Not all sperm are created equal. Some swim like Michael Phelps and others swim like your 80-year-old grandmother. The difference, researchers have found, lies in their ability to compress their DNA. A sperm expressing less of a gene called protamine 2 relative to a gene called protamine 1 is able to more tightly wind up long strands of its genetic material in its nucleus, making its head sleeker—and more hydrodynamic. These differences have important consequences in the real world. Reporting in the current issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team found that more promiscuous species of mice produce less protamine 2 relative to protamine 1 in their sperm, and thus more hydrodynamic sperm. The reason is that males of these species mate with females in quick succession, so males with the fastest sperm are more likely to sire pups. As a result, promiscuous species of mice are more likely to produce sperm that are champion swimmers.See more ScienceShots.Sign 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(*)
Ray Parks of the Philippines soars for an easy layup during their match against Thailand in the men’s basketball competition of the 29th Southeast Games late Sunday at the MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur. The Filipinos won, 81-74. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — It was a close call for Gilas Pilipinas as it barely escaped hard-fighting Thailand late Sunday night.Even the big Filipino crowd was shellshocked as the Thais made the Filipinos work doubly hard for the victory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games basketball opener.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The nailbiter, according to Gilas cadets coach Jong Uichico, “was a bad game for us.”The Philippines, still brimming with talent despite being a watered down version of the Fiba Asia Gilas squad simultaneously playing in Lebanon, made just 6-of-30 three-point shot attempts, and gave away 19 offensive rebounds which the Thais gamely took advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the most trying times — the final four minutes of the match that saw a capacity crowd at MABA Stadium — Uichico was telling his team “make some adjustments, try not to give second chance points and make the basket.”He cited first-game jitters for the weak stand against a team that the Philippines would normally bury in double-digit leads from the opening buzzer to the end. Filipino basketball officials said there is little chance Belo will be allowed to play at all, although he showed up in plain clothes and sat on the Philippine bench.RELATED VIDEORavena on scare vs Thais: ‘We didn’t expect we would play that bad’6.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020 The absence of Mac Belo and that Christian Standhardinger, who just arrived from Beirut, Lebanon after playing in the Fiba Asia Cup, wasn’t able to practice with the team also didn’t help the Cadets.“And for one, Mac Belo wasn’t able to play,” added Uichico. “And here comes the guy (Standhardinger) who came from Lebanon, never practiced with the team.”He lauded the Fil-German naturalized player for scoring 15 points and providing a power in the paint.“But the guy came from Fiba Asia and he’s playing 20 minutes and we have Belo practicing with the team for last nine days and all of the sudden he can’t play,” said Uichico. “That just mixed up my rotation.”Belo wasn’t included in the initial lineup due to an injury, but when he was given the green light to play, SEAG organizers refused to allow him, demanding proof that he indeed got injured.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments
Groups that want to legalize casinos at Nebraska horse racing tracks are trying to decide what to do now that a $1.4 million petition drive has failed to place the issue on the ballot.Supporters say they were shocked to learn this month that petition circulators didn’t gather enough valid signatures to put the issue before voters in the Nov. 8 general election.The 10-month petition drive flopped because nearly 42,000 signatures – more than one-third of the total collected – were declared invalid.Lance Morgan, the CEO of Ho-Chunk Inc., which financed the ballot drive, says petition organizers haven’t reached a consensus but plan to keep pursuing the issue.Anti-gambling activist Pat Loontjer says the failure to gather enough signatures shows that Nebraska voters don’t support casinos.AP
Highlights from the news file for Thursday, Nov. 30———AIR TRANSAT BLAMED FOR TARMAC DELAY: A federal agency says Air Transat is to blame for a lengthy delay with two of its planes grounded on the tarmac in Ottawa. The Canadian Transportation Agency ruled that Air Transat broke an agreement with customers that governs when passengers can be let off a flight due to a tarmac delay. It says Air Transat must tighten its rules about when passengers are allowed off planes during delays and what services it has to provide, and ensure its pilots actually know the wording in the agreements.———KELLY ELLARD GRANTED CONDITIONAL APPROVAL FOR DAY PAROLE: The British Columbia woman who killed a teenager in Victoria two decades ago has been granted conditional approval for day parole. Kelly Ellard was granted day parole for six months but must first complete a residential treatment program for substance abuse. After six months, the parole board will review the decision. Ellard was 15 when she killed 14-year-old Reena Virk.———BAIL REVOKED FOR TORONTO POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER: A Toronto court has revoked the bail for a police officer found guilty of attempted murder in the fatal shooting of a teen on an empty streetcar four years ago. Const. James Forcillo was handed a six-year prison sentence last year. He was freed on house arrest pending his appeal but a prosecutor said Thursday that Forcillo’s bail has been revoked at the request of the Crown, which contended the officer failed to meet his bail conditions.