Vega Has a Neptune?

first_imgThe BBC News and EurekAlert are pretty excited about a discovery at Vega, the sapphire-blue star that hangs overhead in summertime (from the Northern Hemisphere; Aussies see it at the horizon).  Astronomers think they see a clump of material that might be at the distance from the star similar to Neptune’s distance from the sun.  It might take 300 years for the clump to orbit.Try not to get too excited, astronomers.  There is not much data to go on.  The articles are talking 95% model, 5% data.  This little clump is not going to save your theories (see 05/30/2003 headline).  EurekAlert exclaims that Vega has “a planetary system around it which is more like our own Solar System than any other so far discovered.”  Hold your horses.  Vega is not the kind of star you would want to live around unless you like getting cooked well done.  There is a need in modern science for judicious restraint.  Scientists need to learn to subdue the news reporters who are watering at the mouth for juicy manna from the gods.  Tell them if they went to Vega’s clump they would make a fine burnt offering.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Oscar, winner!

first_img22 September 2004After a good start on the first weekend of the Paralympic Games in Athens, South African athletes have continued raking in the medals, with double amputee Oscar Pistorius putting in two very different but equally sensational performances in the 200 metres. Pistorius, who was born without shin bones, captured the imagination of the Athens crowd in his qualifying heat on Monday when he fell at the start. Instead of throwing in the towel, he scrambled back to his feet and took off in pursuit of his opposition.Incredibly, he not only caught up with the rest of the field, he passed them – his winning time of 23.42 seconds a double amputee world record.Mind-blowing recordOn Tuesday evening Pistorius was in action again, this time in the final, facing a field made up of single amputees. Unhindered by a poor start, he destroyed his opposition, obliterating the world record with a mind-blowing time of 21.97 seconds. The previous mark was 22.71.To put that performance in perspective, (able-bodied athlete) Juliet Campbell captured Olympic gold in the women’s 200 metres in 22.05 seconds, while Leigh Julius, running for South Africa in the 200 metres men’s heats at Athens, clocked 20.80.After the event, Pistorius declared himself “tired” and said all he wished to do was to return to his room and rest up for the 100 metres. He must be a favourite to add a second medal to his collection in that race.Brian Frasure, the American whose world record Pistorius shattered, and the man who built the South African’s racing prosthetics, finished third in the race, and declared the 17-year-old’s performance “absolutely amazing”. He reckons Pistorius’s time of 21.97 will translate to a sub-11 second 100 metres.Third consecutive Paralympic gold for PringleThere was another gold on the track for South Africa when Malcolm Pringle, running in the 800 metres for athletes with cerebral palsy, cracked the world record with a superb run of 1:58.90 seconds.It was Pringle’s third Paralympic 800 metres gold in succession, as well as an emotional victory; Pringle dedicated his win to his best friend, Gert van der Merwe, who died in August 2002 after failing to regain consciousness following surgery on a leg injury. Van der Merwe competed in the Paralympics in Sydney in 2000, winning gold in the shot put for cerebral palsied athletes.Controversial silver for Van DykErnst van Dyk had to settle for silver in the 1 500 metres for wheelchair athletes, but it was a controversial result. Van Dyk controlled the pace from the start of the race but, with 200 metres to go, Mexico’s Saul Mendoza cut across Van Dyk in the sprint for the finish line.The South African athlete’s left wheel was forced off the ground as he took evasive action, which also cost him some momentum. Van Dyk fought back, closing down the gap, but in the end the Mexican finished 0.41 seconds ahead of the star from Paarl.Ampie Louw, manager of the South African team, lodged an appeal on Van Dyk’s behalf, but when it became clear that it would be difficult to prove Mendoza’s infraction, the protest was withdrawn.Van Dyk accepted the result with good grace, declaring himself happy with the silver. He will have plenty of opportunities to better than result, as he takes on an extremely busy schedule that includes the 400 metres, the 800 metres, the 5 000 metres, and the marathon.More track silvers, bronzeNathan Meyer captured silver in the 200 metres for the visually impaired. He finished third in the race, but the USA’s Royal Mitchell was later disqualified and Meyer moved up to second.Hilton Langenhoven added silver in the long jump to South Africa’s collection with a leap of 7.03 metres for visually impaired athletes. He will also compete in the javelin, 100 metres and 200 metres.Bev Mashinini, competing in the women’s javelin for cerebral palsied athletes, threw 21.94 metres with her fifth throw, to capture the bronze medal. Speaking afterwards, she said she knew the throw was a good one because it left her shoulder sore!Teboho Mokgalagadi, whose disability is spastic diplegic, set a world record in the 100 metres heats, clocking 13.07 seconds.Second gold for Du ToitIn the swimming pool, Natalie du Toit landed her second gold medal, winning the 100 metres freestyle in 1:02.83. Her winning time was a Paralympic record, but just outside the world record of 1:02.72 that she set in Barcelona last year.Du Toit just missed out on a medal in the 100 metres breaststroke, finishing fourth and over six seconds behind world record holder Sisse Egeborg of Denmark.The Cape Town swimmer wasn’t disappointed by the result, saying she knew she wouldn’t do well in the breaststroke, but that the event was useful in preparing her for her next challenge, the 200 metres individual medley.Second silver for FieldScott Field followed up on his silver medal in the 100 metres butterfly with another silver in the 400 metres freestyle for the visually impaired. He admitted to some surprise at the result, saying he hadn’t expected to do so well in the race.On a sad note, South African team flag bearer Rosabelle Riese suffered a broken left leg in a freak accident after falling from her wheelchair while boarding the team bus on Monday.Cape Town-based Riese was due to participate in the table tennis doubles competition along with Alet Moll. Moll will still participate in the single’s table tennis event.last_img read more

