Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review/Stream]

first_imgSnarky Puppy has announced their return with thunderous authority, unleashing a brand new studio album Culcha Vulcha for the first time in eight years on April 29. In the interim period, the band, (who this writer found at an early Bear Creek festival side-stage) has pretty much set the bar for what is possible when an enormous crew of progressive minded virtuosos set about a mission with collective focus. The seven, full-length live albums released over the last five years point to a prolific genius, among the most versatile bands in the universe. This is a group that cannot help but create dope, invigorating music; a regenerative process that has them back at the drawing board the moment they complete a record or tour. Originally connecting at the jazz program on the fertile grounds of the University of North Texas at Denton, the band stayed true to their hustle by recording Culcha Vulcha in their home state, at the Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX. The de-facto captain of this mammoth sea monster is bassist and principle composer Michael League, yet each of the other sixteen soldiers in the Snarky army brings a specific style and important contribution to the pup-gumbo. Their incredible vision and pristine execution has been rewarded by a rabid, steadily-growing touring following; and no less than two Grammy Award wins over the past two years. Their core sonic thesis is to attack and massage a multifaceted rhythm or groove, and then take it for a roller-coaster joyride through the minds, hearts and souls of a plethora of horn players, guitarists, percussionists and keyboardists, eventually arriving at a tremendous slab of nu-jazz, steeped in tradition yet channeling glories found deep inside new beginnings. Snarky Puppy has knack for tastefully introducing worldly traditions and authentic styles to their tunes. The journey begins at “Tarova,” finding the band in the Far East rhythmically, their ample percussion egging on some Deep Southern fireworks; we end up somewhere near Washington DC. Brazilian aromas power “Semente,” head-honcho League’s bass lines negotiating the well, far beyond twenty-thousand namesakes. Later, during the rambunctious “Grown Folks”, the brass heads and boogie grooves holler out to a new French Quarter with an intoxicating Second Line head, while the band cooks furiously amidst polyrhythms and sizzling melodies.  Subtle, tasteful electronic soundscapes and an undeniable boom-bap feel inform “Beep Box.” The slow’d & throw’d composition embraces a futuristic ethos dripping in Cory Henry’s kaleidoscope synths, while the colors paint a dark, if mesmerizing canvas. This song is a controlled and focused intention, not unlike the Analog Future Band, but with more jazz feels, sacrificing zero thump. The sparse, vibey groundwork beneath Chris Bullock’s tasty flute licks create a foundation for a yet-unclaimed nation. There’s a clear nod toward beloved afrobeat on “The Simple Life”, yet there’s an aesthetic that reminds one of Fat Mama’s debut record Mammatus, this life the future that Sir Joe Russo and company were hinting at nearly twenty years ago.  “Big Ugly” invokes Groove Collective in their heyday, albeit with more jazz chops and a clearly contemporary fabric. This mammoth song is an emotionally fitting album coda, as so many styles, instrumental voices. vivid colors, and brilliant ideas are on display; delivered to the audience with a panache and seriousness that belies their age. The choice tone in the way the trap kit is mic’d lends a vintage aura to a composition geared toward the next era of progressive music, and the bright future of this simply awesome conglomerate.Snarky Puppy is an ironclad unified theory, collection of virtuosos who’ve come together as one; traversing this dozen-year mission determined and packing authenticity, the avant garde, and incomparable heat. The music world has been served notice once again, and Snarky Puppy sets the bar the possibilities of what uncompromising art is in 2016. Listen to Culcha Vulcha below, courtesy of NPR First Listen, until its April 29th release:last_img read more

