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Breaking News  - Taino Native American DNA found in modern Puerto Ricans
 
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A 1,000-year-old tooth has provided genetic evidence that the first natives to meet Columbus in the New World have living descendants in the Caribbean.DNA from the Taino people, who were thought to have been wiped out after Europeans arrived in the Bahamas in 1492, has been found in modern-day Puerto Ricans.The new research provides the first concrete proof that indigenous ancestry in the Caribbean has survived to the present day.Previously, it was thought the 'handsome' Taino people were wiped out shortly after Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.The tooth used in the new study was found on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas, and marks the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean.It belonged to a Taino woman who lived sometime between the 8th and 10th centuries, at least 500 years before Columbus's arrival.Comparing the ancient genes to those of contemporary Puerto Ricans, scientists found they were more closely related to the ancient Taíno than any other indigenous group in the Americas.However, the researchers, from Cambridge and Copenhagen Universities, argue that this characteristic is unlikely to be exclusive to Puerto Ricans alone.When Columbus arrived in the New World the 15th Century, he described the Taino as a generous people.'They will give all that they do possess for anything that is given to them, exchanging things even for bits of broken crockery,' he noted upon meeting them in the Bahamas in 1492.'They were very well built, with very handsome bodies and very good faces....They do not carry arms or know them....They should be good servants.'Few of the Taíno were left a half-century later, wiped out by European disease and the slave trade, and it was thought for centuries they had gone extinct.The new findings are likely to be significant for people who have long claimed indigenous Taíno heritage.While historians, archaeologists and descendant communities had claimed the Taíno weren't extinct for decades, until now they lacked clear genetic evidence to support their case.Lead author Dr Hannes Schroeder, from the University of Copenhagen, said: 'It's a fascinating finding.'Many history books will tell you that the indigenous population of the Caribbean was all but wiped out, but people who self-identify as Taíno have always argued for continuity.'Now we know they were right all along: There has been some form of genetic continuity in the Caribbean.'Study co-author Professor Eske Willerslev, from the, University of Cambridge, said: 'It has always been clear that people in the Caribbean have Native American ancestry, but because the region has such a complex history of migration, it was difficult to prove whether this was specifically indigenous to the Caribbean, until now.'The researchers were also able to trace the genetic origins of the Taíno people.They showed that they were most closely related to Arawakan-speaking groups who live in parts of northern South America today.This suggests that the origins AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5409119/Taino-Native-American-DNA-modern-Puerto-Ricans.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - China set for 2018 mission to the far side of the moon
 
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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
 
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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  - Escape to the Chateau couple launch new renovations series
 
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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
Views: 2108 US Sciencetech
Breaking News  - Stunning video footage shows how vitamin B1 cured the tremors of two patients
 
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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  - Skylon spaceplane could be a reality by 2025 following new backing
 
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A revolutionary spaceplane that could take tourists into orbit at five times the speed of sound could be ready by 2025 thanks to a funding boost.Dubbed Skylon, the plane will use an 'air-breathing' jet engine capable of sending it to the edge of the Earth’s atmosphere in just 15 minutes.It will then switch to rocket power to stay in orbit, according to Reaction Engines Limited (REL), which is hoping to beat the likes of Nasa in building the world's first 'hypersonic' engine.In a statement today, Oxfordshire-based REL announced a major new joint £26.5 million ($37m) investment in the technology, with contributions from Boeing and Rolls Royce.The investment puts the aircraft's first flight on track for 2025 provided ground tests of REL's engine - set to begin in 2020 - are successful.REL's latest funding boost takes the total capital it has raised over the past three years to £100 million ($140m).'Rolls Royce and Boeing - these are really big names, and it's fantastic to be in this position,' REL CEO Mark Thomas told BBC News.'Rolls are super-positive about the technology. They want us to be independent and innovative, and to push our technology as hard as possible.'And Boeing - that's amazing. They are the world's biggest aerospace company, have decades of expertise and future plans that, for us I'm sure, will be really exciting.'REL is developing what it calls the Sabre engine, a turbine designed to fire aircraft from the runway to orbit in a single step.It would work like a jet engine up to Mach 5.5 (5.5 times the speed of sound or 1.9 km per second) before switching to a rocket mode for the rest of the ascent.In its rocket flight configuration the aircraft could reach speeds of Mach 25, or around 5.3 miles per second (8.5 km per second).Sabre works by burning atmospheric air in combustion chambers, creating heat that then  turbo-charges the engine.At the moment, rockets and spaceplanes have to carry liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to power them, a heavy and therefore expensive burden.The new engine creates its own liquid oxygen by cooling air entering the engine from 1,000°C to minus 150°C in a hundredth of a second – six times faster than the blink of an eye – without creating ice blockages.The technology could be used in vehicles designed to deliver communications satellites or tourists to orbit at rapid speeds before returning to Earth.Aircraft that fly at hypersonic speeds from point to point on Earth's surface may also employ the technology - an application that clearly interests Boeing.The firm's investment arm, Horizon X Ventures, is fronting the new joint fund in what is its first investment in a UK-based company.'As Reaction Engines unlocks advanced propulsion that could change the future of air and space travel, we expect to leverage their revolutionary technology to support Boeing's pursuit of hypersonic flight,' said HorizonX vice president, Steve Nordlund.Rolls-Royce has invested in the project before, part-funding research into AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5607485/Skylon-spaceplane-reality-2025-following-25m-backing-Boeing-Rolls-Royce.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Israeli scholars decipher Dead Sea Scroll
 
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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  - Stress during pregnancy does affect a baby's brain, scans confirm
 
