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Saturday, 28 July 2012

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Science News of This Week:

Stroke survivors do advance floor yoga postures focused on hip and ankle range of motion and strength 

1) Yoga May Help Stroke Survivors Improve Balance:

In a small pilot study, researchers tested the potential benefits of yoga among chronic stroke survivors -- those whose stroke occurred more than six months earlier.
"For people with chronic stroke, something like yoga in a group environment is cost effective and appears to improve motor function and balance," said Arlene Schmid, Ph.D., O.T.R., lead researcher and a rehabilitation research scientist at Roudebush Veterans Administration-Medical Center and Indiana University, Department of Occupational Therapy in Indianapolis, Ind.

The study's 47 participants, about three-quarters of them male veterans, were divided into three groups: twice-weekly group yoga for eight weeks; a "yoga-plus" group, which met twice weekly and had a relaxation recording to use at least three times a week; and a usual medical care group that did no rehabilitation.

The yoga classes, taught by a registered yoga therapist, included modified yoga postures, relaxation, and meditation. Classes grew more challenging each week.
Compared with patients in the usual-care group, those who completed yoga or yoga-plus significantly improved their balance.

Modeling of New Enzymes Helps Develop Therapies for Cocaine Abuse 

2) Modeling of New Enzymes Helps Develop Therapies for Cocaine Abuse:

Researchers from the University of Kentucky have designed and discovered a series of highly efficient enzymes that effectively metabolize cocaine. These high-activity cocaine-metabolizing enzymes could potentially prevent cocaine from producing physiological effects, and could aid in the treatment of drug dependency.

The results of this study by Chang-Guo Zhan et al are published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.

The effectiveness of the enzymes' work was evaluated through modeling cocaine pharmacokinetics, the study of the body's action on administered external substances, such as cocaine, when the enzyme exists in the body. As there is no FDA-approved anti-cocaine medication, the medical and social consequences of cocaine abuse have made the development of anti-cocaine medication a high priority.

Administration of an enzyme to enhance cocaine metabolism has been recognized as a promising treatment strategy for overdose and abuse. A remarkable feature of the enzyme-based therapeutic approach is that one enzyme molecule can degrade many thousands of drug molecules per minute.

The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider – but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider – now is a reality

3) First Robot That Mimics the Water Striders' Jumping Abilities:

 The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider -- but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider -- now is a reality. Scientists reported development of the agile microrobot, which could use its jumping ability to avoid obstacles on reconnaissance or other missions.

Qinmin Pan and colleagues explain that scientists have reported a number of advances toward tiny robots that can walk on water. Such robots could skim across lakes and other bodies of water to monitor water quality or act as tiny spies. However, even the most advanced designs -- including one from Pan's team last year -- can only walk on water. Pan notes that real water striders actually leap. Making a jumping robot is difficult because the downward force needed to propel it into the air usually pushes the legs through the water's surface. Pan's group looked for novel mechanisms and materials to build a true water-striding robot.

Using porous, super water-repellant nickel foam to fabricate the three supporting and two jumping legs, the group made a robot that could leap more than 5.5 inches, despite weighing as much as 1,100 water striders. In experiments, the robot could jump nearly 14 inches forward -- more than twice its own length -- leaving the water at about 3.6 miles per hour. The authors report that the ability to leap will make the bio-inspired microrobot more agile and better able to avoid obstacles it encounters on the water's surface.

These are examples of digits, letters, words, signature or drawings generated at will by projecting ones visual imagery onto the temporally modulated display depicted in the text  Neither smoothing nor filtering was applied to the eye traces that were only segmented into chunks when necessary

4) Eye-Writing Technology: Writing in Cursive With Your Eyes Only:

"Contrary to the current belief, we show that one can gain complete, voluntary control over smooth pursuit eye movements," says Jean Lorenceau of Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris. "The discovery also provides a tool to use smooth pursuit eye movements as a pencil to draw, write, or generate a signature."
The advance could be of great benefit for people deprived of limb movements, such as those with Lou Gehrig's disease (also known as ALS), the researchers say. It might also help to improve eye movement control in people with certain conditions such as dyslexia or ADHD and/or for experts, such as athletes or surgeons, whose activities strongly rely on eye movements.

In everyday life, smooth pursuit eye movement is used to track moving targets, Lorenceau explains. While people do have the ability to move their eyes in exquisitely sophisticated ways -- and in fact our eyes never cease to move -- it is normally impossible to control those movements smoothly in any direction.

