“He’s really good and clever because of his experience,” said Paalam, who takes on China’s Wu Zhonglinin the semifinals on Friday. “Even if I’m younger, I tried to keep up with him.”Paalam is the latest Filipino fighter to reach the semis after flyweight Rogen Ladon clinched his spot on Tuesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Another Filipino in Eumir Felix Marcial will shoot for an assured bronze. Japan basketball players suspended after buying sex during Asian Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firms SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carlo Paalam of the Philippines (in blue) fights against Taiwan’s Tu Powei (in red) in their men’s light fly (49kg) round of 16 boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOCarlo Paalam continued Philippine boxing’s resurgence in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.Paalam on Wednesday outpointed Temirtas Zhussupov of Kazakhstan, 4-1, to assure himself of at least a bronze medal in the men’s light flyweight class.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Female athletes train at the training ground behind SKD (photo credit: Leroy Sonpon) The Liberian Athletics Federation with sponsorship from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has completed six days of the ongoing IAAF Level 1 Coaching Course at the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia.The 11-day intensive training is being offered in Liberia for the first time in 10 years.Twenty four (24) former athletes and physical education teachers are currently in the training to develop and promote athletes and athletics in the country.Former Nigerian 800m runner Ezra Gunen and former Ghanaian 400m runner Salamatu Musa are facilitating the course. They were selected from the Regional Development Center (RDC) in Nairobi, Kenya.The training is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC), while the International Association of Athletics Association (IAAF) provided the lecturers and the teaching materials from the Regional Development Center (RDC) in Nairobi, Kenya.Some of the topics being taught are Coaching Philosophy, Growth & Development, Biomechanics, Physiology, Sprint, Hurdles, Relays, Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump.Others include Shot Put, Pole Vault, Javelin, Hammer, Race Walking, Fundamental Running, Discus, Steeple Chase, Middle-long distance, among others.In another development, the LAF says it is still in negotiation with the MYS for the inclusion of athletics in this year’s edition of the National County Sports Meet.Athletics, according to the Youth and Sports Ministry, was dropped from the previous editions of the annual sporting festival due to “budget shortfall.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deaths of 3 children at GPHCAlmost six months have passed since the deaths of three juveniles at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and although there were two independent investigations into those matters that have been concluded, sanctions, if any, are yet to be imposed.The buck was finally passed to the Guyana Medical Council for it to conduct its own probe into the children’s deaths and this too has been completed. The files were then sent to the Council’s Disciplinary Committee for review but to date, there has been no word as to the next step.However, Government’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, who also holds a seat on the Medical Council told Guyana Times on Monday that a process is being followed before any revelations can be made about the Council’s decision(s).“We have a process there. And that process is ongoing. It won’t be right for me to be giving information to anyone except through the right channels. I cannot give you information, it is something that a procedure is in place for, but we will give you the information after it is discussed [with all those involved].”In May, Chairman of the Guyana Medical Council, Dr Navindranauth Rambarran during an exclusive interview with this publication had confirmed that the Guyana Medical Council concluded its probe into the deaths and the files were sent to the Council’s Disciplinary Committee.“All I could say on the issue is that the issue is now engaging the Disciplinary Committee at the Medical Council. But the course of natural justice has to take its path. So I cannot comment on that further,” Dr Rambarran had stated at that time.With regard to the doctors who were found in the initial probe by the hospital to be negligent of following protocol, and who are still on the job, Dr Rambarran also had explained that it is not the role of the Guyana Medical Council to interfere in those operations but rather, the Disciplinary Committee has to do its work.GPHC, earlier this year, concluded its own probe into the matter, which found that the medical personnel did not follow the established protocol in administering drugs to the three children who died earlier this year.In March last, Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) of Guyana, Dr Karen Gordon-Campbell, told the media that the doctors who treated the three juvenile leukaemia patients who later died at the GPHC administered the drugs incorrectly. Instead of intrathecal administration of the drug vincristine, they administered it intravenously.It was this that led to the adverse reactions of those three children and ultimately their deaths.She explained that investigations revealed that protocols the medical practitioners should have followed would have stipulated which drug has to be administered “when and where”.