Related LinksSOO TV Production You will soon be able to see the great New South Wales versus Queensland rivalry from the 2012 State of Origin Series on television. Television production company, RJ Media used high profile commentators Andrew Voss and John Gibbs to provide commentary for game two of the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions late last week. Voss took to Twitter to praise the talent of the teams on Saturday, similar to what he did following the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, acknowledging some of the Men’s players from the series: “Called a couple of state of origin touch footy games yesterday. Dylan Hennessey still amazing talent. Qld’s Kristian Congoo has got some moves,” Voss said on Twitter. Stay tuned to the website for the dates that the 2012 State of Origin Series will be played on television. To see what you can expect from the State of Origin Series television production from RJ Media, please click on the link below:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKwnOymMKnk&feature=plcp
Winnipeg, MB LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Tuesday, 10/24 Belleville, ON Facebook Le Capitole de Quebec Burlington, ON Wednesday, 10/18 The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts Saskatoon, SK Friday, 9/29 Brantford, ON Toronto, ON The Fredericton Playhouse Vic Juba Community Theatre Sunday, 10/8 Monday, 10/30 The Théâtre St-Denis Centrepointe Theatres Advertisement Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Edmonton, AB Advertisement Thursday, 9/28 Monday, 10/16 Québec City, QC Hamilton, ON Northlands Coliseum Thursday, 10/12 Friday, 10/20 Brandon, MB Centre In The Square London, ON Centennial Hall The Capitol Theatre Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Friday, 10/13 Tuesday, 10/10 Saturday, 10/7 “We can’t wait to bring our favourite songs, both new and classic, to Canadian audiences this year!” says Emma. “It’s so exciting to see parents who grew up singing and dancing to The Wiggles now bringing their own children to experience the magic for themselves!”The Big Show! tour will include classic Wiggles songs like Hot Potato, Rock-A-Bye Your Bear, Do the Propeller and Get Ready to Wiggle and new music from the Nursery Rhymes album. The Wiggles will be bringing a full band (including bagpipes!), and will be joined by Scottish highland dancers, ballet dancers, Irish dancers, and many more!Canadian Tour Dates and Cities Include: Sunday, 10/15 Aultsville Theatre Central Alberta Theatre Thursday, 10/5 Red Deer, AB Wednesday, 10/11 Saturday, 10/28 Guelph, ON River Run Centre Halifax, ON Peterborough, ON Thursday, 11/2 Plus more cities to be announced soon! Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 21st (check venue for local time).For a complete list of tour dates and ticket information for the Big Show! tour, please visit: www.thewiggles.com. Tour date and ticket information is subject to change.Anthony, Simon, Emma and Lachy can also be seen on ABC Kids in their wonderful Wiggle Town TV series.In 2016 The Wiggles performed 332 shows across the globe to some 330,000 fans, at 143 locations. 2017 will have seen The Wiggles tour extensively through Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and North America.For even more Wiggly fun, like The Wiggles official Facebook page Facebook.com/TheWiggles, follow them on Twitter via Twitter.com/TheWiggles, follow them on Instagram @thewiggles, and subscribe (it’s free) to The Wiggles Youtube channel youtube.com/thewiggles. Join in on the conversation using the hashtag #wigglescanadabigshow.About The WigglesThe Wiggles are the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group which formed in Sydney, Australia in 1991. Having performed for over 26 years, it’s now the case that children who once saw the fab four of fun are now bringing their children to enjoy the best in early childhood entertainment! The last year has seen The Wiggles confirmed (GFK charts) as the #1 selling children’s artist on DVD, the #1 children’s entertainment live concert attraction, awarded a record 13 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) awards for the Best Children’s Album (making them the most awarded artist in any one category). Award-winning and popular children’s entertainment group The Wiggles, return to Canada for their Big Show! tour, their biggest, yet most affordable show to date. The tour kicks off on September 27th and runs until November 2nd, 2017. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday July, 21, 2017 (check venue for local time). Visit www.thewiggles.com for a complete list of tour dates. L to R: Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy. (CNW Group/The Wiggles) Burton Cummings Theatre Wednesday, 10/4 Monday, 10/23 Moncton, NB TCU Place, Saskatoon’s Arts & Convention Centre Showplace Performance Centre Kitchener, ON Friday, 10/27 Lloydminster, AB Wednesday, 9/27 TORONTO, July 20, 2017 – Get ready to Wiggle, Canada! Tickets go on sale Friday for the world’s most popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, as they prepare to return to Canada for their Big Show! tour – their biggest show yet!Last year was a great year for the Aussie Fab Four, as they played 332 high-energy shows around the world to enthusiastic crowds. Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony are once again ready to delight families across the country with their incomparable brand of preschool entertainment. Audiences across the country will Wiggle down to their biggest and best show yet! Best of all – since The Wiggles want every Canadian family to be able to enjoy their fun songs and dances, ticket prices for their new Canadian tour are the lowest yet.The tour kicks off on September 27th and runs until November 2nd, 2017. Canadian audiences will get the chance to see Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle), Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle), Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle), along with their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus! Montreal, QC Cornwall, ON Sunday, 10/1 The Empire Theatre Thursday, 10/26 Vernon, BC FirstOntario Concert Hall Calgary, AB Login/Register With: Advertisement Fredericton, NB Ottawa, ON Tuesday, 10/31 Scotiabank CENTRE Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium The Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts Twitter
FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed As the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaches, the New York Mets surprised fans and analysts alike with the acquisition of Marcus Stroman. Aside from this questionable move, there hasn’t been much buying and selling across teams. The Hot Takedown crew breaks down why this might be, what trades we still expect to see before the deadline and what effect this could have on the rest of the season.Journalist Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, whose work can be seen on The Athletic, joins the show to discuss the state of the WNBA as we head into the second half. D’Arcangelo helps make sense of the increased parity in the league and takes stock of the players having breakout seasons and the teams vying for the title.Our Rabbit Hole looks at those who occasionally lose their cool.What we’re looking at this week:Our thoughts on which teams should be buying and selling this MLB trade deadline.Our MLB model heading into the home stretch of the season.Lyndsey D’Arcangelo’s midseason breakdown of the WNBA for The Athletic.In light of Trevor Bauer’s heave, a list of similar outbursts.
Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch Friday night against Nebraska in Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Mac Connor | Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State baseball team (20-10, 3-3 Big Ten) lost two out of the three games against Iowa (19-10, 5-3 Big Ten) on the road to fall to an even .500 record in Big Ten play.Game 1The two teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, with Ohio State Friday night starter Connor Curlis giving way to top reliever Seth Kinker after 6.2 innings of one-run pitching. Kinker finished off the Hawkeyes for his seventh save of the season, and the Buckeyes notched a 2-1 win.Iowa matched Ohio State’s best pitcher with its ace, sending redshirt junior Nick Allgeyer to the mound to start. Sophomore reliever and infielder Grant Judkins finished the Buckeyes off with three shutout innings.Ohio State’s only two runs were recorded in the fourth inning when senior left fielder Tyler Cowles drove home senior first baseman Noah McGowan on an RBI single. Junior designated hitter Jacob Barnwell followed with a single that scored freshman catcher Dillon Dingler to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead.Game 2A perfect storm of good offense by the Hawkeyes and poor defense by the Buckeyes thundered upon Iowa City, Iowa, in the bottom of the first inning in the second game of Saturday’s double header.Iowa recorded seven runs in the chaos, although only two of them were earned due to throwing errors by shortstop Kobie Foppe and third baseman Conner Pohl. It was all the momentum the Hawkeyes needed for a 9-5 win.Sophomore third baseman Lorenzo Elion recorded the first of his three RBIs in the outpouring.McGowan was the lone bright spot for Ohio State, finishing 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. His final RBI came in the top of the ninth to bring the lead back down to four runs, but Pohl grounded out to end the last chance for a Buckeye rally.Junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner started for Ohio State and pitched four innings with seven runs, two of them earned. His record moved to 3-2 on the year.Game 3 Ohio State and Iowa found themselves in another pitcher’s duel Sunday, with junior starter Cole McDonald and junior reliever Zach Daniels leading the Hawkeyes to a 2-1 victory.With the game tied at one in the bottom of the eighth inning, Iowa strung together a two-out rally with a walk, single and eventual game-winning RBI double by Judkins.Ohio State redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started and pitched five innings, allowing one unearned run. Redshirt senior reliever Kyle Michalik was issued the loss (0-1) after giving up the eighth-inning run.Ohio State totalled four hits, with its lone RBI coming from McGowan.
