Knowing the species

first_imgDo animals have blood groups? Yes. As long as the animals in question have blood in them, they will have species-specific ‘blood groups’. Thirteen types have been identified for dogs, eight for horses and three for cats, etc. The blood groups of animals are based on proteins that sit on the outside of red blood cells. In dogs there is a system called DEA 1.1, 1.2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. In cats we also have A and B but they’re not the same as A and B in human blood systems. Horses have groups including A, C, D, K, P, Q and U. Sheep have A, B, C, D, M, R and X. Goats have A, B, C, M and J. Also Read – Feel what you fear What are invasive species? An invasive species is any kind of living organism – an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism’s seeds or eggs – that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. Species that grow and reproduce quickly and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label “invasive.” For instance, in India, the most common example is Prosopis juliflora known as Ganda Bawal or the Mad Tree which has taken over most wastelands. Another one is the dangerous Congress grass or Parthenium which gives eczema and asthma. Also Read – HomecomingThey are primarily spread by human activities, often unintentionally. People and the goods we use, travel around the world very quickly and they often carry uninvited species with them. Ships can carry aquatic organisms in their ballast water, while smaller boats may carry them on their propellers. In addition, higher average temperatures and changes in rain and snow patterns caused by climate change will bring in invasive plant species. What’s the point of putting dogs back after sterilisation? Doesn’t the problem just continue? No, when dogs are sterilised and put back in their own area, the population and the problems caused by dogs reduce. Here’s how: Each dog guards its own territory and does not allow new dogs to enter. Since they are all neutered, they no longer mate or multiply. The main factors leading to dog aggression – migration and mating – are eliminated. So dog fights reduce dramatically. With the decrease in fighting, bites to humans also decrease. Since females no longer have pups to protect, this source of dog aggression is also eliminated. Over a period of time, as the sterilised dogs die natural deaths, the population is greatly reduced. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to manekaanimallove@gmail.com)last_img read more

NBA Free Agency Diary The Nets Got Their Stars But Will They

Joe Harris07180025+0.8-1.5-0.6 Dear NBA Diary, it’s been two days since the Brooklyn Nets hauled in three of the biggest free agents on the market (Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan), and I’m still adjusting to the reality of those stars suiting up for the franchise that used to call the swamps of New Jersey home.But once we all get used to the idea of KD and Kyrie in Brooklyn black-and-white, their team will actually have to take the court (well, sans Durant for likely all of 2019-20). And how good will they be? According to our metrics, Brooklyn’s work has just begun. A preliminary version of our 2019-20 CARMELO depth chart projections thinks the Nets will have the NBA’s 10th-best offense but its sixth-worst defense, which adds up to a 1497 CARMELO rating (or roughly 40.2 wins of talent). Caris LeVert00210021+0.0-0.9-0.9 Dzanan Musa020507-1.3-0.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Team total Garrett Temple01360019-2.1+0.0-2.1 Kyrie Irving35000035+4.2-0.93.3 DeAndre Jordan00062228-1.0+2.01.0 Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Rodions Kurucs01211014-1.2-0.2-1.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Nicolas Claxton000011-3.0+0.8-2.2 CARMELO team rating:1497 Jarrett Allen00002525-0.9+1.40.5 Alan Williams000404-2.3+1.2-1.0 Taurean Prince00122023-0.4-0.9-1.3 Spencer Dinwiddie42500029+1.6-1.40.2 How good are the new-look Nets?Projected opening-night depth chart for the 2019-20 Brooklyn Nets, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings 240+1.2-1.5-0.2 Jaylen Hands900009-1.8-1.6-3.4 Expected wins:40.2 That’s … probably not the projection you might expect after the free-agent coups the Nets pulled off over the weekend. But truth be told, our model never liked Brooklyn much last season, either: Even as the Nets were making the playoffs (as the No. 6 seed!), we never once rated them as a league-average team. If Coach of the Year candidate Kenny Atkinson had them overachieving with less talent than they will have next season, then maybe he can squeeze more wins — and better defense — out of this roster than our numbers would predict.Plus, it’s important to remember that this is the version of the Nets without Durant. The version with him won’t take the court until the following season, most likely. If KD were to be on the Nets’ opening-day roster, though, our algorithm would give Brooklyn the NBA’s second-best offense and an improved (but still below-average) defense. That team would have a CARMELO rating of 1583 (49.1 wins of talent), which probably still sounds low given the Nets’ newfound star power.One note: Some of you noticed that my depth chart for the Sixers on Monday contained a player (Jonathon Simmons) who was, um, no longer on the Sixers. Sorry about that! As we rebuild our team depth charts over the summer, we’re trying to cobble things together across multiple sources of contracts and rosters, but it’s still a work in progress. Please let us know if you see a player who should be on a different team. read more