“It wasn’t a question of dosage but administration in terms of where it was administered. That was done incorrectly. The dosages would have been fine but in terms of where they administered what,” the Deputy CMO explained.She stated that the three medical personnel involved in the matters were aware that they had broken protocol but not at the initial stage of administering the medicinal drugs to those patients.“The reasons that were given encompassed the fact that they were stretched and maybe not fully attentive at the time. That pretty much is the long and short of the reasons given but I don’t think that initially they realised. But eventually, when they recognised that the patients were deteriorating when they checked they realised their mistake.”DeficienciesMeanwhile, Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the GPHC, Kesaundra Alves told the media that an internal investigation by the hospital’s administration into the circumstances surrounding the treatment of three leukaemia patients and their subsequent adverse reactions has revealed that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of those three children.“Statements were solicited from the parties directly or indirectly involved and parties who were witnesses or otherwise privy to pertinent information that could assist with the investigation. The Director of Medical and Professional Services, Dr Jeffery, submitted his final report to the Chief Executive Officer on January 28, 2019. That report concluded that human deficiencies and systemic challenges contributed to the demise of the three children.”She stated that an independent investigation by the Public Health Ministry was also launched and findings were similar to those of the GPHC’s; non-adherence to the hospital’s protocols led to the three young children succumbing at the GPHC.Since the deaths occurred, parents and other activists began their calls for the suspension of medical licenses of those doctors responsible for the deaths of seven-year-old Curwayne Edwards on January 14, three-year-old Roshini Seegobinon January 18 and six-year-old Sharezer Mendonca on January 24.
Five persons were on Friday afternoon rendered homeless after a fire suspected to be electrical in origin completely razed their home at Clifton Settlement, Corentyne, Berbice.According to reports received, the fire started at about 11:30h just above the Guyana Power and Light meter that is installed at the house that is being rented by a taxi driver/mechanic and his family.The aftermath of the fire on FridayTroy Elias and his family have been occupying the Lot 202 Clifton Settlement home for the past three years. At the time of the fire, the man’s wife and three children – aged 3 to 8 months old – were at home.When Guyana Times arrived at the scene, the entire wooden one-storey structure was already completely gutted.The distressed mechanic explained that only recently they experienced power shortages and as such, he would instruct his wife to unplug all electrical appliances when they are not in use. At the time of the fire, he noted that nothing was plugged into any electrical outlet.According to the taxi driver, when he arrived at the scene, the building was engulfed. Reports are that after the fire was initially seen, it quickly spread into the building; firstly, igniting the curtains.Elias explained that he was unable to save any household items. For the taxi driver, the days ahead will be difficult since his daughter is expected to start school at the beginning of the new school term.A devastated Troy Elias speaking to the media after the fire“I already purchased school things for her but everything gone there. It will very hard; we have lost everything. We have to start back fresh and it is not easy to start back fresh with how going in Guyana right now. I don’t know what is the next step,” the father of three cried.Meanwhile, residents have expressed disappointment over the Guyana Fire Service’s inability to prevent total destruction. Their slow response and what residents call inexperience resulted in the complete destruction of the building.The firefighters were also hampered in their ability to adequately carry out their job since there was no water source to tap into. By the time they could have accessed water, the house was already engulfed in flames.An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire.
