Volleyball Excited To Host Drake Invitational

first_img Buy Tickets The Bulldogs return to their home court with a 5-2 record to open the season and a tournament title to their credit after opening the season with a title at the Titan Tournament in Fullerton, Calif. Last weekend, the team went 2-1 at the JMU Invitational with the lone loss coming in the championship game against host and eventual champion JMU. Over the last three seasons, the Bulldogs have gone 29-16 in non-conference tournaments. ESPN3 – Drake vs. Southeast Missouri For the full tournament schedule for all teams, click here. The three-day, nine-game tournament has the Bulldogs hosting Omaha, Montana, San Jose State and Southeast Missouri State. Live Stats The Drake University volleyball team has made a tradition of spending the first month of its season crisscrossing the country the last three years. However, that tradition ends this weekend when the Bulldogs welcome four other teams to the Knapp Center for the Drake Invitational, Sept. 7-9. Story Links ESPN3 – Drake vs. Omaha ESPN3 – Drake vs. San Jose State The tournament begins Thursday with a single game against Omaha at 7 p.m. Tickets for Thursday’s match are just $1 as the Bulldogs aim to pack the Knapp Center for a true home court advantage. The tournament continues for Drake on Friday against Southeast Missouri State at 3 p.m. and San Jose State at 7 p.m. Drake’s competition concludes with a 3 p.m. match against Montana Saturday. “This is huge for our program; to be here at home after back-to-back weeks on the coasts and we are so excited to be here at home,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We’re hoping for a really exciting weekend in bringing Drake volleyball back to Des Moines.” “Overall I’m very pleased with our start. We have a young team and overall we’ve gotten off to a decent start,” McBroom said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

One Spirit Can Operate a Split Brain

first_imgExperiments with split-brain patients in Amsterdam lend support to the idea that one immaterial being operates the physical brain, even when damaged.The University of Amsterdam UVA News posted an intriguing headline: “Split brain does not lead to split consciousness.” Split brain refers to a condition when the corpus callosum, the “pipeline” between the brain’s two hemispheres, has been severed. Classic experiments seemed to show that the left side of the brain could only perceive objects on the left side, and vice versa, leading researchers to conclude that each hemisphere generated its own conscious identity. UvA psychologist Yair Pinto has run new experiments to show that is not entirely true. The experiments are difficult because of the rarity of people having the condition. Pinto had two subjects to work with, allowing a certain level of confirmation of his findings.To the researchers’ surprise, the patients were able to respond to stimuli throughout the entire visual field with all the response types: left hand, right hand and verbally. Pinto: ‘The patients could accurately indicate whether an object was present in the left visual field and pinpoint its location, even when they responded with the right hand or verbally. This despite the fact that their cerebral hemispheres can hardly communicate with each other and do so at perhaps 1 bit per second, which is less than a normal conversation. I was so surprised that I decide repeat the experiments several more times with all types of control.’The following graphic in the article illustrates how Pinto has disconfirmed earlier studies.What do the new findings imply?According to Pinto, the results present clear evidence for unity of consciousness in split-brain patients. ‘The established view of split-brain patients implies that physical connections transmitting massive amounts of information are indispensable for unified consciousness, i.e. one conscious agent in one brain. Our findings, however, reveal that although the two hemispheres are completely insulated from each other, the brain as a whole is still able to produce only one conscious agent. This directly contradicts current orthodoxy and highlights the complexity of unified consciousness.’If consciousness were a mere phenomenon emerging out of the physical brain, these results would seem impossible. They seem to indicate that an individual soul or spirit (what psychologists dub consciousness) can still operate through this disability, as if a person could still operate a machine that splits into two parts.Pinto et al.’s results are published in Brain: A Journal of Neurobiology.There are a couple of lessons here. One is that previous studies that seem to indicate one conclusion can later turn out to be fake science (as in the case of Bateman’s Principle; see 1/22/17). The other, more obvious interpretation, is that the Bible was right, all along: we are individual persons regardless of the condition of our physical brains. We are, as Wernher von Braun once said, “souls cast in animal bodies.” The soul drives the body – not the other way around. This has implications for the Personhood movement.(Visited 200 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Microsoft Launches Office Web Apps and Office 2010 in Limited Beta

