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Campbell Soup invests in nutrition-focused startup Habit

Campbell Soup Co. has confirmed that it has made a significant investment in a nutrition-focused startup that will make personalized food recommendations customized to a person’s unique requirements.

The food maker announced on Wednesday that it was the lone investor in Habit, which is currently in the launching process. Using data from an at-home test kit, Habit will offer tailored personal nutrition recommendations to help them avoid one-size-fit-all fad diets.


Microsoft makes some announcements for Xbox at its Windows event

At its recently-held Windows event, Microsoft chiefly focused on 3D image capturing and designing, though it also made some noteworthy announcements for its Xbox gaming console.

According to Microsoft's Xbox-specific announcements, updates to the console will include the capability for the Xbox users to host their own tournaments within games. Those tournaments can be played by the console users with their friends across Xbox and Windows 10 PCs.



Climate change responsible for extreme winters in the U.S. & UK: researchers say

Intensely chilly winters in the United States and Britain may be an outcome of indirect effects of climate change, according to a new study by University of Sheffield researchers.

The research team led by Prof. Edward Hanna of University of Sheffield found that increasing global temperatures are increasingly warming the Arctic, which is influencing the high-altitude corridor of fast-moving air called jet stream, causing severe cold snaps.


Autistic kids’ parents can help reduce their symptoms’ severity: study

Parents of autistic children can help reduce the severity of their symptoms and enhance their ability to communicate by working with them from a young age, a new study suggested.

In the Pre-school Autism Communication Trial, the researchers found that parents who get involve with autistic children can reduce symptoms like repetition and improve their communication skills.

Dr. Jonathan Green, a professor of child & adolescent psychiatry at University of Manchester, noted that autism is a really devastating diagnosis for families, who often question what to do next.


Hexagon on Saturn’s North Pole mysteriously changed color: NASA

American space agency NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has noticed that the giant hexagon surrounding Saturn’s North Pole has changed color.

Created by a semi-permanent hurricane located at the north pole of the planet, the massive six-sided cloud pattern has been known to scientists since the Voyager missions in the early 1980s.

The Cassini probe, which has been orbiting Saturn since the year of 2004, has extensively studied the hexagon. A recent footage sent back to earth by the probe showed that the hexagon has changed its color from blue to gold.



Cigarette smoking causes 167,133 deaths in U.S. annually: report

Various categories of cancer caused by cigarette smoking claims more lives than the entire population of Salem, Ore., annually, the U.S. Surgeon General cautioned in a newly released report.

According to the report, twelve categories of cancer caused by cigarette smoking are to be blamed for at least 167,133 deaths in the country in a single year. The smoking-caused 12 categories of cancer include: lung cancer, oropharynx cancer, esophagus cancer, larynx cancer, stomach cancer and bladder cancer.


NHTSA issues guidelines for protecting connected cars against cyberattacks

On Monday, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued guidelines for automakers and developers, highlighting the need to protect increasingly autonomous cars against cyberattacks.

The 22-page document released by NHTSA outlines the agency’s voluntary best practices for automakers going forward. The document underscores the fact that the NHTSA acknowledges that protection of connected cars against cyberattacks will be an ongoing battle.



JLR hopes to close 2016 with higher market share

In a recent disclosure to PTI, Tata-owned deluxe British car brand Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said that it is confident that it will end the year 2016 with a higher share of the luxury car market.

The projected market-share increase by JLR in 2016 is surprisingly contrary to the predictions of most of the other bigwig car manufacturers who are expecting flat to negative sales this year because of the eight-month long ban on high-end diesel models.




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