Sourav Kothari wins his maiden World Billiards Championships title

first_imgAdvertisementSourav Kothari of India overcame Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist with a scoreline of 1134-944 in the final to win the 2018 WBL World Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds on Friday.Sourav Kothari etched his name in the history books after winning his maiden World Billiards ChampionshipsThe former national and Asian Billiards champion only became the third Indian after Geet Sethi and Pankaj Advani to win the World Championships in the modern era of cue-sports. This victory puts the Calcutta-based cueist in an elite class of his own.In the nail-biting contest, it was Gilchrist who had the upper hand in the beginning after managing breaks of 83, 216 and 63 to go ahead by 130 points. However, the son of former World Champion Manoj Kothari lodged a fierce comeback to reach a commanding break of 305 and lead by 170 points. Gilchrist, did well enough to reduce the deficit in a number of occasions, but Sourav never allowed him to take the lead. Finally, the Indian triumphed after wrapping up with a final blow of 93 to win the title.“It’s the most significant title of my career so far. It really means a lot to me and nothing can match this,” the newly crowned World Champion told the Telegraph after his emphatic victory.The Sportsindiashow team wishes Sourav Kothari and rest of the Indian cue-sports fraternity all the best for their future endeavors.Advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Japan fight back to hold Senegal to 2-2 draw

first_imgMidfielder Keisuke Honda came off the bench to salvage a 2-2 draw for Japan against Senegal, as both teams were locked at the top of Group H following an entertaining encounter at the Ekaterinburg Arena on Sunday.Veteran Honda, 32, who became the first Japanese player to score in three different WorldCups, replaced Shinji Kagawa in the second half with his team down 2-1 and fired the equaliser in 12 minutes from time after a bad error by Senegal goalkeeper Khadim N’Diaye.Senegal thought they had won the match as Moussa Wague drilled the ball into the top of the net on 71 minutes to make it 2-1 after Sadio Mane’s fortuitous first-half opener was cancelled out by Takashi Inui’s curling shot. But Honda ensured things ended level and deservedly so.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe result leaves both teams, who beat Colombia and Poland respectively in their opening matches, on four points from two games and within reach of a spot in the last 16. ROBUST DEFENDINGSenegal began the match strongly and their robust defending neutralised any early threat that the Japanese front line posed, allowing their own attackers to push up in numbers.The Africans went ahead in the 11th minute, although there was an element of luck to their goal.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEA poor headed clearance landed right at Youssouf Sabaly’s feet and although goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima managed to parry the defender’s stinging shot from the left, the ball rebounded into the net off Mane’s knee.advertisementForward Ismaila Sarr, who troubled Japan from the start with his pace and power on the right wing, was unlucky not to double Senegal’s lead on 21 minutes as he volleyed into Kawashima’s hands from close range.Japan slowly regained composure and responded with a well-taken goal with their only shot on target in the opening period to level the score at 1-1.Yuto Nagatomo controlled a long pass with a deft first touch before rolling the ball into the path of Inui, who cut in from the left and fired a curling shot past a diving N’Diaye.Senegal appeared to step off the gas towards the end of the half, and the effects were still evident after the restart, as they resorted to long-range efforts that failed to test the Japanese goalkeeper.They nearly paid for allowing their opponents to run at them, as Yuya Osako narrowly failed to connect with a ball across the box on the hour mark before Inui’s powerful shot struck the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.Wague appeared to have ended hopes of a Japanese comeback as he drilled Sabaly’s low cross into the top of the net to send Senegal’s supporters into raptures.But the Asians were not done and hit back again through Honda, who tapped in into an empty net after goalkeeper N’Diaye stepped off his line and failed to punch the ball away.last_img read more

