CHRIS KELLY Holmdel’s Brian Walsh makes like a fullback as he charges his way through the Monmouth Regional defense and the efforts of Brian Olsen to get to a loose ball during Thursday’s game in Tinton Falls. The hosting Golden Falcons won 3-1 to improve to 5-6 and keep their state playoff hopes alive.
By Nemanja BjedovMarcos Baghdatis has been drawn to take on Japanese qualifier Go Soeda – who dropped just one set in three qualifying matches to earn his place in the main draw – in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday evening.The 28-year-old Cypriot defeated world number 132 Soeda in their only previous meeting at last year’s London 2012 Olympics on grass.If Baghdatis overcomes the Japanese, he would then set up a second-round contest with either the 17th seed South African Kevin Anderson or Daniel Brands of Germany.Should the Limassol native reach the third round, he would set up a likely contest with ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, with the winner seeded to meet fifth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round.This will be the eighth appearance for the 28-year-old Cypriot at Flushing Meadows, and he is bidding to get past the second round for the first time.Baghdatis holds a 11-16 record this season after suffering 11 first-round exits from the last 12 tournaments.Earlier this month, he reached the quarterfinals in Washignton, but after the Cincinnati elimination that followed, he decided to skip the Winston-Salem event, the ultimate US Open series test, citing personal reasons.
Michael Dawson says Hull have hit form at the right time and believes another nine points should be enough to secure Premier League survival.The Tigers started the year bottom of the table, having collected just 13 points from their opening 20 games, but have been rejuvenated since Marco Silva replaced Mike Phelan as manager.The 4-2 victory over Middlesbrough on Wednesday night was the club’s fifth in 11 games under Silva and has moved them out of the relegation zone for the first time since October.Hull now sit on 30 points having played 31 matches and captain Dawson is confident they can go on to retain their top-flight status.“It is about hitting form at the right time and with seven games to go that is something we have done,” he said, speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“When the gaffer came in, we were bottom of the league and the majority of people had written us off.“Maybe 39 it could be to keep us up this year. With our run, certainly people will be looking over their shoulders now all the way up.“The teams all around us are going to be playing each other, so I’m thinking maybe 38 or 39 points is what we need.”All five of Hull’s wins under Silva have come at the KCOM Stadium, and Dawson has praised the impact the Portuguese coach has had on the club.“To stay in the Premier League home form is so vital and since he has come in it has been magnificent,” the defender said.“Confidence keeps building but there is an awful lot of work still to be done. Hopefully at the end of May we are still a Premier League team. That is our goal, it hasn’t changed from the start of the season, and we keep going.”
MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ targets Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Liverpool have also been mooted as a possible destination for Mbappe, although Jurgen Klopp has made his thoughts clear already on the prospect of that transfer happening.Speaking earlier this month, he said: “We have nothing to say about it to be honest, but [buying] this calibre of player is difficult!“I don’t think there is a club in the world that can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG, that is how it is. And we are involved in that too.“We cannot do it, it is as easy as that. OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him, what a player he is.“But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance, sorry for killing that story!” latest appointed Any move for the world renowned superstar would smash the current world record transfer fee, which was also paid by PSG to sign Neymar from Barcelona for £198m.It is no surprise European giants such as Real are circling with Mbappe notching 69 goals and registering 36 assists in just 98 appearances for the French giants.According to Spanish publication Marca, PSG are already looking possible Mbappe replacements.Marca claim PSG officials have identified Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann as the ideal player to fill the void should Mbappe depart.Diario Sport have also reported that PSG are interested in signing Vinicius Junior, who has struggled for game time under Real boss Zinedine Zidane this season. rookie error on target Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship statement Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta AFP or licensors 1 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update Kylian Mbappe has started the season excellently, scoring nine goals in 11 games Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Real Madrid are reportedly eyeing a world record move to bring sought-after Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe to the Bernabeu.French newspaper Le Parisien claim the LaLiga giants are weighing up a staggering £343million (€400m) offer to prise the 20-year-old away from the Parc des Princes.
