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Exclusive: Southampton can stun ‘tired’ Chelsea and get back in top four chase

first_imgNathaniel Clyne says Southampton are ready to heap more misery on Chelsea on Saturday – and prove they are still serious contenders to finish in the top four of the Premier League.Jose Mourinho’s side is unbeaten in seven league games heading into the Stamford Bridge clash but suffered huge disappointment in midweek when they crashed out of the Champions League after 120 exhausting minutes against Paris Saint-Germain.“We saw them play against PSG and thought they looked a bit tired. Hopefully, can we capitalise on that,” said Saints full-back Clyne, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.“We are fresh at the moment and, if we take the game to them, we can cause an upset.“If we play the game we can play, it will be a good game, and hopefully we can get the points.“It will be difficult – Chelsea are a good team with quality players, but we are up for the challenge.”Southampton’s form dipped in February, with just one win in five games seeing them slip from third to seventh in the table.That has led many pundits to write off their chances of securing a Champions League spot, but, having kicked off this month with victory over Crystal Palace, Ronald Koeman’s players are not giving up hope.“When people say we can’t do it, it makes us push on, work harder, and fight for it.” said Clyne.“No-one expected a club like Southampton to be fighting for the top four. We are a good team and we are going to keep pushing on.“There are a lot of games left and a lot of points to play for. If we stay positive and keep playing how we are playing, we can fight for it and hopefully we can get in there.”Tune into talkSPORT for live and exclusive national radio coverage of Chelsea v Southampton on Saturday (kick-off 13:30)Listen to the full interview with Nathaniel Clyne on Players’ Lounge on talkSPORT from 7pm on Friday nightlast_img read more

Dating Method Assumptions Can Be Way Off

first_imgPoking holes in long-held assumptions can make you very unpopular.Are scientists immune from false beliefs? No; scientists are people, too. Often, they don’t have time to investigate everything outside their narrow specialty, and so, like politicians and laymen, they rely on what other experts have told them or taught them. Here’s an uncontroversial example of an assumption that led to vastly incorrect calculations, and how scientists and politicians reacted when told what they had long believed was wrong. The response was to shun the messenger. This can be a warning about trusting assumptions about more controversial subjects, like Darwinism.How Old Is This Tree?A man named John White came up with a formula for estimating the age of trees: measure the tree’s circumference, and you can know how old it is (see details in this 2005 PDF). This was a convenient rule of thumb, because you could get a ballpark estimate of the age without cutting the tree. Phys.org now says that other scientists “poke a hole” in this formula:Some of Britain’s most majestic ancient trees are probably not as ancient as we previously thought, one of the country’s leading tree-ageing experts has suggested.Until now, the ages of some of Britain’s best-loved trees, including yews, sweet chestnuts and oaks, have largely been estimated from measuring the girth of their trunks—measurements which often result in a tree being declared hundreds or sometimes thousands of years old.Even White himself realizes that many other variables than girth could distort the results of his formula. Dr. Andy Moir of Brunel University London and colleagues decided to test White’s formula against tree ring data. How wrong could the formula be?Most recently, Dr. Moir, alongside his colleagues Toby Hindson from the Ancient Yew Group and Peter Thomas from Keele University, published a paper in the Quarterly Journal of Forestry which used tree-ring analysis—taking a core from the tree and measuring the annual rings—to demonstrate that some of Britain’s oldest yew trees are thousands of years younger than previously thought. Old yew trees previously declared as 5000 years old using a derivative of White’s formula, were calculated to be only 950 years old when their rings were measured.Needless to say, an error of 526% is embarrassing. This was not an isolated incident:“People have been applying up to 6000 years onto the age of our largest yew trees—we’re saying we don’t believe there is anything still standing over 2000 years old. So potentially we have a 4000-year gap. Of course, two thousand years is still ancient for a tree—these yew trees are ridiculously old. All we’re doing is getting rid of some of the mystique and exaggeration.“One of Moir’s colleagues also sifted through records, and determined that Britain’s famous sweet chestnut trees—which were thought to have been brought by the Romans—were probably a medieval introduction. So did scientists, politicians and tree owners congratulate these scientists for setting the record straight?Dr. Moir said that some people had now stopped asking him to age their trees, for fear that he’ll give them an age far younger than the one they want to hear.“We have a lot of huge oak trees on commons and cricket grounds in England, and each generation of locals will basically add a hundred years to the age of the tree,” said Dr. Moir. “So, within a few generations you have a supposedly three or four-hundred-year-old tree. It comes back to myths and legend which can be incredibly strong, but that’s where I become involved to add a bit of science to it.“I don’t do oak trees on cricket greens any more though, because when I tell people they’re not four or five hundred years old, I’m not very popular.“Moral: Truth seeking is not necessarily the best way to win friends.The next question to ask is: what are the assumptions that go into tree-ring dating? Before thinking every ring represents one year, you had better be sure there are no exceptions. Could unusual cycles of wetting and drying in a single year produce multiple rings?If a case this accessible can be this wrong, what about dating methods that cannot be cross-checked? What about formula-based ages based on stalactites, or radioactivity, that yield ages in the hundreds of thousands, millions, or billions of years? People have experienced thousands of years, but not billions. And what about “molecular dating” that assumes rates of evolution? We have found some evolutionists adjusting the rates of evolution to get the date “they want to hear.”Let this case be a reminder that experts do not know everything, and neither do other experts who falsify the experts. (Visited 562 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestlast_img read more

