Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, figure skating coach Bruno Marcotte and his wife, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel, pet their dog Moo-tae, right, and another dog in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)Still, the industry persists, and despite pressure from animal rights groups — particularly from Western countries — Pyeongchang won’t completely shelter Olympic visitors from the trade this month. Area restaurants were offered government aid if they stopped selling dog meat, but some declined to change their menus, fearing they’d spurn regular patrons and be left without customers once the tourists left town.“I have been selling dog meat for decades. It is really difficult for me to change my menu just because of the Olympics,” said Park Young-ae, 60, whose Young Hoon Restaurant is nearly in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium.A Gangwon province official told The Associated Press there were no plans to relocate dog farms situated near Olympic areas. There is one farm near Pyeongchang; six near Jeongseon, where the downhill skiing course is located; and 10 in Gangnueng, the coastal town that will host events like figure skating and hockey. Gangwon has 196 registered dog farms, though most are closer to Seoul.Groups like Humane Society International want South Korea to ban the slaughter of dogs entirely, while smaller groups have established volunteer systems to rescue dogs and close farms.Moo-tae’s adoption was organized through one such group: Free Korean Dogs. Founder EK Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Toronto, and she oversees adoptions that bring dogs to Canada and the United States. She worked on Moo-tae’s adoption personally.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In this undated photo provided by Free Korean Dogs, Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel poses with her dog Moo-tae, right, in South Korea. Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. (EK Park/Free Korean Dogs via AP)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea— Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel is hoping to win a gold medal in South Korea this month — though no prize could be more life-changing than her previous Pyeongchang souvenir.Not after last year, when the two-time world champion pairs skater brought home Moo-tae — an affable miniature dachshund mix with big ears, bowed legs and the bad luck of being born into the Korean dog meat trade. Duhamel, a vegan and animal lover, helped rescue Moo-tae by accompanying him on his flight from South Korea to Canada last February. The 2-year-old pup has been living with her and husband/coach Bruno Marcotte in Montreal since, spending his days doing yoga with Duhamel and making friends at the local dog park.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2017, file photo, Park Young-ae, owner of Young Hoon Restaurant, arranges dog meats at her restaurant in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel already has one life-changing souvenir from South Korea, and it’s not a medal. The Olympic pairs skater rescued a puppy from the Korean dog meat trade while competing in Pyeongchang last year, and she’s helping organize more adoptions while skating there at this year’s games. Duhamel and her husband brought home Moo-tae last February, and his big ears, bowed legs and affable personality have made him a favorite at the local dog park. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)Buddhists in the southern part of the country helped rescue Moo-tae from a farm as a puppy, and Park found him living on a monastery.“He loved to sit with the Buddhas during meditation and yoga,” said Duhamel, who meditates daily. “I thought, ‘Oh my God, maybe this dog has some special spiritual energy.’ That was really why I chose him.”Park picked up Moo-tae last year and drove eight hours north to meet Duhamel in Pyeongchang, where she and partner Eric Radford were competing at Four Continents in a test run for the Olympic rink. Moo-tae met his new parents in a parking lot outside the venue, calmly curling up in Duhamel’s arms shortly after being introduced.“Most of the time, he just wants to sit in everybody’s arms,” Duhamel said. “He doesn’t even care to play, he just walks up to everybody and wants to be held.”Park, Moo-tae and a second dog, Sara, met Duhamel at the airport in Seoul days later so that Duhamel could fly the dogs back to Toronto. Moo-tae went home with Duhamel and Marcotte, while Sara was united with another eager family waiting for her in Canada. Duhamel’s parents, Heidi and Daniel, adopted their own pup through Park’s organization a few months later.Duhamel and Park hoped that other athletes might serve as flight volunteers coming back from the Olympics, but Air Canada was too tight on space for that many dogs. Free Korean Dogs handles most everything related to adoptions, including paperwork, vaccinations and crates for transportation, but the organization can’t afford the thousands of dollars necessary to ship each dog without those travelers.“We have to really rely on flight volunteers flying from Korea to Canada,” Park said. “That’s like 90 percent of what we do.”Korean rescues routinely have a hard time adjusting to their new homes, and Free Korean Dogs monitors adopted dogs after they’ve been paired with families.Moo-tae, though, took right to life in Canada. He’s inseparable from his new brother, a 4-year-old rescued beagle named Theo. The family also has a rescued cat, Zara, living in its small Montreal condo.“He brings a very special energy,” Duhamel said. “I meditate every day, and he sits beside me patiently while I meditate. I don’t know if he was trained to do that.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lakers trounce short-handed Thunder “He’s like a saint,” Duhamel said.READ: South Korea dog meat restaurants refuse to stop serving for OlympicsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s been a different life for Moo-tae. Like roughly 2 million dogs each year, he was supposed to be raised on a Korean dog meat farm, where conditions are often poor. Moo-tae may have been locked in a cage, beaten or left without food or water. Certainly, he would have been sold and slaughtered, then probably served in soup at one of many restaurants still popular among Korea’s elderly population.Koreans have been eating dog for thousands of years, though the practice has waned recently. Many older Koreans believe dog meat aids virility, though younger citizens are largely either against the practice or indifferent to it. The country has begun shifting away from dog consumption as pet ownership has increased, with one in five households owning either a dog or a cat as of 2016. Some major dog meat shops — like the Moran Market in Seongnam — have been shuttered, and President Moon Jae-in even made a campaign promise to adopt a shelter dog if he won last year’s presidential election. He welcomed a 4-year-old mixed breed named Tory in July. The only remaining mark from Moo-tae’s past is physical — his front legs are a bit misshapen, possibly from abuse as a puppy.Otherwise, he’s happy as could be.“Moo-tae was so strong and calm,” Duhamel said. “That’s a funny way to describe a dog, but that’s exactly how I’d describe him. He’s so content.“We have a lady that walks our dogs every day while we’re training, and she says Moo-tae is the most popular dog in the dog park.”Duhamel, a Sochi silver medalist in the team event, is planning to do more to undercut the dog meat industry on this trip to Korea with Humane Society International. She, American skier Gus Kenworthy and American snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis have appeared in a public service announcement about the dog meat trade, and Duhamel is also hoping to assist in shuttering a farm or two once she’s done competing in South Korea.She’s also arranged with Park to fly home another rescued dog when she returns to Canada. This one, though, won’t be coming all the way home with her.“I don’t have the luxury of keeping another dog in my small condo,” she said. “As much as I would love to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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GOL, TIDFORE Investment Company Sign Agreement for Steel Plant in Liberia

