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Gators credit team chemistry for strong start to season – Daily Commercial

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:47 am

By Jim HarvinCorrespondent

The second-ranked Florida softball team has reached the midpoint of the season with just one loss and carries a 19-game winning streak into this weekend’s three-game series against fourth-ranked Auburn.

The remainder of the season, however, still looms ahead.

It startsSaturday when the Gators (27-1, 5-0 SEC) and Tigers (27-3, 2-1) square off at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium at 6 p.m.

Senior left-hander and 2016 first-team All-American Delanie Gourley feels it’s all about trust.

Our team chemistry is just really, really good this year, she said. That’s something that you can’t ever force. When that happens like it did this year, that’s something really special.

We feed off each other a lot, whether it’s from our workouts or from practice or for games. That is really what has set this season off.

Gourley (11-1), the reigning SEC Pitcher of the Week, has 105 strikeouts and leads a staff that has posted a 0.54 ERA while holding opponents to a .128 batting average.

Kelly Barnhill (10-0, 0.23 ERA, 119 Ks) and Aleshia Ocasio (5-0, 0.55 ERA) also have been outstanding.

Auburn will counter with pitchers Kaylee Carlson (15-0, 0.93 ERA) and Makayla Martin (12-3, 0.98 ERA).

Five Gators Kayli Kvistad, Sophia Reynoso, Amanda Lorenz, Justine McLean and Nicole DeWitt have started every game this season.

We’ve been working hard. You can’t ask for much more, DeWitt said. We go out here and we want to win games. We can’t have any doubt in ourselves, so being able to believe in each other is going to be a huge key.

We don’t focus on who is in the other dugout. We focus on ourselves and playing Florida softball.

UF has outscored the opposition by a 199-21 margin.

In addition, the Gators have made just six errors for a nation-leading .991 fielding percentage.

A huge part of how we’ve been playing is the relationships that we have with each other, DeWitt said. We have such strong bonds that can’t be broken. We’re constantly together. Even when we have an off day, we’re still hanging out. We all enjoy being around each other. That’s a huge thing.

UF also is doing the right things off the field.

They’re student-athletes, coach Tim Walton said. They know priority number one is to go to school and do the things that they need to do.

The top-five showdown with the Tigers will be the first of six remaining SEC series for UF, which just two weeks into the league schedule is the lone remaining team unbeaten in conference play.

We’re going to come out, keep doing what we’ve been doing and just play how we play, especially when we’re playing at home in front of our amazing fans, Gourley said. We’re going to come out and have fun.

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CBSE exams: Chemistry turns out to be the easiest, say Gurgaon students – Hindustan Times

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:47 am

Class 12 students of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) who took their chemistry exam on Saturday said it was the easiest of all the papers so far.

It had a lot of numerical questions and most were directly from the textbooks. Many students submitted their answer scripts much before time. Teachers too said it was the easiest chemistry paper set by the CBSE in recent times.

The chemistry paper was the easiest so far. I had lost all hope after the mathematics paper since it was a tough one. But I am glad that they compensated for it with the chemistry paper. I am hoping for a good result, said Yash Gupta, student of DAV Public School.

I expected the chemistry paper to be easy this year and that is exactly how it was. Our school had prepared us for a paper that was much more difficult than what we got. It was a balanced one, I turned in my answer script an hour early, said Anchal Shah, a student of Delhi Public School, Sector 45.

Ishan Mehra, a student of Suncity World School, said the questions were from the NCERT syllabus itself and answering them was a cakewalk.

All my classmates were pleased with the question paper, said Neha Singh of Rotary Public School.

The students exiting the exam venues were content with the paper and their work. Teachers too said most of the questions were the those that were discussed and practised in the classroom.

Students can now heave a sigh of relief as the difficult exams are over. What remains is the physical education paper scheduled for next month.

But the tension doesnt end there as now students will begin their preparation for the tough to crack IIT-JEE exam on April 2.

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From The Other Side: The Anatomy of Brooklyn’s Blowout Loss in Washington – Truth About It – Washington Wizards Blog (blog)

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:44 am

Truth About It is a blog that primarily focuses on all things Washington Wizards. We have media credentials and that access allows for up-close coverage of games, practices, and other activities, irreverent and otherwise. But occasionally we use that access to explore whats going on with the opposing team. We call this segment, From The Other Side,and in todays installment,@rashad20focuses on the visiting Brooklyn Nets.

