October 15

KARI SKOGLAND ON DIRECTING THE HANDMAIDS TALE

first_img Login/Register With: Kari Skogland – Photo by David Leyes Advertisement Kari Skogland’s resumé includes Vikings and The Handmaid’s Tale. Here, the veteran director and showrunner shares some insider intel ahead of The Handmaid’s Tale season two premiere in April.1) What her job actually entails. “On some shows, like The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m simply one of the directors they’ve brought in. Sometimes I create the idea for a show and sell it; other times I showrun, which means I’m the overall person who oversees everything. It also depends on what stage of production we’re in. When I’m prepping, I’m constantly communicating with the team about creative solutions. I also meet with actors for coffee so we can get a language of trust going on both sides. When we’re shooting, I’m available to all the crew. I’m not there to solve their problems, but I am there to encourage their creative spirit.”2) The dial is moving on getting women working behind the scenes in Hollywood—but way too slowly. “I think, like, 7 to 9 percent of directors are women. People say they can’t find female directors, but the reason for that is there’s no access, no entry point. They don’t appear overnight—you have to create a space where they can grow and be discovered. It requires advocacy on the part of the big players. People are starting to take risks. There’s no way The Handmaid’s Tale would have gotten made three or four years ago, and I hope it’s giving people the confidence that these sorts of unique, feminist stories work and that people—men and women—want to watch them.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

October 14

Two Aboriginal women honoured with Order of Canada

first_imgAPTN National NewsTwo prominent Aboriginal women received the Order of Canada recently.Aaju Peter is an Inuk lawyer, clothing designer and activist. She spent a lifetime fighting for Inuit rights and raising awareness about the challenges faced in the North.Michele Rouleau is the former present of the Quebec Native Women’s Association and is now the president of Wabanok Productions. She’s being recognized for her years of dedication to the Aboriginal and human rights.last_img

October 13

NAFTA termination would have modest impact on economy Conference Board

first_imgOTTAWA – The Conference Board of Canada is predicting a 0.5 per cent decline in the country’s economy resulting in the loss of about 85,000 jobs within a year if the North American Free Trade Agreement is terminated.As talks to renegotiate the trade deal enter an expected eighth round in the coming weeks, the think tank says in a new report that would be the best-case scenario in a post-NAFTA world.While the board says its analysis suggests a modest impact on the Canadian economy, it adds several possible reactions are not considered such as further U.S. trade actions including non-tariff barriers and a stronger reaction from businesses.Its analysis says real merchandise exports would fall by $8.9 billion or 1.8 per cent in the year following a NAFTA collapse, with the largest impact on motor vehicle and parts exports which would plunge by about $6 billion.Tariffs and a depreciating loonie would also boost the price of U.S. imports into Canada, leading real merchandise imports to fall by a similar $8.8 billion or 1.8 per cent.Higher import prices, the resulting decline in domestic consumption, and the loss of export competitiveness would lead to a $3.3-billion drop in real business investment spending in Canada in the first year following a NAFTA collapse, the report says.Investment could decline further in the long term, as the collapse of NAFTA would hurt Canada’s ability to attract investment based on secured access to the U.S. market, further affecting long-term economic growth, the analysis adds.Job losses would continue into the second year following a NAFTA breakup, leading to total job losses of 91,000.“Negotiations to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement have, by all accounts, not gone well since they began last year,” the Conference Board of Canada report said.“The discussions have led many observers to speculate that the Trump administration will withdraw from the 24-year-old deal.”last_img read more

October 7

Trudeau and Trump

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that he looks forward to working with whoever gets elected president in the United States but he will not directly comment on Donald Trump. Trudeau says that there were times in the past where the president and prime minister had differing political views but were able to work very well together. Some people in Burlington that Nicole Martin spoke with this morning say they don’t think that’s possible if Trump is elected President.

