With hot teams, Davis, Lillard hot names in MVP discussion

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on New York Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Lillard scored 37 points as the Blazers won 111-87.(AP Photo/Steve Dykes)With the Houston Rockets on top of the NBA and James Harden on top of the scoring race, he may be running away with the MVP vote.Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard might have something to say about that.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano ___The top four teams in the Western Conference have combined for 39 straight victories.And if a couple of them have even a minor slump, they might fall right out of the playoff picture.That’s how tight things are in the West headed down the stretch. Golden State is 6-0 since the All-Star break and can’t gain on Houston, which has won 16 in a row to remain a half-game ahead.Third-place Portland has won eight consecutive games and is a game up on New Orleans, winner of nine in a row. Yet the Pelicans are just three games ahead of ninth place, and there remains just a 4 ½-game difference between No. 3 and No. 10.“There’s just not a whole lot of separation,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said, “so I think that’s what you’re going to see for the rest of the year.”___Christmas? Certainly.Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Same.Those were the dates of the two Golden State-Cleveland matchups, so they were obvious. New York at Milwaukee, Friday. It’ll bring up bad memories for the Knicks, since it was against the Bucks last month that Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL.Cleveland at the Los Angeles Lakers, Sunday. Think Isaiah Thomas would like to have a good game against the team that sent him west at the trade deadline?Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What about March 9?That date probably wasn’t circled by many looking for potential NBA Finals previews this season, but it sure looks possible now.Houston visits Toronto in that Friday night showdown, a matchup of the best in the West and the leaders in the East.The Rockets take a 16-game winning streak and the league’s best record into their game Wednesday at Milwaukee. They have won nine straight on the road.The Raptors are an NBA-best 27-5 at home and have won five in a row overall.___Other games to watch this week:San Antonio at Golden State, Thursday. Start of a treacherous three-game trip for the Spurs, who then go to Oklahoma City and Houston.Philadelphia at Miami, Thursday. The sixth-place 76ers are two games ahead of the Heat, who are eighth in the East.Golden State at Portland, Friday. The Blazers beat the Warriors 123-117 on Feb. 14, when Kevin Durant scored 50 points and Lillard had 44. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City With stellar play steering their sizzling teams, they have at least entered their names in the conversation with a little more than a month left in the regular season.Harden has been runner-up to Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in recent years, but it’s looked like his time this season. With more than 31 points and nearly nine assists per game — third in the league in that category — for a team with the league’s best record, it’s hard to imagine needing to look elsewhere.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“What Harden and Houston is doing right now, he’s the MVP of the league right now,” Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said on NBA TV.Davis and Lillard could deserve some thought. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Davis has carried New Orleans with dominant basketball since DeMarcus Cousins was lost for the season last month. The Western Conference player of the month for February opened March by winning player of the week, largely on the strength of a 53-point, 18-rebound, five-block effort that rallied the Pelicans from a 17-point deficit to a victory over Phoenix on Feb. 26.Then he went for 41 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in his first game this week, hitting the tiebreaking shot as the Pelicans beat the Clippers in Los Angeles.He’s second in the league in scoring and blocks, and eighth in rebounds.Lillard is building a good resume for this week’s honor. He’s scored 39 and 37 in two games thus far, with 19 in the fourth quarter Monday to rally Portland past the Lakers, and eight 3-pointers Tuesday in a rout of the Knicks. That gave the league leader in second-half scoring 35 or more in seven of the last 10 games.Most importantly — for their teams and their candidacies — their clubs are rolling. New Orleans has won nine straight and Portland has won eight in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings US women’s hockey goalie challenges Justin Bieber to score goal against her View commentslast_img read more