———CENTRAL BANK LOOKS AT DIGITAL CURRENCY: The Bank of Canada is looking at the merits of digital currencies. The central bank released a research paper that said there are merits to creating a central bank digital currency as society starts to move away from cash, and the bank’s potential to reap profits from issuing that cash could be threatened. But it cautioned that due to the complexity and uncertainty around the currency, central banks should proceed incrementally and cautiously.———FEDS WITHDRAW CHALLENGE OVER HEALTH CARE FOR FIRST NATIONS CHILDREN: The Trudeau government is pulling back from a Federal Court challenge over the delivery of health-care services for First Nations children. Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said on Thursday that changes have been made to address two aspects of a Canadian Human Rights tribunal finding the government wanted to deal with in Federal Court.———STUDY WARNS WORKERS OF SECOND-HAND POT SMOKE: A University of Calgary study has found it’s entirely possible for a person to have traces of cannabis from just being exposed to the smoke. The study found that THC, the main ingredient in marijuana, is detectable in the body after as little as 15 minutes of exposure even if the person is not actively smoking it. Findings suggest anyone exposed to second-hand smoke in a poorly ventilated room including a kitchen, basement or living room with the windows closed, will test positive.———GUN CONTROL ACTIVISTS URGE TRUDEAU TO FORGE AHEAD ON FIREARMS LEGISLATION: Gun-control activists are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to not let the pro-gun lobby slow down his government’s efforts to introduce firearm legislation. They held a news conference in Ottawa on Thursday in which they called on Trudeau to keep his campaign promise to bring in firearm-tracing regulations that would help police better trace guns used in crimes.———RESCUE EFFORTS CALLED OFF FOR ARGENTINE SUB CREW: Argentina’s navy says the search for a submarine that has been lost for 15 days will continue, but the rescue part of the mission for 44 crew members on board has ended. Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi said Thursday that the rescue mission “extended for more than twice what is estimated for a rescue.” The navy says an explosion occurred near the time and place where the ARA San Juan sub went missing on Nov. 15. Hopes for survivors had already dimmed because experts say the crew only had enough oxygen to last up to 10 days if the sub remained intact under the sea. More than a dozen countries have been searching for the missing sub.———JIM NABORS, GOMER PYLE ON ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW, DIES AT 87: Jim Nabors, who played Gomer Pyle on TV’s “The Andy Griffith Show,” has died at 87. Nabors died peacefully at his home in Hawaii on Thursday with his husband, Stan Cadwallader, at his side. He was 87. Cadwallader says Nabors’ health had been declining for the past year. His immune system also was suppressed after he underwent a liver transplant about 20 years ago. Nabors became an instant success when he joined “The Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1960s. The character of Gomer Pyle, the unworldly, lovable gas pumper who would exclaim “Gollllll-ly!” proved so popular that in 1964 CBS starred him in “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” Nabors’ operatic voice also made him a favourite in Las Vegas and other showplaces.———
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that it may have to cut its feeding programme in the Central African Republic (CAR), where tens of thousands risk becoming malnourished unless new funding is secured. The agency is facing a $15 million shortfall over the next eight months to provide food assistance to some 600,000 people mainly in the conflict-affected northern part of the country.WFP provides assistance in the eastern regions to 9,100 refugees from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and 14,000 people forced to flee from their homes due to attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). In addition, there has been an influx of 17,500 Congolese refugees into the southern Lobaye region since 2009.“The additional needs stretched our resources to the limit,” said WFP Country Director Sitta Kai-Kai. “If funds are not available in the next two months, we will have to reduce rations for some of the 100,000 refugees and displaced and even entirely suspend food assistance for others.”Ms. Kai-Kai warned that this would escalate tensions with the host population as pressure grows on local resources.If new funds are not found by the time schools re-open in October, rations would be reduced for some 150,000 children receiving school meals, 17,000 acutely malnourished children and 15,000 pregnant and nursing mothers being assisted at nutrition centres, WFP noted in a news release.The agency, which could run out of food in November, stressed it is crucial that new contributions are made soon since it takes four to five months for food to arrive in landlocked CAR. WFP needs cash in particular so it could buy food locally as well as from neighbouring Cameroon. It needs $6.6 million by September to maintain all its programmes in CAR through the end of the year. Over the past five years, insecurity in northern CAR has displaced nearly 200,000 people within the country, and sent an additional 200,000 fleeing into neighbouring countries. Humanitarian agencies have appealed for a total of $113.6 million to assist those in need. 24 August 2010The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that it may have to cut its feeding programme in the Central African Republic (CAR), where tens of thousands risk becoming malnourished unless new funding is secured.
