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  • The Top 10 ScienceNOWs of 2013

    first_imgiStockphoto/ThinkstockHitching a ride. Hurricanes lift many kinds of microbes into the atmosphere, where they can survive for days or even weeks.4) Microbes Survive, and Maybe Thrive, High in the AtmosphereAs if we didn’t have enough to worry about with all the pollutants and greenhouse gases floating in our atmosphere, now scientists say there are bacteria up there as well. Billions of microbes fill the skies, potentially affecting the weather and forming an active ecosystem high above the surface of Earth. Juan Darien/iStockphoto/Thinkstock9) English May Have Retained Words From an Ice Age Language“Mother,” “hand,” “pull.” Speak these words and you may be talking the way humans did 15,000 years ago. A handful of common words have hardly changed since the last Ice Age, researchers discovered this year. The finding supports the existence of an ancient Eurasiatic language passed down to peoples in North America and Europe. Juan Darien/iStockphoto/Thinkstock AAAS/Science Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2013); Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović /University of BelgradeShape up. Solutions to the three-body problem, such as the “figure eight” and “yarn,” can be viewed on an abstract shape-sphere (top) or in real space (bottom).8) Physicists Discover a Whopping 13 New Solutions to Three-Body ProblemIt’s the sort of abstract puzzle that keeps scientists awake at night: Can you predict how three objects will orbit each other in a repeating pattern? In the 300 years since this “three-body problem” was first recognized, just three types of solutions have been found. Now, two physicists have discovered 13 more. It’s quite a feat in mathematical physics, and it could conceivably help astrophysicists understand new planetary systems. Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović, Phys. Rev. Lett., (2013); Milovan Šuvakov and Veljko Dmitrašinović /University of Belgrade Hands off our baby! A study suggests that monogamy evolved because it protects babies from being killed by male rivals. Need some conversation-starters for all those holiday parties? Look no further. This year has seen its share of scientific breakthroughs, such as human cloning and cosmic particle accelerators. But we here at ScienceNOW like to celebrate the quirkier side of research. To wit, our top 10 stories of the year. Some of these are our most popular of the past 12 months. Others are editors’ favorites. But all are exciting—and sometimes shocking—reads. Enjoy!10) Fear of Death Makes People Into Believers (of Science)Hiding in foxholes and other highly stressful situations can turn even the most adamant atheist into a believer. The same may be true for a belief in science. People forced to confront their own mortality or who were about to compete in a high-anxiety race were significantly more likely to turn to the comforts of science than their less-stressed counterparts, according to the results of this study. Timeless. In standard entanglement swapping (top), entanglement (blue shading) is transferred to photons 1 and 4 by making a measurement on photons 2 and 3. The new experiment (bottom) shows that the scheme sti Andrew Winning/REUTERS Courtesy of Garry Nolan Otherworldly? X-rays show that Ata is no hoax, but its DNA will disappoint UFO buffs. Eye of Science/Science Source center_img Sizing up the competition. Male figures representing average (center) and extremes (left and right) in height, shoulder-to-hip ratio, and penis size. Shape up. Solutions to the three-body problem, such as the “figure eight” and “yarn,” can be viewed on an abstract shape-sphere (top) or in real space (bottom). Brian Mautz Courtesy of Garry NolanOtherworldly? X-rays show that Ata is no hoax, but its DNA will disappoint UFO buffs.6) Bizarre 6-Inch Skeleton Shown to Be HumanCertainly our strangest story of the year, this item concerns a curious find in Chile’s Atacama Desert: an alien-looking 15-centimeter-long skeleton reportedly discovered inside a pouch in a ghost town. Is it a space invader? A deformed fetus? A hoax? Science to the rescue! 5) Cyborg Cockroach Sparks Ethics DebateJust in time for Christmas: a real cockroach you can control with your iPhone. RoboRoach #12 caused a sensation when it appeared at a TEDx conference in Detroit earlier this year—and not just because a lot of people wanted to play with it. Some say the tiny cyborg could turn kids into psychopaths. Eye of Science/Science SourceFoot fetish. The sand flea Tunga penetrans, here in a scanning electron microscope several days after penetrating the skin. The abdominal opening protrudes on the right.3) Sex and the Single Sand Flea / Invasion of the Nostril TicksA tie for third place. Sometimes scientists get a little too close to their work. Take these two somewhat icky tales we covered this year. A researcher trying to understand where the sand flea has sex let one grow inside her foot. Another scientist may have identified a new species of tick—after discovering one nestled in his nostril. Museum Syndicate Andrew Winning/REUTERSHands off our baby! A study suggests that monogamy evolved because it protects babies from being killed by male rivals.7) Monogamy May Have Evolved to Prevent InfanticideThough we’ve been known to stray, humans are a surprisingly monogamous species. Why have we evolved to honor our vows? This study comes to a surprising conclusion: Humans and other primates may stay together to keep their babies from being killed by rival males. The sand flea Tunga penetrans, here in a scanning electron microscope several days after penetrating the skin. AAAS/ScienceTimeless. In standard entanglement swapping (top), entanglement (blue shading) is transferred to photons 1 and 4 by making a measurement on photons 2 and 3. The new experiment (bottom) shows that the scheme still works even if photon 1 is destroyed before photon 4 is created.2) Physicists Create Quantum Link Between Photons That Don’t Exist at the Same TimeThe bizarre world of quantum physics just got a bit stranger. Physicists have long known that quantum mechanics allows for a subtle connection, called entanglement, between quantum particles. The tangle happens when measuring one particle can instantly set the condition, or “state,” of another particle, even if it’s light years away. This year, experimenters in Israel showed that they can entangle two photons that don’t even exist at the same time. Brian MautzSizing up the competition. Male figures representing average (center) and extremes (left and right) in height, shoulder-to-hip ratio, and penis size.1) The Final Word on Penis Size?Why are we here? Where did the universe come from? Does size really matter? The jury is still out on those first two questions, but scientists finally have a handle on the third. Our most popular story of the year has the long and short of it.last_img read more

