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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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - Boy with Prader-Willi syndrome means never feels full
 
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A mother has claimed she often finds her four-year-old son rooting through bins for food - because a rare genetic disorder means he can never feel full.Frankie Udall, from Billericay, Essex, suffers from Prader-Willi syndrome, an incurable disease that can make him scream and lash out due to his hunger.His mother Tayla has attempted to deal with his condition by limiting his calorie intake but said it has left her feeling like she is continually 'starving her own child' despite knowing it is best for him in the long term.Many sufferers are left obese as they eat up to six times their recommended amount.Miss Udall has even had to install a stair gate to prevent Frankie from accessing the kitchen alone, and also makes him eat in a separate room to his brother Albie so that he doesn't try to steal his brother's meal.The 21-year-old is now showing heartbreaking footage of Frankie screaming after his meals to raise awareness of the life-changing disease.Miss Udall said: 'It's the worst feeling in the whole entire world. I feel like I'm starving my own child.'He'll go from totally fine to completely upset and hurting himself when he can't have food.'The fact I have to tell him he can't have any more food breaks my heart. He does honestly think he's starving.'As a mum, when your child cries you want to feed them. This goes against your instinct.'Frankie will eat a meal then want to keep on eating. He'll wake up thinking he's starving, eat his breakfast then ask for more and I have to say no.'Since starting school, Miss Udall believes the routine and eating when other children eat has helped Frankie understand meal times and portions.She added: 'He's in a better routine now since he started school in September and he knows when each meal time is, but when he's not at school he will try to eat constantly all day and try to get into the kitchen.'I had to get a stair gate to stop him getting in there - it's really sad. I left it open by accident a few months ago and he was going into the bin looking for food because he felt that hungry.'He will have two snacks along with lunch during the school day but, Miss Udall has his dinner on the table for exactly 4pm to avoid a 'complete meltdown'.One of the main symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome is obsessive pursuit of food, which can lead to stealing and hiding food.Miss Udall said: 'Frankie will have his snack at school, then lunch then he'll want another snack. When he gets home from school I'll need to have his dinner ready for 4pm.'If it isn't on the table by then, he will have a complete meltdown and often afterwards, he'll ask for more. When I say no, he'll get really upset.'I try to give him fruit to make him feel full up while helping him stay healthy.She added: 'After his dinner and pudding, he'll then ask for more food later in the evening. I have the challenge of trying not to make him feel like he's going without.'He constantly forgets he had dinner and will eat a meal then ask for food half an hour later. When we say no, he'll start screaming.'Sometimes I'll know he wants more but I can't do it. He doesn't understand that he's full up.'I have to let the boys eat dinner in separate rooms because Frankie will try to steal Albie's dinner.'He'll scream and cry because he thinks he's still hungry. Along with that, he'll become really aggressive towards me, his brother and often himself. It's horrific and really hard.'When Miss Udall knew something wasn't rightFrom when he was a baby, Miss Udall kn1
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Breaking News  - IN THE MONEY: Compass chief exec Richard Cousins
 
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Richard Cousins, chief executive of the catering firm which supplies events like the Wimbledon tennis championships, was paid a basic salary of £1.1million, £42,000 in benefits and £372,000 towards his pension.He also received a £1.5million bonus and £2.7million in share awards.The married father of two, who lives in the Chilterns, is leaving in March after 11 years at the helm.During his time at Compass, the firm’s shares have recorded a seven-fold increase. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5191861/IN-MONEY-Compass-chief-exec-Richard-Cousins.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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - 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  - Asteroid that came close to Earth may not miss in 2079
 
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Yesterday, an asteroid estimated to be up to 100 feet wide made a close shave with Earth, as it soared past at a distance of just 27,000 miles above the surface – or, as some scientists have put it, 'damn close.'The house-sized space rock, dubbed asteroid 2012 TC4, is about 30-100 feet (10-30 metres) in size, and flew by at just one-eighth of the distance between Earth and the moon.While the asteroid missed our planet on this occasion, experts have warned that we may not be so lucky in the future.During another pass in 2079, experts predict that there is a chance 2012 TC4 will smash into Earth, with odds of this happening placed at about one in 750.Following yesterday's pass, the asteroid's next 'close-approaches' to Earth will take place in 2019, 2050 and 2079.And while 2012 TC4 is expected to miss our planet in 2019 and 2050, experts say that in 2079 we may not be so lucky.Rudiger Jehn, a mission analyst at the European Space Agency, said: 'We know today that it will also not hit the Earth in the year 2050, but the close flyby in 2050 might deflect the asteroid such that it could hit the Earth in the year 2079.'The odds of an impact 62 years from now are now placed at about one in 750.During yesterday's close approach, Nasa had the opportunity to test its network of observatories for its planetary defense system, in the event an asteroid did actually hit Earth.The space agency is yet to confirm that it was able to test the system.Speaking before the asteroid passed by, Dr Michael Kelly, a scientist working on the Nasa TC4 observation campaign, said: 'Scientists have always appreciated knowing when an asteroid will make a close approach to and safely pass the Earth because they can make preparations to collect data to characterise and learn as much as possible about it.'This time we are adding in another layer of effort, using this asteroid flyby to test the worldwide asteroid detection and tracking network, assessing our capability to work together in response to finding a potential real asteroid threat.'ESA scientists tracked the house-sized space rock using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile this summer.They expected the asteroid to return for a near-Earth rendezvous this year, but did not know just how close it would come.The latest observations, made on July 27, 31, and then again on August 5, revealed 2012 TC4 would pass within one eighth of the moon's distance from the planet.During the pass, it shaved past Earth at a distance of around 44,000 kilometres (27,300 miles) - far enough out to just miss our geostationary satellites, according to calculations.'It's damn close,' said Rolf Densing, who heads the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.This animation depicts the flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4. While scientists are yet to confirm how close it approached, they know for certain it came no closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from Earth. Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech'The farthest satellites are 36,000 kilometres (22,400 miles) out, so this is indeed a close miss,' he said.'As close as it is right now, I think this prediction is pretty safe, meaning that it will miss.'If the asteroid did hit Earth, it could have lead to a much more devastating level of impact than the 18 metre (59 foot) asteroid that hit the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia in 2013.That particular blast injured about 1,500 people, and damaged over 7,000 buildings, and experts now say 2012 TC4 is 'something to keep an ey1
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Breaking News  - Bill Gates spends $80m on Arizona land to build smart city
 
