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Galanza admits communication breakdown in loss to UP

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Although the two teams exchanged kills in the final seven points between them, the Lady Falcons had one crucial error that put them in an early 9-6 hole.Adamson setter Fhen Emnas was supposed to get the ball to one of her hitters but her pass went far too long and ended up on the other side of the floor and beyond the sideline.Galanza, who had 19 points in the loss, admitted that there have been days when team didn’t even have the full attendance in practice due to the players’ academic commitments.The skipper said it’s finals season in Adamson and the players have now turned more of their focus on their studies.“There are day when we aren’t complete because it’s the finals right now in Adamson, even I can’t make it to practice,” said Galanza who is on her final year with the school. “So what happened earlier we just looked at each other instead of properly communicating.”ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer The Lady Falcons’ roller coaster campaign in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament got into another nosedive when they lost to University of the Philippines, 25-18, 14-25, 25-19, 21-25, 16-14, at the start of the second round.Adamson is now in a tight spot with a 3-5 record, two games behind Ateneo and Far Eastern University that both have 5-3 records and are sitting at the third and fourth spots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCaptain Jema Falanza said her team had the desire to win but that intangible got trumped when the Lady Falcons  failed to communicate with one another in the fifth set.“Both of the teams were putting up a fight but it just that we just folded in the fifth set,” said Galanza in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “The communication wasn’t there especially in the fifth set.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ateneo win, first round loss to NU fuel La Salle’s vengeance Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Adamson is now closer to make-or-break territory than a Final Four lock.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

32% of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases

first_imgGuyana’s population is currently being faced with an outrageous amount of cases in cardiac diseases; this being listed as one of the leading causes of deaths among its citizens.This was revealed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence during a presentation on Thursday on the importance of cardiac health.The Minister noted that despite the fact that Guyana is a small country, there are a substantial number of cases and deaths being recorded as a result of cardiac diseases.“For us in the health sector, cardiac disease is one of the challenges and today theSome of the creators of the video with public health officials and Ministers Volda Lawrence and Cathy Highesstatistics are very alarming for such a small populated country. We have noted that cardiovascular deaths account for some 32 per cent nationally and an estimated 22 per cent is living with cardiovascular diseases,” the Minster stated.She highlighted that this arises from the fact that Guyanese tend to pay very little attention to their symptoms and other health related issues.“The general tendency of Guyana is not to pay much attention to [the] health aspect unless someone close to us is affected. On the other hand also, we take too much for granted.”However, the Health Minister noted that regular checks must be made which will result in the prevention of these alarming cases of heart attacks.“We’re learning to appreciate that the outside does not mean that the inside is the same. We have to ensure that we do what is necessary to by checking with our community health centres to ensure that we are on the right track,” Lawrence related.To address this issue, the Public Health Ministry has collaborated with the Canadian High Commission and the Guyana Programme for Advance Cardiac Care (GPACC) to educate the population through public service announcements.Seven short videos were produced by representatives of GPACC which targets a different aspect of addressing cardiac arrest.“The release of these videos will greatly assist us in supporting this campaign of heightening awareness at all levels in every region so that measures can be put in place to help decrease the mobility and mortality of coronary heart diseases in Guyana,” the Minister told the gathering.Meanwhile, counselor attached to the Canadian High Commission, Jan Sheltinga explained that the most effective way of tackling this problem is through education since many are unaware of the magnitudes which surround cardiac arrests and other cardiac diseases.Currently, health and well-being is third on the list of developing sustainable development goals.“We will only achieve the sustainable development goal if we continue to achieve the progress in providing access to safe, reliable and high-quality services and information so that persons can be better cared for and that will allow them to care for themselves,” Sheltinga explained.With these implementations, the Ministry and its collaborators are hoping that Guyanese will make greater strides to seek medical attention when the need arises. This will assist in the decrease of the high rates of cardiovascular deaths.last_img read more

