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Robbers dig 100-foot tunnel to raid bank in Germany

Robbers dug a 100-foot tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks

Berlin: German police has said, robbers dug a 100-foot tunnel into the safe deposit room of a Berlin bank and escaped with their haul, setting a fire as they left to cover their tracks, reports PTI.

 

Berlin police spokesman Thomas Neuendorf says the tunnel led from an underground garage into the bank’s safe deposit room.

 

Neuendorf told The Associated Press yesterday that the tunnel was “very professional” and must have taken weeks or even months to complete. It was elaborately constructed and even had ceiling supports.

 

Police were alerted to the break-in early yesterday when a security guard noticed smoke coming from the deposit room.

 

Neuendorf says police are still trying to determine what valuables were stolen from the deposit boxes.

 

Details of the heist called to mind the spectacular robbery of another Berlin bank in 1995. During that robbery thieves entered the bank through the door, took hostages and demanded a helicopter and ransom.

 

Police besieged and eventually stormed the safe room where the thieves had holed up only to find they had escaped through a tunnel dug by accomplices. Several of the thieves were later caught.

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New drug can help paralysed people walk again

The experimental drug, called LM11A-31, allowed mice with no movement in their lower limbs to walk with “well-coordinated steps” and even to replicate swimming motions

London: Scientists have developed a pill which they claim could help paralysed people walk again. The new drug allowed mice with no movement in their lower limbs to walk with “well-coordinated steps” and even to replicate swimming motions, reports PTI quoting the researchers.

 

The experimental drug, called LM11A-31, was developed by Professor Frank Longo, of Stanford University, California.

 

The researchers gave three different oral doses of LM11A-31, as well as a placebo, to different groups of mice beginning four hours after injury and then twice daily for a 42 day experimental period, the “Daily Mail” reported.

 

In tests, the experimental medication did not increase pain in the mice and showed no toxic effects on the animals.

 

It also efficiently crossed the blood brain barrier, which protects the central nervous system from potentially harmful chemicals carried around in the rest of the bloodstream.

 

An injury to the spinal cord stops the brain controlling the body and this is the first time an oral drug has been shown to provide an effective therapy.

 

“This is a first to have a drug that can be taken orally to produce functional improvement with no toxicity in a rodent,” Professor Sung Ok Yoon, of Ohio State University, Columbus, said.

 

“So far, in the spinal cord injury field with rodent s, effective treatments have included more than one therapy, often involving invasive means. Here, with a single agent, we were able to obtain functional improvement,” Yoon said.

 

The small molecule in the study was tested for its ability to prevent the death of cells called oligodendrocytes.

 

These cells surround and protect axons, long projections of a nerve cell, by wrapping them in a myelin sheath that protects the fibres.

 

In addition to functioning as axon insulation, myelin allows for the rapid transmission of signals between nerve cells.

 

The drug preserved oligodendrocytes by inhibiting the activation of a protein called p75. Yoon's lab previously found p75 is linked to the death of these specialised cells after a spinal cord injury. When they die, axons that are supported by them degenerate.

 

“Because we know oligodendrocytes continue to die for a long period of time after an injury, we took the approach that if we could put a brake on that cell death, we could prevent continued degeneration of axons,” she said.

 

The study was published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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ICICI Lombard launches mobile app ‘Insure’

ICICI Lombard's ‘Insure’ will help customers to intimate a claim through their mobile

Mumbai: Private sector general insurer ICICI Lombard has launched a mobile application called ‘Insure’ that will allow customers to intimate a claim through the mobile, reports PTI.

 

“We have launched this mobile application ‘Insure’, which will help customers to intimate a claim through their mobile. For example, a customer can send the photographs of the damaged vehicle in case of an accident to the company through this application,” ICICI Lombard General Insurance operations and technology head N Eswarnatarajan said.

 

“The company is investing on mobile applications to make the customer experience better. We will come up with more such products shortly,” he added.

 

Customers have to download the application in their mobile phones to be able to use it, he said.

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