Bone Has Built-In Shock Absorbers with Molecular Springs

first_imgYour bones have little molecular springs in them that unwind and keep the collagen fibrils “glued” together when stress threatens a fracture.  See the description, with electron micrographs and diagrams, in a press release from UC Santa Barbara. Said co-author Daniel Morse, director of UCSB’s Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies: “It’s especially exciting for us to find the profound medical significance of our discoveries for human bone.”  He described the discovery of “molecular shock absorbers” providing a kind of self-healing glue holding biological mineralized structures together when studying the abalone shell six years ago.  “It’s truly remarkable to find the same fundamental mechanisms operating in bone,” said Morse.    He noted that these mechanisms give young healthy bone its tremendous resiliency and resistance to fracture, and actually help heal small microcracks soon after they’re formed.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)(For a related story on marine shells, see 07/26/2004 entry.)  Paul Hansma, physicist at UCSB, noted that while a paper on bone is published every six minutes, little is known about how it works at the molecular level.  New techniques like atomic force microscopy are allowing scientists to see these tiny molecular structures for the first time.  The UCSB paper has achieved the highest resolution images of bone ever published.  Since these safety mechanisms work well in young healthy bone, the new findings may help medical researchers find ways to overcome skeletal problems that often come with aging, including bone brittleness and osteoarthritis.Since no evolutionists believe people evolved from abalones, their only recourse is to wave the magic wand of convergent evolution to explain built-in molecular shock absorbers.  Remember that improbabilities are multiplicative, not additive – and so are credulities.    This story illustrates a difference between living and non-living objects.  In general, the closer you look at an inanimate object, like a rock, the simpler it appears.  For living structures, the complexity keeps apace with the magnification.  Some of the most amazing aspects have been invisible to human perception till recently.  If macroscopic things like an eye gave Darwin cold shudders, he could never have been prepared for the view under the atomic force microscope.  Let’s hope his shock absorbers are in good working order as we envision him collapsing in a dead faint.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Dave Brock on Sales Manager Success and His new Book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – Episode #59

first_imgTweets you can use to share this episodeWhy Sales Managers should “do nothing” for the first 90 days ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetIf you’ve chosen to be a Sales Manager, you’ve got to suck it up and use your time wisely ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 53:29 — 49.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen Anthony hits a snag in how he feels he should approach a managerial or administrative issue within his business or with one of his clients, he turns to Dave Brock, his guest on today’s episode. Dave is one of those guys that Anthony and many others felt should write a book, but the guy is simply so busy he’s never had time. But now, suddenly, he’s cranked out his first book and says that he’s got a series of books in the works based on this first one. The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide is the book Anthony has been looking for – over 400 pages and worth every second it takes you to read. You can get some insights into Dave’s brilliant sales mind and why you should grab a copy of this book, on this episode.Sales Managers focus on what they do 4 the team, but the business expects something differentClick To TweetRecognizing what you know that you don’t know you know.Dave Brock has known for many years that he’s a sales leader. He’s been in many companies and positions that indicate it to be so. But when he sat down to do some updates on an older ebook, things simply came flowing out of him, sales concepts and strategies, managerial insights and lessons learned, and much more. Over the course of a few months, his 400+ page book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” was birthed. As Anthony and Dave chat today you’re going to hear many examples of the kind of insight and wisdom Dave has poured into his book, so be sure you grab a pen and paper to take some great notes.Why sales managers need to “do nothing” for the first 90 days.Dave Brock believes that one of the toughest roles is that of sales manager and one of the toughest transitions to make is from salesperson to sales manager. When asked what a brand new sales manager should do in his first 30 to 90 days, Dave said, “Nothing.” He goes on to explain that he’s not talking about being lazy or simply sticking with the status quo. What he means is that the sales manager needs to spend a good deal of time coming to understand the lay of the land, the people, the systems, the frameworks that are in place already. When he/she takes the time to think through his environment.The dangers new Sales Managers face in their first 30 to 90 days, and how to address themClick To TweetDo you know the difference between management and coaching?Sales managers have to assess their team’s numbers, contacts, and CRM systems. It’s part of the job, and an aspect that the powers that be in the company care a great deal about. But those are not the most productive parts of what the manager does. The most important and critical thing for the sake of his/her own productivity and the team’s overall success is the time he spends coaching his team. On this episode Dave Brock goes deeply into how sales managers can do a better job at coaching, why they MUST do so, and what they can do to up their game in that area.“This book is the very best in its class.”That’s what Anthony says about Dave’s book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide” – and he knows, he’s read everything in the field. The book is not only a practical how-to for new sales managers, it’s also a “reset” for the experienced sales manager who has perhaps gotten off course, become distracted, or lost his way in the morass of company politics. Dave’s book is a must read for every sales manager, no matter how long he/she has been in the game. It’s one of the most actionable, helpful books you’ll ever read, so be sure you listen to Dave’s chat with Anthony on this episode and grab a copy of the book as soon as possible.We Sales Managers do a lot of managing but we don’t do much leading ~ Dave BrockClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Anthony’s introduction to Dave Brock and his new book, “The Sales Manager’s Survival Guide.” How Dave wrote his book – finally. Recognizing what you know that you don’t know you know. Why sales management is such a unique and difficult role. The challenges new sales managers face in their first 30 to 90 days. The things that will trip up new sales managers. How sales managers need to manage their time. Applying business strategy to the sales department. Why explaining strategy in sales is a leadership issue. The difference between management and coaching. How Dave likes to merge management and coaching in every conversation. Why forecasting is so difficult and how sales managers can do it better. Why Anthony believes Dave’s book is the best book in its class. What Dave is reading right now. The most important book Dave has ever read. The biggest influences on Dave’s thinking. The most important lesson Dave has learned in life so far: Don’t take “no” for an answer.. What Dave would do if he weren’t writing and consulting. What Dave hopes to be remembered for. Dave’s relationship with www.CharityWater.org.Our Sponsors:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodewww.PartnersInExcellenceBlog.com – Dave’s blog.www.TheSalesManagersSurvivalGuide.comwww.CharityWater.org – The non profit Dave works alongside.0997560207 0345472322The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinolast_img read more

