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Netflix surpasses 50 million subscribers

Netflix surpasses 50 million subscribers

Netflix has surpassed 50 million subscribers and the company has reported impressive growth in second quarter earnings. The earnings have more than doubled as new episodes from one of its hit series enabled the internet video service exceeds 50M mark for the first time. The gains are more than what Netflix's management had predicted. It includes an extra 5, 70,000 U.S. subscribers.

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Cracking the Wheat Genome: Expect Better Bread in the Future

Cracking the Wheat Genome: Expect Better Bread in the Future

On Thursday, a team of scientists revealed a hereditary blueprint of wheat. The researchers who are part of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium published a chromosome-based draft genome sequence of bead wheat, also known as Triticum aestivum or common wheat.

According to the lead researcher, Frédéric Choulet, a plant geneticist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, "Wheat improvement is crucial to ensure food security and the development of sustainable agriculture in a context of climate change and growing population".

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Cassini Transformed Understanding of Saturn’s Dynamic Atmosphere

It was in 1997 that NASA's Cassini spacecraft was launched from earth and arrived at Saturn orbit after seven years of its launch. Cassini is through its 10th year of Saturnian exploration and is entering the final stages of its remarkable Saturnian odyssey.

With the left fuel remaining, mission planners will carry out a series of important "proximal orbits" in 2016. It is a final phase called as "Cassini Grand Finale". A number of stunning observations have been made by Cassini and one of them is Titan's ocean could contain as much salt as in Dead Sea.

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India Assures French Delegation to Proactively Battle Climate Change

India Assures French Delegation to Proactively Battle Climate Change

India has assured a French delegation that it will take serious actions to curb climate change. Prakash Javadekar, a minister of state in the central government, has revealed that the central government has been taking the issue of climate change seriously.

Some media organizations quoted him saying earlier that level of atmospheric carbon is expected to go high with the rise in Indian economy.

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Microsoft kicks off retail sales of Surface Pro 3 laptop-cum-tablet device

Microsoft kicks off retail sales of Surface Pro 3 laptop-cum-tablet device

In a Friday announcement, Microsoft said that it has started retail sales of its new Surface Pro 3 laptop-cum-tablet device, which was unveiled one month back.

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Celtic Sea has its Own Population of Ocean Giants

Celtic Sea has its Own Population of Ocean Giants

A Pembrokeshire-based marine conservation group was able to spot giant fin whales in the Celtic Sea. Sea Trust along with Stena Line conducted a ferry-based survey between Rosslare in Ireland to Cherbourg in France.

Cliff Benson, Sea Trust Director, explained about the species they got to see on the route. They came across a large group of feeding fin whales. While talking about seeing the whales, Cliff Benson, Sea Trust Director, said they feel to be quite lucky as the weather was not so favourabvle.

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26-Year-Old Bear Faces Castration

26-Year-Old Bear Faces Castration

Brown bears usually stop mating by the time they become 19, but a 26-year old male brown bear, named Pyros, is still in the hunt. His continued playfulness poses survival threats to his clan as a direct result of restrictions in genetic diversity, which has left scientists worrying.

The scientists are looking forward to either take the bear away from the forest so as to avoid further inbreeding or castrate him. There are 30 brown bears, including Pyros, in a settlement that lives in Pyrenees Mountains on the border between France and Spain.

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Dampwood Termite’s Genome Sequencing Done

Dampwood Termite’s Genome Sequencing Done

For the first time, researchers have sequenced and assessed the genome of a termite species called dampwood termite. Its genome sequencing would help in figuring out some important differences and similarities with other social insects like ants, wasps and bees.

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Emotional stress during World Cup games leads to various health risks

Emotional stress during World Cup games leads to various health risks

Emotional stress that builds up during the World Cup or other popular matches paves way for a number of health risks like depression, artery-clogging and heart attack, say experts.

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Marijuana Use Linked with Higher Cardiovascular Risk in Young Adults

Marijuana Use Linked with Higher Cardiovascular Risk in Young Adults

French scientists have suggested that recreational marijuana could result in cardiovascular-related complications or even death in young and middle-aged adults. On examining effects of marijuana in young casual users, scientists found distinct brain abnormalities directly traceable to pot.

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