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Philip Glass, Music Apps, And The Future Of The Album

first_imgjohn paul titlow The best part is Glass Machine, a stand-alone feature that lets users remix and build their own minimalist compositions using an interface that is both atypical and easy to use. The controls along the bottom let you adjust tempo and rhythm, filter the sound and choose between piano, organ and synthesizer. The rest of the screen is occupied by two giant circles, both of which contain a single, smaller circle that can be pinched and moved around to adjust the melody. It’s a way of manipulating sound that will look unfamiliar to even experienced digital audio producers, but is completely intuitive to just about everyone. REWORK for iPad costs $10. That’s pricey for an app, but pretty cheap for a full-length album you can interact with. With Some Tweaks, This Model Could Work For ArtistsREWORK_(Philip Glass Remixed) could be even better. People should be able to record and save their Glass Machine compositions. Then they’d be free to share them online and bring them into other audio-editing software to build something completely new on top of them. Weaving in such an open-source spirit might help counter the “walled garden” issue of putting an album into a native apps. If the app came with a code to unlock a digital download – much like vinyl records do these days – purchasing it would be a no brainer for just about any fan. That way, you could experience the interactivity and fluid animations, but also be able to take the music itself with you anywhere and play it on any player. Musicians complain about how easy it is to download MP3s without paying for them. In age when artists are struggling to figure out how to thrive in a digital, mobile world, apps like REWORK offer a few hints about how the music-as-an-app model could work. An experience like this would be much harder for people to pirate, for example. Building stuff like this is expensive, of course, and limiting sales to a single platform is an issue. But there might be a real opportunity here for a smart startup to sell app-building tools to labels and artists.If artists can design something fans would love interacting with and that offered enough value above and beyond the audio itself, the people who care most would shell out $10 or $15. I know I would.  Tags:#apps#digital music#iPad#music#tablets 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The new Philip Glass album is completely mesmerizing. I don’t mean the CD, or the MP3 download or even the vinyl version – I mean the app. In addition to more traditional formats, the famed composer has released REWORK, a compilation of remixes, as an iPad app. An immersive, interactive and incredibly cool iPad app. Normally, releasing an album in the form of an app would seem like a dumb idea. All the open-source-minded, anti-walled-garden, Web-is-better-than-native-apps advocates out there would agree. Why trap your creative hard work behind the impenetrable wall of a proprietary mobile application? I couldn’t agree more, in theory, but something about the REWORK_(Philip Glass Remixed) app for iPad has me wondering if this apps-as-albums concept might be a surprisingly large part of music’s future. As I’m writing this on my laptop, my iPad is propped up next to me. Just beyond my direct field of vision, there’s an array of cubes floating in 3D space, flowing like water to the rhythm of the drums backing this electronic soundscape I’m listening to in my headphones. If I touch the screen, some of the blocks fly upwards. If I move my finger across the screen, more blocks are disrupted in its path. Limited Functionality Never Felt So GoodThat’s about the extent to which I can interact with the music as it plays. I can’t even fast-forward through each song. But that’s okay. Like a vinyl record, I’m forced to listen to each song or skip it entirely (which takes a few taps, so it’s slightly more cumbersome than we’ve become used to). I can’t help but feel like this app was deliberately designed to encourage me to enjoy the album from start to finish. To quiet my brain’s 21st Century instinct to jump around, to fast-toward, to hit Shuffle. If I want to dip my finger into the liquid digital visualization going on as the song plays, that’s fine. But I can’t skip around. I can’t minimize this app and do other things without cutting off the audio. It’s incredibly simple functionality, but it’s mesmerizing, like some kind of futuristic boombox.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts last_img read more

