Josephine Medina. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonWinning a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Paralympics brings its own set of expectations.But Josephine Medina would rather shrug off the pressure and just focus on doing her best for the country in the upcoming 2017 ASEAN Para Games. ADVERTISEMENT End of the road for Ceres in AFC Cup BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Currently, she is forced to train by herself or with her partner Pablo Catalan, who isn’t even getting any allowance from the governing body.“The issues with our incentives will always be present. Same on us not having a coach. We’re training without a coach while the other teams are training with experienced coaches. We’re already at a disadvantage. That’s why we can’t help on always asking ourselves if you really trained hard,” she said.Still, what keeps Medina from doing this is her will to make the Philippines proud.“Even if you don’t win, the important thing is that you fought a good fight in the games. You no longer think of yourself because you fight for your country,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s too much pressure because they expect you to always win a medal. But for me, no matter what happens, I’m sure that I’ll always give my 100-percent in the games,” she said.Placing third in singles class 8 in the Rio Games, Medina is seen as one of the shoo-ins to deliver on table tennis’ target of two mints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 47-year-old paddler doesn’t want to get too caught up on the promises, saying, “It’s hard to assure the medal. The approach should always be God’s will.”While the paraathletes are now enjoying some level of support from the government and other sponsors, Medina believes they are still not getting enough to let them train at a high level. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
October 27, 2019
ANAHEIM, CA – MARCH 26: Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the first half while taking on the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament West Regional Final at Honda Center on March 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield put on a performance for the ages Monday night, pouring in 46 points for the Sooners in a tough, three-overtime loss to Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse. It turns out that it wasn’t just fans of OU who were impressed by the future NBA star.After the contest, Hield stuck around to do an interview with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt. Dozens of Kansas fans did too, applauding Hield after he was done. Check it out:Kansas fans give Buddy Hield a standing ovation after his ESPN interview. pic.twitter.com/iVX0fQW2sN— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 5, 2016Props to Kansas fans for recognizing greatness – even when it’s a player on the other team.
October 26, 2019
Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon has taken to social media to publicly apologise to Liverpool and Yasser Larouci after his horror tackle sent the teenager off on a stretcher.The La Liga side triumphed over the Anfield outfit on a steamy evening in Boston, with an Alejandro Pozo goal at the end of the 90 minutes proving the difference in a 2-1 friendly.But main talking point from the contest will not be the late goal, but instead a second-half red card challenge from Gnagnon on Larouci. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The teen was dribbling through the midfield when Gnagnon came up and kicked Larouci’s knee, sending him tumbling to the turf.A red card was produced immediately, while Larouci remained on the ground for several minutes while he was attended to by medical staff.Eventually, Larouci was taken off the field on a stretcher and was spotted later on crutches with a knee brace. And after the match, Gnagnon posted an apology in French on his twitter account, admitting it was an “odious act” and sending his prayers to Larouci.“I would like to publicly apologise towards the Liverpool club the family of the player and its supporters,” Gnagnon wrote. “This one odious act on my part whatever the reason is not to be seen on a football field. All my prayers are direct towards the player and that family.”pic.twitter.com/EIjPB9IuGq— Joris Gnagnon (@Gnagnon_39) July 22, 2019Jurgen Klopp was not pleased after the match, but chose to focus on the positive news he had received over Larouci’s injury. “[It’s] much too early in the season to create headlines with saying the things I think about the situation,” Klopp told reporters. “Let me say how the situation is with Yasser; it looks like he was lucky but, of course, how it always is with these things we have to wait a little bit. He couldn’t keep on playing, so that’s the first not-so-good sign but in the dressing room it was OK, similar how it looks to Harry [Wilson].“He hit him full throttle and, in that moment, [if it was] a little bit different position where he hit him then it’s done. He rolls… he is a sports boy so that was OK, nothing happened there.“I don’t know 100 per cent. It looks like he was lucky but I only spoke quickly to the Doc and that’s what he said, but we have to see.”Liverpool close out their pre-season tour of the United States on Wednesday against Sporting CP at Yankee Stadium in New York. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
October 26, 2019
BOCA RATON, FL – SEPTEMBER 1: Head coach Lane Kiffin of the Florida Atlantic Owls throws the ball prior to the game against the Navy Midshipmen on September 1, 2017 at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Lane Kiffin is a Twitter troll master. He does it a lot, and he does it very, very well.Often, Kiffin’s former boss, Alabama head coach Nick Saban, is the focal point of these trollish attacks. Usually they’re pretty fun in nature, but at times, you can tell there’s at least some truth behind it.Kiffin said last year that he knows Saban isn’t on Twitter and so he knows he’s not hurt or even worried about it.“Everybody writes that I’m trolling him,” Kiffin said during an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show last year. “What you don’t realize is Nick Saban doesn’t know what Twitter is. So he’s never even been on Twitter. You can’t troll somebody who doesn’t see it. I’m really not trolling him.”Well, whatever he’s doing – trolling or not – he continues to do it.Saban and Alabama were the focal point of a couple of recent Kiffin tweets.Nick Saban and Bama Football Players Stranded on Boat With No Gas https://t.co/FgZKW473Tk— TMZ (@TMZ) June 1, 2018#fun https://t.co/HAmvFHWG05— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) June 1, 2018#egoistheenemy @RyanHoliday #weareallequal https://t.co/VhcGoL252L— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) June 2, 2018We need an FAU-Alabama non-conference game and we need it soon.