Body first, ranking later says Rafael Nadal after ankle surgery

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES “I want to feel myself competitive every week that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me.“So I will not (chase) the number one because it’s not my main goal.“Of course, I prefer to be number one than number two, and I prefer to be number two than number five, that’s obvious,” he added.Nadal was forced to retire during matches at two of the four Grand Slams in 2018, but still added a record-extending 11th French Open crown to his collection.He said he wanted to ensure he could take care of his body to allow him to keep playing as long as possible because of his love for the game.ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training three weeks ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and gets his season proper under way in the second round of the Brisbane International on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 17-time Grand Slam winner said he hadn’t been worried about the world rankings for the past two years.“My goal is just to be happy doing what I am doing and be competitive all the weeks that I am playing,” he said. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after he lost the semi final match to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal insisted Tuesday he is not chasing the world’s top ranking as he prepares to make a comeback from ankle surgery, with taking care of his body a key priority.The current world number two has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.ADVERTISEMENT “The thing that I don’t want to do is suffer more than what I did last year, because if you do (suffer injuries two) years in a row, that mentally kills you,” he said.“I really believe that I have to keep having tennis to play in my career, and I really feel that my body is not going to get worse every year.“Really my only goal is to keep doing the things that makes me happy, and today playing tennis makes me happy, and I want to do it the best way possible and as long as possible.”In the second round Nadal will play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or local hope Thanasi Kokkinakis, two players who have also been troubled recently by injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Judicial system making mockery of Police efforts – Ramnarine

first_imgActing Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine blasted the judicial system, saying that efforts of the Guyana Police Force are in vain since perpetrators of serious crimes are often granted bail by the courts.Acting Commissioner of Police David RamnarineSpeaking at a press conference Saturday, a passionate Ramnarine explained that in law enforcement, one of the major challenges it is faced with, is when persons are charged and placed before the courts, specifically for possession of illegal guns and ammunition, they are being granted bail. This, he noted, is a serious deterrent to their effort in crime fighting.“I have maintained that the Police Force is but a microcosm of the wider society; we are one element of the criminal justice system and we do our level best. I cannot answer and will not take responsibility for the behaviour of other people who constitute and have a role to play in the other elements in the criminal justice system. I can only defend our actions in the Police Force and lay our side of the story in the public domain,”The acting Top Cop pointed out that four defendants, who were charged in the recent past with unlawful possession of arms and ammunition are out on bail and in three of those cases, they were granted bail by the High Court while the other was granted by a magistrate.“This is the reality of what we have to deal with and challenges we face in law enforcement… This is something that should be known so that right-thinking people can be concerned and have their say about the conduct of certain people in certain position,” Ramnarine posited.Furthermore, the acting Commissioner went on to highlight a particular case where an individual was charged with unlawful possession of arms and ammunition back in May and granted bail. While on bail, that person was arrested and charged again, this time for simple larceny of an ATV vehicle valued over $3 million. He was again granted bail for this matter in the sum of $50,000.“So he is out on bail for a serious crime and he is granted $50,000 bail for another serious crime the following month. This is the troubling part of it, because he is now the prime suspect in the robbery/murder of a Brazilian national in the interior and a firearm was used,” the Acting Police Commissioner decried.Moreover, the interim Head of the Police Force pointed out that this situation is one that raises concern in the operation of the justice system: “Is this not something we should be alarmed about, something we should be concerned about? How can we be so insensitive in our dispensation in our granting of bail?”Ramnarine went on to outline that persons in possession of illegal guns and ammunition had the opportunity to surrender their weapons during the gun amnesty programme but failed to do. To this end, he explained that “total disregard” and “careless” behaviour is displayed by those in the justice system when granting bail to such persons who intentionally missed the opportunity, mostly with unlawful intentions.“These criminals did not surrender their illegal firearms, it’s clear, but are using them to terrorise and rob and to kill people. And the amount of bail granted in the court, makes a mockery of how responsible people in authority should behave in these matters,” he asserted.Meanwhile, Ramnarine sought to reveal that from October 1 to 21, 2016, ten illegal firearms were seized by the Police, with two of them found on Friday night into Saturday morning.He also commended efforts by A Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) specifically as it relates to the raids at the night clubs which, he noted, will be ongoing. With regards to these raids, three illegal firearms were found.last_img read more

