Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Japan develops a chewing gum that can enhance breast size

A chewing gum banded as 'Bust-Up gum' that was developed by B2Up found to enhance the size, shape and tone of the breasts and has proved to be a big hit in Japan. B2Up says its Bust-Up gum, when chewed three or four times a day, can also help improve circulation, reduce stress and fight ageing.

The gum works by slowly releasing compounds contained in an extract from a plant called Pueraria mirifica. (Pueraria mirifica, also known as Kwao Krua, is a species found in Thailand and Burma. It has long been used by indigenous hill tribe people as a traditional medicine and it helps to keep the muscle tissue in good order).

The plant's underground tubers contain a number of chemicals called phytoestrogens - natural compounds which simulates the effects of the female sex hormone oestrogen. They are very close in chemical structure to oestradiol, the main human oestrogen.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Yahoo! Mail Announces Free Unlimited e-mail Storage

On May 16, 2007 Yahoo! Mail began a global rollout of its new unlimited e-mail storage. The unlimited e-mail storage will reach users of the service within the coming months, a company release said. This is to commemorate the approaching 10-year anniversary of Yahoo! Mail.

Yahoo mail will be ten years old soon. When it launched in 1997 it included a whopping 4 MB of total storage (Yahoo! acquired RocketMail, one of the world's first webmail products, and relaunched as Yahoo! Mail in 1997). This was increased to 100 MB in 2004, and 1 GB in 2005.
"Both new and existing Yahoo! Mail users will receive an unlimited amount of free e-mail storage as long as they follow normal e-mail practices and abide by the company's anti abuse limits. The service upgrade will be available to users of the original Yahoo! Mail Service and the Yahoo! Mail Beta", company's Vice-President John Kremer said.
All Yahoo Mail users will have free unlimited email storage starting in May 2007. The current storage limit is 1 GB per account (2 GB for $20/year premium users). Kremer says they want their customers to be satisfied and happy with the new unlimited storage feature. Users who have paid $20 to upgrade to a premium account to get 2 GB of storage will be able to get a refund if they request one. With this change, Yahoo surpasses Gmail (2.8 GB and growing) and Mail (2GB). Yahoo mail currently has 250 million global users, more than any other online service ( has 228 million and Gmail has 51 million users).
Yahoo! Mail has a good user interface (although many users prefer Gmail), but does not support IMAP, and POP access and forwarding are premium features (Gmail offers POP access and forwarding for free). Yahoo! Mail, Rediff Mail, Google Mail (Gmail)...etc. all are going towards free unlimited e-mail space. Competition drives more features for customer at free of cost. This shows how much the online advertisement earns money! As the competition grows, we can expect rollout of more new features.
"We hope we're setting a precedent for the future. Someday, can you imagine a hard drive that you can never fill? Never having to empty your photo card on your camera to get space back? Enough storage to fit the world's music, and then some, on your iPod? Sounds like a future without limits" says John Kremer, Vice President, Yahoo! Mail.

DNA fingerprinting to find illegal whale 'bycatch'

DNA detective work has revealed that fishermen in South Korea are snaring far more whales in their nets than they admit. The "bycatch" is so large that some observers believe whales are being netted deliberately, breaking the moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
Whale meat can be sold legally in South Korea if the animals are caught by accident in fishing nets, but such deaths must be reported to the government. Between 1999 and 2003, fishermen reported snaring 458 minke whales. Now a team led by Scott Baker of Oregon State University in Newport says the true catch was nearly twice that number and threatens the survival of minke whales in the Sea of Japan.
Baker had South Korean colleagues buy minke meat from local markets and used DNA fingerprinting to determine how many individual whales the meat had come from.