Hear former CIA agent Plame Wilson at JFK Forum event

first_imgThe surprise disclosure that North Korea has begun enriching uranium is yet another stark reminder of the grave threats of nuclear proliferation. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School will host a very timely debate on the unimaginable dangers posed by nuclear weapons, from terrorism to accidents to miscalculation.The “Future of Nuclear Weapons” forum will show clips from the recent documentary, Countdown to Zero, which argues not only for reducing nuclear weapons but dismantling them completely. Join Valerie Plame Wilson, the former CIA agent who pursued nuclear traffickers, along with Graham Allison, Matthew Bunn, and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, Harvard Kennedy School specialists on nuclear terrorism and proliferation.Countdown to Zero was directed by Lucy Walker and produced by the Academy Award-winning producers of An Inconvenient Truth, Lawrence Bender and Participant Media. The film opened in U.S. theaters in July and just became available on DVD.This is not a ticketed event so no registration is required. The forum is at 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge. The forum event will be webcast live on the Institute of Politics web site. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi breakthrough

first_imgThe song “Volare” by Dean Martin is transmitted via a laser frequency comb, the first time a laser has been used as a radio transmitter.Now, the researchers have figured out a way to extract and transmit wireless signals from laser frequency combs.Unlike conventional lasers, which emit a single frequency of light, laser frequency combs emit multiple frequencies simultaneously, evenly spaced to resemble the teeth of a comb. In 2018, the researchers discovered that inside the laser, the different frequencies of light beat together to generate microwave radiation. The light inside the cavity of the laser caused electrons to oscillate at microwave frequencies — which are within the communications spectrum.“If you want to use this device for Wi-Fi, you need to be able to put useful information in the microwave signals and extract that information from the device,” said Marco Piccardo, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and first author of the paper.,The first thing the new device needed to transmit microwave signals was an antenna — so the researchers etched a gap into the top electrode of the device, creating a dipole antenna (like the rabbit ears on the top of an old TV). Next, they modulated the frequency comb to encode information on the microwave radiation created by the beating light of the comb. Then, using the antenna, the microwaves containing the encoded information radiate out from the device. The radio signal is received by a horn antenna, filtered, and sent to a computer.The researchers also demonstrated that the laser radio could receive signals. The team was able to remotely control the behavior of the laser using microwave signals from another device.“This all-in-one, integrated device holds great promise for wireless communication,” said Piccardo. “While the dream of terahertz wireless communication is still a ways away, this research provides a clear roadmap showing how to get there.”The Harvard Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.This research was co-authored by Michele Tamagnone, Benedikt Schwarz, Paul Chevalier, Noah A. Rubin, Yongrui Wang, Christine A. Wang, Michael K. Connors, Daniel McNulty and Alexey Belyanin. It was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen You’ve never heard Dean Martin like this.This recording of Martin’s classic “Volare” was transmitted wirelessly via a semiconductor laser — the first time a laser has been used as a radio frequency transmitter.In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) demonstrated a laser that can emit microwaves wirelessly, modulate them, and receive external radio frequency signals.“The research opens the door to new types of hybrid electronic-photonic devices and is the first step toward ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi,” said Federico Capasso, the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics and Vinton Hayes Senior Research Fellow in Electrical Engineering at SEAS and senior author of the study.This research builds off previous work from the Capasso Lab. In 2017, the researchers discovered that an infrared-frequency comb in a quantum cascade laser could be used to generate terahertz frequencies, the submillimeter wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum that could move data hundreds of times faster than today’s wireless. In 2018, the team found that quantum cascade laser frequency combs could also act as integrated transmitters or receivers to efficiently encode information.last_img read more

Billy Porter & Partner Adam Smith Are Engaged

first_imgBilly Porter & Adam Smith(Photo: facebook.com/pg/Billy-Porter) View Comments Wedding bells will soon ring in the land of Lola. Broadway.com has confirmed that Kinky Boots Tony winner and Broadway favorite Billy Porter and his partner Adam Smith are engaged.Porter most recently appeared on Broadway in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed. His additional stage credits include Angels in America, While I Yet Live (which he also wrote), Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Miss Saigon. On screen, Porter has appeared in The Get Down, The Big C and Twisted.Best wishes to the happy couple! last_img read more

