It’s been a while since Primus has hit the road, as drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander had his second heart attack last year. The psychedelic rock band has played a few times since, however, coming together to support the victims of the Oakland fire, and for a smashing New Year’s celebration with Claypool Lennon Delirium and the Duo De Twang.Few shows have been announced for 2017, with a full May tour now here. Les Claypool and gang will make stops at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Red Rocks Amphitheatre with the Claypool Lennon Delirium, Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines, Monroe Live in Grand Rapids, Rock on the Range in Columbus, Iron City in Birmingham, Highland Brewing Co. in Asheville, and Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL, atop some previously announced shows in South America and Europe.Fan Club Pre-sale tickets for newly added shows in Colorado, Des Moines, Birmingham, & Asheville will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan 24, at 10am local time right here. Public on sale will be this Friday, Jan 27 at 10am local time.
A landmark effort to sequence the genome of a South American butterfly has revealed the key behind its ability to mimic other butterflies.A first for science, the genome sequencing work is the product of an international group of researchers, dubbed the Heliconius Genome Consortium, who examined the genome of the Postman butterfly (Heliconius melpomene), a well-known species that lives in the Peruvian Amazon. Using that data as a guide, they then examined the genetic makeup of two other closely related butterfly species – Heliconius timareta and Heliconius elevatus.The three species were selected for the study because they share similar color patterns on their wings as a way to ward off predators.The consortium’s surprising finding, as described in a paper published May 16 in Nature, is that the species look similar because they share the parts of their DNA that deal with color patterns.“Heliconius butterflies exhibit an extraordinary amount of color-pattern mimicry between the species, and with species in other groups,” said Jim Mallet, distinguished lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology and associate of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “We have found that species share the parts of the genome that code for color pattern loci, with a major impact on the survival of these butterflies in the wild.”The genetic sharing among species, researchers believe, is the result of hybridization. Considered extremely rare, particularly in animals, hybridization occurs when two different species interbreed in the wild.The resulting hybrid offspring share traits with both mother and father. Though often considered evolutionary dead-ends, hybrids occasionally interbreed with a parent species, in the process introducing new genes that can help populations adapt to new or changing environments.“What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective color pattern genes ready-made from a different species by hybridizing [or interbreeding] with it — a much faster process than having to evolve one’s color patterns from scratch,” said Kanchon Dasmahapatra, a postdoctoral researcher at the University College London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, and a co-author of the paper.“This project really changes how we think about adaptation in general,” said Marcus Kronforst, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard, who participated in the sequencing. “Evolutionary biologists often wonder whether different species use the same genes to generate similar traits, like the mimetic wing patterns of Heliconius butterflies. This study shows us that sometimes different species not only use the same genes, but the exact same stretches of DNA, which they pass around by hybridization.”A total of 80 researchers in 32 research universities and institutions from eight countries worked on the genome project, while a subset of nine laboratories funded the sequencing of the 290 million DNA bases using high-throughput technologies, allowing the work to proceed without major dedicated grant funding.Sequencing work for the consortium was carried out at the Baylor College of Medicine, which performed the main reference sequence, and at the University of Edinburgh, GenePool, where the resequencing was performed.
In other news, Mercer has been appointed as the preferred master trust by the UK’s Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC) for over 200 higher education institutions that it represents.Created under a framework agreement, APUC’s deal will allow educational institutions to use Mercer’s defined contribution (DC) master trust without needing to conduct separate tender exercises.The offering is auto-enrolment ready, and APUC said it will save the education institutions time, effort and cost, and avoid the enrolment of staff into several different DC schemes through their careers.Emma Nicholson, Special Projects Manager at APUC, said: “The assessors felt it would offer the [education] sector competitive, high-quality pension provision, robust independent governance and value for money. The new arrangement has been designed to offer a flexible solution.”Mercer’s lead of UK DC solutions, Roger Breeden, added: “Through our robust governance structure, overseen by the independent trustee, we are confident this will be the plan of choice for the higher and further education sector.” The French supplementary public-sector pension scheme, ERAFP, is seeking to invest €400m in US dollar-denominated corporate debt.The €16bn fund said that the tender would act as a framework agreement, with one manager likely to be seeded with capital while two others are appointed ‘substitutes’.In a statement, the scheme added: “The portfolios will principally be invested in US dollar-denominated bonds of corporate issuers located in OECD countries, with the exception of bonds issued or guaranteed by a sovereign state or a local authority.”It said that the €400m allocation should only be seen as indicative of the investment potential over a three-year period, with the contract running for up to five years.
