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Monday, March 31, 2014

sometimes going simple is best approach

sometimes going simple is best approach

This was bargainbasement fishing.

We were in the poultry aisle of the grocery store and our bait namebrand chicken gizzards and hearts ran just $1.76 for 114 pounds, less than half what you might pay for a couple dozen nightcrawlers.

There were six packages on the shelf. We picked up one, noticing the label said mostly gizzards. Are there five other people out there who will buy this stuff, I wondered? And are they really that discriminating?

But no matter. We were off to the lake to chuck our gizzards and hearts into dark waters under a moonlit sky where, we hoped, hungry catfish were on the prowl.

The night didn disappoint. We landed a couple of channel cats in the 2foot range along with a smaller one or two and even a couple of fat bullheads. Simple but good.

That what it about sometimes, right?

Like most of you, I have more fishing lures than I need any time soon. Yet if I have cash in hand and see something that looks new or different in a store and think it might catch more fish, I pick it up which always brings to mind the great line I heard from one fisherman about how if he died first, he hoped his wife sold his gear for what it was worth and not what he told her he paid for it.

It the same with hunting gear, camping gadgets and everything else outdoors.

But every once in a while, it pays to go simple. That why, a few times each summer, I take out an old rod I inherited from my grandfather.

It a 612foot spinning rod, made out of fiberglass, I suspect, with a cork handle. It whippy, an ultralight probably before anyone coined the term, that makes hooking a 10inch trout or a fat bluegill feel like you lassoed an angry bear.

I have no idea who made it. Any labeling that identified the manufacturer has long since worn away. I sure it wasn expensive. A survivor of the Great Depression, Pap loved to fish, but he was pretty utilitarian about his gear.

His old rod is looking its age. I had to glue the plastic end caps on the cork handle back in place. The threads that secure the metal guides come loose periodically I got some work to do that way again after its last outing and have to be repaired. The chrome reel seat is scuffed and dull.

It will never go on one of our gizzard chunkin and dunkin trips. A runin with a muscled catfish might snap it in half.

But a couple of times a year, just often enough to reconnect with Pap, it awfully fun to take it out on the water, cast out a little jig and catch a scrappy bass on the old timer.

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Substances in honey increase detoxification gene expression

Substances in honey increase detoxification gene expression

CHAMPAIGN, lll. Research in the wake of Colony Collapse Disorder, a mysterious malady afflicting primarily commercial honey bees, suggests that pests, pathogens and pesticides all play a role. New research indicates that the honey bee diet influences the bees ability to withstand at least some of these assaults. Some components of the nectar and pollen grains bees collect to manufacture food to support the hive increase the expression of detoxification genes that help keep honey bees healthy.

The findings appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

University of Illinois professor of entomology May Berenbaum, who led the study, said that many organisms use a group of enzymes called cytochrome P450 monooxygenases to break down foreign substances such as pesticides and compounds naturally found in plants, known as phytochemicals. However, honey bees have relatively few genes dedicated to this detoxification process compared to other insect species, she said.

feed on hundreds of different types of nectar and pollen, and are potentially exposed to thousands of different types of phytochemicals, yet they only have onethird to onehalf the inventory of enzymes that break down these toxins compared to other species, Berenbaum said.

Determining which of the 46 P450 genes in the honey bee genome are used to metabolize constituents of their natural diet and which are used to metabolize synthetic pesticides became a scientific question to her research team, Berenbaum said.

frame of honey in the honey bee hive is phytochemically different from the next frame of honey because different nectars went in to make the honey. If you don know what your next meal is going to be, how does your detoxification system know which enzymes to upregulate? Berenbaum said.

Research had previously shown that eating honey turns on detoxification genes that metabolize the chemicals in honey, but the researchers wanted to identify the specific components responsible for this activity. To do this, they fed bees a mixture of sucrose and powdered sugar, called bee candy, and added different chemical components in extracts of honey. They identified pcoumaric acid as the strongest inducer of the detoxification genes.

found that the perfect signal, pcoumaric acid, is in everything that bees eat it the monomer that goes into the macromolecule called sporopollenin, which makes up the outer wall of pollen grains. It a great signal that tells their systems that food is coming in, and with that food, so are potential toxins, Berenbaum said.

Her team showed that pcoumaric acid turns on not only P450 genes, but representatives of every other type of detoxification gene in the genome. This signal can also turn on honey bee immunity genes that code for antimicrobial proteins.

According to Berenbaum, three other honey constituents were effective inducers of these detoxification enzymes. These components probably originate in the tree resins that bees use to make propolis, the glue which lines all of the cells and seals cracks within a hive.

turns on immunity genes it not just an antimicrobial caulk or glue. It may be medicinal, and in fact, people use it medicinally, too, Berenbaum said.

