Jubilee FC Vow to Come Back Stronger

first_imgJubilee FC striker Kanmanue Folee celebrates after scoring an equalizer against Keitrace FC during the 2016/2017 league season. The head coach of Jubilee FC, William Lartey, says “Jubilee will come back stronger in the pending Liberia Football Association 1st division championship.”In an interview with this newspaper yesterday, Coach Lartey said the team has built a new squad with young players and assured fans of better performances next season.“We can assure our supporters that we are going to be a different team next season as one of the major title contenders and one of Liberia’s representatives to CAF competitions,” he said.Jubilee FC finished in the 7th position out of 12 teams during the previous season after bagging home 30 points out of 22 league games. Jubilee, aka the ‘Church Boys,’ were also knocked out of the FA Cup in the second round after they suffered a 2-0 defeat against third division side Samira FC at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Coach Lartey said his boys have recovered from their previous poor league performances and confident of the new season.The ‘Church Boys’ resumed practice yesterday ahead of the new season. The build-up to the new LFA league season shows that the season is going to be fascinating as some clubs have signed on promising players.However, the Jubilee FC coach said he is building the team around players with the ambition to lead the club to becoming a major title contender in the league.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cabinet green lights new Payment System Bill – Williams

first_imgAs Guyanese law enforcement officials continue to grapple with frequent cases of ‘trailed’ bank robberies, Government is looking to move ahead with legislation that would not only increase the security of citizens, but modernise and boost the efficiency of the banking sector. This is according to Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General, Basil Williams, who said Cabinet last week approved the new piece of proposed legislation.“At Cabinet on Tuesday, we dealt with, and approved, the Payment Systems Bill, which will really transform the way we deal with financial and cash transactions. So [it will] reduce cash transactions in the first place, and substitute (those) with electronic transactions,” the Legal Affairs Minister said at an event where he underscored the need for local state prosecutors to be educated on the various financial crimes, so as to improve their efficiency.A National Payment System (NPS) is an infrastructure that provides the economy with the channels or circuits for processing the payments resulting from the many different types economic transactions that take place daily.The Bank of Guyana (BoG) was tasked with leading the development and implementation of a strategic approach to advance the development of Guyana’s NPS, by establishing the parameters to guide policy and set priorities.After widespread consultations with stakeholders, Central Bank, with assistance from the World Bank, last year commenced putting together a four-year comprehensive plan that would see the strategic transformation of the local payment system from paper-based mechanisms to electronic payments.The National Payment System Strategy (2017-2021) was handed over to Government last month. This is a developmental plan that envisions a “robust, sound, efficient and inclusive National Payment System (NPS) that meets the current and future needs of the economy, support financial activity and financial sector development, advances the use of electronic payments, contributes to financial risk mitigation, achieves compatibility with international systems, adheres to the relevant international standards, guidelines and codes.”The 59-page strategy and action plan is centred around nine pillars of a conceptual framework developed by the Work Bank on National Payment System. These include: legal framework, large value payments, retail payments, government transactions, securities depository, clearing and settlement, money markets, international remittances, oversight and cooperation.This strategy will aim to establish legal clarity and certainty to cover several areas, such as electronic funds transfer, e-money and cheque truncation.Additionally, steps will be made towards enhancing the efficiency of payment processing and the reduction of settlement times for both retail and large value transactions.The strengthening of risk management and mitigation across the national payments system and the expansion of the accessibility of electronic payment access networks will also be under focus.Central Bank will also seek to attract higher rates of electronic payment acceptance by vendors, merchants and other providers of goods and services, as well as advance the migration of Government to electronic payments for both the collection and disbursement of funds.Further, the BoG will drive remittance costs down and enhance the accessibility of remittance services, and strengthen the oversight framework and capacity.Back in 2016, Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr Gobind Ganga, had announced that Guyana could be saving as much as $6 million annually with a modernised payment system that makes optimum use of electronic payments.last_img read more

