Kim Kardashian can be seen finding out the sex of her baby in the new episode of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians', but disappointingly, her beau Kanye West is absent during the ultrasound. The 32-year-old reality star was accompanied by members of her family, including her mother and manager Kris Jenner and her two sisters Kourtney and Khloe, the Mirror reported. In the clip, Kim has her hair tied in a bun while wearing full makeup. As the Kardashian clan look at the monitor, Dr. Crane takes them through the whole anatomy of Kim's baby, starting with an arm, and then the femur. Kris looks much more excited that Kim, shrieking: "Look at that! Look at the little ankle! Oh Kim look!"
For the first time in his career, Charlie Sheen will use his real name, Carlos Estevez, in the credits of the movie " Machete Kills", a decision that contrasts a past statement that he does not feel "Latino". Celebrity-news Web site TMZ.com published a shot from the film, to premiere September in the US, which shows Sheen carrying an assault rifle while a super on the screen says "and introducing Carlos Estevez". Charlie's dad, Martin Sheen, the son of a Spanish immigrant to the US, was born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez. He called himself Martin Sheen to get work as an actor, but never legally changed his name. Martin Sheen starred in the 2011 movie "The Way", directed by his son Emilio Estevez, the story of a Californian ophthamologist who goes to France when he learns that his son died in a storm in the Pyrenees. After discovering that the young man was going to make a pilgrimage on the Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela, he decides to take his place, carrying his ashes. It was in July last year that Charlie Sheen said he didn't feel Latino. "I'm not ashamed of it, I'm not escaping from it, but I was born in New York and grew up in Malibu - that's not very Latino," Sheen said in an interview that aired on Univision.
Interest in contemporary Chinese ink painting, the age-old tradition that is currently undergoing a renaissance, has never been greater—and not just in China. Traditional ink painting is one of the oldest forms of Chinese art and commands huge respect, as well as high prices. Today’s painters are using the medium to produce art that links back to this long tradition. At the end of this year, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a major survey—“Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China” (10 December-6 April 2014). Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, the planned M+ museum is seeking a specialist contemporary ink curator. Hong Kong, in fact, has been the cradle of the new ink movement since the mid-20th century. The market is sitting up and taking notice, and there is even talk of ink being “the new contemporary Chinese art”—and attracting a rush of collectors. Whether this is a good thing is debatable: the senior curator at M+, Pi Li, who co-founded Boers-Li Gallery (3C05) in 2005, says: “There is quite a bit of marketing going on here. I think it would be better to take this more slowly.” Time and thought are, indeed, important when it comes to this art form. “Ink painting is demanding, and it requires connoisseurship to appreciate it,” says Johnson Chang of Hanart TZ (3D07). In his gallery in the Pedder Building, he is devoting a show to Qiu Zhijie, whose “Bird’s Eye” maps, inspired by GPS systems, fuse cartography with contemporary urban and rural landscapes. At Art Basel Hong Kong, another series of Qiu’s maps (priced at $20,000 each) was pounced on by a leading New York museum at the opening. What defines ink art is a topic of endless debate. Qiu himself rejects the label applies to his work. Official support Chang says there is the political will to promote this quintessentially Chinese art form. “Since the 1990s, the government has been actively supporting exhibitions of ink,” he says. As demonstrated at a major Unesco conference held in Hangzhou this month, the Chinese government sees culture as an important way of developing “soft power” in the world. Backing for the art form is also building commercially, with Sotheby’s and Christie’s dipping their toes in the water by holding private selling exhibitions, rather than auctions, in Hong Kong. Both firms have shown ink in New York, and Christie’s has now brought its private-sale exhibition to Hong Kong (it opened on Thursday). Ink painting already has a strong international following. Yahoo’s co-founder Jerry Yang, who collects calligraphy, has acquired work by the contemporary artist Tai Xiangzhou and others. A work by the same artist—Paradise Hills, 2013—sold at Paul Kasmin Gallery (3D34) for around $165,000 on the first day of the fair. Other fans include Guy Ullens, the founder of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, and the French collector Sylvain Levy. Hong Kong-based Alisan Fine Arts (3C32) is showing artists such as Wang Tiande, who paints landscapes and then uses sticks of incense to burn a second layer of silk, combining them with rubbings of Qing dynasty calligraphy (HK$288,000). Wei Ligang, showing Golden Dragon, 2012 (HK$140,000, US$18,000), updates calligraphy with a bold, expressive stroke. Another local gallery is Grotto (1D15), which is showing five Hong Kong artists who work with ink. More subversive is Yang Jiechang’s On the Rock (Stranger than Paradise), 2011, at Arndt (3C08), which depicts animals getting up to no good in a classical Chinese landscape (€70,000): Christie’s owner, François Pinault, is a fan. Beyond the fair In Hong Kong, Galerie du Monde (1B34) is showing work by the brothers Qin Feng and Qin Chong in “A Brush with the Future” (until 17 June). The gallery’s Fred Scholle notes the growing buzz. “Last year, we sold out our show by Li Hao,” he says (prices from HK$15,000 to HK$70,000). In Beijing, a specialist gallery is opening next week. Ink Studio’s inaugural show is by Zheng Chongbin. With all this interest building up, it seems sure that ink painting is once again making a splash.
