THE STREET OF THE TEENAGERS OF FOURTEEN
(Thanks to Shahla Haeri, the well known Iranian anthropologist and friend of
Pakistan, for sending this with the note: "My friend of many years, Nahid
Kabiri, is a multitalented poet, artist, dancer in Tehran. She has written the
following poem (in Persian, translated into English) for Malala and asked me to
send it to my Pakistani friends".)
by Nahid Kabiri
For Malala Yousefzai and all the heroines
like her living in her geographic region
Translated into English by Kambiz Parsai
In that grayish afternoon,
the ... Read More
Last three wishes of Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Just before he died, Alexander convened his generals and told them his last three wishes:
1. That his coffin should be carried on the shoulders and transported by the best doctors of the time.
2. That the treasures he had conquered (silver, gold, precious stones) should be scattered on the path to the grave site and …
3. That his hands should be dangling in the air, outside of the coffin and in view of all.
One ... Read More
Teeny book gets Guinness recognition
Teeny Ted from Turnip Town is officially the world’s tiniest reproduction of a printed book. Produced in Simon Fraser University’s Nano Imaging lab and measuring a mere 0.07 X0.10 millimeters, the 30-micro-tablet book has been added to the Guinness Book of World Records.
The book’s publisher, Robert Chaplin, created the nano book in 2007, after being trained to use a focused gallium ion beam (FIB) by the SFU lab’s managers Li Yang and Karen Kavanagh.
Chaplin designed ... Read More
Students need to fuel their bodies
A car wouldn’t run if it didn’t have any gas in it, and the same principle applies to students who need to eat nutritious food regularly, says Rosie Dhaliwal, a registered dietitian with Simon Fraser University.
“It sounds typical but we really do need to fuel our bodies,” she says. “It comes down to your ability to concentrate and perform well on your assignments or tasks for the day – even your mood is impacted by ... Read More
Wanted urgently Male Office Assistants with Good English for Mumbai, with computer knowledge preferred. Males between 18 to 40 years email your photo, biodata and salary expectation to email@example.com Food & stay provided.
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Thinking of a career change? 5 tips
Anupam Varma, NDTV
Better remuneration, a travelling job, greater opportunities for growth, more exciting work, better work-life balance. Just some of the reasons that make people look at a career change.
However, changing careers is very different from changing jobs. There are many examples of people who have given up solid careers to follow their hearts. They have turned hobbies into lucrative vocations or just turned entrepreneur. There are those that have switched careers midstream and made ... Read More
Western researchers explore secret origin of déjà vu
Most people have been in a situation that suddenly feels strangely familiar, while also realizing that they have never been in that specific place before. These experiences are called ‘déjà vu’ and the phenomenon has inspired countless books, songs and movies.
What is remarkable about déjà vu, says Western University graduate student Chris Martin, is that the impression of familiarity is accompanied by a sense that the current environment or situation should in fact feel ... Read More
World Environment Day on June 5th
5th June 2012, the entire world is preparing to commemorate World Environment Day (WED). This year Brazil will be celebrating WED in a big way; it will be the biggest in the event’s four-decade history. WED 2012 officially kicks off the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil where the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication will be one of two central themes. Under the WED 2012 theme Green Economy: Does it Include ... Read More
Three keys to sockeye decline
Competition with pink salmon in the open ocean could be an important factor in the long-term decline in abundance of sockeye salmon populations in the Fraser River, according to new research from Simon Fraser University scientists and international colleagues.
Salmon farming along migration routes for juvenile Fraser River sockeye and warming sea temperatures could also play a role.
“Although none of these three factors can explain much of the declines in sockeye salmon by themselves, when ... Read More
New study shows "undecideds" not impartial
As the U.S. presidential election approaches, political analysts are paying a lot of attention to the undecided. New research by a team of psychologists from Canada, Italy and Switzerland shows that undecideds are not impartial, but instead reveal a preference for information that confirms their gut reactions.
"Many people who are undecided about a political issue or competing candidates have at least some kind of gut reaction toward the available options," explains Bertram Gawronski, Canada ... Read More
British scientist 'fathered 600 children'
London: A leading British scientist is believed to have fathered up to 600 children by donating sperm at his own fertility clinic between the early 1940s and the mid-1960s, a media report said.
Bertold Wiesner, who died in 1972, may have been one of the primary donors for the London-based Barton Clinic, which helped women conceive around 1,500 babies, between the early 1940s and the mid-1960s.
This staggering claim has been made by two men ... Read More
Warming of 2 degrees inevitable over Canada
Even if zero emissions of greenhouse gases were to be achieved, the world’s temperature would continue to rise by about a quarter of a degree over a decade. That’s a best-case scenario, according to a paper co-written by a Simon Fraser University researcher.
