President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of the Russian Federation, following the unfortunate news of a metro jet Airbus crash over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board including 17 children.In her message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, President Sirleaf extended on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of the Russian Federation especially the bereaved families for the irreparable loss sustained.“On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia and in my own name, I extend our deepest condolences to you personally, the People of Russia; particularly, the families of the deceased,” President Sirleaf expressed with deep sorrow.President Johnson Sirleaf further prayed that as the Government and People of the Russian Federation go through this period of national mourning, the Almighty God will provide President Putin with the strength and courage, as he leads his people during this distressful period.Meanwhile, according to CNN clues emerging so far about the final moments of Metrojet Flight 9268 don’t paint a clear picture of what happened to the doomed passenger jet.Was a midair heat flash that a U.S. satellite detected over the Sinai Peninsula when the flight went down a sign of an explosion aboard the plane? And if that was the case, why haven’t investigators found signs of an explosive impact on the crash victims’ bodies, as Russian state media reports? Could the plane’swreckage show that a past repair went awry?There are a wide range of theories on what made the passenger jet plunge to the ground, killing all 224 people on board, but Russian officials say it’s too soon to speculate on the cause.Aviation experts agree, and officials have downplayed an apparent claim by Islamic militants that they brought down the Airbus A321-200, saying technical failure is the most likely reason for the crash.Here’s a look at the evidence investigators are looking at:RadarFlight 9268 was on its way from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg early Saturday when it dropped off radar about 23 minutes into the flight, Egyptian officials say. Air traffic controllers apparently didn’t receive any distress calls. The website Flightradar24, which tracks aircraft around the world, said it had received data from the Russian plane suggesting sharp changes in altitude and a dramatic decrease in ground speed before the signal was lost. A U.S. military satellite detected a midair heat flash from the Russian airliner before the plane crashed Saturday, a U.S. official told CNN.Intelligence analysis has ruled out that the Russian commercial airplane was struck by a missile, but the new information suggests that there was a catastrophic in-flight event — including possibly a bomb, though experts are considering other explanations, according to U.S. officials.Analysts say heat flashes could be tied to a range of possibilities, including a bomb blast, a malfunctioning engine exploding or a structural problem causing a fire on the plane.Egyptian officials have said they are finishing fieldwork first, and then will go on to investigate the data in the black boxes. Experts started retrieving data from the recorders on Monday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.Russia’s privately owned Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source in Cairo as saying the plane’s cockpit voice recorder had captured uncharacteristic sounds the moment before the flight disappeared.It cited the source as saying that an “unexpected’ and “nonstandard (emergency)” occurred “instantly,” which was why the pilots failed to send an emergency or alarm signal.A top Russian aviation official has said the plane broke apart in midair. Sounds in the black-box recording could help investigators determine what caused that to happen, said Peter Goelz, a CNN aviation analyst and former managing director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.“You can tell whether it is a high-order explosion, or a more low-order event, like a decompression and a tearing apart of the aircraft,” he said.The Egyptian committee investigating the Metrojet plane crash is expected to finish fieldwork on Tuesday evening, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said in a news statement Tuesday.That’s a sign that investigators will soon be closer to figuring out what happened, said Alan Diehl, a former accident investigator for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force.