Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said this when apologising to the league families, sponsorship partners, franchised and stakeholders for the incident that had happened during the semi-final match last Saturday.“We want to give confidence to the people of this country and the sponsors that we will not let this sabotage the major sporting events that are coming up starting with the Digicel cup finals, the Hunters finals and the lead up to the U20 women’s world cup and the Rugby League World Cup,” Tsaka said.Tsaka added that, the Digicel cup finals may still continue if scheduled for this weekend as we also have the Hunters for the first time will host QRL finals here at the NFS as well.Moreover, four Hunters players, Henry Noki,Timothy Lomai, Eassau Siune and Enoch Maki also condemned the incident and apologised to the families and sponsorship partners of the competition.Noki as a former Eagles player was upset as he also pledged his apology to the Gurias franchise and urge his former franchise the Eagles to keep the good record of producing good players like they used to.
The ruling Unity Party (UP) conducted rallies across the country over the weekend, creating earth-shattering results for incumbents and political sympathizers.In Lofa County, incumbent Sumo Kupee’s hopes for party’s endorsement became history when the party instead selected his rival, former National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP) boss, Francis Carbah, to stand on its ticket.Kupee could not convince district heads and even top executives of the party that he was the right man for the job, as majority of the delegates expressed their strong anger against Kupee at the polls.Kupee had enjoyed a long relationship with UP executives, which earned him a position of Chairman of the Senate’s Ways, Means and Finance Committee, a job responsible to oversee all financial matters including the National Budget, financial agreements between Liberia and other partners, as well as running the affairs of the senate’s operational budget in consultation with other leadership members. He has served in this capacity since taking office in 2006 and as such had high hopes of the party’s endorsement.But his hope of riding again under the UP political umbrella in order to clinch party’s full support now remains history.Defeated 12-8 votes, Kupee knows that he fought a good battle but was never the favorite. A four-vote margin means a lot in any political struggle. However, this does not put an end to Kupee’s career. He seems determined to fight. When asked for response to his defeat, Kupee declined to comment on his next move, saying; “I will officially announce what is next shortly.”Carbah, whom the party welcomed under its umbrella, has had a long standing relationship with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who remain influential figures in both party and county politics, despite their lame duck status.In Bong County, UP downplayed previous political agreements with incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and announced that the party’s political weight rests on the shoulders of Dr. Henrique Tokpah, president of Cuttington University.Madam Taylor of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) had hoped that she could collaborate with the UP in order for the party to support her bid by fielding no candidate in the region, but the former first lady was disappointed.In Nimba and Montserrado counties, Dr. Peter Wheato and Aliue Sylla grabbed their share of the cake as the party’s endorsement fell steadfastly in their favor. Sylla defeated Madam Cecelia Cuffey Brown, a strong critic of CDC’s George Weah. Sylla joined the race along with Liberty Party’s Benjamin Sanvee and CDC’s George Weah, both of whom have received their parties’ endorsements, respectively.The National Elections Commission (NEC) announced that the Special Senatorial Election will be conducted early October, and political parties are keen on electing their candidates through primaries or party executives’ endorsement to stand in the polls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Trinidad-born author Sir VS Naipaul has died at his home in London, his family said in a statement on Saturday.Mrs Nadira Naipaul said her 85-year-old husband, Sir Vidiadhar “Vidia” Surajprasad Naipaul, “…was a giant in all that he achieved, and he died surrounded by those he loved, having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” The British laureate has had a decorated career, winning both the Nobel and Booker Prizes for his work, which ranged from comics earlier on to post-colonial life. He had published over 30 books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over the past 50-plus years.His most celebrated novel, “A House for Mr Biswas”, was based on the life of his late father, Seepersad, who wrote for the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. The late VS Naipaul was also well known for his work on Islamic fundamentalism and travel writings.Sir Naipaul was born in Trinidad, which was the setting for most of his earlier work, and went to study in the United Kingdom after winning a Government scholarship to study at a university in any country of the British Commonwealth. He chose Oxford’s University College, where he suffered a nervous breakdown while studying. However, he had met his first wife, Patricia Hale, prior to this, and she helped him recover, also encouraging him to start writing.The two then got married in 1955, one year after he moved to London and two years after they graduated. However, Hale died in 1996, and Naipaul, who was knighted in 1989, went on to marry Lady Nadira.Among his earliest books are: The Mystic Masseur (1957); The Suffrage of Elvira (1958); Miguel Street (1959); In a Free State (1971), which won Britain’s Booker Prize; Guerrillas (1975); A Bend in the River (1979); A Way in the World (1994); The Mimic Men (1967); and The Enigma of Arrival (1987).Sir Naipaul’s nonfiction works include: An Area of Darkness (1965); India: A Wounded Civilization (1977); India: A Million Mutinies Now (1990); The Five Societies—British, French, and Dutch—in the West Indies (1963); and Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981).Some of his most recent work were: Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998); Half a Life (2001); The Writer and the World (2002) and Literary Occasions (2003); Magic Seeds (2004); and In The Masque of Africa (2010).Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”. read more
