SETI at Night

first_imgFor 50 years, searchers for extra terrestrial intelligence (SETI) have thought that radio waves would provide the best signals, being able to traverse at the speed of light with little scattering.  Now, two physicists suggest another way: looking for the lights of their cities at night. Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Edwin Turner (Princeton) teamed up in a paper describing the method, according to PhysOrg and Space.com.  The method assumes aliens, like humans, would want to light up their cities at night.  It’s a long shot, they admit, and would require “future generations of telescopes” to achieve, but maybe astronomers could practice the technique on outer moons of our own solar system, like Eris.  “It’s very unlikely that there are alien cities on the edge of our solar system,” Turner admitted. On Astrobiology Magazine, other scientists gave their two cents on this idea.  Max Tegmark of MIT said, “It’s not like I think there’s a baseball stadium on Pluto, but we need to drop all preconceptions about what alien civilizations do and search in every way we can.”  His colleague Josh Winn added, “it’s an intriguing and straightforward concept. A long shot, for sure, but fun to think about.” Let’s take Max up on his advice of searching every way we can.  Since we’re talking about future generations of detectors, why not write a scientific paper suggesting that future generations of electronic noses might be able to detect alien B.O.  Like Winn said, it’s fun to think about.  Exercise.  Send us your concept for a new way to search for aliens. The aliens don’t have to exist, as long as it’s fun to think about.  Drop all preconceptions and speculate with reckless abandon.  Bonus points if your method can also detect gnomes and leprechauns.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Negative for corn and soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The report was negative with soybean and corn production in Brazil higher than last month. Soybean production was above the average trade estimate. Corn production was right at the high end of trade estimates.U.S. corn ending stocks were 2.32 billion bushels, unchanged from last month. U.S. soybean ending stocks were 435 million bushels, up 15 million bushels. U.S. corn exports were unchanged, corn used for ethanol was up 50 million bushels. US soybean exports were down 25 million bushels, crush was up 10 million bushels.Brazil soybean production was estimated at 108 million tons, up 4 million tons. Argentina soybean production was pegged at 55.5 million tons, unchanged from last month. Brazil corn production was estimated at 91.5 million tons, up 5 million tons from last month. Argentina corn production was 37.5 million tons, up 1 million ton.Just before the report corn was down 1 cent, soybeans were down 2 cents, and wheat was down 1 cent. Shortly after the report corn was down 3 cents, soybeans down 10 cents,  and wheat was up 1 cent.The bear camp has been clearly in control this week for corn and soybeans. Earlier today May CBOT corn was unchanged at $3.72, the high for the week was $3.83. The 50 moving average for May CBOT corn is $3.71 ½ while the 200 day moving average is $3.71 ¾. May CBOT soybeans this morning were at $10.16, down 6 cents for the day. They were high earlier this week at $10.36.Demand numbers, especially U.S. exports for corn and soybeans will be closely watched. While many  expected ending stocks for 2016-17 corn and soybeans to be reduced, others were already looking at South America exports of corn and soybeans to increase with record production. That in turn could reduce our exports and allow ending stocks to increase. Short story, there are always two sides of the equation.Traders were looking for small declines in US ending stocks of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Last month USDA had the 2016-17 US corn ending stocks at 2.32 billion bushels, soybean ending stocks were 420 million bushels, and wheat ending stocks were 1.139 billion bushels.World ending stocks for corn and soybeans were expected to increase slightly. World ending stocks for wheat were expected to be unchanged. A jump in Brazil soybean and corn production was expected. Last month USDA estimated Brazil’s soybean production at 104 million tons. Earlier this week, CONFAB in Brazil estimated soybean production at 107.6 million tons. They also estimated corn production in Brazil at 88.9 million tons. Both seem destined to increase based on great soybean harvest yields to date along with higher corn acres this year.Producers have been active the past two weeks looking at their crop insurance coverages to finalize any changes they want to put in place for 2017. So far, few changes are taking place, at least in our office. The deadline for changes on 2017 corn and soybeans is March 15, 2017.Later this month USDA will release their U.S. planting intentions report for U.S. grains on Friday, March 30. Many label that report as one of the most important reports that USDA will publish this year.  On that date traders will focus lots of attention to U.S. soybean acres. Some analysts are already suggesting U.S. soybean acres could climb above 90 million acres. Bear in mind that while we will see planting intentions on March 30, there will be a lag in seeing those acres numbers contained in the supply and demand tables for 2017-18. Those are not published until the May report on May 10 when USDA releases the first supply and demand reports for 2017-18 crops.last_img read more