October 2

Forecasting positive 2015 world crop prospects UN agency warns of food insecurity

That is despite continuing apprehension over El Niño, growing concerns over a sharp shortfall in maize grown in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as poor production in other food insecure hotspot areas. According to the latest release of the UN agency’s monthly Food Price Index and the new edition of the quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, both issued today, world cereal production this year should amount to 2.5 billion tons. That represents a 1.1 percent decline from the record level in 2014, but an improvement from projections made last month. Meanwhile, the Food Price Index declined 0.9 percent in June compared to May. At 165.1 points, it is now down 21 percent compared to a year ago and at its lowest level since September 2009. The decline mainly came as a result of a drop of 6.6 percent in the price of sugar and of 4.1 percent in the prices of dairy products, which more than offset a rebound in palm oil and wheat quotations. Increasing worldwide demand for livestock feed, especially in Brazil, China and the United States, is supporting prices for coarse grains, including maize. But those global price trends and favorable prospects for world cereal production mask localized hotspots of food insecurity, the report also cautioned. Some 34 countries worldwide, including 28 in Africa – many hosting large numbers of refugees – are in need of external assistance for food, it says. Today’s report in particular highlights “alarming” food security conditions in conflict-affected areas of South Sudan, where the number of severely food insecure people has almost doubled to an estimated 4.6 million since the beginning of 2015. The study also points out that, despite better prospects, the Near East faces an escalating humanitarian crisis. 2015 cereal production in that region is expected to recover from last year’s drought, driven by a projected 18 percent increase in output in Turkey. But conflicts continue to “severely” impact on agriculture and Iraq, Yemen and Syria continue to face an “escalating humanitarian crisis.” Yemen in particular stands out, where of 12.9 million food insecure people about 6.1 million are in “Emergency” Phase, while 6.8 million are in “Crisis” Phase, representing a 21 percent increase over the previous year. Finally, in Asia, a record crop in China and Pakistan is expected to offset declines elsewhere – mainly in India, as a result of a poor wheat harvest. Nepal has seen drops in food production due to earthquake damage, while in the Democratic Republic of Korea, a severe dry spell is expected to result in reduced cereal production in 2015, adds the report. read more

October 2

Torrance Gibson suspended for 2016 season

Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerJust a week after OSU coach Urban Meyer announced redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson had practiced for the first time in 10 days, Gibson has been suspended for the entire 2016 season for a violation of team rules.Gibson took a redshirt last season after injuring his ankle. It was rumored another key factor in the decision to redshirt the former No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015 was problems with Gibson in the classroom.Gibson played in the 2016 spring game for the Gray team scoring twice in his first action in Ohio Stadium.

September 24

First Westech Flow Control Bodies go into service in Australia at Vale

first_imgAustralia’s first Westech Flow Control Body® for off-highway dump trucks was officially launched this month by leading non-OEM engineer and manufacturer Austin Engineering. The first Flow Control Body to be manufactured in Australia was on display at an event in the Hunter Valley, which was well attended by representatives of local minesites, OEMs, government and media. Austin Engineering built two of the innovative dust supressing bodies for use at Vale’s Integra coal mine, with the bodies going into operation on site immediately after the launch.Austin Engineering’s Executive General Manager – Eastern Australia Tim Ekert said: “We are very pleased at the level of interest shown at the launch of the Flow Control Body. Its dust control properties along with improved truck stability offers a clear benefit to mine sites, particularly in the Hunter region where dust mitigation is a hot topic. Our ability to engineer products to solve specific problems is something we’re known for, and the Flow Control product is a great example of that.”last_img read more

