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News of: Tuesday, 27th of September, 2011

Front Page

New gas 'found'

A survey of national gas field of Rashidpur has raised high hopes of finding an additional one trillion cubic feet (tcf) of gas.

Economy in tangles

The letter shocked Rahman. A few lines typed in an official language across a white page with the bank's insignia at the top. It says your monthly mortgage payment has been raised by Tk 3,000 in response to the central bank's tighter monetary policy to fight inflation.

Narayanganj braces for violence

Tension runs high in the town ahead of the maiden polls to Narayanganj City Corporation as many voters and intending candidates apprehend violence during electioneering.

Road mayhem goes on

Jagannath University students went on a rampage damaging cars and halting traffic for the second consecutive day yesterday to press home their demands including continued government funding for the university.

PM under fire for 'no talks' remarks

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come under fire from politicians for ruling out any talks with the opposition on national issues.

Khaleda to announce agitation

BNP has made all-out preparations for today's rally in the capital where the party chairperson will declare agitation programme to compel the government to restore the caretaker government system.

Loyalty came first for Hasina

Ahead of 2008 parliamentary polls, Sheikh Hasina had noted that it might be her last election, said a leaked US diplomatic dispatch posted on WikiLeaks.

In no way, HR can be violated

The biggest concern over human rights situation in Bangladesh is lack of state sensitivity to the fact that "human rights are unconditional," rights activist Sultana Kamal has said.

BMA sees foreign plot

After several reports of illegal organ trade have surfaced in the media, Bangladesh Medical Association comes up with a conspiracy theory involving foreign hospitals.

'Robber' dies jumping off runaway truck

An alleged robber died after he jumped off a truck being chased by the police at Badda Natun Bazar area on Pragoti Sarani in the capital early yesterday.

Tahrir seen as biggest threat

The militant outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir is slowly gaining ground and is currently the strongest force in anti-state activities in Bangladesh. The outfit has been banned here since 2009.

BSF pledges to stop killing of innocents

A director-general-level meeting of the border guards of India and Bangladesh began yesterday amidst high hopes for resolution of common boundary-related problems.

HC rejects Amini's bail plea

The High Court yesterday rejected a bail petition filed by Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ), and directed him to immediately surrender before trial court in connection with a sedition case.

China favours regional connectivity

China favours regional connectivity for the benefit of the South Asian countries, Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Zhang Xianyi said yesterday.

UNSC set to start parleys on Palestine

The UN Security Council was set to start consultations yesterday on Palestine's application for full membership of the world body, although a vote on the historic bid is not expected for weeks.

Tibet monks try to self-immolate amid new row

Two young monks set themselves on fire yesterday in an attempted self-immolation at a restive Tibetan Buddhist monastery in southwestern China, rights groups said, adding the pair survived.

Pak commerce minister in India

Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim arrived in India yesterday on a four-day visit during which the two countries are expected to discuss further liberalization of bilateral trade, an issue that has remained stuck in political differences between them.

Editorial

Lawmaker's many hats

We have known ruling party lawmakers to be wielding power in various capacities. They have a mandated advisory role in the upazila parishad and have a say in the district councils as well. An add-on is their chairmanship of school managing committees.

JU students going berserk

Outrageous is perhaps an understatement to describe the behaviour of some of the students of Jagannath University (JU) the day before yesterday. They were protesting the discontinuation of government funding of their institution, among other things. In the process they held up traffic for several hours and a large number of vehicles were vandalised. This is unacceptable and most contemptible even if they had a grievance to articulate. The situation was further aggravated by the action of the BCL cadres on the agitating students.

Sports

Naeem shows the way

Naeem Islam brought to notice his staying power on the opening day of the practice four-dayer between BCB Red and BCB Green yesterday.

Ilievski unhappy with national booters

The Bangabandhu National Stadium assumed a festive mood yesterday at the presence of some 76 footballers from the national side, U-22, U-21 and U-19 sides as they played three short-duration practice matches under the watchful eye of national coach Nikola Illievski.

Women's handball

The Exim Bank 22nd National Women's Handball Championship will start tomorrow at the Handball Stadium and Shaheed Surawardi Indoor Stadium with 27 teams taking part in the event.

Title rights Walton's

Tigers' upcoming home series against the West Indies will be called the “Walton Series”.

