Asteroid impacts may have formed life’s building blocks

first_imgA high-powered laser in the Czech Republic has now provided provocative evidence that the hellish conditions produced when an asteroid or comet slams into Earth could have created some key building blocks of life on Earth. In a lab experiment intended to duplicate the high temperatures and pressures of such an impact, researchers used the laser to simultaneously make adenine, guanine, cytosine, and uracil, the four organic compounds in RNA, which many believe to have been the first molecule to encode genetic information.“This is, I believe, the first time that all four nucleobases have been made in one set of reaction conditions,” says Steven Benner, an astrobiologist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Gainesville, Florida.Researchers have long sought to identify ways that the nucleobases that make up RNA or DNA (which uses thymine instead of uracil) could be made from simpler substances. That, in turn, could help scientists ascertain where, how, and under what conditions life might have originated, says Svatopluk Civiš, a physical chemist at the J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In recent years, Civiš says, researchers proposed that a simple substance called formamide was a possible source of such genetic building blocks. This minimalist chemical, which forms when hydrogen cyanide reacts with water, would have been abundantly available on early Earth and has the major elements needed for prebiotic chemicals—namely, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen. Indeed, some teams have already produced individual nucleobases in lab experiments using various catalysts to drive chemical reactions between formamide and other ingredients. And other teams have done so starting with different grab bags of simple chemicals.In the new research, Civiš and his colleagues fired their institute’s laser into a formamide-bearing solution that also included clay. In that mixture, intended to represent a chemical-rich pool on ancient Earth’s surface, the one-third-of-a-nanosecond-long pulses generated intense pressure, temperature spikes exceeding 4200°C, and a cascade of radiation including ultraviolet and x-ray wavelengths—just the sort of conditions expected when an object such as a comet or asteroid strikes the ground. Reactions sparked in the experiment’s harsh conditions, besides producing substances such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and methanol, also created the four RNA nucleobases, the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.In addition to being a nice bit of lab work, Benner says, “this paper has real prebiotic relevance since it uses as a starting material a compound that was undoubtedly present in sizable amounts on early Earth.”Previous studies show that some classes of meteorites already contain nucleobases such as adenine and guanine, says Aaron Burton, an astrobiologist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. But the new results suggest the celestial bodies could have also created them when they struck the planet, says Raffaele Saladino, an organic chemist at Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy. While he and his colleagues have studied formamide under more benign lab conditions, the Prague experiments “are the first time that formamide has been studied in the context of a meteorite impact,” he notes.Such impacts were a significant factor in Earth’s early history. During a period aptly dubbed the Late Heavy Bombardment, which began about 4 billion years ago and lasted some 150 million years, large objects pummeled our planet and moon as well as Mercury, Venus, and Mars. Although many researchers have suggested that such impacts and their resulting effects on climate effectively sterilized Earth’s surface of any life that may have already started, the new study hints that this period seeded our planet with the raw ingredients necessary for life to develop. “This paper nicely correlates the Late Heavy Bombardment and the energy it delivered to Earth about 4 billion years ago with the formation of RNA and DNA nucleobases from formamide,” Benner says.Even if extraterrestrial bodies carried nucleobases to Earth in ancient times, Burton says, impacts “offer an additional route to creating these important molecules during periods of high bombardment.”last_img read more


first_imgPakistan were now 51 for two. Pakistan were now 51 for two.They had moved on to 76 for two at lunch but Azhar Ali had failed to add to his interval score of seven not out when he was literally knocked off his feet by a Ball yorker and given out lbw by Dharmasena.The batsman reviewed and Ball, presented with his England cap before play by his uncle Bruce French, the former England wicket-keeper, had a nervous wait for his first Test wicket.But this time, thanks to a tight umpires call verdict showing the ball clipping leg stump, technology worked in Balls favour.Pakistan were now 77 for three but veterans Younis and Misbah, as they had done so often before, steadied the innings.Their cause was helped when Misbah was dropped on 16 by Joe Root, who grassed a tough slip chance off fast bowler Steven Finn.Younis struck several elegant drives in his innings but he gave his wicket away on 33 when he clipped Broad straight to Moeen Ali at square leg to end a stand of 57 with Misbah that had had taken Pakistan to 134 for four.Misbah, playing in his first Test at Lords at the advanced age if 42, was not in control of a gloved hook off Broad but looked much better in forcing him through point for four.Earlier, as expected, left-arm quick Amir was selected for his first Test appearance since the infamous spot-fixing clash against England at Lords in 2010.That match saw Amir and Pakistan new-ball partner Mohammad Asif deliberately bowl no-balls on the instructions of then captain Salman Butt as part of a newspaper sting operation.advertisementAll three received five-year bans from cricket and jail terms. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more

