0Shares0000Egyptians were distraught when Mohamed Salah had to leave the field early in the Champions League final © AFP / KHALED DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, May 27 – Egyptians held their breath Sunday amid fears star striker Mohamed Salah could miss the World Cup after suffering an injury when wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.Ramos, who locked arms with Salah before falling on top of the forward’s shoulder, became an instant hate figure for millions of Egyptians on social media, as well as the thousands who watched the game live at cafes. “Ramos the Dog”, “Animal”, “We will take revenge”, “Dirty” and many more insults were thrown at Ramos on social media following Real’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.Salah left the pitch in tears holding his shoulder after just half an hour, a sight that prompted some Egyptians to burst into tears. Reported to have suffered a sprain in his shoulder ligaments, Salah remains doubtful for the World Cup in Russia, with the clock ticking before Egypt’s first game against Uruguay on June 15.If the vitriol targeting Ramos seems exaggerated, it reflects how vital the speedy striker has become for his national team ahead of this summer’s World Cup.The 25-year-old scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, a tally that earned him the Golden Boot for Europe’s top scorer and the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.Without him, Egypt’s chances are “almost non-existent”, said Karim Said, editor-in-chief of YallaKora, a football-focused website.“The (team’s) attack is mainly based on Salah,” said Said.Thanks to Salah, who has become a source of pride for millions across the Arab world, Egyptians were looking to the World Cup with hope and enthusiasm.Ramos’s dubious tackle, which went unpunished by match referee Milorad Mazic, prompted one furious fan watching the game to yell “Dirty guy” at the Spaniard, although his screams were drowned out by a sea of other insults.On Sunday morning, the headline on Egyptian newspaper El Watan said it was reverting Ramos’s fate to God, in a tone echoed on social media networks.– During Ramadan, optimism reigns –Ramos’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been flooded with insults in Arabic and English, some even translated into Spanish.A petition was even launched on the change.org platform, calling on FIFA and UEFA to punish Ramos for “intentionally hurting Mohamed Salah”. The petition has collected more than 111,000 signatures.Sergio Ramos sent a “Get Well Soon” Twitter message to Moahmed Salah after he was injured in the muscular challenge © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYRamos sent Salah a “Get Well Soon” Twitter message, adding he regretted that football “sometimes (shows) its bad side”, but “above all, we are comrades”.Despite the anger some Egyptians remain optimistic, taking the incident with the philosophy of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.“He will participate in the World Cup and everything will be fine, God willing,” said Mahmoud Saad, a Salah and Real Madrid fan, as he watched the match at a cafe in downtown Cairo.News of Salah’s misfortune even prompted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to tweet: “My heartfelt wishes to the Egyptian champion Mohamed Salah for a speedy recovery from his injury, and I hope he returns to the field soon and remains a shining Egyptian star.”Egypt’s national team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela remains optimistic on Salah’s chances officials at Liverpool assured them no bones were broken, the Egyptian Football Associated said SaturdayThe Egyptian Minister Youth and Sports Khaled Abd Elaziz also expressed optimism.“Mohamed Salah, God willing, will be on the national team list for the World Cup, which is to be announced on June 4,” Abd Elaziz said on Facebook.“Relief in Egypt’s streets after the medical report,” a headline in the state-run Ah-Ahram newspaper said.The Al-Akhbar newspaper was even more optimistic — its headline was “Salah to participate at the World Cup”.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
