As things stand, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are not going to make the playoffs this year. In the video above, Chris Herring looks at how the Lakers got to this point and what they would need to do to somehow keep James’s playoff streak alive.

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is a volunteer-run used bookstore open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.The store consists of four rooms — Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Children’s, and Media. Paperbacks cost $1. Hardcovers cost $2. All proceeds benefit the Wilmington Memorial Library.Watch this video PSA, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

first_imgHemanth MuddappaPR Handout”When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” This Bengaluru boy brings life out of this quote, riding for passion he says.After meeting with a life threatening accident few years back on a motorcycle, doctors told Hemanth Muddappa will hardly be able to walk again, let alone ride a motorcycle.After 6 months of bed rest, here comes the champion riding his way out of this with flying colours. At this crucial time, his family and friends helped him see the light he was missing and making him join gym to fight his depression of two long years. Later he started a special body training and then there was no looking back.All his superbikes are built/tuned by Mantra Racing, a dream of all motorbike enthusiasts and aspiring riders.Hemant’s achievements are 2 times Indian National Superbike Drag Racing Champion 2017-2018, 2018-2019, Indian National Superbike Drag Racing Champion 2017/2018, Indian National Superbike Drag champion 2018/2019, Triple Champion.last_img read more

first_imgThe Towson University Black Student Union are hosting a book signing for  producer, rapper, songwriter and now author, Timbaland on Nov. 20 at  5 p.m. at Towson University, University Union, Chesapeake Room, 8000 York Road, Towson Maryland. Contact Kenny Abrams at for more information.last_img

