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McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

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first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief McGregor’s ability to pull off perhaps the most improbable upset in sports history likely rests on his chances to land not just one punch, but repeated combinations of blows on Mayweather, who has shown a decent chin on the few occasions he has been hit in the past decade.If McGregor can’t consistently hit Mayweather — and nobody has consistently connected against Money May in over a decade — he can at least avoid embarrassment by not getting knocked out — and there is no doubt McGregor can take a punch. His sparring partners have spoken of his tough chin, and it was evident last year in his two UFC brawls with Nate Diaz. Their second bout in August 2016 devolved into a brutal standup fight that left both men bloodied and bruised.McGregor’s disregard for defense in that bout — or his inability to defend himself from repeated head blows — could be decisive when facing Mayweather, who might be the most precise puncher in the sport. McGregor claims he has worked on defense during his training camp, but his predictions for the fight invariably return to his belief in his own power.No matter what happens to McGregor at T-Mobile Arena, he will rely on the skills he first learned at the Crumlin Boxing Club, where his mother Mags still works out. The club will be full of his fans when it screens the fight at about 5 a.m. Sunday morning.“You will see the culmination of everything I’ve learned and studied,” McGregor said. “A great many people helped to get me to what you will see this weekend.” “No fighter can train for what I bring into the ring or into the octagon,” McGregor said. “I am too skilled. I am too diverse. My movement is too much for them. All of these men will fall.”But for McGregor to make Mayweather fall, he’ll either need to land an astonishing home-run punch, or he’ll have to show more creativity and sustained boxing skill than MMA usually demands.While McGregor’s versatility and smarts have made him the UFC’s biggest star, he can use only one discipline against Mayweather — and no serious people outside McGregor’s camp doubt Mayweather has more boxing skill. Still, McGregor has devoted himself to boxing in recent weeks, bringing in former champ Paulie Malignaggi among his many sparring partners and recruiting Joe Cortez, the veteran boxing referee, to instruct him on the finer points of etiquette.“Fighting in Vegas, I just don’t see how Conor outpoints him (for a decision),” UFC President Dana White said. “Conor is going to get in there to rough him up and try to knock him out.”White and McGregor’s other fervent backers believe in his one-punch knockout power, which he showed most memorably in dethroning longtime UFC champion Jose Aldo. But one-punch knockouts are rare in 8-ounce boxing gloves, which diffuse the impact of a blow more than tiny UFC gloves.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer. He first stepped into Crumlin Boxing Club nearly 20 years ago in muddy football boots and started punching a heavy bag.McGregor returned constantly for the next seven years, determined to become tough enough to dissuade bullies in his Dublin neighborhood. He competed in amateur boxing matches against opponents of all sizes and shapes over the years, developing tenacity and power.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters 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 Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “There were no weight rules, no limitations on who you could fight,” McGregor recalled Wednesday. “We would just have an opponent assigned to us. That was always the joke: Everybody at the Crumlin Boxing Club had to fight heavyweights, no matter what size you are. But it was a good lesson. You must be prepared for any eventuality. You must be ready to fight. That’s how I was brought into this game.”McGregor is on top of the fight game this week before his Saturday showdown with Floyd Mayweather (49-0), the most accomplished boxer of his generation. McGregor, a former plumber who has never had a professional boxing match, will make roughly $100 million for stepping into the ring for the first time in the spectacle of the summer.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 shutoutAnd though McGregor moved into MMA training in his teens and eventually rose to win two UFC belts, he is no boxing neophyte. While he has other strengths, McGregor’s MMA career has been built in large part on his boxing-bred punching power, which is considered exceptional by his sport’s standards.Oh, and he also doesn’t lack confidence, which is no small thing when facing odds as daunting as McGregor’s chances against Mayweather. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