New climate change research - Climate response to zeroed emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols — published in Nature’s online journal, urges the public, governments and industries to wake up to a harsh ... Read More
Dutch government approves burqa ban
The Hague: The Dutch government Friday approved a ban on face-covering clothing, such as a burqa, a niqab, a forage cap, or a full face helmet, reported Xinhua.
People going on the streets with one of these now risk being fined for up to 380 euros ($499).
"It is very important that people in an open society meet each other in an open way," Minister of Interior Affairs Liesbeth Spies said after the cabinet meeting.
The ... Read More
Of Writers & Reading
India’s biggest literary event, Jaipur Literature Fest, begins this week, and for this brief, happy moment the nation's cultural conversation turns to books and writing. We celebrate with an edition perhaps best described as a Literary Pot Luck. Some of India’s best writers tell us of books that have moved their minds, hearts and lives.
January 15, 2012
Amitava Kumar: You value the books you turn to in need
When I was younger books were fetish objects. They ... Read More
Majestic manta ray designated vulnerable species
Diving with the majestic manta ray is an eco-tourist’s dream come true that may soon be experienced only by viewing pictures and videos of the shark family’s graceful giants.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group (SSG), based at Simon Fraser University, has added the Giant and Reef manta rays to its Red List of Threatened Species.
The IUCN SSG, a worldwide network of scientists co-chaired by SFU biologist Nick Dulvy, ... Read More
Man kept 29 dead bodies at home
Moscow: Russia's Interior Ministry says police have arrested a man who kept 29 mummified bodies at his apartment and dressed them up like dolls.
Ministry spokesman Valery Gribakin said Monday that the suspect from the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod dug up the bodies at several cemeteries in the region. The man, whose identity was withheld, dressed them in clothes dug up from the graves.
Gribakin said that the suspect is a historian who has ... Read More
Migratory birds burn protein as in-flight water source
Researchers from The University of Western Ontario have discovered that migratory songbirds burn their own muscles and organs to provide a water source during long, non-stop flights, which sometimes cover distances in the thousands of kilometres.
The new findings, made by doctoral candidate Alexander Gerson and Dr. Christopher Guglielmo from Western’s Department of Biology and Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR), were published today in the world’s leading outlet for scientific news, Science. ... Read More
Suu Kyi holds first talks with new Myanmar govt
Yangon: Aung San Suu Kyi met with a minister of Myanmar's new government for the first time on Monday, raising tentative hopes of sustained dialogue between the opposition icon and authorities.
Just days after the US called for "concrete" progress towards democracy, Suu Kyi - who was released from house arrest soon after a controversial election in November - began talks with labour minister Aung Kyi in Yangon.
"They are meeting now," a government official ... Read More
People hooked to social networking sites are the loneliest
Sydney: A national survey by Relationships Australia has indicated that Generation Y, who always stays connected with others through social networking sites, is the loneliest generation.
According to the Relationships Indicators Survey 2011, 30 per cent of Australians aged 25 to 34 told the survey that they were frequently lonely, far more than any other age group. The second loneliest were the young adults - with 19 per cent of them claiming to be frequently lonely.
The ... Read More
'Humans programmed to believe in gods and afterlife'
London: Are humans programmed to believe in gods and in an afterlife?
Forty separate studies (both analytical and empirical) conducted in 20 countries conclude that humans are predisposed to believe in gods and in afterlife.
Both theology and atheism are reasoned responses to what is a basic impulse of the human mind, the studies suggest.
Fifty-seven researchers, led by Oxford University experts, carried out the studies for three years, representing a diverse range of cultures. ... Read More
Woman dies after she wakes up at her funeral
London: A sick woman died of shock on waking up at her own funeral, it was reported here.
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, woke up as relatives were praying at her open coffin, The Sun reported.
She screamed on realising that she was going to be buried.
The woman was promptly taken to a hospital in Kazan, Russia, where, however, she was declared dead from a suspected heart attack.
"Her eyes fluttered and we immediately rushed her back to the hospital," ... Read More
Eisenhower's worst fears came true. We invent enemies to buy the bombs
Why do we still go to war? We seem unable to stop. We find any excuse for this post-imperial fidget and yet we keep getting trapped. Germans do not do it, or Spanish or Swedes. Britain's borders and British people have not been under serious threat for a generation. Yet time and again our leaders crave battle. Why?
Last week we got a glimpse of an answer and it was not nice. The outgoing ... Read More
Texas man dies while raping an elderly woman
Refugio, Texas: Investigators say a man has died while in the act of raping an elderly South Texas woman.
The Refugio County Sheriff's Office identifies the man as 53-year-old Isabel Chavelo Gutierrez. Sheriff's Sgt. Gary Wright says the incident happened on June 2 after he rode two miles by bicycle from his home to that of his 77-year-old victim in the tiny coastal community of Tivoli.