On Thursday night, while the Washington Wizards rested, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Phoenix Suns, 126-98.That win allowed the Nets to achieve three significantseason milestones: Their largest win (28 points), their first win streak (two), and the first time in franchise history they had six bench players score in double figures.

Brooklyntrailed Phoenixby 10 points after the first quarter, then head coach Kenny Atkinson called timeout to yell, scream and throw a clipboard to emphatically implore his team to play with passion and a bit more effort. The Nets responded by outscoring the Suns 104 to 66 the remainder of the game. Message received.

After the game, Atkinson had a choice: Do we travel south to Washington, D.C., arrive late, have a shootaround in the morning, and takethe traditional path NBA teams follow when they have back-to-back games; or do we sleep in our own beds, wake up early, and travel to D.C. on the day of the game? He chose the latter.

Six minutes into their tilt against the Wizards, Atkinsons travel decision appeared to be a stroke of genius. The Nets led 11-4 on the road, mainly thanksto five quick points by Jeremy Lin and careless decisions by John Wall (who, battling the effects of a migraine headache, was questionable to play entering the game) and Markieff Morris. But just as Atkinson had called timeout the previous night to stop his teams substandard effort on both ends of the floor, Wizards coach Scott Brooks did the same thing in an effort to reel in his team in and it worked. The Wizards went on a 27-11 run, and they led 31-22 once the first quarter ended. The Nets never got closerthan nine points the remainder of the game.

Washington outscored Brooklyn32-20 in the second quarter to extend their lead to 21 points. The Nets came out of halftime playing inspired ball and cut the lead to 14 points with 5:23 left in the third quarter, but the Wizards, as theyve been doing intermittently the past month or so, pulled out just enough offensive magic to keep a comfortable lead throughout the third quarter. The Nets ended up losing by 21 points to the Wizards, who clinched a playoff berth.

Prior to his postgame presser, Atkinson had plenty of excuses at his disposal as to why his team lost so badly to the Wizards. He could have blamed the timing of his travel between cities, the difficulties of playing the second night of a back-to-back, the talent disparity between his team and the opponent, or he could simply look inward and blame the loss on the substandard job of the coaching staff. He chose all of the above.

First, he highlightedthe ability of the Wizards bigs (Marcin Gortat, Jason Smith, Markieff Morris, and Ian Mahinmi) to guard their perimeter defenders, then the lack of energy of his team on the second night of a back-to-back, and finally the paltry performance of his bench (57 points), which was far short of the 81 points they scoredthe prior night against Phoenix.

Next, Coach Atkinson decided to contrast the performance of hisbench with the suddenly prolific Wizards bench, as well as criticizing the timid play of his offense. Washingtonsbench, which was justifiably criticized early in the season, has been injected with an energy boost of sorts, thanks toformer Brooklyn Net Bojan Bogdanovic and former New York Knick Brandon Jennings. The Wizards bench accounted for 70 of their129 points, and Bogdanovic and Jennings accrued 35 of those bench points. Jennings, who had nine assists to go with his 18 points his highest total as a Wizard played a sizable role his teams success by pushing the pace John Wall initially set and making the Nets uncomfortable. Coach Atkinson had no problems discussing how flummoxed this made his team.

Amember of the Nets media asked Atkinson point blank if the decision to travel on the same day was a justifiable scapegoat for such a lopsided loss. Based on the laws of coachspeak, it would have been perfectly understandable for Atkinson to roll out the thats no excuse, all NBA teams put their pants on one leg at a time platitudes. When Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was asked about the same day travel, he said that it didnt matter and all NBA teams face adversity. Coach Atkinson was a bit more reflective with his comments:

We will evaluate how it went, what we can do better, but that is a good point. We definitely will look at that. How did the guys react? How did the coaches react to it? Obviously, the result is not very good. If we are just going on the result, it was not a smart move by the coach but then again, I do not regret it. It is part of finding out, being more efficient in what we do.

Jeremy Lin, who had not played in the previous two Wizards-Nets matchups due to injury, finished Friday nights game with 14 points and three assists in 20 minutes. He scored five of the Nets first seven points, he blocked a Markieff Morris shot early in the first quarter, and by halftime he had 10 points. His team was not playing well, but it looked as Lin was fully engaged and prepared to give Wall and Jennings fits in the second half. But after scoring the opening basket of the second half to cut Washingtonslead to 19 points, Lin was virtually a no-show the remainder of the game. He had two fouls and a turnover in the 7:04 he played in the third quarter, and as the Wizards began to make the game a laugher, he did not re-enter.