Peanut drink research

first_imgPeople around the world eat peanuts in all sorts of ways: as a roasted snack, as a powder sprinkled onto cereal, as a sauce blended into stew. But would consumers gulp down a peanut beverage? Aggrey Gama thinks so.Gama, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Griffin campus, is crafting a drink that would deliver the nutrition and tastiness of peanuts to consumers in his home country of Malawi.He recently returned to the U.S. from Malawi, where he visited with family and conducted surveys of potential consumers.“What are the factors that Malawians are considering when they are making food choices? That is what we wanted to know,” said Gama.He surveyed shoppers in the northern, central and southern regions of the country to find out how they prioritize nutrition, ease of preparation, cost and other factors. For their trouble, survey respondents received the equivalent of $1.“These consumers are completely different than the consumers in the U.S. It would not be practical to base assumptions on the priorities of the American consumer,” Gama said.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and more than 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. That doesn’t mean that consumer preferences don’t matter.Developing a product that appeals to consumers can drive economic growth, creating demand for farmers’ produce and jobs for the people who manufacture food products. These jobs put cash into people’s pockets so that they can then buy the product.But getting a peanut beverage to market requires some basic information: Would consumers buy a drink that needs refrigeration or do they require something that is shelf-stable? Do mothers want a fully prepared drink or a concentrated one? Is cost the greatest factor or would people pay more for a tastier drink?The survey measured those opinions and more, but Gama was surprised how many people didn’t necessarily rank taste or nutrition highest. They wanted a drink to satisfy their hunger, a beverage that would make them feel full.“It’s a survival technique, hunger abatement,” he said.Data compiled by the country’s National Statistical Office show that 37 percent of Malawi’s children are stunted and 64 percent suffer from anemia. A beverage that fits consumers’ expectations for flavor and shelf life, while providing the vital nutrients found in peanuts, would offer multiple benefits.Gama will now head into the Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Laboratory, which is part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) facilities at UGA-Griffin. He’ll be working with six varieties of roasted peanuts that he brought from Malawi to create the peanut-based beverage. This product optimization will test the physical, chemical and sensory properties of various potential recipes and will allow Gama to develop the processing protocol.One of the questions he’ll face along the way is just how much oil is acceptable in the drink. He wants a filling drink, but the polyunsaturated fatty acids that make up about one-third of the fat in peanuts can go bad fairly quickly. Monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid are much more stable, but peanut breeders are still working to develop varieties for Africa with high oleic acid concentration, along with traditional traits for good flavor and disease resistance. “This is a bit more challenging because I am considering full-fat peanuts,” Gama said. “It is important because protein and fat are very expensive in my country.” The final drink formula might also include cow’s milk, an ingredient that many survey respondents favored. Once he has refined the recipe to meet all the important criteria — nutrition, shelf life, flavor, cost, etc. — Gama will return to Malawi to conduct taste tests with potential consumers. By the end of the project, he plans to have a product ready for a company to scale up to production. Gama, under the mentorship of CAES Assistant Professor Koushik Adhikari, has a fellowship from the Legume Scholars Program, a partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab and Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab. The program specifically targets promising young scientists from developing nations who will study in the U.S., then return to their countries and work to increase food security and household incomes for smallholder farmers through enhanced legume production, processing or marketing.  Back in the U.S., where he has already completed the coursework for his doctorate at UGA in Athens, Georgia, Gama is analyzing the data from the consumer survey. “A lot of people were not satisfied with (the) diversity of peanut products on the market, but could not suggest alternatives they’d like to see,” he said. While many groundnut farmers in Malawi are smallholders who sell into an informal market, a formal market does exist. Creating new products that appeal to consumers creates a loop that adds sustainability to the market. Processors buy the local peanut crop, which increases farmers’ profitability. Farmers have more expendable cash, so they buy more of the peanut beverage and processors buy even more peanuts. In two years, by the time Gama completes his doctoral work, the product will be ready to scale up to commercial production.Gama always knew he wanted to work on the food supply, but he wasn’t certain how. Raised by grandparents who were primary school teachers, he learned the value of education at a young age. Still, he watched as his grandparents grew maize, beans and groundnuts for the household and realized how important food safety and security is to a society. After getting a bachelor’s degree 10 years ago, he first went to work in the dairy industry, then with the Malawi Bureau of Standards. After a few years, he returned to school at the University of Leeds in the U.K., then went on to UGA. He is currently an academic member of staff in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi.“Whatever you do in school, that may change. But you should choose something that can help you to stand on your own, even if you are unemployed,” he said. “There are careers in research, but I also see vendors selling things to eat on the street and think, ‘That’s food science, too.’”last_img read more