Stratford, Spencer/Columbus host opening-round games; Auburndale hits the roadBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterThe brackets have been released for the upcoming 2016 WIAA football playoffs, which will begin with Level 1 contests in seven divisions on Friday, Oct. 21.There will be four rounds of playoffs leading to the WIAA State Football Championships at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on 17-18.Locally, Stratford (8-1) and Spencer/Columbus Catholic (7-2) are on the same side of the Division 5 bracket.Third-seed Stratford will host Colby (4-5), and Spencer/Columbus is the No. 4 seed in the bottom half of the bracket and will be at home in Spencer against Bonduel. Both games will be played Friday at 7 p.m.Should Spencer/Columbus win, it could set up a rematch of last year’s Division 5 state championship game against No. 1 seed Amherst in Level 2.In Division 6, Auburndale (4-5) will travel to Marawood Conference rival Marathon (8-1) for a Level 1 contest Friday at 7 p.m. Marathon beat Auburndale 45-7 on Oct. 7.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2016 WIAA State Football Playoffs — Level 1*All games will be Friday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., unless otherwise notedDivision 1Group ANo. 8 Appleton North at No. 1 Bay PortNo. 5 D.C. Everest at No. 4 Wisconsin RapidsNo. 6 Chippewa Falls at No. 3 HudsonNo. 7 Green Bay Preble at No. 1 Stevens PointGroup BNo. 8 Milwaukee Vincent/Destiny at No. 1 KimberlyNo. 5 Neenah at No. 4 Appleton WestNo. 6 Milwaukee Morse-Marshall/Carmen/Juneau/Languages at No. 3 Milwaukee KingNo. 7 Milwaukee Washington/Sciences/Collegiate at No. 2 Fond du LacGroup CNo. 8 Madison La Follette at No. 1 Sun PrairieNo. 5 Middleton at No. 4 OconomowocNo. 6 Hartland Arrowhead at No. 3 VeronaNo. 7 Madison West at No. 2 Lake Geneva BadgerGroup DNo. 8 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon at No. 1 FranklinNo. 5 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther at No. 4 Oak CreekNo. 6 Kenosha Indian Trail at No. 3 Racine HorlickNo. 7 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir at No. 2 Milwaukee MarquetteDivision 2Group ANo. 8 Wausau West at No. 1 MenomonieNo. 5 Ashwaubenon at No. 4 Green Bay SouthwestNo. 6 Pulaski at No. 3 HortonvilleNo. 7 Holmen at No. 2 SuperiorGroup BNo. 8 Wauwatosa West at No. 1 Brookfield CentralNo. 5 Oshkosh North at No. 4 HartfordNo. 6 Cedarburg at No. 3 Brookfield EaastNo. 7 Menomonee Falls at No. 2 MenashaGroup CNo. 8 DeForest at No. 1 WaunakeeNo. 5 Monona Grove at No. 4 WaterfordNo. 6 Stoughton at No. 3 Waukesha WestNo. 7 Watertown at No. 2 WilmotGroup DNo. 8 Milwaukee Bradley at No. 1 Mequon HomesteadNo. 5 Shorewood/Milwaukee Messmer at No. 4 GermantownNo. 6 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning at No. 3 GreenfieldNo. 7 South Milwaukee at No. 2 Whitefish BayDivision 3Group ANo. 8 Merrill at No. 1 Rice LakeNo. 5 La Crosse Logan at No. 4 Hayward/Lac Courte OreillesNo. 6 Medford at No. 3 New RichmondNo. 7 Sparta at No. 2 OnalaskaGroup BNo. 8 Shawano at No. 1 Green Bay Notre DameNo. 5 Fox Valley Lutheran at No. 4 AntigoNo. 6 Waupaca at No. 3 West De PereNo. 7 Seymour at No. 2 Luxemburg-CascoGroup CNo. 8 Reedsburg at No. 1 MonroeNo. 5 Evansville/Albany at No. 4 Fort AtkinsonNo. 6 Jefferson at No. 3 PewaukeeNo. 7 Delavan-Darien at No. 2 Mount Horeb/BarneveldGroup DNo. 8 New Berlin West at No. 1 Waukesha Catholic MemorialNo. 5 Wisconsin Lutheran at No. 4 New Berlin EisenhowerNo. 6 Greendale at No. 3 PlymouthNo. 7 Port Washington at No. 2 KewaskumDivision 4Group ANo. 8 Altoona at No. 1 OsceolaNo. 5 Northwestern at No. 4 St. Croix CentralNo. 6 Nekoosa at No. 3 West SalemNo. 7 Amery at No. 2 Gale-Ettrick-TrempealeauGroup BNo. 8 Peshtigo at No. 1 Little ChuteNo. 5 Wrightstown at No. 4 Adams-FriendshipNo. 6 Appleton Xavier at No. 3 FreedomNo. 7 Omro at No. 2 BerlinGroup CNo. 8 Big Foot at No. 1 River ValleyNo. 5 Brodhead/Juda at No. 4 LodiNo. 6 Mauston at No. 3 Lake MillsNo. 7 East Troy at No. 2 PlattevilleGroup DNo. 8 Kohler/Sheboygan Lutheran/Sheboygan Christian at No. 1 Sheboygan FallsNo. 5 St. Francis at No. 4 KielNo. 6 Glendale Martin Luther at No. 3 University School of MilwaukeeNo. 