first_imgEureka >> It’s the diagnosis no parent wants to hear, but on August 5, St. Bernard’s athletic director and head coach Matt Tomlin and his wife, Oriana, faced the brutal reality of just that — their daughter, Reve, had cancer.“There are no words to describe it,” Matt Tomlin said, recounting the moments of a day that changed his life forever. “We had a family friend who was a doctor and she took a look at the CAT scan. She called and she’s crying on the phone. She said her body was full of that. …last_img


first_imgProgress must be made with gains, not losses.Evolutionary biologists like to attribute every change to evolution. Their task, however, is to explain the tremendous rise in complexity from the first replicator to a human brain. Destroying and removing things is not the way to get there.Implications of lemuriform extinctions for the Malagasy flora (PNAS). ” Using statistical models and morphometric analyses, we demonstrate that the extinction of large-bodied lemurs resulted in a significant reduction in functional morphological space associated with seed dispersal ability.”Eyeless cave shrimp senses light and can live frozen in ice (New Scientist). It’s pretty neat that a blind cave shrimp can sense some kinds of light and survive frozen in ice. Still, it’s not the first case of living frozen (just the first in a cave environment), and it is a sad situation to lose one’s eyes. Where is a case of an eyeless animal in a cave being introduced to the sunshine and evolving eyes?Amazing Blind Cavefish Walks Up Rocks and Waterfalls (Live Science). A blind fish in Thailand can struggle up walls of its cave using its fins. Live Science gets excited about how this “could reveal much to scientists about the earliest stages of tetrapod evolution,” but the fins are not legs yet after however long the species has lived in the cave. The eyes, though, have been completely lost.Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands (Science Daily). A study claims to support the evolution of flightlessness on islands.“I would be shocked if a hummingbird or tanager or fruit-dove ever lost the ability to fly entirely,” Wright said. “It’s central to how they make a living. But these birds are still reducing the size of their flight muscles when relief from predators allows them to do so.”The paper on PNAS celebrates the predictability of evolution on islands. “Islands with fewer predator species were associated with more dramatic shifts toward flightlessness, implicating reduced predation pressure as the most likely cause of this trend,” the summary states. “These predictable evolutionary changes likely exacerbate the vulnerability of flighted island birds to introduced predators and reduce the potential for small-island species to give rise to subsequent radiations.” Yet where are any ecosystems where predators were introduced, and ground birds evolved flight?Interstellar cloud could have wiped out the dinosaurs (New Scientist). The famous “iridium anomaly” that is supposed to be the smoking gun of the impact that supposedly killed off the dinosaurs may have come instead from Earth’s passage through a giant molecular cloud in the Milky Way, these scientists suggest. If so, it’s a double loss: loss for a popular theory, and loss for the dinosaurs.Planets stripped bare by host stars (BBC News). The theory of evolution is not purely about biological change. It’s an entire worldview package encompassing the entire cosmos, from big bang to galaxy evolution, to stellar evolution, to planetary evolution, to the origin of life and biological evolution. This article, based on a paper in Nature Communications (“Hot super-Earths stripped by their host stars”) doesn’t help super-Earths hoping to grow their own evolutionary trees.Co-author Dr Guy Davies, from the University of Birmingham, said: “For these planets it is like standing next to a hairdryer turned up to its hottest setting.“There has been much theoretical speculation that such planets might be stripped of their atmospheres. We now have the observational evidence to confirm this, which removes any lingering doubts over the theory.”You can’t win a race by running backwards.Observational science: degeneration, de-evolution, and extinction. Evolutionary hope: steady progress up the tree of life. Don’t ask the storytellers about evolution. Ask the blind cave fish. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City midfielder Rodri: Season far from overby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri does not believe the club’s league season is over.Some fans and pundits are already declaring Liverpool hot favourites for the Premier League, given they have a five point lead over City.But Rodri knows that it is still early days, and that every team will slip up in the title race.”The season is very long,” he said to City’s website.”You are going to have matches like this, at least two or three. It’s normal. We are not perfect, and the good thing is we are at the start of the season, not the end.”That’s the only positive thing we can say. We are five points behind the leaders and that’s bad news but we are working and we will keep pushing.” last_img read more