Old Canoes on the New River

first_imgCowritten by Hartwell Carson and Chris TrumbauerThe Toyota Prius is not generally regarded as a top-notch off-road vehicle. This is especially true when it has two canoes on the roof and is stuffed to capacity with two grown men, camping gear and a cooler full of beer. This did not deter Hartwell Carson, the Prius’s driver, as he careened down a sketchy dirt road high above the New River Gorge in rural West Virginia. We had debated whether this “short-cut” would be passable – and the jury was still out, as the condition of the road deteriorated with each passing mile.From the passenger seat, I looked down into the valley below, scouting the river that we would spend the next three days paddling (if we ever made it to the put-in). The water level was super low, and we worried that we’d have to portage some of the rapids. That concern seemed unimportant, however, when the Prius suddenly bottomed out in a deep, muddy pothole. Fortunate to have lost only time rather than an axle, we had to backtrack and take the long way to the put-in, nervously laughing about the intermittent metallic rattling sound the car was now making.img_0802Most people extol the virtues of being prepared. That’s a fair point – and probably good advice.  But the real adventures – the stuff of good stories – often result from times when you are unprepared or end up overcoming some daunting (but likely avoidable) adversity.An hour later we met up with our friend Kemp Burdette at the Glade Creek put-in. We started gearing up the canoes, which looked a little beat up. Hartwell informed us that he was up until midnight fixing one of them. Looking at the old canoes, Kemp remarked that he heard the New River is “flashy,” meaning that water level can rise rapidly. Hartwell looked around for a few seconds then told Kemp that he was being ridiculous. That was about the time that we noticed our boats, which had been sitting on dry land minutes before, were now floating. I looked at Hartwell – he shrugged. We threw caution to the wind, because the sun was out, the beer was cold and our spirits were high.Kemp and I jumped into one canoe and Hartwell threw the cooler into the other. We paddled for about an hour until the sky darkened and it started raining, gently at first but then harder. We made it through the class III Quinnimont Rapids and then raced for a place to camp as the storm engulfed us. We waited out the storm in our tent, drinking bourbon and telling stories.We emerged from the tent after the storm had passed and darkness had fallen. Too cold and wet to make a real dinner, we settled for devouring a box of cookies and warmed ourselves up with a hatchet-throwing contest.screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-18-33-amAfterward, Kemp pointed into the darkness. “Is that a picnic table?” Sure enough, we were right next to a day-use area. We went to investigate and spotted a sign indicating that camping, fires and alcohol were prohibited. Huh. We had already broken all three rules but it was too late to do anything about it. On the plus side, there was a bathroom here – an unexpected (but welcome) amenity.Shortly after that, headlights pulled into the parking lot and Kemp went to check it out. He came back and reported that it was a couple of rangers and they were “cool,” after he explained the situation to them. He had promised them that we would be quiet and pack up early.The next morning, we awoke to two important realizations. We had neglected to eat dinner and the river had risen three feet. A big breakfast solved the first problem but there was nothing we could do about the second one.The river was swollen and whitewater appeared where no rapids were marked on our map. These conditions were much more suited for rafts than our old canoes. The first class II we encountered was way more challenging than the two class IIIs we breezed through the day before. A tricky wave train threw Kemp and my canoe right over. We hung on to our overturned boat as Hartwell nosed his canoe into ours and helped to push us to safety before we encountered any more rapids.We broke for lunch at Dowdy Creek and scrambled through a large railroad culvert that led to a beautiful waterfall. The falls drop 50 feet straight into a beautiful, clear pool of water, then a second cascade falls another 40 feet. After scrambling around the falls for a bit, Hartwell reminded us that I had promised to grill up lunch. Back by the river, I set up the stove on a small peninsula of river stones, but before the sausages were done, the peninsula was under water and we had to move to higher ground. The river was still rising fast and we had two more Class III rapids to finish that day.img_0862We heard the next rapids before we saw them and knew we were in trouble. Kemp and I watched Hartwell disappear over the horizon line and moments later the big wave swamped and flipped our boat. We swam the rest of the rapid, gathered our gear and boats, and headed downstream to look for a place to camp. The river was so high we couldn’t find one, so we pressed on. We came to the next rapid, which looked gnarly. “Might as well – you’re already wet!” yelled Hartwell. He shot through but Kemp and I flipped again.Shortly after we righted the canoe we found a decent place to camp. I started a fire and – making up for the last night – Kemp started on a double dose of dinner (shrimp and steak fajitas). A good night’s sleep was interrupted only by the roar of a coal train barreling past on the other side of the river at 4:00 A.M.The next day, a bald eagle soared over an angry, brown river. All we wanted was not to get wet. I put on the dry clothes I was saving for the ride home. “I’m all in,” I declared. “Not getting wet today.” At first our canoe, which we had named “Tippy McTipface” didn’t seem likely to cooperate. But we ended up navigating a couple of unmarked – and pretty nasty – rapids without dumping.img_0814We pulled into the take-out on time and dry. We packed into the station wagon we had left there and headed back to the put-in. Hartwell wondered if any local Trump supporters had messed with his car, which had a prominent Hillary Clinton sticker on the bumper. “This will be a good barometer for the state of the country – if you can leave a Prius with a Hillary sticker in a remote parking lot for three days, in a red state and it doesn’t get vandalized, we are all good.” With the Prius unscathed and our faith in humanity secure, we drove back laughing that despite our lack of preparation, we had plenty of stories to last until our next adventure.last_img read more