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Scientists have found the first concrete evidence that a mother's stress during pregnancy changes the brain connections of her unborn child.Newly-developed scanning techniques allowed a team at Wayne State University to examine neural activity of 47 fetuses between 30 and 37 weeks gestation.They showed for the first time that babies of mothers in high-stress setting were developing differently to those whose mothers did not have high levels of stress, anxiety or depression.The findings, presented today at a conference in Boston, mark a breakthrough in neuroscience, confirming a long-held theory that no technology has been able to confirm or refute until now.'The major thrill is that we have demonstrated what has long been theorized, but not yet observed in a human, which is that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy is reflected in connectional properties of her child's developing brain,' said lead author Moriah Thomason, of the perinatal research department who today presents her work at the annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.Beyond the huge implications for mental health, Thomason's findings also suggest that the brain may not develop in the sequence that we have always assumed.It is widely-held that first the simplest systems such as vision, balance and motor functions develop first, before the most complex systems, such as stress response.However, Thomason's study showed that the differences between stress-exposed babies' brains and their peers emerge almost immediately.And those differences are most clearly seen in the stress response center (the cerebellum), suggesting this region is one of the first to develop.New technology was crucial to make this breakthrough, to understand prenatal influences independent of environmental factors.Using fetal resting-state fMRI, they examined functional connectivity in 47 human fetuses scanned between the 30 and 37 weeks gestation.Conducting in-utero brain scans are challenging, mainly because it is near-impossible to keep the baby from moving about, but the new technology provides a clearer image than ever possible, making the small movements more manageable.All of the mothers involved in the study came from poor, urban areas fraught with stress, with many reporting high levels of depression, anxiety, and worry for themselves and their loved-ones.Above anything, Thomason said, these mothers wanted to join the study to help others like them.'A lot of our moms are interested in being part of this research, not because of concerns they have in their pregnancy,' she explained, 'but because they appreciate the heightened vulnerability of budding human life, and this is an opportunity to help other women that may not have the same fortune in their circumstances.''It has long been thought that the stress of a mother during her pregnancy may imprint on the brain of her developing child.'[But] despite the clear importance of this time frame, we presently possess very little understanding of how AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5545121/Stress-pregnancy-DOES-affect-babys-brain-scans-confirm.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Why Woodford has NOT lost his magic touch
 
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Not so long ago, it seemed like everything Neil Woodford, Britain's most famous fund manager, touched turned to gold.Over the years he has acquired an almost god-like status in the investment world for his ability to make his investors considerably richer.In fact, if you had invested £10,000 in Woodford's fund 30 years ago, when he first started managing money, you would be sitting on a pot worth more than £290,000 today.But a series of high-profile stock picking clangers has left his reputation in tatters and many investors asking whether this so-called 'star manager' will shine again.This week he suffered another disaster when – as the biggest shareholder in AA – he took a £28million hit when shares sunk.Woodford held 91.8million shares in the roadside recovery firm – but the next day he bought a further 5.2million, a clear signal he believed the share falls were overdone.This is not the first time Woodford has found himself in a crisis. There were calls for his head in the late 1990s when, then at Invesco Perpetual, he refused to follow the crowd and invest in technology start-ups.At first his performance suffered. But he was vindicated when the so-called 'tech bubble' popped and a lot of fund managers lost money.But this crisis is different. Instead of being castigated for sticking to his guns, it is because of a series of disastrous investments.Last month Woodford took a reported £40million hit when Capita, the outsourcing firm, suspended its dividend.Before that, Woodford was wrong-footed when doorstep lender Provident Financial issued a profit warning and when one of Astrazeneca's cancer drug's disappointed in trials.He was caught out when shares in cigarette maker Imperial Brands – the biggest holding in Woodford's fund – tanked after the US drug regulator announced plans to cut the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.All in all, it has turned out to be a disastrous year for the veteran manager. A £10,000 investment in his flagship Woodford Equity Income fund a year ago would be worth just £9,108 now.But even this is not as bad you may think. His nearest rivals in the equity income sector have also taken a dent – and Woodford's old fund at Invesco is down even more than his. That does at least shine a light on his real performance.Since Woodford set up his own asset management firm in 2014, he has taken a shine to smaller, riskier companies – many of them unlisted – that eat up a lot of research time.Some argue it means he has taken his eye off the ball when it comes to his bigger picks, some of which have struggled.Ben Yearsley of adviser Shore Financial Planning said that by having such big positions – 6.7 per cent of the fund is invested in Imperial Brands – Woodford's mistakes look worse.However, he added: 'There are some things you just can't predict. Who could have known Astrazeneca's cancer drug was going to disappoint in trials?'Woodford's Equity Income fund is very domestically-focused, reflecting his bullish views about the economy AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5428059/Why-Woodford-NOT-lost-magic-touch.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Vermont becomes 9th state legalize recreational marijuana
 
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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  - Isaac Newton 2018 50p set to be a rare collector's coin
 
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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
Views: 7258 US Sciencetech
Breaking News  - New Glaxo boss axes 50 of her top team in under a year
 
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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  - University College London scientists find possible blindness cure
 
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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  - Former GKN boss stands to make £9m from takeover
 
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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  - Woman, 52, 'cured' her terminal cancer with cannabis oil
 
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Joy Smith, 52, from Coventry, was given just six weeks to live after being diagnosed with inoperable stomach and bowel cancer in August 2016.Desperate for a solution, Ms Smith reluctantly took cannabis-based tablets, alongside chemotherapy, after reading about a cancer patient in the US who went into remission after producing her own marijuana oil.Nearly two years on, doctors, who described Ms Smith as 'the luckiest woman in the world', are baffled as her scans show just a small amount of the disease is left in her stomach, which she is confident will disappear with continued cannabis use.As well as approaching a miracle remission, Ms Smith has also recently won £84,000 after entering a TV competition while 'under the influence' of cannabis oil.She is speaking out to encourage cannabis' legislation for medical use, saying: 'I'm a walking miracle. The doctors call me Wonder Woman.'Cannabis oil should be legalised for medical purposes - people are dying and chemotherapy isn't curing them.'Ms Smith takes the nutritional supplement cannabidiol, which is derived from cannabis and is legal in the UK, however, her treatment also contains THC, which is what makes users 'high' and is not permitted.She is believed to buy the oil illegally online.'I would not be here without it'Speaking of taking cannabis oil, which she describes as being like eating 'thick black tar' mixed with olive oil, Ms Smith said: 'When you're told you have six weeks to live you'll try anything, trust me.'I was a bit sceptical about the oil at first as I'd never taken drugs or anything like that - but I know I would not be here today without it. I want to tell everybody.'After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Ms Smith was told chemotherapy would only buy her more time.She started having treatment every two weeks for three days, but had to have the line that delivered her chemotherapy taken out after she developed sepsis.Ma Smith was unaware her friends had been researching an alternative cancer cure online until she was handed a cannabis-based tablet out of the blue.She said: 'I didn't want to take it at first; I didn't know what it was.'Afterwards I felt drunk, all the nurses were looking at me and I was trying to act normal. I couldn't speak, my words just slurred out.'Ms Smith then started researching cannabis oil online and discovered it had worked for other sufferers.She said: 'I was looking for reassurance. I wanted to know if anyone had ever been cured by it.'I was taking it on and off. But when I'd been having it three-to-five times a week, the scans were getting better and then when I stopped taking it the scans showed no change.'At first I was only taking a tiny drop the size of about half a grain of rice.'Sometimes it takes hours to kick in and sometimes it's straight away. You do get stoned and you get very tired. It made me want to sleep so I tend to just stay in bed when I've taken it.'Describing her miraculous discovery, Ms Smith said: 'It's impossible, but I've b AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5489775/Woman-52-cured-terminal-cancer-cannabis-oil.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - India's economy is expanding faster than China's
 
