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Astronomers Discover New Earth-Like Planet

Astronomers Discover New Earth-Like Planet

Astronomers Discover New Earth-Like Planet

This week a group of astronomers released information about a new planet that has been discovered. In the ongoing quest to discover and understand the universe new planets are found relatively often, but it isn’t very often that a planet this similar to Earth is discovered. The new planet might be nearly 500 light-years away, but scientists say it is a pretty significant discovery.

The new planet is named Kepler-186f, and while it is absolutely impossible to reach it scientists say it has plenty of information that could help us understand the origins of the universe. There have been quite a few planets discovered that are similar to Earth, but Kepler is unique in that it has been given a 90% chance of having liquid water. Based on the distance from the nearest star, as well as other factors, astronomers say that Kepler is the most likely planet we’ve found that could be inhabited by life.

This is a very significant scientific breakthrough, and it just goes to show how much research and science are constantly advancing. Additional research is being conducted right now, but it is still pretty impressive to see just how much information we can discern from such a distant planet.

 

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E-Cigarette Industry To be Regulated Soon

E-Cigarette Industry To be Regulated Soon

E-Cigarette Industry To be Regulated Soon

This week a significant congressional report was released regarding the now booming electronic cigarette industry. At this point electronic cigarettes are essentially unregulated and many health experts have been questioning this for quite some time. The good news is that today the congressional report, along with the world health organization, announced that they have decided to begin pursuing regulation.

Under current rules there are basically no restrictions on sales or marketing of the popular devices, which is partly why they have become so popular with younger users. Based on this week’s report many experts are incredibly hopeful that regulation will help keep the electronic cigarettes away from children. Essentially the congressional report hopes to force the electronic cigarette industry to follow the same regulation as traditional tobacco products. It might be a while before any real rules are set in stone but it is only a matter of time at this point.

This is definitely good news for everyone, because the electronic cigarette has gotten so popular in such a short time. Many medical experts have expressed concern over safety and health risks and this regulation is a step in the right direction for making the entire situation at least a little bit better.

 

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Bacteria Could Grow into Solar Panels

Bacteria Could Grow into Solar Panels

Bacteria Could Grow into Solar Panels

The idea of cheaper and easier to manufacture solar panels is something that many companies have been working towards for a long time now. Solar panels are without a doubt one of the most promising forms of renewable energy which means it could be the future of power. Unfortunately the cost and complexity keep holding back the technology, at least until now.

A group of researchers at MIT successfully grew a number of circuits using bacteria and other cells, these circuits could then be developed into functional solar panels. The process if completely new and unlike anything that has been done before, but the team believes that this could be the future of production due to the efficiency. By adding or removing additional pieces to the bacteria as necessary it is possible to grow them into whatever circuit is desired, and the best part is that they can conduct electricity while also using solar energy. This is an absolutely astonishing scientific breakthrough that has the potential to really change the future, only time will tell whether or not it becomes usable in the real world but researchers are incredibly hopeful that they’ll be able to make this into a reality in the very near future.

 

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FDA Approved First Migraine Prevention Device

FDA Approved First Migraine Prevention Device

FDA Approved First Migraine Prevention Device

Today the FDA announced their ruling on an innovative and new device that many people have been eagerly awaiting. The Cefaly is essentially a headband that can be worn to prevent migraines from developing, which would bring a significant amount of relief to the millions of people that suffer from regular migraines. The way it operates is very simple too, a self adhesive electrode sticks to the user’s forehead and sends well timed and directed electric pulses to control the onset of a migraine.

Currently the device is not available in the United States, but thanks to the FDA’s approval it will likely soon become much more available. The Cefaly is still going to remain a prescription only device, so unless your doctor says you need it you’re not going to be able to get one. The device is also only supposed to be worn for a maximum of 20 minutes per day but many doctors and researchers say that is far and beyond enough time given just how effective it is. This is absolutely great news for the millions of migraine sufferers, hopefully it’ll hit shelves soon and start making people feel a whole lot better.

 

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Researchers Say Baby was Cured of HIV

Researchers Say Baby was Cured of HIV

Researchers Say Baby was Cured of HIV

Research released this week by a medical group in Florida makes some shocking and potentially groundbreaking claims. About 9 months ago a baby was born in Mississippi with HIV, and now reports are showing that the treatment given and the steps taken have in fact cured the child of HIV. Doctors say it is absolutely unacceptable that the child was born with HIV in the first place, largely due to the fact that it is almost entirely preventable, but they’re still happy to report that the child will be able to lead a normal life without the HIV medication so many people depend on.

The child was given an experimental and immediate treatment for HIV that has shown major promise in the past, and this time it was once again a major success. Doctors say now that the child is 9 months old they’ve been actively monitoring her health and there are absolutely no signs of HIV, even though medication has been discontinued. This is a huge step in the right direction and many doctors say these cases are exactly what it will take to eventually find a cure for HIV, so this is absolutely great news for everyone.

