20 Dec

Warriors’ Klay Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 loss, team confirms

first_imgKlay Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee Thursday night during the Warriors’ Game 6 loss to the Raptors, the Warriors confirmed late Thursday night.The news was initially reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.Thompson was leading the Warriors with 28 points in Game 6 when he went up for a dunk in the third quarter. He was fouled by Toronto’s Danny Green and landed awkwardly on his left leg.Warriors confirm Klay Thompson had an MRI that showed a torn ACL in his left knee — …last_img read more

19 Dec

Inspiring Life Tricks

first_imgThese tricks are enough to make an inventor run to the patent office.Animal TricksDesert lizard can sip water from sand through its feet and back (New Scientist): “What devilry is this? The thorny devil lizard uses its entire skin as a web of drinking straws to soak up water from soggy sand,” this article says. Someone has an idea for useful products. This lizard “might inspire technologies for gathering fresh water in deserts.”CT scans reveal birds’ built-in air conditioners (Science Daily): Scientists using a CT scanner on bird beaks were amazed at the complexity they found. Although bio-inspiration isn’t mentioned, that sounds like the logical next step, given their excitement with the images:“We had been studying the function of the bird bill as a heat radiator, with a focus on heat loss from the external surface and adaptation to local climates, when we began to wonder about the thermoregulatory processes that occur within the bill,” says Danner. “I remember the entire team assembled for the first time, huddled around a computer and looking in amazement at the first scans. The high resolution scans revealed many structures that we as experienced ornithologists had never seen or even imagined, and we were immediately struck by the beauty of the ornately structured anterior conchae and the neatly scrolled middle conchae.”Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Headaches (National Geographic): This is a review of the specialized structures in a woodpecker’s head and body that allow it to bang its beak repeatedly into wood without hurting itself. It’s a “good evolutionary design” according to writer Liz Langley. Liz does admit the design is good enough for human intelligence to imitate: “The woodpecker’s capacity to absorb blows has even inspired a system to reduce concussions in sports such as football.”Mussel power: Researches develop underwater glue (Phys.org): “Even the strongest glues collapse when soaked,” says a reporter thinking about that wet bandage falling off. “However, with support from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), one researcher has developed a nature-inspired adhesive that stays sticky when wet.” He got the secret from mussels.Insects can teach us how to create better technologies (The Conversation): Author Predrag Slijepcevic is thinking primarily about the eusociality of ants, termites and other insects that cooperate without harming the environment. Their societies can be brutal, however, with caste systems and slave labor; he probably wouldn’t want to live like a worker ant. He may have a point, though: even Solomon said, “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6-8).Plant TricksStomatal design principles in synthetic and real leaves (Phys.org): An image published by the Royal Society at the top of this article leads to a discussion of “design principles” in the gas-exchange pores in leaves, called stomata. “The paper looks at stomata geometry, combining biomimetic experiments and theory, to understand the link between environmental factors, such as light, water and carbon dioxide availability, and plant productivity relative to stomatal design.”Research on photosynthetic antenna complexes illuminates how they harvest light in plants, algae and bacteria (Phys.org): Question: did Darwinism or intelligent design inspire these scientists at Washington University?Walk through any woods, branches swaying overhead, and you’re surrounded by billions of the world’s most efficient systems for collecting energy. Inside every leaf, blade of grass, and algal cell, clusters of proteins and tiny pigments, called photosynthetic antenna complexes, capture sunshine.Improving our understanding of antenna complexes could help scientists develop artificial systems that mimic leaves by turning sunlight into electricity or fuel. It could also lay the foundation for making the process of photosynthesis in plants, algae, and microbes more efficient.Toadstool footstools: Are organisms manufacturing’s future? (Phys.org): Technically, fungi are not plants (depending on one’s taxonomic system), but they share some characteristics. A company called Ecovative Systems is building park benches out of fungal material. “The sturdy stools and spongy cushions made at an upstate New York factory are formed with fungus,” this article says. What are the benefits? They self-assemble into molds, they’re soft like cushions yet strong, and they’re environmentally friendly. So is biomimetics good for science? Ask Andrew Pelling of the University of Ottawa.“We’re living in a biological stone age now,” he said. “I think we shouldn’t underestimate how much complexity there is in biology and I think there are still a lot of mysteries to figure out before we have real full control to dial in anything you want to grow or make or repair,” Pelling said. “And for me, that’s the exciting part.“Cell TricksNew technology taps power of diatoms to dramatically improve sensor performance (Science Daily): This article preaches about miracles. So to speak. “Researchers at Oregon State University have combined one of nature’s tiny miracles, the diatom, with a version of inkjet printing and optical sensing to create an exceptional sensing device that may be up to 10 million times more sensitive than some other commonly used approaches.”Computers made of genetic material? Researchers conduct electricity using DNA-based nanowires (Science Daily): Since silicon chips are approaching their theoretical limits, why not look to the masterful organization of DNA for inspiration? “One method could be the self-organization of complex components from molecules and atoms,” this article says. “Scientists have now made an important advance: the physicists conducted a current through gold-plated nanowires, which independently assembled themselves from single DNA strands.”Chemists create clusters of organelles by mimicking nature (Science Daily): Scientists at the University of Basel would like to invent molecular factories, so they study how cells work. The article says that cells do it by “self-organization,” but only because of software in the genetic code that directs the materials. Intelligent design is evident in their descriptions: “This strategy inspired by nature goes beyond the actual self-organization approaches, since it also allows the integration of various requirements such as the fine tuning of the distance between the compartments or different topologies ‘on demand.’”A bioinspired iron catalyst for nitrate and perchlorate reduction (Science Magazine): As useful as nitrates and perchlorates are for agriculture, they pollute. Inspired by enzymes that can break down these substances, scientists developed an artificial catalyst that mimics the active site. Upon breaking down the pollutant, it regenerates itself and releases DHMO (dihydrogen monoxide – i.e., water).Bioelectronics at the speed of life (Science Daily): The highly-selective channels in cell membranes inspired an advance in Europe: a “microfabricated ion pump built from organic electronic components.” Think of how fast your nerves send a message to your brain when you stub your toe. With this new device, “ions can be sent to nerve or muscle cells at the speed of the nervous system and with a precision of a single cell.” It doesn’t get much better than that. It took ten years of work to match what nature does every day.We love to prove to readers over and over that “design thinking” is the future of science – inspired by nature’s superb technology. It stimulates research, brings understanding, and bears fruit for the good of the planet and the benefit of mankind. We’re also noticing that more articles about biomimetics seem to be dropping the compulsion to credit Darwin for life’s designs. Charlie never had any credit on his account, anyway.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

