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A busy weekend of senior and Intermediate club championship action in Galway gets under way this evening (Friday) with two games down for decision. In the Senior A Championship, Liam Mellows play Craughwell at 7pm in Athenry while in the Intermediate Championship, Oranmore Maree play Meelick Eyrecourt at 7pm in Loughrea. The fixtures for the rest of the weekend and the current standings in both competitions are: Saturday SundaySenior A Hurling Championship – Group 1(Round: Round 3), Venue: Duggan Park , Tommy Larkins V Mullagh14:00, Ref: John KeaneSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Sarsfields V Pádraig Pearses 3.30pm BallinasloeGort V St Thomas 6pm AthenrySenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Ardrahan V Carnmore 4.30pm Athenry print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Senior A Hurling Championship – Group 1Loughrea V Cappataggle 6.30pm BallinasloeSenior A Hurling Championship – Group 2Portumna V Turloughmore 1pm BallinasloeSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 1Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry V Clarinbridge 5pm AthenryBeagh V Castlegar 5pm LoughreaSenior B Hurling Championship – Group 2Ahascragh/Fohenagh V Abbeyknockmoy 2pm AthenryAthenry V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 5pm BallinasloeKillimordaly V Moycullen 7pm Pearse Stadium Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1Clarinbridge V Kinvara 3.30pm AthenryIntermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2Killimor V An Spidéal 3.30pm LoughreaAnnaghdown V Kilbeacanty 4pm CraughwellBallinderreen V Rahoon-Newcastle 6pm Carnmore
Researchers tracked 17 juvenile whale sharks tagged at three sites in the Philippines to understand how their movements related to food sources and fishing grounds in Southeast Asia.They found that juvenile sharks moved quickly and widely through the Bohol and Sulu seas but remained near their feeding sites within Philippine waters.In combination with other studies, these findings suggest that locally focused whale shark conservation efforts are critical and must consider the movements juvenile whale sharks make within zones of several hundred square kilometers. Where do the biggest fish in the sea go to find enough food? Turns out, not too far, if they live in a region with lots of food.Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) swim about 25 kilometers (15 miles) per day and can make some tremendous long-distance oceanic movements. Scientists recently tracked a female whale shark from the eastern Pacific to the western Indo-Pacific for 20,142 kilometers (more than 12,000 miles) over 841 days, the longest whale shark migration route ever recorded.Juvenile sharks in a series of four studies, one in the Philippines and three in the western Indian Ocean, apparently prefer to swim laps around their favorite feeding grounds.A juvenile whale shark in the Philippines seen from above, with its tracking tag tethered to its dorsal fin. Image by Gonzalo Araujo/LAMAVE.Whale sharks are the world’s largest fish, growing up to 12 meters (40 feet) long and weighing up to 25 tons; even juveniles are 7 to 9 meters (23 to 30 feet) long. Scientists are keen to understand where these huge fish spend their time to better conserve them.Fishing activity threatens whale sharks through direct killing, capture as bycatch, and boat strikes. Half of the world’s whale shark population has been killed since the 1980s, primarily by fisheries in China, India, the Philippines and Taiwan, and Chinese fisheries still target whale sharks for their fins and meat. The rapid decline in whale sharks’ global population prompted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to reclassify the species as endangered in 2016.The Philippines supports the world’s third-largest known population of whale sharks, and tracking and photo-identification data have detected sharks moving between the Philippines and elsewhere in Southeast Asia.Given the country’s proximity to both other whale shark populations and major fisheries, researchers tracked the movements of sharks with near-real-time satellite tags to better understand their movements around the Philippines archipelago. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Tracks of whale sharks tagged in Tubbataha Reefs National Park (TRNP), left, and northern Mindanao Island, right. Sharks from Mindanao and a third coastal tagging site off Panaon Island/southern Leyte generally remained nearby throughout the study. Those tagged at TRNP spread out across the Sulu Sea, traveling faster and farther on average than sharks tagged at the other two locations. All three tagging sites are in the Sulu and Bohol seas, Philippines. Maps are Figures 1 and 3 of Araujo et al (2018). Satellite tracking of juvenile whale sharks in the Sulu and Bohol Seas, Philippines. PeerJ, 6, e5231. Citizen Science, Monitoring, Oceans, Research, satellite data, Tagging, Technology, Tracking, Whale Sharks, Wildtech Article published by Sue Palminteri The researchers tagged 17 juvenile whale sharks with “smart position and temperature” (SPOT) tags, tethered to the dorsal fin of each individual, from three areas in the Sulu and Bohol seas.This video describes the 2015-2016 tracking project, including the tagging process, which involves a researcher simply swimming next to a shark and darting it. The shark seems to react very calmly, as if it just felt a bee sting, a finding echoed by other researchers.The buoyant tags trail about 1.8 meters (6 feet) above a shark like a floating sausage to provide maximum opportunity for a given tag’s antenna to break the water’s surface and trigger a wet/dry sensor. Each time the antenna breaks the surface, it sends a message to the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS) system. ARGOS estimates the tag’s location using the Doppler effect (movement of the passing satellite compared to the tag) via its stations on the ground and sends the data to the researchers.The