first_imgNo need to feel insignificant in a lonely universe. You are loaded with great equipment for an exciting life.Grab a cup of coffee: How common, how simple; gripping a cup or other object. Do you realize what that involves? Ask any robot designer who tries to program a machine to do it. Researchers at Brown University studied how the brain plans for gripping an object. It kept them pretty busy. They found that “the brain can formulate different grips on the same object or the same grip on different objects.”Eye coordination: You’re not a cyclops. You have two eyes, but how does the brain put the two inputs together, so that you see a single unified image? Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked into that, and found that three visual centers in the brain work to unify the visual field. See details in the UWM press release.Stable view: “Without us being aware of it, our eyes constantly perform tiny corrections of their viewing direction,” a press release from the University of Tubingen begins. Seeking to understand these movements, called saccades (and tinier movements called microsaccades), “They have discovered a direct link between tiny eye movements and the focusing of attention needed to perceive our visual environment.” There’s a purpose in these seemingly-negligible microsaccades that go on unconsciously and automatically. “This mechanism allows our brain to ‘keep an eye out’ even when our eyes are busy, keeping tabs on the environment, warning of danger, and thus allowing our active perception to rapidly re-focus on anything that might happen.”Twitter for cells: Like the chatter on the internet, your body’s cells talk to one another in a multitude of ways. That’s the subject of an interesting article on Medical Xpress that shows how intercellular communication provides division of labor,  signaling, and functional coordination.Brain’s got rhythm: Consider your brain’s challenge. “The human brain has 86 billion or so neurons all trying to talk to each other in this incredibly messy, noisy and electrochemical soup,” a lead researcher from Berkeley says in Science Daily. The brain’s rhythmic waves and periodic synchronizations, like downbeats, help “brain networks quickly come together and break apart as needed.” The Duke Ellington reference in the title is clever: “It don’t mean a thing if the brain ain’t got that swing.”4-D Organization: Speaking of rhythm, we all keep sync with rhythmic cycles of day and night, seasons and years. Researchers publishing in PNAS tried to decipher the “4-D nucleome,” how our genetic code acts in time. Looking at the human genome as a dynamical system, they “interrogated the dynamical relationship between genome architecture (structure) and gene expression (function) and its impact on phenotype,” and found some interesting patterns:Using genome-wide intragene and intergene contact maps, we identified gene networks with high potential for coregulation and colocalization, consistent with expression via transcription factories. In an intriguing example, we found periodic movements of circadian genes in three dimensions that entrained with expression.Bone repair: Aren’t you glad bones can heal? This doesn’t just happen. It took planning and design for there to be bone progenitor cells ready to fix things, and protocols to get them working. A paper in PNAS shows that there are layers of readiness in the system. “Our results indicate that the skeletal progenitor population is functionally stratified, containing distinct subsets responsible for growth, regeneration, and repair. Furthermore, our findings suggest that injury-induced changes to the skeletal stem and progenitor microenvironments could activate these cells and enhance their regenerative potential.”More than a sperm donor: Sexual reproduction is a couples thing. Both sexes contribute to one another and the next generation in unique, crucial ways. One might think a male just contributes his sperm and is done with it, but there’s more to semen than sperm. New Scientist reports that “Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour.”Tongue update: Time to rewrite the textbooks on taste. “That neat and tidy map of tastes on the tongue you learned in school is all wrong,” Medical Xpress says. But is anything in biology simple when you look at it in detail? “Indeed, results from a number of experiments indicate that all areas of the mouth containing taste buds – including several parts of the tongue, the soft palate (on the roof of your mouth) and the throat – are sensitive to all taste qualities.”Readers of the Pentateuch can’t fail to be impressed with God’s anger at grumblers. These news items show why. It’s a crime to be thankless for the gifts we have been given. Look at any one of these magnificent wonders in the human body; how could anyone fail to be astonished at the level of creative genius behind them? He made it for you, so that you could have a rich, fulfilling life with endless pleasures of taste, sight, and relationships. Even if some of your systems are broken, the majority of your body and brain are functioning beautifully if you are reading this or hearing it. If you are a grumbler, stop it! Be thankful for what you have been given.One of our goals here at CEH is to grow your appreciation for your body, the living things on our planet, the earth, and the universe, so that we all become more humble and thankful before God. If anyone should be thankful, it should be us, with all that science has revealed about the details. Yet this is a proud, stubborn, arrogant generation—just like in the days of Noah. There will be a stern warning given in the last days to grumblers. Revelation 14 predicts a mighty angel delivering this message to all those who remain in rebellion against their Maker: “Fear God, and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and the springs of water” (Revelation 14:7). That’s a command. Don’t put off obedience till it’s too late. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img4 April 2007The South African commercial property market achieved returns of 26.7% in 2006, placing it among the top performing markets worldwide, according to the Investment Property Databank (IPD).This was South Africa’s second-highest annual return since the inception of the IPD Index in 1995, following a return of 30.1% in 2005, signalling a levelling off in the property cycle.According to the index, released on Tuesday, the three-year annualised return for SA commercial property was 26.7%, equivalent to the total return of 2006, while the five-year annualised return was 20.8%.