Tiny Fish Smell for Miles

first_imgFish hatchlings no more than a few millimeters in size are able to find their way home by smell, scientists from James Cook University found.  After hatching from a reef, baby fish are often swept out to sea for miles.  The scientists were curious how they are able to get back to the particular spot where they were born.  “The team exposed tiny fish larvae in a tank to pure streams of water from four different reefs,” the article says.  “To their amazement, within minutes a surprisingly high percentage of baby fish had congregated in the water flow from their home reef.”  Every reef has a unique chemical signature.  The scientists were surprised that so soon after hatching fish were able to detect that signature and use it to home in on home.    The press release speculates on how this trait causes biodiversity by evolution.  “We think some fishes then choose currents that smell like ‘home’ and swim up them.  The ones that cannot do this perish.  The ones that get home preserve the unique ‘ethnic’ make-up of their tribe — and so continue the process of evolving into separate new species.”The team did not see the fish evolving into separate species.  Even if they had, they would be talking about microevolution, which is not controversial.  It would contribute no argument to how the fish emerged in the first place with their remarkable sense of smell.    For a fascinating documentary on how a salmon is able to smell its way from the open sea all the way back up to the particular tributary where it was born, see the film Wonders of God’s Creation by Moody Video.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chabane was ‘a quiet strategist who worked for the people’

first_img20 March 2015Deputy President Cyril Rampahosa has called for a national song to be composed to celebrate the late Minister of Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane’s passion for humanity and zest for life.“To calm our deep-felt agony, we must find among our youth, artists who will take Minister Chabane’s harmonica and mbira to remind us of both the beauty and fragility of life,” Ramaphosa said at the official memorial service for the late minister, held at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria on Thursday.Chabane passed away on Sunday, 15 March, with two of his protectors – Sergeants Lesiba Sekele and Lawrence Lentsoane – in an accident on the N1 between Mokopane and Polokwane in Limpopo province.Hundreds of mourners attended the memorial service including Chabane’s wife, Mavis, AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, former President Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel and government ministers.‘Unassailable optimism’Ramaphosa said Chabane had played the struggle, politics and his government work in the same the way he did his music – with great talent, commitment and certainty; but also with unassailable optimism, emotion, and a beguiling mixture of shyness and humour.“His compassion made him genuinely concerned about improving the lives of all South Africans, and this in turn led to him to being passionate about improving the performance of government,” Ramaphosa said.Chabane was one of the first people to assist when Limpopo was hit by floods along with neighbouring Mozambique in 2000. He was the MEC responsible for roads in the province at the time.“He spent whole nights in the pouring rain together with his department’s road maintenance units, battling to find a way across raging rivers, so that isolated communities could be reached,” Ramaphosa said.‘Genuine humility’A few months ago when a hospital in Limpopo had problems with its water supply during the weekend, Chabane travelled to the hospital, which was about 500km away, to arrange water for the hospital.He described the late minister as a man who was possessed with genuine confidence that only came with genuine humility.Chabane was humble, unassuming and committed to the struggle of South Africans people for a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa, the deputy president said. “We know him to have been a quiet strategist in an occupation often given to populism and deafening rhetoric.“His comrades trusted him, had confidence in his abilities, and admired his work ethic. He was devoted to the ideals of our movement and the task of achieving a better life for all.”Agent for changeRamaphosa commended Chabane for being a good listener and for always being open to hearing others’ points of view.Chabane had natural curiosity and his love to debate was combined with his desire to continuously gain a better understanding of everything, Ramaphosa said. “He did not think that he knew it all, he was very much aware that he might be wrong about some things and he was willing to change his views on the basis of being presented with new evidence.”Chabane passed away at a time when he was hard at work to develop a new cadre of public servants that grasp their role as change agents.Ramaphosa said Chabane had left a proud and enduring legacy as he pioneered the outcomes monitoring and national evaluation system in government.Minister Chabane be laid to rest on Saturday at Xikundzu village in Malamulele, Limpopo. The Presidency announced on Tuesday that Chabane would receive a category one official funeral at the weekend.President Jacob Zuma has ordered that the national flag be flown at half-mast across the country on Saturday, the day of the funeral.The Presidency said a special email address had been created “to ensure that all messages reach the President and later the Chabane family”. You can email communication@presidency.gov.zaMembers of the public can send messages of support on social media, using the hashtag #RIPMinChabane. Send tweets to @PresidencyZA or write messages on the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa’s Facebook page.Source: SAnewslast_img read more

