Hunter Pence’s farewell to the Giants and their fans will have you dabbing at your eyes

first_imgThere’s no crying in baseball? Yeah, and Yogi Berra is a cartoon character.You’re darn tootin’ there’s crying in baseball. Exhibit A: Hunter Pence’s glorious farewell to the Giants, their fans and the greater Bay Area. Published Thursday on the The Players Tribune, it is titled “Gr8ful.”Before we begin, you need to grab a fistful of tissues, or a monogrammed handkerchief — heck, an old rally towel will do.He begins: “I definitely wish some of the great times in our lives could go on forever …last_img

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A Bad Kind of Sexual Selection

first_img51; Darwin taught a kind of sexual selection that presumed mate choice can lead to extravagant sexual differences.  There is a kind of sexual selection going on among humans that is by intelligent design – with bad consequences.  In this case, the selections are not being made by potential mates, but by parents.    According to PhysOrg, “In the next 20 years in large parts of China and India, there will be a 10% to 20% excess of young men because of sex selection and this imbalance will have societal repercussions, states an analysis in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).”    What has led to this harmful imbalance?  For one, it is Asian preference for sons, based on cultural traditions with long histories.  For another it is abortion law: “A preference for sons in China, India and South Korea combined with easy access to sex-selective abortions has led to a significant imbalance between the number of males and females born in these countries.”  Finally, in China, the 30-year-old one-child policy has pressured many parents to make sure their one child is a boy (09/18/2010).    What is the cost of this deliberate sex selection?  “The societal implications mean that a significant percentage of the male population will not be able to marry or have children because of a scarcity of women,” the article stated.  “In China, 94% of unmarried people aged 28 to 49 are male, 97% of whom have not completed high school, and there are worries the inability to marry will result in psychological issues and possibly increased violence and crime.”Where are the feminists?  Where is the outrage about baby girls being selectively aborted?  Is this an evolutionary trait of human beings that forces dictators and parents to make irrational decisions, or are human beings morally responsible for their actions and the consequences?  We all know the answer.  Evil choices are especially egregious when they affect the next generation.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Cells Teach Humans About Design

first_imgBiomimetics extends to the cellular level, where extraordinary processes show engineers the right way to do things.Locks and keys. We all know man-made locks on our doors, but cells use lock-and-key mechanisms to regulate their own processes. Phys.org says that “Copying nature’s lock-and-key system could improve rapid medical diagnostics.” Researchers at Imperial College London looked at the secrets of receptors on proteins to fashion a new kind of transistor.Receptors recognise molecules with particular shapes and bind to them in a lock-and-key mechanism. In this study, the nanoscale transistor was made from a polymer material that could be imprinted with a binding site – ‘the lock’. This allows the system to detect the only matching ‘key’ – a specific target molecule.To test that the system works as expected, the team used it to detect the antibody that binds to insulin, a mechanism important in the diagnosis of diabetes. However, the team say that the system design can also be readily applied in the detection to a much broader range of biological molecules.Co-author of the study Professor Joshua Edel, from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, said: “We have shown that we can imprint a polymer at the entrance to the nanopore with the shape of the natural ‘lock’ to the ‘key’ molecule we are looking for, mimicking biological receptors.“What’s a ‘photonic melanin supraball’? Whatever it is, it must be good, because it was the product of ‘bioinspiration’ to a team desiring to mimic structural colors – those ‘photonic crystals’ that give butterflies their iridescent wings and birds their flashing feathers. To achieve their design, they looked to the molecular components behind those animal wonders:We demonstrate a feasible solution for producing structural colors inspired by bird feathers. We have designed core-shell nanoparticles using high–refractive index (RI) (~1.74) melanin cores and low-RI (~1.45) silica shells. The design of these nanoparticles was guided by finite-difference time-domain simulations. These nanoparticles were self-assembled using a one-pot reverse emulsion process, which resulted in bright and noniridescent supraballs. With the combination of only two ingredients, synthetic melanin and silica, we can generate a full spectrum of colors. These supraballs could be directly added to paints, plastics, and coatings and also used as ultraviolet-resistant inks or cosmetics.Think of the lipstick shades that could come from this technology. Even pigs might look charming with it.Selective passage for smart membranes. Cell membranes have the amazing capacity to let certain items in and block others. Called active transport, this capacity (unlike unguided osmosis, a natural law that only follows the concentration gradient), allows cells to use natural law to ‘violate’ natural law by design, going against natural concentration gradients through the use of highly-sophisticated ‘gates’ in the membrane. One of those is the aquaporin family of membrane channels, which let water in or out but can block other molecules. Nature Scientific Reports published a new paper about this, “Quantification of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted into vesicles for biomimetic membrane fabrication.” This is important, they say, because “Aquaporin incorporated biomimetic membranes are anticipated to offer unprecedented desalination capabilities” such as reverse osmosis.Quantifying the reconstituted aquaporins in synthetic membranes, however, represents a “huge hurdle” to progress in this field. The team in Singapore came up with a new method to determine how many channels make it into production:These methods allow more accurate determination of Aquaporin-Z reconstituted and loss during reconstitution, with relatively commonly available equipment and without complex sample handling, or lengthy data analysis. These would allow them to be widely applicable to scientific studies of protein function in the biomimetic environment and engineering studies on biomimetic membrane fabrication.In this series of three CEH articles, we have shown that biomimetics is still a very hot topic in science. Engineers are getting inspired everywhere in nature: from animals, from plants, and even from the tiny molecular machines in cells.Go bioneers! (5/13/06). In the 15 years we have been reporting on progress in biomimetics, interest in the subject has grown steadily around the world. The time is ripe to oust the Darwin Party totalitarian regime and send them into exile. Design is the word for the 21st century! (Visited 303 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Skills project to ‘honour Anene Booysen’

