First ever hybrid solarcoal power plant operating

first_img The project was developed by Xcel Energy in conjunction with Abengoa Solar, which developed the solar parabolic trough technology that concentrates solar energy to produce heat. The demonstration project is expected to cut the use of coal at the power plant by around two or three percent, and could be scaled up to cut it by 10 percent.The system works through a series of parabolic trough solar collectors made of glass mirrors. On sunny days the mirrors concentrate the solar radiation onto a line of receiver tubes filled with a heat transfer fluid (mineral oil). The solar energy heats the circulating oil to about 300°C (575°F). The heated oil is then fed to a heat exchanger where the heat is transferred to water to heat it to around 200°C (407°F) before it enters the boiler. Having hotter water entering the boiler means less coal is needed to heat it and produce the steam that turns the turbine to generate electricity.Vice president of Xcel Energy, and chief supply officer, Kent Larson, said in a press release that if the project meets expectations it may help “move the use of solar energy one step closer to being a potential technology for improving the environmental performance of coal-fired power plants.”CEO of Abengoa Solar, Santiage Seage, said the company believed the solar-coal combination would provide a cost-effective way of delivering solar energy. Xcel Energy’s ICT Program is aimed at developing, commercializing and deploying new technologies for electricity generation, energy storage, and so on, to support the company’s clean energy strategy. Xcel Energy is a major utility company in the US, servicing 3.3 million electricity customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers.Other companies are also developing or evaluating hybrid power generation plants to see if the combination can provide environmental benefits at a commercially viable cost. For example a group or companies have joined with the Electric Power Research Institute to study the feasibility of hybrid coal-solar plants in North Carolina and New Mexico, while in Florida NextEra Energy is developing a hybrid solar-natural gas plant. Colorado Integrated Solar Project Citation: First ever hybrid solar-coal power plant operating (2010, July 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-hybrid-solar-coal-power.html More information: Colorado Integrated Solar Project Abu Dhabi to build ‘world’s largest’ solar plantcenter_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — The first ever hybrid solar-coal power plant is now operating at Unit 2 of the Cameo Generating Station near Palisade in Colorado. The demonstration project was built by Xcel Energy as part of its new Innovative Clean Technology (ICT) Program, and is designed to decrease the use of coal, increase the plant’s efficiency, lower carbon dioxide emissions, and test the commercial viability of combining the two technologies. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers design sixstate magnetic memory

first_imgThe main advantage of having six states is that it would increase the memory density while avoiding the problems inherent in miniaturization. Currently the primary strategy for increasing memory density is to miniaturize each memory element so that more of them can fit on a chip. However, at these small scales, the memory elements are so close together that they begin to interfere with each other’s states. The new design can avoid this problem, and also offers other advantages.”Going from two to six states would triple the density under certain conditions (for example, maintaining the lateral scale of the bit),” Klein said. “In addition, other advantages are also expected. The cost of the memory would probably decrease significantly, and when such bits are incorporated in a magnetic memory array, we may witness other benefits such as increased reading speeds.”The researchers expect that it may be possible to design patterns with even more magnetic states. For example, their simulations show that a pattern of four crossing ellipses would yield a memory element with eight magnetic memory states. “We intend to further increase the number of magnetic states and explore the limits of such an extrapolation,” Klein said. “In addition, we would like to progress towards fabricating a prototype that will help us convince the magnetic memory industry to make a shift towards multi-level magnetic memory.” Realizing the six-state magnetic element does not require any significant increase in complexity, such as adding layers, but rather involves simply structuring one of the magnetic layers differently—specifically, arranging the magnetic film into a pattern of three crossing ellipses. In the middle region where all three ellipses overlap, the researchers found that there are six different stable magnetic orientations. The orientations are parallel to the long axis of each ellipse, and can run in two opposite directions. If such a pattern with six magnetic orientations can be controlled and incorporated in a magnetic memory element, then the number of memory states can be increased from two to six. The researchers showed that such control is possible by using a technique called spin-orbit torque switching, which uses spin-polarized electric current to switch between magnetic states. This demonstration shows that the spin-orbit torques can write data onto the magnetic structure, showing the potential for using the structure as a memory element. The researchers, Yevgeniy Telepinsky et al., from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and New York University in the US, have published a paper on the new magnetic structure in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.This isn’t the first time that researchers have designed memory cells with more than two states, or bits. The best-known example is multi-level flash memory cells, which can store up to four bits per cell. While multi-level flash cells have advantages such as a higher density and lower cost, they also suffer intrinsic drawbacks such as lower writing speeds and higher power consumption.The new six-state memory element presented here is different because it is magnetic, whereas flash memory is electronic. Although electronic memories are currently the most commonly used type of memory, various types of magnetic random access memory (MRAM) are being actively researched due to advantages in low power consumption, fast operation, and long lifetime.”Our proposal paves the way for enjoying the benefits of multi-level cells in MRAM, making it even more attractive for applications,” Lior Klein, a physics professor at Bar-Ilan University and one of the study’s lead authors, told Phys.org. “Furthermore, since MRAM is different in its nature from flash, there is no reason that it should suffer from the drawbacks of multi-level-cell flash memory.” By arranging magnetic film into a pattern of three crossing ellipses, researchers demonstrated six magnetic configurations are possible in the overlapping region. Credit: Telepinsky et al. ©2016 AIP Publishing More information: Yevgeniy Telepinsky et al. “Towards a six-state magnetic memory element.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4948455 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Six magnetic configurations generated by simulations. Credit: Telepinsky et al. ©2016 AIP Publishing (Phys.org)—Computers are often described with “ones and zeros,” referring to their binary nature: each memory element stores data in two states. But there is no fundamental reason why there should be just two. In a new study, researchers have designed a magnetic element that has six stable magnetic states, which paves the way toward realizing a six-state magnetic memory element. Journal information: Applied Physics Letters New technology reduces 30 percent chip area of STT-MRAM while increasing memory bit yield by 70 percent © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Researchers design six-state magnetic memory (2016, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-six-state-magnetic-memory.htmllast_img read more

