first_imgTo help keep the makers of high-quality chocolate from being duped with inferior ingredients, researchers have developed a genetic test that can tell a premium cacao bean from a mediocre impostor. Beans of the cacao plant, the source of cocoa butter and cocoa powder used to make chocolate, can differ widely in appearance, even within the same seed pod (beans within pod, image). So, visually discriminating beans from an exceptional variety from average-tasting beans can be difficult. That poses problems for people in charge of quality control, because unscrupulous bean merchants have ample opportunity to mix in cheaper beans among their premium products. Enter genetics. By analyzing DNA extracted from 30-milligram samples of the seed coat of a cacao bean (which is genetically identical to the tree it comes from), it’s possible to verify whether the bean belongs to a specific variety of cacao. Using the newly developed test, which looked at 48 different genetic markers, researchers were able to discriminate 30 authentic samples of a high-priced cacao variety called Fortunato No. 4 from five other varieties grown in and near Peru and 18 others grown worldwide, they report today in  the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Although DNA analyses can be performed relatively quickly, separating a seed coat from its bean is now rather time-consuming, the researchers say. Future research will focus on streamlining the tests and on developing a technique that can be used to analyze bulk cocoa powder.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img

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first_imgHouston teammate Austin Rivers, who joined the Rockets just three weeks ago, marveled at Harden’s ability to not let Sunday’s struggles spill over into Monday’s performance.“He comes off a game where he was 1 for 17 and everybody’s saying whatever and it just doesn’t even faze him. He just comes in tonight like he was 17 for 17,” Rivers said. “That’s just the mindset that the great ones have. I’m telling you right now, if another player went 1 for 17 they would have come in tonight a little … messed up. James comes in and that’s just why he is who he is and it’s impressive.”After his huge first half, the Grizzlies double-teamed Harden on most every possession in the first few minutes of the third quarter and he didn’t score again until there were about five minutes left in the period. That basket was the start of an 11-0 run capped by a 3-pointer from Harden that pushed the Rockets’ lead to 76-60 with about 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third.A 3-pointer by JaMychal Green got the Grizzlies within 12 later in the third before Harden scored five quick points to make it 87-70.Garrett Temple and Mike Conley scored 14 each for the Grizzlies, who lost for the eighth time in nine games.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Meralco sends Garvo Lanete to NorthPort for 2020 draft pick PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss THEY SAID ITHarden on if having the most consecutive 30-point games since Chamberlain means anything to him: “No. The win was important.”MR. 600The win was the 600th of D’Antoni’s career. The 67-year-old coach had 14 wins in one season in Denver, 253 in five years in Phoenix, 121 in four seasons with the Knicks, 67 in two years with the Lakers and got his 145th victory with Houston in his third season.“I appreciate these guys and everybody before them,” D’Antoni said. “But it just means you’ve coached some good guys, and you’re able to avoid getting fired too many times.”UP NEXTGrizzlies: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Memphis Grizzlies’ Garrett Temple (17) and Mike Conley defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — After scoring a season-high 57 points in Houston’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, James Harden was asked how he was able to put Sunday’s loss to Orlando, when he went 1 for 17 from 3-point range, behind him so quickly.“I went 1 for 17? That’s a lot of 3s missed,” he deadpanned. “Oh wow!”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Then the reigning MVP, who scored 38 points against the Magic despite that terrible statistic, got serious when asked if it’s easy to forget about such a night.“Yeah, because if I make six of them it’s on,” he said. “It’s a 60-point game. So Orlando got lucky last night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHarden extended his streak of 30-point games to 17 by halftime, pouring in a franchise-record 36 points in the first half to send Houston on its way to a 112-94 victory. It’s the longest such streak since Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight games of at least 30 points in 1964.It’s the franchise-record 14th time Harden has scored 40 this season and the eighth time in his last 11 games. It’s the third time he’s topped 50 points this season and the 12th time in his career. He surpassed his previous season best of 54 against Washington and fell just shy of the career-high and club-record 60 points he scored last January against Orlando. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who worked for the Rockets from 2011-16, said his team tried to keep the ball out of Harden’s hands, but Houston does such a good job of putting him in different spots on the floor that it’s difficult to do effectively.“There’s so much space, so you have to give them credit and give him credit just for the talent he is and the impact he has on the game,” Bickerstaff said.Harden’s latest big game came on a night when the Rockets were without three starters, as center Clint Capela joined Chris Paul and Eric Gordon on the injured list after he hurt his right thumb Sunday night. It’s possible Capela could miss significant time, but coach Mike D’Antoni said the team won’t know how long he’ll be out until he gets a second opinion later this week.Harden made his first two 3s on Monday night to quickly outdo his 3-point shooting from Sunday and finished 6 of 15. It’s the 13th time in the last 14 games that he’s drained at least five 3s after his NBA-record streak of 12 straight ended with his cold shooting performance against the Magic.Harden made 15 of 17 free throws and had nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.He crashed to the court making a 3 as he was fouled by Green to give him 52 points with just under five minutes remaining. Harden completed the four-point play to make it 103-85.Harden went to the bench to a standing ovation with 3:35 left and Houston ahead 107-85.TIP-INSGrizzlies: Kyle Anderson missed the game after spraining his left ankle Saturday. … Jaren Jackson Jr. had 12 points.Rockets: Paul missed his 12th game in a row with a strained left hamstring. … Gordon missed his eighth straight game with a bruised right knee. … Danuel House had 15 points and Rivers scored 11. … Nene started in place of Capela. 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first_imgStill, the second-ranked Nadal called it “one of my worst matches in 14 years” and the 32-year-old Spaniard said it was “difficult to find an explanation” for capitulating on his favored clay-court surface. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “It’s a big opportunity to them to come here and watch me play,” Fognini said. “I don’t know how many are coming tomorrow.”Still, he should have most of the support against Lajovic, who earlier won 10 straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set before Medvedev finally again held serve.It could have been an all-Serb semifinal but Medvedev knocked out the top-ranked Djokovic in Friday’s quarterfinals. Nadal broke him to love to lead 3-1, and Fognini got a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.“The chair umpire made a bad call,” Fognini said. “He gave me a warning for nothing.”Fognini irate, Nadal serving for a 4-1 lead — another comfortable Nadal route to the final looked on.But Fognini broke back to 3-2 and then broke Nadal to love in the ninth game with some momentous shot-making.Momentum was on Fognini’s side, not to mention some luck.Serving for the set at 5-4 and 30-30, his shot hit the net and turned into a perfect drop shot.Fognini raised both arms in apology, and then superbly put away a volley at full stretch on the next point to clinch the set.He hit a delightful two-handed, backhand cross-court winner to break at the start of the second set.Nadal is usually the undisputed crowd favorite on the French Riviera, but shouts of “Fabio, Fabio, Fabio” rang out at the Monte Carlo Country Club.Many Italian fans likely made the short trip along the coast from nearby San Remo — where Fognini grew up. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess He trailed by a set and 4-1 down during his first-round match against Andrey Rublev.“If you told me at the beginning of the week ‘See you on Sunday (for the final),’ I would laugh in your face,” Fognini said.The 48th-ranked Lajovic staged an impressive comeback of his own, meanwhile, rallying from 5-1 down to beat 10th-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1.That match was a suitable appetizer to the higher drama which followed.Nadal had dropped his first three service games Friday in his quarterfinal against Guido Pella, and the early signs were not good this time.His first game against Fognini lasted 12 minutes, with Nadal saving four break points before conceding the first of six breaks of serve in the match.In his quarterfinal and semifinal combined, Nadal conceded 23 break-point chances.But whether Fognini, who previously lost 11 times to Nadal overall, could capitalize seemed uncertain.The 31-year-old Italian can lose his temper on court, and it got the better of him during the fourth game.With heavy winds swirling around the court, Fognini’s towel flew off his seat and