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Westwood Wins first European Tour Title in Four Years

first_imgEngland’s Lee Westwood shot a stunning eight-under-par 64 to win the Nedbank Challenge – his first victory on the European Tour for four years.The former world number one took the outright lead from Louis Oosthuizen with a birdie at 17, completing the back nine in 31 to finish on 15 under. The South African’s challenge faded as he finished third on 11 under behind Spain’s overnight leader Sergio Garcia.“I’m a bit emotional to be honest,” said a tearful Westwood, 45.He told Sky Sports: “You’re never sure whether you’re going to be able to do it again.“Until now my emotions felt really under control all day, which is what I’ve been working hard on. I was just trying to hit fairways, stick to my game-plan and hit it in the right places.“I’ve got a bit of a process I’m going through with my golf swing, I’m starting to see better shots; the seven iron into 17 is probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit and it all just worked.”Westwood, who carded six birdies and an eagle on the second hole in his round, celebrated with caddie and girlfriend Helen Storey after holing a putt on the 18th.The win was Westwood’s 24th on the European Tour and his third at the Nedbank.Oosthuizen carded a 69, with a damaging bogey on the 15th and then finishing with double bogey on the 18th.Garcia hit a 70 as his two-shot lead from round three disappeared.England’s Ross Fisher (70) was fourth on eight under, a shot ahead of compatriot Matt Wallace (67).Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy (71) finished in a tie for 21st on one under.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Netherlands v Ghana: 3 Major talking points

first_imgHave you ever had that moment when you address the Netherlands simply as Holland because it rolls off your tongue easier, I bet you have. According to Nana, my “prim-pro” friend, the correct usage is the Netherlands.Apparently, North Holland and South Holland are two provinces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Back in the 17th century, these two provinces served as a gateway, a major trade hub, where commercial activities with the west were conducted and as such, the Netherlands, became commonly referred to as Holland. Though it might be politically incorrect, both names have been used interchangeably since, especially by those of us in the football space. As Ghana’s Black Stars engage their Dutch counterparts, the Oranje, in a 2014 World Cup preparatory match tomorrow June 31, at 6.30 GMT in Rotterdam, Ghana’s Black Stars will need to be similarly detailed in what is considered a useful work out ahead of the tourney. When we sit in front of our screens, the name Holland or Netherlands will matter little, instead we will concern ourselves with 3 major talking points: THE MOCK RONALDO TESTSince last December when the World Cup draw was made and Ghana grouped with Germany, Portugal and U.S.A, many Ghanaians have been having nightmares about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Part of that fear is external; Ronaldo is the reigning world best player and just recently aided Real Madrid to annex their 10th UEFA Champions League, breaking records for fun and mesmerizing defenders. The second part of that fear is internal; Ghana’s full backs have not inspired confidence in Ghanaians and naturally, there is some form of apprehension about how Ronaldo and co. will be handled on the wings. Tomorrow’s game against the Netherlands provides the Black Stars defense a chance for a dress rehearsal of that “fearful” battle. Granted the Dutch wingers in Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens are not exactly “Ronaldo-sphic” but they are pacy wingers with loads of guile and trickery that will provide the perfect mock test of Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Jefferey Schlupp’s readiness to deal with the Ronaldo threat. Do these defenders wield the positional sense, speed and strength to execute the task? The answer lies in Rotterdam.  AN IDEA OF STRATING LINE UP  Another usefulness of this high profiled friendly is that it provides Ghana’s coach, Kwesi Appiah, an opportunity to fine tune his tactics, especially his preferred formation for the World Cup. Indeed, his opposite number Louis Van Gaal has openly stated that he will use this match to test his starting line up in this game and I do not expect Kwesi Appiah to do any different. If I were Appiah, I will start with Adam Kwarasey in goal because he, among the three goalies, has the perfect balance of experience and form. As mentioned above, Ghana will have pacy and tricky wingers to contend with, so I will play Daniel Opare and Jeffrey Schlupp at the right and left full backs because they both strike a balance between pace