first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebookcenter_img A record 14 scientific or technologically themed feature-length films will play at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). From a deep-sea researcher, to a lie-detector inventor, to Jane Goodall, to Thomas Edison, the films portray a range of characters. TIFF will run from September 7th to 17th in Toronto. The science lineup is as follows. Some descriptions are quoted from TIFF programmers.THE CURRENT WAR. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, and Nicholas Hoult. The story of a ten-year face-off–between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla–about the implementation of electricity via direct or alternating current. Science & Film interviewed writer Michael Mitnick.KODACHROME. Directed by Mark Raso. Starring Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris. Inspired by the true story of a road trip to the last film processor to develop Kodachrome film, invented by George Eastman’s company in 1935. Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

A week ago, I wrote about how both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros are in rare historical company this season. According to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo power ratings — which measure a team’s strength at any moment — each is playing roughly as well as the fabled 1927 Yankees played. But this season’s top-heaviness extends well beyond just the Astros and Dodgers. Each member of MLB’s ruling class this season is unusually strong, which suggests that, come October, we may be watching the the most stacked playoff fields in memory. That’s great news for fans — but it’s also really bad news for the wannabes and would-be Cinderellas that are currently chasing the front-runners.One easy way to visualize the power balance of a league is to look at how its teams at any given ranking slot measure up to those from other seasons in the past. For example, the Dodgers have the best Elo rating (1602) of any top-ranked team through July 20 of a season in the expansion era (since 1961). Likewise, the Astros are by far the best second-ranked Elo team of the expansion era.Go down the line, and each of Elo’s top six teams carries one of the strongest ratings in modern history for its slot. The third ranked Washington Nationals, for instance, are more like the top team in an average season than a mere third wheel. The Boston Red Sox would be running a strong third most seasons; this year, they’re a distant fourth. The Indians and Cubs can both tell similar stories. As we approach the July 31 trade deadline, this is more than just an academic curiosity. A team’s willingness to pony up prospects for a better shot at the World Series is directly tied to how much good it thinks a trade will do. In a wide-open season, even teams outside the top tier of contenders could be convinced to roll the dice on an upgrade — particularly with the expanded wild-card format. But the stronger the top teams are, the less incentive teams on the periphery have to make a championship push. According to Elo, we haven’t seen a stronger crop of elite teams in the expansion era than this season’s top six.1The top six teams of 2017 carry an average Elo rating of 1562.5, which beats out 1998 (1557.9) for the highest average for the top six teams through July 20 of a season since 1961.As recently as a few years ago, you could have lamented the lack of dominant teams at the top of the major leagues. At this same time in 2015, for instance, the leading Elo teams were among the weakest at their slots in the expansion era. But baseball’s era of parity seems to be officially over, with the game moving back toward imbalance. While a top-heavy MLB might never look like its basketball equivalent,2Even this season, the Dodgers’ winning percentage works out to a mere 57-win pace in the NBA — which would have only bought them the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. it’s still going to be tougher than usual for aspiring contenders to break through — a fact you can bet every GM is keenly aware of in the lead-up to the deadline. read more

Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun shoots a free throw during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLast season, the Ohio State women’s basketball team averaged 85 points per game.As it looks ahead to the 2018-19 season, only 6.5 of those points will be returning to the roster.Having lost one of the greatest basketball players ever to don a scarlet and gray uniform in Kelsey Mitchell and three other regular starters for the Buckeyes, Ohio State had already been gutted of enough of its roster. On Tuesday, that escalated further when Rutgers announced that Ohio State redshirt senior guard Sierra Calhoun — the only remaining starter from last season — would be heading east to wear a new kind of scarlet as a graduate transfer.During the 2017-18 season, Calhoun was fourth on the team with an average of 11.6 minutes per game. She also was the team’s second-best 3-point shooter among the starters, having made 77-of-215 shots for a 35.8 percent success rate. She started all 35 games with Mitchell, forward Stephanie Mavunga and guard Linnae Harper. Guard Asia Doss started in 30 games, but forward Alexa Hart filled in for the other five due to an ankle injury to Doss late in the year.Calhoun’s departure leaves Ohio State without much of any experience to turn to from the prior season.Redshirt senior Makayla Waterman is the only returning player to have averaged more than 10 minutes over the course of the season. The 6-foot-2 forward averaged 3.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.The top returning guard and the player with an inside shot at cracking the starting five is former five-star recruit Jensen Caretti, who averaged 8.7 minutes, 2.4 points and 0.6 assists per game in her freshman campaign with Ohio State. This means Ohio State’s lineup, expectedly, will take on a completely different look. The Buckeyes will have unfamiliar players at guard, but the team still has a plethora of other options. Ohio State received five graduate transfers, all of whom were guards for their former schools: Adreana Miller from La Salle, Najah Queenland from Pacific, Carly Santoro from Bowling Green, Ashanti Abshaw from Cleveland State and Carmen Grande from Bowling Green.It also added four-star guard recruit Janai Crooms, who is listed as the No. 62 overall recruit by ESPN.Grande, who has compiled the second-most assists in the country over the past three seasons, could be counted on to become one of the team’s top ball-handlers while Abshaw leaves the Vikings having become the third-fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 points. That guard depth could be tested by an Ohio State team that has traditionally used four