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first_imgChico >> Trying to avoid its first two-game losing streak since March 9, 2016, the Corning High boys basketball team battled Rocklin, an upper division team out of the Sac-Joaquin Section, in the third-place game of the McDonald’s Winter Classic Saturday afternoon at Pleasant Valley’s Varley Gym. The Cardinals struggled early against the full-court press and keeping the bigger frontcourt players off the glass, as Rocklin grabbed the early lead and eventual 63-50 win over Corning.“I thought we …last_img read more

first_imgBiomimetics is a cutting-edge branch of applied science that looks for ways to imitate nature to solve engineering problems.  Sometimes, though engineers invent things then find that nature had a similar solution all along.  Other times, there is overlap, with engineers inventing things that affect nature, or nature guiding engineering that is already in progress.  And sometimes nature and the human body merge with solutions from nature for health’s sake.Using chance by design:  Humans invented computers without help from nature, but inventors are looking over their shoulder at bacteria and viruses for ways to improve them.  Computer chips are getting so small they are approaching the nanotechnology threshold – the size range of DNA molecules.  As size decreases, thermal noise and randomness become bigger issues for inventors.  What is it about viruses and bacteria that allow them to thrive in the noise?    “By striving for control and perfection in everything from computer chips to commercial jets, scientists and engineers actually exclude a fundamental force that allows nature to outperform even their best efforts,” a press release from Oak Ridge National Laboratory began.  “Although it may appear to defy logic, imperfections and the seemingly [sic] randomness among even the lowly bacteria help keep nature a couple of steps ahead according to Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Peter Cummings and Mike Simpson, co-authors of a paper published in ACS Nano.”    Through a strategy of “contrarian bets”, bacteria and viruses explore opportunities in the noise to evade man’s strict on-and-off logic.  Human logic requires more and more power to get rid of the noise by brute force, because engineers want their computer chips to be perfectly predictable.  “In contrast to the computer chip, the bacterial cell has imperfect chance-ridden switches, and through these imperfections, the bacteria can do things the computer chip cannot.”    So maybe it’s time to rethink our designs by imitating the ways of the “lowly bacteria.”  After all, as the headline read, “Nature still sets standard for nanoscience revolution.”Sea squirt rejection:  Organ rejection is a major problem for transplant operations.  Can the lowly sea squirt help?  Scientists at UC Santa Barbara are asking, because they have noticed that sea squirts colonizing next to one another are able to recognize self or non-self and fuse safely if related.  Researchers think if we could imitate the sea squirt’s method of recognition and manipulate it, we might be able to help more patients accept organs from others.Ant Facebook:  Ants “friend” each other just like people do with Facebook.  They build social networks that extend out into hubs of connections, using chemical signals instead of texting.  That’s what researchers at Stanford University found out, according to PhysOrg, when studying red harvester ants in the southwestern desert.    Like people, some ants appear more popular than others.  “On average, each ant had around 40 interactions,” the scientists found.  “However, around 10 percent of the ants made more than 100 contacts with other ants.”  Apparently ants and humans have hit on this strategy independently.  The research can be found on the Royal Society interface.Catalytic converters:  Science Daily reported that researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology are working to “develop biologically-inspired catalysts.”  Motivated by how heme enzymes do it, they are looking into “the replacement of carbon-hydrogen bonds with a combination of aromatic and aliphatic carbon-fluorine bonds.”    This ability would help “sweeten” petroleum products “by the transformation of smelly and corrosive thiols into disulfides.”  Work by this team “was of great interest to the fragrance industry.”Humans are a part of nature, yet apart of nature in the sense of studying it as an object.  While animals may employ strategies such as mimicry to attract mates or escape predators, only humans study nature with a designer’s mind, looking for designs and seeking to learn the design principles and how they might be applied in radically different ways.Anybody see Charlie around?(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgIATA boss Alexandre de Juniac People in regions such as Europe and the Asia-Pacific forgot about their troubles and packed their old kit bags in November as demand for air travel reached its highest point in nine months.Overall demand rose 7.6 per cent compared to the year before and airlines filled more seats and the load factor edged up almost a percentage point to 78.9 per cent, according to figures released Wednesday by the International Air Transport Association.Global international passenger demand for the month rose 8 per cent, while worldwide domestic passenger demand — which tends to vary dramatically between countries — grew by 7.1 per cent.Airlines also filled more seats in all regions.Europeans  took to international travel with gusto as demand increased 8.3 per cent and the annualised traffic growth for the past five months hit 12 per cent. IATA said this suggested the disruption caused by terrorism and political instability had lifted “against a backdrop of a growing Eurozone economy’’. Planes travelling to and from Europe flew fuller with the region’s load factor climbing 1.1 percentage point to 80.8 per cent.It was a  similar story in the Asia-pacific, where international passenger traffic also rose 8.3  per cent compared to the previous year and the load factor rose 0.8 percentage points to 77.4 per cent.“The strong upward trend in demand has slowed recently but it is not clear whether this is a longer-term development or just a brief pause,’’ IATA said.Middle East carriers trumped the field with a 12.2 per cent increase in demand, but load factors were a modest 68.7 per cent and IATA said the region’s seasonally adjusted traffic trend had paused.The slowest growth was in North America, where traffic climbed just 1.5 per cent but the load factor still edged up slightly to 78.7 per cent. “Traffic across the pacific is growing rapidly but North Atlantic demand is moderating,’’ IATA said.Latin America saw a 7.3 per cent rise in November traffic and the biggest climb in load factor for any region: 3.4 percentage points to 82.2 per cent. Africa was up 8.2 per cent with two thirds of seats full on average.IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said the stronger demand for air travel reflected a pick up in the global economic cycle and predicted this would play an increasing role as the stimulus of low oil prices receded.“Travel has never been more accessible—with great fares, many options and more destinations,’’ he said. “Nevertheless, uncertainty lies ahead. The threat of terrorism, questions over the durability of the economic upswing, rising oil prices and increasing protectionist rhetoric are among the concerns. “The industry has reshaped itself and strengthened its resilience to shocks. We should see another solid year of collective profitability for the airlines in 2017.’’last_img read more

