What Was It Like to Consult for Breaking Bad?


first_imgIt ended more than 6 months ago, but the ridiculously successful AMC drama, Breaking Bad, has been hard to replace. This year it appears in the Guinness World Records as the most lauded TV series, receiving an impressive 99 out of 100 average rating from television show critics worldwide, where 100 is considered flawless. And it’s no wonder; the gripping five-season series follows a simple high school chemistry teacher’s evolution into a blood-thirsty drug lord.Science sat down with Breaking Bad science consultant Donna Nelson while she was taking a break from the USA Science & Engineering Festival this past weekend. An organic chemist at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Nelson was one of several expert advisers for the show who began consulting several episodes in on multiple topics, including how to make Walt a realistic chemist.Q: What was it that first made you interested in advising TV shows about science? 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Anyone who’s a scientist who sees some inaccuracy presented in their field will groan. It’s sort of like fingernails on a blackboard. Many of us have wanted to build a bridge to Hollywood to get the science right. Suddenly, in Chemical & Engineering News there was an article on Vince Gilligan and his new show. I thought it sounded really interesting and there was one part that caught my eye: He really wanted to get the science right and welcomed constructive comments from a chemically inclined audience. And I thought, “This is it.” I called the editor up and told him that I would like to volunteer. About a year later I told Vince, “That magazine went out to 167,000 people. How many volunteers did you get?” And he said, “One.”Q: How important was accuracy on the show?D.N.: People have to remember that this is fiction. You have to realize that the producer and the writers and actors all need to be granted this artistic creative license to not necessarily be 100% accurate all the time. The number one goal is to have a hit show, not a science documentary. If that means they have to exaggerate things, then they have to be given that freedom. One time I was out on a set visit and Vince said, “What do you think about making the meth blue?” I advised him not to do it. He said, “Is there not some way it could be blue?” And I said again, “No, don’t do it.” But, if you watch the show, you know he did it. I wouldn’t fault him there. He was doing that to give Walt a trademark.Q: Is making meth as straightforward as it seems in the series? D.N.: The procedures for making a lot of these drugs are really simple. I myself know I can make it because it’s a very simple procedure, but I’ve never tried. After I became interested in the show, I had to go away and look up the synthesis.Now, I have to say I didn’t help Vince with that part. He had Drug Enforcement Administration agents advise him. They helped so that we wouldn’t be presenting a cookbook on how to make meth and told him what steps to leave out so that anyone mimicking the procedures would fail. They are also the ones who really know what an illegal meth lab looks like because they’ve busted them. [So scenes in] the Winnebago, the superlab, and the Vamonos Pest lab—they helped arrange them.  Q: Why do you think it’s important to portray the science behind methamphetamine accurately?D.N.: Well, there are some scientific steps in the process. There was a lot of other science in the show, too, like high school organic chemistry scenes that I helped with. They put in scientific terminology that made the show cool.There were scenes in which the chemistry was so spectacular that it outshined the actors. Here’s an example. The episode in which Walt and Jesse broke into the storage shed in search of a 1-gallon bottle of methylamine, and all they could find were 30 gallon drums. Think about when they were breaking in and what they were wearing: black. They faded away against the background so you couldn’t see the actors, but they broke in using thermite. Do you remember what the thermite looked like? It shined. It was sparks across the set. The star was the chemistry. So in this show, the science really took front stage sometimes.Q: What tips would you give scientists who are interested in consulting?D.N.: You have to watch for the opportunities; there haven’t been many of them. I’ve watched for years and years, and saw this one and pounced on it. There are opportunities through the Science & Entertainment Exchange, but usually they just have one question for a scientist. They’re not interested in developing a relationship, and I’m not interested in those because it’s not an opportunity to learn. I was interested in this because it was an opportunity to learn about another community.One thing you always have to remember is if the show contacts you and needs information, they’re usually on a time deadline. So they need it then. You can’t say, “Well, I’ll get back to you next week.” Whenever they would contact me, I would try to get it back to them by the next morning. So sometimes I’d stay up all night looking stuff up or making calculations. I was always afraid that if I didn’t get it back to them as quickly as possible, it would just be written out, and I didn’t want them to throw away the science. I wanted there to be as much science in the show as possible.Q: What work did you do on the side of this? D.N.: My appointment at the university is 60% research, 30% teaching, and 10% service. Breaking Bad advising would fall into the 10%. I didn’t cut back one bit on research or teaching. Anyone who has a regular day job should expect to just go on as if nothing changed. For me, this was a hobby.Q: Any favorite scenes?D.N.: My favorite scene out of the entire series is in season four, episode one. Walt is talking to Gus in the superlab, reminding him how vital he and Jesse are [to the operation.] Without them, Gus would lose the good science. Then Walt proceeds to ask him, “Now is catalytic hydrogenation, I forget, is that protic or aprotic? If our reaction isn’t stereospecific, how can our product be enantiomerically pure?” So he’s showing Gus he knows chemistry, and that only he can bring him these quality products. I thought that was such a terrific message for the public to understand the necessity of science.last_img read more