starters at guard as opposed to a more traditional three- or two-guard lineup. Last season, head coach Kevin McGuff started four guards in 30 of the team’s 35 total games. That could again be the case in 2018-19 given the team’s lack of forward depth. Outside of Waterman, Ohio State will have only three-star freshman Aaliyah Patty, four-star freshman Dorka Juhasz and former walk-on Savitha Jayaraman at forward. Patty is listed as the No. 17 overall forward in the 2018 class according to ESPN, while Prospects Nation lists Juhasz as the No. 12 overall international prospect coming to the U.S. to play in 2018. This season will be a trial by fire for most of Ohio State’s roster. Now with Calhoun leaving, the Buckeyes face the prospect of putting out a team with little to no existing chemistry, relying on a roster that returns four players in total and sees nine new players entering the fold.Finding another Mitchell will be difficult if not impossible for McGuff in this this new-look roster. But, he will hope to find a group that can at least come close to the 85 points of last season. read more

Ohio State then-freshman goalie Andrea Braendli (30) prepares for a shot in the game against Minnesota State on Oct. 11. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Wyatt Crosher | Assistant Sports EditorNo. 10 Ohio State (18-12-2, 12-10-2-2 WCHA) clinched home ice for the WCHA Tournament and cost No. 1 Wisconsin (28-4-2, 18-4-2-0, WCHA) the regular season conference title with back-to-back ties and shootout victories on the road.Game 1A career-high 52 saves from freshman goalie Andrea Braendli helped garner the Buckeyes two points with a tie and shootout win against the Badgers on Friday night.Braendli stopped three Wisconsin shots in the shootout to cap off her impressive performance, allowing sophomore forward Emma Maltais to seal the deal for the Buckeyes with the winning score.Wisconsin took the early lead on the first night of its senior weekend with a power-play goal from junior forward Abby Roque eight minutes into the first period.The goal, assisted by freshman forward Sophie Shirley and junior defenseman Mekenzie Steffen, was Roque’s ninth goal and 35th point of the season, which gives her the fifth most in the conference.Ohio State entered the game leading the WCHA with 7.5 penalty minutes per game, and it was a tripping call on senior forward Charly Dahlquist that allowed the high-powered Wisconsin offense to take advantage early.The Buckeyes would retaliate seven minutes into the third period when junior forward and Wisconsin native Tatum Skaggs scored her team-leading 15th goal of the season to tie the game 1-1 and send it into overtime.Maltais and redshirt junior Jincy Dunne both notched assists on the goal. At 1.26 points per game, Maltais is second in the WCHA and Dunne’s .86 average makes her the highest scoring defenseman in the conference.Wisconsin entered the series tied for second in the country with 122 season goals, but only mustered one score on Friday despite more than doubling Ohio State’s shot output at 53-24.It was Braendli’s first action for the Buckeyes since she earned NCAA No. 2 Star of the Week honors for back-to-back shutout performances against St. Cloud State on Feb. 1 and 2. She had missed the last two games for an international tournament with the Swiss National Team before Ohio State’s bye week.With 52 saves on Wisconsin’s 53 shots, Braendli came away with a .981 save percentage on the night, improving the WCHA second-best .934 mark she had for the season entering the series.The two points clinched the No. 3 seed and home ice for Ohio State in the WCHA Tournament that opens next Friday.Game 2The Buckeyes cost Wisconsin its fourth straight regular season conference title with a second straight shootout victory to spoil senior night for the Badgers Saturday.Ohio State sophomore forward Liz Schepers’ conversion in the shootout after a 2-2 tie allowed the Buckeyes to escape a sold out LaBahn Arena with four series points.Schepers’ goal in the second period, a point blank score off a cross from senior forward Madison Field, looked like it would yield a win for the Buckeyes, as it put them up 2-0 with less than a period and a half remaining.Wisconsin, needing three points in the standings to beat out Minnesota for the regular season WCHA title, finally scored on two of its 42 shots in the final five minutes of the game to send it to overtime.The first came on Shirley’s WCHA second-best 19th goal of the season, followed by a score from redshirt senior forward Emily Clark with less than two minutes remaining.Clark’s goal snuck in off Braendli’s skate after an initial save, which saw a gesture of disbelief from the Swiss netminder with her arm thrown in the air.Braendli made 40 saves on Saturday, giving her 92 on the series.Wisconsin redshirt junior goalie Kristen Campbell faced just 20 shots in a second straight night of the Badgers generating more than twice the shots of Ohio State. After scoring the winning goal in the shootout Friday night, Maltais picked up right where she left off for the Buckeyes with a goal 23 seconds into Saturday’s game that shell-shocked the home crowd in Madison, Wisconsin before the eventual comeback.Wisconsin risked an empty net in overtime to no avail, and with the lack of a score went its’ chance at a conference title.Both teams begin WCHA Tournament play next weekend, as Ohio State takes on Minnesota State in Columbus as the No. 3 seed in the conference, and the Badgers open with a home matchup against St. Cloud State. read more

first_img2019 marks the passing of 100 years since the Bentley brothers first began selling French cars in a small suburb of northwest London. The company has come a long way since, solidifying its reputation as makers of some of the most desirable luxury cars in the world. To mark its centenary, Bentley has revived the Flying Spur badge to create what it believes is “the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.” It’ll serve as a rival to the Porsche Panameras and Mercedes-AMG S63s of this world and “pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement,” according to a statement released Tuesday. It’s so special, Bentley says, that the company even designed a new emblem for it. Enlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s body panels are made entirely of aluminum. Bentley Rather than borrowing underpinnings from elsewhere in the family, the new Bentley Flying Spur is built on a brand-new platform. The all-aluminum bodywork is bold and confident in its styling, with numerous cues borrowed from the Continental GT. The giant grille, muscular lines and aforementioned Flying B mascot (electronically deployed and illuminated, naturally) are obvious highlights, but the car is littered with exquisite details that shows a lot of time and energy has been