first_imgQPR must produce a second-half comeback to keep their promotion dream alive after James Perch put Wigan ahead in the play-off clash at Loftus Road.Level at 0-0 from first leg and with the home crowd hoping for a repeat of the famous play-off triumph against Oldham 11 years ago, the scene was set for an early barrage from Harry Redknapp’s side.Instead they found themselves behind after only nine minutes after a defensive lapse involving two of their most consistent performers.Nedum Onuoha was slow to close down James McClean and the Irishman’s left-wing cross was snapped up by Perch, who got in front of Clint Hill to score from close range.Rangers continued to look shaky at the back but began to create openings at the other end, with Niko Kranjcar forcing a save from keeper Scott Carson and Gary O’Neil shooting wide before a Joey Barton corner almost led to an equaliser.Charlie Austin’s header from Barton’s delivery was cleared off the line by McClean, with the ball then striking Onuoha and bouncing wide.Redknapp opted not to start with Ravel Morrison, who is among the QPR substitutes. QPR (4-4-1-1): Green; Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Hill; Doyle; Barton, O’Neil, Hoilett; Kranjcar; Austin. Subs: Murphy, Henry, Yun, Benayoun, Zamora, Hughes, Morrison. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgQPR face competition from Tottenham for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Daily Mail. West London Sport this week revealed that Rangers had made an offer for the 20-year-old centre-back.And the Mail say Spurs are planning to table a £5m bid for Lascelles, who made 34 appearances for Forest last season.It is also suggested that the player would prefer to stay in the north rather than move to London.Lascelles has been watched by several clubsMeanwhile, the Daily Star claim Eliaquim Mangala wants to join Chelsea despite Manchester City agreeing a £32m deal for the Porto and France defender.And there is speculation over the future of Petr Cech amid reports that he could be ousted as Chelsea’s first choice goalkeeper by Thibault Courtois.The Mirror reports that Cech’s agent Viktor Kolar is confident the 32-year-old will be snapped up by a top European club if he loses his place.Kolar is quoted as saying: “We have not been given any signals that Petr would be made available.“If that was the case, though, you have to realise that Petr is one of the world’s top goalkeepers and has a certain salary.“There are not many clubs who could afford to sign him. If he were to leave, we’re discussing two or three clubs in the world.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgHuman hand ___________________ E. Blood preservative Sea snake ____________________ J. Shatterproof glass Arctic cod ___________________ B. Self-organizing robots Mollusks _____________________ C. Strong, lightweight building blocks Wrinkled fingers _____________ K. Camouflage materials Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features. Answers:  1-G (New Scientist); 2-E (Science Daily); 3-J (Science Daily); 4-B (Live Science, National Geographic); 5-A (Medical Xpress); 6-C (Science Daily): 7-I (PhysOrg); 8-D (Science Daily); 9-H (PhysOrg); 10-F (PhysOrg); 11-M (Science Daily); 12-K (PhysOrg); 13-L (Science Daily)Now take the upper-division test.  It’s a work problem.  Go out into the yard and observe some living thing.  Find something interesting about its abilities.  Look into how its design makes it work.  Think of a technology that could imitate that design.  Warning:  This exercise may tempt you to chuck Chuck,* become an entrepreneur and make a lot of money.  “Observing the natural world can clearly lead to improved man-made designs” (Science Daily).*I.e., to abandon Charles Darwin.  This causes his defenders to up Chuck. Bone _________________________ G. Perching drone Cuttlefish ___________________ L. Genetic switchescenter_img Bacteria _____________________ I. Strong, lightweight structures RNA interference _____________ M. Energy-absorbing material Common household birds _______ A. Surgical robot Termites _____________________ D. Self-guided robot (Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cells ________________________ F. Underwater robot Honeybee _____________________ H. Synthetic fuellast_img read more

first_imgAs the president of Kauffman Labs, the Kauffman Foundation‘s program that supports entrepreneurship, Bo Fishback has seen a lot of startups. He’s heard a lot of pitches from companies who insist they’re “the next big thing.” So it would have to be a pretty “big thing” to make Fishback jump from what he admits has been “the greatest job in the world,” quit the Kauffman Foundation, and launch a startup of it’s own.But that’s what he’s doing, effective immediately. And by many accounts, it appears that his new project Zaarly will be – something huge. Built a few weeks ago over the course of the LA Startup Weekend, Zaarly has been in a whirlwind since: winning first prize at the Startup Weekend, getting tweets from celebrities like Levar Burton and Demi Moore promoting his pitch, and now securing $1 million in funding from some big name investors, including Ashton Kutcher and Paul Buchheit. So what is Zaarly? It’s a “proximity-based, real-time, buyer-powered market,” says Fishback. But a better explanation might invoke one of Demi Moore’s most famous movies, Indecent Proposal, and the notion that everything and everyone has a price. Zaarly’s job: facilitate that transaction.A Market For Things That Have Never Had a MarketZaarly aims to tap into the vast potential to buy and sell things that, until now, haven’t explicitly had a market. It’s a little bit eBay and a little bit Craigslist, but it’s mobile, real-time, and location-based. It’s also based on buying and selling experiences, in a way, more than simply goods and services – things we all value very differently.Imagine, for example, that you’re at a basketball game, but you want to see if you can get better seats or you didn’t get reservations at some exclusive restaurant and you want to get in now. Zaarly lets you announce your willingness to shell out money – you name your price – for someone who can get the seats for you. Zaarly then facilitates the exchange. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces audrey watters Tags:#e-commerce#mobile#NYT#web How Zaarly WorksUsing Zaarly, a buyer (that is, someone who’s looking for something, anything) enters their location, a description of what they want, the timeframe they need it in, and the price they’re willing to pay. Zaarly then broadcasts the message via Twitter (eventually, more options will be added here. This app was just built 2 weeks ago, remember?) Sellers (that is, those who are willing to agree to these terms and sell the good or service) can accept. Zaarly connects the buyer and seller on the phone, via an anonymous party-line, where the two can then rendezvous face-to-face to complete the transaction.Will Zaarly Work?Zaarly is set to launch during SXSW, which will be an excellent experiment for the startup as the event if full of early adopters who want to get into particular events and venues. Fishback says the app may require a “behavior change” as people move from buying and selling via eBay and Craigslist to the sort of more intimate transactions Zaarly will be able to foster.Of course, those intimate transactions – as Craigslist has learned – may bring all sorts of legal questions for the startup, if the experiences folks look for – all those goods and services without an “official” market – are likely to include sex and drugs. Fishback says the company will scrutinize each offer that’s posted to Zaarly at first and will design a system to check for certain keywords and pull offending and illegal content.Zaarly is currently free and Fishback says the company’s revenue model will probably involve taking a cut of credit-card and PayPal transactions. That’s the future that Fishback envisions for Zaarly, where with our mobile phones (and Square card readers) in hand, we can create a whole new buyer-controlled, geo-based market for everything. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgBut summer has hardly started!As we fire up the grill and hope that the rain will let up enough for us to enjoy summer, we should also remember that the days are now getting shorter, and in just a few months we’ll be firing up our heating systems again.Now’s the time to think about how we can keep our heating costs down next winter. Here I’ll present a few of my top priorities in preparing for winter:Get an energy audit. You might be wasting a lot of energy that you don’t even know about—due to inadequate insulation, leaky windows, hidden air leakage pathways, and other problems. An energy auditor will likely use a “blower door” to measure how tight your house is. He or she may also peer into wall cavities, inspect your attic, and test your heating system’s efficiency. For a typical house, expect to spend about $500 for a good, independent energy audit. You’ll end up with detailed information on how your house measures up and a list of recommended actions you can take. For low-income homeowners, subsidized energy auditing and weatherization services are available; in the Brattleboro area, contact SEVCA (Southeastern Vermont Community Action) in Westminster (800-464-9951 or 802-722-4575; www.sevca.org). More on energy audits.Weatherize your house. Among the outcomes of an energy audit are recommendations for weatherization. These are relatively easy improvements to reduce air leakage through the house envelope. Common measures include sealing off any large gaps or holes using foam sealant or construction materials (start with big holes that cats can squeeze through—you’d be surprised!), caulking cracks (the weatherization contractor usually has to have the blower door operating to identify these leakage sites), fixing old windows, and adding insulation in places where it was inadvertently left out. Not only will weatherization save money, it will make your house a lot more comfortable by reducing cold drafts.Get your heating system tuned up. An oil-fired boiler or furnace should be thoroughly cleaned and tuned up at least once a year. Gas-fired equipment is cleaner-burning, so the burner can go a little longer before servicing, but an annual inspection is still a good idea for safety reasons. If you have an oil or gas furnace, which heats air for distribution through warm-air ducts, replacing filters should be done at least twice a year—more often if you’re in a dusty area and they become clogged. When your heating system is being serviced, ask if it would make sense to downsize the nozzle on the burner—that’s often an easy way to improve the performance and reduce fuel use.Install a programmable thermostat. This can reduce your heating costs 10% or more. Proper use of a programmable thermostat saves energy by helping you set back the temperature at night and during periods of time when you’re not home. A general rule of thumb is that for every degree Fahrenheit you set back the house temperature you save 2% on your energy consumption for heating. So, for example, if you decrease your house temperature 15°F for a third of each 24-hour period (eight hours at night), you could save about 10% of your heating costs (15 x 2 ÷ 3). If you set back the temperature farther, or do so for a longer period of time each day (such as during the daytime when you’re at work as well as at night), your savings can be greater. A programmable thermostat helps you do that easily and conveniently. More on programmable thermostats.Install storm windows. If your prime windows are in pretty good shape and don’t need to be replaced, consider installing storm windows. These will add another insulating layer and can significantly reduce heat loss and drafts. Look for storm windows with low-emissivity (low-e) glass; these aren’t common yet, but they should be. Indeed, the standard “triple-track” storm window is in desperate need of reinvention, with not only the addition of low-e glass, but also tighter construction and a frame material such as fiberglass rather than aluminum to reduce “thermal bridging.” There are also some interior storm panels that do a pretty good job.last_img read more

first_imgEditor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contestSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Bato has high regard for PNP chief’s character, willing to “bet his neck” for him02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more