Curry can help kill cancer cells with the help of nanoparticles
Nanoparticles were able to carry the curry compound, curcumin, into cancer cells. Curcumin can be found in turmeric, known for its bright yellow powder. When curcumin is absorbed into tumor cells, this stops the faulty cell’s growth cycle.
But it’s not always been easy to get curcumin into the cancer cell … until now. With these “CurcuEmulsome” nanoparticles, curcumin was transported directly inside and yielded positive results in the fight against cancer.
For more detail on the research, read the full piece in the Journal of Nanobiotechnology available free via Open Access research.
"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison." Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
I met Nelson Mandela … ok, it was in a receiving line at a reception at the U.N. when my wife worked there in the 1990s and he wouldn’t have known me from Adam but I did shake his hand … and I knew the tortured history of South Africa, mostly through my secretary who was from South Africa and had a pretty balanced view, and Peter Limb’s (still) excellent book Nelson Mandela: A Biography which is a short, excellent balanced, fair, “the good, the bad, the ugly” account of his life.
Nelson Mandela was a political activist. He ran in the first election he was allowed to run in … and won, obviously. When politics had failed him, he joined the African National Congress (ANC), which engaged in infrastructure terrorism against an oppressive state. He was not some safe, muppety civil rights activist. So we shouldn’t take someone out of politics and make him a saint, someone totally sui generis, impossible to keep in context. We can learn plenty from what Mandela got right and we only got right much, much later.
With the deification of Mandela in progress its hard to remember the heinous acts he committed and that he was considered a terrorist by many foreign governments. He remained on the U.S. terrorism watch list until 2008, when old George W. signed a bill removing Mandela from it. Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also described Mandela’s ANC as a “typical terrorist organization” in 1987, refusing to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid regime. President Ronald Reagan did as well. In 1986, former Vice President Dick Cheney, then a congressman, voted along with 179 other members of the House against a non-binding resolution to recognize the ANC and call on the South African government to release Mandela from prison. The measure finally passed, but not before a veto attempt by Reagan. In 2000, Cheney maintained that he’d cast the correct vote. Yes the old saw: one man’s “terrorist” is another man’s “freedom fighter”.
But its very easy to disassociate oneself from the will to commit acts of terrorism in the name of the “struggle ” when you were not the oppressed nor the one fighting for freedom. Not ever having experienced poverty, oppression, political abuse, police brutality or being kept from receiving a solid education I really cannot comment on whether or not I would have been inclined to do the same thing. As the poet said “desperate times do the unfortunate”.
Many anti-Communists and Cold Warriors feared that releasing Nelson Mandela from jail, especially amid the collapse of South Africa’s apartheid government, would create a Cuba on the Cape of Good Hope at best and an African Cambodia at worst. But they were wrong. Far, far, far from any of that, Nelson Mandela turned out to be one of the 20th Century’s great moral leaders, right up there with Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He surprised, shocked them.
The tragic central reality of so much human conflict through history is its self-sustaining nature. Injustice breeds resentment. Resentment generates rage. Rage curdles into a lust for revenge. It takes uncommon courage to break this vicious cycle.
The genius of Nelson Mandela was his immediate understanding that genuine freedom required not just the removal of the shackles that constrained him and his fellow blacks under apartheid. True liberation meant discarding the mental chains that tied them—and the rest of us—to the instantly gratifying but ultimately destructive pursuit of vengeance.
But reason does not always bend to the will. The greatness of Mandela resided in his character: the extraordinary moral strength to subordinate the natural urge for revenge to the greater good of reconciliation. If you read his speeches, watch the newsreels, you see the strength.
Yes, South Africa still has a long way to go but it is a better nation because of this remarkable man’s leadership. The world is a better place because of his example.
36 Depressingly Unfortunate Signs That You’re An American
1. You know more items on the McDonald’s dollar menu than you do state capitals.
2. The last piece of literature you read was either The Great Gatsby back in high school or one of The Hunger Games books.
3. You think it’s your god-given right to have a gun but not affordable healthcare.
4. You think “socialism” is an evil word despite having no idea what it actually is.
5. You’re oblivious to the fact that socialism works in other countries.
6. You live in crippling fear you’ll acquire a medical condition your insurance doesn’t cover.
7. When an athlete sexually assaults someone, you expect them to go without punishment because that’s just the norm here.
8. You know somebody who is against abortion yet believes the underprivileged youth enabled by the lack of abortions should “pull themselves up by their bootstraps” and don’t deserve any help.
9. You know the last 10 American Idol winners but not the last 10 armed conflicts the United States has been involved in.
10. You believe Europe still “owes” the United States for saving it in WWII (even though it happened 70 years ago and you didn’t serve in the war).
