first_img1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes3/4 cup barley, rinsedSalt and pepper, to taste1 … 4 medium carrots, diced into 1/2 inch pieces1 small onion, diced small3 stalks celery, diced small6 cloves garlic, minced2 quarts beef broth, divided The following slow cooker beef barley soup recipe is from TipHero.com.2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons olive oil4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, diced into 1 inch pieceslast_img

first_imgMore studies show humanness from the start of life.The Human Fetus Preferentially Engages with Face-like Visual Stimuli (Current Biology). Mothers know that their babies in the womb respond to sound, such as when they sing lullabies to them, but did parents know they can respond to sight as well? In this study, published in an open-access paper, researchers projected three lights through maternal tissue to 39 unborn babies at 25 weeks gestation. The babies looked toward the three lights when they were arranged like a face (two eyes and a mouth), but not if the lights were inverted.In the third trimester of pregnancy, the human fetus has the capacity to process perceptual information. With advances in 4D ultrasound technology, detailed assessment of fetal behavior is now possible. Furthermore, modeling of intrauterine conditions has indicated a substantially greater luminance within the uterus than previously thought. Consequently, light conveying perceptual content could be projected through the uterine wall and perceived by the fetus, dependent on how light interfaces with maternal tissue. We do know that human infants at birth show a preference to engage with a top-heavy, face-like stimulus when contrasted with all other forms of stimuli. However, the viability of performing such an experiment based on visual stimuli projected through the uterine wall with fetal participants is not currently known. We examined fetal head turns to visually presented upright and inverted face-like stimuli. Here we show that the fetus in the third trimester of pregnancy is more likely to engage with upright configural stimuli when contrasted to inverted visual stimuli, in a manner similar to results with newborn participants. The current study suggests that postnatal experience is not required for this preference. In addition, we describe a new method whereby it is possible to deliver specific visual stimuli to the fetus. This new technique provides an important new pathway for the assessment of prenatal visual perceptual capacities.Now that visual response has been demonstrated in unborn babies, follow-up studies will have “implications for further understanding of the fetus,” the authors say.Uncovering the secrets of the human body’s perception of touch (Phys.org). Haptics scientist Masashi Nakatani, an expert in tactile sensors, has been studying the developmental process of touch in infants. “One of my goals is to clarify how body perception helps us acquire cognitive skills that are unique to human beings, particularly in the modern information age,” he says. Concerned about the rise in electronic displays for children at a young age, he doesn’t want them to miss out on the important process of exploring their environment through touch, an important part of the enjoyment of life.Nakatani and colleagues invented the TECHTILE toolkit to promote people to appreciate the sense of touch. “I think that modern haptic devices must provide greater value for us to enjoy our daily lives,” says Nakatani. One of Nakatani’s students, Kazuki Sakurada, has developed a smartphone-based haptic chat system with audio-vibrotactile feedback to provide a sense of presence of others during text conversations. “This study may yield clues about the importance of somatic feedback in emotional attachment with other people (Fig. 2),” says Nakatani. “In the long term, I would like to enhance human abilities to extract valuable knowledge from overwhelming, excessive information in the environment.“Young babies disapprove when they see adults acting immorally (New Scientist). The human moral sense is evident early on in newborns, says Anil Ananthaswamy:Even four-month-old infants expect adults to comfort crying babies. The finding suggests that we may be born with a foundation of morality that becomes the basis for more advanced moral and social behaviour in later life.Psychologists have long debated whether moral behaviour is innate or learned. In 2007, Kiley Hamlin and colleagues at Yale University found that 6-month-old and 10-month-old babies prefer people who help others, and show an aversion to those who don’t.The findings undermine claims, like those of philosopher John Locke, that humans are born as a “blank slate” (tabula rasa), learning everything by experience. Instead, a “foundation of morality” is already there, with some understanding of what human beings “should” be doing, including helping those who are hurting.Former Planned Parenthood chief executive Cecile Richards is still callous, smug and unrepentant about the sale of baby body parts from her company’s chief industry, abortion, two years after the scandal was exposed. Now, she is even challenging the right of physicians not to perform abortions for ‘moral’ objections (Breitbart News), which amounts to forcing them to violate their conscience. Recently, Planned Parenthood acknowledge the racist and eugenics views of its infamous founder, Margaret Sanger (Breitbart News), but another video from the Center for Medical Progress uncovers what they do with the killed babies: “Clinics grind remains of aborted babies, flush them in sewer” (WND).Knowing this, how can citizens feel anything but horror and disgust at this evil industry’s unconscionable actions? Now hear this: Despite the present administration’s many good moves on social issues since the last election, they have still not cut the funding of nearly half a billion dollars per year to the abortion giant—largely because of unanimous opposition by every Democrat in Congress every time it is proposed as part of a bill. How many more unborn babies will never see, hear, or touch with their marvelous senses? Keep the pressure on!To learn more, watch Lila Rose of Live Action on Prager University describe what Planned Parenthood does (text on Truth Revolt).