How I Know Your Deal Is Going to Push

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Inevitably, some of your deals are going to push. Blame it on the non-linearity of the sales process in practice (as opposed to the theoretical sales process that moves smoothly from target to execution without so much as a pause or a backward step). Place the blame where you like, here is how I know your deal is going to push.It’s Not the Client’s Date: Here it is in the very first spot. Your client did not provide you with a date by which they would like to begin executing your solution. You chose the date, or more accurately, entered some random sequence of numbers into your CRM. If I were to call your client now and tell them you intend to show up with a contract next Tuesday, as per your entry, would they be surprised? Would you be concerned about me making that call? Where there is no commitment to a start date, your deal is going to push.No Commitment to Change: If there is one of the ten commitments in The Lost Art of Closing (my second book), it is the Commitment to Change. You can have a whole bunch of meetings that feel just like the meetings you would have if you were pursuing a deal with-out there being a deal. People will have a meeting with you, explore change, and review your proposal and pricing without ever having made the commitment to change. If you haven’t asked them if they are committed to changing, your deal is going to push (or more likely, it will die).A Pattern of Unkept Commitments: If you want to know if your client intends to keep their commitments, look at their track record. Have they kept all of the commitments that they have made up until this point? Or have they made commitments without keeping them and instead caused you to give chase over voicemail and email? If they haven’t kept commitments up until now, why would they start with the Commitment to Decide?You Don’t Know Who Is Deciding: If you don’t know who is actually making the decision, then your deal is extremely likely to push. If your contact is going to present to their leadership team on your behalf, a leadership team that has never met you, look for the push. If you don’t know who can say yes, it’s a push.You Missed Commitments: There are 10 commitments you need in a sale, especially a B2B sale. You can find them all here, and if you want a deeper dive, you can pick up the book at www.thelostartofclosing.com. For example, if you skipped building consensus or resolving concerns, you left major openings for bad things to happen, the kind of things that end in a deal being pushed.There are so many factors outside of your control that could cause your deal to push, you need to make sure that you do everything that is in your control to ensure that it doesn’t.last_img read more

Dow’s sponsorship for London Olympics sparks outrage

first_imgThe London Olympics organisers’ move to name controversial Dow Chemical Company “with the blood of Bhopal on its hands” as a sponsor of the 2012 Games has sparked outrage amongst campaigners fighting for justice. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games has announced that Dow Chemical would fund a “spectacular” seven million pounds artwork “wrap” around the stadium throughout next year’s Games, the Express.co.uk reported. The decision has outraged campaigners fighting for up to 5,000 people who died in devastating chemical leak in Bhopal in 1984, the report said. Dow Chemical bought Union Carbide Corporation, whose former Indian subsidiary ran the doomed plant, in 2001. The company, embroiled in a compensation wrangle over Bhopal, said the $470 million compensation settlement reached by Union Carbide in 1989 was final. On average the families of those who died received roughly 1,400 pounds. It has insisted it is not liable and has refused to pay more or to clear toxic waste from the site.Slamming the company, victims’ campaigners say children are still being born maimed because of poisons that continue to pollute the city’s groundwater. They are backing a number of criminal and civil court cases against Union Carbide. “Our terrible legacy is by no means over. Our children are still suffering,” the report quoted them as saying. They are also urging widespread protests, including a “Bhopal Olympics” involving disabled children. The International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make a formal complaint to his British counterpart David Cameron. “By dealing with a corporation like Dow, which has the blood of Bhopal on its hands, the reputation of the London Games and its legacy will be tarnished,” spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra said.  Aslam against Dow’s association with 2012 London Olympics Former Hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan on Monday urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Sports Ministry to convince the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to cancel the Dow Chemicals deal of sponsoring seven million pound artwork “wrap” around the main stadium for the 2012 London Olympics, PTI adds from Bhopal. Aslam said the disaster, which was a direct result of the leak of gas from it in 1984, had led to the loss of around 15,000 lives and left about six lakh injured. Stating that the feelings of the people of Bhopal would be hurt if Dow Chemicals was allowed to be associated with the Olympics in any manner, the former Olympian said, “If the LOCOG carries out the deal with Dow Chemicals, we will ask the government to boycott the 2012 Olympics.”  – With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

9 months agoMarseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Marseille urged to move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrench pundit Pierre Menes has urged Olympique Marseille to re-sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian has just had his loan at Valencia cut short and will not be returning to the Blues.Instead, Valencia are helping Batshuayi to find a new club.Menes, meanwhile, says OM should move for him:Houhou l’OM c’est pas une bonne idée ça? RT @lequipe Valence : Michy Batshuayi officiellement indésirable https://t.co/htcZe4MFrI— Pierre Ménès (@PierreMenes) January 10, 2019 last_img read more

