Stalagmite study offers clues about Earths past magnetic polarity shifts

first_img The geomagnetic field shields Earth from the direct impact of solar wind and cosmic radiation. Credit: PNAS © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Stalagmites in southern China preserve detailed geomagnetic oscillations and centennial geomagnetic reversal events. Credit: PNAS Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A large team of researchers from China, Taiwan and Australia has found evidence of faster-than-expected shifts in Earth’s magnetic polarity several thousand years ago. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their study of stalagmites found in a cave in China and what they found. More information: * Yu-Min Chou et al. Multidecadally resolved polarity oscillations during a geomagnetic excursion, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1720404115AbstractPolarity reversals of the geomagnetic field have occurred through billions of years of Earth history and were first revealed in the early 20th century. Almost a century later, details of transitional field behavior during geomagnetic reversals and excursions remain poorly known. Here, we present a multidecadally resolved geomagnetic excursion record from a radioisotopically dated Chinese stalagmite at 107–91 thousand years before present with age precision of several decades. The duration of geomagnetic directional oscillations ranged from several centuries at 106–103 thousand years before present to millennia at 98–92 thousand years before present, with one abrupt reversal transition occurring in one to two centuries when the field was weakest. These features indicate prolonged geodynamo instability. Repeated asymmetrical interhemispheric polarity drifts associated with weak dipole fields likely originated in Earth’s deep interior. If such rapid polarity changes occurred in future, they could severely affect satellites and human society.* Press release Explore further Earth’s magnetic field is not about to reverse, study finds Citation: Stalagmite study offers clues about Earth’s past magnetic polarity shifts (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-stalagmite-clues-earth-magnetic-polarity.html Prior research has shown that the Earth’s magnetic field sometimes reverses polarity—such an event has been experienced only once by modern humans, but that was long before the age of satellites and electronics. In the modern age, such a reversal could spell trouble for many devices that we have come to rely on. For that reason, scientists study past reversals in the hope of predicting when the next might occur. In this new effort, the researchers traveled to the Sanxing Cave in Guizhou Province in southern China. There, they obtained samples of stalagmites (columns of calcium salts that rise from the floor of caves, caused by dripping water), which hold evidence of changes to the magnetic field going back thousands of years.The Earth’s magnetic field is generated by liquid metal churning at depths 1,700 miles below the surface. But sometimes, that churning can change slightly, affecting the magnetic field. Prior research has suggested that a full reversal would likely take thousands of years, but this new research suggests it can happen in as few as 100.The researchers report that the stalagmite sample taken from the cave showed evidence of magnetic field changes from 107,000 to 91,000 years ago—a span of 16,000 years. By studying the sample very precisely using a high-resolution cryogenic magnetometer, the researchers were able to trace changes in the magnetic field more precisely than has ever been done before. In so doing, they discovered that approximately 98,000 years ago, a magnetic reversal occurred over just a century and a half, approximately 10 times faster than had been believed possible. The researchers found several other phase changes, as well, with various degrees of fluctuation strength. They also found that when the magnetic field was weaker than normal, more fluctuations in strength occurred. They suggest such fluctuations likely caused some instability in convection in the planet’s outer core.last_img read more

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From Fruit Fly To Stink Eye Searching For Angers Animal Roots

first_img“Practically every sexually reproducing, multicellular animal shows aggressive behavior,” says David Anderson, a professor of biology at Caltech and co-author of the book The Neuroscience of Emotion.”Fruit flies show aggression.” For comedian Lewis Black, anger is a job. When I relay that last bit to Black, he’s skeptical. “Really?” he says. “Come on.” Onstage, he often looks ready for a fight. He leans forward. He shouts. He stabs the air with an index finger, or a middle finger. There’s an ongoing debate among scientists about whether that’s true. Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett of Northeastern University is among the researchers who contend that human emotions including anger are “constructed” rather than hard-wired in the brain. Read the whole story: NPRcenter_img Black is famous for his rants about stuff he finds annoying or unfair or just plain infuriating. — To a scientist, Black looks a lot like a belligerent dog, or an irritated gerbil.last_img read more

