ANAHEIM — Lean Bergmann may have started the Sharks’ game against the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center on the fourth line, but he wound up alongside Tomas Hertl and Kevin Labanc in the top six forward group.Barclay Goodrow, too, was moved up in the lineup after he started Friday’s home opener as the fourth line center. Meanwhile Lukas Radil and Melker Karlsson, given opportunities for more significant roles to start the game, were both later moved down in what became an unsightly 5-1 loss. …
Last year, it was announced that a deep-sea sponge named the Venus Flower Basket possessed glass strands similar to fiber optic cables (see 08/20/2003 headline). Now, a five-member team from Bell Labs has performed the first detailed optical analysis of the fibers. They indeed found these structures to be “remarkably similar to commercial silica optical fibers and are capable of forming an effective fiberoptical network.” Their findings are published in PNAS.1 The sponge’s fiber optics, though, are superior to man-made ones in four respects:Focus: “Other interesting design elements include terminal lens-like extensions located proximally and barb-like spines located along the spicule shaft. The presence of these lens structures at the end of the biofibers improves the light-collecting efficiency [that] offers an effective fiber-optical network with selected illumination points along the length of the crown-like fibrous network surrounding the cylindrical skeletal lattice.”Cool: “Second, the formation of the biosilica fibers occurs at ambient temperatures and pressures.” Man-made glass fibers are made at high temperatures. “Their complex structure and composition are encoded in the organism and are controlled by specialized organic molecules and cells. The low-temperature formation of silica in organisms, as an alternative to the high-temperature technological process, is a subject of extensive studies.”Dope: “The low-temperature synthesis brings about an extremely important feature: the ability to effectively dope the structure with impurities that increase the refractive index of silica. Our elemental analysis showed, for example, the presence of sodium ions in the entire fiber, particularly in the core. Sodium ions (and many other additives) are not commercially viable optical fiber dopants because of manufacturing challenges, including devitrification at high processing temperatures. In the case of these spicules, however, the presence of sodium ions results in the increase of the refractive index to values approaching and even exceeding that of vitreous silica.No Stress: “Another advantage of the low-temperature synthesis is evidenced in the lack of the polarization dependence on the refractive index. Birefringence in commercially prepared fibers often occurs as a result of the residual thermal stresses in the fibers upon their cooling. Ambient condition formation of the spicules in biological environments prevents the development of any residual thermal stress.The authors are not sure how the sponge uses its technology. Typically, this species inhabits deep waters near hydrothermal vents, where the only light is from bioluminescent organisms or chemoluminescence. They offer a suggestion that it might act as an underwater lamp for symbiotic organisms: “Our results suggest that if such sources exist within or in close association to the basalia of E. aspergillum, their light might be efficiently used and distributed by the sponge. Such a fiberoptical lamp might potentially act as an attractant for larval or juvenile stages of these organisms and symbiotic shrimp to the host sponge.” Their final paragraph sums up the wonder of this creature’s amazing manufacturing ability:In conclusion, we have demonstrated an example of nature’s ability to evolve highly effective and sophisticated optical systems, comparable and in some aspects superior to man-made analogs. High fracture toughness arising from their composite structure, the presence of index-raising dopants, the degree of silica condensation, and the absence of residual stress in these fibers suggest an advantage of the protein-controlled, ambient temperature synthesis favored in nature. Whether these optical properties are biologically relevant or not, the mechanisms of the formation of silica spicules in E. aspergillum are inspiring to materials scientists and engineers. We believe, therefore, that this system represents a new route to improved, silica-based optical fibers, constructed by using a bottom-up approach.1Aizenberg et al., “Biological glass fibers: Correlation between optical and structural properties,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0307843101 (published online before print on 03/01/2004).Mother Nature, being blind, would not make a lamp. Let’s object when scientists use the word “evolve” as a synonym for “engineer”. Nature cannot “evolve” a “highly effective and sophisticated optical system.” Highly effective and sophisticated systems are products of engineering. Engineering requires intelligence and purpose. This sponge, first named by creationist Richard Owen in 1841, is a natural wonder. Another wonder is how Darwinists think Nature Inc. can get any manufacturing done, with their pointy-haired boss (chance) managing a crew of blind, deaf and dumb Dilberts (natural selection). The competition, Intelligent Design Unlimited, puts out a catalog that is a work of art.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On October 24, State FFA Vice President at Large, Wyatt Kissell came to talk to all the ag classes. Wyatt talked about how important finances are and things that we can do to make money instead of losing money. He also stressed the importance of setting goals and working towards your dreams! Thank you Wyatt for visiting and helping us learn more about opportunities in the FFA.
In yet another case of medical apathy in the country, a man in Bihar capital Patna was forced to carry his 9-year-old daughter’s body on shoulder after being allegedly denied an ambulance by a government hospital. After hospital authorities refused to help him, the distraught man carried his daughter’s body on his shoulder for over 4 km. However, the authorities at the AIIMS hospital refuted the allegations. This is not the first incident when the relatives of a deceased were denied ambulance to carry the body.
LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Anthony Davis had 30 points and 20 rebounds for the Pelicans, who lost their third straight game. Julius Randle had 21 points in his first game against the Lakers at Staples Center, and Jrue Holiday had 18 points and 10 assists.Davis and James shared the court for the first time since James recently declared in an interview with ESPN that it would be “amazing” if the Lakers traded for the Pelicans’ biggest star. James’ comments prompted allegations of tampering.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefNew Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game that Davis will not be traded to the Lakers or anywhere else as long as he remains under contract to the Pelicans.All five Lakers starters scored in double figures, with Brandon Ingram getting 18 points after missing seven games because of a sprained left ankle. Rajon Rondo had eight points and nine assists off the bench after missing 17 games because of surgery on his right hand. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry defends LeBron James on tampering charge View comments Kuzma and Lonzo Ball hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put the Lakers up 107-98 with 6:13 to play, and Los Angeles held on after losing its previous two games.The Lakers led by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but Holiday hit a 3 with one second left to cut the Pelicans’ deficit to 94-88 going into the fourth.TIP-INSPelicans: Davis had a bandage placed on his left pinkie finger during the first quarter and appeared to be trying to shake out the injury as the game went on. … New Orleans committed 13 turnovers leading to 20 points for Los Angeles. The Pelicans got 11 points off 13 Lakers turnovers. … Nikola Mirotic missed his fourth straight game because of an ankle injury.Lakers: James had seven assists in the first quarter, his most in any quarter since joining the Lakers. … Zubac got the start with JaVale McGee out because of illness and scored eight of the Lakers’ first 16 points. McGee missed his third straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in front of Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans after a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win. Kyle Kuzma had 23 points, and Ivica Zubac set season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UP NEXTPelicans: At Sacramento on Sunday.Lakers: Host Memphis on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Recommended for you Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force #MagneticNewsMedia#EarthquakeWeek TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 9, 2017 – It is Earthquake Awareness Week and today, the Director of the Disaster management and Emergencies, Dr. Virginia Clerveax gave media interviews to share what will happen and what we should know when it comes to earthquakes… for example what do we do when or if an earthquake strikes: D C H… Drop, Cover and Hold on. “The easiest thing if you’re indoor, we’re asking persons to drop under a table or a hard surface, cover their head and their torso if possible to prevent further injury, and hold on to whatever they can hold onto cause’ the building will be shaking.”Coincidentally, on Sunday, Trinidad and Tobago recorded a 4.3 magnitude earthquake and last Wednesday, the Dominican Republic had a quake which measured 3.8 on the Richter scale. Dr. Clerveaux admitted that earthquakes are peculiar for the TCI, but a study reveals a moderate chance for earthquake activity. The aftershocks from Haiti, she says, in 2010 proved it. “After the Haiti earthquake, they had over forty five aftershocks, and aftershocks were reported in Grand Turk and South Caicos which resulted in the Turks and Caicos being under a Tsunami watch. So that is where the who inspiration came from for us to begin to take earthquakes as a hazard seriously in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”Among the activities this week is a table top session where the draft Earthquake Response strategy will be finetuned. Haiti commemorates that horrific earthquake on January 12, it is said 1 million people were displaced and as many as 300,000 people died.‘Don’t wait, be prepared’ is the theme for Earthquake Awareness Week in the TCI. Related Items:#EarthquakeWeek, #MagneticNewsMedia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner
Tesla More From Roadshow 50 Photos The Tesla Model 3 has officially launched in China, but they’re a smidge expensive for now.While Tesla has been taking orders since January, the first vehicles are finally making their way to owners. The first two versions made available were Tesla’s most expensive: The all-wheel-drive Model 3 Performance costs 560,000 yuan (about $83,000), while the long-range AWD version costs 499,000 yuan (about $74,000).That’s just a bit pricier than the US, where the Performance costs $62,000 and the long-range AWD variant costs $51,000. However, Tesla is now also taking orders in China for a long-range variant with rear-wheel drive, coming in a bit cheaper at 433,000 yuan (about $64,000). That version is no longer offered in the US. All three variants on Tesla’s Chinese Model 3 website estimate a delivery in March.Building cars in the US and shipping them to China is expensive, not even accounting for vehicle tariffs that have risen as the trade war between the two nations continues. Prices should come down once Tesla launches its factory in Shanghai, though. The company has already found a plot of land for it, and it will be responsible for the Model 3, in addition to the Model Y SUV that will share its platform. Tesla’s production estimates for its Shanghai factory have wavered between 250,000 and 500,000 cars per year.It’s unclear if Tesla plans to introduce the cheaper midrange battery pack in China. In the US, it costs $44,000 and offers about 50 fewer miles than the long-range battery (264 miles vs. 310). It replaced the RWD long-range variant as the cheapest Model 3 on offer — until that fabled $35,000 short-range version finally decides to show up. Tesla said that version is estimated to arrive in the first half of 2019, but it’s already pushed that goalpost back in the past. Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comment Share your voice Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim 1 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Electric Cars Car Industry Tesla
