OG drum and bass act Pendulum have been on a hiatus from performing live since 2012, with each member focused on side projects including Knife Party and Destroid. Last night, the pioneering live electronic act reunited on the main stage at Ultra Music Festival to close out the final night of the three-day event held in downtown Miami. The performance was electric and had the crowd of 100,000 strong going wild.During the set, Deadmau5 emerged to join the group, dropping his hit “Ghosts N Stuff” which features Pendulum/Knife Party’s Rob Swire on vocals. The memorable collaboration ended the festival on a high note.Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, also replaced The Prodigy the previous day when the British electro/rock band had to cancel due to health issues.Check out Pendulum’s epic Ultra finale featuring Deadmau5:[H/T Dancing Astronaut]
We’ll never get enough Jerry Garcia music! The newest edition in the GarciaLive archival series has just been announced, and it’s a great one. Taken from an intimate performance in 1976, the new GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976 – Jerry Garcia Band sees the group perform at a former grocery store called Sophie’s in Palo Alto, CA. The recordings from the show were only recently discovered, by none other than Donna Jean Godchaux.The band sees Garcia collaborating with drummer Ron Tutt, bassist John Kahn, keyboardist Keith Godchaux and backing vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux. With a number of the classic covers that have come to define JGB shows, there’s no denying that this is one for the ages.You can check out the version of “After Midnight” from the release, which premiered on Relix. Stream it:The full tracklisting is printed below, and you can head here for pre-orders and more information. The album will be released on August 19th.GarciaLive Volume Seven: November 8th, 1976 – Jerry Garcia Band TracklistingDisc 1:1.) The Way You Do The Things You Do 2.) Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door 3.) After Midnight 4.) Who Was John? 5.) Mission in the Rain 6.) Stir It Up Disc 2: 1.) Midnight Moonlight 2.) Tore Up Over You 3.) Friend of the Devil 4.) Don’t Let Go 5.) Strange Man 6.) Stop That Train 7.) Ride Mighty High
Just weeks after adding its millionth Web page, the online biology clearinghouse the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) has received a major grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that will allow it to continue its mission of documenting every living plant and animal species on the globe.Launched in 2007 by Harvard University and five other institutions — the Smithsonian Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library — the EOL is intended as a worldwide Web portal for those seeking information about life on Earth, whether a high school student researching a homework assignment or a scholar conducting research.“In some cases, it can be difficult to determine if information on a particular species even exists,” said James Hanken, Agassiz Professor of Zoology and director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). “Even if they know a scientific paper exists on a species, researchers may not be able to access it.“We have always intended the EOL to serve as a portal which aggregates this material, and makes it easy for researchers to find the information they need,” continued Hanken, who chaired the EOL Steering Committee for its first three years. “In some cases, the EOL content may only be a PDF of a scientific paper, but that PDF can be tremendously valuable, particularly if it contains the only information known about that species.”“As it passes 1 million named species, the Encyclopedia of Life, with its own content and its links to information hard-won over many centuries, allows a Harvard student to extract new patterns and relationships about life nearby but formerly hard to find, or on the other side of the Earth,” said Jesse Ausubel, director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation program. “The EOL now serves the majority of life, a wonderful accomplishment for the five years since its inception.”The million species described on EOL represent just over half of the 1.8 million that have so far been named by scientists worldwide. Estimates for the full number of species on Earth range from 3 million to as many as 100 million.For researchers, Hanken said, the pages represent a vast store of knowledge waiting to be tapped.“The million pages that we count are pages that have some type of content on them,” he said. “We have other pages — called stub pages — that are simply place-holders. They include just the name of a species. Those pages are not counted here. The pages we counted may contain a validated photograph, or some lines of text that quote a paper describing the species, audio or video, or even a link to a gene sequence.”In an effort to make that content more useful for researchers, EOL recently received a $1 million grant from the Sloan Foundation, a portion of which will be used to update the way EOL presents data on marine life in the Gulf of Maine, with the aim of allowing researchers to mine the site by using a variety of search terms.“Right now, most of the content on EOL is not structured,” Hanken said. “We are trying to organize that data in such a way that it will be searchable, so scientists can use filters to parse the data in a variety of new ways. We want this site to be used, and to be useful. And if we can deliver EOL content in a structured format, it will enable much more advanced and deeper scientific research.”The grant will also be used to support the EOL’s ongoing educational efforts. Among the most recent efforts, Hanken said, was an optional assignment for students in “The Biology of Amphibians and Reptiles,” the class he co-teaches with Jonathan Losos, the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America and MCZ’s curator in herpetology.Rather than writing a term paper, students were given the option of writing two species pages for the EOL for course credit, and just over half of the 21 students in the class accepted. Their pages should be released to the online encyclopedia this summer.“Learning and education was a part of the EOL right from the beginning. But until recently, there was not enough rich content to support that aspect of our mission,” he said. “Now, however, the sky is the limit in terms of the kind of activities, both formally and informally, that we can deliver to users.”
