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Breaking News  - China set for 2018 mission to the far side of the moon
China is set to send a radical probe to the far side of the moon this year, it has been claimed.The mission is the latest in a string of space breakthrough for China.The new Chang'e 4 space mission will launch in June, when a Long March 4C rocket will carry a 425kg relay satellite and place it 60,000km behind the moon.According to the Chongqing Morning Post, a container filled with seeds and insect eggs will be attached to Chang'e 4, China's second lunar lander, and will be sent to the Moon in 2018.  The container, which is made from special aluminium alloy, will demonstrate the growing process of plants and animals on the Moon.  It will also provide valuable data and experience for the future establishment of eco-bases on other planets. 'The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and seeds emit oxygen through photosynthesis. Together, they can establish a simple ecosystem on the Moon,' Zhang Yuanxun, chief designer of the container, told the Chongqing Morning Post.A second launch later in the year will send a lander and rover to the far side of the moon, which will be guided to a safe landing by the satellite.It will be the first ever landing on the lunar far side, an unexplored region of the Moon called South Pole-Aitken Basin, a vast basin in the southern hemisphere of the far side which extends from the South Pole to Aitken crater.The rover will also contain a 'gardening kit' to pave the way for a human outpost by examining how plants grow on the lunar surface.'The Chinese are pushing back the frontier with such a technically challenging mission,' says Brian Harvey, space analyst and author of China in Space: The Great Leap Forward, told The Guardian.China also announced plans to launch a space probe to bring back samples from the moon, in what state media cast as competition to U.S. President Donald Trump's ambitions to revitalise U.S. space exploration.The Chang'e-5 lunar probe is undergoing a final round of tests and is expected to be on standby for launch from August, the official People's Daily said last year, citing the China National Space Administration.The launch will involve new challenges for China in sample collection, taking off from the moon and high-speed reentry to the Earth's atmosphere, making it 'one of China's most complicated and difficult space missions', Hu Hao, an official from China's Lunar Exploration Programme, told the paper.Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for China to become a global power in space exploration.'Not long ago, the United States' Trump Administration revealed an ambition to return to the moon.'Our country also announced a series of deep space exploration plans,' said the official Science and Technology Daily.'The moon is the first stop for humanity's march towards deep space,' the paper said.In February, the Trump administration asked the National Aer AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5226529/China-set-2018-mission-far-moon.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - A weekly HIV pill may be on the way
A new weekly HIV treatment was shown to work in animals in a new study, prompting its manufacturer to begin development of a pill for humans.HIV medications can now keep levels of the virus so low in people with the disease that they are undetectable and cannot be transmitted.But traditional therapies require taking many potent drugs, or getting frequent injections, so there has been a recent push in the medical community to develop therapies that need to be taken less frequently and from home.Massachusetts-based drug manufacturer Lyndra's most recent test of its treatment found that effective, oral doses of three HIV-fighting compounds could stay in the systems of animals for sustained periods of time, as proof of concept for the drug they are developing.Progress in medications for as well as social awareness and destigmatization of HIV have greatly improved quality of life for those living with it.In September of last year, that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that those with undetectable viral loads - or levels of the infection - in their systems are now at 'effectively no risk' of transmitting the disease.The announcement was celebrated by the HIV positive community and put a sort of seal of approval on the efficacy of modern treatments.But, even as life spans continue to stretch for HIV positive people, the disease remains incurable, requiring a lifetime of treatment.Perhaps the biggest advancement in HIV treatment to come to market has been a single pill that combines the three key drug compounds used that combat the virus.The oral medication has to be taken every day, however, some studies have suggested that missing even two days of the pill can give the virus a window of opportunity to return to detectable levels.It is nearly impossible to accurately monitor how well HIV patients stick to their medication regimens, but a National Institutes of Health study done last year linked adherence to visits to care providers, and estimated that only about 57 percent of those who were diagnosed and connected with a provider kept with up with their appointments, suggesting they may not keep up with their medications either.'Because people with HIV require life-long antiretroviral therapy, a long-acting oral option that could be taken at home would make it easier for patients to adhere to their treatment regimen,' said Dr Andrew Bellinger, co-founder and chief scientific officer of Lyndra.He and his team hope that 'by fitting into a patient's regular routine, an ultra-long-acting therapy would be taken consistently, improving therapeutic success and helping avoid viral resistance.'In the proof of concept study, published in Nature Communications, the researchers simulated a variety of adherence levels in mice, meaning that they gave different groups of mice their single antiretroviral pill at varying degrees of frequency.They found that even the mice that were given just one pill a week maintained undetectable levels of the HIV v AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5250975/A-weekly-HIV-pill-way.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll
Israeli scholars have pieced together and deciphered one of two previously unread manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls more than half a century since their discovery.The 60 or more tiny fragments of parchment bearing encrypted Hebrew writing had previously been thought to come from a variety of different scrolls.But now academics have found the pieces all fit together to make just one scroll.The document makes reference to a unique 364-day calendar and a festival that marks the changing of the seasons celebrated by an ancient, celibate Jewish sect.WHAT DOES IT SAY? The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today. The scroll identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.   The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism.  Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons. Annotations in the margin from a scribe correcting the author's original work helped them decipher its meaning. Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The Dead Sea Scrolls have fascinated scholars and historians since the ancient texts were found around 70 years ago scattered within a series of caves in the West Bank.Eshbal Ratson and Jonathan Ben-Dov from the University of Haifa's Bible studies department found the pieces all fit together after they started examining them just under a year ago.Some of the fragments they had to decipher were smaller than 1cm² (0.15 inch²).'They put it all together and said it was actually one scroll,' said Ilan Yavelberg a university spokesman.A Haifa University statement said that Ratson and Ben-Dov were now working on deciphering the last remaining scroll.Many experts believe the manuscripts of the Dead Sea were written by the celibate Essenes, a dissident Jewish sect that had retreated into the Judaean desert around Qumran and its caves.The theory says the group either wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls or were caretakers of the legal, philosophical and religious documents.The latest deciphered scroll contains references to the 364-day calendar used by the sect, as opposed to the lunar calendar used in Jewish religious practice today.The scroll also identifies the name of a festival that celebrates the changing of the seasons.The festivals included New Wheat, New Wine and New Oil, which are related to the Jewish festival Shavout and no longer observed in Judaism, writes BBC.Researchers also identified a festival observed four times a year called Tekufah - which means 'period' in modern-day Hebrew and marks the transition between the seasons.The parchment a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5297167/Israeli-scholars-decipher-Dead-Sea-Scroll.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vermont becomes 9th state legalize recreational marijuana
Vermont became the the ninth state in the US to legalize recreational marijuana on Monday.Governor Phil Scott privately signed Vermont's marijuana bill into law, making the state the first in the country to authorize the recreational use of the substance by an act of a state legislature.The law, which goes into effect July 1, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, two mature and four immature plants.'Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed' the bill, Governor Scott said.'I personally believe that what adults do behind closed doors and on private property is their choice, so long as it does not negatively impact the health and safety of others, especially children,' he added.The Republican governor had until the end of the day Monday to sign the bill. His office issued a statement Monday afternoon saying he had signed the bill.Marijuana is legal in a total of 29 states.The state's law contains no mechanism for the taxation or sale of marijuana, although the legislature is expected to develop such a system.A group that opposed legalizing marijuana sees the law as a compromise since it doesn't provide for selling the drug.The group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, said it will continue to educate Vermonters 'on the dangers that legalization poses to their beautiful state.'While the bill was under consideration, a number of doctors from the Vermont Medical Society wrote a resolution calling for better labeling on medical marijuana and urging caution about its recreational use and the risks it could pose to children.Last year saw the first reported marijuana overdose.A baby in Colorado died of heart failure and doctors said they were unable to find a cause besides the marijuana edibles the infant ingested.As an early adopter, Colorado has served as a bellwether for the impact of legal recreational marijuana on public health.While the state has seen more traffic accidents since legalization, opioid overdoses have decreased.Yet research has shown the positive effects of marijuana for many, including cancer patients and people with mental illnesses, and still other work has claimed it poses no health risks.Vermont's move is an incremental reform that will have little impact for most people in the state, said Matt Simon, New England political director for the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.'I think the vast majority of Vermonters won't notice any change at all,' Simon said. 'It's simply eliminating a fine and eliminating a penalty for growing a small number of plants.'The new law is unlikely to prompt people who don't now smoke marijuana to take it up, said Robert Sand, a professor at the Vermont Law School and former county prosecutor who has advocated for years to change the state's drug laws.'There will be times when people misuse marijuana, and opponents will cite the incidents as evidence that legalization was not a good thing,' he said.'I believe we will end up with a net improvement of public health and safety ev AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5299341/Vermont-governor-signs-pot-bill-mixed-emotions.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Modern humans interbred with Denisovans twice
Our ancestors didn't just have inter-species sex with NeanderthalsA new DNA study has found that our forefathers interbred with another mysterious group of hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions.Today, around 5 per cent of the DNA of some Australasians – particularly people from Papua New Guinea – is Denisovans.Now, researchers have found two distinct modern human genomes - one from Oceania and another from East Asia - both have distinct Denisovan ancestry.The genomes are also completely different, suggesting there were at least two separate waves of prehistoric intermingling between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago.Researchers already knew people living today on islands in the South Pacific have Denisovan ancestry.But what they did not expect to find was individuals from East Asia carry a uniquely different type.In a paper published in Cell on March 15, scientists at the University of Washington studied more than 5,600 whole-genome sequences from individuals from Europe, Asia, America, and Oceania and comparing them to the Denisovan genome.'What was known already was that Oceanian individuals, notably Papuan individuals, have significant amounts of Denisovan ancestry,' said senior author Sharon Browning, a research professor of biostatistics, University of Washington School of Public Health.'When we compared pieces of DNA from the Papuans against the Denisovan genome, many sequences were similar enough to declare a match.'The assumption was that the Denisovan ancestry in Asia came from individuals who had migrated from Oceanian populations.'But in this new work with East Asians, we find a second set of Denisovan ancestry that we do not find in the South Asians and Papuans,' said Dr Browning.'This Denisovan ancestry in East Asians seems to be something they acquired themselves.''We analyzed all of the genomes searching for sections of DNA that looked like they came from Denisovans,' said Dr Browning, whose team relied on genomic information from the UK10K project, the 1000 Genomes Project, and the Simons Genome Diversity Project.Pieces of DNA from the Papuans were then compared to that of the Denisovan genomes.They found many sequences were similar enough to be declared a match.However, some of the DNA sequences of the East Asians - notably those of the Han Chinese, Chinese Dai, and Japanese - were a much closer match with the Denisovan.What is known about Denisovan ancestry comes from a single set of archaic human fossils found in the Altai mountains in Siberia.That individual's genome was published in 2010, and other researchers quickly identified segments of Denisovan ancestry in several modern-day populations, most significantly with individuals from Oceania but also in East and South Asians.'The assumption is that admixing with Denisovans occurred fairly quickly after humans moved out of Africa, around 50,000 years ago, but we do not know where in terms of location,' said Dr Browning.She believes the ancestors of Oceanians admixed w AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5501217/Modern-humans-interbred-Denisovans-TWICE.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Former GKN boss stands to make £9m from takeover
The former boss of GKN stands to make £9 million from a takeover of the car and plane parts manufacturer.Nigel Stein – who left the FTSE 100 company last month after more than five years in charge – could receive the windfall from his shares after turnaround specialist Melrose Industries made a £7 billion bid for the business.GKN’s shares jumped 26 per cent on Friday following the approach. They had previously been slowly recovering from a shock profit warning in October which Stein said had left him feeling ‘mugged’.GKN, which traces its roots back to 1759, rejected the bid which it described as ‘opportunistic’ because the terms ‘fundamentally undervalue’ the business.But Melrose, a London-listed firm with a reputation for turning around ailing industrial businesses, is expected to push ahead with a hostile bid.In response, GKN laid out plans to split its automotive business, which makes driveshafts for Ford and Volkswagen cars, and its aerospace arm, which makes parts for Boeing.Investors have long been calling for their separation.Melrose’s offer is partly in cash but mainly in shares. It means Stein would cash in £1.7 million from a sale at the amount offered and would be sitting on another £7 million in shares in the merged company.Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said he would ask Business Secretary Greg Clark to intervene, arguing that the takeover would be a ‘massive blow to our industrial strategy’. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5266231/Former-GKN-boss-stands-make-9m-takeover.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Virgin Media to upgrade TV customers to V6 box for free
Virgin Media will offer its existing television customers a free upgrade to its flagship V6 box as part of an accelerated roll out of the technology, it revealed today.Any customer with a Virgin TV and broadband bundle will be eligible for the upgrade, which can support ultrafast broadband and 4K ultra-high definition programming.The V6 box is a rival to Sky's Q system and launched in 2016. The move comes as subscription-based streaming services become increasingly popular alternatives to traditional TV services.Virgin says its existing V6 customers are three times as likely to use Netflix and twice as likely to use BBC iPlayer as other Virgin box users.It will contact customers eligible for the free upgrade in the coming weeks, although it hasn't revealed how many people will get it.Virgin adds that the vast majority of new boxes could be self-installed without an engineer visit.It also confirmed customers would pay no additional cost or take out a new contract in order to upgrade.The telecoms giant says the upgrade is being introduced to mark the one millionth installation of the box, just over a year since its launch.David Boucher, Virgin Media's chief digital entertainment officer said it wanted to offer its best technology more widely, but also embrace the rise in streaming services.He said: 'We believe that our finest kit shouldn't just be for new customers.'So today we're kicking off one of the largest existing customer upgrade programmes ever seen in the UK, accelerating the rollout of our best ever set-top box.'Our customers tell us how much they love using the V6 box and watch more TV when they have one.'As a central entertainment hub, fired by our superior ultrafast broadband, the V6 is built for apps and the best on-demand TV experience – whether its iPlayer, Netflix or thousands of box sets.'Rightfully, our customers expect the best, and with top-notch TV to lightning-fast broadband, that's exactly what they are getting.'Mr Boucher said the company saw on-demand TV services such as Netflix as 'partners not predators', and that the increased power of the V6 compared to previous Virgin boxes was designed to better support such services.The box also allows users to record six programmes at once while watching a seventh one.Netflix revealed earlier in the week that it had a record 8.3million boost in worldwide boost in subscriber numbers in the last three months of 2017. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-5305021/Virgin-Media-upgrade-TV-customers-V6-box-free.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Isaac Newton 2018 50p set to be a rare collector's coin
