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Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4 consoles

By Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:47pm EDT (Reuters) – Sony Corp said on Wednesday it sold more than 7 million PlayStation 4 videogame consoles in just over four months to April 6, double the number of the older version, PlayStation 3, sold in about the same time frame after its launch. Sony is struggling to keep pace with demand for the videogame console, the Japanese company said in a statement. “Although […]

Weibo valued at $3.46 billion after bottom-end IPO pricing

Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:25pm EDT (Reuters) – China’s Weibo Corp will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq on Thursday, amidst concerns about the microblogging service’s slowing user growth and the country’s highly censored media environment. The Twitter-like microblogging service, owned by web portal Sina Corp, sold 16.8 million American Depositary Shares (ADSs) for $17 apiece, raising $285.6 million, an underwriter told Reuters. The company had planned […]

Diabetes complications show significant decline in past two decades

By Gene Emery NEW YORK Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:05pm EDT (Reuters Health) – Diabetes is becoming increasingly common in the United States, but the risks of complications from the blood sugar disease have declined since 1990, according to a new study. Better preventive care for adults with diabetes contributed to a 68 percent drop in their risk of heart attacks and a 64 percent drop in deaths from high blood sugar. The risks of […]

Kitchens could be sources of drug-resistant bacteria

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:37pm EDT (Reuters Health) – Cutting boards used to prepare raw poultry may be an important source of drug-resistant bacteria in hospital kitchens and private homes, according to a new study. The more bacteria are exposed to antibiotics, the higher the chance they will develop resistance to the drugs. Unnecessary exposure can happen in humans who take antibiotic drugs they don’t need, like for the common […]

Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre sparks fresh concerns

By Matt Siegel SYDNEY Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:26pm EDT (Reuters) – An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention center in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticized by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s office said that medical officers at the center had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, […]

California makes it harder for insurers to deny autism treatment

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:24pm EDT (Reuters) – California on Wednesday made it harder for health insurers to deny or delay coverage of key interventions for children with autism, the latest in an ongoing series of actions by U.S. states to help families obtain the expensive therapies. In tightening its rules on covering behavioral intervention for children with autism, California is tackling a problem encountered by numerous states seeking to […]

Deaths due to Ebola in Guinea drop; outbreak nearly under control, says health ministry

(Reuters) – The number of deaths caused by Ebola has slowed dramatically in Guinea and the outbreak is nearly under control, the country’s health ministry said on Tuesday. The spread of Ebola from a remote corner of Guinea to the capital and into neighboring Liberia has killed about 130 people and spread panic across West African nations struggling with weak healthcare systems and porous borders. While Guinea claimed progress in containing the virus, U.S. experts […]

Meteor Shower To Light Up The Sky On April 21- 22

  Astronomers said that if the weather on Monday, (April 21, 2014) cooperates, stargazers can look forward to a meteor shower. According to PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano , the Lyrids meteor shower may peak from April 21 to before dawn of April 22. “The shower typically generates a dozen meteors per hour under optimal conditions with a brief maximum that lasts for less than a day. The shower’s peak this year will be in progress on […]

Google to buy drone-maker Titan Aerospace

By Alexei Oreskovic Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:19pm EDT (Reuters) – Google Inc has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as the Web search giant ramps up plans to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world. Titan Chief Executive Vern Raburn declined to provide information on the price of the deal, which he said closed on Monday morning. The 20-person company will remain in New Mexico for the foreseeable future, Raburn said, […]

Tips for Save Driving

Driving Tips With the long weekend just around the corner, many of us are dreaming of going on a road trip – whether to reunite with beloved relatives or to explore new locations. Of course one of the sure-fire ways to ruin our holiday break is to be involved in a road mishap, so we must be extra careful in our driving, especially when we have our friends and family together with us in the […]

IPCC climate report from Berlin finds UN emissions target not out of reach

A UN panel believes the world could meet a maximum target for global warming if it significantly cuts annual emissions by 2050. According to a report, however, few nations are doing enough to meet the stated goal. Annual emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases must drop 40-70 percent by 2050 to keep the global temperature rise below the 2-degree Celsius (3.6-degree F), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced in a report released […]

Tsunami warning for Solomon Islands lifted

A tsunami warning has cancelled the region surrounding the Solomon Islands. The alert followed a 7.6-magnitude earthquake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center dropped its alert for the Solomon Islands on Sunday, roughly two hours after it had originally issued a tsunami warning for the region, including Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. In a bulletin posted on its website, the center warned of dangerous sailing conditions even though the threat of a tsunami had […]