Facebook What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Parking lot closures cause new problems for students Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders Previous articleSizzle Reel Episode 9Next articleWomen’s basketball wins season opener, 72-58 Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Facebook Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. ReddIt + posts TAGScancerFrogs for the Curephilanthropy TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printA new student group on TCU’s campus, Frogs Fighting Cancer, hosted a kick-off tailgate Saturday as a way to celebrate their new organization.Frogs Fighting Cancer, which was established as an official club on Nov. 1, aims to promote cancer awareness and unite the TCU community to overcome the fight against all types of cancer. Makenzie Burnett, a senior and co-founder of Frogs Fighting Cancer, said she noticed a gap of cancer supporters at TCU after Ann Louden and Frogs for the Cure went off campus.“We thought that there was a need on campus,” Burnett said. “This is something we have all been affected by, so that’s kind of why we started.”Louden established and chaired the student group, Frogs for the Cure, which was an on-campus organization that coordinated events to raise money for cancer research. While Louden’s and Frogs for the Cure’s legacy revolved mainly around raising funds for research, Burnett said that Frogs Fighting Cancer is taking a different approach. According to Burnett, the organization’s primary objective is not just on raising money for all cancers, but also spending quality time with people who are experiencing cancer first-hand.“The focus for this group is more on volunteering and being on the ground, hands-on, actually being with people who have gone through the cancer treatment process,” she said.Brooke Barlock, a senior and co-founder of the club, said the program is dedicated towards creating a strong community, so people have a place to go if they are struggling. “We want to create a support group where people can turn to if they’re dealing with anyone who is facing cancer, so that they can have a supportive environment,” she said. Frogs Fighting Cancer is also looking to volunteer at organizations throughout the community.“We also want to deal with volunteering at organizations in Fort Worth, like Cancer Care Services of North Texas,” Barlock said. “We want to volunteer once a month and get enough TCU students to really make a difference at those events.”Julia Zellers, a senior and co-founder of Frogs Fighting Cancer, said she is hoping to see their impact spread beyond the borders of TCU’s campus and into the surrounding community.“Our goal is to make an impact on the Fort Worth community because there are a lot of people that have to sit through chemo treatments with no one to talk to,” she said. “So we’ve started setting up appointments where we can get volunteers at cancer care services.”In order to raise more awareness for the organization, Frogs Fighting Cancer is planning to hold one fundraising event each semester.The first group meeting will take place in January and is open to all students looking to join the fight towards tackling cancer. “Anyone is welcome to join and come to our first meeting and be involved at any level they want,” Zellers said. “We would love to have you join Frogs Fighting Cancer.” Linkedin Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Twitter Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025
1 Arsene Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in Europe as he approaches 20 years Arsene Wenger has passionately defended his position as Arsenal boss and insists he has become bored of people questioning whether he has what it takes to continue in the job.The 66-year-old has been accustomed in recent years to supporters and pundits alike calling for him to end his long reign with the Gunners, and in recent weeks he has faced a fresh wave of criticism after the team’s Barclays Premier League title hopes were derailed by some poor results.Former Liverpool boss Graeme Souness called Arsenal “weak and insipid” and claimed they “bordered on a joke” during their defeat to Manchester United last month, while ex-players Paul Merson and Thierry Henry have also had their say on Wenger and the club.Wenger, who is now the longest-serving manager in Europe as he approaches 20 years at the helm at Arsenal, has seen his side win just three of their last 12 matches in all competitions, leaving them on the brink of Champions League elimination and eight points adrift of domestic league leaders Leicester with nine games remaining.They face Hull in an FA Cup fifth-round replay on Tuesday night as they look to win the competition for a third straight season, having beaten the Tigers in the 2014 final and defended the trophy against Aston Villa at Wembley last May.The 2014 success ended a decade-long run without silverware for the Gunners and relieved tensions between disillusioned fans and their manager – but things could once again to come a head if they end the current campaign empty-handed.But Wenger came out fighting when asked if the way fans react over the remainder of the season would affect his thoughts over signing a new contract at Arsenal, with his current deal expiring next summer.“Look, I have worked here for 19, 20 years and I’m always sitting here having to justify that I’m good enough to do the job,” he said at his press conference previewing the trip to the KC Stadium.“I have no problem to cope with everything but I find that a bit boring in the end. I always have to convince you that I am good enough. I worked for 35 years at the top level.“What I find just boring is always sitting here after 19 years to face, ‘Do you think you are good enough?’ If I am not, somebody will tell me.”Wenger’s counterpart on Tuesday night at Hull will be Steve Bruce, who labelled criticism of the Frenchman as “appalling” and said the only thing he would be giving the Arsenal boss is respect.A fighting 2-2 draw at Tottenham on Saturday showed Wenger’s side does have heart and the hunger to fight for silverware after a poor run of results.Henry said he had never seen the fans as angry as they were when Arsenal lost at home to Swansea last Wednesday but Wenger insists he will go about his job of delivering those trophies rather than focusing on what he cannot control.He said: “I cannot influence the behaviour of the fans. How can I do that?“I am humble enough every day to question myself, to accept my mistakes, and believe me I do that. After that as well there is no coincidence that the people who own the club tell me to be here for 19 years. Do you think they are more stupid than you or me?“I am not on Twitter. I don’t invite anybody to go out to dinner and be nice with them. I work and work and work and work. If it’s not good enough someone will tell me one day.“That’s all I can do. I do not worry what you say about me or what fans say about me. I try to do my job in a proper way and with full commitment. After that everybody has the right to have an opinion.”