Memories of Hindenburg still vivid

first_img Seventy years ago today, the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg ignited while easing toward its mooring mast at the U.S. Navy base in Lakehurst. The blaze killed 35 people on board and one person in the ground crew; 62 passengers and crew members survived. “I ran quite a distance because the heat, the flame, kept shooting out ahead of me,” said Buchanan, of nearby Tuckerton. “And I really didn’t think I was going to make it, frankly.” The huge airship – more than three times longer than a Boeing 747 – was engulfed in flames and sank to the ground in less than a minute. Photographers and newsreel crews on hand for the landing captured the scene, and a shocked radio station broadcaster recorded the often replayed phrase “Oh, the humanity and all the passengers!” The 804-foot-long Hindenburg had cutting-edge technology, with its fabric-covered, metal frame held aloft by more than 7 million cubic feet of lighter-than-air hydrogen. Flammable hydrogen had to be used because of a U.S. embargo on nonflammable helium. Titanic of the sky LAKEHURST, N.J. – At 87, Robert Buchanan says he sometimes has trouble remembering what he did 10 minutes ago. But he can recall in vivid detail the day 70 years ago when he watched the luxurious airship Hindenburg erupt into a fireball. Flames roared across the surface of the mighty German dirigible only 100 or so feet above him, singeing his hair as he ran for his life. “It was a piff-puff, just like someone would leave the gas on and not get the flame to it,” said Buchanan, one of the last living members of the ground crew waiting to help the Hindenburg land. Blaze killed 36 It was “the Concorde of its day back in 1936 and ’37,” said Carl Jablonski, president of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society. But after the fire, he said, it would be called the “Titanic of the sky.” The historical society planned a private 70th anniversary memorial service today at the crash site in Lakehurst, about 40 miles east of Philadelphia. The Hindenburg was a swastika-emblazoned billboard for Nazi Germany, providing travel across the Atlantic in less than half the time of the standard four- to five-day ocean liner trip, said Rick Zitarosa, a vice president of the historical society. It carried more than 1,000 passengers on 10 successful round trips between Germany and Lakehurst in 1936, in addition to trips to Brazil the same year. `Then it blew’ “It was the most luxurious experience in the air, before and since,” Zitarosa said. Hindenburg passengers ate gourmet meals off fine china, and drank French and German wines. On May 6, 1937, more than 1,000 sightseers had gathered at Lakehurst to see the Hindenburg arrive with 61 crew and 36 passengers after its first trans-Atlantic flight of the year. Buchanan, 17 at the time, was among more than 200 ground crew members waiting in rainy weather. “The blessing is that I wore a sweater and I was soaking wet, absolutely wringing wet. And that’s what I think saved us,” Buchanan said. As the Hindenburg came in and started dropping mooring lines, Associated Press photographer Murray Becker raised his camera. “He was just going to make a nice picture of a dirigible coming in. And then it blew, right when he had his finger on the shutter,” recalled Marty Lederhandler, 89, an AP photographer of 66 years who was working in the news service’s New York darkroom when the Hindenburg exploded. Eight-year-old passenger Werner Doehner saw chairs fall across the dining room door. “Just instantly, the whole place was on fire,” said Doehner, of Parachute, Colo., the last surviving passenger. “My mother threw me out the window. She threw my brother out. Then she threw me, but I hit something and bounced back. She caught me and threw me the second time out. My sister was just too heavy for her. My mother jumped out and fractured her pelvis. Regardless of that, she managed to walk.” Doehner, 78, still has trouble discussing the tragedy that killed his father and sister. He was hospitalized for months for treatment of burns. Cause still debated “You either died a horrible death, or you got out with minor injuries. There weren’t many cases that were in between,” Zitarosa said. The cause of the disaster is still debated. The most accepted theory is that static electricity from the day’s storms ignited leaking hydrogen. On the base in Lakehurst, a plaque and marker in the middle of an old airship landing area show where the Hindenburg met its end. In the distance, the massive Hangar No. 1, built by the Navy in 1921 to house airships, is home to an information center, which the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society runs in partnership with the military. Exhibits include old newspaper clippings, a metal girder from the Hindenburg, and dinnerware blackened by the fire. Buchanan doesn’t need the exhibits to jog his memory. “A thing like that, you pretty much, in detail, you remember everything,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Ronaldo denies hotel sex attack, calls rape ‘abominable’

