Portugal beats Albania

first_imgELBASAN, Albania (AP):Portugal closed in on a spot at the European Championship after midfielder Miguel Veloso scored in injury time to snatch a 1-0 win from Albania in qualifying yesterday.Both teams had hit the woodwork before Veloso headed in substitute Ricardo Quaresma’s pass for the late winner.”I thought the ball was for me, and fortunately, it made it,” Veloso said.Elsewhere, Denmark was stymied by Armenia for a second 0-0 draw in four days, complicating the Danes’ chances to secure a berth for the 2016 tournament with a top-two finish in the group.Portugal increased its lead of Group I to 15 points. Denmark has 12 while Albania has 11, but both Portugal and Albania have a game in hand.Portugal’s Nani hit the goal frame in the 13th minute, while Sokol Cikalleshi of Albania sent a shot off the bar in the 75th.Two minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo had an opportunity to put Portugal in front, but goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a save.The victory came exactly one year after Albania stunned Portugal 1-0.Armenia has two points, while Serbia is in last place with one.”After halftime our team had one of its worst matches,” said Denmark coach Morten Olsen. “We failed in the last 20 minutes. The Armenians also proved they can play. The fact they have only got two points must be a mistake.”Portugal hosts Denmark on Oct. 8 when a draw will be enough to qualify, while Albania plays Serbia at home.last_img read more

Markkanen, hot-shooting Bulls top playoff-bound Wizards

first_imgChicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen, drives as Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott guards during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Chicago. The Bulls won 113-94. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO — After coach Fred Hoiberg went home sick, rookie Lauri Markkanen and the Chicago Bulls came out shooting feverishly.Markkanen scored 23 points and connected on 5 of 8 3-pointers to lead Chicago to a 113-94 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Bobby Portis had 18 points and hit 4 of 5 from long range, and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 points. The Bulls shot 52.4 percent overall from the floor and were 18-for-34 on 3s — matching their season high — as Hoiberg missed the game with an upper-respiratory infection.Hoiberg left United Center before tipoff, leaving associate head coach Jim Boylen to direct Chicago to its second straight win following a seven-game skid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I thought we were focused from the start,” Boylen said. “We talked about a first-quarter edge. I thought we had it.”The Bulls sizzled early against the playoff-bound Wizards, who rested five-time All-Star John Wall. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “That’s different than Fred calling me at 9 (a.m.), saying, ‘I think I’m struggling. You’ve got to be ready,’” Boylen said.Boylen admitted he had fun coaching, but added, “I feel bad for Fred. I’ve never seen him this sick before.”TIP-INSWizards: Brooks said Wall “felt pretty good” on Sunday, but plans for how to use the star in Washington’s final five regular-season games haven’t been finalized. Washington plays two back-to-back sets down the stretch. … F Markieff Morris started on Sunday after leaving Saturday’s game with flu-like symptoms after nine minutes.Bulls: G Zach LaVine (left knee tendinitis) and G Kris Dunn (right toe sprain) both missed their ninth straight games. Hoiberg, who met with reporters before the game despite being ill, said their status is day-to-day. … G Antonio Blakeney (left wrist fracture) and F Paul Zipser (left foot pain) also were inactive. … Robin Lopez was back in the lineup, starting at center on his 30th birthday, after sitting out Friday’s 90-82 win in Orlando. Lopez was fined $25,000 for yelling at officials and failing to leave the court quickly after he was ejected in the fourth quarter of Chicago’s loss at Miami on Thursday.UP NEXTWizards: Visit Houston on Tuesday in the second game of a three-game trip.Bulls: Host Charlotte on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Simmons, Sixers beat Hornets 10th straight win Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago shot 60.9 percent in the quarter and connected on 8 of 11 3-point attempts, with Markkanen and Portis each sinking three from long range.Markkanen nailed his first 3 just over three minutes in to set an early rhythm.“Of course it helps when you make the first one, but I always think it’s going in,” said the 20-year-old Finn. “Just trying to take my normal shots and today they were falling a little bit better.”“We ran a couple of things for him early just to get him to his spots where he can score and make plays,” Boylen added.The Bulls kept connecting. Chicago upped its field-goal percentage to 64.3 and went 11-for-17 on 3s in the first half. Markkanen led with 15 points and four 3-pointers at the break and Chicago ahead 68-59.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Otto Porter Jr. led the Wizards with 17 points. Bradley Beal scored 15 points and reserve Mike Scott added 14.Wall remained on the bench against Chicago after playing 33 minutes in his first game in over two months on Saturday. The slick point guard had 15 points and 14 assists in the Wizards’ playoff-clinching 107-93 win over Charlotte.Before Saturday, Wall had last played on Jan. 25, six days before he underwent left knee surgery. The Wizards went 15-12 during that absence and they were flat on Sunday without their high-tempo star whom coach Scott Brooks called his team’s “Ferrari.”“We made the playoffs, but are we just excited about making the playoffs?” Brooks said. “That’s the question we have to ask.“We weren’t ready mentally. When you’re not ready mentally you’re not going to have a chance to win and that was the game tonight. They were just running their offense and we were chasing them around with no purpose.”The Bulls opened a 15-point lead late in the first quarter before Washington finished the frame with a 6-0 run to cut it to 36-27. Getting a lift from Scott and others off their bench, the Wizards trimmed the Bulls’ lead to four points three times in the second quarter.The Bulls maintained their hot shooting pace throughout first half before cooling down in the second.“They came out and just shot 3s,” Beal said. “That’s pretty much all they did. For the most part, we couldn’t guard the 3-point line.”Chicago then effectively managed its lead — and used all but one bench player — before pulling away late.NOT THE FIRST TIMEBoylen stepped in as a head coach once before, taking over for Gregg Popovich with San Antonio on Jan. 17, 2014, after Popovich was ejected in a loss to Portland. View commentslast_img read more