Indian football team set to face Oman ahead of AFC Asian Cup

first_imgThe Indian football team will play against Oman on December 27 in Abu Dhabi just before the start of its AFC Asian Cup campaign in the United Arab Emirates, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said Monday.This will be the third match for India as part of its preparations against a team that is taking part in the January 5-February 1 Asian Cup, to be held in three cities of the UAE.India had drawn goal-less with China while losing to Jordan 0-1 in its earlier two matches.India is placed in Group A in the Asian Cup while Oman is in Group F. India begins its campaign against Thailand on January 6 in Abh Dhabi.As per the October FIFA Rankings, Oman is ranked 84th as compared to India’s 97.The Indian team head coach Stephen Constantine said that Oman will be similar to Bahrain and UAE in playing style, both of whom India will be facing in the group stage of AFC Asian Cup.”Oman will be in some ways very similar to Bahrain and UAE which is why we wanted to play them so that we can get a good idea of what we are going to face in the group stages,” he said.Also read – India lose to Jordan in first ever international match”It’s now a question of trying to establish a rhythm and making sure we all know what we have to do. In our last game against Jordan, the circumstances were exceptional and that was a good learning experience for all the players.”advertisementIndia last played Oman in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers (in 2015) and lost 1-2 in Bengaluru and 0-4 in Muscat.Constantine said his team is a “completely different” outfit now.”After 3 years, we are a completely different team and I believe we are getting better. It should be a great game for us,” said Constantine.Also read – Chhetri irreplaceable but need someone to step up in his absence: ConstantineAll India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das said, “Oman are a very strong team. We were drawn against them in the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers and are aware of their quality and strength. It will be the perfect test for our boys as they gear up for the Asian Cup.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –last_img read more

Hockey World Cup 2018: Akashdeep Singh faces suspension after making obscene gesture

first_imgIndia’s star striker Akashdeep Singh could possibly be banned for two matches for breaching the FIH Code of Conduct at the end of the hockey World Cup quarter-final against the Netherlands in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.Akashdeep had allegedly “used foul language or gesture (s) that was seriously obscene and offensive or having a ‘seriously insulting nature to another participant or any other third person at the conclusion of India’s quarter-final against the Netherlands on Thursday.”According to a statement from the world body, the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) technical delegate had recommended Akashdeep’s case to FIH’s disciplinary commissioner.As per the recommendation, Akashdeep faces a two-match suspension at the next top FIH event.In his decision, FIH technical delegate Christian Deckenbrock indicated that if India had still been in the competition, he would have suspended Akashdeep for the next two matches.However, in accordance with tournament regulations, Deckenbrock decided to give written notice of his decision to FIH CEO Thierry Weil and to recommend him to refer the case to the FIH disciplinary commissioner.”Furthermore, the delegate stated that he will recommend that a suspension should apply for the next FIH top tier competition (including FIH Series Final) at which India will participate and that it should also be considered whether the number of players which India may use in these matches will be limited according to 5.1 of the FIH tournament regulations,” the statement further added.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | India coach Harendra Singh lashes out at umpires after quarters exitAlso Read | Harendra Singh under scanner againadvertisementlast_img read more

