Earth’s sister in the crosshairs

first_imgEarth’s sister is out there, somewhere, and scientists searching for planets that may support life believe they are closing in on finding just that.“Maybe this year, maybe next — before 2014,” predicted Harvard astronomer Dimitar Sasselov, head of Harvard’s Origins of Life Initiative and co-investigator on the planet-finding Kepler Space Telescope.Sasselov’s prediction may seem bold to those who have not been following the avalanche of new findings in the search for planets circling other stars. From the barest trickle in the mid-1990s, the discovery of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, has rapidly increased as astronomers have developed new techniques and deployed new instruments, including the 2009 launch of Kepler, specifically designed to find planets around other stars.The telescope already has located more than 2,300 candidate planets, of which 61 have been confirmed as actual planets. Researchers using other telescopes have confirmed hundreds more. The emerging picture is of a universe not only rich in planets, but one with millions circling in their stars’ “Goldilocks Zone,” an orbit not too hot and not too cold where liquid water could support the conditions of life. The most interesting of the planets found in stars’ habitable zones are called “super-Earths,” the rocky or water-covered bodies with a mass of up to 10 times that of Earth.Sasselov explores the emerging science surrounding super-Earths in a book released this year called “The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet.”In an interview, Sasselov said the idea for the book came from his work on the Origins of Life Initiative and the undergraduate class he co-teaches with Andrew Knoll, Fisher Professor of Natural History and professor of Earth and planetary sciences. The class, “Life as a Planetary Phenomenon,” has grown each year, nearing 400 students this year. The initiative, the class, and the book all examine life and its place in the universe from the perspective of two disciplines that are not normally considered complementary: astronomy and biology.The book, aimed at the general public and students without a science background, gives a brief history of the investigations that brought exoplanet and origins-of-life research to where they are today and provides a broad outline of the idea that life is part of the natural evolution of planets under certain conditions.“From that cosmic perspective, one can look at life as a process that can occur in specific conditions in the universe with specific chemistry,” Sasselov said.Harvard scientists have played a key role in the search for planets around other stars and have done important work concerning the molecules of life and the formation of early cells. Together, experts in the two fields are seeking to understand the geochemical processes and environmental conditions under which life arises in the universe.Sasselov talks about this new union of biology and astronomy in his book, saying that for the first time researchers are understanding that life, rather than being a rare cosmic accident, layered onto a planet but apart from its physical processes, might actually be part of a continuous process of planet formation and evolution. In this new understanding, life is a natural — and perhaps common — outgrowth of geology, chemistry, and other processes, linked rather than separate.“We always thought of life as being this odd phenomenon that is on the Earth rather than of the planet,” Sasselov said.One dramatic example of life as a planetary phenomenon occurred here on Earth billions of years ago when single-celled organisms developed photosynthesis, consuming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and giving off oxygen to create the atmosphere that we know today.Astronomers can help biologists by sharing findings from space, Sasselov said. Using advanced techniques, they can determine the composition of exoplanets’ atmospheres. Once sister Earths are found, their atmospheres can be examined and those results given to biologists to further inform their search for the conditions under which life began.By extending his search for new planets to include the search for life, Sasselov said he has refreshed his own work. The new focus has forced him to learn more about biology and chemistry and given him new perspectives on old problems.“Astronomy didn’t care much about biology. For me, it’s been a great career reinvigoration,” Sasselov said. “You can question a lot of different things when you look at something from a new perspective.”last_img read more

HZJZ: Recommendation for work / stay on yachts, boats and other vessels during the epidemic COVID-19

first_imgPassenger records.  Crew health monitoring by daily temperature measurement.  The Croatian Institute of Public Health published recommendations for work / stay on yachts, boats and other vessels during the COVID-19 epidemic. Other recommendations as well as the procedure in case of symptoms indicative of COVID-19 can be found in the appendix. It is recommended that vessel personnel keep records of passenger contacts and passenger entries and exits, so that in case of detection of a sick person on board, territorially competent epidemiologists can identify and inform the patient’s contacts as soon as possible and implement measures to prevent further spread of infection. Before starting work, all crew members must measure their temperature in the morning and will not start working if it is higher than 37,2oC and / or they have respiratory problems. In case of fever and / or respiratory problems with or without fever, employees will contact the employer and the competent family doctor by phone and will not start working until the cause of respiratory disorders or fever is determined. Attachment: HZJZ: Recommendation for work / stay on yachts, boats and other vessels during the epidemic COVID-19last_img read more

Adam Cole on winning the NXT championship, keeping The Undisputed Era together

