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Daily Coffee Could Lower Your MS Risk

Credit: Mila Supinskaya/Shutterstock.com Drinking upward of four cups of coffee a day may lower the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease that affects the nervous system, researchers say. The finding isn't without its caveats, and the scientists said they do not recommend that anyone at risk for developing MS go out and start guzzling coffee.  However, the study of nearly 7,000 people in the United States and Sweden  does support observations previously made in mice, and it provides the most compelling evidence to date that caffeine offers protection against numerous neurological disorders. In people with MS, the body's immune system inexplicably attacks the protective covering around nerve fibers, called myelin. The damage interrupts proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body, resulting in muscle weakness, poor coordination, blurred vision and pain, among other symptoms. There is no cure for the disorder, and medications reduce symptoms only partially and temporarily. MS is more common in people living at very northern and southern latitudes, suggesting an association with sun exposure and vitamin D levels in certain ethnic groups, but the condition's cause remains unknown. More than 400,000 Americans and 2.4 million people worldwide have MS, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Most people experience their first symptoms, often blurred or double vision, between ages 20 and 40. In 2008, scie...  

$110000 given to San Diego zoo to help save northern white rhino

A Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization is providing money to help the San Diego's Frozen Zoo find ways to bring the northern white rhino back from the brink of extinction, zoo officials announced Thursday.The Seaver Institute, which provides funds to assist in the arts, education and science, has awarded $110,000 to San Diego Zoo Global to speed its work on the genome sequencing of the northern and southern white rhinos. Nola, a female northern white rhino at the zoo's Safari Park, is one of only five of her subspecies in the world. One is in a zoo in the Czech Republic and three are in an African preserve. All five are considered beyond their reproductive years.The long-term goal is to use cells from the northern white rhino and the more populous southern white rhino to create an embryo that could be brought to term by a female southern white rhino.The Frozen Zoo has genetic material from 12 northern white rhinos kept in subzero vats, including sperm and testicular tissue from the male Angalifu who died at the Safari Park in December. Victoria Dean, president of the Seaver Institute, said the organization wants to help researchers "take advantage of the, until now, theoretical value of the Frozen Zoo."The work of the zoo's Institute for Conservation Research will be done based on a process developed by Jeanne Loring, director of regenerative medicine at the La Jolla-based Scripps Research Institute."The reproductive system of rhinos is very complex and there is stil...  

Wander Into a Magritte Painting While Masturbation-Charging Your Phone: Links ...

Though painting may be undergoing an identity crisis in the conceptual/multimedia art era, there’s no doubt that for patrons of the arts, the form provides a necessary way for us to detach from the phantasmagoria of ever-morphing digital images and just stare at, say, a gorgeously rendered apple (or, hell, a whole basket of them!). Even surrealist work, whose oneiric style evokes a sense of nausea and movement, are still refreshingly static. In Magritte’s The Listening Room, for example, an apple may be inflated to fill a room, but at least we know we can’t click on it and make it talk, or use a slideshow to replace it with a plum. But it turns out that now we can, thanks to animator Ali Eslami and Unreal Engine, virtually wander through a series of Magritte’s images, including that of the famed mega-apple. Unfortunately, it’s pretty damn cool.  And just as you might have thought you wouldn’t have been able to 3-dimensionally enter canonical paintings, you likely wouldn’t have thought the plots of novels could be turned into graphs. But University of Nebraska professor Matthew Jockers has been pioneering ways of finding commonalities in novelistic plots — by literally plotting their movements on graphs.  In other, unsettling — but silver lining: environmentally sustainable! — “future” news, The Daily Dot reports that Porn...  

Security Council extends UN peacekeeping force in Abyei through July 2015

UN peacekeepers on patrol in Sudan’s Abyei region. UN Photo/Tim McKulka 26 February 2015 – The Security Council has extended the United Nations peacekeeping force in Abyei – a resource-rich area contested by Sudan and South Sudan – as part of the Organization’s ongoing efforts to maintain peace and protect civilians in the disputed territory. In a unanimous vote held earlier today, the 15-member body adopted the resolution noting that the continuing tensions in Abyei and along the border between Sudan and South Sudan still constituted “a serious threat to international peace and security.” The mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) was extended until 15 February 2015. The force, set up by the Council in June 2011 following an outbreak of violence after Sudanese troops took control of the oil-rich area in the weeks before South Sudan became independent, is tasked with overseeing the demilitarization of the area and maintaining security. Among other measures, the Council reiterated its demand that Sudan and South Sudan “immediately resume” the work of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee, otherwise known as the AJOC, “to ensure steady progress” on the implementation of the 20 June 2011 Agreement, which provides for temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of troops by both sides. In addition, the Council also reiterated its demand tha...  

