Significant Digits For Wednesday July 29 2015

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. read more

Scattered showers continue several schools closed Friday

first_img February 15, 2019 Posted: February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Scattered showers continue, several schools closed Friday SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Scattered showers are expected in San Diego County Friday following a powerful storm that brought record-setting rainfall, widespread flooding, mudslides and prompted school closures across the soaked region.The San Diego County Office of Education announced that Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow cancelled classes Thursday and schools in the Bonsall Unified School District, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Vallecitos School District and Fallbrook Union School District will be closed Friday.The schools were closed because the powerful storm led to “power outages, flooding, road closures, and dangerous travel conditions,” county Office of Education spokeswoman Music Watson said.A series of weak, low-pressure systems will bring periodic showers until Monday, with the best chance for rain Friday evening and Sunday afternoon through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.Coastal and inland-valley areas are expected to get up to two-tenths of an inch of rain Friday while the mountains are forecast to receive up to a half-inch of rainfall and less than one-tenth of an inch is expected in the county deserts, forecasters said. last_img read more

At the Intersection of HyperLocal Digital and Regional Magazine Publishers

first_imgImagine having more than 20 competitors spring up into your market over the course of the last two years. Now picture these competitors being backed by one of the largest digital media institutions on the continent. Welcome to the new city and regional magazine market.AOL’s collection of hyper-local news sites known as Patch have been popping up around the country at an incredibly quick rate, with more than 908 sites across 22 states which garner a total of more than 14 million monthly unique visitors. Patch sites cover all things local, plus comprehensive listings of businesses, events and more.The idea of starting a potential turf war with hyper-local sites over coveted digital ad dollars isn’t a reality—not yet at least—but city and regional publishers are still preparing themselves for the digital marketplace, and Patch is making an equally aggressive push.“I think it’s good that Patch has come to our county and we haven’t really seen any direct impact from them,” says Ralph Martinelli, publisher of New York-based Westchester Magazine. “However, it is a small sandbox we play in in Westchester County because there are only so many dollars out there. We’ve become very aggressive and just hired a few digital-only sales reps—more and more of our customers are asking us for packages that include print, digital and events.” Westchester covers an area of 450 square miles and has a population of about 1 million, according to the 2010 Census. In the past few years, Patch.com has introduced more than 20 sites that cover the same communities as Westchester Magazine.“It’s not an either/or situation,” says Warren Webster, co-founder of Patch Media. “We like to look at Patch as an indispensable tool for realtime updates on news, events and as a place for conversation. We’re not trying to replicate traditional media, but in each market we’re trying to do something new and timely that you can’t live without on a day-to-day basis. To the extent we compete for advertising dollars, sure—small and medium sized businesses have ad budgets and we’re sharing some of the same clients.”Webster says local businesses usually segment their budgets to some degree, choosing to put dollars into both print media and hyper-local sites. Yet, new media has changed the attitude of the 55,000-circ Westchester.“Digital is top of mind,” says Martinelli. “Our goal is to grow our search so that when someone is searching for restaurants in a specific town, Westchester comes up. We’re investing dollars there because we see this as the growth area in our industry moving forward. We just changed the name of our parent company to Today Media because we see ourselves becoming more of a media company than a print publication.”WestchesterMagazine.com generates about 100,000 uniques per month and more than 1 million page views. Martinelli estimates that the title has doubled its digital revenue over the last few years, though print is still its most profitable area.“More and more of our clients want digital programs, but a lot of them don’t understand how to do it,” says Martinelli. “I think they trust the brand of Westchester and we’ve seen tremendous growth in our digital revenue over the past few years, so it’s certainly a growing area for us.”As the publisher says, many small-to-medium sized local businesses are unsure of how to begin a digital ad campaign. Though the magazine now has a dedicated digital ad rep, Patch is taking support levels one step further.“We want to be helpful in terms of guiding small or medium sized businesses through this new world of digital advertising,” says Webster. “We have a program called Patch Partners—as a Patch advertiser you get access to valuable information and tips from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, which is a real perk for being a Patch advertiser. We’re trying to help small businesses grow and we’ve hosted over 2,000 local marketing events and over 50 seminars called Main Street University. We walk people through not just Patch, but how to navigate everything from a social media presence to advertising online. A lot of small business owners know they want to have a digital presence, but they’re not sure how and it can be a little bit daunting.”The majority of Patch advertisers are local and regional businesses and the strategy is complimented with some national partners as well, as long as they have a local message. Local and regional ad reps come mainly from Patch, but parent company AOL provides support in reaching national clients. Webster says the largest percentage of its digital advertising business comes in the form of display.Webster says e-letters have been successful for reaching both readers and ad clients. Similarly, Westchester reaches about 40,000 per month through e-letters, which also incorporate digital ads.“Most city and regional magazines are struggling to grow digital divisions because we’ve been print publications all along,” says Martinelli. “We’re expanding our digital division into a separate entity—one of our main goals is to do a tremendous amount of daily digital-only content that does not appear in print, and we’ve brought in digital-only editors. From a sales point of view, our digital-only reps partner with the print ad reps to present complete packages that includes print, digital and events.”PreEmptive StrikesThough Webster views city and regional magazines as a separate market, city and regional publishers that aren’t feeling the heat from hyper-local sites are increasing their Web presences. In Sacramento, CA there is no Patch.com site that covers the city, but there are eight other sites within the county.“I don’t see hyper-local sites as competition,” says Mike O’Brien, president and co-publisher of Sacramento Magazines Corp., publisher of Sacramento Magazine. “We’ve made a serious digital push for several years. We’ve populated SacMag.com and it’s grown pretty nicely. We have editors and freelancers providing content for that and we do a couple of e-letters every week. We continue to grow, though the broader problem for any and all sites is monetization.”O’Brien says that the brand hasn’t made a very aggressive push into digital ad revenue quite yet because print is still the breadwinner.“However, we know we need to be in the space so we continue to be active and invest there and wait for monetization capabilities to grow,” he says. “We do package it in and we have one team that sells print and digital. We’re seeing more and more clients asking for it and we are growing revenue there.”Sacramento’s circ is about 30,000; the website attracts 75,000 monthly unique visitors and captures 200,000 monthly page views. While the brand isn’t making a strong push in digital monetization, O’Brien does see opportunities.“Readers want quality in terms of what they’re reading and viewing,” he says. “I think that’s where city and regional magazines have the trust of the marketplace. As we stay in the game, I think we’ll get better and better at monetizing that.”last_img read more

