VE Brandl Flyers wrap up the season

first_img**SubmittedThe VE Brandl Pee Wee B Flyers played their final game of the season on Sunday against the Spirit River Rangers, in exciting and action packed game.     After a fast paced first period, the Rangers got on the scoreboard first when they netted one with only 49 seconds left in the period.  However, the Flyers tied it up one minute into the second period when Tyler Wood set up Ricky Bateman to even the score.  The Rangers scored three more goals before the Flyers mounted a comeback scoring two short handed goals to bring them within one.  Trystan Baxter netted the first shorthanded goal on a breakaway and less than a minute later, Jarod Lang potted one of his own. The Rangers got one more before the end of the frame to increase their lead to 5-3 going into the third period.    – Advertisement -In the third, the Rangers scored twice more before the Flyers got their last goal of the season on a nice passing play from Lang, and Aiden Harris to Alex Hartman.   Although the Flyers worked hard and passed the puck well they just couldn’t stop the much bigger Ranger team.      ‘The Flyers would like to thank all of the fans and their sponsor VE Brandl, who came out to support them this year.last_img read more

Charter evolution

first_imgTHE development of uniform standards for charter schools is the logical next step for this educational movement. The California Charter Schools Association announced Tuesday that it was creating a certification program for the independent campuses, and schools that meet these standards will get a seal of approval. This is a critical key to guiding the growth of charter schools throughout the state. Charters have grown in number in recent years because parents are unhappy with the decline in educational standards in traditional public schools. But that shift won’t last long if families find the same lack of academic standards in charter school classrooms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Messi hat-trick helps Barca equal record unbeaten streak

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi scored his third hat-trick of the season as Barcelona equalled the longest unbeaten run in La Liga © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, Apr 7 – Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat-trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday to make it 38 league games unbeaten.The Catalan giants will look to break the record that Real Sociedad set in 1979-80 when they host Valencia next weekend, with Ernesto Valverde’s side now just seven matches from becoming the first La Liga side to go through a campaign without tasting defeat. Messi was the star of the show at the Camp Nou with a magnificent treble, as Barca stretched their lead at the top to 12 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid’s derby against Real Madrid on Sunday.“This unbeaten record has not only been achieved this season, but also last year under (former coach) Luis Enrique,” said Barca coach Valverde.“It’s a shared record, because it crossed over between seasons. It has been quite difficult, because of the fact it’s an old record that hasn’t been broken for a long time.”Valverde named a strong side despite having a Champions League quarter-final, second leg on Tuesday at Roma, with Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho all starting.Suarez passed up two good early chances to put Barca ahead, prodding wide and then seeing visiting goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar deny him with an excellent save.But the hosts moved in front in the 27th minute through a trademark Messi free-kick.The Argentinian stepped up and curled the ball over the ball and into the bottom corner from 25 yards out to score his 27th league goal of the season.It didn’t take the 30-year-old long to double his tally for the day, latching onto Coutinho’s through ball and firing low into the corner.Barcelona eased off in the second half, perhaps with the midweek clash at the Stadio Olimpico on their minds, and Leganes hit back midway through the second half.Former Liverpool winger Nabil El Zhar cut inside and fired into the bottom corner from the edge of the box despite slipping as he shot.But the home side finished off the match as a contest late on with Messi completing his third hat-trick of the season in style.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner chested down Ousmane Dembele’s pass and dinked the ball over Cuellar with consummate ease.“To score goals is always good. We think that Messi has to stay active and he avoids any muscular problems,” added Valverde.“He’s doing well and we saw that tonight. Looking forward to the next matches, the way he played is good news for us.”Barca will now turn their attentions to avoiding a disaster in Italy as they defend a 4-1 first-leg lead, still bidding to complete the treble with a Copa del Rey final against Sevilla to come in a fortnight’s time.Earlier on Saturday, Sevilla’s hopes of qualifying for Europe next season took a hit with a 4-0 thumping at Celta Vigo.Vincenzo Montella’s side were taken apart by former striker Iago Aspas’ hat-trick, as the ex-Liverpool man strengthened his claim for a place in Spain’s World Cup squad.Sevilla face Bayern Munich on Wednesday’s at the Allianz Arena needing to overturn a 2-1 deficit to reach the Champions League semi-finals.Real Betis moved up to fifth with a fourth straight win as they saw off Eibar 2-0, while Alaves all but secured safety by beating Getafe.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

GAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTS

first_imgRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment02-Oct-2011Gleann Suilli1 – 80 – 9Naomh MichealMacCumhaill ParkFinal-Line: S Mc Loughlin/R O DonnellRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment02-Oct-2011Na Ceithre Maistiri1 – 50 – 10Cill CharthaMacCumhaill ParkFinal-Line: R Kennedy/M CollBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment02-Oct-2011St Eunans1 – 150 – 2GlenfinO Donnell Park2nd. LegBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Cloughaneely1 – 92 – 4ArdaraPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Naomh Naille1 – 91 – 9MilfordNaomh NailleMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Killybegs0 – 92 – 9Sean MacCumhaillsFintraBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Malin1 – 90 – 12St EunansMalinCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Urris2 – 50 – 11Naomh MhuireUrris Pairc Ui ChraimhsaighMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Fanad Gaels1 – 71 – 12KilcarPairc Ui Shiail PortsalonCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Naomh Brid2 – 91 – 7Aodh RuadhNaomh BridMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Termon1 – 70 – 13BundoranTermonBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun AFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Red Hughs0 – 82 – 7BurtConvoyS/Final-Line: R Mc Gonagle/B TreartyBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Cloughaneely1 – 141 – 12ArdaraPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Killybegs2 – 80 – 11Sean MacCumhaillsFintraMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Na Rossa0 – 141 – 7ConvoyPairc DooeyMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Termon1 – 104 – 10BundoranTermonBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun AFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Downings1 – 50 – 10Naomh Padraig LeifearO Donnell ParkS/Final-Line: G Mc Hugh/P Mc GintyBusanna Feda O Donaill IFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Naomh Columba0 – 100 – 7Naomh ColmcilleTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownS.F/Replay-E/Time-Line: P Walsh/L JordanBusanna Feda O Donaill IRFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Carndonagh1 – 120 – 4Naomh MhuireUrris Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh1st. Round/P/Off-E/TimeBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Letterkenny Gaels0 – 101 – 10Naomh UltanConvoyQ/Final-Line: R Mc Gonagle/B TreartyCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Carndonagh2 – 60 – 8BuncranaCarndonaghBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment01-Oct-2011Glenswilly1 – 51 – 9Naomh Padraig LeifearO Donnell ParkQ/FinalGAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTS was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL COUNTY RESULTSlast_img read more

‘Complete waste of a shirt’ – Liverpool fans urge Klopp to sell ‘big time fraud’

