first_imgThe Skiff ReddIt Linkedin The Skiff The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 117, Issue 22: A new homeland: A special report on the refugee crisis. Also: The search for a new quarterback narrows to a handful of candidates, SGA promotes awareness of mental health and an olympic level runner attacked by a dog while on the Trinity Trails. The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 ReddIt The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] The Skiff + posts Facebook The Skiff The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 Twitter Linkedin The Skiff A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Previous articleHoroscope: March 22, 2019Next articleThe Skiff: March 21, 2019 The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019 Twitter Life in Fort Worthlast_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville High School Bulldogs will play the Princeton Community High School Tigers in regional tournament basketball at Southridge High School on Saturday at 11 a.m. The winner of that game moves on the face either Evansville Memorial or the tournament favorite, Silver Creek for the regional title.Head coach Aaron Garret says this team is a good mix of seniors and underclassmen who have played unselfishly. Garret goes on to say that team members had to face mistakes during team meetings and pull together in order to win.The Bulldogs shipwrecked the Pirates in Sectional play 69 to 56. Robert Raver led all Bulldog scorers with 22 points. The Pirates entered the contest with only one loss to class 4A Indianapolis Cathedral.The public is invited to an Autograph Night at Izzy’s at Hillcrest Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. While supplies last, Sectional Championship T-shirts will be available for $15.The team is expected to leave for Huntingburg, Indiana at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.For fans that plan to travel Southridge High School is about 165 miles or 3-hours away from Batesville. Click here for a map. Or the radio broadcast on Country 103.9 WRBI will begin shortly after 10 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgEx- Black Stars midfielder Mohammed Gargo has advised Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey, to move to Premier League side Arsenal amid transfer talk surrounding his future.Partey has been linked with a move to the gunners for months, with Atletico insisting on Arsenal triggering Partey’s 50 million euro release clause.Black Stars head coach CK Akonnor has already urged the 27 year old to stay at Atletico, but the former Udinese midfielder, Gargo, has disagreed with his former Ghana teammate, and says the Premier League offers a bigger platform.“I think he should move,” he told Citi FM.“I think it’s going to make him a quicker player than he is today.“Who would want to move from class three to class two instead of going to class four?“Moving to Arsenal is going to give him another opportunity to take him a step forward, it is going to build him up and make him a better player for the Black Stars.“So for me, if I were to be him, I would take this offer,” he concluded.Arsenal have already had a second bid of €25m plus Matteo Guendouzi rejected for the Ghana international with Atletico holding out for the full 50 million Euros.last_img read more

first_img Golf volunteer Ali Jodiyawalla is in a league of his own after clocking up more than 300 hours of his free time helping out at his golf club.  The achievement of the 15 year-old from Solihull, who volunteers at Hatchford Brook Golf Club in Warwickshire, has just been recognised with a certificate and badge from England Golf. As well as supporting the work of PGA professional Aaron Lansberry in running coaching sessions, the Tudor Grange Academy school pupil organised a junior league for players and has just staged their first prize presentation evening. Ali became interested in golf four years ago through dad Mort, who in turn had got involved through his works golf society at John Lewis. He had lessons from Aaron at the Birmingham club – and recommends would-be golfers to get expert advice from the professionals to help get to grips with the basics of the game. Ali says: “As I started to understand more about the sport, I really enjoyed it and wanted to help out where I could. I help with the warm up before Aaron’s lessons or just collect the balls. “I also try and welcome any newcomers to the club, helping them to get to know the others and running little fun competitions alongside the coaching. “I know people enjoy playing competitively so asked the parents whether they would be interested in a junior league for their children. We ended up running three sections – under-12 girls, under-12 boys and over-12s mixed. “We held a series of Stableford competitions, with the older group playing nine holes and the younger players seven, all counting towards an Order of Merit. I collected subs each week and used them towards some trophies and a presentation night. “The league proved really popular and is great experience for those taking part to put into practice what they learn in Aaron’s lessons out on the course.” Ali believes some people may be put off golf by pre-conceived misconceptions, but says: “Golf is not an old man’s sport. It can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities. Once you get out there hitting the ball and playing against the course and other players it is really fun.” Julia Burton, development officer for the Warwickshire County Golf Partnership, says: “Ali should be congratulated for the time and effort he has put back into the sport. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of many clubs and organisations and the hours of unpaid work they undertake are vital to the well-being of the sport. “They carry out that work without looking for recognition for their efforts, but it is nice once in a while to pay tribute and say thanks for everything they contribute to the golfing world.” Aaron Lansberry says: “Ali is a huge help me to me and without his assistance my junior classes would no doubt be less fun and engaging. He is great at introducing new children to the sport.” Hatchford Brook provides lessons for all ages and abilities at its home in, in Coventry Road, Sheldon, which also includes a new 24-bay driving range. Caption: Ali Jodiyawalla (right) is pictured with Hatchford Brook Golf Club PGA professional Aaron Lansberry 3 Feb 2015 Teenage golf volunteer is in a league of his own. last_img read more