Many commercial beekeepers use honey substitutes such as highfructose corn syrup or sugar water to feed their colonies. Berenbaum believes the new research shows that honey is rich source of biologically active materials that truly matter to a bee.

She hopes that future testing and development will yield honey substitutes that contain pcoumaric acid so beekeepers can enhance their bees ability to withstand pathogens and pesticides.

Although she doesn recommend that beekeepers out and dump pcoumaric acid into their high fructose corn syrup, she hopes that her team research can be used as the basis of future work aimed at improving bee health.

I were a beekeeper, I would at least try to give them some honey yearround, Berenbaum said, if you look at the evolutionary history of Apis mellifera, this species did not evolve with high fructose corn syrup. It is clear that honey bees are highly adapted to consuming honey as part of their diet.

Speed Shimano Dura

Speed Shimano Dura

Stories about Shimano nextgeneration DuraAce group have been hitting the web, with rumors of Shimano joining Campagnolo in the 11speed realm. Bicycling secured an internal Shimano document that confirms that there is indeed a new DuraAce group. Set for release for the 2013 model year, it will feature an 11speed rear cluster. The new group will be called DuraAce 9000 the current DuraAce group is designated 7900. When asked for a statement, the company said that its policy is not to comment on future products prior to their release.

Beyond the additional cog, there are few details about the new group in the internal document. However, industry insiders filled in some specifics for us. If you wondering, our moles also tell us that a new SRAM Red group will be unveiled soon, but it remains at 10 speeds.

The cranks use a fourarm spider like Shimano mountain cranks; current road cranks use a fivearm spider and a new, lighter, bottombracket system. Shimano is sticking with their 24mm axle standard; there is no BB30 or BB386EVO option.

The hoods on the mechanical STI levers are smaller, with a more ergonomic fit and feel.

The mechanical version will use a proprietary shift cable.

Frontderailleur shifting effort is reduced by 38% claimed.

The brakes are all new. There are two mounting options: standard center bolt and twobolt aero/TT style.

The mechanical group weight is claimed at 1,908 grams, a 67gram reduction from DuraAce 7900.

The cassette and freehub body are wider: 10speed cassettes will work on 11speed wheels with a spacer, but not vice versa. Rear hub spacing remains 130mm.

Shimano did not add any more carbon: Like DA7900, only the brakelever blades and rearderailleur pulley cage are carbon.

The Shimano document also describes a new dropout out configuration for road bikes, but our sources say, not really any change on that from our perspective. does an 11th cog affect the performance? Based on our experience jumping back and forth between Campy 11speed groups first released in 2009 and 10speed groups from Shimano and SRAM, shifting performance can be comparable. That because the change to the ratios is quite minor overall. We don yet know the cog progression of DA9000 we know 1123, 1125, 1225 and 1228 cassettes will be offered, but here how Campagnolo 11speed and Shimano 10speed cassettes compare: Shimano 1123 cassette breaks down like this: 11121314151617192123. Campy 1123 inserts an 18tooth cog between the 17 and 19. In other words, you get one slightly tighter jump in one part of the cassette. Drawings within the document describe a caliper brake that mounts with two bolts similar to the aero brakes found on some timetrial and triathlon bikes.

The following ring combos are listed for DA9000 cranks: 5339, 5034, 5236, 5238, 5442, and 5542.

An 11speed compatible bar end shifter will be offered.

The group contains a new 9000 series SPDSL pedal.

Our moles are also very excited about 2013 Sora and Tiagra groups, which they called a leap forward.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fontana accepts first patients

New Kaiser Permanente hospital in Fontana accepts first patients

Patients on Tuesday were moved from the old location into the new $700 million facility.Our new Fontana Hospital is one of the largest, greenest and most technologically advanced ever built in the area, said Greg Christian, executive director, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan, San Bernardino County Area. This investment symbolizes our commitment to the health of all people who live and work in the Inland Empire.The new hospital, at 9965 Sierra Ave., was built to rigorous seismic safety standards, officials said.All patient rooms are private and the walls are decorated with artwork created by local artists. The rooms have large windows and are large enough to offer space for overnight stays. They also have wireless Internet access.This hospital is all about the clinical and personal needs of our patients, said Dr. David Quam, area medical director and chief of staff. Our technology is state of art and our healing environment focuses on personalized care. Our exceptional team of physicians and staff is committed to providing patients with the best preventive and medical care.