Cardinals fans salute Angels star Pujols in return to St. Louis


first_imgLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols (5) is greeted by a standing ovation before his first at-bat during the first inning a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Friday, June 21, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)ST. Louis — The cheers for Albert Pujols lasted much longer than his at-bat.It had been almost eight years in the making, but Albert Pujols returned to the Busch Stadium on Friday night and was greeted by a raucous standing ovation that carried on for over a minute.ADVERTISEMENT The cheers faded as quickly as the at-bat, in which Pujols flied out to deep center field on Michael Wacha’s first pitch. Wacha was drafted by the Cardinals as compensation for Pujols signing a $254 million, 10-year contract with the Angels as a free agent.The 39-year-old Pujols was reflective as he prepared to take the field for the first time since celebrating the 2011 World Series championship after helping St. Louis defeat the Texas Rangers in seven games. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt remembered his early days around Pujols as a minor league instructor during spring training in 2008.“He’d just be stalking the opposing pitcher (in the dugout),” Shildt said. “I’d sit right beside him and you’d just feel like this radiation coming off of him coming into the competition and he’s picking up something and that never wavered and that’s a characteristic that few have.”Pujols credited former Cardinals greats like Lou Brock, who taught him to properly run the bases, and former teammates such as Jim Edmonds, Edgar Renteria, Fernando Vina, Darryl Kile, Woody Williams, Placido Polanco, Larry Walker, Mike Matheny and Molina for helping him grow as a player and as a person.“You play this game for 20 years or whatever, and hopefully you leave longer than what you play and that’s why you build great relationships because that is more important to me than anything that I have accomplished,” Pujols said.Pujols still maintains a home in St. Louis and his foundation, designed to help children with special needs, is still active in the community.He didn’t waver in his feelings about the city.“What makes it special is just the support day in and day out,” Pujols said. “It didn’t matter if we were playing good or bad, I felt like if you played the game the right way and hustle, they just love their players. Not only in baseball, we saw that in football and in hockey with the Blues winning, it’s just a great city to play sports in.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Dwane Casey says it was ‘exciting’ to see Raptors win title “The 11 years, the success I had here, nine playoffs, two World Series, best fans in baseball,” Pujols said. “I use the term that I came here as a little boy and I left as a really strong and big man, a grown man.”Pujols will forever have a special place in the history-rich lore of the Cardinals.He came out of nowhere, drafted in the 13th round in 1999, to become the 2001 NL Rookie of the Year. Pujols hit .328 with 455 doubles, 445 home runs and 1,329 RBI in 1705 games with the Cardinals.Pujols was a three-time National League MVP, nine-time All-Star, a six-time Silver Slugger and a two-time Gold Glove winner. Pujols led the Cardinals to championships in 2006 and 2011 and to another World Series appearance in 2004.“What Albert did for the city, he deserves it,” Molina said of the ovation.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Pujols spent the first 11 years of his All-Star career with the Cardinals before signing with the Los Angeles Angels after the 2011 season. Due to inconsistent interleague scheduling, this was the first time the Angels have visited St. Louis since Pujols left.During the ovation, Pujols and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina — whom he refers to as his little brother — embraced in the first inning. Before stepping in, Pujols tipped his helmet, sending the crowd noise to another level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

Diary from Colombo: Cricket unites politicians, even in Sri Lanka


first_imgCricket unites politicians like nothing else can. And it’s not just in India. Even as Sri Lankan cricket fans are still getting over the disappointment of Kumar Sangakkara’s failure to craft a fairytale ending in his last test innings on Day 4, the local administration was seen working overtime for the final day proceedings of Sanga’s farewell Test. Alas it had nothing to do with cricket, simply because of the dignitaries expected to be part of the occasion.After all the last day’s action at The P Sara Oval may see high profile political gathering with newly appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, President Sirisena and Former President Mahendra Rajapakshe expected to be present to witness the proceedings. With the bitterness of the recently concluded national elections still quite fresh, the coming together of political rivals at the game is set to attract national coverage.The Ranil Wickramasinghe led UNP defeated Mahendra Rajapakshe who governed the Sri Lankan political space for close to a decade till January 2015 when lost the Presidential elections to Maithripala Sirisena who earlier served as a Minister under him. Although Rajapakshe is not expected to be seated with the PM and the President, their sheer presence together at the 7000 seater old fashioned cricket ground will be a massive security challenge for the administration. Sanga may not get to take any further part in the test match following his dismissal but the final day of his farewell Test will not be short of drama.last_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board pushes for Mohammad Amir’s UK visa


