UK: National Oceanography Centre Expands Its AUV Fleet

first_imgzoom Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. has recently supplied five new Seaglider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK. The AUVs were ordered by NOC’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems facility (MARS), and will become part of a fleet of underwater gliders that are made available to research institutes around the United Kingdom. With this delivery, MARS will now have 10 Seagliders in its pool of AUVs.MARS supplies and supports gliders for scientists at the NOC, as well as institutes and Universities around the UK, to carry out their research programmes. 2013 has seen significant investment by the UK government in this technology, furnishing the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with a fleet of over 30 gliders. These gliders are being used to support and enhance oceanographic research by UK scientists around the world, and the new KONGSBERG Seagliders will see service from home waters to the Antarctic.The new systems will immediately be put to use by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), which also owns two of its own Seaglider AUVs. All of the vehicles will be used in three ongoing, long term research programs: FASTNEt, the Extended Ellet Line and OSNAP.FASTNEt is a four year program to study the ocean/shelf exchange using novel observations and model techniques to resolve the key seasonal, interannual and regional variation absent from existing knowledge.Stretching across the Atlantic Ocean between Scotland and Iceland, the Extended Ellett Line is a major gateway for water exchange between the Nordic seas and the Atlantic. Regular in-situ monitoring is essential to develop the understanding of circulation in this area, which has a significant impact in the moderation of Western Europe’s climate.OSNAP is an international program started in 2013 and is designed to provide a continuous record of the full-water column, trans-basin fluxes of heat, mass and freshwater in the subpolar North Atlantic. It will generate new knowledge and understanding of the gyre’s wider impacts on climate and will help improve long term climate predictions and weather forecasting. “Due to their ability to operate in adverse weather, gliders are an essential component of our strategy for wintertime observations, which, in the past, have been very difficult to achieve. Clearer insight into wintertime conditions will shed new light on our understanding of upper ocean variability,” remarked Dr. Stefan Gary, a research associate at SAMS.In all three programs, Seagliders will be a vital tool in the collection of physical oceanographic data over extended durations and geographic areas.April 29, 2014last_img read more

Seventh North Atlantic right whale found dead in Gulf of St Lawrence

first_imgHALIFAX – More research is needed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to determine if it has become an emerging habitat for endangered North Atlantic right whales, experts said Friday after the badly decomposed remains of a seventh whale were found floating in roughly the same area as six others.The overturned male was seen bobbing on the surface of the water north of the Magdalen Islands late Wednesday, but it was not yet clear what may have caused this latest death.It follows the deaths of two female and four male North Atlantic right whales found last month.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said scientists need to intensify efforts to find out if the lumbering giants are making the Gulf one of their primary feeding grounds in a shift away from their traditional habitats in the Bay of Fundy and Roseway Basin.“All of that together is saying there needs to be a very strong focus on the Gulf to really look at what’s going on and potentially try to figure out where they are and then what can be done to protect them,” she said.“It’s a really important animal to look at in the realm of this larger picture of incidents that have been happening in that southern Gulf of St. Lawrence area.”Wimmer is hoping Fisheries officials will arrange to do necropsies, or animal autopsies, on the latest dead whale as well as a right whale named Panama that has washed ashore on the Magdalen Islands to determine what killed them.Fisheries spokeswoman Krista Petersen said she didn’t know if a decision had been made about the examinations.Three of the other six North Atlantic right whales were necropsied after being hauled on shore in P.E.I. late last month. Scientists say inspections suggest two suffered blunt trauma injuries consistent with ship strikes — one of the deadliest threats to the animals.The third died from a chronic entanglement in fishing gear that was wrapped around a fin and inside its mouth.The deaths are a devastating blow to the whale’s fragile population and the scientists who have been working for decades to rebuild a species that was once hunted to the brink of extinction and now numbers about 525.Robert Michaud of the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals in Quebec said he was stunned to hear of such a high number of casualties in one season, when they would normally see about two cases involving whales being hit by ships or getting entangled in fishing gear.He added that an eighth right whale was freed from a snarl of fishing line on Wednesday by a team on board a research vessel in the same area.“It raises our concerns — when will this ever stop,” he said from Tadoussac. “It is a problem. We don’t know exactly what’s going on.”The losses also come after a low calving season, with the deaths now outpacing the number of babies born this year.Moira Brown, a right whale expert with the Canadian Whale Institute, said she had begun shifting her research attention to the Gulf region several years ago when she and her team noticed there were fewer North Atlantic right whales in their traditional haunts in the Bay of Fundy.In 2015, they found 35 of the whales in the area where the most recent carcasses were spotted. In a survey last year, they found 17 of the whales in the area.The challenge, she said, is determining that this is a whale habitat and then working with the fishing and shipping industries to come up with ways to protect the animals as has been done in other parts of the Maritimes by rerouting shipping lanes, alerting fishermen to whales’ presence and setting speed limits for vessels.“I think they’re shifting based on lack of sightings in the Gulf of Maine and less sightings in the Bay of Fundy,” she said.“The fishing industry and the shipping industry are aware of right whales elsewhere, but they’re not aware of them there because it’s really early days in us figuring out whether the whales are using this habitat.”last_img read more

