Listen to Yourself Evolve

first_imgA pretty gene is like a melody, decided Mary Anne Clark at Texas Wesleyan University, so she gave life to music—literally.  She translated the structure of proteins into musical notes so that she could hear “protein songs,” reported National Geographic News. By listening to the songs, scientists and students alike can hear the structure of a protein.  And when the songs of the same protein from different species are played together, their similarities and differences are apparent to the ear.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)That leads us to the Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Therefore, Clark said, by playing the beta globin song for a human and tuatara, an ancient three-eyed lizard, people can hear the process of evolution—a variation on a theme that was present before mammals split from reptiles some 200 million years ago.”Need we remind Clark that Theme and Variations is a musical form created by intelligent composers?(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BSF hands over Pak national to Rangers

first_imgThe BSF today repatriated an elderly Pakistani national who was arrested after inadvertently crossing over to the Indian side.The Pakistani national had crossed the International Border in Arnia sector on Thursday, a BSF officer said.He was handed over to Pakistani Rangers at a Border Outpost along the IB in Jammu district today.“A Pakistani national was handed over to Pak Rangers at Pittal BoP along IB By BSF troops at 0930 hours today,” the officer said.During preliminary investigation, he had revealed his name as Shahnabaz, a resident of Mankot village in Sialkot district of Pakistan.“The individual is quite weak and seems to have inadvertently crossed into Indian side,” he said.last_img

SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a set of pleas by coal miners in Meghalaya to let trucks move coal in transit before a transportation ban came into effect.The deadline for transportation of extracted coal was being extended since April 2014 when the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had imposed a ban on the life-threatening rat-hole coal mining in Meghalaya. A narrow opening that makes miners crawl gives the rat-hole its name.But after at least 16 miners were trapped in a flooded mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district on December 13, the apex court refused to allow the transportation of extracted and assessed coal beyond January 31. On January 15, the court further said there would be no transportation of coal lying at (dumping) sites.The State Co-ordination Committee of Coal Miners and Dealers’ Forum had subsequently filed a petition for allowing their trucks that were in transit as on January 15 to transport their coal and also to pass through government check posts and weighbridges to their respective destinations.Rejecting the plea on Monday, the court did not entertain the entreaty of another coal dealer named Babul Marak who wanted to transport coal he had procured legally from a dealer.The court of Justice duo D.Y. Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta also saw “no reason to entertain” a petition by one Lber Laloo for lifting the ban on coal mining by NGT “in view of a previous order” on January 28.The Supreme Court hearing coincided with Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma informing the 60-member State Assembly that more than 1,000 cases of illegal coal mining have been registered since the NGT ban came into effect.From 203 in 2014, the number of such cases jumped to 541 in 2015 and slumped to 117 in 2016. There were 274 and 163 registered cases in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Chief Minister said.Death in coal truckMonday saw an overloaded coal truck capsize in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, reportedly killing four people inside it. The mishap in the Sutnga area near the district headquarters Khliehriat, anti-coal mining activists said, exposed the laxity of the local authorities in dealing with illegal transportation of coal.According to district Superintendent of Police V. Singh, the driver of the truck had lost control because of high speed. But he said the local police not find bodies at the spot and did not specify what the truck was carrying.The Shillong Times quoted local people as saying that the district heads, including the Deputy Commissioner rushed to the spot after the mishap and did not allow them to take photographs. They also claimed they were warned against speaking about the accident to anyone.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: Fitting farewell for Dravid on India’s mind in final ODI

first_imgEnding what has been a nightmarish tour positively is not the only motivation for the Indian team to win the final cricket ODI against England as the side would also want to ensure a fitting farewell to veteran Rahul Dravid, who plays his final one-dayer here on Friday. Dravid, who has amassed 10,820 runs in 343 ODIs at an average of 39, has announced his retirement from one-day cricket after this series and he would be keen to go on a high, more so since the first four games of the series have only yielded 51 runs to him. The 38-year-old right-hander, nicknamed ‘The Wall’ for his rock solid defence and consistency, has scored 12 hundreds and 82 fifties in the ODIs and he would want to notch up a big knock tomorrow to make his swan song appearance memorable. Aside from this, the match is of academic interest only as England have already won the series. The hosts are leading 2-0 after one match was rained out and another ended in a tie also due to rain interruptions. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men would be keen to get at least a consolation win on what has been a massively disappointing series. Dhoni has a difficult choice to make on the team selection as he can either look for a win or test the mettle of his reserves. If a solitary win from a horrendous tour is his motivation, it’s unlikely he would give better performers of the side, men like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and even himself a break. If the choice is to view the men for tomorrow, then medium-pacers Varun Aaron and Vinay Kumar and batsmen such as Manoj Tiwary and Subramaniam Badrinath should be on the starting block. Despite the series loss, India have run England close in the one-day series which is commendable given eight of their World Cup stars were missing due to injuries. Openers Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane have been good against the new ball and Raina and Dhoni himself have been pillars of strength in the middle order. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, presently the top wicket-taker from both sides, has been a good presence with both bat and ball and bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has won the solitary man of the match award among the Indians. Jadeja was adjudged man of the match in the third one-day international at the Oval last week when he made 78 and picked up two England wickets with his left-arm spin bowling. Given how injuries have hurt India on this tour, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to blood youngsters and mark their performance for future references. A win in the final game could only be token and wouldn’t make any material difference in a series already lost. Some good performances from youngsters would also alert the seniors who would be looking to return in the home series against England next month. England, ironically, wouldn’t be in the best of spirits even though the series is already won for them. Two key players, Eoin Morgan and Stuart Broad, have been injured and both would have been invaluable when England pays a return visit to India next month. Craig Kieswetter and Ben Stokes, two young talents, haven’t covered themselves in glory and clearly there is a case for Kevin Pietersen’s return in England fold next month. Fast bowler Jade Dernbach, despite the specialist role he plays as a one-day bowler, hasn’t put the skids under the Indian batsmen.  Indeed, despite providing two green pitches in London and having asked India to bat first in both the matches, England were lucky to leave London without losing either of the two matches at the Oval and Lord’s. England clearly don’t have the flair and the flamboyance of the Indian batsmen and hitting over the top doesn’t come easy to them. A case in point was the last match at Lord’s where Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara prospered as long as they kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. The moment Bell and Bopara flexed their arms and went for big hits, they were caught in the deep and England were just about lucky to escape with a tied match. The pitch here usually helps batters and England would struggle to contain the Indians. As has been the trend in the series, home captain Alastair Cook would once again hope to win the toss and insert the visitors in. Squads: England: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott. India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Manoj Tiwary, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Aaron. The match will start at 6.30 pm (IST).advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more