Beloved group Dopapod returned to their hometown last weekend, playing three nights at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. The band has been on a tear as of late, with a handful of new songs under their belt and hopefully more to come.Among the many highlights of the three-night run was a surprise sit-in from Berklee College of Music professor Danny Morris, who joined Dopapod on bass for a cover of Frank Zappa’s 1974 hit, “Apostrophe.” The energy was through the roof for this power-packed celebration of Zappa, with the tight-knit Dopapod pulling the song off exceptionally well.Watch the “Apostrophe” performance below, courtesy of mk devo:Dopapod’s recent tour recordings have been posted on their Bandcamp, so you can keep up with the band’s live shows by heading here. Enjoy!
The Harvard International Office (HIO) is seeking submissions of international art for an exhibit. All international students currently enrolled in a full-time course of study and international scholars currently doing research at Harvard University are eligible to submit their artwork. Family members currently living with the international students and scholars are also eligible to submit their artwork. The artwork will be displayed in the HIO reception area and conference room.The artwork must depict images related to the international area of origin of the artist, giving a view or suggesting an idea about the people, culture, history, landscape, or architectural style prevalent in each world region.
Harvard University has made significant progress in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released today by President Drew Faust, who announced the next steps that the institution will take to meet its goal of cutting emissions 30 percent by 2016.“When we determined six years ago to reduce our carbon footprint, I firmly believed that Harvard had a responsibility to model an institutional pathway toward a more sustainable future,” said Faust. “I am extremely proud of the way we have come together as ‘One Harvard’ to seek a pathway to a more sustainable future.”In 2008, the University committed to the ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent, relative to its 2006 baseline, by 2016. According to the latest data, efforts by students, faculty, and staff have already achieved a reduction of 21 percent, when the effects of growth are included, or 31 percent, excluding growth.In order to hit the 30 percent mark inclusive of growth, Faust outlined a series of steps designed to drive the University closer to its goal over the next two years. “As we recognize our progress,” she said, “we must also recommit to the work ahead.”Faust approved the recommendations of a 2012-2013 faculty, student, and staff task force that performed a quadrennial review of Harvard’s progress on cutting emissions.The task force’s report recommended continuing to explore and exhaust all efforts on campus efficiency and reduction projects to the extent possible, and establishing a committee of senior-level faculty to shape the next generation of sustainability solutions and strategy on campus.The task force also found that, as anticipated in 2008, even after all feasible and cost-effective, on-campus energy efficiency projects have been exhausted, a gap will likely remain to achieve a 30 percent reduction. The task force recommended establishing an advisory committee to evaluate and recommend off-campus greenhouse gas reduction options that could include offsets, investments in renewable energy, and other complementary mechanisms, added to the steps the University has already taken.“Our objective all along has been to create an economically viable and replicable example for how large institutions can reduce emissions and save money,” said Executive Vice President Katie Lapp. “We have been focused on building a sustainable community that not only supports but strengthens Harvard’s research and teaching mission.”An executive committee co-chaired by Lapp, Jeremy Bloxham, dean of science and Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and Robert S. Kaplan, senior associate dean and professor of management practice at Harvard Business School (HBS), has been responsible for overseeing greenhouse gas reduction efforts. In 2008, under the leadership of the executive committee, the Office for Sustainability developed a University-wide implementation strategy to pursue emissions reductions that was informed by the deliberations of five working groups representing hundreds of stakeholders across Harvard.“Harvard’s greenhouse gas reduction goal has been a model for leadership, about having the courage as a university to articulate a clear vision for our role in the world, and then developing a comprehensive action plan for how to break down siloes and align the community around that vision,” said Kaplan.According to Heather Henriksen, director of the Office for Sustainability, progress to date has been achieved by focusing on five key areas and developing an unprecedented level of collaboration among Harvard’s Schools and administrative departments. “It all comes down to the dedication and hard work of thousands across our campus who are committed to changing the culture of how we work and live,” said Henriksen.Energy and emissions planning, tracking and implementationTo maximize energy-efficiency