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Newswise — The Sun is the brightest object in the sky and has been studied for hundreds of years, but it continues to hide some secrets. We all know that the visible Sun is extremely hot, at temperature of about 5500 degrees. Surprisingly, on top of this sits a layer of gas, called the corona, which is at a temperature of almost 2 million degrees, over 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun! What heats up the corona to 2 million degrees is one of the most challenging puzzles about the Sun and no one found a satisfactory answer to this until date. One efficient way of extracting this energy from the magnetic fields involves numerous tiny explosions taking place all over the Sun, all the time. Individually these explosions are too weak, but collectively they have sufficient energy to heat the entire corona due to sheer numbers. Many attempts have been made to look for X-rays and ultraviolet light emitted by these explosions and none has been successful. It was concluded that if they exist, these tiny explosions are too weak to be detected by even the best instruments available today. These explosions also expected to give rise to tiny flashes of radio lights, but till now there were no telescopes sensitive enough to detect them. This work reports the first ever detection of these flashes.

A group of scientists working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), a part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, has recently discovered tiny flashes of radio light from all over the Sun. They have identified these as the smoking guns for small magnetic explosions. These are the first ever evidence for their existence and can potentially explain the long-standing coronal heating problem. This work was led by Surajit Mondal, under the supervision of Prof. Divya Oberoi, along with Dr. Atul Mohan, formerly at NCRA, and now at the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics, Norway. In their journey to unravel this mystery, scientists have already figured out that the extra energy heating up the corona must be coming from the solar magnetic fields, but exactly how this happens is still not known.

"What made this breakthrough possible," said Prof. Divya Oberoi, "is the availability of data from a new technology instrument, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and the work which we have been doing for the past few years at NCRA-TIFR to build the techniques and tools to make the most sensitive solar radio images from this data. The very weak radio flashes we have discovered are about 100 times weaker than the weakest bursts reported till now." Surajit Mondal, the lead author of this work said, "What makes this really exciting is that these flashes are present everywhere on the Sun and at all times, including in the regions of weak magnetic fields, the so-called 'quiet Sun' regions." Dr. Atul Mohan added that, "Our preliminary estimates suggest that these tiny magnetic explosions should collectively have enough energy to heat the corona, which is exactly what is needed for solving the coronal heating problem."

VANCOUVER,B.C. – Liberty Gold Corp. (LGD-TSX) (“Liberty Gold” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the receipt of the initial option payments (the “Initial Option Payments”) under the definitive purchase option agreement (the “Agreement”) (see press release of May 4, 2020) for the sale of its 79.9% interest in the Kinsley Mountain gold deposit, a Carlin-style gold deposit in eastern in Nevada (“Kinsley”) to Barrian Mining Corp. (TSX-V: BARI)) (“Barrian”).

Barrian has announced a change to its name and corresponding ticker symbol to New Placer Dome Gold Corp. (“New Placer Dome”) and TSX-V:NGLD, respectively, concurrently with making the Initial Option Payments to Liberty Gold.

Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, Liberty Gold has or will receive in total consideration for its interest in Kinsley, an aggregate US$6,250,000 in cash and shares plus a 9.9% interest in New Placer Dome (the “Transaction”). The consideration will be paid in three stages over a two-year period as follows:

Received by Liberty Gold as part of the Initial Option Payments:

US$1,250,000

US$124,570 in repayment of the surety bond deposit.

8,844,124 common shares in New Placer Dome, representing 9.9% of New Placer Dome’s issued and outstanding common shares, subject to a contractual 12 month hold period.

Pending payments:

US$2,500,000 on or before the 1st anniversary of the final approval of the Transaction by the TSX-V.

US$2,500,000 in common shares of New Placer Dome on or before the 2nd anniversary of the final approval of the Transaction by the TSX-V (subject to a 4-month statutory hold period).

A 1% Net Smelter Return Royalty (“NSR”) on the acquired interest in Kinsley, where New Placer Dome, at its sole discretion, has the right to re-purchase up to one-half percent (0.5%) of the NSR royalty upon payment of US$500,000.

