18 01 20

first_imgTwo persons suspected dead from the Ebola virus were found on Thursday, July 31 in separate rooms in a house at the Acheke Junction in the Neezo Community, Paynesville.  Both persons died on Tuesday, July 29, according to an eyewitness.Mr. Leo Massaquoi, who reported the incident to the Daily Observer, identified the deceased as Daniel King, a land dealer in the area, and King’s sister-in-law, a resident of the Barnersville Community.He claims they died after allegedly falling ill to the Ebola virus. The eyewitness further explained that the victims came in contact with the deadly virus when both of them, without the help of health workers, buried King’s mother-in-law. According to Massaquoi, King’s mother-in-law had died in a taxi en route to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Sinkor, after she experienced severe vomiting.After noticing the unusual death and burial, King’s neighbors decided to contact the Ebola response team.“When the health workers went to inquire at King’s house,” Massaquoi narrated, “family members there refused to talk to them.  They even claimed that the team was there because they wanted to remove the kidneys of King and the sister-in-law, if they followed the team to a nearby health facility for testing.”The health workers, too, aggravated by the Kings’ rejection of their help, told the Kings and the community they were leaving and would not return.That was Monday, July 28.Unfortunately, Massaquoi said, the victims died the following day, Tuesday, in separate rooms in the house, with their family members, including King’s wife abandoning their bodies. On Thursday, July 31, residents of the Neezoe community took to the street and blocked all of the roads “after several unanswered complaints for the Ministry of Health to remove the suspected Ebola’s bodies from their community,” Massaquoi said.The community members say the abandoned bodies are posing a serious health hazard to the area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgNot yet having acted in compliance with Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution by resigning, the Cabinet, including the President, is unlawfully holding onto office, former Speaker of the National Assembly and prominent Attorney, Ralph Ramkarran has said.In his weekly column Conversation Tree, Ramkarran stated that a court would be approving this illegality if it allowed even a temporary break from compliance with Article 106 (6), especially given the fact that it is not the end of the life of the Government.“Under Article 106 (7), the Government, which includes the Cabinet and President, remain in office until new elections. This obviously means that the resignation is stayed until the next elected President is sworn in,” Ramkarran stated in his column.The Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, having declined to reverse the declaration on December 21, 2018, that the no-confidence motion against the Government had been carried on a vote of 33-32 in favour, has shifted the arena of contest to the courts.Ramkarran, however, made reference to comments made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who is reported to have said that there has not been a resignation of the President or Government nor will there be such a resignation, arguing that the country cannot be left without a government.Ramjattan had further argued that Government retained its full panoply of legal powers and was with jurisdiction to exercise its legal authority. But the former Speaker said the Minister missed the fact that Article 106 (7) specifically provides that there shall not be a “governance vacuum”.In fact, it emphasises that the Government will only resign after a President is elected by the people in an election to be held. Also, Ramkarran said it was not known if Ramjattan was aware of the “Caretaker Conventions” which apply when a government is facing elections.According to him, the “Caretaker Conventions” apply during the period from the dissolution of the Parliament to the election of the new Government, because there is no oversight. In summary, the conventions are that no major policy decisions are taken to commit an incoming Government or limit its freedom to act, no major contracts or agreements are entered into, and the use of Government resources in a manner to advantage a particular party is avoided.In a local context, the former House Speaker said the “Caretaker Conventions” should be applied from the moment the no-confidence motion was passed because Article 106 (6) dictates the resignation of the Cabinet, which suggests a caretaker role for the Government thereafter.“The passage of the natural resources legislation and Minister Ramjattan’s remarks signify quite clearly that the Cabinet, including the President, have no intention of resigning and of observing any caretaker conventions,” he further observed in his column.Meanwhile a court case has been filed by Compton Herbert Reid against the Speaker, Charrandas Persaud and the Attorney General seeking to set aside the no-confidence vote of December 21, 2018. The ground is that the vote of Persaud was invalid because he holds a Canadian passport.“An order to stay the no-confidence resolution is also being sought. The reports make no mention of the motion required 34 votes to be passed. No doubt Article 165 (2) of the Constitution will arise for consideration,” he observed.Ramkarran noted too that consideration would no doubt also be given to the right or power of a court to interrupt a constitutional process set in train by a parliamentary motion, on which a vote was taken and deemed to have been carried.He said, “If the power exists, should it be exercised, ad interim, upon an allegation that is prima facie answerable by Article 165 (2) and in circumstances where the notional applicant, the Cabinet, is committing a continuing wrong by not resigning? The question will no doubt be: How can a court allow a Cabinet to stay in office when the Constitution, a superior instrument to the court, by which the court is bound, says that it should resign?”President David Granger is expected to meet with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday to discuss a number of issues, but topping that list is the no-confidence resolution.last_img read more

