(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Sharks forward Evander Kane led the NHL with 153 penalty minutes this season. But on the eve of Game 1 in the first round playoff series between his team and the Vegas Golden Knights, Kane also noted that only 29 of those minutes came at SAP Center.“I just want to be on my best behavior for my hometown fans,” Kane said with a smile Tuesday.Kane, with 30 goals this season, will obviously be of better …
Look to the birds of the air, and they will teach you aeronautics. That’s what designers of the Robo-Swift did. PhysOrg reported about a new plane that imitates a swift thing on the wing:RoboSwift is a micro airplane fitted with shape shifting wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature’s most efficient flyers. The micro airplane will have unprecedented wing characteristics; the wing geometry as well as the wing surface area can be adjusted continuously. This makes RoboSwift more maneuverable and efficient. Resembling the common swift, RoboSwift will be able to go undetected while using its three micro cameras to perform surveillance on vehicles and people on the ground.The article says that RoboSwift, designed by Dutch engineers, will also be able to fly along with swifts and study them up close. One can only imagine what would be going through a swift’s bird brain upon seeing such a thing. (See also the 04/29/2007 story on swifts.) Scientists continue to learn more about bird flight. Birds seem to break the rules of aerodynamics, reported MSNBC News. But that can only mean that we don’t understand the rules very well yet. Bird maneuverability vastly exceeds man’s aircraft. PhysOrg explained that a new study of 138 bird species overturns “aerodynamic scaling rules that explain how flight varies according to weight and wing loading.” Their analysis reveals that the difference between the speed of small and large birds is not as great as expected; they suggest that this surprising result is likely to be the result of disadvantages associated with very slow speeds among smaller birds and with very fast speeds for larger birds. They also show that the evolutionary history of the species helps explain much of the variation in flight speed: species of the same group tend to fly at similar characteristic speeds. For example, birds of prey and herons had slow flight speeds, on average, given their mass and wing loading, whereas the average speed for songbirds and shorebirds was faster than would be predicted.Yet it would seem hard to claim knowledge of evolutionary history in the past when the article goes on to say that “there exists a diversity of cruising flight characteristics among birds that remain to be explored and understood” in the present, right under our noses. David Tyler, writing for Access Research Network, has explored which paradigm – design or evolution – is more suited to the explosive rise in biomimetic engineering.Scientists should be swift to learn, slow to mythologize. Evolutionists could not begin to explain how a lumbering dinosaur got the right combination of mutations to turn into a flying swift with aerodynamic engineering that is the envy of our smartest inventors. Evolutionary claims are vacuous and useless. Give us RoboSwifts and other useful inventions inspired by nature – as long as the government doesn’t use them to spy on honest citizens. A reader wrote in about witnessing birds in flight:About two years ago I was privileged to watch two (presumably male) nighthawks performing in front of a third (presumably female) nighthawk that was sitting on a rock and incidentally performing for me, sitting on a tractor a few yards from the one on the rock. One appeared to be chasing the other as they flew up the road, came back down through the orchard, dodging limbs in the tops of the cherry trees. The tail of the first and the beak of the second were separated by about a foot, no more than 18 inches. They flew at pursuit speed, much faster that when they are feeding hundreds of feet above the ground. They matched wing strokes as they flew around and over limbs, trees, sagebrush and rock, usually no more than two or three feet from the obstacles. Now and then the leader would perform some type of pull-up maneuver and the follower would become the leader. I think this is what happened, but it was too swift for me to be sure. In a word, it was awesome.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
22 February 2012 South Africa’s spending on education continues to grow, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan allocating R207-billion to the sector for 2012/13, with projections that this may rise to up to R236-billion over the next three years. Delivering his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said provincial education spending was expected to grow by 5.9% over the next three years, from R169.9-billion this year to R183.8-billion in 2015.Learner subsidies for no-fee schools The government will further spend over R18-billion of the money towards boosting learner subsidies for no-fee schools and expanded access to Grade R. South Africa’s education authorities say learner performance in literacy and numeracy remains a challenge, as shown by the national assessment of grade 3 and 6 learners conducted last year. The assessments identified problem areas in each school and allowed for tailored interventions to be made, with R235-million set aside in the Budget for this purpose.R850-million for university infrastructure About R850-million has been set aside towards improving the country’s university infrastructure, including student accommodation facilities. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme, which has helped poor students at tertiary institutions with loans, will receive more than R17-billion over the next three years. A Green Paper on Higher Education, released earlier this year, includes commitments by the government to build two new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape to address the challenge of space at the country’s tertiary institutions. While he made no mention of the project in his speech today, Gordhan did tell reporters earlier that work was currently at an advanced stage, pointing out that R300-million was provided in the fiscus for planning and design of the universities. Further financial commitments will be made as the projects get off the ground.Early childhood development programmes A further R1.4-billion will be spent over the next three years to support early childhood development programmes and the implementation of the community-based childcare and protection programme across the country. This will increase access to early childhood development from the current 500 000 to 580 000 children, with a focus on rural areas, with expectations that more than 10 000 young people will be employed as a result of the programme. Source: BuaNews
The Khoisan or Bushmen people werethe subjects of degrading study andscrutiny in the 19th and early 20thcenturies, often stemming from Europe. The traditional Khoisan way of life is thesedays practised by fewer people. (Images: ‡Khomani San) The remains of Klaas and Trooi Pienaararrive at OR Tambo International – artsand culture minister Paul Mashatile, right,was one of the pallbearers.(Image: Jacaranda FM) MEDIA CONTACTS • Mack Lewele Communications director Dept of Arts and Culture +27 12 331 3083 or +27 82 450 5076 RELATED ARTICLES • !Khwa ttu: the way of the San • Locals gain from medicinal herb deal • Cash boost for Baartman memorial • African human genomes decoded • Paddling through N Cape paradiseMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterThe South African government has repatriated the remains of a Khoisan couple, Klaas and Trooi Pienaar, after an extended sojourn of over a century in Austria.Arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile, accompanied by a group of Khoisan people that included local chief Adam Mathysen and relatives of the couple, received the Pienaars’ remains from a government delegation led by deputy minister Joe Phaahla at OR Tambo International Airport towards the end of April.A statement from the Department of Arts and Culture said it was ”no coincidence that the Pienaars final return to the soil of their birth comes in April, when we celebrate our hard won freedom”.It was 103 years since the couple had been shipped off to Austria by a scientist supposedly conducting research.In 1909 the couple died within a month of each other on a farm near Kuruman in the Northern Cape, and their bodies had barely been laid to rest when an Austrian anthropologist, Rudolf Poch, sent an emissary to exhume the couple and take them overseas for study.With no permits in place, the exhumation operation was conducted illegally, and the bodies were hidden in a barrel of salt and taken off the African continent to become subjects of Poch’s so-called racial research.Many years later, their remains were tracked down by history professor Ciraj Rassool of the University of the Western Cape, and prominent Cape Town-based historian and activist Martin Legassick. They found that the Pienaars had been kept at the Imperial Academy of Sciences before removal to the Natural History Museum in Vienna.But the South African government viewed them as citizens, and worked with the Austrian government for four years to reach an agreement to bring the Pienaars’ remains back to their land of birth.Coming home at lastSpeaking to reporters after receiving the remains, Mashatile described the return of the Khoisan couple as a significant milestone.“It is particularly a triumph over oppression,” he said. “They will now rest in peace among their people.”The minister said the couple will be given proper re-burial amongst their people in the Northern Cape next month.“We’ve reached an agreement with the Pienaar family, the Northern Cape provincial government, and the Khoisan community that the reburial should be conducted in the second week of May.”Mashatile said the Austrian government relinquished the remains three days before the flight home. A delegation of Khoisan people performed a ceremony at the National History Museum in Vienna upon receiving the couple.One of the couple’s direct granddaughters, Francis Pienaar, said that although her grandparents’ graves were exhumed in Danielskuil near Kuruman, as a family they have not yet decided where the re-burial will take place.