HOW DRUGTRAFFICKING DRAMA PURE WAS RESURRECTED FOR A SECOND SEASON

first_imgTelevision, however, sometimes works in mysterious ways.After a two-year hiatus, national premium pay-TV service Super Channel will start airing the six original episodes Jan. 22 and then pick up the story with a second season starting in the spring. Both will air on Super Channel Fuse.On a sunny day late last summer, cast and crew assembled on a rolling hillside to film a scene from one of the new six episodes. Director Ken Girotti was overseeing a tense standoff between Mennonites and mobsters. On one side, a Klondike workhorse stood hitched to a boxy wagon. Its passenger, straw-hatted pastor Noah Funk (Ryan Robbins), seemed hopelessly outmatched opposite gun-toting cartel leaders. Their getaway ride was very 21st century: a gleaming white helicopter.The key season 2 confrontation brought the modern Mennonite dilemma into sharp focus.But last year, Girotti had begun to doubt the scene would ever be shot.“I thought this was six feet under, absolutely done,” says Girotti. “And then, all of a sudden, somebody tells me it’s got a pulse. I don’t want to get all biblical on you but this is a whole Lazarus situation.”Halifax-based executive producers and showrunners Michael Amo (“The Listener”) and David MacLeod (“Haven”) also had their faith tested. “This series has always seemed star-crossed in its fortunes,” says Amo, whose grandparents were Mennonites.“Pure” was originally developed at Shaw Media before CBC made it their last pick up of the 2016-17 season. It bowed in January of 2017 to more than 850,000 overnight viewers and far exceeded the average take for several other CBC shows.Dark, edgy and controversial, CBC nevertheless found it an odd fit and passed on more episodes. The producers credit Cineflix Studios, the company that distributes the series, for pushing forward.“They just wouldn’t give up,” says MacLeod.Cineflix had U.S. deals pending, but those depended on the series lasting at least two seasons. When CBC backed out, the distributor shopped the series to Super Channel just as it was emerging from creditor protection. The Edmonton-based network saw “Pure” as pure gold for its new Fuse brand. The casting of Alyson Hannigan (“How I Met Your Mother”) as a lapsed Mennonite peaked U.S. interest; Zoie Palmer and Victor Gomez have also joined the series.Hanging by the phone through all these ups and downs was Ryan Robbins (“Battlestar Galactica,” “The Killing”). The Victoria, B.C., native loved playing tormented Mennonite pastor Noah Funk and was “devastated” when the show was cancelled. “I wasn’t 100 per cent ready to give up on it,” he says.When the option on his contract expired, however, Robbins accepted an offer to join “Sacred Lies,” the first scripted series for Facebook. Shortly after, of course, Super Channel stepped in and rescued “Pure.” Amo and MacLeod pushed production back three weeks and shot around Robbins for another in order to allow him to finish on “Sacred Lies” and go directly back into “Pure.”Joining Robbins on season 2 is Alex Paxton-Beesley as Noah’s wife Anna Funk. Her character goes rogue in the new episodes. “We knew the second six were going to focus on Anna being forced into the drug business,” says MacLeod.Also going through a dramatic transformation is Noah’s son Isaac Funk, played by Toronto native Dylan Everett. “If you see where he ends up this season, it’s such a crazy turn,” says Everett, interviewed between takes on that Nova Scotia hillside. “It’s very ‘Breaking Bad.”‘Girotti had no doubt that the young actor was ready to tackle the dark side.“We saw the writing on the wall last year,” he says. In the six new episodes, “you can see the burgeoning shoots of the badass he’s going to have to be in season three.”A third season? Perhaps — even CBC has retained a streaming window on the second.Amo has six more episodes all mapped out. He is, after all, a man of faith.By Bill Brioux | The Canadian Press–Bill Brioux is a freelance TV columnist based in Brampton, Ont. While in Nova Scotia he was a guest of Super Channel. Login/Register With: WINDSOR, N.S. — It takes faith to make a Canadian TV drama about a Mennonite community coerced into the dirty business of drug trafficking — especially when it appears that all hope is lost.Take “Pure,” described as an Amish “Breaking Bad,” which took years to sell and get into production. It ran one six-episode season early in 2017 and then was abruptly cancelled by CBC. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Ryan Robbins and Alex Paxton-Beesley are pictured as Noah and Anna Funk in season one of “Pure” premiering January 22 on Super Channel Fuse. It takes faith to make a Canadian TV drama about Mennonites, especially when it appears that all hope is lost. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Pure Season 1 Inc. *MANDATORY CREDIT*last_img read more

