The Hustler’s Playbook: The Decision to Control Your Life

first_imgSuccessful people believe that the source of their success is internal. Less successful people believe that external forces control their success.A hustler believes that they are acting upon their world, it is not acting upon them. Because the hustler believes they can shape their world, they take action to control and influence that which is necessary for success. This starts with controlling themselves, including their beliefs, behaviors, and actions. They also act to influence everything else to tilt things in their direction, allowing them to produce the results that build success.External ForcesNon-hustlers believe the world is acting upon them. They believe that their circumstances dictate their present condition and the possibility for future success. The non-hustler believes they have a greater chance of winning the lottery than generating financial success by investing in themselves. They believe that external factors determine their fate.The non-hustler believes that their history, the circumstances of their birth, their familial situation, their martial status, their present employer, their present manager, the general economy, their government, or their government’s enemies all control the level of success available to them. To the non-hustler all their problems are external.Internal ForcesThe hustler believes that all their challenges are internal, that they are of their own making. This belief is what empowers the hustler to act. The hustler sees adversity as a gift, something to push against.The circumstances of their birth are something they have the power to escape. Their present employment is a place from where to launch their next project. The general economy is a place of opportunities that others are afraid to pursue.The most powerful decision you can make is the decision to take total control of your life. If your life isn’t what you want it to be, you have the power to change it. If what you are doing isn’t what you are supposed to be doing, you have the power to do something else.Until you make the decision to control your life, success will elude your grasp. If you want it, you have to control it. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Your Linear Sales Process Is Broken

first_imgThis post was originally posted on LinkedIn. I posted it here so that I would always be able to point to it on a site that I control. The comments live there, too.It’s likely that your sales process is broken. It probably isn’t producing the results you need it to, if it ever did. A greater commitment to follow that process isn’t likely to improve results either. The reason is beyond compliance and starts with the fundamental assumption we make when we develop a sales process.Let me try my very best to set up this conversation in a way that makes what I am about to say less controversial, and that doesn’t have you sideways with this idea right out of the gate. So first, a few disclaimers.I am not suggesting that you should not have a documented, well-designed sales process.I am not suggesting that any process you use be abandoned, or that it should immediately be replaced.I am suggesting that you stop and consider and explore a few ideas.Let’s start with some assumptions:We live in an age of constant, accelerating, disruptive change. These changes are impacting the way our clients do business, causing the re-imagining of whole industries, increasing customer expectations and changing their behaviors, and creating a great deal of uncertainty.What we do in sales is help people and companies change. We change the products and services they use. We change the way they use them. We change the way they do business, and at our very best, we help our clients and the people we serve to transform their business and their results.The process of change is non-linear, because any process that includes human beings—especially in groups—is nonlinear. That means that the process is very rarely a straight line, and more often a process that doubles back over ground that has already been covered, stops, starts again, and picks up in an unexpected place.And finally, your sales process is designed and written as if it is linear. It shows up as a series of boxes that start on the left side of a PowerPoint slide with “target” and end with a box called “Won/Lost” at the far right of that slide.Think about the last few deals you have pursued. Haven’t they gone something like this: You had a good discovery meeting followed by another in which a second stakeholder was added to the meeting. You shared some ideas with your prospective clients, and you put together some ideas of what the right solution might look like. Someone in another department caught wind of the idea you were working on, and instead of presenting a solution, the new stakeholder decided to engage you in what was more discovery—before asking purchasing to join the conversation.Did you really complete the discovery process? Are you really ready to present when a purchasing agent asks you for a proposal?I’ll bet you can’t find boxes that match the above scenario anywhere on your sales process. Not to worry, no one else has these boxes on their sales process either; your competitor’s process looks as linear as yours. They weren’t designed to address nonlinearity.But, Wait. My Process is Different.Okay, right now, if I were you, I would be saying, “Iannarino, our sales process is a series of outcomes, like ‘I have a clear understanding of the client’s internal buying process,” or “I have a clear understanding of the legal review process,” or ‘I have identified the key stakeholders and understand their personal and business goals and motivations.” How can you have an understanding of the buyer’s process when they don’t? While these are all important outcomes, and while you should be concerned about checking all these boxes, they don’t tend to follow a linear path, do they?Maybe you like customer verifiable outcomes better, like “The client agrees that these problems or challenges are problems worth solving now,” or “Client agrees that the solution is right and they agree to the timeline,” or “Client agrees to invest the necessary money and resources.” These are all good and important outcomes, and your client’s agreement is certainly worth pursuing. Even milestones that your client agrees to in writing and that you hope to hold them accountable to isn’t enough to change the nonlinearity of the process.The New Sales Process is Going to Be Agile and DynamicIn my second book, The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, I have a chapter on Controlling the Process. This chapter is something more than an aspiration; it is an imperative. Many of those who read an early copy of the book recognized that the 10 Commitments were an attempt to control the nonlinearity of the sales process by looking at the sales and buying processes as a series of commitments we make together with our clients.We might do discovery, review ideas about what the right solution looks like, add additional stakeholders, do more discovery, discuss and agree on investments, add additional stakeholders, collaborate on adjustments to the solution, and then resolve the client’s concerns, which can feel like starting over when you are very close to the finish line.The future of the sales process is going to address the nonlinear nature of buying and selling, something that will likely be more nonlinear in the future, not less. This will require more commitment-gaining, and more of an effort to control the process, recognizing the nonlinearity, and greater decision-making on how to move things forward.To serve salespeople and the companies that employ them, the sales process is going to have to do help the salesperson discover what the next best step is for both their customer and their company when there is no box that addresses the nonlinearity of the deals they work.Sales leaders are going to have to work to test and verify the deals in their forecast using something more than the stages of the sales process if they hope to improve the abysmal record they have of forecasting their deals.The sales process of the future is going to need to be dynamic, agile, and address the nonlinear, unpredictable nature of human interactions.  Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Student attacked with sword after scuffle; assailants on run in Thane

