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Kate Walsh voted ‘Hollywood’s Hottest Redhead’

Washington, Sept 20 : Actress Kate Walsh has topped a poll of ‘Hollywood’s Hottest Redheads’.

The poll was conducted by entertainment magazine In Touch Weekly.

Walsh, a natural blonde, admits that flame-haired women definitely have more fun than their fair-headed or brunette counterparts.

"When I was blonde, they treated me like a girly girl. As a redhead, it was a little more sassy," Contactmusic quoted her, as telling the mag.

‘The Rock’ wants flicks like Damon’s Bourne trilogy

The Rock - WWE
Washington, September 20: Wrestler-turned-movie star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has made it clear that he will now do an action movie only if its script is as qualitative as that of the Bourne trilogy.

Johnson, who was tipped to become the next Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger when he started his movie career with ‘The Mummy’ franchise, said that he still had a liking for action movies.

New exoskeleton backpack lightens burden for soldiers, porters

Exoskeleton

Washington, Sept 20 : Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a device that would lighten the burden for soldiers and others who carry heavy packs and equipment.

Their invention, known as an exoskeleton, can support much of the weight of a heavy backpack and transfer that weight directly to the ground, effectively taking a load off the back of the person wearing the device.

Sixth ‘American Pie’ sequel going direct to DVD on Dec 26, 2007

American PieSept 20 : Universal Studio’s sixth ‘America Pie’ movie will be releasing directly on DVD on Dec 26, 2007.

The Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Rogue Pictures movie is currently being filmed in Toronto, and stars Steve Talley, John White, Jake Siegel and Eugene Levy.

The Andrew Waller-directed pic includes deleted scenes and bloopers, behind-the-scenes interviews and loads of behind-the-scenes secrets.

Kidman, Urban’s Nashville home on sale for $2.5m

New York, Sept 20 : Nicole Kidman and hubby Keith Urban are packing up and moving out of their Nashville home.

Kidman and her country musician hubby have put their four-bedroom, five-bath house on sale for the sum of 2.5 million dollars.

The 7,000-square-foot mansion, in a ritzy and gated section of Nashville, also comes with its very own gym, pool and spa.

A friend of the couple revealed that Nicole and Keith had decided to put their place on sale because they wanted to find a house that was “theirs”.

Tom Hanks to produce New Line’s ‘Agent Zigzag’

Washington, Sept 20 : New Line cinema and Tom Hanks will be bringing just published Ben Macintyre book "Agent Zigzag: True Wartime Story of Love and Deception" to the big screen after the studio won an auction for its screen rights.

The book is based on the true story of Edward Arnold Chapman, a career criminal who spied on the Germans for the British in WWII.

New Line muscled out sister studio Warner Bros. for the rights after upping their bid to a high-six figure deal, reports Variety.

Bush says he would have served with US troops in Iraq if he was younger

Washington, Sept.20 : U.S.President George W Bush has told US troops in Iraq that he would like to serve with them, but only if he had been younger.

Interacting with soldiers at a military base outside Iraqi capital Baghdad by video link, Bush who ducked draft duty during the war against Vietnam, described himself as too old.

One of the bloggers who met the president, reported: "He said he'd like to be in Iraq but, 'One, I'm too old to be out there, and two, they would notice me'."

Bette Midler, Carrie Fisher join ‘The Women’ cast

Washington, Sept 20 : Bette Midler and Carrie Fisher have signed up to star in "The Women".

Also joining the cast are Cloris Leachman, Joanna Gleason, Lynn Whitfield, Debi Mazar and Ana Gasteyer.

The stars will now be joining the already confirmed cast of Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Candice Bergen, reports Variety.

The Diane English-directed pic has Ryan, Bening, Mendes, Messing, Pinkett-Smith and Bergen play friends who discover the pal they envied most is being cheated on by her husband.

Bret Ratner, Chris Tucker reteam for ‘Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra’

Washington, Sept 20 : After the ‘Rush Hour’ movies, director Brett Ratner and actor Chris Tucker will be teaming up once again for New Line’s "Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra".

The studio has picked up the rights to George Jacobs’ biography, and Ratner is attached to direct.

Tucker is said to be keen on getting the role of George Jacobs, Sinatra’s valet from 1953-68.

Study challenges commonly held theories on formation of Earth’s atmosphere

Earth Atmosphere
Washington, Sept 20 : Geochemists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have challenged the commonly held ideas about how gases are expelled from the Earth.

The team, lead by Prof E. Bruce Watson, has found strong evidence that argon atoms are tenaciously bound in the minerals of Earth’s mantle and move through these minerals at a much slower rate than previously thought.

