Wolf Range

23 Apr 19
Stephen Jones: a blog

*For main page, click here!* (under WAM at the right of main menu) On the HIP (“Historically Informed Performance”) movement, further to my article on Richard Taruskin, I’ve added a page on John Butt, Playing with history (2002). I’ve already mentioned Butt’s thoughts on performing the Bach Passions, as well as related posts like Bach and Daoist […]

23 Apr 19
Alternative-Read.com

Hello book lovers, welcome back!  As usual, today’s #TalkTuesday interview is also our #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros! Enjoy!  Chat with Sassy on Pinterest! http://bit.ly/SassyPINS Welcome to Alternative-Read.com book lovers! I’m really pleased to share with you another great interview with New York Times Bestseller, Maisey Yates! In addition, it’s also this book’s birthday […]

23 Apr 19
geekscribblingsblog

Friday night. The moon was new, with the tiniest shaving of a crescent. Luke’s moon was born, and coming for him. Hi, it’s Char again. Whoever had written that note didn’t know much about my sister and I. I was alone, as promised. But Sam was only three streets away and focused on my presence. […]

23 Apr 19
Elegance of Nature

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go, because, in the end, you won’t remember […]

23 Apr 19
WWD

Plantable and compostable packaging is a fast-growing niche.

22 Apr 19
The Millennial Ecologist

A few days ago, I was checking in on a pair of piping plovers who had established a territory on our beach, when an older gentleman walking his dog passed by. Dogs aren’t allowed on this section of the beach, so I calmly approached the man, introduced myself with a smile and a handshake, and […]

22 Apr 19
wolf

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22 Apr 19
Plague Gardening

I played this army about a year ago, it was one of the last times that I played with unpainted models, so it does go right back.  I think that I just about won that one, possibly, either way a re-match is overdue.  So here we go…

22 Apr 19
Harvard Gazette
Might it be the humble pelvis that makes us human, and not the brain? Do butterfly hybrids mean evolutionary trees should look more like networks? What can deer mice teach us about genetics and inheritance? And what’s up with all the human bones at Roopkund Lake? A quartet of Harvard doctoral students gave a glimpse of the future of evolutionary inquiry Thursday evening, describing the cutting-edge tools they’ve become adept at wielding to investigate conundrums that get to the heart of some of the most fundamental questions of our time: how we became human, what happened in our past, and how animals slowly become different. The event, “Frontiers in Evolution,” drew about 100 people to the Geological Lecture Hall in Harvard’s Geological Museum building. Part of the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s “Evolution Matters” lecture series, the event was moderated by lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) Andrew Berry. It featured talks on varied topics by doctoral students in OEB and genetics Nate Edelman, Emily Hager, Éadaoin Harney, and Mariel Young. Berry praised the museum for regularly hosting speakers who have made significant and thought-provoking contributions to their fields, but said that they are often senior faculty members and experienced researchers. By the time they’ve reached that stage, he said, much of their time is spent directing younger scientists, securing funding for the lab, and doing relatively little actual science. “They’re not the ones doing the science — they are sitting in their offices writing grants, or probably jetting around the world giving keynote addresses,” Berry said. “The actual science — and this is perhaps science’s best-kept secret — is being done by graduate students. They’re the ones actually engaged with the scientific process. They’re the ones developing new tools. They’re the ones, if you like, hacking away at the rock face of knowledge.” The evening’s event, he said, was dedicated to hearing from those still getting their hands dirty. Each student gave a brief presentation on his or her work and then took questions from the audience. The walking-pelvis primate Young, a doctoral student in the human evolutionary biology lab of Terence Capellini, Richard B. Wolf Associate Professor, calls the pelvis the most important “evolutionary bone” in the human body. Young, whose work examines the evolution of the pelvis, professes “an almost unhealthy obsession” with it. That obsession is rooted in the fact that when you look at skeletons of humans and their closest animal relative, the chimpanzee, the differences in their pelvises stand out. The chimp’s is elongated and flattened, an illustration of the different ways the two species make a living — the chimp in trees and on all fours on the ground, and the human upright and walking on two feet. The broad sides of the human pelvis are designed to anchor the muscles needed for walking, while its basketlike appearance supports our guts as we stride around the countryside. Young is using genetic analysis to understand how species that are so closely related can have pelvises that looks so different. The answer, she said, lies not in the DNA itself, but in the regulatory switches that determine which genes are turned on and off. A key to the pelvis’ importance, she said, is that 3 million years ago, about halfway back to our most recent common ancestor with chimps, the famous chimplike human “Lucy” (Australopithecus afarensis) already had a pelvis a lot like modern humans but her brain was still chimplike. It was our pelvis, Young said, that first differentiated us and enabled our ancestors to better move across the landscape and secure the resources needed to develop our energy-greedy brains. “I would argue that what makes us human is not necessarily our big impressive brain,” Young said, “but our pelvis itself.” [gz_photo_layout_hanging_cap image=”272457″ caption=”Graduate%20students%20Nate%20Edelman%20(left)%2C%20%C3%89adaoin%20Harney%2C%20Mariel%20Young%2C%20and%20Emily%20Hager%20at%20the%20Harvard%20Museum%20of%20Natural%20History.%20″ credit=”Jon%20Chase%2FHarvard%20Staff%20Photographer” /] An evolutionary tree from butterfly hybrids Edelman, a doctoral student in Professor in Residence James Mallet’s lab, is using genetic analysis to examine the relationships between six species of Heliconius butterflies, a group of species common to Central and South America. Known as longwing butterflies, there are 47 different species with overlapping ranges. They’re known to hybridize frequently, but though hybrids are often considered sterile, like mules, the hybrid butterflies can be fertile. Edelman’s research examined the six selected species’ history using genetic analysis. After sequencing their genomes, he found that hybridization was a common and recurring event. That means the typical evolutionary tree might have not just individual branches, but crossbars between the branches where mixing through hybridization occurs. And it’s not just butterflies that hybridize, Edelman said. As we sequence more and more organisms’ genomes, it is becoming apparent that hybridization is far more common than we thought. Even humans, he pointed out, hybridized with Neanderthals at one point. “In fact hybrids are everywhere,” Edelman said. “Hybridization is something we need to take account of very seriously when we think about our evolutionary history.” Tails, trees and what the deer mouse taught us  Hager, a doctoral student in Professor Hopi Hoekstra’s lab, is examining the differences between two populations of deer mice — those that live on the prairie and those that live in the forest. Though they’re the same species, the different populations live very different lifestyles, so Hager wants to probe their genetic roots. The forest mice like to climb and are good at it. They have longer tails and larger feet. But since they are the same species, Hager’s investigation started by ruling out experience as an explanation for their differing skills. She did that by raising the mice together in the lab, away from the forest’s vertical terrain. Nonetheless the forest mice performed much better at a balancing test the first time they tried it, a hint at the genetic roots of their differing climbing ability. One by one, Hager found that there were separate genes for long tails, large feet, and the desire to climb  — a genetic trait not necessarily connected to the ability to climb. As she crossbred mice, the result was some with the ability to climb but not the interest, and, more poignantly, some who kept trying and falling off. Solving the mystery of skeleton lake  Harney, a doctoral student in the labs of Harvard Medical School Professor David Reich and Professor John Wakeley, is using the rapidly developing field of ancient DNA analysis to solve the ancient mystery of Roopkund Lake. The lake sits at 16,000 feet, high in the Indian Himalayas. The site, with no settlements nearby, holds hundreds of human skeletons, visible during the warmer months when the ice thaws. Local lore said they belonged to pilgrims who angered a goddess who rained death on them, and scientists held that it was a large group of people, perhaps an army troop, who got caught in some kind of catastrophe. Harney put the new tools of ancient DNA analysis to work. Working in collaboration with Indian archaeologists, she got samples from 38 individuals and extracted DNA from the old bones. [gz_explore id=”264186,258967″ alignment=”right” /] The analysis showed a large group, dating back to the ninth century, came from across India, likely because the site was near a pilgrimage route that regularly brought people into the region. A second group, dated to the early 1800s, had genetic history from the eastern Mediterranean, centered on the island of Cyprus, while a third origin, from around the same date, consisted of a lone individual with Southeast Asian roots. “So by combining biomolecular analyses with ancient DNA and carbon dating we found the skeletons of Roopkund Lake are not the product of a single catastrophic event as previously thought, but instead is the result of multiple distinct diverse groups of people making separate journeys to Roopkund Lake, only to die,” Harney said. “We turn now to archaeologists and historians to help us fill in the gaps.”
22 Apr 19
TOUT WARS!

