‘You put THAT no.1?!’ All 20 new Premier League home kits ranked worst to first

first_img 20 16. Southampton’s official home kit 2016/17 20 12. Leicester City’s official home kit 2016/17 5. Tottenham Hotspur’s official home kit 2016/17 15. West Ham’s official home kit 2016/17 20 20 1. West Bromwich Albion’s official home kit 2016/17 20 13. Stoke City’s official home kit 2016/17 20 20 20 20 20 19. Hull City’s official home kit 2016/17 20 Check out talkSPORT’s ranking of every Premier League home kit for the 2016/17 season by viewing the slideshow above.Every Premier League club has released their home kit, but which set of fans will be wearing a superb shirt and which supporters will be clad in something tragic?It’s all a matter of opinion, and we want to know what you think of ours.Agree with our ranking? Let us know by leaving a comment! 20 20 14. Bournemouth’s official home kit 2016/17 18. Watford’s official home kit 2016/17 10. Everton’s official home kit 2016/17 20 20 9. Crystal Palace’s official home kit 2016/17 7. Liverpool’s official home kit 2016/17 8. Sunderland’s official home kit 2016/17 20 6. Arsenal’s official home kit 2016/17 20 20 20 4. Manchester City’s official home kit 2016/17 17. Swansea City’s official home kit 2016/17 20. Middlesbrough’s official home kit 2016/17 – find out where your club’s home kit ranks… just click the arrow above to see which one is number one! 11. Burnley’s official home kit 2016/17 2. Chelsea’s official home kit 2016/17 20 3. Manchester United’s official home kit 2016/17 last_img read more

