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New understanding of bat wings could lead to advances in aviation

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If you’ve ever seen a bat in flight, then you’ll know how quickly and precisely they can maneuver. Scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and the University of Maryland have now uncovered one of the key factors that allows them to do so – and it could have applications in the design of aircraft.

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Bulls vs. Cavaliers: Game 1 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 NBA Playoffs

The Chicago Bulls went into Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night and walked out with a 1-0 series lead in the NBA conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Chicago picked up a 99-92 victory on the road.

Derrick Rose led the way for the Bulls with 25 points, five rebounds and five assists. Jimmy Butler continued his strong postseason with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting. Pau Gasol was the biggest surprise of the night. He missed just six of his 16 field-goal attempts, scoring 21 points. He dissected the Cavaliers defense with his mid-range shooting.

On the other side, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 39 points on 19-of-45 shooting. Add in Iman Shumpert’s 22, and the rest of the team contributed just 21 points. The Cavaliers obviously rely heavily on their star players, but the likes of James Jones, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion need to contribute something scoring-wise for their team to have a chance in this series.

Of course, the biggest question heading into the game was how the Cavs would perform without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. Love will miss the rest of the playoffs as he recovers from shoulder surgery, while Smith is suspended for Games 1 and 2 after his flagrant foul on Jae Crowder in the first round.

Both have been key contributors for Cleveland.

“If all things were equal and I had my choice, I’d love to see Kevin and J.R. out there, but that’s not the case,” said head coach David Blatt, per USA Today‘s Jeff Zillgitt. “We’ve known that now for the full eight-day period and we’ve been able to plan accordingly. With the situation as it is, I’m comfortable.”

While the Cavaliers were unquestionably short-handed, the Bulls had the full complement of their starters. Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick noted those five players hadn’t started together in any of the four regular-season games between Chicago and Cleveland:

More so than the absences of Love and Smith, rust really seemed to hamper the Cavs in the first quarter. They were completely out of rhythm on the offensive end and weren’t switching very well on the defensive end. As a result, the Bulls dropped 27 points on Cleveland.

Nearly half of those points came from Mike Dunleavy, who started out 5-of-5 from the field, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group felt that Blatt’s worst nightmares were coming true with the Cavs’ poor start:

Things started turning around for the Cavaliers in the second quarter, mainly because Irving took over the game. He scored 14 in the second quarter alone, and at times, the Bulls simply had no answer for how to stop him. His layup to pull the Cavs within six points was a thing of beauty.

A three-pointer from Miller made it a three-point game, 45-42, with two minutes left until halftime.  Although Chicago still owned a five-point edge going into the locker room, the momentum looked to be shifting to Cleveland.

The best thing that could’ve happened for the Bulls was the halftime break, as it allowed head coach Tom Thibodeau to tweak his game plan a bit. His second-half strategy featured lots of pick-and-rolls, which continued to give the Cavaliers massive headaches.

Earlier in the season, Cleveland suffered mightily when teams ran the pick-and-roll offense. Things improved with the arrival of Timofey Mozgov in addition to the fact that the Cavs players learned to communicate better.

On Monday, they reverted to their old habits. The Plain Dealer‘s Terry Pluto felt the lack of communication was startling:

The third quarter saw the Bulls go on a 15-0 run after Irving tied it up at 53-53. Chicago was absolutely scorching from the field and on pace to have its second-best shooting performance of the season, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Although Cleveland mounted a small comeback, it was still down 11 points, 81-70, heading into the final frame.

Slowly but surely, the Cavaliers chipped away at the Bulls’ lead in the fourth quarter. Chicago started cooling off from the field a bit, while Cleveland capitalized when Thibodeau sat Rose and Gasol for a short stretch. His insistence on keeping Joakim Noah on the floor also beggared belief. Noah was contributing little on the offensive end and offering little resistance on the defensive end.

Cleveland narrowed the difference to just two points late in the fourth, which represented a massive turnaround from where the Cavs were in the third. J.E. Skeets of The Starters felt a fourth-quarter collapse would have major deleterious effects on Chicago throughout the rest of the series:

However, every time the Bulls needed a big bucket, they found it, be it from Butler, Rose, Gasol or somebody else. The Cavaliers couldn’t string enough defensive possessions together to take the lead.

This is a big win for Chicago since the Cavs will never be easier to beat than in these first two games—barring another injury or suspension to a key player. Even taking just Game 1 is a major boost for the Bulls, who now own home-court advantage.

The Cavaliers should improve once Smith returns, but ESPN’s Bomani Jones questioned whether that’s really a good thing:

It’s too early to start labeling any game a must-win, but if the Cavs go behind 0-2 in the series, they could be in serious trouble. They’d have to win at least two games on the road and hope the supporting cast steps up to help James and Irving.

The Bulls might not shoot this well from the field again, but as long as they keep killing Cleveland on pick-and-rolls, it might not matter. For now, Chicago sits in the driver’s seat in the series. 

Cisco Names New CEO to Succeed John Chambers

Cisco named Chuck Robbins, a company veteran, as its next chief executive, succeeding John Chambers who has grown the company from $1.2 billion in annual revenue to its current run rate of $48 billion. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed.

All four Ferrari hypercars hit Fiorano at once

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As Ferrari’s veteran chief test driver, Dario Benuzzi has one of the best jobs in the world, and he recently drove the F40, F50, Enzo, and LaFerrari around Fiorano back to back.

