Evan Longoria sent to injured list during hottest stretch as a Giant

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first_imgDENVER — Third baseman Evan Longoria was in the midst of his best stretch as a member of the San Francisco Giants when he made a sudden exit from Sunday’s game in Milwaukee.Longoria didn’t appear to be in any pain while he was on the field, but he revealed after a series-clinching 8-3 win that he’s dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot.Manager Bruce Bochy was optimistic Longoria might be able to continue playing through pain, but the Giants decided to place Longoria on the 10-day …last_img


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first_imgThis week’s entry by Sara Goudarzi in Live Science requires no comment.  The title of the article is, “Life’s Origin a Gas.”Life on Earth emerged out of thin air, scientists now say.    By mimicking in a lab the gases that could have been present on early Earth, researchers have concluded that a layer of haze blanketing our planet produced organic material that helped living organisms develop.Sara went on to talk about how the atmosphere on Saturn’s moon Titan might have resembled that on the early Earth.  An organic haze layer could have existed for “a billion years while life was evolving,” she said, based on inspiration from a recent paper claiming that organic material could have rained down on the Earth like manna from heaven.  Despite the opening bravado, her article ended on a minor chord: “Scientists still do not know exactly what triggered the onset of biology, however.”Life emerged out of thin air.  Wonderful.  That’s a gas, all right.  Laughing gas.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgThe men of muddle earth are wondering what to do with their hobbit prisoners.  Elizabeth Culotta wrote in Science about the ongoing debates among paleoanthropologists about how to interpret the diminutive skeletons found in the Liang Bua cave of Flores in Indonesia, affectionately dubbed hobbits.1  After four years of study (10/27/2004, 06/06/2006, 08/21/2006, 10/11/2006), there is still no consensus on whether they were diseased modern humans or some evolutionary side branch of hominids from Africa.    Paleoanthropologists meeting in Columbus, Ohio earlier this month got their first views of the LB1 skeleton.  William Jungers of State University of New York at Stony Brook claimed the creature had a slow gait, due to abnormalities with its feet.  He believes the hobbit provides a window into the primitive bipedal foot of australopithecines.  For that to be true, Leslie Aiello of New York City countered, it would have had to remain unchanged for a long time.  “How it got there and managed to persist–that’s clearly a challenge to explain.”  Others said there is no evidence for a migration like that.  To invent such a story is clearly a case of “special pleading.”    In short, no consensus has emerged about these small humans.  “Given the wildly diverging opinions on the hobbit,” Culotta ended, ‘Somebody’s going to take a big fall here.’”  She was quoting paleoanthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University in Ohio.  Maybe the fall will become evident by fall (autumn, that is).  Another research team will be excavating the cave this summer.1.  Elizabeth Culotta, “When Hobbits (Slowly) Walked the Earth,” Science, 25 April 2008: Vol. 320. no. 5875, pp. 433-435, DOI: 10.1126/science.320.5875.433.Evolutionists would love to have another case of chimps becoming humans here.  The early hopes have not materialized.  Our prediction: the skeletons will be shown to be human.  Wait and see.  They’ll find a fingernail-sized cell phone or something.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgIn terms of security, a number of new initiatives have been implemented to ensure that crime and violence do not mar the tournament. These include boosting the ranks of the police, acquiring hi-tech equipment (including helicopters, bomb suits, robots, x-ray machines and crowd-control water cannons) and setting up special courts to deal with offences related to the event. Nevertheless, we are not alone with our social and political problems. Just 500 days before the 2006 World Cup, Germany was dangerously divided – yet that tournament provided the glue that united a nation in a sea of black, yellow and red. 26 January 2009 Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Like in 1994, cool heads are needed. Millions of South Africans, new to staging an event of this magnitude, have helped lay the foundations for the world’s biggest single-code sporting event. The result is that the skylines of every host city are now dotted with cranes, towering over stadiums and other World Cup-related projects. And the consensus is that most of these projects are well on track to meet their deadlines. The biggest hurdle facing South Africa is surely the political climate. The ruling party has split, its leader could still face prosecution, and a general election is looming fast. An entire subcontinent is preparing to play a role in the successful hosting of the event. Already, all of our neighbours have formulated plans to ensure they will be part and parcel of the extravaganza. The spin-offs are enormous, particularly in the tourism sector, which is where most other countries stand to benefit. And so it is with January 26, which marks the 500-day countdown to the start of the quadrennial showpiece of international football. It affords us an opportunity to gauge the progress South Africa has made – as well as the challenges that still lie ahead. On the field, Bafana Bafana are showing real signs of promise (four wins in four international friendlies), and are well positioned to hold their own in this year’s Confederations Cup – a key curtainraiser for 2010. The reality is that South Africa may be on the brink of a 2010-induced revolution, one that could change the country – and the rest of the continent – forever. The international focus on South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup usually intensifies with major events – like the 2010 Preliminary Draw and the Olympic Games – or with key dates.last_img read more


