Remote-controlled love song

first_imgThe brain control techniques, which Miesenböck pioneered 3 years ago, use a laser to trigger certain actions. The ‘song’, which flies make by vibrating a wing, is never produced by females, so the findings indicate an astonishing similarity in male and female fly brains. “Anatomically, the differences are so subtle,” Miesenböck told the Telegraph, “How is it that the neural equipment is so similar, but the sexes behave so differently?” An Oxford scientist, Professor Gero Miesenböck, has made female flies produce the male courtship song using remote brain control.center_img Researchers suggest that fly brains may have a ‘master switch’ that determines male or female behaviour.last_img

Heisler: The 5 players changing life as we knew it in the NBA

first_imgIf a lot of GMs are embarrassed, there are once-in-a-generation surprises that dumbfound everyone except one lucky team, like Michael Jordan dropping to the Bulls at No. 3 in 1985. This is one of those.The 6-foot-9 Antetokounmpo arrived with point guard skills but no shooting range, looking like a lot of skilled Euro-bigs who didn’t become NBA stars, like Toni Kukoc.He proceeded to raise his scoring from 7-13-17-22 to this season’s 32, now shooting an other-wordly 60.1 percent with 9.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists.Now there’s a top six: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and Antekuon… er, Anketo… you know who I mean.Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks — Lakers fans might wish to skip this section since the 7-3 3-point-shooting phenom dubbed “the Unicorn,” could have been theirs, going at No. 4 in 2015 after No. 2 D’Angelo Russell and No. 3 Jahlil Okafor. If we’re not even up to Thanksgiving, here are the players, and in one (wince) case, the father, already changing life as we knew it in the NBA.Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks — Talk about the pitfalls of globalism. We just learned to spell Luc Richard Mbah a Moute when along came this 19-year-old known as the Greek Freak … mostly so people didn’t have to deal with his name, which is pronounced YON-nis Ahn-day-doh-KOOM-poh.That tripped even the scrupulously briefed President Barack Obama, who spit out something like Ahn-ted-oh-ted-oh-koom-poh in a shout-out while speaking in Greece, prompting laughter from his audience.It’s rare to see anyone crash the top five MVP candidates, let alone a Greek teen who dropped to the Bucks at No. 15 in the 2013 draft after Nerlens Noel (No. 6); Ben McLemore (8); Trey Burke (9), Michael Carter-Williams (11); Kelly Olynyk (13) and Shabazz Muhammad (14). Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? Lonzo Ball’s ‘mainstream’ celebrity fame adds pressure for Lakers rookie Not that the then-19-year-old Latvian was a surprise. The Lakers thought about him at No. 2. A GM told me that unlike other Euros who struggled in the physical NBA, this one was ferocious.Voila! His scoring average just went from 14-18 to this season’s 30, he’s shooting 51 percent, making 1.9 3-pointers per game and blocking 2.3 shots, No. 3 in the league.“It’s a nightmare trying to figure out a game plan how to stop him,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said, “when he’s shooting the ball from 10 feet above everybody else’s head, whether it’s in the post or at the 3-point line.”Worse for the Lakers, he’s the spearhead of a Knicks revival. If they get into the race to sign LeBron James, the Unicorn will be an ongoing nightmare in Lakerdom.LeBron James, Cavaliers — On the other hand, it might not come down to the Lakers and Knicks, after allDespite Laker fans dreams and rumors that he wants to come, Bron’s chief aide, Maverick Carter, said last week that he’ll go where he can win more titles.“Could he sell a few more sneakers if he was in a gigantic market like Boston, Chicago, New York or L.A.?” Carter asked radio host Rich Eisen. “Maybe. But not as much as if he wins.”Ben Simmons, 76ers — So much for the rookie of the year race with the 6-9 point guard averaging 18-10-8 and the Sixers, coming off victory totals of 19-10-18-28, starting 6-5.Heaven help everyone if he learns to shoot. In his first 10 games he took just 11 shots from beyond 14 feet.Lonzo Ball, Lakers — So much for following Magic Johnson’s career path.It would be nice if people let Lonzo be a 20-year-old rookie before holding him to dizzy expectations … starting, of course, with those heaped on him by his father, Lavar, who just announced that his son will be bigger than Kobe Bryant, if only because of social media.LaVar doesn’t seem to dig Kobe, whom he apparently sees as a rival for Lonzo in Lakers fans’ hearts and zings whenever his name comes up.No, LaVar doesn’t look like he’s ever going away.Meanwhile, Lonzo is stumbling around like a baby flamingo in a gale while people get even with the insufferable LaVar by coming down on him.Boston fans booed Lonzo as if he were Kobe in the bad old days. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith noted the aggressiveness of Simmons and other hot rookies who “play like they want it,” while Lonzo “plays like he’s going through the motions half the time and that’s inexcusable.”Or, replied Rachel Nichols, “I heard some people not use the word ‘aggression’ but use the word ‘soft.’ We’ll see.”Indeed. Lonzo’s problem is really just shooting, a dismal 29 percent in his first 12 games. Not that he’ll ever be Curry, but as a 41 percent 3-point shooter with deep range at UCLA, I’d guess he’ll wind up shooting better than Jason Kidd – amazingly enough, the preferred comparison by approving NBA coaches like Portland’s Terry Stotts.Kidd, himself, says the comparisons “are a stretch.”Hey, it’s true. Rookies shouldn’t be compared to all-time greats, much less before Thanksgiving, unless they’re MJ.(No, LaVar, Lonzo isn’t.)It’s hardly unusual to start slowly. This season’s lottery picks off to typical up-and-down starts include the injured No. 1 overall pick, Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Jonathan Isaac, Frank Ntilikina, Zach Collins, Malik Monk and Luke Kennard.Kyle Kuzma, Lakers — The already-obvious answer to an NBA riddle, as when Charles Barkley asked Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal who the best Lakers rookie really is.Duh. Third graders in Lakerdom know that one, with Kuzma off to a better start than any Laker since Magic.Yes, that includes Kobe, not to mention James Worthy, although it’s a little early, by a season or two, to suggest greatness awaits.Kuzma is shooting an amazing 62 percent inside the arc while averaging 15 points. The late bloomer who never hit 33 percent of his 3-point attempts in three seasons at Utah is making some of them, too, going 7 for 19 after a 6 for 24 start.In the good news for the Lakers, Lonzo is likely to catch up. In any case, they get to keep both of them.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published weekly for the Southern California News Group. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sumner County Fall Field Day and pre-plant wheat meeting set for Aug. 11

