Researchers use CRISPR to create kill switch for GMOs

first_img © 2015 Phys.org GMOs have been in the news a lot of late, due to the fear by some that food produced in such a way might be harmful. Others fear that modified bacteria or viruses that make their way into the environment could prove disastrous. In this new effort, the two researchers describe a technique for adding a new functionality to GMOs—an ability to self destruct should they find themselves in the wrong environment—and central to their work is CRISPR, a means of using chemicals to modify gene fragments.CRISPR allows for snipping gene segments and replacing them with other segments, which is the central idea behind GMOs. But CRISPR can also be used to snip out gene segments without replacing them, and that is the part of the system that Caliando and Voigt sought to exploit. Their idea is to add extra abilities to GMOs, such as the ability to recognize a certain sugar. The GMO can be further programmed to launch a secondary part of the CRISPR system when such a recognition occurs, and that secondary part would involve snipping out the segment that caused the GMO to be modified in the first place, returning it to its natural state, and killing it also if desired.As an example, the researchers modified an already modified E. coli sample to cause it to recognize arabinose molecules—when it did so, it snipped out the parts of the DNA that had been inserted and set off a sequence of events that led to its own death. The team reports that after two hours, approximately 99 percent of those used in the test were dead.The researchers suggest their technique could be used by companies that make GMOs in two ways. The first would be to prevent GMOs from disrupting the natural environment while the second would be to protect trade secrets—if the gene sequences that have been inserted into an organism are snipped out before it dies, others that obtain a sample would not be able to see what genetic modifications had been made. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Targeted DNA degradation using a CRISPR device stably carried in the host genome, Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6989 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7989AbstractOnce an engineered organism completes its task, it is useful to degrade the associated DNA to reduce environmental release and protect intellectual property. Here we present a genetically encoded device (DNAi) that responds to a transcriptional input and degrades user-defined DNA. This enables engineered regions to be obscured when the cell enters a new environment. DNAi is based on type-IE CRISPR biochemistry and a synthetic CRISPR array defines the DNA target(s). When the input is on, plasmid DNA is degraded 108-fold. When the genome is targeted, this causes cell death, reducing viable cells by a factor of 108. Further, the CRISPR nuclease can direct degradation to specific genomic regions (for example, engineered or inserted DNA), which could be used to complicate recovery and sequencing efforts. DNAi can be stably carried in an engineered organism, with no impact on cell growth, plasmid stability or DNAi inducibility even after passaging for >2 months. Citation: Researchers use CRISPR to create ‘kill switch’ for GMOs (2015, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-crispr-gmos.html CRISPR/Cas-derived technology offers the ability to dive into the genome and make a very precise change.center_img (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at MIT has developed what amounts to a “kill switch” for genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Brian Caliando and Christopher Voigt describe the process they developed and how it might impact the development and use of GMOs. Journal information: Nature Communications Researchers find the genome of the cultivated sweet potato has bacterial DNA Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Analysis of eradicated European strain of malaria parasite offers insight into the

first_imgThis thin film Giemsa stained micrograph reveals a mature Plasmodium vivax trophozoite. P. vivax trophozoites show amoeboid cytoplasm, large chromatin dots, and fine, yellowish-brown pigment. RBCs are enlarged 1 1/2 – 2X, and may be distorted. If visible, Schüffner’s dots may appear finer than those seen in P. vivax. Credit: CDC/ Steven Glenn (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has conducted a DNA analysis of malaria parasites found in blood samples taken from infected people in a part of Europe and put onto slides during World War II—in so doing, they have added more information to the historical profile of the parasite that causes malaria. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes their analysis of the parasite samples and what they learned. Malaria is a disease caused by a protozoan parasite that takes up residence in a victim’s red blood cells—transmitted by mosquitoes, it is responsible for the millions of deaths and untold suffering. Efforts to eradicate the parasite from all parts of the world have so far proved unsuccessful, though it has been eradicated in some regions, including Europe and the U.S. As part of an effort to rid the world of the deadly parasite, some researchers have been attempting to look into its past to spot a weakness, or at least to better understand how it evolves. Some research results have also suggested that the dispersal patterns of malaria are due to human movements between continents, which has caused some researchers to wonder if the migrations of people have somehow played a role in both its continued existence and the harm it causes.In this new effort, the researchers came into possession of some slides with blood stains on them that had been taken from infected people in Spain during World War II—since malaria has since been eradicated in that area, the blood stains offered an opportunity to learn more about a strain that predates those that exist today. The researchers first conducted tests to identify the strains present in the samples; after that, they reconstructed the genomes of the two strains present, which allowed them to conduct phylogenetic analyses. They report that they found three mutations that offered evidence of dominant strains of the parasite being carried to South America from Europe not long after explorers arrived; further, they represent the closest modern representative of ancestral Eurasian stock. The study and its findings are likely to kick off a renewed effort to comb other medical collections to see if other slides might be found offering more historical data as the effort continues to wipe out malaria and the parasite that causes it completely. Explore further Highly sensitive detection of malaria parasites Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img More information: Pere Gelabert et al. Mitochondrial DNA from the eradicated Europeanandfrom 70-year-old slides from the Ebro Delta in Spain, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611017113AbstractPhylogenetic analysis of Plasmodium parasites has indicated that their modern-day distribution is a result of a series of human-mediated dispersals involving transport between Africa, Europe, America, and Asia. A major outstanding question is the phylogenetic affinity of the malaria causing parasites Plasmodium vivax and falciparum in historic southern Europe—where it was endemic until the mid-20th century, after which it was eradicated across the region. Resolving the identity of these parasites will be critical for answering several hypotheses on the malaria dispersal. Recently, a set of slides with blood stains of malaria-affected people from the Ebro Delta (Spain), dated between 1942 and 1944, have been found in a local medical collection. We extracted DNA from three slides, two of them stained with Giemsa (on which Plasmodium parasites could still be seen under the microscope) and another one consisting of dried blood spots. We generated the data using Illumina sequencing after using several strategies aimed at increasing the Plasmodium DNA yield: depletion of the human genomic (g)DNA content through hybridization with human gDNA baits, and capture-enrichment using gDNA derived from P. falciparum. Plasmodium mitochondrial genome sequences were subsequently reconstructed from the resulting data. Phylogenetic analysis of the eradicated European P. vivax mtDNA genome indicates that the European isolate is closely related to the most common present-day American haplotype and likely entered the American continent post-Columbian contact. Furthermore, the European P. falciparum mtDNA indicates a link with current Indian strains that is in agreement with historical accounts. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Analysis of eradicated European strain of malaria parasite offers insight into the history of the disease (2016, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-analysis-eradicated-european-strain-malaria.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Proposed test would offer strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is

first_img © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Physicists are getting a little bit closer to answering one of the oldest and most basic questions of quantum theory: does the quantum state represent reality or just our knowledge of reality? Currently, the best experimental data shows that the amount of error improvement that can be attributed to overlap is about 69%. In the new paper, Knee has proposed a way to reduce this value to less than 50% with current technology. As he explains, this would mean that “overlap is doing less than half of the necessary work in explaining the indistinguishability of non-orthogonal quantum states.” “The greatest significance of the work is the new knowledge about how to conduct experiments that can show the reality of the quantum state,” Knee told Phys.org. “The big bonuses are that experimentalists will now be able to do more with less: that is, make tighter and tighter restrictions on the possible interpretations of quantum mechanics with fewer experimental resources. These experiments typically require heroic efforts, but the theoretical progress should mean that they are now possible with cheaper equipment and in less time.”To achieve such an improvement, Knee’s work addresses one of the biggest challenges in this type of test, which is to identify the types of states and measurements that optimize the error improvement. This is a very high-dimensional optimization problem—with at least 72 variables, it is extremely difficult to solve using conventional optimization methods. Knee showed that a much better approach to this type of optimization problem is to convert it into a problem that can be studied with convex programming methods. To search for the best combinations of variables, he applied techniques from convex optimization theory, alternately optimizing one variable and then the other until the optimal values of both converge. This strategy ensures that the results are “partially optimal,” meaning that no change in just one of the variables could provide a better solution. And no matter how optimal a result is, Knee explains that it may never be possible to rule out the epistemic view entirely.”There will always be wriggle room!” he said. “Certainly with the techniques known to us at the present time, a small amount of epistemic overlap can always be maintained, because experiments must be finished in a finite amount of time, and always suffer from a little bit of noise. That is to say nothing of the more wacky loopholes that a staunch epistemicist could try and jump through: for example, one can usually appeal to retrocausality or unfair sampling to get around the results of any ‘experimental metaphysics.’ Nevertheless, I believe that showing the quantum state must be at least 50% real is an achievable goal that most reasonable people would not be able to wriggle out of accepting.”One especially surprising and encouraging result of the new approach is that it shows that mixed states could work better for supporting the ontic view than pure states could. Typically, mixed states are considered more epistemic and lower-performing than pure states in many quantum information processing applications. Knee’s work shows that one of the advantages of the mixed states is that they are extremely robust to noise, which suggests that experiments do not need nearly as high a precision as previously thought to demonstrate the reality of the quantum state.”I very much hope that experimentalists will be able to use the recipes that I have found in the near future,” Knee said. “It is likely that the general technique that I developed would benefit from some tweaking to tailor it to a particular experimental setup (for example, ions in traps, photons or superconducting systems). There is also scope for further theoretical improvements to the technique, such as combining it with other known theoretical approaches and introducing extra constraints to learn something of the general structure of the epistemic interpretation. The holy grail from a theoretical point of view would be to find the best possible experimental recipes and prove that they are as much! That is something I will continue to work on.” Framing the question in terms of overlap offers a way to test the two perspectives. If physicists can show that the indistinguishability of quantum states can somehow be explained by reality and not overlap, then that places tighter restrictions on the epistemic view and makes the ontic view more plausible.A key to such tests is that the task of discriminating between two states always has a small error involved. Having complete, omniscient knowledge about reality should improve state discrimination. But by how much? This is the big question, and physicists are trying to show that the value of this “improvement due to the increased reality of the quantum states” is very large. This would mean that the overlap plays very little, if any, role in explaining why states are indistinguishable. It’s not simply that physicists cannot accurately prepare the true state of reality, it’s that the indistinguishability must be thought of as a fundamental property of the quantum states themselves. (Left) When there is zero overlap between two quantum states’ distributions, then a particle is really occupying two states at once (ontic interpretation). (Right) When there is some overlap, the particle may exist in a state in the overlapping area, and so it may appear to be in two states at once (epistemic interpretation). Credit: Knee, IOP Publishing Researchers describe the wavefunction of Schroedinger’s cat More information: George C. Knee. “Towards optimal experimental tests on the reality of the quantum state.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa54ab Explore further A new algorithm could lead to experiments that provide the strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is real. Credit: Knee, IOP Publishing George C. Knee, a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford and the University of Warwick, has created an algorithm for designing optimal experiments that could provide the strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is an ontic state (a state of reality) and not an epistemic state (a state of knowledge). Knee has published a paper on the new strategy in a recent issue of the New Journal of Physics.While physicists have debated about the nature of the quantum state since the early days of quantum theory (with, most famously, Bohr being in favor of the ontic interpretation and Einstein arguing for the epistemic one), most modern evidence has supported the view that the quantum state does indeed represent reality.Philosophically, this interpretation can be hard to swallow, as it means that the many counterintuitive features of quantum theory are properties of reality, and not due to limitations of theory. One of the most notable of these features is superposition. Before a quantum object is measured, quantum theory says that the object simultaneously exists in more than one state, each with a particular probability. If these states are ontic, it means that a particle really does occupy two states at once, not merely that it appears that way due to our limited ability to prepare particles, as in the epistemic view.What is exactly meant by a limited ability to prepare particles? To understand this, Knee explains that different quantum states must be thought of as distributions over the possible true states of reality. If there is some overlap between these distributions, then the states of reality in which a particle can be prepared is limited.Currently it’s not clear if there actually is any overlap between quantum state distributions. If there is zero overlap, then the particle must really be occupying two states at once, which is the ontic view. On the other hand, if there is some overlap, then it’s possible that the particle exists in a state in the overlapping area, and we just can’t tell the difference between the two possibilities due to the overlap. This is the epistemic view, and it removes some of the oddness of superposition by explaining that the indistinguishability of two states is a result of overlap (and human limitation) rather than of reality. Journal information: New Journal of Physics Citation: Proposed test would offer strongest evidence yet that the quantum state is real (2017, February 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-strongest-evidence-quantum-state-real.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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New superglue allows for bonding stretchable hydrogels

first_img Demonstration of flexing, curling, stretching and compressing of the hydrogel with sensors and actuators. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology Citation: New superglue allows for bonding stretchable hydrogels (2017, July 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-superglue-bonding-stretchable-hydrogels.html The hydrogel electronic skin. Hydrogels can transport liquids to and from the skin, for example supplying water-soluble medication or removing sweat. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology The hydrogel e-skin is controlled and data is read out continuously via a mobile phone, here mounted on a custom-made stretching unit with all heaters activated. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology More information: Daniela Wirthl et al. Instant tough bonding of hydrogels for soft machines and electronics, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700053AbstractIntroducing methods for instant tough bonding between hydrogels and antagonistic materials—from soft to hard—allows us to demonstrate elastic yet tough biomimetic devices and machines with a high level of complexity. Tough hydrogels strongly attach, within seconds, to plastics, elastomers, leather, bone, and metals, reaching unprecedented interfacial toughness exceeding 2000 J/m2. Healing of severed ionic hydrogel conductors becomes feasible and restores function instantly. Soft, transparent multilayered hybrids of elastomers and ionic hydrogels endure biaxial strain with more than 2000% increase in area, facilitating soft transducers, generators, and adaptive lenses. We demonstrate soft electronic devices, from stretchable batteries, self-powered compliant circuits, and autonomous electronic skin for triggered drug delivery. Our approach is applicable in rapid prototyping and in delicate environments inaccessible for extended curing and cross-linking. A hydrogel electronic skin worn on a human wrist with continuous control and data logging via a mobile phone. The hydrogel smart skin consists of a flexible and reusable unit bearing power supply, control, readout and wireless communication, and a stretchable, disposable transducer batch with four heating elements and temperature sensors. Hydrogels can transport liquids to and from the skin, for example supplying water-soluble medication or removing sweat. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology Hydrogels, as the name suggests, are materials made mainly out of water. They are typically rubbery and are often elastic. Many of them have been developed to allow for the creation of materials that are more like those found in living creatures. Some examples include soft contact lenses, soft bone replacement in the vertebrae and even jelly-like robots. But one thing that has been holding back more advanced applications is the inability to glue or bond hydrogels with other objects in ways that allow for bending or stretching, or even for attaching well to hard objects. In this new effort, the researchers report they have developed a glue that solves this problem.The researchers started by investigating the possibility of using superglue, the common household adhesive. But they found it would not work because when it dries, it becomes hard—that means that when two stretchy materials are bonded together, the glue cracks when both are stretched. That led them to conclude that what was needed was a non-solvent—a material that would not dissolve into the glue and would prevent it from becoming hard. The result, the team reports, is a glue made with cyanoacrylates (the adherents in superglue) diluted with a non-solvent. When it is applied to two surfaces, the researchers explain, it diffuses into their outer layers and is triggered to polymerize by the water content, such as in a hydrogel. Put another way, they say that the glue becomes tangled with the polymer chains in a gel, creating a very tight bond—and thus far, it has worked really well. © 2017 Phys.org The pictures show a peeling test, with a hydrogel (green) instantly tough bonded to a PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylat) substrate. A liner serves as stiff backing. Cracking in the hydrogel occurs perpendicular to the peeling direction. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology New way to reduce skin scarring relies on a glue-like substance secreted by mussels (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Johannes Kepler University Linz has developed a new type of glue that can be used to bond hydrogels to other hard or soft objects. In their paper published on the open-access site Science Advances, the group explains their development process, the structure of the glue, how it works and in what ways. The hydrogel electronic skin. Hydrogels can transport liquids to and from the skin, for example supplying water-soluble medication or removing sweat. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology The pictures show a peeling test, with a hydrogel (green) instantly tough bonded to a PMMA (Polymethylmethacrylat) substrate. A liner serves as stiff backing. Cracking in the hydrogel occurs perpendicular to the peeling direction. Credit: Soft Electronics Laboratory, Linz Institute of Technology Journal information: Science Advances The team has tested their glue on a variety of products—gluing a hydrogel to a vertebrae model, for example. They found that it would also bond especially well with an elastomer. They used their glue to create a patch of electronic skin upon which they were able to glue such things as a processor, battery and temperature sensor. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Researchers detect beryllium in the fast nova ASASSN16kt

first_img Study confirms that stellar novae are the main source of lithium in the universe ASASSN-16kt, also known as V407 Lup, was a fast oxygen-neon (ONe) nova some 33,000 light years away, detected by the All-Sky Automated Survey for SuperNovae (ASAS-SN) as a bright source on September 24, 2016. Two days later, it reached a maximum magnitude of 6.3 (in V-band) and started to decay rapidly.Izzo’s team commenced observational campaign of ASASSN-16kt shortly after its discovery. For their observations they employed the UVES and X-Shooter spectrographs at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, as well as the PUC High Echelle Resolution Optical Spectrograph (PUCHEROS) mounted on the ESO 0.5 m telescope located at the Observatory of Pontificia Universidad Catolica (OUC) in Chile.These observations allowed the astronomers to reveal the existence of beryllium (Be) in ASASSN-16kt, among other elements.”We present high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the fast nova ASASSN-16kt (V407 Lup). A close inspection of spectra obtained at early stages has revealed the presence of low-ionization lines, and among the others we have identified the presence of the ionized 7Be doublet in a region relatively free from possible contaminants,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The authors calculated that ASASSN-16kt has produced between 5.9 and 7.7-billionths of a solar mass of 7Be. Furthermore, they spotted bright neon (Ne) lines, what may indicate that the nova progenitor is a massive (about 1.2 solar masses) oxygen-neon white dwarf.During advanced phases of red giant stars, the reaction of two isotopes of helium (He) – 3He with 4He can give rise to the 7Be isotope, which decays only through electron capture into lithium (Li) after a half-time decay of about 53 days. Thus, the finding of beryllium could be important to the understanding of novae in general. According to the study, the detection of 7Be, which decays completely into 7Li through electron capture in the early spectra of ASASSN-16kt, further confirms that novae represent the main Li-factories in our Milky Way galaxy.”These findings imply that classical novae produced a huge quantity of Li, more than the value of 150 solar masses of Li estimated to be in the Milky Way,” the paper reads.However, the researcher emphasized that still more studies are required to fully understand the role of novae in lithium production. They added that future studies should focus on more precise characterization of beryllium and lithium mass produced during a nova outburst as a function of the progenitor white dwarf mass.”Additional detections of 7Be II and/or 7Li combined with a detailed study of the ejecta properties, like its degree of asphericity, are needed to quantify the nova Galactic yield, and then to infer the presence of mechanisms acting during the TNR [thermo-nuclear runaway], or in the nova ejecta, that can deplete freshly-formed Li, and finally explain the over-abundances of Li observed in young stellar populations,” the scientists concluded. © 2018 Phys.org An international team of researchers led by Luca Izzo of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, Spain, has conducted high-resolution spectroscopic observations of the fast nova ASASSN-16kt. The study, which resulted in detection of beryllium in this nova, appeared February 16 on arXiv.org. Explore further ASASSN-16kt spectrum at Day 8. The figure displays the spectrum around Be ii λ3130 (black line), Na i λ5890 (green line), Fe ii λ5169 (blue line) and Ca ii λ3933 (red line) plotted on the velocity scale. Credit: Izzo et al., 2018. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Researchers detect beryllium in the fast nova ASASSN-16kt (2018, February 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-beryllium-fast-nova-asassn-16kt.html More information: Beryllium detection in the very fast nova ASASSN-16kt (V407 Lupi). arxiv.org/pdf/1802.05896.pdflast_img read more

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KMC unveils new primary health centre at Ward 50 in Santosh Mitra

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Thursday unveiled a new primary health centre at ward 50 at Santosh Mitra Square in Central Kolkata on Thursday. “We will be introducing tertiary healthcare facilities at this health unit in a few months’ time. We are in the process of procuring state of the art machines for conducting advanced and expensive blood tests,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said while inaugurating the centre. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that presently like any other health unit of the KMC, this unit will have facilities for minor operations, basic blood tests and treatment of diseases like dengue and malaria. “The health unit under National Urban Health Mission will deal with the treatment of both communicable and non communicable diseases. “We will be soon introducing thyroid, cholesterol, kidney and liver test facilities. We are in the process of procuring some advanced machines which will be available in a months’ time,” Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis will be beneficial to the common people as tests at these health centres will be conducted for free of cost whereas blood tests in other centres for thyroid, cholesterol, kidney and liver will be expensive.”We are also planning to include facilities of anti-rabies vaccine at a number of health centres,” he added.It may be mentioned that in the present year, KMC health department has catered to 60 percent more patients in comparison to the year 2016-17. “This is a clear indication that more and more people are visiting our health centres for treatment,” a senior official of KMC’s health department said.last_img read more

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Good nights sleep strengthens memory

first_imgEnsure proper sleep if you want to boost your memory as brain activity during sleep sorts through several experiences we encounter every day and retains only important information in memory pockets, say researchers.The findings showed that patterns of brain activity that occur during the day are replayed at fast-forward speed during sleep.The key result is that sleep replay strengthens the microscopic connections between nerve cells that are active — a process deemed critical for consolidating memories. “These findings are about the fundamental processes that occur in the brain during the consolidation of memory during sleep,” said lead researcher Jack Mellor from University of Bristol in a paper published in the journal Cell Reports. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The new discoveries provide further evidence for the benefits of a good night’s sleep. Good sleep is important because the bad night sleep often experienced by both the healthy population and people with schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s disease lead to impaired mental function.“It also seems that the successful replay of brain activity during sleep is dependent on the emotional state of the person when they are learning. This has major implications for how we teach and enable people to learn effectively,” Mellor said.last_img read more

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Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav2016

first_imgMinistry of Culture, Government of India announced the second edition of ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2016’ recently, which is to be held in the premises of the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA) from October 15 to 23.The Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav was conceived with an intent to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country in all its rich and varied dimensions – Handicrafts, Cuisine, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Documentation and Performing Arts-Folk, Tribal, Classical and Contemporary-all in one place.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccordingly, there will be a ‘ShilpHaat’ in which pavilions called “Aaangans” would be put up by each of the seven Zonal Cultural Centers (ZCCs) of the country as well as the Academies and IGNCA. In this ‘ShilpHaat’ master craftsmen from all over the country will display and sell their crafts to the general public and sale of the publications of these autonomous bodies on various aspects of Indian Culture is also a salient feature. Day-long performances of traditional performers of fringe-folk arts like ‘Behroopiyas’, ‘Baazigars’, ‘KacchiGhori’ etc will take place in the ShilpHaat and the rest of the campus. These artists are also known as ‘Maidaani Kalaakar’ as they perform in the open without any need for a stage. Facing the ShilpHaat will be a food court where masterchefs of traditional delicacies from different regions of the country will treat the visitors to an unparalleled culinary experience. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the lawns opposite the ‘MaatiGhar’ and in the Art Gallery of the IGNCA, two photo exhibitions will run concurrently. One of these exhibitions is on Vandalism of places of historical and national importance. This exhibition will be as a part of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. The second exhibition will be on the recently concluded ‘Simhastha Kumbh Mela’ showcasing its splendor and magnificence as well its importance in the cultural consciousness of the nation. Last, but not the least will be an opulent main stage in the open air stage area of the IGNCA campus where dance and singing performances by artists of National and International stature will take place. In order to connect the youth, a massive exercise in the online and social media sphere is being undertaken and a mobile app for Android based smart phones has been designed, which was launched by the Culture Minister in the Press Conference. The Minister also informed the media that 150 performances of 10 ‘Nukkad Naatak’ all over Delhi carrying important sociocultural messages dovetailing the message of RSM with the performances.last_img read more