Manchester United Beats Wolfsburg 21 in the Champions League

Rabat – Manchester United won their comeback match in this season’s Champions League against German team Wolfsburg on Wednesday night in a 2-1 victory for the Red Devils.The British club recovered from their loss against PSV Eindhoven (2-1) and pushed through to prove their worth against the German club and show why they are called the “biggest football club in the world.”In a match that started with a goal by Wolfsburg’s midfielder Calguiri, (4’) the Red Devils charged up their game and fought back to strike their first goal by midfielder Juan Mata (34’) resulting from a penalty. The solid victory for Manchester came in the second half in minute 53’ when a strike by Red Devil’s defender Chris Smalling gave the British team their second goal of the night and Smalling’s first in the season.The English international was assisted by Spanish star Juan Mata with a corner strike. The 27-year-old midfielder turned out to be United’s saving grace against Wolfsburg.After the match, Smalling was quoted as saying, “We started up against it after conceding a goal.” He went on to add, “But we created a lot of chances and deserved the win.” read more

Throne Speech Key Points King Mohammed VI will Likely Discuss

Rabat – As part of King Mohammed VI’s yearly speech to commemorate Throne Day on Sunday, July 30, the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRE) revealed that the Western Sahara and the kingdom’s return to the African Union would be covered, but many people expect the King to discuss the Hirak protest movement in the Rif region too.Unlike his father and predecessor, the late King Hassan II, King Mohammed VI rarely makes speeches, so Moroccans both in the kingdom and abroad are waiting eagerly to see what topics the King deems most important to raise.Return to African Union Morocco’s “triumphant return” to the African Union (AU) on January 31 following a 33-year absence is the result of on-going efforts by the King since his ascension to the throne in 1999.The kingdom left the AU in 1984 as a response to the organization’s recognition of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a fully-fledged member state. However Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said in June this year that the AU was no longer “hostage” to the Polisario agenda.Through its re-admission to the AU, Morocco is and will continue benefit politically and economically cross the world. The kingdom will also demonstrate its status as one of the continent’s most stable and reliable countries, helping develop fellow African nations.Western SaharaDespite problems with Polisario inside the kingdom, the Western Sahara has benefitted from mostly positive reactions in an international sphere during the past twelve months. These include: a Panama court dismissing a Polisario-attempt at stopping a Moroccan phosphate shipment, a European Parliament rejection of an anti-Moroccan amendment, and a new pro-Morocco US Appropriations Bill.Tension in Al HoceimaThe death of fishmonger Mouhcine Fikri in Al Hoceima on October 28, 2016, sparked the Hirak protest movement, which led regular protests across the Rif region and called for social demands to improve the region’s lack of healthcare, education, employment and infrastructure.Following the arrest and ensuing imprisonment of leading activist Nasser Zafzafi in May for interrupting a Friday mosque sermon, protests intensified, leading to a wave of arrests, causing around 180 Rif protesters to be imprisoned.The government has tried to respond to the socio-economic demands by quickening the pace of the area’s development projects, but many have argued this is not enough, as evidenced by the nationwide march on July 20.Possible Royal PardonsThe King offers royal pardons to prisoners on public holidays each year, reducing convictions and sometimes removing them completely. On Throne Day in 2016, 1,272 former prisoners were pardoned, while during the coronation anniversary in 2009, a record 24,000 achieved the royal pardon.A Hirak sympathizer told Spanish media that 60 Al Hoceima detainees had applied for a royal pardon, and the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (CNDH) was “acting as a mediator between the prisoners and royal palace.”Aside from Hirak protesters, a video by the nine-year old son of Moroccan mother-of-three Hind El Achchabi released this week has motivated many citizens to call on the King to pardon her. El Achchabi was sentenced to a three years in prison (shortened to two years), after adultery charges were filed by her husband, Kuwaiti ambassador to Austria, Sadiq Marafi.King Mohammed VI’s speech will be broadcast across national television and radio channels at 21:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. read more

