San Francisco DA’s office makes a ruling on Larry Baer’s altercation with his wife

first_imgSan Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer will not face criminal charges as a result of his public and physical spat with his wife earlier this month.The San Francisco District Attorney’s office announced the news Monday via a news release:“After a careful review of the relevant evidence, including multiple videos, statements from several witnesses and the parties themselves, the evidence does not support filing criminal charges.”Shortly after the incident, in which Baer attempted to wrest a phone …last_img read more

Cilia Are Antennas for Human Senses and Development

first_imgThe little hair-like projections on cells, called cilia, have more functions than previously believed.  A press release from Johns Hopkins University said that researchers found cilia are important for the sense of touch – particularly, for heat sensation.  In fact, cilia are implicated in at least three of the five traditional senses.    The article explained that some people thought to have psychological problems may actually be victims of “ciliopathy” or defects in cilia formation.  Dr. Nico Katsanis said, “People with ciliopathies are often thought to have mental retardation or autism because they appear ‘slow’.  Now it appears that many aspects of their mental capacity may be just fine, they are just slow because they can’t sense things as well as other individuals.”    Another press release from Johns Hopkins earlier in the month reported that Katsanis’ team found that cilia act like little radio antennas that control the development of the body:Johns Hopkins researchers say they have figured out how human and all animal cells tune in to a key signal, one that literally transmits the instructions that shape their final bodies.  It turns out the cells assemble their own little radio antenna on their surfaces to help them relay the proper signal to the developmental proteins “listening” on the inside of the cell.    The transmitters are primary cilia, relatively rigid, hairlike “tails” that respond to specialized signals from a host of proteins, including a key family of proteins known as Wnts.  The Wnts in turn trigger a cascade of shape-making decisions that guide cells to take specific shapes, like curved eyelid cells or vibrating hair cells in the ear, and even make sure that arms and legs emerge at the right spots.Katsanis commented on the importance of this finding: “We’ve just reset a huge volume of literature under a new light.”Exciting discoveries in the cellular realm continue apace.  Some will remember that cilia were the first examples in Michael Behe’s classic book Darwin’s Black Box of irreducibly complex structures.  That was in 1996; no one knew the half of it back then.    Is intelligent design a productive scientific theory?  One way to tell is to see if the case gets better with new discoveries.  Darwinism’s proponents have to keep adding patches and hotfixes to the theory to explain away new problems with the fossil record, the tree of life and the complexity of the cell.  The case for Intelligent Design, by contrast, gets stronger with each new finding.  Imagine: a radio antenna on each cell, signalling the inside world about the outside world.  Most signal-relay stations we know about were intelligently designed.    Signal without recognition is meaningless.  Communication implies a signalling convention (a “coming together” or agreement in advance) that a given signal means or represents something: e.g., that S-O-S means “Send Help!” or, in this case, that Wnt proteins mean “put this arm here.”  The transmitter and receiver can be made of non-sentient materials, but the functional purpose of the system always comes from a mind.  The mind uses the material substances to perform an algorithm that is not itself a product of the materials or the blind forces acting on them.  Thus the analogy in the press release: cilia are just like radio antennas.  Antennas may be composed of mindless matter, but they are marks of a mind behind the intelligent design.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The State of the Nation in numbers

