Top stories: fresh-baked fossils, cloud-seeding algae, and how ancient farmers braved global cooling

first_img By Frankie SchembriAug. 17, 2018 , 4:30 PM Top stories: fresh-baked fossils, cloud-seeding algae, and how ancient farmers braved global cooling (left to right): EVAN SAITTA/FIELD MUSEUM/UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL AND TOM KAYE/FOUNDATION FOR SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT; STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE SOURCE; FIRDES SAYILAN/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM center_img These labmade fossils could reveal how dinosaurs really lookedBy baking their own fossils with pressure, heat, and clay, scientists have now found a way to examine the changes soft tissues experience over millions of years of fossilization. This approach may allow researchers to “reverse engineer” what ancient animals looked like when they still roamed Earth.This alga may be seeding the world’s skies with cloudsSign 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(*)When one of the ocean’s most abundant microorganisms—the Emiliania huxleyi alga—dies, it sheds its tiny calcium carbonate shell. A new study reveals that bits of this shell are sometimes flung into the air by waves and become the kernel on which water vapor can condense to form droplets, which in turn become clouds.Animal fat on ancient pottery reveals a nearly catastrophic period of human prehistoryAround 6200 B.C.E., climates suddenly cooled across the globe. The impact on early farmers was probably extreme, yet archaeologists know little about how they endured. Now, the remains of animal fat on broken pottery from the ancient Çatalhöyük site in Turkey has revealed that, in addition to cooling, local farmers faced a prolonged drought. To cope, they butchered their meat to consume every possible calorie, and replaced their cattle herds with more resilient goats.When did a massive volcano blow this island to bits and rock the ancient world?A battle has long waged over the timing of an explosion that blew the top off the volcanic island of Thera in the Aegean Sea—and rocked the ancient world. Now, a study measuring the radiocarbon stored in the rings of five trees could help nail down the date—and serve as a calibration tool for widely used radiocarbon dating methods.Q&A: Doctoral students at Germany’s Max Planck Society say recent troubles highlight need for change In the wake of two cases of alleged harassment and bullying at Germany’s prestigious Max Planck Society, a network of roughly 5000 doctoral students working at its 84 institutes has issued a statement requesting stronger systems for preventing and resolving problems. Jana Lasser, a spokesperson for the students and a physicist and doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, Germany, says early career researchers need to feel safer to speak up about conflicts at work.last_img read more

Kamara has been suspended by Fulham after a fight

first_imgThe French striker was arrested by the Metropolitan Police after he had a fight at the club’s training ground on Monday.French forward Aboubakar Kamara joined Fulham in the summer of 2017 after only one year with Amiens in the Ligue 1.But since then he has not had a good time at the English Premier League club.He has only scored ten goals in 45 matches played.Kamara made a fool of himself a few weeks ago when he fought a teammate for the penalty ball, and failed to score.And now, he was arrested after a fight in the club’s training grounds.Official: Tottenham sign Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon Andrew Smyth – August 8, 2019 Tottenham have sealed another transfer deadline day deal to sign the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.“Police were called to a training ground in New Malden, shortly after 17.00hrs on Monday, 21 January to reports of a fight,” read a statement from the Metropolitan Police published by the AFP.“Officers attended. One man, in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of ABH and criminal damage.”“The club is grateful for the swift attention and action by the Metropolitan Police immediately following our reporting of the incident on Monday,” said Fulham in a statement.“The subject who was arrested is banned indefinitely from Motspur Park and all club activities.”“We will refrain from further comment but will stress that we will fully cooperate with any new or continuing investigation or legal proceeding in the name of providing everyone a secure and safe working environment,” the club added.last_img read more

Maradona explains feud with FIFA

first_imgThe Argentinean legendary footballer says that FIFA hasn’t changed a bit under president Gianni Infantino and they treat players “like dogs.”As one of football’s historical players, Diego Armando Maradona used to captain the FIFA Legend’s programme.But former Argentina national team footballer and FIFA World Cup champion has said that the football’s governing body mistreats players.“I sent a letter to [FIFA president, Gianni] Infantino in which I resigned from (the post of) being captain of (FIFA) legends,” he told Sky Sports.“Since [former FIFA president, Sepp] Blatter and [former Argentina Football Association president, Julio] Grondona left, FIFA hasn’t changed a bit. No change,” he said.”“They put us [in a hotel room] with [former Dutch player, Marco] van Basten and another player. And they treated us as if we were little dogs that only needed to be fed and that’s it. A total lack of respect.”“That’s why I resigned. And now, I will start revealing what I know about this new FIFA,” he explained.The now Dorados de Sinaloa manager in the Mexican second division also took a jab against FIFA’s deputy general secretary Zvonimir Boban who he challenged to a boxing fight.Lautaro has a better start than Argentina’s greatest legends Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After his impressive exhibition vs Mexico last Tuesday, Lautaro Martinez officially surpassed the start of Argentina’s greatest legends.We truly can’t stress enough incredible Lautaro…“Also, I would like to say to Boban that if he wants to look good, let’s go to a [boxing] ring. He shouldn’t have come to the hotel and got angry,” Maradona said.“The worst part is that Boban was sent by someone. And this someone is Infantino. I am not a 20-year-old kid, I am 58. It hurts me because I believed in these people. Now I don’t believe them anymore.”Under Maradona, Dorados made it to the final last year, only to lose against Atletico San Luis. Right now his team is dead last in the Mexican Ascenso MX standings with only two matches played, both lost, and zero points.Regresó Diego Armando Maradona a #LaPecera ‼Galería completa aquí ➡ https://t.co/PpnZfezqlO#ConElPezHastaElFinal pic.twitter.com/Q3tHnmLi6A— #ConElPezHastaElFinal (@Dorados) February 1, 2019last_img read more

