Indigenous investors required in second round of Alberta renewable power auction

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta government says it will require Indigenous equity investment from proponents in its second round of bids to build renewable energy projects in the province.Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the province is targeting projects producing 300 megawatts of electricity in its second round which is being designed to boost the economy and training of Indigenous people.She says a third round will follow the same rules as the first in targeting 400 MW of output from any proponent, with details of both to be established by the Alberta Electric System Operator.In December, the province announced it had chosen three companies who are to spend about $1 billion to build four wind power projects in southern Alberta capable of generating 600 MW of new generation, 50 per cent higher than its goal.Under its agreement with the companies, the province will subsidize the plants using funds from its levy on heavy industrial emitters if the power price falls below the average bid price of $37 per MW-hour — if it’s higher, the companies are to pay the difference to the province.The province wants to add up to 5,000 MW of renewable energy through private sector investment of about $10 billion by 2030.last_img read more

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Seoul says personal info of 1000 NKorean defectors stolen

first_imgSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea says it’s responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South.A regional office of the Hana resettlement centre said Friday it has been notifying affected defectors after discovering last week that one of its computers had been breached sometime around November.South Korea’s Unification Ministry says police are investigating the hacking attack but have yet to identify the source.The ministry says it has found no further signs of hacking attacks or data breaches after investigating Hana’s offices around the country earlier this week.About 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea, mostly travelling via China, since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Police insist no political pressure

The police have insisted that investigations into the Kahawatte double murder were not hampered by political influence or pressure.A statement from the police media unit said that there were statements made that the police had delayed arresting the main suspects in the case owing to political influence. The police noted that investigations cannot be completed overnight and that with the arrest of the suspects the police had recovered several items connected with the crime.“There is no truth in reports that the delay to arrest the suspects was as a result of political pressure,” the police statement said. A mother and her young daughter were found dead in their house at Kahawatte early last month and three suspects, including a woman, were taken into custody this week over the incident. The police statement said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) managed to conduct the investigations successfully despite allegations there was a delay to arrest the suspects. read more

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UN intellectual property watchdog set to discuss indigenous ownership next month

Two draft provisions – one on protecting traditional cultural expression and folklore, the other for protecting traditional knowledge – are ready for consideration at a meeting of a United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) committee early next month, according to a senior WIPO official. Addressing the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at UN Headquarters in New York this week, Geneva-based WIPO’s Simon Legrand said the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, created in 2000 to develop new legal instruments for knowledge accumulated over generations, had made substantial progress. The two drafts, including policy objectives and core principles, would be ready for discussion at the Committee’s next session from 6 to 10 June, he said, while the debate on Genetic Resources was also moving ahead. The proposals for the debate included defensive protection of genetic resources by preventing the granting of patents for genetic resources that do not fulfil the requirements of novelty and “non-obviousness.” The committee has discussed how to ensure the participation of indigenous and local communities in its work, using modalities ranging from accreditation to accepting consultants, to setting up a voluntary fund to pay certain travel and other expenses, with the Permanent Forum being a key participant, Mr Legrand said. The work of the Intergovernmental Committee had reached a critical phase, WIPO’s Orobola Fasehun said, and deserved the focused attention of indigenous and local community groups. The decade-old Permanent Forum ends its meetings tomorrow. Among its considerations have been questions of land rights and how Governmental activities to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) affect indigenous peoples. read more

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Opinion Return of Braxton Miller soothes wound left by Mike Vrabel