opportunities, planning on that score was integrated into the five-year capital planning process, and all Schools performed expansive energy audits in their buildings. A greenhouse gas emissions inventory was created to track and report on emissions across all Harvard facilities on the continent.Facilities teams have been implementing cost-effective efficiency projects across their building portfolios, and as a result more than 1,300 energy conservation measures have been implemented. Increasingly, building managers are focusing on a process called commissioning to further reduce energy by optimizing building energy systems and performance. Projects teams have also been targeting one of the biggest challenges for reducing emissions: the expansion of energy-intensive laboratory and high-performance computing space necessary to meet cutting-edge research needs.“Our research needs in laboratories and computing are energy intensive, but the responsibility belongs to all of us,” said Bloxham. “With projects like the Massachusetts
By Bob WesterfieldUniversity of GeorgiaAt this point in the year, gardeners are usually more concernedwith keeping plants alive and vegetables bearing due to the lackof water. This year is different. For the most part, we’ve hadtoo much rain and wind. Many plants are showing signs of stress.Disease is always an issue when moisture is abundant and plantsdon’t have time to dry out.Many ornamentals, particularly annuals and tender perennials,have suffered from leaf spots and root rot. If annuals weren’tplanted on raised beds, there’s a good chance you may havealready lost them. The pale, yellow color you see in many of yourplants is a result of wet roots and leached-out nitrogen in thesoil.Light applications of fertilizer will sometimes help perk upannuals if the rainfall levels off.Leaf spots and other fungal diseases can be controlled throughsanitation and the occasional use of fungicides. Picking offinfected leaves and removing heavily diseased plants will helpcurtail the problem.When you need to irrigate, water only at night or early morning(before 9 a.m.) to allow plants time to dry off during the day.This will help with disease management.Wind, tooSome plants and vegetables have been affected by the strong windsalong with the wet soils. Many plants are leaning over. As longas the root system hasn’t detached, you can gently stand theplants back up by hand and lightly step on the opposite side ofthe plant root ball.In some cases, it may be necessary to use a temporary stakingsystem and guy wires to encourage a plant to grow back in theright direction. Be careful when using wires. Protect the plantwith some form of a rubber collar, such as an old water hose.You can stand small plants back up with the help of a singlestake or even tomato cages. Corn that has blown over will oftenstand up itself in a few days and still produce decent ears.The vegetable garden will also need attention with all the rainwe have had. The weed population seems to love the wet conditionsand most likely is thriving in your garden. Control weeds throughlight tilling and hand pulling. Weeds pull nutrients from thesoil and will stunt vegetable plants if left unchecked.Timely harvestHarvest vegetables as soon as they’re ripe. Leaving them on theplant too long will attract disease and insects and may cause aplant to stop bearing.Remove vegetable plants as they finish producing and add them tothe compost pile. Tomatoes may look pretty bad now but can keepproducing if you’ll harvest regularly. Prune off diseased foliageto encourage new growth.Many tomatoes are showing growth cracks near the top of the fruitas a result of all the rain. While it may not look pretty, thesetomatoes are still perfectly fine to eat.To avoid a buildup of disease or insects, remove determinatetomato varieties, or those that put out one or two big harvestsand then stop bearing, as soon as production stops.It seems hard to ever hit a summer that has the right amount ofrainfall. We either get too little or all of it at once. Bypaying closer attention to our landscapes and gardens duringtimes of stressful conditions, though, we can help our plantssurvive and thrive.(Bob Westerfield is the Cooperative Extension state consumerhorticulturist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
China’s biggest steelmaker launches effort for coal-free production process FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:China’s biggest steel maker has created a special hydrogen project in an effort to accelerate the transition away from the sort of carbon-intensive coking coal that is exported by Australia.Hydrogen’s threat to coking coal is typically viewed as a very long- term proposition, but steel maker Baowu wants to fast-track the transition and beat European rivals by commercialising the production of carbon-free steel within 15 years.If successful, Baowu’s hydrogen project would have ramifications for Australia, which exported a record $US44 billion worth of coking coal in fiscal 2019. Australia dominates the global trade of coking coal, shipping more than triple the annual volumes of the world’s second biggest supplier, the U.S., and the commodity is expected to be Australia’s third most lucrative commodity export this year behind iron ore and liquefied natural gas.Rather than produce liquid metal by heating iron ore and coking coal in blast furnaces, steel can be produced through the direct reduced-iron method by using hydrogen as a reductant. Baowu hopes to outpace the work being done by Swedish steel maker SSAB, which is aiming to have a demonstration plant making steel with hydrogen by 2025 with a view to selling carbon-free steel “on a broad scale” by 2035.Baowu also last year struck a partnership with one of its biggest iron ore suppliers, Rio Tinto, investigating ways to reduce emissions in steelmaking.Australian miners are betting that hard coking coal produced in Queensland’s Bowen Basin and the Illawarra region of NSW remains in strong demand for a long time, partly because of its superior quality but also because of a shortage of supply.