A koala’s diet would kill most mammals. Their genome reveals how they survive

first_imgRob D/500px By Elizabeth PennisiJul. 2, 2018 , 11:00 AM Imagine being able to sniff or lick a chunk of cheese and immediately know its nutritional value. That’s what koalas do when they forage on their sole foodstuff: eucalyptus leaves toxic enough to kill most mammals. Now, researchers know which genes make these cute Australian icons such foodies.After sequencing the genome of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) and determining which genes are active in the heart, liver, and other tissues, the researchers discovered that these marsupials have greatly expanded the number of bitter taste buds, they report today in Nature Genetics. In addition, the animals have an extra copy of a gene that helps them assess a leaf’s water content, and more “sweet” taste bud genes than most animals on specialized diets. These extra genes finely tune the koala’s ability to assess their snack’s nutritional value. Finally, their genomes pack in an unusually large number of genes for detoxifying the leaf’s toxins, the scientists report.All these precautions help koalas get the most bang for the bite of food, which is important because eucalyptus leaves are not very high in calories. Yet even filling their gullets with the best leaves, koalas don’t have a lot of energy to do much more than eat: They can spend up to 22 hours a day resting or sleeping.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The genomic data also reveal how the koala immune system reacts to chlamydia, a sexually transmitted bacterium thought to be acquired from livestock brought in by Europeans just a few centuries ago. That information could help speed the development of a vaccine. Moreover, with the genome in hand, conservationists can better assess the genetic relatedness of koalas and try to protect the animal’s genetic diversity.center_img A koala’s diet would kill most mammals. Their genome reveals how they survivelast_img read more

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Yusuf Pathan eyes a comeback at World T20

first_imgHaving honed his all-round skills, aggressive all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is eyeing a berth in India’s world T20 squad on account of his batting prowess, and a good showing during the Ranji season and the Indian Premier League.Yusuf, who last played an international T20 for India in March 2012, has been regularly performing for his IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders and making it count for Baroda in the current Ranji season. The 33-year-old all-rounder is sure that he still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket.”I have had a very good Ranji season this year. If you talk about T20 then I have had a very good IPL season for KKR.”I am bowling well, letting down 9-10 overs in every match (Vijay Hazare), so things are moving in the right direction.”Wickets are coming my way and I am also getting runs when I am batting.”So obviously I am eyeing a place in the upcoming tournament and that’s the T20 World Cup. And I believe that if I keep performing then I will get an opportunity,” Yusuf said.On his cricketing future, Yusuf said, “I have a lot of cricket left in me and a long road ahead of me. I am just focussed on doing well. Performing to the best of my ability and leave the rest to the Almighty. I believe if you keep performing, selectors certainly take notice.”My aim has always been big and it will remain so till the time I play cricket. I will work harder to achieve my goals. If you do well for your team consistently, the team will always like to take your services and give you an opportunity. So my goal is always to play good cricket and work towards it.”advertisementMaking his Team India debut in 2007, four years after his star brother Irfan Pathan wore his international cap in 2003, Yusuf made an impression right away in the inaugural World T20 final. Opening the batting in the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side, Yusuf hit Pakistan’s Mohammad Asif for a six in his eight-ball stay as India won a thriller by 5 runs.The Men in Blue have come a long way after that historic moment with the Test captaincy changing hands from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Virat Kohli.”Kohli has done well in the few matches that he has captained so far. He is a good leader and has shown positivity in his approach. He is aggressive on the field, but that is positive aggression I believe. He also helps the team and the teammates and that is a good sign for Indian cricket,” he said.The destructive batsman has also been a useful off-spinner for his side, something that works well in limited-over cricket. Yusuf insists that he has worked on all aspects of his game since being out of favour from the national side.”I have been working on my bowling for quite some time now and the results are certainly showing. Not only on my bowling, I have worked tirelessly on every aspect of my game, whether it is batting or fielding,” he said.Having played 57 ODIs and 22 T20s for Team India, Yusuf feels at home with ODI format, but is not averse to trying his luck in Test matches as well.”Look, I have played ODIs and T20s, so obviously I think more about ODIs and T20s. I have not played Test matches, so can’t say much about them. But it’s not that I don’t wish to play Tests. I have done well in the four-day Ranji matches and will certainly look to play these, but yes, for the moment I am enjoying my limited-over cricket,” he said.Cricket apart, Yusuf and Irfan are also seen donning many hats but the older brother feels that its family that keeps the two occupied off the field.”The Cricket Academy of Pathans (CAP) is being looked after by the coaches that we have, so that doesn’t really keep us busy. Either it’s cricket that takes our time or it’s family that we are surrounded with,” he said.last_img read more