Being an NBA star isn’t all glory, glamor and being able to dunk at will.There are bumps and bruises to consider. Shooting slumps. Waking up and wondering if you’re in Houston or Philadelphia. Sometimes the team charter runs out of Skittles.Or this faux paus that will draw derision from your teammates that can stay with you for weeks, if not months: A misdirected text message. More embarrassing than a live turnover. The equivalent of scoring in the opponent’s basket.“I’ve seen people do …
There’s no evidence for a key presumption of Darwinian theory – the very presumption that gave birth to Social Darwinism.It’s rare to see a science article say “Darwin was wrong,” but Live Science reluctantly admitted that a key idea Darwin proposed in The Origin in 1859 is the opposite of the way nature actually works.One of Charles Darwin’s hypotheses posits that closely related species will compete for food and other resources more strongly with one another than with distant relatives, because they occupy similar ecological niches. Most biologists long have accepted this to be true.Results on algae at the University of Michigan were “unsetting” and “completely unexpected,” the article says. The researchers got self-inflicted headaches over their findings:“It was completely unexpected,” says Bradley Cardinale, associate professor in the University of Michigan’s school of natural resources & environment. “When we saw the results, we said ‘this can’t be.”‘ We sat there banging our heads against the wall. Darwin’s hypothesis has been with us for so long, how can it not be right?”The researchers did not set out to disprove Darwin, but were “completely baffled” to find that closely related algae did not compete more strongly. “The hypothesis is so intuitive that it was hard for us to give it up, but we are becoming more and more convinced that he wasn’t right about the organisms we’ve been studying.”Darwin’s flawed notion has had far-reaching effects on politics, the article points out. Decisions about what endangered species to save have been made on the basis that closely-related species are less valuable then distant ones.But if scientists ultimately prove Darwin wrong on a larger scale, “then we need to stop using his hypothesis as a basis for conservation decisions,” Cardinale says. “We risk conserving things that are the least important, and losing things that are the most important.”Regarding Darwin’s hypothesis that distant species complete less, the team “didn’t see any evidence of that at all” in “field experiments, lab experiments and surveys in 1,200 lakes in North America.” In hindsight, they believe Darwin misled himself by his own preferred view of nature. They could only offer “maybe” stories in the wake of the damage.Darwin “was obsessed with competition,” Cardinale says. “He assumed the whole world was composed of species competing with each other, but we found that one-third of the species of algae we studied actually like each other. They don’t grow as well unless you put them with another species. It may be that nature has a heck of a lot more mutualisms than we ever expected.“Maybe species are co-evolving,” he adds. “Maybe they are evolving together so they are more productive as a team than they are individually. We found that more than one-third of the time, that they like to be together. Maybe Darwin’s presumption that the world may be dominated by competition is wrong.”This statement suggests that it’s not just a subtopic within Darwinian theory that is wrong, but the most important underlying presumption. It also implies that Thomas Malthus’s ideas on competition were wrong.* Competition for limited resources, he said, led to death of the unfit. Evolutionary theorists like Herbert Spencer, therefore, misled whole nations who launched “social Darwinist” economic policies based on this idea that profoundly affected the lives of millions of people. Historians can only imagine what would have happened if they had promoted the newer view that nature becomes productive by cooperation, not competition.Think of the worst mistake a person has ever made that had terrible effects on other people, and multiply it by a thousand—or by tens of millions. That’s the awful impact Darwin’s wrong idea has had on the world (see “Mao tse-tung Killed 77 Million for Darwin,” 11/30/2005). It’s a little late for saying “Whoops.” It’s long past due to take the reins of power out of the hands of the Charlietans, never again trusting anything they say. Get them out of government, education, and the law. Consign them to hard labor cleaning up the mess they made. Let Bible-believing creationists, who respect the Ten Commandments, gain the ascendency once again, building a world on the truth of creation, preaching the gospel of peace and righteousness. Let “Love thy neighbor as thyself” be taught in schools. Let science pursue understanding of nature as the work of intelligent design, generating knowledge for the benefit of mankind and stewardship of creation.Why not? Even if you hate creationists, you would have to admit that nothing could ever be worse than what Darwin wrought. Even Richard Dawkins would prefer living in a Christian nation than one in which a ruthless competition that Darwin imagined was the law of nature. Atheists: you would be happier in a Christian world than you could ever be with one that assumed there are no consequences for evil. That’s not just theory; we have a century of evidence (“Darwin’s century”) to prove it.