“This airplane went down in the desert … and that makes it a lot easier to locate the critical pieces. But that is very quick, if they can do that and get the forensic wreckage evidence into the labs, that will be good news,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Grovinya Underwood and Matelina Maluia each scored 10 points to lead the Tarbabes (13-12, 3-8) to a Moore League victory. Paramount 47, Warren 26 Kenya Amos scored 15 points for the Pirates (8-17, 3-6) in a San Gabriel Valley League game that was called with more than two minutes left to play because of a fight between two players. Boys basketball Lakewood 58, Compton 54 Patrick Rembert had 26 points and Keith Davis added 13 for the Lancers (12-13, 6-5), who gave the Tarbabes (21-5, 10-1) their first Moore League loss of the season. Demar DeRozan scored 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for Compton, which suspended two players for the game. Poly 49, Jordan 44 David Brandon scored 14 points and went 10 of 12 from the free-throw line to lead the Jackrabbits (16-10, 8-3) to a Moore League victory. Terance Reaves and David Chlebowski each had 10 points for Poly and Chlebowski added 12 rebounds. Larry Anderson led the Panthers (17-8, 6-5) with 17 points. Millikan 61, Cabrillo 51 Stephan Gwin had 24 points and Kierre Beverly added 15 for the Rams (2-24, 1-10), who won their first Moore League game of the season. King-Drew 92, Banning 58 Alan Mitchell scored 15 points and Deon Jennings had a career-high 14 points for the Eagles (21-6, 11-0), who wrapped up the Marine League title last week. Boys soccer Millikan 2, Cabrillo 1 Gerardo Garcia scored a pair of goals as the Rams (24-1-3, 7-1-3) rebounded from last week’s loss to Jordan with a Moore League victory. Jordan 5, Poly 1 The Panthers improved to 5-4-2 in Moore League play with a rout of the Jackrabbits. Jesse Castaneda, Eric Castanon, Victor Duran, Yordi Reyes and David Moreno all scored for Jordan (12-6-2). Goalie Eric Escorcia made two saves. Lakewood 2, Compton 2 Richie Ponce and Doug Armstrong each had a goal for the Lancers (10-7-6, 1-5-4) in a Moore League draw. Artesia 2, Glenn 1 Alfredo Lenon and Jose Rios each tallied once for the Pioneers (12-5-4, 7-3-1) in a Suburban League makeup game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the first quarter, the Jaguars looked like they could keep pace with Millikan, which improved to 11-12 overall and 7-4 in league play. April Perry scored 15 points and O’Tina McKinstry added 12 for Cabrillo. The team played pretty good zone defense and trailed Millikan only 20-17 at the end of the first period. Then everything fell apart for the Jaguars when they went to man-to-man. In the second and third periods, the Rams’ defense held Cabrillo (9-11, 2-8) to 12 points while their offense racked up 52. – Earl Williams Poly 57, Jordan 41 Jasmine Dixon and Brittany Wilson each scored eight points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Jackrabbits (25-1, 11-0) in Moore League play. Cecy Cuevas scored 17 points for the Panthers (14-11, 5-6). Compton 41, Lakewood 39 Millikan High senior center Samantha Marez scored 10 of her 25 points in the second quarter and teammate Mariana Joaquin scored 7 of her 10 points in the third to distance the Rams from host Cabrillo on Monday night and win 75-41 in a Moore League matchup. “I didn’t come out as hard as I could the first quarter,” Joaquin said. “I am really hard on myself. For me to know that I am not helping my team, I just have to focus. In this game, I just had to pick it up.”
In L.A., officials urged residents to keep conserving energy. “Look, this is hot weather, and some of the hottest weather we’ve had in a very long time, … Death Valley-like numbers,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said at a news conference. “No step to save energy can be too small.” Still, no energy bill can be worth dying for, said city officials, who offered to assist residents in any heat emergency. “If you are someone who is concerned about turning on your air conditioning because of the cost, please know the Department of Water and Power will work with you to do a payment plan,” said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, in whose district the Menahems died. “Your life is more important. It’s important for you to be able to turn on that air conditioning, particularly if your apartment or home has gotten to an extreme level of heat.” Coroner’s investigators have no way of knowing how many of the 12 deaths will ultimately be attributed to the heat. Despite investigating dozens of cases suspected of being heat-related last summer, the hottest on record in Los Angeles County, medical examiners ultimately attributed only two of them to the heat. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles County Fire Department received 1,600 calls a day – 30 percent above normal – each one related to the heat, officials say. Firefighters were acting on a tip from neighbors when they broke down the door of an elderly couple’s garden apartment on the second floor in the 5100 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, department spokesman Humphrey said. The man, identified by coroner’s officials as Menahem, sat slumped in his wheelchair, according to news reports. His wife, whose name is being withheld pending notification of relatives, was lying nearby. A fan hummed, Humphrey said. A west-facing window was open. The A/C, when turned on, worked perfectly. “It was hot, sweltering inside, like a furnace,” Humphrey said. “He was deceased; his wife was nearby, dead.” The deaths were “a reminder how quickly our elderly can succumb to these conditions,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said. “In this instance, a nephew had checked on them the day before and had advised them to keep the fans and air conditioning on. Unfortunately, that