MALIN GAA CLUB NEWS MEN’S FOOTBALLOur senior footballers were defeated 1-12 to 1-6 v Four Masters in the All County League clash in Donegal Town on Saturday evening. Malin were forced to field minus 8 first team players, and although the young Malin side fought to the end it was the Donegal Town based side who held on for the win. Our reserve side suffered a heavy defeat on Saturday evening v Four Masters. It was a very much under strength side which took to the field, as many of the usual reserve players were moved into the senior squad for the day. The young reserve side fought bravely and meeting opposition such as this will stand to them in future years. At the time of going to press, it is unclear if we will be in league action at the weekend, supporters are asked to check the club facebook and twitter pages and the parish bulletin for confirmation later in the week. LADIES FOOTBALLLadies Football training continues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s between 7:50pm- 9pm. Last Wednesday evening saw the Ladies Team be defeated by a stronger Buncrana Team. The team would like to welcome new members of Rachel Kelly and Amy Mc Clean who had their first match as part of the senior side.GIRLS FOOTBALL U14 Girls continue to train on Tuesdays at 5:15pm. The Girls lost out to a stronger Moville side last Thursday but showed great determination and heart throughout the game.U12 Girls training has finished for the Summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back and a few new faces perhaps in September10/U8/U6 will finish this Saturday morning the 13th of July, with a fun day. We look forward to seeing everyone back again at the end of September and we remind these girls to keep practising these skills throughout the summer months.BOYS FOOTBALLThe U8 Team travelled to Burt on Saturday Morning as part of the Go Games, while at the same time the U10 Team entertained Urris at home. The U12 Maurice Mc Menamin Go Games Final has been moved to Tuesday 16th of July at 7pm. The U8 Go Game Finals are due to take place this Saturday the 13th of July at 11am with the venue due to be confirmed, please see the clubs facebook page during the week for more details.The Gerry O Neill Memorial Tournament will take place this Tuesday with The Malin U12 Team playing at home against Urris, in the last game of the 15 a-side league.Malin U14 Team are due to play Carn in the final of the Inishowen Oil Co Ltd Finals next Sunday the 14th of July. Throw in at 5:45pm in Carndonagh. HURLINGU10/U12 Boys and Girls Hurling has stopped for the Summer and will return in a few weeks.CUL CAMPSMalin GAA Annual Summer Camp will take place from 15th to 19th July from 10am to 2.30 in the Malin GAA Grounds…The fee for the week is E55 for the 1st child, E45 for the 2nd child E40 for the 3rd child and any additional children in that family…There will also be a bus running throughout the parish for E10 for each child for the week… Chilren are advised to bring pack lunch with them and there will also be a tuck shop available. If u would like any more information could u contact Maria Mc Laughlin 087 7763679. If u have booked on line, Maria needs confirmation of this. LOTTOThere was no winner of this weeks lotto jackpot of €500. The sequence draw was 7-5-4-3-1-2-6. The 50 euro winner was Rose Mc Laughlin, Cashel, Gleneely, with the 20 euro sellers prize going to John Fraser, Cashel, Gleneely. Next weeks lotto jackpot is €550 and we thank the local community for its continued support of our weekly lotto draw.CARETAKERThere is a FAS position for a caretaker/cleaner currently available at the Malin GAA complex, usual FAS conditions apply, contact Patrick Mc Laughlin R on 086 8787609 for further details.PRO:Any items for the notes should be forwarded to Martin Doherty on 0861585880 or alternatively send an email to the new club email address email@example.com at no later than 9 o clock on the Sunday evening.CLUB NEWSYou can now stay up to date with all the latest happenings within the club by checking our facebook page www.facebook.com/malingaa, by following us on twitter @malainnclg, or by sending a text to the club texting service 0868668531 to avail of club fixtures and news. You can also view some of Our Club Videos by checking out our Youtube Channel, by searching Malin GAAGAA NEWS: MALIN GO DOWN TO FOUR MASTERS was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:FOUR MASTERS GAA NOTES