landed on the clay during the first point. He complained to the umpire, perhaps to get the point replayed, and then angrily put the offending towel into his drinks box. Italy’s Fabio Fognini reacts during the semifinal match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament against Spain’s Rafael Nadal in Monaco, Saturday, April, 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO — Fabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, stunning the defending champion 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final for the first time and hand Nadal his first defeat here since a loss to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals.Fognini had beaten Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but this was arguably the most impressive.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terence Crawford wins by TKO when Amir Khan doesn’t go on after low blow Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I have the game to play against him,” the 13th-seeded Fognini said. “I had nothing to lose.”He wasn’t concerned if Nadal was out of form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s not the question that I have to answer,” Fognini said. “I just say that I played an incredible match.” Yet the defeat could have been even more humiliating for Nadal, who had not lost a set here by 6-0 since the 2005 final — which he went on to win for the first of his record 11 titles.Fognini came so close to drubbing him in the second set. He served for the match at 5-0 and 40-0, but Nadal saved three match points, broke back and held.“I was lucky to win the two games,” said Nadal, who had not even lost a set here since conceding one in the second round against Britain’s Kyle Edmund in 2017.Serving again for the match at 5-2, Fognini hit a superb forehand down the line on his fourth match point. He next plays unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in their first-ever meeting, and one few would have predicted.Least of all Fognini.ADVERTISEMENT There have only been three winners here since 2005: Nadal, Djokovic (2013 and ’15) and Stan Wawrinka (’14).A new name will be on the trophy on Sunday. 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first_img pklPKL 7pro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019 First Published: October 3, 2019, 10:11 PM IST Panchkula: Puneri Paltan survived a second half charge from Telugu Titans to win 53-50 in a closely-fought Pro Kabaddi League 2019 match at the Tau Devilal Sports Complex in Panchkula on Thursday. Manjeet (12 points), Sushant Sail (11 points) and Surjeet Singh (7 tackle points) were the stars on the day while Emad Sedaghatnia’s Super Raid with three minutes remaining played a huge role in saving the day for Puneri Paltan.The defeat meant Telugu Titans’ chances of making it to the playoffs ended with UP Yoddha securing the final spot in the top six. Telugu Titans were the team playing for a playoffs berth and had much on the line when Pune came up with a fiery, pacy and determined display in a dominant first-half performance.Titans’ star raider Siddharth Desai was successfully tackled by Manjeet in the very first minute and that set the tempo for Puneri Paltan as they picked raid points with ease.Both Vishal Bhardwaj and Abozar Mighani, the left and right corners respectively, were absent in the starting seven for a much-changed Telugu Titans side and the Pune raiders, particularly Sushant Sail, exploited the lack of experience in the defence and picked points with ease.The Pune side inflicted the first All-Out in the 6th minute of the match to move to a 7-point lead and continued their good work to secured another All-Out in the 14th minute to open a 14-point gap.The Titans did claw back through some strong raids by the Siddharth Desai but two Super Tackles (by Sushant Sail and Surjeet Singh) ensured they prevented an All-Out.Surjeet clinched his High 5 as the first half ended with the scores 31-16 in favour of Puneri Paltan.Sushant Sail started the second half with a massive four-point Super Raid as Pune rushed to another All-Out in the third minute of the second half.Rakesh Gowda was having an impressive game as the raider for the Titans and his four-point raid in the fourth minute of the second half gave the Titans some much-needed impetus to push for an All-Out, which they secured in the 9th minute of the second half.Pune continued to approach ‘all guns blazing’ instead of seeing out the remainder of the time which allowed the Titans to clinch another All-Out with six minutes remaining to reduce the gap to nine points.The match became a tense affair in the closing minutes but a three-point Super Raid by Iranian Emad Sedaghatnia helped Pune open up a sizeable lead which their defenders could hold on to till the final whistle.(With PTI inputs) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img

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