Breakthrough Prize for Ruvkun

first_imgGary Ruvkun, Harvard Medical School professor of genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital, was named one of six winners of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences. Each winner, along with winners in physics and Mmathematics, will receive a $3 million prize.Ruvkun and Victor Ambros, University of Massachusetts Medical School, were each recognized for the discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs, a class of tiny RNA molecules that inhibit translation or destabilize complementary mRNA targets. The other winners in the life sciences include C. David Allis, Alim Louis Benabid, Jennifer A. Doudna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier.The Breakthrough Prizes aim to celebrate scientists and generate excitement about the pursuit of science as a career. Breakthrough Prizes are funded by a grant from Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki’s  foundation, The Brin Wojcicki Foundation; a grant from Mark Zuckerberg’s fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; a grant from Jack Ma Foundation; and a grant from Milner Foundation.The awards were presented at a gala co-hosted by founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter at NASA’s Ames Research Center.“This year’s life sciences laureates have made some spectacular discoveries, from a new kind of gene to a Parkinson’s treatment that has improved the lives of many,” Wojcicki said. “It’s energizing to be in the company of such brilliant and fertile minds.”“The world faces many fundamental challenges today, and there are many amazing scientists, researchers and engineers helping us solve them,” Zuckerberg said. “This year’s Breakthrough Prize winners have made discoveries that will help cure disease and move the world forward. They deserve to be recognized as heroes. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Bosna defeated Leotar

first_imgBasketball players of ”Bosna” from Sarajevo defeated the basketball club Leotar with 82:51 in the match of the 20th round of League 12.First quarter of the match brought poor game on both sides, and in the first ten minutes Bosna led with 10:8 , however in the second part the game became much better, and Bosna achieved the lead with 25:13, and finished half-time with 35:21.The most efficient player for ”Bosna” was Eldin Čamdžić with 17 points, followed by  Sindis Demić and Ramo Rizvić with 15 points. Marko Rikalo was the most efficient player for Leotar with 13 points and 8 jumps.last_img read more

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Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United’s underachieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure to perform at Old Trafford as they seek to reach the Champions League last 16.Young Boys are the visitors on Tuesday as the Red Devils look to qualify for the knockout phase with a game to spare — a feat they will achieve should they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.Progress would be a welcome shot in the arm after Saturday’s tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and with a mere three wins from nine home matches in all competitions.However, Mourinho rejected suggestions that his players find it easier to play away and laughed off a suggestion that playing at Old Trafford brought added pressure ahead of facing the Swiss champions.“If you feel pressure, stay at home — and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,” he said.“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on. I never felt pressure to play at home.” Mourinho expects a response from his side in Tuesday’s Group H encounter, having questioned some of his players’ “heart”, desire and intensity after the 0-0 draw with Palace.The United manager spoke of his frustrations with his team’s sub-par performances before the match against Swiss side Young Boys, saying he wanted his players “not to be reactive but proactive”.“I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating,” he said.Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for “quite a while” with an injury.“(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time,” he added.“I would say if we have him for the Christmas period — where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the Newcastle match on January 2 — if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Entrepreneur’s product helps heal soil after fires