spent making it special.We suspect it’s possible to own this car for many months and still be discovering new trinkets, details and flourishes. Highlights, and there are many, include the cut-crystal effect detailing on the LED matrix headlights, the three-dimensional diamond quilted leather or wood door inserts, and the diamond knurling on the interior air vents. These, we’re told, required a new software algorithm to be invented in order to facilitate their layout on the complex curves on the ducts. All of this is, of course, totally unnecessary, but very beautiful all the same. The new Bentley Flying Spur is a large car, measuring 208.8 inches in length and 77.3 inches in width. It tips the scales at 5,371 pounds, making it as heavy as the company’s Bentayga SUV. Thankfully it’s blessed with an abundance of power from a twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter, W12 engine that produces 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. That’s enough for a sports car-baiting 3.7-second acceleration time to 60 miles per hour. How it also manages a 207-mph top speed — that’s well north of what your average Lamborghini Huracan can manage — is anyone’s guess. 12 Photos Bentley Porsche Lamborghini Power is sent to all four wheels via the same eight-speed, ZF-sourced, dual-clutch transmission Bentley uses in the Continental GT. Those of you brave enough to seek the Flying Spur’s top speed will find it in sixth gear, with seventh and eighth, the overdrive gears, reserved for obtaining the best economy. That figure is currently unconfirmed, but expect a fuel tank large enough for a 500-mile range.Unlike the previous Flying Spur, which used a fixed, 40:60 front/rear power split, the new transmission is a clutched system, which sends most of the engine’s torque to the rear axle. This, Bentley is keen to point out, gives the front end a much lighter feel, one that is eager to change direction “almost at the speed of thought.” Of course, slippery conditions underfoot will cause drive to be sent to the front axle on demand, delivering fully automatic active all-wheel drive when circumstances dictate.Various drive modes are available. Comfort and Bentley modes send up to 354 pound-feet of torque to the front axle to facilitate greater traction and all-weather drivability, while in Sport, front axle torque is limited to 206 pound-feet. The remainder is sent to the rear wheels in a manner that will allow quite un-Bentley-like angles of slip in what essentially amounts to a drift mode. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe Flying Spur’s face is reminiscent of the Continental GT. Bentley At the car’s unveiling, Bentley’s designers were keen to recount tales of the Flying Spur pulling off Ken Block-spec backward-entry powerslides, tires fully lit through the snow and ice phase of its testing. The system purportedly gives you enough leeway to showboat spectacularly, though not enough rope to hang yourself should you run out of talent.The Flying Spur should also acquit itself well in driving situations that don’t call for tire smoke. This new model features electronic all-wheel steering, which serves the purpose of improving stability at highway speeds, as well as increasing maneuverability in tight spots. Around town, the rear wheels are steered in the opposite direction to the fronts, effectively reducing the wheelbase. At highway speeds, the system steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts, providing more confidence when moving quickly. We can’t tell you about ride comfort at this stage, but this is a Bentley, so the smart money is on it being buttery smooth, particularly in light of the fact it uses continuously regulated three-chamber air springs. A quartet of ride height sensors continuously measure the distance between the axle and the body. If any part of the car is higher or lower than it should be, the air volume in the springs is corrected in order to restore the normal ride height. Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageDiamond-quilted leather and three-dimensional wood door inserts highlight the Flying Spur’s cabin. Bentley This works in conjunction with Bentley Dynamic Ride System — a 48-volt system that controls an actuator unit, that alters the stiffness of the antiroll bars to help keep the car flat through bends.Of course, there will be many owners who may never actually get to drive the Flying Spur, preferring instead to be driven. Those who do ride as passengers certainly won’t consider themselves to be missing out. The wheelbase is a handy 125.8 inches, so there’s plenty of room front and rear. Inside, you’ll find an abundance of the latest technology, all of which is stunningly well-integrated. The main feature is a 12.3-inch display in the center of the dashboard which, like the display in the latest Continental GT, rotates to reveal driver gauges or a blank panel that allows the dashboard to flow uninterrupted across the full length of the cabin. Unlike early versions of the Continental GT, the Flying Spur can now be driven with that blank plate on show — ideal for those who don’t wish to be too distracted by screens.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageRear seat passengers will surely have an abundance of legroom. Bentley Those that do want to bask in tech are in for a treat. The highlight is an all-new, 5-inch Touch Screen Remote that lives atop the transmission tunnel in the rear cabin. This can be removed at the touch of a button and allows rear occupants to control a great number of the Flying Spur’s systems. Whether it’s the rear seat massage function, climate control, mood lighting or remotely deploying the Flying B mascot.Three audio systems are on offer, including a standard 10-speaker, 650-watt, entry-level model, and a Bang & Olufsen 1,500-watt, 16-speaker setup with illuminated grilles. But if you want to push the boat out, there’s also a Naim for Bentley 2,200-watt, 19-speaker setup with active bass transducers built into the front seats, allowing you to literally feel the bass through your backside.The whole thing feels exceptionally well put together, as you’d expect from Bentley, and we expect it’ll be a stunningly effective alternative to the typical GTs and high-performance SUVs of this world. All signs point to Bentley having created a spectacular 100th birthday present to itself, and to anyone else blessed enough to be able to afford one.Bentley Flying SpurEnlarge ImageThe first Flying Spur deliveries will take place in early 2020. Bentley 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourer 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside More From Roadshow Bentley’s new Flying Spur is ‘the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built’ Luxury cars Sedans Bentley Tags Comment 1 Share your voice Bentley’s first SUV is a 187-mph, all-terrain luxocratlast_img read more