Kitson Town All-Age Gets Facelift

first_imgKitson Town All-Age School in St. Catherine has received a facelift spearheaded by past students and teachers at the institution.From as early as 6:00 a.m. on August 7, persons gathered on the school grounds and volunteered their efforts.They cleaned and painted the school, and hosted a gospel concert in the evening.Principal of the school, Nerica Powell-Hay, said the work done will enable students to be more comfortable when they return to school in September.“We are grateful and hope that this is the beginning of other good things to come,” she told JIS News.Representative of the past students in London, England, Desmond Taylor, said at first the group thought of having a reunion, but when the Principal outlined the needs of the school, they decided to pool resources, along with a 30 per cent discount from Berger Paints, for the facelift.“This school is our community, and without the community, the school will fail. With the more impact from the community working along with the administration of the school, good things can be done,” Mr. Taylor said.He commended the volunteers for their willingness to participate in the community venture.Meanwhile, teacher at the school, Pearline Gordon, told the gathering that she was overjoyed by the spirit of volunteerism displayed, and that something good was dawning in the school community.“It is happening because persons see the need and have the desire to see a new day dawning at Kitson Town for the generation today, and the ones to come,” she told her audience.last_img read more

Two new Canadian proposals will test whether NAFTA talks have hope of

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada is about to put forward two sets of proposals at the NAFTA negotiations seen as a litmus test of whether these talks become a real give-and-take negotiation, or a deadlocked process defined by intractable differences.It could be clearer by weekend.Canada intends to make its first two significant counter-proposals on controversial topics, responding several months after the U.S. stunned its neighbours with a series of demands Canada and Mexico viewed as non-starters.Sources say the Canadians will suggest major changes to auto rules, and to the dispute-resolution system under Chapter 11. While the U.S. has requested far tougher auto-parts rules, and a far weaker Chapter 11, the Canadians will suggest creating entirely new systems.If the U.S. engages, the countries will finally, after five months of talks, be thrust into back-and-forth bargaining on the most troublesome sticking points in NAFTA. If it shoots down the ideas outright, the countries will remain entrenched in distant positions, leaving the talks in jeopardy.“We’re here to negotiate,” chief Canadian negotiator Steve Verheul told reporters earlier this week.“We hope the others are as well.”Chapter 11 is one of three dispute-resolution systems in NAFTA, and governs companies suing states for unfair treatment. The U.S. has proposed watering down this chapter and essentially scrapping the other two. Sources say Canada intends to suggest a new, permanent tribunal system modeled on those in the Canada-European trade agreement.Autos are arguably the No. 1 U.S. priority. The Trump administration wants half of all car parts to come from the U.S., and 85 per cent from within North America. Auto-makers call that unrealistic, and warn they might simply shift production to Asia and pay new tariffs.The Canadian auto proposal would overhaul the entire NAFTA formula for calculating content: instead of just counting the country of origin for mechanical parts, it would include intellectual property and emerging technologies — which would inflate the percentage of U.S. content given American research dominance.The big unknown is how the U.S. will respond.“This will be a real litmus test of whether the U.S. wants a successful renegotiation of NAFTA,” John Weekes, Canada’s chief negotiator of the original 1994 deal, said in an interview Wednesday.“If the Americans hold firm and show no signs of flexibility, then I think we have to sort of accept the fact these negotiations probably aren’t going anywhere.”Insiders view this round as instrumental — after the Montreal talks wrap up next Monday, there are just two rounds left before the current schedule of talks runs out in March.At that point, U.S. President Donald Trump faces a dilemma on what to do with NAFTA. Trump has suggested he could start cancelling NAFTA to get a better deal or pause the talks during the Mexican election, followed by the U.S. midterms later this year.An auto-parts stakeholder says this round is key.“Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will go back to their respective capitals and they’re going to be able to say whether we’ve actually got something or not — or whether it’s a waste of time,” said Flavio Volpe of the Canadian Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association.“They’ve got to be able to come back to their capitals and say, ‘We have made substantive movement.’”Volpe said the idea of including non-material things like IP costs in the content calculation would be less damaging since the U.S. already dominates the field — and it would help North America compete as a block against the growing Chinese auto sector.The American auto sector is favourable to the approach.In a letter this week to U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association suggested including research and development, engineering, design, and software development expenditures in calculating a car’s North American content.There are some things Canada does not intend to raise this week, according to sources.Canada has no plans to push the conversation on dairy, where the U.S. is demanding changes to the Canadian supply management system. Nor will it delve into the U.S. desire to eliminate the Chapter 19 dispute process, where industries can fight abusive punitive duties.That chapter was a fundamental condition of Canada entering into free trade with the U.S. — and has been used in recent high-profile cases, including softwood lumber and Bombardier.last_img read more

