West Brom want River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario and ahead of Spurs in chase

first_imgWest Brom have joined Tottenham in the race for River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario, according to reports in his native Argentina.The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals in 21 league games so far this term and is attracting interest from across Europe.Paris Saint-Germain and Lazio are keeping tabs on his progress while Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to hold a long-standing interest in his compatriot.But now, according to Argentine newspaper Ole, it is West Brom who have edged ahead of the chasing pack.River Plate are in no hurry to sell the talented 24-year-old but, with his release clause set at a reasonably affordable £15.5m, the decision may be out of their hands.West Brom struggled for goals all season with none of their players managing double figures in the Premier League so fresh attacking talent is said to be high on their shopping list. 1 River Plate hotshot Lucas Alario last_img read more

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Spartans baseball players honored at team banquet

first_imgThe Red Bluff Spartans varsity baseball team wrapped up the season with its team banquet Friday. The team went 9-6 with a second place finish in the EAL-SRL. The season ended with a loss in a third consecutive trip to the DII Northern Section championship game. The Spartans had four all league selections and one honorable mention for the season. The league’s coaches vote for the all league and honorable mention players and a coach may not vote for his own player. Tanner Tweedt, Payton …last_img read more

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Habitable Planets Just Got Much More Rare

first_imgIf this scientist’s theory about the origin of magnetic fields is correct, habitable planets will be few and far between.Earth has a magnetic field sufficient to support life. Venus does not. Why does “Earth’s twin” lack this protective shield?According to secular geophysicists, a magnetic field is generated by a dynamo in a planet’s interior. The dynamo is generated by convection of molten material in the planet’s mantle. (Whether this theory is defensible is dealt with in chapter 7 of Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers.) Granting, for the sake of argument, that the theory is adequate to explain Earth’s magnetic field, a problem arises: as a planet cools, its innards should become stratified. A layered structure, however, is not conducive to convection. Without convection, no magnetic field. Without a magnetic field, no life. At Universe Today, Matt Williams explains the conundrum:Recent studies on high-pressure mineral physics and on orbital dynamics have also indicated that planetary cores develop a stratified structure as they accrete. The reason for this has to do with how a higher abundance of light elements are incorporated in with liquid metal during the process, which would then sink to form the core of the planet as temperatures and pressure increased.Such a stratified core would be incapable of convection, which is believed to be what allows for Earth’s magnetic field.Williams points to a new study by Seth A. Jacobson of Northwestern University and colleagues from Europe. To get convection started on the Earth, they surmise, the alleged Moon-forming impact stirred the mantle and core sufficiently to instigate convection.The significance of this study, in terms of how it relates to the evolution of Earth and the emergence of life, cannot be understated. If Earth’s magnetosphere is the result of a late energetic impact, then such impacts could very well be the