Gentlemen first? ‘Broken stick’ modelling reveals sex-related homing decision date in migrating seabirds

first_imgTechnical progress in animal-borne tracking and movement data analysis has facilitated the understanding of the interplay between successive periods in the life cycle of migratory animals. We investigated how sex differences on the constraints of homing may influence migration to breeding areas in crested penguins (genus Eudyptes). We used a novel approach to infer homing decision date, a precise point in time that translates statistically as a change point in the current distance of the animal to its colony (‘broken stick’ modelling approach, R codes provided here). We applied this approach to geolocation tracking data on migration in three Eudyptes species, from three localities in the southern Indian Ocean (five populations). Sex had a subtle and consistent influence on the temporal activity of the 66 animals during their migratory journey. Males began migration to the breeding localities earlier than females, by an average of 9.1 (range: 4.5–13.5) days. This difference was statistically significant in 4 of 5 populations, and occurred among all species, sites and years surveyed. Our study shows an original application of a recent modelling approach to detect change point in movement data. Our results suggest that sex-specific constraints related to breeding in migrating animals may also modify activity schedules well before breeding commences.last_img read more

Josh Davis of Weber State Football Named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Weber State star sophomore tailback Josh Davis was named as the Big Sky Conference’s offensive player of the week for his contributions in the Wildcats’ 41-24 win over Cal Poly Saturday at Stewart Stadium.Davis, a former Alta High star, ran for 129 yards on 14 carries (9.2 yards per tote) and a pair of scores as Weber State cruised to victory against the Mustangs.This is Davis’ first career Big Sky Conference player of the week award.The Wildcats return to action Saturday at 5:00 pm MDT at Reno, Nev. against the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference. September 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Josh Davis of Weber State Football Named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week Tags: Alta High/Big Sky Conference player of the week award/Josh Davis/Mountain West Conference/Nevada Wolf Pack/Weber State Football Brad Jameslast_img read more

UK shipbuilding needs to be quicker, report finds

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK naval shipbuilding needs to be quicker, independent report finds November 29, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy UK naval shipbuilding needs to be quicker, independent report finds An independent report into UK’s naval shipbuilding has concluded that the small Royal Navy fleet is a result of too long procurement cycles, late orders for new ships and the policy of retaining old ships in the fleet beyond their sell date.Sir John Parker’s Independent Report into naval shipbuilding also set out recommendations to transform the UK shipbuilding industry.One of the recommendations would see the bulk of Royal Navy ships being allocated to more shipbuilders. Parker proposed that the construction of new Type 26 and Type 31 frigates take place at more than one shipyard indicating that Babcock or Cammell Laird could bid for the construction of Type 31 frigates.Parker, who is currently chairman of mining company Anglo American, added that the Type 31 frigates should be built quickly to boost navy fleet numbers but also to have a competitive export product that could be designated as Type 31e.“The new Type 31e should not set out to be a complex and sophisticated warship based on traditional design approaches. It should be a modern and innovative design on a standard platform which should provide a menu of choice to support exports and beat the competition. It should be termed Type 31e. The ‘e’ means that export flexibility is inbuilt, not a variant,” Parker said.One of the opportunities that Parker identified was the way Scotland’s technology allowed for modular construction, in which ship components are produced across the UK before being assembled at a central Hub. The build of the Royal Navy’s largest ever warships, the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, has already demonstrated the success of such an approach, with multiple shipyards and hundreds of companies across the UK working together and benefiting from the aircraft carrier build.“This report will inform our National Shipbuilding Strategy to match the needs of the Royal Navy with the ability to design and build efficiently, maintain skills, and maximise export opportunities,” UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said welcoming the report.The UK government said it would publish a full response along with an implementation plan in spring 2017.“Should government, industry and the trade unions rise to the challenges I have set, I believe we can establish a new era of collaboration and success across the ‘total enterprise’,” Parker concluded.“It will create savings over the coming years for MOD, renew the Royal Navy fleet, position the UK for new export opportunities and create regional prosperity and highly skilled jobs across the UK in the shipyards and supply chain.” Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

