When in love, mice too sing like humans and birds

Male mice can sing like humans, using high pitched love songs to woo females and even spice up their tunes to overcome any competition, a new study has found.
    Researchers found the mice have certain brain features, somewhat similar to humans and song-learning birds, which they may use to change their sounds.
    “We are claiming that mice have limited versions of the brain and behaviour traits for vocal learning that are found in humans for learning speech and in birds for learning song,” said Duke neurobiologist Erich Jarvis, who led the study. The discovery contradicts scientists’ 60-year-old assumption that mice do not have vocal learning traits at all.
    “If we’re not wrong, these findings will be a big boost to scientists studying diseases like autism and anxiety disorders,” said Jarvis, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.
    The research suggests the vocal communication pathways in mice brains are more similar to those in human brains than to sound-making circuits in the brains of chimpanzees and other non-human primates.

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living Positively

When an earthquake shakes the entrails of the oceans, then a tsunami rocks the waters above and devastates the topography of the earth near it. The best way to control a tsunami would thus be not an exterior effort but peace in the depths of the ocean.

Our health also works on the same principle. If the mind is full of tension, and conflict or commotion, discomfort or ill health can affect the whole body. All the parts of the body that are weak can then succumb to the onslaught of the mental upheaval.

While this doesn’t apply to all illnesses, there are many diseases that have their origins in a mind that is not at peace.

Doctors often say that a disease is psychological and the patient resents it because the sickness is causing pain and it is hard to accept that their own minds are responsible for the pain.

For instance, headaches, especially migraines, are often created by the mind. Tensions, worries and conflicts often cause severe health problems like depression, insomnia and ulcers. High blood pressure and cardiac problems are often related to the hyper reaction to happenings in one’s life. Some people become compulsive eaters to quieten their over – wrought brains and may end up having stomach disorders or obesity.

It is common sense to understand this dependence of the body on the mind. The centers of the body are in the brain. When the brain is not in a healthy and tranquil state, then all the nerves, cells and tissues that it controls will also be upset and so become liable to become ill and unhealthy causing illnesses and diseases. So it is essential to keep the mind at peace. There are many ways to keep the mind at peace.

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Accept that life will have problems: When people are young, it is usual to have a rose-tinted vision that everything will be hunky dory and they will never have a problem in life. They believe that they will always win and be able to solve all the problems that come before them.

This attitude often leads to later disillusionment. It is better to accept that life will have problems which will at times hurt and even embarrass or humiliate. Being ready for all this acts like a sponge and the mind is not too affected when some disastrous happening occurs.

Don’t expect anything from anyone: Human relationships are the causes of many a mental upset. The lack of a pleasant relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law, lop-sided marital relationships, the growing insecurity of live-in relationships where people can just walk out of relationships with out a pang – there are umpteen causes for mental insecurity that can result in mental conflict that can cause physical problems. The best would be not to expect that every human being will be true and genuine.

Negative emotions are enemies of peace: A person should also try to control his negative attitude and always try to be positive. This also includes that one should criticize less and praise more. Emotions like jealousy and envy can upset many a mind and then many a family, especially if the family is a joint one. A positive attitude is always creative rather than destructive and is the best way to keep the mind healthy and then naturally the body will not be affected by ‘emotional atyachar’.

Avoid anger: It is an emotion which not only distorts the face but also distorts the mental make-up of a person. It can not only be hurtful to the object of the anger but the angry persons themselves can hurt them – selves with high blood pressure and associated problems. It is best to breathe deeply and try to curb anger by delaying the response. Then painful utterances will be avoided, hypertension cases will be reduced and so relationships maintained.

Donʼt fear: It can be devastating. Fear can make the mind so weak that everything becomes a problem and when the brain seems unable to face the situation, then the body caves in. Fears can be tackled by people themselves by grit and guts but if they are unable to do so, then they can take the help of a person who cares for them. Facing fear includes that people should be even ready for failure. They should not expect to always win because of the fear of failure and the consequent humiliation.