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Bill Gates has bought $80 million (£61 million) worth of arid desert in Arizona to build a new 'smart city'.The planned community, known as Belmont, will be designed around cutting-edge technology, including self-driving cars and high-speed data networks.The city will be built on a 25,000-acre plot in a remote area in Tonopah, around 50 miles (80 km) west of Phoenix.One of Bill Gates' investment groups has bought 25,000 acres of land in a remote area in Arizona. Belmont Partners, the real estate developer behind the project, said the goal is to turn the area into a 'smart city'.  The firm said the site will embrace cutting-edge technology and will be designed around high-speed digital networks. It will be built to accommodate self-driving cars. Plans call for as many as 80,000 homes and 3,800 acres of industrial, office and retail space. Few other details have been revealed about the new city, and it has not yet been announced when construction will begin.While few people currently live in the area, the plans call for as many as 80,000 homes and 3,800 acres of industrial, office and retail space.The site will include 3,400 acres of open space and 470 acres for public schools, according to Arizona-based Belmont Partners, the real estate developer behind the project.The firm, which forms part of a group controlled by Cascade Investment LLC – an investment firm run by Gates – said the goal is to turn the area into a 'smart city'.'Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs,' the company said in a press release, as reported by KPNX.'Comparable in square miles and projected population to Tempe, Arizona, Belmont will transform a raw, blank slate into a purpose-built edge city built around a flexible infrastructure model.'The proposed freeway I-11, which would connect Belmont to Las Vegas, makes the land an ideal spot for a new city, according to Ronald Schott, an expert at Arizona Technology Council.'Bill Gates is known for innovation and those kind of things and I think he picked the right place. He's coming to Arizona,' he told KPNX.The highway’s first phase of construction is expected to be completed within the next year.Few details have been revealed about the new city, and it has not yet been announced when construction will begin. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5076579/Bill-Gates-spends-80m-Arizona-land-build-smart-city.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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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  - Oxford scientists create microchip that mimics human brain
 
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AutoNews- It has been described as the 'holy grail' of computing, and now scientists have made a crucial step towards creating a computer that mimics the human brain.Researchers have developed a microchip that uses light rather than electricity to imitate the way the brain operates.The development could lead to a supercomputer that can store vast amounts of information simultaneously, while using minimal power.To develop the chip, the researchers combined phase-change materials - substances that absorb and release energy during the process of melting and freezing – with specially designed light circuits that deliver a response similar to the neurons in the brain. The resulting chip can operate at speeds 1,000 times faster than those of the human brain. The researchers believe that the microchip could pave the way for a new age of computing, where machines work and think in a similar way to the human brain, while at the same time exploiting the speed and power efficiency of photonic systems.An international team of researchers, led by the University of Oxford have developed the photonic computer chip that uses light rather than electricity.Professor Harish Bhaskaran, who led the study, said: 'The development of computers that work more like the human brain has been a holy grail of scientists for decades.'Via a network of neurons and synapses the brain can process and store vast amounts of information simultaneously, using only a few tens of Watts of power.'Conventional computers can't come close to this sort of performance.'To develop the chip, the researchers combined phase-change materials - substances that absorb and release energy during the process of melting and freezing – with specially designed light circuits that deliver a response similar to the synapses in the brain.The resulting chip can operate at speeds 1,000 times faster than those of the human brain.Professor C David Wright, co-author of the study from the University of Exeter, explained: 'Electronic computers are relatively slow, and the faster we make them the more power they consume.'Conventional computers are also pretty "dumb", with none of the in-built learning and parallel processing capabilities of the human brain.'We tackle both of these issues here - not only by developing new brain-like computer architectures, but also by working in the optical domain to leverage the huge speed and power advantages of the upcoming silicon photonics revolution.'The researchers believe that the microchip could pave the way for a new age of computing, where machines work and think in a similar way to the human brain, while at the same time exploiting the speed and power efficiency of photonic systems.Professor Wolfram Pernice, a co-author of the study, added: 'Since synapses outnumber neurons in the brain by around 10,000 to 1, any brain-like computer needs to be able to replicate some form of synaptic mimic.'That is what we have done here.'
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Breaking News  - Ichthyosaurus fossil uncovered for the first time in India
 
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A near-complete fossilised skeleton uncovered in India is thought to the country's first evidence of the presence of the Jurassic ichthyosaur.The creatures, whose name translates as 'fish lizards' from ancient Greek, were large marine reptiles which lived alongside dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era.Their remains have been discovered as far afield as the Americas, Europe and Australia, but never in this part of the globe.Ichthyosaurs were a highly successful group of sea-going reptiles that became extinct about 90 million years ago. Often misidentified as swimming dinosaurs, these reptiles appeared before the first dinosaurs had evolved. They evolved from an as-yet unidentified land reptile that moved back into the water. The huge animals, which remained at the top of the food chain for millions of years, developed a streamlined, fish-like form built for speed. Scientists calculate that one species had a cruising speed of 22 mph (36 kmh). The largest species of ichthyosaur grew to over 20 metres (65 ft) in length.Researchers from the University of Delhi made the find in the Kachchh area in Gujarat.The near-complete skeleton, nearly 5.5 metres (20 ft) long, is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family.It likely lived between around 165 and 90 million years ago.It was found among fossils of ammonites and squid-like belemnites, and its tooth wear patterns suggest it lived on these types of hard, abrasive sea creatures.While the authors have not yet been able to pinpoint the ichthyosaur's species, they believe that a full identification could lead to a discovery of possible ophthalmosaurid dispersal between India and South America.They hope that unearthing more Jurassic-era spines in this region could provide further insights into the evolution of marine reptiles on this part of the planet.Lead author Guntupalli Prasad said: 'This is a remarkable discovery.'Not only because it is the first Jurassic ichthyosaur record from India, but also it throws light on the evolution and diversity of ichthyosaurs in the Indo-Madagascan region of the former Gondwanaland (Jurassic supercontinent).'It also shows India's biological connectivity with other continents in the Jurassic.'In recent months, the foetus of an Ichthyosaurus was discovered still inside the womb 200 million years after its mother died during pregnancy.The 3.5 metre (11 ft) pregnant ichthyosaur lived at the time of the earliest dinosaurs during the early Jurassic period.Scientists in August said the incomplete embryo was less than seven centimetres long and consisted of preserved vertebrae, a forefin, ribs and a few other bones.There was evidence the foetus was still developing in the womb when it died.The find adds to evidence that ichthyosaurs, some of which grew to more than 20 metres (65 ft), gave birth to live young unlike egg-laying dinosaurs.The creature, named ichthyosaurus somersetensis, was discovered on the Somerset coast during the 1990s but ended up in the collections of the Lower Saxony State Museum in Hanover, Germany.The study also showed that a tail from another ichthyosaur had been added to the skeleton to make it appear more complete and visually appealing for display.The specimen was the largest of the ichthyosaurus family of ichthyosaurs on record, said the scientists writing in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.Ichthyosaurs were a highly successful group of sea-going reptiles that became extinct about 90 million years ago.Often misidentified as swimming dinosaurs, these reptiles appeared before the first dinosaurs had evolved.They evolved from an as-yet unidentified land reptile that moved back into the water.The huge animals, which remained at the top of the food chain for millions of years, developed a streamlined, fish-like form built for speed.Scientists calculate that one species had a cruising speed of 22 mph (36 kmh).The largest species of ichthyosaur grew to over 20 metres (65 ft) in length. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5017105/Ichthyosaurus-fossil-uncovered-time-India.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  - Highways England trials using sunflower oil on potholes
 
