NBA: Lakers rally past Kings

first_imgShanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Both Young and Russell had eight points in the third quarter, when the Lakers outscored the Kings 23-18 and pulled within 73-70 heading into the fourth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Sacramento Kings guard Ty Lawson, left, defends Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lou Williams scored 13 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help the Los Angeles Lakers rally for a 101-91 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.The Lakers took control by breaking away from a tie game with 10 straight points, the final five by Young, to go ahead 92-82 with 3:36 left. Los Angeles has four wins in a five-game stretch for the first time since November 2013.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK DeMarcus Cousins had 28 points and nine rebounds, and Rudy Gay had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Kings, who had their modest two-game win streak snapped. Sacramento had won the last seven meetings with the Lakers.D’Angelo Russell had 17 points and Nick Young 16 for the Lakers. Julius Randle had 15 points and eight rebounds, and Timothy Mozgov added 10 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentWith the Lakers trying to hold on, Young drove the lane and was fouled while making an off-balance shot. He converted the free throw for a three-point play and a 97-88 lead.The Kings led by double digits in the first half but their offense grew stagnant in the third quarter and continued halfway through the fourth, when they were outscored 28-21. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 WATCH: An emotional, weird night for Dwyane Wade in Miami We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDlast_img read more

Ferrer ready for whatever role Cone gives him

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ferrer believes that whatever reputation he had built in UST and in the amateur level should be thrown out the window as he eyes to make a name for himself in the pros.But now, he still has a long way to go as starting with regaining his conditioning back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“Syempre kailangan ayusin yung conditioning. Yung defense ko din naman, nanggagaling din sa kundisyon ko. Medyo nangangapa pa, pero tiwala naman ako na unti-unti lang, aayos din ang lahat,” he said.Ferrer witnessed first hand how coach Tim Cone works, meeting the team for the first time for its preparation for the 2017 Philippine Cup before having a walkthrough of Ginebra’s basic plays. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes EDITORS’ PICK View comments Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town With veterans guiding him, the lengthy forward thinks that it wouldn’t take him that long before he finally fits in with the team.“Nakukuha ko na rin naman yung plays. Sana mas makuha ko pa yung sistema ni coach sa mga susunod na araw,” he said. “Gagawin ko lang yung laro ko at kung ano mang role ang ibibigay sa akin ni coach Tim.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Barangay Ginebra picks Kevin Ferrer in the special draft. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer knows that it would take more than just his talent to succeed in the PBA.“Iba na dito. Kailangan mo talaga mag-mature,” Ferrer said after attending Ginebra’s first practice session on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Prized recruit Akomo brings hope to UST after forgettable season 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Jammin’ at wind farms may help save bats