A man tried to choke another man believing he was the devil after he started dating his wife.Gasior leaving court today. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Robert Gasior appeared in court in court in Letterkenny today charged with assaulting his love rival Robert Nessbert. Mr Nessbert, from Cardiff in Wales, began dating Mr Gasior’s former wife Joanna.However Gasior, 37, a Polish national, could not accept the relationship was over and tried to assault Mr Nessbert at Lawnsdale, Ballybofey on December 31st, 2013.Mr Nessbert, who sat at the back of Letterkenny Dsitrict Court today with his girlfriend, Gasior’s former wife, revealed details of the attack.He said that Gasior, of Beechwood Avenue, Ballybofey, is using his religious feelings to attack him.“He says that Jesus Christ is going to get me. He thinks I’m the devil. He thinks because he believe in God he has a certain right to come to me and preach. He just won’t accept that it is over. We have found our way to live and we just want him to do the same.“He has tried to bless me – he’s not a normal person. I do feel threatened because I don’t know what he’s thinking. He said Jesus Christ is going to get me.”He added that on the day of the assault Gasior tried to choke him.“He approached me and asked me if I was sleeping with his wife. I asked him what did he think as we had been seeing each other for nine months.“I called him a coward. His actions are that of a coward. He said that he needed to protect his family from the devil. I would have to question this man’s mental health.“He puts his hands around my throat and another witness called the Gardai,” he said.Solicitor for Gasior, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said the incident had had a devastating effect on his client and this could be seen from his demeanour in court.Judge Denis McLoughlin said that because the incident happened back as far as 2013, and because he didn’t consider the incident as particularly serious and Gasior had no previous convictions, he would apply the probation act.MAN TRIED TO CHOKE HIS LOVE RIVAL CLAIMING HE WAS THE DEVIL was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SC Villa CEO Vally Mugwanya (right) came out and trushed claims that it was Villa fans who acted like hooligans in the loss away to Vipers. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary committee has ordered for the deduction of two points off SC Villa Jogoo for the acts of violence by their fans during the Azam Uganda Premeir League match on Saturday 23 September, 2017against Vipers SC at St Mary’s Kitende.The match was won by the home side Vipers SC 1-0 via a Tom Matsiko free kick in the first half but was marred by acts of hooliganism from the visiting side that left parts of the stadium damaged.Based on reports by the match referee, Assessor, video and photographic evidence from the Vipers SC vs SC Villa Jogoo match, the FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Panel, found SC Villa fans to have violated the FUFA Competitions Rules have bene sanctioned accordingly as below.Villa CEO Vally Mugwanya came out on Monday evening and rubbished the claims that it was SC Villa fans who vandalised the stadium.“SC Villa fans are registered and have club jerseys bearing a sponsor’s logo. The fans who made the despicable acts where wearing jerseys minus sponsors and i can say that they are not our fans and Villa is not associated with them in any way,” Mugwanya.Vipers SC patron Lawrence Mulindwa promised to deal with the hooligans individually.SC Villa Jogoo Manager Jumba Muhammad has been handed a four-match touchline ban for threatening violence against the match referee. Mr. Jumba Mohammed will not be allowed to access the SC Villa Jogoo dressing room while serving the ban (FUFA Competitions Rules Art 30.8 (iii).SC Villa Jogoo player Kirya Samson has been suspended for two matches for threatening violence against the referee and unsporting behaviour as per Article 30.2 of the FUFA Competitions Rules.SC Villa loses two points and two goals from the already accumulated seven meaning that they remain with five.In addition, Sc Villa Jogoo has been fined Shs1,000,000 as per Article 30.14 of the FUFA Competitions Rules.The case of vandalism of the stadium and misconduct by individual SC Villa fans mentioned in the Vipers SC’s petition has been referred to the FUFA Disciplinary Committee for further Investigations and action in accordance with Article 6.9 (b) of the FUFA Competitions Rules.The FUFA Competitions Disciplinary Committee has given any grieved party dissatisfied with the decision to appeal within 48 hours of receipt of this communication.Comments
George Groves kept his Commonwealth super-middleweight title and his unbeaten record by easily beating faded former world champion Glen Johnson on points at the ExCel Arena.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith staggered Johnson in the opening round but the wily Jamaican showed why he has only ever suffered one stoppage defeat, as he absorbed a host of big punches.Johnson had some success with the right hand, which Groves is often open to, but spent much of the fight propped against the ropes as his opponent – 19 years his junior – hammered home heavy shots.Having beaten American superstar Roy Jones in 2004 and faced a number of top other fighters, including Bernard Hopkins and Britain’s world champion Carl Froch, Johnson came to the ring with a ton of experience.But he looked weary and content to do little more than last the distance as Groves eased to his 16th professional victory – and one that keeps him on course for a world title shot.Johnson took a count after being floored in the final seconds, although he appeared to simply lose his footing following a tangle