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Sunflower oil is being used to prevent potholes by filling cracks in the road.Highways England is carrying out a trial, after sunflower oil capsules added to asphalt were found to make roads ‘self heal’.It costs more than £88million a year to fill in the potholes in England’s roads, making the cooking oil – at around £1.15 a litre in shops – a relatively cheap solution.It works by making bitumen, the sticky black substance used in road surfacing, less thick so that it pours more easily into cracks before they form the dangerous trenches.Engineers at the University of Nottingham, who sourced their sunflower oil from a local supermarket, found the capsules do not make road surfaces more slippery or less durable as feared.But they do allow asphalt to ‘self heal’, delaying the need to close roads and fill in holes.Highways England, which funded the research, will add 18.5 litres of sunflower oil to five tonnes of asphalt along a five-yard stretch to ensure that it works.Researchers say, if successful, it could be rolled out across the road network within five years.Senior author Dr Alvaro Garcia, from the faculty of engineering at the University of Nottingham, said: ‘You could use any oil and have the same effect, from motor oil to recycled cooking oil, although sunflower oil is very cheap.‘This solution allows roads to repair their own cracks of up to half a millimetre width in a matter of hours, which bitumen alone could not do.‘We are tremendously excited about these self-healing properties and can see a future free of potholes and road maintenance.’Potholes form after sunshine causes roads to swell, before night-time temperatures fall and they contract.The weight of the traffic as this happens causes cracks to form, which become larger when rainwater falls into them, freezes and expands.Bitumen, the viscous material taken from tar or petrol which helps make up asphalt, can fill these cracks, but takes two to three days to do so and only when a road is shut and has no traffic.Sunflower oil speeds this process up to four hours, by making the bitumen less thick and better able to flow. It is expected to do so even with traffic on the road.Dr Garcia was inspired by the Spanish version of the television show Masterchef, where he saw oil ‘spherified’ into small globes like caviar.He used the same technique to create capsules of sunflower oil measuring a tenth of an inch (2.9 millimetres), using an emulsifier and calcium to give them a hard shell.The capsules can remain in a road for many years, but break open only when the build-up of traffic pressure reaches the point which causes cracks.Researchers say the oil, which ‘sticks’ the asphalt back together, could increase a road’s lifespan by at least a third - from 12 to 16 years.When used on asphalt, the material recovered more than half of its initial strength, compared to 14 per cent without the capsules.The study is believed to be the first to successfully use sunflower oil to repair asphalt.Dr Garcia previously worked on using metal fibres to melt bitumen and fill in road cracks, but this requires a large and expensive induction heater.The Asphalt Industry Alliance, which puts the cost of filling England’s potholes at £88.3 million a year (SUBS – PLS KEEP), says more than 1.7million have been filled in Britain over the past year.However, covering the entire road network would require 82,000 tonnes of sunflower oil.Robin Griffiths, senior pavements adviser at Highways England, said: ‘We kno1
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Breaking News  - Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser plans to buy rivals
 
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Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser is set to spend billions on takeovers as it separates its health and hygiene home divisions.The Durex and Cillit Bang owner said it has ‘not ruled out’ acquisitions, fuelling speculation it wants to pile on debt to buy Pfizer’s non-prescription drugs business.The revelation came as it unveiled a major shake-up in its business structure, which will be split into two units, RB Health and RB Hygiene.The health division, which includes brands like Nurofen and Gaviscon, will be headed by chief executive Rakesh Kapoor while the hygiene home division, which includes brands like Cillit Bang and Veet, will run by Rob de Groot, who heads Reckitt’s European and Russian businesses.Kapoor will maintain control of the whole business, with de Groot reporting to him. It came as Reckitt cut forecasts for the second time this year, warning sales would stay flat.Like-for-like sales fell 1 per cent year over year in the third quarter to £3.2bn, a small improvement on its 2 per cent second-quarter decline.Including a boost from currency exchange rates and its June acquisition of baby formula firm Mead Johnson, sales rose 30 per cent.Despite the small improvement Reckitt, which had already cut its growth target from 3 per cent to 2 per cent, said it now expected underlying revenues for the year to come in flat – its worst result since 1999.Reckitt said that the fallout from a cyber-attack, a failed product launch and a boycott over a safety scandal in South Korea had affected its business. The firm was among a number of consumer good companies to be hit by the global cyber-attack in June, which started in Ukraine and crippled software systems.It was further hit by its flop Scholl Wet and Dry foot product and a boycott of its products in South Korea after its steriliser product Oxy Sacsac, which was put inside humidifiers, was linked to a spate of fatal lung problems between 2001 and 2011.Like consumer goods rivals Unilever and Procter & Gamble, Reckitt has been seeking to boost performance across its divisions.It completed the sale of its French’s mustard food business to US group McCormick in August, which had long been viewed as a non-core part of the company’s business.Kapoor added that the firm wanted to be a global leader in consumer health and it had ‘not really realised [its] full opportunity there’. The comments have fuelled speculation in the City that the restructuring is a prelude to a full spin-off of the home hygiene division, which could finance a takeover of Pfizer’s consumer health business.Last week, Pfizer said that it was looking to sell its consumer healthcare business, which includes drugs like painkiller Ibuprofen and Centrum multivitamins, in a move that could fetch up to £11bn.The business has long been seen as a target for Reckitt.The firm, however, is already saddled with debt following its £13.2bn takeover of American formula maker Mead Johnson, which makes Enfamil products.Sales at Mead Johnson rose 1 per cent in the third quarter, boosted by growth in China – but rival Danone reported a 50 per centjump in Chinese baby food sales in the quarter on Tuesday.Bernstein analyst Andrew Wood said he expects Reckitt’s net debt to be roughly 3.1 times its full year’s earnings.He estimated this would increase to almost six times if it bought the Pfizer unit.But Adrian Hennah, chief financial officer, has not ruled out acquisitions and is prepared to see its credit rating fall a notch to triple-B ‘if something spectacular came along’. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-4993938/Consumer-goods-giant-Reckitt-Benckiser-plans-buy-rivals.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  - 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  - 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  - Impotence drug Viagra to go on sale over the counter
 
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Men seeking Viagra will no longer need a prescription from their GP after health officials reclassified the drug.For the first time, they will instead be able to buy it over the counter at chemists, as long as a pharmacist approves the little blue pills as safe for them to use.The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) announced that it is reclassifying Viagra Connect tablets following a public consultation.Manufacturer Pfizer plans to get stocks of the medication into UK pharmacies by spring 2018.Experts say making the tablets more widely available will help sufferers of erectile dysfunction (ED) who might not feel able to visit their GP.Pharmacists will be able to determine whether treatment is appropriate for the patient and can give advice on ED, usage of the medicine, potential side effects and assess if further consultation with a GP is required.But some men, including those with severe heart problems, those at high risk of heart problems, liver failure, kidney failure or those taking certain 'interacting medicines', will still need to be prescribed the drug under the supervision of a doctor.Officials hope the move will also help steer people away from buying drugs websites operating illegally.The MHRA said that ED medicines are a 'popular target' for criminals selling unlicensed and counterfeit medicines.Over the past five years the agency has seized more than £50 million of unlicensed and counterfeit impotency medicines.'This decision is good news for men's health,' said Mick Foy, MHRA's group manager in vigilance and risk management of medicines.'The move to make Viagra Connect more widely accessible will encourage men to seek help within the healthcare system and increase awareness of erectile dysfunction.'Erectile dysfunction can be a debilitating condition, so it's important men feel they have fast access to quality and legitimate care, and do not feel they need to turn to counterfeit online supplies which could have potentially serious side effects.'Manufacturer Pfizer said Viagra Connect – which contains the ingredient sildenafil at 50mg – said the move should protect men by limiting the likelihood of them turning to dodgy websites.UK medical director Dr Berkeley Phillips said: 'The availability of Viagra Connect in pharmacies from next year will offer men who are eligible for the product a new and convenient way to access sildenafil, a commonly prescribed treatment for erectile dysfunction.'We understand some men may avoid seeking support and treatment for this condition, so we believe giving them the option to talk to a pharmacist and buy Viagra Connect could be a real step forward in encouraging more men into the healthcare system.'As erectile dysfunction may be a sign of an underlying condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, there could also be a wider benefit to public health in the long term.'We hope that this forthcoming new opportunity to purchase a genuine treatment via pharmacy will also reduce the likelihood of men turning to potentially ineffective and dangerous counterfeits from illicit sources.'GENERIC VERSION OF 'WEEKEND' ED DRUG CIALIS COULD BE AVAILABLE ON NHS The cost of an erectile dysfunction pill that lasts up to eight times longer than Viagra has been slashed by half – and could soon be available on prescription on the NHS. A generic version of Cialis has launched in the UK after the brand's patent ran out, opening up the market for cheaper versions. Tadal1
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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  - 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  - 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  - Bean helps you switch energy or insurance automatically
 