Cal Everett, President and CEO of Liberty Gold will join New Placer Dome as senior financial advisor.

Proceeds received by Liberty Gold will be added to the Company treasury to accelerate exploration activities on the 100% owned Black Pine gold project in Southern Idaho.

Since April 1, 2020, two drills have been operating at Black Pine building off of the two high grade oxide gold discoveries from 2019. A third drill has been mobilized to site. A regional drill test has also been initiated to probe a permitted 7.3 square kilometre area where historical drilling has intercepted oxide gold in numerous locations. Historical drill holes average approximately 92 metres long. Current drilling is testing the full favourable sedimentary host rock assemblage to depth with drill holes up to 350 metres in length.

Metallurgical column testing is ongoing with results pending. Bulk sample test results are anticipated in July and drill core test results in early Q4.

Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Vice-President Exploration and Geoscience, Liberty Gold, is the Company's designated Qualified Person for this news release within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this release.

ABOUT LIBERTY GOLD

Liberty Gold is focused on exploring the Great Basin of the United States, home to large-scale gold projects that are ideal for open-pit mining. This region is one of the most prolific gold-producing regions in the world and stretches across Nevada and into Idaho and Utah. We know the Great Basin and are driven to discover and advance big gold deposits that can be mined profitably in open-pit scenarios. Our flagship projects are Black Pine in Idaho and Goldstrike in Utah, both past producing open-pit mines, where previous operators only scratched the surface.

For more information, visit www.libertygold.ca or contact:

Susie Bell, Manager, Investor Relations

Phone: 604-632-4677 or Toll Free 1-877-632-4677

[email protected]

All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking information" with respect to Liberty Gold within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the receipt and use of proceeds from the Transaction and drilling plans and results. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "planned", "expect", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intends", "believe", "potential", and similar expressions, or describes a "goal", or variation of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results "may", "should", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, the receipt of the staged payments, the final approval of the Transaction by the TSX-V, assumptions about future prices of gold, and other metal prices, currency exchange rates and interest rates, favourable operating conditions, political stability, obtaining governmental approvals and financing on time, obtaining renewals for existing licenses and permits and obtaining required licenses and permits, labour stability, stability in market conditions, the impact from the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), availability of equipment, accuracy of any mineral resources, the availability of drill rigs, successful resolution of disputes and anticipated costs and expenditures. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of Liberty Gold and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Such forward-looking information, involves known and unknown risks, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, risks related to the interpretation of results and/or the reliance on technical information provided by third parties as related to the Company’s mineral property interests; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined; current economic conditions; future prices of commodities; possible variations in grade or recovery rates; the costs and timing of the development of new deposits; failure of equipment or processes to operate as anticipated; the failure of contracted parties to perform; the timing and success of exploration activities generally; delays in permitting; possible claims against the Company; labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry, including impacts from the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); delays in obtaining governmental approvals, financing or in the completion of exploration as well as those factors discussed in the Annual Information Form of the Company dated March 26, 2020 in the section entitled "Risk Factors", under Liberty Gold’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Although Liberty Gold has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Liberty Gold disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by law.

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Cattle market update looks good in Sask

01 June 2020 by Leah Clark

Please find attached this week’s Cattle Market Update. Highlights include:

· Feeder steer prices were steady to higher this week with the 600-700 lb. steer category increasing $3.50 per cwt to $210.50 per cwt. The 700-800 pound steers increased $4.45 per cwt compared with last week to average $192.70 per cwt. The 800-900 pound steers increased $0.33 per cwt over last week to $174.50 per cwt. All other weight categories were not reported last week. The weekly average steer price was $206.96 per cwt in Saskatchewan.

· Saskatchewan feeder heifer prices for the 400-500 pound heifers experienced a reduction of $0.37 per cwt to $201.63 per cwt, while prices increased $2.77 per cwt for 700-800 pound heifers and $5.63 per cwt for 800+ pound heifers compared to the previous week. Comparisons for the remaining categories are not reported as a result of insufficient data the previous week. The weekly average heifer price was $181.27 per cwt in Saskatchewan.

