|Malala health makes steady Progress.
London: A week after Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, was flown to UK for specialised treatment, she continues to make steady progress and is in a stable condition, her doctors said today.
"Malala continues to make steady progress and is in a stable condition at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Her family support and public blessings are helping her a quick recovery says a supporter of Malala when contacted by Bureo News.
is a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwa against those who tried to kill her, and the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.
|Gadgets to gobble three times power by 2030 says Study .|
London : Electronic gadgets would gobble by 2030 almost three times as much power as they consume today if steps are not being taken in this regard, say researchers.
A new study by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that devices from cellphones to computers consume 15 per cent of all household power and that figure is climbing rapidly, the New Scientist reported.
Energy consumption could, however, be reined in using existing technologies. "If we were to use the most efficient technology available, instead of doubling or tripling energy consumption we could hold it almost flat," said Paul Waide of the IEA.
The efficiency of cellphones could be improved by updating the way that chargers convert power from AC to DC, for instance. But such devices cost slightly more to make, so government regulation or incentives will be required to bring them onto the market, the IEA study says.
One suggestion is that the law should limit standby power to one watt for all electronic devices. A 2007 study by the IEA found that 20 per cent of US televisions used more than 2 watts and one model drew 50 watts while on standby.
|IIT-Bombay develops low-cost GIS software .|
Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology here has developed a low-cost Geographic Information System (GIS) software which can be used for resource management by community development programmes, government sectors, NGOs and industries.
"The software is now made commercially available so that developing countries could make optimal use of their resources," Parvatham Venkatachalam of the IIT-B said.
The software will be distributed in the market by Bhugol GIS Pvt Ltd under the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the IIT-B.
The software is a highly capable GIS planning tool and is tailor-made for users with wide range of operations such as map database creation, query and retrieval, analysis, and visualisation.
Giving examples of some of its uses, Mr. Venkatachalam said, "The software can help calculate the shortest route, locate the most vulnerable areas in flood prone Mumbai before every monsoon, indicate what crop a farmer can cultivate in his land so that he gets better yield or what is the optimal location for building a water harvesting structure in a village."
|DNA 'creates that initial spark between two people'.|
London: Love at first sight? But, what creates that initial spark between two people? Well, it's body odour, created by the genes involved in the immune system, and more specifically the DNA, say experts.
According to Tamara Brown, a Croatian geneticist based in Zurich, a section of the DNA called human leukocyte antigen plays a key role in searching for "true love" and the key lies in "secret signals" one picks up from another's body odour.
"It's chemistry of attraction. Somebody might not be Brad Pitt-good-looking, but there's just something about them and you can't put your finger on it," Dr. Brown.
In fact, the catalyst for her study was the "T-shirt experiment", a Swiss study at the University of Bern carried out in the mid-1990s that screened the DNA of male and female volunteers, then asked the women to smell T-shirts the men had worn for two nights and rate them for "attractiveness".
The women, it turned out, preferred the smell of men with genes that were different from their own in this HLA section. All the women, except for those on the contraceptive pill, seems to affect their sense of smell.
In 2003, Dr. Brown started researching her own formula for attraction by looking at these HLA genes. "Everybody knows there is 'chemistry' between people, but at the time I did not know if we'd find out something worthwhile or economically viable as a business concept."
She has has found the attraction formula — based on patterns in the HLA genes — and turned it into a computer programme, an algorithm that she is keeping to herself.
"We don't claim to provide the ideal partner based purely on DNA. People also need to match on a social level — to have similar life goals, ideals and education levels," she was quoted as saying.
|Uncertain NASA gets familiar former astronaut boss. |
Houston: The nation's turbulent space program will be run by one of its own, a calming well-liked former space shuttle commander.
President Barack Obama on Saturday chose retired astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden to lead NASA. He also named former NASA associate administrator Lori Garver as the agency's No. 2. If confirmed, Bolden, who has flown in space four times and was an assistant deputy administrator at one point, would be the agency's first black administrator.
Bolden would also be only the second astronaut to run NASA in its 50-year history. Vice Adm. Richard Truly was the first. In 2002, then-President George W. Bush unsuccessfully tried to appoint Bolden as the space agency's deputy administrator. The Pentagon said it needed to keep Bolden, who was a Marine major general at the time and a pilot who flew more than 100 sorties in Vietnam.
``Charlie knows NASA and the people know Charlie; there's a level of comfort,'' especially given the uncertainty the space agency faces, said retired astronaut Steve Hawley, who flew twice in space with Bolden.
Bolden likely will bring ``more balance'' to NASA, increasing spending on aeronautics and environment missions, working more with other nations in space, and emphasizing education, which the president often talks about when it comes to space, said former Johnson Space Center Director George Abbey, a longtime friend.
``He's a real leader,'' Abbey said. ``NASA has been looking for a leader like this that they could have confidence in.''
|Alaska cracks down on man who feeds wild bears . |
AlaskaCharlie Vandergaw is crazy about bears.
Mr. Vandergaw has been coexisting with bears this way for the last 20 years, and he wants to be left alone.
That is not likely to happen now that the State is using a beefed-up law to prosecute Mr. Vandergaw for feeding bears. Game officials consider feeding bears a danger to humans, especially if others duplicate the behavior.
Not everyone thinks the State needs to be going after a 70-year-old retired teacher and wrestling coach.
Even if Mr. Vandergaw ends up being killed by the bears he loves, that's the Alaska way, said John Frost, who has been friends with Vandergaw for years.
The bears at Mr. Vandergaw's cabin about 80 km northwest of Anchorage are more than bold, said Sean Farley, a research biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, who helped troopers serve a search warrant on Mr. Farley's cabin last year.