“We are extremely excited and we don’t know how we can thank our government,” she said.Restoring dignityAccording to Rassool, the Natural History Museum and Vienna University’s Institute of Anthropology still hold the remains of some 50 South Africans and the partial remains of about 150 more – but because the Pienaars’ names had been discovered and subsequently their place of origin, it was possible to bring them back.However, efforts will begin to repatriate the others as well.Northern Cape MEC for social development, Alvin Botes, said people of the Northern Cape viewed the repatriation of the Pienaars’ remains as dear efforts by the government.“We are looking forward to giving the couple a proper re-burial and from now on, we are saying our human dignity should be respected and none of our graves should be opened or exhumed without our permission,” he said.The operation is part of the government’s efforts to restore dignity to the victims of colonialism and racism. In January 2002, Sarah Baartman‘s remains were returned to South Africa, which put an end to the many years of exploitation she endured abroad.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative stockholders have both approved the Merger Agreement between Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative. Now begins the work of finalizing due diligence and the unification of policies, procedures, systems, and people progressing towards an effective date of Sept. 1, 2017.In a joint statement, Jeff Osentoski, President and CEO of Agland Co-op, and Eric Parthemore, President and CEO of Heritage Cooperative both agree that, “The merger of Agland Co-op and Heritage Cooperative will create a dynamic organization built for the future. It will be a cooperative that brings value and benefits to members, employees, and our communities while protecting members’ equity, without compromising our fundamental core values or social responsibilities.”Heritage Cooperative serves the agricultural needs of farmers and residents in a 20 county area in central Ohio. The cooperative includes 30 locations which serve over 3,300 farmer members, and over 4,000 rural and urban customers.Agland Co-op, Inc. is based in New Philadelphia and serves customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois, and Kentucky. Agland Co-op has 23 locations which serve over 1,900 farmer members.
Earlier this week, Spiceworks took a big step in proving that ad-supported network management tools provide a new world of social IT services that are Web-based, free and even well-liked in the IT community. The company closed $16 million in Series CS funding from Institutional Venture Partners (IVP.) The round included participation from existing Spiceworks investors Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures.With most online applications, the model works like this: You sign up for a free, Web-based trial. You give it a go for 30 days. If you like it, then you pay for the service on a per-user basis.Almost every SasS provider we talk to uses this model. The model is so predominant that you could end up paying thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in monthly fees for Web-based services. The best plan is to know exactly what you need so you can be efficient with your use of these services. Still, the costs can become substantial when you consider your business requirements.That’s what’s interesting about the Spiceworks approach. It’s a free Web-based application that is supported by advertising. You can pay if you prefer and block out the advertising. The model seems to work. IT users get an application that helps manage their networks and in return are served with relevant advertising.More than 850,000 people have signed up for the service from 196 countries. It’s attracting 1,000 users per day. Technology companies seem to be interested. Spiceworks has thousands of partners developing plugins such as the Intel power manager released last year.Does the Spiceworks approach make sense for Web-based application providers serving the enterprise market? Maybe so. If the advertising is relevant and helpful, perhaps application providers can extend past the free-now-pay-later model that is now so predominant. Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now alex williams Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
By DOUGLAS MILLERReal estate professionals play a pivotal role in the U.S. residential real estate market. Overseeing from start to finish the multiple steps and piles of paperwork involved with property transactions, they support both sellers moving forward with the next stage of their lives and buyers looking for a new place to call home. They provide trusted and influential guidance that affects the largest investment that most of us will ever make: our homes.Home energy performance is too often overlooked by buyers and sellers during property transactions, and buyers seldom have easy access to energy performance information. Even though U.S. homeowners spend on average about $2,200 per year on energy bills and increasingly indicate demand for energy-efficient homes, real estate professionals generally undersell (or are unaware of) the benefits of homes with strong energy performance.These benefits include improved comfort, health, privacy, programmability, and interconnectivity, as well as increased monthly affordability and — where relevant information is made available — resale value. Moreover, U.S. real estate listings generally lack details about a property’s energy performance, energy-efficient