Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees aging cured
By Health and Science Correspondent Kate Kelland
LONDON | Mon Jul 4, 2011 2:39pm EDT
(Reuters) - If Aubrey de Grey's predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger.
A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to "cure" aging -- banishing diseases that come with it and extending life indefinitely.
"I'd say we have a 50/50 chance of bringing aging under what I'd call a decisive level of medical control within the next 25 years or so," de Grey said in an interview before delivering a lecture at Britain's Royal Institution academy of science.
"And what I mean by decisive is the same sort of medical control that we have over mos…
Flooding ravaged farms in the midwest United States this June, causing many crops to be lost [GALLO/GETTY]
Wendy Johnston with Oakwyn Farms in Athens, West Virginia, is deeply concerned about how shifting weather patterns are impacting farmer's ability to feed the global population.
"This year we're off to a slow start," Johnston, who farms 40 hectares, told Al Jazeera. "Last year in April we were able to plant, but this year we even had rain, cold and snow a few days in April. The weather has become very unpredictable, and that's the real problem."
Climate change is making farming more difficult for her, and she wonders how much worse things will become.
On March 31, The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned of "potentially catastrophic" impacts on fo…
Monaco's new princess tried to run away thrice before marriage
PTI | Jul 5, 2011, 04.28am IST
LONDON: Prince Albert's wife tried to flee home to South Africa at least thrice before her "arranged marriage" to the 53-year-old ruler of Monaco, a report said.
The 33-year-old new Princess Charlene of Monacomade her first escape attempt when she travelled to Paris in May this year to try on her wedding dress; during the visit, she "took refuge" in her country's embassy there, French newspaper 'Le Journal du Dimanche' quoted sources as saying.
Later in May, Charlene made a second apparent attempt to escape during the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix, the leading French newspaper said.
Then, last week, royal officials are said to have confiscated her passport en route to Nice airport via chopper service that runs between the Mediterranean principality and France. She was then persuaded to go on with the marriage, the newspaper claimed. …
Delhi show brings together mango-growers and processors under one roof Monday, July 04, 2011 08:00 IST Manjushree Naik, Mumbai
Delhi Tourism’s yearly festival to celebrate India’s position as the biggest producer of mangoes in the world, kicked off at Delhi Haat, New Delhi, on Friday.
The three-day event is being organised in association with Department of Tourism, Government of NCT of Delhi, Incredible India, APEDA and National Horticulture Board. Sheila Dikshit, chief minister, Delhi, inaugurated the show.
Interestingly, “while for mango-growers and mango processors, the festival offers a common platform to view the latest in the field and exchange information, it has made available a unique combination of traditional and rural market showcasing India’s diverse cultural heritage of crafts, art, handloom and cuisines all under one roof,” informed Dr D K Tandon, principal scientist, Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing, Maliabad, Lucknow, while speaking to FnB News.
Sarangani to host 13th National Mango CongressALABEL, Sarangani, July 4 (PIA)--- Sarangani Foundation of Fruits Industry Associations Inc.(SAFFIA) is set to host the 13th National Mango Congress on September 28-30.
The congress venue will be at Isla Jardin del Mar Resort in Gumasa, Glan.
The Philippine Mango Industry Foundation, Inc (PMIFI) and SAFFIA have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to bind themselves to their respective duties and responsibilities in the conduct of the 13th National Mango Congress.
The Department of Agriculture supports the holding of the congress and issued Administrative Order No. 6, which calls for the participation of farmers and fisher folks, cooperatives and associations and other private sector in agricultural and fisheries development.
“It is also the desire of the Provincial Government to strengthen and empower all people’s organizations like SAFFIA to pursue economic development activities in support to all investment…
El presidente electo de Perú, Ollanta Humala, viajará se reunirá en Washington con la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton, en el primer contacto con ese gobierno previo a su posesión el 28 de julio
El presidente electo de Perú, el izquierdista Ollanta Humala, viajará el martes a Washington para reunirse con la secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton, en el primer contacto con ese gobierno previo a su posesión el 28 de julio.
En un principio se deslizó la posibilidad de un encuentro de Humala con el presidente Barack Obama, según dijeron fuentes del entorno del líder peruano a la AFP.
Sin embargo la embajadora de Estados Unidos en Lima, Rose Likins, señaló que la cita entre Humala y Obama "no está en la agenda".
Likins precisó que Humala se reunirá con Hillary Clinton y con el asesor de Seguridad Nacional, Tom Donilon, en declaraciones a periodistas.
Las citas representarán el primer contacto de altos funcionarios del gobierno estadounidense con Humala, un nacion…
Buenos Aires, 4 jul (dpa) - Brasil debutó en la Copa América con botines multicolores.
Dani Alves, por ejemplo, los usó violetas, amarillos y anaranjados. Robinho y Neymar, a su lado, los prefirieron blancos, azules y rosas, con un detalle extra: los tacos eran verde fluorescente. La paradoja es que al juego del equipo le faltó brillo y luminosidad.
En los botines futuristas que utilizó Neymar ante Venezuela, además, se podía leer dos palabras. “Alegría”, en el derecho, y “Osadía”, en el izquierdo
El día después al descolorido empate 0-0 ante Venezuela, el entrenador Mano Menezes analiza cómo plantear el próximo partido de Brasil. El margen de error se reduce y el rival, en principio, parece aún más aguerrido de lo que ya fueron los venezolanos. Será Paraguay, este sábado 9 en Córdoba.
