Rising-Sea Levels Wants All of the Land It Can Swallow

When age-old border disputes become resolved, peacefully, there is cause for celebration. At the very least, you can count on some sense of relief. But the end of the wrangle between India and Bangladesh over a tiny island located in the Bay of Bengal actually spells cause for concern on a global scale.

Disappearing Island of dispute
Neither side was victorious because there is no island left to fight over. Instead it was claimed by a third contender: rising sea levels.

The small and uninhabited island, New Moore by India and South Talpatti by Bangladesh, has all-together dropped out of sight in the Bay of Bengal.

Scientists are ascribing the disappearance to climate change and erosion. For many years, the roughly two-square mile island was claimed by both India and Bangladesh, but perhaps more ironically than tragically, climate change has erased the dispute.

The submerged island is not the first to be swallowed by rising sea levels in the region, nor will it be the last. Another, larger island, Lohachara, disappeared from the Bay of Bengal around 1996, forcing thousands of residents to flee from their homes as “climate refugees”.

As concern accumulates for these and other islands and low-lying coastal regions around the globe, it is important that responses to climate change address not only future plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but also practical approaches to immediate threats.

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World Cancer Day: Cancer is Spreading

February 4 is World Cancer Day. And it’s important we take measures against this awful disease.

A research conducted by the International Union Against Cancer concludes that 7 million people die each year around the world of cancer, and 11 million others are being diagnosed with cancer each year.

Alarmingly, estimates say that by the year 2020 the numbers are expected to rise dramatically, with 12 million dying each year, and 15 million others being diagnosed each year.

However, against these terrifying statistics, we must not remain idle. There is much that we can do — individually — in order to avoid the deadly statistics. Yes, according to the World Cancer Research Fund, about third of all cancer diagnostics can be avoided by proper nutrition, regular exercise, and weight management.

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Aging is a matter of gene regulation

This was published today in Science Daily:

Researchers have discovered that DNA damage decreases a cell’s ability to regulate which genes are turned on and off in particular settings. This mechanism, which applies both to fungus and to us, might represent a universal culprit for aging.

For some time, scientists have know that a group of genes called sirtuins are involved in the aging process. These genes, when stimulated by either the red-wine chemical resveratrol or caloric restriction, appear to have a positive effect on both aging and health.

“According to this specific mechanism, while DNA damage exacerbates aging, the actual cause is not the DNA damage itself but the lack of gene regulation that results,” says Oberdoerffer. “Lots of research has shown that this particular process of regulating gene activity, otherwise known as epigenetics, can be reversed—unlike actual mutations in DNA. We see here, through a proof-of-principal demonstration, that elements of aging can be reversed.”

Amazing, isn’t it? The future of Anti-Aging will be gene therapy.