18 Dec
2019

The Drinkable Book could save lives

first_imgThe Drinkable Book is an effort to provide clean drinking water to people who need it in developing countries. The pages can be torn out and used as a filter to remove bacteria from impure water. It has been tested in the lab and in the field in countries such as South Africa and Ghana. The pages of The Drinkable Book can clean impure water. The book contains instructions in English and local languages on its use. (Image: Brian Gartside, Page Drinking Paper)• Biogas backpack revolutionises cooking in Ethiopia• New push for careers in science and innovation• Maasai women lead solar revolution in Kenya• DNA detective work could end poaching• Girls encouraged to reach for the stars  Priya PitamberImagine if cleaning impure water was as simple as tearing a page out of a book and using it as a filter in a holder. Well, imagine no more: it’s become reality.After field trials, a book with pages that can be ripped out and used to filter drinking water, has proven successful. The Drinkable Book is a combination of usage instructions, treated paper, and helpful information on the importance of purifying water.“Its pages contain nanoparticles of silver or copper, which kill bacteria in the water as it passes through,” noted British news site, BBC.“In trials at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana and Bangladesh, the paper successfully removed more than 99% of bacteria.”These results were shown at the 250th national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston, US.How it worksThe pages of the Drinkable Book contain silver nanoparticles that are lethal to bacteria, which are killed as water passes through.“Silver has been used for disease prevention for many centuries,” explains the official Drinkable Book website. “Some of the pathogens transmitted through untreated water can lead to severe and life-threatening disease, such as typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, E. coli. Typically, the symptoms of waterborne disease are gastro-intestinal illness, diarrhea, and dehydration.”Developed by researcher Dr Theresa Dankovich at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, it was tested for several years while Dankovich worked at McGill University in Canada and then at the University of Virginia.“All you need to do is tear out a paper, put it in a simple filter holder and pour water into it from rivers, streams, wells etc and out comes clean water – and dead bacteria as well,” she told BBC news. “Ions come off the surface of the nanoparticles, and those are absorbed by the microbes.”The website says the book’s main benefits are that it is simple, cost-effective and portable. “The water treatment also leaves no off-taste to the clean water, unlike chlorine or iodine treatments.”Dankovich explained that the book was aimed at people living in developing communities. She told BBC news that 663 million people across the world did not have access to clean drinking water.Trials and successesThe development team headed by Dankovich first tested the pages of the book in a lab, by artificially contaminating water. Successful results led to field trials in developing countries which lasted over two years. In these tests, Dankovich worked with charities such as Water is Life.“Greater than 90% of the samples had basically no viable bacteria in them, after we filtered the water through the paper,” she told the BBC. “It’s really exciting to see that not only can this paper work in lab models, but it also has shown success with real water sources that people are using.”The paper was used in the most extreme circumstances. It was tested at a site where raw sewage was being dumped into the stream, and it decreased the levels of bacteria in the water.“But we were really impressed with the performance of the paper; it was able to kill the bacteria almost completely in those samples. And they were pretty gross to start with, so we thought – if it can do this, it can probably do a lot.”Practical use and recognitionAccording to The Drinkable Book’s website, it is estimated that one filter can be used to clean approximately 100 litres of water, which means a single book could filter a single person’s water supply for up to four years.The book has been recognised by the 2015 Innovation By Design Awards. Out of 1 500 projects for nominations from around the globe across all the categories, The Drinkable Book won the overall prize in the health category.The Voss Foundation, an organisation that works for access to clean water, notes there are many benefits to communities as a whole if clean water is available. Using clean water has a wide range of benefits for communities as a whole. Click on the image for a larger view. (Image: Voss Foundation)last_img read more

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30 Nov
2019

John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “He’s a great kid from what I’ve seen on the outside looking in,” Wall said. “A lot of people in this league are going to take it personally. It’s not the son’s fault. He went back and had a better game.That’s all he’s gotta do is go out there and play. He’s not gonna do any talking anyway. If he gets killed or don’t get killed or kills somebody, he’s not going to be the guy talking.”After a rather uninspiring NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ball bounced back with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in a victory against the Phoenix Suns.He followed the performance with 8 points, 8 boards and 13 assists in a loss against the Pelicans on Monday.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next Ahead of the Washington Wizards matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, John Wall echoed the same sentiments on the young point guard, whom he’ll be facing off for the first time.When asked about his thoughts on the 19-year-old UCLA product, Wall once again addressed the impact of Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, who lit up headlines in the off-season with his often outlandish remarks.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 shutout“I think his dad put him in a situation where guys are going to target him,” the four-time NBA All-Star said on the “Wizards Tipoff” podcast. “Lonzo is one of those kids that is very talented. He’s been a good player for years, he just don’t say much. I think his dad does all the talking for him.”Although he does not share the same admiration for the Ball patriarch, Wall admitted that Lonzo is a special talent with a possibly bright future in the league.center_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. AFPLos Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton made it known last week that NBA players would be after his prized rookie Lonzo Ball due to the hype surrounding him.READ: NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hypeADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tale of 2 brothers: 1 victim, 1 rescuer in Vegas shooting 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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17 Nov
2019