“It was a great play by me,” Bailey said. “I made the play, but it was something we’d talked about the whole game.” The first playoff game in the history of Invesco Field resulted in Denver’s first postseason win since the 1998 Super Bowl, John Elway’s last game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Next week in the AFC championship game, the Broncos will play the winner of today’s meeting between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. This game also marked the end of the Patriots’ shot at history. Trying to become the first team to win three straight Super Bowls, the Patriots (11-7) simply didn’t have enough to overcome Denver’s steady play, a few bad breaks or their five turnovers. That was one fewer than they had during their entire, record-setting 10-game playoff winning streak that ended at the hands of the Broncos (14-3). “Obviously, we’re disappointed,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. “We weren’t able to make the plays we needed to make to win, that’s why we didn’t win.” And when it counted the most, the Patriots also couldn’t match Bailey. The Patriots were moving the ball well in the third quarter. They cut a 10-3 deficit to four points on a field goal and had moved easily to the Denver 5 for what could have been the go-ahead score. But on third down from the 5, Bailey stepped in front of Brady’s pass in the end zone for the pick. He sprinted down the sideline and when he felt Kevin Faulk swipe at him helplessly about 70 yards into the trek, he thought he had it cinched. Champions don’t go down easily, though, and tight end Ben Watson wasn’t quitting. Watson took an angle, and with Bailey slowing and bringing the ball down to his hip, Watson got there, knocked Bailey down and sent the ball flying out of bounds at the 1. Or maybe through the end zone. With Bailey lying on his back, grimacing and gasping for air, Belichick challenged the call, saying the ball flew out of the end zone, which would have given them the ball back on a touchback. “It definitely went out,” Belichick said. “It went out of his hands. They reviewed the play. Go ask them.” It was the kind of call a championship team might have gotten. With no decisive TV angle, though, the Pats didn’t and on the next play, Mike Anderson scored his second 1-yard touchdown of the night and gave Denver a 17-6 lead. “I never saw the guy coming, but I was going as hard as I could,” Bailey said of the longest non-scoring interception return in NFL playoff history. Always reliable Adam Vinatieri, the difference in all three of New England’s three-point Super Bowl victories, missed a 42-yard field goal wide right on the next possession. Shortly after, dependable Troy Brown fumbled a punt return to set up Jake Plummer’s lone touchdown pass of the night, a 4-yarder to Rod Smith for a 24-6 lead. Plummer finished 15-for-26 for 197 yards with the touchdown and one interception, a nice play by Asante Samuel that led to New England’s first field goal. And while the Denver quarterback won’t be mistaken for Elway, or even Brady who threw for 341 yards in defeat that was kind of the point: As has been proven all year, Plummer doesn’t have to do it all for the Broncos to win. There’s the running game, held in check for most of this night, but good enough to punch the ball in under duress at the goal line. There’s the defense; Al Wilson made no fewer than four big plays in the first half to keep the game scoreless for the first 26 minutes. Special teams were good, too. Punter and kickoff specialist Todd Sauerbrun, of all people, got his helmet on the ball on a kickoff return late in the first half to force a turnover and a Denver field goal for a 10-3 lead. After Bailey’s big play, and the non-reversal on Belichick’s challenge, the coach stood there in his gray sweatshirt, looking nonplussed, as he has been throughout New England’s four seasons of excellence. Behind him, though, the Patriots were coming apart, at least a little. TV cameras showed Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest shoving Larry Izzo away during an argument, while Mike Vrabel tried to calm McGinest down hardly the kind of calm and cool they showed as they made their run toward history. Meanwhile, the Broncos put on the finishing touches and got ready for next week. Their fans, dressed in orange and as loud as they have been in the five-year history of a stadium many thought was too cushy and comfortable for raucousness, chanted, “Let’s Go Pittsburgh,” hoping a Steelers win Sunday will bring their team back for another game. If Indy wins, though, the Broncos will return to the site of their playoff demise the last two seasons, by a combined score of 90-34. After last season’s loss, a 49-24 embarrassment, Denver coach Mike Shanahan insisted the Broncos weren’t too far away from being Super Bowl contenders. Lots of people snickered. Very few are snickering now, especially not the Patriots. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DENVER — It took a Champ to knock off the champs, a crazy 100-yard sprint by Denver’s star cornerback that helped the Broncos stop their long streak of playoff futility and bring the New England dynasty to an end. Huffing, puffing, dashing down the sideline, Champ Bailey got caught and knocked down at the 1-yard line Saturday night. But his interception of Tom Brady did the damage, setting up the game-changing touchdown in Denver’s 27-13 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.