Abahani's pull-out raises questions

The first Women's Football League involving eight clubs gets underway from tomorrow at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

JFA Cup U-15 football final today

The final match of the JFA Cup U-15 Football Tournament will be held between Dhaka Metropolis School XI and Tangail at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today. The 80-minute match will start at 3:30 pm.

Sharapova gets going

Maria Sharapova shrugged off last year's disappointing first-round exit as she got off to a confident start in beating Tamarine Tanasugarn in the Pan Pacific Open on Monday in Tokyo.

WI turn it around

Spinner Garey Mathurin enjoyed a memorable debut as he inspired the West Indies to a surprise 25-run win over England in the second Twenty20 international at The Oval on Sunday.

Somerset beat KKR again

Roelof van der Merwe's sensational 73 off 40 balls helped Somerset pull-off a nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a Group B fixture of the Champions League T20 here Sunday.

Learn the lesson: Swann

England stand-in Twenty20 captain Graeme Swann has warned his side they must learn the lessons of Sunday's defeat by the West Indies or they will struggle to defend their World Twenty20 crown.

It's Cavendish after Simpson

Mark Cavendish became Britain's first world road race champion since the late Tom Simpson in 1965 when he dominated a bunch sprint to win the men's elite race at the road world championships here Sunday.

Army regain kabaddi crown

Bangladesh Army regained the crown of Kabaddi when they deposed current champions Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in the title deciding match of the Runner Group 13th Premier Division Kabaddi League at the Kabaddi Stadium yesterday.

Trio out to up a gear

After performances ranging from inconclusive to dismal in their opening games, Manchester United, Manchester City and Inter Milan must step up a gear in their second Champions League outings on Tuesday.

Massive miss for Malaga

Big-spending Malaga squandered a golden opportunity to top La Liga for the first time on Sunday when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Real Zaragoza.

QPR snatch a draw

QPR snatched a dramatic 1-1 draw against Aston Villa as Richard Dunne scored an own goal in stoppage time at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Messi eyeing goal record

Lionel Messi is determined to keep breaking goal-scoring records at Barcelona after his 12th career hattrick for the European and Spanish champions took him to 192 at the club.

Van Persie coy over contract

Arsenal fans were given fresh cause for concern on Monday when it emerged that captain Robin van Persie is stalling over signing a new contract.

Rovers set India date

Blackburn Rovers will become the first English Premier League side to play in India when they take part in an exhibition match in Pune next month, organisers said on Monday.

Car crash kills backheel sensation

Emirati footballer Theyab Awana, who became an internet sensation this summer after scoring a back-heeled penalty, has been killed in a car crash, the country's football federation confirmed on Monday.

Business

Current account heading for deficit

The current account may fall into deficit at $884 million for the first time in seven years due to a wider trade gap and slow remittance growth.

WB strings delay work: Muhith

Finance Minister AMA Muhith has blamed the World Bank for tagging conditions to financial assistance that delays project execution.

Stocks soar as institutional investors return to market

Stocks on the premier bourse yesterday took their biggest leap in three and a half months in signs of increasing participation of institutional investors.

Imports from India ease sugar prices

Increased imports from India reduced sugar prices at the wholesale level, traders said yesterday.

Welsh investors keen on Bangladesh

Entrepreneurs from Wales yesterday expressed their keen interest to invest in agriculture and food processing, manufacturing, power generation and textile.

Eurozone damps talk of rapid debt crisis steps

Eurozone officials played down reports on Monday of emerging plans to halve Greece's debts and recapitalise European banks to cope with the fallout, stressing that no such scheme is yet on the table.

Banglalink to pay Tk 1,980cr for licence renewal

Orascom Telecom Holding said its Bangladeshi subsidiary Banglalink will pay about Tk 1,980 crore ($26.3 crore) over the next three years as spectrum and licence renewal fees.

Gold eyes biggest 3-day fall in 28 years, investors flee

Gold pared some of Monday's losses by midday in Europe but was still on course for its largest monthly slide in three years, as investors scrambled for cash in the face of mounting fear over the impact of a potential Greek debt default.

GE boss sees no world recession

The boss of giant US conglomerate General Electric said Monday that the growing economies of emerging countries would help prevent another global recession.

Euro at new 10-year yen low on eurozone debt woes

The euro sat around eight-month lows against the dollar on Monday and hit a new 10-year bottom against the yen as investors shunned the European unit due to the continent's debt problems.

