Using orange and avocado peels, a 16-year-old South African could hold the solution to the country’s water woes.Kiara Nirghin, who is from Johannesburg, has won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Award in the Africa/Middle East region with her entry, “No More Thirsty Crops”. She is also one of the 16 global finalists for the annual awards, to be held at the Google headquarters in the US in September.Kiara, a St Martin’s High School pupil, admitted she had a natural curiosity and questioning nature which had led her down the path of science.“I have always had a great love for chemistry since I was young,” she told the Google Science Fair. “I vividly remember at the age of seven experimenting with vinegar and baking soda solutions in plastic cups.”Food and chemistry were linked in the intertwined science web, she added. “I love molecular gastronomy and the application of scientific principles in food creation.”It seemed natural then that she could have found a possible solution to South Africa’s drought in, what else, but food.Kiara created an absorbent polymer from orange and avocado peels that was able to act as a water retainer in soil.According to the Google Science Fair website, it should be able to “to retain large amounts of water and combat the effects of drought on crops by retaining soil moisture, whilst still recycling waste products of the juice manufacturing industry”.See more:She hopes because it is low cost, it will be able to help farmers save both money and crops.If she won the competition, Kiara said she would be wonderfully elated. “With the prize I will hope to continue my studies in science, but also further the scientific development and application of my idea, and in addition extend scientific progress in elevating the problems that South Africa faces in food security and sustainable agricultural development,” she said.Source: Google Science FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lehnert was a bronze medalist in women’s singles in Singapore 2015, and a silver medalist in both women’s doubles with Denise Dy, and women’s team with Dy and Clarice Patrimonio.Tennis starts on Monday at National Tennis Center Sports Complex, Jalan Duta. LATEST STORIES “I haven’t been playing in tournaments lately,” Lehnert told the Inquirer.Instead, she works full-time as a fitness instructor working in a gym and in private.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 5-foot-9 stunner strolled the Sunway Putra Mall after checking in with the Philippine delegation secretariat.Her last tournament was last March at Sharm El Sheik in Egypt, the same event she dominated four years ago. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Can marathon’s golden maiden bag maiden gold? View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village MOST READ Katharina Lehnert. Photo by Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—Katharina Lehnert may not be as active in the pro circuit, but she’s in tip-top shape for the coming Southeast Asian Games tennis competitions.The 23-year-old Lehnert arrived here Friday from Hanover, Germany, ahead of the Philippine tennis team which is due early Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding FEU was off to a hot start and mounted a 19-point lead, 30-11, at the start of the second quarter and that early burst was enough for the Tamaraws to hold on until the final buzzer.“That’s what we addressed after our loss to La Salle that we can’t allow ourselves to be down big in the earlier stages of the game,” said Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We did fairly well last game but we were down big at the start and what happened today was the exact opposite of what happened last time.”Ron Dennison paced FEU with 16 points while Prince Orizu put up 15 points and grabbed 16 boards. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments The trio of Richard Escoto, Barkley Ebona and Arvin Tolentino had 11 points apiece to intensify the Tamaraws’ offensive fire.Clark Derige had a game-high 22 points to lead the Red Warriors in the losing effort. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University easily brushed off University of the East, 90-83, to claim its first win in the UAAP Season 80 seniors’ basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws, after losing to defending champion La Salle, 95-90, on Sunday, are now at 1-1 while the Red Warriors are yet to win after two matches.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Ateneo beats UP, claims 2nd win in UAAP women’s basketball LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president
Wolves boss Nuno: Time to up our standardsby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno Espirito Santo wants to see Wolves raise their standards as they continue to balance playing in the Europa League.The Molineux outfit grabbed their first Premier League win of the season on Saturday, defeating Watford 2-0 at home.They face Besiktas in Turkey on Thursday and Nuno doesn’t want to hear any excuses from his players.”We won the game, and I thought we were the better team,” he said”Our fans saw a good game, and we now have to raise our standards and improve.”On Thursday, we play against Besiktas. It’s tough.”But this is the reality. You play Thursday, and you travel. Not only me, every manager and team that is involved in European competition.”This is the growth of a natural thing. We started in the Championship, we had more difficulties in the Premier League, and now we are competing on Thursday and Sunday.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
YouTubeThe Jameis Winston crab legs story was one of the craziest of the year in college football, and based on a clip from ESPN’s “Draft Academy,” we may not have had the whole story after all. On the “Combine” episode of ESPN’s series, while going through interview practice with Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Winston went into detail about the crab legs incident, explaining that a Publix employee had “hooked him up” with the free food before someone else called security on him.This certainly changes the story, and seems like it could be an NCAA issue, especially if this is a common occurence. We’ll continue to update on this new development as more unfolds.
