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Engineered virus which hacks & controls brain: Do you mind?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2012

Photo from wordlesstech.com

Photo from wordlesstech.com

Today, an average computer user cannot even keep the machine secured. So what will the world look like when hacking your mind becomes as easy as infecting your machine with a computer virus?

Human knowledge on DNA nanotechnology and bio-molecular computing increases exponentially with every passing year. Thus, protecting your own brain from security breaches could become the highest priority challenge of the 21st century.

Synthetic biology is becoming one of the most powerful forms of technology in the world. But many people fear that scientists’ games with the genetics of life forms could spin out of control and open the door to a new age of bio-hacking and bio-terrorism.

Natural living viruses and bacteria are not only making people sick, they also control the behavior and condition of the hosts, though without any malice. But the consequences of getting exposed to an artificially-created virus could be much more serious than a headache or a fever.

“Synthetic biology will lead to new forms of bioterrorism,” security expert Marc Goodman told the Daily Mail. “Bio-crime today is akin to computer crime in the early ’80s.”

Viruses and bacteria are manipulating the chemicals inside the human body and, by programming them to send the right agents into the brain, the bio-programmer potentially can take control over the victim’s behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can a brain scan reveal how smart you are?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2012

Reuters / Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara / Handout

Reuters / Sage Center for the Study of the Mind, University of California, Santa Barbara / Handout

A question has plagued scientists for years: When it comes to intelligence, what distinguishes the brains of exceptionally smart humans from the rest? New research reveals that a brain scan could offer an answer.

The brain’s mass and the size of its prefrontal cortex – a region just behind the forehead – have long been believed to play a role in intelligence. New research published in the St. Louis-based Washington University Journal of Neuroscience suggests that up to ten percent of individual differences in intelligence lie in the strength of neural pathways between the brain and the left prefrontal cortex – the region linked to personality and cognitive behaviors.

In other words, the better and more efficient the neural pathways are, the more intelligent the person is. It is a new approach for understanding human intelligence, dubbed “global brain connectivity.”

This marks the first example of solid evidence that neural connections between the left prefrontal cortex and the rest of the brain are a powerful contributing factor to human intelligence, said the study’s lead author Michael W. Cole, PhD, a postdoctoral research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at Washington University. Read the rest of this entry »

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12-Year-Old Girl Steers to Safety After Grandpa Dies While Driving

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2012

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Without so much as a driver’s license — or even a foot on the gas pedal — 12-year-old Miranda Bowman managed to drive off the road to safety after her grandfather died behind the wheel. Driving on a rural road in Burlington Township, N.J., last Tuesday, Paul Parker suffered what seemed to be heart failure.

According to family members, Bowman’s 63-year-old grandfather had been suffering from a heart condition. Bowman told reporters that her grandfather said he wasn’t feeling well: “[He] told me to just keep talking to him. Then he said he was scared, closed his eyes, and put his head on the glass. That’s when I knew he was dead.”

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Parker died with his foot still on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to speed up, quickly reaching 80 mph. In the intensity of the moment, Bowman struggled to unlock her cell phone to dial 911 and putting her foot on the brake couldn’t cancel out her grandfather’s heavy foot on the accelerator. She decided to grab the wheel herself and swerve off the road, aiming for bushes and trees, which she thought might safely stop the car. She modeled this attempt after what she had seen on TV, she told the Burlington County Times. According to the paper, after Bowman safely got out of the car she was “crying hysterically, barely able to breathe or recall what had just happened.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Shock discovery: 248 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2012

Up to 250 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (Still from NTV coverage video)

Up to 250 human embryos found trashed in Russian forest (Still from NTV coverage video)

A fishing trip in Russia’s Urals ended with cries of horror as a man found canisters filled with human embryos, some already shaped to baby bodies.

Lids on the bright blue containers apparently unlocked as the canisters hit the ground, and many embryos spilled out. The little bodies, no longer than 15 centimeters, shrank, turning into mummies.

