Five keys to 49ers upset at Green Bay

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. — Here are five aspects the 49ers (1-4) must conquer to pull off a Monday night upset of the Green Bay Packers (2-2-1):1. Ball security. What made last Sunday’s home loss to the then-winless Arizona Cardinals so maddening is the manner in which the 49ers gave it away: five turnovers.All blame doesn’t fall on quarterback C.J. Beathard for his two lost fumbles and two interceptions. It takes a clumsy village, and the 49ers must play better around Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury …last_img read more

Butterfly Cities and Spider Optics

first_img(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Skycrapers of the future may shine in brilliant butterfly colors.  Optical biosensors may be made from spider webs.  These are just a few of the engineering marvels coming from biomimetics—the imitation of nature.Walls of butterfly light:  A press release from University of Pennsylvania features Shu Yang’s work to imitate two desirable properties of butterfly wings: optical intensification with “structural color,” and hydrophobicity (exceptional water resistance).  Both of these properties work for butterflies because of the structure of the wing scales.By etching wafers with a laser, Yang’s team has succeeded in creating material with these properties.  Joanna Carver on New Scientist asked why this research is important, and found out what’s coming for futuristic cities:Why do this? As it turns out, we have plenty to gain from butterflies. Yang has a grant to develop butterfly-inspired hydrophobic coatings for drier, cleaner and hence more efficient solar panels.  But it doesn’t stop there – Yang has a vision of butterfly cities. She’s working with architects to create a low-cost version of her artificial butterfly wing material. “Specifically, we’re interested in putting this kind of material on the outside of buildings,” Yang said. “The structural colour we can produce is bright and highly decorative.”The colors can be controlled electronically, Yang says.  Building coated by this material will also be more energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and self-cleaning.  So instead of the drab concrete look of many old downtown buildings, futuristic cities may shimmer and shine with beautiful colorful light, inspired by butterflies.  The story was picked up by Science Daily and PhysOrg.Spider optics:  Did you know spider silk conducts light almost as good as glass fibers?  That “hidden talent” was featured in a press release from the Optical Society of America (OSA), which is working on harnessing silk’s optical properties for use in biosensors, lasers, and microchips.  The copy on PhysOrg begins with a photo of a handsome golden orb web spider, decked out in yellow spotted coat and striped legs, balanced upside down on its web of ideal material engineers seek to replicate.“Spiders use their silk to catch lunch. Now physicists are using it to catch light,” the OSA press release begins.  One team is using actual spider silk to guide light in photonic chips, while another is trying to imitate the proteins to manufacture the silk.  Like the butterfly wing, the spider’s material is eco-friendly, hardy and renewable.  Spider silk was already highly prized for its flexibility and durability.  For it to have this additional property is remarkable.  One engineer remarked, in fact, “There are materials that can do one of each, or a few of each, but seldom all of each.”That’s not all the OSA is looking at.  How about “spider plastic”?  Imitation plastics made of spider silk might some day be used for implantable devices that the patient’s body can resorb.  Even a prototype biodegradable laser was created from the stuff.  The “spider optics” experiments showed that silk can direct light as well as transmit it.  Another benefit is that it comes out of the spider ready to use.The press release states that Biomedical engineer Fiorenzo Omenetto of Tufts University in Boston gave a TED talk last year about his work with silkworm silk, hoping that “these recent successes will help more people become excited about the potential of this remarkable material.”  Biomimetics is a 99% Darwin-free, sociologically friendly research program everyone can get behind.  The remaining 1% consists of the usual Darwin spin some reporters put on it, but evolution really contributes nothing.This is the way out for imprisoned science.  It makes people excited, it stimulates research, and it helps humanity.  What’s there to dislike?  This could well be the thing needed to give science education a shot in the arm without any school board fights.  Textbooks can silently ditch the Haeckel embryos for pictures of butterflies next to skyscrapers, and drop the peppered moths for orb-web spiders next to state-of-the-art optical devices.  Think of the fun science labs and science fair projects!  Students will eagerly learn the details of biology in the process.  Nobody will miss the old icons of evolution in the gold rush over new knowledge, improved living and wealth and job creation by the new generation of biomimetics entrepreneurs.  NSF and NIH, put our money here!  Job creation from biomimetics projects via technology transfer will raise revenues.  Everybody wins.  Darwin was so 1859; this is 2012.  Let’s all get with the 21st century program; it’s not zero-sum, it’s win-win!last_img read more