Rosetta Mission Crashes Into Comet Theories

first_imgThe historic Rosetta mission has ended with a crash landing. How has it changed ideas about comets?We’ve followed the Rosetta mission with great interest since we announced in January 2003 that it would carry the story of Genesis to a comet. It seemed too ambitious to actually land a craft on a comet, but mission engineers succeeded in building, launching and flying the craft and its Philae lander all the way to a landing on the surface of a comet for the first time (compare the 2001 landing of Eros on an asteroid, 2/13/01). Only a few mishaps, like a launch delay that required a target change to Comet 67P (1/13/03) and then Philae’s premature silence after it landed (11/12/14, 11/13/14), marred an otherwise magnificent achievement. Rosetta passes into the history books now that engineers sent it to the surface last Friday (Sept 30), but its data will be analyzed for years to come. Here are reports with video clips about the end of mission:Rosetta’s descent towards region of active pits (PhysOrg, Sept 9 preview of the descent plan)Rosetta mission ends in comet collision (BBC News)Mission accomplished: Rosetta crashes into comet (Nature)NASA posted a sharp image of the surface of the comet from 10 miles up, and then a close-up just before it crash landed (NASA-JPL participated in some instruments, but the mission was designed and operated by the European Space Agency, ESA).As the back-slaps and nostalgia begin to fade, what will the legacy of Rosetta be? We reported on 1/26/15 that the first results were surprising: the dumbbell shape, the surprising diversity of surfaces, and the meringue-like low density. A year later (1/26/16), scientists who had been surprised not to find water were surprised to find water. This past June, astronomers were proposing the strange idea that bi-lobed comets bust up and reform continuously (6/17/16).Now, reporters are beginning to sum up the major findings of the mission. Nature says that mission scientists have only analyzed about 5% of the data so far after its two years in orbit.Rosetta has already made striking findings, including the discovery of water from comet 67P with a different isotopic composition to that on Earth, as well as molecular oxygen and nitrogen, which points to the comet being as old as the Solar System itself. Scientists also determined how 67P got its strange rubber-duck shape, deducing that the head and body were formed separately.But many questions remain. A big challenge will be to figure out how the pebbles visible in Rosetta’s final shots were created, says Lowry.Rebecca Boyle at New Scientist summarized “Rosetta’s Biggest Hits,” the top seven findings to date:Comets are more than meets the eye: This one had a curious duck-like shape, two lobes with a narrow neck. Scientists had expected a potato-shaped body. “At first, no one was sure how this was possible,” Boyle says. Later, scientists concluded it was a binary body that became joined at the neck.Comets have complex topography: so much for boring, homogeneous dirty snowballs. “Comet 67P has cliffs and canyons, boulders and weird bumps, inky pits and fine fractures – and regions as hard as asphalt, with others soft as sand.“Comets contain the building blocks of life (if you can call miscellaneous organic compounds “building blocks of life”). Scientists detected phosphorus, and glycine, the simplest amino acid among ethanol and other compounds.Comets can be bone dry: scientists expected lots of water ice on the surface, but they found Comet 67P to be parched at first. Water-ice jets started forming when it got closer to the sun. “Comet 67P has water, but its chemical signature is nothing like that on Earth,” Boyle says. “This may go against the theory that comets supplied Earth with its water in the solar system’s youth.”Comets sing: a low-frequency hum was detected, apparently from charged particles in the jets.Comets stink: if Philae had carried an astronaut, he would have to hold his nose. Philae found smelly stuff down on the surface: “These included hydrogen sulphide, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide – compounds that respectively call to mind rotten eggs, cat urine and bitter almonds.” Hydrogen cyanide is also extremely toxic to life.Landing on a comet is hard, but we did it: Philae unexpectedly bounced a couple of times, ending up miles away from its target point. Too bad the harpoons didn’t fire to grip the surface. It did land, though, sending some data and photos before its shadowed location made it lose power.On July 28, PhysOrg posted an article about the birth of comets based on Rosetta’s findings. Are they primordial, as has long been thought, or do they show processing from collisions with other bodies? For decades, planetary scientists thought comets formed from pristine material in the outer solar system, combining ices with various molecules to form “dirty snowballs.”The unusually high porosity of the interior of the nucleus provides the first indication that this growth cannot have been via violent collisions, as these would have compacted the fragile material….Earlier work showed that the head and body were originally separate objects, but the collision that merged them must have been at low speed in order not to destroy both of them….The article favors the pristine accretion model, but one must keep in mind that only 5% of Rosetta’s data has been analyzed. And Comet 67P might not be representative of all comets. Other comet missions, especially Stardust and Deep Impact, startled astronomers by revealing evidence of compounds that required high temperatures for their formation.One thing is certain: we don’t see comets accreting today. We see them disintegrating. The Hubble Space Telescope just found another one, named Comet 332P, disrupting into fragments. Science Daily says:“In the past, astronomers thought that comets die when they are warmed by sunlight, causing their ices to simply vaporize away,” Jewitt said. “But it’s starting to look like fragmentation may be more important. In comet 332P we may be seeing a comet fragmenting itself into oblivion.”The researchers estimate that comet 332P contains enough mass for 25 more outbursts. “If the comet has an episode every six years, the equivalent of one orbit around the sun, then it will be gone in 150 years,” Jewitt said. “It’s just the blink of an eye, astronomically speaking. The trip to the inner solar system has doomed it.”PhysOrg’s comet theory article claimed that small “goosebump” objects on Rosetta’s comet indicate slow accretion of small cometesimals. Yet small particles lack the gravity to accrete. If comets cannot accrete slowly, yet disintegrate rapidly, what does that say about their formation? What does it say about their lifetimes? Can these delicate cotton-candy rubble piles really exist for billions of years?We’ve already seen the demise of the theory that comets delivered water to Earth. That leaves our planet in a theory drought, waiting for an explanation how a wet world 70% covered with water emerged from a hellish inferno of volcanoes and impacts. We’ve already seen, furthermore, surprising discoveries from other comet missions in addition to Comet 67P. While we celebrate the engineering success of Rosetta (good examples of intelligent design), we must be wary of assumption-laden theories based in a materialistic worldview. The ubiquitous “surprise effect” observed at each first-time encounter with solar system bodies reveals deep conflict between those assumptions and the truth. Maybe it’s time for ESA to actually read a replica of the Rosetta Stone they placed on the spacecraft: i.e., the words of Genesis 1-3 inscribed on a disc in 1,000 languages. (Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pollinators and planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beekeepers in Ohio again suffered substantial losses of colonies over the exceptionally long and cold winter of 2014-2015. Here in Wooster we lost more than half of our colonies, and beekeepers around the state are reporting levels of winter kill as high as 80%. While the frigid temperatures played a substantial contributing role, losses were undoubtedly made worse by all of the problems facing bees today: parasites, diseases, pesticides, breeding problems, and a general lack of summer and fall forage.Spring is the only reliably good season for bees in Ohio. Colonies that survived the winter and new colonies brought up from the Gulf Coast or California are in the process of harvesting nectar and pollen from spring-blooming trees and weeds — but little honey will be made. This spring bounty will be eaten by the bees themselves as they multiply and grow into large productive colonies that will be able to make a honey crop off of clovers, black locust, alfalfa and soybean in the coming months. Additionally, robust colonies are needed to pollinate the fruit trees soon and pumpkins, squash and cucumbers later in the summer.This spring build-up of honey bee colonies can be directly threatened by corn planting. Insecticide seed treatments used on corn seed produce an insecticidal dust when they are planted. Depending on conditions, this insecticidal dust can settle on the flowering trees and weeds that bees are visiting. Insecticides formulated as dusts are the absolute worst for honey bees because they do not immediately kill the bees visiting flowers. Rather than causing immediate death, the dust is packed up with the pollen and brought back to the colony where it is can poison young bees inside the colony.In spring of 2013 and 2014, we sampled pollen from six bee yards in Madison, Union and Clark Counties. During corn planting, all colonies were bringing back pollen containing corn seed treatment insecticides. While no spectacular bee-kills were observed in our colonies, we did observe a significant increase in the number of dead bees appearing in front of colonies during the week of corn planting in 2014. It is possible that different planting conditions could have led to no increase in bee death, as we say in 2013, or obvious piles of dead bees as were observed in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, corn planting in central Ohio coincided with the start of bloom for fruit trees and hawthorns — extremely attractive flowers for bees — which likely drew bees away from the riskier and somewhat less attractive dandelions, mustards and purple deadnettle growing in corn fields and on field margins. In some years, planting may happen before or after fruit tree bloom when bees are intensely interested in weeds growing in and near fields. This may have been the case in Ohio in 2012 when planting started early and a number of bee-kill incidents were reported.last_img read more

