The Citizen Online National 5.5.2014 05.00 pm FILE PICTURE: An IEC official scans a green bar coded ID book at a voter registration center in Melville, Johannesburg, 10 November 2013. Picture: Tracy lee Stark The home affairs department has extended its office hours in the lead-up to and on election day, it said on Monday. The department would open all of its offices across the country on Wednesday from 7am to 9pm in line with voting hours to assist citizens with the voting process, spokesman Lunga Ngqengelele said in a statement. It had already extended its office hours for Monday and Tuesday, from 7.30am to 7.30pm.
Ibogaine Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs. Ibogaine is also used to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Minimum Legal Drinking Ages around the World The minimum legal drinking age varies dramatically around the world. Most such laws apply only to drinking alcoholic beverages in public locations. The only country with a minimum legal age for consuming alcohol at home is the United Kingdom, which prohibits drinking below the age of six. The average (mean) minimum legal drinking age around the globe is 15.9. The majority of countries have set the drinking age at 18. In fifty countries the minimum age is lower than 18 and in 12 countries it is higher than 18.
Accelerating Future » Top 10 Transhumanist Technologies Transhumanists advocate the improvement of human capacities through advanced technology. Not just technology as in gadgets you get from Best Buy, but technology in the grander sense of strategies for eliminating disease, providing cheap but high-quality products to the world’s poorest, improving quality of life and social interconnectedness, and so on. Technology we don’t notice because it’s blended in with the fabric of the world, but would immediately take note of its absence if it became unavailable.
Meet the 12 year old with an IQ higher than Stephen Hawking’s - TNW Shareables (Build 20110318052756) As a three year old with a passion for stars he went on a tour of the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium at Butler University in Indianapolis. This is the day his mother Kristin Barnett would never forget (via the IndyStar): “We were in the crowd, just sitting, listening to this guy ask the crowd if anyone knew why the moons going around Mars were potato-shaped and not round.Jacob raised his hand and said, ‘Excuse me, but what are the sizes of the moons around Mars?’ ”The lecturer answered, and Jacob looked at him and said the “gravity of the planet . . . is so large that (the moon’s) gravity would not be able to pull it into a round shape.”Silence. Meet Jacob Barnett, now 12 years old, mildly autistic and with an IQ of 170 – higher than Stephen Hawkings and Albert Einstein. At age three, he was solving 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and now he’s already got a paid research position at Indiana University.
LABOR - Germany's Air Berlin says will cut 900 jobs BERLIN - Agence France-Presse Germany's number two airline, Air Berlin, said on Tuesday it would slash about 900 jobs or nearly 10 percent of its workforce in a bid to get back in the black after nearly five years of losses.The troubled airline unveiled details of what it called its two-year "Turbine" programme extending across all its business divisions and focusing "on its key markets on the basis of a stringent business model"."'Turbine' has defined initiatives of around 400 million euros ($535 million) by the end of 2014 to achieve a lastingly competitive result," the company said in a statement."The programme covers all areas of operation and relationships with business partners as well.
Biopresence – Human DNA Trees Imagine a graveyard without tombstones, instead there are growing trees that contain genetic material of the deceased people burried there. Biopresence creates Human DNA trees by transcoding the essence of a human being within the DNA of a tree in order to create “Living Memorials” or “Transgenic Tombstones”. Biopresence uses the DNA Manifold algorithm, which allows for the transcoding and entwinement of human and tree DNAs.
Science Says: Lungs Love Weed Breathe easy, tokers. Smoking marijuana in moderate amounts may not be so bad for your lungs, after all. A new study, published in this month's Journal of the American Medical Association, tested the lung function of over 5,000 young adults between 18 and 30 to determine marijuana's effect on lungs.
Researchers Create the World's First Fully Synthetic, Self-Repli If figuring out how to quickly sequence genomes was but the first small step for genetics, Craig Venter has gone ahead and made a giant leap for the discipline. The J. Craig Venter Institute announced today that it has created the world's first synthetic cell, boasting a completely synthetic chromosome produced by a machine. "This is the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer," Venter said in a press conference. The biological breakthrough could have myriad applications, as it essentially opens the door to engineered biology that is completely manipulated by laboratory scientists. The researchers are already planning to create a specially engineered algae designed to trap carbon dioxide and convert it to biofuel.
How can I improve my short term memory? Q: How can I improve my memory? Is there a daily exercise I can do to improve it? A: The most important component of memory is attention. By choosing to attend to something and focus on it, you create a personal interaction with it, which gives it personal meaning, making it easier to remember. Elaboration and repetition are the most common ways of creating that personal interaction. Elaboration involves creating a rich context for the experience by adding together visual, auditory, and other information about the fact. Wiltshire shooting: Solicitor James Ward who was blasted in the head with a sawn-off shotgun as he sat in his office has died after three weeks in hospital Married father-of-three James Ward, 58, died in hospital surrounded by his familyProperty developer Michael Chudleigh had already been charged with attempted murderPolice say they will work with Crown Prosecution Service to ensure charges reflect Mr Ward's death By Helen Lawson Published: 16:32 GMT, 23 July 2012 | Updated: 16:37 GMT, 23 July 2012 A solicitor who was shot in the head at his firm's offices in Devizes has died of his injuries with his family by his side. James Ward, 58, was shot by property developer Michael Chudleigh with a sawn-off shotgun on Monday July 2.
Lucky fruits A Chinese farmer, Gao Xianzhang, has invented baby-shaped buddha pears and he is planning to export his idea. The produce became a success in his local province since people seem to think the pear gives them good luck. He has created a series of 10,000 this season and plans to take the fruits of his labour to the UK and Europe. Gao spent six years perfecting the intricate baby-shaped pears, carefully crafting each one which grows inside an individual mould. Based on his experience I can imagine a whole new range of moulded pears appearing from China. Luckily for Gao, he should have few problems getting his quirky shaped fruits past EU officials.
Cannabis seeds species genetic origins and history of marijuana strains Although thousands of hybridized cannabis seeds varieties have been created by enthusiastic home and professional seed breeders, the fundamental genetic stock of traditional cannabis seeds strains is well-known and respected. Consider strains presented here the basic colour palette from which breeders mix and combine to create limitless diversity of new cannabis strains. Base origins and history of cannabis strains: Columbian aka Gold: It was one of the original sativa strains imported, that fueled the sixties marijuana renaissance in North America.
Stem-Cell-Coated Contact Lenses Are Curing the Blind Researchers in Australia have come up with an outwardly simple but incredibly ingenious way of curing blindness caused by corneal damage: Take everyday contact lenses, already used by millions (including me), and infuse them with a patient's own stem cells. After wearing them for about 2 weeks, test subjects reported a seemingly miraculous restoration of sight. Is it that easy? Most of the patients had only lost vision in one eye, so stem cells were harvested from their good eye and then plated onto contact lenses.