17 Dec

The Newest Geocacher of the Month is….

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community” The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoinFeel’n down? Feel’n like the world’s missing good people? Check out the comments in the North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month. All three nominees for Geocacher of the Month contribute to their local communities and inspire geocachers around the globe. They’re good-hearted, welcoming folks who are passionate about sharing the joys of geocaching.Each of the geocachers will receive special recognition and a prize package for their contribution to the adventure of geocaching. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ reviews community input and blog comments. Each comment is read and posts in native languages are encouraged.hurleyanne – Geocacher of the MonthIn a tough decision, the irrepressibly enthusiastic hurleyanne is named the Geocacher of the Month for April 2014. One comment reads, “She’s enthusiastic about teaching others and makes sure no one is excluded. She’s a superb asset to the geocaching community!”Another read, “She is one of the most generous cachers around, always quick to offer assistance to newbie cachers online and in person, and has the experience to back it up. She has taken it upon herself to compile lists of caches in the area that need maintenance and organize maintenance for those geocaches by those willing to help, and other interesting ‘bucket lists’ of caches, that inspire people to get out of town and explore our beautiful province. Just to show how much she enjoys the friends she has made through geocaching, she made her own wedding into a geocaching event!”Congratulations again to hurleyanne for earning the Geocacher of the Month for April.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

17 Dec

Google Real-Time Search Is Now Live

first_imgGoogle turned on real-time search on its main site this morning with little fanfare, after a huge announcement and demo earlier this week. Go to google.com and search for a news query (Obama Nobel will work) or for something like “marshallk on twitter” and you’ll see a live streaming section of the page displaying messages from Twitter, newly updated web pages and other real-time information.Yahoo! announced its integration of Twitter alone in its search results today, but it’s buried in obscure parts of the site and isn’t based on access to the full Twitter fire hose. Google’s implementation is much better than what Yahoo! or Bing are doing and is going to introduce millions of people to the concept of real-time search for the first time. As we wrote on Monday: The new type of results are well-integrated, unobtrusive, diverse in contents and formatted simply. It appears to be a job very well done.The new Google Real-Time Search includes far more than just Twitter results. In addition to newly updated web pages it will also include updates from users of MySpace, Facebook, open-source Twitter alternative Identi.ca and more.As we wrote in our recent research report on the real-time web and its future, Google was already quite strong on real-time search with the addition of Google News results and timely Google Suggest items to the search experience. Google has been working on real-time search for years. In the spring of 2006, the story goes, Google launched Google Finance onto the Web and was promptly dismayed to find that the service didn’t appear in a Google search for its own name later that day. It was after that, and a few other similar experiences, that Google engineers created an algorithm called QDF, or Query Deserves Freshness. QDF determines when results for a query need to be augmented with the newest content available, in addition to the content with the highest PageRank. The inclusion of this type of real-time search result into the Google results page could be of comparable significance to the addition of news, videos and images via the OneBox program in 2006. Thanks to Bob Ngu on Twitter for the heads up that this was live. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#NYT#Real-Time Web#web Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

