Linden B&E accused granted bail

first_imgLinden McCurul, 18, was granted bail by Magistrate Clive Nurse when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate,s Court to answer a charge of breaking and entering a home and larceny.The labourer of 349 Block 22, Wismar, Linden pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that he broke and entered the home of Abiola Griffith at 366 Block 22, Wismar on Friday, August 26 and stole ,000 in cash. He was granted bail in the sum of ,000 and is to make his next court appearance on September 27.last_img

LETTERKENNY’S 400TH BIRTHDAY – FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS THIS WEEKEND

first_imgLetterkenny Town Council are planning to mark commemorations surrounding the history of the town by coordinating a series of events over the coming weekend that will focus on the theme of family friendly entertainment.The events on Saturday June 4th will concentrate on providing free entertainment across the town. The day kicks off with guided historic walks around various locations that are key to the development of Letterkenny. There will also be individual guided walks of the St. Eunans Cathedral and Conwal Church by Father Eamon Kelly and Reverend Stewart Wright respectively.The afternoon will see live traditional music in the market square by An Crann Og and the Campbell Fiddlers. Set in an informal location in the heart of the town the music will encourage all to stop by and appreciate traditional culture at its best. The day continues with a Pet Show in the Vestry Hall and storytelling in the Donegal County Museum featuring Sharon Aicken reading stories from Liz Weir and Roald Dahl, with lots of audience participation.A number of performances of the excellent “Echoes of Time” in an Grianan theatre will also occur throughout the day. The evening will also see an organ recital by Raymond O’Donnell at the Trinity Church on the Main Street at 8pm, another free event open to all the community.The Sunday of June 5th will focus on a Family Day in the Bernard McGlinchey town park, commencing at 1pm until 5pm. The added highlight of the day will see a display of sword making from Charlie Gallagher and his men, with fighting displays and finishing with a tournament where only the best swordsman will prevail.The park activities will be augmented with an Ecumenical Service for St. Columba at Gartan Abbey at 4pm and a night of Baroque music with the Donegal Chamber Music Society in Conwal Church at 8pm. It is hoped that the weekend will encourage more people to visit the town and appreciate the rich history associated with the area.Friday June 3Letterkenny – It’s About time with Kieran Kelly: Letterkenny’s origins as a town from 1611 Cara House, 7.30pm.Saturday June 4Guided Historic Walks of Letterkenny Leaving Celtic Cross, Cathedral Square at 11am and 2pm. Booking through Donegal County Museum on 0749124613 Storyteller Sharon Aicken reading stories from Liz Weir and Roald Dahl County Museum at 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.Echoes of Time: modern adaptation on the origins of the town. An Grianan Theatre, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.St. Eunans and St. Columba Cathedral Tour: the history behind Donegal’s only cathedral. St. Eunans Cathedral, 3.30pm.Conwal Church Tour: reputed burial place of Letterkenny’s founder Sir George Marbury. Conwal Church, 4pm. Organ Recital with Raymond O’Donnell from Galway Cathedral Trinity Church, 8pmSunday June 5An Crann Og/The Campbell Fiddlers: Live traditional music Market Square, 1-4pmPet Show with Donegal Pet RescueVestry building, St.Conals 2pmFree Family Fun Day: pipe bands, live local entertainment, bouncy castles, face painting, traditional family games, sword fighting and sword making displays, magician, crafts fair and more.Bernard McGlinchey Town Park, 1-5pm.St. Columba Ecumenical ServiceGartan Abbey, 4pm.Baroque PerformanceConwal Church, 8pm.LETTERKENNY’S 400TH BIRTHDAY – FULL PROGRAMME OF EVENTS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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:letterkenny 400last_img read more

Woman appears in court on series of alleged credit card frauds

first_imgA young woman has appeared in court charged with a series of alleged credit card frauds.Sarah Mihai, of Woodview Terrace in Stranorlar, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. Her solicitor Patsy Gallagher says that Ms Mihai, aged 20, faces a number of charges already.He asked that her current bail conditions be extended to cover the latest series of charges.He said the alleged charges relate to several different businesses.He asked for the case to be put back until March 26th next for full details and for the charges to be dealt with on that date.Woman appears in court on series of alleged credit card frauds was last modified: February 21st, 2018 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:Ballybofeycourtcredit carddonegalSarah Mihailast_img read more