near the ropes.It was given as a knockdown though and while one of the judges scored the bout 119-109, the other two gave it to Groves by a huge margin of 120-107.See also: Groves v Johnson as it happenedSee also:O’Meara suffers defeat in title clash George Groves v Glen Johnson post-fight press conferenceHaye hails Groves after ‘amazing display’ against JohnsonGroves set to fight for European title Groves lining up world title challengeGroves tipped to win world title in 2013Groves v Johnson in 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Despite institutional rejection of intelligent design, researchers are attracted to ID when it can make money, make them famous, or advance understanding of nature.To be inspired to imitate nature’s designs, don’t you have to presuppose that nature’s designs are good? If you have to use your best intelligence to mimic what nature has done, how can you believe nature arrived at the solution without intelligence? The gold rush going on in biomimetics leaves secular scientists who hate creationism and ID in this awkward position. Let’s see how it’s turning out in the latest flood of news.Breakthrough! Spinning spider silk is now possible! – sort of (Swedish Laboratory of Sciences). Replicating spider silk, one of the strongest flexible materials known, has been a long dream for biomimetics engineers. The real stuff is stronger than steel but biodegradable. It’s also hard to make, and you can’t harvest it from spiders, which tend to be aggressive and territorial, even if you could extract a little from their tiny organs. Various artificial methods tried have fallen short of the spider’s gold standard. Well, why didn’t they think of this before? – imitate the spider’s spinnerets! A new “biomimetic spinning apparatus” made at the lab imitates many of the complex molecular mechanisms taking place in the spider’s spinning organs (see also Live Science‘s coverage). “Today they report that they can produce kilometer long threads that for the first time resemble real spider silk,” researchers at the lab say. Nature Research Highlights qualifies the boast a little: “The artificial silk (pictured) had some physical properties that were similar to those of natural silk, but was less tough.” Expect to hear more about this breakthrough, though, and watch for exciting applications to come. Take a look at Live Science’s photo gallery of the new silk, then read about the work at University of Nottingham for the background story. The article tells how a chance meeting between a spider expert and a chemist led to the ‘Aha’ moment: “We could make that!”Improve smartphone cameras with insect vision (Phys.org). Visitors at CES this month were no doubt impressed with an industrial camera only 2mm thick. “Similar to the eyes of insects, its lens is partitioned into 135 tiny facets.” Researchers at Fraunhofer arrived at this by “following nature’s model,” the article says. Current models only have 4 megapixel resolution, but that will improve, as smartphone manufacturers are eager to get rid of “camera bulge” that keeps the phones thicker than desired. They expect a 3.5 mm version of their “facetVISION camera” will deliver 10 megapixels. The lenses built on the “insect eye principle” are easy to manufacture, the inventors say, even without having to lay eggs that undergo metamorphosis. Imagine the money that this bio-inspired invention could make.Clean up oil spills in the lotus position (Nature Communications). Nature is one of the most anti-ID journals out there, but it published this paper by German scientists who came up with “adaptable bioinspired special wetting surface for multifunctional oil/water separation.” The ability to separate oil from water has many applications in industry, perhaps none as important to environmentalists as cleaning up oil spills. So where did they get the inspiration for developing a new “nanofur” with the ability to do this, that is both biodegradable and reusable? Not from mammals, but from lotus leaves. “Taking inspiration from the multifunctionality of plant surfaces into the global problem of oil/water separation,” they created an artificial model that imitates the super-hydrophobic lotus leaf, which works with a “fur” principle: “The surface wettability of the plant leaves is enhanced by a variety of nano- and microstructures such as hairs, waxes or cuticular folds.” A related article on superhydrophobic surfaces inspired by lotus leaves appears in Nature.Need a damage-resistant drone? Bee careful how you make it (New Scientist). It would be interesting to know how many people who got drones for Christmas are shedding tears right now after their thousand-dollar toy crashed or flew off and never came back. “This is how you do it,” NS shows under a picture of a bumblebee. Insects can stay aloft even with a broken leg, and fly through winds without crashing. To achieve the success of insects, drones of the future may have to take the flapping-wing route instead of the rotary-quadcopter design. Bumblebees are the tankers of the