Messi, Marta Win FIFA Ballon d’Or

first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2011 WOW.. THIS IS GREAT .. BESIDES KNOWING THAT MESSI (MY IDOL) WON THE AWARD AGAIN … AND MARTA ALSO… MESSI DESERVED THIS AWARD MORE THAN INIESTA AND XAVI, WHO ARE ALSO MY IDOLS … BUT MESSI DESERVED IT … In a major upset in Zurich, Argentine Leo Messi won FIFA’s Golden Ball for the best player of 2010, beating out Spaniards Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández, Barcelona teammates of his, who were the favorites. With all bets on Iniesta or Xavi, Barcelona’s coach opened the envelope containing the winner’s name, and it was Messi, for the second year in a row, after winning the Golden Ball and FIFA’s World Player award, which were merged this year, in 2009. Messi’s triumph breaks with the tradition of recent years in which a player from the team that won the World Cup takes home the trophy for the year’s best player. “It was already great to be with these teammates among the finalists. I want to share this with my teammates and with my loved ones, and with all Barcelona fans and all Argentines,” Messi said after receiving the trophy. “It surprised me to win, given how the betting pools were, which were favoring Xavi and Andrés, but I’m grateful to the people who voted for me,” a stunned Messi said. “The truth is that both Andrés and Xavi did a huge amount to earn the award; they ended the World Cup spectacularly,” the Argentine added. Messi joins soccer legends who won the Golden Ball more than once, such as his compatriot Alfredo Di Stefano, Dutchmen Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten, Germans Franz Beckenbauer and Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Englishman Kevin Keegan, Frenchman Michel Platini, and Brazilian Ronaldo. “The truth is that it’s a privilege to be among the greats and have two Golden Balls,” Messi indicated. On the women’s side, Brazilian Marta won FIFA’s trophy for the world’s best female player for the fifth year in a row, beating out the other two finalists in the voting, Germans Birgit Prinz and Fatmire Bajramaj. Marta, who won this year’s U.S. Women’s Professional Soccer League championship with the Gold Pride, also took home the trophy in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “Nothing would have been possible without the people who accompany me day after day, my family, my professional teammates, and my teammates on the national team. Without all these people, I couldn’t have attained these successes, which I can’t believe. I ask for health in order to keep reaching other objectives,” Marta said after receiving the prize. The head coaches and captains of the national teams of FIFA’s associated federations, in addition to 154 international reporters, voted in the balloting for the best female player.last_img read more