AODH RUADH U12 STAR SENAN ROONEY SET TO APPEAR AT CROKE PARK THIS WEEKEND

first_imgAodh Ruadh’s Senan Rooney will take to the hallowed turf  of  Croke Park this Sunday at half-time in the All-Ireland semi-final between Kilkenny and Limerick.Aodh Ruadh GAA NotesHurlingThe underage leagues continued last Thursday with varying degrees of success for our teams. Our under 12s, the majority of whom were under 10 due to players missing with injuries, suffered a heavy defeat away to Setanta.They tried hard, but were up against a more skilful and physical team. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game.The under 12s are away to Burt this Thursday.The under 16s were at home to Letterkenny Gaels. Despite only having 14 players due to injuries and holidays they ran out convincing winners in a very one-sided clash.They face a very difficult game this Thursday at home to table-toppers Buncrana, throw in at 7pm.Many thanks to the underage hurlers and their parents who helped out at our bag packing fund-raiser in Supervalu, Bundoran on Saturday last.Your help and support was much appreciated.Much thanks to Des Cogrove and his staff for allowing us the opportunity to bag pack in his shop. On Tuesday the minors played old rivals Buncrana in the Championship Final in O’ Donnell Park, Letterkenny.This Sunday we have our annual trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi-final.This year’s game between Kilkenny and Limerick should be a great encounter.Of added interest to our trip this year is the presence of one of our under 12 players on the field in Croke Park. Senan Rooney is taking part in the Cumann na mBunscoil half-time games representing Creevy National School.This is a great honour for the school, the club, the player himself and his family.BingoLast weeks €400 jackpot was shared by Marian Deacon of Belleek, and Mrs McHendry of Aberdeen. Bingo returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm this Friday, with a €1,700 prize fund. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for a half book.LottoThere was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €1,700. The numbers drawn were 4, 6, 9, 11, 12 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; Ann Lee, Tullyhorky; Celine McGrath, Erne Dale Heights; Patricia McInerney, Dunmuckrim; and Mike Lynch, The Abbey. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €1,800 takes place at 8.30pm in Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel on SundayAODH RUADH U12 STAR SENAN ROONEY SET TO APPEAR AT CROKE PARK THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aodh RuadhCroke ParkGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY 24/7 MEMBERS PERFORM WELL AT DUBLIN CITY MARATHON

first_imgLetterkenny 24/7 club had a number of members travel to Dublin to take part in the 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon on the Bank Holiday Monday. Wet and windy conditions didn’t dampen the spirits of thousands of runners as they took to the streets. Everyone found the conditions hard going at some point and many realised that a marathon is a distance that must be respected! For some members it was their first marathon, others had some experience but for all it was test of their determination and ability to dig deep when the going got tough. Each finisher has spoken of the support along the route and how the encouragement of strangers, friends and family made the experience so memorable and dulled the aches and pains of the race. Dublin Marathon is known as the “friendly marathon” and it was no wonder that it was voted the best marathon in the world last year. On Monday it lived up to its title. Congratulations to all the members and a big thank you to all those who travelled to support.Gavin Crawford  2.57.35Paul Cullen         2.58.59Paul Doherty      2.59.15Peter O’Donnell  3.07.30Nick Fowell         3.25.11Lisa Dalton          3.28.19Jarlath Duffy        3.58.27Sean McAuliffe    4.36.26ATHLETICS: LETTERKENNY 24/7 MEMBERS PERFORM WELL AT DUBLIN CITY MARATHON was last modified: October 27th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:athleticsSportlast_img read more

