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China: Possible that new virus could spread between humans

China: Possible that new virus could spread between humans

Health
Chinese officials say they have not ruled out the possibility of limited human-to-human transmission of a new virus discovered in the central city of WuhanBy YANAN WANG Associated PressJanuary 15, 2020, 10:00 AM2 min readBEIJING -- The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday. Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel coronavirus, a family of viruses that can cause both the common cold and more serious diseases. A 61-year-old man with severe underlying conditions died from the coronavirus on Saturday. While preliminary investigations indicate that most of the patients had worked ...
ICON satellite to study the ionosphere, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space

ICON satellite to study the ionosphere, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space

Science
Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Inside the outermost layer of Earth's atmosphere, billions of negatively charged electrons bounce freely for long periods of time before being tamed by positive ions. The layer, the ionosphere, and its highly variable plasma waves can disrupt GPS signals and other radio-wave-based communication systems. To better understand the ionosphere and pinpoint the forces responsible for its variability, scientists at NASA are sending a specially equipped satellite into space to observe the enigmatic layer. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer, or ICON, developed by a team of scientists and engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, will be carried into space this week by Northrup Grumman's Pegasus XL rocket. "ICON is built specifically to understand the connection between...
Wall Street bull Ed Yardeni predicts stocks will fly 17% between now and 2021

Wall Street bull Ed Yardeni predicts stocks will fly 17% between now and 2021

Finance
With the S&P 500 about one percent from its all-time highs, Wall Street bull Edward Yardeni is predicts a record breakout is coming.The Yardeni Research president believes between now and the end of next year, the index will soar 17% from current levels."I've got 3,500 as my target for next year," he told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday. "We'll get there on higher earnings with maybe somewhat higher valuation as the perception continues to be that interest rates aren't going up much, if at all."Despite the major indexes breaking a three week win streak on Friday, Yardeni highlights the market's recent composure for his latest bullish forecast. He gives the drone attack on Saudi Arabia's infrastructure last weekend as an example of what could have been easily viewed as a strong cataly...
New research gives clues to link between obesity, abnormal bowel habits

New research gives clues to link between obesity, abnormal bowel habits

Health
Sept. 18 (UPI) -- New research has linked high body mass index to chronic diarrhea, a discovery that could help doctors to better treat the condition, new findings show. In fact, people with obesity or severe obesity are 60 percent more likely to have chronic diarrhea than those with normal BMI, according to a study published Wednesday in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Researchers think chronic low-grade inflammation may make obese people more susceptible to diarrhea than other groups, the researchers say. "Our research confirms a positive association between obesity and chronic diarrhea and reveals for the first time that this relationship is not driven by confounding factors such as diet or physical activity level," study corresponding author Sarah Ballou, a researcher at Be...
Balance between maximising profit and minimising time needed in resolution process

Balance between maximising profit and minimising time needed in resolution process

Finance
By Taponeel MukherjeeAs news regarding recapitalisation of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and the need to improve credit availability come to the fore, one crucial issue that is assuming increasing importance is the need to maximise the "time value of money" of loans by ensuring faster resolution of credit issues. An effective resolution of non-performing assets (NPA) requires the balancing of two aspects of loan recovery value maximisation, i.e., a higher recovery amount and a quicker recovery process. In an ideal scenario, a lender would wish to maximise the value of the loan recovered, and yet achieve this in quick time. However, in reality, the two factors usually work in opposite directions. A focus purely on maximising the actual loan recovery amount can lead to situations whereby the le...