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The colours of winter

first_imgThe art show titled The Winter Tale is driven with the intention of displaying works by an array of renowned artists.The amalgamated and showcased art by many renowned artists under one roof affirms aesthetic sensibility and celebrates the creative impulse that weaves colour and form into variegated manifestations of visual reality. Each of the works is selected after serious deliberation on the individual profile and work corpus of the respective young artist. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Colorful abstracts executed in vibrant colours by artist Gurdeep Singh emanates energy through the bold strokes and thick impasto technique. These art works takes you beyond the limitation of perceived physical ideas, forms and realities. Manu Parekh’s The temple boat at the Banaras Ghats, scenery is expressed through prominent lines and forms which display a volatile energy that can barely be contained within the confined structural space.Revati Sharma Singh’s works shows the metamorphosis in thought process as an endless experience of life depicted in an amalgamation of her thoughts. The visual imagery of striking colours, bold strokes and the play of textures are stunning. Artist Shuvaprasana has an interesting mix of tradition and contemporaneous character in the all the works that includes portraiture, paintings, charcoals, drawings, etchings and sculptures. Thota Vaikuntam’s works as always are close observation of the rural life is expressed through the detailed portraits of the Telangana people. Vaikuntam mainly prefers the primary colours and pure Indian hues like- reds and yellows. His beloved Telangana is beautifully portrayed through his paintings.When: Till 31 January 2014Where: Gallerie Nvya, saketlast_img read more

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Tagore returns to Delhi

first_imgPopular children’s stories of Rabindranath Tagore like Kabuliwala among others will be staged during a five-day children’s theatre festival in the national capital beginning 18 June, the organisers said Tuesday.Presented by Hindi Academy, the inaugural ‘Bal Utsav’ will showcase ten famous stories written by the Nobel laureate. Two plays will be staged per day at the Kamani Auditorium. The theme of this year’s festival is ‘This Summer Children are in Tagore’s Company’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The academy had organised a month-long workshop across various schools in Delhi to choose children to play various roles in these plays.‘From these workshops around 450 students have been selected,’ an official from the Hindi Academy said. ‘In the workshop, directors and assistants trained these children. These stories were first translated from Bengali to Hindi and children started rehearsing,’ he added. The festival will open with Rajesh Bakshi’s Ichchha Puran, followed by Asif Kamar’s Chhutti.On the second day Nilesh Kumar Deepak’s Kabuliwala and Anumita Dutta Choudary’s Taash Ka Desh will be staged.Other stories like Doctor Babu aur Mukut, Tota Kahani, Subha, Bhikarin, among others will be staged.When: 18June onwards Where: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

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Drug awareness

first_imgJune 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse.  Every year since 2003, the mass awareness event Run against Drug Abuse is being held at India Gate on this day. A joint venture of 13 partners in the 13th year of this mega event, aims to spread the message — Think Health Not Drugs. This year the event focussed on the message — Drug use disorders are Preventable and Curable. Cabinet Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot (Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, GOI) and Sandeep Kumar, Minister , Social Welfare/Women & Child Development, Govt. of Delhi, flagged off the Run and  took  pledge with other dignitaries and 4000 participants  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’present at the occasion.The event also featured a number of activities such as ­— thematic cultural show with skits, demos to spread awareness on drug use prevention, slogan March, yoga, martial art — self defense, poster competition, dance, counseling and expo on Drug de-addiction.Participants from various government Institutions, Schools and colleges, NGO’s, Defense/Police forces (CRPF, BSF, ITBP, Indian Coast Guard, SSB, CISF), NCC cadets, scouts, Civil Defense, Martial art academies, media along with the members of civil society organisations took part in the Run.last_img read more

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Misti Hub launches Facebook page folk artists to perform regularly

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to popularise Bengal’s mouth watering sweets among people, the Facebook page for Misti Hub, situated in New Town, was launched on Saturday afternoon.The hub will act a platform for the budding folk artists, who will perform at the hub regularly. This platform was inaugurated on Saturday with a musical performance by well-known folk artist Saurabh Mani.For the first time in Bengal, 10 famous branded sweet shops of Kolkata have opened their outlets under one roof. The hub has come up near gate number 3 of Eco-Park off Biswa Bangla Sarani. The hub is open from 12 noon to 9 pm. Now, people can leave comments and reviews about the sweets on the Facebook page. One will also get to know about the new varieties that are being introduced and the musical programmes to be held from the page. The main idea behind the hub is to explore the tremendous potential of Bengali sweets both in the country and abroad.Earlier, people from abroad and other states, who wanted to take Bengal’s special sweets along, could not find the shops as they are situated in different parts of the city. But now they can. The Misti hub offers both traditional and modern sweets.last_img read more

