Protesters hit by vehicles at Breonna Taylor demonstrations in Buffalo, Denver

first_imgTwitter/@AshleyroweWKBWBY: BILL HUTCHINSON(WASHINGTON) — Two protesters were injured in hit-and-run incidents in Colorado and upstate New York on Wednesday night as demonstrations erupted across the county over a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge three police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.The chants for justice were quickly overcome by screams of horror as drivers in Denver and Buffalo plowed into protesters who spilled into the streets in the hours following the announcement of the grand jury’s decision in the Louisville police shooting of 26-year-old Taylor, a certified emergency medical technician killed in her own apartment.The incident in Buffalo unfolded about 8:45 p.m. as protesters marched in the street near Niagra Square in the downtown area, police said.Graphic video taken by ABC affiliate station WKBW-TV in Buffalo showed a maroon and white king-cab pickup truck drive directly into a group of demonstrators who pounded on the side of the truck and yelled for the driver to stop just before a protester on a bicycle was hit. The footage shows the truck speeding away as protesters on foot chased after it.Buffalo police officials said the driver was eventually stopped by officers and detained for questioning. The name of the driver was not released and it remained unclear Thursday if any charges will be filed in the incident.Calls to a police department spokesperson by ABC News were not immediately returned.***Warning: Graphic video*** our @wkbw photographer captured the moment a truck drove through a crowd of protesters and struck a person outside Buffalo City Hall. Important to note: police say the person struck has non-life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/Vo9IORTYoF— Ashley Rowe (@AshleyroweWKBW) September 24, 2020Police said Wednesday night that the protester struck by the truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.A spokesperson for Slow Roll Buffalo, a nonprofit community group of bicycle enthusiasts, told WKBW that the woman who was hit by the truck is a member of its board of directors. The spokesperson said the woman suffered broken bones and was in stable condition Thursday morning.A similar incident unfolded in Denver outside the state Capitol Building, police said. Video taken by ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV in Denver showed a silver Volvo station wagon approach demonstrators marching in the street and stop.In the footage, a small group of protesters gathered around the car and instructed the driver to turn around. Several protesters were standing in front of the vehicle and banging on its hood as the car began to move forward and accelerate, knocking one female protester to the ground.The driver sped away but was stopped by police a short time later and detained, police said on Twitter. The driver’s name was not immediately released and charges against him are pending further investigation, a Denver police spokesman said in an email to ABC News on Thursday.Police said in a Twitter post that no one was injured in the incident. But the video shot by KMGH showed the protester, who was knocked down, apparently shaken up, sitting on the sidewalk with other demonstrators who rushed to provide her with emergency aid. The woman told the Denver Post that she was not badly injured.The two incidents came just hours after a Kentucky grand jury indicted former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in the shooting that killed Taylor, but neither he nor the other two officers involved in the fatal encounter were charged in her death.An investigation headed by Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron determined that Louisville Metro Police Department officers Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were justified in using deadly force because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at them first when they broke down Taylor’s apartment door on March 13 while serving a warrant.Cameron said the officers knocked first and announced them themselves before ramming the door open when they didn’t get an answer, a statement disputed by attorneys for Taylor’s family.The two hit-and-runs on Wednesday mark the latest in a series of incidents in recent months in which protesters have been struck while marching in demonstrations against police brutality and racial injustice.The most serious incident occurred on July 4 when a protester was killed and another was injured when a car barreled into a Black Lives Matter protest on a closed freeway in Seattle.Protester Summer Taylor, 24, died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by the car on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Demonstrator Diaz Love, 32, was seriously injured in the episode, according to police.The driver in the fatal Seattle incident, Dawit Kelete, 27, has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault and reckless driving. He remains in custody in King County Jail on $1.2 million bail, according to online jail records.Kelete’s lawyer, John Henry Browne, said his client did not intentionally hit the protesters. He said the crash was a “horrible, horrible accident.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Solving the problem of the calculus whiz