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Johns Jewelers in Berea

Johns Jewelers in Berea

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C. S. Johns was established in 1928 by Clifford Johns and his wife. It was originally located on the triangle of downtown Berea. In 1974 it moved to the West Valley Plaza and in 2003 we relocated to our current facility at the Berea Square Plaza. Brothers Mark and Matt Regotti are the owners/jewelers. When it comes to Jewelry, C. S. Johns offers it all. coins prior to 1964. We offer model making and casting performed on premise. Bring us your ideas and we will create your design in gold or sterling silver. We also specializing in designing matching wedding bands to existing engagement rings. Competitive prices with care service second to none. Visit us or call today.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

iGrow nothing to do with Apple

iGrow nothing to do with Apple

In a 15,000squarefoot warehouse just down the road from the , an entrepreneur is opening a onestop shop for medicinal marijuana cultivation thats believed to be the largest in the state.Dont know the first thing about growing pot? The folks at iGrow have a doctor on site to get you a cannabis card and sell you all the necessary equipment for indoor, hydroponic cultivation from pumps, nutrients and tubing to lights and fans.Dont know how to set it up? For a fee, onsite technicians will show you how to build it in your home and even maintain it weekly.A lot of people dont know much about growing pot, said , 25, the owner, who stood in front of an array of Ikealike displays, showing different rooms of cannabis cultivation systems. Since there are no fullservice resources like us, they take risks, like electrical fires.This is hardly a fringe business. members attended iGrows opening on Thursday. So did most of the leaders of the cannabis industry in Oakland, a city long at the vanguard of medicinal marijuana.Todays opening also comes on a key day for proponents of a statewide ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana. They plan to turn in about twice as many signatures as needed to qualify the measure for the November ballot.The supporters of that measure are being led by , owner of , an Oaklandbased business that trains people for work in the cannabis industry.The medicinal marijuana world is still unsettled. Cities from Los Angeles to Berkeley are grappling with how to permit and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.Oakland, where voters last summer agreed to have the city to tax and regulate cannabis businesses, has allowed only four licensed dispensaries.Though iGrow provides all the supplies and knowhow for cannabis cultivation, they dont sell the seedlings only dispensaries can. And even some of the vendors tread a delicate line., the owner of Easy Feed Systems based in West Oakland, was setting up one of the system displays at iGrow on Wednesday. His company has an explicit policy of not setting up any system where marijuana is visible when they show up or even mentioning the word marijuana.Liability is shifting, said Goodhart, a libertarian who is a registered Republican. A small business like ours cant take the risk.But, he believes, the issue is a moral one.Its not fair to medical patients to put them in a gray area where they have to be involved in criminal activity to stay healthy, he said. Thats like not having health insurance.The cost of creating your own cultivation system or relying solely on a dispensary is vast.At a dispensary, a patient might spend $120 a week for a quarterounce of marijuana.However, it might cost $1,000 to set up an eightplant system, said Zeta Ceti, one of iGrows indoor growing technicians. But in the course of a year, they might only use half of their harvest and be able to sell the remaining 3 pounds for $12,000 to a dispensary.

ID that airplane

ID that airplane

Here are a flydubai Boeing 737800 top and United Airlines Airbus A320. These singleaisle airliners are by far the most common airplanes around. You might notice the 737 has winglets, which curve up at the tip of the wings, while the A320 has wingtip fences, which rise above and below the rest of the wing. Both of these devices save fuel. But dont lean too heavily on this. Some airplanes have no wingtip devices. And Airbus is adding sharklets that look a lot like winglets.Boeing no longer makes the 757, but there still are quite a few of them around, flying crosscountry and transAtlantic routes, in particular. It is easy to identify because its notably longer than other singleaisle jets. So, if you see a really long, skinny airplane, its probably a 757. Boeing and Airbus have touted their 737900ER and A321, respectively, as replacements for the 757, but neither has its capabilities. This is United Airlines Oprah Winfrey Show Farewell Season Plane.Boeing no longer makes the 757, but there still are quite a few of.New to Seattle? Noticed how locals like to geek out about airplanes?Around here, confusing a Boeing with an Airbus is like calling a Douglas fir tree a cedar. Thankfully, were here with a handy guide.Click on to learn how to recognize every Boeing and Airbus aircraft family, from the Boeing 737 to the 747 the numbers dont correspond to size and Airbus A320 to A380.We wont go so far as to tell you how to distinguish, say, a 737800 from a 737900ER, or between an A319, A320 and A321. If youre that interested, you probably already know and, in fact, could give us all some more tips on telling which airplane is which. Add them to the comments.

How To Survive A Snow Storm

How To Survive A Snow Storm

Anyone who lives in Northeastern part of the United States knows that snow is expected during the winter months. While each winter is different, there is sure to be at least one good snowstorm each year and the storm can be a lot easier to weather if you are prepared. Even if you find yourself stuck indoors while the precipitation falls and the temperature drops to an uncomfortable level, you can still stay safe and have a great time. Your first order of business is to make sure your home is ready for the winter. Good real estate is built to withstand even the harshest of Northeastern winters, but you may still have to do a little winterizing before the bitter cold sets in. Make sure your home is wellinsulated and have the furnace checked before you are running it on the daily basis.