19 July 2011The United Nations and China have opened a third sustainable tourism observatory in the world’s most populous country to monitor the environmental and socio-economic impacts of tourism. The Zhangjiajie Observatory, located in Hunan province, will gather and report data about the impact of tourism based on sustainable tourism indicators established by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).The observatory is located at the entrance to Zhangjiajie National Park, the first national park in China and a site inscribed on the World Heritage List managed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Zhangjiajie National Park receives as many as 40,000 tourist visitors each day during its high season and is partly responsible for a local boom in wealth and jobs related to tourism.Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, said local authorities are aware of both the economic importance of tourism and the need to manage tourism growth sustainably.“The observatory represents a vital tool for doing so, providing tourism organizations with the information they need to move forward sustainably,” he said.The observatory – part of the Global Observatory on Sustainable Tourism initiative established by UNWTO – will be managed by a monitoring centre based at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, as are the two other observatories already in operation in China.
Saturday’s GamesNHLEdmonton 2 Vegas 1Ottawa 6 San Jose 2Dallas 2 Vancouver 1Montreal 5 N.Y. Rangers 2Toronto 5 Minnesota 3Winnipeg 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)N.Y. Islanders 3 Columbus 2Tampa Bay 5 Florida 4 (OT)Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 2Detroit 4 Boston 2Arizona 6 St. Louis 1Nashville 5 Chicago 2—AHLSyracuse 5 Cleveland 3Utica 5 Laval 4Toronto 7 WB/Scranton 4Grand Rapids 6 Texas 3Hartford 5 Charlotte 3Lehigh Valley 4 Belleville 2Milwaukee 3 Rockford 0Providence 2 Bridgeport 1 (OT)Springfield 4 Hershey 2Binghamton 3 Rochester 0San Antonio 5 Chicago 3San Jose 6 Stockton 4Iowa 3 Colorado 2 (SO)Bakersfield 4 Manitoba 0—NBAToronto 106 Cleveland 95New York 136 Milwaukee 134 (OT)Detroit 111 Golden State 102Washington 102 Brooklyn 88Boston 118 Minnesota 109Houston 121 Chicago 105Sacramento 111 Indiana 110—Sunday’s Games(All Times Eastern)NHLAnaheim at Washington, 3 p.m.Winnipeg at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.San Jose at Montreal, 7 p.m.Colorado at Detroit, 7 p.m.Calgary at Chicago, 7 p.m.Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.—AHLBridgeport at Springfield, 3:05 p.m.Charlotte at Providence, 3:05 p.m.Lehigh Valley at Toronto, 4 p.m.Binghamton at Hershey, 5 p.m.San Antonio at Rockford, 5 p.m.Texas at Chicago, 5 p.m.Tucson at Ontario, 6 p.m.—NBAPhoenix at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m.New Orleans at Charlotte, 5 p.m.Memphis at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.Utah at Miami, 6 p.m.L.A. Clippers at Dallas, 7 p.m.Portland at San Antonio, 7 p.m.—NFLL.A. Rams at Detroit, 1 p.m.Carolina at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.Arizona at Green Bay, 1 p.m.Denver at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.Baltimore at Atlanta, 1 p.m.Chicago at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.Cleveland at Houston, 1 p.m.Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m.N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.San Francisco at Seattle, 4:25 p.m.Minnesota at New England, 4:25 p.m.L.A. Chargers at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m.—The Canadian Press
“Parents are only too aware of the insidious grip that some of these activities can have on young people’s lives.”While the NHS was expanding mental health services in a bid to offer help to those in need earlier, he said society needed to go further, to protect the young.“We need to think about prevention as well as cure so that families and the NHS are not just left to pick up the pieces,” he said. “Companies have a responsibility not just to put in place appropriate protections for children but to do their bit to increase our understanding of these issues.”Earlier this year the Health Secretary asked Prof Dame Sally Davies, England’s chief medical officer, to undertake a review examining the impact of technology on children’s health and consider the evidence on what constitutes a healthy amount of screen time. Social media giants like Facebook should be forced to release their “insidious grip” on young people, the head of the NHS has said.Backing The Telegraph’s campaign for a “duty of care” to web users, Simon Stevens said such firms should face up to their responsiblities, fuelling pressures on today’s children.Last month the chief executive of NHS England promised a “major ramp-up” of mental health services, in order to deal with the fallout for an explosion of social media.Today he urged social media companies to get their house in order, by doing more to protect children from addictive habits and dangerous content.The father of two told The Telegraph: “Social media companies must face up to their responsibilities. There is emerging evidence of a link between semi-addictive and manipulative online activities and mental health pressures on our teenagers and young people. Statistics published later this year are set to show that the level of undiagnosed mental health problems and distress among young people is much higher than has officially previously been recorded.The last comprehensive survey data on young people’s mental health dates from 2004 when it was found that around one in ten young people aged between 5 and 16 had a clinically diagnosed mental disorder.Separate research suggests young women have become the most high risk group in society, with one in four among those aged between 18 and 24 having self-harmed.Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Mr Stevens said it was vital that measures are introduced to protect children from some of the harms associated with web exposure.“The chief medical officer’s review is welcome and her findings should act as a spur to action,” he said.It comes after The Telegraph launched a Duty of Care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm.The NHS chief, who has two young children, is particularly concerned that children are increasingly becoming hooked on online habits, in a way that damages their growth.Warning of a an “epidemic of young people’s mental health and distress” he last month drew attention to the recent classification of gaming addiction as a disorder, by the World Health Organisation.Social media companies have been repeatedly been asked by ministers to “become part of the solution” to mental distress among the young. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The firms have been asked to do more to tackle cyber bullying, prevent young children accessing sites that are supposed to have age restrictions and warning alarms or pop-up messages which discourage heavy use, or higlight concerning patterns of use.But ministers have been dissatisfied by the responses coming from firms such as Facebook, Snapchat and Google.In December Mr Hunt angrily urged Facebook to “stay away from my kids” after its US site set up a version aimed at young children. Mr Hunt is concerned that overexposure to social media is fuelling anxiety, depression and self-harm as children grow up. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England backs the Duty of Care CampaignCredit:Geoff Pugh
Helen Glover, the Olympic gold-medal winning rower, has ruled out competing in Tokyo 2020 but could complete at future Olympics. Discussing her return to the sport, Ms Glover said she wants to enjoy her three month year old son, Logan, before she makes any commitments to returning to the Olympic stage.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– She now wants to use her experience to inspire other women to take up the sport, alongside the British Rowing campaign #SheRows which is aiming to get 10,000 more women indoor rowing by 2021. Ms Glover, who had her first child this summer, won gold in the women’s pairs at London 2012 only four years after picking up a rowing oar for the first time. “I don’t really call it training, I call it exercise”,…
Apple’s OS X Lion is available today which is big news on its own, but the company’s push for digital delivery through the Mac App Store is a very interesting underlying story. Rather then buying the OS update from retailers or from brick-and-mortar Apple stores, the 3.7GB file will predominantly be sent out through Apple’s servers, just like any other Mac app.Apple is incentivizing the move away from physical media by pricing the digital copy at just $29.99 and making purchases quick and easy for Snow Leopard users, who are by now already familiar with the App Store. Despite the massive amount of data Apple must be moving, downloads are going smoothly and moving along at a pretty reasonable clip (from what we’ve seen).AdChoices广告Of course a 4GB download isn’t great news for everyone–users who don’t have broadband or on metered accounts are out of luck for launch day purchases. Apple has noted that users that are unable to download the software will be able to buy the upgrade on a USB drive for $69.99 “later this August”. That way they will have a physical copy and no downloading will be necessary, but some extra cost will be involved.The other option Apple floats is that buyers will be able to visit an Apple store and download it there. This probably means just hopping on their network and downloading, or possibly using one of their USB copies to install and then just getting your own serial.So why charge $40 for a 4GB USB drive? Foremost, the price differential will discourage people from buying the USB copy. Plus we can be sure that Apple wants to promote usage of the Mac App store. Once you buy a $30 OS upgrade with that account you’ll a) know how to use the store b) your account will be setup c) you’ll have an account you’ll want to retain with something valuable in it. Apple gets the secondary benefits of having your information on file and not having to split the profits with any sort of middleman.The download took me a little under 2 hours (see below), which isn’t long to wait for an OS update. It’s definitely a good way to go if bandwidth isn’t an issue, but it won’t be possible for everyone. If you’re not a broadband user then consider a trip to your local Apple store or you can always find a place with fast WiFi where you can camp out for a bit and download it. The USB copy of Lion will be a last resort, but for some people it will be useful–even in the age of digital delivery some people still need old fashioned delivery methods to get the job done.
