Monday, February 28, 2011

Curry spice can kill cancer

TURMERIC is a basic ingredient in most indian curries

A spicy way has been found to kill cancer cells. Scientists have discovered that a substance found in turmeric, a basic curry ingredient, can kill cancer cells within 24 hours. Researchers at Ireland's Cork Cancer Research Centre who treated oesophageal cancer cells with curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, observed that it triggers lethal death signals in the cells. The cells eventually digest themselves and die.

The results of the study were published in the British Journal of Cancer last week. Curcumin gives turmeric (curcuma zangais) its orangy-yellow colour. The rhizome, a close relative of the ginger, is commonly used in Asian cooking as well as in traditional medicine. Chinese and Ayurvedic medical practioners use turmeric as a treatment for many ailments as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties and believed to lower cholesterol.
Dr Sharon McKenna led the study.  She said medical researcher Dr Geraldine O’Sullivan-Coyne who had been looking for new ways of killing resistant oesophageal cancer cells tested curcumin on resistant cells. She found that they started to die using an unexpected system of cell messages. Normally, faulty cells die by committing programmed suicide – or apoptosis – which occurs when proteins called caspases are ‘switched on’ in cells. But these cells showed no evidence of suicide and the addition of a molecule that inhibits caspases and stops this ‘switch being flicked’, made no difference to the number of cells which died. This suggested that curcumin attacked cancer cells using an alternative cell signalling system.

Woman seeks 1 mil FB ‘likes’ to get wed

A British woman has sent out a worldwide plea to get one million people to 'like' a Facebook page, so that she can get married.  Kelly Coxhead, 32, engaged to Paul Mappelthorpe for 10 years.She has always been trying to convince the mechanic to marry her but failed.Recently, the fiancée finally agreed to marry Coxhead on Nov 11, this year if she can get one million Facebook users to join a group.

Coxhead, of Swindon in England, has sent out her plea about a week ago. She set up a group "I Need 1 Million People To Join For Paul To Marry Me C'mn Guys Help Me Lol". As of Monday, the group has only got 12,000-odd people to like it before her wedding day.

Wolf girl gains fame

Little Supatra Sasuphan is celebrating after being named the World's Hairiest Girl. The 11-year-old, from Thailand, used to be teased about her looks and was often reduced to tears by jibes including "wolf girl" and "monkey face". Even when she was brought home from the hospital neighbours asked her parents what sin they had committed to end up with such a hairy child.
But now Supatra, who has thick hair growing all over her face, ears, arms, legs, is delighted after her new found fame has helped her become one of the most popular girls in school. Supatra's title was confirmed after a quick grilling from Guinness World Record executives. Supatra, nicknamed Nat, is one of only 50 documented cases of Ambras Syndrome since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves" but the condition is actually caused by a faulty chromosome. She has attempted to remove the hair in the past with lasers but the treatment proved unsuccessful and it just kept growing back.
Supatra  is very used to this condition.  She can't feel the hair as it has always been like this. When she was born she needed two operations just to be able to breathe.Her father Sammrueng, 38 mentioned that she was not very healthy because her nostrils were only one millimetre wide. For the first three months she was kept in an incubator to help her breathe.She then had an operation to expand the nostrils by one and a half millimetres.

US first successful face transplant

Connie before the incident

Connie after the terrifying incident

Connie's new face
Connie Culp is a 46-year-old Ohio woman who has had the first face transplant in the US, and her new look was a far cry from the puckered, noseless sight that made children shrink away in horror, after being shot by her husband.
Culp's expressions are still a bit wooden, but she can talk, smile, smell and taste her food again. Her speech is at times a little tough to understand. Her face is bloated and squarish, and her skin droops in big folds that doctors plan to pare away as her circulation improves and her nerves grow, animating her new muscles. Culp's husband, Thomas, shot her in 2004 then turned the gun on himself. He went to prison for seven years. His wife was left clinging to life. The blast shattered her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye. Hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellet and bone splinters were embedded in her face. She needed a tube into her windpipe to breathe. Only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin were left.