Chiefs shoot down ‘Dogs

first_img• Photo Gallery: Santa Fe vs. West Covina SANTA FE SPRINGS – Santa Fe High School guard Jaycob Camacho led the Chiefs’ scoring charge Wednesday night in their 61-45 victory over visiting West Covina. But it wasn’t how many points he scored as much as how he scored them that upset Bulldogs coach Gary Prestesater. Camacho is listed at 5-foot-8, 140 pounds. West Covina center Ralph Nevarrez is 6-4, 210. Most of Camacho’s points came on layups off drives through the lane, body twisting, gravity-defying, sleight-of-hand efforts between defenders who took shots at him and then watched the ball glance softly off the glass into the net. “We couldn’t guard them,” Prestesater said. “No defense.” The CIF-Southern Section, Division III-A first-round victory advanced the Chiefs (21-7) to a game Friday against the Santa Ana-Apple Valley winner. West Covina finished with a 16-12 record. Nevarrez managed to redirect four Santa Fe shots, but only one of them was Camacho’s. Nevarrez also led the Bulldogs with 15 points and nine rebounds, but failed to score in the fourth quarter. center_img Santa Fe wasted little time in taking control of the game. Camacho sank a 3-pointer and came right back with a steal and fast break layup for a 6-0 lead just a minute into the game. A late run negated six points by Nevarrez and Santa Fe led, 20-8 after one quarter. “We had nine turnovers in the first quarter,” Prestesater said. “You can’t have nine turnovers against good teams.” Guard Maurice Cole scored eight points, including a 3-pointer, in the second quarter as Santa Fe built a 33-21 halftime margin. Prestesater felt the Bulldogs had a problem from the start, saying, “I don’t think we came out with a very good attitude.” That was something Santa Fe coach Mike Geren was concerned about before the game. “I was a little worried that maybe we exerted a lot of energy and emotion \,” Geren said. “But the players came out tonight with a new goal, to win this game today and move on tomorrow.” Santa Fe played without starter Jim Toon, who was declared ineligible earlier in the day, and starter Marco Sabino had a 103-degree temperature prior to the game. Sabino took awhile to get into his rhythm in going scoreless for two quarters. But he picked up the pace with 10 points and some strong help defense against Nevarrez in the second half. Santa Fe led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter which helped eliminate some concern Geren might have had when the Chiefs struggled in the fourth period. After committing six turnovers through three periods, they had seven in the fourth. Geren cited Sabino’s gutsy performance, Camacho’s floor show and a strong contribution from his reserves. “Michael Munoz hasn’t started all season, but with Toon gone, he was called on to start and he responded really well,” Geren said. “He’s not used to being in there at crunch time.” Munoz scored six points in the Chiefs’ big opening quarter, then added 3-point baskets in the third and fourth periods. Santa Fe shot 50 percent (27 for 54) from the field, including 42 percent (5 for 12) from 3-point range. West Covina shot 38 percent overall, but just 17 percent on 3-point attempts. The Bulldogs had a slight 26-25 edge in rebounds. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mancini unveils backroom staff as new-look Italy meet for first time

first_imgThe 53-year-old’s staff is made up of people he worked with during his coaching career at clubs including Manchester City, Inter Milan and Zenit Saint Petersburg.Former Inter Milan and Fiorentina midfielder Gabriele Oriali, 65, remains on in his position as team manager.Mancini’s assistant coaches will be Alberico Evani, Angelo Adamo Gregucci, Giulio Nuciari, and Fausto Salsano.Massimo Battara — who worked alongside Mancini at Manchester City and Zenit Saint Petersburg — will remain with him as goalkeeping coach.Giovanni Brignardello and Claudio Donatello will be the fitness coaches, with medical staff made up of Carmine Costabile and Angelo De Carli; physiotherapists Alfonso Casano, Maurizio Fagorzi, Emanuele Randelli, and Fabrizio Scalzi. The osteopath will be Walter Martinelli.Matteo Pincella will be in charge of nutrition, and Antonio Gagliardi the match analyst.Mancini has been appointed on a two-year contract until Euro 2020 with the option to extend to June 2022 before the World Cup in Qatar.His first game in charge will be a friendly against Saudi Arabia in St. Gallen, Switzerland on May 28.Italy will also play a friendly on Friday, June 1 in Nice against France, and the Netherlands, who also failed to qualify for the World Cup, on Monday, June 4 in Turin.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s national football team newly appointed head coach, Roberto Mancini (R) and Italy’s team manager Gabriele Oriali pose at the national team’s training centre at Coverciano near Florence. © AFP / Carlo BRESSANMILAN, Italy, May 23 – New Italy coach Roberto Mancini has unveiled his backroom staff as his 28-man squad meet for the first time on Wednesday evening for a training camp at Coverciano, outside Florence ahead of three upcoming friendlies.Mancini — who left Zenit Saint Petersburg to take charge of Italy — was appointed last week six months after the four-time World Cup winners’ shock failure to qualify for the finals in Russia.last_img read more