Akshay Kumar was recently in the news when he got injured a couple of days back while shooting some action scenes for his Hindi remake of the Tamil superhit 'Thuppakki'. It seems now that Akshay is all fit and fine. He was back to work onSaturday and was seen shooting at one of the railway stations in Mumbai with Sonakshi Sinha. The movie that is tentatively titled 'Pistol' has the 'Skyfall' director Greg Powell directing the action scenes.
Salman Khan, who has kept himself away from Twitter for quite long, came in support of her leading lady in his home production film 'Mental'. Sana Khan has an arrest warrant issued against her by the Navi Mumbai police in connection with kidnapping of a minor girl. Expressing his views Salman posted on twitter, "Poor sana, so sad. 1st let her b cm famous then try n get sm publicity from her. This is the problem chappo any thing galat bhi ho toh." Taking the issue further he wrote on Twitter, "Y wld a girl kidnap a 15 year old? Fr money? To get her married, At 4pm in a populated area. Investigate the complainants. Kamaal hai yaar." While Salman's third tweet was, "Obviously must b scared n running around n hiding, they hv an arrest warrant on her, 5 dharas , jail is not big boss's house dude.SAD." Finally hitting back on those who have framed the charges against Sana he wrote, "Obviously those people must have sm ulterior motives. worked vit her on bigg boss, u hv seen her fr 3months every day wat do u think?"
Actor Tom Cruise has reportedly promised to help soccer ace David Beckham become an actor. "Beckham has always wanted to be an action film star, and Cruise promised him a long time ago he can make those dreams come true," a source told National Enquirer magazine. Beckham, 38, announced he was retiring from football this month after playing the game for more than 20 years, reports entertainmentwise.com. "Beckham still loved soccer but feels that now is a great time to transition into film while he's still young enough to land top-notch roles," the source added. Beckham and his wife Victoria became close to Cruise when Beckhams relocated here. Now the couple has moved to London.
While Sanjay Dutt spends his days in Pune's high security Yerwada Jail, his wife Manyata is stepping it up to ensure her husband's unfinished businesses are taken care of. She has decided to step out and promote Dutt's Policegiri to ensure it gets the right mileage. The film, directed by K S Ravikumar, is scheduled to release on July 5 and Manyata will join the ad campaigns from next week. When contacted, producer Rahul Aggarwal confirmed the story and added, "Bhabhi is very dear to all of us and we will maintain the integrity of this situation." A source told us, "Before surrendering, Sanjay had told his family members that he had given his blood and sweat to the film and he believed that the film had tremendous potential as it was his one of his solo releases in a long time. He had asked Manyata to do all she can to ensure the film gets its due." Apparently, Dutt had even jokingly told Manyata to sneak in the news that the film has crossed the 100-cr mark into his cell.