7 Ripon at No. 2 Two RiversDivision 5Group ANo. 8 Cameron at No. 1 Stanley-BoydNo. 5 Bloomer at No. 4 Elk MoundNo. 6 Colby at No. 3 StratfordNo. 7 St. Croix Falls at No. 2 DurandGroup BNo. 8 Oconto at No. 1 AmherstNo. 5 Bonduel at No. 4 Spencer/Columbus Catholic (at Spencer)No. 6 Valders at No. 3 Winnebago LutheranNo. 7 Kewaunee at No. 2 Southern DoorGroup CNo. 8 Marshall at No. 1 ClintonNo. 5 New Glarus/Monticello at No. 4 ArcadiaNo. 6 Horicon/Hustisford at No. 3 LaconiaNo. 7 Westby at No. 2 LancasterGroup DNo. 8 Whitefish Bay Dominican at No. 1 ColumbusNo. 5 Kenosha St. Joseph at No. 4 Random LakeNo. 6 Brookfield Academy at No. 3 Racine St. Catherine’sNo. 7 Oostburg at No. 2 Cedar Grove-BelgiumDivision 6Group ANo. 8 Cochrane-Fountain City at No. 1 GrantsburgNo. 5 Glenwood City at No. 4 Spring ValleyNo. 6 Melrose-Mindoro at No. 3 Chetek-WeyerhaeuserNo. 7 Unity at No. 2 Eau Claire RegisGroup BNo. 8 Crandon at No. 1 ColemanNo. 5 Niagara/Goodman/Pembine at No. 4 Rib Lake/PrenticeNo. 6 Auburndale at No. 3 MarathonNo. 7 Wabeno/Laona at No. 2 AbbotsfordGroup CNo. 8 Brookwood at No. 1 DarlingtonNo. 5 Mineral Point at No. 4 FennimoreNo. 6 Cuba City at No. 3 MarkesanNo. 7 Waterloo at No. 2 Pecatonica/Argyle (at Argyle)Group DNo. 8 Manawa vs. No. 1 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs at North Fond du LacNo. 5 Dodgeland at No. 4 Lake Country LutheranNo. 6 Racine Lutheran at No. 3 Iola-ScandinaviaNo. 7 Shiocton at No. 2 OzaukeeDivision 7Group ANo. 8 Chippewa Falls McDonell at No. 1 BangorNo. 5 Elmwood/Plum City vs. No. 4 De Soto at UW-La Crosse or La Crosse LoganNo. 6 Eleva-Strum at No. 3 Turtle LakeNo. 7 Clear Lake at No. 2 Pepin/AlmaGroup BNo. 8 Suring at No. 1 Wild RoseNo. 5 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption at No. 4 EdgarNo. 6 Owen-Withee at No. 3 HurleyNo. 7 Almond-Bancroft at No. 2 LoyalGroup CNo. 8 North Crawford at No. 1 IthacaNo. 5 Iowa-Grant at No. 4 HighlandNo. 6 Wauzeka-Steuben/Seneca at No. 3 Black HawkNo. 7 Potosi at No. 2 ShullsburgGroup DNo. 8 Tri-County at No. 1 Hilbert/StockbridgeNo. 5 New Lisbon at No. 4 RoyallNo. 6 Fall River at No. 3 Oshkosh LourdesNo. 7 Johnson Creek at No. 2 Cambria-Friesland
FNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)The legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup. Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco. “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market joe brockmeier 1 You can’t work in the tech industry without suffering buzzwords and marketing speak. But for anyone with an interest in big data, the term “datasexual” goes well past buzzword territory to wandering in the weeds of silliness.The attempt to coin the term comes from Dominic Basulto, who wrote a piece on personal data called “Meet the Urban Datasexual.” The title has two glaring problems. First, Basulto doesn’t distinguish between urban, suburban or rural. There’s no reason someone with an interest in the quantified self – the concept of self-knowledge through self-tracking – couldn’t be a suburbanite or a farmer.Not an Honest DescriptionThat’s a minor quibble, though. The big gripe is the attempt to coin the term “datasexual.” A portmanteau can be useful, but not when it’s dishonest. “Quantified self” might not roll off the tongue, but it’s plenty descriptive of people who are interested in tracking their lives. You could call it “egodata” to make it a bit snappier, as that’s more descriptive and a play on “geo data.” But quantified self, or QS, does the job nicely.There’s nothing necessarily sexual about QS. Yes, Basulto is attempting to piggyback on the term “metrosexual,” but the quantified self is almost entirely unrelated.Unfortunate terms aside, Basulto does have a point buried in the post, which is this: “Just as elements of the metrosexual movement eventually found their way into the fashion mainstream, the whole datasexual craze is starting to tip into the mainstream. All of us – not just the datasexuals of today – will soon be equipped with a breathtaking array of digital devices and sensors from ‘cool’ companies like Apple and Nike.”Personal Data Is Going MainstreamThe quantified-self movement is likely to continue its ongoing move into the mainstream. Basulto is wrong that there’s an “obsession” for