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Wednesday, August 3, 2005 

Two researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found a gene coding for a silk protein used by female spiders to construct their egg cases. The research confirms that the silk protein used for the egg case is different than that used in spider webs. Spider silks are renowned for their superior material properties, being among the toughest known natural fibers. The researchers’ findings may lead to new applications of spider silks for novel high-tech materials. The researchers, Jessica Garb and Cheryl Hayashi, published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 1, in the early edition of the journal.

Until now, the sequence of the silk protein used to construct the egg case was unknown. The team characterized the egg case silk protein from multiple spider species and found within a species its gene was composed of nearly identical, repeating sequences. The repeat units were also similar across species that diverged more than 125 million years ago. Their findings suggest that the egg case silk gene has been undergoing what is known as concerted evolution where mutations in one part of the gene “spread” to other parts of the same gene, creating a highly repetitive gene sequence.

“The protein of the egg-case fibers has a different function altogether from that of the other silks such as dragline or capture silks,” Garb said. “Egg-case silk has to last a long time and therefore must be durable under a wide variety of conditions, from freezing to very high temperatures. It needs to be strong enough to protect the eggs from threats such as predators, parasites and molds.”

Although the egg case silk protein is extremely different, its gene sequence shares certain features in common with all other spider silk genes. According to Garb, this discovery confirms that spider silk genes comprise what is known as a “gene family”. This means that silk genes first evolved with spiders approximately 400 million years ago and subsequently evolved into different genes specifically used for different functions, such as genes for spider webs or genes for egg cases (Gatesy et al. 2001). The researchers also suggest that there are many more silk genes that remain unknown, particularly as there are more than 37,000 known species of spiders, and silk genes sequences have been described from only a few species.

According to the team, this unknown diversity of silk genes may not only be important for understanding spider evolution but also for the development of genetically modified fibers. “Collectively, spider silks are some of the toughest natural fibers known,” Hayashi said. “Imagine a fabric made from such a substance? It would be incredibly strong, flexible and ultimately, biodegradable.”

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

In a closely fought game Thursday night between the Australian Rollers and the Great Britain men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park, Australia rolled away as 65–51 victors.

The Australians, many with facial hair, met the partially tattooed Great Britain side with a lot of aggression and sometimes borderline violence on the court. Wheelchairs rammed into each other with much greater frequency than in the previous match played between the Australian and German women. Both teams were very vocal on the court and on the bench, loudly telling their teammates what to do or occasionally arguing with the referees. Bench players on both teams demonstrated a lack of creativity in their sideline chanting, with the Rollers chanting “Defense. Rollers. Defense.” and the Great Britain side chanting “Defense. Defense.” The Great Britain side, initially very loud from the bench following a 37–33 half time lead, got quieter as the game progressed. With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter, the game appeared to have gotten away from the referees who answered by calling a technical against Great Britain after one of the Australian players ended up on his back on the court. The call followed a fan screaming from the stands that the game was not supposed to be a contact sport. Following the siren to end the game, both sides shook hands.

Australia plays their last game in pool play in the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge at 7:30pm Sydney time Friday against Japan while Great Britain meets Japan at 12:00pm Sydney time Friday. All three teams are London bound for the Paralympics next month.

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By Sam Miller

An everyday scenario: A man on a business trip stops at an Airport ATM and takes out $100.00 before catching his connecting flight. When he arrives at his hotel to check in not just one but all of his credit cards are declined. He has just become one of millions of victims of Identity Theft.

One of the problems in combating this increasingly common crime is that there is a very good chance that this theft will never be reported. The business man will call the the credit card company who will realize that he and they have been a victim of “skimming” which is where thieves insert a device into an ATM designed to steal personal information. They will cancel the man’s credit cards, courier replacement cards to him and write off the losses as the cost of doing business. They will want to keep the matter as confidential as possible both to protect the man’s interest and to protect their own reputation.

Everyone knows the importance of doing the basic things to protect against Identity Theft. Cover your hands when entering PIN numbers. Change your passwords frequently and don’t use obvious ones. Don’t write your passwords down where they can be discovered. Use different passwords for different applications etc. But further steps can be taken too. Devising a comprehensive empirically accurate means of measuring the extent of Identity Theft so that countermeasures can be developed is as important for individuals as it is for corporations. In order to do that, it is necessary to measure the extent of Identity Theft Risks.

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Every individual can develop and “Identity Theft Risk Scorecard.” This is a simple risk assessment exercise. Individuals can do a comprehensive inventory of their vulnerabilities. Know how many credit cards you have and what the limits are on them. Check bank statements regularly, not just at the end of the month but also online for unidentified charges. Protect passwords and change them regularly. Keep unused cards in a safe location. Treat ATM cards the same way as credit cards.