At times you cannot control your actions, but you can control your reactions: There are two things that can be in front of you, chance or choice. Elder people will often maintain that there is something like chance that is fate or destiny. Others believe that life is molded out of our choices. Whatever it is, it is on us human beings how we deal with an event. Whether we get hyper and rant and rave or we remain calm and composed, it is our choice. Even if the actions of other human beings or destiny are not in our control, how we react to them is in our control. So one can learn to be calm even in the face of adversity. The affected people can see the problem and consider what they can do and make their best efforts. After that they can accept whatever follows knowing that the result is not in their hands rather than fluctuating between hope and despair and becoming a nervous wreck in the bargain.

Do your duty and then leave it to take what shape it can: So people should learn to try their best but then let the events unfold because there are others also who are pitted against you. For example, a student studies very well for an examination, but no one can guarantee the result. Other students have studied also and the result will be decided by who understood the question the best and answered with the most relevance.

Believe that what will happen will be for your own good: So, after making efforts, the best thing is to let the result happen and life takes its course if it is beyond control.

Have faith in yourself: One’s having faith in oneself helps a lot because if there is disappointment and failure, then the self-confidence will give courage to the person to go on trying. Courage is something that keeps the mind confident that it can face any situation. Then there will be less fear and more faith in the self to change the situation.

If a past decision goes bad, then remind yourself that at that, given the time, you did what was best: The human mind is often beset by regret, blame and guilt and that can impair the mental health of a person. It is best to think out objectively and logically before taking a decision. Then even afterwards if it proves to be wrong, stop feeling guilty by reminding yourself that in those circumstances, you took the best decision possible.

Live a life of routine with exercise and a nutritious diet: For a healthy mind, one must have a healthy body. Exercise keeps the muscles working and the heart healthy. The diet should also be nutritious and care should be taken that the balance in the body is maintained where vitamins, chemicals or minerals are concerned. Lack or surplus of sugar can cause problems. Sometimes a drop in health can also be due to lack of potassium in the body. It helps the mind to be healthy when the body is cared for because then life does not appear such a great struggle. Two people may suffer a similar set of painful circumstances. One may buckle, the other may survive. The healthier person has more chances of survival because of more physical endurance which would result in a more positive, optimistic, resolute and determined attitude than a sick person who could easily be depressed because his or her body is not in a fit condition or there is some pain that makes the problem seem more cumbersome.

Meditation helps: The mind can work best when it is quiet and still. Meditation helps in this by helping a person concentrate on something and quieten the brain from other things. Everyone cannot meditate. Then doing something with full concentration is also a form of meditation because the mind then focuses on one thing and is distracted from the points that give tension.

If you can’t help worrying, fix half an hour just to worry and then don’t let yourself worry. Just act. Think less: If the persons are not able to keep their minds still by meditation then they should not worry. There are some people who love to worry. So they can keep aside half an hour and worry as much as they can.

Do something that you like doing: The best way to distract oneself from worries is to do something one loves to do whether it is shifting the furniture in the house, watering the garden, reading, making a new thing, cooking, sleeping, whatever. What is necessary is that the thing being done should be something the person loves doing.

Remember that your mind is the slave of your will: At times one feels that one is not able to control the worrying but the fact is that the mind is a slave of the will. If people use their will-power they can command the mind to behave in a calmer manner. The most important strength in us stems from our will and everyone has it. Some use it, some just surrender without trying.

Learn to be objective and detached: The mind is healthier if it removes the layers of emotion, and subjective feelings and then just sees facts as they are. So it is very helpful if even sensitive and sentimental people start learning to be objective and detached. This can be done by just thinking of the facts of the case and not the feelings attached to the facts.

Make yourself believe that everything will be all right: When facing problems we are beset by misgivings and bad thoughts. A student thinks that he or she might fail and feels miserable. It would help more if he or she makes himself or herself believe that he or she will pass. Often, this makes the thing happen. If by chance it doesn’t, you still have saved yourself from hours of worry and the bad after- effects of worrying.

Take life as a challenge and get ready to take on the challenges head-on. The best is to get up in the morning, stretch and tell yourself, “Now is another day! Let me see what it brings. I am ready to face any challenge, good or bad.” This attitude will give you a readiness to expect adverse situations and make it easier to find the energy and courage to face them.

