Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A CHILLI PILL THAT CUTS AS MANY COLORIES AS 80 MINUTES WALK

Scientists claimed to have developed a slimming pill that can burn off as many calories as 80 minutes of walk or a 25-minute jog, while you sit.


The pill -- Capsiplex -- which is made from hot peppers and capsicum, utilises the weight-loss potential of red-hot peppers.

Chilli and capsicum help speed up the metabolism, thus, helping people lose weight more rapidly. However, consuming these chillies or their extract in large quantities causes irritation as these are unbearably hot.

The scientists overcame this problem while developing the capsule. The pill eats up the calories without causing any irritation, the Daily Mail reported.

"For decades, scientists have known about the weight-loss potential of red-hot peppers. The problem has been the ability to consume such a highly concentrated amount, but we have overcome this by putting a protective coating on the ingredients which stops any gastric irritation," a spokesman for Capsiplex said.

"At last we have a safe and healthy supplement to help weight loss," the spokesman added.

Trials of the pill conducted at University of Oklahoma in US showed adults taking Capsiplex burned off 278 more calories before, during and after a bout of exercise than those on placebos.

The pill is already in use in the US. Hollywood stars like Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Britney Spears are known to have used the pill.


DEC 29……PEOPLE ‘MOST GUILTY’ DAY OF INDULGENCE

Who could have thought that there would be a survey to prove people guilty of giving in to temptations! But here it is and it has marked December Dec 29 people ‘most guilty’ about their indulgences.

29 as the day when people feel most guilty about giving into their indulgences over the last 12 months.

Loan Underwood, a health expert at Fitness TV which conducted the poll, asked a panel of 2,000 adults to pinpoint a moment of maximum embarrassment over their excesses, including eating, drinking and times spent in front of the TV.

More than 40 per cent felt that the day in the middle of the festive season i.e. four days after Christmas and three days before New Year was the ‘guiltiest’ time of the year.

"This year has been a difficult one for many so Christmas has been a real opportunity for people to let their hair down and indulge,” the Telegraph quoted Underwood as saying.

"And with the festive season starting even earlier, the constant invites for post work drinks, parties and treats at home mean exercise routines go out the window.

"This has left people feeling that they have a mountain to climb to get back in shape in 2010, making December 29 the day we feel most guilty about our indulgences.

"Exercise is the perfect way to ditch those feelings of remorse and feel great again," Underwood added.

THREE H-1B SITES SHUT DOWN

A US court has ordered shutdown of three H-1B opposition Web sites -- ITgrunt.com, Endh1b.com, and Guestworkerfraud.com.

According to a news report in ComputerWorld, a New Jersey judge has also sought information about the identity of anonymous posters on the sites.

The Judge James Hurley also ordered firms that register domains and provide hosting services -- GoDaddy Inc, Network Solutions, Comcast Cable Communications and DiscountASP.Net, to disable the three sites. Facebook was also asked to disable ITgrunt's Facebook page.

Hurley's order was reportedly made in response to a libel lawsuit filed by IT services and consulting firm Apex Technology Group, based in Edison, New Jersey, against the three Web sites opposing the H-1B visa programme.

The company is seeking the identity of a person who posted an Apex employment agreement on Docstoc.com, that has since been removed. A link to the document and comments critical of it has been posted on a variety of Web sites, including at least one in India, on Desicrunch.com says the news story.

The comment is said to claim that employees will find it difficult to leave Apex because of its contract terms. Apex, in one legal filing, said the allegations by the anonymous posters are false and defamatory, and are hurting the company. In the filing, Apex is said to have mentioned that it has had three consultants refuse to report for employment as a result of these postings. Apex said it is also seeking "contact details of the individual who posted this legal agreement without permission since we are the copyright owner of the legal document."

Saturday, December 26, 2009

FASTEST RAIL LINK STARTS IN CHINA

China on Saturday started operation on its fastest rail link in the world with a high-speed train connecting the modern cities of Guangzhou and Wuhan at an average speed of 350 kilometres an hour.
The super-high-speed train reduces the 1,069 km journey linking Guangzhou, a business hub in southern China near Hong Kong, with the capital Beijing, to a three hour ride and cuts the previous journey time by more than seven-and-a-half hours, Xinhua news agency said.

Test runs for the rail link began earlier in December during which it recorded a maximum speed of 394.2 km per hour and the operations officially began today, said Xu Fangliang, general engineer in charge of designing the link, according to Xinhua.