0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool into their first Champions League final since 2007 © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOROME, Italy, May 3 – Jurgen Klopp saluted his Liverpool heroes as they survived a semi-final thriller against Roma to book a Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid.Klopp’s side emerged victorious from a goal-packed Champions League semi-final, winning 7-6 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 4-2 in Rome on Wednesday. Liverpool were in control at 2-1 up, but Roma scored three times after the interval, although their last goal came with virtually the final kick of a record-breaking tie.It was the highest scoring semi-final in the Champions League era and Reds boss Klopp admitted there was a little bit too much drama for his liking.“It was just crazy. I forgot the score! It was 7-6 right? Unbelievable!” Klopp said.“The game was wild. They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal.“We were a little too patient. We are usually much better, you know this.“It was the first semi-final for most of the boys so it’s normal to have to keep nerves in.“It was a little bit exciting, more exciting than I actually wanted.”Although Klopp would have preferred a less heart-stopping evening, he was adamant Liverpool’s place in the final was just reward for their superb 5-2 first-leg win.“We are deserved finalists 100 percent. You don’t come without luck. We needed it only one time tonight. Real Madrid needed luck yesterday too. That’s how it is,” he said.“The boys deserve it, the character they showed, the football they showed.”Klopp has lost five finals in his managerial career, including a 2013 Champions League loss against Bayern Munich when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.After moving to Liverpool, he was beaten in the 2016 Europa League final by Sevilla, just weeks after losing the League Cup final to Manchester City.His only cup final success as a manager was in the 2012 German Cup with Dortmund.But the 50-year-old said beating holders Real in Kiev would be the perfect way to end his personal drought.“We should start winning but I know that. Everyone will remind me now from now on that I have lost the last five finals but we will try and go there again,” he added.“We have two very important Premier League games, then let’s go there and try our best.”Liverpool players held up a banner reading “Sean Cox — You’ll never walk alone” in tribute to the Reds fan who was left in a coma after being attacked by Roma fans at Anfield last week.And Klopp dedicated the win to Cox, saying: “It’s 100 percent a final for Sean Cox.“We said before the game we thought about it, now we’re here, all our prayers and wishes are with him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more
0Shares0000Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Fernandinho says Manchester City’s desire to fight “like animals” is fuelling their Premier League title charge as they strive to hold off Liverpool.Pep Guardiola’s City returned to the top of the table with victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 2-0 win, from their game in hand, took City a point above Liverpool with three matches remaining for both sides.It was their 11th successive league win and followed a similarly important victory over Tottenham, which came after the disappointment of Champions League elimination at the hands of the same opponents.“We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals,” said City midfielder Fernandinho after the United match. “I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions.“It was not just Wednesday — in general every game, especially last Saturday, after the ‘defeat’ against Tottenham, in the way we played from the first minute (City won the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final 4-3 but went out on away goals)“If you look back to January, they (Liverpool) could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that.“We reduced the gap to four points and now we are one point up. That is the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.”The derby, settled with second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, was regarded as the toughest hurdle left facing the defending champions in their run-in.Yet with the lead just a slender one, Fernandinho is aware there is still little room for error.Liverpool, who face already relegated Huddersfield on Friday, will likely be back at the summit before City play their next game at Burnley on Sunday.The Brazilian said: “Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it is not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday.“We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It is going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.”Fernandinho is a fitness doubt himself after being withdrawn early in the second half on Wednesday with a knee problem. He was due to have a scan and be assessed ahead of the weekend.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) read more
Join Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Tuesday’s Sports Bar show.The boys take calls following wins for Arsenal, Manchester City and Reading, there’s another top Trev-anorey feature, while they look back at Jason’s Football Manager 97 stats!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.