An individual should also regularly check on his/her credit rating with Equifax or a similar service. Look for unusual activity and address it immediately. Keep Social Security Numbers, Driver’s License numbers, Passport numbers and other major identifiers secure and limit dissemination to only necessary parties. Be certain to obtain copies of credit card receipts from restaurants, hotels, gas stations and other retailers and shred any that have a full credit card number on them.

By following these and other basic protective practices the individual is actually developing a personal Identity Theft Metrics, a comprehensive accounting of how and where one’s Identity information is disseminated. As with corporations this Metrics will have built in KPIs (Key Performance Indicators). Individuals, like corporations, have the ability to monitor, protect against and put in place proactive countermeasures against Identity Theft.

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Friday, March 20, 2009 

The owner of a New Jersey real estate investment firm has been charged with using $2 million of his company’s money for construction at his home and other projects not related to work.

Gary Klein, owner of the Asbury Park-based REI Group Inc., surrendered himself to police after a Monmouth County grand jury indicted him on one count of theft by deception charges.

The charges were the result of a three-year investigation into his practices. Klein, 45, of Colts Neck Township, faces up to 10 years in state prison if convicted. Klein was released Friday after posting $75,000 bail.

Klein attracted clients by telling them he would invest their money in projects that would result in returns of 12 and 85 percent. Prosecutors said the actions mirrored those of a Ponzi scheme.

Robert Weir, Klein’s attorney, said the operation was not a Ponzi scheme, but legitimate business investments that went bad as the economy declined. Weir also said Klein hired a receiver to try and return the investors’ money once the investments started to go sour.

“It’s a shame that a business that experienced a turn in the real estate market is now being treated as a criminal problem. That was not Mr. Klein’s intent,” Weir said to The Star-Ledger.

Weir said the investments were used for building rehabilitation projects in Asbury Park and the construction of Florida condominium complexes, but authorities said Klein used the money to repay earlier investors who were cashing out, as well to help build his own home.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

In a closely fought game Thursday night between the Australian Rollers and the Great Britain men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park, Australia rolled away as 65–51 victors.

The Australians, many with facial hair, met the partially tattooed Great Britain side with a lot of aggression and sometimes borderline violence on the court. Wheelchairs rammed into each other with much greater frequency than in the previous match played between the Australian and German women. Both teams were very vocal on the court and on the bench, loudly telling their teammates what to do or occasionally arguing with the referees. Bench players on both teams demonstrated a lack of creativity in their sideline chanting, with the Rollers chanting “Defense. Rollers. Defense.” and the Great Britain side chanting “Defense. Defense.” The Great Britain side, initially very loud from the bench following a 37–33 half time lead, got quieter as the game progressed. With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter, the game appeared to have gotten away from the referees who answered by calling a technical against Great Britain after one of the Australian players ended up on his back on the court. The call followed a fan screaming from the stands that the game was not supposed to be a contact sport. Following the siren to end the game, both sides shook hands.

Australia plays their last game in pool play in the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge at 7:30pm Sydney time Friday against Japan while Great Britain meets Japan at 12:00pm Sydney time Friday. All three teams are London bound for the Paralympics next month.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

In a closely fought game Thursday night between the Australian Rollers and the Great Britain men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park, Australia rolled away as 65–51 victors.

The Australians, many with facial hair, met the partially tattooed Great Britain side with a lot of aggression and sometimes borderline violence on the court. Wheelchairs rammed into each other with much greater frequency than in the previous match played between the Australian and German women. Both teams were very vocal on the court and on the bench, loudly telling their teammates what to do or occasionally arguing with the referees. Bench players on both teams demonstrated a lack of creativity in their sideline chanting, with the Rollers chanting “Defense. Rollers. Defense.” and the Great Britain side chanting “Defense. Defense.” The Great Britain side, initially very loud from the bench following a 37–33 half time lead, got quieter as the game progressed. With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter, the game appeared to have gotten away from the referees who answered by calling a technical against Great Britain after one of the Australian players ended up on his back on the court. The call followed a fan screaming from the stands that the game was not supposed to be a contact sport. Following the siren to end the game, both sides shook hands.

Australia plays their last game in pool play in the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge at 7:30pm Sydney time Friday against Japan while Great Britain meets Japan at 12:00pm Sydney time Friday. All three teams are London bound for the Paralympics next month.

