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CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceFormer Raiders and 49ers linebacker Matt Millen reportedly underwent a successful heart transplant early Christmas Eve and is in recovery in New Jersey.The 60-year-old Millen, who was diagnosed earlier this year with amyloidosis, a rare disease that can attack the lining of the heart, has been hospitalized for the past three months while waiting for a match. NBC Sports columnist Peter King reported a match was found …
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. OAKLAND — Right fielder Stephen Piscotty, looking at the clubhouse big screen Tuesday night following an 11-5 win over the Texas Rangers, saw the bases loaded and Logan Forsythe at the plate and announced to anyone who would listen: “Play of the game. Right here.”The A’s and Rangers were tied 2-2, and Texas had loaded the bases with no out against starter Frankie Montas. Montas looked to be on the ropes before a …
A team of Chinese scientists analyzed protein interactions in yeast cells, and titled their paper in PNAS1 “The yeast cell-cycle network is robustly designed.” They “demonstrated that the cell-cycle network is extremely stable and robust for its function,” and “able to survive perturbations.” The beginning of the paper expresses the wonder the stimulated their research:Despite the complex environment in and outside of the cell, various cellular functions are carried out reliably by the underlying biomolecular networks. How is the stability of a cell state achieved? How can a biological pathway take the cell from one state to another reliably? Evolution must have played a crucial role in the selection of the architectures of these networks for them to have such a remarkable property.After analyzing the stable states, “big attractors” and checkpoints in the yeast cell cycle, the scientists remind us that this network is part of an even bigger marvel:Note that the network we studied … is only a skeleton of a larger cell-cycle network with many “redundant” components and interactions…. Thus, we expect the complete network to be even more stable against perturbations. … Furthermore, our results suggest that not only do biological states correspond to big fixed points but the biological pathways are also robust. Functional robustness has been found in other biological networks, e.g., in the chemotaxis of E. coli (in the response to external stimuli) and in the gene network setting up the segment polarity in insects development (with respect to parameter changes) . It has also been found at the single molecular level, in the mutational and thermodynamic stability of proteins. In some sense, biological systems have to be robust to function in complex (and very noisy) environments.And now to the climax. In the closing statement, after claiming several times that these networks are “robustly designed” (their term), they suggest that all this complexity, all this robustness, all this control and regulation is the product of time, chance and contingency. In fact, the very robustness might even help evolution make it better:More robust could also mean more evolvable, and thus more likely to survive; a robust “module” is easier to be modified, adapted, added-on, and combined with others for new functions and new environments. Indeed, robustness may provide us with a handle to understand the profound driving force of evolution.1Fangting Li, Tao Long, Ying Lu, Qi Ouyang, and Chao Tang, “The yeast cell-cycle network is robustly designed,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0305937101, published online before print March 22, 2004.Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week. Bravo. Now call the schizophrenia ward. They may actually have a point. In the church, Christians are more likely to survive, and are easier to be modified, augmented, adapted and combined with others for new functions and new environments in the body of Christ if they are more “evolvable” (malleable) in God’s hand. Strength can be perfected in weakness, but only by intelligent design.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AGCO introduced the RoGator C Series self-propelled row crop applicators and all-new LiquidLogic system, which will make its public debut during MAGIE 2017. The new technology-loaded, user-friendly RoGator and liquid application system deliver innovations needed to meet the needs of today’s crop production industry, professional applicators and farmers.“With the prevalence of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country and the introduction of new herbicide systems to control these weeds, greater management and attention to detail will be needed for anyone applying herbicides,” said Mark Mohr, tactical marketing manager for AGCO’s application division. “The engineering and technology of the RoGator C Series machines and new LiquidLogic system are going to help operators simplify their jobs, reduce potential for off-target application, make cleanout faster, easier and more thorough and reduce product waste.”The FlowLogic recirculation plumbing keeps product moving through the boom, plumbing and filters to reduce chemical buildup and help eliminate plugged spray tips. New ClearFlow recovery, the industry’s first full-recovery system, uses air to force product from the booms or reload station back into the tank, leaving less than 2.5 gallons in systems without injection. And, new self-priming booms help save time and money since product flows quickly through the entire boom once the product pump and recirculation are turned on.Other key features of the LiquidLogic system include a “hold at minimum” pressure setting across the boom that helps ensure a consistent spray pattern to keep product on target at low speed and the ability to maintain a +/– 1 psi variation across the boom. Section control for either 35 sections with 10- or 15-inch spacing or 36 sections with 20-inch spacing are standard with the AgControl® rate controller. Finally, variable displacement control of the product pump manages and limits speed to 5,000 rpm to help prevent pump failure. Touchscreen AccuTerminal is one-stop control systemThe first thing operators will notice is the 10.4-inch touchscreen AccuTerminal which allows intuitive, easy-to-learn control and monitoring of machine functions, such as the new cruise control and shuttle shift speed along with drive sensitivities, headland control and tractor management system (TMS).The AccuTerminal can be used to access functions within the redesigned AgControl rate and section control system as well as spray functions such as pressures, auto agitation, boom cleanout, product rinse and recovery. Its design also seamlessly provides simple control of the AirMax180 dry system and calibration. The ISO-compatible interface of the New LeaderEdge box controls features such as boundary spreading and other capabilities within the AccuTerminal.Automatic guidance and AGCO’s full suite of Fuse precision application, documentation and machine tracking tools are all controlled through this single operating terminal. Dual-band cellular plus worldwide satellite connections allow machine