10 01 20

first_img0Shares0000English topflight clubs generated record revenues of £3.6bn, a 9% increase, in the final year of the league’s 2013-16 broadcast cycle © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISPARIS, France, Jul 12 – The 92 Premier League and Football League clubs recorded combined revenues in excess of £4.4 billion ($5.7bn, 4.9bn euros) in the 2015/16 season, according to consultants Deloitte.English topflight clubs generated record revenues of £3.6bn, a 9% increase, in the final year of the league’s 2013-16 broadcast cycle, the firm said in its annual review of football finance. Revenus will continue to rise in the 2017/18 season, the review forecast. Wage costs rose to 12% to £2.3bn and the Premier League showed little sign of austerity, with its 20 clubs recording a third consecutive season of operating profits in excess of £500m in the 2015/16 season.Dan Jones, partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group, said top clubs did well out of European competition.“In the 2015/16 season, the ‘big six’ clubs participated in the group stages of UEFA competitions and benefitted from improved UEFA broadcast rights deals, which resulted in an increase in distributions to participating English clubs of around £100m,” he said.Deloitte forecasts “total Premier League clubs’ revenues to rise to over £4.5 billion in 2017/18.”Newly-promoted Huddersfield Town will benefit from the windfall “with clubs standing to earn a revenue uplift of at least £170m from promotion to the Premier League, rising to over £290m if they survive one season.”The Premier League continues to boom after competition between Sky Sports and BT drove the overall value for domestic TV rights for the 2016-19 cycle to more than £5.14bn over three seasons.In other findings, the review said the size of the European football market reached nearly €25bn in the 2016/17 season, a 13% increase from 2014/15, with the aggregate revenues of clubs in the ‘big five’ European leagues topping €13bn, a 12% increase.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

3 01 20

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Chelsea are likely to make a last-ditch bid to hijack Manchester United’s deal with Barcelona for winger Pedro. United remain firmly in pole position to sign the Spain international after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew to Barcelona for further talks on Monday. However, it is understood Chelsea are ready to go toe-to-toe with their Premier League rivals as they look to boost their own attacking options before the close of the summer transfer window. (Daily Mail)Chelsea are considering whether to lodge a final bid worth £40m for the Everton defender John Stones after seeing their third offer of the summer for the England international flatly rejected by the Merseyside club. (Guardian)Turkish club Fenerbahce are planning a shock move for Chelsea captain John Terry. The defender has struggled as Chelsea have won just one point from their opening two matches, the second of which was overshadowed by Jose Mourinho substituting him at half-time. The captain has a year left on his contract and Fenerbahce hope to sign him on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)Manchester City are set to take their spending this summer through the £150million barrier with the signings of Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin De Bruyne. Premier League leaders City are closing in on deals of £56m for Wolfsburg midfielder De Bruyne and £32m for Valencia defender Otamendi. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are considering a move for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe. (Daily Mail)Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat, meanwhile, has made a move for FC Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, also a target for Brentford. (Daily Mail)Joey Barton is ready to sign for Nottingham Forest after a secret summit with owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi. Barton, 32, met the Kuwaiti at his luxury family home in London to thrash out a long-term deal. (The Sun)Rangers boss Mark Warburton is facing an anxious wait to discover if Arsenal starlet Gedion Zelalem is willing to move to the second tier of Scottish football. Zalalem has held talks with the Ibrox club over a loan deal but is also mulling over similar short-term deals at Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City. (Daily Record)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…West Brom reject Tottenham bid and have ‘no interest in selling Saido Berahino’Exclusive – ‘A stupid practical joke!’ De Bruyne’s agent furious following Wolfsburg declarationMan United offered goalkeeper Keylor Navas as Real Madrid continue David de Gea pursuitWellington Silva set for Championship loan after Arsenal reject Hertha Berlin bidArsenal transfer rumours: Mario Gotze would be a ‘great signing’ but ‘he’s not what the Gunners need right now’Everton set to make £15m move for Ukraine winger Andriy YarmolenkoJuventus showing interest in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh MkhitaryanFenerbahce holding out for £9m fee for West Ham and Sunderland targetMario Balotelli latest: Liverpool outcast wants Premier League stay as Watford eye ambitious moveAdnan Januzaj to leave Man United despite match-winning performance?The man to solve Sunderland’s woes? Black Cats want £6.5m French strikerlast_img read more