This shows an abnormal accumulation of the FGFR-TACC fusion protein (red) in glioblastoma stem cells isolated from a primary human glioblastoma with fused FGFR- TACC genes. Cellular nuclei are colored blue

5) Genetic Cause of Most Lethal Brain Tumor Pinpointed: May Lead to New Treatment:

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have discovered that some cases of glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain cancer, are caused by the fusion of two adjacent genes. The study also found that drugs that target the protein produced by this genetic aberration can dramatically slow the growth of glioblastomas in mice.

The findings were published July 26 in the online edition of the journal Science.

"Our findings are doubly important," said study leader Antonio Iavarone, MD, professor of pathology and neurology at CUMC, and a member of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. "From a clinical perspective, we have identified a druggable target for a brain cancer with a particularly dismal outcome. From a basic research perspective, we have found the first example of a tumor-initiating mutation that directly affects how cells divide, causing chromosomal instability. This discovery has implications for the understanding of glioblastoma as well as others types of solid tumors."

The fusion of these two genes was observed in just three percent of tumors studied, so any therapy based on this particular genetic aberration would apply to only a small subset of glioblastoma patients. "It's unlikely that we will find a gene fusion responsible for most glioblastomas. But we may be able to discover a number of other gene fusions, each accounting for a small percentage of tumors, and each with its own specific therapy," said co-senior author Anna Lasorella, MD, associate professor of pathology and pediatrics at CUMC and a member of the Columbia Stem Cell Initiative and the HICCC.

Glioblastomas are tumors that arise from astrocytes, star-shaped cells that make up the brain's supportive tissue. Since astrocytes reproduce quickly and are supported by a large network of blood vessels, glioblastomas are usually highly malignant. It is estimated that these tumors affect about 10,000 people in the United States each year. Glioblastoma is typically treated with surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. However, the disease is invariably fatal, with a median survival of about 14 months after diagnosis, even with aggressive therapy. Glioblastomas took the lives of Senator Edward Kennedy in 2009 and New York Mets all-star catcher Gary Carter in 2012.

Several common single-gene alterations have been observed in glioblastoma. "However, therapies targeting these alterations have not improved clinical outcomes, most likely because they have systematically failed to eradicate the proteins to which the tumor is 'addicted,'" said Dr. Iavarone.

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Sports News of This Week:

1) 3rd ODI: Indians get ready for another tough contest:

The Indians would like to ensure that the previous match's batting debacle is not repeated.

The Indian cricket team will aim to pick up the pieces after a disastrous performance in the last match and get their campaign back on track when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the third ODI to be held on Saturday.

After a couple of contrasting performances in the two matches at Hambantota where Men in Blue first won comfortably by 21 runs before being soundly thrashed by nine wickets, the action moves to the familiar territory of Premadasa Stadium here.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not very fond of tinkering with his playing XIs but he now seriously needs to think as to how many more chances does Rohit Sharma deserve in order to prove that he is a regular match-winner like Virat Kohli or even fairly consistent on sub-continental tracks like Suresh Raina.

The Mumbai batsman had scores of 1 and 0 in the first two matches where he was out in identical fashion chasing a delivery away from his body to be played on.

London Olympics 2012 Live: Disappointing start for Indian archers

2) London Olympics 2012 Live: Disappointing start for Indian archers:

Men's Archery Update :South Korean archery team took the top three seedings in the archery ranking rounds. outh Korea have claimed the first two world records in the men's Archery ranking round. Im Dong-hyun broke his own individual record for 72 arrows and joined Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek to set a new team mark for 216 arrows.Among the Indians, Tarundeep Rai scored 664 points from 72 shots to finish at a disappointing 31st position. Rahul Banerjee finished at 46th with 655 points, followed by Jayanta Talukdar (53rd) with 650 points. India finished last in a 12-team event.

Amitabh Bachchan shines with Olympic flame 

3) Amitabh Bachchan shines with Olympic flame:

A moment of pride; a moment of ecstasy; a moment of cheer... That's what every Indian felt when they saw Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan held the prestigious Olympic torch in his hand...

On Thursday, the veteran superstar carried the torch through Southwark in south London, much to the excitement of the onlookers, especially for the Indians there and movie buffs. There was loud cheers when Big B passed by holding the torch, wearing a white tracksuit which had 063 printed on it.

 "It is not a flame you hold, it is the pride of 1.25 billion people of India," saying thus, the superstar aptly summarised how he felt at the moment.