After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  US misses World Cup for 1st time since 1986 with loss Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Raymar Jose. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose is raring to continue the tradition of Far Eastern U alumni making an impact in the PBA.After honing his craft in the international stage, the 6-foot-4 forward takes on a new challenge as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Those stops were enough to earn him a spot in the Gilas Pilipinas roster for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, helping the Philippines win another gold medal in men’s basketball.Jose was also part of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas crew which competed in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Chenzhou, China, where he amassed averages of 5.0 markers and 3.4 boards in 11.7 minutes.What you see is what you get on the 25-year-old’s game, and he’s leaning on his strengths to establish his name in the pro league.“What I can give to the team is my hustle and defense. I’m known for doing whatever the team needs from me, so I’ll just make sure to do the little things for whatever team drafts me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I focused on Gilas first. But when the Champions Cup was over, I felt that I was ready,” he said.Jose has had a memorable collegiate career, establishing himself as one of the toughest bruisers in the amateur ranks in his time with the Tamaraws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe averaged 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds in 27.6 minutes in his final year in Morayta before  joining Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League, where he netted 10.6 markers and 4.8 boards.Jose would later on sign up with Cignal HD Hawkeyes, averaging 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds en route to him being named as the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup MVP.last_img read more

Photo: The ACC Network Misidentified UNC Point Guard Joel Berry As N.C. State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett

first_imgACC Network used NC State QB Jacoby Brissett's picture for Joel Berry.North Carolina is taking on Boston College on the road today, and Tar Heels freshman point guard Joel Berry is returning to the court after missing nearly a month with an injury.The ACC Network put up the following graphic to discuss Berry’s return, with one small problem. The player in the headshot isn’t Berry. Instead, it’s N.C. state quarterback Jacoby Brissett.Nope. That’s not @JoelBerryII. pic.twitter.com/L1l3A1KnXi— UNC Humor (@UNCMemes) February 7, 2015Now, Brissett and Berry share the same initials and both play in the state of North Carolina. And the point guard is the quarterback on the basketball court, right? So I guess it’s close enough.Actually no, it’s not. At all. But at least this graphic was in coherent English, as opposed to this one involving UNC.last_img read more

US trade gap rises to 566 billion highest since 2008

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose in January to the highest level since October 2008, defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to bring more balance to America’s trade with the rest of the world.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the trade deficit rose to $56.6 billion in January, up 5 per cent from $53.9 billion in December and the highest since October 2008’s $60.2 billion trade gap. The trade deficit — the gap between what America sells and what it buys abroad — has risen for five straight months.Trump rattled financial markets last week by promising to slap big tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. He blames persistent deficits on abusive practices by U.S. trading partners and on bad trade deals that put American companies at a disadvantage or encourage them to move factories overseas.Exports fell 1.3 per cent to $200.9 billion in January, and imports were flat at $257.5 billion.The United States ran a $76.5 billion deficit in the trade of goods, which was partially offset by a $19.9 billion surplus in services such as education and banking.The $36 billion January deficit with China was the highest since September 2015. The trade gap with Mexico narrowed to $4.1 billion from $5.4 billion in December.Trump upset America’s allies last week by vowing to slap tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum. Europe has threatened to retaliate with sanctions on U.S. exports of blue jeans, bourbon and Harley-Davidson motorcycles, raising the risk of a potentially destructive trade war.“He is not afraid of getting into a trade war although that is not what we want,” Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in an interview Wednesday on the Fox Business Network. “We are just looking for fair and reciprocal trade.”Trump is also demanding a rewrite of the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada in an attempt to reduce the U.S. trade deficit with Mexico and to shift more auto production north of the border.The president views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness and as the result of unfair practices by America’s trading partners. Most economists say they are caused by bigger economic forces, mainly the fact that the United States consistently spends more than it produces.The trade gap has continued to rise since Trump entered the White House partly because the U.S. economy is strong and American consumers have an appetite for imported products and the confidence to buy them.____Martin Crutsinger contributed to this story.____Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPlast_img read more