Don’t react without thinking. Think of the pros and cons and then react: Often, problems happen in human relationships whether at home or at office, where a person says something to be regretted later. The fact is that most people cannot think on the spur of the moment and say things that cause regret, remorse or guilt. Learn to talk to people with questions and suggestions.

Little knowledge is a dangerous thing: Often, life becomes very difficult because of half-baked information. A chance sentence like, “The boss is angry” can give a nervous worker palpitations, whereas when he or she actually goes to the office of the boss, he or she may have a pleasant meeting. This applies mostly to health. Don’t apply snippets you have heard to something that happens to your near and dear ones.

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22 things an Indian does after returning from USA

Here are the Top 22 things and Indian do/tries to do when he/she returns from the “United States of America”…..

22. Use Nope for No and Yep for Yes.

21. Tries to use credit card in road side hotel.

20. Drinks and carries mineral water and always speaks of health conscious.

19. Sprays deo such so that he doesn’t need to take bath.

18. Sneezes and says ‘Excuse me’.

17. Says “Hey” instead of “Hi”.
Says “Yogurt” instead says “Curds”.
Says “Cab” instead of “Taxi”.
Says “Candy” instead of “Chocolate”.
Says “Cookie” instead of “Biscuit”.
Says ” Free Way ” instead of “Highway”.
Says “got to go” instead of “Have to go”.
Says “Oh” instead of “Zero”, (for 704, says Seven Oh Four Instead of Seven
Zero Four)

16.Doesn’t forget to crib about air pollution. Keeps cribbing every time he steps out.

15. Says all the distances in Miles (Not in Kilo Meters), and counts in Millions. (Not in Lakhs)

14. Tries to figure all the prices in Dollars as far as possible (but deep down the heart multiplies by the latest  currency exchange rate).

13. Tries to see the % of fat on the cover of a milk pocket.

12. When need to say Z (zed), never says Z (Zed), repeats “Zee” several times, if the other person unable to get, then says X, Y Zee(but never says Zed)

11. Writes date as MM/DD/YYYY, on watching traditional DD/MM/YYYY, says “Oh! British Style!”

10. Makes fun of Indian Standard Time and Indian Road Conditions.

9. Even after 2 months, complaints about “Jet Lag”. Laughing Laughing

8. Avoids eating more chili (hot) stuff.

7. Tries to drink “Diet Coke”, instead of Normal Coke.

6. Tries to complain about any thing in India as if he is experiencing it for the first time.

5. Pronounces “schedule” as “skejule”, and “module” as “mojule”.

4. Looks suspiciously towards Hotel/Dhaba food.

3. From the luggage bag, does not remove the stickers of Airways by which he traveled back to India, even after 4 months of arrival.

2. Takes the cabin luggage bag to short visits in India, tries to roll the bag on Indian Roads.

Ultimate one:
1. Tries to begin conversation with “In US ….” or “When I was in US…

 

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Bring Luck to Your Home

Good luck charms could add that missing magic to your home. Your home is sacred to you; so make it auspicious by bringing positive energy into your home. If things are not working out for you professionally, then a good luck thing may just help. If you are having problems within the family then good luck objects might turn out to be your good omen. No matter how scientifically inclined we become, no one can deny that there is an element of ‘fortune’ to everything we do. Good luck things promise to nurture that element of good fortune in our lives. There are many types of good luck charms that serve different purposes. Let us take a look at a few.

Wind Chimes

This good luck object belongs to the famous family of Feng Shui articles. They a kind of improvised bells which are Chinese in origin. They are hung from windows or doors so that whenever there is a breeze, they make a chiming sound. This sweet tinkling sound is supposed to keep bad vibes at bay and cultivate positive energy at home. Wind chimes are beautiful good luck things and the sound they make is very pleasing, so even without the aspect of luck they can complement your home decor well.

Laughing Buddha

laughing buddhaYou must have seen the cute, cuddly Chinese Buddha’s in many homes. These Feng Shui good luck objects will bring wealth, prosperity or happiness into your home depending on which type of Laughing Buddha you are using. A Laughing Buddha should always be kept facing the door so that as soon as you enter, you see the adorable smile and break into a smile yourself! One more thing, it has to be gifted to you; you can’t but it!

