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Even Low-Dose Contraceptives Slightly Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Enlarge this image Katherine Streeter for NPR It’s long been known that hormonal contraception, like any medicine, carries some risks. But doctors and women have hoped that the newer generations of low-dose contraceptive pills, IUDs and implants eliminated the breast cancer risk of earlier, higher-dose formulations. Now a big study from Denmark suggests the elevated risk of getting breast cancer — while still very small for women in their teens, 20s and 30s – holds true for these low-dose methods, too. In the research published Wednesday in the New England…

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Senior Volkswagen Executive Sentenced In Diesel-Emissions Scandal

Enlarge this image Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to 7 years in prison for conspiring to evade U.S. clean air laws. AP hide caption toggle caption AP High-ranking U.S.-based Volkswagen executive, Oliver Schmidt, has been sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay a $400,000 fine for his part in a decadelong diesel-emissions cheating scandal. Schmidt was the chief of Volkswagen’s engineering and environmental office in Michigan. In August, he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government and violation of the Clean Air…

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50+ Mayors Sign Pact To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

North American Climate Summit Enlarge this image Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel poses for a picture with mayors from the U.S., Mexico and Canada during the North American Climate Summit on Tuesday. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Scott Olson/Getty Images Mayors from across the country say a lack of leadership in Washington on climate change is prompting them to take action themselves. About 50 mayors from cities large and small wrapped up a climate change summit in Chicago Wednesday, where they signed a formal agreement to reduce greenhouse gas…

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Oracle joins the serverless fray with Fn

With its open source Fn project, Oracle is looking to make a splash in serverless computing. Fn is a container native serverless platform that can be run on-premises or in the cloud. It requires the use of Docker containers. Fn developers will be able to write functions in Java initially, with Go, Ruby, Python, PHP, and Node.js support planned for later. Applications can be built and run without users having to provision, scale, or manage servers, by using the cloud. [ A developer’s guide: Get started with serverless computing. Then…

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Imagination Should Make Things Wonderful, not Horrible

Do not stop when you feel tired in a marathon, press forward and you will achieve something you have never expected before. Our mind protects us from harm and danger, at the same time limits us with the protection, but by following your gut and you will be able to find yourself limitless. Here we have also included a video showing you how one’s belief and determination can get us through challenges that seems to be overwhelming. The post Imagination Should Make Things Wonderful, not Horrible appeared first on Lifehack….

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Can Science Teach Us Something About How To Live?

Enlarge this image Imgorthand/Getty Images Trial and error, experimentation, the understanding that some questions have complex answers or no answers at all, the notion that failure teaches, the acceptance that mistakes can actually guide you in the right direction, persistence in the face of difficulty: These are some of the everyday components of scientific research, accumulated wisdom that can serve us well in many walks of life — from how to face challenges as individuals to running corporations. Science as a body of knowledge has been painfully built for more…

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Massive Black Hole Reveals When The First Stars Blinked On

Enlarge this image An artist’s conception of the most-distant supermassive black hole ever discovered, which is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature hide caption toggle caption Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Nature Scientists have just discovered a supermassive black hole that existed surprisingly early in the history of the universe, and the puzzling find is shedding new light on when the first stars blinked on. Astronomers spotted the black hole, the most distant…

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Is Living In This Moment Enough For You?

Life’s troubles can be somewhat confounding and a tough challenge to scale. Whilst trying to solve the myriad of problems life throws on our way, we often consider many factors especially those ones that are without us. The articleWhen this moment is enoughby Allison Carmen explains by sharing her personal story about succumbing to life’s pressures and allowing external pressures owing to her goals and aspirations, and what we all feel we should grasp out of life determine how we act, feel and react. Allison also shares how she brilliantly…

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Install This App and Say Goodbye To Your Hand Written Travel Packing List

Traveling is a huge part of life for many people these days and the stress related to planning and preparing only adds to it. Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it really is the same when it comes to the travel portion of any trip. The last thing you want to do is to get to your destination and discover that you have forgotten to pack a very important item in your luggage before you left the house. This all can be avoided if you have this…

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