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorDJust as Buckeye Nation thankfully swallowed a goodbye, a new farewell came up unexpectedly.The first announcement, the unexpected goodbye if you will, came as a shock to most and what seemed to be at the time, a significant blow to the program.OSU’s defensive line coach Mike Vrabel made the decision to bolt for the NFL and join former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien’s staff at the Houston Texans.At first I, along with undoubtably many OSU followers, thought this would be a great hit to the recruiting ability of the Buckeyes. It’s always nice to be able to shine three Super Bowl rings in front of a recruit (Vrabel won three with the New England Patriots) and that influence is now gone from the program.Enter Larry Johnson.Less than a week after losing Vrabel to Houston, OSU coach Urban Meyer reeled in Johnson from O’Brien’s former staff in State College, Pa.Johnson spent 18 years coaching at Penn State. He has recruited and developed players such as Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and former No. 1 overall draft pick Courtney Brown.Needless to say, OSU not only rebuilds in terms of players, but coaches as well.The second bit of news that came in shortly after the news about Vrabel’s departure was that junior quarterback Braxton Miller would return for his senior season.While this did not come as a surprise to some, I was a little shocked the star quarterback didn’t make the leap to the NFL.After taking a beating in the second half of the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, some, including myself, thought Miller wouldn’t be willing to take another beating like that unless he was being paid for it. Yet he made the decision to return to Columbus.Hearing OSU was hanging onto Miller came as a relief after losing Vrabel.Losing both would have been a significant blow to a team that struggled on defense in 2013-14 and is graduating four of five starters on the offensive line.OSU fans should consider themselves lucky that the news was not reversed and Miller had left with Vrabel staying.Remember OSU fans will no longer have the luxury of seeing redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton — who graduated in the fall — come off the bench to save the day in the event that Miller goes down with an injury. Had Miller left, the Buckeyes would be preparing to enter 2014 with a group of quarterbacks — freshmen Luke Morgan and J.T. Barrett and redshirt-freshman Cardale Jones — that combined for only two pass attempts in their careers.So be grateful, Buckeye Nation, the future is still bright and we will all be able to enjoy one more year of No. 5 in Columbus. read more

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HCM Constanta dismissed coach Cvetkovic

HCM ConstantaJovica CvetkovicRomania handball After two defeats at the beginning of Champions League this season from C. O Zagreb and SG Flensburg and unconvincing start in national League, where HCM Constanta won five from six matches (currently on second place), Board of the Club decided to change former headcoach of Serbian national team, Jovica Cvetkovic. Mutual termination of the contract started immediately and Romanian champion will pay a compensation fee to Serbian coach, who will tomorrow left Black Sea coast.HCM Constanta is current champion of Romania and a first team who entered TOP 16 phase of Champions League. Jovica Cvetkovic is former national headcoach of Serbia (2006-2009). He is second coach who didn’t survive beginning of EHF CL season (first is Ola Lindgren from RNL). ← Previous Story Nikola Karabatic to join HC Zagreb? Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): Secure victory for Zagreb and “Bears” read more

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Police investigate shooting in Maplewood Neighborhood

first_imgVancouver police are investigating a possible shooting and crash that was reported late Monday night in the Maplewood neighborhood.Police responded to a 911 call in the 1700 block of Norris Road at 11:56 p.m. for a report of someone shot. Arriving officers found a man suffering from life-threatening injuries in the street near a vehicle that had crashed into a fence, according to a press release issued early Tuesday morning.Vancouver police say the 39-year-old man injured during the incident and found at the scene was not driving the vehicle that hit the fence, nor was he hit by the vehicle.The man did, however, suffer a significant head injury, though the nature of the injury has not been determined, police said. He remains hospitalized.“We have some pieces that are still not confirmed,” Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. “We’re still trying to figure out what’s going on.”Kapp said that no one else was injured.No suspect has been found and the identity of the victim was not released.Bill Lundahl, 62, lives at a duplex that sits at the corner of East 18th Street and Norris Road and was awake when he heard gunshots. A short time later, he said, a sedan crashed into the wooden fence that lines his backyard. A no parking sign near the intersection stood bent and leaning.last_img read more