first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Homebuilders Housing Starts Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-02-14 Krista Franks Brock While the housing market is showing signs of improvement and construction is starting to pick up, one real estate consulting firm has noticed a somewhat substantial divide between housing starts and housing completions and points to labor as the major contributing factor. [IMAGE]Single-family housing starts have risen 24 percent year-over-year, while single-family housing completions have risen just 9 percent, according to “”John Burns Real Estate Consulting””:http://www.realestateconsulting.com/. This 15 percent difference across the nation varies by region with the greatest spread occurring in the West and the smallest in the Northeast. In the West, single-family housing starts are up 33 percent, while completions are up 10 percent. The South has experienced a 24 percent rise in housing starts and a 7 percent rise in completions. [COLUMN_BREAK]The Midwest also reported a year-over-year increase in housing starts of 24 percent but paired that with a 14 percent rise in housing completions for a slightly smaller spread of -10 percent. The Northeast posted the smallest spread between starts and completions while also posting the smallest growth in both categories. Housing starts increased 12 percent; housing completions increased 7 percent, leaving a -5 percent spread. John Burns Real Estate points to two causes for these disparate sets of numbers in each region of the country, labor and materials. Housing starts have already risen 100 percent back from their trough during the economic downturn, while construction employment is up a mere 3.3 percent. “”Trades that took it on the chin during the downturn will need to gain confidence in the recovery and see wages increase before expanding their payrolls,”” John Burns Real Estate stated in a recent newsletter. Labor availability will not return overnight. Currently, a ripening Mexican economy and immigration restrictions in the U.S. are working to limit the availability of day laborers in the construction industry–one that is heavily dependent on Hispanic labor, the firm said.John Burns Consulting advises builders to “”model labor cost increases into their 2013 business plans and expect delays in the field as the gears of the housing recovery take time to align.”” Share Low Labor Availability Slowing Housing Constructioncenter_img February 14, 2013 417 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more


first_imgSeptember 12, 2007 Paolo Soleri traveled to Albuquerque on 9/7/07 at invitation of the The lecture drew a full house with standing room only for some participants. Paolo always has a question and answer period at the end of a lecture. September 7. was declared Paolo Soleri Day with a Joint Proclamation by Lemoyne F. Blackshear, AIA, State of New Mexico Staff Architect, and Isaac Benton, AIA, City Counselor for City of Albuquerque. [Photo: tt & text: sa] The Monday evening lecture took place at Pulliam Auditorium in the Burton Barr Central Library on 1221 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ. Paolo spoke again to a room filled to capacity. [Photo: tt & text: sa]last_img


first_imgThe Belgian Council of State has struck down a 2008 agreement whereby Liberty Global-backed cable operator Telenet acquired the homes served by the Interkabel cable networks owned by Flemish municipalities.The Council, acting on a complaint by Telenet rival Belgacom, ruled that Interkabel should have been open to competitive offers.The Interkabel-Telenet agreement of 2008, which Telenet acquired 800,000 TV homes served by four municipal operators – Integan, Intermedia, PBE and WVEM – expanded an earlier agreement from 1996 that allowed Telenet to market broadband and telephony services to InterKabel customers.last_img


first_imgMarking their 26th year, the Awards highlight Cambridge’s best business talent, with winners selected by a panel of experts encompassing a broad range of business expertise. The ‘Small Business of the Year’ category recognizes IONTAS for achieving sustained growth, and demonstrating increased market strength, whilst remaining profitable.Related StoriesSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTIONTAS is focused on antibody discovery and developing cutting-edge technology for protein-based drug discovery. The Company’s proprietary mammalian display platform makes antibody drug discovery more efficient and allows the discovery of antibodies that are amenable to manufacturing, a technology being increasingly adopted by Biotech and Pharma companies. In parallel, IONTAS is also making breakthroughs through its KnotBody technology, which enables the generation of drug leads to a class of target (ion channels) previously considered intractable to antibody development.Dr John McCafferty, Founder and CEO, IONTAS, commented: Mar 25 2019IONTAS Limited (IONTAS), a leader in the discovery and optimization of fully human antibodies, has won ‘Small Business of the Year’ category at the Cambridge News Business Excellence Awards 2019. Source:https://www.iontas.co.uk/news-and-events/news/2019/mar/25/iontas-named-small-business-year-cambridge/center_img I am honored that IONTAS has won this award, which is a testament to the talents and hard work of the team. The company’s success can be attributed to our scientific ethos of quality service and insightful research, without compromising on investment in ground-breaking research. I am very proud of what we have achieved, and look forward to continuing our contribution to the development of novel drugs targeting unmet medical needs.”last_img read more


