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Scientists hit on universal theory of bubbles

first_imgBubbles don’t just disappear when they pop but deflate in a rapid cascade of ever-smaller “daughter” bubbles, scientistsreported on Wednesday.There was an element of serendipity in the discovery, according to lead researcher James Bird, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences…last_img

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Saint Mary’s alumnae return to campus to perform comedy showcase

first_imgFive comedians from Chicago will perform a stand-up comedy showcase at Saint Mary’s in Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.The showcase, “Belle-Y-Laughs,” will feature two Saint Mary’s alumnae: Colleen Brennan of the class of 1991 and Elyse Nylin of the class of 2010. Brennan is a pediatric speech language pathologist who graduated from the Conservatory Program at The Second City in 2001 then later received training in stand-up comedy at The Second City and Feminine Comique. Nylin is the host and producer of “You Joke Like a Girl,” a monthly all-women’s open-mic and showcase at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago, and her sets usually contain material that is often women-focused and LGBT-friendly.Brennan said she and Nylin contacted the College to pitch the show. “After realizing that both Elyse and I were Saint Mary’s alums, we thought it would be great to produce a stand-up comedy show at our alma mater,” she said in an email. “Once we determined what we wanted to do, we contacted Saint Mary’s and pitched our show. The College thought our idea would work well with the fall calendar of events, so we were off and running.”Nylin said she was passionate about returning to Saint Mary’s to perform.“We both loved our experiences at Saint Mary’s and thought it would be an awesome way to combine our passion for comedy with the school that gave us confidence to do it,” she said in an email.   Richard Baxter, director of campus and community events, said the timing for the event could not be better, as many students are stressed at this point in the semester.“This falls around midterms, so it’s the perfect tension reliever,” he said. “[Students] can get a break from studying and also see what kind of paths are open to them after Saint Mary’s.”Students, professors, South Bend residents, parents and grandparents are all welcome at Belle-Y Laughs, Brennan said.“There is something for everyone in this show,” she said. “The age span and diverse backgrounds of the performers offer a wide comedic perspective.”Nylin said the comedians can set an example for the audience.“Each comic is unique in [his or her] perspective of the world and [his or her] struggles and triumphs in it,” she said. “Plus, it will be nice for the students to be able to see us as alums, and the other women succeeding in something we are passionate about.”Brennan is excited to return to campus, she said, because it will feel like coming home. “I always love coming back to Saint Mary’s,” she said. “Not only did I leave Saint Mary’s with an amazing educational experience, but also a bundle of great memories and a tight-knit group of friends who are like my sisters to this day. I come from a four-generation Notre Dame [and] Saint Mary’s family, so whenever I am back on campus, it feels like coming home.”Nylin formed many close relationships at Saint Mary’s, she said.“I loved the community that I formed [at the College] and the close relationships that I still hold dear today,” she said. “I’m actually bringing two of my best friends that are Saint Mary’s alums to the show, and meeting up with a few old professors while I’m on campus as well. Saint Mary’s was an amazing stepping stone into the world.” Brennan said she has always been involved in the arts, and this passion has transferred to her stand-up performances. “I have been involved in theater and music my whole life — I even sang with the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir for two years,” she said. “Stand-up comedy allows me the unique opportunity to perform regularly while being a wife and working mother. Producing shows allows me to create opportunities for myself and other performers.”Nylin’s love of comedy began with her father’s love of comedy, she said, and grew as she started becoming involved in the arts and eventually began working in Chicago. “I was drawn [to] ‘Saturday Night Live’ at a young age, and my childhood was always filled with comedy,” she said. “As I got older, I was in performance arts my whole life, mostly in the forms of band [and] choir, including at Saint Mary’s. When I graduated from Saint Mary’s and moved to Chicago, I completed the improv program at Second City, and performed improv for a couple of years.”  Nylin said she took a series of improv classes as well as stand-up comedy courses with Kelsie Huff — who will also be performing at Belle-Y-Laughs. After the courses, Nylin said, she decided to host and produce her own show. “Stand-up comedy is much different than improv with a team,” she said. “In stand-up, it’s just you up there. It was fun playing other characters in the improv setting, but I found myself just wanting to be me. Since completion of those classes, I now host and produce my own monthly show called ‘You Joke Like a Girl.’ It’s an all-female-identifying open mic, followed by a comedy showcase. I host the show at Volumes Bookcafe which is owned and operated by two amazing sisters, Kimberly and Rebecca George. I love being able to give a space for women to say things that are important to them in a microphone, in a place owned by women.”Baxter said this event is important because everyone should take the time to laugh.“This is a really rough time in the country’s history, and we need to laugh,” he said.Life is too short not to laugh, Nylin said. “[Laughter] brings people together, it lets us process all the stuff in life, even the hard things,” she said. “I think everything needs to be laughed about. Life’s too short to be serious about everything.”Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the Saint Mary’s box office. Tags: Alumnae, Comedy, stand-up comedylast_img read more