30 12 19

first_imgGrace Ann McGarvey, Brand, Web Design, Media & Communications, Vice President : Shona Chambers, John McColgan Financial Advisors, Treasurer, Rachel Wasson, Karen Murphy, Karen Murphy Speech & Drama, Rosemary Lyons, Enterprise Officer, Inishowen Development Partnership Company, Fiona Higgins, Batik Art by Fiona Higgins, Maureen Walsh, Errigal Montessori (Missing from Photo), Denise McClintock, DWIB Administrator, Fiona O’Reilly, On the Dot, and Catherine Lyster, LYIT.“Donegal Women in Business, Mean Business”, says Grace Ann McGarvey a native of Kilmacrennan who runs her own Design, Web Design, Media & Communications business.Grace Ann has just been elected as the President of the Donegal Women in Business Network.Grace Ann has been working in this industry for over 20 years and set up her own business over 3 years ago. She decided to start her own business because she knew that it would give her the opportunity, not only to do what she loves, but the flexibility to be on hand for her three children, Maurice 17, Hannah 15 & Luke 11. “I am passionate about my work, I love working with clients from all over the globe and from all different industries and sizes and when I see a smile on a clients face or get an “I love it” email, then that makes everything I do worthwhile”. says Grace Ann.“However, being in business on your own can sometimes be isolating and that’s why networks like the Donegal Women in Business Network are a great source for sharing knowledge, meeting potential new clients, friends and mentors and learning from successful, start up and growing business people in our own county”.The Donegal Women in Business Network is in existence now for 15 years and provides a valuable platform for the inspiration and capacity building of women in business through a variety of initiatives and opportunities and is making a contribution towards developing the next generation of women business.The network is also a sounding board for advice and giving support through their events, workshops & conferences held regularly throughout the county. The different categories of membership represent a cross section of businesswomen across different sectors. Members include entrepreneurs, women managing businesses for other owners, social entrepreneurs, thought leaders and senior decision makers. We continually upgrade our various programmes and initiatives to keep abreast of what women need to sustain and grow their business. Programmes and activities range from the purely social, to the strongly business focused, such as skills development, mentoring, social media training, networking, financial presentations and guest speakers from the business and professional sectors. Over the last few years we have made significant networking links with our colleagues in Derry Women in Enterprise and Sligo Women in Business network.The Committee provide their time and commit fully to their voluntary roles and are the main touch point within the membership of the network.The hard working committee, who take time out of their busy schedules, to meet and organise the networking events, workshops and conferences for the members are newly elected President : Grace Ann McGarvey, Brand, Web Design, Media & Communications, Vice President : Shona Chambers, John McColgan Financial Advisors, Treasurer, Rachel Wasson, Karen Murphy, Karen Murphy Speech & Drama, Rosemary Lyons, Enterprise Officer, Inishowen Development Partnership Company, Fiona Higgins, Batik Art by Fiona Higgins, Maureen Walsh, Errigal Montessori, Denise McClintock, DWIB Administrator, Fiona O’Reilly, On the Dot, and Catherine Lyster, LYIT.