SAN FRANCISCO — It’s hard to overstate how much having a split-finger fastball at his disposal changed the trajectory of Frankie Montas’ professional career.Thought perhaps to fit into a long relief role — if that — for the A’s at the start of Cactus League play, Montas used his splitter effectively all spring and will instead will start the season as the fourth starter in Oakland’s rotation, manager Bob Melvin said Monday.Arriving in Arizona last month looking to win a big league job, …
Biomimetics is the new science of imitating nature – but why not save a step, and just copy the design directly? That’s what Aussie and British researchers did. They wanted a self-cleaning surface that could repel moisture and dust, so they made a template of an insect wing. And why not? “Insects are incredible nanotechnologists,” reported Science Daily. Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant. Insect wings have these properties due to their properties at the scale of billionths of a meter. “For instance, some wings are superhydrophobic, due to a clever combination of natural chemistry and their detailed structure at the nanoscopic scale,” the article said. “This means that the wing cannot become wet, the tiniest droplet of water is instantly repelled. Likewise, other insect wing surfaces are almost frictionless, so that any tiny dust particles that might stick are sloughed away with minimal force.” That’s a dream surface for many human applications. Instead of having to invent a surface by imitation, the research team is developing a way to use the wing as a natural template to cast a polymer surface that duplicates the exact structure of the wing onto silicone gel. “One of the advantages of this approach is that no prior ‘design’ of the surface of the material is needed and so the team can exploit the enormous diversity of surface types from different insects and so produce materials with specific characteristics.” Evolution was only mentioned once in the opening paragraph: “The surfaces of many insect wings have evolved properties materials scientists only dream of for their creations.” Evolution and creation sometimes make strange bedfellows.Next time you see a tiny little gnat flying around, take a better look at it. Would you have thought that its wings have such amazing properties that top researchers want to copy it? Who trained those little insects to be “incredible nanotechnologists”? Good grief, evolution has nothing to do with it. This is design from beginning to end. It’s design in the tiniest of flying creatures that is so good, materials scientists “dream of their creations.” Humans create; so does their Creator. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but plagiarism is copying some other Designer’s work without giving credit.Program Note: this is the 600th entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines tagged with “Amazing Facts.” Follow the Chain Links back through the past 9 years and you will find a wealth of incredible facts about design in nature. That’s plenty of material to leave Charlie perpetually sick, wondering how his hopeless little speculation will ever explain them. He gets sicker listening to the joyful sound of Christians across town singing with more and more gusto, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
USDA funds participatory organic corn breeding and testing network initiative at Illinois with $2 million
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States Department of Agriculture announced that it will invest nearly $2 million toward a University of Illinois project that will allow farmers, researchers, and consumers to participate in breeding corn optimized for organic production. Farmers will help test maize germplasm developed at U of I and the Mandaamin Institute in Wisconsin, and consumers will give their opinions on the quality of the grain and products made with each line of organic corn.“The project is unique because it integrates all the components of the food chain, from the field to table, connecting researchers, producers, and consumers,” said Carmen Ugarte, research specialist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at U of I, and the lead investigator on the project. “Traditionally, farmers stop worrying about what happens to their corn after it is delivered to the grain elevator. But we’re trying to breed with the end product in mind, and we are keen to connect producers and consumers.”Martin Bohn, corn breeder and geneticist in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I and co-principal investigator, notes this project will provide the scientific insights needed to design cutting-edge breeding strategies for the development of cultivars wanted in the organic market.“To be successful, each breeding program needs well-defined objectives, and in the organic marketplace, it isn’t only about yield. Processing and nutritional quality are of great importance for the consumer, and the farmer needs cultivars that compete well with weeds, are resistant to pests and diseases, and tolerate stresses like drought, heat, and low nutrient availability,” Bohn said.Bill Davison, a U of I Extension educator and co-investigator on the project, says that growers currently do not have many choices in the marketplace when it comes to organically produced corn. But, he says, some top-performing genetic lines have been tested at U of I. These need to be evaluated across a variety of conditions to make further improvements, and that’s where participating farmers come in.The project will develop a participatory testing network with farmers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, and New York.“At each location, our researchers will work with farmers to establish variety trials to assess the agronomic performance of elite corn hybrids developed at U of I and the Mandaamin Institute, with co-investigator Walter Goldstein,” Ugarte said.The researchers will also evaluate the influence of soil health on yield and grain quality and processing characteristics. “This will let us test theories about the ties between soil and crop health,” said Michelle Wander, co-principal investigator and soil scientist in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at U of I.All materials tested under field conditions will also be evaluated for quality and performance of the end products. Corn will be processed into several different types of food products, such as corn bread or tortilla chips, at the Pilot Processing Plant on the U of I campus and then tested by consumers and researchers. Co-investigator Juan Andrade from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at U of I will evaluate nutrient content and things like volatile aromatic compounds that influence our sensory experience of food.Finally, co-investigator Bryan Endres, a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at U of I, Wander, and others will work with private breeders and processors and an advisory board consisting of industry leaders to identify and promote organizational structures and legal agreements that support participatory breeding networks to improve the organic seed supply. Materials produced by the effort will be made available through eOrganic, eXtensions’ organic community of practice.