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Tata Motors' Potentially Excellent Year Ahead

I wrote an article a few weeks ago, outlining why I think some parts of the Indian economy could do very well in 2016. The main points from that were the Indian economy is highly unbalanced at the moment, and that there are some parts of the economy (mainly services) that have done very well in the past year and others that (agriculture) that have done very poorly. I suggested that in the current environment where growth is being driven primarily by services and with the government slowly peeling back regulations that have stifled foreign investment in the past, what would really cause the Indian economy take off is a sustained increase in real wages, a good harvest season and evidence that the manufacturing sector is indeed growing at the pace that the government claims it is. I also argued that Indian stocks as a whole have been hurt by the poor overall emerging market performance over the past year, and suggested that this has had very little to do with the actual fundamentals of the Indian economy and rather more to do with a herd mentality surrounding emerging markets, an economic fallout in China and falling commodity prices. While India's medium-term growth prospects are undoubtedly pinned back somewhat by global headwinds, the situation isn't as bad as is being reflected in the fall in current stock prices and that unless something rather drastic happens, I don't see it getting much worse in the short to medium term. That led me in turn to look for companies in India...  

Water Law and Policy Thought Leader Gabriel Eckstein Appointed Chair ...

In his role as International Scientific Committee Chair, Eckstein will oversee the development of the Congress' thematic framework and the selection process for presentations, special sessions, and keynote speakers. He will also facilitate coordination of the Congress program with other global water-related activities, including with the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change scheduled for Morocco in November 2016, and the 8th World Water Forum planned for Brazil in 2018. Eckstein, who also holds a degree in Geology, said "In the 45-year history of the Congress, this post was typically reserved for a high level water scientist. It is a tremendous honor to be the first legal scholar to serve in this role." Eckstein's recent research has focused on international and transboundary water law and policy, ground water management and regulations, the water-energy nexus, and pharmaceuticals in the environment, and he regularly advises UN agencies, local water entities, private companies, and other groups on these issues. Eckstein also serves on the Graduate Faculties of the Texas A&M Water Management & Hydrological Science program and the Texas A&M Energy Institute, is a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Water Law, and is a former Executive Board member of the International Water Resources Association. He also serves as an Associate Editor for ...  

Open access to a potential new drug target for bowel cancer

Monash and international researchers have discovered a protein that may be crucial in the development of 90 per cent of colon cancers, and may also be involved in the causation of several other cancers, including breast and liver cancers. The study, published recently in Developmental Cell, is the work of an international collaboration between Australian, Japanese, US and Canadian researchers led by Professor Colby Zaph, from the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University. The research is focused on a protein called SETD7, an enzyme that modifies other proteins to affect their function. SETD7 is a central regulator of two of the major pathways to tumorigenesis that merge to create cancerous cells. These two pathways, called the Hippo/YAP and Wnt/beta catenin pathways, have both been highly associated with causing the unlimited growth that is the hallmark of cancers. Research had previously shown that these pathways are related, but the mechanisms that linked them have remained elusive until now. The study found that SETD7 is an important link between these pathways. SETD7 modifies YAP, which is a critical step in the activation of the Wnt pathway. "In effect, SETD7 is an important molecular switch that controls two of the main pathways that lead to intestinal cancers," Professor Zaph said. Professor Zaph and colleagues showed that in the absence of SETD7, tumours took significantly longer to develop and the tumours that did develop were much smaller. "Inh...  

One statistic that shows America's opioid painkiller crisis is truly an epidemic

One in five: That's the startling number of Americans who say they have a family member who's been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey published on Tuesday. Beyond families, more than four in 10 Americans said they personally know someone who's been addicted to the drugs. The survey was conducted in April, reaching more than 1,200 adults. Kaiser Family Foundation These are troubling statistics, showing that the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic has personally affected nearly half of all Americans. What's more, Americans reported widespread agreement that it remains very difficult to access drug treatment. According to the Kaiser poll, 75 percent of respondents said "lack of access to care for people with substance abuse issues" is a problem, and 58 percent said it's a major problem. Although both painkillers and heroin are opioids, respondents in Kaiser's survey said they view heroin addiction as more serious and potentially stigmatizing than a painkiller addiction. About 35 percent of respondents, for instance, said heroin abuse is an "extremely serious" problem in the US, while 28 percent said opioid painkiller abuse is. Heroin is more potent — and affordable on the black market — than opioid painkillers, but both are based on the same deadly, addictive substance. The drugs are so linked, in fact, that painkiller and heroin abuse now make up the same modern drug epidemic: As doctors ramped up and eventu...  

Amendments to MMDR Act will help cement and steel industry: India Ratings and ...

The amendments to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act will streamline the consolidation process in the cement and steel industry, as companies will be able to transfer captive mines to the acquirer which was acquired by them in the pre-auction era, says India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra). The amendment, however, has come with a rider of transfer fees, which may lead to higher capital cost for the acquirer. The amendments to the MMDR Act, approved by the Rajya Sabha on Monday (May 2, 2016), allows for transfer of mining leases which were acquired other than by an auction and used for captive purposes. The agency said it expects the amendment to the Act to streamline consolidation in the cement industry since companies will now be able to transfer captive mines-- even those not acquired through auction- to the acquirer. Ind-Ra said it believes that this will clear the way for M&A deals that have remained stuck due to the restriction on the transfer of mines as per the amendment of mines and mineral act January 2015. This could also trigger acquisitions in the steel sector primarily by medium and small players since the larger players are well placed with captive mines, in the cement sector, This Act also defines 'captive' as the use of the entire quantity of mineral extracted from the mining lease, which will prohibit the sale of excess limestone, for instance. Ind-Ra notes the Act empowers the government to charge a transfer fees on such transfer. The...  

