No need to worry over curry. The Japanese company House Foods Corp.,
a maker of spices and prepackaged curry, is not trying to seal one
of the world's favorite flavors up in a patent, contrary to a report
in a British newspaper. They just wanted to patent one special process.
But we might not have noticed anyway, since the sweet Japanese curries
are distant kin to Indian cuisine. "If you ask me, I would say Japanese
curry isn't even curry," said the owner of an Indian restaurant
in a posh part of Tokyo.
Israel's supreme court ruled on January 25, 2000, that corporal
punishment, including spanking, of children by their parents is
never educational and always causes serious harm to the child. This
makes Israel the tenth country to ban corporal punishment. Yitzhak
Kadman, head of the National Council for the Child, declared that
the ruling established a precedent and "finally recognized the right
of children not to be exposed to violence of any kind, even when
those who use violence make excuses for it, saying it is 'educational'
or 'punitive.'" The court was ruling on a appealed case of a mother
who hit and slapped her children and, in two specific cases, struck
her daughter with a vacuum cleaner and punched her son in the face,
breaking his tooth. Two of the three justices rejected the appeal,
allowing punishment of the mother. Justice Dorit Beinisch wrote,
"We are living in a society where violence is spreading like a plague.
If we allow 'light' violence, it might deteriorate into very serious
violence. We must not endanger the physical and mental wellbeing
of a minor with any type of corporal punishment. The message is
that corporal punishment is not allowed."
Heritage in Danger
A high-level team from the United Nation's cultural organization,
UNESCO, is visiting Nepal to inspect the World Heritage Sites in
the Kathmandu Valley, according to the BBC. The visit comes amid
reports that the area described by UNESCO as "Nepalese art at its
height" is being spoiled by modern development projects. Keshav
Raj Jha, Nepal's ambassador to UNESCO, said management of the area,
which has Hindu and Buddhist temples and three royal palaces, is
suffering from neglect. UNESCO has the authority to approve or strike
off proposed heritage sites in member countries. A delegation visited
the area last year to assess which heritage sites were suitable
to stay on the approved list or needed to be put on a list of endangered
sites. "The major problems are the demolition of privately owned
traditional buildings and construction of houses without approval
from the municipalities and Department of Archaeology," Jha was
quoted as saying by the French news agency AFP. "Electrical transformers,
floodlights fixed on or adjacent to monuments, advertising billboards
and obtrusive displays of merchandise are all directly affecting
the environment of the monuments as well as the monument zones."
The delegation will spend a week inspecting and will advise the
World Heritage Committee.
Science is moving in on religion's turf. Newsweek reports that brain
imaging techniques are revealing that a region at the top rear of
the brain is related to meditation. It appears to weave sensory
data into a feeling of where the self ends and the rest of the world
begins. But it can not sustain these distinctions when the subject
is meditating. Deprived of sensory input, this "orientation area"
has no choice but to "perceive the self to be as one with all of
creation," says Dr. Andrew Newberg. He is one of many neurologists
interested in the study of religious experience in a new scientific
field called neuro-theology.
Perhaps this vehicle's odd shape isn't the exact look of the future,
but its technology certainly brings new hope to our choking planet.
It costs just us$10,000 and can travel 120 miles for 30 cents. Introduced
in Johannesburg, South Africa, and promoted as being simple, economic
and clean, the e.Volution's piston engine is powered by the release
of compressed air which is stored in tanks, very similar to scuba
diving tanks, attached to the underside of the car. The technology
was actually developed as a means to move Formula One racing cars
without starting their engines. The car can go ten hours at 50 miles
an hour per charge and has an onboard compressor. Just plug into
an outlet and go go go.
Soy and most soy-based products are nutritional powerhouses, according
to Monique N. Gilbert, author of Virtues of Soy. Soybeans are the
only plant food that has all of the essential amino acids our body
requires, making it a "complete protein." Soybean products are usually
cholesterol-free, high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Here are some of soy's properties and how they can positively affect
you. Soy's protein lowers cholesterol and decreases blood clotting,
which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. It improves blood
pressure and promotes the development of healthy blood vessels,
which boosts the immune system and lowers the risk of hardening
of the arteries, heart disease and high blood pressure. It protects
the body from many digestive related cancers, such as colon and
rectal cancer. It helps alleviate many menopausal and PMS symptoms.
It also regulates and controls diabetic conditions and kidney disease.
In the ayurvedic medical system of India, soy is used as a demulcent