Otters celebrate 25 years of release

first_imgMadison, IN—Today marks the 25th anniversary of Indiana’s first river otter release, which was at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Between 1995 – 1999, Indiana DNR released 303 river otters at 12 locations throughout the state.Reintroduction efforts went so well that otters were removed from the state endangered list in 2005. Such restoration efforts are supported in part by the Nongame Wildlife Fund, which depends entirely on donations (no state tax dollars are used). Consider donating to help Indiana’s wildlife have more conservation success stories like the river otter by clicking here.last_img

Arsenal put one foot in Europa League semis

first_imgHowever, parity would be short lived as a foul on Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a spot kick, and Alexandre Lacazette calmly converted.Ramsey then added his second with an incredible mid-air backheel finish, and Lacazette bagged again before the break as Arsene Wenger’s side went in 4-1 up at half-time.More to follow…0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Gunners took the lead inside nine minutes through Aaron Ramsey, but were pegged back not long after by a superb free-kick from Aleksandr Golovin.TEAMLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – Arsenal took a commanding grip on their Europa League quarter-final tie against CSKA Moscow with a 4-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners took the lead inside nine minutes through Aaron Ramsey, but were pegged back not long after by a superb free-kick from Aleksandr Golovin.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal are behind against the Ulster select by 1-6 to 0-4 at half-time in the Match for Michaela at Casement park in Belfast.Martin Penrose got the goal for Ulster but he admitted at half-time that he was going for a point but managed the goal. However Penrose expects Donegal to go for Ulster in the second half.“Donegal won’t want to loe and we certainly don’t either,” he said.An attendance of 18,622 have paid to see the game and raise funds for the Michaela Foundation.Many of Donegal’s regulars including Michael Murphy, Karl Lacey and Colm McFadden have not started the game.   DONEGAL BEHIND AT HALF-TIME IN MATCH FOR MICHAELA was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMATCH FOR MICHAELATG4Ulsterlast_img read more