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Shopping around to save money and get the best deal - we all know we ought to but how many of us actually do?At This is Money, we're constantly badgering you to look at how much you're paying for your gas, electricity, mobile phone, Sky, broadband, mortgage, car insurance, home insurance, pet insurance - the list of products you're probably overpaying on is seemingly endless.But in spite of the reality that most of us (and I include myself in this) could save hundreds if not thousands of pounds, far fewer of us actually bother to dig out our bills, enter our personal details into comparison sites and then ring all of our providers to haggle having been put on hold for half an hour.The reason? Hassle factor. So this is why I'm particularly interested in a brand new service on offer from tech start-up Bean.Most of the similar services on offer tend to focus on helping you see more clearly how you spend your money - this much on eating out, that much on utilities - the idea being that once you can see the totals, you'll be shocked into switching to cheaper deals.But Bean's founder Peter Myatt decided to go a different route. Instead of tracking and grouping your spending habits, Bean scans your current account or accounts for those sneaky subscriptions you still pay but never use - and it will cancel them for you if you choose.It also scans every monthly expense you have - things like your energy bills or phone bill - and works out automatically if there's a cheaper deal.Then it gives you the option to switch if you want to and, even better, it manages the whole process for you.The average Bean user saves over £672 per year, according to its website.We caught up with Peter to find out more about Bean and its plans for the future.Before starting Bean, I worked in corporate strategy for over 10 years. I’ve worked with a number of FTSE companies and SMEs to help them develop and execute their domestic and international growth strategies.The last company I worked at was Zoopla, where I was head of strategy. While there, I helped it through its IPO and led its acquisition of uSwitch.I am originally from Newcastle and, although I lived there for over 20 years, I’m one of the rare Geordies who, disappointingly, hasn’t picked up the accent.Bean is a free website - and soon to be app - that connects to your bank accounts and credit cards to find all the places where you are overpaying. This includes finding subscriptions that you no longer use but still pay for and bills where you have finished the teaser introductory offer.If we find any of these, we will help you cancel your subscriptions or switch your contracts to better deals.Bean then constantly hums away in the background, keeping an eye on what is going on and notifying you if there are new opportunities to save.The idea that has now become Bean started to develop while I was working on Zoopla’s acquisition of uSwitch.I had constantly found myself in conversations with friends who complained about being stuck in rental properties, wanting to buy a house, but who had no money left at the end of the month to save towards a deposit.However, when researching consumers’ finances for the uSwitch acquisition, I could see the other side of the story.We waste billions of pounds every year because of the massive time and effort it takes to stay on top of your finances. So I decided to leave my job and team up with Jamie Curran, my co-founder, to build something that makes managing your finances as ea1
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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  - Fossil in Wiltshire identified as prehistoric crocodile
 
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AutoNews- British waters are reassuringly free of deadly reptiles today - but 163 million years ago a sea crocodile dubbed the ‘Melksham monster’ lurked on our shores.Scientists have established that the 10-foot long creature, named after the town in Wiltshire where its fossil was unearthed, lived in the warm, shallow seas that covered much of what is now Europe.The heavily damaged fossil had been sitting in the archives of London’s Natural History Museum since 1875.Its identification reveals that an extinct group of aquatic reptiles evolved millions of years earlier than was previously thought.The creature’s powerful jaws and large, serrated teeth allowed it to feed on large prey including prehistoric squid, and it was one of the most fearsome predators of its day.Davide Foffa, a PhD student in the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, who led the study, said: ‘It’s not the prettiest fossil in the world, but the Melksham Monster tells us a very important story about the evolution of these ancient crocodiles and how they became the apex predators in their ecosystem.’Modern crocodiles are largely found in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.However their ancient ancestor is named Ieldraan melkshamensis after the Wiltshire town of Melksham where it was found preserved in clay.Its name also means ‘older one’ because it was thought until now that the sub-family of prehistoric crocodiles to which it belongs - known as Geosaurini – originated in the Late Jurassic period, between 152 and 157 million years ago.In fact, the latest discovery – together with detailed re-analysis of existing fossil evidence – suggests the group arose millions of years earlier, in the Middle Jurassic.It was identified as a new species based on distinctive features of its skull, lower jaw and, in particular, its teeth.Dr Steve Brusatte, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, who was involved in the study, said: ‘The Melksham Monster would have been one of the top predators in the oceans of Jurassic Britain, at the same time that dinosaurs were thundering across the land.’The study, published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, was carried out in collaboration with the Natural History Museum.Mark Graham, senior fossil preparator at the Natural History Museum, said: ‘The specimen was completely enclosed in a super-hard rock nodule with veins of calcite running through, which had formed around it during the process of fossilisation.‘This unyielding matrix had to be removed by force, using carbon steel tipped chisels and grinding wheels encrusted with industrial diamonds.‘The work took many hours over a period of weeks, and great care had to be taken to avoid damaging the skull and teeth as they became exposed. This was one tough old croc in life and death.’
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Breaking News  - Million-pound London homes having asking prices slashed
 
