Deflation has arrived in Germany: Inflation rate falls to -0.5 per cent in January

first_img Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years whatsapp whatsapp Germany has slipped into deflation for the first time since the global financial crisis, supporting the European Central bank’s recent decision to unleash its biggest “bazooka” on the ailing Eurozone.Consumer prices fell -0.5 per cent on an annual basis in January, according to flash estimates from Germany’s statistics office. This meant they had fallen to the lowest level since July 2009. This shows that, despite its sunnier outlook, even the Eurozone’s “star economy” is enable to inoculate itself against the spectre of prolong deflation which is currently haunting the single-currency bloc.The Eurozone slipped into deflation at the end of last year, with the headline inflation rate falling -0.2 per cent at the end of last year, and it’s expected to have slid even further when January’s figure comes out tomorrow.Earlier this month the European Central Bank (ECB) unveiled a €1.1tn (£840bn) quantitative easing package, designed to ward-off deflation and kick-start growth in the Eurozone. Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼center_img Thursday 29 January 2015 8:43 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory Deflation has arrived in Germany: Inflation rate falls to -0.5 per cent in January Tags: Eurozone inflationlast_img read more

Collier schools updates plan for 2021 graduation ceremony

first_imgAdvertisementGuests are asked to wear flats to avoid damaging the turf with heels. Only clear clutch bags will be allowed at the ceremony. FGCU invites 2020 graduates back for in-person Grad Walk May 29, 2021 FGCU seniors given personal graduation ceremony May 3, 2021 Over 3,000 seniors graduate in-person in Collier County May 31, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– Collier County Public Schools announced an updated plan for the Class of 2021 Commencement. The ceremonies will be streamed live on the CCPS mobile app as well as on the Collier School Districts website.The ceremonies will be held outside in each high school’s football stadium at 9 am. Each senior will be given four tickets, 2 for seating on the field and 2 for bleacher seating, according to CCPS. Seating will be reserved and socially distanced. Face masks are required for everyone. center_img Collier County schools will not require students to be vaccinated for COVID- 19 June 14, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: ccpscommencementgraduation AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Not a Stroke, But the People’s Awareness Is Kim Jong Il’s…

