A team of geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast has sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans. The team sequenced the genome of an early farmer woman, who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from a later period, around 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age, after the introduction of metalworking. Genome analysis helped scientists to state that mass migration of Stone Age farmers from Fertile Crescent and Bronze Age settlers from Eastern Europe was foundation of Celtic population.
If you are a heart patient or at risk of heart disease, then you must be surely advised by your doctor to stop taking excess of salt. But, the new study proves that advice to be wrong claiming the decrease in the salt intake potentially increases the risk of heart failure or death or hospitalization. In the new study, researchers found 85% increased risk of death or hospitalization among patients with moderate heart failure and stuck to low-sodium diet.
As per the latest statistical report released by US Health officials, rates of childhood asthma appear to have plateaued leaving poor kids aged between 10 and 17. A huge increase in childhood asthma rates have been seen from 2001 to 2009 with 10% increase in 2009. The rate slightly leveled off by about 8% in 2013. But, the good thing to note is that researchers found that trends in childhood asthma have slightly stopped increasing.
Samsung will launch its payment system, Samsung Pay for US consumers in 2016 for online shopping, according to a statement issued by the South Korean Electronics giant. Select models of Samsung smartphones support Samsung Pay and next year, consumers in United States will be able to make payments using their smartphones. Samsung Pay was first launched in South Korea and only high-end Samsung mobile phones offer support for Samsung’s electronic payment system.
SpaceX has finally achieved what Elon Musk and his team claimed could change the way we carry out space missions. With reusable rockets, the cost of space missions will reduce dramatically and this can help in carrying out future research with lower budget. SpaceX announced that Falcon 9 rocket landed successfully at a landing pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Musk has been congratulated by NASA and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos among others.
Microsoft and Sony are preparing to soon launch their next generation gaming consoles. Both the companies aim to equip their successor consoles with super advanced technologies. If rumors are to be believed, both Xbox and PlayStation will be disc-less and VR-enabled.
North Carolina customers using Time Warner Cable on Sunday faced problems both with its Internet and cable service. As per reports, approximately 20,000 customers were out of cable service on Sunday.
The company revealed the issue at around 6 pm on Sunday on a Twitter feed. “Customers in the Carolinas, we are currently working on resolving an issue causing service problems. No (estimated time of restoration) at this time”, the company wrote in its Tweet.
Amazon, one of the online selling website, has discontinued the sale of hoverboards on its website. The decision has been taken due to the safety issues associated with these self-balancing scooter boards. The Washington-based online store has stopped the sale of hoverboards, especially the ones manufactured by Swagway, a leading producer of the boards. The decision has been taken although the brand has proved its reliability in the past, according to a Digital Trends’ report.
Advertising for the Pokkén Tournament’s Wii U version has begun on the TV. This console version of the Pokémon fighting game will have various features including local multiplayer option. It will also be equipped with palette swaps and a neat box-art design, as well as the Dark Mewtwo’s exclusive character.
A whale got washed ashore on a beach in Wales on Christmas Day, and its carcass may pose a health risk. The Coastguard has warned people to stay away from it. The dead animal was thought to be a Minke whale. It was washed ashore at Dyfi Ynyslas National Nature Reserve.
The animal was discovered on the sands at Ynyslas, nearby Aberdyfi and 8 miles north of Aberystwyth, in Ceredigion.
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