first_img Understanding student weaknesses Related Calculus.The word alone is enough strike terror into the hearts of even the most accomplished students, but for those who break out in cold sweats at the thought of differentiation rules and integral tables, researchers Philip Sadler and Gerhard Sonnert bring a message of hope.Contrary to conventional wisdom, taking high school calculus isn’t necessary for success in college calculus. What’s more important is mastering the prerequisites — algebra, geometry, and trigonometry — that lead to calculus. That insight comes from a study of more than 6,000 college freshmen at 133 institutions carried out by the Science Education Department of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Sadler, the Frances W. Wright Senior Lecturer on Celestial Navigation and Astronomy, and Sonnert, a research associate, led the study, which was described in a paper published in May in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.“We study the transition from high school to college, and on one side of that there are college professors who say calculus is really a college subject, but on the other side there are high school teachers who say calculus is really helpful for their students, and the ones who want to be scientists and engineers get a lot out of it,” Sadler said. “We wanted to see if we could settle that argument — which is more important, the math that prepares you for calculus, or a first run-through when you’re in high school followed by a more serious course in college?”The study’s results, Sadler said, provide a clear answer — a firm grip on precalculus subjects had twice the impact of a high school course. And among those who took calculus in high school, it was the weakest students who got the most from the class. Best science teachers can predict their pupils’ misconceptions, study says Study finds crowdsourcing can help create better science tests for less money Testing the test questions CfA study finds tablets make perfect platform for 3-D simulations Can iPads help students learn science? Yes In designing their study, Sadler and Sonnert sought not only demographic data, but also information on students’ educational history and mathematics training.“They fill out the detailed survey at the beginning of the semester … and there’s a field on the last page where the faculty member can put their grade,” Sonnert said. “Then the professors remove the first page with the student’s name and we get their final grade and all the self-reported information.”“We looked at how students did in college calculus … and tried to figure out what the predictive influence of taking a calculus course in high school was versus mastering those precalculus subjects,” Sadler said.There’s no easy answer to why weaker students who take calculus in high school get the most out of it, the researchers said. The educational environment of high school calculus may explain some of the difference, Sadler said.A high school class, he said, might have just 15 or 20 students, each receiving constant support from the teacher. In college, a student is among dozens, if not hundreds, in a lecture hall, with no opportunity for one-on-one contact with the professor except during office hours. In some cases, attending sections and even completing problem sets is optional, so unless students make an effort to seek out tutoring, it’s easy to fall behind.“Even Harvard students run into this — they have trouble with learning how to be an independent learner,” Sadler said. “But one other difference is that in college the professor just assumes you know all the prerequisites, and if you don’t, or you’re not really solid in them, then what do you do? They won’t go back and cover the things that you may be missing like a teacher can do in high school.”Ultimately, Sadler said, the study shows that success in calculus — whether in high school or college — comes more from having a strong foundation.“The one thing the paper says is if your background is strong, if you really know your algebra, geometry, and precalculus, you’re going to do well in college calculus,” Sadler said. “You don’t need a high school calculus course. That was a surprise. There is no reason that those new to calculus should not take the course in college, in spite of half the students in class having taken it in high school.“There are always these kinds of arguments in education, where people have very strong views based primarily on personal experience, and we specialize in investigating those views,” he said. “As it turns out, in this case the professors are more right than high school teachers, because how well students did in courses before calculus makes the biggest difference in their college calculus grade. But the heavy lifting is done by those math teachers whose efforts lay the foundation for later student success.”last_img read more

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Hempstead Man Charged With Attempted Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Hempstead man has been arrested for allegedly shooting a 24-year-old man following an argument at the accused gunman’s home early over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Oneil Meade, 28, his 41-year-old brother, Clive Meade, and the victim walked outside of the Linden Place home after the fight escelated shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, when Oneil shot the victim in the neck, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.Hempstead and Nassau police recovered a silver Walther PPKS 9mm handgun at the scene, authorities said.Oneil Meade was charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  Clive Meade was charged with tampering with physical evidence.They will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