October 22, 2019
The Celtic Colours International Festival, Event of the Year Award Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, Deloittee Innovator of the Year Award, for its use of Google Earth as a marketing tool. Pictou Lodge was also a finalist for the Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council’s Award for Excellence in Human Development. “Nova Scotia is one of the first places in the world to use Google Earth as a tourism marketing tool and it’s a key part of the new direction we adopted last year, with guidance from the Nova Scotia Tourism Partnership Council,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Our industry is providing those quality tourism and culture experiences like Celtic Colours and Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. I offer my sincere congratulations to these most deserving award winners and all nominees.” Google Earth Nova Scotia is part of the province’s tourism plan, New Realities, New Directions. The new technology tool was downloaded from www.novascotia.com by about 19,000 people since its launch in April. “This is well-deserved recognition for the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage,” said Chris Keevill, president of the department’s agency of record, Colour. “Google Earth is a great example of how they’ve fully embraced getting closer to today’s traveller and meeting their needs. All of their marketing efforts reflect this approach. We’re thrilled we have the opportunity to work with such an innovative client.” The government has contributed to the success of the other Nova Scotia winners. Tourism, Culture and Heritage provides funding for Celtic Colours to mount the nine-day festival each fall, featuring local and international Celtic musicians. The province has also invested over the years in trail construction, interpretation and other enhancements in Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. The park is the Department of Natural Resources’ only back-country camping park and is operated by the Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association through its Cape Chignecto Park Management Board. Three Nova Scotia finalists won their categories at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada awards in Victoria, Monday, Nov. 5. The winners are:
October 22, 2019
The Department of Environment is investigating reports that algae bloom found in Lake Ainslie, Inverness Co., is now in Southwest Margaree River and the Margaree River, in the same county. Toxins produced by some algae can affect health. Water samples from the lake are being tested to determine if the algae is a type that emits toxins. Test results are expected to be completed within two weeks. “People should not drink the water or use it to prepare or cook food, or to brush teeth,” said the medical officer of health for the region, Dr. Richard Gould. “Boiling the water will not eliminate potential toxins.” Inspectors from the department are recommending to businesses that serve the public not to use water from the lake or rivers. “Ingesting water containing toxins from algae can cause stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea,” said Dr. Gould. Swimming, bathing, showering with the water is not advised. Pets and livestock should not swim in, or drink, the water. “Direct contact with toxins from algae can cause skin and eye irritation. The health risk is fairly low, but if symptoms persist after a few days, you should consult a physician,” said Dr. Gould. People should also avoid consuming the internal organs of fish taken from the lake or the rivers. Algae blooms occur naturally in water that is high in nutrients such as phosphate and nitrate. The cause of the bloom is not known at this time. For more information, read the fact sheet on the Department of Environment website atwww.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdfor call the local department of Environment office at 902-625-0791.
