Gems and Hot Ideas About Life’s Origin

first_imgIt seems that origin-of-life speculations are constantly looking for new plot lines.  PhysOrg published a new idea that life started on diamonds.  Yes, “Diamonds may have been life”s best friend on primordial Earth,” it began, raising the interesting question whether friendship was a concept before consciousness emerged.  Since diamonds are thought to be among the oldest minerals on earth, some German researchers studied whether their surfaces would make good incubators for the birth of the first cell.  “In a series of laboratory experiments, the scientists showed that after treatment with hydrogen, natural diamond forms crystalline layers of water on its surface, essential for the development of life, and involved in electrical conductivity.”  How does one say “necessary and sufficient conditions” in German?  “When primitive molecules landed on the surface of these hydrogenated diamonds in the atmosphere of early Earth, the resulting reaction may have been sufficient enough to generate more complex organic molecules that eventually gave rise to life, researchers say.”    In another odd scenario, the BBC News suggested that life came from Venus.  If it is so difficult as to challenge the best astrobiologists on earth to imagine life forming on a congenial planet in the habitable zone, how much more from a scorching-hot, sultry cooker with a sulfuric-acid-drenched atmosphere?  The Wickramasinghe brothers (Chandra being long-time colleague of the late Fred Hoyle) don’t look at Venus that way.  They think “Venus’s clouds contain chemicals that are consistent with the presence of micro organisms.”  And so how did those Venus microbes arrive here on earth?  They were blown here by the solar wind.  A skeptical researcher considered this “not really very likely.”How do wild ideas get such good press?  If you need a refresher course on why crystals are not templates for information, read the 02/19/2004, 02/15/2004, and 06/08/2007 entries.  Progress will be measured in some future day by the decibel level of laughter such conjectures evoke among thinking people.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

How To Be a Pro

first_imgAmateurs and professionals are different. Professionals do things that amateurs are unwilling to do.Proactive: There may be nothing that better defines you as a professional than your being proactive. Taking action before any action is necessary is what true professionals do. Professionals do things by intention. Waiting is for amateurs.Proficient: A professional has mad skills. They are proficient in what they do. They’ve got the situational knowledge, or experience, to know how to produce results. Professionals bring a level of expertise that brings with it trust.Provocative: There are times when, as a professional, you need a response. You need to shake things up to get things moving and get things done. The status quo sets just like concrete, and there is nothing professional about that. Professionals aren’t afraid to be provocative.Problem Solver: Professionals are problem solvers. They have the ability to look at a challenge and use their experience and their resourcefulness to find a way to overcome the obstacle or challenge confronting them. The amateur looks for a way to avoid dealing with the big, hairy problems. The professional relishes the challenge.Productive: A true professional is productive. They produce. Result after result, always working, always generating new outcomes. The professional has a body of work as proof positive of their productivity. The amateur may show up at work, but the professional goes to work so that they can get to work.Process: The professional has a process. The amateur flies by the seat of their pants, always winging it and hoping for the best. The professional knows that the order in which things get done can have a massive impact on their results. They follow a process that ensures that they attain those results.Profitable: Amateurs work for free. The amateur enjoys what he does, but it’s a hobby. Professionals get paid for their work. The professional knows that when you create value, you are entitled to keep some of the value that you created. Professionals are paid and profitable.last_img read more

Sinha, Nihalani cause upsets at Asian junior tennis meet

first_imgPune, May 29 (PTI) Indias Nitin Kumar Sinha and Sabhyata Nihalani caused the first upsets at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship today by knocking out sixth seeds J Otico of Philippines and M Sawangkaew of Thailand, respectively.In the boys first round, wild card Sinha ousted Otico 6-2 6-2, while in the corresponding round in the girls section Sabhyata tripped Sawangkaew 4-6 6-4 7-6(2).In other first round contests, boys top seed Siddanth Banthia, back in action after an injury lay-off, disposed off T Macherla 6-0 6-2, while Sacchit Sharma rallied from a set down to oust Thailands Tonkla Mulada 5-7 6-3 6-2.Elsewhere, girls top seed Mahek Jain, second seed Mihika Yadav and wild card Salsa Aher moved into the round of 16 with ease.The tournament is being organised by the HCL in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association at the MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, here.Other results: Boys singles (1st round): Ho Ray (TPE) bt Atharva Sharma(Ind) 6-0, 6-1; 5-Seita Watanabe (JPN) bt Dev Javian (Ind) 6-3, 6-1; 3-Taisei Ichikawa (JPN) bt Siddharth Thakran(Ind) 6-1, 6-2; 7-Dhruv Sunish(Ind) bt Ching Lam (HKG) 6-4, 6-4; Christian Chin (Mas) bt Srivatsa Ratakonda(Ind) 6-3, 6-3; 4-Ryuki Matsuda(JPN) bt Karan Srivastava (Ind) 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1; 8-Palaphoom Kovapitukted(THA) bt Pariskhit Somani (Ind) 6-2, 6-2; Digvijay Singh (Ind) bt Mritunjay Badola (Ind) 7-5, 6-1; 2-James Trotter (JPN) bt Piyush Salekar(Ind)6-1, 6-1.Girls: 1-Mahak Jain (Ind) bt Aesha Patel(USA) 6-1, 6-1; Salsa Aher (Ind) bt LI Xuanjin (CHN) 6-2, 6-2; Sabhyata Nihalani (Ind) bt 6-Mananchaya Sawangkaew(THA) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2); Sama Sathvika (Ind) bt Pratyusha Rachapudi(Ind) 6-2, 7-6(4); Funa Kozaki(JPN) bt Shivani Ingle (Ind) 6-0, 6-2; Punin Kovapitukted (THA) bt Nidhi Surapneni (Ind) 6-2, 6-0; 2-Mihika Yadav (Ind) bt Lasya Patnaik (Ind) 6-0, 6-1. PTI SSR RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

