Jack White Performs A Prairie Home Companion Acoustic Set With Chris Thile [Video]

first_imgJack White has been on a bit of a sabbatical from performing live over the last year. However, White decided to take to the stage last night at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN, for a special acoustic set at the opening night of A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile‘s tour. The Punch Brothers‘ mandolinist has recently taken over host duties from originator Garrison Keillor for the ‘Companion’ traveling show.With the First-Call Radio Players backing him, Thile performed a set of unabashed Americana music, including a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” Thile invited White out for a four-song set, which saw the guitarist perform alongside Thile, with a backing band made up of Lillie Mae Rische (fiddle), Fats Kaplin (pedal steel guitar), and Dominic Davis (bass).White performed The Raconteurs‘ “Carolina Drama,” The White Stripes‘ “City Lights” and “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)” with fellow Third Man Records artist Margo Price, and the 1969 Bobby Bare hit “(Margie’s At) The Lincoln Park Inn.”Check out some video from the performance below. A full stream of the show can also be viewed at www.prairiehome.org. Thile will be hosting and traveling with the A Prairie Home Companion show through early 2017 with a variety of special guests including Esperanza Spalding, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jason Isbell, and more. For upcoming dates, check out the website here.Jack White w/ Margo Price “I’m Lonely (But I Ain’t That Lonely Yet)”:Chris Thile “Get It Out On The Radio”:“City Lights”:last_img read more

Breakthrough science recognized

first_imgTwo series of studies by Harvard research teams, who used a combination of technologies to track the development of zebrafish and frog embryos, cell by cell and through time, have been featured in the “2018 Breakthrough of the Year” edition of Science magazine.One set of studies was led by Alexander Schier, the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. The other series was conducted by Harvard Medical School (HMS) researchers, led by Allon Klein, assistant professor of systems biology, Sean Megason, associate professor of systems biology, and Marc Kirschner, the John Franklin Enders University Professor of Systems Biology.Their work was described in three papers published in Science in April and a paper in Nature Biotechnology in March.Top left: Alexander Schier, Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor at Harvard. Top right: Allon Klein, assistant professor of systems biology at HMS. Bottom left: Marc Kirschner, the John Franklin Enders University Professor of Systems Biology at HMS. Bottom right: Sean Megason, associate professor of systems biology at HMS. Photos courtesy of Harvard Medical SchoolThe teams were able to reconstruct the developmental trajectories and lineages that generate neurons, muscle, blood, and other cell types in unprecedented detail, using a combination of technologies including single-cell RNA sequencing and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, and computational approaches.Science editor in chief Jeremy Berg, in announcing the recognition, commented that the work addresses “one of the most fundamental and fascinating processes in biology — the seemingly miraculous transformation of single cells into complex organisms — providing rich information about cell-type inventories and laying the foundation for many future studies.”“The large and rich data sets that have been generated, and the techniques that will produce more, constitute exciting breakthroughs in developmental biology,” Berg wrote.The Harvard research teams traced the fates of individual cells over the first days of an embryo’s life, and revealed a comprehensive landscape of which genes were switched on or off, and when, as embryonic cells transitioned into new cell states and types.Together, the findings represent a catalog of genetic “recipes” for generating different cell types in two vertebrate species and provide an unprecedented resource for the study of developmental biology and disease. From one, many “With single-cell sequencing, we can, in a day’s work, recapitulate decades of painstaking research on the decisions cells make at the earliest stages of life,” said Klein. “With the approaches that we’ve developed, we’re charting what we think the future of developmental biology will be as it transforms into a quantitative, big-data-driven science.”In addition to shedding new light on the early stages of life, the work could open the door to a new understanding of a host of diseases, said Schier.“We foresee that any complex biological process in which cells change gene expression over time can be reconstructed using this approach,” he said. “Not just the development of embryos, but also the development of cancer or brain degeneration.” Related Harvard scientists reveal the genetic roadmap to building an entire organism from a single cell last_img read more

UK pension dashboard petition gains momentum [updated]

first_imgA petition urging the UK government not to scrap plans for a pension dashboard has gained attention for the amount of signatures it has garnered. The petition, addressed to Esther McVey, state secretary for work and pensions, has been signed by more than 100,000 people on the campaigning platform 38 Degrees.The threshold is a critical one for petitions filed on a government platform, but a spokesman for the DWP said that, on a procedural note, the 38 Degrees website “was not the correct channel to get something debated in parliament”.Feasibility work on the dashboard was ongoing and a report would be published in due course, he added. Some media outlets had suggested the support for the petition would mean it would be debated in parliament.According to a government webpage on petitions, petitions filed via the government petitions service will be considered for debate if they garner 100,000 signatures. Petitions with this much support are almost always debated, the webpage states.The 38 Degrees-hosted petition was created last month after a UK newspaper reported that McVey was considering abandoning the DWP’s work on the pension dashboard, which would collate all an individual’s pension savings and entitlements.The UK pensions sector quickly rallied behind the dashboard in response to the July development and reports today of the 38 Degrees petition’s momentum triggered a similar reaction.“The dashboard really needs to happen if the government wants people to save enough for a decent retirement income,” said Anna Rogers, partner at ARC Pensions Law.“We can’t stop pensions being confusing and a turn off but we can make it easier to get all the information in one place and that would surely help.”Someone needed to start a petition on the dashboard through official channels, she added, with the petition on the 38 Degrees platform seeming to be “eminently suitable” to be debated in parliament.  Kate Smith, head of pensions at Aegon, said the 38 Degrees-hosted petition – whether it was the right channel or not to trigger a parliamentary debate – had generated welcome publicity for the dashboard.“It’s raised awareness about the need for the pension dashboard, what it does, and not just kept it within the industry,” she said.The pensions industry was eagerly awaiting the feasibility study, which had been “delayed and delayed,” added Smith.Late last month Baroness Buscombe, parliamentary under-secretary for work and pensions, said the feasibility work was nearing completion but that it had been raising many questions. The 38-degrees hosted petition had been signed by more than 128,000 people at the time of writing. “A huge petition signed by thousands of us will show the government we expect them to keep their promises and continue to roll out the pensions dashboard,” it reads.[This article was updated to clarify that the 38 Degrees-hosted petition is not eligible for being debated in parliament]last_img read more

Union County Officials Nix Ambulance Crew From County

first_imgFile photoUnion County officials are removing an ambulance crew from the county after a train and farm equipment accident on April 19.A farmer was injured after a train collided with his John Deere sprayer near the town of Cottage Grove.The man recovered, but the ambulance crew that responded has been criticized for its delay getting him to the hospital.According to the Liberty Herald, others that were on the scene said the crew took too long to transport the farmer to the hospital.The ambulance arrived at 10:18 a.m., and did not leave the scene with the patient until 10:35 a.m.The Rural Metro ambulance crew apparently had delays due to patient identification and which hospital to go to because it involved workman’s compensation.Union County commissioners decided to remove the Rural Metro ambulance crew from the county.last_img read more