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first_img29 January 2015“What do you love about cricket,” Protea cricketers asked 11-year-old fan and player Kieron Adams in this video from the official Proteas Supporters Club. “The way it brings people together … the way it hypes you up, gives you the passion and makes you want to play the game,” the 11-year-old responded.The players then challenged Keiron’s school mates and neighbours in the Cape Town suburb of Southfield to a game of street cricket.last_img


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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano continued its ascent in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup, escaping with a 67-63 victory over St. Benilde for its second win Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Chiefs squandered a 10-point lead, 65-55, in the final 2:21 of the game as the Blazers fought back and got to as close as four, 67-63, after a Yankie Haruna layup with 27.5 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Quarters: 13-10, 36-31, 51-49, 67-63.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES St. Benilde forced another turnover, Arellano’s fourth in the last two minutes, but the clock just wasn’t on its side as JJ Domingo missed two freebies with the time winding down.Despite the eyesore of a victory, coach Jerry Codiñera would rather focus on the positives as he continues his buildup for the upcoming NCAA season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Anything that will give us a positive step is always a welcome note for us and we’re embracing that,” he said. “Our turnovers were horrible, but I’ll find a way for us to improve going to the NCAA season.”Lervin Flores showed the way for the Chiefs with 16 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks, while Kraniel Villoria added five of his 14 markers in the fourth quarter, while also dishing five assists. Zach Nicholls also went 3-of-6 from beyond the arc to wound up with nine points for Arellano.The trio’s efforts made up for the silent outing of Kent Salado, who played through a mild knee injury and went scoreless in 23 minutes on the floor.Clement Leutcheu topped the Blazers (1-6) with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Emmanuel San Juan had 10 in the defeat.The Scores:ARELLANO 67 – Flores 16, Villoria 14, Nicholls 9, Enriquez 6, Meca 6, Canete 6, Taywan 5, Rivera 3, Ongolo Ongolo 1, Abanes 1, Salado 0, Concepcion 0, Aguilar 0, De Guzman 0, Padilla 0, Chavez 0, Filart 0.ST. BENILDE 63 – Leutcheu 17, San Juan 10, Pili 6, Belgica 6, Naboa 5, Haruna 4, Mercado 4, JJ Domingo 3, Dixon 3, Sta. Maria 2, Johnson 2, Velasco 1, Castor 0, Young 0, Bunyi 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pacquiao’s Friday training called off View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgCanada’s newest prime minister, Justin Trudeau, made it a point to announce to the world’s media in Paris that under his rein Canada would be taking climate change seriously after years under a previous government that did not.Continued discussions about pipelines, however, has left environmentalist and activist David Suzuki confused. In a recent op-ed, Suzuki said, “I don’t get the current brouhaha over Kinder Morgan, Keystone XL, Northern Gateway or the Energy East pipelines. Why are politicians contemplating spending billions on pipelines when the Paris commitment means 75 to 80 percent of known fossil fuel deposits must be left in the ground?”The collapse of oil prices has left Canada’s economy particularly affected due to its over-dependence on the fossil fuel industry, yet there is still a push to get land locked Alberta’s bitumen to ports. Access to offshore shipping means access to more customers and an increase in production, which flies in the face of Trudeau’s promises. Suzuki sees the answer in a clean-energy economy which he says would create more jobs, unity and prosperity.“The Paris target means we have to rethink everything,” says Suzuki. “The urgency of the need for change demands that we rethink our entire energy potential and the way we live. It makes no sense to continue acting as if we’ve got all the time in the world to get off the path that created the crisis in the first place. That’s the challenge, and for our politicians, it’s a huge task as well as a great opportunity.”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more