first_img latest Take Henderson out of LFC team and we’ll be competing— Okumi Ayettey🇬 (@Nii_YNWA) September 29, 2018 Henderson really starting to make wanna chuck the tv he’s so annoying PASS IT FORWARD— Naziraaaa (@NaziraaaaLfc) September 29, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Most read in Premier League Henderson is going to be a starter and #LFC captain until he hangs up the boots and retires. Whatever he has on the owners and Klopp must be good, to be able to blackmail them to this level.— Greg_YNWA1 (@Greg_YNWA1) September 30, 2018 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware If ppl still think Jordan Henderson is a good footballer take yourself for a walk and give your head a wobble. The man is a big time fraud.— elpistolero (@elpistolero85) September 29, 2018 Would Henderson shine in a championship team ? ……Nope— Lee A Evans (@Leeanthonyevans) September 30, 2018 changes revealed whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool supporters during and after the match could not believe how poor Henderson was in west London, and fans took to social media to call for his sale as soon as possible. What pisses me off is when a mediocre midfielder thinks that screaming and shouting at his own team mates will cover his own flaws and inability as a footballer. Case in point: Jordan Henderson. #LFC— Fawad Parvez (@fawadparvez) September 29, 2018 SORRY His desire to recycle possession can be, at times, very useful, but Henderson had opportunities to launch attacks and he STILL turned to face his own goal and played the ball back to his defenders.The England international was a clear level below Chelsea’s midfield of Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic, and it was amazing he lasted as long as he did before being withdrawn by Jurgen Klopp. Virgil Van Dijk, my Captain! Henderson must be dropped now it’s not fair on him the players klopp or the fans! Simply not good enough and wouldn’t start on any other top 7 team! pic.twitter.com/hdgRQ13EDn— Mully #JF96 (@Mully1892) September 30, 2018 @LFC Sell Henderson— Seán Ivory (@SeanIvory_1) September 29, 2018 How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? center_img REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Henderson started the match as part of Liverpool’s midfield three, returning to the line-up having been named among the substitutes for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea.The Reds captain, however, was somewhat shocking in the autumn dusk.He stayed on the pitch for 78 minutes but never really got into the game, and Henderson’s passing had fans thoroughly annoyed. 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sturridge struck a beautiful curling effort over Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa, who had no chance of reaching the ball Hope we won’t see Henderson starting again until we sell him out or get Chamberlain back from injury… He’s just so average and klopp need to have some balls and permanent him on the bench!!! #LFC— SJohnson (@sheeun11) September 29, 2018 tense Van Dijk to hopefully keep the captain’s armband. Henderson is no longer good enough to be in the first 11 let alone be captain of Liverpool football club #LFC #CHELIV— Sukh Dhaliwal (@sukh007uk) September 29, 2018 Henderson actually being stroppy for getting subbed off as if he’s done anything today lol. Shouldn’t have even started.— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) September 29, 2018 Remember when our fans said Henderson does the same thing as Jorginho but nobody says anything because he isn’t called Hendinho https://t.co/p3tDgrAPDe— Shanta Firmino (@Coppin_LFC) September 29, 2018 Jordan Henderson’s performance in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea had Liverpool fans pulling their hair out as Saturday passed from day to night.Daniel Sturridge netted a late, late equaliser to secure a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge after Eden Hazard had put the Blues ahead. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker I noticed it particularly in the first half but he carried on until he went off. Had several times where there were passes on but decides to turn back and let the CBs make the passes. Typical game for him. Complete waste of a shirt.— Shanta Firmino (@Coppin_LFC) September 29, 2018 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Henderson needs to stop barking at others and work on better passing himself— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) September 29, 2018 Henderson’s performance showed up his weaknesses compared to the true elite i don’t know when klopp will stop playing henderson .. like i just don’t know— Mekwuye (@Ehima_Dynasty) September 30, 2018last_img read more

End of an era as Highland’s ‘Shaun the Doc’ does his last show today

first_imgToday’s marks a milestone in local radio when Highland Radio’s Shaun Doherty signs off for the last time.The morning chat show host has entertained the Donegal public for the past 26 years with a programme that has often set the local news agenda.From humble beginnings with Donegal Community Radio (DCR), Doherty soon became the local housewife’s favourite. From what may be deemed trivial issues such as lost pets to more heavyweight matters of health and politics, Doherty had his finger on the pulse.As well as possessing that all-important common touch, Doherty empathised with his listeners, be that a single mother waiting three years for a council house or some poor unfortunate on a never-ending waiting list for surgery.However, fronting the station’s biggest show also brought him his own minor celebrity status which allowed him to interview well-known local and national names with ease.Celebrity names such as Daniel O’Donnell and Phil Coulter combined with names from current affairs such as the AA’s Conor Faughnan found themselves at ease with the host. From the Omagh Bombing to the more recent Buncrana Pier tragedy, Doherty has covered the most difficult events with a sensitivity that drew a bond between the broadcaster and his listeners.He may have spoken with a soft English accent courtesy of his upbringing in Stoke, but Shaun Doherty found a home here and became as much of Donegal as the Polestar Roundabout or McDaid’s Football Special.Quite simply when people think of Highland Radio, they think of ‘Shaun the Doc.’But today marks the end of an era when he tells his listeners to do “whatever you do, do it safely but most of all, do it with Highland Radio.”There’s no doubt that successive owners of Highland Radio could not have enjoyed their continued success without the input of ‘Shaun the Doc.’ He was the station’s promotion and marketing manager for a period and regularly voiced-over adverts and often went on the station’s coach tours.He will admit that he couldn’t have done his show on a daily basis without the input of producers such as Caroline Orr and Ciara Johnston.He hasn’t revealed exactly what his plans are.Rumours abound of an offer from Newstalk while those close to him say he plans to take some time off and do some charity work. Whatever he does, Highland know they have big shoes to fill.Several names have been bandied about including Noel Cunningham, BBC Radio Foyle’s Enda McClafferty, the station’s own Greg Hughes as well as writer and broadcaster Frank Galligan.Whoever takes over the mantle know that they will have to make the show their own, as Doherty did for so many years.For the owners of Highland Radio, they know it is critical they choose the right person to replace a personality who has arguably contributed more than anyone else to the success of the station since its inception.End of an era as Highland’s ‘Shaun the Doc’ does his last show today was last modified: July 14th, 2017 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:donegalHighland RadiolistenersShaun Dohertylast_img read more

