Topographic and hydrological controls on Subglacial Lake Ellsworth, West Antarctica

first_imgSubglacial Lake Ellsworth (SLE) was identified using reconnaissance data collected in the 1970s, here we present more detailed surveys. SLE lies beneath 3.2 km of ice in a subglacial valley in West Antarctica. It has an area of only similar to 18 km(2), is dissimilar to the large tectonically-controlled lakes beneath East Antarctica and is a strong candidate for in situ exploration. Our analysis indicates that the ice above SLE is floating on a fluid whose density is 950-1013 kg m(-3). This could indicate freshwater, but certainly precludes seawater, or high salt, acid, or clathrate content. The water in the lake is unlikely to be produced solely by local melt; it is more likely delivered via subglacial drainage. Our surveys show no identifiable hydrological barrier to outflow, meaning SLE is effectively full; new water entering the lake is likely balanced by outflow, which would drain into another lake that we have also identified.last_img read more

There’s really not much proof probiotics work: Study

first_img Written by September 6, 2018 /Sports News – National There’s really not much proof probiotics work: Study Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/ThinkstockBY: DR. NICKY MEHTANI(NEW YORK) — Over the past decade, probiotic dietary supplements have turned into a multi-million dollar industry, taken by almost 4 million adults and prescribed by up to 60 percent of health care providers. Yet the scientific community has known little about whether or not they actually work.But this is likely to change, thanks to two back-to-back studies published Thursday in Cell, which cast further doubt on the benefits of the highly-commercialized probiotic products.“People have thrown a lot of support to probiotics, even though the literature underlying our understanding of them is very controversial,” Eran Elinav, senior author and an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, said in a press release, “we wanted to determine whether probiotics such as the ones you buy in the supermarket do colonize the gastrointestinal tract like they’re supposed to, and then whether these probiotics are having any impact on the human host.”What are probiotics?Probiotics are live microorganisms, often marketed and sold in foods (such as yogurt) and dietary supplements. While most people think of bacteria as “bad” (causing disease), many bacteria serve vital roles in keeping us alive. Count among them the bacteria that line our digestive tracts and help break down and absorb food — actually fighting off infections.Probiotics are intended to mimic and strengthen the effects of these “good” bacteria, touted as bacteria that can “rebalance” your system. Claims from the probiotic industry range run from preventing the common cold to treating allergic disorders such as atopic dermatitis. Since they are marketed as dietary supplements, not drugs, probiotics have never been approved for the prevention or treatment of any health conditions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — they don’t need to be, by law.Based on these new studies, the road to health claims seems rockierWhile the vast majority of prior studies on probiotics have relied on analyzing stool to get an idea of the person’s gut microbiome, Elinav’s research team actually looked, with an endoscope, at bacteria present in the colon itself — both in mice and in humans.After 25 healthy volunteers ate a generic probiotic with 11 strains of “good” bacteria, they all had probiotic bacteria in their stool, which the research team expected. But when doctors did the endoscopy to evaluate their intestines, they found that probiotics had only actually “stuck” and grown in a few people.“Although all of our probiotic-consuming volunteers showed probiotics in their stool, only some of them showed them in their gut, which is where they need to be,” Eran Segal, a computational biologist at the Weizmann Institute, said in a press release.If the probiotics aren’t in the colon, it’s hard to argue that they are doing any good.One of the most common uses of probiotics is to counteract diarrhea that sometimes comes after antibiotic use. Antibiotics do kill off disease-causing “bad” bacteria, but in the process, many “good” bacteria in the colon are sacrificed as well — thus diarrhea and poor absorption of key nutrients from food. That’s why some doctors tell their patients to take probiotics with a course of antibiotics or right afterward, to prevent the complete loss of “good bacteria.” These providers believe that, while not always 100 percent effective, the use of probiotics in healthy adults is at least relatively risk-free.The researchers asked volunteers to finish a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics and looked at their intestines after they’d also taken probiotics. The probiotics did effectively “colonize” their gastrointestinal tracts, but they did so at the expense of the normal gut microbiome, delaying the return to its normal, pre-antibiotic state by several months.It’s not proof of harm, but it is known that lower microbial diversity after antibiotics can lead to increased susceptibility to a myriad of chronic and infectious diseases. Thus, the low level of diversity permitted by probiotic colonization and the ensuing delay they cause in returning a person’s gut microbiome to the pre-antibiotic state suggests that probiotics may not be harmless, as most seem to think.Dr. Nicky Mehtani is an internal medicine physician and part of the ABC News Medical Unit.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