Something strange is brewing at Saturn’s northern pole.The retired Cassini-Huygens mission revealed a high-altitude, hexagonal vortex, akin to the six-sided shape spotted deeper in the planet’s clouds.This, according to the European Space Agency, suggests the lower-altitude current impacts what happens above it. Or, as lead study author Leigh Fletcher put it: “The hexagon is, in fact, a towering structure spanning a vertical range of several hundred kilometers.”I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the latter.Cassini launched in 1997, flying through space for nearly 20 years—13 of which were spent orbiting Saturn, studying the planet and its system since 2004.A new long-term study, based on data captured by the spacecraft’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS), highlights the first glimpse of a northern polar vortex in a layer of atmosphere known as the stratosphere.“The edges of this newly found vortex appear to be hexagonal, precisely matching a famous and bizarre hexagon cloud pattern we see deeper down in Saturn’s atmosphere,” Fletcher, a senior research fellow at the University of Leicester, said in a statement.“While we did expect to see a vortex of some kind at Saturn’s north pole as it grew warmer, its shape is really surprising,” he added.The pre-existing north polar hexagon, discovered in the 1980s by NASA’s Voyager, is potentially tied to the planet’s rotation—a phenomenon also seen on Earth via the Polar Jet Stream.Its features weren’t revealed in detail until decades later by Cassini.“We were able to use the CIRS instrument to explore the northern stratosphere for the first time, from 2014 onwards,” according to co-author Sandrine Guerlet, of the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in France.This breakthrough indicates that Saturn’s two poles behave very differently; it points to an asymmetry between the poles that “we’re yet to understand,” Fletcher admitted.“Or it could mean that the north polar vortex was still developing in our last observations and kept doing so after Cassini’s demise” in 2017, he said.NASA recently released a stunning six-image portrait of Saturn’s largest moon, constructed using data gathered by the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer aboard Cassini. The same data Google Maps uses to create a virtual Solar System. Read more about the ringed planet here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet
Rajendranagar: A major accident was averted when a family escaped unhurt in Rajendranagar on Sunday. According to Rajendranagar Police, a 10-tyre truck rammed into a house at around 9 am when the driver of the crusher stone vehicle parked the truck on the main road and went to have tea without applying the hand brake. Due to this, the truck rolled in the reverse direction and rammed into the wall of a house and stopped. By hearing the huge thud, the family members who were inside ran out of the house to save their lives. After receiving a complaint from the locals, police rushed to the spot and took the driver into their custody and seized the vehicle.
