Red Bluff High girls volleyball team falls to Shasta in four

first_imgRed Bluff >> Due to Red Bluff High School acting as the annual central venue for the Northern Section volleyball championships, the Spartans actually got to host a final this year. It was the first time that Red Bluff had been to a section championship in any division since 2009. But veteran head coach Kim Wheeler knew it would be a tall task, facing top-seed Shasta in the D-III final. She was right, as the Wolves essentially stole it from Red Bluff with sheer physicality and at times …last_img

Scientific Progress Is Spelled “Bio-Inspiration”

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Need fundamental insights into physics and technology? Look no further than the living world.Flexible Robo-Legs Could Help Helicopters Stick Tricky Landings (Live Science): In research funded by DARPA, “Helicopters of the future could use insectlike robotic legs to land in unlikely places — like the slopes of steep hills or the decks of rocking boats.”Making batteries with portabella mushrooms (Science Daily): Here’s a new organism for biomimetics aficionados: the big flat fungus vegetarians use as substitute hamburger. Researchers at UC Riverside “have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and easy to produce.” Who would have dreamed this? The high porosity of mushroom tissue makes it ideal for anodes in batteries—environmentally friendly, too.‘Hedgehog’ Robots Hop, Tumble in Microgravity (Astrobiology Magazine): A picture of tumbling robots on Mars begins this story about a new concept for robots. “Hedgehog” robots have no wheels or legs. Instead, spikes on a cube shape allow them to hop, tumble, and work in any orientation. The article doesn’t say if experimenters from JPL, MIT and Stanford were inspired by actual hedgehogs, but their choice of name betrays some level of comparison with England’s furry mammals that can tuck into a ball shape and roll away from hazards.Deep-diving whales could hold answer for synthetic blood (Science Daily). This is a whale of a biomim report out of Rice University: “The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help biochemists and other researchers finish a 20-year quest to create lifesaving synthetic blood for human trauma patients.”It’s Part Tank, Part Salamander, and Ready for Combat (Live Science). Amphibious vehicles take their inspiration from – what? — amphibians, of course. Salamanders are at home in water or dryness. Soldiers need to operate in both environments, not stopping when their vehicle climbs out of a river into irregular land. “While the primary purpose of Lockheed’s ACV system is to build a new generation of vehicles for the military, the company also said it believes the salamanderlike machines would be great at search-and- rescue missions, as well.”Molecular motors: Pirouetting in the spotlight (PhysOrg): Nano-engineers can’t hold a candle to the abilities of molecular machines found in living cells, but they’re trying their best. “German scientists have developed a new class of molecular motors that rotate unidirectionally at speeds of up to 1 kHz when exposed to sunlight at room temperature,” this article reports. About all they can brag about is controlling which direction the thing spins. “Given the complexity involved in the design of such motor molecules, it is really astonishing to [sic] that we gained complete control over the direction of rotation at the first attempt.” They admit they have a long way to go. Biological ATP synthase performs a function in either direction. The bacterial flagellum can stop and reverse direction in a quarter turn.Researchers design ‘biological flashlight’ using light-producing ability of shrimp (Science Daily): From the University of North Carolina: “Using the natural light-producing ability of deep-sea shrimp, the team of scientists developed the new imaging tool to help cancer researchers better track tumor development and treatment responses.”Need directions? Ask a lizard (PhysOrg): Lizards remain underutilized sources of bio-inspiration. We’ve seen a lot about geckos and chameleons, but what about garden-variety lizards? Able to walk on most surfaces from sand to rock, scamper about quickly with splayed limbs, and climb vertically up or down, they surely have additional secrets for scientists. This article tells about a Penn State biologist curious how plain lizards understand the limits of their territories without GPS. She developed a theory that “side-blotched lizards do possess the ability to engage spatial memory when navigating to a goal.”How orange peel could replace crude oil in plastics (PhysOrg): Plastic that pollutes the world’s oceans is a huge concern. If scientists could make biodegradable materials with the benefits of plastic, it would be a huge development for the environment while simultaneously reducing our dependence on oil. In orange juice manufacture, almost 50% of the fruit is discarded, but there’s gold in them thar peels. Limonene, a simple hydrocarbon in orange peel, is showing promise not only for plastics, but for pain relief drugs and many useful polymers. A fruitful strategy for extracting this substance looks very appealing.Magnetically assisted slip casting of bioinspired heterogeneous composites (Nature): This paper discusses progress in developing “bioinspired heterogeneous microstructures” that mimic the durable traits of oyster shells and teeth. Summarizing this paper, PhysOrg describes the difficulties researchers had trying to mimic nature. The authors have arrived at the proof-of-context stage toward manufacturing dental prostheses and other beneficial devices possessing the benefits of biological materials:There are few tougher, more durable structures in nature than teeth or seashells. The secret of these materials lies in their unique fine structure: they are composed of different layers in which numerous micro-platelets are joined together, aligned in identical orientation.The world’s nitrogen fixation, explained (Science Daily): Agriculture could benefit immensely from cracking the secret of nitrogenase, the bacterial enzyme that “fixes” nitrogen by breaking its tough triple bond so that it can combine with other atoms. Nature is much “friendlier” than industrial methods of producing fertilizer, which require high heat and pressure. Solving the mystery requires deep research into physical chemistry. This article describes how a group of Yale chemists “designed a new chemical compound with key properties that help to explain nitrogenase.” Next step: “With this insight into how nature fixes nitrogen, Holland and his colleagues hope to design synthetic catalysts that turn nitrogen into ammonia, the main fertilizer produced in the natural system.”Bio-inspired electron-delivering system for reductive activation of dioxygen at metal centres towards artificial flavoenzymes (Nature): If you make it past the abstruse title of this paper, you can learn that the chemical industry is looking into the liver for environmentally-friendly, sustainable chemical technology. This is not some kind of divination, but rather an attempt to understand how enzymes in the liver and in bacteria manage to transfer oxygen atoms to C-H bonds. This ability to “reduce” dioxygen (O2) as easily as living cells do it would be very useful for “bio-inspired oxidation catalysis” at ambient temperatures, leading toward green, sustainable technology.Environmentalists!  Get a load of this!  Biomimetics is knocking the wind out of the Darwin industry. Leave it breathless; it was generating pollution, anyway. The future is in green design inspired by green design, bringing more green into the pockets of good environmental stewards. This is a way for true environmentalists to join hands with intelligent design advocates, free-market entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and research scientists for the good of the planet.last_img read more