IU ATHLETICS TO PILOT BEER AND WINE SALES AT FOOTBALL GAMES THIS FALL

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IU ATHLETICS TO PILOT BEER AND WINE SALES AT FOOTBALL GAMES THIS FALLBLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Fans over 21 attending football games at Memorial Stadium this fall will be able to enjoy beer and wine to enhance the IU Football gameday experience.Pursuant to a pilot program recommended by the consulting firm Wasserman and consistent with the University’s Service of Alcohol Policy, beer and wine will be available for purchase by all football game attendees over 21 through a third-party vendor to be selected through the University procurement process.“Our main goals with this initiative are to enhance the gameday experience for our fans and reduce alcohol-related incidents in and around the stadium,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. “While there will be some comparatively modest revenue generated by these sales, that is not the primary purpose of this program. Ten percent of our net beer and wine public sales revenues will be given to campus for alcohol safety programming.”In considering this move, Indiana University Athletics commissioned Wasserman to study the desirability of introducing beer and wine sales at its home football games. In examining the more than 50 other schools that sell alcohol to the general public at their stadiums, the study found that its introduction resulted in improved game-day experience and attendance (with overall attendance at sporting events on the decline nationally, the introduction of alcohol sales has reversed that trend at numerous schools); and a reduction in alcohol-related incidents and safety issues in the stadium (as an example, Ohio State University reported a 65 percent drop in alcohol-related incidents the first year it served alcohol to the general public, while West Virginia reported a 35 percent decline).As part of the pilot program and to help ensure responsible behavior from fans, IU’s vendor will be required to ensure beer and wine purchasers have their identification checked, maintain a two-drink limit during each individual purchase, and cease sales at the end of the third quarter. IU Athletics will also work closely with IU’s Superintendent of Public Safety, who has also endorsed the pilot program, to ensure a safe environment at Memorial Stadium.IU Athletics is establishing a task force to oversee the service of beer and wine this fall at Memorial Stadium which will address outstanding issues such as: appropriately consulting University procurement officials on drafting the RFP and selecting the vendor; determining where to direct the campus share for alcohol safety programming; evaluating the test pilot program and recommending whether it be continued and/or adjusted; whether to expand the program to other venues; and the like. The members of the task force will be Vice Provost and Dean of Students Dave O’Guinn; Associate Vice President and Superintendent for Public Safety Ben Hunter; Associate General Counsel James Nussbaum; and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration and External Relations Stephen Harper.With the adoption of the pilot program, Indiana joins a rapidly growing list of schools around the state and country publicly serving alcohol at sporting events. Five schools do so in the Big Ten: Purdue, Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, and Maryland. Butler serves beer in Hinkle Fieldhouse. In addition, on campus, the IU Auditorium serves alcohol at its events.last_img read more