Win a spa experience at Lough Eske Castle on DAY SEVEN of our 12 Days of Giveaways!

first_imgTo celebrate our continued success as well as the arrival of our new sister site, www.donegalwoman.ie, we’re bringing you an amazing giveaway.As an early Christmas present to our readers, we are hosting the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!Every second day from now until December 24th, we will be offering an unbelievably good prize. The sixth prize was a wonderful prize of free family tickets for six months to Eclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane! The newly-renovated cinema have some wonderful Christmas events and their 4K screens make the cinema-going experience even more spectacular.Congratulations to our Facebook follower Olivia Gillen! You’re the winner!It’s time to bring you DAY SEVEN’s wonderful prize Our seventh prize is from the luxurious 5 Star Solis Lough Eske Castle in Donegal.Our lucky winner will be treated to an Afternoon Indulgence Spa Package to enjoy with a friend at Spa Solis.The prize includes:60 minutes relaxation time in the Thermal SuiteBack, neck & shoulder massageLuxury express facialDelicious Afternoon Tea in the Gallery Spa Solis sits in the footprint of the original Victorian Glass House of the five star Lough Eske Castle.The spa areas comprise of seven treatment rooms, including two couples treatments rooms with jet bath and steam room; a fully equipped thermal suite consisting of an ice fountain, sauna, steam room, sanarium, tropical experience showers, heated bench and an infinity pool ensuring your wellness and indulgent relaxation needs are catered for.For more information visit www.solishotels.com/lougheskecastle Here’s how you can enter to winThis competition is open to all our readers, and there are multiple ways to enter. Each entry on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Email counts as one, so the more you do the more chances you have of being the lucky winner.This competition is open from 5pm today (Tuesday, 13th December) to 12noon Thursday (15th December).Here’s how you can enter on all Donegal Daily and Donegal Woman platforms:Facebook: Find the competition post pinned to the top of the Donegal Daily or the Donegal Woman Facebook page.LIKE the postLIKE the Donegal Daily and the Donegal Woman Facebook pageSHARE the postTAG a friendTwitter:Visit @donegaldaily and @dglwomanRETWEET the competition tweet pinned at the top of the pageFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @dglwomanInstagram:Visit @donegaldaily or @donegalwomanLIKE ♥ the competition image for Spa SolisFOLLOW @donegaldaily and @donegalwomanEmail:Simply send a mail to donegalcompetitions@gmail.comPut SPA SOLIS GIVEAWAY in the subject titleTerms & conditions apply. Good luck!Win a spa experience at Lough Eske Castle on DAY SEVEN of our 12 Days of Giveaways! was last modified: December 13th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:12 days of giveawaysSolis Lough Eske Castlelast_img read more


first_imgGardai have told a well-known animal welfare group that they are following a definite line of enquiry in the case of Chance, the abandoned boxer dog.The dog was found by members of Donegal Pet Rescue in the St Johnston/Carrigans area more than a month ago.The dog was chained to a post in a back garden without food or water after being left behind by its owners up to a month previously. It has since made a miraculous recovery at a foster home and has been give every chance of survival.The matter was reported to Gardai who set about tracking down the family who allegedly abandoned the dog.Now Donegal Pet Rescue has contacted Donegal Daily to say Gardai have revealed their case is progressing.It is believed they have identified the owners of the abandoned dog and are seeking to interview them  GARDAI FOLLOWING ‘DEFINITE LINE’ IN DOG CRUELTY CASE was last modified: April 26th, 2012 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) Tags:boxer dogChanceDonegal Pet Rescuelast_img read more