first_img Do you want Sam Allardyce to be England’s new manager? Sam Allardyce could be about to land England’s top job.Sunderland, where he is currently manager, have urged the Football Association to make a quick decision on Roy Hodgson’s successor given the new Premier League season kicks off soon.The FA contacted the club to ask permission to speak to the 61-year-old, but are unlikely to be rushed into making a decision.‘ALLARDYCE NEWS IS A REMINDER YOU CAN NEVER EVER BE HAPPY AS A SUNDERLAND FAN’Eddie Howe, Steve Bruce, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klinsmann have all been linked with the England job.But do you want Big Sam? Vote here.. 1last_img read more

first_imgHuman hand ___________________ E. Blood preservative Sea snake ____________________ J. Shatterproof glass Arctic cod ___________________ B. Self-organizing robots Mollusks _____________________ C. Strong, lightweight building blocks Wrinkled fingers _____________ K. Camouflage materials Match the living thing with the technology being developed by imitating its design features. Answers:  1-G (New Scientist); 2-E (Science Daily); 3-J (Science Daily); 4-B (Live Science, National Geographic); 5-A (Medical Xpress); 6-C (Science Daily): 7-I (PhysOrg); 8-D (Science Daily); 9-H (PhysOrg); 10-F (PhysOrg); 11-M (Science Daily); 12-K (PhysOrg); 13-L (Science Daily)Now take the upper-division test.  It’s a work problem.  Go out into the yard and observe some living thing.  Find something interesting about its abilities.  Look into how its design makes it work.  Think of a technology that could imitate that design.  Warning:  This exercise may tempt you to chuck Chuck,* become an entrepreneur and make a lot of money.  “Observing the natural world can clearly lead to improved man-made designs” (Science Daily).*I.e., to abandon Charles Darwin.  This causes his defenders to up Chuck. Bone _________________________ G. Perching drone Cuttlefish ___________________ L. Genetic switchescenter_img Bacteria _____________________ I. Strong, lightweight structures RNA interference _____________ M. Energy-absorbing material Common household birds _______ A. Surgical robot Termites _____________________ D. Self-guided robot (Visited 63 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Cells ________________________ F. Underwater robot Honeybee _____________________ H. Synthetic fuellast_img read more

first_imgScience is messy, but it doesn’t have to be dirty.On June 19, a group of respected energy researchers released a paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that critiqued a widely cited study on how to power the U.S. using only renewable energy sources. This new paper, authored by former NOAA researcher Christopher Clack and a small army of academics, said that the initial 2015 study had “errors, inappropriate methods and implausible assumptions,” about using only the sun, wind, and water to fuel the U.S.What followed was a storm of debate as energy wonks of all stripes weighed in on the merits of the PNAS analysis. Mark Z. Jacobson, a Stanford University professor who was the lead author of the 2015 study, shot back with detailed rebuttals, in one calling his fellow researchers “fossil fuel and nuclear supporters.”Why the big kerfuffle? As an energy researcher who studies the technologies and policies for modernizing our energy system, I will try to explain.In general, getting to a clean energy system — even if it’s 80% renewable — is a well agreed-upon goal and one that can be achieved; it’s that last 20% —and how to get there — that forms the main point of contention here. The nitty-grittyTo make projections around how the future energy system will work, researchers create computer-based models, input assumptions, and then run simulations.The rebuttal from Clack and his co-authors focused on four major issues they saw with the WWS paper: 1) modeling errors, 2) implausible assumptions, 3) insufficient power system modeling, and 4) inadequate scrutiny of the input climate model, which informs how much solar and wind power are available for power generation. Here are some highlights with my own thoughts sprinkled in.Clack takes issue with the amount of hydroelectric power that Jacobson assumes is available. In their rebuttals, they spar over the exact numbers, but Jacobson assumes there will be about the same amount of total energy produced from hydropower in 2050 as today, although when, and at what rate, that energy is produced is a crucial question.In Jacobson’s model, there is a significant increase in hydropower capacity — up to 1,300 gigawatts (or about 10 times current capacity), which appears to run for at least 12 hours straight in some days of the model output. Jacobson says this is possible by installing more turbines and generators at existing dams, just not using them very often.But dams are built with specific maximum flow rates because if you let too much water flow through a dam, you can flood areas downriver. Jacobson has since admitted that providing this much extra power from existing dams would be hard.I recently took a tour of Hoover Dam. One of the first things the tour guides tell you is that the dam was built for irrigation and flood control, and that electricity production is a nice side product. So expecting that dams in the country could boost their output might be harder than the analysis implies. Joshua Rhodes is a post-doctoral researcher of energy at the University of Texas at Austin. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. ‘Energy Twitter’ on fireJacobson’s seminal paper, which was also published in PNAS, tied together a significant amount of work of his own and others showing that all energy used for all purposes in the U.S. could come from with wind, water, and solar (WWS) by 2050.What about when the sun doesn’t shine, the wind doesn’t blow, or water is unavailable? His findings postulated that significant amounts of energy storage would be needed, mostly in the form of heat and hydrogen, to meet energy demand when there isn’t enough renewable energy and to store it when there’s too much. Jacobson and his co-authors also concluded that this scenario would be cheaper than a world that relies on other technologies such as nuclear, carbon capture, and other methods of reducing carbon emissions.The Clack rebuttal was blunt and cut deep at the assumptions that underlie the work of Jacobson and colleagues. The same PNAS issue also included a counter-rebuttal to Clack from Jacobson.Energy Twitter — that is, energy wonks like me on Twitter — exploded.So why all the fuss?Much of the heat from this debate seems to stem from Jacobson making some pretty bold claims in and about his paper, going so far as to tell MIT Technology Review that “there is not a single error in our paper.” That is a very, very bold claim and, depending on how it is interpreted, could be read to say that the study authors’ model is perfect, which of course it is not, as none are.This debate may seem arcane, but it has significant political and societal implications.Some celebrities have signed on to Jacobson’s vision and have pressed for policies formed around his analyses of the feasibility of an entire energy system that runs 100% on wind, water, and solar. If policymakers buy into the technical and economic assumptions in the paper, those assumptions will have big implications for the direction of state, local, and national policies.Detractors, meanwhile, have raised a number of concerns. In particular, they argue that decisions made based on Jacobson’s analyses alone could lead to serious over-investment in only the technologies considered, which could possibly backfire if the costs turn out to be higher than expected. The Cheapest Way to Scale Up Renewable Energy?Transforming the Electric SystemSolar Potential Is Far Greater Than Earlier EstimatesRethinking the GridTo Improve Wind and Solar Power, Bring Them Together How Renewable Energy Advocates Are Hurting the Climate CauseOur All-Renewable Energy FutureAccounting for Renewable Electricity SavingsWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S.Government Estimates on Renewables Are Way Offcenter_img Insufficient power system modelingClack attacks LOADMATCH, the power system model in Jacobson’s analysis, as being too simplistic. The main criticism of LOADMATCH is that it does not consider frequency regulation — the need to keep the frequency of the power grid steady at 60 Hz, which is a very important aspect of keeping the power supply reliable.One piece of anecdotal information: Jacobson states in the paper Supplementary Information that it takes LOADMATCH about three to four minutes to simulate an entire year. Our simulations of just the Texas electricity market can take hours to run, and can take significantly longer for simulations of high levels of renewables.After reading both papers, both supplementary information sections, the counter-rebuttal, a lot of news articles and tweet-storms (from other energy folks I trust), I find myself thinking that the burden of proof is still in Jacobson’s court. There are many lessons to learn here.But, in the end, my view is that the body of scientific understanding will be stronger for it. The peer review process is slow, uses imperfect human volunteers, and doesn’t always get it exactly right the first time. The list of authors on the Clack rebuttal is impressive, and should be paid attention to. However, if Jacobson’s work can survive this challenge, I figure it will stand the test of time. Implausible assumptionsClack questions a long list of input assumptions of Jacobson’s model. A number are related to how quickly technologies can mature and be used at large scale, including underground thermal energy storage, phase change materials to store solar thermal energy, and hydrogen as a usable fuel. Other critiques focus on assumptions around how flexible the demand for energy can be — a key consideration when dealing with variable sun and wind power. Then there’s the amount of electric transmission power infrastructure needed, the costs of all the capital required, the pace of investment needed, and land use issues.Some criticisms are probably fair. I tend to be bullish on the potential of technology to advance rapidly, but having worked in residential energy use, and energy retrofits in particular, I find that Jacobson’s assumptions about the amount of geothermal energy storage retrofits for heating and air-conditioning in buildings are hard to fathom.I have some reservations on the ability of 67% of demand to be flexible. I also have some questions on the pace of investment required in Jacobson’s scenario. RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