difference between our planet being habitable or being either too cold and arid (like Mars) or too hot and hellish (like Venus).It also means that exoplanets around other stars will be unlikely to have habitable planets.Looking beyond our Solar System, this paper also has implications in the study of extra-solar planets. Here too, the difference between a planet being habitable or not may come down to high-energy impacts being a part of the system’s early history. In the future, when studying extra-solar planets and looking for signs of habitability, scientists may very well be forced to ask one simple question: “Was it hit hard enough?”Not just any impact will do. Jacobson’s open-access paper at Earth and Planetary Science Letters says, “Late, giant impacts may mechanically mix the core, removing the stratigraphy.” Many planets show scars of numerous impacts, but according to current secular thinking, the Earth took a wallop huge enough to send enough debris out to form the Moon. How often does that happen? And how long can the stirring last while life is trying to get a foothold? (in evolutionary thinking, that is).Fans of Spike Psarris’s DVD on the solar system will recognize the materialists’ all-purpose explanatory tool at work here (sound the bugles! another impact!). Even secular critics may see the impact requirement as a new epicycle to maintain a consensus theory that already suffered defects, such as maintaining the field for millions of years. Measurements show Earth’s field has decayed at 5% since Carl Friedrich Gauss measured it in 1835. Dr Richter explains the significance of this decline:Let me tell you, a decrease of 5% in the earth’s magnetic field strength represents a huge energy change. The earth’s magnetic field stores an immense amount of energy. To have this amount decrease by 5% in a little over 100 years represents an enormous loss of energy in a relatively short period of time. Calculations on this rate show that the field’s half-life is 1400 years; in other words, in 1400 years the field strength will be half what it was. Some day in the future—should the earth remain and the decay continue—the magnetic field will effectively vanish.The dynamo theory, Richter explains in chapter 7 of Spacecraft Earth, fails to account for this empirically observed decline, and argues against millions of years (note that the decay concerns the strength of the field, not its polarity). If Richter is correct, the Earth would have been uninhabitable a few thousand years ago (because the field would be too strong), and will become uninhabitable within a few more thousand years. For the sam reason, exoplanets would also have a brief window of habitability that would be far too short for Darwinian evolution.Imagining UtopiasSuch problems are rarely considered in confident-sounding news articles. For example, Fox News states, “‘Super Earth’ is discovered and it has perfect conditions for aliens.” There’s no mention of a magnetic field at all. Also ignored is that this ‘super Earth’ orbits a red dwarf, which makes it a poor candidate for habitability.Red dwarfs are the most common type of star, reports Phys.org. But they are also the most deadly. In the article, John Greenwald says, “Blowing in the stellar wind: Scientists reduce the chances of life on exoplanets in so-called habitable zones.” Strong stellar winds tend to sweep away the atmospheres of planets orbiting red dwarfs. They are also subject to emit deadly flares that would quickly sterilize a planetary surface.The habitability of Spacecraft Earth is a big subject in Richter’s book. Check it out! Now available on Amazon.com.(Visited 627 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A Farmstead of the Future in Georgia