Syria's war continues 'unabated and with total impunity,' Security Council told

26 February 2015 – In a briefing to the Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Syria, two senior United Nations relief officials warned today that as the conflict enters its fifth year, the violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-Wha Kang told the 15-member body that parties to the conflict continue to kill civilians and target critical infrastructure which condemn people to unnecessary suffering. Ms. Kang delivered remarks on behalf of Under Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valery Amos. Joining Ms. Kang was António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Every month we report on the same violations. The numbers change, but the pattern remains the same. The parties to the conflict continue to act with impunity: killing and abducting civilians; denying access; removing vital supplies from convoys. This pattern must be broken,” Ms. Kang stressed. Over 2 million people in Aleppo and Dar’a Governorates have been affected by wilful denial of water and electricity by parties to the conflict this month. Of the 212,000 people who are besieged, in conditions that deteriorate every day, only 304 were reached with food in January. In other areas where conditions deteriorate every day, parties to the conflict severely restrict access to those in need. In Raqqa and Deir e...  

MLB Notes: No word yet on possible Josh Hamilton discipline

TEMPE, Ariz. — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to suspensions that cost him more than three years while in the minors. The Angels have confirmed Hamilton's meeting with MLB, but have declined to give any more information. "I don't know any of the details, so I can't talk about that. But we miss him and we hope everything works out," MVP outfielder Mike Trout said. "I know that he's going through a lot," Trout said. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP, hasn't reported to spring training in Arizona after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder earlier this month. "He's not here in camp with us," general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "He is at home rehabbing from the surgery and we're going to leave it at that." Hamilton already was expected to be out until after the regular season begins because of the surgery. "We'll wait for Major League Baseball and see what the next step is. I don't think it will serve us any purpose to look too far down the road," manager Mike Scioscia said. (See full story) Cardinals: Adam Wainwright diagnosed with abdominal strainJUPITER, Fla. — Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain but the St. Louis ace could be available to pitch the Cardinals' opener at Wrigley Field on Apri...  

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National music, dance troupe teaches workshop at Vol State

Sumner County youngsters can sharpen their skills and perform March 5-7 with California-based The Young Americans. The event culminates 6 p.m. March 7 with a two-hour show of the local youth and the professional troupe.This nonprofit music, dance and performance troupe will bring its three-day music outreach workshop to Volunteer State Community College during its 2015 Spring International Music Outreach Tour and "Turn Up The Music" campaign.Registration is available now for fourth- through 12th-graders, and more details on this workshop can be found on The Young Americans website youngamericans.org/turnupthemusic or by contacting town host, V Moore, at 615-594-4255 or email vmoore@performcenterstage.com.Registration is $59 and includes a T-shirt.Tickets for the final day's show will be sold at the door. They are $10 for adults and $8 for students not in the show.About Young AmericansThe Young Americans is committed to global music outreach and performance excellence and has devoted the entire 44-city, yearlong tour to teaching, funding and encouraging school music departments across the U.S."We are extremely concerned with music programs disappearing from our public schools, especially when we see the direct benefits music has on our young people every single day," said Bill Brawley, executive director of The Young Americans. "By donating a portion of our workshop proceeds back to schools, it is our hope that our 'Turn Up The Music' campaign will energize music teachers, sch...  

Asia's Netflix aims to shake up startup world

CNBC Patrick Grove, co-founder and CEO of Catcha Group. Dotcom's comeback kid Catcha Group, which was established in 1999 as a search engine, is now a household name inthe Southeast Asia's startup scene, but the firm did not have a smooth-sailing ride. After securing a listing approval on the Singapore Exchange in 2000, the unexpected dot com crash occurred, leaving Grove and his partners with $1.5 million in debt. "We went on a global roadshow in April 2000 but by the end of the month, Nasdaq dropped 25 percent... our roadshow was aborted and we found ourselves on the front page of a Singapore newspaper saying our company is going to go bust," the 39-year-old recalled. After diversifying the business, Grove survived and went on to build his name as a successful entrepreneur by turning four online startups into listed companies in less than six years. Catcha Group now has a portfolio of online assets worth more than $300 million, including Sydney-listed iCar, iProperty and iBuy, as well as Catcha Media Berhad that is trading on Malaysia's FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI index. "It was a really tough time, but one thing we learnt was to never give up." The same quality also landed him an investment from Australian American business magnate Rupert Murdoch. REA Group, Australia's top property website and affiliate of Murdoch's News Corp, acquired a 17 perc...  

THEATRE 101: Sharing the Bard's beautiful plays

This year’s Shakespeare offering, “Measure for Measure” – not unlike last year’s “Much Ado About Nothing” – is not part of the high school curriculum.When I was growing up, we had three years of Shakespeare: “Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth” and “The Merchant of Venice.” I was in a parochial all-boys Catholic high school, so “The Merchant of Venice” replaced “Romeo & Juliet,“ just to prevent us boys from having any prurient thoughts. To make certain, we skipped the Brutus and Portia scene in “Julius Caesar.”We’ve been producing Shakespeare annually here at the Roxy Regional Theatre since 1986, and I’m proud to say we are the only theatre in Tennessee to do so. We don’t always present the plays of Shakespeare that students are required to read, as we have done so often in the past: “Julius Caesar” (twice), “Romeo & Juliet” (four times), “Macbeth” (four times), etc. However, much is to be gained from seeing any of the Bard’s master works live on stage. Someone said once, “Shakespeare said nothing new, but, oh, how beautifully he says it.”Our director for “Measure for Measure,” Chris Davis, is one of the founders of Memphis’ Bluff City Shakespeare. He has had many Roxy credits on his resume from our early days, and Chris appeared in our ...  


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