From the start, the … Corning >> It was all Corning Friday night as the Cardinals rolled over the visiting Oroville Tigers 46-7. “This is us, finally,” coach John Studer told the Cardinals after the win. “This is our true identity.”Studer praised the team win, commending bench players who came in later in the game and played with the same intensity as starters. He credited speed, confidence and physical play for the win.“They’re not as bad as you made them look,” Studer said.
New ways of seeing biology are finding life is full of networks. At both ends of the complexity scale – from humans to bacteria – complex interactions are the rule. Two teams studying different phenomena had the same reaction – astonishment.Bottom-up complexity: Who would have thought one of the simplest life forms has a more complex network of signaling molecules than man? “We were absolutely stunned,” remarked Gerhard Manning, a bioinformatics researcher, at the level of complexity in a network of tyrosine kinases in a single-celled microbe. Science Daily said of the organism studied, Monosiga brevicollis, “It commands a signaling network more elaborate and diverse than found in any multicellular organism higher up on the evolutionary tree, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have discovered.” Speaking of evolution, this organism was selected precisely because of its evolutionary position. The choanoflagellates are thought to be basal members of microbes about to evolve into multicellular animals. Imagine the shock seeing network complexity at that level:With all this new information, one obvious question remains unanswered: what is a single-celled organism doing with all this communications gear? “We don’t have a clue!” says Manning, “but this discovery is the first step in finding out.”The article title was telling: “Can You Hear Me Now? Primitive Single-Celled Microbe Expert In Cellular Communication Networks.”Top down complexity: This is your brain on diffusion imaging: see Technology Review. A refined method of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that follows water molecules as they move through neurons is allowing scientists to see, for the first time, the network connections in the brain. The crude new views of this non-invasive imaging technique have revealed a core region in the back of the brain, reported Emily Singer, that seems to act as a central hub. The number of connections within the hub as well as outside suggest an important function. “What goes on there?” asked one of the neuroscientists at Indiana University. This imaging technique promises new looks at the complexity of the human brain. Before, MRI and CAT scan images showed only shadows of the surfaces of regions of the brain. Now, diffusion imaging promises to reveal the network connections of the brain’s trillions of neurons. (Note: in the illustration, multiple layers of complexity have been subtracted in order to focus on certain features.) By comparing normal brains to victims of autism and Alzheimer’s disease, researchers hope to understand what went wrong in the network wiring in those debilitating conditions. Singer called the newly-discovered hub a kind of Grand Central Station. Even in a resting state, your hub is a hubbub of traveling signals.Only in the last few years has networking become a biological buzzword. Proteins form networks. Genes form networks. Neurons form networks. Ecological members form networks. Networks are characterized not so much by the nodes but by the relationships between the nodes. By nature they are “information-rich” structures.It was way too funny to see the Salk guys admit they don’t have a clue figuring out where a microbe got all that complex communications gear. If they don’t have a clue about what is right in front of their eyes, what can we trust of their claims about the unobservable past? Creation scientists might also have been stunned by this discovery, but in a different way. They would be delighted with yet another display of the Creator’s wisdom. Evolutionists, on the other hand, are stunned with a tinge of dismay. Their delight in discovery is tempered by an unexpected level of complexity in an organism that was supposed to primitive and simple. Dumbstruck, they flounder about for an explanation of how it could have evolved. That calls for a new word: they’re dumbfloundering.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
