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Drug used to prevent miscarriage increases risk of cancer in offspring: Study
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Drug used to prevent miscarriage increases risk of cancer in offspring: Study

Washington [US], November 14 (ANI): Exposure in utero to a drug used to prevent miscarriage can lead to an increased risk of developing cancer, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.The findings of the study were published in the 'American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology'.The drug, 17-OHPC, is a synthetic progestogen that was frequently used by women in the 1950s and 1960s and is still prescribed to women today to help prevent preterm birth. Progesterone helps the womb grow during pregnancy and prevents a woman from having early contractions that may lead to miscarriage."Children who were born to women who received the drug during pregnancy have double the rate of cancer across their lifetime compared to children born to women who did not...
Motorola Moto Watch 100 specs leaked
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Motorola Moto Watch 100 specs leaked

Washington [US], November 15 (ANI): Motorola is expected to launch a few smartwatches this year, one of which is the Moto Watch 100 and the fresh set of leaked renders give the best look yet.As per GSM Arena, Moto Watch 100 is said to have the Snapdragon Wear 4100 at the helm and run Google's Wear OS.According to the leaks, the Moto Watch 100 has a circular design with two physical buttons on the right side.The watch body has a matte finish, while the buttons will come with a metallic finish. These buttons look different from those in previously leaked images, showing the smartwatch with circular buttons and in a different colour.Chances are there could be two different versions of the Moto Watch 100 or entirely different smartwatches.That said, the source claimed that the Moto Watch 100 s...
Study targets mouse’s own cells to treat pneumonia
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Study targets mouse’s own cells to treat pneumonia

Washington [US], November 16 (ANI): Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have discovered a therapy that targets host cells rather than bacterial cells in treating bacterial pneumonia in rodents.The findings of the study were published in the 'Journal of Clinical Investigation'.According to the World Health Organization, pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcal pneumonia, is the leading cause of pneumonia deaths worldwide each year.While physicians usually prescribe antibiotics to treat this severe lung infection, treatment is not always successful, and in some cases, the bacteria become resistant.The method involves white blood cells of the immune system called macrophages that eat bacteria, and a group of compounds that are naturally produced in mice and h...
High impact climate events: Better adaptation through earlier prediction
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High impact climate events: Better adaptation through earlier prediction

Washington [US], November 16 (ANI): The prediction of high impact climate phenomena can be substantially improved by a new mathematical approach that analyses the connectivity and patterns between geographical locations, scientists said in a new publication. This can potentially save thousands of lives and avoid billions in economic losses.Prediction times for events like El Nino, monsoons, droughts or extreme rainfall could be increased substantially, to a month or in some cases even a year in advance, depending on the type of the event. The new framework can thus become key for improving adaptation to the global warming crisis. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)."The new forecasting approach has, in several instances over the past...
Facebook rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat backups to WhatsApp
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Facebook rolls out end-to-end encrypted chat backups to WhatsApp

Washington [US], October 15 (ANI): WhatsApp's end-to-end encrypted chat backups for iOS and Android are here!As per The Verge, social media giant Facebook announced that the company has started rolling out end-to-end encrypted backups to WhatsApp, on Thursday.Facebook has offered end-to-end encryption for chats for years, but with this new change, users will be able to get the same level of encryption with their backups too.Reportedly, the feature will be rolling out "slowly" for people on the latest version of the app.The backed-up WhatsApp chats get stored in iCloud or Google Drive, but that could be handed over by Apple or Google to law enforcement if compelled.However, with the new change, the users will be able to secure their WhatsApp cloud backups with a password or a 6-4digit encry...
Gamma-ray Telescope selected by NASA to chart Milky Way evolution
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Gamma-ray Telescope selected by NASA to chart Milky Way evolution

Washington [US], October 19 (ANI): The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected a new space telescope proposal to study the recent history of star birth, star death, and the formation of chemical elements in the Milky Way.For the unversed, in 2019, NASA's Astrophysics Explorers Program received 18 telescope proposals and selected four for mission concept studies. After a detailed review, NASA selected the gamma-ray telescope, called the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI), to continue into development."For more than 60 years, NASA has provided opportunities for inventive, smaller-scale missions to fill knowledge gaps where we still seek answers.COSI will answer questions about the origin of the chemical elements in our own Milky Way galaxy, the v...
New MacBook Pros to Apple Music Voice Plan, here’s everything announced at Apple’s October event
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New MacBook Pros to Apple Music Voice Plan, here’s everything announced at Apple’s October event

Washington [US], October 19 (ANI): Apple held its much-anticipated October 2021 event on Monday night and unleashed a slew of products including the long-awaited M1-equipped MacBook Pros, and more. If you want to know everything announced during the event, we have got you covered.Here's a quick recap of all the announcements to emerge from Apple's October event:1. Two MacBook Pros with an all-new designAs per The Verge, The American tech giant unleashed a brand new set of MacBook Pros, available in 14-inch and 16-inch models. As anticipated, the Touch Bar is gone and is replaced with a full-size function row. Many ports are back; there is also an HDMI port, three Thunderbolt ports, an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and the return of the MagSafe charger. The 14-inch model starts at USD 1,9...
Climate change, human pressure means migration may be ‘no longer worth it’ for animals
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Climate change, human pressure means migration may be ‘no longer worth it’ for animals

Washington [US], October 19 (ANI): Animals that migrate north to breed are being put at risk by ongoing climate change and increasing human pressure, losing earlier advantages for migration, declining in numbers and faring much worse than their resident counterparts, according to the international research team, including scientists from the University of Bath.The study was published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.Many animals, including mammals, birds and insects migrate long distances north to breed, taking advantage of the seasonally plentiful food, fewer parasites and diseases, and the relative safety from predators.However, the international research team, including scientists from the University of Bath, found changes in climate and increasing human pressure have erod...
Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro tipped to receive four Android updates
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Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro tipped to receive four Android updates

Washington [US], October 15 (ANI): Google's upcoming Pixel series, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are just a few days away from their launch, and new details regarding the devices have emerged.As per GSM Arena, the forthcoming smartphones are rumoured to get four major OS updates and five years of security patches.If this pans out, it means that the two Pixels launched in 2021 will be updated all the way up to Android 16 in 2025, and receive security updates until October 2026.It would be the first time that Google has undertaken such a long support window, and if it does end up promising this, it will sort of match Apple in device longevity (at least software-wise).The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be unveiled on October 19 this year and will only be sold in a handful of countries.The launch eve...
Upcoming MacBook Pro may come with display notch
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Upcoming MacBook Pro may come with display notch

Washington [US], October 17 (ANI): Certain Apple leaks have been hinting at the possibility of a display notch on Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro models just like iPhone 13.Apple is likely to release a redesigned MacBook Pro line shortly consisting of a new 14-inch and a new 16-inch model, and as per GSM Arena, it may come with a notch on its display.Going by the rumours, the new gadgets will come with rocking mini-LED displays, with much finer backlight zones and allegedly capable of hitting 1000 nits of brightness. Few reports claiming to be familiar with the actual panel production are also alleging that at least one of the two Pro models will also have a 120Hz refresh rate, and a display notch.The notch could be allegedly in place to accommodate a new, nearly borderless display design, wi...