Mobile banking takes shape

Mobile phone use in Bangladesh is not a luxury now. Almost half of the country's 160 million population uses mobile phones, but very few have bank accounts. There were lot of talks in the past few years on how the big population could be brought under the banking services via their mobile handsets. The GSM Association (GSMA) predicts that by 2012, nearly 300 million of the previously "unbanked" will be using some form of mobile banking.

Revenue sharing, not an easy job

Bangladesh Bank has allowed bank-led model, not telco-led one to operationalise mobile financial services. But making it a bank-led model does not reduce the importance of a mobile operator in execution of the services. Telco partnerships are must as banks have to use their network and infrastructure to render services efficiently.

Metropolitan

Two faces of a cop

A police inspector came up in discussions twice as two photographs--one focusing his "brutal torture" on a picket--which were published in newspapers within only 40 days, Deputy police commissioner of Detective Branch (South division) Monirul Islam confirmed The Daily Star on Sunday.

Refrain from amassing illegal wealth

Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina at a reception in New York urged the party men to live honest lives instead of amassing illegal wealth “like the family members of Khaleda Zia.”

Reform Saarc to ensure food security: Experts

Food experts stressed the need for regional actions for the promotion of fair and competitive food market and effective operationalisation of the Saarc Food Bank.

SC Bar won't greet judges after vacation

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday decided to refrain from greeting the Supreme Court judges on October 9, the day it reopens after an ongoing vacation, in protest against the death of pro-BNP lawyer MU Ahmed.

Victims passing days in uncertainty

Defrauded two years ago by a travel agent promising them of jobs abroad, at least 25 youths are now passing their days in uncertainty and helplessness.

100 structures demolished

Dhaka Wasa knocked down around 100 structures, including 50 makeshift structures of freedom fighters, in its drive against illegal occupations on Ramchandrapur canal on the third day yesterday.

Road crashes kill 2, injure 56

Two people were killed and 56 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Satkhira and Thakurgaon on Sunday night and yesterday.

PM visits ailing Humayun Ahmed

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited ailing eminent writer and playwright Humayun Ahmed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York on Sunday night.

Call to cancel deal with ConocoPhillips

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, and Ports yesterday launched its Dhaka-Chittagong road march to press a seven-point demand including scrapping of the deal with ConocoPhillips for exploring gas and oil in the Bay of Bengal.

Rajuk extends time for application again

For the second time, Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) has extended the deadline of submitting application of Jhilmil Residential Area Project for 15 days following the demand of the applicants.

1,07,343 to perform Hajj this year

A record high 1,07,343 Hajj pilgrims will be carried by Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and 14 other airlines beginning September 29.

48 to vie for one JnU seat

Around 48 admission seekers have to fight for a single seat at the Jagannath University (JnU) as 1,32,147 applicants applied against 2755 seats under four units in the current session.

Bangabandhu dreamt of secular Bangladesh

Speakers at a meeting yesterday recalled Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with deep gratitude for his relentless efforts to turn South Asian region into a model of secularism.

RMG worker murdered

Police yesterday recovered the body of a garment worker from her husband's house in the city's Sabujhbagh.

Stabbed boy dies in city

The teenage boy, stabbed by miscreants at Hazaribagh in the city on Sunday night, succumbed to his injuries at Chest Diseases Hospital at Mohakhali early yesterday.

'Law soon to make NGOs transparent'

The government plans to formulate a law to ensure transparency of those non-government organisations (NGOs) expanding its activities, said NGO Affairs Bureau Director General (DG) Nurun Nabi Talukder.

Hasina greeted for peace model

Peshajibi Samannaya Parishad has greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for presenting a peace model during the UNGA general debate at the United Nations headquarters Saturday.

Charge framed against ex-BNP lawmaker Monju

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charge against former BNP lawmaker Mujibur Rahman Monju (Kishoreganj-6) in a cheque bounce case.

IIUC pro-VC detained

Police detained Prof Dr Abu Bakar Rafeeq, pro-vice chancellor of the International Islamic University, Chittagong (IIUC), from Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city yesterday.

Alleged mugger beaten

A mob beat an alleged mugger and recovered a foreign pistol and two bullets from him in front of Babu Bazar rice market in Old Dhaka yesterday.

Hotel Agrabad to celebrate World Tourism Day today

Hotel Agrabad in Chittagong city will organise a daylong programme in observance of the World Tourism Day today.