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AutoNews- Hundreds of thousands of pounds are being knocked off the asking prices of properties valued around the million pound mark as the top end of the housing market cools, it has been revealed.The trend is particularly pronounced in London, where values tend to be higher and £1million often doesn't extend to much more than a two or three-bedroom flat in some areas. Discounts of up to 50 per cent can be found, according to estate agents.Experts claim the decreases in the capital are having a so-called 'ripple effect' on the traditional commuter belt of the South East, where values are also slowing.The latest house price data from Nationwide Building Society revealed that house prices in London have fallen for the first time in eight years.It said values dropped 0.6 per cent during the past year to £471,761, compared to an average value of £210,116 for the country as a whole.Nationwide's chief economist Robert Gardner explained how house prices across the UK have converged in recent quarters, saying: 'Annual growth rates in the south of England have moderated towards those prevailing in the rest of the country. London has seen a particularly marked slowdown.'Housing market commentators suggested the falls presented an opportunity for buyers to find a bargain, especially if they're are looking for a discount on a luxury home.Lee James Pendleton, of estate agents James Pendleton, said: 'London has been the torchbearer of quite unbelievable growth in recent years but it has been an overvalued market for at least the last three. This shows sellers and agents are becoming more realistic.He added: 'The most surprising thing of all is how the capital managed to keep up its march skyward for so long. There have been so many headwinds but an era of cheap borrowing has seen buyers refuse to be intimidated.'That period of bravado now seems to have come to an end as the capital's fortunes diverge from those of every other region.'Nicholas Finn, of Garrington Property Finders, agreed, saying: 'The London market's shift from blistering price growth to stagnation and now gentle decline has been gradual, but it's no less remarkable for that.'Of course the capital's gravity-defying, double-digit rates of annual price growth were always going to be unsustainable.'The softening of prices was initially led by the capital's prime market, which was knocked sideways both by Brexit and in the wake of the introduction of higher rates of stamp duty for high-value homes.'The number of homes for sale above £1million that have dropped their asking prices has nearly doubled this year, according to estate agents Savills.It also blamed the shift on concerns from buyers about the effect Brexit negotiations could have on the economy and the impact of the overhaul of stamp duty.The changes to the tax in 2014 means those with homes costing more than £937,000 pay more in stamp duty than under the previous system.Areas in the North, where values tend to be lower, have been less affected.Brian Murphy, of Mortgage Advice Bureau, said: 'Regionally, house price growth is levelling, with London prices seeing their first decrease annually in eight years, which has had a 'ripple effect' on prices in the traditional commuter belt of the South East, where we can also see growth becoming muted.'However other areas of the country, such as the South West, East Anglia and particularly the East Midlands are seeing prices and demand continue on a strong market trajectory, signally continued consumer confidence.''With growth in most of the UK still in positive territory, a continued lack of stock in many areas and a lot of motivated buyers still looking for property to purchase, the market is in good shape overall and, all things taken into account, may well continue on its current course over the remaining months of the year,' he said.Henry Pryor, who acts to find and negotiate deals for buyers, said: 'There's no cost when setting a guide price, you can ask whatever you want but unlike the market of 18 months ago this is now very definitely a buyers' market.'I'm seeing deals in London agreed not just 10 or 15 per cent below the original asking price but 25 to 30 per cent - and not just in the centre of town where the prices were highest.'I can't recall a market full of such opportunities and I expect this winter that many buyers will lay down the foundations of their future property fortunes,' he concluded.
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Breaking News  - PornHub users targeted with advertising malware attack
 
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PornHub users may be looking over their shoulders for another reason, after news emerged that cybercriminals have been targeting the website.Millions of visitors to the site may have been exposed to the Kotver malware, which generates revenue by clicking on ads in the background, with users left oblivious.Know as a 'malvertising' attack, it could have easily delivered more malicious ransomware or information gathering software instead.Kovter is a Trojan horse that is used to perform click-fraud operations on the computers it infects. This is in order to generate revenue for its creators. The threat is also memory resident, which means the original file it infected can be deleted and it can still reinfect a system, once run. It uses a device's registry, a database that stores low-level settings, as a persistence mechanism to ensure it is loaded into memory each time the infected computer starts up.Computer security experts from Sunnyvale-based Proofpoint first raised the alarm about the hack attack.Countries most heavily hit over the more than year-long campaign include the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.Users install what they believe is an update to popular browser related software like Chrome, Firefox and Adobe's Flash player.Instead, their systems are infected by the virus.Following notification from Proofpoint, PornHub and the Traffic Junky advertising network worked to remove the infected content and keep visitors safe.Kevin Epstein, vice president of threat operations at Proofpoint: 'This campaign uses clever social engineering to trick users into installing fake updates that appear as soon as they visited a page containing a malicious ad.'Once users clicked on what they thought was an update file, they may not have even noticed a change in their systems as the malware opened an invisible web browser process, clicked on ads, and generated potential revenue for cybercriminals.'We encourage consumers to run anti-malware security solutions to ensure systems are clear and organisations to update web gateways to detect related traffic.'This is not the first time that visitors to porn sites have been warned about the potential dangers of their online activities.In September, researchers discovered that watching mobile porn on your smartphone puts you at much higher risk of having your data leaked than watching it on your PC.Experts from Wandera, a London-based mobile phone consultancy, looked at the websites that are most likely to contain malware, and found that the adult apps were also the most likely to have malicious bugs.They examined content viewed on 10,000 mobile devices across the US and UK.They discovered that 34 out of every 10,000 devices are accessing inappropriate content on a daily basis.A further analysis of the results showed that inappropriate mobile activity was highest on Fridays, followed by Thursdays, while Monday was the least popular day for inappropriate mobile activity.In terms of time of day, inappropriate usage was found to increase from 8pm, peaking at around 2-3am, and remaining low throughout the working day.Gambling, cam, adult and ad networks were found to be by far the biggest risks for mobile users.FIVE STEPS TO MORE SECURE ONLINE OPERATIONS  Even using this checklist can't guarantee stopping every attack or preventing every breach. But following these steps will make it significantly harder for hackers to succeed.  1) Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Most major online services, from Amazon to Ap1
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Breaking News  - 'Most premature baby ever born' is thriving three years on
 
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The most premature baby ever born is defying doctors' expectations with her incredibly strong health three years on, according to a new medical report on the unprecedented case.The little girl was born at 21 weeks and four days in San Antonio, Texas, in 2014.Her mother Courtney Stensrud, now 35, had been hospitalized with a common placental infection and ruptured membranes at just three months pregnant, and was told she had to deliver immediately to avoid losing the baby.Lying in the maternity ward, Stensrud remembers frantically searching on her phone for examples of any other babies born at 21 weeks, to no avail.But now, against all odds, the little girl who weighed just 15 ounces at birth is thriving, attending pre-school, has no medical conditions, and is scoring just as well on developmental tests as any other child her age.The report on this case comes just days after new data from The March of Dimes revealed that the premature birth rate in the US has increased for the second year in a row following nearly a decade of decline.'If you didn't know that she was so preemie, you would think she's a normal three-year-old,' Stensrud told CNN.'In her school, she is keeping up with all the other three-year-olds. She loves playing with other kids. She loves everything I think a normal three-year-old likes. She loves her baby dolls, she loves books, and she loves make-believe. She loves anything and everything her (older) brother is doing.'Analyzing the case in Pediatrics today, Stensrud's doctors said this is just one example and not all premature births have such positive outcomes - but this story can be used as a benchmark to learn from to avoid future preterm birth fatalies.'We have to be very cautious about generalizing one good outcome to a larger population,' Stensrud's neonatologist at Methodist Children's Hospital Dr Kaashif Ahmad told CNN.'It is very possible that there have been many 21-week babies resuscitated in other places that did not have positive outcomes, and for that reason, we haven't heard about them,' he said. 'We reported this case because after this resuscitation she did well, but it may be possible that this is just an extraordinary case and that we shouldn't expect the same from other babies. We have to learn more before we can make any conclusions.'The new report explains that Stensrud's hospitalization was triggered by a common infection called chorioamnionitis, or intra-amniotic infection, which affects the placental membrane.The infection is an inflammation of the fetal membranes, typically caused by a bacterial infection stemming from the vagina.If contracted later in the pregnancy, it can affect the birth by prolonging labor.But in Stensrud's case, it meant premature labor.After the little girl was born, small enough to loop her father's wedding ring around her arm, she was blue.Dr Ahmad admits he did not have high expectations that the baby would survive, and had never resuscitated a baby so premature.They placed her under a heating device, put in a breathing tube and monitored her heart rate. Gradually her body turned pink and she began to breathe.While Stensrud has asked not to publish current pictures of their family to protect their privacy, she said she was keen to share their story to give other mothers hope.'I don't tell her story a lot, but when I do, people are amazed,' she told CNN. 'If there's another woman in antepartum that is searching Google, they can find this story and they can find a littl1
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Breaking News  - Nepalese girl with synaesthesia can smell colours
 