Drewry Many exHanjin Ships to Remain Idle for Some Time

first_imgzoom Some five months after the collapse of Korean shipping group Hanjin Shipping, more than two-thirds of all Hanjin-operated containerships remains inactive, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Although a number of ships was auctioned for a total of USD 460 million so far, Drewry estimates that there remains up to as much as 150,000 TEU of Hanjin-owned ships still for sale.Hanjin’s demise exposed the frailty of container lines in an era of ultra-low freight rates and caused panic among cargo owners with assets aboard their ships. After the logistical chaos has been cleared up, what has happened to those vessels?An immediate impact could be seen on the containership idle fleet, which surged after 98 ships with an aggregate capacity of around 610,000 TEU were suddenly left without employ. The idle fleet went from 904,000 TEU in mid-August to 1.7 million TEU in mid-November.The declining stature of the idle fleet from December onwards is in large part due to some of those ex-Hanjin ships being re-chartered.Four vessels of 15,000 TEU in total have been scrapped, two of which were owned by Hanjin and none older than 20 years, while another 31 ships of 134,000 TEU have found new service elsewhere.Non-operating charterers have managed to find replacement lessors for 30 ships so far. Maersk Line has shown the biggest appetite for the former Hanjin fleet by chartering 11 vessels of 77,000 TEU, the largest being two 13,000 TEU units that were sold at auction to unnamed buyers in December for around USD 131 million apiece, according to unconfirmed media reports. Maersk is deploying the vessels in the 2M Alliance Asia-Europe network.There remain some 63 ex-Hanjin ships with close to 460,000 TEU worth of nominal capacity that are parked up. At least eight vessels should be back on the water fairly quickly.With such a glut of containerships already available and limited demand growth it is debatable just how big a market they can attract even at knock-down prices. The biggest and youngest ships are likely to have the biggest pull, according to Drewry.last_img read more

Rep Griffin hosts district office hours

first_img State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her first scheduled office hours of 2018.“Hosting office hours throughout the district will continue to be one of my top priorities in 2018, “Griffin said. “These face-to-face meetings are a great way for me to be accessible and accountable to people in the community.”The office hours for January will take place at the following times and locations:Monday, Jan. 88:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Java Joint, 23890 City Center Circle in Mattawan;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at South Haven Memorial Library, 314 Broadway St. in South Haven;1 to 2 p.m. at Hartford City Hall, 19 W. Main St. #1 in Hartford; and3 to 4 p.m. at Cooper Township Hall, 1590 D Ave. in Kalamazoo.No appointment is necessary.  Those unable to attend are invited to contact her Lansing office by phone at 517-373-0839 or by email at BethGriffin@house.mi.gov. 02Jan Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours Categories: Griffin News,Griffin Photos,Newslast_img read more

The organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14000 atte

first_imgThe organisers of MIPCOM have reported 14,000 attendees for this year’s event, with 4,900 of those buyers, and 1,500 of the acquisition execs working for digital and SVOD service.Reed Midem said the kids-focused MIPJunior event, which ran on the weekend before MIPCOM, had a record 1,600 attendees, compared with the 1,400 reported last year. There was a 10% uptick in kids buyer numbers, with 630 in town.The 2016 numbers are up year-on-year, with Reed reporting 13,700 last year and 4,800 buyers, 1,300 of whom were from digital services. The 2015 total was the same as 2014, meaning MIPCOM had its best-attended market for several years.At the main MIPCOM event, there were 2,000 companies exhibiting. Japan was the country of honour and there were 500 execs from Japanese companies in town as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a video address to delegates.Also from Japan, Sony Corporation President and CEO Kazuo Hirai gave the opening keynote.On the ground the heightened security efforts were visible, with mounted police and heavily-armed soldiers on patrol, as well as increased bag and security checks upon entrance.The local public were also invited in for two of the drama screenings; Red Arrow’s Mata Hari and 20th Century Fox Television Distribution’sThe Rocky Horror Picture Show. This has been an excellent edition of MIPCOM,” said Reed MIDEM’s Laurine Garaude. “Through the central theme of New Television we have showcased technical innovation, discussed how to reach out to younger audiences who consume entertainment when, where and how they want and brought together traditional television leaders with newer online companies.This year has seen a combination of plentiful deal-making, celebration, exchange of knowledge and keynotes from major industry leaders.”last_img read more

Hightech brain surgery improves quality of life for people with Parkinsons disease