first_imgAt the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus, work is well underway on a 3,400-square-foot house and adjoining carriage house that will combine a variety of energy-efficient features with advanced building materials and internet-based monitoring and control systems.The Future Farmstead has brought together student and faculty designers and builders, building professionals, and a number of donors to create a living laboratory and demonstration project. Its creators hope the project will attract as many as 15,000 visitors a year.When completed sometime later this year, the four-bedroom house will become home for graduate students.The project is the brainchild of Craig Kvien, a professor of crop and soil sciences who has taught at the school since 1979. Kvien said the idea for the project grew out of University programs on energy efficiency in agriculture, plus a need for more space for graduate students.The Tifton satellite campus is in a town of 15,000; it is home to the Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Family and Consumer Sciences. It’s located some 50 miles north of the Georgia-Florida state line and about 200 miles south of the University’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. Kvien said the Tifton campus is well-known for its turfgrass breeding program.The exterior of the two-story house is finished as work continues inside. Future Farmstead has been aided by a number of government agencies as well as dozens of companies that contributed money, building products, or “intellectual help,” Kvien said.“The home/lab is a learning center to be explored by the thousands of people we expect to visit each year to learn more about living smart, net-zero homes, gardening, agriculture, food preservation, and about using communications tools to make life at home and business better,” the website description of the project says. The energy system combines solar hot water and thin-film photovoltaicsThe roof of the main house is both a solar hot water collector and a source of electricity, similar in design to the Englert Solar Sandwich. Beneath the standing-seam metal roof is a network of 1/2-inch-diameter PEX tubing held in place by galvanized steel purlins. A mixture of water and propylene glycol circulates through the tubing, carrying heat to two 80-gallon tanks where the glycol solution heats the domestic hot water supply. As a side benefit, the circulating glycol solution also cools the bottom of the Unisolar peel-and-stick photovoltaic film.In all, there are four 280-foot loops of PEX tubing arranged in 9-foot-long rows. The south-facing roof measures 216 square feet.The thin-film PV was applied to the roofing before roofing panels were installed; the PV area measures 864 square feet. The system’s total nominal capacity is 5 kilowatts. Researchers plan to study the effect of the PEX loops on the output of the solar array. (Higher rooftop temperatures erode PV output.)Below the loops of PEX and their supporting purlins is a reflective radiant barrier and Huber’s Zip system sheathing.“Given that the whole house is an experiment,” the website says, “we plan on gathering data on how the system functions over time — monitoring flow, electrical use and temperature. This information will feed into our whole-house system that is able to monitor and control most of the house functions.”Heat is provided by a ground-source heat pump with some heat-exchange tubing in horizontal loops 6 feet below grade, and some loops in a nearby pond. The buildings showcase a variety of materialsThe main house and carriage house are constructed from a variety of building products, including precast concrete walls, insulating concrete forms, and conventional stick-framing.The first-floor walls in the main house are precast concrete panels manufactured by Superior Walls set on a footing of crushed stone and insulated to R-20 with closed-cell polyurethane foam and UltraTouch denim batts.The second-floor walls are conventionally framed with 2x6s and sheathed with R-3 Huber Zip panels that combine a layer of continuous insulation with structural sheathing. As on the first floor, cavity insulation is a combination of spray foam and denim batt insulation.At the main house, a 4-inch-thick slab was poured inside the precast walls after the walls panels were set in place. The truss roof is insulated to R-40 with a combination of 3 inches of spray foam and denim batts.The one-story, 600-square-foot carriage house is made with insulating concrete forms on a poured concrete footing and slab. Exterior walls have an R-value of 28.The slabs for both the main house and carriage house are made with concrete in which fly ash, an industrial byproduct of coal-fired generating stations, and additives made by BASF take the place of 50% of the cement. “[That’s] well above the norm,” Kvien wrote in an e-mail. “It took a while for the concrete to set up.”As of late May, the buildings had not been tested for air leakage with a blower door. Kvien said that would take place after all the insulation had been installed and both before and after drywall is hung.Other features of the main house:An energy-recovery ventilator for whole-house ventilation, plus an experimental liquid desiccant system designed to cope with Tifton’s warm and humid climate. Kvien said desiccant systems are used in many commercial buildings, but the one in the Tifton house was in the very early stages of testing.Double-glazed low-e casement windows.LED lighting, energy efficient appliances, and water-saving fixtures, plus a graywater irrigation system.Features to make the house accessible, including wide doors, a wheelchair lift, and zero-threshold shower stalls.Kvien estimates basic construction costs at between $130 to $150 per square foot. Features such as the wheelchair lift, wider stairs, a sprinkler system, and data collection sensors added another $35 to $45 per square foot.center_img Planting edibles rather in addition to flowersThe house and carriage house are key parts of the Farmstead, but not the only ones. The project also includes an “edible landscape” with blueberry bushes, frost-tolerant lemons and tangerines, and a variety of disease-resistant fruits and vegetables. Edible plantings are interspersed with flowers in raised beds around the house, with the hope of having something blooming every day of the year.In addition, there’s an adjacent 2-acre pond for a variety of fish species and water birds. A 1300-square-foot deck built in the shape of a leaf will be used for classes in water quality, aquaculture, and ecology.Kvien’s interests include communications and control systems, and there is an extensive control system available on the campus. Sensors monitor temperature, moisture, sound, and a number of other variables and can be used to control functions such as irrigation. Management systems are available through a smart phone, tablet, or computer via the farm’s local wireless network.last_img read more