SEA Games: PH’s Lois Go settles for bronze in Ladies’ golf

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first_imgSEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cignal’s Jose named D-League MVP Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Thai powers Atthaya Titikul (14-under-par 199) and Thitapa Pakdeesettakul (7-under-par 206) took the gold and silver medals, respectively. 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 MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Lois Go finished as the third best golfer in the Ladies’ Individual Stroke Play in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.Go registered 4-under-par 209 to take the Philippines’ first medal in golf so far in the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2011: IPL seeks teams’ opinion on unsold capped Indian cricketers

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first_imgEven as no teams bid for former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly during the auction held earlier this month, he might still get to feature in the fourth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).Sourav GangulyThe IPL governing council has written to all 10 franchises asking if they have any objection signing Indian players who went unsold in the auction.The governing council letter specifically mentioned Ganguly as one of the players whom some franchises want to hire. Wasim Jaffer and V.R.V. Singh were two other international Indian cricketers who too remained unsold in the players’ auction.The IPL rules presently do not permit unsold players to be signed after the auction.Reports had earlier suggested that Kochi IPL had shown interest in signing Ganguly and contacted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) seeking its permission.The franchises have been asked to respond to the letter by February 3. The BCCI is expected to decide on the matter during the IPL governing council meeting on February 4.last_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

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first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Reds lower Sturridge price Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:00 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Liverpool lower Sturridge priceLiverpool have lowered their asking price for striker Daniel Sturridge, who is being chased by Inter, reports sportitalia (via insidefutbol).The report claims that Liverpool now want just €1 million for a loan fee, with a €20m option to buy.Liverpool set to sign Falkirk defenderJurgen Klopp Liverpool Everton Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Liverpool are set to sign Falkirk defender Tony Gallacher, report the Scottish Sun .The 18-year-old has spent the week on trial at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned a bid worth £200,000, which Falkirk have accepted.Gallacher has won caps at three Scottish youth levels – Under-16, Under-17 and Under-18.Reds to miss out on Inter starletZinho Vanheusden InterLiverpool are set to miss out on Inter youngster Zinho Vanheusden, with the club set to loan the centre-back to Standard Liege, according to Sky Italia (via Inside Futbol).The Serie A side are not ready to let the 18-year-old leave for good, preferring to loan him out and let him develop. West Ham bid £12m for Norwich starJames Maddison NorwichWest Ham United have made a £12 million bid for Norwich City midfielder James Maddison, according to The Guardian. The 21-year-old has been linked with several Premier League sides, with Liverpool and Tottenham also credited with an interest.Norwich will likely reject West Ham’s bid, hoping to generate a higher fee for Maddison. Liverpool consider RondonSalomon Rondon West BromLiverpool are considering a move for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon, according to The Sun.The Venezuela international has just 18 months left on his contract at The Hawthorns, though he is keen to remain with the Baggies.Should Jurgen Klopp’s side make their move for Rondon, they are likely to be competing for his signature with local rivals Everton, who are also keen on the former Zenit forward.Spartak want Liverpool wingerLazar Markovic LiverpoolSpartak Moscow are interested in signing Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, reports the Liverpool Echo.Markovic hasn’t made a first-team appearance for Liverpool this season, and was wanted by Fiorentina during the summer transfer window.Watford and West Brom have been linked with January bids, and now Russian side Spartak are making a move to sign the Serbian.Liverpool not in Luan talksLuan GremioLiverpool are not in talks to sign Gremio striker Luan, according to the  Liverpool Echo.Reports had suggested that, following the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, Liverpool had opened discussions to bring in another Brazilian, with Luan having an €18 million release clause in his contract.However, there are reportedly no talks taking place to sign the South American Footballer of the Year, who has also been a target for Arsenal and Barcelona.Liverpool could loan out youngstersHarry Wilson, WalesLiverpool could allow more youngsters to head out on loan before the January transfer window closes, reports the Liverpool Echo.The likes of Matty Virtue and Corey Whelan have gone out on loan recently, and they could be joined by Harry Wilson, Ovie Ejaria and Lloyd Jones.The club’s Under-23 coach Neil Critchley said: “More loans is a possibility. You look at Harry, Ovie and we still have Lloyd with us at the moment. They would be the three who would come under the radar of other clubs.”Inter favourites to land SturridgeDaniel SturridgeInter remain in pole position to land Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, reports the Liverpool Echo.Sturridge is not in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans, and is keen to secure a loan move for the remainder of the season. Inter’s interest, however, remains the only concrete offer on the table so far for the striker, who is reportedly reluctant to move to Serie A.Sevilla can’t agree Vidal feeAleix Vidal Barcelona 2017Sevilla are struggling to agree a fee with Barcelona to bring Aleix Vidal back to the club, according to Mundo Deportivo.Vidal signed for Barca in the summer of 2015, but will be allowed to leave Camp Nou in January, with Sevilla leading the chase for the right-back.However, Barcelona want €12 million for the 28-year-old, with Sevilla hoping the price will be dropped after offering €8m up front plus €2m in add-ons so far.Liverpool and Manchester United have also been linked with an approach for Vidal, but only a huge financial offer is expected to tempt him to the Premier League.Man Utd push for Seri dealJean Michael Seri NiceManchester United will aim to follow up the signing of Alexis Sanchez by agreeing a deal for Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, claims The Sun.Alexis completed his move to United from Arsenal on Monday, and now Jose Mourinho wants an agreement in place to sign Seri, either this month or in the summer.Seri is also an option for Manchester City, although the Ivory Coast international is viewed as a back-up to prime target Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred.Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have all previously shown an interest in Seri, but Mourinho hopes United can beat their rivals to the signing of the 26-year-old.Sturridge to snub Serie A for ValenciaDaniel Sturridge LiverpoolLiverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is not interested in a move to Serie A, TuttoMercato reports.Inter and Roma are said to have been monitoring the England international, but Sturridge has informed Liverpool that he’d prefer to sign with Valencia.Revealed: Top 20 richest clubs in the worldPaul Pogba, Everton vs Manchester United, 17/18The 2016-17 Deloitte Football Money League rankings have been announced, with Manchester United retaining top spot. But who else makes the top 20?Read the full story on Goal right here!last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hours

