“Want to petrify wood without waiting a few million years? Try this,” EurekAlert teases. The recipe: pick up some pine or poplar wood chips from your local lumber store, soak them in an acid bath for two days, then soak them in silica solution for two more. Air dry, then put into argon-filled furnace at 1,400°C for two hours. Let cool in argon to room temperature. “Presto. Instant petrified wood.” The press release from the DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory states, “The acid-leaching method yields an identical, positive reproduction of the wood.” One of the researchers concurs; it “replicates exactly the wood architecture.” Nature, however, works much more slowly, according to the report:Yongsoon Shin and colleagues at the Department of Energy lab have converted wood to mineral, achieving in days what it takes nature millions of years to do in such places as the Gingko Petrified Forest, an hour up the Columbia River. There, trees likely felled in a cataclysmic eruption and, buried without oxygen beneath lava, leached out their woody compounds and sponged up the soil’s minerals over the eons. (Emphasis added.)The article adds an interesting factoid about wood tissue. “The intricate network of microchannels and pores in plant matter provide enormous surfaces—in wood, 1 gram of material flattened out would cover a football field,” it says. Scientists are interested in creating ceramics that mimic these properties. With instant petrified wood, they might be able to separate chemicals in the lab, or filter pollutants from escaping gas.A million years is an awful, awful, awful long time. Think about everything that has transpired since the first record of human civilization: all the wars, natural disasters, climate changes, environmental and population shifts. Now multiply that thought by a hundred – that is less than one million years, let alone 10 million or a hundred million. Don’t you think in all that time, with all the volcanoes going off and continents drifting around, all the weathering and erosion, all the pressure and temperature changes, nature couldn’t figure out how to petrify wood a little faster, if we can do it in less than a week? Why do you think this article claims it took millions of years? Evidence? … or maybe another reason?(Visited 4,498 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Odisha government said on Saturday that POSCO had requested it to take back the land acquired for a mega steel plant that the South Korean steel major proposed more than a decade ago.“Recently, POSCO authorities sent a communication to the Odisha government. Since POSCO had not started construction as per the conditions in the lease agreement, the company requested the government to take the land back,” State Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said here. “Subsequent to receiving the letter from POSCO, we secured the Chief Minister’s approval to keep the land parcel in the land bank being created for setting up future industrial projects.”The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the State government in June 2005 to set up a plant with a capacity of 12 million tonnes a year and a captive port at an estimated investment of ₹52,000 crore near the port town of Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district. It was then the largest FDI received by the country.People’s protestThe people, however, protested against the acquisition of 4,004 acres of land, saying that the industrial project would spell doom for their livelihood based on betel farming and fishing.The curtains fell on the much-hyped project when a Central amendment to the Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act in January 2015 necessitated POSCO to go through the auction route to get iron ore mines. Since there was uncertainty in securing a captive mine, the company started folding up its operation in the State.By that time, the State government had transferred 1,723.78 acres of land to POSCO through the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.With this, one of the most intensely fought land acquisition processes came to an end. During the decade-long protest, several hundred villagers were arrested by the police for blocking land acquisition. Over 1,200 non-bailable warrants were pending for execution in the project area. As the process of acquisition slowed down, the police stopped executing warrants.