The tranquility that usually greets visitors at Harvard Art Museums was cast aside on Sept. 11 as 1,300 undergrad and graduate students poured in for Student Late Night.The annual event kicked off the fall semester by inviting students to spend quality time with works by artists such as Kerry James Marshall and Vincent van Gogh.Within 15 minutes, 532 students had passed through the threshold and been greeted with stickers inspired by colors from the Forbes Pigment Collection, raffles, and Harvard Art Museums-themed goodies. Music curated by DJ Saskia (Luke Martinez ’19) drifted through the courtyard and provided a thoughtful auditory companion to one of the museums’ latest exhibitions, “Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art.”Harvard President Larry Bacow attended Student Late Night. Photo by Caitlin CunninghamAccording to Erin Northington, assistant director of student programs and campus initiatives at the museums, the DJ was in “rare form,” dancing across the turntables like a ballerina spinning across a stage: graceful, relaxed, and unflappable. The musical choices made an electrifying background as students gathered excitedly in the courtyard, which morphed from an ideal study spot to a dance hall for the night.,In the downstairs Materials Lab (mlab), students got to create their own metal point drawings using different implements and objects on specially coated paper. Some doodled while others, such as Anna Li ’21, intently focused on their creations. Li painstakingly rendered an image of her teammate’s friend’s pet Sheba, studiously capturing the dog’s wide eyes. “[This is] a really cool thing,” says Li, looking around the packed room of students creating to their hearts’ content. “[It’s] a really nice study break for all of the students here.”On the fifth floor was the Lightbox Gallery, “a venue for digital experimentation” where the museums intersect with technology. The projects on this floor rotate regularly, and on Sept. 11 the gallery welcomed visitors to the world of Division of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology (DIET). A projected display of colorful circles, each corresponding to a work of art in the museums, took up the majority of the space.“We track everything that our curators and staff know about our collections … and then we try to make [that data] publicly available,” said Jeff Steward, director of DIET. “We’re just trying to introduce people who are science-minded to the ways in which data about collections can be used.”Museum staff members also attended Student Late Night, and it was the first one for Soyoung Lee, the museums’ new chief curator. “I’m just really excited by the energy … I can’t thank the students enough,” she said. “I’m really inspired by their love of this place.”Babi Oloko ’21 is a communications intern and on the student board at the Harvard Art Museums.