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency announced its Lead Paint: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule – designed to reduce human exposure to lead-paint dust and chips during renovation activities – on April 22, 2008, and its enforcement date was set for exactly two years later.The two-year lead-in was expected to be long enough to implement a large-scale training and lead-safe certification program for remodelers and installers of any sort who might be disturbing paint in homes built before 1978, when the ban on lead paint began. The EPA estimated that as many as 200,000 people could be certified in that 24 months. Problem is, so far only about 50,000 certifications have been awarded, although another 50,000 are expected to be on record by April 22, an agency official told USA Today’s Green House. The main reason for the lag, say industry groups such as the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the NAHB Remoders, is that only about 135 training providers have been EPA-approved so far – not enough to meet demand either by remodelers or their prospective clients.A plea for time and trainersSo now the industry groups are asking the EPA to extend the enforcement deadline and retain, for at least a while longer, an opt-out provision that allows noncompliance with the agency’s Lead Safe Work Practices regulation in homes whose occupants do not include pregnant women or children aged 6 or younger. The regulation would otherwise apply to work that disturbs more than 6 sq. ft. of a home’s interior.Earlier this week, for example, representatives of the AAMA and other industry groups met with officials from the EPA as well as the White House’s Office of Management and Budget and its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, noted Glass Magazine, a flat-glass-and-metals-industry publication, which cited a March 17 AAMA press release. White House officials were attentive to industry concerns, according to AAMA’s president and CEO, Rich Walker.“The eight government officials from EPA, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs we met with today were receptive to industry feedback and agreed that the time frame is extremely short in order to take action and ensure that the guidelines are feasible,” Walker said in the release.The Home Star factorBut Walker also noted that, in addition to certification concerns, other forces are at work that could combine to both motivate and worry remodelers – including the AAMA’s constituency of window dealers and installers – if business improves under federal incentive programs such as Home Star. Even if the EPA extends its compliance deadline and certification rates climb appropriately, Walker points out, many dealers and installers may end up paying substantially higher insurance premiums to address potential litigation associated with their work, since much of it likely will focus on very energy-inefficient homes built before 1978.By some estimates, those higher operating costs could raise the price of a window installation by $60 to $100 per window, Walker added.Meanwhile, in the ramp-up to whatever enforcement deadline the EPA declares, contractors have been asked to follow common-sense procedures when doing remodeling of any sort: contain the work area, minimize dust, clean up thoroughly.last_img read more