first_imgPakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is waiting to find out whether he will be permitted to tour England after submitting his visa application to the high commission in Islamabad.SPOT-FIXING CONTROVERSYAmir could be denied a visa for his country’s upcoming tour of England, following his conviction in the 2010 spot-fixing controversy.Amir pleaded guilty to spot-fixing charges and was banned from cricket for five years as well as being required to spend six months in a juvenile offenders’ institute for his role in the scandal, with this criminal record meaning a return to the UK is at the discretion of the government.SYMPATHETIC CONSIDERATION”I have written a letter to the high commissioner seeking special and sympathetic consideration on Amirs visa,” Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said.”The England and Wales Cricket Board is also assisting and are in touch with their home department, so we hope for a positive response.”IMPRESSIVE RETURNPakistan are due to return to England for the first time since that 2010 tour, and Amir, who has returned impressively to the international game in the past six months, is expected to be a key figure for the tourists.However, he first has to clear British immigration authorities, who could prevent him from accessing a visa due to his criminal history.last_img read more

Ramos: Alba is one of world’s best


first_imgSergio Ramos has described Jordi Alba as one of the world’s best full-backs as he continues to be overlooked by new Spain head coach Luis Enrique.One surprising element of Enrique’s tenure following his post-World Cup appointment is his treatment of left-back Alba, a player he worked with at Barcelona.Alba is yet to be called up by the 48-year-old, despite previously being a key member of Spain’s defence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Barcelona defender has been an ever-present for his club this season and is still very much their first choice left-back option.Despite this, Enrique has opted to look at other options since taking charge of his country, with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, Valencia’s Jose Gaya and Wolves’ Jonny Castro all chosen ahead of him for Spain’s latest international fixtures.Captain Ramos believes that, by leaving Alba out, the Spain coach is ignoring one of the world’s best.”Myself and Jordi Alba have played many years together, he is one of the best in the world, as shown by his performances and statistics,” he said.”But then the coach is the one doing the line-up. For our [the players’] part, he will always be well received.”Ramos is expected to start in his hometown of Seville on Monday when Spain host England in the Nations League.Enrique’s side have won their opening two fixtures of the newly founded tournament and know that a win against England would see them qualify for next June’s Nations League finals as group winners.Their opening fixture of the tournament saw them beat Monday’s opponents 2-1 at Wembley last month, with goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo Moreno ensuring them victory after going behind early on.They followed that up with an excellent 6-0 victory over World Cup finalists Croatia before beating Wales 4-1 in their most recent friendly on Thursday.last_img read more

An alternative to buying test equipment


first_imgI’m constantly amazed by the wide range of people I meet through LinkedIn. Just the other day, for example, following a contact via LinkedIn, I ended up chatting with Robin Salter from KWIPPED.com (“Equipped,” get it?).From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED's new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED)From left-to-right: Robert Preville, KWIPPED founder and CEO; Charlie Dickinson, business development executive; Robin Salter, chief marketing officer; and Brian Robinson, director of business development, shown in KWIPPED’s new office in downtown Wilmington, NC (Source: KWIPPED) Now, if the truth be told, I’ve never really considered what I’d have to do if I were to find myself in need of high-end test equipment. These days, my hands-on engineering activities are limited to building my hobby projects, so my needs for test equipment are relatively rudimentary. I’m usually to be found playing with 16MHz Arduinos, so if I do find myself requiring something like a signal generator or an oscilloscope, I simply amble over into the next bay and look pitiful until they lend one to me.Back in the day, way back in the mists of time when I was a real, practicing engineer, I worked for large companies and everything we needed on the test equipment front was there for the asking. Of course, things were much simpler in those days of yore — much of the time you could get by with little more than a multimeter and a reasonably good oscilloscope or logic analyzer. These days, by comparison, you can end up requiring access to a mindboggling array of devices operating at frequencies and accuracies that make your hair stand up on end.There are several problems here, not least being the fact that the price-tag on some of these units will really make your eyes water. This is exacerbated by the fact that you may need access to a certain piece of test equipment for only a month or two every now and again — the rest of the time it can end up sitting on a shelf gathering dust, making you feel guilty, and causing the bean-counters to gnash their teeth and rend their garb.(Source: photodune.net)(Source: photodune.net) Even large companies can find the cost of purchasing myriad pieces of high-end test equipment to be a burden, while medium and small companies can be brought down to their metaphorical knees.This is where KWIPPED enters the picture….  Continue Reading Previous Prepare to network furiously at ESC Boston 2017Next Secure the off-site production programming of your embedded products Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Test & Measurement last_img read more