“Collectively within the network we have a huge knowledge and expertise and I believe we are making a difference to our economy. There are challenges of course, such as managing time, providing challenging programmes of interest for our members and providing value for money. However, I strongly believe that it is important for the growth of women in business to ensure that we have a voice in the county regarding business issues and in the importance of links with the Local Enterprise Office, who were instrumental in setting up the Women in Business Network, Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland, other support agencies and financial institutions that offer support to our members and engage with the Network.“It is my vision to increase the footprint and the voice of Donegal women in business both, in the county, and nationally, and to increase our membership significantly to make that happen. To that end, I would encourage any woman that is in business or managing a business in the county to make contact with us, join the network for only €40 a year, help yourself and let us help you to grow your business. I would also like to encourage all the agencies in the county to make contact with us so that we can add them our mailing lists and distribute anything that may be of relevance to our members.” Anyone can contact the network directly and join instantly by logging onto www.donegalwomeninbusiness.com, email info@donegalwomeninbusiness.com, contact me directly at ga@graceannconsultancy.com. You can also follow our network on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DWIBNetwork.NEW PRESIDENT SETS OUT HER VISION FOR DONEGAL WOMEN IN BUSINESS was last modified: April 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is not a big-game player and Jose Mourinho should concentrate on bringing Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United, according to Phil Neville.The Belgian striker scored in Everton’s final-day defeat at Arsenal, finishing the season on 25 Premier League goals, four behind golden boot winner Harry Kane.The 24-year-old has been linked with a summer move away from Goodison after rejecting the offer of a new long-term contract, but talkSPORT understands the Toffees will not entertain bids under £100million.Should that fee be matched, it would break the world-record transfer fee paid for Paul Pogba last summer and former Red Devils defender Neville feels they should use their money more wisely, by attempting to sign Bale from Real Madrid or Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.“I’m not so sure [Lukaku would fit in at Man United],” Neville told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I would prefer United to go out and get Gareth Bale or Antoine Griezmann, I really would.“I have watched Lukaku and I am a big fan, but I see him in the big games and I don’t see a player that grabs and wins a big game on his own.“I still think there are question marks against Lukaku. Jose sold him and he didn’t play that much at Chelsea, so he knows him well.“I think the ideal signing would be Harry Kane – but I don’t think United will get him. But Griezmann and Bale, I think these are the players that can take United closer to winning the Premier League.”Another exciting prospect emerging on the radar of a number of top European clubs is Kylian Mbappe.The 18-year-old has had a stunning breakthrough season at Monaco, scoring 26 goals and assisting 14 in all competitions to help his side beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.He has earned plenty of plaudits after impressive performances in helping Leonardo Jardim’s side to the last four of the Champions League and Neville says he is ‘sensational’.“I think United are probably one of the only ones who can afford to pay for him, you are talking maybe £100m,” said Neville.“I have watched him twice, against Tottenham and against Man City, and I have never seen pace like it.“He will be bought, but rumour has it he will be staying in Monaco for one more season.“Look, he is still young enough to develop there and I am sure we will see him in the Premier League sooner rather than later.” Listen to Phil Neville’s interview on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast in full, above…last_img read more