first_imgThe findings reinforce the idea that a versatile and healthy diet plays a key role, and even has an independent role in health. If we can intervene in deviant eating behaviours, such as food neophobia, already in childhood or youth. This will help to prevent potential future health problems early on.Hereditary factors and our genotype only determine our predisposition to food neophobia. Early childhood education and care and lifestyle guidance in adulthood can provide support in the development of a diverse diet.”Research Professor Markus Perola from the National Institute for Health and Welfare Source:National Institute for Health and WelfareJournal reference:Perola, M. et al. (2019) Food neophobia associates with poorer dietary quality, metabolic risk factors, and increased disease outcome risk in population-based cohorts in a metabolomics study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqz100. Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 18 2019Food neophobia, or fear of new foods, may lead to poorer dietary quality, increase the risk factors associated with chronic diseases, and thus increase the risk of developing lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.These are some of the findings of a study conducted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, the University of Helsinki, and the University of Tartu in Estonia.Food neophobia is an eating behavior trait in which a person refuses to taste and eat food items or foods they are not familiar with. The study examined the independent impact of eating behavior, and especially food neophobia, on dietary quality as well as lifestyle diseases and their risk factors. So far, little research has been carried out on this area.The study monitored individuals aged between 25 and 74 years in the Finnish FINRISK and DILGOM cohorts and an Estonian biobank cohort during a seven-year follow-up.Food neophobia is hereditaryFood neophobia has been observed to be a strongly hereditary trait: twin studies have found that up to 78% of it may be hereditary. The trait can be easily measured using the FNS questionnaire (Food Neophobia Scale), which contains ten questions charting the respondent’s eating behavior. The FNS questionnaire was also used to measure and quantify the fear of new foods in this study.Food neophobia is common in children and older persons, in particular. Few studies have so far been carried out on food neophobia in the adult population.Traits similar to food neophobia, including picky and fussy eating, also occur in different age groups in the population. These eating behaviors may also have a significant impact on dietary quality and subsequently health. As different traits associated with eating behaviors have overlapping characteristics making a clear-cut distinction between them is challenging.Food neophobia has independent health impactsRelated StoriesDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaUTHealth researchers investigate how to reduce stress-driven alcohol useThe study found that food neophobia is linked to poorer dietary quality: for example, the intake of fiber, protein and monounsaturated fatty acids may be lower and the intake of saturated fat and salt greater in food neophobic individuals.Additionally, a significant association was found between food neophobia and adverse fatty acid profile and increased level of inflammatory markers in blood. Subsequently, food neophobia also increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or type 2 diabetes.It is often thought that the impacts of eating behavior and diet on health are mainly mediated through weight changes alone. In this study, however, the impacts of food neophobia emerged independently regardless of weight, age, socioeconomic status, gender or living area.Your parents were right: you should always try all foods!last_img read more