and power. In central defense, I will pair experienced Michael Essien with John Boye who will complement his senior with height and ruggedness. In the double defensive midfield pivot, I will pair in form Afriyie Acquah with Sulley Muntari while I will deploy Kwadwo Asamoah on the left wing for his ability to assist the left full back and similarly, Andre ”Dede” Ayew on the right. I will put Abdul Majeed Waris on top of the attack supported by Asamoah Gyan in the hole. This strike partnership has worked and shouldn’t be broken unless Waris fails to step up, only will I bring in Kevin Prince Boateng to play in the hole and push Gyan on top. Looking good huh? We can’t wait. THE CHOPPED THREEChopped sounds a little hash but that’s the reality of the situation. FIFA’s deadline for submission of final 23 man squads is June 2, only a couple of days after this friendly and it wouldn’t take any intelligent guessing to know that Appiah will use this game to finalize the chosen 23 and send 3 players back home to watch the World Cup in HDTV. Appiah’s mind would have been made by now, but surely, he must have about 5 or 6 borderline players out of who 3 will be dropped. Straight off the top of my head I am thinking a David Accam will have to play out of skin to book his seat; Mubarak Wakaso will need to have a stinker of a game to give up his seat; Rabiu Mohamed’s match fitness will be under scrutiny even though I get a sense he will get the loyalty pass like Fataau Dauda; Afriyie Acquah is up against stiff competition in the midfield but if he produces another outstanding performance he will have Appiah reaching for Tylenol extra; and then there are the borderline defenders; Jefferey Schlupp was decent in the farewell game in Accra, but then again, that was more of an exhibition game and this game will answer whether he is ready; Rashid Sumaila’s seeming  recklessness where he has caused 2 penalties in his last 2 outings may hurt him if he doesn’t get an opportunity  to wipe the slate clean. So, those are the candidates for the board. Come tomorrow night, we will have a clearer idea whose head will be chopped or is it cut rather? Well, Just like Holland or Netherlands, the value is the same. Have you ever had that moment when you address the Netherlands simply as Holland because it rolls off your tongue easier, I bet you have. According to Nana, my “prim-pro” friend, the correct usage is the Netherlands. Apparently, North Holland and South Holland are two provinces of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Back in the 17th century, these two provinces served as a gateway, a major trade hub, where commercial activities with the west were conducted and as such, the Netherlands, became commonly referred to as Holland. Though it might be politically incorrect, both names have been used interchangeably since, especially by those of us in the football space. As Ghana’s Black Stars engage their Dutch counterparts, the Oranje, in a 2014 World Cup preparatory match tomorrow June 31, at 6.30 GMT in Rotterdam, Ghana’s Black Stars will need to be similarly detailed in what is considered a useful work out ahead of the tourney. When we sit in front of our screens, the name Holland or Netherlands will matter little, instead we will concern ourselves with 3 major talking points: THE MOCK RONALDO TESTSince last December when the World Cup draw was made and Ghana grouped with Germany, Portugal and U.S.A, many Ghanaians have been having nightmares about a certain Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. Part of that fear is external; Ronaldo is the reigning world best player and just recently aided Real Madrid to annex their 10th UEFA Champions League, breaking records for fun and mesmerizing defenders. The second part of that fear is internal; Ghana’s full backs have not inspired confidence in Ghanaians and naturally, there is some form of apprehension about how Ronaldo and co. will be handled on the wings. Tomorrow’s game against the Netherlands provides the Black Stars defense a chance for a dress rehearsal of that “fearful” battle. Granted the Dutch wingers in Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben and Jeremain Lens are not exactly “Ronaldo-sphic” but they are pacy wingers with loads of guile and trickery that will provide the perfect mock test of Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Jefferey Schlupp’s readiness to deal with the Ronaldo threat. Do these defenders wield the positional sense, speed and strength to execute the task? The answer lies in Rotterdam.  