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Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin
RT Times reports that Alexanderplatz square in Berlin has become the stage for an art piece which celebrates whistleblowers and encourages ordinary citizens to speak out. "They have lost their freedom for the truth, so they remind us how important it is to know the truth," says sculptor Davide Dormino. The life-sized statues of the three whistleblowers stand upon three chairs, as if speaking in an impromptu public meeting.
Next to them is a fourth, empty chair. "The fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want," says the artist. Dormino, who came up with the idea together with the US journalist Charles Glass, specifically chose a classical bronze statue for his depiction – and not an installation or abstract piece – since statues are usually made of establishment figures. According to Domino while men who order others to their deaths get immortalized, those who resist are often forgotten, so "the statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war." Activists and members of Germany's Green party unveiled the life-size bronze statues on May Day.
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Wow is right, and in Berlin of all places. This is brilliant.
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Common hawk-cuckoo, the brainfever bird
This cuckoo which is widely heard but rarely seen in the Indian subcontinent is famous for its call during the breeding season which has earned it several oenametapoeic names ranging from papeeha in Hindi to Brainfever bird. It has nothing to do with actual brain fever (encephalitis) though, with the name coming from the resemblance to its call. The calls are usually at dusk when it is very difficult to spot in the thick vegetation. It has indistinct banding on its belly and yellow iris and yellow eyering with a grey beak and barred tails. When juvenile they have vertical streaking on the belly and all these attire make its a close mimic of the shikra (Indian sparrowhawk). It is not uncommon for this bird to get a knocking from other birds like drongo who mob and attack them thinking it is the predatory raptor shikra. Hierococcyx varius #Birds   #birdphotography  
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Indian Thick-Knee Burhinus indicus 
This strange looking bird, also called Indian stone-curlew is a master of camouflage as it merges well into the open scrub habitat it prefers. Although classified as a wader, it is mostly found in dry open habitats although water bodies are usually not that far off. They are very vocal at dusk time, when they can start a chorus. They are closely related but smaller than Eurasian thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus. and got species status only recently. Most of the time, they are seen only when flushed when they practically explode out of the ground, or look like some eeerie eyes peeping out of the grass. #Birds   #birdphotography  
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+Shirley Lim Thank you. 
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Genetic basis for Mosquito Bite propensity. 
Why do some people attract all the mosquitoes while others are lucky? 
The answer seems to be in the genes. Scientists comparing identical and fraternal twins have zeroed in a genetic basis for why some people are tastier for mosquitoes. They compared 18 pairs of identical twins and 19 pairs of fraternal twins to see if there was any preference by mosquitoes. While there was biased preference between fraternal twins, there was none for identical twins. #mosquitoes   #mosquitobite   #genetics  
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Very good to know, +Able Lawrence :)
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Massive Richter 7.9 Earthquake strikes Nepal, tremors felt across India
Massive Earthquake strikes Nepal with epicenter near Pokhara (near everest base camp) and felt across the gangetic plains from Jaipur and Delhi to Lucknow and Kolkota.  There is little information on casualties #earthquake  
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/massive-tremors-felt-in-delhi-other-parts-of-north-india-758050
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Feeling helpless. If you know of any one person I can help directly, please, let them know I'll do what what I can...
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Chinese scientists attempts at editing human embryos using CRISPR/Cas hits hurdles 
New genome editing techniques like CRISPR/Cas, TALE and Zn finger nucleases are hoped to power the next generation of genetic manipulations increasingly called by the lofty term, genome engineering/editing. Besides very low success rates, the system had far too many off-target mutations prompting abandonment of further attempts. Long way to go before these technologies reach the clinics. #CRIPRcas   #genomeediting  
CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing in human tripronuclear zygotes 
http://www.nature.com/news/chinese-scientists-genetically-modify-human-embryos-1.17378?WT.mc_id=FBK_NatureNews#/b1
Rumours of germline modification prove true — and look set to reignite an ethical debate.
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+Jyoti Q Dahiya All genetic manipulation is highly wasteful. Same with existing transgenic technologies in mice. You have to deal with hundreds of embryos and a lot of trial and error to be reliable for human use. Results are not surprising. 
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Date with Albert Einstein! 
Was pleasantly surprised with the legacy of Anna Marie Grosholtz (Madame Tussaud) at Bakers street, London.