first_img14 February 2013R860-billion spent on infrastructure projects, 11-million jobs by 2030 targeted, 200 000 more households with electricity, R47-billion in renewable energy projects under way … take a quick run-through of the figures contained in President Jacob Zuma’s 2013 State of the Nation address. 21% – the proportion of South Africa’s exports accounted for by countries in the eurozone, which is still in the throes of a debt crisis.  2.5% – South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for 2013/14. This is down from a 3.1% growth rate the previous year – and is half the minimum 5% growth rate required to create the amount of new jobs the country needs.  11-million – South Africa’s target for new jobs created by 2030, according to the National Development Plan (NDP). The country’s economy will have to grow three-fold for this target to be reached.  5 – priorities of the government’s programme of action for 2013: (1) education, (2) health, (3) the fight against crime, (4) creating decent work, and (5) rural development and land reform.  R860-billion – the amount the government will have spent on infrastructure between 2009 and March this year.  675 – kilometres of electricity transmission lines have been laid in the last year to connect fast-growing economic centres and to bring power to rural areas.  R47-billion – the value of contracts for renewable energy projects signed last year by the government and various independent power producers.  28 – the number of wind, solar and small hydro projects that have begun to be developed in the Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape and Free State under the renewable energy programme.  R400-million – the value of investments in green economy projects so far approved under the R800-million national green fund established by the government last year.  315 000 – the number of state-subsidised solar geysers rolled out since January this year. Most of these were installed in poor households, many of whom had never had running hot water before.  200 000 – the number of new households connected to the national electricity grid in 2012.  12.1-million – the number of South African households that now have access to electricity, amounted to 85% of all households.  9 out of 10 – the proportion of South African households with access to running water.  7 000 – new fibre-optic cables laid out in South Africa last year by private and public sector companies.  100% – South Africa’s target for broadband internet penetration by 2020.  98 – the number of new schools that will have been built in South Africa between March 2012 and March 2013. More than 40 of these will have replaced “mud schools” in the Eastern Cape.  2 – new universities to be built, starting in September 2013, one in the Northern Cape, one in Mpumalanga.  R3-billion – the value of projects so far approved under the Jobs Fund established in 2010/11.  One-third – the proportion of South Africa’s population that is under the age of 15. Agreement has now been reached on a number of key incentives to tackle the country’s youth unemployment crisis.  11 000 – the number of graduates of Further Education and Training (FET) colleges who are currently awaiting job placements. President Zuma appealed to the private sector to take them on.  11 740 – the number of young South Africans enrolled in various training programmes under the National Rural Youth Services Corps run by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.  10.7% – the rate of growth of tourist arrivals in South Africa between January and September 2012, compared to a global average of 4%.  73% – the proportion of the world’s rhino population being conserved in South Africa, which has resulted in the country being targeted by international poaching syndicates. The government is working with recipient and transit countries such as Vietnam, Thailand and China, and is intensifying its efforts to combat the scourge.  R126-million – the amount committed to the Human Settlements Development Grant between April and December 2012, in order to deliver houses to people in the “gap market” – that is, people who earn too much to qualify for an RDP house but too little to qualify for a bank mortgage bond. R70-million of this amount has been used so far to finance eight “gap” housing projects.  2.2-million – the number of people reached by the government’s adult education programme, Khari Gude, between 2008 and 2011.  60 – the age at which musician Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, a guest at President Zuma’s address, obtained his matric last year.  60 – South Africans’ average life expectancy in 2011, up from 56 in 2009.  1913 – the year in which the infamous Land Act which turned black South Africans into wanderers, labourers and pariahs in their own land was passed. South Africa marks its centenary in June.  63% – the proportion of South Africa’s population now living in urban areas. This is likely to increase to over 70% by 2030.  363 – the number of life sentences secured in 2012/13 by the country’s Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units – representing a conviction rate of 73% for crimes against women above 18 years old and 70% for crimes against children under 18 years of age. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

RW10: What Other Amazing Products Got Their Start In 2003?