· Feeder cattle futures increased this week. The August futures feeder cattle contract settled at $135.35 per cwt. up $6.55 per cwt from last Friday’s US$128.80 per cwt settlement. On Friday, the September contract increased by $5.60 per cwt for the week to settle at US$135.75 per cwt.

· Live cattle futures prices increased this week, with the June contract increasing by US$2.025 per cwt relative to last week to settle at US$99.725 per cwt on Friday. The August contract increased $2.275 per cwt compared to the previous week to settle at US$99.60 per cwt.

· Choice beef cutout prices (600-900 lb.) for the week averaged US$374.04 per cwt, down US$31.36 per cwt from US$405.40 per cwt the previous week, a decrease of 7.7 per cent. The Choice beef cutout remains $150.64 per cwt, 67.4 per cent higher, then the same week a year ago when it was valued at $223.40 per cwt.

Leah Clark MSc, PAg; Government of Saskatchewan; Provincial Cattle Specialist

BEYOND LOCAL: Tips for sleeping better during a global health crisis

This article, written by Faustin Etindele, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission

The crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a generalized climate of anxiety, which has increased stress levels and which can lead to insomnia even in people who do not usually suffer from it. While it is true that good sleep is essential to health in normal times, it becomes even more so in this period of confinement.

Sleep is a natural recurrent state of unconsciousness from the outside world, accompanied by a progressive decrease in muscle tone that occurs at regular intervals.

The average human spends one-third of their life sleeping. Sleeping well is essential for many good reasons. Sleep of good quality and of sufficient duration is essential to being mentally and physically functional.

Conversely, poor sleep can gradually put a person at risk. Lack of sleep, whether or not it is caused by a physiological or behavioural disorder, increases obesity, reduces immunity, impairs job performance, memory and many other functions.

In my research in sleep medicine and social epidemiology, I analyze sleep disorders in atypical cases, such as people with Parkinson’s disease, call centre and customer service workers or video game players.

Here are 10 recommendations to promote sleep, based on both my observations and the scientific literature:

  • 1. Establish a regular schedule. Regular bedtime and wake-up times will help you maintain a healthy sleep routine.
  • 2. Keep in contact with natural light. Open your windows and expose yourself to sunlight as much as possible. This can be good for improving your mood and regulating your body clock. In addition, it is an opportunity to get some fresh air in a controlled manner for a short period of time.
  • 3. Maintain daily physical activity. Staying active during social distancing helps you build up enough body fatigue to fall asleep more easily and get a deeper sleep.
  • 4. Limit naps. Unless you have had very little sleep the previous night, it is important to avoid sleeping during the day or in the afternoon, as this reduces sleep pressure and increases the risk of insomnia.
  • 5. Maintain a social life. Bad news in the media can create anxiety. It is important to use your online social networks to seek support from friends and family to keep your spirits up and maintain your mental health. This is especially important when living alone or away from family.
  • 6. Be disciplined in your diet. Avoid drinking coffee in the afternoon as it can cause nervousness and delay sleep in the evening. Eating large, overly rich meals before going to bed can also delay sleep. Some people have no problem sleeping, even if they drink a lot of coffee and eat a lot. It is nevertheless recommended to control the quantities and times of consumption during the day because anything in excess may harm sleep.
  • 7. Avoid backlit devices before bedtime. New technologies are an integral part of our lives and we’re all a little addicted to our smartphones, tablets and laptops. It is absolutely important to set them aside at least 30 minutes before your scheduled sleep time. If you’re worried you won’t be able to do that, you can set the device to “night mode” to reduce its brightness. By reducing the brain’s lag with the natural cycle of day and night, this will prevent disturbances in the biological clock and will be beneficial for the quality of sleep in the long term.
  • 8. Avoid staying in bed if you don’t sleep. The brain is like a computer, which associates certain events with certain functions. The brain will associate bed and darkness with sleep and trigger the whole process of falling asleep. The brain will not be able to do this if it is distracted by other activities such as video games, homework, physical activity and alcohol. It is best to read a book, listen to soft music, do deep breathing exercises or yoga, or any other relaxing activity. Do not stay in bed for more than half an hour after going to bed if you are not sleeping. When sleep is delayed, it is best to get out of bed, do a quiet activity, and return to bed only when signs of fatigue — heavy eyelids, yawning, etc. — appear.
  • 9. Accept that not all our nights of sleep are perfect or restful. We are all subject to stress and each of us has our own stress management techniques. We must avoid worrying if we haven’t slept well for a few days. Before you get upset about poor sleep, I suggest you review the eight recommendations above. Often, people have trouble sleeping because of a trivial problem, an argument with a loved one, or work-related anxiety. Identifying your stress and learning how to manage it is a good start.

