Cool science. Interesting art?

first_imgIt’s hard to tell whether the microscopic worms Brian Knep experiments with and portrays in his show at Judi Rotenberg Gallery are his material or his collaborators. And ultimately, that’s problematic. He seems to assign a level of consciousness to the worms that inevitably makes them into a metaphor for humans, but also sometimes leads him down a path into coy, overly precious art.Knep, an artist-in-residence at Harvard Medical School, is exhibiting digital prints and videos of colonies of Caenorhabditis elegans, a transparent worm that has about a thousand cells…Read more here (The Boston Globe)last_img

Student chefs put culinary skills to the test in first ‘Restaurant Wars’

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Students in the Broome-Tioga BOCES Culinary Arts program put their best whisk forward in an effort to impress five local restaurants. “I want to learn as much as I can. I still have a lot to learn, I want to learn all types of places, different types of cuisines, I can’t wait,” said Michael Green, a chef that created a chicken sandwich. “I like the pressure, I like knowing that I have to do something and I have to do it right. It just makes me feel good when it comes out, it makes me want to strive more and do better,” said Student Chef Danielle Flemmings. Restaurant owners taste-tested a variety of dishes, from breakfast burgers, to taquitos, to the thickest chicken sandwich you’ll ever see. Restaurants judging included The Cellar, Peterson’s Tavern, Dos Rios, Frank’s Italian Restaurant, and the Choconut Inn. After the taste-test, almost all of the dishes were accepted to be featured as specials and full-time menu items. For the chefs, while it’s nice to be recognized, they’re motivated to continue cooking. “I didn’t expect much, I have to be honest, and they nailed it. I’m very impressed, we need more people in our industry,” said Frank LoPiccolo, owner of Frank’s Italian Restaurant. Chefs tackled the challenge of creating their best dish, and after a taste-test, a chance at having their dish featured on a menu in a restaurant near you. last_img read more

Forty-one North American cities join in bid for 2026 World Cup

first_img(REUTERS) – Forty-one North American cities, including New York, Montreal and Mexico City, have declared an interest in hosting matches at the 2026 World Cup as part of the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico, officials said yesterday.A shortlist of cities will be announced later this year with 20 to 25 to be included in the final bid to soccer’s world governing body FIFA.Morocco is also bidding to host the 2026 World Cup, the first with an expanded 48-team format.A final decision on the host nation will be taken by the FIFA Congress next June.“The host cities will help define the united bid (by the United States, Canada and Mexico),” United Bid Committee Executive Director John Kristick said in a statement.“Each will offer the best facilities and infrastructure to stage the world’s biggest single-event sporting competition, and together they will play a key role in the development of the sport in North America.last_img read more

Three big questions for anyone entering the energy storage arena

first_imgGet Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI Michael Kanellos Related Posts Energy storage is one of the largest economic opportunities on the planet. And it’s going to be one of the most entertaining. Entertaining, that is, from a news perspective. One of the best parts about working in technology is the constant drama. A revolutionary concept emerges. Companies form. Venture capitalists pour millions into the market. Then early winners topple, incumbents stumble and previously overlooked ideas prosper like mammals after the death of the dinosaurs.Storage, along with software and solar, will also pave the way for bringing over 1 billion more people onto the grid and reducing problems like dirty water and the lack of economic opportunities; a huge portion of IoT and edge devices will run on their own power. So what should you be looking at when you evaluate a company or business model?#1: What do they make?Is a company manufacturing battery cells? Or are they selling an operating system for managing battery packs? Or do they want to buy third-party battery packs and create a network for providing peak power and energy services?Most agree that the software looks like a good bet; software will be the key for using storage to curb peak power or create micro-grids. You can also write off a lot of the more abstract concepts like compressed air storage or harnessing energy from dance steps — batteries will be the heart of storage. Can you make money on batteries? A manufacturing facility can cost billions and, if too many competitors open at once, price drops will force everyone into the red. In data storage for instance, over 200 companies, including Seiko and Citizen, tried made hard drives. Now, only three do. A recent attempt to make battery components flopped. And software companies aren’t above bleeding money either: in 2002, there was a short-term bubble for Linux IPOs. People were billionaires for about ten minutes.But producing cells and battery packs may prove to be a pretty good business, at least for some, in the long run. Yes, battery cells are finicky beasts, but manufacturers that can hit elusive performance marks while achieving high yields could ultimately win more than enough contracts to keep going. Some manufacturers, such as LG, are able to wield the buying power of conglomerates; others, like Tesla and Blue Solutions, can sell products to third parties or to their own automotive divisions. #2: What does it do? When many people think of energy storage, they imagine a vat for electrons, a big, serene tub sitting in your basement capturing electrons by day to run your TV at night. Storage, in this imagined scenario, is the path to getting off the grid.Reality couldn’t be further away. Instead of a vat, storage functions more like stock traders, buying power cheaply in the morning and offering it up to bidders for grid balancing or demand response in the evening. It’s valuable because it’s attached to the grid. “Storage isn’t storage. Storage is a computer,” John Jung, founder of Greensmith Energy, now part of Wartsila, once told me. Pay close attention to the marketing pitch. If the company in question harps too much about energy independence, they are likely out of synch with the market. #3: Who owns it?Are consumers going to buy the energy storage system? Or will utilities and service providers own it and parcel them out through service contracts? Consumers and businesses, even large ones, probably shouldn’t own storage systems just yet. Because storage systems are like stock traders, they will experience erratic mood swings, perform better on some tasks than others, and often burn out before their time. As a result, the most successful companies in the industry would be those that sell the use of batteries or service contracts. The PPA-service contract concept is petering out in the solar space, but energy storage involves a very different dynamic. A solar array can sit on a roof and predictably churn away for 30 years without much attention. An ordinary person can manage that. Storage, on the other hand, needs a life coach. Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is…center_img Tags:#energy#energy storage#featured#Tesla#Tesla Powerwall#top The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futuristslast_img read more