June 5th marks Election Day in California. Ed Lenderman was live with a few of the candidates for Congressional District 49 on Tuesday morning.Doug Applegate 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPaul Kerr Ed Lenderman, Posted: June 5, 2018 The Race for District 49: Candidate Review 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsRocky Chavez 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSara Jacobs 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTo see the other candidates for District 49, click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Updated: 2:55 PM June 5, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Start-up India event, to be held on 16 January, will be attended by some big names in the start-up space, such as Japanese SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son, taxi-hailing firm Uber’s founder Travis Kalanick and collaborative workspace provider WeWork’s founder Adam Neumann.At the event, Modi will announce an action plan to support early-stage companies in the country.Search giant Google Inc will carry out a session titled “Launchpad Accelerator”, where early-stage start-ups can win $50,000 in non-equity investment by making “live pitches” to investors.Participants can interact with SoftBank president and chief operating officer Nikesh Arora on various issues related to fund-raising. Secretaries of major government departments will also answer queries on how the government will “create an enabling ecosystem for start-ups”.Taking into account the significance of the event in promoting start-up culture in the country, it will be telecast live in all Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) and central universities, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant told reporters.The live telecast will also be available for youth groups in over 350 districts of the country, according to Kant.Nearly 40 innovators, venture capitalists and angel investors from Silicon Valley, along with 1,500 founders of start-ups, will attend the event.Currently, India is home to 18,000 start-ups employing 3 lakh people, according to former director of Infosys TV Mohandas Pai. Pai expects the number of start-ups to increase to 1 lakh, creating 35 lakh jobs in the next 10 years.Modi, on his “Mann Ki Baat” radio programme’s telecast on 27 December last year, had announced the government would launch the action plan for “Start-up India, Stand-up India” on 16 January, 2016.”The action plan shall highlight initiatives and schemes being undertaken by the government to address various aspects relating to developing a conducive start-up ecosystem in the country,” Kant added.The formulation of the action plan is in its final stage, a government official who was a part of the drafting of the policy told Mint.”We have sent the policy to the Prime Minister’s Office. It is likely to be finalised by 10 January,” he said, requesting anonymity.The event will also witness workshops and panel discussions on topics including “Unleashing entrepreneurship and innovation: What do Indian start-ups need to grow and prosper”, “Celebrating women: Stories of innovative women entrepreneurs”, “How digitisation will change India’s future”, “Making Indian healthcare leapfrog”, “Financial inclusion is within reach” and “Show me the money: How do we capitalize entrepreneurship?””The objective is to reinforce commitment of the government towards creating an ecosystem that is conducive for growth of start-ups,” a DIPP statement said.