I5 Publishing Rebrands as Lumina Media

first_imgi-5 Publishing, the Irvine, California, publisher of Dogster, Catster, Horse Illustrated, Hobby Farms, Dogs in Review,VPN and other brands, announced this week that it’s renaming itself as Lumina Media. “Lumina better represents the energy of our new company direction, and the power that our iconic content has to inform, entertain, and delight our passionate audiences,” said Lumina Chairman David Fry. “Our logo and our new tagline, ‘You’ll Love This,’ highlight the tight relationship between author and reader in today’s media world. Content and conversation come together to create a unique value for our consumers, our business audience and our corporate partners.” In its statement, the company said the new name and brand underscore the company’s proven market expertise, innovative spirit and its ability to deliver audiences that are engaged and connected. With extensive reach and experience, the company’s media engages, informs and inspires, while its platforms ensure the right media is delivered whenever, however and wherever audiences want it.center_img Lumina, the company said in a release, has one objective—to connect passionate and enthusiastic audiences to top consumer brands and companies across all mediums and platforms.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Leadership Manager at Serur Group Financial ServicesPart-Time Crew Member at Dunkin DonutsPart-Time Shift Leader at Dunkin DonutsFull-Time Laborer at Packer Sanitation ServicesPart-Time Laundry Aide at CareOnePart-Time Housekeeper at CareOneFull-Time Assembly Operator at KochFull-Time Executive Assistant at Analog DevicesFull-Time EMC Lab Technician at Analog DevicesFull-Time Landscape Maintenance Crew Member at Garrick-Santo Landscape Co.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of April 21, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON Rep Seth Moulton Concerned Emergency Declaration Could Cost Massachusetts

