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Norovirus Outbreak Infects Several Hundreds across US

Norovirus Outbreak Infects Several Hundreds across US

So far there have been several norovirus outbreaks in the United States. The same virus was blamed for spreading illness in Asia last year. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that experts this year have found new strain of the virus which can increase infection by almost 50%.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said it has found that new strain of norovirus in connection with an outbreak earlier this week, CBS Minnesota reported.

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Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

-Researchers find liver hormone that regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers claimed to have found the hormone that works through the brain’s reward system to weaken cravings for sweets and alcohol.

The hormone, Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21), is induced in the body by tremendously cold temperatures, abrupt changes in diet as well as in carbohydrate consumption. During the study, health researchers found that mice with higher levels of FGF21 showed less preference for sweetened and alcohol-laced water.

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Tesla should have fully autonomous car within two years: Elon Musk says

Tesla should have fully autonomous car within two years: Elon Musk says

Tesla Motors Inc. will likely roll out a self-driving or fully autonomous car within a couple of years, the electric-carmaker’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

In an interview given to Fortune, Mr. Musk said the company should have a fully autonomous car within next two years. However, he added that there are still many issues to be fixed and many factors to be considered.

Mr. Musk further added that he was confident that the supposed science fiction of fully autonomous cars could become a sustainable reality in near future.

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Infusion of Magnesium with Silicon Carbide Nanoparticles Resulted in Exceptionally Strong Light Weight Metal

-Infusion of Magnesium with Silicon Carbide Nanoparticles Resulted in Exceptionally Strong Light Weight Metal

An exceptionally strong light-weight metal with high specific strength and modulus has been discovered by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. They have come up with a new metal on infusing magnesium with dense silicon carbide nanoparticles. According to sources, the newly discovered metal could have significant implications in manufacturing of airplanes, cars, mobiles, electronics and many more. Researchers believe the newly discovered metal could help improve fuel efficiency as well as in biomedical devices.

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Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors will design diets based on individuals’ genes: study

Doctors and dieticians will be able to design diets based on individuals’ genes within next five years, according to a new study by University of Texas (UT) researchers.

The researchers, however, said better analytical tools will require to be developed in the coming years to quickly understand the relationship between an individual’s genetics, behavior and weight-related diseases.

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Caledonian crows spotted making tools in the wild

Caledonian crows spotted making tools in the wild

Crows, some of the smartest birds, have long been known for their apparent propensity for using tools. But a new research paper published in the Biology Letters outlined a new video showing crows making tools in the wild.

The video, captured by cameras attached to New Caledonian crows, recorded tool-making by crows for the first time in the wild; rather than in captivity. It showed a crow creating a hooked tool that the birds use to catch bugs from narrow passages.

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Genome-Specific Diet based on Person’s Genes to help Shed Off Pounds Coming Soon

Genome-Specific Diet based on Person’s Genes to help Shed Off Pounds Coming Soon

Have you ever thought that a DNA could be a game changer for weight loss? Your answer will be obviously no, but the new report published in the Journal Obesity has shown that person’s own genetic makeup plays key role in response to weight loss and gain. Five years down the line, researchers from the University of Texas are coming up with a master genome-specific diet based on the individual patient’s genes. As per the statistical report released, about 33% of Americans are suffering with obesity, one of the gravest problems of our times.

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Norovirus-related illnesses on the rise in California

Norovirus-related illnesses on the rise in California

Norovirus, the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in the United States, has already infected hundreds of people in many states across the nation, including California, the Golden State’s Department of Public Health warned.

California health officials confirmed that norovirus-related illnesses were occurring in the state but no cases were reported in Humboldt County.

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Oso, Washington has faced Landslides once every 500 years, unveils Calibrated surface dating method

Oso has faced Landslides once every 500 years, unveils Calibrated surface dating method

Cancelling earlier beliefs that Oso, Washington, had witnessed a series of large landslides thousands of years ago, researchers using new dating method have concluded landslides have been continuing in recent history.

In March 2014, much of Oso was buried in the large, fast-moving landslide that was the deadliest landslide in the US history. Geologists from University of Washington said that they have come up with a new method to date all the earlier landslides at a particular location.

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UCLA Researchers Create Super-Strong yet Light Structural Metal with Extremely High Specific Strength

UCLA Researchers Create Super-Strong yet Light Structural Metal with Extremely High Specific Strength

Researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have done remarkable job by creating a super-strong yet light structural metal with extremely high specific strength and modulus. The new metal made of magnesium infused with dense silicon carbide nanoparticles could have significant implications in making lighter airplanes, spacecraft, and cars, mobile electronics and many more. It could also be used to help improve fuel efficiency and biomedical devices.

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