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Big Bang “Breakthrough” May Be False

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first_img(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Criticisms of the BICEP announcement are coming in, and could overturn the highly-publicized announcement that “inflation” has been discovered.It was supposed to be a shoo-in for a Nobel Prize, but the shoe may not fit.  Science Magazine and other sites have announced a potential fatal flaw in the March announcement that a signal confirming cosmic inflation (3/17/14) was detected from the Antarctic instrument site.  In “Blockbuster Big Bang Result May Fizzle, Rumor Suggests,” Science Now explains that a crucial factor, foreground microwave “noise,” may not have been subtracted out properly.To subtract the galactic foreground, BICEP researchers relied on a particular map of it generated by the European Space Agency’s spacecraft Planck, which mapped the CMB across the entire sky from 2009 until last year. However, the BICEP team apparently interpreted the map as showing only the galactic emissions. In reality, it may also contain the largely unpolarized hazy glow from other galaxies, which has the effect of making the galactic microwaves coming from any particular point of the sky look less thoroughly polarized than they actually are. So using the map to strip out the galactic foreground may actually leave some of that foreground in the data where it could produce a spurious signal, Falkowski explains. “Apparently, there is something that needs to be corrected, so at this point the BICEP result cannot be taken at face value,” he tells Science.BICEP researchers are not ready to concede the point, however. Clement Pryke, a cosmologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a co-principal investigator for the BICEP team, acknowledges that the foreground map is an important and thorny issue. Part of the problem is that the Planck team has not made the raw foreground data available, he says. Instead, BICEP researchers had to do the best they could with a PDF file of that map that the Planck team presented at a conference. Moreover, Pryke says, conversations with members of the Planck team leave it uncertain exactly what is in the key plot. “It is unclear what that plot shows,” he says.The upcoming Planck map of foreground “could make the BICEP signal go away,” the article says.  Since the Planck results will not be published till October, nobody will know if the announcement was a blockbuster or a bust.  Meanwhile, the BICEP team stands by their paper.How could a team be so careless as to rely on a PDF file of a map, without knowing what it represents?  Was this a rush to publish for fame?  It happens.  Remember the eagerness in the young cosmologist’s knock on Andrei Linde’s door to see his delight at apparently having his view of inflation confirmed?  Scientists have egos like other people.  The lure of priority or prize money can trump modesty.  Now, all those positivist proclamations could come crashing down.  We’ll have to wait and see.last_img read more

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Makarapa start-up, South Africa style