28 Nov

Scrapped event ruins Sudha’s quest for Olympic berth

first_imgIn a bizarre development, the 3,000m steeplechase at the National Open Athletics Championships was cancelled due to a lack of participants.Apart from the embarrassment it caused the organisers, it also deprived Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh of an opportunity to qualify for the London Olympics.The Railways runner will now have to participate in events outside India to make it to the quadrennial extravaganza.According to the original starting list there were 10 competitors but only two Sudha and teammate Kiran Tiwari – reported for the event.According to the rules, more than two competitors from different teams should be involved for an event to go ahead.Sudha’s coach JS Bhatia came down hard on the organisers for their alleged mishandling of the matter. “Sudha is in a great form right now. Recently she eclipsed her own national record effort of 9:55.47 during practice in Bangalore and she could have reached the Olympic qualification mark of 9:48 minutes. Now we will have to wait till next year,” he said.”This kind of occurrence is highly unexpected, especially in an event like this where Olympic qualification is at stake.” Sudha echoed her coach’s sentiments.”This is the last domestic event this year and I have to wait till next year just because there were not enough competitors,” she rued.There were further glitches on the part of the organisers as the initial starting list had four names which appeared twice. So in effect, there were only six competitors instead of 10.”There were some organisational glitches. Those names should not have been repeated. We will definitely look into the matter,” CK Walson, chairman of the technical committee, said.advertisementThe penultimate day threw up another curious case in men’s 400m hurdles as Satender Singh and Avin A Thomas were adjudged gold medallists after a dead heat.In a rare case, they could not be separated in the photo finish and both were awarded a gold each after clocking an identical 51.49s.Railways lead the medal tally with nine gold, nine silver and six bronze while ONGC have won five gold, two silver and one bronze medal for a tally of eight. Punjab are placed third place with four gold and one bronze medal.last_img read more

16 Nov

Kanchelskis marvels at Cantona

first_imgEric Cantona Kanchelskis: I was lucky to play with Manchester United great Cantona Dom Farrell Last updated 1 year ago 23:52 12/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) EricCantonaRoyKeaneAndreiKanchelskis - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Manchester United v Manchester City Premier League Technique, vision, passing… the frenchman had it all according to his former Manchester United team-mate Andrei Kanchelskis Andrei Kanchelskis feels privileged to have played alongside Eric Cantona during their time at Manchester United.Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of Cantona’s United debut as a half-time substitute during a 2-1 win over Manchester City at Old Trafford.The enigmatic Frenchman’s arrival from Leeds United proved to be the spark for United’s incredible run of success in the 1990s under Alex Ferguson and he collected four league titles, while his goals in FA Cup finals helped to turn two of those into domestic doubles. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kanchelskis joined United in 1991 and the livewire winger burned brightly alongside Cantona before falling out of favour with Ferguson and joining Everton in 1995.years since the King took to the throne at Old Trafford…  pic.twitter.com/iOazU1eJYb— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 6, 2017″I was very, very luck to play with Cantona,” the former Russia winger told Omnisport, speaking at the signing of his book Russian Winters: The Story of Andrei Kanchelskis (deCoubertin).”When he came to Manchester he was a different style of player [than we were used to]. He was very clever with good technique, good vision and good passing.”I saw him score a lot of goals and he was a nice person. I was lucky to play with and against a lot of good players in Manchester, at Everton, in Italy but especially Eric.”I was very comfortable playing with Eric. He was an excellent player.”United host City in the latest edition of the fixture where Cantona made his bow this Sunday.last_img read more

7 Nov

2015/16 TFSA League grand final results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League grand finals on Friday night. Mixed OpenCentral Scorpions 8 defeated Vipers 3Women’s Open Central Scorpions 4 defeated Eastern Stingrays 3Men’s Open Vipers 15 defeated Eastern Stingrays 9To see photos from the night, please visit the Touch Football South Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballsa. Related LinksTFSA League finalslast_img