Afterward, Lin had both his knees and feet ensconced in ice and he slowly shook his head and stared at the box score. When the media came to him, Lin reluctantly spoke but was eventually quite candid with his comments and his role in his teamsblowout loss. Lin blamed himself for Brooklynspoor performance, and he specifically blamed his inability to get the team meaningful possessions and shots every time down the floor. He also took full responsibility for Brook Lopezs quiet night. Lopezentered the game averaging 20.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and five 3-point attempts and nearly two makes per game. He finished with just six points, seven rebounds and no 3-pointers made in just two attempts. Lin took responsibility for that, too. I just look at the box score and think that I need to get Brook a lot more involved. I feel like he had a relatively quiet night. I have to be able to get him more touches.

Lin also cited the spacing and scoring brilliance of both Wall and Beal.

From a distance, Washingtonsblowout win looks like the latestin a series of malaise-causing events for a 15-57 Brooklyn team. But the Nets came into D.C. looking for their first three-game win streak of the season and their first win on the second night of a back-to-back. They are a team which has takenpride in their ability to play hard every night despite the dearth of talent something Scott Brooks made his business to praise the Nets forduring his pregame presser. They really havent had too much to look forward to this season, but a potential victory over the Wizards would have surely given them a sliver of joy in late March.

But the cold reality is that the Washington Wizards, even with their inconsistent play and their fleeting effort on the defensive end of the floor, are the third-best team in the Eastern Conference and one of the top ten teams in the NBA. Brooklyn gave a valiant effort in the first few minutes of the game and again in the third quarter when they scored 39 points to Washingtons34. But all that added up to a 21-point loss, a fourth quarter featuring borderline taunting and laughter by the Wizards, depressing explanations with long faces, and forced optimism about the possibilities of positivity that the next game might bring.

Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.

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Novartis puts the Development of two Anti-Aging Drugs in American Hands – (blog)

Posted: March 26, 2017 at 5:43 am

PureTech will take on the development of two mTORC1 inhibitors from Novartis aimed at stopping the decline of the immune system associated with age.

Novartis is building up the portfolio of PureTech is a Boston-based healthcare company listed on the London stock market. Originally an investment firm, it now has put together a drug pipeline from its biotech portfolio. Its latest additionsare twodrugs to prevent and treat diseases related toimmunosenescence, an age-related process that reduces the immune systems functions.

PureTech will create a subsidiary, resTORbio, to carry out the development, starting with a Phase IIb trial for age-related immune system deterioration. The US company has allocated 14M ($15M) for the program, giving it a 58% stake that could rise to 67% in the future with an additional 9M ($10M) investment.

For its part, Novartis will get an undisclosed equity stake in the company plus milestonepayments and royalties as the drug advances through development and commercialization. The big Swiss pharma has already run two Phase IIa studies in elderly patients with the two mTORC1 inhibitors.

The immune system progressively loses its function with age, leading to age-related disorders

Novartis already has an mTOR inhibitor in the market, Everolimus, used as an immunosuppressant for organ transplantation and certain forms of cancer. Preclinical research seemed to indicate that this drug could also extend the lifespan and boost the efficacy of vaccines, which led the company to start human trials.

However, despite the promising potential of the candidates, Novartis has decided to trust someone else with developmentand waitto see whether theyre successful in the long term.

The field ofanti-aging,focused on delaying and preventing age-related conditions, is still young and so far it mostly attracts innovative biotech companies rather than traditional pharma. But as medicine advances and the human lifespan increases, Im sure it will start gaining more and more recognition.

Images from Africa Studio /Shutterstock;Dorrington MG and Bowdish DME (2013)Front. Immunol. 4:171.

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Elon Musk Just Unveiled The First Release Candidate Version of The Model 3 – Futurism

Posted: March 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Everyone is waiting for Teslas Model 3, and it seems that some amazing progress is being made at the company. This morning, Elon Musk tweeted out a video showing the first drive of a release candidate version of Model 3.