Photos: Syracuse Will Wear Awesome “Pearl” Warm-Up Shirts Tonight

first_imgPearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.last_img read more

Football Inexperienced linebackers expect improvements in second half of season

Ohio State sophomore linebacker Pete Werner (20) takes to the field in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorTwenty-one.Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in the NCAA with a 7-0 record and two wins over previously ranked opponents, has given up 21 plays of 30 or more yards in its first seven games of the season.Two plays broke the record for the longest play allowed in Ohio State history, allowing a 93-yard pass once against TCU and the other two weeks later against Penn State.Often times, it is the linebackers who are blamed for these big plays, and redshirt junior linebacker Justin Hilliard knows that.“Everyone talks about the linebackers right now,” Hilliard said. “In the last three weeks, this is the most we’ve watched film, this is the most we’ve worked in practice.”The Ohio State linebacker room is composed of a handful of players, many of which have gotten a sizable amount of time on the field this season.Seven linebackers for the Buckeyes have eight total tackles or more, and three of the top four tacklers on the team, sophomore Pete Werner, junior Malik Harrison and redshirt sophomore Tuf Borland, are at the linebacker position.With only one senior at the position, redshirt senior Dante Booker, linebackers coach Bill Davis said in-game reps are the most important thing in improving the group.“When young guys get on the field for the first time and when you’re playing at Ohio State, in front of crowd we play, in front of the television times that we play and the audiences, these young men are finding themselves and really what happens is they’re always questioning ‘Do I belong? Do I belong?,” Davis said. “At some point, they make enough plays and they have enough reps where they say, ‘You know what, I do belong,’ and then you see a confidence about them.” Davis said the defense now is “right at that edge” of getting to that confidence, and some of the guys are already “popping with the confidence.”Even with the strong tackling numbers of Werner, Harrison and Borland, the recent defensive output for the Buckeyes has raised questions about that confidence.Ohio State watched redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley break the program record with 175 rushing yards and 461 yards of total offense. Two weeks later, Minnesota relentlessly used slants to break open the middle of the defense, while giving up 157 yards to redshirt freshman running back Mohamed Ibrahim.Despite those numbers, Davis said he sees the linebacker room turning a corner.“It’s as frustrating for the players, the coaches and the fans equal, it really is, we are trying hard to stop those little breakdowns,” Davis said. “We feel, as a group, very confident that that’s about to be eliminated, that we’re at a place, and the guys are mature and the reps are high enough now that we’re really excited about the second half of the season defensively.”There have been injuries to various Ohio State linebackers throughout the season, with Borland and Hilliard coming off previous injuries heading into the year, and Harrison missing the previous matchup against the Golden Gophers amid concussion protocol. But Hilliard said injuries don’t affect the group muchHilliard said he thinks a lot of the problems on the defense have been from missed assignments.“Even when guys are hurt, they’re still always around us,” Hilliard said. “We’re always working together and everyone has that mindset to prepare as a starter, and you’ve got to be ready when your time comes.”Hilliard and Davis both said they see the linebackers ready to turn into a group that can help Ohio State prepare for a championship run.Both also have personal goals, with Davis’ being to always improve as a coach.“I’m always trying to improve and get better, I think I’m a better coach this year than I was last year, I’ll say that every year of my career no matter where I’m at,” Davis said.For Hilliard, it’s being more than the player who suffered major injuries in his first two seasons at Ohio State.“I don’t want to be known as the guy who got injured but I mean that is my story,” Hilliard said. “I wouldn’t say it bothers me but I don’t want to be known as that.” read more

