and 45 per cent have dozed off on the way to or from a night out.James Cox, CEO of high-tech sleep brand Simba, said: 'New research shows we doze off on public transport 27 times a year and are at our most sleep-deprived in December.'Deciding to grab 40 winks on public transport can be an inconvenience on your time and wallet, and no one likes the feeling of being woken by another passenger as your stop rushes by, or shaken awake as the train reaches the end of the line miles from home.'We think exhausted commuters deserve better, and we hope the Simba snoozeliners can serve as a much-needed service to the bed-craving masses of the UK’s biggest cities.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5170405/Snoozeliners-set-transform-late-night-travel-UK.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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