first_imgReadWrite celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 20, 2013. For the occasion, we’re running a series of articles  looking back—and looking forward.When Richard MacManus started this site—then known as Read/Write Web—in 2003, he launched it in a time of technological ferment. Things we now take for granted, like ubiquitous social networks, cloud-based software and electric cars, were just getting started. Here’s a look at some of the key innovations that grew up alongside ReadWrite (in alphabetical order):1. Adobe Creative Suite Now the de facto productivity suite for Web and graphic designers, Adobe put together the pieces for its collection of software a decade ago.“Adobe Creative Suite integrates outstanding new product releases and unleashes Version Cue technology that will save creative professionals time and revolutionize interaction within creative teams,” said Bruce Chizen, then-president and CEO of Adobe Systems. “With Adobe Creative Suite we are delivering a platform for the future of design and publishing, building on 20 years of innovation and partnership with the creative community worldwide.”They must have been doing something right, because CS, now in version 6, is a key tool in not just Web and graphics design, but video production, too. Depending on what you want to do, there’s usually an Adobe tool or two in this suite that you will be using. And it’s taking the next big step, moving online as the Creative Cloud.2. AdSense brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It would be folly to underestimate the impact of Applied Semantics’ AdSense. Google clearly saw the importance of the content-targeting ad network, since it bought the company in 2003 and rolled it into its own in-house technology, creating the service we know as Google AdSense today.AdSense fueled the blogging revolution of the early 2000s. With AdSense matching appropriate ads with a blogger’s content, even small-time bloggers could generate revenue from their content. Few people got rich doing this, but a few bloggers were able to make a living doing what they loved, while others could at least justify the time they spent on their labors of love.3. Clearwire Depending on who you ask, wireless networking provider Clearwire got started in either 1998 or 2003, after a restructuring set up the company in its present form.We’ll go with 2003, since that’s the year when Clearwire first made a concerted effort to push high-speed wireless connectivity, a mission that has helped redefine mobile computing. The company launched its first high-speed network in 2004, and now claims to serve 130 million customers.Today, Clearwire is the object of a complicated, three-way takeover battle with Sprint and Dish. Formerly a wholesale customers of Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network, Sprint offered to buy out Clearwire for $2.2 billion, which would give Sprint a big boost in expanding its 4G LTE network. Combined, the Sprint-Clearwire network would have a better chance of standing up to AT&T and Verizon. But Dish first tried to buy Clearwire—and now it’s trying to buy Sprint outright, contesting a takeover offer from Japan’s Softbank.4. iTunes Music Store In 2003, the iPod had taken over the music-player business and put Apple on the comeback trail.But when Steve Jobs introduced the new iTunes Music Store alongside the third-generation iPod, people could be forgiven for thinking it a little far fetched. A hardware company selling music?With 200,000 songs in its debut library, iTunes would very quickly prove its detractors wrong, selling a million songs in its first week of sales, and 25 million by the end of 2003. That’s a lot of tunes, and a lot of coin for a so-called hardware company. Apple was demonstrating what we would all soon learn: content was king in this nascent mobile age.Perhaps even more important, the Music Store provided the underpinnings for Apple’s App Store, which became key to the iPhone’s success.5. LinkedIn It’s hard to imagine a world without LinkedIn, but before 2003, the business-oriented social media platform was little more than an idea in heads of the company’s founders.The site itself launched in 2003, and quickly became a tool for professionals to share information about themselves. At first, the founders thought it might be about dealmaking, but it quickly proved to be an invaluable recruiting tool.Today, LinkedIn is a public company that pulls in close to $1 billion in annual revenue. Its members use the site for everything from finding customers to getting training to keeping up on business news.And sometimes, yes, finding a new job.6. MySpace Before Facebook, there was MySpace, the once-cool social media platform that launched in late 2003 and dominated the hearts and minds of the Internet—at least for a couple of years.The MySpace era was a heady time, when the idea of a social network platform hadn’t quite gelled; but people knew there was money to made helping people get together online, and that was enough. MySpace would grow fast, eclipsing competitors until it was itself eclipsed in 2008 by Facebook’s rise. Along the way, it was acquired by News Corporation, a purchase that may not have saved MySpace from its eventual fate, but did at least solidify the idea that social networking, in some form or another, was here to stay.Bogged down by an overabundance of ads and problems with user privacy, MySpace shed most of its users. The site lives on today, owned by entertainer Justin Timberlake, and is trying to reestablish itself as a niche social network for artists and musicians.7. Tesla Motors If you ever went to Disney’s EPCOT as a kid, you may have had a notion that electric cars of the future would be boxy and slow.In 2003, Tesla Motors‘ founders upended that idea, founding a company that would eventually launch first the Roadster sports car and then the Model S sedan, two hot commodities that everyone would have wanted to drive even if they weren’t electric.These aren’t cheap vehicles, though, and their high price tag puts them out of reach of typical drivers. But Tesla’s cars show us a clear future that electric vehicles don’t have to sacrifice style or speed to save on gas.You may never own a Tesla, but the company’s pioneering work may mean that one day you will own an electric car that delights you.8. TypePad TypePad was one of two big blogging platforms that got its start in 2003. (It’s one that’s near and dear to us here at ReadWrite, since our parent company Say Media owns the platform today.)TypePad was a way to get the functionality of SixApart’s Movable Type without having to install software on a server.TypePad never enjoyed the broad consumer adoption of competitors like WordPress or Google’s Blogger, but it’s still popular among independent bloggers.9. Weblogs Inc. You can’t talk about blogging in the early 21st century without mentioning the start of blog-publishing networks like Weblogs Inc.Founded by Jason Calacanis and Brian Alvey, Weblogs grew to include popular blogs like Engadget, TUAW and Joystiq in its stable. America Online acquired Weblogs in October 2005 for a reported price between $25 million and $30 million. Along with some of AOL’s own sites, Weblogs provided the nucleus for AOL’s media strategy, the focus of the company today.10. WordPress WordPress is the only open-source project on this list, but its reach is probably the broadest of all of the launches we’ve mentioned.Started as a stand-alone blogging platform, WordPress would eventually grow into a full fledged content-management system, able to manage sites that were more than “mere” blogs. Along the way, its creator, Matt Mullenweg, started a company, Automattic, and launched a Blogger-like site,, that now hosts more than 64 million blogs.WordPress powers some of this most popular sites on the Web, and has put website management and creation within easy reach of people with all levels of technical backgrounds.These 10 notable products launched, like ReadWrite, in 2003. Did we miss any of your favorites from that era? Let us know in the comments. Related Posts Tags:#ReadWrite#RW10#ten A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Dabo Swinney Gave An Awesome Speech In Honor Of Steve Spurrier During His Tuesday Press Conference