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Six killed including minors in accident

first_imgKolkata: Six persons including two children died in a tragic road accident at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar district on Monday late night.Four people died on the spot when a vehicle hit a truck standing on the Siliguri- Mathabhanga Highway at around 2.15 am. The impact of the collision was such that the vehicle fell into a canal on the side of the road. Several persons were also injured in the accident. According to police sources, the deceased has been identified as Khagen Rabha (35), Ajoy Sonar 32, Ratna Munda 45, and Payro Munda 40 and Sonamoni Munda (2). The identity of another child has not been ascertained as yet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately after the accident, locals of Bhomramguri village along with the officials of Mathabhanga police station rushed to the spot and took the injured persons to Mathbhanga Mahakuma hospital. Four were declared brought dead, while two children died in the hospital.The injured persons include — Budhuya Khariya, Bandheni Munda, Somra Munda, Biraj Munda, Mona Munda and Gita Munda to name a few. All of them were travelling from Tufangunj in Cooch Behar and Samuktala from Alipurduar to work at a brick kiln at Bihar’s Purnea. After rescuing the passengers, police along with the disaster management team also lifted the mangled vehicle and took it to the police station. Cops have started an enquiry into the cause of accident though preliminary investigation has revealed that the driver has fallen asleep while driving.last_img read more

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Style hacks for all dads

first_imgA solid white or navy poplin shirt or smaller tartan with country checks tucked in with a pair of slim fit, stretchable jeans and aviators will keep you in vogue irrespective of your age, say experts. Take a look at the below mentioned style hacks:Linen shirts: A crisp linen shirt is an absolute must-have in any father’s wardrobe. A millennial father would look dapper in a full-sleeved linen shirt with rolled-up sleeves paired with denim jeans. For a seasoned father, a short-sleeved linen shirt tucked in with clean and clear cut creases would be more appropriate to give him a prim and proper look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPolos: Polos are extremely versatile. It is recommended, especially for seniors, that they experiment with polos for a fresher optic. They could try saturated brights paired with navy chinos or rugby polos for a family day out and printed polos for an evening get-together. The new age dads could opt for solid polos with denims or chinos.Prints: Younger dads could opt for subtle, minimal, tonal prints while the senior ones could try printed shirts with khakis, geometric motifs/cravats. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBelts: The most essential accessory in any man’s wardrobe is the belt. The choice of belts is very important. It’s time to give up on the conventionally formal metal buckle belt and instead move towards matt finish leather belts.Denims: The younger dad could go for denims with a medium to heavy wash accompanied by mild distress along with plaid. The older ones should opt for cleaner, mid-washed to rinsed jeans that could be clubbed with a solid shirt, tan belt and leather boots. Khakis: From its origin to its sturdiness, khaki beautifully blends into the Indian man’s wardrobe. Be it the khaki-based checks or brown tartans, they go well with Indian geography. The younger dads could go for earthy shades, be it mud-brown or maroon with bigger checks paired with desert boots. The seniors could bring alive the perfect urban escape by adding a dimension of adventure amidst wilderness.Invest: Divulge in live-forever pieces like a good white oxford shirt, premium indigo denim, leather bomber, cable knit sweater, pure wool suit and a navy blazer.last_img read more