OnePlus 3, 3T get support for Type-C Bullets earphones via OTA update

first_imgOnePlus has been lately riding high on the success of the OnePlus 6T. The handset adds a lot of the latest technology trends to the solid foundations of the OnePlus 6, which includes the in-display fingerprint sensor and a bigger battery. However, keeping up with the times, OnePlus also bid farewell to the 3.5mm headphone jack and rolled out a pair of USB-C earphones for users who prefer wired ones over the wireless ones. Until now, the USB-C equipped Bullets were supported for the OnePlus 5 and newer models. Now, the support list grows with new additions.OnePlus has announced a new update for the 3 and 3T models, promising several bug fixes and improvements. The update also brings in the Android November Security Patch from Google, thereby bringing the 2-years-old handset up-to-date with the latest enforcements from Google.However, the primary addition that this update brings is the support for the Type-C Bullets earphones. Up until now, the OnePlus 3 and 3T were only able to route audio via the 3.5mm headphone jack or via Bluetooth. However, users will now be able to plug in the Type-C Bullets for streaming audio. Users will still be able to stream music via old 3.5mm earphones.Do note that OnePlus 3 and 3T users will have to enable OTG mode by digging into Settings > System > OTG Storage. Presently, users will only be able to stream music with the new Bullets and OnePlus will add support for streaming calls with a future OTA update.To recall, OnePlus announced the Type-C Bullets earphones a few months ago for the price of Rs 1,490. The new Bullets impressed us with commendable audio performance and a great build quality for the price it sells.advertisementALSO READ | OxygenOS 9.0.6 update for OnePlus 6T now rolling out, improves screen unlock and moreThe OnePlus 3 and 3T were the flagship offerings from the Chinese manufacturer in 2016. The OnePlus 3 debuted with a Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and at least 64GB of storage. It sported a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display. The rear optical duties were handled by a 16MP OIS-assisted camera while an 8MP unit looked after the front. The OnePlus 3 was powered by a 3000mAh battery assisted by OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging technology. The OnePlus 3T was a mid-cycle upgrade to the OP3, offering the slightly more capable Snapdragon 821 chipset, a higher 128GB storage variant, an upgraded 16MP front camera and a bigger 3400mAh battery.last_img read more

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28 Oct
2019

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparison

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard welcomes Klopp’s BVB comparisonby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard has welcomed praise from Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool’s visit on Sunday.The German likened them to the youthful Borussia Dortmund side he developed.“I just respect him hugely. It was a nice thing for me going up against him in the Super Cup because I’ve got a huge respect,” said Lampard.“I love the way he’s come into that club, his charisma but not just that, professionally how he went in there and has his way and doesn’t mess about and quite rightly he’s got the success he deserves for how he works.“So I’ll take words from him as a fantastic and experienced coach about my players and what they’re doing and hopefully working in the right way, and be happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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16 Oct
2019

Bear Grylls Game Gives Players Chance To Help Charity

first_imgBear Grylls Ventures and F84 Games announce Survival Run now featuring an opportunity for its millions of players to make a charitable purchase.The app available on iOS, Android (Google Play) as well as its most recent release on Facebook, gives players an opportunity to supply safe drinking water for families in desperate need.With the purchase of the charitable gear, a Bear Grylls Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat (RIB) for $10, players, will not only enhance the game but they will directly contribute to those in need across the globe. With charitable partner, Global Angels, each purchase will provide a family access to clean drinking water for 10 years.The campaign runs from July 1st – August 1st, 2013. Each time a RIB is purchased $5 of the proceeds are donated to Global Angels.Molly Bedingfield of Global Angels, “We are thrilled to partner with Survival Run and their players to help us provide thousands of families in the developing world with easy access to safe drinking water. Water for Life is a game changer! I would like to thank Bear Grylls, Playmob and F84 Games for making this happen.”Jeffrey Hardy, CEO of F84 Games, “My team and I are ecstatic for this opportunity to give back. What better way than combining entertainment and charitable giving. It’s truly amazing that each RIB purchase equals 10 years of an essential resource for survival for a family in need. We look forward to seeing how many families we can reach.”F84 Games and Global Angels were brought together by Playmob who help charities to fundraise through in-game purchases.Jude Ower, founder of Playmob, “We are honored to be able to help Global Angels deliver safe drinking water to communities in the developing world. The partnership between F84 Games and Global Angels is really exciting and we hope to make a real impact not only to the game but also to the Water for Life project.”Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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12 Oct
2019