  • ScienceShot: Ancient Bees Pulled From Tar Pit

    first_imgThe La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, California, are famous for the thousands of bones of saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and other outsized creatures that scientists have dug out of its oozy pools. But sometimes it’s the little things that count. In a paper published online today in PLOS ONE, researchers working at the site have now identified two beautifully preserved nests of the leafcutter bee (Megachile gentilis), so-called because the female insect constructs the nests out of leaf fragments glued together with saliva and leaf sap. And when they peered inside the nests using micro-CT scanning, they found equally well-preserved pupae of the insects (lower image and video). Comparison with modern pupae of this still extant species (upper image) confirmed the taxonomic identification, and also gave the team important information about the climate and environment at the pits during the period between about 35,000 and 40,000 years ago when the bees were buzzing around the area. Although the team could not identify the exact species of leaves the nests were made from, they were able to narrow them down to woody trees, shrubs, or vines, rather than herb plants, thus giving an indication of the local vegetation; and the climate at the time would probably have been mild, because modern leafcutter bees live in conditions that are rarely below freezing.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

  • Updated: U.S. Senate set to vote on whether climate change is a hoax

    first_imgThe U.S. Senate’s simmering debate over climate science has come to a full boil today, with lawmakers trading feisty remarks as they prepare to vote on at least two measures offered by Democrats that affirm that climate change is real—with one also noting that global warming is not “a hoax.” A Republican Senator, meanwhile, is offering another climate amendment that doesn’t address whether global warming is real, but encourages the development of clean energy.In an effort to highlight their differences with some Republicans on climate policy, several Democrats have filed largely symbolic amendments to a bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline. They are designed to put senators on the record on whether climate change is real and human-caused. The backers are now pushing for votes on those measures as soon as today.The Democratic amendments vary in detail and whether they call for specific actions on climate policy. But they share one thing in common: that lawmakers should at least accept climate science, regardless of party affiliation. “We may not agree on the solutions, on the paths forward, or even on some of the details, but I do believe it’s time for us to begin to agree on a basic set of facts,” said Senator Brian Schatz (D–HI), who is offering a climate amendment, on the Senate floor today.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Republicans immediately called the Democrats’ efforts a distraction. “If you’re using climate change as a reason not to build this pipeline, you’re kidding yourself or you’re misleading the public,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (R–SC) during the debate. “It has absolutely nothing to do with the issue in this regard.”The Senate is likely to take up at least two Democratic amendments. The first, Schatz’s amendment, cites scientific bodies like the National Research Council and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in asking whether it’s the “sense of Congress” that “climate change is real” and that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.”The second amendment, from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D–RI), asks simply whether it is “the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” It takes a veiled jab at Senator James Inhofe (R–OK), who has called climate change a hoax.It’s unclear whether any of the amendments can get even a simple majority in the GOP-controlled Senate. But, potentially throwing in a higher bar, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–AK), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, suggested that “non-germane” amendments would need 60 votes instead of 51 to win adoption.She didn’t explicitly say that the climate amendments are nongermane. But she strongly hinted that she saw the two climate amendments as a sideshow to the Keystone XL debate.“I do find it a little bit ironic … neither one of them actually quotes the parts of the State Department final [environmental assessment] that explains, I think in pretty fair detail, that this project will not significantly contribute to climate change,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor.Amy Harder of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Republicans are responding with an amendment from Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota” that quotes from a section of the State Department which states that “the proposed pipeline would produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than an alternative mode of transportation, such as rail. The Hoeven amendment says it’s the sense of Congress that it should reject any federal policies that increase the cost of energy and hurt jobs. It says Congress should put a priority on policies that enable innovation and that could lead to clean sources of energy, but it does not specify what policies those are and does not address whether climate change is real. Mr. Hoeven’s amendment is designed as an alternative for moderate Republicans who may be worried about going against a scientific consensus on climate change.”Senator Bernie Sanders (I–VT), a Democratic-aligned independent, has suggested that he would push for a vote on an another amendment of his own, but it wasn’t on the Senate’s agenda for the day. His amendment states not only that scientists agree that climate change is real and human-caused, but that society needs to shift from fossil fuels toward cleaner energy.*Update, 21 January, 3:26 p.m.: This item has been updated to include information on the Republican amendment.last_img read more