Big break for biotech in SA

first_imgSouth Africa’s biotechnology capability isgrowing steadily. (Image: BioPad)  The Bio2Biz conference, held at the Durban International Convention Centre at the end of September 2009, unpacked new, innovative ways in which biotechnology and business can work together.About 700 delegates attended the four-day event, now in its sixth year. Since its inception in 2004 the conference has rotated between KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape provinces.A diverse range of discussion topics was on offer, from drug discovery and development, women in the biotechnology business, stem cell technology and South African biotechnology start-ups, to bioprospecting and indigenous knowledge systems, among others.Bioprospecting is the scientific search, based on traditional healing and biodiversity, for microrganisms, animal and plant species that could be a valuable source of medicinal drugs.Bio2Biz 2009 coincided with an exhibition of the latest in biotechnology developments. Participating exhibitors included the Department of Science and Technology; filtration and instrumentation specialist Microsep; laboratory equipment supplier Davies Diagnostics; the Innovation Fund, a technological campaigner; and a host of other biotechnology-related companies.Biotechnology on the riseThe conference was organised by a group of six partners: the Innovation Fund, eGoli Bio, BioPad, the Cape Biotech Trust, LIFElab and PlantBio. The latter four are designated biotechnology innovation centres, set up under government’s National Biotechnology Strategy, which was adopted by Cabinet in 2001.“Over the past five years, [the innovation centres] have supported the establishment of 30 new start-up biotechnology companies,” said Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, speaking at the conference.Research and intellectual property generated by South African innovators have sustained the new companies, said Pandor, adding that more than 1 000 research jobs have been created and that each year sees more innovative new products and services springing from the country’s creative minds.“We want to make South Africa one of the top 10 nations in the world in terms of the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, flavour, fragrance and biopesticide industries by 2018,” she affirmed.“Already, we have initiated four bioprospecting and product development flagship projects, and registered a Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems degree, the first of its kind in the world.”Indigenous knowledge is beneficial for society because it includes natural treatments that have been used successfully for hundreds of years to treat a range of ailments. Because of the potential for business opportunities offering new healthcare products and services, it can also contribute to job creation.Potential in biotechnologyGuest speaker Dennis Liotta, professor of organic chemistry at Atlanta’s Emory University, was adamant that South Africa had all the necessary elements to be competitive in international pharmaceutical development in its own right.“There is huge potential for the South African biotechnology industry,” said Liotta at the conference’s opening session. “There are strong research scientists, government research councils, a traditional knowledge system and biodiversity.”Liotta, also the inventor of a number of anti-viral drugs, said that the South African biotechnology industry would achieve this by capitalising on its strengths and forging new partnerships to boost areas where skill or expertise is lacking.He is also the director of the South Africa Drug Discovery Programme, an initiative of Emory’s Global Health Institute. This programme aims to furnish African scientists with crucial skills in early drug discovery – a situation that, according to Emory, needs urgent attention.The talented scientists selected for the programme have access to top academic expertise from Emory. As funding is always a challenge in drug development, they learn how to evolve their ideas into a package that will attract the right investors. In this way they can successfully translate their research into effective healthcare products.Once training is complete, the graduates are placed in relevant positions in their own countries.This is a positive sign for developing African nations. These days big pharmaceutical companies focus their attention on markets in the developed world, said Liotta, where they are sure to recoup the huge amounts poured into research and development. Developing nations are thus left out in the cold, as state-of-the-art drugs are simply not made available.“[Pharmaceutical giants] only focus on these needs when put under moral political pressure,” commented Liotta.Traditional remedy to fight HIV/AidsOne of the highlights at Bio2Biz 2009 was a presentation by Southern African Network for Biosciences (Sanbio) director Luke Mumba, which featured a traditional remedy thought to have potential in the fight against HIV and Aids.The treatment is currently under scrutiny by scientists from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The traditional healer who developed the remedy claims it can cure HIV and Aids, and tests have shown that at least one plant used in the drink could possibly be as effective as the antiretroviral Indinavir, manufactured by Merck.The names of the plants are as yet a secret. Sanbio is currently seeking permission to take the active ingredients, in capsule form, to clinical trial in Southern Africa.last_img read more

South Africa hosts nuclear energy conference

first_img24 November 2015The Nuclear Supply Chain Conference has called on all companies working in construction, “not just from the nuclear industry”, but those in engineering, steel, waste management, financing, concrete, information technology services and more, to get involved in discussions.With South Africa’s nuclear energy programme edging closer to reality, leading businesses in its supply chain will meet next week to explore ways of benefiting from the R1-trillion industry.The conference will be held in Cape Town on 1 and 2 December. Participants will identify key features and timelines of the procurement process to secure business development opportunities in South Africa’s nuclear industry.The Department of Energy aims to have almost 80% of construction work done within the South African supply chain, which “offers a huge business opportunity for South African companies”, explain the conference organisers.Nuclear energy will provide 22% of South Africa’s generating capacity by 2030, according to the online information portal Nuclear Energy Insider. “As the nuclear procurement process for international partners continues, understand the next steps to becoming part of the 9.6 gigawatt nuclear energy programme,” it reads.About the conferenceWith hefty criticism of nuclear energy coming from trade unions, political parties and environmentalists, the conference also hopes to “develop a local network of suppliers to help increase public acceptance and pass on benefits to local South African communities”.Stakeholders include the Department of Energy; Eskom; South African Nuclear Energy Corporation; National Nuclear Regulator; the Russian Federation national nuclear corporation, Rosatom; the French nuclear company, Areva; and the Japanese-American provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services, GE Hitachi.While Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom is seen as the frontrunner to lead the 9 600 megawatt nuclear energy build programme from 2023 to 2030, there will be many opportunities for other businesses.Rosatom vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov, one of the guest-speakers, is expected to highlight the company’s strategic offer to South Africa and what this means for local industries and the economy. Polikarpov will disclose how his company will develop localisation, resulting in job creation as well as skills and knowledge transfer to local communities.He will also reveal the role industries can play if Rosatom wins the bid, including opportunities to springboard into Africa.Even though South Africa has signed nuclear accords with nuclear energy companies from Russia, the US, Japan, South Korea, China, France and soon Canada, many industry insiders see Rosatom as the winning bidder. With a major nuclear deal being signed in Egypt this month and ongoing negotiations with Nigeria, Rosatom hopes to build manufacturing plants in South Africa to benefit from its nuclear push into Africa.About nuclear energyNuclear energy is energy in the nucleus (core) of an atom, explains the National Nuclear Regulator’s website. Atoms are tiny particles that make up every object in the universe. There is enormous energy in the bonds that hold atoms together. Nuclear energy can be used to make electricity.But first the energy must be released. It can be released from atoms in two ways: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. In nuclear fusion, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to form a larger atom. This is how the sun produces energy. In nuclear fission, atoms are split apart to form smaller atoms, releasing energy. Nuclear power plants use nuclear fission to produce electricity.Source: News24Wire and reporterlast_img read more

