Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering prides itself on keeping pace with the fast-moving technological world. Only recently, however, has the department branched out to the world of video games. Professor Aaron Striegel currently teaches a course in which students create software designed for the Nintendo Wii. The program, “WiiHab,” is intended to assist stroke victims in the rehabilitation process. Striegel said the use of video games in the classroom is an aim to generate an innovative learning experience. “The idea for this course came about from a freshman engineering class,” he said. “Wanting to make the class more interesting, the class decided they wanted to use the WiiMote, a nickname given to the remote used with the Wii, to come up with creative exercises for engineering labs.” Striegel’s idea to make class more interesting swiftly developed into a full-scale course. He said originally, stroke rehabilitation was a side project of the class, but the class decided to become more involved with the subject. “After putting our heads together, we decided to work with South Bend’s Memorial Hospital’s stroke rehab patients on their balance,” Striegel said. Graduate student Anne Martin, who was involved in the creation of WiiHab, said the program is helpful for stroke patients in the rehabilitation process. “I used a computer program to design a computer screen of where the center of balance was for the Wii Balance Board,” she said. “The patient can then stand on the board, and the Wii will be able to inform them instantly of their balance percentage.” Martin said the instantaneous results are beneficial for stroke rehabilitation patients. “WiiHab gives more information to stroke therapists than ever before,” she said. “Having an objective piece of technology like WiiHab allows the therapist to give live information to their patient to tell them how much progress they are making.” Striegel said developing WiiHab is an ongoing process. “We are continuing to research the impact the software has on its patients,” he said. Striegel said this continued research involves a wide variety of academic interests. “We are always looking for students who would be interested in helping with the research,” Striegel said. “Whether they are pre-med, computer science or engineering majors, we would love to have you on board.”
I do not have a green thumb, so it took me a while to comprehend that even the house plants were unhappy with less moisture in the air. At least I find them easier to water.It took me a few days before I heard about the wild boar who interrupted activities at a German nudist gathering in Berlin. The boar had enjoyed eating a pizza it took from a man’s lunchbag. Then it spotted his bright yellow bag and ran off with it. The man took off after it because the bag held his laptop. And a lady’s cell phone captured the chase. The lady said folks cheered and clapped for the man when he happily returned with his yellow bag and the laptop.The area where my daughter lives in Connecticut was hard-hit by that hurricane. So many homes in the state lost electricity that she was told it would take up to a week to get theirs back. So she and her husband — and their two cats — went to visit her in-laws in upper New York State. She said they were pleased that the new license plates ordered from the state in January finally arrived, just in time. They had been a little nervous about driving into New York with Colorado plates still on the car.I have been walking about half an hour every morning since late June. It is amazing what a difference it makes in how I feel, both emotionally and physically. I am not seeing a lot of people because I still try to avoid that. But I guess I see just enough people to give me a more comfortable feeling with the situation we are all in.It has also given me permission just to go out. That is a good thing because I have a doctor’s visit coming up. I am very glad that I do not have to go near the hospital for it. The appointment was made so long ago that I was concerned about the Fair dates. It is rather interesting how your priorities change while dealing with the threat of COVID.Congratulations to Skip and Carol Bailey on Friday. I think it was about 25 years ago that they were married at Ice House Pond by John Alley.Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go to Goodie Stiller Corriveau on Friday. Birthday greetings go to Braden Kuehne on Saturday. Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Kathy Welch on Tuesday. Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza celebrate on Wednesday.Heard on Main Street: Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.If you have any Tisbury Town Column suggestions, email Kay Mayhew, [email protected] A friend tells me that the libraries have to let the returned books rest untouched for over a week to kill any virus that may be in them. It is true that I do not wear gloves or a mask when I am reading at home. At least it explains why there is such a long delay between requesting books until they are actually available.At the moment I have rediscovered some old favorites sitting in the basement, waiting to go to the thrift shop or book sales. Sort of a free book giveaway right here at home. Now that I see how much I am enjoying them, often for a third time, I may simply never put them out to go anywhere.I try to avoid watching much news, though I occasionally like to check the weather report on TV. Somehow their visuals are more likely to stick with me. I finally decided to give up on my pretty flowering plants in pots. It was too hot to spend time carrying water out. And they were not at all happy during the last hot spell. Heard on Main Street: Sometimes when I open my mouth, my mother comes out. Driving slowly on Lagoon Pond Road is usually necessary, but one morning last week more so than usual. Two boys on bikes were zigzagging down the middle of the road toward Five Corners. The older boy was also carrying a fishing pole and a passenger, who was seated over his rear wheel. Perhaps that caused some of the zigzags. It did look like an accident waiting to happen.The cyclists neither slowed or stopped as they reached Five Corners. The single rider dashed straight out and turned left toward Main Street. A couple of cars nearly hit him but screeched to a stop. The older boy went zigzagging straight across in front of traffic coming from the Beach Road. I am happy to report that those cars also hit their brakes in time.It was frightening. The boys wore no bike helmets, so they were really lucky to dash out and be saved by the actions of careful drivers. It would be amazing if that luck holds.
