first_imgBehind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week TCU 360 Staff Twitter TCU News Now 4/28/2021 printThis week on TCU News Now, an update on the investigation of an assistant coach at TCU and one football player’s attempt to make it to the pros. Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices + posts ReddIt TCU 360 Staff Facebook TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University.center_img Twitter TCU 360 Staff TCU News Now 4/21/2021 Facebook TCU News Now 4/14/2021 Linkedin Previous articleMen’s tennis hosts rematch with No. 12 ColumbiaNext articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: Bracket Season TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU 360 Staff Pantone: Color of the year 2020 ReddIt Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgOlderDunn steps down from chief financial role at Gatwick The news makes Eurowings the first airline in the Lufthansa Group to operate scheduled flights from the new capital city airport.In domestic traffic, Eurowings currently connects the destinations Cologne, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart with the capital at least three times a day – on many days even more frequently.Despite a reduced flight schedule as a result of Covid-19, the airline is focusing on the off-peak hours, which are popular with travellers. – Advertisement – The domestic German program is supplemented by weekly flights to the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands. Eurowings plans to gradually expand the Berlin Brandenburg program in line with market conditions from spring 2021 onwards.“In terms of culture and history, there is hardly a more exciting European city than Berlin. – Advertisement – NewerMSC Magnifica suspends sailings until late December “The new Berlin Brandenburg will further increase Berlin’s attractiveness, becoming the entrance and exit gate to a cool, modern metropolis. “And no other airline in Germany flies more tourists to Berlin than Eurowings. “That’s why we will be expanding here in the future,” said Jens Bischof, Eurowings chief executive.Aircraft from Eurowings will be positioned at the Pier North of the new capital city airport. Passengers will benefit from short distances, boarding without bus transfers and a direct building connection to the Lufthansa Lounge. Eurowings has taken off from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport for the first time. The inaugural departure left for Cologne, closely followed by flight EW8000 to Stuttgart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img A leading commentator in France declared earlier this week that the transfer was a “done deal”. Ferguson has previously insisted the 27-year-old would be at Manchester United next season and it appears that attitude has not changed. “I don’t think there is anything in that at all,” said Ferguson. Rooney will be part of the United squad that faces Aston Villa on Monday. Ferguson added: “There are a few bumps and bruises from West Ham on Wednesday. Nemanja Vidic has a beautiful bruise on his cheek bone. I am quite happy to get out of that war zone without a serious injury.” Rooney was taken off at Upton Park, although Ferguson insists there are no issues with the 27-year-old – even if there is no update on the likelihood of summer contract talks. “I couldn’t tell you about that (contract talks),” he said. “As far as taking him off the other night it was simple – he wasn’t playing as well as Shinji Kagawa was. In so many games Wayne Rooney is better than most players. But on the night Shinji was playing so well.” The clash between Andy Carroll and David de Gea at Upton Park sparked heated discussion about the use of video to bring retrospective action. Whilst Carroll’s challenge has been dismissed as nothing more than robust by some, others, including Ferguson, felt it merited dismissal. Retrospective action is highly unlikely, though, as the incident was seen by the referee at the time. It follows on from recent incidents involving Callum McManaman and Sergio Aguero, both of which seemed to be worthy of a red card but no further action was taken in either case. “I don’t know where they are now. I really have no idea,” said Ferguson. “I don’t think there is any clarity now. It’s difficult to go through all the ones you’re talking about. I think it was a red card – I don’t think there is any dispute. “I think Sam has masked that by talking about being robbed in the game. That masked the fact they should have had 10 men. But it didn’t happen and it doesn’t bother me now. It’s gone, it doesn’t affect us anymore.” Press Associationcenter_img Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed speculation that Wayne Rooney will join Paris St Germain in the summer.last_img read more

first_imgGhana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantekyi has arrived in Khartoum for final campaigning ahead of the CAF executive committee elections fully confident he can clinch that seat.Nyantekyi is seeking to ensure Ghanaian representation at the highest decision making level of the continental football governing body after more than a twenty years without any.“Given the progress Ghana football has made, I think it is important that we are represented at the major decision making level too but we must work for it,” Nyatekyi told “We have done that so far but next few days will be crucial even though I am confident it will go well.”The elections are due to take place next Thursday. Meanwhile, the GFA boss’ chances have received a major boost with news that Togolese Tata Avesi has opted out of the race to throw his weight behind Nyantekyi.He will now go up against Benin FA president Anjorin Moucharafu and Niger’s Hima Souley.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