Controversial Vincent Browne is bringing his show to Donegal.Donegal people can get everything off their chest next week when TV3’s Vincent Browne hosts his show from Letterkenny.The controversial presenter is inviting people to apply for tickets for the People’s debate which will be filmed live on January 30th.The programme will be broadcast from the Clanree Hotel in what promises to be a very lively affair. A number of local public representatives have been penciled in for the show which will discuss a wide range of topics.Although the show is being recorded on the Friday night, it will not be broadcast until the following Wednesday on TV3.A spokesman for TV3 said they had already received a very positive response from the public in Donegal.“As we know people in Donegal are genuinely interested in how their country is run and current affairs. “We have already received a very strong response and we are looking forward to a great show on the night.“The pane has not yet ben finalised but there’s no question it’s going to be a great show with plenty of debate,” said the spokesperson.People can apply for audience tickets by going online to www.tv3.ie/thepeoplesdebate TIME TO SPEAK OUT AS VINCENT BROWNE COMES TO TOWN was last modified: January 24th, 2015 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:donegalThe People’s DebateTV3Vincent Browne read more
Shaban Muhammad has been at KCCA for only one season (file photo)Lugogo – Barely a week after failing trials at South African side Orlando Pirates, KCCA FC striker Shaban Muhammad is believed to be on the verge of joining Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca.Shaban who last featured for KCCA in the 3-2 loss away to Esperance in the Caf Champions league last month, failed to impress at Pirates last week. That however did not deter Raja Casablanca who are willing to sign him minus a trial.With Personal terms already agreed, the only hick up is the difference between KCCA and Raja’s valuation of the ‘hot head’.It is understood by PML Daily that KCCA wants $180,000 but the reigning Moroccan Throne Cup winners are willing to part with only $130,000.The former Onduparaka captain scored 13 league goals for KCCA last season despite falling out with head coach Mike Mutebi towards the end of the season and missing upto 10 games in the entire campagin.He is remembered for scoring the all important goal that sent KCCA into the group stages of the CAF Champions League for the first time ever.Shaban has been at KCC A for one season after completing a controversial move from child-hood club Onduparaka FC in 2017.Comments Tags: KCCA FCmuhammad shabanraja casablanca read more
People across Donegal are expected to take part in plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bomb which has now been finalised.Thirty-one lives were lost in the atrocity on August 15th, 1998 when a bomb ripped through the heart of the Co Tyrone town.The fall-out from the bomb was felt in Donegal with three young Inishowen students also losing their lives after going on a trip to the town when the blast was detonated. The three boys were, Oran Doherty (8), Sean McLaughlin (12) and James Barker (12). They were among 10 local children who went on a trip to Omagh with more than 30 Spanish students.The annual Remembrance Service will be held in the Memorial Garden at Drumragh Avenue starting at 3pm on Sunday, August 12 while a public reflective event will take place three days later, on the actual bomb site on Market Street on date of the anniversary itself, Wednesday, August 15This inter-denominational service will be accompanied by the Omagh Community Youth Choir and will include a song especially composed for this service by choir mnusical director, Daryl Simpson. Local singer Leslie Matthews and St. Eugene’s Band will also provide musical interludes.In the statement announcing the details Omagh Support and Self-Help group chairman, Michael Gallagher, whose son Aiden (21) was killed in the bomb felt this event would be a significant milestone for the community and those deeply affected. “Communal prayer and solidarity is important not just for the victims and survivors of Omagh, but as an expression of cohesion in a world that unfortunately is infused with violent extremism,” he said.The statement also revealed that a public reflective event will then take place three days later, on Wednesday, August 15, at 2.55pm, at the bottom of Market Street in Omagh to mark the precise moment 20 years on from the atrocity itself.For many people, August 15, 1998 at 3.10pm changed their lives forever. This event will mark the atrocity through a vigil of public remembrance and hope.This short service which will be led by Omagh Churches Forum will be opened with a short prayer, followed by the ringing of a bell 32 times to reflect the 31 lives lost in Omagh and an additional ring in remembrance of all those who have and continue to lose their lives through such atrocities the world over. The bell will stop ringing at precisely 3.10pm to mark the exact moment of the explosion.A local artist will sing a short piece, after which the public will be invited to receive flower petals which they can scatter