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Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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Tips for studying abroad

first_imgAmong the more important things we do in life is to take decisions. At a time of information overload, this can be particularly challenging. And yet, this is the time of year when students have to make up their minds on their future course of study. It is one of the most difficult and important decisions they would need to take and would, most certainly, impact them for the rest of their lives. Trends suggest that there would be an increasing number of Indian students who would be opting for higher studies, particularly in Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf What are some of the key things to keep in mind? Do your homework, but don’t get bogged down: Doing your homework and basic research are important, but too much information can make decision-making difficult and even confusing. It is important to decide what subject you would like to pursue, where you would like to study, whether you meet the entry and eligibility criteria and, finally, do you have the required funds to pay for it. Given the Indian Rupee-Australian Dollar exchange rate, studying in Australia is significantly cheaper than opting for the US and the UK, which pose additional and new challenges. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKnow how to apply: If you are going through an education agent, first find out which education agents have been empanelled by the university of choice. For instance, the internationally-ranked University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, has only 12 registered India-based education partners. No one else is authorised to process student applications. The list is available on the university’s website. Furthermore, empanelled agents are not authorised to charge students for services they render. Such payments, or commissions, are paid by the university. Know why you are pursuing higher studies: Simon Sinek, in his path-breaking book, ‘The Power of Why’, emphasised the misplaced emphasis that so many place on “what” and “how” without ever knowing “why”. If we know “why” we are planning on a particular course of action, other things fall in place. In terms of sequencing, “why” is where we first start. You can decide, for instance, to pursue an undergraduate course in Finance and Accounting if you are clear in your mind as to why you would like to do so. Once you know your “why”, the “where” is easy. Embrace Change: Often our parents, in particular, and sometimes even we, fear the uncertain. Living abroad, especially if it is the first time, can be challenging. Is it safe? What is the culture like? Would my son or daughter make friends? Would the studying and living culture cause problems? These are all legitimate questions and anxieties. At the same time, if the decision is to study abroad, it is important to be open to change. Some things might be similar to what we are used to but there would be big differences in several other aspects. What is particularly fascinating is that “other cultures” open up the mind to new ways of seeing and thinking – and even behaving. Learn with Passion: We can learn every single day but only if we are open to it. “Smell the roses” we are told and yet, we rarely do. Employability is not a quotient of how many books we have read or quotations we know by heart but how we are able to relate with our external environment. This is what employers look for because what they want are persons who can work in a team, who can take decisions and, consequently, who anticipate and solve problems without compromising on integrity and values. Great educational institutions recognise this and embed it into their pedagogy. It is what makes them stand out.last_img read more

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Darpan celebrates Sitara Devis love for dance

first_imgKalindi Darpan Socio-Cultural Organisation recently hosted Smaran 2018 in the fond memory of Kathak Queen Sitara devi on December 30 at Mohit Maitra Mancha, 5 pm onwards. The event was held on her fourth death anniversary. Very few of us know that Sitara Devi had a very close connection with Bengal. She was born and brought up in Kolkata and was very fluent in Bengali. At a very tender age, she got a chance to perform in front of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Shantiniketan. After watching her dance, Rabindranath offered her some gifts while she requested something which was eternal. Finally, Tagore blessed her with the title ‘Queen of Kathak’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThen she joined the film industry, earned adequate stardom but didn’t go with it in the long run. She made her film debut with Usha Haran in 1940 and went on to appear in films like Roti, Anjali, Mother India and so on. She left working in films quite soon just for her dedication towards Indian Classical Dance. She was fortunate to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shree, Kalidas Samman but refused to take Padma Bhusan saying, “Is this government not aware of my contribution to Kathak? I will not accept any award less than Bharat Ratna.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveComing back to Smaran 2018, it featured some duet performances including the presentation by Kolkata artist Paramita Maitra and her daughter Nilopa Maitra, Kajal Misra Roy and her daughter Trina Roy, Vishal Krishna and his sister Shriyana Krishna, Vidha Lal and Abhimanyu Lal. The chief guest of the event was famous classical dancer Molly Roy. Speaking about the event, Soumali Ganguly, Secretary, Darpan Socio-Cultural Organisation, said, “It’s an honour to host the prestigious event remembering the legend Sitara Devi where her family members are also involved. This is the only festival which is dedicated to the Kathak legend Sitara Devi. We love to promote the rich tradition of Indian classical dance forms among the youth.”last_img read more

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KMC raids unauthorised drinking water units across city