insect world. They fly superbly even in turbulent air. With the right software, robotic drones might some day keep their owners’ eyes drier. And there’s more bio-inspiration at work, the article points out:“Understanding how insects solve this problem will be very useful for drone design,” says Crall.Meanwhile, other researchers have examined how stick insects right themselves in the air after a fall, how owls fly silently and how pigeons navigate turbulence to pick up some aerodynamic tricks for flying robots.Make like a bird and perch (University of Bristol). Your science project is to design a drone that can land on a twig. Good luck. Well, the geniuses at Bristol won that prize. But it’s more than just a stunt. “The revolutionary development of a fixed wing aircraft that can land in a small or confined space has the potential to significantly impact intelligence-gathering and the delivery of aid in a humanitarian disaster.” Suddenly what sparrows do every day transforms into a matter of global defense and disaster response, thanks to biomimetics.Silk strategies: top down or bottom up? PNAS discusses how best to try to make artificial silk. Silkworms make it look so easy. “Above all, the attractiveness of silk materials is based on their natural source, superior mechanical properties, ease of processing in water at conditions of ambient temperature and pressure, their compatibility with a wide range of additives for added material functionality, and their ability to be molded into a variety of forms using either a top-down or bottom-up approach.”The secret is inside your ears. Who would have thought that ear wax could inspire engineers? Reporters at ECN News say that the greasy substance actually has “innovative potential as a high-tech filter for use in robotics and other fields.” A researcher from Georgia Tech caught the inspiration when noticing that earwax is a great substance for holding back water in a channel, like the ear canal. Wanting to know how it works led to research on wax from a variety of animals, and led to discoveries that the wax could be used to filter air as well as water. It might even be put to use on a future Mars rover. (This link was sent in by a CEH reader.)Clingfish-ing along to bio-inspired suction cups (The Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology). Would you like to have a suction cup that clings to wet surfaces, so your soap dish wouldn’t keep falling in the shower? Scientists at the University of Alaska found an animal, the clingfish, that has a suction cup that holds tightly to its shelly prey, even in strong waves 150 times the fish’s body weight. The clingfish’s secret consists of tiny projections on the inside of the suction organ that are arranged in a hierarchical manner. We can’t expect to replicate this feat in all its complexity. “Biomimicry is not about creating a one-to-one replica of the original inspiration,” a researcher says. “Instead, it requires understanding of the underlying mechanisms so that the technology can be employed in a simplified yet useful manner.” No mention of evolution in this article, understandably.Learning the trunk trick (New Scientist). An elephant can carry a heavy log a meter across with its flexible trunk, but it can also handle small, delicate objects. That’s got to inspire someone – and it has. Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology studied the physics involved and want to imitate the elephant trunk for robotic arms. “If we know how an elephant manipulates its trunk to handle such a huge range of objects, we may be inspired to develop a universal robotic gripper,” the team lead says. But he realizes it won’t be easy, “because existing artificial muscle technology would struggle to match the complexity of the muscular manoeuvres within the trunk.” The idea is worth it. Imagine “soft but highly versatile robotic gripping devices for use in industry and perhaps for delicate rescue operations.”Stick to the corn oil (Phys.org). Researchers at Kansas State have developed a cheap biodegradable adhesive made from corn oil, soybean oil and other plant oils. The adhesive, which they envision using for painter’s tape (a big waste product) “outperforms previous bio-based adhesives because it adheres to a surface for a longer period of time, has a longer shelf life and is more water-resistant.”What good is a pine cone? (PLoS One). Pine cones inspired Korea to develop a “Biologically-Inspired Symmetric Bidirectional Switch.” Learn how in this open-access paper that says, “In this study, we designed a temperature-sensitive hydrogel with symmetric structure with inspiration from pine cone scales.” Amazing as it seems, scientists at the Albert Ludwig University of Frieburg just found out that even fossil pine cones retain their touch! They looked at fossil cones they say are over 16 million years old that could still flex when wet. “The cones analyzed in the study therefore represent the oldest known plant structures that are still capable of movement and can also serve as a model for