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The limits of animal life on Tatooine

When George Lucas was filming scenes of Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine for the original Star Wars, his cast included an Asian elephant named Mardji. Although her species is adapted to hot, tropical environments in Laos, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, Mardji wasn’t ready for the heat (and, more significantly, the dryness) of Death Valley. Dressed in heavy shag to play a furry beast of burden called a Bantha, she was clearly uncomfortable. So uncomfortable that she kept trying to remove her costume. This anecdote about filming a sci fi movie in the pre-CGI era becomes a lot more important if you’re trying to take Star Wars semi-literally, as an accounting of alien worlds and the animals and sentient beings that live there. From this perspective, there are at least 15 animal species native to desert-covered Tatooine plus another five whose origins are either otherworldy or unclear. (The two most-famous beasties — the Rancor and the Saarlac — aren’t actually natives.) Most of these animals are megafauna, big enough that a human could ride them. And you can probably guess what I’m going to say: This is scientifically unrealistic. But not necessarily because of the heat. Get too hung up on whether big animals can survive under hot and dry conditions, and you’ll miss the major reason scientists raise an eyebrow at Tatooine’s fauna. Tatooine Evolution is a powerful thing. Even on Earth, there are plenty of animals ...  

When Hiring Employees in Poorer Countries, Difficult Moral Questions Arise

The Posse team in Manila. Trying to get off the ground before the money runs out. Earlier this year, I wrote about the issues I’d encountered while building an outsourced office in another country. We’ve now expanded to a team of 14 in Manila, and we recruited everyone there using processes similar to those we use at home. I’ve worked out of the office there and have come to know each employee. We hold regular team lunches at our Manila office, and the whole company meets once a week by video conference. As a result, I had the impression that we were building a strong company culture across both offices. Carlo Parungao, for example, is a big friendly guy in his early 20s who is a member of our Manila team. He researches and enters the details of all the new shops that users feed into Posse, and at our video meeting each Monday, he reports on the previous week’s achievements with a massive smile: “Hello Miss Rebekah. This week I researched 680 new stores, 40 more than last week.” This last Monday, however, Carlo wasn’t at the meeting. Our office manager in Manila, Jenny Muncal, told us that he was on bereavement leave for a week because his brother, who had been suffering from leukemia, had died. I know something about leukemia: Two years ago, a member of our team in  Sydney had been stricken with it. He had spent four months in the hospital and a few more in and out of chemotherapy. One year after his diagnosis he&#x...  

Beef toughest on environment, study says

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iPad: Safer choice for many over Android

There must be a lot of folks trying to decide on a tablet, based on the regular correspondence I receive from them. The question often centers around which is a better fit, the iPad or an Android tablet. While there's no easy answer to that question, getting an iPad is a safer choice for most. There’s nothing wrong with Android tablets, far from it. They are capable devices that many are happy to own. They’re not for everybody, however, and it’s important to realize that when first shopping for a tablet. People who enjoy fiddling with their mobile gadgets will love Android. It can be customized in many ways and adapted to fit individual preferences. That can be a daunting process for many, though, so that’s not always a good thing. People who just want to take the tablet out of the box and use it without worrying about all the customization stuff will find that to be an advantage of the iPad over Android. Android enthusiasts will argue that the locked down nature of iOS is a major flaw of the iPad. The inability to customize the UI on Apple’s tablet is a big limitation to these folks, and they’re right. But people who just want to take the tablet out of the box and use it without worrying about all the customization stuff will find that to be an advantage of the iPad over Android. Not everybody likes to play around with the tablet UI to get it just right. Then there are the apps. Both the iPad and Android have lots...  

Liverpool Set to Beat Arsenal in Signing Atlético Madrid Defender Javier Manquillo

Atlético Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo is set to snub Arsenal for Premier League rivals LiverpoolReuters Arsenal have suffered a huge setback in their pursuit of right-back Javier Manquillo after reports in Spain claimed Liverpool are now in pole position to complete the signing of the talented Atlético Madrid youngster. Last week, IBTimes UK reported the Reds had joined the race to sign Manquillo after Brendan Rodgers unsuccessfully tried to secure the defender's services during the January transfer window with an £8m bid. We first claimed the Gunners had been in negotiations with Atlético Madrid to secure the loan of the 20-year-old right-back since the beginning of the month – with Arsene Wenger's demand for an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season the only stumbling block, as the Spanish giants don't want to part with one of their most promising talents. But when Rodgers got wind that Atlético were keen on loaning Manquillo to Arsenal, the Liverpool manager renewed his interest in the right-back. Sources close to the negotiations have claimed to IBTimes UK that both Arsenal and Liverpool are negotiating a deal – with Atlético insisting in assuring his long-term future at the Vicente Calderón either by loaning him to one of the Premier League clubs or by selling him with a buyback clause. Manquillo expects to complete his move to one of the Premier League side...  

Over Rs 5840 crore loss for Indian airline industry in 2012-13: Government

BREAKING NEWSThe Indian airline industry suffered a total operating loss of over Rs 5,840 crore, including over Rs 3,159 crore of Air India, in 2012-13.NEW DELHI: The Indian airline industry suffered a total operating loss of over Rs 5,840 crore, including over Rs 3,159 crore of Air India, in 2012-13, Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. However, the losses to Air India as well as the private carriers have shown a declining trend since 2009-10 till 2012-13. IndiGo was the only airline to have reported profits during this period, barring 2011-12 when it made a loss of about Rs 88 crore, Minister of State for Civil Aviation GM Siddeshwara said in reply to questions. Air India's operating loss was Rs 3,373 crore in 2009-10, Rs 4,087 crore in 2010-11, Rs 5,537 crore in 2011-12 and Rs 3,159 crore in 2012-13. The private carriers - Jet Airways, JetLite, SpiceJet, GoAir, IndiGo and now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines - reported a total loss of Rs 3,733 crore in 2009-10, Rs 2,902 crore in 2010-11, shot up to Rs 7,272 crore in 2011-12 and again slided to Rs 2,682 crore in 2012-13. Asked whether the entry of new airlines would put additional financial stress on the existing carriers' earnings, he said it was "too early" to asses the impact of new carriers joining the industry. He said the government had taken corrective measures including allowing external commercial borrowings for working capital for a period of one year, with a total ceiling of USD one billion. It had also allowed invest...  