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Rio silver medalist Diaz back in action MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#GrandTurkfireunit, #GTresidentsputoutfire, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 19, 2017 – Grand Turk – Residents of Grand Turk were praised highly for their community effort, which along with the airport’s fire truck eventually saw a house blaze extinguished last Thursday. The residents had to ban together to contain a fire without the help of proper fire-fighting equipment because the fire was threatening a second home.The airport’s fire crew was unable to leave the JAGS McCartney international Airport because flights were on the ground; there is no domestic fire service in Grand Turk. The first home was gutted by the flames and it again raises the issue that despite huge financial overflows, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government continues to not invest in a domestic fire unit for the Capital of the country.Grand Turk is also where thousands of tourists visit via cruise ship on any given day and is home to the seat of Government, including Parliament and the Governor’s residence, Waterloo. Still, Home Affairs Minister, Delroy Williams expressed in a media statement sadness at the loss for the Missick family and explained again, that the domestic fire unit will not come until the next fiscal year.“My Government is deeply concerned about the frequency at which fires are occurring and have committed to ensuring that resources are available to provide domestic fire services on the island of Grand Turk during the next budget cycle.”There have been three fires so far this year in Grand Turk, including the complete loss of over 200 year old Victoria Public Library. The cause of the Misick house fire is unknown, the Fire Department and Police Force are investigating.#MagneticMediaNews#GrandTurkfireunit#GTresidentsputoutfire
IPS Sanjiv Bhatt (2L) poses with his wife Shweta (2R), daughter Aakashi (L), and son Shantanu (R) after receiving the 5th Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in Ahmedabad on December 31, 2012. Bhatt was honoured for his accomplishment for standing against communal forces to ensure the protection of vulnerable and insecure minorities.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]A former Gujarat cadre IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer have been sentenced to life imprisonment by Gujarat’s Jamnagar Sessions Court after finding them guilty over a custodial death case.The verdict was given out by Judge DM Vyas after finding the accused Sanjiv Bhatt and another police officer Pravinsinh Zala guilty under Indian Penal Code Section 302 for the custodial death of Prabhudas Madhavji Vaishnani.The incident dates back to 1990 when Bhatt was posted as the additional superintendent of police at Jamnagar. He had arrested nearly 130 people in connection with communal violence in Jamjodhpur town at the time of BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra.Prabhudas, who was released nine days later, died at a hospital due to renal failure allegedly due to custodial torture.
[Representational image]PixabayPlaying the stock market game comes easy to fund mangers, given their experience and professional background. Would you then not like to know stocks that they bought and sold last month in large numbers?To give some broad insights, there are 43 mutual funds (MFs) in India and their combined assets under management (AUMs) stood at Rs 17.89 lakh crore, up Rs 52,000 crore from Rs 17.37 lakh crore at the end of January.Net inflows into ELSS slowed down to Rs 997 crore from Rs 1,166 crore in the previous month while inflows into equity schemes rose to Rs 5,465 crore from Rs 3,717 crore in January 2017.Some of the top-ranking MFs in India include ICICI MF, HDFC MF, Reliance MF, Birla Sun Life MF, Axis MF and SBI MF.IDBI Capital Markets & Securities analyses how MFs shuffled their portfolios in February.Top picksTopping the list of stocks that MFs added to their portfolios in February is private sector lender ICICI Bank; fund managers bought 77.9 crore shares. The stock has been rallying over the past few trading sessions as well and was the top gainer on Tuesday (March 14), ending 5.99 percent higher at Rs 287 on the BSE.Other top stocks that MFs added to their kitty during the month include Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), Infosys, ITC, Tata Steel, Federal Bank, TCS, RBL Bank, Sun Pharma and Maruti Suzuki.Fund managers bought 9 crore shares of RIL, riding on the bullish projections for its telecom arm, Reliance Jio’s aggressive 4G plans.Cigarette maker and diversified player ITC was another favourite of MFs, who bought 43.1 crore shares while 18.2 crore shares of IT services company Infosys were added to the MF kitty during the month. Kerala-based private sector lender Federal Bank was a significant buy during the month, with 44.7 crore shares bought.Sun Pharma was another top pick for MFs that added 12.4 crore shares. The stock rose 3.61 percent on Tuesday to close at Rs 708 on news that the US FDA has imported restrictions placed on its Mohali facility.Top exitsThe portfolio churn saw MFs exiting from some of the blue-chip scrips such as HDFC Bank, Bharti Airtel, Yes Bank, BPCL, Coal India, Bajaj Auto and Larsen & Toubro.MFs sold 25 crore shares of HDFC Bank. The private sector lender’s share price spurted to a new 52-week high of Rs 1,450 on February 16 after the RBI lifted the cap on buying by foreign institutional investors. On Tuesday (March 14), it closed at Rs 1,410.Other prominent exits for MFs during the month included Kotak Mahindra Bank, Grasim Industries, Tata Motors, IndusInd Bank, Axis Bank, Tech Mahindra and Cadila Healthcare.Sensex, Nifty closer higher on TuesdayOn Tuesday, the BSE Sensex closed 496 points higher at 29,442 while the NSE Nifty ended 137 points higher at 9,072 in response to the BJP putting up a good performance in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and managing to outsmart the Congress in Manipur and Goa despite finishing second.The BSE Sensex is just 582 points away from its all-time high of 30,024.Gold, silver edge lowerGold prices drifted Rs 150 lower to close at Rs 28,900 per 10 gm while silver ended Rs 180 lower at Rs 40,800 per kg.
Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain ShamimTwo accused — Nur Uddin and Shahadat Hossain Shamim – in the madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi killing case reportedly confessed before a court in Feni on Sunday to their part in the incident.They gave ‘confessional’ statements before the court of senior judicial magistrate M Zakir Hossain in the afternoon, said Shah Alam, an inspector of Police Bureau of Investigation and investigation officer of the case.He, however, declined to elaborate further for the sake of investigation.Meanwhile, a foundation has been established in memory of the late madrasa girl. Victim’s family established the Nusrat Jahan Rafi Memorial Foundation.At a function on Sunday, Nusrat’s father AKM Musa Mia spoke about the future plan of the foundation.He said the foundation will stand by the helpless and oppressed women in the future.After fighting for her life for five days, Nusrat succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) in the capital on 10 Apr.On 6 April, she was set afire at an examination centre of Alim examination allegedly by students loyal to principal Sirajuddoula of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa after he was arrested and subsequently suspended as Rafi had accused him of sexually harassing her.
5 faith facts about the moon landing: Space Communion and a prayer league of its own DIY Faith • News News Share This! Share This! By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Load Comments,Muslim group launches campaign to take Fridays off for Jummah prayers News By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Dinner church movement sets the table for food, faith and friendships August 29, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — A popular Christian bookseller is changing its name after a deluge of requests for cannabis-related products.For years, Peabody, Massachusetts-based Christian Book Distributors has been known by the initials CBD.The bookseller announced last month it will now go by “Christianbook” to avoid confusion with cannabidiol, an increasingly popular cannabis-derived product that shares its initials.“The problem is the other CBD is just so popular at this point in time that it just kind of overwhelms our brand,” Christianbook President and CEO Ray Hendrickson told The New York Times.The “other CBD” does not get users high. But it has exploded in popularity over the past year, appearing in everything from oils and lotions to beers and lollipops and claiming to relieve anxiety and pain, among other things.Cannabis has taken over the CBD name. Image by Mohamed Hassan/Creative CommonsDrugstores Walgreens and CVS have said they will carry CBD products in some states. Even some Christians are exploring its use: A website called God’s Greenery publishes posts about CBD, how Christians can view it morally and what Scripture might have to say about it.Meantime, Christianbook has sold books and other Christian resources for four decades.What started as two teenage brothers selling Christian books from a catalog out of their parents’ house eventually grew to the world’s largest seller of Christian products, according to a statement from the bookseller.The company also sells books on its website, CBD.com.“In the past, a Google search for ‘CBD’ would place our company at the top of the results page,” the company said in a statement.Former Christian Book Distributors branding. Photo courtesy of Christianbook“Now ‘our CBD’ is nowhere to be found in the search results, only sites for the cannabis product are listed, and paid ads are no longer allowed. As this wave of popularity over the ‘other CBD’ is not likely to subside, we will stop referring to ourselves as ‘CBD’ and will also drop the word ‘Distributors’ from our company name. Going forward, we will operate under the name of ‘Christianbook.’”Though the name has changed, Hendrickson said in the statement that nothing else about Christianbook’s business has.Customers still can buy the same Christian products they always have from its catalogs and website. And they still can use the domain name CBD.com.“It’s not for sale,” Hendrickson told The Boston Globe. TagsCBD Christian Book Distributors Christianbook homepage featured,You may also like Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email