Your Smartphone Is Covered In Poop

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#smartphone fruzsina eordogh The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Huge news from the Wall Street Journal: Your smartphone is downright disgusting.Is this really surprising though, considering all the hand-holding and face touching your phone does and all the places it goes- from the gym, the loo, the floor, to your restaurant table – all without ever being properly cleaned?  As one of the greatest germ carriers of the 21st century, your smartphone can give you, and the people you know, all sorts of nasty illnesses, like the flu, diarrhea, and even pinkeye.See all those greasy smears on your screen? That’s where the germs live.“People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom,” Jeffrey Cain, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado told the Journal.This revelation of phone filthiness is not new, but the problem seems to have gotten worse. A 2011 study of 390 phones in Britain revealed one in six phones had fecal matter on them.But a recent study done by HML Labs of Muncie, Ind., found every single one of the phones they tested randomly in a Chicago office “showed abnormally high numbers of coliforms, a bacteria indicating fecal contamination.” Dr. Donald Hendrickson, the president of HML Labs, put it mildly when he called these results “pretty bad.” (Ed. note: Does this say more about Chicagoans than about smartphones? Sorry.)Anyway, yuck. As our own Jon Mitchell suggested in May, make sure to have a designated wiping and browsing hand while smartphoning on the toilet, and NEVER EVER EVER interchange the two. Also, always wash your hands before exiting the bathroom. Cleaning your smartphone isn’t as easy as washing your hands, however. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, both BlackBerry and Apple “explictily forbid” using “window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives” to clean your phone. Also, if you live in Chicago, come on people. We can do better.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

How to Remove Hum in Final Cut Pro X

first_imgWhats that sound? Nothing, if you follow these steps to remove hums and other noises in Final Cut Pro X!Top image via ShutterstockThere’s nothing more frustrating than bringing all of your hard-earned, beautiful footage back to the edit bay, only to have your spirit crushed once the audio starts playing. There it is — the unwanted background noise and infuriating hum, buzzing just behind your Oscar™-worthy character dialogue.Have no fear, video editor! Final Cut offers a few methods to help (even if just a little) get rid of unwanted audio blemishes.Before ImportingYou can start your edit off right by adjusting the unwanted sounds in your audio clip from the moment of import simply by checking the boxes seen above. This is a very basic level of correction; it’s less of a fix and more of a very minor adjustment, a surface-level correction. Still, the cleaner the better, and it never hurts to preemptively tweak a few problems. Here’s what the check-boxes do:Analyze and fix audio problems (flags unwanted hum and noise, marks minor problems with audio)Separate mono and group stereo audio (channels are analyzed and grouped as dual, mono, or stereo)Remove silent channels (Silent channels are removed and those clips are marked as Autoselected)Hum and Noise RemovalThis more in-depth customizer is better for fine-tuning your audio. It lets you control the amount of noise removal that’s applied, and you can turn on each enhancement individually, instead of grouping them together. Be aware — toggling the noise removal dial helps with background noise, but it will also reduce the volume of your vocals.Obviously even using this in-depth customizer won’t completely remove hum and unwanted noise from your project. Nonetheless, if you’re working with irreplaceable audio, you can only do so much, and this option has gotten me out of some hairy situations in the past.Your first encounter with bad audio in post will quickly remind you just how important it is to record good audio during production. For more info on good audio equipment and smart recording habits, check out some of our previous articles on the matter.Hack Your H1 Audio Recorder for $159 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsThe Best Audio Recorders for Under $300Get Great Location Audio When Working as a One Man Band10 Audio Accessories Under $100 What are your go-to tricks for salvaging bad audio? Share your techniques in the comments below!last_img read more