The Georgia Peanut Commission awarded University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams their 2003 Peanut Research and Education Award during their annual farm show and conference Jan. 17 in Albany, Ga.”We appreciate what President Adams and the University of Georgia have done to improve and sustain our industry,” GPC Chairman Armond Morris told the 1,200 conference participants.”Their research, extension and development of new and improved products, management strategies and cultivars have been critical to our peanut producers,” Morris said. “The margin of profit now has become so thin that without these contributions, we’d be in trouble.”Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, accepted the award for Adams.”He recognizes the role agriculture plays in our university and the importance of agriculture in our state,” said Buchanan, who was also the conference’s keynote speaker.Last year, Buchanan said, Adams hosted one of four national conferences formed to find and develop new funding opportunities for agricultural research, extension and education.”Communication is key with our federal and state legislators,” Buchanan said. “We must use the technology we’ve developed to become more efficient. We’re not doing enough in agricultural research, and key issues affecting the peanut industry must have additional funding to advance the type of research that must go forward.”He highlighted key areas — tomato spotted wilt virus, water, insect and disease control and rotation — that need extensive research attention.Last year didn’t treat peanut farmers well. Untimely, severe weather hurt the crop during planting, harvest and in between.But there could be help on the way, said U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.). He said he felt Congress would approve more than $3 billion in disaster aid for U.S. farmers.The senate approved the disaster aid as part of the 2003 appropriations bill Jan. 22.Georgia farmers lost about $30 million worth of peanuts last year, according to CAES estimates.The GPC conducts programs in peanut promotion, research and education. Its funding comes from a $2-per-ton assessment (this year, about $1.4 million) on all Georgia peanut farmers. Georgia produces almost 40 percent of the total U.S. peanut production.
The University of Georgia is more than 9,000 miles away from where most Vietmanese college students pursued their undergraduate degrees, but representatives from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences want it to be on the top of their list of possible graduate schools.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently signed an agreement with the Vietnam International Education Development (VIED) program to bring graduate students to complete their masters and doctoral degrees at CAES.“Vietnam is increasingly becoming a stronger global player because of their rapid and sustained economic growth,”said Amrit Bart, director of the CAES Office of Global Programs. “With this program they hope to strengthen their capacity for research and education, and as they progress and develop their programs, this partnership will strengthen our relationship with their scientific and academic community.”Under the agreement signed in January 23rd., the VIED program, administered by Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, will screen, select and submit potential applicants to apply into CAES graduate programs. VIED will pay the full cost of attending graduate school, Bart said. The college would benefit from an increased international perspective in its classrooms and labs and would also have ready pool of excellent graduate assistants to help teach classes and perform research.While Vietnam has more than 400 colleges and universities across the nation, the country has a limited number of doctoral programs and consequently, few doctroral degree holders. Vietnam’s Ministry of Education is investing in the VIED 911 scholarship program because the country, which has one the fastest growing economies in Asia, needs well-trained professors and research scientists to bolster their scholarship and research. The hope is that by sending students abroad to attain their doctoral degrees, the country will develop the professors and researchers needed to launch graduate programs at its universities and colleges. Since it began 2010, the program has already funded a number of scholarships but well below their target.The CAES Office of Global Programs plans to send CAES faculty members to five well regarded universities with strong agricultural programs to Vietnam this year. They will meet with potential doctoral students as well as university administrators to highlight the strengths of the college and value of their UGA degreeUniversity of Georgia students and faculty should start seeing the first VIED graduate students on campus in fall of 2016. While there is a great deal of student interest in fields of study outside of the CAES, this agreement will only bring students to study in departments in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.In addition to signing the VIED, Bart and Dean Scott Angle worked with the Vietnam Education Foundation to support further scholarship for Vietmanese students under their scholar program to study at the UGA CAES.“Vietnam has one of the most aggressive and forward looking education improvement program in Southeast Asia with significant portion of their GDP being spent in higher education. The students who would apply to UGA would be highly screened and selected from top universities.“