was not the case, and it took their lives.” In some of the other deaths: Coroner’s Capt. Ed Winter said a man was found dead from apparent heat-related causes at 8 p.m. Monday in a house in the 11000 block of Chandler Boulevard in North Hollywood. Just before 1 p.m. Sunday, the body of Linda Burkhart, 53, was found in a car she’d apparently been living in near a Goodwill store in Lancaster. A few minutes later, the body of Dorothy McGlothan, a woman in her 80s, was found in her Pasadena apartment. Across the region, power companies added extra crews to repair transformers pushed past their limits by 24-hour air conditioners. By midday Tuesday, Southern California Edison reported 29,000 outages. The L.A. Department of Water and Power reported outages to 30,000, or 2 percent of its customers. “It’s basically all hands on deck to repair the outages,” said Edison spokeswoman Vanessa McGrady, who reported widespread outages in Simi Valley. Both Edison and the DWP attributed the week of outages to increasing numbers of homes with central air conditioning, big-screen TVs and computers, and to appliances that draw power when not being used. “What we have is overtaxed infrastructure at the local level, or individual transformers at the poles,” said Kim Hughes, a DWP spokeswoman. “We’re burning out equipment.” The DWP reported it had 77 crews working to replace busted transformers and failed circuits. Of those, 15 are private crews called in to help speed repairs. Wary of unpredictable wind shifts, more than 1,000 firefighters battled two brush fires in northern Los Angeles County. The two blazes – one in Acton east of Santa Clarita, the other west of Lancaster in the Elizabeth Lake area – were partially contained Tuesday. A Metrolink line from Lancaster was temporarily shut down. Actress Tippi Hedren’s Shambala preserve in Soledad Canyon stood ready to evacuate its 69 lions, tigers and other wild felines – including two Bengals removed from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch. Flames had come within a few miles of the sanctuary, but retreated with the wind. Staff Writers Kerry Cavanaugh and Patricia Farrell Aidem contributed to this story. email@example.com (818) 713-3730 Cooling stations Residents can take a break from the sun at these cooling stations, open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Residents can bring small dogs and cats with them to the centers, according to the city Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information on cooling centers, residents can call (888) LA-PARKS or go to www.laparks.org. These regional cooling stations also are open to residents, although hours vary: 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park 8640 Fenwick Ave., Sunland 5040 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks 8956 Vanalden Ave., Northridge Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster, (661) 726-4400 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Avenue H, Lancaster, (661) 948-6060 City of Burbank, 1301 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, (818) 238-5357 Glendale Parks and Recreation, 201 E. Colorado St., Glendale, (818) 548-3775 Hart Park, 24151 N. San Fernando Road, Santa Clarita, (661) 222-7657 Organization for the Needs of the Elderly, 18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda, (818) 705-2345 Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Avenue Q-12, Palmdale, (661) 267-5551 San Fernando Valley Service Center, 7555 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, (818) 901-3501 Santa Clarita Valley Service Center, 24271 San Fernando Road, Newhall, (661) 254-0070160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fortunately, meteorologists say the heat wave should pass today. “Over,” declared Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “For the Valley areas, we’ll be looking at mid-80s to mid-90s” through the weekend. The eight-day bake that shot thermometers in the San Fernando Valley to 112 degrees over the Labor Day weekend caused record power use; air conditioners strained transformers. On Tuesday, temperatures dropped below 100 degrees in some areas as power companies worked to restore juice to 60,000 homes and businesses throughout Southern California. Meanwhile, firefighters in Los Angeles County fought two fires – one west of Lancaster and the other near Santa Clarita – that have consumed 2,100 acres of parched brush in northern Los Angeles County. VALLEY VILLAGE – A fan whirred over the heads of 82-year-old Lugassi Max Menahem and his wife when firefighters found their heat-stricken bodies. Their apartment window was open, letting the 110-degree air in, and their working air conditioner was turned off. Menahem and his wife, discovered Sunday in Valley Village, were among a dozen residents believed to have died from the weeklong heat wave – which would be one of the biggest death tolls from the Los Angeles summer heat in recent memory. “We have had heat-related deaths in the summer months, but they are precious few,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. “Because of our relatively low humidity, our heat index is relatively mild on an ongoing basis.”