ReutersIndia’s traditional bullion investment is on a decline due to slipping prices of the yellow metal amid a weak global trend. The constant fall in the price of gold over the past year has shaken the faith of the Indian buyer– one of the biggest consumers of gold and other precious metals.Currently, gold is being sold for around ₹27,000 per ten gram.Gold reached its highest at ₹35,074 per ten gram in August 2013, but then onwards the bullion prices have slipped steadily aided by weak prices overseas and a strengthening rupee.Indian bullion expert Harish Galipelli from Inditrade Derivative and Commodities Ltd. told Reuters that India’s demand for gold will largely remain unaffected mainly due to traditional reasons such as offering gifts and decorating Hindu temples.”But as the banking network expands and literacy rises, people in rural areas will explore other investment products like mutual funds and bank deposits. The mindset is slowly changing.”Gold is the second-biggest item on the import bill after oil. According to Reuters, if the nation’s love for gold fades away, it would help India’s external deficit.Equities:The investment demand for gold declined by 67% in the June quarter from a year ago to 49.6 tonnes, according to World Gold Council (WGC). Industries and WGC have estimated that demand for this precious metal would halve to 190 tonnes in the current year. Investment demand in India was 37% of total 2013 gold sales.Indian gold exchange-traded funds have suffered 15 straight months of outflows. On the other hand, Indian stock indices have been recording high, while $50 billion has flowed into mutual funds in the financial year starting from 1 April which is six times more compared to previous year.Shifting Sentiment:A decade of steady surge in gold prices till August 2013 led investors to buy this expensive metal, but the scenario is changed now.”The 11-year rally in gold prices created a perception that they will only go up. This price fall has broken that conviction,” Reuters quoted Prithviraj Kothari, vice president of the India Bullion & Jewellers’ Association.”During uncertainly, people chase gold. Now, since we have stability, economic growth will revive. It will ultimately push up the stock market and real-estate prices,” Kothari added.Moreover, a major push by the BJP government for every household to get a bank account under the Pradhan Manti Jan Dhan Yogana scheme could take the focus off gold investments.Five Reasons: Why Investors are selling gold? ReutersA major reason for the gold nosedive is RBI easing import restriction on gold, reported NDTV.Easing of Import Restrictions by RBI led to a decline of ₹800 in gold prices on 22 May this year. The apex bank expanded the number of private agencies that can import the precious metal while allowing banks to provide gold loans to the sector.Anticipation of Price Dip by bullion traders: Nation’s current account deficit slipped more than half to $32.4 billion in FY14 from $88 billion in FY13. The rupee also strengthened which helped the cost of imported gold decline and gave more space to ease import restrictions.Seasonal demand: Generally gold demand in India surges during festival or wedding season. Falling investment demand: Total demand during January to March in 2014 slipped by 54% at 44.7 tonnes from 98 tonnes in the same quarter last year, according to World Gold Council. Analysts opined that, with Indian stock markets surging, interests in gold as an investment asset is likely to remain gloomy.Decline in Global gold prices
Road accident logoFour people were killed in separate road accidents in Naogaon and Sirajganj districts on Friday morning.In Naogaon, two mango traders were killed after a truck hit a battery-run auto-rickshaw from behind in Sapahar upazila.The deceased are Abdul Salam, 27, son of a certain Majed Hossain, from Bakrail Bishnathpur village in Sapahar upazila and Hiron, 30, son of one Siddik Bepari from Borochar Samaiya village in Bhola sadar upazila.Police said Salam and Hiron were going by an auto-rickshaw to a zero-point area of the upazila to buy mangoes from wholesalers.A Chapainawabganj-bound rice-laden truck knocked the auto-rickshaw from behind as soon as they got into the vehicle in Godownpara area around 8:00am, leaving the two traders dead on the spot, the law enforcement said.Police have seized the truck but its driver managed to flee the scene, said Sapahar police station officer-in-charge Shamsul Alam Shah.“We are processing to file a suit in this connection,” he added.In Sirajganj, two people were killed and 23 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch by Dhaka-Bogra highway in Bhuiyanganti Bazar area of Raiganj upazila.The deceased are Jahir Uddin, 35, son of a certain Nazim Uddin, and Abu Bakar Siddiq, 34, son of Abbas Ali, resident of Saidpur village in Thakurgaon district.The Dhaka-bound ‘Mirpur Paribahan’ bus from Thakurgaon fell into a ditch around 10:30am after its driver lost control over the steering, leaving 25 people injured, said Hatikumrul highway police station officer-in-charge Abdul Quader Zilani.The injured were rushed to Raiganj Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared the two dead, he added.
I’ll be honest. I’m trying something new. After a discussion on whether traffic can be beautiful, I had a couple of post-interview questions for Kinder Baumgardner. He’s a landscape architect for SWA Group, a firm that’s changing international urban landscapes.Houston’s Buffalo Bayou? Yep. They were a part of it.So, I had to pick Kinder’s brain on his creative process. Watch our short Q&A in the above video.WHO’S NEXT? What Houston-based innovators do you want to see featured next? Give me your suggestions in the comments or tweet them with #Imaginarium.SUBSCRIBE As always, you can keep up with all new episodes of Imaginarium on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Share