He says the man, weighing between 230 and 250 pounds, ... Read More
New study says university dropout rates tied to preparedness, not laziness
According to new research from The University of Western Ontario, approximately 40 per cent of students who drop out of university do so because of what they learn about their own academic ability, based primarily on the grades they receive after arriving on campus.
And that’s far too late for a wake-up call, says Todd Stinebrickner, a Western economics professor, who serves as a Faculty Fellow at the CIBC Centre for Human Capital & Productivity. ... Read More
Female war prisoners should be sex slaves for men: Politician
London A woman politician from Kuwait has sparked anger and disbelief by calling for legalization of sex slaves, saying it would protect men from adultery, and suggesting that female prisoners from war-torn countries should be purchased for the same, as it would be a "better life" for them, and they would not die of starvation.
Salwa al Mutairi, who once ran for parliament, argued buying a sex slave would protect decent, devout and "virile" Kuwaiti ... Read More
Muslim girl stoned to death in Ukraine for joining beauty contest
London: A 19-year-old Muslim girl was stoned to death in Ukraine under the Islamic Sharia law after she took part in a beauty contest, a media report said on Tuesday.
Katya Koren was found dead in her village. Her battered body was buried in a forest and was found a week after she disappeared, the Daily Mail reported.
Koren's friends said she had come seventh in a beauty contest.
Police are now looking into claims ... Read More
Cool species can take the heat
Two scientists from Simon Fraser University and one from Deakin University (DU) in Australia have made a discovery that is overturning conventional wisdom about how land and marine animals react to heat.
SFU biologists Nick Dulvy and Jennifer Sunday, and DU environmental scientist Amanda Bates have discovered that all land-dwelling animals cope with extreme heat similarly, regardless of how far they live from the equator.
The puzzling finding contradicts popular belief that animals living ... Read More
Call to protect water and reject corporate conflicts of interest
Recent reports show UN Agencies increasingly beset by corporate influence, lacking oversight
(CNS): As health experts gather in Geneva to attend the 64th World Health Assembly (WHA), global civil society organizations are calling on World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Margaret Chan to address widespread concerns about corporate conflicts of interest regarding global water governance, health and nutrition policy.
Corporate Accountability International, together with its allies at Baby Milk Action, delivered a letter to Dr. ... Read More
Videos of Osama watching himself released
Washington: The Obama administration on Saturday released five videos recovered from Osama bin Laden's hide-out in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that show him threatening the United States, condemning capitalism and, in the most candid scenes, watching news coverage of himself on television.
The videos were the first materials to be released from the trove of computer files and documents seized by the United States assault team that killed bin Laden early last Monday.
A senior intelligence official, briefing ... Read More
Why Akshay Tritiya is Most auspicious day of Hindu Calendar
Day which offers everlasting benefits (Akshayphal) that is Akshay Tritiya will be celebrated by worldwide Hindus on 6th May this year. True to its name this third day of bright fortnight of Hindu lunar month of Vaishakh is one of the three and half auspicious lunar days (muhurats) of Hindu almanac and on this day each and every moment is auspicious.
As per the Hindu holy text Madanratna Lord Sri Krushna elucidates the importance of ... Read More
Osama’s mocking messages since 2001
Osama bin Laden taunted and defied the United States in a series of audio and occasional video messages for nearly a decade after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Following are highlights from some of the several dozen
statements released by the al Qaeda leader.
Oct. 7, 2001 - Bin Laden taunts "infidel" US President George W. Bush over Sept. 11 attacks; says in a videotape shown by Al Jazeera that United States will not live in ... Read More
Why I support France's burqa ban
Sarkozy hasn't exactly shied away from controversy since he became French President.
First, he spent a whole lot of campaign money on making himself pretty with expensive makeup - perhaps one of the key reasons he feels people shouldn't hide their faces.
Then, he brought his girlfriend along on a state visit to India - a country that likes to think pre-marital sex doesn't exist.
And then - oh, the Muslim-hating Crusader! - he called for ... Read More
Report says 7,000 babies stillborn every day worldwide
Around 7,000 stillbirths occur globally every day, with the poorest nations worst affected, a series of papers published in The Lancet suggest.
An overwhelming 98% of the 2.6m stillbirths each year strike middle and low-income countries, they say.
Better clinical care and monitoring could halve stillbirths in poorer countries by 2020, the paper adds.
Save the Children said current opportunities to address the problem were currently being missed.
The UN's Millennium Development goals set out ... Read More
“Junk” bought for 100 pounds worth 40 million
London: A painting bought for only 100 pounds from a junk shop in Britain has been estimated at 40 million pounds.
The painting's 100-pound price tag was only for its designer frame. The buyer on closer inspection noticed a signature in a corner. And under the scrawled name was the date 1854.
Experts say the piece - showing a house with an orange roof surrounded by trees next to a river - is reminiscent of ... Read More