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — There are two important meetings for those interested in corn and sorghum production and those interested in a pre-plant wheat meeting.People with an interest in corn and sorghum production are invited to attend the Sumner County Fall Field Day on Thursday, August 11 at 7 a.m.  The field day will begin with a breakfast served by the Wellington FFA Chapter at the Wellington High School Vocational Agriculture Shop.  From 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. presentations by K-State Research & Extension personnel, Dr. Doug Shoup and Dr. Doug Jardine will be followed by a tour of the variety corn plot at that location.  The group will then travel to tour a variety sorghum plot at the intersection of 80th St. and S. Maize Road.This meeting is hosted by K-State Research & Extension-Sumner County, Wellington FFA Chapter, Joe Church, Colton Day, and Craig Meeker.  The meal sponsors are NuTech Seed, Helena Chemical, Warner Seeds, and Hisken Ag Supply.This meeting event is free of charge and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Sumner County Extension Office at 620-326-7477 or email [email protected]  ———Area wheat producers, and anyone with an interest in agronomy or wheat production in Cowley and Sumner counties are invited to attend the K-State Pre-Plant Wheat meeting on Thursday, August 11, 2016, beginning at 6 p.m. with dinner at the Oxford High School Commons.This meeting will be great opportunity for area wheat producers to discuss wheat planting options with area and state specialists. The meeting will focus on variety selection, Wheat Diseases and Fertilization. KSU Research and Extension Specialists will be on hand to discuss these and other topics that may be of interest to producers.This meeting, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension – Cowley and Sumner Counties, is free of charge and open to the public.  Please email [email protected] or call Cowley Extension Office (620)-221-5450 or 620-441-4565 or the Sumner County Extension Office at (620) 326-7477, email [email protected]  for questions or would like to receive additional information.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Three things we learned from Liverpool’s win over Man City

first_imgTitle Liverpool’s to lose“People will say Liverpool can only lose it.” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is already aware of the narrative that his side will face in the remaining seven months of the season with such a historic prize up for grabs.There may still be 26 games to go, but Liverpool have lost just one of their last 51 in the league and dropped just two points in their last 21 matches.Only City’s brilliance in winning their last 14 games of the Premier League campaign denied Klopp’s men the title last season.With the champions wounded by a long-term injury to centre-back Aymeric Laporte and without Ederson on Sunday, Liverpool smelled blood and took their chance to land what appears a knockout blow to City’s title defence.Another fine VARceThe marquee game of the Premier League season was always likely to be affected by a big VAR call and the entire complexion of the game changed in the space of 22 seconds just six minuets in.City could easily have had a penalty when the ball ricocheted around the Liverpool area and hit Alexander-Arnold on the arm. Had the same incident taken place in the Champions League, it likely would have been given.But with the Premier League’s high bar to overrule the referee’s call on the field, City were doubly punished when Fabinho fired home a brilliant strike.Guardiola sarcastically thanked the officials at full-time, while the absent Ederson posted “the TV guys forgot their glasses at home” on Instagram.Share on: WhatsApp Klopp clear on topLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League and nine ahead of Manchester City with a 3-1 win over the defending champions at Anfield to take a giant leap towards ending their 30-year wait for the title.Fabinho’s searing strike and Mohamed Salah’s stooping header handed Liverpool a dream start inside 13 minutes.However, there was plenty of controversy to accompany that opening gambit from the European champions as in the build-up to Fabinho’s goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold handled inside his own area and City claims for a penalty were waved away.Sadio Mane made it 3-0 early in the second half as the loss of first-choice goalkeeper Ederson to injury came back to cost City as Claudio Bravo failed to keep the Senegalese’s diving header out.Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back as the visitors ended the game camped in Liverpool’s half, but there was no miracle late fightback to leave the champions clinging to the defence of their title by a thread.Liverpool clinical, City wastefulCity enjoyed more possession and more shots on goal, but where the champions were wasteful, Liverpool were clinical.The hosts scored with their first two attacks to leave City with a mountain to climb.Angelino hit the post and Sergio Aguero pulled the sort of opening he has specialised in burying throughout his City career wide with the chance to bring Pep Guardiola’s men back into the game before half-time.Even after Bernardo Silva’s strike to reduce City’s deficit, there could have been a nervy ending for Liverpool had Raheem Sterling gone for goal rather than trying to square for Gabriel Jesus.Instead, the Brazilian’s flicked effort was blocked to sum up the difference between the sides.last_img read more