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7 Amarnath pilgrims killed in terror attack

first_imgSeven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire at a patrol vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Monday night. A police official said the vehicle came under fire at Anantnag’s Batengo area around 8.30 p.m.The attack took place when quick response teams of the Army had withdrawn from the highway around sunset, making the vehicle vulnerable.“A mini-bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims also got hit in the militant fire,” said the police official.Batengo is a small stopover at Khanabal with sparse population and large swathes of fields.Hospital sources said six pilgrims were killed in the attack and later one died of injuries in hospital. Three of those injured were in a critical state.Six of the seven killed were from Gujarat’s Valsad district. According to sources, there were 60 passengers in the bus and were all mostly from Surat, Valsad and Daman. The bus belonged to Om travels in Valsad in South Gujarat. The bus left Gujarat on 2nd July. Darshan was completed day before yesterday.”Six people killed in the terrorist attack are from Valsad,” said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. He added, “bodies of Amarnath Pilgrims killed in Anantnag terror attack along with injured will be flown to Gujarat by IAF plane.” The mini-bus was proceeding from Jammu to Srinagar.An official said it was not registered with the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board and was travelling against the advisory not to ply after sunset.The police had asked all vehicles carrying pilgrims to cross the Jawahar Tunnel in daylight and avoid travelling in the Valley after sundown.Meanwhile, political parties have condemned the attack. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said it was an attack on Kashmir’s culture and value system. “No stone will be left unturned to bring the perpetrators to justice,” she said.“These terrorists are the enemies of Kashmir & Kashmiriyat. Every right-thinking Kashmiri must today condemn the killing of the Amarnath yatris and say, unequivocally — this is #NotInMyName,” wrote former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Twitter.The Centre said it had not taken any decision on calling off the yatra.CRPF DG R.R Bhatnagar told The Hindu that any decision to “call off or continue” the yatra would be taken by the State government. CRPF is one of the main security forces deployed along the 40-day annual Yatra.(With inputs from Vijaita Singh, Mahesh Langa and PTI)last_img read more

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NYK Line Downgrades Profit Forecast

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Japanese shipping company NYK Line has lowered its forecast for the interim and full year consolidated financial results.Based on the previous forecast for the interim results covering April-September 2018 period, NYK Line said its anticipated revenue was JPY 905 billion and a profit of JPY 8 billion (around USD 72 million). However, these figures have been cut to JPY 890 billion worth revenues and a profit of JPY 3 billion, down by 62.5 percent.For the full year ending March 31, 2019, the revenue has been downgraded from JPY 1.805 trillion to JPY 1.260 trillion, while the full year profit forecast was cut from JPY 29 billion to JPY 12 billion, down by 58.6 percent.NYK Line ascribed the revision to, among other things, higher than expected one-off costs related to the launch of the Ocean Network Express with K line and MOL. The JV signaled the termination of NYK Line’s liner business.In addition, the group’s airline business Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA) temporarily suspended all of itsaircraft operations from June 17, 2018, to confirm the airworthiness of the company’s aircraft.last_img read more

