IBM will make the service available through the cloud. Some researchers and scientists have already been using Watson Discovery Advisor to sift through the sludge of scientific papers published daily.

Johnson & Johnson is teaching the system to read and understand trial outcomes published in journals to speed up studies of effectiveness of drugs.

Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical company is working with Watson to identify alternate uses for existing drugs.

"On average, a scientist might read between one and five research papers on a good day,” said Dr. Olivier Lichtarge, investigator and professor of molecular and human genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at Baylor College of Medicine.

He used Watson to automatically analyze 70,000 articles on a particular protein, a process which could have taken him nearly 38 years.

“Watson has demonstrated the potential to accelerate the rate and the quality of breakthrough discoveries,” he said.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


1964, On tour in the USA The Beatles appeared at The Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Days before the concert, Philadelphia had experienced race-riots, The Beatles, who were Civil Rights supporters, were shocked to see that their audience of 13,000 is completely white.

1964, The Rolling Stones recorded their version of the Willie Dixon song ‘Little Red Rooster’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.

1965, Steam Packet with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Discoll and The Brian Auger Trinity appeared at the Marquee Club, London.

1965, The Doors recorded their first demo’s at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.

1971, Grateful Dead’s former manager was arrested after disappearing with over $70,000 of the bands money.

1972, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘You Wear It Well’, the singers second No.1 was taken from his album ‘Never A Dull Moment.’

1972, The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The Promoters expected over 50,000 music fans over 200,000 attended the festival. Many bands pulled out as the festival drifted steadily into anarchy. Bands that did appear included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Michaels and Frosty, The Eagles, The Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.

1974, David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California.

1978, George Harrison married Olivia Arias at Henley-on-Thames register office.

1978, Teddy Pendergrass, the former lead singer of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, set out to promote his latest album ‘Life Is A Song Worth Singing’ by performing a concert for women only.

1984, U2 played the second of two nights at the Logan Cambell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand during their Unforgettable Fire World tour.

1987, David Bowie played Madison Square Garden, New York on the ‘Glass Spider’ world tour.

1988, The Human Rights Now!’ world tour kicked off at Wembley Stadium London with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssu n’Dour. Taking in five continents and claiming to be the most ambitious rock tour in history.

1989, Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on the condition that he immediately went into detox, the case was later dropped when the couple decide to reconcile.

2006, Lead singer of the Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in prison for multiple counts of tax fraud. The 64-year-old, was also ordered to pay more than $3.1m to the IRS for “pathological” evasion. The court heard he cashed royalty cheques belonging to his brother O’Kelly, who died in 1996 and also spent millions of dollars made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes.

2012, Mark Abrahamian, the lead guitarist with Starship died of a heart attack aged 46. He collapsed following a concert in Nebraska where Starship had opened for fellow bands Survivor and Boston.


Billy Preston - 1946
Mik Kaminski - Electric Light Orchestra – 1951



This is absolutely disgusting and demeaning to the office of the presidency.

'Uncle Omar' is a fugitive from justice for well over a year, his real name is Onyango Obama. Sampson Obama lived illegally in Britain for seven years, this was  discovered by the police after a sexual assault charge was placed against him by two young girls. So many passages in his book have been proven false or greatly exaggerated.

Remember, the publisher pays him a royalty on each copy sold. This is a scam to rate with the best.


State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books

““It’s inappropriate for U.S. taxpayer dollars to be spent on this,” she said. “This sounds like propaganda.”

“A White House spokesman did not respond to email messages.”

