Health & Fitness

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African Americans HIV Disparity

 

 For one particular segment of the U.S. population, the news related to HIV infections has been anything but positive.

 

Blacks, who make up 14 percent of the population, comprise 44 percent of all new HIV infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, the CDC estimates that 1 of every 16 black men and 1 of every 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, at some point in their life.

Fri
30
Nov
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Conversion Therapists Being Sued For Impotence

 
Gay “conversion therapy,” which claims to help men overcome unwanted same-sex attractions but has been widely attacked as unscientific and harmful, is facing its first tests in the courtroom.
“Saying the abuse made you gay is terrible. Once I accepted that I was gay, I was able to focus on the more serious problem of a history of sex abuse.” CHAIM LEVIN
 “I was encouraged to develop anger and rage toward my parents. The notion that your parents caused this is a horrible lie.” MICHAEL FERGUSON
In New Jersey on Tuesday, four gay men who tried the therapy filed a civil suit against a prominent counseling group, charging it with deceptive practices under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.

Thu
29
Nov
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Texas Sues To Seize Warren Jeffs Texas Ranch

 

The Texas Attorney General’s Office moved Wednesday to seize the remote ranch where polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs and other men sexually abused underage girls taken as plural wives.

Authorities say sect leaders purchased the Yearning for Zion Ranch to commit crimes, which constitutes money laundering under Texas law and also makes the property subject to seizure laws as contraband, according to a 91-page search-and-seizure warrant. Sect members bought the 1,600-acre property "in a failed attempt to establish a remote outpost where they could insulate themselves from criminal prosecution for sexually assaulting children," according to a news release from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Texas’ case for seizing the YFZ Ranch

Tue
27
Nov
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Sharon Vining: Chemotherapy and the Textile Industry

 

The 1850’s saw big changes in the Textile industry.  Cloth dyeing was still in its preindustrial stage.  All cloth dyes had to be extracted from vegetable sources.  The techniques were very laborious and antiquated.  Printing onto textiles with colored dyes proved very challenging, involving multiple steps and took sometimes weeks to complete.  The textile industry hired chemists to perform and supervise these various tasks.

In 1856, all that changed.  An eighteen year old student, William Perkin  in his apartment turned laboratory, found boiling benzene and nitric acid together, turned the mixture pale violet.  He found that dipping cotton into the mixture; the new chemical did not bleach or bleed.  He named the compound aniline mauve.  Aniline mauve became the building block for many other dyes.  By the 1860’s, synthetic dyes flooded the European cloth factories.

Mon
26
Nov
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Celestial Rendeveaux: Saturn & Venus

 

You’ve no doubt heard of the phrase, "like two ships that pass in the night."  Well, come early Tuesday morning (Nov. 27), you’ll be able to watch two planets that will pass each other in the dawn.

The planets in question are Venus and Saturn. One planet will be slowly descending into eventual obscurity, while the other will become increasingly prominent in the days and weeks to come.

Look for Venus and Saturn shortly after 4:30 a.m. local time. The planets will appear very low above the east-southeast horizon, weather permitting. Brilliant Venus, shining with a steady silvery-white glow, will be passing about 0.6 degrees below and to the right of the much dimmer and yellower Saturn. (Your closed fist held at arm's length covers 10 degrees of the night sky.)

Sat
24
Nov
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Walmart Executives Unconcerned About Protests

 

Wal-Mart faced not only a throng of shoppers on Black Friday but what a union-backed group said was the biggest wave of protests that the retailer had ever seen, a contention the company disputed.

A Walmart in Secaucus, N.J. Organizers said 1,000 stores had demonstrations, but company officials called that an exaggeration.

The group, OUR Walmart, said there were protests at 1,000 stores in 46 states, ranging from a couple of community supporters’ asking to talk with store managers about raising wages to raucous demonstrations in the Los Angeles, New York and Washington areas that each attracted hundreds of people.

Thu
22
Nov
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Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology

 
Details of the solar steam method were published online today in ACS Nano. The technology has an overall energy efficiency of 24 percent. Photovoltaic solar panels, by comparison, typically have an  overall energy efficiency around 15 percent. However, the inventors of solar steam said they expect the first uses of the new technology will not be for electricity generation but rather for sanitation and water purification in developing countries.
Rice University graduate student Oara Neumann, left, and scientist Naomi Halas are co-authors of new research on a highly efficient method of turning sunlight into heat. They expect their technology to have an initial impact as an ultra-small-scale system to treat human waste in developing nations without sewer systems or electricity.

Wed
21
Nov
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Life of PI

 

Starring Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Rafe Spall, Adil Hussain, Tabu and Gérard Depardieu. Directed by Ang Lee. 126 minutes. Opens Nov. 21 at major theatres. PG

Hollywood labours with special effects to have us believe in monsters, space aliens and fantasy worlds, not always successfully.

With Life of Pi, director Ang Lee has a simpler goal. He wants us to accept as real a computer-generated Bengal tiger by the odd name of Richard Parker. The request is simple; the effect is extraordinary.

Other things may seem in doubt in this delightful, rousing tale of a teen and a tiger on a Pacific Ocean adventure. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Canada’s Yann Martel, the film leaves its options open and hopes that our minds will be, too.

Tue
20
Nov
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ROLLS-ROYCE HOSTS KARL LAGERFELD PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Karl Lagerfeld visited Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today to present his photography exhibition, entitled ‘A Different View’, in the latest of the luxury manufacturer’s Icons of Art series. Mr Lagerfeld presented the exhibition, which comprises his own unique photographs of Rolls-Royce motor cars, to private guests at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex.

Tue
20
Nov
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Job Loss Leads To Higher Heart Attack Risks Study Shows

Matthew E. Dupre and colleagues from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, write about their findings in the November 2012 online first issue of JAMA's Archives of Internal Medicine.


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