October 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s top firefighter says the state’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas.Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott leaves his job Friday after 30 years with the agency.He tells The Associated Press that government and residents must act differently to protect lives and property from fires that now routinely threaten large populations.That may mean rethinking subdivisions in thickly forested areas or homes along Southern California canyons lined with tinder-dry chaparral.Residents should train themselves to respond more quickly to warnings and be prepared to shelter in place if they can’t outrun the flames.Communities should prepare commercial or public buildings as fire evacuation centres with the expectation hundreds may shelter there.Don Thompson, The Associated Press
October 4, 2019
Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,613.32, up 154.63 points):Coro Mining Corp. (TSX:COP). Miner. Unchanged at three cents on 13.5 million shares.U3O8 Corp. (TSX:UWE). Miner. Up one cent, or 28.57 per cent, to 4.5 cents on 11.5 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace. Down 10 cents, or 2.62 per cent, to $3.71 on 10.3 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 35 cents, or 12.68 per cent, to $2.41 on 9.6 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 50 cents, or 10.02 per cent, to $4.49 on 8.9 million shares.Semafo Inc. (TSX:SMF). Miner. Down 21 cents, or 7.09 per cent, to $2.75 on 6.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO). Oil and gas. Up $2.42, or 4.67 per cent, to $54.23 on 923,541 shares. The company reported a 45 per cent jump in quarterly profit to $936 million or $1.10 a share, up from $647 million, or 76 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 12.4 per cent to $9.66 billion. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 3:11 pm MDT
October 2, 2019
The United Nations has launched an online platform that will allow countries to share their post-conflict transition experiences, and learn from policies and peacebuilding strategies put in place by nations who have undergone similar changes.“Peacebuilding requires great flexibility, and approaches tailored to a given situation. Civilian capacities are crucially important, and we are taking steps to be able to deploy the right experts to the right place at the right time,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a news release on the platform, CAPMATCH.Open to both government and non-government organizations, and part of the UN Civilian Capacities Initiative launched last year, CAPMATCH aims to capture diverse experiences, in particular from the global South, according to the Office of the UN Civilian Capacities Project. The first participants include Indonesia, South Africa, Morocco, Brazil, Egypt, Benin, Kenya, Thailand and Nigeria – as well as organizations from Norway, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Switzerland, which maintain networks of skilled individuals from both North and South. The principle underlying the platform is one of equal partnership between countries, recognising that there is no single model for institution-building, and that countries may want to look at several different types of experience and adapt these to their own national contexts.Initial examples of how the platform is being used include Liberia requesting support in implementing its national capacity development strategy, Cote d’Ivoire offering to share its experience of its first post-conflict election process while also asking for further external exchanges to continue to build the functions of its independent electoral commission, and Timor- Leste offering its experience in public finances and oil revenue management, while also requesting expertise in vocational training and job creation.“I believe CAPMATCH will make a real difference,” said the Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Civilian Capacities, Sarah Cliffe, in a news release. “I am delighted that such a broad range of Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), two thirds of them from the global South, have already signed up. I encourage more government agencies and civil society organizations to take part – the broader the participation, the more useful CAPMATCH will be.”The UN is seeking to involve a wide range of partners, including government agencies with specialized sectoral experience, NGOs, and diaspora associations.
October 2, 2019
After 25 years of service at Brock’s James A. Gibson Library, Marcie Jacklin is retiring. She has worked with countless students and colleagues over the years, most recently as Liaison Librarian to Biological Sciences, the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Tourism Management, and Sustainability Science and Society.Jacklin’s contributions to the Brock community will be celebrated at a retirement reception on Friday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the upper level of Pond Inlet.A suggested contribution of $10 towards the event and a gift can be given to Jennifer Thiessen (ST1130) or Laura Birkett in the University Librarian’s office.Attendees are asked to RSVP to Thiessen at email@example.com by Friday, June 16.