¿Mantendrá Menezes el ofensivo 4-2-3-1 que pareció dejar en soledad a los volantes de marca Lucas Leiva y Ram…
Published online 4 July 2011 | Nature | doi:10.1038/475013a
News Greek crisis spurs research reforms
Economic meltdown adds fresh vigour to science shake-up.
Alison Abbott Despite protests against austerity measures in Greece, some scientists see an opportunity for change.Reuters/P. Rossignol "The threat is very clear," says Greek native Vassilis Pachnis, a developmental neuroscientist at the UK National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London. "There is a danger that this financial crisis could damage the status of centres of research excellence in Greece."
Last week, the Greek government agreed to implement further austerity measures in order to get another international bail-out for its crippled economy. Scientists were already facing tough times when Greece made its first bail-out request in April 2010 (see Nature 465, 22; 2010). Their take-home pay, which was cut by 10% last March, will now shrink by at least another 10% under the new austerity programme. Dir…
UPDATE 4-Casino warns Carrefour it can halt Brazil deal
Mon Jul 4, 2011 9:27am EDT
* Casino says Carrefour may be "liable" in "illegal" deal
* Casino boss in Brazil to meet deal's banker - source
* Casino files 2nd ICC arbitration request against Diniz
* Carrefour shares down 0.66 pct, Casino shares up 1.36 pct
(Adds new Casino arbitration request, updates shares)
By Dominique Vidalon
PARIS, July 4 (Reuters) - France's Casino warned archrival Carrefour on Monday that any merger between its Brazil unit and the country's biggest retailer Grupo Pao de Acucar could not go ahead without its consent.
The French groups, both massive brand names at home, are slugging it out over the fast-growing Brazil market as their European sales fade, but the trophy that Carrefour is attempting to win has already been claimed by Casino, which owns a controlling stake in GPA.
As Carrefour's board approved the merger plans, the chief executive of Casino was already en route to Bra…
It's a story that has had more twists and turns than the samba (and there are set to be more to come). The battle for control of Brazil's largest retailer has pit two of Europe's biggest grocers against each other as they look to secure a foothold in one of the world's key emerging markets.
Even this morning (4 July), the fight for CBD, also known by its trading name Grupo Pao de Acucar, grabbed the headlines. Carrefour, which is looking to strengthen its presence in developing markets amid tough trading in more mature markets (not least in France), announced it would back a plan - first put forward by a Brazilian investment fund last week - to merge its operations in the country with CBD.
The plan, which is supported by Abilio Diniz, Casino's co-shareholder in CBD, had already angered the French retailer and Carrefour's announcement drew a stinging response from its rival, which again insisted that any deal would need its support. …
While Kenya’s mango yields have improved to 10 metric tons (MT) per hectare over the last decade, the industry is recording significant losses due to a lack of post harvest technology, news agency Xinhua reported
The story reported farmers have started recording losses of between 40% and 50% for the country’s third-largest fruit crop. “The high losses are further aggravated by seasonality with the highest losses recorded during peak season between October to February,” University of Nairobi lecturer Ruth Githiga was quoted as saying
The department of Plant Science and Crop Protection researcher told Xinhua the use of post harvest technology 1-Methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) could improve the shelf life of Kenya’s mangoes by inhibiting ethylene perception.
“It is one of the post harvest technologies that should be expl…
Peru’s Grupo Gloria to Produce Ethanol by End-2011, Gestion Reports
By Alex Emery - Jul 4, 2011 8:16 AM PT
Gloria SA (GLORIAI1), Peru’s largest sugar producer, will start making ethanol at the end of the year, Gestion reported.
Gloria will produce the fuel at its Casa Grande and Complejo Agroindustrial Cartavio sugar mills, the Lima-based newspaper said, citing Ari Loebl, head of the biofuels committee at industry group National Industries Society.
Gloria, Maple Energy Plc (MPLE) and the Romero Group’s Cana Bravaplant will produce a combined 600,000 liters (158,000 gallons) a day by December, according to Gestion.
Peruvian filling stations will have to sell gasoline mixed with 7.8 percent of ethanol starting July 15, the newspaper said.
Western Australia's mango season is on track to be an absolute bumper and perhaps a few weeks earlier.
Trees across the north are drenched in flowers, thanks to some cool weather and a big wet season. Peter Johnson from the Department of Agriculture and Food says lots of flowers doesn't always mean lots of fruit, but at this stage the season is shaping up well.
"Certainly I haven't seen a flowering as strong and as consistent as this for quite some time," he said. "I think it's just really indicative of the sort of conditions we've had over the last six months.
"The odds are we're in for a large production season, but anything can happen between now and harvest."
Nestle has “no further comments to make at this stage,” Nina Caren Backes, a spokeswoman at the Vevey, Switzerland-based company, said today in an e-mailed statement. Hsu Fu Chi said earlier that Nestle is assessing a bid and the two companies have been in talks on a partnership for a few years. Talks are also being held with other potential suitors, said Christine Sun, a spokeswoman for the Dongguan, Guangdong-based company.