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Mining giant Vale Indonesia divestment pushed again to June

first_imgIndonesia’s acquisition of the local arm of Brazil-based nickel mining giant PT Vale Indonesia has been pushed back for the second time this year due to pandemic-related complications.Vale, the country’s top nickel miner by output, said on Friday it had signed a deal with share buyer PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum), an Indonesian state-owned mining holding firm, to delay the acquisition until the end of June.Read also: Vale Indonesia’s profit, nickel output drop in Q1 after export banThe deal was also approved by Vale’s big shareholder, Japan-based Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. The shareholders initially scheduled the acquisition for March but postponed it to May amid market uncertainty.“All parties remain committed to signing the definitive agreements, however, the current pandemic has presented challenges resulting in the delay,” writes Vale chief financial officer Bernardus Irmanto in a statement.“Except for the extended date of signing for the definitive agreements, the terms and conditions of the Head of Agreements remain in full force and effect,” he added.Vale Indonesia is slated to divest 40 percent ownership to Indonesians as required by Government Regulation No. 77/2014 on coal and mineral mining operations. The miner has already divested 20 percent ownership to the public through the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).The divestment is part of the government’s campaign to tighten control over Indonesia’s mineral wealth. The government’s aim is to raise state revenue but such regulations have been criticized as deterring foreign investment.Read also: MIND.ID unlikely to issue new bonds until Freeport pays dividendsInalum, now rebranded as MIND.ID, raised US$1.5 billion in global bonds earlier this month to acquire the remaining 20 percent ownership of Vale Indonesia and to pay off subsidiaries’ debts.“Hopefully, we can execute it as soon as possible because the funds are ready,” said MIND.ID president director Orias Petrus Moedak at an online press conference on May 15.Before Vale, MIND.ID had acquired the local arm of US-based metal miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), which operates the world’s largest gold mine in Indonesia’s most impoverished province, Papua.Topics :last_img read more

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Minister of Security describes Cannabis Consultation as Timely

first_img Share Share Tweet Share LifestyleLocalNews Minister of Security describes Cannabis Consultation as Timely by: – November 20, 2018center_img 246 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring! Minister for Justice, Immigration and National Security, Rayburn BlackmooreMinister of Justice, Immigration and National Security Rayburn Blackmoore said discussions about cannabis are very important and timely.Mr. Blackmoore was at the time addressing the first National Cannabis Consultation on Friday at the Goodwill Parish Hall.“We do not intend to remain asleep on this important issue of Cannabis. Maturity dictates that it is time to have mature discussions on Cannabis. The issue of whether we allow the use of medical or recreational Cannabis has been and continue to be a burning topic,” Blackmoore stated.Mr. Blackmoore said one of the greatest interest, is the medical value of Cannabis and how Dominica can maximize and draw from this fully.Mr. Blackmoore said there has been years of research on Cannabis.“We need as a nation to look at how Cannabis can help us and also how Cannabis can hurt us,”Blackmoore noted.Mr. Blackmoore said discussions on Cannabis, will help to develop a template, as to which direction to take as a mature nation.last_img read more

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The Latest: Union player test positive, first in MLS