Here is your horoscope for January 22, 2019

first_imgARIESYou make breakthroughs in professional situations after considering what you give up or gain in the process. It’s best not to be unrealistic about goals and targets. A new work opportunity can change the way you work and relate with people professionally! Lucky number 12. Colour sea green. TAURUSYou feel luxurious, as everything you need to be happy is available to you! Personal and family relationships are enhanced with love and participation. Love and care from a special person brightens your life. Meditation takes you to new heights of bliss. Lucky number 4. Colour pink. GEMINIYou are generous as you share goodwill and hospitality with friends and loved ones. Your romantic relationship may be going through a dreamy transition; it’s important to remain sensitive and caring. Beware of making compromises and going with half-truths. Lucky number 6. Colour pink. CANCERIt is advisable to be positive and clear about people and situations today. Special assignments or projects bring gain. Be in touch with your sense of humour and ability to celebrate. The day closes with love and kindness at home and bounty in business. Lucky number 3. Colour saffron. LEOYou focus on earthy, material issues and make all efforts to accept delays and unravel complications. Voluntary work allows you to be creative and free. You are able to fine tune energies to remain centered and achieve a healthy state of mind, body and spirit. Lucky number 7. Colour blue. VIRGOBeware of over indulgence in emotion, food or drink. You are receptive to opportunities and people around you. Love and romance add a special flavor to your personal relationship. Creative occupations, like music, sport or theatre bring pleasure and gain. Lucky number 2. Colour yellow. advertisementLIBRA’The Wheel of Fortune’ spins in some change, opportunity and good luck in your life. It’s time to take a gamble or quantum leap as good luck is with you. Unexpected happenings and events can throw you temporarily but prove to be gainful in the long run. Lucky number 10. Colour ocean blue. SCORPIOYou indulge in music and entertainment while media exposure brings a bit of fame. You are likely to invest in a luxury. Communications and visitors arrive unexpectedly. Go within to find silence and bliss and then pour this harmony onto your work outside. Lucky number 6. Colour saffron. SAGITTARIUSRemain subtle while expressing feelings today. A personal relationship develops in a favorable manner. You tend to swing to extremes and go through mood changes when things don’t go your way. Let go rather than hang on to anything that is finished. Lucky number 8. Colour green. CAPRICORNYou are amiable, quick to respond to attraction and easily enthusiastic about opportunities. You tend to be exceedingly sensitive and hurt in relationships. You need to trust yourself and life to take you sailing through personal and professional changes. Lucky number 5. Colour blues. AQUARIUSYou create abundance by using all your talent in an unconventional way. Working with young people, sporty pastimes, Yoga and meditation is rejuvenating. Reunions and happy celebrations are on the cards! Reach deep within yourself to recognize your true face. Lucky number 9. Colour brown. PISCESYou tend to worry and feel stressed about everything. The answer to your problems lies in applying yourself to whatever needs to get done and soon it is out of your way. Drop the burden of the past and get on with your life now. Strengthen body and spirit. Lucky number 5. Colour blue.last_img read more