On Monday’s Houston Matters: It could be the most important public service we provide on Houston Matters: We help out you and other Houstonians to get something we all desperately need: a good night’s sleep.We welcome your questions about sleep and sleep disorders for Dr. Richard Castriotta, the director of pulmonary and sleep medicine at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School, and the medical director of the Memorial Hermann Sleep Disorders Center.Also this hour, We discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share
Listen 00:00 /03:41 Harris County has a new top elected official, a longtime Houston-area Congressman has been ousted by a Democrat and Houston voters approve pay parity for firefighters with police.Those are just some of the local highlights from Tuesday’s midterm elections. Politics and Government Reporter Andrew Schneider sat down with Houston Public Media’s Travis Bubenik to recap some of the big races of the night.Here are some of Schneider’s key takeaways.On the election of Democrat Lina Hidalgo to replace incumbent Republican Harris County Judge Ed Emmett:It was the culmination of a Democratic trend that’s been sweeping through Harris County for the last couple of cycles.One might have expected that Judge Emmett would have defied this, given his large level of bipartisan support, particularly in the wake of his performance last year during and after [Hurricane] Harvey, but in the end that wasn’t enough to sustain him.On Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher’s defeat of incumbent Republican Congressman John Culberson in the 7th Congressional District of Texas:Culberson was the third of three Republicans who have held the seat continuously for more than half a century.It’s the longest Republican-held congressional district in the state. Of course, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher becomes one of a record number of new female members of Congress. On the other notable local races:In line with Judge Emmett, County Commissioner Jack Morman for Precinct 2 has gone down narrowly to defeat to former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.This is likely to mean a shift in spending priorities, in terms of county funds.We also saw Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart go down to defeat to Diane Trautman. This is the office that, among other things, oversees county elections, so that is a fairly significant victory for the Democrats as well. On Houston voters approving two ballot initiatives:Proposition A was basically locking in Houston’s drainage fee so that it could only be used to pay for drainage and street repair. Several analysts had compared this to the local version of the Harris County flood bond, which passed by a wide margin back in August.This proposition passed by a similar wide margin, and it effectively gives Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council more leverage in terms of going to Congress and saying, “we are doing our part” in order to raise funds to rebuild the city in the wake of Harvey, we now need you to do the same.Proposition B was the pay parity initiative advanced by the Houston firefighters’ union, effectively that would tie Houston firefighters’ pay to that of police.The end result of this is that the mayor is already saying he will have to cut payrolls, not only for the firefighters, but across city departments, in order to raise the firefighters’ pay. Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaDemocrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher gives a victory speech in Houston after her victory over incumbent Republican Congressman John Culberson. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share
More information: Earliest floral grave lining from 13,700–11,700-y-old Natufian burials at Raqefet Cave, Mt. Carmel, Israel, PNAS, Published online before print July 1, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1302277110AbstractFlowering plants possess mechanisms that stimulate positive emotional and social responses in humans. It is difficult to establish when people started to use flowers in public and ceremonial events because of the scarcity of relevant evidence in the archaeological record. We report on uniquely preserved 13,700–11,700-y-old grave linings made of flowers, suggesting that such use began much earlier than previously thought. The only potentially older instance is the questionable use of flowers in the Shanidar IV Neanderthal grave. The earliest cemeteries (ca. 15,000–11,500 y ago) in the Levant are known from Natufian sites in northern Israel, where dozens of burials reflect a wide range of inhumation practices. The newly discovered flower linings were found in four Natufian graves at the burial site of Raqefet Cave, Mt. Carmel, Israel. Large identified plant impressions in the graves include stems of sage and other Lamiaceae (Labiatae; mint family) or Scrophulariaceae (figwort family) species; accompanied by a plethora of phytoliths, they provide the earliest direct evidence now known for such preparation and decoration of graves. Some of the plant species attest to spring burials with a strong emphasis on colorful and aromatic flowers. Cave floor chiseling to accommodate the desired grave location and depth is also evident at the site. Thus, grave preparation was a sophisticated planned process, embedded with social and spiritual meanings reflecting a complex preagricultural society undergoing profound changes at the end of the Pleistocene. The display and use of flowers as part of burial rituals is common throughout the modern world, but scientists have found it difficult to learn more about the roots of such practices due to the temporal nature of plants. In this new effort, the