Fish Tank

Having living fish in your house is good for concentration. Fish, apart from being colorful and interesting to look at are a very potent source of positive energy at home. Observing the movement of the fish is pleasant to the eye and helps your mind focus on important issues.

The Money Plant

One of the oldest members of the lucky plants fraternity, they are grown in a water medium like a jug of water. These plants are abundantly available and grow very quickly. A common mistake people make is to hang money plants from a height as they are beautiful creepers. The shoot of a money plant must always point upwards and only then it brings wealth to the house.

Flowing Water

It is believed that if you have a source of flowing water in your house it ensures that you have positive energy at home. Water is the eternal source of life that washes away everything. Flowing water will wash away resentment, grudges, misunderstandings which exist in the family. It can be in the form of a fountain, a waterfall or any other show piece.

The horseshoe

The horseshoe is considered very lucky and used to be hung in many homes to protect and attract good fortune for the family residing inside. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck. Others believe that no matter which way you hang the horseshoe, good luck will come.

The Four Leaf Clover

This famously lucky plants hail from the U.S. They are tiny clover plants that miraculously have just four leaves. It scientifically is a mutant variety of the normal clover that is exceptionally rare. The references to this good luck for home plant hark back to the seventeenth century when it was said that, if you accidentally find a four leaf clover, then something good is about to happen to you.

The Lucky Bamboo Plants

These home plants are made in China and have become a rage in India these days. It has become a household name and is considered great Feng Shui for homes. The lucky bamboo plant is basically a bundle of four green bamboo shoots tied together with a red ribbon. It stands for solidarity and oneness in the family. As a good luck plant it is supposed to keep the family together and the fact that makes exotic decoration is an added bonus.

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Why We Shout In Anger

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.

‘Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?’

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout.’

‘But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.’ asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.

Finally the saint explained,  ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small…’

The saint continued, ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

He looked at his disciples and said.

‘So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.’

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Welcome 2012, Bye bye 2011

Finally 2012 is upon us (almost) and we will know for sure whether we, humans, will exist at the end of the year or not. Prophecies and predictions apart, 2012 promises to be a exciting year with lots and lots of changes in store – some good and some bad and some that has the potential to become super bad.

Topping the Super Bad list would obviously be the scary end of human civilization conspiracy theory. But then again, we will know only around Dec 21st, 2012. So there is plenty of time to argue, debate and fight.

Looking back at 2011, it has been a fabulous year of sorts with highs and lows. Everything that has a happy ending always has something opposite. So here are some of the Highs and Lows of 2011 that happened in India and tried to shape/influence the average Indian Citizen.

Some of the Lows of 2011 in India

  1. the obvious choice would be the the insanely comical ignorance of Social Media by the UPA Government (aka) #Idiotkapilsibal
  2. Restriction of or at-least trying to Censor Internet and Free Speech.
  3. 2G Scam and mammoth proportion of it.
  4. Inflation
  5. Death of Sathya Sai Baba, MF Hussain and Steve Jobs.
  6. FDI dhamaka and the shortsightedness of our politicians – ruling and opposition.
  7. Japan’s earthquake/tsunami tragedy and Sikkim earthquake.

Some of the Highs of 2011 in India

  1. India winning the World Cup – this surely has to be the obvious choice. After 28 years of waiting, this is a dream come true.
  2. Rise of Anti-Politician and Rise of Anna Hazare – The people of India truly came alive after a frail old man took the fight to the parliament. Tired of corrupt, incompetent politicos year after year, election after election, the common man found a leader in Anna Hazare and truly made their frustrations known in one form or the other.
  3. Chennai are the Super Kings of IPL-4 for the 2nd time.
  4. Death of Osama Bin Laden.
  5. Arab revolution
  6. Rise of Amma and downfall of Appa as we prefer to call it down south!
  7. Prosecution of those accused in 2G scam – while this is not yet over at-least a step in the right direction has been taken. in 2012 we will know if this remains a high or becomes yet another low in our effort to fight corruption and crime.

In the meantime Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Happy New Year 2012

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"The Dark Knight Rises" Poster Shows End of Batman

Warner Bros has unveiled a brand new poster for “The Dark Knight Rises,” hinting that Bane (Tom Hardy) will put an end to Batman (Christian Bale).  Check it out below. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 20th, 2012.

