How the sandfish lizard stays sand-free

first_imgThe sandfish lizard spends most of its life buried in the sand—emerging only to eat, poop, and make love. This lifestyle helps the lizard evade the sweltering desert heat in the Middle East and North Africa, but it causes another problem: inhaling sand particles. Yet when scientists looked into the respiratory tract and lungs of five dead lizards, they couldn’t find a single grain of sand. They couldn’t find an obvious filter in the lizard’s respiratory system, either. Puzzled, the scientists attached sensors to the chests of living lizards and studied their breathing patterns. They found the lizards breathe out with about 60% more intensity inside their sandy burrows than when they are aboveground, which might allow them to expel sand particles from their nostrils. The scientists also estimated a 70% drop in the speed of inhaled air when it hits the widest section of the lizard’s respiratory tract. This likely means that as the air slows down, sand particles fall and get trapped in mucus and cilia that line the section, the scientists report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. From there, some particles are blown out during exhalation and others are swallowed, after which they pass through the digestive tract and out of the body. At least, that’s the latest theory, supported by the fact that the lizards’ guts were full of sand.last_img read more

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TNT, Ginebra out to break semis tie

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Aussies banner Powerman bets ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img “No idea,” said Nash. “I know coach Tim (Cone) will do something. I’ll ask Olsen about it.”PBA legend Olsen is Cone’s assistant with the Kings. But he doesn’t have to spill any major secrets for TNT to figure out how it can gain control of the best-of-five affair.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Texters have been consistently holding their own against Barangay Ginebra’s imposing frontline and will again have to cut down the Gin Kings to size anew if they want to score a crucial Game 3 victory Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We always believe that we’re capable of beating Ginebra. But it takes a lot of focus and a lot of effort to do that,” said Nash. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sealing all possible gaps in the lane, the KaTropa leveled the semifinal showdown by humbling the Gin Kings, 103-96, on a road trip in Batangas City last Wednesday.Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra’s twin wrecking balls in the paint, couldn’t split the space down low efficiently, allowing TNT’s defenders to clamp down on them easily.Even Justin Brownlee, who finished with a game-high 25 points, was smothered by TNT’s choking internal defense in the closing minutes when the Kings attempted to cut down a double-digit advantage.“I think in every position, we are outsized by Ginebra. When they play with a big lineup, it’s really hard to play them,” said Racela.Tony Semarad did an exceptional job on limiting Brownlee’s mobility inside while Kelly Williams and Moala Tautuaa had seven-footer Slaughter and the 6-foot-9 Aguilar in check.ADVERTISEMENT While containing these giants plays a critical role in scoring a win, TNT must also let quintessential playmaker Jayson Castro provide the leadership and make sure Glen Rice Jr. stays out of early foul trouble this time.“We have to stick to our rebounding and defensive game plan,” said Castro in Filipino. “We don’t want to get outhustled just like in Game 1. We should again come out with a lot energy.”Slowed down by leg cramps late in the final period, Castro tallied 20 points and 10 assists in his crucial matchup with Ginebra’s LA Tenorio. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PBA IMAGESAlmost lost in the intensity of the semifinal series and the rivalry of the team owners involved is the fact that Nash Racela and brother Olsen are squaring off from opposite benches on the hardcourt.Nash, the TNT KaTropa coach, threw a slight joke about it, when asked on what adjustments he is expecting from Barangay Ginebra in Game 3 of their series, which is now tied at 1-1. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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New coach wants to see better speed, power, accuracy from Lady Maroons

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Koreas to form their first joint Olympic team for Winter Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “I’m not trying to change the way they play, what I’m here to do is improve the way they play,” said Okumu Wednesday at UP College of Human Kinetics.“They should be faster, if they spike they should spike stronger, if they can pass they should pass better. Every thing, I’m trying to improve the speed, power, accuracy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingLast year, Okumu took over a UP team that ended up with a 7-7 record in Season 79 under head coach Jerry Yee.The Kenyan national believes that with UP’s intact core last season, it was already ripe to become a legitimate title contender. Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine Dorog, and Ayel Estrañero make up the team’s center but has yet to prove that their 2016 Final Four appearance wasn’t a fluke.“Three years is a long time for a team to play together, and I think is they should’ve won,” said Okumu. “Three years with the same team, it’s quite a long time.”“I hope that changing the speed, the way they pass or spike, and improving their power and I think we will get somewhere.”ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu.University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu isn’t asking much from his Lady Maroons, he just wants them to be better.Okumu said he wants the Lady Maroons to take every aspect of the game of volleyball and push it to another level.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertelast_img read more