India commissions three key petroleum projects in Bihar

first_img The 200km Durgapur-Banka section forms part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project. (Credit: Ioannis Ioannidis from Pixabay) India has commissioned three projects related to the petroleum sector in Bihar state, boosting its production capacity.Launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the three projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur pipeline augmentation project as well as two liquified petroleum gas (LPG) bottling plants in Banka and Champaran.Built by state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the 200km Durgapur-Banka section forms part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project, for which the foundation stone was laid in 2019.Modi said: “Bhagiratha effort to connect eastern India with Paradip on the eastern seaboard and Kandla on the western seaboard began under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana and seven states will be connected through this pipeline, which is about 3000 km long, of which Bihar also has an prominent role.“The line from Paradip – Haldia will now be further extended to Patna, Muzaffarpur and the pipeline coming from Kandla which has reached Gorakhpur will also be connected to it. He said when the entire project is ready, it will become one of the longest pipeline projects in the world.”Two bottling plants have annual filling capacity of more than 125 million cylindersThe two bottling plants, with a combined filling capacity of more than 125 million cylinders every year, are expected to meet the LPG requirements of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur districts and some areas of Uttar Pradesh in Jharkhand.The Banka bottling plant, worth around INR1.317bn ($17.9m), will serve the districts of Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Araria, Kishanganj and Katihar in Bihar, according to the Press Trust of India (PTI).Additionally, the Hindustan Petroleum’s (HPCL) LPG bottling plant at Harsidhi in East Champaran district has a processing capacity of 1,20,000 tonnes per annum. It is built with an investment of INR1.364bn ($18.5m), as per the news agency.The government had earlier announced a special package worth INR210bn ($2.8bn) to support the development of 10 petroleum and gas projects in Bihar.In June, ONGC Videsh announced a new investment of $121.27m for the further development of the Shwe gas project offshore Myanmar. The three projects include the 200km-long Durgapur-Banka pipeline and two LPG bottling plants in Banka and Champaran last_img read more

10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firms

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » 10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firms previous nextCOVID-19 news10% of agents have already left Rightmove, says poll of campaigning firmsThe Say No To Rightmove campaign, which is leading a group including three other organisations, says a further 7% are waiting for their contracts to end.Nigel Lewis29th April 20201 Comment2,371 Views A survey of members within the four ‘agents unite’ groups lead by Rob Sargent’s Say No To Rightmove Campaign has revealed that 10% have already left the portal.Also, a further two thirds will leave if there is no extension of the 75% fees reduction Coronavirus deal, 7% are waiting for their contract with the portal to expire and just 2% are happy with its service.If this trend is being replicated across the industry outside of the four groups, which are almost exclusively representative of single and multi-branch independent agents, then Rightmove will have seen some 1,000 to 1,200 estate agents quit its platform in recent months and that a further 850 will join them soon as contracts expire.The number of agents listing on the portal has already been dropping. Its latest annual report revealed that customer numbers were down 3% to 19,809 and that a steeper drop in agents had been offset by an increase in developers listing on its platform.The results of the survey have been published within a briefing document for investors prepared by City consultancy Jefferies, written by Giles Thorne and Sebastian Patulea.The pair claim that the campaign is picking up between 60 and 70 estate agents a day which means, by the end of the 75% deal offered by Rightmove due to end in July, it will have 5,000 branches signed up.Jefferies reports that the campaign is picking up support because there is a ‘groundswell of resentment, built up over a decade, towards paying ever-higher amounts’ among agents.Read yesterday’s interview with Rob Sargent.Say No To Rightmove Rob Sargent Rightmove April 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th April 2020 at 8:42 amIf thats not getting the message across I dont know what is!Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contingents handover counter-piracy duties