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Not a Stroke, But the People’s Awareness Is Kim Jong Il’s Threat Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion SHAREcenter_img Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Facebook Twitter By Jung Kwon Ho – 2008.11.24 6:47pm Shenyang, China — Since September, when the news of Kim Jong Il’s stroke was broke, the political rollercoaster surrounding his illness has been flying while the North Korean authorities have been trying to come up with a response. The response of North Korean citizens who became aware of the stories of Kim’s illness has been varied. Of course, some have said that “He should die right away” and made critical remarks such as “How can he be sick when he’s only been eating good food?” However, a portion of the people have shown more sympathetic responses, such as “I am sure he will get better” and “The country is not doing well and even the Great Leader is sick.” Such a sympathetic mentality can appear strange to outsiders. The question is why there are still many North Korean citizens who do not blame their leader, although they are complaining, saying that they wish a war would occur and the world would be overturned. The reason for not assigning blame on Kim Jong Il can be attributed to several decades of information control and the cult of personality. It is difficult for an illusion which has been systematically formed since people’s childhood to be easily crumbled. Even if the state has been in ominous decline, there are many who do not directly connect this to Kim. Also, there is the risk that if one weighs the pros and cons of Kim, not only the individual but his or her entire family will be in great jeopardy.Another factor is that North Korean citizens tend to harbor a greater grudge towards the mid-level officials and the soldiers who are the ones doing the harassing than towards the Great Leader. Among the citizens, many believe that the state of North Korea is due to the failure of those under Kim Jong Il to govern properly, not due to Kim himself.One North Korean traveler whom I met recently said, “I’m not surprised that the Great Leader has fallen ill. The officials who have to receive the General’s decrees only think about their own wellbeing and harass the citizens, so it would be strange if the General remained normal in such a situation.”Another resident said that, “There are few cadres who are concerned about the people. Not the top, but the middle cadres are doing wrong. It is a really good world only for mid-level cadres because the Community Watch Guard and the People’s Safety Agency are set up everywhere to control the people (which means that the PSA and other guards and their superior officers are collecting bribes from the people as rewards for ignoring them – editor) Therefore, another number one target of people’s grievance is the Community Watch Guard and the People’s Safety Agency. The cadres of the Party move aside for this target. If the officers of the People’s Safety Agency make up their minds to control the residents, there is no way to avoid it. Alley markets that are more abundantly found than permanent markets have also become illegal, as well as selling food and cigarettes on the street or at train stations. Helping to move luggage around the stations has also become prohibited and it is also against the law for women to ride bicycles. Even women seen in pants have been regulated for going against a decree. Rice, corn, clothes made in China, shoes, seasonings, toys, medicine and other necessities are also prohibited for sale in the jangmadang, according to their regulations. It sounds ridiculous from the viewpoint of outsiders, but it is all true. Therefore, all kinds of regulations can make benefits for cadres and affiliates with the People’s Safety Agency. The citizens who have been regulated or have had their sources of livelihood taken away have complained quietly, “If the state provides jobs and gives provisions, we would not have to work. Do those who receive provisions know our plights? Are we supposed to just starve to death?” However, even if people curse the state and the agents, it is difficult to even mention the word “General.”Kim Jong Il, in order to maintain the regime, has regulated the citizens through security organizations, the Party and the army, and has reigned as the “eternal sunlight of the 21st century.” The North Korean economy, after the March of the Tribulation in late 1990s, has been unofficially converted into an individual economic system and information acquired from the outside has secretly penetrated into every aspect of the citizens’ lives through various channels. Among the North Korean soldiers, the story that Park Jung Hee’s good governance created the economic development of South Korea has occasionally circulated. Even cadres express in their private places negative views of third generation hereditary reign. The most fearful thing for Kim Jong Il may be not a stroke, but the political awareness of the people. When the people confront the real problems of the system boldly and acknowledge that they can solve the current difficult situation through reform of its system, it will be the starting point for the North Korean reform. AvatarJung Kwon Ho last_img read more

ESMA proposes new guidance for rating agencies

first_imgHi-tech technological background with numbers and calculations bluebay/123RF James Langton ESMA said that the need for more guidance was revealed during its oversight work over the past couple of years.“The accuracy and integrity of credit ratings is fundamental to ensuring that users have reliable sources of information to inform their investment decisions, while supporting investor protection and stable and orderly markets,” said Steven Maijoor, chair of ESMA.“Investors need to know that those producing the ratings have adequate systems in place to ensure their accuracy and integrity,” he said.The proposed guidance aims to clarify ESMA’s expectations in this area, which “will promote a more consistent approach to internal controls amongst registered CRAs and set the marker for new entrants to the industry,” he said.ESMA aims to publish final guidance by the third quarter of 2020.The deadline for today’s consultation is Mar. 16, 2020. Regulators issue new reporting guidance on systems outages Share this article and your comments with peers on social media European regulators are proposing guidance that aims to ensure credit rating agencies (CRAs) have effective internal controls.The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a consultation on Thursday on proposed guidance that sets out the systems and internal controls that rating agencies must have to meet the requirements of the rules governing CRAs. SEC charges five in US$2-billion crypto trading scheme Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP Related news Keywords Credit ratings,  RegulationCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Big rise for Australian coal exports

first_imgBig rise for Australian coal exports Latest trade data confirms the resilience of Australia’s resources sector with coal exports on the rise despite recent global challenges.Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the value of Australian coal exports in December increased by an impressive 26 per cent from November.“Coal was worth $3.7 billion to the Australian economy in December alone as exporters looked to fill gaps in international markets and made the most of the increase in thermal coal prices,” Minister Pitt said.“In the middle of the northern hemisphere winter, it’s not surprising that thermal coal accounted for most of the increase to meet the demand from power utilities.“Coal sales to Vietnam and India were stronger, reaffirming the competitiveness of Australian coal, and its reputation for high quality in global markets,” Minister Pitt said.“This again reinforces the importance of coal as an Australian export commodity and that it will remain so for many more years to come.“The trade data also confirms that despite the global challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Australian resources and energy exports were valued at a phenomenal $272.5 billion in the 12 months to December,” Minister Pitt said.“The result is a great testament to the work of our resources industry to maintain full operations throughout 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on many other industry sectors across the world.”“These results are also an encouraging sign that many countries are looking to resume industrial production as economies recover and that is good news for the Australian resources sector,” Minister Pitt said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, Export, Government, India, industry, Keith, Minister, pandemic, production, quality, resilience, resources, Vietnamlast_img read more