News story: £30 million investment in revolutionary V2G technologies

first_imgDan Bentham, Head of R&D, Smart Customers, EDF Energy said: As the number of electric vehicles grows and their battery capabilities increase, there is a huge opportunity for them to make a significant contribution to a smart grid. These projects are at the cutting edge of their field. Just like the visionary designs of Brunel and Stephenson in transport, they could revolutionise the ways in which we store and manage electricity, both now and in the future. Business Minister Richard Harrington said: The UK’s automotive industry is a great British success story, and as set out in our ambitious Industrial Strategy we are determined to lead the way in innovative, low-emission vehicle production. We have shown that growing the economy while cutting emissions, can, and should, go hand in hand. Vehicle-to-grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in game-changing automotive and low carbon technologies. Electric vehicles will play an important role in the future of UK energy and its economy. They will have a beneficial impact on the environment by reducing emissions and improving air quality. Through our research, EDF Energy will use new technologies, business models and smart systems to make low carbon transport, and the infrastructure and market conditions needed for its success, a reality. New technology which will unlock the potential for electric vehicles to help power people’s homes is being boosted by almost £30 million in government funding.Through the Industrial Strategy the government is committed to becoming a world leader in shaping the future of mobility and in the design and development of the clean technologies of the future. This investment will help deliver on that ambition, supporting vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies that could enable electric cars and other vehicles to deliver electricity back to the smart grid, to light homes and power businesses.The funding has been awarded to 21 V2G projects, to pay for research and design and development, with the aim of exploring and trialling both the technology itself and commercial opportunities.These schemes, including EDF Energy’s V2GO scheme, will demonstrate how energy stored in electric vehicle batteries could be borrowed by the electricity system during peak hours, before being recharged during the off-peak in time for their drivers to set off on their next journey.Case studyUsing electric vehicles in dense urban areas like Oxford will significantly reduce local emissions and improve air quality, boosting the quality of life for residents and benefitting businesses. Led by EDF Energy R&D UK, the ‘V2GO’ is a large scale demonstration of V2G charging in Oxford using 100 electric fleet vehicles (cars and vans) from a number of organisations including several delivery and taxi companies.The project will develop, trial and evaluate potential business models for fleet operators’ use of electric vehicles and their suitability for vehicle to grid (V2G) charging.The consortium is made up of 8 organisations with expertise in energy and power markets and systems, fleet operation value chains and electric mobility: EDF Energy R&D UK, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, Arrival, EO Charging, Upside Energy, and Fleet Innovation.At the same time these electric vehicles will provide a cleaner alternative to many of the fleet vehicles operated in UK cities, including Royal Mail vans, and Addison Lee taxis.Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: Media enquiries The investment will help deliver on the government’s ambition, set out in the recently published Automotive Sector Deal , to be at the forefront of low-emission and electric vehicle production, powering the next generation of innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicles.The competition for government funding, run by Innovate UK, saw a host of winners including SSE Services, Nissan, OVO Energy, Octopus Energy, Cisco, Flexisolar and AT Kearney.Innovate UK recently concluded the assessment process, with OLEV and BEIS providing almost £30 million to grant fund industry led collaborative R&D in electric ‘vehicle to grid’ technology for up to 70% of project costs. The Department for Transport press office only deals with enquiries from the media.For personal enquiries regarding MOT, please email: [email protected] you are not a member of the media, use the switchboard line: 0300 330 3000 If you are a member of the media and have a media query contact the press office: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/media-enquiries.last_img read more

PODCAST: The Zipper Club Brings Their Punk Universe To Shaky Knees Festival

first_imgFollowing the most recent episode with Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick, Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth is back with a new episode featuring a rundown of the 2017 Shaky Knees Festival and a conversation with the three core members of new wave-inspired outfit Zipper Club.Turner and Seth discuss in length the Shaky Knees Festival, which takes place in Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, and this year featured headliners from LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Ryan Adams, next tier acts such as Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Sylvan Esso, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dr. Dog, Saint Motel, and up and coming acts such as The Record Company, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Con Brio, and the aforementioned Zipper Club. The festival, now in its fifth year, is hitting its stride as it continues to expand on a diverse lineup of acts from across the musical spectrum.You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:During the formal interview section of the podcast, Turner and Seth discuss Mason James‘ former band Cerebral Ballzy, a NYC punk rock act that saw a fair deal of success over the years, and how James made the transition from a style with plenty of edge to a band that, as Turner describes it, “what happens when you have the sophistication of fine art meeting the raw passion of punk, and you throw in a little bit of synth-pop.”The group goes on to discuss working with former Smashing Pumpkins member and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha, who produced a number of tracks on their upcoming debut album. The first time they worked with Iha was in a dingy basement in Brooklyn, NY, and had an immediate connection which continued as the band wrote additional tracks for their forthcoming album.Zipper Club also opened up for Tears for Fears on their first tour ever, as the band had played with Curt Smith at Coachella, had become close friends with the band, and the opportunity to come out as the support act happened rather organically.Lissy Trullie, who grew up in New York City, and was an art and film student at Parsons and The New School explained, “For the record, I was a huge fan of punk….The Queers, The Exploited….I was a little punk.” With drummer Damar Davis, the trio was complete, and moved forward with James’ vision of exploring diverse musical genres outside of the punk universe.In the live setting, Zipper Club is making a point of creating a multi-sensory performance, with a full-on light show, as well as stretching songs out while on stage from an improvisational standpoint. James explains, “Look out for the future, we have been improvising a lot recently….we are trying to expand beyond that. You try to take it to different levels, you try to do different solos, and make it a unique experience for every viewer. Sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it goes beautiful, it’s that weird awesome thing you get at a live rock n’ roll show.”James discusses why he was amped to play Shaky Knees, as Turner and Seth began to throw some jabs at other non-festival festival’s such as Coachella, which are more of a scene than anything else, “[Shaky Knees] is full of people that want to see music. It has been really refreshing. Everybody was so nice.”Explaining one of the craziest gigs James ever played at a punk show, he says, “So I was in the UK, and we did an entire photo shoot of us puking into Christmas things….puking into Santa hats. So I used to have to fucking puke on cue. That was our thing. It is not a cool thing, everybody listening, don’t do this, please. It’ll just give you acid reflux and fuck you up later in life. But, that was our shtick, so we had a whole photo shoot of us [Cerebral Ballzy] puking on Christmas in the UK.” Nobody said the punk life was easy.Turner also attempts to get the band to divulge the ultra secret information of how they came up with the band name. You’ll just have to listen to find out….**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:Jen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & Morelast_img read more

