The Indiana Pacers’ victory Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals seemed a fitting reward for their long regular-season campaign to secure home-court advantage, always with an eye on a hypothetical playoff matchup with the Miami Heat. The Pacers’ raucous home crowd egged them on to an out-of-character offensive performance. They scored at a rate of 120.6 points per 100 possessions, their most efficient offensive performance of the playoffs and their fifth-best of the season.The Pacers’ point total was surprising, but how the team scored those points was entirely unexpected. The Pacers haven’t relied heavily on the pick-and-roll — mostly because they haven’t been very good at it. According to mySynergySports, in pick-and-rolls so far this season (including Sunday’s game), the Pacers rank 14th in efficiency in possessions finished by the ball handler, and 20th in possessions finished by the screener (these statistics only include pick-and-rolls that resulted in a field-goal attempt, free throw or turnover by the screener or the ball handler).But even matching that mediocre standard would have been an optimistic goal for the Pacers; the Heat are among the league’s best pick-and-roll defenders. They rank first in efficiency on defending pick-and-roll possessions finished by the ball handler and fifth on those finished by the screener. So far this season, the Heat’s opponents ran pick-and-rolls on 16 percent of their offensive possessions, scoring an average of 0.74 points per play.The table below shows how the Pacers’ pick-and-roll attack fared in Game 1 against the Heat, compared with their performances in the regular season and their previous playoff series.The Indiana Pacers’ Pick-And-RollAgainst the Heat on Sunday, the Pacers were more efficient on pick-and-roll possessions, and they ran pick-and-rolls more often. The Pacers’ spacing was unusually precise, stretching the Heat’s defensive rotations and keeping driving lanes open for ball handlers. Paul George, Lance Stephenson and the rest of the Pacers’ backcourt players were also extremely careful with the ball, both in delivering passes to their rolling bigs and avoiding getting stripped on drives to the basket. Just 11 percent of their pick-and-roll possessions ended in a turnover in Game 1, better than their season-long average of 14 percent and far below the 23 percent the Heat defense forced this season.It’s hard to imagine the Pacers keeping up this kind of performance on the pick-and-roll throughout the rest of the series, but they have laid out a good template for offensive success.
More on this topic Rodale Announces Management Changes Zinczenko Wants to ‘Satisfy Global Appetite’ for Women’s Health Women’s Health to Increase Rate Base Again Eric Zinczenko Women’s Health Founding Editor to Step Down David Zinczenko to Leave RodaleJust In Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by This story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.David Zinczenko, the highly successful editor-in-chief of Men’s Health since August 2000 and Women’s Health editorial director since 2008, was given added authority at Rodale Inc.in becoming editorial director at Prevention and Organic Gardening. The titles’ respective editors-in-chief, Diane Salvatore and Ethne Clarke, now report to Zinczenko, as has been the case with WH editor-in-chief Michele Promaulayko since her hire in December 2008.Read the rest of the story here. read more
Enlarge ImageFord’s new Bronco could help bring back another historic SUV nameplate. Ford Ford has been whipping truck and SUV enthusiasts into a froth with the news of a revived Bronco SUV, but it would seem that Bronco isn’t the only famous nameplate that’s getting a second lease on life.According to a report Saturday by FordAuthority.com, the Blue Oval has applied for trademarks on both the Scout and Bronco Scout names, and we’re betting that the Scout badge could find a home on the long-rumored “baby Bronco.”Now, applying for trademarks on vehicle names isn’t necessarily a sure sign that they’ll get used. Automakers squirrel away weird names for potential vehicles all the time. That said, the fact that it’s trying to snag a trademark on a famous SUV name like Scout leads us to believe that this is more than just an exercise.Unfortunately, details on the Bronco are still scarce as Ford has gotten annoyingly good at stopping leaks (for the most part) about its highly anticipated new vehicles. We are reasonably sure that we’ll see the new Bronco sometime next year as a 2021 model, with the baby Bronco (likely Escape-based) a few months after that. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Ford Tags Ford’s iconic Bronco throughout history (pictures) 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 12 Photos 0 Post a comment More From Roadshow Share your voice SUVs Car Industry Ford read more
