Physics as art

first_imgIn Harvard’s Pierce Hall, the surface of a small germanium-coated gold sheet shines vividly in crimson. A centimeter to the right, where the same metallic coating is literally only about 20 atoms thicker, the surface is a dark blue, almost black. The colors form the logo of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), where researchers have demonstrated a new way to customize the color of metal surfaces by exploiting a completely overlooked optical phenomenon.For centuries it was thought that thin-film interference effects, such as those that cause oily pavements to reflect a rainbow of swirling colors, could not occur in opaque materials. Harvard physicists have now discovered that even very “lossy” thin films, if atomically thin, can be tailored to reflect a particular range of dramatic and vivid colors.Published in the journal Nature Materials (online) on October 14, the finding opens up new possibilities for sophisticated optical devices, as well as consumer products such as jewelry and new techniques in the visual arts. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Clean Technology Wood Boilers Presented by EPA at Vermont Event

first_imgClean Technology Wood Boilers Presented by EPA at Vermont EventWhen: Thursday, October 23, 2008 Public Open House: 8:00 am to 6:00 pmSpeaker Program: 10:30 amWhat: Clean technology outdoor wood boilers will be on display at an event hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. These agencies are encouraging people to replace old, dirty-burning wood boilers with more efficient heaters, like those manufactured by Greenwood Technologies.Clean technology outdoor wood boilers produce up to 88 percent less smoke and are far more efficient.CHANGEOUT INCENTIVESGreenwood Technologies is kicking off its “Outdoor Wood Boiler Changeout” program at the event; the manufacturer is offering $500 off the cost of a new appliance when a homeowner or business owner replaces an old, dirty-burning wood boiler with a Greenwood appliance.Where: The outdoor grounds of the Agency of Natural Resources(103 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT)About Greenwood Technologies:Greenwood Technologies is a clean-burning, renewable heating solutions manufacturer, located in the Pacific Northwest. The Greenwood Technologies’ high efficiency wood and biomass wood boilers and hydronic furnaces are available through dealers and retailers across the United States and Canada. For more information call (800) 959-9184 or visit www.greenwoodusa.com(link is external).###last_img read more

The Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act

first_imgMore than a dozen bills are under consideration in Congress that seek to open up more public lands to development, resource extraction and destructive recreational activity, including permitting motorbikes, snowmobiles and ATVs into millions of wild acres now protected against the noise and emissions from such vehicles. Photo Cred: iStockPhoto/Thinkstock Dear EarthTalk: I understand that there are a number of bills before Congress right now that seek to turn over public lands to destructive commercial and recreational activity. What can be done to stop this assault on the land that belongs to all the people?– Astrid Cameron, New York, NYYes, more than a dozen bills are under consideration in Congress right now that seek to open up more of our public lands to development and resource extraction. Ranging from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to mining in the Grand Canyon to reversing the 2001 “Roadless rule,” they amount to what the Wilderness Society is calling an “unprecedented siege on America’s wild places.”Probably the most offensive bill is the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act, proposed by California Republican Kevin McCarthy in the House (H.R. 1581) and Wyoming Republican John Barrasso in the Senate (S. 1087). It calls for releasing tens of millions of acres across the American West and beyond from development restrictions instituted by the Clinton administration’s 2001 Roadless Area Conservation initiative (the “Roadless rule”) that set aside almost 60 million acres of public land as untouchable.The bill aims to release areas deemed not suitable for wilderness designations—including some “Wilderness Study Areas” on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property and many still inaccessible areas within National Forests—from restrictions set forth under the Roadless rule. It directs these areas to be managed instead according to principles set forth under a 1960’s Multiple Use/Sustained Yield Act that allows for development and resource extraction on lands that don’t have significant conservation or scenic value.The Wilderness Society is fighting hard against the new legislation, which it calls “The Great Outdoors Giveaway.” The group claims the bill would undermine decades of land protection work supported by the vast majority of Americans. “It gives polluters and developers, who already have access to 76 percent of all national forests and BLM lands, access to even more of America’s vanishing wilderness,” reports the group. “This bill is a blank check for polluters to ruin the air we breathe and water we drink.”Some similar bills now before Congress include the Border Patrol Takeover Act, which aims to end clean air and water protections in natural or wilderness areas on or near U.S. borders; the Motorize Our Wilderness Areas Act, which would allow motorbikes, snowmobiles and ATVs into millions of wild acres now protected against the noise and emissions from such vehicles; and the End the National Monuments Act, a call to strip the President of his authority to designate new national monuments by executive order.Conservationists aren’t the only ones opposed to opening up more public lands to the axe and drill. The 2012 Conservation in the West Poll conducted by researchers at Colorado College found that upwards of 85 percent of voters in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming support conservation and oppose more development on their public lands. No matter their political leanings, most voters polled believe that conservation helps create and protect jobs in their states and that private companies shouldn’t be allowed to develop public lands if public enjoyment or access is compromised.CONTACTS: The Wilderness Society, www.wilderness.org; Conservation in the West Poll, www2.coloradocollege.edu/stateoftherockies/conservationinthewestsurvey_e.html.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