Move over Samba Its time to Zumba

first_imgZumba is not an exercise routine, it’s a philosophy of life. It’s an exotic cultural experience that includes dance steps and music from all over the world. The basic elements of Zumba are fun-filled and energetic, which makes it one of the most popular dance forms in the world. Being a high energy based dance form, Zumba requires a person to put in a great amount of physical strength.It is dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto ‘Beto’ Perez back in the 1990s. Involving dance elements of many forms which includes Hip-hop, Salsa, Mambo, Cha-cha-cha, Samba, the Tango, Martial Arts, Belly Dancing and Bhangra, this energy fuelled exercise includes music with fast and slow rhythms as well as resistance training. The most interesting quality of Zumba is the fact that it engages its dancers in a sweat inducing mode of exercise while giving them the pleasure of enjoying a stress bursting dance party. A Zumba workout helps a person to burn calories as well as to lose weight. In general, a Zumba session lasts about an hour, which can burn around 300-600 calories. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the increasing demand for Zumba in Delhi, many institutes have come up to meet this need. A very important thing to be kept in mind while practicing Zumba is to choose a Zumba trainer who knows the art well and a good place to ensure that along with all the exercise, the dance provides for a truly exuberant experience and helps to infuse some positive-energy.Choreography is simple so that participants don’t get too involved in getting the step right and lose out on the fun. It is so simple that everyone have a go at it. There is a warm-up routine at the beginning as well as a cooling down process in the end. The idea is to raise the heartbeat and then cool it, and then raise it again. There are no special diets as such to be followed during Zumba.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixZumba has now evolved to constitute various sub-categories including Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumbatomic, Zumba in the circuit and Aqua Zumba which includes Zumba dance steps which are performed inside the swimming pool.Additionally, there are many Zumba fitness videos as well as Zumba games available in market. Zumba’s popularity can be elucidated by the fact that many celebrities have adopted the routine including Jennifer Lopez, Jackie Chan, Kirstie Alley, Emma Watson, Neha Dhupia, Shakira among others.Zumba keeps the motivation at an all time high with a catchy soundtrack that includes a lot of Bhangra and Bollywood Beats. The basic goal of the Zumba dance instructors is to make people want to work out. Fun and easy to do, Zumba is the type of fitness exercise people will want to do every day because it’s different, effective and enjoyable.last_img read more

Central Ayurveda Research for Drug Development to observe Dhanvantari Divas on November

first_imgKolkata: The Central Ayurveda Research for Drug Development in Salt Lake has taken up a month long programme to observe Dhanvantari Divas on November 5.The institution under the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences has been conducting various awareness programmes at its premises in Salt Lake for the past few days where knowledge is being disseminated among people from various walks of life. Public lectures are being conducted to spread awareness on how various ailments can be checked by adopting one of the traditional and oldest methods of treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDr Achintya Mitra, a research officer of the 50-day countdown programme for celebration of Ayurveda Day 2018 said awareness camps have been conducted at various places where trainings are being provided on a healthy life style. Various herbs and medicinal plants are also being distributed among people at free of cost. Trainings are also being provided on how to identify the medicinal plants. Dhanvantari Divas is also celebrated as the Ayurveda Day. It may be mentioned that according to Hindu mythology, Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods and the god Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedof Ayurveda. A marathon would also be organised in Salt Lake on November 5 to aware people about Ayurveda which is one of the oldest forms of treatment in India and how people can prevent various ailments only through a change in the lifestyle and food habit. Dr Sushovan Paul, President of Bengal chapter of the National Ayurveda Students and Youth Association said: “Ayurveda is an integral part of the country’s progress. It is not only a treatment but a philosophy of life as well. Ayurvedic treatment was introduced in Bengal in Gupta Era. Due to the apathy of the government at the Center, Ayurveda could not be promoted on a large scale. We are thankful to the present government for its new initiative.”last_img read more