Your wireless charger may not suck anymore

first_img More from MWC 2019 Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone Mobile World Congress 2019 Phones Components Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 Mobile World Congress 2019 Tags Samsung Galaxy Buds charge right off the back of the… Wireless chargers may soon get faster.  Sarah Tew/CNET Pretty soon, it may not take all night to juice up your phone with a wireless charger. Qualcomm on Monday said its Quick Charge technology will be coming to Qi wireless chargers, letting them quickly fill up dead batteries. Wireless charging, while convenient, has tended to be slow. Right now it takes much longer to wirelessly charge a device than it would take to simply plug it in with a cable.  Quick Charge wireless charging pads will work with Quick Charge 2.0, 3.0, 4 and 4+ adapters that millions of people already use. Devices that currently use Quick Charge include the LG G7 ThinQ and the Razer Phone 2. Qualcomm also said there have been wireless chargers on the market that claimed they had Quick Charge technology, without actually being certified. The expansion includes forward and backward compatibility, Qualcomm said.  3 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Chinese handset and scooter maker Xiaomi is the first company to build a Quick Charge-enabled wireless power pad, the Mi Wireless Charging Pad.The news was part of a wave of announcements from Qualcomm at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. The world’s biggest mobile trade show also has seen announcement after announcement of companies working with Qualcomm on 5G and other technologies. Along with the quick charging news, Qualcomm said its first processor that integrates its 5G modem with its application processor will arrive later this year.  Now playing: Watch this: See All 28 Photos Share your voice reading • Your wireless charger may not suck anymore Comments 1:27 • Galaxy S10 Plus review Mobile World Congress 2019 Qualcomm Xiaomilast_img read more

BMW i8 Set to Make India Debut at 2014 Auto Expo

German luxury car maker BMW seemed to have been making some aggressive plans for India. The company is now all geared to introduce its petrol-electric hybrid i8 at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014.The car, which made its global debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, is powered by a3-cylinder, 1.5-litre, twin turbocharging petrol engine, in combination with an electric motor. The engine generates a power of 231bhp, a peak torque of 320Nm and is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox transmission. The car is capable of attaining 0 to 100kmph speed in 4.5 seconds and offers a top speed of 250kmph, along with a fuel efficiency of 40kmpl.The car is likely to be the most expensive from BMW for the India market and, according to various reports, it is likely to come with a price tag of ₹1.5 crore. The company is expected to start rolling out the new offering by early 2014.Also, BMW India has kick-started the promotions for the BMW i series car.”A new kind of movement has arrived. A movement that defines your future. BMW i. Its pure progressive shapes will fascinate you. Its lightening performance will energise you. Its intelligent applications and services will help you enjoy more. Its unparalleled use of sustainable technology will allow you to live responsibly. It will combine what is good for you and what is good for tomorrow,” RushLane quoted an update by the company. read more

Youth hacked to death in Natore

first_imgA young man was hacked to death allegedly by his friend over a trifling matter at Gurudaspur in the district town on Sunday night.The deceased, Ashiq, 25, was a resident of Chanchkoir area in the upazila.Quoting locals, police said Ashiq had a dispute with friend over distribution of money earned through drug business around 10:00 pm.Oli called his friend Ashiq to pay his share of money at night and hacked him mercilessly with sharp weapons and fled the scene, leaving him critically injured.Locals rescued Ashiq and took him to Upazila Health Complex where the doctors declared him dead.last_img