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh raided several unauthorised packaged drinking water distribution units across the city on Thursday. The drive to crack down on the selling of unauthorised packaged drinking water started from Borough II (near Star Theatre) and ended at Strand Road.During the inspection, the KMC officials found that a few packaged drinking water distribution units were only having suppliers’ licence and not manufacturers’ licence. Despite that, the units were filtering water and selling the same in the market. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have found that these (Aquarays, Sud Neer Udyog and Vaishno Pure Water Suppliers) packaged drinking water distribution units are running their business without abiding by the norms of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). We have collected samples of 20 litre bottle and one litre bottle from these units and will check its quality,” said Ghosh. BIS, the national standards body, works under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMinutes after the KMC officials reached Vaishno Pure Water Suppliers premises, the workers fled from scene. The owner of the unit was not present at the time. The Deputy Mayor reiterated that strict action will be taken against the packaged drinking water units, if the quality of water is found to be below standard. The raid was conducted a week after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged people to take “precautionary measures” to save water, as scarcity of drinking water has become a major issue across the world.last_img read more

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A Pirate Attack in 1794 is why the United States doesnt use

first_imgThe name of Joseph Dombey can be found in many 18th century botanical textbooks but remains largely forgotten in our time. Even though the French botanist was a man of science, on several occasions Dombey was involved in political affairs, which ultimately led to his death in 1794 at the hands of British privateers. He had encountered the British several times previously, as his botanical collections shipped from South America to France were intercepted, captured, and sent to the British Museum where they are exhibited to this day. The Spaniards also confiscated one of his South American specimen collections.From the 1790s up until the fall of Napoleon in 1815, Great Britain and France were effectively in constant conflict, with periodical ceasefires. This made all French ships traveling the Atlantic a legitimate target, and vice-versa.During his final voyage in 1794, Dombey was on his way to the United States, where he was to present the French measurement standards representing one meter and one grave―an old measure for weight that was replaced by the kilogram. The United States had declared independence from the United Kingdom some 18 years earlier, but kept the traditional British system of weights and measures.KilogramThomas Jefferson, an admirer of French scientific achievements, wanted to host Dombey, who was primarily sent to strengthen the ties between France and the U.S. by signing an agricultural agreement.Jefferson was at the time lobbying Congress to abandon the British measures in favor of the French system, which was the predecessor of the metric system that is used in most countries today. For this, he needed an experienced scientist like Dombey and the physical objects made of copper, representing the length and the weight of the new measures.So Dombey set sail for Philadelphia from the French port of Le Havre, only to be captured en route by British privateers (state-sponsored pirates who waged naval war for the Crown, in return for a percentage of the loot). Even though Dombey tried to disguise himself as one of the sailors, he failed to blend in and was soon discovered by the marauders. Once his diplomatic role was revealed, the French botanist was taken to the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean, where the privateers were based.Watch the 25 most hilarious Pirate slang phrases here:Dombey died soon after, even though the pirates had plans for demanding a ransom from the French. The standards which he carried with him were lost for a while until they were later auctioned together with other items from the ship.It took a number of French intermediaries to deliver the meter and the grave to the then-Secretary of State, Edmund Randolph, who, in the end, took no further interest in the matter. At one point, the grave was separated from its length-measure counterpart and ended up in the possession of Andrew Ellicott, Dombey’s contemporary and the land surveyor who set the boundaries of the territory which would become Washington DC.Ellicot’s family owned Dombey’s copper grave until 1952, when they decided to donate this particular piece of history to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where it remains exhibited.Related story from us: Notorious pirate Benjamin Hornigold once attacked a merchant ship only to steal the crew’s hatsToday, many U.S. industries have adopted the metric system, but the country is still largely dependent on the British-influenced standards. In the book Measuring America, author Andro Linklater points out the extent of the opportunity lost with Dombey’s unfortunate journey:“The sight [in Congress] of those two copper objects [Dombey’s meter and grave], so easily copied and sent out to every state in the Union, together with the weighty scientific arguments supporting them, might well have clarified the minds of senators and representatives alike. And today the U.S. might not be the last country in the world to resist the metric system.”last_img read more