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French Yard Hosts Delivery Coin Ceremonies for MSC Ships

first_imgFrench shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique held today delivery and coin ceremonies for two newbuilds owned by Switzerland-based cruise company MSC Cruises. At the event held in Saint-Nazaire, the shipyard delivered MSC Bellissima, the second of the Meraviglia generation of cruise ships and the sixteenth vessel to join the MSC fleet. Welcome #MSCBellissima! The 16th ship of #MSCCruises’ fleet is officially part of the family. #BeautyAtSea pic.twitter.com/JSve65acTk— MSC Cruises News (@MSCCruises_PR) February 27, 2019Following the delivery, the 167,600-ton newbuilding will set sail for Southampton, where it will be named on March 2. With a capacity for more than 5,700 passengers, the new addition to the MSC Cruises’ fleet will become the largest ship to be launched in this UK city.MSC Bellissima will depart Southampton on March 4 to commence its 10-night inaugural cruise to Genoa. From March 17, the vessel will commence 7-night itineraries in the Mediterranean calling Genoa, Naples and Messina in Italy, Valetta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France.Also on February 27, the coin ceremony was held for MSC Virtuosa, the company’s second Meraviglia-Plus ship. The coin was placed in the keel block by MSC Virtuosa’s godmothers as a symbol of good luck.Joyful moments should always be shared.Take a look at the highlights from #MSCVirtuosa‘s Coin Ceremony.https://t.co/mcsZ13NzB2 pic.twitter.com/utxvjabpKC— MSC Cruises News (@MSCCruises_PR) February 27, 2019As its sister ship MSC Grandiosa, MSC Virtuosa will feature a length of 331 meters, a width of 43 meters and a maximum capacity of 6,300 passengers. It will be one of the two largest ships in MSC Cruises’ fleet when it enters service in 2020.The newbuilds are part of the company’s EUR 11.6 billion investment plan under which the MSC fleet is set to expand to 25 mega cruise ships by 2026.last_img read more

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Temporary amendments to visa application procedures – Bahamas Embassy Haiti

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 28, 2017 – Nassau – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the travelling public applying for visas at The Bahamas Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that, with immediate effect, temporary measures have been put in place regarding the issuance of visas by the Embassy.  This was necessary due to technical constraints.While the temporary measure may initially result in minor delays, the Ministry wishes to assure the public that every effort will be made to process applications in a timely manner. All other functions of the Embassy will continue uninterrupted. The Ministry will advise the public in due course when the Embassy resumes its normal visa issuing function.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs apologises for any inconvenience caused. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Netflix looking into study showing spike in suicides after 13 Reasons Why

first_img Tags Netflix has addressed a study looking at teen suicide and its show 13 Reasons Why. Justin Sullivan / Getty Images On the heels of a study exploring a rise in teen suicide among boys following the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why in 2017, the streaming service says it’s looking into the research.”This is a critically important topic and we have worked hard to ensure that we handle this sensitive issue responsibly,” Netflix said.The study, out Monday from the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, found that the suicide rate among boys 10-17 increased in the month after the show came out. The study didn’t confirm whether any of those boys had watched the show.”The release of 13 Reasons Why was associated with a significant increase in monthly suicide rates among US youth aged 10 to 17 years,” the study concludes. “Caution regarding the exposure of children and adolescents to the series is warranted.” Netflix said the research is at odds with another recent study, this one conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. “We’ve just seen this study and are looking into the research, which conflicts with last week’s study from the University of Pennsylvania,” a spokesperson said by email. That study found that “viewers who stopped watching the second season exhibited greater suicide risk and less optimism about the future than those who continued to the end.” The study went on to say that those who watched to the end reported a decline in “suicide ideation and self-harm.” They also might be more likely to help a suicidal person. The premise of 13 Reasons Why related to the suicide of a teenage girl. In May 2017, Netflix said it would include an additional warning at the beginning of the first episode, as well as “strengthen the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter, including the URL 13ReasonsWhy.info.”If you’re struggling with negative thoughts or suicidal feelings, here are 13 suicide and crisis intervention hotlines you can use to get help.You can also call these numbers:US: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. UK: The Samaritans can be reached at 116 123. AU: Lifeline can be reached at 13 11 14.  0 Post a comment Digital Media Wellness Share your voice Netflixlast_img read more

