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NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan leaves agency

NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan leaves agency

NASA’s chief scientist Ellen Stofan has left the government-run space agency to move on and seek “new adventures,” according to emerging reports.

As per the reports, Stofan first announced her decision to part ways with NASA during a National Academies’ Space Studies Board conference held in California last December, and she left on or around December 20, 2016.

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Samsung expected to reveal Galaxy Note 7 probe results this month

Samsung expected to reveal Galaxy Note 7 probe results this month

The results of an investigation launched to figure out why some of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caught fire will be announced later this month, a local newspaper reported.

Citing unnamed sources, the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported on Monday that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Has plans to release the investigation’s findings this month.

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Tough fight for Overweight and Obese Individuals as Changes in Dopamine Stokes Lazy Behavior: NIH

Tough fight for Overweight and Obese Individuals as Changes in Dopamine Stokes Lazy Behavior: NIH

Overweight individuals find it difficult to improve their lifestyle and increase their physical activity. A new research conducted at National Institutes of Health (NIH) has found that sedentary lifestyle and overweight leads to changes in dopamine, resulting in more lethargy. This means that it would be difficult for overweight individuals to shed those extra kilos as they will remain less active compared to healthy weight individuals. The NIH study was conducted on lab mice and the research team noticed changes in dopamine among overweight mice.

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Periodic comet to streak through night sky on Dec. 31

Periodic comet to streak through night sky on Dec. 31

A periodic comet will be streaking through the night sky as Earthlings will be bidding farewell to 2016 and saying hello to the New Year, American space agency NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.

The 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is set to appear near the Moon on Dec. 31, as people will be welcoming 2017. However, it will be difficult to see this comet with naked eyes as it is not a particularly bright comet.

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Uber, Lyft respond to Senator Al Franken’s concerns about racial discrimination

Uber, Lyft respond to Senator Al Franken’s concerns about racial discrimination

On Wednesday, Senator Al Franken released the letters received from ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, in response to his November open letter in which he had asked the two companies to address racism on their platforms.

Senator Franken’s open letter, published on November 2, 2016, was addressed to Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick and Lyft CEO Logan Green. The letter essentially drew attention to the fact that a study released earlier this year had documented the racial discrimination faced by ride-hailing passengers.

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St. Ives Apricot Scrub sued for causing skin damage

St. Ives Apricot Scrub sued for causing skin damage

St. Ives Apricot Scrub, one of the world’s most popular facial scrubs, has been slapped with a lawsuit that alleges the product can cause k\skin damage.

The suit has been filed by plaintiffs Sarah Basile and Kaylee Browning, who are seeking $5 million from Unilever, the parent company of St. Ives. It may become a class-action suit as more people may join the legal battle.

The plaintiffs claim that the inclusion of crushed walnut shells in the company’s facial scrubs makes the exfoliator totally unsuitable to use on face.

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Wisconsin DNR says climate change ‘debatable’

Wisconsin DNR says climate change ‘debatable’

Earth’s climate has changed throughout the centuries and the reason for the changing climate is a matter of debate, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ altered text from an agency webpage on the Great Lakes.

Wisconsin DNR made the controversial changes to the text on December 21st, striking out previous sentences that had attributed global warming and the resultant climate change to human activities and increasing levels of CO2.

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Google Nexus 6 will get Android 7.1.1 update in Jan. 2017

Google Nexus 6 will get Android 7.1.1 update in Jan. 2017

According to a 9to5Google report, the Google Nexus 6 handset is scheduled to get the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in January 2017.

The Nexus 6 handset is the only Nexus device which has not yet received the Android 7.1.1 update; with the update having been rolled out to all the other Nexus devices. Since all the Nexus models older than the two-year-old Nexus 6 have got the Android 7.1.1 update, the users of Nexus 6 have been long demanding the rollout of update to their handsets.

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Diabetes accounts for total health care spending in U.S.

Diabetes accounts for total health care spending in U.S.

Spending on diabetes, a group of metabolic diseases representing high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period, accounts for more than 50 per cent of all spending on health care in the United States, researchers reported.
In a comprehensive financial analysis, a group of researchers from the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation found that spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled a whopping $101 billion in 2013.

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Scientists to add ‘leap second’ to universal clock on Dec. 31

Scientists to add ‘leap second’ to universal clock on Dec. 31

The year 2016 will last a little longer as scientists are going to add an additional “leap second” to the universal clock as an adjustment to keep time in sync with Earth’s rotation relative to the Sun.

Earth is quite massive, but it still “brakes” due to ocean tides. The braking action of ocean tides decelerates the planet. Scientists have estimated that Earth decelerates 2 milliseconds per day per century, which results in slowing of our planet’s rotation as compared with atomic clocks.

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