Shocked after Pulwama terror attack: Virat Kohli grieves over martyred soldiers

first_imgIndia cricket team captain Virat Kohli has expressed his condolences to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers who were killed during a ghastly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Thursday.In what is being reported as one of the deadliest attacks in decades on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, at least 37 CRPF personnel lost their lives when a suicide bomber rammed a car carrying explosive close to 300 kgs rammed into a bus carrying the Indian paramilitary police.There has been an outpouring of grief from across the globe ever since the news of the attack broke out on Thursday afternoon. Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.Reacting to the Pulwama horror, Kohli wrote: “I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans (sic).I’m shocked after hearing about the attack in Pulwama, heartfelt condolences to the martyred soldiers & prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured jawaans.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 15, 2019Notably, Kohli was slammed on social media on Thursday evening for an ill-timed promotional tweet that came hours after the terrorist attack on the CRPF soldiers. A tweet asking his followers to vote for fan clubs for a popular sporting award didn’t go well with social media users, considering the mood of the national after the loss of soldiers’ (@imsgshinde) February 14, 2019Meanwhile, several cricketers, including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman among others, took to social media and expressed grief over the attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Gambhir, who has been vocal about his passion for the army, condemned the attack and urged the government to take to the battle ground against Pakistan.advertisement”Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway (sic),” Gambhir wrote on Twitter.plz don’t use that word #PulwamaAttackVijender Singh (@boxervijender) February 15, 2019Meanwhile, the United States of America has condemned the terrorist attack and asked all countries to uphold their responsibilities when it comes to denying support to terror groups.”US condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack today on an Indian CRPF convoy in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families and wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” a press release from the US Department of State said.”UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” the statement added.Also Read | Pained by cowardly attack on our CRPF jawans: Cricketers condemn Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Pulwama attack: Ready to give up my other son, but Pakistan must pay, says father of slain CRPF jawanAlso See:last_img read more


first_imgSioux City’s Parks and Recreation Department will host their second public meeting Tuesday night at 7p.m. to update the public on a proposed bike lane on Hamilton Boulevard in the Perry Creek Trail area.A traffic study has been conducted on Hamilton Boulevard to determine the feasibility of constructing 5-foot wide bicycle lanes on each side of Hamilton Boulevard from Stone Park Boulevard to Outer Drive North.The study resulted in changes to the proposed plan that would reduce both the southbound and northbound lanes along Hamilton Boulevard, from Stone Park Boulevard to Country Club Boulevard, from four-lanes to three-lanes of vehicular traffic with bike lanes along both sides of the street.The meeting takes place in the 5th Floor Council Chambers in City Hall at 6th and Douglas Streets.There’s also a meeting on Riverside Boulevard where some changes are being planned in Sioux City.The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday night to discuss changing the street from four lanes to three from War Eagle Drive to Pacquette Avenue.The project would also include hot-mix asphalt resurfacing and A-D-A sidewalk improvements.The meeting will take place at the Sioux City Riverside Lutheran/New Hope Community Church located at 1817 Riverside Blvd. from 4pm to 6pm.Iowa DOT staff will informally discuss the proposed improvements.last_img read more