Police investigating Johnson City weekend fire

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Fire officials say a house fire at 81 West St. took about 20 minutes to put out Saturday evening. The fire department says crews arrived to the scene and found flames coming out from the second floor window. They also found “heavy smoke and flames” inside the building. They say Johnson City Police and state police are assisting with an investigation into the fire.center_img They say no other details are available.last_img

LMC, La Liga Set to Seal Partnership on Tuesday

first_imgThe two bodies are expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for a partnership that will cover exchange of knowledge, trainings for Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club coaches and administrators, La Liga and NPFL clubs’ exchanges, marketing, commercial, promotional activities and Youth Development.Dikko said the visit is a landmark for the NPFL as it will be a culmination of strategies for extensive and wholesome development of the league.“As a developing league, we have continuously sought collaborations with some of the global model league management and La Liga is the first of such coming into fruition. There are several benefits that will accrue from this relationship and we intend to tap deeply into their over 25 years of experience of commercialization of football,” said the LMC Chairman.The delegation which will arrive in Abuja on Monday will pay a courtesy visit to the Hon. Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung and the Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria; will also undertake a tour of the Abuja National Stadium.“The formal unveiling of the partnership between the NPFL and La Liga will hold on Tuesday while we would create opportunity for stakeholders to interact with the delegation at some point during the day”, Dikko further disclosed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A delegation of the Spanish League (La Liga) Board will arrive in Nigeria on Monday for a bilateral meeting with the League Management Company (LMC) to conclude discussions on collaboration between the two leagues which began during a similar visit by the LMC to Spain earlier this year.The LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko and the Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Nduka Irabor, were in Madrid, Spain from February 29 to March 1 for follow-up talks with the La Liga initiated talks when both Leagues met at the Forum of World Leagues in Germany.The La Liga delegation will be led by the President, Javier Tebas, International Advisor, Melcior Solar, Head of La Liga South Africa, Antonia Barradas and the Head of La Liga Middle East office who is also in charge of African affairs, Fernando Sanz.last_img read more

Softball: Streaking Badgers head to Sun Devil Classic to prove themselves against top competition

first_imgAs the University of Wisconsin softball team gets off to one of the best starts in program history at 13-1, this upcoming weekend will be a test for Head Coach Yvette Healy’s Wisconsin team.Before last weekend’s tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Badgers swept the Atlantic Coast Conference/Big Ten Challenge and tallied two wins over then-No. 17 North Carolina State.After the more recent Islander Invitational, the Badgers received as many as 14 votes in the national ranking polls, but NC State and Texas Tech have been their only ranked opponents so far this season — a slight dip on their brief resume.Softball: Badgers put on slugfest in sweep of Islander Invitational TournamentAfter traveling to Corpus Christi, TX for the Islander Invitational Tournament last weekend, the University of Wisconsin Softball team (13-1) Read…Nevertheless, the Badgers will have ample opportunities this coming weekend to prove themselves against ranked teams at the Sun Devil Classic in Tempe, Arizona. The Badgers are scheduled to face the No. 9 Texas Longhorns (13-1) twice, along with the Princeton Tigers (1-3) and the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils (12-4) on their home field.Wisconsin’s first matchup will be against the Tigers.Princeton lacks offensive efficiency, as demonstrated by their slow start to the year. They’ve been shutout in all of their three losses, recording just eight hits across those games.Next up for the Badgers is the No. 9 Texas Longhorns, who boast the same record as the Badgers. The team has hopes of finishing among NCAA softball’s best at the College World Series in Oklahoma City at the end of the season.The Longhorns’ only loss has come at the hands of No. 10 Louisiana State University, but the Texas offense has driven the team to wins against No. 17 Kentucky, Ole Miss and California. Needless to say, the Longhorns cannot be taken lightly.Texas is led by sophomore infielder Janae Jefferson on offense, who is already hitting a .452 batting average so far this season. She’ll receive defensive help from junior Miranda Elish in the circle, who has a team-best 0.23 earned run average and holds a 4-0 record for the Longhorns.Softball: Badgers sweep ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tournament­­­The University of Wisconsin Softball team (8-1) dominated at the ACC-Big Ten Challenge Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina last weekend Read…The final matchup for the Badgers will come against the No. 15 Arizona State Sun Devils in their home territory.Arizona State, like Texas, has had a slightly more difficult schedule than the Badgers. With matchups against No. 3 Florida, No. 25 Oklahoma State and a common loss coming against No. 18 Texas Tech, the Sun Devils have seen and even overcome strong competition already this season.If the Badgers want to pull off an upset, they will need to shut down offensive powerhouse Kindra Hackbarth, who is hitting .431 with three home runs and 18 runs batted in on the season already.The Badgers will look to keep their offense rolling versus Sun Devils’ top pitcher Samantha Mejia. Mejia boasts an incredible 7-1 record on nine appearances and has struck out 35 batters in 46.2 innings pitched.The Badgers kick off the Sun Devil Classic versus Princeton Friday at 10:30 a.m. from Tempe, Arizona. Follow live stats on uwbadgers.com all weekend to stay up to date with this early rolling Wisconsin team.last_img read more