September 22

Its so hard to believe our star our hero our idol has

first_img(REPRODUCED WITH PERMISSION from the ‘Kilbeacanty Old and New Facebook page‘)********“As we wake this morning we hoped that it was just a bad dream, a nightmare, that it isn’t true, it couldn’t be true. There is a cloud over Kilbeacanty, the sun came up but it did not take away the darkness.“You can feel the sorrow, nearly see it. It’s totally calm even the dogs aren’t barking. It’s as if they know. It’s like Kilbeacanty , Galway, the whole of Ireland, Australia and beyond is covered in a blanked of sorrowful, painful, raw emotion. It’s so hard to believe our star, our hero, our idol has been taken from us in his prime.“But Niall Donohue was so so much more than that to us. He was one of us. We were and always will be so so proud of Niall Donohue. We watched him grow knowing his potential, watched him develop for our club, then through the ranks with Galway.“Never not once doubting his ability, just hoping he had the conviction to deliver on it, and deliver he did. He delivered the All Ireland U21 trophy to us and brought it back to the parish after he manned the problem full back position.He followed this up with the Bob O’Keeffe cup the following year when they beat Kilkenny in the Leinster final and went on to score the point of the match in the All Ireland Final.“But Niall was more, to his club Kilbeacanty, us, he was our shining light. The best of his generation, the best many of us had ever seen wear the blue and gold. We lost so many to emigration but as long as we had Niall we had a chance.“You could see the players around him grow tall. Just by his presence you knew you had a chance, that the opponents would find it hard to break us down if Niall was on form. Just a couple of weeks ago he gave the best individual performance ever seen by many by a Kilbeacanty club man in Kilbeacanty colours in the county quarter final.Niall Donoghue celebrates Galway’s 2012 All-Ireland semi-final winPic: INPHO/Colm O’Neill “But Niall was more than that, he never turned us down when we wanted to do club or school functions. You could have offered our young players any player in the country Joe, Henry, Tommy, anyone. They only ever wanted Niall. They adored him and idolised him. He was one of ours.“But Niall was more. How will Niall be remembered? Yes, he had unbelievable talent as a hurler. Yes, he was an unbelievable athlete. But Niall will be remembered as the shy unassuming lad, he who was happier talking to old lads in McCarthy’s or young kids at the pitch or being with his large circle of friends than being in the spotlight.“Niall was a friend to so many, a man of few words but even people that did not know him liked him. You can feel the genuine sadness felt by people in all the comments made everywhere last night and today.But Niall was more. Niall’s face was what drew you in. That warm smile is etched in my mind like in so many others minds this morning and there it will stay forever.“It feels like our hearts have been ripped out, but this cannot compare to the pain and suffering of Francie, Shane and Orla and all his other family members and all our thoughts and prayers are with you now.“There is a dark cloud over Kilbeacanty now and it will be there for a long time.“The bed of Heaven to you Niall, you’re in your Mother arms now.”Comment: The tragic passing of Galway hurler Niall Donoghue23 Twitter tributes by GAA players to Niall Donoghuelast_img read more

September 21

Amazing map offers an inventory of all the trees in the US

first_imgThe map pictured above shows the incredible amount of work put in over a six-year period by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center to create a visualization of the remaining forests in the United States. The pair of researchers saw a need to visualize to the country exactly how much of the natural resource we have left. From the data collected, Robert Simmon built the map with help from U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey.With trees being one of the best “storage devices” the Earth has to hold carbon, the information displayed on the map is vital to helping plan future development. It also helps to see how trees have made a comeback in regions like New England, which were forested heavily in the past two centuries. The research team used information from space-radar stations as well as data from other satellite installations in conjunction with existing ground-based surveys to complete the cartography. The group estimates that along with the large overall view, they also have gathered measurement data for five million individual trees.The full map is said to have an incredible scale: 4 pixels for every acre in the contiguous United States, according to the release. That land mass is 3,119,884.69 square miles, or about 1,996,726,201 acres. The graphic has 12,519,713 pixels (at 4457×2809) so it seems like there is an original, full-sized version is not available (or my math is wrong), but it’s still quite an excellent image.If you’ve looked closely enough at the map to notice the dividing lines on it then you’ve probably noticed that they aren’t the outlines of the states. The study divided the country into 66 mapping regions and where the numbers of trees falls off quickly (like in the northwest corner of the country) a new zone was created. As it happens that mass of trees is the Okanogen and Wenatchee National Forests which are lighter around the Puget Sound because of Seattle and it’s suburbs. The lack of trees to the west, right after the end of that region has a simple explanation: it’s farmland.Kellndorfer and Walker hope that their work will be used to help make smarter decisions about harvesting as well as what impact human developments will have on the tree supply. With updates and future plotting, experts can see whether or not the latest shopping mall will cause a major disturbance to the surrounding forest and its inhabitants. Read more at the NASA website.last_img read more

