Cardinals 18, 49ers 15: Defense blows fourth-quarter lead

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.GLENDALE, Ariz. — As ugly as it started, it ended even uglier for the 49ers, who lost their sixth straight game Sunday and had a win slip from their grasp in the final minute.The 49ers blew a 15-3, fourth-quarter lead against the the league’s worst offense as the Arizona Cardinals rallied for an 18-15 victory.“It’s tough. Guys are really hurting in there and they should be. If they weren’t, something’s wrong with …last_img

Strange Animals and Stranger Facts About Them

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The world is decorated with an astonishing diversity of animals.  Here are some new discoveries about a few of them.Squid rangefinder:  Why are portions of the squid eyeball out of focus?  Scientists noticed the squid bobbing their heads, and deduced that the “defect” has a purpose.  In the low-contrast deep waters of their hunting grounds, the retina and behavior provides them a kind of rangefinder, allowing them to “catch prey with remarkable speed and precision,” a new paper in Current Biology says.Mantis shrimp eyes :  The weirdly-patterned eyes of the mantis shrimp, moving atop stalks, look like something out of science fiction.  What are the vertical bands and spots in the centers of the eyes?  Nature News and Live Science talked about a new paper in Science Magazine that analyzes how the physiology and 12 kinds of photoreceptors gives the crustaceans “extraordinary color vision” (see also the Perspective article in the same issue that says these eyes that see “color in a fundamentally different way” are “unique in the animal kingdom“).  The vertical bands are designed for detecting circularly polarized light and ultraviolet, as well as sharpening color spectrum in 12 spectral channels.  “The upper and lower halves of each eye also have overlapping visual fields, so that each eye can act as a stereoscopic rangefinder, at least for close distances.”  Live Science posted a gallery of different species of clown-colored mantis shrimp with their “googly eyes.”  Nature News included a video clip that shows the mantis shrimp rotating and moving its eyes on the stalks.Under the sea ice:  Add this to the list of unexpected places to find life.  A robotic submersible measuring ocean currents under the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  When its camera looked under the sea ice, it made “a startling discovery,” reported Live Science.  “Clinging upside-down from crannies in the ice shelf with their tentacles dangling into the icy water were thousands and thousands of tiny sea anemones.”  They must feed on nutrients upwelling in currents.  How they live without freezing is not known; Live Science added a video from the NSF that shows the creatures.  That’s not all they found: “fish that swim upside down, marine worms that live in the icy melt, crustaceans called amphipods and a strange creature resembling a sea cucumber, which they nicknamed ‘the eggroll.’”Hookworm genes:  The hookworm parasite undergoes a “fantastic voyage” once inside the body, Live Science relates.  “These parasites start their lives in soil, and enter the human body through the foot, where they embark on a fantastic voyage through the blood vessels, to the heart, then into the lungs and trachea before being coughed up and swallowed and carried to their final home in the small intestine.” There, they feed on blood, causing host symptoms including anemia and lassitude.  The genome of the hookworm has just been published, providing hope for understanding their lifestyles to reduce infections in poor countries with inadequate sanitation.  The infections are not all bad: usually not deadly, they give the victim’s immune system a “vigorous workout,” reducing risk of allergies and autoimmune diseases.  In fact, some medical researchers are finding good success with “helminth therapy” for treating these diseases (7/13/04, 2/04/12).Spots & stripes:  Scientists may just be beginning to get a grip on how animal patterns arise.  Science Magazine has a video clip that shows two types of skin cells, dark melanophores and light xanthophores, having a kind of race in the embryos of zebrafish.  When they make contact, one type moves and the other follows in “hot pursuit.”  This may lead to the colored bands in the adult.Dinosaur gigantism:  Imagine the problems of being an animal weighing 80 tons.  Scientists are trying to figure out how the big sauropods regulated their body temperature, Science Daily says.  “The gigantism of these vertebrates, unique in the history of Earth, raises many questions, such as why no other land creatures have ever achieved this size and what their bauplan, physiology, and life cycle would have been like.”  The story includes links to three open-access papers in PLoS ONE exploring the physiology of dinosaur gigantism.Sloth-fulness:  The sloth truly deserves its name, PhysOrgs says.  It nibbles on its own fur when too lazy to hunt, and only comes down out of the tree once a week to defecate on the ground.  The animal almost acts like a hanging terrarium.  Cracks in its hair catch rainwater, providing a microhabitat for algae growth.  Moths lay their eggs in its fur to live off the algae.  “This complex (symbiosis)… reinforces fundamental aspects of the sloth’s behaviour and life history, and may reinforce the slothfulness of sloths,” scientists said.Bat olympics:  The BBC reported on a bat that crossed the English Channel – an “incredible journey” for a bat.  It’s the first time the crossing has been documented.  The little creature is the size of a human thumb.  One scientist remarked, “it’s incredible to think that this little bat has flown a distance of at least 600km, avoiding hazards like roads and wind turbines, and for it to safely cross the sea is remarkable.”Dog paddle:  What could be more common than the dog paddle?  Yet Live Science called it a “mystery” that scientists are diving into.  Frank Fish at West Chester University (Pennsylvania) is taking underwater videos (see sample in the article) of various breeds swimming to understand this instinctive behavior of dogs, armadillos, and some humans.  It’s kind of like an underwater trot, he found; “Despite all these different dogs having different terrestrial gaits, they all basically focus in on one gait when they’re swimming.”  Then came an evolution commercial:Fish says he’s trying to understand what natural selection factors were in play for animals that were just beginning to swim. Although dogs aren’t direct predecessors of cetaceans — the category that includes dolphins, whales and porpoises — aquatic mammals did evolve from longed-legged quadrupeds that moved into the water, and over time dropped their paws in favor of fins.Scientists estimate that the first aquatic mammals probably flopped into the water around 60 million years ago, and it took 20 million years for them to evolve flukes and flippers like modern-day whales and dolphins.In between factual observations with tanks and flumes, Fish says “I still want to know what animals have to give up as they’re going along evolutionarily from terrestrial to aquatic.”  He’s even pondering what it would take for a dolphin to evolve the ability to move on land.The strangest creature of all is the human evolutionary scientist.  He can look at design all around and attribute it to blind, unguided processes.  From there he turns his  imagination into overdrive and wanders into mythical worlds with walking dolphins.  This is called “going along evolutionarily.”  It’s like stumbling in the dark.last_img read more