From a movement to a political party

first_imgWouldn’t it be nice to know more about the journey of the Chief Minister from an IIT student to a political leader and youth icon that led to the birth of a new political party? Bloomsbury India launched the book ‘Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi Party: An Inside Look’ in the presence of the author, Pran Kurup, and the Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal at the national Capital recently. The event was also presided over by Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia who unveiled the book. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book provides a fresh and unique perspective on Arvind Kejriwal and the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) through keen observations and first-hand insights of an active AAP volunteer and close personal friend of Kejriwal from his undergraduate days at IIT Kharagpur. The book ultimately looks at the aftermath of AAP’s most recent power struggle, and the road ahead for AAP and its role in Indian politics.At the event, Arvind Kejriwal, said, “I am very happy to be at the launch of this book. Pran is a dear friend and a steadfast believer in AAP and my work over the years. I am happy to be here in the presence of my supporters and well-wishers at the launch of this book which is an excellent chronicle of AAP’s journey to bring politics back to our people. A keen observer of events with impressive analytical abilities Pran has been able to look at AAP’s journey through a lens of objectivity, providing his own perspective and suggestions for improvement at the same time. I wish him the very best.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPran Kurup, author, added, “This is a book for people across the world hungering to know more about Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and their meteoric rise in Indian politics. My book shows the true nature of Arvind and AAP, which is to have faith and inspire people into believing that they can do whatever they set their sights on, which is reflective of the young start-up culture our country is witnessing today. Startups are about faith and belief. Arvind has managed over the years to instill this belief and faith in scores of young men and women who play a critical role in both the party and in governance” Rajiv Beri, Managing Director, Bloomsbury India, said, “This book is one of the first few titles we have published in our strategic push towards bringing political and contemporary books to the market.”The launch also included a panel discussion between Pran Kurup, Raghav Chadha, Spokesperson and Treasurer of Delhi Unit of AAP; Ashutosh, journalist-turned-politician and spokesperson of AAP; and Dilip Pandey, Convenor of the Delhi Unit of AAP that gave the audience insights into the past, present and future of the Aam Aadmi Party. The discussion touched upon a variety of topics including the act of writing a book about a friend, the importance of objectivity while doing so and the turn of events in 2014. The session was moderated by Abhinandan Sekhri, Co-founder and CEO, Newslaundry.last_img read more

State CID files chargesheet against Bimal Gurung 71 others

first_imgDarjeeling: State CID on Monday filed the charge-sheet for the June 8, 2017 case in which Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and leaders had locked horns with security forces in Darjeeling while a Cabinet meeting was on in the hill town. Around 72 persons including Bimal Gurung have been named in the charge-sheet.A CID team on Monday filed the charge-sheet on Monday at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Darjeeling. “A total of 72 persons has been named in the charge-sheet including Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri, Dipen Malay, Prakash Gurung and Swaraj Thapa,” stated Pankaj Prasad, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA total of 7 persons including Binay Tamang, Mandip Sharma, Amod Mukhia, Jyoti Kumar Rai, Dewraj Dewan and John Rai has been discharged owing to lack of evidence. “However, the charge-sheet stated that investigation is still open and that the CID can file a supplementary charge-sheet later on,” added Prasad. The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including Sections 307 (attempt to murder); 120B (criminal conspiracy), along with different sections of the West Bengal Maintenance of Public Order Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) under the leadership of Gurung had locked horns with the security forces on June 8, 2017. The GJM party was on agitation in the Hills. Police reports claim more than 45 security force personnel were injured in the clash. A police booth was set on fire. Around 15 police vehicles were torched along with a state government Bus. Army was deployed in Darjeeling, Ghoom and Kurseong to control the situation. On that day, the GJM had taken out rallies and staged a sit-in demonstration a short distance away from Raj Bhawan where the Cabinet meeting was taking place. Later, the demonstration turned violent and clashes ensued. The GJM in turn had alleged that many of their supporters were also injured in the clashes. Police had lodged a suo moto FIR and a case had been started at Darjeeling Sadar Police Station on June 9. The case was handed over to the CID on June 29, 2017. On September 6, arrest warrants were issued against Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri and 5 front rung GJM leaders. The CJM Court had ordered them to appear in court and surrender in November 2017. Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung, Roshan Giri and others failed to appear on the designated date. On March 28, 2018, the CID had prayed these absconders be declared as offenders and their movable and immovable properties be attached. The court then issued an order of attachment of Gurung’s house. It was attached on August 2. Following this, properties of other leaders including Prakash Gurung were also attached as per the court order. Prior to this, in June, Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri’s names were struck off from the electoral rolls in Darjeeling.last_img read more

Mamata welcomes IAF officers return

first_imgKolkata: With India’s fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returning to his homeland on Friday night after being in Pakistan’s custody for two days, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed his return.”Welcome home #AbhinandanVarthaman Welcome home sweet home,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. Banerjee on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of seeking political mileage over the air strike carried out by the Indian Air Force in Balakot, stressing on the fact that the Centre is yet to divulge the truth about the terrorists allegedly killed in the strike. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The people of India have a right to know what exactly happened during the air strike. The Centre must allow our forces to speak the truth. They should also come clean on the number of terrorists claimed to have been killed during the air strike,” Banerjee had maintained. While speaking to the media at Nabanna on Thursday, the CM hit out at the Modi government, saying: “Ahead of the forthcoming elections, the Centre is keen on deriving political mileage from the air strike that has been conducted by our Air Force. The jawans defend our borders and we all hold them in high esteem. But politicising the whole issue only to satisfy one’s political interest is condemnable.”last_img read more