IR Omnibus Bill entrenches ‘permanent casual’ rort in mining

first_imgIR Omnibus Bill entrenches ‘permanent casual’ rort in mining CFMEU Mining and EnergyThe Miners Union will today give evidence at a Senate Inquiry about how the Federal Government’s IR Omnibus Bill exacerbates rampant casualisation in the mining industry.The CFMEU Mining Division’s submission to the IR Omnibus Bill Senate Inquiry beginning today in Townsville says the Bill gives big mining and labour hire companies a free pass to continue exploiting casuals in roles that are in practice full-time.The Bill seeks to overturn important Federal Court wins for casual mineworkers that recognise the real, full-time nature of the hours and rosters they work.Key areas of concern for mineworkers are:a proposed new definition of casual based purely on the terms of the contract signed by the employer and employee, not the reality of the subsequent work arrangements;weak and unenforceable casual conversion provisions which are easy for employers to get around;denying mineworkers found to have been incorrectly classified as casuals from seeking backpaid entitlements;preventing third parties including unions from having a say over enterprise agreements in their industries. “At a time when mineworkers need intervention and support from their political representatives to reverse rampant casualisation and wage-cutting in their industry, these elements of the Bill would further erode their rights and protections at work,” says the submission.The Mining and Energy Division’s submission is available here. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:court, energy, enterprise agreement, Federal, federal court, federal government, full-time, Government, hire, industry, mining, Senate, Townsvillelast_img read more

Health Ministry Secures $2.4 Billion in Better Priced Drugs

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Secures $2.4 Billion in Better Priced Drugs Health Ministry Secures $2.4 Billion in Better Priced Drugs Health & WellnessApril 21, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says that Prime Minister Bruce Golding has congratulated the Ministry of Health, on negotiating better payment terms for 719 vital drugs now available to the public health system.Prime Minster, the Hon Bruce Golding greeting General Manager of Medical Disposables Limited, Kurt Boothe, at the April 21 contract signing at Jamaica House where 35 contracts valued at $2.4 billion were signed to secure better payment terms for 719 vital drugs for the public health system.In a release following the signing on Wednesday (April 21) at Jamaica House, OPM said that Mr. Golding urged the Ministry to use telemedicine to bring advanced services to all. The full release read:Prime Minister Bruce Golding congratulated the Ministry of Health on negotiating better payment terms for 719 vital drugs for the public health system. He urged them to use telemedicine to bring advanced services to all. Mr. Golding was speaking this morning at Jamaica House, immediately following the signing of 35 contracts, valued at $2.4 billion, between the Health Corporation of Jamaica and approved local pharmaceutical distributors. Mr. Golding said this reflected a strong spirit of partnership between the public and private sectors to address the demand for vital drugs.The Prime Minister also said that similar initiatives can make specialist medical skills and services available throughout the nation.“We can introduce the tremendous value of telemedicine in Jamaica. Technology can transform the way we do things. We are never going to be able to put a cardiologist in every hospital and all of the specialist skills in every clinic. We no longer need to. The available technology would make it so simple,” Mr. Golding said. Mr. Golding urged the Ministry to ensure that the drugs get to patients on a timely basis. In his remarks, Health Minister Ruddy Spencer said the contracts period is for 18 months.“The purchase of pharmaceutical preparations and medical sundries is the single most costly item on the health budget except for wages and salaries. It has increased by 167 percent over the last 5-years moving from $898 million in 2004/5 financial year to $2.4 billion,” Mr. Spencer said. RelatedHealth Ministry Secures $2.4 Billion in Better Priced Drugscenter_img RelatedHealth Ministry Secures $2.4 Billion in Better Priced Drugs Advertisementslast_img read more