first_img Volkswagen (VW) first sold a diesel vehicle in Britain equipped with software which rigged the result of emissions tests in 2008, UK managing director Paul Willis told the Commons Transport select committee on 12 October. It seems around 2008 from the information I have at the moment. I knew nothing about this subject until 19 September this year, when I first heard it on the news from the United States.During the hearing Willis answered questions from British lawmakers and vowed that Volkswagen would work to win back trust. He also said there were questions around the emissions testing process, and that the firm should discuss with British regulators the possibility of paying towards the re-testing of vehicles. Willis told Louise Ellman, the chair of the parliamentary committee, that the first recalls of the faulty models will take place in the first quarter of 2016.Were determined to get to the bottom of this, because we have to get to the bottom of this issue to regain the trust of our customers. We will call the cars back step by step and I intend in the United Kingdom to contact every single customer to try to call those cars back, said Willis. The Volkswagen managing director also defended allegations that it was a corporate decision to circumvent the emissions tests. I find it absolutely implausible that senior people of the company would have known of these issues with regard to the testing regime, he said.The biggest business crisis in VWs 78-year history has wiped about a third off its share price, forced out its long-time CEO, prompted investigations across the world and shaken both the car industry and German establishment. Closelast_img read more

first_imgSujeeth and Prabhas on Saaho setSaaho, a Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer, is one of the most awaited films of the year and audience across the country are looking forward to watching the visual extravaganza on August 15. But the film is likely not releasing on the given date.News that the film is being postponed is doing rounds on social media. Sources from the production house have revealed that the release of the film might be postponed by 15 days. It is now expected to hit the screens on August 30. An official confirmation from the makers is awaited.The reason for the delay in release due to the slow pace of work that is happening. The post-production works have begun just a couple of days ago and the lead actors are still working for some patchwork scenes. A lot of editing work is still pending, though the technical team has been working day and night. Since the beginning, there has always been a delay in the shootings and schedules. The makers have got a shock when music composers have said that they are walking out of the project. Finding composers have taken a lot of the time of the makers and that made way to delay in a lot of things. Source from the direction department says, “Except delay in post-production, there is no other reason for the delay, in case it is really going to get delayed. It is of course for the betterment and I think the delay of Saaho is going to make way for many other films to lock that date for release. The film has been wrapped up on Tuesday and we are hoping to release it as early as possible to keep up the promise.”Many films have made their way for Saaho and have chosen other dates to release their films. If Saaho gets delayed, it is going to be difficult for distributors and producers of other films to adjust dates and theatres. Let us see what happens.last_img read more

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Very early human ancestors are believed to have eaten mostly fruits and insects, a trait they shared with most modern apes. At some point however, as the climate changed, our ancestors shifted their diet to include grasses and sedges. Previous evidence had shown that a Paranthropus boisei hominin had existed by eating mostly plants, but carbon dating had shown that individual to have lived approximately 2.8 million years ago. The A. bahrelghazali tooth fossils in this new study are from 3 to 3.5 million years ago, pushing back the date that our ancestors came down out of the trees and began eating C4 grasses, though it’s not clear if they were eating actual grass blades or the roots and tubers that support such plants.A. bahrelghazali stood approximately five feet tall (similar in size to modern chimpanzees) and walked on two legs. It also had a projecting jaw with powerful muscles and large teeth that enabled it to grind plant material to aid digestion. During its time, the part of African where it lived was covered with lakes, floodplains and wooded grasslands, which would lead quite naturally to a change in eating habits if a pattern of living on the ground as opposed to trees developed.Grasses and sedges are generally high fiber foods that also have complex starches and some even have tissue that also offers nutrients, thus, A. bahrelghazali would have been able to survive on such a diet despite not having evolved a sophisticated plant processing digestive system such as that seen with modern cows.The researchers acknowledge that because there is so little fossil evidence to work with, it is possible that the carbon levels found in the tooth fossils came from eating animals that consumed C4 plants, but thus far there is no other evidence to suggest that was the case. Citation: Researchers find human ancestors switched to eating grasses earlier than thought (2012, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-human-ancestors-grasses-earlier-thought.html Explore further More information: Isotopic evidence for an early shift to C4 resources by Pliocene hominins in Chad, PNAS, Published online before print November 12, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204209109AbstractFoods derived from C4 plants were important in the dietary ecology of early Pleistocene hominins in southern and eastern Africa, but the origins and geographic variability of this relationship remain unknown. Carbon isotope data show that Australopithecus bahrelghazali individuals from Koro Toro in Chad are significantly enriched in 13C, indicating a dependence on C4 resources. As these sites are over 3 million years in age, the results extend the pattern of C4 dependence seen in Paranthropus boisei in East Africa by more than 1.5 million years. The Koro Toro hominin fossils were found in argillaceous sandstone levels along with abundant grazing and aquatic faunal elements that, in combination, indicate the presence of open to wooded grasslands and stream channels associated with a greatly enlarged Lake Chad. In such an environment, the most abundant C4 plant resources available to A. bahrelghazali were grasses and sedges, neither of which is usually considered as standard great ape fare. The results suggest an early and fundamental shift in hominin dietary ecology that facilitated the exploitation of new habitats.Press release When African animals hit the hay: Fossil teeth show who ate what and when as grasses emerged This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests a human ancestor – Australopithecus bahrelghazali – was eating grass plants almost a million years earlier than most scientists had thought. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team says carbon dating of tooth fossil samples found in Chad indicate early hominins had been dining on a diet heavy in plants that contained 4 carbon atoms (C4), which are typical of grasses or sedges.last_img read more