AG admits intervening to dismiss charges against Ministers

first_img‒ Nandlall says confession grounds for resignationA stunning admission made by Attorney General Basil Williams that his office played a role in saving several Ministers from private criminal charges has initiated calls from his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, for his resignation.In an article published by Sunday’s edition of the Guyana Chronicle, it was stated that Williams bragged to the newspaper during an interview that ‘representation through his office prevented the private charges from continuing against them (Ministers)’. At the time, Williams was laying out his achievements to make a case for re-election as People’s National Congress (PNC) Chairman.The parliamentary Opposition had filed criminal charges against Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton; Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Public Sector Minister, Dr RupertFormer Attorney General Anil NandlallRoopnaraine and Finance Minister Winston Jordan, for various alleged infractions.Interestingly, those charges never made it to court, as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) threw them out after review. Nandlall drew attention to the fact that the DPP is a constitutional office protected from interference by the laws of Guyana. Considering the role of the Attorney General as the legal representative of the State, this, the former AG noted, constitutes grounds for resignation.“The above constitutes an unassailable admission by the Attorney General of political interference with an independent constitutional agency,” Nandlall wrote in a social media post.“It also corroborates my long-held view that the criminal charges instituted against former Ministers and officials of the [People’s Progressive Party/Civic] PPP/C Administration are politically directed. In most democratic countries, this admission would be the basis of a resignation!” he noted, adding that this amounted to disrespect for the Constitution and the arms of the State.The DPP’s office itself is supposed to be protected from State directives by the Constitution of Guyana. Article 187 (4) of the Constitution states “In the exercise of the powers conferred upon him or her by this article, the Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.”The chargesFollowing the charges brought by the PPP against Norton and Lawrence, the courtAttorney General Basil Williamsheard that Minister Lawrence, while being and performing the duties of Public Health Minister of the Government of Guyana, between January 16, 2017 and February 16, 2017, wilfully misconducted herself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification.Moreover, Lawrence was accused of authorising the unapproved single- sourcing and purchase of drugs and medical supplies for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) from ANSA McAL Trading Limited, for the excessive sum of $605,962,200.Norton, on the other hand, was also accused of wilfully misconducting himself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, when he authorised or caused the rental of the property known as and situated at 29 Sussex Street, Albouystown, in the city of Georgetown from Linden Holdings Incorporated, a Limited Liability Company, for the sum of $12,500,000, exclusive of VAT, per month, by way of a written Agreement of Tenancy at an excessive rate of rental.”Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan had granted two summonses for the respectiveDirector of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-HackMinisters, ordering them to appear before the court on April 24. They never did, as the day before their day in court, it was announced that the DPP, Shalimar Ali Hack, nixed the charges.The PPP then filed more charges, this time against Minister Jordan, Minister Patterson and Minister Roopnaraine for alleged breaches of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc for the construction of the D’Urban Park Project.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment, while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and abuse of public trust for having received in his capacity as director the $906 million in public funds while serving as Minister.Summonses were also issued for these three Ministers by Chief Magistrate McLennan, with the matters adjourned to April 30, 2018. But the Ministers never saw the inside of the courtroom, as the DPP again discontinued the charges on April 26.She had affirmed that the matters must first be investigated by the Police. Since then, there has been no word on a Police investigation and Jordan has personally filed a libel lawsuit against PPP/C parliamentarian Juan Edghill for his role in the second charge.last_img read more