first_img Most people have seen video of microorganisms in motion, some have short filaments known as cilia that cover their outer edges causing movement of the organism or the fluid in which they exist. Others such as the unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have longer appendages known as flagella, which are flexible rods protruding from the front of the body. C. reinhardtii uses its two flagella to swim through liquid, breaststroke style, which means the appendages must be synchronized—but what mechanism allows this synchronization to occur? Scientists do not know but have suspected it has to do with hydrodynamic forces, meaning the movement of the fluid causes it to come about. In this new effort, the researchers report that experiments they have carried out suggest such assumptions have been wrong, and that the synchronization comes about at least in part due to contractile fibers that connect the two flagella together.The first experiment conducted by the team consisted of placing C. reinhardtii samples in a pipette and then filming the microorganisms as the liquid in which they were swimming inside was sloshed back and forth at varying intensities. The team reports that the flagella initially synchronized with the flow of the fluid, but only up to a point, at which it could not keep up as the slosh rate was increased. They noted also that the rate at which the flagellum beat individually in isolation from its normal partner varied by amounts up to 30 percent, but the two still synchronized when working together. They then calculated that if hydrodynamic forces alone were causing the synchronization, the flagella would have to produce a flow 30 times the normal swim speed of the microorganism to account for such a difference, thus, such forces do not appear to be the answer.The team also looked at mutant samples of C. reinhardtii which did not have a band of contractile fibers connecting the flagella inside their bodies as is normal for the algae and found the flagella did not synchronize. This they claim, suggests that the fibers are somehow causing or allowing the synchronization to occur. Unless they crane their necks all sperm would only turn left More information: Greta Quaranta et al. Hydrodynamics Versus Intracellular Coupling in the Synchronization of Eukaryotic Flagella, Physical Review Letters (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101ABSTRACTThe influence of hydrodynamic forces on eukaryotic flagella synchronization is investigated by triggering phase locking between a controlled external flow and the flagella of C. reinhardtii. Hydrodynamic forces required for synchronization are over an order of magnitude larger than hydrodynamic forces experienced in physiological conditions. Our results suggest that synchronization is due instead to coupling through cell internal fibers connecting the flagella. This conclusion is confirmed by observations of the vfl3 mutant, with impaired mechanical connection between the flagella. Explore further © 2015 (—A team of researchers with Delft University in the Netherlands has found via lab experiments, that synchronization that occurs with algae flagella while they swim is likely not driven by hydrodynamic forces. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe their experiments and observations and why they believe that what they saw helps explain how flagella synchronization in microorganisms works in general. Marco Polin with the University of Warwick in the U.K. offers a Viewpoint piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_img Citation: Study suggests synchronization of algae flagella while swimming not driven by hydrodynamic forces (2015, December 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letters (a) Experimental setup. (b) Snapshots representing the stroke patterns of C. reinhardtii, for a cell with f0=54.3  Hz and an external flow with fF=52.7  Hz and UF=±527  μm.s−1. Time between snapshots: 6 ms. Arrows represent the direction of the background flow. In this sequence, the flagella beat with the flow and the flagellar tip motion has the same direction as the external flow. (c) Snapshots of same cell as in (b) 0.33 s later. The flagella beat against the flow. Credit: (c) Physical Review Letters 115, 238101 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.238101 . Used with permission. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read July 9, 2015 Think fast: What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Stretch and yawn? Hit the snooze button? Go to the bathroom? Brush your teeth?Related: 6 Ways to Build a Rabid Following on Social MediaIf you’re a millennial, the answer is most likely “check my smartphone.” According to a recent report from IDC Research, 80 percent of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning, and 79 percent of adult smartphone users have their devices with them for 22 hours a day. What does that tell marketers? Smartphones and tablets can’t be ignored.So, when it comes to the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, it’s important to know that this demographic views technology very differently than other age groups; and understanding the way they approach email is key to ensuring outbound marketing success. Here are five strategies to keep top of mind before you press “send.”1. Utilize social content.Technological change and generational change go hand in hand. The Generation Y consumers of today tend to intertwine social media and email usage. According to a recent study by Pew Research, 90 percent of millennials use the web to send and receive emails. However, they also like to tweet, update their online profiles and send text messages multiple times throughout the day.It’s therefore important to incorporate social media into your email marketing by allowing subscribers to easily share information with their friends and followers via their social media accounts. If you can get just a few millennials to open and read your email, they are more likely than any other age group to share it on social networks and expand your brand’s outreach.2. Stay relevant.Millennials are more than willing to opt into email campaigns as long as the information you’re providing them is relevant to what they want to receive. But since they have an endless supply of information available to them online, there has to be a compelling offer to induce them to share their email addresses or cell phone numbers to begin with.It’s important, then, to make sure you content is not only relatable and relevant, but also short, with embedded social sharing icons included with the content to raise your engagement metrics. Related: 5 Tools to Help Your Online Business Realize Its Full Potential3. Contact and control.Test to find out your opt-in users’ preferred form of contact (such as email or text), and use that information to correspond with them in the manner they desire. According to a study from Pace University, millennials welcome direct brand interactions through email, but want more ability to control, organize and manage the interactions. With about 80 percent of millennials sleeping with their smartphones by their bedside, all email marketing campaigns have to be responsive across every screen size to encourage millennials to interact with your brand.If you can get your call-to-action across quickly and clearly, you can then collect data and better understand how to interact with this “always connected” generation.4. Mobile matters.Smartphones have changed the way we interact with email and one other. Millennials are more likely than all other age groups to have a cell phone. According to BlueHornet’s 2014 Consumer Views of Email Marketing report, 47.5 percent of consumers have used their mobile devices to sort through their email before reading them elsewhere. As such, you need to optimize your email for use on smartphones. Make sure your email campaigns have responsive design, where the design responds to the screen size used to display the message.5. Conversation counts.Millennials outpace older generations in virtually all types of Internet and cell phone usage. Sending messaging and content doesn’t have to be a challenge when it comes to millennials. Adept at recognizing and blocking spam and valuing conversation, millenials prefer to do the research on their own to make decisions rather than being “sold.” By segmenting your contacts into lists based on demographics, desires and behavior, you can more effectively target your emails to the right audience and experience greater returns as a result. This year, more than ever, marketers are starting to see the importance of mobile email. Whether it’s checking their email first thing in the morning, getting an endless stream of updates on social media throughout the day or having access to limitless amounts of information through mobile search: millennials’ online habits are evolving. So should yours!Related: 9 Simple Email Hacks to Increase Open Rates Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