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Siemens Gamesa begins test of thermal storage technology

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable Energy Magazine:Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has launched an electric thermal energy storage system (ETES) which makes it possible to store large quantities of energy cost-effectively.The heat storage facility utilises around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium and is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and blower. When demand peaks, the facility uses a steam turbine for the reelectrification of the stored energy. The pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week, the capacity remaining constant throughout the charging cycles.The aim of the pilot plant is to demonstrate the system on the grid and to test the heat storage facility extensively. Siemens Gamesa is planning to use the storage technology in commercial projects and to scale up the capacity and power. The goal is to store energy in the range of several gigawatt hours (GWh) in the near future.Markus Tacke, CEO Siemens Gamesa, added that with the commissioning of the ETES pilot plant, the company has reached an important milestone on the way to introducing high-performance energy storage systems. The technology makes it possible to store electricity for a great many households at low cost, reducing costs for larger storage capacities to a fraction of the usual level for battery storage.The Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics at Hamburg University of Technology and the local utility company Hamburg Energy are partners in the Future Energy Solutions project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Hamburg University is carrying out research into the thermodynamic fundamentals of the technology. By using standard components, it is possible to convert decommissioned conventional power plants into green storage facilities. Hamburg Energy is marketing the stored energy on the electricity market and is developing highly flexible digital control system platforms for virtual power plants.More: Siemens Gamesa inaugurates innovative electro thermal energy storage system Siemens Gamesa begins test of thermal storage technologylast_img read more

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Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of service

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Environment:The largest coal plant in the West has shut down one of its three units, marking another step in the plant’s now nearly certain demise.“Unit 3 is indeed offline and will likely remain so unless absolutely needed,” said Scott Harelson, a spokesman for the Salt River Project, which operates the 2,400-megawatt Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona. “This allows us to focus maintenance efforts on the remaining two units while we work to use the remaining coal reserves before we close all the units,” Harelson told Bloomberg Environment.Unit 3, the youngest of NGS’ three units, has been burning coal since it was built in 1976. All three of the plant’s units are the same size, 803 megawatts.The closure on Sept. 19 wasn’t a surprise. Peabody Energy Corp.’s nearby Kayenta Mine sent its last trainload of coal to NGS in late August, according to the company.With no buyers interested in taking over the plant, it is now virtually certain to shut down by Dec. 22, when the current operating lease expires. SRP said in May it wouldn’t entertain any more bids, and it already has begun decommissioning.The plant sits on Navajo land, and the Navajo Nation’s current leadership supports a transition to renewable energy. The tribe announced Sept. 20 the completion of the second phase of its Kayenta Solar generating facility, which pumps out 28 megawatts. Phase one of the plant creates 27.3 megawatts.More: Biggest coal plant in the West closes one of three units Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of servicelast_img read more

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Guatemala Warns Country Has Become Cocaine Producer

first_imgBy Herbert Zepeda / Voice of America (VOA) October 08, 2019 “Following the discovery of coca plantations, Guatemala has become a cocaine producing country, leaving us in a completely different regional security situation,” said the official at a press conference.“This puts Guatemala in a completely different situation. We are not only a drug transit country […], but now Guatemala has become a cocaine producer,” he said.The minister said Guatemala is working on a strategy with anti-narcotics authorities in the United States to counter this scourge.He said the United States had delivered five helicopters that were repaired and will be used to counter narcotrafficking in the Central American country.In the past, U.S. personnel would fly the aircraft, but the Guatemalan Police will now operate them after obtaining a U.S. certification.With support from the Ministry of Defense, Degenhart said that authorities dismantled three drug laboratories and destroyed coca leaf plantations, the latest in a town on the Caribbean coast, on September 12. The operation took place during a state of siege declared in 22 municipalities, after alleged narcotraffickers executed three service members on September 3.The coca plantations were found in a mountainous area of El Estor municipality, Izabal department.International cartels that smuggle drugs and launder money through Guatemala and countries of Central America, with the help of local kingpins, increase crime rates in the region.last_img read more