The Dark Knight Rises Poster

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How to be Happy

People around you make you depressed. There are thousands of people who take antidepressants. And think about the number of divorce cases arising out of unhappy marriages. Most of the people are unhappy because they have not attained what they want. Material wealth, awards, high positions they all bring you transitory happiness. Happiness

Some tips to give you a dose of happiness
First and foremost, prepare your mind and body to enjoy the ‘JOY’ of happiness. Happiness is the ‘nectar’ desired by all but found by some and enjoyed by very few. Those people who are grumbling all the time hardly notice the presence of ‘happy moments’ in their lives. These people have such slippery souls that the ahaat of good moments just slip away unnoticed.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Love yourself: Happiness is inside you, so if you have low self-esteem it is hard to feel happy. You can’t have a meaningful relationship with others if you are not happy with your own self.
  • Find a purpose: You need to find a purpose, for which you live for. When you have a purpose, life is more meaningful.
  • Learn to let go: In order to be happy you must let go of your negative thoughts and beliefs. Letting go of previous hurts; letting go of things which are beyond your control;
    letting go of your negative emotions and letting go of your attachment to your desires.
  • Live in the moment: Today is what matters. Always say to yourself, “Just for today I will be happy.” Do whatever you are doing right now, as if it was the most important task in the world. You don’t worry about the future, neither you do complain about what is past. You see things as they are. The most important moment is the here and now.
  • Smile often: Laugh wholeheartedly. Remind yourself to put on a smile every day by choosing to think happy thoughts.
  • Connect with happy people: Mix and mingle with happy people. Negativity attracts negativity, while happiness will attract happiness. Reduce interactions with friends who think negatively.
  • Always be looking up: Happy people never buckle under pressure. Adversities make them stronger. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an opportunist sees the opportunity in every difficulty,” Winston Churchill said.
  • Take responsibility: Donʼt allow others to take decisions for you. Take responsibility by seeking information on how best you can make a decision for yourself.
  • Serve others: You must give in order to receive. We are all here to serve others. It is a universal law in the flow of energy. Energy needs to circulate. To allow more happiness
    in, send more happiness out.

Happiness is not something owed to anybody in the world. Nobody is handed joy on a platter. Instead, you make your own happiness. Happiness is an attitude. It is habit gained from daily experience.  The only way to happiness is to keep your heart free from hate and mind from worry. Expect little from others, give much to the world and live simply. Fill your life with affection, love and good words.

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Superstar Rajinikanth Facts

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When Rajnikant was studying in 3rd std….some1 stole his rough note….&
Now they call it as ………….Wikipedia
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When Rajnikant was a Student¦!!!
Teachers use to Bunk the classes!!!
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Rajnikant started college. All students were confused while taking admission because name of college is
“Rajnikant’s Medical College of Engineering for Commerce”.
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THE MOST NEGLECTED FACT OF THE ENTIRE DECADE!!!!
Sachin Tendulkar’s mothers name is RAJNI Tendulkar
And his coach’s name is ramaKANT
Is there a need to say anything beyond this???
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Rajinikant got 150 questions in exam paper asking – “Solve any 100 questions”
He solved all 150 and wrote, ” Rascalla!, CHECK ANY 100!”
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One day Rajani thought to play cricket in monsoon and rain stopped due to play.
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Rajnikanth’s next project is the Titanic in Tamil. However, Rajni has twisted the climax. Both the lead actors survive. Rajni swims across the Atlantic Ocean with the heroine in one hand and… The Titanic in the other
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“Who says the world will be destroyed in Dec 2012..Rajnikant just bought a Laptop with three years warranty”
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Rajni can walk faster than light.
“Rajni cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another”.
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Law of Conservation of Rajni
All scientists failed to answer this but rajnikanth did…
Ques: Which liquid turns solid on heating?
Ans: Dosa… mind it!!!
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Once a photo of Rajnikant was given for Xerox. Don’t even try to guess what happened.
We got two copies of the Xerox machine.
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One more:
Once upon a time
Rajnikant used Tooth Powder to get strong teeth
today that powder is known as
“AMBUJA CEMENT”

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