Pascua admits Lady Tamaraws lacked ‘killer instinct’ in Game 1 loss

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH 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 crowd00:50Trending Articles01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  13 kids get chance to train at FC Barcelona camp Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I’m satisfied because they showed their best,” said Pascua after FEU dropped a 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24 decision Wednesday night. “The difference was just the endgame.”FEU offered a stiff challenge and gave NU a run for its money despite missing the services of its team captain Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza, who are suiting up for the Lady Tams in the UAAP beach volleyball.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 shutoutBoth are likely to miss Saturday’s Game 2 as well but Pascua said the team will be ready without their two key players.Pascua, though, said he would like to see the Lady Tamaraws to show how bad they want to win.center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University coach George Pascua was pleased with his team’s performance despite losing to National University in Game 1 of the PVL Collegiate Conference Finals.Gutsy and resolute, the Lady Tamaraws had their moments against the undefeated Lady Bulldogs and nearly forced a deciding fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES “We still lack killer’s instinct and desire to win because they already have the skill.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded world

first_imgKontron will be presenting numerous highlights to its visitors at embedded world 2019, where among other things, Kontron will be showing Computer-on-Modules based on standards with the latest processors from leading manufacturers. The current portfolio of scalable IoT edge computers and gateways as well as the latest HMIs and Panel PCs with the latest x86 and ARM processors will also be presented. A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server of the KISS family and a Box PC with an Intel processor of the 8th generation complete the range of novelties at the booth. For the Industry 4.0 and digitization strategies of its customers, Kontron will demonstrate the IoT software framework SUSiEtec as well as machine learning with object recognition using artificial intelligence.Kontron will be presenting Computer-on-Modules of all leading standards such as COM Express, SMARC 2.0 and Qseven as well as motherboards and single board computers in various price and performance classes with the latest processors from the chip manufacturers Intel, AMD and NXP.For the first time, Kontron presents a Qseven module with the latest NXP iMX8X processor. The module is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual- or quad-core configuration, provides an ideal basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. Kontron is thus expanding its COM line based on the Qseven standard, which is particularly distinguished by its low power consumption and was first introduced in early 2018. Kontron supports the Qseven form factor in order to offer customers who already use it the opportunity to opt for new CPU technologies with Kontron products.Kontron will also be presenting new products and development services for Raspberry Pi. The developer kit based on a single-board computer expands the Raspberry Pi’s compute module with a variety of industry-typical interfaces, not only including USB, Ethernet 10/100 Mbit, RS 232 and RS 485, but also a CAN fieldbus interface. In addition to the developer kit, Kontron also offers customer-specific developments of carrier modules and systems for Raspberry Pi.Kontron will also be presenting scalable IoT edge computers and gateways based on the latest COMs and SBCs with different performance classes using different processors: these range from single core ARM processors to Intel Atom and Intel Core i processors to server class performance. They are therefore suitable for a wide range of applications including AI, machine learning, image processing and edge server computing.The highlight of the trade fair appearance will be a new Box PC based on the NXP LS1028 processor with up to 5 TSN-capable 1GbE ports. This enables companies to create universal IoT edge computers and gateways with a seamless connection between the field level, operational technology and information technology.The wide range of industrial monitors and Panel PCs with x86 is now complemented by versions with ARM processors with display sizes from 4.3 to 10 inches. These systems with NXP iMX.6 processors from ULL to Quadcore with a very good price-performance-ratio are used in a wide range of applications in machine and device controls for cost-sensitive industries and applications.A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server KISS based on the 8th generation Intel Core processors complements the existing 2U and 4U systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollersNext Vecow: expandable GPU computing system with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphicslast_img read more