“This is another year of stunning performance for South African commercial property” IPD managing director Stan Garrun said in a statement, adding: “It is in a sense a cooling of exceptionally high returns in 2005, reflecting changing dynamics in the market.”The IPD index also measured property returns in other countries, including Ireland (27.2%), Canada (18.6%), the UK (18.1%), Denmark (17.8%), Norway (17.6%), Sweden (16.2%), Netherlands (12.5%) and Portugal (12%).Speaking to Business Report, IPD United Kingdom director Simon Fairchild said that South Africa’s second place on the list was “pretty assured”, and that it was a significant, though small, contributor to the global property index.“[South Africa] is a top performer and one of the more developing economies in the index,” Fairchild told Business Report.The country’s industrial sector led the way for the second consecutive year, with returns of 31.1%. Returns from the retail sector dipped from 32.6% in 2005 to 27.4% in 2006, while the office sector provided returns of 24.5%.“Offices were possibly expected to perform relatively better, but are well grounded for future growth in the underlying fundamentals,” Garrun said. “Vacancies continued to decline across the board, reaching their lowest levels [4.2%] in 10 years.”Equities and property loan stocks outperformed the direct property index at 41.2% and 33.8% respectively, though direct property achieved better returns than property unit trusts, at 16.2%, and bonds at 5.5%.“In the longer term (over 12 years), property marginally outperformed equities at 15.8% against 15.6%,” the IPD said.Returns were also lifted by strong capital growth of 16.2% and an income return of 9.2% in 2006, as compared to 18.2% and 10.2% in 2005 respectively.“The international re-rating of South Africa as an investment destination continues and the foreign investors are coming in,” Garrun said. “[2007] will be very interesting”.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games That he departed this time with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday left everyone, including Djokovic, pondering the answers to difficult questions.Did he give up in the last set? What has happened to his once-impervious play? Can he summon that again? Does he need a break from the grind of the tour?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a fact that I’m not playing close to my best, and I know that,” Djokovic said after his first straight-set loss at a major since the 2013 Wimbledon final. “For me, it’s a whole new situation that I’m facing.”Since completing his career Grand Slam at the French Open 12 months ago, Djokovic has participated in four majors in a row without earning a trophy. He also lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray. With the wind whipping at more than 15 mph (25 kph), and the temperature in the low 50s (low teens Celsius), Djokovic was out of sorts in so many ways even before that 20-minute third set in which he won only 8 of 34 points. It’s only the second time Djokovic lost a final set by the score of 6-0 in his 937 career tour-level matches.“It’s hard to comment (on) the third set. Obviously, nothing was going my way and everything his way,” Djokovic said. “Just pretty bad set.”But both men thought the match was decided in the first set, when Djokovic held two set points at 5-4, 15-40 on Thiem’s serve. Thiem erased the first with a forehand volley and the other with a service winner that prompted Djokovic to roll his eyes.Djokovic’s backhand really let him down in the tiebreaker: All seven points won by Thiem ended with that stroke.In all, Djokovic made nearly twice as many unforced errors, 35, as winners, 18.“More or less, all the parts of my game are kind of going up and down. I’m feeling like I’m missing consistency,” Djokovic said. “I play a great match or two in a row, and then I play a completely opposite match. That’s what happened today.”Still, how unlikely was this result? Djokovic had won all five previous matches — and 11 of 12 sets — against Thiem, including in the French Open semifinals a year ago.Plus, Djokovic had appeared in a record six consecutive semifinals in Paris.Now he is at a crossroads of sorts. He just turned 30. He split from coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda and other members of his team, bringing aboard Andre Agassi for Week 1 of the French Open.On Wednesday, he wouldn’t rule out some time off. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “It’s obviously tough to get out of it and figure out the way how to move ahead. At least I’m trying,” Djokovic said. “I know that I have achieved the biggest heights in this sport, and that memory and that experience gives me enough reason to believe that I can do it again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes; LeBron 2nd View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic falls as he plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. APPARIS — His French Open title defense nearing an end, Novak Djokovic stumbled and tumbled to his knees on the red clay, his racket flying from his right hand as his opponent’s backhand zipped past.Even Djokovic found it hard to fathom how far he’s fallen, only a year removed from leaving Roland Garros as a player nonpareil, the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive Grand Slam titles.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ What ‘missteps’? Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Djokovic was runner-up at the U.S. Open but lost in the third round at Wimbledon, the first round at the Rio Olympics and the second round at the Australian Open.“The win here last year has brought a lot of different emotions. Obviously, it was a thrill and complete fulfillment, I guess,” Djokovic said during an expansive and frank news conference. “I have lived on that wave of excitement, I guess, ’til the U.S. Open or so. And at the U.S. Open, I just was emotionally very flat and found myself in a situation that I hadn’t faced before in (my) professional tennis career.”The 23-year-old Thiem next faces nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who advanced when No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta stopped while trailing 6-2, 2-0 after injuring an abdominal muscle late in the first set.“I mean, it’s a joke how tough it is to win a Slam,” said Thiem, the only player who beat Nadal in one of his 23 clay-court matches this season. “Now I beat Novak. On Friday, (it’s) Nadal. In the finals, there is another top star.”In the other semifinal, 2016 runner-up Murray will face 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in a matchup of three-time major title winners. Murray eliminated No. 8 Kei Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-1 on Wednesday, while No. 3 Wawrinka won 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 against No. 7 Marin Cilic.