September 22, 2019
Read: Junior Minister Brian Hayes is running for EuropeRead: Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seat Hayes is currently a Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for the Office of Public Works. He said he will remain in these positions, but not draw a salary during the campaign. Only if Hayes is elected to the European Parliament will he be required to vacate his Dáil seat, triggering a by-election in the constituency where he has been a TD since 2007 having previously lost his seat in 2002.The 44-year-old also praised party leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying “he gave me the best possible Minister of State job going”. He dismissed suggestions his European bid was influenced by the perception he would not be appointed to Cabinet having been part of an attempted heave against Kenny in 2010. “I think some people think that the European Parliament in Brussels is some kind of outer Mongolia,” he said. FINE GAEL JUNIOR Minister Brian Hayes has confirmed he intends to seek his party’s nomination to run for the European Parliament in Dublin later this year.The Dublin South West deputy said that he feels a “responsibility” to retain to retain the seat currently held by Gay Mitchell who is stepping down in May. Hayes’s decision brings an need to long-running speculation that he would seek the nomination.“I love Fine Gael, I joined the party not because my mother or father was a member or a TD but because I believe in what the party stands for,” he said at a media gathering outside Leinster House this morning.Though he said that he intends to serve a full five-year term if he is elected in May, he would not rule out the possibility of returning to domestic politics before the end of the term.“My intention is to serve the five years. I don’t see a scenario where I will be standing in the next election, but who knows,” he said adding “who knows what’s going to happen in the future”.
September 21, 2019
Dr Theo Gazos – of the Predictive Analytics Group – will be presenting an Economic Update at the first HACCI Delphi Bank Business Forum for 2014.The forum will take place on Tuesday 25 February at 6.30 pm at the Intercontinental Melbourne, The Rialto, 495 Collins Street, Melbourne. Contact the HACCI office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9602 2977 to confirm your attendance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 19, 2019
By Sulayman BahKabafita United are demoted in the ongoing Brikama Nawettan despite rolling over Real de Busumbala on a 2-1 score.Both teams are out of the championship after finishing on an unprepossessing note in their group.Sky Power over the weekend slugged out a two-all stalemate with Amsa. Amsa snatched the lead firing two goals before Sky Power launched successful come-from-behind effort to force a 2-2 draw.Scovill and Yarambamba settled on a similar score in what was a rescheduled game.Eslewhere in Manjai, Sanchaba United bit the dust to Fillan on a 2-0 score whilst Giants got the better of Lemon on a slender 1-0 margin. Campeh Bi also sashayed past Dahaba on a similar score. ]]>
September 17, 2019
Related Items:fsc, governor peter beckingham, kevin higgins, steve johnson Recommended for you Turks & Caicos: FSC: Over 1000 companies unregistered, first deadline two weeks away Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – A review of the Financial Services Commission authorized by the Governor has revealed that FSC Managing Director, Kevin Higgins has too much work on his hands, that he should get a Deputy and delegate more. His Excellency Peter Beckingham is generally pleased by the review carried out by Steve Johnson, a former Treasury official and adviser to Overseas Territories. Johnson commented that it was also concerning that there is no head of Insurance for the FSC, the post having been vacant since 2013. There was also a recommendation in that Executive Summary, which was provided by the Governor’s Office that clearer objectives need be set and information better distributed. I quote Johnson now: Drawing together existing internal FSC planning processes into an annual business planning exercise would assist the Board in setting direction. And the decision making process would be improved if well-structured papers were routinely circulated to Board members in advance of Board meetings…” Other suggestions are higher pay for some staff and the board, restructuring of some fees, an annual report to the Cabinet and quarterly meetings with the the industry. That Review of the Financial Services Commission report was presented by Governor Beckingham to FSC Chairman, Sir Eroll Allen and Director Kevin Higgins on February 10, 2015. More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again FSC confirms staff changes at ScotiaBank TCI, Emergency executives brought in
September 16, 2019
The American Soybean Association (ASA) was proud to join the agriculture industry as we celebrated National Agriculture Day this week. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) started National Ag Day in 1973 to spread awareness and support the industry.Each day out in their fields, farmers work to provide the food, fiber and fuel for our communities. When they meet with lawmakers on The Hill, they’re taking steps to advance agriculture for the future. This week, that work was in the spotlight, but it’s important to remember and share those messages throughout the year.How do you spread awareness about agriculture?Click here for some tips on how ASA Advocacy Communication Team member Dave Walton, a farmer from Iowa, advocates for agriculture.
September 14, 2019
Carpenter, of Nikiski maintained the lead by a mere 12 votes to challenger Ogle, also of Nikiski. The division will hold a recount for House District 29’s on Friday, September 7. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The State of Alaska Division of Elections will be conducting a recount of ballots cast for Alaska Republican Party Primary candidates Wayne Ogle and Benjamin Carpenter of House District 29. Yesterday, the division received a petition signed by fifteen qualified voters of House District 29 requesting a recount of the Alaska Republican Party Primary. Since the difference between the number of votes cast was 20 or less, the division will cover the cost of a recount. Candidate Shawn Butler, running in House District 29’s Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Libertarian Party, Alaskan Independence Party (ADL) Primary ran uncontested.