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ISL: Chennayin thrash Mumbai 3-0, consolidate top spot

first_imgChennaiyin FC players celebrate after scoring a goal. (ISL Images)Chennaiyin FC produced a clinical performance and pumped in goals in the second half to thrash Mumbai City FC 3-0 to consolidate their position at the top of the table in Indian Super League at the DY Patil Stadium here on Sunday.After much prodding and probing, Bruno Pelissari gave his side the lead in the 71st minute when he slotted the ball home. Pelissari made the stride after a blunder from Mumbai midfielder Jan Stohanzl, who gave away the ball from the edge of the box before Chennai’s Balwant Singh failed to get a touch.The Marco Materazzi-coached side extended the lead 10 minutes later when Dhanachandra Singh’s shot found the back of the net after capitalising on a error from Mumbai custodian Subrata Paul.The Abhishek Bachchan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni co-owned side took an unsailable 3-0 lead in the 89th minute when Cristian Hidalgo, who came in for Pelissari in the 73rd minute, smashed a brilliant freekick past to the right of a flying Paul in the Mumbai goal.The table-toppers missed out on getting a penalty when Mikael Silvestre’s shot hit Manuel Friedrich’s hand in the 56th minute. Chennai which had drubbed Mumbai 5-1 when the two sides had met earlier, consolidate their position at the top with 19 points from 10 games, while with 12 points Mumbai is placed sixth in the eight-team league.The hosts were without the services of the French import Nicolas Anelka and drafted Portuguese midfielder Tiago Ribeiro in his place, while skipper Syed Rahim Nabi came in place of forward Subash Singham in the starting eleven. Chennaiyin, on the other hand, made three changes to their line-up from the previous game. The league’s highest goal scorer Elano Blumer, Colombian striker John Mendoza and Gourmangi Singh were replaced by Bruno Pelissari, Mikael Silvestre and Balwant Singh.advertisementlast_img read more

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Tennessees Strange Path to Sweet 16 Suggests Its a Big Threat to

The number next to Tennessee’s name in the NCAA tournament bracket, 11, makes the Volunteers look like heavy underdogs against Michigan on Friday night. How Tennessee got to the Sweet 16 makes it look like a serious upset threat.Teams that are underseeded tend to outplay their seed, as I wrote last week. So do teams that have to play their way into the main tournament bracket, which I wrote about in a separate article. Yet most of these teams still lose their next game, when they face heavy favorites. Tennessee, thanks to a kind draw, is in the small group of teams that were underseeded, had to play their way in, and then won their next game. Similar teams went on to achieve major tournament success.Ken Pomeroy’s ratings on Selection Sunday ranked Tennessee as the 13th best team in the country, worthy of a No. 4 seed. And the Volunteers have played like it since, winning their play-in game over Iowa by 13 points and then crushing UMass and Mercer by 19 and 20, respectively. No other team got to this year’s Sweet 16 with two wins as lopsided as Tennessee’s.The Volunteer’s next opponent, Michigan, is the Midwest’s second seed and reached last year’s championship game. The Wolverines are favored over Tennessee by 2.5 or three points by Las Vegas sports books.But teams like Tennessee have been dangerous at this stage. The Vols — by virtue of beating Iowa and playing their way into the tournament — joined a group that historically outperforms its pre-tournament level by two points per game. Those two points, however, usually aren’t enough against their next, higher-seeded opponents.By beating UMass, Tennessee became just the 33rd play-in winner to win its next round (including in that group teams that had to win games in the early 1980s to advance and face a team that got a bye). How much these teams were underseeded is correlated (R>0.32) with three measures of later success: margin of victory in their next game, subsequent tournament wins and eventual finish. (The last two aren’t redundant because the tournament’s field size and number of rounds have changed.)Underseeded Play-in Winners That Won Their Next GameFive of the 32 teams before Tennessee were underseeded by four or more, according to their pretournament Simple Rating System ranking, as calculated by my colleague Benjamin Morris. (Pomeroy ratings don’t go back to the 1980s.) All five won their next games in the tournament — as Tennessee did against Mercer — and four went to the Final Four, including national finalist UCLA in 1980. No team before Tennessee was underseeded by even six spots; the Vols were slotted seven spots below where they should have been.FiveThirtyEight’s model, which takes into account Pomeroy’s ratings and teams’ performance during the tournament, gives the Vols a 47 percent chance of beating Michigan on Friday. The game is essentially a tossup – a rarity for a matchup between a No. 2 seed and a No. 11. read more