As mortgage rates drop the trick is finding a house

Wall Street’s anxiety over the Trump administration’s trade war with China could herald lower mortgage rates for homebuyers, but a chronic shortage of houses for sale will keep prices high.Investors fearful that the trade war could sharply slow global economic growth have been buying bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to its lowest level since October 2016.The average rate on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, which tracks the trajectory in 10-year Treasurys, fell this week to 3.60%, its lowest level since November 2016, according to Freddie Mac. It was 3.75% last week. A year ago the rate stood at 4.59%.If the slide in bond yields continues, the average rate on the benchmark 30-year home loan could fall below 3.5%, housing economists say.Lower mortgage rates give homebuyers more purchasing power, which could entice them to go house-hunting.But with the supply of homes for sale down 15% since December, sales are lagging last year’s pace. The supply shortage is likely to limit any surge in sales.“Demand can pick up, but if the supply does not pick up it just means prices will be accelerating higher,” said Lawrence Yun, chief economist of the National Association of Realtors. “Supply has been a major bottleneck.”Also, homebuyers may not be immune to Wall Street’s jitters about a slowing economy, which could make them feel uneasy about buying a home.“Given that a home is a major expenditure, people need to be confident about economic prospects over the long haul,” Yun added.Investors have sought out safety in U.S. government bonds this week as the trade dispute between Washington and Beijing escalated again. President Donald Trump announced a new 10% tariff set to go into effect next month on Chinese imports that haven’t already been hit with prior tariffs. China retaliated by allowing its currency, the yuan, to weaken against the U.S. dollar.On Wednesday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury touched its lowest level in nearly three years, falling as low as 1.60% from 1.74% late Tuesday, before climbing back to 1.72%. It was above 3% in late November.The spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has historically been about 1.7 percentage points, said Odeta Kushi, deputy chief economist at First American Financial.That means, if the bond yield for 10-year Treasurys drops back to 1.60%, the average rate on a 30-year mortgage could drop as low as 3.3%, though 3.54% is more likely, she said.At bond yields’ current levels, Yun expects the average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage to drop to around 3.4% or even 3.3%.Such low rates could spur a pickup in home loan refinancing. The last time average weekly long-term mortgage rates were below 3.5% was three years ago.The scarce supply of homes on the market has kept prices rising this year. The median sales price of a previously occupied U.S. home climbed 4.3% in June from a year earlier to $285,700. By comparison, wage growth has averaged about 3%.The trend has held back home sales, which were down 2.2% over the 12 months that ended in June. Sales of newly built homes jumped 7% in June, but through the first half of the year have only risen 2.2% from a year earlier, despite such positive trends as a robust job market and falling mortgage rates.Lower rates may prove irresistible for would-be homebuyers, especially those struggling to keep up with rising home prices. The price for a previously occupied U.S. home climbed 4.3% in June from a year earlier, according to NAR.“It certainly will help to make housing more affordable, obviously, as mortgage rates come down,” Kushi said. “The issue will be will folks have something to buy?”Alex Veiga, The Associated Press read more