Video: Referees Miss Huge Call In Ohio State-TCU Game

first_imgohio state refs appear to miss call vs. tcuOhio State entered tonight’s game against TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas as a sizable favorite, but so far, the No. 15 Horned Frogs are giving the No. 4 Buckeyes everything they can handle.It’s TCU 14, Ohio State 13 late in the first quarter.The Buckeyes have moved the ball fairly well on the Horned Frogs’ defense, but they’ve been stifled at the goal line multiple times, settling for field goals.Ohio State’s most-recent possession ended in controversy, though. It looks like the referees missed a pivotal pass interference call.OSU wide receiver Johnnie Dixon was adamant that the refs missed him being held. It seems like he was right.Johnnie Dixon was vocal about not getting a call on that 3rd down play. He might have been on to something.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) September 16, 2018Yeah, that probably should’ve been called. If it was, Ohio State would’ve had 1st and Goal from inside the 5-yard line.Regardless, Ohio State now trails by one point with a couple of minutes to go in the first half. The game is on ABC.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Seasons 1 and 2 are both currently available on Netflix.Slasher is developed and produced by Shaftesbury and created by Aaron Martin. Slasher is executive produced by Aaron Martin, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, and Ian Carpenter, who also serves as showrunner; Jay Bennett is producer; Adam MacDonald is director. Kew Media Group is the global distributor of the series. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Production is underway on the third installment of anthology psychological thriller series Slasher, created by Aaron Martin and produced by Shaftesbury. The third season will premiere on Netflix with an ensemble cast including returning and new faces.Season 3 is set over a 24-hour period on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.When a young man is brutally killed in front of his apartment building, he is surrounded bywitnesses who do nothing to help. One year later, terror strikes the apartment complex once again when someone seemingly seeks bloody revenge on the neighbours and witnesses who did nothing during the murder. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Outrage over Australian police shooting of Aboriginal teens in stolen car

first_imgAPTN National NewsIn Australia, the shooting of two Aboriginal teenagers over the weekend has police in full damage control mode.Six youth were in a stolen car when it was driven onto a sidewalk. The car hit a woman and dragged her for several metres. That prompted police officers to open fire on the car.The 14 year-old driver and an 18 year-old in the front seat were shot.The video of the incident shows one of the teens who was shot being dragged out of the car and repeatedly punched by one of the officers.The incident has sparked outrage and Australian police are calling for peace.The death of another teenager by police sparked riots in 2004.last_img

Justice Radhakrishnan is new Chief Justice of Calcutta HC

first_imgKolkata: Justice TBN Radha-krishnan was sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court on Thursday. Bengal Governor K N Tripathi administered the oath of office to Justice Radhakrishnan in a solemn ceremony at the High Court. The other judges of the High Court and senior members of the Bar were present at the oath-taking ceremony. Justice Radhakrishnan was earlier the Chief Justice of the High Court of Hyderabad for the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh from July 7, 2018. He was sworn-in as permanent Judge of the High Court of Kerala on October 14, 2004. Enrolled on December 11, 1983, he practised at Thiruvananthapuram, before shifting to Kerala High Court in 1988, where he dealt with cases in different branches of law, including civil, constitutional and administrative law.last_img read more

US vetoes Security Council resolution on violence in Gaza

The United Nations Security Council failed today to adopt a draft resolution calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the Israeli soldier abducted by Palestinian armed groups from Gaza and for a halt to what it called a “disproportionate” military reaction by Israel, due to a veto by the United States, which called the text unbalanced and outdated. Denmark, Peru, Slovakia and United Kingdom abstained from voting on the draft, which also called for the release of all Palestinian officials detained by Israel and called on the Palestinian Authority to take “immediate and sustained” action to bring and end the firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel.The text would have explicitly condemned Israel’s current “military assault” in Gaza, which, it said, “has caused the killing and injury of dozens of Palestinian civilians” and destroyed Gaza’s main power station.In addition, the draft called on the international community to provide emergency assistance to the Palestinian people to help alleviate the dire humanitarian situation, and on the Israeli Government to restore and maintain the continuous and uninterrupted supply of fuel to Gaza, and to “act expeditiously” to replace destroyed equipment at the power plant. Explaining Washington’s negative vote, Ambassador John Bolton of the United States said the text did not reflect important new developments, including the fact that the Secretary-General is sending a team to the region. Calling the draft “unbalanced,” Ambassador Bolton said it “placed demands on one side of the Middle East conflict but not the other.” If adopted, the text would have exacerbated tensions in the region while undermining the vision of a two-State solution as well as the credibility of the Security Council itself, he said, adding that the United States had worked to achieve a more balanced text, one which acknowledged that Israeli actions came in response to attacks, but no agreement had been reached. read more