The Biggest Question

first_imgNCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Stanford vs Oklahoma StatePhoto Attribution: US PresswireWes Lunt will be fine, I think. And if he’s not we know we have a 9-win QB in Clint Chelf, there’s a safety net there. The wide receivers group is so deep you almost forget that nearly 3,000 worth of yards is just disappearing from last year’s squad. The Randle-Smith punch is the best in the Big 12 and might be the best in the country[1. Smith ranked 9th in the country in YPC (7.1) among all running backs with 90+ carries. 9th! And he’s not the feature back! Also, can we have a moment of silence for LaMichael James’ 7.31 YPC on 247 carries? That is RIDICULOUS.]The defense, as has been shown more than enough times, will be terrific.On paper, this is a really good team, maybe a great one.But paper is only good for writing thank you notes and doodling national championship trophies.I got into a Twitter spat (oh the intellect!) with Trent Dilfer the other night about Ryan Tannehill being overrated[2. Not high on my “this is what I thought I’d be doing on my Friday nights as a 27-year-old” list]. He was talking up Tannehill and I told him I didn’t think the former A&M QB had “it.” Dilfer basically told me I was stupid for thinking I could see “it” when I wasn’t actually on the field for games.But isn’t “it” just that thing that transcends mediums and emanates from all forms of sporting event consumption?I say all that to say that last year’s OSU squad had more of “it” than any other OSU sports team since the ’03-’04 hoops team.So many times last year (Kansas State, A&M, OU, et al.) they reminded you with a little bit of swagger that they were indeed all in for the full duration of the season and that nothing could stop them from winning the Big 12.More than that though, they liked each other. Sure winning is the great equalizer but you can’t recreate the way they acted around each other, the way they just loved getting on the field together.That’s number one or two of Mike Gundy’s 3.75 million most endearing coaching qualities: the ability to mesh a team, countless personalities and backgrounds into this organism that loves going out and thrashing other squads together. I have a memory from the Georgia game in ’09 in the second half. Jacob Lacey had just batted down a pass and was laying prostrate on the turf at Boone Pickens Stadium, cramping because it was like 180 degrees on the field. He crawled off the field (literally crawled) and Dez came zipping down the sideline, slapping him on top of the helmet, screaming encouragement in his ear, laughing at the absurdity that these two friends were in the middle of a battle with one of the SEC’s best squads, and they were winning that battle.It was a subtle moment, but one that meant something bigger than what anyone intended. I wonder if this year’s team has that thing, that slippery, incongruent thing that the great teams have. Do they like each other? Do they have more swagger together than on their own? Do they pick each other up? I think I know the answer to all these questions but I need to know more…Does the 2012 OSU football team have it?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ferdinand: Pogba can dominate the World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Pogba can dominate the World Cup, says Rio Ferdinand Chris Wheatley Last updated 1 year ago 16:05 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Paul Pogba France Manchester United Powerade The France midfielder is set for a starring role at the tournament according to Manchester United legend Ferdinand Paul Pogba has the potential to become a leading light at the 2018 World Cup according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand.Pogba has had a mixed season for club and country, prompting questions over his place in the France team as well as his own future at Old Trafford.However, he looks set to play for Les Bleus in their World Cup opener against Australia on Saturday and Ferdinand believes he has the ability to leave his mark on the world stage. Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Pogba has the ability to go out there and dominate the World Cup. He is a fantastic footballer,” Ferdinand told Goal at BBC Media Day.“But the problem at the moment is pressure. How does he deal with the expectations of a nation and how can he deal with that pressure?“He is someone who is desperate to put his mark on the game and he will be going all out to do that. He definitely, in no doubt in my mind, has the ability to do it. It is whether he can put it all together in this space of time, within a tournament.Paul Pogba FrancePrevious comparisons have seen Pogba likened to France midfield kingpins Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane.Ferdinand insists that a lack of silverware at national team level is one of the main reasons why Pogba isn’t at the same level, and encourages the 25-year-old to finish his career at United before judging his standing in the game.“You can’t compare Pogba to Platini and Zidane yet. Those two players went into different stratospheres with what they have done in football, in terms of winning the European Championship…Platini… and he won titles with Juventus.“And Zidane was a serial winner in the French national team, World Cup and European Championship – and then with his clubs as well. And now he is winning as a manager.“You cannot compare yet. Pogba still has a career to finish before you can compare players like that.”The BBC will provide extensive coverage of World Cup 2018 across TV, radio and online from June 14.last_img read more

Calgary scientists use MRIs to reduce use of rats and mice in

first_imgCALGARY – Medical scientists at the University of Calgary have taken steps to minimize the impact on mice and rats used in their experiments.The university’s Cumming School of Medicine is outfitted with a small MRI that researchers use as they test possible treatments for cancer, strokes and multiple sclerosis.“It’s one of the premier ones in Canada,” said Jeff Dunn, director of the school’s Experimental Imaging Centre.“Anything under 500 grams fits in there, so mostly rats and mice. We use those in medical research obviously for preclinical assessment, how the disease progresses and possibly even more importantly if the treatment is functional.”The MRI has been in use since 2004. The lab is also equipped with a blood gas analyzer, so tests can be done using blood samples taken from the animals in much the same way they are collected from human patients.It’s a far cry from when scientists would use rats and mice and have to dissect them at every test stage.“It really reduces the use of animals in research because, for a time-course study of treatment, we don’t have to do a whole bunch of animals,” Dunn said.“You can take a small number and follow them over months to see how the treatment is working.”Any research facility receiving government funding is subject to rules set out by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.Spokeswoman Sandra MacInnis says the organization wants to ensure animal-based science in Canada takes place only when necessary and that the animals receive optimal care.“For example, when selecting a research model, they must first consider all possible alternatives to animal models, such as computer or cell-culture models,” she wrote in an email.The executive director of the Vancouver-based Animals in Science Policy Institute says efforts by the University of Calgary and others to use the equipment are a matter of debate.Elisabeth Ormandy, a former researcher, said putting a mouse under an MRI scanner requires sedation or anesthesia and could be considered a source of distress for an animal since it could happen several times.“It depends on our own personal ethics,” Ormandy said. “For people who care about that one individual mouse, that (MRI) might still not be OK.”But she said some people might argue “it’s better to cause a little bit more suffering to one mouse instead of moderate suffering to 10 mice.”An animal rights organization said there’s no need to use animals in tests at all when computer modelling can be just as useful.“All things else being equal, certainly hurting and killing fewer animals is better than hurting and killing more animals,” said Jeremy Beckham, research associate with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.But he said that loses the bigger question a little bit.“There’s not any real basis to think they feel pain any less than, say, a dog or a cat,” Beckham said.“We’ve bred dogs and cats to be our companions, so we’ve got a little bit more of an emotional attachment to them. But the ethical issues of using rats and mice are staring us in the face just as strongly.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Internal TD bank review of financing Dakota Access pipeline still weeks away

