Here are three amazing stories that speak for themselves.Baby music: It appears that babies can remember lullabies they heard in the womb that their mothers sang. Science Daily reported on a University of Helsinki study that measured brain waves of 24 newborns who were sung a song repeatedly while in utero; they reacted more strongly and immediately than babies who did not hear them. “These results show that fetuses can recognise and remember sounds from the outside world,” the article said.“Even though our earlier research indicated that fetuses could learn minor details of speech, we did not know how long they could retain the information. These results show that babies are capable of learning at a very young age, and that the effects of the learning remain apparent in the brain for a long time,” expounds Eino Partanen, who is currently finishing his dissertation at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit.Blind sight: Researchers from Montreal and Boston shined more light on blindness. They found that even when the rods and cones of three blind patients were completely unresponsive, the ganglion cells transmitted information to the brain. They were “stunned to discover that the brain still respond [sic] significantly to light in these rare three completely blind patients despite having absolutely no conscious vision at all,” Science Daily said. Functional MRI and experiments with sound shows that the patients’ brains were aware unconsciously of blue light shined into the eyes. The ganglion cell response to light appears to raise a person’s attentiveness.Vegetative consciousness: For the first time, patients listed in a persistent vegetative state have shown the ability to respond to words with their brains, even when their bodies could not. Experiments with 21 patients described as “vegetative” and eight controls at the University of Cambridge showed that some were not only aware, but were paying attention. One patient in particular “was able to focus on words signalled by the experimenters as auditory targets as successfully as healthy individuals,” Science Daily reported. “If this ability can be developed consistently in certain patients who are vegetative, it could open the door to specialised devices in the future and enable them to interact with the outside world.”Ironically, fully conscious, fully born, fully sighted minors can be killed with government permission in some European countries. A big debate in Belgium is underway about extending the country’s liberal euthanasia law to minors – and pediatricians are supporting it. “Why deprive minors of this last possibility?” 16 of them argued, putting the onus on the critics. “The issue is hugely controversial and raises a host of ethical problems but a majority of Belgian lawmakers is thought to favour the change,” Medical Xpress reported – up to three quarters of Belgians, in fact. Religious leaders are opposed to this proposed expansion of legal assisted suicide, which rose 25% last year (1,432 cases). If the new law passes, all a minor under 18 judged to be capable and conscious would have to do is repeatedly state that he or she wants to die. Concerned that a “grave issue” is being “trivialized,” the religious leaders issued a statement that included, “We cannot accept a logic which will lead to the destruction of society’s foundations.”How dare we treat human life as anything but sacred. Who knows what horrors unborn babies and people in “vegetative state” have suffered at the hands of the healthy? Their Maker knows. One shudders to think of Terry Schiavo conscious of the discussions about killing her when she had no way to express herself, suffering pain all the way through her starvation. Darwinists think only the “fit” deserve to live, however fitness is defined by those in power. God fearers know that the most helpless among us are the most in need of care and love. Let these scientific findings reinforce the conviction to actively support the right to life. Let’s also help minors understand God’s love for them so that they will not sink into despair. History and the last story above about euthanasia illustrate once again that all that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing – and it can triumph in one generation if the young are taught that life is the product of evolutionary happenstance, a plaything for the powerful. The foundation of the right to life is recognition that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., a life of satisfying purpose).(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
30 April 2012 South Africa has condemned the kidnapping of a 12-year-old South African boy in Kuala Lumpur, and urged the government of Malaysia to do everything in its power to secure the boy’s release. Nayati Shamilin Moodliar was on his way to school when he was kidnapped on Friday morning. “The South African government condemns in the strongest possible terms this act of criminality and calls on the government of Malaysia to continue with its efforts to secure the release of Nayati Moodliar and to bring the perpetrators to book,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on Sunday. It said the government has been in contact with the boy’s family both in Malaysia and South Africa. “The South African High Commissioner in Malaysia has visited the family to express the government’s support to them,” the department said. “The High Commission is in daily contact with the relevant authorities.” The government called on the public to support the Moodliar family until they were reunited with their son.SA in talks to secure release of SA nationa Meanwhile, South Africa is also in talks with officials in Sudan to secure the release of a South African man who was captured at the weekend, the department said. “Our ambassador is speaking to the [Sudanese] authorities. We are offering consular assistance to him,” department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday. He said South Africa was also working jointly with other countries that have nationals who are captured in Sudan. Thabo Siave and his South Sudanese colleague, who are employees of Denel Mechem, were participating in a United Nations humanitarian operation when they were captured. According to media reports, Denel Mechem said the men had full diplomatic immunity because of the work they were doing for the UN’s peacekeeping forces. Meanwhile, the authorities are waiting for details regarding the South African man who was reportedly shot and killed by his bodyguard in Somalia on Friday. The incident is said to have happened in Somalia’s Puntland region. “We don’t know anything about it,” Monyela said on Monday. “Our mission in Kenya is looking into it.” South Africa does not have a mission in Somalia. Source: BuaNews
The Indian cricket team suffered an injury scare as Sachin Tendulkar escaped unhurt after he was hit on the helmet by a rising delivery from fast bowler Umesh Yadav during pre-series training at coach Gary Kirsten’s academy in Cape Town.A delivery from the uncapped right-arm paceman caught Tendulkar by surprise as it hit the left side of his helmet as he ducked, expecting the ball to rear up higher and pass overhead during the morning training session at Claremont Cricket Club last evening.Tendulkar, who was among the second batch of players who reached here, took the very audible whack with great calmness, even as colleagues in both his and the other nets swiftly turned heads out of concern for his well-being.The 37-year-old veteran of 174 Tests simply stooped a little, removed the helmet and inspected it, while Yadav rushed in but heaved a sigh of relief after laying his hands on Tendulkar’s head which apparently did not have any signs of taking the blow.Tendulkar then carried on serenely as if nothing had happened and shortly afterwards S Sreesanth sent him a shortish ball that barely climbed knee height, which caused some amusement.He was batting on a strip which was with some up-and-down sort of bounce apparently prepared by Kirsten as part of preparations for the three-match Tests series against South Africa starting at Centurion on December 16.”You can’t control these sorts of situations in a net environment. It even happens in India; guys get hit on the glove and so on. You just have to hope nothing too serious occurs,” said Kirsten afterwards of Tendulkar’s minor scare.advertisement”Interestingly enough the one net here is pretty flat and low and the other is going around a bit. The guys wanted to use the one that was more (spicy). I’m pretty excited about that; we’ll use the one that?s going around a bit again tomorrow,” he said.Kirsten wanted to simulate the South African pitch conditions as best as possible as India are not having any warm-up game before the Test series.The Indian squad will reach Centurion on Monday.
Somdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.