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first_img8 February 2010 Johannesburg-based Newtown Projects is turning out makarapas – the decorated miners’ helmets unique to South African football fans – by the hundreds, while retaining the individual, hand-made quality of the product. How they do it offers a simple lesson for local entrepreneurs. On the outskirts of downtown Johannesburg lies a district called Newtown, the focal point of an urban regeneration programme spanning the last six years. If one stops outside one of its most famously refurbished buildings, The Mills, and takes a walk to the back of the building, what awaits is a sports fan’s wonderland. Hundreds upon hundreds of makarapas fill the numerous shelves, cover the walls and lie on tables; being painted, sprayed, bent and dried. The enormous display wall carries the headgear of two of the country’s favourite club teams, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, as well as many more of the 32 teams that will be competing in this year’s Fifa World Cup: Spain, England, Brazil, Honduras – you name it, they’ve got it. Paul Wygers, one of the architects who worked on South Africa’s iconic Constitutional Court building in Johannesburg, started the business, Newtown Projects, in October 2008.Seeing the gap – and taking it After listening to a discussion on radio one morning regarding what small businesses were doing for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Wygers realised that there was not enough being done to create a unique product for the tournament. “I was in my office and saw a makarapa sitting there, one we had made before we bought this building, and so I spoke to two colleagues of mine in Durban and we decided to make these for the World Cup.” Newtown Projects is based on the idea of creating large numbers of makarapas while retaining the hand-painted images, a unique aspect of the product. Tackling the ‘pinch points’ in the process “After looking at how a makarapa is made, we realised there are two ‘pinch points’ in the process: cutting them, and painting them. So if you can get rid of the pinch point of cutting them, which is the most labour-intensive part of the whole process, you can up the numbers.” Paul and his associates eventually stumbled across a robotic arm to do the job. The arm, housed in Newtown Projects, is similar to the ones used in the motor industry. The most difficult patterns the machine will cut in about three minutes, but the quickest pattern it cuts in less than a minute. This means that the robot can turn out hundreds of makarapas each day. By programming the design into the computer, the operator can cut a number of different makarapas, and hence produce the large array of designs the company offers. For Wygers, this means he can offer more people employment, a key driver behind the starting of the company. “If you are only able to cut 10 makarapas a day, then you are only able to employ two painters. But if you are able to cut 800 a day, you are able to supply enough work to employ 50 people a day, or a 100 people a day. That thing can run for 24 hours, and it can cut 800 to a 1 000 makarapas a day, so we can never employ enough people.”The painters who make the makarapas unique The backbone of Newtown Projects are the painters who make the makarapas so unique with their talented eyes and brushes. Thomas “TJ” Jabulani has been working at Newtown Projects since April 2009, and has become the most senior base-painter on the team. “I was working at the airport before this, I was spray-painting, working on the cars and vehicles, logos and touch-up paint. I like it here, I enjoy the work and the people, and now I have my own Pirates makarapa.” Daniel Molokomme is a 27-year-old artist. “I started as a base-painter because I wasn’t good with the brushes yet,” he says. “I worked my way up, helping the artists when big orders came in. I enjoy art, before this I was in Limpopo doing my artwork there with a couple of friends. “I want to see my makarapas in the stands, and one day people will recall: ‘Hey, this guy did something amazing!’”2010 and beyond At the moment, 35 people are employed by Newtown Projects, but by the time the tournament starts the company will be aiming at having a staff of 40 to 50 people. “What we really wanted to get out of this business, was not only to do something with a uniquely South African product, but at the top of the list was job creation. This is hugely important,” says Wygers. Some local tour operators are already seeing the benefits of such an offering. “We had a guy in here the other day who found out about us,” Wygers says. “He does corporate travel packages and he is bringing a bunch of people over for the World Cup, and they need to be doing things while not watching matches, so one of his ideas was to bring them here to make their own makarapas, with our guys teaching them how to do it.” With plans to expand into the American sports market through baseball and American football, as well as into other sports such as rugby, demand is sure to grow. Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