first_imgThe Latest: Union player test positive, first in MLS All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 and at least 15 players in the top Italian league have tested positive for COVID-19.___Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is worried about the places currently hardest-hit by the pandemic, and especially worried about the places that haven’t been hit yet.Ujiri told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he’s been in contact with some leaders in Africa, plus has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about his talks with other African heads of state about their level of preparation for the new coronavirus .“I think a lot of leaders are ahead of it, and the ones that aren’t are starting to pay attention because this is an unknown, this is an unseen enemy, and we have to really, really pay attention,” Ujiri said. ___Professional athletes in Italy have been banned from training inside sports facilities in the country through April 13.The measure was included when Italy’s Premier Giuseppe Conte extended a nationwide lockdown for another 10 days because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.The lockdown had been set to expire on Friday, and Serie A contender Lazio was among the clubs intending to resume training on Saturday, albeit in small groups.Previously, professional athletes and those training for the Tokyo Olympics had not been banned from training at facilities. But now, with the Tokyo Olympic Games postponed to 2021 and the virus still a major threat, all athletes are only allowed to train in their homes or the immediate vicinity. MLS suspended all league and team activities March 12. The Union said no other club players or staff would be tested because the case fell beyond the 14-day window of possible interaction with the player.A member of the Seattle Sounders’ support staff and a sporting department employee at New York City FC previously tested positive for the virus.___Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is lending a financial hand to 21 people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Through his foundation, Make Them Know Your Name, Ward will pay a major expense for 21 service workers and small business owners to help offset the a big economic blow suffered by the shutdown. Ward wears No. 21. The PFL has showcased and launched the careers of several MMA stars, including Justin Gaethje, David Branch, Jon Fitch, Marlon Moraes and current featherweight champion Lance Palmer. Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is its current lightweight champion.___The recruiting dead period has been extended in all NCAA Division I and II sports through May 31. Recruiting was shut down on March 13, not long after the cancellation of all winter and spring sports because of the new coronavirus outbreak. The original suspension was through April 15. The latest decision by the Division I Council Coordinator Committee essentially wipes out spring recruiting for this academic year. A dead period prohibits in-person visits by recruits and coaches, but electronic communication is still permissible. The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.UEFA says “all other UEFA competition matches, including the centralized international friendly matches, remain postponed until further notice.”___A German soccer club is raising funds amid the coronavirus pandemic by selling tickets for a fictional game.Third-division club Uerdingen hopes to virtually sell out its 34,500-capacity Grotenburg Stadium in Krefeld with the offer of souvenir tickets for fans. The R&A is postponing three amateur golf championships scheduled for June, including the Curtis Cup.The Curtis Cup was to be played June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales. The R&A and USGA say the matches for female amateurs from the U.S. against a team from Britain and Ireland will move to 2021. The dates were not decided.The R&A says the British Amateur and the British Women’s Amateur will move from June to August, but that depends on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.K.The British Amateur had been scheduled for June 15-20 at Royal Birkdale. The British Women’s Amateur was to be played June 23-27 at Kilmarnock on the west coast of Scotland.The Curtis Cup captains, Sarah Ingram of the U.S. and Elaine Ratcliffe for GB&I, will remain for the 2021 matches. The teams had not been decided. Players were to have been selected later this month. The Professional Fighters League has put its season on hold indefinitely due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. CEO Peter Murray said the PFL made the decision to safeguard its fighters’ health.“We are adjusting our plan for the rest of this year and look forward to starting our next season as soon as it is feasible,” Murray said. “We are committed to continuing to evolve and grow the sport of MMA.”The PFL was known as the World Series of Fighting until 2017. Its competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA.The promotion hadn’t announced a definite schedule for 2020 but has typically begun its seasons in late spring. Last year, the promotion staged six regular season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The team announced the update Wednesday but did not specify if the people affected were players, coaches or staff. The Senators previously had two players test positive. The four additional people who tested positive were all on the team’s March road trip to California. The team said everyone on that trip self-isolated upon return March 13 and that all six members of the organization who got the novel coronavirus have recovered.___The Critérium du Dauphiné cycling race, one of the key warm-ups for the Tour de France, has been postponed.The race had been scheduled for May 31-June 7 in southeastern France. Those who have signed up for the Boston Athletic Association 5K the Saturday before the marathon can also get a refund.More than 30,000 runners had signed up for the world’s most prestigious 26.2-mile run, which had been scheduled for April 18. It costs $205 for Americans and $255 for international residents.___Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks says the four players who tested positive for the new coronavirus have completed their two weeks of isolation and are now symptom-free.The Nets announced on March 17 that four players had tested positive, with Kevin Durant telling The Athletic he was among them. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season.The Union did not identify the player. He reported mild symptoms. INSEP and other sporting establishments in France will also receive sick people who are no longer in serious condition but need their health monitored in an effort to free up hospital beds.INSEP will receive about 100 people from homeless shelters.Also, 69 rooms at INSEP are at the disposal of France Horizon, which helps families, homeless people, migrants, refugees and people who are isolated.French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says “the only way through this crisis is to stay united.”___center_img MLB played in Europe for the first time last June when the New York Yankees swept a pair of games from the Boston Red Sox in London.___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic.The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship. Ujiri is of Nigerian descent and founded Giants of Africa, a group that organizes camps and other events to use basketball as a way to promote education and growth for children on the continent. He says he’s unsure yet if his programs will go on this summer as planned.“We’re just concerned about people, about health, about listening to what the directions are going to be moving forward,” Ujiri said.When it comes to the NBA season, Ujiri said he’s hopeful play can resume. The Raptors won their first NBA title last season.___The NHL’s Ottawa Senators say four more members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. ___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts. The last time Wimbledon was called off was 1945.___Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13 and 14.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum send to MLB employees. MLB said on March 19 that it had scrapped series in Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel has purchased 5,000 personal protective equipment masks to be distributed to local hospitals dealing with shortages as a result of the new coronavirus.Eichel purchased the masks from Bauer Hockey, which has shifted its production from making sports equipment during the pandemic.Eichel says he is thankful to the medical professionals “on the front lines taking care of our community.” Eichel’s mother is a nurse at Boston Medical Center, though she recently took time off to care for her husband, who is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery.Eichel has a sponsorship deal with Bauer.___ April 1, 2020 Marks said during a conference call Wednesday that all have now been cleared, along with the team’s entire traveling party. He said all are still practicing social distancing.Brooklyn’s most recent game was March 10 in Los Angeles. All Nets players were then tested, and the team said one player showed symptoms and the other three were asymptomatic.___France’s national institute of sport is helping with the needs of caregivers and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.The Paris-based INSEP will lodge nursing staff coming far from their homes to assist medical teams in the city. Tickets start at 5 euros ($5.46) and go all the way to 19.05 euros ($20.80) for VIP tickets. The club says “panic buying for friends and family is definitely allowed.”It’s the only time that Uerdingen will sell tickets for the Grotenburg Stadium this season. Its home arena is being rebuilt so the club has been playing home matches at the ground of nearby Fortuna Düsseldorf.Uerdingen was one of the powerhouses of German soccer in the 1980s with a best finish of third place in the Bundesliga and a run to the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1986. More recently it has dropped as low as the sixth division.The club hasn’t played a game since March 8 because of the virus outbreak.___ Associated Press Race organizer Amaury Sport Organization said it still hopes to reschedule the event for later in the year.ASO also owns the Tour de France, which is scheduled to start on June 27 from Nice. No decision has been made on whether to postpone or reschedule the Tour.___The Boston Marathon is offering refunds for the first time because of the new coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers say anyone who was entered in the 124th edition of the race this month can still run on the rescheduled date, Sept. 14. But if they can’t make it, they can have their money back. Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time since World War II because of the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club announced after an emergency meeting that the oldest Grand Slam tournament in tennis would not be held in 2020.Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.It now joins the growing list of sports events scrapped in 2020 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.That includes the Tokyo Olympics, the NCAA men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and the European soccer championship. “Whether that’s rent or mortgage or just groceries for your family, I want someone to breathe a little easier knowing it’s taken care of this month,” Ward said.Ward and others will review applications and stories submitted through his foundation’s website (www.MTKYN.org)“It’s important to me that people know they’re not alone in this,” said Ward, selected by the Browns with the No. 4 pick in 2018 out of Ohio State. “We’re all in this together. That’s the Ohio way.— Tom Withers reporting from Cleveland.___last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 77-66 victory against Pittsburgh

