Comet strike may have triggered ancient warming event, suggests research

New York: A comet struck our home planet a long time ago and it could have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming event caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, suggests new research. Representational image. Reuters Sorting through samples of sediment from the time period, researchers discovered evidence of the strike in the form of microtektites — tiny dark glassy spheres typically formed by extraterrestrial impacts. “This tells us that there was an extraterrestrial impact at the time this sediment was deposited — a space rock hit the planet,” said corresponding author Morgan Schaller, Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. “The coincidence of an impact with a major climate change is nothing short of remarkable,…

‘Barney Miller’ star Ron Glass dies Ron Glass, the handsome, prolific character actor best known for his role as the gregarious, sometimes sardonic detective Ron Harris in the long-running cop comedy Barney Miller, has died at age 71. Glass died on Friday of respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, said on Saturday. “Ron was a private, gentle and caring man,” said Leavett, a long-time friend of the actor. “He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow. “ Although best known for Barney Miller, Glass appeared in dozens of other shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s. He portrayed Derrial Book, the spiritual shepherd with a cloudy past in the 2002 science-fiction series Firefly and its 2005 film sequel, Serenity. He...

I'm demisexual. What does that mean? It takes me a while to feel physical attraction. In my dating life, I’ve often described my sexuality as “taking a while to warm up.” This is what I would say to men who tried to take things physically further — whether it was a first kiss or anything beyond that — with me on a fourth or fifth date. I would stop them, and they would often seem confused — or worse, angry. “Well … how long?” some would ask. I’ve never known what to say. It’s been frustrating for me, too, but I’ve never felt ready for anything beyond a good-night hug until . . . suddenly I am ready. Sometimes it’s taken weeks, sometimes it’s taken months, sometimes I’ve never gotten there. I’ve spent part of this year questioning my sexuality. After what...

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No money in theatre, just passion Judging from the deafening cheers from the audience, you could tell people were really enjoying the show at Nairobi’s Alliance Francaise. Heartstrings Entertainment were staging Grass is Greener – a hilarious comedy about a couple on the brink of divorce, who at one point demarcate their house into “his” and “hers” zones. It helped that Buzz got a front row seat to witness actor Nick Kwach who seamlessly executed the role of Bernard, a frustrated husband who brings in his “mpango wa kando” to live in their matrimonial home. After she moved in, it was drama to the end – especially after Bernard’s on-stage wife, Tabitha, decided to reciprocate by inviting her boyfriend as well. Nick’s hilarious lines coupled with his cartoonish facial expressions ignited the...

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Trevor Noah and conservative Tomi Lahren go head-to-head on Black Lives Matter on ... “The Daily Show” is trying to do something about the liberal media echo chamber. Trevor Noah invited conservative commentator Tomi Lahren on his show last night for a lengthy debate, during which the two hashed out everything from Black Lives Matter to the Affordable Care Act to Donald Trump’s hot-mic recording. Lahren is the host of TheBlaze’s “Tomi,” and Noah showed a clip of her show to give his audience — who quite possibly had never seen her series — a little introduction to her viewpoints. Coming across as an enraged version of Hayden Panettiere, Lahren railed against protesters (“crybabies with nothing better to do”), Occupy Wall Street “brats” and “the militant” Black Lives Matter movement. “Why are you so angry?” Noah asked after...

Real charm of Upin and Ipin Upin Ipin Jeng Jeng Jeng, the country’s first live-action animation film, hopes to bring colour to the local industry, writes Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli NO Malaysian can deny the popularity of the animated twin boys Upin and Ipin whose titular TV series has gained legions of fans locally and internationally. It is a fun tale of 5-year-old twin orphans, who live with their older sister and grandmother. Together with their friends in the neighbourhood, they learn valuable lessons through their daily activities. Created by Les’ Copaque Production, the boys were first introduced in a TV series on TV9 in 2007 as a Ramadan and Aidilfitri special. The TV series became the third most-watched animated series on Malaysian television, and made its international debut via Disney Channel ...