She endured 30 operations. Doctors took parts of her ribs to make cheekbones and fashioned an upper jaw from one of her leg bones. She had countless skin grafts from her thighs. Still, she was left unable to eat solid food, breathe on her own, or smell. Then, in a 22-hour operation, Dr. Maria Siemionow led a team of doctors who replaced 80 percent of Culp's face with bone, muscles, nerves, skin and blood vessels from another woman who had just died. It was the fourth face transplant in the world.

No information has been released about the donor or how she died, but her family members were moved when they saw before-and-after pictures of Culp.

Strangely colored animals

The Mandarin Duck, is a medium-sized perching duck, closely related to the North American Wood Duck. The adult male is a striking and unmistakable bird. It has a red bill, large white crescent above the eye and reddish face and "whiskers". The breast is purple with two vertical white bars, and the flanks ruddy, with two orange "sails" at the back.

The lizard in the photo is not being manipulated (not a photo manipulation). It is now the latest exotic pet craze. Mwanza flat-headed agama's vivid blue-and-red colouring, is a lizard that has a body skin colour similar to Spiderman. Agamas, which are native to Kenya can be good pets, as they become tame and docile if handled regularly. It can grow up to a foot long, and a balanced diet for them includes locusts, crickets, meal worms and wax worms.

Polar bears are supposed to be white in color, unexpectedly this one turn out to be purple! This purple polar bear created quite the buzz about the Mendoza City Zoo in Argentina when it unexpectedly turned purple. It seems that the polar bear named Pelusa had a skin condition that the zoo officials were trying to treat, and as a result of the special treatment of this condition the polar bear turned purple. The purple color only lasted for a little while, but it was quite the talk of the town.

The veiled chameleon, Chamaeleo calyptratus, a large and colorful species of chameleon, are found in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. This chameleon changes color depending on its mood. The prominence of these markings is dependent on several factors including health, mood, and temperature of the lizard.

The flamingo tongue snail is a small, colorful sea snail which lives on various species of soft corals in the Caribbean. The pretty color you see in this image is not a snail's shell. Rather, it's in a layer of live mantle tissue, connected to its foot - the snail pushes it out to cover the shell. The mantle tissue also works like a fish's gill. When the snail is attacked, the mantle and colors is withdrawn.

Divorce Cakes

11 and 13 yr old boys become India’s youngest MBA graduate

Neel Joshi, 13 and his brother Deep, 11, class eight and class six students of Thakur Vidya Mandir School at Kandivali East in Mumbai are on their way to become India's youngest MBA graduates as they have finished their first semester MBA with distinction from an institute affiliated to a U.S. varsity. The teen prodigies are pursuing their MBA from the Indian Management School and Research centre (IMSR) affiliated to the University of Northeast Virginia, reports Bangalore Mirror.

While Neel has cleared his first year in Finance Management with 91 percent, Deep has cleared the first semester of MBA in Operation Management by securing 75 percent. "We had sought admission for MBA courses at the University of Mumbai and various other institutes in USA and UK. But everyone turned us down saying we were too young to enroll for management courses. They also told us we must approach them after post-graduation and gaining three years of working experience," says Neel.

The boys had exhibited extraordinary talents at their very young age. They could recite entire chapters from the Bhagvad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa and even the Rig Veda when they were in kindergarten. They have also shown their excellence in extracurricular activities such as carom in which they represent Air India at national level events. Neel wants to become a cardiac surgeon, while Deep wishes to be a pilot. The boys' father Ajit Joshi is a civil engineer.

Longest traffic jam ever reported

The drivers on China's Beijing - Zhangjiakou highway spent 10 days of being stuck in a 60-mile traffic jam putting it as the world’s longest traffic jam. The traffic jam started on August 14 2010 on a stretch of road that has been frequently congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

4-year-old girl can write 13 languages on both hands

4-year-old girl in India has the special ability to write alphabets in 13 languages and best of all, writing simultaneously with both hands. M Shalini,  is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Latha Manjunath, living in the city of Mysore, India. Shalini can write the alphabet of other languages like English, Kannada, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Gujarati, Assamese, Punjabi, Oriya, Tulu (recently created by a scholar), Urdu and Bengali. 