“My hands are shaking. I feel alive,” Del Potro said afterwards. “I was so happy on court. It’s like my second or third career in my short life. I was really sad at home for the last two years. “I like to share moments with the crowd. They support me on every single point and that’s why I keep fighting in every single set.” Stan Wawrinka is out of Wimbledon after defeat in four sets to Juan Martin del Potro.The Swiss ace was the fourth seed in the men’s singles and was a potential opponent for Andy Murray in the latter stages of the tournament.Argentine star del Potro recovered from losing the opening set 6-3 to turn back the clock after years plagued by injuries.The big server produced a display of power and finesse to triumph 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 on Centre Court.
A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit john paul titlow Tags:#Facebook#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A new level of integration between Facebook and Ticketmaster lets concertgoers see where their friends are sitting at upcoming concerts and events. Hoping to make the process of buying tickets to concerts as social as attending them, Ticketmaster launched the new Facebook-enhanced seating charts recently, giving fans the option of buying seats near their friends. After clicking the “find tickets” link for an event, users are given the option to log into their Facebook account. Any friends of theirs who have purchased a ticket and tagged themselves in the seating chart will show up accordingly on the venue’s floor layout. Once tickets are purchased, a status update is sent to Facebook for all to see. If they’re interested in attending, they can click the “Buy Tickets” link that accompanies the update.The feature is part of the ticket-selling giant’s renewed effort to remake itself as a more consumer-friendly and innovative company, according to an Fast Company story. Whenever fans posted on Facebook about concerts they’d just bought, the company would see an average $5.30 more in ticket revenue, CEO Nathan Hubbard said. It was those results that demonstrated to executives the power of social media when it comes to commerce. It’s fan-friendly and socially-driven inititatives like this that executives hope will help revitalize the slumping concert industry, which saw a 12% drop in sales from 2009 to 2010. The feature is currently available for 300 venues on the site. Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…
Immunologist Ralph Steinman was honored today by the Nobel Committee for his discovery of dendritic cells, a class of immune cells that help rally the body’s natural defenses to fight disease. However, the prize is bittersweet for all who knew the 68-year-old scientist during his long career as a researcher and mentor at Rockefeller University in New York City. Steinman became the first winner to die, of pancreatic cancer, between his selection and the announcement of the coveted prize. And he fought his cancer using experimental therapies involving his discoveries. This afternoon, the Nobel Foundation announced that Steinman’s Nobel would stand. “The events that have occurred are unique, and, to the best of our knowledge, are unprecedented in the history of the Nobel Prize,” the statement read. “According to the statutes of the Nobel Foundation, work produced by a person since deceased shall not be given an award. However, the statutes specify that if a person has been awarded a prize and has died before receiving it, the prize may be presented.” Because Steinman was selected as a laureate before he died—even if the announcement came after he passed away—the Board of the Nobel Foundation is standing by its choice. “Dendritic cells are the guys who are training the fighters,” says Pawel Kalinski, an immunologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, about their role in activating T cells, the body’s immune sentries. Over decades, with Steinman often leading the way, the work transformed cancer research. Cancer vaccines either using or targeting dendritic cells are now the subject of numerous clinical trials, and the first-ever cancer vaccine to be approved in the United States—called Provenge, to treat prostate cancer—injects a patients’ own dendritic cells back into their body. It went on the market last year. 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The goal is to selectively activate certain T cells that are best-suited to target cancer. One difficulty is that everyone’s dendritic cells are different, so vaccines need to be personalized, making them expensive and labor-intensive to produce. Provenge, for example, costs $93,000 for three doses, and extends life by only about 3 months. Still, it “was a direct validation of Ralph’s concept,” says Kalinski, and vaccines designed more recently, he believes, are working better. A paper he published early this year in the Journal of Clinical Oncology describes a dendritic cell vaccine in advanced glioma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Nine of the 22 people who received it were alive a year later without signs of progression, a rarity in a cancer as serious as this one. Another strategy, which Steinman and others were studying, involves a therapy to target dendritic cells inside the body rather than taking them out and personalizing therapy for each patient. Those treatments are just starting out in clinical trials, says human immunologist Madhav Dhodapkar of Yale University, who’s involved in that effort. It’s been “somewhat of a roller coaster,” he says, but “I