Most eager numismatists know that the rarest 50p in circulation is the Kew Gardens one, minted in 2009, with a run of just 210,000.Featuring the pagoda, one can sell for a tidy sum online – up to £50, thanks to its rarity.However, this year could see an even rarer coin than that Kew Gardens one – making it worth a mint in the near future - and some are already selling online for more than £80, or 160 times face value.Last year, the Royal Mint launched a 50p coin featuring Sir Isaac Newton. It has confirmed that it will offer a 2018 version of the coin – but the only place collectors can get their mitts on one is via the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Wales.Importantly, no 2018 Sir Isaac Newton coins will be released into circulation, meaning the likelihood is that these will become rarer than the Kew Gardens coin.This is Money visited the Mint last year and struck our own 12-sided £1 coin ahead of its launch.Early birds appear to have also visited this year, as some 2018 dated 50ps are already selling on websites such as eBay for £80.That's profit of around £60 factoring in the cost to strike one and the Royal Mint Experience entry fee, a better short-term return than even cryptocurrencies which have seen a boom in the last six months.The Royal Mint adds that this only available for a 'limited time only and subject to availability'.According to the Royal Mint Experience website, striking your own coin experience is limited to one coin per person per tour, again, adding to the exclusivity. It costs £5 to do on top of the entry ticket of £13.The coin is of 'brilliant uncirculated' standard. This is described by the Mint as having a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins.An expert at blog Change Checker said: 'We're predicting that due to the short time frame and visitor numbers, there could well be substantially less than 210,000 of these coins struck, meaning the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin could well have a lower mintage figure than even the Kew Gardens 50p.'Sir Isaac Newton enjoyed a long association with the Royal Mint – he is perhaps the most famous 'Master of the Mint.'Although the coins are only available in Wales, some may come into ownership and accidentally spend them in the future.So if you do get a coin featuring the astronomer and mathematician, check the date on the reverse.After the Kew Gardens 50p, the next lowest minted 50p coins in circulation are from the Olympic coin range, but even these have mintage figures of 1million or more.The Royal Mint recently revealed its mintage figures for 2017, which showed that the Sir Isaac Newton coin had a mintage of 1.8million, making it the second rarest 50p behind the Kew Gardens coin (excluding 2012 Olympic ones).It even has a lower mintage figure than the 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck coin, part of the Beatrix Potter collection.This had a mintage of 2.1million and changes hands for tidy sums online as people look to complete the set of characters. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5247211/Isaac-Newton-2018-50p-set-rare-collectors-coin.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Stunning video footage shows how vitamin B1 cured the tremors of two patients
Super-strength doses of vitamin B1 could cure the shakes, scientists claim.The 'remarkable' treatment worked on two patients in their 70s - and stopped their tremors from playing havoc on their lives.Stunning video footage showed how thiamine, or vitamin B1, changed the lives of the patients, who were both plagued by the shakes.The life-changing injections – which provide 100 times more of the vitamin than recommended - gave one man the ability to drink a cup of tea again.Italian researchers at a nursing home, who tested the high doses of thiamine, believe it could offer hope of a new way of combating essential tremors.Medics, led by Dr Antonio Constantini, published the results of the ongoing three-year long trial in the prestigious BMJ Case Reports.He wrote: 'High-dose thiamine has led to a rapid, remarkable and persistent improvement of the symptoms in two patients with essential tremor.'This result suggests the possibility that high doses of intramuscular thiamine may be an affordable alternative.' He added it was 'highly effective'.No side effects have been noted so far – unlike that of the current drugs given to patients with essential tremor to combat tremors, or the shakes.The neurological disease, which can greatly affect life quality, strikes between four and 10 per cent of the population, according to estimates.Dr Costantini, of the Villa Immacolata in Viterbo, added: 'We deem necessary a lifelong use of high-dose thiamine in affected subjects.'The man, who was 70 when he started treatment four years ago in 2014, suffered from the shakes for five years before seeking help.It initially affected his handwriting but it eventually robbed him of his ability to use a spoon, pour items and even carry trays.Doctors in Viterbo – 50 miles (80km) north of Rome – gave him two doses of 100mg of thiamine weekly. Adults are advised to have 1mg each day.He scored 17 on a points scale designed to measure symptoms of essential tremor before treatment. This dropped to just 6.5 three months after.The woman, who also suffered from essential tremor, realised that she had a slight shake while decorating objects with her tools.She sought help at the same clinic and in November 2014 was started on 100mg injections of thiamine twice a week.Before the treatment she scored 21 points on the ADLS tremor score. This dropped to seven after three months of the injections. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5573807/Stunning-video-footage-shows-vitamin-B1-cured-tremors-two-patients.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Escape to the Chateau couple launch new renovations series
They are the congenial and colourful couple who found television fame renovating a dilapidated 45-room French Chateau bought for just €390,000.And now Dick Strawbridge and his wife Angel, from Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, are helping others to follow in their footsteps and turn their chateaux into a successful business.They are helping 16 individuals who have also made the decision to move to France and renovate a chateau - including a couple in their 20s.The new series called Escape to the Chateau DIY runs for four weeks every weekday at 4pm on Channel 4 - starting this afternoon.It follows the individuals as they struggle to renovate their derelict French properties, ranging in price from €60,000 to €1,000,050.Dick and Angel are on hand to help them avoid the pitfalls of running a business and turning their new homes into profitable ventures.Dick and Angel spoke exclusively to MailOnline Property about the new TV show and what viewers can expect.They explained how some of the renovations were filmed over the best part of a year, with a range of individuals following their French Chateaux dreams.This includes a couple in their 20s, a British man with a French wife and love of French antiques, and a British singer who found fame in Holland.Angel said: 'A chateau costs a lot of money to maintain. There needs to be a roof fund and a window fund. But the couples we worked with are now making money.'There is some number crunching that needs to be done and it is a lot of hard work. But there needs to be a balance and you need to remember why you are doing it. You need to make time for your family and spend time with the children.'Dick added: 'You also need to remember that there is a different beat to everything in France and once you accept that then life is a little easier.'And he stressed the importance of cashflow in running a business, saying: 'You need to think about revenue stream and the order of things.'But the show isn't all about the serious side of making money, with Dick and Angel bringing some of the colour and entertainment that we know and love from Escape to the Chateau to their new show.Dick enthused: 'I was on the roof of one chateau drinking a bottle of wine that was found in the walls of a dry moat. You don't get to do that every day.'The new show comes on the back of the popularity of Escape to the Chateau, which saw Dick and Angel renovate the rooms and grounds of their property, including a walled garden.The couple spent four years searching for their chateau, eventually buying one called Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson.It cost €390,000, which was not much more than their two-bedroom flat in Essex - the place they swapped for the French property.Chateaux in France are relatively cheap as they often cost more to renovate than to buy.Overseas finance specialist Simon Conn explains: 'Buying is one thing, but the upkeep of an abandoned chateau can be another. Maintenance costs for such a building can be considerable.'Running a suc AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/property/article-5581375/Escape-Chateau-couple-launch-new-renovations-series.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - WhatsApp rolls out a new tool that lets you silence friends in group chats
A new feature is being rolled out in Whatsapp that lets you force everyone in a group chat to stop sending messages.The 'Restrict Group' tool means that only admins of a group will be allowed to send texts.  Everyone else will only have the ability to read them.Group member will have the option to use a 'Message Admin' button to gain approval from the administrator before their content can be seen.The tool will be added to iOS and Android versions of the app in the latest update.Admin will also be able to restrict who can change a group's information, including its name, using a new Admin Settings options, according to WABetaInfo.'All participants can normally edit the group description, icon and subject, but finally the administrator can restrict this feature today, preventing no-administrators to modify the group description,' the website said.'This action can be managed in the Admin Settings, a new option located in Group Info that's visible to the administrator only.'The group info function will only be available in the beta version of the app for Android currently.The Restricted Group settings will be added to iOS and Android versions of the app in the latest update, the site says, which fans will need to install before they see it. The group info function will only be available in the beta version of the app for Android currentlyThe 'Restricted Groups' feature first emerged in December 2017, spotted by WABetaInfo in beta versions of WhatsApp for iOS and Android.The site noted that a notification will appear in the chat, stating: '[Admin name] allowed only admins to send messages to this group.'Participants will still be able to read the admin's messages.A blog by WABetaInfo explained: 'When administrators disable the chat features, only they can interact each other in the group: this may happen when an administrator wants to get the attention of all participants, writing something important or to organise an event.'Thankfully, the silencing isn't believed to be permanent, and admins can only apply the restricted setting every 72 hours. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5677885/WhatsApp-rolls-new-tool-lets-silence-friends-group-chats.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The woman who can ONLY eat rice and vegetables!
A 25-year-old woman has revealed how her life is blighted by an allergy to all food - except rice and vegetables.Sophie Willis has mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) - which causes blood cells to inappropriately react with certain foods and fragrances.The rare condition, which strikes around one in 150,000 people, means she can go into life-threatening anaphylactic shock, break out in a rash or have swollen lips if she has a reaction.The wedding veil designer, from London, cannot consume yeast, meat, fish, diary and preservatives. She is also affected by sunlight and thunder.One doctor refused to believe her bizarre symptoms - and sent her for counselling, while another assumed her seizures were due to Lyme disease.Miss Willis, who now takes 60 pills a day to combat her condition, said: 'I cannot eat anything but vegetables and rice, if I eat any other food I collapse and go into anaphylactic shock.'Before I knew about my condition I would end up suffering an allergic reaction up to seven times a day.'Miss Willis used to lead an active lifestyle, running half marathons and regularly dining out with friends, before falling ill in 2014.She said: 'I started blacking out several times a day. My throat would close up and my face would swell up. It was terrifying.'Her condition baffled doctors and, over the next two years, she visited more than 30 hospitals across the country desperate for a diagnosis.Miss Willis said: 'I endured countless tests. Doctors thought I had Lyme disease because I kept having seizures.'They discovered I had two underlying conditions, a connective tissue disorder called EDS and a heart condition called POTTS, which are common in people who suffer from MCAS.'One doctor told me that it was all in my head and even sent me to counselling. It was frustrating.'Finally, in August 2016, doctors diagnosed her with MCAS.Mast cells, a type of blood cell, react to foreign bodies and injury by releasing a variety of chemical mediators, such as histamine, in order to fight infections.In a person with MCAS, the same chemicals are inappropriately triggered causing allergy-like symptoms.Miss Willis said: 'When I eat certain foods, the mast cells in my body react badly- this combined with my other two conditions causes me to pass out.'I am now essentially allergic to every food, other than vegetables and rice.'If I eat any other food my throat, eyes and lips swell up, and I can be in excruciating pain all over my body.'Once, before my diagnosis, I was out shopping on my own when I collapsed on the floor.'She added: 'I couldn't even shout out for help because one of the side affects of MCAS is brain fog, where I am unable to think or speak properly.'After that I avoided going out with friends in fear of having a reaction.'Thankfully, I quickly realised that foods were a trigger for my allergic reactions.'It's boring, but allows me to live my life with some normality, so I have stopped blacking out.'Miss Willis claims that sunlight and loud noi AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5581213/The-woman-eat-rice-vegetables.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Jeannie Gaffigan said flu symptoms led to brain tumor diagnosis
Jeannie Gaffigan thought she was suffering from a bout of flu, but it turned out to be a rare brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.The mother-of-five, who has been married to comedian Jim Gaffigan for 15 years, has unerringly shared every step of her journey through brain surgery and the painful recovery since being diagnosed in the final months of 2016.Now, the 47-year-old is sharing new details about the easy-to-miss symptoms that led to her diagnosis.She had been experiencing headaches, coughing fits, and severe fatigue - which she put down to a winter cold - before an MRI scan revealed she had a six-centimeter benign tumor lodged in her brain.After undergoing brain surgery to remove the mass in April 2017, Gaffigan is on the road to recovery, but she is now warning fans about the seemingly-innocuous signs of her benign tumor that could have left her paralyzed or dead.Jeannie, who is the head writer and executive producer of The Jim Gaffigan Show, recently revealed to WebMD Magazine that she initially ignored these symptoms, which began in the final months of 2016.She didn't take action until after her children's routine checkup, when their pediatrician noticed the she was dealing with a persistent cough.When Jeannie revealed her symptoms, including that fact that she couldn't hear to well from her left ear, her children's doctor recommended that she see an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist immediately.Fortunately, she took the doctor's recommendation.The ENT specialist ordered an MRI scan of Jeannie's head which revealed she had a choroid plexus papilloma, a rare and benign tumor that usually grows in the brain stem, the part of the brain that is connected to the spine, and controls basic body functions such as breathing, swallowing, and heart rate.Although the tumor was benign, it's location was a concern - it was wrapped around her brain stem and had been growing for a year.Dr Joshua Bederson, a neurosurgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told WebMD Magazine, that she could've suffered paralysis, had issues thinking and remembering things is she hadn't gotten checked out.'I was a ticking time bomb, waiting to be paralyzed,' Jeannie told PEOPLE in 2017.After her diagnosis, Jeannie was scheduled for brain surgery to remove the tumor in mid-April, just days after her children's pediatrician suggested she see an ENT specialist, WebMD Magazine reported.Dr Bederson, who was also Jeannie's neurosurgeon, said the choroid plexus papilloma tumor, which accounts for approximately two to four percent of brain tumors in children and 0.5 percent of tumors in adults, could've killed Jeannie.Symptoms of this type of tumor include headaches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, dizziness and balance problems, and vision problems, according to experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California.Jeannie's operation to remove the tumor was successful.However, in her recovery, Jeannie developed double-lung pneumonia because she had trouble swallowing - a p AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5473817/Jeannie-Gaffigan-said-flu-symptoms-led-brain-tumor-diagnosis.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Research sheds light on how HIV virus 'hides' from treatments