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contingents handover counter-piracy duties Share this article The Spanish Orion Air Contingent XXVII, commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Manuel Arozamena Sanz, has completed a successful four month tour with Operation Atalanta off the coast of Somalia.During a ceremony held at their current base in Djibouti, the contingent handed over their duties to Detachment XXVIII, commanded by Lieutenant t. Colonel Bayardo Abós.The ceremony was presided over by Colonel Carlos Ysasi-Ysasmendi, Commander of Moron AB and 11th Wing. During the ceremony he congratulated all out going personnel for their achievement during what has been a very busy tour of duty.The Spanish Air Force Contingent has been permanently detached to Djibouti since 2008. Its role is to carry out aerial surveillance at sea and along the Somali coast in support of the European Union’s counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Horn of Africa.Aerial imagery captured by Operation Atalanta’s maritime aircraft provides the Force Commander up-to-date information that enables him to make informed decisions about the likely piracy threat, and importantly, action required to counter it to ensure seafarers stay safe. Spanish Maritime Patrol Aircraft Contingents handover counter-piracy duties View post tag: EU NAVFOR April 5, 2017 View post tag: piracylast_img read more

Watch for Hoboken, Jersey City mayoral debates!

first_imgWho will run #Hoboken and #JerseyCity for the next four years? Watch for mayoral debates. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7. HOBOKEN AND JERSEY CITY — The Hudson Reporter newspaper staff held a lively debate on Tuesday in their Bayonne headquarters. There, all six Hoboken mayoral candidates shared their views on parking, traffic, the school system, development, the business climate, and other big issues in the mile-square city. The atmosphere became more and more heated as candidates accused each other of hypocrisy. A question about potential intimidation in government provoked contentious debate.While no fists flew, there was off-color language toward the end (send the kids elsewhere during the final question). ×Who will run #Hoboken and #JerseyCity for the next four years? Watch for mayoral debates. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.center_img The Jersey City mayoral debate was filmed Wednesday and also brought out some good discussion.Watch in a few days for updates and video of the debates! And check out this weekend’s print edition for a writeup.Then cast your vote on Nov. 7.It’s not too late to register to vote. Call your city clerk’s office to find out when you can fill out your form. Most clerk’s offices stay open until later hours on the final days to register.last_img read more

Jersey City resident gives birth in Uber car outside Lincoln Tunnel

first_imgJERSEY CITY – Jersey City resident Sathya Priya Senthil gave birth to a six-pound three-ounce daughter in the backseat of an Uber car on Monday, according to local media reports.The car was stuck in traffic outside the Lincoln Tunnel toll booths and the family did not have time to make it to Tisch Hospital in Manhattan.The driver pulled over and three Port Authority officers helped deliver the baby. Her husband Karthik Lakshmanan cut the umbilical cord before the family was detoured to Hoboken University Medical Center.“It has been a nerve-wracking day, an exciting day,” said Lakshmanan to CBS New York. “I don’t think we’ll ever forget this day.” ×last_img

Fire at McMahon Insurance Agency Building

first_imgFirefighters respond to the McMahon Insurance Agency building on Sunday night.  Ocean City firefighters were on the scene Sunday night at the McMahon Insurance Agency building at 901 Simpson Ave. for a report of fire.The large building provides a major commercial presence entering town on the Ninth Street corridor heading downtown. In addition to the family-owned McMahon Insurance Agency, the building serves as the corporate office for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors.  One onlooker said smoke was visible, but no flames. This is a developing story. Check back for more information.Firefighters use a ladder truck to check the building for fire.The McMahon Agency is located at 901 Simpson Ave.last_img