first_imgDabo Swinney address the media during an interview.Where do Dabo and the defending champs come in?Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier have traded barbs over the years, given the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina, but as you’ll see below, they have nothing but respect for each other off of the field. Tuesday, Swinney, the day after it was announced that Spurrier would be retiring as head coach of the Gamecocks, had some heartfelt words for his adversary. Swinney told reporters during his weekly press conference that Spurrier is “one of the best to ever walk the sideline.” Check it out, via certainly made his mark on college football. It’s great to see that even his biggest rivals recognize it.[]last_img read more

WIth season winding down Buckeyes aiming to make postseason push

With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has little time to make a push for the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Tournament. OSU is currently the ninth seed, with the top five seeds receiving a first-round bye. “It’s crunch time,” senior forward C.J. Severyn said. “These last four games could mean life or death for us.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he likes the way his team is playing, though it lost six of its last seven games. He said he thinks the team hasn’t gotten the puck to slide its way. “That’s the hard thing,” he said. “We don’t have that puck luck.” Osiecki said it has been the same for his team all year. The pucks don’t seem to go its way, but he said that’s something the team has to overcome. “You’ve got to have great will,” he said. “You’ve got to have a relentless part of your game.” Though Osiecki said he thinks his team has been playing well, he said it’s not where the players expected to be at the beginning of the season. “I’m not sure if it’s where we want to be,” he said, “but we’re certainly better.” Four of the six losses — all of which were conference games — have been by two goals or fewer, so the team is usually within a couple of plays of winning. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes of Buckeye hockey,” Severyn said. “That’s where we’re going to get our wins.” The Buckeyes have two home series, of two games apiece, to round out the regular season: one against Lake Superior State and one against Ferris State. This weekend’s series against Lake Superior State is senior weekend, a time when the senior players reflect on their four years — especially this one — at OSU. One of the things the seniors have had to adjust to is a coaching change. Osiecki is in his first year as the men’s hockey coach, and it has been a transition for the seniors who had a different coach the previous three seasons. “It’s a hard thing to go through as a senior,” forward Kyle Reed said, “but I’m happy with it.” The Buckeyes (14-15-2, 9-13-2) have played well at home this season, going 7-5-1, and will look to continue to do that this weekend against Lake Superior State (10-12-8, 8-9-7). The games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