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Jharkhand resident held for blackmailing extorting money from married woman

first_imgKolkata: The Bidhannagar Cyber Crime Police Station has arrested a person for allegedly extorting money from a woman by circulating her private pictures on the internet. He had also threatened her with dire consequences if she did not pay him the amount which he demanded.Police sources informed that on July 7, a woman from Kaikhali area lodged a complaint against Amit Kumar, a resident of Jharkhand, for allegedly extorting money by circulating her personal pictures on WhatsApp. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter police initiated a probe, it was revealed that the victim became acquainted with Kumar over phone, approximately a year ago. Later, she got involved with Kumar in a relationship, despite being married. The relationship lasted for six months and within that period, Kumar had come to Kolkata several times to meet her. During his visits, Kumar clicked some pictures of the victim, which he had kept with himself. Six months ago, the victim tried to end the relationship. But Kumar had other intentions. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter the victim stated that she did not want to maintain any contact with Kumar, he allegedly started threatening her saying that he would circulate her personal pictures on the internet. Meanwhile, he opened a fake Facebook account using the victim’s name and picture and uploaded objectionable content and comments. Kumar even managed to get hold of the mobile number of the victim’s husband and sent some pictures to that mobile number as well. When the victim requested Kumar to stop his acts, he allegedly demanded money. A police team went to Dhanbad in Jharkhand and arrested Kumar. He was brought to Kolkata and produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (ACJM) Court, Bidhannagar, pleading police remand. But due to work recess over a lawyer’s death, Kumar was remanded to judicial custody for one day instead, as there was no hearing on Tuesday. Kumar will be produced before the same court on Wednesday, with a plea for police custody.last_img read more

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20 footballers to undergo training under German club

first_imgDarjeeling: The Queen of the Hills is all set to reap the benefits of ‘Building Bridges’ programme of the iconic Eintracht Frankfurt Club of Germany.Scouting for young talents in India, a total of 20 footballers from the under 17 age bracket will be undergoing the football training of the club thus getting an international exposure. Representatives of the Eintracht Club were in Darjeeling to scout for young talents from the ‘Darjeeling Football Star — Pahari Footballer Ko Khoj’ a joint project of the Darjeeling Police in association with the Football Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNext Foundation. “As the head coach of the Under-17 World Cup team of India till February 2017, I feel proud to be back. India has an immense talent. The under 17 team I coached was a very good team. Our task at hand now is to identify talent and develop them. I see no reason why an Indian footballer cannot make it to the top,” stated Nicolai Adam, Football Coach, Eintracht Frankfurt Club. Adam will be here for the next three days scouting for talents. Out of 3,000 young footballers, 150 have been shortlisted from Darjeeling Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedand Kalimpong. “We will choose the best 20 players who will be part of the Spring 2019 programme of Eintracht Frankfurt Club. We will provide the necessary infrastructure so that they get international exposure. Under the ‘Building Bridges’ programme of our club these boys will be trained,” stated Felix Hans Verel, representative of the club. Coaches from the club will be visiting Darjeeling to train the budding talents. “India is our target market. As under 17 is the golden age of learning we prefer this age. Now, we have a link with Darjeeling under our Building Bridges programme” added Verel. “This is our contribution to sustainable development of football,” stated Kaushik Moulik, Founder of Football Next Foundation. Recently, Manish Subba, a budding talent from Darjeeling had been sent to the Eintracht Frankfurt Club to get the feel of international football by Darjeeling Police and the Football Next Foundation along with 3 others from West Bengal.last_img read more

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JU VC registrar leave campus after 25hour gherao

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University vice-chancellor, registrar and other senior officials left the campus Tuesday night after a section of the students gheraoed them for around 25 hours. A pro-vice-chancellor and other members of university’s Executive Council, the highest decision making body of the institute, were also gheraoed by the students, an official of the university said. Member-students of the Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU) and the Faculty of Engineering and Technology Students’ Union (FETSU) were agitating to press for their demand that the infrastructure of the Centre for Disability Studies and Rehabilitation be improved with RUSA funds. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions. The gherao, which began around 8 pm Monday, was lifted shortly after 9 pm Wednesday after the EC agreed to look into their demands. “I have left the campus after being confined since yesterday evening. I will not lodge any complaint against the students for confining me and other teachers. But what they did is undemocratic,” VC Suranjan Das told PTI. He, however, thanked a section of agitating students for taking the initiative to end the stalemate. AFSU leader Debraj Debnath said the sit-in will continue.last_img read more

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Criminals loot jewellery from Medical College patient

first_imgKolkata: A woman was robbed by two criminals on the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital premises here on Friday.The duo had approached the woman to offer help when she was not feeling well. The victim identified as Ashima Kabasi of Baduria, who is a resident of North 24-Parganas, said on Friday morning that she went to the medical college and hospital as she was under treatment for various ailments. Kabasi had arrived at the medicine department of the hospital for a follow up treatment. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter visiting the doctor there, she went to the ENT department. After examining her, the doctor reportedly asked Kabasi to go through some medical tests. After consulting the doctor, Kabasi started looking for the centres, where the doctor told her to get the tests done. While she was searching for these places, a person approached her to offer help. The person told her that he would show her the place where she had to undergo the medical tests. At that moment, Kabasi started feeling unwell. Immediately, the man asked her to take a seat outside the principal’s room. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, another person arrived at the spot and asked Kabasi to take off her jewellery and keep them inside her bag. While she was taking off her jewellery the duo quietly left the place saying they would come back shortly. After a while, when Kabasi opened her bag she saw her jewellery was missing. Also, Rs 2,000 was also gone from the bag. Kabasi Immediately informed a staff member of the hospital. Later, she went to the police out post under Bowbazar police station located on the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital premises. There she lodged a complaint against the duo. Till Sunday no was held.last_img read more