  • New drug for Crohn’s disease targets RNA

    first_imgTaking an approach with a long and checkered history, a new drug seems to alleviate the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, a condition that can devastate the intestines, according to clinical trial results released today. The drug, constructed with building blocks like those of RNA and DNA, is the subject of a bold bet by the biotechnology company Celgene, which last year paid $710 million to secure rights to it. Still, there are lingering questions about how successfully the drug beats back the inflammatory illness, and researchers are now looking to launch a much larger clinical trial to address them.Crohn’s disease is marked by inflammation in the gut, especially in the large and small intestines. Many treatments attempt to modulate or suppress the immune system, but they don’t always work and can have serious side effects. Almost 10 years ago, a team led by gastroenterologist Giovanni Monteleone of the University of Rome Tor Vergata proposed another approach. In many people with Crohn’s disease and its cousin, ulcerative colitis, a protein called SMAD7 is overproduced in the inflamed gut. This SMAD7 in turn suppresses the activity of a protein called TGF-β, which regulates how immune cells function and keeps intact the barrier between the intestines and the rest of the body. Monteleone’s team hypothesized that if they could blunt the gene for SMAD7, then they would keep TGF-β functioning normally and control gut inflammation. And to thwart the gene, they aimed to tie up the RNA it makes, thus inhibiting the production of SMAD7.Targeting the RNA that produce proteins is a strategy called antisense, and it’s one that has generated tremendous excitement over the years—and precious few approved treatments. Although the approach sounds great in theory, it’s been marred by side effects and also by challenges in targeting the right tissues. There is only a tiny handful on the U.S. market: Most recently, an antisense drug was approved in 2013 for a genetic disease that causes extremely high cholesterol. Nevertheless, in 2006 Monteleone and his team showed that the antisense approach to tamping down SMAD7 seemed to ease inflammation of the large intestine in mice.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, Monteleone and colleagues have shown that their SMAD7-blocking drug, known as mongersen, also appears to work in humans. For the so-called phase II clinical trial, the researchers recruited 166 patients with Crohn’s and divided them into four roughly equal groups. One received a placebo, and the rest got different doses of the drug. The researchers defined success based on symptoms and reported that in the two high-dose groups, 55% and 65% of patients reached clinical remission after 2 weeks of treatment and remained in remission for 2 weeks afterward. In a very small group of patients followed over time, remissions were more likely to persist in those who had a high drug dose than in those who had a placebo—six of nine patients, versus one of nine. Side effects were generally mild, the team wrote online today in The New England Journal of Medicine.Monteleone hopes the promising results will pan out in a larger study and wonders if this trial will open up a new way of thinking about Crohn’s. Normally, scientists imagine that “the tissue damage was due to excess immune response against bacteria” in the gut, he says. But the new results suggest there’s also a problem with what he calls “counter-regulation,” in which the normal anti-inflammatory gears grind away in the cell.The drug “looks promising,” says Charles Elson, a mucosal immunologist and gastroenterologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who was not involved in the work. He notes, however, that antisense therapy has been “promising for 20 years.” And as often happens, the result “raises more questions than it answers,” he says.In particular, it’s not clear that how people reported feeling matches up with what’s happening inside their intestines—for example, whether ulcers were healing—Elson says. One particular puzzle is that blood levels of C-reactive protein, which often tracks with inflammation, didn’t reliably drift downward in patients who reported feeling better. Monteleone agrees that focusing on a patient’s symptoms isn’t enough: He wants to take biopsies of affected tissue to “understand what is going on” after treatment.last_img read more