A pair of high heels is like a must for every women as it makes them look chic and classy. But carrying it off is difficult as it puts them into difficult situations, says a research.Research from Compeed, a foot-care brand, has found that nearly half those women trying to arrive at work looking their best, get their heels caught in a grate, over a third have fallen over and 29 percent have tripped up the stairs, reports femalefirst.co.uk. The survey, which offers a comparison of high heel wearers across Europe, reveals its hazards are adding to commuting times. But it appears as if nothing will prevent some women from doing the daily commute in their high heels – 58 percent of British women will wear heels even if they are painful or uncomfortable and 13 percent admit they wear their heels even if it makes them late for the office.The survey also reveals reasons why women are prepared to sacrifice both comfort and punctuality for high heels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Over half of the women surveyed stated that wearing heels gives them confidence and 35 percent say their heels make them feel smart, making it clear why women are determined to wear heels to work despite the pitfalls they face.Sixty percent of women surveyed have admitted to sacrificing their fashion preferences due to discomfort and confessed to wearing flat shoes to work, then surreptitiously changing into their heels at their desks.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Former Honduran President Rafael Callejas left in a private jet for the United States on Monday to face charges raised as part of the FIFA corruption scandal, Foreign Minister Arturo Corrales said.Callejas, 72, was head of Honduras’ football federation until August this year, and is a current member of FIFA’s Television and Marketing Committee. He was president of Honduras from 1990 to 1994.U.S. authorities earlier this month accused him and 15 other defendants of racketeering, fraud and money laundering, much of it related to alleged bribery in attributing TV and marketing rights to FIFA games, especially in Latin America.Callejas is accused of receiving $1.6 million in bribes between March 2011 and January 2013 for broadcast rights of games played by the Honduran national team.He has denied the charges.Read more fun FIFA corruption stories hereAccording to Corrales, Callejas flew out of the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, and was not accompanied by any Honduran or U.S. official in the plane, media reported.“He is going as a free citizen,” the minister said.The U.S. allegations against Callejas and the other defendants were made public on Dec. 3, the same day Swiss police in Zurich arrested two FIFA vice presidents in Zurich.One of them was Alfredo Hawit, Callejas’ successor as chief of Honduras’ FENAFUTH football federation and head of FIFA’s CONCACAF confederation that runs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean.The other official arrested, Juan Ángel Napout, a Paraguayan, was head of FIFA’s South American confederation CONMEBOL. Napout last week agreed to be extradited to the United States to face the charges.Hawit had taken the helm of CONCACAF to replace Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president who was indicted last May and charged with corruption by the U.S. Justice Department along with 12 other FIFA officials and marketing executives including Costa Rica’s Eduardo Li. Read more about Li here. Facebook Comments Related posts:FIFA corruption probe: Swiss to extradite ex-VP Figueredo to US FIFA denies Blatter deputy approved $10 million payment Blatter fights ban amid FIFA turmoil FIFA corruption probe: Michel Platini vows to fight ‘injustice’
Wechat Pay at CentaraCentara makes life easier for Chinese Travelers by accepting WeChat PayCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, has announced that it is now accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations. This is in addition to the 15 hotels that already deploy nearly 100 EDC devices for QR code scanning on WeChat Pay, making it the largest hotel group in Thailand offering Chinese tourists omni-channel payment solutions. Bills for accommodation, restaurants and spa treatments can be paid directly from smartphones. The company expects to have WeChat Pay at all Centara Hotels & Resorts globally by the end of 2018, thus providing convenience to customers, especially Chinese guests.Thirayuth Chirathivat, Centara Chief Executive Officer, said: “A seamless payment experience for consumers using any channel is an element of our platform for expansion, which should see us double both revenue and the number of our properties over the next five years. As consumer behavior evolves, Centara has adopted an omni-channel strategy to stay relevant and to provide a great customer experience. We embrace these types of disruptive opportunities to better serve our guests and stay on top of the industry.”Chinese tourists account for almost one third of all foreign travellers to this country. Thailand is welcoming an ever-increasing number of Chinese visitors, for whom the kingdom remains the top travel destination. This year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports expects more than 10 million Chinese tourists to travel to Thailand.WeChat Pay is the payment solution of WeChat, one of the largest social networks in China. WeChat Pay has become the main cashless payment method for daily small transactions in China and has more than 800 million active users in its database.“The number of Chinese tourists booking with Centara keeps growing. They are a significant customer base for all businesses in Thailand. Centara’s Chinese website www.centarahotelsandresorts.cn and centarahotelsresorts.com receive hundreds of thousands of visits from Chinese users. Almost half the visits come from a mobile device. Earlier this year we signed an agreement with TreePayCo.,Ltd., a payment platform facilitator to develop a system that allows Chinese customers to use their mobile phones to make e-payments outside of China for accommodation and services at Centara properties. WeChat Pay users and Chinese travellers can stay and enjoy the whole trip with Centara with only a few quick taps on their smartphone. Today’s consumers are connecting their omni-channel experiences with the likeability of the brands. In order to maintain our brand leadership, we are committed to providing seamless guest satisfaction across touchpoints.”Thirayuth added.Other than the 2 main websites, Centara’s 15 hotels also welcome WeChat QR code payment. These are: Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center at Central World, Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya, Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi, Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, Centara Villas Samui, Centara Villas Phuket, Centara Kata Resort Phuket, Centara Karon Resort Phuket, Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort, Centara Hotel Hat Yai, Centra by Centara Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana and COSI Samui Chaweng.Centara WeChatPay account ID: CentaraHotelSource = Centara Hotels & Resorts
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