1 Borussia Dortmund are ready to trigger the £21m release clause of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham target Patrik Schick.All three Premier League clubs have been monitoring the Czech striker during his first season in Italy, where he has scored 11 goals in 31 appearances, of which just 13 have been started.But Juventus have set their sights on signing the 21-year-old this summer and reports in Italy have claimed that a move to the Serie A champions is almost a foregone conclusion for the youngster.Now, however, Sky Sport Italia has claimed that Dortmund are ready to step up their pursuit of the Prague-born ace by making an offer.Dortmund know they may lose star striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang this summer, with PSG circling, and they will need to reinforce their forward line.Should the German giants make their £21m offer, it will then be down to Schick to decide whether to stick or twist with more interest expected this summer. Patrik Schick has starred for Sampdoria
A judge has ordered a man to pay €25,000 after he illegally trespassed and lived in the house of a dead clergyman.John Doe, aka Daniel Greene, fled the house.Daniel Greene moved himself and his family into the home of the late Reverend Samuel Reede in Co Donegal in 2013. The property had been put up for sale but Greene moved into the bungalow in Rooskey, Newtowncunningham and even changed the locks on the doors.A friend of the late clergyman, who had been looking after the property, was told by solicitors that the house had been illegally entered.But when Sylvia Allen-Hamilton called to the house, the man said it was his property and he refused to leave.When she tried to have the electricity supply stopped from the house, she was told that the account had been somehow transferred into the name of Daniel Greene and could not be cut.A court action was then taken against the man who, at that stage, was only know as John Doe as nobody knew his identity.Gardai had been called to the home but Mr Greene was never present.Gardai move into the house in Newtowncunningham in 2013. Pic by Northwest Newspix.He eventually left the house in December, 2013 – a total of nine months after he had moved in.Barrister for the brother of the late Rev Reede, Mr Charles John Reede, brought a case for damages against the illegal trespasser.His barrister Fiona Crawford yesterday (Thurs) revealed how the home had been left in a state after Greene and his family fled overnight.She revealed how a pest control company had to treat he house because of a rodent problem while food, clothing and other items were also left behind.Other items of personal belongings had to be put into storage for the past 16 months at a cost of €100 per month, Buncrana Circuit Civil Court was told.Judge Karen Fergus said it was obvious that Greene had made “a hasty exit” and asked if there was any chance of recouping the damages.Barrister Fiona Crawford said there was some money on hold belonging to Greene with an address at 12 Riverside Court, Cumber, Co Down.Judge Fergus ordered Greene to pay €25,000 in damages for trespass as well as €1,600 for the cost of storage and €400 for the cost f the pest control,and clean-up of the house.She also ordered that all the personal belongings and other items left in the house be handed over to charity.MYSTERY MAN WHO TRESPASSED IN DEAD CLERGYMAN’S HOUSE ORDERED TO PAY €25,000 IN DAMAGES was last modified: May 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel GreenedonegalhouseJohn DoeNewtowncunninghamRev Sam Reede
FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo is optimistic the Uganda Cubs can win next year’s AFCON title (file photo)Just hours after the Uganda U17 National team, the Cubs booked a spot at the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament in Tanzania; FUFA President Moses Magogo has come out to suggest that they will be out to win it next year.Uganda defeated Ethiopia 3-1 in the Regional qualifiers’ final played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday to qualify for the tournament proper along with the hosts.Speaking upon arrival of the team, Magogo thanked Allah (God) for enabling the Cubs make history.“Praise be to Allah who allows everything to happen, said Magogo.“Once again it is historical in our careers to be able to qualify an underage team for the first time in this county’s football history.“In the modern game, it is so difficult for the senior Cranes players to join the top leagues in Europe but when you have the U17 qualifying for AFCON, it gives the young players an opportunity at exposure. Continued the man who also oversaw the Crane’s successful AFCON qualification in 2016.“The boys know that qualifying is not enough but we want to go and win the tournament proper and we just don’t want to participate.“As a federation and a country, we are going to work hard so as to provide the team with the best preparation in terms of Camps and Test matches.“We believe that this group of players who have exhibited a great level of discipline, competition and desire are worthy encouraging because am confident they can help us qualify for the World cup in Qatar (2022).