first_img Dandelion seeds reveal newly discovered form of natural flight Explore further Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: P. G. Ledda et al. Flow dynamics of a dandelion pappus: A linear stability approach, Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 Last year, a team at the University of Edinburgh published the results of their study on the flight of dandelion seeds, conducted using cameras and miniature wind tunnels. They discovered that the unique design of the pappus—the parachute-looking bristles—allowed the seeds to float on the wind in a very efficient manner. They found that as the pappus floats along, the spines channel the air around them in such a way as to form a vortex in the pappus’s wake. And because the air pressure is lower in the vortex, the pappus and its seed cargo are able to remain aloft longer than they would otherwise. In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand the role of the number of spines in creating the vortex and in maintaining flight stability.To better understand the flight behavior of the pappus, the researchers created models to mimic its behavior using equations from fluid dynamics. In their paper, they describe their models as collections of rods connected together in a way that was similar to the spokes on a bicycle wheel. The physics equations allowed them to model airflow patterns that occur naturally as a pappus floats through the air. Credit: Physical Review Fluids (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevFluids.4.071901 The researchers report that their models showed the same kinds of vortices forming as the researchers with the prior effort had seen first-hand. They next ran the models using different numbers of rods. They found that the optimum number was 100, which matched the number found in a real pappus. At this number, the pappus was most stable while floating—with more rods, flight became unstable; with fewer rods, flight distance was reduced. They suggest their findings could be used to design lighter-weight parachutes.center_img Citation: Equations from fluid dynamics used to find optimum arrangement of rods in dandelion pappus (2019, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-equations-fluid-dynamics-optimum-rods.html A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the University of Twente and Università di Pisa has used equations from fluid dynamics to find the optimum arrangement of rods in a dandelion pappus. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the group describes their work and what it showed. © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

first_imgAre you one of those who frequent the bylanes of Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin to gorge on Delhi’s signature cuisine? Snack on chaats at every possible opportunity? Pounce on the kulfis whenever you get the chance? Well, take heart. Now you don’t have to explore and go all over the town in search of your favourite Delhi cuisine. Get ready for the second edition of Delhi Ke Pakwan Festival which starts next month. Organised by Delhi Tourism, the festival will bring together the culinary delights of the age-old shops of Purani Dilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The week-long festival is all about celebrating Delhi and its cuisine and will bring together various food items. The entire venue will be redefined with the Old Delhicharm as celebrations in Purani Dilli with features such as a wishing tree, auto and cycle rickshaw, potter etc. dig into the famous chaat, kulfi, biryani and kebabs from the labyrinths of old Delhi under one roof. Apart from food items, there will also be various cultural activities, handicrafts, puppet show, talk show and much more. Also, there will be free candies for kids.DETAILAt: Baba Kharak Singh Marg When: 8-14 Februarylast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A couple committed suicide at their apartment in Nayabad under Purba Jadavpur police station on Sunday night. The deceased, identified as Utpal Ghosh (51) and hiswife Tanushree (41) were found hanging in their dining room with dupattas used as ligature cords. The duo resided on the 2nd floor of an apartment in Nayabad.”We have recovered a suicide note where the duo had blamed no one behind their death. We are talking to their family members to ascertain the real cause of the death,” a senior officer of Purba Jadavpur police station said. According to police sources, the hanging bodies were Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsfirst spotted by their nephew who used to live along with them as they were childless. He had gone out of the house in the evening and when he returned at around 9.30 pm and knocked on the door, he received no answer. When his repeated knocks on the door went unanswered, he suspected something unusual and called the neighbours. They broke open the door only to find the couple hanging. Police were informed who rushed to the spot and took the bodies for postmortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSleuths investigating the case informed that Utpal was a private tutor while his wife was a teacher at Malati Bidya Bhawan for Girls school at Rashbehari. Utpal was handicapped since childhood due to Polio.”We have learnt that Utpal was associated with realty business lately. He had taken some loan in connection with the business and was unable to repay it. The victims’ nephew had informed us that they were getting intimidating calls and were very worried. This might have triggered the suicide,” an investigating officer said. The sleuths have recovered the mobile phone of the couple and are examining their call details to track the calls for further leads in the case.last_img read more