recording “everything about their personal lives.” The Placeme app he refers to is a bit more extreme than most folks are likely to want. But apps like Runkeeper are already finding adoption outside hardcore data nerds and quantified-self enthusiasts. And our phones are already equipped with a “breathtaking array” of sensors, and if that’s not enough there’s plenty more to be had. The Fitbit, for instance, comes to mind.It’s also worth noting that many of the folks adopting apps like Runkeeper probably aren’t thinking in terms of data (and certainly not sexual). Data geeks are helping to enable apps that push data consumption into the mainstream, but the mainstream isn’t getting into data per se – no more than mainstream acceptance of the Internet meant immersing themselves in HTTP.But use and consumption of personal data is going mainstream, and it’s a major opportunity for companies that know how to collect, analyze, interpret and present useful data in a meaningful way. It’s also going to be a challenge for mainstream users who, so far, haven’t spent much time thinking about data and privacy. But that’s a different topic for a different day.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Big Data#cloud#privacy
Snap offers free credits to brands running vertical video ads on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, elsewhereBy admin on December 15, 2019
Snap offers free credits to brands running vertical video ads on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, elsewhereYou are here: In Snap’s latest earnings report released earlier this week, Snapchat’s parent company showed signs that it’s been able to withstand the war that Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram have waged on its flagship and corresponding ad business. And now it’s going after their advertisers.Snap has rolled out a program offering free credits to brands that have recently bought vertical video ads from Instagram, Facebook and any other digital ad seller, including Pinterest, ad networks and even digital billboards, a company spokesperson said on Friday, confirming Recode’s earlier report.Advertisers can apply for the free credits through a form on Snapchat’s site. To be eligible, an advertiser must not have run ads on Snapchat previously and must provide proof that it ran a vertical video ad campaign elsewhere within the past three months.If approved, the advertiser will receive credits to use on Snapchat’s vertical video Snap Ads that will be valued in the range of several hundred dollars, according to the Snap spokesperson who declined to provide exact amounts.There are no minimum spending requirements or other conditions attached to how advertisers spend their ad credits, other than the fact that they can only be used to purchase Snap Ads, the spokesperson said.On the one hand Snap is making an offensive maneuver. By offering an effectively free trial to its rivals’ advertisers, it is looking to persuade those brands that their money may be better spent on its inventory. That argument could be buoyed by Facebook’s ever-increasing ad prices, though Snap would need to prove that it can provide advertisers’ a similar, if not better, return on their investments than Facebook. To that end, Snap has done a lot of work in the past year to be able to tie its ads to actual business results, including tracing its ads to store visits, comparing its ads’ impact on sales against ads on other platforms and rolling out a conversion tracking tool.On the other hand, Snap is also playing defense. Its flagship app was the first to popularize vertical as the mobile-native video format. But the format has since been adopted by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and even publishers’ sites and apps. That relative prevalence has diluted some of Snap’s unique sales proposition and, more importantly, made it so that advertisers investing in vertical video in order to appeal to mobile viewers are not limited to running it on Snapchat and can place it elsewhere where they may receive more eyeballs. Just as Instagram Stories has made it so that people interested in the Stories format don’t need to open Snapchat to use it, the same is true for brands interested