Cancer cases may rise 6 times among women in 20 years

Sushmi Dey| TNN | Feb 4, 2017, 03.37 PM IST

Cancer cases may rise 6 times among women in 20 years (Getty Images)Cancer cases may rise 6 times among women in 20 years (Getty Images)
Incidence of cancer is projected to be six times more among women over the next two decades, mainly because of obesity , according to an assessment by Cancer Research, UK.Several of the obesity related cancers only affect women leading to a greater possibility of the disease among them. Besides obesity, smoking is also considered a significant reason for faster rate of cancer among women.

Cases of ovarian, cervical and oral cancers are predicted to rise the most, the analysis said. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the five leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity and to bacco and alcohol use.

The new data released by WHO, ahead of World Cancer Day on February 4, shows that the disease is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally with around 8.8 million deaths from cancer reported every year. According to the UN agency , lowand middle-income countries account for two-thirds of cancer deaths as many of them lack early screening and basic treatment facilities for all.

Over 10 lakh new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in India. However, due to late diagnosis over 7 lakh people die from the disease every year. Projections by Indian Council of Medical Research show India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020.


AIDS virus almost half a billion years old: Scientists

<p>AIDS virus almost half a billion years old: Scientists<br></p>AIDS virus almost half a billion years old: Scientists

Retroviruses, the family of viruses that includes HIV, are almost half a billion years old – several hundred million years older than previously thought, claim scientists from Oxford University.

New research suggests that retroviruses have ancient marine origins, having been with their animal hosts through the evolutionary transition from sea to land.

Until now, it was thought that retroviruses were relative newcomers – possibly as recent as 100 million years in age.

“Our research shows that retroviruses are at least 450 million years old, if not older, and that they must have originated together with, if not before, their vertebrate hosts in the early Paleozoic era,” explained Dr Aris Katzourakis from Oxford University’s department of zoology.

Furthermore, they would have been present in our vertebrate ancestors prior to the colonisation of land and have accompanied their hosts throughout this transition from sea to land, all the way up until the present day.

Retroviruses are a family of viruses that includes the HIV virus responsible for the AIDS pandemic.

They can also cause cancers and immuno deficiencies in a range of animals.

The ‘retro’ part of their name comes from the fact they are made of RNA, which they can convert into DNA and insert into their host genome.

In this study, the researchers unearthed genomic fossils for foamy-like retroviruses in highly diverse hosts, including ray-finned fish and amphibians in which they had not previously been found.

“We need to consider the adaptations that vertebrates have developed to combat viruses, and the corresponding viral countermeasures, as the product of a continuous arms race that stretches back hundreds of millions of years,” Katzourakis noted in the journal Nature Communications.

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The findings will help researchers understand more about the continuing ‘arms race’ between viruses and their hosts


Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years

<p>Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years<br></p>Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years

Delhiites woke up to apocalyptic grey skies as a heavy smog hung over the city on Wednesday , reducing visibility to its lowest for the month of November in many years. The air quality was so poor that it was comparable to the post-Diwali spike in pollution. The air quality index for 4pm on November 2 was 432, in the “severe” category , while the index on October 31 (post Diwali) was 445.
The Met office said visibility at the IGI Airport was in the range of 300-500m -on a par with dense fog days seen in December and January -which was the worst the city has witnessed in November in many years. An official said Wednesday’s visibility was poorer than in November 2012, when the city had the worst smog (for the month) in recent years.

The smog thickened by nightfall and at 9pm, visibility at IGI had dropped to 250m. Experts called for an “emergency response” since the air quality has been in severe or very poor levels for more than a week now .On Wednesday , PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) concentrations peaked to dangerous levels in the morning. PM 2.5 levels crossed highs of more than 700 micrograms per cubic metres at various locations such as R K Puram, Punjabi Bagh and Anand Vihar on Wednesday morning after 7.30 am. The PM 10 (coarse pollution particles) levels peaked to 1,600 micrograms per cubic metres at these locations and remained higher than 1,000 micrograms per cubic metres for most of the day .

Scientists at air quality monitoring agencies said the very high levels of pollution were due to the cumulative impact of crop residue burning in neighbouring states and pollutants emitted on Diwali, which were still lingering in the air . “Look at the large-scale crop stubble burning in Punjab. NASA images show smoke has spread all over the region. The pollutants cannot disperse because of the calm conditions,” said a scientist from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The wind speed through Wednesday remained extremely low , around zero metres per second.

“The crop fires have been going on for weeks now . Also, the firecrackers burst on Diwali are still hanging in the air. There is no immediate intervention to address this. We need the government to take emergency action now . How else will the levels come down?” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury from the Centre for Science and Environment.Some scientists in pollution monitoring agencies even suggested that primary schools should be closed so that children are not exposed to such high pollution levels.