Volleyball Travels To Final MVC Road Matches of the Season

first_imgFollowing the weekend road trip, Drake will close out the regular-season at home Nov. 18 against in-state foe UNI. The match is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.  Print Friendly Version With 23 wins, the Bulldogs are looking to improve on what is already one of the most successful seasons in program history. The program’s last 23-win season came in 2010 while the Bulldogs have not recorded 12 or more conference wins since 1996. The team’s 23 wins to date tie for the third-most in program history. Match Notes ESPN3 – At MSU Story Links Live Stats – At MSU Live Stats – At SIU center_img Drake (23-9, 12-3 MVC) defeated both Indiana State and Evansville last weekend at home. In the 3-1 victory over the Sycamores, Drake hit their second highest percentage of the conference season at .287 while holding the Sycamores to only .188 hitting. Freshman Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) tied for the team lead in kills over the weekend with 27 and hitting a staggering .362 in the pair of conference matches. Plock’s performance earned her the second MVC Volleyball Freshman of the Week honor of her career. Senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) also put up 27 kills while recording 45 digs in the two matches. Sophomore Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) helped the pair of hitters with a career-high 50 assists against Indiana State. After securing its first Missouri Valley Conference tournament berth since 2010, the Drake University volleyball team returns to the court for their final road trip of the season this weekend with matches against Southern Illinois and Missouri State. Despite losing nine of their last ten matches, Southern Illinois (5-20, 4-10 MVC) enters the weekend fighting for a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament, currently sitting tied for seventh place. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Salukis, 3-1, in Des Moines. The Bulldogs will take their five-game win streak to Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon before traveling to face conference leader, Missouri State Sunday afternoon. Both matches are scheduled for 2 p.m. and Sunday’s contest against MVC leading Missouri State will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Missouri State (22-5, 14-0 MVC) is one of just six teams across the country with an undefeated conference record. Earlier this season, Drake forced Missouri State to five sets before being handed its first conference loss of the season in a defensive showcase that saw both programs set school records for kills in a match. The Bulldogs held a prolific Missouri State offense to its lowest hitting percentage against a conference opponent this season, .195. Drake’s stifling defense will be put to the test against a strong Missouri State offense including Lily Johnson, who ranks in the top-5 nationally in total points, total kills, and total attacks.last_img read more

Daniel rows in behind objections to plans for oyster farm

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has rowed in behind objections to plans to set up an oyster farm close to his home.The singer and hundreds of other people are objecting to the plan at Cruit Island in the Donegal Gaeltacht.Daniel and wife Majella regularly walk on the beaches nearby where the plan for the 12 hectare seafood farm has been applied for. Speaking from his island home in Tenerife, the chart-topping star said he feared the plan would damage tourism in the area.“I would appeal for these plans to be moved. I’m hoping that an alternative site or sites can be found because this is not the place for oyster farms, two of the most beautiful strands in the country.“I’m all for job creation but this is a tourism amenity and an amenity for the local pony club and local people generally.“I can’t believe that the people who grant the licenses would come out to where these farms are proposed – I’d be very surprised if they gave it the go ahead.” Daniel said he wasn’t against creating jobs but thought a more suitable area could be found for the farm.“I’d never turn my back on job creation; but this would be a terrible eyesore on beautiful white sandy beaches and I would hope somewhere less obtrusive could be found,” he told Highland Radio.Local objecting to the farm are also annoyed that Marine Minister Michael Creed has ruled such projects do not require an Environmental Impact Statement.Local campaigners have denied the farms will create many jobs and have taken part in protests locally.One application is for 11.2-hectare project in Kincasslagh Bay at Keadue strand and the applicant is Manus Bonnar of Belcruit, Kincasslagh. Another application is for a 12.5-hectare project in Kincasslagh Bay at Cruit strand, from applicant Benedetta M.C. Cazzamali, who lives in County Cork.Local politicians Pat the Cope Gallagher, Thomas Pringle and Pearse Doherty have all objected to the plans.Daniel rows in behind objections to plans for oyster farm was last modified: October 12th, 2016 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