MVTec presents embedded vision and deep learning at embedded world


first_imgMVTec Software makes its standard machine vision software available on many embedded platforms. The manufacturer will be presenting this technology at embedded world in Nuremberg with focus on the latest software releases, HALCON 18.11 and MERLIC 4, with their various new and improved functions.Furthermore, MVTec will be demonstrating which comprehensive deep learning technologies can be used in embedded vision systems. Visitors to the booth will also find out why investing in professional machine vision software pays off.Live demos, such as a multi-platform setup, will provide fascinating insights into practical applications. In the multi-platform demonstration, a total of four embedded boards will perform different tasks using HALCON and MERLIC. In addition, other platforms that are compatible with the MVTec software will be showcased offline. The company will also present the HPeek benchmarking demo program using a Raspberry Pi. In another demo, MVTec will present four standard examples of deep learning machine vision technologies in parallel: semantic segmentation, object detection, classification, and optical character recognition. The performing platform will be an NVIDIA Xavier. A final demonstration will cover the ways in which MERLIC can be used to detect and inspect different objects based on the example of medical test tubes. MVTec will also participate in the embedded world conference and contribute to the embedded world Exhibitors’ Forum.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous ept: HighSpeed SMT edge card connector with 0.8 mm pitchNext Renesas: Failure Detection e-AI solution for motor-equipped home applianceslast_img read more

a month agoEx-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town manager


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara named Billericay Town managerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been appointed manager of non-league side Billericay Town.O’Hara, who also played for Wolves and Fulham among others, replaces Harry Wheeler in the Billericay hotseat with immediate effect.A statement released by Billericay read: “We can now confirm that Harry Wheeler has been relieved of his duties and has left the club after a recent meeting with the owner.”Differences of opinion have led to the decision and the owner feels changes needed to be made.”Jamie O’Hara will take control of first team duties and will look to immediately make his mark by looking at bringing in some young talented academy players to add to the good experience we have.”From all at the club we wish Harry all the best for the future and we thank him for all his efforts and successes in his time here.” last_img read more

AFI hopes for good show in mixed 4x400m relay sans Hima Anas


first_imgNew Delhi: India’s 4x400m mixed relay team can reach the final of the Doha World Championships despite the absence of top quarter-miler Hima Das, deputy chief coach Radhakrishnan Nair said on Thursday. World junior champion Hima was on Wednesday ruled out of the showpiece event beginning on September 27 due to her persistent back injury in a setback to the Indian team which was putting a lot of hope in the newly introduced mixed 4x400m relay event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Not much difference (with the ruling out of Hima). We have to stay positive and still believe that we can reach the finals in mixed 4x400m relay,” Nair said. The top eight finishers in the relay events of the World Championships will automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. India qualified in the World Championships as the 14th ranked team in the mixed 4x400m relay based on its Asian Games gold winning time of 3:15.71. Bahrain team was the original winner but it was stripped of the top spot as one its runners was caught for doping. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersMuhammed Anas, Arokia Rajiv, M R Poovamma and Hima Das ran that race in Jakarta. In Doha, however, neither Hima will be there nor Rajiv, who is also laid low with an injury. Jisna Mathew, Poovamma and VK Vismaya were named along with Jacob Amoj, Anas and Noah Tom Nirmal for the 4x400m mixed relay. Meanwhile in another development, Anas will not run in the individual 400m race as the Athletics Federation of India did not enter his name for the event despite crossing the qualifying mark. He has been entered only for the men’s 4x400m relay and mixed 4x400m relay. The world athletics governing body IAAF on Thursday released the provisional entry list of the athletes, country-wise as well as event-wise, and Anas’ name was there only in the men’s 4x400m and mixed 4x400m relay, and not in the individual 400m race. “We have not entered Anas for individual 400m as we thought he can help the country better in the men’s 4x400m relay and mixed 4x400m relay. We have good chance to do well in the relays, especially in the mixed 4x400m relay,” an AFI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity. Anas, however, said that he did not know that he will not be running in the individual 400m race. “I did not know about that (not running individual 400m). I will have to check with AFI or coaches,” Anas said from his training base in Europe. Anas had crossed the World Championships qualifying mark of 45.30 at the Kladno international meet in the Czech Republic on July 13 by clocking 45.21, while also bettering his own earlier national record (45.24) in the process.last_img read more