BC asks court to affirm right to protect environment from heavy oils

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.Kinder Morgan said it wants clarity on its ability to build in B.C. and the protection of its shareholders.“The comments and proposed legislation put forward by the province of B.C. today signal the province’s continued intention to frustrate the project,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the move discriminatory and redundant and “just another stall tactic to tie the project up with more red tape after Ottawa gave in the green light 18 months ago.”The group said in a news release that the government of Canada now needs to exercise its Constitutional authority and move the project forward.Business groups said B.C.’s anti-pipeline tactics tell investors around the world that Canada, despite a robust environmental approval process, is a difficult place to build major projects.“The process counts, the rules count,” said Chris Gardner, president of B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “Premier Horgan is saying it doesn’t count. That’s wrong and that’s not how we do business in Canada.”B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he could not put a timeline on any decision for the reference case, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kinder Morgan has curtailed spending on the project, blaming B.C. for the decision as it set the May 31 date for getting some guarantees it can proceed without disruptions.Horgan said the province isn’t working to Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“I don’t work for Kinder Morgan,” he said. “I work for the people of B.C.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly vowed that the project will go ahead.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government will seek intervener status at the court hearing.“The powers that they (B.C.) are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock,” she said.Notley said she has difficulty understanding why B.C. wants the courts to rule on new shipments of diluted bitumen that would be sent through the expanded pipeline but has no concerns about a piece of infrastructure that has been in place for 60 years.“It makes no sense,” Notley told reporters on a conference call from Slave Lake, Alta.Alberta has retaliated to B.C.’s position, even banning wine imports from its neighbour at one point. It has also threatened to slow the flow of oil and natural gas to B.C.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has yet to determine if it will seek intervener status in the case, but he called on the federal government to assert its jurisdiction over the project that Ottawa approved in 2016.“We’ll see where all this goes,” he said.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is willing to address some of B.C.’s environmental concerns, but added that Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and creating five new emergency response stations.McKenna released a letter that said the federal government will consider forming a joint scientific advisory panel with B.C. to take stock of the research available on oil spills, including current models of how to respond in the event of an incident involving a number of different petroleum products.B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said B.C. has been meeting for months with federal officials on spill prevention issues and the province has already invited Ottawa to participate in a science panel on bitumen in the environment.In addition to asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the province the authority to regulate the impacts of heavy oils, the province will also ask if federal legislation would override its changes to the law, he said.Eby said the reference case does not apply to oil tanker traffic, which the provincial government has said will increase seven-fold if the pipeline expansion is completed.“Ships were excluded for a couple of reasons, one was practicality, the other is simply it appears to be an area of federal jurisdiction,” he said.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, compounds the risk of a major spill.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton and Ryan McKenna in Regina.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

SC refuses urgent hearing to plea seeking rescheduling of LS poll date

first_imgNew Delhi: “How long does it take to vote and can’t people cast their votes on a holy day?” the Supreme Court asked Thursday while refusing to accord urgent hearing to a plea which claimed that holding Lok Sabha polls on April 18 in Tamil Nadu will cause “inconvenience” to Christians and sought its rescheduling. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde made the observation when the lawyer representing a Christian body sought urgent hearing on their petition challenging the March 22 Madras High Court order which had dismissed their plea in this regard. The petition, filed by a managing trustee of ‘Christuva Nallenna Iyakkam’, said that the scheduled date of polling for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry falls within the holy period, which begins with ‘Maundy Thursday’ and is followed by Good Friday and Holy Easter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You can’t cast your vote on a holy day?” the bench, also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indira Banerjee, asked the counsel who sought an urgent hearing on the plea. “How long does it take to vote?” the bench said, adding, “We don’t want to advise you on how to pray and how to cast vote”. The bench said there was no urgency in hearing the matter. The petitioner has said in the plea that, “The General Elections to Lok Sabha 2019 has been notified on March 19 by the Election Commission of India and thereby the date of poll for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry was scheduled on April 18 falls on Maundy Thursday, within the ‘Holy Triduum’ which means the three days that begins with the liturgy on Maundy Thursday, followed by Good Friday and ends with prayer on Holy Easter Sunday.”last_img read more