  • 10. Avoid sleeping pills. Generally, the easy solution is the one that carries the most risk. Prolonged use of sleep aids, such as benzodiazepines or anxiolytics, without consulting health-care professionals could worsen a situation that was not initially serious. It is better to adopt a healthy lifestyle than to resort to medication, both in normal situations and during confinement due to COVID-19.

Remember that to be able to work effectively, eat healthily, have fun, pay bills and take care of your loved ones, in normal times or during periods of confinement, you need to sleep well!The Conversation

Faustin Etindele, Sleep medicine & Social epidemiology fellow, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Coronavirus impact on team sports forces permanent closure of Calgary North Soccer Centre

02 JUNE 2020 by Darren Krause

The Calgary North Soccer Centre is closing permanently as ongoing coronavirus restrictions hold back participation in team sports.

The facility posted to its website that it would be permanently closed beginning June 1. They had also posted to the Sport Calgary site May 19.

While the facility had been shuttered because of public health rules applied to all recreation buildings in Alberta, operator Lance Humeniuk said the lack of clear timelines on the return to team sports cemented his decision.

“The new normal will certainly impact our ability to operate to the capacity that is required for this organization to be viable, and effective June 1st, we have decided to close the doors,” the post read.

“Please know that we do not take this decision lightly as this is a huge set back both personally and for the vision of developing better outcomes and better soccer awareness.”

The building, located just south of FlyYYC and adjacent to McCall Lake Golf Course, has changed hands several times over the years. It was originally launched in a warehouse by the Eastside Soccer Club. It currently houses 10 indoor fields, office areas, change rooms and washrooms.


According to the Sport Calgary post, Humeniuk had opened the doors for the first season this past winter. Their website said that they wanted to create a space for Calgarians to train for soccer during the winter months.

In a direct email response to our questions, Humeniuk said abrupt health-triggered closure signalled the end for the facility.

“This sudden stop has made it impossible for planning or finding a clear path in the short term,” he wrote.

Future for CNSC?

Humeniuk said that right now it’s going to take some patience before figuring out what’s next for the centre.

He said it’s built up a community of dedicated teams, coaches, players and their families in such a short time. Humeniuk said they’ll weigh a host of options including team sessions, club structure, and how they might be able to operate in a post-COVID world.

“These are still early days and there is not enough information for everyone to have a clear plan of action when it comes to group activity and youth sports just yet,” he wrote.

“As more emerges and we all learn from a gradual reopening, it will be time to revisit what is possible.”

Steve Poissant operates the Fusion adult co-ed soccer league in the city. This past season they ran with eight teams in the league.

He said they’d got word of the permanent closure recently.

“It’s sad to see a new site go from the inventory,” he said.


“I think just the economics of it, the impact of COVID, is not making it worthwhile for them.”

The Calgary Minor Soccer Association said they didn’t operate out of the private facility but echoed Poissant’s sentiment.

“It’s always disappointing to see facilities close,” said Kara Spady with CMSA.

Summer of learning

Relaxation of the restrictions on team sports are being contemplated. In Calgary, they’ve said individual drill sessions can take place in sports where you don’t use your hands to touch the same ball.

The province’s relaunch plan doesn’t have indoor recreation facilities opening up until Stage 3. That could be the end of the summer. Even with that, restrictions are expected to be in place.

