Redwoods gives Feather River another run for its money, but Golden Eagles prevail down the stretch

first_imgEureka >> Feather River’s annual trip to Eureka had the same kind of feel as it did nearly 12 months ago.The upset-minded Corsairs had a chance to hand one of the state’s best teams its first conference loss, but second-half adjustments proved to be the difference.Reigning Golden Valley Conference champion Feather River used a 17-6 run midway through the second half to pull away from the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team once and for all, handing the Corsairs an 83-70 loss at …last_img

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Astrobiology: Follow the Money

first_img(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To date, astrobiology remains, as George Gaylord Simpson once quipped, “an area of study without a known subject.”  Yet it is one of the hottest research areas within NASA.  A renowned origin-of-life researcher from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Dr. Jeffrey Bada, found out why when he read the new book The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology by Steven J. Dick and James E. Strick (Rutgers, 2004).  His book review appears in Science:1Today, it seems nearly everyone is an astrobiologist.  A decade ago, I knew essentially none.  Why this sudden obsession with a field that encompasses so many diverse areas in both the physical and life sciences?  So far, life has not been found to exist away from Earth, although the surge in interest in astrobiology suggests there is intense optimism within at least parts of the science community that this singularity will change in the future.  But scientific curiosity alone likely cannot explain the explosive growth of astrobiology.  After reading The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology, I came to the conclusion that one of the field’s attractions was money—and lots of it. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Following the money trail, Bada found that exobiology (astrobiology’s “older relative”) got over $5 million in funding from NASA, leading up to the 1976 Viking missions.  After they failed to detect life on Mars, exobiology funding dwindled, but in the mid-1990s, “NASA administrators Wesley Huntress and Daniel Goldin envisioned astrobiology as a means of integrating biological sciences into the space exploration program while also revitalizing places such as ARC [Ames Research Center] and providing a solid funding base for academic research.”  In 1995, the NASA Astrobiology Institute was inaugurated.  Fortuitously, the next year, the Martian Meteorite ALH84001 hit the newspapers with “supposed evidence for life.”  Bada says, “Among scientists and the general public alike, this claim generated intense interest in—as well as controversy about—the possibilities of life beyond Earth.  All of a sudden, astrobiology was the hottest topic around.”    And where there is interest, there is money.  “The scientific community raced to get a piece of the action, and today the Institute comprises 16 funded nodes with five-year budgets of between about $5 million and $12 million.”  Today, there are astrobiology journals, astrobiology conferences, and astrobiology international meetings.  They may not have found evidence for life out there, but astrobiology has become “a field with a life of its own,” he quips.  “The field has indeed exploded.”  It is a huge public-relations boon not only for NASA, but for the European Space Agency (ESA).  To be sure, NASA did not invent exobiology or astrobiology – speculations about life in outer space go back eons – but the terms became NASA funding buzzwords and mission drivers.  The assumption is that the public will be more jazzed over finding something that crawls instead of hearing about more craters, rock, ice, and dust.    The Huygens Probe is now a week away from landing on Titan.  No scientist expects to find life at nearly 300° below zero, but astrobiologists have capitalized on their fad by portraying Titan as “the early Earth in a deep freeze.”  They tantalize school children with hopes that complex “prebiotic” carbon compounds might be found on the surface, that could be “the building blocks of life.”  When the Mars rovers found hints of past liquid water (see 01/05/2005 headline), it buoyed astrobiologists’ hopes that evidence for past life might be found in a future mission, such as the Mars Science Laboratory or Mars Sample Return.  If Mars proves lifeless, the last hope in our solar system will be Europa, where an ocean of liquid water may persist under the miles-deep ice crust.  “Astrobiology has a big stake in these efforts,” Bada warns.  “Finding evidence for life on another body in our solar system would give the field the justification it requires in order to remain an active, well-funded area of research.”1Jeffrey L. Bada, “A Field with a Life of Its Own,” Science, Science, Vol 307, Issue 5706, 46, 7 January 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1106678].For astrobiology not to be viewed by historians as a giant boondoggle, its adherents had better find something soon.  But even if they don’t find it on Mars or Europa, their search extends to the stars, where they can speculate endlessly.  Missions like Kepler, the Space Interferometry Mission and Terrestrial Planet Finder are motivated largely by the search for life’s origins (which being interpreted, always means a naturalistic origin by chemical evolution; see 06/23/2003 headline).  Similarly, SETI, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence, thrives on the premise that life evolves wherever the conditions are favorable.  It, too, is “an area of study without a known subject.”    It is worthwhile to ask big questions and seek answers.  Rather than keeping philosophers wandering blindly in speculation space, astrobiology may provide needed constraints on what is possible.  It would be better to know for sure whether all the bodies in our solar system beyond Earth are sterile or not.  The search for extrasolar planets has already helped corral speculation about the nature and possible origins of planetary systems.  The problem is that visions of money and fame can create self-perpetuating myths that enrich individuals and dupe the public.    Some conspiracy theorists have claimed recently that cell phone companies are hiding evidence that long-term use of cell phones contributes to brain cancer, knowing that by the time instances of cancer start to rise, the companies will have made a lot of money and the managers will be retired.  Whether or not that is true is someone else’s research project.  But consider the case of Sidney Fox.  He got $1.7 million dollars from NASA for exobiology projects between 1959 and 1964, and became famous for his “protenoid microspheres” that he claimed showed how proteins could self-organize into bodies that resembled primitive cells.  But now, Bada claims in this book review that “the impact of his research today is generally considered minimal.”  Those microspheres were cooked up under conditions very implausible for the early Earth, and no more resembled cells than a bronze expressionist hunk of metal resembles a living Michael Moore.  (On second thought….)    In short, Sidney Fox got rich and famous, on taxpayer money, for a sham.  He got to play around in an all-expense-paid laboratory, look like he was busy, generate nonsense, and retire, by racing to get “a piece of the action” when exobiology was a fad.  What other “useful lies” like the Stanley Miller experiment (see 05/02/2003 headline) become funding bandwagons?  Along that line, someone should try to connect the dots between the founding of the Astrobiology Institute and the announcement of ALH84001 the next year.  Dan Goldin, how about some hard questions?    The only way to get control of the propensity for NASA to waste money on false hopes is to fund debate.  Why should Astrobiology funds go to only one party, the Darwin Party?  (They’re mostly liberal Democrats anyway–see 12/02/2004 headline).  NASA administrators are rightly concerned about maintaining public interest, because jobs and careers for many decent Americans are at stake, and legitimate science and technological spinoffs depend on a strong national program of basic research.  We have a suggestion.  Instead of cartoons, give the public professional wrestling.  Most of the public believes in creation, not evolution, so giving the public a steady stream of Charlie cartoons goes against the grain and is borrrrringggggg.  Let’s have NASA distribute Astrobiology funds to both parties, Darwinism and Intelligent Design.  Missions to collect data from Mars, Europa and Titan can continue.  Kepler, SIM, and TPF can proceed, and efforts to gather better data and constrain models will be valued.  But competition will simultaneously generate public interest while providing checks and balances against wild speculation.  Both sides will be motivated to falsify the other’s claims.  The best science will survive the battle.  (Whassamatta, Charlie…. chicken?)  The public, and the truth, will win in the end.  Write here with your comments on this proposal.last_img read more

