Tuesday, October 14, 2008

INFANTS CAN TELL THE MUSIC THEY ARE HEARING IS HAPPY OR SAD.
Even before learning to talk, infants can easily distinguish cheerful tunes from depressing compositions, a new classical music study has revealed. In the study, 5-month-old babies were shown to pick out an upbeat tune. In fact, by the time the babies turn 9 months old, they can even single out the sorrowful sound.
Such musical experiments, according to Ross Flom Brigham Young University psychology professor and study author, have offered another example of how babies make sense of the world long before they can talk.
"One of the first things babies understand communicatively is emotion, so for them the melody is the message. Our study showed that by nine months, babies are categorizing songs as happy or sad the same way that preschoolers and adults do," said Flom.
Flom said that this period of learning about emotion in sounds is a natural step before learning to talk.Infants master so many things in such a short time frame.
The results of the musical study will be published in the upcoming issue of the academic journal Infant Behavior and Development.

ALOE VERA. GARLIC. GREEN TEA...MOST POPULAR HERBAL MEDICINES.
The most popular herbal medicines used Down Under include aloe vera, garlic and green tea, according to a new study.
Led by Professor Charlie Xue of RMIT University and colleagues, this first of its kind study surveyed in Victoria on their use of the 24 most common medicinal herbs in Australia.
Results indicated that Aloe vera, garlic and green tea turned out to be the most popular herbs. There were more popular herbs including echinancea, ginger, peppermint, ginseng, gingko biloba, evening primrose, dandelion and St John's wort. Over 90 percent of study participants were found to believe their herbal medicine had been helpful in enhancing their general health
and wellbeing, or providing relief from specific medical conditions.
"From a clinical perspective that is quite important," ABC Online quoted Xue, as saying. In his opinion people went for herbal help to treat chronic conditions, and the most common among them are skin problems, sleep disorder, anxiety, stomach, cold, flu and fever.
Those who took herbal medicine were not found to be aware of the scientific evidence on its effectiveness and safety. On the other hand, they tended to rely more on recommendations from others, including the internet, friends and family.
The study is published in the current issue of the journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety.

MENTAL BARRIERS BEHIND OBESITY.
Are you overweight and always find some excuse or the other to avoid doing exercise? Well, if you think it's just laziness, think again, for a study claims that it is only a mental block which is hampering your efforts.
An international team has carried out the study and found that obese women often have a "phobia of exercise" which stops them being active because they feel self-conscious and are afraid of injury. According to researchers, these mental barriers are real problems which must be overcome to encourage overweight women to exercise more. "This is the first time we've been able to look at what stops obese women from getting the activity they need. These might
sound like excuses to some people, but for those who have these aversions, they're real problems. "There is an underlying attitude about weight loss, that it's easy if you just eat less and exercise more. But if losing weight were easy, we wouldn't have the obesity epidemic we have today," lead researcher Melissa Napolitano of Temple University said Overweight or obese women were more likely to report feeling self-conscious about their looks while exercising, feeling a lack of self-discipline, hating to fail so not even trying, fearing injury, thinking of activity as hard work, having minor aches and pains, and feeling too overweight to exercise, the researchers found.

EXCESS BOOZING MAKES THE BRAIN TINY.

The more you drink alcohol, the smaller your total brain volume gets, according to a new study by Wellesley College, Massachusetts. The study found that even moderate alcohol consumption can lead to decline in brain volumes. Lower brain volumes have been linked to progression of dementia and problems with thinking, learning and memory.
The study said there was a significant negative linear relationship between alcohol consumption and total cerebral brain volume.
The research team led by Carol Ann Paul, MS, of Wellesley College also found that although men were more likely to drink alcohol, the association between drinking and brain volume was stronger in women. This could be due to biological factors, including women's smaller size and greater susceptibility to alcohol's effects.
"The public health effect of this study gives a clear message about the possible dangers of drinking alcohol," the authors write.
"This study suggests that, unlike the associations with cardiovascular disease, alcohol consumption does not have any protective effect on brain volume," they added.
The report appears in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CHINA GYMNASTS CLEARED
China's gold medal gymnasts are in clear. Its team that won the bronze medal eight years ago, however. still faces questions. International gymnastics officials on 1 st October 2008 closed their 5-week investigation into the ages of the Gymnasts at the Beijing Olympics, saying the documentation provided confirms that they were old enough to compete. But two members of the 2000 squad remain under scrutiny.