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Blame Canada: Arctic Front to Plunge Long Island into Deep Freeze

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Get ready for another deep freeze, Long Island.An arctic front passing through the region is bringing cold air from Canada—yes, you can blame our friends up north—resulting in single-digit temperatures Thursday evening and wind chill values between zero and 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.The brutal cold will hang around through Friday morning, meaning temperatures will be in the single digits before the mercury rises to a high of 23, forecasters said.It’ll be cold, but not record-breaking cold, said David Stark, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton. The previous record for Feb. 5 was in 1996, when the thermometer dipped to a bone-chilling 1 degree.The weather service is warning drivers that patchy black ice is possible as temperatures take a dramatic dive Thursday.As for Thursday morning’s flurries, Stark said the Island saw less than an inch of snow in most areas.Forecasters are keeping their eye on a potential storm beginning Saturday night and lasting through Tuesday. The weather service said, as of right now, the potential exists for 8 or more inches of snow.Stay tuned, folks. And stay warm.last_img read more

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Stop lumping X & Y together

first_img continue reading » Everyone is different and every generation is different. Marketers certainly know that. There is a seismic gap between the Mature Generation and the Millenials. Even Baby Boomers and Generation X have their fundamental differences.                        However, too often we tend to lump Generation X and Generation Y together. Even their names (X & Y) are too similar. Smart marketers (and executives and boards) are wise to recognize that you must fundamentally reach these two key demographics in radically unique ways. Strauss & Howe, the leading demographers, define Generation Y as those born between 1961 and 1981 (currently between the ages of 33 and 53). Generation Y are those born between 1982 and 2003 (between ages 11 and 32). Consider these key points: Generation X is growing up, raising families and living their careers—Repeat after me: “Generation X are no longer the kids.” They are raising the kids (yes, that is a scary thought!). Gen. X live incredibly busy lives. They are the soccer moms and the entrepreneurs (and sometimes both). Generation X can actually have kids from diapers to college.Generation Y is family oriented—“We are seeing a closer relationship between generations than we have since World War II,” says Jeffery Arnet, an expert on emerging adulthood. He goes on to say, “These young people genuinely like and respect their parents.” Guess what, mom and dad? They come back! While Generation X celebrated their independence and uniqueness, Gen. Y is closer to their parents. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Life-changing work

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUES’ 2014 CEO/Executive Team Network changed Michael Hudson’s life. While attending a session with Do More Great Work author Michael Bungay Stanier, Hudson realized he wasn’t doing much great work at all. In fact, Hudson, who holds a Ph.D. and heads his own company, writes that he was only spending 10 percent of his time on “truly great work, defined by Stanier as ‘life altering strategic work’—the work you were born to do that creates a real impact on the world.”Less than a year later, Hudson has “redefined my approach to allow me to do the work I do best and enjoy most—the ‘great work’ that had been pushed out by the ‘bad work’ taken on in trying to grow the business,” he writes in “How the Great Work Pie Chart Changed my Life.”One piece of Hudson’s great work is coaching leaders to be better presenters and communicators. To that end, he wrote the downloadable ebook Michael Hudson’s 52 Speaking Tips.Here are a few tips to get you started, whether you’re on stage or presenting at a meeting:Determine the real objective of your presentation. Is it to persuade? Teach? Share information? Your objective will dictate the way you deliver your presentation, and the way you structure your content. continue reading »last_img read more