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Microsoft#web frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Today at its Wordwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft announced that the Microsoft Office suite has reached the ‘technical preview’ milestone, and that starting today the company will open up the Office beta program to a larger number of users. While a new version of Office is obviously big news for a lot of users, the really interesting part of the announcement is that Microsoft is also releasing more details about the Office Web applications – which are lightweight, browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (Microsoft’s note-taking tool). Beta testers can expect invites for the Office Web applications to go out in August.Office Web: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNoteWe got a chance to talk to Takeshi Numoto, the corporate vice president of the Microsoft Office Product Management Group, last week. He gave us more information about the Office Web applications. The web-based applications were designed to work on any browser and should even work on most mobile browsers. While some functions will only be available when Microsoft’s Silverlight is available on a machine, Silverlight is not a requirement to run most features of the web applications. Numoto stressed that the apps will run on Firefox, Safari, and, obviously, IE, though Google’s Chrome is suspiciously absent from this list (Stephen Elop, the head of the Office division explains why at the end of this interview). The web applications will be tied in closely with the desktop clients, and the online storage will be managed through SkyDrive. For consumers, the web apps will be hosted on Windows Live and will be available for free, although Numoto remained tight-lipped about possible plans to monetize the apps through advertising. We could only get him to acknowledge that Microsoft was indeed ‘experimenting’ with various options, which we can only assume includes advertising.Real-Time CollaborationAnother important aspect, which also ties in with a feature that Microsoft is stressing in the desktop applications of the Office suite, is the ability to collaborate on any document with various users simultaneously – including those using the web applications. While we haven’t seen this in action, having a rich-text editor at hand for real-time collaboration on Word and PowerPoint documents is going to be a very exciting feature for a lot of users (however some third-party service providers who currently offer similar services will probably not be happy about this).See What’s New in Microsoft Web Applications 2010Enterprise: Office Web Behind the FirewallFor enterprises, Microsoft will offer two solutions. One will be hosted as part of Microsoft’s Online Services. Another version, however, will be available for companies to host on their own servers on top of SharePoint. For enterprises, especially those that have long felt that cloud computing wasn’t for them, this self-hosted version of the browser-based Office suite is going to be a very attractive solution, especially considering that all of Microsoft’s 90 million Office annuity customers will get access to this version as a regular part of the updates that come with these volume licenses. As Numoto told us, Microsoft believes that this will allow the company to differentiate itself from other companies that offer office solutions in the cloud. While Takeshi was careful not to mention any competitors by name, it is obvious that this is aimed at Google (and perhaps less so, startups like Zoho and ThinkFree).Clearly, this release will be a major deal for consumers and enterprises. A free version of the browser-based Office application that easily syncs with the desktop version and allows collaboration between users on both systems is going to be a big deal.What About the Desktop?The desktop apps obviously also got a make-over. But compared to the shift to Office 2007, the current release features only minor cosmetic updates from what we have seen so far. The integration of the web apps looks like the most exciting addition, as well as the ribbon interface becoming standard across all the applications. Also, Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on real-time collaboration, and different users can now edit documents simultaneously. Alhough Numote emphasized that all edits can be reversed.See What’s New in Microsoft Outlook 2010Numoto also stressed the Office team focused on improving some of the most often used features. As an example, he told us that cut and paste is obviously one of the most popular features in Office, but that Microsoft found that after pasting something into a document, the key that was used the most often afterward was ‘delete.’ In order to improve the cut and paste process, Office will now feature a ‘cut and paste preview,’ similar to the feature that Office 2007 already offers for changing styles and fonts, for example.Outlook aficionados will also be happy to hear that the email client will now feature an option to ‘ignore’ unwanted threads.While the Technical Preview, which was announced today, will only be available for a limited number of users, the beta program will be open to everybody. Microsoft expects to ship the final version of Office 2010 in the first half of 2010.So far, we haven’t had a chance to actually test-drive the desktop or web apps ourselves, but you can expect an in-depth review from us once we get access to the beta.center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

4.5-magnitude earthquake hits India-Nepal border

first_imgA 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh on Friday afternoon, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The NCS, which works under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the quake was reported at 12.45 pm at a depth of 33 km.last_img