first_imgRob Green and Alejandro Faurlin return to the QPR side for their game at Hull.Keeper Green is available again after serving a one-match ban, while Faurlin has been passed fit after recently taking a knock to his knee.Their return means that Alex Smithies and midfielder Daniel Tozser are dropped to the substitutes’ bench.Hull’s bench includes Shaun Maloney, who returns to the squad following a hamstring problem.Hull: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Bruce, Robertson, Huddlestone, Davies, Clucas, Diame, Aluko, Hernandez.Subs: Jakupovic, Taylor, Meyler, Hayden, Elmohamady, Maloney, Akpom.QPR: Green; Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin; Phillips, Luongo, Chery; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hall, Gladwin, Doughty, Mackie, Emmanuel-Thomas, Tozser.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe editors of a leading geology journal consider the possibility that one of their core concepts is a mere paradigm.Thomas Kuhn left an indelible mark on philosophy of science with his 1962 bombshell book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn was the one who gave us the phrase “paradigm shift” and the portrayal of scientists working in guilds, beholden to their colleagues, unable to think outside the box of conventional theories that may or may not have anything to do with reality. Many scientists working under the assumption of “scientific realism” pretend Kuhn’s concerns have been dealt with, but his name turned up once again in a rare case of self-examination by editors of a journal that should represent rock-solid realism: the journal Geology.The occasion was a re-examination of a core principle in geology, the study of “sequence stratigraphy.” This important branch of geology interprets the time sequence of strata between unconformities. The basic idea is that each layer was deposited after the one below; it’s intuitive, simple, and straightforward. It can be represented in 2-D models. There may be dips in the strata, but each one was laid down depending on the sediment supply and the ability of a landform to accommodate it, perhaps as sea levels rose and sank over time.Now, that simple model has come under question by Andrew Madof and two colleagues in a paper in Geology, “Nearshore along-strike variability: Is the concept of the systems tract unhinged?”Sequence stratigraphic models assume that nearshore strata have relatively consistent and laterally persistent stacking at the systems tract scale and therefore may not fully describe the three-dimensional stratigraphic architecture in areas displaying marked nearshore along-strike variability. A stratigraphic model of nearshore deposits is presented that corrects for this assumption by explaining variations in along-strike stratal geometries in terms of a systematic change in the orientation of a shoreline trend or clinoform rollover, a scenario comparable to deflection around a hinge. The model defines hinge zones that are both fixed and moving with respect to time, and was created from outcrop, well-log, and seismic reflection data. Model end members predict contemporaneous progradational, aggradational, and retrogradational stacking bounded by surfaces displaying significant along-strike changes in architecture, implying that sequence stratigraphic surfaces can be diachronous.The details may be of interest to specialists. Suffice it to say that the Editors of Geology were impressed enough to conjure up the spirit of Kuhn over this sea change in thinking. Their concerns are expressed in an open-access editorial, “The future of the sequence stratigraphy paradigm: Dealing with a variable third dimension.” They ask if sequence stratigraphy is a method, a model, or a paradigm.So is sequence stratigraphy a method, or a model, or both? Following on from this it is important to ask, after just over 50 years of development since the original work of Sloss (1949,), how should the method and model continue to develop? To answer these questions, it is perhaps useful to think of sequence stratigraphy as a paradigm; that is, a framework of theories, methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes a legitimate contribution to a field of science (Kuhn, 1962). As a paradigm, sequence stratigraphy is both method and model, and it is certainly possible in this case to progress from careful, objective observation to interpretation following certain theoretical models. However, it is also possible, as Kuhn (1962) points out, that the paradigm dominates thinking and observation, to the extent that it can make sufficiently objective observation and independent testing of the model elements difficult. In which case, it is very important to constantly review the various elements of the paradigm to check that they are performing well, and to encourage modifications or additional elements, to include new developments from theory and experiment, and to address relatively weak areas. Madof et al. is an example of a possibly useful additional element to the method, and this and other areas for possible modification are discussed here.It’s not surprising that the editors maintain the paradigm in the end. Would they, of all people, take decades and even centuries of thinking and toss it overboard? Unlikely. They do show, nevertheless, a refreshing