“I was told I’d be lucky to walk again, that there was a high likelihood they’d have to amputate,” said Smith, leery at the thought of racing with a prosthetic. “I had five surgeries and seven months of not walking on that foot. I didn’t feel comfortable on crutches so I used a walker or wheelchair around the house or a knee scooter.” COLUMBIA CROSSROADS, Pa. – A year and a half ago, doctors were telling Brad Smith he’d never race again. “This year has been a lot better for me than last year in terms of being able to race and travel,” Smith said. “It seems we’ve had a lot of bad luck gremlins this year that have kept us out of the top three.” “It was mid-August before I started walking without the boot. I didn’t know if I’d make it to Boone,” he said. “I missed a lot of early starts and wasn’t in the point battle but I still won four times at Outlaw.” “Words can’t describe it,” said Smith, who had earned his place on the All-Star ballot by topping Summer Nationals at Outlaw Speedway. “I’ve been to Boone the last four years. Seeing all that takes place makes my hair stand up. The All-Star Invitational is one of the most prestigious races in IMCA.” Brad Smith, pictured in victory lane with daughter Locklynn, became just the second IMCA Modified driver from Pennsylvania to be elected to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Greg Mesler, Motorsports Junction) He’ll become just the second Pennsylvania driver in the 16-year history of the event to start the Friday night special at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Being able to race was first and foremost in his mind following a Jan. 12, 2018 traffic accident on his way home from work, after staying late to wrench on a race car at his shop in Horseheads, N.Y. The head-on crash left Smith with a badly broken right foot. He’d matched that total by early August, with two checkers at Thunder Mountain Speedway and one win each at Afton Motorsports Park and at Outlaw. Once he was healthy enough to race, driving his tow rig to the track was as challenging as driving his car around it. Smith used crutches and a walking boot for much of his 2018 campaign. Smith will have a couple nights to figure out the surface at Boone before Friday’s All-Star Invitational. Regardless of the finish, he knows it will be a career kind of highlight. In July, his family, friends and fellow IMCA Modified drivers were calling and texting to congratulate the Columbia Crossroads, Pa., driver on his election to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “Starting the All-Star race means a lot to us,” he said. “To have been elected by the fans is unbelievable.”
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“The bacterial flagellar motor excites considerable interest because of the ordered expression of its genes, its regulated self-assembly, the complex interactions of its many proteins, and its startling mechanical abilities,” begins a paper in Nature by three Caltech scientists.1 They performed electron cryotomography imaging on the flagella of Triponema primita, a different critter with a different model from the flagellum found in E. coli, the favorite toy of microbiologists (with an outboard motor that is an icon of the intelligent design movement). Treponema is a little spirochete that lives in the hindgut of termites. It has two flagella, one at each end, that apparently rotate on its inside and make the organism gyrate rather than swim through liquid. The Caltech team got good images of the stator for the first time. Their exterior and cross-section illustrations show a multi-part circular structure with 16-fold symmetry and complex contours, with rings and other parts of unknown function. This particular motor apparently operates in low gear. It is larger than the E. coli or Salmonella flagella and apparently runs at much higher torque. These differences have important implications for current models of the functional and architectural relationships of the components. Whereas the Salmonella motor spins just the flagellum, because Treponema flagella are periplasmic, it is thought that they cause the whole cell to gyrate. Thus, each rotation may be much slower and require greater torque. The unusually large stud ring, C ring and rotor in Treponema may serve to increase torque by increasing the length of the effective lever arm through which each stator stud acts. These larger rings may also accommodate more stator studs and FliG molecules around the ring, in effect ‘gearing down’ the Treponema motor so that the passage of each proton across the membrane produces a smaller angular rotation.The paper includes a link to an animation video that shows the motor in operation from different angles. The authors talk a lot about machine specs, but don’t mention anything about evolution.1Murphy, Leadbetter and Jensen, “In situ structure of the complete Treponema primitia flagellar motor,” Nature 442, 1062-1064(31 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05015.Who would have ever thought that some tiny little bug living inside another bug would possess some of the most elaborate nanotechnology in the world. Early microscopists like Leeuwenhoek were astonished at the motions of microscopic animalcules, but the true wonder at what makes them move is still just now coming to light. We hate to keep beating the Darwiniacs over the head with this high-tech motorized wet noodle, but it’s kind of fun in a perverse way. Besides, incorrigibility deserves flagellation.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news IT + Project Management: A Love Affair When you launch a make or break initiative like Windows Azure, you better get it right.Well, from our vantage point, Microsoft got it right. How? In front of a sea of developers at the Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft trotted out a group of geek all-stars who showed how they are using Azure to do some pretty cool stuff.It’s a sure way to show your chops when you get Matt Mullenweg from WordPress, Loic LeMeur of Seesmic and the CTO for the Cheezburger Network (I Can Has Cheezburger) to show off what they created on the Azure platform.Mullenwegg appeared on stage to show that his company, Automattic, is fully supporting Azure. Automattic is the company behind WordPress. His presence drove home how Azure will support PHP, MySQL and other open-source tools in additon to .NET. That’s a great way to show how a company, built on proprietary technologies, is accepting the open nature of the web.Showing off the geeks can only get you so far. You have to show the goods. And for about two hours, Microsoft showed repeatedly that Ray Ozzie’s vision may be right on. The code-named Dallas project may be the most interesting. It’s a data service that provides access to information from the Associated Press, data.gov and other sources. That’s the power of cloud computing that we expect to see more of from companies across the enterprise. Azure is a window into how cloud computing changes