The 69-yr old celebrity was invited for the event by London Games Chairman Sebastian Coe. Recalling the proud moment, Big B wrote in his micro-blogging site about the exciting "indescribable" experience.

Tweeted the megastar, "Faced many situations where enormity of crowd and its response was unbelievable. But today with Olympic torch it was indescribable."

Amitabh Bachchan later in his blog wrote that this has been an incredible honour, humbling and so full of pride and emotion.

"A moment to be hopefully remembered by the grandchildren," added the iconic actor, who was among the 173 torchbearers on Thursday.

The opening ceremony will unfold on a grand scale at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

In London's green and pleasant land. Olympic stadium in Stratford,

4) Opening ceremony: Flag-bearers - who to see from other nations:

London 2012- Olympics opening ceremony details revealed in pics.

Tonight's spectacular opening ceremony of the London Olympics will be performed in front of a full house in the Olympic Stadium. Here is our guide to the flag-bearers.

Ireland: Katie Taylor (Boxing)

Ireland: Katie Taylor (Boxing)

The current Irish, European, and world women's lightweight champion, and also a member of the Irish women's football team, Taylor will be the first female boxer to carry her nation's flag.

Italy: Valentina Vezzali (Fencing)

Italy: Valentina Vezzali (Fencing)

She is the most decorated Italian female athlete of all time, who has won five Olympic golds in various fencing events.

Malaysia: Pandelela Rinong (Diving)

Malaysia: Pandelela Rinong (Diving)

The 19-year-old won bronze in the 10m synchro platform dive at the 2009 World Championships, and will serve as her country's first female flag-bearer.

Nicaragua: Michelle Richardson (Chef de Mission)

The Nicaraguan-born swimmer won silver for the United States at the 1984 Games after the Sandinista Government rejected her request to swim for her native country.

Russia: Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Russia: Maria Sharapova (Tennis)

Carrying the Russian flag on her Olympic debut, Sharapova has won each of tennis's four Grand Slam tournaments.

Serbia: Novak Djokovic (Tennis)

Until recently the world No 1, he has won five Grand Slams, is a three-time Australian Open champion, and won the men's bronze at the 2008 Olympics.

Singapore: Feng Tianwei (Table Tennis)

L-R- National paddlers Wang Yuegu, Feng Tianwei and Li Jiawei. Singapore's womens table tennis team who are representing Singapore in the London 2012 Olympics.

Currently ranked eighth in the world among women, she helped Singapore win their first Olympic medal as an independent nation in 2008: silver in the team competition.

South Africa: Caster Semenya (Athletics)

South Africa: Caster Semenya (Athletics)

Following her women's 800m win at the 2009 World Championships, Semenya's gender was subject to scrutiny and testing from the IAAF. She was cleared to run in 2010 and won silver in the women's 800m at the 2011 Worlds.

Spain: Pau Gasol (Basketball)

Spain: Pau Gasol (Basketball)

The Los Angeles Lakers star was chosen to replace Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the Games with an injury. Gasol has won two NBA championships, Olympic silver in 2008, and is considered a basketball hero in his home country.

US: Mariel Zagunis (Fencing)

US: Mariel Zagunis (Fencing)

Chosen over many other high-profile American athletes, she is a chasing a third gold medal in women's individual sabre, having won at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.

India : Sushil Kumar (Wrestling) Flag bearer 

India : Sushil Kumar (Wrestling) Flag bearer : A bronze medallist at the Beijing Games.

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Political and Other News of this Week:

1) Pranab Mukherjee Sworn In as 13th President of India:

Pranab Mukherjee Sworn In as 13th President of India

Pranab Mukherjee, who has had an active political career spanning five decades, today became the 13th President of India pledging to protect the Constitution and rise above personal or partisan interests.

The 76-year-old leader, who is the first leader from Bengal to become President, was administered the oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution and law" by Chief Justice of India Sarosh Homi Kapadia at an impressive ceremony in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.

The veteran leader, who had played significant roles in government, party and Parliament in his long political career, took the oath in English in the name of God to a thunderous applause and thumping of desks by those in the packed Central Hall.

Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker Meira Kumar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and outgoing President Pratibha Patil, Cabinet Ministers, leaders of opposition, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Governors, Chief Ministers, MPs and diplomats were present in the ceremony.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who announced her party's support to Mukherjee at the last moment, and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose party JD(U) broke ranks with NDA, also attended the function.