openness to consider that conventional wisdom about sequence stratigraphy could need major repairs if not a complete overhaul.Science is about a progression of ideas, methods, and data, and even well-established paradigms change, sometimes through evolution, and sometimes through rapid revolution. Given this, it seems highly unlikely that sequence stratigraphy will stay as it is. More likely is that it will evolve and change as our knowledge and understanding grows, particularly through new methods that lead to new data and new understanding. Read Madof et al. (2016) with this in mind.If Kuhn is right, though, their bets on evolution instead of revolution are based on hunches. And even evolutionary change can lead to radical revisions, given enough time.Incidentally, Science Magazine reviewed a new book about Kuhn’s thesis 50 years after its debut (actually, 54 years). “Kuhn’s book, like the scientific revolutions it documents, initiated a paradigm shift in the way we think about scientific practice,” reviewer Sandra D. Mitchell writes, pointing out its enduring legacy. “Rather than seeing scientific change solely as rational progress—a slow climb up the mountain of truth—we now view it as a socially produced, psychologically influenced, and somewhat disjointed change of explanatory frameworks.”We invite creation geologists to read these two papers and comment. How drastic a change does the Madof paper represent? Are there implications for interpreting the ages of strata? (Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img(Visited 408 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Secularists put too much hope on some aspects of Earth-like exoplanets, but sometimes reality keeps their imaginations in check.Titanic blunder: One of the most extreme cases of astrobiological folly in recent memory is the public presentation of Titan as a more habitable place for humans than Mars. and Fox News Science, fully aware that it’s -290°F at the surface of this large moon of Saturn, joined in this imagination fest, lured by the thought of free energy. Cassini scientist Amanda Hendrix and co-author Yuk Yang look at all the free oil and wind power down there, as if that’s all that matters. No food, no oxygen, and a billion miles of space travel are minor matters to these speculators who will never have to be held accountable for their ideas, since they will be long gone by the time humans leap the technological hurdles to even get there, let alone be able to land without freezing solid instantly. Besides those challenges, future settlers had better not bring or manufacture oxygen, otherwise with all the hydrocarbons present in the atmosphere, the settlement will go kablooey first time someone lights a match.Artwork for one of Cassini’s 127 Titan encountersBlunders like this come from focusing on one aspect of habitability to the exclusion of others. Titan orbits within Saturn’s magnetosphere 95% of the time, where it is exposed to high-energy charged particles. Lacking a magnetic field of its own, it is exposed to the deadly solar wind the other 5% of the time. Furthermore, Titan’s atmosphere is poisoned with acetylene, benzene and other toxins. It has smog, obscuring any view of the stars from the surface. And it is so deadly cold, any life form not continuously heated would die instantly. The ice on Titan is so cold, in fact, it behaves like solid rock. The only places for boat recreation are lakes of liquid methane and ethane. Titan does not seem like a fun place for humans to go, even with all that free oil. The occasional speculations about microbes on Titan seem highly unrealistic. If evolutionists cannot figure out how microbes came into being on an ideal planet like Earth, how can they imagine it happening on a world where all the water is locked up in ice?TRAPPIST Entrapment: A few weeks ago, the news media hyped the TRAPPIST-1 star as a place to look for life. Its seven planets, three within the ‘habitable zone’ where liquid water might exist, excited the imaginations of astrobiologists leaking their hopeful dreams to the press. Now, there’s bad news. Mike Wall reports on, “The potentially Earth-like planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may not be so conducive to life after all, two new studies report.” The onslaught of flares and outbursts from the parent star likely destroyed the atmospheres of all these planets, if they have or had them. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb says with humorous understatement, “This would hurt the chances of life forming or persisting.” The blessings we enjoy on Earth stand out in this excerpt:But it gets worse. Because the TRAPPIST-1 system is so tightly packed, the star’s magnetic field has likely connected with those of the planets, allowing stellar-wind particles to flow directly onto the worlds’ atmospheres, the researchers found. This has probably caused atmospheric degradation, and the worlds may even have lost their air entirely.