first_imgIn 2006, he decided to test a variety of treatments that were applied to a section of the Uinta National Forest in Utah two years after fire scorched 587 acres. He found that PAM-12 improved soil absorption rates, decreased erosion and stimulated more plant life than other applications, including the standard straw treatment. While lauding the results, Davidson noted that PAM-12 has only been tested in certain climates with soil compositions likely to bond well with the granules. Calcium-rich soil with a high clay content works best, he noted, but soil chemistry is so variable that it’s hard to know how effective the treatment could be until a post-fire assessment is completed. PAM-12 costs about half as much as current treatments. Agricultural straw costs about $1,000 per acre, while PAM-12 costs about $500 per acre. It might be a decade to 15 years before government agencies amass enough research data to advocate Krysiak’s product or others like it to treat soil after a fire. “When there’s an emergency situation, we want to use proven products,” said soil scientist Jeff Bruggink, also of the U.S. Forest Service. “If this is tested and proven in a variety of soil types and climates, we welcome it as another tool in the toolbox.” Forestry officials say several companies have approached them with comparable soil-treatment products but none has shown similar promise. PAM-12 is based on PAM, or polyacrylamide, a synthetic carbon-based chemical. Soil scientists say PAM breaks down into organic material and nitrogen within about 12 months and doesn’t pose a toxic threat to people or crops. Farmers and builders have used variations of it for decades to condition soil and prevent erosion, and Krysiak said no health risks have been identified. The company name Encap stands for “encapsulation,” a nod to the company’s early attempts to wrap seeds in a protective coat of nutrients to improve their chances of taking root. Encap has a line of consumer products for lawns and gardens, each relying on substances such as PAM to make soil more fertile. Krysiak declined to reveal revenue numbers. But Inc. magazine recently ranked Encap 110th on a list of the top-500 fastest-growing private companies in America. To qualify, companies had to have 2003 revenue of at least $200,000 and 2006 revenue of at least $2 million. Krysiak isn’t shy about his hopes for Encap, which he intends to keep private. He expects it will take about five years before forestry officials begin to use PAM-12 more regularly, and he predicts continued sales growth in the consumer sector. “If we play our cards right, we could be half a billion dollars (in revenue) in 10 years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GREEN BAY, Wis. – The millions of acres scorched by wildfires and left susceptible to mudslides could be shored up by spreading inexpensive granules that a lawn-care entrepreneur says will keep soil in place when the rainy season arrives. U.S. Forest Service scientists have been testing a product that bonds the clay inside soil to form a “net” to help vegetation recover. Called PAM-12 and developed by a Green Bay lawn-care company called Encap, the product is a synthetic chemical that looks like salt and is wrapped in recycled paper. Soil scientists have found few other ways to control large-scale erosion after a fire aside from straw, which absorbs and retains moisture like mulch but doesn’t actually strengthen soil. “The concept of using soil itself to prevent erosion and establish new plant life, it’s exciting,” said Mike Krysiak, president and chief officer of Encap. Already this year, nearly 7 million acres have burned across the country, and about 40 fires of at least 500 acres each were raging last week, most in Montana and Idaho. After smoke infiltrates soil, the ground tends to repel water instead of absorb it. So rain stays on the surface and carries away topsoil and nutrients when it cascades downhill. PAM-12 can help prevent that by causing the dirt to form tiny clumps and opening pores for water to soak into. The result is soil that’s more absorbent and less apt to be washed away, even on slopes as steep as 60 degrees. “I know from my experience it works under the right conditions,” said Robert Davidson, a soil scientist with the Forest Service in Provo, Utah. “I’m trying to have the Forest Service test it more so it can be recommended as a treatment for post-fire use.” Davidson is not affiliated with Encap and said he has no financial stake in the company. last_img read more

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JIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN!

first_imgFollowing three months of rehearsals under the baton (or was it whip) of Lord of the Dance’s Fiona Gallagher, 24 dancers take to the stage of Aislann Rann na Feirste tonight (Friday) for Jigs n Reels in aid of Naomh Mhuire GAA Club in the Lower Rosses.With shows tonight, Friday and again on Saturday night….the production has caught the imagination of the entire population of West Donegal and over 1000 are expected to view the show over its two nights.Saturday night sold out in under an hour however the Friday night show has tickets available at the door of the well appointed and ever popular Aislann Centre. Brian “Feda” O’Donnell on behalf of the organisers said “The dancers set a serious pace and standard from the beginning. We were all overwhelmed by their committment and the result will be two great nights of entertainment.”Proceeds will go directly to the erection of match ready floodlights as well as increased changing rooms at what is one of the county’s finest GAA club facilities in Kincasslagh.Good luck to everyone taking part! Thanks to Brid Sweeney for the pixBelow: Nicole the physio giving them their last pep talk Below: Charlie, Brian and Nicole making sure the last arrangements are all done.hughie and maighread doing there stretches as shaun stuffs his face  with nuts…pius, dennis and maire testing out the rubbers for the big nightJIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN! was last modified: March 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JIGS AND REELS IN THE ROSSES – LET THE DANCING BEGIN!naomh mhuire lower rosses gaa clublast_img read more

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