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For years, India has had to play second fiddle to China when it comes to attracting investment.China had a booming economy, an enormous population and some of the planet's leading technology firms.But, last month, India usurped China as the world's fastest-growing economy, rising at 7 per cent a year.And now, experts believe it's the 'jewel in the crown' of the emerging economies, which also include the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and even Brazil, Mexico and Russia.India has a young, educated workforce (the average age in India is 27, compared to 40 in the UK) that will be the largest in the world by 2025. It is already the world's biggest democracy — and is increasingly pro-business.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a clear majority, has made a play of wooing foreign investment, with Japan backing a $17 billion project to build a bullet train between Mumbai and the industrial city of Ahmedabad that will cut the journey from eight hours to under three.At home, Mr Modi has introduced a Goods & Services Tax — similar to Britain's VAT — to replace a complicated patchwork of taxes imposed across India's regional states.He has also launched a biometric identity system for direct benefits payments, which uses fingerprints, iris scanning and photos to ensure the money goes safely into the right bank accounts. This has drawn millions of the rural population into the banking system.India is also now one of the world's major car manufacturers, pumping out 3.8 million vehicles a year. That puts it on par with South Korea and quickly catching up with Germany.Jason Hollands, of fund supermarket Bestinvest, says: 'While China tends to grab the most attention of the emerging market economies, the long-term prospects for India are exciting with the programme of reforms being made in the country.'For savers new to investing in India, it's worth considering a so-called emerging markets fund.These split your money across shares in a number of different growing countries, including India. That way, if one country dips, it won't put too large a dent in your pension or Isa.Mr Hollands tips Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders fund. A hefty £31.19 in every £100 of savers' money is invested in India — by far the largest proportion of the fund. By comparison, £19.80 is in Taiwan and £14.83 in Hong Kong.The fund's biggest pick is Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest IT firm. It employs more than 391,000 people across 46 countries. In January, Tata signed a $2 billion (£1.5 billion) deal — its biggest ever — to look after U.S. insurer Transamerica's computer systems.Another of the fund's top picks is Mahindra & Mahindra, which manufactures tractors, cars and 4x4 vehicles.Last month, the firm revealed India's first convertible sports utility vehicle, the TUV Stinger, as well as a number of electric concept cars.The company says the SUV is designed to appeal to 'young, active' buyers — a business strategy designed for a growing economy where two-thirds of the co AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/investing/article-5470475/Could-Indias-growth-spurt-turbo-charge-Isa.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
 
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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  - Mystery of how birds navigate is solved: Scientists discover proteins in birds' eye
 
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Migrating birds appear to have a 'sixth sense' which means they always manage to find their nesting grounds - a talent that has long mystified scientists.Now researchers have found the secret to this skill is down to a protein in the bird's eyes that is sensitive to blue light.This protein lets them 'see' Earth's magnetic field as an overlay on their normal field of view, two studies suggest.Scientists from Lund University in Sweden looked at zebra finches, while researchers from Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg in Germany studied European robins.For a bird to know roughly where it is in the world, and correct itself if it goes off course, it needs what is known as 'true navigation'.They do this by using the magnetic field to plot their migratory routes.Scientists believe the Earth's core is responsible for creating its magnetic field.As molten iron in the Earth's outer core escapes it creates convection currents. These currents generate electric currents which create the magnetic field.Experts knew that birds could only sense magnetic fields if certain wavelengths of light were available, but they did not know why this was the case.According to researchers a protein called Cry4, which is present 24 hours a day and means birds can still navigate during night, is responsible for this.Cryptochromes are sensitive to blue light, which have wavelengths between 400 and 495 nanometres.They are involved in the circadian rhythms of plants and animals and are believed to be associated with sensing magnetic fields in a number of species.Researchers found levels of Cry1 and Cry2 varied in zebra finches studied but levels of Cry4 remained constant.'We also found that Cry1a, Cry1b, and Cry2 mRNA display robust circadian oscillation patterns, whereas Cry4 shows only a weak circadian oscillation', researchers, led by Dr Atticus Pinzon-Rodriguez from the University of Lund, wrote in the study.'We assume that birds have microscopic compasses and they use them any time of day or night,' added co-author Rachel Muheim from the University of Lund.This finding was supported by the team looking at robins, which found the same thing.They also found European robins had increased Cry4 expression during the migratory season.Although the evidence is strong it is not definitive according to researchers, who say Cry1 and Cry2 could also help with magnetoreception.The study on the zebra finch was published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface while the robin study was published in Current Biology.Last year, researchers did a similar study looking at bird navigation with Eurasian Reed Warblers.They found reed warblers  use a neat trick to navigate – by somehow measuring the variation between true north, and magnetic north.The little brown birds take advantage of a natural phenomenon called declination.While a compass needle points to the magnetic north, this is not the true north – the North Pole.Depending on where you are, magnetic north is either one or more de AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5577421/Mystery-birds-navigate-solved-Scientists-discover-proteins-birds-eyes.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could THIS lead to a cure for hearing loss?
 
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A cure for hearing loss could be in the pipeline, researchers hope on the back of a new breakthrough.A scientific trial, branded 'extremely promising', has uncovered a new way to repair damaged cells deep inside the ear.Experts at Harvard and the University of Southern California made the discovery after testing animal tissues in the lab.Scientists have been trying for decades to find a cure for hearing loss, which strikes around one in five people in the UK and US.Fragile hair cells in the cochlea - an inner-ear structure that conveys sound to the brain - break down over time and can lead to hearing loss.But a major stumbling block in the human anatomy means any dissolved drugs to try and regenerate cells are swept away by fluid sitting deep in the ear.The new way of delivering drugs, created by Professor Charles Mckenna, addresses that problem.They found a way of piggybacking a drug to regenerate the crucial cells. Professor McKenna said: 'This is a first for hearing loss and the ear.'It is also important because it may be adaptable for other drugs that need to be applied within the inner ear.'We are not saying it is a cure for hearing loss. It is a proof of principle for a new approach that is extremely promising.'Professor McKenna, chemistry professor at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, added: 'It is an important step that offers a lot of hope.'The researchers created a new way of getting drugs to reach the cochlea, an inner-ear structure that receives sounds in the form of vibrations.It is full of tiny hair-like sensory cells, which are crucial to detecting sound waves. They do not regenerate - and they wear away over time.But the method of delivering medication regenerated synapses in mouse ear tissue that led to the repair of the fragile hair cells and neurons.The experts combined 7,8-dihydroxyflavone, which mimics a protein critical for the development of the body, and bisphosphonate - which sticks to bones.The findings were published in the journal Bioconjugate Chemistry.Professor McKenna and colleagues believe their new mechanism will work in living animals and humans and plan to test their theory soon.The study follows an Italian trial that found hearing problems could be a warning sign for memory loss in older people.People with hearing loss caused by the brain's inability to hear sound are twice as likely to suffer forgetfulness, the researchers found. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5582295/Could-lead-cure-hearing-loss.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
 
