Brighter Lights

first_img Published on November 5, 2014 at 12:25 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse wasn’t in a good place when it walked out of Spry Stadium on Nov. 8, 2013.There wasn’t much talking following a 4-1 loss at Wake Forest that ended the Orange’s season. Aside from a short speech by head coach Ian McIntyre congratulating his disappointed players on winning 10 games in its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the plane ride back was silent.“There’s not a lot that you as a coach say after,” McIntyre said. “I think sometimes you think that you’re going to have some big, emotional, Churchillian speech afterward. And really, you give yourself a couple of days, you take stock of what’s happened and you build for the future.”One season after entering its final game needing a win and some help just to capture the eighth and last spot in the ACC tournament, the Orange found out on Tuesday that it finished its regular season as the nation’s top-ranked team — SU’s first time owning the top spot in program history.No. 1 Syracuse (14-2-1, 5-2-1 ACC) has used much of the same roster to accomplish what it couldn’t last year, with 29 of its 30 goals coming from players that were on 2013 team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt will be many of the same players that tasted that despair last year that take the SU Soccer Stadium field in the quarterfinals of ACC tournament on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament’s second seed, Syracuse will face either seventh-seeded Duke (8-8-1, 4-4) or 10th-seeded North Carolina State (7-6-4, 1-4-3), who face off on Wednesday in Durham, North Carolina.“I definitely like that a lot better that we still have games to play,” junior goalkeeper Alex Bono said. “…Other teams are sitting in the library today not having practice. We’re lucky enough to be out on the grass and on the field with the team.”Syracuse came into the season unranked and picked to finish last in the ACC Atlantic Division, and second to last out of 12 ACC teams. SU was coming off a season in which it finished 3-7-1 in the ACC. It was a team that had won only three games just three years before.The nuance differences between last year and 2014 were hard to pinpoint for McIntyre. Aside from a new 3-5-2 formation, not much changed tactically over the nine-month offseason.“How could I have messed up such a good team (last year)?” McIntyre jokingly asked himself.Syracuse added a couple new pieces in left wing Liam Callahan and midfielder Julian Buescher. But a spike in quality can be attributed to experience, McIntyre said. His freshmen became sophomores, with a full year under their belts. And his juniors became seniors, who realized that there’s only one more chance to get it done.“No one else believed in us other than ourselves,” senior defender Jordan Murrell said. “We were just motivated together and we put the work in.”The Orange has gone from a team looking to instill fear in powerhouses to becoming one itself. In its 1-0 loss to Notre Dame on Sept. 13, McIntyre said he saw a different team on the field than the one he had become accustomed to seeing against the perennial top-ranked teams.He said that his goal used to be just to “hang in there” against the best of the best and maybe try to catch a break to shock the college soccer world.“We’re ultimately going to be evaluated by how we do in the ACC, against the best teams in the country,” McIntyre said after that game. “After a while, you start to believe you can win those games and we’re starting to do that now. Your expectations start going up.”The Syracuse players all gathered in Murrell’s and Bono’s room to watch Wake Forest play Louisville on Saturday, with the Orange needing a Demon Deacon win to clinch the ACC Atlantic Division.They bought the online stream and intently watched as Louisville dominated offensively, out-shooting WFU 19-10 before Demon Deacon midfielder Ricky Greensfelder scored in overtime to end the game.SU garnered a division title on the same field where its season ended a year ago.“Once the Wake Forest goal went in, we all went to Twitter and tweeted ‘Come on’ or ‘Lets go’ or something like that,” Murrell said. “It’s just happy throughout the team.“We put in the work, we proved people wrong and we’re just still looking to prove people wrong.” Commentslast_img read more

Chung bags Christmas Hamper

first_imgBobby Chung shot his way to top honours with an impressive 96 birds in the Jamaica Skeet Club’s grand finale, the CB Christmas Hamper competition, which was held at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore recently. En-route to what could be considered a memorable victory, he upstaged national shooting champion Christian Sasso, who shot a second-best 90 birds. Despite not closing out the year on a winning note, Sasso was pleased with his performance and believes he “could have done better after missing some easy birds”. The reigning national champion noted that he is looking forward to intensive training and preparation to defend his championship in 2016, as well as some overseas-based tournaments. Next year, he has three such tournaments lined up for February in the United States. PRIZES A total of 95 shooters competed from 13 stations. The prizes included hams, gift baskets and certificates. Jamaica Skeet Club president, Khaleel Azan, said the turnout was bigger than last year. “We are extremely proud of the progress we have made this year. I hope that we can grow from what we did this year, and if we do, it would really be a major success because the growth in 2015 is far beyond what we expected.” In other action, Robert Subaran shot 85 birds to take the B Class, Jake Therrien 86 (Class C), Roman Tavares-Finson 78 ( Class D), Nicholas Benjamin 81 (Class E), and Jonah Subaran 66 (Class F). Renee Rickhi was the sole female winner, and took Class F with 59 birds.last_img read more