*The “competition” Darwin and Malthus imagined is not the same as the friendly competition in free market economics. Darwinian competition is competition to the death. In free-market economics (as opposed to the cutthroat capitalism of some social Darwinists who loved Herbert Spencer), competition works for the benefit of the many. Competitors in a free market have to please the most customers. They have to improve their products by intelligent design and wise choices, not by some “natural law” of the jungle. Free markets harness the self-preservation instinct God built into all His creatures and puts it to work: i.e., if I want to eat, I have to work hard to please the most people. The free market system solves the problem of the “tragedy of the commons,” wherein the environment is ravished by unconstrained self-interest. This is the polar opposite of Darwinian competition. The virtue of work has its roots in the book of Genesis, when God assigned the first human pair to tend the garden and keep it. In the Biblical world view, work is good. Conservation is good. Stewardship is good. Thankfulness and appreciation are good. Pleasing others is good. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are good. Build a government on these self-evident truths, and there’s no limit to the prosperity – including productive science – that can result. (Visited 162 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
(Visited 174 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Scientists continue to find amazing things about animals and plants that they wish to imitate in technology.A squid-skin-inspired invisibility cloak (Nature). “A squid’s skin contains coloured cells, some of which expand and contract to help change the animal’s appearance.” Imitation of this technique at UC Irvine “has inspired a device that can be made invisible to infrared cameras and adapted to changing conditions.”Scientists mimic a worm’s lethal jaw to design and form resilient materials (Phys.org). With support from the U.S. Department of Energy, “Scientists created a bioinspired gradient in mechanical properties.” The inspiration comes from the polychaete worm, which for a soft animal has a surprisingly touch jaw with which it injects venom into its prey. It withstands large forces through the layering of materials. “The design of the jaw, with a gradient of hard materials at the tip connected to softer tissues, dissipates force and prevents serious damage to the jaw.”Photo by David Coppedge.Cactus roots inspire creation of water-retaining material (Phys.org). “During rare desert rainfalls, cacti waste no time sopping up and storing a storm’s precious precipitation.” Imitation of this process “could eventually have a host of applications in agriculture, cosmetics and medicine.”The raw power of human motion (Phys.org). Even the Arabs are getting into biological engineering. At King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, researchers are designing robots that can hitchhike on human energy. Triboelectric generators “capture mechanical energy from their surroundings, such as vibrations and random motion produced by humans, and convert it into electricity.”Mushrooms, feathers combine in biodegradable shoes (Phys.org). Researchers at the University of Delaware are skipping over the imitation part and going direct to the natural material. “Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year’s National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste.” The feathers provide growth medium for the mushrooms, which cushion and provide support. Hopefully the shoes don’t biodegrade while you’re walking around cactus to study water-retaining material.Bioinspired polarization vision enables underwater geolocalization (Science Advances). Ants, bees, crickets, dung beetles, and spiders may seem like under-log vermin to some people, but they are nuggets of gold for biomimetics hunters. Each of these, as well as honeybees and other animals, have the ability to detect and use polarized light. Even less explored are underwater animals, where light is highly polarized—a source of information animals can exploit. Science Daily points to squid and the mantis shrimp as examples. The paper says tells how their bioinspired technology can vastly improve on GPS information that degrades with depth:With its never-ending blue color, the underwater environment often seems monotonic and featureless. However, to an animal with polarization-sensitive vision, it is anything but bland. The rich repertoire of underwater polarization patterns—a consequence of light’s air-to-water transmission and in-water scattering—can be exploited both as a compass and for geolocalization purposes. We demonstrate that, by using a bioinspired polarization-sensitive imager, we can determine the geolocation of an observer based on radial underwater polarization patterns. Our experimental data, recorded at various locations around the world, at different depths and times of day, indicate that the average accuracy of our geolocalization is 61 km, or 6 m of error for every 1 km