Egypt Independent: Life Style-Main news en Zamalek Market promotes local products with natural, healthy twist <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Tucked away in a corner on a quiet street, Zamalek Market is the latest arrival to the cozy neighborhood bringing on a healthy lifestyle tweak with plenty to offer.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The initial impression you gain when visiting the farmers&rsquo; and artisans&rsquo; market is stepping into a joyous, mini-retreat to nature escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/10957739_769196986489275_8665315821935864715_n.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 536px;" /></span></p><p><em>A selection of different kinds of flowers placed at the entrance.</em></p><p>A wide assortment of flowers and plants are beautifully scattered all over the front entrance space where Dina Fahmy, the mastermind behind the idea of Zamalek Market, welcomes guests with a wide grin brimming on her face.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The idea is about promoting healthy living and well-being that help us get closer to nature and nutritional regimen,&rdquo; Fahmy said.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">&ldquo;W</span>e are in dire need to put a stronger emphasis on<span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">supporting a healthy lifestyle approach in Egypt through holding more specialized healthy-living events. &rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p><p>If you a plant lover, this is your place. Don&rsquo;t miss the high-quality outdoor as well as indoor plant and flower selection imported from Europe. Gerbera, Gardenia, Begonia, cyclamen and others more are among the displays offered.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/10671268_779070898835217_56316808654072566_n.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 536px;" /></p><p><em>Mutli-tiered flower stand for outdoor display.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Some are placed in small pots which could add a complementary decorative style at home or workplace lending a touch of beauty. Others are arranged in multi-tiered flower stands and outdoor, large containers for balcony or garden.&nbsp;</p><p>Bubblzz is another stand worth stopping by during your visit. And as if we need more temptations to crave sweets; Bubblzz designs sensuous pleasure, skin care products to pamper yourself with.&nbsp;</p><p>Soaps, bath bomb, lotion bars are shaped like cupcakes, cheese cakes and donut loops. Their captivating scents can hardly keep you from eating them.</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/img_0438.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 413px;" /></p><p><em>Soaps shaped like cupcakes.</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Bublzz are specialized in ingeniously designed organic bath and body care products. They are all made of blend of natural oils and free from any preservatives.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Wooden handicraft home accessories are among the exhibits that make a statement in the market. From tables, picture frames, and trays to tea boxes, beverage coasters and napkin holders, all are crafted with fine attention to details. They are not only attractive, but also useful and durable.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/10487498_771927759549531_6066332439286484325_n-2.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 520px;" /></p><p><em>Wooden, handmade table and chairs.&nbsp;</em></p><p>All artwork is made by the Health Improvement Association, a non-governmental organization aiming to open the door for the disadvantaged to bring out their inner artist and promote locally-made craftwork in the market.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">One of the exhibitors&mdash;Desert Lake Farms&mdash;provides farm-to-table veggies, fruits, eggs and herbs.</span></p><p>According to the vendor, all crops are grown naturally without employing chemicals fertilizers or pesticides. Nutrient-rich compost are integrated into soil to ensure having healthy and tasty products. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The locally-produced organic coconut oil is one of the most popular products at the stand. Besides its countless health benefits, including cholesterol level maintenance and proper digestion, it is an amazing natural way to nurture hair and skin.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Discover the real power of positivity through a collection of handmade jewelry designed by vibrational energy artist Ragia Momtaz.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Exquisite pieces of crystals are carved into a range of various shapes including bracelets and necklaces. According to Momtaz, healing stones are used to spread positive energy, and relieve stress or anxiety.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/10942517_773424026066571_1057751993272237566_n_0.jpg" style="width: 536px;" /></p><p><em>Bracelets and necklaces made of natural stones by artist Ragia Momtaz</em></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Melt your palate with a selection of finger food inspired by Lebanese cuisine. &lsquo;Matba5 Immy&#39; offers both savory and sweet authentic Lebanese food, served as little mini bites with finger-licking taste. All are freshly homemade that can also be delivered to your doorstep wrapped up in a neat, little package.&nbsp;</span></p><p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/ei/img_0440.jpg" style="width: 536px; height: 198px;" /></p><p><em>Fresh, homemade Lebanese finger food by Matba5 Immy. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p>The participating vendors change frequently, so make sure to stop by occasionally and see the new, interesting products that have popped up.&nbsp;</p><p>Zamalek Market opens its door Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am till 5 pm.&nbsp;</p><p>It is located at 4, El Sheikh El Marsafy street, Zamalek (next to Beano&rsquo;s cafe and behind the Yamany Building).</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Visit the market&rsquo;s <u><a href="">Facebook page</a></u>.