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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  - WhatsApp rolls out a new tool that lets you silence friends in group chats
 
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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  - World's fastest charger gives electric cars full power in minutes
 
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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  - Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 earthquakes in July
 
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Yellowstone National Park was struck by 153 mini earthquakes in July, according to scientists. Pictured is a general view of the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park Share this article Share Last month, a fissure opened up in Grand Tenton National Park just 60 miles (100km) from the Yellowstone volcano, prompting officials to immediately close the area  The Hidden Falls (pictured) is 100-foot (30-metre) waterfall near the eastern end of Cascade Canyon.  The area is not far from the potentially devastating Yellowstone Volcano Inspiration Point (pictured) is a stop on a trek near Jenny Lake. Vast eruptions from the Yellowstone Volcano occurred 2.2 million, 1.3 million and 630,000 years ago Scientists have devised a new way to find out how quickly magma is building up beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano. The technique allows them to accurately estimate the amount of magma entering the volcano. Pictured is Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Pool Researchers 'spiked' several hot springs in Yellowstone National Park with the stable radioactive isotope deuterium (pictured). The deuterium was harmless to the environment and approved for use by park officials When it last blew the supervolcano produced one of the largest known blasts on Earth, spewing more than 2,000 times as much ash as Mount St. Helens did when it erupted in 1980 (pictured), killing 57 people in the most disastrous eruption in US history  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6042715/Yellowstone-National-Park-struck-153-earthquakes-July-seismologists-reveal.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Fears that a Yellowstone supereruption is on the way are growing
 
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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'
 
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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  - The woman who can ONLY eat rice and vegetables!
 
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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  - A common sex injury women might not know about
 
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There's a sex injury that's common, painful - but poorly understood.A bruised cervix can occur during vigorous sex, or sex with a well-endowed partner when a woman is not sufficiently aroused through foreplay.Cervical bruising is painful, can lead to bleeding, and can make later intercourse painful and unpleasant. It can also lead to other problems, like vaginismus, an involuntary muscle spasm that closes the vagina prior to penetration.The cervix is the channel between the vagina and the uterus. Symptoms of bruising include feeling unusually sensitive for a few days after sex, or experiencing cramping. In rare cases, there may be bleeding.Cervical bruising in sex is most likely caused by a penis too large for the vaginal canal, bumping repeatedly against the cervix wall and causing some superficial damage.Thankfully, bruising does not lead to long-term damage. But it is painful, and there are steps you can take to make this experience less likely.The cervix grows when aroused, similar to a penis, and it also softens.This reduces the potential for damage. If a woman isn't aroused, her cervix remains small and hard: the average cervix when not aroused is between 3 and 4 inches, which is significantly smaller than the average penis.Foreplay therefore is important. Nicole Lane at Ravishly writes that 20 to 30 minutes is a good period for foreplay in order to help avoid cervical bruising - as well as having fun, of course.Foreplay also triggers natural lubricants, which make sex easier and less likely to cause pain and bruising.Doctor Catherine Hansen, an obstrtrician and educator, notes that different women have different bodies, and this will contribute to their chance of bruising.The cervix may, for instance, lie closer to the vagina in some women more than others, and therefore is more likely to be hit during sex.Hansen recommends experimenting with positions to find the one that feels the best.'[You should] re-position, or stop, if there is pelvic pressure or pain during sex so that any ongoing pain would be completely avoided,' she says.You might also want to try things other than penetrative sex. Lane writes: 'Sex doesn't have to involve PIV intercourse for hetero couples: handwork, oral, foreplay, and anal are all other amazing ways to achieve an orgasm.'Cervical bruising will heal of its own accord, from a few days up to a week after intercourse.If pain persists after that time, it's important to visit a doctor.'Ibuprofen 400-800mg can help with the cramping. For women who anticipate that they will have pain, they can take the ibuprofen dose prior to intercourse (approximately 30 minutes prior to sex would be best),' says Dr Hansen.'Any pelvic pressure or pain that results from cervical 'trauma' (tapping or touching the cervix during sex) is temporary and should be resolved with a couple of hours (max 24 hours),' she says. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5409189/A-common-sex-injury-women-not-know-about.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - 4,000-year-old lost city and pits filled with skulls found in China
 
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Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a lost city in China that thrived more than 4,000 years ago. The pyramid was build out of a loess hill, with 11 massive steps tapering as they ascend, as shown above Share this article Share Thousands of years ago when it flourished, from about 2300 BC to 1800 BC, the city spanned about 988 acres On a ridge above China’s Tuwei River, researcher found a massive stepped pyramid that once served as a palace center, along with defensive stone walls, tool-making debris, and a pit filled with sacrificial human skulls It’s thought that the ruling elites lived atop the pyramid complex, which was likely also the site of artisanal or industrial craft production According to the researchers, palaces were built atop the huge pyramid out of rammed earth with wooden pillars and roofing tiles WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS FOUND AT THE SHIMAO RUINS?  The Bronze Age discoveries challenge our understanding of early Chinese civilization and settlement, suggesting the loess highland was home to a complex society long before the traditionally assumed ‘centers’ emerged in the Central Plains  AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6096439/Remains-4-000-year-old-lost-city-230ft-pyramid-pits-filled-SKULLS-China.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - SpaceX will build its Mars BFR rocket at the city's port, LA mayor confirms
 
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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  - Twitter users explode over photo of mother-of-five with young-onset dementia cuddli
 
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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  - Liquid water found on Mars
 