first_imgTom Fennario APTN National NewsLawyers working on a review of how the Toronto Dominion bank is investing in the Dakota Access pipeline said it has not idea when the project will be complete.In December, the bank issued a statement stating that it would undertake a review after protesters blocked several branches in Canada and the United States in an effort to get the bank to stop investing in the Dakota Access pipeline.“We’re focusing our attention on TD partly because it has invested the most money out of any Canadian bank into the Dakota access pipeline.” said Montreal demonstrator Meara Kirwin outside a downtown TD bank on a frigid February day.TD Securities is part of what’s called a lending syndicate – a group of banks that lends expensive projects money.In the case of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) TD has put in more than $360 million to help finance the controversial project.“We don’t think that banks should be funding human rights violations the way the Dakota access pipeline is doing in cooperation with the local police forces,” said Mohawk protester Kenneth Deer at a demonstration targeting a Montreal TD bank this past November.The response from the bank was to hire a human rights expert to conduct a review on behalf of the lenders and advise on recommended improvements.But Foley Hoag, the Boston law firm in charge of the review told APTN National News that despite having worked on it for more than three months, there’s no time frame to release the report.This comes at a time when court documents state the Dakota access pipeline might be operational as soon as next week.Now the demonstrators are wondering what’s taking the review so long.“Taking that long to do a review when the reality of the situation is very clear ethically and economically is completely unacceptable,” said Kirwin.TD declined to be interviewed for this story.tfennario@aptn.calast_img read more

Serbian ultranationalist aide facing contempt charges before UN tribunal

29 May 2008A former aide to a top Serbian ultranationalist politician is being brought before the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s on contempt of court charges after he failed to appear as a witness in the politician’s trial. Ljubiša Petkovic was transferred yesterday from Serbia to the detention unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague and is expected to make his first appearance before the judges today. Prosecutors have charged Mr. Petkovic because of his failure to answer a confidential subpoena issued last month to appear as a witness in the ongoing trial of Vojislav Šešelj, the president of the Serbian Radical Party (SRS). Mr. Šešelj is facing three counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes relating to his alleged role in an ethnic cleansing campaign by Serbian forces in the Vojvodina region of Serbia between August 1991 and at least September 1993. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, which include murder, torture, imprisonment and deportation. read more

Disarmament complete in Sierra Leone parties declare at UNbacked meeting

The end of the process, which began in May 2001, was formalized at the eighth meeting in Freetown of the Joint Committee on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) chaired by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Oluyemi Adeniji. In a joint communiqué issued at the end of their meeting, the parties stressed the importance of complementing the disarmament and demobilization processes with the reintegration of ex-combatants. They expressed “fervent hope that the international community would respond with urgency” to a recent statement on the matter by the President of the UN Security Council.Recognizing that certain arms – particularly those that did not qualify for the DDR programme – may still be in circulation, the Joint Committee expressed its full support to the ongoing community arms collection and destruction programme to create a weapons-free environment in Sierra Leone. The Joint Committee also noted that the transformation of the RUF into a political party has not been completed. The Chairman called on the two parties to assume fully their respective responsibilities for the swift completion of that process. The communiqué also called for accelerating the extension of Government authority throughout the country and noted the importance of expediting the process to facilitate the return of refugees so they could participate in the elections slated for May. read more