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearIt feels like there is nothing stopping the talented, smooth talking Cole, who is now an NXT Triple Crown champion, having already won the tag team championships as well as becoming the first-ever North American champion. As he and The Undisputed Era say, they are always ready to “shock the system.”Just a few days after his big victory, Cole spoke with Sporting News about winning the NXT championship, his rivalry with Johnny Gargano, hopes of being with The Undisputed Era for the rest of his career and what he hopes is next for him as champion.No longer a question…I am the BEST that @WWENXT has to offer…and that is #Undisputed #AdamColeBayBay #UndisputedERA— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) June 2, 2019SPORTING NEWS: You debuted with NXT nearly two years ago at TakeOver: Brooklyn. On that night, you held up the NXT championship and now you’ve finally won it. Can you describe that moment and what was going through your mind when you won the title?ADAM COLE: I think a big reason that TakeOver 25 was so special was the journey to get there. It was a situation, for me, where I had done a lot of really cool things in NXT and I’ve had some really hard fought matches with a lot of really talented people. For me, my journey was all over the place. I was in the first-ever War Games match in WWE history. I became the first-ever NXT North American Champion in a six-way ladder match.I had done a lot of cool and interesting things, but of course, in the back of my mind winning the NXT championship was already at the forefront. So, getting to finally do that at such a monumental event for NXT, at TakeOver 25, was really, really cool, very special. I think it’s safe to say that anybody in NXT — that’s their goal, that’s their mindset, that’s what they’re working towards and for me it was no different and getting to finally do it was awesome. SN: You’ve crossed paths with Johnny Gargano going back probably about a decade before either of you joined NXT. What did it mean to beat him for the championship?AC: I’m glad you brought that up because I’m not sure if everybody knows, but like you said, me and Johnny go back as far as a decade. We’ve competed and wrestled against each other literally all across the globe, all across the United States and he was a guy that always, any time me and him competed against one another, we always brought out the best in each other or people used to always say that.I know I felt that way and I know Johnny feels that way. To get the chance to do it in NXT on such big stages like TakeOver and showing the world what Adam Cole versus Johnny Gargano is all about has been really cool.Again, just considering the fact that the chemistry that myself and Johnny have has only gotten better and has only gotten cooler and getting to show a whole new group of fans again what Adam Cole versus Johnny Gargano is all about. Then when you put something like the NXT championship on the line, you’re on such a big stage like TakeOver, it brings the best out of us even more. He’s definitely a guy I’m going to do a lot of battles with in the future.SN: We’ve seen that chemistry between the two of you in incredible matches between TakeOver: New York in the 2-out-of-3 falls match and now TakeOver 25. Why do you think that chemistry is so natural between the two of you?AC: I think what it comes down to is me and Johnny think very similar when it comes to wrestling. The things that we enjoy are the same, the things that we respect and admire. Bottom line — our views on sports entertainment or professional wrestling is very similar so, when you combine that with two guys who are as passionate as we are about this job, I think in turn you get some cool, exciting wrestling matches. SN: After the match, you celebrated in the ring with the other members of Undisputed Era with Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong. All of you are close, personal friends and have been on this journey together. What did it mean to have them there to share this moment?AC: It’s so hard to even describe. Lots of times, when you have that sort of pressure on you where you just got done having a grueling matchup, and in that case, me and Johnny wrestled for over 30 minutes, sometimes you can get lost in moments like that. But when I’m in there with guys like Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong, I made sure that I did.Those three guys are about as close of friends as I can get in this line of work and even outside of wrestling. Like I said before, I’ve been in Kyle O’Reilly’s wedding. I’ve been close friends with these guys for years and years. We talk, literally, every day. So, to get to share that moment with those guys was awesome. It was surreal.I know, for sure, there was a moment where I’m looking at Kyle and Kyle’s hugging me and telling me how proud he is of me and all I can think about is when we met in 2009 and we wrestled each other in the infamous ECW Arena in front of like 200 people. Fast forward to this journey of me now becoming the NXT champion and being in there with those guys, it was awesome. It made the moment even sweeter for me, getting to have those guys come down to the ring with me and celebrate.SN: People have talked about The New Day breaking up at some point and those guys don’t want to break up. Maybe that’s a situation you can look at and think that it’s not like the past where groups split and it is possible you can stay together.AC: Sure. And going off that, I think a group like The New Day or with a group like The Undisputed Era, again, seeing what we’ve been able to accomplish in the time that we have, I do think, of course, if you put Roderick Strong by himself or if you put Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly as a team by themselves or me by myself, I think there could be success there.But then I look at what we’ve done as a group and how much fun that we’re having and the fans can tell how much fun we’re having. People really seem to gravitate towards a group of guys who have the