Most Americans oppose plans to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood: poll

Most Americans oppose plans to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood: poll

While Republicans are inclined to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, a new poll released on Friday indicated that almost two-thirds of American voters oppose any such move.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, nearly 66 per cent of voters told pollsters that they oppose cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and even a larger majority, 70 per cent, told them that they agree with the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe vs. Wade that legalized the procedure abortion.

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Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Texas blocked from removing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program

Following a three-day hearing, a federal district court judge in Austin, Texas, issued a temporary injunction to block the state from removing Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program.

The state’s plan to remove Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program would deny more than 11,000 poor residents from accessing preventive health care from providers of their choice, as well as would strip the state’s Planned Parenthood clinics of millions of dollars annually.

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‘Rogue’ Twitter accounts of federal agencies multiply

‘Rogue’ Twitter accounts of federal agencies multiply

Numerous rogue Twitter feeds voicing employee concerns at several U.S. government agencies have been launched in the past few days in defiance of the Trump administration’s alleged attempts to suppress climate change research and findings.

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New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey on Thursday launched a universal baby box program that will provide all babies born in the state this year with free safe boxes to sleep in addition to some other newborn essentials, authorities announced.

The "Baby Boxes" program, rolled out yesterday at Cooper University Hospital, is part of a safe-sleeping campaign that aims to reduce the number of babies dying from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

Physicists transform hydrogen into lustrous, shiny metal

Physicists transform hydrogen into lustrous, shiny metal

Harvard University physicists made a breakthrough by successfully squeezing hydrogen into a metal form, which is believed to exist inside other planets, such as Jupiter.

Led by Physicist Isaac F. Silvera, a team of researchers at Harvard transformed the state of hydrogen by squeezing the gas between two pieces of diamond. The gas became a lustrous, shiny material.

Announcing the breakthrough, “Silvera said, “You can see it becomes a lustrous, shiny material, which is what you expect for a metal … If we did it again, we’d get the same result, I’m certain.”

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Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

Woman argues ‘lesbianism’ listed as a problem on her medical record

A North Carolina health care system launched an investigation after a female patient complained that she found "lesbianism" listed under the category of medical problems on her medical history record.

Kristina Rodriguez told reporters that she had blood work done at Lake Park Family Practice of Carolinas Healthcare System. After getting the procedure done, she was shocked to find lesbianism listed as a medical issue on her medical record.

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Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

A total of five international teams have qualified as finalists in an ambitious ongoing race to the Moon, Google-funded X Prize Foundation has announced.

The five finalists are: Moon Express of Florida, Hakuto of Japan, SpaceIL of Israel, Team Indus of India, and an international team of enthusiasts hailing from more than fifteen countries, called Synergy Moon.

Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director for X Prize Foundation, said that they were very thrilled to have five contenders, who are working from all over the globe on the mission, qualified as finalists.

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USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

USDA insists it isn’t suppressing scientists’ communications with public

In wake of severe criticism over its gag order on scientists communicating with the public, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) claimed that it isn't suppressing its scientists' communications with the public.

The federal agency was flooded with harsh comments and criticism after news broke that it e-mailed its researchers and ordered them not to speak to the press and make any press release. However, the agency later insisted that its researchers can still publish peer-reviewed journal articles and give media interviews.

Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

Healthy babies don’t need ‘smart clothing’ to monitor vital signs

A team of pediatricians has recommended that parents should think twice before purchasing so-called “smart clothing” with vital signs monitors to keep tabs on the health of their babies.

The smart clothing like sensor-equipped socks, onesies, leg bands and diapers clips are being marketed as efficient tools to help parents keep an eye on things like their infants’ breathing, pulse rate and blood oxygen levels, when they are in distress.

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Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

Badlands National Park defies Trump on climate change

South Dakota’s Badlands National Park often post tweets on the issue of climate change and evolution, but it gained unprecedented attention on social media on Tuesday when it messed around with President Donald Trump.

Thumbing its nose at President Trump, Badlands National Park argued in a tweet that the heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than at any time in the past.

In one of its four tweets, the national park said, “Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years.”

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