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea drop Cesc asking price further in last 24 hoursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have dropped their asking price for Cesc Fabregas in the last 24 hours.Chelsea and AC Milan are locked in negotiations over a January fee for the Spain international, who is off contract in June.Tuttosport says Chelsea have cut their valuation from €10m to €8m, but it’s still too rich for the Rossonero.Milan are willing to cough up – but only to €4m.The big problem for all three parties is the threat of financial fair play penalties that are hanging over Milan – and as such restricting their spending plans for next month. last_img

Cocaine Smuggled to New Zealand on Maersk Ships Hull

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first_imgNew Zealand authorities have seized the country’s largest cocaine shipment which arrived to the port of Tauranga hidden in a compartment attached to the underwater hull of Maersk Antares container vessel.A spokesperson from Maersk Line confirmed that the shipment was discovered on October 31, when the boxship arrived to Tauranga from Chile in the late evening hours.New Zealand’s Customs Service informed that members of a trans-national drug syndicate approached the ship and retrieved the cocaine, with a street value of around NZD 20 million (USD 13.8 million), from the compartment.The authorities executed search warrants in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and residential addresses in Auckland on November 1 related to the shipment, which culminated in arrests of four foreign nationals. The arrested people are believed to be in no relation to the ship’s crew members.The Maersk Antares, which is deployed on Maersk Line’s AC3/Triple Star service, linking Latin America, New Zealand and Asia, departed the Port of Tauranga “as per the schedule with no delay to the service,” the spokesperson said.“Maersk is fully committed to abiding by the local laws of every jurisdiction we operate in. As such Maersk Line is cooperating fully with the New Zealand authorities,” Maersk Line informed.Assistant Commissioner Chambers said that this is the largest single seizure of cocaine in New Zealand, and that the shipment was destined for New Zealand.last_img read more