‘Lazy’ Ozil’s tackling stats revealed – and they put his critics to shame

first_imgHoeness rounded on the player after his announcement, declaring to SportBild: “Ozil has been playing s*** for years.“He won his last tackle before the 2014 World Cup.“All he is doing on the field is playing cross passes. Now he hides himself and his crap performance behind this photo (the statement).”However, research by the Sun reveals Ozil is far from the lazy shirker Hoeness makes him out to be. How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Ozil was the centre of German fans’ ire in the aftermath of their terrible World Cup in Russia impact How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence Ozil came under fire before the tournament for meeting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a meeting the player defended as ‘respecting the highest office of my family’s country’.But fans were not feeling too lenient, and scapegoated the player for Germany’s awful World Cup, where they exited at the first hurdle for the first time since 1938.The Arsenal midfielder, 29, has Turkish ancestry, which he claims was the target of the abuse.His three-part statement announced that he ‘used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t’. 5 No player created more chances in a single game than Ozil against South Korea, but all seven were spurned Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Since the 2014 World Cup, which Ozil and Germany won, he has made 20 tackles for Germany in 30 caps.That compares to just 15 by Mario Gotze, a fellow attacking midfielder and the man lauded as the country’s ‘Golden Boy’ after netting the winner in the 2014 final.Although Gotze has played fewer times since that famous goal, the players’ per 90 minutes tackle rates are almost identical, with Ozil on 0.71 and Gotze 0.72.And the embarrassment for Hoeness does not stop there. Hoeness was damning in his criticism of Ozil, but the stats tell a completely different story Our diversity is a big part of why we are such a special clubTogether 🔴#ArsenalForEveryone pic.twitter.com/8f62IrxyFV— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 23, 2018 Ozil created more chances per 90 minutes than any other player at the World Cup, but none were converted by his teammates 5 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday 5 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener possible standings Uli Hoeness’ attack on Mesut Ozil, claiming the playmaker has ‘been playing s*** for years’ and last won a tackle in 2014, has been made to look foolish by the Arsenal man’s statistics.Bayern Munich president Hoeness, 66, savaged Ozil, who retired from Germany duty on Sunday with a statement citing ‘racism and disrespect’ in the aftermath of his country’s shock World Cup group stage exit. highlights possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Ozil and Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan were hounded in the German media for meeting President Erdogan, the leader of Turkey where they both have family Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Surreal that someone who has done so much for his country on and off the pitch has been treated with such disrespect. Well done @MesutOzil1088 for standing up to this behaviour! https://t.co/w1dvWOHFYN— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) July 23, 2018 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Danke an einen der besten Fußballer, mit dem ich je zusammengespielt habe. ⚽🙏🏼|| Thanks to one of the best footballers I’ve ever played with. The real ones will always remember the joy you brought us during your @DFB_Team career 💪🏾🏆 #DankeAbi #Bro #Hustle #AlwaysBelieve pic.twitter.com/IROHRWWbcL— Antonio Rüdiger (@ToniRuediger) July 23, 2018 How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS It’s great to have you back with us, @MesutOzil1088 ❤️#AFCTour2018 pic.twitter.com/Mf07v50mJZ— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 23, 2018Ozil came one assist shy of tying Thierry Henry’s record of 20 for a single season in 2015/16, recording 16 before the turn of the year.Many big names have come out in defence of Ozil’s decision to retire, including German chancellor Angela Merkel, who called him a ‘great player’, and retired Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, who thanked Ozil for his role in the 2014 win.Club teammate Hector Bellerin also supported his friend, saying it was ‘surreal’ to see him hit with such abuse.Arsenal’s social media accounts hinted at a sly dig at Hoeness, professing their pride in the club’s diverse squad as Ozil joined the squad for their flight to Singapore. ALTERED 5 predicted Since 2014, Ozil has won 80 tackles in the Premier League for Arsenal, which compares to 75 won by Juan Mata at Manchester United.Philippe Coutinho, who has played for two high-pressing sides in Liverpool and Barcelona in the last four years, has won 115 tackles by comparison.And as for the more important part of the new Arsenal No 10’s game – creating chances – he has few peers.Only Manchester City wizard Kevin de Bruyne (43) has set up more Premier League goals than Ozil’s 41 since 2014, although the Belgian did only join the league in 2015. 5 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? NEW ERA Danke Mesut #weltmeister2014 pic.twitter.com/XhhoOV46Es— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) July 22, 2018 who plays? last_img read more