A cure for HIV could be in the pipeline, scientists claim.Experiments have today revealed exactly how the killer virus hides away, preventing antiviral drugs from flushing it out.Researchers haven long been baffled as to why some infected cells can go dormant and evade detection for years.But the new findings, made by University of California, San Francisco researchers, finally offer the medical community an answer.They discovered the cells can spontaneously become 'latent' - or dormant - by refusing to make the virus like a normally infected cell.The experts behind the trial, derived from 18 HIV patients, claim they can 'now start developing drugs' to allow the body to kill the dormant cells.There are currently no treatments that exist that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating in the future.Typically, the virus infects CD4 T cells, a type of immune cell, and uses the cell's DNA to produce viral RNA - which transports genetic messages for making proteins.These new virus bodies then leave the cell to infect more.However, the latency phase, in which an HIV-infected cell stops making the virus for a long period of time, has remained a mystery.Because they are not reproducing the virus, they are difficult to target using current treatments. And they can be deadly when they become active.'We can't even separate out uninfected from infected cells, let alone latently infected cells,' said Dr Steven Yukl, from the University of California, San Francisco.'Latently-infected cells are extremely rare - one in one million CD4 T cells - and we don't know how to identify them.'Why they sometimes become active again is poorly understood. There are currently no treatments that can kill latent cells or stop them from reactivating.WHAT IS AN 'UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD' OF HIV?  A person with HIV becomes 'undetectable' when treatment suppresses the virus to a level so low in their blood that it cannot be detected by measurements. If a person is undetectable and stays on treatment, they cannot pass HIV on to a partner. No study has ever shown HIV transmission from someone with an undetectable viral load. To date, an undetectable load is almost always achieved with daily doses of antiretroviral drugs. But a number of clinical trials - including PRO-140 by CytoDyn, which Charlie Sheen is involved in - hope to be developing treatments that could be administered on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Roughly 30 percent of America's 1.2 million people with HIV have reached an undetectable viral load which underscores the need for expanded access to testing, treatment, and care. For more information and resources, visit the Prevention Access Campaign website.To try and understand how they work better, the San Francisco team performed a series of tests on the latent HIV-infected cells.They discovered bits and pieces of viral RNA, showing the virus was attempting to reproduce unsuccessfully.'It's not that the cells aren't making viral RNA, but that the RNA isn't fin AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5464459/Research-sheds-light-HIV-virus-hides-treatments.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Couple's burning red rash on bottoms was due to worms
One UK couple discovered they had brought home a nasty holiday souvenir no one wants: parasitic worms.The unnamed husband and wife were left with a nasty burning, red rash on their buttocks after sunbathing on a beach in the Caribbean while on a cruise.The wife, 52, initially noticed an 'initial burning sensation' after their trip to the island of Martinique and the next day woke up to find her backside was covered by an 'eruption' of red pinprick marks.Doctors diagnosed the pair with a parasitic infection known as cutaneous larva migrans.But the source of it was extremely rare: it came from a kind of worm species that normally only infects dogs or cats.Both also developed pneumonitis – inflammation of the lungs – which doctors said could have been caused by the hookworms infiltrating their lungs.When the woman first noticed the rash, a doctor on the cruise ship prescribed her antibiotics, as well as antifungal treatments and steroid creams – but nothing seemed to work.Ten days later, the rash had spread further, when her husband also noticed he wa affected, according BMJ Case Reports.Medics led by Dr Douglas Maslin at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, wrote: 'The patient's husband was noted to be itching and examination revealed a rash with equivalent distribution and morphology.'Both pair were given medication used to treat parasitic infections, including head lice and scabies.Five days later the wife was rushed to A&E with shortness of breath and a chest infection, and later her husband developed the same symptoms.After another dose of treatment for the pneumonitis they both began to recover.Typically, hookworms, which thrive in warm climates, bury themselves into the host's skin and make their way to the large intestine.There, they lay their eggs, then pass out of the body in the stool.But humans are not a natural host for Ancylostoma braziliense or Ancylostoma caninum.However, they can become infected after walking barefoot on beaches, or coming into contact with soil that's contaminated with animal faeces.They stay under the skin, trying to find their way. The rash is a reaction as the immune system tries to attack the parasite.Dr Maslin and his colleagues explained: 'The hookworm larvae are excreted in the faeces of the infected animal host (usually a dog or cat) on to sandy beaches or moist soil, where they can penetrate into the epidermis of human skin on contact.'They said that symptoms to watch out for are the burning red spots at the site of entry.Typically, a itchy rash will follow, which slowly creeps along a patch of skin over the next days or weeks.They tend to infect the soles of a person's feet but can strike anywhere, the medics team warned.WOULD YOU VOLUNTEER TO BE INFECTED WITH PARASITES FOR A MEDICAL TRIAL? In a world-first trial, Australian researchers are looking for young overweight women to test the effectiveness of hook worms on Type 2 diabetes (stock image of hook worm) Infecting yourself with microscopic worms coul AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5278581/Couples-burning-red-rash-bottoms-worms.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - New Glaxo boss axes 50 of her top team in under a year
A ruthless reshuffle at Glaxosmithkline has seen boss Emma Walmsley replace nearly half of her senior executives in less than a year.The radical overhaul of the top tier of Britain’s eighth biggest company has seen Walmsley, 48, replace 50 of the 125 top managers in just 283 days in charge.It is the biggest shake-up at the pharmaceutical giant in years, as the most powerful woman in British business transforms the firm into a global pioneer of drugs research.It is part of plans set out by Walmsley, who took over as chief executive last April, to shift Glaxo’s focus back towards making blockbuster drugs.She has said its pharmaceuticals arm and research and development are top priorities as it seeks to build a pipeline of new medicines.A source close to the company yesterday said Walmsley was seeking to bring in talent and ideas from world-leading firms to boost sales, development technologies and utilise new ways of using reams of clinical data.High profile hires from outside the FTSE 100 giant include former Walmart chief information officer Karenann Terrell, Google digital chief Marc Speichert, Unilever executive Tamara Rogers and Novartis finance chief Tobias Hestler.She also poached GSK’s global pharmaceuticals president Luke Miels from arch-rival Astrazeneca and appointed Tony Mills, from Pfizer, as her head of platform technology and science.Meanwhile, she has also promoted internally, with Kate Knobil going from chief medical officer of pharmaceuticals to chief of the entire group.US commercial chief Deborah Waterhouse is also boss of ViiV, Glaxo’s HIV business.The reshuffle comes after Walmsley vowed to make major changes last year.At the time she said up to 200 bosses at the company could be changed. So far the company has confirmed 40 per cent of a 125 ‘subset’ of that number have been replaced. Further changes are seen as likely. The overhaul is the latest example of Walmsley putting her own stamp on Glaxosmithkline.In July she revealed plans to jettison 30 clinical trials and 130 non-core brands, re-focus the company’s attention on the US, embark on a £1billion cost-cutting drive and plough 80pc of spending into four areas of research.She said the business had previously spread itself too thinly and should focus on researching respiratory, HIV, oncology and immune-inflammation drugs.‘We need to bring more edge, more of a performance focus, more accountability, more pace into our decision making and definitely more cost and cash consciousness,’ she said.‘We need to have the right kind of discipline on whether something is truly going to be competitive and bring in a commercial voice much earlier than we have done before.’Ahead of a new pipeline of medicines the firm hopes will come through in the 2020s, Walmsley has said a vaccine for shingles, a three-in-one inhaler for chronic lung disease and a two-drug treatment to combat HIV will be Glaxo’s main focus in the next few years.Shares fell 0.5 per cent, or 6.6p, to 1346.8p. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5251683/New-Glaxo-boss-axes-50-team-year.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Fears that a Yellowstone supereruption is on the way are growing
Hidden beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a supervolcano capable of blasting thousands of miles of rock and ash into the air.While the supervolcano hasn't erupted for 631,000 years, scientists have been working to understand the last eruption to predict when one will happen again.Now, a spate of four mini-tremors in the area following a period of 'rest' has raised fears among the public that the supervolcano is about to blow.The most recent quake came on March 11 when a 1.5 tremor shook the volcano just hours after a 1.8 quake was also detected nearby.But experts claim this is a relatively quiet period for tremors in the area. Normally, there are 50 minor earthquakes around the volcano every week.They say that concerns of an eruption in the area are unfounded, and the current resurgence in activity is nothing to be concerned about.Yellowstone is one of the most seismically active areas in the world and there are regular earthquakes detected in and around the supervolcano.Tom Skilling, a meteorologist for WGN News, a local news site in Chicago, explains that is it normal for the volcano to have less active weeks.He said: 'Minor earthquakes occur in the Yellowstone area 50 or more times per week, but a major eruption is not expected in the foreseeable future.'Despite experts trying to calm nerves, concerned citizens have taken to Twitter to voice their concern about a potential eruption.Rygy said on the social media site: 'Yellowstone's gonna blow up and get us all.'This latest spate of tremors follows a period in February where more than 200 small tremors detected were detected over a period of 10 days.According to experts with the US Geological Survey, that swarm began on February 8 in a region roughly eight miles northeast of West Yellowstone, Montana – and increased dramatically in the days following.Much like now, scientists said there's no reason to worry.Earthquakes are very common in the area and are likely caused by a combination of processes beneath the surface.The current activity is said to be 'relatively weak,' and the alert level at the supervolcano remains at 'normal.'According to the USGS, the February swarm occurred in about the same location as the Maple Creek swarm last summer, which brought roughly 2,400 earthquakes in a four-month span.The University of Utah Seismograph Stations picked up the quakes, counting more than 200 as of February 18.'The present swarm started on February 8, with a few events occurring per day,' the USGS said at the time.'On February 15, seismicity rates and magnitudes increased markedly. As of the night of February 18, the largest earthquake in the swarm is M2.9, and none of the events have been felt. All are occurring about 8 km (5 miles) beneath the surface.'Yellowstone is home to several faults, and has a long history of seismic activity.As natural processes occur beneath the surface and 'stress effects' from past events continue to maintain their hold, the area remains a 'hotbed of seis AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5494285/Fears-Yellowstone-supereruption-way-growing.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Tamiflu terrors: Girl, 11 saw 'the portal to HELL'
An 11-year-old girl from became convinced that she was hearing the devil's voice with insects crawling all over her body after she took Tamiflu last year.Lindsay Ellis's father, Charles, decided to go public with her harrowing story yesterday after reports emerged that another girl - a six-year-old in Allen, Texas - tried to jump out of a window under the influence of the flu treatment.Already this year, 30 children have died of the flu, and parents are turning to Tamiflu to treat their young ones at the first signs of sickness.But, in rare cases, Tamiflu has been linked to hallucinations like this one, from Indianapolis, Indiana, whose delusions subsided after she was taken off of the drug.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone for whom the flu might pose serious health risks – including children younger than five – get flu shots, and start taking flu antiviral drugs.Tamiflu, or the generic oseltamivir, is one of three such drugs the CDC has endorsed for treating this year's flu.But every year, reports of terrifying neurological side effects emerge.The Food and Drug Administration ( FDA) says on its website that 'children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness.'It says that these symptoms can happen in untreated flu sufferers or in those who have recently taken Tamiflu, but that that the latter group 'should be watched for signs of unusual behavior.''These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient,' the site warns.This was very nearly the case for Lindsay Ellis.When Lindsay, now 12, tested positive for flu at a local clinic, they prescribed her Tamiflu immediately, but did not mention any possible neuropsychotic side effects.Three days into the five day course, Charles's daughter started acting 'loopy.'While his cousin was watching her, he called Charles, who was at work at Kroger manufacturing, to tell him he needed to pick up Lindsday, who said she had 'things crawling all over her.'In the car, Lindsay spoke in a high-pitched voice, saying '"hi Daddy,' real weird, like somebody out of The Exorcist,' Charles says.Then she started screaming, 'oh my god, oh my god, daddy, get it off me, it hurts!''She said she saw a portal to hell, she could hear the devil, and she was going to resurrect my soul,' Charles says.She begged him to read to her from the Bible, and Charles realized that her delusions were based on her greatest fears.Her father rushed her to the hospital, where her spinal tap and brain activity tests were clear, but she continued to hallucinate for six hours, 'and then her body shut down,' Charles says, as if to escape her antiviral nightmare.The doctors told Charles Lindsay must have had a severe reaction to the Tamiflu.'She looked like a vegetable,' Charles says.From that day, January 19, 2017 until March 10, 2017, she stayed more or less that way.Finally, Lindsay was re AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5290749/Tamiflu-terrors-Girl-11-saw-portal-HELL.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - SpaceX will build its Mars BFR rocket at the city's port, LA mayor confirms
SpaceX has been given the green light to build its BFR (or as Elon Musk calls it, the Big F***ing Rocket) in Los Angeles.Mayor Eric Garcetti revealed during his annual State of the City speech today that the firm would bring the BFR to life at the Port of LA.The huge rocket is a key player in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s plan of making humans a ‘multi-planetary’ species, and one day developing a colony on Mars.‘Officially announcing that @SpaceX will start production development of the Big Falcon Rocket in the @PortofLA,’ Garcetti tweeted after today’s speech, calling the system by its more family-friendly name.‘This vehicle holds the promise of taking humanity deeper into the cosmos than ever before.’The BFR, consisting of a spaceship and the booster, will stand at a staggering 106 meters tall (347.7 feet).The news comes just days after Musk gave SpaceX fans a rare glimpse of the parts used to build the massive rocket that could one day send humans to the moon and Mars.The billionaire tech mogul shared a photo on Instagram showing off the main body tool used to build the BFR. The massive device is used to build the rocket's fuselage, or upper stage.It's essentially a turning mandrel around which ultra-light carbon fiber is woven to form the main section of the BFR.In the photo, Musk cleverly placed a Model 3 sedan next to the main body tool to illustrate its enormous size.The Tesla chief doesn't typically show off the hardware use to make his rockets and, in particular, SpaceX hasn't shown many photos of the BFR being constructed.Musk in 2016 displayed the BFR's fuel tank, which can store up to 1,200 tons of liquid oxygen, as well as some video footage of the rocket's raptor engines.At nearly 348 feet tall, the BFR is a truly gigantic spaceship, towering over the 229-feet-tall Falcon Heavy rocket.The spaceship will take off and land vertically, powered by 37 'raptor' engines, to produce a liftoff thrust of 5,400 tons, lifting a total mass of 4,400 tons.As expected, Musk has set out an aggressive timeline for when the BFR will be ready for takeoff.'We are building the first Mars, or interplanetary ship, and I think well be able to do short trips, short up and down flights, by first half of next year,' Musk said at the South by Southwest technology and culture festival in Austin, Texas, last month.'Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know...,' he joked.However, the target may not be too crazy, as SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell has said first test flights could take place in 2019.Orbital tests could be held in 2020 and, by 2022, SpaceX could deliver the first cargo to Mars, Musk has said.The rocket will take satellites to orbit, crew and cargo to the International Space Station and even lead manned missions to the moon and Mars. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5623039/The-BFR-LA-mayor-confirms-SpaceX-build-Mars-rocket-citys-port.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - How did Stephen Hawking live so long with ALS?