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Media MA Recovery or Fire Sale

first_img“With very few exceptions, all trade show and trade magazine deals for the past two years have not been for strategic growth, but fire sale transactions,” says one M&A observer.Consumer magazines, exhibitions/conferences and newspaper publishing all saw declines in the number of transactions and value, according to the JEGI report.“The trade show M&A market continues to be non-existent due the lack of literally any real buyers or sellers,” says one player in the events arena. “The market has been this way for about two years now and will continue in this lackluster mode at least through the end of this year.”Several deals involving city and regional magazines have occurred in recent months, including CurtCo Publishing divesting its regional magazine stable and Zivyak Media Group buying defunct San Jose Magazine. “The pricing of city and regionals is very favorable right now,” says Milt Jones, president of Desert Publications, which bought CurtCo’s San Diego. JEGI acknowledges that much of the volume included distressed sales but says the number of healthier prospects is picking up. “The majority of M&A activity has been characterized by distressed situations,” says JEGI managing director Scott Peters. “However we’re starting to see a shift to companies exploring exits from positions of health as opposed to stress. Many of the larger strategics may not be seeing explosive growth in 2010 but they are up over last year. Some are looking for acquisitions that will accelerate growth, others are looking to transform their businesses.” A Decline in EBITDA Multiples (Digital Too) Some middle market finance has come back but it is much more conservative than in the past, according to observers. “We’re doing a debt market survey right now that asks people that based on current levels, what year is this most like,” says Peters. “If you were to go back in time, what year are we in? Many people are saying 2002-2003, which means back to 2.5x-3x times senior debt on deals as opposed to 4x or 5x, which we saw in the recent past. Covenants are getting back to more normalized debt covenant arrangements.”According to AdMedia’s Market Survey, the level of EBITDA multiples that buyers consider reasonable is dropping. Reasonable multiples for both consumer and b-to-b magazines are in the 4-5x range (compared to 5-6x in 2008 and about 9x back in 2005). Even multiples for online media are declining. While multiples of 9-10x and 12-15x were considered reasonable in 2009 and 2008 respectively,  respondents to AdMedia’s 2010 Market Survey said multiples of 8-9x are more in line with expectations this year. Next Up: “Transitional” Acquisitions. But How Many Can Afford Them? M&A in the second half of 2010 will revolve around “transitional” deals that will recast publishers’ business models, according to Peters, who holds up Hearst’s acquisition of digital marketing firm iCrossing as an example. Last month, Meredith Corp. bought the remaining 80.1 percent stake in mobile marketing specialist The Hyperfactory (it had acquired a 19.9 percent stake in the agency last year).On the consumer side, larger publishers are not buying print but instead concentrating on their business models, with an emphasis on marketing services. “It’s no longer about what consumers want,” says Peters. “It’s about what advertisers want and how can publishers deliver. They’re not abandoning core content but they are being much more sensitive to the shift in advertising behavior.”But with a reported price tag of $325 million for iCrossing, don’t expect too many publishers to be making similar deals, at least on that scale. In January, Time Inc. acquired StyleFeeder, a destination site and social e-commerce enabler for fashion products in a deal reported as being worth eight figures. Fran Hauser, Time Inc.’s president of digital for the Style & Entertainment group, said the deal was primarily a result of the company’s four-tiered approach to online acquisitions. “Before we even evaluate an online property, we assess how attractive the category is as a whole. Is the market growing or underserved?” she says.From there, the acquisition must open up a new revenue stream or allow Time Inc. to capture a greater share of high-growth advertising categories. In this case, StyleFeeder brought in instant e-commerce play.Third, the company should already have natural assets that complement and enhance the acquisition, as InStyle and its fashion content does for StyleFeeder.Lastly, says Hauser, the acquisition needs to provide a “functional service or technology that complements our core service, which is content. Buying technology in the digital space that complements our editorial expertise is definitely attractive.” Media M&A largely disappeared in 2009, at least in the traditional consumer and b-to-b publishing markets. However, in the first half of 2010, media M&A has been surprisingly active. The Jordan, Edmiston Group says 445 transactions were announced through the first six months of the year, up 52 percent from 292 deals for the same time last year. Deal volume jumped 291 percent to $20.79 billion.Elsewhere, investment banker Berkery Noyes says the number of deals in the first half increased by 21 percent to 309. AdMedia Partners claims in its 2010 Market Survey —which asks media professionals about their prospects for buying or selling—that buyers are back, motivated to act now partly because of potential increases in capital gains taxes with future deals.Of course, one should note that the definition of “media deal” has become quite broad. JEGI’s report now covers 10 markets, including B-to-B Media, Consumer Magazines and Exhibitions but also Mobile Media & Technology and Marketing & Interactive Services. While the number of b-to-b deals (23) was up nearly four times over the first half of 2010, the number of consumer magazine deals fell 50 percent to 12, according to JEGI. (At presstime, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was offering to take the company private while Penthouse owner FriendFinder was offering $210 million for the brand and its assets.) The publishing industry saw some notable deals such as former Time Inc. digital group president Vivek Shah partnering with Boston-based investment firm Great Hill Partners to acquire Ziff Davis Media in a deal reported to be less than $150 million. However, the fact remains that many of the deals were distressed transactions. The dissolution of Reed Business Information and Nielsen Business Media accounted for more than 15 deals alone. last_img read more