NHL notes: All 12 on ice brawl in Buffalo

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sabres co-captain Chris Drury was helped off the ice with a severe cut across his forehead following a blind-side hit that sparked a major melee during the second period of Buffalo’s game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. All 12 players on the ice, including both goaltenders, were involved in a 5-minute brawl that eventually involved both coaches yelling at one another at the benches. Also: The Carolina Hurricanes recalled Ryan Bayda from Albany … The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Curtis Glencross. center_img Both goalies, Ottawa’s Ray Emery and Buffalo’s Martin Biron, were ejected as was the Sabres’ Andrew Peters. Officials handed out 100 minutes in penalties, including 63 against the Sabres. It all began 5:07 into the second period with Buffalo up 3-2 and after Drury was bowled over by a blind-side hit by Ottawa’s Chris Neil. The hit knocked Drury’s helmet off and sent him flying. Drury lay on the ice with blood flowing from his forehead. last_img read more

Ranieri confident of pulling ‘quality’ Fulham out of the mire

first_imgFulham have lost nine times on their way to gaining just five points, but Ranieri believes there is still hope for a team bolstered with around 100 million euros ($114 million) of summer signings after winning promotion from the Championship last season.“When I watched some matches I said this team has enough quality to be safe … I need fighting spirit,” said Ranieri to reporters on Friday.The Italian wants to combine that talent — owner Shahid Khan splashed out on Jean Michael Seri, Andre Schuerrle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Alfie Mawson — with the grit that saw his Leicester team overcome all the odds two years ago.“Quality with fighting spirit we can do a good job. If there is only quality, without organisation, defensive tactics, it’s difficult to help the players to maintain the clean sheet,” added Ranieri.“Now for me it’s important to put in the brain of my players this philosophy. Play football, play well, but when you lose the ball I want to see you with an anchor, like pirates.”– McDonald’s replacing pizza –Ranieri returns to England as a coach for the first time since being sacked by Leicester in February 2017 after a disastrous title defence.He was in Leicester last weekend to pay his respects to Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the four others killed in a helicopter crash last month.However Ranieri played down suggestions of creating another miracle by winning the title with Fulham.“Forget what happened yesterday, that was a bonus. A fairytale I forget,” the 67-year-old said of his and Leicester’s first ever league title win.“Now it’s important, don’t think about the miracle. It’s important there will be a lot of battles and it’s important to be ready together.”Asked whether he would reward his Fulham players with pizza when they kept clean sheets like he did at Leicester, Ranieri joked: “Pizza is not enough now. Better everybody to McDonald’s.”He will face two of his former clubs in his first three games, with the December 2 trip to Chelsea followed by what will be an emotional return to Leicester three days later.He said: “I think only of Southampton. In this moment it’s important. Don’t think about other things, Southampton, Southampton. And then after Southampton, Chelsea.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Fulham’s new manager Claudio Ranieri poses with a team scarf on the pitch at the club’s Craven Cottage stadium on November 16, 2018 after replacing sacked Slavisa Jokanovic. © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 16 – Claudio Ranieri said Friday that he was confident that he can drag rock bottom Fulham out of relegation danger after taking over at the newly-promoted Premier League side this week.Ranieri, the manager behind Leicester’s incredible 2016 league title win, took over from sacked Slavisa Jokanovic on Wednesday after his Serb predecessor only managed one win in 12 matches in his debut season as a coach in England’s top flight.last_img read more

‘Graceful. Young. Quality passer!’ – Fans on Man United target’s Euro showing

first_img1 Andre Gomes in action for Portugal Manchester United fans were treated to a top class showing from one of their transfer targets on Tuesday evening.As Portugal took on Iceland at Euro 2016, Andre Gomes lined up alongside his countrymen and put in an impressive performance for A Seleccao.The 22-year-old Valencia midfield was at the heart of much of Portugal’s attacking play, and he helped get the goalscoring off to a start by playing in the cross from which Luis Nani netted the opener.He was was substituted off after 83 minutes having registered two shots, two successful dribbles and a game high five key passess, putting in the most all-rounded attacking performance of any Portuguese player.There were clear signs of the talent which has Manchester United chasing his signature, and fans reacted on social media to the performance the starlet put in for his country…last_img read more