into the river or place in the pond in the Memorial Garden. The event will finish at 3.20pm at which point the public will be invited to disperse. Omagh Churches Forum and the 20th anniversary working group invite the public to come along. Local businesses and employees are encouraged to come along, or to have a two-minute silence at 3.10pm. These events are being organized and co-ordinated by a group of organisations, including Omagh Support and Self Help Group, Families Moving On and the Omagh Churches’ Forum. They have been brought together with the assistance of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.Throughout the anniversary week in August, quiet spaces for reflection will be open in a range of locations across the town. These will include several of the groups and churches represented in the Omagh Churches Forum, the WAVE Trauma Centre and in the Library headquarters which are all open to the public. People are welcome to visit these venues, if they chose to.Further information on events will be made available on a Facebook events page, called ‘Omagh 20th Remembrance’.The statement acknowledged and thanked the Victims and Survivors Service, the Irish government’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, local businesses and the generous public for their contributions towards these events. Tragic Donegal students to be remembered during Omagh bomb anniversary was last modified: June 2nd, 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:anniversarybuncranaOmagh bombstudents read more
The overlap of biology and engineering is redrawing lines between scientific disciplines and opening up fresh new paradigms. One dramatic example involves the overlap of biology and quantum mechanics. Philip Ball wrote about this in a Nature News article entitled, “Physics of Life: The Dawn of Quantum Biology.” We used to think that the weird world of quantum mechanics was a world apart from everyday life. “Or so everyone thought,” Ball wrote. “But discoveries in recent years suggest that nature knows a few tricks that physicists don’t: coherent quantum processes may well be ubiquitous in the natural world.” Examples abound, from photosynthesis to bird navigation. He quoted Seth Lloyd, who saith, “Biology has a knack for using what works.” And what works for biology can work for inventors, who are finding clues from the birds and the cells about how to create a quantum computer. “Learning from nature is an idea as old as mythology,” he concluded, “— but until now, no one has imagined that the natural world has anything to teach us about the quantum world.” Hummbingbird drone: Since 2007, DARPA scientists have tried to build a “nano air vehicle” modeled on the hummingbird, for use as a small field reconnaissance robot. The team even modeled and painted their miniature Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (UAV) to look like the real bird; it flies, however, upright instead of prone. The noisy contraption has had numerous crashes but was ready enough to present to the press this year. Live Science posted a story about it and included a 3-minute video clip of its development. This is just stage one of a wider program. “Having many tiny drones such as the Nano Hummingbird also calls for new nature-inspired capabilities such as insect vision and reflexes to avoid midair collisions,” the article ended. “Part of that smaller drone future may very well include more flying robots based on birds, if engineers have mastered the tricky flight mechanics of the hummingbird.” If they can get it to lay eggs, they’ll really be onto something. Plant origami: The seed capsules of Delosperma know a trick: how to fold and unfold in response to the environment. Like many other plants, Delosperma has moving parts from its tissues that expand or contract in response to temperature or humidity; when it rains, the capsule opens and the seeds find a new moist environment in which to grow. A team at Max Planck Institute has been studying this plant and seeing green. According to PhysOrg, “the scientists are now keen to transfer this concept to a technology that could be used for example in biomedicine or architecture,” the article said. Think of the possibilities: “The principle can also be transferred to materials that expand or contract in very different ways when the temperature changes: for example, an awning unfolding by itself over the patio when the sun becomes uncomfortably hot.” Gecko window washer: Gecko feet were among the first big biomimetics stories. A number of teams have worked on imitating the dry adhesion the lizards achieve with millions of nanoscopic hairs on their foot pads. A new story on PhysOrg sports a video of a new model made in China that “uses water instead of hairs to make its amazing climbs up vertical surfaces.” They want to use it to wash windows. While the team didn’t use the gecko’s dry adhesion mechanism in this case, the gecko still inspired the work. Leaf solar cell: An “artificial leaf” capable of converting sunlight to hydrogen fuel is a step closer to reality, according to PhysOrg. Two separate teams at MIT are seeing oxygen bubbles emerge from their device when put underwater