Mexican court dismisses SCT action against Rivada

first_imgHome Mexican court dismisses SCT action against Rivada La Suprema Corte de Justicia mexicana falla en contra de América Móvil AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 MAR 2017 Related Previous ArticlePanel: Artificial Intelligence (part 2)Next ArticleMillicom, Airtel pressure MTN with Ghana merger América Móvil planea escindir su división de torres y registra beneficios en el cuarto trimestre Saleha Riaz Authorcenter_img Español A Mexican federal court dismissed a suit brought by the country’s communications and transport regulator, which wanted to sue Rivada Networks and its CEO for defamation.Rivada filed a suit against the Mexican state because it believes a decision to disqualify it from an auction to build a wholesale mobile network in the country was illegal. The company was barred for failing to present a $52 million bid bond on time, and the tender was eventually won by Altan.The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) said it would countersue and that Rivada’s claims “do not correspond to the facts.”Now, Mexico City’s Eleventh District Court in Civil Matters ruled the SCT had no standing to sue Rivada or Declan Ganley, co-CEO of the company, El Financiero reported.Rivada’s lawsuit is still pending and the firm previously said it is confident its arguments will be analysed responsibly by the federal courts.The company’s ire with the SCT was evident in a November 2016 tweet by Ganley, stating: “No surprise, Rivada’s coverage plan is significantly higher than only opened bid. People of Mexico are being given a raw deal, which is sad.” Tags América Móvil emprenderá acciones legales contra el regulador mexicano Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more AltanMexicoRivada NetworksSCTlast_img read more