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2009 NYC Draft Draw Released

first_imgPlease find enclosed documents in relation to the 2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships (NYC). Be aware that the Draft Draw may change due to factors including the following:·         Feedback from the Touch Football community·         We hope to have a showcase local school game on Field One sometime on Friday·         There may be the need the rotate the outside fields based on their condition and we will look to factor this in prior to releasing the Final Draw·         We hope to have as many Match of the Rounds on Field One although we wish for all teams where possible to be given the opportunity to play on Field OnePlease provide specific draw related feedback via your NYC Contact. This is to be passed onto TFA by Friday, 21 August 2009.Draft DrawDraw Structure and FormatFinals Structurelast_img read more

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Power Dressing: How netas walk the talk with their wadrobe

first_imgPower Dressing: How netas walk the talk with their wadrobeHow the election wardrobe of politicians showcases their ideologyadvertisement Next Chinki Sinha New Delhi April 26, 2019 ISSUE DATE: May 6, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 08:00 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s half-sleeved kurtas and well-groomed appearance give the impression of a man who knows his mind and likes order in everything he does (Photo: Vikram Sharma)Clothes have long been visual shorthand for netas to communicate their politics. So, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s half-sleeved kurtas and well-groomed appearance give the impression of a man who knows his mind and likes order in everything he does, his primary political opponent, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, portrays aClothes have long been visual shorthand for netas to communicate their politics. So, if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s half-sleeved kurtas and well-groomed appearance give the impression of a man who knows his mind and likes order in everything he does, his primary political opponent, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, portrays a youthful image in his kurta-pyjama and sneakers.Sister Priyanka evokes the image of her grandmother, Indira Gandhi, with her short, wavy hair and brightly coloured cotton handloom saris. Matching her sari for sari is textiles minister Smriti Irani. West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, on the other hand, is a picture of austerity in a white sari with coloured borders, a dress code she stuck to even at the recent wedding in the Ambani household.BSP supremo Mayawati eschews the sari altogether, opting instead for the casual salwar-kameez, in her favorite colour, pink. In the south, politicians keep it simple: white shirt with white veshti. ‘I AM EVERYONE’ Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India Campaigning for the BJP (Photo: Vikram Sharma)No one knows the import of power dressing better than Prime Minister Narendra Modi. From successfully co-opting the Nehru jacket and making it the Modi vest’, as South Korean president Moon Jaei-in called it in a tweet, to launching the half-sleeved Modi kurta’, the prime minister has given the world of political fashion much to talk about.He carries the same aesthetic to the campaign trail, opting for muted, pastel-shaded kurtas, and teaming them up with elaborate headgear or colourful scarves, following in the tradition of political leaders wearing the attire of the places they visit. If he wore the japi hat while campaigning in Odisha, in Pune, he traded it for an elaborate pagdi.advertisementHe has also been known to sportBvlgari spectacle frames, Movado watches and Mont Blanc pens. The last may have been replaced with a lotus cutout. With no place for the Nehruvian pocket rose, the PM chose to carry it in his hand in Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. Yoot Icon Rahul Gandhi President, Congress Campaigning for the INC (Photo: ANI)The scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family keeps his look youthful and his attire casual. He is mindful of the party’s and his family’s legacy of khadi and can, therefore, be seen most often in a white kurta pyjama in his political appearances, but then he’ll pair it with no-nonsense sneakers. The rolled-up sleeves show he means business.At Chennai’s Stella Maris College in March, Rahul was seen wearing a grey polo T-shirt, jeans and sneakers, a look that would easily resonate with the young millennial audience that he was addressing. Gone also is the scruffy, unshaved look he was sporting a while back. It’s as if the 48-year-old leader of the Congress has realised the importance of a well-groomed look to take on rivals. Daughter of the EastPriyanka Gandhi General Secretary In-charge, East UP Campaigning for the Congress (Photo: SANJAY KANOJ IA/ Getty Images)A few days before she was assassinated, Indira Gandhi, while walking on the lawns of the Nehru guest house in Srinagar, reportedly told a close aide that she saw herself in Priyanka. It’s a likeness her grand-daughter uses to good effect on the campaign trail. Priyanka, says Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi, understands the psychology of clothing. Be it a crisp white shirt with black trousers that resonate with Delhi’s cosmopolitan crowd, or a handloom saree when she’s with the people she is serving, the look is carefully crafted. The handloom sarees are reminders both of her Indianness and of her likeness to her grandmother. It’s not unusual then to find the 47-year-old Priyanka draped in colour-blocked cotton sarees with contrast borders, whether accompanying mum Sonia in Rae Bareli, brother Rahul in Amethi or while campaigning in Ghaziabad. In Varanasi, she accessorised a striped cotton handloom with rudraksh beads. Power of Pink: Mayawati, President, Bahujan Samaj Party, former Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Campaigning for the BSP (Photo: Virendra Singh Gosain / Getty Images)Mayawati’s purse is an inalienable part of her personality, refusing to leave her side even in her statues. It is more than a mere accessory, it is a statement of power, assertion, an appropriation of a privilege that was once the preserve of the elite.Ditto for the memsaab’ bob cut and the diamond earrings. The conspicuous markers of privilege and comfort are arguably regarded as emblems of collective pride by her Dalit following.The Mayawati handbag has gone missing this election campaign. What hasn’t is the 63-year-old BSP supremo’s love of pink or of masculine watches. Seen here at an election rally in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, on April 8, in a salmon-coloured salwar-kameez.advertisement JUST A COMMON MAN: Arvind Kejriwal Chief Minister, Delhi; Convenor, Aam Aadmi Party Campaigning for AAP (Photo: Debajyoti Chakra borty/Getty Images)Like the aam aadmi he represents, Arvind Kejriwal dresses mostly in polyester shirts and trousers. According to Delhi-based celebrity fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, it is a non-threatening look. Compare it to the white kurta pyjama which, like the white Ambassador, has become a symbol of corruption more than honesty. AAP has famously resurrected the upturned boat-shaped Gandhi topi and made it a marker of its identity with the AAP name and poll symbol, a broom, printed on it. Both cap and the men it fits best made an appearance at a poll rally in Delhi Cantonment on April 1. White Knight: Stalin, President, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Campaigning for the DMK (Photo: Jaisong)Simplicity is the hallmark of the south Indian politician. A white shirt with a white veshti is good for most occasions. Even kasavu, or gold, is forsaken, lest it show the politician as an elitist. When the 66-year-old DMK chief strayed from the sartorial scriptwearing shirts in pastel coloursit was frowned upon. Back it was to white shirt and veshti, as during this stopover at Thiruvarur in March. Ma, Mati, Mamata: Mamata Banerjee Chief Minister, West Bengal; President, Trinamool Campaigning for the TMC (Photo: Debajyoti Chakra borty/Getty Images)Didi shuns ostentation as though it were a disease. The white cotton saree with a blue border she’s wearing in this April 10 rally is almost Mother Teresa-esque in its impression of selflessness and austerity. The colours of the border change, but not the stark whiteness of Mamata’s saree, or the rubber chappals. There’s a rare concession she has made in this picture, though. She is wearing the party coloursyellow and green in a gamcha. All else remains the same. Saffron Weft: Smriti Irani Union Minister for Textiles Campaigning for the BJP (Photo: Jaisong)The BJP leader has been consistent in her espousal of the cause of the sari, launching, as the Union minister for textiles, a social media campaign hashtagged #Iwearhandloom in 2016. Seen here in a green and purple weave while campaigning for NDA candidates in Chennai on April 14. King of Amaravati: Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister, Andhra Pradesh; President, Telugu Desam Party Campaigning for the TDP (Photo: Kasif/ Mail Today)Seen mostly in trousers and shirt combinations in white, yellow or cream, Naidu broke with tradition this February when he and his cabinet colleagues wore black shirts to the legislature in protest against the Centre’s refusal to grant Andhra special category status. The aberration apart, Naidu was back in functional attire while campaigning for the JD(S) in Mandya, Karnataka, on April 15. My Name Is Red: Akhilesh Yadav President, Samajwadi Party; Former Chief Minister, UP Campaigning for the SP (Photo: Vikram Sharma)The 45-year-old SP leader is pretty conservative in his choice of campaign clothes, opting mostly for short kurtas and pyjamas in white, coupled with a sleeveless black jacket. However, even as he fights the election in alliance with a former enemy, the BSP, he has chosen to retain the old socialist symbol of the red khadi Lohia topi. He did give it a trendy, sporty, youthful twist in 2012, signalling a shift from the party’s Luddite image, but has since gone back to the original, as is evident in this appearance at the gathbandhan rally in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, on April 7.advertisementYou’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShreya Sinha Tags :Follow Power Dressinglast_img read more

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Gang attacks opposition office in Tunis

first_imgTUNIS – “A gang” of around 60 people attacked the headquarters of a coalition of political parties opposed to Tunisia’s ruling Islamists in Tunis overnight on Thursday-Friday, the opposition group announced.“A paid gang tried to attack the headquarters of the Popular Front. There was no damage and our colleagues are fine… The cowards fled” when confronted by members of the leftist coalition, the group said on its official Facebook page.It said 10 of its members managed to repulse “around 60” assailants, although Tunisian media said police intervened to stop the attack, with some people injured. The police could not immediately be reached for comment and the identity of the assailants was not known.The Popular Front has a poor relationship with the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, and activists from the two groups often accuse each other of orchestrating political violence.Tensions have risen since the assassination of a secular opposition MP at the end of July triggered a major political crisis that Tunisia’s divided factions have failed to resolve.Strikes and demonstrations erupted into violence on Wednesday, with some 50 policeman injured in clashes with protesters in the town of Siliana, and Ennahda’s office was torched in Gafsa, another marginalised region plagued by social discontent.The economic malaise and political deadlock gripping Tunisia has fuelled discontent nearly three years after the uprising that toppled former autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, along with a rise in attacks by Islamist militants, whom many accuse Ennahda of failing to rein in.The Islamist-led government and the opposition agreed last month to negotiate an interim administration of independents as a way out of the current political impasse. But the talks were suspended shortly afterwards with the two sides unable to agree on a new prime minister.last_img read more

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Niagara Leadership Summit for Women comes to Brock Oct 18

The Niagara Leadership Summit for Women is taking place Saturday, Oct. 18 at Brock University.A joint initiative of YWCA Niagara Region and Brock, the community event – which is open to the public – presents an opportunity to discuss, evaluate, and celebrate women leaders locally and opens the conversation surrounding women’s issues in Niagara.Registration closes Oct. 10.“Our vision is that everyone, regardless of gender or economic status, should have the courage and confidence to be the leader they are and want to be in their community,” said Elisabeth Zimmermann, executive director of YWCA Niagara Region.The program will kick off with keynote speaker Kim Crosby, an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator who will open the Summit with her talk, ‘Reimagining Transformative Leadership.’Discussion topics will include themes of women in politics and activism, networking for social impact, youth and student leadership and much more. Guest speakers hail from all corners of the region and bring a diverse range of experiences and insights to share with participants.“The Summit is about much more than the business of leadership,” said Julie Rorison, chair of the planning committee. “It’s about recognizing acts of leadership in our everyday lives and supporting the leaders all around us who make a difference every day.”The program will wrap up with closing keynote address by Wendy Southall, former police chief of the Niagara Regional Police Service. As the first female and first civilian police chief in Niagara, Southall will share her unique perspectives in community leadership.The Summit will offer valuable opportunities for women, girls and allies to connect, share common goals and evaluate common challenges, and network with like-minded community leaders.Cost is $15 per person from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., including lunch.For more information and to register, visit niagaralsw.ca and connect with us on Twitter @NiagaraLSW and Facebook.com/NiagaraLSW using #NiagaraLSW. read more

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UN and partners see dramatic drop in African measles cases and deaths