Shortly after he assumed office, it was announced that Omita Paul, his long-time aide, was appointed as Secretary to the President.

In his brief acceptance address, he said the principal responsibility of this office is to function as the guardian of the Constitution.

"I will strive to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution not just in word but in spirit," Mukherjee said in his speech that was punctuated by repeated thumping of desks and applause. "I am deeply moved by the high honour you have accorded to me. Such honour exalts the occupant of this office, even as it demands that he rises above personal or partisan interests in the service of the national good," he said.

"There is no greater reward for a public servant than to be elected the first citizen of our republic," Mukherjee said.

The veteran leader reminded the gathering whose majority included top leaders of political parties, MPs, chief ministers and governors that "We are all, across the divide of party and region, partners at the altar of our motherland".

He said word poverty should be eliminated from the dictionary of modern India.

"There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger. Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India," Mukherjee said.

He also said that corruption is an evil and "we cannot allow our progressed to be hijacked by the greed of a few".

2) Assam violence continues, CM blames Centre :

 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi defended his government against allegations that it was slow to react to the rioting, and failed to anticipate the violence

While the death toll in the ethnic violence in Assam went up to 44, the blame game within the political arena was on. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi defended his government against allegations that it was slow to react to the rioting, and failed to anticipate the violence. He said a reduction in Central forces has made his task tougher. Gogoi also ruled out resignation, saying that his resignation over the issue was not going to help matters.


"If they had the intelligence reports, why did they not act on their own then?" Gogoi asked. He further said, "It is my responsibility to get the normalcy back in the area. Had there been full forces there, the situation could have been controlled, I agree. I did not have sufficient forces. I requested the Centre but they had requirements across the country... So I cannot do anything there... It takes time to make movements..."

Gogoi did not spare the Opposition either, saying that the violence flared up in Assam because of the NDA regime. "This situation has flared up because of the NDA regime. They played the politics. I know Advaniji. They are responsible and they keep accusing us. It is not me who is playing votebank politics. I do not need a single vote of the illegal migrants," he said.


"Media keeps asking me if I am resigning. Will my resigning not create chaos?" he asked, adding, "Like that, administration officers will say they are going to resign. Then security officers will also say they want to resign... This cannot go on... That is not the way," he added.


In a strong signal to the three-time Chief Minister, the Congress has set up a 10-member coordination committee for the state. Some Congress MPs like Rehman Khan had openly criticised Gogoi, seeking his replacement.

This came even as Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh had defended the Assam Chief Minister saying his performance should not be judged by one incident.

The violence, that entered the sixth day on Friday, has left over 2 lakh people homeless in 400 villages. The people were taken to relief camps. Gogoi had visited the relief camps in Kokrajhar on Thursday

3) Deadlock at the UN - but Syrian rebels land blows against regime:

Russia and China yesterday blocked a crucial UN Security Council resolution on Syria while events on the ground raced ahead of the grinding diplomacy as the rebels appeared to be nearing a turning point in the conflict, announcing key strategic advances.

Russia and China yesterday blocked a crucial UN Security Council resolution on Syria while events on the ground raced ahead of the grinding diplomacy as the rebels appeared to be nearing a turning point in the conflict, announcing key strategic advances.

The United States envoy to the UN, Susan Rice, levelled a scathing statement towards Russia and China after those nations vetoed a draft Security Council resolution that called for sanctions if the Syrian regime does not make an effort to end violence within 10 days. The draft also linked compliance with the terms of the UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan to Chapter Seven of the UN charter, opening up the possibility of military intervention.

4) David Cameron meets US presidential candidate Mitt Romney:

Prime Minister David Cameron today met the Republican candidate for US president Mitt Romney during his campaigning and fundraising visit to London

Prime Minister David Cameron today met the Republican candidate for US president Mitt Romney during his campaigning and fundraising visit to London.

The meeting in 10 Downing Street came after Mr Romney appeared to question Britain's readiness to host the Olympic Games, telling a US television station there were "disconcerting" signs and it was "hard to know just how well it will turn out".

He today told the Prime Minister he was inspired by the enthusiasm of the British people who have lined the route of the torch relay ahead of tomorrow's opening ceremony.

Mr Cameron and Mr Romney shook hands warmly as they began their talks in the White Room of Number 10 which has a view on to the stadium, erected in Horse Guards Parade, for the Olympics beach volleyball.