Cab Cam – Farm Science Review 2015 Corn Harvest

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On September 8th, Nate Douridas and the Farm Science Review crew began the 2015 corn harvest. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins got a glimpse of the first field Douridas opened up and talked about the yield and moisture to start harvest and about what to expect at this year’s Farm Science Review, September 22nd through 24th at The Molly Caren Ag Center in London, Ohio.last_img

Samsung Galaxy Note II: The Tale Of The Comically Large Smartphone

first_imgThere is a bulge in the pocket of my jeans and I am not quite sure what to do about it. I shift, I fidget, I try to adjust but there is little I can do. Oh, this is awkward. A friend turns to me and asks, “What’s wrong? Are you happy to see me or is there a comically large smartphone in your pocket?” Sheepishly, I grin and pull out the source of my discomfort. “Indeed,” I say. “There is a comically large smartphone in my pocket. This is the Samsung Galaxy Note II.”A Smartphone By Any Other NameSamsung calls the Galaxy Note II a “phablet.” For the uninitiated, that means half smartphone, half tablet. This is the second iteration of Samsung’s phablet, following the original Note released last year. This one is even bigger than the first, with a 5.55-inch touch screen compared to the original’s 5.3 inches. The phablet declination can be confusing. In broad terms, a tablet is a media consumption device that can be used for utility purposes. A smartphone is a little more personal, used for communication, utility, productivity, etc. Of course, there is a lot of overlap between the two categories, but usage patterns show that smartphones are mostly used when you are out and about, while tablets are most often used in the home. Purposefully Big vs. Purposefully Small: Droid Razr M (left) and Galaxy Note II (right)The Galaxy Note II tries to be all of these things. Samsung has focused many of its own custom apps on media consumption, but it also makes sure there are plenty of productivity options. But let us get one thing straight: The Galaxy Note II is a smartphone. A comically large smartphone, but still a smartphone and not a tablet.Like any other smartphone, it is sold through the major cellular carriers on contract, it is intended to be the device you use for text messaging and phone calls that you carry around everywhere you go. You can leave a tablet at home and not worry about missing out on your messages, a smartphone is in your pocket at all times.Which brings us back to that bulge in my jeans. For an average-sized person, the Note II is weird. It does not fit well in your pocket (especially with the flip cover case on it) and is too big for a woman’s clutch. I am not aware of any belt clip for the Note II but that would brand you as a nerd from a mile away.  Really, for a device that is meant to be with you whereever you go, the Note II is just plain awkward.S Pen, TouchWiz & InterfaceThe awkwardness does not end with Note II’s size. Samsung has worked hard to improve the Note’s stylus, called the S Pen. From a design and development standpoint, the S Pen is intriguing. It can control most aspects of the device, from browsing to email, note taking and even doodling. When you slide the S Pen out of the phone (it fits nicely into the casing) a screen automatically pops up with a variety of apps specifically designed for the S Pen. In addition, some 50 apps in Android Google Play are designed to work with the S Pen. (They mostly come from large developers, like Adobe). The S Pen can be fun to use as an input mechanism. Give Samsung marks for creativity, it really did think outside the box creating the S Pen and coming up with novel uses for it. Tags:#Samsung Galaxy What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The problem is, I have no idea when I should be using the S Pen. I don’t use it for email, text