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Has MS Dhoni changed his mind about training with the military

first_imgDhoni is scheduled to train with the Indian Army in KashmirCricket World Cup TwitterThe news about Mahendra Singh Dhoni desiring a stint of training with the Indian Army has become old. As per a press release issued by the Army, MSD is slated to be with his battalion from July 31 to August 15 in Kashmir for the training camp. However, the former India captain was present and seen at the Mumbai Airport on Saturday, July 27, leading to speculation about whether he would actually be going through with this commitment.It was due to this engagement that Dhoni had opted out of India’s tour to West Indies which begins in early August. The 2011 World Cup-winning captain had asked for permission to be away from the team for two months. It can be argued that he deserved a break anyway after having been involved in cricket almost continuously since the beginning of IPL. Still, any change of plans is interesting to watch out for.It is worth remembering that since the end of the World Cup, speculation regarding the future of MSD has been fervent. Many believe that the wicketkeeper-batsman is no longer going to be seen on the cricket field. Some reports suggests that he has refused to announce his retirement despite signals being given by the selectors. Speculation is rife about Dhoni’s future after World CupTwitter/Cricket World CupAmidst all these rumours and stories, one thing that was certain was Dhoni’s plan to train with the Army unit of which he is an honorary member. The 38-year old is a Lieutenant Colonel with the Territorial Army’s Parachute Regiment. It can be recalled here that it was due to his involvement with the Army that he was wearing the ‘Balidaan’ insignia on his gloves that had to be removed after objections were raised to the ICC.While training with the Army isn’t necessarily the best way of getting a rest, perhaps the iconic former skipper of Men in Blue felt it is through this type of training that he can best get away from the mental strain that he must have endured, first in the IPL and then in the World Cup.Maybe, the former captain is merely making a small detour through Mumbai and would get to Kashmir in time. Let’s see what happens.last_img read more

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Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs

first_img More information: Sarah Marshall-Pescini et al. Importance of a species’ socioecology: Wolves outperform dogs in a conspecific cooperation task, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1709027114AbstractA number of domestication hypotheses suggest that dogs have acquired a more tolerant temperament than wolves, promoting cooperative interactions with humans and conspecifics. This selection process has been proposed to resemble the one responsible for our own greater cooperative inclinations in comparison with our closest living relatives. However, the socioecology of wolves and dogs, with the former relying more heavily on cooperative activities, predicts that at least with conspecifics, wolves should cooperate better than dogs. Here we tested similarly raised wolves and dogs in a cooperative string-pulling task with conspecifics and found that wolves outperformed dogs, despite comparable levels of interest in the task. Whereas wolves coordinated their actions so as to simultaneously pull the rope ends, leading to success, dogs pulled the ropes in alternate moments, thereby never succeeding. Indeed in dog dyads it was also less likely that both members simultaneously engaged in other manipulative behaviors on the apparatus. Different conflict-management strategies are likely responsible for these results, with dogs’ avoidance of potential competition over the apparatus constraining their capacity to coordinate actions. Wolves, in contrast, did not hesitate to manipulate the ropes simultaneously, and once cooperation was initiated, rapidly learned to coordinate in more complex conditions as well. Social dynamics (rank and affiliation) played a key role in success rates. Results call those domestication hypotheses that suggest dogs evolved greater cooperative inclinations into question, and rather support the idea that dogs’ and wolves’ different social ecologies played a role in affecting their capacity for conspecific cooperation and communication. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the Wolf Science Center and the Comparative Cognition, Messerli Research Institute, both part of the Medical University of Vienna, has found that packs of wolves behave more cooperatively among themselves than do groups of dogs. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes how they tested both groups of animals at their research institute and what they found by doing so. As the researchers note, the consensus among scientists is that dogs are more social than wolves because they have been bred over multiple generations to be social with humans. But do those social skills apply to cooperation with other dogs? That was the question that motivated the researchers to set up an experiment to compare the two groups in a contrived social setting.To test the degree of cooperation of members of a wolf pack or group of dogs, the researchers set up an apparatus that allowed two animals to work together to gain access to a food reward. To obtain a bowl of food, both animals had to tug on separate ropes at the same time—in short, they had to cooperate for the benefit of both.The researchers ran the experiment hundreds of times with multiple pairs of dogs and wolves and then tallied the results. They found that dogs were not good at cooperating to gain a meal—out of 472 tries, the dogs succeeded in getting their reward just two times. The wolves, on the other hand, were much better, getting their reward 100 times out of 416 tries.The researchers noted that the wolves did best when paired with familiar partners that also held the same “rank” in the pack. In watching how the animals went about their task, the researchers found that the wolves were much more willing to approach the food bowl together, rather than one waiting for the other. With dogs, the researchers note, the one that is dominant usually goes first, otherwise fighting erupts. The researchers suggest that by approaching the bowl together, the wolves were able to see more clearly what needed to be done to get their food reward.The researchers suggest that while dogs have clearly learned to be more social and cooperative with humans over the years, they appear to be less so with other dogs. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Sensitivity to inequity is in wolves’ and dogs’ blood wolves working at a cooperative rope-pulling test. Credit: Rooobert Bayer (Wolf Science Center, Ernstbrunn, Austria).center_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Wolves found to be more cooperative with their own kind than dogs with theirs (2017, October 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-wolves-cooperative-kind-dogs.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.last_img read more

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