first_imgA 22-year-old college student was seriously injured after he was allegedly attacked here with a sword, by a group of miscreants including the driver of an auto rickshaw in which he was travelling, police said on Tuesday.According to the complaint filed by victim Rahul Pandey on Monday, the incident took place in Sathe Nagar locality of Wagle Estate here on late Sunday night, when he set out to attend a friend’s birthday party and boarded an auto to reach the destination, they said.Enroute when Mr. Pandey stopped the rickshaw to attend nature’s call, the driver, Pawan Tiwari along with three of his occupant friends demanded money from him to buy cigarettes.When Mr. Pandey refused, an altercation ensued and an annoyed Mr. Tiwari along with the trio allegedly fisted him. The assailants then dragged him into the auto and forcibly took him to an isolated spot nearby. When he tried to escape by jumping from the auto, the accused attacked him with a sword, police said in a release quoting the complaint.The college student then managed to flee the spot by boarding another rickshaw and got himself admitted to the civil hospital here in the wee hours of Monday.Wagle Estate police have booked the accused under sections 363 (kidnap), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and other relevant sections of the IPC besides sections 4 and 25 of the Arms act along with Bombay Police Act sections 37(1) and 135.However, no arrests have been made so far in the case as all the four accused are on the run.last_img read more

RJD to mark Nov. 8 as ‘black-day’

first_imgThe Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal will observe “black day” on November 8 to commemorate the first anniversary of demonetisation. It will organise rallies in all districts of Bihar that day and ask the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre what demonetisation had achieved for the country in the last one year. “They have to answer,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told media persons on Monday. Small businesses were hit hard by the demonetisation and several had to close shop, he said.Party pollsThe party is set to complete the process of electing its State president by November 7. Former Minister Alok Mehta is the front runner for the post.Former Minister Shiv Chandra Ram too is in the race. But as Mr. Mehta is seen as being close to former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, his election, many in the party say, is “almost certain”.last_img read more

Dalit leaders join Congress in Maharashtra

first_imgTwo Dalit leaders from Maharashtra joined the Congress after meeting the party president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Friday.“Retired IAS officer and Republican Party of India (A) leader Uttam Khobragade and the Bahujan Samaj party leader Kishor Gajbhiye, who was also a former IAS officer formerly, joined the Congress in New Delhi today. Both the leaders were welcomed into the party by Congress president Rahul Gandhi,” the media department of Maharashtra Congress said in a statement.Uttam Khobrgade was the father of controversial IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officer Devyani Khobragade accused of Visa irregularities during her stint as India’s deputy consul in the United States in 2014.He retired from the IAS in 2011 and joined the RPI (A) in 2014. He was also appointed as the executive president of the party.Kishor Gajbhiye was the state general secretary of the BSP and contested from North Nagpur constituency in 2014 assembly elections.last_img read more

‘Darwin Week’ kicks off in Kolkata

first_imgScience organisations in the city came together on Monday to observe ‘Darwin Week’ to effectively put to rest any “confusion” regarding his Theory Of Evolution. The ‘Darwin Week’ is being observed by the India March for Science Organising Committee, Kolkata and Breakthrough Science Society, West Bengal Chapter.Generate awarenessThe event will look to generate awareness among the public, including students, about Darwin’s contributions to the science of evolution, and “to dispel any confusion in this regard among the young minds,” Prof Nilesh Maity said on behalf of the organisers. Charles Darwin’s Theory Of Evolution was recently challenged by Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh, at a function in Aurangabad.last_img read more