first_imgGet ready for a theatrical treat. Sri Ram Centre will be hosting the play Koi Baat Chale with Yashpal Sharma, famous film and TV actor today. The 1 hour 30 min play is written and directed by Ram Ji Bali (NSD).The story revolves around the protagonist, Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad played by Yashpal Sharma. He is a 35-years-old school drama teacher and unmarried. A romantic comedy, the play shows Bansi seeking help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Yashpal Sharma is an eminent theatre and film personality. He is best known for his role as Randhir Singh in Sudhir Mishra’s 2003 Hindi movie Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, apart from Lagaan (2001), Gangaajal (2003), Ab Tak Chhappan (2004), Apaharan (2005), Singh is Kinng (2008) and Rowdy Rathore (2012).  Bali started his theatre life from 1993 in his very own city Faridabad (Haryana). He has directed many plays like Bichchu, Proposal, Ek ladki Paanch Diwaane, Dulari Bai, Ghade ki Baaraat, Inspector Matdin Chand Par, Chatur Rohan, Muaavze etc. He has been working as a freelance actor/director in the field of arts and performance and also had movies Paan Singh Tomar, Commando and more recently The Shaukeens to his credit.last_img read more

first_imgPeople who are happy and confident about their appearance are more satisfied with their sex lives, have better self-esteem and enjoy healthy relationships with their spouses, a study reveals. According to the researchers, body image is strongly linked to overall life satisfaction and feelings about romantic relationships.“The study shows that men’s and women’s feelings about their weight and appearance play a major role in how satisfied they are with their lives overall,” said lead study author David Frederick from Chapman University in the US. The findings are consistent with the emphasis placed on the importance of being slender for women and for appearing athletic and lean for men.  “It would seem, therefore, that we still have a long way to go before we achieve the goal of being truly happy with their bodies,” Frederick added in the paper published in the journal Body Image. The team analysed more than 12,000 participants between ages 18 and 65 years and asked questions focused on personality, beliefs about romantic relationships, self-esteem, television viewing and personal characteristics. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The results showed that about 24 percent men and 20 percent women felt very or extremely satisfied with their weight and only half felt somewhat to extremely satisfied. People who were dissatisfied with their weight reported substantially less satisfaction with their sex lives and lower overall self-esteem. People’s orientations towards their relationships – known as “attachment styles”–were linked to how people felt about their bodies.  Women with anxious and fearful attachment styles were dissatisfied with their appearance. Dissatisfied people had higher neuroticism, had more preoccupied and fearful attachment styles and spent more hours watching TV. “Satisfied people had higher openness, conscientious, extraversion, are more secure in attachment style and had higher self-esteem and life satisfaction,” the study noted. “People who are less confident in their appearance become more fearful that their partner will leave, which further fuels their worries about their appearance,” Frederick stated.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Politics dominated the year 2018 in West Bengal which saw an increasing tussle between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP, main opposition parties the Congress and the CPI(M) taking a back seat, violence during panchayat polls and communal clashes. Panic over a carcass meat racket in April-May prompted the Mamata Banerjee government to form a high-powered committee for keeping a check on such malpractice. The BJP pipped the Congress and the CPI(M) to emerge as main challenger to the ruling TMC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The state not only witnessed bipolar politics between the TMC and the BJP but also sharp communal polarisation. Both the TMC and the BJP feel that results in parliamentary polls in Bengal, which has a total of 42 seats, will play a major role in the post poll scenario. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. We will not win less than 26 seats from Bengal. This will help us in increasing our tally nationally,” claimed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed TMC national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Derek O’ Brien countered saying his party will play a major role in the 2019 polls. “We will win maximum number of seats from Bengal. The people of Bengal are with the TMC and that has been proved in all the by-elections and rural polls where the party had won hands down,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Apart from the fast changing political narrative, the state also witnessed one of the worst communal violence in Asansol area of West Burdwan district over Ram Navami rallies in March-April. As the year drew to a close, the issue of giving permission to BJP’s rath yatra, covering all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies, remained in focus with the saffron party accusing the TMC of being “undemocratic and autocratic” by denying the nod. The TMC maintained that the Rath yatra was aimed at creating communal polarisation in the state. The BJP, which has been making steady inroads in the state since the 2016 assembly polls, surprised everyone and cemented its position as main challenger of the TMC by increasing its vote share by leaps and bounds in all the by-elections that have been held across the state in last one year and also the three-tier panchayat polls. The panchayat polls of May will go done in the history of Bengal politics as one of the most violent elections that the state witnessed since the inception of Panchayat Raj in 1978. Even though the TMC won the polls by bagging nearly 85 per cent of the rural seats, it couldn’t breathe easy over the BJP making inroads in the Junglemahal districts of Purulia, Jhargram, Bankura and West Midnapore. The unease could be easily sensed in the ruling camp as it shunted out two ministers who hailed from those areas for alleged under performance. Buoyed by the BJP’s performance in the rural polls where it won more than 7,000 seats in the panchayats, party chief Amit Shah has set a target of winning at least 22 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Killing of BJP workers in post-panchayat poll violence in areas where the party had performed well drew the ire of its central leadership, which not only launched a countrywide stir against the TMC government but also organised several rallies and programmes by top leaders, who vowed to oust Banerjee in the next elections. The TMC countered, accusing the BJP of spreading the poison of communalism across the state as party supremo Banerjee toured the country and met leaders of various opposition parties in a bid to put up a united fight against the BJP in the next Lok Sabha polls. She floated the idea of a federal front of regional parties and proposed