first_imgJust three days after Syracuse’s first conference win, beat writers Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson discuss Syracuse’s (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) 77-66 win over Pittsburgh (12-4, 1-2). Before today, Syracuse had lost five straight against the Panthers. Over a span of 11 minutes and 15 seconds in the first half, Pittsburgh didn’t make a single field goal. The Orange went on a 30-2 run in the first half en route to the victory. Graduate transfers Andrew White and John Gillon led the way with 21 and 20 points, respectively. Published on January 7, 2017 at 5:46 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Evolutionists Underestimate the Human Brain

first_img(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To understand human exceptionalism, we will have to first eradicate fake science promulgated by dismissive materialists.Piaget Was WrongA materialist who viewed the brain’s development as an extension of the processes of biological evolution misled psychology for decades. Influential child psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) taught that children were incapable of separating cause from effect. He also taught that children were unaware of the thought processes of others. That was wrong, says psychologist Henrike Moll of the University of Southern California (USC). Writing in The Conversation, Moll says that “Children understand far more about other minds than long believed.” She spends much of her article correcting the fake science Piaget taught.Today, a very different picture of children’s mental development emerges. Psychologists continually reveal new insights into the depth of young children’s knowledge of the world, including their understanding of other minds. Recent studies suggest that even infants are sensitive to others’ perspectives and beliefs.Moll lets Piaget off the hook with the excuse that he lacked the tools available today. She describes experiments done at USC that seem to indicate a more “nuanced” picture of children’s capabilities. “Consequently, the old view of children’s egocentric nature and intellectual weaknesses has increasingly fallen out of favor and become replaced by a more generous position that sees a budding sense not only of the physical world but also of other minds, even in the ‘youngest young.’” she says. It’s hard to see how or why that would have evolved.Busy BrainThe cross-town rivals at UCLA made brain headlines, too. Science Daily reports that the human “Brain is 10 times more active than previously measured.” The branching extensions of neurons in the brain, called dendrites, are not just passive conduits for the activity of the somites.A new UCLA study could change scientists’ understanding of how the brain works — and could lead to new approaches for treating neurological disorders and for developing computers that “think” more like humans….But the UCLA team discovered that dendrites are not just passive conduits. Their research showed that dendrites are electrically active in animals that are moving around freely, generating nearly 10 times more spikes than somas. The finding challenges the long-held belief that spikes in the soma are the primary way in which perception, learning and memory formation occur.In order for computers to think more like humans, look at what they will have to master. The biological brain comes with these skills built in:“We found that dendrites are hybrids that do both analog and digital computations, which are therefore fundamentally different from purely digital computers, but somewhat similar to quantum computers that are analog,” said Mehta, a UCLA professor of physics and astronomy, of neurology and of neurobiology. “A fundamental belief in neuroscience has been that neurons are digital devices. They either generate a spike or not. These results show that the dendrites do not behave purely like a digital device. Dendrites do generate digital, all-or-none spikes, but they also show large analog fluctuations that are not all or none. This is a major departure from what neuroscientists have believed for about 60 years.”Because the dendrites are nearly 100 times larger in volume than the neuronal centers, Mehta said, the large number of dendritic spikes taking place could mean that the brain has more than 100 times the computational capacity than was previously thought.Blind Man’s CompensationAn article on Medical Xpress says that the “Brain ‘rewires’ itself to enhance other senses in blind people.”The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory and language) according to a new study led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers. The report, published online today in PLOS One, describes for the first time the combined structural, functional and anatomical changes in the brain evident in those born with blindness that are not present in normally sighted people.“Our results demonstrate that the structural and functional neuroplastic brain changes occurring as a result of early ocular blindness may be more widespread than initially thought,” said lead author Corinna M. Bauer, Ph.D., a scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute of Mass. Eye and Ear and an instructor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School. “We observed significant changes not only in the occipital cortex (where vision is processed), but also areas implicated in memory, language processing, and sensory motor functions.”One has to wonder how natural selection would favor such rewiring strategies if survival of the fittest is the goal. Is natural selection favoring a trend toward blindness? If the brain were intelligently designed, on the contrary, it would make sense to have backup systems to let intrinsically valuable human beings cope with all kinds of circumstances.Brain PreparednessLastly, consider how quickly your brain can respond. A news item on Science Daily says that the “Brain networks at rest are ready for action.” Your brain is never really at rest. It maintains hair-trigger readiness, even without the morning cup of coffee.Just as a sprinter’s body and muscles are ready for action as they wait for the starting gun to fire, brain networks at rest appear to be waiting in a state of potentiation to execute even the simplest of behaviors.A profound mystery of the mind is that we can choose to take these tools inside our skulls and keep them sharp, and even enhance them.There’s one thing you can do and should do to maintain your brain for the challenges of life. Your brain is well-equipped for responsiveness, learning, and acquiring knowledge, but it takes a choice to gain wisdom. Solomon said it clearly in Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,and the one who gets understanding,14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silverand her profit better than gold.15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her.16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honor.17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness,and all her paths are peace.18 She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;those who hold her fast are called blessed.19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;by understanding he established the heavens;20 by his knowledge the deeps broke open,and the clouds drop down the dew.21 My son, do not lose sight of these—keep sound wisdom and discretion,22 and they will be life for your souland adornment for your neck.23 Then you will walk on your way securely,and your foot will not stumble.24 If you lie down, you will not be afraid;when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.And what is the starting point for wisdom? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” he said in 1:7. Notice that it’s only the beginning. It will take a lifetime of fearing the Lord and walking in his ways to really gain wisdom, but even a child can outrun an old fool by following Solomon’s memorable words in 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”last_img read more