Women’s Soccer To Host South Dakota In Home Opener

first_imgThe Bulldogs enter Friday with a 2-0-1 record with wins over North Dakota State and UIC and a 0-0 draw with defending Big Ten champions, Wisconsin, this past Sunday in Madison, Wis. Drake’s defense has been stellar this season as the Bulldogs have yet to allow a goal. Drake limited its first two opponents, North Dakota State and UIC, to just 16 total shots and just four on goal. The Bulldogs’ defense stepped up at Wisconsin as the Badgers tallied 24 shots, including six on goal, but failed to find the net in a 0-0 draw. The strong start to the season has the Bulldogs ranked 10th in the initial National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Great Lakes regional week-to-week poll of qualified teams.Seniors Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Alex Freeman (Duluth, Minn.) lead the squad with two goals each. Freeman scored the match’s lone goal in the season opener at NDSU and Armstrong recorded her first career two-goal performance in the win at UIC. Drake’s goalkeepers senior Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) and junior Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) have played nearly the same minutes this season. Senior defender Sarah G. Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) and Morris were recognized Tuesday by the Missouri Valley Conference as the MVC Defender and Goalie of the Week, respectively, for their performances against UIC and Wisconsin. Milwaukee Live Stats South Dakota travels to Des Moines with a 1-2-1 record. Last season, Drake defeated the Coyotes, 6-2, in Vermillion, S.D. DES MOINES, Iowa – After playing its first three regular season matches of the 2016 season on the road, the Drake University women’s soccer team returns to the Cownie Soccer Complex for its home opener on Friday, Sept. 2. Drake is set to host South Dakota at 7 p.m.center_img Story Links South Dakota Live Stats Following Friday’s home opener, Drake has a quick turnaround as Milwaukee visits Cownie Sunday for a 1 p.m. match.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Singer at Pan Celtic Festival suffers life-threatening wasp attack

first_imgA singer at the recent Pan Celtic Festival in Letterkenny suffered a life-threatening attack after being stung by a wasp. Highland Gaelic singer Louise Glen suffered a severe anaphylactic shock after being stung by a wasp at an airport while returning to her home in Scotland after leaving Donegal.Thankfully Louise was saved by a member of a neighbouring choir. The drama unfolded as Argyll choir Atomaig Piseag – which won a top prize at the festival – shared a bus back to the airport with members of Burach, a choir from Morvern in Lochaber.Fortunately for Ms Glen, she was sitting near Burach member Susan Taylor, a GP from Lochaline.Ms Glen told the Press and Journal newspaper: “The fact I had an Epipen probably saved my life. Two years ago I discovered I was allergic to penicillin and ended up in hospital for three weeks.“We were all singing on the back of the bus having great fun. I thought I must have been bitten by something, then my mouth started to tingle. This massive wasp appeared, and my mouth started to swell. Lucky – Louise Glen.“Susan was sitting three in front of me. I didn’t know whether to take my Epipen, Susan told me to do it. I took a wee turn then I felt fine.“When I got off the bus I collapsed. I remember being on the ground. I hardly remember the ambulance arriving. I was really ill. They called it severe anaphylactic reaction.“If you don’t have an Epipen the potential is your throat closes over totally. I was really struggling to breathe.“Susan was incredible while we were waiting for an ambulance to arrive. She saved my life. If that choir hadn’t been there it could have been so different.”Instead of taking the flight home, Dr Taylor stayed in Ireland with Ms Glen, before she was released from hospital the following day. The modest doctor said: “I didn’t save her life. She saved her own life by having an Epipen with her.“Anyone who has had an anaphylactic reaction needs to be aware. Louise did all the right things. If you think you are having a reaction it is really important to use your Epipen, even if it is a bit scary.”Iain Reid, a Mid Argyll Transport Volunteer, was also in Ireland at a family holiday home in Port Rush. He gave the doctor accommodation for the evening, and drove both her and Ms Glen from Derry to Belfast Airport the next day.Atomaig Piseag won the President’s Award for first place in the unaccompanied choral singing at the Pan Celtic Festival. Singer at Pan Celtic Festival suffers life-threatening wasp attack was last modified: April 14th, 2018 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:Louise GlenPan Celtic Festivalstungwasplast_img read more

Fulham v Leeds United line-ups: Fulham duo out, Leeds man passed fit for Evans’ first game

first_imgGoalkeeper Joe Lewis comes in to the Fulham side for the game against Leeds United at Craven Cottage, while Tim Ream remains sidelined.The on-loan Lewis plays because Andy Lonergan was injured against Middlesbrough.Centre-back Ream missed that game and sits out this evening’s match too as he is still nursing a knock.Meanwhile, Leeds, playing their first match under new manager Steve Evans, are able to include Liam Cooper.Defender Cooper has been passed fit after shaking off a knee injury he picked up against Brighton.Fulham: Lewis, Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt, Pringle, Tunnicliffe, Christensen, O’Hara, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Rodack, Hutchinson, Fredericks, Parker, Kacaniklic, Husband, Woodrow.Leeds: Silvestri, Byram, Cooper, Bamba, Berardi, Dallas, Adeyemi, Murphy, Cook, Antenucci, Wood.Subs: Horton, Bellusci, Wootton, Phillips, Mowatt, Buckley, Botaka.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Inventors Covet Nature’s Engineering

