Daily Archives: September 12, 2017

Smoking changes lung cells, primes them to develop cancer


September 12, 2017

Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke can change lung cells over time, making them more vulnerable to disease and priming them to develop cancer, US researchers said Monday. The report in the journal Cancer Cell is based on lab experiments on lung cells that were exposed to chronic cigarette smoke — the equivalent of a person smoking for 20 to 30 …

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Northern China smog cuts life expectancy by 3 years versus south: study


September 12, 2017

SHANGHAI: Air pollution caused by coal-fired winter heating has slashed life expectancy in northern China by more than three years compared with the south, according to a new study, underlining the urgency of Beijing’s efforts to tackle smog. Researchers with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) said average lifespans north of the Huai river, where China …

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Overloaded school backpacks can cause long-term back problems


September 12, 2017

Children risk long-term back and spinal problems because of poorly fitting and overloaded school backpacks, experts warn. Children often choose school bags that feature their favourite cartoon characters or brands over back-friendly versions. The Australian Physiotherapy Association found that up to 70 per cent of schoolchildren were at risk while walking or riding to school with backpacks that did not …

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After roads and railways, China’s Silk Road dealmakers eye financial firms


September 12, 2017

HONG KONG: After ports and industrial parks, the dealmakers leading China’s trillion-dollar push to build a modern Silk Road are turning to the financial sector, targeting Europe’s banks, insurers and asset managers to tap funds and expertise. Last week, sources familiar with the matter said two of China’s most acquisitive conglomerates, HNA Group and Anbang Insurance Group, had separately considered …

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Samsung says Galaxy Note 8 pre-orders highest among Note series


September 12, 2017

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Tuesday said pre-orders for its Galaxy Note 8 premium smartphone have hit the highest-ever for the Note series, beating its predecessor Note 7 over five days by about 2.5 times. Samsung is banking on the device to protect its market dominance as it competes with Apple Inc’s latest iPhones due to be …

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Big-ticket ‘iPhone X’ expected to star at Apple event


September 12, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – A 10th anniversary “iPhone X” with a price as stunning as its rich screen was expected to be the star at an Apple event Tuesday at its new campus in Silicon Valley. A fresh leak of new software for Apple devices appeared to confirm rumors that the company will unveil three new iPhone models, with the …

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Volkswagen to electrify entire range by 2030


September 12, 2017

FRANKFURT AM MAIN (AFP) – German carmaker Volkswagen doubled down Monday on efforts to clean up its image tarnished by the dieselgate scandal, vowing ahead of the IAA auto industry show to electrify its entire range by 2030. By the end of next decade, VW vows to offer “at least one electrified version of each of the 300 or so …

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Samsung launches Note 8 in India


September 12, 2017

(Web Desk) – Samsung has launched its flagship device Note 8 on Tuesday (September 12) in India which succeeds the infamous Note 7. The mobile handset is to hit the stores in India on September 21 and incidentally the launch has come in the day when Apple is to launch its latest iPhone range. Samsung Note 8 is priced at …

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Patty Jenkins to direct ‘Wonder Woman’ 2019 sequel: reports


September 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES: Patty Jenkins will return to direct the 2019 sequel to this year’s hit superhero movie “Wonder Woman,” film trade publications said on Monday, after she became the highest-grossing female director in Hollywood history. Jenkins, 46, will once again direct Israeli actress Gal Gadot as the titular superhero in “Wonder Woman 2,” scheduled for release on December 13, 2019, …

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J.J. Abrams to direct ´Star Wars IX,´ announces Lucasfilm


September 12, 2017

LOS ANGELES: Sci-fi filmmaker J.J. Abrams is to direct “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Lucasfilm announced on Tuesday, following the departure of Colin Trevorrow over creative differences. Abrams — a familiar face in the “Star Wars” universe who directed “The Force Awakens” (2015) — will co-write the film with Chris Terrio, who won an Oscar for the screenplay for “Argo,” (2012), …

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