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Zolpidem Can Enhance Recovery from Stroke, say researchers

Zolpidem Can Enhance Recovery from Stroke, say researchers

A drug used to treat insomnia can actually enhance the recovery from stroke, researchers found during a recent study. The drug Zolpidem, is better known by the trade name Ambien.

Zolpidem is a new class of sleeping pills that are sold under the brands Stilnoct and Edluar in the UK and Ambien in the US. The drug is given to around 750,000 NHS patients each year.

Tesla to Get Tax Incentive Benefit of $39 Million: California State Treasurer John Chiang

Tesla to Get Tax Incentive Benefit of $39 Million, said California State Treasurer John Chiang

California State Treasurer John Chiang said on Tuesday that Tesla motors, an American automotive and energy storage company, will get $39 million in sales tax incentives. The move marks as a new round of government subsidies for a company that has become expert at using those incentives to grow the business.

These tax incentives benefit advanced manufacturing and companies that are associated with altering of energy. Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, run by Elon Musk was also awarded an estimated $30.3 million from the initiative earlier this year.

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Meteor hurtling Towards Earth Hit the Ground on Thursday Night

Meteor hurtling Towards Earth Hit the Ground on Thursday Night

A fireball was caught streaking across the southern sky on Thursday evening, and NASA confirmed that it was a meteor. NASA Meteor Environment Office’s Bill Cooke said it is for sure that the meteor hit the ground.

On Friday, Cooke, the NASA MEO lead, said in a statement that spotting a fireball in the sky can be usual but meteorite droppers are very rare.

The recent meteor was first seen when it was travelling above McDonough, Ga., at 5:33 pm. At that time the meteor was travelling at a speed of 29,000 miles per hour about and was about 50 miles above the ground.

Orbital Celebrates Successful Launch Of Cygnus

Orbital Celebrates Successful Launch Of Cygnus

The Cygnus spacecraft finally took off from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral on Sunday. The cargo ship, owned by Orbital ATX, will be supplying 7,400 pounds of space station cargo to the ISS. The spacecraft was launched using the unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket and is likely to arrive at the orbiting station later during the week. The cargo ship is travelling at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.

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Canadian Space Agency-funded laser OLA will create 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu

Canadian Space Agency-funded laser OLA will create 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu

A Canadian-made laser has taken a big step on its lengthy journey into space. It is going to scan a remote asteroid, with a hope to better understand the solar system’s early history.

The laser, called OLA, has been funded by the Canadian Space Agency, and will make 3-D maps of the asteroid Bennu. The laser belongs to the OSIRIS-Rex project.

Study warns Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinking Rapidly

Study warns Greenland Ice Sheet Shrinking Rapidly

A new study has warned that the Greenland Ice Sheet has been melting rapidly. The sheet has lost about 9,013 gigatonnes of ice from 1900 to 2010 and the melting is happening rapidly today, the study added.

The study published in the journal Nature also suggested that from 2003 to 2010, ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet has been removed at a rate over twice the rate during the entire 20th century.

14,000-year-old Femur belongs to Different Human Species, May Upend Concept of Human Evolution

Association found between 14,000-year-old femur and bones of earliest members of human genus Homo

An ancient human species, which was thought to be extinct long time ago, likely survived until about 14,000 years ago, a new study has suggested. Researchers unearthed a fragment of thigh bone in a Chinese cave, which they believe could reveal human ancestors’ unexpected survival.

Girls born conjoined at skull and membrane revisit hospital that separated them 13 years back

Girls born conjoined at skull and membrane revisit hospital that separated them 13 years back

Over 13 years after getting separate, formerly conjoined twin sisters Maria de Jesus and Maria Teresa Alvarez, also known as the ‘Las Dos Marias’, gave a visit at the Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. They brought cheer to the doctors and nurses who were behind their separation.

As per the UCLA website, the identical twin sisters were just a year old when they went under a complicate, complex and draining 23-hour long surgery for separation. They were born conjoined at the skull and membrane that shields and protects the brain.

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Astrazeneca to Acquire 55% Stake in Acerta for $4 Billion

Astrazeneca to Acquire 55% Stake in Acerta for $4 Billion

AstraZeneca said on Thursday that it has signed a deal to buy 55% stake in the privately held biotech firm Acerta Pharma for $4 billion. The new deal will provide Acerta an access to a new type of drug for fighting blood cancers.

As per the deal, AstraZeneca will pay $2.5 billion right now and the left amount will be paid either on receipt of the first regulatory approval for the medicine acalabrutinib or at the end of 2018, depending on what will come first.

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