The tax office of Italy will receive 318 million euros ($348 million) from Apple towards the settlement of a dispute over the failure to make tax payments of six years. The iPhone and iPad manufacturer is likely to sign a deal in early-2016 to formulate guideline for its tax payments from 2015 onwards.
The Hubble telescope of NASA has sent an image that captures the merger of two galaxies, which are about 230 million light-years away from Earth. The Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 aboard NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope acquired the picture of the iconic merger. Initially, the image was being considered a galaxy with unusual shape. However, it was later realized it is a live merger of two galaxies in the constellation of Hercules.
Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have developed a new gene technology that has stopped the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in young mice. If the technique is advanced then the technique could lead to one of the successful genome-editing based treatments for the disease.
Winter vomiting is common in California these days, and now, the state Department of Public Health has announced that it has noticed a dramatic increase in norovirus cases, known as stomach flu or winter vomiting disease, in the state.
The increase in norovirus cases is surprising, said Dr. Karen Smith, the director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Public Health Officer. The department has already reported about 32 norovirus outbreaks in the western US state since October 2015. The new figure of outbreaks far exceeded the outbreaks in 2014.
California's rock and Dungeness crabs were completely banned during the holiday season in 2015. The reason was that excessive levels of toxic algae was found offshore and could have led to poisoning. However, the good news came when the state health officials partially withdrew the ban on December 31, 2015, just before the onset of New Year. The officials said that people can now consume crabs that are caught along the coasts of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Ban is still applicable for crabs that are found in north of those counties stretching till the Oregon border.
At the CES meeting to be held next week, Samsung is going to introduce three latest products from its Creative Lab (C-Lab) that includes the WELT smartbelt, head controller for VR and a wrist strap that helps you send audio through fingertip. The CES meeting will start of January 6 and will continue till January 9. The WELT belt is a device that helps you keep track of your waist size, eating habits and the number of day to day activities. It functions as a belt too holding your pants up. The smartbelt will keep your updated by notifying you that you are active, moving and losing weight.
Researchers have come up with a latest 3D printing technique for creating strong flexible ceramic structures with low porosity and cracking. Researchers said that the technique is likely to find usage in high-temperature settings at scales from microelectromechanical devices to jet engines.
The technique has leveraged polymer chemistry and UV light in some novel ways. 3D printing of ceramics has a lot of potential advantages, as it has ability of creating complex shapes that are hard to create with the help conventional methods.
A mosquitoes-causing little-known virus is going to cause one of the most alarming health crises in Brazil in coming years. Officials have reported thousands of brain damage cases, wherein babies are born with strangely tiny heads.
The news has made all Brazil women panic. The government has been facing withering criticism for not taking timely action. It has urged women to take every precaution to avoid mosquito bites. In fact, an official has suggested that women living in regions where mosquitoes are mainly prevalent should delay their child planning.
Joining the league of other wireless operators like T-Mobile and Verizon, AT&T is also putting an end to its long-going two –year phone contract scheme. From January 8, people will not be able to get a cellphone using this scheme.
Instead, AT&T is starting two new schemes as per which a person can buy the phone by paying the full price upfront or in installments over time. The decision will be applicable on all the phones even flip phones and non-smartphones with keyboards. But the scheme will remain open for business contracts.