same mindset, same attitude, are passionate about this job. People love groups and they certainly have loved and attached themselves to The Undisputed Era. If it’s up to us, we’re not going anywhere.SN: One other thing about the match on Saturday — was there a moment early on where you chuckled knowing that you are this dastard heel, Johnny is in many ways the ultimate good guy and yet the crowd seemed to be more behind you?AC: Sure. The very interesting thing about his process, at least with the NXT fans, is I do believe we have some of the most hardcore, passionate fans in the entire world. There’s a certain level of respect there for all of the competitors. One of the things I was really looking forward to, and I felt like we accomplished this in a similar feat in this rematch, was even if you go back and you watch (TakeOver) New York, there were a lot of strong supporters for me and some strong supporters for Johnny, but it was more 50-50. Some even say it was 60-40. But by the end of that match, everybody was wanting Johnny Gargano to win.For me, in a sense, I look around and see how passionate not only the NXT fans are, but The Undisputed Era or Adam Cole fans are. But I knew as this match went on that they were going to get totally engrossed, totally lost in it and would have been perfectly happy with Johnny Gargano retaining the championship. Again, it’s one of those deals where our fans are so passionate, they love the competitors, they love the performers and I appreciate the support. SN: When you first joined NXT, there were a lot of people that thought it wasn’t if, but when you would become the NXT champion. Why do you think now is the right time in your career to win the championship?AC: I think it’s been me proving a statement. When I first came in to NXT, the focus was on the fact that I’ve formed and started this group called The Undisputed Era. About halfway along that journey, Roderick Strong joined the picture. I think now, more than ever, I’ve proven my worth to NXT. I’ve proven what I’m capable of. I’ve proven that I can be a main event guy in any city across the country for NXT and I think I’ve proven that it was my time to become the champion.I think, actually, going off what you were saying, I think it’s a big reason so many supporters were out for me in Connecticut to become the NXT champion because those fans feel like it’s been my time coming.Like you said, It was only a matter of time before I became the champion and they felt like TakeOver 25 was that moment. I agree with them. I feel like the moment was perfect. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m happy that I won the NXT championship when I did and I’m ready to make this run as special and as memorable as I possibly can.SN: You were already a polished performer when you came into NXT, but what are the biggest differences for you as a talent since joining the brand?AC: I’ll tell you, getting to learn and pick the brain of guys like Shawn Michaels and Triple H and just learn how they think and how they process wrestling has been totally invaluable. Like you said, at that point, I had traveled the globe for a decade honing my craft and learning based on experience and picking the brains of other people. But then coming into this system and getting to learn from two of the all-time greats has been just awesome.Again, kind of my mindset, my mentality, the way I approach things, these are guys that have been wrestling in main events on television for years and years at such a high level. Obviously, you have no choice, but to pick certain things up or learn certain things that you didn’t know before you got here and that’s been so helpful. Without question, Shawn Michaels and Triple H have been two very influential people in this current Adam Cole that you see. This is a threat…it’s a promise…and it most certainly is #UndisputedA post shared by adamcolepro (@adamcolepro) on Dec 13, 2018 at 2:16pm PSTSN: Speaking of Triple H, he spoke with the media after the show on Saturday night and when talking about you, he said you are an all-around talent, being a leader with the brand, and that he was anxious to see where the brand heads under your leadership as opposed to you simply having the title. Have you thought about what you would like to do going forward in this role as a leader but also as champion?AC: The biggest thing for me is I see what NXT is and, more importantly, I see what NXT is capable of. I’ll put it to you this way: I’ve had so many scenarios and so many cases where people who haven’t watched wrestling for a long time will finally get the chance to go ‘OK, I’m going to watch it again, I’m going to check this out.’ They’ll watch NXT and go ‘Oh my god, this is different. Wow, this is incredible. Wow, I’m blown away.’ They end up loving and enjoying the show. I feel like NXT is capable of doing that anywhere across the world, anywhere all over the globe.For me, I want this brand to continue to grow and explore new avenues and get to a point where, without question, it’s ‘Raw,’ ‘SmackDown’ and NXT. It’s respected and viewed as a third brand and more and more people all over the world get to check out NXT because again, I strongly feel this way. I feel that anyone who watches NXT for the first time becomes a fan. It’s something that they want to see again. It’s something they’re interested in. So, I want to take NXT — and I know a lot of guys feel this way — to new heights, to have it continue to grow, to continue to reach new avenues, to continue to reach new audiences and grow as the brand deserves. SN: Would you like to defend the championship in different places like EVOLVE shows or at WWE events?AC: Absolutely. Without question. The NXT championship is a world championship and part of that process is going all over the country, all over the world and defending it in as many different places as you can. I worked really hard to finally get this championship, so I’m ready to be a fighting champion as well and that’s certainly something I’d be more than willing and more than