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Reusability is revolutionizing the economics of spaceflight

Reusability is revolutionizing the economics of spaceflight

One of the things that has happened special in 2015 is the arrival of reusable rockets. Space X’s Elon Musk predicts that the reusable rocket will reduce the cost of accessing space by at least hundredfold. SpaceX and Blue Origin, both have succeeded in landing rocket back on earth, but in different zones.

On December 21, SpaceX has returned its 15-storey booster rocket upright and in intact form to a landing pad at a Cape Canaveral. It was big feat and one of the factors was a $60 million worth machinery was recovered.

Impressive results for Duchenne muscular dystrophy using Gene Therapy

Impressive results for Duchenne muscular dystrophy using Gene Therapy

Using a powerful gene-editing technique, medical researchers have reported success in treatment of muscle wasting disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The serious condition makes it difficult for young boys to even stand as the progressive muscle-wasting disease eventually leads to death due to heart failure or difficulty in breathing. Using Crispr-Cas9 technique, the research teams from Duke University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University, have reported encouraging results for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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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.

Powerful Solar Storm could lead to Aurora Borealis on New Year Eve

Powerful Solar Storm could lead to Aurora Borealis on New Year Eve

A ‘strong’ solar storm on New Year’s Eve would let people at certain locations enjoy aurora borealis (the Northern Lights), according to Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. People in Illinois and Oregon could also witness the Northern Lights as the powerful solar storm will impact our planet.

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Breathtaking image of galaxies merging captured by Hubble

Breathtaking image of galaxies merging captured by Hubble

For the first time ever, Hubble telescope has recorded two galaxies merging present nearly at a distance of 230 million light-years in the constellation of Hercules. The picture of the main galaxy NGC 6052 has been captured with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

In a statement, the space agency said, “It would be reasonable to think of this as a single abnormal galaxy, and it was originally classified as such. However, it is in fact a 'new' galaxy in the process of forming”.

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.

Meet Humanoid Robot ‘Nadine’ that expresses Moods and Emotions

Meet Humanoid Robot ‘Nadine’ that expresses Moods and Emotions

A humanoid robot created by researchers from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is giving jitters to robotic enthusiasts as the machine resembles its developers in both appearance and presence of a personality.

The creatures have programmed their social ‘bot’, dubbed as Nadine, with intelligent assistant software similar to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. One thing that separates Nadine from other assistant software is its way to express moods and emotions. The robot is capable of remembering people she has met before, as per the researchers.

Both Ultrasound and Mammograms identify same number of cancers in study

Both Ultrasound and Mammograms identify same number of cancers in study

A latest research has come as add on to the proof that ultrasonography can be helpful in diagnosing cancer in women, having dense breasts. Data from 2,809 women from throughout the US, Canada and Argentina were examined.

All the examined women had dense breasts, and also at least one other breast cancer risk factor. According to a report published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, each woman went through 3 screenings in the time period of 3 years with mammography and ultrasonography. They found 111 breast cancers overall, and 80% were invasive.

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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