RAD sequencing and a hybrid Antarctic fur seal genome assembly reveal rapidly decaying linkage disequilibrium, global population structure and evidence for inbreeding

first_imgRecent advances in high throughput sequencing have transformed the study of wild organisms by facilitating the generation of high quality genome assemblies and dense genetic marker datasets. These resources have the potential to significantly advance our understanding of diverse phenomena at the level of species, populations and individuals, ranging from patterns of synteny through rates of linkage disequilibrium (LD) decay and population structure to individual inbreeding. Consequently, we used PacBio sequencing to refine an existing Antarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella) genome assembly and genotyped 83 individuals from six populations using restriction site associated DNA (RAD) sequencing. The resulting hybrid genome comprised 6,169 scaffolds with an N50 of 6.21 Mb and provided clear evidence for the conservation of large chromosomal segments between the fur seal and dog (Canis lupus familiaris). Focusing on the most extensively sampled population of South Georgia, we found that LD decayed rapidly, reaching the background level by around 400 kb, consistent with other vertebrates but at odds with the notion that fur seals experienced a strong historical bottleneck. We also found evidence for population structuring, with four main Antarctic island groups being resolved. Finally, appreciable variance in individual inbreeding could be detected, reflecting the strong polygyny and site fidelity of the species. Overall, our study contributes important resources for future genomic studies of fur seals and other pinnipeds while also providing a clear example of how high throughput sequencing can generate diverse biological insights at multiple levels of organization.last_img read more

Bees Fall To Storm Chasers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Papillion, NE) — The Salt Lake Bees lost 8-6 to the Storm Chasers in Omaha.Michael Hermosillo homered twice for the second straight game and drove in five Salt Lake runs. Alex Klonowski surrendered eight runs on nine hits and two walks in less than six innings to take the loss.The two teams collide again tonight. Robert Lovell Tags: Omaha Storm Chasers/PCL/Salt Lake Bees Written by August 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Fall To Storm Chaserslast_img read more

Phish Delivers A Strong Opening Night In Mexico [Setlist/Video]

first_imgJust two weeks after their coveted run at Madison Square Garden, the beloved jam band Phish headed South for their second annual trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico. Heading into their only scheduled shows of 2017, Phish performed a strong opening night for the fans who made the trip down to Mexico.The band opened with their anthemic “Free”, as the lofty track encapsulated the freedom of the beachfront performances. The band continued with a nature-esque theme through the early part of the set, as they played Mike Gordon’s “Yarmouth Road” before bringing out “Sand” and the “Theme From The Bottom,” Phish then veered into their first cover of the night, “Funky Bitch,” before rocking out on tunes like “Undermind” and “NICU”. They continued the set with the relative-rarity, “Horn,” before closing out the first set with an all-out funk rager in “Wolfman’s Brother.” All the while, drummer Jon Fishman donned a “luchador” Mexican fighter mask that matched his well-known blue-and-red donut pattern, only bringing up the energy for the exciting performance.Watch “Free” below, courtesy of LivePhish.As to be expected, Phish let loose with a jam-heavy second set that focused on improvisational work from all four band members. They opened the set with the thematically appropriate “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing,” a number that waded into minor-key dissonant melodies before cruising into the funky rock rhythm of “The Wedge.” With the backdrop of palm trees in lieu of the band’s recent LED displays, songs like “The Wedge” truly found their place on the beach in Mexico.Watch “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing” below, courtesy of LivePhish.The set continued with “Fuego,” a true highlight of the performance. This version of “Fuego” veered quickly into exploratory territory, as Phish worked into a melodic and uplifting jam session that was highlighted by Page McConnell‘s light touch on the keys. This was an all-time version of “Fuego,” approaching 20 minutes and veering heavily into uncharted waters.Phish ultimately reeled in the second set with a familiar “Prince Caspian,” keeping the melodic and lofty energy high throughout the lighthearted number. They continued to deliver some great jamming within the song “Twist,” which included a tease of the popular, and all-too-appropriate song, “Tequila.” Trey Anastasio worked out the melody, seemingly on the fly, but kept locked in the groove throughout the duration of the “Twist.”As the “Twist” jam continued to build, Trey gradually shifted the song into another great tune, “Seven Below.” The mellow vibes of “Seven Below” kept fans on their toes, before the band brought the set back into a classic from their catalog, “Golgi Apparatus.” The song was absent from the recent MSG run, and certainly brought smiles to the faces of those in attendance. They closed out the set with the absolute rock energy of “Run Like An Antelope,” a perfect ending to a great, flowing set of music.The encore saw the band bring out another rarity, “Contact,” a fun song from the Junta days. Finally, they ended the show with a ballad, choosing “Bug” as the last song of the encore. Though a slower song, Phish milked “Bug” for all that it’s worth, ending the night with an uplifting jam to send the fans home smiling.Phish will return to Riviera Maya for two more shows during this exciting run. Check out the Phish.net setlist, below, as well as a full gallery from photographer Chad Smith.Setlist: Phish | Barcelo Maya Beach | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/13/16Set 1: Free, Yarmouth Road, Sand, Theme From the Bottom > Funky Bitch, Undermind, NICU, Horn, Wolfman’s BrotherSet 2: A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > The Wedge > Fuego > Prince Caspian > Twist > Seven Below > Golgi Apparatus > Run Like an AntelopeEncore: Contact, Bug Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Watch This Amazing Montage Of Oteil Burbridge Getting Down At Fenway Park