AN IDEA OF STRATING LINE UP  Another usefulness of this high profiled friendly is that it provides Ghana’s coach, Kwesi Appiah, an opportunity to fine tune his tactics, especially his preferred formation for the World Cup. Indeed, his opposite number Louis Van Gaal has openly stated that he will use this match to test his starting line up in this game and I do not expect Kwesi Appiah to do any different. If I were Appiah, I will start with Adam Kwarasey in goal because he, among the three goalies, has the perfect balance of experience and form. As mentioned above, Ghana will have pacy and tricky wingers to contend with, so I will play Daniel Opare and Jeffrey Schlupp at the right and left full backs because they both strike a balance between pace and power. In central defense, I will pair experienced Michael Essien with John Boye who will complement his senior with height and ruggedness. In the double defensive midfield pivot, I will pair in form Afriyie Acquah with Sulley Muntari while I will deploy Kwadwo Asamoah on the left wing for his ability to assist the left full back and similarly, Andre ”Dede” Ayew on the right. I will put Abdul Majeed Waris on top of the attack supported by Asamoah Gyan in the hole. This strike partnership has worked and shouldn’t be broken unless Waris fails to step up, only will I bring in Kevin Prince Boateng to play in the hole and push Gyan on top. Looking good huh? We can’t wait. THE CHOPPED THREEChopped sounds a little hash but that’s the reality of the situation. FIFA’s deadline for submission of final 23 man squads is June 2, only a couple of days after this friendly and it wouldn’t take any intelligent guessing to know that Appiah will use this game to finalize the chosen 23 and send 3 players back home to watch the World Cup in HDTV. Appiah’s mind would have been made by now, but surely, he must have about 5 or 6 borderline players out of who 3 will be dropped. Straight off the top of my head I am thinking a David Accam will have to play out of skin to book his seat; Mubarak Wakaso will need to have a stinker of a game to give up his seat; Rabiu Mohamed’s match fitness will be under scrutiny even though I get a sense he will get the loyalty pass like Fataau Dauda; Afriyie Acquah is up against stiff competition in the midfield but if he produces another outstanding performance he will have Appiah reaching for Tylenol extra; and then there are the borderline defenders; Jefferey Schlupp was decent in the farewell game in Accra, but then again, that was more of an exhibition game and this game will answer whether he is ready; Rashid Sumaila’s seeming  recklessness where he has caused 2 penalties in his last 2 outings may hurt him if he doesn’t get an opportunity  to wipe the slate clean. So, those are the candidates for the board. Come tomorrow night, we will have a clearer idea whose head will be chopped or is it cut rather? 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Sunday Blog: Lebron James came home – nothing wrong with that

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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 317 weeks ago Lebron came to a cleveland team that was terrible. He fulfilled his contract and made the teams millions. He then left AFTER his contract had been fulfilled. He moved on to win a championship something he will never do in cleveland. He returns for the money and to try and prove he is the best all time…he is not. .but at least he came back to a city that turned their back on him. Burned his jersey in the street and pulled down all the banners off the buildings around the city…not sure the classless fans of cleveland deserve King James. Seems like he gave them a second chance not the other way around. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 317 weeks ago Nice article and enjoyed it much, thank you. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Tim · 317 weeks ago “Wellington weakly” Nice. Made me chuckle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I believe Lebron James.James is coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a four-year stint with the Miami Heat. He gives his reasons here.There’s plenty of cynicism out there  — James is self serving, he is just piecing another dream team together in Cleveland, that the guy is being disingenuous. Lebron James goes from Cleveland to Miami back to Cleveland.But I think he’s telling the truth. He wants to come home to prove something to himself.Why do I feel that way? Because I went through the same thing a few years back.I remember the day I left the Wellington Daily News the first time in 2002 – not really by choice. I was mad and determined to take my family and split. There was nothing else left here to accomplish. I had an enemies list a mile long, I hated the school, I hated the town. I had worn out my welcome. But pulling up stakes was no easy proposition. My wife had a thriving practice and this was my kid’s home. There were so many variables that we couldn’t make the move at the time. So I decided it was time for me to work elsewhere.I’m glad I did. My five years away from Wellington covering