think we’re now beginning to see evidence for immune based approaches to work in cancer.” Steinman also pushed hard for testing therapies in people. “He was one of the first … to say, ‘We’ve got to study humans,’ ” Dhodopkar says, something that had a lasting impact. When Steinman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2007, he knew he wanted to marshal his own dendritic cells in the fight. “He had great faith in dendritic cells,” says Sarah Schlesinger, a physician and immunologist at Rockefeller. “He believed they would establish immunity, and that would cure him.” Steinman tried many experimental treatments, two of which involved dendritic cell therapies designed especially for him. A company, Argos Therapeutics, had a dendritic cell vaccine in trials for kidney cancer and personalized the vaccine for Steinman, even though his cancer was a different type; scientists at Baylor University Medical Center did something similar for another dendritic cell vaccine, which they were testing in melanoma. Both were official clinical trials that were closely vetted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Steinman also tried a therapy called GVAX, which aims to recruit dendritic cells in the body. “There were dozens of colleagues around the country who helped,” says Schlesinger. Like many who worked with Steinman, Schlesinger described him as unfailingly generous. She first met him as a high school student, calling him out of the blue to seek work in his lab. He couldn’t pay her, Schlesinger said, but would offer her vouchers for lunch. That was enough, and he became her lifelong mentor. “He would always introduce me as his colleague, and I would always introduce him as my boss.” Kalinski recalled his student days in the 1980s in his native Poland, when well-stocked libraries and science labs were largely nonexistent. “Every Monday I spent about 5 hours writing requests to people to send me their latest papers because our library was dysfunctional,” he says. Steinman “always did respond,” and also shipped samples of one of his first antibodies against dendritic cells. Steinman kept an active lab right up to the end. Schlesinger visited him only a week ago with data about an HIV clinical trial of a dendritic cell vaccine, and Steinman was absorbed in what she had to share. While the Nobel Prize was well deserved, says Dhodapkar, “it obviously would have been nicer if he were able to hear the news himself.” Correction: This item has been clarified to reflect that scientists were working on a dendritic cell vaccine at Baylor University Medical Center.
Recently, researchers found a group of microorganisms that “eat” what substance to stay alive? LOADING An error occurred loading the Quiz. Please try again later. R.De Marfà/iStockphoto Genes that promote cancer—vindication for those who fear the walking dead! But odd news even for scientists, who long assumed genes shut down slowly after death, like the parts of a car that has run out of gas. A new study of mice and zebrafish shows that many genes up their activity instead. Some of the most surprising were the cancer-boosting genes, which could account for higher rates of the disease in some organ transplant recipients. Another surprise: genes that guide embryonic development. No one is sure why those turn on, but it could be that cellular conditions in newly dead corpses are actually similar to those in embryos. Giving it over to the tinkerings of Johnny Depp Moving their cubs closer to human settlements 0 / 10 Ley lines Germany Psychologists recently reported that the success of some brain training games may actually stem from this effect: Start Quiz Electricity. It sounds like something from science fiction, but researchers have recently found a group of microorganisms that can live off pure electricity. Even though all life uses electricity, scientists long thought it impossible for cells to directly consume and expel electrons, because their fatty membranes act as insulators. But now, scientists have found cells that can discharge electrons through specialized proteins and others that can ingest electrons by using an enzyme that creates hydrogen atoms. The findings could help researchers understand how life thrives under a variety of conditions, and how it could exist on places like Mars. It contains tiny amounts of coronavirus Last week, this country held fast to its record of hosting the fastest supercomputer in the world: It helps viruses hijack immune cells Trade winds Running the chocolate through an electric field Genes that suppress the immune system A maverick scientist has recently claimed that humans—like pigeons and bees—have a “sixth sense” that picks up on this phenomenon: Team attacks on “problem” male bears Cats A neutron star explosion The Pygmalion effect Question Two colliding black holes Genes that reduce inflammation The placebo effect. Think those brain training games are working for you? Think again, say the scientists behind the study, which tested if people who thought they were engaged in brain boosting activities scored better than those who did not. Using identical tests but different recruitment ads, the psychologists found that primed participants—those who thought they were improving their brain function—added on average an extra 5 to 10 points to their IQ score. This suggests their success might simply be a result of the placebo effect. It also suggests a new strategy for advertising this quiz! Corals A new study has shown that cancer may be contagious in these creatures: Pheromones Covering the