first_imgFlashback: Program making official signing ceremony for the Agreement between the Government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) for the Establishment of a Steel Plant in LiberiaPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has witnessed the formal signing ceremony of the Agreement between the government of Liberia and TIDFORE (Hong Kong) Investment (LICEMCO) for the establishment of a steel plant in Liberia. The plant will transform raw iron ore and lamp stones into steel and cement.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf reflected on the history of Firestone and a number of iron ore mining companies that started investing in Liberia in the 1920s and 1950s and how they have not been able to add value to the raw materials from Liberia. She therefore indicated that the agreement with TIDFORE Investment was a realistic break from the past that will enhance Liberia’s efforts towards manufacturing and value addition.The 200-million US dollar investment will ensure the utilization of iron ore for steel production for both national and international markets, provide jobs for over 1000 persons, improve revenue collection, reduce the cost of both steel products and cement as well as improve infrastructural development. The agreement also seeks to ensure that all unskilled jobs will be done by Liberians only in addition to a high number that will be required for skilled and professional jobs. TIDFORE will also provide and maintain modern public facilities within the project area in accordance with best practice, general acceptable procedures and environmental law.The president commended members of the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee’s, led by the National Investment Commission, stringent 240-day negotiation processes with TIDFORE Group, the first ever concession to add more value to iron ore prior to today’s agreement. She, however, noted similarly that the TIDFORE Group’s negotiation with the government of Liberia will have a far-reaching impact on the production of steel, cement and manufacturing.President Sirleaf informed the executives of TIDFORE that while on her recent tour to Bong County, some aggrieved citizens of the county in the China Union Concession area complained about a number of unfulfilled commitments by China Union which should be looked into by TIDFORE for redress.Speaking earlier, the acting executive director of the National Investment Commission, George Wisner, termed the signing of the agreement with TIDFORE as the beginning of an investment incentive contract with TIDFORE intended to support the government’s efforts to deal with the structural defects of the Liberian economy and ensure a paradigm shift from an extractive based economy to a more diversified one through value addition.He reiterated that the role of the National Investment Commission is to support government’s economic policies in three key areas, including investment promotion, investment facilitation and private sector development in Liberia.A representative of TIDFORE Group for his part commended officials of the Liberian government who make up the Inter-Ministerial Concession Committee for their 240 days of hard work that led to the agreement and the signing ceremony.Also speaking, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue expressed delight over the signing of the agreement with TIDFORE Group and cautioned both parties not to jump to early celebrations over the agreement.“I believe that the celebration should start when the project is in motion and not simply the signing ceremony. This agreement falls in two categories. Firstly, it is intended to facilitate the construction and operation of a 200 million (dollar) steel and cement plant that would transform one of Liberia’s major primary export commodities (iron ore) into finished product for both domestic and international markets,” he concluded.The signing ceremony was attended by the chairperson of the House Committee on Concession and Investment, Rep. Zoe Emmanuel Pennoh; Senate committee chairperson on Lands, Mines and Energy, Senator Albert Chea; Senate committee chairperson on Investment and Concession, Senator Sando Johnson; Justice Minister, Frederick Cherue; Finance & Development Planning Minister, Boimah S. Kamara; acting Foreign Minister, Elias Shoniyin; Information Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe; Lands, Mines & Energy Minister Patrick Sendolo, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 nabbed with loot from Anna Regina phone stall

