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01 FEBRUARY 2015
Sonam Kapoor never
wanted to use father's
name for career
Mumbai : It's always thought
that Bollywood's star children have it easy, but actress
Sonam Kapoor says that at
the very beginning of her film
career, she had decided not to
make the most of her father
Anil Kapoor's
p o p -
ularity. "When I joined the film
industry, I became very defensive because people were so
mean. They were like, 'She is
Anil's daughter and she will get
things very easily'. So I said, 'I
am never going to use my dad
for anything'," Sonam, who forayed into acting with "Saawariya", said. From there on, Sonam
says "I did everything on my
own". "I called the directors on
my own. I never called my
dad for help. My dad said to
me, 'I have worked very
hard for 50 years so that my
children can have a better life.
Why aren't you using it?'. "He
says, 'I have done this for you
guys, so use it'. But I was like,
'I can do it on my own'. But no
matter how much I did, people
still say it's because of my dad,"
added the actress, who went on
to feature in movies like "Raanjhanaa" and "Khoobsurat". Now
Sonam's brother Harshvardhan
is set to make his film debut via
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's
We hugged and
patched up: Ajaz on Ali
Mumbai : After an open public
brawl with Ali Quli Mirza inside
"Bigg Boss Halla Bol" and his
subsequent eviction, Ajaz Khan
was back inside the 'house' to
even out his score with the former. He says they have patched
up. Ajaz was shown entering
the show Friday. On being back
in the "Bigg Boss" house, Ajaz
said: "I didn't want to. Not after
the unceremonious way I was
thrown out. But my fans wanted me back very badly. I had to
return for their sake." Once in,
Ajaz did what was uppermost
on his mind. "I confronted Ali,
asked him pointblank why he
behaved the way he did with
me. He admitted his mistake.
We hugged and patched up," he
said. Ajaz feels contestant Gau-
tam Gulati has every chance of
winning "Bigg Boss Halla Bol",
which will end Saturday. "Pritam
(Singh) and Gautam are both
very promising. They've a huge
fan following and either could
win. But Gautam has an edge.
I've asked all my fans to vote for
him," he said.
'Khatron Ke Khiladi' sequel
is better: Rohit Shetty
Mumbai : Having hosted the fifth season of reality TV show "Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi", filmmaker Rohit Shetty is convinced that
its "sequel" - the sixth season - is packed with
more action and that it's "better". Shetty is
also hosting the sixth season, shot with 14
celebrity contestants in the beautiful environs of Cape Town. At the launch of the
new edition here, the "Chennai Express"
and "Golmaal" director cited an example,
saying how in the film world, people say
they that if one's doing a sequel to an action or comedy film, then it should be bigger than the previous movie. "As far as this show is
concerned, I have to say that this sequel - 'Khatron Ke Khiladi 6' - is better," he said. Pushing the boundaries of action, adventure and entertainment, the new season of the show is slated
to go on air on Colors Feb 7. The line-up of celebrity contestants
this year includes actors Ashish Chowdhry, Hussain Kuwajerwala, Harshad Arora, Iqbal Khan, Sana Khan, Sagarika Ghatge,
Rasami Desai, Asha Negi and Ridhi Dogra, the multi-faceted
Meiyang Chang, Kabaddi star Rakesh Kumar, reality show
star Siddharth Bharadwaj and item girl Nathalia Kaur. Shetty says he wasn't sure of the casting of the "sequel" as he
hadn't met many of them before the show. However, after
- full of moronic
By Subhash K. Jha
Film : "Khamoshiyan"; Cast: Sapna Pabbi, Ali Fazal and Gurmeet
Choudhary; Director: Karan Darra;
Rating: ** The biggest puzzle in the
public domain, besides the question,
"Why US President Obama chose to
mouth Shah Rukh Khan’s lines from
"Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge'?"
is, "Why does a sensible intelligent
man like Vikram Bhatt chose to
write such stupid shiver givers?"
"Khamoshiyan" makes you shiver.
But not in fear. It just makes you
shake in embarrassment for all the
ghosts and spirits who are so royally
snubbed and insulted by such travesties of terror. Maybe the spiritual
world could sue for defamation.
And then there should be an added
penalty for wasting three talented
young hopeful actors looking for
a break. All "Khamoshiyan" gives
them is a pathetic plot where creaky
doors and spooky apparitions get
more playing time than the actors
who have to look scared and shattered when they are probably laughing behind the camera wondering
who in this day and age believes in
such moronic mumbo-jumbo. Not
the progressive Mahesh Bhatt for
sure. Why Mr.Bhatt who has made
some of the most pathbreaking
films in recent times would choose
to back something so shrouded in
the raga of the regressive is beyond
comprehension. But all is not lost.
There is a brand new version in
this fearful film of the Khemchand
Prakash-composed classic "Aayega
aanewala", which launched the career of Lata Mangeshkar as the voice
of the nation.