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Dunleavy veto cuts school project debt reimbursement in half

first_img“There’s no easy way out of this,” Dunleavy said, “whether the PFD is taken and the impacts that will have on 680,000 individuals and families statewide, whether it’s taxes, whether it’s reductions. I think everyone realizes that there’s no easy way out of this or we would have found the easy way. But I believe that the communities are going to have to make the decision on how they’re going to deal with that.” Rae C. Stedman Elementary School in Petersburg (Photo by Angela Denning/KFSK) Governor Mike Dunleavy has vetoed half of the state’s contribution towards debt service for school projects. Local governments will likely dip into reserves, or raise taxes, to make up for the nearly $49 million shortfall. “Kind of the concept has been if we have to get to that point, maybe we wait ‘til the fall when all of the assembly’s back from fishing and the office and we sit down and go kind of through a whole brand new budget process in a sense on how do we address major changes in funding,” Giesbrecht said earlier this week. “Now the only recourse that they have of course is to either raise taxes or cut services within their municipalities,” Wooten said. In Petersburg, elected officials have delayed filling public safety jobs in police and fire until the state finalized its budget. Property tax bills were due to go out in the mail around July 1, with a tax rate similar to last year because the borough hoped this funding would continue. School administrators say individual Alaskans will end up making up the difference. Before Friday’s announcement, the assembly had considered a property tax hike as high as 15 percent to cover the potential loss of Petersburg’s full annual payment of around $460,000. That repays debt on a community swimming pool and maintenance on school buildings. A smaller tax hike may be one solution, or dipping into reserves or making cuts. It’s a choice municipalities across Alaska will be facing following the governor’s veto. Petersburg Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht expected to revisit the borough budget after the final word on this reimbursement. The state has been covering majority of costs for school projects approved by local voters as recently as five years ago. There’s a moratorium in place for new projects but the state has been continuing payments for older ones. The largest impacts will be in Anchorage, with a $20 million reduction and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough with a $9 million cut. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s original budget proposed eliminating the state assistance entirely. On Friday, he went with half — and justified it as necessary to pay out a full permanent dividend fund check to Alaskans. “Well a tax is a tax, I don’t care who’s paying it and this is a transference of taxable responsibilities to municipalities and to boroughs across the state,” said Norm Wooten, executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards in Juneau. He said local governments across the state were counting on these reimbursements when they set their budgets.last_img read more

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Chinese tourists held for Hitler salute

first_img.Two Chinese tourists were detained in Berlin for making the straight-armed Hitler salute for photos in front of the Reichstag parliament building, a police spokeswoman said on Sunday.The holidaymakers were spotted by officers on a routine patrol Saturday snapping smartphone pictures of each other posing with the banned gesture outside the historic landmark in the heart of the German capital.“A probe on suspicion of using the symbols of anti-constitutional organisations was opened against the two Chinese men, aged 36 and 49,” the spokeswoman told AFP.The pair were questioned at a local police station and released after paying 500 euros ($589) bail each.Using the symbols of anti-constitutional organisations, a charge frequently levelled against members of far-right groups, can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail sentence or a fine.The spokeswoman said the men could leave the country during the investigation and that if a fine is handed down, the bail money they had already paid would likely cover it.The Reichstag housed the assemblies of the German Empire, the inter-war Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany until it was destroyed by a suspicious fire in 1933.In the wake of the blaze, Adolf Hitler consolidated his power over Germany, eventually unleashing World War II, which claimed an estimated 20 million lives in Europe, and the Holocaust, in which millions of victims including six million Jews were systematically slaughtered.Refurbished after Germany’s 1990 reunification by British architect Norman Foster, who added an iconic glass dome to symbolise open democracy, it has since 1999 housed the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag.last_img read more