Volleyball star Denden Lazaro declines fan who attempts ‘akbay,’ stands up to ‘suplada’ comments

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort She allows the photo op despite appearing uncomfortable, and simply moves aside when he tries to put his arm around her without asking permission. I’d like to thank everyone who has been sending me love & positivity. I really appreciate the support & understanding 🙏🏼— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017 Comments on Facebook have labeled the volleyball star as “suplada” (snobbish) for her behavior. Others have also defended Lazaro, saying that fans should respect public personalities. Lazaro has since addressed the comments on Twitter. “There are certain situations that make a person feel uncomfortable like when random people invade one’s personal space,” she wrote. “To me personal space is something I highly value.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next PVL organizers call Soltones’ PSL ban ‘absurd, uncalled for’ Cocolife teammate Michele Gumabao also came to Lazaro’s defense.Reading tweets about den! One upset fan posts & everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet & greet we just came from! Gosh— Michele I. Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) November 4, 2017She observed, “One upset fan posts and everybody forgets she smiled for 200 plus people in the meet and greet we just came from!” /raRELATED STORIES:SEA Games 7: Things to watch out for with PH women’s volleyball teamBest, brightest make nat’l team MOST READ Volleyball player Denden Lazaro has been tagged as having an “attitude” because she didn’t allow a man to put his arm around her for a picture.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the video taken in Bacolod, a stranger, censored with an emoji, ambushes Lazaro for a picture.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And to me personal space is something I highly value.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017She apologized to those “offended with my action” and added, “But I don’t apologize for being me.”I apologize if I offended anybody with my action. But i don’t apologize for being me.— Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) November 5, 2017last_img read more

CWG scam: CAG report blames PMO for giving Kalmadi free hand

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh KalmadiThe Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on Commonwealth Games (CWG) fiasco has blamed the prime minister’s office (PMO) for appointing Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of its organising committee (OC), sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday.The report, which is yet to be tabled, holds the PMO responsible for overturning the 2004 decision of the Group of Ministers (GoM) to appoint the then sports minister as the head of the OC, sources added. Kalmadi was only supposed to be the vice-chairman of the OC.The CAG report claims that the PMO gave full reins to Kalmadi on expenses, enabling him to decide on the expenditure for CWG projects. The report says Kalmadi had control over nearly Rs 2,000 crore that was placed at the disposal of the OC.Besides the money directly controlled by the OC, the report says, Kalmadi had a major say in all infrastructure and other projects related to CWG. Many of these projects have been under scrutiny for shoddy construction, inflated costs and rigged tenders.Kalmadi was arrested on April 25 for his alleged role in awarding a Games contract to a Swiss firm at an exorbitant rate.last_img read more

New look same production for OSU linebackers

OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan (5) tackles Tulsa redshirt senior running back James Flanders (20) from behind during the first quarter against Tulsa on Sept.10. The Buckeyes won 48-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, Ohio State football fans saw Josh Perry and Darron Lee develop into NFL-quality linebackers. Major concerns before the start of the new year for the Buckeyes were the ability of new starters — junior Dante Booker and redshirt junior Chris Worley — to fill the holes left by the NFL draftees, and how well junior Raekwon McMillan would lead the unit. So far, Buckeye fans have little to complain about in terms of production from that position. After allowing 208 yards rushing in its first two games last year, OSU has allowed just 130 yards to this point on the ground.In addition to being stout against the run, OSU’s linebacker unit has not allowed opponents to score a touchdown. McMillan has credited much of the success to the play of the guys around him.“Every time I turn my head, somebody’s making a great play here,” McMillan said. “I’m just trying to find my ins and outs, trying to find my plays here and there. The guys around me are making me look good.”McMillan went on to thank the defensive line, as well as all of his teammates, for the high level they have played at so far.Although the man in the middle for the Buckeyes is considered to be the leader of the unit, Worley has been around for a longer period of time than McMillan with OSU. The fourth-year strongside linebacker played in 14 of 15 games for the national championship team in 2014, and recorded his first sack last season.Worley recorded four total tackles against Tulsa, while also defending two passes. His play earned him a champion grade from the OSU coaching staff.On the other side, Booker picked up two tackles against Bowling Green in Week 1, but suffered a sprained right knee and did not play against Tulsa. Redshirt freshman weakside linebacker Jerome Baker filled in against Tulsa, picking up five tackles and a fumble recovery.McMillan said he appreciated how well Baker communicated with the team, and how effective he was in his fill-in role.Linebackers have been solid for OSU so far, but will face their biggest challenge against Oklahoma. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield and running backs Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine have been the catalysts to a powerful Oklahoma offense.OSU defensive coordinator and associate head coach Greg Schiano knows how tough the task will be for the team come Saturday.“A lot of these guys have never been in this situation. A few of them have but a lot of them haven’t,” Schiano said. “As a coach, you just try to prepare them the best they can. I believe we have the right people here, but that gap between knowing and doing is the biggest gap there is.” read more