first_imgThe hole in the wall which the perpetrators used to gain access to the stallPolice in G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands) have arrested two suspects who were found with a quantity of cell phones stolen from a stall in the Anna Regina Market last month.Guyana Times understands that acting on information received, Police ranks went to the homes of the two suspects on Wednesday and carried out searches during which the items, including phone accessories and a R1 Drone, were found.The ranks conducted a search at the Lot 59 Bush Lot, Essequibo Coast home of one of the suspects, aged 26, and found six cellphones, four cellphone chargers, one cellphone battery, one pair of earphones and the drone.Meanwhile, at the Lot 196 Richmond Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast home of the other suspect, a 21-year-old, the Police found one Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.Cellphone dealer Anthony Singh was contacted by the Police and identified the items found as the ones stolen from his stall at the Anna Regina Old Market.Singh’s business, Xtreme Tech Phone Centre, was broken into some time between July 12, 2019 and July 13, 2019.The phone dealer had previously told this newspaper that he usually stocked up on cellphones on Fridays, because that day is the Market Day in Anna Regina. The man recalled that at the close of market on Friday, he secured his stall with everything intact, but upon his return the following morning, he discovered it was burglarised.The perpetrators had broken the concrete wall on the northern side of the stall to form a whole in order to access interior of the stall, from which they took several high-end cellphones as well as some of the cheaper ones.The two suspects are in Police custody, assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