Saudi Arabia and its allies on Friday criticised Qatar’s refusal to accept conditions to end the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years as a threat to regional security.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain said Qatar’s rejection of a list of demands they set to lift sanctions on Doha “reflects its intention to continue its policy, aimed at destabilising security in the region,” according to a statement on the official SPA news agency.”All political, economic and legal measures will be taken in the manner and at the time deemed appropriate to preserve the four countries’ rights, security and stability,” the statement added, without elaborating on the potential measures.The four states last month announced the severing of all diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and had close ties with Saudi’s arch-rival Iran.On June 22, they issued a 13-point list of demands, including the shutdown of broadcast giant Al-Jazeera, as a prerequisite to lift the sanctions, which include the closure of Qatar’s only land border and suspension of all flights to and from the country.The Saudi foreign ministry on Wednesday said they had received Qatar’s rejection of their demands, raising fears of escalation in the volatile region.Saudi and its allies now consider the demands, sent via mediator Kuwait, “null and void” as the Qatari government had “thwarted all diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis,” according to Friday’s statement.Credit ratings agency Moody’s has announced it was changing the emirate’s outlook to negative from stable over the crisis. read more
More information: Chemical mapping of a single molecule by plasmon-enhanced Raman scattering, Nature 498, 82–86 (06 June 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12151AbstractVisualizing individual molecules with chemical recognition is a longstanding target in catalysis, molecular nanotechnology and biotechnology. Molecular vibrations provide a valuable ‘fingerprint’ for such identification. Vibrational spectroscopy based on tip-enhanced Raman scattering allows us to access the spectral signals of molecular species very efficiently via the strong localized plasmonic fields produced at the tip apex. However, the best spatial resolution of the tip-enhanced Raman scattering imaging is still limited to 3−15 nanometres, which is not adequate for resolving a single molecule chemically. Here we demonstrate Raman spectral imaging with spatial resolution below one nanometre, resolving the inner structure and surface configuration of a single molecule. This is achieved by spectrally matching the resonance of the nanocavity plasmon to the molecular vibronic transitions, particularly the downward transition responsible for the emission of Raman photons. This matching is made possible by the extremely precise tuning capability provided by scanning tunnelling microscopy. Experimental evidence suggests that the highly confined and broadband nature of the nanocavity plasmon field in the tunnelling gap is essential for ultrahigh-resolution imaging through the generation of an efficient double-resonance enhancement for both Raman excitation and Raman emission. Our technique not only allows for chemical imaging at the single-molecule level, but also offers a new way to study the optical processes and photochemistry of a single molecule. When a weak light beam of green color illuminates the molecule alone, the molecule is visible but lack of structural details (owing to the optical diffraction limit). However, when positioned under a tip, a much more intense and localized red-shifted light, produced by the plasmonic field, is acting on the molecule. The combination of both beams projects the vibrational fingerprints of the molecule into the emitting beam, chemically resolving the inner structure of the molecule with sub-nm resolution. Credit: Dong Xie and Rongting Zhou. Raman spectroscopy is where chemists shine a laser on a small group of molecules and then measure the light as it’s bounced back. The photons from the light source cause the molecules to vibrate and to interact with the bonds that hold molecules together causing a shift in their frequency—the scattering that results is unique for each type of molecule and thus allows for the method to be used as a means of identifying molecule types. Citation: Researchers use Raman spectroscopy and STM to allow chemical mapping of molecules to 1nm resolution (2013, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-ramen-spectroscopy-stm-chemical-molecules.html Journal information: Nature Owing to the optical diffraction limit, a single porphyrin molecule cannot be resolved by conventional optical imaging with a green laser alone. However, when the molecule is positioned under a tip, a much more intense and localized red-shifted light, produced by the plasmonic field, is acting on the molecule. The combination of both beams projects the vibrational fingerprints of the molecule into the emitting beam, chemically resolving the inner structure of the molecule with sub-nm resolution. 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. © 2013 Phys.org Top left: experimental map of an isolated porphyrin molecule for a given vibration frequency revealing the four-lobe pattern. Bottom left: theoretical calculation of the same molecular vibration showing its fingerprint. On the right: molecular structure of the porphyrin used in the experiment. Credit: Guoyan Wang and Yan Liang. Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules Left: Schematic diagram of tunneling-controlled tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) in a confocal-type side-illumination configuration, in which Vb is the sample bias and It is the tunneling current. A laser light is focused into the nanocavity defined by the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip and substrate. The strong local plasmonic field generated by the incident laser causes the enhancement of Raman scattering from the single molecule underneath the tip. Top right: TERS spectrum acquired on the lobe; Bottom right: TERS map for the vibrational mode at about 817 cm-1 and corresponding line profile. Credit: Zhenchao Dong The researchers note their technique is still in the very early stages of development—thus far they’ve only been able to use it on one molecule—a ring-shaped porphyrin. The process they note, is difficult and can take weeks or months carry out making its application impractical at this point for general research efforts. Also it only works when the molecule under study is held in a vacuum and in a -200° C environment. If the technique can be fined tuned however, it will allow future chemists to identify the atoms in individual molecules. Such a tool could open the door to new ways to study molecules at the nano-scale level as well as the bonds that hold them together. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at China’s University of Science and Technology has succeeded in developing a chemical mapping technique capable of revealing the constituent atoms of a single molecule. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they combined Raman spectroscopy with a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to allow for chemical mapping of a molecule to a resolution of less than 1nm. A STM is a device that allows for creating images of materials at the atomic level—one of its unique features is the very tiny metal tip used at the point of scanning. In this new effort the researchers combined Raman spectroscopy with STM to allow for unprecedented levels of molecular mapping.Prior research has shown that when a STM tip is placed within nanometers of certain metals, plasmonic excitation occurs that when combined with Raman scattering can allow for mapping molecules to within 10nm. In this new research, the team has found that if the frequency of the plasmonic excitation is adjusted to match the molecular vibrations caused by photons from the laser light, the Raman signal is increased sharply, resulting in an ability to map the molecule being studied to less than 1nm. Explore further read more
Darjeeling: Inspired by the legendary Russian artist and philosopher Nicholas Konstantinovich Roerich, the Darjeeling Goodwill Centre (DGC) celebrated a decade of his love and labour of cultural contribution, inspiration and creativity by observing the ‘Xth Goodwill Week’ from November 10 to November 15th. Nicholas (1874-1947) was an internationally acclaimed Russian artist (responsible for over 7,000 paintings), a philosopher, an author, a daring explorer, a conservationist, an archeologist, a scientist, a humanitarian and a peacemaker. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNicholas Roerich along with his wife and son George had arrived in Darjeeling in 1923. In Darjeeling, Nicholas created many of his masterpieces. During their stay in this region, (Darjeeling and Sikkim) the Roerich planned their famous Central Asiatic expedition. On March 5, 1925, the Roerichs left Darjeeling for the expedition and the caravan finally returned back to Darjeeling in May 1928 after completing the expedition. The DGC was established in November 2008 by the Himalayan Institute of Goodwill and Living Ethics (HIGLE) in cooperation with the Darjeeling Goodwill Animal Shelter (DGAS) Trust. As a part of the World Goodwill network, DGC aims at building a new culture by fostering goodwill, understanding and compassion. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The DGC is inspired by the great Russian painter Nicholas Roerich and his endeavour towards a culture of peace, represented symbolically in the Banner of Peace, invoking within the circle of culture a vibrant cooperation between arts, science and religion. This had given birth to the Roerich Pact,” stated Fiorenza Bortolotti, an architect from Italy, who is the Project Manager at the DGC. The pact provides for protection of cultural memorials of all humanity and was signed in 1935 in Washington by 21 countries presided by US President F Roosevelt. India had approved of the treaty in 1948. Along with the review of 10 years of work on “Seeds of the Future: Education” with its 2018 subtheme: “Roots and Fruits”, the main attraction of the Goodwill Week was the international première of the Goodwill Song, composed and conducted by Virgil Vihaan Sequeira and performed by the Goodwill Choir and the Strings 2019 orchestra including the folk musicians of the Hills. The important highlights of the Week included an exhibition consisting works of Nicholas and Svetoslav Roerich — “Painters of Kanchenjunga”. Another exhibition “Visions of Darjeeling — Darjeeling yesterday-today-tomorrow?” of architect Shasheesh Prasad urged people to take responsibility for a better, more beautiful and sustainable tomorrow. In the fields of art, education and sustainability interactive meetings and discussions were held. A special contribution regarding the participation of Darjeeling community in the Global Action Plan of UNESCO in the Sustainable Development Goals, Water and Sustainability was also discussed. Art classes, competitions along with story telling with art students were an important component. read more