system works even where no radio communication exists, so it is commonly used for tracking wide-ranging marine animals.One limitation of the SPOT tags is that they send information only when the antenna breaks the surface. Whale sharks dive deep, down to nearly 1,800 meters (5,900 feet). Days can go by with no signal if a tagged shark swims too deep for the tag to break the surface of the water.The researchers used a software filter that evaluated the most probable tracks and removed data points with less certain or unrealistic locations. Just under one-third of the bulk raw transmissions (31 percent) were considered by the system to have high location precision, said lead author Gonzalo Araujo of the NGO Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE), making the filter more important.The individual sharks traveled an average of 16 kilometers (10 miles) per day, covering between 86 and 2,580 kilometers (53 and 1,603 miles) during the study. They all remained in Philippine waters for the duration of their tracking, which lasted between six and 126 days. The difference in tracking periods among the tagged sharks may relate to how different sharks move underwater and those movements affect the frequency of data transfer.“It could be that individual whale sharks have different depth use overall,” Araujo said in an email to Mongabay-Wildtech, “and therefore tags end up spending less time at the surface. It could also be that they move slightly differently in the water column, or the fact that the ARGOS satellites only pass a few minutes every hour, or every few hours, so if tag was not at the surface then, then there’d be no transmission.”“Time-at-temperature” time-series for shark P-818 that was tagged in TRNP and spent its entire track within the Sulu Sea. Temperature readings correspond roughly to depth; darker shades indicate colder, deeper water. Each color’s proportion of column represents the percentage of the measured time period at that temperature. (A) is the entire histogram data, with a chronological x-axis; (B) has a continuous x-axis to illustrate the gaps in TAT data; (C) shows daytime transmissions; and (D) shows nighttime transmissions. Figure 5 from Araujo et al (2018).The study showed that juvenile sharks move quickly and widely through the Bohol and Sulu seas, though the sharks tagged at Mindanao and Panaon islands stayed closer to shore, moved more slowly, and covered less ground during their respective tracking periods than those tagged at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), in the middle of the Sulu Sea.The tracks from the satellite data confirmed what photo-identification and behavioral data had suggested: that juvenile sharks tended to remain near specific feeding areas.Whale sharks are one of three known filter-feeding sharks (the others being the basking shark and the megamouth shark). They open their huge mouths as they move to eat plankton, fish eggs, krill, and small squid and fish.“In Mindanao and Panaon Island, the sharks were observed feeding,” Araujo said, “and we know they visit these two sites to forage seasonally. At TRNP, the sharks seem to be ‘cruising by’ from what we’ve observed, and over time, the sharks don’t seem to hang around. Juvenile whale sharks have strong fidelity to foraging grounds, and that could explain these differences in [movement] tracks.”A second limitation of SPOT tags is their longevity. Temperature gauges in the tags reveal when one has been on the surface for five consecutive days, a sign that it has become detached from the shark. Tags in this study fell off the sharks after a maximum of 126 days; results from this and previous studies indicate that it is hard to keep tags on sharks for more than a few months.The tethered SPOT tag worn by a whale shark. The 1.8-meter (6-foot) cable minimizes contact with the shark and maximizes the chance of the antenna breaking the water’s surface and transmitting data. Image by Gonzalo Araujo/LAMAVE.“We do indeed want to track animals for a longer time period,” Araujo said. “We have subsequently tagged some whale sharks with miniPAT tags (pop-up archival tags) that have a longer retention, with the ultimate goal of seeing if juvenile whale sharks return to the same foraging grounds, and where they forage when they aren’t in areas we know.”Juvenile whale sharks elsewhereIn a trio of related recent studies, juvenile whale sharks in the western Indian Ocean displayed similar behavior to those in the Philippines. Sharks in northwestern Madagascar tracked by a different research team (Diamant et al. 2018) that also deployed SPOT tags traveled farther and faster than those in the Philippines. They did spend most of their time within range of their tagging locations; four to five of the eight sharks in this study moved off shore, but were never detected by tracking or photos in known whale shark hotspots on the African mainland.Another tracking study (Rohner et al. 2018) using the same equipment found that although juvenile whale sharks in Mozambique traveled at greater speeds than their Philippines counterparts, they, too, stayed closer to shore than would be expected by chance. These researchers, like the team led by Araujo in the Philippines, suggest that finding food in productive coastal waters is an important driver of the whale sharks’ north-south movements. They also found a rapid increase in the use of gillnets in the same coastal area where tagged whale sharks spent much of their time, suggesting enhanced management of gillnet fisheries will be needed to avoid sharks becoming entangled.More recently, scientists monitored shark movements in Tanzania, southern Mozambique, and the Arabian Gulf (Prebble et al, 2018) through photo-ID and chemical signatures in the sharks’ tissue that reflect where they’ve fed. Here, too, the juvenile sharks that frequented the coastal tagging areas stayed primarily within a few hundred kilometers of their known feeding sites.Each of the four studies incorporated citizen-science sightings (and resightings) of whale sharks recorded in the Wildbook for Whale Sharks photo database. The online image library analyses skin markings of new photos using either volunteers or machine-learning algorithms and matches them to those of individuals in the database. Using that information, the four research teams identified individual sharks and learned of their whereabouts, including reappearances at their tagging locations, even after the tags had fallen off.Whale sharks dwarf surrounding fish. Image by Zac Wolf, CC 2.5The four studies found little evidence of broad-scale dispersal or connectivity between distant feeding sites. All showed that in various parts of their wide geographic range, juvenile whale sharks tend to move frequently within a limited area and remain relatively close to feeding sites, which tend to be near the coast.