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first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Axel!  Do you love dress-up? Axel does, and he has his own stylish wardrobe.  Sometimes he even chooses his own outfit.  He is an energetic seven-year-old, who weighs seventeen-pounds.  Axel loves kids, large dogs, cats, playing, and car rides.Axel loves wearing outfits and is happy to see everybody. He is looking a forever home. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-Pet SheltonHe loves his crate, and will even put his toys away in it!  The volunteers believe him to be a handsome and perky guy with a face to melt your heart.  If you have love to give and a fenced yard, Axel would be the perfect companion for you.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

first_imgQPR are close to a deal to sign Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal, Spanish newspaper Marca has reported.The Netherlands midfielder, 26, has been on loan at Swansea for the last two seasons and they are keen to sign him permanently.But Rangers boss Harry Redknapp was alerted to his potential availability when it became apparent Swansea were struggling to agree a deal.Rangers are willing to pay £7m and Marca say Villarreal are ready to complete the transfer. Related West London Sport story (9 August): QPR ready to agree £7m De Guzman dealQPR have indicated they will pay £7m for De GuzmanAC Milan plan to offer QPR £3m for Adel Taarabt, Sky Sport Italia have reported.Taarabt ended last season on loan at the Italian club and is desperate to join them on a permanent basis.And it is claimed that Kia Joorabchian, who has advised QPR on various transfer deals and acts as Taarabt’s representative, is due to meet Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani on Tuesday to discuss a potential deal.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, who sold Taarabt to the R’s when he was Tottenham boss, has indicated that the player is determined to move on.Taarabt’s future is uncertain following his return to Rangers.Spurs would be entitled to a significant share of any transfer fee under the terms of the deal that took Taarabt to Loftus Road in the summer of 2010. Related West London Sport story (11 August): No cut-price Taarabt deal, QPR boss insists Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgArcata >> Ja’Quan Gardner has had monster games before.He’s set records — a lot of them — and probably will do so at least a few more times in Humboldt State’s final four regular-season games.He’s put on his Superman cape and taken over games before.But in Saturday night’s 52-49 win over Azusa Pacific this past Saturday night at the Redwood Bowl, Gardner took things to a different kind of level. And it was the kind of level, one where he completely tore the APU defense apart, that his team …last_img read more