By comparison, the average for high-speed trains in Japan was 243 kilometres per hour while in France it was 277 kilometres per hour, he said. The network uses technology developed in co-operation with foreign firms such as Siemens, Bombardier and Alstom.

The work on the project began in 2005 as part of plans to expand country's high-speed network, Xinhua added.

China unveiled its first high-speed line at the time of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

EARTH’S NORTH MAGNETIC POLE RACING TOWARDS RUSSIA DUE TO CORE FLUX


A new research has determined that Earth's north magnetic pole is racing toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) a year due to magnetic changes in the planet's core.

The core is too deep for scientists to directly detect its magnetic field. But researchers can infer the field's movements by tracking how Earth's magnetic field has been changing at the surface and in space. According to a report in National Geographic News, newly analyzed data suggest that there's a region of rapidly changing magnetism on the core's surface, possibly being created by a mysterious "plume" of magnetism arising from deeper in the core.

"It's this region that could be pulling the magnetic pole away from its long-time location in northern Canada," said Arnaud Chulliat, a geophysicist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in France.

Magnetic north, which is the place where compass needles actually point, is near but not exactly in the same place as the geographic North Pole.

Right now, magnetic north is close to Canada's Ellesmere Island.

Navigators have used magnetic north for centuries to orient themselves when they are far from recognizable landmarks.

Although global positioning systems have largely replaced such traditional techniques, many people still find compasses useful for getting around underwater and underground where GPS satellites can't communicate.

The magnetic north pole had moved little from the time scientists first located it in 1831.

Then in 1904, the pole began shifting northeastward at a steady pace of about 9 miles (15 kilometers) a year.

In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 scientists confirmed that the pole is now galloping toward Siberia at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 kilometers) a year.

A rapidly shifting magnetic pole means that magnetic-field maps need to be updated more often to allow compass users to make the crucial adjustment from magnetic north to true North.

Geologists think Earth has a magnetic field because the core is made up of a solid iron center surrounded by rapidly spinning liquid rock.

This creates a "dynamo" that drives our magnetic field. Scientists had long suspected that, since the molten core is constantly moving, changes in its magnetism might be affecting the surface location of magnetic north.

Although the new research seems to back up this idea, Chulliat is skeptical whether magnetic north will eventually cross into Russia.

"It's too difficult to forecast," Chulliat said.

GO EASY ON GLUCOSE TO LIVE LONG


Reducing caloric intake, specifically in the form of glucose, can extend the life of human cells and speed the death of pre-cancerous cells, a new study has found.

This discovery by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham could help lead to drugs and treatments that slow human aging and prevent cancer.

"Our hope is that the discovery that reduced calories extends the lifespan of normal human cells will lead to further discoveries of the causes for these effects in different cell types and facilitate the development of novel approaches to extend the lifespan of humans," said Trygve Tollefsbol, a researcher involved in the work from the Center for Aging and Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"We would also hope for these studies to lead to improved prevention of cancer as well as many other age-related diseases through controlling calorie intake of specific cell types," Tollefsbol added.

To make this discovery, Tollefsbol and colleagues used normal human lung cells and precancerous human lung cells that were at the beginning stages of cancer formation.

Both sets of cells were grown in the laboratory and received either normal or reduced levels of glucose (sugar).

As the cells grew over a period of a few weeks, the researchers monitored their ability to divide, and kept track of how many cells survived over this period.

They found that the normal cells lived longer, and many of the precancerous cells died, when given less glucose.

Gene activity was also measured under these same conditions. The reduced glucose caused normal cells to have a higher activity of the gene that dictates the level of telomerase, an enzyme that extends their lifespan and lower activity of a gene that slows their growth.

Epigenetic effects (effects not due to gene mutations) were found to be a major cause in changing the activity of these genes as they reacted to decreased glucose levels.
The study has been published online in The FASEB Journal.

Monday, December 21, 2009

AVATAR MOONS MAY BE REAL:.... ASTRONOMER

James Cameron's science fiction Avatar may become fact in the coming years, says a leading US astronomer who believes there is every chance a real-life version of habitable alien moons like the one depicted in the movie exists and will soon is found.
The 3D blockbuster shows a race of blue skinned giants inhabits an Earth-like moon called Pandora, which orbits a gas giant planet similar to Jupiter that cannot support life. "If Pandora existed, we potentially could detect it and study its atmosphere in the next decade," said Lisa Kaltenegger, an astronomer from the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kaltenegger, who has conducted research showing that a planned new space telescope will be able to identify nearby "exomoons" and discover if they are habitable, said hundreds of Jupiter-sized gas giants orbiting stars have already been spotted, but none have conditions suitable for Earth-type life, The Telegraph reported.