Climate Summit All hands on deck declares Ban calling for leadership concrete

We are not here to talk, we are here to make history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told world leaders at an “unprecedented and important gathering” that aims to raise ambition, mobilize resources, and generate action towards a universal climate deal.“The human, environmental and financial cost of climate change is fast becoming unbearable,” Mr. Ban told the opening ceremony of his much-anticipated Climate Summit in the General Assembly Hall. “We need a clear shared vision.”Many of the more than 120 Heads of States and Government, business, finance and civil society representatives are today expected to announce commitments that will reduce emissions, enhance resistance to climate change and mobilize financing for climate action.“I am asking you to lead,” Mr. Ban told them. “We must cut emissions. Science says they must peak by 2020 and decline sharply thereafter. By the end of this century we must be carbon neutral.”Underscoring the importance of climate change as the defining issue of our age, Mr. Ban noted that the international community’s response today will define the future.He noted that UN Headquarters, which was heavily impacted by Super Storm Sandy, will be carbon neutral by 2020.“To ride this storm we need all hands on deck,” the top United Nations official summed. “Today we must set the world on a new course.” Over the course of the day, participants will announce national action and ambition plans, and take part in thematic discussions on topics ranging from climate science to climate, health and jobs. The UN also hopes to raise at least $10-15 billion during the Summit for the flagship Green Climate Fund created to support developing countries on their path to low-emission and climate resilient development.Speaking to journalists later in the day, Mr. Ban recalled walking in the People’s March on Sunday with more than 300,000 people concerned about climate change.“They asked me to bring their voices into the halls of the United Nations,” he said in reference to a box he was given with 2 million signatures. “That is what I have done. Our duty now is to listen,” he added in a press conference alongside President François Hollande of France and Peru’s President Ollanta Humala.Mr. Ban highlighted some of the announcements being made at today’s Summit.They include a Mayor’s Compact, signed by more than 200 mayors representing 400 million people, to reduce annual emissions by between 12.4 and 16.4 per cent.The UN chief also noted some announcements by some of the world’s largest and most well-known companies to adapt their supply chains to reduce emissions and build resilience to climate change, as well as assist 500 million farmers in the process.Among other announcements, oil and gas companies are to pledge efforts to curb the release of methane gas, and some of the largest financial institutions will shift more than 200 billion dollars toward building low-carbon economies by 2015.Also addressing today’s opening, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is only one option – urgent, daring action on climate change. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Chairman of Generation Investment Management and the Climate Reality Project, addresses the Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, addresses the Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and UN Messenger of Peace, addresses the Climate Summit. UN Photo/Cia Pak Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Civil Society Representative from the Marshall Islands, with members of her family at the opening of the UN Climate Summit. UN Photo/Cia Pak Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York, speaks at the opening of the UN Climate Summit 2014. UN Photo/Cia Pak Li Bingbing, Actress and UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, addresses the Climate Summit. UN Photo/Cia Pak ‹ › He vowed to follow through on climate efforts initiated by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who is now Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. On Sunday, Mr. de Blasio announced that New York City is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the earth’s surface than any other decade since 1850, noted the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Chairperson, Rajendra Pachauri.“How on Earth can we leave our children with a world like this,” he asked. “I’m not sure I could stand before you if the threats of climate change had no solutions. But they do.”“We are told the costs of limiting climate change are unaffordable – they are not, but wait until you get the bill for inaction,” Mr. Pachauri added.Former United States Vice-President Al Gore underscored that the world has entered a period of consequences. “The path to change is here,” he noted. “All we need is political will. But political will is a renewable resource.”Participants also heard from newly-appointed UN Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio who said he was speaking not as an expert but as one of the 400,000 concerned citizens who marched in New York on Sunday, as part of the worldwide Peoples’ Climate March demonstrations. “As an actor I pretend for a living, I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe mankind has looked at climate change in the same way, as if pretending climate change wasn’t real it would go away. But I think we know now that isn’t the case,” he said.Listing of aspects of climate change, such as ocean acidification and melting glaciers, he underscored that “none of this is rhetoric, none of this hysteria, this is fact.”Mr. DiCaprio addressed the Summit ahead of actor Li Bingbing, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassador.Speaking on behalf of civil society, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands, delivered a moving poem to her infant daughter saying that she “won’t let her down” on climate change action. The infant was brought onstage, met with a standing ovation. Before the Government officials spoke, the President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, highlighted the two objectives of the meeting – to generate ambitious action on cutting gas emissions, increasing resilience and propelling the world towards a cleaner, greener economy, and to mobilize political will towards a meaningful, universal climate change agreement in Paris in 2015.Those climate talks are being overseen by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. read more