How much it costs to hire your favourite rapper for the night

Isaiah Rashad - 7,500

Vic Mensa - 10,000

Trinidad James - 12,500

Travis Scott - 15,000

Action Bronson - 20,000

Currensy - 20,000

Danny Brown - 20,000

Asher Roth - 20,000

Rakim - 20,000

Ab-Soul - 20,000

ASAP Ferg - 25,000

Bow Wow - 25,000

Earl Sweatshirt - 25,000

Chance the Rapper - 35,000

Riff Raff - 35,000

De La Soul - 40,000

Busta Rhymes - 40,000

Game - 40,000 - 50,000

Big Boi - 50, 000

Soulja Boy - 50,000+

Tyler, The Creator - 60,000

Juicy J - 60,000

Nelly - 65,000

Lupe Fiasco - 65,000 - 70,000

Wale - 70,000

B.o.B. - 70,000

Jeezy - 70,000

Big Sean - 75,000

Common - 75,000

Mac Miller - 75,000

Ludacris - 80,000+

2 Chainz - 85,000+

Childish Gambino - 85,000

ASAP Rocky - 90,000 - 100,000

Rick Ross - 100,000

Lauryn Hill - 100,000

Snoop Dogg - 100,000

The Roots - 100,000

Kid Cudi - 110,000+

Wiz Khalifa - 115,000

J. Cole - 125,000

Kendrick Lamar - 125,000+

50 Cent - 150,000+

Nicki Minaj - 250,000

Lil Wayne - 300,000+

Drake - 350,000 - 600,000

Macklemore - 350,000 - 700,000

Kanye West - 500,000+

Jay Z - 1,000,000+

Ching Shih: Princess of the Chinese Seas (1775-1844)


In 1809, the Chinese government sprang a trap. They were gunning for a group who’d taken control of its southern waters, the Red Flag pirate fleet. Blockading them in a bay, the authorities laid siege to the pirates for three straight weeks with an overwhelming amount of firepower. In the end, the Red Flags strode out through a graveyard of government ships, largely unscathed. At the head of the Red Flags stood one of the most fearsome pirates in history — Ching Shih, a former prostitute turned leader of over 70,000 men. More on her asskicking adventures after the cut.

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Black Missouri Senator (Jamilah Nasheed) Disrespected and Blocked From Entering a Public Building with 70,000 Petition Signatures

If you skip to 1:00 in, the officers are actually blocking and eventually forcing back Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed from entering this building. 

On August 24th, 2006, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially defined what constitutes a planet. For a celestial body in our solar system to be defined as a planet, it must:

1. Be in orbit of the Sun
2. Have sufficient mass to assume a nearly round shape (officially known as hydrostatic equilibrium)
3. “Clear the neighborhood” around its orbit

This designation meant that Pluto — first discovered in 1930 by Clyde W. Tombaugh — was no different than any of the other 70,000 icy objects that comprise the Kuiper Belt, a region that extends from the orbit of Neptune out to 55 astronomical units (55 times the distance of the Earth to the Sun).

After decades of observation, astronomers have continued to discover other large Kuiper Belt objects, such as Eris in 2005, which was determined to be larger than Pluto itself. The discovery of Eris — which has approximately 25% more mass than Pluto — posed an interesting question to the scientific community: would this object be the 10th planet in our solar system? 

"If Neptune were analogized with a Chevy Impala in mass, then how big is Pluto compared to that? Pluto would be a matchbox car sitting on the curb." - Neil deGrasse Tyson

Based upon the IAU’s definition above, any object that doesn’t meet the third criteria is classified as a dwarf planet — including Pluto, Eris, and many of the other objects located in the distant reaches of the Kuiper Belt. In spite of this new designation, Pluto still holds a special spot in the hearts of scientists and astronomers, as NASA has sent their New Horizons spacecraft to observe it closely. Slated to arrive in 2015, New Horizons will capture the first close-up images of Pluto’s surface.