However, a rocky moon orbiting a gas giant could harbor life if it was in the parent star's "habitable zone" -- the region where temperatures are just right for liquid water, she said.

"All of the gas giant planets in our solar system have rocky and icy moons. That raises the possibility that alien Jupiter’s will also have moons. Some of those may be Earth-sized and able to hold onto an atmosphere," she said.

A Pandora-type moon could be identified when its planet "transits" across the face of the parent star. If the moon has an atmosphere, it will absorb a tiny amount of light from the star, leaving a spectrographic fingerprint of its composition.

Dr Kaltenegger calculated that Alpha Centauri A, the star featured in Avatar, would provide an excellent target for astronomers hunting habitable moons.

Alpha Centauri is the closest star system to the Sun, being only 4.37 light years away. It consists of three stars, the largest being Alpha Centauri A, which is slightly brighter than the Sun.

2010 TO BE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF YOUTH:...... UN

In an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's young denizens in overcoming the challenges facing humanity, the United Nations (UN) has declared 2010 as the International Year of Youth, starting Aug 12.

'The International Year is about advancing the full and effective participation of youth in all aspects of society,' UN Focal Point on Youth, Nicola Shepherd, said in a statement Monday.

'We encourage all sectors of society to work in partnership with youth and youth organizations to better understand their needs and concerns and to recognize the contributions that they can make to society,' she added.


The announcement was made on Dec 18.


In its resolution proclaiming the Year, the General Assembly called on governments, civil society, individuals and communities worldwide to support activities at local and international levels to mark the event.

Under the theme 'Dialogue and Mutual Understanding', the Year aims to encourage dialogue and understanding across generations and promote the ideals of peace, respect for human rights, freedom and solidarity.

It also encourages youth to dedicate them to fostering progress, including the attainment of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to remove a host of social ills, ranging from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality to lack of access to education and health care, by 2015.

Several international events are already scheduled throughout the year, including the Fifth World Youth Congress from July 31 to Aug 13 in Istanbul, and the World Conference for Youth in Mexico City from Aug 24-27.

Both gatherings will focus on youth and sustainable development in the context of the MDGs.
From Aug 14 to 26, Singapore will hold the international Youth Olympic Games, the statement added.

Friday, December 18, 2009

NO SIGNS OF A POSSIBLE DEAL AT THE CLIMATE SUMMIT…..DEADLINE OVER
ISLAND NATIONS ARE AT THREAT OVER THIS CENTURY’S BIGGEST PROBLEM…..”GLOBAL WARMING”

ANY AGREEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD RESPECT THE NEED FOR DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES……..NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD BE BASED ON EQUITABLE BURDEN SHARING…..SAYS INDIA.

The marathon talks on World Climate Pact at Copenhagen lurched into overtime with world leaders deadlocked on a deal to tame global warming. Some of the world’s most powerful countries were embroiled like in a game, where the stakes were hundreds of billions of dollars and the welfare of future generations.
The tense haggling capped two years of deadlock over crafting a new UN treaty from 2013 that would reduce global warming from mortal threat to manageable peril.
Negotiations have revealed deep divisions between rich and poor, entrenched in a textual battlefield.
That left it on a summit of around 130 heads of states to struggle for at least a basic accord that would set a few targets and chart further action towards a final pact next year.
A new draft text gave few details. It contained a call to prevent a rise in global temperatures of more than 2.0 degrees Celsius. The figure fell way short of the demands of threatened island nations.


CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT REVEALS INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES CHEATING THE WOLRD ON CLIMATE


The industrialized countries are cheating the world. A confidential document of the UN Frame Convention on Climate Change secretariat prepared on December 15 shows, contrary to what the rich nations might claim, even if they come true on their current pledges to reduce emissions the world is headed towards a 3 degree temperature rise by 2050, not two degree Celsius – the tipping point.

The document, an authoritative assessment by the UN itself, still kept a secret from the 192 country delegates presently at Copenhagen says, “Unless the remaining gap (of the emissions required to be reduced) is closed and parties (countries) commit themselves to strong action prior and after 2020, global emissions will remain on an unsustainable pathway that could lead to concentrations equal or above 550 ppm (parts per million of carbon dioxide in air) with the related temperature raise around 3 degree Celsius.

The UN global group of scientists – IPCC – has long ago warned that if the global temperatures go more than 2 degrees above pre-industrial era the world would tip over into irreversible natural calamities.