ALS has a life expectancy of about three to 10 years, but Stephen Hawking lived with the disease for more than five decades.Despite being confined to a wheelchair since his early 20s, that didn't hold back the esteemed theoretical physicist, who earned comparisons to Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton for his research on the cosmos.He lost his capacity to speak in 1985, but a voice synthesizer allowed him to continue communicating - from conversations to interviews - until his death in the early hours of Wednesday morning at home in Cambridge.Hawking, who wrote 15 books and starred in the Simpsons and Star Trek, was the second very high profile ALS sufferer after Lou Gehrig, the baseball player who catapulted the rare disease into the public eye.And yet, scientists still cannot explain what causes the disease, nor how to treat it, slow it, prevent it or cure it.It means Hawking was something of a medical marvel, offering hope to ALS sufferers globally who have no idea at diagnosis whether they could hope to live as long as him.Here, we explain what we know about his longevity.ALS is an acronym for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.It is also referred to as motor neurone disease, or Lou Gehrig's Disease after the US baseball player when he was diagnosed in 1939 at just 36 years old.The disease is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system.It occurs when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord called motor neurons stop working properly - known as neurodegeneration.WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY?Life expectancy for about half of those with the condition is three years from the start of symptoms. Some people may live for up to 10 years, and in rarer circumstances even longer.Progressing as slowly as Hawking, however, occurs in just one percent of cases.WHAT DID HAWKING TEACH SCIENTISTS ABOUT ALS?Hawking's case offered clear evidence to researchers that ALS is more variable than many realize.There are multiple forms of the disease, generally broken down into four categories:All of those forms have the potential to kill the patient by affecting the respiratory system (diaphragm) and muscles to swallow (which causes malnutrition and dehydration).However, Hawking's diaphragm and swallowing muscles remained intact until the end of his life.It showed scientists that, if that is the case, the patient could live a much longer life than expected, even if they lose their capacity to move and talk.His case also showed that ALS sufferers can escape damage to essential parts of the brain.While scientists remain somewhat baffled by his long life, many posit that it could have something to do with him being diagnosed at such a young age.The condition can affect adults of all ages, including teenagers, although this is extremely rare.It's usually diagnosed in people (mainly men) over 40, but most people with the condition first develop symptoms in their 60s.Juvenile ALS, however, progresses at a much, much slower rate than later-i AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5500815/How-did-Stephen-Hawking-live-long-ALS.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - How KPMG raked in almost £30m from bust builder Carillion
The scandal-hit accountant has checked the construction giant’s books since 1999 and is facing questions over how it gave them a clean bill of health in March 2017.Carillion went into compulsory liquidation last Monday with debts of up to £5billion and only £29million cash in the bank.Bosses will be hauled before MPs to explain what went wrong.KPMG also faces a possible probe from accountancy watchdog the Financial Reporting Council.Frank Field, chairman of the parliamentary work and pensions committee, is demanding answers from KPMG on how robustly it examined Carillion’s accounts.Last year KPMG was cleared of wrongdoing over its audit of HBOS before it collapsed.But a probe by the Mail found there were at least three former KPMG employees on the investigating committee.It has also emerged that Carillion was forced to reveal extra information in its 2016 accounts following an FRC review.It is not clear what the information was.A KPMG spokesman said: ‘Transparency and accountability are vital in building public trust in audit.We welcome the opportunity to assist the committee’s investigations and will provide our fullest co-operation.’ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5318049/How-KPMG-raked-30m-bust-builder-Carillion.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Cannabis drug may help alcohol and cocaine addicts overcome cravings
A supplement derived from cannabis may help alcohol and cocaine addicts overcome their cravings, new research suggests.Recovering rats given cannabidiol (CBD) are less likely to relapse when exposed to drugs, a study, by the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, found.This is thought to be due to the supplement easing anxiety and stress, as well as reducing impulsive behaviour, according to the researchers.After just three days of receiving CBD, recovering rats are still less likely to relapse five months later, the study found.The researchers hope the findings will assist in the development of treatments to prevent human drug relapses.CBD is a cannabis-derived nutritional supplement that is thought to possess a range of medicinal benefits and has been reported to help people suffering from migraines, psoriasis, acne and depression.Legal in the UK, it does not contain any THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes users 'high'.Speaking of the findings, lead author Dr Friedbert Weiss said: 'The efficacy of the CBD to reduce reinstatement in rats with both alcohol and cocaine - and, as previously reported, heroin - histories predicts therapeutic potential for addiction treatment across several classes of abused drugs.'The results provide proof of principle supporting the potential of CBD in relapse prevention along two dimensions: beneficial actions across several vulnerability states and long-lasting effects with only brief treatment.'Therefore, effects such as these observed with CBD that concurrently ameliorate several of these are likely to be more effective in preventing relapse than treatments targeting only a single state.'Results further suggest CBD is completely cleared from such rats' brains just three days after the treatment ends.The findings were published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology.How the research was carried outThe researchers applied a gel containing CBD every day for a week to the skin of rats who were addicted to cocaine or alcohol.Tests were performed to determine the animals' responses to stressful and anxiety-provoking situations.Such scenarios included placing the rodents, who are typically agoraphobic, in a maze with open and enclosed spaces, and assessing the amount and length of time they chose to spend outside.The researchers also assessed how impulsive, a trait associated with drug addiction, the animals were.CBD halves the risk of a seizure in more than 40% of epilepsy patientsThis comes after research released last month suggested CBD halves the risk of suffering a seizure in 44 percent of epilepsy patients.Taking CBD alongside the commonly-prescribed medication clobazam also makes 10 percent of epilepsy patients drug-free, a US study found.The dual treatment also enables up to 26 percent of people with epilepsy to reduce their medications' doses, the research adds.In addition, introducing CBD into epilepsy patients' drug regimens makes 14 percent feel more alert and bett AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5537071/Cannabis-drug-help-alcohol-cocaine-addicts-overcome-cravings-study-finds.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Kahn unleashes its £250k Land Rover Defender 6x6 Civilian Carrier
This is the new Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6x6 Civillian Carrier, and it will take you and eight others just about anywhere you can imagine going.The enormous nine-seat offroader starts life as a modest Land Rover Defender 110 before being stretched out to 5.1 metres in length and fitted with two additional wheels to make it the ultimate all-terrain SUV on the planet.Priced from £249,995, every rich kid will want one - the only problem is finding a space big enough to park it.This is the first prototype made by Kahn Design, which committed to making the massive six-wheeler a reality for anyone who wants it.And Mr Kahn has his sights set on a a variety of buyers.In an official statement during the unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, the car customising firm said it would 'not look out of place with London, Chelsea or New York-centric drivers, rock climbers and off-roaders at the helm, nor would it look weary in battle as troops speed into combat'.That is one broad spectrum of customers.The unstoppable beast measures in at 5.1 metres long - almost an extra metre on the standard Defender and around the same as a Rolls-Royce Phantom - with a huge rear passenger deck sitting on top of the four wheels at the back of the SUV.Fingers crossed it comes with reversing sensors, because this will not be an easy car to parallel park.Powering it is a choice of a 170 horse-power 2.2-litre diesel engine capable of a maximum speed of 130mph or a gruntier 430 horse-power 6.2-litre V8 diesel - which will cost quite a bit extra but will be capable of towing anything from a caravan to a tank.Power is sent to all six wheels with a hi-lo ration drive system and locking differentials. Translated into English, it means that no bog, dune or mountain face will be too difficult for this two-tonne hunk of metal.That's not to say it will be a completely utilitarian vehicle.With a two, three, two, two seat layout, there's more room than any MPV currently on the market, though space for rock-climbing ropes and Harrods shopping bags is limited by the number of people you carry.It can also be ordered with a full panoramic roof that extends from the B pillars towards the rear and a plush interior with high quality fabrics and materials spanning from front to back.Afzal Kahn, chief executive of Kahn Design, said the coach-built vehicle will be snapped up quickly by discerning investors as well as collectors of all-purpose all-terrain monsters.'We are a fully independent British car company and it is an exciting time,' he said.'The Civilian Carrier is a stunning six-wheel drive car, ideal for big families who enjoy spending time together in the great outdoors.'With extensive safety features and plenty of clever technology to make driving effortless, the Civilian Carrier could be the best choice for carrying family, friends and their luggage.'Despite going out of production in January 2016, Mr Kahn said he still has a soft spot for the Defender - a model that was based on AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5468561/Kahn-Design-unleashes-250-000-6x6-Civilian-Carrier.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - University College London scientists find possible blindness cure
A revolutionary medical technique that harnesses the power of stem cell therapy has restored the vision of two patients.A man in his 80s and women in her 60s suffered from age-related macular degeneration - the most common form of blindness - and were unable to read even with glasses.However, they regained their vision and could read normally after a team of British doctors inserted a patch of stem cells into their retinas.The groundbreaking trial, conducted at Moorfields Eye Hospital, offers hope of a cure for the condition, which strikes 600,000 adults in the UK and less than two million in the US.It is the first time an engineered piece of tissue has been successfully used to treat people with sudden severe sight loss.Researchers believe it could lead to an 'off-the-shelf' treatment within five years and could become as commonplace as cataract surgery.Scientists at University College London created the procedure with the help of experts at the National Institute for Health Research.How is the procedure carried out?The stem cell procedure, which can take as little as 45 minutes, is carried out under local anaesthetic.It involves taking a single embryonic stem cell and growing it into a 6mm patch of 100,000 retinal pigment cells.That patch is then rolled into a thin tube, which is injected through a tiny slit in the eye.Once unfurled, it is placed behind the retina where scientists claim it replaces the faulty cells.The new findings, which saw the two patients monitored for 12 months, are a major milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness.The movement was established ten years ago with the aim of curing vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration.The study was published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.Professor Lyndon da Cruz, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: 'The results suggest that this new therapeutic approach is safe and provides good visual outcomes.'The patients who received the treatment had very severe AMD, and their improved vision will go some way to enhance their quality of life.'We recognise that this is a small group of patients, but we hope that what we have learned from this study will benefit many more in the future.'How was the study carried out?The study investigated whether the diseased cells at the back of the patients' affected eye could be replenished using a stem cell patch.A specially engineered surgical tool was used to insert the patch under the retina in the eye of each patient in an operation lasting one to two hours.The patients - who went from not being able to read at all, even with glasses, to reading 60-80 words per minute with normal reading glasses - were monitored for 12 months and reported improvements to their vision.Professor Pete Coffey from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology said: 'This study represents real progress in regenerative medicine and opens the door on new treatment options for people with age-related macular degener AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5519093/Could-cure-blindness.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction
A Honda Monkey Bike formerly owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is set to go under the hammer in March and has been earmarked to sell for a staggering £30,000.The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by the singer song-writer to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250.Versions of Honda's miniature trials bike of a similar age have recently sold at auction for more than £5,000. If Beatles and bike collectors want this one, they'll need to stump up at least six times that figure to get a Ticket to Ride to buy it.The Monkey Bike will be available at H&H Classics' National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Auction in Solihull in the West Midlands on 4 March.Pictures supplied with the sale of registration number XUC 91H show Lennon riding the Monkey Bike at the Sunningdale premises near Ascot with son Julian on the back in February 1970.This was just before the Beatles legend flogged it to Henry Graham, the owner of bike shop Motor Cycle City in Farnborough in 1971, before moving to the US.Later in the same year, current owner John Harington - a yachtsman from Weymouth, Dorset - purchased the dinky Honda for £250 and, not believing it was actually owned by the Beatles star, took the diminutive motorcycle on his boats and used it regularly to get around foreign ports.However, after seeing images of the iconic music star riding the bike, Harington conducted his own research and had the authenticity of the Honda approved in 2011, confirming it was first owned by Lennon.At the time of receiving this approval, Mr Harington was quoted by The Times as rejecting an offer of £90,000 for the little Honda, because 'like a fine wine it becomes more valuable with time'.Having kept the bike for 47 years, the last six of which have been spent displaying it at events and shows, the bike is now being offered for sale, though with no official reserve price.H&H Classics describes the machine as unrestored with largely original parts, and as being in running order.Mark Bryan, head of sales in the auction houses motorcycle department, said: 'Naturally we are thrilled to be entrusted with the marketing and sale of this bike, given its extraordinary provenance.'A similar model, previously used by fellow Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and also reported to have been owned by Lennon, sold in 2008 for £36,000 in a Bonhams sale in Knightbridge, London.The bike, a Honda 160Z Monkey Bike, was said to have been owned by the Imagine and Happy Xmas (War is Over) singer and was showcased alongside the same image of Lennon and his son from 1970 when it went under the hammer a decade ago.According to the former keeper, it was inherited by Ringo Starr when Lennon and Yoko Ono moved from the country estate to New York.The drummer later gifted the bike to Richard Anderson, a landscape gardener, who had helped Starr move from the Tittenhurst Park premises.A comparable 1969 Honda Z50A Mini-Trial Monkey Bike signed by the late Formula 1 and Moto AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5234919/Beatles-legend-John-Lennons-Monkey-Bike-auction.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Martina Rando reveals the basic mistakes most Yoga beginners make