Dance prodigy makes a distinct debut

first_imgWhen children her age would only think of their upcoming board exams, Niharika Prakash – a disciple of world-renowned Odissi dancer Ranjana Gauhar – is leaving no opportunity to showcase her craft on the international stage. An eleventh-grade student of Modern School, Barakhamba Road was introduced to the art of Odissi dance at a tender age of seven, and since then Odissi has become an integral part of Niharika’s growth. With time she has learned to strike a balance between academics and her passion for dance. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I began dancing when I was seven. Back then, there wasn’t much academic pressure, but with time the work burden increased. Studies are hard, but I can confidently say that dance has helped me to perform better academically. It has taught me the importance of discipline and hard work,” says Prakash, adding, “There is no half-heartedness, there is no room for complacence for a dancer. Dance demands you give it your all, which is what I have tried to do. I wouldn’t have done any better at studies if I didn’t dance. Over the years, I have learned to prioritize, to multi task, to work hard and persist. I still spend 3 hours a day in my dance class and yet manage to get 90% and above.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis dedicated pupil knows there is no substitute for hard work. The young dancer – along with Utsav Dance Troupe – has performed at multiple prestigious events, including the Konark Dance Festival, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademy (Imphal and Delhi), Kurukshetra Mahotsav, and regaled audiences in Spain and Argentina. On being asked about the most memorable experiences in her career, Prakash narrates the time when she was selected to represent her school (Raghubir Singh Junior Modern School) in an inter-school exchange program held in Boardilla Del Monte, Madrid, Spain. (In 2012). “I was ten and barely knew how to dress myself up. I had to muster up the courage to perform my first solo in front of hundreds of little Spaniards. It was a cold morning and the entire school of Teresa Berganza in Boardilla Del Monte was out in the court to watch me perform. I was so anxious. The music played, I began to dance, bare feet on the cold concrete ground of the school field. The audience was so appreciative of the performance that the children imitated my eye gestures and hand movements for days.”Every classical dance form has its own specialty and each person views a dance form differently. Niharika was more drawn to Odissi than any other style of dancing. “Odissi appealed to me as a confluence of grace and strength. A dance form with delicate eye and neck movements, supple torso movements yet rigorous footwork,” she says. Recalling how her grandmother and mother have always taken a keen interest in Indian culture, Niharika feels a tad nostalgic. “When I turned three, I tagged along for dance recitals and cultural events and learned to appreciate Indian art. This is how it all started,” she says.last_img read more

Fish trader shot dead in Howrah

first_imgKolkata: A fish trader was shot dead by a few miscreants in Howrah on the wee hours of Friday.According to sources, the deceased fish trader identified as Tarak Bhuniya, used to sell fish at Parbati Bazar near Bose Para in Byantra. He used to buy fish from the Howrah wholesale fish market. Like other days, Bhuniya was going to the Howrah fish market to buy fish on his bicycle, on Friday at around 4 am. When he was crossing the Bankim Setu over Howrah railway station, a few miscreants surrounded him and tried to snatch away the bag containing money. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhen Bhuniya tried to resist, the miscreants fired multiple bullets at him. Two bullets penetrated his abdomen and chest and he fell on the road, bleeding profusely. Hearing his screams, some local residents ran to his rescue. Seeing them, the miscreants fled from the spot. Bhuniya was rushed to Howrah District Hospital, where he revealed his identity. However, a few minutes later, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The hospital authorities immediately informed Golabari police station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed that there is a CCTV camera installed near the murder spot. In the footage collected from it, the miscreants were seen firing at Bhuniya. Police claimed that the killers have been identified and will be behind bars soon. However, till Friday night no one has been arrested. Though police are claiming that the miscreants have been identified, the motive behind the murder is still not clear. Sleuths suspect that Bhuniya might have had some business rivalry with someone, or it could have been a case of snatching money, where the miscreants shot Bhuniya because they were resisted. Sleuths are also checking to know if he has any family problem as police came to know that he had got married twice and both of Bhuniya’s wives are alive.last_img read more

CESC to give guidelines to consumers on electrical safety

first_imgKolkata: CESC will soon give guidelines to nearly 3.5 million of its consumers on electrical safety. A CESC spokesperson said the monsoon usually is the worst time from the point of view of electrical dangers. The company has therefore drawn up a list of dos and don’ts.The users have been advised not to touch electrical switches and appliances with wet hands. Using mobile phones while charging is also a dangerous practice. During heavy rains and lightning, it is safer to switch off electrical appliances and unplug them from the wall socket. Everybody has been advised to avoid touching dangling conductors or wires. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOut of home, citizens have been advised to avoid close proximity to electrical poles, stray wires or electrical distribution boxes during rains. It is equally dangerous to touch loose/bare wires and electrical equipment out of home. Some of the electrical fires at the workplace are caused when people forget to switch off ACs or other electrical equipment when not in use. For any emergency in CESC areas, citizens have been advised to call 1912/18605001912/44031912.last_img read more

Nearly 10 kg drugs seized in Kolkata 2 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two drug dealers were arrested in Kolkata for possessing over 10 kg of narcotics valued at around Rs 50 lakh, police said on Thursday. Based on the information obtained during the interrogation of two earlier accused, who were arrested on August 3, personnel from the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police arrested the two dealers — Mohibur Rahman, Assabur Hossain — from the vicinity of Salt Lake Stadium on E.M. Bypass road on Wednesday. “About one lakh pieces of yaba tablets (amphetamine) weighing about 10.369 kg with approximate market value of Rs 50 Lakh were recovered from their possession,” a police official said. The acuused will be produced before a court in Kolkata on Thursday.last_img