first_imgDead & Company recently wrapped up two nights at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The weekend run saw the six-piece Grateful Dead act deliver an exciting mix of tour debuts, acoustic songs, and surprise moments all around. Undeniably, this tour is on a triumphant stride as the combined efforts of Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart, and veteran keyboardist Jeff Chimenti seamlessly integrate the new energy of John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge. The last few shows have been unanimous instances of just how alive the spirit of the Grateful Dead is, especially now with the vocal contributions of bassist Burbridge.Burbridge, also a student of Col. Bruce Hampton‘s “no boundaries” approach, has broken into new territory, taking the lead vocals on “China Doll” at Shoreline and Folsom Field and “Fire On The Mountain” on Sunday at Fenway Park. It is more obvious than ever, that beyond these new responsibilities, Oteil Burbridge is having the time of his life with Dead & Company.Rock An Official “Let Oteil Sing” T-Shirt, And All Proceeds Will Go To CharityThis whole experience with the Grateful Dead music has become a spiritual awakening for Burbridge, who previously played in the Allman Brothers Band. Perhaps one of Burbridge’s greatest game-changers was when he consumed Owsley LSD at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA on July 23rd. “I felt like an octopus with tentacles connecting to each person in the band—and each person on that vibe in the audience. And it was heavy,” Oteil told Alan Paul in a follow-up interview back in 2016.So, Here’s Oteil Burbridge Playing A Sick “Eyes Of The World” Bass Solo On AcidWhile Burbridge has notably loosened up this summer, Sunday night’s performance at Fenway Park stuck out as a particularly jubilant experience for Burbridge. Perhaps it was the spirit of two-night runs with Dead & Company, perhaps it was from having his family along on the road with him, or perhaps it was from Owsley LSD — the same LSD that influenced the Grateful Dead in their earliest days.The reason we bring all this up is because some Internet hero combined multiple different moments from Sunday night’s performance that really let Oteil shine. Thanks to skriddler, you can relive the glory below:Thanks to Sean Roche, you can watch Oteil sing “Fire On The Mountain” in the video below:And in case you’re wondering what Oteil thinks of all this, check out his Instagram post below.last_img read more

Lespecial Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Oysterhead Tribute In Worcester [Watch]

first_imgLast week, three-piece rock outfit lespecial performed a special tribute set to Oysterhead at Worcester, MA’s Palladium. lespecial’s Luke Bemand, Jonathan Grusauskas, and Rory Dolan delivered an exceptionally spot-on performance, which should give Oysterhead’s Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, and Stewart Copeland even more of a reason to reconsider rekindling their flame. The Northeast-based band worked through material off of Oysterhead’s lone studio album, 2001’s The Grand Pecking Order, as well as choice covers of Primus and The Police.Following a brief tease-turned fake-out of Phish’s “Chalk Dust Torture”, lespecial opened up their set with takes on Oysterhead’s “Little Faces”, “Rubberneck Lions”, “Shadow Of A Man”, and “Army’s On Ecstacy”. Next, the trio worked through the Primus offshoot Sausage’s “Riddles Are Abound Tonight”, which featured a quote from Primus’ “American Life”, before hopping back into “Army’s On Ecstacy”.lespecial moved forward with covers of The Police’s “Behind My Camel” and Primus’ “Groundhog’s Day”, before moving back into Oysterhead material with “Birthday Boys” and “The Grand Pecking Order”. lespecial kept on truckin’ with an incomplete rendition of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take”, which featured a tease of Phish’s “Fee”, as well as Pink Talking Fish’s Zack Burwick joining on percussion. Burwick stayed on stage to helped the band close of their set with “Mr. Oysterhead”, which contained an appropriate set-ending tease of “Chalk Dust Torture”.Luckily, you can watch pro-shot video of lespecial’s Oysterhead tribute set below:lespecial – Oysterhead tribute – 1/25/2019 (Pro-Shot Video)[Video: mk devo]For a full list of lespecial’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.Setlist: lespecial | The Palladium | Worcester, MA | 1/25/2019Set: Little Faces*, Rubberneck Lions, Shadow Of A Man^, Army’s On Ecstasy > Riddles Are Abound Tonight% > Army’s On Ecstasy, Behind My Camel > Groundhog’s Day, Birthday Boys, The Grand Pecking Order, Every Breath You Take#, Mr. Oysterhead$Notes:* preceded by “Chalk Dust Torture” tease^ contained “Donut Ghost House I” (lespecial) tease% contained “American Life” (Primus) quote# preceded by “Fee” tease from Rory; incomplete, with alternate lyrics and Zack Burwick (Pink Talking Fish) on percussion$ with Zack on percussion, ended with “Chalk Dust Torture” tease[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

