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‘Fat’ Traces Confirm Weird Fossils Were Earliest Animals


Washington, United States: 

A strange fossil that looks a bit like a giant leaf, or a fingerprint the size of a coffee table, has intrigued scientists for decades.

Thousands of the fossils have been found over the past seven decades, revealing that it lived at the bottom of the ocean, without a mouth, intestines or anus, half a billion years ago.

Was it a mossy plant? A giant single-celled amoeba? A failed experiment of evolution? Or the earliest animal on Earth?

After digging one of these fossils off a cliff in Russia and analyzing its contents, researchers discovered molecules of cholesterol, a type of fat.

This confirms that the creature, known as Dickinsonia, is the Earth’s earliest known animal, said the report Thursday in the journal Science.

“Scientists have been fighting for more than 75 years” over the nature of these “bizarre fossils,” said associate professor Jochen Brocks from the Australian National University Research School of Earth Sciences.

“The fossil fat now confirms Dickinsonia as the oldest known animal fossil, solving a decades-old mystery that has been the Holy Grail of paleontology.”

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Dickinsonia contained rib-like segments the length of its oval-shaped body, which came in a variety of sizes and could grow as large as 4.6 feet (1.4 meters).

The analysis showed the animals were abundant 558 million years ago, millions of years earlier than previously thought, according to Brocks.

The creature was part of the Ediacara Biota that lived on Earth during a time when bacteria reigned, 542-635 million years ago.

The Edicarian Period was about 20 million years prior to emergence of modern animal life — a period known as the Cambrian explosion.

“The question has been, is that real? Is that an event that happened in Earth history? Or have we just not found the older fossils?” David Gold, geobiologist and assistant professor at the University of California, told AFP.

“This paper is another really good line of evidence to support the idea that it is in fact an animal, and that animals are much older than the Cambrian.”

Dickinsonia could be an ancestor of “many forms of animal life today” including worms and insects, added Gold, who was not part of the current study.

Scientists had a difficult time finding Dickinsonia fossils with organic matter still attached.

Many of the known fossils were in Australia, and had been exposed to too many elements over many millions of years.

The fossil for the current study came from cliffs near the White Sea in the northwest of Russia.

“I took a helicopter to reach this very remote part of the world — home to bears and mosquitoes — where I could find Dickinsonia fossils with organic matter still intact,” said Ilya Bobrovskiy, a doctoral researcher at ANU.

“These fossils were located in the middle of cliffs of the White Sea that are 60 to 100 meters high. I had to hang over the edge of a cliff on ropes and dig out huge blocks of sandstone, throw them down, wash the sandstone and repeat this process until I found the fossils I was after.”

Worm ancestor?

Other researchers have previously claimed to have solved the mystery of the oddball animal.

In September 2017, British researchers said they were certain it was an animal, based on a study of multiple fossils.

Another team of researchers, including Gold, also concluded in 2015 that it was a relatively advanced type of animal because of the way its body grew differently than plants or mushrooms.

While the matter wasn’t entirely settled, paleobiologist Doug Erwin said: “I think the consensus among the majority of people who have worked on these fossils for the last decade or so has been they’re somehow related to animals.”

The Australian team “tries to make it more of a controversy than I think is in fact the case. The paper is still a good paper,” he told AFP.

“This is a new line of evidence which is certainly welcome.”

In that sense, the report represents the first time that biomarkers have been used to determine that a fossil from the Edicarian Period is an animal instead of something else.

“It’s part of a renaissance in the field in paleontology,” said Gold.

“We’re discovering, as our tools and technologies get better and better, we’re finding that actually there are all sorts of organic matter — proteins, fats, different carbon compounds — things that we didn’t think could survive for such a long period of time,” he added.

“Because of that we can find things like preserved pigments to see the colors of dinosaurs, or in this case, the cholesterol content of 500-million-year-old fossil.”

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Revived Tiger Woods, No.1 Justin Rose Spice Up Ryder Cup Showdown In France


“Europe has as strong a team as we’ve ever had. So does the American team,” Sweden’s Henrik Stenson said. “So it’s all set for possibly the greatest battle ever.”

The United States won 17-11 in 2016 at Hazeltine and owns an edge of 26-13 with two halved in the all-time rivalry. But since the event expanded from Britain and Ireland only, the European side leads 10-8 with one drawn.

“We know what America brings, but I’m confident that this is the group of guys that can do the job,” Europe captain Thomas Bjorn said.

This will be only the second time the Cup is staged outside of Britain and Ireland after Spain’s Valderrama in 1997. The last time an American side won on European soil was at The Belfry in England in 1993.