first_imgScientists and entrepreneurs can’t get enough of the design solutions found in the living world.Snake-bots:  PhysOrg wrote about “Flexible snake armor:  Biology could inspire systems in engineering with minimized abrasion.”  Snakes slither on all kinds of surfaces; their skin, therefore, is optimized to handle friction.  Scientists at Kiel University looked at electron micrographs of snake skin cross-sections and found a gradient of stiff to flexible cells from outside to inside.  “A material that has a transition from a stiff outside to a flexible inside can distribute an impacting force over a larger area, therefore decreasing the force on one single point,” a researcher explained. “Materials like this are like a flexible amour.”  How could imitating this structure help humans?  “Possible application areas can be found in the medical engineering sector, in which friction could for instance be optimized for artificial implants,” the article said.  “Furthermore, the propulsion and conveyer technique market could profit from the abrasion minimization findings, since lubrication would have to be implicated less often.”  Research on the mechanical properties of snake skin is “extremely new,” the spokesperson said.Worm-bots:  The pulsing action used by earthworms and snails, called peristalsis, has inspired another soft robot named “Meshworm” by its inventors.  “Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm,” a report on Science Daily says.  “The robot, made almost entirely of soft materials, is remarkably resilient: Even when stepped upon or bludgeoned with a hammer, the robot is able to inch away, unscathed.”  Faced with challenges of building artificial muscles and soft actuators, the team “looked to the earthworm for design guidance.”  The article explains how they did it.  A softbot using peristalsis would be useful for getting into tight places.  Have they thought about just training earthworms?Gecko tape update:  The climbing ability of geckos with dry feet has been well studied, but how do they perform when wet?  The BBC News and Science Daily revealed the secret: they trap air bubbles between the tiny hairs on the toe pads that cling to surfaces.  Tokay geckos live in tropical rainforests where wetness is a problem.  In natural circumstances, the geckos do fairly well in wet weather, but in the lab, when the toes were soaked, they lost adhesion.  Researchers at the University of Akron hope to use what they are learning to develop a “gecko tape” that works on both wet and dry surfaces.  The BBC article also discussed research in Japan with beetles that can walk underwater.  The beetles use capillary action of an oily secretion to do the trick.  “Inspired by this, the team created an artificial structure from silicone to mimic the adhesion and were able to successfully stick a plastic toy bulldozer to the bottom of a fish tank.”Bamboo construction:  The wood of bamboo decays in UV light and has poor fire resistance; otherwise, it has desirable properties for construction, PhysOrgs aid in “Bamboo: The new super construction material.”  Those properties are its fast growth and a strength like steel.  If they can overcome the undesirable properties, researchers at the University of Bath believe bamboo holds promise.  They are experimenting with composites that boost its UV and fire resistance.  “Possible applications of the resulting novel composites developed through this research programme include incorporation in architectural structures, particularly in critical areas such as joints and load bearing elements of buildings.”Octobot camouflage:  “…inspired by the squid and octopus,” PhysOrg wrote, Harvard scientists have “devised a rubbery robot … which can crawl, camouflage itself and hide from infrared cameras.”  With “dynamic coloration,” this robot could someday help surgeons and search-and-rescue teams.  “One of the fascinating characteristics of these animals,” a researcher said, “is their ability to control their appearance, and that inspired us to take this idea further and explore dynamic coloration.”  Just as the animals can hide from predators or signal friends, the new robots could camouflage themselves or signal their positions to other robots.  The progress was reported in Science Magazine (Morin et al., “Camouflage and Display for Soft Machines,” Science 7 August 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6096 pp. 828-832, DOI: 10.1126/science.1222149).  The paper begins, “Synthetic systems cannot easily mimic the color-changing abilities of animals such as cephalopods.”  They hope their soft-bots can mimic some of the functions, if not the anatomy, of squid and octopus.Flower power:  How to get more energy from sunlight?  Follow the sun, like sunflowers do.  “A field of young sunflowers will slowly rotate from east to west during the course of a sunny day, each leaf seeking out as much sunlight as possible as the sun moves across the sky through an adaptation called heliotropism,” began an article on PhysOrg.  