4 in custody for money changers murder 2 of whom robbed

Detectives probing the murder of money changer Shawn Nurse, have arrested four suspects for questioning, two of whom reportedly robbed him before but had their charges dropped after they subsequently returned the money they took. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged ‘shooter’ arrested for America Street money changer’s murderJune 8, 2018In “Crime”Another suspect charged with America Street money changer’s murderMay 10, 2018In “Court”Main suspect arrested for money changer’s murderJune 8, 2018In “Crime” Murdered: Shawn NurseAccording to the police in a released statement, a red Honda CG motorcycle suspected to have been used in the commission of the crime, based on CCTV footage, and found in possession of one of the suspects is impounded.Nurse, 47, also called “Fabulous”,  who resided at the Shopping Plaza, South Ruimveldt Georgetown, had been sitting in a chair at the corner of Avenue of the Republic and America Street when he was approached by a man armed with a handgun.The man demanded that Nurse hand over a bag he had been carrying, which contained an undisclosed sum of local and foreign currencies.Nurse resisted the man, and in retaliation he pulled the trigger, shooting Nurse once to his head. Nurse collapsed and died almost immediately.Police had retrieved a 9MM spent shell at the scene, and questioned several persons, who gave a description of the shooter.At the time of the shooting incident, the suspect was reportedly clad in a red hoody and a pair of brown trousers.Nurse had been robbed two months ago, when gunmen had swooped down on him as he was entering his yard. The money ($500,000) and other valuables they had taken were reportedly returned, and the matter was quashed.According to the police, two of the suspects currently in custody were from that previous robbery. read more

Mechel resumes mining at NewOlzherassk underground top coal caving mine

first_imgMechel OAO, one of the leading Russian mining and metals companies, announced that coal mining at New-Olzherassk Underground mine has been resumed following spontaneous combustion problems. By the year’s end, New-Olzherassk’s section # 21-1-7 is planned to yield some 352,000 t of coal. The reserves of this longwall face are estimated at some 3 Mt. The face is equipped with mechanised shield supports made by ZF of China and a shearer, a face conveyor and outbye conveyor from Joy Mining Machinery in the UK.This equipment allows the company to “use a unique top coal caving method enabling thick seam mining in one coal layer of up to 10 m. This technology proved the best for the mine’s geological conditions,” Mechel says.“Mining in the production area of New-Olzherassk Underground mine, which belongs to Southern Kuzbass Coal Company, was suspended in August 2010 due to coal self-heating.”last_img read more

AUZ enters research partnership to develop scandium alloy

first_imgAustralian Mines Ltd (AUZ) remains committed to maximising revenue and value from its Sconi project in Queensland, Australia through the commercialisation of the high-purity scandium oxide which is scheduled to be produced alongside the project’s cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate output. It has entered into a partnership with United Kingdom-based technology company Metalysis, to support its continued research and development program around a solid-state process to produce a low-cost yet superior aluminium-scandium alloy for potential use by the automotive and aerospace industries.The innovative solid-state process, originally invented by the University of Cambridge (UK) before being commercialised by Metalysis, has already demonstrated an ability to produce an aluminium-scandium master alloy containing 15 times the amount of scandium compared to conventional industry processes.A master alloy is a pre-alloyed concentrate of, in this case, scandium metal that is added to an aluminium melt to produce the desired final product (being the aluminium-scandium alloy used by automotive and aerospace manufacturers, which generally contains only 0.2% scandium metal).The ability for Australian Mines to produce a scandium-rich master alloy via Metalysis’ solid-state process that contains up to 30% scandium metal (compared to the industry’s current 2% scandium metal), could result in up to a 93% reduction in the amount of scandium master alloy required to produce the final aluminium – scandium metal requested by end-users.This could equate to a significant reduction in the cost of producing the final aluminium – scandium metal to a level that the contract price offered by Australian Mines for these light-weight aluminium products are materially lower than most other specialty metals currently available on the market.The ability to provide such a vastly superior aluminium-scandium master alloy to the automotive and aerospace industries at a substantially lower price may enable Australian Mines via Metalysis to deliver a highly cost-competitive scandium alloy that could position the company as a global leader in the emerging light-weight alloy sector.Australian Mines is utilising its demonstration plant in Perth to deliver the high-purity scandium oxide to Metalysis, under this R&D partnership.last_img read more

Poll Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments

first_img I don’t know (2382) Yes (799) YesHe should have made the information public but in a different mannerNoI don’t knowVote INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace is to file a complaint about the Minister for Justice’s use of information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.Alan Shatter said on live television that the Wexford deputy benefited from garda discretion when he was cautioned for using a mobile phone – but not given penalty points. Wallace insists he is not aware of such an incident.Shatter has stood by his remarks and he has also been backed by the Taoiseach who said that “people can’t have it both ways”. “You cannot be saying no discretion and at the same time availing of discretion.”Labour Deputy Kevin Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he thought making the remarks was “poor judgement” on the minister’s part. He called on Shatter to explain how he received the information. Others have claimed the information could have been made public in a different manner, and not on live television without giving Wallace prior warning.In today’s poll, we ask: Should Alan Shatter have made his comments about Mick Wallace on Prime Time? He should have made the information public but in a different manner (1483) Poll Results: No (3919)last_img read more