In Beijing, as part of their four-tier pollution alarm system, this kind of severe air pollution on three consecutive days would result in a “red alert”, where schools and kindergartens are closed, power plants directed to cut emissions, car use regulated according to number plates (restrictions similar to odd-even).

Delhi government did announce a winter action plan on Tuesday which includes crackdown on construction sites violating norms, reviving the Swachh Delhi app, re-starting vacuum cleaning of streets and sprinkling of water on arterial roads to tamp down the dust and others. But it didn’t announce any timeline for implementing these plans. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research under ministry of earth sciences on its website said when firecracker emissions were about to dissipate, wind direction on November 1 evening became north-westerly for a few hours before settling down to north-easterly.


Free Hulu is gone, but its spirit died six years ago

No more free Hulu

Earlier this week, Hulu unceremoniously killed off the free web version of its streaming video service.

Hulu didn’t send a press release, write a blog post, or make a peep on Twitter about the change. Instead, the news emerged in a story by The Hollywood Reporter, which noted that Hulu will send out messages to affected users in the coming days, along with free trials to the paid version. Variety reports that Hulu will phase out its free service over the next few weeks.

While this is technically the end for Hulu’s free website, the impact and implications have been overblown by tech writers and TV industry observers. The truth is that Hulu lost its zeal for free streaming years ago. Shutting down the free section of is more symbolic than consequential, especially because free TV episodes from the major networks will remain available elsewhere for the foreseeable future.

Free Hulu: A history of disdain

When Hulu launched its Hulu Plus subscription service in 2010, the free version quickly became an afterthought. If you wanted Hulu on iPhones, iPads, game consoles and smart TVs, you needed to pay $8 per month for Hulu Plus. There was no free version for this new wave of connected devices, because the entire Hulu Plus strategy hinged on acquiring paying customers.

Hulu even attacked workarounds that let people stream where they weren’t supposed to. The company blocked access to the free website through TV-optimized PC software such as Boxee and Kylo, and through Google TV devices. When Android phones gained the ability to run Adobe Flash, Hulu blocked those devices, too.

Although Hulu did flirt with the idea of free content on mobile devices a couple of years ago, the experiment didn’t last long. Free episodes on Android disappeared sometime in the last year, while promises of a free iPhone version never materialized at all.

Meanwhile, Hulu has pushed its free web version into obscurity. For at least the last six months, visiting brought you to a splash page that advertises Hulu’s subscription services, with no obvious link to the site’s full TV episodes. The only way to reach the free content now is to sign in, click on your name, and then click “TV” on the top navigation bar. Even then, finding full episodes takes some digging.


Hulu’s website acts as if the free version doesn’t exist.

Over at Slate, Will Oremus argues that Hulu slowly conditioned us not to want the free version, first with an eight-day delay on new episodes for non-subscribers, then by introducing lots of repetitive ads (a problem, by the way, the paid version also suffers from). But the truth is that we conditioned ourselves for paid Hulu by using our PCs less often and demanding, justifiably, that our post-PC devices have access to the latest videos. Hulu merely set device boundaries six years ago and stuck with them.

Why is Hulu doing this?

With the end of free Hulu, some observers have argued that the company’s media conglomerate owners (Comcast, Disney, Fox, and now Time Warner) are sending a message: If you want Hollywood content, you’ll have to pay for it.

Reality is that the free content model doesn’t work, at least not for Hulu. The company has been spending a lot of money on content in the last year as it tries to keep up with Netflix and Amazon, both of which charge for their services. It bought the rights to the full Seinfeld catalog, signed an expansive deal for Disney Channel shows, secured streaming rights to new FX and AMC series, and invested in an ambitious slate of original programming.

Even with this new emphasis on paid subscriptions, Hulu’s bets might not be paying off. There are signs that the company’s subscriber growth is slowing, and in a recent New York Times report, analyst Richard Greenfield estimated the company was losing close to $500 million per year. A model that focused on free, ad-supported content would likely put Hulu even deeper in the hole.

What this means for you

While will no longer host free content, those episodes aren’t going away.

Individual networks, such as NBC, ABC, and Fox, will continue to stream full episodes on their own desktop websites, and without Hulu’s navigational hurdles. NBC and ABC even offer free shows on mobile and connected TV devices. In other words, these networks still believe in giving TV episodes away, but only if you engage directly with their brands on their own terms.

Then again, you also have Yahoo View, which will act as a portal for the latest five episodes (with an eight-day delay) of network TV shows. Yahoo might even provide a better experience than Hulu did, with show pages that include extras, previews, recaps, and links to related Tumblr blogs.

The bigger concern, over the long term, is whether Hulu is interested in streaming recent TV episodes at all.