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Scroll down for video A hidden lake of liquid water has been found on Mars for the first time in a landmark discovery that bolsters the possibility of life on the red planet. Pictured is the lake uncovered by radar readings (left), as well as its position on the Martian south pole (right) Share this article Share 6.2k shares Pictured are radar readings (coloured) and the outline of the feature they uncovered (black) As it stands, current space exploration technologies would not allow for drills to penetrate deep enough to reach the lake. Pictured is an image taken by Mars Express probe of the Martian southern polar ice cap This artist's impression shows the Mars Express probe investigating the southern hemisphere of Mars over a radar cross section of the craft's readings. The blue spots are areas of high reflectivity - thought to be liquid water The discovery is the first evidence of a lake of liquid water on Mars that still exists today. The study combined radar reflection data (top image shows data as a cross section of Mars) from the planet's surface (red in bottom image) and the lake's base (blue in bottom image) Scientists at the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics in Rome uncovered the subsurface lake using data from the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe (artist's impression)   Researchers had previously found dried up ancient lakes on the red planet, like the one pictured AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5990367/Scientists-discover-12-mile-lake-hidden-Mars-fuelling-possibility-life-planet.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Feeding babies eggs boosts their brain development
 
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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  - How did Stephen Hawking live so long with ALS?
 
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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  - Saver scoops £1m in his FIRST ever Premium Bond draw
 
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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  - Mother with rare eye cancer gives birth to healthy twins
 
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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  - Jeannie Gaffigan said flu symptoms led to brain tumor diagnosis
 
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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  - Has Tutankhamun's tragic teenage wife finally been found?
 
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The mystery of the final resting place of the wife of Ancient Egypt's most famous ruler has moved a step closer to being solved.Egyptologists previously discovered what they believe is the burial chamber of Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun's wife, in the Valley of The Kings.If confirmed, it could help to unravel the final fate of the boy king's wife, who suddenly disappeared from historical records after her second marriage.The teen bride is believed to have had a tragic life, marrying her father, her grandfather and her half-brother Tutankhamun.Archaeologists have now begun to excavate an area near a tomb at the World Heritage Site, which they believe contains her body.Archaeologist and former Egyptian minister for antiquities, Zahi Hawass, announced the start of the dig on his website.He discovered the suspected burial plot near the tomb of the pharaoh Ay in July 2017, using ground penetrating radar.In a written statement, a spokesman for Hawass' research team said: 'In January 2018, Zahi Hawass launched his own excavations at the Valley of the Monkeys, a side valley in the area of the Valley of the Kings.'The focus of the excavations is in the area in close proximity to the tomb of Ay, Tutankhamun's successor.'The radar scans in the area detected the presence of a possible entrance to a tomb at a depth of five metres (16 feet).'It is believed that the location of the tomb of Ankhsenamun, Tutankhamun's widow, who married Ay after Tutankhamun's death, is still hidden somewhere in the Valley of the Monkeys.'Ankhesenamun, who was married to Tutankhamun, who reigned from 1332 to 1327 BC, was wed with Ay after Tutankhamun's sudden death.Ay ruled immediately after King Tut, from 1327 to 1323 BC.Evidence of foundation deposits, caches of pottery, food remains and other tools, suggest the construction of a tomb at the site.Hawass' team plan to excavate the newly discovered chamber to determine exactly who is inside.Speaking to LiveScience at the time of its discovery, Hawass said: 'We are sure there is a tomb there, but we do not know for sure to whom it belongs.'We are sure there is a tomb hidden in that area because I found four foundation deposits.'The ancient Egyptians usually did four or five foundation deposits whenever they started a tomb's construction.'[And] the radar did detect a substructure that could be the entrance of a tomb.'Ankhesenamun was the third child of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti and was born in around 1348BC.She was originally called Ankhesenpaaten, but her change of name reflects changes in Ancient Egyptian religion during her lifetime.She was the half sister and cousin of Tutankhamun, with the pair sharing the same father.Tutankhamun's mother, believed to have been Nefertiti, is thought to have been Ankhesenamun's aunt.The queen is said to have married King Tut when he took the throne at the age of nine, when she was just a few years older.After their marriage the pair changed their names in honour of the old monotheistic religio AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5279643/Has-Tutankhamuns-tragic-teenage-wife-finally-found.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Sailors on Franklin expedition DIDN'T die from lead poisoning
 
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The expedition, consisting of two ships led by British Royal Navy captain Sir John Franklin, aimed to find a sea route linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But the crew was condemned to an icy death after their two ships got jammed in thick sea ice in the Canadian Arctic in 1846 Share this article Share THE DOOMED FRANKLIN EXPEDITION In command of the doomed was the 59-year-old Sir John Franklin (pictured) who sailed the Arctic three times before HMS Erebus and HMS Terror were sent out in the summer of 1845 to find the Northwest Passage but they took a crucial wrong turn and ended up stranded and surrounded by pack ice Scientists have taken the DNA from the skeletal remains of several sailors who died after getting stuck in Arctic ice on a doomed 1845 expedition. This image shows the mummified remains of one of the expedition's doomed crew members Marc-Andre Bernier setting a marine biology sampling quadrant on the port side hull of the Erebus Stranded: In 1837 the HMS Terror became trapped by ice (pictured) while under the command of Admiral George Back. The ship remained stuck for 10 months. Eight years later it returned to the Canadian Arctic and this time it failed to escape the icy clutches of the Northwest Passage The sailors died during the disastrous Franklin Expedition in which two vessels vanished along with all 129 people on board. This image released by Parks Canada in September 2014 shows a side-scan sonar image of HMS Erebus shipwreck on the sea floor in northern Canada Since the 1980s skulls and other remains of more than 20 sailors have been found by scientists after decades of fruitless searching in the Canadian Arctic. This skull, believed to belong to one of the crew members, was found back in 1993 AutoNews- Source:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6103745/Sailors-doomed-19th-Century-Franklin-expedition-DIDNT-die-lead-poisoning.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Could cannabis help treat eczema and psoriasis?
 
