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Switzerland based cannabis farm aims to supply weed products across Europe

Switzerland based cannabis farm aims to supply weed products across Europe

As medical marijuana industry is growing across the world, a Swiss cannabis farm is aiming to market its products across Europe. Swiss business CBD420 is already selling its products in Switzerland and France. The company is planning expansion in the United Kingdom and other markets across Europe.

The company has been setup by 31-year-old Jonas Duclos, a former banker. Duclos informed that the variety sold by his company is having legal level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

New study challenges ‘fat but fit’ notion

Obese or overweight people are at a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease even if they appear medically healthy, a new study has warned. A team of researchers examined health data on more than half a million individuals in around a dozen European countries, including Britain.

Results of the study showed that normal blood pressure (BP), blood sugar levels and cholesterol were no assurance of good heart health among overweight people.

European XFEL generates its first laser beam

European XFEL generates its first laser light

The world’s biggest X-ray laser called European XFEL has reached the last major milestone, its first X-ray laser light, ahead of its official opening in September this year.

Most of the 3.4-kilometer-long facility is located in underground tunnels. It produced its first X-ray laser light with a wavelength of 0.8 nm – roughly five hundred times shorter than that of perceptible light.

At the very first lasing, the European XFEL produced laser with a repetition rate of one pulse per second that will later boost to a whopping 27 000 per second.

MIT Study Checks Impact of Volkswagen Diesel Engine Emissions Scandal on Health

MIT Study Checks Impact of Volkswagen Diesel Engine Emissions Scandal on Health

Volkswagen management concealed the real emissions of its diesel vehicles sold in the United States and European markets and a new study conducted by MIT researchers has evaluated the impact of diesel vehicle emissions on public health. The research paper has based the findings on nearly 11 million diesel vehicles sold worldwide between year 2008 and 2015. As Volkswagen vehicles didn’t follow the environment protection rules and their emissions were higher than claimed by the company, the impact on public health has been estimated by MIT researchers.

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

Fresh Drug Approvals Decline to Six Year Low in 2016

The new drugs approved by the U.S. FDA and the European Medicines Agency has touched a six year low in year 2016. The decline is alarming for pharmaceutical research. The U.S. FDA approved 22 new drugs for sale in 2016. In 2015, the FDA had approved 45 drugs for sale in the United States. The European Medicines Agency approved 81 medicines in year 2016 compared to 93 in 2015. However, European Drug Agency counts generic drugs in the list of approved drugs as well.

Vocal Tract of Monkeys Can Deal With Speech but Brain not developed enough: Research

Vocal Tract of Monkeys Can Deal With Speech but Brain not developed enough: Research

Monkey have well developed vocal tract that can help them human-like sounds but their brain isn’t enough developed for speech, as per a new research. The study teams from Europe and the United States analyzed throat and mouth of macaque monkeys with x-ray video to check if they have vocal tract ready for human-like speech. With the help of a computer model, the research team tested what the sounds would be like, if monkey brain was replaced with human brain.

ESA Secures Strong Funding for Mars Mission despite failure of Schiaparelli Lander

ESA Secures Strong Funding for Mars Mission despite failure of Schiaparelli Lander

The European Space Agency has received further support from the European authorities as 22 member countries and Canadian government has offered $465 million for Mars project. The Mars program of ESA is a joint venture with Russian space agency RosCosmos. The announcement of support was made after ministerial meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland. European Space Agency will continue with its Mars missions despite failure of Schiaparelli lander.

ESA Mars Lander Crashed Due to Wrong Data about its Descent towards Martian Surface

ESA Mars Lander Crashed Due to Wrong Data about its Descent towards Martian Surface

The Schiaparelli Mars lander of the European Space Agency failed in its mission due to wrong calculations about the distance of lander, as per recent investigation by scientists. The ESA mars lander crash landed at the Red Planet and according to new report about crash investigation, the sensors made an error in calculations about the landing of spacecraft. The lander turned off its braking mechanism two miles before it landed on the Martian surface.

NASA Releases Colored Images of ExoMars Schiaparelli Crash Site

NASA Releases Colored Images of ExoMars Schiaparelli Crash Site

The ExoMars Schiaparelli lander suffered crash landing on October 19 and the European Space Agency team wasn’t sure about the fate of mission after the base station lost contact with the probe. However, soon after the incident NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provided some evidence about crash landing of the ESA probe.

High Resolution Images Show ESA’s Schiaparelli probe crash site in color

High Resolution Images Show ESA’s Schiaparelli probe crash site in color

New images released by NASA’s Mars orbiter showcase the crash site of ExoMars Schiaparelli lander in color. The European Space Agency has shared the images provided by NASA orbiter as ExoMars Schiaparelli hit the ground during a failed landing attempt on the Red Planet. ExoMars Schiaparelli reached the Meridiani Planum on Mars on October 19 and the European Space Agency lost contact with the probe. As there was no communication between the base station and Schiaparelli lander, mission team feared that the landing could have faced trouble.

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