first_imgThe case has threatened the reputation of the Portuguese superstar, arguably the world’s best footballer, with Las Vegas police this week saying they would reopen their file on the matter.“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” he tweeted in Portuguese and English.“Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in,” said the 33-year-old Juventus forward.“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added on his Twitter feed @Cristiano, which has nearly 75 million followers.Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, accused Ronaldo, in a 32-page lawsuit filed last month with a district court in Nevada, of raping her on June 13, 2009.Las Vegas police this week said they were reopening a case filed on that date but did not identify the victim or the alleged perpetrator by name.Complicating matters, Jacinto Rivera, a spokesman for the department, told AFP Mayorga did not identify Ronaldo by name at the time of her complaint and was “uncooperative.”Mayorga’s lawsuit, however, said she had named the footballer to police “within weeks of the initial report.”– ‘She said no’ –Kathryn Mayorga alleges she met Cristiano Ronaldo in June 2009 at the now-closed Rain Nightclub, located in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas © AFP / Mark RALSTONLarissa Drohobyczer, one of Mayorga’s lawyers, told reporters that whistle-blowing website Football Leaks had provided documents that showed correspondence between Ronaldo and his team of fixers around the time of the incident, which they are considering making public.According to the alleged leak, Ronaldo told his fixers: “She said ‘no’ and ‘stop’ several times,” in his written correspondence to them.Mayorga alleges she was pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.The complaint was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. Lawyers for Ronaldo have reportedly threatened to sue the magazine over the story.In the suit, Mayorga said she met Ronaldo, who was then 24 years old, on the evening of June 12, 2009 at the Rain Nightclub in the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.It said she accepted an invitation to join Ronaldo and others in his penthouse suite to “enjoy the view of the Las Vegas strip.”– #MeToo movement –Kathryn Mayorga’s attorney, Leslie Stovall, addressed reporters in Las Vegas about his client’s rape accusation against Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP / Mark RALSTONShe was invited to join guests in a hot tub but declined because she did not have a bathing suit, the complaint said.The woman who accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of raping her is seeking the voiding of a nondisclosure agreement she signed with the Portuguese superstar © AFP/File / Isabella BONOTTORonaldo offered her clothing and then followed her into a bathroom where she was going to change clothes, it said.After she refused his demand to perform oral sex and said she wanted to leave, Ronaldo pulled her into a bedroom and anally raped her while she screamed “no, no, no,” according to the suit.“When Cristiano Ronaldo completed the sexual assault of the plaintiff, he allowed her to leave the bedroom stating he was sorry, he was usually a gentleman,” it said.The lawsuit said Mayorga reported the alleged assault to police the same day and was examined at a local hospital.It said the assault left her with “severe emotional and bodily injuries including but not limited to anal contusions, post-traumatic stress disorder and major depression.”Under pressure from Ronaldo’s “fixers,” Mayorga settled the case “in exchange for a payment of $375,000 and non-disclosure of the sexual assault,” the lawsuit said.It claimed the agreement should be voided because she was “incompetent and lacked the mental capacity to participate in negotiations and settlement of her claims due to the injuries suffered during the initial sexual assault.”Leslie Stovall, another lawyer for Mayorga, told reporters his client had suffered years of trauma as a result of the alleged attack, but had found the strength to speak out thanks to the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault at the hands of powerful men.“The MeToo movement and the women who have stood up and disclosed sexual assaults has given Kathryn a lot of courage, and has enabled her to come forward,” he said.Ronaldo is a five-time winner of FIFA’s men’s player of the year award.The Portuguese striker, a married father of four, left Real Madrid this year to join Juventus for 100 million euros ($117 million).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a new denial of accusations by a former model that he raped her in Las Vegas in 2009 © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOLAS VEGAS, United States, Oct 3 – Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday denied accusations by a former American model that he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009 and said his conscience is clear.Ronaldo’s denial came as lawyers for his accuser said they had obtained damning correspondence between the footballer and his legal team.last_img read more