Federal government finalizes regulations to reduce methane emissions

first_imgSeveral environmental groups including Environmental Defence and the David Suzuki Foundation welcomed the regulations as the first country-level commitment to reducing methane from both new and existing oil and gas facilities nationwide.In a joint statement, the groups said the test now will be whether the federal government will ensure any provincial regulations achieve at least the same level of reduction. The groups are particularly concerned about draft regulations released by Alberta earlier this week that they say is a “much weaker” regulatory approach.Patrick McDonald, director of climate and innovation at the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, says that while industry supports the reduction target, the regulations as finalized are too prescriptive and will make the industry less competitive.“The regulations very much are not reflective of CAPP’s proposal that was issued in October,” said McDonald.The industry is concerned about details including the frequency of monitoring and site-specific limits as opposed to more flexible approaches, he said.“This new regulation is going to be a significant cost to the industry and as such will have additional impacts on our competitiveness when we’re looking at the global market.” CALGARY, A.B. – The federal government said Thursday it has finalized regulations that should reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by close to half.The regulations include flexibilities to reduce costs while ensuring industry meets the target of reducing methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025, it said.Announced by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the regulations are expected to cut carbon pollution by about 20 million tonnes a year, the equivalent to taking about five million vehicles off the road per year. He said Alberta’s draft plan does look to have more flexibility in how to best reduce methane emissions.Methane is a focus of climate efforts because it is a potent greenhouse gas that is considered to have 70 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Uber set to give its market value a lift in stock market