Baby bloomer

first_imgPlanglow has launched an Ecoco bloomer pack, which it said offers a modern and stylish packaging alternative to a sandwich wedge.The pack is laminated throughout with a plant-based laminate, meaning it is fully compostable. The board comes from paper mills that fully manage sustainable and renewable plantations, meaning no old growth forests are used. It features a large viewing window, and three lock-in tabs to ensure the pack is securely shut.The bloomer pack is suitable for 24-hour usage, and easy to stack on shelf, according to Planglow. It is available in boxes of 500.last_img

Crossing a line

first_imgWhen Linda Greenhouse praised a politician at a fundraising dinner in the spring of 2008, she was still a New York Times reporter covering the Supreme Court.“He was the finest public servant I had ever known,” she said of New York’s former governor Hugh Carey, in a tale she recounted Tuesday evening at the William E. Massey, Sr., Lectures in American Studies.Greenhouse had covered Carey’s campaign and his first three years in office in the mid-1970s, when she was just beginning her prestigious 40-year career at the Times.But that night, she said, she was there as a citizen not as a journalist. Still, she knew she had crossed a line.As she delivered the first of three Massey Lectures Tuesday, Greenhouse spoke candidly about the “ambiguous and shifting boundary” that separates journalism from citizenship and why she has crossed that line more than once.Greenhouse recalled that at a speech she gave at Harvard in 2006, she stirred controversy when she criticized the Bush administration for having “turned its energy and attention away from upholding the rule of law and toward creating law-free zones at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Haditha, and other places around the world.”In the speech she gave as the recipient of the Radcliffe Medal, Greenhouse complained about the “sustained assault on women’s reproductive freedom and the hijacking of public policy by religious fundamentalism,” and went on, “to say that these last years have been dispiriting is an understatement.” In the uproar that ensued, Greenhouse recalled, she was criticized for expressing her “personal views” while being a working journalist.There are two schools of thought about journalists and their political views, with one camp arguing that journalists should refrain from publicly voicing them to avoid the appearance of partiality. The other camp contends that journalists are citizens and entitled to their personal views as long as they don’t come in and influence their work.A Pulitzer Prize winner in 1998 for “her consistently illuminating coverage of the United States Supreme Court,” Greenhouse stands with those who believe that journalists don’t need to appear “neutered” and are entitled to be citizens.It’s a long-held belief.In 1989, Greenhouse took part as “a citizen” in an abortion-rights rally in Washington, an event she described as “an early experience of accidental activism” and “an early encounter with journalism ethics under outside pressure.” When she was criticized for having attended the march and told by a colleague that she should have taken off covering the abortion issue, Greenhouse recalled saying briskly, “That’s your opinion.”A trailblazer, Greenhouse was the first woman the Times sent to Albany to cover state government in the early ’70s, and she has fiercely defended her rights to express her political views in her private life. To the criticism that followed her Radcliffe speech, she responded saying, “Let the chips fall where they may.”A Radcliffe College graduate in 1968, Greenhouse became a journalist drawn by a “desire to write about politics and politicians.” She has written three books. The latest one, “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right,” with Michael J. Graetz, will be published next year.The Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008. She writes a bi-weekly op-ed column on law.Asked about the differences between working as a reporter and a columnist, Greenhouse, a former Harvard Overseer, said she found it liberating but as much work as before.“My opinion is my opinion, but I try to back it up with facts,” she said. “You’re entitled to your opinion but not to your own facts.”Linda Greenhouse’s lectures: “Just a Journalist: Reflections on Journalism, Life, and the Spaces Between, “ are sponsored by Harvard’s Graduate Program in American Studies, and the William E. Massey, Sr. Lectures in American Studies. The last lecture takes place Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Sackler Lecture Hall at 485 Broadway, Cambridge.last_img read more