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Google aims to connect one billion more people to Internet

Google, the world's most popular Internet search firm, is planning to connect as many as one billion more people from remote areas of the world to Internet using blimps, masts and satellites.

The Internet search giant is reportedly working on creating high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia with the help of high-altitude blimps, masts and satellites capable of transmitting signals across hundreds of square kilometers.

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New type of mosquito develops

A new type of mosquito has been discovered by the scientists. It has found out to have been a member of subgroup Anopheles gambiae. This is the same group of insects which is responsible for spreading diseases like malaria and has been quite active in Africa.

The report came out in science journal, Science, where the researchers have said that this kind of mosquito is quite susceptible to spreading of parasites. It is a great matter of concern since the information about them is quite little.

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Comcast decides to boost diversity efforts to get Comcast-NBCU deal approved

Comcast Corp said that it would add four new cable networks owned or partly owned by African-Americans within a time period of 8 years if its proposed merger with General Electric Co's NBC Universal is allowed to take place.

Apart from that, the cable giant would expand an existing Asian-American channel to cover more markets, and would roll out a new English-language channel targeting Asian-Americans.

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Solar-Powered Device for Measuring Blood Pressure

Scientists have been able to develop a device, which can help in an accurate measurement of the blood pressure of a person. The new device would allow tests to be affordable for people living in low-income countries, the best thing about the device being it is powered by solar energy.

The accurateness of the solar-powered device has been stated to be just as good as the current device, which measures the systolic blood pressure. The reason, why the device would be beneficial in low income countries is because it does not require batteries, which are very expensive in low income countries.

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Quick Evolution of Malaria Mosquito Makes Controlling it Harder

Research has found that two strains of Africa’s most common malaria mosquito are speciating—creating new populations with different characteristics and thus evolving into new species.

Scientists studied the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, which is the primary cause of malaria spreading in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Maria Lawniczak, a member of the team from Imperial College London, says that the findings show that mosquitoes are evolving even more quickly than scientists had thought.

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