Humeniuk said he’s going to take some time to assess the next steps. He called it a summer of learning.

“That being said, we are all wading through the current uncertainty, weighing options, and waiting to see what unfolds,” he wrote.

“…There are plenty of things that need to be figured out and factored in as we move forward, and we are all waiting for and reacting to the best information as it emerges!”

Japan's new space squadron takes a giant leap forward

OSAKA – Defense Minister Taro Kono officially inaugurated Japan’s first Space Operations Squadron during a May 18 ceremony in Tokyo. The squadron’s realization marks a large step forward for the nation’s space ambitions at a time when, due to an increased number of satellite launches, the Earth’s near space is more crowded than ever. Here’s a look at the squadron and its mission.

What is the structure and mission of the Space Operations Squadron?

The new squadron, located at Tokyo’s Fuchu Air Base, is part of the Air Self-Defense Force. It is made up of 20 members, which will gradually be expanded to 100 when it becomes operational in 2023.

The squadron’s official mission is to protect Japanese satellites from damage, including armed attacks, to monitor space debris, and to keep an eye out for meteorites and other satellites. It will also collaborate and share expertise with the U.S. Space Command, which has 16,000 civilian and military personnel and was established last year, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). However, it’s important to note that the squadron, contrary to its image, has no weapons to protect satellites.

How did the creation of the squadron come about?


Historically, Japan’s position was that all space development should only be done for peaceful purposes. A Diet resolution in 1969, when the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) was created, called for the development of space only for peaceful, nonmilitary purposes.

This remained the official policy until 2008 when the Basic Space Law was passed. Among other things, this law cleared the way for Japan to expand its space development efforts for national security reasons and in accordance with other international agreements on space.

From the beginning of official efforts to develop space programs, cooperation with the United States, especially the Department of Defense and U.S. defense firms, was of paramount importance. The April 2015 guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation included a section on space. It committed the two nations to provide mutual support in the area of space situational awareness (SSA) cooperation. Simply put, this meant that Japan and the U.S. government and firms with space technology and satellite expertise would work together to develop technologies that would more effectively monitor natural and man-made space objects such as satellites and debris in the Earth’s orbit.

These new systems, of which the new squadron is a part, will identify and counter threats to either their satellites or those of other nations, such as Australia.

In addition to SSA, the 2015 guidelines listed a number of areas related to space in which the U.S. military and Self-Defense Forces would cooperate. Those include the developing of early-warning radar and communications systems and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) systems, command and control, communications and meteorological observation, among others.


Japan and the U.S. also agreed that, in cases where their space systems are threatened, the U.S. armed forces and Self-Defense Forces will cooperate, as needed, in mitigating risk and preventing damage.

In 2018, the Defense Ministry published its national defense program guidelines for the 2019 fiscal year and beyond. In the space domain, the guidelines said the SDF will actively leverage civilian technologies and work with JAXA, as well as the United States and other countries. A separate defense program for the 2019-2023 fiscal year period said the SDF would establish an Air Self-Defense Force space domain squadron “in order to conduct persistent monitoring of situations in space, and to ensure superiority in the use of space at all stages from peacetime to armed contingencies.” That is the current squadron that was inaugurated on May 18.

Why was the creation of a space squadron considered necessary?

In a video message of congratulations to the Self-Defense Forces on the establishment of the space squadron, U.S. officials spoke of specific threats in space from other countries. Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider of the Yokota, Kanagawa Prefecture-based Fifth Air Force warned that China, North Korea and Russia have the potential to upset regional peace and stability, and that threats continue to grow at an exponential rate. Both the U.S. and Japan have grown increasingly worried that more satellites from these countries, especially China, could attack satellites, jam signals or create debris that could cause problems.

What is the role of the U.S. in the new space squadron and Japan’s space strategy?