STUDY ON WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY
For men, bliss is often is just a mouse-click away while quality time with family is guaranteed to put a smile on women's faces, according to a Australian Study of what makes people happy. The Happiness Index study showed rest and relaxation were the most enjoyable activities while physical exercise was least likely to make people happy."Australians are made happy on a week to week basis, not by possessions and achievements, but by entertaining experiences and by meaningful interactions with the others." the leader of the study said.

MOBLIE PHONES....A SILENT THREAT.
Could the mobile phone really be the new invisible threat to coronary heart diseases? Experts have discounted it but almost an equal number of cardiologists across the globe confirm that electro magnetic radiation caused by electric devices that transmit signals, including mobile phones and computers, have a significant impact on metabolic system. Exposure to radio frquency signals generated by cell phones affects physiciological, neurological,cognitive and behavioral changes. this include elevated blood glucose levels, neuro-regulatory disturbances and serious negative impact on the central nervous system. IS THERE A WAY OUT? Reports say a Kingbio Pro chip inserted in our mobile phones can prevent EMR.

BARACK OBAMA WOULD WIN
If the US Presidential election was being held in cyberspace, Barack Obama would win in landslide. The demo-cratic candidate has raised tens of millions of dollars more than Republican John McCain online and proven much more savvy overall at harnessing the power of the Internet, according to political and web analysts.

SPY PLAN BY U.K. TO FIGHT TERRORISM & RISING CRIME
The British Government will spend up to 12 billion pounds to create a database to monitor and store Internet browsing, emails and telephone calls of every Briton, the sunday times reported. The Govenment has already allocated its communications headquarters (GCHQ) 1 billion pounds to finance the first stage of the project, being launched, it said, to fight terrorism and rising crime. The home office said that no formal decision had been taken but sources confirmed there was a general agreement on the programme. Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor Internet browsing and emails.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

THE WORLD TODAY OBSERVES THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE.
I WILL GIVE YOU A TALISMAN. WHENEVER YOU ARE IN DOUBT, OR WHEN SELF BECOMES TOO MUCH WITH YOU, APPLY THE FOLLOWING TEST. RECALL THE FACE OF THE POOREST AND THE WEAKEST MAN WHOM YOU MAY HAVE SEEN, AND ASK YOURSELF, IF THE STEP YOU CONTEMPLATE IS GOING TO BE OF ANY USE TO HIM. WILL HE GAIN ANYTHING BY IT? WILL IT RESTORE HIM TO CONTROL OVER HIS OWN LIFE AND DESTINY?
IN OTHER WORDS, WILL IT LEAD TO FREEDOM. THEN YOU WILL FIND YOUR DOUBTS AND YOUR SELF MELT AWAY.

MAHATHMA GANDHI...I SALUTE HIM ON HIS 139 TH BIRTHDAY.......LET WORLD TERRORISM ENDS TODAY.

U.S. SENATE PASSES $700 BILLION RESCUE PLAN.

Senators loaded the economic rescue bill with tax breaks and other sweeteners before passing it by a wide margin, 74-25, a month before the presidential and congressional elections.
In the House, leaders were working feverishly to convert enough opponents of the bill to push it through by Friday, just days after lawmakers there stunningly rejected an earlier version and sent markets plunging around the globe.The measure didn't cause the same uproar in the Senate, where both parties' presidential candidates, Republican John McCain
and Democrat Barack Obama, made rare appearances to cast "aye" votes, as did Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

US slowdown hurting Indian IT companies

With the possibility of a US slowdown looming in the background, IT firms don't want to plan too far ahead. The cascading effect would be job cuts, no recruitment coming up and an increase in tension among employees.
The first casualty of the US recession is recruitments. IT industry sources say that larger IT firms are following a wait and watch policy as far as recruitments go. But smaller IT firms have stopped hiring and are making the most of the manpower that they have.Not only has hiring slowed down, industry sources say that the companies might actually consider laying off a sizeable percentage of their workforce.
CEO of a IT comapny says: "Three-four weeks ago when financial markets in the US crumbled, it pointed to the fact that there is nothing to look forward to this year. Now we are sure growth is not going to happen. IT companies will have to fight it out, and make sure they have a plan B."


Britney says ‘Womanizer’ is a girl anthem
Popstar Britney Spears has branded her new single ‘Womanizer’ as ‘a girl anthem’.
The ‘Hit me Baby One More Time’ hitmaker stated that the song is an empowering anthem for girls and that’s why she likes it.
"It's basically saying, 'We know what you're up to.' It's about guys cheating on girls, It's a girl anthem. That's why I like it,” People magazine quoted Britney, as telling New York's Z100 radio station.
The song is the first single from Spears's upcoming album, Circus, due to release in December.
The 26-year-old won three awards this year at the VMAs, including one for video of the year for "Piece of Me".