CBDT to hold highlevel review of IT eassessment system before rollout


first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will on Thursday conduct a pan-India review of the ambitious e-assessment system for income-tax payers before rolling it out next month. The CBDT, which frames policy for the Income-tax department, had last week set up the National e-assessment Centre (NeAC) in Delhi as part of the Centre’s plan to launch faceless and nameless assessment for income-tax payers. Officials said the high-level review will be conducted through video conferencing by CBDT Chairman P C Mody along with other members of the board from here. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraRegional chiefs of the Income-Tax department in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad and officials of NeAC will discuss issues related to successful implementation of the scheme and potential challenges during the review, they said. The meeting will take stock of deployment of required computer systems, Internet and other hardware, and software facilities for assessing officers, officials said. The NeAC will have 16 officials and will be headed by a Principal Chief Commissioner of Income-tax (PCCIT). It will be an independent office for e-assessment. The NeAC will serve notices to assessees specifying the issues for selection of their case for assessment and after a response is received from them within 15 days, the centre will allocate the case to an assessing officer using an automated system, a government notification had earlier said.last_img read more

Out of space


first_imgA critically injured elephant, hit by a train, in West Bengal’s Dooars was seen with most of the flesh from its legs torn off and struggling to get on its feet. This happened on September 27, 2019, while this endangered and social animal was crossing railway tracks from one part of the forest to another. This is the inherent natural behaviour of this animal. In this month alone, seven elephants were killed when a herd of 40-50 elephants started to cross the railway track. This happens almost every month in different parts of India. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyDuring my visit to Chandil in Jharkhand during November 2018, I witnessed preventive measures coined by poor farmers to protect their crops from elephants’ raid. When farmers are informed about the intrusion of elephants on their crop fields, they make ready on trees with burning cloths and crackers and throw them at elephants so that they panic and run back to the forest. In addition to this, they also make fences at the entry point to villages with electricity flowing through them, particularly during night time. Despite these preventive measures, human and elephant are often injured and reportedly killed in retaliation. Torturing elephants is, according to villagers, largely justified on the basis of damaged crops leading to the suffering of the poor farmers who are dependent on these crops to sustain their livelihood. Similarly, the death of elephants hit by trains is justified in the name of human development. Also Read – The future is here!If we critically evaluate the impact of so-called human development, economic growth and progress of society, victims are the rural people belonging to the lower socioeconomic group and the wild animals, who are being forced out of their natural surroundings by large agribusinesses and industrialists converting forests to farmland and industrial area respectively. Fast-receding trees alongside shrinking and fragmenting wild animal habitats are forcing the elephant to encroach upon human settlements thus, increasing incidences of human-wildlife conflict. Elephants in a herd may become violent and aggressive when they are either injured or excessively irritated by villagers or even if they assume danger to their young ones. Elephants have a strong instinctual knowledge of human vital organs and kill humans mainly by trampling over the front of the chest. The cause of this conflict is mainly because of their requirements for food and water, which are tremendous – up to 300kg of vegetable matter and 200 litres of water every day. They find human agriculture as an attractive food source, competing with people in areas where they overlap. Naturally, huge amount of public money is being spent for infrastructure (roads, railway tracks, cities, hydropower plant, mining and bridges particularly in mountain area and others) in the name of development and progress of society as a ‘proof’ to establish the concern of the government, state apparatus, regulators and politicians. This development cuts across elephant habitats and makes long-range movement more and more challenging. Therefore, even as it promotes the prosperity of manufacturing companies, large agri-businesses, contractors and politicians, much can be said about the suffering of humanity and damage to the ecosystem with valuable plants and animals caused by such activities. Many of us want to save wildlife but we have less and less space to do so because of the population explosion and rapidly increasing demands for more and more land. At present, there are more than seven billion humans on Earth, with almost 10 billion expected by 2050. The ivory trade has had a significant impact but habitat destruction caused by human population growth is a far more pervasive threat. The conflict between humans and elephants is most acute in Asia leading to the death of around 100 people and 40-50 elephants with around 300 fatalities in India. Between 2015-2018, the human-elephant conflict caused 1,713 human and 373 elephant deaths by unnatural causes. Environmental and anthropogenic factors have not just degraded elephant habitats but also left them stressed leading to a change in their social behaviour. Sadly, the land-use changes due to infrastructure development provide barriers to wildlife migrations and the availability of food and water. Indian elephants are intelligent, social