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Your Brain before You Are Born!
Seth Blackshaw, of Johns Hopkins University neuroscience department, has been working on the nature of the ‘supra-chiasmic nucleus’ (SCN) in the brain and thinks that this tiny group of cells in the brain controls all that we do—from sleeping, waking, thinking, acting, sexual act, etc,—which seems to have been programmed even before we are born. If this is proved right, there might be forensic problems. The rape accused could claim that he did not do it volitionally but it was timed into his SCN long before he was born! Like the killer gene that the scientists discovered in that infamous tiger, Balkis, who killed its own keeper. The zoo got exonerated by the court because of the gene. The poor wife of the zoo-keeper did not get any compensation. 
This shows how science today is practised in a very reductionist way. What one cell, or a group of cells, does might not be seen in a whole organism. Luckily, this researcher had also found out that even a single-celled organism has these cells in its cell wall. I call this the cell memBrain in human beings. We were also single-celled at one time and have now become a 100-trillion cell colony of such human beings. Let us not waste our money on science that does not have any bearing on whole-person healing. Many of these publications are designed to get promotions for salaried scientists. 
Global Warming: A Mega Fraud?
“It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage caused by climate change. This article provides a rationale for this tendency by using a modified International Environmental Agreement (IEA) model with asymmetric information. We find that the information manipulation has an instrumental value, as it ex-post induces more countries to participate in an IEA, which will eventually enhance global welfare. From the ex-ante perspective, however, the impact that manipulating information has on the level of participation in an IEA and on welfare is ambiguous.” This is the summary of a recent paper. The summary says that even telling a lie has a positive intention in science!
The two professors, Fuhai Hong and Xiaojian Zhao, are assistant professors of economics. They have published the paper in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a peer-reviewed journal. They have admitted to lying by scientists on climate change, to advance an extremist environmental agenda. This has been going on for a long time but has been admitted officially only now. This is shocking, in science. If one cares to read a small book Science without Sense by Steven Milloy published by Cato Institute in Washington DC, one will not be shocked as it is common practice. 
The late Stanford University professor Stephen Schneider wrote, in 1989: “So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’, which we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.”
New Heart Drugs
National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), UK, has concluded that evidence related to the efficacy of newer anti-angina drugs was insufficient. It has advised that new drugs, other than beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and short-acting oral nitrates, cannot be recommended. Some people use aspirin in small doses, but the jury is still out on that. NICE also concluded that evidence was insufficient to make a firm recommendation about the choice of second-line anti-angina medicines. 


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Sensex, Nifty may still have some steam left: Monday closing report

The indices have become overbought on a short-term basis but may head higher

The Indian markets carried forward the positive momentum of Friday and shot up at the open and traded high for the entire trading session on Monday. Ahead of the result of the exit polls today, the market surged anticipating the BJP-led NDA to be able to gain a majority. Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate from the NDA, is perceived as being more business-friendly and decisive by the market players.

The BSE 30-share Sensex opened at 23,031 while the NSE 50-share Nifty opened at 6,863.40.  By the end of the session, both the indices hit their days high and closed near to it. In the last hour of the session, Sensex and the Nifty managed to cross the level of 23,500 and 7,000 and stayed above that level until the end of the session. Sensex hit a high of 23,573 and closed at 23,551 (up 557 points or 2.42%) while Nifty hit a high of 7,020 and closed at 7,014 (up 155 points or 2.27%). The NSE recorded a higher volume of 97.68 crore shares. India VIX closed lower at 37.1050 (fell 1.59%).

Except for Pharma (0.89%) all the other indices on the NSE closed in the green. The top five gainers were CPSE (3.98%), PSE (3.25%), Energy (3.05%), Media (3.00%) and Infra (2.95%).

Of the 50 stocks on the Nifty, 43 ended in the green. The top five gainers were Coal India (6.11%), Power Grid (5.29%), Grasim (4.75%), HDFC Bank (4.64%) and Hero MotoCorp (4.14%). The top five losers were United Spirits (2.72%), Sun Pharma (1.46%), Cipla (1.12%), Hindalco (1.01%) and Jindal Steel (0.65%).

Of the 1,578 companies on the NSE, 756 companies closed in the green, 737 companies closed in the red while 85 companies closed flat.

Coal India (up 7.04%) was the top gainer in Sensex 30 pack. The company was in news for its board may consider the issue of awarding contract for coal import in a meeting likely to be held by the month-end.

Cipla (fell 1.26%) was among the top two loser in the Sensex 30 stock. Cipla today said it will invest $1.5 million to acquire 14.6% stake in US-based Chase Pharmaceuticals engaged in developing novel approaches to improve treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

Torrent Power (up 18.38%) was the top gainer in the ‘A’ group on the BSE. The company has announced that it is planning a re-organisation of power sector operations of Torrent Group. Corporation Bank (down 4.95%) was the biggest lose in the ‘A’ group on the BSE. The bank’s annual result showed fall in the net profit for the financial year ended 2014.

India's merchandise exports rose 5.26% to $25.63 billion in April 2014 over April 2013, data released by the government after trading hours on Friday, 9 May 2014, showed.
Imports dropped 15% at $35.72 billion in April 2014 over April 2013. The trade deficit for April 2014 was estimated at $10.09 billion, which was sharply lower than the trade deficit of $17.67 billion during April 2013.

The government unveils CPI data for April 2014 after trading hours today, 12 May 2014. US indices closed marginally in the green on Friday.

Asian indices had a mixed performance. Shanghai Composite (up 2.08%) was the top gainer. Both Straits Times and Taiwan Weighted fell 0.91% were the top loser.

Japan's current-account surplus narrowed more than forecast in March as a surge in imports before last month's sales-tax increase trimmed gains from overseas investments. The excess of 116.4 billion yen ($1.14 billion) reported today by the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo. A 782.9 billion yen deficit on a seasonally adjusted basis was the largest in comparable data back to at least 1996.

European indices were trading in the green. US indices were trading higher.


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