Spotlight on South Africa’s street children

first_imgStreet children in South Africa maysoon find their lives changing for thebetter under the new national strategy.(Image: New Hope Volunteers)MEDIA CONTACTS • Thapelo SakoanaMedia liaison officer, Department ofSocial Development+27 12 312 7303 or +27 78 453 6750RELATED ARTICLES• Non-violence campaign kicks off in SA• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• SA families give back on Mandela Day• Presidency talks to children• Youth Month focus on employmentSource: BuanewsAt the end of the 2011 national Child Protection Week, held every year at the end of May, the government turned its focus to children living and working in the street by launching a national strategy to address their specific issues.The strategy, launched on 6 June by Lulu Xingwana, the minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, will be used as a tool to coordinate the government’s effort to prevent marginalisation of children, and to assist those who are already living and working in the street.The 2011 Child Protection Week programme was launched under the theme Working Together to Protect Children.Xingwana emphasised that the end of Child Protection Week does not mean people should stop protecting children or advocating for their rights.“Instead, this week should become just one milestone in our sustained efforts to protect our children from violence and abuse,” she said.Working together to protect childrenSpeaking at the launch in Bloemfontein, Free State province, Xingwana said the strategy will offer guidance on the services and programmes which are available to help street children.“With the cold weather affecting most parts of the country, street children face severe difficulties, requiring a coordinated response from the government and other organisations involved in addressing the challenge.”She noted that the phenomenon of children living and working in the streets is worldwide, but the precise number is difficult to assess accurately because of constant changes in the status of affected children.She said street children are a manifestation of socio-economic problems which children and families experience in communities, leading to their marginalisation.Unicef estimates that there are about 100-million children living and working in the street worldwide. The majority of these children are in developing countries.“While some vulnerable children may be protected through social assistance and child care services provided by the government and NGOs, other children are not detected,” said Xingwana.She said that this is why the Department of Social Development has developed a strategy which will advise on the best response to the needs of children at risk of having to make a life in the street, as well as those who are already in that position.The strategy focuses on prevention and early intervention to reduce risks, enhance protection of children already on the street, and reintegrate these children back into their communities.last_img read more

Upstage: A New App for Sharing iOS Mockups

first_imgUpstage is a new mobile application for developers and designers which allows you to easily share iOS app mockups with other team members and external clients. The app has was originally developed as an internal collaboration tool by the folks over at Boxcar, the push notification provider for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch whose own mobile app is a perennial favorite here at ReadWriteWeb.With Upstage, now in public beta, any mobile developer or designer working on iOS applications has access to this tool for free.Why Upstage?According to Boxcar’s CEO Jonathan George, Upstage was built out of a real need iOS designers and developers have today. These team members are continually trying to keep track of ideas, screens and approved designs all in one place, and they need to make those easy to access from wherever they are. They also need to clearly and quickly communicate which designs have been approved for development and which are still in progress. Upstage makes all this possible.Previously, the team at Boxcar was using general purpose tools like Google Apps and 37Signals’ Basecamp product to communicate with each other. While both of those can be used as project management tools, it’s easy to lose important messages about design approvals in various message threads, said George. Something simpler was needed – a single-purpose app designed to address just this specific need. Tags:#apps#How To#mobile Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez At Boxcar, the company believes in the “design before development” philosophy, so Upstage fits right in. The app makes it easy to communicate between teams, as the designers will sign-off on screens before the developers begin to implement the changes.It has also been used to present designs to its board for major upcoming product changes, says George.How to Use UpstageUsing the app is simple, too. To begin, you just create a project, name it, upload an image (like the logo) and select the project type (iPhone or iPad). After the project is set up, you can use the included file uploader to select an image from your computer and upload it as your first screen. The company has even gone so far as to provide a helpful list of design and development resources on its website, including an online cheat sheet of Apple interface sizes.For now, there is no charge for developers and designers interested in using this product, although the company may choose to charge for it in the future. In the meantime, says Scott Taylor, who created the app along with Jeff Boulet, they’re already working on several new, and much larger, features planned for a future release. No word on what those may be just yet.If you’re interested in trying Upstage yourself, just head over to the website and sign up for an account here.last_img read more

