Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Dow Jones Industrial Index Hanging Man Candlestick Pattern

Hanging Man is a bearish candlestick pattern that forms at the end of an uptrend. It is created when there is a significant sell-off near the market open, but buyers are able to push this index back up so that it closes at or near the opening price. Generally the large sell-off is seen as an early indication that the bulls (buyers) are losing control. This formation does not mean that the bulls have definitively lost control, but it may be an early sign that the momentum is decreasing and the direction of the index may be getting ready to change. The reliability of this signal is drastically improved when the the index decreases the day after the signal. The location of this hanging man near the black downtrend resistance increases it significant and many candlestick chartists will be watching the next candlestick formation. A bearish candlestick bar will indicate a trend change and more downslide back towards mid Bolinger Band support at 12522. A bullish candlestick formation at this location will cause a breakout above both the major horizontal and downtrend resistance lines and increase the upthrust momentum propelling the index to challenge the previous peak at 13563.30 .

Cosco 15 mins chart breakout above major downtrend line

Major downtrend breakout after lunch has propel price towards next resistance at $3.44 . If momentum continues price will challenge $3.54 . Immediate support is $3.34 the previous gap resistance turned support. Next support is $3.30 to $3.28 support band.

Wide-angle Digital IXUS 860 IS: the photographer’s IXUS

Equipped with a 28mm (35mm equivalent) 3.8x wide-angle zoom lens with optical Image Stabilizer, the 8.0 Megapixel Digital IXUS 860 IS is the successor to the hugely popular Digital IXUS 850 IS. The Digital IXUS 860 IS offers a range of enhancements over its acclaimed predecessor. These include a 3.0” PureColor LCD and improved Face Detection Technology*. The camera’s high ISO capabilities work in tandem with an optical Image Stabilizer lens* to significantly reduce the risk of image blur.

“A winning combination of style, compactness and wide-angle capabilities made the Digital IXUS 850 IS one of our most popular models of the last two years,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “With extensive improvements introduced in this upgrade, we are confident that the Digital IXUS 860 IS will follow on from its predecessor as the designer compact of choice for photographers everywhere.”


  • 3.8x (28mm) wide-angle lens with optical Image Stabilizer
  • 8.0 Megapixels
  • High ISO 1600 and Auto ISO Shift
  • DIGIC III* with Noise Reduction technology and Face Detection AF/AE/FE
  • Improved Red-Eye Correction in playback
  • 3.0” PureColor LCD
  • Digital Tele-Converter and Safety Zoom* for extra telephoto reach
  • 17 shooting modes and My Colors photo effects
  • Extensive movie options including VGA 30fps, Long Play and Time Lapse movie modes

Controversy surrounding human embryonic stem cell research

Main article: Stem cell controversy

There exists a widespread controversy over human embryonic stem cell research that emanates from the techniques used in the creation and usage of stem cells. Human embryonic stem cell research is controversial because, with the present state of technology, starting a stem cell line requires the destruction of a human embryo and/or therapeutic cloning. However, recently, it has been shown in principle that embryonic stem cell lines can be generated using a single-cell biopsy similar to that used in preimplantation genetic diagnosis that may allow stem cell creation without embryonic destruction.[29] It is not the entire field of stem cell research, but the specific field of human embryonic stem cell research that is at the centre of an ethical debate.

Opponents of the research argue that embryonic stem cell technologies are a slippery slope to reproductive cloning and can fundamentally devalue human life. Those in the pro-life movement argue that a human embryo is a human life and is therefore entitled to protection.

Contrarily, supporters of embryonic stem cell research argue that such research should be pursued because the resultant treatments could have significant medical potential. It is also noted that excess embryos created for in vitro fertilisation could be donated with consent and used for the research.

The ensuing debate has prompted authorities around the world to seek regulatory frameworks and highlighted the fact that stem cell research represents a social and ethical challenge.


What tests are used for identifying adult stem cells?

Scientists do not agree on the criteria that should be used to identify and test adult stem cells. However, they often use one or more of the following three methods: (1) labeling the cells in a living tissue with molecular markers and then determining the specialized cell types they generate; (2) removing the cells from a living animal, labeling them in cell culture, and transplanting them back into another animal to determine whether the cells repopulate their tissue of origin; and (3) isolating the cells, growing them in cell culture, and manipulating them, often by adding growth factors or introducing new genes, to determine what differentiated cells types they can become.

Also, a single adult stem cell should be able to generate a line of genetically identical cells—known as a clone—which then gives rise to all the appropriate differentiated cell types of the tissue. Scientists tend to show either that a stem cell can give rise to a clone of cells in cell culture, or that a purified population of candidate stem cells can repopulate the tissue after transplant into an animal. Recently, by infecting adult stem cells with a virus that gives a unique identifier to each individual cell, scientists have been able to demonstrate that individual adult stem cell clones have the ability to repopulate injured tissues in a living animal.