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American Legion post burglarized in Encinitas

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thieves broke into American legion post 416 in Encinitas last night and stole approximately $1,500 in cash, said the commander of the post.The suspects pried open the backdoor and stole money that was supposed to be spent on scholarships to send students to Boys State, a summer leadership and citizenship program for high schoolers.The post has been around since 1932 and serves over 100 World War II and Korean War veterans. June 16, 2019 Posted: June 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img KUSI Newsroom, American Legion post burglarized in Encinitas Updated: 10:18 PMlast_img read more

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Us Weekly Editor James Heidenry Out at American Media Inc

first_imgJames HeidenrySix months after taking over as editor of Us Weekly, James Heidenry — who also edited OK! and Star magazine — is out at American Media Inc., the company announced today.Effective immediately, taking over editorial duties at Us Weekly will be managing editor Jennifer Peros, who returned to the brand in August after a two-year stint as senior news editor at Entertainment Tonight.As for OK!, James Robertson, who joined AMI a year ago as the magazine’s associate editor and national correspondent before being promoted to executive editor, will succeed Heidenry as editor.Both appointments were made by chief content officer Dylan Howard, who in addition to his current duties overseeing The National Enquirer, Radar Online, and Globe as well as AMI’s branded content studio, will now assume editorial oversight of Us Weekly and OK!. Howard’s elevation is the latest in a string of promotions since he first joined AMI as editor of RadarOnline.com in 2013, including being named editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer the following year.Jennifer Peros“Jennifer and James represent the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry Us Weekly and OK! into a bright future,” said Howard in a statement. “By leveraging the strengths, talents, and commitment of the staffs and the collaborative insights of our newly established editors we are positioned to continue to establish ourselves as one of the innovative and strategic leaders in the category.”AMI had installed Heidenry as editor of Us Weekly shortly after acquiring the title from Wenner Media in April. He replaced Michael Steele, who had run the title at Wenner since 2009. Heidenry originally joined AMI in 2012 as editor of Star, following a long tenure at Maxim and a shorter stint as editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine.last_img read more

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The 199 Palm miniphone is ready to stand on its own

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET The Palm may be little, but it’s ready to venture out on its own. In November, the $350 Palm debuted as a diminutive device that could handle calls and texts, plus a few other tasks — but only as an accessory to another Verizon phone. Palm has now announced a new version that’s capable of serving as a standalone Android phone. Verizon is currently offering the new Palm for $199 with a two-year plan; that deal ends on May 1, after which it returns to its original $350 price. Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Apple Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Wacky Palm device is a 3.3-inch ‘phone’ for your phone 57 Photos See It Palm specs3.3-inch, 445ppi, 720p resolution12-megapixel rear camera and flash8-megapixel front-facing camera32GB local storage, 3GB RAMNo expandable storage800mAh batteryQualcomm Snapdragon 435 processorProprietary optical sensor to unlock the phone, but not 3D (not secure enough for mobile payments)One speaker on frontUSB-C portOne button power-lockGesture controlsAndroid 8.1No NFCWater resistance: IP68 $349 See it Apple Watch Series 4 Walmart Phones 2:57 Share your voice $413center_img $399 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements 0 How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) See It Post a comment News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Tags See It According to Palm, the first version of the phone, the “Palm companion,” can not be changed over to support standalone cell service. If you own the older version, however, you can trade it in and receive $199 in credit toward the new “Palm smartphone.” Preview: Palm’s quasi-phone turns heads, but we’re still not sure what it’s forIn addition to its expanded service capabilities, Palm says the new model has improved cameras and a software update that will extend battery life. The new software will become available to first-generation Palm devices later in April.Previously, the Palm companion used a primary Verizon cellphone’s call forwarding to get calls and texts — similar to how the LTE-connected Apple Watch works. Though too small for watching video, playing games or extensive typing, we found the Palm good for playing music, recording workouts and other at-a-glance tasks. Read: Why a tiny Palm phone comeback makes sense in a Note 9 world Palm is back! But this 3.3-inch device isn’t a phone… CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Verizonlast_img read more