Separated by thin partitions, 15 little photo studios used exclusively to update the website line up in a corner of Zara’s huge headquarters near Corunna in Spain’s northwest.Under a constant barrage of camera flashes, models strike pose after pose to get seven photos showing the piece of clothing under all angles.In total, 1,500 photos are put on line twice a week to match the speed at which articles of clothing are replaced in-store.Amazon, Alibaba competition”Online sales are becoming an element that is contributing significantly to the company’s growth,” said Pablo Isla, CEO of the Inditex group which owns Zara among other brands like Massimo Dutti, said this week at the annual results’ presentation.In 2017, these represented 10 percent of sales, a figure unveiled this week after years of secrecy over a crucial sector that Inditex only entered in 2010, on the late side.Sergio Avila Luengo, an analyst at IG Markets, said gaining “more visibility online” was the main challenge for Inditex if it wants to remain “competitive on the long term”.He said the retail giant started having trouble clearing its stocks for the first time in 2017 due to competition from Amazon, which sells everything from books to clothes.For its part Sweden’s H&M, Inditex’s arch-rival, has recognised that a drop in profits in 2017 was due in large part to online competition. Explore further Clothing retailers like Zara are looking to turn their network of stores into an asset instead of a liability as they try to deal with internet rivals like Amazon. Logistics investments, new technology… Faced with fierce online competition from the likes of Amazon, affordable fashion giants Zara and H&M are shoring up their defences, trying to use their stores to boost internet sales. The clothing market “is in big transformation,” CEO Karl-Johan Persson said in February.”It is happening fast and it is challenging everyone.”We know about the big online platforms, I’m thinking Amazon and (China’s) Alibaba, affecting our industry,” he said, adding smaller niche online players were also “a force to be reckoned with”.In the United States, Amazon was in 2016 the top online clothes vendor.It holds 11 percent of the global clothing market, and this is expected to rise to 19 percent in 2020, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.German online clothing and shoes platform Zalando and Britain’s Asos, meanwhile, saw their European sales leap 25 percent and 34 percent respectively between 2012 and 2015, according to the Ecommerce Foundation. The extensive logistics infrastructure of Amazon gives it an advantage against clothing retailers. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Zara and H&M shore up defences as internet threatens (2018, March 18) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-zara-hm-shore-defences-internet.html Amazon primed to hire 2,000 new employees in France Major logistics challengeFaced with this threat, H&M devoted 45 percent of its investment to internet in 2017, or close to 600 million euros ($736 million), for a new photo studio and personalised apps for its clients.Inditex is also investing, but would not unveil how much.Both groups are gradually offering the possibility for next-day or even same-day delivery of online orders, as well as the possibility to easily pick up and return clothes to stores. © 2018 AFP These services may be crucial for customers but they represent a major logistics challenge, especially when faced with Amazon which already has “a much bigger logistics structure, already adapted to all sorts of different products,” said IG Markets analyst Avila Luengo.As it counter-attacks, Inditex has opened 19 warehouses in the world dedicated only to the internet, which are managed like stores. H&M is soon to follow suit.Both are also taking advantage of their thousands of stores, including for client delivery.When online sales are launched in new markets, “we get to profitability really quick,” H&M financial director Jyrki Tervonen told investors in February.He said this was “thanks to the fact we already have a store network, we are a well-known brand, appreciated among the consumers.”Inditex has invested a lot in the renovation of its stores, removing the smallest ones in favour of huge flagship shops in city centres.Both groups are implementing systems to avoid missing out on a sale if for instance the size isn’t available for a customer, by telling him or her that the item is available online.Gildas Minvielle, head of the economic observatory at the French Fashion Institute, said their strategy was to combine both sales methods.”Distributors that develop their stores and their online sales perform quite well,” he said. H&M and Zara-owner Inditex are investing in systems that help ensure they don’t miss in-store sale opportunities due to missing sizes, alerting customers the article is available online. read more


This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Uber returns to Barcelona with licensed service Citation: Egyptian court rules Uber, Careem illegal; appeal expected (2018, March 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-egyptian-court-uber-careem-illegal.html An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered authorities to revoke the operating licenses of the Uber and Careem ride-hailing services and block their mobile apps and software. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The government and the companies are expected to appeal the administrative court verdict, which would prevent it from being implemented until a higher court weighs in.The administrative court in Cairo ruled that it is illegal to use private vehicles as taxis.Both companies provide smartphone applications that connect passengers with drivers who work as independent contractors.In a brief statement posted on its Facebook account, Careem said it “hasn’t been notified officially to stop its operations” and was operating normally. There was no immediate comment from Uber.Uber was founded in 2010 in San Francisco, and operates in more than 600 cities across the world. Careem was founded in 2012 in Dubai, and operates in 90 cities in the Middle East and North Africa, Turkey, and Pakistan.The applications took off in Cairo, a city of 20 million people with near-constant traffic and little parking. The services have recently started offering rides on scooters and tuk-tuks, three-wheeled motorized vehicles that can sometimes squeeze through the gridlock.The apps are especially popular among women, who face rampant sexual harassment in Egypt, including from some taxi drivers. Cairo’s taxi drivers are also notorious for tampering with their meters or pretending the meters are broken in order to charge higher rates.In 2016, taxi drivers protested the ride-hailing apps. They have complained that Uber and Careem drivers have an unfair advantage because they do not have to pay the same taxes or fees, or follow the same licensing procedures. read more