If a storm is on the way, head to the store for provisions. Stock up on basics like milk, bread and toilet paper so you will not be stuck without these essential items once the storm gets bad. If the area gets hit with a blizzard, you may have a few days when you are unable to get to the store. It is important to make sure you have enough food in the house to get through a few days while it is storming. If you take medication, make sure you have plenty in stock before it starts snowing. This way you will not be faced with an emergency if the storm is bad and you are stuck indoors for a few days.

In addition to the essential items, stock up on snacks while at the store. If you are unable to go outside or go to the store, work or school for days at a time, things can get pretty boring. Having a few munchies and some hot cocoa is a great way to ward off the boredom during the darkest days of the storm. Also be sure there are plenty of games and fun activities to keep things from getting boring. If you are able to pull out a new board game and some cookies or a mug of hot chocolate, an otherwise annoying storm may turn into the best memory of winter.

While playing games is a great deal of fun when you are stuck indoors, sometimes nothing beats watching a good movie while the snow is falling. Grab a few movie rentals or order from an online service before the storm begins. This way you have a good stock of films you can turn to in order to pass the time.

Finally, remember to keep an eye on weather reports. While it can be great to hunker down and feel as if you are hibernating during a rough winter storm, it is important to be aware of what is going on around you. Most storms are not a big deal and pass without alarm, but every now and then there are winter emergencies and you should know what is happening. In some cases, the emergency may not affect you directly, but you may be able to help someone else in the community.

Helena nightclub shooting that leavesdead

Helena nightclub shooting that leaves 2 dead

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Two men have been charged in connection with a shooting early Thursday at a nightclub on St. Helena Island that left two men dead and two wounded, according to the Beaufort County Sheriffs Office. among feuding parties at Midnight Soul Patrol on 56 Toomer Road, Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

Lucas Miles Morgan, 25, of St. Helena is charged with one count of attempted murder, and Joseph David Bowers, 27, also of St. Helena, is charged with one count of murder. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues, according to a Sheriffs Office news release.

Deputies stopped a vehicle leaving the scene and found Dante Kendall Bailey, 33, of St. Helena dead in the back seat.

Michael Douglas Morgan, 26, of St. Helena was found by a witness on the steps of a nearby residence. He was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina where he later died.

Richard Earl Green Jr., 24, of Beaufort was also flown to MUSC, but his condition was not available Thursday evening.

Robert Irvin Goodwine, 19, of St. Helena was taken to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was later released.

The large red wooden nightclub is in a mostly residential area on the southern part of the island. Shana Green, who was at the club when the shootings occurred, went to the closest home to call police. She found Michael Morgan lying on steps outside the home about 50 feet from the club in a pool of blood.

Green, 24, said Lucas and Michael Morgan are brothers. The Morgans and Richard Green are all her cousins, she said Thursday as she stood in the dirt parking lot where the shootings occurred.

Green estimated about 30 shots were fired.

She said she does not know what caused the fight, but believes it was gangrelated.

Witnesses said more than two people had guns, but an exact number was not yet available from the Sheriffs Office. McIntosh said Thursday it is still very much an active investigation.

Glycogen And Glucose Carbohydrates

Glycogen And Glucose Carbohydrates

Glycogen and Glucose are the two forms of sugar that your body employs to store and use as energy . Glucose is the sugar your body converts into energy. Glycogen is the sugar your body stores in both your liver and muscle cells. Your body cant use glycogen directly as a source of energy, and cannot store glucose.

When you eat a wellbalanced meal with both carbohydrates and protein, your body converts and absorbs the carbohydrates and part of the protein into glucose. It then attempts to maintain an even blood glucose level. When your blood glucose is too high, your pancreas produces insulin to convert some of that glucose into glycogen and then stores it for later use. When it is running low, it produces glucagon, a hormone secreted by the pancreas which stimulates your liver to convert some glycogen into glucose. Once converted, the glucose can be released into your blood stream. The glycogen stored in your muscles cant be converted back into sugar, so it can only be used by your muscles.

Your liver can only store 90 to 110 grams of glycogen the equivalent of about three to four hours of normal activity. When your glycogen reserves are full, and you still have glucose in your blood or glucose being absorbed into your bloodstream from a meal, your liver then starts to convert glucose into fat. That is actually a normal process because with a regular size meal, you will invariably fill up your glycogen reserves. Therefore it is customary to store some fat when you eat. If you dont eat between meals, after around three hours your liver glycogen will be running low and your body will start converting that fat into energy until you eat your next meal.