The R&D 100 award, previously given for inventions like the fax machine and automated teller machine, has been given this year for a biologically-inspired design that could revolutionize society in many ways.Pitcher plant: How would you like a non-stick frying pan that really is non-stick? Self-cleaning windows? Clothes that don’t stain? These may be coming due to SLIPS, a non-stick surface developed at Harvard School of Engineering by a team led by Joanna Aizenberg, a core professor at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (see entry from 10/10/2011). The Harvard Press release announcing its win said, “‘SLIPS’ technology … has transformative potential for everyday life.” Surgeons and hospitals will benefit from tools and surfaces that resist bacteria. Oil will someday flow through pipes that resist sticking. Refrigerator coils will no longer have ice buildup. The possibilities are endless, and this prestigious award, on its 50th anniversary, went to a technology inspired by a pitcher plant. In a video on PhysOrg‘s article, Aizenberg describes SLIPS and demonstrates its effectiveness.Biomimetics is solving the world’s problems in numerous other ways:Anti-bacterial coating: PhysOrg reported that the BIOCOAT project in Belgium is “looking to develop a new concept of coating stainless steel surfaces through bio-inspired processes which respect the environment and are not costly.” Researchers have developed a “bio-inspired multi-functional polymer” that can be applied to stainless steel by soaking or spraying. It will resist bacteria and thus improve the safety of numerous objects humans touch every day that otherwise could be vectors of disease. Someone should invent a way to apply this to TV remotes, among the germiest objects found in hotels.Micro-adhesion: How do cells stick together? Scientists publishing in PNAS wanted to know. The paper by Pontani et al., “Biomimetic emulsions reveal the effect of mechanical forces on cell–cell adhesion” (PNAS, June 1, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1201499109 ) produced measurements that may “reveal adhesion strengthening with increasing external pressure even in the absence of active cellular processes.”Deepwater horizons: Research into how ocean microbes responded to the Gulf oil spill two years ago is providing insight into how they degraded the oil quickly and effectively at certain depths, according to Science Daily. This knowledge may allow future responders to catastrophic oil spills to deploy “cleanup microbes” to forestall damage naturally. Maybe the robotic fish reported on Live Science could be the first responders to find pollutants.Moth eye: Would you like less reflection on your TV display? PhysOrg reported, “Drawing their inspiration from nature,” (in this case the eyes of moths), “researchers develop a brand new type of anti-reflective plastic.” The article began with a sermonette for biomimicry (but no mention of evolution):Nature has long been a source of inspiration for both scientists and artists alike. Some of the most ingeniously designed products and gadgets familiar to millions of people worldwide owe their origin to seemingly simple forms and patterns found in plants and wildlife. The ability to adapt these natural forms to develop ever more innovative products and processes has given rise to the field of biomimetics — literally meaning ‘imitation of life’.Natural robots: A recent symposium at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, reported by PhysOrg, described how biomimetics is inspiring a new generation of robots. Participants “heard about how advances in the field are improving artificial limbs, about how other devices are teaching injured people to walk, about manufacturing and control of small flying robots, and about advances in ‘swarm intelligence’ controlling bunches of machines.”Copying clumsiness: Ever wonder why insects bump against walls and windows? That apparently clumsiness is a way for them to learn about their environment. The light bulb went on in the heads of Swiss researchers who, according to Live Science, are creating flying robots that do just that: use bumps for exploring their air space. This allows them to operate in unstructured, cluttered environments without the high overhead of remote sensing software. “The ability to actively bump around unfamiliar environments means that AirBurr could navigate even with the loss of GPS indoors or underground,” the article ended. “Having cheap swarms of such robots may prove the path forward for making robots ready for the real world.”If a robot can be natural, can nature be considered robotic? Maybe plants and animals use a kind of robotics technology that was bioengineered by an Intelligent Designer. No wonder we can learn from them. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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As Touch Football affiliates across the country prepare for what is sure to be a dynamic summer season, Touch Football Australia would like to recognise a few of the great of efforts of some hard-working volunteers over the winter months.Two such volunteers who have made tremendous contributions to their local affiliates and the sport of Touch Football in their areas are Laurie Smyth, president of Sale Touch Association in Victoria, and Warwick Gates (left), administrator of Rosalie Touch Association in Western Australia. Laurie has been the president and engine room of Sale Touch Association since it was established 14 years ago. He is responsible for such roles as assigning fields, allocating referees, providing player sign-in sheets and handling any necessary disciplinary action.Laurie employs an effective system whereby anyone who complains about field markings will mark the fields themselves. He has never had any complaints!The dependable Sale president has championed the Touch Football movement in the Wellington Shire and entire East Gippsland region. As well as his tremendous commitment to Touch Football, Laurie is also a member of the Rotary Club and has regular meetings with Wellington Shire Council. This year the Council recognised the innovative administrator with an award for bringing in $2.2 million revenue to the community over the past eight years from his annual Sale Knockout competition!His involvement with Rotary Club has given Laurie first-hand knowledge of upcoming Rotary and local council grants. He uses the grants for pizza nights for students in the six-team Sale comp as well as to finance players competing locally and at state level. Laurie has procured an impressive list of contacts in his time as Sale president, evidenced by the fact that he has arranged for the Sale Touch Association to pay just $14 a night towards lighting and field hire.Laurie also has had a big hand in promoting the sport to the community. He regularly contributes Touch Football articles to the local Sale newspaper and has also featured on local radio and television promoting the sport. Laurie’s ‘nothing is impossible’ attitude was recently displayed in a disability services article in the internal publication of oil company Esso. In the future Laurie hopes to establishment a school competition as well as a junior Touch competition throughout the Warragul region. Laurie has also arranged for a game of Touch to be played during the Sale Festival on 2nd November, 2007, promoting the sport with a fireworks display at the conclusion of the game. If you’re around Sale at the time get down and check it out. On the other side of the country another volunteer has been similarly busy working behind the scenes for his affiliate. But after 10 years as the administrator of the Rosalie Touch Association, Warwick Gates has decided to take a step back from the club he has been so passionate about.Warwick first joined Rosalie 12 years ago before deciding to join the board of directors with current president Albert Nascimento. Warwick and Albert have been responsible for reworking the infrastructure at Rosalie. This initially meant a reduction in team numbers to ensure that everything ran smoothly within the competition and that all members were satisfied.The restructure has paid off in recent years, with the club experiencing significant growth in membership and team numbers.In the past 12 months 69 teams have competed at Rosalie, up from 51 in 2004. With a young family to look after, Warwick has decided to give up his position as administrator. However he will still be around the club, taking care of the administrator duties in an unofficial capacity and ensuring that the new administrator makes an easy transition into the role when they take over in October. TouchWest State Manager Matt Bamford said Warwick’s involvement had always been impressive.“He’s got an interest not only at club level but at state level,” Bamford said. “He’s always enthusiastic about providing advice and input about referee development matters and that kind of thing.” In March next year Rosalie will host the 2008 Western Australia State Championships.Rosalie Touch president Albert Nascimento said Warwick was sure to be directly involved in the event. “If ever there is anything that would need to be done, you would only have to ask him,” he said. “Even to the extent that if we hadn’t of found another administrator he would have stayed on. “He wouldn’t have just walked away and said that’s me finished – he would have stayed to make sure the work that he has put into place didn’t go to waste.” When Warwick does finally cut ties with the club he’s contributed so much to, his legacy will be the structures that he has put in place that will ensure Rosalie Touch continues to be a well organised and successful club for many years to come. Congratulations to both Laurie and Warwick on their achievements. Touch Football Australia would like to thank both men for all their passion and dedication to our game.