  • Trump Government Tables New H-1B Bill

    first_imgA legislation has been introduced which calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India. Related Itemslast_img

  • Malaysia’s IHH Hits Roadblock in Buying Indian Hospital Group Fortis

    first_imgIHH Healthcare’s planned purchase of Indian hospital group Fortis Healthcare could be derailed depending on how a local court rules in response to Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo’s protest.Malaysia-based IHH said last month it will acquire Fortis for up to $1.1 billion. The plan is to acquire a majority stake through a combination of private placement and tender offer by the end of 2018.Read it at NAR Related Itemslast_img

  • After Building Global Machine With Indian Workers, Can Infosys Replicate The Indian Story in Trump’s US

    first_imgWhen InfosysNSE -0.51 %, a big Indian technology outsourcing company, opened a new office in Indianapolis this year, executives hailed it as a step along a new path.Infosys built itself into a global giant by running the digital engine rooms of U.S. corporations with armies of engineers in India. But the new technology center — a sprawling open-plan space in a downtown office tower — is in the epicenter of the American Midwest. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

  • India And The U.S., Oceans Apart

    first_imgThe U.S. has sold nearly $15 billion worth of arms to India over the last 10 years. So the Donald Trump administration’s displeasure at India’s recent decision to buy the S-400 missile system from Russia puts a question mark about the future of India-U.S. cooperation in the Indo-Pacific for three reasons. Washington perceives Russia as a security threat. It stresses interoperability with U.S. armed forces.Read it at The Hindu Related Itemslast_img

  • Expensive Bite

    first_imgTermites at an Indian bank gobbled up nearly Rs 10 million ($225,000) in paper currency held in a strongroom. “The branch management has been found guilty of laxity due to which the notes were damaged by termites in the Fatehpur branch of Barabanki district,” State Bank of India Chief General Manager Abhay Singh told the press.The bank is assuming the loss and plans to relocate the branch.  Related Itemslast_img

  • A Higher Power

    first_imgOnce upon a time, a Baba was perceived as a sadhu, a spiritual guru, offering divine solutions to troubled, lesser mortals, seeking light at the end of the tunnel. Today, in an age when everything is branded and advertised, bought and sold and life itself appears market-friendly, the temptation of spiritual leaders to invade the market shouldn’t really come as such a shock. To gasps of “My god, what next” from purists, the response has to be: Finally the answer to the million dollar question, Holy ke peechhe kya hai? (what’s behind holy?) is here …. A sharp marketing brain with a selling pitch that is unique, and different, light miles away from what-they-taught-you-in-Harvard, targeting the desi and swadeshi sentiment to hard-sell a whole new approach to brand extension!Actually, Baba Ramdev has all the ingredients that go into the making of a super brand. An amazing back-story, a charismatic personality with the right dose of controversy, a very sharp and media-savvy brain, loads of charm, excellent oratorial skills, spiced up with sharp wit — remember his first controversy when he compared carbonated drinks to toilet cleaners at one of his Yoga sessions, firing, inadvertently, his first salvo against multinationals? — and clearly a formidable, ground-breaking desire to change the rules of the game.One market analyst explained: “Audaciously altering the revered paradigms of traditional marketing wherein product awareness comes first with solutions to problems following, Baba Ramdev put this model on its head. He instead first created awareness about various health problems through his mega-popular and hugely attended Yoga sessions and then went on to introduce his products as solutions.”Today, his Patanjali Ayurveda Limited products reach everybody, everywhere, less by virtue of advertising, more by his mass following. A whopping $300 million empire (with revenues projected to top $1.5 billion in 2015-2017) covering an impressive range of consumer products, the brand that Baba built is today giving all fancy suited-booted domestic and international consumer businesses in the country a run for the money!Baba Ramdev’s strategy — through design or accident — pursues a very powerful advertising concept called “Disruption.” Its basic aim is to reframe the brand so that the market sees it differently. Consumers are made to suddenly see and notice brand characteristics they had ignored before. The result is an invaluable gush of renewed interest, because of the new introduction of surprise and delight. This method, when executed smartly, is at once both strategy and action.From ghee, oil, biscuits, honey, juices, noodles, even cosmetics and personal care products, Pantanjali sells them all, promising good health at prices that are giving the competition a coronary! Analysts believe that Pantanjali successfully found a gap in the sea of multinationals and filled it with an Indian brand of high quality, good pricing, re-enforced by the Baba’s assurance of Ayurvedic-friendly good-health.Controversy has helped too, as has the swadesh positioning and price-point advantage. Pantanjali, say its dedicated watchers, first caught mass attention during the time of Nestle’s much publicized Maggi controversy by quietly slipping in its Atta noodles to fill the gap with the bestselling slogan “Jhatpat banao befikar khao” (make quick, eat fearlessly).Just as the market was responding, Patankajli itself was entangled in controversy, first accused of violating norms and later after worms were discovered in some of their product packets. The Baba flamboyantly dismissed these claims as a conspiracy from insecure competitors and blazed ahead, expanding product brands in the baby care and beauty categories. No baby steps for this Baba — only solid exciting leaps to explore new markets!All this face-off stuff with a David versus Goliath narrative was fantastic masala for both mass media amd business publications and fetched Patanjali millions of free publicity, something no ad guru or brand specialist could dream of strategizing. For an underdog brand this is a huge push in public awareness and Patanjali struck in the right place, at the right time, with the right product and most important, right attitude. It was infotainment for free and the junta lapped it up.Patanjali is an amazing and unmatched brand story and case study for several reasons. Never has a spiritual guru and Yoga icon moved into launching and marketing consumer brands with such passion, purpose and success. Seldom has charisma and mystique of the spiritual kind translated so seamlessly into converting devotees into customers. Seldom has a totally unknown, new debutante entered this fiercely competitive consumer market and taken on big multinational players, intimidating them, rather than be awed by their established global back story, aura, scale, professional status, success strike rate, etc. Seldom has a disruptive brand blasted the swadeshi mantra with cool price points and personality cult to zoom sales at an unprecedented 70-80 percent monthly growth. Seldom has a desi company forced its well-heeled global competitors to bow before Ayurveda and herbal products. Emami’s acquiring King Kesh and Hindustan Unilever scooping up Indulekha and reviving its Ayush portfolio are only two interesting examples. And of course, seldom has a Baba-turned-Brand inspired other spiritual leaders to diversify into non-spiritualm, filthy lucre.If elevated souls like Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Arogya, Shri Shri Ravi Shanker’s Sri Sri Ayurveda and Baba Ram Rahim Singh’s MSG brand are any indication, Baba Ramdev has indeed created a chamatkar that no communication, marketing, advertising or branding guru can hope to match. Related Itemslast_img read more