'Mini brain' in spinal
Structure of
anxiety disorder cord helps us balance
protein revealed
Washington : New research has revealed the crystal structure of a key protein, TSPO, which is associated with several forms of anxiety disorders. By
identifying the structure at the atomic level, scientists can now pinpoint where drugs may interact with the protein. "Many other scientists have
studied this protein, but what exactly it is doing
has been very difficult to determine," said Shelagh
Ferguson-Miller, professor of biochemistry and
molecular biology at the Michigan State University in the US. "Drugs and other compounds bind
to TSPO, but without knowing the structure, their
effects are hard to interpret. Now that we have obtained the structure, it could provide important
clues regarding anxiety disorders and the basis
for a new generation of anti-anxiety drugs," Miller added. TSPO plays a key role in shuttling cholesterol into mitochondria, the cells' powerhouse
where the cholesterol is converted to hormones.
These hormones are essential for our body functions. Using X-ray technology, the team was able
to solve the crystal structure of the protein - creating an image of TSPO at a molecular level. This
gave researchers a better understanding on how
TSPO interacts with cholesterol and how this relationship affects the creation of steroid hormones.
"One reason that TSPO's function has been so
hard to pin down is that many studies have been
done in the complex and diverse environments of
whole cells and tissues, where a clear-cut interpretation of the results is difficult," said Fei Li, a
researcher and co-author from the Michigan State
University. "We were able to obtain a pure protein
that was still functional, but isolated from these
complications," Fei Li added. The study appeared
in the journal Science.
Whales can hear through their bones
New York : Using computer
simulation of a fin whale head,
scientists have discovered that
the skulls of at least some baleen whales have acoustic properties that capture the energy of
low frequencies and direct it to
their ear bones. Baleen whales,
also known as mysticetes, are the
largest animals on earth, and include blue whales, minke whales,
right whales, gray whales and fin
whales. These whales can emit
extremely low frequency vocalisations that travel extraordinary
distances underwater. The wavelengths of these calls can be longer than the bodies of the whales
themselves. "Bone conduction
is likely the predominant mechanism for hearing in fin whales
and other baleen whales. This
is, in my opinion, a grand discovery," said lead researcher
and biologist Ted W Cranford
from San Diego State University
(SDSU). According to San Diego
engineer Petr Krysl, humans experience a version of this phenomenon too. "We have that
experience when we submerge
entirely in a pool. Our ears are
useless, but we still hear something because our head shakes
under the pushing and pulling
of the sound waves carried by
the water," Krysl noted. The fin
whale skull used for their experiment now resides in SDSU's
museum of biodiversity. It is
possible that these new findings
will help the governments decide
on limits to oceanic man-made
noise, but Cranford stressed that
what's most important about
their project is that they managed to solve a long-standing
mystery about a highly inaccessible animal. "This research
has driven home one beautiful
principle: Anatomic structure
is no accident. It is functional,
and often beautifully designed in
unanticipated ways," the authors
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shooting with them in Cape Town and seeing them facing their fears
head on, he says: "The new season is better because of the 14 contestants". Of all the contestants, he felt "Uttaran" girl Rashami was the
weakest, but she proved him otherwise by performing the stunts one
after the other fearlessly.
Washington : US researchers
have discovered a "mini brain"
hidden in our spinal cord that
helps us remain balanced while
maneuvering our way through
crowd or walking across an icy
parking lot in winter so that we
do not slip and fall. Such a task
happens unconsciously, thanks
to a cluster of neurons in our
spinal cord that integrate sensory information and make the
necessary adjustments to our
muscles. "When we stand and
walk, touch sensors on the soles
of our feet detect subtle changes in pressure and movement.
These sensors send signals to
our spinal cord and then to
the brain," explained Martyn
Goulding, professor from the
Salk Institute for Biological
Studies, a California-based independent scientific research
"The study opens what was essentially a black box, as of until now, we did not know how
these signals are encoded or
processed in the spinal cord," he
added. Every millisecond, multiple streams of information,
including signals from the light
touch transmission pathway
that Goulding's team has identified, flow into the brain. One
way the brain handles this data
is by preprocessing it in sensory
way stations such as the eye or
the spinal cord. But until now,
it has been exceedingly difficult
to precisely identify the types
of neurons involved and chart
how they are wired together. In
their study, the Salk scientists
demystified this fine-tuned,
sensory-motor control system.
Using cutting-edge imaging
techniques, they traced nerve fibres that carry signals from the
touch sensors in the feet to their
connections in the spinal cord.
They found that these sensory
fibers wire together in the spinal
cord with another group of neurons known as RORI neurons.
The RORI neurons, in turn,
connect with neurons in the
motor region of brain, suggesting they might serve as a critical link between the brain and
the feet. When Goulding's team
disabled the RORI neurons in
the spinal cord using genetically modified mice developed at
Salk, they found that these mice
were substantially less sensitive
to movement. When the researchers had the animals walk
across a narrow, elevated beam a task that required more effort
and skill - the animals struggled. "We think these neurons
are responsible for combining
all of this information to tell the
feet how to move," added Steeve
Bourane, postdoctoral researcher in Goulding's lab. The work
offers a robust view of neural
pathways and processes that underlie the control of movement
and how the body senses its environment, the team concluded.
The paper was published in the
journal Cell.