Half-time: Rotherham 0 QPR 0 – Rangers fortunate not to be behind at the break

first_imgA combination of Nedum Onuoha and the woodwork saved QPR from going behind in the first half at the New York Stadium.Onuoha produced a superb last-ditch challenge on the half-hour mark to deny Matt Derbyshire when the Rotherham striker looked certain to slot home the rebound after Paul Green’s shot had hit the post.Rangers, in their ninth match under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and still without a win since the Dutchman took over as manager, have been second best so far.They had to defend a succession of corners early on and keeper Alex Smithies, who was passed fit after an elbow injury, produced a save to keep out Joe Newell’s effort.The visitors did go close when Grant Hall’s header from Matt Phillips’ 32nd-minute free-kick was cleared by Danny Ward, who sent a header narrowly wide of the near post at the other end shortly before the break.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Angella, Chery, Petrasso, Sandro, Tozser, Mackie.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nature Inspires Hi-Tech Design

first_imgScientists and engineers continue the gold rush to imitate nature’s solutions to problems.Enzymes: “Bio-inspired biomimetics can outperform natural coenzymes” (Science Daily). Chemists have imitated cellular catalysts and have exceeded the natural counterparts (at least for industrial redox applications).Barnacle bills: “Do we need to wipe out clingons?” (BBC News): Understanding how barnacles and mussels cling to ships and propellers might save a lot of money some day.  “I think these are incredible little micro-worlds,” Dr Raeanne Miller says, “with lots and lots of different types of creatures, each one doing their own thing to survive in some incredibly harsh environments.”Sandcastle worm secrets: “Sandcastle worms serve as inspiration for a new type of underwater adhesive” (Science Daily). This creature is another “cling-on warrior” that scientists at UCSB are analyzing for adhesive applications in medicine and other wet environments.Snake charm: “Snake gait: Science observes nature to invent new ways of moving” (Science Daily). “It has no wheels or legs or anything to help itself along, and yet it is able to move and to move quite fast. In terms of mobility, the snake is a masterpiece of engineering, and it is no coincidence that it should be studied to uncover the physics underlying its locomotion.”Salamander swimmer: “A new salamander robot has been designed that can walk, swim and turn around corners.” See the TED Talk video clip on Live Science showing the robot, and its inventor’s reasons for wanting to study animal motion, including salamanders and cats.Tree oil: “Is lignin the crude oil of the future? Maybe so, thanks to the sun and photocatalysts” (PhysOrg). Currently, lignin is a waste product of paper production, but it’s loaded with chemicals that could be useful in many applications.Electric eel watch: “Shocking! ‘Electric Eel’ Fibers Could Power Wearable Tech” (Live Science). “Stretchy fibers that mimic electric eels could be woven into clothing to power wearable technology one day, new research suggests.”Algae fashions: “Healthy and diseased marine algae inspire new designs” (BBC News). Microscope studies of algae have inspired a Scottish designer to make colorful scarves and pillows.Blind cave fish nursing: “Regulating IV infusion with innovative blind cave fish-inspired sensor” (Science Daily). How can a blind fish help humans?Inspired by the blind cave fish, researchers at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) have developed Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) flow sensor so tiny and sensitive that it can be implanted into the IV or intravenous set-up, to aid in regulating the velocity of the fluid flow with minimal intervention by the nurses, thereby reducing their workload while increasing their productivity by 30%; and significantly decreasing the complications of drug infusion via IV therapy. These sensors can also be incorporated into marine underwater robots, lending them sensitivities to wakes, akin to the blind cave fish itself, so that the robots can manoeuvre in a highly energy-efficient manner.Clam TV: “Color-Morphing Clams Could Inspire New Smartphone & TV Screens” (Live Science). With just ambient sunlight, giant clams produce an astonishing array of colors—including blues, greens, golds and, more rarely, white—by means of iridocytes. “Producing color the way giant clams do could lead to smartphone, tablet and TV screens that use less power and are easier on the eyes,” a biologist says.Beetle condenser: “Beetle-inspired discovery could reduce frost’s costly sting” (Science Daily). “In a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane parts, condenser coils, and even windshields, a team of researchers led by Virginia Tech has used chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation…. The inspiration for the work came from an unlikely source — the Namib Desert Beetle, which makes headlines because it lives in one of the hottest places in the world, yet it still collects airborne water.”Bladderwort suction: “This plant sucks! (but how? )” (Science Daily): The lowly bladderwort has one of the fastest traps in nature. “If we can work out how the bladderwort can grab food so quickly, it could also have applications in other fields by helping us develop tools that can rapidly capture small samples of fluids. Finding out how a bladderwort sucks could possibly also lead to biomimetic technical innovations.”Plant printing: “Novel 4-D printing method blossoms from botanical inspiration” (Science Daily): Another project from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering—”Inspired by natural structures like plants, which respond and change their form over time according to environmental stimuli, the team has unveiled 4-D-printed hydrogel composite structures that change shape upon immersion in water.” One researcher commented, “It is wonderful to be able to design and realize, in an engineered structure, some of nature’s solutions.”Plant antenna: “New fluorescent nanomaterials whose inspiration was taken from plant antenna systems” (Science Daily): From the Basque country of Spain comes this project: “These new multifunctional materials aim to imitate the photosynthetic organisms of plants. These microorganisms consist of thousands of chlorophyll molecules embedded in a protein matrix, which provides them with a specific orientation/arrangement and intermolecular distance.”Bat avoidance: “How bats recognize their own ‘bat signals’ – Researcher discovers unique mechanism bats use to overcome communication interference in the wild” (Science Daily). “The mechanism that allows individual bats to avoid noise overlap by increasing the volume, duration and repetition rate of their signals has been uncovered by a new study” at Tel Aviv University. “Unlocking the mystery of bat echo recognition may offer a valuable insight into military and civilian radar systems, which are vulnerable to electronic interference.”Science is fun again, thanks to biomimetics. Inspiration from nature’s designs is leading to well-funded projects that promise useful and even lifesaving applications. Only a few researchers toss in extraneous evolution verbiage. The real focus is on intelligent design.Teachers and speakers: get inspired from our Biomimetics Category, where you will find dozens of news stories over the last decade showing the power of design to inspire scientists and engineers. Show kids the variety of animals and plants that are inspiring awe in biologists about how they solve problems. Give them a vision of the treasure chest out there in the world waiting to be explored. Let’s raise up an army of ID-friendly researchers who can improve the world and leave Darwin in the dust. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Aids: Mandela calls for leadership

