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  • Pope Not Happy With Legalization Of Gay Marriages In U.S.

    11. March 2012

    Pope Benedict XVI has expressed displeasure on the legalization of gay marriages in the United States. (Photo: catholicprodigaldaughter.blogspot.com)

    The head of the Roman Catholic Church is not happy with the legalization of gay marriages in many parts of the United States.

    Pope Benedict XVI said the legalization of gay marriages is not right since based on the bible marriage only happens between a man and a woman. He said legalization of gay marriages needs to stop in the US to protect the fiber of a traditional family and marriage. Read more »

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    Shoe Giant Adidas Is The Latest Cyber Attack Victim

    08. November 2011

    Shoe manufacturing giant Adidas is the latest company to suffer cyber attack from unidentified hackers. (Photo: fanpop.com)

    The cyber attack conducted by some of the top hackers in the world has continue to plague many companies around the world.

    According to reports, shoe manufacturing giant Adidas is the latest company to suffer cyber attack from unidentified hackers. The nameless hackers reportedly hacked some of the top websites of Adidas including adidas.com, reebok.com, miCoach.com, and adidas-group.com.

    The company said they are now conducting a deep investigation on the incident to determine and punish the brains behind the daring cyber attack on the company’s websites. Adidas said they have already strengthened their on-line security to protect their sites from further attacks from hackers.

    “Nothing is more important to us than the privacy and security of our consumers’ personal data. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time,” the company said in a statement. It was learned that aside from Adidas the hackers had also victimized other well-known companies and government agencies around the world like Sony, Citibank and the Pentagon.

    Adidas is a German sports apparel manufacturer and parent company of the Adidas Group, which consists of the Reebok sportswear company, TaylorMade-adidas golf company (including Ashworth), and Rockport. Besides sports footwear, the company also produces other products such as bags, shirts, watches, eyewear, and other sports and clothing-related goods.

    Moreover, the company is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second-biggest sportswear manufacturer in the world, with American rival Nike being the biggest.


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    Electric Current Can Treat Blindness

    02. November 2011

    Electric current can improve the visual system structures of the blind people. (Photo: neuroskeptic.blogspot.com)

    They say eye is the most valuable organ in our body. The man who has lost the sight of his/her eye can only can feel how he/she is missing in the world. There are many treatments in medical science for the people who have lost their eyesight. Recently, some researchers from the Polenov Russian Neurosurgical Institute, Russia, and Institute of Medical Psychology, Germany, developed a new procedure for the treatment of blindness.

    The new research and research result shows that non-invasive current stimulation has the ability to induce ‘neuroplastic’ changes in the brain and also improve the visual system structures. This is the main basis of the research.

    The researchers treated 446 patients, who were blind because of nerve problem, with non-invasive repetitive transorbital alternating current stimulation (rtACS) for 10 days, which reduced the nerve lesions of the patients. Applying rtACS the visual field (VF) size was improved about 7.1 percent and 9.3 percent in the right and left eye, respectively, according to the result. The research report was published in the journal Brain Stimulation.

    The lead researcher of the research Dr. Bernhard Sabel said, “We have shown for the first time that partial blindness can be reduced by a short-lasting therapeutic procedure using non-invasive electrical current stimulation.”

    According to the result of the research, the rtACS improves the visual acuity and visual field size effectively. Because of some clinical and psychological requirements, the researchers are still working to get the clear result of the treatment.


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    Ultrafast ‘Spin Lasers’ For The Future Global Networking

    31. October 2011

    Researchers has developed a new concept of ultra fast semiconductor lasers for high-speed data transmission. (Photo: zeitnews.org)

    Copper cable, optical fibers, free spaces are mainly used as the communication path in the present world’s networking and information society. The conventional semiconductor lasers, used for the ever faster optical data transmission, have a maximum speed of 50 GHz. However, increasingly networking and the necessity of transmitting large amounts of data are the main obstacles of the speed over the transmitting path. Researchers all over the world are trying and researching to speed up the data transmission more and more. Recently, the researchers, of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) in Germany, have developed a new concept of ultrafast semiconductor lasers, called ‘spin laser’, which could inaugurate a new era to the high-speed data transmission for the Internet of tomorrow.