The Law of the Tongue When Humans and Killer Whales Hunted Together

first_imgThere’s a Killer Whale Museum in a place called Eden on the coast of New South Wales, Australia. On display is a skeleton some twenty-three-feet long named ‘Old Tom.’ And there’s teeth missing from the right-hand side of his upper jaw as if something like a rope tore them away. They say this is evidence of a struggle between a killer whale at the top of the food chain, and two men in a row boat who thought they were invincible.The Davidson Family hunted Baleen Whales in the mid-nineteenth century off an isolated beach in New South Wales, Australia. They went out in wooden longboats and paddled with oars as they closed in on monster whales seventy-five feet long, and weighing 19 tons when adults.Skeleton of Old Tom in the Eden Killer Whale Museum. Photo by Fanny Schertzer CC BY-SA 3.0When they came close enough, they threw harpoons at them until the whales tired of swimming against the ropes and died. Their work was dangerous. Baleen Whales live as long as ninety years and are intelligent creatures with conscious thought. They could smash a wooden rowing boat with a single flick of their tail.Old Tom swims alongside a whaling boat, flanking a whale calf: The boat is being towed by a harpooned whale (not visible here).According to Scientific American, the Davidson Family became angry during the first winter when the mighty Orca, or killer whales, arrived in numbers and surrounded their quarry splashing giant tails. However, they changed their minds when the Yuin people living there explained they had been hunting Baleen Whales with the Orca for over 10,000 years.Eden, New South Wales.There’s a persistent legend that the Orcas learned to shepherd Baleen Whales into sheltered Twofold Bay and hold them there for the Davidson Family to hunt. Then a particular Killer Whale would announce the chase with a mighty splashing of his tail and by leaping out the water. They named the twenty-three-foot, six-ton monster Old Tom, Sydney Morning Herald reported.After the fishermen killed a Baleen Whale, they tied it to their boat. Then the Orcas came to claim their prize by feasting on the giant tongue and lips.Killer whale museum at Eden. Photo by Matilda CC BY 3.0The fishermen would then harvest the blubber and bones, which were what the Davidson family really wanted in the first place. Thus was born the immutable Law of the Tongue as they called it, perhaps the most amazing ocean tale ever. This arrangement continued across three generations. The Killer Whales chased the sharks away, while the humans released their marine partners caught in fishing nets.Playful Orca Breaching Near Victoria, British ColumbiaNow there was a farmer, John Logan, who lived nearby but was not part of this arrangement. He went fishing with George Davidson and they killed a small Baleen Whale, which Logan insisted was not large enough to share. They fought with Big Tom so hard the harpoon rope ripped out his teeth from the right-hand side of his upper jaw.Old Tom’s Skeleton. Photo by Dan Ox/FLickr CC By 2.0Now the Orca could not survive without a full set of teeth. When George Davidson protested, the farmer would not listen. Although his daughter heard him saying, “Oh God what have I done?” Old Tom’s lifeless body washed onto the shore a few months later. The other Orcas swam away and became victims of Norwegian whalers.OrcaThe document shares how on one particular hunt, “Davidson threw a painter (anchor rope) over the bow of his boat. It was immediately grasped by two killers. They took the rope tandem fashion with a half hitch around the shoulder and started for the quarry, overtaking the opposition. They had in their mouths 60 fathoms of two-inch coir.”Read another story from us: Amazing Story of a Seven-Year-Old who Survived Niagara FallsTruth can be stranger than fiction, and this time it is. Why else would Old Tom and George be hunting together in a photo, barely six feet apart? And why would the Killer Whale Museum have a skeleton with missing teeth if this were not true?last_img read more