first_img16 July 2004Just days short of his 86th birthday on 18 July, Nelson Mandela made an urgent call for strong leadership, from all countries and from all sectors of society, to turn the tide of the Aids pandemic.Addressing delegates at the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok on 15 July, Mandela said the world had to meet four main challenges in fighting HIV/Aids: increasing funding; harmonising funding efforts; developing more comprehensive national treatment programmes; and, as a matter of urgency, providing strong leadership.“And I speak not only of political leaders”, Mandela said, “but also of leaders from every sector of society.”Leadership, Mandela said, involved both personal commitment and concrete actions. Leaders had to lead the response to HIV/Aids “with clear vision and imaginative action.“They must dare to be different, and they must be prepared for the course to be difficult. They will be faced with tough decisions, and they must come up with bold and innovative responses. This is what leaders are for, and the Aids epidemic will test their leadership skills to the limits.”Prisoner number 46664Mandela’s address followed a screening of a one-hour special on 46664 Cape Town, an all-star concert that took place in South Africa on 29 November 2003 as part of an ongoing music-led campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and to raise funds for fighting the epidemic in South Africa.The former Robben Island prisoner number 46664 said that during his incarceration, he and his fellow inmates “were kept alive by our strong sense of hope and the firm knowledge that the world would not forget us … Despite the efforts of the apartheid regime to reduce us to prison numbers and so reduce our humanity, the world did not forget.“Today, I call upon all of you – every global citizen – not to forget. We must seize this opportunity to demonstrate that we share a common humanity … We must never reduce the issue to statistics.”The 46664 campaign, Mandela said, would continue to create global awareness of HIV/Aids, to advocate for and support HIV/Aids care, treatment and prevention, and to raise the funds urgently needed to fight the epidemic.It would also continue to pressurise governments and other agencies to meet their responsibilities, Mandela said, but added: “We cannot leave this matter only to governments and others. We must ask ourselves the question: What can I do as a global citizen?“The more we create awareness, the more we advocate for more resources, the more we remind others of their responsibilities, the more we must never forget our own responsibilities.”Mandela had high praise for the “extraordinary example of leadership” by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, who announced on the same day an additional US$50-million donation to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB and Malaria,He added, however, that it was going to take “much more than the resources of the Gates Foundation to achieve the scale-up required to fund the fight against Aids, TB and Malaria. We need to build the public-private partnership that is the vision of the Global Fund. We challenge everyone to help fund the Fund now.”Mandela concluded: “In a world that is divided along many lines, we now have a unique opportunity to bring us all together around a common challenge. In ensuring that the millions of people who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids are not forgotten, we will not only make a difference to their lives, we will also make a difference to our lives as well. We owe this at least to humanity.“Give one minute of your life to Aids. Support the 46664 campaign.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Use strategy to capture market opportunity