“I am also excited that the senior Cranes players like Denis Onyango, Emmanuel Okwi, Murushid Jjuuko and Hassan Wasswa are sending congratulatory messages to the boys saying that they (Cubs) have given them (Cranes) a challenge so as to overcome Tanzania in their next qualification game and also qualify for their AFCON tournament in Cameroon next year.“We have the U17, U20 and then the senior team as part of the strategy that was started in 2015 and now starting to bare fruits, also noted Magogo.“As everyone is aware, we started an U17 league that requires every club in the top flight to have an underage team participating in it and as a federation, we make sure that the players undergo MRI test and also cater for the costs inured during the league. It is something that is not cheap to manage but we will continue doing it because success does not come at a cheap.“I also want to thank all the coaches and officials that have been with the team, they have done a very good job with a team that am sure will continue making us proud.The Cubs arrived in the country on Monday morning.The Cubs team that won the Regional Qualifiers in Tanzania:Oyo Delton (GK), Ssekimbegga Kevin, Kasozi Samson, Kizito Mugweri Gavin (C), John Rogers, Ekellot Ibrahim, Ssekajja Davis, Kakaire Thomas, Iddi Abdul Wahid, Yiga Najib, Juma Ibrahim, Semwogerere Daniel (GK), Alou John Kokas, Owane Yasin Abdul, Mwaka Polycap, Mukisa Owen, Asaba Ivan.Head Coach: Peter OnenComments Tags: Moses Magogouganda cubs
Toumani Diagouraga starts for Brentford against Watford at Vicarage Road, where Alex Pritchard drops to the bench.Billy McKinlay, taking charge of his first match since being appointed as Watford manager, makes three changes, with Joel Ekstrand, Diego Fabbrini and Lloyd Dyer coming in for Sean Murray, Ikechi Anya and the injured Gabriele Angella.Watford: Gomes; Paredes, Ekstrand, Cathcart, Pudil; Tozser, Munari; Fabbrini, Vydra, Dyer; Ighalo. Subs: Bond, Hoban, McGugan, Murray, Abdi, Anya, Mensah.Brentford: Button; McCormack, Tarkowski, Craig, Bidwell; Douglas, Diagouraga; Odubajo, Judge, Jota; Gray. Subs: Bonham, Dean, Tebar, Toral, Betinho, Pritchard, Proschwitz.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By David BennettProgressive Farmer ContributorUnder a darkening sky during the latest rain, Perry Galloway stood alongside a healthy corn crop.The Gregory, Arkansas, grower and aerial applicator was pleased with what he saw even though plants that were 8 feet tall in mid-July would normally be several feet taller. Persistent precipitation slowed crop progress.Galloway’s game plan doesn’t change, though. He said ensuring corn is healthy during the V3 to V8 growth stages provides the best opportunity for big yields at harvest.“It’s critical during the first 60 days to ensure the corn plant is healthy in terms of proper nutrition—N [nitrogen], P [phosphorus] and K [potassium] along with micronutrients, sulfur, magnesium, zinc, boron — to set the plant up to establish the largest ears,” Galloway explained. “It’s a numbers game. The more rows around and the longer the rows, the more kernels you’ll make. And, hopefully, those kernels will be heavy and translate to high yields.”Galloway concluded V4 is when the rows around an ear are established. V8 is when ear length is established.The row-crop farmer believes the V2 or V3 growth stages are when corn ear ridges are formed and ultimately split into rows. An ear has an even number of rows — seven splits to 14, eight to 16, 10 to 20, etc.“So, we’re looking for the maximum number of rows around and maximum length,” Galloway continued. “Usually, on a regular production field, I end up with 36 to 40 kernels long. If I have 16 rows around and 38 healthy kernels — with a plant population of about 34,000 plants per acre — that’ll equate to around a 225- to 250-bushel corn crop. I don’t hit 260 bushels every time, but that’s what I’m aiming for.”This is the last of five stories in DTN/Progressive Farmer’s Stand Strong series. Optimizing yields on every acre requires getting corn off to a fast start and establishing a sturdy stand. Stories in this series offered tips to strengthen standability.HEALTHY PLANTS, HEALTHY YIELDSJason Kelley, University of Arkansas Extension corn specialist, urged farmers to pay attention to corn health during early vegetative stages.“We always say, ‘To reach maximum yield, corn can’t have a bad day in its life.’ That’s somewhat true,” Kelley said. “But, obviously, there are management factors that impact yield, such as planting date, obtaining optimum stands and drainage in combination with timely applied inputs at the V3 to V6 stage to reach top yields.”The V3 to V6 time frame is when most sidedress nitrogen fertilizer is applied, Kelley said.“The plant will be entering the rapid growth period, and having adequate fertility present at this stage is important,” he said. “If we’re late on fertilizing, it can certainly reduce yield potential. We are always concerned if we’re delayed in getting nitrogen out, especially if we did not apply much or any at preplant or at planting. The timeliness of nitrogen application is a very important component to obtaining high yields.”Kelley added zinc and sulfur deficiencies are often observed in the V3 to V6 stages, as well.Weed control is also “very critical” for maintaining top yields, Kelley said.