South African women leaders unite for change

first_imgAn estimated 250 women leaders attendedthe inaugural Women’s Legacy Dialogue,held at the Sandton Sun Hotel inJohannesburg on 13 August 2010 Former deputy president of the countryPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was one of thespeakers at the event(Images: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Gwen WatkinsWomen’s Legacy Dialogue+27 83 390 5686RELATED ARTICLES• African women forging ahead in IT• SA women take the lead• SA women in the spotlight• Women’s Month launched in SANosimilo RamelaFemale leaders in business and politics came together at the inaugural Women’s Legacy Dialogue on 13 August 2010 to discuss ways in which South African women can bring about meaningful change in the country.The event, held at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg, took place in the context of Women’s Month.Celebrated every year in August, Women’s Month pays tribute to the more than 20 000 South African women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest against unjust pass laws, which enforced racial segregation.Nowadays that date is a public holiday in South Africa and proclaimed “Women’s Day”.Finding solutionsThe main aim of the dialogue – organised by Finlay Events and Promotions and sponsored by Vodacom and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) – was to initiate discussion around the challenges facing South African women and the country in general, and help find possible solutions.An estimated 250 women leaders attended the gathering, which included high-profile speakers such as former deputy president of the country Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, deputy CEO of the JSE Nicky Newton-King and CEO of Airports Company South Africa Monhla Hlahla.After the various speakers made their presentations, there was a panel discussion followed by a group session during which attendees debated the role of women in education; job empowerment and creation; and reducing violence. Each group then had to present three suggestions on how these can be addressed.The points were documented and delegates voted on the most viable contributions, which will be submitted to the government.One of the brains behind the legacy dialogue, well-known business woman Wendy Luhabe, said: “We want women to recognise that a few women can change some things, but if we all get involved, we can change everything.”Bringing about changeInvesting time and money in education was highlighted as one of the ways of bringing about change.“There is no tool more effective for change than educating girls,” Motshekga said.She added that research has shown that 98% of young South Africans between the ages of seven and 15 are at school, but expressed concern over the 2% shortfall. “One child out of school is one too many, we need to find these 200 000 children who are unaccounted for.”The minister said youth literacy in South Africa was at 90%, which is above the average for developing countries. The adult literacy rate has reached 77%, which is in line with developing countries’ average.“South Africa is committed to transforming gender relations and to women’s empowerment,” she said. The country has a progressive Constitution that guarantees the right to education.“The legacy we need to take from Women’s Day and Women’s Month is to recognise the best in us, and recognise good leaders, as good leadership is very important. We need to learn to take action and not let anything go wrong without us questioning it.” Motshekga said.Lessons from the 2010 Fifa World CupTurning to South Africa’s recent hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Phuti Malabie, managing director of Shanduka Energy, encouraged attendees to use the legacy and momentum created by the tournament to make a difference.“We should adopt the ’Fifa model’ which insured delivery through working together.” She said this approach could be particularly useful in helping the nation to focus on a set cause, like eradicating hunger.Mlambo-Ngcuka shared her sentiments: “We should have a shared vision. At times we have too many priorities and we struggle to find or do one thing.”The former deputy president said the World Cup helped the country come together and “served as example that we have the capacity to do great things”.“These are the lessons and legacy we should carry forward with us – we must be the change we want to see.”She added that although South Africans are afraid of making mistakes as they cost the poor dearly, “fear of failure cannot be the reason we are afraid to try”.In closing, Newton-King emphasised the importance of expert planning and organising in bringing about change. She also encouraged the country to work together to achieve more.“We should bottle the spirit of the World Cup and use it to achieve the common goals identified today,” she said.last_img read more