features, and estimated utility costs. This omission contributes to the unnecessary perpetuation of the invisibility of home energy upgrade investments, housing dissatisfaction, underinvestment in home energy upgrades, plateauing residential energy savings, and risks to U.S. real estate market stability. Changing consumer demandsReal estate professionals are under pressure to accommodate various evolving market trends. Consumer preferences are diverging based on generation, with baby boomers looking to age in place and millennials becoming the largest share of home buyers with their own demands. Numerous residential energy technologies — including rooftop solar, LED lighting, programmable thermostats and appliances, heat pumps, and battery storage — are becoming commonplace and sought-after in homes.State and local governments are also increasing standards for energy performance for new and existing homes. For example, California has a statewide goal for all new residential construction to achieve zero net energy status by 2020.Real estate professionals can embrace and profit from these market trends by making home energy performance a core component of the support they provide for buyers and sellers. Those who help clients identify where to start, which home energy upgrades can deliver the most value, and how to showcase these upgrades during property sales will be better situated to meet emerging consumer demands and ride the wave of market trends for profit. As such, real estate professionals who ignore insights about where the market is heading and fail to build their own energy performance capabilities should expect to fall behind. Giving Green Certification a Home in Real Estate Listings Q&A: I’m A New Real Estate Agent and I Would Like to Sell Energy-Efficient, Clean, Safe HomesGreen Home Appraisal WoesSeeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 1Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 2Seeing Red on a Green Property Appraisal — Part 3One Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of Green Opportunity is calling for all real estate professionals to tap the promising U.S home energy upgrades market by helping clients understand, prioritize, and invest in home energy performance during the property transaction process — when buyers and sellers already tend to make general home improvements. Real estate professionals who enhance their home energy performance capabilities can lead their competitors on market trends and improve the long-term prospects of their business. Gaining a green credentials advantageReal estate professionals with green credentials — namely, the National Association of Realtors Green Designation—maintain a higher standard of support for buyers and sellers. They understand why energy performance matters. They also know how to implement green data entry fields on multiple listing service (MLS) systems, promote the benefits of energy-efficient features, get enhanced property valuations from appraisers with sustainability credentials, and use energy performance to differentiate among properties.Until home energy performance capabilities become a general industry standard for real estate professionals, green credentials like the Realtors Green Designation offer a useful indicator for buyers and sellers seeking higher quality support and better outcomes during real estate transactions. Buyers and sellers who want homes delivering greater comfort, health, resale value, and affordability for their families should therefore seek out real estate professionals with such credentials.As more buyers and sellers seek the benefits that high-performance homes deliver and expect assistance finding them during the property transaction process, real estate professionals who embrace market trends and take the initiative today to make home energy performance central to their client support will be in an advantageous position to harness the markets of tomorrow. Using home energy performance to get aheadIn the rapidly evolving U.S. residential market, real estate professionals can leverage home energy performance to achieve faster closing times and higher closing rates, larger commissions, and greater competitive advantage.To encourage and empower U.S. real estate professionals to understand and promote the multiple benefits of homes with strong energy performance, Rocky Mountain Institute’s Residential Energy+ team developed the “Home Heroes” infographic in partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) — a congressionally chartered organization with a vision to have 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge by 2022 (see Image #2, below).This shareable education tool describes how real estate professionals can support home buyers and sellers in the pursuit of homes that are better for their families, their pocketbooks, and the environment in order to gain competitive advantage in a real estate market that’s evolving to meet changing customer demands. More specifically, the tool links to leading research about the ways that real estate professionals can gain from making energy performance central to the support they provide buyers and sellers, along with specific actions they can take to better support their clients. RELATED ARTICLES © 2017 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.