Local speed skaters to represent B.C. at Nationals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Twenty-two-speed skaters from British Columbia were selected this week to represent the province for the upcoming Canadian Age Class Long Track event in February.The team is comprised of eight skaters from the Peace Region who were chosen for the event after their performances at last weekends Provincials. Emma North, Sidney Bennie, Hannah North, Brooke Braun, Nicholas Guliov, Nyam Newlove and Joshua Telizyn of Fort St. John were named to the team. Brynn Hallam was the long skater from Dawson Creek.This is an age restricted event as the Girls age group will consist of 11- to 14-year-olds, while the Boys group is made up of 12- to 15-year-olds.- Advertisement -The event takes place in Quebec City from February 10th to 11th.last_img read more


first_imgThe winner of the Specsavers competition in conjunction with Donegal Daily is Margaret Gallagher, Ballyshannon.Margaret has won TWO tickets to this weekend’s match between Donegal and Dublin at Croke Park.It’s one of the most highly anticipated matches in the GAA for years, as the All-Ireland winners from 2012 take on the All-Ireland winners from 2011 and 2013. Congratulations to Margaret and the lucky friend she decides to bring with her for what promises to be a wonderful occasion.WINNER OF THE TWO TICKETS TO SEE DONEGAL VERSUS DUBLIN IS…….. was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitiondonegaldublinFeaturesMatch ticketsnewsNoticesSpecsaverslast_img read more