(Visited 455 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgMy Reading Light will enable children to continue with their homework after the sun goes down. The unit is durable and robust. A group of Maasai with the portable,rechargeable lantern.(All images: Philips)Janine ErasmusElectronics giant Philips has developed an environmentally-friendly solar-powered reading light that is targeted at the education sector in Africa, giving schoolchildren the means to carry on with their homework after darkness has fallen, especially in communities where electricity supply is erratic or non-existent.In rural communities especially, many children are assigned family chores to do after school, resulting in a race to finish schoolwork before the sun sets. Not only does unfinished homework have to cease, but life in general grinds to a halt in many parts of Africa during the night, affecting economic activities and quality of life.According to Philips, about 1.7-billion people around the world have to choose between total darkness at night, or the potentially dangerous alternatives of candles or kerosene lamps. Of those, about 500-million live in rural Africa, with a scant 2% having access to any electricity in these far-flung areas. In South Africa’s informal settlements hundreds have lost their lives in shack fires caused by uncontrolled flames.Besides the health and safety risks, there are other disadvantages associated with kerosene lanterns – oil-driven prices fluctuate, and low luminosity makes it hard, if not impossible, to read.Light in the darkIn poor homes lighting is one of the biggest expenses, typically accounting for 10-15% of total household income, according to the World Bank. This is an expenditure that gives little in return.As part of a new range of sustainable lighting solutions developed by Amsterdam-based Philips for those with little or no access to electricity, My Reading Lamp is set to eradicate these problems and make a real difference in the lives of many disadvantaged people.My Reading Light is a lightweight reading light with a built-in rechargeable battery that charges under the sun’s power during the daylight hours, and allows its user to read and write in the dark. Children who are forced to close their books when the sun goes down will now have more time to devote to their homework.Sustainable and durableThe sustainable range consists of three solar powered lighting products and a wind-up torch. The former include My Reading Light, a portable lantern with two light level settings that will work for up to four hours, and a complete home solar lighting kit which can provide light for a whole evening.The reading light is constructed in such a way that night reading does not strain the eyes, with patented LED light sources softly and evenly dispersed by an anti-scratch Perspex sheet that covers the page. The battery, once fully charged, provides light for between 3.5 and nine hours, depending on the brightness level. There are three brightness settings, and the battery can be charged more than 500 times.The wind-up torch is powered by a dynamo that provides 17 minutes of light after just two minutes of winding by hand. Light is provided by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) which are bright and energy efficient, thus draining the battery at a slower rate than a normal bulb.The three lighting products are expected to be available from mid-2009, while the torch is already on the market. Being portable, all products are of necessity extremely robust and, according to Philips, affordable. The reading light will be available in two versions: a standard and a slimmed down, low-cost version with a consumer price of less than R150 ($15).Still, this amount is almost certainly beyond the budget of those who need it most. However, there is a credit model available that allows customers to pay for the product in small instalments.Win-win situationPhilips Lighting CEO Rudy Provoost said that the new LED-based solar-powered solutions offer a double benefit – “the lives of people in Africa will be generally improved, and LEDs result in a very low carbon footprint”, he commented.Philips has partnered with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Sustainable Energy Solutions for Africa (Sesa) project. Established in July 2008, Sesa’s aim is to provide 10-million people in 10 sub-Saharan countries with affordable and sustainable energy services for lighting, cooking and water purification, by 2015.This is in keeping with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals project, a set of eight goals agreed on by developed countries to improve the lives of people in emerging countries.Philips is working on the technology and distribution, while the ministry is focusing on market development, including entrepreneurial training and support of finance and micro-lending mechanisms.