'Promote Bangla language'

University Bangla Teachers' Council on Sunday planned on its upcoming activities to develop and promote Bangla language, literature and culture in the country's educational bodies.

Moyez Uddin's anniversary of death today

Today is the 27th death anniversary of Shaheed Moyez Uddin, a former Awami League leader and lawmaker, says a press release.

ICDDR,B team returns from cholera-hit Somalia

The ICDDR,B team that left for famine-hit Somalia to help it tackle cholera outbreak has returned home after providing treatment and training for 20 days, says a press release.

Shuvo Mahalaya today

'Shuvo Mahalaya', beginning of Durga Puja, will be observed today.

Body of unidentified man found

Police recovered the body of an unidentified man aged around 30 from a canal in Agrabad CDA residential area Sunday night.

DU Bangla dept reunion Oct 8

Dhaka University Bangla Alumni will organise a reunion at Teacher-Student Centre on October 8 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Bangla department, one of the oldest department of the university, says a press release.

235 Puja mandaps in Ctg city

The Hindus in Chittagong city will celebrate their largest religious festival “Durga Puja” at 235 Puja mandaps (pavilion) being set up in different areas under 12 police stations.

Jamaat leader held in Ctg

Police arrested a Jamaat leader from his residence at Katgor in Patenga yesterday in connection with his suspected involvement in the party's violence on September 19.

'Debate helps build just society'

Speakers at a debate competition yesterday here said rationale is very important to build up a just society.

Obituary

Syed Golam Mawla, a leader of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), passed away at his residence at Golab Singh Lane of Nandan Kanon in the port city yesterday due to cardiac arrest at the age of 58.

Qulkhwani

Qulkhwani of AKM Mahatab Uddin, a former chairman of horticulture department of Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, will be held at the Azimpur Chhapra Mosque after Asr prayers today.

National

Tale of a disappearing school playground

Students of Azad Bakth High School at Sherpur in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila formed a human chain on Dhaka-Sylhet Highway on Sunday afternoon in protest against leasing out their school playground by the Roads and Highways Department (RHD).

Pabna erosion victims form human chain, demand dyke

Thousands of villagers formed a human chain on the bank of the Padma on Sunday afternoon demanding a 'permanent' embankment in Shara union to stop devouring of their houses and property.

Students enforce hartal for release of teacher

Students of Dharmapur Abdul Jabber Degree College yesterday enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal at Dharmapur Bazar and blocked Gaibandha-Sundarganj road demanding unconditional release of the college's vice-principal.

Human chain in flood water

Students of a school in Tala upazila yesterday formed a human chain in the flood water in front of their school demanding steps to remove waterlogging and resumption of academic activities.

Obscene dance, gambling at jatra

Obscene dance and gambling are being held in the name of jatra (open air drama) at Mithapur Bazar in Naldi union under Lohagara upazila and Peruli School field in Peruli union under Kalia upazila of the district.

2 JMB militants jailed

A court here on Sunday sentenced two ehsars (cadres) of banned Islamist outfit JMB to six years rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Tk 10,000 each, in default, to suffer more six months of RI.

Former BCL leader murdered

A former leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was hacked to death by unknown assailants in the town on Sunday night.

Man kills father, brother in Natore

A man killed his father and younger brother over a land dispute in Boraigram upazila of the district early yesterday.

Death sparks protest

Death of a madrasa student in a road accident at Putia on

Rape of hill woman protested

Leaders of Hill Women's Federation (HWF) at a rally in the town yesterday demanded arrest and punishment of the culprits who raped a hill woman in Karkapara area under Panchhari upazila on Saturday.

Headmaster murdered

A schoolteacher, abducted from Rayermahal area under Sonadanga Police Station on Sunday, was found dead in Rajghat area near Khulna-Satkhira highway yesterday.

International

Pakistan defies US

Pakistan will not launch an offensive against Haqqani extremists despite Washington ramping up the pressure after a series of attacks on US targets in Afghanistan, an official said yesterday.

Saleh proposes early polls, power transfer

Yemen's opposition held mass protests Monday, escalating demands for the immediate departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh after the ailing leader said his future should be determined at the ballot box.

Libyan forces enter Gaddafi hometown

Libyan provisional government forces backed by Nato warplanes raced into the eastern outskirts of Sirte yesterday and fought street battles with Muammar Gaddafi loyalists.