The U.S. and Japan have a number of ways in which they cooperate and coordinate policy. The U.S.-Japan Comprehensive Dialogue on Space is the main government-to-government forum, bringing together officials from space, technology and military ministries and agencies. On the U.S. side, the meetings are co-chaired by representatives from the National Space Council and the National Security Council. On the Japanese side, the co-chairs are representatives from the Foreign Ministry and the National Space Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office.

Among other initiatives, this group announced in 2019, just before the Group of 20 meeting in Osaka, that private sector involvement in space technology development, especially in the field of SSA, from both countries would be encouraged. Japan and the U.S. also announced plans last year to host U.S.-built SSA sensor technology on a Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System, which is compatible with and enhances the GPS satellite.

What are some of the nontechnical issues the squadron faces in setting up operations?

The biggest one appears to be the lack of legal precedent for such a squadron and how to make it effective without violating the pacifist Constitution.

When responding to either real or perceived military threats in space, there may be no time to confirm whether an attack from a hostile foreign power is truly imminent and a pre-emptive counter strike is justified under the Constitution. That is likely to stoke fierce debate in the Diet and among constitutional scholars and military experts about what legal and operational limits should be placed on such a squadron to avoid accidentally stumbling into a conflict that might begin in the unseen reaches of outer space, but could quickly turn into a terrestrial conflict as well.

Will There Ever Be A Cure For Cancer?

30 May 2020 by Ellen Kershner

Writer

Cancer is an ugly word, and it is not known if there will be a cure for it in our lifetimes. This disease claims victims every day, with new cases constantly showing up in locations around the world. In 2018, The International Agency for Research on Cancer reported 17 million new cases and 9.5 million cancer fatalities worldwide. They also predicted that there could be close to 27.5 new cases and 16.3 million deaths by the year 2040. Risk factors like physical inactivity, poor diets, and smoking increase the risks for cancer, so if these behaviors are on the rise, the 2040 numbers could be even higher.

A Complex Situation

According to Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Chief Scientific Officer Jonathan Chernoff, MD, Ph.D., there are many different types of cancer. These act in different ways, in different tissues, and in diverse individuals. This results in endless kinds of mutations, which do not respond to the same kinds of treatments. With more than 200 separate diseases that fall under the cancer spectrum, there will most likely never be only one cure for cancer.

They all have one thing in common, though: uncontrolled malignant cell production. These reproduce and then form tumors. In blood cancers, the malignant cells crowd out the normal ones in the patient’s bloodstream and bone marrow.

Detection and Treatments

Catching cancer in earlier stages usually makes for better prognoses. Dr. Chernoff was optimistic about progress made in the field of cancer detection and treatment. “Maybe the largest successes have been in prevention,” he said. For example, reduced rates in smoking cigarettes have cut down on the number of people who come down with lung cancer. The American Cancer Society also pointed out that obesity is the United States’ second-leading cause of preventable cancer deaths. Although more research is warranted, there is clear evidence that proves this point.

Although radiation and chemotherapy are still treatment modalities, immunotherapy has been a major breakthrough in cancer treatment. Strengthening the immune system can help it to fight cancer more effectively. Researchers are also working on therapies like blood test that can detect cancer even before its symptoms begin. It is still in the experimental state but Chernoff is enthusiastic about it.

Epigenetics and Starvation Strategy

Epigenetic changes alter DNA’s physical structures through an external modification that affects how DNA turns genes on and off. Epigenetics alter how cells will “read” genes. It has been shown that cancer cells can be epigenetically modified to promote the progression or eradication of cancer.

Starvation of cancer cells is another avenue of research, with scientists looking at ways to cut off nutritional supplies to malignant cells. Examples of their work include finding ways to block the supply of vitamin B2 and glutamine.

Nanoparticles and Therapeutic Viruses

Nanoparticles are invisible to the naked eye and exist naturally in sea spray and volcanic ash. They also create many health care products, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and other goods. They can be precisely engineered to target specific cancer cells without as many side effects as other therapies, and have been shown to help tumors shrink.

Some viruses can help society, including therapeutic virus vaccines. A UK test showed that reovirus could be used to fight brain cancer cells without harming the surrounding, healthy ones. The use of dendritic vaccines also shows promise. Cells are extracted from the patient, then loaded up with tumor-specific antigen cells. They are injected into the person’s body and can search for and destroy the cancer cells.