Burnley complete signing of James Tarkowski from Brentford

first_img James Tarkowski 1 Burnley have completed the protracted signing of James Tarkowski from Brentford for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old defender has agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Turf Moor to bring an end to a lengthy and acrimonious transfer saga.Tarkowski angered Brentford when he refused to play against Burnley in their televised clash on January 15 due to the speculation linking him with the Clarets.The former Oldham centre-half was subsequently disciplined and left out of Brentford’s next two games, before Burnley boss Sean Dyche finally got his man on deadline day.Dyche said: “James is a player I have known for a couple of seasons and I’ve monitored his progress from Oldham, right the way through to now.“He is at a good age and has gained a lot of experience over the last couple of seasons and I feel he can be a big part of us going forwards in the future.“We want competition in all areas and we have been a little bit light in that area all season, so we feel he’s a very good player and an excellent signing for the club, both now and for the future.”last_img read more

Natural Light Shows Dazzle Scientists

first_img(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Here are some news stories from diverse fields of science, related only by the phenomenon of light.Independence Day is a time for explosions of light in the dark. Nature’s light explosions can be strictly physical, but the most interesting are biological.Supernovas:  Stellar explosions, like supernovas and gamma-ray bursts, are among the most energetic transient light-producing phenomena in the universe. Science Daily tells how Caltech astronomers at the venerable Palomar Observatory are trying to see supernovas “in a new light”—ultraviolet light. They’re trying to determine whether they can be confident that all Type 1a supernovas are the same. This is important because they are used as “standard candles” for measuring cosmic distances.Lightning—the cosmic connection: For all its dramatic, awe-inspiring power, lightning is still not fully understood. One mystery is the trigger; what starts the cascade of charged particles? PhysOrg reports on a new theory that a lightning bolt may be triggered by cosmic rays hitting ice particles in the clouds. If so, it would link one of Earth’s most amazing light shows to distant parts of the universe. Is lightning a danger for indoor pools? No, that’s a persistent myth, PhysOrg explains. Outdoors, though, better take cover quickly. Even indoors you can be struck (WND). One poor guy got struck by lighting a second time. His name? Rod. (WND) No, we won’t joke that Kurt & Rod were hanging on the window when it happened. Readers might claim pun-itive damages.Sprites:  Physicists at the Florida Institute of Technology are working to understand “fireworks-like electrical discharges” in the upper atmosphere called sprites, Science Daily reports. Unlike thunderbolts that tend to branch downward, these discharges branch upward. They are not usually seen by people because they occur 25 to 50 miles above thunderclouds, but the brightest are detectable by the naked eye. Only the most powerful lightning bolts can trigger sprites. These amazing natural light shows were discovered in 1989; they only last tens of milliseconds.Fireflies: What makes fireflies glow? As summer brings out the evening display of lightning bugs, it would be good to share Science Daily‘s introduction with curious youngsters. The reality is far, far more complex than the short article suggests. It’s more than just a chemical reaction between luciferin and ATP. A firefly’s light organs are well-designed arrays of chemical factories, tuned to the bug’s central nervous system. Some firefly colonies can light up a whole tree in a fraction of a second.Other bioluminescence: Speaking of bioluminescence, some animals glow over their entire bodies. PhysOrg shows pictures of glowing millipedes in California’s Sequoia forest that glow all over—even on their legs and antennae—though they are blind. Author Paul Marek speculates about how that evolved, picturing natural selection as a “tinkerer” that repurposes already existing parts to avoid predators. It seems, though, that turning on lights is not a good way to avoid being detected. Moreover, the Mytoxia of Sequoia, shown in an animated photo, are the only known bioluminescent millipedes; why only them, if luciferin evolved from proteins used to synthesize fatty acids for brain cells? And if they were originally for the brain, how did the glowing enzymes become distributed over the entire body? Much about these millipedes “remains mysterious” he admits, turning to the subject of biomimetics. Humans would do well to learn from their technology. Man-made lights are only about 10% efficient, compared to the 90% efficiency of bioluminescent creatures, he notes.  The phenomenon is also widespread, occurring in insects, fish, mushrooms and jellyfish.Squid and other cephalopods are masters of disguise with light. Science Daily relishes the “amazing light-manipulating abilities of squid,” showing how the light-producing organs in the skin are capable of “activating, shuttering and directing its own iridescence in multiple ways.” Engineers would like to be able to do that. Proteins called reflectins are involved in manipulating the light show that can draw patterns quickly across the skin like the neon signs of Las Vegas. “The discovery reported in this paper reveals the subtlety and power of the reflectin proteins to fine-tune the colors of living cells with a beauty that reminds us of paintings by Monet,” a co-author of a paper said. How this could have evolved was not mentioned.Human life is enriched by the endless variety of natural wonders around us. It’s interesting that God’s first words in creation were, “Let there be light.” It takes a very special type of universe to permit light. Physical light effects are amazing enough, but biological light displays are beyond amazing. Fireflies would never flash, and squid never put on color light shows, except for complex specified information coded in digital language in DNA. The lights they produce go far beyond the needs of the animals. One should ponder whether our Creator filled life with such wonders for our benefit, that we might marvel at His wisdom and creativity.last_img read more

Infographic: Mining robot can save lives

first_imgSafety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting.For more on the Mining Indaba, check out:Iron lady of manganese takes on mining’s big boysSouth Africa’s message at the 2017 Mining IndabaFollow #MiningIndaba and #CompetitiveSA on TwitterClick to enlarge image:last_img