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Prosecutors seek to have charges reinstated against woman having Auto-brewery syndrome: Reports

Prosecutors seek to have charges reinstated against woman having Auto-brewery syndrome: Reports

Despite being found that blood alcohol content at .33%, over four times than the state’s legal limit, a town judge lately has dismissed drinking and driving charges against this woman. You might be wondering as to why, the reason is the upstate New York woman suffers from a rare intestinal disorder called “Auto-Brewery Syndrome”, which sometimes turns ordinary food and beverages into alcohol in a person’s body.

Obesity Rates and Decline in Air Pollution could Be behind falling Childhood Asthma Rates: Study

Obesity Rates and Decline in Air Pollution could Be behind falling Childhood Asthma Rates: Study

Good news for the United States: asthma rates among children have started falling. But, the childhood asthma rates for the poorest kids of the country are still a matter of concern, according to a government study.

Study researchers are trying to figure out sources behind the drop. The 13-year study suggests a plateau in obesity rates among US kids and the country’s declining air pollution could be the possible reason.

After Three Decades, US Produces Plutonium-238 to Power NASA’s Deep-space Missions

After Three Decades, US Produces Plutonium-238 to Power NASA’s Deep-space Missions

US scientists claim they have tasted success in producing plutonium-238 in powdered form. It is the first time in last three decades when the US has achieved the milestone that could one day power NASA’s deep-space missions, such as Mars.

Scientists from the United States have produced a material that could power the country’s space mission. About 50 grams powder of plutonium-238 that the scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have produced is the first such milestone in about 30 years in the US.

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Scientists develop method to record 3D footage of neural activity in nearly entire brain of free-moving animal

Scientists develop method to record 3D footage of neural activity in nearly entire brain of free-moving animal

Scientists have come up with a new method to record 3D video of neural activity in approximately the entire brain of a free-moving animal. It is an advance that may help scientists better understand how neurons organize action and perception in animals.

The US’s Princeton University researchers used the technique to record the first 3D recordings of neural activity in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a 1 millimetre long worm species with a nervous system that has just 302 neurons.

AT&T ends two-year contracts starting January 8

AT&T ends two-year contracts starting January 8

AT&T has announced that two year contracts will not be offered starting January 8, in an effort to simplify billing plans for customers. AT&T has termed the step as ‘pricing simplification effort’. Starting January 8, AT&T Next and no-commitment will be the only option for new smartphone purchase.

In an internal memo sent to employees, the company said that both existing and new customers needing a new phone will have to either pay full amount upfront or they will have to choose from monthly installment options. The news was first reported by Engadget.

President Obama to announce New Gun Controls Starting 2016

President Obama to announce New Gun Controls Starting 2016

President Obama could announce new executive action on gun controls. The specifics of the gun control action are still not clear yet as a team of experts is still working on the details. However gun control advocates said that the new executive action could be announced within a week. All licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks.

For firearms sold online or at gun shows, the background checks aren’t performed.

US Population growth falls below pace of population rise across world: Census Bureau

US Population growth falls below pace of population rise across world: US Census

A modest rise has been estimated in the population of America, unveils the US Census Bureau. The US population on January 1, 2016 will stands at 322,762,018, a slight increase of .77% from a year ago. As per the census report, the estimated rise is the net result of births over deaths and an influx of immigrants.

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Policies to determine brain death vary widely from hospital to hospital, reveals research

Policies to determine brain death vary widely from hospital to hospital, reveals research

A research has revealed that policies to verify brain death differs vastly from hospital to hospital and policies are full of lapses. The rules to ascertain brain death vary broadly from one hospital to another, even though national standards exist.

The research has discovered that the hospital policies to determine brain death are astonishingly conflicting and don’t comply with parameters decided by health authorities.

US Justice Department Launches probe into Blue Bell Creameries over Listeria Contamination

US Justice Department Launches probe into Blue Bell Creameries over Listeria Contamination

The US Justice Department said it has launched an investigation into Blue Bell over listeria contamination of its ice cream. The contamination was linked to three deaths and several illnesses.

A person familiar with the matter told that government lawyers are probing into what information did the Blue Bell executives had about the listeria contamination in their plants and products.

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