animals. They grow up to be an adult by 16-20 years of age with the average life period of 60-70 years. Adults are generally aged 20-50 years and show a typical annual physiological change which lasts for about a month known as ‘MUSTH’ during which the elephant become restless, violent and aggressive. Elephants also experience pleasure, pain and fear that guides them within the boundaries of survival and they share a near-identical nervous system and experience base emotions much like humans. Human and elephant brains are acted upon by the same hormones and chemicals that create mood and motivation in human. Elephants are more particular with the care they devote to their young and siblings. Elephant mothers and daughters stay together longer than any land animal – often 40 to 60 years. We are all mammals, and under the skin we are kin. Sadly, removing young elephants from their parents and sending them into captivity, as frequently observed, is largely justified on the basis that they do not feel and suffer as we do. Thereby, we ignore the feelings of other species as we love to think that humans are absolutely unique and special in every way for self-satisfaction by treating animals as our slaves. We have ridden them, dressed them up in ridiculous attire, beaten them, starved them and slaughtered them en masse. Scientists have established that elephants actually have superhuman senses. Their hearing is far better than ours. They have special sensory receptors in their feet to detect rumbles and know about the killing of other elephants from many miles away. Many elephants have been spotted running uphill before humans when a tsunami is on its way. Human wellbeing and the survival of our ecosystem is inextricably linked. Elephants – a keystone species – play an important role in the ecosystem not only to ensure the survival of countless flora and fauna in the environment but also to ensure our prospects as a species simply by securing the space for both. Land-use planning, setting clear boundaries and limits on urban development and farming needs to be combined in a holistic approach, including mitigation at the landscape level and addressing the needs of people. Increasing the forest cover by using the land provides fodder and space for elephants and other herbivores. The conservation should not be considered as a cost or a burden but rather an investment in our own survival. The government needs to stop the occurrence of illegal settlements to save both human and elephant lives. Communities have important role to support both conservation and socio-economic development. Most importantly, poaching attracts a lot of media attention but stopping the poaching cannot solve this critical problem because habitat loss is the biggest problem. In addition to these, conserving grasslands around river systems and fringe forests around the corridor provide benefits to elephants moving long distances within their ranges. Continual maintenance of available grassland should be a management priority. (The author is a former Senior Scientist, Central Pollution Control Board. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday asked micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to get themselves listed on stock exchanges, and said he has already requested the finance ministry to allot Rs 10,000 crore to the MSME ministry for buying equity of such entities. “I had gone to the National Stock Exchange…and we got 20 MSME companies registered on the stock exchange… I have recommended the finance ministry to give us Rs 10,000 crore. We will go to the National Stock Exchange or any other capital market and build up the equity for ourselves,” He said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraGadkari, who is road transport & highways and MSME minister, was speaking during the 114th Annual Session of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here. “So, we will buy 10 per cent equity in MSME companies on behalf of the government and once the prices of shares go up, we can be the owner of Rs 1 lakh crore instead of Rs 10,000 crore,” the minister said. He asked the MSMEs that are exporting and have good balance sheets to go to the stock exchange as it would help them raise money from the capital market. “Those MSMEs (companies) which are exporting and whose balance sheet is good I would request them that if they go to the National Stock Exchange and get themselves registered and if they build up the capital from the capital market then a new gateway for development will open for our country,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgWashington: India needs the S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile defence system and has apprised the Trump administration of its decision to acquire them from Russia, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, exuding confidence that the US would appreciate its rational. India announced its intention to acquire Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile systems in 2015. The delivery contract worth USD 5.43 billion was signed during the visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to India last year. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkSenior Trump administration officials have cautioned India that the S-400 deal could attract sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law that restricts defence purchases from Russia, Iran and North Korea. Responding to a question on the S-400 missile system purchase, Jaishankar, who is here on an official visit, said, “India has made a decision on the S-400, and we have discussed that with the US government. “I am reasonably convinced of the powers of my persuasion,” Jaishankar said, responding to a question from a Russian journalist on the possibility of US sanctions on India under CAATSA if New Delhi goes ahead with its decision to purchase the S-400 missile defence system from Russia.last_img read more

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