everything simply by speeding up the delivery of actionable information. We see it time and again with the companies that come knocking here at ReadWriteWeb.For example, FusionOps launched an on-demand, business intelligence service today. The company has the potential to disrupt the business intelligence market for ERP applications. How do they do it? They take huge models from SAP, put the data in the cloud and then integrate their rules based systems to visualize the data that sits deep in ERP systems. The application can be launched in a day. That’s what’s amazing. Using traditional tools, it would take a company six months to a year to do something similar at a significant cost.Ozzie and the DevelopersOzzie needs support from developers. Bringing in the geek elite gives developers a reason to relate to what Azure provides.Still, Microsoft is in no position to cheer too loud. They face competition at every turn in the cloud world. Amazon, Rackspace and of course, Google, have a good step on Microsoft.But this launch should give competitors pause. It’s no easy feat to garner support from people like Mullenweg. You better have something good, damn good in order for him to get on stage in front of his peers. He has everything on the line in such a situation.But Mullenwegg said it himself a few years ago when talking about WordPress. He said that when you launch a company, the feeling is awesome. In best cases, there are rave reviews. You feel elated. But then the moment passes and you are now in the desert where no one really cares about the launch anymore. You have to get across that desert to achieve success.For Ozzie – it’s time for that walk into the wild. Welcome to the desert. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…
View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel it is my time now to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better.”Stoudemire came to Jerusalem after an NBA career that began with great promise was cut short by injuries, particularly to his knees.He described his decision as a spiritual quest, with the former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns star identifying as a Hebrew Israelite, African-Americans who believe they descended from the ancient tribes of Israel.Stoudemire repeatedly expressed his excitement at being in Jerusalem, though he faced criticism earlier this year and apologised following a backlash over his comments he would avoid a gay teammate.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Jerusalem won Israel’s premier league last season, with Stoudemire averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Stoudemire addressed his decision in an Instagram post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It has been a great ride for myself and my family. We enjoyed the city, its people, the holy places and of course Hapoel fans,” he said.“Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire speaks to a journalist during a basketball training session with his new club Hapoel Jerusalem in Jerusalem on October 7, 2016.Stoudemire, who followed a winding path from poverty to professional basketball fame in the United States, has embarked on a new journey. After an NBA career that began with great promise before being cut short by injuries, Stoudemire has decided to make Jerusalem his home, becoming the most famous name to ever join the Israeli league./ AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEXFormer NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who became the most famous name to join Israel’s basketball league when he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem last year, will not play for the team next season, the team said Sunday.The 34-year-old will return to his status as a minority owner of the team, Jerusalem spokesman David Bassan told AFP. He had sold his stake ahead of last season to be eligible to play.ADVERTISEMENT
Prakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen,,Prakash AmritrajThe name Amritraj did not figure only in the commentary team in the ongoing US Open. Prakash, 18, son of former tennis ace Vijay Amritraj, got a wild card entry after he won the US Tennis Association title for juniors last month.Prakash also teamed up with his cousin Stephen, 17, Anand Amritraj’s son, for the doubles but lost in the first round, as he did in the singles.The doubles stalwarts, Mahesh Bhupati and Leander Paes, too figure in the draw, but with different partners. The fifth Indian name to figure in the fixtures is Rajeev Ram, an Indian-American like Prakash.Stephen AmritrajThe Indian connections are not just a formality. The next generation of Amritraj brothers want to play Davis Cup for India. In fact, at the ATP tournament in Los Angeles, they were wearing saffron and green socks.”I have always wanted to play for India,” says Prakash, who does not see his American citizenship as an obstacle. “The fact that my parents are from India makes me eligible.”Prakash’s antecedents have certainly helped his game. Father and coach Vijay was visible in the stands at the junior tournament in Michigan, shouting encouragements and rushing over with bottles of Pepsi and bananas during the breaks.But is it a legacy difficult to live up to? The chirpy undergraduate from University of Southern California doesn’t think so. “There is no negative pressure. Come on, who better than my dad to discuss my tennis with?”That’s certainly an ace up his sleeves.advertisement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Woodward: What Man Utd want in a player…by Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVice-chairman Ed Woodward has set out the prototype of a Manchester United player.Woodward believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be a “walking, talking” version of the club’s philosophy. He told United We Stand fanzine, “Winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’; and giving youth a chance.”Added to that, we want players to come in who respect their teammates, the club, the history. They must understand that they are creating a legacy by coming to Manchester United. Nobody is bigger than the club.”There should be both a humbleness and an arrogance. Humble when you are on the team coach and you wear the club suit, you do up your top button and wear your tie, you represent the club in the right way. Then you sign autographs for the people who pay your wages.”Then, when you go into the dressing room, you put the red shirt on and you feel arrogant, self assured. As Michael Carrick said in his book, you want to take the ball, you want the ball in tight spaces, you want a never-say-die spirit. Ole has brought a lot of the discipline back.”Whatever manager we have has to buy into that philosophy and Ole is a walking, talking version of that. Let’s let this play out with Ole in terms of the culture reboot.”
Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones pic.twitter.com/ErDzXLqV6A— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.