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This incredible 11-year-old possesses the power to smell colours - even identifying them while blindfolded.Deepti Regmi, from Nepal, believes that her strange talent comes from God.Although no official diagnosis has been made, her bizarre ability appears similar to that of the sensory disorder synaesthesia.The disorder, which can be brought on spontaneously, causes people's senses to become 'cross-wired' - making some smell, hear or even taste colours.New footage taken of the youngster shows her identifying several different colours by raising them to her nose and sniffing them.The clip, which is four minutes long, even shows her deciphering what colours are used on a newspaper page.Local reports state she developed her bizarre ability last year, and since then has been training her brain to sharpen her sense of smell.The footage was recorded by Puskar Nepal, who tested Deepti during a session. Puskar's job is unknown.He told local journalists: 'I checked the blindfold to ensure that she couldn't see through it.'I was really amazed that she could smell the colors and feel the fonts with her finger with so much ease.''To my surprise, despite her young age she feels the responsibility towards the society and wants to help visually impaired people with her skills.'Deepti's parents, who are both teachers, are reportedly thrilled by how intelligent their daughter is.Puskar said: 'She's excellent in her studies too. Both of her parents are very happy with the rare talent their daughter has.'MailOnline reported on a 29-year-old sufferer last month, who tastes different foods every time he hears certain words.Dave Evans, from Willesden Green in London, tastes cornflakes whenever someone says 'east' and crunchy pork crackling when he hears 'bristle'.His case followed that of Kathryn Jackson, 22, from Nottingham, who can taste carrots every time she hears the name Rory, AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4996280/The-girl-SMELL-colours.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Tchenguiz ends £2.2bn lawsuit over botched dawn raid
 
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Vincent Tchenguiz has settled a £2.2billion lawsuit with a collapsed Icelandic bank linked to a botched raid by the Serious Fraud Office.The property magnate sued Kaupthing bank and accountants Grant Thornton claiming they provided misleading information to the SFO.Kaupthing has agreed to make unspecified payments to the Tchenguiz Family Trust, while Tchenguiz has dropped his claim against Grant Thornton and individual defendants.The SFO has already paid him and his brother £4.5million and apologised in 2014 after it dropped the case.But a £1billion claim by Robert is still being fought. Grant Thornton denies the claims.The brothers were arrested in March 2011 following raids by the SFO, which was investigating why funds flooded out of Kaupthing in the days before it failed in 2008.Tchenguiz had borrowed £100million shortly before its collapse.Grant Thornton said it welcomed the withdrawal of 'baseless claims'.Johannes Runar Johannsson, who was on Kaupthing's winding-up panel, welcomed the case against him being withdrawn. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5037377/Tchenguiz-ends-2-2bn-lawsuit-botched-dawn-raid.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  - Dubai announces plans to build a £100m simulation of Mars
 
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AutoNews- In the hopes of simulating life on the red planet, Dubai has announced that it is building a £100 million (AED 500 million/$135 million) 'Mars Science City.'The city will cover 1.9 million square feet, making it the largest space simulation city ever built.The project will be home to a team of researchers who will live there for a year, carrying out experiments to look at the food, water and energy needs to sustain life on Mars.The project is part of Dubai's Mars 2117 Strategy, which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.The Mars Science City project was unveiled at the annual meeting for the UAE government in Abu Dhabi this week.The city will contain advanced laboratories that simulate Mars' terrain and harsh environment.There, scientists will carry out experiments to look at the food, water and energy needs to sustain a human settlement on Mars.It will also have a museum that will display some of the world's greatest space achievements.The walls of the museum will be 3D printed using sand from the Emirati desert.As well as the laboratories and museum, the project will also be home to a team living in the simulated red planet city for a year.The designers hope that this experience will form an important reference model for future innovation around sustaining life in a hostile environment.The city will consist of several domes, built using 'innovative construction techniques.'Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai, said: 'The UAE is a great country with vision and understanding of the challenges we face and the rapid changes our world is experiencing.'We believe in the potential of space exploration, and in collaborating with global partners and leaders in order to harness the findings of this research and movement that seeks to meet people's needs and improve quality of life on Earth.'The project is part of Dubai's Mars 2117 Strategy which seeks to build the first settlement on Mars in the next 100 years.Sheikh Mohammed added: 'The landing of people on other planets has been a longtime dream for humans.'Our aim is that the UAE will spearhead international efforts to make this dream a reality.'It is unclear when Dubai plans to start building work on Mars Science City.
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Breaking News  - Having a curved penis brings a higher risk of cancer
 
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Men with a bent penis have a significantly increased risk from several cancers, according to a new study.It found that it brought a higher risk of testicular cancer by 40 percent, melanoma by 29 percent and stomach cancer by 40 percent.Researchers from Texas suggest a gene that may trigger crooked penises could also be linked to the development of tumors.The condition, known as Peyronie's disease, which is estimated to affect up to seven percent of males.The findings were presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, after a review of patient data of more than 1.5 million by Baylor College in Houston.The cause of Peyronie's disease isn't completely understood, but a number of factors appear to be involved. It's thought it generally results from repeated injury to the penis. For example, the penis might be damaged during sex, athletic activity or as the result of an accident. However, most often, no specific trauma to the penis is recalled. During the healing process, scar tissue forms in a disorganized manner, which might then lead to a nodule that you can feel or development of curvature.  In Peyronie's disease, when the penis becomes erect, the region with the scar tissue doesn't stretch, and the penis bends or becomes disfigured and possibly painful. In some men, Peyronie's comes on gradually and doesn't seem to be related to an injury. Researchers are investigating whether the disease might be linked to an inherited trait or certain health conditions.The team behind the research said men with Peyronie's should be closely monitored for cancer in a bid to catch any development early.But British said further research was needed to justify wide-scale routine screening.Dr Alexander Pastuszak, who led the study, said: 'While they’re significant in the sexual and reproductive life-cycles of these patients, linking them to other disorders suggest that these men should be monitored for development of these disorders disproportionately in contrast to the rest of the population.'Nobody has made these associations before.'The researchers carried out further genetic analysis of a father and son both suffering from Peyronie’s. They discovered they shared a set of genes understood to predispose people to urological cancers.'We found mutations in this father and son couplet in these types of genes specifically in melanoma, testis, and prostate cancer,' said Dr Pastuszak.Dr Pastuszak said the condition share some similarities with Dupuytren’s disease, a condition in which one or more fingers become permanently bent in a flexed position.They also found links with Ledderhose disease, a thickening of tissue on the feet.'While we still need to validate some of these findings and translate them from the lab to the clinical population, these data do provide a strong link both clinically and at the genetic level between PD and Dupuytren's – these fibrosing conditions – and malignancies in men,' he added.According to researchers from the University of Istanbul, Peyronie's is believed to affect between 3.7 percent and 7.1 percent of men, 'but the actual prevalence of the disease may be higher because of patients' reluctance to report this embarrassing condition to their physicians'.A spokesperson from Cancer Research UK, said: 'It’s not yet fully understood what causes Peyronie’s disease and it’s possible it shares some similar risk factors to cancer.'Screening for cancer isn’t always beneficial and comes with harms, so it’s essential screening programmes are backed by robust evidence.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5042071/Having-curved-penis-brings-higher-risk-cancer.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Woman with nose bleeds in China finds tooth in nose
 