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Scent notes for summer

first_imgNew Delhi: Summer is the season of ripe fruits, vacations and hot weather. Choose fragrances that are a hallmark of freshness to get the best contrast with the hot weather, say experts. * Summer perfumes usually are citrus based scents that cool the skin and envelope the wearer in fresh uplifting aroma. The summer sun can agitate the fragrance, causing it to evaporate faster rather than sticking to your skin. So it is ideal to carry your summer fragrance in your bag and reapply the same throughout the day. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Bear in mind, the best citrus based fragrance choices are the ones that are reinforced with woody, floral and fruity notes to make the fragrance stay on you for longer.* Some key scents this season on the female side are candy, fruity and fresh bursts of floral – all great for day and the heavier floral notes for night. On the men’s side splash on fresh citrus notes.* Men can go for aquatic fragrance. The icy aroma embraces sensual masculinity, with energy as fresh as ocean waves. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveYou can also try marine notes as they add a bright, fresh and natural touch to fragrances while fruity notes like peach and grapefruit are light and crisp.* Opt scents with notes of fresh floral summer. Go for fresh, fruity and floral summer notes comprised of lemon, raspberry, orange blossom, gardenia and jasmine embraced with woody and musky notes as they are apt for any of your summer outing.* Always choose the perfume according to your personality and how it smells on your skin. It is important to know how the scent will blend with your natural oils throughout the day. * For everyday wear, opt sophisticated and light scents. Florals and fruity aromas work well. Make sure you do not suffer from a headache or nausea by combining many different perfumes altogether.* Always choose the fragrance according to the season. Summer is perfect for light florals or citrus scents. Always choose a light, airy fragrance and try to stay away from anything too heavy or overpowering in the summertime. Those types of scents are better suited to winter wear.last_img read more

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Flaunt metallic look for wedding season

first_imgSet new trends this wedding season with shimmery and metallic fashion choices.Fashion designers have listed some trends that can make you look gorgeous and trendy this wedding season:Shimmer and metallic looks in Indo-western saris: With the new age definition of saris with waistband (metallic belt) and leggings attached, the metallic looks are a perfect combination of elegance with style. This style is trending these days and can be seen majorly in wedding functions a lot. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfShimmer and metallic looks for Indo-western gowns: Metallic Indo-western gowns are trending these days. Metallic and shimmer in Indo-western gowns make a splendid combination, with a hint of sequins or patch work combined with metallic borders or silhouette.Shimmer and metallic footwear: The metallic footwear for wedding season goes extremely well even if they are carried with non-metallic outfits. The metallic footwear is very appealing and can be paired with almost all kinds of wedding ensembles as they can look well matched with everything. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShimmer and metallic clutches: They can be matched with every type of wedding ensemble and can be paired with even non-metallic looks. The shimmer and metallic clutches are a perfect option for all kind of wedding functions with their mass appeal.Shimmer and metal make-up styles: The metallic make-up looks are the latest addition to the smokey eyes with a hint of glitter added, these looks are absolute must for wedding season. The metallic make-up looks are also trending these days in terms of the massive highlighter trend.last_img read more

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Massive landslides halt vehicular traffic on NH10 railway services hit

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Highway 10 to Sikkim was blocked on Thursday owing to a massive landslide at Setijhora. Incessant rains have also inundated parts of Dooars affecting railway services as well.A massive landslide continued throughout most parts of the day rendering it difficult to clear debris on NH-10. “The slide began at 8 am and continued throughout the day. It rained heavily and in the afternoon when the showers subsided, we got three earth-movers and tried to clear the blockades. We expect to open up the road by Friday,” stated a PWD official. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSerpentine traffic jams were formed on both sides of the slides. The district administration of Kalimpong issued an advisory for vehicles travelling from Kalimpong and Sikkim to Siliguri. Two routes were earmarked for these vehicles — Kalimpong-Teesta Bazar-Peshok-Jorebungalow- Kurseong- Siliguri; Kalimpong-Algarah-Lava-Gorubathan (Pandara More)—Damdim – Odlabari — Mongpong — Coronation Bridge — Sevok-Siliguri. Meanwhile, search operations continued for the SUV that had fallen into River Teesta near the Coronation Bridge on Wednesday. Neither the passengers nor the driver along with the vehicle could be found. Rafts were also pressed into service by the NDRF. Akash Sharma, brother of missing Gaurav Sharma from Jaipur, arrived at the accident site. He stated that two others — Aman Garg and Gopal Narwan were present in the vehicle. He had spoken to them on the phone till Wednesday noon following which he lost contact. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to him, the trip was an official trip to Gangtok and they were travelling from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok. The vehicle was being driven by one Rakesh Rai of Bhanunagar, Siliguri. All four including the driver are missing. Incessant rainfall in Bhutan has resulted in a rise in the water level in most of the rivers flowing through North Bengal, mainly Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts. Large tracts have been inundated. “Yellow” alert has been issued on River Teesta in Jalpaiguri. Banks of Sankosh river have started to erode. Many tea gardens in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri namely in the Kumargram, Kalchini, Nagrakata and Malbazar areas are inundated. Railway services between Alipurduar and Siliguri have been badly affected with many trains being cancelled or diverted. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) service between NJP and Darjeeling continues to be suspended owing to numerous landslides between Rongtong and Kurseong. A “red warning” has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for the Sub-Himalayan West Bengal region till July 14.last_img read more