Took all steps to ensure fair polls: SEC

first_imgRefuting the Opposition’s allegations that it was working at the behest of the ruling Trinamool Congress, the State Election Commission on Thursday told the Calcutta High Court that it has taken all steps to ensure a level playing field for the upcoming panchayat elections.The poll panel made the submission to Justice Subrata Talukdar, who has stayed the election process while adjudicating a bunch of pleas challenging the Commission’s recent order withdrawing the extension of the deadline for filing nomination papers by candidates. After hearing the arguments on the pleas, the court reserved its judgement for Friday while also extending the stay on the poll process till pronouncement of the order. SEC secretary Nilanjan Shandilya submitted to the court that it had extended the nomination date in good faith, but withdrew the order following objections to it.The State government had objected to the extension of the April 9 deadline, to which the SEC had cited a Supreme Court direction to “allay the apprehensions of intending candidates” in its notification extending the nomination process by a day.‘Power to rescind order’ Defending its decision to withdraw the extension till April 10, the SEC secretary said “an authority which has the power to issue an order also has the power to rescind it.” He said during an election process, the election commission is the sole authority and filing of the nominations is a part of the process.On a question by the High Court on the SEC’s measures to resolve grievances and allay fears, Mr. Shandilya said to ensure a level playing field, the Commission had held meetings and given relevant directions to the officers concerned and had also acted on the complaints. Requesting the court to revoke the stay, the SEC secretary submitted that the process has to be completed as early as possible, owing to the approaching monsoon and Ramadan, requiring Muslims to observe day-long fasts for nearly a month. SEC questions govt. Justice Talukdar asked the State government as to what authority it has to advise the SEC that it cannot extend the date for nomination.Panchayat Department Secretary Sourav Das told the Court that the State appoints the dates for elections considering a lot of factors, including the weather.He said that following the SEC’s decision, it had to point out that such a sudden extension would jeopardise the election schedule .Petitioner Pratap Banerjee of the BJP submitted that the panchayat polls in the State was postponed thrice in 2013 and was held in five phases on a Supreme Court order. It was also pointed out that the tenure of the present panchayat in the State would end in August.Appearing for the Congress, its West Bengal unit president Adhir Chowdhury claimed it was due to the intervention by the TMC that the Commission had been “forced” to withdraw its own decision.last_img read more

Raman Singh government defeats no-confidence motion after 14-hour debate

first_imgAfter a 14-hour debate, a no-trust motion moved by the Congress against the Raman Singh-led BJP government was defeated by a voice vote in the Chhattisgarh Assembly in the early hours of July 7. The debate started after 12 noon on July 6 and ended at 2.10 a.m. on July 7.Several issues including a sex CD case, corruption and law and order situation were raised. Chief Minister Raman Singh termed the allegations levelled by the Opposition as “directionless and baseless”. The Congress has made a failed attempt to mislead people, he said during his reply which lasted for over an hour. “In the last 15 years, Congress has failed to play the role of constructive opposition and has never come up with any alternative policy. The no-confidence motion was direction-less, unprincipled, unsubstantiated and unplanned,” Mr. Singh said.The Congress has failed to raise even one issue, fact or a piece of evidence which could have cornered the BJP government, he said. The BJP is in power in 19 States, ruling almost 70% of the country, while the Congress’s rule has shrunk to only 6% of the country’s territory, Mr. Singh said. “The charge sheet presented by the Congress in the no-confidence motion clearly shows it has already accepted its defeat. In the winter session it had moved a no-confidence motion which had 168 points, now the number is reduced to 15. Like the Congress party, its charge sheet has also shrunk.” Mr. Singh gave a detailed account of his government’s achievements, and said it will retain power for the fourth time in a row in the coming Assembly polls. Earlier, Leader of Opposition T.S. Singhdeo said the State government had cheated people by not fulfilling its promises and by perpetrating scams. “The government has failed on all fronts. Farmers are facing a crisis, the youth have no jobs, women are unsafe and public representatives are being targeted,” the Congress leader said. Referring to the cases against State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel, Mr. Singhdeo said Mr. Baghel was being targeted by the government machinery with political motives. The government did not agree to the demand of probe of the alleged suicide of Rinku Khanuja, he said. Khanuja had been questioned by the CBI in a case of a sex CD which allegedly featured a Chhattisgarh Minister. The government has lost people’s trust as several sections of society including Shikshakarmis (teachers), nurses and families of police personnel are agitating, Mr. Singhdeo added. Despite the government’s tall claims of development in the last 15 years, the poor’s lot has not improved, he said. Mr. Singhdeo also hit out at the government over the issues related to health, law and order and the agriculture sector. After the debate, the motion was put to voice vote and was defeated. Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal then completed other business of the House and adjourned the Assembly sine die. This was the third no-trust motion faced by the Singh government. The State, under BJP rule since 2003, will be going to the polls later this year.last_img read more