The Most Beautiful Women of the Early 1900s

first_imgThe Edwardian era is the period between 1901 and 1910, named after King Edward VII of Great Britain, the most fashionable royal of the century who demanded extreme glamour. Even though it was a period where societal norms for women were quite different than they are today, with women’s fight for political equality in its infancy, it was actually a time when many prominent female artists and writers left their mark. Here are some of those successful artistic women from the Edwardian era.Florence Evelyn NesbitShe was born in 1884 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By her teenage, Evelyn Nesbit was already a charming and beautiful girl who quickly gained in popularity as a model, actress, and chorus girl, and socialized with people from the artistic and theatrical circles in New York City.Evelyn Nesbit by Otto Sarony.However, she became remembered for the so-called “Trial of the Century,” when her husband Harry Kendall Thaw killed the renowned architect Stanford White.Miss N (Portrait of Evelyn Nesbit), 1903.Thaw was an heir to a multi-million dollar mining and railroad fortune but had a history of mental instability. White was one of the first associates of Nesbit when she moved to New York, and became her benefactor.Nesbit photographed by Otto Sarony, 1902.Obsessively in love with Evelyn he drugged and raped her once when she was 14. It all came to light when Thaw killed White with the excuse “I did it because he ruined my wife.”Evelyn Nesbit. Photograph by Rudolf Eickemeyer, Jr., 1901.In a much later confession, Nesbit told the public that the night she was raped, “she entered the room as a virgin but didn’t come out as one.”Aida Overton WalkerCalled “The Queen of the Cakewalk,” Aida was an African-American vaudeville performer, choreographer, singer, and actress from Richmond, Virginia.Ada (Aida) Overton Walker.She grew up in New York City and started performing at her age of 15 as a chorus member in “Black Patti’s Troubadours.”She married the American vaudevillian, George Walker, and together they had a brilliant career.Aida Overton Walker.Aida was a very respected artist and quite well-paid. She was mostly remembered for her performance of the “Salome” at Hammerstein’s Victoria Theatre in 1912.Ethel ClaytonOriginally from Illinois, Ethel Clayton worked her way up as an actress from bit parts to star billing.Ethel Clayton.She started as a stage actress and became one of the most popular starts during the silent movie era. Between 1909 and 1947, Clayton appeared in 147 movies. In 1915 she married director Joseph Kaufman, who unfortunately died of pneumonia that same year.Ad for Maybelline eyebrow and eyelash darkener with actress Ethel Clayton, on page 116 of the January 1922 ‘Photoplay.’She later had one more marriage, to Ian Keith, that ended in divorce after five years. Clayton played her last major role in 1933, and in 1947 she retired from the cinema business.Ethel WarwickEthel Warwick was a stage and movie actress who appeared in Bachelor’s Baby, The Bigamist, Letting in the Sunshine, The Magistrate, and many other movies.Signed photograph of Ethel Warwick.Ethel Warwick.Prior to her acting career, Warwick gained her popularity posing as a nude model for the artist James McNeil. She died in 1951, aged 69.Maude FealyIn 1903, Maude Fealy showed up at the “Beauties of the World” pageant and made America fall in love with her.Actress Maude Fealy, circa 1901.Stage and silent movie actress Maude Fealy.Postcard of Maude Fealy as Juliet in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’She was the new sensation who toured the showbiz circuit in Britain before heading back to the U.S. where she started her career as an actress. She appeared in many silent movies and later survived the early “talkie” era.Miss Maude Fealy in ‘Hamlet.’Then she took some years off to fulfill her dream of organizing her own theater company in which she had the freedom to work as a playwright and also to cross-dress and take on the male roles.Marie DoroMarie Doro was born in 1882, in Pennsylvania, and started her stage career as chorus-girl on Broadway.Marie DoroIn her early age on stage, Doro was usually given lightweight feminine roles while privately, she was very intelligent, witty, and cultivated. However, she remains remembered mostly for her beauty. When she died in 1956, Doro bequeathed some $100,000 to the Actors’ Fund.Lily Elsie“Perhaps her face is nearer to that of Venus de Milo in profile than to any other famed beauty” – was a quote in a newspaper referring to the English actress and singer, Lily Elsie.Lily Elsie – postcard, postmarked Birmingham, September 1909.Lily Elsie, as Sonia in the 1907 production of ‘The Merry Widow’ – postcard, postmarked October 1907.Lily Elsie, silent movie actress.Lily Elsie in ‘The Merry Widow.’She started her career as a child actress and became one of the most photographed women of the Edwardian period. She is best known for her starring role in The Merry Widow in 1907.Gladys CooperGladys Cooper was very attractive from her childhood. At the age of six, her mother took her to be photographed in a studio in London.Gladys Cooper in fancy-dress costume.She was soon regularly in demand as a child model for photographs. During her teenage years, Gladys performed in pantomime and musical comedy, slowly moving on to dramatic roles and movies as she grew up.Read another story from us: Vintage Supermodels – “Glamorous” Dresses in the 1860sBetween 1917 and 1933, she was the manager of Playhouse Theatre in London, and later a favorite on the Broadway stage.In the 1940s she moved to Hollywood and was three times nominated for Academy Awards.last_img read more

Poulos uses bicycle stunts to illustrate life lessons

first_imgBy Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community ReporterChris PoulosNorthborough – Back by popular demand, world champion athlete and motivational speaker Chris Poulos recently paid a visit to the Northborough Summer Recreation program held at Lincoln Elementary School. His visit took place on Aug. 8, during week seven of the eight week program.“He is really cool and the kids really like him,” said Allie Lane, director of the program.Abby Soraci, camp co-director, agreed and shared that there were 125 campers, preschool through 8th grade, during week seven.Poulos has won 85 worldwide competitions, notably the 1991 Bicycle Stunt World Championships in Denmark when he was 20 years of age as well as back to back National Bicycle Stunt Championships in the U.S. in 1990 and 1991.Chris PoulosWhen his competitive career was sidelined due to a series of injuries he turned to helping others through motivational speaking, particularly speaking to young encouraging them to lead positive lives.Poulos’ said that his visit was a special treat for the kids who are 3 to 5 years of age because they don’t go on field trips. However, his presentation was enjoyed by all the campers and counselors.“I’m going to show them my stunts, I’m going to talk about my life, tell them about my sport but I’m also going to share some ways that they can lead better and safer lives,” he said.Chris Poulos“I’ll talk about how they can make and keep friends, include each other and kindness, the same things that our parents taught us when we were kids, I just share it with them,” he added.The audience was captivated as Poulos wove life lessons among his stunts in an hour long program. The premise of his life and the final message he relayed was, “Treat people better than you would want to be treated.”For more information about the Northborough Recreation Department, visit: http://www.northboroughrecreation.com.Photos/Melanie PetrucciChris Pouloslast_img read more