“This research highlights the high mobility of whale sharks, even juveniles,” Araujo said, “and the need for broader-scale management and conservation plans for this endangered species.”CitationsAraujo, G., Rohner, C. A., Labaja, J., Conales, S. J., Snow, S. J., Murray, R., … & Ponzo, A. (2018). Satellite tracking of juvenile whale sharks in the Sulu and Bohol Seas, Philippines. PeerJ, 6, e5231.Diamant, S., Rohner, C. A., Kiszka, J. J., d Echon, A. G., d Echon, T. G., Sourisseau, E., & Pierce, S. J. (2018). Movements and habitat use of satellite-tagged whale sharks off western Madagascar. Endangered Species Research, 36, 49-58.Prebble, C. E. M., Rohner, C. A., Pierce, S. J., Robinson, D. P., Jaidah, M. Y., Bach, S. S., & Trueman C. N. (2018). Limited latitudinal ranging of juvenile whale sharks in the Western Indian Ocean suggests the existence of regional management units. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 601, 167–183.Rohner, C. A., Richardson, A. J., Jaine, F. R., Bennett, M. B., Weeks, S. J., Cliff, G., … & Pierce, S. J. (2018). Satellite tagging highlights the importance of productive Mozambican coastal waters to the ecology and conservation of whale sharks. PeerJ, 6, e4161.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.
It could very well be called “the game of the decade,” when tomorrow, Liberia’s Lone Star meets the Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire in a World Cup qualifier football match. We choose to call it the game of the decade, because this is the 12th time in 50 years that the two teams are meeting. In their 11 previous encounters, the Elephants defeated Liberia eight times, with three draws. This is the Lone Star’s fifth meeting at home in Monrovia with the Ivorian Elephants, who are Africa’s reigning champions. These brief historical notes show that tomorrow’s game will be a very serious clash between the teams of two great West African sisterly neighbors. Their very close relations date back to the early 1960s, when President W.V.S. Tubman forged warm, friendly relations with Ivorian President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, even before La Cote d’Ivoire attained its independence from France on August 7, 1960. As is customary, the day of August 7 was celebrated in Liberia as a national holiday. During that Independence season—the 1960s—President Tubman made it a policy that each time an African nation got its independence, the day would be observed in Liberia as a national holiday. So La Cote d’Ivoire’s was no exception.As Liberia meets the Goliath of African football, the Ivorian Elephants, the Lone Star must play with their hearts and muster all the determination, faith and stamina to play the match, and play like David to win. The story of David and Goliath is all too familiar to us. For David, it was not the Philistine giant’s height, weight, strength or armor that mattered. None of these did. “You come with your strength and armor,” murmured David, “but I come in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.” Besides his faith and total reliance on the power of God, all else that David had was his sling and a rock. And when he had finished using them, the giant lay on the ground, dead!We pray that Coach James Salinsa Debbah has done well his coaching work, and prepared his team for a victorious encounter with the Elephants. What they need now are: faith in God, belief in themselves and the determination to do one thing—win the match.All Liberians should join our team in fervent prayer that Liberia will rise above the past defeats and draws and go on to be triumphant against the Elephants both here at home and subsequently in Abidjan.Remember, nothing is impossible. Indeed with God ALL things are possible. Remember, too, President Edwin Barclay’s enduring challenge to all Liberians of every age. In his immortal Anthem, “The Lone Star Forever,” Barclay wrote, “Then forward, sons of Freedom, March!Defend the sacred heritage!The nation’s call from age to ageWhere’er it sounds ‘neath Heaven’s arch.Wherever foes assail.Be ever ready to obey‘Gainst treason and rebellion’s front,‘Gainst foul aggression. In the brunt Of battle lay the hero’s way!All hail, Lone Star, all hail!”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TWO weeks ago, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council took the first, small steps toward the eventual ending of dumping trash in urban landfills. A baby step, actually, as it included a five-year extension of a dumping contract with Sunshine Canyon, albeit with a modest diversion of some trash to the desert. As if to prove that this promise was more than just a bone thrown to angry San Fernando Valley residents, Villaraigosa followed up Thursday by taking another small step. In this case, he asked the city’s Bureau of Sanitation to whip itself into a sense of urgency over trash, with a goal of ending the city’s trashy ways even sooner through a more ambitious recycling program and trash-to-energy innovations. Both are small steps on the journey to ending urban landfills. But enough baby steps will eventually reach any destination if City Hall can muster the integrity to fulfill its promises.