 

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NATO And Russia Planning To Meet

NATO And Russia Planning To Meet

NATO And Russia Planning To Meet

While the entire debacle in Russia and Ukraine is far from good news, there have been a few glimmers of hope from both sides. There have been numerous threats and possible sanctions proposed that would be nothing but bad news for the world, but today both Russia and NATO announced that they are in fact planning a joint meeting so this issue can be resolved peacefully. This is not necessarily good news but many political analysts feel that this is an absolutely huge step in the right direction to bringing this to a peaceful conclusion.

The exact details of the meeting are being kept quiet in order to increase the odds of success, and if things go well everyone is hopeful that this will bring the entire conflict to an end. Things have definitely been escalating in Ukraine recently and this is the best shot the world has at putting it to an end before it really becomes a problem. This meeting is a big sign of good news to come, and hopefully in the next few days word will come out that some sort of peaceful end has been reached so the fighting and turmoil can come to an end.

 

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Google Brings Polar Bears to Streetview

Google Brings Polar Bears to Streetview

Google Brings Polar Bears to Streetview--Google

Google’s “streetview” feature is incredibly popular and has really begun to capture most of the world so users can see almost anywhere they want in just an instant. This week, however, Google added some unique and exciting areas to streetview that are truly breathtaking.

Specifically, Google added a series of locations throughout the tundra so users can explore the cold north. Of course while doing this work Google also captured some polar bears in the natural habitat, which was the real goal here. Polar bears are quickly losing their habitat due to climate change and Google, along with an eco group, wanted to showcase this with some fantastic pictures of the animals.

There are hundreds of great pictures of the bears in the natural habitat, and Google officially launched them today as part of International Polar Bear day. This is just another case of Google working with a great non-profit organization to raise awareness and help spread the word about this issue. The pictures are fantastic and will do a lot to raise awareness, plus it is just really cool being able to see something like this. Google is planning to continue working with groups such as this for charity programs in the future, which is absolutely great news.

 

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Girl From Texas Becomes Princess for a Day

Girl From Texas Becomes Princess for a Day

Girl From Texas Becomes Princess for a Day

This week, 5 year old Claire Lankford from Texas saw her biggest dream come true thanks to support from her entire community. Lankford has a rare form of cancer that is difficult to treat and has a relatively survival rate, despite that she has a very positive and upbeat attitude according to doctors and her parents. Fortunately today she got another big boost to her attitude by becoming a princess for the day, and the entire community came out to support her.

Lankford was dressed in her favorite princess gown and the street was lined with boys and girls that came out to dress up as well. The entire community cheered and applauded for her as she rode through town on her very own horse drawn carriage. Lankford’s mother was overwhelmed with emotions and made it clear just how happy she was to see this kind of support for her daughter. This is definitely a very heartwarming story that shows just how much of an impact a small community can have when they get together to support one of their own. Lankford’s cancer treatment is still ongoing, but she is happy knowing that today she was very much a real princess.

 

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Google Planning to Expand Fiber Network

Google Planning to Expand Fiber Network

Google Planning to Expand Fiber Network

Currently Google Fiber is only available in very select markets in the United States and while they’ve been a pretty big success Google has been a little slow to branch out any beyond those areas. Fortunately this week Google announced that they’re now officially considering adding numerous large metropolitan areas to their Google Fiber coverage map, which would be great for any and all of the cities involved.

Google Fiber brought hundreds of businesses to the Kansas City area when it first went live and many analysts feel that the result will be the same in any other new cities. Google is reportedly considering 9 major metropolitan areas as well as the surrounding cities, although it is still unclear when Google will actually choose where to expand to next. Either way this is good news because Google is doing a great job at driving competition in the otherwise stale internet provider market. Google has the opportunity to bring something new and fresh to the market which is otherwise unchanging in the United States. Numerous technology analysts feel that this could be exactly what the country needs, especially since two of the largest cable internet providers are now going through a merger.

 

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Vitamin C Helps Fight Cancer

Vitamin C Helps Fight Cancer

Vitamin C Helps Fight Cancer

Chemotherapy is currently the most commonly used cancer fighting medicine on the market. Unfortunately there are a number of side effects and problems that make it less than appealing but there isn’t much most doctors can do beside us it on their cancer patients. Fortunately this week a study shows that one very simple vitamin can have a significant impact on the effectiveness and can essentially reduce the length of treatment required.

The biggest problem with chemotherapy is that it can and does kill cells that are not cancerous, fortunately according to the study vitamin C helps the treatment specifically target bad cancer cells. Doctors are incredibly happy with the results showing that vitamin C treatments helped and are planning to begin using it as a standard part of the treatment in many cases. More studies are being conducted to determine exactly why vitamin C does what it does, they’re also working to determine whether or not any other vitamins could be just as effective.

As a whole this is great news and will likely revolutionize the cancer treatment industry. Multiple follow up studies are being conducted and will likely yield even more positive results.

 

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