first_imgAs excitement within Congress rises from bubble to boil at the prospect of a largescale Cabinet reshuffle, hopes are high among both those who have not tasted the power of office under UPA and those who think they deserve better. There is much talk of Muslims being inducted to appease,As excitement within Congress rises from bubble to boil at the prospect of a largescale Cabinet reshuffle, hopes are high among both those who have not tasted the power of office under UPA and those who think they deserve better. There is much talk of Muslims being inducted to appease the one community whose loyalty has catapulted Congress to office. The ageing Mohsina Kidwai is a frontrunner, while K. Rahman Khan, former deputy speaker in the Rajya Sabha, cannot understand why he is not a natural choice for minority affairs. Rajeev Shukla, in the meantime, hopes to be promoted to the Cabinet with charge of either of the mouthwatering portfolios-civil aviation or parliamentary affairs. Incidentally, both these portfolios are also being eyed by Ghulam Nabi Azad who is also lobbying for an upgrade from the health ministry.last_img read more

first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsMedia of all forms were in Edmonton over the weekend as the Canadian Association of Journalists held its annual conference and awards gala.APTN was nominated for four national awards, capturing two. APTN Investigates won with Dennis Ward and Murray Oliver taking home the award for human rights reporting for their story, a Soldier Scorned, that detailed an Inuk woman who faced racism and sexual harassment in the military.“You know, Murray and I are the two that are holding on these plaques and stuff (but) a lot of people at APTN work on these stories,” said Ward. “This is a real team effort. That’s how APTN is. A big team.”APTN Investigates took its second award with Melissa Ridgen’s story, Hunting for Work, about Indigenous workers in Winnipeg working under unsafe conditions and getting hurt picking up the city’s garbage.“It’s a great night for APTN,” said Ridgen. “This shows that APTN is covering a lot of stories that matter to Indigenous people.”APTN reporters also took part in journalism panels throughout the weekend.Tina House moderated a panel on missing and murdered Indigenous women where panelists thanked APTN for how reporters have worked on countless stories for many years.Jorge Barrera and Ridgen also hosted a popular panel on how to follow the money on First Nations. The CAJ conference is being held in Toronto next year.last_img read more

first_imgThe staff at Keller Williams in Tuscaloosa usually sell houses, but this week they put down the contracts and grabbed some hammers for Habitat for Humanity.Thursday was Red Day, meaning Keller Williams employees across the country gave back to the community by volunteering. In Tuscaloosa, Keller Williams workers teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to do some painting and putting up siding for a home being built on Juanita Drive.“Funding and volunteer labor really helps us do what we do, and the more people who help us the more families we can serve,” said Brandon Kasteler with Habitat. “The more people who help us the more families we can serve so it’s really a win-win.”Tuscaloosa’s Habitat for Humanity has built more than 70 houses and repaired more than 130 since the April 27, 2011, tornado.last_img read more

first_imgFierce. Aggression his only form of defence. Cynical. Distrusting. The ability to Cut. Direct. A piercing gaze. The booming voice. The strong presence still there. An overpowering competitive and combative spirit. An extreme will to win. A determination to always march on. Addicted to the struggle. A NATURAL LAYER.Deeply proud he was able to educate each of his 4 children. Advancing from odds & sods jobs; to wealth. Status, a passion, a life challenge, and many friendships. Relishing his move from the back-line, to the pinnacle of his career, in the front-line (at 60 years of age). A HUGE GRATITUDE TO THE GAME.In other news:Ben’s Food Vlog 47: The Dean Street Townhouse, 69 – 71 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3SE. WEB SITE Beautiful decor. Cosy. SUPERB menu (particularly the desserts card). You’ll like it when you go in. Weak end product though. 6<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Over and out, B xlast_img read more