chocolate with magnets Average Moving their cubs into deep underground caves The placebo effect Who needs supercomputing when you have chocolate? Last week, scientists poured their hearts—and minds—into this new way of making a low-fat version of the sweet treat: Time’s Up! The five-point-palm exploding heart technique Running the chocolate through an electric field. Visions of a stoned Johnny Depp might put you off your Wonka bar, but they aren’t going to reduce its fat content, which runs anywhere from 40% to 60%. Getting that number down has been a challenge for manufacturers, because low-fat liquid chocolate is thick enough to clog most chocolate-making machinery. Now, scientists have found a new way: applying an electric current as it runs through the processing pipes. The technique, called electrorheology, clumps the solid particles of cocoa floating in the liquid chocolate into chains, allowing them to flow past each other more easily. The result? A chocolate runny enough for makers to reduce its fat content by 10%. And maybe another movie deal for the industry’s favorite actor. It lets viruses “flow” farther from the infection site A surprising new study shows that some of our genes may actually ramp up their activity after death. Which genes are part of this postmortem party? Genes that promote perambulation Solar flares Score The Tetris effect Magnetism It has enzymes that viruses use as cell “drills” Mosquito bites make us sick when they’re laced with viruses like Zika or dengue. But their spit makes us even sicker. Why? June 27, 2016 United States It helps viruses hijack immune cells. When a mosquito infects you with a disease like Zika or dengue, it does more than just deliver a few virus particles under your skin. Its saliva prompts an immune reaction that helps spread the virus. First, inflammation causes immune cells known as neutrophils to rush to the bite site. Neutrophils recruit macrophages, cells whose job it is to gobble up microbes or anything else that does not belong in the body. Then, the virus plays its hand: It infects the macrophages, turning them into tiny virus factories that it uses to replicate and spread quickly throughout the body. Spencer Lowell Every Monday, The Science Quiz tests your knowledge of the week’s biggest science news stories. No matter how much you know, you’re still likely to learn something — give it a try! Siegfried Klaus Mama brown bears go to great lengths to protect their cubs, one-third of which are killed by marauding male bears every year. What is their latest tactic? June 27, 2016 The Science Quiz The faster you answer, the higher your score! Moving their cubs closer to human settlements. To shield their cubs from male attacks, smart mother bears in Sweden have begun raising them near their No. 1 enemy: humans. The bear families stay in clear-cut areas close to human settlements, hidden by brush and shrubs. But even if they are spotted, they often get lucky. Hunters, who don’t go after bear mothers and cubs, aren’t above plugging a big male bear every now and then. So far, the tactic seems to be working. Bear mothers that live closer to humans are far likelier to see their cubs survive than those that don’t, giving a whole new meaning to the term “human shield.” The Genesis Process Results: You answered out of correctly – Click to revisit Last week, astronomers reported that, back in 2011, they saw this gobble up a star nearly 5 billion light-years from Earth: Processing the chocolate at ultralow temperatures Share your score A supermassive black hole. The vast majority of supermassive black holes lurk quietly at the centers of their galaxies, not betraying their presence except through the pull of gravity. But if a star wanders too close, all hell breaks loose. The star gets stretched into long filaments, some of which are consumed by the black hole, while the rest settle into a flat accretion disk in orbit around it. In a stroke of luck, astronomers caught a rare glimpse of one of these so-called tidal disruption events, using the x-rays it produced to map out the disk surrounding the black hole. Electricity The Science Quiz You Brain waves 0 Top Ranker A supermassive black hole Clams China The audience effect Camels Clams. According to a new study, clams, mussels, and other marine bivalves can suffer from a form of contagious cancer similar to leukemia that appears to be transmitted through the water. Transmissible cancer has also been found in several mammals including Tasmanian devils and dogs. The new results in bivalves show that some animals are more susceptible to the phenomenon than others. Humans are in the clear—at least, so far. Magnetism. Forget Mesmer and his magic bracelets. It’s now an accepted fact that critters across the animal kingdom navigate using magnetoreception, or a sense of Earth’s magnetic field. Birds, fish, and even lobsters and snails possess the sense. So do deer, who graze along magnetic field lines, and dogs, who point north or south whenever they urinate or defecate. Now, one researcher is testing humans to see if we, too, have this subconscious sixth sense. He’s pretty sure we do. But he has to prove it. China. Last week, the country claimed not one but two computing crowns: top spot on the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers and the title of greatest supercomputing capacity. The fastest machine—called the Sunway TaihuLight—has a peak performance of 93 petaflops per second, or 93 quadrillion calculations per second. That’s three times the performance of its closest competitor and nearly 2 million times faster than a standard laptop. Japan Genes that promote cancer Sound waves