Via Cheese, a Swanton-based cheese manufacturer, will receive three-quarters-of-a million dollars from the state to help modernize the former Lucille Farms cheese factory. In a ceremony at the plant Wednesday, Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn announced the $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to the Town of Swanton, which will be loaned to Via Cheese, a manufacturer of mozzarella, provolone, and other products. Additional funding is being provided in the form of a $150,000 loan from the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation. The total project cost is estimated at just over $1 million and work is expected to begin at the plant in the coming months.Via Cheese began operations in October 2006 at the former Lucille Farms facility in Swanton’s industrial park, and will use the funds for capital improvements; repairs and upgrades to increase efficiency; and to bring the plant into compliance with Vermont Department of Agriculture and USDA inspection standards.“These funds will allow Via Cheese to provide enhanced quality control, to improve energy efficiency, and strengthen the company for the future,” Dorn said. “This will assist continuing to keep nearly 50 workers on the job, as well as supporting the local dairy farmers who supply the plant.”“We are very pleased that the town, the state, and the administration of Governor Jim Douglas have stepped up to help as we invest in bringing this facility up to date and implementing our Quality Improvement Plan,” said Via Cheese President Erik Brue. “Via Cheese is committed to Vermont, and this investment demonstrates Vermont’s commitment to our success.”“High volume dairy manufacturers such as Via Cheese are a significant contributor to the dairy industry and Vermont’s overall economy,” Dorn said.The Community Development Block Grant was approved by the Vermont Community Development Board, and the program is administered by the Vermont Community Development Program, part of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development.“These grants are an important element of not only creating much-needed affordable housing, but of revitalizing our economy,” Dorn said. “This is especially true here in Franklin County.”The Governor praised the work of local officials and private partners as well as the dedication of the staff at the Department of Housing and Community Affairs who work in the Vermont Community Development Program.The Agency awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Secretary Dorn.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external) Source: Governor’s Office. August 12, 2009. -30-
Trump steel tariffs pose a problem for planned U.S. pipeline projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):President Donald Trump’s plan to double tariffs on steel imported from Turkey to 50% could place additional financial pressure on Kinder Morgan Inc.’s proposed 1.98-Bcf/d Gulf Coast Express Pipeline LLC and dampen prospects for future U.S. natural gas projects.The escalating trade headwinds for domestic pipeline operators come at a time when transportation constraints in the prolific Permian Basin shale play have increased demand for new takeaway capacity to deliver supplies to market for use in exports and to serve power-hungry Mexico.The Houston-based Kinder Morgan, which moves more than a third of the gas consumed in the U.S., is sourcing 144,000 tonnes of steel pipe from Turkish producer Borusan Mannesmann to be used for Gulf Coast Express. Welspun Tubular is set to produce about 175,000 tonnes for the pipeline at its Little Rock, Ark., mill.“We continue to be concerned that these sorts of trade actions threaten important energy infrastructure projects, and ultimately hurt American consumers and businesses,” the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America said in a statement. The trade group said “companies that made purchasing agreements months or years ago, before the announcement of Section 232 tariffs, are now being unfairly punished for participating in international trade.”Elsewhere, Trump’s trade war with allies and adversaries alike is affecting U.S. pipeline projects.Cheniere Energy Inc. has requested a tariff exclusion for its Midship pipeline project. The pipeline is set to stretch from the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma to pipelines that will allow up to 1.44 Bcf/d to be sent to the U.S. Gulf Coast. It is sourcing pipe for that project from a Canadian supplier. The U.S. Department of Commerce rejected a similar exclusion request by Plains All American Pipeline LP for more than 155,000 tonnes of steel for its Cactus II crude pipeline. The operator is sourcing steel for its pipeline from a Greek manufacturer.More ($): Trump’s Turkey tariff hike expected to hit Kinder Morgan gas pipeline project
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old Brentwood man allegedly used a faceless wooden dummy in the passenger seat of his truck to drive in the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway, Suffolk County police said.A Highway Patrol officer stopped James Campbell for allegedly speeding in his pickup truck as he was heading westbound near Exit 51 in Dix Hills at 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said.“When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed…a wooden figure wearing a hooded sweatshirt in the passenger seat,” police said in a news release.Campbell allegedly told the officer that he was driving to a new job and did not want to be late, according to authorities.The driver was issued summonses for speeding and occupancy violation.The case is not the first time someone has been summonsed for driving with a dummy in the HOV lane. A Mount Sinai woman was caught doing the same thing five years ago.