Compliance: Multiple Regulations? Merge and Conquer

first_imgThere are a lot more regulations under the umbrella of compliance than just Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).  IT groups, especially those in the financial services area, are under pressure to comply with multiple regulations from federal and state governments that may include BASEL II, Patriot Act, GLBA, PCI, SEC 17a3-4 (Email Retention), and CA SB 1386.  But there’s more.  Consider HIPAA, 21CFR11, and don’t forget the non-US equivalents to these and other regulations.  In the US there are more than 100 such regulations.  And this doesn’t include regulations relative to a specific industry.Standardized frameworks or methodologies have grown up that try to address specific regulations.  Rather than starting from scratch, the framework saves companies money by outlining a proven set of best practices.  The CobiT (Control Objectives for Information and related Technology) framework is often used when addressing Sarbanes-Oxley.  Guidelines from FFIEC (Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council) is a framework targeting GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) compliance.  ISO 17799/27001 security guidelines are often used to ensure compliace with HIPAA.Ideally, for enterprises to address compliance across multiple regulations, a comprehensive global approach to policy is needed.  But that isn’t easy.  Manually mapping requirements point by point from individual regulations into a common company policy can be daunting, especially given the ever evolving nature of the regulations.  Fuzzy mappings complicate the process: similar, but not identical, requirements can create problems in determining how to deal with conflicts.  Many IT organization attempt to build in-house multi-purposed compliance systems but often give up because of the complexity.Some software companies are now creating solutions to address compliance when multiple regulations are involved.  Software-based Common Contol Frameworks allows a company to create a single policy, a sort of Compliance Management System (CMS).  These systems can merge the rule-sets from regulations and can identify how changes to any one particular rule would affect any other control or policy in the system.  Reports can be generated that detail compliance status with respect to a specific regulation.With the ever-growing complexity surrounding compliance and multiple reguations, it seems only natural that custom software solutions would evolve to address the problem.last_img read more

