The oil price increase following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah is unlikely to continue as there is an oversupply in the crude market, say industry sources.In a television speech, newly-anointed King Salman said that he will stick with his predecessor’s policies. The royal decree stated that Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi’s role will not change.Saudi Arabia is a key constituent of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cartel. At the OPEC meeting held in November 2014, al-Naimi declined to cut output “despite a slide in prices, marking a shift in strategy toward defending market share rather than supporting price,” Business Insider reports. This move irked fellow exporters, Iran and Venuzela.Oil GlutPointing at the oversupply in the oil market, Stephen Schork – President of Schork Group – noted that even as the King’s death matters, it does not change the fundamentals; maintaining that Saudi Arabia would try to preserve their market share.Brent crude rose as high as 2.6 percent on Friday after the King’s death was announced.King Salman ReutersThe markets knew beforehand that Salman, in his previous role as the Crown Prince, backed the policies of late King Abdullah, eliminating any uncertainty, LiveMint reports.The kingdom is unlikely to face in-fighting, as the hierarchy is well defined. However, the question that is worrying the people is whether they will witness any progression under the new king, in a place that is long known for being very conservative.Ali al-Naimi Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi attends the First Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Petroleum Media Forum in KuwaitReutersAli al-Naimi has served the kingdom as its Oil Minister since 1995. He sets the oil policy for the kingdom in consultation with the ruling family. He also represents the nation at the OPEC cartel and holds considerable control. The 79-year-old is also the chairman of the board of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).The nation produces more than a tenth of the world’s crude oil and is the only nation that can act as a swing producer. Saudi Arabia depends on oil for 46 percent of its GDP, though in the recent years, it has been trying to emulate Dubai’s infrastructure boom.
FacebookManju Warrier, the Lady Superstar in Mollywood, is currently enjoying the success of her latest movie ‘Lucifer’. The versatile actress is now busy with the works of her new movie Jack N Jill and sources revealed that this will be a sci-fi thriller.Jack N Jill is being directed by acclaimed cinematographer Santosh Sivan. It should be noted that this upcoming movie marks the comeback of the ace cinematographer as a director in Mollywood after 2011 period drama Urumi that featured Prithviraj Sukumaran and Genelia in lead roles.Kalidas Jayaram will be playing a crucial role in Jack N Jill. The supporting star cast in the movie includes Suraj Venjarammoodu, Nedumudi Venu, Ramesh Pisharody and Basil Joseph.As per the latest updates, the makers are planning to release Jack N Jill in Tamil and Malayalam. It was previously reported that Aditi Balan, who made a memorable debut in the acclaimed flick Aruvi, is also playing a crucial role. However, Aditi has clarified that she has not been approached yet.Apart from directing the movie, Santosh Sivan will be handling cinematography. In the meantime, he will be also cranking the camera for Rajinikanth-AR Murugadoss movie Darbar.Jack N Jill is bankrolled by Lensman Studios, a Dubai-based company. On the other hand, Manju Warrier will be also seen playing crucial roles in Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham and Tamil movie Asuran. Mohanlal is playing the lead role in Marakkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham, while Asuran has none other than Dhanush playing the title role.Asuran also marks the Tamil debut of Manju Warrier and expectations surrounding the movie was recently spiked when the first look poster was released.