August 31, 2019
The scanning electron micrograph at left shows an overview of the silicon track, designed to coax the bacteria into moving in a uniform direction around the circular tracks. In the center, two cells glide along the wall in the track. The illustration at right of a circular track shows how the bacteria bind to and pull the rotor. Image credit: Yuichi Hiratsuka, et al. A new motor designed by scientists from Japan offers the best of both worlds: the living and the non-living. The group built a hybrid micromachine that is powered by gliding bacteria which travels on an inorganic silicon track and pushes a silicon dioxide rotor. The combination takes advantage of the precise engineering of synthetic devices along with the efficient energy conversion and potential for self-repair of biological systems. “Originally, we were studying the basic science of biological motors, so we routinely observed the motilities of motor proteins or bacterial or eukaryotic cells under a microscope,” said Hiratsuka. “Those graceful motilities driven by biological motors were so attractive and we started thinking of creating hybrid devices that integrate inorganic materials and biological materials. Several years ago, we succeeded in developing a system in which microtubules powered by the kinesin motor move in one direction in circular micro tracks [Ref#1 in paper]. As a natural continuation of this work, we attempted to make a micro rotary motor driven by the kinesin-microtubule system. But this turned out to be rather difficult due to technical problems. Meanwhile, we saw a presentation by Prof. (Makoto) Miyata of Osaka City Univ., who is now our close collaborator, showing a movie of mycoplasma cells gliding unidirectionally on glass surfaces. It immediately occurred to us that we should be able to make micro rotary motors if we used these bacterial cells instead of the kinesin-microtubule system.”Although Hiratsuka’s group used a slower-moving mutant strain of M. mobile for binding purposes in this study, they observed significant results on the premier run. Once the bacteria reached the circular tracks, the rotors began moving within minutes at rates of up to 2.6 rpm. Even though they could not observe the number of cells pushing the rotors in this set-up, the scientists estimated that only a few cells are needed to drive motion. Further, the team predicts that improving the directional uniformity of the bacteria, as well as increasing the sialic acid content on the track, are achievable goals that will allow more cells to drive a larger number of rotors at a higher rpm.Hiratsuka et al. also proposed in their study genetically engineering M. mobile for stronger binding to the track and rotors, as well as adding chemicals to the bacteria that urge the cells to move in a uniform direction with chemical clues. In order to avoid potential biohazards, however, the scientists also considered an interesting alternative stemming from the work of scientists Uenoyama and Miyata: M. mobile “ghosts,” which are not alive due to partial membrane dissolution, but still demonstrate gliding.Citation: Hiratsuka, Yuichi, Miyata, Makoto, Tada, Tetsuya and Uyeda, Taro Q. P. “A microrotary motor powered by bacteria.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 103. no. 37. 13618-13623.By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Yuichi Hiratsuka and his colleagues used a species of bacteria called Mycoplasma mobile to power their micromechanical motor. M. mobile, which has micrometer-sized cell body that glides continuously over solid surfaces, can move at speeds of up to 5 micrometers per second. Scientists aren’t sure what causes the bacteria to move, other than that several proteins are involved, but Hiratsuka’s group was still able to take advantage of the gliding ability by using entire M. mobile cells. The whole cells have been observed to work “more efficiently and intelligently” than nature’s smaller motor machines (e.g., proteins and molecules), the scientists reported.”Mycoplasma is just one example of microorganisms with interesting and potentially useful properties,” Hiratsuka told PhysOrg.com. “For instance, there is a gliding bacterium that moves using energy provided by photosynthesis. Chlamyodomonas swim toward light (phototaxis), and Dictyostelium amoeba crawl toward a specific chemical substance (chemotaxis). Though there is no way we can predict what exciting micro devices will result from these organisms, for mycoplasma, we can suggest using it as a micro pump in a microTAS. This would eliminate the need for external pumps and pipes, becoming a ‘true’ on-chip device. We might also construct electric generator systems, which convert abundant chemical energy, glucose in the body, into electric energy. In far future plans, we would like to make micro-robots driven by biological motors, which could move around and do mechanical work in the micrometer world.” The mycoplasma-driven motor consists of a square central basin where