“The atmosphere we’re going into in Europe, the boisterous crowd, I wanted guys that really enjoy that atmosphere and these guys enjoy that challenge,” US captain Jim Furyk said. “We thought these players would handle the situation well and would thrive.”

Europe supporters chanting and singing songs create an intense mood during matches.

“There’s no atmosphere like it,” Rose said. “It’s an atmosphere you can’t really prepare for. You don’t know how you’re going to react until you’ve done it a couple times.

“It’s a cauldron like no other that we play in.”

The Americans are slight favorites overall as a global audience awaits a first Cup spectacle with a French flair.

“The Ryder Cup is one event that maybe transcends golf,” Rose said. “It really captures sports fans’ attention as well as just golf’s attention.”

Tiger creates a buzz

Woods, who hasn’t won an event in five years and last captured a major at the 2008 US Open, was second in last month’s PGA Championship and electrified crowds just as he might in France, where he last played in 1994 as a teen amateur.

“He just brings something special,” Denmark’s Bjorn said. “The buzz with him being there and playing well, that just brings something extra. And that would be great for the Ryder Cup.”

The Americans also boast Brooks Koepka, this year’s US Open and PGA Championship winner, and reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed, nicknamed “Captain America” for his ear-cupping reaction to European taunts in his 2014 Cup debut at Gleneagles.

Other past major champions for the Americans include Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson.

“I’m very excited about my team, and I have a lot of confidence in these players,” Furyk said. “But each and every one of them knows the task ahead of us is going to be tough.”

Europe’s major winners in addition to McIlroy include reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari, Rose, Stenson and 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia.

The home course advantage offers European Tour players an edge, with the French Open contested over the same layout each year.

“Europeans know this golf course very well,” Furyk said. “It’s a great course.”

Le Golf National boasts one of the world’s great stages for the sport.

“It really is a thinkers golf course,” Bjorn said. “It’s a ball-striker’s golf course as well. It just asks questions of everything in your game.”

Bringing the enthusiasm

Bjorn opted for experience in captain’s picks with Garcia, Stenson, Paul Casey and European talisman Ian Poulter, the hero of Europe’s 2012 Miracle at Medinah fightback win.

“Sergio has tons of experience in the Ryder Cup,” Rose said. “Thomas is banking that he’s going to bring that enthusiasm.”

The Europeans also have five Ryder Cup newcomers in Sweden’s Alex Noren, Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen, Spain’s Jon Rahm and England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood.

“I’m going to give everything I have not only on the golf course, but in the team room to make sure some of those rookies feel as comfortable as possible,” Garcia said.

The Americans have only three players over 35 — Woods (42), Mickelson (48) and Watson (39) — with seven 20-somethings, including rookies Thomas, Bryson De Chambeau and Tony Finau.



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Nikki Haley On Rohingya Crisis


Nikki Haley restated her position on Aung San Suu Kyi’s response at the World Economic Forum (File)

New York: 

A few days at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and anyone would tell you the two most prominent voices are that of the Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley.  As both briefed the media on Thursday ahead of what is the most important week of the United Nations, one got a preview of what position the ‘parliament of humanity’, the UN,  is likely to take against Myanmar.

The Secretary General weighed in on the arrest and sentencing of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar saying, “It is not acceptable to have the journalists of Reuters in jail for what they were doing. It is my deep belief that should not happen and I hope that the Government will be able to provide a pardon to release them as quickly as possible.”

Nikki Haley restated her position on Aung San Suu Kyi’s response at the World Economic Forum discussion earlier on the arrest and sentencing of two Reuters reporters in Myanmar.

 ”We have to figure out how we are going to bring back the Rohingyas to Burma in a way that is safe. I don’t think the government has done enough; the military has not accepted responsibility. The fact that Aung San Suu Kyi basically acknowledged the fact that the reporters were right to be detained and imprisoned is a real problem, and so we have a communication problem. What they are saying no one understands and what we are saying they are not listening to. At some point the international community has to speak in one voice and not be okay with them being in Bangladesh,” she said.

The two reporters were investigating the killing of Rohingyas by the military last August. Ms Suu Kyi said at a forum in Hanoi last week that the case had nothing to do with freedom of expression. She said the reporters were sentenced for handling official secrets and “were not jailed because they were journalists.”

Both the Secretary General (Guterres) and the US Ambassador to the UN confirmed further developments that are all set to put pressure on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis.

Ms Haley called the crisis a ‘hot topic’ and revealed that she would be taking active part in a high level meeting during the UNGA on the issue.

 ”I’m personally going to be in a ministerial meeting hosted by the UK on the status of the Rohingyas. It will have multiple international counterparts and that is a hot topic right now”

 The Secretary General also confirmed that the International Criminal Court (ICC) will take up the case. Since the UN and the ICC work together yet independently, the process could see Myanmar cornered and liable to proving its case on the international stage.