A friend of mine called at night and said he went finishing and wanted to get some wood for his fire. He found some abandoned water canisters and wanted to take them for his house. And when he came up, he saw… little baby bodies,” a local told Russia’s Channel 4.

Arriving Monday morning, police found 248 embryos aged 12-16 weeks in and around the four canisters. Labels attached to tiny hands and legs listed family names of assumed mothers and some digit codes, which may refer to the pregnancy period, date of abortion or the hospital where the body originated from.

The 50-liter canisters filled with formalin seem to have been thrown out of a vehicle not far from a road leading to Nevyansk, a town on the slopes of the Ural Mountains.

Nevyansk authorities immediately said the canisters could not have originated in their town.

Our area is too small; we can’t have so many stillborns, miscarriages or artificial abortions,” they said.

Later it was revealed that the horrifying content was “biological waste” from at least three hospitals in Ekaterinburg, the region’s major city.

It appears a waste disposal company has failed to carry out its duties properly,” remark local authorities as the investigation continues. The Ministry of Health has been requested to determine which companies provide embryo disposal services to Ekaterinburg hospitals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Secret of ageing found: Japanese scientists pave way to everlasting life

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2012

Portrait of senior couple, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (AFP Photo/Getty Images)

                                                   Portrait of senior couple, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan (AFP Photo/Getty Images)

Japan, which already tops the world’s life expectancy list, now has another tool to cement its leading position. The country’s scientists say they have discovered a protein responsible for ageing and learnt to control it.

A group of scientists from Osaka University have found that one of the components of the human complement system is directly responsible for ageing, Russia’s ITAR-TASS quotes Japanese media on Saturday. The C1q protein, the researchers say, is to blame for human cells getting old.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Why India Is Still One of the Most Dangerous Places to Give Birth

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 10, 2012

India’s economy may be booming, but when it comes to providing adequate health care to pregnant women, the country is falling behind even its poorer neighbors.
ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images

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A new born baby sleeps in the arms of her mother at a Community Health Center in Mall, near the central east Indian city of Lucknow on October 31, 2011.

In March, Preeti Singh almost died giving birth. The 22-year-old resident of a village about a half hour’s drive from New Delhi was pregnant with twins and planned to give birth with the help of an untrained midwife. When things went wrong during the delivery, she rushed to three government hospitals in search of help before her family decided to take out a loan for $1,000 to send her to a private hospital. Preeti and one of the twins survived. “Giving birth is not easy,” she said. “But maybe if I was taken to a hospital to give birth or a competent dai (midwife) was there, it would not have been so traumatic and my other child would have been saved.”

Indeed, with basic maternity care, many lives in India would be saved. According to a 2010 study by the Harvard School of Public Health, 150,000 deaths could be prevented by 2015 if Indian women had access to better family planning and health care during their pregnancies and deliveries. But that medical help has yet to arrive. A new report by Save the Children suggests that, despite India’s booming economy, the country is still one of the most high-risk places in the world to give birth. It ranked India as the fourth-worst country among 80 less-developed nations in its survey, with nearly half of all births taking place without a trained health professional. “Even though India has made efforts to improve maternal health by encouraging institutional deliveries and taking other measures,” says Thomas Chandy, the head of Save the Children India, “the benefits have not yet appeared to bring about a shift.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Americans’ Heads Getting Bigger In Size, Changing Shape, Anthropologists Say

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 2, 2012

By  HUFFPOST

White Americans Heads
Skull sizes among white Americans are swelling, researchers say.

Did the 20th century make us big-headed? Maybe so, since forensic anthropologists at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville found that white Americans’ heads are getting bigger and bigger…in size, that is.

The researchers studied about 1,500 skulls that dated from the mid-1800s through the 1980s. They noticed that the skulls gradually became larger, taller, and narrower. As a result, faces have become longer.

“The surprising thing is the skull size increase has not been documented in modern Americans,” researcher Dr. Richard Jantz told The Huffington Post. “We might have suspected that that was happening but this documents it … The shape of the skull has also changed rather dramatically. In fact, shape change has been more dramatic than size change.”