September 21

Family devastated as homeless man is charged with murder of mother and

first_img Short URL Apr 2nd 2017, 1:49 PM Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 1:49 PM Flowers at the scene of the tragedy Image: West Midland Police Family ‘devastated’ as homeless man is charged with murder of mother and son The family had helped the man over the past year. Image: West Midland Police By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3319897 Contrary to press reports, the family did not provide refuge for homeless people and the suspect had never lived at the family home, but had been assisted by the family in the past 12 months.“The family would like to express their gratitude to the emergency services, and to thank hospital staff for their excellent care. We would appreciate privacy and respect during this distressing time.”Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Six arrested over ‘brutal’ assault on teenage asylum seeker in LondonRead: Judge rejects Trump’s defence against claim he incited violence at rally Flowers at the scene of the tragedy Share1 Tweet Email 22,826 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A MAN HAS been charged with the double murder of a mother and son in Stourbridge, England.Aaron Barley, of no fixed address, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with two counts of murder and one of attempted murder. He was remanded to appear at Birmingham Crown Court tomorrow.Tracey Wilkinson (50) and her 13-year-old Pierce were found with fatal stab injuries at their home on Thursday morning.Her husband Peter remains in hospital in a stable condition after suffering stab wounds to his back and chest.Their daughter Lydia (18) said the family “is devastated at the loss of Tracey and Pierce”.In a statement, she said: “They were extremely loved by all of their family and friends. Pierce was a fun-loving, friendly and happy boy, who loved computer games and made everyone smile.“Tracey was loving, caring and a wonderful mother and daughter, always putting others before herself. No Comments last_img read more

September 18

Report Mesut Ozil returns to training at Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil has reportedly returned to training at Arsenal and is back in contention for a place in the squad for this weekend’s trip to Cardiff CityThe Gunners had to make do without their German playmaker in last Saturday’s 3-1 win over West Ham United at the Emirates.News had emerged beforehand that Ozil would be unavailable due to an illness, which was later confirmed by manager Unai Emery after the club’s victory.The Spanish coach also denied allegations over an apparent bust-up between himself and Ozil.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Now the Evening Standard reports that the former Germany international could be set to return to the Arsenal squad in time for the trip to South Wales on Saturday.Ozil is expected to make an appearance in today’s training session.Arsenal are now in ninth place in the Premier League standings after securing their first points of the season.last_img read more

September 18

Sandro Wagner frustrated by lack of minutes at Bayern Munich

first_imgSandro Wagner hinted at his discontent with life at Bayern Munich by saying that he needs to know more before answering a tactical questionThe 30-year-old forward made his second start of the season for Bayern’s 2-1 DFB-Pokal win over Rodinghausen on Tuesday.Wagner made sure not waste the rare opportunity handed to him by manager Niko Kovac by scoring the opening goal after just eight minutes.Fellow forward Thomas Muller, who’s also struggled for regular minutes of late, then got the second goal of the night five minutes later from a penalty.Speaking after the win, Wagner refused to discuss whether or not German fourth division side Rodinghausen found Bayern easy to play against because everyone knows their approach.“These are questions you have to talk about to players that play every game or the coach or the manager,” said Wagner, according to Goal.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I don’t know. It is not my task to analyse this.”The German then hinted that he was clearly dissatisfied with his current role at Bayern.“Of course, it feels good for me [to score]. I played my first Bundesliga game more than 10 years ago. I have been quite successful over the last few years. It was fun to score,” added Wagner.“Now we’ve already got to November and it was only my second game where I started. It’s not what I am aiming for.”Wagner has made just six appearances for Bayern this season with a total of 218 minutes of action.last_img read more

