Chandra Wickramasinghe and colleagues at Cardiff University have raised the bar on tale-telling ability. They believe that comets splatting on earth can carry away germs of life that gradually spread farther and farther out, eventually escaping the sun’s pull. Over time, they might spread life to other worlds. They estimate that since the origin of the Milky Way galaxy, over 10 billion worlds could have been seeded with life by this process. Story in EurekAlert.Wickramasinghe, former colleague of the late Fred Hoyle (see 08/22/01), is a useful idiot-genius who has helped demolish arguments for a chance origin of life, but replaced it by a tall tale even more incredible. Since storytelling has become part and parcel of science, anything goes if you have a PhD, the whoppier the better, and the science news outlets will publish it with nary a guffaw. (Unless you are a creationist.)(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Cape Town Stadium will be the venue for 10 of the 32 Chan 2014 matches, including the opening and closing games.The third Orange Africa Nations Championship, Chan 2014, kicks off on Saturday 11 January with 16 national teams in four groups playing 32 matches.See also: Bafana and Mozambique to kick off Chan 2014Times in Central African Time (GMT +2)
Panaji: The four-day annual pre-Lent festival began with festive fervour Goa on Saturday.King Momo and his entourage entered the capital and kicked off the party, decreeing that everyone attending the festival must enjoy their time over next four days.Goa Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma flagged off the Panaji carnival floats parade on Saturday, with Mumbai-based music director, Joe D’Costa and Goa’s renowed Fado singer, Sonia Shirsat, playing the carnival theme song ‘Kai Boro Dis’. The attendees chanted “Viva Carnival” at King Momo’s float, at the streets of Panaji.However, the carnival parade was comparatively subdued this year, and the festival was bereft of its political patronage due to the State Assembly elections. The crowd of revellers, too, lacked enthusiasm. The floats highlighted various social, environment, and wildlife issues. Banks too highlighted the importance of cashless transactions in sponsored floats.
Amid a tussle between the BJP and the Shiv Sena over government formation in Maharashtra, their ally Republican Party of India (Athawale) leader Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday said Sena should not be “adamant” on its demand for the chief minister’s post as it rightly belongs to the BJP.Mr. Athawale also said he is hopeful that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari would be able to resolve the situation as he enjoys respects across party lines.“I am going to meet Gadkariji and will discuss the current situation in Maharashtra. He is a senior leader respected by everybody and I am sure they will definitely find a way to resolve this crisis,” Mr. Athawale, who is a Union Minister, said.Since the Maharashtra assembly results were announced on October 24, the BJP and its ‘Mahayuti’ ally Sena are locked in a bitter battle over sharing of power in the next government. The bone of contention is the Sena’s demand for the post of Chief Minister on rotational basis with the BJP and a “50:50 formula” for allocating ministries.The BJP won 105 seats in the polls followed by ally Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (44) in the 288-member Assembly.“BJP is the single largest party and there is a sizeable gap between the seats of the BJP and others so the Chief Minister post rightly belongs to it and not to Shiv Sena. The Sena can be given deputy chief minister’s post,” he said.Athawale claimed that the BJP is ready for 50:50 allocation of cabinet portfolios and also to give some important ministries to Sena.The people of Maharashtra have given the mandate to the BJP and the Shiv Sena to form the government not to the Congress and the NCP, he said.“If Sena forms a government in alliance with the NCP and the Congress, it will not be in the interest of any political party… it will be against the mandate given by the people,” he said.Also read: If BJP-Sena fail, NCP will have to think of alternative: PatilHis remarks on Sena came a day after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the current political situation in Maharashtra, which led to speculation about these three parties coming together.