There’s scientific and empirical evidence the baseball is juiced. This week’s question posed: With mounting evidence the ball is juiced (lower drag and huge spike in Triple-A runs using MLB balls this season), what measures should be taken by fantasy managers to best take advantage? Derek Carty (RotoGrinders, @DerekCarty): Obviously, a juiced ball means more […]

22 Apr 19
The Quick and Dirty Bibliophile

Overall: 4.5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 Steam: 3/5 🔥🔥🔥 Feels: 🤔😮🔮🥰😏😤💪 ~QD STORY DETAILS~  Tear jerker: No Paranormal/Fantasy: Yes Location: British Columbia Character age range: various, mainly 20s Lead: Harper Blake Love interest(s): Ian Chestwood, Carter Moonshine, Levi, Hayden, Heston, Damien, Izukonashi – RH HEA: No – cliffhanger ~QD BOOK INFO~ Kindle Unlimited: Yes Audible: No Series: Yes – […]

22 Apr 19
$leazePrie$t

April 15, 2019, Fort Wayne, IN – Sweetwater — the No. 1 online retail destination for music gear in the U.S. — will host Robben Ford’s Guitar Dojo, an immersive course in the art of the playing guitar led by the guitar hero himself, as well as by Ford’s distinguished guest guitarists, John …

22 Apr 19
The Adirondack Almanack

The Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory (formerly the Adirondack Public Observatory) has been awarded a grant of $125,000 by Stewart’s Shops/Dake Family Foundation to support the Campaign for the AstroScience Center museum and planetarium.

22 Apr 19
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22 Apr 19
Marcellus Drilling News

MARCELLUS/UTICA REGION: PA Sen. Gene Yaw critical of Energy Transfer at industry event; False alarm – no leak in Sunoco pipeline near Philadelphia; FirstEnergy’s supposed ‘green new deal’ to bail out nuclear plants is really just a political deal; Columbia Gas employees celebrate Earth Day with cleanup in Beaver County; ODNR issues 13 permits in […]