During the search, bears had be scared off with "cracker shots" that make a loud noise when fired.
If bears were that bold in an Anchorage park or campground, Mr. Farley said, he would recommend they be shot right away.
"It is unfortunate that the State of Alaska has taken this action now after turning a blind eye toward Vandergaw and his activities in the Susitna River valley for many years," Brent Cole, Ms. Garrod's lawyer, said in a statement. "This is an unfortunate occurrence which should make all citizens of Alaska pause and contemplate the unbridled power of the state of Alaska."
|Works of Indian artists to go on sale.|
London: Some outstanding pieces of work by Indian artists will go under the hammer at Bonhams, the fine arts auctioneers here on Friday.
Nine works by Francis Newton Souza, including a unique still life work with three fishes, is expected to go for £80,000 to £120,000, a Bonhams statement said on Sunday.
An interesting vertical landscape by the artist is also to be offered, which is expected to fetch £50,000 to £80,000.
These are being offered among high quality works by artists like S.H. Raza, Sadanand, K. Bakre, Jamini Roy and Sohan Qadri.
Art works from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt will also be put on sale.
|Google world's top employer for MBAs: Fortune.|
New York: Internet search giant Google has emerged as the world's top employer for MBA graduates for the third year in row, according to the Fortune magazine.
Google has been ranked at the first place in the list of top 100 employers for B-school graduates, with over 20 per cent MBA graduates wishing to work at the firm for its stellar reputation and innovative work environment.
The Top 100 MBA employers' list, comprising of firms where B-school students most want to work, was compiled by Fortune.com based on an exclusive survey by research firm Universum.
The magazine stated that Google is still hiring amid the downturn and its job postings seek MBAs for marketing, people operations, finance, advertising, sales, general management, partnership development and other openings.
The search giant is followed by consulting firm McKinsey & Company (2nd), Bain & Co (third), financial services major Goldman Sachs Group (fourth), and tech giant Apple (fifth).
|China ranks world's fourth in wind power-installed capability.|
Beijing: With an installed capacity of 12 million kilowatts, China has emerged as No.4 in the world in terms of wind power capability, a report said on Sunday.
"Concerning wind power-installed capacity, China is next only to the United States, France and Spain," Lu Yanchang, vice chairman of the China Science and Technology Association, said.
Wind power has become a main force in China's new energy development cause, said Mr. Lu, adding that the country had built more than 200 wind power plants as of 2008, with 12.8 billion kwh electricity generated.
China's total wind power has accounted for 1.5 per cent of country's total installed electricity capacity. The country will build more wind power projects before 2010, in east coastal areas, and vast western regions, Mr. Lu was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency.
Inner Mongolia, covering 1.18 million square kilometres, boasts 100 million kilowatts of wind energy resources, with enormous white turbines standing high to capture the strong winds from the heartland of Mongolia and Siberia.
The region is striving to increase installed capacity of wind power to more than 10 million kilowatts in 2010, almost half of that of the country's largest hydro-power project at the Three Gorges.
|2,200-year-old pottery unearthed in Budhwar Peth. |
Pune: Pottery, some of it dating as far back as 200 BC, was uncovered during the foundation laying at a construction site in 723 Budhwar Peth yesterday. The discovery confirms Pune's importance during the Satavahaan period
Unearthed: The artifacts that were found at the site will be handed over to Pune's museums
(200 BC - 250 AD).
Paduranga Balkawade, a historian closely working with archeologists of Deccan College in Pune, said, "The pieces of pottery found here are often referred to as black and red pottery and black polished ware. Remains of a big plate, small water container as well as pieces of big urn mainly used to hoard grain have been unearthed. One pot, which has a spout, is an example of the advanced pottery skills of the ancient artisans who made it 1,000 years ago."
Balkawade added "Nine layers marking nine different eras of civilisation have been unearthed from the archeological mount at the site. The uppermost layer belonged to the 18th century, while the lowest dates to 100 BC."
He said, "Clearly, Pune was an important trade link between major cities like Junnar, Pratisthan (Paithan, the ancient capital of Satavahanas) to the ports n the Konkan region like Champavati or Chaul, Revati (also called Revasm), Nalasopara, Kalyan, Nagothane and Rajpuri."
Balkawade added, "As many important trade routes culminated at Pune, it enjoyed the status of being an important commercial hub during this period, when trade links were developed with the other civilisations in China, Mesopotamia, Rome and Greece." The artifacts found at the site will soon be handed over to Pune's museums.
|Robert Furchgott, lead developer of Viagra dies. |
New York: Robert F Furchgott, a Nobel prize-winning pharmacologist who helped lead to the development of Viagra, the anti-impotency drug, died in Seattle.
He was 92. His daughter Susan Furchgott confirmed the death, The New York Times reported.
Furchgott's work with the gas nitric oxide opened new vistas of research in cardiovascular functions.
Nitric oxide had been known as an air pollutant that contributed to smog and acid rain, but research by Dr.Furchgott and others have proved that it acted as an important signal in the cardiovascular system, mediating blood pressure and blood flow.
In awarding the prize for physiology or medicine in 1998, the Swedish Nobel assembly praised the scientists for providing the first proof that a gas, despite its inherent instability and ephemeral nature, can perform important biochemical functions in the body.
Research has indicated that nitric oxide, a colourless, odourless gas, has significant medical potential.
In the 1950s, Furchgott developed a method for determining how blood vessels respond to medications, neurotransmitters and hormones, using a rabbit’s artery.
Another early contribution was his discovery that such muscles relax when exposed to ultraviolet light, a phenomenon known as photo-relaxation.