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University of Colorado scientists have begun trials on a compound in the drug to determine if it can combat the common skin conditions.They believe CBD - which doesn't cause a 'high' - could offer hope for millions of eczema and psoriasis sufferers.The anti-inflammatory compound, known officially as cannabidiol, is already backed for its plethora of benefits by the World Health Organization.Global health chiefs gave it a clean bill of health in a report published in December and declared it had no adverse outcomes.Holland & Barrett already stocks an oil form of the compound, which is legal to buy in the UK. Cannabis, however, remains illegal.Researchers, led by Dr Robert Dellavalle, have begun experiments on 40 Parkinson's patients with seborrheic dermatitis, InsideScience reports.Trials of a CBD-based pill have yet to finish - but studies have shown compounds in cannabis can help eczema and psoriasis patients.Dr Dellavelle told the website: 'There’s a large segment of the population that doesn’t like using steroids, even if they are topical steroids on their skin.'This [CBD] would be an alternative, natural product for them to try.'He added that there's a 'potential' of using CBD that may work in a different way to patients who receive no benefits from topical steroids.Ian Hamilton, a drug researcher at York University told MailOnline: 'There is emerging evidence that chemicals within cannabis might offer potential health benefits.'But we will need more than one research trial to be done before we can say whether this works or not.'He added: 'It might be several years before this research produces medicines that can be used for conditions such as eczema.'Psoriasis strikes around 650,000 people in the UK, including former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. Kim Kardashian is one of eight million victims in the US.Six million people in the UK have eczema, including singer Adele. Hollywood actor Brad Pitt is one of 31 million sufferers in the US.Current treatments for both conditions revolve around topical steroid creams and emollients to soothe and hydrate patches of red, flaky skin.But the medications are known to have side effects, such as skin thinning. The new Colorado research could pave the way for a better treatment.CBD is, however, widely different to THC - which is the psychoactive compound that causes a high in cannabis and linked to psychosis.Campaigners and charities fighting for multiple sclerosis patients have argued for the UK Government to make the itself legal.They claim thousands of patients are often left with no other options than to turn to weed when conventional drugs fail to dampen their pain.But concerns have been raised that Britain's market of the drug is dominated by super-strength skunk - which is low in CBD and high in THC.Current laws state those caught in possession of the Class B substance face up to five years in prison in the UK.The Home Office declared last July that there was no intention to make cannabis legal - but AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5509647/Could-cannabis-help-treat-eczema-psoriasis.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
 
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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  - Boohoo has grown vastly - and so could its share price
 
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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  - Beatles legend John Lennon's Monkey Bike is up for auction
 
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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  - Shoppers seeking cannabis oil can buy on the high street
 
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Shoppers seeking cannabis oil are now able to purchase the product on the high street.Holland & Barrett, which has 750 stores in the UK and Ireland, has announced it has seen a surge in sales since it began selling CBD oil in January.The retailer, whose sales have soared by 37 per cent, is selling the oil, derived from a natural compound found in the cannabis plant, for £19.99.Campaigners have repeatedly claimed it can help multiple sclerosis sufferers, curb pain and even treat anxiety.However Holland & Barrett's product has been launched as a food supplement, meaning the firm can't claim any of those benefits.The retailer has avoided the lengthy process of gaining a medicinal licence in order to get it onto shelves across the UK.Government advisors made it legal to buy CBD oil in England and Wales in 2016 and admitted it had a 'restoring, correcting or modifying' effect on humans.However, its legal status has confused thousands as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency back-tracked on its position just a few weeks after.Suppliers now have to obtain a licence to sell it as a medicine, following the decision in October two years ago – but some weave the strict rules.Holland & Barrett began selling CBD oil in January, and is now planning to bring out a new range containing the cannabis derivative.Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of more than 80 cannabinoids, natural compounds found in the marijuana plant.Extracted from the plant as a mineral-rich oil, it is usually bottled with a dropper - but also comes in the form of chewing gum, soap or as a vape oil for e-cigarettes.It has no side effects, either, and is not addictive.It has been reported to help people with epilepsy, rheumatism, migraines, psoriasis, acne, multiple sclerosis and depression.Crucially, cannabidiol oil does not contain any THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. In other words, CBD does not get you high.The Cannabis Trades Association UK shows that there are now 250,000 users of CBD Oil across the UK, which is up from the 125,000 recorded this time last year.Reviews on the Holland & Barrett website say CBD Oil is excellent and has helped ease pain for a wide range of problems.The company also say it’s one of the most asked about products in store and at their call centre - customers want to know how it works and what it can help them with.A spokesperson from Holland & Barrett said: 'We have been surprised at the success and popularity of CBD Oil since launch.'We knew that there were numerous trends surfacing around this liquid but we didn’t expect to see sales increase this dramatically’.‘We are constantly looking to bring, new and innovative products to market that help our customers. It is great to see in this instance that we can help with the demand.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5364121/Shoppers-seeking-cannabis-oil-buy-high-street.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Royal Bank of Scotland to launch its ring-fenced retail...
 
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Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has said the ring-fencing of its retail banking operations will take effect at the end of this month.The official launch on April 30 will make RBS the latest lender to formally transfer its retail customers to a separate unit as part of new UK regulations meant to protect consumer cash from investment banking risks.The changes will involve separating its retail customers that are members of banking brands including RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank.It will also mean ring-fencing some members of Coutts, and other RBS brands like Lombard, Drummonds, RBS Invoice Finance, Adam & Company and Holt’s Military Banking.A spokesman for RBS  – which is still 73% owned by the taxpayer – said personal customers should not expect disruption to services as a result of the changes that will be made over the weekend leading up to April 30.The non ring-fenced bank will be made up of clients from NatWest Markets, NatWest International, RBS International and Isle of Man Bank.The announcement comes just days after Barclays became the first British bank to complete the process ahead of the January 2019 deadline.Barclays’ own transfer of customers took place over the Easter weekend, populating what is now called Barclays Bank UK – a unit that is separate from Barclays Bank which offers products and services for its larger corporate, wholesale and international banking clients.Ring-fencing rules only apply to UK banks that hold more than £25 billion in core deposits from individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.It is one of several key reforms introduced in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-5581799/Royal-Bank-Scotland-launch-ring-fenced-retail-bank-April-30.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Girl with CCHS runs free after life-changing operation
 