first_imgWASHINGTON, DC — This week, Massachusetts House Armed Services Committee Members Representatives Seth Moulton (MA-06), Lori Trahan (MA-03), and Bill Keating (MA-09) condemned President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency so that the president can circumvent Congress and use military construction funds to build his border wall. The decision to use military construction funds directly jeopardizes $90 million designated for use at the Hanscom Air Force Base to construct a Compound Semiconductor Laboratory-Microelectronics Integration Facility, and $42,600,000 at the Westover Air Reserve Base.“Whether President Trump recognizes it or not, we are competing with Russia and China to develop the next generation of advanced technologies that will allow us to lead the world in the 21st Century,” Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-06) said. “The proposed lab at Hanscom Air Force Base is exactly the type of investment the government should be making to keep our nation safe. The president’s decision to raid these funds from Hanscom–to pay for a 5th Century wall to address a 21st Century immigration problem–isn’t just a waste of money, it is a conscious decision to play politics with our national defense and economic competitiveness.”“The President declared an emergency over a crisis that doesn’t exist – even going so far to say during his press conference that he ‘didn’t need to do this.’ Now that he has, $90 million worth of military construction projects at the Hansom Air Force Base alone are at risk of being diverted to construct the President’s ineffective, wasteful wall that does nothing to secure our border. This is an outrage,” Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-03) said. “No president, Donald Trump included, has the right to undermine the authority of Congress by declaring a fake national emergency just because they didn’t get their way. I will be joining my colleagues in Congress to do our constitutional duty to protect our system of checks and balances and take strong action against the President’s emergency declaration which has now become a clear threat to our actual security and military readiness.”“This Administration’s emergency declaration is at best a reckless politicization of our military and at worst will threaten critical military construction projects,” Rep. Bill Keating (MA-09) said. “Last year, senior Department of Defense leaders testified before Congress about a backlog of $116 billion of unfunded facility requirements and that 32% of their facilities were in poor or failing condition. Just this week, there have been several articles highlighting the poor living conditions that military members and their families are facing on military bases throughout the country. Using military construction funds endangers military readiness and decreases the well-being of our servicemen and women. Additionally, Massachusetts has a number of critical infrastructure projects carried out by the US Army Corps of Engineers that could be threatened by this declaration, including maritime and public safety projects.”(NOTE: The above press release is from Rep. Seth Moulton’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Secures Local Wins In National Defense Authorization ActIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”last_img read more

Rohingya aid truck crash kills 9

first_img.At least nine people were killed and 13 others injured after a relief-laden truck for Rohingya people had fallen into a roadside ditch near Chhadkhola BGB border post in Naikhyangchhari upazila on Thursday.The deceased are day laborers, said district superintendant of police Sanjit Kumar Roy.Bandarban Red Crescent Society secretary AKN Jahangir said driver of a relief truck for the Rohingya refugees of Shonkhola temporary Rohingya camp lost his control over the streering and the truck veered off the road.The truck fell into a roadside ditch in the area around 7:45am, leaving six people killed on the spot and eight others injured, he added.Local upazila health complex resident physician Salman Karim Kahn said some 16 injured were admitted in the hospital and three of them succumbed to their injuries. Another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar hospital as his condition deteriorated.Bandarban deputy Commissioner (DC) Dilip Kumar Banik confirmed the incident.last_img read more

Studio Chiefs Talk Series Orders Digital Dealmaking and Diversification as Upfronts Wrap

