Apple Selling Unlocked iPhone 5

Several hours ago, Apple made the most-awaited unlocked iPhone 5 available in the United States.

The price of the unlocked device ranges from $649, $749, and $849 for 16 GB, 32 GB, or 64 GB of storage respectively.

Apple released the unlocked iPhone 5 in several countries before was it was first launched in late-September-including Canada and Europe-but, as expected, delayed its release in the United States.

Rumors saying that Apple will sell the unlocked iPhone 5 in its chain of retail stores in the coming few days, as soon as tomorrow!

The unlocked version is GSM only, which supports AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, and will not work on CDMA bands.


Adele Rolling In The Records

Adele’s “21” album has sold more than 10 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album reached the milestone last week, two years after its release.

“21” was released in 2011 and featured hits such as “Rolling in the Deep”, “Someone Like You”, and “Set Fire to the Rain”.

It is the third album to reach the 10 million mark in 2012, after both Linkin Park’s “Hybrid Theory” and Usher’s “Confessions” crossed the mark earlier this year.

Notably, Adele won in all six categories she was nominated in at the Grammy’s earlier this year, including best album of the year.

Congratulations Adele! You deserve it.

Dutch Court: Samsung Galaxy Infringes Apple Patent

Few days ago, a Dutch court ruled out that some of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones infringe on Apple patent.

The court ordered Samsung to pay Apple damages, determined by how much profit did Samsung made from the sales.

The patent dispute concerns the Android operating system versions 2.2.1 to 3.0 used on Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and smartphones.

In fact, Samsung and Apple are locked in patent disputes in at least 10 countries, as they both try to dominate the mobile market.

Samsung won a court case last month in Netherlands, when a Dutch court ruled that the company did not infringe an Apple patent by using some multi-touch techniques on some of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Human Poop Answers Climate Change Questions

Yeah, that’s true! Human poop can map two millennia of history and climate change in a remote, according to a new study in Norway.

Robert D’Anjou, a researcher at the University of Massachusetts, said that human waste deposits can help researchers untangle the effects of natural and human-caused climate changes. In fact, these researchers can date the onset of human settlement in an area and look at agricultural practices and settlement histories alongside the changing environment.

For a long time, archaeologists used traces of human feces to rebuild the history of archaeological sites. However, no one was interested in using human feces to race human settlement in an area and climate changes.

The researchers did their study in Norway and drilled several sediment cores from the bottom of a lake. The first core captured about 7000 years of time in this region, whereas another core contained sediments from about 2,300 years to 200 years.

In their study, they looked for the levels of several chemical compounds that can be found in the human waste, alongside livestock waste. In addition, they checked for fingerprints of burning vegetation in order to link human population levels to climate changes.

The results showed that the levels of human and livestock waste increased around 2000 years ago, when people started settling in this area. In parallel, the burning vegetation fingerprints increased, indicating the burning of forests for farming and other uses.

The levels of all the indicators fluctuated at some points due either to people leaving this area during the plague time or the little ice age between 1500 and 1800.

The study underscores the importance of the tie between climate and agriculture. It provides a method to gather the pieces of the recent past. Some researchers look for certain compounds and that blocks their ability to scrutinize the recent past.

The answer was in human poop. Impressive. Right?!

A Gene that Determines Likely Time of Death

Physical characteristic and appearances, such as hair color, skin color, and blood type, are all determined by specific DNA sequences called genes. Interestingly, researchers believe they found the gene that will determine the time when a person is more likely to die.

In a study published in November 2012 in Annals of Neurology Journal, scientists interested in studying the circadian rhythm (a.k.a the biological clock) reported that they identified a gene, with unsettled accuracy, that does not only determine whether you are a morning person or not, but also the likely time of your death.

In particular, the gene allows for three possible combinations of the DNA nucleotides, A-A, A-G, and G-G. Dr. Clifford Saper, chief of neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, clarified that the genotype affects the sleep-wake pattern of each person. Furthermore, he stated that people with the A-A genotype tend to wake one hour before the G-G people, while the A-G people wake up in between.

Most importantly, these genotypes were accurate predictors of the time of death. Studies on several deceased people showed that people with A-A and A-G genotypes die before 11:00 am, whereas people with G-G genotype die after 6:00 pm. Thus, this gene will determine the time of the day most likely you will die, but not the day.

Tea: The Cup of Life

According to a recent study in the BMJ Open journal, black tea might be linked to lower risks of diabetes. In fact, researchers found out that the rates of diabetes are lower in countries with high black tea-drinking rates.

In this study, black tea consumption and diabetes rates were gathered from 50 countries and analyzed to determine whether black tea consumption could prevent several diseases, such as diabetes, heart diseases, cancer, etc.

Interestingly, countries with high rates of black tea consumption, such as Ireland, United Kingdom, and Turkey, showed the lowest rates of diabetes. However, the researchers did not find any link between black tea consumption and other diseases.

Below, is a list of some health benefits of tea consumption:

1-       Boosts the immune system: Green tea consumption has been linked to an increase in the number of T cells in the human body, which are very important for the immune system.

2-      Boosts functioning in old age: If old age are consuming tea at good quantities, then they won’t need help to do basic activities like dressing or bathing.

3-      Lowers blood pressure: Drinking black tea helps lower your blood pressure.

4-      Aids weight loss: Studies showed that drinking five cups of tea every day helps you reach your target weight.

Finally, I am sure that tea has other advantages and benefits that we did not discover yet. Until that time, remember to always drink at least one cup of tea every day.

Real-Life Sleeping Beauty?!

Nicole Delien, a 17-year-old teenager from Pennsylvania, suffers from a rare disease called Kleine-Levin Syndrome, commonly known as Sleeping-Beauty Syndrome. Consequently, she sleeps around18 to 19 hours per day, and when she wakes up, she cannot perform basic things as eating or drinking.

Once, she suffered from a severe state where she had slept throughout the holiday and woke up in January to open the Christmas gifts with her family. Importantly, she stated in an interview that she can sleep for up to 64 days in a row, and wake up to eat in a sleepwalking mode!

In fact, Kleine-Levin Syndrome is a very rare syndrome that affects only 1000 people around the globe. At the early stages of the disease, the patient starts sleeping for most of the day and the night, waking up only to eat or drink. In their awake state, patients experience disorientation, lack of concentration, confusion, etc.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Kleine-Levin Syndrome, but Nicole’s parents are using a combination of epilepsy and narcolepsy drugs in an attempt to minimize the symptoms of her disease.