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#cms#content management system#Open Source#wordpress brian proffitt Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts On Memorial Day, while the U.S. was basking in the glow of the first holiday of unofficial summer, the software known as WordPress celebrated its tenth anniversary.WordPress began as a forked project in 2003, when Matt Mullenweg took the code from b2, its parent project. The code was originally designed to be a blogger’s platform, but has since growing into something much more.(Read ReadWrite’s own tenth anniversary celebration series.)Two Flavors Of WordPress: Blogging Platform & CMSWordPress actually has two implementations, which can confuse newcomers to the software. WordPress.com is a free service (not unlike, say, Blogger) that lets anyone create blogs using pre-built themes and tools.The other implementation is the open-source WordPress content management software, a standalone platform that you can install on a Web server with relative ease and have a website going in minutes. That’s not hyperbole, mind you, it really does take only minutes.Over the course of its existence, WordPress has matured from that simple-to-use blogging platform to a full-blown content management system (CMS) that rivals the sophistication of its open source rivals Joomla and Drupal – and a lot of closed source platforms, too. With a huge array of add-ons, WordPress can run anything from a community Web portal to a large e-commerce site.Strength From SimplicityWordPress’s real strength isn’t the sophistication of the platform – though that doesn’t hurt – but rather the core simplicity that runs all the way through the system. WordPress has always been easy to build with and manage. That is a huge advantage in a world where individuals and organizations often have to create websites at a moment’s notice.That consistency of simplicity is something Mullenweg noted himself when he penned a poignant letter to WordPress on the day of WordPress’ tenth anniversary:You’re so beautiful… I’m continually amazed and delighted by how you’ve grown. Your awkward years are behind you. Best of all, through it all, you’ve stuck with the principles that got you started in the first place. You’re always changing but that never changes. You’re unafraid to try new things that may seem wacky or unpopular at first.Anyone familiar with the passion that drives open source projects won’t be surprised by the tone of Mullenweg’s missive, and in this case, WordPress deserves the affection. For 10 years, it has proven to be a powerful content management platform and one of the flagships of the open source software movement.Blogging platforms like Tumblr may be getting all the headlines right now, but a lot of those headlines are being hosted on WordPress sites. Here’s to another decade of success for WordPress. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dwyane Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena on January 18, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Dwayne Wade will miss time for a personal matter, creating yet another obstacle for the struggling Cavaliers.Wade was excused from the team Friday as the Cavs hosted Indiana and he could be out longer to deal with the unspecified situation. Coach Tyronn Lue did not provide any details for Wade’s absence or a timeline for his return.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods sneaks into weekend with closing birdie LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lue said general manager Koby Altman told Wade to “take his time” during the unspecified leave.“How much ever time he needs to take to get over what he’s going through, then he’ll be back,” Lue said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWade has played well coming off the bench in his first season with Cleveland, which has dropped 10 of 13 and currently sits in the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference standings behind Boston and Toronto. The 36-year-old is averaging 11.1 points, 3.9 points and 3.7 assists in 42 games. The three-time NBA champion willingly moved to Cleveland’s second unit earlier this season and has been a steadying force for the team.With Wade gone, Lue said guard Derrick Rose will likely play more minutes. Rose missed two months with an ankle injury before returning recently and the Cavs have been mindful of his minutes as he gets into game shape. Wade’s absence coincides with Lue making a change to his starting lineup to try and shake his team from its funk.Jae Crowder has been dropped from the starting lineup and replaced by center Tristan Thompson. With Thompson back as a starter, All-Star Kevin Love can return to power forward — his natural position.Lue said his players embraced the changes, which should help the Cavs’ shaky defense.“Jae Crowder was great. Just talking to him, he’s been good,” Lue said. “He’s about the right things. The last few games he’s been shooting the ball a lot better. Defensively, I think it helps us having two bigs. We’ve been getting crushed on the glass. So I think Kevin and Tristan on the floor together defensively rebounding is good. And also in the pick-and-rolls. I thought they tried to expose us in pick-and-rolls with Isaiah (Thomas) and Kevin playing the five.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting
New Delhi: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday attacked the government over the state of the economy, saying the confidence of investors is “shaken” but the Modi dispensation is refusing to acknowledge the truth. The Congress general secretary also cited a media report which claimed that after pouring USD 45 billion into India’s stock market over the past six years on hopes that Modi would unleash the country’s economic potential, international money managers have sold USD 4.5 billion of Indian shares since June. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “By showing glitter, saying 5 trillion, 5 trillion, everyday or by doing media’s headline management, economy cannot be improved. Investors do not come by sponsoring events abroad,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an apparent dig at Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming diaspora event in Houston. The confidence of investors is “shaken” and the foundation of economic investment has “cracked”, she said in a tweet in Hindi with the hashtag ‘BJP bad for business’. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “But the BJP government is refusing to acknowledge this truth. This slowdown is a speed breaker in the direction of becoming an economic superpower. Without improving this situation, all other razzmatazz is useless,” Priyanka Gandhi said in another tweet. She has been relentlessly attacking the government over the issue of economy in the last few days and demanding answers from the government over the economic slowdown.