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AT&T will end two-year phone contracts starting January 8

AT&T to discontinue two-year phone contracts from January 8

Starting from January 8, AT&T will discontinue its two-year phone contract. Therefore, new and existing customers will be able to have new phones through two options- by either paying the full price upfront or in installments over time through its Next installment plan. You just have few days to lock yourself down for a few more years.

The decision will be applicable on all AT&T’s phone. After the above mentioned date, every phone then whether it be flip phones and non-smartphones with keyboards has to be bought with any of the two options.

Tax System Loophole Exploited by many Rich Individuals

Tax System Loophole Exploited by many Rich Individuals

A recent New York Times story has reported about an income tax loophole used by many high net-worth individuals have been exploiting to save millions of dollars in taxes. The NY Times report has focused on some hedge fund managers who have been using this loophole to save taxes. The trick involves sending money to Bermuda and then bringing it back.

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CDC 2014 Report: Moms in America Set All Time High Record for Twin Births

CDC 2014 Report: Moms in America Set All Time High Record for Twin Births

As per a new 2014 report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), twinning rate has hit all time high in the United States in 2014. In 2014, the birth rate for twins was 33.9 sets of twins per 1,000 births compared to 33.7 in 2013. It has been reported that mothers continued to get older in 2014 with the average age for the first-time mother has now become 26.3, which it was 26 in 2013.

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New government data shows good things come in pairs for Americans

New government data shows good things come in pairs for Americans

Generally it is said that good things come in pairs, and new government data shows that the fact seems to be quite true for American babies. Last year, the US twinning rate hit a record with 33.9 out of every 1,000 births that involved twins.

According to a report from the National Center for Health Statistics, though the rise from rate of 33.7 per 1,000 births in 2013 isn’t sufficiently large to be statistically significant, but it has been qualified as ‘a new high for the nation’.

Ultrasounds can help detect breast cancer: study

Ultrasounds can help detect breast cancer: study

Ultrasound screening can play a crucial role in the fight against breast cancer as the technology is capable as mammograms in detecting the disease in women with dense breasts, a new study suggested.

The extensive study led by Pittsburgh researcher Wendie A. Berg revealed that ultrasound screening detected as many cases of breast cancer as mammogram screening in women with dense breasts.

Glowing Shark Named After Japanese Ninja

Glowing Shark Named After Japanese Ninja

A research was carried out to study a new species of glowing shark. The study appeared in the December edition of the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. The lead author of the paper, Vicky Vásquez, has given a more common name to the species, ninja lanternshark. The species were originally named Etmopterus benchleyi. This shark was found in 2010 offshore continental slope in the Pacific Ocean.

Over 500K pieces of debris orbiting Earth

Over 500K pieces of debris orbiting Earth

More than 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting Earth, moving at speeds of up to 17,500 miles per hour (mph), according to the U.S. Space Surveillance Network.

As the U.S. Space Surveillance Network tracks only pieces larger than ten centimeters, the number of junk pieces in space could be much larger. Of the 500,000 pieces that are being currently be tracked, nearly 20,000 pieces range in size from a softball to a bus.

Childhood Asthma cases decline in the United States expect for poor families

Childhood Asthma cases decline in the United States expect for poor families

Childhood asthma prevalence has reduced in the United States according to a new report issued by CDC. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of asthma among children in the United States was rising. The CDC survey found that childhood asthma rate remained at the same level for next four years. Year 2013 onwards, a decline has been witnessed.

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Scientists hope to find cure for Alzheimer’s through Stem Cell research

Scientists hope to find cure for Alzheimer’s through Stem Cell research

One of the commonest causes of premature senility, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive mental deterioration that occurs in middle or old age due to generalized degeneration of the brain. So far, scientists have failed to find any drug that can slow the onset of the disease and a major reason being cited for this is that animal testing, where most research begins, doesn’t often produce favorable results that can predict very well what will happen to people with the disease.

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