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Fresh Produce Markets for Any Australian Merchant Support

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Clive Jamess

Support the Australian farmers and wine makers by purchasing and eating seasonal and locally grown food. The nest place to buy locally produced foods and wines is the farmers market. There are several farmers markets across Australia of which there is a directory available from the AFMA. For example the Armidale farmers market provides seasonal and fresh local produce, wine, homemade gourmet foods and plants. On the last Sunday of each month there are markets that provide an increasing variety of fresh produce, wine and a variety of foods. There is a wide variety of seasonal fresh produce that can be obtained such as asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes, melons, celery, corn, seasonal fruits and herbs, nuts and other. In addition many Australians that have large gardens have started growing their own local and seasonal produce all year round.

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A simple and effective way of reducing the impact on the environment is by changing our eating habits which in turn reduces industrial and transport energy, addresses climate change as well as supports the local farmers and the local communities. By purchasing from

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, you will benefit from a healthy diverse diet year round and at the same time also be supporting the AFMA which advocates produce diversity and low impact farming. For example the Victoria region is well known for its bountiful, diverse fresh local produce where one can taste in a variety of ways the region s best produce from market sellers; pick your own, gourmet deli trails, roadside stalls, shop fronts, food festivals and more. One can gather fresh regional produce for a healthy picnic lunch at the Dandenong ranges and Yarra Valley where you can take full advantage of cheeses, fresh fruit and vegetables, ice creams and poultry. Follow the food trail in the Yarra Valley to either pick your own or visit the food hot spots. Australians can buy directly from fresh produce retailers, farm gates, orchids and roadside stalls. Enjoy a meal at one of the many regional restaurants or cafes in the region that provide a tempting array of speciality seasonal produce and gourmet sensations that includes fine wine, fresh fish, cheese, pasta, persimmons and more.

Enjoy a morning out at the fresh produce markets that are laden with homemade delicacies and fresh produce and at the same time get information on the provenance of your food. Visit the various farms and enjoy eating your own freshly picked cherries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. For a fun filled family day out visit the trout and salmon farm where you can either catch the fish yourself or buy directly from the farmer, and much more to enjoy.

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Thursday, April 28, 2005 

Cambridge, Massachusetts — Harvard University planners met with the Agassiz Neighborhood Council to update the community about Harvard’s construction and expansion plans in the neighborhood on April 26, the Harvard Crimson reported today. The two major topics discussed were the Northwest Science Building, which is currently under construction on Oxford Street, and the expansion of the Harvard Law School. According to the Crimson, Harvard officials outnumbered the number of community members present at the meeting.

The plans for law school expansion are still unfinished, the Crimson reported. The director of community relations at Harvard, Thomas Lucey, said that Wyeth Hall may be demolished. According to the Law School website, Wyeth Hall is “the most popular dormitory at Harvard Law School”. It is adjacent to the Berkman Center for Internet and Society on Massachusetts Avenue, just south of Three Aces pizzeria.

The Crimson also noted that Tom Murray, the project manager for the Northwest Science Building, was slated for completion by May of 2007, with landscaping completed the following spring.

A visit to the science building site by Wikinews reporter Pingswept last week verified that the pouring of cement had begun. Four large cranes had been brought to the site; one of them was being used with a clamshell attachment twice the height of a grown man to dig a deep trench. The truck “wheel wash” station marked on the site plan was operational, in the form of a man with a pressure washer, though in this reporter’s brief observations, more windshields were washed than dirty tires.

Cambridge Planning Board approves new science building at Harvard

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 

Homebush Bay, New South Wales —

In a closely fought game Thursday night between the Australian Rollers and the Great Britain men’s national wheelchair basketball team at the Sport Centre at the Sydney Olympic Park, Australia rolled away as 65–51 victors.

The Australians, many with facial hair, met the partially tattooed Great Britain side with a lot of aggression and sometimes borderline violence on the court. Wheelchairs rammed into each other with much greater frequency than in the previous match played between the Australian and German women. Both teams were very vocal on the court and on the bench, loudly telling their teammates what to do or occasionally arguing with the referees. Bench players on both teams demonstrated a lack of creativity in their sideline chanting, with the Rollers chanting “Defense. Rollers. Defense.” and the Great Britain side chanting “Defense. Defense.” The Great Britain side, initially very loud from the bench following a 37–33 half time lead, got quieter as the game progressed. With 6:22 left in the fourth quarter, the game appeared to have gotten away from the referees who answered by calling a technical against Great Britain after one of the Australian players ended up on his back on the court. The call followed a fan screaming from the stands that the game was not supposed to be a contact sport. Following the siren to end the game, both sides shook hands.

Australia plays their last game in pool play in the Rollers & Gliders World Challenge at 7:30pm Sydney time Friday against Japan while Great Britain meets Japan at 12:00pm Sydney time Friday. All three teams are London bound for the Paralympics next month.

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