H-DNL volleyball: Arcata clinches Big 5 title

first_imgSenior Maya Mircetich and the Arcata High volleyball team were dominant on the road as the Tigers clinched the first outright Big 5 Conference title for the program since 2015 with a four set (25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-19) win over McKinleyville, Thursday night at McKinleyville High.Arcata (22-7, 8-0) took control from the opening serve behind a senior-laden team.“It feels incredible, all of us have been waiting for this since our freshman year.” Mircetich, a senior, said. “We’ve gelled so much …last_img read more

Cell Technology Celebrated

first_imgHumans are just beginning to imitate the manufacturing techniques cells use all the time, right under our noses.  A book just came out about the subject, entitled Bionanotechnology: Lessons from Nature by David S. Goodsell.  It’s hard to tell if Christof M. Niemeyer was more impressed with the book or with the living machines themselves, in his review in the July 1 issue of Nature.1  He writes,Nanotechnology is perfectly realized in biological systems.  Cells are essentially biological assemblers that build thousands of custom-designed molecules and construct new assemblers.  In Bionanotechnology, structural biologist David Goodsell describes what biology can teach us about engineering and manufacturing at the nanometre scale.“Small wonder,” reads a caption whimsically; “antibodies … are just one example of the way nature uses nanotechnology.”  Niemeyer mentions a few more examples of “the composition and structural principles of biomolecules harnessed in the cell”—the machinery of DNA transcription and translationbiomolecular motorsthe information-driven synthesis of biological moleculesthe energetics and regulation of biological processesthe traffic across membranes and signal transduction along themthe interplay of myosin and actin filaments within the muscle sarcomereAlthough the book focuses on how humans can tinker with this biological nanotechnology, reviewer Niemeyer enjoyed every page of this “fascinating journey.”1Christof M. Niemeyer, “Living Machinery,” Nature 430, 20 (01 July 2004); doi:10.1038/430020a.Here is a book that had no need for the E word, but plenty of occasion for the word design.  The only evolutionary reference was to directed evolution, a misnomer referring to intelligently-guided sorting and artificial selection of mutants (see 06/16/2004 headline.)    Any Darwinite who would be called on to explain how nanotechnology was “perfectly realized” in a cell that can assemble “thousands of custom-designed molecules” including “new assemblers” would probably rather call in sick (see 06/14/2004 commentary.)    The review accidentally mistyped the author“s name as “Godsell.”  God doesn’t sell His technology; he gives it to you for free.  That’s the lesson from nature.  Good sell.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Video: Finger-licking African cuisine

first_imgJoin Zoopy TV on a visit to Kwanza restaurant in Maponya Mall, Soweto to discover how African cuisine is prepared and the best dishes to enjoy. Click arrow to play video.Posted on SouthAfrica.info on 25 February 2009.last_img

FFA toy show this weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Arlington FFA Alumni is hosting their 6th annual toy show on February 14 in the Arlington High School Gymnasium, located at 336 S. Main, Arlington. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm with admission being $3 for adults, $2 for students and under school age children are free. There will be toy show vendors from around the state exhibiting as well as a craft and home show vendors with homemade crafts, home decor, jewelry and more!There are several additional activities planned for the event including a children’s tractor pedal pull contest, registration for this will start at noon and the pull will start at 12:30 pm. There will also be a tractor simulator sponsored by DNC Hydraulics where all ages can see the difference between driving a tractor with GPS navigation what it is like to drive a tractor without this technology. The Arlington FFA Alumni group also plans to hold a 50/50 drawing (winning ticket to be drawn at 2pm), have door prizes throughout the day, and a variety of refreshments will be available.The Arlington FFA Alumni uses funds generated from the toy show to help support the Arlington FFA chapter with chapter trips to the State and National FFA Conventions, classroom and shop supplies and equipment, and a College Scholarship for an Arlington FFA graduating senior.For additional information, call Larry Inbody at 419-722-8222 or Brad Beach at 419-722-2857.last_img read more

Man vs Wild No eating of grubs in episode featuring PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Although Man vs Wild presenter Bear Grylls is often seen eating weird insects and animals, which are otherwise considered unpalatable, there will be “no eating of grubs” in the episode which features Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Talking to news agency ANI, Grylls said, “PM (Modi) is vegetarian, so there was going to be no eating of grubs or anything.”Grylls also made it clear that it is not necessary to feed upon wild animals or insects to survive in wild, varieties of herbs and fruits can do the work and since PM had spent his early days in the wild, he was quite comfortable with that. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In the wild, you can survive very well off berries, roots, plants and certainly, PM spent his younger years in the wild, so he was very comfortable with that,” he said.Grylls also said Modi was “very calm” during filming. “Whatever we were doing, he was very calm. That was cool to see… What shone bright for me was his humility,” he said. “PM Modi is a man who cares deeply about the environment. That is why he came on this journey with me. He has actually spent time in the jungle as a younger man and I was surprised how comfortable he was out there and how calm he was,” he added, reported ANI. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Modi is all set to appear on a special episode of the popular wildlife show with Grylls at 9 pm on August 12 on Discovery India. They will be seen spending time in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. Grylls said that the global broadcast will see the “unknown side of PM Modi” as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation. In a clip released earlier by the makers, Grylls could be seen talking to PM Modi about the dangers of spending time in a wildlife area and how he has to keep ‘the most important man in India’ safe.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