first_imgHundreds of thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines each year in North America.New technology that uses an ultrasonic acoustic field to jam bat echolocation was found to reduce bat fatalities by 54 percent at a wind energy facility in Texas.The Bat Deterrent System will be released commercially in North America this year.Tests are ongoing to maximize the system’s effectiveness for various bat species. Wind turbines are a valuable source of renewable energy, but they’re eco-unfriendly in one particular way: the giant spinning blades frequently kill birds and bats.A new system that jams bats’ echolocation with ultrasound is showing promise in reducing fatalities at wind energy facilities. Researchers at Texas State University, in partnership with Bat Conservation International (BCI), found that the ultrasonic Bat Deterrent System developed by NRG Systems reduced overall bat fatalities at the Los Vientos Wind Energy Facility in Starr county, Texas, by 54 percent.Hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) like this one are long-distant migrants. Collisions with wind turbines during their annual migrations kill tens of thousands of these bats each year. Image by via Flickr (CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0).As the use of wind energy grows, so does a troubling and unanticipated side effect. Researchers estimate that hundreds of thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines each year in North America alone. In fact, wind turbines are the largest cause of mass bat mortality around the world. This is especially troubling in parts of the U.S. and Canada where the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome is decimating certain bat species. Researchers fear that bat populations already weakened by the fungus will not be able to withstand the additional mortality from wind turbines.It seems that bats are attracted to wind turbines, possibly viewing them as large trees on the landscape or as a foraging resource, according to Sara Weaver, a doctoral candidate at Texas State University and biology lecturer at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, who led the Los Vientos study.“Oftentimes, acoustic monitoring before construction of a wind facility may not show much bat activity, but this increases after the facility is built, as if the bats were drawn there,” Weaver says.If turbines are attracting bats, wind facility operators could focus on implementing technological innovations that deter bats from approaching. This is the logic behind NRG’s Bat Deterrent System, which is based on jamming bats’ echolocation capabilities.Wind turbines are a carbon-free source of power, but are deadly obstacles for bats and birds. This Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) killed by collision with the turbine blade waits to be documented while a technician processes another fatality in the distance. Image by Sara Weaver.Bats emit high-frequency calls that bounce off objects in their path and reflect echoes. These returning echoes tell them the distance and direction of obstacles or prey, enabling bats to navigate and forage in the dark.The deterrent system uses a set of speakers to produce an ultrasonic acoustic field at a pitch of between 20 and 50 kilohertz, the same range as bats’ natural echolocation frequencies. This interferes with their ability to hear and interpret the echoes from their echolocation calls, effectively jamming the bats’ ability to orient and forage. Unable to use their usual means of navigation, the bats respond by choosing to leave that area.The idea is based on studies of echolocation jamming in nature. For instance, certain tiger moths produce ultrasonic clicks when attacked by bats, which appear to interfere with their echolocation.Aaron Corcoran, a research assistant professor at Wake Forest University and postdoctoral scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has studied echolocation jamming in the lab and field. He says that in the lab, moth clicks interrupted bats’ normal echolocation patterns, an indicator that the clicks are likely jamming their echolocation.“In the field, the bats just give up,” Corcoran says. “They hear the sound and stop hunting the moths and go elsewhere.”A wind turbine at Duke Energy’s Los Vientos facility in Texas with installed acoustic deterrents, seen at sunrise, just before the system turns off for the day. Image by Raela Wataha.BCI has researched ultrasonic acoustic bat deterrents for more than a decade and carried out initial proof-of-concept testing. BCI researchers teamed up with NRG Systems to commercialize the idea, as NRG designs and manufactures equipment for the wind industry.“With BCI’s bat expertise and NRG’s product development expertise, the deterrent concept was quickly turned into a turbine-ready system that could survive the harsh environment on the wind turbine nacelle,” says Brogan Morton, NRG’s product manager for the bat deterrent technology.The opportunity to put the deterrent system to the test arose when Duke Energy approached BCI with concerns regarding bat fatalities at their new wind energy facility in Los Vientos, Texas. Weaver led the research effort, which involved randomly selecting 16 of the facility’s 255 turbines and retrofitting them with deterrent systems.Two installed acoustic deterrents on top of a wind turbine nacelle at Duke Energy’s Los Vientos facility. Image by Will Ramirez.Data collected over two years showed that the technology curbed bat fatalities by 54 percent. The results were particularly positive for Brazilian free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) and hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus).Morton says there is no risk of disorientation or harm to the bats, as they leave an area when they hear loud levels of ultrasonic noise. There is also no evidence that birds can hear frequencies this high, and ultrasound attenuates to very low levels by the time it reaches the ground, so the deterrent system should not have any effect on wildlife besides bats. Plus, there is no risk of the bats habituating to the noise because it interferes with their ability to orient and forage.“Because bats rely so heavily on echolocation, they know to avoid any area that compromises this capability,” Morton says.Results of a pond test of NRG’s bat deterrent systems. The deterrents were turned on for 5 minutes and then off for 5 minutes multiple times. The green dots on the left shows the bats’ flight paths when the deterrents were off, while the red dots on the right shows their flight paths when the deterrents were on. There was a significant reduction in bat activity at this site when the deterrents were on. Image courtesy of NRG Systems, Inc.“It seems like a good idea and, theoretically, it could work,” Corcoran says. “One challenge would be the physics of sound propagation at high frequencies. Ultrasound attenuates very rapidly in air.”Weaver says she agrees that the rapid attenuation of sound at higher frequencies has been an issue.“Right now, the lower frequencies likely reach out further than the higher frequencies, and that may be part of the reason we saw a species-specific response,” she says. “Species like Brazilian free-tailed bats and hoary bats echolocate on the lower end of the ultrasonic spectrum. The frequencies that would jam their echolocation are capable of traveling further through the air.”An illustration showing different configurations of the Bat Deterrent System on a wind turbine, depending on the frequencies of the echolocation pulses emitted by bats in the area. Image courtesy of NRG Systems, Inc.Weaver and her colleagues did not see an effect of the bat deterrent for another species, the northern yellow bat (Lasiurus intermedius).“We know it’s effective for some species and not others,” Weaver says. “Future efforts will get at whether that is related to the frequencies used by different species or the location of the units on the wind turbine itself.”NRG is commencing sales of its Bat Deterrent System this year to operational wind plants in North America.“Bats are enigmatic creatures and there is a dearth of research into why they interact with turbines and the optimal way to keep them away,” Morton says. “While NRG has made huge strides in understanding how to deter bats, we also know there is a great deal left to learn.”Brazilian free-tailed bats emerging en masse from Carlsbad Caverns, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. Image by Nick Hristov, U.S. National Park Service.CitationsCorcoran, A. J., Barber, J. R., & Conner, W. E. (2009). Tiger moth jams bat sonar. Science 325(5938): 325-327. DOI: 10.1126/science.1174096.Cryan, P. M. & Barclay, R. M. R. (2009). Causes of bat fatalities at wind turbines: Hypotheses and predictions. Journal of Mammalogy 90(6): 1330-1340. DOI: 10.1644/09-MAMM-S-076R1.1.Foo, C. F., Bennett, V. J., Hale, A. M., Korstian, J. M., Schildt, A. J., & Williams, D. A. (2017). Increasing evidence that bats actively forage at wind turbines. PeerJ 5:e3985 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3985.O’Shea, T. J., Cryan, P. M., Hayman, D. T. S., Plowright, R. K., & Streiker, D. G. (2016). Multiple mortality events in bats: A global review. Mammal Review 46(3): 175-190. DOI: 10.1111/mam.12064.Pantlik, S. & Blaschke, J. (2018). Texas state researchers lead test of pioneering Bat Deterrent System. Texas State Newsroom. https://news.txstate.edu/research-and-innovation/2018/bat-deterrent-system-.htmlSmallwood, K. S. (2013). Comparing bird and bat fatality-rate estimates among North American wind-energy projects. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37(1): 19-33. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.260. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? 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I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Sue Palminteri Acoustic, Alternative Energy, Animals, Bats, Birds, Conservation Solutions, Green Energy, Human-wildlife Conflict, Renewable Energy, Technology, Wildtech, Wind Power last_img read more