First Measles case confirmed in San Diego County

first_img August 7, 2019 Posted: August 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom First Measles case confirmed in San Diego County SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The first case of measles this year in San Diego County has been confirmed in an 11-month-old resident who had recently traveled to the Philippines, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced Wednesday.The unimmunized infant is currently hospitalized, but may have exposed others while seeking care.“Measles is a very contagious disease that can be spread easily by coughing, sneezing or being in the same room with an infected person,” said Wilma J. Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Anyone who was at any of these specific locations at the dates and times listed above should watch for symptoms and call their health care provider if they show any signs of the disease.”People with symptoms are asked to call their doctor’s office in advance, rather than visit an office directly, so that infection control measures may be activated to prevent exposure to others. Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run To Support Special Olympics

first_imgThe event will take place on  Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m., there are three major starting points on the Kenai Peninsula.Soldotna Regional Sports ComplexBase of the Homer SpitExit Glacier- in Seward The purpose of the event is for Alaska Law Enforcement to raise both awareness and funds for our Special Olympics Alaska athletes. It is expected to be the largest simultaneous multi-community running event held in Alaska this year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Come out and support Special Olympics Alaska athletes by participating in the 2019 Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run and Pledge Drive. More than 1,000 participants, including hundred’s of Alaska Law Enforcement personnel, will run simultaneously in 16 Alaskan Communities. Register today https://www.firstgiving.com/event/SO-AK/2019-AKLETRlast_img read more

Delhi schools stir

first_imgAfter Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat mission by sporting a broom, sweeping no longer held the taboo it once did. Business magnets, celebrities and political honchos have been seen sweeping floors, by-lanes, etc. It is a welcome change, considering that sweeping was once seen as the duty of the safai karamcharis only. Despite all the glamour surrounding Modi’s pet project, things have not changed much in government schools. Under the mission, the Centre had also planned on building toilets in schools for boys and girls separately, to further push the cleanliness drive. Millennium Post conducted a check at government schools in Delhi to find out whether the cleanliness drive has made any impact or not. Also Read – A vintage affair with Shyam SundarThe impact of the Swachh Bharat campaign was visible at a government school at Khichripur in East Delhi. The school looked clean and well maintained. The area where students would collect drinking water, was earlier waterlogged. However, school authorities have now managed to maintain it  better. Replying to a question  about how the cleanliness campaign has changed their condition, school headmaster Tekchand said, ‘It has made a difference. Things have changed and more importantly we have started to feel that it is for our own wellbeing. If the prime minister can take such an initiative, then why can’t we?’ Tekchand asked. Also Read – Melodious Mavericks – Jatin LalitTeaching, as well as non-teaching staff from the school, also echoed the same sentiment. However, at the same time they complained about shortage of toilets at government schools in the national capital. ‘The cleanliness initiative is all well and good. But there is an urgent need to improve toilets to student ratio in schools. For 710 students in our school, we have only two toilets-one for boys and one for girls,’ said a staff member, who does not want to be named. Similar figures came to light after Millennium Post took stock of a government school in South Extension area. The co-ed school, with a total strength of 454 students, has only one toilet for boys and one for girls. Contrary to the shortage of toilets in the school, its principal was happy to show the neat and clean premises of school and toilet. It is important to note here that she was promoted to the post recently. ‘I cleaned my office after taking charge. We have got orders to maintain hygiene in the school, and students have also contributed to maintain general cleanliness. Senior government officials have inspected our school a couple of times,’ the principal said.When Millennium Post examined the effect of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign at a government school at Vinod Nagar, the situation looked rather desperate. Most of the toilets were blocked, while classrooms were found in a mess. The school administration cited the end of the session as its reason for the poor state of hygiene. Their science lab was found in a decrepit state, with random posters of political candidates found stickled inside the lab. To address the cleanliness issue at schools, the central government has laid out a school maintenance schedule. According to the schedule, some members of the school management committee (SMC) as well as teachers will have to take responsibility for maintaining the school. Members of the SMC, as well as school teachers will have to take responsibility for maintaining the school Operation and Maintenance (O&M) schedule. The schedule refers to periodic visits by the district/ BRC/CRC staff to check if the maintenance schedule is being followed in earnest. The government has also fixed a ratio of one unit of toilet for 40 students. A unit comprises of one toilet and three urinals. A recently conducted survey titled, ‘The Delhi Story 2014’, has also highlighted the shortage of functional toilets in schools. The survey, which covered 1,823 households and 49 schools, and spread across nine districts of Delhi, was carried out by student volunteers from Delhi University in association with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). According to the report, 43.5 per cent of students said that they did not have functional toilets in their schools and 47.61 per cent said the drinking water facilities were not adequate.The RTE Act 2009 provides a legally enforceable framework with certain time targets that governments must adhere to. The RTE Act lays down the norms and standards, including drinking water and sanitation for a school building. A school building has to be an all-weather building comprising of at least one classroom for every teacher, barrier free access, separate toilets for boys and girls, and an adequate drinking water facility for all children. But the situation is very different on the ground. It is a fact that things will not change at one go. It needs a long term plan, which needs to be followed efficiently. Despite the shortfalls, due to limited resources, at least the desire to present an image of cleanliness has come to the fore. However, there is a long way to go before we witness tangible results on the ground.last_img read more