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FDA approves levofloxacin for anthrax in children

first_imgMay 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently offered another antibiotic option for combating inhalational anthrax in children by approving the quinolone drug levofloxacin (Levaquin).In a letter dated May 5, the FDA endorsed the use of levofloxacin, made by Ortho-McNeil, in children 6 months of age and older. The agency had approved use of the drug for postexposure treatment of anthrax in adults in 2004.Levofloxacin is also used in adults to treat pneumonia, bacterial sinusitis and bronchitis, and complicated skin and urinary tract infections, according to the FDA. It is not approved for children for anything but anthrax.The first-line treatments for anthrax in both children and adults are ciprofloxacin and doxycycline, according to a report by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) experts in the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The report was based on a 2006 conference on public health and clinical guidelines for anthrax.The article says that because safety data on use longer than 28 days are lacking, levofloxacin is recommended as a second-line postexposure drug for adults, “to be reserved for instances where medical issues may call for its use.” The report lists amoxicillin as a second-line treatment for children, provided the anthrax strain involved is susceptible to penicillin.Clinical trials have shown an increased incidence of musculoskeletal adverse events, such as joint pain, arthritis, and tendonopathy, in children treated with levofloxacin, according to the FDA approval letter. One study, which compared the medication with a non-quinolone antibiotic, showed musculoskeletal problems were significantly more common in the levofloxacin group, but none were serious, and they resolved in about a week.The FDA letter says the recommended levofloxacin dosages for children are based on body weight: 500 milligrams (mg) once daily for those weighing more than 50 kilograms (kg) (110 pounds), 8 mg per kg every 12 hours for those weighing less.See also: Stern EJ, Uhde KB, Shadomy SV, et al. Conference report on public health and clinical guidelines for anthrax. Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Apr;14(4) [Full text]CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/anthrax_tx.htmllast_img read more

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Dutch watchdog urges pension funds to prepare for hard Brexit

first_imgSome asset managers have already transferred assets run for EU entities out of UK vehicles, including M&G, Columbia Threadneedle, and First State.Although derivatives contracts could be continued, UK-based broker-dealers could be blocked from applying changes after a hard Brexit, Kerkvliet added.In such circumstances it would still be possible to make arrangements between supervisors, such as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or declarations of equivalence.The European regulator ESMA has said it intends to agree an MOU with UK supervisor FCA long before 29 March.An MOU would enable a pension fund to outsource asset management to a UK entity, while declarations of equivalence could solve problems with derivatives and subcontracting of asset management.However, Kerkvliet warned that such arrangements were not in place yet.‘Time running out for EU permissions’A number of UK asset managers, central clearing parties and broker-dealers have set up offices in the EU to handle European clients’ assets or contracts, but the AFM warned that other British companies had been very late to take such measures.Kerkvliet said that the AFM, like other European regulators, had received a large number of applications from UK parties, and that it couldn’t guarantee that all licences would be granted in time.The watchdog called on pension funds to discuss the issue with their outsourcing partners and to set up alternative options in case their service providers hadn’t anticipated developments sufficiently.When asked by Pensioen Pro, DNB made clear that it subscribed to the AFM’s viewpoint. Michael Lansink, head of trading at risk manager Cardano, said he wasn’t expecting derivatives disasters in the wake of a hard Brexit.“It is mainly very opaque at the moment, and it potentially generates much legal and operational work,” he said.He observed that UK banks roughly follow three Brexit strategies for providing derivatives to Dutch clients:Use EU-based entities to take on all existing bilateral contracts with the same terms and conditionsUse EU-based entities only taking on new contracts, with the existing ones remaining in the UKApply for a license with the AFM to keep on serving the Dutch market from the UKAll British banks were highly motivated to keep doing business in the EU, Lansink said, and were sometimes changing strategy or working on more than one option at the same time. Pension funds must ensure their asset managers and derivatives counterparties are fully prepared for a possible hard Brexit on 29 March next year, according to a Dutch regulator.Speaking during a conference hosted by IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro last week, Joyce Kerkvliet, senior supervisor for asset management at financial markets regulator AFM, emphasised that both the AFM and its fellow regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) were taking seriously the risk of no deal being reached between the UK and EU.The consequence of such an outcome would be that there would be no access to mutual financial markets and no transition period, she said.At the conference in Rotterdam, Kerkvliet cited derivatives and asset management as examples of possible risks. Outsourcing to a UK entity could no longer be allowed, meaning assets would have to be transferred to an entity within the EU.last_img read more

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