Wyss improves sepsis device

first_imgA team of scientists at the Wyss Institute last year described the development of a device to treat sepsis that works by mimicking the human spleen. The device cleanses pathogens and toxins from blood flowing through a dialysis-like circuit. Now the team has developed an improved device that works with conventional antibiotic therapies and is better positioned for near-term use in clinics.The improved design is described in the October issue of Biomaterials.Sepsis is a common and frequently fatal medical complication that can occur when the body attempts to fight off serious infection and the resulting widespread inflammation can cause organs to shut down, blood pressure to drop, and the heart to weaken. This can lead to septic shock, which eventually kills more than 30 percent of septic patients in the United States. In most cases, the pathogen responsible for triggering the septic condition is not pinpointed, so clinicians blindly prescribe an antibiotic course in a blanket attempt to stave off the infectious bacteria and halt the dangerous inflammatory response.Pathogen-extracting sepsis therapy <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njwulsoLLNo” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/njwulsoLLNo/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> This video explains how sepsis induced by an overload of blood pathogens can be treated with the Wyss Institute’s improved pathogen-extracting, spleen-mimicking device. Blood is flown through a cartridge filled with hollow fibers that are coated with a genetically engineered blood protein inspired by a naturally occurring human molecule called Mannose-binding lectin (MBL). MBL is found in our innate immune system and binds to toxic invaders, marking them for capture by immune cells in the spleen. Courtesy of the Wyss InstituteBut sepsis can be caused by a wide-ranging variety of pathogens that are not susceptible to antibiotics, including viruses, fungi, and parasites. What’s more, even when antibiotics successfully kill the invading bacteria, dead pathogens fragment and release toxins into the patient’s bloodstream.“The inflammatory cascade that leads to sepsis is triggered by pathogens, and specifically by the toxins they release,” said Wyss Institute founding director Donald Ingber, who leads the Wyss team developing the device. Ingber is the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School and a professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Thus, the most effective strategy is to treat with the best antibiotics you can muster, while also removing the toxins and remaining pathogens from the patient’s blood as quickly as possible.”The Wyss team’s blood-cleansing approach can be administered quickly, even without identifying the infectious agent. This is because it uses the Wyss Institute’s proprietary, pathogen-capturing agent, FcMBL, which binds all types of live and dead infectious microbes, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and the toxins they release. FcMBL is a genetically engineered blood protein inspired by a naturally occurring human molecule called mannose-binding lectin (MBL), which is found in the innate immune system and binds to toxic invaders, marking them for capture by immune cells in the spleen.Originally, the device was conceived to operate similarly to a dialysis machine: Infected blood in an animal — and potentially one day in a patient — is flowed from one vein through catheters to the device. There, FcMBL-coated magnetic beads are added to the blood, and then bead-bound pathogens are extracted by magnets inside the device before the cleansed blood is returned to the body through another vein.The improved device removes the complexity, regulatory challenges, and cost associated with the magnetic beads and microfluidic architecture of its predecessor, but retains the FcMBL protein’s ability to bind to all kinds of live or dead pathogens and toxins. The optimized system uses hollow fiber filters found in dialysis cartridges already approved by the FDA whose inner walls are coated with the FcMBL protein. In animal studies, treatment with this new pathogen-extracting device reduced the number of E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and endotoxins circulating in the bloodstream by more than 99 percent.“Using the device, alone or alongside antibiotics, we can quickly bring blood back to normal conditions, curtailing an inflammatory response rather than exacerbating it,” said the paper’s first author, Tohid Fatanat Didar, a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss institute and a research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. “If all goes well, physicians will someday be able to use the device in tandem with standard antibiotic treatments to deliver a one-two punch to pathogens, synergistically killing and cleansing all live and dead invaders from the bloodstream.”With the improved blood-cleansing therapeutic device proving extremely effective in small-animal studies, the Wyss team is planning to move to large-animal studies as the next step to demonstrating the proof of concept that is required before it can advance to human clinical trials.“Seeing our system work in animal models gives us confidence that this could work in humans, because we are successfully treating animals infected with human pathogens,” said Wyss senior staff scientist Michael Super, who works on the Institute’s Advanced Technology Team and is also an author on the new study.“Since the development of earlier prototypes of the device, we’ve applied the Wyss model of de-risking the technology to prime it for commercialization,” said Ingber. “Our goal is to see this move out of the lab and into hospitals as well as onto the battlefield, where it can save lives, within years rather than decades.”This work was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.last_img read more