Finn Valley shows a healthy interest in fourth annual wellbeing event

first_imgOver 350 people attended Thursday night’s Health & Wellbeing Event, hosted by the Finn Valley Community Health Forum (FVCHF), which was a big success. Attendees from across Donegal benefited from the advice and support of 80 exhibitors with stands ranging from healthy eating, HSE self-management to hobbies and holistic health. There truly was something for everyone in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar.This free event is in its fourth year. Monica Ramsey from the FVCHF says, “We’d like to say a special thank you to Patsy McGonagle and the Finn Valley Centre for offering the venue for free and supporting us year on year. We couldn’t host this event, which has grown from 17 stands in 2014, to six times its size tonight, without the support of the Centre. The annual event is now the biggest and most successful of it’s kind in the North West, and perhaps even in Ireland.” Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Event, 14th June 2018The night involved talks and demonstrations from a wide range of exhibitors including An Garda Siochana, Three Rivers Beekeeping Association, Mental Health Ireland, Smoking Cessation and many more.Charlene Logue from the FVCHF wants to say thank you to the exhibitors ‘It’s truly fantastic that all of these exhibitors come here for free and give up their time to offer expertise, advice and support to our community. We see every year in the Finn Valley the desire to work together to build a better community for everyone.‘I’d like to thank the members of the committee who give up their time on a voluntary basis to organise this huge event. And thank you to the exhibitors for donating amazing prizes to our raffle which raised €700 on the night so support the costs of the event.’Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Event, 14th June 2018Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Event, 14th June 2018Many businesses from the Finn Valley took part, and it was fully supported by Ballybofey & Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce. Free food tasters and healthy eating advice were offered by providers such as Yes Chef Catering, Supervalu, Bodyfuel & Co, McConnells Meat, and Discover Juice. And of course, the event wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful support of The Hatter Tea Room providing free tea and coffee to all attendees. Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Event launchLeah Fairman from Ballybofey & Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce said on the night ‘It’s been our pleasure to support this leading event in the Finn Valley. It’s the biggest event of it’s kind in the North West, and it shows what can happen when businesses and community groups work together. We’re proud to have a strong tradition of this in the Twin Towns, as we look forward to supporting the event next year.’Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Event, 14th June 2018The FVCHF was set up in 2006 as part of the National re-organisation of local Health Services Executive (HSE) primary care services.Its vision is ‘To ensure a fair, equal and inclusive primary care system in the Finn Valley’.It encompasses the geographical areas of a Cloghan, Stranorlar, Ballybofey, Convoy, Drumkeen and Killygordon. The forum receives a small amount of grant aid from the HSE under Social Inclusion, with additional funding being secured from other agencies to ensure quality provision for voluntary agencies, organisations and groups to come together to work on Health & Social issues affecting people across the Finn Valley area.If you are interested in finding out more, want to add to the event or wish to join the FVCHF please contact finnvalleyhealthforum@outlook.com Finn Valley shows a healthy interest in fourth annual wellbeing event was last modified: June 17th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Finn Valley Community Health Forum Heath and Wellbeing Eventlast_img read more