5 Social Media Apps for Your Internet TV

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos One of the great promises of Internet TV is the ability to facilitate real-time conversations about what we’re watching right alongside the show itself. Social media apps help connect TV viewers with a larger audience, well beyond the living room, so to speak. By checking in and talking to other viewers and fans, particularly right as we’re watching, we’re able to share our reviews and recommendations – not to mention, our banter and commentary – in ways that help increase our enjoyment and engagement with what we watch. Here are some of our recommendations for apps to make your TV viewing more social.This post was brought to you by Samsung Electronics America. The amount and types of Apps available on Samsung Smart TVs vary depending on TV Technology and Model. Make sure to check www.samsung.com/apps to see a complete list of apps available on Samsung Smart TVs and which apps are available on specific models. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Samsung Electronics or its partners.TwitterTV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning…When it comes to social media and television, Twitter has established itself as the go-to platform. “Live-tweeting” has become a common practice, particularly for big events like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, but even for regular TV episodes. As our own Mike Melanson has observed, “Twitter is the virtual watercooler of the TV geek set.” Twitter’s integration into Internet TV brings the real-time stream of tweets onto the screen alongside the show itself.GetGlueGetGlue is a service that allows users to check in while watching TV shows and movies (as well as while reading books and listening to music). GetGlue’s apps also allow you to “like” and review these shows, and the service blends both semantic technology with human curation to help you discover new movies and TV shows based on your preferences. GetGlue has grown rapidly this year, with over 10 million check-ins per month, giving the service a sizable user population and likely an active following for the shows you watch. TunerfishTunerfish is Comcast’s social TV startup, a social discovery engine for TV, movies, and online video. Tunerfish asks you “what are you watching?” and then uses that data to help you and your friends find shows to watch. Tunerfish not only makes it easy to engage in conversations about a show, its social recommendations help viewers escape from endless channel-surfing in the hopes of finding something. PhiloPhilo lets you connect with your friends around TV viewing, so you can see what others are watching and saying about shows. The app – available for Web, Android and iPhone – lets you check in or tune in to TV programs, then discuss shows in a Twitter-like newsfeed while you’re watching. The app shows what’s trending with friends to help with discovery. And you can determine via the app when those shows are playing locally. FanvibeFanvibe is a social networking tool geared towards sports fans. The site enhances the way you experience sporting events by providing real-time scores and game highlights. As with many of these other apps, you can check in to sports games. But arguably one of the key things about Fanvibe is its devotion solely to sports. And as such, the social network is a great place to cheer on your team with other fans, and of course, trash talk those on opposing teams.TV is often denigrated as passive and solitary, but our television viewing habits have always had an active, social component. Until recently, this has often taken place “around the water-cooler,” as we discuss prime-time TV at work the next morning. Although the Internet has long provided a place for fans of certain shows to participate in online forums and message boards, social media has made this even easier. New apps that are integrated with or designed to run alongside TV are poised to make our viewing even more social.Illustration by hberends audrey watters Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#web center_img Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

NY14 Passive House Conference Announces Speakers

first_imgThe NY14 Passive House Conference opens on June 17 with an address by Diana Ãœrge-Vorsatz, a climate change scientist whose work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) helped the group to a shared Nobel Prize in 2007.Organizers of the one-day event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City said Ãœrge-Vorsatz will discuss several issues, including the role of building efficiency in reducing carbon emissions.The IPCC shared the 2007 prize with Al Gore for their collective efforts to increase public understanding of man-made climate change.A panel that includes Richard Leigh, director of research at Urban Green Council, and Passive House Academy founder Thomas O’Leary will discuss the relationship between efficiency and a green power grid in a session titled “The Energy Puzzle.”Organizers said other presentations would focus on particular building projects, including a multi-family apartment building in New York, a primary school and university buildings in London, dormitory housing in Ireland and a green city district in Brussels.Another session will discuss retrofit projects in New York.There are more details about the program in this post online.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy—an Oscar

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments “What??” Bryant responded on Twitter. “This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that the @TheAcademy deemed #DearBasketball worthy of contention.”The reaction to Bryant’s nomination was not all positive, however. Some on social media recalled the athlete’s sex assault case from more than a decade ago. “Congrats Academy you just nominated an accused rapist — Kobe Bryant for best animated short,” wrote Melissa Silverstein, of Women and Hollywood, on Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBryant was accused in June 2003 of sexual assault by a worker at hotel in the Vail, Colorado area. Sexual assault charges were filed but dropped the following year after the woman told prosecutors she was unwilling to testify. Bryant in 2005 entered an out-of-court settlement with the woman for undisclosed terms.The academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Dec. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant arrives for a halftime ceremony, retiring both of his jersey’s during an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, in Los Angeles. Bryant is nominated for an Oscar in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)LOS ANGELES — Does Kobe Bryant need another trophy? He might get one — at the Oscars.Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from basketball. He was nominated along with veteran Disney animator Glen Keane.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24DILG, Napolcom should consider Senate report on admin raps vs Albayalde00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetualcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bryant’s poem begins: “Dear Basketball, from the moment I started rolling my dad’s tube socks, and shooting imaginary game-winning shots in the Great Western Forum, I knew one thing was real: I fell in love with you.”It reflects on how time is running out. “I can’t love you obsessively for much longer,” it says. “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind. But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”It ends by counting down the final five seconds on a game clock.Bryant, 39, a five-time NBA champion, played 20 seasons with the Lakers before retiring last year.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more