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first_imgEnvironmentalists may complain about offshore oil platforms, but the rockfish in the Santa Barbara channel aren’t paying attention.  According to a study announced by UC Santa Barbara, rockfish are finding better living through human chemistry.  The platforms provide security and prime nursing habitat, such that their numbers, once dangerously low, are now resurging.  The artificial reefs are apparently doing more for the fish than their natural ones.Of course man did not have this in mind when drilling for oil, but it shows that human activity is not always an environmental curse.  We’re part of the ecology, too, and sometimes our animal friends learn to adapt – even profit – from our ventures.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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first_img12 August 2014Brazilian side Santos were crowned the inaugural champions of the eLAN Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament after defeating Portuguese club Benfica 2-0 in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on the weekend.Their South American rivals Boca Junior from Argentina claimed third with a penalty shoot-out victory over Feyenoord.The glory belonged to Santos, however, after they claimed the main prize and bragging rights following a memorable tournament in Durban.Substitute’s goalsIt looked as though the final with Benfica might go to penalties before Igor Santana came on as a substitute to score two goals.That was enough to secure the trophy for Santos, who ended as the top-scorers in the competition with 10 goals. Their forward Matheus Silva finished as the leading individual scorer with three goals.Third placeThe third-place play-off ended with Boca Juniors taking the bronze medal. They took the lead in the game through Leonardo Suarez with a neat finish, which was his second goal of the campaign.Feyenoord, though, drew level after Ecuadorian Kevin Wila put the ball into his own net for Boca Juniors, handing the European side a lifeline.That took the game to penalties and after Feyenoord missed two of theirs in the shoot-out, Boca took the victory 4-2 from the spot.South African under-19 teamThe South African under-19 national team failed to make the semi-finals after finishing behind Feyenoord and Santos in Group B.They shared a goalless draw with the Dutch team in their first outing, before suffering a 0-4 reversal against Santos. In their final group game, they drew 1-1 with Everton, who finished bottom of the table.KZN Academy XIIn Group A, the KZN Academy XI propped up the standings after three losses from their three outings.They went down 0-1 to Roma, fell 0-2 to Boca Juniors, and were edged 1-2 by Benfica.The eLAN Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament, in its inaugural year, was a partnership between the South African Football Association, KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and Ethekwini Municipality.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mink is surely among the top few creatures that roam the wilds of Ohio that you do not want to encounter in close quarters. Minks are rarely seen but widely known for their beautiful pelts. They are also cunning, ferocious and have a musky odor that almost rivals a skunk. In short, a mink is not something you hope to find in your home.My sister-in-law got home this week to find my brother holding two brooms with a look of sheer terror on his face after a mink was discovered in their house. The theory is that the mink came in to the basement through the sump pump drain tile that leads to the creek on their wooded property in northwest Ohio, but they don’t really know for sure. The mink was discovered when my five-year-old nephew opened the basement door to find it running up the steps at him. From there the varmint had the run of the house and a wild chase ensued. At one point it was in the bathroom (minks do prefer habitats with water). It tucked into the closet between a shampoo bottle and the washcloths with its beady eyes keenly watching from the shadows.My brother tried to grab it but failed and the mink leapt from the closet and did several laps around the bathroom through the bathtub, shower and behind the toilet. My nephew opened the closed door to check on the situation and the mink then ran out and through every bedroom, living space and open area in the house, tucking itself into numerous dark and hidden places along the way.The chase ended when my brother shut himself, wearing the thickest gloves his wife could find, in my niece’s four-by-four closet with the mink. He was moving blankets and clothes around to eliminate the myriad of potential hiding spots for the cagy monster when the stealthy mink leapt — illuminated by the flashlight beam — from a dark corner at his face. His entire family heard my brother’s high pitched scream, but he emerged victorious holding the squirming, frothing mink in his hand. Now they will have a nice pelt to show for the adventure, a lingering and very unpleasant aroma, and a great story to tell.I am the oldest for four boys and all of our lives have been spent trying to one-up each other in terms of “man-points.” Needless to say, my brother’s man points just got a real boost (in spite of the high pitched scream) and I’m not sure what I can do to top catching a wild mink in the closet by hand. And, quite frankly, I’m not sure I want to try.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this morning, Google launched the Google Dashboard. This new feature gives users a quick overview of the Google products they use and a slice of the data that is connected to these accounts. Google sells this as a way to enhance “transparency, choice and control,” though it is important to note that none of this information is new. The dashboard simply brings all of this data together in one place and gives users an easy way to access the privacy controls in the Google services they use.The dashboard lists all of the active accounts a user has on a selection of Google services. These include, among others, Google Calendar, Contacts, Docs, Finance, Picasa, Reader, YouTube and Voice. There are also still dozens of services like Google Maps, News and Book Search that don’t appear in the dashboard yet.The dashboard itself doesn’t offer the ability to change any privacy settings. It links to the respective services’ privacy pages where users can make changes.Nothing NewIt is true that, as Google puts it, the “scale and level of detail of the Dashboard is unprecedented” – Google never made something like this available before. The data that appears in the dashboard isn’t really the data that Google is interested in, though. All Google really cares about is the data that it can use to show you better AdSense ads.This Is It?As the LA Times points out, Google’s “data storage revolves around precisely how and what the company does to analyze and profit from user information.” This would be interesting information to have, though it’s also the data that Google is the least likely to share. Google also doesn’t share information it collects about you through cookies, its server logs or its advertising programs.It is good to see that Google makes it easier for users to see an overview of all the data they have given to Google and made public. Maybe it will come as a surprise to some people that Google knows what emails they have received and that the company keeps track of all the YouTube videos they have watched. For most users, though, the dashboard won’t offer any major revelations. Tags:#Google#NYT#web frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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