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The Nike Air Rift Gets “Hot Lava” Treatment

words // Darren Griffin: Nike continues in their impeccable timing with multiple releases of the Air Rift. The sandal-like silhouette comes bursting with style and color thanks to the newly released Nike Air Rift “Hot Lava” edition. A hue that Nike seems to hold dear this spring, engulfs the minimal frame while the textile mesh […]

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Obama’s NYC Stops Monday Include Lehman College, Letterman

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)President Barack Obama is spending Monday in New York City, where he launched a nonprofit group, visited a retiring TV legend, and is expected to help his fellow Democrats raise some cash.

Obama participated in a roundtable discussion and delivered a speech at Lehman College in the Bronx, announcing the expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance initiative, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.

President Barack Obama speaking at Lehman College during announcement of expansion to nonprofit group My Brother's Keeper Alliance (Credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)

President Barack Obama speaking at Lehman College on May 4, 2015 (Credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)

The task force was created after the death of Trayvon Martin to address the lack of opportunity for boys and young men of color across the country.

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Obama unveiled the My Brother’s Keeper nonprofit organization, with mentoring programs involving African-American celebrities, athletes and leaders, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Obama said “Politicians talk about poverty and inequality and then gut programs” that help reduce them, Rincon reported.

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The alliance hopes to improve the lives of 275,000 men over the next three years and said it has commitments of more than $85 million, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reports.

With the nation still focused on the tension in Baltimore, the announcement is not only timely, it provides a hint as to Obama’s plans once he leaves the White House.

The president said for some, the opportunity gaps start at birth and become harder to overcome throughout life.

“And that sense of unfairness and of powerlessness of people not hearing their voices, that’s helped fuel some of the protests that we’ve seen in places like Baltimore and Ferguson and right here in New York,” Obama said.

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Obama also acknowledged the death of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, saying simply having police contain the issues in these communities is not the only solution, Smith reported.

The president also visited the Ed Sullivan Theater late Monday afternoon, where he was a guest on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.” It was Obama’s eighth and final appearance on Letterman, who is retiring May 20.

“What will you do when you’re not President?” Letterman during his interview with Obama.

“Well, I was thinking, you and me, we can play some dominoes together,” President Obama said.

“Dominoes – all right,” Letterman said.

“We can, you know, go to the local Starbucks and, you know, swap stories,” the President quipped further.

At the end of the interview, Letterman said: “I don’t know quite what to say by expression of gratitude here. It’s particularly meaningful to me because, I think, like most Americans, we feel we know you. You’ve been kind enough to be here on many occasions. Your wife has been here on many occasions, and you hosted us at your home in Washington, D.C., and all of these have been very meaningful to me and to my family, and I can only wish you all the best in life.”

“Well, Dave, let me just say this,” Obama said in response. “And I mean this sincerely, and I know I speak for Michelle, she probably had a chance to say it herself. You know, we’ve grown up with you. The country I think has, you know, after a tough day at the office or coming home from work, knowing you’ve been there to give us a little bit of joy, a little bit of laughter, it has meant so much, and you’re part of all of us…. You’ve given us a great gift, and we love you.”

As CBS2’s Jill Nicolini reported, Obama will appear on the regular 11:35 p.m. “Late Show.” At 9:30 p.m. Monday, there will also be a 90-minute special honoring Letterman — hosted by Ray Romano.

Romano would not be where he is today if it wasn’t for Letterman.

“By ’95 I got my first Letterman spot. A week later, after I did it they offered me this development deal and that became Everybody Loves Raymond,” Romano said.

The special will cover Letterman’s impressive three decades of broadcasting and salute ‘A Life on Television’ with interviews with musicians, actors, and comedians like Bill Murray.

Stars will help Letterman look back on the animals, the crazy antics and other memorable TV moments.

Regis Philbin holds the title of ‘Most Late Show Appearances’ with a total of 136. The second runner up is Jack Hanna.

Obama is also expected to attend some Democratic Party fundraisers.

He was scheduled to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport around noon and leave for Washington around 10 p.m. His travels around town are expected to create extra traffic for some motorists.

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Elton Simpson: FBI had monitored Texas gunman since 2006

Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were roommates, while Simpson had court record resulting from lengthy surveillance centred on his ambitions of violent jihad

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Nolan Narain to San Diego State: Aztecs Land 4-Star PF Prospect

The San Diego State Aztecs have become an NCAA tournament fixture under head coach Steve Fisher, and that likely won’t change anytime soon as Fisher continues to blaze quite a path on the recruiting trail. On Monday, he secured the commitment of Nolan Narain, a 4-star forward in the 2016 recruiting class.

Narain announced his decision on Twitter:   

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Narain is the No. 15 power forward and No. 68 player overall in 2016. His choice of San Diego State comes as a bit of a surprise. All five of the experts for 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions pegged Narain as a future Gonzaga Bulldog.

Instead, Narain will be a member of the Aztecs, which The Recruit Scoop’s Alex Kline sees as a massive addition for Fisher’s squad:

Corey Evans of NY2LA Sports feels that Narain also fits right in with the kind of player Fisher has utilized well at SDSU:

Narain possesses a strong mid-range jumper, and if he can move out to the three-point line and consistently hit shots from deep, he’ll be extremely tough to defend. His work inside leaves a little bit to be desired, but that should improve more and more as he gets stronger and develops physically.

Narain is the first commit in the Aztecs’ 2016 group, per 247Sports, and with him firmly in the fold now, Fisher and his staff can shift their focus to wooing more undecided stars.

As much as Fisher has done to turn the program around, San Diego State still hasn’t reached the Elite Eight during his tenure. Few would deem that a failure, but Narain’s impending arrival might help the team break through in the Big Dance and make a deep run.

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