Tyler Adams asked other Americans before joining the Bundesliga

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first_imgThe soon-to-be RB Leipzig midfielder talked to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie before he decided his move19-year-old midfielder Tyler Adams will join RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga this January.But before signing for his new team, he talked to his fellow Americans: Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie.“I spoke to Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie about the league while we were with the national team,” he was quoted by the Bundesliga website.Tyler Adams wants to win it all! Manuel R. Medina – June 25, 2019 The RB Leipzig and United States midfielder want to establish himself in the German Bundesliga and then win it all.“They’re both good friends of mine. It won’t be easy to adapt, but the Bundesliga is well known for giving young players a chance.”“I was able to train here when I was 16 and even played against Bayern Munich with the youth team. From that moment on I knew I wanted to come here,” he remembered his time in Germany in the past.“I’ve been learning German for five months. It’s very difficult but when I’m in Leipzig I want to speak it as well as possible.”last_img read more

Could Scott Air Force Base Just Fly Away

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first_imgAn editorial in the Belleville News-Democrat laments the stark possibility that Scott Air Force Base, Ill., could be shuttered in a future BRAC round.That potential outcome is particularly sobering given the level of dedication the base’s southwestern Illinois neighbors have shown it.“It is nice to the airmen. It makes sure the schools are top-notch to educate the military children and fixed the state system that ensured their class credits followed them. It has a healthy housing stock and worked to resolve property tax issues when base housing was developed by a private company,” the paper’s editorial board writes.Community and Air Force leaders also have partnered to share base support costs and prevent development from encroaching on the installation.The editorial cites this year’s decision by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to build a new $1.6 billion western headquarters in North St. Louis over a site adjacent to Scott as evidence that in many cases politics trumps mission.“Maybe NGA did us a favor. Maybe something else can go on that free land we were offering,” it states, trying to mine the silver lining.“Base closing rounds have twice meant good things for Scott when commands were consolidated here, but this round could just as easily mean some other base gets the consolidated missions,” the editorial concludes. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Maryland Men in New Exhibit Seeing the Modern African American Male

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first_imgSons: Seeing the Modern African American Male is on view Nov. 2, 2016 – Jan. 15, 2017 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. The exhibit asks visitors to compare their perceptions of black men to reality. Examples of the subjects include Harry William Holt, father, professor, and VP of Bithgroup Technologies; Juan Antonio Nance, father and Baltimore City Teacher of the Year, and Kofi Kwaw, a father, engineer, educator, and coach.  For more information call 443-263-1800 or visit lewismuseum.org.last_img

Cardinals Return Home to Host Central Arkansas on Wednesday Night

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first_img Live Stats GAME 8Date: Dec. 5, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (135-21 in 9th year)Television: WAVE – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Kendrick Haskins, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 384, Internet 975)Series History: First meeting. This is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season; UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03.Officials: Brian Dorsey, Lee Cassell, Joe LindsayNext UofL Game: Dec. 8 at Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX) Story Links Louisville Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch List The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 9.9 points a game, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the three-point line.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  Louisville has a 77-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 33 of their last 35 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 29 more free throws (174-of-225, .773) than its opponents have attempted (106-of-145). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (225/382, 58.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 29.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 25 points in its last game at Seton Hall. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its seven games and the Cardinals are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.1 points per game. Louisville has a 38-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to play its fourth first-time opponent of the season as the Cardinals face the Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday. In its first true road game of the season, Louisville prevailed 70-65 at Seton Hall last Saturday as the Cardinals closed the game on a 16-6 run over the last 6:03. Dwayne Sutton led a balanced Cardinal effort with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Ryan McMahon, who has averaged 16.5 points and hit 7-of-14 three-pointers over his last two games, hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to stretch a tight Cardinals lead to four-points and Jordan Nwora (nine points, six rebounds) made all four of his free throws in the closing seconds. CARD FILES Three UCA players have made 11 or more threes in seven games. The Bears feature a balanced lineup with all five starters averaging at least nine points a game in scoring, led by 5-11 sophomore guard DeAndre Jones’ 14.7 scoring average. 7-0 sophomore center Hayden Koval, who swatted 105 shots last season, is within 37 blocked shots of the Central Arkansas career record for rejections in just his second season with the Bears. Central Arkansas is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season (also Nicholls, Southern and Vermont). UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03. Central Arkansas (3-4) is UofL’s second straight opponent with nearly a week off after the Bears beat Arkansas Little Rock 78-65 in their its last game on Nov. 28. The Bears rank 50th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their threes.last_img read more