Butler named director of operations for Junior Railers

first_imgJunior Railers HC director of hockey operations Bobby Butler with his wife, Lisa, and their children, Beckham, 2, Vivienne, 5 weeks, and Vincent, 4, at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. Photo/submittedWorcester – Former Olympian Bobby Butler of Marlborough, a 10-year professional who played for four NHL teams, will officially become the first director of hockey operations for the Junior Railers Hockey Club.“I am very excited for this opportunity. Hockey has given me so much and I am looking forward to help grow the game in Central Mass.,” Butler said.In his new role, Butler will be responsible for the direction, administration, management, supervision and marketing of all Junior Railers programs.Last year, the Junior Railers had nearly 600 boys and girls on over 50 teams from mosquitoes (5-year-olds) through midgets (18-year-olds), competing at all levels (instructional, house, travel, select, elite).Registration for the 2019-20 season is ongoing at www.juniorrailers.com.“I was drawn to the setup of the Junior Railers,” Butler said. “I love how there are teams for all level of players. My young kids have started to learn the game and for them to be able to be a part of the same organization no matter their skill level, will allow them to develop and grow as people and players all while calling themselves a Railer!”The Junior Railers HC has grown significantly over the last five years and two seasons ago began playing at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. The Junior Railers also play at Holy Cross, the DCU Center, Horgan Rink in Auburn and Buffone Rink in Worcester, as well as other Central Mass. rinks.“We welcome Bobby to our team,” said Matt Wojnarowicz, president of the Junior Railers’ nine-member executive board, which conducted a national search to fill the position. “We look forward to working with him for years to come.”Wojnarowicz expects Butler to further the organization’s growth and continue the positive momentum.“People know Bobby as the Olympian, college star and NHL player, but we were just as impressed by him as a person,” he said. “He’s a true professional on and off the ice and we are excited for him to get to work with our players, coaches and parents.”A former Hobey Baker Award finalist at the University of New Hampshire, Butler was a member of the United States Olympic team that competed in South Korea in 2018. He also helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the World Championships in 2013.As a pro, he played for the Ottawa Senators from 2010-12, the New Jersey Devils from 2012-13, the Nashville Predators in 2013 and the Florida Panthers from 2013-15.He played the past two seasons in the AHL with the Hartford Wolfpack and Milwaukee Admirals. Prior to that, he played in the Kontinental Hockey League and Swedish Elite League.A three-time AHL All-Star and former All-Star Classic MVP, Butler was named the league’s Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month, set records for most playoff goals and points by a rookie, and helped Binghamton win the 2011 Calder Cup.At the University of New Hampshire, Butler was named a first-team All-American, Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Award finalist after totaling 29 goals and 24 assists and 53 points in just 39 games in 2010.He graduated from UNH in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and human services, health management and policy.A 2005 Marlborough High graduate, Butler led the Panthers, coached by his father, to the Division 3 state championship as a senior.Off the ice, Butler has run his own hockey camps and clinics, and most recently served as director of player development for the Boston Junior Bruins where he played from 2002-06.last_img read more

Tom Brady not happy after Michigan blowout loss to OSU Freaking Wolverines

first_imgTom Brady isn’t only a 5-time Super Bowl champ, he’s also a proud – and frustrated – Michigan Wolverine.During his weekly softball interview with WEEI, Brady was asked how he was taking his alma mater’s 62-39 thumoing at the hands of Ohio State in ‘The Game.’ Brady wasn’t pleased and sounded off about the Wolverine’s inability to get a W against the Buckeyes.“Freaking Wolverines, they can’t win a big game.”Adding to his frustrations was the fact that he has to wear New England special teams specialist – and former Buckeye – Nate Ebner’s OSU jersey after losing another bet. It sounds like Tom – like the Michigan fanbase – is gettifng pretty sick of getting worked by “Ohio.”last_img

Inspired by the iPad

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read April 15, 2010 This story appears in the May 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Apple’s January announcement of its new tablet computing device triggered a full-on sprint among application developers, giving them 66 days to adapt their successful apps from the desktop or the mobile phone to the iPad, a tablet PC, if they wanted to be on-screen for the iPad’s April launch date. For The Omni Group, it represented the opportunity of a lifetime.”It’s the first platform that really has made sense for our applications,” says founder and CEO Ken Case.The group is the Seattle software developer behind the Omni web browser for the Mac and popular productivity applications OmniFocus, OmniGraffle and OmniGraphSketcher. The firm has five productivity apps for the Mac, but only one–OmniFocus, a self-organization app that Case calls “a to-do list on steroids”–has been available for the iPhone. That’s because its other apps, such as OmniGraffle, a diagramming and website mock-up program, wouldn’t have translated well to the small iPhone screen. The roughly 9.5-inch-by-7.5-inch iPad changes all that.”It’s clear that this is the direction computing devices are going in,” Case says. “Touching a screen to push text and scroll the screen is a much more natural way.” Having business-focused apps ready by the iPad’s launch date “is our chance to get in on that future, and the extra visibility that comes with it,” he says.Adapting apps for the iPad after working on the iPhone and Mac was made simpler by the fact that some of the operating system underpinnings are the same as the Mac’s, and some of the programming layer elements and APIs are the same as the iPhone’s. But one fact made the job harder: “With the iPhone, we had our hands on one for a year, but we didn’t have an iPad in our hands, and Apple couldn’t guarantee us we’d test one before launch day,” Case says.He had one-half to two-thirds of his staff working on adapting OmniFocus and OmniGraffle for the iPad. But he says the overtime was worth it. “We want to put all five of our apps on this platform, but inspired by the iPad, we now have ideas for at least five more.”  Register Now »last_img read more