one-to-one fight against the BJP across the country to ensure maximum polling of anti-BJP votes. The TMC in a bid to showcase the unity of the opposition front called for a rally of opposition parties on January 19. It, however, has ruled out any possibility of alliance with the Congress in Bengal by repeatedly stating its desire to contest in all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state. On the opposition front, the West Bengal Congress unit witnessed a change of guard with old horse Somen Mitra being brought back as state party chief, replacing Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a bitter critic of TMC. The CPI(M)-led Left Front on the other hand continued to erode both politically and electorally as its vote share continued to slide in all the elections that took place during the year. Both the Left Front and the CPI(M) seem to be in a dilemma over the issue of alliance with the Congress in the state. The Left Front allies such as Forward Bloc and RSP had threatened to quit the front if it decides to go ahead with the alliance or understanding with the Congress. With the BJP projecting the TMC as a party “working for only Muslims”, the latter tried to woo the majority community by organising various programs such as Hanuman Jayanti, Purohit Sammelan and doled out funds to clubs organising Durga Pujas in the state.last_img read more

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next Watch againcenter_img How to download The Sentinel’s new FREE app Share this video Click to playTap to play We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, March 28 Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsKnypersley collision20:21Two lanes shut due to accident on M6 in Staffordshire15:23Three Staffordshire schools and a college on evacuated or in lockdown – live updates15:23Crewe attack15:1220:41Lotto results!Are you a lottery player? Check your results here.20:27M6 lane closureOne lane is closed and traffic is heavy on the M6 northbound because a lorry is having a tyre changed. Lane one, of three, is closed between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent.20:21KEY EVENTKnypersley collisionA motorist had to be cut free from his car and taken to hospital after it collided with a wall and overturned earlier this evening. Read more.19:33DerringtonTemporary traffic lights on Aston Bank in both directions at Seighford Road. 19:11M6 CheshireTraffic has returned to normal, earlier broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J16, Crewe and J17, Sandbach. A broken down car has been removed. 19:06Gender pay gap (Image: Staffordshire Police)Men working at Staffordshire Police are paid an average of 13 per cent more than female colleagues – and the force says part of the reason is that male officers hold more high ranking positions.Under new legislation all organisations employing more than 250 people are required to publish a report on their gender pay gaps.Men working at the police force receive an average wage of £17.92 an hour while their female colleagues will be collecting roughly £15.52 – a gap of 13.4 per cent. Read more.18:58Knypersley collisionA Staffordshire Moorlands road is completely closed off while emergency services deal with a road traffic collision.A number of police vehicles, three fire engines, and two ambulances have been called to Park Lane, in Knypersley , shortly after 5.35pm tonight (February 28). Read more.17:22M6 slow trafficThere is slow traffic because of an accident on the M6 northbound at junction 18, Middlewich and Holmes Chapel. All traffic was temporarily held at the slip road.17:16A34 accidentThere is heavy traffic and the road is partially blocked due to an accident on the A34, Newcastle Road, at the Talke Roundabout.17:10Slip road blockedOne lane is blocked on the M6 southbound at junction 17, Sandbach, because of an accident involving a lorry and a car. Lane two, of two, remains closed.17:03Gritting in StaffordshireStaffordshire County Council has said its gritters are on stand-by tonight. Looks like a fairly cold night ahead with possible freezing temperatures so gritting crews will be monitoring conditions and out where needed. Please take care if on the roads. 16:58M6 trafficTraffic heavy on the M6 southbound between junction 13, Staffoprd South, and junction 12, Gailey.16:56Collection box theftPolice officers are appealing for information after a collection box was stolen from a Staffordshire church.The collection box at Upper Tean Christ Church was stolen at some point between 11am on March 18 and 11am and March 25. It contained around £50. If anyone has seen anything contact Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 356 of March 27. 16:31Three people chargedThree people were due to appear in court today after a pensioner was robbed in broad daylight in a busy shopping centre.A woman in her eighties was walking through the Bridestones Shopping Centre, in Congleton, when she was surrounded by two men and a woman at around 1.15pm on Monday, March 26. Read more.16:18Heavy traffic in CreweThere is heavy traffic on the A534 Crewe Green Road before the roadworks. Travel time is around five minutes.16:00Candle warning (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)Firefighters are urging families to take care when using candles in their home following a fire late on Tuesday night. Two crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to a semi-detached property in Common Road, Rising Brook, shortly after 10pm on Tuesday. Read more.15:30A500The A500 D Road southbound is busy but moving around junction 15 of the M6.15:23KEY EVENTTwo lanes shut due to accident on M6 in StaffordshireThe carriageway is shut on the M6 Northbound between Junction 12 and Junction 13. More here.15:23KEY EVENTThree Staffordshire schools and a college on evacuated or in lockdown – live updatesMilton Primary Academy has confirmed an evacuation is underway – while at least two schools in Stafford and the Burslem campus of Stoke-on-Trent college are also reportedly affected. More here.15:23Slow traffic in LeekThere is slow traffic on the A53, Borad Street, at the A52. Congestion is backing up to Buxton Road and Ball Haye Road and on the A523 Ashbourne Road.15:12KEY EVENTCrewe attack (Image: Google Maps)Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a 42-year-old woman was sexually assaulted.At around 8.20am on Saturday, March 24, the woman was accosted by a man as she walked along Harrison Drive, in Crewe. Read more.14:52Bucknall RoadBucknall Road inbound is busy but moving from the A52, Leek Road, to Hanley.13:31Firefighters cut hole in wall to free trapped ‘large’ catFirefighters were called to Chessington Crescent in Trentham to free the unfortunate animal – which firefighters described as ‘large’. More here.13:10Gritters out in Cheshire tonightGritters are out in Cheshire tonight.A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: With a risk of patchy frost and ice ❄️ overnight, we’ll be gritting all routes from 19:00. We’ll continue to monitor the weather.” 13:08Delays now clearedThe earlier delays on the M6 have now all completely cleared.13:07’Wonderful father’ was texting at wheel before fatal A50 crashMore here. 12:35Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. 11:44Man released on bail after bungalow fireEmergency services were called to Highfield Close in Swynnerton on Monday night. More here.10:40One lane closed on M6One lane closed and heavy traffic due to broken down lorry on M6 Southbound after J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed within the smart motorway works.10:24Man released on conditional bail following fireThe man was arrested following a fire in Swynnerton.last_img read more