research team working at the Raqefet Cave—part of a larger archeological site—found flower impressions preserved in a layer of dried mud beneath the bodies of 29 skeletons. Closer examination of the impressions showed them to be from mint, figwort, and sage plants. Additional testing of the soil in which they were found showed elevated levels of phytoliths—crystals made by such plants.Because the cave floor was chiseled to make the grave sites flat, the researchers concluded that the mud layer on top of each of them was placed intentionally. Flowers were then laid down to create a bed upon which the deceased person was laid. Pressure from the weight of the body on the flowers caused some of them to be pushed into the mud causing impressions. Carbon dating indicates the flowers and skeletons were put in place between 13,700 and 11,700 years ago—marking the earliest known use of flowers as part of burial rituals. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —An international team of researchers working at Mount Carmel, Israel has found evidence of the use of flowers by ancient people in burial rites. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes impressions made by flowers they discovered in mud layers beneath bodies laid to rest after death by people of the Natufian culture. © 2013 Phys.org This is the double burial of Homo 18 and Homo 19 (see location in Fig. 1c). A) This is Homo 19 during excavation (skull on right). Note the vertically chiseled bedrock surface (left) with foot bones resting on it. This surface was covered by more than 10 plant impressions. B) This is an opposite view of the chiseled surface, after removal of the skeleton. C) This is a close-up view of plant impressions found on the vertical chiseled surface. All scales in cm. Credit: E. Bartov. Australian researchers show flower color evolution driven by bee preferences (A) Field photograph of skeletons Homo 25 (adult, on left) and Homo 28 (adolescent, on right) during excavation. Note the almost vertical slab behind the skull of Homo 25 and the missing skull of H28. Photograph reproduced with permission from E. Gernstein. (Scale bar: 20 cm.) (B) A reconstruction of the double burial at the time of inhumation. The skull of Homo 25 was displaced in the grave long after burial (A), but originally the head was facing upwards. The skull of Homo 28 was ritually removed months or years after burial. Note the bright veneer inside the grave on the right, partially covered by green plants. Credit: (c) PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1302277110 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Citation: Researchers find earliest use of flowers in burial rite (2013, July 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-earliest-burial-rite.html Explore further The Natufian culture was made up of people living during pre-agricultural times. They lived in the eastern part of the Mediterranean in an area historians call the Levant, and are believed to be some of the first humans to have lived as a communal society. They built homes and shared structures, filled them with custom made furniture and tamed wolves to serve as companions. They are also believed to have been one of the early groups of people at the end of the Pleistocene that started the long journey that eventually led to agricultural.
Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Phys.org) —A team made up of researchers from the U.S. and Australia has put together what they describe as a complete outline of the taphonomic (post-mortem) degradation processes for mammalian hair. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the group outlines the current state of post-mortem analysis of mammalian hair, including human and also offers some opinions on possible misinterpretations at both crime and archeology sites. Fungal invasion of hairs. (a) Woolly Mammoth (Jarkov) hair engulfed by hyphae, (b,c) partial removal of cuticle (arrow) and dissolution of cuticle (bracketed) on Q8 woolly mammoth (Jarkov) hair, (d) SEM image of a penetrating organ (arrow) embedded in a woolly rhino hair. (e) SEM image of a lateral fungal hypha with an eroding frond (arrow), ( f ) mycelial mass (arrow) on shaft of woolly mammoth (M10) hair. Scale bars: a ¼ 200 mm, b,c ¼ 100 mm, d ¼ 50 mm, e ¼ 5 mm, f ¼ 20 mm. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 22 October 2014 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1755 Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Researchers offer taphonomic degradation processes for mammalian hair (2014, October 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-10-taphonomic-degradation-mammalian-hair.html Caught by a hair The authors note that while the taphonomic degradation process for teeth and bones has been well documented, the same cannot be said for mammalian hair. Their paper serves to fill that void.The research team notes that on its own, mammalian hair doesn’t degrade much, allowing samples to survive for thousands of years. But most hair is not left to its own devices, it comes in contact with soil (quite often due to burial) that harbors fungi that do break down hair—they’ve provided photos of individual hairs with holes along their length to demonstrate what happens. That fungi breaks down hair is not new information—archeologists and law enforcement have both known about it for quite some time and have used the process to further their goal of trying to understand what happened at a particular site. But, the researchers contend, not all information gleaned from such sites is interpreted correctly. They note for example that if crime scene investigators find a hair that has experienced degradation due to fungi, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the