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Big Data Booming In India
2012-10-08 04:55:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As American companies look for more information about their customers, the products they buy and the goods that capture their attention at department stores, more and more of them have started turning to firms located in India, according to various media reports published over the weekend. According to Reuters reporters Harichandan Arakali and Raju Gopalakrishnan, individuals shopping at businesses throughout the United States are...

91 Arrested For Medicare Fraud
2012-10-06 08:26:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online A federal task force has arrested 91 people, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, as part of a widespread Medicare fraud probe, various media outlets reported on Thursday. According to Reuters reporters David Ingram and David Morgan, the accused hail from seven different U.S. cities and allegedly billed the nation's senior-care health program for more than $430 million in false claims. It is the...

The Science Of Medical Marijuana
2012-09-23 08:52:22

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online As voters in the states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon consider whether or not to legalize marijuana use for medical purposes, both supporters and opponents of the proposition are turning to scientific evidence in order to make their case, according to recently published media reports. In Colorado, those opposing legalizing pot point to a study completed last month by researchers at Duke University and King's College...

Apple Reduces Memory Order From Samsung
2012-09-07 09:45:20

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online According to a recent Reuters report, Apple reduced their memory chip order from Samsung, their top competitor and best Frenemy. Citing a Source Familiar With the Matter, Reuters is saying Apple is now trying to diversify their supply chain by shopping for memory chips, microprocessors, flat screens and DRAM and NAND RAM chips elsewhere for their line of iOS devices. Apple hasn´t completely stopped shopping at South...

Exoskeleton Suit Helps Paralyzed Woman Walk
2012-09-05 07:48:45

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A paraplegic woman from the United Kingdom who was paralyzed due to an accident with a horse was the first woman to use a robotic exoskeleton suit that allows her to walk. According to Reuters, Claire Lomas, who lit the fire at Trafalgar Square to commence the Paralympics in London, is the first to utilize the ReWalk suit for home use and everyday tasks. A previous accident had left her paralyzed from the chest down. Recently,...

Thalidomide Apology From German Drug Maker
2012-09-02 07:04:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The German company that developed a drug which resulted in thousands of congenital birth defects in the 1950s and 1960s issued their first ever apology on Friday, but those impacted by the medication's side-effects say that the statement was too long in coming and fell short of making amends for the harm caused. The drug in question, a sedative known as thalidomide that was marketed as a treatment for morning sickness in pregnant...

West Nile Virus In The US Setting Records For August
2012-08-30 08:43:15

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online US cases of West Nile virus (WNV) have risen 40 percent in just one week, with 1,590 confirmed infections, and 66 confirmed deaths, up from 47 last week, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. This is the highest case count through the last week of August since the virus was first detected in 1999, and nearly half of all infections have so far occurred in Texas, with 894 confirmed cases...

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2012-08-25 08:58:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online The search for a pair of ships from the ill-fated 1845 Franklin Expedition, which began four years ago, will continue, as officials from the Canadian government announced Thursday that a new expedition would depart this week in an attempt to find the location of those vessels. According to Reuters, archeologists and divers began their hunt for the lost British vessels HMS Erebus and HMS Terror in 2008. Those ships were...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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