The 2 degree target is considered the beacon for how much emission cuts the industrialized countries and others should undertake. The industrialized countries, such as US and Europe have made some offers and claimed it is enough to prevent disaster. The UN secret document now shows that the targets the rich countries have unofficially claimed they could take are just not enough.

The rich countries have even 12 hours before the heads of the states meet at Copenhagen, refused to put even these numbers as part of their official positions.

The rich countries have taken commitments under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce their emissions to keep temperatures stable. While the rich countries are not on track to meet their targets even in the first phase that ends in 2012 they have so far refused to commit to deeper action as required by science in the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol starting 2013. They, instead, want the Kyoto Protocol to be killed completely.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

THE 12 DAY CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE MAY END WITH DISAPPOINTMENT
Developing countries are saying that the developed countries needed to come up with ‘ambitious’ targets for themselves on reduction of emissions of green house gases. These figures are the ‘heart’ of the negotiations and ‘critical’ to the Copenhagen outcome.
The developing countries say the numbers put up by the developed nations on the table so far are unfortunate and disappointing.
Developed countries did not appear to be prepared for a ‘comprehensive outcome’ that would bind them to fulfill their emission reduction commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
One member of the developing countries said “it seems the developed countries are working towards a political agreement and not a legally-binding pact that would cover immediate and strong action on climate change”, indicating that developing countries were not expecting a successful outcome from the conference.
DESERT ELECTRICITY:
WORLD’S LARGEST SOLAR ENERGY PROJECT PLANNED IN SAHARA DESERT. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE WORLD’S ENERGY DEMANDS COULD BE MET BY COVERING AS LITTLE AS 1pc OF THE WORLD’S DESERTS.

US, CHINA AMONG WORST CLIMATE PERFORMERS……STUDY

China and the US were placed at the bottom end of a worldwide national ranking of performance on climate protection published Monday.

Compiled by Germanwatch, a think tank, and the Climate Action Network (CAN), an alliance of environment pressure groups, the annual Climate Change Performance Index ranks countries based on their climate protection performance, comparing 57 industrialized countries and emerging economies.

This year's edition was published on the sidelines of key UN climate change talks in Copenhagen, which are due to come to a head Friday.

Brazil was the biggest upward mover in the rankings, making it to fourth place with an overall score of 68 and knocking the traditionally strongest player, Sweden, into fifth place.

No country made it to the top three spots, while China and the US were ranked 52nd and 53rd respectively.

'Since no country is thus far adequately on the path toward halting dangerous climate change, the three top spots are empty once again this year,' said Jan Burck of Germanwatch.

Brazil was rewarded for its ability to cut its deforestation rate by 50 percent in the last year. But the study's authors said it was unclear whether the cut was solely the result of falling demand for products such as soy and palm oil owing to the global economic crisis.

'It's great to see emerging economies like Brazil moving up the rankings, sending a clear signal during these negotiations that they are more and more committed to combating climate change,' said Matthias Duwe, director of CAN Europe.

Burck, one of the study's authors, explained that countries are ranked against one another as well as against the criteria of keeping average temperature increases below the dangerous level of two degrees Centigrade.

The poor performance of China and the US was explained by the fact that, while each country is responsible for about a fifth of global emissions of carbon dioxide, its leaders have announced what most experts describe as insufficient greenhouse gas emission targets.

'There are a number of climate policy proposals going through (the) US Congress at the moment, but nothing yet on the books. A bill which really reduces emissions and a strong performance in Copenhagen would improve their ranking,' Christoph Bals of Germanwatch said in explaining the US ranking.

Saudi Arabia was by far the worst performer with a score of 28.7, ranking a distant last behind 59th-place Canada (40.7).

The oil-exporting country has sided with the sceptics in the row over whether global warming poses a real threat or not, while Canada was punished for delaying the announcement on any major new climate policies.

Among the Europeans, Sweden, Britain, Germany and France all made it to the top 10 spots, while Poland, Cyprus, Greece and Luxembourg were given a 'very poor rating'.

INDIA, BRAZIL TO OVERTAKE UK ECONOMY…...PREDICTS THINK TANK

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was on back foot once again on Monday struggling to counter a top think-tank's report that the UK could drop out of the world's top ten economies by 2015.
India, Brazil and Russia will overtake Britain by 2015, according to analysis released on Monday by the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

"In 2005, the UK was the 4th largest economy in the world. China overtook in 2006, France in 2008 and Italy in 2009. The official figures suggest that we have dropped to No. 7. Projecting forward, the combination of economic growth and population growth, plus a likely rising real exchange rate mean that Brazil and Russia will overtake the UK sometime soon, perhaps in 2012," CEBR chief executive Douglas McWilliams said.