sports events in Derby and Winfield were good ones. I enjoyed Derby because those teams always won. Winfield is just a great town.But in 2007 when a sports editor job opened up at the Wellington Daily News, my wife suggested I take it. And for some reason, it felt like it was the right thing to do. I was ready to come home.Yes, I was back to working for the corporate idiots who ruined one of the best small town dailies in the state of Kansas. But it wasn’t about that. It was about covering Crusader football again and boy did I miss that. It was about returning to the scene of the crime for which my enemies list grew exponentially in the late 1990s. It was about being with my family a lot more.And you know what? Things changed. The Wellington football team wasn’t quite as good as when I left it (as if the football team depended on a bald headed sports writer to win games). But the girls basketball program was on the rise and the Wellington tennis teams were playing some mean volleys. Wellington has always taken a wrap for being the same. But it’s amazing how things changed in a five-year span.  There were some old faces, but there were a lot of new ones and the dynamics of  community  had changed.And that lengthy enemies list I had? Well, that was no more. The people had either moved on or got over whatever silly little tiff we might have had. The thing I’ve learned in the news business that your friends don’t stay for long, but neither do your enemies.Plus, Wellington was different because I was different. A lot of the things that bothered me then, no longer bothered me.Of course, five years later I was thrown out the door again at the Wellington weakly. But this time it didn’t manner. It allowed me to start Sumner Newscow and I was onto another chapter in my life.So when Lebron James says he’s going home because of unfinished business, I believe him.Oh, of course, there it the potential that the Cavs can become very, very good. He wouldn’t come back if say the Cavs were the Milwaukee Bucks.But it’s more than that. James could build another dream team in Los Angeles. James probably needs to do this for himself. To right whatever ship he thinks he has wronged.People ponder why he would return when Lebron shirt burning hating Cav fans acted so badly when he left, and an owner who was a complete petty crybaby with a diatribe on the Cavalier website that stayed there for four years.Because, that is part of the charm of going back. All is forgiven. Had James stayed in Miami, nothing would be forgiven.James left for greener pasture. Now he has come home to eat the grass on his turf.But he is not alone. Tons of people have a desire to come home. Don’t believe me? I should do a story on the ton of hits I receive on this website from people across the United States. It’s not because Sumner Newscow is nationally claimed website searched out by millions.  It’s because there are tons of Wellington alumni wanting to know what’s happening in their home town.Why do you think there were such large gatherings at reunions or at drinking establishments this weekend during the Kansas Wheat Festival? Why has there lately been a resurgence of people moving back to Wellington?Because Wellington is home.Wellington has warts, that’s for sure. But it’s our warts. And people want to share those warts with one another.There is nothing wrong with a desire to come back home – as imperfect as that home might be.Ohio is James’ home just like Wellington is your home.There is nothing wrong with that.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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SPRING FEVER STAKES QUOTES

first_imgPHIL D’AMATO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER, AND SIDEPOCKET RUN, SECOND: “That was like two wins (running first and second). Sunday Rules couldn’t be doing any better right now. I just think it’s a combination of getting over her little baby issues, and now, hopefully, I’ll be able to map out a nice campaign for the future. She’ll definitely stay sprinting.” JOCKEY QUOTESTYLER BAZE, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “Nice filly. She runs with her head a little low but . . . she’s not real fast that first jump out of the gate but after that she’s a monster. She’s a train really; she just goes. Those first strides, she just needs to get her feet up under her but then she’s really just a train.”TRAINER QUOTES NICK ALEXANDER, OWNER/BREEDER: “We are blessed to have horses as we do in Santa Ynez and to be able to race them here at Santa Anita. What a pleasant surprise she’s been. She’s very plain looking and you’d never pick her out of a group of horses in a pasture. The way she runs with her neck low . . . Nothing bothers her. There is a graded stakes in Florida this coming July that we might take a look at.” -30- NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander is from Los Angeles.last_img read more