“Giving things away for free often proves unsustainable,” said Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders. “People in rural Africa currently use kerosene and batteries. They will soon be able to buy solar lamps, paying for them in instalments with the aid of micro-credit. After one or two years, they will have paid for their sustainable lamps and the only costs they incur (minor ones) will be for maintenance.”Lighting AfricaPhilips is also involved in the World Bank initiative known as Lighting Africa. Launched in 2007, the programme is jointly managed by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank member.Lighting Africa seeks to involve corporations in developing innovative ways of bringing non-fossil fuel lighting sources, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and light emitting diodes, to Africans who are not connected to any power grid. The World Bank has set the target of bringing affordable lighting to 250-million people by 2030.Related articlesA power plant in your home Power from the South African sunTapping into ingenuityUseful linksPhilips South AfricaUN Millennium Development GoalsLighting AfricaWorld Bank – Lighting AfricaInternational Finance Corporationlast_img read more

first_img7 October 2013President Jacob Zuma joined Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) CEO Chris Griffiths in handing over the newly built Ethridge Junior Secondary School in Mbizana in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.The new school, built at a cost of over R45-million, has 18 classrooms, a sports ground, a computer laboratory, a science laboratory and a library. It replaces the dilapidated old Ethridge School, and will cater for 1 000 pupils from Grade R to Grade 9.Speaking at the official hand-over on Saturday, Zuma said the government would continue to work with the mining sector to promote social development in mining towns and areas that provided labour for the mines.“Mining continues to be the cornerstone of our economy,” Zuma said, adding that the mining industry had “manifold benefits” for the country, and encouraging mining companies to invest more in communities.Griffiths said Amplats hope its contribution would help encourage learners to “be curious and continue to learn for a lifetime”.Amplats built Ethridge Junior Secondary as part of its compliance with the social and labour plan of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.Commissioned in November 2011, the project was fast-tracked in a bid to implement the Presidential Package for mining towns, which was among the commitments made by the government, business and labour during a high-level dialogue on the economy convened President Zuma in October last year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#hack#Hack of the Day Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidcenter_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… No, Nude.js isn’t a Node.js parody or alternative. In fact, I was kind of disappointed to discover that it wasn’t. I’ve become that special sort of geek that would rather read about server side JavaScript than about nudity.But this is actually pretty cool. It may seem prudish, but if you have antiporn rules you need to enforce on any sort of Web app that allows uploads, this could be helpful. The author, Patrick Wied, suggests it could be used in client-side proxies to ensure child-safe surfing.Wied writes:nude.js is a JavaScript implementation of a nudity scanner based on approaches from research papers. HTMLCanvas makes it possible to analyse image data and return whether it’s nude or not. The script only detects nudity, the rest of the programming logic (image swap/auto-save 😉 /whatever) belongs to the programmer.Wied’s also written an article on the first improvements and next steps for the program here.You can download the sourcecode from Github.What do you think? Cooler than this HTML5-based face detector? klint finleylast_img read more

first_imgSeparatist Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik was arrested on Saturday, when he was on his way to hold a demonstration on a number of issues, including the Kathua rape, outside the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. He alleged that he was assaulted.“A senior police officer ordered his uniformed soldiers to attack Mr. Malik, who was injured and dragged to the Khanyar police station,” said a JKLF spokesperson.The spokesperson said the assault on Mr. Malik was an act of naked hooliganism. “It’s the police behaviour that is pushing Kashmiris to the wall.They are promoting violence, which is highly condemnable,” he said.Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the police action.“The police’s behaviour against JKLF chairman is a clear indication that Kashmir is a police State. The police have been given a free hand to run its writ,” said Mr. Geelani and the Mirwaiz in a joint statement.The separatist leaders had called for the demonstration to protest “the killing of Kashmiri boys, use of force against the students, illegal detention of leaders by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Kathua rape-and-murder.”Police deny assaultA police spokesman in Srinagar said Mr. Malik was stopped at 12.10 p.m. and asked to produce the car’s papers.“Mr. Malik, instead of producing the papers, obstructed the officer from carrying out his lawful duty. The police have initiated action under relevant provision of the law. The allegations of harassment to these individuals is strongly rebutted,” said the spokesman.last_img read more

