Cartoon: September 28, 2015

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Video: the moment Middlesex star Neil Dexter hit six sixes in an over

first_imgFor the 2nd XI @dexy214 has hit 6 6s off the last over, taking him from 63 off 51 to 128 off 69! Incredible scenes!! pic.twitter.com/fz0pOwoMrs— Middlesex Cricket (@Middlesex_CCC) July 6, 2015Captured on camera, this is the moment Middlesex’s Neil Dexter etched his name into club history by smashing six sixes in an over.The former first-team skipper was playing in a second XI game at Bristol when he launched 19-year-old Gloucestershire off-spinner Miles Hammond for consecutive maximums.Dexter was eventually dismissed for 147 off 74 balls as Middlesex posted 381-5 in 44 overs, winning by 56 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method.Dexter told West London Sport: “It’s something I’ve never achieved in my life and something I never thought I’d achieve.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Brain You Use, and How It Uses You

first_imgNeuroscientists continue to find out amazing things about the human brain.  In some ways we are responsible to use our brains, but in other ways the brain does things to us.  If nobody has figured out where the dividing line is for thousands of years, it’s unlikely we will today; but the following findings can shed some light on the mystery.Sing for mental health.  Something about singing does a brain good.  The BBC News and National Geographic reported on work at Northwestern University that showed music helps prevent dyslexia in children and can even rewire a damaged brain.  That seems to indicate that if you did not choose to avail yourself of music therapy, the benefits would not occur.Remember to forget:  New studies on memory seem to suggest that forgetting is an active process.  Old memories don’t just fade away; they are actively erased to make room for new memories.  That’s the idea in an article on Live Science reporting on work in China and at Cold Spring Harbor Labs, New York.  The researchers feel this could lead to drugs that could help patients erase bad memories, like traumatic events.  Be sure not to overdose on it.  Who knows if the brain would come back after a reboot – think of having to take all that school again.Nap stir:  Speaking of a reboot, that mid-day nap might refresh your brain like a warm restart.  PhysOrg, Live Science and Science Daily all reported on findings at UC Berkeley that show naps clear the mind and boost the brain’s learning capacity.  Moms may appreciate the break when the baby takes its nap, but important things are happening in the tiny head in that interval.  Maybe Mom should take one, too.    Participants who took 90-minute naps in a controlled experiment scored markedly better on learning tests.  One researcher put it into familiar terms: “It’s as though the e-mail inbox in your hippocampus is full and, until you sleep and clear out those fact e-mails, you’re not going to receive any more mail.  It’s just going to bounce until you sleep and move it into another folder.”  So that’s why we forget what the teacher said.  Unfortunately, the teacher doesn’t get a “Returned to sender” message from the student.  The student should not try to argue to the teacher that his napping in class is a way to enhance his learning.The brain-computer analogy got another insight recently.  Researchers at the Institute for Technical Science in Graz are abandoning the single-file method of computing and building net-like processors.  Science Daily said this effort was inspired by studying how the brain is wired, with each neuron connecting to many other neurons.  “The scientists want to design a new generation of neuro-computers based on the principles of calculation and learning mechanisms found in the brain, and at the same time gain new knowledge about the brain’s learning mechanisms.”Science Daily looked to worms for the answer.  Whatever it was, it started early on.  Their headline stated, “Last Ancestor Humans Shared With Worms Had Sophisticated Brain, microRNAs Show.”That last article wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week for beginning, “The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs.”  The implication is that our brains evolved from worm brains.  But this relies on evolutionary assumptions and deep time, and doesn’t help Darwin anyway; it pushes the origin of these sophisticated mechanisms closer to the goo.    Back to reality. Who could not be fascinated by the brain?  We are aware of choosing to think and act, but there are also many processes that occur automatically in the background – re-organizing memories in sleep, re-wiring in response to music, entrainment of a new skill or idea by habit after focused concentration.  We sense that we are operating a very sophisticated computer.  We know how to use the GUI, but have no idea how the software and wiring works.  Evolutionists tend to be materialists and deny we have free will (e.g., 02/17/2010, bullet 1), but creationists typically believe we have responsibility for our choices and actions.  The debates will go on, but it’s hard to defend determinism, when you think about it.  See?(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

German bathroom brand enters SA

first_img29 January 2009Hansgrohe, a leading international producer of kitchen and bathroom fixtures and showers, has announced its entry into the South African market through the acquisition of privately held local firm Personalised Bathrooms.Personalised Bathrooms was previously an independent market partner to Hansgrohe, and will now be managed as an independent distribution company trading as Hansgrohe South Africa, with its headquarters in Johannesburg.“In taking this step, we’re going to boost our market presence substantially in South Africa,” Hansgrohe CEO Siegfried Ganßlen said in a statement this week.Innovation and design leadersHansgrohe has selected Anthony Mederer, a former director at Personalised Bathrooms and son of company founder Heinz Mederer, to take over as the general manager of what will become Hansgrohe’s 29th subsidiary.“Hansgrohe is known throughout the industry across the globe as one of the innovation and design leaders, and is perceived in South Africa as the premium brand for top-quality fixtures and showers,” Ganßlen said.“We will invest in the South African market with the clear objective of recording disproportionately strong growth, to develop the number one import brand and to become the market leader.”Continuing partnershipHe said the long-term basis for this objective was to continue the partnership with the experienced Personalised Bathrooms team, with which the company’s market share in the country had grown considerably over the last 14 years.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more