Centre mulls allowing Naga leader’s return

first_imgThe Centre has held meetings to discuss if Khango Konyak, former chairman of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang), who was impeached and expelled by the Myanmar-based outfit could be allowed to enter India.In 2015, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had approved banning the NSCN-K under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for five years.The NSCN-K had ousted Khango Konyak accusing him of being an Indian agent.He had taken over as chairman of the NSCN-K after the banned group’s leader S.S. Khaplang died in June 2017 in a Yangon hospital after a prolonged illness.Konyak, it is said, is somewhere along the Myanmar border waiting to hear from the Indian authorities.“A meeting was held to discuss whether Konyak should be allowed to come to India as he was associated with a banned group. We have to see if he can be of any use to the authorities in terms of disintegrating the NSCN-K,” a senior government official told The Hindu.Yung Aung, the acting chairman of NSCN-K, is a relative of Khaplang and belongs to the Hemi Naga community, native to Myanmar. Indian agencies suspect he has close links with China.Confirming this, Nagaland’s Deputy Home Minister Y. Patton told The Hindu that they had sent messengers to speak to Konyak.Wait and watch“We are trying to bring him back to Nagaland…The problem is he has not made up his mind whether to remain with NSCN-K or come back and join the ceasefire. We have appealed to NSCN-K to also join the ceasefire. Let us wait and see…we are on the job,” Mr. Patton said.“Konyak claims he has a large number of followers in NSCN-K who are ready to desert the outfit and follow him. As per our information, he only has seven members with him. A realistic call will have to be taken on his return,” the official said.On August 16, a statement issued by the council’s headquarters in Myanmar’s Sagaing region — adjoining Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh — said it had “unanimously impeached” its chairman for violating “party discipline.” In 2015, militants belonging to the NSCN-K killed 18 Army personnel in Chandel district of Manipur, following which the Indian Army carried out an operation in the bordering areas of Myanmar to destroy the extremist campslast_img read more

Meghalaya mulls NRC-like exercise

first_imgThe Meghalaya government will soon hold an all-party meeting to discuss an NRC-like exercise in the State, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma announced in the Assembly on Wednesday.He said the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government is on the job and the State has various ways to check illegal immigration, ensuring that indigenous people are protected.Growing demand“We intended to call an all-party meeting to discuss with stakeholders before embarking on an exercise such as the NRC,” Mr. Sangma said.He was replying to a short-duration discussion on news reports that the demand for conducting an NRC-like exercise in all the Northeastern States is growing.The National Register of Citizens is a record of all legal citizens and it was created for Assam in 1951. It is being updated under the Supreme Court’s supervision with March 24, 1971 as the cut-off date for genuine Indian citizens.‘Preparatory exercises’“Our government has decided to move ahead with the other preparatory exercises undertaken in the State in a phased-manner beginning with setting up of entry-exit points,” the Chief Minister said.He said the Railway Minister had informed him that a facilitation centre could be set up at Mendipathar, the lone railway station in the State connecting Guwahati, to check illegal immigrants.last_img read more

Will help maximise anti-BJP votes in 2019, says Yechury

first_imgCPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said the party has adopted a three-part resolution: defeat the BJP, strengthen the Left and help instal an alternative secular government at the Centre. At a press conference here on the sidelines of the 22nd Tripura State conference of CPI(M), he said this would be possible through maximising the anti-BJP votes.Mr. Yechury said “Tripura comrades” were under tremendous violent attacks from the ruling BJP ranks who wanted to “destroy” the CPI(M) organisation network. “I express solidarity with them for remaining strong despite all odds,” he added. Communal poll rhetoric Mr. Yechury came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to “communalise” the social environment ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in five States. He said the Prime Minister has been doing so through his rhetoric at poll rallies, where he has also dragged the Supreme Court in a bid to create pressure on the Ayodhya title suit. “The statement on Supreme Court linking a political party, in fact, is a desperate attempt to create pressure on the apex court to complete hearing before the 2019 Lok Sabha election. This sort of statement was never made before,” he said.Mr. Yechury said it was well known how four senior Supreme Court judges spoke to the media to ventilate their ire against certain interference from the government side. So, it’s clear how the Centre under the BJP is putting pressure on the judiciary, undermining constitutional propriety. He alleged that Mr. Modi and his party have now adopted diversionary tactics to communally pollute the country as “not a single 2014 electoral promise had been fulfilled”.last_img read more