Ever fancied walking to the top of Barnesmore Gap?

first_imgFriends of the Glens have organised a host of walking events locally over the last few years.They are grateful to those local people who came along to join them on their treks. Increasingly, walkers from other regions are travelling to support them also.It is apt then that they organise a walk further afield. Together with Killygordon Trek and Trail, Friends of the Glens have organised a two hour guided walk along gravelled paths to the top of Barnesmore Gap, close to Donegal Town for this Sunday (30th April), Walkers are invited to meet at Biddy’s O’ Barnes at 10am (registration from 9.45am).A gradual ascent to experience breath-taking views of Tyrone and Donegal. Everyone most welcome! Cost £5. Soup and roll back by the turf fire at Biddy’s on return: More details available on Friends of the Glens on Facebook or call Sean on 07810796262.Ever fancied walking to the top of Barnesmore Gap? was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barnesmore GapBiddysdonegalWALKlast_img read more

Red Hughs GAA club: Donal Reid to hold book signing in Bradley’s on Friday

first_imgDonal Reid will have a book signing to promote his book “Confessions of a Gaelic Footballer” in Bradley’s shop this Friday the 23rd of December between 10am and 1pm. Everyone welcomeLotto Results 15/12/16: Numbers Drawn 5,2,3,4,6,1,7,8 There was no winning sequence, Lucky Dip winner Charles Donaghey Drumfergus €30. Next week’s jackpot is €2200Red Hugh’s Underage AGM will be held on the 6th of January at 8pm. We hope to see our existing coaches continue their fabulous work but we also have a shortage of coaches within the club at underage structure to continue to progress and improve and really need additional help. If you would like to get involved with our underage teams next year can you get in touch with Damien Wilson on 0874110811. We are seeking managers and assistant coaches at all age groups from U6 to minor.Thanks to everyone who supported the adult players night at the races. Thanks to everyone who sponsored races, sold horses and contributed to an excellent nights entertainment. We raised a total of €2032 to go towards new equipment for next season.Red Hughs GAA club: Donal Reid to hold book signing in Bradley’s on Friday was last modified: December 21st, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Confessions of a Gaelic FootballerDONAL REIDRED HUGHS.last_img read more

Santa Clarita Senior Menus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall; and the Bouquet Canyon Senior Apartments, 26705 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. The cost is $2 at the Senior Center and $2.50 at Bouquet Canyon Apartments, and includes a beverage. Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Baked cod, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, tossed salad, whole grain bread, apricots, juice. Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese, zucchini and tomatoes, spinach salad, whole grain bread, pudding, juice. Wednesday: Salmon burger or hot dog, french fries, succotash, garden salad, bun, orange. Thursday: Glazed chicken, parsley noodles, mixed California vegetables, cole slaw, tortilla, pineapple chunks. Friday: Barbecued pork riblets, rice pilaf, peas and carrots, broccoli and radish salad, rolls, cookies.last_img read more