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Samsung is finally going to unveil the most awaited smartphone of the year – Galaxy S8 in the upcoming week. Launch date being just right there knocking at the door, renders of the upcoming Galaxy S8 have leaked showing off two colour variants, revamped earbuds and more.This is not the first time that speculations about the upcoming Samsung flagship are making rounds on the Internet. Adding on to the rumour mill, several promo images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been leaked and showing the device in two colour options – Orchid Grey and Black Sky. However, several other colours can also be expected at the launch event next week.Also Read: Apple iPhone 8 may come with AR features, smart glassesAlongside the colour variants, the above press render shows the rear side of the Galaxy S8 and suggests a centered camera setup which is capable of capturing pictures in bokeh effect. Next to the camera sensor, the device fits a fingerprint scanner, exactly like the previously leaked rumours suggested. The render further shows the Samsung logo at the centre back of the smartphone.The press shots also give a glimpse of the display and front features of the device. Looks like, Samsung Galaxy S8 may sport a dual-edged display with narrow bezels. Right above the display, at the top-right corner lies the front-facing camera.The images further hint at two size variants of the smartphone, probably one will be the Galaxy S8, while other one is expected to be the Galaxy S8+. Renders also show a dedicated Bixby button on the left edge of the device.advertisementOther leaked renders shows revamped earbuds, which is expected to come packed with the smartphone. Redesigned by AKG Acoustics, a music equipment brand, the earbuds that supposedly may come with Galaxy S8 look very different from the earlier earphones. The revamped earbuds come with a braided cable and include a volume remote control and microphone.In terms of specifications, Samsung Galaxy S8 may sport 5.8-inch full HD display and will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Further, running on Android 7.0 Nougat, the Galaxy S8 the device is expected to sport dual-SIM slots and come with a 12MP dual rear camera set up, while on the front may fit an 8MP selfie shooter.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 3S, 3S Prime successors coming soon to India
Virat Kohli was distraught after Royal Challengers Bangalore were knocked out of the league stages for the second year running in the Indian Premier League.Last year, RCB had finished last in the points table after winning only three out of their 14 matches. This season, they needed to win all of their last four matches to keep their hopes of a play-offs berth alive.RCB won three-on-the-trot against Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderbad. On Saturday, Kohli would have fancied his chances against Rajasthan Royals, who were without Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.(MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOS)However, in the absence of the two English stars, three young Indians stood up. Rahul Tripathi smashed an unbeaten 80 while Shreyas Gopal picked up 4/16 to send RCB crashing out of the tournament. Chasing 164, RCB needed to reach their target in 15.5 overs to overcome Mumbai Indians in the net run rate.But things started to get tricky when RCB lost Kohli in the third over. A promising partnership between Parthiv Patel (33) and AB de Villiers (53) raised their hopes of at least victory – never mind the net run rate.But once Patel was dismissed, de Villiers found no support from the middle-order and there was complete mayhem. Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh and Colin de Grandhomme were dismissed cheaply. The pressure of staying up with the increasing net run rate had piled up on de Villiers and his dismissal in the 13th over was the final nail in the coffin for Bangalore.advertisementKohli said the other batsmen needed to take up some initiative and it was not fair to leave the pressure of scoring only to de Villiers.”It was a strange one; we were in a great position at one stage but the way we fumbled it wasn’t ideal,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”AB was batting beautifully, the decision-making of the others was poor. It shouldn’t have been repeated by five, six guys in a row. We wanted to strengthen our middle order. That hasn’t been our strength for the last few years and it’s something we need to look forward to over the next year and beyond.”Scoring and stress in the middle order can’t always be on a guy like AB. Here, others around him just didn’t show enough composure,” he said.But it was not all gloom and dismay for RCB, who looked far better than last season. Their bowling had been a problem but with Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Tim Southee in the line-up, some concerns were addressed.”There were quite a few positives: Umesh was outstanding, Yuzvendra Chahal was good, Siraj took his opportunities, Moeen grabbed his chances and gave us the balance. I am disappointed to not finish this off after we were cruising. Just to see the way it unfolded after that hurts,” Kohli said.RCB will have to look at ironing their batting flaws next season. Kohli (530) was once again the leading run-scorer while de Villiers finished with 480 runs. The third highest scorer for RCB was Mandeep, who managed only 252 runs.