Image Credit: PBS

1. Pluto and the Developing Landscape of Our Solar System
2. Why Pluto is No Longer a Planet

Dramione Fic: Firebird by dieofthatroar

Title: Firebird
Author: dieofthatroar
Rating: M
Genre(s): Adventure, Romance
Chapters: 14
Word Count: 72,127
Summary: When a bloodied and broken Draco Malfoy is dumped on the doorstep of the Order, Hermione knows it will change the course of the war. “The evil isn’t just in the power of the Dark Lord. It’s in the mundane lives of those chasing the carrot dangling in front of them.” Dramione warfic
Status: Complete
Timeline: War
Published: July 1, 2014
Completed: August 12, 2014


Relationship: Engaged/Married (at some point)
Themes: Apologies [Draco], Battle of Hogwarts, Cooking/Baking [Draco and Hermione], Cruciatus Curse [Draco is tortured], Endearments/Pet Names, Fiendfyre, Injuries [Draco and Hermione], Kidnapping/Imprisonment [Hermione is captured], Nightmares [Draco and Hermione], Pensieves [Hermione], Research [Draco and Hermione], Scars [Draco], Sharing a Bed, Teaching/Tutoring [Draco and Hermione teach each other], Wandless/Non-verbal Magic [Draco]
Draco: Draco’s Feelings, Draco’s Patronus [Owl], Emotional, Order Member, Redeemed, Snarky
Hermione: Emotional, Feisty
Locations: Grimmauld Place, Malfoy Manor, The Burrow
Side Pairings: Remus/Tonks, Harry/Ginny
Friendships: Draco & Fred, Draco & George, Hermione & Harry, Hermione & Ron
Characters: Andromeda Tonks, Arthur Weasley,  Bellatrix Lestrange, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy, Molly Weasley, Narcissa Malfoy, Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin, Rodolphus Lestrange, Ron Weasley, Severus Snape, Teddy Lupin
Anti/Pro-Characters: Anti-Lucius
Character Deaths: Narcissa Malfoy [Dies], Lucius Malfoy [Dies]
Type of Ending For Dramione: Happy

New genetic test may change how brain cancer is treated

Scientists at Virginia Tech’s Virginia Bioinformatics Institute working with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center have found a new way to diagnose brain cancer based on genetic markers found in “junk DNA.” 

The finding, recently published in Oncotarget, could revolutionize the way doctors treat certain brain cancers.

Brain cancer is the second leading cancer-related cause of death in children. Overall, 70,000 new patients were diagnosed with primary brain tumors in 2013, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. 

However, only about a third turn out to be malignant. Ordinarily, when a patient shows symptoms of a brain tumor, an MRI is performed to locate tumors, but it cannot determine whether the tumor is benign or malignant, often necessitating costly and occasionally dangerous or inconclusive biopsies. 

A simple blood test to detect genetic markers could change all that.

"Patients with less aggressive types of cancer as determined by this test would not need a biopsy," said Harold ‘Skip’ Garner, a professor and director of the Medical Informatics and Systems Division at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. "The biopsy is expensive both medically and financially — one percent of patients die and seven percent have permanent neurological damage from the procedure, according to the Canadian Journal of Neurology. This finding may reduce costs and save lives."

Microsatellites, long dismissed as “junk DNA,” comprise the one million DNA sequence repeats in the human genome. 

Though they’ve been effective in identifying rare conditions such as Huntington’s and Fragile X syndrome, next-generation genome sequencing is allowing researchers to find increasingly more markers for a variety of diseases, including cancer and autism. 

The study analyzed germline (blood) sequences from the National Institutes of Health 1000 Genomes Project and the Cancer Genome Atlas. 

Analyzing the microsatellites from these sequences revealed that patients with various stages of glioma showed recognizable and consistent markers in their genomes for the disease. 

This information indicates it is possible to develop a simple blood test that would help identify patients with different brain cancer grades, which could reduce invasive and inconclusive brain biopsies. 

These new, microsatellite-based diagnostics are applicable to many other cancers and diseases. It is hoped that with continued study, more markers and potential drug targets or therapies will be found. 

To further the development of such diagnostics, Garner has founded Genomeon, which holds an exclusive license in microsatellite technologies worldwide. Michael B. Waitzkin, CEO of Genomeon, said, “A blood test that can reliably differentiate between a malignant and benign brain tumor will have important clinical significance potentially preventing unnecessary brain biopsies which carry great risks to the patient and substantial costs to the health care system.”

