Global Edition. September 18, 2014  Updated: 1 hour ago
    NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (September 18, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.2872USD -0.00840graph »
    1 EUR=0.78830GBP -0.00530graph »
    1 EUR=1.2086CHF -0.00150graph »
    1 EUR=7.9056CNY -0.04900graph »
    1 EUR=78.5745INR -0.35230graph »
    1 EUR=140.11JPY +1.06000graph »

      Key ECB Interest Rates, effective from September 10, 2014
      Deposit facility -0.2000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Marginal lending facility 0.3000 % p.a.  -0.1000  
      Main refinancing operations (fixed) 0.0500 % p.a.  -0.1000  

      NY Foreign Exchange Noon Rates of September 12, 2014
    1 EUR=1.2955USD +0.00190graph »
    1 GBP=1.6243USD +0.00180graph »
    1 USD=0.9337CHF -0.00120graph »
    1 USD=6.1344CNY +0.00490graph »
    1 USD=60.9500INR +0.02000graph »
    1 USD=107.2400JPY +0.37000graph »
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    The human genome sequence, published in 2003, has helped researchers identify countless genes involved in health and disease. But genes tell only part of a biological story. Many other types of DNA sequences also have biological function. These regions control gene activity and affect DNA structure, dynamics, and replication. Chromatin, the complex of DNA and protein that forms chromosomes, also affects how genes are expressed (turned on and off).
    Scientists determined the detailed structure and movement of the glutamate receptor, a protein in nerve cells involved in learning, memory, and several diseases.
    Autoinflammatory diseases are conditions in which the innate immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes activated and triggers inflammation. The innate immune system is the body’s rapid first line of defense against infection. The heat, swelling, and redness of inflammation are a normal part of the body’s protective response to injury or infection.
    Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months.
    Schizophrenia is a severe and disabling brain disorder that usually strikes during young adulthood and lasts a lifetime. It affects about 1 in 100 people, causing hallucinations, delusions, and other mental problems. Because schizophrenia tends to run in families, scientists have long suspected a genetic component.
    Using data from over 18,000 patients, scientists have identified more than two dozen genetic risk factors involved in Parkinson’s disease, including six that had not been previously reported. The study, published in Nature Genetics, was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by scientists working in NIH laboratories.
    Early transplantation of blood-forming stem cells is a highly effective treatment for infants with severe combined immunodeficiency, a group of rare, life-threatening inherited immune system disorders.
    Scientists used a novel microchip-based method to isolate and grow tumor cells circulating in blood. The technique provides an opportunity to test treatments on tumor cells, an important step toward personalizing cancer therapy.
    In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, researchers published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the surface of the West Antarctic ice sheet support "viable microbial ecosystems."
    NASA research shows Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.
    Once every 50 years, more or less, a massive star explodes somewhere in the Milky Way. The resulting blast is terrifyingly powerful, pumping out more energy in a split second than the sun emits in a million years. At its peak, a supernova can outshine the entire Milky Way.
    New research led by NASA and the University of Washington, Seattle, confirms that springtime snow on sea ice in the Arctic has thinned significantly in the last 50 years, by about a third in the Western Hemisphere and by half near Alaska.
    Located in the Brabazon Range of southeastern Alaska, Yakutat Glacier is one of the fastest retreating glaciers in the world. It is the primary outlet for the 810-square kilometer Yakutat ice field, which drains into Harlequin Lake and, ultimately, the Gulf of Alaska.
    In the past, many atmospheric scientists believed that pollen particles probably had a negligible effect on climate because they were so big. In recent years, however, as they began to realize that pollen particles were not as sturdy as they once thought, they have been rethinking their old assumptions.
    Researchers at Ohio University have found the oldest definitive fossil evidence of modern, venomous snakes in Africa. The newly discovered fossil was unearthed in the Rukwa Rift Basin of Tanzania.
    Researchers developed a lightweight microscope that attaches to a cell phone. The compact fluorescent imaging device can detect single nanoparticles and viruses. It might one day be used to conduct biomedical tests in remote and resource-limited areas.
    Politics
    Armed Shi'ite rebels push into Yemen's capital
    SANAA (Reuters) - Armed Shi'ite rebels pushed into Yemen's capital Sanaa after clashing with the army on the northwestern outskirts on Thursday, security sources and residents said, causing further instability after weeks of fighting and protests.
    U.S. sanctions military officers on both sides of South Sudan conflict
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on two military officers on opposite sides of the ethnic violence in South Sudan on Thursday in a demonstration of U.S. frustration that fighting has continued despite two ceasefires.
    Scots independence polls close, UK's future in the balance
    EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland has voted on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or declare independence to break the 307-year-old union in a finely balanced referendum with global consequences.
    Business
    Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continues
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low, providing a backstop for investors that helped lift both the Dow and S&P to record highs.
    Air Lease urges Boeing, Airbus caution on raising jetliner output
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The president of Air Lease Corp , a major jetliner leasing company, on Thursday urged Boeing Co and Airbus Group SA to be cautious about further increases in the production rates of jetliners, saying their plans to do so put suppliers at risk of breakdown.
    Oracle's Ellison steps aside, co-CEOs Catz and Hurd take over
    SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Oracle Corp longstanding Chief Executive Larry Ellison stepped down on Thursday, to be replaced by younger co-CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, as the business software company looks to modernize and counter fast-moving, cloud-based rivals.
    Anemia is a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. Anemia also can occur if your red blood cells don't contain enough hemoglobin.
    Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
    Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating mechanisms in the body to deal with the heat coming from the environment.
    Akira Kurosawa was a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor. In a career that spanned 50 years, Kurosawa directed 30 films. He is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in film history. Akira Kurosawa was the youngest of eight children born to Isamu and Shima Kurosawa in a suburb of Tokyo. The Kurosawas descended from a line of former samurai.
    Sunlight is essential to many living things. But sunlight also has a dangerous side. It can harm your skin and even your eyes. The good news is you can take some simple steps to protect your body from sun damage and still enjoy the sun’s healthful effects.
    Neurons are information messengers. They use electrical impulses and chemical signals to transmit information between different areas of the brain, and between the brain and the rest of the nervous system.
    An allergy is a specific reaction of your body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance.
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    This quick-cooking grain dish has a touch of sweet and nutty flavors to go with most main dishes.
    As an island in the moist, atmospherically turbulent North Atlantic, Iceland is often shrouded in cloud cover and hard to observe from space. And lately, the island is making some its own cloud cover, as the Earth has split open and spewed lava and hot gas from the Holuhraun field.
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