first_imgThe Safeway Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), have teamed up to develop a print, radio and digital public service announcement featuring actress and SU2C Ambassador Marcia Cross.The PSA is designed to increase awareness for the fight against prostate cancer.Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States and currently affects more than two million American men. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.Debuting this June, the public service campaign coincides with Safeway’s annual in-store Prostate Cancer Awareness fundraiser, providing customers with multiple opportunities to give at more than 1,400 Safeway stores across the United States. The public service campaign will continue through the month, which includes the national observance of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16.Marcia Cross Helps Raise Awareness and Funds in the Fight against Prostate CancerAt the center of the public service campaign is a limited edition, reusable shopping bag, embossed with the words, “It starts with a wish; it can end with a cure.” The bag will be available for purchase at all Safeway banner stores, including Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Dominick’s, and Carrs stores, as well as online at will support accelerated prostate cancer research. Additionally, Safeway shoppers will have a chance to make a separate donation at check-out.Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Marcia Cross is best known for her roles on the award-winning series Desperate Housewives and the original Melrose Place.“I’ve seen too many men in my life affected by cancer,” said Cross. “I am proud to be a part of the effort to support important cancer research that can save lives. My hope is that we can help increase survivorship among men affected by prostate cancer.”“We are thrilled to collaborate with our friends at Stand Up To Cancer and Marcia Cross to further increase awareness of prostate cancer,” said Larree Renda, Chair of The Safeway Foundation. “Stand Up To Cancer’s scientists are taking cancer research to the next level and we are committed to helping them in their effort to make meaningful advances in patient care.”The collaborative campaign represents a continued dedication to prostate cancer research and awareness for both The Safeway Foundation and SU2C.The Safeway Foundation’s donation to SU2C helps fund two Dream Teams focused on prostate cancer. The first team’s project, titled “Precision Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer,” is led by Arul M. Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., S.P. Hicks endowed professor of pathology and professor of urology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and Charles L. Sawyers, M.D., chairman of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.The second Dream Team project, titled “Targeting Adaptive Pathways in Metastatic Treatment-Resistant Prostate Cancer,” is led by Eric J. Small, M.D., professor of medicine and urology and chief of the division of hematology and oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Owen N. Witte, M.D., distinguished professor of microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and distinguished professor of molecular and medical pharmacology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. In total, these two teams have 109 scientists at 22 institutions.To date, Safeway and The Safeway Foundation have raised $84.5 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research. Those donations, provided by Safeway’s generous customers, have helped fund 1,600 prostate cancer research projects providing hope for treatment and cures.Since 2008, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded nearly 100 cancer investigators (in 7 countries and 44 cancer centers) whose innovative research ideas are accelerating discovery and progress.New advances in early detection funded by The Safeway Foundation include a urine test to detect a unique piece of DNA found only in prostate cancer cells that can now be detected. This test has the potential to catch prostate cancer many years earlier than it has typically been detected in the past. Together with a PSA test and a checkup, it will help doctors determine who has prostate cancer and thus prevent patients from undergoing unnecessary biopsies.“We’re profoundly grateful to Marcia Cross and the Safeway Foundation for helping us spur more important conversations about prostate cancer, and for making it so easy for the public to support research that will lead to newer, more effective therapies,” said Lisa Paulsen, co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).For more information on the campaign, visit or Up To Cancer raises funds to hasten the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. SU2C marshals the resources of the media and entertainment industries in the fight against this disease. Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Talk Show Host, Journalist and well-known Cancer Advocate Katie Couric; Sherry Lansing, Chairperson of the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Board of Directors and Founder of the Sherry Lansing Foundation.SU2C’s “Dream Team” approach to funding translational cancer research enables scientists from different disciplines at research centers across the country and internationally to collaborate on projects geared toward getting new, less toxic treatments to patients as quickly as possible. Monies also support innovative cancer research projects that are often deemed “too risky” by conventional funding sources. One hundred and one institutions are currently involved. As SU2C’s scientific collaborator, the American Association for Cancer Research, led by a prestigious SU2C Scientific Advisory Committee, provides scientific oversight, expert review of the research projects and grants administration.