and exposed to sunlight. It’s still just a science project at this point, at least three years away from an engineering design. If they can get it to taste good in salad, they’ll really have a reason to boast. Pterosaur aircraft: The extinct flying reptiles known as pterosaurs had remarkable aerodynamics. Mimicking their hardware, researchers from University of Florida and Texas Tech have modeled a “pterosaur-inspired aircraft” that reduces turning radius by 14%. Their work was published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, according to the story on PhysOrg. Since pterosaurs sported a variety of crests and shapes, there’s wide room for variable design. And what might artificial pterosaurs be good for in modern times? Try “search and rescue, damage assessment, surveillance, drug interdiction, border security, and communication” via unmanned aerial vehicles. Imagine the skyline with UAVs looking like hummingbirds and pterosaurs together. Fruit fly monitor: Isn’t it nice to see science get inspiring again? The headline of an article on PhysOrg reads, “Inspired by insect intelligence.” Researchers at Monash University were so inspired by a fruit fly study they decided to create wireless sensor networks (WSN) that employ some of the fly’s principles. “When it comes to energy efficiency, fruit flies can teach us a lot,” Dr. Asad Khan said. “A fruit fly’s brain consumes only a few microwatts of power, and yet is still able to integrate sensory information, actions of flight, and control over relatively complex behaviour in order to survive.” He added that computers are about a thousand times less efficient. Using “bio-inspired computing,” the article said, “Using this bio-inspired approach it may be possible to create infinitely scalable WSN that could include not just thousands, but millions of sensors,” Khan said. One can hear the excitement in his voice about biomimetics when he celebrated his team’s “pioneering research into advanced computing technologies that, while currently untested, have the potential to transform how we monitor and manage just about anything, in ways we can scarcely imagine.” Bacteria fertilizer: If you can’t imitate nature’s designs, maybe you can mass-produce it. PhysOrg talked about how scientists at Scripps Institute are trying to recreate the genomic works of soil-dwelling bacteria that have the ability to fix nitrogen at ambient temperatures. “Soil-dwelling bacteria of the genus Frankia have the potential to produce a multitude of natural products, including antibiotics, herbicides, pigments, anticancer agents, and other useful products,” the article said. Nuclear pore porthole: Nanotechnology is big these days: trying to build structures so small they are measured in millionths and billionths of a meter. Intrigued by how the nuclear pore complexes in cells act as gatekeepers for cargo going in and out of the nucleus, researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands have created an artificial nanopore that also has some ability to selectively permit some molecules and not others. Science Daily discussed their “biomimetic nanopore” briefly. The cell’s nuclear pore complex is a much more elaborate apparatus. DNA computer: Computers of the future may look very different from the plastic-and-silicon models we use today. Caltech biophysicists have been busy since the Center for Biologically Inspired Design was opened. They’ve upped their record of creating a biological network using 74 DNA molecules into a processor that can solve square roots. You can read how they did it on PhysOrg and the BBC News. They’re still a long way from building a DNA computer, but good things take time. What would be nirvana for the team? “The dream is that synthetic biochemical circuits will one day achieve complexities comparable to life itself.” Plant assembly: Thinking about how plant leaves grow, European researchers are working out ways to get nanomaterials to self-organize. “In nature, green leaves grow through a similar self-organizing process without any impetus from subordinate mechanisms,” an article on Science Daily says. “The adoption of such principles to the manufacture of electronic components is a paradigm shift, a novelty.” Employing this “mechanism observed in nature,” they are teaching carbon nanotubes and other parts to find their places automatically. Plant doctor: Plants can’t go to the doctor; they have to deal with their pathogens on the spot. We can learn a thing or two about how they cope, thought researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research Center, according to PhysOrg. In the article you can find the quoted phrase “evolutionary conserved immune responses” that plants employ to sense invaders and turn on the protections. Of course, animals and humans have immune systems, too, but as one of the researchers said, “what we learn from them at the molecular level might help us understand animal pathogens better.” Dragonfly aircraft: To nature lovers, dragonflies are a pleasant curiosity, especially when you see them hovering and mating in mid-air. To biomimetics researchers, they hold the key to lightweight miniature aircraft. Their