first_img“The way most studios have approached the business in the past is to aggressively pursue every potential script order and pilot order,” said SPT chairman Mike Hopkins. “What we tried to do was to be confident in the idea behind every show and whether or not it could be a really good broadcast show.”Hollywood’s largest TV studios are all under pressure to step up output to feed ambitious streaming ventures. That made the discussion of digital rights — how they are parceled out between networks and producers — a more complicated topic in many cases. Even shows produced for broadcast networks are eyed as having crucial second windows on streaming or on demand platforms. “Every year we look at digital rights, and each studio’s priority has changed,” said Howard Kurtzman, president of 20th Century Fox Television with Jonathan Davis. Long one of the industry’s largest suppliers, 20th TV is now under the Disney Television Studios umbrella with ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. All told, the Disney Television Studios banners emerged with 14 new scripted series orders from broadcasters. “Each year it’s a little bit of recreating the wheel so it takes more time and thoughtfulness and effort,” Kurtzman said. He said he felt more of a sense of horse-trading this year even as network buyers push hard for expanded streaming access. But that expansion can go both ways. “Most of these digital rights agreements are reciprocal which helps,” Kurtzman said. Diversification has been a key goal for CBS Television Studios for the past few years. The Eye’s production unit dominates the slate for its mothership network, but it is also producing for Showtime, Netflix and even the nascent Disney Plus streaming service. “Our specific goals were to continue to broaden our base of where we sell, but also to have a diversity of our slate,” CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said. The importance of distinctive material and strong production values at present can’t be overstated in the current Peak TV environment. With premium TV production budgets soaring, there’s no room for the B-plus show that used to be schedule filler. In an atmosphere where more and more viewers are seeking out shows via on-demand platforms, the work needs to be a cut above. “We wanted to elevate the quality of character based procedurals and feel we achieved that in a big way with (new CBS dramas) ‘Evil’ and ‘Tommy’ and (CW’s) ‘Nancy Drew,’ “ Stapf said. “All three of these shows dive deep into interesting and complex characters while also having an engine that drives the procedural.”Universal Television has similarly balanced a mandate to deliver for NBC with playing the wider field. This year, the studio “landed five shows on the NBC schedule and at least one show on three other broadcast networks,” said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “I’d say we did pretty well.” Universal’s new roster this year ranges from NBC’s “Bluff City Law” with Jimmy Smits to the Fox animated series “Duncanville,” from Amy Poehler. The push to diversify is not only a focus at the studio level but also for writers and showrunners. As television moves away from the traditional focus on the 22-episode series airing from September-May, some are encouraging creators and showrunners to juggle multiple projects in a calendar year — something that used to be frowned upon. At the enlarged Disney, executives see multitasking as the key to harnessing the strength of the $71.3 billion merger that closed in March.“We want our creators to do multiple things,” said 20th TV’s Davis. “You might have a show on Hulu for 10 episodes. You might have something on ABC and you might be developing something for FX. That’s what our calling card is now. The playground is just immense.” “Everybody’s now resolved to be at a particular place,” Roth said. “We are all talking about what it will look like for a non-affiliated studio to do business with another network. It’s challenging, but it’s not that hard to figure out.”Warner Bros. TV emerged from upfront week with five new scripted series orders and two unscripted orders spread among CBS, Fox, CW and NBC. Among the high-profile offerings are CW’s “Batwoman,” the new Chuck Lorre comedy for CBS “Bob Hearts Abishola,” and drama “Prodigal Son” for Fox.Studio leaders are caught up in the throes of the transition as the focus of profitability in television shifts from advertising-supported networks to the long-tail value of programs in a multiplatform environment. The play’s the thing, no matter what the screen. “There was a fair amount of movement at the upper levels of these companies, so that was a backdrop against which everybody was operating,” said Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs. “You can’t really think about that day to day because you’re out pitching and selling and developing, but it’s in the back of your mind.”Lionsgate has pulled back from the broadcast TV series hunt in recent years, but this time out it landed an order from NBC for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” an offbeat music-driven dramedy that Lionsgate sees as having sleeper potential.“It felt like for a four-quadrant crowd pleaser, which is what broadcast is at its best,” Beggs said. “You want a broad-skewing, popular show with a very diverse audience.”Sony Pictures Television came away with four new series orders — including ABC drama “For Life” and comedy “United We Fall” — and renewals for long-running franchises including NBC’s “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and CBS’ “SWAT.” Those were important wins for the studio after a period of evaluating how it approaches the content marketplace. (Pictured: Rita Ferro, president of Disney Advertising sales, shows off Disney’s array of brands at the May 14 upfront) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A funny thing happened on the way to the upfront in a year of major transitions for the largest player in television.Numerous network and studio executives found a dealmaking environment that was more collegial and collaborative than in the recent past. With so much of the traditional TV business in flux, there was a palpable feeling of competitors taking a long view and trying to find ways to fight through the storm together. “There was a sense of resignation about the structural changes that took place this past year,” said Peter Roth, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. TV Group.The most seismic shift has been the union of Disney and 21st Century Fox and the immense TV content and distribution at the enlarged company. Consolidation and the move into streaming by Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and others promises to fundamentally change the economics of television programming. But even as TV giants are becoming more vertically integrated than ever, there’s appreciation for the importance of maintaining a portfolio of content produced for outside buyers as well as internal channels.center_img Studio Chiefs Talk Series Orders, Digital Dealmaking and Diversification as Upfronts Wrap Popular on Variety Disney Television Studios Makes Splashy Debut at Upfronts Relatedlast_img read more

DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants

first_img Sampling of petrous bone from a human skull. Credit: Balázs G. Mende © 2017 Phys.org Explore further Citation: DNA study shows Neolithic Europeans interbred with Anatolian migrants (2017, November 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-dna-neolithic-europeans-interbred-anatolian.html Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. More information: Mark Lipson et al. Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature24476AbstractAncient DNA studies have established that Neolithic European populations were descended from Anatolian migrants who received a limited amount of admixture from resident hunter-gatherers. Many open questions remain, however, about the spatial and temporal dynamics of population interactions and admixture during the Neolithic period. Here we investigate the population dynamics of Neolithization across Europe using a high-resolution genome-wide ancient DNA dataset with a total of 180 samples, of which 130 are newly reported here, from the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods of Hungary (6000–2900 BC, n = 100), Germany (5500–3000 BC, n = 42) and Spain (5500–2200 BC, n = 38). We find that genetic diversity was shaped predominantly by local processes, with varied sources and proportions of hunter-gatherer ancestry among the three regions and through time. Admixture between groups with different ancestry profiles was pervasive and resulted in observable population transformation across almost all cultural transitions. Our results shed new light on the ways in which gene flow reshaped European populations throughout the Neolithic period and demonstrate the potential of time-series-based sampling and modelling approaches to elucidate multiple dimensions of historical population interactions.Press release (Phys.org)—A large international team of researchers has found that Neolithic hunter-gatherers living in several parts of Europe interbred with farmers from the Near East. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes comparing DNA from several early groups in Europe and evidence of interbreeding. The researchers found that there was a lot more breeding going on between the two groups than has been thought. They found that as the farmers moved in, interbreeding began almost immediately. It continued for approximately the next several hundred years at all of the sites under study, though the team reports a more rapid pace in Spain and Germany than in Hungary.The researchers note that their findings make sense logically, as well—it would seem far more likely that contact between the two groups would result in interbreeding, rather than one group simply out-reproducing the other to the point that the original group simply disappeared. An Early Neolithic grave from Bátaszék (Hungary), which was also part of the DNA analyses. Credit: Anett Osztás The Neolithic period, often described as the New Stone Age, was a period of human history from approximately 15,000 BCE to 3,000 BCE. It was a time defined by the development of settlements and the refinement of tools and the arts. Prior research has shown that people living in what is now Germany, Hungary and Spain were mostly hunter-gatherers during the early Neolithic period, but were “replaced” by farmers moving in from the Near East (Anatolia). In this new effort, the researchers suggest that interbreeding between the two groups led to the decline of the hunter-gatherers. The end result is that most modern Europeans are descended from the Near East immigrant farmers, but have remnants of hunter-gatherer DNA.To learn more about the early history of humans in Europe, the researchers obtained and analyzed 180 DNA samples of people from early Hungary, Germany and Spain dating from between 6,000 and 2,200 BCE. They used data from the DNA analysis to create a mathematical model, which was used to build a simulation of population interactions in the areas of study. Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked Middle Neolithic Collective grave of La Mina, Spain, excavation situation Credit: Manolo Rojo Guerra Journal information: Nature Cave Els Trocs in the Spanish pyrenees with Early Neolithic burials, discussion between members of the excavation group. Credit: Kurt Werner Alt Geographic locations of the samples analyzed in the study “Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers” with a close-up of Hungary (based on figure 1a-b from Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature24476). Credit: Nature, Lipson/Szécsényi-Nagy et al. 2017. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Memorabilia of music maestros

first_imgMusic expresses all emotions and acts the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. In order to present a collection of candid shots of musicians in the form a literary piece, Padma Shri Shobha Deepak Singh has compiled a rare anthology of 250 photographs of the great Indian music maestros, emoting the multiple emotions of Indian music through her coffee table book titled Musicscapes. Musicscapes, which follows close on the heels of Shobha Deepak Singh’s Theatrescapes (2014) and Dancescapes (2013), becomes a homage to her deepest and most long engaging love-music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Musicscapes published by Roli Books, was launched by Sheila Dixit and Shekhar Sen, Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre on April 8. An exhibition of 60 photographs of the country’s music luminaries, which has been put up by the curatorial expertise of Dr Alka Pande, will be on till April 14 in the national Capital.Shobha Deepak Singh said, “Classical music liberates me and it leads me to a state where I feel I am truly elevated. What classical music does best and continues to do is to show a kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“When I did my first two books, I thought I covered the canvas of emotion and motion. But as I looked through many of these photos, I realised that there was so much unsung emotion that needs to be felt by others too. The book helps to accomplish that.” Dr Alka Pande, the illustrious curator of the exhibition said, “The book is a compilation of all those great artists who have contributed magnificently to the vocal and instrumental musicscape of India. This is a survey of Shobha’s work as she captures moments, iconic and unusual, rubbing shoulders with the greats.”last_img read more