Human Body Curiosities

first_imgThings you didn’t know about your ambulatory vessel, and things you may have wondered about.Why do we get hiccups?  Once in a rare while, a scientific paper will actually explore something everybody wants to know: what are hiccups, and why do we get them? In PLoS One, the word jumps out of the jargon: “Analysis of factors associated with hiccups based on the Japanese Adverse Drug Event Report database.” This paper by Japanese scientists is primarily concerned about medications that induce hiccups, especially during chemotherapy. For some reason, males tend to get hiccups more than females, the paper says.A lay article in Medical Xpress came out about the same time. The scientific name is “singultus,” an expert on hiccups tells us. It’s not a disease, but a symptom of some other cause, he says. “And we all have them, even before we are born.” They are described as “an involuntary contraction of the diaphragm (the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen ), followed by the sudden closure of the vocal chords, which produces the ‘hic’ sound.” In rare cases they can be chronic; most cases last just a few minutes. Unfortunately, there is no cure, but some of the home remedies actually might help if they stimulate the vagus nerve. Neither source mentions whether hiccups have a function. Perhaps they are just warning calls of some underlying condition.How old can couples have a baby?  This article on Live Science begins with a photo of George (age 55) and Amal (age 39) Clooney, expecting twins this summer. Having children later in life is a trend in America, Rachael Rettner says; fortunately, she has some good news. If the science is correct, older mothers may live longer and have reduced risk of cancer; the children of older fathers may live longer. Older couples seem to have a greater chance of bearing twins. However, there are risks, too: possible higher risk of Down syndrome, autism, or psychiatric problems in the children, and problems with pregnancy. These kinds of studies are often overturned, so none of them should be taken as definitive findings of science. The average age for parents’ first children are in the mid-twenties.How does a baby in the womb grow tubes?  From a single zygote, a baby grows a digestive tract with many feet of tubular processes. How does that happen? A partial answer is published in PNAS. Some of it has to do with signals from BMPs (bone morphogenetic proteins), that control buckling forces as loops in the intestine grow and push on each other. At least it happens that way in chicks (baby birds, that is). “The present work identifies BMP signaling as a key pathway in controlling looping of the small intestine, a process driven by mechanical buckling due to elongation of the intestine against the constraint of a neighboring tissue, the dorsal mesentery.” Surely there is much more going on than that. How does a clump of cells start growing tubes? This paper doesn’t say.Why are we right or left handed?  Certainly our handedness is one of the most distinctive things about us, with southpaws having to compensate in a predominantly right-handed world. A fundamental change in understanding about handedness is coming, says Science Daily. Biophysicists “have demonstrated that gene activity in the spinal cord is asymmetrical already in the womb.” The decision in the 8th week of gestation appears to come from epigenetic influences based on environmental factors. So far, this sounds like only a very paltry, preliminary answer to the question. Speaking of pregnancy, this opening paragraph in “Secrets of Life in a Spoonful of Blood” by Claire Ainsworth in Nature deserves a pulpit and a microphone:Life starts with a puzzle. Out of sight in a mother’s womb, 3 billion letters of DNA code somehow turn into 3D bodies, all in the space of a mere 40 weeks. Fetuses form eyes, brains, hearts, fingers and toes — in processes that are meticulously coordinated in both time and space. Biologists have pieced together parts of this puzzle, but many gaps remain.Why do we have smell receptors in the heart?  That’s right; we have olfactory receptors in our hearts, believe it or not. Why? Science Daily says, “Researchers have for the first time identified the function of olfactory receptors in the human heart muscle, such as are also present in the nose.” We’re all dying to know. Well, at least one of the receptor types attaches to fatty acids in the bloodstream. When triggered, “the heart rate and the force of muscular contraction are reduced.” There must be a reason for this. What they’re finding may have treatment implications for diabetes patients, the article says.How does tooth enamel grow?  The growth of minerals in teeth is poorly understood, PNAS says, but the process involves “intrinsically disordered proteins.” Researchers found that a particular protein motif “is shown to be essential for organization of the enamel organic matrix and for proper organization of hydroxyapatite crystallites into the compact bundles that determine the structure and mechanical resistance of enamel.” Whatever is going on “involves a short linear amino acid motif that is evolutionarily conserved from the first tetrapods to man.”How does an eye develop?  