first_img Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. December 11, 2018 6 min read Every company can benefit from digital transformation, but that doesn’t mean every company should change in the same way. Digital transformation means different things to different people. The right path depends on the needs and opportunities of the business asking.According to the “2017 U.S. Small and Medium Business Digital Transformation Study” from SMB Group, 48 percent of small and medium businesses plan to transform their businesses to operate in a digital future. The same study found that around three-fourths of companies surveyed agree that digital tech is changing how they do business.Fortunately, digital transformation doesn’t require businesses to move every process to the cloud, nor does it require them to invest millions of dollars in brand-new tech — a critical note, since more than half of SMBs plan to use current IT budgets to fund their digital efforts. The most effective digital transformations leverage existing infrastructure and find maximum value in the most sensible improvements.“Digital transformation is not an all-or-nothing shot,” according to iCorps Technologies, a strategic IT consulting company. “Many organizations take a multi-year journey, tackling the initiatives they believe are most critical right away and creating a road map to accomplish the rest within a reasonable budget that works for their business.”Related: Helping Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Make the Digital TransformationWhat the heck does ‘digital transformation’ actually mean?Digital transformation is a catchall term that includes a wide variety of goals. For some companies, digital transformation means leveraging cloud capabilities. For others, artificial intelligence and machine learning are more important. Increased analytics capabilities and Internet of Things implementations play roles as well.The point of digital transformation is not to take companies from paper processes to hyper-advanced and complex digitized alternatives. On the contrary, many components of digital transformation are subtle. Even the most technologically challenged business owners, given a bit of time, can lead an effective digital transformation with the right mindset.Company goals and challenges dictate the type of digital transformation to pursue. A company that seeks more customers, for instance, might consider how to implement new tech to improve the customer experience. An online chatbot or a user-friendly app might do the trick, or perhaps a business’s first step is to create store listings on Google and Apple Maps.A company struggling to optimize its partner network, on the other hand, might invest in more analytics tools to make better choices about shipping and vendors. It doesn’t matter whether the company sells software or gravel: Digital transformation is for everyone.Businesses considering digital transformation should ask themselves where their threats and opportunities lie. Have comparable industry players already made moves toward digital transformation? Have customers begun to demand options that the company cannot provide today? Rather than wait for market influences to force their hands, though, businesses should proactively pursue digital transformation to stay ahead of the game.Don’t be afraid of digital transformation — get excited. Done right, a digital shift can lead to increased savings, happier customers and better prospects in both the short and long term. Follow these three tips to design and execute a digital transformation strategy that creates lasting benefits:1. Confront employees’ concerns head-on.Most employees are set in their ways: In SMB Group’s study, 27 percent of leaders cited their team’s resistance to change as a top challenge. To make the change go as smoothly as possible, talk to employees about why the company is moving in a digital direction.Some employees worry that digital transformation will eventually cost them their jobs. Business Wire reports that 35 percent of millennials share that concern. Speak honestly with employees about how the company envisions its future and what role employees play in that future.Talk to people about the red flags, such as waning customer referrals, that make changes necessary. Show employees how new tools (such as cloud databases) will make their jobs easier but not redundant. Lastly, make sure to offer training courses to employees for any new technologies. As for those concerned millennials, nearly two-thirds who manage automated processes are confident about achieving their career goals, compared to 37 percent who stay away from the technology.Related: Ten Key Pitfalls To Avoid During The Digital Transformation Process2. Plan a strategy that will save you some coin.Pennies saved are pennies earned, even for companies with growth goals. Before taking on new debt to tackle grand opportunities, consider how digital transformation could make existing processes cheaper and easier.Humberto Farias, co-founder at software company Concepta, recommends that SMBs take advantage of simple tools with high potential impacts, such as predictive analytics for ad spend. Small companies can’t afford to sink money into suboptimal campaigns the way big ones can. With a predictive analytics tool that integrates with existing tech, small businesses can stretch their advertising dollars much further.Similarly, implementing customer relationship management technology is a digital step that can grow your business. According to Salesforce, growing SMBs are twice as likely to be utilizing a CRM than their struggling counterparts. CRM costs start at $10 per user per month, with many CRM providers offering affordable cloud-based solutions for small businesses.3. Work with someone who has been there, done that.SMB Group reports that 33 percent of SMBs don’t have digital transformation strategies because they need some help. Don’t wait for the competition to make the first move — find a technology partner with experience in the right areas.Bigger companies can afford to staff robust IT departments, but smaller companies don’t have that kind of cash. By outsourcing, small companies can maximize their resource pools and only pay for the aspects of digital transformation with the greatest impact.A good technology partner will recommend in-budget solutions that are compatible with a business’s infrastructure. Ask potential partners whether they have experience with small businesses, who at the vendor will be responsible for communications and what kind of preparations the business should make ahead of time.Digital transformation isn’t some vague buzzword. For small businesses, digital transformation includes all the little steps forward that add up to massive cost savings, happier customers and improved prospects. Look for areas with easy opportunities for big improvements, and then use these tips to turn those potential gains into reality.Related: The Pursuit of Digital Transformationlast_img read more