A yoga teacher has taken it upon herself to educate beginners about the simple mistakes most of them make during their practice thanks to comparative Instagram pictures.Martina Rando, of Milan, Italy is an accredited yoga teacher with 252,000 followers on the platform, where she shares her illustrated tips.Many of her posts consist in side-by-side photos of Martina performing the same yoga pose, once with classic mistakes and once with correct posture.The goal is to show people the pitfalls they might encounter, and how they can remedy them to fully reap the benefits from their practice and avoid injuring themselves.Recently, she demonstrated the wheel pose, highlighting the importance of keeping an open chest and engaging the muscles of the inner thighs.Martina, who divides each of her photos into an 'avoid' and a 'try' or 'yes' category, advised her followers to steer clear from bent elbows and dropping shoulders, while opening their chest and keeping their toes and knees from splaying out.She told them to pay attention to their spine and engage the muscles in their inner thighs.In her post, Martina also highlighted how using blocks can help beginners to ease into the wheel pose, pointing out how being patient can lead to the best results.Yogis who cannot perform an asana, rather than trying to force their body into the posture, are encouraged to find intermediate options while slowly working towards the full pose.Martina has also detailed the secrets of an optimal downward dog, telling her followers to avoid pushing their hips up and to keep their shoulders from moving forward.To beginners, she recommended bending their knees and pushing their chest towards their thighs.More advanced yogis, meanwhile, can push their heels towards the ground and aim to form a straight line with their upper body from their wrists to their hips while pushing their navel in and gazing at it, Martina indicated in one of her posts.The yoga teacher, who was born in 1991, explained on her website that she started exercising regularly in the summer of 2015 and tried yoga while pursuing a more balanced lifestyle.She immediately loved the practice and after getting her master's degree, became qualified as a yoga teacher, determined to invest more time into her passion.In addition to her comparative photos, she also regularly shares videos of her own practices, as relaxing yoga sequences and photos of herself performing poses in various settings. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5456167/Yogi-reveals-basic-mistakes-beginners-make.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Google unveils new Maps feature to show wheelchair accessible routes
Google Maps now includes a feature that helps people who rely on wheelchairs navigate public transit in some metropolitan areas.The feature is now accessible in New York, Boston, Mexico City, Sydney, Tokyo and London.The wheelchair accessible filter was created to help wheelchair using commuters as well as people who rely on crutches or frequently push strollers while out and about.The wheelchair accessible filter can be turned on in the Google Maps app's 'Options' section along with other route preferences, such as one that highlights paths that require less walking and another that shows routes that include fewer transfersGoogle said the company hopes to work with transit authorities all over the world to roll out the feature in more and more cities.A statement from Google said: 'Google Maps was built to help people navigate and explore the world, providing directions, worldwide, to people traveling by car, bicycle or on foot.'But in city centers, buses and trains are often the best way to get around, which presents a challenge for people who use wheelchairs or with other mobility needs.'Information about which stations and routes are wheelchair friendly isn't always readily available or easy to find. To make public transit work for everyone, we're introducing "wheelchair accessible" routes in transit navigation to make getting around easier for those with mobility needs.'The wheelchair accessible filter can be turned on in the Google Maps app's 'Options' section along with other route preferences, such as one that highlights paths that require less walking and another that shows routes that include fewer transfers.Google said: 'In addition to making public transportation more accessible, people around the world have been helping us add accessibility information to Google Maps.'The company said that last year it began examining accessibility factors that might be helpful to users, such whether or not locations have accessible bathrooms and if they feature step-free entrances.Google is also updating Street View images of transit hubs so that people can look at the interiors of stations before they arrive.'We built this [new] feature to make life easier for people who use wheelchairs, but accessible routes are also helpful if you're on crutches or pushing a stroller,' the company said.It also acknowledged the transit agencies that helped with the development of the new feature. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5510497/Google-unveils-new-Maps-feature-wheelchair-accessible-routes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - World's fastest charger gives electric cars full power in minutes
Swiss engineering firm ABB claims to have created the world's fastest electric vehicle charger.Called the Terra High Power DC fast charger, the device can give the average electric car 120 miles of range in a mere eight minutes.The 350 kilowatt charger can recharge vehicles almost three times faster than the rate of Tesla's Supercharger charging stations, according to New Atlas.ABB says its DC fast chargers are best suited for use at highway rest stops and petrol stations.So far, the firm has installed over 6,500 fast charging stations in 60 countries.As more and more advanced charging technology is developed, it should help incentivize the adoption of electric vehicles.Current chargers are significantly slower than the machines ABB has proposed.CHAdeMO chargers, which were recently adopted by Volkswagen, only provide about 62.5 kilawatts of charge.Tesla Superchargers put out about 120 kilawatts, despite Elon Musk recentlyjoking that 350 kW would only power a 'children's toy'.There are few cars capable of handling up to 350 kW charging, as many try to preserve battery life and can take an upwards of 200 kW, New Atlas noted.For now, ABB's super fast chargers are only likely to work when multiple cars are plugged in at once.Meanwhile, Tesla has been steadily ramping up the number of Supercharger stations it has set up around the country.Last September, the firm said it would expand its Supercharger network into city centers and downtown areas, starting with Chicago and Boston.To support high usage and accommodate for having less space for the stations, Tesla is also developing a brand new smaller Supercharger specifically for cities.While a lot of talk about Tesla has been its move toward allowing for longer drives with Supercharge stations along highways and popular driving routes, it has installed 'Destination Charging' connectors at hotels, resorts, restaurants, and more.The company will do the same in urban areas, opening Supercharger stations at supermarkets, malls, and other busy destinations.'Supercharger stations in urban areas will be installed in convenient locations, including supermarkets, shopping centers and downtown districts, so it’s easy for customers to charge their car in the time it takes to grocery shop or run errands,' Tesla said.To fit their chargers into cities, Tesla has developed a new smaller Supercharger design.'Superchargers in urban areas have a new post design that occupies less space and is easier to install, making them ideal for dense, highly populated areas,' Tesla said.These chargers will be the same price as the current Superchargers, but they will work a little differently.Each will have 72 kilowatts dedicated to power each car, which means charging speeds won't be affected if multiple cars at charging at once.This will result in more consistent charging times around 45 to 50 minutes.The existent stations charge with up to 145 kilowatts of power that is distributed between two adjacent cars and can get a Tesla AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5662739/Worlds-fastest-charger-electric-cars-battery-power-just-eight-minutes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Twitter users explode over photo of mother-of-five with young-onset dementia cuddli
When mother-of-five Phyllis Feener started fumbling on simple tasks at work in 2012, she put it down to side effects from menopause.At 52, she was used to unexpected symptoms like hot flashes and forgetfulness, so just tried to work through it.But this time, it wasn't coming and going in phases, it was just getting worse, and she was let go from her job in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.Panicked, she went to her doctor for help.After a few tests, in early 2013, Phyllis received a verdict she had never expected: she had young-onset dementia.Five years later, Phyllis is in the final stages of the disease, which is incurable and terminal.But her family has remained strong, inspiring thousands of people online after her daughter Kelli posted a photo of Phyllis and husband of 34 years Stan cuddling on an armchair.'She doesn't always remember his name but she knows she is safe with him. If that's not true love, I don't know what is,' Kelli wrote.The tweet, posted on April 25, exploded: within a week it was shared 120,000 times, with 622,000 likes and more than 5,000 responses.Phyllis was diagnosed with a subtype of dementia that particularly affects speech.Logopenic Variant PPA makes it particularly difficult to find words, meaning sufferers speak slowly and often hesitate.They usually maintain their memory of what words mean, but it affects their fluency.It means that, as time goes on, it can make it harder for sufferers to understand sentence structures and fluid speech.There is no cure for any form of PPA, and while there are some treatments that are thought to slow the progression in certain types of dementia, this is not one of them.Nonetheless, some patients have seen progress working with speech therapists, so Phyllis's family got her straight into a program.'We have no way of knowing how much time we will have with Phyllis,' the family wrote last week on the GoFundMe page.'It just depends on how quickly her disease progresses. It could be two years, it could be twenty years. Either way, this will be an ongoing journey and we will need help in the years to come.'According to her speech therapist, there may be a few years left but she urged the family to start looking into care facilities.'I don't know how the next few months and years will be for Phyllis but I'm hopeful that she can maintain where she is for a while,' the therapist said on the GoFundMe page.'I do worry about her future safety because I know some progressions of dementia involve loss of muscle movement. She does a lot of things from muscle memory like feeding herself and walking but I don't know how long that will last.'I'm hoping she has many more years but I think it is important for [the family] to prepare [themselves] for that. I remember [Stan] saying that [he was] looking into long term care facilities and I think that will be so important for the future.'I'm greatly impressed at [Stan's] ability to care for her. I know 24-7 can't be easy but [he is] doing an excellent job!'Now, t AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5683423/Twitter-users-explode-photo-mother-five-young-onset-dementia-cuddling-husband.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Mother with rare eye cancer gives birth to healthy twins
A mother-of-four who was diagnosed with rare eye cancer at eight months pregnant gave birth to healthy twins despite fears that the disease would spread to the babies.Jessica Boesmiller, 37, went to her doctor with blurred vision in one eye in November, and within days was diagnosed with ocular melanoma, a rare life-threatening form of cancer.Her right eye was completely removed three weeks later with the hopes of reducing the risk of the cancer spreading to the babies.The YMCA director, who delivered a baby girl and boy days before Christmas, said she and her husband, a North Carolina firefighter, were relieved when tests confirmed the babies' placentas had not been infected.Though the cancer had not affected the infants, the mother-of-four, her husband and their two older sons are waiting for the results of a CT scan and MRI to determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of her body.At 32 weeks pregnant Jessica experienced blurred vision in one eye but thought it could be due to her pregnancy.'I expected to walk in there needing contacts, and I walked out of there with a diagnosis of OM,' Jessica said in an interview with the Herald Citizen.Just three weeks after the diagnosis, Jessica underwent surgery to completely remove her right eyeball at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina more than two hours away from their home in Charlotte.Ocular melanoma is a cancerous tumor that develops in the pigment cells that give color to the eyes.The malignant tumor grows from the middle layer of the eye which you can't see when looking in a mirror, making it difficult to detect.Although produced from the same cells in the body, ocular melanoma is different from skin melanoma and is not believed to be related to sun exposure.It is a rare disease that only effects about 2,500 adults in the US each year and is most common in men 55 and older with light-colored eyes due to the pigment production.It is a potentially lethal disease killing half of those diagnosed, especially when it spreads to the liver.Jessica and Mark's decision to remove the eye on November 30 ensured the least amount of harm to the babies, whereas radiation would be an alternative.A c-section was scheduled for the week before Christmas and an MRI and CT scan to determine the spread of the cancer and its stage was put off until a week after delivery.The mother, who now wears an eye patch, gave birth on December 21 to Piper Marie who weighted six pounds eight ounces and Mason Dare who weighed six pounds one ounce.Tests were done on the twins' placentas which revealed they are cancer free.The couple also have two older sons Conner, nine, and Caleb, seven.A GoFundMe has been created by family and friends to cover their out-of-pocket expenses of traveling to hospitals between North Carolina and Philadelphia, the costs of newborns and to make up for unplanned time off of work.Mark took to Facebook to write about his wife's adjustment to her eye patch.'After being up half the night due the p AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5228797/Mother-rare-eye-cancer-gives-birth-healthy-twins.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Saver scoops £1m in his FIRST ever Premium Bond draw
A man from Bedfordshire has scooped the £1million jackpot prize just a month after buying Premium Bonds for the very first time.The man invested £7,000 in the popular government-backed savings products and defied mammoth odds to win the jackpot in the first month that his bonds were eligible to win a prize.He was one of March's two jackpot winners, the other being a Wiltshire man who has held Premium Bonds since childhood.Premium Bonds are Britain’s most popular savings product - around 21million people hold almost £72billion worth.Those who invest in the National Savings and Investments run bonds have a typical return of 1.4 per cent. Nearly 3million bonds won prizes of £25 in the March draw.The minimum amount savers can invest is £100 - and the money can be withdrawn anytime.Those who hold bonds, however, have the odds stacked against them and may not win a prize each year - or even during their lifetime, depending on the size of their investment. For instance, there is a 1 in 24,500 chance of a single bond winning £25.The chances of any £1 bond winning the jackpot are an eye-watering one in 36billion, showing just how lucky that bond holder from Bedforshire is to win within one month of investing.In comparison, the chances of winning the Lotto are roughly 1 in 14million per £2 ticket - however, unlike Premium Bonds, the stake is lost unless you win.The man won with bond number 320GM702120 and has since invested a further £500 of bonds that were not eligible for the draw.The other winner was an individual from Wiltshire who has owned a few Premium Bonds since childhood. He is the second person from the county to win one of the jackpots this year.He has held the maximum limit of £50,000 in the account since August 2017.NS&I has offered two £1million jackpot prizes in its draws since January 2016, while the amount savers can hold in them has risen in recent years.The draw is made by Electronic Random Number Indicator Equipment - otherwise known as ERNIE - each month.Jill Waters, retail director at NS&I, said: 'The popularity of Premium Bonds is enriched with the moments ERNIE creates and the great stories that are there to be told.'March’s jackpot winners won with Bonds purchased within the last seven months, and ERNIE has rewarded them with the top prizes in such a short space of time.'In total, over 3million prizes have been paid out in March 2018’s prize draw. This is the first month in which ERNIE has paid out over 3million prizes.'Agent Million - who travels the country to deliver the jackpot news (LINK: 2221468) - will be hand delivering their prizes this month.NS&I says there are currently around 1.4million unclaimed Premium Bonds prizes, worth over £58million.In Wiltshire, there are currently around 9,000 unclaimed prizes worth over £330,000. Bedfordshire currently has around 5,000 unclaimed prizes worth over £200,000.In the March 2018 draw, a total of 3,004,822 prizes worth £85,887,850 will be paid out. There were 73,618,138,796 bonds el AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5446171/Saver-scoops-1m-Premium-Bond-draw.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The new chief executive at Dixons Carphone could earn £15m