Detain Ekbote ahead of Bhima-Koregaon anniversary, demands Bhim Army

first_imgHindutva leader Milind Ekbote, one of the accused in the Bhima-Koregaon clashes, has written to the Bhima-Koregaon inquiry panel urging them to deny permission to the Uttar Pradesh-based Bhim Army’s rally in Pune on December 30. The Bhim Army, in turn, has hit out at Mr. Ekbote, demanding that the Samasta Hindu Aghadi leader be detained ahead of the 201st anniversary celebration of the Koregaon-Bhima battle on January 1 to prevent him from aggravating social tensions.Datta Pol, the outfit’s Pune district president, said to The Hindu on Sunday, “Who is Ekbote, who is named in an FIR as the chief instigator of the Bhima-Koregaon riots and is out on bail, to deny us permission? He has always disturbed the peace in the past with his inflammatory remarks. We urge the Pune Police not to give importance to his affidavit and place him under house arrest till the January 1 ceremony takes place peacefully.” Azad to visitThe Dalit outfit is planning to hold a Bhima-Koregaon Sangharsh Mahasabha at the SSPMS grounds on December 30, at which its leader Chandrashekhar Azad ‘Ravan’ is expected to speak. Mr. Azad, who is scheduled to reach Maharashtra on December 28, will be speaking in Mumbai, Latur and Amravati as well.Earlier this week, appearing before the two-member Bhima-Koregaon inquiry commission, Mr. Ekbote said the Bhim Army’s proposed rally constituted a “new threat” to public peace and order. He said a rally held last year had “provoked” people and “promoted hatred and social division”.“The Jaysthambha [victory pillar at Bhima-Koregaon] is not only being treated as a religious place of worship, but a false historical narrative is being constructed by the political leaders from the Dalit community,” Mr. Ekbote said in his plea before the commission. He had also vehemently opposed the Elgaar Parishad held in the city on December 31 last year, a day before the clashes erupted at Bhima-Koregaon.Mr. Pol termed his claims as “ridiculous”, saying that the Bhima-Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar) was not a ‘religious place of worship’ and used to be frequented by members of the Dalit community even before Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s visit there in 1927. Meanwhile, Mr. Pol said the process of getting police permission for the rally was on. “The Bund Garden police, under whose jurisdiction our event falls, have asked us to submit documents on the arrangements at the venue. We are submitting them,” he said.RPI (A) calls for caution Meanwhile, the Ramdas Athawale-led RPI (A) has urged the administration to deny permission to rallies being held within 500 metres of the victory pillar to maintain order during the celebrations. “We further appeal to individuals and parties to desist from spreading misinformation through social media and posters or making provocative speeches and statements calculated to cause discord between castes or communities,” RPI (A) leader Ashok Kamble said.last_img read more

Signalman averts train accident in Odisha

first_imgA train accident was averted on Tuesday because of the alertness of a railway signalman in Odisha’s Rayagada district.Signalman Baishnab Gouda spotted a crack on the track near the Singapur Road station. He alerted his superiors to stop the Bhubaneswar-Jagdalpur Hirakhand Express at Singapur Road station till the track was repaired.Mr. Gouda said that he heard some unusual sound from the track during the arrival of Hirakhand Express. After inspection, he located the crack and informed the Station Master not to clear the line for the train. Senior officials rushed to the spot and repaired the track. The Hirakhand Express departed after a delay of one and a half hours, officials said.last_img read more

21 Bangladeshi nationals deported from Assam

first_imgThe border police in Karimganj district of Assam on Saturday deported 21 Bangladeshis who had been detained for illegally entering India.Officials said the 21 persons, two of them women, were sent back from the Sutarkandi border checkpoint after approval from the Union Home Ministry. They were handed over to the Bangladeshi authorities who confirmed that they were from Syllhet and Kishoreganj districts of the country.“They were detained for violation of the Passport Act over the past few months and kept at the detention camp in the Silchar Central Jail. Six of them were held in Cachar district and 11 in Karimganj,” said a police officer who handled the deportation process. In July last year, 52 Bangladeshi nationals were deported from the Mankachar sector of the Assam-Bangladesh border. They were “convicted foreigners”, arrested for not possessing valid travel documents or for cross-border crimes.last_img read more

Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

first_imgJagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn-in as the Governor of Mizoram at a simple function at the Raj Bhavan here.Gauhati High Court judge, Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office to Mr. Mukhi. He is also the Governor of Assam.He succeeded Kummanam Rajasekharan as the governor of Mizoram as the latter resigned on Thursday and his resignation was accepted by the President Ram Nath Kovind who appointed Mr. Mukhi to take additional charge of Mizoram.last_img