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Dont be fooled by mouse support in iPadOS

first_img See it That’s fine, again, because it wasn’t made for me. And yes, I’d love full mouse or trackpad support in the iPad. I’ve wanted it for, literally, years. But this accessibility feature isn’t it, and just because Apple included this in iPadOS in 2019 doesn’t mean full mouse and trackpad support is coming in the future.I still think it’s an exciting feature, which is why I list it as notable on iPadOS. But it’s exciting for what it can offer others. Any way that iOS can expand its accessibility, and open its functions up, are good steps forward.I hope Mac-like mouse and trackpad support is the next thing Apple addresses on iPadOS, because it could very well be the final piece in the puzzle to have the iPad fully replace my laptop.But this year, there’s a very good reason why the mouse connectivity is hidden. $249 Now playing: Watch this: Apple Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 6:52 $249 I feel like ⁦@jetscott⁩ does the best job of “getting” pointer support. Mainly: “it is not meant for me.” Yes, Apple can and should improve it, but people would be better off if they remembered it’s an accessibility feature first and foremost. https://t.co/f2DjXQarwc— Steven Aquino (@steven_aquino) June 24, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET A better browser, new multitasking, a smoother Pencil… and everyone’s excited by a mouse. Apple’s newest version of the iPad OS is here as a public beta for you to download (on a secondary device, please). And you can, indeed, pair a Bluetooth mouse and use it to control your iPad. It seems, at first, like wish fulfillment. I’ve wanted mouse — or, actually, trackpad — support for years. Seven and a half years, to be precise.I’m here to throw some cold water on your excitement, because I’ve used what you think is mouse support, but is actually Apple’s Bluetooth pointer tool in Accessibility settings. It’s not the mouse support you’re looking for, or I’m looking for. And that’s okay, because Apple isn’t intending for me to use it.Even turning the feature on feels like an Easter egg: in Settings, you open Accessibility, then Touch, then turn AssistiveTouch on, and within that add a Bluetooth mouse as a Pointing Device. It’s deliberately buried, so it’s not confused with being an everyday iPadOS feature.Steven Aquino, a noted writer who covers accessibility and computing, has had strong thoughts about coverage confusing iPadOS’ seemingly hidden feature with some “miracle mouse support” trick. “Yes, Apple can and should improve it, but people would be better off if they remembered it’s an accessibility feature first and foremost,” Aquino said in a tweet.I admit, even in my attempts to explain what it is and what it isn’t, I’ve probably ended up misrepresenting it. Apple Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See All See It See It reading • Mouse support is hidden in iPadOS for a reason iPadOS Apple First look at the iPadOS beta Share your voice Apple iPad Amazon Tags $329 Computers Tablets See It Review • Apple iPad 2018 review: The iPad for everyone Comments • CNET Apps Today CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier $249 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy There are accessibility features that have been of use to a wider audience: I once activated a touch-based home button replacement when my actual home button wasn’t working. But turning this accessibility-targeted pointer feature into a stand-in mouse for other purposes is a mistake.If you doubt me, just try it. Set it up for yourself. The cursor is extremely large. It only works with one button-click function, usually simulating what a finger touching the screen would do. You can’t highlight text in the same way as a trackpad, or PC or Mac mouse. 8last_img read more

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