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Look to SA, Zuma tells small US firms

first_img26 September 2011 South Africa is open for business and is looking to explore opportunities with small and medium enterprises in the United States, President Jacob Zuma said at the SA-Houston Partnership business lunch in Texas on Friday. Zuma said South Africa was open to foreign direct investment as a means to drive economic growth as well as to improve competitiveness and to increase access to foreign markets for its exports. “With an improved business climate in Africa’s economies, we must explore opportunities for joint-venture partnerships between private sector entities on the continent and US private sector, particularly American SMMEs,” Zuma said. Zuma said South Africa saw opportunity in the US’ National Export Initiative, one of its offerings being technical and financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the US to enable them to access international markets. “Partnerships at the level of emerging and small enterprises are the engine of economic growth in Africa,” Zuma said. One the challenges faced by the African private sector was the size of African enterprises compared to global multinational companies, something which could be overcome by exploiting genuine opportunities. “We are encouraging investments in Africa with good reason. Numerous studies have confirmed that the rate of return on investments and partnerships in Africa is higher than in any developing region,” Zuma said. “This bodes well for US entities that are enterprising enough to look towards Africa for their own growth, not only through merchandise exports but through actual direct investment and physical presence in African countries.” South Africa was also working towards a framework for extracting more value from its mineral products and on exporting higher-value added products to other countries, Zuma said. At the same time, the President encouraged South African companies to explore opportunities in the US. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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a month agoWest Ham reviving interest in Man Utd target Mandzukic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham reviving interest in Man Utd target Mandzukicby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham are reviving their interest in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.TuttoJuve says Manchester United were keen on signing Mandzukic as well as his Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala during the summer transfer window but the double deal broke down at the eleventh hour. Mandzukic has since negotiated with Qatari side Al-Rayyan but the veteran forward has rejected a £7million-a-year deal as he has hopes of moving to the Premier League. West Ham have shown an interest in Mandzukic and are willing to guarantee the Juventus man regular playing time. The Hammers had originally made enquiries after the veteran in January. last_img read more

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