Dutch pension fund for notaries agrees to merger

first_imgThe schemes said their supervisory (RvT) and accountability boards (VO), as well as the regulator, had responded positively to their plans.In the coming months, the schemes will look into how exactly the merger should be executed.Stijn Marks, employers’ chairman at SBMN, said SNPF was likely to join the industry-wide scheme. “In order to keep the new set-up simple,” he said, “we’ll try to develop one pension plan for all participants, possibly with additional modules for deviating arrangements.”The new, and yet nameless, scheme is to be directed by a “lean and mean” pensions bureau, according to Eric Uijen, director at SNPF.SBMN does not have a pensions bureau, while SNPF is in the process of scaling down its own bureau, following its recent contracting out of its pensions administration to TKP, which already acts as SBMN’s provider.According to Uijen, both schemes will also look into the most desirable set-up for asset management.SBMN has placed almost all of asset management with insurer Aegon, which has invested the assets through its own funds, while SNPF has six external asset managers.Uijen said: “In principle, we want to follow current practice and focus on contracting out as much as possible.”Both schemes stressed that the merger would not have consequences for accrued pension rights and current benefits.The coverage ratios at SBMN and SNPF was 108.9% and 109.2%, respectively, as of the end of March.Both schemes have cut pension rights twice, in order to stay on the mapped out route to recovery to the minimum required funding of 105%. SNPF, the €1.2bn pension fund for notaries in the Netherlands, and SBMN, the €850m industry-wide scheme for notary employees, have announced their intention to merge on 1 January 2015. The pension funds said their decision was a response to the decreasing market for notary services – following a slump in the housing market – and that it aimed at the benefits of scale for efficiency and cost-cutting.They pointed out that the falling number of active participants meant lower income from contributions, while costs per participant were rising.“At the same time,” they added, “the provision of pension plans, as well as asset management, has become increasingly complicated, and requirements for pension funds’ boards are continuously being raised.”last_img read more

