First NBA team to win after 3-1 deficit in finals

Congratulations to the Cleveland Cavaliers for becoming the first NBA team to win the championship after being down 3-1 in the finals.  LeBron James was chosen MVP.  Certainly the performance of the best known players on both teams were part of the equation to determine winner and loser, but what about injuries?

In the NBA, like many professional sports, injuries occur.  Who is injured may be as or more important than how many injuries.  For example, an injury to a baseball team’s best pitcher or a football team’s starting quarterback may be more devastating than a few injuries to other players.  But in the NBA, especially in a game 7, you only have 5 players on the court at one time for a team.  If you don’t have your key defensive player or players out there, it can make a huge difference.

We’ll never know if injuries were the reason that the Warriors lost to the Cavaliers last night in game 7, but not having Andrew Bogut was certainly a big loss.  Additionally, Andre Iguodala was not healthy.

Perhaps the Warriors will learn something about injuries from their loss.  Sports analytics in professional sports has become big business.  Companies like Catapult and P3 are attempting to keep or make teams healthy using devices and data, and many professional sports teams are listening.  According to Catapult’s website, it does not appear that either the Cavs or Warriors used their services in 2016.

Take a look at this article about injuries during the NBA playoffs from 2015.  With Love and Irving injured, it made it very difficult for the Cavaliers to win the championship.  This year was different.  Love was out a few games, but in game 7 he played well enough to get 14 rebounds.  And Irving was fantastic, hitting the key shot in the final minute of the game.

Think the Warriors should have won?  Take a look at this game 7 prediction written December 2015 to see how important Andrew Bogut was to the analysis.  Or see Mark Purdy’s thoughts in the Mercury News before game 7.  He said “…Amidst all the hubbub over Green’s suspension and Steph Curry’s thrown mouth guard, people seemed to forget that the Most Valuable Player [Andre Iguodala] of last year’s Finals was hobbling up and down the floor…”

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Electronic smog is a hairy issue

Electromagnetic radiation has been known about for a long time — since the 1800’s — so it’s OLDWorthy.  But Electronic Smog, which Wikipedia redirects to the term Electromagnetic Radiation, is a more recent term.

EncartaDictionaries defines Electronic Smog as “nonionizing radiation produced in the atmosphere by sources such as radar and radio and television broadcasting, considered by some people to pose a general health risk.”  Often this refers to the effects of modern day electronics, such as mobile phones, on humans.  But what about the countless insects, many of which are beneficial to mankind?

The Scientist magazine discusses the “Bumblebees’ Electric Sense”.  Researchers have determined that the tiny hairs on bumblebees are capable of detecting floral electric fields.  If so, then how is electronic smog affecting bumblebees and other hairy insects?

2016 New Hotel listings

With summer approaching and families preparing to travel, here at NEWWorthy we figured it was time to update our list of New Hotel and Grand Opening websites.  Please note that this list is considered incomplete, as there are many other hoteliers and hotel listing sites not shown here.

Note that some motels and hotels may also list renovated properties as new.  One possibly method for detecting a renovated versus a new property is to search out reviews on the property and see how far back in time they go.

Accor Hotels

Belmond Hotels – Select “Our Collection” to see (Opening …) properties

Best Western

Choice Hotels – I couldn’t find a complete list of new hotels, but their development pages talk about some of them.

Fairmont Hotels

Five Star Alliance lists some new hotels

Four Seasons hotels

How about some Hilton Hotels that are coming soon internationally, or new Doubletree, Hampton Inns, or Hilton Garden Inns, or new Embassy Suites?

Hotel Industry News lists recent openings of hotels around the world.

Hyatt

IHG (such as Holiday Inn)

Kempinski Hotels

Kimpton Hotels – See “Coming Soon” on that page

La Quinta

Marriott

NewSleeps provides a search for many new hotel properties

Oberoi Hotels – See list of “Upcoming Hotels” on that page

Radisson

Radisson Blu

Raffles

The Ritz-Carlton

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Starwood

Taj Hotels – See “Happenings” at bottom of that page

Travel and Leisure provides their top picks for new hotels in 2016.

Westin

Wyndham

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Write on

Most people have heard of a write-off, what taxpayers sometimes use to get a reduction in taxes.  But have you heard of a write-on?

LIX is a new kind of 3D printing pen that — according to its makers — lets you create structures as you write.  For now it seems to be mostly marketed to creative types.  It’s also the smallest circular 3D printing pen in the world.

LIX PEN Smart 3D PEN from LIX 3D PEN on Vimeo.