26 12 19

first_img🏆🍫😬 @laffk10 is Friday’s #RangersFC training champion🥇 pic.twitter.com/Wxwnh5cfp7— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 19, 2018Gerrard also reacted to the decision to withdraw Paul Gascoigne’s nomination for the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.Ally McCoist blasts Paul Gascoigne’s Scottish Football Hall of Fame snubThe former England skipper said: “Paul Gascoigne is my hero. A player I admired an awful lot. I bought the VHSs, the CDs, the shirts – all the memorabilia that comes with Gazza.“He’s my hero, so I’m disappointed for him of course. It’s a shame because as a player and a talent and a man, he deserves to be in there.“I don’t know the circumstances (behind the decision) so I’ve got nothing more to add to it. But I’d just like to echo that fact that I love Paul Gascoigne and that’s all I need to say on it.” 2 Steven Gerrard says Kyle Lafferty has apologised to him for failing to follow “protocol” that has resulting in the striker being ruled out of Rangers’ clash with Hamilton on Sunday.The Northern Ireland international has been banned from playing against the Accies by the Irish Football Association after withdrawing from Michael O’Neill’s squad at the last moment for their games against Austria and Bosnia & Herzegovina. latest 2 Most Popular Football News Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update scrap Gerrard believes Lafferty still has plenty to offer for his country Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions revealed Gerrard insisted Lafferty will not like missing Rangers’ game on Sunday The statement Gers’ released on Thursday said Lafferty remains available for his country but Gerrard admits the former Burnley, Norwich and Hearts ace will have to thrash out whether he still has an international future with O’Neill.“That’s none of my business to be brutally honest,” he said. “It’s between Michael and Kyle to sort out.“I hope he continues because I still think he’s got a lot to offer on the international scene when I watch him for Northern Ireland. He looks passionate, he looks like he loves it.“He’s made it clear he wants to continue to play and be available but that’s a conversation between himself and Michael that he will have to thrash out.” Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ SORRY The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos gameday cracker Gerrard said: “It’s a shame (that he misses Sunday) because he’s a good player and he’s been in good form since he came in. But we respect and appreciate what’s gone on.“He hasn’t followed the protocol and done the right thing so his punishment is that he can’t play on Sunday and any footballer doesn’t like missing games – I can assure you of that.“I support him, of course I do. I always support my players 100 per cent. He’s come in, apologised for what’s gone on. We respect Northern Ireland for the punishment they’ve given him and we move on.“There’s nothing else to add to it. We put a statement out yesterday which was very clear and now it’s an opportunity for someone else on Sunday.”last_img read more

24 12 19

first_imgTYRONE COUNTY BOARD have this evening issued a statement in which it completely refutes the suggestion made by Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner that a Tyrone player taunted Michael Carroll over the death of his father.Declan Bonner claimed Donegal minor star Michael Carroll was taunted over the death of his father.Declan Bonner said his Donegal minor captain Michael Carroll was taunted over the death of his father Francie Carroll who died from cancer last year.The stomach curdling taunts left Bonner questioning whether or not he wanted to be involved with the game and said something urgently needed to be done and the culprits held responsible for their actions. However, following the abhorrent revelations that has been met with condemnation by the rest of the GAA fraternity, Tyrone have responded by absolutely refuted all claims.The Tyrone statement read, “Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal Minor football manager, regarding verbal abuse during the Tyrone v Donegal Ulster Minor Football Championship match, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players.“As a result of the investigation undertaken it would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014. “Tyrone GAA in no way condone ‘sledging’ and the managers and coaches of all our county teams, from Acadamh Thir Eoghain to Senior, actively discourage this practice. Tyrone GAA congratulates both Donegal teams on their victories on Sunday in Ballybofey, wishing them well in the remainder of their 2015 campaigns and would express our deepest sympathies to the player on his loss. TYRONE REFUTE CLAIMS THAT DONEGAL MINOR PLAYER WAS TAUNTED OVER FATHER’S DEATH was last modified: May 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAnewsSportTyronelast_img read more

19 12 19

first_imgCarl Wieland at AIG has given a creationist response to the widely-publicized claim last week that dinosaurs breathed like birds (see Live Science and News@Nature).Creationists are good for evolutionists.  Otherwise, who would keep their rampant speculations in check?  If evolutionists were really interested in truth, they would welcome debate over interpretations of evidence from anyone who argues with sound logic, integrity and respect for the brute facts.  Since the scientific establishment will not even consider any opinion coming from outside the Darwin cheerleader’s club, it’s up to individuals to hear both sides and judge who is providing the better interpretation.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