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Fuel Economy Rules Top 2014 Energy Savings List

first_imgBuilding codes rank number 5Estimates for savings derived from building codes, 1.1 quads, come from two sources, Nadel writes, and required some detailed number crunching. First, the ACEEE used estimates first made in 2004 that projected energy savings and did some calculations to arrive at the 2014 figure. Second, the estimate includes a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report that estimated savings separately.“Savings from building codes are approximate and are estimated from two sources,” Nadel says. “The two estimates are very similar, providing some assurance they are reasonable.” He added, “Both of these estimates are highly approximate, so rather than round up to 1.2 quads, we round down to 1.1 quads. Better estimates of energy savings from codes would be useful.”The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory says it is tentatively planning to do such an analysis next year.Other savings included these:Federal research and development: 1 quad. This category would include such things as research that contributed to LED lighting, electronic ballasts for fluorescent lamps, windows with heat-reflective coatings and analytic software for buildings.Energy service companies: 0.5 quads. These are private companies that identify, finance and install energy-saving devices. The ACEEE says that most of these contracts are with towns, cities, universities, schools, and hospitals that enter into long-term contracts.Federal tax incentives: 0.3 quads. ACEEE notes that Congress passed these credits in 2005 and has since extended many of them.Taken together, the numbers add up to 19.3 quads, or nearly 20% of the nation’s total energy consumption.The organization’s full report notes that energy use from 1980 to 2014 in the U.S. increased by 26% while the gross domestic product (GDP) was up by 149%, meaning that the “energy intensity” declined by 50%.“Efficiency investments and savings also generate jobs, including direct jobs installing efficiency measures, indirect jobs upstream in the supply chain, and jobs induced as energy bill savings are spent elsewhere and multiply through the economy,” the report says. “Energy savings can also help to drive modest overall growth in the U.S. economy.” Vehicle fuel economy standards, efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, and the government’s Energy Star program were the three most productive ways of saving energy in 2014, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reports.Writing at the ACEEE’s website, executive director Steven Nadel summarized findings of the organization’s recent report on energy efficiency over the past 35 years by listing the top eight categories for reducing energy consumption during the past calendar year.Vehicle fuel economy standards, which the Department of Transportation calls Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards, or CAFE standards, were responsible for saving 7.3 quads (a quad is a quadrillion Btus). Appliance and and equipment efficiency standards accounted for another 5.3 quads. Energy Star, including homes, buildings and equipment, added up to 3.8 quads (that’s a 2013 estimate since 2014 data isn’t available yet).The numbers represent the energy savings when compared to what would have been used in a particular category had there been no standards. Total energy consumption in the U.S. is about 100 quads per year.Fourth on the list is energy efficiency programs in the utility sector, which are funded by utility customers. Last year, those savings were 1.8 quads, an estimate based on savings the previous year.last_img read more

