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f Page14 POST-GAZETTE, MAY 23, 2014 ,, ' .. NEWS BRIEFS (FROM ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by Orazio Z. Buttafuoco THE ELIXIR FOR LONGEVITY: TO GO BEYOND 140? Experiments frequently conducted on mice in labs world- wide have made possible to extend life expectation 30 to 40% on average. Italian Researcher Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, working and coordinating research at the European Insti- tute of Oncology in Milan, stated that experiments have demonstrated that aging can be extended even hundreds of times. Researchers at California's Buck Institute have manipulated two genes of the 'C-elegans' worm. The two genes respectively sense how much insulin and how many amino-acids are in the human body. The first -- insulin -- had been able to prolong life 30% (in the C-elegans worm), but the other by a whopping 100%. By manipulating the two genes researchers expect a life expectancy of 130%, instead they got a very surprising 500%, as it was announced and explained by the researcher-coordinator Pankaj Kapadi. For a man, such result would mean a life expectancy of about 400 years! Claudio Franceschi, aging expert at the University of Bologna, is working on ways to prolong life even further (beyond the theorized limit of 400), is also the coordinator of an European project, the 'Nu-age,' a member of the specific 'human' side, is studying the over 105 (the centenary that is becoming too common). However, he finds it nearly impossible to manipulate the genes in man, but are able, to get control of other factors. Researchers are also pursuing the study of plants to iso- late substances that can slow down aging. Pelicci has also discussed three other ways: the first is to determine how much glucose is present in the organism; the second is the gene (the two mentioned above) that feels the body's amount of amino-acids; and the third (the gene Sirt 1) that detects the amount of calories (in the body) is essentially of primary importance to find an alternative to the ma- nipulation of genes. One is the limitation of calories,i.e., the reduction of food intake to near starvation. But this alternative looks unappealing, for it provokes serious c01- lateral effects. Hence the interest in the study of plants. As Pelucci explains, they have learned to live for centuries. A few even opine by saying that some plants can live forever! Many companies are studying plants hoping to find sub- stances that can provide longer life, and give the discov- erer a patent! A few decades ago, the molecule 'resveratrol,' which is found in red wine and in red grapes, was hailed as an elixir of long life. Meanwhile investors are pumping millions in the hope of finding, even within the next two- three years, the miraculous elixir. Stay tunedl Newseum (Continued from poverty and injustice." "This is an exciting new partnership between the Newseum and the Smith- sonian's Our American Jour- ney program, an immigra- tion and migration initia- tive," said Michelle Delaney, senior program officer at the Smithsonian. *Objects and stories in the exhibition confirm ethnic media are time capsules of history and tell the story of the nation we make together." Newseum-produced videos in the exhibit feature news- makers reading the words of pioneering ethnic journal- ists and explore the role today's .ethnic media play in covering major news events. Interactive elements of the exhibit will encourage visi- tors to explore ethnic media throughout the country, and to pose for "selfies" in front of a portrait wall, allowing them to share their photos and contribute to an online gallery. "News for All" will be on dis- play at the Newseum througla January 4, 2015. ABOUT THE NEWSEUM The mission of the News- eum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amend- ment through education, information and entertain- ment. One of the top attrac- tions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum's 250,000- square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the- Page I} art experience that blends news history with up-to-the- second technology and hands- on exhibits. The Newseum Institute serves as a forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, cor- porations and foundations, including the Freedom Fo- rum. For further informa- tion; visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. ABOUT SMITHSONIAN  INSTITUTION Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian tells the Ameri- can story through exhibits, research and public pro- grams. It is the world's larg- est museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoo and 9 research facilities. In 2013, the Smith- sonian welcomed 30 million visitors through its doors and 140 million visitors to its web- sites, including the popular site. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is esti- mated at 137 million. "News for All" was created in con- junction with the Smith- sonian project "Our American Journey," which focuses on immigration and migration. For more information, visit si. edu. The 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP, the greatest and grandest tournament on the planet is less than three weeks away. This year's competition will be staged in Brazil, the cur- rent record holder with five tournament wins. Brazil should prove to be an exciting host with the country's rich footballing his- tory. The Brazilians or the Seledo (Selec- tion) will kick off the tournament on Thurs- day, June 12 th versus Croatia in Sao Paulo. Of greater interest to myself, and, un- doubtedly you the reader is the schedule for the Italian national team and that of the United States. The Azzurri (Blues) are posi- tioned in Group D and will kick off their World Cup versus England on Saturday, June 14  at 5:30 p.m. The rest of the Group stage games for the Italians will be versus Costa Rica on Friday, June 20  at 11:30 am and finishing with Uruguay on Tuesday, June 24 th at 11:30 am. An early look at the schedule and oppo- nents looks iike a difficult draw for the Azzurri. England and Uruguay both bring top end talent laden rosters. For the United States, it will be a far tougher task to advance from group play. The boys in Red, White and Blue drew into Group G with Ghana, Portugal and Germany. Ghana has given the U.S. fits in the past two Cup tournaments and figures to do the same this summer. Portugal and Germany are currently ranked 4 th and 2 "d respectively in the sometimes overrated Fifa world rankings. The United States will open ver- sus Ghana on Monday, June 164 at 5:30 pro. Their next test will be versus Cristiano Ronaldo and the Portuguese on Sunday, June 22 "d at 5:30 pm and close out group play versus the Germans on Thursday, June 26 th at 11:30 am. All Group stage games for both Italy and the United States will be broadcast on ESPN. A look at the rest of the World Cup groupings... 2014 FIFA World Cup Groups GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D 1 Brazil 1 Spain 1 Colombia 1 Uruguay l 2 Croatia 2 Netherlands 2 Greece 2 Costa Rica 3 Mexico 3 Chile 3 Ivory Coast 3 England 4 Cameroon 4 Australia 4 Japan 4 Italy GROUP E GROUP F GROUP G GROUP H I Switzerland I Argentina I Germany I Belgium 2 Ecuador 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 Portugal 2 Algeria 3 France 3 Iran 3 Ghana 3 Russia 4 Honduras 4 Nigeria 4 USA 4 Korea Republic Next week will be the start of a two-part series on the history of the Italian National Team, from modest beginnings in 1910 through four glorious World Championships. News Briefs (Continued from Page I) always my favorite charac- ter. What baby boomer out there doesn't still love danc- ing to the Village People and having great fun doing it too? People in North Dakota need to get a life ff an Indian Chief bothers them. 40 th Anniversary of Watergate too unhappy when the first openly gay to be drafted in the NFL kisses his boyfriend. I think Sam personally can do what he wants, but others have a right to voice their opinions too, but in politi- cally correct America, we suffer from a new liberal McCarthyism. If you dis- agree you are a bigot or a getting fined by Miami and ordered to go to a training program for "education." I hope Sam makes the Ari- zona Cardinals because in the end being gay has noth- ing to do with playing football. Either he can or he can't. His private life is his private life and so too should Don Jones and his tweets whether you Memories of Watergate and the forced resignation of President Richard M. Nixon came back to me recently when I read the recent obitu- ary of Jeb Stuart Magruder, a key figure in the Watergate mess back in 1974. He went to prison and later became a minister. He passed away last week at age 79. He worked in the White House Communications Office and also served as a deputy cam- paign manager for the 1972 Nixon re-election campaign. In that role, he allegedly helped engineer the break- in at the Democratic Party's offices in the Watergate complex. Years later, Magruder Charged that Nixon person- ally ordered the break-in. Most of us, myself included were bummed out by Water- gate. It took me a while to get over it. Such a stupid thing to do, especially when there was no way for George McGovern to win that year. I Don't Care f Sam is Gay, but Can He Play Football? I have long since gotten over the issue of gay athlet- ics coming out of the closet. I am still not that comfort- able with gays kissing up with each other on camera. I don't think ESPN was hater. Miami Dolphins Defensive Back Don Jones decided to tweet away his disapproval of the kissing. He thought he had the First Amendment on his side, but he ended up agree with him or not. 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