Have a Tattoo Apple Watch Might Not Be for You

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now April 30, 2015 Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc’s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos.Owners of Apple Watch – including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for A$1,029 ($822) – have found that their inked skin confuses the sensors on the underside of the device.Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple’s renowned design house.One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device’s locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin.”My hand isn’t tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I put it back on the area that is tattooed with black ink, the watch would automatically lock again,” the user wrote.This Reuters reporter, who has a black tattoo on his left arm, also found that the watch locks on tattooed skin and does not deliver the soft pings that alert a user to incoming messages. The heart rate readings were also significantly different on the tattooed and untattooed wrists.An Apple support article says the watch uses green LED lights paired with light-sensitive photodiodes to detect the amount of blood flowing through the wrist and calculate the frequency of heart beats.A website support page from the company says tattoos can interfere with readings from the heart rate monitor, but does not mention interference with other functions.”Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings,” it said.A spokesman for Apple in Sydney declined to comment on Thursday, but three Apple employees at its flagship Sydney store, including a senior advisor from its tech support line, said they were unaware of any issue.”To be honest, you’re my first caller about the Apple Watch at all,” the senior advisor told Reuters.The tattoo issue follows a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that some taptic engines, which produce the sensation of being tapped on the wrist, started to break down over time, a flaw that was slowing the rollout of the item.The report said the problem had been detected in some of the parts supplied by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc (2018.HK), based in Shenzhen, China. Shares in AAC Technologies dropped 8 percent on Thursday morning after the report. The company did not respond to requests for comment.A Taipei-based technology analyst, who is in regular contact with AAC, said he was not aware of the tattoo problem, but did not expect it would have a significant impact on production.”We have been hearing suppliers encountering some bottleneck issues for Apple Watch’s production such as problems with its displays, haptics or assembly,” he told Reuters, adding that those issues were quite common for new products.($1 = 1.2517 Australian dollars)(Additional reporting by Yimou Lee in Teipei; Editing by Will Waterman) 3 min readlast_img read more

The Problem With Polls Isnt the Lies Respondents May Tell

first_imgJune 14, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On June 23, the people of Britain will decide whether the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union. It’s a question that hasn’t been up for debate since 1975, when voters considerd a similar issue.Related: Why Market Research MattersHow will they decide this time? If you were to consult online polling data, you’d think the referendum was a dead heat. Back in late May, prominent U.K. pollster ICM showed that voters were evenly divided, with the percentages of those wanting “out” and those wanting “in” practically tied, at 45 percent.YouGov also shows the yeas and nays practically tied — and playing tug-of-war over just 1 percentage point.But phone polls and statement by pundits reveal a far different forecast. Judging by those sources, the likelihood of Britain’s leaving the Union is mighty slim, with “remain” commanding a double-digit lead in multiple phone polls from the past month.That discrepancy might lead some people to toss out polling data altogether. If that U.K. data can’t provide a true picture of public sentiment, why even bother gathering it? But the actual situation is quite different: Because, when it comes to polling, the important thing isn’t the data itself but how you capture and interpret it.Surveys: startup marvel or mirage?Consider the startup space, for example. Startups crash for all sorts of reasons, but an alarming percentage of startup failures can be tied to founders who didn’t do their research. Smart startups, on the other hand, conduct research that informs product development, prevents product-market fit problems and measures brand sentiments.Such market research, by surveys, isn’t common among geopolitical organizations. But, what startups have in common with those geopolitical organizations is their need to pay close attention to how their surveys are gathered and interpreted.The problem? Raw data is always up for interpretation, so entrepreneurs conducting surveys must think critically about the methods, questions and biases behind their results.Related: 5 Ways Customer Data Can Up Your Customer-Experience GameTo truly take the temperature of your particular entrepreneurial market niche, be sure to put controls in place that promote accurate collection and assessment of data. Here are some recommended strategies:1. Shut out biases at every turn.Like dye tossed into a washing machine, biases can quickly taint every data point a survey turns up. One of the greatest sources of bias can come from a study’s moderator: Everything from this person’s facial expression, to tone, to manner of dress, can adversely color results.To guard against this problem, conduct surveys anonymously, asking only for information central to the survey. Use mobile or in-app surveys to capture data conveniently. Customers are clamoring to interact with brands online, which is why it’s so surprising that just 17 percent of researchers leverage mobile surveys.2. Make ‘opt-in’ the standard.Customers want to respond to surveys on their terms, so let them opt-in on their own schedules. That’s where an in-app survey comes in handy: It doesn’t force itself upon users, so it prevents skewed results from people who just click through absentmindedly.Try rewarding respondents with fewer ads, which most people would rather avoid entirely. A recent study found that 83 percent of people surveyed said they preferred surveys to comparatively intrusive mobile ads.3. Screen users at the start.When structured properly, a screening question can significantly boost a survey sample’s relevance. Filter respondents by their answers to questions about attitudes, behaviors, opinions or prior experiences.For example, if you manufacture watches and want to know about consumers’ favorite time pieces, you might ask, “When’s the last time you wore a watch?” Use the results to screen out bare-wristed users irrelevant to your study.4. Keep it brief.Let’s face it: Nobody’s going to spend half an hour answering questions out of the goodness of his or her heart. So, considering that 52 percent of people won’t spend even three minutes on a survey, limit your questions to 10 or fewer.Start by determining the survey’s objective: What do you want to glean from the findings? Then, work through the questions and answers, sticking to 140 characters or fewer for each. Eighty percent of people abandon surveys halfway through, so prioritize your questions to focus on what you really need to know; and chop it off after 10.Yes, ten is tough, but it’s do-able, with a focused survey. After Uber changed its logo, we wanted to determine whether that was a wise branding move. It took just five questions and 2,000 respondents to arrive at an answer: 44 percent of respondents didn’t know what the logo represented.Related: 5 Steps to Creating Effective Customer SurveysIn the end, polls and surveys can’t tell the future, but they can tell you what consumers are thinking. So, take survey data for what it’s worth, but never take it at face value. As with most things in life, it’s always up to interpretation. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more