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Snapchat to Launch Three More Series From Barcroft Media EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Snap is furthering its partnership with Barcroft Media and adding more of the U.K.-based content company’s digital series to Snapchat Discover.Barcroft launched its “Ridiculous Rides,” “Snapped in the Wild” and “Beast Buddies,” in the summer and followed those with “Shake My Beauty,” and “Born Different,” which launched at the end of October. The latter garnered 5.2 million unique views within a day of launch, prompting Snap and Barcroft to ready more shows for launch on Snapchat.“Dog Dynasty,” “Hooked on the Look” and “Outrageous Homes” will be added within weeks. The new content will be available to Snapchat users globally on the Discover page, with more episodes available using Snapchat’s search feature.There is a raft of original mobile-first content launching on Snapchat this fall, spanning drama, mystery, horror, comedy and docu-series. Barcroft’s contributions fall into the factual and factual entertainment categories. Popular on Variety center_img Barcroft has a pedigree in creating short- and mid-form series that have garnered big numbers on YouTube, Facebook Watch and Snapchat. Several of its shows have been repackaged as traditional linear series. For Snapchat, it re-formulates the shows as short-form offerings.“We know we have the stories that work and we think how best to re-imagine them to fit the style of the platform,” Alex Morris, creative director at Barcroft Media, told Variety.“ For Snapchat they are completely re-edited, and we re-nose them to suit that platform, assuming that the audience is younger, and the look and feel and pacing are different.”(Pictured: “Born Different”)last_img read more

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Field study shows tigers in India follow corridors between groups to maintain

first_imgImage: Wikipedia. (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in India has found that tigers living in separate geographic areas mate with tigers from other groups by traversing natural corridors. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team explains how they analyzed tiger DNA samples from different groups to learn more about their mating patterns. 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. More information: Forest corridors maintain historical gene flow in a tiger metapopulation in the highlands of central India, Published 31 July 2013 doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.1506AbstractUnderstanding the patterns of gene flow of an endangered species metapopulation occupying a fragmented habitat is crucial for landscape-level conservation planning and devising effective conservation strategies. Tigers (Panthera tigris) are globally endangered and their populations are highly fragmented and exist in a few isolated metapopulations across their range. We used multi-locus genotypic data from 273 individual tigers (Panthera tigris tigris) from four tiger populations of the Satpura–Maikal landscape of central India to determine whether the corridors in this landscape are functional. This 45 000 km2 landscape contains 17% of India’s tiger population and 12% of its tiger habitat. We applied Bayesian and coalescent-based analyses to estimate contemporary and historical gene flow among these populations and to infer their evolutionary history. We found that the tiger metapopulation in central India has high rates of historical and contemporary gene flow. The tests for population history reveal that tigers populated central India about 10 000 years ago. Their population subdivision began about 1000 years ago and accelerated about 200 years ago owing to habitat fragmentation, leading to four spatially separated populations. These four populations have been in migration–drift equilibrium maintained by high gene flow. We found the highest rates of contemporary gene flow in populations that are connected by forest corridors. This information is highly relevant to conservation practitioners and policy makers, because deforestation, road widening and mining are imminent threats to these corridors. Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Explore further Tigers are native to India—part of a tract of land that once stretched from the far eastern parts of Russia to Turkey. As the population of the country has increased, sadly, the population of tigers has dwindled. Now, instead of roaming vast forests, tigers inhabit small geographical zones, where groups of the big cats survive only through the efforts of conservationists. Recent reports suggest that tigers now inhabit just seven percent of the land area in the country. Because of their isolation from other groups researchers have worried that the tigers will all die out due to such a small gene pool. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn whether tigers from the separated groups are breeding with one another, helping to keep the gene pool diverse enough to be sustainable.To find out, the researchers went into the jungle and collected tiger hair and feces samples from four geographic areas where tigers are allowed to roam free. They brought the samples back to the lab and analyzed the DNA found in them. In so doing, they were able to see that the DNA was from 273 individual tigers and that the four areas were actually just two—two pairs were separated by long thin, natural channels which tigers are still able to traverse. Because of that, the researchers feel confident that the gene pool can be maintained, provided the channels the tigers use are left open. Unfortunately, that might not happen, as the channels are privately owned and one of them has already been leased to a mining company.In studying the tiger DNA the researchers were also able to see periods of sharp decline in genetic diversity over time. The first occurred approximately 700 years ago when human invaders arrived and started clearing forests for agriculture. The second was approximately 200 years ago as India became a part of the British Empire and wood from its forests was felled for timber shipped back to Europe Citation: Field study shows tigers in India follow corridors between groups to maintain gene flow (2013, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-field-tigers-india-corridors-groups.html Nepal’s Royal Bengal tiger numbers soarlast_img read more