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  • Lawyers back railway track project demand

    first_imgLawyers of four districts of Odisha — Ganjam, Kandhamal, Boudh and Sambalpur — have joined hands to strengthen the demand for the long-awaited Berhampur-Sambalpur railway track project.Representatives of lawyers’ associations of these districts met over the weekend to chalk out the future course of action to press upon the Railway Ministry to take up the project as the earliest. The meeting was convened by the Bhanjanagar Bar Association of Ganjam district.The Bharatiya Bikash Parishad, the Ganjam Chamber of Commerce, different social organisations and leaders of political parties had also at a meeting in Berhampur last week pressed upon this demand. Aska Lok Sabha MP Pramila Bisoi has supported the demand and promised to take up the matter in Parliament as well as with the Ministry.At the Bhanjanagar meeting, Ganjam lawyers alleged that the length of railway tracks in the district had not increased since 1872. Boudh Bar Association president Tarini Mohapatra said the Berhampur-Sambalpur railway track will be a major catalyst for development of the underdeveloped regions of Kandhamal and Boudh districts.No rail connectivityIn 2010-11, the Centre had given permission to the East Coast Railway to conduct a survey for the Berhampur-Sambalpur railway line. According to information received by RTI activists, although the East Coast Railway had submitted a survey report to the Ministry, it has not been registered in the ‘Pink Book’ so far. Any project can start only after it is registered in the ‘Pink Book’.According to the preliminary survey, the track will be 240 km long and connect the four Parliamentary constituencies of Berhampur, Aska, Kandhamal and Sambalpur. Ms. Bisoi has also said that her dream was to have this railway track materialise as it will pass through Aska which has no railway connectivity till date. According to the report, there will be 16 stations between Sambalpur and Berhampur as well as five tunnels and 38 big bridges.last_img read more

