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★ Results - Stage 6 - Arica > Calama ★

Chilean day on Dakar! 

Ignacio Casale & Chaleco Lopez took the win, Nasser Al-Attiyah is coming back on Stéphane Peterhansel...

2. FARIA (PRT) - 00:02:34
3. DESPRES (FRA) - 00:03:48

2. PATRONELLI (ARG) - 00:06:36
3. VAN BILJON (ZAF) - 00:14:14

2. PETERHANSEL (FRA) - 00:08:36
3. GORDON (USA) - 00:13:52

Stage in progress


Galaxy's centre tastes of raspberries and smells of rum, say astronomers ...


The hunt for chemicals in deep space that could seed life on other planets has yielded a large, fruity molecule

Ian Sample, science correspondent, Monday 20 April 2009 19.05 EDT

Ethyl formate, which gives raspberries their flavour and smells of rum, has now been found in deep space. Photograph: Tim Graham/Getty

Astronomers searching for the building blocks of life in a giant dust cloud at the heart of the Milky Way have concluded that it tastes vaguely of raspberries.

The unanticipated discovery follows years of work by astronomers who trained their 30m radio telescope on the enormous ball of dust and gas in the hope of spotting complex molecules that are vital for life.

Finding amino acids in interstellar space is a Holy Grail for astrobiologists, as this would raise the possibility of life emerging on other planets after being seeded with the molecules.

In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre…

MANGOES AT RISK: Record low temperatures in Bangladesh

by Staff Writers
Dhaka, Bangladesh (UPI) Jan 9, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Bangladesh has recorded its lowest temperatures in nearly 60 years, an unexpected result of global warming, scientists said.

In the capital of Dhaka and elsewhere in the country the temperature dropped to 37.7 degrees F Wednesday, the lowest temperature in last 57 years, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

That surpassed the previous lowest minimum temperature of 39 degrees, recorded in 1955 when the country was a part of Pakistan, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said.

The severe cold wave sweeping through normally tropical Bangladesh brought normal life and businesses to a near standstill, officials said.

The freezing weather may continue for two to three days, meteorologist Shah Alam said.

Experts are blaming the cold temperatures on more intense cold fronts resulting from global warming melting polar ice.

"Extreme events are on the rise throughout the world and they wi…


State seeks to raise mango yields

Updated 2 hrs 46 mins ago

By Joseph Muchiri

The fortunes of mango farmers in Embu County are set to change after a drive to supply fruit fly traps kicked off in the area.

The Ministry of Agriculture in conjunction with International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (Icipe) have been supplying flytraps and popularising other mechanisms to farmers in Karurumo.

The nagging flies usually deposit eggs inside a ripening mango fruit. The eggs then hatch into larvae and bore into the flesh of the mango, making the fruit rot and fall to the ground.

Agricultural officials are hoping to control and eradicate the flies that lead to substantial losses of fruits once they attack a mango tree.

Kieni Division Agricultural Extension officer Albert Munyi said that they have supplied the traps in Karurumo and Ugweri area and they will then go to Kigumo, before spreading to other parts of the country.

Munyi said the loss from fruit flies can be as high as 100 per cent in …

PROOF OF LIFE ??? : Court: Chávez Inauguration can be Delayed ...

On Wednesday, the controversy over the legitimacy of Hugo Chávez's next term in office continued to grow. 

An announcement on Tuesday confirmed that Chávez, still ailing from his fourth cancer surgery since 2011, would be unable to attend his own inauguration, giving rise to new constitutional questions regarding whether the president could be sworn in on another day and who should be in charge during his absence.

Chávez was rushed to Cuba for surgery on December 11; reports later surfaced that he had suffered serious "complications," including a respiratory infection. He has not been seen or heard from in over four weeks.

Despite the constitution's seeming clarity on this matter, interpretation of the document touched off a heated debate between the president's supporters and Venezuela's opposition over whether the constitution requires Chávez to be sworn in on January 10. 

On Tuesday, Venezuela's National Assembly – run primarily by members of Chávez's …

DIVERSIFICATION : Tree seeds offer potential for sustainable biofuels ...

by Staff Writers

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 10, 2013

File image: Indian mahua.

Tree seeds, rather than biomass or fuel crop plants, could represent an abundant source of renewable energy, according to research published in the International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management.

The study suggests that seeds from the Indian mahua and sal trees have almost as good a thermal efficiency as biodiesel but would produce lower emissions of carbon monoxide, waste hydrocarbons and NOx (nitrogen oxides).