According to Manjunath, the girl developed a passion for writing when she was two years old. Her mother Latha taught her the nuances of the alphabets of various languages. “Shalini was able to write the Urdu alphabets with just seven hours of practice,” he told Deccan Herald.

He explains that observing the interest of the child in alphabets, the couple decided to train her in multiple languages. About three months ago, she was able to write in four languages. Within a short span of time, she was able to acquaint with alphabets of nine more languages. 

The couple taught her taking out a copy of the alphabets from the website. She can write from 1 to 200 in both the hands in real and mirror image at a time. According to Manjunath, the girl can also write name of a person or place with both the hands simultaneously. Shalini also manages to draw two identical  and two different ‘rangoli’ and drawing in both hands.

Longest Tongue On A Dog

Puggy, Becky Stanford’s male Pekingese, is nine years old. Its mouth-watering 4.5in tongue was officially measured at a Texan animal clinic last May.

Longest ear hair

Radha Kant Bajpai, a one-time Guinness Book record holder from Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur city is attempting to break his own Guinness World record for growing the longest ear hair in the world. 55-year-old Bajpai made his first world record in 2005 for the same.

"I used to think of Guinness world record, but at that time my ear hair was only 5 to 6 centimeters long so I asked for advice from my relatives and some of my journalist friends, who told me that if you grow your hair till 10 to 12 centimeters then you can apply for the records. So I achieved this measurement of 13.2 centimeters at the age of 50 and achieved my record," Bajpai said

World’s fastest train

The world’s largest network of high-speed rails now has the world’s fastest train running on its tracks. In China in early December 2010, a 16-car train set a new world record during a trial run by speeding faster than 302 miles per hour. During regular service, the train will travel just over 236 miles per hour.The world’s fastest train is currently running from Shanghai to Hangzhou, a city about 120 miles to the southeast. The $445 million project cuts train travel time in half, from 90 to 45 minutes.

A first-class ticket on this route costs a little less than $20, double the cost of an ordinary Chinese train ticket. In comparison, a first-class seat on the express train from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, a distance of 136 miles, will run you nearly $240, according to J.P. Morgan. This train’s average speed is only 70 miles per hour

The landscape is lined with the largest number of wind-powered turbines in the world. In rural farming towns, solar-powered street lights are evidence that the green infrastructure reaches far from the big cities.Even the escalators are different. Instead of moving non-stop all day long, they remain frozen until they sense that a passenger is about to get on. Then, they use just enough energy to carry the passenger before automatically shutting off again.

These amazing feats and ambitious goals are not imported from the developed world, but products of Chinese innovation. The world’s fastest train was built by a Chinese company (China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation) which has become the third-largest high-speed train producer behind Bombardier (Canada) and Alstom (France).

Beard and mustache champions

Creative and funny food art

World’s first undersea restaurant

The first-ever undersea restaurant in the world has been introduced at the Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. Ithaa (which is pronounced “eet-ha” and means “pearl” in the language of the Maldives, Dhivehi) sits five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic, offering diners 270 degrees of panoramic underwater views.

This innovative restaurant is the first of its kind in the world, and is part of a US $5 million re-build of Rangalifinolhu Island, one of the twin islands that make up Hilton Maldives Resort & Spa. This re-build includes the construction of 79 of the most luxurious beach villas in the country as well as the Spa Village, a self-contained, over-water “resort-within-a-resort” consisting of a spa, restaurant and 21 villas.

And not to be outdone by the views, the food is as spectacular as the underwater setting.The cuisine is dedicated to the fine balance of western food items with a Maldivian flavor, the wine concept is equally exciting, offering diners the perfect opportunity to discover the wines of the prestigious Champagne house Louis Roederer. (The average dinner price ranges from $187 to $220)

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