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

first_img Tweet Share Share HealthLifestyle Ebola virus mutating, scientists say by: BBC News – January 29, 2015 Hundreds of blood samples are being analysed to keep track of the virusScientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it’s able to jump more easily from person to person“We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“That’s important for diagnosing (new cases) and for treatment. We need to know how the virus (is changing) to keep up with our enemy.”It’s not unusual for viruses to change over a period time. Ebola is an RNA virus – like HIV and influenza – which have a high rate of mutation. That makes the virus more able to adapt and raises the potential for it to become more contagious.“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”But Professor Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, says it’s still unclear whether more people are actually not showing symptoms in this outbreak compared with previous ones.“We know asymptomatic infections occur… but whether we are seeing more of it in the current outbreak is difficult to ascertain,” he said.“It could simply be a numbers game, that the more infection there is out in the wider population, then obviously the more asymptomatic infections we are going to see.”Member of MSF at isolation ward in Conakry, Guinea. 29 June 2014The current outbreak began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra LeoneAnother common concern is that while the virus has more time and more “hosts” to develop in, Ebola could mutate and eventually become airborne.There is no evidence to suggest that is happening. The virus is still only passed through direct contact with infected people’s body fluids.Infectious disease expert Professor David Heyman said“No blood borne virus, for example HIV or Hepatitis B, has ever shown any indication of becoming airborne. The mutation would need to be major”Virologist Noel Tordo is in the process of setting up a new from the Institut Pasteur in the Guinea capital Conakry. He said,“At the moment, not enough has been done in terms of the evolution of the virus both geographically and in the human body, so we have to learn more. But something has shown that there are mutations,”“For the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact (with a sick person)”“But as a scientist you can’t predict it won’t change. Maybe it will.”Researchers are using a method called genetic sequencing to track changes in the genetic make-up of the virus. So far they have analysed around 20 blood samples from Guinea. Another 600 samples are being sent to the labs in the coming months.A previous similar study in Sierra Leone showed the Ebola virus mutated considerably in the first 24 days of the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.It said: “This certainly does raise a lot of scientific questions about transmissibility, response to vaccines and drugs, use of convalescent plasma.“However, many gene mutations may not have any impact on how the virus responds to drugs or behaves in human populations.”‘Global problem’The research in Paris will also help give scientists a clearer insight into why some people survive Ebola, and others don’t. The survival rate of the current outbreak is around 40%.It’s hoped this will help scientists developing vaccines to protect people against the virus.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are currently developing two vaccines which they hope will be in human trials by the end of the year.One is a modification of the widely used measles vaccine, where people are given a weakened and harmless form of the virus which in turn triggers an immune response. That response fights and defeats the disease if someone comes into contact with it.The research may explain why some people survive Ebola and others do notThe idea, if it proves successful, would be that the vaccine would protect against both measles and Ebola.“We’ve seen now this is a threat that can be quite large and can extend on a global scale,” said Professor James Di Santo, and immunologist at the Institut.“We’ve learned this virus is not a problem of Africa, it’s a problem for everyone.”He added: “This particular outbreak may wane and go away, but we’re going to have another infectious outbreak at some point, because the places where the virus hides in nature, for example in small animals, is still a threat for humans in the future.“The best type of response we can think of… is to have vaccination of global populations.”center_img Sharing is caring! Share 108 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cardinals Boys Basketball Results

first_imgThe 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals took on the Laurel Yellow Jackets on Monday, November 26th.  The Cardinals placed 7 boys in the scoring column and came away with a 28-23 victory.  Sam Laloge led the way with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block.  Ben Miller scored 6 points, followed by Max Amberger (4 points), Henry Wanstrath (4 points), Adam Meer (2 points), Sully Hill (2 points), and Christian Mack (2 points).  The Cardinals had 10 players record rebounds including Ryan Duerstock, Max Amberger, and Henry Wanstrath with 5 each.  Others chipping in were Santiago Schutte, Max Richardson, Ben Miller, Mark Meneses, Zavier Tekulve, and Adam Meer.  Wanstrath did a great job on defense with 7 steals, followed by Miller with 3.  The Cardinals scored the most points they have all year in large part by sharing the basketball as an assist was recorded on 9 of the 14 made baskets.  Laurel and St. Louis are set for a rematch on Thursday, November 26th when the Cardinals travel to Laurel.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.St. Louis 7th Graders came up short against South Dearborn 40 to 31. St. Louis led by 1 at the half but struggled against strong physical defense and a well disciplined offense in the 2nd half. St. Louis was led in scoring by Hank Ritter with 14 and Carson Meyer with 7 rebounds.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles.The St Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Basketball team pushed their record to 10-0 on the season tonight by defeating the South Dearborn Squires by a score of 37-33. The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 27th, as they face St. Michael of Brookville at home with the 7th grade game tipping off at 6:00pm followed by the 8th grade game. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img read more