OIT provides Google + access to ND students

first_imgNotre Dame students can now “Hangout” online with their social “Circles” through Google+ accounts open to anyone with a University Gmail account. The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) informed students last week that an advance release field trial of Google+ would be available through the University. Mike Chapple, senior director for OIT Enterprise Support Services, said students previously needed to be invited by a friend to join Google+. “Previously, you had to have an invitation for Google + to work, but now you can just sign up with your ND account,” Chapple said. “It’s the same service that’s been available to regular Gmail users since July, now available to ND users.” Chapple said one of the benefits of Notre Dame’s access to Google+ is that students no longer need to log out of their Notre Dame email accounts to access the social network. Sophomore Nicole Gantz said she is happy to have streamlined her email and Google+ accounts. “It’s nice to have the full functionality of Google all in one area,” Gantz said. “I’m excited by this new integration of Google’s services all under my ND account.” The email advertising Google+ accounts said the social networking site could be useful to the student body for a number of reasons. “There are many possibilities for using Google+,” the email said. “Below are just a few ideas to get you started: share your thoughts with a project group, friends or family circle; have a Hangout with up to nine classmates; keep up with your connections from your mobile device.” Despite the benefits promoted by OIT, sophomore Sean Doherty said he does not see the value of Google+. Doherty created an account, but does not plan to use it. “I created an account when it first came out, but since then I haven’t looked at it in a while because it didn’t offer me anything that Facebook didn’t,” Doherty said. Doherty said he does not know many other students that use Google+. “All of my friends are on Facebook, so I don’t see a point in going to another website that’s pretty much the same,” he said. “I don’t think Google+ really offers anything that Facebook doesn’t.”last_img read more

With the new HD cameras, Google is moving to refresh Street View

first_imgGoogle released a car on the street last month that takes new images for Google Street View, which will be the first major update of this service in 8 years.The car has 8 cameras specially designed for this purpose by Steve Silverman, which worked cameras for NASA’s rovers to Mars. Given that the existing footage on Street View is from the past decade and how much technology has advanced in the meantime, the new footage, which has just begun to arrive, will be in far higher resolution and clearer colors.In addition to beautiful images, the new cameras will send HD images of buildings and street signs for Google’s photo recognition algorithm. More and better quality images from the new hardware now on top of Google Street View will allow the system to make space information much better and more reliable. ”From the point of view of machine learning, we are getting better ” points out Andrew Lookingbill, a technology engineer working for Wired.com, and adds that they are considering trying to automatically recognize different types of jobs from their appearance and read smaller information such as opening hours signs.Take a look at what the new shots look like herelast_img read more