first_imgStand-in captain Suresh Raina is happy that the new-look Indian team that got very little time to prepare for the West Indies series have produced results.India beat West Indies by three wickets here to clinch the five-match ODI series 3-0.”God has been very kind to all the boys. Credit goes to Duncan Fletcher, Eric Simmons and the other support staff. We have gelled well as a team. We didn’t get much time for preparation after IPL. We came here and had a few quality team meetings and practice sessions. That helped us,” Raina said at the post-match presentation ceremony.The Indian captain was all praise for man-of-the-match Andre Russell who scored an unbeaten 64-ball 92. “Russell played some amazing shots. Credit goes to Amit Mishra for bowling well.”Raina believes that Mishra may have role to play in the upcoming Test series. “We have the Tests coming up. These tracks are helpful for leggies and he (Mishra) has been among the wickets in the IPL and against South Africa as well.”The skipper admitted to having a bad shots and some of the shot selections weren’t upto the mark.”I played a bad shot, but Rohit and Harbhajan batted really well. Rohit has been in good form in the series having got his second fifty. I hope that he would do well in the remaining matches also.”Raina indicated that the likes of Manoj Tiwary, Ranganath Vinay Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin are likely to be inducted in the first XI for the remaining few matches.advertisement”We have a couple of guys sitting on the bench. I hope everyone gets a chance in the last two games.” .West Indies captain Darren Sammy blamed the lack of “killer instict” being one of the reasons for the team not being able to win despite reducing India to 92 for six.”It is a game that got away from us. Russell brought us back along with Baugh. Our guys were confident during lunch, but we lacked the killer instinct after taking early wickets,” Sammy stated.He admitted that the batsmen haven’t performing upto the mark. About his team’s bowling, he did say that he expected a bit more from fast bowler Kemar Roach.”We have not been getting runs at the top. We just lacked the finishing touch. About our bowling, Kemar is one of our strike bowlers and we needed a bit extra from him. But I can’t fault anyone, he has been doing a good job over the past months. If you put the ball in the right areas, you could reap rewards on this wicket.”Man of the match Andre Russell stated that he was posituve from the very beginning. “Myself and Carlton Baugh told each other that we should try to just bat as long as possible. I take my batting seriously although I would consider myself as a bowling all-rounder. I am trying to balance both departments as I want to be called a legend once I retire from international cricket.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThere is more to the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League than winning the title.Spots in state and national representative teams are also up for grabs.For Touch NSW general manager Dean Russell, the NTLs and its showpiece event, the Elite Eight Series, is a chance for NSW to reinforce their dominance over the rest of the states, in particular Queensland.At the State of Origin Series last September, the Maroons and Blues went head-to-head in a thrilling three-game series across 13 divisions.NSW won the overall series seven divisions to six but Queensland had the last laugh.The Maroons won two of the three opens divisions – the men’s and women’s – two games to one.It left a bad taste in the Blues’ camp, a taste that won’t go away until the two states meet again next year.“To be honest we were pleased to get the win but we weren’t happy with the way we performed as a state,” Russell said.“We have now reviewed that, we will be looking at putting together stronger teams again next year and this Elite Eight process is part of that.”Four teams in the Elite Eight Series are from NSW, while three are from Queensland and a combined side featuring players from outside of those states called the Alliance.NSW teams won the inaugural biennial series in both the men’s and women’s opens divisions in 2011.Russell is hoping history can repeat itself.“It is the best of the players in NSW who are available. Unfortunately not all of our players are available this year but we still have a great calibre of players here,” he said.“Both in the men’s and women’s categories we will be looking at both the Mets teams and the Country Mavericks teams. They are both pretty solid and have strong players, they have some excellent attacking and defensive options both ends of the field. “In the women’s, don’t be surprised if the NSW Scorpions cause a few upsets along the way, they have a really strong line-up of up and coming players and the Rebels teams are both development teams.”You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2013)Instagram – search for ‘Touch Football Australia’YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksState versus statelast_img read more

first_imgDerby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Pogba played out of positionby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie said: “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. “So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.” last_img read more