Three years after they met and fell in love on the sets of 'Housefull 2', Sajid Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez have decided to part ways. The 42-year-old filmmaker, who recently directed the Himmatwala, and the 28-year-old former beauty pageant from Sri Lanka last seen in Race - 2, took the decision early this week. The couple had so far been quite committed to the relationship. Sajid met Jacqueline's parents in October last year and there were reports that they were pretty close to getting married as well. Curiously enough, though Sajid never shied away from confessing his love for her, Jacqueline has always evaded all questions pertaining to her 'boyfriend.' Despite the fact that they graced several social events, parties and photo calls together. Confirming the development, a source close to the two said: "Sajid and Jacqueline were having serious issues since February this year. But they have many common friends who always helped them patch up. Their efforts worked for a while, but the cracks kept resurfacing." According to reports, Sajid's earnestness as a lover may have killed the fledgling romance. "He was always protective, but at times too possessive of his girlfriend," said a source, adding, "Jackie brought out his prudish side... he had issues with the way she dressed, her roles... everything." Industry insiders say this cost Jacqueline her coveted roles in Jism -2 and Krrish-3. Sajid apparently prohibited her from kissing Hrithik Roshan on screen or shooting sensual scenes with Arunoday Singh and Randeep Hooda. "Sajid's bear hug was stifling Jackie, and though it was a painful decision, they decided it is best to remain friends and end up as bickering lovers," said the source. A friend of the filmmaker called to say that the 'parting was amicable'. "There is no animosity. Now, both Sajid and Jacqueline want to focus only on their respective careers. Post Race 2, Jacqueline has been getting many offers. As for Sajid, he wants to bounce back with vengeance after Himmatwala." What remains to be seen is whether Jacqueline finds pride of place in Sajid's next film starring Saif Ali Khan anymore.
Surprisingly, cockroaches are steering away from sugary-coated traps designed to kill them. The phenomenon has been subject to much scientific interest with many experts asking why they avoid the traps if they are coated in glucose - a tempting treat for cockroaches. A new study published in the May 24th edition of Science has revealed why. Cockroaches determine whether or not food is safe by using their sensory systems. However, these sensory systems are able to quickly adapt to environmental changes. How they are able to detect the presence of poison in food that was once considered to be "safe" - according to their sensory systems - is still a mystery. Researchers at North Carolina State University looked at a species of cockroaches that have adapted and avoided traps coated in sugar, they were able to determine the mechanism of this change. Cockroaches have tiny little hair-like sensors on their mouths which they use to "taste" food, activating sensors house gustatory receptor neurons, or GRNs. Certain GRNs activate in the presence of food that is sugary - which makes them feed - as opposed to GRNs that activate in the presence of food that is bitter - making the animal avoid the food. The research, which started in the mid-1980s, found that German cockroaches given baits incorporating a stimulant (glucose) and a deterrent (insecticide) evolved a behavioural change called "glucose aversion". Cockroaches with "glucose aversion" avoided all man-made traps even though they were coated with glucose. Using electrophysiological tests the scientists were able to analyze the responses of gustatory receptor neurons among normal and glucose averse cockroaches. They were surprised to find that when the German glucose averse cockroaches were exposed to sugar it actually stimulated their bitter GRNs and suppressed the sugar GRN response, which prevented them from feeding. This means that among glucose-averse German cockroaches glucose is processed as a deterrent which makes them avoid it completely.
Three-month-old Elayna Nigrelli has redefined what it means to be a miracle baby. She was born while her mother was technically dead. In February, Erica Nigrelli was teaching at a high school in Missouri City, Texas, when she walked into a co-worker's classroom. Nigrelli said she felt faint, placed her hands on a table to steady herself and then passed out. Three teachers immediately grabbed a defibrillator and also began performing CPR. Kids in the classroom ran out, yelling for help. Nigrelli's husband, Nathan, also a teacher, was just two doors down. He rushed into the room. "Erica was lying on the floor, she was foaming and making gurgling sounds and just staring up," he told CNN affiliate KPRC. He called 911. "My wife is pregnant," he said, his breath heavy with panic. "She's having a seizure! The baby's due in three weeks!" "Oh my God!" the 911 operator exclaimed. By the time paramedics rushed the 32-year-old to the hospital, doctors could not find a pulse. Her heart had stopped. Doctors delivered the baby by emergency cesarean section. Technically, it was a postmortem delivery because Erica's heart was not beating. But then something remarkable happened. The doctors turned to Erica, and soon her heart started beating again. Over the next five days, she remained in a medically induced coma, she told CNN, and doctors diagnosed her with a heart defect she didn't know she had -- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The condition causes the heart muscle to thicken. The thickening can make it more difficult for blood to leave the heart, forcing it to work harder to pump blood. Baby Elayna was in the intensive care unit for two weeks. On Friday, the couple appeared with her on CNN's "Early Start," with Elayna on Mom's lap, sucking on a purple pacifier. She weighs 8 pounds and is healthy. "We feel great," Nathan Nigrelli said. "We have a wonderful baby. My wife is back to 100%. The baby hasn't shown any signs of trouble but is still on oxygen. The child will undergo therapy soon, but by all accounts her recovery looks to be on track and she'll be fine. Erica Nigrelli believes that God was protecting her. She told CNN that she has a memory of being in the ambulance. "I remember being bounced up," she said. And she remembers seeing sunlight. When she came to in the hospital, she remembers the doctors telling her, "You have your baby. She is in the hospital." She saw Elayna three weeks after she was born. The two joked that if Elayna ever gets out of line, all her parents have to do is remind their daughter what they went through to bring her into the world. "I have got, like, the best ammunition for the rest of her life," Erica Nigrelli laughed. "She can never do anything wrong."