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VIDEO Unguardable Christian McCaffrey owns multiple Titans in jointpractice passing drills

first_imgIf training camp is any indication, Christian McCaffrey’s rookie season is going to be loaded with highlights. McCaffrey sent an early message when he put Luke Kuechly on skates during a camp passing drillYesterday, the Panthers and the Titans held a joint-practice, and some Tennessee defenders were added to his rapidly growing highlight reel.Linebacker Wesley Woodward was the first to draw the short straw, and was blown past by McCaffrey after being paralyzed by a juke move. McCaffrey on any linebacker this year is going to be a certified matchup nightmare.So this just happened. pic.twitter.com/pyaGLxzUoI— The Riot Report (@RRiotReport) August 16, 2017 The safeties didn’t do much better. Here’s Kevin Byard taking his medicine. McCaffrey is a problem.A quick video recap from today in Nashville, ft. Christian McCaffrey doing this https://t.co/oGwcfCAWBA pic.twitter.com/dmK0fdT3UV— Bill Voth (@PanthersBill) August 16, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gottlieb Forget about LeBron going to the Spurs

first_imgRichard Sherman is still hung up on his exAfter getting criticized for negotiating his own contract, newly signed Niners corner Richard Sherman has been criticizing the Seahawks, including former coach Pete Carroll in the media.Doug understands Sherman’s emotional reaction after being let go by the only organization he’s ever played for and won a title with, but right now he’s like a guy after a recent break up that goes on a date and can’t stop bad mouthing his ex. He’s not over it.Also:– Belichick had to cut ties with Alex Guerrero for undercutting his message– Trey Young should come back to Oklahoma for his sophomore seasonGuests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio talking Cavs struggles; LeBron frustrations; if Kevin Love’s return is being overstated; and if Trae Young can have NBA success.A.J. Bouye – Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl cornerback is in-studio talking Jacksonville’s turnaround and why he believes in Blake Bortles.Jeff Gordon – NASCAR Champion and Fox Analyst joins the show to discuss Bubba Wallace’s impact on the sport; and why Jimmy Johnson has struggled. Doug Gottlieb in for Colin:Forget about LeBron going to the SpursThe speculation about potential destinations for LeBron if he decides to leave Cleveland usually consists of a handful of teams, in which the Spurs are almost always included.Gottlieb thinks LeBron to the Spurs makes zero sense because even though LeBron admires Gregg Popovich and enjoyed their time at the Olympics, he’ll never be selfless enough to fit into a Spurs culture where the motto is “get over yourself.” LeBron will always want more input and influence than Pop would ever allow. It’s an awful fit.last_img read more

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Colin and Joel Klatt on the Trevor Lawrence hype train and the

first_imgDabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers are national champs after a 44-16 beatdown of Alabama, and true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the breakout star after an incredible 347 yard, 3 TD performance on college football’s biggest stage.Today in The Herd, FS1 Lead College football Analyst – and longtime Cowherd frenemy – Joel Klatt stopped by the couch and discussed the hype ahead for Lawrence, how Clemson and Bama have separated from the rest of college football, and if the postseason exposed an overhyped SEC.Watch these two go at it:last_img read more

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Drone Captures Five Killer Whales Gruesomely Ambushing Gray Whale and Killing Calf

first_imgOrcas have become synonymous with being cute and cuddly over the last several decades, thanks in large part to Sea World marketing them as gentle giants. Out in the open water it’s an entirely different story, which played out over the weekend in the water next to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.A drone mounted camera captured the gruesome scene of five of the killer whales launching a precision attack on an unsuspecting Gray Whale and her helpless calf. Sadly, the calf was killed in the ambush, but this is mother nature, not Sea World. Watch this video and see why orcas  are considered some of the most ruthless killers in the Ocean. When you gotta eat, you gotta eat.last_img read more

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LivingSocial Quadruples Inventory Moves Away From Daily Deals