Gangs militants taking control of Rohingya camps ICG

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 18 November 2018, Rohingya refugees walk back to their tent during dusk at the Kutupalong refugee camp. Criminal gangs and militants are increasing their grip on Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh committing killings and abductions with “impunity”, International Crisis Group said 25 April. Photo: AFPCriminal gangs and militants are increasing their grip on Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, committing killings and abductions with “impunity”, International Crisis Group said in a new report Thursday.About 740,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar for Bangladesh after a military crackdown in August 2017, joining huge numbers already confined to the camps after earlier violence across the border.With no prospect in sight of the Rohingya returning to their homes in Myanmar, the international community must also now help Bangladesh to house the refugees for years ahead, ICG said.The conflict research group called for Bangladesh to toughen its police presence, saying that gangs and extremist groups were now operating openly in the camps.Threats from extremists had left Rohingya leaders fearful for their lives and that frequent murders were “rarely” investigated, it added.“Refugees express serious concerns about their personal security, and militants and gangs are intimidating, kidnapping and killing with impunity,” the ICG report said.“Murders and other forms of violence are an almost nightly occurrence… and perpetrators have almost never been brought to justice.”The group said some Rohingya community leaders “had received credible death threats, they believe from ARSA, and fear for their lives,” it said, referring to the the militant Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.ARSA has been blamed for deadly attacks on Myanmar security forces in recent years, including the attacks which sparked the 2017 clampdown.Bangladesh police said the creation of seven new police posts, the deployment of armed police and better intelligence had improved security.“The report is exaggerated but not baseless. It is true violence in the camps has increased,” Cox’s Bazar district police spokesman Iqbal Hossain told AFP.About 60 Rohingya have been killed in the camps since the 2017 refugee influx, Hossain said.He denied that ARSA had a presence in the camps and said most killings were part of a power struggle among Rohingya groups.“Intelligence activities have been stepped up to find out whether ARSA is involved in killings,” he said, adding that some 1,000 police and security officers had been deployed in camps.But ICG said police were “overstretched” and focused on perimeter security and the protection of local Bangladeshis.When the night comes and “humanitarian workers withdraw to their bases in Cox’s Bazar town, security is in the hands of untrained and unarmed night watchmen appointed from among the refugees,” it said.last_img read more

City Contractor Inadvertently Moves Freedmans Town Brick During Street Work

first_imgPat HernandezHistoric Freedmen’s Town bricksA city contractor working on an ongoing drainage improvement project Monday along Genesee in the 4th Ward removed a portion of the intersection at Andrews Street beyond the authorized limits of the project, the City of Houston says.City officials say the contractor encountered a previously unknown concrete slab and attempted to remove it with a backhoe. He did not realize that the slab extended beyond the authorized limit of the project and when the slab was moved, an area of bricks approximately six-feet-long by ten-feet-wide was inadvertently disturbed on Andrews Street, according to the city.The bricks that pave Andrews and Wilson streets in 4th Ward were laid by freed slaves and their descendants after the Civil War.The contractor’s work was stopped after an observant neighbor contacted the backhoe operator. The contractor’s superintendent notified city staff. “We recognize the important place these bricks hold in the history of our city, and we will continue to work with the community to preserve the historical setting of the area. When the intersection is complete, these historic bricks will be reinstalled with improved infrastructure. The intersection and the disturbed area will be restored with bricks within the next three months. The relocated bricks will be placed on a solid foundation to halt the current rate of aging of this section of the street,” city officials stated in a news release.The city says the area is not within the boundaries of the Andrews Street project, which was the subject of a temporary restraining order. Sharelast_img read more

US imposes drugrelated sanctions on Mexican judge former governor

first_imgThe United States slapped sanctions on a Mexican judge and a former state governor on Friday, accusing them of taking bribes from drug traffickers, and saying that government corruption had allowed Mexican drug gangs to grow and operate with impunity.Nine other people and ten groups were also designated in the sanctions for what the U.S. Treasury Department said was their involvement with drug trafficking and links to the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and the Los Cuinis Drug Trafficking Organization.The CJNG is one of Mexico’s dominant drug gangs and the second-biggest seller of drugs on U.S. streets, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).“Our ultimate goal is to destroy and degrade drug trafficking organizations such as the CJNG and Los Cuinis. Today’s action is another step toward our goal,” said DEA Los Angeles’ Special Agent in Charge, David J. Downing.The magistrate judge, Isidro Avelar Gutierrez, accepted bribes from drug trafficking organizations in exchange for favourable rulings for their senior members, Treasury said. The former governor of the Mexican state of Nayarit, Roberto Sandoval Castaneda, was designated for corruption activities including accepting bribes and misappropriating state funds.Sandoval said on Twitter that he ready to give the authorities the information they needed and that he had been truthful and governed according to the law.Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, in prepared remarks in Mexico City, said those targeted with sanctions would be cut off from the U.S. financial system and their activities in Mexico disrupted.“Corrupt officials callously enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens and economic sanctions impose a serious cost to those individuals and limit their ability to enjoy their ill-gotten gains,” said Mandelker.Mexico’s finance ministry said in a statement that the targeted people were on the “blacklists” of both countries.“This is a new era of inter-agency collaboration and coordination between our nations in the fight against corruption, money laundering and the financing of terrorism,” said Santiago Nieto, head of the Mexican finance ministry’s financial intelligence unit.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in December, has pledged to stamp out corruption.A senior member of the CJNG, Gonzalo Mendoza Gaytan, who is also known as “El Sapo,” was among those hit with sanctions, for what the U.S. said was kidnappings and numerous killings. His wife, Liliana Rosas Camba, had sanctions imposed for handling business activities and laundering drug money, Treasury said.Three of Sandoval Castaneda’s family members were blacklisted for holding his “ill-gotten assets in their names,” it said.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more