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FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

FDA preparing to cut nicotine levels in cigarettes

In yet another effort to fight back addition to smoking, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is aiming to lower nicotine levels in cigarettes.

On Friday, FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb directed staff to develop new regulations on levels of nicotine in smoking products. The federal government has proposed cutting levels of nicotine in cigarettes so that these products become less addictive.

Addressing agency staff, Gottlieb said, “A renewed focus on nicotine can help us to achieve a world where cigarettes no longer addict future generations of our kids.”

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Large meteor streaks across Northwest skies

Large meteor streaks across Northwest skies

A number of people reported a bright green streak lasting for several seconds across the night sky in the northwest at around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. By some accounts, the bright green streak in the night sky lasted for at least 5 seconds, which is a long time for a typical meteor. People from Salem, Oregon to British Columbia and from Tri Cities to Astoria reported seeing it.

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

E-cigarette use helps some people quit smoking: Study

Linking e-cigarette to an impressive rise in the numbers of people quitting smoking, a new study found that smokers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to kick the habit than others. Most of the campaigns against smoking have not been as successful as local governments and health authorities have planned.

Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

Engine for NASA’s SLS Megarocket successfully tested

NASA has successfully test-fired the RS-25 rocket engine for its future megarocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), for nearly 8.5 minutes.

Agency officials announced that the test, which was the third in a row, was conducted on the A-1 Test Stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center close to Bay St. Louis in Mississippi.

The highly-powerful RS-25 engine will be used to power the upcoming SLS, which is being built for conducting deep space missions.

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Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Increased consumption of sugary drinks has been blamed for rising obesity and other health issues. One should not consume high-protein foods with sugar-sweetened drinks because the combination of the two significantly increases the body’s fat storage, a new study suggests.

A team of researchers from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center monitored 27 healthy adults over a couple of 24-hour periods in two different experiments.

Astronaut aboard ISS shares stunning video, photos of Aurora Borealis

Astronaut aboard ISS shares stunning video, photos of Aurora Borealis

NASA astronaut and flight engineer Jack Fischer shared photos and a time lapse video that he captured of a stunning glowing green aurora borealis from an altitude of nearly 250 miles.

The U.S. space agency said in a new release that Fischer, aboard the International Space Station (ISS), captured the time lapse video and photos on 26th of June this year.

Sharing the video, Fisher wrote in a tweet, “People have asked me what a 'burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce' is... Well folks, it looks like this...awesome sauce is green.”

NASA aims to cut flight times with supersonic technology

NASA aims to cut flight times with supersonic technology

Ground-level disturbances like cracked plaster and shattered windows have kept supersonic travel almost off-limits since 1973, when the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned its use.

However, that may change soon as NASA has announced a plan for construction of a demo model of a supersonic plane that would be able to reduce the sonic boom to a negligible hum.

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Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can also pose health risks and a new study has revealed that the problem is on the rise. According to the new study, the U.S. Poison Control Centers, on an average, receive a call every 24 minutes regarding dangerous exposure to dietary supplements.

From 2005 to 2012, the rate of calls to the U.S. Poison Control Centers jumped almost 50 per cent. From 2000 through 2012, the U.S. Poison Control Centers received reports about a total of 274,998 cases.

Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View enters International Space Station

Google Street View is known for providing internet users with a closer view of destinations that are normally beyond their reach.

After providing closer view of earthly destinations, Google Street View has now extended its reach into the space. It recently explored the International Space Station (ISS) – a joint venture among multiple countries to conduct various experiments in space.

With the help of its Street View team on ground and astronauts aboard the orbiting lab, tech giant Google gave us a very close look to what really occupies the space station.

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas has been reported in 12 states and 47 people have reported ill so far. The outbreak has led to 12 hospitalizations and one person has died in New York, as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC team is working with local officials to check where in the supply chain, the contamination occurred.

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