tracking and performance through Fuse Connected Services via AgCommand, keeping the machine connected everywhere, like never before. In one simple step, task data flows seamlessly between TaskDoc on the machine and a growing number of major Farm Management Information Software (FMIS). The RoGator C Series can be configured with AGCO’s fully integrated AgControl and Auto-Guide systems, or Raven Viper 4+ technology with SmarTrax. A hybrid configuration also allows the use of Raven Viper 4+ for product control while using AGCO’s Auto-Guide for guided steering. Chassis offers SmartDrive system for greater operating efficiencyThe RoGator C Series chassis also delivers unprecedented levels of performance. Its new all-wheel SmartDrive system will make the operator’s job easier and more efficient through a long day in the field. Cruise control gives the operator a consistent speed for accurate application and easy speed changes in the field and on the road. Shuttle shift makes changing direction fast and easy. Redesigned based on operator requests, the new joystick is compact with a comfortable, ergonomic feel.All-wheel traction control adjusts motor displacement when a wheel starts to slip, keeping the machine moving in the field, and the anti-locking brake system (ABS) and improved hydrostatic braking deliver stopping power and speed control. Cab filled with operator comfortsA new armrest is one of the primary features within the cab, with improved ergonomics for the joystick, section switches, boom control and liquid system controls located on the armrest. USB power ports help keep the operator connected through the day; a programmable keypad allows the operator to customize the lighting package and a rearview camera operates automatically when the machine shifts into reverse.“With a heritage of serving the application needs of agriculture and professional applicators, plus thousands of hours of real-world application, the new RoGator C Series and LiquidLogic system delivers the technology, reliability and efficiency today’s applicators need to easily and successfully do their jobs,” Mohr said. “They’ll find it offers many new and industry-leading features they’ve been waiting for.”The RoGator C Series made its public debut at MAGIE, Aug. 24 and 25, 2017 in Bloomington, Ill. It also will be on exhibit at several farm shows this fall, including Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., Big Iron in West Fargo, N.D. and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Neb. To find a dealer or for more information about AGCO application equipment including the new RoGator C Series row crop applicators and the exclusive LiquidLogic system, visit www.Challenger-ag.com or a local Challenger dealer.
Karnatak-ka-Damad (son-in-law of Karnataka) was the sobriquet that today greeted Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi, who is all set to tie the knot with 28-year Bangalorean Priyanka Alva later this month.”Today I was referred to as Karnatak-ka-damad, instead of the usual terms like actor or hero when I arrived,” said Vivek, who has already picked up some Kannada words like Yellarigu Namaskara (Namaste to all) and Swalpa Swalpa (little little).Vivek, 34, was in Karnataka to participate in an awards press meet and promote his film Rakth Charitra slated for an October 22 release.”I am excited about my marriage and nervous about my film,” said the would-be-bridegroom, who is also keeping his fingers crossed over the Ram Gopal Verma directed film and his marriage, both of which are to take place later this month.His fiancee, Priyanka Alva, daughter of danseuse Nandini Alva and JD(U) leader late Jeevaraj Alva, he says, “is also looking forward to the film.”Vivek says Priyanka loved his role in films like Company and Saathiya and after watching the rushes of his new film, hoped he (Vivek) would not get that angry with her in real life.Though the film has him playing a role inspired by slain Andhra leader Paritala Ravi, Vivek says personally he is a non-smoker and a non-violent person. “It is my profession and I have to play roles as my profession demands”, he said.”In real life I do not smoke and on screen I avoid it unless the character demands it. In this film too the character demanded it so I had to smoke on-screen,” he says.Rakta Charitra is a movie that runs in two parts, with the first slated for release on Oct 22 and the second scheduled for release three weeks later, said Vivek, sporting a thick moustache and Che Guevera T shirt.The film promotion in varous parts of the country, he said had left him very little time for marriage preparations. “My parents and my in-laws are looking after it,” he said, claiming ignorance over the whole issue, including the choice of his clothes for the day. The tight schedule has left no time for a honeymoon. “Right, now there are no plans,” he said adding that the couple would decide on it later.Talking about Priyanaka, a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Royal Holloway, University of London and who was trained in dance at Martha Graham School of Dance in New York and in Bharatanatyam, Kathak and classical music in India, he said his fiancee has been “very understanding” about his hectic schedule. “She is absolutely like a dream come true”, said the much-in-love hero whose earlier relationships including that with Aishwarya Rai turned sour after a brief time.”It is a marriage of minds”, says Vivek who had agreed to his parent’s choice when they brought up the issue. “She has a wonderful sense of humour”, he said while narrating how when he first met her and asked whether she was comfortable that he had 1500 children (referring to his NGO), her quick repartee was– are they from the same mother.On whether he nursed any political ambitions,given the fact he was marrying into a family with a political background, he said “I am not marrying into a political family, I am marrying into a humanitarian family… a family with strongs roots in culture and social work for generations. A family that lived Gandhian principles and not merely spoke about them”, he said.advertisement
“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.The All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back. Google Philippines names new country director Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field.Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES CALASIAO, PANGASINAN—Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.“But they are really just general preparations. Until we know our opponent, we cannot fully prepare for the playoffs,” said Alas.“It’s difficult right now for us and it really doesn’t matter who we will end up facing. Whichever team it is, the only edge we have is that we own the twice-to-beat advantage,” he added.The Fuel Masters finished the elimination round on top of the standings with nine wins in 11 outings and will only need to win once to advance to the semifinals. Their opponents, on the other hand, will need to beat them twice in a row to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE: Mei Yamaguchi scores impressive submission in Japan homecoming Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss