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first_imgThere is growing evidence that microplastic pollution (<5 mm in size) is now present in virtually all marine ecosystems, even in remote areas, such as the Arctic and the Antarctic. Microplastics have been found in water and sediments of the Antarctic but little is known of their ingestion by higher predators and mechanisms of their entry into Antarctic marine food webs. The goal of this study was to assess the occurrence of microplastics in a top predator, the gentoo penguin Pygoscelis papua from the Antarctic region (Bird Island, South Georgia and Signy Island, South Orkney Islands) and hence assess the potential for microplastic transfer through Antarctic marine food webs. To achieve this, the presence of microplastics in scats (as a proof of ingestion) was investigated to assess the viability of a non-invasive approach for microplastic analyses in Antarctic penguins. A total of 80 penguin scats were collected and any microplastics they contained were extracted. A total of 20% of penguin scats from both islands contained microplastics, consisting mainly of fibers and fragments with different sizes and polymer composition (mean abundance of microplastics: 0.23 ± 0.53 items individual−1 scat, comprising seven different polymers), which were lower values than those found for seabirds in other regions worldwide. No significant differences in microplastic numbers in penguin scats between the two regions were detected. These data highlight the need for further assessment of the levels of microplastics in this sensitive region of the planet, specifically studies on temporal trends and potential effects on penguins and other organisms in the Antarctic marine food web.last_img read more

first_imgWe report an idealized numerical study of a melting and freezing solid adjacent to a turbulent, buoyancy-affected shear flow, in order to improve our understanding of topography generation by phase changes in the environment. We use the phase-field method to dynamically couple the heat equation for the solid with the Navier-Stokes equations for the fluid. We investigate the evolution of an initially flat and horizontal solid boundary overlying a pressure-driven turbulent flow. We assume a linear equation of state for the fluid and change the sign of the thermal expansion coefficient, such that the background density stratification is either stable, neutral or unstable. We find that channels aligned with the direction of the mean flow are generated spontaneously by phase changes at the fluid-solid interface. Streamwise vortices in the fluid, the interface topography and the temperature field in the solid influence each other and adjust until a statistical steady state is obtained. The crest-to-trough amplitude of the channels is larger than approximately 10 in all cases, with the viscous length scale, but is much larger and more persistent for an unstable stratification than for a neutral or stable stratification. This happens because a stable stratification makes the cool melt fluid buoyant such that it shields the channel from further melting, whereas an unstable stratification makes the cool melt fluid sink, inducing further melting by rising hot plumes. The statistics of flow velocities and melt rates are investigated, and we find that channels and keels emerging in our simulations do not significantly change the mean drag coefficient.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE 11:20 AM: The full “Burn The Witch” single has been released! Listen/Watch here.It may not be much, but at least it’s something.Two days after completely clearing out their social media accounts and website, Radiohead has begun preparations for the announcement of their new album. The band has started the process with a brief clip, thematically falling in line with the “Burn The Witch” motif that was published on those leaflets last weekend. While little details are available, it seems increasingly likely that “Burn The Witch” will be the title of the new release, if not a song or major component of the album. Especially with this new video…Watch below:last_img read more

first_imgLive For Live Music: Will you tell us how you came up with the concept of Conspire To Smile?Reid Genauer: I found myself like many of us: stuck, starting with a sense of awe and dismay. It’s not only politics that plays into it. There’s also the #MeToo movement and all the exceptional weather events related to climate change. There are just a lot of big moving parts happening at once. Social media is a cultural revolution that has no point of view. In the sixties, there was the intent to expand consciousness and lead with love and compassion. The mantra for today’s social revolution—which isn’t even described as such—is the democratization of everything, and it has a neutral point of view.Some of the big companies are coming under scrutiny for that—this idea that the power they yield has to have a point of view. My point of view is that if people are just sharing negative or inane stuff, what is any organization supposed to do? The question I ask myself is, who has a point of view and who is sharing it, besides just adding to the negative spin?It is really hard to find or to point to too many individuals or organizations who are doing that. I was scratching my head on how to free myself from feeling crippled and just demoralized and borderline hopeless and how I might help those around me. It was one of those things where it’s like the answer is always in front of you the whole time. I just thought, “That’s what music has always done.”In the sixties, there was a clear cultural intent in that they looked to music as a way to build community, to create connectivity, and to convey the positive sentiment. I mean, all of those songs are about spreading love and positivity. Nine out of ten Beatles songs are about love. So I thought why not explicitly call upon the power of music itself, the stories they tell, and the power of the collective narrative or the community it builds? That’s how the idea for Conspire To Smile was born.L4LM: How do you plan to execute your concept?RG: Regarding execution, I just started socializing the notion with a bunch of my bandmates and my extended community of musicians and musical friends, and everyone was nodding their head in violent agreement. So we all agreed on a core set of tunes, an artistic approach, and a logistical approach. It was hard to plan it all out in advance, but I just kicked it into first gear, and it’s moving.L4LM: Are the tunes chosen for the album originals?RG: No. So the album is called Conspire to Smile. The title track is a brand-new song. The other tracks are covers, but I call them “retold.” The audience will have to deliver the verdict on whether we succeeded or not. But, what we didn’t want to do was create bad covers of good songs, so I tried to do something fresh—whether it’s the instrumentation or the arrangement or the feel, so that the songs have new voices. The album is coming out under Reid Genauer and Folks, but this is the first time Strangefolk has all recorded in the studio since 1998.L4LM: How did that feel?RG: It’s awesome. It has inspired all of us on so many levels. Personally and musically, we choose a weekend to do it, but I know it’s inspired a creative lust. It proved to us that even though we don’t live in the same place right now, we can still make it happen. It was really empowering creatively.L4LM: How many songs will be on the album?RG: At least fourteen, so far: twelve covers and two originals. I intend to release them on a rolling basis when they are ready for free.L4LM: How did you decide what musicians you were going to call on for this project?RG: It was a mixture of things. Some of it was serendipity and who I ran into. Some of it is that I wanted it to not just have it be a “guitarmageddon,” so I have Ryan Mountbleau sing on it, Erik Glockler and Jon Trafton of Strangefolk. I also have Jen Hartswick who is going to sing on it—she has an amazing voice—and Aaron Maxwell from God Street Wine, so partly I was curating based on who was going to crush it vocally. Also, Elliot Peck from Midnight North; she sings like an angel.I was thinking about some other filters too—people with unusual voices who could lend that “other” to it—so that the songs can be retold. Jason Crosby, who has been my bandmate, is an obvious one, plus Scott Metzger and others. That was all part of it, but the other part was that I wanted people who were intimately part of my musical community. Instead of going wide and asking strangers, it’s a coming together for those who are already converted, so to speak.It was important to me that it was a tightknit group, so that the artists were exhibiting behavior that might extend to the audience and beyond. In the back of my head, sure, I would love for it to be a global movement, but my ambition is modest. Let’s say collectively between Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, we speak directly to 20,000 people, and let’s say ten percent of those people participate—I don’t mean in the Kickstarter, but participate in finding some sense of comfort, orientation, or relief. That’s a win. That’s a huge amount of energy that won’t get wasted, and that can be used towards more productive things.Let’s face it, a lot of the things people are bummed out about are justifiable, but because of social media and its lack of a point of view, some large percent is just this crippling spin that keeps telling the same story. That spin is what prevents you from doing something, whether it’s going for a run or spending time with your family or saving the world. You have to get out of your own way.L4LM: What will the Kickstarter go toward?RG: Well, the musicians all donated their time, but it’s the cost of putting something like this together. What I like about Kickstarter is that inherently you feel emotionally invested in what you have chosen to participate in. That is really what’s most important to me. Why not have people who are investing in the ideal and the collective? I am looking for leaders, not listeners, and that is what Kickstarter does by default, so it is a great platform for something like this.L4ML: Strangefolk played a few dates together this year. Can we expect more from the band in the future?RG: I can’t remember the dates, but the original Strangefolk lineup did not play together, I can’t remember the exact dates for upwards of ten years. In 2012, we did some reunion dates that were intended as a one-off, but it just felt good, so we have toured sporadically since then.L4LM: Is it true that Pete Shapiro left a Disney family vacation for the Strangefolk reunion?RG: [laughs] That I can’t remember, but he put the reunion together. We had hardly spoken in ten years, and Shapiro scheduled a conference call when he was opening The Capitol Theatre. He got us all on a conference call and in Pete Shapiro manner was just like, “Enough of the bullshit. You guys are playing.” He had always been a close friend and a great supporter, so I think we all respected him and felt the logic and enthusiasm in what he was saying. He, like many cool things as of late, deserves the credit for putting us back together.