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This past Friday the head of NSF’s biology directorate told a congressional panel that NSF has set that deadline for NEON Inc. the Boulder Colorado–based group overseeing the multisite project aimed at monitoring long-term environmental change across the United States NEON is trying to stave off a projected $80 million deficit and logistical problems that have already pushed back its originally scheduled completion next fall by more than a year Last month NSF shrunk the $434 million project eliminating 15 sites several planned sensors and a novel aquatic experiment And 2 weeks ago NEON Inc fired its CEO in an attempt to show that it was serious about turning things around But NEON isn’t out of the woods NSF’s James Olds explained to a joint hearing of two subpanels of the US House of Representatives’s science committee which oversees NSF “If it is determined that NEON Inc is not capable of completing construction NSF will take the necessary actions to pursue alternative management options” Olds said in his opening statement Asked later by one legislator if that could mean finding a new contractor Olds said “Yes that is an option” The House science committee is already unhappy with NSF’s management of NEON for which construction began in 2011 after a long debate within the ecological community over how it should be structured The latest cost overruns which in a year grew from zero to more than $80 million seem to support previous warnings from NSF’s independent inspector general about poor oversight practices problems that the committee explored in previous hearings “This hearing should help answer why the NSF and NEON Inc failed to heed the warning signs that the project was seriously off track” Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) chair of the science committee said in his opening statement He warned that the descoping will mean “less science for the same price tag” And referring to the recent removal of NEON Inc CEO Russell Lea Smith said “I am frankly not sure that change is enough to regain the confidence of this committee or the American people” Arizona State University Tempe biologist James Collins chair of NEON Inc’s board of directors tried his best to convince legislators that the corporation remains “on a path to achieving the project’s scientific goals” He gave three reasons for the looming budget overruns: The rising cost of materials for construction and technical challenges in developing the environmental sensors the difficulty of obtaining all the permits need to build and operate the equipment at each site and disagreements with NSF on when NEON could begin spending operating funds at a completed site “The gap is the result of costs that were underestimated and NEON Inc bears its share of the blame” Collins admitted But he also suggested that such missteps are par for the course when NSF builds a new major scientific facility “I should point out that at least five other NSF facilities have undergone scope revisions or management adjustments or instrument reconfigurations” Collins said “So in this respect NEON is not unique” But legislators seemed skeptical that NSF and NEON Inc had finally laid all their cards on the table “How confident are you that we are finally at the right [budget] figure … What was ignored in the previous analysis and why” asked subcommittee chair Representative Barbara Comstock (R–VA) She and other members were especially critical of the fact that NEON had received what Collins called a “clean bill of health” in August 2014 before a succession of audits over the next 9 months uncovered problems that added up to the present $80 million projected cost overrun Olds conceded that NSF “could have done a better job” And he said the foundation “has to strive for all projects to audit cost estimates multiple times so that we are really sure of the numbers” Democrats on the panel tried to make the best of a bad situation “I want to thank you for all the steps you’re taken to put the project back on track” Representative Donald Beyer (D–VA) told Collins “And when it comes to accountability … I can also [say] that the head of NEON was fired because of these cost overruns” But that management shakeup was too little too late for some lawmakers “As CEO this guy should have known from A to Z how this project was going” complained Representative Ralph Abraham (R–LA) “The board should have done a better job of vetting this guy” Next time will be different Olds promised “We are going to be sitting on NEON Inc over the next 3 months and putting them through some pretty difficult hoops” he told the legislators “And we will know pretty quickly if this organization will be successful under new leadership in changing its course And if they aren’t we’ll act”Written by Catherine Rhea Roy | Published: July 7 2016 12:15 am Siddhartha Mukherjee Top News On Tuesday the Stein Auditorium at the India Habitat Centre Delhi was filled to capacity at the launch of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s second book The Gene: An Intimate History “This book actually began even before The Emperor Of All Maladies (which won him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction) So I call it a