Share Listen 00:00 /00:44 NASARunoff from Hurricane Harvey as seen by satellite imaging.After studying how Harvey’s floodwaters moved through Houston toward the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are learning more about how the flooding behaved.The findings were discussed an annual meeting of ocean scientists in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday. A study from the University of Florida found that Houston’s bayous and rivers were so overwhelmed by rain that key draining points became clogged. The study’s author, Arnoldo Valle-Levinson, explained that as Buffalo Bayou was trying to empty floodwaters into Galveston Bay, flows from the San Jacinto River at times caused the flooding to push back up into the Houston area, which helped keep water levels high for days.Valle-Levinson said sea level rise made the bottleneck worse.“The ocean was preconditioning the flooding in Houston and in Galveston Bay,” he said.Another study from Texas A&M did find some good news: the storm’s contaminated floodwaters didn’t flow far enough into the Gulf of Mexico to reach the protected Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at Duke University has built a library of protein data that outlines the specific amino acid sequences that control changes of many elastin proteins. In their paper published in the journal Nature Materials, Felipe García Quiroz and Ashutosh Chilkoti describe their research, the making of their library, and their belief that what they have created will help in the development of new synthetic designs for possible use in medical applications. Citation: Researchers develop a library of elastin-like proteins to help in creating synthetic designs (2015, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-library-elastin-like-proteins-synthetic.html Proteins assemble and disassemble on command This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Sequence heuristics to encode phase behaviour in intrinsically disordered protein polymers, Nature Materials (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nmat4418AbstractProteins and synthetic polymers that undergo aqueous phase transitions mediate self-assembly in nature and in man-made material systems. Yet little is known about how the phase behaviour of a protein is encoded in its amino acid sequence. Here, by synthesizing intrinsically disordered, repeat proteins to test motifs that we hypothesized would encode phase behaviour, we show that the proteins can be designed to exhibit tunable lower or upper critical solution temperature (LCST and UCST, respectively) transitions in physiological solutions. We also show that mutation of key residues at the repeat level abolishes phase behaviour or encodes an orthogonal transition. Furthermore, we provide heuristics to identify, at the proteome level, proteins that might exhibit phase behaviour and to design novel protein polymers consisting of biologically active peptide repeats that exhibit LCST or UCST transitions. These findings set the foundation for the prediction and encoding of phase behaviour at the sequence level. Journal information: Nature Materials © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Proteins are organic compounds essential to all living organisms, they are especially prevalent in components that have structure, such as muscle, skin, hair, etc. They provide structure by self-forming into different shapes under different conditions, two of which are solubility and temperature. Proteins are made of sequences of amino acids—the order and type of which drive the shape of the protein when certain conditions are met. Scientists still do not quite understand how proteins self assemble into the specific 3D shapes they take, nor which amino acids lead to which shapes, or indeed, how the order in which they exist contributes to those shapes. To help provide a better understanding of how it all works, Quiroz and Chilkoti set about building a library of all the known elastin-like proteins, along with the shapes they take under different conditions. They based it on the sequences of five key amino acids found in the fibrous protein typically found in connective tissue, such as muscles. They then set about testing each entry in the library by growing samples of E. coli engineered to produce proteins that folded into different shapes under different conditions. Most specifically noted was under which conditions the proteins shifted from being soluble to non-soluble and vice-versa. That work led them to developing a set of rules that loosely defined which amino acid sequences would result in which shapes under which conditions.The research duo acknowledge that their rules are more like guidelines, but suggest the basis of what they have built can not only be made stronger with more research by them and others, but can be used to assist in creating synthetic proteins for use in developing targeted drugs. One example would be protein capsules that remain insoluble inside the body until a certain condition is met, at which point, a medication would be released.
Kicking off the celebrations for America’s Independence day on fourth of July, the American Center will feature blockbuster movies in the capital. Organised in collaboration with Motion Picture Distribution Association (MPDA), India office, and Cinedarbaar, the American Centre will be screening Star Trek into Darkness,The Great Gatsby, After Earth and A Good Day To Die Hard from the beginning of July. The Annual Independence Day celebration at the American Center attracts large numbers of young Delhites. The week-long celebration will include interaction with U.S. Embassy officials and quiz contests on a number of topics including IPR, followed by a film screening. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While the United States of America celebrates its Independence day across the country with parades, fireworks, and backyard barbeques in honor of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, the capital joins in with these special screenings. Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of the American Center, Natalia Susak says, ‘At the American Center, we are proud to mark the occasion this year together with the MPDA, India office and Cinedarbaar. We are bringing our audiences the latest blockbuster films. After all: a love for cinema unites the people of our two nations.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSharing his thoughts, Mr. Uday Singh, Managing Director, MPDA (India) said ‘We need to continue to encourage audiences to appreciate and respect creative works and a legitimate market place for films.’ From JJ Abrams’ explosive action thriller Star Trek into Darkness to John Moore’s riveting screenplay of a deadly plot in Chernobyl in A Good Day to Die Hard, the Independence day screenings offer you the best of American cinema this July.
Kolkata: A youth from Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas sustained head injuries after being hit on his head by a local miscreant. The incident occurred on Saturday morning when the victim protested against the accused as he was hurling abusive language at his wife. The accused has been arrested. Police said the victim, identified as Susanta Mondal protested against the accused, Madan Mondal who had allegedly abused his wife. A heated altercation broke out between the two when the victim demanded an apology from the accused. The altercation soon led to a scuffle following which the accused youth hit him on his head with a rod. One of the victim’s associates, Ram Naskar, who came to his rescue also received injuries in the incident. The accused fled the spot immediately after the incident but he was later arrested. The locals rushed both the injured victims to a nearby healthcentre. The locals told the police that the accused has been involved in various anti-social activities and often used to abuse women. A case has been initiated after the family members of the victims lodged complaints.