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July and weed problems

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s July and we are all done with herbicide applications. Right?Weeds? I got’em too. So my wife asked me, “If the marestail didn’t die when I sprayed Roundup, can I just up the rate and get them?” No I tell her, even a huge increase in the rate probably won’t kill them. That’s because most of the populations of Marestail in Ohio are now resistant to glyphosate.This picture shows one I sprayed April 24 with glyphosate and 2,4-D. I used 22 ounces of “Max” and 20 ounces of 2,4-D. Most died, but maybe 20% are still out there idling along not dead but not growing all that much. Yesterday morning I hit them with dicamba, as I finally got my corn planted (late) and it’s at about V5. I hope the dicamba will finish them off. If not it’s hoe time. Some ancient historyA 2006 end-of-season soybean weed survey by OSU Extension set the baseline for weed escapes in glyphosate tolerant soybeans in Ohio. This fall evaluation recorded weed appearance shortly before soybean harvest by recording weed presence above the canopy. Approximately 100 fields were observed in each of nine counties at one-mile intervals. Ratings were given for each field, on a one to three scale with a one indicating an occasional weed to a three indicating widespread presence of the weed. In this survey, approximately 10 years into the glyphosate-tolerant soybean era, Giant ragweed was the weed most likely to appear in 42% of fields, then Horseweed (a.k.a. marestail) at 19% and then lambsquarters with 15%.Ohio Extension educators continued fall road surveys in 2008 and after, using the same one to three scale to evaluate weed presence above the soybean canopy at harvest. For simplicity I am reporting the results for the years 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, representing 14 to 18 counties each year with approximately 80 fields observed per county. This provides 4,669 observations per weed over the four years shown.Marestail achieved the top spot as most likely reported weed across all four years (Table 1); in the 2006 report Giant ragweed held that position.Table 1. Top 10 most numerous weeds identified by year in the Extension fall soybean weed survey.Rank20082010201220141MarestailMarestailMarestailMarestail2Giant RagweedGiant RagweedLambsquartersGiant Ragweed3LambsquartersVolunteer cornGiant RagweedVolunteer corn4Common RagweedCommon RagweedCommon RagweedCommon Ragweed5Giant foxtail /grassy weedsLambsquartersVolunteer cornPigweed species6Volunteer cornGiant foxtail /grassy weedsVelvetleafLambsquarters7VelvetleafPigweed speciesGiant foxtail/grassy weedsGiant foxtail/grassy weeds8Pigweed speciesVelvetleafPigweed speciesVelvetleaf9PokeweedShattercaneWild carrotPokeweed10Hemp dogbaneMorning gloryCockleburShattercane Bottom line, get them before they get you. And for those who plan to rely on the new technology whenever that comes — better get a hoe if you still plan to make poor decisions on managing weeds. Giant ragweedThe other big problem in soybeans and occasionally in corn is giant ragweed. This quick growing weed has developed tolerance and resistance to many of our herbicide programs. It does still respond somewhat to pre-emergent herbicides so hopefully you started there and then for your post application, you will probably need to apply twice.What usually happens is the pre-emergent application slows the growth and reduces the population. The first post takes out many of the lingerers and slows others. The second post application finishes off the bigger plants and escapes from the first post application. This second post application usually involves glyphosate in combination with other products. Please see the Ohio, Indiana and Illinois Weed Control Guide and read pages 183 and 184. Got no Guide? Download the pdf on Mark Loux’s website: https://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/, see under resources on the right.Also there are lots of videos related to marestail and giant ragweed control, along with the pigweed series on Mark’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OSUWEEDS.  I especially like the time-lapse videos of giant ragweed going down after the herbicide application.last_img read more