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The Boys renewed for second season by Amazon

first_imgAmazon has given a second season order to “The Boys” ahead of the show’s premiere next week. The series, based on comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, has been developed by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame, the story follows a “group of vigilantes known informally as ‘The Boys,’ who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first season of the show premiered on Amazon Prime Video on July 26. It stars an ensemble cast of Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Elisabeth Shue, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T Usher, Chace Crawford and Nathan Mitchell. According to Deadline, ‘You’re the Worst’ star Aya Cash has been cast in the second season as the villainous Stormfront. A reincarnated Viking spirit, Stormfront is portrayed in the comics as a virulent racist and active supporter of Nazi political ideologies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn the books, the character is a member of the team Payback alongside characters like Tek Knight and Soldier Boy. With the appearance of a character like Stormfront, fans certainly don’t need to worry about the show toning down its brash sensibilities any time soon. Kripke, best known for creating popular TV series ‘Supernatural’, is serving as the showrunner on “The Boys”, while Rogen and Goldberg are the directors. The trio have also executive produced the show alongside Neal H Moritz, Ori Marmur, Pavun Shetty and James Weaver. The Boys comic ran from 2006 to 2012 with 72 issues before being canceled due to its mature, often controversial material. It’s not clear how much of the comics will be covered in Season 1, but there’s certainly a lot to pull from for Season 2 and beyond.last_img read more

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Angry mob assaults police for taking drunken biker to task

first_imgKolkata: Police personnel of Tollygunge police station were assaulted after they intercepted an errant biker for allegedly driving in drunken state on Sunday night.Later, the police initiated a suo moto case on charges of assaulting and preventing police personnel from discharging their duties against several persons. The Kolkata Commissioner of Police has sought a report in this regard. According to the police, on Sunday night, officers were on naka-checking duty in front of Menoka theatre. Around 11pm, the police intercepted a biker and found that he was driving in drunken state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey tested the level of alcohol consumption of the accused identified as Ranajoy of Chetla using breathalyzer and took him to Tollygunge police station. After being taken to the police station, Ranajoy called some of his friends and claimed that police were harassing him without any reason. Soon, more than 100 people gathered outside of Tollygunge police station and started agitating. Despite repeated requests by the police, the crowd refused to leave the spot. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAfter a few minutes, the furious mob rushed into the police station and demanded Ranajoy’s release. According to a source, to bring the situation under control, Ranajoy was released after police imposed a fine on him. But, this did not help much. The mob started pushing police personnel inside the police station. When some of the police personnel tried resisting the move, a few people from the mob assaulted several police personnel. A constable and an officer was assaulted. They even tried to tear the uniform of a policeman. While, the police were getting assaulted a few of the accused persons went to the chamber of Officer in Charge’s (OC) room and verbally abused him. It was also alleged that a lady police personnel, who was trying control the women, was assaulted. Around 1:30 am, a huge contingent of police went to Tollygunge police station and brought the situation under control. Though a suo moto case has been initiated, no one was arrested till Monday.last_img read more

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The Herd Hierarchy through NFL Week 15