Workers stream out of GM Oshawa plant amid reports of planned closure

first_imgWorkers at the General Motors plant in Oshawa have stopped working as they wait for details on the company’s plan to close the facility.A source familiar with the situation has told The Canadian Press that General Motors Canada will shutter the plant as part of a shift in global production that will also affect operations in other countries.Unifor, the union representing more than 2,500 workers at the plant, said it has been informed that there is no product allocated to the Oshawa plant past December 2019.On Monday morning, dozens of workers were seen walking out of the Oshawa Assembly Plant, with some saying they were very unhappy with news of the planned closure.One man said the union had told workers at the plant to go home and would be speaking with employees at an afternoon meeting.A spokeswoman for GM Canada said Sunday that the company had “no news or comment tonight” and would not be commenting on speculation.According to GM’s website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222. Production began on Nov. 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.last_img read more

Avoid comfort food during stress

first_imgIndulging in high-calorie ‘comfort’ foods when you are stressed can lead to more weight gain than usual, scientists say. Researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia discovered a molecular pathway in the brain, controlled by insulin, which drives the additional weight gain. Using an animal model, the team showed that a high-calorie diet when combined with stress resulted in more weight gain than the same diet caused in a stress-free environment. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”This study indicates that we have to be much more conscious about what we’re eating when we’re stressed, to avoid a faster development of obesity,” said Herbert Herzog, who led the study. Some individuals eat less when they’re stressed, but most will increase their food intake – and crucially, the intake of calorie-dense food high in sugar and fat. To understand what controls this ‘stress eating’, the team investigated different areas of the brain in mice. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile food intake is mainly controlled by a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, another part of the brain – the amygdala – processes emotional responses, including anxiety. “Our study showed that when stressed over an extended period and high calorie food was available, mice became obese more quickly than those that consumed the same high fat food in a stress-free environment,” said Kenny Chi Kin Ip, lead author of the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. At the centre of this weight gain, the scientists discovered, was a molecule called NPY, which the brain produces naturally in response to stress to stimulate eating in humans as well as mice. “We discovered that when we switched off the production of NPY in the amygdala weight gain was reduced. Without NPY, the weight gain on a high-fat diet with stress was the same as weight gain in the stress-free environment,” said Ip. “This shows a clear link between stress, obesity and NPY,” he said. To understand what might control the NPY boost under stress, the scientists analysed the nerve cells that produced NPY in the amygdala and found they had receptors, or ‘docking stations’, for insulin – one of the hormones which control our food intake. Under normal conditions, the body produces insulin just after a meal, which helps cells absorb glucose from the blood and sends a ‘stop eating’ signal to the hypothalamus feeding centre of the brain. In the study, the scientists discovered that chronic stress alone raised the blood insulin levels only slightly, but in combination with a high-calorie diet, the insulin levels were 10 times higher than mice that were stress-free and received a normal diet. The study showed that these prolonged, high levels of insulin in the amygdala caused the nerve cells to become desensitised to insulin, which stopped them from detecting insulin altogether. In turn, these desensitised nerve cells boosted their NPY levels, which both promoted eating and reduced the bodies’ normal response to burn energy through heat, the study showed. “Our findings revealed a vicious cycle, where chronic, high insulin levels driven by stress and a high-calorie diet promoted more and more eating.”last_img read more

Bouchra Hajij elected head of Volley Ball federation

first_imgSalé – Bouchra Hajij was elected president of the Moroccan Royal Federation of Volley Ball (FRMVB) during the elective general assembly held on Sunday at the royal institute of training for sports and youth executives.Hajij, the only one to stand as a candidate, was unanimously elected for a four-year mandate (2014-2018) in substitution for Mohamed Aziz Benchekroun who did not finish his mandate (2012-2013).Bouchra Hajij becomes the first women to lead the Moroccan Federation for Collective Sports.last_img

Benjamin Pavard denies Bayern Munich move

first_imgVfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”last_img read more