India will almost certainly overtake as well, though probably not till 2015, he added. The analysis also predicted that Canada could catch up and surpass UK GDP around 2015 and Australia by 2020.

Mr Brown, who is facing attacks from the Opposition over the state of economy and dragging on of recession, on Monday announced plans to deliver "savings in excess of £12 billion over the next four years, including £3 billion of new efficiency savings since the budget. He said senior civil service pay bill will be cut by up to 20 per cent over three years to release savings of £100 million a year, Whitehall spending on consultancy will be halved to get annual saving of £650 million, and 123 government bodies will be merged or abolished to save £500 million a year. He also announced that more government staff would be relocated outside London.

Monday, December 14, 2009

DEVELOPED NATIONS ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF GLOBAL WARMING
THEY SHOULD SHOULDER GREATER RESPONSIBILITY FOR CARBON CUTS

2010 WILL BE THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD, SCIENTISTS AT COPENHAGEN HAVE WARNED
As prospects of a political pact brighten at the Copenhagen climate change meet with the US, India and China setting emission reduction targets, the 12 day jamboree opened. They will chalk out a new plan to tackle global warming and its impacts beyond 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol expires.
With leaders of some 100 countries present at the climate talks, including the US and China signs of a likely pact.
At the same time, concerns remain over the contentious Danish proposal that sets 2025 as deadline for all nations to cap emission. Analysts’ say the draft proposal prepared by the host nation removes the distinction between the developed and the developing countries and would be disastrous for developing countries. Developing countries have maintained that given the fact that emissions from industrialized developed nations over the last century have been the primary cause of global warming and they should shoulder greater responsibility for carbon cuts.
WORLD’S TOP 10 POLLUTERS RANKED BY THEIR PER-CAPITA GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) EMISSIONS IN TONNES, AS PER THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AGENCY’S DATA OF 2008 IS AS FOLLOWS:
1) UNITED STATES………..19.10
2) CANADA……………...........17.37
3) RUSSIA……………….........11.21
4) SOUTH KOREA……........10.09
5) GERMANY…………............9.71
6) JAPAN…………………..........9.68
7) BRITAIN……………….........8.60
8) SOUTH AFRICA…….........7.27
9) FRANCE………………..........5.81
10) CHINA…………………..........4.57
WAITING FOR THE BIG DAY AT COPENHAGEN


TWITTER IS TOP WORD OF 2009
Twitter has `out-twitted' Obama and H1N1 to emerge as 2009's top word, according to a survey by a group that analyses word usage.
The other words in the top ten in the list prepared by Global Language Monitor (GLM) include stimulus (the $800 billion aid package meant to help mend the US economy), vampire and the near-ubiquitous suffix 2.0.

"In a year dominated by world-shaking political events, a pandemic, the after effects of a financial tsunami and the death of a revered pop icon (Michael Jackson), the word Twitter stands above all the other words. Twitter represents a new form of social interaction, where all communication is reduced to 140 characters," says GLM's chief word analyst Paul J.J. Payack.

"Being limited to strict formats did wonders for the sonnet and haiku. One wonders where this highly impractical word-limit will lead as the future unfolds," he says. The top words were culled from throughout the English-speaking world, which now numbers more than 1.58 billion speakers. The analysis was completed in late November using GLM's predictive quantities indicator.

PLAYING Wii CAN LEAD TO INJURIES
British surgeons have found that playing popular games machine, Nintendo Wii, can lead to fractured limbs and damaged knees.
In an editorial in the Royal Society of Medicine, the experts warned that `Wii injury' is very common as the popular game causes many brow raising and unusual injuries. "Gaming is certainly not without its dangers and as the technology has evolved, those dangers seem to become ever more tangible," warned Thomas Fysh and John Thompson from the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

"Upon the advent of the Wii, Playstation thumb and Nintendintis were eclipsed by altogether different problems," they said.

The Wii has been praised for encouraging players to be more active by mimicking the actions involved in many sports and earlier this year a study even suggested that the machines could be helpful for preventing weight gain.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

SEA LEVEL RISE WILL DOUBLE



ACCORDING TO A LATEST STUDY, SEA LEVEL RISE COULD MORE THAN DOUBLE DUE TO THE MELTING OF ANTARTICA, THREATENING COASTAL CITIES AROUND THE WORLD.