Heroin worth Rs 200 cr seized 4 held

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Police Special cell has arrested four key players of an Inter-state narcotic drug cartel, including their kingpin. 50 kilograms of fine quality heroin worth more than Rs 200 crore in international market recovered.Apart from that, two cars (Swift Dzire & Creta) used in transporting drugs were also seized. Mobile handsets with SIM Cards used in drug trafficking have also been recovered. The accused have been identified as Mohd. Sufiyan, Mohd. Ismail, Manoj Kumar Das and Hashim. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Members of this cartel used to bring high-grade heroin from suppliers of Manipur who actually collects the raw material from hilly areas around the international border of Manipur and Myanmar, to finally prepare the fine quality heroin. This information was further developed through technical as well as manual surveillance. It took about 4/5 months of painstaking efforts to ripen the said information. During this process, members of this cartel were identified and their activities were kept under discreet surveillance,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP Special Cell. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMohd Ismail and Mohd.Sufiyan disclosed that they have been indulged in trafficking of narcotic drugs upon being lured by Manoj of Barauni, Bihar for last about 4-5 years. They also disclosed that they used to work as carrier for Manoj and received supply of heroin from Kabir as per his direction. They used to travel in their car upto hilly areas of Manipur and Assam especially Imphal to procure heroin from Kabir on the directions of Manoj. Mohd Ismail further disclosed that Manoj used to communicate with Kabir and direct him to receive a supply of heroin from Kabir at various places in Manipur. To avoid to being detected by law enforcement agencies he used to hide the packets of heroin in secret cavities designed inside the car. Both also disclosed that they also used to supply heroin to contacts of Manoj like Hashim in Amethi and other contacts in Delhi and NCR and Bihar as per his direction. They made secret cavities inside the dikki and in front cabin area of their Maruti Swift car to hide the heroin packets to dodge the law enforcement agencies.last_img read more

Ohio State mens basketball levels Lamar 7050

If Ohio State men’s basketball sophomore forward Jared Sullinger’s recent injuries are still bothering him, he did a good job of hiding it on Tuesday night against Lamar. Sullinger led all players in both points and rebounds with 18 and 11, respectively, as No. 2-ranked OSU defeated Lamar, 50-70, at the Schottenstein Center Tuesday in the first-ever contest between the two schools. Sullinger, who was hampered by back spasms he suffered during OSU’s Nov. 29 victory against Duke and a bone bruise he suffered against South Carolina Friday, logged 30 minutes of playing time Tuesday. He had 31 combined minutes in the Buckeyes’ previous two games “It got better. The swelling went down,” Sullinger said of the foot injury that forced him from OSU win against the Gamecocks just six minutes into the game. “During the course of the game (Tuesday), it started to loosen up more. I played today, so that’s always a good sign.” OSU coach Thad Matta agreed. “We’re getting him and we can continue to see the improvement on a daily basis,” Matta said of Sullinger’s injuries.   OSU led by just five points halfway through the first half before outscoring Lamar and growing the lead to 13 by halftime. OSU fans also got a bit of a scare in the first half when senior guard William Buford came out with what looked like a shoulder injury. Buford winced and tugged on his right arm and wrist as he darted for the bench to receive medical attention. Buford would later return and Matta said after the game that he sustained a “stinger,” or temporary paralysis, in his neck. Sullinger scored 10 of his team’s first 12 points in the second half, during which the Buckeyes led by double digits the entire time. Eight of the 10 points were scored via dunk or layup. “He’s so quick with the ball,” Lamar coach Pat Knight said. “He had my guys so buried and he was so close, he had the ball up before we could even get anybody down there to double down on him.” Knight’s father, former OSU basketball player and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, was presented with an alumni award during a halftime ceremony by former OSU football running back and two-time Heisman Trophy winner, Archie Griffin. Knight was a member OSU’s1960 national champion men’s basketball squad. When play resumed after Knight addressed the crowd, Lamar was unable to mount a comeback. The visitors failed to connect on all 12 of its 3-point attempts despite numerous open looks. “We just couldn’t hit shots,” Pat Knight said. The lead grew to 20 on a Sullinger lay-up with just under eight minutes in the game. The Buckeyes never looked back. “If you told me we were going to win by 20 points tonight, I would have told you you’re crazy,” Matta said. “I thought Lamar was a really good basketball team and we probably did some things better than I thought we did.” The Buckeyes (11-1) conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule Thursday against the Miami Redhawks at Nationwide Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. read more

Benzema I want to be a Real Madrid legend

Benzema I want to be a Real Madrid legend

first_imgKarim Benzema plans to start afresh in the new season and continue with his path onto becoming a Real Madrid greatThe French striker had a difficult time last season and was only able to muster 11 goals in a total of 45 games in all competitions.Benzema’s struggles last term saw him lose his place in the France national team for the World Cup this summer and he was forced to watch from home as Les Bleus went on and won a second world title at Russia.To add to his woes, Benzema’s future at Real has been put into heavy doubt with many Spanish media outlets suggesting that it is time for him to pull the curtain on his nine-year stay at the Spanish capital this summer with Serie A giants Napoli reportedly interested.But, contrary to the speculation, Benzema has been hard at work since the very first day of pre-season and he is now raring to go for Los Blancos as the Frenchman looks to put the struggles of last season behind him.“So far this pre-season, we’ve been working really hard and putting in some good work,” he told the club website.“We know that it’s demanding, but it sets us in good stead for the rest of the season.“We have to keep winning silverware because the target here is always to win things as a team.“On a personal level, I’ll be looking to have a better season than I did last time around and continue to etch my name into the club’s history books.“I couldn’t have imagined achieving everything that I have, but I joined this club to win silverware, be a success and achieve a lot of things.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I knew that I’d have some tough seasons, but it doesn’t matter because this is the best club in the world.”He added: “I’m really happy.”Dancing with the ball ! ? @realmadrid #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lYgK8VuYzJ— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 20, 2018The loss of Zinedine Zidane as head coach had only fueled speculation surrounding Benzema’s future at Real.But the 30-year-old is enjoying his start to life under new boss Julen Lopetegui.“We know that Lopetegui is a coach who likes his teams to have the ball and play a possession-based game,” Benzema said.“He also places great emphasis on working hard when we lose the ball and how we press after we’ve given possession away.”Benzema will likely be in action for Real in the first game of their pre-season tour against Manchester United next Tuesday night.last_img read more