Watch Heres Why Ancient Romans Drew Penises on Everything

first_img 10,000-Year-Old ‘Chewing Gum’ Contains Oldest Scandinavian Human DNA160,000-Year-Old Denisovan Jawbone Found in Tibet Cave Stay on target In 122 A.D., Roman Emperor Hadrian built a wall that stretched almost 80 miles from the Irish Sea to the North Sea in northern England to guard the wild north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Today, it’s one of the United Kingdom’s most famous structures.The fact that Hadrian’s Wall still stands today is a testament to the builders’ construction skills, but the wall is also famous for one strange feature – it’s covered in at least 57 separate depictions of penises.In a new episode of the Smithsonian Channel series Mystic Britain, anthropologists and co-host/comedian Clive Anderson examine the wall, the most impressive legacy of the Roman Empire’s 400-year rule in ancient Britain.It turns out that the phalluses on the wall weren’t a result of ancient vandals, but were actually a symbol used to protect the Romans from the evil eye of enemies. In fact, penis carvings and drawings are found across ancient Roman military sites and were a mystical way to protect the soldiers from intruding barbarians.The Mystic Britain episode “Hadrian’s Mystic Wall” premieres Monday, August 19 at 9 p.m. In it, Clive and anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota travel to the ancient Roman fort town of Vindolanda, Hexham Abbey, the Treasure House in Hull, and of course, the mystical Hadrian’s Wall.Future episodes of Mystic Britain on Smithsonian Channel will also explore Britain’s other strange sites and supernatural beliefs, including its best-preserved medieval village, where a jumble of bones were found 50 years ago; Bronze Age British mummies; and of course, Stonehenge, Britain’s greatest Stone Age monument.More on 13-Foot ‘Queen of the Pythons’ Lays Massive Clutch of EggsWatch: Rare Albino Orangutan Alba Goes to ‘Orangutan Jungle School’Science Proves That the Romans Were Pretty Smartlast_img read more


first_img Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, edwin astwood, Flu shots, Ministry of Health and Human Services Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – Lots of rain and Magnetic Media has confirmed that the Department of Environmental Health does have the requisite supplies to fog or oil and foil any boom in the mosquito population.  Hon Edwin Astwood during that PDM Press Conference (Monday Dec 1) expressing  his concern about the lingering Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus problems; saying there is already localized flooding at the JAGS McCartney International Airport.  Last month, the TCI Hospitals confirmed a double digit surge in cases at the hospital related to Dengue and ChikV.  This news comes at the Ministry of Health and Human Services announces that it has cold and flu vaccines to ward off fevers and the like this season. Explaining that the Ministry is committed to keeping the Turks and Caicos healthy with the Seasonal flu vaccine for adults and children now available at all Government operated Primary Health Care Departments free of charge. Recommended for you ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

Democratic precinct caucuses today

first_imgDemocrats onlineFind your precinct with our interactive map.For more information, contact the Clark County Democrats at 360-254-9116 or go to in Clark County will have their chance to discuss party issues and elect delegates to their county convention during the Democratic precinct caucuses, from 1 to 3 p.m. today at 10 locations.Only registered voters may participate, and voters must be willing to declare that they are Democrats during the registration process.Democrats wishing to participate in the caucuses can find out which precinct they live in by checking their voter registration card, calling the Clark County Elections Office at 360-397-2345, or going online to On the MyVote site, enter the appropriate information and then click the “my districts & elected officials” link.The Democratic caucus locations based on precinct were printed in Tuesday’s edition of The Columbian and are available at more information about the caucuses, contact the Clark County Democrats at360-254-9116, email, or go to read more