The new chief executive of Dixons Carphone has been awarded a suite of financial rewards that could earn him up to £15 million over the next five years.Alex Baldock has been parachuted into the firm to replace Sebastian James, whose departure to take up a new post running Boots was revealed in a surprise announcement on Friday night.Baldock resigned from his former job at Shop Direct, based in Speke, Liverpool, in October last year. It is the UK’s second largest purely online retailer with brands including Very.co.uk and Littlewoods.While at Shop Direct, Baldock ditched the familiar Littlewoods catalogues in favour of internet-only purchasing. He is understood to be in line for a salary, pension and annual bonus, which could top £2 million each year if he hits performance targets.He will also be awarded shares of almost three times his basic pay which will be made available to him in five years’ time if he remains with the firm for that period.Baldock’s total rewards could be several million pounds higher if he reinvigorates the share price, which is at £1.88 per share compared to £5 two years ago. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5293201/The-new-chief-executive-Dixons-Carphone-earn-15m.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Boohoo has grown vastly - and so could its share price
Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane have form. Throughout much of the 1990s, the duo worked together to supply high street retailers with the latest fashion items for customers.Having built an understanding of the market and an enviable distribution network, they founded their own retail business, Boohoo, some ten years ago.The Manchester-based business was exclusively online from the start – its name was devised at a time when Google and Yahoo had created a trend for double-O brands.Sales were slow at first but Boohoo began to rocket, once Kamani and Kane gained experience of how e-commerce works and how quickly word can spread, especially among Boohoo's target 16 to 24-year-old market.The firm floated in March 2014 at 50p. Today the shares are 187.25p and should increase materially as Boohoo takes market share from less agile competitors, encourages existing customers to spend more, and expands overseas.When Boohoo joined the stock market, its annual turnover was £110million and its profit £8.4 million.The business has grown in leaps and bounds since then. In the 12 months to February 2017, Kamani and Kane delivered sales of £295million and profit of almost £25million. This year, turnover of more than £550million is expected, alongside profits of about £45million.Unlike Asos, its much larger online rival, Boohoo only sells its own brands. Initially, there was just the eponymous Boohoo brand.Then two more were acquired, Pretty Little Thing and Nasty Gal.All three appeal to the youth market, but each has a slightly different nuance and each has its own website.Crucially, sales are roaring ahead in all three divisions.Boohoo has gained a reputation for savvy marketing and distribution, using social media channels such as Instagram and Facebook to showcase its wares and gain endorsement from celebrities, such as singer Miley Cyrus and actress Bella Thorne.The retailer has more than six million active customers, who are offered a choice of 35,000 styles, with new stock arriving every day.Prices are low, often below £20, delivery is quick and UK returns are free, so the buying process is stress-free.Boohoo is expanding abroad, gaining customers as far afield as Australia, as well as on the Continent and in Ireland.All sales are processed from a million square foot, five-storey warehouse in Burnley, Lancashire. This warehouse is due to double in size and overseas centres are likely to open in time.Other brands may join the Boohoo stable but expansion is likely to be measured.Midas verdict: Boohoo is valued at more than £2billion but Kamani and Kane are keen to expand the company further, turning it into a worldwide fashion phenomenon. Progress has been encouraging to date, but there is plenty more to come.At 187.25p, the shares have done well since the flotation, but they are off their summer peak, following short-term concerns over profit margins. These should be ironed out over time. Buy. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5294091/Boohoo-grown-vastly-share-price.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - GKN may be at the centre of a bidding war
Struggling British engineer GKN could find itself at the centre of a bidding war as American buyout giant Carlyle weighs up a counter bid.GKN, which rebuffed a £7 billion swoop from City turnaround specialists Melrose Industries on Friday, claiming it was ‘opportunistic’ and undervalued its business, has now won the attention of Carlyle – one of the world’s biggest private equity firms.Carlyle’s interest in GKN has reportedly intensified in recent months after the engineer’s share price was hammered by two profit warnings.GKN, meanwhile, is powering ahead with its own growth strategy, unveiling plans to split its aerospace and cars divisions, as well as appointing interim chief Anne Stevens as full-time boss, which saw her become the FTSE 100’s eighth female chief executive. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5268719/GKN-centre-bidding-war.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Home raffles are not an easy solution
We love our homes. We invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in them — along with a lot of blood, sweat and tears.Down the pub or at a dinner party, the topic of house prices inevitably crops up. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Predictions on what they will do next can unite or divide us.So it’s understandable that when there is a fundamental shift in the housing market, people start doing crazy things.Figures show that house prices are falling and sales slowing, but some sellers refuse to accept this. They think that just because the house next door sold for half a million a few years back when prices were flying, theirs will, too.And when it doesn’t, they are turning to extreme measures.The last time home raffles were this popular was in the wake of the financial crisis, when property prices had plummeted.Renu Qadri, Roger Hickman and Susan DeVere all say they had tried to sell their homes using a traditional estate agent but to no avail. They couldn’t get the price they wanted or, in some cases, even an offer. So instead, they put their houses up for raffle online in the hope that this would make them more cash.However, as they’ve discovered, home raffles are not an easy solution. They are a huge amount of work and rarely successful.Anyone thinking of entering a competition to win a home should also tread carefully — there are often good reasons why seemingly desirable properties don’t sell through traditional routes.Always ask yourself: can you afford to run the property if you win, or does it come with a lease that’ll soon need to be renewed?Last week, Dan Hyde launched our switching competition to find Money Mail’s best bills bargain-hunter. For me, it was a timely reminder to shop around as Admiral had just sent over my home insurance renewal quote.New rules mean that insurers now have to tell you how much you paid last year. Admiral, it seemed, had hiked my premium by more than 20 per cent.After popping my details into a comparison site, I could see other insurers were much cheaper. After a nine-minute call, Admiral had matched the best price and reduced my excess.‘Often renewal prices are automated and you just need the human touch,’ the operator said.So you may not even have to switch to make a saving — just politely threaten to.More and more shops are now asking customers if they want receipts emailed to them.In the past, my answer has always been no, assuming it’s a ploy for firms to get their hands on our details and spam us with ads. But, actually, it turns out they could be very useful.My NutriBullet has stopped working. It isn’t very old so it should be possible to exchange it for a new one.The problem is that the receipt was binned ages ago and as I paid for it with a gift card, there is no way to prove where it came from. If I had a copy of my receipt safely stored in my inbox, life would be much easier.You could even set up an account just for receipts, to avoid receiving junk mail in your usual inbox.New Year, new diary. Th AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/comment/article-5230035/VICTORIA-BISCHOFF-Home-raffles-not-easy-solution.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - World Health chiefs draw up list of 10 viruses
Ten killer viruses that pose the most 'urgent' threat to humanity have been revealed by concerned experts.The World Health Organization has released its annual list of lethal pathogens that research should be fast-tracked for.Ebola and Zika, which both have caused brutal pandemics in the past four years, were named amid fears they could strike again.For the first time ever, 'Disease X' - representing a pathogen currently unknown to scientists - was mentioned by the WHO.The list, published this week, comes amid mounting fears of a global pandemic, with experts concerned about the flu season that rocked the world.Dr Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, warned earlier this week humanity is 'vulnerable' to an outbreak that could kill millions.'Not in any order'Announcing the list of 'prioritised diseases', a statement on the WHO's website read: 'The order of diseases on this list does not denote any ranking of priority.'This is not an exhaustive list, nor does it indicate the most likely causes of the next epidemic.' The list was not in an alphabetical order.Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever, which kills 40 per cent of those it strikes and was recently spotted in Uganda, made its way onto the list.Officials are also concerned about Marburg virus, considered to be one of the most deadly pathogens in existence. It also rocked the African nation in November.The other five lethal diseases mentioned on the list of needing urgent action include: Lassa fever, MERS, SARS, Nipah virus and Rift Valley fever.It is the first time 'Disease X' has made its way onto the list, which is compiled by a branch of the WHO that aims to fast-track disease research.WHO said: 'Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease.'And so the R&D Blueprint explicitly seeks to enable cross-cutting R&D preparedness that is also relevant for an unknown “Disease X” as far as possible.'Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), first spotted in China just seven years ago, has been dropped from this year's urgent list, the third of its kind.While the WHO warned SFTS and 14 other viruses pose a 'major' threat to humanity, but there isn't an 'urgent' need for accelerated research.Flu was included on the list of prioritised diseases. The killer virus has caused havoc around the world so far this winter, gripping the US, UK and Australia.This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, which killed 50 million people across the world - three times more than World War 1.And tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, cholera, leishmaniasis, West Nile Virus and even plague also made it onto the secondary list.The latter prompted international concerns in autumn last year, after triggering the 'worst outbreak in 50 years' in Madagascar, killing more than 200 people. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5395447/World-health-chiefs-draw-list-10-viruses.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - ALLIANCE TRUST: Dividend rise continues
A lot of water has flowed under the bridge in recent years at Dundee- based Alliance Trust. Yet, despite all the trauma and culling, it seems the investment trust is in better shape than it has been for a long time.Announcing its 2017 results last week, the trust’s board confirmed the shake-up is complete and that barring a catastrophe, this year will see another gentle increase in the annual dividend – taking its unbroken record of dividend growth to 52 years. Only two trusts, The City of London and The Bankers, have equivalent records.To say Alliance has been through the proverbial wringer is an understatement. As a result of a five-year campaign by investment activist Elliott to shake up the trust, it bears little resemblance to its former self.The investment management of the trust has been outsourced, its investment arm sold to asset manager Liontrust and the chief executive – Katherine Garrett-Cox – unceremoniously axed.Today, the trust has managed to get shot of Elliott by buying back its shares. Despite all the chopping and changing, the performance numbers have held up well. Since the trust’s investment management has been overseen by consultants Willis Towers Watson (from last April), the share price has increased by a respectable eight per cent.The transformation from internal to external management has been quite a feat.Asset manager BlackRock was brought in to oversee the change which saw all bar a handful of the trust’s stocks (less than 20) sold.It then constructed portfolios for the eight fund managers chosen by Willis Towers to run Alliance’s investments – the individual stocks within the portfolios having already been requested by the individual managers. The result is a trust comprising positions in 189 companies spread across the world but with a predominance in the United States.Craig Baker, chief investment officer at Willis Towers, says the external fund managers were chosen for their complementary investment strategies – a point confirmed by the fact that only 11 stocks overall are held by two or more of the managers. They were also picked with a view to ensuring the trust can keep growing its dividend.He adds: ‘They are all running high conviction portfolios which means no more than 20 holdings each. The only exception is GQG Partners which runs two separate portfolios for Alliance, one globally focused and the other with a basket of some 50 emerging markets stocks.’The eight investment managers include the familiar and the not so well known (in the UK at least). Among the known are investment houses Jupiter and River Mercantile.Off the usual radar of UK investors are Black Creek (based in Toronto, Canada), New York-based Lyrical Asset Management and Sustainable Growth Advisers (Connecticut, United States). So far Baker has stuck with the original eight although he envisages manager turnover of between 10 and 15 per cent a year – so one change a year.Anthony Brooke is a non-executive director of Alliance who was brought i AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5485513/ALLIANCE-TRUST-Dividend-rise-continues.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Rare type of stroke is increasing among pregnant women
Researchers found pregnant women who had the stroke fare better than non-pregnant womenThe condition that accounts for 0.01 to 0.08 percent of emergency room visits overallPregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage increased from four to six percentA rare form of stroke is increasing among pregnant women, according to a new study.Researchers at the University of Iowa discovered that the percentage of pregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (sSAH) – which occurs without trauma to the head or neck – has increased from four to six percent within 12 years.Black and Hispanic pregnant women had a higher proportion of sSAH during pregnancy at eight and seven percent, respectively, compared to just 3.83 percent of white women.However, researchers said the condition is a 'clinical conundrum' since pregnant women who experienced sSAH fared better than non-pregnant women with the condition.This study is the latest to show the dire health issues for pregnant women in the US, which has the highest rate of maternal deaths than any other developed country, largely due to pregnancy-related strokes.'Pregnant women with spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage may have better outcomes than previously expected, which challenges prior findings from small, single-center reviews,' said Dr Kaustubh Limaye, neurologist and lead author of the study.Spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage, or sSAH, a condition that accounts for 0.01 to 0.08 percent of emergency room visits, occurs when there's bleeding between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain.According to Medscape, symptoms of the condition include headache, dizziness, and in some cases, vision loss.Dr Limaye and his colleagues reviewed US records obtained for nearly 4,000 women aged 15 to 49 from 2002 and 2014 for the study, which was presented at the American Stroke Association's International Conference in Los Angeles.Over the 12-year period, they found that the incidence of sSAH during pregnancy increased from four to six percent and was slightly reduced in non-pregnant women.The percentage of pregnant women with sSAH was highest among those between the ages of 20 and 29 years old at 20 percent and African Americans at eight percent. They found it was lowest among pregnant women between the ages of 40 and 49 years old at less than one percent.However, they also found that pregnant women with sSAH had better health outcomes than non-pregnant women who suffered the stroke.Dr Limaye found that only eight percent of pregnant women admitted to the hospital with the stroke died, compared to 17 percent of women who weren't pregnant.'We need to increase awareness in the medical community about the increasing trend of spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage in pregnancy because management of these patients continues to be a clinical conundrum,' Dr Limaye said.There's a growing number of women experiencing stroke while pregnant.A 2011 study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Assoc AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5307387/Rare-type-stroke-increasing-pregnant-women.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Barclays £1.4bn fine for toxic home loan sales