1 We’ve all disagreed with a pundit at the best of times – but this is taking it to new levels.Christian Constantin – the president and owner of Swiss club FC Sion – is accused of having an almighty punch up with a television pundit.Sion beat Lugano 2-1 in the Swiss Super League but Constantin decided it would be worth taking out his frustrations on Rolf Fringer, the former Switzerland national team manager who now works as an analyst for Teleclub.Though the footage is grainy it shows the angry owner dish out a slap but Fringer accounted the rest of the attack to newspaper Blick.“Suddenly, Constantin called out to me. I turned around and already the first blow had landed in the middle of my face,” he recalled.“A few more strikes followed. I turned and wanted to escape, but I stumbled over the camera. I fell over on the ground.“Then there was still a kick in the butt, in the back. So, really unbelievable!”That’s a bad day at the office. Christian Constantin was not best pleased with Rolf Fringer
Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff targets Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:12Loaded: 13.76%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Alexis Sanchez is facing around three months on the sidelines on target Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate latest rookie error Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Adrian Durham says Man United are making a huge mistake letting Alexis Sanchez leaveSanchez joined Inter on a season-long loan in August after failing to impress at Old Trafford and has scored once in four appearances for the Italian club.His solitary goal came in Inter’s 3-1 win at Sampdoria last month before he was sent off in the same game for a second yellow card. Alexis Sanchez suffered a dislocated ankle and tendon damage while on international duty with Chile, it has been confirmed.The Manchester United forward, on loan at Inter Milan, picked up the injury in a goalless draw with Colombia in Alicante. statement AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Inter Milan announced the severity of the injury, but the player is still waiting to find out if he needs surgery.“Alexis Sanchez underwent medical tests [on Tuesday] morning at the Humanitas Institute in Rozzano,” Inter said on their official website. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 1 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son appointed “Results revealed a joint dislocation in his left ankle which has caused damage to the peroneus longus tendon.“The player will meet for further consultations with Professor Ramon Cugat in Barcelona on Wednesday, where they will seek to reach a decision on whether surgical intervention is necessary.”Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda said on Monday that Sanchez could be sidelined for up to three months. update
Thanks to my colleague Dan Cooney for sharing this TED talk on Facebook. Source: TEDThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTED Talk: The Tranformative Power of Video Games [Video]I admit it. I’m not a video game player. When Myst was released in 1993, I was one of the first people to play it at the software company where I worked. We all gathered together in one office to try and figure out what it was all about. I…In “Internet”How Technology Helps People Who Are Blind Explore the World [TED Talk]In her TED@IBM talk earlier this year, inventor and IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa spoke about how technology is improving the quality of life for people who are blind. Asakawa, blind since the age of fourteen, discussed how she developed a digital Braille editor, dictionary and library network. Watch the ten-minute…In “Accessibility”TED: An Internet Without Screens [Video]When you envision your happy place, what do you see? Bright lights? Vinyl flooring? Probably not. Rather it’s likely a place with natural light, perhaps outside at the beach, or in a garden, or near a fireplace. Perhaps you’re reading, eating, or chatting with family members or friends. It’s a…In “Inspiration” Imagine a world where digital technologies interact with the biological world to create nanoscale graphics made of genetically engineered microorganisms that glow in the dark. That’s the world of today, where architect and designer Neri Oxman talks about creating structures and objects that are inspired by, for, and with nature. In this 18-minute TED talk, Oxman discusses the melding of four fields of design and technology that she and her students are exploring and innovating.These fields are computational design, allowing us to design complex forms with simple code; additive manufacturing, letting us produce parts by adding material rather than carving it out; materials engineering, which lets us design the behavior of materials in high resolution; and synthetic biology, enabling us to design new biological functionality by editing DNA.