Norway to step up climate aid

first_img22 January 2008Norway is to step up its development assistance to South Africa in order to boost the country’s response to the threats posed by climate change.Work on carbon capture technologies, action against deforestation, the scaling up of Clean Development Mechanism projects in Africa, technology transfer and further emission cuts topped the agenda as Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg passed through Cape Town on Friday.With some countries projected to see reductions in agricultural productivity of as much as 50 percent by 2020 due to climate change, Norway is to step up development assistance to poorer countries “considerably”, Stoltenberg said.Stoltenberg was speaking to reporters at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens during a stopover on his way to evaluate a joint Norwegian-United States scientific study in Antarctica.Because of the “tremendous challenges” posed by climate change to developing countries, Norway would be providing about US$400-million to environmental programmes this year, he said.Stoltenberg said it was the rich world that had created climate change, and it was thus the rich world that had to shoulder the main responsibility for solving – through adaptation and mitigation – the problems caused by changing weather patterns.Stoltenberg was joined at the press conference by South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk.While industrialised countries must lead the way cuts in carbon emissions, the extent of the problem is such that there also needs to be reductions in emissions by developing countries, particularly by the larger, fast-growing economies in the developing world, the ministers agreed.The “historical dimension” of climate change – which points to the proportionate responsibility of highly industrialised countries over past decades for greenhouse gas emissions – cannot be ignored, Van Schalkwyk said.Van Schalkwyk added that the work of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that climate change “is happening now” and will get far worse unless greenhouse gas emissions are substantially reduced.The environment minister pointed to the United States, which he said has not been engaged in the full multilateral process, in particular through its absence from the almost defunct Kyoto protocol.Developing countries are expecting the US – which up to now has been the world’s greatest emitter of greenhouse gases – to make a “quantum leap” to the point where it accepts internationally agreed and binding targets towards cuts in carbon emissions.Urging the US to take its fair share of responsibility for causing climate change, Van Schalkwyk said this would be his message to the world’s largest economy when he participates in the US-hosted meeting of major economies on energy security and climate change at the end of January.The minister also urged US President George Bush to signal a turning point in the US’s attitude toward climate change and carbon emission reductions when he makes his State of the Union address on 28 January.South Africa and the developing world expect the US to show “comparable effort” when it comes to planned carbon emission reduction targets of between 25 percent and 40 percent, Van Schalkwyk said.Regarding fast-growing economic powerhouse China, Van Schalkwyk said it has been less difficult for the global community to get China to participate in multilateral discussions on greenhouse gas reductions than it was to get the US involved.The IPCC says that the world has seen a 70 percent increase in greenhouse gas emissions from 1970 to 2004, with a further increase ranging from 25 percent to 90 percent projected by 2030, relative to the levels at the end of the 20th century.Scientific research has shown that South Africa and the continent as a whole will become much drier, with major implications for maize production, which is “not good news for a developing country”, with Africa in particular dependent upon maize as a staple food, Van Schalkwyk said.Earlier, Stoltenberg, citing the recently released and well-received report on the economics of climate change by British economist Nicholas Stern, warned that it was the world’s poorest countries that stood to be hardest hit by climate change.The more than 40 percent of Africa’s population who live in poverty – and who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods – would face enormous challenges related to famine and infectious diseases, Stoltenberg said.Key findings from the IPCC’s fourth assessment report show that about 200-million Africans – a quarter of the continent’s population – are at risk of water stress, while the spread of the malaria zone is expected to include South Africa by the end of the century.And the ice cap on Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, could disappear by 2020, Stoltenberg warned.According to the IPCC report, global temperatures this century are expected to exceed the rise observed in the last century, with Africa projected to see temperatures increasing by between three percent and four percent compared with the period from 1980 to 1999.While less warming will be seen in equatorial and coastal regions, dramatic rises in temperature are expected between 2070 and 2099: up to nine degrees centigrade for north Africa in the June to August months, and up to seven degrees for southern Africa in the September to November months.The impacts of these changes will be far-reaching, with wheat production likely to disappear in Africa by 2080, says the IPCC report, while southern Africa will experience “notable” reductions in maize production.But people should not lose faith in the human capacity for action.The Norwegian prime minister pointed to the huge potential for climate change mitigation through the capture of carbon emissions from power stations and large industrial sites, combined with efforts against deforestation.Norway announced at the recent multilateral meeting on a post-Kyoto agreement in Bali that it would be spending about US$500-million a year to prevent deforestation.Preventing the release of carbon dioxide from deforestation would go a long way toward mitigation of climate change, and combined with modern carbon capture and storage methods – technology which Norway is developing in earnest – could reduce emissions drastically.By some estimates, deforestation and industrial emissions account for almost half of total emissions, Stoltenberg said.Another key weapon against climate change is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) developed under the Kyoto Protocol, which allows projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to earn saleable credits, with each credit equivalent to a ton of carbon dioxide.Pointing out that there are more than 860 registered CDM projects in 49 developing countries, with another 2 000 projects in the pipeline, Van Schalkwyk said this needed to be scaled up further to ensure that a greater number of these projects took place in Africa.Following the Bali conference, where a roadmap was developed for negotiations to steer the world into a post-Kyoto regime on climate change (the Protocol expires in 2012), intensive multilateral negotiations are expected in the lead-up to a conference in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.Details of a more effective and inclusive climate change regime are expected by Copenhagen 2009, Van Schalkwyk indicated, with South Africa and developing country peers having committed themselves to doing much more to combat climate change.And strong leadership is expected from South Africa, itself is one of the larger emitters while also bearing the historical burden of industrialised countries’ emissions.“South Africa is going to play a key role if we are to reach an agreement in Copenhagen,” Stoltenberg said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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FD WEBINAR: What Is Trauma & Why Must We Address It? Part 2