Vials of moon dust brought back to Earth by the first men on the moon have been found inside a lab warehouse in California after sitting in storage unnoticed for more than 40 years. The samples — collected by Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin — were rediscovered last month by an archivist who was going over artifacts tucked away at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "We don't know how or when they ended up in storage," Karen Nelson, who made the surprising discovery, said in a statement from the lab. Nelson came across about 20 vials with handwritten labels dated "24 July 1970," packed in a vacuum-sealed glass jar. Accompanying the jar was an academic paper published in the Proceedings of the Second Lunar Science Conference in 1971, titled "Study of carbon compounds in Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 returned lunar samples." All of the authors of the paper were from the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory, including Nobel Prize-winning chemist Melvin Calvin, who worked with NASA on efforts to protect the moon from contamination during the first lunar landing, as well as plans to protect Earthlings from unknown pathogens feared to be lurking in lunar dust. The moon dust samples were supposed to be sent back to NASA after the Space Sciences Laboratory team finished their experiments. By some wrong turn, they ended up in storage. After making the discovery, Nelson contacted officials at the Space Sciences Laboratory. "They were surprised we had the samples," she said. Nelson then got in touch with NASA officials, who allowed her to open the jar to remove the vials before she returned them to the space agency, according to the statement from Berkeley. In all, NASA's moonwalking Apollo astronauts brought 842 pounds of lunar samples back to Earth between 1969 and 1972, and very little of it is thought to be unaccounted for. Of the 68-gram batch of lunar material distributed to Calvin and his collaborators in 1970, NASA knew that only 50 grams was returned, said Ryan Zeigler, NASA's Apollo sample curator at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Space agency officials assumed that the unaccounted-for 18 grams had been destroyed during testing. Zeigler thinks the rediscovered, roughly 3-gram sample likely ended up in storage as a result of some miscommunication. "Given the lengths taken to preserve the samples, this does not appear to have been an attempt of deliberate deception, but likely a miscommunication where some of the material was retained for ongoing or expected future studies which never happened," Zeigler wrote in an email. "Why they were never returned is unclear." The vials have been returned to NASA's sample vault, the curator said, but it is possible that the samples could one day end up back in a lab. "I do not know whether these samples will be studied again, but this sample (10059) is a very interesting Apollo 11 breccia that is in short supply, so I believe there is a good chance that this material could be used to fill future requests for this sample," Zeigler added.
An anti-cancer drug may reverse memory problems in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model, according to new research carried out at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. The study, published in the journal Science, examined previously published outcomes on the drug bexarotene - which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in cutaneous T cell lymphoma. The researchers established that the drug does notably improve cognitive deficits in mice expressing gene mutations associated with human Alzheimer's disease, however, they could not verify the effect on amyloid plaques. Senior author Rada Koldamova, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor in Pitt Public Health's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, said, "We believe these findings make a solid case for continued exploration of bexarotene as a therapeutic treatment for Alzheimer's disease."
Being four-legged has its perks. As a quadruped, your centre of gravity is lower, there's less wind resistance when you're running, and, best of all, you can use your hind foot to scratch your ear. All of this raises a big question: What were our apelike ancestors thinking when they started walking upright? A prevailing hypothesis is that they were prompted by climate change. As African forests declined due to temperature fluctuations some 2.5 million years ago, the hypothesis goes, our australopithecine ancestors descended from the trees and ventured out into the open savanna, an environment thought to be friendlier for those standing on two feet. The savanna hypothesis has its critics, however. There is some evidence that bipedal primates evolved before the biggest temperature swings kicked in, that some australopithecines ancestors lived in forests, and that they were adapted to both tree-climbing and upright walking.