The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office says a man threatened to shoot up a grocery store because not enough people were wearing masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Health officials have recommend using face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.)Authorities say 62-year-old Robert Kovner posted the threat on social media. Investigators say he threatened to carry out the shooting at a Publix, but didn’t say which specific store.Kovner was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a written threat of a mass shooting.
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
6 May 2016South African writer Faraaz Mahomed has been selected the Africa Regional winner for his short story The Pigeon for the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.“I am an unseasoned writer, who continues to struggle with the insecurities and anxieties of inexperience,” said Mahomed. “Winning the Commonwealth Prize for the African region is more than an accolade, it’s a prompting to continue down this path.”Based on Johannesburg, Mahomed is a clinical psychologist and human rights researcher. His previous writing has been largely academic, reads the Commonwealth Writers website. Mahomed has published articles in journals relating to issues of human rights.He also has fellowships from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Johannesburg; and is a former Fulbright scholar. Mahomed would like to write a novel and obtain a PhD on mental health and human rights.“The Africa region included stories on almost every conceivable theme, accentuating the endless complexity and beauty of the continent; a testament to the inexhaustible talent that abounds there,” said Africa region judge Helon Habila.“The Pigeon is a carefully and patiently woven tale about love, lust, guilt, and escape. It illustrates just how, as humans, we will always come short of our ideals, and we must learn to live with that.”The other winners include:Pacific Regional Winner: Tina Makereti for Black Milk from New ZealandAsia Regional Winner: Parashar Kulkarni for Cow and Company from IndiaCanada and Europe Regional Winner: Stefanie Seddon for Eel from the UKCaribbean Regional Winner: Lance Dowrich for Ethelbert and the Free Cheese from Trinidad and TobagoChair of judges, South African novelist and playwright Gillian Slovo, said the winners were all worthy of their award and they “show how well the short story is flourishing in the Commonwealth”.Read short excerpt from The Pigeon: Each morning, for about four months now, I am woken by the same foul, fat pigeon. I am certain that he’s the same one, even though I have no means to prove it. In truth, I have no way to be sure he is a he either. It used to occur to me that maybe he had left something at the window, or inside and was hoping that being here to retrieve it would allow him some release. On most Saturdays, I leave the window open. It makes me feel kind, because I am easing his spirit into the next phase or something of that nature.The Commonwealth Short Story Prize aims to “bring stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience”.The five winners selected each win £2 500 (about R53 000) each. The overall winner will be announced at the Calabash International Literary Festival in Jamaica on 5 June, and will walk away with £5 000 (about R106 000) in prize money.The 2016 #CWPrize #regional #winners have been announced!Congratulations to the 5 writers.https://t.co/Er1s2Cuuob pic.twitter.com/g38zsfcAuy— Commonwealth Writers (@cwwriters) May 4, 2016 Source: Commonwealth Writers
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TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 56 points and the Spurs overcame Russell Westbrook’s triple-double to outlast the Oklahoma City Thunder 154-147 in double-overtime.“He carried us,” Spurs point guard Derrick White said. “It was fun to watch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSan Antonio set a franchise record by making its first 14 3-pointers and was 16 of 19 overall from deep, but it still needed two overtime periods to topple Oklahoma City, in part because Westbrook had 24 points, 24 assists and 13 rebounds.Aldridge had seven points in the second overtime and White added four points, a steal and a critical block of Jerami Grant at the rim with San Antonio up 148-144 with less than two minutes remaining. White finished with 23 points and Marco Belinelli made all five of his 3-point attempts while scoring 19 points for the Spurs, who have won seven straight at home. San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge (12) stands next to DeMar DeRozan during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 154-147 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— The Spurs started hotter than ever from 3-point range Thursday night.When that wasn’t enough to put away the Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio got the extra push it needed from its big man in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Championship looks to make MMA splash in States The Thunder lost their seventh straight in San Antonio despite Westbrook’s huge game. George scored 30 points, and Grant added 25 points and 12 rebounds but fouled out with 25 seconds remaining in the second overtime.Westbrook had only three turnovers in 50 minutes.