Supreme Court agrees to hear The Shillong Times editor’s plea

first_imgA Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday agreed to hear a plea by The Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim against an order of the Meghalaya High Court finding her and her publisher, Shobha Chaudhuri, guilty of contempt.The case relates to articles published by the paper on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families. A Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y. Mir and Justice S.R. Sen of the Meghalaya High Court, taking umbrage at two reports published in The Shillong Times, had held the newspaper liable for contempt of court. The High Court invoked its powers under Article 215 of the Constitution to sentence the contemners.The two were made to sit in a corner of the courtroom as punishment till the judges rose for the day and fined ₹2 lakh each. Failure to deposit the amount would result in six months simple imprisonment and a ban on the paper. The CJI listed the case for hearing on March 15. ‘Uncalled for’The Press Council of India said the conviction of Ms. Mukhim and Ms. Chaudhuri was uncalled for. If allowed by the Supreme Court, it will join their petition.last_img read more

In Bihar, Nitish fails to create a buzz this time

first_imgEver since he came to power in November 2005, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been at the centre of State politics. He fostered an alliance first with the BJP, then the Rashtriya Janata Dal and again came back to the BJP.Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll, he successfully manoeuvred to seal the deal of equal seat allocation with the BJP. But with the election under way and the poll campaign at its peak, he has failed to make a buzz with the voters. The CM and the Janata Dal (United) chief is touring the State but people are not turning up in numbers to hear him. There are several reasons for it.Shifting loyaltiesAfter dumping the RJD to shake hands again with the BJP in July 2017, Mr. Kumar’s political credibility suffered a major dent. The RJD cried “betrayal”. “What is the guarantee that after getting our vote he will not make another U-turn,” asked a group of voters in Nawada. “This time it’s a battle between the BJP and the RJD, Nitish is nowhere in the picture,” a group of villagers in Begusarai told The Hindu.In April 2016, Mr. Kumar declared Bihar a dry State. He called the move a “revolutionary step” to bring social cohesion and peace in the households of the poor. In fact, as many believed, it was a calculated political move to connect with half of the electorate in just one stroke: the women. But Bihar became the hub of illegal liquor sale and consumption. Bootleggers have a field day today. “Our husbands pay three times more for a liquor bottle delivered at the door,” said Sanyogita Devi of Madanpur village in Aurangabad district.After coming to power, Mr. Kumar has been reiterating that he would not compromise on three Cs: Crime, Corruption and Communalism. But corruption in Bihar today has hit the common people hard. “One cannot even think of getting benefits from any government welfare scheme without greasing the palms of officials,” said Raunak Singh of Vaishali district. “Files do not move without bribes,” said a retired State government employee in Patna.Education, from primary to the higher level, has virtually collapsed in the State. “The quality of education is at its lowest,” claimed Rampravesh Sharma, a retired schoolteacher in Patna.“The spurt in crime is going unnoticed in Bihar,” alleged former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi, earlier with JD(U).last_img read more

Big-Brained Birds Keep Their Cool

first_imgBird species with larger than average brains have lower levels of a key stress hormone, an analysis of nearly 200 avian studies has concluded. Such birds keep their stress down by anticipating or learning to avoid problems more effectively than smaller-brained counterparts, researchers suggest.Birds in the wild lead a stressful life. Constantly spotting predators lurking in the trees or sensing dramatic changes in temperature is essential for survival, but can leave birds on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Reading these cues triggers changes in the birds’ metabolism, particularly increases in the stress hormone corticosterone. A sharp release of the hormone within 1 to 2 minutes after a cue triggers an emergency response and prepares birds to react quickly to the threat. However, regular exposure to the dangers of the wild and, hence, to high levels of this hormone, has serious health consequences and shortens life expectancy.Not all birds respond to stress in the same way, however, notes Daniel Sol an ornithologist at the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications in Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain. He and colleagues have for years looked at the differences between big-brained birds, such as crows and parrots, and those with smaller brains, such as chickens and quails. The former survive better in nature and are also more successful at establishing a community in a new environment.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(*)In their new work, they connect brain size to handling stress. Sol; Ádám Lendvai, an evolutionary biologist at the College of Nyíregyháza in Hungary; and colleagues scoured the avian research literature to find studies that had measured corticosterone levels in birds in varying situations. They found 189 reports published before 2010 with comparable corticosterone and whole brain mass measurements for 119 bird species. The analysis, reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, revealed that birds with large brains have lower circulating levels of the stress hormone, which rise only slightly in response to challenging situations, whereas these values can skyrocket in birds on the opposite end of the “brainy” scale.An enlarged brain might be costly to develop and maintain, but could increase the bird’s ability to face new challenges and cope with unpredictable situations. Higher cognitive skills “can be seen as an alternative mechanism to hormonal responses,” Sol explains. After all, he says, in multiple animal species “learning has long been associated with a reduction in stress.”However, the literature review leaves lots of questions unanswered. The ultimate goal is to “try to understand what might be the mechanism that lowers the stress response” in larger brained birds, says Michaela Hau of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Munich, Germany. It would be interesting to zoom in on a particular bird family, including species with different cognitive abilities, teach individuals a certain challenging task, and see if the bigger brained birds’ stress response is smaller, she says. Still, Hau says, Sol’s hypothesis “is a cool idea.”last_img read more