5) On 19 Jul. 2012, Captain Lakshmi Sehgal suffered a cardiac arrest 

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal

and she passed away on 23 July 2012 at 11:20 A.M. at the age of 97 at Kanpur.  Her body was donated to Kanpur Medical college for medical research.

Lakshmi Sahgal (or Sehgal) ( 24 October 1914 – 23 July 2012) was a revolutionist of the Indian independence movement, an officer of the Indian National Army, and the Minister of Women's Affairs in the Azad Hind government. Sahgal is commonly referred to in India as Captain Lakshmi, a reference to her rank when taken prisoner in Burma.

In 1971, Sahgal joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and represented the party in the Rajya Sabha. During the Bangladesh crisis, she organized relief camps and medical aid in Calcutta for refugees who streamed into India from Bangladesh. She was one of the founding members of AIDWA in 1981 and led many of its activities and campaigns.

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Movie Release of This Week:

Poster of  Rites of Spring

Katherine Randolph
Anessa Ramsey
Skylar Burke
AJ Bowen
Hannah Bryan

In Rites of Spring, a group of kidnappers abduct the daughter of a wealthy socialite and hide out in an abandoned school in the middle of the woods. But feelings of guilt soon overtake the kidnappers, dividing the group and putting their entire plan in jeopardy. The evening further spirals out of control when their poorly chosen hideout becomes a hunting ground for a mysterious creature that requires springtime ritualistic sacrifices.

Poster of  Step Up: Revolution 

Cleopatra Coleman
Misha Gabriel Hamilton
Ryan Guzman
Michael 'Xeno' Langebeck
Stephen Boss

Emily, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, arrives in Miami with aspirations of becoming a professional dancer, but soon falls in love with Sean, a young man who leads a dance crew in elaborate, cutting-edge flash mobs. The crew, called the MOB, strives to win a contest for a major sponsorship opportunity, but soon Emily's father threatens to develop the MOB's historic neighborhood and displace thousands of people. Emily must band together with Sean and the MOB to turn their performance mobs into protest mobs, and risk losing their dreams to fight for a greater cause.

           Poster of Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey
Emile Hirsch
Juno Temple
Thomas Haden Church
Gina Gershon

When 22-year-old Chris (Emile Hirsch) finds himself in debt to a drug lord, he stumbles on the scheme of hiring a hit man to dispatch his mother, whose $50,000 life insurance policy is supposed to go to his sister Dottie (Juno Temple). Chris hires Joe Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a creepy, crazy Dallas cop who moonlights as a contract killer. When Chris can’t pay Joe up front, Joe sets his sight on Dottie as collateral for the job. Based on the play by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, Killer Joe is a garish, sexy, black comedy from Academy Award winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection) and stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey, Juno Temple, Thomas Haden Church, and Gina Gershon.

Poster of Deranged

Moon Jeong-hee
Dong-wan Kim
Ha-nui Lee
Kim Myeong-min

Just before dawn, gruesomely skeletal bodies surface on the Han River. The cause of death is determined to be a mutant parasite-a hairworm--that brainwashes its hosts, ultimately making them jump into bodies of water and to their death. Jae-hyuk, a salesman for a pharmaceutical firm, faces an enormous terror: his entire family has become host to the fatal parasite. But while he searches for the cure to save his family, the parasite becomes a nationwide epidemic. The government takes action and builds a camp for the patients, experiencing only a series of failures in their attempts to cure them of the horrifying disease.

Poster of Sacrifice

You Ge
Xueqi Wang
Xiaoming Huang
Bingbing Fan

Sacrifice (Orphan of Zhao Family): To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose whole clan is massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son, and later becomes intent on seeking vengeance against the minister after the child grows up. For generations, the Zhao family has wielded power, even extending over the king. In a well-planned coup, their mortal enemy TU'AN GU (Wang Xue Qi) slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. However, a solitary Zhao baby survives the massacre, and is hidden and taken home by CHENG YING (Ge You), the doctor who delivered him, to live with his WIFE (Hai Qing) and their own newborn baby. Set on revenge, and raising the Zhao child as his own, Cheng Ying bides his time, enrolling himself and the Zhao orphan (whom he calls Cheng Bo) into the service of the Tu'an Gu household. Tu' an Gu grows very fond of Cheng Bo and makes Cheng Bo his godson, unaware that Cheng Ying has been plotting to use the boy as an instrument of vengeance when he comes of age. But as the day draws closer, the boy's true identity is discovered.

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