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Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

Pesticides linked to bee deaths found in most honey samples

Science
A new study has found traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world. The scientists say that the levels of the widely used pesticide are far below the maximum permitted levels in food for humans. In one-third of the honey, the amount of the chemical found was enough to be detrimental to bees. Industry sources, though, dismissed the research, saying the study was too small to draw concrete conclusions.Neonicotinoids are considered to be the world's most widely used class of insecticides. These systemic chemicals can be added as a seed coating to many crops, reducing the need for spraying. They have generally been seen as being more beneficial for the environment than the older products that they have replaced. However, the impact of neonics on pollinators s...
The legacy of Arundhati Bhattacharya: How she kept SBI unscathed in the most testing of times

The legacy of Arundhati Bhattacharya: How she kept SBI unscathed in the most testing of times

Finance
MUMBAI: Most bank chairmen would want to demit office when the going is good, but it might not be the same for Arundhati Bhattacharya, who steps down after a four-year term as the chief of State Bank of India. For the best part of her tenure, the first woman boss of the country’s biggest lender was busy battling the rising pile of bad loans, and she leaves amid hope that things turn better for her successor sooner than later. Yet, despite all odds, Bhattacharya leaves behind a rich, transformational legacy. Through a mix of technology, consolidation, and team work, she leaves behind a more nimble organization. And the four-decade banking veteran says that she is still not ready to hang up her boots. "I don't think I'll continue in the area of banking but obviously I am not just going
Scientists still confounded by Milky Way's most mysterious star

Scientists still confounded by Milky Way's most mysterious star

Science
Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Tabby's Star continues to confound astronomers. New analysis shows the Milky Way's 'most mysterious star' has experienced brief periods of brightening amid its prolonged dimming.The star, officially titled KIC 8462852, and sometimes called Boyajian's Star, first caught astronomers attention in 2015. While monitoring the F-type main-sequence star, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope captured a series of rapid dimming events.When researchers analyzed archival observation of the star, they found Tabby's Star has been gradually dimming for some time. Astronomers came up with a variety of explanations for the dimming episodes, including periodic transits by exoplanets or dust clouds.However, a more recent survey of 11 years of KIC 8462852 observations revealed two brief brightening st...
Premier League managers: Each top flight boss ranked on job security – from most under pressure to least

Premier League managers: Each top flight boss ranked on job security – from most under pressure to least

Sports
For the investment Everton made over the summer, their start to the campaign is inexcusable and Koeman is rightly being questioned. The Dutchman’s team play without an identity on the field, with a great deal of talent being wasted, and something has to change.Wednesday, October 4, 2017Which Premier League manager do you think is under the most pressure right now?There's already been one casualty this season, with Frank de Boer sacked after only five games in charge of Crystal Palace, and history tells us he definitely won't be the only boss to be given the boot in the campaign.talkSPORT.com, then, has ranked each Premier League manager on the safety of their job, starting with who's feeling the heat the most – scroll through the gallery above to see the ranking in full.*Odd
Study: Genetics explain most cases of autism

Study: Genetics explain most cases of autism

Health
TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 -- Heredity contributes to about 83 percent of the risk of autism in children with the disorder, a new study suggests.The estimate, from a re-analysis of a previous study, adds a new wrinkle to the ongoing debate over how much autism is inherited from parents. Essentially, the findings suggest that rare genetic traits combine in parents and explain about eight in 10 cases of the neurodevelopmental disorder in children.However, study author Sven Sandin cautioned that "our results do not give any information about specific genes or other direct causes. It only informs us that genes are important."Sandin, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, noted that the findings also don't reflect anything about the re...