KU Student Crowned Jumia FIFA 19 Champion

first_img0Shares0000Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenyatta University student Phillip Kimani overcame 150 competitors to claim the Jumia FIFA gaming tournament, at the Thika Road Mall, over the weekend.Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money. Maina received Sh 10,000, while second runners up Joseph Macharia pocketed Sh 5,000 in the one-day inaugural event.“I’m extremely happy to be the first winner of this Fifa tournament. It’s a great feeling having beaten one of the toughest opponents in the final. I’m truly lost for words, but it’s my hope that I will keep getting better and better,” said Kimani.“It’s a very tough game. It reached a point I almost gave up, but I kept holding on until I won it. As far I am concerned, this is the best event I have seen so far: from display to features.“I will use the money to buy a console to help me continue practising in order to win in future events. Research shows that many people abroad have taken Fifa gaming as a career, winning large amount of money. I think here in Kenya, we are also on the right path.”Close to 500 Fans, who turned out in large numbers, were also not left out as lucky ruffle tickets winners went back home with give-aways courtesy of Jumia partners Dell, Hisense, Asus and Game Changer.Jumia Head of Category Kwenhui Tawah said: “The great turn out shows the power of gaming in Kenya. This is just but the beginning because we are still in the early days for the sport.“This was a great opportunity for the youths to show case their skills as well as celebrate the FIFA 19 on the back of the world cup. Based on the turn out we’ve seen that there is great demand for this type of programs in Kenya and as a result we are going to make this an annual event.”Reflecting on the tremendous growth of E-sports in Kenya, Dell Brand and Category Manager Central and Eastern Africa Peter Mbiti said: “We are focused on helping E-sports in Kenya and supporting the youths in this initiative. I was really impressed with the turn out. The future of E-sporting is pretty bright and it would be awasome if they make a career out of it.”Resan International Sales and Marketing Manager Manishi Dhami added:  “It’s really nice to see the response of the event in terms of turn out. We look forward to continue partnering with Jumia in promoting E-sports in the country.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

NATALIE KICKS HER WAY TO THE TOP – AGAIN!

first_imgDonegal’s top female kick-boxer has done it again.Powerhouse Natalie McCarron has won yet another world title.The Carrigans boxer, who is trained by Paddy Toland, fought her way to the top when she beat Andrea Warbrick from England. This is the third weight in which Natalie has won a world title.    NATALIE KICKS HER WAY TO THE TOP – AGAIN! was last modified: April 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarrigansNatalie McCarronworld titlelast_img read more

DURCAN AND MURPHY NAMED IN THE GAA.IE TEAM OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

first_imgDONEGAL’S Paul Durcan and Michael Murphy have been named on the Team of the Year (So Far) by gaa.ie, the game’s official website.Those behind the verdict admit season teams are picked at the end of they year – but with that in mind they have come up with their ‘Football Team of the Season So Far’.“It should hopefully start a debate on who will be in contention for All Stars at the end of the season,” says the site. Disagree with their selection? Comment on the team at facebook.com/officialgaa or on Twitter, @officialgaaHere’s what they say about picking captain Murphy and keeper Durcan.1. Paul Durcan (Donegal)There are reports that Durcan is considering a move to Dubai in 2016, and if that is the case, Donegal will be deprived of one of their top assets. While he probably should have done better with Lee Keegan’s looping shot towards goal in Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final, this has been another excellent season for the Four Masters man. He only conceded three goals in the whole summer, and kept clean sheets against Armagh, Derry, Monaghan and Galway. He made vital saves at vital times, and as usual, his kick-outs were out of the top drawer. May not get the All Star, but he has been the best goalkeeper so far this summer. 11. Michael Murphy (Donegal)What more can you say about Michael Murphy? Arguably the defining Gaelic footballer of the last five years, Murphy was by a distance Donegal’s best player again in 2015, leading them gallantly in six gruelling matches. Murphy’s awesome ability leads to his deployment all over the field for Donegal, and sometimes his selfless work for the cause limits his scope for individual expression. Yet he still manages to hit the heights time and time again. He was immense in the win over Armagh, kicking some outrageous long-range frees, while his towering performance against Derry included a couple of absolute belters from open play. He was subdued in the Ulster final, but when he was switched to full-forward against Galway, he was involved in two golden moments – the first, a wonderful individual point, and the second a brilliant flick to set up Ryan McHugh’s goal. In Saturday’s defeat to Mayo, he never let up and finished with eight points, three from play, despite carrying an injury into the game. Donegal have probably been knocked out too early for Murphy to win another All Star, but he was brilliant this summer.DURCAN AND MURPHY NAMED IN THE GAA.IE TEAM OF THE YEAR (SO FAR) was last modified: August 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgaa.ieMichael MurphyPaul Durcanteam of the season so farlast_img read more