8 grams of thorium could replace gasoline in cars

first_imgThe price of oil is on an upward spiral due to increasing demand and diminishing supplies. Short of finding vast new untapped reserves buried somewhere under out feet, we need to find an alternative sooner rather than later.Unless you have a lot of money to spend on an electric vehicle, everyone who drives a car today relies on oil for the gasoline that keeps it running. Although replacing the petrol engine with a battery and electric motor seems to be where we are heading, it only really shifts the problem to the power stations rather than the fuel pumps.There may be another way to power our cars, however, and it would mean never having to refuel you car–be it with gasoline or an electric charge.Charles Stevens is an inventor and CEO of Laser Power Systems. His idea is to replace the gasoline engine with an electricity generator that doesn’t require a battery. He is proposing the use of the rare earth mineral thorium in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines that easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle.Thorium is abundant and radioactive, but much safer to use than an element such as uranium. When thorium is heated it becomes extremely hot and causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. It also helps that it has a very large liquid range between melting and boiling point.Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there’s one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution.Stevens has worked out you’d require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out.The issues to overcome are the radioactivity and the mining of thorium to make this engine possible. Stevens says the radioactivity can easily be contained with aluminium foil. As for the mining, the reserves are there, with 440,000 tons alone in the U.S., we just need the mining facilities to extract it in large enough quantities. With the potential benefits that is sure to happen.Stevens admits that his biggest hurdle isn’t the thorium and laser aspects of the system, but the mini turbines which have to be made small enough to fit inside a vehicle while generating enough electricity. Even so, Stevens believes he’ll have a working prototype by 2014 and the potential to not only replace, but improve upon the gasoline-powered engines we rely on today.Read more at Wardsauto.comlast_img read more

MIT student constructs Mario Kart racer power slides through hallways with impunity

first_imgHere’s a story for all of you out there that had parents that told you that playing video games would never make you any money. Charles Guan, a MIT grad student, successfully created a working replica of the vehicles from Super Mario Kart. Powered by four individual motors attached to its wheels, Guan’s kart can reach speeds upwards of 26 mph and has the ability to make some insane turns when the pilot uses their weight to lean into the curves. Even more impressive is the fact that he fabricated it in just three weeks, using some brilliant ideas, possibly instilled in him from that excellent technical education he received.Officially known as the “Chibikart,” the miniature vehicle employs some interesting mechanics to achieve those speeds and cornering abilities. First, as you will notice from the picture above, it’s built to be as light weight as possible. In comparison to a fellow student’s kart project that is to the right of the Chibikart, Guan’s version looks stripped down and has noticeably smaller wheels. With  a frame that is a mere 30-inches long and 18-inches wide, there really isn’t much room to put much on the vehicle anyways as the racer is built for speed and efficiency.Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is exactly what did Guan use to make this little rig travel so fast? The answer comes in the form of some simple electronics that come from China, and a battery that “isn’t supposed to exist yet.”Because Guan fancies himself more of a tinkerer rather than an inventor, he’s always on the lookout for different kinds of parts that he can scavenge and repurpose or are available at a lower cost than normal market prices. It also helps that he’s in the middle of a university that can get its hands on items that aren’t available on the open market as of yet. Taking advantage of this fact, Guan installed a 32-volt battery and electrical system along with an e-bike controller straight from China to run the power plant of the vehicle. Installed underneath the seat, this combination is enough to power each of the electrical motors installed in the four small wheels and hurtling a rider along at an impressive clip.Guan states on his blog that the theoretical top speed of the Chibikart is around 26 MPH, factoring in estimates for air resistance and the grade of the ground being traversed. Rider weight comes largely into play as well, so a real-life Bowser would slow down the kart, especially when going uphill.To recreate the Chibikart for yourself would be a bit of an expensive venture. While Guan estimates that he put about $1750 in the project between parts and outsourcing some of the metal fabrication, he says in actuality it would cost a consumer up around $3000 since they would have to pay for the battery he got given to him for being an MIT student. Still, if we ever see some hardcore kart street racing happening Fast and Furious style, you can bet we’ll see replicas of this beauty cranking around cones and obstacles. Hopefully they will leave the banana peels at home!Read more at Guan’s site, via Kotakulast_img read more