NFL Caps

first_img BILLS20 DOLPHINS14 ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – No matter who the starting quarterback was, Nate Clements and Buffalo’s veteran defense wouldn’t let this one get away. With Buffalo on the verge of squandering a 17-point lead, Clements stripped Miami running back Ronnie Brown of the ball, securing the victory. The turnover, Miami’s fifth of the game, came with 1:37 left and with the Dolphins threatening inside the Bills 30. The Bills (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and gave Kelly Holcomb a win, the veteran backup getting his first start of the season in place of J.P. Losman. Holcomb completed 11 of his first 15 attempts and engineered scoring drives on Buffalo’s first three possessions. He finished 20 of 26 for 169 yards and a touchdown. Willis McGahee had 86 yards rushing and a touchdown and Eric Moulds had 59 yards receiving and a score. Rian Lindell also hit two field goals, including a 47-yarder. The Dolphins (2-2), coming off a bye week, couldn’t overcome their undisciplined play. Miami committed a franchise-record 18 penalties for 108 yards. KEY NUMBER: 4 Consecutive games that Miami tight end Randy McMichael has scored in, becoming the first Dolphins player to do so in a single season since Mark Clayton in 1988. MISC: Holcomb’s first-half numbers alone – 14 of 20 for 118 yards – bettered what Losman managed in his last three outings _113 against Tampa Bay and 75 each against Atlanta and New Orleans SEAHAWKS37 RAMS31 ST. LOUIS – Joe Jurevicius, vaulted to the top of Seattle’s depth chart because of injuries, had a career-best nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown, and Shaun Alexander ran for a pair of scores in a victory over St. Louis. The Seahawks – playing without Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram – moved into first place in the NFC West. Seattle (3-2) ended a four-game losing streak against the Rams that included a first-round playoff loss last season. Steven Jackson had 79 yards rushing and a touchdown and 62 yards receiving for the Rams (2-3), who couldn’t keep pace due to a porous defense that has surrendered 81 points the last two games. Chris Johnson returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a Rams touchdown, the team’s first runback in five seasons, but it was all downhill from there for St. Louis. The Seahawks totaled 433 yards in total offense to hand the Rams a rare home loss. St. Louis is 40-10 at home since 1999, the best in the NFL. KEY NUMBER: 0 Turnovers committed by Seattle on Sunday. MISC: Jurevicius’ previous receiving best came with the Bucs, an eight-catch performance for 100 yards on Dec. 8, 2002 against the Falcons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Chicago running back Thomas Jones rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries, but left midway through the fourth quarter with an injured right knee. Dilfer, who had two interceptions in the first half, finished 22 for 34 for 218 yards. KEY NUMBER: 15-35 Cleveland’s record at Browns Stadium since returning to the league as an expansion team in 1999. MISC: The Browns have forced a turnover in a league-high 17 straight games. CLEVELAND – Trent Dilfer connected with wide receiver Antonio Bryant for two touchdowns in a 38-second span late in the fourth quarter as Cleveland rallied to top sputtering Chicago. With the Browns (2-2) trailing 10-6, Dilfer, making his 100th career start, hit Bryant for a 33-yard TD with 3:02 left. The scoring strike was Dilfer’s 100th career TD pass, and five plays later, he got No. 101. center_img After Bears rookie quarterback Kyle Orton’s fumble was recovered by Chris Crocker, Dilfer found Bryant on the same route in the left corner, this time a 28-yard TD that put the Browns up by 10 points with 2:24 remaining. The Bears (1-3) were undone by costly mistakes and an offense that couldn’t get much going behind Orton, who went 16 for 26 for 117 yards. last_img read more