first_imgSan Francisco: Uber’s next stop is the stock market, where it hopes to pick up more investors willing to bet on a ride-hailing market brimming with potential and conspicuously lacking in profits. The world’s largest ride-hailing service reached a major milestone Thursday when Uber priced its long-awaited initial public offering at $45 price per share to set the stage for its stock to begin trading Friday morning. The IPO came in at the lower end of Uber’s targeted price range of $44 to $50 per share. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe caution may have been driven by escalating doubts about the ability of ride-hailing services to make money since Uber’s main rival, Lyft, went public six weeks ago. Even at the tamped-down price, Uber now has a market value of 82 billion five times more than Lyft’s. No matter how Uber’s stock swings Friday, the IPO has to be considered a triumph for the company most closely associated with an industry that has changed the way millions of people get around. That while also transforming the way millions of more people earn a living in the gig economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe IPO raised another $8.1 billion for Uber as it tries to fend off Lyft in the U.S. and help cover the cost of giving rides to passengers at unprofitable prices. The San Francisco company already has lost about 9 billion since its inception and acknowledges it could still be years before it turns a profit. That sobering reality is one reason that Uber fell well short of reaching the $120 billion market value that many observers believed its IPO might attain. Another factor working against Uber is the cold shoulder investors have been giving Lyft’s stock after an initial run-up. Lyft’s shares closed Thursday 23 per cent below its April IPO price of $72. Uber “clearly learned from its ‘little brother’ Lyft, and the experience it has gone through,” Wedbush Securities analysts Ygal Arounian and Daniel Ives wrote late Thursday. The jitters about an intensifying U.S. trade war with China also have roiled the stock market this week. Despite all that, Uber’s IPO is the biggest since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group debuted with a value of $167.6 billion in 2014. “For the market to give you the value, you’ve either got to have a lot of profits or potential for huge growth,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. Uber boasts growth galore. Its revenue last year surged 42% to 11.3 billion while its cars completed 5.2 billion trips around the world either giving rides to 91 million passengers or delivering food.last_img read more

Ohio States mens womens diving finish strong during weekend meet on campus

The Ohio State men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the OSU Invitational strong, with the men winning the invitational and the women placing third, behind Florida and Stanford. This contest marked the fourth-consecutive championship in which the No. 10-ranked men’s team finished with 300 or more more points than their competitors. “We really appreciate Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and everyone else who came to participate in our meet because without great competition, there are not great races or opportunity to compete against good coaches and good programs,” said men’s coach Bill Wadley in a released statement. The men finished the invitational with 10 wins out of the 18 swimming contests the team participated in. Sophomore Steven Zimmerman achieved the team’s first victory in the 200 backstroke with a personal best time of 1:42.85. Senior Jason Schnur concluded the 100 freestyle with his season best time of 43.31 and his third event success at the invitational. Men’s diving junior Shane Miszkiel led the Buckeyes with a score of 363.10 to win the platform finals. The women’s team finished the invitational with a collective 589 points. Altogether, 22 Buckeyes received one individual NCAA “B” time standards and 18 swimmers finished one championship final. Freshman Annie Lazor seized a NCAA “B” time in the 200 breaststroke competition for a time of 2:13.16. Lazor came in sixth overall in the invitational and her time was a best on the season. Junior diver Cheyenne Cousineau earned the one-meter springboard title and placed fourth with 259.85 points in the platform finals. “I’m really pleased,” said women’s coach Bill Dorenkott said in a press release. “We raced tough and consistent for the most part. We got stronger each session, and also got to see a lot in terms of racing and relays.” The men’s and women’s team will compete in a co-ed invitational on Jan. 11, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion against Wright State. read more

VIP Tour of Parris Island MCAS Beaufort Open to Innovation Forum Attendees

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Installation Innovation Forum 2016, scheduled for next month in Charleston, S.C., will feature a special VIP tour of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.But you better register soon for the tour, scheduled for March 2, as space is quickly running out.Participants will visit Parris Island as it celebrates 100 Years of Making Marines. Training for enlisted recruits includes a 12-week process during which recruits are cut off from the civilian world and forced to adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle. Drill instructors train recruits in a wide variety of subjects including weapons training, martial arts, personal hygiene, close order drill and Marine Corps history. Recruits are required to master physical and combat fitness tests and complete a 54-hour simulated combat exercise known as “The Crucible.”During the Parris Island tour, attendees will receive a command welcome, see the “yellow footprints” where young recruits first meet their drill instructors and tour an indoor simulated, interactive firing range.Next the tour will head to MCAS Beaufort, the nation’s only fully functioning training facility for the F-35B Lightning II, the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter. The training squadron based there celebrated its first anniversary of moving to MCAS Beaufort last July; as of August 2015, it had trained 16 pilots. Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501) is expected to have 15 F-35Bs later this year.The F-35B can perform vertical landings and short take-offs. Over time, the fighter jets will replace the F/A-18 Hornets now flown at MCAS Beaufort. Two attack squadrons and one other training squadron will eventually call the air station home alongside VMFAT-501.You can add this tour to a new conference registration or contact Jason Baker at jbaker@defensecommunities.org to add it to your existing registration. The conference will be held from Feb. 29-March 2 in Charleston, S.C. More details about the conference program and location are available on the conference website.last_img read more