“This is a major public health achievement,” WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-wook said. “It is the result of the hard work and dedication of the governments of priority countries with high measles deaths and all our Measles Initiative partners to achieve a common goal – to reduce measles deaths. Let us continue to build on this momentum.”WHO and its partners in the Measles Initiative – the American Red Cross, Ted Turner’s UN Foundation, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – are meeting this week in New York at the Time Magazine Global Health Summit.Measles is one of the leading vaccine-preventable childhood killers in the world. In 2003, more than 500,000 people – 470,000 of them children younger than 5 – died from the disease, half of them in Africa alone, WHO said. A safe and highly effective vaccine has been available for over 40 years and it costs less than $1 to protect a child against the disease.”Fighting measles is key to reducing child deaths,” UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman said. “By expanding this Initiative to reach more children and by using measles campaigns to deliver other lifesaving health services, we can save many more lives in the years ahead.”UN Foundation Chairman Ted Turner announced a $20 million commitment to the Measles Initiative over the next four years, bringing the UN Foundation’s support to a total of more than $57 million since 2001. The Foundation began its work on global health with the polio eradication effort and then helped build the anti-measles collaboration based on that infrastructure.Since 2001 the Measles Initiative has raised more than $144 million and supported over 40 African countries in mounting high-quality measles vaccination campaigns, during which every target-aged child in the community is vaccinated against the disease within a few days or weeks.Its next steps include follow-up vaccination campaigns in Africa, expanding vaccination campaigns into Asia and continuing the successful “integrated child health campaigns” in which health workers provide not only measles vaccines, but also anti-malarial insecticide-treated bed-nets, vitamin A, de-worming medication and polio vaccines. read more

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DKB Bundesliga Leipzig beat Hannover only Fuchse Berlin undefeated

← Previous Story Aalborg Handball first win in EHF CL Next Story → EHF CL TOP 5 goals with Abalo and Porte 12.Erlangen5212127:1345 14.Minden6123144:1684 18.N-Lubbecke6006127:1750 September 25, only Fuchse Berlin are undefeated team at DKB Bundesliga 2017/18! The leaders from Hannover, the biggest surprise of the best world’s league. lost their first battle in Leipzig 25:23 (11:11) in front of 3.644 fans. It will be very interesting season in Germany based on what happened in the first few weeks…SC DHfK Leipzig – TSV Hannover-Burgdorf 25:23 (11:11)Leipzig: Vortmann, Putera; Semper 1, Rojewski 2, Jurdzs 1, Krzikalla, Binder, Janke 1, Pieczkowski 2, Kunkel 3, Weber 8/1, Rivesjö, Strosack 2, Meschke 2, Milosevic 2, Roscheck 1TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Ziemer, Semisch; Johannsen, Mortensen 9/5, Pevnov 3, Häfner 4, Böhm 1, Karason 1, Olsen 4, Brozovic, Kalafut, Feise, Christophersen, Kastening 1, BüchnerRhein-Neckar Löwen – TuS N-Lübbecke 36:27 (19:17)RNL: Appelgren, Palicka – Tollbring, Sigurdsson (4), Groetzki (1), Radivojevic (1), Schmid (9/2), Pekeler (7), Guardiola (2), Bliznac, Petersson (5), Reinkind (2), Mensah (3), Rnic, Taleski, Baena (2)N-Lübbecke: Tatai, Birlehm – Genz, Kaleb (5), Bechtloff (4), Grabarczyk, Gierak (1), Bagaric (8), Gruszka, Rakovic (1), Torbrügge, Schade (2), Zetterman (6/3), Remer  Frisch Auf Goppingen – TBV Stuttgart 21:23 (10:13)SC Magdeburg – GWD Minden 34:25STANDINGS: 7.Leipzig6402160:1588 11.TVB Stuttgart6303156:1616 5.SC Magdeburg7403219:1998 1.Hannover-Burgdorf6501173:16110 8.MT Melsungen6312160:1607 17.Gummersbach5104121:1392 6.Fuchse Berlin4400117:1028 2.Flensburg-H.6402174:1488 9.Kiel6303172:1696 15.Huttenberg6024155:1662 13.Goppingen5122133:1294 4.HSG Wetzlar6321160:1388 16.Ludwigshafen5104121:1382 3.Rhein-Neckar5401150:1268 10.Lemgo6222158:1566 PHOTO: DHfK Leipzig read more

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Nvidia GTX 680 launch video leaks