Scientists are studying the development of eyes in zebrafish to learn about the amazing sequence of events in an egg or womb that result in vision. Words fail to describe what goes on. Here’s just a quick glimpse from Phys.org, as Sarah Wong writes on “Seeing the world through fresh eyes” –There are many different structures in our eyes that work in conjunction to allow us to see. These structures are strikingly similar between different species, from zebrafish to humans. The growth of ocular tissues must be tightly controlled in order to maintain the correct eye size and shape that allow us to see. This tight regulation has intrigued developmental biologists for decades.The lens of the eye focuses incoming light on the retina, which then converts the light into electrical signals allowing us to see. Two distinct cell types comprise the lens: epithelial cells, which cover the front, or anterior, portion of the lens, and fiber cells, which populate the back, or posterior, portion. It has been shown that epithelial cells proliferate in the anterior half of the lens and move towards the posterior half, differentiating, or transforming, into fiber cells when they reach the equator between the two halves….Why do we get sore after exercise?  Muscle soreness may be a protective response, telling you to slow down. That’s the upshot of an article in Medical Xpress, “Research uncovers mechanism, protective purpose of muscle soreness following exercise.” Physiologists knew what happened before, but nobody knew why. “The soreness a person feels is the body saying it is fatigued, that the muscles are vulnerable, and it’s time to rest.”Is stress all bad?  We usually hear that stress kills, but Science Daily invites curiosity with this headline: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger: Research identifies cellular recycling process linked to beneficial effects of enduring mild stress.” Further reading, though, shows that research involved roundworms. Those worms subjected to temporary heat stress seemed to become more resilient to later stresses. The researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute think that the same principles apply to human cells.Why do men go bald?  Most middle-aged and senior men would like to fight the fate of the fading pate. A study reported by Science Daily examined genetic markers that seem to predispose some men to ‘male pattern baldness’ more than others. Unfortunately, science is still a long way off from answers or treatments.Can older adults still exercise? The old principle “Use it or lose it” seems sound. The American Geriatrics Society says that “Older Adults Who Exercise Regularly May Lower their Chances for Developing Severe Mobility Problems.” A study of 1,635 seniors aged 70 to 89 at risk of disability showed that the group that walked and practiced balance training suffered fewer severe mobility problems, although time did take its toll.Why don’t animals write poetry?  Language is perhaps the greatest human distinctive. Medical Xpress asks, “Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry?” This seems to be a matter beyond the capabilities of science. Researchers publishing in Frontiers of Psychology found the obvious: people seem to have a liking for rhymes and meter. The brain seems able to connect with the thoughts of a poem even before understanding it, but that’s about it. What the blinking lights mean on the brain electrodes is anyone’s guess.Update 2/24/17: How do butterflies get in our stomach? (The Conversation). It’s a figure of speech, of course, but Bradley Elliott proposes to explain the fluttery semi-nauseous feeling we get when nervous, such as when rising to give a speech. It has to do with “clever body systems,” he says. Our autonomic nervous system helps to prepare us for what it thinks is about to happen. It shunts blood to the muscles and away from the digestive system, causing the fluttery feeling. Whether this provides us with an “evolutionary advantage” as Elliott claims is a topic for debate.There’s more going on under our skins than we can possibly imagine. It’s a terrible shame to waste a body and mind on vain things. It’s insulting to our Maker to mistreat this great gift we have. Your body may not be working perfectly, but the parts that do work are worthy of protecting and nourishing. Is there any pleasure, any joy? Give thanks to the Creator for even the little things. Think of those ALS patients who have lost all movement yet still say they are happy (2/05/17). We so often take health for granted. Even Christians at prayer meetings often spend more time requesting prayer about sickness than praising God for health. “Does anyone have a prayer request?” the leader asks, and like Pavlov dogs, out comes the sick list. Let’s get out of that habit and spend more time in thanksgiving. By all means, pray about major things, but not every cold and itch needs to be brought up. Be humble, and surround your physical request with joyful thanks. Those who trust in the Lord Jesus have an amazing upgrade – Body 2.0 — coming in heaven. If God can make a body work this good in a fallen, disobedient world, just imagine how beautiful and perfect our dwellings can be in the new heavens and new earth. (Visited 99 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more