bioinspired technical applications with low maintenance requirements” (i.e., no batteries to replace).Nano, nano: envisioning transportation at a very small scale (American Institute of Physics). The smart guys at AIP figured out that “A new design for a fully biocompatible motility engine transports colloidal particles faster than diffusion with active filaments.” Their inspiration? The cilia and flagella that Michael Behe famously wrote about in Darwin’s Black Box that he called “irreducibly complex molecular machines.” With targeted drug delivery a big topic in cancer treatments, this project can’t hurry up too much.Let your robot do the caterpillar dance (Live Science). “A soft, caterpillar-like robot might one day climb trees to monitor the environment,” this article says. A team at the University of Tokyo thought soft robots are cool. Then they got worried. “Modeling and predicting such activity currently requires vast amounts of computation because of the many and unpredictable ways in which such robots can move, the researchers said.” They watched caterpillars and wondered, how do the caterpillars manifest such exquisite control with a small number of neurons? That’s when the light bulb went on. The control must be decentralized, they reasoned. Accordingly, “The scientists developed a caterpillar-like soft robot that was inspired by their animal model.” See the Royal Society’s Open Science journal for their write-up.Follow the cell into the reaction core (Phys.org). “Inspired by the cell,” Europeans are finding ways to concentrate complex drug factories into a single small reactor. Why do they want to do this? The potential benefits are manifold, they say, but they will have to overcome a number of hurdles to match nature:They are inspired by the biological cell, a tiny space in which nature succeeds in enabling many different chemical reaction chains (cascades) to take place, at the same pressure and temperature and in the same solvent (water). And constantly, which means fast. Cells do this using enzymes, substances that give the reactions a helping hand. The researchers want to be able to make drugs in the same way in small chemical reactors that operate constantly.Beetle Bailey’s armor (Northwestern University). “What can a beetle tell us about good design principles? Quite a lot, actually.” That’s how this article starts. Think of how lightweight a beetle’s outer covering is, yet it is very strong. And the beetle can fly! One has to get down to nanomechanics to decipher the structure of a beetle’s exoskeleton, but the engineers at Northwestern feel it’s worth it. So does the Air Force, which is helping fund the work that “could ultimately uncover information that could guide the design and manufacturing of new and improved artificial materials by emulating these time-tested natural patterns, a process known as bio-mimicry.” Soldiers would be really happy to get the same protection their armor gives them now but with a lot less weight.Biological bone meets artificial bone (Science Daily). Engineers at University of New South Wales are studying how bone grows so they can use what they learn to grow artificial bone and other useful materials. They can’t quite figure out how to imitate collagen and elastin, so they are substituting artificial materials for those, but “nature’s weaving formula” inspired a first-stage trial of a ‘smart’ material that “mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one nature’s ingenious materials, the bone tissue periosteum.” Skiers, want a protective suit made of this flexible, strong stuff? Nurses, want a better compression bandage to heal injuries? Even race car drivers and astronauts might benefit from what the UNSW researchers are learning about nature’s bone weaving formula.Where now, photosynthesis? (Phys.org). For obvious reasons, photosynthesis has been a holy grail for biomimetics. The smart guys at MIT figured out a new model of plant’s methods of sunlight energy capture that “could help guide scientists in designing new types of solar cells made of organic materials that efficiently capture light.” We’ve been waiting a long time for that hope to show fruit. “Nature has mastered this art, evolving from a very limited number of building blocks an impressive diversity of photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes, which are highly versatile and efficient.” Evolving in this context doesn’t necessarily imply Darwinian evolution. It means that from simple building blocks, nature builds exquisite light-capturing machines that the world’s best engineers still haven’t been able to imitate.Smear on some of that cyanobacteria sunscreen, please (Taylor & Francis). Is cyanobacteria the future of sunscreen? Could be, if an international team gets their way. Biologically-based sunscreen would be safer, more environmentally-friendly, and sustainable. And think of this: you wouldn’t have to keep putting it on, because cyanobacteria self-renew, living off of carbon dioxide, sunlight and a few basic nutrients. In fact, “some