victim died, was buried (putting them in contact with soil fungi) and then dug up again, as has been assumed in many such cases. Instead they note, soil fungi can degrade hair on living mammals, including people—if a child plays in the dirt for example. They suggest the only true evidence of death of a victim using a hair sample is what is known as post-mortem banding, where bacteria leave a dark band at the root of the hair when someone dies.The team also notes that examination of hair at crime scenes, particularly from victims that have been buried or left on the ground can offer less obvious clues, such as how long the hair has been exposed to the fungi or whether it existed in a warm humid climate, versus one that was cool or dry.The researchers also note that many examples of mammalian samples from archeological sites that suggest the original owner had red hair, such as those for many woolly mammoths, are inaccurate. Tests have shown that most such instances are due to contamination of the hair after death, from bacterial biofilms or other processes—woolly mammoth hair had no pigment, after all. More information: Interpreting biological degradative processes acting on mammalian hair in the living and the dead: which ones are taphonomic? Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 22 October 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.1755AbstractAlthough the taphonomic (post-mortem) degradation processes relevant to teeth and bones have been well described, those taking place with regards to mammalian hairs have not been characterized to the same extent. This present article describes, in detail, microscopic changes resulting from the actions of biological agents that digest and degrade hairs. The most noteworthy and prevalent agents responsible for the destruction of hair structure are fungi, which use a range of strategies to invade and digest hairs. One of the most important finds to emerge from this study is that taphonomic structures and processes can easily be interpreted by the unwary as ‘real’, or as class characteristics for a particular animal taxon. Moreover, under certain conditions, ‘taphonomic’ processes normally associated with the dead are also present on the hairs of the living. This work will improve the reliability of hair examinations in forensic, archaeological and palaeontological applications—in addition, the finding has relevance in the protection of mammalian collections susceptible to infestation. This article also addresses the popular myth that ancient peoples were often red-haired and discusses phenomena responsible for this observation. Insights gained from detailed characterization of taphonomic processes in 95 hairs from a variety of species demonstrate the range and breadth of degradative effects on hair structure and colour. Lastly, the study demonstrates that hairs often tell a story and that there is value of extracting as much morphological data as possible from hairs, prior to destructive sampling for biomolecules.
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? Mo had said… ‘As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells… and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower… both strange and familiar.’These profound lines by Cornelia Funke narrate my feelings towards Disha’s (as she likes to call herself) book, My Beloved’s MBA Plans, in the most apt way. The book is a wonderful compilation of some beautifully narrated stories set against the backdrop of life on campus and aspirations for an MBA degree. The stories are simple, all tied to one common thread – how much is one willing to let go to fulfil his/her dreams. Disha manages to capture you within the first few pages itself. You’ll find yourself not wanting to put the novel down as you meet some ambitious couples entering the IIM Calcutta campus in the midst of marriage, responsibility and kids. There unfaltering faith in each other and a great level of commitment is what makes their journey victorious. The book is an inspiration for all those aspiring to fulfil their dreams and for people seeking answers to difficult situations in life. It proved to be a refreshing change as opposed to the ‘just another story of life on college campus’. What makes’ this ‘fiction’ novel ‘real’ is the people in it. The writing style is candid yet extremely crisp. The first hand experiences help the reader relate or get guided to the real life experiences of couples who walk the same path to achieve a long-term goal. The narration can get preachy but it’s engrossing nevertheless. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An honest confession: Every time I flipped through the pages of the book, I felt a sense of giddiness – of being able to relate to a book so much so that it felt funny and scary, at the same time. How the just married Rahul met Dimple, is the story that helped grew the feeling stronger. The story is not of mushy romantic dates or outings but of a bond that is not dependent on physical distances. The story, like a lot of others in the book, seemed perfect for a Yash Chopra movie but managed to Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflixconvey a relevant message – how trust can beat all odds. Congratulations on your first novel Disha! My Beloved’s MBA Plans was an exciting page-turner that I found myself not wanting to set down. You not only gave your characters hope, you also gave the word ‘novel’ a new hope as it was far from the romantic cliché.Having spent my precious hours reading this book, I feel I did not make a mistake. For everyone else, grab a cup of coffee and read these interesting tales of togetherness, of separation, and of starting a new journey together.
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