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fundamentally, this market doesn’t have a lot of upside unless South America turns dry. It appears some farmers are taking advantage of these rallies to catch up on sales, but many farmers are still uncertain. This is why a marketing plan is so helpful. It can help take the uncertainty out of decision-making.SoybeansBeans showed some life after the new Argentina President announced his soybean export policy. Most likely, the soybean export tax will gradually disappear over a number of years. This may be bullish near-term as South American farmers will be rewarded for holding beans until taxes lower. However, long-term this may keep a lid on prices for several years.CornCorn continues to trade in a 10 cent trading range. There isn’t much demand in the world for corn right now.Marketing strategy – Capturing opportunitiesThis summer some of my new clients began selling grain on rallies. The strategy — start selling 5% of their production at $3.75 and then selling an additional 5% with every 10-cent increase. This strategy resulted in 50% of their production at an average sale price of $4.12 on the Dec futures.Clients using this strategy above were able to capture market carry on their sales. They received an 18-cent premium for holding their grain until June. Meaning their $4.12 sales against the Dec turned into $4.30 by holding the grain until July.Many farmers didn’t think making these rally sales last year were a good idea, thinking they should hold for $4.50, $4.75 or maybe even $5. I’m sure today many wish they would have sold more than they did when it hit $4.50. Even I wish I would have sold much more of my 2016 crop when I saw $4.50 futures. In these types of situations it would be best to remember the market carry premium, which can make early sales like those look much better.Basis opportunitiesThese sales also don’t take into account the movement of basis (difference between CBOT and local prices) from the middle of summer until now. Basis levels in the western Corn Belt went from -.40 last summer and before harvest to -.20 in the last couple of weeks. Basis changes in the eastern belt have been even more dramatic with -.30 common in the summer to +.20 being very attainable now. That means that farmers who did presell their grain using futures and captured the carry have the opportunity to sell their grain at even more profitable levels.Understand the marketThe market already knows how farmers think and market their grain. Savvy farmers understand how the market works so they can take advantage of the opportunities available. Occasionally farmers catch the market off guard, like in the fall of 2014 when farmers didn’t sell grain at very low levels causing a bump in prices, but that doesn’t always happen. This year end users aren’t making the same mistake as last year by not having enough coverage on at lower values.2016 should have opportunities for farmers too. However, a farmer needs to be ready and learn how to use the market to their advantage. I encourage all farmers to learn more about how to reduce risk and use the carry and basis to their advantage. By seeking advice from people who understand how the market works, farmers can increase their farm operation profits.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Nokia rebrands all Withings products a year after acquisition