There will be much to see and do under the northern sky including the worlds largest snowman, for a list of events and musicians; CLICK HERETo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT NELSON, B.C. – Preparations have kicked into high gear as Fort. Nelson hosts the Northern Lights Festival opening this weekend.The Festival is welcoming visitors to celebrate and experience the area with music and events that showcase the beauty and nature of Fort Nelson.By bringing the entire community together, the Festival will offer a variety of experiences to share northern living such as snowmobiling, building snowmen and day trips to Liard Hot Springs.
Washington DC: Scientists, using NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon, the US space agency said, an advance that could help us learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions. Measuerments from the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument aboard the LRO of the sparse layer of molecules temporarily stuck to the surface helped characterise lunar hydration changes over the course of a day, according to the study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingUp until the last decade, scientists thought the Moon was arid, with any water existing mainly as pockets of ice in permanently shaded craters near the poles. More recently, scientists have identified surface water in sparse populations of molecules bound to the lunar soil, or regolith, NASA said in a statement. The amount and locations vary based on the time of day. This water is more common at higher latitudes and tends to hop around as the surface heats up. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangThese results aid in understanding the lunar water cycle and will ultimately help us learn about accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future missions to the Moon, said Amanda Hendrix, a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Lunar water can potentially be used by humans to make fuel or to use for radiation shielding or thermal management; if these materials do not need to be launched from Earth, that makes these future missions more affordable, Hendrix said in a statement. Water molecules remain tightly bound to the regolith until surface temperatures peak near lunar noon. Molecules thermally desorb and can bounce to a nearby location that is cold enough for the molecule to stick or populate the Moon’s extremely tenuous atmosphere or exosphere, until temperatures drop and the molecules return to the surface, the US space agency said. Michael Poston from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Texas, US, had previously conducted extensive experiments with water and lunar samples collected by the Apollo missions. The latest research revealed the amount of energy needed to remove water molecules from lunar materials, helping scientists understand how water is bound to surface materials. Lunar hydration is tricky to measure from orbit, due to the complex way that light reflects off of the lunar surface, said Poston, who is now a research scientist on the LAMP team,. “Previous research reported quantities of hopping water molecules that were too large to explain with known physical processes. I’m excited about these latest results because the amount of water interpreted here is consistent with what lab measurements indicate is possible,” he said. Scientists have hypothesised that hydrogen ions in the solar wind may be the source of most of the Moon’s surface water. When the Moon passes behind the Earth and is shielded from the solar wind, the water spigot should essentially turn off, they noted. However, the water observed by LAMP does not decrease when the Moon is shielded by the Earth and the region influenced by its magnetic field, suggesting water builds up over time, rather than raining down directly from the solar wind.
Ohio State 11-18230%22% ▲ 216% Florida State 10-2138100%<1% ▲ 21<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Washington St. 8-42044530%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma 11-1331100%99% ▲ 3541% Notre Dame 10-26139—a<1% ▼ 21<1% We can think of the four playoff positions as belonging to the following teams: UCLA 8-42235210%<1% ▲ 21<1% Michigan St. 11-1541462%60% ▲ 138% Mississippi St. 8-42125220%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma looked impressive. Clemson and Alabama held their ground at the top. Iowa and Michigan State are now on a collision course. Stanford and North Carolina remain in the hunt, but don’t control their own fate. Ohio State lurks in the background.So ends the final weekend of regular-season college football. Now the conference championships will decide which four teams make the playoff. There were 13 teams in contention for a playoff spot going into this past weekend; coming out, only eight of them realistically have a shot now.Here are our updated projections following the Thanksgiving weekend games. (These numbers will change again on Tuesday night after the new committee rankings are released.) Utah 9-32337280%<1% ▲ 21<1% TCU 10-2191060%<1% ▲ 21<1% Alabama 11-121274%79% ▲ 1525% Toledo 9-22432480%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 10-2961148%10% ▼ 6a2% Michigan 