But dont gettooexcited. As we previously reported, Tesla is gunning to release the vehicle this year, but it should be noted that the company has a long history of product delays, which means there could be a chance that the release will be pushed back. Nevertheless, Musk has gone on record as saying that the Model 3 requires a simpler manufacturing process, which should make it easier to ensure quality control for its production.

You can see it in action in the video below:

This tweet prompted a slew of questions from Musks followers, which resulted in some important clarifications from the Tesla CEO. Musk asserted that the more affordable $35,000 Model 3 isnt the next version of a Tesla. People refer to it like iPhone 2 vs 3; however, Musk says, this is not true.

The Model 3, according to Musk, is actually just a smaller, more affordable version of the $70k Model S, with less range, power, and fewer features. This sounds like a bit of a letdown, but it really isnt. Notably, the affordability is key to the whole project, as it means making renewable energy available to the massesnot just the wealthy elite.

The more advanced Model S, says Musk, will always be the fastest Tesla until next gen Roadster, which is a few years away.

Musk also said that the Model 3 will have the option for dual engines, but customers will have to wait about 6-9 months. With this timeline, Tesla can minimize configuration complexity to keep the production ramp on schedule.

While Tesla had some major setbacks last year, the company has since improved their Autopilot software system, hitting a 40 percent reduction in crashes. But Musk wants to push these advancements even further. As Tesla works on achieving Level 4 automationtruly autonomous carsthe company will continually improve on the Autopilot system, and Musk has set a goal of a staggering 90 percent reduction in crashes by the time the software fully matures.

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All the Evidence You Need That Bitcoin Is Turning Into a Real Currency – Futurism

Posted: March 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Whether or not you know what blockchain is, you have probably heard of the seemingly mysterious cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain network are quietly making headlines around the globe. The recent success of Bitcoin and thesecurity of blockchainmay have some consumers considering an investment in the new denomination, but others are still wary. Newly released data further legitimizing the currency could be just the thing to push the undecided into the realm ofBitcoin proponents, however.

In 2008, Bitcoin was introduced by an anonymous group of programmers under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, and then itwas released to the public as an open-source software in 2009. Unlike other online payment services like PayPaland Venmo, Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer network that takes place privately between two users there is no intermediary involved. The virtual currency is completely decentralized from any external influence, and all transactions are accounted for through a blockchain ledger.

While Bitcoin is thoroughly anonymous, all transactions on the blockchain ledger are available publicly. Using the time and date of a particular transaction, individuals could potentiallymatch someones online address to their identity. However,all transactions made through Bitcoin are encrypted with military-grade cryptography, ensuring that the deals are secure.

Sending and receiving bitcoins is already as easy as sending an email, and its poised to get even easierthanksto BitPay.

Bitpay is a payment processing service that allows users to spend bitcoins within a largernetwork of merchants. With Bitcoins unexpected rate of growth leading to longer delays in transactions and higher fees, Bitpay developers were pushed to accommodate the sudden popularity of Bitcoin.

This friction is making us get more creative in how we do user experience design for delayed payment states on the BitPay platform, co-founderStephen Pairexplained at theDistributed: Markets 2017conference.Our designers and engineers are constantly attuned to how we can make using Bitcoin intuitive, he added.

The frequent updates appear to be paying off as the company recently released a series of charts revealing a positive trend in Bitcoin usage. The data shows a significant increase in the number of Bitcoin payments being processed daily and in the value of the payments being processed.

Experts attribute this to the wealth effect. Essentially, people who bought Bitcoin when it was significantly cheaper want to spend it now that the value is high. The trend also affects what people are buying with bitcoins.Bitpay merchantCheapAir, a site that sells plane tickets, hotel reservations, and car rentals, has noticed a higher upper limit in the spending of their Bitcoin customers.

With bitcoin we tend to generate more sales in premium cabins like business class or first class, CheapAir founder Jeff Klee told Quartz. Certainly the average spend for the bitcoin customer is higher than a non-bitcoin customer.

This increased movement of bitcoins from consumers to companies highlights an important moment in the history of the cryptocurrency. While people initially saw bitcoinsas something they could hoard, theyre now seeing them as something to spend.Bitcoin [is being used] as a store of value, as a currency hedge, and as a payment method for economies without widespread credit card or banking access, James Walpole, BitPays marketing manager, told Quartz.

If these trends continue, the increased acceptance of the cryptocurrency as an alternative payment method might be enough to push it all the way into the mainstream.

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