first_imgDallas Cowboys – Cowboys still haven’t lost to any team not named the Giants, and Dak Prescott is 1 of 2 quarterbacks with double-digit games with a passer rating of 100 or better this season. Ezekiel Elliott is the 2nd running back since the Super Bowl era with 1,500 rushing yards thru 14 career games.The Dallas defense is the unsung hero of this team. They have 7 Takeaways over their last 2 games, and 10 Sacks over their last 3. The Cowboys are still a legitimate Super Bowl contender.Dak Prescott keeps it and goes into the end zone untouched to put the #DallasCowboys up 17-3! #TBvsDAL #SNF pic.twitter.com/hjyrOOAaK1— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 19, 2016 Green Bay Packers – The Packers have won 4 straight games as the NFC North burns around them. Sunday was Aaron Rodger’s 1st game this season without a passing touchdown, but he’s on pace for his 8th career season with a passer rating of 100, which would tie Steve Young for the most in the Super Bowl era. Green Bay has a +11 Turnover Differential over their 4-game win streak.Ty Montgomery has been a difference maker during the Packer turnaround. On Sunday, he became the 1st Packer since Samkon Gado in 2005 to rush for 160 or more yards with his performance on Sunday. The Pack is back.Christine Michael rumbles through the entire Bears defense for a long TD run! #GoPackGo #GBvsCHI pic.twitter.com/ExI1kcvxAJ— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Oakland Raiders – The Raiders clinched their first playoff appearance since 2002 with a win over the Chargers on Sunday. This Raiders team just finds a way to win close games. The Raider defense is allowing over 6 yards per play, the only other teams in that club are the 49ers and Browns.Even though they give up yards, they have multiple Takeaways in 6 straight games, led by DPOY candidate Khalil Mack, who has been on a tear.Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper are 1 of 2 receiving duos in the AFC where both have at least 70 receptions & 800 yards. They can’t win the Super Bowl with this defense, but Derek Carr could win them a playoff game.Michael Crabtree makes a fantastic catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the game before halftime! #RaiderNation #OAKvsSD pic.twitter.com/j5DKAWVTml— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Seattle Seahawks – The Seahawks are the only team in the NFC that has already clinched their division, even though they’ve been offensively inconsistent all year. Russell Wilson has thrown an interception in 4 straight games, but in Week 15 he had his 1st multi-pass touchdown game since Week 10.The Seahawks have 11 giveaways in their last 4 games, after just 6 in their first 10. The rushing attack has dramatically improved since Thomas Rawls returned in Week 11. They’re averaging 145.4 rushing yards per game compared to just 77.7 ypg over their first 9. Seattle will still be a handful come playoff time, but the loss of All-Pro safety Earl Thomas hurts.The rout is on! @DangeRussWilson hits @TDLockett12 for the 57-yard bomb to put the #Seahawks up 24-3 in the 4th. #WeAre12 pic.twitter.com/suflIXD5cE— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 16, 2016 New England Patriots – The Patriots have clinched their 8th straight division title, and 7th straight 1st-round bye. In terms of situational football, New England is head and shoulders above the league. New England has won 5 straight games, and are 9-1 since Tom Brady returned from suspension. The Patriots defense has played better since Jamie Collins was jettisoned.They have 8 takeaways over their last 4 games, and are averaging 3 sacks per game over their last 7. LeGarrette Blount is the 1st player with 1,000 yards rushing and 15 rushing touchdowns since Arian Foster in 2012 with the Texans. Belichick and Brady look like they can still beat anyone with two weeks to prepare. Patriots are #1.LeGarrette Blount runs up the middle for a 1-yard TD to set New England’s single season rushing TD record at 15! #Patriots #NEvsDEN pic.twitter.com/LbSYtIuN4j— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers have won 5 straight games by taking advantage of a soft spot in their schedule. The Steeler defense was a liability earlier in the year, but since Week 11 they have the NFL’s best total defense, the most Sacks, and are tied for the 2nd best scoring defense.They’ve only allowed 300 yards of total offense once during their 5-game winning streak. Le’Veon Bell has been on a rampage, averaging over 190 scrimmage yards per game during the win streak, which is 45 more than anyone else in the NFL. The Steelers finish the season with 2 home games, where Big Ben has a 119.0 passer rating on the year.Ben Roethlisberger finds Eli Rogers for the 24-yard TD to give the #Steelers the lead! #HereWeGo #PITvsCIN pic.twitter.com/i3ZMV38BaM— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 New York Giants – The Giants have won 8 of their last 9, and since Week 6 they have the NFL’s best scoring defense, the best 3rd down defense, and the 2nd most sacks. The Giants have 18 Takeaways over their last 8 games, after managing just 3 in their first 6. They haven’t allowed an opposing quarterback to post a 100+ passer rating since Week 4, and have only allowed two 100-yd rushers this season.When Odell Beckham scores a touchdown this season, the Giants are 6-1. After starting the season without a touchdown thru 4 games, OBJ is averaging a score a game over his last 10. The Giants could be this year’s Denver.Odell Beckham makes ANOTHER incredible one-handed catch for the 4-yard TD! #GiantsPride #NYGvsDET pic.twitter.com/SOIEnrbNsy— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Tyreek Hill has been a breakout explosive playmaker. Hill has 6 all-purpose touchdowns (Rush + Rec + Return) since Week 12, including a 68-yard rushing touchdown on his lone touch in Sunday’s loss to the Titans.Kansas City leads the NFL with 28 Takeaways, and they even managed a +2 turnover margin in their loss on Sunday. Colin thinks the Chiefs have the best defensive roster in the AFC.Alex Smith gets outside the pocket and scrambles for the 10-yard TD! #ChiefsKingdom #TENvsKC pic.twitter.com/KTvDcjANpp— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Every Tuesday, after all the NFL games have been played, it’s time for The Herd Hierarchy, Colin’s power rankings of his Top 10 NFL teams.This week, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers are still skyrocketing up the rankings after winning their fourth straight, and the Giants are finally getting love because Colin is convinced they are this year’s version of last year’s Broncos. The Raiders clinched their first playoff  berth since 2002, and the Patriots and Cowboys continue their weekly brawl for the top spot.Here’s the Herd Hierarchy through 15 weeks of the 2016 NFL season.Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs haven’t allowed a passing touchdown since Week 13, and have only allowed 1 quarterback to post a passer rating of 100 or better since Week 8. Advertisement Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons lead the NFL with 6.61 yards per play this season, and are averaging just below 4 touchdowns a game – the most in the NFL. Atlanta has won their last 2 games despite missing Julio Jones.In Jones’ absence, wide receiver Taylor Gabriel has emerged. He has 7 total touchdowns since Week 8, after having none in the first 7 weeks. Devonta Freeman has rushed for 7 touchdowns over his last 3 games after only 3 in his first 10. Linebacker Vic Beasley has 13.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles since Week 5, both lead the NFL. Colin still doesn’t trust the Birds.Devonta Freeman finds a huge hole and takes off for a 34-yard touchdown! #RiseUp #SFvsATL pic.twitter.com/7bfgFFHXge— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Tennessee Titans – The Titans have won 4 of their last 5 games, with 3 of those wins coming against Green Bay, Denver, and Kansas City. In a passing league, it’s all about the running game for the Tennessee. Their 144.7 rushing yards per game is the 3rd most in the NFL, and they’re 1 of 2 teams averaging 30 or more rushing attempts per game.The Titans are 8-1 when rushing for at least 130 yards this season, and 0-5 otherwise. After 8 straight games with multiple passing touchdowns, Marcus Mariota has 0 in his last 2 games. The Titans are in the playoff hunt.Ryan Succop drills the 53-yard FG as time expires to give the #Titans a 19-17 win over the Chiefs! #TitanUp #TENvsKC pic.twitter.com/qoHjcgISsS— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 .@ColinCowherd’s NFL Power Rankings pic.twitter.com/Sf9cThzrWY— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 20, 2016last_img read more

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Colin NBA stars sitting out isnt about science its all about money

first_img Advertisement Today in The Herd, Colin went off on NBA players sitting out national TV games. He thinks the recent talking point that players taking healthy scratches due to increased knowledge about science is ridiculous, and it isn’t fooling the public for a second.Colin thinks players sitting out national television games is a way for players to stick it to the league for having the top teams like the Cavs and Warriors over scheduled on national TV games because they have limited ratings draws.As far as Colin is concerned, this isn’t about science, it’s about math, and more specifically money.“The Warriors now are great, and their travel schedule is brutal, and the league is putting them on TV constantly, and they are basically saying, “We’re gonna stick it you. You’re using us for your ratings and your money, we’re gonna sit out some TV games.”Then LeBron gets mad at it and says, “If you can do it, I can do it, and I’m gonna get Kyrie and Kevin Love to do it.” And the Spurs are like, “If you’re doing it, then I’m doing it.”That’s all this is, it’s a big shell game. They’re trying to pass it off as science. This is not science, it’s math. It’s all about money.” Here’s Colin’s full rant:last_img read more

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VIDEO Tony Romo failed to qualify for the 2017 US Open continues

first_imgPost retirement, Tony Romo is living out his personal fantasy camp on steroids.Romo just missed the cut at his local amateur U.S. Open qualifier by firing a 3-over, 75 in his final round, but keeps on living the dream. So, he didn’t qualify. It beats broken collarbones and concussions. Next up, playing broadcaster.A couple weeks after coming within an Adam Silver intervention from getting into an NBA game, it’s hard to argue you wouldn’t want Tony Romo’s life at this moment in time.Tony Romo finishes with a birdie on 18. 3-over 75 on the day. pic.twitter.com/WuptvOgUnd— Drew Davison (@drewdavison) May 8, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

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