Australian Comedy Gala donates 20000 to feed schoolchildren in Greece

first_imgMore than 8,000 healthy meals will be provided to Greek schoolchildren in need following a $20,000 donation from the It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala to the DIATROFI program. It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala committee member Peter Ziggy and Comedian Katerina Vrana announced the donation at Prolepsis Institute’s offices in Athens on Wednesday. “It is fantastic to see that our fun event will be assisting so many children in Greece and, with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s matching funds, double the amount we raised,” said Ziggy. “It is timely to be here on the first week of the school year, and know that the funds will immediately help children in need.” The It’s All Greek to Me Comedy Gala event, held in Melbourne and Sydney in April, was the brainchild of Melbourne comedian George Kapiniaris, who wanted to help Greece through comedy. The stellar international line up of Greek comedians who donated their time were George Kapiniaris, Greece’s Katerina Vrana, Turkish Australian Tahir, Canadian Angelos Tsarouchas and UK-based George Zacharopoulos, and MC Costas Kilias. In response to Greece’s recent economic crisis, since 2012 Prolepsis Institute has run the large-scale school based nutrition program Food Aid and Promotion of Healthy Nutrition Program-DIATROFI in public schools located in disadvantaged areas across Greece. Since 2012, more than 12 million meals have been distributed to 90,000 students in 530 schools. “On behalf of everyone at Prolepsis and the DIATROFI team, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the support from Australia, which will help us to continue our efforts against food insecurity and reach even more students in need,” said Afroditi Veloudaki, Managing Director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Environmental & Occupational Health-Prolepsis. “With the kind donation from the It’s All Greek To Me Comedy Gala, 8,325 free healthy meals will be distributed to students in need. This means that approximately 50-55 students will be able to participate in the DIATROFI Program for the 2016-2017 school year and receive the daily meals.” In addition, the matching fund provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the founding donor of the program, will double the number of students assisted through this initiative. Along with Ziggy, the It’s all Greek to Me committee members were Penny Demos, Jorge Menidis and Nick Margiolakis, with the assistance of Kyriakos Gold on the promo videos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Report Clark County employers added 1300 jobs in past 12 months

first_imgEmployers in Clark County added a net 1,300 jobs in the 12 months through January, the state Employment Security Department reported Tuesday.In the private sector, employers added 1,800 jobs between January 2011 and 2012. Public sector employers, however, cut 500 jobs — a continuing drag on the local economy that left a net gain of 1,300 jobs year over year.The county’s unemployment rate in January — a preliminary 9 percent — likely faces an upward revision to account for unemployed Clark County residents who previously worked in Oregon. That preliminary jobless rate compares with a revised 13.9 percent unemployment rate in January 2011. The county’s private sector gains were concentrated in manufacturing, which added 500 jobs, and education and health services, which also increased payrolls by 500 jobs.last_img read more

City Of Kenai Looking Into Accelerated Funding For Bluff Erosion Project

first_imgOstrander says the project has been “very active over the last three weeks”: “I’ve been pursuing what’s called accelerated funding of the project. Our directors report is scheduled to be signed in January, However to continue this project I believe the best path forward is to fully fund this as a city.”  Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander told the council at its meeting last week that he’s pursuing accelerated funding for the project through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Ostrander: “I’m going to draft the letter that states that the City of Kenai is willing to fully fund the design phase of this project. However, if the project goes through to construction the design phase contribution that we made would be credited towards our ultimate cost share. So basically we are spending money now and it will be credited so that we spend less in construction.”  According to Ostrander the next step in the process will be for the city to draft a letter to the Alaska district of the Army Corps saying that the city of Kenai will fully fund the design phase of the bluff erosion project. The project consists of constructing a berm about 5,000 feet long below the Kenai Bluffs toe. It is designed to prevent flood tides from washing away material that collects at the bluff toe and coastal storms from eroding the lower portion of the bluff. Getting approval will require a trip to Washington D.C. in February, according to Ostrander. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai may finally be making some headway on the long awaited bluff stabilization project.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE PEOPLE Opens Most Beautiful Issue to Reader Submissions