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Dhoni questions Dravid’s controversial dismissal

first_imgIndian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday questioned the third umpire’s controversial decision to rule Rahul Dravid out even though television replays did not show any edge off the bat during his side’s first ODI against England here. “There are quite a few things (about that dismissal).There was no mark on the Hot Spot, no visual deflection and the umpire had given not out. The benefit of doubt in such cases go to the batsman,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference after the match was abandoned due to heavy rain. “I still don’t know how exactly he was given out. Whether it was off snicko-meter; whether snicko is allowed to be used; whether it was an audio technician or a third umpire who gave him out. There are any number of fair questions to be asked; why should not the benefit of doubt go to a batsman?” Dhoni asked. Dhoni was worried at the ever-growing list of injured players in the Indian camp after Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma joined the casualty list list today. “We could do with 15 more players, initially I said what could have gone wrong did go wrong. But it has only increased since then,” stated Dhoni While Tendulkar has an inflamed right toe, Rohit got his right index finger fractured during the Indian innings. “Coming from India and performing here straightaway can be difficult. We are fighting with whatever resources we’ve got. May be increasing the strength of the team can be the key. We could look at travelling with 18 players if needed,” he said. Dhoni confirmed that the team would be asking for Rohit’s replacement straightaway as the right-handed batsman is definitely out for the rest of the series. “Rohit would be visiting a specialist and it’s almost certain he would not play any further in this series. Tendulkar will also see a specialist. It’s an old injury which has flared up. He had practice with us last evening but this morning it flared up,” Dhoni informed. He said India would have won the match had England got only to 20 overs to play and with 164 to win. England were 27 for two in 7.2 overs when rain interrupted and match abandoned later. “A lot has happened in this series. This alone (abandonment) was left. It could have been difficult for them to get close to 130 runs in 12 overs. It was a difficult target to achieve as we had bowled well in the first seven overs,” he said. The Indian captain was all praise for his top order batsmen for posting 274 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. “They (the openers) batted well. What was important was to see off new ball. It initially swings at this time of the year. What we wanted was stable partnership. They were careful initial but then nicely built up their innings. After Rahane was out, Parthiv made sure he had some partnership so that lower order batsmen could come and score runs. “It was important knock for them. If you think, these players will be playing in next 3-4 years time. They did it against a good bowling attack and when the most experienced players in your side were missing. It’s a big learning experience for them and it would help them in future.” Dhoni, however, said that his side did not quite capitalize on the fine start of the top order. “We were a few runs short because we lost Rohit. We wanted to cash in on the slog overs, get as many runs as possible without taking too many risks.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Vijay’s Sarkar: All you need to know about the big Diwali 2018 release

first_imgThe teaser of Sarkar is setting new records with every passing day, and fans of Vijay are mighty excited about the film. Sarkar is the biggest release down South this Diwali. And going by the hype around the Vijay-starrer, looks like the film will set new box office records in K-Town.Starring Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi, Radha Ravi and real-life politician Palah Karupaih, Sarkar comes across as a political actioner. After Mersal, AR Rahman has teamed up with Vijay again for this film.But why is Sarkar so special?Take a look at some of the reasons why Sarkar looks like the perfect Diwali blockbuster.SUN PICTURESSun Pictures, a reputed banner in the Tamil film industry that is more involved in film distribution than in production, has bankrolled Sarkar. Rajinikanth’s Enthiran, which hit the screens in 2010, was Sun Pictures’ last production venture. After eight years, the production house is backing this Vijay film. It is common knowledge that Sun Pictures introduced the concept of aggressive promotion in Tamil cinema. Sarkar too is bound to get the same treatment.VIJAY AND POLITICSVijay has never tried to hide his political ambitions. His political desires are more conspicuous now than ever before. At the audio launch of Sarkar, Vijay subtly announced that he also has his eyes set on the throne. He took a subtle dig at the Congress party and the current politicians of Tamil Nadu. Sarkar, which has a lot of political innuendos, might become the starting point of Vijay’s political career.advertisementSUNDAR PICHAIIn a recent interview, AR Murugadoss, the director of the film, announced that the lead character played by Vijay is inspired by Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google. Talking to a Tamil magazine, Murugadoss revealed that they wanted to meet Sundar before starting the film, but failed to do so. But the director has plans to meet him after the release of Sarkar.VIJAY AND AR MURUGADOSS: CRACKER OF A COMBODirector AR Murugadoss has an impeccable track record in Tamil cinema and is yet to face a failure. In addition to that, whenever he has teamed up with Vijay, he has churned out blockbusters. Both their collaborations Thuppaki and Kaththi are superhits. It looks like Sarkar will also join the list. In addition to that, AR Murugadoss has always brought out an ultra-stylish version of Vijay in his films. In Thuppaki, Vijay’s look and body language turned out to be the biggest reason behind the film’s success. Likewise, in Sarkar, for the first time, Vijay is sporting a different look and it has already become a major hit with his fans.VIJAY’S CHARACTER IN SARKARVijay is playing the role of a ‘corporate criminal’ in Sarkar. AR Murugadoss revealed that Vijay will also have negative shades in the film and he will go through a life-changing moment and will use his corporate gimmicks for a good cause. Contrary to the rumours, Vijay is not playing the role of a politician.ALSO SEE | AR Murugadoss warns Sarkar cast about giving interviews. Here’s whyALSO WATCH: Tamil actor Vijay hints at joining politicslast_img read more