first_imgPart 2: Implications for Work With ChildrenWe hope you join us for Part 2 of our MFLN Family Development series on trauma-informed-care. Here are the details!Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014Time: 11am-1pm EasternLocation: What Is Trauma & Why Must We Address It? (Part 2: Implications for Work With Children)Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director of the SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care, & Brian R. Sims, M.D., a Forensic Psychiatrist, National and International Consultant on the Fundamentals of Trauma Informed Care, will be presenting on various types of trauma that impact children. The presenters will also highlight benefits in utilizing a trauma-informed treatment approach for prevention and intervention work.We offer 2.0 National Association of Social Worker CE credits for many of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2014 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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Motorcyclist hospitalized following solo crash in La Mesa

first_img LA MESA (KUSI) – A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries Monday when he failed to turn at an intersection and ended up in the parking lot of a La Mesa business, police said.It happened shortly before 1:25 a.m. in the 8000 block of University Avenue, La Mesa police Lt. Brian Stoney said.A 56-year-old man riding a 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling eastbound on University Avenue at a high speed when he approached the intersection at Baltimore Drive, failed to turn, left the roadway and crashed into the parking lot of a nearby business, Stoney said.The motorcycle and the rider slid at least 100 feet before coming to rest against a chain link fence in the parking lot, Stoney said.The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries, including several broken bones, Stoney said.“Both speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in this collision,” Stoney said.Officers from the La Mesa Police Department’s traffic division were investigating the crash. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter October 15, 2018 Motorcyclist hospitalized following solo crash in La Mesa KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: October 15, 2018last_img read more

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SIcoms Swimsuit Package Draws Sites SecondBiggest Traffic Day

first_imgOverall, SI.com said Tuesday was the site’s second-highest trafficked day (behind the February 15, 2007 Swimsuit Issue unveiling), with 3.633 million unique visitors.With all the attention SI’s Swimsuit Issue gets, the magazine’s online success isn’t overly suprising. (What is surprising is that I still haven’t made it through the whole thing yet.) What’s important here is the continued success the issue has had monetarily. The overall franchise—which I assume generates a sizable chunk of the brand’s annual revenues—this year was up 15 percent in revenues over 2009. The magazine carried 67 ads, which was roughly flat over last year.That’s pretty good considering how bad the ad market has been.For now, we can only wait and see if Decker and her bikini-clad ladies can move issues off the newsstands and on mobile in record-setting numbers. For the third straight year, Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated unveiled its highly anticipated franchise powerhouse, the Swimsuit Issue, Monday night on CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman. For those of you living under rocks, this year’s sultry cover model is Brooklyn Decker, wife of tennis star Andy Roddick.Wasting no time, SI posted the behemoth 2010 swimsuit package online, packed with more than 1,400 photos and 100 videos of all the scantily-clan models taken during their lush/exotic/(add suggestive adjective here) photo shoots. Sounds like a recipe for some server-testing traffic. And it was.SI.com said the package drew 42.2 million page views, an increase of 14 percent over 37 million last year. Meanwhile, the number of unique visitors during the first day soared 85 percent to 2.3 million. Video views totaled 7.1 million, a 126 percent bump from 2009.last_img read more