VVIP Chopper deal case Court dismisses alleged defence agents bail plea

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP chopper case. Special Judge Arvind Kumar refused to grant the relief to Gupta whose judicial custody expires on Saturday and an order is yet to be passed on it. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The probe agency had said Gupta’s role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajiv Saxena, who has turned approver in the case after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency here.last_img

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28 Sep
2019

Quantifying the That Guy Is Still in the Major Leagues Phenomenon

While watching Tuesday’s spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves, some of us in the FiveThirtyEight office were surprised to see Tigers shortstop Alex Gonzalez. Didn’t Gonzalez retire years ago?He was Atlanta’s everyday shortstop in 2011, but over the past two seasons, Gonzalez was thoroughly forgettable, playing just 65 games for the Milwaukee Brewers (hitting .211 and producing -0.8 wins above replacement). If you go back to 2009, when Gonzalez was 32, he seemed particularly unlikely to be in the majors five years later.This got us thinking: Could we quantify the “Wait … he’s still playing?” question. Our idea was to use a player’s age and WAR to predict whether he would be an active major leaguer a half-decade later. To that end, we plugged every player from the designated hitter era (1973-present) into a logistic regression model. The result will tell us the likelihood of a given player being in the league five seasons later. For example, here’s the arc of a generic Major League Baseball player who peaks as an All-Star (5 WAR) at age 27:So for players in MLB this season (a list taken from Fangraphs’ depth charts), we looked at the odds at the end of the 2009 season that they’d still be playing today. Here are the most unlikely major leaguers:Gonzalez is not the most improbable player in the game. That honor belongs to catcher Henry Blanco, who was 37 in 2009 and had been hovering around replacement level for the previous three seasons. All else being equal, a player of that profile would have just a 3 percent chance of still being in the majors five years later, and yet Blanco is slated to be in the mix for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ backup catching role this season.Blanco underscores one of the themes of the list. The probabilities listed above don’t take into account the player’s position (beyond the positional adjustments in WAR) — just his age and performance. For most players, that’s enough, but backup catchers are a different breed. No other position is so well-represented among the “I can’t believe he’s still playing” set.One reason for this is that WAR, for all of its strengths, doesn’t incorporate a catcher’s receiving skills. Recent research suggests that elite pitch-framers such as the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jose Molina have a startlingly large impact on the game, far beyond what was originally believed in the sabermetric community.Another explanation, though, is that on-field performance isn’t necessarily the first thing managers look for in their reserve backstops. Instead, managers may place more value on intangibles such as clubhouse presence and leadership. How else to explain how backup catching became what Sports Illustrated once called “the cushiest job in baseball”? read more