messaging, Web browsing, phone calls, my favorite apps or… well, anything. It does not help that I have the handwriting of a four-year old child, so I am obviously not going to use it for handwritten notes. Spending a week with the Note II, I have tried to be cognizant of how and when I could use the S Pen, but for the most part it just slips my mind and I interact with the device in the same way I would any other smartphone. The Note II is representative of Samsung’s general approach to mobile products. Essentially, Samsung thinks that more is better. Bigger screen, bigger battery, lots of added features like the S Pen and customized apps for watching video, playing music, email, calendars, etc.It does not help Samsung’s case that Google has already built most of these apps for Android – and Google’s versions are better. LIke the interfaces on Samsung’s earlier smartphones, the TouchWiz skin on top of the Galaxy Tab II’s Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system is often intrusive and confusing. But that’s not the phablet’s biggest problem.The Bottom LineSamsung touts the Note II as the culmination of its “year of innovation.” By that, the Korean manufacturer means that it has made advancements in both hardware and software and bundled it all up in one, mammoth device. From a design and functionality perspective, Samsung has achieved its goals. The Note II is beautiful and well-designed and boasts unique features such as the S Pen and S apps. The problem with the Note II does not lay in the hardware, the S Pen or even in Samsung’s overexuberant customization. The Note II’s problem is conceptual. It is trying to be too many things to too many people – and inevitably falls short. That said, I can recommend the Note II to a few groups of people:First, large people – with fat fingers – who have had problems with smaller touch-screen devices. This a very real market and it is good that Samsung was thinking of the giants among us.Second, elderly folks who have trouble seeing and typing on smaller smartphones.Third, people who want to use stylus for input. It is not a bad input method but it is certainly not for everybody.Fourth, anybody that appreciates the “more is better” approach.If nothing else, the Note II certainly exemplifies that aesthetic. It’s the super-sized version of Samsung’s Galaxy S III flagship.    Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The Return of MLBs Youth

In 2013, about 28 percent of all Wins Above Replacement were created by the under-25 set. That was the ninth-largest share for any season since 1976. Output from youngsters has been on the upswing since the mid-to-late 1990s, when the percentage of WAR from young players hit its nadir. That nadir happened to occur at the height of baseball’s so-called steroid era.Further research is needed on the subject, but recent work on aging curves in the post-PED (performance enhancing drug) period suggests that today’s players are better earlier in their careers, and then decline much sooner and more sharply.Given that, it’s no surprise to see the game’s fresh faces producing a larger share of wins. A few years ago, Bill James — baseball writer and pagan god of sabermetrics — was asked whether baseball was in the midst of a golden age of great young stars. James created a “young talent inventory” (pay-walled), a somewhat elaborate methodology to measure whether runs were being created or saved by players aged 25 or younger.I’m not going to delve into so intricate a technique. But I like the 25-or-under cut-off (as do other prospect-watchers), so I decided to add up the Wins Above Replacement (WAR) produced by players in that age range for every season going back to 1976, the dawn of the free-agency/arbitration era. (Before then, player movement was far more restricted than it is now.)What proportion of total WAR in all of Major League Baseball has been generated by young players? read more