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

Lucas Paqueta reveals why he chose AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan new signing Lucas Paqueta gave his reasons for joining the club, while also announcing he will wear the No 39 jerseyThe 21-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of most exciting talents in South American football with observers even comparing him to Milan legend and fellow Brazilian Kaka.Aside from Milan, Paqueta had also been linked with moves to Real Madrid and Barcelona.But the Flamengo star instead confirmed he would be joining Milan for a reported €35m deal.Now Paqueta has revealed that Milan technical director Leonardo, who’s also Brazilian and played for Flamengo himself, was the main factor behind the move to Italy.“I’ll wear the No 39. It’s the number with which I debuted in Flamengo’s first team,” Paqueta told the Brazilian Press, via Football-Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It brought me luck and I hope the same happens at Milan. If I’ve chosen the Rossoneri, it’s thanks to Leonardo.“He called me and convinced me right away. I understood Milan had a serious project for my career and that’s essential for a young player who arrives in Europe.“I can’t wait to start.”Paqueta has managed 13 goals and five assists in 65 appearances in all competitions for Flamengo since 2017.The young star has played twice for Brazil after debuting in September in a 5-0 friendly win away against El Salvador.last_img read more

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

Wijnaldum discusses making his professional debut at 16

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his emotions about making his professional debut at the age of 16 with Feyenoord.The Holland international became the youngest player to play for the Dutch club when he featured against Groningen in April 2007.“The game was on Sunday and Erwin told me on Wednesday that I would be playing,” Wijnaldum said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.“That was a really special moment. I realized that not every trainer has the balls to let a 16-year-old play in the first team and things were not going so well for the team at that time so they didn’t want to take the risk with young players. He asked me not to tell anyone at school. It was difficult to concentrate in class.”Speaking about joining Newcastle in 2015, Wijnaldum also said:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I admired a number of other competitions when I was playing in Holland. The Bundesliga is a wonderful competition and La Liga too. But I think the Premier League is the most attractive competition in the world. I’ve always thought that. It’s so competitive.“There are so many teams who can beat each other, so many teams who can compete for the title.”“It’s so difficult to win games. When I was in Holland, a lot of times when you played against the lower teams you won comfortably. In the Premier League the competition is much bigger. You have to fight for every point.”“They are a club which is in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. The fee was a lot of money at the time. A lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took. I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.“It was a big disappointment that we got relegated but I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me.”last_img read more

Report Monchi on Romas transfer plans

Report Monchi on Romas transfer plans

first_imgRamon Monchi has outlined plans to bring in new players to strengthen their squad for the rest of the campaign.Roma are yet to sign any player two weeks into the January transfer window, despite lagging behind in the top four race and Monchi confirmed they are looking for the best to improve the team.“I won’t talk about players who don’t belong to Roma, but I want to make a little comment,” the sporting director told Rai Sport before his club’s Coppa Italia tie with Virtus Entella via Football Italia.“Yesterday I talked to the Coach. I talk to him every day and in fact, he said the same things that I said.“We’re looking for some players to raise our level but if we don’t find them, we’ll stay as we are.“He didn’t make any requests because he knows the sporting management is working every day to strengthen the team but also that there are limits placed on us and we already spent big last summer.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“The team are already strong for me, so solutions must be found from within. Badelj? I already said that I won’t be talking about players from other teams.“if you put a Lazio player to me then you put me in even more trouble! Badelj’s a player I’ve always liked, even when I was at Sevilla, but right now we’re not thinking about him.“Our young and Italian midfield? We’re happy that Roma’s midfield is currently composed of good, young players.“We hope it’ll be an important spine in the future, not only for Roma but also the national team.“De Rossi? He’s a very important player who’s been out for some time, but he’s recovering and we’re sure that he’ll be ready for the second part of the season.”last_img read more