Author Archives: Uzma Nadeem

EXHIBITION: Beloved Country Houses and Favourite Places of Creative Inspiration for Russian Writers, 23 March

From 23rd  March onwards the  Russian Cultural Centre Rossotrudnichestvo will host the exhibition Beloved Country Houses and Favourite Places of  Creative Inspiration for Russian Writers . It will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Russian Arts Help charity and 5th anniversary of the Russian Cultural Centre Rossotrudnichestvo in London. The exhibition features paintings by twenty-five artists who enthusiastically responded to the invitation to participate in the show. All works are linked with the names of favourite Russian writers and poets, such as  Pushkin, Griboedov, Lermontov, Chekhov, Ostrovsky, Brodsky, Pasternak. The paintings convey the creative atmosphere in which the masters of poetry ...

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The SOVKOM Auction “Russian Art of the XXth Century” to Take Place on 30th March.

The approaching SOVKOM spring auction will feature Russian art of the 20th century represented by 103 lots, comprising classical Russian pre-revolutionary art and works by the masters of the  socialist realism. Among the highlights of the upcoming auction are Yu. Klever, Sunset over the Swamps, 1898 and  Winter Landscape with Road, 1900s;  F. Rubo, Eastern  Army on a March, 1917;   A. Deineka, Nature Morte with Game, 1935; T. Kupervasser, Portrait of a Woman, late 1930s- early 1940s; Ya Khaimov, School Leavers, 1958,  rare Gardner Porcelain Factory figurines of the 19th century. A. Deineka, Nature Morte with Game, 1935 The ...

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Phosphorus Is Vital for Life, and We’re Running Low

All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock. Consequently, it is used globally as a fertilizer – and plays an important role in meeting the world’s food requirements. In order for us to add it, however, we first need to extract it from a concentrated form – and the supply comes almost exclusively from phosphate mines in Morocco (with far smaller quantities coming from China, the US, Jordan and South Africa). Within Morocco, most of the mines are in Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony which was ...

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Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancers Are Due to Random DNA ‘Mistakes’

Cancer is caused by mistakes in DNA, and a new study finds that in most cancer cases, these mistakes are completely random; they’re not due to heredity or environmental factors, but rather the result of random errors. The mistakes, or mutations, cause cancer to happen because even a tiny error in DNA can make cells multiply out of control, the study said. Scientists had thought these mutations resulted mainly from two things: Either the mutation was inherited, or it was caused by outside factors that can damage DNA, such as cigarette smoke or ultraviolet radiation, the researchers wrote. But a ...

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Improved cognition in male turtles exposed to BPA during development

Bisphenol A (BPA) has earned a bad reputation as a potential endocrine disrupting chemical in several studies of developing animals. Some studies even report correlations of BPA levels with certain diseases in humans. Thus it is not surprising there are a plethora of BPA-free food containers, especially for baby food and bottles, as our most common route of exposure is through our diet. It gets there from the epoxy resin lining of some canned foods as well as our use of polycarbonate food containers or tableware. Turtles and reptiles are also affected by BPA that leaches into their environment. Male turtles and reptiles exposed to BPA during development can undergo partial and even ...

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Latino Players Relish the World Baseball Classic

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Two questions remain constant during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the fourth installment of the tournament: Who will win? And how much will players care? Some of the United States’ best players, including the Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Angels’ Mike Trout, chose not to participate. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, one of the most exciting young players in baseball, was blunt in explaining why he was not taking part. “Ain’t nobody make it to the Hall of Fame and win the World Series playing in the W.B.C.,” Syndergaard said early this month. But ...

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