Before Time Warner agreed to buy 10 percent of Hulu last week, the company was reportedly angling for Hulu to phase out next-day episodes as a condition of a larger investment. At the same time, Hulu is developing a live TV bundle, due next year, to compete with services such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. This bundle will reportedly cost $30 to $40 per month, and it’s not hard to imagine Hulu’s backers withholding next-day shows from the $8-per-month service to bolster the pricier bundle.

After all, Hulu has already pivoted away from free TV once, with the arrival of Hulu Plus. Once its live TV bundle arrives, Hulu’s on-demand service might face a similar fate.

BMW celebrates 30 years of M3 with M3 30 Jahre limited edition

BMW celebrates 30 years of M3 with M3 30 Jahre limited edition

BMW celebrates 30 years of M3 with M3 30 Jahre restrained edition
BMW launched the first ever M3 lower back in 1986 and in flip revolutionised the small speedy sedan as we realize it. on account that then, the M3 has constantly refined its iconic repute throughout 5 modelgenerations. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the authentic E30 M3, BMW’s M department has preparedthe M3 30 Jahre confined edition, that is restricted within the uk to simplest 30 automobiles.

The M3 30 Jahre edition builds at the competition package deal that is available for the usual M3. Theopposition package raises the engine output by way of 19hp to 450hp. additionally covered on thisversion is the adaptive M suspension, revised springs, dampers and stabilisers and modified active M differential on the rear axle. furthermore, this new model also includes forged 20-inch wheels withexceptional alloy design.

BMW says all of these measures cause a major growth in performance. The M3 30 Jahre edition with the 7-velocity M DCT gearbox sprints from 0 to 100kmph in only four seconds, that is zero.1 seconds quickerthan the standard version.

Priced at £eighty two,675 (Rs 81.22 lakh), the M3 30 Jahre edition is going on sale later this yr, this beingexactly 30 years after the sale of the first-ever M3. The latter made its debut at the 1985 Frankfurt Motordisplay.

Apple denies file it will forestall promoting iTunes music downloads in as low as two years

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Mark Mulligan, a music enterprise analyst at Canadian music Week, told digital track information that musicdownloads still generate a variety of money. He projected that they might generate upwards of $600 million in 2019. Mulligan additionally estimates, however, that with the aid of 2020 sales from Apple music subscriptionscould have surpassed iTunes keep sales even at their peak.

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Apple shares hit their lowest level in almost 2 years

Apple store Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China

ares of Apple, down more than 12 percent this year, fell as much as 1 percent Friday to the lowest level since June 2014.

The stock briefly traded at $91.99, a new near two-year low. The stock closed down 0.56 percent at $92.72 and was about 1.5 percent lower for the week.

Apple, once considered a darling among Wall Street investors and analysts, has been under pressure recently. On Tuesday, the stock snapped an eight-day losing streak, its longest in nearly two decades.
The company also reported its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales last week, as well as its first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003.

Apple shares hit their lowest level in almost 2 years

Apple store Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China

ares of Apple, down more than 12 percent this year, fell as much as 1 percent Friday to the lowest level since June 2014.

The stock briefly traded at $91.99, a new near two-year low. The stock closed down 0.56 percent at $92.72 and was about 1.5 percent lower for the week.

Apple, once considered a darling among Wall Street investors and analysts, has been under pressure recently. On Tuesday, the stock snapped an eight-day losing streak, its longest in nearly two decades.
The company also reported its first-ever quarterly decline in iPhone sales last week, as well as its first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003.

Zuckerberg sees ‘better than human’ AI in subsequent 10 years

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Mark Zuckerberg expects synthetic intelligence will development to make computers better than people atsimple sensory belief inside the subsequent 10 years, and that fb will emerge as knowing loads extraapproximately you than it does now.

The prediction is the modern day from a top tech CEO to signify the short improvement being made inmachine mastering systems that just a few years in the past would have struggled to apprehend a caninefrom a cat.

The fb CEO was speakme approximately middle things that people do, together with seeing, listening toand information language and became careful to clarify that computers will nonetheless have limitedcompetencies elsewhere.

that does not imply that the computer systems can be wondering or be generally better, however that isuseful for a range of of things,” he told monetary analysts on a conference name on Wednesday.

In current months, senior executives at Google have additionally talked up AI. last month, Eric Schmidtpredicted computers could be capable of do some thingshigher than people” and this month Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated AI might enable a new breed of bots.

facebook is making an investment loads of effort in synthetic intelligence as it attempts to construct out smarter — some may say creepier — functions into its provider. one of the most seen at present is a facerecognition system that often figures out the identity of humans in uploaded photos.

Zuckerberg stated fb additionally uses synthetic intelligence algorithms in its spam filtering, but the agencyhas broader plans.

For one, it intends to look extra deeply into what each user is posting, sharing and eating to give them a morepersonalized newsfeed.