Scandal- hit Indian HM offers to quit

Home minister Palaniappan Chidambaram offered to resign yesterday, television channel CNN-IBN reported citing unnamed sources, after a document emerged that suggested he failed to stop a multi-billion dollar scam over telecoms contracts.

'Maoists trying to kill me'

Paschimbanga chief minister Mamata Banerjee said Maoists target. "They are trying to kill me," Banerjee said in a television interview this morning.

First female African Nobel laureate dies

Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai who became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize has died of cancer at the age of 71, her family announced Monday.

Worries for Sarkozy as left capture Senate

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative government lost its majority in the Senate for the first time in recent French history after the French left won the majority on Sunday.

Putin 'will not end Russia impasse'

Ex-USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday warned Russia risks wasting six years if PM Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency in March as expected.

Two killed at Kabul CIA station

A United States citizen has been shot dead by an Afghan employee at an annex to the US embassy in Kabul used by the Central Intelligence Agency, officials said yesterday.

60 dead, 4m affected

Sixty people have died and four million have been affected by flooding in eastern India that has led to a major relief effort from local and international aid agencies, officials said yesterday.

India tests nuke capable missile

India yesterday successfully test-fired its nuclear capable 'Prithvi-II' ballistic missile, with a range of 350 km, as part of user trial by the armed forces.

Imran Khan calls for UK to cut aid to Pakistan

Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan urged the UK yesterday to cut aid to his country, saying it fuels corruption.

Oman to hold polls on Oct 15

More than 1,000 candidates, among them 77 women, will compete in Oman's consultative council elections to be held on October 15, the sultanate's deputy interior minister told reporters Sunday.

Delhi metro first railway to earn UN carbon credits

Delhi Metro become the world's first railway network to earn carbon credits from the United Nations yesterday for helping cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Arts & Entertainment

Four faces of motherhood

Theatre troupe Prachyanat brought an adaptation of British playwright Arnold Wesker's “Four Portraits of Mothers” to the stage. Adapted into Bangla by Moom Rahman, the play “Mayer Mukh” premiered at the Goethe Institut auditorium in Dhaka on September 24. Kazi Toufikul Islam Emon directed the play. Consisting of four monologues on the theme of motherhood, the play is a journey into the sensitive world of mothers.

Drik celebrates 22 years

Drik Picture Agency organised a discussion programme to mark its 22nd anniversary on September 24 at the rooftop of its office building in Dhanmondi, Dhaka. A photo exhibition highlighting the organisation's motto -- to always ask hard questions -- was opened after the discussion. Managing director of Drik, Dr. Shahidul Alam, and filmmaker-editor Catherine Masud spoke on the occasion.

"More technical support needed for experimental productions"

Sudip Chakroborthy is a young theatre teacher and activist. Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Dhaka University, Sudip is an emerging director as well. He has been working as a guest director with different troupes. His recent directorial works -- “Mahajoner Nao” (a Subachan production), “Phona” (Shabdaboli) and “Lal Jamin” (Shunnon Theatre) -- have been lauded by the critics and audience.

A celebration of Tagore

On September 22, people milled around the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Dhanmondi in Dhaka to attend a programme organised by Soviet Alumni Association, Bangladesh to mark the 81st anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore's visit to Russia, says a press release.

Karam Puja celebrated in Thakurgaon

The two-day 'Karam Puja' (a major festival of the Orao community, from the northern districts of Bangladesh) was celebrated on September 18 and 19 in Thakurgaon district.

Authors and poets celebrate 'Literature Day'

Poets and authors from different districts of the northern region recently celebrated Literature Day at Chirirbandar upazila of Dinajpur district.

Bhairab Shangskritik Chattar celebrates 34th anniversary

Bhairab Shangskritik Chattar, a traditional literary and cultural

OP-ED

Role of tourism in linking together world cultures

World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated annually on September 27, aiming at fostering awareness among the international community of its social, cultural, political and economic value. The theme of WTD 2011 is “Tourism-- Linking Cultures.” It has been chosen with the intention of highlighting tourism's role in bringing the cultures of the world together and promoting global understanding through travel.