first_imgHow Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business Tags:#body scale#BPM#fitness#Go#health#Health Mate#Internet of Things#IoT#Nokia#smartwatch#Steel HR#wearables#Withings FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje… Nokia has rebranded all Withings products and will be retiring the brand, a year after acquiring the French health-tech company for $191 million.The three wearables, Go, Steel, and Steel HR, will remain part of Nokia’s portfolio. Go is a simple E-Ink activity and sleep tracker with one year charge, available for $50. Steel does all that with a more stylish design and connects to the Health Mate app, it costs $130. Steel HR adds heart-rate monitoring and text, call, and notification alerts and drops to 25 days of charge for $180.See Also: Nokia helps make Chengdu region into a smart powerhouseGo and Steel are available to purchase today in the U.S., U.K., and Europe. Steel HR will be available in the fall in the U.S. and at a similar time in the U.K. and other countries.Alongside the rebranded smartwatches, Nokia has launched a cheaper version of Withings body scale, which measures weight and BMI. It is available for $60. Withings original body scale is now named Body+ and adds full body composition for an extra $40.Nokia will also continue to sell the Body Cardio scale for $180.Withings blood pressure monitor will remain on sale for $100, now named Nokia BPM. A premium version of the monitor will be available for $130.Nokia has revamped the Health Mate app as part of the rebranding, it has five new programs: Better Body, Healthier Heart, Leaderboard, Pregnancy Tracker, and Sleep Smarter. The company has added an eight-week wellness programs as well.center_img Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… David Curry Related Posts last_img read more

CWG: India knocked out by England in badminton

first_imgParupalli KashyapIndia were knocked out of badminton semi-finals 0-3 by England, who will now play for gold against Malaysia, who struggled their way past Singapore 3-2 at the Commonwealth Games here.England had to fight hard for their 3-0 victory, particularly in the mixed and men’s doubles. India’s top singles player Parupalli Kashyap lost his match against Rajiv Ouseph in straight games at the Emirates Arena on Sunday.Chris Adcock was England’s star performer, having a fair share in winning both the doubles. He first won the mixed double with wife Gabriel and then paired up with Andrew Ellis to take the men’s doubles, both matches going into decisive third game.The Adcocks looked like running away with their match when they took the first game 21-16 and led 15-8 in the second against Jwala Gutta and Akshay Dewalkar. But the Indians fought back to take 12 of the next 13 points to force a decider.Kashyap was up against a fighting Ouseph, who had a tougher second game but pulled it off 21-16, 21-19.Adcock was back on court, this time for the men’s doubles with Ellis against Dewalkar and Pranaav Chopra.The Indians took the first game 21-12 but Adcock and Ellis rallied brilliantly to take the second at 13, one particular rally going to 82 strokes. The English partners steadied themselves to take the decider 21-16.England have not lost a match in the competition.Ouseph was the only English player who played at the New Delhi Games four years ago and thinks his team can beat defending champions Malaysia.advertisementMalaysia had to go all the way to overcome Singapore 3-2.Mixed doubles pair Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing had to come from behind to edge out Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo 17-21, 21-12, 21-14 in a thriller for the winning point.Men’s doubles pair Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem put Malaysia ahead beating Danny Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart 21-17, 18-21, 21-16 but Singapore levelled the score when Xiayou Liang beat Tee Jing Yi in straight sets, 21-12, 22-20.Chong Wei Feng, who came in for injured Lee Chong Wei as the top men’s singles player, restored Malaysia’s lead by beating Derek Wong, 21-9, 21-18.However, Singapore levelled yet again when their women’s doubles pair Shinta Mulia Sari and Lei Yao beat Woon Khe Wei and Vivian Hoo 9-21, 18-21.Eventually, it was left Peng Soon and Pei Jing to eke out the decisive victory.last_img read more