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HARD HITTING BOOZER HEADS $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES AT FLAT MILE ON SATURDAY; GLATT TRAINEE SEEKS SECOND STAKES WIN IN-A-ROW

first_img                BOOZER: Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood, this 6-year-old gelding by Unusual Heat rallied to win Santa Anita’s Sensational Star Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course three starts back on Feb. 27 and he was a close second as the 3-2 favorite two starts back in a one mile turf allowance here on March 20. A winner of the one mile Bertrando Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 16, Boozer, who has run 20 of his 22 lifetime starts on grass, will hope he can replicate his one mile main track win at Los Alamitos here on Saturday. Fifth in his only Santa Anita dirt try five starts back on Jan. 9, Boozer is 22-7-5-4, with earnings of $538,792. SONGFORJOHNMICHAEL: Trained by Dan Hendricks, this lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Songandaprayer takes a big drop in class off a third place finish behind Cat Burglar in the Santana Mile here on April 2. A winner of a seven furlong allowance off a year and a half layoff March 5, Songforjohnmichael earned a Tiznow-best 98 Beyer Speed figure in the Santana Mile and could be primed for a huge effort on Saturday. With a win from three starts at one mile, he has four wins from nine lifetime starts. Owned by R L Stables, LLC, Songforjohnmichael is out of the Quiet American mare, Silent Demand. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY STAKES FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED HORSES THE $150,000 TIZNOW STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 (of 11)                                                                                                     Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PDT Howdy–Mario Gutierrez–120Boozer–Edwin Maldonado–122Songforjohnmichael–Joe Talamo–120Avanti Bello–Rafael Bejarano–120Indygo Holiday–Fernando Perez–120Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–120Rocko’s Wheel–Martin Garcia–120First post time on Sunday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ROCKO’S WHEEL: Lightly raced, this 4-year-old colt by Grazen makes his third start off a lengthy layoff and stretches out off a pair of allowance sprints. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Rocko’s Wheel, who was bred by Jimmy Ukegawa and the late Mike Mitchell, was a winner of a first condition allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in April, 2015 and he appears to be rounding into form for D’Amato. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Ukegawa, “Rocko” has three wins from 10 lifetime starts and earnings of $178,735. He’ll be ridden for the first time by Martin Garcia.                 HOWDY: A winner of two consecutive allowance races, Howdy will try stakes competition for the first time in the Tiznow. A 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Sundarban, he was bred by Crystal Valley Farms and is out of the Momentum mare Foxy Babe. Although it took him nine starts to break his maiden, Howdy has been first or second in his last four starts and was a good third five starts back–his first time with winners. Owned by his breeder and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Howdy has two wins and two seconds from six tries at a flat mile. He’s 14-3-4-1 overall with earnings of $165,800.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–A one mile stakes winner in his most recent start, trainer Mark Glatt’s Boozer heads a field of older California-bred or sired horses as he seeks his third stakes win from four starts in Saturday’s $150,000 Tiznow Stakes at Santa Anita. The Tiznow, for older horses, has attracted a solid field of seven older horses.Named for the two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, the Tiznow was first run at Hollywood Park in 2003 and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday.                 SOI PHET: Although winless in his last 14 starts, this veteran 8-year-old gelding by Tizbud comes off a solid second to Boozer in the Bertrando at Los Alamitos, a race in which he was the 3-2 favorite. Trained by Leonard Powell and owned by Benowitz, Powell, Viskovich and partners, Soi Phet has five wins from 15 tries at one mile, but is a glaring 0-12 at Santa Anita. A non-threatening second two starts back in a mile and one eighth main track allowance here on March 6, Soi Phet will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Kent Desormeaux. With an overall mark of 43-8-5-4, he has earnings of $565,536.last_img read more

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Are Energy Codes Working?