  • Take Northeast into confidence on Citizenship Bill: Meghalaya CM to Amit Shah

    first_imgMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Monday told Union Home Minster Amit Shah that the Northeast has fears on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and urged him to take all the States of the region into confidence before bringing in the legislation again.Addressing the fourth conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) here in the presence of Mr. Shah, Mr. Sangma questioned whether the Centre will bypass discussions with the States before reintroducing the Bill.“What will happen after CAB? Will people continuously come from Bangladesh? Will there be any deadline or a continuous flow? We in Northeast have such fears,” Mr. Sangma said.He requested the Centre to invite all stakeholders to discuss and arrive at a consensus over the issue.“We are under the sixth schedule. So will the CAB overlook local laws? Please invite us and look into the interests of the people of the Northeast. Remove our fears. I believe you (Shah) will take care of our fears,” Mr. Sangma told the Union Home Minister.The Bill provided for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document.The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on January 8 but it was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.Parties supporting Bill on verge of suicide: Mizoram CMMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said that all political parties that supported the contentious Bill are on the “verge of suicide“.Mr. Zoramthanga, who was addressing the fourth NEDA conclave here, however, did not elaborate his “verge of suicide” comment.“If at all, it (the Bill) has to be implemented, then please see if the Northeast can be excluded from it. I request you to look into the vulnerability of the region.“The Citizenship Bill is a very very sensitive issue here. In most of the States where political parties supported it, they are on the verge of suicide,” he said.The Mizoram chief minister said, he has full faith in the present dispensation at the Centre and he believes that it will not take a decision that will adversely affect the interests of the region.Bill will change demography of Northeast: Nagaland CMStrongly opposing the Bill, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said all the Northeastern States had resolved earlier that they would not let the legislation affect the region.“We believe it will change the demography of the North East. We need to understand the ground situation,” Mr. Rio said.He hoped that Mr. Shah and the Centre would “listen to us“.Mr. Rio also said that the negotiations on the Naga Peace accord were at an advanced stage.“We are hopeful of a solution very soon. We have also formed a joint legislation group,” he added. Mr. Rio also sought support of all the States of the region to amicably settle the Nagaland issue as it was the “mother of all issues in the Northeast”.last_img read more

  • Lawyer-activist is AAP’s candidate from Brahmapuri

    first_imgParomita Goswami, a lawyer and tribal rights activist from Chandrapur, is now stepping into the election fray, as an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate from the Brahmapuri constituency. A strong voice in support of prohibition, Ms. Goswami and her organisation, Shramik Elgar, had mobilised women from villages across Chandrapur district to demand a liquor ban. In 2015, Chandrapur became the third liquor-free district in the State, after Wardha and Gadchiroli. Today, women from the area, and organisations and activists from across the State reach out to her to discuss the issue. “Women are reaching out to us saying that the government has allowed liquor shops to open at 8 a.m.. Can you imagine what kind of impact it must have on the women and everyone else?” Ms. Goswami asks.An alumnus of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai and St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, Ms. Goswami has been at the helm of Shramik Elgar for two decades. “We are not simply into tribal rights. We have been working on a lot of issues related to caste, tribes and gender,” she said.On what prompted her to jump into the electoral fray, she said, “After 20 years, we realised that many of our issues were not getting resolved. The initial plan was to contest independently, but gradually AAP came into the picture.”The drought-stricken Vidarbha has been reeling under farmers’ suicides, water scarcity and lack of health facilities. Ms. Goswami plans to focus on all the issues related to women in the tribal and rural belts as well as problems related to farmers and labourers.Ms. Goswami will contest against Congressman and Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar in his stronghold. AAP’s national executive member Preeti Sharma Menon said, “Mr. Wadettiwar is a compromised opposition member. Paromitaji has worked hard for the people in the area. We hope that her work will help in dismissing Mr. Wadettiwar and get votes for her. The Congress has failed as an Opposition. They have not raised any rural or urban issue of the State. AAP is stepping in to give a voice to the people of Maharashtra,” she said.last_img read more

  • Maharashtra election results: Shiv Sena’s vote share dips to 16.44%

    first_imgThe Shiv Sena may have emerged as an important political party in the State, but its vote share is down to 16.44% in 2019 from 19.35% in 2014. The Sena has won 56 seats, as against 62 in 2014. However, with the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) numbers having dwindled, the Sena has grown in importance.The 2014 Assembly elections were fought separately by Sena and BJP, at the end of which the Sena won 62 seats and BJP won 122. The Sena had held sway in Mumbai and Konkan, winning 14 seats in each region. The two parties had sealed a pre-election alliance this time round. The Sena’s tally stands at 56, six seats lower than in 2014. It has seen a dip in its vote share as well. The party’s star candidate, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray, won from the Worli constituency by a margin of 67,427 votes, which will instil more confidence in the Sena. Not only is he the first Thackeray to contest any election, but he is also the Sena’s face for chief ministership or deputy chief ministership. Eye-opener: Uddhav“This election is an eye-opener for all political parties. The people of Maharashtra keep their parties rooted to the ground. I am proud that people have kept democracy alive. We are proud of Aaditya, who is forging ahead in politics on his own. I bow before the people of Maharashtra,” Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, at a press conference. The Sena has maintained its 14 seats in Mumbai, with most sitting MLAs winning this time. However, it faced a massive upset in Bandra East, where Matoshree, the Thackeray residence, is located. The party was unable to quell the rebellion of sitting MLA Trupti Sawant, who as an Independent won around 23,000 votes. She caused a division of Sena votes in the area, leading to the defeat of Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and the victory of the Congress’s Zeeshan Siddiqui.In Konkan, the Kankavli seat had become a flashpoint between the Sena and BJP after former Shiv Sainik Narayan Rane joined the BJP despite the Sena’s opposition and his son Nitesh was fielded by the BJP from the seat. The Sena had gone against the BJP and fielded Satish Sawant, who lost by 28,116 seats.In North Maharashtra, the Sena lost its three existing seats in Deolali, Sinnar and Niphad. However, Sena candidate Suhas Kande defeated the NCP’s Pankaj Bhujbal by 13,889 votes in Nandgaon.In western Maharashtra and Vidarbha, the Sena had a subdued performance. However, in Marathwada, the party won 13 seats as against nine in 2014.last_img read more