MEMBERS OF NORTH-WEST 10K COMMITTEE TO GET A CIVIC RECEPTION

first_imgThe 10K has gone from strength to strength over the years.Letterkenny Town Council is to host a Civic Reception for past and present members of the North West 10k committee who have helped to raise €656,000 for 19 charities since it was setup in 1996.The proposal was made by Fianna Fail Cllr Dessie Larkin during the last formal meeting of the Town Council on Monday night.The North West 10k is sponsored by DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure. Cllr Larkin spoke of the wonderful work that the 10k committee continued to do as evidenced by the charity run and walk at the beginning of May where the two main organizations to benefit were the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Fund. Cllr Larkin spoke about the history of the event going back to the Rockhill 10k which ended in 1996. That’s when the North West 10k committee was formed and the event was initially hosted on a Saturday evening in Letterkenny before moving to a Sunday. Cllr Larkin said it drew massive crowds into the town providing a significant economic boost for shops and restaurants.He concluded by saying that 10k committee members past and present should be recognized before the Town Council is finally abolished at the end of the month.Cllr Larkin received unanimous backing for his proposal including Cllr Victor Fisher who said fantastic work had been done for a number of charities over the years.“It does something great for the town. It is a fantastic event and the work of the committee should be recognized” said Cllr Tom Crossan of the Letterkenny Community Residents Party. All Cllrs present supported the proposal including Gerry McMonagle, Ciaran Brogan, Jimmy Kavanagh, Lisa Culbert, Jim Lynch and Mayor Paschal Blake. While a date hasn’t been confirmed for the Civic Reception it will be held before the end of the month.  MEMBERS OF NORTH-WEST 10K COMMITTEE TO GET A CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptionLettrkenny Town CouncilNorth West 10klast_img read more

GAA PUNDIT MARTY MORRISSEY SET TO STAR AT FINN PARK IN NORTH WEST CELEBRITY CHARITY MATCH

first_imgGAA commentator Marty Morrissey is switching codes, but it’s only for one day, as he has agreed to take part in a North West Celebrity Charity Football match which aims to raise funds for the Bumbleance Ambulance service.Next Saturday the 13th of September, the stars will line up in Finn Park for what promises to be a great occasion.FAI chief executive John Delaney will join Morrissey in Finn Park, along with a host of other celebrities both local and national, including RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue, Mrs. Browns Boys’ Danny O’Carroll, former boxing star Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey and many more will line up in aid of the Bumbleance Ambulance service, with the fun kicking-off at 7pm. Tickets are available from Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure in Letterkenny or you can phone the ticket hotline on 086 274 0777Prices are €10 for adults and €5 for kids and €20 for the whole family.Check out our Facebook page Northwest Celebrity Football Match for further details and announcements.https://www.facebook.com/events/438520042954496/  GAA PUNDIT MARTY MORRISSEY SET TO STAR AT FINN PARK IN NORTH WEST CELEBRITY CHARITY MATCH was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesnewsNorth West Celebrity Football MatchSportlast_img read more

Alert raised over alleged burglary attempt near border

first_imgThe residents of a housing estate in Killea near the Donegal/Derry border were on alert last night after an attempted burglary.A man was seen attempting to break into a home with a metal bar in Ashlea Grove shortly after 2am on Saturday night/Sunday morning, according to local reports.When disturbed by a neighbour, the man ran and took off in a black BMW car. It is believed that two people were involved in the attempted break-in. Residents were unable to get a car registration number as the perpetrators left the car boot open to hide their plates.The local community alert group have warned people to be on the lookout for the suspect car and to report any sightings to Gardai.Alert raised over alleged burglary attempt near border was last modified: July 15th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglarycommunity alertKillealast_img read more