the M. mobile are deposited. As the pear-shaped cells glide throughout the square, they eventually reach a side and move along it until approaching an entrance to one of four circular tracks. The entrance ways ensure that a majority of bacteria glide in the same direction around the tracks, which are each fitted with rotors that have protrusions in the track to allow the bacteria to bind to and pull the rotors (see figure).Although an efficiently simple design, the tiny size of the motor (e.g., each rotor is 20 micrometers in diameter) required special fabrication techniques. M. mobile cells require sialic proteins (in this case, fetuin was used) to glide over solid surfaces. The scientists created a top layer of gold on the silicon track, and then deposited the sialic-acid-containing fetuin on selected lithographic micropatterns to compel the desired movement of the bacteria. Explore further Citation: New motor first to be powered by living bacteria (2006, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-motor-powered-bacteria.html Growth failure in preterm infants tied to altered gut bacteria This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
August 30, 2019
Register Now » Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready for use in a decade.Tom McGuire, who heads the project, said he and a small team had been working on fusion energy at Lockheed’s secretive Skunk Works for about four years, but were now going public to find potential partners in industry and government for their work.Initial work demonstrated the feasibility of building a 100-megawatt reactor measuring seven feet by 10 feet, which could fit on the back of a large truck, and is about 10 times smaller than current reactors, McGuire told reporters.In a statement, the company, the Pentagon’s largest supplier, said it would build and test a compact fusion reactor in less than a year, and build a prototype in five years.In recent years, Lockheed has gotten increasingly involved in a variety of alternate energy projects, including several ocean energy projects, as it looks to offset a decline in U.S. and European military spending.Lockheed’s work on fusion energy could help in developing new power sources amid increasing global conflicts over energy, and as projections show there will be a 40 percent to 50 percent increase in energy use over the next generation, McGuire said.If it proves feasible, Lockheed’s work would mark a key breakthrough in a field that scientists have long eyed as promising, but which has not yet yielded viable power systems. The effort seeks to harness the energy released during nuclear fusion, when atoms combine into more stable forms.”We can make a big difference on the energy front,” McGuire said, noting Lockheed’s 60 years of research on nuclear fusion as a potential energy source that is safer and more efficient than current reactors based on nuclear fission.Lockheed sees the project as part of a comprehensive approach to solving global energy and climate change problems.Compact nuclear fusion would produce far less waste than coal-powered plants since it would use deuterium-tritium fuel, which can generate nearly 10 million times more energy than the same amount of fossil fuels, the company said.Ultra-dense deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen, is found in the earth’s oceans, and tritium is made from natural lithium deposits.It said future reactors could use a different fuel and eliminate radioactive waste completely.McGuire said the company had several patents pending for the work and was looking for partners in academia, industry and among government laboratories to advance the work.Lockheed said it had shown it could complete a design, build and test it in as little as a year, which should produce an operational reactor in 10 years, McGuire said. A small reactor could power a U.S. Navy warship, and eliminate the need for other fuel sources that pose logistical challenges.U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fission reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle.”What makes our project really interesting and feasible is that timeline as a potential solution,” McGuire said.Lockheed shares fell 0.6 percent to $175.02 amid a broad market selloff.(Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe) This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. October 15, 2014 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
August 29, 2019