9-31021190%<1% ▼ 7a<1% Northwestern 10-21618560%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 9-21530440%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Oklahoma St. 10-21119170%<1% ▼ 10<1% North Carolina 11-11491544%16% ▲ 6a2% Clemson 12-015756%74% ▲ 2113% Mississippi 9-3181150%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 10-212222326%<1% ▼ 12<1% Temple 10-225274947%<1% ▲ 21<1% Iowa 12-04122638%39% ▲ 8a3% Baylor 9-271740%<1% ▼ 21<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 24. Playoff probability changes are since Nov. 25; only changes greater than 5 percentage points are shown. Oregon 9-3177250%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oklahoma. Oklahoma wrapped up its regular season by winning the Big 12 championship on Saturday night, after an 58-23 domination of Oklahoma State. The Sooners now must wait for the final committee rankings to be released on Dec. 6, but by our model’s estimation they are shoo-ins to make the playoff (99 percent).Iowa or Michigan State. The Big Ten title match between Iowa and Michigan State is a de facto play-in game: the winner is almost certainly getting in the playoff. Michigan State is a 64 percent favorite according to the Football Power Index (FPI), and if the one-loss Spartans do prevail, our model gives them a 96 percent shot at making the playoff. If instead the undefeated Hawkeyes win, they’re in the playoff in 98 percent of our simulations.Alabama or an open slot. Alabama won on Saturday and will face Florida for the SEC championship. The Tide’s playoff odds rose to 79 percent, while Florida’s fell to below 1 percent following an ugly loss to Florida State. That means even an upset of Alabama probably wouldn’t be enough to get the Gators in. Instead, a Florida win could open the door for Ohio State or Stanford (if Stanford wins the Pac-12 title game — only about a 50/50 proposition, according to FPI). Our model even thinks there’s an outside shot Alabama could get in despite a loss next weekend, although we doubt the committee will agree.Clemson, UNC or an open slot. Clemson’s an absolute lock if it beats UNC in the ACC championship. If it loses — and the matchup is competitive, according to FPI — what happens next is anyone’s guess. Should UNC beat the Tigers, those odds only rise to 37 percent, meaning there’s a chance the committee could opt for Ohio State or Stanford instead. It’s also theoretically possible the committee could choose Clemson ahead of UNC even if Clemson loses, deciding Clemson’s superior schedule outweighed its head-to-head loss.
The Delta Routine has graced several stages with its rock ‘n’ roll, but the band isn’t so familiar with Columbus – and its about to change that this weekend. The Milwaukee-based group is scheduled to perform in Columbus 7 p.m. Sunday at Scarlet & Grey CafÃ©. Lead vocalist and guitarist Nick Amadeus said the band is looking forward to the Columbus tour stop and the fresh audience to come with it. He added the band has toured through parts of Ohio before but is excited to tour elsewhere in the state. “Cleveland was a little bit weird,” Amadeus said, laughing. “We wanted a change-up.” Amadeus also said The Delta Routine has drawn some of its influences from rock band Hero Jr., an Indianapolis-based band that is touring with The Delta Routine. Columbus-based band Up All Nights is also scheduled to perform with the groups at Scarlet & Grey Sunday. Comprised of Amadeus, keyboardist and vocalist Al Kraemer, guitarist and vocalist Victor Buell IV, bassist and vocalist Evan Paydon and drummer Kyle Ciske, The Delta Routine has had numerous lineup changes in members and instruments since its formation seven years ago. Amadeus said the band found some of its current members by chance at a fashion show. Another important part of the group though is its producer Mike Hoffman, who came across the band due to being a family friend of Amadeus. He’s been with the band from the group’s release of its self-titled debut album in 2007 up to its fourth and most recent release “Cigarettes and Caffeine Nightmares” Oct. 9. “Nick and the guys are very driven, inspired chaps. You know, the only kind I’ll work with,” Hoffman said in an email. “You gotta have rocket fuel in your veins if you’re gonna go anywhere. These guys are tanked up and ready to launch, always.” Referring to The Delta Routine’s music as rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of a pop element, Amadeus said he normally tries to take the lead on the songwriting aspect of albums by laying down some lyrics, then getting the main beat. He said, however, the band’s last album was a collaborative effort from the group. Brett Ruland, owner of Spoonful Records located at 116 E. Long St., said the rock scene is still very popular in Columbus and the turnout at The Delta Routine’s show should be pretty large. “That genre always sells well,” Ruland said. “Indie and rock are the bestsellers here.” Although Ruland said he has never heard of The Delta Routine, he said he’s open to listening to its music and getting himself and others in the rock ‘n’ roll scene familiar with it. Scarlet and Grey is located at 2203 N. High St. and will charge a $5 to $10 cover charge at the door for Sunday’s show.