“I take a lot of pride (in triple-doubles),” Westbrook said. “I do other things that impact winning, impact the team and then I feel like I’m the best at all those other things. So, I do it every night.”Oklahoma City entered the game having held opponents to 33.3 percent shooting from 3-point range, the third-lowest in the league, but the Thunder couldn’t contain San Antonio early.Belinelli made three consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute in the opening quarter, and the Spurs made all 10 of their 3s in the first half to build a 16-point lead.Oklahoma City rallied and tied it at 114 with six minutes remaining in regulation when Steven Adams made consecutive follows off misses by Westbrook. Adams limped off the court with an ankle injury with 5 1/2 minutes remaining and didn’t return for the close of regulation but did play in both overtime periods.Aldridge scored eight consecutive points with Adams out, but consecutive 3-pointers by Terrance Ferguson tied it again at 126. After the Spurs essentially abandoned the 3-pointer after their hot start, White drained a 3 to put San Antonio up 129-126.With the Spurs up 130-128, Belinelli had the ball stolen at midcourt, leading to a tying layup by Grant with 5.6 seconds left. DeMar DeRozan missed a jumper at the close of regulation.DeRozan missed another jumper with 0.3 seconds left in the first extra period and the Thunder could not put up a shot at the buzzer as White tipped the inbounds pass from Westbrook.DeRozan finished with 16 points and 11 assists, but shot 7 for 22 from the field. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TIP-INSThunder: San Antonio’s 16 3-pointers tied the most Oklahoma City has allowed this season, which came Nov. 19 at Sacramento. … The Thunder’s last win in San Antonio was Dec. 25, 2014.Spurs: Aldridge has 17,758 career points, passing Magic Johnson for 78th on the NBA’s career list. … The Spurs’ previous high for 3-pointers to start a game was 11 against Sacramento in 2002.UP NEXTThunder: Host San Antonio on Saturday night.Spurs: At Oklahoma City on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “He’s been a beast all year long,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said of Aldridge. “He anchors us at both ends of the floor. He did it last year, and he’s doing it this year, too. He’s just been fantastic. Obviously, he had a great night.”Aldridge was 20 for 33 from the field and 16 for 16 on free throws in surpassing his previous career high of 45 points, which he set against Utah on March 23, 2018.“I was just complaining about (not scoring 50 points) like two weeks ago,” Aldridge said. “That I feel like it should have happened in my career.”The Spurs have won six of seven and 14 of 18 to close within a game of the Thunder for third place in the Western Conference.“For it to go down to the wire with a team that’s hot like that, we have a lot to take away for us, for how we played,” Oklahoma City forward Paul George said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 LATEST STORIES
Man Utd join Spurs interest for Bournemouth striker Josh Kingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth striker Josh King is a target for Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Sun says he is a massive fan of fellow Norwegian King, 26, who he worked with as a youngster at Old Trafford.Solskjaer was coaching the United reserves when the striker was coming up through the ranks, before establishing himself as a top Premier League player on the South Coast.King is rated at £25million, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe will be desperate to keep hold of him.Spurs are also keen on a player who netted 16 times in his first Premier League campaign with the Cherries, then struck nine times last term and five so far this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Atletico Madrid coach Simeone happy with ‘passion’ beating Bayer Leverkusenby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was happy to scrape a 1-0 victory over Champions League opponents Bayer Leverkusen.Alvaro Morata proved the matchwinner on the day.”I feel good when I see passion and today the team had passion,” said Simeone.”We can play well or poorly, but there’s a path.”We’re close to doing things well.”Some of that passion boiled over into whistles from the fans in the stands, but the coach wasn’t too worried about that.”People are spontaneous,” he said.”We have to try to turn those whistles into applause.”He added: “Anxiety’s normal, the team grew in confidence. We saw some good things tonight although we have to improve when we are in or close to the opponents’ box. It’s not easy for any team because all of our rivals defend well.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say