first_imgNature is a treasure trove of technology.  Though engineers have garnered inspiration from nature since the Wright brothers and before, it seems that in recent years there has been a gold rush to follow nature’s lead.Wet glue:  Worms may not be very inspiring to most people, but Science News reported that scientists at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City are developing “worm-inspired superglue.”  By watching how the sandcastle worm glues pieces of sand, minerals and shell pieces into its shell, the scientists imitated the technique and invented a glue that works underwater.  The secret is in proteins possessing strong positive and negative charges.  The new glue may help doctors repair bone in the wet environment of the body during surgery.  After the bone regrows, the non-toxic glue would simply break down in the body.Super velcro:  Velcro became one of the early triumphs of modern biomimetics when in 1941 George de Mestral became intrigued by the cockleburs that stuck to his dog’s fur.  The famous “hook and loop” fabric he developed has become as indispensable in our lives as adhesive tape.  Science News reported that researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed “velcro on steroids” – a metallic version that can hold 35 metric tons per square meter.  The article said the connectors are “patterned on the burrs that some plants have evolved to adhere to the coats of animals for seed dispersal.”Wing wonders:  Did you know that locusts are the long-distance champs of the insect world?  They can fly for hundreds of miles.  Science News, Live Science and Science Daily reported on work at Oxford to understand the wing design of “nature’s most efficient flyers.”  (Science News likened the dragonfly to fighter jets and the locust to 747s.)  The researchers are finding that the flexibility in the wing is crucial to the efficiency.  Dr. John Young of the University of New South Wales (Australia) said, “The message for engineers working to build insect-like micro-air vehicles is that the high lift of insect wings may be relatively easy to achieve, but that if the aim is to achieve efficiency of the sort that enables inter-continental flight in locusts, then the details of deforming wing design are critical.”    Dr. Young said that until recently it has been impossible to study insect wings in detail because they flap so fast and their shape is so complicated.  Now, with wind tunnels and computer models, the problems are becoming tractable.  Incidentally, he pointed out, the “bumblebee paradox” (the claim that insects defy the laws of aerodynamics) is dead.  He affirmed, “Modern aerodynamics really can accurately model insect flight.”  That doesn’t mean it is simple.Pearl of great price:  “Nature’s ability to generate with ease amazingly complex and functional inorganic structures is the envy of materials engineers,” wrote Nils Kroger in Science last week.1  He was talking about nacre – the mother-of-pearl material found in oysters.  It’s hard enough to predict a material from the genes that form it, he said: “An additional level of complexity exists for organisms that form body parts composed of mineralized structures such as sea shells, bone, and teeth.”  Why is that?  “These organisms must also carefully control the interfaces between the soft body parts and the growing mineral.”  And that is what oysters do that is the envy of materials engineers.  “These highly organized aragonite layers, termed nacre, are unique to mollusks and endow the material with extraordinary toughness and a characteristic luster,” he said.    Nacre’s secret is in careful control of minerals by protein layers in the growing material.  It appears now that proteins high in the amino acid aspartate are key to growing mineralized structures.  “Indeed, aspartate-rich proteins appear to be a common tool of biomineral-forming organisms, irrespective of the chemistry of the mineral phase,” he said.  “They are involved in the formation of calcium phosphate biominerals of bone and teeth and the amorphous silica cell walls of diatoms.”  It may be a challenge for evolutionary biologists to explain this convergent technology among such diverse organisms, but aside from that, “Knowledge of the molecular details of biomineralization processes is key to enable biomimetic syntheses of new high-performance composite materials.”Graphic designers should have ample opportunities to design cartoon logos of plants and animals for the suite of new products that are coming out of biomimetic engineering.  How to make locusts and worms look attractive in advertising could be a challenge, though.  According to The Guardian, artists are up to the challenge.  The London Zoo had a 3-day “Pestival” to “celebrate insects in art, and the art of being an insect.”  One of the displays is a human-size “termite pavilion” that shows termites are not just home destroyers – they might just be the inspiration for future energy-efficient homes.1.  Nils Kroger, “The Molecular Basis of Nacre Formation,” Science, 11 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5946, pp. 1351-1352, DOI: 10.1126/science.1177055.Evolution cannot rightly claim credit for any of this.  Silly phrases in the form, “technical achievements that plants or animals have evolved to do such and such” are useless distractions.  The focus is on design, design, design.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThere is a strong belief in the aviation industry that searchers scouring the southern Indian Ocean for MH370 may find the Boeing 777 in the next four weeks.Last week the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s contracted survey ship the Furgo Discovery resumed the deep sea search in a location identified 11 months ago by a Boeing 777 senior captain as the final resting place of MH370.On December 22 Flightglobal, the world’s oldest and most respected industry magazine, published a mathematical and geometric calculation by Captain Simon Hardy, also a mathematician, which indicated precisely where, according to his calculations, MH370 came down.Captain Hardy’s recent refinements to the aircraft’s final descent profile puts it at S39 22′ 46″ E087 06′ 20″.MH370, with 239 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared on March 8, 2014 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and the only trace so far is a small wing flap that was washed up on the Reunion Island earlier this year. Only human input.In his blog Flightglobal’s Consulting Editor David Learmount said that “for those seeking a reason to be optimistic following a discouraging 20 months of searching the ocean without a result, there is definite cause for renewed hope this time.”“The impressive fact about Hardy’s mathematics is that, despite hundreds of thousands of hits on the article containing his calculations, nobody has been able to blow a hole in them,” said Mr Learmount.“By 3 December Fugro Discovery expects to have completed the search of the area containing, according to Hardy’s calculations, the wreck of MH370 and the remains of those who went down with it.”“Captain Hardy says he says he is excited about the next month’s search, having invested more than a year of mental and emotional energy into working out where MH370 flew, and why. He wants it found,” said Mr Learmount.The location identified by Captain Hardy is just outside the initial search area of 60,000sq km but that area of interest was widened in April to 120,000sq km. Captain Hardy’s “location” is also at the extreme edged of the range of the MH370 given its fuel and passenger/cargo load.The search vessels have now covered over 70,000 sq km and with the weather improving the pace of the search is expected to pick uplast_img read more