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When a woman from China suffered constant nosebleeds for decades, few people could have predicted the cause, a tooth growing in her nose.The patient, identified only by her surname Xia, believed for years that she had severe case of rhinitis, an inflammation of the nose membrane.But a scan proved otherwise and the 57-year-old was shocked to discover she had a tooth growing in her nasal cavity.Doctors at Hunan Provincial People's Hospital, in Changsha, in south central part of the country, said when they first saw the strange circular object lodged in the woman's nose they didn't immediately know what it was.Ear, nose and throat specialist Zhou Jianpo said: 'Scans showed a high-density shadow in her right nasal cavity.'We thought it was a foreign object or some sort of stone.'However, after taking Xia into surgery, they 'peeled' back layer after layer of membrane and discovered what turned out to be a fully grown tooth inside the woman's nasal cavity, complete with root and crown.The tooth was pulled from her nose and she has since reported much relief from her symptoms, which as well as decades of nosebleeds include feelings of stuffiness.Dr Zhou said the condition is known as supernumerary teeth, which causes an extra tooth or teeth to grow in often random places on the face.The condition is present at birth and the medic notes that the tooth develops during pregnancy.In August this year an eight-year-old boy from Zhejiang Province in eastern China was also found with a supernumerary tooth in his nasal cavity.The condition is extremely rare, with fewer than 20 documented cases in all of China.THE CAUSE OF EXTRA TEETH  A dentist explained that extra teeth are not that unusual, but they rarely grow inside the nose. Up to 3.9 per cent of people have more teeth that usual and they can erupt in unexpected places, according to previous studies. Around a third of mesiodens (a common type of extra tooth found near the incisors) develop upside down and can travel towards the nose. No-one is exactly sure why some people have this problem, but the report says: ‘causes of intranasal teeth include trauma, infection, anatomical malformations, and genetic factors.’ Extra teeth can appear in the palette as a normal looking extra tooth, or can grow into the nasal cavity in rare cases. Symptoms of such a problem include a blocked nose, headaches, nose bleeds, foul-smelling mucus and even external deformities of the nose. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5030821/Woman-suffering-nose-bleeds-shocked-TOOTH-nose.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Where the trend for rose gold began
 
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AutoNews- Rose gold may be very on-trend now, but ancient Colombians also valued the colour.Researchers have found Colombia's Nahuange people, who lived during the first millennium AD, were capable of making impure gold appear more valuable.And they often intentionally over polished their gold products to reveal pink and orange tones underneath - creating fashionable a rose gold jewellery.Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, gets its colour from mixing gold with copper. Although the names are used interchangeably, they specifically refer to the ratio of copper content. The pink hued metal was particularly popular in Russia in the late 19th century. Jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé used it to create his priceless ornamental Easter eggs for the country's royal family. This association became so strong rose gold became known as Russian gold, although this term has since fallen out of favour. Similarly, trends have seen the metal itself go in and out of fashion. Some may view it as tacky or of a low quality, while others prize it for its unique appearance. In recent years it has regained much of its popularity, being used to build everything from wedding rings to the casing of the recently released iPhone 8.Researchers from the Museum of Gold in Bogotá, Colombia, studied 44 pinkish metal artefacts from the Nahuange culture.Very little is known about the society of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range, near Colombia's Caribbean coast, which flourished between 100 and 1,000 AD.But, based on artefacts they have uncovered, experts believe they were skilled metalworkers.The Museum of Gold team examined nose pendants, necklaces, earrings, belts, bracelets and other finds to learn more.There, they found evidence of a process of refinement and then burnishing which resulted in a rose gold appearance.Speaking to Live Science Marcos Martinón-Torres, an archaeologist at University College London and co-author of the study, said: 'What's peculiar about finding it here in Colombia is that the whole Andean region is renowned historically for mastering the technology of gilding.'That is, making metals more golden than they should be based on their composition.'[This finding] defies our expectations that the more golden the better.'For the Nahuange, things are not quite so simple.'Rose gold, also known as pink gold and red gold, gets its colour from mixing gold with copper.This makes it cheaper to produce than the purer forms of gold.Andean goldsmiths created a process called depletion gilding that allowed them, through a combination of oxidation and polishing, to bring the gold to the surface.This would make the object appear more pure than it actually was.Andean goldsmiths created a process called depletion gilding that allowed them, through a combination of oxidation and polishing, to bring the gold to the surface.In the case of the rose gold jewellery, the craftsmen intentionally polished past this golden layer to reveal the copper content beneath.Why this should be the case remains somewhat of a mystery.The authors suggest two potential theories that the objects may have held some ritualistic significance.The first suggests that they may have been involved in funerary rights.The second links them to gifts to girls going through puberty as studies from the region have connected red and orange with femininity.The full results were published in the journal Antiquity.
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Breaking News  - Killers in color: Images of Abraham Lincoln's assassins
 
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These fascinating colorized photos bring to life the men and woman who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.They show the conspirators handcuffed before their trial and a picture of their hanging alongside a colorized image of what is thought to be the last photo of Lincoln before his death.The 16th President of the United States was shot dead at the theater by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.David Herold, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt and Mary Surratt were executed for their role in the assassination.Each conspirator was assigned a different role in the comprehensive assassination attempt of several high-profile government members.Edmund Spangler helped Booth escape but he was spared death because he didn't know about the assassination in advance. Booth was shot by Union forces after a dramatic 12-day manhunt led by David Herold.Powell had been responsible for the bungled assassination attempt of the Secretary of State, William Seward on the same night.Atzerodt had been planning an attempt of the life of the Vice President, Andrew Johnson, but is said to have lost his nerve.The conspirators met in a Washington boarding house owned by Mary Surratt. Their trial ended on June 30 with Surratt, Powell, Herold, and Atzerodt all sentenced to death.They were given a military trial as opposed to a civilian one, though, with much controversy over the way in which it was handled.'The trial, under military jurisdiction, was controversial in that the defence for the accused was not given time to prepare, the accused were forbidden from testifying in their own defence, a lower level of proof was required to convict than in civilian courts, and only a majority verdict among jurors was required for the death sentence to be imposed,' says author Michael D. Carroll.'The Southern states accused the North of imposing a military trial to avoid the opportunity for civilian jurors to show clemency towards the accused.'The prisoners stood for ten seconds before Roth clapped his hands and four soldiers below the scaffold knocked out the supports for the platform they were standing on.'They dropped and Surratt's rope snapped cleanly, with no movement afterwards.'Atzerodt heaved before falling still, but Herold and Powell, the chief conspirators, were strangled for five minutes. Powell stuggled wildly, pulling his legs up in towards his chest several times, before he was eventually still.'The striking images feature in a new book titled Retrographic: History in Living Colour by Michael Carroll.Killed at the theater: Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865. Confederate spy Booth shot him in the head during a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the next day at 7.22am in the Petersen House opposite the theater. He was the first American president to be assassinated and his funeral was followed by an extended period of national mourning. The assassination was part of a larger conspiracy intended by Booth to revive the Confederate cause by eliminating the three most important officials of the United States government.  Conspirators Lewis Powell and David Herold were assigned to kill Secretary of State William H. Seward, and George Atzerodt was tasked with killing Vice President Andrew Johnson. The first plot was bungled and Atzerodt lost his nerve. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5008311/Killers-color-Images-Abraham-Lincoln-s-assassins.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - What do people say before they die?
 