19 12 19

first_imgScientists and engineers continue to find well-designed features in living things that are worth imitating.Get a tail:  Extinct velociraptors, the terrors of the Jurassic Park movies, are inspiring robot designers.  Live Science and PhysOrg told about how Tailbot, developed at UC Berkeley and modeled after “leaping lizards,” can right itself after stumbling and can jump without tumbling.  “Engineers quickly understood the value of a tail,” said Thomas Libby, a grad student involved in the development of Tailbot.  “Robots are not nearly as agile as animals, so anything that can make a robot more stable is an advancement, which is why this work is so exciting.”  The PhysOrg article includes two entertaining video clips showing the robot clumsily attempting to duplicate the leaps a lizard does naturally (Tailbot’s attempt might be described as “falling with style”).  Prof. Robert J. Full remarked, “Inspiration from lizard tails will likely lead to far more agile search-and-rescue robots, as well as ones having greater capability to more rapidly detect chemical, biological or nuclear hazards.”Good design in bad water:  A briny pond at the lowest spot in the western hemisphere has a simple but descriptive name: Badwater.  Yet in this pond in Death Valley lives a microbe worth noting.  Science Daily says the “Death Valley Microbe May Spark Novel Biotech and Nanotech Uses.”  Why is that?  Dennis Bazylinski (U of Nevada) is impressed at the ability of the microbe to orient itself to magnetic fields.  The magnetic bacterium BW-1 has genes that produce nano-sized crystals of the minerals magnetite (a form of iron oxide) and greigite (a form of iron sulfide); BW-1 is the first microbe isolated capable of synthesizing greigite.  Bazylinski sees treasure in these microbes: their magnetosomes make them “useful in drug delivery and medical imaging.”  The article states that “Magnetotactic bacteria are simple, single-celled organisms that are found in almost all bodies of water.”  They can’t be that simple, though, to do what they do: “As their name suggests, they orient and navigate along magnetic fields like miniature swimming compass needles.”Insect cuticle for the environment:  “Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a new material that replicates the exceptional strength, toughness, and versatility of one of nature’s more extraordinary substances—insect cuticle,” reported PhysOrg.  They call it “Shrilk.”  Look for it in these products of the future: disposable diapers that degrade quickly, an environmentally safe alternative to plastic, biodegradable trash bags and packaging, sutures for wounds, and a scaffold for tissue regeneration.  Look at the praise they give to this material insects make on the fly:Natural insect cuticle, such as that found in the rigid exoskeleton of a housefly or grasshopper, is uniquely suited to the challenge of providing protection without adding weight or bulk. As such, it can deflect external chemical and physical strains without damaging the insect’s internal components, while providing structure for the insect’s muscles and wings. It is so light that it doesn’t inhibit flight and so thin that it allows flexibility. Also remarkable is its ability to vary its properties, from rigid along the insect’s body segments and wings to elastic along its limb joints.The Wyss Institute is on a mission to “create bioinspired materials and products.”  They’re understandably proud of their Shrilk, thanks to their flying friends.A bird, a plane:  In the tradition of the Wright Brothers, another aeronautical engineer has taken inspiration from birds.  PhysOrg calls “Queensland University of Technology PhD student Wesam Al Sabban” a genius for his “unmanned aerial vehicle that uses wind power like a bird.”  Does that imply that birds are even more intelligent for coming up with the design first?  To develop his Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) called the Green Falcon II, Al Sabban had to learn from the masters. “As part of my PhD topic we are studying the way birds make use of wind energy to fly with minimum power, the way they glide and use all types of wind to move and change their flight path.”  He boasts, “The Green Falcon II will be a zero-emissions UAV capable of round-the-clock service.” Birds are kind of like that.  Unreported is whether the robot will leave spots on your car.Outdoing plants?  PhysOrg reported, “Researchers figure out how to outperform nature’s photosynthesis.”  The body of the article, though, reveals that they didn’t invent a light-gathering engine from scratch.  