Liverpool and Arsenal transfer target scored a wonder goal then this happened!

first_imgLiverpool and Arsenal target Antonio Candreva scored an absolute belter for Lazio on Sunday as they beat Palermo but his celebration ended in embarrassment.The midfielder was the match-winner as he slalomed into the penalty area and launched a fantastic curled strike into the top corner.But it went downhill rapidly as he ran to his adoring fans at the Stadio Olimpico, once at the barrier separating him from the Lazio supporters he attempted a jump but ended up smashing his knee into the fence and hitting the deck.Once the celebrations had died down it became clear he’d injured himself and after some treatment ended up being substituted.Thankfully, with just nine minutes to go his team-mates were able to hold on and Candreva was able celebrate a vital win.Check out the goal and the embarrassing aftermath below… Antonio Candreva celebrates his goal for Lazio 1last_img read more

Most risky home loans stuck beyond bailout

first_imgWASHINGTON – If you want to see a Democratic or Republican congressman squirm, mention a multibillion-dollar bailout for the housing market crisis. The apparent discomfort contrasts with reality: Most risky home loans made near the end of the housing boom can’t be salvaged. The unfolding crisis in the $10.8 trillion U.S. home loan market is so widespread and so complex that many experts question whether the government can do much to fix it – especially if a bailout isn’t on the table. “Some people are just in houses that are just way out of reach for them,” said Douglas Elmendorf, a senior economics fellow at the Brookings Institution, noting that politicians do not like “explicitly appropriating funds for this.” Congress, the White House and bank regulators have little ability to prevent defaults and foreclosures, said Karen Weaver, global head of securitization research at Deutsche Bank. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s unfortunate, but it has to play out … We need home prices to come back to reality,” she adds. Washington’s desire to help is undercut by the reality that it’s not viable to rescue homeowners or banks that made loans or investors that bought securities backed by mortgages. “I have sympathy with a lot of the borrowers, but I don’t see how you would decide which ones were worthy and which ones weren’t,” Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said this week, while announcing legislation to crack down on mortgage lending abuses. Frank and several consumer groups say lending law reform is needed to prevent mortgage abuses in the future, while Republicans say doing it now makes it harder for the housing market to recover. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., warned at a House hearing Wednesday that Frank’s proposed bill would “push us into a housing recession” because lenders would face new restrictions on their ability to help borrowers refinance. Political pragmatists say there are so many complicated issues at hand and so many interest groups involved that only narrow proposals can muster support. For example, Alex Pollock, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has drawn up a one-page mortgage form designed to give borrowers a much simpler way to understand the financial commitments involved in a home loan. Yet his commonsense suggestion is overshadowed by fears of what more defaults will do to the economy and financial markets. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said this week the data suggest the housing downturn is worse than anticipated. However, his analysis of housing statistics put the possibility of a recession in 2008 at 50-50. Politicians headed into a presidential election year aren’t thrilled with those odds, especially as loans made in late 2005 and 2006 with low teaser rates approach deadlines for resets to sharply higher rates. Moody’s Economy.com projects that more than 2 million mortgages worth about $450 billion will default. Even after homes are sold at foreclosure auctions, investors are still likely to be hit with nearly $150 billion in losses, according to the forecast. The defaults extend beyond subprime mortgages extended to borrowers with weak credit. They include loans made to borrowers who weren’t required to provide proof of income, borrowed more than what their home is worth or made down payments of less than 10 percent. President George W. Bush has pushed for expanded authority for the Federal Housing Administration, a Depression-era agency that insures loans made to low-income borrowers. A bill authorizing the FHA to help borrowers with larger home loans stalled in the Senate after passing the House. Many experts say its impact would be limited. Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., argues that mortgage servicing companies should agree to widespread conversions of adjustable-rate loans to fixed-rate loans for borrowers who are current on payments but confront rate resets. Experts in the $6 trillion market for mortgage-backed securities say Bair’s idea won’t work because mortgage servicing companies, which collect and distribute loan payments to lenders, have a legal responsibility to modify loans only if they’re confident the changes would be successful, says Mark Adelson, a mortgage securitization consultant. Some Democrats and consumer advocates want bankruptcy judges to be able to modify loans to keep struggling borrowers from losing their homes. Critics say the idea would keep lenders out of the mortgage market and result in more bankruptcies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Northern Lights over Buncrana this night two years ago. Pic by Adam Rory Porter.The Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis look like they will be out in force over Donegal tonight in what could prove a really green St Patrick’s night!This day two years ago we had a massive showing.Rory Adam Porter captured this photo from Buncrana in Inishowen and right now the levels are huge again! The well-known photographer said “The skies over Ireland could be green again for St. Patricks Day! Happy hunting my friends and La feile Naomh Padraig sona daoibh.”And whilst is always a chance that you take, it’s a better chance right now than it has been in years!check out www.spaceweatherlive.com  DONEGAL COULD HAVE A GREEN PADDY’S NIGHT AS NORTHERN LIGHTS MOVE IN! was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalnorthern lightsSt Patrick’s nightlast_img read more