Inside Nick Caves Candid Open Dialogue At Conversations With in NYC

first_img Recap: Conversations With Nick Cave In NYC inside-nick-caves-candid-open-dialogue-conversations-nyc The punk rock poet navigates passionate, heartfelt and absurd fan questions on his personal exploration of the unknown in intimate Q&A eventNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 4, 2018 – 3:29 pm “I have absolutely no idea what I’m really doing here,” admits a nervous Nick Cave, walking to the front of the stage after opening his Conversations With Nick Cave event at New York City’s Symphony Space with a moving solo piano rendition of “Sad Waters.” The Australian-born cult-rock hero has decided it’s time to have a dialog, of some sort, with his audience. “There was something about doing this that felt like it fit into a larger idea that I want to pursue in some kind of way … I don’t even know what the idea is yet.”Even at what is presumed to be his most uncomfortable, Cave is still impossibly cool, dressed sharp in a black well-tailored suit, his black hair slicked back, his shoes shined. Later this year, Cave and his longtime band the Bad Seeds will play Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclays Center to thousands of screaming fans, but on this night the audience is comprised of a mere few hundred of his most devout fans, many of whom are eager to take advantage of the evening’s loose question and answer format. The questions begin flying at Cave immediately.Perhaps Cave’s nerves were put at ease when he saw most of his fans doing the asking were many times more petrified than him at the reality of speaking with their idol.”I adore you,” one fan began with a stammer. “Me too,” replied Cave, igniting the room into laughter. The questions pour in, covering a topical potpourri from humor to death, his feelings on cell phones at shows to performing in Israel, and working many projects from novels to film scoring. Inside Nick Cave’s Candid Open Dialogue At Conversations With… in NYC Email News center_img “Lyric writing is my main interest,” says Cave before he decides a question posed about the gradual slowing of his performance tempos of “Mercy Seat” over the years is best answered with a “really slow” performance of the song itself. He heads back to the comforts of the piano and plays the song, one of his most well-known, with a thoughtful devotion to each word, possibly as a byproduct of the unique format of the night where every syllable seemed on the table for discussion.Neither the crowd nor Cave shied away from talking about the tragic loss of Cave’s son Arthur. Fans shared their similar stories of loss, lauding Cave for helping them cope through his music and his 2016 film documenting his creative and healing processes, One More Time With Feeling, which was nominated for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.Cave cites a poem by Philip Larkin called “The Mower” as being particularly helpful in his time of grief. “We must be careful of eachother/ We must be kind while there is time,” were the poem’s final lines he repeated in his mind like a mantra of healing.Musically, Cave took requests and plowed through a wide range of his songs on the piano in spurts of two or three throughout the night, including gems such as “Stranger Than Kindness,” which featured music by Blixa Bargeld and lyrics by Anita Lane; “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry,” at a tempo and volume more suitable for New York’s Upper West Side; and his classic “Into My Arms,” at the request of a couple celebrating their anniversary.There was no shortage of questions at the ready whenever Cave took a break from the piano. Because of — or perhaps despite — the audience’s eclectic questions, he covered a lot of ground: his connection to the songs as a narrator, saying “Certainly over the last three to four records, I’m writing about myself;” his thoughts on the 12 steps and recovery, saying “I’m very familiar with it, unfortunately”; and his painstaking creative process, describing how you must “prepare yourself for the small miracle of songwriting.”Cave opened up about some of his chief collaborators, including Bargeld and Warren Ellis, and revealed his predilection for collaborating with women. He recounted recent sessions with Marianne Faithful, his friendship with Kylie Minogue and his respect for PJ Harvey (whom he calls by her given name, “Polly”) as evidence of how his voice and aesthetic work well musically with female artists. Later, he’d play “Henry Lee,” a duet featuring Harvey from his groundbreaking 1996 album Murder Ballads, and her voice seemed to sneak into fans’ minds at all the right parts.At 60 years old, Cave admitted he listens to less and less new music these days, but said there are always staples for him such as Neil Young, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Van Morrison. He also admitted he was late to the party on appreciating some of his British ’80s alt-rock contemporaries like the Cure and the Smiths, and told inspiring yet chilling stories of working with Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. Perhaps the most promising news of the night was that Grinderman, Cave’s daring psych-blues side-project with Ellis and other Bad Seeds is “waiting in the wings.”Throughout the night Cave seemed present, if not self-aware, as if it were his intention in hosting an open discussion to be stumped, and have a breakthrough. He gave a particularly articulate answer to his thoughts on chaos versus order, finding the perfect place in his life and work for both, and when confronted with the question of religion, he glanced over his right shoulder back at the piano at which he just performed “God Is In The House.””It feels unfair that I am taking aim at something that has a lot of value to someone,” Cave thinks out loud in what feels like a real-time realization. “Truth is not the ultimate ideal, meaning is the ultimate ideal.”Not all of the questions or answers were quite so heavy or philosophical. The audience had the chance to find out what kind of sandwich Cave prefers (“nothing with meat in it”), why he likes meditation (his wife, Susie, saw an immediate change), that his son Earl is becoming an acting star (complete with his own superfans who wait in hotel lobbies to meet him), and whether or not he should bring back his mustache (a show of hands in the room revealed the jury is still out). But eventually the so-called “Humans of Nick Cave” would go a little too far out in left field.”There’s so many problems with that question, I’ll play a song for you,” Cave said, sidestepping one particularly sticky inquiry, and the crown chuckled and cheered.Cave played “Mermaids,” honored a request for “Love Letter” and dove back into his middle years with the Bad Seeds for “The Ship Song,” “And No More Shall We Part” and “Far From Me.” Fittingly, he closed the evening with “Skeleton Tree,” the title track from his latest album and a symbol for the tragic, regenerative and transformative time in this aging punk’s creative life.If his Conversations With … concept yields anything for Cave, it’s an escape back to reality of how adored, enjoyed and respected his work is, and his fans hope that through this dialog he finds exactly what he’s looking for.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. 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Badruddoza Chy sends letter to PM for dialogue