Previous research predicted sea levels would only raise by a couple of feet (59 cm) by the end of the century; however this does not include melting ice from the South Pole.
The most comprehensive steady into the impact of global warming on the region by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) found ice is already melting in the West Antarctic region due to an increase in temperatures.
The centre of the huge continent that has been protected from the warming effect until now because of a hole in the ozone layer is also due to warm in the feature.
By the end of the century the water flowing into the oceans from Antarctica, as well as from Green land and land glaciers like the Himalayas, will cause a sea level rise of more than four feet (1.4m).
If temperatures continue to increase in the next two to five hundred years, sea level rise could go up by 20feet (6m) as more of Antarctica melts.
Dr. Colin Summer Hayes, Executive Director of SCAR, said coastal cities could be affected although they should be able to build defenses like sea walls. He said developing countries, where millions of people live in low-lying areas, are more likely to suffer.
“Anybody who lives in coastal cities needs to be slightly worried by projections of one metre or more,” he said.
The previous study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) did not include Antarctica, as scientists believed it was impossible to measure melting ice in the region.
However new information from satellites, ice cores and innovative studies, including putting temperature gauges on elephant seals, have allowed scientists to model the effects of warming on the Antarctic.
A key part of the study is the effect of the hole in the ozone layer on the Antarctic region.
The hole developed in the 1970s after damaging chemicals known as CFCs were released into the atmosphere. This caused wind patterns to change and a cooling of the region.
Climate “sceptics” said the cooling of the centre of the continent and the growth of sea ice was evidence that global warming is not affecting the region.
But Professor John Turner of the British Antarctic Survey said the hole in the ozone layer has only temporarily protected Antarctica from warming. Since new rules outlawing CFCs have come into force the hole should “heal” and temperatures are likely to rise.
“For me the most astonishing evidence is the way that one man-made environmental impact – the ozone hole – has shielded most of Antarctica from another – global warming,” he said, “But it stands to heal and will no longer be protected.”
The study found that temperatures in the Antarctic peninsula around the base of South America are already rising, causing non-native like huge stone crabs, beetles and seaweed to invade.
In the long term Antarctica will become more “green” as temperatures rise and mosses and grasses grow and it may even become more suitable for human habitation……as per the reports appearing in
….THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

LONELINESS INCREASES RISK OF BREAST CANCER

Researchers found that social isolation raises levels of a hormone which helps to trigger tumor growth.

Loneliness significantly increases the risk of developing breast cancer, American scientists have claimed.
Researchers from the Yale University and the University of Chicago found that social isolation raises levels of a hormone which helps to trigger tumor growth.
"This study offers insight into how the social world gets under the skin," said author Gretchen Hermes from Yale University.

Co-author Martha McClintock from the University of Chicago added: "We need to use these findings to identify potential targets for intervention to reduce cancer and its psychological and social risk factors".

"In order to do that, we need to look at the problem from a variety of perspectives, including examining the sources of stress in neighborhoods as well as the biological aspects of cancer development," they said.

Reducing feelings of loneliness could potentially cut the numbers affected, the team behind the study believes, Telegraph said.

Their findings show that levels of a stress hormone called corticosterone increases in isolation and this hormone affects how cells grow, creating tumors.

SNORING NOT BAD FOR HEALTH……..STUDY



It might be frustrating for the partner, but it seems snoring is actually good for health. That's the controversial suggestion emerged from a recent study on sleep apnoea.
For years, the condition, which causes interruptions in breathing during sleep, has been linked to high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. But the Israeli study of 600 people over the age of 65 has claimed that the risk of early death in people with moderate sleep apnoea was less than half that of people with no history of snoring, the Daily Mail reported. The study also found that the risk of early death for those with a severe form of the condition was the same as a healthy control group, when it was expected to be higher.

"One theory is that the constant breaks in oxygen and blood supply to organs, caused by the pauses in the breathing, somehow strengthen the heart and brain; this means that if a heart attack or a stroke occurs, the body is better able to deal with it," said the report.

However, Professor Jim Horne, head of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University, said: "It is better to get heavy snoring treated rather than assume it will prolong life."

Sleep apnoea can result in the airways in the throat collapsing, cutting off the air supply for about 10 seconds a time. The distinctive rumbling sound of snoring is produced when the muscles in the nose, mouth and throat relax during sleep.

There are a variety of factors that exacerbate snoring, including sleeping position, being overweight, having a blocked nose, or physical features such as a large soft palate or long uvula (the bit of tissue that hangs down at the back of your mouth).