first_imgIn late April, PEOPLE’s 23rd annual “World’s Most Beautiful” special double issue will debut on newsstands. While the initial product is familiar, the magazine has added a new twist to the content to boost engagement: the “PEOPLE’s Search For Real Beauty at Every Age” campaign.The magazine will begin accepting nominees from real women ages 20-59, some of whom will grace the pages of PEOPLE magazine. This campaign is a fully integrated contest across tablets, online and through print promotions. Reader audiences can visit PEOPLE.com and nominate themselves or someone they know from March 5-18 to win the chance to be included among the celebrity winners in the “World’s Most Beautiful” print issue. This content strategy, editors say, is designed to increase engagement and drive purchases across platforms.“Now, for the first time, we’ve created a plan from the ground up for a fully integrated program from both the print and online sides—from editorial down, through advertising and publishing,” says Janice Morris, managing editor of PEOPLE Digital. “We brainstormed to create this ‘Real Beauty Program’ and, for the first time, we’re promoting across the tablet, print edition and the online edition to encourage real readers to submit to this program.”In an effort to integrate interactivity, the magazine will encourage PEOPLE readers to submit their own photos to PEOPLE.com. In addition to having its own landing page, the campaign will roll out photo galleries that will be hosted on the website. Individuals can “like” the photos of the real women, 40 of whom (one for each age) will be featured in the actual pages of the “World’s Most Beautiful” issue. To add another layer of incentive and engagement, 4 winners will be selected and flown to New York City for a photo-shoot, makeover and glamorous trip. “Users can upload their own photo from their desktop or Facebook,” says Morris. “Once they upload the image, they will see their photo on PEOPLE.com and have a chance to share it out. This campaign is integrated with Twitter, Facebook and Google+—we definitely wanted to hit all of those social platforms. We’re also running banner ads and we’ll have posts in our news section as well.”Morris adds that the goal of the campaign, in addition to highlighting beauty’s many forms, is to lock in a consumer’s committed financial interest. When a reader uploads a photo for this campaign, a banner advertisement comes up, promoting the “World’s Most Beautiful” issue and giving individuals an opportunity to subscribe. “We’ve got one audience on Twitter, one on Facebook and another starting on Google+, in addition to our regular readers coming to the website four or five times a day to check-in on the news,” says Morris. “We’re hoping to engage them and get them to think, ‘Wow—I could be in the print edition of PEOPLE.’ It’s almost like we’re the machine getting it rolling, and eventually they’ll get that final product. We want them to start thinking about our ‘World’s Most Beautiful’ issue now.”last_img read more

Underground Tunnels Proposed For Houston Flooding

first_img Share JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUT NEWSHouston in August 2017 days after Hurricane Harvey hit.The flood control district in the Houston area is considering a proposal to build massive underground tunnels to drain floodwaters from bayous across the county.Harris County Flood Control District officials said the idea could be a bold answer following Hurricane Harvey to dramatically improve Houston’s defenses against deadly floods.The Houston Chronicle reports that the project could cost several billion dollars and take several years to complete. It would build a network of deep tunnels to carry water from several of Houston’s waterways, so that they’d be able to keep a 100-year storm event within their banks.Republican Rep. John Culberson of Houston said this project could be partially funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grants.Commissioners will vote Tuesday, March 27, on whether to pursue a feasibility study to assess the tunnel proposal.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

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

Fairway Independent Mortgage Expanding in Georgia

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology August 28, 2012 435 Views “”Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation””:www.fairwayindependentmc.com/ is expanding its footprint, recently announcing the opening of a new office in the Southeast. [IMAGE]The lender’s latest location will be based in Pooler, Georgia, and Fairway’s nationwide presence now encompasses 129 branches around the country.[COLUMN_BREAK]The company’s newest office will serve clients in Richmond Hill, Savannah, and Effingham Counties. An official statement touting Fairway’s customer service offerings noted, “”One aspect that sets them apart from others is clear, constant communication. All parties are notified every step of the way. Closings occur on time and the documents often arrive early.””To support Fairway’s operations in Pooler, the company has added three new loan officers, all of whom have had extensive careers in the lending marketplace. Fairway’s recent hires for the location include Beth Jeffreys, a 17-year industry veteran and Military Mortgage Specialist; Vicki Howard, who boasts 25-plus years of experience; and Iris Bryant, who has been in the mortgage business for more than seven years.Rounding out the company’s Pooler-based staff, Fairway announced the appointment of office loan coordinator Debbie Eaton. Additionally, K.C. Shannon has been named as manager for the location. Sharecenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-08-28 Abby Gregory Fairway Independent Mortgage Expanding in Georgialast_img read more