first_imgThe top of the line Nvidia graphics card you can purchase at the moment will carry the GTX 580 GPU. But a new set of cards are on the horizon carrying a brand new GPU, and one of Nvidia’s launch videos for them just leaked giving us a preview of the features on offer.The new line of top end cards will use the brand new GTX 680 GPU. With its introduction Nvidia is focusing on improving frame rates, physics, and image quality while increasing overall power efficiency.In the introductory video, Ujesh Desai, Nvidia’s vice president of corporate marketing, claims that the GTX 680 is the world’s most powerful GPU while remaining very power efficient. That, of course, depends on how you define power efficiency.One of the key new features of the GTX 680 is called GPU Boost. What this does is to utilize any excess power generated by the graphics card to speed up processing tasks. The end result is a boost in frames rates while playing games. This is one example of Nvidia’s new focus on power efficiency: it doesn’t cut power use, it uses the available power better.Nvidia is also claiming better image quality through the introduction of TXAA. It’s a new form of anti-aliasing which makes for smoother graphics without any additional overhead in terms of processing by the GPU. That should means games currently running on a GTX 580 run just as well on the 680, but look even better while using less power.There’s also been enhancements to the PhysX engine for this new GPU. In particular, destruction in games is set to get a boost from the use of dynamic fractures. What that means is geometry in-game won’t explode/crumble/fall apart in the exact same way every time. Now it will happen dynamically if artists working on a game create 3D assets to take advantage of the feature.Nvidia is also promising improved fur rendering. Until now fur was achieved by taking a small set of active hairs, around 10, and reusing them across the whole surface you wanted to look furry. This worked well enough, but didn’t look totally realistic in every situation. With the GTX 680, Nvidia is promising 100,000 real-time hairs, meaning anything covered in fur should have it move and react just like the real thing.If you run a multi-monitor setup the GTX 680 is also promising to enhance performance for you. With a single 680 card you can run up to 4 displays. Does that mean two cards in SLI allow up to 8? We’ll have to wait and see when Nvidia officially launch the new GPU.Update: There’s further coverage of the GTX 680 over at ExtremeTech as well as a few review at PCMagvia Kotakulast_img read more

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Chula Vista woman wins the Boston Marathon 1st US woman to win

first_img Posted: April 16, 2018 Chula Vista woman wins the Boston Marathon, 1st US woman to win since ’85 KUSI Newsroom, April 16, 2018 Updated: 6:09 PM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBOSTON (KUSI) — Chula Vista native and Hilltop High School graduate Desiree Linden won the 2018 Boston Marathon today, becoming the first American woman to win the prestigious race since 1985.Linden, who finished in 2:39:55, fought through cold, wet weather to win the event with a time that was more than 14 minutes slower than her finishing time last year at the Boston Marathon, when she placed fourth. Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports, Trending Tags: Boston Marathon, Desi Linden FacebookTwitter Where everybody knows your name… ?? pic.twitter.com/MGEI0VE42f— des_linden (@des_linden) April 15, 2018The athlete, who goes by “Des,” is a 2001 graduate of Hilltop High School, where was known by her maiden name of Davila. She attended Arizona State University, where she was a two-time All American in track and cross country, and currently lives and trains in Michigan.She told an interviewer after the race that she considered dropping out early on after slowing her pace and dropping behind the elite group of women runners at the front of the pack. She slowed to wait for fellow American Shalane Flanagan, who took a brief restroom break. “Honestly, at mile two, three, four, I didn’t feel like I was even gonna make it to the finish line,” Linden told NBC Sports. “I told (Flanagan) during the race, ‘if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know, because I might just drop out.’ When you work together, you never know what’s going to happen. Helping her helped me, and I kinda got my legs back from there.”Linden finished strong in the cold, wet conditions that slowed the field, pulling away from the elite women’s group with a 6:09 mile at mile 22. She said the elements suited her. “It hurts right now, but it’s a perfect day for me,” Linden told an interviewer after the race. “I can tough it out through anything.”Earlier this month, Linden tweeted that “some days it just flows and I feel like I’m born to do this, other days it feels like I’m trudging through hell. Every day I make the choice to show up and see what I’ve got, and to try and be better. My advice: keep showing up.”Before her victory in Boston, Linden had never won a marathon. She finished second at the 2011 Boston Marathon, just six seconds behind the winner, with a time of 2:22:38, the best ever for an American woman at that time and still Linden’s best marathon mark. She made the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 and 2016. At her first Olympic Games in London, she was unable to finish the marathon because of a femur stress fracture. In Rio de Jainero in 2016, she finished 10th.Last year, Linden finished fourth in Boston with a time of 2:25:06, finishing about three minutes behind the winner. The wet conditions this year slowed down the field — Sports Illustrated reported that it was 38 degrees at the start of the race, with wind gusts up to 18 mph. Linden’s winning time clocked in 18 minutes slower than last year’s winning mark.With the victory, Linden is the first American woman to break the tape at the Boston Marathon since Lisa Rainsberger won the race 33 years ago.last_img read more

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