More Reasons to Imitate Biology

first_imgRecent articles about Biomimetics show that the field is still going strong.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those who wish to follow up on them.]Newly developed molecule to improve pharmaceuticals draws inspiration from nature’s toolbox (Colorado State, via Phys.org). Inspired by a special enzyme that handles fluorine.Sugars in mother’s milk help shape baby’s microbiome and ward off infection (Medical Xpress). Study of natural milk may improve synthetic imitations.How to use limited bandwidth more efficiently? Think like a cave-dwelling fish (Science Daily). Nature-inspired device avoids jamming, could enable smarter and less expensive use of wireless communication bandwidth.Built for speed: DNA nanomachines take a (rapid) step forward (Phys.org). “This is much slower than naturally occurring processes in living systems like protein motors, which can perform feats of dissociation similar to strand displacement in much faster time frames.”Wireless ‘RoboFly’ Looks Like an Insect, Gets Its Power from Lasers (Live Science). But insects do it without lasers.Researchers mimic comet moth’s silk fibers to make ‘air-conditioned’ fabric (Phys.org).Ants’ route-finding abilities put mapping software to shame (Nature).Has artificial intelligence become alchemy? (Science Magazine). AI can do specialized tasks, but works nothing like a real human mind. The quest to imitate the mind is like the pseudoscience of alchemy, Matthew Hutson writes.Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness (The Conversation). Various secular theories about mind that have come and gone.Maybe these stories will inspire you to write an article or a blog entry about intelligent design at work in real scientific research. (Visited 268 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Manipur tribal council chief caught with drugs worth Rs 20 crore

first_imgA team of Manipur’s Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) on Wednesday caught the head of a tribal council and seven others for possessing 4 kg of heroin and 2.8 lakh Yaba tablets besides old notes of ₹500.Yaba is an intoxicant made from methamphetamine and caffeine. NAB officials said the seized drugs are worth ₹20 crore in the grey market.NAB officials said a team led by deputy superintendent of police Thounaojam Brinda caught Lhukhosei Zou, a Congress leader and chairman of Chandel Autonomous District Council, and the others from his residence at Lamphel in State capital Imphal. district borders Myanmar.NAB officials said the consignment of drugs, procured from adjoining Myanmar, was in the process of being trafficked to Meghalaya capital Shillong and other states in the Northeast. Chandellast_img read more

You won’t be able to handle how hot Kareena Kapoor looks in this black gown

first_imgIn an industry that thrives on the idea of perfection, Kareena Kapoor stands as a visual representation of the term. The woman of immense talent that Bebo is, she has blown us over with her acting prowess in the past, and now, it’s her stellar sense of style that is ruffling our hearts.While it was already hard enough to get over her how glamorous she recently looked in a blingy, thigh-high slit gown, the actress has bestowed another look upon us.Embodying elegance in a strapless, black gown, Bebo looked bewitching in the pictures posted by designer Rhea Kapoor, on her Instagram account.The sweetheart-neckline, corset gown had all the elements needed for a sensual evening outfit, while also being high on class-quotient. The gown hugged Bebo’s goddess-like body at all the right places, and made her look smoulderin’ hot.Picture courtesy: Instagram/rheakapoor Also Read: Let’s take a moment to appreciate how royal Kareena Kapoor Khan looks in this rose gold outfitThe sheer fabric across the length of the A-line gown looked really trendy, thanks to the lovely pintex element it boasted of. While the corset accentuated Bebo’s body really well, the actress flaunted her toned legs through the cleverly placed sheer fabric, and left us gasping for air.Picture courtesy: Instagram/rheakapoor Also Read: Kareena Kapoor Khan like never before, in a thigh-slit black dressKareena accessorised this sexy ensemble with a few silver rings, and sported her iconic smoky-eyes and nude-lips look.She wore her hair in a neat, low bun, and finished the look with utmost perfection.advertisementlast_img read more

Advantage Tankers Linked to FiveShip Purchase

first_imgzoom The Marshall Islands-based holding company Advantage Tankers has allegedly bought five MR1 tankers from Cyprus-based shipping company Interorient, VesselsValue’s data shows.The ships in question are Baltic Marshall, Baltic Merchant, Baltic Ambition, Baltic Faith and Baltic Force. They were reportedly sold in an en bloc transaction for USD 12 million each on May 12.All of the five chemical/product tankers fly the flag of Hong Kong and were built at South Korean Hyundai Mipo shipyard in 2006.With a deadweight of around 37,000 tons, each of the ships has a length of 183 meters and a width of 27 meters.World Maritime News contacted Advantage Tankers and Interorient for more details on the matter, however, the companies are yet to reply.With the newest addition, Advantage Tankers makes an entry into the product tanker segment. Currently, the company has a fleet of eleven tankers comprising five Aframaxes and six Suezmaxes.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more