[Peter Ker]More: China’s biggest steel maker explores hydrogen substitute
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NCUA headquarters 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Four former credit union employees, including a manager and a long-time teller and administrative assistant were banned Wednesday by the NCUA from participating in the affairs of any federally insured financial institution.Catherine Linton, former manager of the $4.1 Trailblazer Federal Credit Union in Washington, Pa. was sentenced to a year and a day in December for embezzlement. She was ordered to pay $979,595.82 in restitution. Her 17-year fraud led to the insolvency and closure of the credit union in July 2015.Debra L. Wenger, a former teller and administrative assistant of the $30.1 million Shelter Insurance Federal Credit Union in Columbia, Mo., was sentenced to time served and one year of supervised released in November for stealing more than $231,000. Federal court documents indicated that the 28-year credit union employee stole the funds in part because she was a victim of a scam while on an online dating service and reportedly lost almost $700,000. Court documents show Wenger already made $231,000 in restitution.
VESTAL (WBNG) — On Oct. 22nd, the Junior League of Binghamton and Kopernik Observatory and Science Center put on a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of Kopernik Science Park, a STEM-themed playground. Organizer say they hope to also, one day, celebrate in person. Dan Reynolds, Chairman of the Broome County Legislature, said exposing young children to science is important, citing that his daughter has dreams of being an astronaut and has a passion for science. While the ribbon cutting looked a little different than most, since it was over zoom, organizers and members of the community said they were still excited. Video messages were played during the ceremony showing community members already attending the park with their children, and thanking the volunteers and organizers. Some members say it’s not only a fun space — but is also aspirational and inspirational.
Sep 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – More than 60 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the Republic of Congo since the beginning of this year, raising new concerns about the spread of the disease in humans.Jean-Vivien Mombouli, director of research at the country’s public health laboratory, said 62 probable monkeypox cases have been “confirmed” with rapid laboratory tests, according to a Sep 25 report from the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The story did not say whether further tests were done.Although it is primarily a disease of rodents and nonhuman primates, monkeypox can occasionally spread to humans and cause an illness that resembles smallpox but generally is less severe. It is endemic in some parts of Africa.Monkeypox surfaced in the Americas in 2003, when infected rodents imported from Ghana spread the virus to pet prairie dogs, which then infected people in the Midwest. The outbreak involved 71 confirmed, 12 probable, and 22 suspected cases in six states, but there were no deaths.The Republic of Congo’s first reported outbreak of human monkeypox also occurred in 2003, according to an August 2005 report in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.Villagers have reported at least 150 cases related to the current outbreak, which started in January and has affected mostly refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who are younger than 15, the IRIN report said.The outbreak is in the northern part of the country within a 124-mile-wide area in the Likouala region, which includes villages along the Oubangui River, the natural border between the Congo, DRC, and the Central African Republic, according to IRIN.Experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will visit the country’s capital, Brazzaville, this week to analyze virus samples and investigate the origin of the outbreak, IRIN reported.There is no cure or vaccine for monkeypox, but in 2005 scientists reported that smallpox vaccination might provide some immunity against the disease. Vaccinia, the virus used in smallpox vaccines, and the monkeypox virus are closely related members of the orthopox virus family.See also: Sep 25 IRIN reportAugust 2005 American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene reporthttp://www.ajtmh.org/cgi/reprint/73/2/428.pdfAug 11, 2005 CIDRAP News story “Persistence of smallpox immunity may have protected against monkeypox in 2003”
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