Specifically, the researchers found skull size in white men has grown by 200 cubic centimeters, which is about the volume of a tennis ball. Skull height, from the base to the top of men’s heads, has increased by 8 millimeters–so about 0.3 inches. Among white women, skull size has grown by 180 cubic centimeters and height has increased by 7 millimeters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Man in Nursing Home ‘Awakens’ When Listening to Music From His Past

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 12, 2012

By AYLIN ZAFAR

To watch Henry—an elderly man who has spent over ten years in a nursing home, barely able to answer yes or no questions—come alive when listening to music from his past is a reminder of the powerful, inspiring, and affecting power of music.

A new documentary, Alive Inside, follows the “awakening” that occurs when people suffering from memory loss and Alzheimer’s are given music they have a strong emotional connection to — often, music they grew up with. In the clip, Henry is barely responsive before one of his caretakers puts headphones on him and starts up one of his favorite tunes. Almost instantly, we see Henry swaying from side to side and singing, his eyes wide open.

“The philosopher Kant once called music the ‘quickening art.’ And Henry is being quickened, he’s being brought to life,” says Dr. Oliver Sacks, a neurologist and author of Musicophilia, who is involved with the documentary.

After his headphones are taken off, Henry answers questions about his favorite music, speaking excitedly and recalling memories. “I’m crazy about music, and you played beautiful music, beautiful sounds,” he says. “Cab Calloway was my number one band—guy I liked,” he remembers, before breaking into a vibrant rendition of “I’ll be Home For Christmas.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Kim Jung-who? Ten facts – or rumors – about North Korea’s new leader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 20, 2011

Kim Jong-Un (AFP Photo / KCNA VIA KNS)

With the youngest son of the late “Supreme Leader” of North Korea set to take the reins of the world’s most secretive state, little is known about a man who has been described as an out-of-shape heavy drinker who is the spitting image of his father.

1. No one knows exactly how old Kim Jung-un is, though North Korean officials give his official birth date as January 8, 1984.

2.  Prior to 2010, only one grainy black-and-white photograph of the younger Kim existed outside North Korea.

3.  He is believed to have attended the International School of Berne in Switzerland until 1998 under an assumed name.

4.  Classmates said he was an avid lover of skiing, basketball and James Bond.

5.  According to an anonymous high-ranking North Korean source, once Kim got older and put on weight, he started playing 15-ball pool instead of basketball, the Seoul-based North Korea Strategy Information Service reports.

“The game of pool has become increasingly popular among North Koreans in the past five years, in large part thanks to Kim Jung-un being an avid player. He even installed four Chinese brand-name pool tables in his grand mansion,” the source said.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Pakistan to down American drones, US promises more strikes

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2011

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers arrive to cordon off an area during an operation against criminal gangs in a troubled area of Karachi (AFP Photo / RIZWAN TABASSUM)

The Pakistani military are under orders to take down any UAV they locate in the country’s air space. So far, the only drones making incursions into Pakistani skies have been US Predators used to attack Taliban insurgents.

In a speech to troops on the border, Pakistan’s Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani told them to use all means at their disposal to give a “shattering answer” to any aggression – whatever the price or consequences.

For his part, the Commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, American General John R. Allen, said he did not rule out the possibility of a repeat of last month’s NATO strike on Pakistani soldiers.

The news appears to be a development of the notorious friendly fire incident on November 26 on Mohmand frontier territory, when 24 border guards died and over 30 were injured after an American assault helicopter entered Pakistan territory and devastated a block post, taking servicemen for mujahedeen.

Pakistan has called the accident a well-planned, premeditated assault, whereas the American command insists the incident was a tragic and unintentional mistake.

As a result of the incident, a love-hate relationship has turned openly hostile. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘We have lost respect’ – former US Senator

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2011

The US is like a drunkard who charges to war with anyone who might pose a threat, ex-Senator and former US presidential candidate Mike Gravel says.