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Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop

first_img Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop cuco-making-different-kind-latin-pop Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Meet the 20-year-old artist making dream pop straight out of Southern California.Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 15, 2018 – 6:25 pm “I’m like stupid emotional,” Cuco says in a Genius video wearing his signature large glasses and shaggy hair. “I think art is what keeps an artist able to express their emotions and not go crazy.” Cuco’s music is dream pop straight out of Southern California and “stupid emotional” is exactly how you’ll feel listening to his atmospheric, mellow synth, oldies-inspired beats, topped with emotional lyrics.  On “Lo Que Siento” he sings “And nobody’s touch and nobody’s lips can make me feel like yours do/Our hands in a lock, nuestros labios se conocen (Our lips meet).” Hispanic Heritage Month 2018 Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity SUPP BABYYYYY CHECK IT OUT https://t.co/IZ6Gb0qfU6— CUCO (@Icryduringsex) May 4, 2018The Hawthorne, Calif. native is a self-produced multi-instrumentalist who grew up listening to Chicano rappers like Lil’ Rob and MC Magic, both smooth rappers that jump from English to Spanish throughout their verses. MC Magic’s music stands out for his use of synthesizers. You hear bits and pieces of the genre’s influence in Cuco’s music, who himself is Mexican-American. Other influences include Tame Impala. He launched into the spotlight with a cover of Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk” and has since garnered a following of thousands on social media.”I will never underestimate the strength of a fan-girl ever again. They’re wild,” his manager Doris Munoz told the L.A. Times about the rise of his following. The 20-year-old artist’s sentimental vibe connects mostly with young Latinas and thus has been dubbed a “heart-throb.”Rolling Stone captured Cuco’s role in the music industry well: “In a music industry that’s been cashing in on more urban genres like reggaeton and Latin trap, acts like Cuco represent an alternative dimension of Latin pop that’s picking up steam in United States.”But, Cuco doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed. “It’s cool, like I’m super open to doing things for like my people, my own culture, but ultimately I make music for everybody,” he told the Fader.  Cuco is currently recovering from an accident that happened in early October and has canceled the rest of his 2018 tour.Learn more about Cuco’s sound:”Lover Is A Day””Lover Is A Day” is the song Cuco is most proud of. The song “did so well like I never even though it would do so well, it kind of got me out there,” he told Teal magazine.”Lo Que Siento””Lo Que Siento” or “What I Feel” was inspired by Chicano rappers Lil’ Rob and MC Magic. I just heard the chord progression for “Lo Que Siento” in kind of a way where it’s mixed with a lot of Chicano rap. But then there’s also that indie side of it with guitars and all that other bullshit. It was just in the moment,” he told Genius.”Amor De Siempre”This all Spanish-language song has Cuco singing about waking up next to his lover and looking into her eyes. “When I look at those eyes, that’s where I want to live/ If you kiss me, that’s where I want to die.” 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Prev Next How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Facebook Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless IbeyiPhoto: David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Cuco Is Making A Different Kind Of Latin Pop Amara La Negra Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity Amara La Negra On Her Afro-Latina Identity Ibeyi Are Leaving Their Mark On U.S. Pop Culture Twitter Email Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Princess Nokia Is Making Space For The Voiceless Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Bad BunnyPhoto: Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Inside Maluca Mala’s Daring Sound How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Celia CruzPhoto: M. Caulfield/WireImage The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Read more News Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Maluca MalaPhoto: J. Grassi/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ Esperanza Spalding Is Making Waves In Her Own Lane 7 Artists Who Have Added New Life To Reggaeton Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Images Princess Nokia Photo: Burak Cingi/Redferns The Latinas Of ‘Women Who Rock’ How Bad Bunny Is Putting Latin Trap On The Map Karol GPhoto: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images Esperanza SpaldingPhoto: Noam Galai/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Verizon 5G map Network now live in Chicago and Minneapolis

first_img We tested Verizon’s new 5G network Share your voice Mobile Tags 8:24 Motorola Moto Z3 $480 Comments CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Review • Moto Z3 review: First 5G upgradable phone is a solid midrange choice Mentioned Above Motorola Moto Z3 Verizon’s 5G network is live in Chicago and Minneapolis.  Verizon A week ahead of schedule, Verizon on Wednesday turned on its 5G network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. CNET went to Chicago to test it with the Moto Z3. To experience 5G, Verizon customers need to have a Motorola Moto Z3 phone with a 5G Moto Mod. The addition, available now, costs about $200 and attaches magnetically to the phone. Customers on Verizon’s postpaid or unlimited plans get unlimited 5G for an extra $10 per month. The first three months of 5G are free.Verizon said customers on its 5G Ultra Wideband network in Chicago and Minneapolis could see speeds between 450 Mbps to 1Gbps and latency connecting to the network less than 30 milliseconds. “Verizon customers will be the first in the world to have the power of 5G in their hands,” said Hans Vestberg, Verizon’s chairman and chief executive officer, in the release.Read: Testing Verizon’s 5G network almost made we weep real tears For Chicago, the 5G service is concentrated in the West and South Loop areas near landmarks like Union Station, Willis Tower, The Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park and The Chicago Theatre. Minneapolis customers’ service is concentrated in the downtown area, like Downtown East and West. The service is available near landmarks like the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center and First Avenue venues, The Commons, areas of Elliot Park and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America.Read: Verizon defends its 5G network’s rocky start, throws shade at AT&T and T-MobileBelow is a map showing cities that currently have some 5G coverage:5G, the next generation of cellular tech, has been touted as the life-changing foundation for tech trends like augmented reality and telemedicine. Virtually every major Android handset maker has talked up plans to launch a 5G device this year. However, coverage will be limited at the start, and those 5G phones likely won’t be cheap.AT&T’s 5G network went live in December in a dozen cities. But until 5G phones arrive later this year, it’ll only be useful with Netgear’s Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, a portable device that creates its own Wi-Fi network so you can link phones, laptops and tablets to the 5G network.Sprint has said its 5G network will launch in May, and T-Mobile says its full 5G launch will happen in the second half of the year.Verizon plans to expand its 5G coverage to 30 cities by the end of 2019. Originally published April 3, 8:54 a.m. PT.Update, 10:30 a.m. PT: Adds more background on 5G networks. See it Now playing: Watch this: 5G Verizonlast_img read more

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On New Years Day Many LowWage Workers Will Celebrate With A Raise

first_imgAs midnight strikes on New Year’s Eve, many minimum wage workers will have an extra reason to celebrate: They’ll be getting a raise.In 18 states and 20 localities, lawmakers are forcing up the minimum wage on Jan. 1.For years, a large number of state and local governments have been driving up wages in response to federal inaction. Congress has kept the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour since 2009.If lawmakers in Washington had adjusted the minimum to match inflation as measured by the federal Consumer Price Index, it would be about $8.50 today.As of New Year’s Day, workers in the following states can expect a round of raises: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Those states already meet or exceed the federal minimum wage, so these new raises will push up the bottom even higher. For example, in Ohio, the state minimum wage is $8.15 an hour. After Jan. 1, it will be $8.30.From Albuquerque, N.M., to Tacoma, Wash., many cities are taking wages to even higher levels than the state minimums. For example, in California, 11 local governments are sending the minimum wage to $13 an hour, or even more. In Mountain View and Sunnyvale, the wage floor will rise to $15.Michael Saltsman, the managing director of the conservative Employment Policies Institute, is concerned about what he calls the “unintended consequences” of the wage increases, such as job losses for low-wage workers. The institute supports the views of restaurant owners and others who benefit from lower minimum wages.“This is a life or death issue for businesses,” Saltsman says. “I think you will see an increased rate of businesses not being able to make the math work as they’re forced to give a raise to their best paid employees in the house. They can’t offset that through higher prices.”That’s not the way unions see the impact. Damon Silvers, policy director for the AFL-CIO, a union organization, says wage hikes help the economy by giving low-wage workers more cash to spend.“It puts money in motion,” Silvers says. “We’ve seen the distribution of income and wealth skew very much to the top of the income scale. The fact is that rich people don’t spend money the way that middle-class and poor people do, and that makes our economy weak. Raising the minimum wage puts more money in the hands of people who need to spend it.”The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that about 80 million workers over age 16 are paid an hourly wage, and of those, about 700,000 still earn just the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.And about 1.5 million have wages set below $7.25 an hour, primarily because they are in exempt “service” jobs – that is, they work in restaurants and other jobs where tips boost compensation up to at least $7.25 an hour.The states with the highest percentages of hourly workers earning at or below the federal minimum wage in 2016 were Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. None of these states will see a hike in 2018.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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Full Show The New American Economy And Stories from the Storm July

