The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeshore Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
First, I am still in the tangle of travel being made really slow by our extreme weather and will be late getting back home today. I’m writing this in the waiting area in Chicago’s Union Station, along with a lot of other delayed passengers from all directions. Spudtruckowner will be coming to get me, so wish him good travel but he won’t be able to spend a lot of time here.
Israel is faced with economic crisis in the event of a failure to reach peace in negotiations with its neighbors.
Based on an evaluation prepared by the Finance Ministry’s chief economist, Lapid said that even a low-scale boycott would ‘hit every Israeli citizen directly in his pocket.’ The cost of living would rise, and education, security, health, and welfare budgets would be slashed, he said.
Indian politicians accusing rape victims of provoking their countrymen by wearing inappropriate clothes and acting provocatively appear to be joining forces with candidates of their mindset on the U.S. right.
Mirje, who is a member of the state women’s commission, said in reference to the Delhi assault: ‘Did Nirbhaya really have to go and watch a movie at 11 in the night with her friend?’
‘Nirbhaya,’ a Hindi word meaning ‘fearless,’ has been widely adopted by the Indian media as a name for the victim.
Mirje also commented on the gang-rape of a photojournalist who was on an assignment at a disused mill in Mumbai last year, asking why the victim had gone to such an isolated place.
‘Rapes take place also because of a woman’s clothes, her behaviour and her presence at inappropriate places,’ the politician said, adding that women must be careful and think if they are inviting assault.
Stem cells have been converted for use in areas of the body outside their original genesis in experiments that promise quicker and cheaper use of the stem cells to cure a variety of problems.
The human body is built of cells with a specific role – nerve cells, liver cells, muscle cells – and that role is fixed.
However, stem cells can become any other type of cell, and they have become a major field of research in medicine for their potential to regenerate the body.
Now a study shows that shocking blood cells with acid could also trigger the transformation into stem cells – this time termed STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells.
Dr Haruko Obokata, from the Riken Centre for Developmental Biology in Japan, said she was “really surprised” that cells could respond to their environment in this way.
Palestinian refugees are cut off from desperately needed aid as they continue to be caught in conflicts that have destroyed their home and is destroying them as well.
In the Yarmouk camp, more than 55 people have died from hunger and the majority of children are suffering from malnutrition, according to Abdullah al-Khatib, a Palestinian activist living there. Most people are consuming soup made from water and spices, Khatib said, and some are reportedly eating grass for survival.
Starvation conditions continue despite recent UN efforts to get much-needed food through the street battles and checkpoints, and most residents are still searching garbage piles for anything edible, Khatib told Al Jazeera on Monday. Until last week, food aid had not been delivered to the camp since September 2013.