Frugal film photography: How to get into medium format film photography ...

by Jeremy Gray posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:11 AM EDT Many photographers, including Chris Gampat at The Phoblographer, suggest that shooting with film forces photographers to slow down and consider every shot they take. Unlike with a digital camera, there is a very real cost to every image you capture, and this careful consideration can help vastly improve your work. That cost doesn't have to be high, however, even if you want to shoot medium format film photography. As Chris says, you might be interested in a Contax 645, but you'll be looking at shelling out anywhere from $1,500 to 4,000 for one. (You can read a review of this camera here.) This is about getting into medium format film photography without having to spend a ton of money, so what other options are there? Chris recommends a Mamiya RB67, which can be found on eBay for a few hundred dollars. For a couple of other options, check out the full article. There are also point and shoot options, including the Lomography LCA 120 and Diana F+. Once you've got a camera, you're going to need film, and this is where the cost can very quickly skyrocket if you're not careful. You need to be deliberate with every capture. Chris recommends a few different films to try, but it is important to find one that offers the look you're after and not burn through it too quickly. If you're interested in medium format photography, watch Ted Forbes' video below. For more general information on medi...  

Mkhitaryan close to De Bruyne's assist record

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'Miracle suit' inspired by NASA research saves new mothers around the world

Credit: Pippa Ranger/Department for International Development, CC BY-SA 2.0 In 1969 NASA Ames Research Center received an unusual call for help: a local woman who had given birth continued to experience abdominal bleeding weeks later despite every attempt to halt it, including nine surgical procedures. Her condition, known as postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), can result from a number of different complications during childbirth, and left untreated it can prove fatal. The patient had been transferred to Stanford University Hospital, where doctors continued to transfuse the woman with blood, but they still needed a way to stop the bleeding. After studying the problem, researchers and engineers from NASA Ames' Environmental Control Research Branch, Flight Operations Branch, and other areas, proposed that applying pressure to the woman's entire lower body using external pressure from an inflated anti-gravity suit, or G-suit, might stop the bleeding—just as tightly wrapping a gash on a limb can slow blood loss. NASA has long used G-suits, or inflatable compression garments that prevent blood from pooling in the legs, to keep its test pilots and astronauts from blacking out during moments of extreme acceleration and upon return to the pull of Earth's gravity after spaceflight. The team quickly modified a G-suit to allow for a range of pressures and to retrofit it to the hospital's gas supply cylinders, then hurried the garment to the hospital where it was immediately applie...  

Why do twins run in families? Scientists identify two common genes in mothers

Mothers who have given birth to non-identical twins may share common genetic variantsiStockScientists have identified two genetic variants that increase the likelihood of a women giving birth to non-identical twins. While a range of factors have been previously found to explain why some mothers end up having twins, efforts to characterise the genes that contribute to this outcome have been limited.This latest research, published in the journal Cell, increases scientists' understanding of how a mother's genes can lead to the birth of twins. The authors conducted a genome-wide association study, comparing the genome of non-identical twins' mothers to identify common genetic variants between them. More on IBTimes UKThis study only focuses on non-identical twinning, also known as "dizygotic" twinning. These are twins that developed from two different eggs during pregnancy and may be of different sexes, with different genetic and physical characteristics − in other words, the twins are no more alike than normal siblings.Female fertility and genesThe scientists collected data from three different twin registers from the Netherlands, Australia and Minnesota (USA). They analysed the information regarding mothers who had given birth spontaneously to non-identical twins − meaning no assisted reproductive technique was involved − and for whom genomic data was provided.In total, the researchers examined the genes of 1,980 mothers of twins and compared them to the ge...  

Leicester City in the financial world

The fairytale elevation of Leicester City to championship of Silicon Valley will hopefully ring implications far and wide; from FIFA to financial sponsors and of course people gambling on unknowable outcomes. Europe’s UEFA has long backed a system of tiers in national football (soccer) across the continent; allowing the best teams in each tier to be elevated to an upper tier while the worst performers in the upper tier get relegated. This system has allowed a certain churn, and provided the right set of incentives for teams (or clubs in the European parlance) to improve. Leicester re-emerged from relegation into the Premier League as recently as 2014; and have now actually won the Premier League, England’s top tier of football. FIFA can be inspired to reform FIFA has a similar system, but one that favors incumbents rather a lot more. Instead of playing across continents, each national team only has to beat its nearest rivals inside the continent. For that reason, European teams feel cheated – many of those disqualified from the FIFA World Cup probably are better sides than the national teams from other continents – Asia and Africa come for particular criticism – that do make it to the World Cup. Hopefully, the experience of Leicester prompts FIFA to consider global tiers along the following lines: A top tier that combines the great football nations of Europe along with strong South American teams such as Mexico, Argentina and Brazil A ...  


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