13 Oct

Bombardier signs deal to sell Aventra trains in United Kingdom

first_imgBERLIN – Bombardier Transportation (TSX:BBD.B) has signed a deal to supply 333 new rail cars, along with a contract for maintenance work, with a U.K. rail company.Corelink Rail Infrastructure and West Midlands Trains will receive 333 new Bombardier Aventra vehicles for use on the United Kingdom’s West Midlands Trains franchise.The rolling stock and maintenance contracts are worth about $928 million Canadian.Bombardier will produce the electric carriages at its facility in Derby, England, with the new trains expected to be delivered between 2020 and 2022.Bombardier was named the preferred bidder for the contract in October.“Our modern Aventra trains will be built in the Midlands for the Midlands, and will transform the travel experience for passengers on the new West Midlands Trains franchise,” said Richard Hunter, the U.K. managing director for Bombardier Transportation.“This is part of a huge investment happening up and down the country and will make a real difference to passengers,” said Chris Grayling, the U.K. secretary of state for transport.“We are delivering the biggest rail modernization program for over a century. West Midlands passengers will see longer, more frequent trains, faster journeys and a more reliable service for passengers.”Montreal-based Bombardier’s transportation division is headquartered in Berlin.last_img read more

13 Oct

Contract ratified Wage gains benefits protected for Manitoba Safeway workers

first_imgWINNIPEG – Unionized workers at Safeway stores in Manitoba have ratified a four-year contract that provides pay increases in the third and fourth years and preserves benefits and seniority.The union that represents about 2,200 employees in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Neepawa and Dauphin says 98 per cent of those who voted on Sunday supported the deal.A tentative agreement with Sobeys had been reached earlier this month, just hours before members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 were in a legal strike position.The union says on its website that the bargaining committee was able to preserve rights and benefits for workers and to avoid major concessions.Jacquelin Weatherbee, director of external communications for Sobeys, had said during negotiations that the company was committed to working toward a deal that worked for everyone.It was the first full round of negotiations since Sobeys took over ownership of the Safeway brand in Western Canada in 2013.“I couldn’t be more proud of our bargaining committee and our members for giving us such a strong strike mandate that made this deal possible,” Jeff Traeger, president of Local 832, said in a statement.“They (Sobeys) were pushing hard for major concessions since day one. It wasn’t until the final hours of bargaining that we were able to make serious movement and come up with a tentative agreement that works for both sides.”No details of the contract were immediately released.“Knowing the realities that the company faces, our bargaining committee got the best contract possible,” said Traeger.The union said during negotiations that Sobeys was planning to shut down 10 stores in Manitoba.(Companies in this story: TSX:SBY)last_img read more

12 Oct

Postpoll fracas rages on in Bhatpara Madan lodges complaint against BJP

first_imgKolkata: Post-poll violence continued in Bhatpara on Monday, after the area became chaotic on the day of the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections. After the polling process ended on Sunday evening, crude bombs were hurled and bullets were fired in several areas of the Bhatpara Assembly constituency throughout the night.Both BJP and Trinamool Congress accused each other for the violence in Bhatpara. Madan Mitra, the Trinamool candidate contesting from the Bhatpara constituency, lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against BJP workers on Monday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTill Monday, police initiated two suo moto FIRs and arrested 34 persons for alleged rioting. Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, Siddh Nath Gupta informed that section 144 has been imposed in Bhatpara on Monday. After the polling process concluded on Sunday, Meghna, Arya Road and Chalta Road areas turned into battlegrounds as workers of both the parties got involved in clashes. It has been alleged that BJP backed goons attacked Trinamool workers and set fire to some of their houses. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySince Sunday night, Rapid Action Force (RAF) and Combat Force along with Central Forces were deputed in the area, to maintain law and order. On Monday, Mitra went to the EC along with Trinamool youth leader Samrat Topadar and lodged a complaint against BJP for allegedly instigating violence in Bhatpara. “On Sunday, Central Forces practically gave protection to the hooligans who had hurled crude bombs targeting my car. Arjun Singh is spreading lies stating that I had instigated violence with the help of outsiders, when he is the person who is creating violence,” said Mitra. Meanwhile, BJP workers and supporters put up a blockade at Kankinara railway station since 7:05 am on Monday morning. As a result, train services were disrupted on the Sealdah-Ranaghat section for almost two and a half hours. Following this, BJP workers agitated in front of Jagaddal police station, demanding immediate release of the persons arrested. Later, police intervened and forced the BJP workers to withdraw the agitation. Normal services resumed in the section after 9:13 am. Due to the blockade for such a long time during peak hours, 20 local trains had to be cancelled. Seven Up and four Down local trains had to be short terminated, while 13 local trains ran late. As a result, daily commuters had to face immense harassment. A RAF personnel was hit by a bullet fired by miscreants on Sunday. The injured person, identified as Raju Dey, was rushed to a private hospital in Mukundapur where he underwent a major surgery on Monday. Several others were also injured in shootouts across the area. The bullet had entered through the cheek bone on the right side of his face and got stuck under the right ear, next to a crucial nerve. After almost two and half hours of surgery, the bullet was extracted.last_img read more