 ”There was an initiative already by Bangladesh in relation to the ICC. So, the question is already on the table. And, as far as I understand, the ICC has recognized its capacity to deal with the issue. So, I think that this is already on course”.

India has 40,000 Rohingya refugees and senior ministers in the Modi government have said they will be deported.





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Indian Army, US Troops Play Advanced War Games In Uttarakhand


Yudh Abhyas 2018 will also see state-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking

Chaubatia (Uttarakhand): 

On the fourth day of Yudh Abhyas 2018, Indian Army and US troops participated in a battle obstacle course, rock and ice craft wall, room intervention and unarmed combat. A joint military exercise between the armies of both the countries started on September 16 at the foothills of Chaubattia in Uttarakhand and it will end on September 29.

The 14th edition of the exercise “Yudh Abhyas”, which is hosted alternately by the two countries, kicked off with a short yet impressive ceremony that saw the unfurling of the national flags of both the countries.

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The experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share each other’s experience in varied topics for mutual benefit.

While the Indian contingent was represented by an infantry battalion of the Congo Brigade, Garud Division, Surya Command and a central command, their US counterpart was represented by the 1st Infantry Battalion and the 23 Infantry Regiment, 2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, and 7 Infantry Division.

General Officer Commanding, Garud Division, in his inaugural remarks, welcomed the US soldiers and highlighted the commonly shared beliefs of democracy, freedom, equality and justice that are precious to both the countries.

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The two-week long event will see both the armies hone their tactical and technical skills

The two-week long event will see both the armies hone their tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN peacekeeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a brigade level.

The exercise will also witness the state-of-the-art equipment for surveillance and tracking, specialist weapons for close quarter battle with terrorists, explosives and improvised explosive device detectors, as well as the latest communication equipment being fielded by both sides.

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Both the sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills

Both the sides will jointly train, plan and execute a series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralisation of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peacekeeping operations during division level command post exercise.

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The joint military exercise between the armies of both the countries started on September 16

The experts from both sides will also hold discussions to share each other’s experience in varied topics for mutual benefit.





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3 Policemen Kidnapped By Terrorists In Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian


Shopian, Jammu: 

Three special police officers (SPO) and a constable were kidnapped by terrorists from Shopian in south Kashmir early on Friday morning. The police have been able to free one of them, with the “help of villagers”, home ministry officials have told NDTV. The terrorists have allegedly warned the policemen and asked them to resign, say police sources. 

The terrorists barged into the houses of the policemen in Kapran village and dragged them out, said the police. The four have been identified as Firdous Ahmad Kuchey, Kuldeep Singh, Nisar Ahmad Dhobi and Fayaz Ahmad Bhat.

The kidnappings come just three weeks after three policemen and eight relatives of police personnel, who were kidnapped by terrorists in south Kashmir, were set free, after the Jammu and Kashmir police released around a dozen family members of terrorists, including the father of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Riaz Naikoo.

On Tuesday, the terror group Hizbul Mujahideen had threatened security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir to either resign or get ready to be killed. The threat came through a video in which a man, possibly a local commander, was heard speaking in Kashmiri language. The threat came a day after an Army jawan was shot dead by the Hizbul Mujahideen.

The rise in kidnappings of security personnel comes as the state heads to local civic body polls and panchayat elections in October and November. While the PDP and National Conference have decided to keep away from the polls, to protest the purported threat to Article 35A of the Constitution, separatist groups have asked the “freedom-loving people” of Kashmir to observe a complete boycott. 

Article 35A gives special rights and privileges to citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and bars outsiders from acquiring immovable property in the state.

The security of the candidates contesting in the local body polls has also become a great concern, say sources. Intelligence agencies have warned of increased violence during this period.

The newly appointed police chief of Jammu and Kashmir, Dilbag Singh has directed his officers to be fully prepared to ensure peaceful and smooth urban local bodies and panchayat polls in the state.





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US Student Charged With Trying To Steal Airbus Plane At Orlando Airport


Nishal Sankat, 22, had a commercial pilot’s license but was not qualified to fly the aircraft.

A 22-year-old student was charged on Thursday with trying to steal a passenger jet at an Orlando airport, where he jumped a fence and boarded the aircraft but was quickly detained, officials said.

The Florida Institute of Technology student had a commercial pilot’s license but was not qualified to fly the aircraft, an Airbus 321, Orlando Melbourne International Airport spokeswoman Lori Booker told reporters. He did not manage to get the plane moving.

“There is no evidence to indicate a connection to terrorism,” Melbourne Police Chief David Gillespie said at a news conference.