23 September 2010You can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. On Saturday, as part of National Heritage Day, thousands of South Africans will head outdoors, get the fires going and celebrate the nation’s favourite pastime on National Braai Day.The event, which takes place annually on 24 September, has become something of an institution in South Africa. Braai Day gives South Africans an opportunity to celebrate the country’s cultural heritage and diversity of traditions.South Africa is a diverse country, but something that we all have in common is that we need no encouragement to braai.“We want to create a national day of celebration in South Africa – one day in the year when the whole nation comes to a standstill and has a party. It’s good for nation-building and it’s good for the spirit of the country,” says Jan Scannell (also known as Jan Braai), the founder of the National Braai Day initiative.The beginnings of National Braai DayNational Braai Day is what St Patrick’s Day is for the Irish, what Bastille Day is for the French and what Australia Day is for the Australians.“Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration,” says Mr Braai.When Scannell was first inspired to start the initiative, he had no idea that it would become so popular. And to give the day even more clout, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took to the idea and became the patron of National Braai Day.“I e-mailed Archbishop Tutu and explained that I want to unite 50-million people around braai fires. He liked the idea, so we started talking about getting him involved as the patron,” says Scannel. “We had a braai together for the first time in 2007 – boerewors and lamb chops.”Since then, Scannell and Tutu have been in regular contact, and they’ve also braaied together a few more times.National Braai Day has since become known as the Braai4Heritage initiative, and in 2008 the campaign received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council.Official AnthemIn 2009, the initiative launched an official song, “Our Heritage”, recorded by multiple Grammy Award winners The Soweto Gospel Choir, the 2008 South African Music Awards male solo artist of the year HHP (Hip Hop Pantsula), rapper JR, known for his smash hit “Show Dem”, and Cape Town-based electronic group Die Heuwels Fantasties.Recently a local comedy pop duo also got into the spirit of Braai Day by recording a parody of US pop singer Rebecca Black’s viral video hit “Friday”. Since Nicholas Smal and Gareth Allison, also known as Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues, posted the video, it has received overwhelming response from fans and quickly went viral on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.The parody has become just as popular as the main anthem, but Scannell says that any publicity for Braai Day is welcome.“We are excited about the support the song has received online so far. As South Africans, we never take ourselves too seriously and the song really captures the spirit of National Braai Day,” he says.Getting it rightBraaing is very much part of the South African DNA and it should come as no surprise that South Africans have perfected the art of having a great braai. But before you grab the marinade and braai tongs, make sure that the basics are in place.Mr Braai, who is the authority on everything to do with this form of cooking, explains that a wood fire is the way to go. “I don’t think anyone seriously prefers charcoal. Using it is simply a matter of convenience or if you can’t get hold of wood,” he says.South Africa’s great braai tradition has been the inspiration for numerous cooking books on the subject. Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands – compiled by Wines of South Africa, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the export of local wines in key international markets – is a beautiful publication that pays tribute to the country’s beloved pastime.It contains recipes, braaing tips and techniques, wine notes and wine pairing suggestions from some of the Cape’s favourite vineyards. Estate owners, winemakers and personalities such as rugby player Schalk Burger, also share their secrets for and interpretations of the perfect braai.The book suggests that the secret of successful braaing lies in controlling the heat and ensuring that it is evenly distributed. Stacking the wood is also contentious, as is the timing around turning the meat.Everyone has their way of stacking the crumpled paper, kindling, bits of wood and bigger cuts or logs. However, the book suggests that a traditional South Africa square stacking method allows for good aeration and burning, but keep in mind that this method needs careful management to produce enough core heat to generate coals.If you don’t plan to make your braai fire with such precision, try the well-known tepee style. This method can even be mastered by the novice fire maker as it is more practical and needs less management.Scannell adds that there is also no reason not to celebrate Braai Day if you are a vegetarian. He says that there are many delicious meals that can be cooked over the coals, such as putupap, mielies and mushrooms.Braaibroodjies are another favourite. These are toasted sandwiches made with cheese, tomato, onion and a dash of chutney, which can be braaied slowly in a closed grid on light coals until golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.If these dishes don’t sound appealing, you can still have a good time. “Simply light a fire and stand around it, everybody loves that!” says Scannell.Expand your braai repertoireInstead of putting the usual steak and chops on the coals, try something different this Braai Day: the Kwaai Braai Pie! This recipe is courtesy of Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands. According to the book, this dish lends itself to experimentation. The amounts are not exact and you can add more or less of any ingredient, or improvise with whatever you have available for the filling.Kwaai Braai Pie2x 500g ready-to-bake puff pastry1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped3 smoked chicken breasts, sliced250g bacon, diced250g button mushrooms, sliced1 onion, chopped1 yellow pepper, deseeded and sliced½ cup crumbled feta cheese½ cup grated cheddar cheese1 cup grated mozzarella cheeseFreshly ground salt and black pepperRoll out the dough into two equal pieces. Fry the onion, bacon and peppers in olive oil. Add seasoning. Layer the ingredients in the following order on one sheet of dough: half of the raw spinach, smoked chicken, onion, bacon, peppers and mushrooms. Scatter the three cheeses and add the rest of the spinach.Cover with the second sheet of dough. Make a parcel of the layered, filled sheets of dough. Brush with olive oil on both sides. Place on a hinged braai grid and close gently. Do not latch it, though, or else the pie will get pinched. Cook over the coals for about 15 minutes, turning regularly, until golden brown.Whatever you do, have a braaiYou can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa. So don’t miss out on this Saturday’s festivities.“All we are saying is grab your friends and family, start a fire, and celebrate South Africa,” says Scannell.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. read more
An awkward moment befell 64 bridegrooms ahead of the auspicious evening in Bhopal on Thursday. The government scheme that facilitated their mass wedding fashioned them in another peculiar way: selfies of grooms-to-be standing inside toilets as proofs attached with application forms.Only proving that her husband-to-be has a toilet at home can fetch a woman, from an economically deprived background, ₹51,000 as support under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Vivah/Nikah Scheme. And now, the unwritten norm hitherto prevalent in rural areas of taking the selfies has forayed into a city where the civic body is supposed to physically verify toilets.“I don’t even take my phone inside toilets,” said Abid Khan*, 23, a resident of a slum near the State Secretariat. “It wasn’t a good feeling to take a photograph inside a toilet, just to be eligible for a wedding.”The scheme, launched by the BJP government in 2013, contains the toilet clause. But they asked for photographs only from rural areas, said corporator and Congress leader Rafiq Qureshi, organiser of the wedding — the third mass wedding in a year ahead of the local body elections next year.“It’s nowhere in the rules, but the practice is being adopted by cities now. What is still being followed was set as a norm by the previous government,” he said. In villages, the Chief Medical Officer has to verify toilets, in cities, ward incharges have to do the job.Brothers Riyaz Ali*, 27, and Samir Ali*, 23, both mechanics, have three toilets back home. “When I heard the condition the first time, I was shocked and embarrassed at the same time,” said Mr. Riyaz.“Officials are shying away from their duty to verify toilets themselves. This is like our pre-wedding photoshoot,” he chuckled.“What is the point of asking for photographs when Bhopal is the cleanest State capital? Isn’t it declared open defecation-free already?” asked Amjad Khan, member of an NGO, and in the organising team of a mass wedding for the fifth time. “There is not even a single basti (slum) without a toilet.”Surrounded by friends, dabbing her cheeks with powder and adjusting her lehenga’s hood, Fatima Siddiqui*, 22, is overwrought. She wants to look her best, not just before her family — scores of guests including families, friends of 64 couples are attending the wedding outside the Central Library. “Isn’t the photograph of a toilet in use a good sign for us? There is nothing wrong with it,” she said.Flurry of applicationsThe benefit of ₹43,000 is transferred to the bank account of the woman, who also receives ₹5,000 worth household items and ₹3,000 for the wedding. A day into government, the Congress increased the assistance from ₹28,000 to ₹51,000, which led to a flurry of applications.Meanwhile, Minister for Urban Development and Housing Jaivardhan Singh has told reporters the condition will be looked into and rolled back to not cause further embarrassment for grooms-to-be.(*Names changed) read more
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