WhatsApp Business launches for iOS promising help for small businesses

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 11 WhatsApp features you might not know Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Internet Services Post a comment 0center_img 2:40 Tags WhatsApp Business is coming to iOS devices.  Carsten Rehder/Getty Images WhatsApp Business is now available in Apple’s App Store. The Facebook-owned messaging app is expanding with the WhatsApp Business app for iOS users, according to a Thursday blog post. The business version of WhatsApp rolled out to Android devices in January 2018. The app has a suite of features designed to make it easier for small businesses to communicate with customers, including a quick reply feature, desktop support, and the ability to get verified business profiles and set up frequently asked questions. WhatsApp Business is available Thursday in the US, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, India, Mexico and the UK. The app will roll out worldwide over the next few weeks.  iOS 12 WhatsApplast_img read more

Alaskas Capital City Braces for Potential Layoffs

first_imgOf the 16,000 State of Alaska employees, more than a quarter of them work in the capital city. On their lunch break, state employees at the State Office Building talked about their tentative employment future.Download Audio:Britten Burkhouse says her office at the Department of Health and Social Services was pretty quiet after getting the email from Gov. Bill Walker about potential state layoffs.“I think we were all just dealing with the punch. Recuperating maybe a little bit. It wasn’t a very good thing on a Monday.”Burkhouse isn’t surprised by the email. The threat of a government shutdown and layoffs has been a possibility since the legislature recessed at the end of April, but she says it makes the situation seem more desperate. She thinks Gov. Walker is doing the best he can, but,“It’s come to the point where maybe he’s using state employees as leverage to kind of get the Legislature to act.”Burkhouse is a grants administrator for the department. She says she makes sure nonprofits get money to provide services for Alaskans.“State employees do more than just show up to work every day. We actually help protect the life, health and safety of Alaskans.”Mike Lewis has been a state worker for 15 years. He’s the lead courier in mail services. Over the years, he’s made sure Alaskans get their Permanent Fund Dividend checks. He says the potential layoffs are all part of a game.“This is what they do. It’s government. It’s politics. I don’t like politics because of this.”And he doesn’t think there’s anything he can do, like contacting a legislator, to change the situation.“It’s the big people up there that make all the decisions. I don’t think they care much about the little guys.”If he’s laid off,“I’ll go fishing, crabbing – all the things I can do when I’m off. If it’s only a week, it wouldn’t bother me that much, but if it’s longer than that it’s the financial thing.”Twenty-three-year-old Mackenzie Merrill just wants to have job stability. Before this email, she says she was getting other ones about positions getting cut. She’s only an economist with the Department of Revenue for only eight months. It’s her first job out of college.“I just signed a year-long lease and I want to work here and I want to save money for my future. I went to college. This is what I signed up for. Entering the state during a severe fiscal uncertainty has been disappointing.”Merrill has a vacation planned in July anyway, when layoffs could begin. But she’d like to know that she has a job to come back to.last_img read more

Texas Firefighters Highlight Increasing PTSD Rates At A Houston Conference

first_img 00:00 /01:13 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed Mayberry Houston Public MediaFire department vehicles parked in front of a home in Conroe that collapsed during a fire, killing three children and critically injuring three others.Firefighters in Houston and across the state are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues similar to that of military veterans.That’s according to Marty Lancton of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. Lancton says with the sheer volumes of calls area departments receive, a firefighter’s daily job can be just as traumatic as a soldier in the line of duty.He says firefighters are expected to respond immediately to a call at a moment’s notice – and be 100% right, 100% of the time.“We have a large majority of our firefighters that are ex-military,” says Lancton. “So when they’ve gotten out of the military, they’re now coming in and — they serve their country and they’re serving the citizens of Houston. And that’s admirable. And what we’ve said is we cannot leave firefighters behind and we cannot not address these issues.”Members from the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association along with national experts and more than 30 firefighters from across the state held a ‘peer-support’ training conference in Houston last week designed to help add resources for firefighters in need.The conference covered topics like job-related post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, family problems, treatment options as well as establishing measures of trust and confidentiality.According to the latest report by the International Association of Fire Fighters, almost 20 percent of firefighters and paramedics had PTSD, compared with the general population’s rate of 3.5 percent. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Roomba Once Was Blind But Now It Sees