Design Gets Down and Dirty — Complex Specified Information in Electric Mud

first_imgAs scientists learn more about electrically conducting microbes, we can expect more startling revelations about how central their roles are to global habitability. For example, “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Pennisi catalogs some of the many roles that these electrically conductive bacterial cables play in nature. By creating gradients pH gradients, they undoubtedly play important roles in geochemical cycles involving elements and molecules as diverse as methane, arsenic, manganese, and iron. They may even be playing roles in the biofilms that form around our teeth! Whether that is good or bad remains to be seen, but Nielsen remarks, “It is dizzying to think about what we’re dealing with here.” Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share So-called “cable bacteria” were mentioned briefly on Evolution News back in February 2016 as potential agents of earth’s habitability. Cables of specialized microbes, extending several centimeters, appear to transfer electrons that operate the metabolism of other organisms living in deep sea sediments, and simultaneously prevent buildup of toxic wastes. Since then, living electrical wires are turning up everywhere.  But the more researchers have looked for “electrified” mud, the more they have found it, in both saltwater and fresh. They have also identified a second kind of mud-loving electric microbe: nanowire bacteria, individual cells that grow protein structures capable of moving electrons over shorter distances… These nanowire microbes live seemingly everywhere — including in the human mouth. Global Roles of Electric Mud Tagsamino acidsAntony van Leeuwenhoekbacteriabiofilmscable bacteriacarbon dioxidecellphoneelectrical currentelectricityElizabeth PennisiFilip MeysmanhydrogenmicrobesmudpilinsPredrag Slijepcevicproteinsedimentssemiconductorsterminalstoxic wastesUniversity of AntwerpUniversity of MarylandUniversity of New South WalesUniversity of North Carolina,Trending Global Ecosystem Engineers The article’s lead photo shows a cross-section of mud with networks of strands, but these are not fungal hyphae one might find in garden soil. These are much thinner. “Threads of electron-conducting cable bacteria can stretch up to 5 centimeters from deeper mud,” the caption reads, “where oxygen is scarce and hydrogen sulfide is common, to surface layers richer in oxygen.” Basically, the deep organisms send electrons gained by “eating” organic matter up the cables to the top, and donate the electrons to oxygen and hydrogen, yielding water. This prevents buildup of toxic hydrogen sulfide. Similar oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions are the basis of all metabolism.  Now that they are believers, these and other scientists are finding that cable bacteria are almost as ubiquitous as mud itself.  It might seem at first that these bacteria are acting selfishly, using a clever electrical trick to get food and eliminate waste. But when researchers started looking at the big picture, they saw a cooperative ecosystem coming into focus. The discoveries are forcing researchers to rewrite textbooks; rethink the role that mud bacteria play in recycling key elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus; and reconsider how they influence aquatic ecosystems and climate change. Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour When Nielsen first described the discovery in 2009, colleagues were skeptical. Filip Meysman, a chemical engineer at the University of Antwerp, recalls thinking, “This is complete nonsense.” Yes, researchers knew bacteria could conduct electricity, but not over the distances Nielsen was suggesting. It was “as if our own metabolic processes would have an effect 18 kilometers away,” says microbiologist Andreas Teske of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. [Emphasis added.] Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Life Sciences Design Gets Down and Dirty — Complex Specified Information in Electric MudEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCSeptember 1, 2020, 6:45 AM Bacteria, it is worth emphasizing, are living organisms with molecular machines built by and storing information in coded form. That means that even mud is loaded with complex specified information — what a thought! Pennisi comments, “Bacteria that conduct electricity are transforming how we see sediments.” It puts a new positive spin on “clear as mud.”  Shared Benefits Down and Dirty In separate but related findings, scientists are discovering more evidence that microbes really get around. At The Conversation, Predrag Slijepcevic writes that “Bacteria and viruses are travelling the world on highways in the sky” (see also, “Information Storage — In the Cloud(s)”). And some live on air. Researchers at the University of New South Wales report, “Microbes living on air [is] a global phenomenon,” even in polar climates where almost nothing grows. Most likely they influence carbon fixation and global climate. “There are whole ecosystems probably relying on this novel microbial carbon fixation process,” the senior author said, “where microbes use the energy obtained from breathing in atmospheric hydrogen gas to turn carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into carbon — in order to grow.” With all these benefits coming to light, it was inevitable that some would be thinking up biomimetic applications. A companion piece in the special issue of Science, also by Pennisi, has the provocative title, “Next up: a phone powered by microbial wires?” center_img The microbes also alter the properties of mud, says Sairah Malkin, an ecologist at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. “They are particularly efficient … ecosystem engineers.” Cable bacteria “grow like wildfire,” she says; on intertidal oyster reefs, she has found, a single cubic centimeter of mud can contain 2859 meters of cables, which cements particles in place, possibly making sediment more stable for marine organisms. Nanowire bacteria are even more broadly distributed. Researchers have found them in soils, rice paddies, the deep subsurface, and even sewage treatment plants, as well as freshwater and marine sediments. They may exist wherever biofilms form, and the ubiquity of biofilms provides further evidence of the big role these bacteria may play in nature. The other type of conductive microbe has been found almost everywhere microbiologists have looked. The infographic in Pennisi’s article shows that “nanowire bacteria” have a different structure but do the same job. Electrons gained from oxidation of organic compounds travel along “protein nanowires” to electron-accepting substances or cells. The nanowires are much shorter, on the order of 20 to 50 nanometers, but they can sprout from multiple parts of a bacterial membrane, probing the surrounding soil to connect the “terminals” of electrical currents that power their metabolism. But proteins were thought to be insulators; how can they conduct electricity? Nanowire conductance is not well understood, but it may have to do with sequences of amino acids bearing ring-shaped R-groups, called pilins. There is no lack of clarity, however, in the conclusion that rapid, efficient, global ecosystem engineering through electrical cables sounds like a designing mind had the foresight to think of everything that a habitable planet would need for life to flourish. Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos One potential use is to detect and control pollutants. Cable microbes seem to thrive in the presence of organic compounds, such as petroleum, and Nielsen and his team are testing the possibility that an abundance of cable bacteria signals the presence of undetected pollution in aquifers. The bacteria don’t degrade the oil directly, but they may oxidize sulfide produced by other oil-eating bacteria. They might also aid cleanup; sediments recover faster from crude oil contamination when they are colonized by cable bacteria, a different research team reported in January in Water Research. In Spain, a third team is exploring whether nanowire bacteria can speed the cleanup of polluted wetlands. And even before nanowire bacteria were shown to be electric, they showed promise for decontaminating nuclear waste sites and aquifers contaminated with aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene or naphthalene. Filip Meysman, the one whose first reaction was to call Nielsen’s theory “complete nonsense,” has come around. “We are seeing way more interactions within microbes and between microbes being done by electricity,” Meysman says. “I call it the electrical biosphere.” Working together, Nielsen and Meysman found out more details about these bacteria. They build a cylindrical sheath, possibly made of protein, within which the bacteria line up. These cylinders contain up from 17 to 60 protein “wires” where electrons are passed from cell to cell through the sheath. Many thousands of microbes can make up a single wire. The resulting cables conduct a current of electricity that, while not as efficient as copper wires, “are on par with conductors used in solar panels and cellphone screens, as well as the best organic semiconductors.”  Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Special Issue on Mud Cable Structure Elizabeth Pennisi, writing in Science Magazine’s special issue on “mud” as “one of Earth’s most ubiquitous substances,” describes the disbelief among some scientists on hearing Lars Peter Nielsen announce in 2009 that he had found chains of bacteria conducting electricity in the “black, stinky mud” he had collected from a harbor in Denmark. Within days in his lab, the heavy doses of hydrogen sulfide in his mud samples disappeared, and so did the stink. Startled, he discovered that what he named “cable bacteria” were transferring electrons from the oxygen-deprived lower layers to the surface, allowing bacteria deeper in the mud to metabolize organic matter and get rid of hydrogen sulfide waste. In her article, “The Mud Is Electric,” Pennisi says, Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis These nanoscopic cables help the bacteria, but they also help other organisms. Without them, only the surface layers of soils and sediments would be viable, because toxic waste products would accumulate in the deeper, oxygen-deprived layers. These wires are “making mud more habitable for other life forms,” Pennisi says. It is also becoming apparent that they are natural clean-up agents in some ecosystems.  Photo credit: Daniel Sturgess via Unsplash.Something has been right under scientists’ noses, and they hadn’t seen it — till now. Oh, they have known about bacteria for centuries, ever since Antony van Leeuwenhoek first glimpsed them in his homemade microscopes. Bacteria have been extensively classified and sequenced now. We know about their internal organelles, their genomes, and their interactions. But what came to light as recently as a decade ago is truly astonishing: some bacteria can join end to end to form cables that conduct electricity. There’s actually enough energy in moisture in the air, researchers have shown, to power a cellphone with genetically modified bacterial nanowire films. How’s that for “a revolutionary technology to get renewable, green, and cheap energy” in today’s energy-conscious society? Cable bacteria and protein nanowires are turning up everywhere, in both freshwater and saltwater. For example, they have been observed in the sides of worm tubes on the seafloor, probably helping make the tubes more habitable for the occupants.  Intelligent Design Design Promotes Design A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Kalispell High School Levy Fails Again

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a nearly $6-million school building reserve levy on Tuesday, marking the second time in two years that the levy for Kalispell high schools has failed. According to the unofficial results from School District 5, 4,630 voters cast ballots against the levy, swamping the 2,975 in favor of the measure. The proposed $5,978,500 levy would have gone toward building and facility repairs at Flathead and Glacier high schools, as well as other School District 5 buildings. Administrators previously said that a significant portion of the money would have gone toward the fire suppression system at Flathead High School, which the Kalispell Fire Department determined is not up to code. The levy would have allocated $1,195,700 to the school district each year for the next five years, supporting 637,000 square feet of building space and 87 acres of school property.The unofficial results must be canvassed before they are declared official, which could happentoday. Todd Watkins, the school district’s director of operations and business services, wrote in an email that the results are not likely to change much. Voters rejected a similar $4.1-million building reserve levy in 2009, which was the first time the five-year levy had failed since 1982. Emaillast_img read more