Harry Potter Wizards Unite rakes in 300000 Galleons er dollars in 24

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 0 1:00 Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go Potter seems to be generating pots of lucre. Niantic Witches and wizards donned their robes and started casting spells Thursday when the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile game launched in the US and UK. And a Friday report by SensorTower says Wizards Unite raced to the No. 1 free app download spot in Apple’s US App Store in about 15 hours — not quite as fast as Harry’s Firebolt broom, but not bad for an app. In the first 24 hours, the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite game’s been downloaded at least 400,000 times and total player spending across the App Store and Google Play is about $300,000, SensorTower said.It’s not Niantic’s first game to claim that top spot in the App Store. Pokemon Go also sat at No. 1 and generated approximately $2 million in player spending after its launch. The Harry Potter game opened for signups in November and a beta launched in Australia and New Zealand in May. Wizards Unite is a joint effort of WB Games and Niantic under the Portkey Games label.Here’s how you get started playing Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on your iPhone or your Android phone. Why Harry Potter: Wizards Unit beats Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime Mobile Culture Mobile Apps Gaming Pokemon Go Lego’s giant Hogwarts brings Harry Potter’s school to… How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one CNET Apps Today Tags Harry Potterlast_img read more

Smart NID card distribution in 27 dists begins Wednesday

first_imgSmart NID Card. Photo: BSSThe election commission (EC) will start distribution of smart national identity (NID) cards among the citizens of 27 districts of the country from Wednesday.The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and other election commissioners will jointly inaugurate the smart card distribution programme at 11:00am through video-conference at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area, joint secretary of the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told BSS.Smart NID cards will be distributed at sadar upazilas of Manikganj, Munshiganj, Narsingdi, Sherpur, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Tangail, Kishoreganj, Brahmanbaria, Lakshmipur, Chandpur, Feni, Natore, Chapainawabganj, Sirajganj, Naogaon, Chuadanga, Magura, Jhenaidah, Satkhira, Kushtia, Jashore, Rajbari, Madaripur, Bhola and Moulvibazar districts and at Bhanga upazila of Faridpur district.The EC started smart NID card distribution at 37 districts simultaneously through a videoconference on 1 December 2017.last_img read more

Paraplegics have been given new hope for walking w Video

first_img More information: Berkeley Bionics (PhysOrg.com) — Berkeley Bionics unveiled eLEGS exoskeleton at a press conference on October 7 in San Francisco. Berkeley Bionics’ CEO, Eythor Bender stated that their mission is to provide people with unprecedented mobility options. © 2010 PhysOrg.com eLEGS exoskeleton is a bionic device engineered to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. Citation: Paraplegics have been given new hope for walking (w/ Video) (2010, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-paraplegics-video.html 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.center_img Explore further The eLEGS exoskeleton is a bionic device engineered to help paraplegics stand up and walk on their own. At first the device will be offered to rehabilitation centers for use under medical supervision, and can be adjusted to fit most people between 5’2″ and 6’4″ and weighing 220 pounds or less.eLEGS is battery-powered and employs a gesture-based human-machine interface that incorporates sensors and monitors the gestures the user makes to determine their intentions and then acts accordingly. A real-time computer collects data from sensors and input devices to coordinate every aspect of a single step.The technology may prove to be extremely helpful to those who are newly injured and may still have retained muscle memory without their muscles significantly weakened. This early assistance can help patients get back on their feet and help prevent a host of minor health concerns associated with being in a wheelchair. This can range from digestive issues to poor circulation.According to Berkeley Bionics, there are approximately 6 million people with some form of paralysis in the U.S. who are bound to wheelchairs; many of whom may have been active and athletic before an injury damaged their spinal cord. This new technology will give some of them the mobility to move their bodies and free them from their wheelchair. In the above video Amanda Boxtel was injured in a skiing accident in 1993 and left paralyzed from the waist down. eLEGS has given Amanda her mobility back and now works as a motivational speaker.In an Engadget interview with Berkeley Bionics CEO Eythor Bender, the system is presently made of steel and carbon fiber with lithium-ion battery packs, weighs 45 pounds, and has enough power to run for six hours of continuous walking. While an exact price was not given, Bender said that they were shooting for $100,000 and that it would be very competitive.Clinical trials are about to begin shortly; thereafter the exoskeleton will be available to selected medical centers in July or August of 2011. Bender commented that the company is also working on a streamlined commercial version for all-day use, tentatively slated for 2013. N.Zealand inventors unveil bionic legs for paraplegics (w/ Video)last_img read more