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Digital Camera Manufacturers Are Overcoming Their Greatest Threat: the Smartphone
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Digital Camera Manufacturers Are Overcoming Their Greatest Threat: the Smartphone

The world's most popular photo site, Flickr, allows users to see which cameras are most commonly used in their online community, but the odd thing is that none of the top four are actually cameras. They're all smartphones. Respectively, the top four are the Apple iPhone 5, the Apple iPhone 5s, the Apple iPhone 4S, and the the Apple iPhone 4. What's more, digital camera sales have been tepidly declining for the past few years, while the sale of smartphones has skyrocketed by more than 600 million in the past five years.These are just two trends that indicate the public's demands and expectations have shifted. People nowadays are less concerned about taking higher quality photos, and would rather have the ability to instantly share their pictures across social networks instead. However, it f...
Price of Gold Continues to Fall, Shows No Sign of Stopping
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Price of Gold Continues to Fall, Shows No Sign of Stopping

In September 2011, the market price of gold hit its all-time peak at $1,895 per ounce. Almost three years later, on May 13, 2014, USA Today reported that the price had fallen to $1,293 -- a 32% decrease. Now, according to the USA Today article, experts are saying the price of gold could continue its steep and steady decline, eventually reaching $800 per ounce or even lower. As the U.S. continues to recover economically and tensions in Ukraine disperse, there will be little cause for gold prices to increase, USA Today reported. In a May 16 Market Watch article, it was reported that higher bond yields are also resulting in less demand for gold. Overall, the outlook for gold looks grim -- so what does this mean for people who use gold as an investment tool? The market price for go...
How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May
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How to Benefit from National Home Remodeling Month This May

May is National Home Remodeling Month -- and as temperatures finally begin to warm up after a rough winter, now is the best time to think about remodeling or renovating your home. According to a NorthJersey.com article, 2014 is expected to be a solid year for home renovations across the country. The National Association of Home Builders projected that homeowners will spend about $122.8 billion on home improvement and renovation projects this year, a 3.1% increase from 2013. Kitchens will continue to be a popular remodeling subject this season, according to a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) study; about 82% of NARI members identify kitchens as their primary service offering. "In addition to replacing counter tops or cabinets, a terrazzo floor is also a great ...
Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN
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Second Case of MERS Diagnosed in the States, Following Warnings from UN

Following the confirmation of a second diagnosed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in the United States, federal health officials have alerted nearly two-dozen airports to be on the lookout for any sick travelers, posting warnings throughout the travel hubs in order to raise awareness of American citizens on their way to jet-set. MERS is characterized by a laundry list of symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and is confirmed to have killed more than 171 people so far. Why Are Health Officials So Concerned About MERS? Everyone from the United Nations to national governments, like the federal government of the United States, are taking seemingly extreme steps to push for greater awareness and detection of MERS entering different places around the world...
New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted
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New Study Shows That 60% of China’s Groundwater is Polluted

A growing number of the Chinese population is finding itself without access to clean, drinkable water, new data shows. According to an April 23 Times of India article, 60% of China's officially-monitored groundwater is too polluted to drink. The clean water shortage is another indicator of China's continuing environmental problems. The Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources, which monitors water quality at 4,778 locations in 203 cities, reported that 43.9% of the country's groundwater was of “relatively poor” quality, and requires treatment before it can be consumed by humans. The Ministry of Land and Resources rated the other 15.7% of monitored groundwater “very poor,” meaning the water is unfit for consumption even after treatment, according to a upi.com article. The decades-lon...
New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse
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New Study Finds Parental Disproval Impedes Teen Drug Misuse

According to a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, which is the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics's official journal, the attitudes of parents towards substance abuse could help explain the observed ethnic variations in prescriptive drug abuse amongst teens. The research's finding support the accumulating evidence that parents continue to play a strong role in the decision making processes of adolescents, especially in regards to potentially hazardous behaviors. The researchers analyzed data based on a national survey of over 180,000 adolescents. Caucasian teens had the largest rates of prescription drug abuse, which is consistent with previous studies, but this new research found that teens coming from higher-income househo...
United Airlines Plans to Launch New International Route Between Denver and Panama City
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United Airlines Plans to Launch New International Route Between Denver and Panama City

Panama City is the hot new destination this year, and multiple airlines are keying in to this trend. This week, United Airlines announced that it would be creating a new international route out of its Denver hub. Starting Dec. 3, nonstop flights to Panama City will head out of Denver several times each week. United Airlines is following suit with its Star Alliance partner, Copa Airlines. Last week, Copa announced it would be creating a similar nonstop route to Panama City out of Montreal, Canada. Copa has been increasing its presence in the U.S. over the past several years, and is referring to Panama City as its base for a "hub of the Americas." Copa's hub there currently connects to over 40 cities. This new travel route follows the popularity of another international route that ope...
Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack
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Dentist Shortage Forces Dental Therapists to Pick Up the Slack

A nationwide shortage in the number of dentists has caused an influx in the number of states that are licensing dental therapists -- and are being met with resistance from the dentists themselves, a May 6 USA Today article reports. Only a handful of states currently allow dental therapists -- a dentist's equivalent of a physician's assistant -- to be licensed. Dental therapists get two years of intensive training before entering the field, where their work consists mainly of dental cleanings and procedures like extractions, according to the article. However, now that there is a lack of dentists across the country, these states are turning to dental therapists to pick up more responsibility. According to Delta Dental Insurance company data, about three times as many people across t...
In Response to Upcoming Emissions Standards Update, Subaru Considers Electric Car
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In Response to Upcoming Emissions Standards Update, Subaru Considers Electric Car

For carmakers around the world, increasingly strict global CO2 emissions standards seem to be pointing in one direction: the electric engine. According to DigitalTrends.com, Subaru is the latest auto manufacturer to consider further development of an electric car model to introduce in the U.S. before emissions regulations are tightened again in 2018, according to The Japan News. Currently, American car purchases account for about half of Subaru's global sales. “Electric vehicles are [effective] products to help cope with these new regulations,” Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru parent Fuji Heavy Industries, told The Japan News. Subaru will likely make a decision by the end of the year. While Subaru has previously experimented with electric cars in the last five years, this i...
Chinese Company 3-D Prints 10 Houses in Just One Day
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Chinese Company 3-D Prints 10 Houses in Just One Day

WinSun Decoration Design Engineering, a Chinese construction company, has harnessed the power of 3-D printing technology to build 10 one-story houses in Shanghai in just a single day. Each of the houses is 33 feet (10 meters) wide, and 22 feet (6.6 meters) high, for an approximate square-footage of 2,100 feet. They're built layer by layer with a quick drying cement, similar to the way that bakers would ice cakes, and cost less than $5,000 to build. As each layer gets added, it's checked for quality, since there aren't any building codes pertaining to 3-D printing construction in China. "We purchased parts for the printer overseas, and assembled the machine in a factory in Suzhou," aid Mia Yihi, the CEO of WinSun CEO, to the International Business Times. "Such a new type of 3-D printe...