Child found in cage during animal rescue operation

first_imgAuthorities in Tennessee are reporting that they discovered a child inside of a cage while performing an animal rescue operation.While several details about the operation were not disclosed, authorities did say that the child was under the age of two, and that they were found inside one of many outbuildings on the property.The child was said to be in the room with several large constricting snakes and a box of live mice.While the child was filthy, they were unharmed and are now in DCS custody.Deputies also reported finding several large marijuana plants and rescuing more than 100 animals from the home.The child’s parents and a grandparent have since been taken into custody.last_img

2013 Thurston County Fair Volunteers Needed

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Volunteers are needed to help Fair visitors recycle and compost food scraps.Adults and youth looking for volunteer hours can be part of the Thurston County Fair this July 31 to Sunday, August 4. Thurston County Solid Waste needs volunteers to help visitors at recycling and waste stations by the food court. This is a great project for scouts, church groups, and service organizations.Sign up for a three-hour shift and you plus one guest receive FREE Fair admission and a parking pass for the day of your shift.Volunteers don’t need any experience or special training. People volunteer because they interested in helping people, our environment, and want to be part of the Fair. Solid Waste staff will give you all the instructions you need for your shift. To help out at the Fair, visit Thurston County Solid Waste  and click on “Volunteers” or contact Brian Stafki at (360) 867-2284.For more information about the Thurston County Fair and other events, visit their website.Sincerely, Brian Brian Stafki, M.Ed.EducatorThurston County Public Works, Solid Waste Div.867-2284Olympia, WAlast_img read more

Sally Petersen Named Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics August…

first_imgFacebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason General Hospital & Family of ClinicsSally Petersen, RN, has a special skill of drawing people in and putting them at ease with her wit, charm and warmth. These qualities, plus her steadfast dedication to patients and persistent attention to detail, make her an exemplary employee. Mason General Hospital & Family of Clinics is proud to name Petersen as the August Employee of the Month.Petersen, a nurse in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, has been comforting patients at their bedside for 29 years this September. Her nominator called out Petersen’s skills as a nurse and her wide breadth of knowledge, as well as her immense care for patients: “Sally hardly leaves the patient’s room. She’s there to … (put) them at ease with her wit, charm and warmth.”Petersen has been married to her husband, Jim, for 31 years, and they live in the Kamilche area of Mason County. She’s stayed in the Intensive Care Unit all these years because she loves what she does.“I like the one-on-one with patients and families,” she said. “I like getting them through a crisis. I also like getting them through to the end of life. I’m their tour director on the worst tour that they don’t want to take. I also like being a liaison between home and the strange environment of the hospital.”She especially isn’t afraid of offering care during intense times.“I do enjoy the end of life care,” she said. “Families just need help getting through that time. Death is swept under the rug in our culture and people are just lost.”The ICU team is an open learning environment, which Petersen enjoys.“I really value my coworkers’ knowledge,” she said. “It’s not territorial. We work together as a team. I don’t think I would have stayed this long if it wasn’t like that. Mason General is a great little hospital.”Petersen and her husband have two adult children, including Elliot, a pilot for SkyWest Airlines, and Hannah Wynne, an educator in Chehalis, as well as a son-in-law, Landon Wynne, a teacher at Hood Canal School. She and her husband like to bike (they just biked through the Dolomites in northern Italy), garden and travel.MGH&FC is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is a licensed and accredited acute care hospital with a level four emergency trauma designation. There are more than 100 physicians on staff in 19 specialties. MGH&FC now offers 3D Mammography Services and Virtual Care 24/7.  For more information on 3D mammograms, Virtual Care or to find a health care provider, visit read more