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 9 2018A high-tech form of brain surgery that replaces scalpels with sound waves improved quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease that has resisted other forms of treatment, a new study has found.Further, the University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers conclude their study offers “comprehensive evidence of safety” in terms of the approach’s effect on mood, behavior and cognitive ability, areas largely neglected in previous research.”In our initial study that looked at the outcomes of focused ultrasound surgery in Parkinson’s disease, we primarily described post-operative improvements in motor symptoms, specifically tremor,” said Scott Sperling, PsyD, a clinical neuropsychologist at UVA. “In this study, we extended these initial results and showed that focused ultrasound thalamotomy is not only safe from a cognitive and mood perspective, but that patients who underwent surgery realized significant and sustained benefits in terms of functional disability and overall quality of life.”Focused Ultrasound and Parkinson’s DiseaseFocused ultrasound, as the procedure is known, has already been approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of essential tremor, the most common movement disorder. That approval came after a pioneering international study led by UVA neurosurgeon Jeff Elias, MD. He and his colleagues have since demonstrated the technology’s potential in reducing tremor in people with drug-resistant Parkinson’s disease. The goal is to use focused sound waves to interrupt the faulty brain circuits responsible for the uncontrollable shaking associated with the disease.The new study looked at the effects on 27 adults, all with severe Parkinson’s tremor that had not responded to previous treatment. The study participants were initially divided into two groups. Twenty received the procedure, while seven received a fake procedure, to serve as a control group. (The seven in the control group were later offered the opportunity to receive the real procedure, and all but one did.)After receiving the procedure, study participants reported improved quality of life at both three months and 12 months. “After surgery, patients experienced significant improvements in multiple aspects of quality of life, including their ability to perform simple daily tasks, emotional well-being and the sense of stigma they experienced due to their tremor,” Sperling said. “Our results suggest that post-operative improvements in tremor lead to very meaningful improvements in day-to-day functioning and, subsequently, to better overall quality of life.”The Effects on Mood and MemoryRelated StoriesTransobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemThe study was notable for its in-depth examination of the psychological and cognitive effects of the procedure, areas that have received relatively little attention in previous research.The researchers found that mood and cognition, and the ability to go about daily life, ultimately had more effect on participants’ assessment of their overall quality of life than did their tremor severity or the amount of tremor improvement seen after the procedure.”A person’s perception of their quality of life is shaped in many different ways,” Sperling said. “Mood and behavioral symptoms, such as depression, anxiety and apathy, often have a greater impact on quality of life than the measurable severity of one’s tremor.”The only cognitive declines seen in participants followed through the study were in how quickly they were able to name colors and think of and speak words. The cause of this was unclear, though the researchers suggested this could be a result of the natural progression of Parkinson’s. (Focused ultrasound is being tested to address the tremor associated with the disease, not its other symptoms.)The researchers noted that their study was limited by its small size and the fact that participants’ medication dosing varied, among other factors.To become available as a treatment for medication-resistant Parkinson’s, the approach would need approval from the FDA. UVA’s new research is an important step in that process. Source:https://newsroom.uvahealth.com/2018/11/05/scalpel-free-surgery-improves-quality-of-life-for-people-with-parkinsons-study-finds/last_img read more

Exposure to chemical in weedkiller Roundup raises risk of some cancers study

first_img Source:http://www.washington.edu/news/2019/02/13/uw-study-exposure-to-chemical-in-roundup-increases-risk-for-cancer/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Exposure to glyphosate–the world’s most widely used, broad-spectrum herbicide and the primary ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup–increases the risk of some cancers by more than 40 percent, according to new research from the University of Washington.Various reviews and international assessments have come to different conclusions about whether glyphosate leads to cancer in humans.The research team conducted an updated meta-analysis–a comprehensive review of existing literature–and focused on the most highly exposed groups in each study. They found that the link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is stronger than previously reported.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemTheir findings were published this month in the online journal Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research.”Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic,” said senior author Lianne Sheppard, a professor in the UW departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Biostatistics. “As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is.”By examining epidemiologic studies published between 2001 and 2018, the team determined that exposure to glyphosate may increase the risk of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma by as much as 41 percent. The authors focused their review on epidemiological research in humans but also considered the evidence from laboratory animals.”This research provides the most up-to-date analysis of glyphosate and its link with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, incorporating a 2018 study of more than 54,000 people who work as licensed pesticide applicators,” said co-author Rachel Shaffer, a UW doctoral student in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.”These findings are aligned with a prior assessment from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which classified glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ in 2015,” Shaffer said.Glyphosate first was introduced as an herbicide in 1974. Usage in the agricultural industry has soared, particularly since the mid-2000s when the practice of “green burndown” was introduced, in which glyphosate-based herbicides are applied to crops shortly before harvest. As a consequence, crops are now likely to have higher residues of glyphosate.Researchers say more studies are needed to account for the effects of increased exposures from green burndown, which may not be fully captured in the existing studies reviewed in this new publication.last_img read more