“The Earth’s magnetic field acts like a shield against the potentially damaging effects of the solar wind,” study leader Cecilia Garraffo of the CfA said in the same statement. “If Earth were much closer to the sun and subjected to the onslaught of particles like the TRAPPIST-1 star delivers, our planetary shield would fail pretty quickly.”The type of star matters to habitability, emphasizes. Having studied the destructive power of red dwarf stars, known for their flaring behavior, one co-author cautioned, “our work and the work of our colleagues shows we should also target as many stars as possible that are more like the Sun.”The shooting gallery: A paper in PLoS One examines the biological effects of exposure to space outside the Earth’s protective shield. It begins, “During interplanetary flights in the near future, a human organism will be exposed to prolonged periods of a hypomagnetic field that is 10,000 times weaker than that of Earth’s.” The authors are primarily interested in the source of the magnetic sense in humans and animals, but they acknowledge that “Nonspecific magnetoreception could be of fundamental importance in terms of health risks caused by a chronic EM exposure of humans and biosphere.”This would hurt the chances of life forming or persisting.No fans for popular stars: Another article on indicates that “cool stars favoured by exoplanet hunters” are unlikely to be habitable, even though more abundant than solar-type stars. Because an exoplanet’s habitable zone would be closer into a cool star, it would be exposed to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) at closer range. NASA Goddard scientists evaluated one such star (V374 Pegasi) and thought about conditions on a planet in the habitable zone, even if the planet had a magnetic shield:When a CME impacts a planet, it compresses the planet’s magnetosphere, a protective magnetic bubble shielding the planet. Extreme CMEs can exert enough pressure to shrink a magnetosphere so much that it exposes a planet’s atmosphere, which can then be swept away from the planet. This could in turn leave the planetary surface and any potential developing lifeforms exposed to harmful X-rays from the nearby host star….“While these cool stars may be the most abundant, and seem to offer the best prospects for finding life elsewhere, we find that they can be a lot more dangerous to live around due to their CMEs” said Marc Kornbleuth, a graduate student involved in the project.The results suggest that an exoplanet would need a magnetic field ten to several thousand times that of Earth’s to shield their atmosphere from the cool star’s CMEs. As many as five impacts a day could occur for planets near the ACS [Astrospherical Current Sheet], but the rate decreases to one every other day for planets with an inclined orbit.Law of mass action: What if Earth were 50% bigger? Live Science says it would preclude our space program. It already takes 80-90% of the mass of a rocket just for propellant to launch humans into space. At some point, as the mass of a planet grows, it reaches a point of diminishing returns, making escape impossible. Astronaut Donald Pettit used the Tsiolkovsky Rocket Equation to figure out that limit. If earth were 50% more massive, he says, space travel with current rocket technology would be impossible. He didn’t figure what effects the greater mass would have on life, including human life, which would be correspondingly weighed down by excess gravity. If you feel sluggish now, think of carrying that extra weight! This would put a damper on the Olympics.Good news, bad news: Two guys, Batista and Sloan, worked out at the University of Oxford. At The Conversation, they say, “We worked out what it would take to wipe out all life on a planet – and it’s good news for alien hunters.” The good news is that tardigrades (tiny but hardy animals) would probably survive extinction-level events, such as asteroid impacts, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts. The bad news is that humans and sentient beings probably would not. So unless one believes tardigrades are capable of radio astronomy, SETI should not be aiming telescopes at exoplanets that have been hit recently. There’s a lesson for habitability, too: planets subject to frequent bombardment by such terrors probably should not be considered habitable, even if all the other factors are present.What is nature? A product of design or chance? Photo by David CoppedgeDo you get the impression that Earth might be so unique, so special, that it might be designed? (see 7/10/17). Why is that not a scientific conclusion? Must we force all observations into a materialistic, purposeless worldview? Our scientist of the month didn’t think so.last_img read more

first_img7 June 2006May to October are the driest months of the year for the northern parts of South Africa. Now a fire map broadcast nightly on the SABC’s weather reports will be able to show active fires throughout the country, as detected by satellites over the preceding 12 hours.The maps are just one result of a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and power utility Eskom.The Advanced Fire Information System (AFIS) is a satellite-based system, able to provide information on developing wildfires in near real-time, as the data is updated every 15 minutes.The first fire map was broadcast on Tuesday 6 June, and showed fire activity across the country for the preceding twelve hours.“This is a prime example of a private-public sector partnership, using the power of science and technology outcomes, to the benefit of the public,” said CSIR president Dr Sibusiso Sibisi.