Jellyfish for Your Health

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Jellyfish have inspired a cancer cell search tool – just one of new products and services inspired by nature.Tentacle probe:  “Inspired by marine creatures that present long tentacles containing multiple adhesive domains to effectively capture flowing food particulates,” medical researchers built a new probe for blood that catches more circulating tumor cells (CTCs) than possible before, a new paper in PNAS reported.  The tentacles allow a 3-D network arrangement of DNA strands that match rare cancer cells in small samples of blood.  Science Daily describes what they did:A new device from researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital overcomes those obstacles. Inspired by the tentacles of a jellyfish, the team coated a microfluidic channel with long strands of DNA that grab specific proteins found on the surfaces of leukemia cells as they flow by. Using this strategy, the researchers achieved flow rates 10 times higher than existing devices — fast enough to make the systems practical for clinical use.Science Daily posted a second article on this new bio-inspired technology that can help “catch and release” marker cells before they metastasize, all by mimicking the tentacle method of jellyfish and sea cucumbers.Mr. Clean butterfly:  Did you ever think about how hard it would be for a butterfly to fly with dirty wings?  Fortunately, they come equipped with self-cleaning surfaces that resist water and dust.  Researchers at Ohio State University have created a surface with similar properties that does a much better job at staying clean, Science Daily reported.  We’ve heard about shark skin and lotus leaves with this property, but now butterflies – already a source of bio-inspiration for their bright colors – join the cleaning crew.  Their research paper is entitled, “Bioinspired rice leaf and butterfly wing surface structures combining shark skin and lotus effects.”  Put that texture inside pipes and you could “enhance fluid flow and prevent surfaces from getting dirty — characteristics that could be mimicked in high-tech surfaces for aircraft and watercraft, pipelines, and medical equipment.”Automatic assembly:  Proteins fold into intricate shapes by nature of their amino acid sequences.  Scientists would like to build nano-machines that do that trick.  In Nature last week (Nov 8), a team came a little closer to that goal by designing sequences that could fold into very simple shapes that constitute building blocks of higher protein structures, namely, alpha coils and beta sheets.  So far the results only demonstrate proof of concept for the idea; natural proteins are much more complex.  According to the Editor’s Summary of a Nature News & Views article on this effort, “The design principles and methodology described here should allow the design of a wide range of robust and stable protein building blocks for the next generation of engineered functional proteins.”  Birte Hocker wrote, “With lengths of 80–100 amino acids, the authors’ protein structures are comparable in size to small protein domains that act as building blocks of larger, more complex proteins. The design of custom protein scaffolds that perform new functions is now conceivable, as is the assembly of bigger designed domains and quaternary complexes.”Nano-machines:  Speaking of proteins, many of them fold into molecular machines that capture random thermal energy and turn it into useful work.  Scientists in Berlin succeeded in making a very simple lever-like device that turns randomly moving hydrogen molecules into specified work, New Scientist said.  “Jose Ignacio Pascual at the Free University of Berlin in Germany and colleagues took inspiration from the natural world, where random motion powers structures such as proteins that move cargo around inside cells.”Weird brain:  In a case of biomimetics in reverse, one organism appears to mimic human intellectual abilities.  That organism is Physarum polycephalum, a slime mold.  Nature News published an article about how this colonial microbe shows an uncanny ability to “solve mazes, mimic the layout of man-made transportation networks and choose the healthiest food from a diverse menu—and all this without a brain or nervous system.”  This organism is raising questions about what constitutes intelligence.  The article includes a video clip of the organism solving a maze and creating a memory of the most direct path.Our Creator must laugh when proud man struggles to catch up with the technologies He built into the simplest living things.  Christian parents should think seriously about a biomimetics career for their science-precocious kids.  It’s 100% Darwin-free and can help mankind.  Start them on a science project to take a bug, spider or leaf from around the house and try to build something that imitates some desirable feature of its life.  If they hesitate, tell them they can be Spiderman.last_img read more