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YOUTH WORLD CUP 20’S ANNOUNCEMENT

first_imgThe ATA would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent Australia in the Youth World Cup 20 Years Mens, Womens and Mixed sides. The players listed below are those who have accepted their position in the respective teams. The Youth World Cup is being held at Kawana, on the Sunshine Coast, from January 19-23 2005. MENS 20’S: Jai Ayoub- NSW Andrew Baggio- NSW Matt Bird- NSW James Harrington- Qld Tory Hipperson- Qld Mark Kovacic- NSW Troy Malcolm- NSW Jay Miller- NSW Justin Mitchell- Qld Chris Rawlinson- NSW Sebe Rey- Qld Mitch Tope- NSW Clint Withers- Qld Mens 20 years coach: Sam Ayoub Mens 20 years Assistant Coach: Michael Lovett Mens 20 years Manager: Gary Rose WOMENS 20’S: Kate Basely- NSW Nicole Beck- NSW Kristin Boss- NSW Natalie Giles- NSW Jess Howe- NSW Melinda Ingram- ACT Kirstie Jenkins- NSW Laura Marvin- NSW Mel McCall- NSW Kelly McGennity- Qld Nicole McHugh- NSW Rachel Reid- Qld Claire Winchester- NSW Roxy Winder- Qld Womens 20 years Coach: Kathy O’Brien Womens 20 years Assistant Coach: Jackie Patrick Womens 20 years Manager: Sue Salter MIXED 20’S: Tegan Considine- NSW Jarah Jennings- Qld Lehetta Lane- NSW Tara Mako- Qld Lauren McDonald- Qld Katie Shaw- Qld Matthew Baker- Qld Daniel Brown- NSW Scott Buckley- NSW David Denning- Qld Nathan Harrison- Qld Mark Holloway- Tas Matt McDonald- Qld Shannon Miller- NSW Mixed 20 years Coach: John Singh Mixed 20 years Assistant Coach: Karley Banks Mixed 20 years Manager: Frank Curranlast_img read more

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November Recipients – TFA Volunteer Medal

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) congratulations the following members who are the deserving recipients of the TFA Volunteer Medal for November.Ashley Pedley (QLD)Rohan Greaves (VIC)Jo Cianter (QLD)Ashley, Rohan and Jo continue to dedicate countless hours of time and effort towards growing our game via their local associations. A critical contribution that does not go unnoticed. To view their impressive list of allocates click here.TFA sincerely thanks Ashley, Rohan and Jo for their contributions.The TFA volunteer medal is an initiative created to recognise those within our sport who provide ongoing support, and demonstrate a positive example as a member of their local Touch Football community.Affiliates across the country can nominate deserving applicants through an online survey providing an opportunity to recognise the ongoing support that drives the sport and makes a significant difference to our participants experience.To nominate your volunteer, click here. To read the criteria and nomination process, click here.last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new deal

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Mason Greenwood is set to sign a new deal.The teen proved the matchwinner for their Europa League victory over Astana.”We are always in talks with the boys, about how we look at their future, and Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us,” said Solskjaer afterwards.”It is natural for Mason to play football, score goals and be in and around the box. He knows how to finish. “He showed glimpses today of what he can become.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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