“We don’t absolutely have a look at the photo and deeply recognize what’s in it or observe the videos andunderstand what’s in it or read the hyperlinks that humans percentage and apprehend what’s in them, butin the future we’re going to be able to, I think in a 5 or 10-12 months duration,” he said.

The result can be a fb this is ever greater customized for its customers, however is aware of even extraapproximately them — even matters that they didn’t percentage with facebook through tagging, friending ordifferent actions.

“So all of these thousands and thousands and tens of millions of pieces content which are accessible,whether or now not you’ve added a person as a chum or have preferred a web page, we’ll be capable ofrealize a lot better what styles of matters are going to be thrilling to you to provide a far higher feed ofcontent material,” he said.

How Snapchat won this year’s SXSW

The Austin Convention Center during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, March 12, 2016.

This year, the app that everyone was talking about at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival wasn’t something that debuted at the event. The platform didn’t throw a massive party, or even have an official presence.

Still, for some reason, everyone couldn’t stop talking about Snapchat.

“With SXSW you have people who tend to experiment with technology and a place where people are running around having unique experiences,” said Josh Rickel, vice president of media and entertainment for social media marketing platform Spredfast. “Snapchat is perfectly designed to share these ephemeral moments.”

There’s no exact reason why so many people decided to download Snapchat for the first time during the festival in Austin, Texas. (While the platform didn’t provide any official statistics on the number of downloads during the event, an informal survey of more than a dozen attendees by showed many people believed that Snapchat was the most used app this year at SXSW. Many of them had downloaded it for the first time as well.) Some noted it may have been because many teens running around were snapping, piquing curiosity.

“Snapchat has definitely hit mainstream in 2016 with audience demos expanding. This has been marked by traditional publications and political campaigns sharing content on the platform,” said Tom Edwards, marketing agency Epsilon’s chief digital officer of agency. “Snapchat inherently is also a great event platform. With SXSW music starting soon, you will see even more from Snapchat as they create Live Stories consisting of event-based user content and of course brand opportunities.”

Others noted that talk about the number of geofilters — image overlays available to people in a specific area — made nonusers curious. This year, Spotify and Samsung bought sponsored Geofilters for anyone in Austin to use, said a Snapchat spokesperson.

Samsung’s geofilter for SXSW. Photo courtesy of Tom Edwards.

Other companies like Gatorade and Vevo bought on-demand geofilters, which were extremely targeted and usually only available inside a company’s event space.

“For an environment like SXSW, leveraging the filter’s geotargeting capability allowed consumers who went through our experience to enhance their social sharing with a filter connected to what they were experiencing in real time, and we believe it may have applications across things like sports camps and with our retail partners,” said Kenny Mitchell, senior director consumer engagement for Gatorade.

Gatorade previously bought a brand-themed lens during Super Bowl 50 that made it look like the user was being doused by the sports drink. The company said it was viewed 165 million times. It’s also worked with Snapchat’s Live Stories around sports.

“For our core consumer target Snapchat is definitely one of their most used apps,” he said. “We are currently working closely with Snapchat in the develop of our strategy to best leverage the platform to engage our primary consumer: Teen competitive athletes.”

People who went through the Gatorade Fuel Lab experience at SXSW in 2016 were able to use this custom on-demand Geofilter. Photo courtesy of Gatorade.

Advertising agency RPA’s director of growth and innovation, Tim Leake, downloaded Snapchat for the first time this weekend but said he wasn’t convinced that Snapchat was for him. Using it at SXSW, however, showed him how it could potentially be a great vehicle for advertising because of how engrossed people got when they used it.

“I’m still just as baffled generationally about its appeal, but I also have a sense of how engaged people are when they use it,” he said. “I still don’t like it for me, but it appeals to them. That’s important.”

With more company and agency leaders downloading the app, it could mean good news for business, said Spredfast’s Rickel. More familiarity could lead to advertising buys, which some brands have been hesitant to do in the past. Giving company leaders the ability to play with the platform during the festival allowed them to see how engaging Snapchat can be, even though it also brought up the difficult learning curve when you first use the platform, said Rickel.

“It’s certainly not the easiest platform to use, but that by its nature leads you to talk to other people you know who are using the platform,” Rickel said. “In some ways, the ‘social’ part of Snapchat is the onboarding experience as a user. You need a friend to teach you how to use it. From there it transforms into a one-to-one or one-to-many broadcast platform.”

Epsilon’s Edwards said now is the time for the company to try to turn the buzz into advertising dollars.

“Snapchat is organizing their approach to monetization through the addition of audience targeting capabilities and more robust analytics,” he said. “This is a key move to ensure advertising dollars continue to shift to the platform. Snapchat can continue to gain momentum by continuing to focus on features and experiences that enhance and entertain their audience while also empowering brands to connect with their audience base in a relevant and contextual way.”