capable of doing. SN: Fans talk about how special NXT is as a brand, but it’s different from your perspective and being able to experience it as a talent working there. There are so many others superstars who love the brand. Can you explain why NXT is such a special place from your point of view?AC: What I think is going on is, again, now in an age where the nuances of professional wrestling are so respected and viewed at in such a positive light, I think NXT fans are some of the most hardcore and die-hard fans and these people who tune in love it. They’ve followed so many guys’ careers even before they made it to WWE or before they made it to NXT and they’ve seen so many of our journeys to getting to this point.The relationship I feel between the NXT superstars and the NXT fans is unlike anything else I’ve ever seen before. These fans want us to succeed. They want the shows to be exciting. They want the shows to be awesome, so in turn, they go and have an incredible time and then our job as the NXT superstars is to give them the absolute best show that we possibly can. I think the biggest thing, without question, is the relationship between the wrestler and the fan and that’s why these shows come across as being so special and so memorable. SN: I know Kevin Owens is a good friend and a mentor to you. Can you share anything he has said after you won the championship and what he has meant to you, especially during your time in NXT? AC: Kevin was there front row when I made my debut in Brooklyn. Kevin has also been there to congratulate me when I won the NXT North American Championship for the first time. He’s been one of those guys who has always been in my corner and always been supportive. He sent me a very nice text message after I won the NXT championship, talking about how he wished he could have been there and how proud he was of me. That’s stuff that you never forget. He’s been a supporter of mine even before I made it to NXT. It’s been cool. He’s been incredibly supportive. SN: WWE has the Super ShowDown event coming up on Friday and there’s a 50-man battle royal. Any chance you could be a part of that?AC: I don’t know. That’s one of those deals where I guess you just have to stay tuned. We do have a slogan that is called ‘shock the system.’ I’ll leave you with that. You never know. Keep your eyes peeled. View this post on Instagram It was back on Aug. 19, 2017, at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III when Adam Cole made his surprising debut with the brand, emerging from the crowd and attacking new champion Drew McIntyre with help from his friends Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly.Since then, it has felt like he was destined to become the NXT champion.That time came at TakeOver 25 last Saturday, when Cole defeated Johnny Gargano in a thrilling contest, ending with him holding the gold and celebrating with the other members of The Undisputed Era. last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: George Kittle, Evan Engram, Delanie Walker, Austin Hooper affect Week 12 TE rankings

first_imgGeorge Kittle and Evan Engram are two top-tier tight ends with the chance to make it back from their injuries in Week 12. Otherwise it could be another week of Ross Dwelley dominance. Delanie Walker could also return soon, while Austin Hooper remains in rehab mode. You’ll need to know the latest updates on these TEs before making your waiver pickups and start ’em, sit ’em decisions in what promises to be a tough Week 12.For updates on Marlon Mack and James Conner, go here; for the latest on JuJu Smith-Schuster, click here; for news on Devonta Freeman, Jordan Howard, and Saquon Barkley, go here; for updates on banged-up WRs, such as Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, Tyler Lockett, and more, click here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerGeorge Kittle injury updateKittle’s status for Week 12 won’t be determined until later in the week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. He was inactive for Week 11, as expected, with what was listed as a knee and ankle injury. The Niners play Sunday night against the Packers.If Kittle misses out again, Ross Dwelley remains a top-10 fantasy play against a Packers’ defense that’s among the worst at defending tight ends. Kittle is obviously an auto-start when active. MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSEven Engram injury newsEngram told reporters Monday that it’s “definitely possible” he could make his return in Week 12 against the Bears, also remarking on an “upward trend” in his progress. Engram didn’t practice Monday, though.Engram is an every-week start at tight end when healthy, while his backups (mainly Rhett Ellison) aren’t worth considering as possible fantasy plays.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWhen will Delanie Walker return?Walker had a new brace for his ankle Monday and is optimistic he can play this week, he told reporters Monday. He said he’ll need to make a return to the practice field and feel out the ankle before he knows what’s next for sure.Jonnu Smith has been seemingly as good as Walker while the veteran has been out. A Walker return would cloudy the waters, because there’d be a share in production instead of it just going to Smith. The Titans host Jacksonville at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.WEEK 12 DFS: FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPP Austin Hooper injury updateFalcons coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Hooper (knee) is “trending in the right way” in his recovery from a sprained MCL. He was originally expected to be out until at least Week 14, but Quinn said Hooper could return to practice as soon as Thursday. (Update: Hooper has been ruled OUT for Week 12.)It’s still highly unlikely Hooper plays this week, but he’s obviously worth holding onto until he returns. Jaeden Graham and Luke Stocker received two total targets in his absence, so it’s tough to trust either despite a great matchup this week against Tampa.last_img read more