first_img By: Mike Blanchfield and Stephanie Levitz Source: The Canadian Press Share Surprisingly fewer Canadians are being blocked at the U.S. land border under Trump OTTAWA — Fewer Canadians are being turned away at the U.S. land border in recent months despite mounting concerns that Donald Trump’s immigration policies are making it much harder to cross, The Canadian Press has learned.Refusals of Canadians at American land crossings dropped 8.5% between October and the end of February compared with the same five-month period a year earlier, according to U.S. government statistics.The total number of Canadian travellers denied entry also dropped: 6,875 out of 12,991,027 were refused entry, a refusal rate of 0.05 per cent.Between October 2015 and February 2016, 7,619 out of 13,173,100 Canadian travellers were denied entry to the U.S., a refusal rate of 0.06 per cent.The figures, confirmed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, contrast with recent anecdotal reports of Canadians denied entry into the U.S., with many placing the blame on the policies of the Trump administration, including its controversial attempts to ban arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries.A further breakdown of the border data shows a sharp drop in Canadian refusals at the U.S. border in the first two months of this year as 2,600 Canadian travellers were denied entry, compared with 3,500 for the same two-month period of 2016.But Canadian immigration and civil liberties advocates caution the numbers don’t tell the whole story.Immigration lawyer Lorne Waldman said he is fielding more calls than ever from people planning a trip to the U.S. and wanting to make sure they have the paperwork they need. The decreased rate of refusal could be just that people are now better prepared than they used to be, and so fewer are being turned away as a result, he said.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck“People in Canada used to take it for granted that they could just go to the border . . . but that’s no longer the case,” he said.“The heightened awareness because of all the publicity around immigration has led people to be much more cautious about crossing the border.”The new U.S. data doesn’t disclose the specific reasons for refusals; there are more than 60 reasons someone can be turned away and so it’s not clear whether there’s been a change in why people are being turned back.In the wake of Trump’s first executive order governing immigration, 200 Canadian participants in the Canada-U.S. trusted traveller program NEXUS did have their express-entry cards temporarily revoked, but it was never clear whether they were also denied entry to the U.S. or were allowed in after going through normal security screening measures.The fact that the numbers overall of people crossing the border are also down suggests fewer are also just staying home, Waldman said, a fact born out in recent days as a number of groups announced they were cancelling cross border trips.Among them is Canada’s largest school board which said Thursday it would stop the planning of future field trips to the U.S. indefinitely because of uncertainty about possible border restrictions.The Toronto District School Board, which has 245,000 public school students, said it made the “difficult decision” because it believes students “should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border.”More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksFor now, the board said it would carry on with 24 U.S. previously planned trips, but says all students will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are turned away.Earlier this month, Girl Guides of Canada said it would move pre-emptively to avoid uncertainty at the border by cancelling trips to the U.S. The organization said changes in U.S. travel regulations made it uncertain whether all Girl Guides will be able to enter the country, so it decided instead that none would travel.How many people are being turned away isn’t the only concern, said Brenda McPhail, director of the privacy, technology and surveillance project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.“The other concern is that there’s been an increase in temporary detentions and increasingly invasive searches, including searches of electronic devices,” she said.“And so the numbers don’t say anything about whether or not the number of searches have increased, (or) whether or not the amount of time that people are being detained at the border before they are being let through has changed.”The new U.S. Homeland Security chief, retired general John Kelly, told The Canadian Press earlier this month that if a traveller is stopped for additional screening, or is turned away, it may be because his name has turned up on a watch list, or there is a problem with his credentials.“There is a reason why,” he said. “It’s not their race, it’s not their religion, it’s not the language they speak.” Tags: America, Donald Trump Monday, March 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgLiberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has pledged €1 million in investment in entrepreneurial talent over two years in a bid to stimulate digital innovation.Telenet said it will “invest heavily in young Flemish digital entrepreneurial talent,” initially in partnership with start-up community and accelerator Idealabs, which will now be called Telenet Idealabs.Telenet will also work together with Flanders’ digital research centre iMinds on a programme called iStart.“Flanders has a high-quality education system, a unique knowledge of languages, and a great broadband Internet infrastructure. All the building blocks are available to create a dynamic climate of innovation. Nevertheless, extra support is needed to keep innovative industries here, which is key to creating long-term economic prosperity. Since innovation is very important to us, we want to lend a helping hand,” said Telenet CEO John Porter.last_img read more