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Residential energy codes have evolved rapidly over the last two decades. The origin of many of our current energy codes can be traced back to the Model Energy Code (MEC), which was first introduced in 1992. The MEC eventually evolved into the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).In jurisdictions that have adopted the International family of codes, residential builders can usually use the IECC to fulfill energy code requirements. But most home builders choose instead to follow the simpler energy requirements found in the International Residential Code (IRC). Confusingly, IRC energy requirements are similar but not always identical to requirements found in the IECC.The 2004 Supplement to the IECC included radical revisions to the existing energy code. These revisions were designed to simplify the code, in hopes that a simpler code would lead to better compliance by builders and easier enforcement by building officials. These 2004 revisions were designed to be “stringency neutral” — that is, to result in homes that were neither more nor less efficient than homes built to earlier versions of the code.The 2004 revisions were fully implemented in the 2006 versions of the IECC and IRC. The latest version of the codes — the 2009 IECC and IRC — include revisions designed to increase energy code stringency. (For more information on changes adopted into the 2009 codes, see Exceeding the Energy Code.)In pre-2004 versions of the IECC, builders were required to calculate the ratio between a home’s window area and its solid-wall area; this ratio was usually called the window-to-wall ratio (WWR). No matter which compliance path a builder chose — the prescriptive path, the component trade-off path, or the performance path — there was no escaping the requirement to calculate the WWR. Some builders grumbled at the need to make this calculation.Homes with a low WWR usually use less energy than homes… last_img read more

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Renowned physicist invents microscope that can peer at living brain cells

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (PhysOrg.com) — Ever since scientists began studying the brain, they’ve wanted to get a better look at what was going on. Researchers have poked and prodded and looked at dead cells under electron microscopes, but never before have they been able to get high resolution microscopic views of actual living brain cells as they function inside of a living animal. Now, thanks to work by physicist Stefan Hell and his colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Germany, that dream is realized. In a paper published in Science, Hell and his team describe the workings of their marvelous discovery. Play STED time-lapse recording of a single spine at an interval of 10 seconds. The measurement includes 128 z-stacks consisting of 5 slices each. Most of the rapid remodeling of the spine head appears continuous and smooth at this frame rate. No damage is observed at the dendrite or the spine after recording a total of 640 slices. The movie was acquired in a different experiment than the spines in Fig.1. Scale bar = 1µm. Video: DOI:10.1126/science.1215369 The new microscope provides clear resolution down to 70 nanometers, which is four times that ever achieved before and is enough to allow scientists to see the actual movement of dendritic spines, which may help researches understand why they do so.It is likely that researchers will find many varied uses for the new microscope. One prominent area will almost certainly involve looking into what psychiatric drugs are really doing within synapses, perhaps leading to breakthroughs in pharmaceutical drugs that are better able to target specific illnesses.One downside to any new scientific breakthrough however, is the natural tendency of many to move from excitation, to wondering about what will come next. In this case, Hell and his team have already started contemplating ideas on ways to allow researchers to study any cell in the living brain at such high resolution, not just those that lie on the surface. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Renowned physicist invents microscope that can peer at living brain cells (2012, February 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-renowned-physicist-microscope-peer-brain.html Explore further Schematic drawing of the upright STED microscope used for the experiments. Image: Science, DOI:10.1126/science.1215369center_img Physicist builds advanced microscope Hell (which in German means “bright”) and others at the Institute have been working for years on ultra high resolution microscopes that go by the name “stimulated emission depletion” or STED microscopes. Now, they’ve taken their work to a whole new level by cutting away a small portion of a mouse’s skull and replacing it with a glass window and then placing their latest STED microscope against the glass to peer inside. To make it easier to see what is what, the team first genetically altered the mouse to make certain brain cells fluorescent. Then, to allow for focusing exclusively on just those cells that are lit up, they added software to the microscope to blot out anything that was not lit up. The result is super high resolution real time imagery of the neurons that exist on the exterior part of a living mouse brain. Journal information: Science More information: Nanoscopy in a Living Mouse Brain, Science 3 February 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6068 p. 551. DOI: 10.1126/science.1215369ABSTRACTWe demonstrated superresolution optical microscopy in a living higher animal. Stimulated emission depletion (STED) fluorescence nanoscopy reveals neurons in the cerebral cortex of a mouse with <70-nanometer resolution. Dendritic spines and their subtle changes can be observed at their relevant scales over extended periods of time. 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