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3 More Creative Practical Lighting Methods

first_imgPractical lighting is becoming more common than ever thanks to the low-light abilities of modern digital cinema cameras. Here are a few of the most effective practical lights that are sure to add character to just about any image.Top image: Robert Downey Jr. and Jake Gyllenhaal in Zodiac via Warner Bros.Earlier this year I posted an article on some of my favorite practical light sources, and since then I have been utilizing practical lighting more than ever. As such, I am writing this Part Two post, which focuses on even more accessible and universal practicals that can benefit just about any set.Many well renowned Directors and DPs have turned to practical lights over the years as a means to stylize and enhance their work. David Fincher for instance has been using them for years, and this scene from Fight Club (which mixes practical and film light sources) is a great example of that:In years past, it was relatively uncommon to use practical lighting on a film set as a means of achieving proper exposure. In fact, it was much more common to simply use practical lights as a method of motivating light that was actually coming from a traditional film lighting source. Today however, practical lights are more useful than ever as the increased sensitivity of digital cinema cameras allows for practicals to be used in a more powerful way.Practicals are of course “regular” lights that can organically appear in a shot. Examples might include a street light, a desk lamp, or even a fire. Virtually any light source that’s not a traditional film light can be considered a practical light, though some are more effective than others. Below is a short list of my three favorite practical lighting sources, and how to use them most effectively.1. Fluorescent Ceiling FixturesImage from Mad Men via AMCMany offices, parking garages, and industrial buildings have fluorescent ceiling lights, and they can make for some of the most useful practical light sources out there. The quality of light from these types of ceiling lights is very similar to what you might achieve with a kino-flo, but of course with the added benefit that they can be shown in the frame.Typically when I use fluorescent ceiling lights as practicals, I’ll simply unscrew or remove certain bulbs as a means to shape and control light. Doing so allows for an even textured lighting to fall throughout the scene, giving the actors a lot of wiggle room to move freely during their performance. In addition to their quality of light, fluorescents also look fantastic on camera. Low angle shots that reveal the ceiling will look great as the fluorescent tubes glow in the background and add depth to the shot.2. Car HeadlightsImage via ShutterstockHeadlights are extremely powerful light sources and can be hugely useful in a wide variety of shooting scenarios. My favorite way to use them is to backlight my actors with them, and then use a bounce to push some fill light back onto their faces. They can also be used as a key light, but remember that if the car isn’t in your frame, you’ll at the very least want to establish it in a master shot. Otherwise the extremely bright lights will look out of place and may disorient the viewer.Also, don’t be afraid to add diffusion to your car headlights to soften them and bring down the overall light levels. Even if the lights appear in your frame, the diffusion won’t likely be noticeable at all, especially if you’re shooting at a relatively shallow depth of field.3. CandlesImage from Barry Lyndon via Warner Bros.Ever since Stanley Kubrick used candle light to illuminate Barry Lyndon, filmmakers everywhere have been trying to emulate that look. In Kubrick’s day though, he needed to film on a custom F0.7 lens in order to get enough exposure to shoot this way. Filmmakers today have things much easier.Assuming you’ve got a relatively sensitive low-light camera, chances are you can get away with using only candle light if that’s the look you’re after. That said, you may not want to rely solely on candle lighting for your scene, as that can cause other headaches on set. An alternative option would be to use a small space light to bring up the ambience in the room, and then use candles to shape the rest of the light in the scene. The quality of light and natural flicker effect from real candles simply can’t be replicated perfectly with any other tool on set or in the color suite.What are your favorite ways to use practical lights? Share your tips and techniques in the comments below!last_img read more