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This is the amazing moment a five-year-old girl, who has been tethered to a huge ventilator since birth, runs free after undergoing surgery to help her breathe on her own.Diana Galleno suffers from congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS), a rare condition affecting the autonomic nervous system which controls breathing.She has been attached to a bulky 15lb ventilator – a machine which resembles a vacuum cleaner and helps her breathe – since she was a week old.Everywhere she went the device went too, and her parents Diana Belmont, 36, and Fernando Galleno, 38, were constantly chasing after her carrying it.But now, after a six-hour operation to insert an electrical pacer in her chest – Diana has finally ditched the machine.Uplifting footage shows Diana grinning as she runs down the corridor of the hospital where she underwent the procedure with nothing to hold her back.Her mother, from Lima, Peru, said the surgery, which took place in the US, has allowed her daughter to 'experience freedom for the first time'.She said: 'It's amazing to watch her do the things she never could.'She is so excited by it and it makes us so happy to see her have a little bit of freedom for the first time in her life.''There were limitations to what she could do'In the first years of her life, Diana was not able to undergo surgery because there was not enough space in her little chest to operate.And over the years, worried about the risks that came with surgery – but eventually decided to take the chance to give her her independence.'We were always running after a little girl carrying this thing all the time, it was exhausting,' said her mother. 'We tried to keep everything normal for her.'If she wanted to go down the slide, we would help her to with the vent but no matter how hard you try there were limitations to what she could do.'I also worried about her independence. When she was on the ventilator, she had so little.'We helped her change, helped her to the bathroom. If she wanted to move from one school desk to the other, she would need help.'There was also a worry about the machine itself, sometimes there were problems with it, or at school sometimes, certain tubes would fall out. 'I was always wondering, 'How would she be if she was on her own?'It came to the point where my husband and I decided that the surgery was the right thing for Diana, even though it was serious. It was time for her to move forward.'And so last October she and her parents flew to the US so she could undergo the risky operation at Lurie Children's Hospital, Chicago.Surgeons inserted a phrenic nerve-diaphragm pacer into her chest, a device which sends electric impulses to the diaphragm, stimulating it to breathe.Little Diana's pacer was turned on in December, allowing her to breathe without her machine for the first time in her life.Since that day, life has changed dramatically for the family.Her mother said: 'Suddenly she wants to do all the things she never could do before and that AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5270277/Girl-tethered-ventilator-life-runs-free.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - What is a death rattle? Noise signals someone has just 23 hours left
 
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People approaching death produce a crackling noise that signals they have around 23 hours left to live, a doctor has revealed.As part of the dying process, people lose their ability to swallow or cough, which stops them clearing secretions in their respiratory tracts, according to the infectious disease specialist Dr Daniel Murrell, from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.This causes them to emit a gurgling noise with every breath, which may make them sound as though they are choking.Although the noise may be distressing for their loved ones, Dr Murrell stresses the death rattle is not painful and is simply part of the dying process.The mother of seven-year-old Braiden Prescott, who died from cancer of the nerve tissue in September 2016, woke in the night to hear what sounded like him choking and knew he did not have long left.What is the death rattle?Death rattles occur when people nearing the end of their lives no longer have the strength to clear secretions, such as phlegm, from the back of their throats.This is often accompanied by changes to their breathing patterns, which may vary from very quiet to loud, Medical News Today reported.Although there is no evidence death rattles cause discomfort, the noise may be eased by turning the patient on their side or raising their head to allow secretions to drain.Moistening the mouth with damp swabs may also help.Other signs a person has just hours left include them experiencing:After battling neuroblastoma three times, Braiden's mother Steph, then 26, from Ince, Greater Manchester, woke at 3am to hear her son struggling to breathe.She said: 'I buzzed the nurse in and they told me it was nearly time - what I could hear was his death rattle.'Steph said Braiden's outburst was all the more unusual as he had tumours on his jaw that meant he could not open his mouth properly and had not spoken for a few days.The youngster then demanded he have a picture taken while cuddling his father Wayne, then 38, before passing away minutes later.Steph said: 'When he passed we were shocked, you don't ever want to think you're losing your baby, but we knew it was coming.'The words of wisdom uttered by dying childrenThis comes after a doctor who cares for terminally-ill children revealed the heart-wrenching words of wisdom of youngsters before they die.Dr Alastair McAlpine from Paedspal Cape Town paediatric palliative care, tweeted last February saying his young patients often wish they had spent less time worrying and more time at the beach, reading books or eating ice cream.Many youngsters are also concerned about how their parents will cope when they are gone, with one saying they will see their father again soon and another asking God to take to take care of them.Dr McAlpine also notes no children, who were aged between four and nine, said they wish they had spent more time on Facebook, watching television or fighting with people.After feeling there were not enough uplifting stories on Twitter, Dr McAlpine, who st AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5611627/What-death-rattle-Crackling-noise-signals-just-23-hours-left-live.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - There will be 200,000 electric cars on UK roads in 2018
 
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Official sales figure show there is 'unprecedented demand' for pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the UK with registrations increasing by a record-breaking 27 per cent last year.Industry insiders are now estimating that 60,000 low emissions plug-in vehicles will be sold in 2018, taking the overall tally on British roads to around 200,000.While sales were unsurprisingly highest in London, almost 20 per cent of the 46,500 green models sold in the UK last year were registered in the East of England.Figures released by electric-vehicle information provider Go Ultra Low said the rise in sales could be attributed to the 'ever-expanding range of plug-in vehicles available to motorists'.However, the increases could also be traced back to government persuasion to ditch diesel with surcharges on vehicles powered by the scrutinised fuel type.With ministers last year calling for a blanket ban on all petrol and diesel new car sales by 2040, some 46,522 zero- or low-emissions cars were purchased last year.That's up from 36,535 registrations in 2016.A similar increase in demand this year would see 60,000 new electric and hybrid cars enter the UK road network - that would take the nation's total number of super-clean vehicle rise to 190,000.Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: '2017 was a stellar year for electric vehicle registrations with strong growth of 27 per cent, demonstrating the massive consumer appetite for 100 per cent electric and plug-in hybrid cars.'There are already more than 130,000 electric vehicles on UK roads, a figure that could pass 190,000 this year as new models come to market and consumers reap the cost saving benefits of electric driving.'The best-selling of all plug-in models in 2017 was - yet again - the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with 7,464 registrations in total.That's some way behind the most popular car of last year, the Ford Fiesta, which accumulated 94,533 sales to become the most purchased UK model for the ninth consecutive year.The best-selling 100 per cent electric model was the Nissan Leaf, with 5,639 examples registered in 2017.Of all the UK regions, London - unsurprisingly - had the most new plug-in and electric cars registered in 2017.Some 9,274 vehicles hit the road in the capital last term - a 42 per cent increase on the previous year.However, the biggest shock was the level of demand in the East of England.Drivers in the area purchased - or acquired through finance - 8,685 new electric or plug-in hybrid cars last year, which was 21 per cent more than last year.The fewest number of electrified cars were bought in East Yorkshire/Lincolnshire, with just 398 registrations. That said, it was still a 30.5 per cent increase on the number of low-emissions cars bought there in the previous year.Despite the demand in the region being high, it appears to facility to charge one of these vehicles away from home is relatively difficult.According to figures released by charging network website Zap Map last week, just 376 publ AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/cars/article-5246793/There-200-000-electric-cars-UK-roads-2018.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Financial Ombudsman chief tries to rally staff
 