11. You forgot that WWII started in 1939 and not 1941.
12. You believe America was chiefly responsible for beating Nazi Germany and not the Soviet Union.
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13. You either ignore or are ignorant of France’s contributions to the birth of the United States (hint: The U.S. couldn’t have done it without them).
14. You learn about a cure for a medical ailment you have only to find out no insurance companies in the United States cover it yet it’s totally free in Europe.
15. You’ve gone bankrupt from medical bills.
16. You’re middle class and believe that the working class are your true enemy, not the super-rich.
17. You prefer vapid Internet lists to proper articles.
18. You know more NFL quarterbacks than presidents.
19. You can’t name any presidents aside from Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, Kennedy, and everyone from Carter through Obama.
20. You think that buying a $2 “support our troops” bumper sticker from a gas station constitutes supporting the troops.
21. You legitimately believe that other countries hate us “because we’re free.”
22. You own more than one piece of american flag paraphernalia.
23. You’ve un-ironically used the term “freedom fries” to refer to french fries.
24. You know more celebrities than you do foreign countries.
25. You’re more familiar with Jennifer Lawrence GIFs than you are with the capitals of foreign countries.
26. Your tax dollars have gone towards bailing out people who have more money than you will make in 20 lifetimes.
27. You can’t fill in more than North America and a handful of European countries on a blank world map.
28. You think that trivial social justice issues like privilege shaming are more important than the abhorrent conditions of workers who mine rare earth metals in other countries.
29. You think that Africa is just deserts, poverty, and roving bands of warrior children.
30. You think that every country that ends in “stan” is in the Middle East.
31. You think that the demonyms “Mexican” and “Spanish” are appropriate to use for every person who comes from a South or Central American country
32. You use the terms “Indian,” “Muslim,” and “Arab” interchangeably.
33. You were conned into going into debt for a piece of paper with the promise that it would get you a job only to have the same people who made this promise turn around and chastise you for going into debt for a piece of paper.
34. You’ve lined up for a “door buster” Black Friday sale.
35. You’ve seen “Go back to your own country” used to refute any and all criticism against the United States.
36. You have unprecedented access to information and art, but can’t think of anything to do besides read and write this kind of whiny crap.TC Mark
Snatching away the glittering prizes: austerity is hitting UK students hard
By Robert Shrimsley of the Financial Times
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An FT series has highlighted the difficulties facing new graduates. Ministers and universities are at the centre of a new mis-selling scandal after it emerged that they were packaging up and selling student loans on a promise of a brighter future that does not deliver.
Many of the degrees on offer were rated AAA but led to only junk status jobs. “I read The Glittering Prizes,” said one graduate. “There was nothing in it about becoming an assistant manager at Aldi.” Students have complained that they took the loans under different economic conditions when they expected to leave college and walk into a top job at the BBC. Many have been forced to accept jobs in offices or at lower levels than suggested by any of their own assessments of their abilities.
The scale of the mis-selling is demonstrated by the fact the mean starting salary for a graduate is now around £3,000 less than the national average. Some face waits of up to four years before they will earn more than most of the population. Even those who land good jobs are having to scale back their dreams. “Jérôme Kerviel nearly brought down Société Générale in his late 20s. You’d never get a chance like that so young these days,” said one.
Others were enduring the indignity of having to begin their careers with non-graduate jobs and work their way up. “I know there has been an economic crisis,” said one, “but no one said it would affect graduates.”
In London, the combination of rising rents and lower salaries means graduates are having to live in really unfashionable areas, like the suburbs where their parents were raised.
The university experience has also been soured for many. Some students complain they cannot afford to get drunk as often as they used to. Even members of Oxford’s elite Bullingdon Club report now having to fuel their drunken rampage on Prosecco. A recent rampage by the club which once counted David Cameron and Boris Johnson as members ended without a single restaurant being smashed up although members did at least deface a bus timetable.
Drugs are also more difficult to come by. One second year said his dealer had raised prices and that he was now having to compete for the best gear with members of the Co-operative movement.
The expansion of university education has also made it far harder for those who had previously planned to cruise through their humanities degree in an alcoholic stupour before cramming for their finals at the last minute. In the newly competitive environment many graduates complain that employers are suddenly “getting all stuck-up” about a mediocre degree.
Where previously only medical and other vocational students had to put in the hours at college, some campuses report that even English Literature students are having to work hard. Others say the increasing competition in the labour market means they have to do “like, really boring degrees” to get a good job.
Ministers say there was no mis-selling, that graduates remain the most fortunate of their generation and that the prospects for non-graduates are even worse. But that does little to assuage the disappointed grads.
The pressures on the so-called “Generation Y isn’t life easier?” cohort are greater at home. Many say their parents still expect them to have better lives than they did.
So parents are now being urged to manage their own expectations for their kids and to stop telling them they can be anything they want to be. One father said: “I still tell my kids to follow their passion, I just say to make sure their passion is engineering.”…