September 5

Modi in Man vs Wild PM to appear with Bear Grylls in

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi to feature in the new episode of Man vs Wild hosted by adventurer Bear GryllsTwitterPrime Minister Narendra Modi will feature in the latest episode of adventure series Man vs Wild with host and adventurer Bear Grylls to create awareness about animal conservation.The popular series by Discovery Channel will showcase PM Modi in a new avatar. He will be seen rowing boats and trekking at Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. British survivalist Bear Grylls’ show will create awareness about protecting the wildlife and its importance in the eco-system.Proud to announce on #InternationalTigerDay that PM @NarendraModi & renowned adventurer @BearGrylls will feature in ‘Man Vs Wild’ to create awareness about animal conservation. India premiere @DiscoveryIn on Aug 12 at 9 PM. Global premiere across 180 countries #PMModionDiscovery pic.twitter.com/9PvIq7nrvP— Discovery Channel IN (@DiscoveryIN) July 29, 2019 In a statement, PM Modi said that the show is a great opportunity to present India’s rich environmental heritage and to stress on the importance of environment conservation and living in harmony with nature. “It was a great experience spending time in the jungle once again, this time with Bear, who is blessed with indefatigable energy and quest to experience nature at its purest,” he said.The promo video of the episode showcases PM Modi welcoming Bear Grylls with a wooden weapon in his hand. He is also seen rafting across the streams with the adventurer. The series will be showcased in more than 180 countries across the world on Discovery Channel and the Indian premiere will be at 9 pm.Grylls said that it was a privilege for him to take the Prime Minister on such an expedition into the Indian wilderness. “I feel truly honoured to get to spend time with this remarkable world leader. The wild reminds us that we need each other and that together we are stronger. I am so excited to spend time with the PM and to get to know the man who leads this great nation,” he said, reports NDTV.However, some politicians have taken a dig at PM Modi. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party leader Mehbooba Mufti sarcastically commented from her twitter handle. “At the risk of sounding repetitive, the PM surely is a pioneer in innovative PR skills that seem to strike a chord with every generation,” she said.CPI(M) leader Kavita Krishnan attacked the prime minister. “Modi is helping his corporate cronies destroy wilds in India & Australia. He’s enacting a law enabling forest officials to kill forest communities. He is a climate change denier. Plus he’s a fascist. Shame you’re letting him use you to cover all this up,” she said.last_img read more

September 3

Babul Akter meets investigating officer

first_imgSuperintendant of police Babul AkterFormer police super (SP) Babul Akter has met the investigating officer (IO) of the case against him in connection with the murder of his wife Mahmuda Khanam.He reached the city detective branch office in Laldighi, Chittagong, Tuesday afternoon.Babul entered the room of the IO, also additional deputy commissioner of police Mohammed Kamaruzzaman, at 3:45 this afternoon, avoiding questions from waiting newsmen.IO Mohammed Kamaruzzaman told Prothom Alo that investigations are at the final stages. Babul is the plaintiff in the case. He was summoned for questioning.Babul’s wife Mahmuda Akter was stabbed and shot dead on 5 June last year at the GEC intersection of Chittagong city by unknown assailants. Babul Akter filed a case against three unidentified persons in this connection with the Panchlaish police station.Police had initially said militants may have killed his wife.Then on 24 June last year, police picked Babul Akter up from his in-law’s house in Banasree, Dhaka, releasing him after 15 hours of interrogation. On 6 September the home ministry issued a circular announcing his dismissal from service.Mahmuda Akter’s parents are now blaming Babul Akter for the murder of their daughter, although they had rejected outright the allegation in the first place.Read more: SP Babul released from police custodySP Babul being quizzed: Home ministerlast_img read more