  • Shiv Sena seeks more aid for rain-hit farmers in Maharashtra

    first_imgThe Shiv Sena on Monday said the intricacies of government formation in Maharashtra should not push rain-hit farmers towards existential crisis and demanded that they be provided relief package of about ₹30,000 crore.Farmers in the State need to be saved at any cost, it said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, while terming as inadequate the ₹10,000 crore aid announced by the State government for crop damage due to unseasonal rains.The country is already facing economic slowdown resulting into lakhs of people losing jobs, and at such a time those dependent on agriculture are also suffering due to the untimely rains, it pointed out.The Sena’s comments have come at a time when it is locked in a bitter tussle with senior ally BJP over government formation in the state.“Farmers should not be pushed to face the existential crisis due to the untimely showers in Maharashtra, which is also going through political intricacy,” it said.The Government’s priority should be to extend assistance to cultivators, the editorial said, adding that “farmers should be saved, whatever may be the cost for it.”“The already announced amount of ₹10,000 crore is inadequate. Farmers should have been provided an assistance of of ₹25,000 crore to ₹30,000 crore,” it opined.As per an initial evaluation, crops on 54.22 lakh hectares across 325 talukas in the State have been damaged.“The woes of cultivators should be addressed. Whatever may be the form of the current government in the state, it should offer ₹25,000 per hectare to the affected farmers,” the Marathi publication said.Farmers have nowhere to go, as their major crops like soybean, grapes, cotton and sugarcane have been severely affected, it noted, adding that horticulture and floriculture have suffered a setback due to untimely showers last month.The Sena cited the case of 50-year-old farmer Dharma Jadhav who recently committed suicide after being depressed as unseasonal rains flooded his paddy field in Palghar district.“He was not debt-ridden, but his crop was damaged due to heavy rains following which he ended his life,” it said.“The government’s priority should be to extend the assistance to farmers. It should not waste time in technicalities of damage assessment, but ensure that farmers are the direct beneficiaries of its assistance, it said.The Sena said around 50 lakh farmers have taken crop insurance, and asked the insurers to not create any hurdles in clearance of the claims of cultivators.“If the crop insurance companies create trouble for farmers, they should understand that they will have to face the Sena,” the Uddhav Thackeray-led party warned.last_img read more

  • Japan downs Thailand to win AVC gold

    first_imgMan sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Tournament MVP Risa Shinnabe put up a game-high 19 points, going on 17-of-33 in spike attempts, to lead Japan while Mami Uchiseto added 18. Japan captain Nana Iwasaka and Yurie Nabeya also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThailand had three players lead the team in scoring with Pimpichaya Kokram, Ajcharaporn Kongyot, and Chatchu-on Moksri each tallying 17 points. Read Next LATEST STORIES Fiba Asia Cup loss of ‘Gilas kuyas’ spurs SEAG-bound PH team on CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan overcame a two-set deficit and humbled Thailand, 26-28, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-7, to take the gold medal in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday at Alonte Sports Arena here. Koyomi Tominaga dealt the title-winning blow as it glanced off the block of Thailand and ended Japan’s 10-year championship drought. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