Championship clubs prep for 2018/19 with BetBright and Kindred

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share EFL Championship football clubs have been busy strengthening their partnerships ahead of the 2018/19 season, with both Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa announcing fresh agreements with BetBright and Kindred Group respectively.Last season’s play-off runner-up Villa has renewed and extended its relationship with Kindred, which has seen the 32Red brand become the club’s new principal partner, with Unibet set to continue as an official partner.32Red is to see its logo featured across both home and away shirts, while Unibet is to now be seen across the Villa Park based side’s first-team training wear.Neil Banbury, General Manager of the UK at the Kindred Group, said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.“Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villains with “bettor” experiences as official betting & gaming partner, and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”Nottingham Forest on the other hand has hailed a “landmark partnership” with BetBright, which it states “represents the most significant front-of-shirt agreement in [the] Club’s history”.As part of its first such deal in English football, BetBright hopes the fan focussed approach it is to adopt will pay dividends.This is to see digital entertainment and sports betting firm agree to change its colourful logo to an all-white version, “in the knowledge that the Garibaldi Red shirt is of the utmost importance to supporters”.Sarne Lightman, Managing Director at BetBright, explained: “BetBright is thrilled that our first shirt agreement is with a Club as iconic as Nottingham Forest and whose aspirations are so closely aligned to our own.“As Forest are committed to continually improving for their fans, BetBright is committed to continually improving for its users. “We have built our own proprietary technology, driven by innovation, allowing us to provide a unique and ever-improving sports betting experience for our customers.“Like Forest, our goal is to be a Premier League brand in the next 12 months and we are very excited that our brands can take this journey together.” EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more

Neymar nets double as Barcelona reach final

first_imgCopa Del Rey, El Madrigal – Villarreal 1 (Dos Santos 39′) Barcelona 3 (Neymar 2′, 87′, Suarez 73′)Neymar and Luis Suarez goals either side of half time have sent Barcelona to the Copa del Rey final after a comfortable 3-1 win against Villarreal at El Madrigal.The Brazilian netted in the 3rd minute to put Barca three goals ahead of Villarreal on aggregate having come into the second leg with a 3-1 lead.The hosts equalised just before half time after former Nou Camp midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos netted on the half volley. Despite rallying in the second half Jose Pina got himself sent off for a horror tackle on Neymar and minutes later Suarez rounded Sergio Asenjo to kill the tie with 20 minutes remaining.Neymar headed a Xavi cross home in the final minutes to put the tie truly to bed despite a good attacking performance from Villarreal.–last_img read more

VIDEO: Luis Suarez denies stamp after ‘victim’ Abdennour posts wounds on Instagram

first_imgBarcelona star Luis Suarez has denied stamping on Aymen Abdennour on purpose after the Valencia defender showed his battle scars on Instagram.Abdennour, who helped his team to a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Mestalla on Saturday, clashed with Suarez in the second half of the Liga match. And the former Monaco centre-back wanted to show the world what it is like to mark Suarez when posting pictures of his cuts and grazes on Instagram.However, Suarez adamantly denied that he targeted the defender on purpose – particularly in reference to an alleged stamp. “I did not stand on Abdennour’s foot on purpose,” said Suarez. “I turned around, I stepped on him and that is why I apologised.”WATCH VIDEO:  –This game was live on SuperSport, your world of champions. Catch La Liga 2014/15 games live on SuperSport throughout the season.last_img read more

BiH Basketball Players defeated in second Round of Qualifications for World Cup

first_imgThe basketball players of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) were defeated at the Rouen of France in the second round of Group E qualifications for the World Cup with a score of 84:65.The French opened the game better and after five minutes, the advantage was 11: 4, and in the eighth minute they had a twofold advantage (17: 6). But by the end of the quarter, Dusko Vujosevic’s boys have managed to reduce it to minus seven (19:12).In the second quarter, our selection really improved, and in the first half they were in the advantage of France 39:34.At the beginning of the third quarter, Atić scored three point line, and BiH had reached minus two (39:37), but by the end of the third period, the French returned to a twofold advantage (51:40), and at the end of the quarter the French had a plus of 12 (61:49).In the last quarter, the French gained advantage minute by minute, and three minutes before the end they reached a maximum of 20 points in plus (80:60), and then it was clear that they would win and our selection could only reduce the advantage to 84:65 by the end.Among all members of our team, the best were Gordic with 16, Milosevic with 15 and Stipanovic with 13 points, while we lacked Musa’s points. Our jewel played the worst match in the career by achieving 1 point with a shot 0/8 and valorization -2.French team was led to victory by Labeyrie with 13 points.In the second match of the group, Russia had previously beaten Belgia with 74:69. France has both wins, while BiH and Russia have one win and defeat, and Belgium is the only one without a win in Group E.The next match our basketball players will play on February 23rd next year when they will welcome Belgium, and two days later they will play in Russia.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more