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: A Texas firefighters union is urging the City of Baytown to drop its lawsuit against a firefighter who’s battling cancer. It’s a legal dispute over coverage for medical treatment. Then, some homeowners impacted by Harvey are dropping out of a buyout program. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik will tell you why.Also this hour: As lawmakers in Washington, D.C. debate how to move forward with immigration policies, we take a look at how immigrants impact Houston’s economy. Plus: Another installment of Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories from the Storm’, featuring community leaders and everyday Houstonians reflecting on how Harvey changed their lives and the community around them.  Today, the managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk about going downtown after the storm and discovering the damage to Houston’s Theatre District as well as the difficult road to recovery that had proud moments of resilience along the way.Then, Writer Jeff Balke join Houston Matters for the latest on the developments in Houston Sports. Watch An Excerpt from Houston Public Media’s Stories From The Storm Episode 4: managing directors of the Alley Theatre and Houston Grand Opera talk Listen X WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share 00:00 /50:41last_img read more

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Study explains why soggy skin gets wrinkly but does not dissolve

first_imgImage credit: Wikipedia. Eczema treatment creams could make it worse Citation: Study explains why soggy skin gets wrinkly but does not dissolve (2011, March 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-soggy-skin-wrinkly-dissolve.html Myfanwy Evans, a mathematician at the Research School of Physics and Engineering at the Australian National University in Canberra, and her colleagues developed a stringy skin model to try to explain how the network of keratin fibers in the skin is arranged. Keratin is a fibrous protein also found in the nails and hair. Scientists already knew the keratin networks were important, but until now no one was certain of their structure.After a period in water the outer layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) expands, producing prune-like wrinkles. Earlier researchers suggested the stratum corneum expands as it absorbs water, but no one had yet explained why skin doesn’t fall apart when it has expanded.Keratin is known to prevent evaporation from the skin and to absorb water to help keep the skin hydrated. The stratum corneum layer also gives the skin its stretchy properties and the ability to spring back.Using computer modeling Evans approached the question from a geometric point of view to try to explain why skin maintains its structural rigidity after long exposure to water. She said the outer layer of skin contains a three-dimensional pattern of keratin fibers woven together to form a structure capable of acting like a sponge. The fibers are helical when dry but straighten out as water is absorbed, which allows the network to hold a greater volume of water. All the contacts between the keratin fibers remain intact throughout the expansion, and this makes the material structurally stable, Evans said.Evans, who has just completed her PhD, said after 24 hours submerged in water, the skin can suffer irreversible damage.Evans specializes in the study of gyroids, which are mathematical shapes first described by a NASA scientist, Alan Schoen in 1970. Since then, gyroids have been found in nature, such as in some butterflies, where light refracted through crystalline gyroids in the wings produce the vivid colors.Evans said an understanding of the geometry behind why skin wrinkles after too long in the bath could help scientists design materials with the properties of skin, able to stretch without losing strength. The paper will be published in the cross-disciplinary publication, the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A new study by mathematicians in Australia has explained how skin remains stable in water and does not dissolve, and why it wrinkles and remains a strong barrier even after absorbing large quantities of water. 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

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