It is the first time in over five years that an annual State Cup has been held for Touch Football in South Australia. Touch Football South Australia Business Operations Manager, Tim Wyld, believes it is an exciting time for the sport. “The reintroduction of the State Cup is a big boost for Touch Footy locally. It not only gives social participants a chance to represent their competition, but improves the technical components and pathways of the sport in a big way,” Wyld said. The competition will be fierce on the field with an intriguing blend of both metropolitan and country club teams battling it out to be crowned State Champions.The state’s largest Touch Football competition, City Touch, are raging favourites to take out the crown, with a star studded line up featuring many state players, however they will face stiff competition from the ever threatening Adelaide University Touch Club in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions.The battle to determine country champions is even more interesting with perennial powerhouses Mallee slight favourites ahead of an emerging Mount Gambier outfit keen to impress.Players will also been keen to impress throughout the weekend, with state team selections for the 2011 National Touch League occurring at the event.Players to watch include City Touch’s Kelly Rowe who recently was awarded the Most Valuable Player for the South Australian 18’s Girls team at the National Youth Championships, and her state teammate Sally Gazzard from Mount Gambier who was awarded the South Australian 18’s most improved player.In the Men’s Division, national Alliance Squad Member Michael Frost will be dangerous as will Chris Sainsbury who took out the Most Valuable Player award for the CMI Toyota State League Series earlier in the year.Regardless of this weekend’s results, this event is a win for Touch Football locally and hopefully the start of annual tradition.The State Cup commences at 10.00am on Saturday, 30 October at the City Touch fields on Greenhill Road Eastwood, with the Grand Finals occurring from 1.00pm on Sunday, 31 October. As well as the State Cup, Touch Football South Australia will also be holding its Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday, 30 October. The Awards Dinner is the defining evening where Volunteers, Coaches, Referees, Selectors and Players are presented with their awards in front of their peers.This year’s list is exceptional with many of our grass roots volunteers recognised for their outstanding efforts in developing the sport and providing a platform for the sport to launch into the future.The nominees for the 2010 TFSA Awards are:Volunteer of the YearDamien CarlsonMark JonesGerard TreloarAdministrator of the YearGreg FrostGerard TreloarKildare Rieck ScholarshipAnton Van RensburgMark JonesMadelaine McGintySharlean McNamaraTara NaigeFor more information, please visit Touch Football South Australia’s website and the South Australian State Cup website:www.touchsa.com.au www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com
Australia’s favourite knockout event will be turning the big 3-0 in 2018!The Yass Valley Touch Football Knockout is a hugely successful club and affiliate team competition that caters for all levels of participation. The 2018 event will be held on the 27th & 28th January at Walker Park Yass and will have over $15,000 n prize money on offer.Nomination DetailsNominate and register your players online at www.yasstouch.com.au with a team nomination fee of $300 to be paid online.Players must be registered in a 2017 Season 1 or Season 2 competition affiliated with NSWTA, TFA or FIT to qualify to play in the 2018 Yass Touch Football Knockout. Team nominations will be limited to 120 teams and the Knockout will only be played at Walker Park, Yass.Nominations Close 12 January 2018For more information and to read the history of the Yass Touch Knockout, please click here.
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Parole Board of Canada has continued day parole in British Columbia for the man known as the balaclava rapist for another six months while ruling out overnight leave privileges for now.Larry Takahashi is serving three concurrent life sentences for multiple counts of rape, aggravated sexual assault and other attacks on 23 women in the Edmonton area in the 1970s and ’80s, which he committed while wearing a balaclava.The 66-year-old was granted day parole in 2016 and the board has extended it several times, saying in its latest decision on Aug. 3 that he is seeing a psychiatrist, is following his release plan and continues his “slow and steady reintegration.”However, it did not authorize overnight leave, saying Takahashi has limited community supports in his release area and caution must be exercised given the gravity of his offences.Takahashi must obey conditions including avoiding alcohol or drugs, not contacting his victims or their families, not accessing pornography and not using a computer or any device with the internet.The parole board decision says Takahashi has reported feeling lonely, but that he has attended occasional community events on his own and his daily routine includes exercising, going for walks and having coffee alone.“You do not appear to be experiencing sexual preoccupation at this time and you do not currently articulate an interest in a romantic relationship,” says the decision.“You have been encouraged to expand your community supports but you appear reluctant to reach beyond the supports of family and two couples who are your friends.”Takahashi has not been employed while in the community but has volunteered for the work experience program at the halfway house where he is staying, it adds.