Fake Cures For AIDS Have A Long And Dreadful History

Electromagnetism can detect AIDS. The “Complete Cure Device” can wipe out the virus.

The Egyptian military made those claims earlier this year, but now they have backtracked after the announcement was widely denounced by scientists, including Egypt’s own science adviser.

Nonetheless, people are still eager to believe the unbelievable. Egypt’s announcement prompted 70,000 people to send emails asking to try the new treatment.

The Complete Cure Device is just one more false promise in the ongoing fight against AIDS. It is a reminder, too, that for 15 years, beginning in the early 1980s, AIDS was a slaughter, shrouded in mystery, of people in the prime of their lives.

Then came a breakthrough in 1996: A combination of drugs could control the virus, allowing infected people to live long and productive lives. Today, antiretroviral treatment for HIV and AIDS is widely available. An outright cure still eludes scientists, but the once deadly disease has become manageable.

So any claim for an unproven cure, offering hope that could deter patients from effective treatment, is cruel. But myths, false claims and outright fraud have persisted in the AIDS epidemic.

Continue reading.

Photo: Over a decade ago, rumors spread in South Africa that sex with a virgin could cure HIV/AIDS. In 2001, 150 people gathered in Cape Town to protest the rape of children and even babies, allegedly as a result of belief in this canard. (Anna Zieminski/AFP/Getty Images)

By @bree.newsome “#Ferguson: “WHAT’S CLOSED FOR BUSINESS?!” Police refuse entry to State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, delivering 70,000 signatures on a petition calling for a special prosecutor in the #mikebrown case. Police claimed the building was closed despite court cases being conducted inside. Despite being threatened with arrest, Sen. Nasheed insisted on delivering the petition. Police eventually relented and permitted Nasheed to deliver the petition with the assistance of two others. #handsup #dontshoot #policebrutality #policethepolice” via @PhotoRepost_app

Dramione Fic: One by Hesaluti

Title: One
Author: Hesaluti
Rating: PG-13/T
Genre(s): Romance, Drama
Chapters: 35
Word Count: 69,394
Summary: A spell that will end all magic can only be stopped by the birth of a special child, The One. The parents of this child need to be a perfect match. Hermione and Draco are paired so can overcome their hatred to have a child who can save the magical world?
Status: Complete
Timeline: Post-Hogwarts/Post-War, EWE
Published: October 20, 2011
Completed: December 17, 2011


Relationship: Marriage Law
Pregnancy/Children: Children - Other Names [Amorette], Pregnancy/Child Birth
Themes: Apologies [Draco & Hermione], Cooking/Baking [Hermione], Illness/Sick [Draco], Massages [Draco massages Hermione]
Draco: Redeemed
Locations: Hermione’s Flat/House, Hogwarts, Malfoy Manor
Side Pairings: Neville/Hannah, Blaise/Ginny
Friendships: Draco & Blaise, Hermione & Ginny, Hermione & Harry, Hermione & Ron
Characters: Blaise Zabini, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, Original Characters, Poppy Pomfrey, Ron Weasley
Type of Ending For Dramione: Happy

The Vision of the Fatima Children

In 1917, three Portuguese shepherd children saw something that would change the Catholic world. Known as the Fatima Apparitions, they were a series of visitations by the Virgin Mary that culminated in the famous “Miracle of the Sun” before a crowd of 70,000 people. But there was a darker aspect to these visions. The three children glimpsed hell.

According to their account, on July 13, 1917, the children saw a beam of light hit the ground before them. Instantly, the ground turned translucent, revealing to them the underworld.

Below their feet coursed an eternal sea of fire. People gloated there, their skin seared black and blistered, howling noiselessly to the heavens. Alongside them bobbed hideous demons like disfigured animals, torturing and tormenting them. Every now and then, a huge plume of fire would spit out from the bowels of the planet, throwing the dead and their captors high into the air to cascade back down like sparks.

The vision lasted only a fraction of a second, but it was enough to scar the three children for life. One of them—Lucia Santos—could still recall it right before her death in 2005. (x)