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool ace Wijnaldum critical of Netherlands performanceby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum was critical of the Netherlands despite his two goals helping them past Belarus on Sunday.The Liverpool midfielder scored twice, including a long-range thunderbolt, to clinch a 2-1 victory for the Oranje.Speaking to NOS, Wijnaldum said after the win: “We can do much better, we showed that in the last matches. We thought it too easily in the second half, so we still gave them hope.”It’s very frustrating. I think we thought about it too easily. That was certainly the case in the second half. We were leading 2-0 against a team that is worse than our previous opponents.”On why he is being critical of a victory, Wijnaldum added: “We have to be critical, because at the European Championship you play against the best teams in Europe and this can be fatal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgPhil Steele ranks his most experienced teams heading into the 2016 CFB season.Phil SteeleOhio State is the least-experienced college football team in the country heading into the 2016 season according to Phil Steele. The college football expert released his annual preview magazine earlier this week and in it is a ranking, No. 1 to No. 128, of every college football team based on experience. Steele’s formula:I then devised a formula that factors all 5 into the total points equation and then turned the point total into a number from 100 to 0. A 100 would be a team with 25 seniors (NCAA scholarship limit) in the two deep and every yard and tackle returning and 120+ career starts on the offensive line. A 0 would be a team with no experience and 0 seniors in the two deep. Just as in years past the first number is where each team ranks in the NCAA.Here’s his top 25:Kent StateCharlotteTennesseeBYUEastern MichiganOklahoma StatePittsburghLSUColoradoUCFPurdueConnecticutNew MexicoLouisvilleIdahoSouthern MissOld DominionWake ForestSMUAppalachian StateKansasBall StateWashington StateMiamiCentral MichiganAs you can see, some of college football’s expected best teams are not among the most-experience. We talked about Ohio State, ranked No. 128, being the least-experienced team in the country, but they’re not the only power near the bottom of the list. Alabama (No. 116), Michigan State (No. 117), Notre Dame (No. 121) and Stanford (No. 122) are also pretty inexperienced heading into the 2016 season. They’ve got a ton of talent, though. And that’s usually what matters more than anything. You can view Steele’s full ranking here.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: The rupee extended the morning gains and rallied 66 paise to 70.68 against the US dollar on Friday after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures to promote investment and growth. In a major relief to foreign portfolio investors, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said Super-rich tax will not apply on capital gains arising from sale of any security including derivatives in hands of FPIs. The government on Friday also slashed effective corporate tax to 25.17 per cent inclusive of all cess and surcharges for domestic companies. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Following the announcements, the rupee which opened at 71.19 at the interbank foreign exchange, gained ground and touched a high of 70.68, registering a rise of 66 paise over its previous close. Rupee had settled at 71.34 against the US dollar on Thursday. The rupee however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 70.91 against the US dollar at 1134 hrs. The government has also decided to not levy enhanced surcharge introduced in Budget on capital gain arising from sale of equity shares in a company liable for securities transaction tax (STT). Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex skyrocketed over 1300 points or 3.68 per cent, to 37,420.12 at 1120 hours, while the broader Nifty rose 362.95 points, or 3.39 per cent, to 11,067.75. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.43 per cent to trade at USD 64.68 per barrel. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.79 per cent in morning trade. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, fell 0.03 per cent to 98.23. Sitharaman expressed confidence that the tax concessions will bring investments in Make in India, boost employment and economic activity, leading to more revenue.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: A 33-year-old man stabbed his wife to death and chopped her body after he suspected her of having an affair.Police said that after murdering his wife, the accused came to the police station and claimed to have killed his wife. Investigators revealed that he dumped pieces of her body in a septic tank. Police identified the accused as Aashu. The man later surrendered at the Prem Nagar police station and said he killed his wife as he suspected she was having an affair, the police said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”He came in the morning around 11-12 pm and claimed that he had killed his wife on Saturday night. Without wasting any time the staff started questioning the accused,” police said. Meanwhile, the police team also started searching the septic tank in which the accused claimed to have thrown her body pieces. After the continuous search of more than five to six hours, all the body pieces were recovered. Investigators said that the accused was suspecting illicit affair of his wife. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarReports were coming out that after killing his wife he also informed his relatives about the murder. The Delhi Police senior officer said that they are investigating the following fact. Investigators are probing the fact whether before the incident the accused had any fight with his wife and in a fit of rage, he killed her. “Different angles being probed in the case. There will be more clarity after the investigation is completed,” an officer said. Further police said that accused worked at a computer repair shop in Mayapuri and lived with his wife and children at Prem Nagar. “A case has been registered and we are further investigating the matter,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) S D Mishra said adding that search is going on to recover the weapon of offence which was knife.last_img read more