first_img5 February 2015The University of Cape Town has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, a leading European university focused on innovation and the natural sciences.The agreement will strengthen a collaboration that will facilitate a two-way exchange of high-level ideas on issues crucial to both continents, including urbanisation, infectious diseases, material science and data-intensive research.African voiceVice-Chancellor Dr Max Price signed the MOU with ETH Zurich in January, en route to the Global University Leaders Forum at Davos. He was the only African university head to be invited.Both platforms have enabled Price to ensure that there is an African voice in global debates around issues such as health and urbanisation, and that international leaders inform research (and teaching) on the continent.Future citiesThere are already useful collaborations in place between the two universities. For instance, in the study of urbanisation, ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory has a similar interdisciplinary approach to UCT’s African Centre for Cities.Both centres bring together environmental challenges, such as landscape resource consumption, with social development, such as inclusion and housing.Technical engineering is the core of the Future Cities expertise, which would add great value to the work of the ACC, says Professor Danie Visser, the deputy vice-chancellor responsible for research.A hub of major networks in Africa, the ACC is the continent’s leading university-based urban research centre and has become a sought-after research partner.ETH Zurich is where Albert Einstein received his diploma in 1901.Source: UCTlast_img read more

first_imgThe length of time that homeowners must wait for permission to fire up their solar panels and begin producing power varies widely around the country, but the average was up sharply between 2013 and 2014. UtilityDive.com, citing a report by EQ Research, said that the average wait was up by 68% in that one-year period.Connecticut Light & Power had the best record, an average of five days; Pepco in Maryland had the worst record in the country, an average of 76 days, the website said. That’s three times as long as the median wait, and five times slower than Baltimore Gas & Electric, another Maryland utility.Over the course of the year, the median wait increased from 18 days to 25 days, which the report attributes to a growing number of regulations.The study, undertaken for the Solar Energy Industry Association, a trade group, recommended that utility regulators set firm deadlines for making interconnections and come up with strategies to handle a larger number of requests from consumers as interest in solar picks up.The study analyzed 57,000 solar installation applications received by 34 utilities in 13 states, The Washington Post reported. The process can be arduousStandards for interconnecting residential solar panels with the grid emphasize safety, the report says, but long delays are costly.“Even as distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems become more common, the interconnection process can be lengthy and problematic for solar customers and installers, increasing overall system installation costs and delaying the benefits of PV generation,” EQ Research said.As the number of distributed generation (DG) systems rises, utilities are more likely to deny interconnection on safety and grid reliability concerns, the report says, “further complicating and delaying the interconnection process.” However, the fact that some utilities can handle interconnection requests quickly shows that “solutions to existing challenges are within reach.”Researchers interviewed both PV installers and utility staffers and identified a number of key problems that add to delays as well as best practices for expediting the process without sacrificing safety or grid reliability.Among the suggestions:Regulators should mandate enforceable timelines for granting “permission to operate” (PTO).The application process can be improved by using an online system and syncing the database of interconnected customers with other records.Utilities could consider consolidating pre- and post-construction paperwork in order to simplify the process.Better communication between utilities, installers and customers would help resolve problems more quickly, and keep customers happier.Utilities should plan ahead for a growing number of interconnection applications in the future.“Streamlining the interconnection process not only helps utilities meet deadlines and improve customer satisfaction, it can also yield internal time and cost savings,” the report said. “Improvements to the interconnection experience will lower PV installation costs while helping states meet policy goals and objectives related to renewable energy and DG.”last_img read more

first_imgPunjab’s Department of Excise and Taxation on Thursday said it has busted an alleged Goods and Services Tax (GST) bogus billing scam in Patiala, involving 60 crore.Additional Excise and Taxation Commissioner-cum-Director (Investigation) Navdeep Kaur Bhinder said that a businessman in Patiala’s Khanauri Mandi dealing in iron and scrap has been found to be involved in the unscrupulous activity.“After following due process of law and conducting detailed enquires, the accused,, who is proprietor of Ganpati Motor Store, has been arrested,” she said in Patiala.‘Fake invoices’“The owner of the firm used to procure fake GST invoices of iron and scrap from Delhi without physical delivery of goods. It has also been detected that some of the vehicles used in the transportation of goods were found to be scooters and motorcycles. A total of 945 vehicles were shown to have transported iron and scrap goods from Delhi to Khanauri Mandi, whereas after verification it was found that only 67 vehicles were shown to have passed through a Rohtak-based toll plaza. The verification of these 67 vehicles revealed that these vehicles had actually not passed through the toll plaza and only fake toll plaza receipts had been generated,” said Ms Kaur, adding that the fact has been confirmed by toll plaza authorities. “In this case the accused was creating bogus input tax credit running into crores of rupees and was further passing on to various dealers of Punjab,” she said.Ms. Kaur said investigation was on to identify other unscrupulous people involved in the scam. “We also plan to launch a campaign against dealers, traders involved in cases of tax evasion,” the excise official said.last_img read more