first_imgBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. Prothom Alo File PhotoWelcoming prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision on holding talks with political parties, Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Tuesday sent her a letter to seeking dialogue with her party.BDB presidium member Abdur Rouf and organising secretary Omar Farroque carried the letter to the Dhanmondi Office of Hasina, also president of Bangladesh Awami League around 6:00pm, B Chowdhury’s press secretary Jahangir Alam told UNB.Earlier at a meeting, BDB presidium members welcomed the premier’s response to political parties’ proposal for engaging in dialogue and expressed their desire for talks with her.Following the presidium members’ decision, B Chowdhury sent the letter to the prime minister.In the letter, B Chwodhury said, “We’re pleased that you’ve extended offer to engage in political dialogue to resolve the problems over the election. We, on behalf of Jukta Front and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh, sincerely thank you.””We’ll be happy if you invite us to join dialogue with you at your convenient time. We believe it’s possible to resolve all the problems through our will and cordiality,” he wrote in the letter.On Sunday, eminent jourist Kamal Hossain, in favour of the Jatiya Oikya Front, sent a letter to prime minister Sheikh Hasina seeking dialogue about the 11th national elections.In response to it, Sheikh Hasina sent a letter to Kamal Hossain on Tuesday morning and invited the Oikya Front leaders to join the dialogue at 7:00pm on Thursday at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister.last_img read more