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 23:11:00 +0000 Heba Helmy 2445121 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/26/43/img_8177.jpg Japanese chickens hatch eggs with fruit flavors <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Japan, a major economic power, seems to be a pioneer in everything, including food. In Japan, you can now find foods and beverages that are not produced by any other country.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Not only can you drink garlic-flavored cola and eat fried tree leaves, but you can also now find fruit-flavored eggs.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The new eggs are called Yamasaki. They taste like the citrous Yuzu fruit that resembles oranges and lemons in shape and tastes like grapefruit and tangerines.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Yamasaki farm was the first to come up with the idea. There, the chickens are fed with Yuzu fruit peel, cabbage and sesame and corn seeds.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>They look like normal eggs but smell and taste differently even before cooking.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:46:00 +0000 Al-Masry Al-Youm 2445165 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/28/484151/weird_eggs.jpg Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday.</p><p>The researchers said the compound, called tetrandrine, blocked infection of human white blood cells in lab dishes and prevented Ebola virus disease in lab mice. More research is needed, including monkey studies, before it can be tested in people, they added.</p><p>&quot;The work has revealed a new chink in the armor of Ebola virus,&quot; said virologist Robert Davey of the&nbsp;Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, who estimated this approach potentially could be used to treat people in two to five years.</p><p>&quot;I am hopeful that the dose needed to control disease will be safe but we just have to do the work and find out,&quot; Davey added.</p><p>There is no approved drug treatment or vaccine for the Ebola virus, which causes hemorrhagic fever and spreads person to person through contact with body fluids.</p><p>&quot;In my opinion, tetrandrine is now one of the most promising candidates that could be used to inhibit Ebola virus infection,&quot; said Norbert Klugbauer, a pharmacologist and microbiologist at&nbsp;Germany&#39;s University of Freiburg who also worked on the study published in the journal Science.</p><p>To successfully infect a cell, the virus needs to be transported deep within it in order to break out of bubble-like intracellular transport structures called endosomes that carry the virus within the cell.</p><p>The researchers identified channels that are important in controlling the movement of the &quot;bubbles&quot; within cells. These are known as &quot;two-pore channels.&quot; The study showed that tetrandrine blocked these channels, effectively imprisoning the virus inside the &quot;bubbles&quot; so it could not actually infect the cell.</p><p>&quot;The virus is then trapped in the bubble and cannot escape. It is then detoured to be destroyed. This stops infection,&quot; Davey said.</p><p>In human cells in lab dishes, the researchers found tetrandrine inhibited infection by the virus of white blood cells called macrophages. These cells are important players in the immune system&#39;s ability to ward off foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria, basically swallowing them up.</p><p>Tetrandrine is derived from the root of a medicinal herb, Stephania tetrandra. It also lowers blood pressure.</p><p>More than 9,500 deaths have been reported in three West African countries since the world&#39;s worst Ebola outbreak began in December 2013.</p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:45:00 +0000 Reuters 2445148 at sites/default/files/photo/2014/09/16/94/u.n._convoy_of_soldiers_passes_a_screen_displaying_a_message_on_ebola_on_a_street_in_abidjan_august_14_2014..jpg Astronomers find giant black hole in early universe <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>A black hole 12 billion times as massive as the sun has been found in a glowing quasar that existed when the universe was just a fraction of its current age, scientists said on Wednesday.</p><p>The discovery challenges currently held theories that black holes and their host galaxies grew in relative lockstep over the eons.</p><p>Found within the distant celestial bodies called quasars, black holes are regions of space so dense with matter that not even light can travel fast enough to escape their gravitational pits. Black holes are detected by effects they have on nearby galaxies, stars and dust.</p><p>The newly found black hole contains the equivalent of about 12 billion suns, more than twice the mass of previously found black holes of similar age, said researcher Bram Venemans with the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Germany</a>.</p><p>By comparison, the black hole lurking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy has about 4 million to 5 million times the mass of the sun.</p><p>Scientists cannot explain how the newly found black hole grew so quickly. Theoretically, it could not have fed off surrounding gas as fast and as long as it would have needed to reach its massive size under currently understood laws of physics.</p><p>&ldquo;Our discovery presents a serious challenge to theories about the black hole growth in the early universe,&quot; lead researcher Xue-Bing Wu with Peking University in Beijing, wrote in an email.</p><p>&quot;It may require either very special ways to grow the black hole within a very short time or the existence of a huge seed black hole when the first generation stars and galaxies formed. Both are difficult to be explained by the current theories.&rdquo;</p><p>Another option is that two massive black holes in the early universe collided, forming an even larger black hole, Venemans said.</p><p>Clues may come from the quasar itself, which is glowing brightly enough to illuminate interstellar matter between itself and telescopes on and orbiting Earth. Ancient quasars may provide information about how stars formed in the early universe.</p><p>The research is published in this week&rsquo;s issue of the journal Nature.</p> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:19:00 +0000 Reuters 2445131 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/02/26/43/black_hole.jpg