    The Scientists of the RUB make intelligent use of natural angular momentum of electrons, called spin, to break the previous obstacles efficaciously. New spin-laser modulation frequencies can reach well above 100 GHz in the future. This is a crucial step for the high-speed data transmission in the future global networking.

    In the spin lasers, the spin of the electrons are determined from the previous spin state, whereas, in the conventional technology, the spin of the electrons was randomly determined. The use of the electrons in the new model, forces the laser to work simultaneously on two laser modes with different frequencies. “This frequency difference can easily be tuned using the so-called birefringence in the resonator, for example by simply bending the microlaser” said Dr. Nils Gerhardt. Using these two modes in the micro-resonator can speed up the transmission rate upto 100 GHz, according to the news release of the RUB.

    The researchers tested the new model and obtained their results in the collaborative research center 491 of the Universities of Bochum and Duisburg-Essen. The report of their research was published in the journal ‘Applied Physics Letters’ of the American Institute of Physics.


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    The 21st Day of German Unity

    03. October 2011

    It is the 21st time, that the Day of German Unity can be celebrated.

    Since 1990 Germany forms a unity. Again and Again the 3rd of October is the day where the reunion of Eastern and Western Germany is celebrated.

    The Day of German Unity is a national holiday.


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    Beer Festival Kicks Off In Germany For Drinkers

    17. September 2011

    Beer drinking souls have started to converge in Munich, Germany to participate in the annual beer festival dubbed Oktoberfest which kicked off today September 17 and ends on October 3. (Photo: Associated Press)

    Persons who love to drink beer better pack your things and head to Munich, Germany now.

    The annual 17 days beer festival in Munich, Germany dubbed Oktoberfest had officially started today September 17 until October 3 to all beer drinking tourists around the world. Oktoberfest is one of the top festival in Germany which attracts some six million visitors around the world.

    This festivity is a treat and a hit since it offers drinkers unlimited supply of different kinds of beer all day around. This year’s festivity was officially opened by Munich mayor Christian Ude who hoped to attract more beer drinkers this year compared to the past years.

    Last year, beer drinking tourists consumed some 7.1 million 2-pint (1-liter) mugs of beer. In the wake of terrorist threats around the world, the organizers of Oktoberfest assured the tourists that the place is fully secured since they put up more security personnel in the venue. According to reports, Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.35 million people live within the city limits.Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics.



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    Underdog Squads US And Japan Face Each Other In Women’s World Cup Championship

    15. July 2011


    The Japanese Women's Football team hopes to pull an upset against the favored American Women's Football team in the championship of the Women's World Cup in Germany on Sunday. (Photo: fifa.com)

    Two teams not expected to clash in the Finals have defied the odds and will be fighting each other toe to toe in the championship round of the ongoing Women’s World Cup of Soccer in Germany this year.

    The United Sates Women’s Football squad will battle it out against Japan Women’s Football team in the Women’s World Cup Championship on Sunday. The US squad booked a slot in the Finals after demolishing France in the semifinals 3-1 while Japan got its championship ticket after beating two-time champion and host Germany in the semifinals 3-1.

    The US and Japan championship is expected to be a thrilling and hard fought match as the two teams are very determined to win the Women’s World Cup championship crown this year. Having won the title in 1991 and 1999, the US squad is the slight favorite against Japan in their game.

    To topple the Japanese and bring home the championship bacon on US soil, goalkeeper Hope Solo need to continue her brilliant defensive play and not allow Japan to score big in their match. If Solo can havse an A-game for his team on game-time there is a huge chance the US will win the tournament.

    Japan although the clear underdog in this game still has a good chance of pulling an upset against the US. To bring down the powerhouse US squad, Japan team captain Homare Sawa need to score big for her team. Japan also need to find ways to score against Solo and the US team.

    The FIFA Women’s World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior women’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1991.

    The current format of the tournament involves 16 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about three weeks;this phase is often called the World Cup Finals. A qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, is used to determine which teams qualify for the tournament together with the host nation.