It’s a clever bit of natural engineering that inspired imitation from a UW-Madison electrical and computer engineer, who has found a way to mimic the passive heliotropism seen in sunflowers for use in the next crop of solar power systems.”  The article includes a video clip about Hongrui Jiang’s invention using passive heliotropism that improved solar panel light harvesting by 10%.  “But eventually, Jiang hopes to see huge industrial solar farms where fields of photovoltaic solar panels shift effortlessly along with the sunflowers that inspired him,” because “This is exactly what nature does.”Ultimate hard drive:  Science Now called DNA the “ultimate hard drive” for information storage.  How about some “wow” stats?  “When it comes to storing information, hard drives don’t hold a candle to DNA,”  John Bohannon wrote.  “Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram. A mere milligram of the molecule could encode the complete text of every book in the Library of Congress and have plenty of room to spare.”  He reported, “researchers stored an entire genetics textbook in less than a picogram of DNA—one trillionth of a gram—an advance that could revolutionize our ability to save data.”  It’s not practical for personal computers yet, but just wait; an engineer at the Craig Venter Institute said, “the field is moving fast and the technology will soon be cheaper, faster, and smaller.”  Synthetic DNA – no cells required – has been put on rewritable devices: “an inkjet printer embeds short fragments of chemically synthesized DNA onto the surface of a tiny glass chip.”  The researchers boast, “DNA chips are now the storage medium with the highest known information density.”  New Scientist’s coverage of this achievement added even more “wow” factoids about DNA:DNA is one of the most dense and stable media for storing information known. In theory, DNA can encode two bits per nucleotide. That’s 455 exabytes – roughly the capacity of 100 billion DVDs – per gram of single-stranded DNA, making it five or six orders denser than currently available digital media, such as flash memory. Information stored in DNA can also be read thousands of years after it was first laid down.Researcher George Church even wrote his latest book in DNA, illustrations and all, said Science Daily.    Another good thing about DNA encoding is that the molecule is stable at room temperature.Fixing what happens:  This is not exactly a biomimetics story, but it deals with a biological reality which, if handled better, would hold great promise for world health.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to PhysOrg, sponsored a “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” since much of the world lacks access to good sanitation (see YouTube video about the challenge).  Cranfield University, one of the competitors, has come up with a human-powered device that extracts the water from refuse and concentrates it into briquets that can be used for fuel or fertilizer – and it’s not just for poor countries, too.  The sanitary reapplication of digestive waste could go a long way to conserving water and preventing disease.  As side benefits, new sources of energy and even fresh water could result when nature calls.The BBC News joked that Gates is flushing his money down the toilet, but quickly explained that the initiative could prevent many deaths: for example, 1.5 million children die each year from diarrheal disease.  “The project challenged inventors to come up with a toilet that operated without running water, electricity or a septic system. It needed to operate at a cost of no more than five cents (3p) a day and would ideally capture energy or other resources.”  In a short video clip in the article, Gates described problems with current toilet designs.  “Traditional flush toilets waste tons of drinking water and are often impractical in many areas of the developing world.”  They use, in fact, 10 times more water than people drink.  At a recent Reinvent the Toilet Fair, “In total 28 designs were shown off at the fair and the winner was a team from the California Institute of Technology” (see picture at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website).  “Led by Prof Michael Hoffman, the toilet they designed was solar-powered and generated hydrogen gas and electricity. They won a $100,000 prize.”Isn’t it refreshing to see science done for human good and environmental stewardship?  Evolution was almost a no-show in these stories, just appearing in bit parts with no speeches.  The Bill Gates challenge story is also a lesson about how wealth creation through capitalism can benefit the poorest of the poor.  Gates built his fortune without government or U.N. help, starting in a garage.  His mega-company, Microsoft, created thousands of jobs and made computing easier for the entire civilized world.  Now, through some of the wealth created (not stolen from the poor), he is encouraging engineers to save millions of lives and promote  environmental stewardship with a simple challenge that is long overdue: doing better with doo.  Leftist redistributionist Marxists, are you paying attention?  What has Darwin crap done for the world lately? (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more