New UNDP head to seek links between agency goals and World Bank

The newly appointed Administrator of the United National Development Programme (UNDP) said today that one of his top priorities for the remainder of 2005 would be the linking of his agency’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with poverty-reduction strategies often sponsored by the World Bank. “I think these two things need to be put together so that the poverty-reduction and growth strategies in the countries really incorporate the MDG targets and that the fiscal measures and expenditure analyses that have been put in place really focus on the achievement of the MDG,” Kemal Dervis, who took office at the UNDP on Monday, told journalists during a press briefing. The MDGs comprise a strategy to cut poverty and hunger by half, reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and ensure that children are attend primary school, by 2015. He also said that the UNDP could play a stronger role in helping poorer countries develop the capacity to benefit from trade liberalization. “We know that for the poorest countries to take advantage of open global markets and of world trade, they have to have the capacities from infrastructure, to incentives and policy-making, to customs procedures,” he said. With a view toward the next phase of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round of trade negotiations aimed at lowering barriers to trade, Mr. Dervis said he looked forward to working with others to achieve this goal and he had already been in touch with incoming World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy in this regard. “We’ve agreed to work very closely on this,” he said. Mr. Dervis also said that in addition to concentrating on the transition from disaster and conflict to economic development, he would place increased emphasis on gender within the context of the agency’s post-conflict activities. “One has to really mainstream the focus on gender in all our activities,” Mr. Dervis said. Rather than a special bureau for gender, UNDP has taken the view that the agency should be thinking about woman and their special problems in all areas of development, he added. Mr. Dervis, a former Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Member of the European Convention and World Bank executive, officially began his term on Monday. He succeeded Mark Malloch Brown, who was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff in January. Video of press briefing [52mins] read more

Amazon sold 1 million Kindles per week during the holidays

first_imgThe Kindle Fire has been selling like hotcakes ever since Amazon opened pre-orders in the fall and now it’s helped the online retail giant post some pretty impressive sales figures, according to a recent press release. Among them: one million Kindle devices sold every week during the month of December.The Kindle Fire remained Amazon’s top-selling item, it also grabbed the number one spot on Amazon wishlists and was the site’s most-gifted item. The recently-introduced Kindle Touch snagged the second spot on Amazon’s best seller list, while the standard Kindle reader rounded out the top three. And with Kindle devices in such high demand, it only makes sense that eBook sales were up as well — reaching almost double Amazon’s 2010 tally. Amazon also reported (somewhat unsurprisingly) that Christmas day was the biggest single day ever for Kindle book downloads.Amazon had a little fun with their recently published report, too. To close things out, they offered up some interesting asides like that fact that enough sweaters were sold to dress up Santa’s reindeer for the 14,000 Christmas Eve delivery runs. Enough HeatMax HotHands disposable warmers shipped to supply every single one of Iceland’s human inhabitants — and they could probably use them right about now. Amazon also sold more than the weight of 70 adult elephants in dumbbells.These are strong numbers, to be sure, but it’s worth putting at least part of the report into perspective. Despite selling one million Kindles per week, it’s interesting to note that Apple sold nearly that many iPads alone during the last fiscal quarter. That’s just one tablet stacked up against an array of ebook readers and a full-color Android tablet — and we’re not even comparing Apple’s holiday figures yet. Just think what will happen if Apple does, in fact, launch two more iPad models in January (not that we expect that rumor to be true).More at Amazonlast_img read more

