Madrid’s dressing room, between concern and positivism

first_imgIn addition to the feeling of vulnerability, restlessness and relief described, Some positivism also made its way in the Madrid dressing room. There is security about the measures taken are the best to combat this exceptional case and in the knowledge of those responsible for the club, who will be at your entire disposal. And, looking at the bright side of things, the parents of the staff stressed that it is a good opportunity to spend with their children the time that the demanding routine in the soccer elite does not normally allow them.However, the players, and this was emphasized in the meetings in Valdebebas, they are fully aware that they have to work at home. They all have exercise facilities in them and many have trusted professionals off Madrid’s payroll, some even living with themselves. Without exception, they will have, on the part of the coaching staff, their respective daily routines so as not to lose shape. When the competition returns, a date very up in the air at this point, the margin of error will be practically nil. In the Real Madrid locker room, they have been waiting for days for the domino effect caused by the advance of the coronavirus in the world of sports. This Thursday, for the peace of mind of most of the players, the time came. Niko Mihic, head of the club’s medical services, gathered the staff in Valdebebas to explain the positive of Trey Thompkins, from the basketball section, and the quarantine that the situation forced. Then, José Ángel Sánchez, general manager of the entity, offered more indications and conveyed confidence around the cancellation of the upcoming League and Champions matches.Technical staff and footballers, as well as the rest of the employees of the sports city, immediately left for their homes. The news, despite being expected, caused a certain schock and concern for them and yours. It was the common feeling not only in the house, but in the houses. That’s how they talked about it before getting into their cars and that’s how they have confessed to their surroundings the players, however, have noticed significant relief from the break. Dani Carvajal, hours earlier, he had already expressed the concern of his colleagues: “In First and Second Division are we immune?”, He complained in an Instagram story when in Spain only non-professional football days had been suspended.last_img read more

How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators

first_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) J. B.Barnett The striking bright blues, yellows, and oranges of poison dart frogs are a classic example of warning coloration, sending a message to predators to stay away. But somewhat counterintuitively, these conspicuous colors may be helping the frogs hide in plain sight, according to a new study.The dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) lives on the forest floor in the lowland tropical rainforests of South America’s Guiana Shield, an ancient geological formation underlying the northeastern coast and parts of Venezuela and Brazil. The frogs are blue-black with a bright yellow ring around their head and back, which may be broken or joined to form a figure eight. Like a fingerprint, the pattern is unique to each frog.Predators generally learn that such brightly colored frogs are toxic and avoid them. But this doesn’t always work. 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B.Barnett How bright colors help these poison tree frogs hide from predators J. B.Barnett Email So researchers wondered whether poison dart frogs have another way of protecting themselves—camouflage. To find out, they first tested computational models of predator vision on images of the frogs. Their results suggested that although the amphibians are obvious at close range, their colors and patterns merge into the rainforest background as viewing distance increases.To test those results, the scientists placed model frogs on different backgrounds in a French Guianan rainforest to see how wild predators reacted. Predators attacked frog models more often when they were placed atop an image of plain soil or a colored paper square, but less often when they were on the actual rainforest floor.And humans seem to fall for the trick, too: People who saw images of frogs in the rainforest took longer to spot the real frogs at a distance than a frog that had been altered so that it didn’t have the same colors and patterns. Together, this suggests that although dyeing poison frogs are highly visible at close range, from far away their colors blend together for the perfect rainforest camouflage, the researchers report this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers speculate that the frog’s pattern is made up of a specific ratio and distribution of colors to give it the best of both worlds. By Michael AllenJun. 13, 2018 , 11:50 AM ‹›last_img read more