Requiem for an ROV

first_img“We lost Nereus today.”Those were the sad, succinct words of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) science writer Ken Kostel, in a 10 May blog post. Nereus, the institution’s $8 million intrepid, deep-sea diving, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) had plumbed the depths of Challenger Deep and explored hydrothermal vents off the Mid-Cayman Rise, the planet’s deepest midocean ridge. It was to be an integral part of a new, 3-year National Science Foundation-funded undertaking—officially called HADES, for Hadal Ecosystem Studies project—to explore and shed light on the mysterious ecosystems lurking in deep-ocean trenches at so-called hadal depths between 6000 and 11,000 meters.The first expedition departed on 12 April for the Kermadec Trench off New Zealand, led by WHOI biological oceanographer Timothy Shank aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson. Thirty days into the 40-day cruise, disaster struck. Seven hours into a 10,000-meter dive into the trench, the camera feeds from Nereus went dark. Hours later, the team spotted debris on the water thought to belong to the missing ROV, suggesting a “catastrophic implosion” due to pressures as great as 110 megapascals at those water depths.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(*)Condolences poured in. “We heard the news this morning and understand what a blow this is for the scientists and for WHOI, but also for all of us that understand the need to explore the oceans greatest depths,” wrote Margaret Leinen, the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. “I feel like I’ve lost a friend,” wrote Hollywood director, deep-sea explorer, and fellow Challenger Deep visitor James Cameron in a message posted to WHOI’s Facebook page.ScienceInsider traded e-mails with Shank shortly after Nereus’s loss. (We’ve edited the exchange for brevity and clarity.)Q: How was Nereus going to help you explore deep-ocean trenches? What does its loss mean for the future of hadal exploration?T.S.: Nereus was a one-of-a-kind vehicle. With its loss goes our ability to fully conduct this research, including documenting and sampling completely unknown seafloor and life, including new known life forms—as Nereus did just days before she was lost. The loss for our current expedition is disheartening and difficult, but … for future hadal work [it] is devastating. It means that more than one-third of the ocean’s depth range is beyond our reach.Hadal systems have been among the most poorly investigated habitats on Earth. … The overarching goal is to examine the hadal zone (below 6000 meters) in trenches around the world in order to determine the composition and distribution of hadal species and ecosystems, the role of pressures (at its greatest, [110 megapascals], or the equivalent of 2 humvees on a thumbnail), food supply (specifically the distribution of carbon and biomass of trench organisms), and the role deep trenches play in shaping the diversity and evolution of life and diversity in our deep ocean.  The ability … to obtain targeted imagery of trench animals and their habitats, conduct experiments at various depths within the trench, and collect samples of the sediments, microbes, and trench fauna is essential. The capabilities of Nereus—with a highly capable 7-function manipulator arm, high-definition cameras (including one ultra-high 4k HD camera)—[were] fundamental to the goals of our expedition.Q: What other instruments can you use to continue your work in the trench?T.S.: We can continue to conduct traditional trench research using free-falling camera landers and baited traps. These, however, give us only a snapshot (or short video clip) of what species are attracted to bait and does not provide us with the ability to examine the complex details of ecosystems or collect samples.[The ability to] traverse over the seafloor, document and sample animals and their habitats, conduct the first systematic study of hadal ecosystems is, for now, lost. We can put landers on Mars (400 million kilometers away at its most distant from Earth) and have it explore the surface of that planet for years, but the best we could do, even with Nereus, was to study the seafloor 10 kilometers away for only 10 hours at a time. At best. We can no longer do even that.Q: What was the Nereus doing on its last dive (its 14th of the expedition)? What had it collected?T.S.: We had been working on the bottom of the Kermadec Trench at 9990 meters or 5.4 miles down (we think the deepest part of this trench is close to 10,063 meters) for over 6 hours. Nereus had collected cores of sediment and animals (two sea cucumbers and two polychaete worms) into chambers to measure their respiration rates (uptake of oxygen). We [had] started to move toward a free-falling lander called an “elevator” (a 6 foot by 6 foot platform) that we can release with floatation to bring items back to the surface ship for recovery.  Q: So what happened on its final day?T.S.: At 13:02 (GMT) on 9 May, all of our monitors (5 camera feeds) turned immediately black. While everyone in the control room gasped with disappointment, we knew this was not unusual, as this happens at the end of each dive when we purposefully cut the light fiber. Sometimes it happens by accident, when the fiber breaks.  As is typical, following the gasp we said, “ok, let’s bring it up and reload for the next dive [in the] same location.” We then typically “speak” to the vehicle using acoustic communication and tell the vehicle to drop its weights and ascend back to the surface- this is the time when burn wires on Nereus will automatically “dissolve” and drop weights (as it has done for 75 dives).  Except this time, dive #76, all communication was lost. We anticipated that the vehicle would drop its weights even without our communication — another failsafe — [so we] posted people as look outs around the ship. Nereus was meant to reach the surface at 07:30, and then again at 14:00 hours (local). Nothing was observed that morning, just ominously grey clouds and rain.  It was around 13:45 when I saw white pieces of material—from golf ball sized to over a foot long—floating past the ship. We launched the ship’s small rescue boat and picked up pieces with nets, which we identified as structural components from inside the vehicle’s hulls.It was a horrible feeling—of denial and disbelief—at the thought of the set-back to hadal science that this represented.Nereus was a vehicle that I had worked on since its inception 10 years ago, completing the final field testing in 2009 when we dove it to the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench (10,899 meters). As many of the pieces as possible were recovered until increasing winds and choppy seas forced us to stop.Q: Will another full-time science vehicle rated to 10,000 meters be built anytime soon? T.S.: Yes, there are current plans for [WHOI] to build an upgraded Nereus, and there are rumors that others are also being planned by other countries. The Nereus concept of using a light fiberoptic tether (instead of a heavy steel tether that conventional ROVs use) has already been passed on to other purpose-built vehicles (e.g., one designed for under-ice use).  Nereus was really a prototype that we, the science community, wanted to turn into a workhorse. As a result, we have been adding sampling capabilities to it for years. We had also worked hard to open hadal research to more of the science community and educate people about the importance of the hadal region and hadal research. [We] had been broadcasting live from the seafloor 6 miles down via a satellite “telepresence” connection on the final dive. There has been a tremendous upsurge of global interest to study these deep hadal regions, in part due to the desire to understand life’s adaptation to massive pressures, cellular function in the deep ocean, the evolution of life, and the unknown role these deep environs play in the global carbon cycle, which is so important now for understanding climate change.We shouldn’t just build another Nereus, we should build a fleet of them. It is unconscionable that the loss of one vehicle prevents us from systematically exploring and studying the deepest part of what is an interconnected ocean. It’s as if we decided in the 1960s to only go half way to the moon. We can’t understand the ocean just by looking at the upper two-thirds.last_img read more

