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Hippos Sweat Their Own Sunscreen

first_imgYou know that reddish fluid on hippo skin that turns brown?  It’s not just funny colored sweat.  Japanese scientists reported in Nature1 that it acts as a sunscreen and an antibiotic.  See also the BBC News report on this finding.1Saikawa et al., “Pigment chemistry: The red sweat of the hippopotamus,” Nature 429, 363 (27 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429363a.It must have been a sight watching the Japanese timidly wipe the face and back of a hippo to get their samples.  Wonder how many generations of hippos had to die of skin cancer to get this lucky set of mutations established in the population.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

We’re Still Not Facebook: Lessons from Late Adopters

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#StartUp 101#startups Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… This week thousands of visitors arrived at ReadWriteWeb thinking we were the new Facebook and asking us how to login. The phenomenon came about as mainstream audiences were directed to our story via Google search for “Facebook login”. While RWW’s regular tech readers found the mistake amusing, it perhaps speaks to the fact that there are huge variables in user interaction. A few months ago Betaworks’ Andrew Weissman wrote an article entitled, Don’t Get High On Your Own Supply where he tells entrepreneurs to step outside of their insular worlds. He writes, “[It] can mean not believing what other people say or write about your service – good or bad – it is the use case that matters, not the chatter.” In our world of tech media, it’s easy to forget that there is a large group of users who type terms like “Facebook login” into Google search. Could you imagine if we’d written an article entitled, “Bank of America Wants to Be Your One True Password”? We might all be sipping margaritas in the Grand Cayman right now. If a huge audience can’t understand the difference between a blog and a social networking site, how are we supposed to explain the concepts of OAuth and OpenID? If you’re a startup entrepreneur, step outside of your own world of early adopters and look at your product through the eyes of a n00b. While we didn’t mean to confuse Facebook users, the traffic on this week’s login post is proof that the late adoption audience is a valuable group to consider. Photo Credit: Dave Olson dana oshirolast_img read more

PDP eyes grassroot-level uplift

first_imgSeeking large participation of people in the upcoming panchayat polls, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday said it would be followed by elections to the urban local bodies (ULB) to fully empower these basic democratic institutions.The State government has announced holding of the panchayat polls from mid-February. Panchayat elections were last held in the State in 2011, while polls to urban local bodies were held in 2005.“My government is committed to empowerment of grassroot level institutions and the proposed elections to the panchayats and ULBs is a major step in that direction,” Mufti said.Seeking large participation of people in the panchayat elections, she said it would be followed by elections to the urban local bodies.“Elections to panchayats and ULBs will empower these institutions to not only have the democratic powers but the financial resources as well to undertake developmental activities at the grass-root levels.‘Vital role’“These democratic institutions play a vital role in taking forward the all-round developmental agenda of the government for every section of the population,” the CM said, while addressing various delegations here.The Chief Minister said the State’s election authority would formally set the process for holding panchayat polls into motion after the Rural Development Department issues the requisite notification in accordance with the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act.She said her government had made a commitment on the floor of the House in June 2016 that the elections to the rural and urban local bodies would be held at the earliest to ensure full empowerment of these institutions.New district chiefsAhead of the polls, Ms. Mufti nominated Shafeeq ur Rehman as district president for Reasi, Faqir Chand Baghat for Jammu Rural, Harmesh Salatia for Samba, Surinder Singh for Kathua and Irshad Kar for Baramulla.last_img read more

Ex-CMs Mulayam, Akhilesh move SC for time to vacate official homes

first_imgSamajwadi Party leaders and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers Mulayam Singh and son Akhilesh Yadav on Monday moved the Supreme Court pleading for time to vacate their official bungalows.The Supreme Court had on May 7 made a scathing judgment, quashing an Uttar Pradesh law giving life-time use of bungalows, privileges and perks to former Chief Ministers of the State. A Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi axed the law, saying a former Chief Minister is only a commoner and not a “special class of citizen”.Both leaders had earlier written to the State government for two years’ time to shift out of their bungalows. Now, they have approached the apex court seeking “appropriate time” to vacate.Mr. Singh has sought more time to move, citing age and health reasons. Mr. Yadav said he needed time to move over concerns about his and his family’s security.The apex court verdict was based on a petition filed by non-governmental organisation Lok Prahari challenging the constitutional validity of the Uttar Pradesh Ministers (Salaries and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act of 2016 and The Allotment of Houses under Control of the Estate Department Bill of 2016. The NGO had sought action against the State authorities for acting in contempt of a Supreme Court verdict of August 2016, directing them to ensure that the former Chief Ministers vacate the bungalowsThe Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government, in their written submissions, had justified that a “former Chief Minister” was a “class in itself”.‘Public property’In response, the Supreme Court observed in its judgment that the Constitution recognises only “one single class of citizens with one singular voice (vote)”. “A special class of citizens is abhorrent to the constitutional ethos,” the court had held.The court had observed that “the Chief Minister, once he/she demits the office, is at par with the common citizen, though by virtue of the office held, he/she may be entitled to security and other protocols. But allotment of government bungalow, to be occupied during his/her lifetime, would not be guided by the constitutional principle of equality”.“Bungalows constitute public property which by itself is scarce and meant for use of current holders of public offices”, the court had observed. It said it was necessary that public servants should act in a manner which reflected that “ultimate authority is vested in the citizens” and they were eventually accountable to the people.The effect of the judgment became apparent within days of its pronouncement. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who were Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers, informed the Estate Department that they would vacate their government bungalows.Six former CMsRajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh were among the six former Chief Ministers who have been asked by the Estate Department to vacate the bungalows within 15 days in pursuance of the Supreme Court’s order.However, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP supremo Mayawati recently put up a signboard outside her official accommodation in Lucknow announcing that it was a memorial named after the party founder late Kanshiram.The judgment mentioned that States like Tamil Nadu have no provision for providing official accommodation to former Chief Ministers.last_img read more

Militant den cordoned off 3 female suspects detained

first_imgThe law enforcers cordoned off the house as they were reportedly conducting the operation at 12am. Photo: Prothom AloThe police said they arrested three female militants from a suspected militant den in Banonpara area of Bheramara upazila early Saturday.The law enforcers cordoned off the house as they were reportedly conducting the operation at 12am.They picked up, among the three, Tithi, wife of neo-JMB ameer Ayub Ali alias Sajib and Sumaiya, wife of second-in-command of neo-JMB, SM Mehedi Hasan, superintendent of Kushtia police, told Prothom Alo.The police also recovered suicide vest and one pistol from the spot.The police officer said a joint team of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), and Detective Branch (DB) of police cordoned off a house around 12:00 am suspecting the house as militant den.A team of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit from Dhaka later joined the operation.last_img read more