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Best of Last Year—The top Physorg articles of 2017

first_img 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. In more promising news, a team with the International Potato Center conducted studies of their own, announcing that their indicators showed potatoes can grow on Mars. They ran a series of experiments aimed at figuring out if potatoes could grow under the conditions found on Mars—one of which involved planting a tuber in a CubeSat—with positive results. Another involved growing a potato in soil that was considered an analog of soil found on Mars.Meanwhile, another team announced that they had printed bricks from moon dust using the sun’s heat. The team working at the DLR German Aerospace Center started with raw material similar to lunar soil, then built a solar furnace to heat it to melt the soil grains—the result was an ink of sorts that could be used to print bricks for structures on the surface of the moon.And two researchers, one with UC Berkeley, the other with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, announced that they had found new evidence showing that all stars are born in pairs, which suggested that our own sun did as well (going as far back as 4.5 billion years ago). Back in April, Sarah Sadavoy and Steven Stahler reported on the results of creating and running statistical models based on evidence from a recent radio survey of a giant molecular cloud that was filled with relatively newborn stars.It was a good year for technology research, as well, as a team of scientists designed a solar cell that captured nearly all the energy of the solar spectrum—the team, working at George Washington University built a prototype that integrated multiple cells stacked as part of a single device. They report also that it used CPV panels, and was able to convert sunlight directly to electricity with 44.5 percent efficiency, though they acknowledge that it would be very expensive to produce commercially.Also, a team working at MIT announced that they had created a device that pulled water from dry air and was powered only by the sun. The device, the team reported, was made of a metal-organic framework which had been developed at the University of California. The group claimed it could pull water from the air in conditions as low as 20 percent humidity, though it still needed a lot of work to make it capable of absorbing more water.And a team at the University of Sydney claimed to have found a solution to the problem preventing zinc-air batteries from becoming mainstream—the difficulty in recharging them. They reported last summer that they had developed a three-stage method that could revolutionize rechargeability with zinc-air batteries. They claimed that their method could be used to create bifunctional oxygen electro-catalysts for building rechargeable zinc-air batteries from scratch.Also, a team with the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences announced last winter that they had developed a long-lasting flow battery that could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep. It worked, they reported, by storing energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water, which allowed for the construction of a nontoxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime.And a team at the University of Manchester announced that they had created a graphene sieve that could turn seawater into drinking water. The sieve utilized a graphene oxide membrane and was capable of sieving common salts. They reported that they had overcome problems such as membrane swelling with salt water exposure, and also came up with a way to control the pore size more precisely. They also reported that they were working on a way to make the system smaller.In other news, a team at Lund University published the results of a study they conducted regarding the things regular people can do to reduce climate change after finding that the most effective individual steps to tackle climate change weren’t being discussed—things like eating a plant-based diet, avoiding air travel, living car-free and having smaller families. They came to these conclusions by studying published papers and government reports, and found that such activities would have far more impact than changing light bulbs or recycling trash.Also, MIT professor Daniel Rothman published a paper claiming that mathematics predicted that by 2100, the oceans could hold enough carbon to launch the sixth mass extermination of species. He reported that he came to this conclusion after analyzing significant changes in the carbon cycle over the last 540 million years, including the five mass extinction events. He identified “thresholds of catastrophe” in the carbon cycle that, if exceeded, would lead to an unstable environment