August 31

Creating a nanoscale laser

first_img Citation: Creating a nanoscale laser (2007, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-03-nanoscale-laser.html 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. “The answer,” says Savels, “is quite small — only two atoms are necessary.” Savels and his peers explain their findings in a Letter titled “Gain Narrowing in Few-Atom Systems” in Physical Review Letters. “It is really a race to see who can build these small lasers, and we have drawn the finish line,” Savels says, explaining that right now the microscopic laser is a theory. “But it is applicable for a huge range of experiments, and already there are groups interested in working on this idea.”Savels points out that microscopic lasers with two atoms are actually smaller than some of the lasers that make use of only one ion. “Those lasers need cavities and mirrors to create the laser effect,” he says. “We show that you don’t need mirrors. All you need is another atom. Ours is the smallest and simplest system we know of that is an exactly solvable way to get laser oscillation.”One atom is pumped, and at least one other atom nearby provides optical feedback. It is possible to introduce more atoms into the clustered system, and the team from The Netherlands posits clusters with up to five atoms in their Letter. “The more atoms we have, the better the effect,” says Savels, “but the fact remains that you only need one other atom besides the one that is pumped.”This laser theory is fundamental, Savels explains, and can be used for particles other than atoms. “Amazingly, this laser effect applies to a wide range of objects including molecules, gold particles attached to DNA, and even to quantum dots.” “Our theory also touches on discussions of what lasers are,” Savels continues. “As you get smaller, things get fuzzy and people tend to disagree about what defines a laser. We’ve talk to a lot of other scientists, and what we have found is that by and large, a laser has what is called gain narrowing.” Gain narrowing is a term that refers to the fact that the bandwidth of light can be reduced to a point where the frequency only allows one color in the light spectrum, such as blue for a DVD player or red in other devices. “When you put little energy into the system, only one color survives,” Savels explains, “and this is the very thing we looked for in our system. We found that two atoms together can do the same thing that one ion with a cavity and mirrors can do.”Savels is certain that the project will move toward the experimental realization of this system. “It really is widely applicable, and can be used to form nanoscale laser systems for a variety of uses in the future.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. “Nowadays, people and companies want to try to make smaller and smaller integrated circuits. In order to do this, low-power optical devices, like lasers, are needed,” Tom Savels tells PhysOrg.com. Savels, a scientist at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics in Amsterdam, and his colleagues, Allard Mosk and Ad Lagendijk at the MESA Research Institute at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, set about asking themselves this question: how small can we make a laser? This image shows how a micro laser would work. The red dot representsthe pumped atom, and the blue dots represent other atoms, which thensend out light in a variety of directions. Credit: Tom Savelslast_img read more

August 31

New research may explain why serious thunderstorms and tornados are less prevalent