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A Canada-U.S. women-in-business group created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump released its first set of recommendations Wednesday, proposing more affordable child care and a new binational procurement initiative.It’s the first of five anticipated reports from the Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, created during Trudeau’s first meeting with Trump last February.It is delivering its findings to the two leaders. This first report is on supporting women-owned businesses, and subsequent ones due through July will look at science education, attracting entrepreneurs, and improving access to capital.This first report makes four recommendations: affordable child care, getting startup-funding groups to measure and encourage women’s access to investment, diversity programs in private-sector supply chains and a new public-sector procurement initiative.The procurement idea calls on Canada to create a program like one in the U.S. where five per cent of public contracts are set aside for women-owned businesses in sectors where women are under-represented.It says the countries’ programs should be linked, with women able to qualify for the contracts in either country.The report notes the differences between existing child-care policies in Canada and the U.S.: Canada has a national system allowing paid parental leave, unlike the U.S. But the report says access to day care remains a challenge in both countries.”We recognize that Canada and the United States have taken different approaches to family policy and unpaid care work and do not suggest there is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution,” said the report.”In the United States, we heard women say that the high cost of childcare or in-home support prevented them from scaling their companies to their full potential. In Canada, we heard the need for more affordable quality child care programs… (Solutions) could include things such as maternity leave policies and tax incentives. It could also include measures to level the playing field between caregivers — for example, paternity leave policies.”The 20-page report lays out numerous gender disparities in the business world.It points to the minuscule percentage of major companies owned by women. The percentage is even smaller in Canada than the U.S. Citing federal data from both countries, it notes that a mere 14 per cent of companies in the U.S. with 100-500 employees are female-owned, and just seven per cent in Canada. The numbers for smaller businesses are only slightly higher.There’s a similar disparity in startup funding: 19 per cent of startups that get seed funding have a female founder, according to figures it cites from CrunchBase. The ratio drops for companies getting subsequent funding — for later-stage funding, 13 per cent or less of it goes to companies with a female founder.The paper urges funding groups to keep these statistics, and track them, quoting one CEO: ”You cannot improve what you don’t measure.” It also encourages companies to establish more networking opportunities.The challenge of networking is laid out in another part of the paper that cites survey stats showing there’s no clear consensus among men and women when asked whether it’s appropriate to have dinner, have lunch, drive in a car, or have a drink with a women who’s not their spouse.”It is worth noting that business relations between men and women are receiving greater scrutiny in the wake of recent sexual harassment scandals,” says the paper.”It is critical that women be encouraged and supported as they come forward about these instances. At the same time, some men have described heightened caution when interacting with women, especially in professional settings. A big takeaway is the need to challenge harmful social attitudes and biases, but also to be mindful of overcompensating behaviours that can further isolate women in business.”The paper released Wednesday was part of the project led by GE Canada President Elyse Allan, and NRStor Inc. CEO Annette Verschuren.The U.S. president’s daughter Ivanka, who participated in the launch of the project, saluted the arrival of the first report: ”Thanks … for your recommendations on growing women-owned businesses,” she tweeted.”We value private sector input in advancing the success of women entrepreneurs in US & Canada.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the council was created by Trudeau and Ivanka Trump and that it was expected to produce just four reports.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Ruby Rose has played some dangerous characters, like an inmate in “Orange Is the New Black” and a scientist battling a prehistoric shark in “The Meg.” But the actress herself is now officially dangerous.Cybersecurity firm McAfee on Tuesday crowned Rose the most dangerous celebrity on the internet. No other celebrity was more likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware.Reality TV star, Kristin Cavallari finished behind Rose at No. 2, followed by actress Marion Cotillard (No. 3), the original “Wonder Woman” Lynda Carter (No. 4), actress Rose Byrne (No. 5), Debra Messing (No. 6), reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian (No. 7), actress Amber Heard (No. 8), morning TV show host Kelly Ripa (No. 9), and actor Brad William Henke as No 10.Rose is a model and MTV VJ who may have gotten a burst of online interest when she was named to play Batwoman on an upcoming CW series.The survey is meant to highlight the danger of clicking on suspicious links. McAfee urges internet users to consider risks associated with searching for downloadable content and always apply updated security fixes. The company used its own site ratings to compile the celebrity list and used searches on Google, Bing and Yahoo.“In our hyper-connected world, it’s important for consumers to think before they click to be sure that they are landing on safe digital content and protecting themselves from cybersecurity threats that may be used to infect their devices or steal their identity,” writes Gary Davis, chief consumer security evangelist at McAfee. “So whether you’re looking up what Ruby did on the latest ‘Orange is the New Black’ episode, or what Kristin Cavallari wore the latest awards show, make sure you’re searching the internet safely.”Rose deposes last year’s most dangerous celeb, Avril Lavigne. That top 10 also included Bruno Mars, Carly Rae Jepsen, Zayn Malik, Celine Dion, Calvin Harris, Justin Bieber, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katy Perry and Beyonce.Musicians on the latest list took a hit. Adele was the highest ranked musician at No. 21 followed by Shakira at No. 27. Diddy, who finished at No. 9 in 2017, fell to No. 76.___Mark Kennedy is at read more