Barclays will pay a £1.4billion penalty for mis- selling sub-prime US mortgage bonds that helped trigger the financial crisis more than a decade ago.Jes Staley, the bank's chief executive, last night settled with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) over billions in toxic housing debt it sold between 2005 and 2007.The DoJ claimed that Barclays' investment arm 'caused billions of dollars in losses to investors by engaging in a fraudulent scheme'.Two senior bankers at the time of the scandal – Paul Menefee and John Carroll – will between them pay the DoJ a £1.4million penalty.The deal ends one of Barclays' last hangovers from the financial crisis, and closes a long-running battle with American authorities. It also gives the bank a much-needed boost amid questions over its future direction.It is thought the Americans demanded as much as £5billion in compensation for trades in toxic mortgage-backed securities, but Staley, who took over in 2015, refused to cut a deal and forced the DoJ to take legal action.Last night he said: 'I am pleased that we have been able to reach a fair and proportionate settlement with the Department of Justice.'It has been a priority for this management team from the start to resolve these historic issues in a timely and appropriate manner wherever possible.'Barclays' shares leapt as much as 1.3 per cent when the decision was revealed, on hopes it can start throwing off more cash to investors.It is likely to relieve pressure on the lender after it was targeted by activist investor Edward Bramson – and will trigger fresh focus on Natwest owner Royal Bank of Scotland, the last big British lender with an outstanding DoJ case.The payout, which will be reflected in Barclays' results for the first three months of this year, probably hitting the bank's profits, comes after it completed restructuring efforts last year by selling the last of £110billion of non-essential businesses.Staley has overseen a radical transformation, pulling out of Africa after more than 90 years on the continent, to focus on growing the investment bank in the UK and US.However, Barclays still faces a criminal prosecution in Britain over a 2008 deal with Qatari investors which prevented it needing a bailout from taxpayers – keeping the bank in private hands where politicians had no say over top bankers' bonuses.The Serious Fraud Office has pressed criminal charges against the lender and former senior executives, including ex-boss John Varley, claiming they illegally loaned Qatar money which it used to buy Barclays shares.Varley and the other executives deny the claims. A trial date is set for late 2019 and Barclays has not yet entered a plea.Staley is also facing an investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority after he broke City rules by attempting to unmask a whistleblower.He is likely to be forced to pay back a £1.3million bonus and at worst could even be forced to quit.But despite these risks, the DoJ deal will give Barclays breathing space ahead of a AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5560175/Barclays-1-4bn-fine-toxic-home-loan-sales.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Women really are the 'fairer' sex: Genes mean females are more likely to be blonde,
Women really are the 'fairer' sex, new research suggests.Joint lead author Professor Tim Spector, from King's College London, said: 'We found that women have significantly fairer hair than men, which reflects how important cultural practices and sexual preferences are in shaping our genes and biology.'The researchers also discovered 124 genes that play a major role in determining human hair colour, of which 100 were not previously associated with pigmentation, a study found today.They add their findings could boost treatments in many different diseases.Professor Spector added: 'This work will impact several fields of biology and medicine.'As the largest ever genetic study on pigmentation, it will improve our understanding of diseases like melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer.'The genes that affect hair colour also affect other cancer types, while other pigment genes affect the chances of having Crohn's and other forms of bowel disease.''This will impact several fields of medicine'The researchers add their findings could advance scientists' knowledge of other conditions linked to pigmentation, including testicular, prostate and ovarian cancers.Professor Spector said: 'Our work helps us to understand what causes human diversity in appearance by showing how genes involved in pigmentation subtly adapted to external environments and even social interactions during our evolution.Co-author Dr. David Hinds, of 23andMe, added: 'While the genetics of hair colour is an interesting problem in itself, we hope that better understanding of the biology of melanin pigmentation will be applicable to studies of diseases that interact with pigmentation, such as skin cancer or vitiligo.'The researchers add that as well as their findings being useful in medicine, they may also be relevant in forensic science.Joint lead author Professor Manfred Kayser, from the Erasmus University, added: 'Besides substantially increasing our understanding of human pigmentation genetics in general, finding these new hair colour genes is also important for further increasing the accuracy of hair colour prediction from DNA traces in future forensic applications, which can help to find unknown perpetrators of crime.'How the research was carried outThe researchers analysed the DNA of almost 300,000 people of European descent from data supplied by UK Biobank, at-home genetic-testing service 23andMe Inc, the International Visible Trait Genetics Consortium and their study partners.Self-reported hair colour was also collected from the participants.The findings were published in the journal Nature Genetics.This comes after research released last January suggested hair transplants cure migraines.The cosmetic procedure prevents headaches in people who have suffered crippling pain for up to 20 years, a study by the SO-EP Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, Turkey, found.After undergoing hair transplants, migraine sufferers who experienced agonising discomfort for up to four hours, several ti AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5621353/Women-really-fairer-sex-Genes-mean-females-likely-blonde-study-finds.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Drinking a baking-soda solution may help ease arthritis
The kitchen cupboard staple, which is also known as bicarbonate of soda, may prevent rheumatoid arthritis patients' immune systems attacking their joints, which leads to painful inflammation, a study found.After just two weeks of drinking water with baking soda, people produced fewer immune cells that drive inflammation and more that dampen it down, the research adds.Study author Dr Paul O'Connor, from the Medical College of Georgia, said: 'The shift from inflammatory to anti-inflammatory is happening everywhere. We saw it in the kidneys, we saw it in the spleen, we see it in the blood.'It's potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease.'Previous research suggests bicarb enables up to 20 per cent of women experiencing difficult labours to avoid Caesarean sections by neutralising acids in their wombs.Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 1.3 million adults in the US.Baking soda is thought to act on the cells that line internal organs. These cells, known as mesothelials, warn the body when there is an 'intruder' and an immune response needs to be launched.Drinking bicarb is thought to cause the spleen to 'tell' mesothelial cells not to launch an immune response.Dr O'Connor said: 'Certainly drinking bicarbonate affects the spleen and we think it's through the mesothelial cells.'The researchers, who asked healthy people to drink a bottle of baking soda-infused water, also found the beverage reduces T cells, which are also part of the immune system and are associated with inflammation.These results continued for at least four hours.The findings, published in the Journal of Immunology, further suggest drinking baking soda causes people's spleens to enlarge, which may be due to it creating an anti-inflammation response.Research released in January suggested that after drinking bicarb dissolved in water, between 17 and 20 per cent of women having slow or difficult labours give birth naturally, without harming their babies.Speaking on the BBC's Today show, study author Professor Susan Wray from the University of Liverpool explained that baking soda used in the study is the standard type available in supermarkets.The researchers believe consuming bicarb is a simple, cost-effective way to improve the wellbeing of mothers during labour all over the world.They analysed 200 women who had difficult or slow labours, some of which then drank water containing baking soda.One hour later, those who needed it were given the hormone oxytocin, which is the standard-of-care during slow deliveries and causes the uterus to contract.Those not given bicarb were administered oxytocin immediately.Around one-in-four births in the UK is carried out via c-section. Although usually safe, the procedure can cause blood clots, excessive bleeding and womb infections. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5655775/Baking-soda-eases-painful-arthritis-kitchen-staple-prevents-immune-systems-attacking-joints.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - HSBC enters 3-year DPA with US DoJ
HSBC has agreed to pay US authorities $101.5million (£73m) to settle a criminal investigation into currency rigging.Europe's largest bank has entered a three-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the US Department of Justice (DoJ), incurring a $63.1m (£45.4m) fine and it will have to pay $38.4m (£27.6m) in restitution.The fine is 15 per cent less than the initial fee because it co-operated during the investigation.According to the document, the DPA relates to HSBC’s handling of a client order by Cairn Energy and financial services it provided to another unnamed client.The settlement comes months after Mark Johnson, HSBC’s former head of cash FX trading, was found guilty by a New York court of defrauding Cairn over a £3.5billion client order.A jury ruled he had driven up the value of the pound against the dollar by buying sterling before the transaction to make a bigger profit for the bank.The London-listed bank said that the settlement cost had been covered by provisions and it would take ‘additional steps’ to bolster its compliance programme and internal controls within its investment banking unit.In a statement HSBC said: ‘The conduct described in the agreement occurred in 2010 and 2011.‘Since then, HSBC has introduced a number of measures designed to make the control environment in its Global Markets business more robust.‘The DoJ recognises these extensive improvements, noting that HSBC has dedicated significant resources to strengthening its systems and controls.’The DPA, which was filed in the US yesterday and still needs a judge’s approval, means HSBC would avoid criminal charges provided it complies with the agreement.It comes weeks after the bank was released from an earlier five-year DPA for lapses in anti-money laundering controls related to Mexican drug cartels, for which it paid a $1.9bn fine.The move follows HSBC’s settlements over its forex trading business with the Financial Conduct Authority and US Commodity Futures Trading Commission in November 2014.Banks have paid more than $10bn in fines to US and UK authorities since the forex rigging scandal broke several years ago.HSBC reported a near five-fold rise in third-quarter profits in October after pushing ahead with its cost-cutting programme and benefitting from its pivot to Asia.The lender said pre-tax profits climbed 448 per cent to $4.6bn (£3.5bn) in the three months to September 30, from $843m (£642m) during the same period last year. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5287755/Banking-giant-enters-3-year-DPA-DoJ.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Feeding babies eggs boosts their brain development
Feeding babies eggs boosts their brain development and function, new research suggests.Just one egg a day for six months significantly increases youngsters' levels of the nutrients choline and DHA, both of which are involved in brain health, a study found.Lead author Lora Iannotti from the Brown School at Washington University, said: 'Like milk or seeds, eggs are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content.'Eggs provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium, and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal food products, but they are relatively more affordable.'AN EGG A DAY REDUCES BABIES' RISK OF BEING STUNTED OR UNDERWEIGHT   Feeding babies an egg every day helps them grow, research revealed in June.   Infants given a daily egg between the ages of six and nine months have higher levels of important nutrients, such as vitamin B12, in their blood compared to those who do not regularly consume eggs, a study found. This helps to prevent babies being stunted or underweight, the research adds. Lead author Lora Ianotti from the Brown School at Washington University, said: 'Eggs can be affordable and easily accessible. ‘They are also a good source of nutrients for growth and development in young children.'How the research was carried outThe researchers analyzed 163 babies aged between six and nine months from Ecuador in 2015.Of the infants, 80 were fed one egg a day for six months, while the remainder were given none.Their vitamin and mineral levels were assessed via blood tests.'Eggs are designed to support early growth and development'Results reveal babies who eat eggs have significantly higher levels of choline and DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid, both of which play a vital role in brain development and function.Ms Iannotti said: 'Eggs have been consumed throughout human history, but the full potential of this nutritionally-complete food has yet to be recognized in many resource-poor settings around the world.'Like milk or seeds, eggs are designed to support the early growth and development of an organism and are, therefore, dense in nutrient content.'Eggs provide essential fatty acids, proteins, choline, vitamins A and B12, selenium, and other critical nutrients at levels above or comparable to those found in other animal food products, but they are relatively more affordable.'The findings were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5205765/Feeding-babies-eggs-boosts-brain-development.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Dubai's digital number plates let police track your location
The plates are being trialled this year with a view to phasing them in after 2019The new plates will let police fine drivers for illegal parking and speedingDubai's authorities are planning to introduce a digital number plate capable of tracking drivers locations and informing the police of bad driving.The new plates will be synced up to a user's account so that parking fees, road fines or licence plate renewals would be remotely taken from drivers by cops.The city's police claim the technology will be used mainly to help emergency services locate accidents.It is claimed they could also change to display a special alert or some other form of warning if they're stolen.But concerns are growing that the plates will cause privacy issues as they could be used to catch speeding drivers.Sultan Abdullah al-Marzouqi, the head of the Vehicle Licensing Department at Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) dispelled the rumours, claiming the introduction of the plates will make life 'easier for drivers'.'The digital plate, called Tag to Connect, is a smart screen that will replace the current metal plate,' Sultan Abdullah Al Marzouqi told Khaleej Times.'With the digital plate installed in your car, you need not come to any RTA service centre every year in order to renew your vehicle plate - your car registration will be automatically renewed after passing the vehicle test.''The digital plate will also allow vehicles to connect with each other. That's why it's "Tag to Connect" - meaning, motorists can exchange information on traffic condition or if there is an accident on the road.'All this information will be connected to the central command system of the RTA.'Upon their release, the plates will use cutting edge GPS transmitters mounted on the car to communicate information back to the police.It's not clear how much the plates will cost, but according to Sultan Abdullah, they are currently being tested.The trial is set to run until November and will find out how the technology works with Dubai's desert climate. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5599171/Dubais-new-digital-number-plates-let-police-track-location-fine-traffic-violations.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Landmark discovery finds smart people have bigger brain cells