“Through the CSIR’s research expertise, and its application for Eskom, people will get a better understanding of the extent and threat of fires in South Africa.”Fire damageAccording to the CSIR sub-Saharan Africa has the highest frequency of fires in the world. While wildfire is a natural phenomenon, people are responsible for most fires, sometimes with devastating consequences for humans, animals (wild and livestock), vegetation and infrastructure. In 2002, wild fires cost South Africa more than R300-million in damage to infrastructure, loss and grazing land and livestock.With seed funding from the Department of Agriculture, the Satellite Applications Centre at Hartebeesthoek, north-west of Johannesburg, was able to upgrade its facilities to receive and process Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) imagery.Eskom maintains high-tension power lines that cross many of the areas most at risk of runaway wildfires.Eskom first implemented AFIS in June 2004, scanning a buffer of five kilometres along all transmission lines, searching for any fire hot-spots at 15 minute time intervals. The system has since grown to provide countrywide data.The system was developed in collaboration with the University of Maryland and Nasa’s Earth Observation Systems.Satellite imagingTwo sets of satellites provide fire data for AFIS: the geostationary Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) that scans every 15 minutes; and Nasa’s Aqua and Terra satellites, which together provide an additional four high resolution MODIS scans each day.“Whenever the satellite takes an image, it will look for specific brightnesses … and look for anomalies,” Frederic Claudel, a CSIR researcher told Tectonic magazine.Basically, the satellites sense anomalies in brightness and temperature caused by large fires. The MSG satellite will detect fires once they have reached a size of approximately 500m2, while the Nasa satellites can, in ideal conditions, detect fires as small as 50m2.It won’t pick up a barbecue in your garden, said Claudel, but it will flag the more serious fires in your region.As soon as a fire is detected, SMS’s and e-mails are sent out to the relevant agencies, often the first warning that is received.All of the fire data is available on a publicly accessible website, including historical fire data, a useful resource for many researchers.“As AFIS is a new system, we are still experimenting and improving the system,” said Eskom’s Hein Vosloo.Visit the Advanced Fire Information Service website to view the latest fire data reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_img17 March 2006South Africa’s Natalie du Toit, who won the first David Dixon Award for the Outstanding Athlete of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, has broken the world record in the 50 metres freestyle for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.South Africa’s opening ceremony flag bearer lowered her own world mark of 29.35, which she set at Manchester in 2002, to 29.32 in the heats for the event.Du Toit previously competed at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998 as an able-bodied athlete. In 2001, her left leg was amputated below the knee after she was involved in an accident on her scooter.A year later, at the 2002 Games in Manchester, she won both the 50 and 100 metres freestyle events and made the final of the 800 metres freestyle for able-bodied athletes. It was the first time in history that an athlete with a disability had qualified for the final of an able-bodied event at a major championship.In Manchester, she broke four world records in a single day, competing in the heats and finals.In 2003, at the All-Africa Games, competing against able-bodied swimmers, Du Toit won gold in the 800 metres freestyle. She also claimed silver in the 800 metres freestyle and bronze in the 400 metres freestyle at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games.At the Paralympics in Athens in 2004, Du Toit excelled, winning five gold medals and one silver medal. In the same year, she was nominated for the 2004 Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with Disability Award.A year later, at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup, she won three gold medals. She was also named SA Sportswoman of the Year.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat holds Ousmane Dembele in a high regard, amid the uncertainty surrounding his Barcelona futureThe 21-year-old forward has struggled to make an impact at Camp Nou following his €105m transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.And now Dembele’s troubles at Barcelona have been brought into the spotlight amid reports of an uneasy relationship with manager Ernesto Valverde.Due to this, Dembele has been linked with a January move to Arsenal with Barcelona legend Rivaldo suggesting that the Frenchman is trying to force an exit.Now Mislintat, who helped recruit Dembele to Dortmund while he worked at the German club, has done little to deny these reports.“I saw him, he had not even played for Stade Rennes in the first team,” Mislintat told Zeit.“I bet he did not know which foot he used in certain situations because he just did not think about it.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I felt this is a really special player.”Mislintat, who joined Arsenal last year and helped wager a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, holds no hard feelings towards Dembele for his behaviour in the summer of 2017.Upon learning of Barcelona’s interest in him, Dembele refused to attend training sessions at Dortmund in an attempt to force a move to Catalonia.“Ousmane did not come to training – right,” added Mislintat.“But this ability to develop strategies to exploit every gap was worth gold on the field.“Ousmane decided to play games for us and was significantly responsible for the 2017 cup victory.“Many of these top players who make the difference come from different environments, where they became hungry for promotion and success. They have a special intrinsic motivation.”last_img read more