“I like the US. But at the same time I think my country is an imperial country that is going downhill, and our leadership does not even acknowledge the problem,” confesses Gravel.

“Phony triumphalism has turned into a device to make Americans live in fear of a terrorist attack, yet you are a thousand times more likely to catch cancer than ever be hurt by that,” he points out.

“All I can say about what the US is doing – it‘s immoral,” Gravel says, explaining that “as a result of 9/11, we have altered our moral compass. And people began to get used to brutalizing each other.”

“We Americans used to think ‘oh, what happened in Germany could never happen with us!’ Well, it is happening with us. And it is happening to the detriment of our global position.”

“In Afghanistan, in Iraq and in Vietnam at the era, all American soldiers died in vain,” Gravel claims, recalling the millions of war victims in Vietnam, which is now developing along its own path, regardless.

New American policies enable US military or security officials to take a decision and dispatch a drone to kill a suspect without trial – together with all civilians who happen to be close to the target, Gravel says.

“The morality of that is removing responsibility – those who drop bombs [from remotely operated robot drones] do not see people die,” he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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Occupy Wall Street’s first fatality (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 23, 2011

A protester in Seattle, Washington aligned with Occupy Wall Street says that an assault from a cop last week has caused a miscarriage, which if true marks the first loss of life from police brutality since the demonstrations began two months ago.

Photographers were on hand November 15 to document 19-year-old Jennifer Fox being pepper-sprayed by police in Seattle while participating in an Occupy protest on the West Coast. Along with an assault on an 84-year-old activist, the incident involving Fox, then pregnant, was arguably not only the most disturbing scene out of the Occupy Seattle movement but out of the international demonstrations altogether. Less than a week later now, Fox says that she has suffered a miscarriage and according to her, doctors say that an attack from police is to blame.

“Everything was going okay until yesterday, when I started getting sick, cramps started, and I felt like I was going to pass out,” Fox tells The Stranger out of Seattle.

Although a checkup with her physician a month earlier proved the unborn child to be in perfect health, Fox says that things took a turn for the worst this week after her confrontation with the Seattle police. Five days after she was pepper sprayed and assaulted by cops, she found out on November 20 that the heart of her child stopped beating and she was experiencing a miscarriage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Naomi Wolf arrested at Occupy Wall Street

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 19, 2011

Photo by Thomas Good / NLN

Author and activist Naomi Wolf has been added to the list now hundreds of names long of protesters arrested during the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Wolf, a popular writer perhaps most known for her book The Beauty Myth and frequent articles in the Huffington Post, was arrested Tuesday night in Manhattan along with a handful of other Occupy Wall Street protesters.

A group of around 50 participants in the movement, including Wolf, had been in attendance outside of a gala that was honoring New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at New York’s Skylight Studios. While Gov. Cuomo was being lauded as “Game Changer of the Year” at the awards ceremony, Occupy Wall Street protesters were expressing their detest over the politician’s opposition to extending a tax on millionaires and his support of hydraulic fracking.

Wolf says that her participation in the protests outside the event was “peaceful, respectful, law-abiding and orderly,”and insists that the NYPD officials that apprehended her were wrong in doing so.

“I was arrested for not backing down when a police officer told me contrary to what I knew about the law and the permit process that a private entity owned the sidewalk,” Wolf writes on her website following her arrest. “He was mistaken and I was correct,” she adds.

In a separate article written today for the UK’s Guardian, Wolf writes that “Police keep inventing this right to barricade people in and tell people where to protest, but in the United States this is wrong: it’s against the first amendment rights of freedom of assembly.” Read the rest of this entry »

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An Apple A Day Could Reduce Stroke Risk By Half

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011


Yes this is being suggested from years and years.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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Man Sues Hospital Trust Over ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Claims

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 27, 2011


Sue also becoming good business in rich countries and due to this sue system doctors take long time even to diagnosis and sick people are suffering.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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