[Photo: Geoff Tischman via Reid Genauer’s Facebook page] Reid Genauer is a songwriter and storyteller best known for his work in Assembly of Dust and Strangefolk. Recently, Genauer has joined forces with a cooperative of musicians—including Jen Hartswick, Elliot Peck, Ryan Montbleau, Jason Crosby, Scott Metzger, and more—for a new studio album, Conspire To Smile. The title track of Conspire To Smile, which has already been released, will be one of at least fourteen songs on the new album, which will feature a handful of new originals plus a number of reimagined covers.In addition to this album from Reid Genauer & Folk, the artist is also starting a social media experiment and has launched a Kickstarter campaign under the Conspire To Smile moniker, with the idea that he can inspire a positive community-building movement that will help take break up the negativity that floods social media. The Kickstarter campaign started on February 1st, with proceeds going toward funding this new project. You can listen to the first tune, the title track of Conspire To Smile, below, plus check out Live For Live Music’s interview with Reid Genauer on Conspire To Smile below.last_img read more

first_imgThe Harvard University Asia Center was established in 1997 to reflect Harvard’s deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections among Asian nations. An important aspect of the center’s mission is the support of undergraduate and graduate summer projects abroad. This summer, the Asia Center will fund 65 students traveling to east, south, and southeast Asia to conduct research, participate in internships, and pursue intensive language study.Harvard’s study of Asia is spread across the University’s departments and Schools, and a wide array of disciplines comes together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the center brings a layered, multifaceted approach to probe questions of history and culture, economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.For a complete list of grant recipients.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay NEW YORK STATE – It’s here! Fall lovers, pack your pumpkin spice, jean jackets, and get ready to head out.I Love NY is reporting the first signs of the state’s colorful fall foliage is appearing in upstate regions, including the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central New York, Hudson Valley, and Thousand Islands-Seaway.The reports come from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend.Officials are urging travelers to follow state health guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Here are the current color reports for the week of September 9-15:AdirondacksIn the Adirondacks, Herkimer County spotters reporting from Old Forge in the Town of Webb predict about 20% color change by the weekend, with average leaves of gold and yellow. Spotters in Essex County checking in from Lake Placid predict just 10% color change for the coming weekend with some muted shades of red, orange, and yellow beginning to appear. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington expect about 10% color change this weekend with some bright red, yellow, and orange leaves. The area around Whiteface Mountain should also see about 10% color change with slightly muted fall colors beginning.In Franklin County, spotters in Saranac Lake project a still mostly green landscape by the weekend with about 10% color change including some pops of red and yellow. Spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab project 5-10% color change as the summer greens are starting the progression to autumn splendor with traces of mustard, goldenrod, and copper. As usual, the soft maples are supplying a sporadic, scarlet splash. Spotters in the Malone area of the county predict up to 10% color change this weekend with some vibrant shades of yellow and red emerging. Spotters reporting from the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County expect 5-10% color change this weekend with average touches of red beginning to appear.Capital-SaratogaIn the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville predict just about 10% color change this weekend, with a few places showing nice touches of dark red and pale yellow leaves.CatskillsIn the Catskills region, spotters in Ferndale in Sullivan County expect no more than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly muted green leaves. In the southeastern portion of the county, spotters in Forestburgh predict up to 15% change by the weekend, with touches of red emerging from the mostly green backdrop.Sullivan County spotters in Ferndale expect 15-20% color change by the weekend, with some touches of yellow and orange beginning to emerge. In Delaware County, look for just over 10% of the leaves to be changed by the weekend, with mostly green leaves, and some fall color just beginning to appear. In Ulster County, foliage spotters reporting from Kingston predict 5-10% color change this weekend with mostly green leaves accompanied by touches of color here and there.Central New YorkIn Central New York, Madison County spotters reporting from Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia predict 10% color change this weekend with some yellow and orange leaves just beginning to appear.Hudson ValleyIn the Hudson Valley, color change is just beginning in Columbia County, according to spotters in Hudson. Look for slightly over 10% leaf transition with some yellow leaves, along with bright splashes of red.Thousand Islands-SeawayIn the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters reporting from Alexandria Bay expect less than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly green leaves. Look for a 5-10% change in color this weekend in Oswego County, according to spotters in Oswego. Average pops of orange and red are appearing, along with plum shades sneaking up along the landscape.Reports obtained from field observers.I Love NY says reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.You can see the Fall Foliage Report for Week 1 below:last_img read more