first_imgSeptember 17, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Automated device maker iRobot, which has sold 14 million robotic vacuums worldwide, just announced a major play for the Internet of Things with its Roomba 980, the company’s first connected vacuum with an affixed camera for smarter home navigation.At a lofty press event yesterday in Manhattan, where CEO Colin Angle likened Roomba’s household cleaning expeditions to those of Lewis and Clark in their discovery of the Pacific Coast, the company positioned its latest Roomba as a foray into the connected home market — which is expected to be worth $71 billion by 2018.“iRobot is positioning itself not just to be the best vacuum in the world,” Angle said, “[but to] lead us toward a future where robots can do much more in service of humanity.”If the old Roomba was blind, says Christian Cerda, iRobot’s SVP and general manager of Home Robots, the latest model — priced at a hefty $899 — can see.Related: The Robot Battle of Your Childhood Dreams Is Actually HappeningAs opposed to previous models, which could only clean two or three rooms and react to obstacles reflexively, the Roomba 980 uses sensors and cameras to build a map of its surroundings as it moves for a smarter cleaning job. A battery charge lasts up to two hours — at which point the Roomba scoots back to its base, powers up and then gets back to work.This is the first Roomba that is Wi-Fi-connected and can be operated by smartphones with a dedicated app to schedule cleanings, the company said.Connectivity also means that iRobot collects data from its machines — though the company is only “collecting average data” about cleaning performance and not videos or images, Cerda assures. “We have developed it against hacking, we have tested it against hacking,” he says, his voice trailing off, “but hopefully that will never happen.”The company expects the 980 to become the most popular connected home product in the world within a year, Cerda said, at which point iRobot plans to bring connectivity to different devices beyond its beloved Roombas. Related: This Startup’s Mission: A 3-D Printer in Every Homecenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

Fujifilm Highlighting Digital Radiography Solutions at AHRA

first_img Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems July 20, 2015 – Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. will highlight new digital radiography solutions at the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) annual meeting July 19 – 22 at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.Following is a summary of new offerings:Fujifilm’s FDR D-EVO II detectors feature advances in design and functionality to bring new levels of performance to radiographic imaging. The detectors are lightweight with a ruggedized magnesium alloy case and a sleek smooth shape that simplifies positioning under patients. Inside, its electronics have been re-engineered to enhance dose efficiency and improve diagnostic image quality at ultra-low dose levels. D-EVO II is also protected with a Fujifilm-exclusive engineered antibacterial coating.Fujifilm will also introduce a new image processing tool called Virtual Grid that intelligently adapts contrast to improve image quality for exams acquired without a grid. With the ability to customize its emulated grid characteristics, Virtual Grid provides exam flexibility and eliminates image quality problems that result from improper grid alignment or focal distance especially common with mobile imaging. Virtual Grid processing will be of great benefit to technologists for mobile imaging applications in emergency room, operating room, critical care and other exams. The Virtual Grid is designed for use with Fujifilm DR detectors and the FDX Console workstation.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Video goes viral of guards dragging bumped passenger off United flight

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, April 10, 2017 CHICAGO — Three security officials dragged a passenger from a United Airlines flight at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport when the man reportedly refused to leave his seat after being asked to deplane because the flight was overbooked.A statement from United says “Flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville was overbooked. After our team looked for volunteers, one customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate.”United said it apologized “for the overbook situation.”One passenger posted the video on Facebook. It shows the guards grabbing then dragging the passenger down the aisle. Screaming is heard and other passengers say “Oh my God” and “Look at what you did to him.”United said airline representatives chose four passengers at random when no volunteers agreed to leave the overbooked flight. They requested law enforcement assistance when one of them refused to leave.The passenger who posted the video said United asked for four passengers to relinquish their seats for airline employees on stand-by. Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: United Airlines Video goes viral of guards dragging bumped passenger off United flightlast_img read more