“With weed control, there’s the same kind of philosophy: We must be timely,” he explained. “Typically, our best weed-control programs are two-pass where we start clean with a burndown or tillage pass along with a preemergence herbicide application immediately after planting.”Every year, cutworms can be an issue in some fields. “Fortunately, we generally don’t experience a lot of problems,” Kelley said. “Stinkbugs are also a pest we see during the V3 to V6 stage at some levels in most fields. We’ve had fields sprayed for stinkbugs this year.”MORE MANAGEMENTThe early vegetative stages in corn are important, particularly in the South. “Especially in a year like we’re having,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension corn specialist.“Corn is particularly responsive to the stand it achieves,” he concluded. “Stand quality can be jeopardized not only by seedling mortality, but growth disparity and plant spacing may also considerably reduce productivity.”Normally, Mid-South producers use some form of a stale seedbed system, where all primary field prep is done in the fall to enhance the opportunity for early planting in the spring. “The only thing done in springtime is to apply a nonselective burndown herbicide to control winter weeds and, likely, harrow the top of the beds and plant as soon as it dries down,” Larson said.Last fall, farmers didn’t have an opportunity to “row up” a lot of land or reestablish raised beds, Larson explained. Many growers had to plant their fields flat, or they hastily put up raised beds in the spring when soils were abundantly moist.“That could cause more soil compaction, which can limit plant growth and have lasting effects,” Larson said. “Corn is a crop that doesn’t ‘bounce back’ very well.”DO THE MATHGalloway contends a good corn crop should be established early.“If you only have, say, 14 rows [on an ear], then you’ll need about 44 kernels long to get to the same number of seed as the 16/38 equation,” he claimed. “So, it seems to me it’s easier to make more rows around than length. Later in the year, you’ll think they’re all pollinated and filling out, and something happens. It bites you. I don’t know if it’s sunlight, fertility — some other sort of stress like lack of moisture or too much — but the 50-kernel-long corn turns into 35 to 40. It aborts those extra kernels as it’s filling out. That’s just the physiology of the plant.”Different corn hybrids make more rows around ears, Galloway said. Seed companies should be able to tell customers what a hybrid is capable of.Galloway looks for corn that’s able to produce ears 16 rows around and 38 kernels long.Since corn appears to be 2 to 3 feet shorter this year because of climatic setbacks and stress, Galloway wondered if ear size and yields will be affected.“It doesn’t appear so; I’m still seeing nice ears,” he said. “I’ve talked to some seed-company guys, and they agree that the ear size seems to still be there. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.”(ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Netflix, the streaming movie and DVD subscription service, has continued on its march to a streaming-only future by removing the option to quickly and easily queue DVDs from yet another device. The company announced in January that it would begin removing the option from “streaming devices,” but we wonder if users – who were outraged at the idea – realized that the move would extend to devices like the iPad.When the company first announced that it would begin removing the option, Netflix VP of communication Steve Swasey explained that the decision was a simple one. Swasey said that it was a basic issue of where Netflix wanted to focus and that removing DVD queue functionality from streaming devices was just “taking away one process that not many people used.”According to Netflix, most members use the website to manage their DVD queue, so the additional functionality should be missed. Except, perhaps, by a vocal minority. The blog post announcing the change in January quickly reached a 5,000 comment max in just over a week’s time. (By comparison, the most epic comment thread ever on ReadWriteWeb has garnered just over 3,000 comments in a year’s time.)The point, however, is not that users will disagree with the change. Netflix, like it or not, intends to get out of the DVD shipping business as fast as it possibly can. With DVDs costing 20 times more than streaming, who could blame them?Now, the only thing we can hope for is that Netflix passes those savings on to its users and gets more streaming content. Then we can all stop complaining about ordering DVDs.Actually, now that I think about it, I’ve been streaming only since the day it came out. What’s wrong with you folks, cat got your Internet connection?One more thing – the DVD queue feature is still completely available on the Netflix website, which