first_imgWhey-based Wood Finish Company Based In HardwickMONTPELIER, Vt. – A Hardwick company that makes wood finishes from a dairy by-product has won a prestigious award for environmentally friendly building products and hopes to parley that into continued growth.Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) product, developed with the assistance of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the University of Vermont, was selected as one of BuildingGreen’s 2008 Top-10 Green Building Products by the editors of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec(r).This seventh annual award recognizes the most innovative and exciting green building products added to the GreenSpec(r) Directory during the past year or covered in Environmental Building News.”When government can be a catalyst for innovation, the result is quality jobs for Vermonters,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “We’re very pleased to have played a small role in Vermont Natural Coatings’ success, and hope we can help them continue to grow.”Vermont Natural Coatings’ PolyWhey(tm) wood finishes are designed to enhance the innate beauty of wood and preserve it with a durable shield that is environmentally safe for those who work with it and for those who live with it.The products are the result of recent scientific innovations using whey proteins, a natural by-product of the dairy industry. This hard-wearing “polymer” wood coating meets the highest professional and environmental standards.The products were developed at the University of Vermont’s Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences by Dr. Mingruo Guo, Ph. D., with the help of funding secured through the efforts of George Robson of the Vermont Department of Economic Development.Vermont Natural Coatings was founded in 2004 by Andrew Meyer who began with the idea of using a by-product of the cheese-making process to develop environmentally-friendly wood treatment applications.The University of Vermont, which had patented Guo’s formulas, licensed them to Meyer, who had worked with Guo, for the North American market.”We were thrilled to be selected as one of the top ten new products this year in the rapidly growing category of green products,” said Meyer.”This just underscores the enthusiastic and positive response we’ve received from the industry and the public for our products, which are not only green, but offer a rapid drying, odor-free option for floor coating without compromising on durability or aesthetics,” he said.Upon receiving the award at the recent Green Build Boston conference in Boston, Vermont Natural Coatings announced that they will be launching a line of outdoor wood treatment applications and other natural whey-based products after several years of testing. Orders for their exterior line are already being accepted for spring delivery.The company, which currently employs four, is seeking investors to grow the company to the next level. “We’re seeking partners who share our vision for high quality products and commitment to the economic vitality of rural Vermont,” Meyer said.A big driver in the development of green products continues to be the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED(r) Rating System (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which awards points for the use of certain product types or for the energy or water savings that certain green products can achieve.”Designers of LEED buildings are looking for green products, and manufacturers, such as Vermont Natural Coatings, are responding,” said Alex Wilson, president and coeditor of BuildingGreen and GreenSpec, the leading national directory of green building products.”Our selections of the Top-10 Green Building Products represent a wide range of product types in many different application areas,” noted Wilson. “Most of the Top-10 products this year, including Vermont Natural Coatings, have multiple environmental attributes.”For additional information, visit www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com(link is external) or www.thinkvermont.com(link is external)last_img read more

first_img Distributors, booksellers, printers, paper manufacturers, graphic designers, providers of publishing services, universities, caricaturists, artists, and government agencies will attend the fair, which is one of the most important literary gatherings in Colombia and Latin America. The Colombian Air Force will also be present with a kiosk promoting its magazine, Revista Aeronáutica. At the same time, the service will present a lecture on Sunday, April 22, on the history of aviation in Colombia. By Dialogo April 18, 2012center_img From April 18 to May 1, 2012, the 25th International Book Fair will be held at the CORFERIAS International Business and Expo Center in Bogotá, Colombia, with Brazil as the guest country. In addition, literary works by more than 4,000 writers from around the world will be on exhibit during the event. last_img read more