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — For much of the last century, people in parts of the United States have come to notice that just as they got the weekends off to relax, so too did it seem, did serious weather. Big booming thunderstorms that produced large hail and/or tornados, seemed to strike at will during the week, but come the weekend, things grew quiet. While there have been many theories as to why this might be, mostly religion based, it hasn’t been until much more recently that researchers have begun to take a closer look. Image credit: AGU But that’s still only part of the story. For such storms to spawn tornados, there has to be a shift of sorts or a tilt in the clouds to create so-called supercells, which occur when cool air is allowed to drop rapidly down though the lower clouds without affecting the warm air just next to it. This may come about, the researchers suggest, due to small raindrops evaporating as they fall through the lower clouds, causing the air and surrounding larger droplets, to cool. At that point, all it would take is for certain twists and turns to cause changes in the cloud structure causing supercells to form and then the generation of tornados. More information: Why do tornados and hailstorms rest on weekends? JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 116, D20211, 14 PP., 2011doi:10.1029/2011JD016214AbstractThis study shows for the first time statistical evidence that when anthropogenic aerosols over the eastern United States during summertime are at their weekly mid-week peak, tornado and hailstorm activity there is also near its weekly maximum. The weekly cycle in summertime storm activity for 1995–2009 was found to be statistically significant and unlikely to be due to natural variability. It correlates well with previously observed weekly cycles of other measures of storm activity. The pattern of variability supports the hypothesis that air pollution aerosols invigorate deep convective clouds in a moist, unstable atmosphere, to the extent of inducing production of large hailstones and tornados. This is caused by the effect of aerosols on cloud drop nucleation, making cloud drops smaller and hydrometeors larger. According to simulations, the larger ice hydrometeors contribute to more hail. The reduced evaporation from the larger hydrometeors produces weaker cold pools. Simulations have shown that too cold and fast-expanding pools inhibit the formation of tornados. The statistical observations suggest that this might be the mechanism by which the weekly modulation in pollution aerosols is causing the weekly cycle in severe convective storms during summer over the eastern United States. Although we focus here on the role of aerosols, they are not a primary atmospheric driver of tornados and hailstorms but rather modulate them in certain conditions.via Arstechnica Citation: New research may explain why serious thunderstorms and tornados are less prevalent on the weekends (2011, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-thunderstorms-tornados-prevalent-weekends.html Now, in a truly interesting study, Daniel Rosenfeld and Thomas Bell, a seemingly odd paring when you consider that Rosenfeld is with the Institute of Earth Sciences in Israel, while Bell is with NASA, have found that the phenomenon is apparently real, though it’s clearly not because of an otherworldly presence. As they describe in their paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, it has far more to do with more down to earth human activities.Rosenfeld and Bell limited their study area to a specific region of the American Southeast, an area that receives a number of thunderstorms and tornados every summer, and has been seen over the years as being particularly sensitive to the weekend weather syndrome. Because prior research by other groups showed that there were indeed more serious type storms in the area during the week, the two suspected it had something to do with air pollution. Using data (1995 to 2009) obtained from the EPA, which monitors air quality, they found that during the three summer months of June, July and August, there was a clear correlation between certain days of the week and the amount of aerosols in the atmosphere. As an example, they found that aerosols hit peak concentrations on Tuesdays, while bottoming out on weekends; evidence of the human work week, which causes much less particulate matter to be spewed when people are home relaxing on weekends.Then, because aerosol concentrations are known to cause small water droplet formation in the air, causing clouds to form, they theorize that the addition of more aerosols leads to smaller droplets in those clouds because there is only so much water in the air to cling to. Smaller droplets means less regular type rain because the droplets are lighter and get carried up higher into the atmosphere. When those lighter droplets do eventually condense into rain, they release a lot of upper atmospheric energy, which creates even more updrafts, which can pull hail upwards over and over increasing their size and produce more dramatic lightning and wind. The end result is a storm that is more powerful than it would have been were it not for the addition of extra aerosols. Image credit: AGU Journal information: Journal of Geophysical Research Explore further NASA data link pollution to rainy summer days in the southeast Thus, it all boils down to the fact that it’s our own human endeavors that are impacting the weather in ways that make sense when researchers look close enough. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Image credit: AGU This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