is available using Safari. On the iPad. Tags:#news#Video Services#web mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Visual effects and Final Cut Pro X working together in harmony? Pick up some tips in this great tutorial from our friends at MacBreak Studio.Even if you’re primarily a video editor, odds are you probably dip your toes into the visual effects water from time to time. Ensuring that your VFX workflow is well executed is extremely important, but all too often it can become complicated quickly, especially when relying on others to do your VFX work.In an ideal world you would work alongside VFX artists in the same room, all working together to complete a project. Most of the time however, such an arrangement is far from reality. So, it becomes even MORE important to stay digitally organized when your VFX team or artists are working remote.In this FCPX video tutorial, the guys from MacBreak Studio discuss what a digital VFX workflow looks like in FCPX. The video covers:Working with PlatesAdding Reference Movie InformationWorking with Adjustment layersUsing keywords for VFX workCreating EDLsMaking CountsheetsWhile this video is specifically geared to FCPX the techniques described can be used for most NLEs, not just FCPX.You can download the free FCPX features overlays effect by going to Alex 4D’s website. Also, if you are planning on integrating FCPX in your VFX workflow you may want to grab Producer’s Best Friend.This video was first shared by MacBreakStudio on Ripple Training’s YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!What does your VFX workflow look like? Share in the comments below.
Over the decades, 50 or more explanations have been offered for the fields of broad, meter-high mounds of soil found across the western United States and on every continent except Antarctica. The ideas have ranged from earthquakes to glaciers to UFOs. But now it seems that generation upon generation of gophers built the millions of mounds seen today. And it took a computer model programmed to act like the burrowing rodents to unearth the truth.“I love these cute problems of geomorphology,” says Robert Anderson, referring to the study of how Earth’s surface got its shape. “Everybody and their dog has taken a shot at this,” says Anderson, a geomorphologist at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The problem has been that no one has ever seen a Mima mound—named after examples on the Mima Prairie in Washington state—actually grow. Either the mounds aren’t growing today or they grow very, very slowly.Emmanuel Gabet of San Jose State University in California—also a geomorphologist—and his colleagues had no grad students willing to keep an eye on a Mima mound for decades on end, so they set out to build Mima mounds in a computer model. Pocket gophers had been a leading candidate for Mima mound builders. A lone gopher (they are highly territorial) spends its short life burrowing through a mound and eating plant roots. In a 1987 study, researchers salted mounds with small iron pellets, waited while the gophers did their burrowing thing, and relocated the pellets using a magnetic detector. 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In a paper in press in Geomorphology and in a presentation last week at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union, they reported that their virtual gophers built mounds that bear a striking resemblance to the real thing: The model’s mounds were a close match in height and diameter. The distances between model mounds and the pattern the mounds formed across a field were also very similar to those of real Mima mounds.Thanks to an inadvertent experiment in central California, the researchers could even show that their model mounds grew at the same rate as natural ones. In the 1980s, farmers stopped tilling fields that would become part of Carrizo Plain National Monument. During the subsequent 30 years, gophers built mounds—unobserved—24 to 25 centimeters high, the same growth rate as in the model. “There’s no way to prove” gophers build mounds, Gabet says, but “I think this is as close as we’re going to get.”Anderson agrees. “I would say they’ve got a strong case,” he says. “I think they’re right. It’s an example of how nature can organize itself into patterns that are striking.”Now on to the next mystery: Why do gophers bother? It would take 500 to 700 years for the animals to build a full-size mound, Gabet estimates. That’s a couple of hundred generations of gophers. Gabet, Anderson, and others speculate that the creatures are creating a new habitat better suited to their needs than the unaltered terrain. Mima mounds typically overlie a subsurface soil layer so impervious that it impedes the drainage of winter rains, leading to seasonally waterlogged, uninhabitable soils. A mound, on the other hand, stands high and dry in winter above surrounding pools. Just how pocket gophers acquired their inclination to build for the benefit of distant future generations, Gabet can’t say. Geomorphologists know their limits.For a story about another unusual formation, check out our article on fairy circles.