Wonders of the Equipment in Your Head

first_imgLook at what scientists are finding you can do, or is being done automatically for you.How sounds going into our ears become words going through our brains (University of Maryland). Did you ever think about the fact that the words you hear are only sound waves hitting your eardrum until your brain receives the electrical signals and processes them into messages? There’s nothing lexical about the signals until they arrive in the brain. First you have to pick out the sound you want to hear (this can be difficult in a party room), recognize phonemes or syllables, and then piece them together to make sense out of what you are hearing. This has to be done really fast, because your conversational partner can be speaking 3 words per second. A paper by UMD neuroscientists in Current Biology announces that, yes indeed, the process of brain analysis from signal to meaning is very rapid. How rapid? Well, it’s “surprisingly early,” they say; in fact, “this happens pretty much as soon as the linguistic information becomes available.”We may hear others’ footsteps, but how do we ignore our own? (Science Daily). We marvel at the new-fangled noise-canceling headphones, but you already have some of that technology in your head. All mammals appear to have this ability; mice, naturally, want to hear that cat’s footsteps and not its own. To figure out how we cancel unwanted sounds, scientists publishing in Nature developed an “acoustic virtual reality system” where they could teach a mouse to associate a novel sound with its own movements. Here’s what Live Science says about the findings. Look how complicated and rapid it is:Their imaging and measurements showed a strong coupling between the motor cortex — an area of the brain that’s involved with movement — and the auditory cortex. During training, the motor cortex begins forming synapses, or connections to the auditory cortex. These connections end up serving as a noise filter.So-called inhibitory neurons, or brain cells, in the motor cortex began to send out signals to cancel out the firing of neurons in the auditory cortex that make us aware of the sound. This process is so quick that it is “predictive,” Mooney said, meaning the cancellation signal happens at the same time that the brain commands a movement.How attention orchestrates groups of nerve cells to enrich the brain’s symphony (German Primate Center). That’s an attention-getting headline. If you like Mozart, you will enjoy their description of how your brain hears music, and how vision joins the symphony to give a more complete experience.Diagram of the human ear.Silence in the concert hall. The conductor raises the baton and the strings begin. They play the first four bars of Mozart’s “A Little Night Music”. All together they play a single melody, which is probably one of the best known in the music world. Then the voices divide. Different string instruments play separate melodies and the “Little Night Music” thus becomes a complex work of art. Scientists from the German Primate Center (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen and Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, Iran, recently discovered in a study with rhesus monkeys that nerve cells assume the role of musicians in visual perception in our brain. Usually many cells are active together (synchronously) when they process simple stimuli from our environment. The researchers were able to show that visual attention desynchronizes these nerve cells’ activity and thus enables more complex information processing.Gravity Perception: The Role of the Cerebellum (Current Biology). It’s not just the inner ear that helps you know which way is up. This paper ascribes a prominent role to the cerebellum, a part of the brain evolutionists tend to view as primitive. This paper should increase the respect it is due.The cerebellum is known to support motor behaviors, including postural stability, but new research supports the view that cerebellar function is also critical for perception of spatial orientation, particularly because of its role in vestibular processing.The otoliths in the inner ear contribute signals due to linear motion; the semicircular canals in the ear contribute information about rotational movement, and the eyes (when open) watch the motion – but the cerebellum is where the processing of all this information is done, the paper explains.Eyes Have a Natural Version of Night Vision (Duke University). Young people like playing with the night-vision goggles they get for Christmas, but we actually have a natural version of it. How? The “Cells in retina change their duties to help the brain detect motion.” Stargazers know that it takes a few minutes for the eyes to get adjusted to darkness, but a lot of teamwork is going on in the back of the eyeball to make this possible.To see under starlight and moonlight, the retina of the eye changes both the software and hardware of its light-sensing cells to create a kind of night vision. Retinal circuits that were thought to be unchanging and programmed for specific tasks are adaptable to different light conditions, say the Duke scientists who identified how the retina reprograms itself for low light.“To see under starlight, biology has had to reach the limit of seeing an elementary particle from the universe, a single photon,” said Greg Field, an assistant professor of neurobiology and biomedical engineering at Duke University. “It’s remarkable at night how few photons there are.”The ability to detect single photons with the eye shows ultimate engineering. It can’t get better than that. These researchers show that many things have to work in concert to make it possible: the cells involved in detecting motion have to reprogram themselves to aid in the detection of those photons.Tapping into the brain’s star power (Nature). Let’s end with marveling at an under-appreciated type of brain cell: the astrocyte [“star cell”]. “No longer just ‘brain glue’, astrocytes are coming to the fore as a broadening toolset reveals the cells’ complexity and diversity,” this article begins. Astrocytes make up 20-40% of a mammalian brain. Discovered in the late 19th century, they have been largely ignored in favor of the jazzier neurons whose signals we can probe electrically. But look at them:One astrocyte can have tens of thousands of connections (UCSD)Unlike neurons, astrocytes are electrically quiet, so their activity goes undetected by conventional electrophysiology methods. They’re also astoundingly complex: a single astrocyte can connect to tens of thousands of neurons.Tens of thousands! That’s astonishing for one cell to have that many connections. We can’t relate all the wonders these cells do, but suffice it to say in summary that “Glossed over as mere support cells for more than a century, astrocytes actually have crucial roles in the brain,” including controlling neurotransmitter levels, regulating extracellular potassium ions to influence thresholds for nerve-cell firing, and releasing molecules that promote the formation and pruning back of synapses. They basically keep the brain wiring from going haywire. We quote one of the researchers, whose use of new techniques to study these cells have given him “unparalleled appreciation of the richness and dynamics in how astrocytes contribute to the function of the brain as an organ.”Evolution only sounds reasonable when you look at the big, glittering generalities. When you realize that all these exquisitely-tuned complex systems would have had to arise by a long series of mistakes over millions of years, evolution makes no sense at all. That’s why we love to report on the details of biological systems, so you can become inoculated against the storytelling of Darwin charlatans. Now let’s go use those eyes, ears, and brains for their intended use: to serve God and enjoy the blessings He has richly given us. (Visited 419 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pork 509 to focus on pork quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, June 29th, the Ohio Pork Council and The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences are hosting ‘Pork 509’ – a seminar to discuss pork quality.Throughout the seminar, faculty at the OSU Department of Animal Sciences will host informational sessions regarding welfare, genetics, meat quality, processing characteristics and more. Attendees will also be able to participate in a hands-on carcass and meat quality assessment, led by Dr. Lyda Garcia and Dr. Eric England. Additional speakers at Pork 509 include Dr. Steve Moeller and Dr. Monique Paris-Garcia. See the days’ agenda here and call 614-882-5887 for registration.OPC President Rich Deaton visited with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about the event, as well as the importance of early registration as space is limited.last_img read more

Mohali Test: Ishant, VVS lead India home