August 31

Paywall browser extension lets users read some paywalled papers for free

first_img Explore further More information: unpaywall.org/ 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. Journal information: arXiv A paywall, of course, blocks unpaid access to articles published by a website. Those who do not pay can generally read an abstract but not the full text. Researchers are eager to have their work published on such journal sites, because publication offers prestige and some degree of assurance to readers that the work has been peer reviewed. But because of the way research papers are written, they quite often wind up on the internet where they can be read for free before they are accepted by one of the established journals. The prepress site arXiv, run by Cornell University Library, for example, allows researchers to post their work for review by others before they submit to a journal. Many people who wish to access papers behind paywalls have discovered that they can often find them for free elsewhere, but it takes a lot of work. That is where Unpaywall comes in—it does the work for you.Users who download and install the Unpaywall extension find that a grey or green tab appears on their browser when they visit a paywall site—a grey tab means the extension was unable to find a free version, while a green one means that it has found one. Users click on the “unlock” sign to access it.Unpaywall does its work by accessing a database of what are known as digital object identifiers (DOIs). Jason Priem and Heather Piwowar, co-founders of Impactstory, created the basis of the extension by developing an API called oaDOI to search for relevant DOIs. They claim that their extension is able to find a free version of a paywalled paper approximately 30 percent of the time. Credit: unpaywall.orgcenter_img Study shows more than half of peer-reviewed research articles published during 2007-2012 are now open access Citation: Paywall browser extension lets users read some paywalled papers for free (2017, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-paywall-browser-extension-users-paywalled.html © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A group calling itself Impactstory, a nonprofit team whose mission is to make science more accessible to everyone, has released a free Chrome/Firefox extension called Unpaywall that allows users to access some research papers that lie behind a paywall without having to pay to access the paywall site. The official release date was April 4, but users have been able to download and use it for several weeks.last_img read more

August 29

MusicDNA Android music player with interesting visualization

first_imgMusicDNA: Android music player with interesting visualization by Martin Brinkmann on January 05, 2017 in Google Android – 2 commentsMusicDNA is a music player app for Android that combines the majority of features you’d expect from a music player for Android with interesting visualization.The three extra permissions that the player requests during installation are all explained on the Google Play website by its developer.The player itself opens up with a whole array of on-screen tips that explain its functionality.  While this may be useful to inexperienced users, it is certainly overkill for users who have used a music player app before on their Android device.Tips are displayed on the start screen, but also whenever you open core features of the player for the first time.MusicDNAMusicDNA’s start screen lists recently played songs and playlists, as well as options to play local songs in a variety of ways.You can open the local songs browser from there, play folders, or open the favorites or list of recent items. It is here that you come into contact with the player’s name giving DNA functionality.Basically, what it does is compute DNA for each song or audio track you play in the application. The visual side of the computation is shown when you play music in the player.Apart from playing local songs, you may use the player to play streams from SoundCloud. Simply tap on the search icon, type the name of an artist, song or band, and wait for the results to be populated.MusicDNA pulls data directly from SoundCloud; a tap on one of the results plays it directly on your device. You can enable a preference in the player’s settings to allow streaming only when the device is connected to a WiFi network.The music player ships with an equalizer that supports BassBoost and Reverb on top of that.Closing WordsThe majority of users who play music on their Android device may not care that much, or at all, about visualization of the music that is played. The integration of SoundCloud however is a nice feature, considering that you can play any song available on SoundCloud for free using the player.MusicDNA is free, without ads, and the source code of the Android application is also available on GitHub.Now You: Which music player do you use on Android?Summary12345 Author Rating1.5 based on 3 votes Software Name MusicDNAOperating System AndroidSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sdsmdg.harjot.MusicDNA&pcampaignid=MKT-Other-global-all-co-prtnr-py-PartBadge-Mar2515-1 Advertisementlast_img read more

August 20

WestJet gets 7 more passengers in Q3 boosts September traffic by 16

first_img CALGARY — Some 5.9 million passengers flew with WestJet in the third quarter of this year, up 7% year over year.For the month of September, passenger traffic increased 16.3% year over year while capacity grew 12.6%, for a load factor of 79.9%, 2.5 percentage points.“We are pleased with our fifth consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth, as we achieved our second highest load factor for a third quarter at 84% and flew a record 5.9 million guests,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. Posted by Tags: Load Factor, WestJet Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group WestJet gets 7% more passengers in Q3; boosts September traffic by 16% << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img