first_img “The other couple we arrested was identified through INFRAERO’s (the state-owned airport management company) security cameras, since they escorted the other two to boarding and then waited for the flight to take off at the airport,” the police said in a statement. The four individuals are accused of international drug trafficking, and they may be sentenced to between two to seven years of imprisonment. The police said that the drug was found in double-bottomed suitcases that were shipped by a French couple that attempted to board a flight towards Brussels, with a layover in Lisbon. When he was questioned by the police, the man waiting for the flight’s departure with a woman, said that he had bought the tickets for the other couple to smuggle the drugs into Europe, the statement added. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 Four French individuals were arrested on August 13 in the Salvador de Bahia Airport (northeast), while attempting to smuggle about 19 kilos of cocaine to Europe, the Federal Police and the French Consulate in Brasilia reported. last_img read more

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo October 30, 2018 The 10th International Air and Space Doctrine Seminar presented the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB, in Portuguese) operational doctrine to air forces of Latin America, Canada, and Spain in the city of Madrid, Colombia. The Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish) Noncommissioned Officers Academy organized the event held August 22-24, 2018. Representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Spain attended the event. The objective was to share preparation and execution of aerospace power doctrine of participating countries. According to Colonel Federico Bocanegra Bernal, commandant of FAC Noncommissioned Officers Academy, the event brought together technical experts. The commandant pointed out the importance of grasping operational doctrines from partner nation air forces to establish understanding and cooperate among them. “The integration also contributes to interoperability among the forces, which helps combat transnational threats that affect the continent,” he told Diálogo. This was the first time that Brazil participated in the international seminar. According to FAB Colonel Luiz Guilherme da Silva Magarão, air attaché in Colombia, the strategic partnership both countries have in the region prompted the invitation. “FAB was invited to participate in many operational, doctrinal, and academic events, always with an outstanding role,” said Col. Magarão. “The knowledge exchange between partner nations is very positive and led to significant growth for bilateral activities between both countries.” During the seminar, participating nations presented their doctrinal differences and peculiarities, and how they adapt to laws specific to each country. Participants also addressed the necessary adjustments of air power to technological innovations, both in aerospace and cybernetics. “The use of remotely controlled unmanned aerial vehicles remains controversial in nearly all air forces,” said Col. Magarão. Service members also discussed the need to adapt air force doctrines to new cyberspace scenarios. Air power should encompass airspace and cyberspace power. FAB’s reorganization During the seminar, FAB presented its new operational readiness process, as well as the restructure of the force, which started in 2016. FAB also highlighted significant positive impacts while accomplishing the constitutional mission. FAB Colonel Pedro Henrique Cavalcanti de Almeida of the Preparation Command (COMPREP, in Portuguese) addressed the alignment of areas of preparation and allocation post-FAB reorganization. The former Air Operations General Command (COMGAR, in Portuguese) once managed both activities. The Aerospace Operations Command now oversees FAB’s assets allocation, whereas COMPREP defines assets preparation. Both commands were recently created. “COMPREP did not simply inherit COMGAR’s processes. The institutional restructuring and realignment optimized operational training and doctrinal development, which are the two end-goal activities of the Preparation Command,” said Col. Pedro at the event. “The Preparation Command redesigned their business model, making it more modern, agile, and solely focused on delivering aerial assets to secure the sovereignty of our air space and the integrity of the Brazilian territory.” “FAB’s restructuring is already a success story, and discussing this new process was very important to confirm that it is ground-breaking, cutting edge, and a permanent process of innovation for our force. The feedback received during the event could not have been better, proving that we are on the right track and setting a precedent,” Col. Pedro said. Interoperability Participating nations also addressed joint and combined doctrines and the importance of interoperability. During the seminar, FAB explained the operational model of COMPREP’s new exercise to prepare service members and assets for United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. Exercise Tápio, conducted in May 2018, simulated an irregular war scenario with humanitarian crises, using characteristics similar to UN missions around the world. The activity mobilized about 700 service members of the Brazilian Armed Forces. For Col. Pedro, being exposed to other air forces’ operations during the seminar helped improve the country’s doctrine. “It was very important for our processes to know what is done in Latin America, Canada, and Spain as it will serve as a reference in the many areas requiring quality improvement in the adopted doctrine,” he said. Brazil’s participation in the Colombian event was very beneficial, said Col. Magarão, especially for the current reorganization process and its effects to the development and update of the doctrinal process. The topic of reorganization sparked great interest from attending air forces, particularly FAC, who also promotes organizational reforms.last_img read more