The man’s motive was unknown, Gillespie said, after police searched his home and vehicle and found no weapons or explosives. He did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol.

The man, identified as Nishal Sankat, had parked his car about 150 yards (140 metres) from the plane early on Thursday and kept it running before jumping the airport fence, Booker said. After he reached the flight deck of the plane, two technicians and two security guards detained him before he could attempt to start the aircraft.

“We are pretty proud of the security success that we had,” Booker said. “Within two minutes, not only was he challenged, stopped, detained and arrested, but we prevented much further from happening.”

The American Airlines plane was at a maintenance facility for the installation of broadband WiFi, a spokeswoman for the airline said in an email.

The incident occurred a little over a month after an airline worker stole an empty passenger airplane from Seattle’s airport and crashed it into a nearby sparsely populated island.

Sankat was charged in Florida state court with attempted theft of an aircraft, burglary and criminal trespassing, Renee Purden, chief of police for the Orlando Melbourne International Airport told reporters.

He is a dual citizen of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago with no criminal history, Gillespie said. It was not immediately clear if Sankat had obtained an attorney.

Two flights were delayed at the airport due to the security breach, the airport said on social media.

A representative for the FBI could not immediately be reached for comment.

Sankat’s Facebook page said he was studying aviation management. The page also had a number of aviation-related photos, including the wreckage of a World War Two-era fighter plane in muddy ground.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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PlayStation Now Update Brings PS2 and PS4 Game Downloads to PS4


Sony has finally announced that its game streaming service PlayStation Now (PS Now) will finally support PS2 and PS4 game downloads on PS4. While PS3 games are a part of PlayStation Now, it doesn’t seem like Sony has found a way to allow them to be played as a download just yet. Odd considering the first leak of PlayStation Now supporting game downloads showed off Alpha Protocol, a PS3 game. Perhaps the architectural differences between the PS3 and PS4 have a part to play in this? Nonetheless, Sony has also confirmed that any downloadable content (DLC), micro-transactions, or multiplayer content will remain accessible for PS Now games downloaded on PS4. This update will be gradually rolled out to PlayStation Now subscribers “over the next couple of days” Sony claims.

“Downloaded PS Now games will support all user-purchased DLCs, micro-transactions, and add-ons, as well as PS4 Pro enhancements for subscribers using a PS4 Pro system,” reads a post from Brian Dunn, Senior Marketing Manager for PlayStation Now on the PlayStation blog. “And remember, you do not need a PlayStation Plus membership for online multiplayer on PS Now – which stays the same for both streaming and downloaded games.”

Much like Netflix, Spotify, and other streaming services, you’ll need to connect your PS4 system to the internet every few days to verify your PS Now subscription, even if you’re only playing downloaded games Sony confirms. This development makes PlayStation Now feasible in markets like India. It remains to be seen if PlayStation Now will be made available in India. Gadgets 360 has requested Sony India for comment and we’ll update this story if we hear from the company.

With PS2 and PS4 games on PlayStation Now available as downloads on PS4, it’s just a matter of time before Sony brings over its back catalogue from the PS1, PSP, and hopefully existing PS3 games as digital downloads soon enough, putting the infamous quote from a Sony executive around E3 2015 to rest.

“When we’ve dabbled with backwards compatibility, I can say it is one of those features that is much requested, but not actually used much,” said Sony’s Head of Global Sales and Marketing Jim Ryan in an interview. “That, and I was at a Gran Turismo event recently where they had PS1, PS2, PS3 and PS4 games, and the PS1 and the PS2 games, they looked ancient, like why would anybody play this?”


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Uttar Pradesh: Power Cut During CM Yogi Adityanath Function in Lucknow


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योगी ने संबोधन के दौरान लोगों को स्वागत ही किया था कि बिजली गुल हो गई. इसके बाद कुछ देर इंतजार करने के बाद भी जब बिजली सप्लाई दुरुस्त नहीं हुई तो सीएम ने कारण पूछा. हालांकि, बाद में पता चला कि यूपी बिजली विभाग की जगह जेनेरेटर से पावर का इंतजाम किया गया था. 



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Nissan Recalls 2.4 Lakh SUVs Worldwide; India Unaffected


The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles.




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Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Nissan recalled nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases. An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors and away from structures or other vehicles.


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The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump.

Some Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016. Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don’t say if there have been any fires. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger would not comment when asked about fires but said there have been no related crashes or injuries.

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The company is asking owners to park the vehicles outside if the anti-lock brake light stays on “out of an abundance of caution” Yaeger said. If the light stays on, owners should immediately contact Nissan or Infiniti to have the vehicle towed to a dealer, he said.Dealers will inspect the pump serial numbers and replace them if necessary starting Oct. 15. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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