Earwig Origami and Maple Seed Rockets

first_imgEngineering solutions from unlikely organisms inspire applications for wide-ranging human needs.Earwig OrigamiThose disgusting bugs with rear-end pincers we usually find among the vermin skittering away under rotting logs. Who could love an earwig? There are some 2,000 species of the bugs in the order Dermaptera (skin wing). Despite appearances, earwigs are generally not harmful to humans. The idea they can climb into your ear canals at night and lay their eggs in your brain is an old wive’s tale, Wikipedia says. Still, most people would rather keep them outside the house and spray them dead when found inside. Thank God some scientists are courageous enough to look a little deeper at them. Three scientists found a wonderful thing. Reporting in Science, they noticed that the hindwings, folded under the forewings, reveal a new kind of origami that breaks the rules.Origami involves folding two-dimensional sheets into complex three-dimensional objects. However, some shapes cannot be created using standard folds. Faber et al. studied the wing of an earwig, which can fold in ways not possible using origami and can alter its shape for flight. The authors replicated this ability by using a membrane that allows for deformations and variable stiffness. Prestretching generated energetically bistable origami patterns that exhibited passive self-folding behavior.The researchers got excited about this anomalous folding pattern, because they see engineering gold in applications.In contrast to well-known paper-folded objects, the wing of the earwig has an exquisite natural folding system that cannot be sufficiently described by current origami models. Such an unusual biological system displays incompatible folding patterns, remains open by a bistable locking mechanism during flight, and self-folds rapidly without muscular actuation. We show that these notable functionalities arise from the protein-rich joints of the earwig wing, which work as extensional and rotational springs between facets.Inspired by this biological wing, we establish a spring origami model that broadens the folding design space of traditional origami and allows for the fabrication of precisely tunable, four-dimensional–printed objects with programmable bioinspired morphing functionalities.What’s required to make this self-actuated rapid morphing possible? “Programmable matter that can self-shape, morph, and actuate through ‘instructions’ embedded into its own material architecture is widespread in nature and has opened exciting possibilities in robotics, biomedical technologies, arts, and design,” they say. Where do the ‘instructions’ come from? In all cases humans have observed come into being, instructions that create functional materials come from design. These authors only mention evolution once, saying without explanation, “the wing has evolved to fully and rapidly self-fold from the open toward the closed state.”As we have noted before, “evolved to” is an illogical phrase, because Darwinian evolution is blind and aimless by definition. It had no goal to achieve this elegant system in the earwig. “Spring origami” involves not only precise angles and locations of creases, but materials including proteins like resilin with stretchy and springy properties just right for folding and unfolding. Brain software, in addition, must exist to operate the wings. Chance could never achieve such complexity in billions of years. “Programmable matter” requires a programmer. The authors almost say this. Responding to engineering attempts at origami, they say, “Despite these efforts, synthetic origami structures developed so far are still far from reaching the range of functionalities and design freedom observed in nature.” The paper uses the word design 30 times, and evolution just once, indicating where the excitement lies. Recognizing the “design principles of the earwig wing,” they attempt to imitate it, and the applications are promising: biomedical devices, collapsible portable displays, soft robots, or deployable spacecraft modules.Maple Seed RocketsEvery child knows the fun of throwing handfuls of maple seeds into the air and watching them descend softly like little helicopters. Some kids grow up to be scientists and, remembering that childhood experience, take a deeper look at those drifting seeds, called samaras by biologists. Often, the design principle of nature leads to visions of applications. How about rocket science?In Phys.org, we find that rocket scientists from the Vienna University of Technology want to launch instruments from rockets or balloons that can drift down slowly, collecting atmospheric data. The “wings” on these instruments act like maple seeds, slowing down the descent to give the instruments more time to collect data while avoiding impact damage.The basic idea for the innovative measurement device is reminiscent of maple seeds, which fall to the ground very slowly and gently due to their long wings. The tubular probes from Project Daedalus are also provided with wings. A specially developed ejection mechanism is intended to launch three of these probes from the rocket at an altitude of 80 km, at which point their wings fold out and ensure that the devices return to Earth as slowly and as unscathed as possible. GPS modules are then intended to report the landing location, so that the devices can be retrieved as easily as possible.The project has pulled in interdisciplinary scientists, showing that the humble maple seed has proved to be a motivator for good science.Biomimetic SkinWhat’s new at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering? A research team is “Drawing inspiration from plants and animals to restore tissue,” Phys.org reports. Fetal tissue contains a protein called fibronectin that helps the growing baby grow wound-free skin. By spinning this substance into a cotton-candy-like dressing, researchers at Wyss believe they have found a way to speed the healing of war wounds on the battlefield. Their technique might some day help balding men regrow hair follicles, too.In in vivo testing, the researchers found that wounds treated with the fibronectin dressing showed 84 percent tissue restoration within 20 days, compared to 55.6 percent restoration in wounds treated with a standard dressing.The researchers also demonstrated that wounds treated with the fibronectin dressing have close to normal epidermal thickness and dermal architecture, and even regrew hair follicles—often considered one of the biggest challenges in the field of wound healing.Another method, using soy-based fibers, will be inexpensive, they believe. Both dressing types hold promise for wounded warriors and burn victims, thanks to inspiration from plants and animals. Another paper in Nature Communications reports on “A supramolecular biomimetic skin combining a wide spectrum of mechanical properties and multiple sensory capabilities.” Notice how they point to which designer is smart:Biomimetic skin-like materials, capable of adapting shapes to variable environments and sensing external stimuli, are of great significance in a wide range of applications, including artificial intelligence, soft robotics, and smart wearable devices. However, such highly sophisticated intelligence has been mainly found in natural creatures while rarely realized in artificial materials.Using hydrogels, the team of Wu and Pei has fabricated artificial skin with some of the properties of real skin, hoping to use “biomimetic skins with sophisticated intelligence similar to natural skins” on soft robots, prosthetic hands and fingers, and for other applications.God has hidden his intelligence in his creation. Like in an Easter egg hunt, biomimetics science searches out these signs of intelligence in order to consume its bounty, then use the inspiration to create additional signs of intelligence with human engineering. They must never forget where the intelligence came from. (Visited 503 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more