Latest: Swansea City 0 QPR 0 – Rangers within sight of first away point

first_imgQPR goalkeeper Rob Green has produced a number of fine saves at the Liberty Stadium to leave his team within sight of their first away point of the season.He was off his line quickly to deny former Rangers man Wayne Routledge and did well to tip away Kyle Bartley’s header.Green was less convincing when he misjudged Gylfi Sigurdsson’s tame effort and the ball trickled narrowly wide of the target.But he redeemed himself six minutes before the break by diving to his left to brilliantly claw out Sigurdsson’s free-kick.At the other end, Niko Kranjcar curled a free-kick over the bar and Leroy Fer was unable to apply the finishing touch to a free-kick from Joey Barton.Fer later had Rangers’ best chance of the half but his header from Kranjcar’s cross was saved by keeper Łukasz Fabiański.And as the visitors finished the half strongly, the dangerous Eduardo Vargas fired wide.Green was called into action again after the restart, twice denying Wilfried Bony, first by saving from the Ivorian after he had been set up by Routledge and then keeping out his volley.Richard Dunne, available again after suspension, returned to the QPR side, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Mauricio Isla dropping to the bench.Kranjcar kept his place, while Bobby Zamora is still out. QPR: Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Yun, Vargas, Barton, Henry, Fer, Kranjcar, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Ferdinand, Isla, Mutch, Phillips, Hoilett, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Junior Spartans beaten at Pleasant Valley, 31-14

first_imgChico >> Red Bluff junior Spartans midget head coach Randy Davis knew his team’s toughest test would come against the Pleasant Valley junior Viking midgets. On a windy Saturday afternoon at Pleasant Valley’s Asgard Yard the two 6-1 teams would meet up to settle things on the field.Unfortunately for Red Bluff, the junior Spartans were beaten soundly in the second half to fall to PV, 31-14. The game started a little scary for Red Bluff after fumbling the opening kickoff. Fortunately, the junior …last_img read more