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first_imgAPTN National News WINNIPEG—Aboriginal Peoples Television Network will know in six to nine months whether it can launch a sister station in the United States, according to the network’s CEO.APTN CEO Jean Larose said the network has partnered with global consulting firm Castalia to determine whether there is enough interest among U.S. cable and satellite television service providers to carry the proposed channel.Larose said meetings with cable and satellite providers are ongoing, according to an email sent to APTN employees Wednesday morning.“APTN is quite excited at the possibility of launching a sister station in the US based on the programming and community focus of service in Canada. The initial response from Native American producers, organizations and artists has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive,” said Larose, in a statement provided to APTN National News. “However, we must first ensure that there will be sufficient revenues to fully cover the costs of such a channel and in order to determine this, we have partnered with Castalia to do this research on our behalf.”Larose said it could take between six to nine months to determine whether there is enough interest to launch the channel. APTN wants to first ensure that it has enough signed commitments for carriage before making the new channel a reality, he said.“We have no idea yet if there will be interest…to launch a service like ours in the States. However, the only way to find out is to start a public discussion,” said Larose in the email.news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more


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first_img Comment 18 Photos Now playing: Watch this: MIT’s scrappy little Mini Cheetah robot is a cutie-pie of a robotic quadruped. It’s also an accomplished gymnast. MIT says the plucky machine is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.  The school posted a video on Feb. 28 of Mini Cheetah in action. The highlight reel shows off the robot’s ability to flip, run, scoot sideways, hop and play in a pile of dry leaves like a shiny little headless puppy.Mini Cheetah rocks a modular design with low-cost electric motors built from off-the-shelf parts. “A big part of why we built this robot is that it makes it so easy to experiment and just try crazy things, because the robot is super robust and doesn’t break easily, and if it does break, it’s easy and not very expensive to fix,” says lead developer Benjamin Katz. Watch this robot cheetah do a backflip Robots Mini Mini Cheetah’s design is reminiscent of Boston Dynamics’ famous SpotMini doglike robot. We have yet to see SpotMini try for a backflip, but Boston Dynamics’ two-legged Atlas robot pulled off the feat in 2017.The MIT team is building 10 more Mini Cheetah robots, which they intend to loan out to collaborators to advance the robot’s design and development.While Mini Cheetah is plenty charming thanks to its small size and acrobatic abilities, it can still trot about twice as fast as an average person’s walking speed. Keep that in mind if you ever need to outrun it. Share your voice Sci-Tech Mini Cheetah is the creation of MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory, which is also developing the much larger Cheetah 3. The big sibling bot can jump up on your desk. Personally, I’d invite Mini Cheetah to jump up on my lap for some snuggles. The robot weighs just 20 pounds (9 kilograms) but can still recover when someone kicks it around. Even when knocked entirely onto its back, it can roll itself upright. There’s an endearing blooper reel at the end of the video showing some Mini Cheetah fails, but the little robot still endures. Tags Meet Boston Dynamics’ weird and wonderful robot family 1 Originally published Feb. 28.Update, March 4: Added more information from MIT. MIT’s ‘blind’ Cheetah 3 robot can jump up on your desk Boston Dynamics robots rated by Robopocalypse threat level 1:46 Fabulous robotslast_img read more


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first_imgCHAW Stage Play The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) will present Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s stage play Inheritance Canyon on Wednesdays and Saturdays from Sept. 18 – Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the black box theatre at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Matinees will be held on Oct. 3 & Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. The play was written by Liz Maestri; directed by Lise Bruneau; music and sound by Kathy Cashel. The play is about celebrating women’s voices through a theatre festival. In the play survivors of a mysterious disaster face their greatest enemies — themselves — as they struggle for meaning within the restrictions of their new lives as government guinea pigs. The play features Dan Crane and Esther Williamson, with guest artists Teresa Castracane, James Flanagan, Gwen Grastorf, and Morgan Sendek. Tickets are $15. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit chaw.org or taffetypunk. com/shows/shows.html, or call CHAW at 202- 547-6839.last_img read more