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Curiosity is primary motivation behind trying e-cigarettes among teenagers: Survey

Curiosity is primary motivation behind trying e-cigarettes among teenagers: Survey

A national survey of nearly 45,000 youth has unveiled that cigarette use among teens has touched all-time low, but their preference for e-cigarettes has not faded. The students were found to give preference to e-cigarettes over normal cigarettes.

Main reason behind trying e-cigarette was curiosity that makes them try it. Study’s lead researcher Lloyd Johnston said that teenagers try e-cigarettes as they want to know what they were like upon experiment.

Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus and Tethys appear to be spooning in deep space

Enceladus the tiny moon spoon and the big spoon Tethys seems to be lining up almost perfectly just over the distinctive rings of Saturn from the perspective of Cassini spacecraft exploring the ringed planet in September 2015.

NASA said that the picture was taken by Cassini when the craft was nearly 1.3 million miles from Enceladus and at a distance of 1.6 million miles from Tethys. Tethys and Enceladus are the two most fascinating and mysterious moons of the Saturn.

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Netflix’s Plan to Increase its Streaming Technology

Netflix’s Plan to Increase its Streaming Technology

Like practically everyone else in the online video world, Netflix had been preparing its video files for streaming based on the bandwidth available to consumers since 2011. From past four years, the company has been working on its new streaming technology that could help consumers get better-looking streams while also saving up to 20% of data. If successful, the technology could result out breakthrough in North America having Netflix usage single-handedly accounts for more than a 33% of all data consumed during peak times.

Exclusive negotiations going on between Sanofi and Boehringer over Asset Swap

Exclusive negotiations going on between Sanofi and Boehringer over Asset Swap

Sanofi and Boehringer Ingelheim announced today that they have got into exclusive negotiations to exchange businesses. The planned transaction would include Sanofi animal health business’ (‘Merial’) swap with an enterprise worth €11.4 bn and Boehringer Ingelheim consumer healthcare (CHC) business would be swapped with an enterprise valuing €6.7 bn.

The transaction won’t include Boehringer Ingelheim CHC business in China. As the part of the transaction, Boehringer Ingelheim would also make a gross cash payment of €4.7 bn to Sanofi.

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High-income nations witness decline in cancer rates, opposite stands true for low-and-middle-income countries

High-income nations witness dip in cancer rates, opposite stands true for low-and-middle-income countries

Two opposite trends have been seen in high-income nations and low-and-middle-income nations with regard to cancer rates. Improved screening and adoption of healthy lifestyle have brought a dip in occurrence of common cancers in many high-income countries. But, owing to the adoption of unhealthy western habits, like food, has brought a rise in prevalence of common cancers in low- and middle-income countries.

Google making your holiday travels little less stressful

Google making your holiday travels little less stressful

The search engine giant Google is looking forward to make your holiday travels almost stress free. It has announced some tiny, but noteworthy updates for its Inbox by Gmail app that must make the process of sharing travel plans and photos easy.

Gmail Inbox Trip SharingInbox has been offering a feature known as Trip Bundles, already, which automatically brings together different emails linked to upcoming trips, such as flight booking confirmation, hotel reservation, and car rental, giving you the most significant info such as flight times at the top.

Daughters of Charity Health System inks $260 Million Investment Deal with New York Hedge Fund

Daughters of Charity Health System inks $260 Million Investment Deal with New York Hedge Fund

Financially troubled Daughters of Charity Health system announced on Monday that it has inked an unusual and controversial deal with a New York hedge fund.

The news has come almost 11 days after California Attorney General Kamala Harris gave her conditional approval for the largest nonprofit hospital transaction in state history, and the first to involve a hedge fund.

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Less than 500 words allocated to ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’ in US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Less than 500 words allocated to ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’ in US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act

Previous month, the commercial space bill the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act got approved by Congress, and was signed into law by President Obama a day before Thanksgiving. The bill is nearly 7,250 words long, but is quite smaller than the usual appropriations bill or defense authorization bill.

The bill’s last four ‘titles’ are less than 500 words. This part of the bill is known as ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’. This is the portion of the bill that has received the highest attention in the past several weeks.

Shell and NOAA Team Up To Sponsor $7 Million XPrize

Shell and NOAA Team Up To Sponsor $7 Million XPrize

The Shell and the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have joined hands to sponsor a $7 million XPrize, which they say will help promote the development of new sensors, robotic submerisbles and other technologies.

This new initiative aims to explore the seafloor as it can lead to advances in a variety of areas. For example, a Caribbean Sea sponge was used in developing a number of drugs, including HIV medicine.

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