Womens Volleyball No 24 Ohio State splits homeandhome with Notre Dame

The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22, 2016. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternNo. 24 Ohio State (5-3) played two matches against Notre Dame this weekend, one at St. John Arena Friday night, then in South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday. Although the Buckeyes beat the Fighting Irish, 3-0, at home, they were not as successful in Notre Dame territory as they dropped the match, 3-1.During Sunday’s loss to Notre Dame, freshman libero Hannah Gruensfelder set an Ohio State record for most digs in a four-set match with 38.In winning the first game of the two-match series, which was scheduled because of the cancellation of the Coastal Carolina Classic due to Hurricane Irma, Ohio State handed Notre Dame its first loss of the season, ending the Fighting Irish’s 6-0 winning streak.“Notre Dame, they’re undefeated for a reason. They’re a very good team.” Carlston said.Ohio State started off its first set Friday evening strong and was able to maintain the lead through most of the set. Its defensive line proved successful in the first set with four blocks and 24 digs.The Buckeyes established their rhythm quickly and won the first set 25-20.The second set was no different for the Buckeyes as they took the lead early once again.Outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and setter Taylor Hughes contributed four kills each, adding to their team’s total of 18 kills and leading Ohio State to a 25-21 victory.The Fighting Irish matched the Buckeyes point for point early in the third set, even taking the lead a 6-4 lead at one point. They stayed neck and neck with the Buckeyes all match long.As tensions rose, Ohio State called a timeout with the scored tied at 23. The Buckeyes were able to pick up the pace and win the set 25-23 with two final kills by Hughes and middle blocker Lauren Witte.Although the Buckeyes won the match 3-0, coach Geoff Carlston thought neither team played as well as they could have.“I have a feeling there are going to be some adjustments by both of us since we play them on Sunday, “ Carlston said. “I would say that was an ugly win, but a win over a really good team.”Outside hitter Ashley Wenz also thought the Buckeyes could have played a stronger game against Notre Dame.“I think that we have a lot that we can work on,” Wenz said. “[We could work on] having better eyes on defense, being able to kind of read the hitters a lot better and play balls that should be easier than they were tonight.”Coming off the 3-0 sweep of the Notre Dame Friday, the Buckeyes said they expected the Fighting Irish to be more difficult to put away in their match Sunday.“Both teams will play harder, it’ll be a lot closer,” Wenz said. “I definitely think they’re going to try and play against our strengths and we’re going to try to do the same.”After a full day of preparation, the Buckeyes traveled to Indiana Sunday for their second match against Notre Dame.Ohio State was able to lead for most of the first set, but Notre Dame came back to take the lead near the end of the set, winning 25-22.The Buckeyes picked up the pace in the second set and played a close game throughout most of the set. Wenz was responsible for nine kills of the set, leading the Buckeyes to a 25-21 victory.Ohio State proceeded to drop its final two sets in convincing fashion, losing the third set 25-14 and dropping the fourth and final set 25-17 to close out the game. Although Ohio State racked up 61 kills and 109 digs, its .141 hitting percentage paled in comparison to the Fighting Irish’s .244 hitting percentage. The Buckeyes will be back at St. John Arena Friday to begin the Buckeye Invitational. They host Western Kentucky at noon and Northern Illinois at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, they will go against Dayton at Capital Center in Bexley, Ohio. read more