Global Edition. December 20, 2014  Updated: 1 hour ago
    Finance

      ECB Exchange Rates (December 19, 2014)
    1 EUR=1.2279USD -0.00060graph »
    1 EUR=0.78470GBP -0.00180graph »
    1 EUR=1.2039CHF -0.00130graph »
    1 EUR=7.6400CNY +0.00360graph »
    1 EUR=77.7322INR +0.25500graph »
    1 EUR=146.41JPY +0.45000graph »

      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 December 12, 2014
    1 EUR=1.2484USD +0.00870graph »
    1 GBP=1.5728USD +0.00160graph »
    1 USD=0.9620CHF -0.00680graph »
    1 USD=6.1864CNY -0.00170graph »
    1 USD=62.5200INR +0.06000graph »
    1 USD=118.2200JPY -1.18000graph »
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    Researchers revealed how nucleotides damaged by oxidative stress become inserted into DNA strands and block DNA repair mechanisms. The cell death triggered by this process is thought to play a role in many diseases.
    Hemophilia is a rare bleeding disorder in which blood doesn’t clot normally. Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University College London, and the Royal Free Hospital have been studying the long-term effectiveness and safety of using gene therapy to treat the disease.
    Autism is a complex brain disorder characterized by difficulties with social interactions and communication. The symptoms and levels of disability can range from mild to severe. The wide range of disorders is collectively referred to as autism spectrum disorder.
    A group led by Dr. Robert Yolken at Johns Hopkins University has been studying the links between viral infections and brain development. Unexpectedly, the researchers discovered genetic sequences from Acanthocystis turfacea chlorella virus 1, a type of Chlorovirus, which infects green algae. These viruses are common in fresh water, such as lakes and ponds, but weren’t thought to infect humans or animals.
    Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder. It’s the most common cause of dementia among older people. The condition, which isn’t a normal part of aging, slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.
    In autoinflammatory diseases, the innate immune system, for unknown reasons, becomes activated and triggers inflammation. This part of the immune system is the body’s rapid first line of defense against infection. The short-term heat, swelling, and redness of inflammation are a normal part of the body’s protective response to injury or infection. But prolonged inflammation can seriously damage the body.
    Diabetes is a disorder in the use of glucose, a sugar that serves as fuel for the body. When blood glucose levels rise, beta cells in the pancreas normally make the hormone insulin. Insulin triggers cells throughout the body to take up sugar from the blood.
    Cells in the human body often need to move in particular directions. Cell movement is crucial for embryo development, immune defense, and tissue repair and regeneration. It’s also key in cancer progression, as metastatic cells spread throughout the body.
    When skeletal muscle becomes damaged, the regeneration process involves a specialized population of cells called satellite cells. These cells normally lie dormant inside adult muscle. In response to injury or exercise, they become active and divide. Some satellite cells mature to replace the damaged muscle tissue, while others serve to replenish the pool of cells available for future repair.
    A University of Queensland study suggests eating eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day not only leads to better physical health but improves mental well-being.
    Mark Hersam, a professor of materials science engineering, chemistry and medicine at Northwestern University, has developed a method to separate nanomaterials by size, therefore providing a consistency in properties otherwise not available.
    Scientists have produced the first integrated computational model of reading, identifying which parts of the brain are responsible for such sub-processes as parsing sentences, determining the meaning of words and understanding relationships between characters.
    The bones and teeth of two--possibly related--Ice-Age infants, who were buried more than 11,000 years ago in central Alaska, constitute the youngest human remains ever found in the North American Arctic.
    The elephant has long been an important spiritual, cultural and national symbol in Thailand. At the beginning of the 20th century, its numbers exceeded 100,000. Today, those numbers have plunged to 2,000. Elephants, as well as other large, charismatic animals such as tigers, monkeys and civet cats, are under attack from hunters and poachers.
    Paleontologists have discovered an almost complete skull of a previously unknown mammal that likely resembled a large modern-day groundhog and lived alongside dinosaurs.
    Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have suggested. The new result shows that the changes in this part of the Arctic have not yet had enough impact to affect the global methane budget.
    Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.
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    The Imitation Game is a 2014 British-American historical thriller film about British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, a key figure in cracking Nazi Germany's Enigma code that helped the Allies win the Second World War. Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller. Release: 2014.
    American Sniper is a 2014 American biographical action film directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Jason Dean Hall. It is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography American Sniper. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardrict. Genre: Action, Biography, War. Release: 2014
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is an 2014 epic fantasy adventure film, directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. It will be the third and final installment in the three-part film adaptation based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is preceded by An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013). Genre: Adventure, Fantasy. Release: 2014
    Wild Card is a 2015 American crime drama film based on the 1985 novel Heat by William Goldman. It is a remake of the 1986 adaptation, also titled Heat, that starred Burt Reynolds. The film is directed by Simon West with a script written by Goldman. It stars Jason Statham, Stanley Tucci, Sofía Vergara, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Angarano and Anne Heche. Genre: Action, Crime, Drama. Release: 2015
    The Wedding Ringer is a 2015 action romantic comedy film written and directed by Jeremy Garelick. It will star Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and Olivia Thirlby. Genre: Comedy. Release: 2015
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    Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain. Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure. Release: 2014.
    Penguins of Madagascar is an American 3D computer-animated action comedy film, produced by DreamWorks Animation. It is a spin-off of the Madagascar film series, and takes place right after the events of Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, following the penguins Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their own spy thriller. Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Release: 2014
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    Mike and Tony Petrakis are Greek American father and son sponge diving entrepreneurs who find themselves in competition with the Rhys family, WASP fishermen who are prepared to resort to violence and even murder to maintain their established fishing grounds off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Genre: Adventure. Language: English, Greek.
    Politics
    Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel
    GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
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    GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.
    Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges
    HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.
    Business
    Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyber attack
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyber attack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.
    Wall Street up for third day, led by energy shares
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks extended gains for a third session on Friday, giving the S&P 500 its best weekly performance in nearly two months as energy shares continued to rebound.
    Oil, stocks go their separate ways
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors have wrung their hands over the last several weeks over the effect of lower oil prices on the broader S&P 500, but the relationship between the two is actually starting to break down.
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