Tom Snape is the new program director for the Dearborn County Community Foundation. A lot of you will remember that Tom Snape worked for WRBI for several years. He was both a news director and sports director. Tom did play-by-play in both football and basketball while at Batesville.I was able to work with Tom on both the football and basketball broadcasts. The Dearborn County Community Foundation is planning to use Tom’s Communication skills to enhance workings of the Foundation. Good luck, Tom, in your new position.
highlights Virat Kohli remains at the top of ICC rankings. India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara occupies the third spot in the rankings. India will be up against Australia in a couple of limited overs series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In the bowlers’ list, Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has overtaken Kagiso Rabada to grab the top spot. Cummins is the first from his country since Glenn McGrath’s pole position in the list, back in February 2006. Cummins is leading the bowler’s table ahead of England’s James Anderson and Rabada of South Africa. Among the bowler’s list, India’s Ravindra Jadeja is placed at the fifth spot with 794 points. Jadeja also features in the all-rounders’ list at the third position ahead of West Indies’ Jason Holder and Shakib-Al Hasan.Meanwhile, India will be up against Australia in weeks’ time. The two teams will be playing a couple of limited overs series starting from February 24 at Visakhapatnam.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee has made some interesting calls while announcing the separate squads for the series. The likes of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant have been called back into the setup, while Dinesh Karthik and Khaleel Ahmed have been left out.This will also be India’s last assignment before the forthcoming World cup, and it will be interesting to see how India take this series. The men-in-yellow will also be looking for redemption who were earlier hammered in their own backyard. (With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: India captain Virat Kohli remained on top while teammate Chesteshwar Pujara managed to hold on to his third position in the latest ICC Test rankings, where Sri Lankan Kusal Perera made a quantum leap of 58 places. Kohli is leading the chart with 992 rating points ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (897 points) and Pujara (881). Besides Kohli and Pujara, no other Indian feature in the top 10 list.The left-handed Perera has reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153 that guided his team to an improbable win, partnering in the highest ever unbroken 10th wicket stand in a winning cause in first-class cricket.He added 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando (six not out) to beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936.
No matter how relentless Kobe Bryant rehabs his left Achilles tendon, it appears he will have to push more before nearing the finish line.Around the same time overcast clouds filled Los Angeles, Bryant greeted reporters at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo wearing a pair of shades and a possible suggestion that hardly would bring much cheer to this city.Bryant said he needs to condition for three weeks so he can fully restore his stamina, explosiveness and flexibility before returning to play. He said he he will begin those exercises once he can run and jump without feeling like he has what he called “Bambi legs.”It seems doubtful Bryant will play in the Lakers’ season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers at Staples Center. Not that he sounds worried. Bryant had the procedure on his right knee and left ankle in 2011, but he doesn’t envision any benefits until his Achilles recovers.“I’m not where I was the first time I went and had the procedure in terms of being able to run as much,” Bryant said. “But I can do some things.”He’s currently running at his full body weight on a treadmill. To maximize flexibility and mobility in his Achilles tendon, Bryant has performed calf raises throughout the day. Before his trip to Germany, Bryant participated in light shooting and jogging drills without reporting any setbacks.Bryant also will have to change his diet after allowing himself to indulge on sugar cookies and donuts during his recovery.“I got to get my fat [behind] in shape,” Bryant said. “I had six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running, and stuff like that caught up to me.”It sounds like he’s eager to start that next step.“I’ll be happy when I can get out there on the floor and do what I do best,” Bryant said. “All of this right now is just the process to get to that point.”A process that has left Bryant occassionally frustrated about his recovery.“I’m not sure what triggers those moments or why they come,” Bryant said. “It’s just an ongoing process that seems is going to go on forever. You have those moments where you doubt yourself a little bit. But I try not to let it sit with me. I try to use it as motivation to get on the floor.”It hardly sounds glamorous. But Bryant refuses to deviate from his regimented routine that calls for daily physical therapy, a routine he described as a “marathon.”“I try not to think about it. Just get up and it’s almost like Groundhog Day,” Bryant said. “Some days are more exciting than others. But I just roll out of bed and go to work.” “I just keep it all open right now,” Bryant said. “I don’t know why you guys are so hell bent on timelines. That’s ridiculous. It’s entertaining to me. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”The Lakers haven’t offered any timeline beyond their estimate when Bryant tore his Achilles April 12 that he’d stay sidelined for at least six to nine months. Bryant will accompany the Lakers for their game Thursday against the Sacramento Kings at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, as well as their week-long trip to China where the team will play a pair of exhibition games against the Golden State Warriors in Beijing (Oct. 15) and Shanghai (Oct. 18).Bryant is used to such travel.He spent last week in Germany undergoing Orthokine treatment on his right knee. That procedure entailed Bryant’s blood being drawn, spun in a centrifuge and then reinjected into the knee in hopes to reduce the inflammation. “It was cold,” Bryant joked about the trip. “Everything was great. I just felt like having a vacation.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error