Research team finds way to simulate graphene Dirac points

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first_imgMovement of the Dirac points. Image (c) Nature, doi:10.1038/nature10871 Citation: Research team finds way to simulate graphene Dirac points (2012, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-team-simulate-graphene-dirac.html In an interesting turn of events, another team taking a completely different approach has also managed to find a way to show the existence of Dirac points and to manipulate them as well by synthesizing a form of graphne and arranging it in the familiar chicken-wire lattice on top of a conducting substrate and then manipulating it with a tunneling microscope. They have also published their results in Nature.Finding ways to show how Dirac points can be manipulated will help to find ways of using graphene in real world applications that could result in new exotic materials with unique electronic properties, leading to end products that in some cases can’t even be imagined yet. Explore further The secrets of tunneling through energy barriers Now, Tilman Esslinger and his fellow researchers at the Institute for Quantum Optics at ETH Zurich have found a way to do just that by simulating graphene and its properties using a laser created lattice filled with potassium-40 atoms. They report on their findings in the journal Nature.The experiment began by cooling potassium-40 atoms, leaving them lethargic so they wouldn’t move away from within the lattice. Their role was to serve as stand-ins for electrons moving in graphene. Then, to create the lattice, the team fired one laser perpendicular to another causing the two to interfere with each other. A third laser beam with a slightly different wavelength was then added to create a standing wave. In this scenario, the square lattice that resulted could be adjusted by adjusting the third beam. The team then tested the lattice for Dirac points by speeding up the atoms and measuring their trajectories and found two of them by noting the momentum between the lattice cells didn’t slow, meaning there wasn’t any gap. Better yet, the team found that by adjusting the lattice they could manipulate the Dirac points, moving them around or even causing them to disappear completely. The density distribution of the potassium atoms measured after acceleration through Dirac points (left and centre), and without Dirac point (right). The upper row shows the corresponding regions of the calculated bandstructure. (Image: Tilman Esslinger’s Research Group / ETH Zurich)center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Creating, moving and merging Dirac points with a Fermi gas in a tunable honeycomb lattice, Nature 483, 302–305 (15 March 2012) doi:10.1038/nature10871AbstractDirac points are central to many phenomena in condensed-matter physics, from massless electrons in graphene to the emergence of conducting edge states in topological insulators. At a Dirac point, two energy bands intersect linearly and the electrons behave as relativistic Dirac fermions. In solids, the rigid structure of the material determines the mass and velocity of the electrons, as well as their interactions. A different, highly flexible means of studying condensed-matter phenomena is to create model systems using ultracold atoms trapped in the periodic potential of interfering laser beams. Here we report the creation of Dirac points with adjustable properties in a tunable honeycomb optical lattice. Using momentum-resolved interband transitions, we observe a minimum bandgap inside the Brillouin zone at the positions of the two Dirac points. We exploit the unique tunability of our lattice potential to adjust the effective mass of the Dirac fermions by breaking inversion symmetry. Moreover, changing the lattice anisotropy allows us to change the positions of the Dirac points inside the Brillouin zone. When the anisotropy exceeds a critical limit, the two Dirac points merge and annihilate each other—a situation that has recently attracted considerable theoretical interest but that is extremely challenging to observe in solids10. We map out this topological transition in lattice parameter space and find excellent agreement with ab initio calculations. Our results not only pave the way to model materials in which the topology of the band structure is crucial, but also provide an avenue to exploring many-body phases resulting from the interplay of complex lattice geometries with interactions.Press release (PhysOrg.com) — As researchers continue to study graphene and its unique attributes, they find themselves fixated on different areas of its properties. One of those properties is that because of its lattice structure, graphene is a “zero-gap” semiconductor. This means that its conduction and electron valance bands actually touch each other at certain points, which means there is no energy gap between them, as is the case with current semiconductor materials. And this means that the momentum and energy association is very much like that of photons, which implies that electrons could move at speeds approaching the speed of light. These parts of graphene’s structure are known as Dirac points. Up until now though, no one has been able to see any real world evidence of such points, much less manipulate them. Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Empowering women with bold action