first_img19 April 2013 A R10-million skills development and job-creation investment in construction-related programme will be launched by Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande to honour Anene Booysen and benefit the Bredasdorp community. The 17-year-old teenager and her small Overberg town of Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, came under intense national and international media spotlight in February following her brutal gang-rape, mutilation and murder. Nzimande – through the Construction Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta) and in partnership with the Cape Agulhas Local Municipality – will launch the project on Saturday with the intention of benefiting locals in various training including apprenticeships, learnerships and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programmes. Nzimande said the impact of the training, particularly of the largely unemployed youth, will be positive and make a difference in the impoverished rural town near the southern-most tip of the African continent in the Western Cape Province.‘Long-term, sustainable benefits’ “In addition to about 700 learners receiving different training programmes, each trainee will also receive a monthly stipend of about R1 500, which will help in alleviating the socio-economic conditions of the community in the short term while the skills they will receive will lead to longer-term more sustainable benefits,” he said. The training will last for a minimum of nine months and a maximum of 12 months depending on field of training, with a stipend of R1 500 per month per learner who will receive short skills programmes, learnerships and apprenticeships. “Because we recognise that in our communities there are quite a number of informally trained and skilled artisans, this investment will also include an RPL process so that these artisanal skills can be formally recognised and certified,” he said. “This is very exciting as our economy needs artisans now more than ever.’ The short skills programmes will include electrical construction, health and safety and solar geyser installation, while learnerships will be in community house building and road construction. There will also be apprenticeships offered in carpentry, plumbing and electrical construction. About 250 learners will be taken through a construction RPL process. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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5 Tips for Building Better Cinematic Suspense

first_imgTip #3: Mix Up Your Lens ChoicesThe visual field in your film is key to creating cinematic suspense. How much depth you place in your image is important, especially when your suspense is built around an environment. Try utilizing different lens types in your scene to help build the tension. As you transition from a wide angle 24mm to a 50mm, the difference will cause your audience to pay closer attention while giving them important surrounding detail. Or if you really want to throw them off, try going from a super wide 16mm to a shallow 85mm. The difference could help your audience stay connected longer. Tip #2: Time Your RevealSuspense in film is based around the anticipation of an upcoming event, and how the story unfolds in the attempt to get there. As you decide where to place your reveal, allow your cuts to build without becoming too hasty. As we can see in this example from The Dark Knight, music plays an important role in building the tension until the reveal. Tip #4: Pull Back RevealSlowly pulling back the camera to reveal the ‘bigger picture’ is a shot that has been used time and time again. This technique is great to utilize when you want to tease your audience by prolonging the reveal until the perfect moment. Get your audience on the edge of their seat! Check out the 5 shot types that will drive suspense and the Hollywood films that have used them.If you are like me, then you appreciate a film that is so suspenseful it quite literally brings you to the edge of your seat. It’s in those moments, when a film is not a series of shots but rather a cohesive, frightful and nerve racking story, that it has accomplished its goal of creating suspense.What are common filmmaking techniques for creating suspense? I’ve listed out my favorites below. Use these tips and examples to help improve your film’s suspenseful edge.Tip #1: Give You Character Breathing RoomMany films today utilize a fast cutting routine of quick edits and spastic pacing that encourages a quick cheap suspense. For deeply suspenseful editing, try giving your characters a few extra seconds of screen time. Create a slow, methodical pacing in your scene, showcasing close-ups.If you are in the process of revealing an important plot element, or simply establishing the anxious nature of the character surrounding their situation, allow the shot to linger before cutting away. The longer you hold on your character, the more anxious the audience will become when the stakes get high. Tip #5: The Long Tracking ShotA staple for filmmakers, the tracking shot is great for any form of storytelling. As your scene progresses, the lack of cutting could create a more realistic feeling for your audience and the constant motion of the long take will engage your audience in a way that quick cuts may not.Want to learn more about creating suspense? Check out a few of the following articles from around the internet:How to turn your boring movie into a Hitchcock thriller – BorgusHow to Make a Suspenseful Scene – WikiHowA Study of Suspense: Film Narrative – Galya KayDo you have any tips for creating a suspenseful scene? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

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Muguruza, Stephens post straight-set wins at French Open

first_imgSpain’s Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Sweden’s Johanna Larsson during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )PARIS — Former champion Garbine Muguruza and last year’s runner-up Sloane Stephens both posted straight-set wins Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open.On a sunny morning in the French capital, Muguruza beat Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.ADVERTISEMENT Seeded 19th this year, Muguruza won the title at Roland Garros in 2016 when she upset Serena Williams in the final. The Spanish player is expected to face tougher opposition in her next match against ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who progressed to the third round without hitting a shot.Svitolina was set to play 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova but organizers said the Ukrainian player withdrew with “intercostal pain.” She twice reached the quarterfinals in Paris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsStephens, who lost to Simona Halep in last year’s final, needed a bit more time to prevail 6-1, 7-6 (3) against the gritty but error-prone Sara Sorribes Tormo.In a match that featured 11 breaks of serve, Stephens could not hold on to a 3-0 lead in the second set and Sorribes Tormo twice had the opportunity to level at 1-set apiece on her serve. A turning point came in the 11th game when the 22-year-old Spaniard hit two consecutive double-faults to drop serve. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 The seventh-seeded Stephens hit a series of winners in the tiebreaker and sealed the match with a backhand down the line.“Just decided to keep it exciting, to play a bit longer on that court,” Stephens joked. “I missed it from last year.”Later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were to play German qualifiers in second-round matches. Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte while Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden.Federer is playing at Roland Garros after a four-year absence. Nadal is aiming for a record-extending 12th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toocenter_img Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Column: Metta World Peace finally finds his peace PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

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