Oaks Christian could face Malibu twice

first_imgThe boys’ water polo team at Oaks Christian of Westlake Village circled Oct. 19 on its calendar the day schedules were finalized last summer. It was to be their first shot at Frontier League power Malibu. The Lions, ready to contend for the league title, might get an earlier look at Malibu. If both win their first three games at the Oxnard tournament, they’ll meet in the semifinals at Oxnard on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. “We haven’t seen them play all year, so I think it would be a good thing if we played them Saturday,” Oaks Christian coach Stuart Craft said. “It’s kind of tough for us, because we have to play them first (Wednesday in Frontier play) at their pool, so we’d like to get a look at them Saturday and get a feel for them.” Malibu has never lost a Frontier League game. Oaks Christian hoped to challenge the Sharks for the league title last year, but, said Craft, “They were just too good, and we were too young.” Oaks Christian (16-1) has won both tournaments – the season-opening Conejo Valley Tournament and last weekend’s Santa Maria tournament – it has entered. Ryan Balikian was MVP of the Santa Maria tournament after scoring seven goals in a 10-4 victory over Bullard of Fresno in the championship. Junior Jonnie Pare and senior Manuel Gonzalez were all-tournament selections. Pare, despite 10 stitches above his eye – he was kneed in the head playing hackey-sack – scored two goals in the title game. Splitting Time: Agoura goalie Ryan Paris established himself as one of the top freshman in the area last season, but he’s been sharing time in goal this season with senior Daniel Rozzen. Agoura coach Dusty Litvak said he likes Rozzen’s experience and size but prefers to start Paris. “They’re both extremely talented,” Litvak said. “No disrespect to anyone else in our league, but I think we have the two best goalies in the league.” If Paris isn’t sharp, or Litvak wants to change things up, Rozzen gets the call. In Tuesday’s 8-7 loss to Royal of Simi Valley, Paris allowed three goals near the end of the first quarter. Rozzen came on in the second quarter, allowed just four goals in the final two periods and finished with 10 saves. Litvak said it was Rozzen’s best game of the season. Poll Watching: La Canada remains atop the Southern Section Div. III poll for the third consecutive week. The Spartans are coming off a 19-8 rout of South Pasadena; Gamal Rady scored six goals. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City climbed to No. 1 in the Div. I poll, it’s highest ranking this season. The Wolverines beat powerful Wilson of Long Beach 7-6 in triple overtime on Oct. 1 and 9-6 in the semifinals of last weekend’s the Irvine S&R Cup. Royal is the ranked fourth in Div. IV, followed by No. 5 Agoura, No. 6 Moorpark, No. 8 Oaks Christian, No. 9 Westlake and No. 10 Thousand Oaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGardai have reopened an investigation after a man died a month after being involved in a road collision in West Donegal.Padraig McFadden, died at the weekend following the crash in Gaoth Dobhair on October 29th.He was injured when his car collided with a lorry in the townland of Carrickboyle. At the time Gardai did not believe the collision was serious.However further investigations were carried out on the stretch of road yesterday following the death of the man.A Garda spokesman confirmed: “A serious road traffic collision occured on 29th October, 2013 and the injured man has since passed away so it will be reclassified as a Fatal Road Traffic Collision and the matter is under investigation.”The dead man was 79 and was from the Knockfolla/Brinaleck area. He had returned there several years ago after spending many years in Glasgow.Mr McFadden was laid to rest on Monday. GARDAI LAUNCH INVESTIGATION AFTER MAN DIES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentdeathDonegal Gaoth DobhairGardailast_img read more