paper-thin wings are braced by tubular struts that provide strength and flexibility and can adapt to the challenges of flight. According to PhysOrg, researchers in China are eagerly measuring their specs, because, “Potentially, this research could inspire engineers to design self-adaptable and energy-saving flexible wings for micro aerial vehicles.” The airspace is going to get crowded with robotic pterosaurs, hummingbirds and dragonflies. Cell laser: In a case of what might be called reverse biomimetics, researchers in Massachusetts have taught a cell how to lase. Packing green fluorescent proteins into a cell and putting it between tiny mirrors, they produced a microscopic cell laser, a report on the BBC News said. Green fluorescent proteins, widely used in microbiology, were not invented by man; they were borrowed from glowing jellyfish. New Scientist discussed this “living laser” at more length. A human kidney cell was used in the experiment. Some day this technique may allow cell imaging in unprecedented detail. Snake oil: Gila monsters and snakes have gifts to give: peptides for health. According to PhysOrg, the rush is on to imitate the peptides that have higher potency and lower toxicity than synthetic drugs. The article began with this surprising set of questions: “Who would have thought that Gila monster saliva would be the inspiration for a blockbuster new drug for Type 2 diabetes? Or that medicines for chronic pain, heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke would emerge from venom of the Magician’s cone snail, the saw-scaled viper, the Brazilian lancehead snake and the Southeastern pygmy rattlesnake?” This is no cowboy-era snake oil salesman; it is the promise of cutting edge, bio-inspired research. Manufacturers are stepping up production as more and more useful peptides are discovered in formerly fearsome creatures. You-bot: You are so special, robot designers want to copy you. You have a body, a brain, and a mind. Teaching robots to think like humans or animals and learn from their experiences as a big challenge, but scientists at HP’s Neuromorphic Lab are trying their best, reported Aisha Sohail (Boston University) at Live Science. They are designing animats – robotic animals – with adaptive computer systems to “to learn how to navigate in its environment based on its inherent capabilities for responding to motivations, evaluating sensory data, and making intelligent decisions that are transformed into motor outputs.” Sohail, a new employee of the lab, described the challenges of pre-programming devices to respond like animals. Roomba, the vacuum robot many consumers own, is a primitive adaptive system, but she but looks ahead to when robots can tackle “more complex adaptive tasks such as intelligently interacting and caring for the elderly, autonomously exploring and collecting samples on an alien planet, and generally employing more humanoid behavior.” With visions of HAL in the back of her mind, she said, “Future robots will not be programmed, but will be trained. The key is to educate them well!” You-app: Never take for granted a remarkable ability you have: the ability to perceive faces and shapes from many angles and light conditions. Inspired by that ability, a startup company has created an app for smart phones that takes pictures of products and analyzes them to find competitive pricing and locations for purchase. According to PhysOrg, “The Cortexica’s VisualSearch platform is inspired by human vision.” Along that same theme, researchers at Purdue are trying to teach computers how to recognize 3-D shapes with the same ease people can. Science Daily told how the team is impressed with how the eye and brain can process 3-dimensional objects without a pre-set number of segments. “Humans can easily perceive 3-D shapes, but it’s not so easy for a computer,” a team member said. “We can easily separate an object like a hand into its segments – the palm and five fingers – a difficult operation for computers.” Building on the mathematical work of Einstein and Fourier, they are trying to help computers accomplish this feat. In this world of bad news and Darwin bigotry, it’s nice to find some good news to report: useful products inspired by nature, promising a better life, showing the wisdom of the Creator, amazing us all with wonders around us, and returning academia to real science that is 100% Darwin-free. The Darwin bigots will die off eventually. Bioinspiration and bioengineering is science for the rest of us, who need a rest from intolerance and bad news.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Ever since biomimetics (the imitation of nature) gradually emerged around 2002 and really took off in 2005, it has not slowed down. Over 90 previous entries in these pages have reported teams all over the world seeking out natural designs for ideas. The reports have accelerated in recent years to the point where there is only space for short summaries that give a taste of the wide variety of engineering work taking inspiration from plants, animals, and even cells. You yourself might inspire some inventor. Here are a few more highlights from recent adventures in biomimetics. read more