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9 Great Gifts Vegans Will Love

9 Great Gifts Vegans Will Love

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Researchers use eDNA to detect great white sharks

Researchers use eDNA to detect great white sharks

Science
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Scientists can now detect the presence of white sharks using environmental DNA, or eDNA. Environmental DNA describes DNA strands found in the environment, not collected directly from a species' body. Increasingly, researchers are turning to genetic markers to identify the presence of species in the environment, but until now, scientists struggled to isolate an eDNA signature for white sharks. Through a series of trial and error, scientists were able to develop a new protocol for identifying white shark eDNA in marine samples. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, California State University Long Beach, U.S. Geological Survey and Central Michigan University isolated identifiable genetic markers found in shark tissue. To test their protocol, scienti...
Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood proud of soggy bottom

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood proud of soggy bottom

Entertainment
“The best bit of the show for me has to be ‘soggy bottom’” Paul Hollywood The judge, 52, coined the saucy phrase during the show’s first series in 2010. And it kick-started eight years of innuendo for the smash hit baking show.Paul said: “The best bit of the show for me has to be ‘soggy bottom’. It was series one of Bake Off when I first said it.“It happens when the base of a pie or tart fails to cook properly and it’s common in the industry to say that. But when I said it, everyone started laughing and I was like, ‘Why are they laughing?’ To me, it wasn’t funny.“It was a factual thing. But then all the innuendoes started building up over the yea...
Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

Finance
IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. Local textile mills have closed. Gas prices are soaring. No one wants the traded-in, Detroit-made cars clogging the lot. Yet Rabbit is serene. His is a Toyota franchise. So his cars have the best mileage and lowest servicing costs. When you buy one, he tells his customers, you are turning your dollars into yen.“Rabbit is Rich” evokes the time when America was first unnerved by the rise of a rival economic power. Japan had taken leadership from America in a succession of industries, including textiles, consumer electronics and steel. It was threatening to topple the ca...
India's massive state banks are in trouble. That's great news for some

India's massive state banks are in trouble. That's great news for some

Finance
India's banking sector crisis has left most state lenders hamstrung with mounting levels of bad loans, investigations into fraud and restricted growth opportunities. Amid that storm, private banks are set to emerge as winners. India's public-sector financial institutions control about 70 percent of all banking assets in the country, but they have the highest exposure to soured loans amounting to as much as $ 150 billion. In fact, the 21 state-owned banks had stressed loans of about 8.26 trillion rupees ($ 120 billion) as of Dec. 31, Reuters reported. Private sector lenders, meanwhile, reportedly had a bad loan pile of just ab...