  • Gin kings to exploit Slaughter’s towering presence

    first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESSince seven-footer Greg Slaughter arrived, Barangay Ginebra has stuck to a proven and tested method of rhythmically striking its opponents inside.It will be no different when the Gin Kings continue the sequel of their storied rivalry with the Meralco Bolts in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  NU, Ateneo near crowns BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES “We believe in our fundamentals,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We’re going to go out and do the basic things that we normally do.”The defending champions have prepared nothing special to counter an upgraded Meralco side in Game 1 of their best-of-seven championship series at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll just stay on what we know and once things aren’t working, then that’s the time we make adjustments,” said the league’s most decorated coach with 19 conference titles.At the focal point of their back-to-back titular bid in the season-ending conference is the towering Slaughter, a riddle other teams could only solve when the skillful big man is not in his elements.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slaughter is an essential piece of Ginebra’s squadron of quick-footed big men which includes the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance and import Justin Brownlee.They will certainly create mismatches in the paint since the Bolts will rely heavily on Allen Durham, Ranidel De Ocampo and Cliff Hodge to contain them.“There will be mismatches at the perimeter if they play Durham and Ranidel at 4-5,” said Cone.“We have tough matchups for them but I think our advantage really is our size, because our size dictates their matchups,” added Cone.When the Gin Kings captured the crown in six games last year, Slaughter was on the sidelines nursing a leg injury. At that time, Durham spent most of his time guarding Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

  • Rockets win 10th straight, top Kings

    first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ask anyone on the team if they believe they can get better after the break and the answer comes quickly — and often in one word.“Absolutely,” Chris Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course,” James Harden said, before the question was even done.Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win. The Rockets wasted no time putting Johnson to work. Johnson, who signed with the team on Wednesday afternoon, checked in with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The 36-year-old free agent spent 32 games with the Jazz this season. The move reunites him with D’Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05.Johnson had nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and the Rockets are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute once he gets better acquainted with the team.“Joe’s going to fit in great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to be really good, smooth … he can make plays. He’s got some gas left.”UP NEXTKings: Host Oklahoma City on Feb. 22.Rockets: Host Minnesota on Feb. 23. MOST READ Houston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were down six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.The Rockets made four free throws after that to secure the win.“We didn’t have that energy and you could just see it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But they have the confidence that they can get it done defensively or by any means, and we just finished it up. Not a whole lot to say other than workmanship.”Paul added 19 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points and Temple came off the bench to add 13.“We’ve got some young guys, and the older guys are always saying: ‘Come on you young guys,’” coach Dave Joerger said. “We know (they’re) going to be good but we’ve got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible.”Temple, who scored the last four points of the third quarter, opened the fourth with another basket to cut Houston’s lead to seven. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.A 6-2 run by Sacramento cut the lead to seven later in the quarter before Harden made a 3-pointer to make it 83-73 midway through the period.Houston, which entered the game averaging an NBA-best 31.3 points in the first quarter, scored a season-low 20 points on Wednesday. The Rockets got going in the second quarter behind 17 points from Paul to lead 55-45 at halftime.The Rockets made the first four points of the third quarter before Bogdanovic scored all of Sacramento’s points in a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 62-52 with about seven minutes left.Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter.The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. That was the start of the 7-3 run by Sacramento, with two 3-pointers from Buddy Hield, that got the Kings within 72-59 about a minute later.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds. … The Kings made 10 of 32 3-pointers, led by four from Bogdanovic. … Hield scored 12 points.Rockets: Eric Gordon sat out after bruising his right knee on Tuesday night. … Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games.WASTING NO TIME Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) celebrates after drawing a foul, as guard James Harden watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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  • Zverev joins Top 10 of men’s tennis after Rome win

    first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo It was just a fourth career title and third this year for Zverev who moves up seven places to ten ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros from May 28 to June 7.The top ten remains unchanged with Britain’s Andy Murray world number one ahead of Serb Djokovic, the reigning Roland Garros champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingArgentine Juan Martin del Potro moves up four places to 30th after reaching the Rome quarter-finals.ATP Rankings LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray (GBR) 10,370 ptsNovak Djokovic (SRB) 7,445Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5,445Rafael Nadal (ESP) 5,375Roger Federer (SUI) 5,035Milos Raonic (CAN) 4,360Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4,145Marin Cilic (CRO) 3,765Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3,560Alexander Zverev (GER) 3,150 (+7)David Goffin (BEL) 3,055 (-1)Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2,900 (-1)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 2,870 (-1)Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,780 (-1)Jack Sock (USA) 2,415 (-1)Gaël Monfils (FRA) 2,365 (-1)Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,320 (-1)Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,155 (+2)Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2,155 (-1)Albert Ramos (ESP) 2,065 (-1)Selected:Richard Gasquet (FRA) 1,605 (+1)Juan Martin Del Potro 1,305 (+4) Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Alexander Zverev. AFPGermany’s Alexander Zverev broke into the Top 10 of the latest ATP rankings released on Monday a day after stunning world number two Novak Djokovic to win the Rome Masters.The 20-year-old Zverev claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title on Sunday with a straight sets win over four-time Rome champion Djokovic.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Barcelona and the Spanish league that got away Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more