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Nurses who care for the terminally ill have revealed the heart-wrenching last words of terminally ill patients before they die, including their biggest regrets, fears and witnessing glimpses of heaven.Macmillan palliative care nurses at Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, say patients often wish to see their beloved pet one last time, while others simply request a cup of tea.One nurse described how an unwell couple asked for their beds to be pushed together before dying within 10 days of each other.Many patients' last words include them complaining life is too short and regretting they spent their hard-earned retirement in ill health.Previous research from the University of North Carolina found the terminally ill and those on death row are more positive than might be expected, with many calling on family and religion to ease the anxiety of their passing.In a BBC documentary 'What do people say before they die?', the nurses add it is possible to have a 'good death' and explain why people should not be afraid of passing on.WHEN YOU DIE YOU KNOW YOU'RE DEAD: THE MIND STILL WORKS AFTER THE BODY PASSES, SCIENTISTS DISCOVER A person's consciousness continues to work after the body has stopped showing signs of life – making them aware of their own death, scientists from the New York University Langone School of Medicine discovered last month. There is even evidence to suggest someone who has died may hear their own death being announced by doctors, according to the researchers. Although death is defined as the heart stopping beating, brain cells can continue to function for up to several hours, they add. Performing CPR in a bid to revive the patient can increase their awareness after passing as it boosts the brain's blood supply, allowing cells to survive for longer, the researchers said.'Life is too short, do the things that make you happy'As well as some requesting a cup of tea, nurse Dani Jervis said: 'We do get people that would like their favourite tipple,' the BBC reported.Nurse Angela Beeson described how an unwell couple simply wanted their beds pushed together so they could lay side-by-side, holding hands, singing 'Slow Boat to China' together.In terms of feeling regret, Ms Jervis said: ‘One person said life is too short, do the things that you want, do the things that make you happy.'Ms Beeson added: ‘People will have worked really hard and found their retirement was spent in ill health, not doing the things they’d hoped to.’Past research from the University of North Carolina reveals the blog posts of terminally ill patients are surprisingly uplifting, with the number of positive words increasing as they approach death.Many also mention family and religion, suggesting these ease their anxiety.Lead author Kurt Gray said: 'When we imagine our emotions as we approach death, we think mostly of sadness and terror.'But it turns out, dying is less sad and terrifying - and happier - than you think.'In our imagination, dying is lonely and meaningless, but the final blog posts of terminally ill patients and the last words of death row inmates are filled with love, social connection and meaning.'The Macmillan nurses urge people not to be afraid of death, with some patients reporting they see glimpses of heaven and describe it as 'wonderfulMs Beeson even said her aunt was 'talking' to her deceased grandmother moments before she died.The team add it is possible to have a 'good death', saying communication is key, as well as being pain-free and surrounded by family.People should openly discuss death and prepare in advance for the end of their lives, they add. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5076725/What-people-say-die.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Using one embryo in IVF boosts odds of a healthy baby
 
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Transferring just one – rather than multiple – fertilized donor eggs doubles the chances of a healthy birth, according to a new study.Using IVF increases the odds of having twins or multiples, which in turn increases the likelihood that the babies will be born premature and underweight.Many women choose to have multiple embryos transferred in IVF in order to save money and improve their chances of getting pregnant. But in light of the study's findings, the authors urge women to use only one embryo.The University of Colorado and Duke University study is the largest to date to look at outcomes of pregnancies using fresh and frozen donor eggs.IVF - in vitro fertilization - has been around since the late 1970s, but with the advent of reliable cryogenic freezing technology, more and more women have been choosing to use cheaper frozen donor eggs, or even freezing their own.In traditional IVF using fresh eggs, the donor egg is immediately fertilized with a semen sample and then inserted into the uterus of the hopeful mother. For the process to work, not only do donor, doctor, father and recipient have to move quickly, but the egg donor and recipient have to have their hormonal schedules synced up.With more moving parts, IVF with fresh eggs can take more time, patience, work and money.Frozen eggs can be cryogenically stored for up to 15 years, and are ready to be fertilized as soon as they have thawed.Egg-freezing is now a commercially available service, but using them for IVF was still an ‘experimental’ procedure up until 2013, says Dr Jennifer Eaton, study co-author and Duke University medical director of reproductive technologies.Women have even begun flocking to clinics to freeze their own eggs in order to focus on their careers while preserving their chances of having a healthy baby later in life.Cryobanks, unsurprisingly have touted the practice as just as effective, and much affordable and simple than the use of live eggs. But, the practice is so new that there hasn’t been enough data to prove whether or not it works just as well as IVF with fresh eggs.The Colorado and Duke study is the first comprehensive comparison of the two methods, comparing out comes for 30,000 patients who underwent IVF between 2012 and 2014.‘We now know that using [frozen] bank eggs has no negative outcomes,’ as compared to using fresh eggs, Dr Eaton says.According to her study, fresh donor eggs are slightly more likely to successfully implant in the recipient’s uterus and result in a live birth, but the outcome is not ‘clinically significant.’There are elevated risks for multiple births, and babies that are premature and have low birth rates for both forms of IVF, but especially for those who use fresh donor eggs. This ‘deserves more attention,’ the study authors write.Often, women opt to have more than one embryo fertilized and transferred, primarily because the process is so expensive, and doing so increases their odds of at least one successful pregnancy.What’s more disconcerting is that clinic’s ‘success rates are published publicly, so there’s competitions between clinics to have the best pregnancies rates, and I think that drives some clinicians to transfer more embryos than they should,’ Dr Eaton says.She adds that the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s (ASRM) guidelines recommend that only one embryo should be transferred at a time. And yet, 22.5 percent of IVF procedures with frozen eggs and 31.9 percent of those with fresh eggs result in multiple births.This, Dr Eaton says, ‘is concerning because multiple births are at risk for premature birth or low birth weights.’Her team's findings suggest that ‘women should strongly considering having one just one embryo transferred, because it’s going to give them the best odds of having a healthy baby.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5039655/Using-one-embryo-IVF-boosts-odds-healthy-baby.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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