Planning Your Next Revolutionary Invention

first_imgTo innovate something people will want, follow the leader: the Creator of living creatures.Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces (Science Daily): Chinese inventors looked at cicada wings to design new antireflective materials with titanium oxide. Why cicadas, you ask? “The surfaces of the insect’s wings are composed of highly ordered, tiny vertical ‘nano-nipple’ arrays,” the article explains. In both the wing and the designed material, “The multiple reflective and scattering effects of the antireflective structures prevented the incident light from returning to the outside atmosphere.”New approach for screening toxic chemicals mimics mammal senses (PhysOrg): Your tongue and your nose—and those of other mammals—are inspiring inventors at the University of Leicester. It would be nice if machines could find poisons by smell and chemical sensing. “The study was originally inspired by the operating principle of the electronic noses and tongues systems which mimic mammalian smell and taste recognition, combining semi-specific sensors and chemometric techniques for monitoring biochemical processes.”Beaver-inspired wetsuits in the works (Science Daily): Researchers at MIT looked into the fur structure of the beaver to design better insulation for divers. Since it doesn’t require a thick fat layer of material or long fur, the diver won’t have to look like Cookie Monster.Beavers and sea otters lack the thick layer of blubber that insulates walruses and whales. And yet these small, semiaquatic mammals can keep warm and even dry while diving, by trapping warm pockets of air in dense layers of fur. Inspired by these fuzzy swimmers, engineers have now fabricated fur-like, rubbery pelts and used them to identify a mechanism by which air is trapped between individual hairs when the pelts are plunged into liquid.A novel bio-mimicking, planar nano-edge microelectrode enables enhanced long-term neural recording (Scientific Reports): A recent article on CEH discussed how memory is probably encoded in the brain’s synapses (10/18/16). Now, “Inspired by the structural attributes of a synaptic cleft, our team reports here on the next generation of planar microelectrode arrays with nano-edges offering high fidelity recordings over long time periods.”Researchers probing the beneficial secrets in dolphins’ proteins (PhysOrg): “Why reinvent the wheel when nature has the answer?” ask Sver Aune and Dawn Brazell in this article. The dolphins jumping in the photo have a secret: “protective proteins that may contain clues to treatments for aging-associated diseases in humans.” It’s par for the course in “the field of biomimicry, where researchers look to nature for creative solutions to human problems.”Uplink Scheduling of Navigation Constellation Based on Immune Genetic Algorithm (PLoS One): Although this paper does not reference any particular organism, it draws on the “immune genetic algorithm” which is “based on the theory of immunity in biology” according to a paper published by the IEEE.Quick! Make like a tuna (Science Daily): The Department of Homeland Security has a hard time inspecting boat hulls for contraband. So they put on a tuna costume for trick or treat: “Disguised as a tuna, bioswimmer is changing the game for underwater inspections.”Daisy-chain-like molecular structures mimic artificial muscles (PhysOrg): Our muscles contain countless molecular machines, like actin and myosin that convert chemical energy into kinetic energy. The spectacular success of biological muscle can be appreciated by watching the floor exercise of an Olympic gymnast. Engineers can’t hope to imitate real muscle that well, but they continue their cheap imitations. “Scientists from Taiwan have made interlocking daisy-chain-like molecular structures that can switch from an expanded and contracted position based on the removal and addition of zinc, mimicking muscle behavior.”Polymorphic beams and Nature inspired circuits for optical current (Scientific Reports): Engineers have a problem. They want to “exploit the transverse forces governed by the optical current,” but those forces have to be channeled into forms that fit the application. Nature has a solution.Fortunately, Nature has evolved many inspiring solutions to design problems. Indeed, the curved circuits can be described by an elegant expression known as Superformula, which was found by J. Gielis in the study of biological and other natural forms: shapes of plants, micro-organisms (e.g.: cells, bacteria and diatoms), small animals (e.g.: starfish), crystals, etc.Soft robots that mimic human muscles (Science Daily): Metal robots make good Star Wars droids, but soft robots are more cuddly. “Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. But researchers at EPFL’s Reconfigurable Robotics Lab (RRL) have turned that notion on its head with their soft robots.” Made of silicon and rubber, the team’s soft robotics feel more natural to patients needing assistance with motion. Prosthetics inspired by the flexibility of human muscle might help paraplegics experience safe, free movement again. Other possible applications of soft robotics are endless.‘Shadow method’ reveals locomotion secrets of water striders (Science Daily): Here we are in 2016, and scientists still haven’t completely figured out how water striders walk on water. They know it involves superhydrophobic materials, exploitation of surface tension, and methods of locomotion that won’t sink the critter. What scientists in China are learning will have useful applications for humans: “don’t be surprised to see advanced bionic robots based on the locomotion principles of small insects in the near future — as soon as techniques to fabricate these structures and their control and powering systems can be developed.”We love biomimetics except when we have to smell the second-hand smoke coming from the scientists smoking Darwin Cigars. “Nature has evolved many inspiring solutions to design problems,” they say. Kick the habit; breathe the clean air of intelligent design, where things are happening to make scuba divers, paraplegics, computer users and everybody else happy.Speaking of the design revolution, the Discovery Institute just released a video on Michael Behe called Revolutionary (see trailer on YouTube and more on the official website. It was Behe’s thought-provoking discussion of irreducibly complex molecular machines that, in large part, stimulated the intelligent design movement 20 years ago. Order your copy and join the design revolution.(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

RJD to mark Nov. 8 as ‘black-day’

first_imgThe Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal will observe “black day” on November 8 to commemorate the first anniversary of demonetisation. It will organise rallies in all districts of Bihar that day and ask the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre what demonetisation had achieved for the country in the last one year. “They have to answer,” RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told media persons on Monday. Small businesses were hit hard by the demonetisation and several had to close shop, he said.Party pollsThe party is set to complete the process of electing its State president by November 7. Former Minister Alok Mehta is the front runner for the post.Former Minister Shiv Chandra Ram too is in the race. But as Mr. Mehta is seen as being close to former Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, his election, many in the party say, is “almost certain”.last_img read more