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Dry Is the New Normal

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first_imgThe role of climate changeThese observed changes are consistent with changes expected from climate change.Climate models show that the subtropical dry zone, a region around 30° latitude, which includes most of the world’s major deserts, widens and expands toward the poles with future warming. Thirty degrees north is the approximate border region between the U.S. and Mexico.In fact, this expansion has already started, resulting in a dry zone 2° to 5° farther northward into the Southwest U.S. since 1979. The expansion of this dry zone leads to an increase in high pressure systems over the northeast Pacific. The dominant high pressure inhibits the transition of low pressure systems into this region, which are responsible for most of the rainfall in the Southwest. The dominance of high pressure systems over the northeast Pacific was a main cause of the devastating recent drought in California.Climate change is a plausible explanation for our results, but we did not investigate if the detected changes are caused by climate change; this was not possible with the available data. The next stage of the research will analyze climate model data to investigate simulated changes in weather types.Whatever the causes, the implications of our results are far-reaching, since the Southwest is already the driest region in the U.S. and its population is rapidly expanding. Decreasing rainfall in this region puts additional stress on the already limited water resources.At the same time, the Southwest is dealing with hotter weather on average. The steadily increasing temperatures of a warming climate cause enhanced drying of the soil due to stronger evaporation of soil moisture. The combined effect is a drastically increased potential for droughts in the Southwest.All of this means that nowadays drought can be more intense, occur more often, and last longer than droughts in observed history. When rain-producing systems become scarceWeather types can be thought of as patterns of wet and dry regions, much as one would see on a daily weather map.We found that 12 weather types are sufficient to represent the variety of day-to-day weather in the Southwest. Among those, only three of these weather types bring large amounts of moisture while the other nine are predominantly dry.In a nonchanging climate, the frequency of different weather types occurring varies from year to year (e.g., some years have more sunny days than others) but does not change over a period as long as 35 years.Drought moves in: Weather systems that typically bring moisture to the Southwest U.S. are forming less often, resulting in drier climate across the region. This map depicts the precipitation change that can be attributed to these changes in weather system frequency. The grey dots represent areas where the changes are statistically significant.To our surprise, we found in looking at historical weather data that the frequencies of the three weather types mainly responsible for rain and snow in the Southwest significantly decreased at a rate of 10% each decade. And they were replaced by weather types that have predominantly sunny weather.As a result, some regions of the Southwest lost 25% of their rainfall, particularly along the highly populated coast of California over the period 1980 to 2010.Significant drying trends extended inland to Wyoming and Colorado. We also found an opposite, but much weaker signal of increasing rainfall due to shifts in weather types along the U.S. East Coast.Detecting changes in rainfall is difficult because of the large differences in the year-to-year rainfall amounts. These swings can mask changes until the overall trend emerges above the noise. Our method of connecting changes in rainfall to the frequency of certain weather types extracts the signal from the noise and makes it possible to detect trends.This early detection may provide insights into how the region should prepare for a future with drier weather. In addition, information like this can be included in climate adaptation measures such as the design of new water resource infrastructure for irrigation, hydropower, or drinking water supply. A few large weather systems make all the difference between a wet and a dry year in the Southwest. Coming during the winter and spring, they account for the bulk of the rain and snow the region receives.My colleagues and I were intrigued by the relationship between weather systems and rain and snowfall in the contiguous United States. We used historic weather data from the period 1979 to 2014 to find a representative set of weather types.We found that during the last 35 years, weather systems that bring precipitation in the Southwest formed less and less often, indicating a drift into a drier climate state. Today, in other words, droughts can form more easily, last longer, and be more intense than a few decades ago.Although we did not investigate the causes of this drier weather, it is consistent with what climate models predict. Our findings are also a window into a drier, more drought-prone Southwest U.S. in the future. RELATED ARTICLES The Uncertain Future of Phoenix and Las VegasCalifornia’s Real Water CrisisResilient Design: Water in a Drought-Prone EraWhat Is “Xeriscape” and Why is it Important?California City Pushes Water ConservationReduce Water UseSaving Water — Saving EnergySaving Energy by Saving Water Can Swimming Pools Be Green?Water, Water EverywhereDrought Forces Tough Choices in the WestIn the West, Drought Ends ‘Era of the Lawn’GBA Encyclopedia: Green Irrigation Andreas Franz Prein is a post-doctoral researcher at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

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Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities

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first_imgPosted on November 5, 2010November 13, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative, the Maternal Health Task Force, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for the ninth event of the series on Advancing Policy Dialogue on Maternal Health. Please RSVP to globalhealth@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation. About the event: Postpartum hemorrhage, eclampsia, and unsafe abortion are some of the leading causes of maternal deaths in developing countries. Maternal health supplies such as oxytocin, misoprostol, manual vacuum aspirators, and magnesium sulfate are crucial tools needed for effective interventions to address these issues. In order to expand access to these maternal health commodities increased research and coordination is needed to improve supply chain mechanisms and health care training.Melodie Holden, president, Venture Strategies Innovations, will discuss what maternal health supplies are available and share lessons learned for distributing these supplies to trained health care workers. Elizabeth Leahy Madsen, senior research associate, Population Action International, will discuss the access challenges and gaps in supply chain mechanisms. John Skibiak, director of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, will address the feasibility of integrating maternal health supplies into existing family planning supply mechanisms. Dotian Wanogo Ali, chief technical advisor of reproductive health supplies, UNFPA, will share experiences and lessons learned for implementation of family planning and maternal health supply chains in Madagascar.About the Maternal Health Policy SeriesThe reproductive and maternal health community finds itself at a critical point, drawing increased attention and funding, but still confronting more than 350,000 deaths each year and a high unmet need for family planning. The Policy Dialogue series seeks to galvanize the community by focusing on important issues within the maternal health community. The Wilson Center’s Global Health Initiative is pleased to present this series with its co-conveners, the Maternal Health Task Force and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and is grateful to USAID’s Bureau for Global Health for further technical assistance.If you are interested, but unable to attend the event, please tune into the live or archived webcast. The webcast will begin approximately 10 minutes after the posted meeting time. Powerpoint presentations will be available online prior to meeting time. You will need Windows Media Player to watch the webcast. To download the free player, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download.Directions: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line), 5th floor conference room. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: Photo identification is required to enter the building. Please allow additional time to pass through security.Share this: Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health CommoditiesNovember 30, 20109:30 – 11:30 a.m.5th Floor Conference RoomWoodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWFeaturing:Dotian Wanogo Ali, Chief Technical Advisor Reproductive Health Supplies, UNFPA Madagascar (Invited)Melodie Holden, President, Venture Strategies InnovationsElizabeth Leahy Madsen, Senior Research Associate, Population Action InternationalJohn Skibiak, Director, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (Invited)Moderated by Werner Haug, Director of Technical Division, UNFPA ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

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Manitoba child welfare agencies breaking law by ignoring relatives watchdog

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first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – The children’s advocate for Manitoba First Nations says some child-welfare agencies are breaking the law and discriminating against Indigenous family members. Cora Morgan says the agencies are ignoring capable relatives who could care for apprehended children and instead choose to place them in a stranger’s care. Morgan says a mother in labour at a hospital last week called her because Child and Family Services was waiting to take her baby boy. The parents are struggling with addiction and are enrolled in treatment. A great-aunt _ who is already an approved foster parent _ was ready to take the baby, but he was placed somewhere else, Morgan says. “It’s devastating enough to have your children taken … (but) there was hope for that family. They could live with it a bit better knowing that a family member was caring for their child,” the advocate said Tuesday. “A lot of parents don’t even meet the foster parents where their children are placed.” The law requires agencies that apprehend children to give priority to family members, but Morgan said that isn’t happening. She said one woman was told by social workers that there was no one suitable on her reserve to foster her child. They said the reserve “was no place for children.” The NDP government recently outlined a plan to formalize the practice of customary care in which a child at risk of apprehension is placed with a family member in their community. There are no repercussions for agencies who ignore the law and the principles of customary care, Morgan said. “There is nothing that reinforces that in any way. There is no way an agency is held accountable. There should be checks and balances in place, especially in the case of newborn babies.” Manitoba has one of the highest child apprehension rates in the country and officials seize an average of one newborn baby a day. The province has more than 10,000 kids in care. The vast majority are Indigenous. The province’s child-welfare system has come under sharp criticism for years, sometimes for being too quick to apprehend kids or for repeatedly returning them to abusive parents. Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the government can’t second-guess decisions made by front-line workers. “An apprehension is a last resort,” she said. “We know keeping a child within their family unit, as well as keeping them with their community, will have a better outcome. That has to be our priority.” Irvin-Ross couldn’t say what, if anything, the government can do to ensure child-welfare groups comply with the law. It’s up to individual agencies to properly assess a family’s situation, she said. Opposition critic Ian Wishart said that approach is an abdication of responsibility. His office often hears about children being placed in foster homes when there are other options, he said. With so many children in care, Wishart said, it’s incumbent upon Irvin-Ross to ensure the law is being followed. “She’s in charge,” he said. “She sets the policy guidelines for these workers. It’s a lack of leadership issue.”last_img read more