prequel to the sequel much like Star Wars These could be anyone’s stories although they are very personal to me Hence the name: an intimate history” said Mukherjee A vein of personal experience runs through the book which examines the strong genetic multi-generational aspect of illness Mukherjee draws on the stories of his uncle who was schizophrenic and cousin who suffered from depression to discuss the family’s inheritance of mental illness “Like most Bengali families mine had elevated denial to a museum grade art form much of it would not be talked about But I shared a close relationship with my uncle” he said Despite the denial Mukherjee recounted being taken by his father to a doctor because he didn’t talk too much When the doctor asked the young boy about his reticence Mukherjee simply replied “Because I don’t have much to talk about” The doctor allayed his father’s fears that “this” was happening to his son The gene and what we know about it is indispensable to modern life and medicine “A gene is a unit of biological information although that definition is always changing; a genome is a collection of all your genes …You need to know this vocabulary if you need to enter the 21st century understand the choices you have to make and your understanding of suffering” he said While it is now reasonably simple to sequence your genome the science is a complex one He used the example of Angelina Jolie who had a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer “In her inherited genome she found the BRCA1 cancer gene a single mutant gene which increases the risk of breast cancer in women But mental illnesses schizophrenia or bi-polar disorder for instance are not the result of a mutation in one gene but a combination of many” Writing The Gene took its author to unexpected places “It is divided in two parts The first is where I start out merrily with Mendel and Darwin But I soon realised that I had written myself to the edge of an abyss and I knew I had to go in That is the second half of the book it is the abyss” he said For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Anushree Majumdar | Updated: December 8 2015 4:57 am Mike Stroud and Evan Mast Related News A Ratatat song is not one thing or the other: it is a careful arrangement of beats guitars synthesizers coming together to form layers of sound that could evoke anything from nostalgia to interpretive dance When Mike Stroud and Evan Mast first met at Skidmore College in New York they couldn’t have foreseen Ratatat Two years later when they met again on the subway in NYC “I invited him over to record music The first thing we made was a fun song super dance-y I said we should keep doing this and so we kept getting together and whenever we met we wrote songs” says Mast Ahead of their first visit to India to play at the Magnetic Fields Festival in Alsisar Rajasthan on December 19 Ratatat’s Evan Mast talks about their latest album Magnifique and songs without lyrics Excerpts: How did the name Ratatat come about Initially the band was called Cherry Before our first tour our lawyer didn’t want us to use that name since a couple of bands were already using it We had to figure out something quickly and wrote down a few ideas in a notebook and that one stuck How do you go about naming your songs especially since they don’t have any lyrics We are trying to make stuff that is engaging I think there’s something pure about it being instrumental Lyrics are a quick way to get attention How do you keep a person engaged with instrumental music how do you keep it interesting That’s the challenge When it works it’s immensely rewarding When people hear it around the world they don’t have to understand what is being said they can just feel the music The naming process is very intuitive We brainstorm ideas and sometimes while we are working on a song we will give it a name and stick with it We are not looking for literal reasons for those titles to be what they are We just want them to feel right How did Bollywood dance videos inspire some of the work in your popular single Cream on chrome I can’t remember exactly which song we were listening to It may have been a RD Burman soundtrack We would catch a lot of Bollywood videos when we would take a break There was one where this rich man is talking to another man in a moustache and there’s a song-and-dance sequence in a mansion someone was playing a saxophone It was a really good song How would you describe your sound It’s difficult to explain I don’t think there’s an accurate way to describe it It’s instrumental music For Magnifique the guitar became interesting for us again because I guess we had taken a break from that With the previous records LP3 and LP4 the live show was a bit difficult to do so we were excited about simplifying things playing live with that sound again our sound You two came up with 100 tracks while writing the album How did you shortlist them There were a few tracks that we discarded that I wish we had finished The core ideas were cool and if we could have just found a way to finish the songs…My favourite song usually changes but I really like Pricks of brightness Since you two play several instruments what comes first: the beat or the melody Most often it’s the beat Usually