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Proving That The Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

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from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Neil Vargesson, University of Aberdeen and Lavinia Faccini, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

When the Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in the 1940s, it was thought to be harmless. It caused a rash and, in some cases, a slightly elevated temperature. But in the past few months in Brazil, it has been linked with something far worse: microcephaly (an abnormally small brain and head) in newborn babies. In adults an increased incidence of a rare neurological disorder called Guillan-Barre syndrome has also been linked with Zika infection. This is associated with muscles weakness, paralysis and can be fatal. Zika is anything but harmless.

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What We Read Today 10 February 2016

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Self Driving Cars: How Often Do Drivers Take Control?

by Felix Richter, Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

Even though self-driving cars offer tremendous promise, the technology is still being perfected.

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Infographic Of The Day: Factors That May Give You An Eye Twitch

Experiencing that pesky twitch and tic is extremely irritating and uncomfortable.

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Future Banking Crisis In Europe: Hard Landing In A New Reality

from LEAP/Europe 2020, Leap2020.eu

The beginning of 2016 is marked by the announcements of a 'cataclysm', expected to happen this year on the stock markets. What is different now compared to 2008 is that, this time, it is not some contrarian analysts who say so (the way LEAP did in its early publication of GEAB in February 2006) and who launch these alerts.

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December 2015 JOLTS Job Openings Year-over-Year Growth Rate Again Marginally Improved

Written by Steven Hansen

The BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) can be used as a predictor of future jobs growth, and the predictive elements show that the year-over-year growth rate of unadjusted private non-farm job openings marginally improved from last month. The growth rate trends marginally improved in the 3 month averages, but the 2015 year-to-date averages continue to decline.

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