TV Personality Lainey Lui Joins World Animal Protection campaign to save dogs

first_imgTV Personality Lainey Lui Joins World Animal Protection campaign to save millions of dogs around the world. (CNW Group/World Animal Protection) Facebook Twitter Advertisement Advertisement TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – Global charity World Animal Protection marked a major milestone last year, with one million rabies vaccinations delivered as part of its Better Lives for Dogs campaign. This year, just in time for World Rabies Day (September 28), the organization has announced a new campaign ambassador and expansion of the international vaccination program to Sierra Leone.With only four active vets in the entire country and an overwhelming population of stray dogs, the animal welfare situation in Sierra Leone is very serious.“In Freetown, Sierra Leone, we estimate there to be approximately 100,000 stray dogs,” said Josey Kitson, Executive Director at World Animal Protection Canada.  “The potential for rabies exposure and other conflicts with stray dogs is a real and daily fear for people. Tragically, authorities sometimes opt to kill the dogs in an attempt to safeguard their communities but we know vaccination is the only way. World Animal Protection is working towards humane solutions to the issues that cause fear, misunderstanding and a divide between a community and their dogs by providing free rabies vaccinations and education on the ground.”center_img The misguided killing is not specific to Sierra Leone, however. There are 700 million dogs in the world today and many of them are free roaming, unwanted, unhealthy and unvaccinated. Fear of bites and rabies mean that millions are killed every year.World Animal Protection has been leading the way to stop these unnecessary killings. Working with local governments, the global charity has performed more than one million vaccinations of dogs in Kenya, Zanzibar, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Bangladesh.Many high-profile Canadians have been supporting the campaign and its work by using their voice to raise awareness of the campaign and highlight the need for action to protect dogs around the globe. This year, a new champion has joined the cause: Elaine “Lainey” Lui, Co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, ETALK Senior Correspondent, and Founder/Editor of top Canadian entertainment website LaineyGossip.com, is the latest dog lover to speak out in support of Better Lives for Dogs.“I’m so honoured to be a part of World Animal Protection’s ambassador roster,” said Elaine Lui. “My dogs Barney and Elvis are part of my family, and I can’t imagine life without them. It’s unbelievable to think millions of dogs lose their lives over something as preventable as rabies and fear. Through education, vaccination and grassroots community engagement, dogs around the world can lead healthier, happier lives and bring joy to those around them – just like our own pets do.”All dogs deserve to live without fear and suffering, and we can all help by supporting responsible dog ownership and vaccination. World Animal Protection’s goal is to improve the lives of 50 million dogs by 2020.  Visit www.worldanimalprotection.ca to find out more.About World Animal Protection:For more than 50 years and in more than 50 countries, World Animal Protection has been preventing animal cruelty and inspiring people to change animals’ lives for the better. Today we’re working on projects with local partners, governments and businesses to find practical ways to prevent animal suffering worldwide.  We also collaborate with the UN and other international bodies to make sure animals are on the global agenda because animal protection is a fundamental part of a sustainable future. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Ministers meet to discuss new civil aviation policy 520 rule may be

first_imgUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Thursday ministers to discuss the new civil aviation policy, which may be finalised soon. According to officials who attended the meeting, abolishing the 5/20 rule was also discussed.The meeting was attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey, official sources told Hindu BusinessLine.Under the 5/20 rule, an airline that has had five years of domestic industry experience and a fleet of 20 aircraft can operate on international routes. Abolishing the rule would benefit new airlines such as AirAsia India and Vistara.”The 5/20 norm is likely to go and will be replaced by a rule that will ensure domestic connectivity is not compromised after airlines are allowed to go international,” an official, who requested anonymity, told the Economic Times.The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has reportedly opposed abolishing the policy. The FIA, along with member airlines such as GoAir, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and IndiGo, have demanded that the matter of “effective control of carriers” be solved before the government changes international operation rules.The draft civil aviation policy also proposes launch of “regional flights” at a minimum fare of Rs 2,500, ET added.The InterGlobe Aviation (which owns IndiGo) stock closed at Rs 839.50 Friday, down 1.21 percent from its previous close, while the Jet Airways scrip gained 2.82 percent and settled at Rs 557.50.SpiceJet rose 4.11 percent to close at Rs 68.40 on the BSE.last_img read more