traveled. This proof-of-concept study of our bioinspired technique opens new possibilities in long-distance underwater navigation and suggests additional mechanisms by which marine animals with polarization-sensitive vision might perform both local and long-distance navigation.Biologically inspired membrane purges coal-fired smoke of greenhouse gases (Phys.org). Sandia National Labs is using information gained by research on enzymes to develop “A biologically inspired membrane intended to cleanse carbon dioxide almost completely from the smoke of coal-fired power plants,” this article explains.Gecko-inspired adhesives help soft robotic fingers get a better grip (Science Daily). The gecko is back, starring in another biomimetics role. At UC San Diego, “Researchers have developed a robotic gripper that combines the adhesive properties of gecko toes and the adaptability of air-powered soft robots to grasp a much wider variety of objects than the state of the art” (see picture in the article). The new project draws on previous work “at Stanford University and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory recreated that mechanism with a synthetic material called a gecko-inspired adhesive.”Credit: Illustra MediaNew camera inspired by butterfly eyes improves image-guided cancer surgery (Science Daily). Cancer patients, look at what The Optical Society is doing with butterflies. “By mimicking the intricate visual system of a butterfly, researchers have created a camera that provides surgeons with both a traditional color image as well as a near-infrared image that makes fluorescently labeled cancerous cells visible even under bright surgical lighting.”Can we imitate organisms’ abilities to decode water patterns for new technologies? (Science Daily). Animals leave flow patterns in their wake, whether in air or in water. Other animals take advantage of that information for hunting or predator avoidance. The article mentions a variety of animals: copepods, bats, seagulls. A researcher at USC “would like to understand how these water flow patterns are perceived at a local level, by an organism or a bio-inspired vehicle, and decode them to ascertain what’s happening in the water at a larger scale.”Cheer the biomimetics parade, and join it! Think of your kid’s next science project. What in the backyard can inspire him or her to learn and design an application?
Beppe Marotta: What I hope to bring to Inter Milan…by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBeppe Marotta is excited to be taking charge of Inter Milan.The former Juventus GM has been named Inter’s sporting chief exec.“As always when changing club, there is something different to get used to, but there is also great optimism that we can achieve our winning targets,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.“We are at a crossroads for the season. There is disappointment over the Champions League elimination, as we wanted to get past the group stage, but we have to look forward with pride and follow the other targets for this campaign.”He also said, “It’s true that Inter are at a more advanced stage than Juve were at the time. The management is well-prepared, the squad is competitive.“I want to bring my experience and contribution to a club that is already in a strong position. I take a slow approach and certainly don’t just barge in, as I can offer my capabilities, but we are in a different situation compared to when I joined Juve in 2010.“There is a big gap right now with Juve, as the changes of ownership prompted a loss of that sense of belonging, but now the Zhang family is proving with action as well as words that they can be trusted by the fans.“It’ll take time, I don’t know if it’s six months, a year or two, but we must look forward with optimism. This is like the first day of school for me. Right now, I am observing.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Update: I assumed that eight or nine Pac-12 schools were for satellite camps. As it turns out, it was 11, with the assumed dissident being UCLA, according to Stewart Mandel. You can’t make this up.Larry Scott confirmed that 11 of the 12 Pac-12 schools did not support a satellite camp ban. Would not say the 12th, but, now you can guess.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016Earlier: Two weeks ago, Washington State head coach Mike Leach said that most Pac-12 programs are for satellite camps, and that he didn’t know why the conference voted against it. According to Fox Sports’ Stewart Mandel, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has an answer: UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero voted the wrong way.New twist in satellite camp ban. Pac-12 commish Larry Scott says their rep, Dan Guerrero, “did not vote the way he was supposed to vote.”— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) April 20, 2016It is unclear whether this was subterfuge by an athletic director whose school is in a talent rich city, or just a mistake, but it makes sense that most Pac-12 programs would want the chance to see players from other areas. While UCLA and USC have the advantage of being in Los Angeles, and Stanford has its own very unique recruiting ability, satellite camps make a ton of sense for pretty much every other program in the league.
