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Absolute risk of home birth remains low, but elevated compared to hospital birth: Study

Absolute risk of home birth remains low, but elevated compared to hospital birth: Study

Home births were found to be overall safe with a slight increased risk of death of baby in America, unveils a study of Oregon births. Home births were also associated with lower chance of a C-section. The researchers said that overall risks to the baby remained low irrespective of the birth plan.

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A Complete Guide of celestial activities to take place in 2016

A Complete Guide of celestial activities to take place in 2016

New Year is going to be extra special for sky gazers, as they will have many opportunities in 2016 to see meteors, four of the five bright planets and by the end of the first month of the year, all five planets will be present across the predawn sky.

In the morning hours of January 4, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours with 40 meteors or more passing the sky per hour in dark conditions. In mid-January, the moon, Venus and Saturn will appear alongside each other in the southeastern predawn sky.

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Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

Humanoid social robot ‘Nadine’ again raises ethical and moral issues connected to their use

You can expect everything from Nadine, latest social robot developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), as from humans on this job. Developed by Prof Nadia Thalmann, Nadine is powered by intelligent software similar to Apple’s Siri or Microsoft’s Cortana.

Nadine has impressive features and looks almost like a human being with soft skin and flowing brunette hair. Her unique features include being friendly, greeting people, remembering person’s name and conversations taken place with her last time.

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New prosthetic paws allow Husky to move freely for the first time

New prosthetic paws allow Husky to move freely for the first time

A novel technology developed by 3D Systems has gifted second life to a dog. Prosthetic paws, the new technology, have led the dog to stand tall, walk and run again. Derby, a husky-mutt dog, was born without complete front paws owing to which the 2-year-old dog had to crawl and walk on his hind legs.

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Study published in NEJM explains risks involved with home births

Study published in NEJM explains risks involved with home births

This research paper provides clear information on how safe it is to have baby outside a hospital. The paper based on the assessment of nearly 80,000 pregnancies in Oregon has unveiled in the case of baby delivery outside hospital chance of baby dying during the birth process or in the first month is 2.4 times greater than women, who had planned hospital deliveries.

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Increase in Vitamin D Intake Could Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Increase in Vitamin D Intake Could Help Multiple Sclerosis Patients

A new research has revealed that increase in intake of Vitamin D is likely to help in the treatment of patients suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). The autoimmune disorder has adverse impacts on the brain and spinal cord. Vitamin D has come up as an economical and simple cure for the problem. The study states that increased Vitamin D might be instrumental in normalizing the hyperactive immune response.

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Data project: Analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source

Data project: Analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source

A data project has suggested that analysis of selfies can prove ‘very rich’ as a data source both in terms of what could be revealed by them regarding different cultures in different cities and demonstrating how people want others to perceive them.

A team of data scientists, designers and researchers used facial-recognition software and gave the rank 1 to the most happy and 0 to the least happy pictures among the collected 152,462 Instagram pictures tagged around Somerset House in London during the time 7 days, 640 of which were selfies as reported by the Guardian.

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Second transmissible cancer discovered in Tasmanian devil

Second transmissible cancer discovered in Tasmanian devil

Scientists have discovered a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils. The discovery has raised questions over current understand of the processes that make cancers to be transmissible. Since 1996, a transmissible cancer that spreads by biting has destroyed the population of the Tasmanian devils.

Transmissible cancers are the ones that can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells. Tasmanian devils are quite rare marsupial carnivores as they are just found in the wild on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

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Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Ethical and moral values are big hurdles for Humanoid robots

Nadine- latest humanoid receptionist at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) could be considered as the rise of advanced social robots. She is truly a humanoid, as whether it is remembering your names, your previous conversations, greeting you with smile, shaking hand with you, she can do all.

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British Couple to bring back 2 cloned pups to UK next July

British Couple to bring back 2 cloned pups to UK next July

When it comes to love, money becomes a secondary factor. The same has turned out to be true for a British couple, who has spent more than $137,000 to clone their dead dog to have two pups. Both the pups, Chance and Shadow, were born on December 26 and 28 in Seoul, South Korea with the help of Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.

Chance and Shadow have been named on characters of movie Disney’s Homeward Bound. Chance was born on Boxing Day through caesarean section but Shadow was born naturally on Monday after the dog went into early labor pain.

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