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first_imgReciprocity, a renowned business networking forum celebrated International Women’ Day with theme of this year as – “Be Bold for Change”. Every person can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we all can be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.With some distinguished Panelists – Gowri Ishwaran, Padmashri and Founder Principal of Sanskriti School, Meera Balachandran, founder Principal of Ramjas School R K Puram and Monica Sagar, Principal Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon – Reciprocity put up some strong questions regarding women empowerment in our country to which the panelists gave a fitting reply: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Gender bias begins at home when parents express preferential treatment and intent for the male child.- Educate the men at home to think equally in order to be fair – What a man can do, a woman can too. Bring in this culture from the start at home.- If we feel that our conditioning plays a role in who we are today, then also be informed that we alone have the power to change our conditioning. We carry a responsibility as women not just for ourselves but for all other fellow women too because when we change, we influence other women and that can truly change the world!- When we say ‘women’, the word oppression comes to mind instantly. If not oppression, role playing comes to mind. Our message to you all – go do what your heart says. Even if that means defying conventions!- Women don’t have to fit into a man’s world. They are capable of making their own world, their own way!last_img read more

Rep Tedder Brownfield redevelopment plan benefits Michigan

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first_img A Michigan House committee led by Rep. Jim Tedder today approved legislation to breathe new life into abandoned sites while boosting state finances.The legislation would prompt redevelopment of brownfield sites that otherwise would remain abandoned. Developers would be able to keep some of the income tax and sales tax revenue generated when new businesses and residents move in to a redeveloped site, but only after an independent third party verifies an economic benefit to the state – one of many built-in protections for taxpayers.Tedder, of Clarkston, said the plan has the potential to benefit sites across Michigan, such as the Summit Place Mall and the Pontiac Silverdome in Oakland County. Community leaders from across the state testified in favor of the legislation, saying it could provide new purpose for sites that otherwise are too costly to clean up and redevelop.“Under the free market, which I certainly am an advocate of, these projects don’t make sense for developers to pursue. And the blight still stands,” said Tedder, chair of the House Tax Policy Committee that approved the legislation with bipartisan support. “These sites would remain vacant and useless unless we creatively cultivate redevelopment. With this legislation, we will generate tax revenue from sites that aren’t producing any now while providing new places to work and live across Michigan.”Tedder said the brownfield transformation plan has important differences from other state incentive programs for businesses.“We incentivize the right things with this brownfield plan,” Tedder said. “It requires significant investments on the part of businesses, and they do not get a tax break like they do with other grants or programs. This is not corporate welfare. It is smart business for the state.”The program features other important protections for taxpayers. No more than five transformational brownfield plans could be approved for any one year. Tax benefits for developers would be limited to 20 years, or until the benefits equal the total investment amount of the project.The bills advance to the House floor for consideration.###The legislation: Senate Bills 111-115. 26Apr Rep. Tedder: Brownfield redevelopment plan benefits Michigan Categories: News,Tedder Newslast_img read more