of its species live in extremely arid habitats and thus produce compounds that give them the ability to cope with both high UV radiation and extreme desiccation.” Sounds better than that oily stuff, doesn’t it?Spin that plant turbine (PLoS One). Face it; wind farms are ugly, noisy, and hazardous to bats and birds. But the Department of Energy is pushing for 20% wind energy by 2030. What to do? These scientists watched cottonwood leaves fluttering in the breeze and had an idea. Why not attach piezoelectric elements to similar structures? They built a prototype, but their first trial at “plant-inspired designs” fell short. So next, they mimicked cattail leaves waving in the wind. The system worked, but still fell short of energy targets. That’s OK; even if this approach doesn’t look like a near-term reality, it’s important to keep searching, and science learns by failure as well as success. “Although our results discourage focus on piezoelectric schemes, alternative methods like the triboelectric system pioneered by Wang’s group may offer a more productive test of wind energy harvesting by botanic mimics.” One thing is not failing: inspiration to follow nature’s designs. If plant-inspired wind harvesting works some day, it can take more units off the power grid and thereby help protect the nation from a threat that’s creating a growing fear among defense experts: catastrophic EMP attack from an airborne nuclear warhead. Distributing the power locally would help mitigate the damage. It will be interesting to see, also, if bats and birds avoid “flapping” turbines better than rotating ones, and if wind machines can be made quieter and as aesthetically pleasing as leaves in the breeze.Geek bonus: Read Nature Communications if interested in this title: “Therapeutic microparticles functionalized with biomimetic cardiac stem cell membranes and secretome.”Wow! How about that. This list of 20 discoveries took extra hours to write up, because there is so much news about biomimetics coming in so fast. This is where the action is, folks. It’s not in Darwinian evolution. That old dogma is rusting on the junk pile. Teachers, parents, deans: get your students thinking bio-inspired engineering! It’s great all around: it requires studying biology in detail to figure out how organisms work, and it leads to the most amazing applications that can improve our lives in everything from personal health to recreation to industry to national defense. Money is racing after bio-inspired design. On top of all this, it’s making science fun again! Look at how many different institutions around the world are caught up in this 21st century gold rush. The momentum has only increased over the past 15 years since we started reporting on biomimicry, and there’s no end in sight. Intelligent design is the future of science. (Listen to CSC’s “ID the Future” podcast.)Recent comment from a donor: “Hi Dave. Blessings on your website it’s merely the best most up-to-date insightful witty whimsical creation evolution thought minder website out there. Let God be true and every man be a liar.” —a medical doctor in California. (Visited 71 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Two suspected terrorists were arrested on Wednesday from a cyber café in civil lines area of Gaya in Bihar. The district police have been interrogating them while alerting the other investigating agencies of the country.Police officials said Taushif Ahmad Khan and Sana Khan were arrested from a cyber café near Rajendra Ashram in civil lines area of the Gaya town. Both are said to be resident of Karmauni village under Dhobhi police station of the district.One of them Taushif Ahmad Khan is suspected to be prime accused in the Ahmedabad bomb blast case in July 2008 in which several people were killed. A team of Gujarat police and NIA (National Investigation Agency) too are likely to reach Gaya by Thursday evening.“On a tip off that Taushif Ahmad Khan and Sana Khan have been visiting a cyber café for sometime in civil lines area we laid a trap and arrested them”, a senior police official of Gaya, Alok Singh said.Though, police have not been sharing more information on the arrests of the two but sources in the department told The Hindu that some documents and the computer from the cyber café too have been seized by the police.It is also suspected that Taushif Ahmad Khan was living in Bangladesh for a long time but has been visiting India through Malda district at regular intervals.Informed sources said the two suspected terrorists might have been planning to attack Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya in protest against atrocities on Rohingya Muslim refugees in Myanmar by Buddhist followers.Earlier in July 2013 a series of bomb blasts had happened at Bodh Gaya when the Rohingya refugee problem was going in Myanmar.Meanwhile, the district police have beefed-up security around the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya and in Gaya town too where famous Pitrpaksha mela (a ritual ceremony for ancestors) are going on.