Sukumar Puhan of the GKM College of Engineering and Technology and colleagues N. Vedaraman and K.C. Velappan of the Central Leather Research Institute, in Chennai, India, explain how tree seeds represent a vast untapped biomass resource for the production of automotive fuels in India.

The use of tree seed oils as a source could have several additional benefits over vegetable seed oils including lower viscosity and greater volatility, both of which would reduce injector fouling, carbon deposits…


"Russia is the only market for this exclusive product"

Netherlands: Australian mango's at Van Ravenswaaij

Van Ravenswaaij received the first mango's from Australia in December and the second shipment arrived yesterday. 

"The Australian mango's are extremely delicious but that comes at a price. There is only one market interested in this exclusive product and that is Russia," tells Paul van Ravenswaaij.

Alongside mango's, Van Ravenswaaij also imports apricots, blueberries, cherries and occasionally white onions from Australia.

 "We currently have Australian cherries in our assortment. Even when it comes to these, Russia is far and beyond our most important customer. These days about 80% of the Australian cherries go to Russia, but a handful go to Europe." concludes Paul.

For more information:
Paul van Ravenswaaij
Van Ravenswaaij
De Doelen 2
3905 TA Veenendaal
Tel.: (0318) 54 64 74
Fax: (0318) 51 60 29

Publication date: 1/10/2013


The Jungle: Future Rise in Food Borne Illness Predicted as the FDA’s $1 Billion is Not Enough to Prevent $78 Billion in Illness Costs Leaving 3,000 Dead in the USA ...

October 23, 2012

Mark Twain: “a favorite theory of mine—to wit, that no occurrence is sole and solitary, but is merely a repetition of a thing which has happened before, and perhaps often.”

Updated October 22, 2012:

 "Food borne illnesses kill 3,000 Americans each year. Nearly 130,000 more are hospitalized."

 "The aggregate cost of food borne illnesses to the U.S. economy in 2011 was $77.7 billion."

" These are staggering numbers, and they’re on the rise. The FDA had 37 recalls of fruits and vegetables in 2011, up from just two in 2005."

" Between 2006 and 2010 the rate of food borne salmonella rose 10%."

" The Food and Drug Administration has an annual budget of $1 billion to fulfill its duties."

" Annual food sales in the United States equal $1.2 trillion."

" Because of these budget constraints, the FDA is able to inspect at most 6% of domestic food producers and 0.4% of importers."

 Quote Source:

The Jungl…

AUSTRALIA: R2E2 mango celebrates the big 3-0 ...

Doug Gillett

10th Jan 2013 12:32 PM

WIDE BAY residents have been encouraged to tuck into a tray of mangoes this summer and celebrate 30 years since one of the region's most common varieties was bred.

As the juicy favourite comes into season, fruit lovers can appreciate the history behind each bite.

The popular R2E2 variety, a cross between the Kensington Pride (also known as the Bowen) and the Kent, was first developed in North Queensland 30 years ago.

A major Queensland export, the variety delivers a reliable yield of consistent quality and has enabled producers to extend their growing season.

It also offers more flesh per fruit and a longer shelf life than many other varieties.

Sunkist Plantation owner Col Jeacocke has a planting of about 1000 of the variety at his property on the outskirts of Gin Gin.

Mr Jeacocke said the introduction of the variety had allowed him to extend his growing season and get more fruit to market.

"It comes in quite late, which makes it a useful addition …

Peru reports almost 300% growth in mango exports ...

January 10th, 2013

Peru reported an extremely strong 2012 export season, shipping 990 containers compared to 2011′s 334, according to the Peruvian Mango Growers and Exporters Association (APEM).

With 296% reported growth, the 2012-13 year was marked by a return to good weather, APEM manager Juan Carlos Rivera explained.

“In the 2011-12 campaign, there was a strong drop in production because of the climatic conditions, since mangoes are a fruit that depend a lot on weather. In contrast, the conditions this season are excellent,” Rivera told

2011-12 saw exports drop to 70,000 tons (MT), in comparison to 130,000 MT the season before.

Mangoes are Peru’s most exported fruit, with around 60% going to the European Union and 35% to the United States. Smaller markets include Chile, China and Japan.

The Kent variety represents 90% of Peru’s exports because of its ability to hold up during travel.

“This variety has a strong peel that resists hydrothermal treatment. On the other hand,…