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BSNL Finance Director replaced amid financial crisis

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first_imgNew Delhi: Amidst the acute financial crisis at BSNL, the Department of Telecom (DoT) has handed over the responsibility of the Finance Director at the cash-strapped PSU to current Director Mobile as well as fixed line, Vivek Banzal divesting the charge from Sujata Ray. Official sources said Banzal, who is already holding two key charges, has been given the charge of Finance Director and this was effected by the DoT on February 28. Banzal would now be looking at all the three key wings — fixed line, mobile and finance at BSNL. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The sources said that the government decides responsibilites and such things were routine and although more realignment of responsibilities were likely to be effected from DoT in BSNL. Ray is slated to retire in April. But it is not clear if any new Finance Director would be appointed shortly or Benzal will be given this post as full time given the poor financial health of the PSU, the post is vital. > Banzal took charge on March first week as Finance Director. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs The reasons for the sudden replacement have not been cited but it was seen in the context of the present cash crunch position of BSNL which is expected to linger on given the low tariff regime and BSNL itself not having full range of services like 4G. Going through its worst financial crisis, BSNL recently failed to pay salaries for the first time in 19 years. With heightened competition unleashed by Jio with low tariffs, BSNL’s revenues have further dried up as it does not have 4G LTE service. Its loss is at Rs 7,999 crore for 2017-18.last_img read more

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Synthetic peptide may help treat Alzheimers disease

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit build up of small, toxic proteins which trigger Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may be pave the way for treating the neurodegenerative disorder at an early stage. Alzheimer’s is a disease of aggregation. Neurons in the human brain make a protein called amyloid beta. Such proteins on their own, called monomers of amyloid beta, perform important tasks for neurons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta monomers have abandoned their jobs and joined together. First, they form oligomers — small clumps of up to a dozen proteins — then longer strands and finally large deposits called plaques. For years, scientists believed that the plaques triggered the cognitive impairments characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. However, newer research implicates the smaller aggregates of amyloid beta as the toxic elements of this disease. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResearchers at the University of Washington in the US have developed synthetic peptides — which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet — can block amyloid beta aggregation at the early and most toxic stage when oligomers form. The team showed that the synthetic alpha sheet’s blocking activity reduced amyloid beta-triggered toxicity in human neural cells grown in culture, and inhibited amyloid beta oligomers in two laboratory animal models for Alzheimer’s. These findings add evidence to the growing consensus that amyloid beta oligomers — not plaques — are the toxic agents behind Alzheimer’s disease. The results also indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear toxic oligomers in people, according to Valerie Daggett, a professor at University of Washington. “This is about targeting a specific structure of amyloid beta formed by the toxic oligomers,” said Daggett. “What we’ve shown here is that we can design and build synthetic alpha sheets with complementary structures to inhibit aggregation and toxicity of amyloid beta, while leaving the biologically active monomers intact,” she said. The peptides protected laboratory animals from toxic oligomer damage. In brain tissue samples from mice, the team observed an up to 82 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after treatment with a synthetic alpha sheet peptide. Administering a synthetic alpha sheet to living mice triggered a 40 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after 24 hours. In the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans, another model for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with synthetic alpha sheets delayed the onset of amyloid beta-induced paralysis. Daggett’s team is continuing experiments with synthetic alpha sheets to engineer compounds that are even better at clearing amyloid beta oligomers. “What we’re really after are potential therapeutics against amyloid beta and diagnostic measures to detect toxic oligomers in people,” said Daggett.last_img read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Dave King says court battle costs him more

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first_imgAs the court battle between Rangers chairman Dave King says and Takeover Panel continues, King says the court battle costs him even more financial expenses stating that the extra financial burden is unwanted.However, he added that “those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”“Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board,” said, as quoted in Scotsman.“Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice-like grip they had on our club.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.“My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected.“But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain. Those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”last_img read more

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