OpenStax NACSCORP to offer lowcost textbook customization

first_imgShare4OpenStax, NACSCORP to offer low-cost textbook customizationFaculty can tailor textbooks, offer low-cost print copies at campus storeHOUSTON — (March 3, 2016) — University and college instructors will soon have the option to create a customized, open educational resources (OER) textbook and offer low-cost printed copies of the book to their students through their campus bookstore, thanks to a new partnership between Rice University-based publisher OpenStax and wholesale textbook distributor NACSCORP, a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores.OpenStax and NACSCORP will begin offering customization services this spring through the Affordable Custom Content Enhancement System (ACCES), an online platform that will allow faculty to create a book that is tailored to the needs of their classroom. Faculty will be able to modify OpenStax OER titles by reorganizing chapters and sections; adding their own text, illustrations, equations, charts and materials; and inserting material from educational publisher Dover Publications, which is providing ACCES with a large catalog of material that includes anthologies of classic literature, poetry, plays, music scores and other publications.OpenStax’s print-on-demand partnership with wholesale textbook distributor NACSCORP gives instructors the option of customizing a textbook that students can purchase at their campus bookstore.(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)“The OpenStax-NACSCORP custom print partnership is a direct response to faculty requests for customized print versions of OpenStax textbooks that will provide students with useful and affordable course materials,” said David Harris, editor-in-chief of OpenStax, a nonprofit that makes college more accessible for students by making high-quality textbooks available free online and at low-cost in print. “Many faculty want to use technology to tailor material for their students, but they don’t want to sacrifice quality. They want to start with a rock-solid, peer-reviewed textbook — preferably one with full-color illustrations and a full suite of homework and testing modules — and they want to make only the changes that are relevant to their teaching. That’s exactly what OpenStax and NACSCORP are offering.”R. Todd Smith, director of campus store services at The Loch Shop at Clayton State University, in Morrow, Ga., said OER supporters on his campus have asked for customization services.“Our store is hearing from faculty and other campus OER advocates that content customization will be a natural progression of OER and that faculty are looking for a platform where they can customize content,” Smith said. “We are seeing OpenStax OER content adopted on our campus, and we have had good results supporting students with affordable print copies of the books.”ACCES is designed to display the associated print costs of revisions in real time so that faculty can easily track the printing costs of book sections as they work. Both the total overall book price and the price associated with the section being modified will be available. In addition, ACCES will automatically format pages and create a new index.“Dover has been publishing books for 75 years, and we have always delivered a high-quality, value-driven product across a wide range of fields, making it accessible to everyone,” said Jennifer Feldman, Dover Publications‘ publisher. “We believe that ACCES is consistent with our mission, so we look forward to adding works of literature, poetry and music scores to this new platform so that educators can easily access our vast array of content.”OpenStax’s 16 college titles are being used by nearly 400,000 students at one-in-five degree-granting U.S. colleges and universities this academic year. The number of instructors adopting OpenStax’s books jumped by more than 100 percent in 2015, due in part to a 2014 distribution partnership with NACSCORP that made adoption easier and allowed OpenStax to drop prices on every print title in its growing catalog.“We are committed to providing our campus store partners with the textbooks their faculty demand, including inexpensive OER titles and customized materials,” said Kurt Schoen, president and chief operating officer of NACSCORP. “OpenStax’s books are known for quality, and we’re pleased to partner with them to offer faculty the option of tailoring these top-quality books to better meet the needs of their students.”-30-MEDIA CONTACTS:David RuthRice [email protected] BoydRice [email protected] PublicationsKristine [email protected] Libertowski800-622-7498, ext. [email protected] AddThis A high-resolution IMAGE is available for download at: OpenStax’s print-on-demand partnership with wholesale textbook distributor NACSCORP gives instructors the option of customizing a textbook that students can purchase at their campus bookstore.(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)More information about ACCES is available athttp://accesyourtextbook.comAbout Rice UniversityLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to OpenStaxOpenStax provides open educational resources and textbooks free online for any student, anywhere and partners with companies that provide fee-based products and services that enhance the value of its books for both instructors and students. OpenStax is a nonprofit initiative of Rice University and is made possible by the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the Maxfield Foundation, the Calvin K. Kanzanjian Foundation, the Bill and Stephanie Sick Fund and the Leon Lowenstein Foundation.About NACSCORPOberlin, Ohio-based NACSCORP LLC has served the college store market for more than 50 years, helping more than 3,600 educational retailers compete more successfully in today’s competitive marketplace by providing consistent and reliable wholesale distribution of course materials, products, and services. NACSCORP is a leading higher education new and used text and trade book supplier. NACSCORP is a wholly owned, for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores, the professional trade association for the collegiate retailing industry.About the National Association of College StoresThe National Association of College Stores is the professional trade association representing the $10 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS represents nearly 4,000 campus retailers and approximately 1,000 industry-related companies that supply course materials and other merchandise and services to campus stores. NACS provides education and other resources that help its member stores support student success, the campus experience, and the academic missions of higher education institutions. NACS is headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio. Additional information can be found online at Dover PublicationsDover Publications, Inc., founded by New Yorkers Hayward and Blanche Cirker in 1941, is headquartered in Mineola, New York. More than 10,000 titles include books on architecture, astronomy, chess, clip art and fine art, crafts, history, literature, and mathematics, as well as music scores, the world’s premier paper doll line, value-priced Dover Little Activity Books, and titles by over two dozen Nobel Laureates. Dover also offers eBook versions of thousands of titles, available at a variety of online retailers, including the Apple iBookstore, Google, and Amazon.last_img read more