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

first_imgThis file handout picture received from the family taken on 14 Marc, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Guangzhou in southern China. Photo: AFPChina’s Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been transferred on parole from prison to a hospital for terminal cancer treatment, his lawyer said Monday, but concerned supporters called for his unconditional release.Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23 and granted medical parole days later, lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP.The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, where he was imprisoned.The Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau confirmed Liu’s parole, saying in a statement he was being treated by “eight renowned Chinese oncologists” at China Medical University No 1 Hospital.While it confirmed he was being treated for liver cancer, it did not say whether it was terminal.“He has no special plans. He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness,” Mo said.The writer was sentenced in 2009 for “subversion” after spearheading a bold petition for democratic reforms. He was awarded the Nobel prize while in jail a year later and was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo.Supporters demanded that Liu be granted the best medical care and criticised his treatment so far.While the Nobel Committee said it was “delighted” to learn that Liu was finally freed, it “strongly regrets that it took serious illness before Chinese authorities were willing to release him from jail”.“Chinese authorities carry a heavy responsibility if Liu Xiaobo, because of his imprisonment, has been denied necessary medical treatment,” it said in a statement.The committee called for his unconditional release and said he should be offered the best possible treatment in China or abroad.Patrick Poon, China researcher at rights group Amnesty International, urged authorities to ensure Liu has access to his family.Poon also called for Liu and “all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights” to be immediately and unconditionally released.“Adding injury to insult, Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with a grave illness in prison, where he should never have been put in the first place,” Poon said.Bold petition -Asked about Liu’s parole, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular news briefing: “I am not aware of the situation you’re talking about.”Liu is one of only three people to have won the Nobel award while jailed by their own government.China strongly condemned the prize as foreign interference in its internal affairs.Diplomatic ties and trade talks between Beijing and Oslo were frozen, with China halting Norwegian salmon imports. Relations were only normalised last December.The international community has for years been calling for Liu’s release.Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China’s one-party Communist system.Charter 08, which was posted online, specifically demands the abolition of subversion as a criminal offence.Liu’s wife Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 2010. She suffered a heart attack in 2014, when she was diagnosed with depression after years of detention, a rights group said at the time.She could not be reached for comment on Monday and an automated message said her phone was no longer in service.Tiananmen role -Liu is also known for his efforts to help negotiate the safe exit from Tiananmen Square of thousands of student demonstrators on the night of June 3-4, 1989 when the military bloodily suppressed six weeks of protests in the heart of Beijing.He was arrested immediately after the crackdown and released without charge in early 1991.Liu was rearrested and served three years in a labour camp from 1996-1999 for seeking the release of those jailed in the Tiananmen protests and for opposing the official verdict that their actions amounted to a counter-revolutionary rebellion.Liu, who holds a doctorate in Chinese literature, was once a professor at Beijing Normal University, but was banned from teaching at state institutions after his involvement in the 1989 demonstrations.He was also banned from publishing in China but many of his writings advocating greater democracy and respect for human rights appeared in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese publications.Some of these articles served as evidence in his most recent trial.Liu was a leading member of the Independent China PEN Centre, a grouping of Chinese writers. PEN Hong Kong called for his unconditional release.“At a time when China wants to have a greater international role, it is only fitting that it should show humanity and compassion towards a man who has never committed any violent crime, but has dedicated his life to literature and free expression,” it said on its website.last_img read more

FlyNano electric sea plane takes first test flight

first_img“When the FlyNano concept was presented last year at the Aero 2011 trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, it was envisioned to be primarily powered with a combustion engine,” said the Finnish aeronautics firm by the same name, FlyNano.“ However, the development of electric motors and batteries has been immense during the past year and the demand for electric powerlines has been increasing continuously.”The cruising speed is around 140 km/h (87 miles per hour). The rudder is controlled by pedals. “Elevons” (ailerons + elevators) and throttle are controlled intuitively by a stick with the right hand. The designers say their electric sea plane is quiet, and power-train vibration is reduced.FlyNano’s goal is to start production and deliver the first 35 planes to dealers by the end of 2013. The FlyNano plane has an ex-factory price listed on the company site as 32,000 euro ($40,000). Transport and storage trailer charges are extra.A promotional portion of text on the site tells prospective customers that, “If you’ve ever had a pilot’s licence you’ll fly Nano right out of the box.” For the rest, knowledge of simple rules of the air will be required, says the team. The FlyNano FAQ page, however, directly answers the question of whether customers need a pilot’s license to fly the plane. According to the European Aviation Safety Association regulation. FlyNano is below the necessary weight of 70kg, which means that national authorities decide on the classification. “Nevertheless a good understanding of water plane operation, rules and aviation safety is requested.” The company adds that “We will clear the situation in several countries around the world within the following months.”FlyNano does not have a windshield, but in keeping with the company’s philosophy of “feel the wind,” the recommended gear includes helmet or at least goggles and drysuit/wetsuit or similar clothing. FlyNano has stated that due to advances in batteries and electric motors, they ditched combustion models. The carbon fiber-bodied aircraft is now electric. Citation: FlyNano electric sea plane takes first test flight (2012, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-flynano-electric-sea-plane-flight.html The 70 kilo single person plane (Phys.org) — A single-seat carbon-fiber airplane designed for water operations and proposed as a “fun flyer” has taken its first test flight at Finland’s Lake Hepari. The June test flight comes after more than a year since its introduction at an air show in Germany in 2011. The earlier FlyNano was showcased as a single-occupant petrol/electric microlight amphibious aircraft. The new FlyNano has undergone key changes to advance its readiness for takeoff. Gone are the petrol-engine models. The new engine, propeller, controller and batteries combine to produce a stronger model than the earlier structure. center_img 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. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more