Childhood rubella vaccination may eradicate chronic eye disease

Washington, Sept 20 : A new research has revealed that childhood vaccination for the rubella virus can almost eradicate a chronic inflammatory eye disease called Fuchs heterochromic iridocyclitis (FHI).

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted the study, and the finding is published in the September issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

FHI is a chronic inflammatory disease of the eye that causes cataract and glaucoma and can lead to blindness. Unfortunately there is no effective treatment.

Microwaves may help determine fat and salt content of supermarket food

Microwave
Washington, September 20 : A new study conducted at two universities in Manchester has revealed that microwaves, which are used for zapping instant meals, can also be used to determine the fat and salt content of supermarket food.

Sing Kwei Ng, a student of PhD and one of the researchers behind the study, has won a top industry prize for his work to determine the amount of fat in beef.

Long-term mobile use may damage high frequency hearing ability

Mobile Phones
Washington, September 20 : A new study suggests that long-term use of a cell phone may damage a person’s inner ear and high frequency hearing ability.

Presenting the study at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Washington, DC, the researchers said that 100 people who had used cellular phones for over a year suffered increases in the degree of hearing loss over the span of 12 months.

US Hopes To Work Jointly With India On Global Peace, Safety & Economic System – Richard Boucher

Richard BoucherWashington: The United States on Wednesday told that it desires to work jointly with India in arenas of international peacekeeping operation, regional foreign plan, safety and financial system.

The Bush government stated that it is rather responsive to what the demands of India are in pioneering technologies and remains much focused on what has to be done.

Study outlines causes behind failure of sound conservation strategies

Washington, Sept 19 : An Indiana University scientist, has in this week’s special online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined the causes behind failure of many sound conservation strategies.

University political scientist Elinor Ostrom said, that while many basic conservation strategies were sound, their use was often flawed.

The strategies were applied either too generally, or as an inflexible, regulatory “blueprint” that ignored local customs, economies and politics, she said.

Study outlines causes behind failure of sound conservation strategies

Washington, Sept 19 : An Indiana University scientist, has in this week’s special online issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined the causes behind failure of many sound conservation strategies.

University political scientist Elinor Ostrom said, that while many basic conservation strategies were sound, their use was often flawed.

The strategies were applied either too generally, or as an inflexible, regulatory “blueprint” that ignored local customs, economies and politics, she said.

O. J. Simpson denies robbing sports memorabilia dealer

Washington, September 19 : Former American football star O.J. Simpson has denied that he robbed a sports memorabilia dealer at a hotel recently.

He pleaded his innocence, saying that the memorabilia in question was already stolen stuff.

"Everybody knows this is stolen stuff. Not only wasn't there a break-in, but Thomas Riccio (the auction house owner) escorted us up to the room. In any event, it's stolen stuff that's mine. Nobody was roughed up,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

"I'm O.J. Simpson. How am I going to rob somebody and get away with it? This is somebody going to get his private (belongings) back. That's it. That's not robbery. I don't hang out with gangsters; I hang out with golfers," he added.

Simpson charged with kidnapping too

Washington, September 19 : Former American football star O.J. Simpson has been charged with kidnapping and seven other felony counts in connection with an alleged armed robbery of sports merchandise in Las Vegas.

The 60-year-old star will face these charges, along with a misdemeanour, in the court on Wednesday morning.

The new charges are distinct from the original six counts levelled against Simpson, when he was booked into jail on Sunday.

Prosecutors announced on Tuesday that the charge of kidnapping with a deadly weapon had been added.

Simpson may face 30 years in prison on each robbery count should he be convicted, reports People magazine.

Stem cell transplant for cancer patients linked to decreased sexual function

Washington, Sept 19 : A long-term study has revealed that that a type of stem cell transplant used for patients with life-threatening diseases, such as leukaemia and lymphoma, results in decreased sexual function and activity for recipients.

The study also found that males are likely to recover from these changes over time, while the sexuality of female patients remains compromised. In addition, neither male nor female long-term cancer survivors regained levels of sexual activity and function equal to those of their peers who have not had cancer.

WNV Cases Surging Slowly!

The number of West Nile Virus cases has been climbing up another time, but the rate of increase is slow. This indicates aerial spraying last month had the desired result killing a big part of the disease carrying mosquitoes.

Presently, there are 115 people in Kern County with the disease. That’s up from 107 a week ago. But an increase of eight cases is low as against six or seven weeks ago, when the number augmented by 30% each week.

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