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Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis 
A black and white patterned water kingfisher, which has the uncanny ability to hover over targets in water before plunging for the kill. It is widely distributed in the old world (Africa and Asia) and is related (shared ancestor) with the american green kingfisher. Due to their ability to hover over water, they do not dependent on perches and therefore can exploit larger water bodies. #Birds   #birdphotography   #kingfisher  
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Eurasian cuckoo Cuculis canorus 
Also called, common cuckoo gives its name to all the cuckoo since the word itself comes from its oenametapoeic call "cuck oo". However like other "common" birds, they are not all that common in these parts in India and is a rare winter visitor. During winter they travel as far south as they can go, Sri Lanka in south Asia and southern Africa while they move north to enjoy the fruits of summer. Unlike other migrants, they prefer warmth as their primary diet, caterpillars need warm weather. This one (or a pair) have been in our campus for a couple of weeks at first mystifying us with the call that sounds like the "cuckoo clock" and then better and better glimpses concluding with this. This time it didnt fly away, perhaps the caterpillar feast was too tempting in comparison to our annoyance. With +Rushil Fernandes  and Dr Rahul Pal (NII)
#Birds   #Cuckoo   #BirdPhotography  
Here is some interesting material on egg patterning and brood parasitism by common cuckoo  https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/mimicry-the-nefarious-cuckoo/
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An interesting link I found regarding the common cuckoo brood parasitism  https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/mimicry-the-nefarious-cuckoo/
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Spotted Owlet Athene brama 
A small owlet commonly seen near villages, agricultural lands and open forests the from southern Iran and Afghanistan to India, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Strangely not reported from Sri Lanka (despite being common across the Palk Strait in south India) or Malaysia/Indonesia area. #Owl   #Owlet   #Birds   #BirdPhotography  
Taken with the aid of my new monopod (Manfrotto 680B with a Imdur Arca Swiss ball head). 
More on spotted owlet http://www.hbw.com/species/spotted-owlet-athene-brama
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Adorable. Too bad some people are rude 
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Mycoplasma implicated in the mysterious disease affecting transplant patients 
Hyperammonemia was killing transplant patients the cause was unknown until the recent discovery implicating ureaplasmas a kind of mycoplasmas living in urinary tract. 
Study fingers bacteria that cause lethal increase in ammonia levels
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Magnolias in London
Spring time in London, with the magnificient magnolias and beautiful trees with theit tiny green young shoots but very few birds. Couldn't make any posts during the London visit as I was busy with the conference and trying to make the best of spare time. 
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  • SGPGIMS
    DM Clinical Immunology, 2001 - 2003
  • PGIMER
    MD Internal Medicine, 1997 - 2000
  • Kozhikode Medical College
    MBBS, 1989 - 1995
  • Sainik School Kazhakootam SSKZM
    1982 - 1989
  • St Mary's High School
    1977 - 1982
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Physician, Rheumatologist and Immunologist, Closet Geek, Mad about Birds, Photography,technology, statistics, physics, and food. Wanna be philosopher.
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Additional Professor, Department of Clinical Immunology, SGPGIMS, Lucknow
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Volunteered for Live vaccine Phase I trial
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Doctor; Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology
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Rheumatology, Statistics
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  • SGPGIMS
    Additional Professor, Clinical Immunology, 2011 - present
  • SGPGIMS
    Associate Professor, Clinical Immunology, 2008 - 2011
  • SGPGIMS
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Immunology, 2004 - 2008
  • Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
    Assistant Professor, Rheumatology and Immunology, 2004 - 2004
  • SGPGIMS
    Specialist Registrar, Clinical Immunology, 2000 - 2003
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Kerala - Kozhikode - Chandigarh - Kochi - Thiruvananthapuram
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Tardy delivery (Took weeks) Nasty fine print. (It says goods once accepted during delivery won't be returned or refunded). No return or refund policy for bad goods. Extremely poor packaging. Both the package and the furniture (showing outside through packaging) were damaged. Once the damaged goods were rejected, they had no policy to return it. They want to force the customer to accept the damaged goods while their terms say that they will not refund once the consignment is accepted. This is contrary to industry practice followed by other e-commerce sites like amazon or fabfurnish or shoppers stop! "This is with regards to the mail appended below. We Sincerely understand the concern. We would request you to kindly accept the consignment. The damage part would get replaced once we get to know the details. Kindly confirm back , so as to make an arrangement to deliver the material at your residence. Thanks for the assistance and patience. Warm Regards, Anand A. Asst Manager E- Commerce."
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Such a wonderful but not very famous bird sanctuary. Quite place ideal for Birding. Lots of varieties of birds. If seriously into Birding, worth several days. I went there with +Nigil Haroon
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reviewed 9 months ago
Worst Movie 3D theater and the most atrocious experience ever. Glasses were so scratched and dirty, it was way better without glasses despite the double images. Avoid if you can. Saw the Sunday evening 7.50 pm show on 25th May (X Men)
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