U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

U.S. white working class bucks global trend of improved mortality rates

The United States’ white working class has bucked the global trend of improved mortality rates in past few years as factors like increasing incidents of suicide and addiction to opioids claimed more lives.

Anne Case and Angus Deaton of Princeton University wrote in a 2015 research paper that the white working class in the U.S. were experiencing growing mortality rates, while other groups including white Americans with college degrees were having falling mortality rates. Now, they have expanded on that research to better understand that trend.

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SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Kennedy Space Center Florida next week, marking the first time SpaceX will re-fly one of the rockets that it recovered from its past missions.

The 14-story-tall booster, which originally flew in April 2016, will carry a communications satellite into the orbit for Luxembourg-based SES SA.

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Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

Newly developed robotic skin is more sensitive than human skin

A team of researchers at University of Glasgow claimed to have developed an electronic, self-powered robotic hand that is more sensitive to touch than a human hand.

Prof. Ravinder Dahiya, an electrical engineer at the university, explained that the new robotic skin is made of a single atomic layer of graphene, and is essentially a touch sensor.

It requires just 20 nanowatts of power per square centimeter to operate, and the researchers turned to the Sun for that. Under the surface of the graphene skin, there is a solar panel that absorbs sunlight and turns it into power.

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Trump trying to reach health care deal

Trump trying to reach health care deal

President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders are trying their best to win over House conservatives for their ObamaCare replacement bill ahead of a crucial vote on Thursday.

At press time on Wednesday, it appeared that the Republicans lacked the votes required to replace ObamaCare, but late-breaking developments indicate that a deal could be possible.

A commitment from Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Ky. who serves as Senate majority leader, also brought key conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on board.

SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

SpaceX’s Dragon containing space research arrives in San Pedro

An array of scientific samples, including research into new life-saving drugs, arrived in San Pedro inside SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on Monday, a day after the spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean.

The reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of scientific samples, no-longer-needed equipment and trash was released by the International Space Station’s robotic arm at 0900 GMT, and it took more than 6 hours to return to Earth, landing off the coast of Baja California at around 1600 GMT.

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Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Spider venom may help save stroke victims: researchers say

Venom of potentially deadly funnel-web spiders may be used to save the lives of stroke patients as a protein in the venom have been found effective in minimizing the effects of brain damage after a stroke, according to Australian researchers.

A team of researchers from the Monash University and University of Queensland administered an electric charge to three funnel-web spiders’ fangs, making the deadly creatures to squeeze out venom.

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SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

SpaceX reusable cargo ship returns to Earth

Ending a mission to supply astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a SpaceX reusable cargo ship loaded with 3,800 pounds of no-longer-needed equipment and trash splashed down into the Pacific Ocean safely on Sunday.

The Dragon capsule had docked with the ISS on 23rd of February, and remained there for around a month to allow astronauts to unload more than two tones of food, water and scientific equipment and reload it with scientific samples, no-longer-required equipment and trash.

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Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

Study finds sharp increase in colorectal cancer among young American adults

A new study by the American Cancer Society (ACS) revealed an alarming increase in colorectal cancer among young adults in the United States.

The researchers found an unprecedented rise in the number of colon as well as rectal cancers among young American adults, rates of the deadly diseases among older Americans declined.

According to the study, the risks of colon cancer and rectal cancer among young Americans in their mid-20s now has doubled and quadrupled from forty years ago.

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Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

Total solar eclipse to cross America for first time in 99 years

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States this summer, prompting tens of millions of people to cram into a 60-mile-wide path from Oregon to the Carolinas to witness the rare phenomenon.

NASA astronomers have predicted that a total solar eclipse crossing the nation will take place on August 21, 2017, when the sky will go dark in the middle of the day.

Jay M. Pasachoff, an astronomer from Williams College, said that the upcoming total solar eclipse will last for up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

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Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Oceans are heating up 13% faster than previously thought: study

Earth’s oceans are warming 13 per cent faster than previously thought and the pace of warming has accelerated over the past few decades, a new study has warned.

Using a new strategy to improve upon their understanding of ocean warming to estimate overall global warming from 1960 to 2015, researchers estimated that the rate of warming from 1992 is almost twice as higher as the warming rate from 1960.

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