Munster in action against Edinburgh tonight

first_imgThe province’s proud record of 22 consecutive seasons competing in the Champions Cup is at risk as they prepare to host Edinburgh in Cork.Anthony Foley’s men are trailing Edinburgh in the battle for a top-six finish this season and desperately need a win tonight to get back into contention for qualification to Europe’s top tier.There’s four changes in the pack for the Reds- one of them is injury-enforced as Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan has been ruled-out as he follows the return-to-play protocols, which means that Dave Foley will partner Billy Holland in the second-row.  Dave Kilcoyne and Niall Scannell come into the front-row, while Dave O’Callaghan starts at blindside flanker, which means that CJ Stander will revert to no.8. The only change behind the scrum is the return of Andrew Conway to the make three – replacing Ronan O’Mahony, who is on the benchThat game kicks-off at 7.35, which is also the start time in Glasgow where defending champions the Warriors will host Zebre.An hour earlier, Connacht will be in action in Italy as they seek to regain the top-spot in the table.Robbie Henshaw, Aly Muldowney and team-captain John Muldoon have all been named on the bench for today’s visit to face Treviso.last_img read more

Podcast exploding the Cambrian and building a DNA database for forensics

first_img First, we hear from science writer Joshua Sokol about his trip to the Cambrian—well not quite. He talks with host Megan Cantwell about his travels to a remote site in the mountains of British Columbia where some of Earth’s first animals—including a mysterious, alien-looking creature—are spilling out of Canadian rocks.  Also on this week’s show, host Sarah Crespi talks with James Hazel a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings at Vanderbilt University in Nashville about a proposal for creating a universal forensic DNA database. He and his co-authors argue that current, invasive practices such as law enforcement subpoenaing medical records, commercial genetic profiles, and other sets of extremely detailed genetic information during criminal investigations, would be curtailed if a forensics-use-only universal database were created.    This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.  Read a transcript (PDF)Listen to previous podcasts.  About the Science Podcast (PHOTO) JOHN LEHMANN; (FOSSIL) ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM last_img read more