before the recording session I make a stock pile of drum beats and have a library of stuff to choose from Sometimes it works the other way round wherein we have a melody and put a beat to it We choose the idea that is more interesting Have you been listening to music from India What are you looking to do in India apart from the shows I have been wanting to visit India for a long time I am staying back for a week after the festival to travel around a bit I don’t know anything about the Indian music scene apart from Bollywood I know that the festival has a lot of Indian bands on the line-up so I’m excited to see those Who are your musical and visual influences I have been influenced by so many different types of music Both Mike and I have been greatly influenced by the ’60s rock guitar-based music We borrow a lot of production ideas from ’60s music We are drawn to those times and would listen to these records a lot At the same time we are influenced by pop and a lot of other different things we listen to I watch a lot of movies and go to a lot of art shows and live in New York The two of you have travelled around a bit to record Magnifique How much did each location filter into the album That has been pretty essential for us over the past couple of records — travelling and recording music — because when you do it at home you have all these aspects of your life that come banging at you and you’re unable to cut everything else out When you get away it’s so much easier to focus and push ideas For Magnifique we went to a bunch of different places I don’t think the locations themselves influenced the music but the idea of isolating ourselves was definitely important For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express AppWritten by Swapnil Rawal | Mumbai | Published: January 13 2009 3:44 am Related News The much-awaited infrastructure showpiece expected to transform Mumbais skyline and ease some of its traffic woesthe Bandra-Worli Sea Linkhas once again failed to keep its date with motorists The state governmentwhich planned to partially open the sea link by January-endis now looking at March-end for a possible opening of the iconic structure Vimaltai MundadaMinister of Public Works Department (Public Undertakings)said construction work at one sectionlighting on the link and final touches are still remaining Construction work remains to be done on the Worli-end Were keeping constant check of the progress of the work From the assessments of the review meetings we think the sea link should be open to traffic by March-end?Singh said. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Nisha Madhulika | Published: September 22, said another party leader. The girls will also taught how to use and dispose sanitary napkins,” she says. I will not tolerate killing of an innocent person. The deceaseds family has said that Singh had no criminal record and had gone to Dehradun on July 2 to join work at Sela Qui They have charged the police with picking him up shortly after his arrival and cooking up the story to justify his killing in cold blood The policehoweverare sticking to their version They had said that three motorcycle-borne youth on being stopped by a sub-inspector in the upscale Dalanwala locality on Fridaybeat up the sub-inspector and fled with his service revolver The police claim they had panicked since two of them were carrying countrymade guns The police also said the number of the motorcycleon which they had fledwas flashed across the city and they were intercepted They claim that the three had tried to flee by firing at the police personnel One of them was killed in retaliatory firewhile the other two managed to escape They also claim that the motorcycle recovered from the spot was stolen and belongs to a resident of Panipat district in Haryana For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Indo-Asian News Service | Geneva | Updated: July 2 2015 11:39 am With an average price of 32 for a 330 ml bottle Switzerland’s second largest city of Geneva has the most costly beer on the planet (Source: Thinkstock Images/Pic for representational purpose only) Related News With an average price of $632 for a 330 ml bottle Switzerland’s second largest city of Geneva has the most costly beer on the planet a media report said on Tuesday According to a study conducted by travel website GoEuro Hong Kong ranked second with $616 per 330 ml bottle Tel Aviv came third with $579 Oslo followed at $531 and New York with $520 The Local news portal reported However beer is less pricey in Zurich Switzerland’s largest city where it averages at $460 a bottle the 11th most expensive in the world according to the GoEuro Beer Index for 2015 Those with parched throats will appreciate the cheapest cold ones in Krakow Poland and Kiev Ukraine where they sell for an average of $166 a bottle The survey of 75 cities calculates the average price of a 330 ml bottle of beer in supermarkets and at bars to determine an overall average price GoEuro used several worldwide brands and a local major brand in each city and converted prices to American dollars according to exchange figures from June 12 For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related News

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