Is 2D Material Hematene the New Graphene

first_img Move over, graphene: There’s a new two-dimensional wonder material in town.An international team of scientists successfully extracted hematene from ordinary iron ore.A mere three atoms thick, hematene is considered to have improved photocatalytic properties.“The material we synthesized can act as a photocatalyst to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, so that electricity can be generated from hydrogen, for example,” co-author Douglas Soares Galvåo said in a statement, tipping “several other potential applications.”The study—conducted at the Center for Computational Engineering and Sciences (CCES), one of the Research, Innovation, and Dissemination Centers (RIDCs) funded by the Såo Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)—was published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.Hematene, as its name suggests, was culled from hematite—one of the most prevalent minerals on Earth, and a major source of iron.Through the liquid-phase exfoliation process, researchers are able to create super-slim sheets of the material—perfect for photocatalysis (the acceleration of a chemical reaction when energized by light).In its original 3D form, hematite absorbs sunlight, but produces a short-lived charge. But when shrunk down to the thickness of three iron and oxygen atoms, Hematene become more efficient; after all, the photons’ negative and positive charges don’t have far to travel.To improve performance, the team added titanium dioxide nanotube arrays for more visible light absorption.“Hemetene may be an efficient photocatalyst … and could also serve as an ultrathin magnetic material for spintronic-based devices,” according to Galvão.Spintronics (or magnetoelectronics) is a new technology used to store, display, and process information.Perhaps the most famous 2D material, graphene—used to make jackets, control water evaporation, compress light, boost battery power, and even design edible electronics—isn’t the only slenderized ingredient available.Scientists have created two-dimension sheets of black phosphorus, gallium, molybdenum disulfide (try saying that five times fast), and chromium triiodide, each with a wider range of properties than its 3D structure.Hematene may have iron-based siblings, as well.“There are a number of other iron oxides and derivatives thereof that are candidates for originating new 2D materials,” Galvão said.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Spider Silk Could Be Used to Make Artificial MusclesSelf-Healing Material ‘Grows’ Through Reaction With Carbon Dioxide Stay on targetlast_img read more

Police arrest intoxicated Woodland man find loaded gun nearby

first_imgThe Woodland Police Department received a report of shots being fired at 11:57 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Gun Club Road and Lewis River Road, and further reports of a man who appeared intoxicated and was almost struck by a passing vehicle.Police arrived to find John Sigmon, 68, of Woodland trying to hide in an adjacent field with a loaded handgun nearby, police said.With assistance from the Cowlitz County Sheriff Office and Kalama Police Department, Sigmon was arrested on weapon-related charges and felony threats.last_img

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday July 2 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, July 2, 2019:#1) Preschool Storytime At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Preschool Storytime at 10am. This storytime on stars for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5.#2) Senior Center ActivitiesThe Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) is holding its usual Tuesday activities — Walking Group (8am); Aerobics (10:30am); Mah Jongg (1pm); Tai Chi (1pm); and Gentle Yoga (2:30pm).#3) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.#4) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.#5) Town Beach Open The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Pokemon Go has crossed 1 billion in downloads

first_img Pokemon Go 9 Photos Pokemon Go Post a comment Pokemon Go Plus keeps you catching them all without pulling out a phone News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Share your voice How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Enlarge ImagePokemon Go.  Niantic The weeks following the July 2016 release of Pokemon Go were the closest humanity may ever come to a hive mind. Millions of people in dozens of countries became enamoured with the game: Friends were made, miles were walked and cars were crashed, all in the name of catching those cheeky pocket monsters. Now, the game has passed an impressive milestone: It has been downloaded 1 billion times.The news was broadcast by Pokemon Go’s Japanese YouTube channel, in a video translated by Serebii.net. Pokemon Go is often mocked for being a flash in the pan, and it’s certainly true that interest peaked in the weeks following the release. It took just two months for the game to be downloaded 500 million times. But the 1 billion figure shows the game has more than enough life left in it yet.For clarification, the number doesn’t mean that there are 1 billion active Pokemon Go players. It also presumably includes re-downloads of players who once abandoned it but later decided to give catching ’em all another red-hot go.But calling the game anything other than a wild success would be a lie. It’s grossed over $2.6 billion over the past three years, according to Sensor Tower data. Tags Mobile Video Games 0last_img read more