Monthly Archives: November 2011

How Meditation Benefits The Brain

Written by Catharine Paddock PhD A new brain imaging study led by researchers at Yale University shows how people who regularly practise meditation are able to switch off areas of the brain linked to daydreaming, anxiety, schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The brains … Continue reading

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Seagate offers best of both worlds with second gen Momentus XT hybrid solid state/hard drive

  Released in mid-2010, Seagate’s Momentus XT combined performance approaching that of a solid state drive (SSD) with the storage capacity and cheaper price of a traditional platter-based hard disk drive (HDD) in a laptop-friendly 2.5-inch form factor. It accomplished this by … Continue reading

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Exclusive Reading: World AIDS Day, December 1, “The End Is In Sight”

Written by Christian Nordqvist  Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, says that this coming AIDS day, December 1st, will be unique in that health care professionals, health authorities and scientists may be able to say with confidence that the end of AIDS … Continue reading

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Exclusive Reading: First Time Mothers’ Home Births Have A Higher Risk Of Complications

Written by Christian Nordqvist  Women who are pregnant for the first time and decide to have a home birth should be aware that there is a significantly higher risk of complications, compared to first time mothers who have the baby … Continue reading

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Coffee Emerges As Protective Against Cancer And Other Diseases

Written by Rupert Shepherd Starbucks fans around the world can rejoice that their tipple gets the thumbs up yet again. Already shown to protect against a number of diseases, a recent study in the Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal … Continue reading

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Dangers Of Staggered Overdose Of Acetaminophen – Tylenol (or so called Paracetamol)

Written by Petra Rattue Repeatedly taking marginally too much paracetamol (acetaminophen, Tylenol) over time can cause a dangerous overdose that is hard to detect and can lead to death, because patients usually don’t report an overdose when they visit the … Continue reading

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China/Taiwan commercial hub planned for Pingtan

International architectural firm 10 Design has recently won the opportunity to master plan a 93-hectare (230-acre) waterfront central business district as part of a new development for Pingtan in China. Pingtan, being the closest Chinese island to Taiwan, is to … Continue reading

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Eczema Yeast Can Be Killed Off, Raising Hope Of New Treatments

Written by Catharine Paddock PhD  Scientists in Sweden have discovered certain peptides kill off the yeast Malassezia sympodialis which can trigger skin disorders such as atopic eczema, seborrhoeic eczema, and dandruff, without harming healthy skin cells. While further work is needed to clarify the … Continue reading

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King Khan declared British boxer of the year

Pakistani origin boxer Amir Khan has been declared British boxer of the year. The title was awarded at the annual awards ceremony held by the British Boxing Board of Control. The contenders for the title included Ricky Burns, Fury Tyson, George … Continue reading

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Download: The Qur’an: An Encyclopedia By Oliver Leaman

Review: The Qur’an is the source of inspiration for one of the world’s major religions, followed today by over a billion people. It plays a central role in Islam and ever since it appeared fourteen hundred years ago it has … Continue reading

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First flight test of Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) concept

Following the two test flights of the unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) earlier this year, both of which ended prematurely with the vehicle making a “controlled descent” into the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic … Continue reading

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Prototype contact lens brings Terminator-esque vision a little closer

  Fans of the original film in the Terminator franchise will recall how various bits of data were shown to be overlaid on the cyborg’s vision – in particular, they might remember the list of possible responses that could be used when … Continue reading

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Karachi Electric Supply Company energy conservation awareness activity held at Aga Khan Gymkhana

Karachi Electric Supply Company in line with its ongoing mass awareness drive organized an activity in collaboration with the Aga Khan community at Aga Khan Gymkhana, Football Ground (Garden). The purpose of the fair was to highlight the importance of … Continue reading

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H.H The Aga Khan IV Inaugurated Dushanbe Serena Hotel

His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), inaugurated the Dushanbe Serena Hotel.

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School teachers in Sindh waste 20 out of 35 minutes of every classroom session

  Seventy per cent of primary school teachers across Sindh teach their classes for merely15 of the 35 minutes assigned to each subject daily. Only 20 per cent teach for more than 20 minutes while the remaining 10 per cent … Continue reading

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A great honour: Swati girl nominated for international peace prize

Malala Yousufzai, 13, beat 93 contestants from 42 countries to be nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize 2011. The class 8 student became the first Pakistani to be nominated for the prize, and if selected, she will be given … Continue reading

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Study Shows Children With High IQ More Likely To Subsequently Use Illegal Drugs

Written by Grace Rattue According to a study published online in theJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, a high IQ in childhood could be associated to illegal drug use later in life, especially among women. The researchers findings were based … Continue reading

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