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Number of contracts signed for buying homes hits 18-month high

Number of contracts signed for buying homes hits 18-month high

In January, better-than-expected number of Americans signed contracts to purchase homes. The increase in number of signed contracts has hit an 18-month high. This means that home sales will increase after a slow start in the beginning of the year.

As per the National Association of Realtors, last month, its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 1.7% to 104.2. In December also, there was a decline of only 1.5%, which was significantly better than earlier estimation of 3.7% fall. At present, the index is 8.4% above its level a year earlier.

Missouri man who killed seven could have been shattered because of his mother’s death

Missouri man who killed seven could have been shattered because of his mother’s

Missouri gunman, who killed seven people on Thursday night, may have lost his self-control, after his mother died, according to authorities. He has been identified as Joseph Jesse Aldridge, a 36-year-old man. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Joseph Aldridge shot himself, his four cousins and three other after death of his mother due to suspected natural causes.

According to Texas County Coroner Tom Whittaker, “We’re speculating that he came home and found her deceased and then for whatever reason went on a rampage and started killing people. This is just so strange. Right now, with the shooter dead, we don’t know. Is there something that sparked this?”. He added that they are still investigating the case.

Proposed Executive Branch Rule regarding Ammunition by BATFE could affect Election Cycle of 2016

Proposed Executive Branch Rule regarding Ammunition by BATFE

According to reports, a proposed executive branch rule regarding ammunition by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) will turn the 2016 election cycle back towards the same driving force that had affected several blue states in the 2014. That time, several blue states had turned red.

As per the reports, the proposed action by BATFE will have little technical impact on the protection for police officers of the country and threatens to strengthen the gun lobby in the upcoming election cycle.

Suicide rate among middle-aged Americans Rose at onset of financial crisis in 2007

Suicide rate among middle-aged Americans Rose at onset of financial

A new study published Friday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has linked sharp increase in suicide rates in the years after 2007 with Great Recession.

The study authors noted that the number suicide among middle-aged people in the US aged 40 to 64 have been increasing since 1999. But the rates for the age group have picked up markedly since the onset of the Great Recession.

In order to estimate suicides among people in 16 states, the researchers examined data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and shares detailed information about the circumstances behind all types of deaths.

Genetic mutations linked to leukemia occur with age

Genetic mutations linked to leukemia occur with age

According to a new research, one could almost certainly develop genetic mutations linked to leukemia as they grow older. According to the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, it is estimated by researchers that up to 20% of people between the ages of 50 and 60, and more than 70% of people who are above 90, have blood cells with gene changes observed in leukemia cases.

A team of researchers analyzed 4,219 individuals, who had no evidence of blood cancer. They studied the initial stages of cancer development in some of the patients among participants. Sequencing methods were used by researchers to detect DNA mutations.

Newly Discovered Gene Unique to Humanoid Primates triggered Rapid Increase in Human Brain Size

Newly Discovered Gene Unique to Humanoid Primates triggered Rapid Increase

Researchers have discovered a new gene, which is unique to humanoid primates like Neanderthals and modern humans and was not present in simian ancestors such as chimpanzees. This genetic marker is considered to have led to rapid increase in the size of the human brain.

Study's lead researcher Marta Florio from the Max Planck Institute said the gene seems to have triggered neocortex, a region of the brain, to produce larger number of neurons. It is considered that the gene in early humanoid ancestors could have led to advanced cognition like tool-making, language, and other developments.

Environmental Group sues US EPA over demise of Monarch Butterfly

Environmental Group sues US EPA over demise of Monarch Butterfly

An environmental group on Friday sued the US government, blaming the regulators of discounting herbicide that has resulted in the decline of monarch butterfly population.

Following the complaint, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in US District Court in New York.

The suit has stated that the agency didn't pay any attention to the warnings about the dangers of glyphosate to monarchs. Glyphosate is a key ingredient of a commonly used herbicide and is generally used in the Monsanto Co's Roundup and other herbicides.

The lawsuit has stated that Federal law wants EPA to make sure that the pesticides it approves will not cause any 'unreasonable adverse effects on the environment, including wildlife'.




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