WiFi networks will carry almost 60 of smartphone

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first_imgWiFi networks will carry almost 60% of smartphone and tablet data traffic by 2019, after experiencing an almost fourfold increase in use, according to Juniper Research. The new report claims that WiFi networks will carry less than 30,000 Petabytes (PB) of traffic this year, with this figure rising to more than 115,000PB by 2019 – the equivalent of over 6 billion Blu-ray movies.“Mobile data offload, [data migration from a mobile network to a Wi-Fi network], offers several key benefits to industry stakeholders. Offload not only addresses the issue of patchy coverage, but also has the potential for the creation of new services such as VoWiFi (WiFi calling) and to increase the usage of existing 3G/4G services,” said Juniper Research.However, the firm said that WiFi offload brings challenges to operators in terms of effective deployment and return on investment.The forecast claims that total global mobile data traffic from devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets will exceed 197,000PB in 2019.This year, Juniper predicts global smartphone data consumption will be nearly twice that of tablet traffic in 2015.The new research comes ahead of the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) in November, where mobile industry body, the GSMA, will call for a review of the sub-700MHz band (470-694 MHz) between 2015 and 2019.The GSMA claims that more spectrum is needed by the mobile industry in the UHF band to meet rising data demands. However, the EBU, which represents the interests of public broadcasters in Europe, supports an EU recommendation that access to spectrum below 700 MHz should be safeguarded for digital terrestrial television use.last_img read more

Roughly 42000 more premises in business parks and

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first_imgRoughly 42,000 more premises in business parks and industrial estates in Wales will benefit from a superfast broadband, thanks to the extension of a government-backed scheme.Superfast Cymru will now run until 2017 and is a programme, part funded by the UK government, set up to bring fast fibre broadband to areas across Wales which would not otherwise receive it.The expansion is backed by £19 million of funding made up of contributions from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and expected funding from the EU. Telecoms provider BT will also invest “significant” extra funding, according to DCMS.“I am very pleased that over 40,000 more premises across Wales will now share in the benefits of superfast broadband – joining the nearly half a million homes and businesses in Wales that our project has already reached,” said Wales Office Minister, Alun Cairns.“Access to faster, more reliable broadband has a significant impact on our lives – from the way we shop to the way we communicate, helping businesses to grow and compete in the global market.”“The UK Government will continue doing all it can to support this ambitious scheme and ensure that Wales doesn’t get left behind in the digital revolution.”last_img read more

Channel 4 has narrowed down the choice of location

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first_imgChannel 4 has narrowed down the choice of locations for its new national headquarters and two new creative hubs to six UK cities, with Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham all in the running.The UK public service broadcaster said it is now in “advanced negotiations” with the six cities, following a second stage pitch process in June and July that saw Channel 4 executives visit 13 shortlisted cities and regions for presentations and discussions.Channel 4 is now holding talks with Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Leeds about establishing either its national headquarters or a creative hub there. Three other cities are being considered as a creative hub only locations – Bristol, Cardiff and Glasgow.Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer, will now lead detailed discussions with the six cities over the summer, with the locations for the new national HQ and two creative hubs due to be announced in the autumn.“Our visits to the 13 shortlisted cities over the last month were incredibly inspiring and I’d like to thank all of those involved for the huge amounts of creativity they demonstrated and the excitement for Channel 4 and what we could achieve together,” said Allan.“We have again had to take some very difficult decisions on which cities to take forward to the next stage, but we believe the six cities we have selected are best able to deliver against our vision and requirements for the new national HQ and creative hubs.Channel 4’s move outside of London is part of its ‘4 All the UK’ plan, which includes a commitment to increase its ‘nations and regions’ content spend by £250 million (€280 million) over the next five years. Its current HQ on Horseferry Road in London will reduce its size, with office space there to be made available to producers based elsewhere in the UK doing business in the capital.Channel 4 announced its earlier shortlist of 13 cities at the end of May, after receiving more than 30 submissions. At this stage it was considering seven cities for its national headquarters or creative hub and a further six sites as potential creative hub-only sites.The latest round entirely discounts Liverpool, which had been in the running to either be the national HQ or a creative hub. Creative hub only cities that have also now been ruled out are Belfast, Brighton, Newcastle-Gateshead, Nottingham, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent.last_img read more