in buying vertical video ads. But if a brand has already bought a vertical video ad elsewhere, has been hesitant to try its hand at Snapchat but now can at zero cost, what’s the risk?For Snap the risk would be giving away its inventory for free instead of finding a buyer for it. But Snapchat remains such a shiny new toy for many advertisers, that it’s likely the app has more unfilled inventory than it knows what to do with, so it’s placing a short-term bet in hopes of a long-term boost to its business.From our sponsors: Snap offers free credits to brands running vertical video ads on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, elsewhere HomeDigital MarketingSnap offers free credits to brands running vertical video ads on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, elsewhere Posted on 10th February 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019
If you fall on the ski slopes or slip on a patch of ice, you’ll probably be better off if you break your leg than if you rip the cartilage in your knee. Unlike bones, your cartilage is never going to regrow or heal, according to a new study based in part on fallout from past nuclear explosions.“The surgeons who do joint replacements should not be afraid,” says study co-author and rheumatologist Michael Kjær of the University of Copenhagen. “They are going to be in business for some time.”As plenty of athletes and weekend warriors can attest, damaged knee cartilage is reluctant to mend. 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The amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere surged in the 1950s because of above-ground nuclear weapons testing, but it declined rapidly after a 1963 treaty banned these explosions. Measuring the abundance of the isotope can reveal how old a molecule is. If the molecule is continually being replaced, it should appear young—the quantity of carbon-14 should be close to current levels in the atmosphere. But if the molecule remains stable for a long time and isn’t swapped out, its carbon-14 content should match the atmospheric levels from when it was made.Kjær’s team measured carbon-14 levels in knee cartilage from one donated body and from 22 patients born before the year 2000 who had undergone knee replacement surgery. Some of these people were getting new knees because they suffered from osteoarthritis. Others had healthy joints but needed replacements because of bone tumors. The researchers analyzed cartilage from the middle of the knee joint, which endures the most strain, and from the edge of the joint, which carries a lighter load.Carbon-14 levels in the subjects’ knee collagen—the protein that provides cartilage’s tensile strength—corresponded to atmospheric levels from when they were 8 to 13 years old, suggesting that they didn’t produce new collagen after they became adults, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. One of the patients, for example, was born in 1935 and had little carbon-14. Collagen from patients born in the 1950s, by contrast, showed the largest amounts of the isotope, reflecting the rapid rise in atmospheric carbon-14 after nuclear tests began.In some previous studies, scientists saw an increase in collagen synthesis in patients with osteoarthritis, which could represent the joint’s attempt to repair itself. But Kjær’s team didn’t detect this effect. An explanation for this difference, the scientists suggest, is that previous studies used indirect measures of collagen turnover in the joints. Even in the areas of the joint that are under the most stress, adults didn’t make new collagen, the team found.Although researchers have tried several approaches to induce regrowth of knee cartilage, such as inserting stem cells or slivers of healthy cartilage into the joint, they haven’t worked. Developing methods to prevent cartilage from deteriorating might be more successful, Kjær says.The study highlights the importance of protecting our cartilage, agrees cartilage biologist Richard Loeser of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, who wasn’t connected to the research.“You need to take care of your joints while you are young,” he says. “Once you have damage to the cartilage, it’s not going to repair itself.”