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Aguilar asks Seigle for his jersey after Ginebra win over TNT

first_imgPBA IMAGESGinebra and TNT engaged in a tension-filled battle in the semifinals, but the intense competition still couldn’t take away the respect Japeth Aguilar has for veteran TNT forwards Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.After the Gin Kings’ tough 115-105 Game 4 win to eliminate the KaTropa, the reedy forward went to as far as asking veteran Danny Seigle for his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ “Can I have one of your jerseys please? You are my childhood idol. Forgot to ask you a while ago,” Aguilar wrote on his Twitter account (@japethaguilar35) late Sunday night.Luckily for him, the 41-year-old Seigle was quick to respond and “Of course! Thank you & I’m flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA and Gilas. Good luck in the finals!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.You are an inspiration, man @KelWilliams21— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised TNT forward and former PBA MVP Williams.“You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.Aguilar averaged 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in the semis series. Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president No surprise as Mbala leads UAAP MVP race Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wow that’s awesome! I really never opened up to you about it but since I was a kid, I’d try to copy your game.🙈 Thanks, man!✔— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised former PBA MVP Kelly Williams for the tremendous battle they had in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Of course! thank you & im flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA & Gilas.Good luck in the finals!— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) October 8, 2017 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha notifies recruitment for 131 posts

first_imgSarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Odisha has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. Candidates can apply latest by August 12.Post details:Total posts: 131 postsPost name: Physical education instructor: 72 postsArt education instructor: 59 postsEligibility criterion:Educational qualification:Physical education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have completed their 10+2 with CPED/they should possess a graduate/post graduate degree in professional education. Candidates having a valid certificate issued by ‘Director of sports, Odisha’ will be preferred. Also, sports candidates above the age of 42 years with national level participation is eligible to apply.Art education instructor: Candidates applying for this post should have done Bachelors in Arts/Bachelors in Visual Arts. Candidates having BFA and BVA degree from B.K. Degree College and other government college of art and craft may be considered. Also, candidates who possess a B.Mus degree will be taken into consideration. Besides, candidates who do not possess a diploma/degree but has participated in the state-level competition can also apply.Pay Scale:Physical education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)Art education instructor: Rs 100 per class (maximum 24 classes per month)How to apply:In order to apply, the candidates are required to log in to the official website and download the application forms from there. The duly filled application forms should be printed and sent to “District Project Coordinator, RTE-SSA, Shiksha Sadan, Near Collectorate,Koaput 764020”.last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Must Start Fast in Waco; A Look at the Recent History

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State goes on the road Saturday for their first road game of the season as they take on No. 16 Baylor in Waco. The Cowboys (2-1) face the highest ranked team in the conference in the Bears (3-0), who have outscored their opponents 133-30 in their first three games of the Jim Grobe era. Baylor has done it against non-Power five foes like Northwestern State, SMU, and Rice.A surprising trend has emerged early this season for the Bears, and not one you might expect. Despite putting up video game numbers in the final box score, they’re not doing it out of the gates. Through the last two games against Rice and SMU, they have put up zero (0) points in the first quarter. The sluggish starts are something that is on head coach Jim Grobe’s radar going into this weekend.“We’ve played pretty good overall, Grobe said in his weekly press conference. “But with the Big 12 games getting cranked up, we’d like to get started faster, no question.”And for this matchup in recent history, the fortune favors the team who jumps out early. In the past 10 years since 2006, the team who has scored the most points at halftime has gone on to win the game. In 2015, Baylor jumped out to a 24-14 lead at half and went on to win 45-35. And in 2014, the Cowboys gave up a dreadful 21 points in the first quarter and trailed 28-14 at half — they went on to lose 49-28. That is the largest margin of victory for the Bears in the all-time series.Oklahoma State has started well in each game this season, putting up 31 at half against Pitt, 17 against Central Michigan, and 31 against SE Louisiana. And for OSU to have a shot this weekend, they’ll need to get out to a fast start in Waco and continue that trend in their first road game of the season in primetime.last_img read more

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Red Rooster MVP Awards Program

first_imgOn Monday 2 July, the Red Rooster Junior MVP Awards program will come to an end.Over teh past 2 years more than 30 000 MVP awards have been handed out to junior participants ina variety of sports across the country rewarding them for their efforts. SportingPulse and Touch Football Australia recognise the importance of campaigns such as this for the continued growth of sport in Australia.  Related LinksMVP Awardslast_img

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10 months agoHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely over

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Helsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist admits a mooted move to Manchester United is now unlikely.The defender was linked with a free transfer to United earlier this season.But speaking to Fotboll Direkt, Granqvist said: “With 99.9 per cent certainty, we can kill the speculation here and now.“It would be quite sensational, but I don’t think it will happen. Then I do not know if I want to.”It’s with Helsinborgs I want to be.” last_img

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10 months agoPSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very different

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say PSG star Neymar: Without Mourinho, Man Utd will be very differentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG star Neymar admits Manchester United are a different proposition after the dismissal of Jose Mourinho.PSG and United will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”I was happy [with the draw], they will be two great matches between two great sides,” Neymar told PSG’s official website.”We know the quality that Manchester United have and we know that their players have a winning mentality.”The coach has changed and it will be a different playing style – they’re in the process of changing things up – but we know the quality they have.”I love the big matches and it’s always a pleasure to play in them.“I’m very happy to be taking on Manchester United.” last_img read more

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