For the first time, scientists have discovered that smart people have bigger brain cells than their peers.As well as being bulkier, the cells are better connected to their neighbours, allowing them to process more information at a faster rate.If results of the study are confirmed, it could help researchers find a way to enhance our intelligence.A study, led by Natalia Goriounova at the Free University Amsterdam, gave an IQ test to 35 people who were due to undergo brain surgery, according to report in New Scientist.During surgery, doctors took a small sample of healthy brain tissue from the temporal lobe of the volunteers.This piece of human brain was then kept alive for testing in a lab.Dr Goriounova compared the size and shape of the brain cells with volunteers' IQ scores.They found that the brain cells are significantly bigger in people with higher IQs.Brain cells from smarter people also have more dendrites, which are short extensions of the main neuron that connect to other cells.These tiny projections are important in transferring information from one cell to another.The study is the first to ever show that the  physical size and structure of brain cells is related to a person's intelligence levels.Christof Koch at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle told New Scientist:  'We've known there is some link between brain size and intelligence. The team confirm this and take it down to individual neurons.The concept of intelligence being derived from brain structure could ruffle feathers among some in the academic field.Dr Kich said: 'Some people will say intelligence is so elusive and complex that the idea it can be tied to individual neurons is implausible.'The research team also tested people's ability to transmit electrical signals, mimicking the processing of information.What they found was that people with a low IQ coped at a low frequency, but rapidly became fatigued.The smarter people did not slow down and continued to transmit even at a high rate of stimulation.'What they did here is extraordinary neuroscience,' says Richard Haier at the University of California, Irvine.'It's the beginning of being able to study intelligence neuron by neuron, and circuit by circuit.'This research could lead to neuroscience-based ways to enhance human intelligence – perhaps dramatically.'We might be able to treat intellectual disabilities or prevent them from occurring.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5681613/Landmark-discovery-finds-smart-people-bigger-brain-cells.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - ALEX BRUMMER: GKN finds a white knight in Dana
GKN is moving rapidly to forge a 'white knight' merger with America's Dana as soon as next week.In spite of political pressure on business secretary Greg Clark and defence secretary Gavin Williamson there is no Government enthusiasm for any intervention to halt the 'Melrose Three'.If they are successful in swallowing all of GKN, Melrose chairman Chris Miller and colleagues David Roper and Simon Peckham could reap personal riches of £285million – embarrassing capitalism and the Government.The GKN team has concluded that the only way of preserving Driveline and GKN's Edrive (electric technology) is by finding an acceptable partner – Dana.Dana has a strong balance sheet, provides drive shaft technology for off-road vehicles, trucks and SUVs and would be a good fit.As an owner of Driveline it would also offer customers, such as Britain's Jaguar Land Rover and Toyota, the certainty of supply they need.Ideally, the merged company would find room for GKN directors and commit to a UK headquarters.One of the great paradoxes of corporate life is that companies that do several things are undervalued by investors. But when they do the splits they become easy meat for takeovers.Kraft's hostile bid for Cadbury only became attractive after activist shareholder Nelson Peltz pressured for the sell-off of Schweppes.When Cadbury was faced with a hostile offer from Kraft it rightly searched for a white knight.First choice was a merger with Hershey, which makes Cadbury products under licence in the US. A European deal with Ferrero briefly seemed to be a possibility.The difference this time is that the hostile bidder, Melrose, is British.On the other hand, Dana is American. The history of overseas takeovers suggests that pledges made at the time of the deal are rarely fulfilled and that when push comes to shove it would be the jobs and technology with most distance from the ultimate owners which would suffer.So why did GKN go in search of a deal of its own?After the company's round of shareholder meetings it concluded that if Melrose were to raise the offer price to 450p to 460p per share, upwards of 70 per cent of shareholders would go with the flow.Big UK investors including Schroders, Old Mutual and Aberdeen Standard Life may preach long-term thinking in public but don't back it with their funds.Asset managers earn bonuses for performance and, with so much competition for the savers' pound, it takes an act of bravery to value earnings over ten years more than the quick profits.What will Melrose do if GKN is able and willing to play its white knight?It can press ahead with its higher bid for the whole caboodle, hoping that it can keep investors on board.Or it could seek to recalibrate its bid to buy what is left once the Driveline sale has been completed.The difficulty for Melrose could be that once Driveline has been passed on, the value of aerospace, with its high margin and valuable Airbus wing and US military contracts, will be more obvious.Shares in the GKN rum AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/comment/article-5455825/ALEX-BRUMMER-GKN-finds-white-knight-Dana.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Melrose may ease hostilities by raising GKN bid
Corporate raiders at Melrose could return this week with a higher takeover offer for GKN after the company’s hostile £7.4 billion bid for the engineering giant was rejected.City analysts expect Melrose to raise its bid to win over the FTSE 100 firm, which makes parts for cars and planes.Melrose, led by Lord Hanson’s protege Chris Miller, can from Thursday post its offer document to GKN’s shareholders.Once it has done that, Melrose can sweeten its initial cash and shares bid which GKN said undervalues it.One analyst told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I feel they will raise the offer and I feel that may be all about the greater good of both parties in the long run.‘Hostility isn’t particularly appropriate when you want to ensure the smooth running and longevity of businesses like GKN’s.'So there may well be a need – and a very sound need – for the offer to go up in an attempt to gain acceptance.’One of the main hurdles is GKN’s £1 billion pension deficit.Trustees intervened and told Melrose that they would have to draw up plans to fix the pension deficit before any offer can be accepted.Questions were raised last week about the trustees’ independence.The trustees of the two pension funds are former GKN staff.GKN, which installed Anne Stevens as its permanent chief executive earlier this month, laid out plans to separate its automotive and aerospace divisions after Melrose’s approach.Last week, The Mail on Sunday revealed the top four bosses at Melrose – including executive chairman Miller and chief executive Simon Peckham – stand to make hundreds of millions of pounds if they pull off a deal for GKN thanks to lucrative share bonuses put in place last year. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5320253/Melrose-ease-hostilities-raising-GKN-bid.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner reports stalling sales
Whitbread, the owner of Costa Coffee and budget hotel chain Premier Inn, saw UK sales stall at the end of 2017 amid tough market conditions and a 'particularly challenging October'.Both brands saw sales struggle to outperform the year before with like-for-like sales growth in the third quarter of just 0.5 per cent at Premier Inn.Costa struggled with comparable sales 0.1 per cent lower than in the same period in 2016 as people cut back on high street shopping trips.Overall group like-for-like sales were up 0.3 per cent on 2016, 'reflecting recent tougher market condition', the firm said in a trading update this morning.While the brands struggled to match sales in the same period in 2016, total sales for the quarter stood at 5 per cent for Premier Inn and 7.2 per cent for Costa.Self-serve Costa Express machines helped keep total sales ticking over for the firm with total revenue from them up 20 per cent in the quarter.More than 1,000 of the 'on-the-go' machines were installed in nine months last year.Alison Brittain, Whitbread CEO, insisted the firm was still on track to hit full year profit targets with total group sales in the third quarter of 5.6 per cent.On Costa, she said: 'Our Costa high street stores in the UK are highly profitable and generate strong returns.'However, the well-publicised weak retail market footfall is negatively impacting our high street stores' like-for-like performance and we expect this to continue for some time. Internationally, Costa in China continues its good momentum with another quarter of positive like-for-like sales growth.'Neil Wilson, a senior market analyst at ETX Capital, said it was the 'same old story' for Costa, which is facing growing obstacles from falling high street footfall and growing competition from artisan coffee houses.Premier Inn's performance was 'disappointing', he added, with sales in the hotel's restaurants propping up sales.It could spark further talk that Whitbread is set to break up the group and spin-off the Costa brand with hedge fund Sachem Head reportedly pushing for the Costa brand to be split from the main business.'As with each set of Whitbread results, there will be the usual round of breakup chatter,' Wilson said.'The decline in like-for-like sales in Q3 and the pressure on the UK high street may indeed make this the time for Whitbread to at least look at its options. Break up rumours could support the share price even in the face of weaker LFL sales growth.'Whitbread accepts there will be tough times ahead with the UK high street in freefall and inflation threatening customer spending power.Whitbread boss Brittain added: 'However, we have good momentum in the delivery of our plan to enhance our UK market leadership positions, create an international business of scale in Germany, China and Costa Express, and develop a more efficient infrastructure.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5283041/Costa-Coffee-Premier-Inn-owner-reports-stalling-sales.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Just three in every 10 accounts pay over 0.5%
Two months after the rise in general interest rates, savers are earning little or no extra.The top easy-access accounts with banks and building societies pay no more than they did before the November rise, while those in average accounts have seen a minuscule increase.It was hoped that the rise in base rate on November 2 from 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent would help beleaguered savers as providers passed on the increase.But the average rate on easy-access accounts in November crept up by only 0.06 percentage points to just 0.45 per cent.Depressing figures from data monitor Moneyfacts show the number of accounts paying above base rate dropped by a huge 150 in just one month. It is the largest drop its monthly Savings Treasury Report has recorded since February 2008.Fewer than seven out of ten of all accounts pay more than the 0.5 per cent base rate. It is the first time this figure has fallen below 70 per cent for five years.Back then, rates dropped sharply following the introduction of the Bank of England Funding for Lending Scheme, which let banks borrow from it at rock-bottom rates. The effect was that they no longer needed to woo savers, so cut their rates.Finance expert at Moneyfacts Charlotte Nelson says: ‘The figures prove many providers have failed to pass on the full rate rise on their accounts.’And while the average rate has edged up a smidgeon, the top deals have not even managed that.Tom Adams, head of research at independent savings advice site Savings Champion, says: ‘The best deals on easy-access accounts are back down at the level they were before the base rate rise in November.’In the week before the rise in base rate, the top easy-access accounts on sale to new savers paid 1.3 per cent, research from Savings Champion shows. They included RCI Bank’s Freedom account at 1.3 per cent and BM Internet Saver at 1.3 per cent, followed by Bank of Cyprus UK’s Online Easy Access account at 1.28 per cent.Some providers edged up their rates to pay slightly more than 1.3 per cent in the following weeks.Birmingham Midshires offered 1.45 per cent to new savers, Charter Savings Bank 1.32 per cent, Virgin Money 1.36 per cent, Paragon Bank 1.31 per cent and Tesco Bank 1.35 per cent. However, these deals have now vanished.The top rate for new savers is back where it started: 1.3 per cent from the RCI Bank Freedom account.The BM Internet rate for new savers has plunged to 0.55 per cent for £1,000 and 0.9 per cent at £25,000, while the Bank of Cyprus rate has edged down to 1.25 per cent, Virgin Money to 1.26 per cent and Tesco Bank to 1.2 per cent.Others’ top rates that have dropped include Skipton’s eSaver. It rose from 0.81 per cent to 1.06 per cent in December, but new savers are now being offered 0.9 per cent, or just 0.09 percentage points more than before the base rate rise.Coventry BS’s Easy Access Saver 4, where the rate rose from 0.85 per cent to 1.1 per cent from the start of December, has been closed to new savers.Its replacement, Easy Acce AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/saving/article-5229727/Just-three-10-accounts-pay-0-5.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - The incredible cloud belts of Jupiter
With its colourful swirls and bands, it really does look otherworldly.The stunning NASA image of Jupiter reveals the gigantic 'cloud belts' across its surface in unprecedented detail.It shows the full extent of the different weather systems on the gas giant, where vasts swirling cloud formations travel at about 129,000 mph (60 km/s) over the gas giant planet's surface.'Jupiter appears in the color-enhanced image as a tapestry of vibrant cloud bands and storms,' NASA said.The dark region in the far left is called the South Temperate Belt.Intersecting the belt is a ghost-like feature of slithering white clouds.This is the largest feature in Jupiter’s low latitudes that’s a cyclone (rotating with clockwise motion).Kevin M. Gill processed this image using data from the JunoCam imager, which NASA posts online to let amateur astronomers process.Just last week a stunning new Nasa image showed raging storms on Jupiter with clouds that stretch for thousands of miles - and it looks just like an oil painting.Nasa's Juno spacecraft was a little more than one Earth diameter from Jupiter - or 8,292 miles (13,345 kilometres) - when it captured this mind-bending view of the planet's tumultuous atmosphere.The incredible colour-enhanced image was captured at a latitude of 48.9 degrees and depicts vasts swirling cloud formations that travel at about 129,000 mph (60 km/s) over the gas giant planet's surface.The spacecraft, which has been orbiting the planet since 2016, took the image during a flyby on 16th December 2017 at 9:43 a.m. PST (12:43 p.m. EST).'Jupiter completely fills the image, with only a hint of the terminator (where daylight fades to night) in the upper right corner, and no visible limb (the curved edge of the planet)', a Nasa spokesperson said.Citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran processed this image using data from the JunoCam images.The space agency also released additional images showing the view from high above Jupiter's clouds. They were processed by citizen scientists David Marriott and Kevin Gill.Last month the space agency showed a similar oil painting-like image of the planet taken from just 11,700 miles (19,000 km) from the tops of Jupiter’s clouds — roughly the distance between New York City and Perth, Australia.Juno was positioned at a latitude of 57.57 degrees - nearly three-fifths of the way from the gas giant planet’s equator to its north pole.The colour-enhanced image, which shows a 15,000-mile (24,000 km) cloud system in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, was taken during the craft's ninth flyby on October 24.Juno was positioned at a latitude of 57.57 degrees - nearly three-fifths of the way from the gas giant planet’s equator to its north pole.'Because of the Juno-Jupiter-sun angle when the spacecraft captured this image, the higher-altitude clouds can be seen casting shadows on their surroundings,' Nasa said in a statement at the time.'The behaviour is most easily observable in the whitest regions in the image, but also i AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5264113/The-incredible-cloud-belts-Jupiter.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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