Remembering Tiger Pataudi

The first time I met Tiger Pataudi was in October, 1961. We met in his rooms at Balliol College in Oxford. He had invited some friends to listen to some Indian classical music. He provided the accompaniment on the tabla. Tiger by then was already the most famous student at Oxford. The Nawab of Pataudi was rated as the best batsman to have ever played for Oxford. He was without doubt something of a legend at Oxford. He cut a dashing figure, with his aristocratic features. But what made him special was the kind of cricket he played. Cavalier, swash-buckling, flamboyant are some of the words that come to mind. He was a treat to watch.

Revenge or justice?

The recent execution of Troy Davis has evoked massive reactions globally about the legitimacy of capital punishment. Davis, who was accused of allegedly killing a police officer in 1991, had claimed his innocence since the beginning of his arrest. Seven out of the nine witnesses either recanted or contradicted their versions of the story. The grey areas and increasing evidence that this case needs to be re-examined did not stop the courts from carrying out the execution, very possibly taking the life of an innocent man for a crime he did not commit.

What happened to Teesta water?

On September 4, 2011 The Hindu reported that Paschimbanga Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee was not joining Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his visit to Bangladesh. It also reported that she was opposing the Teesta water sharing agreement. Two Bangladesh ministers claimed to the press that the agreement would be signed whether somebody came or not.

Protesting by not bathing

EWWW! Supporters of Anna Hazare, the Indian anti-corruption activist, stopped taking baths. They did this to mark the fact that their hero was denied bathing facilities at Tihar jail.

This Day In History

September 27

1529
The Siege of Vienna begins when Suleiman I attacks the city.

Science & Life

Predicting earthquake!

Demeter stands for Detection of Electromagnetic Emission Transmitted from Earthquake Region. It is the first satellite for monitoring earthquake from space. It was launched on June 29, 2004 by a rocket from Baikanour. Researchers from many countries have been participating in this study. It is a micro satellite of 130 kilogram placed at an altitude of around 700 kilometres from the earth surface. It makes about 14 rotations around the earth per day. A set of instruments are deployed on the satellite. They are: electric sensor, magnetic sensor, plasma probes, and energetic particle detectors. The DEMETER Science Mission Centre is located at Orleáns, France.

Faster-than-light particle!

The news that particles called neutrinos may travel faster than light has been met with shock, skepticism and excitement from physicists around the world since it was officially announced this morning (Sept. 23).

Berkeley and the Infidel

George Berkeley, philosopher and Anglican bishop, is best known among mathematicians for "The Analyst" (1734), a critique of the principles of the calculus. This work was addressed to "the infidel mathematician", believed to have been Edmund Halley. Berkeley was upset because Halley had persuaded a mutual friend that Christianity was a myth

Physics of old and new

In the old days physics dealt with those phenomena of the inanimate world which do not involve too deep a change in the structure of matter. Thus in terms of energy concentration, physics was restricted to phenomena at room temperature where the energy exchange per atom was no more than one electron volt which at best modified only the secondary bonds in condensed matter. On the other hand, chemistry dealt with high temperature, where chemical changes were brought about through the changes of covalent bonds involving several electron volts per atom or molecule.

Nanotubes choke cells

Carbon nanotubes and asbestos fibers may seem small, but they can be a big, and deadly, deal to cells. Now researchers at Brown University in Providence, R.I. know why. Cells swallow the long fibers tip-first, the researchers report online September 18 in Nature Nanotechnology. Rounded tips on the fibers cause the cell's machinery to gear up for swallowing a sphere. Once the cell has begun engulfing the tube it's too late to stop, and the cell essentially chokes. Snipping off the rounded tips caused the tubes to lie flat on the cell surface, leading the researchers to speculate that modifying the ends of such fibers could make them safer. Tina Hesman Saey.

Irishman explodes into fire

It sounds like something in a horror film, but some people believe it happens. It's also what an Irish coroner recently concluded about the death of Michael Faherty, a 76-year-old Irishman who burned to death in his home in December 2010. There were scorch marks above and below the body, but no evidence of any gasoline, kerosene, or other accelerant. The coroner, Ciaran McLoughlin, reported: "This fire was thoroughly investigated and I'm left with the conclusion that this fits into the category of spontaneous human combustion, for which there is no adequate explanation."

What is a Caracal?

Most abundant in Southern Africa, the Caracal is often referred to as the African Lynx or Desert Lynx, but is not related to the lynx. It grows up to 1m (3ft) in length and the male weighs up to 18 kg. It can survive for long periods without water, obtaining its requirement from the metabolic moisture of its prey such as small buck, sand rats and rock hyrax.



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