These therapies are still in the research phases, and there are concerns that they can damage healthy tissues. Still, much progress has been made over the past few decades. The best advice for cancer patients is to be well-educated about the disease, to advocate for themselves, and to have a good attitude about their treatment.



Orlando Magic will host virtual summer camps as social distancing continues

31 May 2020 by Philip Rossman-Reich

Summer basketball camps are the highlight of many kids’ summer. This year the Orlando Magic are taking them online to replace physical camps.

For many young basketball players in Orlando and around the country, one of the highlights of every summer is attending basketball camp.

The current coronavirus pandemic has shut down sporting events around the world and only now are the professional athletes slowly getting back to work.

But the world of youth sports is still largely shut down — despite some efforts in Florida to approve the resumption of summer camps and other youth sports activities. It is unclear when everyone will feel safe to send their kids back to the playing fields.

Youth sports have taken the hardest hit and will have the slowest recovery.

The virus has put everything in question. And like everything else, the world is still trying to adjust.

Personally, one of the highlights for me every summer when I was in elementary school was going to basketball camps, whether it was at the school I was attending or Anthony Bowie’s basketball camp or the one hosted by the Orlando Magic.

This was a highlight of the summer every year for me — and probably for countless other children across Central Florida and beyond. The chance to play basketball for an entire week and work on skills and play games was heaven.

Which Orlando Magic forward lost the Dunk Contest to Zach LaVine?

1/10 Questions

These times have done a lot to take away normalcy for young students especially. Schools were cut short and youth sports were cut short. Summer camps are likely off the table this week. And even these kinds of in-person sports camps are uncertain.

The Magic are going to do at least their part to bring some of the camp home.

The team announced that instead of hosting a summer camp like it normally would, the Magic will conduct a virtual basketball camp beginning Monday (June 1).

The full-day camp will include instruction through Zoom and the Ballology mobile app. Participants will get a free ticket to a future Magic game and other Magic prizes.

The team is also offering 50 free scholarships to those who may not be able to afford the camp and The National Basketball Academy is offering another 20 scholarships for those who want to participate in the camp.

More information and registration information is available at OrlandoMagicYouth.com.

This is part of the game and the responsibility of the NBA to give back. Teams want to grow the game and help teach the game to young players all over the world. The Magic have always been very active in the community in this way.

Part of the deal to build the Amway Center included constructing more courts in neighborhoods throughout Orlando. The team has greatly expanded its Jr. NBA program and of course its camps they conduct throughout the year — in the summer and during school breaks.

The Magic and the NBA have been pretty active even during this hiatus to provide some guidance for basketball and physical activity while the season is on break.

Jr. NBA has a ton of videos from NBA, WNBA and G-League players, coaches and alums to give you some drills to do at home while we are still practicing some social distancing.

D.J. Augustin did a Jr. NBA video teaching some simple ball-handling drills to do while everyone is in quarantine.

Mohamed Bamba also gave some ball-handling advice and drills to practice:

Lakeland Magic assistant coach Johnny Taylor taught the famous figure-8 ball-handling drill:

Horace Grant taught a good drill to teach good triple-threat position (it is quite a workout):

And Michael Carter-Williams conducted a full at-home workout that anyone can do with enough space and a basketball:

While NBA players are certainly happy to get back into their gyms and return to their work to get back into playing shape. Everyone is antsy to get back out and play basketball again. It is impossible not to at this point.

We are still practicing social distancing and most courts are still closed. People are still looking to avoid physical contact as much as possible, especially in the sports context.

That may not be as much of a concern for the pro players. But for children looking to get back on the courts, they are still waiting for the chance to play once again.

The NBA has done a good job of trying to keep young players involved with the game under the current physical guidelines. The Magic certainly seem to be doing their part too.

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There may not be an Orlando Magic Basketball Camp this summer. But young players in Central Florida can still practice their game and learn from the Magic’s grassroots program.