zoom German-Danish ferry operator Scandlines has seen an increase in the number of transported vehicles during the high season in 2016 following the delivery of its new hybrid ferry the M/V Berlin in May.Following delivery, the new vessel, which combines traditional diesel power with battery power, was put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.Featuring a space for 460 cars or lorries and capable of accommodating 1,300 passengers, M/V Berlin broke its record numerous times in July and August, according to Scandlines.In June alone, the ferry transported 39,451 cars, while it carried its highest number of cars on one crossing at the end of August when it transported 351 cars.“Now with the high season coming to an end Scandlines can look back at a great season with good volumes in all areas,” Scandlines said.Later this year, M/V Berlin’s sister ship, the M/V Copenhagen, will be put into service on the Rostock-Gedser route.The two new hybrid ferries will then be able to transport up to 2,600 passengers, 920 cars, 192 lorries between Rostock and Gedser, doubling Scandlines’ current capacity on the route.
ICAP plc, a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services, announces that the 23rd annual global Charity Day will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.On this day, 100% of ICAP’s revenues and commissions generated globally will be donated to more than 200 charities worldwide.Since Charity Day was launched in December 1993, ICAP has raised more than $189 million for 1,800 charities worldwide. In 2014 alone, $12.5 million was raised by ICAP’s 60 plus offices, for 200 charitable projects. This is equivalent to 3% of ICAP’s full year pre-tax profit for 2014/2015.This year, Charity Day will again be raising funds for another 200 charities globally, of which approximately 50 are supported from the US effort. On the day, many of these charities will be joined by their celebrity patrons who will speak directly to ICAP’s customers on the phone to close deals, boosting trading volumes in the process.For 2015, Hope for a Healthier Humanity, Big Brothers Big Sisters, ALS Association, and United Way are some of the charities supported in the US by ICAP. In the past, Oprah Winfrey, President George W. Bush, Meryl Streep, Eli Manning, Daniel Craig and many other distinguished guests have attended to lend their support to ICAP and its charities.Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “This year is ICAP’s 23rd annual Charity Day. From our modest beginnings in 1993 when we had 100 employees, this event has grown to become a truly global fundraising event, of which we are extremely proud. This year, we will be supporting a further 200 extraordinary charities, all of whom are in need of funds to develop vital, life-changing projects which will make a difference to thousands of lives. We are dedicated to raising as much as we can for our charities on December 9 and are extremely grateful to our employees, customers and suppliers for their ongoing and generous support. Together we will all give 100%.”
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez refused to give any guarantees that he will remain in charge until the end of the season.The Magpies have endured a difficult second campaign back in the Premier League following a lack of new signings over the summer transfer window.Currently, Newcastle find themselves just two points above the relegation zone and suffered early exits in both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.Adding to their woes is the failed attempts to recruit new talent in this month’s transfer window after loan deals for Atletico Madrid’s Gelson Martins and Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku fell through.This has left many wondering what will come of Benitez’s own future at St James’ Park with the Spaniard out of contract at the end of the season and having previously expressed his frustrations over the club’s transfer policy.Speaking ahead to tonight’s home game against Premier League champions Manchester City, Benitez admitted he isn’t sure there will any new signings arriving before Thursday’s deadline.“I am not in charge of the deals,” said Benitez, according to Daily Mirror.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The former Liverpool boss could leave Newcastle without having to pay any compensation and hinted last week that this month’s transfer activity could have a key impact on whether or not to sign a renewal.“No, I cannot guarantee anything,” replied Benitez, when asked if he could leave before the end of the season.“I guarantee I will be focussed and try to do my best every minute.”As for leaving on Thursday, he added: “We will wait until Thursday and see what happens.“Hopefully we can get three points against Manchester City and then everybody will be happy.”Newcastle ended a five-match winless run in the Premier League last time out by grabbing a crucial 3-0 win over relegation rivals Cardiff City.Benitez will be hoping that his side can take some badly needed momentum from that victory ahead of tonight’s encounter with City that will begin at 21:00 (CET).