Lyon boss Well have to be at 150 to beat Man

first_imgLyon coach Bruno Genesio is hoping for something special from his side ahead of tonight’s Champions League game against Manchester CityThe Ligue 1 side will host City at the Groupama Stadium tonight hoping for a repeat of their shock 2-1 win in England in September.While City have since recovered from that loss to lead Group F, Lyon are still looking good to qualify for the last-16.“They’re a better side on paper. We’ll have to be at 150% to have any chance of success,” said Genesio told reporters on Twitter.“City have between 70% and 75% of possession; they’re rarely in trouble. They’re a team with a very compact block and press well.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…The Frenchman has no doubts over City’s potential in the Champions League this season.“Manchester City are one of the favourites to win the Champions League,” added Genesio.“They’re one of the best sides in Europe, but we have our ambitions, too. That’s the only way to trouble them again – we need to believe in ourselves.”Lyon captain Nabil Fekir’s availability remains uncertain after sustaining an adductor injury in their 1-0 Ligue 1 win over rivals Saint-Etienne on Friday.The Lyon-City match will begin at 21:00 (CET) in France.last_img read more

Google Earth launches final Carmen Sandiego mystery game

first_img Share your voice Online Mobile Apps Gaming Mobile Digital Media CNET Apps Today Google Maps for Android Tags 1 Comment Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Carmen Sandiego is back, again.  Google Earth Paperstar, a dastardly VILE operative and master origami maker, is making trouble on Google Earth. The Keys to the Kremlin have been stolen from Russia. Your job: investigate the scene of the crime in Moscow, track down the criminals and recover the loot.The Keys to the Kremlin Caper is the third and final Carmen Sandiego game to come to Google Earth this year. In March, the ’90s star of children’s educational television first visited Google Earth with The Crown Jewels Caper. In May, the globetrotter returned with The Tutankhamun’s Mask Caper.Like in the previous two games, you’ll use the magnifying glass to interview witnesses in different cities and gather clues. When you think you’ve figured out the next step, click the airplane icon to fly to the next city. Google said that its focusing on new partnerships, but there’s a possibility that it will work with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt again. Gumshoes can find the previous Carmen Sandiego mysteries in the Games category on Google Earth. Google also said it’s working on more geography-based games.  Netflix released a Carmen Sandiego animated show earlier this year and is making a live-action Carmen Sandiego movie starring Gina Rodriguez, who also voices the character in the Netflix show.Originally published June 18.Update, June 19: Adds comment from Google. Googlelast_img read more

How Texas Shaped Rev Billy Graham And Rev Billy Graham Shaped Texas

first_img Share LBJ Library photo by Yoichi OkamotoRev. Billy Graham and President Lyndon B. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch in 1965.In September of 1971, hundreds of thousands of people packed Texas Stadium in Irving over 10 days. It wasn’t for a Dallas Cowboys game. They were there to see Christian evangelist Billy Graham.“Thousands of you have come here tonight searching for purpose and meaning in your life,” Graham said. “Many of you have come here with burdens and problems and sins. And you’re searching for an answer. Well I want to tell you before you leave Texas Stadium tonight, you can find it.”Graham died Wednesday, just shy of his 100th birthday. The Texas Stadium crusade was one of hundreds he held during a ministry that spanned more than six decades. It’s hard to overstate how much those big-tent gatherings shaped modern Christianity, and the state of Texas. And Texas shaped Graham, as well.William Martin is senior fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’ Baker institute, and the author of “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.”“I think he liked the expansiveness of Texas and the optimism,” Martin says. “While he was in the Dallas area, Fort Worth area, he met Sid Richardson, who became a great friend of his and also, interestingly, while he was there, he talked with Mr. Richardson about how much he admired General Eisenhower.”Richardson encouraged Graham to write Eisenhower a letter about his support – and some say the letter Graham wrote helped inspire Eisenhower to run for president.Graham continued spending time in the Lone Star State.“The most amount of time he spent in Texas was when he developed such a friendship with LBJ,” Martin says. “In fact, they went swimming in the White House swimming pool. Billy Graham described it to me, ‘well, you just went as you were.’”It was a friendship of mutual admiration.“Lyndon Johnson would ask him for advice and Billy was willing to give it,” he says. “And of course [LBJ] was willing to give Billy advice.”You may know Graham as a Republican, but Martin says his personal politics were more complex.“Graham took a strong stand in the mid-1950s when he desegregated his crusades, and had Martin Luther King in 1957 appear, say a few words, and lead prayer at his crusade in New York City,” he says. “He stood up for Dr. King. At one time, he paid his bail when he was in prison.”That didn’t mean he always agreed with King.“[Graham] disliked disorder. He was uncomfortable with people who were out marching in the streets and certainly uncomfortable with riots,” Martin says. “And uncomfortable with Dr. King’s harsh criticism of President Johnson. All of those things moved him more to the right.”His close friendship with Richard Nixon brought Graham closer to the Republican Party once Nixon was elected president. Graham also had a relationship with the Bush family, and George W. Bush has credited Graham with helping him to recover from substance abuse.“It’s well-known that George W. Bush had some difficulties in his life with alcohol, probably with drugs,” Martin says. “He went walking on the beach at Kennebunkport. He said that on that walk, Billy Graham gave him the advice and counsel and the ministry that really changed his life and set him on a much better path.”Written by Jen Rice.last_img read more