Top stories: Reversing autism-like symptoms, quantum computers, and fish-eating spiders

first_imgCentury-old drug reverses signs of autism in miceA single dose of a century-old drug has eliminated autism symptoms in adult mice with an experimental form of the disorder. The finding raises the hope that some hallmarks of autism may not be permanent, but could be correctable even in adulthood.Quantum computer runs no faster than a normal PCSign 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(*)The D-Wave computer, marketed as a groundbreaking quantum machine that runs circles around conventional computers, solves problems no faster than an ordinary rival, a new test shows. But D-Wave argues that the computations used in the study were too easy to show what its novel chips can do.Evidence mounts against new stem cell methodThe STAP controversy continues. Investigators have already documented plagiarism, image falsification, and other problems with two papers reporting that simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells called STAP cells. Now, genetic analysis of the cells has cast fresh doubts on the research and found potential evidence of inadvertent or deliberate switching of cellular material.Fossils put a new face on the ancestors of NeandertalsThe analysis of 17 430,000-year-old-skulls discovered in a Spanish burial pit is helping us uncover the murky origins of Neandertals, our closest cousins. The findings suggest that distinctive features we attribute to Neandertals evolved piecemeal and that some of these features were apparent a half-million years ago.BICEP2 paper published—with big caveatWhat was supposedly the biggest discovery in cosmology in a decade has finally been published—with one big caveat. In March, researchers working with BICEP2, a specialized telescope at the South Pole, reported finding the big bang’s “smoking gun.” But now, they admit that their results could be explained away by signals emanating from the dust within our galaxy.Fish-eating spiders more common than thoughtFish-eating spiders sound like something out of a nightmare, but until recently, scientists were pretty sure only a few species could do it. Now, with a little help from Google, we’ve discovered that at least 26 species of spiders know how to fish—and they live on every continent except Antarctica.Bear in NIH tree sets Twitter aflutterBudget cuts. Infectious disease. Bioterrorism. Just when the U.S. National Institutes of Health thought it had faced just about every conceivable problem, a black bear took shelter in one of the pine trees on its sprawling campus in Bethesda, Maryland. After setting Twitter and the local scientific community aflutter, the bear was eventually tranquilized and relocated.last_img read more