Wi-Fi Intel UHD 620 GPU SSD Review 63302 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches Intel Core i5-8265U processor Graphics Card Secondary Hard Drive Type 128GB SSD Specifications CPU One-year limited warranty Highest Available Resolution RAM 8GB 1920 x 1080 Hard Drive Type Hard Drive Size Bluetooth RAM Upgradable to Native Resolution The latest HP Pavilion x360 borders right on the edge of a premium laptop, offering a strong processor, comfortable keyboard and a good pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers for $749 (starting at $499). This device would be a top-notch mainstream laptop if it wasn’t for its short battery life and dull display. Despite that, the Pavilion x360 is a decent machine for the price.article continued below Price and Configuration Options The Pavilion x360 that I tested costs $749 (on sale for $524 at Best Buy at the time of writing) and comes outfitted with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080 panel. The base model runs for $499 and drops to a Core i3-8145U processor and a 1366 x 768 display. Meanwhile, the $899 model jam-packs a Core i5-8265U CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1920 x 1080 screen. Design The hood of the Pavilion x360 is slathered in a warm gold paint, and stamped at the center is a reflective HP logo. The edges of the hood and the deck curve outward and then inward as they meet each other, creating an hourglass design that surrounds the Pavilion x360. There’s also a Pavilion logo on the hinge of the laptop. Opening the Pavilion x360 reveals a slightly more silver tone on the deck, a carved out section for the keyboard at the center, and a vent grill for the Bang & Olufsen speakers just above it. There’s also a fingerprint reader to the right of the touchpad. Thankfully, the bezels on the display are relatively slim. Folding the Pavilion x360 into tent and then tablet mode reveals that the bottom and top parts don’t exactly line up. But the bottom is at least magnetic, so it stayed in one position nicely. At 3.6 pounds and 12.7 x 8.8 x 0.8 inches, the Pavilion x360 is a bit of a chunker compared to the competition. The Acer Spin 3 comes in at 3.6 pounds and 13.2 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches, while the Huawei MateBook D weighs in at 3.4 pounds and 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches. The 13-inch alternative, the Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FA, checks in at 2.7 pounds and 11.9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches. Ports There are a decent number of ports on the Pavilion x360, including one USB 3.0 port, a headphone jack, the power button and a security-lock slot, all on the left side. Meanwhile, the right side features the power jack, an HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, one USB Type-C port and an SD card slot. Display The Pavilion x360’s 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 display is a little on the dull side. And while the screen is relatively bright, its glossy texture makes it a little frustrating to look at. Karen Gillian’s red top looked drained in the Jumanji: Next Level trailer on the Pavilion x360’s panel. When Gillian was kicking ass in what looked like a dining area, I could see most of the surrounding furnishings, but only at a certain angle, as there was significant glare. Despite that, the display is sharp enough that I spotted the stitching in Jack Black’s hat. According to our colorimeter, the Pavilion x360 panel covered 61% of the sRGB color gamut, which is duller than the 76% mainstream laptop average, not to mention the Spin 3 (69%), the MateBook D (73%) and the ZenBook 13 (115%). MORE: The Laptops with the Brightest Displays: Guide At 261 nits, the Pavilion x360’s panel is brighter than the category average (253 nits), as well as the Spin 3 (237 nits), the MateBook D (230 nits) and the ZenBook 13 (225 nits). Keyboard and Touchpad Typing on the Pavilion x360’s keyboard is immensely satisfying. The keys aren’t snappy, but they feel smooth and require a decent amount of force and travel before they hit the bottom. I sped through 74 words per minute on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is faster than my current 70-wpm average. The keys traveled at 1.4 millimeters, which is on the cusp of our preferred 1.5 to 2.0 mm range, and they required a solid 70 grams of force to actuate. Typing on the Pavilion x360’s keyboard is immensely satisfying. The Pavilion x360’s touchscreen panel was responsive as I drew a crude painting of a sunset (a.k.a. five blue lines on top, five green lines on the bottom, and an orange circle at the center – perfection). The 4.3 x 2.1-inch touchpad has a semi-matte texture that’s not as comfortable as the ones installed on the EliteBook line, but it works fine. The pad has Windows Precision drivers, so it handled Windows 10 gestures, such as three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling, nicely. Audio The Pavilion x360’s top-firing Bang & Olufsen speakers are surprisingly good for a sub-$800 laptop. While the speakers could have been slightly louder, they were able to carry Missio’s “I See You” throughout a small office. The opening vocals, combined with the keyboard notes, roped me into the moment. And when the drum beats dropped, I could feel the weight of the bass. The overall sound could be brighter, but I’ve heard worse speakers on $2,000-plus machines. MORE: 5 Tips for Quality Notebook Audio The audio benefits from the Bang & Olufsen audio app, which includes presets for Music, Movie and Voice. Within those settings are dials for bass, treble and dialog clarity, as well as a full equalizer. Performance Armed with an Intel Core i5-8265U processor and 8GB of RAM, the Pavilion x360 juggled 30 Google Chrome tabs and four 1080p YouTube videos simultaneously without a sweat. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Pavilion x360 scored 12,495, which is just above the 9,482 mainstream laptop average. It couldn’t get past the Spin 3’s Core i5-8250U (13,203) or the ZenBook 13’s Core i5-8265U (15,110), but it was faster than the MateBook D’s AMD Ryzen 5 2500U (8,845). MORE: Best and Worst Laptop Brands The Pavilion x360 transcoded a 4K video to 1080p in 21 minutes and 59 seconds on our HandBrake benchmark, which may seem long, but it’s a lot quicker than the category average (31:19). However, the Spin 3 (21:09), the MateBook D (21:30) and the ZenBook 13 (20:48) all finished faster. HP’s 128GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in 41 seconds, translating to 124 MBps, which is only slightly faster than the average mainstream laptop (119 MBps). The MateBook D’s 256GB SSD (110 MBps) is a little slower, and the Spin 3’s 256GB SSD (145 MBps) ramps up some speed, while the ZenBook 13’s 256GB SSD (424 MBps) breaks the sound barrier in comparison. Graphics Packed with an Intel UHD 620 GPU, the Pavilion x360 scored 71,938 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, which surpassed the mainstream laptop average (61,258) as well as the performance from the Spin 3’s Intel UHD 620 (61,440) and the MateBook D’s Radeon Vega 8 (63,302). However, the ZenBook 13’s Intel UHD 620 (80,655) outdid the competition. In real-world testing, the Pavilion x360 ran the Dirt 3 benchmark at 26 frames per second, which is nearly half of the category average (43 fps), not to mention below the 30-fps minimum for playability. On top of that, the Spin 3 (47 fps), the MateBook D (65 fps) and the ZenBook 13 (59 fps) all performed above average. Battery Life Unfortunately, the Pavilion x360 doesn’t have stellar battery life. After it continuously surfed the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the battery survived for 6 hours and 17 minutes, which is just below the 6:39 mainstream laptop average. Unfortunately, the Pavilion x360 doesn’t have stellar battery life. While the Pavilion comes close to the average, its runtime was destroyed by the Spin 3 (9:12), the MateBook D (9:16) and the ZenBook 13 (11:28). Webcam While the Pavilion x360’s 720p shooter isn’t as grainy as most webcams, it still struggled to reveal the detail in my hair and beard. The camera caught the red, white and blue in my shirt, but not the pink, green or yellow. Not to mention that it succumbed to the flair of the ceiling lights, so half of the ceiling was washed out. Heat The Pavilion x360 performed well under pressure. After it streamed a 15-minute, 1080p video, the hottest underside got was 91 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well within our 95-degree comfort zone. The center of the keyboard and touchpad came in at 85 and 80 degrees, respectively. Software and Warranty There are several HP-branded utilities in the Pavilion x360, including HP JumpStart (a tutorial for Windows 10), HP Support Assistant (updates HP device drivers), HP Smart (tracks printing status), and HP PC Hardware Diagnostics (provides system information and tests). There’s also HP CoolSense, which can automatically adjust performance and fan settings to offset heat. There’s also a ton of Windows 10 bloatware, including Candy Crush Saga, Gardenscapes and Asphalt Street Storm Racing. The Pavilion x360 comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how HP performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands ranking. Bottom Line The HP Pavilion x360 ($749) is a solid mainstream laptop in that it offers commendable performance, a satisfying keyboard, and some bangin’ speakers. But it’s tough to get over its short battery life and dull display, especially when you’re paying close to premium prices. For $850, you can get the ZenBook 13, which features a more premium design, stronger performance and a battery that’ll let you stay online for more than 11 hours. But overall, the Pavilion x360 is a decent laptop if you can deal with its short battery life. 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Higher number is better.HP Pavilion x360 (14-inch)Acer Spin 3 (Core i5 – 2018)Asus ZenBook 13 UX333FAHuawei MateBook D 14 inch (AMD)Category Average (as of 06/30/19) Wi-Fi Model 12GB 80655 71938 60545.73 0 15000 30000 45000 60000 75000 90000 Company Website 1920×1080 Weight USB Ports Mobile Broadband Hard Drive Speed 14 Touchpad Size 61440 Advertisement Operating System Optical Drive Warranty/Support 3.62 pounds Video Memory Size Secondary Hard Drive Speed 4.3 x 2.1-inch Secondary Hard Drive Size Optical Drive Speed 3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1Geekbench 4.3Hard Drive Speed