Arsenal board turn down Dani Ceballos’ transfer request

first_imgCeballos wants to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have turned down Dani Ceballos’ request to leave the club this month, according to reports.Ceballos is frustrated with his playing time at Arsenal, the 23-year-old is yet to feature under new boss Mikel Arteta, and is concerned about losing his place in the Spain squad.The European Championships are scheduled to take place this summer and Ceballos’ last Premier League appearance for Arsenal was against Wolves on November 2.AS claim Ceballos made his plea to Arsenal and Real Madrid to cancel his loan deal at the Emirates, but that request has now been denied.ADVERTISEMENTCeballos is not in Arteta’s immediate plans, but club chiefs still believe the midfielder could become an important member of the first-team.AdvertisementAdvertisementLosing Ceballos would also leave Arsenal light in midfield, with the club already working on bringing in some new faces before the January transfer window closes next week. Arsenal board turn down Dani Ceballos’ transfer request Ceballos has not played for Arsenal since November (Picture: Getty)‘He is getting much closer to the fitness levels that I expect from him to be competing with his teammates.‘Obviously, he had a long-term injury and he had an adaptation to this league.‘But he is a player that can fit our style and now he needs to make a step forward and make things difficult for me and my selection. Now he is ready to step in.‘I like him more when he’s closer to the box rather than always coming deep to receive the ball.‘He’s a very creative player, a player who in the final third can cause problems.’ Advertisement Comment Arteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:20FullscreenArteta praises Arsenal for 2-2 against Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-praises-arsenal-2-2-against-chelsea-2093128/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.center_img Valencia are keen on Ceballos (Picture: Rex Features)Ceballos’ parent club, Real, do not want to get involved and have urged the player to resolve the issues at Arsenal, rather than force a move out of London.Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery was the one who pushed for the signing of Ceballos and promised the Spaniard he would have a starting place in his side.Ceballos showed early promise, but that quickly faded before he picked up an injury that forced him to miss eleven games for the Gunners.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery was sacked during the period Ceballos spent on the sidelines and Arteta is yet to even call on him from the bench.Arteta has already spoken about Ceballos’ future at Arsenal and insisted he is still working his way back to full fitness.‘I know him really well from Spain,’ Arteta said of his plans for Ceballos.‘I watched him many, many times. He always wants the ball, he has big personality to play. I like him. MORE: Arsenal lead race to sign Thomas Lemar from Atletico MadridMORE: Santi Cazorla backs Mikel Arteta to become ‘great’ manager at Arsenal Coral BarryFriday 24 Jan 2020 10:21 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Coronavirus: La Liga suspend league indefinitely

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians La Liga, following a meeting with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF), has announced the indefinite suspension of professional football in Spain because of the Coronavirus pandemic. The league said in a statement on Monday that it would not resume until the Spanish government says it is safe to do so. “The Monitoring Commission established by the current RFEF-La Liga Coordination Agreement AGREES [to] the suspension of professional football competitions until the authorities of the Government of Spain and the General Administration of the State consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk,” a statement read. “Both the RFEF and La Liga wish to express our greatest public gratitude to all those who are dedicating their best efforts to provide essential services to the Spanish people and also share our condolences for all the deceased and a warm embrace from the world of soccer to the many families that are losing loved ones.” Spain’s top flight was initially postponed for two game weeks on March 12, with previous plans to play matches behind closed doors scrapped as the coronavirus crisis in the country worsened. Things have not improved since then, with Spain struggling to deal with the spread of the virus. The latest figures made available on Monday revealed that there are approaching 30,000 cases in the country and nearly 2,000 confirmed deaths. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced over the weekend that the country would remain under strict lockdown measures until at least April 11, making it impossible for football to resume in the near future. La Liga president Javier Tebas has floated the middle of May as a potential start date, but league sources told ESPN they don’t want to name any dates until the situation in Spain improves. Several La Liga clubs have been affected by coronavirus. Valencia – who in February played in Milan, one of the cities at the centre of Italy’s outbreak – said that 35 per cent of the first-team players and staff had contracted the virus. Elsewhere, Alaves have confirmed 15 cases among players and staff, while Barcelona-based Espanyol have said there are six cases at the club (four players and two members of staff).Tags: Adamawa Commissioner for HealthCoronavirusCOVID-19healthLa LigaRoyal Spanish Football FederationSpainlast_img read more

Leinster handed tricky Euro test

first_img Matt O’Connor’s side, who beat Glasgow 34-12 in the final last month, have been paired with Harlequins, Castres and Wasps. Munster are in Pool One with Heineken Cup runners-up Saracens, Clermont Auvergne and Sale Sharks, which is arguably the hardest group. RaboDirect PRO12 champions Leinster have been drawn in Pool Two of the new European Rugby Champions Cup. Press Associationcenter_img Ulster will face Heineken Cup winners Toulon, Leicester and the Scarlets. English champions Northampton Saints will be in Pool Five alongside Racing Metro, Ospreys and Treviso, while in Pool Four Glasgow will meet Bath, Montpellier and Toulouse. The five pool winners and three best runners-up will secure quarter-final places. The draw has also been made for the second-tier European Rugby Challenge Cup, with Connacht grouped alongside Exeter Chiefs, La Rochelle and Bayonne. The European Rugby Champions Cup succeeds the Heineken Cup, which ran for 19 seasons and ended in Cardiff last month. After almost two years of negotiations, a new competition was forged in April comprising nine stakeholders – the six unions of competing teams, plus Premiership Rugby, France’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby and Regional Rugby Wales – in addition to the Challenge Cup and a third qualifying tournament. last_img read more