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The boss of the Financial Ombudsman Service has written to staff warning them that Channel Four is to air a Dispatches documentary which will be less than complimentary about the complaints body.In the e-mail, seen by This is Money, Caroline Wayman says the half-hour programme will air on Monday, 5 March 2018 - and it is likely to show the FOS in a bad light.It comes after This is Money exclusively revealed last year how staff at the FOS were leaving negative reviews about the service after changes made by the boss, who has been in charge since July 2014.Some said the organisation - a final stop for complaints about financial firms - was blindly chasing productivity gains while treating employees badly and others labelled it a shambles.The e-mail says that the programme involved undercover filming and concerns raised by the Dispatches team include training, level of awards, judgement in individual circumstances, workload and PPI volumes.In the e-mail, Ms Wayman says: 'As well as working on the areas raised by Dispatches, our priorities are to reassure our customers that they can trust the rigour and fairness of our answers – and to support and care for our people who may be experiencing extra pressures and a range of emotions over the coming weeks.'She goes on to add that it will be prioritising three areas of work.These are to reassure customers and stakeholders that decisions are trustworthy and fair, giving people the opportunity to raise any concerns from the programme.Supporting and caring for its staff, recognising loyalty, hard work and professionalism – and also looking into the detail of the all the areas raised by Dispatches to see where things can improve.The FOS is funded by the financial services sector through a combination of statutory levies and case fees.In December, it estimates that for the financial year 2017/18, it will operate with a loss of £8.7million.Meanwhile, Ms Wayman was paid £282,573 for the year ending 31 March 2016.On job review website Glassdoor, the FOS has 379 employee reviews with a satisfaction rating of just 1.8 out of five.The average company rating on Glassdoor is 3.3 out of 5, so a 1.8 for the FOS is well below most other employers.Furthermore, just 15 per cent of staff approve of the chief executive.A review from a staff member left this week on the site reads: 'As a whole the organisation lost its sense of direction. I think it fell over where it over thought its new approach.'Managers are being paid loads for doing nothing. Majority of adjudicators are very self-sufficient and are usually most knowledgeable than the managers but are paid less.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-5425985/Financial-Ombudsman-chief-tries-rally-staff.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Aggressive flu strain is already widespread in 36 states
 
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The flu is already gripping 36 states and has killed at least 70 people in the US, according to data released by the CDC on Friday.Flu season officially begins in October but this year's particularly dangerous strain, H3N2, has come relatively early and the season has probably not reached its peak yet.The same strain was primarily responsible for sickening more than 1,000 people in Australia, where health officials estimated that vaccines only prevented some 10 percent of strains.In light of panic over reports of the vaccine's effectiveness, the CDC reported that it expects the American vaccine to be 32 percent effective against the H3N2 virus, but this week saw the flu become highly active in 21 states.An estimated 9.2 million Americans have gotten sick with the flu each year since 2010.Of those, the CDC estimates that as many as 56,000 have died from the viral infection in a given recent year.H3N2 has been responsible for some of the worst flu seasons in the US in recent years, including the 2006-2007, 2012-2013, and 2014-2015 bouts.As of this week, there was 'high activity' of the flu - the highest prevalence ranking - in nearly half of the US.Texas is among the 21 states now inundated with the virus, and H3N2 has accounted for between 66 and 75 percent of positive flu tests reported to its health department.'As far as past seasons where H3N2 has been predominant, there have been more hospitalizations and complications with it,' said Texas Health and Human Services Commission spokeswoman Lara Anton.'If it continues to be the predominant type, we could expect that.'So far, 512 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported to the CDC this year.'There was a health alert on Wednesday letting providers know that they should be highly suspicious of anyone with flu-like symptoms and start treating them with antivirals,' Anton said.The CDC has recommended three main antivirals: oseltamivir (sold under the brand name Tamiful,) zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir, all of which the CDC says contain a strain of H3N2 which should be effective against this year's version.The nasal spray, however, is not thought to be a worthwhile preventative measure against this flu.'There is not much we can do on a state level,' said Anton, 'it's an every-year epidemic.'All anyone can do to protect themselves against this years fierce flu is to get vaccinated, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands, get tested early, and stay home if they are sick.Flu season typically peaks anywhere between December and March, according to the CDC.'We don't know if this is the peak, but we kind of don't think it is,' Anton said.'We think it's tracking upward, and it's on the earlier side,' she added. AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5221703/Aggressive-flu-strain-widespread-36-states.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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Breaking News  - Crisis on the High street with 16 stores closing every day
 
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The crisis on the High Street saw 16 stores close every day last year as shopkeepers struggled in the face of rising costs and an onslaught from internet rivals.In a sign of the growing strain on retailers, a report by Pricewaterhousecoopers revealed 5,855 shops closed in 2017, the most in four years.The pain continued into 2018 with the industry suffering its worst start to the year since the financial crisis plunged Britain into recession.The findings reflect ongoing turmoil on the High Street which has claimed Toys R Us and Maplin, leading to the loss of more than 5,000 jobs.Other troubled retailers include New Look, Carpetright and Mothercare. Zelf Hussain, a restructuring partner at PwC, said: 'We've seen some well-known names impacted as they face a perfect storm of issues: a fall in consumer confidence and reduced spending, alongside rising costs.'In further evidence of the crisis, an average of just 11 stores opened each day last year, the lowest level in seven years.Researchers looked at the top 500 town centres in the UK, and their findings paint a stark picture of the pressures facing retailers as more businesses are forced to close stores in the face of competition from online shopping.Estate agents, banks and travel agents were hit the hardest last year, accounting for more than a third of all closures as more consumers went online to book holidays and do their banking.Fashion retailers closed 713 shops while opening just 399. Shoe shops also struggled with 164 shutting and just 78 opening.PwC said consumers were demanding more from their shopping experience than they used to, with a number of major retailers like John Lewis and Next recently launching personal styling services, barbers and restaurants in store.Last week, however, shopping centre owner Hammerson shrugged off woes as visitors to its sites, including the Bullring in Birmingham, increased 5 per cent over Easter.Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said retailers needed to recognise the changing needs of shoppers: 'The winners, such as nail bars, coffee shops, bookstores and craft beer pubs, are all flourishing.'She said they were meeting the needs of younger shoppers who wanted to pay for experiences as well as goods.Lucy Stainton, a retail expert at The Local Data Company, said: 'There is of course no doubting that we are experiencing a period of great change, and the question around the role of stores is still very much on the industry agenda.' AutoNews- Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-5601241/Crisis-High-street-16-stores-closing-day.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
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