Rather, “They frankensteined together proteins from Synechococcus sp. with those from Clostridium acetobutylicum using molecular wire to create a ‘hybrid biological/organic nanoconstruct’ that was more efficient than either on their own.”  So, even though “These researchers have created a tiny solar-powered device that works twice as fast as nature to produce hydrogen biofuel,” it would be more impressive if they got their own dirt.Slimy computers:  Some Japanese researchers became fascinated with slime molds.  “A brainless, primeval organism able to navigate a maze might help Japanese scientists devise the ideal transport network design,” PhysOrg wrote.  “Not bad for a mono-cellular being that lives on rotting leaves.”  Somehow the cells of amoeboid yellow slime mold can find the most direct route through a maze to get to their food:  “the cells appear to have a kind of information-processing ability that allows them to ‘optimise’ the route along which the mold grows to reach food while avoiding stresses – like light – that may damage them.”  This means that we have something in common with slime.  “Humans are not the only living things with information-processing abilities,” said Toshiyuki Nakagaki.  Sloughing off his Ig Nobel Prizes for loving slime, he sees a bright future: “it could provide the key to designing bio-computers capable of solving complex problems.”Butterfly materials:  The blue mountain swallowtail butterfly is not just pretty; it’s downright inspiring.  “Butterflies have inspired humans since the time of ancient Egypt, but now they’re also inspiring researchers to look toward nature to help create the next generation of waterproof materials for electronics and sensors,” reported PhysOrg.  That’s why researchers in America and South Korea are looking carefully at the wings of this butterfly.  “The wings shed water easily because of tiny structures that trap air and create a cushion between water and wing which allows water to roll easily off the surface.”  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a cell phone that repels water, instead of shorting out when doused?  One team member said, “Mimicking biological surfaces in nature is an important part in a variety of practical applications.”Spider silkworm:  The desire to imitate spider silk was one of the first biomimetics stories reported in these pages.  In the years since, scientists have had only partial success at duplicating the strands, or at genetically engineering goats with the silk genes to produce it in their milk.  Now, researchers from Wyoming, Indiana and China have succeeded in transplanting the genes for spider dragline silk into silkworms.  Since ancient times, humans have farmed silkworms, so we know about their care and feeding; wrangling spiders is much more difficult.  Reporting in PNAS (Jan 3, 2012, 73/pnas.1109420109), they announced,The development of a spider silk-manufacturing process is of great interest. However, there are serious problems with natural manufacturing through spider farming, and standard recombinant protein production platforms have provided limited progress due to their inability to assemble spider silk proteins into fibers. Thus, we used piggyBac vectors to create transgenic silkworms encoding chimeric silkworm/spider silk proteins. The silk fibers produced by these animals were composite materials that included chimeric silkworm/spider silk proteins integrated in an extremely stable manner. Furthermore, these composite fibers were, on average, tougher than the parental silkworm silk fibers and as tough as native dragline spider silk fibers. These results demonstrate that silkworms can be engineered to manufacture composite silk fibers containing stably integrated spider silk protein sequences, which significantly improve the overall mechanical properties of the parental silkworm silk fibers.Of this achievement, the BBC News announced, “Spider-Man web closer to reality.”  Live Science’s article has a humorous photo of a future T-shirt labeled, “95% silkworm / 5% spider.”  Impressive as this work is, it’s not the same as coming up with the silk from scratch.  The team still had to use the real animals and their genetic information.None of these articles mentioned evolution.  It’s all design, inspiration, and motivation.  Bio-inspired researchers want to produce better products, safer for the environment, safer for humans, helping humanity without damaging the planet.  Home school parents should use stories like these to fascinate their precocious youngsters with the wonders all around them, right in their back yards.  It can lead to a new crop of highly-motivated scientists, 100% Darwin-free (which means, safer for the environment, safer for humans, helping humanity without damaging the planet).(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more