    The FIFA Women’s World Cup is recognized as the most important International competition in women’s football and is played among women’s national football teams of the member states of FIFA, the sport’s global governing body. The first Women’s World Cup tournament, named the Women’s World Championship, was held in 1991, sixty-one years after the men’s first FIFA World Cup tournament in 1930. The 6 World Cup tournaments have been won by three different national teams. The next World Cup will be hosted by Canada in 2015.


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    Celebrities Hail Remarkable Win Of U.S. Women Soccer Team Over Brazil

    12. July 2011

    The United States Women's soccer team lead by dependable goalkeeper Hope Solo is doing great in the ongoing Women's World Cup in Germany. (Photo blog.timesunion.com)

    Big-named stars in the United States have issued separate statements honoring the historic and remarkable win of the US Women’s soccer team against the heavily favored and powerhouse Brazil Women’s football team.

    The US Women’s soccer team earlier beat Brazil in the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Germany  to reach the semifinals and keep their hopes for  the championship crown alive. Hollywood multi-awarded actor Tom Hanks said what the US Women’s soccer team did is simply remarkable and deserved all the praises they could get.

    “I love these women,” Hanks tweeted while posting a link to a photograph of the team celebrating on the Rudolf Harbig Stadium field. Miami Heat superstar forward Lebron “King” James also praised the US Women soccer team for showing huge talent determination to prevail against Brazil. Oklahoma City Thunder silky smooth forward Kevin Durant for his part said he will name his future daughter Hope Solo Durant in recognition of the magnificent play of US goalkeeper Hope Solo in the victory of her team against Brazil.

    Solo for her part expressed joy over the strong support of the American people on their team and she promised that they would play even harder in the semifinals and will do their best to bring home the championship bacon this year. “Thank you for standing behind us. Never has a team come back to win from a man down, a goal down and in such dramatic fashion,” Solo said.

    The United States women’s national soccer team represents the United States in international soccer competition and is controlled by U.S. Soccer. The U.S. has long been a superpower in women’s soccer, and is currently ranked first in the world by the FIFA Women’s World Rankings.

    The team has won two Women’s World Cups (1991 and 1999); three Olympic Women’s Gold Medals (1996, 2004 and 2008) and seven Algarve Cups (2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010). The team played its first match on August 18, 1985, coached by Mike Ryan (not related to 2005–2007 coach Greg Ryan).

    In March 2004, two of its stars, Mia Hamm (who retired later that year after a post-Olympic team tour of the USA) and Michelle Akers (who had already retired), were the only two women and the only two Americans named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players chosen by Pelé as part of FIFA’s centenary observances. Among its many other honors, the team was selected the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Team of the Year in 1997 and 1999. Sports Illustrated chose the entire team as its 1999 Sportspeople of the Year.



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    E-coli disease outbreak in Germany

    25. May 2011

    e-coli bacteria

    e-coli bacteria (Photo: sciencedaily.com)

    The E-coli bacteria is probably the most underrated form of bacteria ever because it is deemed, by many laymen and even doctors, to be harmless to the human body. Even though they are not completely wrong, a person who is infected by this disease will get it via food poisoning which means they will experience severe nausea along with stomach infections and fever. In some cases, this may even lead to the death of the unfortunate individual. This why countries like Germany are treating it like the swine flu pandemic and are approaching it with caution. The German consumer minister said in an TV interview that this E-coli disease has hit the nation in a hard way, while killing many of the affected ones.

    The consumer minister gave the interview on the ARD channel and was evidently very apprehensive about the outbreak of this deadly bacteria. Even though many scientists have a limited knowledge on this disease, the Robert Koch institute made an estimation that there were at least over 80 people who were diagnosed with this disease since the last couple of days. But in a tragic turn of events, the report also estimates that at least some 4 people were killed by this disease.

    What the scientists do know is that this is a bacterial disease that affects a person via tainted animal meat or unwashed fruits and vegetables. This disease is known to breed in the lower intestine of warm blooded animals and is known to cause symptoms like blood in stools, diarrhea along with high fevers and occasional seizures.

    According to the report by Koch, the disease has hit the most in northern Germany rather than the southern part. But this estimation is comparable with the world health report which estimates that on a global scale, more than 1000 people are affected by it every year where around 6% of the cases prove to be life threatening.


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