and ultimately, mass extinction.And a study led by Dr. Luca De Siena of the University of Aberdeen with a team from the INGV Osservatorio Vesuviano, the RISSC lab of the University of Naples, and the University of Texas at Austin led to locating a potential magma source in an Italian supervolcano. They described it as the first direct evidence of a so-called “hot zone” feeding a supervolcano. They reported that their evidence suggested that the volcano was nearing eruption.Also, a team with members from Germany and France’s European Synchrotron conducted a study surrounding the elements that are included in tattoo ink and found that nanoparticles from tattoos circulate inside the body—the first analytical evidence of the transport of organic and inorganic pigments and toxic element impurities in tattooed tissues, though it is still not clear if their presence causes problems.And a trio of researches, Paolo Bombelli, Christopher Howe and Federica Bertocchini reported finding caterpillars eating shopping bags, suggesting a biodegradable solution to plastic pollution. They reported finding the caterpillars chewing holes through bags by accident, and after a closer look, found the caterpillars were actually consuming and biodegrading the plastic. This, the team suggests, could point to a way to deal with the huge amounts of plastic garbage humans generate. Also, a team at Harvard announced that metallic hydrogen, once theory, became reality, as they found a way to create one of the rarest materials on the planet. To create the metal, the group squeezed hydrogen at 495 gigapascal forcing the molecules in it to break down and disassociate. They suggested their efforts could lead to answering some fundamental questions regarding the nature of matter.And a team of physicists at Washington State University announced that they had created “negative mass,” which, as they noted, behaved in surprising ways, such as accelerating backwards when pushed from a forward direction—it was created by using lasers to cool rubidium atoms to just above absolute zero and could be used to study challenging questions related to the cosmos.Also, a team at the University of Waterloo captured the first ‘image’ of a dark matter web that connects galaxies. The image was a composite of images gathered using weak gravitational lensing, and has helped confirm predictions that galaxies are tied together by dark matter.It was also a good year for space research, as a team at the University of New Mexico reported on a groundbreaking discovery that confirmed the existence of orbiting supermassive black holes. To confirm the discovery, the team measured the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes, both of which were hundreds of millions of light years from Earth—they used the U.S. based Very Long Baseline Array. The discovery, the team reports, was the culmination of 20 years’ worth of work.Also, a trio of researchers at the University of Edinburg dealt a blow to the possibility of colonizing Mars when they announced that their study of salt minerals on the Red planet killed bacteria—suggesting that the Martian surface is “more uninhabitable” than thought.” They exposed perchlorates similar to those on Mars to Bacillus subtilis cultures and then bathed them in ultraviolet light, causing the perchlorates to become active, which proved lethal for the bacteria. It was another great year for science, particularly physics, as evidenced by a study conducted by U.K., Canadian and Italian researchers who revealed substantial evidence of a holographic universe. They published what is believed to be the first observational evidence showing that the universe could, in fact, be nothing more than a vast and complex hologram. They came to this conclusion after investigating irregularities in the cosmic microwave background. Best of Last Week – New type of guitar string, looking for vanadium on Mars and US teens behind those of the 70s Citation: Best of Last Year—The top Phys.org articles of 2017 (2017, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-12-yearthe-articles.html Explore further © 2017 Phys.org A sketch of the timeline of the holographic Universe. Time runs from left to right. The far left denotes the holographic phase and the image is blurry because space and time are not yet well defined. At the end of this phase (denoted by the black fluctuating ellipse) the Universe enters a geometric phase, which can now be described by Einstein’s equations. The cosmic microwave background was emitted about 375,000 years later. Patterns imprinted in it carry information about the very early Universe and seed the development of structures of stars and galaxies in the late time Universe (far right). Credit: Paul McFaddenlast_img read more

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