Everton FC transfer gossip: Blues to beat Arsenal to Belgian striker; Lukaku ...

Everton FC are set to clinch the signing of Belgian youngster David Henen, according to various sources today . The 18-year-old Anderlecht striker was a target for both Manchester United and Arsenal but the Blues have moved quickly in order to secure his signature. Henen would cost around £1m and spent last season on-loan at Monaco B. He has scored 14 goals in 17 appearances at youth level for Belgium. Everton are close to agreeing terms with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku, according to Goal.com . Roberto Martinez has been patient in his pursuit of the Belgian, who spent last term on-loan at Goodison Park. The deal is likely to cost the Blues a club-record £18m fee for the youngster, who scored 15 Premier League goals for Everton. Chelsea are believed to be happy to part ways with the forward, having signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Lukaku favours a move back to Goodison Park. One forward not on his way to Merseyside is Colombia striker Carlos Bacca, according to NSNO.co.uk . The Sevilla man was long rumoured to be a target for Everton but his club have denied receiving any bid from the Blues and he now looks likely to stay put in Spain. Sevilla's sporting director Ramon Monchi said: “We do not handle any offers from anyone for Bacca. “There is no one bid for Bacca from Everton.” More on EFC today: Martinez can get the best from Lukaku - Nevin Martinez expects  Darron Gibson to feature against Tranmere Rovers Live:  Everton FC n...  

Global warming ISN'T slowing down: Anomalies in climate models can be ...

Study claims temp changes in the Pacific can help explain climate modelsExperts were confused as to why warming was over or underestimatedBut a new study shows these trends are consistent with El Niño and La NiñaData from 1950 to 2013 showed correlation between models and weatherAnd the models could even be used to estimate the occurrence of El Niño One of the major arguments of those who deny climate change is that, over the last 15 years, global warming has been slowing down.Research, now claims, has shown that this is consistent with models of climate change and can be explained by the weather phenomenons El Niño and La Niña.By reviewing data from 1950 to 2013 scientists found models under and overestimated warming trends when El Niño and La Niña respectively were taken into account. A study claims temperature changes in the Pacific can help explain over and underestimates in climate models. The study shows these trends are consistent with El Nino and La Nina. Shown is an anomaly image from 2007, during La Niña, where strong bands of blue (cool) water and red (warm) water are shown The study in Nature Climate Change shows that El Niño and La Niña could explain discrepancies in climate models.WHAT ARE EL NINO AND LA NINA?El Niño and La Niña are opposite phases of what is known as the El Niño/Southern Oscillation (Enso) cycle, says the NOAA.The Enso cycle is a scientific term that describes the fluctuations in...  

One Direction Live Concert Film Set for Global Cinema Release

Joel Ryan/Invision/AP One Direction get ready for their second cinematic release. LONDON – Parents of teenage daughters beware; even if the rampaging juggernaut of One Direction’s world tour has passed through town, the boys will be returning for a one-off cinema event almost guaranteed to result in another frantic dash for tickets. In a deal with the U.K. boyband’s management team Syco, Modest! and Sony Music Entertainment, Arts Alliance has announced the limited big screen release of One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert Film, to be shown for just one weekend on Oct. 11 and 12. More than 10,000 screenings across 3,000 cinemas and 50+ territories are set to be announced in due course. PHOTOS One Direction Wows With 'Midnight Memories' Release Party “If you haven’t had a chance to come see us at our Where We Are stadium tour this year, or you simply just want to relive it again, we’ve got a very, very special announcement for you,” band member Niall Horan said in a promotional video for the announcement. Where We Are – The Concert Film was recorded at Milan’s San Siro soccer stadium during the Italian leg of the band’s latest 69-date global tour, that is still underway. Aside from the live concert, the film will also feature a never-before-seen 15-minute interview cut with exclusive behind the scenes footage. Like One Direction’s previous cinematic release, 2013's This Is Us, the ...  

Rand holds its own

Reuters. Johannesburg - South Africa's rand traded virtually unchanged against the dollar on Tuesday, with market watchers expecting the currency to stay in narrow ranges given a lack of significant news to steer it. The rand has been resilient despite general global risk aversion spawned by political tensions in Ukraine and the Middle East, coupled with a domestic wage strike by metals and engineering workers now entering its fourth week. At 08:47 SA time the currency traded at 10.6125 versus the greenback, just 0.09 percent off its previous close and within easy reach of Monday's three week high of 10.5975. Analysts said global markets were mainly focussed on US consumer inflation data on Tuesday which could give pointers on when the Federal Reserve will start raising rates. “The bigger worry for the rand remains an about-turn from the Fed on inflation risks and resultant re-pricing in the Treasury market which would negatively impact on capital flows towards emerging markets,” Rand Merchant Bank analyst John Cairns said. South African government bonds were flat ahead of a weekly debt auction for 2.35 billion rand worth of paper. The yield for the 2026 benchmark bond was trading at 8.12 percent while that for the 2015 instrument ZAR157 was at 6.65 percent. - Reuters ...  


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