7 tricks advertisers use to make you spend money

first_img 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You are bombarded by advertisements every day. Just how many ads you see is up for debate. One oft-quoted number released by market research firm Yankelovich estimated that a person living in a city 30 years ago saw as many as 2,000 ad messages a day (on everything from billboards to TV), versus the present rate of 5,000 a day. That doesn’t mean, of course, that we actually notice all of those ads.While most of us recognize that advertisers are trying hard to entice us to spend money, it’s easy to forget how they do this. By increasing our awareness of their tactics, perhaps we can better resist impulse buying.With that in mind, here’s a roundup of methods advertisers use to prompt consumers to open their hearts and wallets.1. Appealing to our greed and other vices. You probably like to think of yourself as having unimpeachable character. That said, Robert Barrows of R.M. Barrows, Inc., an advertising and public relations company in San Mateo, California, points out that some advertisers will write ad copy that appeals to all or any of the seven deadly sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.Think about car companies that suggest your neighbors will drool over your new wheels (envy); the restaurants that promise you lots of food for your dollar (gluttony); or perfume and aftershave commercials promising irresistibility, and you start to see what he means. continue reading »last_img read more

Is your credit union only giving during December?

first_imgTraditionally, December is the month where businesses step up and support non-profit causes and their clients (including members) as a whole.  December becomes a very crowded month in the minds of consumers because of this.Members have so much on their mind during December. They are wondering if they can afford all the gifts they want for their family members.  They have to attend different holiday parties with friends and families. With so much going on during the month of December, how do you still reach your members? You do it BEFORE December!If you want more member engagement, more members as a whole and higher member retention, then I would argue that you need to be a giver all year round. When I say you, I’m referring to you as the person, and you as the credit union.Here’s the thing. People notice when you show up in their lives. They notice your caring nature. Your presence.  It’s much more noticeable outside the holiday season as well. And that’s where the magic of referrals happens. That’s when you build the trust and the transactions you make in your relationships with your member’s results in more word of mouth referrals!Throughout the year your branch and credit union needs to find ways to give to members building tighter relationships and bonds with them.  Then when December comes, you won’t have to worry so much about trying to get your message out there and above everyone else in such a busy month.  It’s important to still give to your charity’s during December and to announce such actions, but you won’t’ have to put extra effort into promoting such announcements because your members will notice….because you cared about them during the remainder of the year, and it’s natural for them to notice!Here are 3 things you can do today to ensure that you are caring in every month and not just December!Create a list of 5 members that you want to reach out to in January. Note their names and the reason for the contact. Set up a calendar reminder to do this each month!Create a list of 5 members that you had an interaction with this week, and make a note to send them a thank you card, directly to their home, thanking them for their business.  Then set up a calendar reminder to send 5 cards each month next year.Make a list of 5 organizations that your credit union cares about and is involved with, keep this list on your desk.  Each month do a google search on one of the organizations and commit to learning something new about them. This will help you be informed and armed with information to discuss with others when the organization’s name comes up internally or with your members! 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Ward Matt is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…In 2002 Matt began working with business owners through his website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, to improve their bottom line, gain more clients, … Web: www.Breakthrough-Champion.com Detailslast_img read more

Bristol agents: Cracking the inner sanctum

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