API of the Week: The InfoChimps API

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? trstrank gets the trstrank and trstquotient for a given Twitter userstronglinks finds all of the Strong Links of a given Twitter userinfluence finds the level of in?uence for a given Twitter usewordbag finds the words most associated with a given Twitter useword_stats gets basic statistics associated with a given word on Twitterconversations create data frame of recent conversations between two Twitter userdemographics gather demographic data for a given IP address from the U.S. Censusip_geo IP address geo-locationcensus gathers U.S. Census data for a given IP addressdomain returns domain information for a given domainIf you’re looking for a bit more information about how you can monkey with this data via the API, check out our article Infochimps Query API is Bananas. Tags:#APIs#hack Today InfoChimps released Infochimpy, a Python client library for the Infochimps API. It’s based on Tweepy, a Python library for the Twitter API.The Infochimps API, launched last year, gives developers access to the many data sets such as archived Twitter conversations and U.S. Census information.Here are the API calls available trough the Python library: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid klint finley Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

‘Nacho Libre’ wrestler Silver King dies during London match

first_imgMOST READ In 1994, he won the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre world heavyweight title. Gonzalez competed in World Championship Wrestling between 1997 and 2000, and during 2001-2006 used the ring name Black Tiger III. He went back to being Silver King after he was unmasked during a 2006 match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gonzalez was struggling to stand up from the first flooring when another blow from Juventud Guerrera sent him sprawling back down front first, the Press Association said. The victorious Young Warrior pinned Silver King and started celebrating his win, the news agency said.Attendee Roberto Carrera Maldonado told the BBC the wrestler’s condition initially appeared “staged” as part of the fight, before efforts were made to revive him and the audience was cleared from the venue.“All of us were really shocked. It wasn’t clear what was happening,” Maldonado said. “I had the impression they didn’t know what to do.”The London Ambulance Service said medics arrived five minutes after they were called to the Roundhouse on Saturday, but the patient was pronounced dead at the scene.Gonzalez was the son of well-known Mexican wrestler who performed as Dr. Wagner, and one of his brothers is luchador Dr. Wagner Jr. He made his professional debut in the mid-1980s and worked for promoters in Mexico and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In this image made from video taken on Saturday, May 11, 2019, The Silver King, right, talks to the camera with fan Mark van der Enden at the Roundhouse in London. A fan of a wrestler and actor who died after collapsing on stage mid-performance in London shared the moment he got to meet his idol earlier that afternoon. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, also known by his wrestling title of Silver King, died of a suspected heart attack at the Roundhouse in London’s Camden on Saturday night, promoters said. (@estefyunvin via AP)LONDON — A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the film comedy “Nacho Libre” died in London after he collapsed during a match that a witness described as so elaborately staged it wasn’t immediately clear something seriously was wrong.Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, who wrestled with the ring name Silver King, was one of the featured wrestlers of “The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre” on Saturday night. The north London performance venue, the Roundhouse, tweeted just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday that the 51-year-old “sadly lost his life” during the event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lucha Libre World, which promoted the Roundhouse event, said in a statement the lucha libre star “suffered what we believe was a cardiac arrest while performing in the show and sadly passed away.”Gonzalez appeared as a champion wrestler and comic villain in the 2006 movie “Nacho Libre”, which starred Jack Black as a monk who wants to be a masked luchador. Lucha libre is a popular form of wrestling in Mexico that features colorful masks, elaborate costumes and acrobatic techniques.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe description of the show on the Roundhouse’s website said the “awesome and immense Silver King” would take to the ring “portraying his villainous character, the evil rudo Ramses from his role” in the movie.Britain’s Press Association reported that Gonzalez’s opponent, Juventud Guerrera (Spanish for “Youth Warrior”) knocked him to the canvas twice. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kawhi Leonard for the win as Raptors escape 76ers for East finals ticket Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more