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28 Sep
2019

Ohio State womens basketball blown out ousted from Sweet 16 by Tennessee

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Wagner on Nov. 22 at St. John Arena. Credit: Elizabeth Tzagournis | Lantern PhotographerThe last time the Tennessee and Ohio State women’s basketball teams met before Friday was in the 2011 NCAA Sweet 16 round. Fast forward five years to Friday night, and the two had a rematch in that very same rebound.The No. 7 seed Lady Vols were not the favorite coming into the matchup with the Buckeyes in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but they disregarded the predictions from analysts and dominated the third-seeded Buckeyes 78-62.Tennessee came out of the gates strong and played with efficiency, taking quality shots from all areas of the court. Redshirt sophomore guard Diamond DeShields left the game for a stint with an injury, but would later return to contribute an all-around performance to the Lady Vols’ success.Tennessee took control of the contest in the first half by breaking the press with ease and using its height in the paint to its advantage.Tennessee’s post play was led by redshirt sophomore center Mercedes Russell who went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field, taking over the OSU forwards. The Springfield, Oregon, native showed poise on the block with her effortless post moves and displayed her clean shooting form, putting the ball through the nylon throughout the evening.Along with Russell’s success, senior forward Bashaara Graves also didn’t miss a shot in the first half, shooting 5-of-5.OSU, on the other hand, was far from perfect, struggling to get an offensive flow in the first 20 minutes of play. Only shooting 25 percent as a team in the first quarter, the Buckeyes had to find a solution to their offense if they wanted to keep it close going into the locker room.Missing their lead defender, senior guard Cait Craft, to a season-ending hand injury, the Buckeyes didn’t have a player to turn to shut down the Volunteers scorers.Senior guard Ameryst Alston, who has been struggling to perform because of a wrist injury suffered in the Big Ten tournament, did not want her senior year to end earlier than it had to be, ignoring the wrist pain and completing some of the acrobatic shots that she regularly converted before the injury.Sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell took matters into her own hands for the rest of the first half, knocking down a slew of 3-pointers and finishing the half with 11 points.Even though OSU trailed after the first half of play, the Buckeyes did not show the urgency that they needed to catch up to the Lady Vols. OSU ignored the offensive strategy that it typically followed throughout the year and lacked energy on defense, putting the Scarlet and Gray in even more of a hole as the second half of play got underway.Tennessee’s offensive movement continued to be pristine and showed shades of coach Pat Summitt’s rosters back in the day. The Buckeyes simply had no answer for Tennessee and were unable to enforce their high-velocity pace that has been their go-to all season long.Russell would go on to score a game high 25 points and grab 14 rebounds, while Graves finished with 14 points and nine boards.Despite her injury, DeShields ended her night with 10 points and dished out seven assists, while grabbing five rebounds as well.On the Scarlet and Gray side, Alston led the Buckeyes with 21 points, ending her collegiate career on a strong note. Mitchell would follow her with 20 points, though she shot just 5-of-15 from the field.With the loss, the Buckeyes will board the plane back home to Columbus to begin their offseason, while the Lady Vols are set to continue to the Elite Eight to take on Syracuse and compete for a chance to make it to the Final Four. read more

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28 Sep
2019

Lavenders career day leads OSU to comeback championship

With the clock ticking toward zero and the game in the balance, the No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team had a decision to make.Needing a basket to win the Big Ten Tournament Championship, who takes the last shot for the Buckeyes?The decision wasn’t too difficult to make. Center Jantel Lavender drew a foul and nailed a pair of free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining to propel the Bucks (30-4) over Iowa (19-13) with a 66-64 victory and into the Big Ten Tournament title Sunday in Indianapolis.Lavender was firing on all cylinders against the Hawkeyes, scoring 35 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.She scored 23 of OSU’s 33 points in the second half, when the Buckeyes made a furious comeback, rallying from a 49-33 deficit to eventually tie the game at 60-60 with five minutes to play.The junior center from Cleveland, Ohio, made 14 of her 25 shot attempts and all seven attempts at the free throw line.The teams arrived at the championship bout on completely different paths.Ohio State won the regular season championship, its sixth in a row, with four games remaining on its conference slate.At 10-8, Iowa finished five games behind the Buckeyes in the final regular season standings. But the Hawkeyes beat Penn State 82-75 and upset No. 23 Michigan State 59-54 to reach the title game.It appeared they would finish off their Big Ten blindsiding when they jumped out to the 16-point advantage, but Lavender’s relentless effort in the post earned OSU its second consecutive conference tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. read more

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18 Sep
2019

Real Madrid monitor South American sensation Wilmar Barrios

first_imgBoca Juniors’ wonder Wilmar Barrios could soon be heading towards Europe, with Real Madrid lining up a shock January move for the Colombia internationalThe 25-year-old midfielder has been astonishing ever since he arrived at the Bombonera back in 2016. During his two-year spell with the Xeneizes, Barrios has lifted two Argentine Primera Division titles.Now, he is on his way of becoming the champions of the Copa Libertadores, as Boca comfortably cruising towards the big final.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Although yet unfamiliar to a wider audience in Europe, the former Deportes Tolima man has already built a notable reputation in South America.Now, the Spanish Marca report that Real Madrid prepare to make a January bid for Barrios, as Casemiro and Modric both struggle to rediscover their last season form.With Toni Kross and the aforementioned stars being the only reliable options in the midfield, Florentino Perez has to rush back into the market to provide some depth to his squad.last_img read more

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