Clever Animals Inspire Lookers – And Engineers

first_img     How did these optical secrets emerge in such different species as arthropods, fish and birds?  The leader of the Israeli group remarked, “It is astonishing how through evolution, fish and silver-colored spiders have independently succeeded in achieving light-reflecting structures with similar efficiencies, although differences in mechanism is apparent.”  Another team member who spoke of the “clever solutions that emerged in the course of evolution” said, “It is very surprising that fish and spiders, pertaining to completely different taxonomic groups, independently acquired through evolution the ability to generate mirror-like reflections on their skin by depositing guanine crystals.  This suggests that the solution must be quite efficient and it is, therefore, extremely promising for the materials scientists to try and understand the structural principles of these photonic crystals working as (colored) mirrors.” 1.  Finn, Tregenza and Norman, “Defensive tool use in a coconut-carrying octopus,” Current Biology, Volume 19, Issue 23, R1069-R1070, 15 December 2009, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.10.052. Ahem, you Israeli idolaters: Darwinism has just been falsified, not confirmed.  What’s astonishing is that you would trade in a solid foundation for an idol with feet of clay.  Look to the Rock from which you were hewn.     How often do the evolutionists start chanting their worship rituals into otherwise stimulating discussions about biological wonders?  It will be so good when we can get science back to observation.  Meanwhile, all of us can look forward to cool gadgets and inventions coming from the intelligent-design science of biomimetics. In the tank, fish are glistenin’ In the lab, folks are whistlin’; A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, Copyin’ a living wonderland. Gone away’s Mr. Charlie, Here to stay – not so gnarly – Intelli-design, the trend of ’09, Copyin’ a living wonderland. In the hangar we can build a robot, And pretend that it’s a hummingbird; They’ll say “Follow Darwin!” we’ll say “No, not! Design by evolution is absurd.” Later on, we’ll conspire As we dream, zoo-inspired, To build unafraid, with plans that God made, Copyin’ a living wonderland.(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Incredible animals provide endless delights with their antics.  Even microorganisms are capable of amazing feats.  Sometimes these living things inspire inventors, too.center_img Coconut octopus:  Tool use was supposed to be a late marker of primate intelligence as chimpanzees were evolving upward to manhood.  That’s so 1890.  Now that we know crows can use tools (05/26/2009), why not octopi?  Sure enough, PhysOrg, Science Daily and Live Science all reported on a “lucky accident” of finding “tool use in an invertebrate.”  Based on the paper in Current Biology,1 Live Science explained, “The veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) apparently can stack discarded coconut shell halves just as one might pile bowls, sits atop them, makes its eight arms rigid like stilts, and then moves the entire heap across the seafloor.  These soft-bodied creatures perform this ungainly ‘stilt walking’ to use the hard shells for shelter later when needed.”     Marine biologist Julian Finn “never laughed so hard underwater” upon observing the trick.  New Scientist included a video; so did National Geographic, which said the discoverers were “blown away” when they saw it.  “Tool use, once thought to be a uniquely human behavior, is seen as a sign of considerable mental sophistication among nonhuman animals, ”NG said.  The article quoted a chimpanzee expert commenting, “Even chimps do not use natural materials to create shelters over their heads.”  This octopus is making good use of its sophisticated robotic arms (02/09/2005, brain (10/25/2009) and complex eyes (10/16/2006, bullet 2).  Live Science followed up with a list of 10 animals that use tools.  Only half of them are primates; two are non-mammals. Hummingbird robots:  Who isn’t fascinated with hummingbirds hovering around the backyard feeder?  Scientists at University of Buffalo are studying “hummingbirds flight to develop self-propelled surveillance devices,” reported PhysOrg.  Hummingbird wings develop 3-D vortices that provide optimal lift.  Scientists interested in designing small robotic flyers that can negotiate caves, tunnels and tight places are taking their cues from the world’s smallest birds.  “One solution being explored is the design of tiny, flying surveillance devices called micro-air vehicles that are bio-inspired, based on lessons drawn from the behavior of insects and birds.” Batty feet:  Scientists thought some bats used suction to cling to wet leaves.  Nope; Science Daily reported that the sucker-footed bats don’t use suction.  “Instead, they use wet adhesion, secreting a fluid, possibly sweat, that enables the pads on the bats’ wrists and ankles to attach to surfaces.”  The report on PhysOrg includes a video of the bat clinging to glass. Microfuel and micro-art:  Even single-celled organisms have their own tricks of technology.  Energy is, of course, a matter of great concern these days.  Space.com reported on the latest attempts to use algae for biofuel.  And New Scientist posted a gallery of artistic patterns produced by microbes (some with human help).  Image No. 7 is sure to give you a double-take.  And say: if bacteria are so clever, why not just use them instead of imitating them?  PhysOrg reported about scientists at Argonne National Laboratory who are harnessing microbes to turn nanoscopic gears.  This is easier than building nanomachines from scratch: There exists a wide gap between man-made hard materials and living tissues; biological materials, unlike steel or plastics, are “alive.”  Biomaterials, such as live skin or tissue, consume energy of the nutrients to self-repair and adapt to their environment,” [Igor] Aronson said.  “Our discovery demonstrates how microscopic swimming agents, such as bacteria or man-made nanorobots, in combination with hard materials can constitute a ‘smart material’ which can dynamically alter its microstructures, repair damage, or power microdevices.” Hopefully PETA will not complain about making them into galley slaves.  See also Live Science. All that glitters:  Photonic crystals, the geometric arrangements of nanoscopic surfaces that play tricks with light, are still a hot topic in physics and biomimetics.  PhysOrg reported about work at the Weizmann Institute of Science who are studying “Sparkly Spiders and Photonic Fish.”  A variety of unrelated creatures use guanine molecules to create the tiny patterns that amplify some wavelengths and cancel out others.  The result is a reflective surface brighter than what pigments could produce: “These fish and spiders are able to make guanine crystals of very specific size and orientation to achieve the reflectivity they require.”last_img read more