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Just one day after promoting a deal that offered its members a trip to a flood-stricken part of Colorado, daily deals company LivingSocial announced that it has increased its range of travel offerings.LivingSocial increased its travel inventory by 650 percent earlier this month, according to a company press release. That massive uptick in properties and tours for travel-minded consumers may have led to the unfortunate timing of that featured deal.Small-business owners outside the tourism industry may perk up at the news that LivingSocial has quadrupled its overall deal inventory in the past three months. Tim O’Shaugnessy, the company’s chief executive, said in the release that LivingSocial was leaving behind its identity as “a daily deal company” and becoming “a real marketing partner for merchants.”What does that mean? For one thing, it means that merchants can take part in long-term promotions, increasing their visibility and, at least theoretically, reaching more customers. LivingSocial also announced enhanced analytics that will help merchants to evaluate the effectiveness of their campaigns and provide new information on user engagement, purchasers and payments. Merchants will also now be able to respond immediately to customer feedback.LivingSocial is trying to make itself more attractive to customers as well. Its redesigned website and apps make it easier to search for the type of deals you want, according to the release.Groupon, LivingSocial’s largest rival and the No. 1 daily deals site, is also transitioning away from its old business model into long-term promotions. Groupon already has features in place similar to those announced by LivingSocial today, including the ability to reply directly to customer feedback.Related: Struggling Deals Site LivingSocial Kills Events Group, Closes New York Office September 17, 2013 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Saudi Arabia SoftBank Aim to Be Worlds Top Tech Investor With 100

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read Saudi Arabia and Japan’s SoftBank Group will create a technology investment fund that could grow as large as $100 billion, making it one of the world’s largest private equity investors and a potential kingpin in the industry.The move is part of a series of dramatic business initiatives launched by Riyadh this year as Saudi Arabia, its economy hurt by low oil prices, deploys huge financial reserves in an effort to move into non-oil industries.Earlier this year, it invested $3.5 billion in U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber, surprising many.SoftBank, a $68 billion telecommunications and tech investment behemoth, has also been stepping up investment in new areas. It agreed to buy U.K. chip design firm Arm Holdings in July in Japan’s largest ever outbound deal.Saudi Arabia’s top sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), will be the lead investment partner and may invest up to $45 billion over the next five years while SoftBank expects to invest at least $25 billion.Several other large, unnamed investors are in active talks on their participation and could bring the total size of the new fund up to $100 billion, SoftBank said.”Over the next decade, the SoftBank Vision Fund will be the biggest investor in the technology sector,” SoftBank Chairman Masayoshi Son said in a statement.At an annual rate of $20 billion, the new London-based fund could at current levels account for roughly a fifth of global venture capital investment.In the year to September, venture capital-backed companies globally raised $79 billion, according to data from KPMG and CB Insights, with tech start-ups attracting the lion’s share of that cash.”Son is very good at looking for companies with big growth prospects, and that will create fierce competition,” said Hiroyuki Kuroda, secretary general of the Venture Enterprise Center in Japan.The project will be led for SoftBank by Rajeev Misra, the group’s head of strategic finance and who joined the Japanese firm in 2014 from Fortress Investment Group, a private equity and hedge fund group. PIF will engage its own team.Investment powerSaudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, leading an economic reform drive in the kingdom, has revealed a string of high-profile investment plans this year.He aims to expand the PIF, founded in 1971 to finance development projects in the kingdom, from $160 billion to about $2 trillion, making it the world’s largest sovereign fund.In June, the PIF departed from Saudi Arabia’s traditional strategy of low-risk investments and took a step into the tech world with the Uber investment.That deal which illustrated how Riyadh now hopes to use its investments to develop the economy: Uber is a popular form of transport for Saudi women, who are banned from driving, and is creating badly needed non-oil jobs for Saudi citizens.SoftBank, a diverse company with stakes from U.S. carrier Sprint to e-commerce giant Alibaba, is also changing, shifting towards cutting edge tech investments after Son scrapped retirement plans in July and announced plans to reinforce “SoftBank 2.0″. It is still wrestling with a $112 billion debt pile and the turnaround of Sprint.”SoftBank has been looking to invest aggressively in the internet of things, and this fund is part of that wider move,” said Naoki Yokota, analyst at SMBC Friend Research Center Ltd.(Reporting by Andrew Torchia and Tom Wilson; Additional reporting by Sami Aboudi in Jerusalem, Ali Abdelatti in Cairo, William Maclean in Dubai and Eric Auchard in Frankfurt; Writing by Clara Ferreira-Marques; Editing by Edwina Gibbs) This story originally appeared on Reuters October 14, 2016 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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