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Sunni Waqf Board denies diluting its stand in Ayodhya case

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board on Thursday denied reports that it was diluting its stand in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case. It said it “”unequivocally affirms its full faith in the ability and competence” of senior counsel Rajeev Dhawan, who is arguing for the Muslim side.Mr. Dhawan is “doing a commendable job in putting forth the case of Babri Masjid,” Board chairman Zufar Ahmed Faruqi said. The Board “shall ever remain indebted to him [Mr. Dhawan].” The Board also welcomed the permission granted for mediation by the Supreme Court, arguing that a “mutually amicable settlement will be beneficial for both the communities in maintaining harmony and cordial relations.”The Board’s clarification was issued a day after a faction of the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind accused Mr. Faruqi of engaging in activities that raised “suspicion” in the case and warned him against entering into any “secret deals” that went against the Constitution or harmed the Muslim community.last_img read more

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Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We want to win this game because I believe that they are one of the biggest challenges in our goal of winning the title,” said Branislav.Whether the effort would pay off will be seen when the back-to-back champion Tornadoes take on the Cargo Movers in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This game will be very crucial, F2 Logistics has yet to lose,” said Branislav, adding that a win in the 6 p.m. match would serve as a strong statement to the league.The match may decide which team takes the top ranking in the knockout phase that begins Dec. 5. Petron, meanwhile, takes on Iriga City in the opener at 4 p.m. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ PBAPC honors ‘sixth man’ Jalalon, Pingris, Cone The entire Foton team, not just its coach Moro Branislav, showed up just to see F2 Logistics play against Cignal last Tuesday.For the outspoken Serbian coach, it’s better that the players see for themselves how the unbeaten league-leader plays ahead of their encounter on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 double

first_imgSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 doubleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan is off the mark for Fiorentina.He scored twice for the Under-19 side in their 6-3 win over Bologna.Duncan made an impressive debut in a friendly against Perugia last week and then scored a header and a coolly-taken penalty on Sunday for the U19s.The 18-year-old, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, posted a picture of himself with Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso after Sunday’s game.Happy to score my first goals for the club today and even greater to catch up with Mr Commisso after the game. Looking forward to giving my all for the club. #forzaviolapic.twitter.com/33uQmhuS93— Bobby Duncan (@bobbyduncan999) September 15, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Watch ESPN’s E:60 Special On Ohio State Running Back Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgEzekiel Elliott and Urban Meyer pose for a picture.ESPNBetween J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, we still don’t know who will start at quarterback for Ohio State. There is no doubt, however, who will be getting the rock from the backfield. Running back Ezekiel Elliott might have been Ohio State’s best offensive player during the amazing run of post-season wins against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon, totaling 696 yards (9.16 yards per touch) and scoring eight touchdowns in those three games.Before becoming an Ohio State star, Elliott dominated as a three-sport star at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Elliott was the subject of ESPN’s latest E:60 special, which aired earlier this evening. It has been posted online by executive producer Andy Tennant. Ohio State fans who missed this are going to want to set aside the next 20 minutes for this fantastic feature. [ESPN]last_img read more

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Barclay Pettrey split kicking duties

The story of Devin Barclay’s 2009 season was immortalized when he made the winning field goal in overtime against Iowa to make the Buckeyes the outright Big Ten champions. But the walk-on and former soccer player once again shared the spotlight with starting kicker Aaron Pettrey at the Rose Bowl Game.Barclay took over the season after Pettrey went out with a knee injury against New Mexico State on Oct. 31 that required surgery.The second-string kicker had a rough start, missing a field goal in the second half of Ohio State’s 45-0 win over the Aggies. However, he quickly recovered and became a solid contributor to the Buckeye special teams unit.When Pettrey was deemed healthy enough to play in his final game as a Buckeye, coach Jim Tressel decided to give him the chance while still rewarding Barclay for his regular season performance.“It was two days ago that he told me we were going to be sharing kicks,” Barclay said of getting the news from Tressel. “He was going to be taking extra points and field goals outside of 42 yards.”True to the plan, Barclay kicked and made three field goals from 19, 30 and 38 yards out, while Pettrey made a field goal from 45 yards in the second quarter to put the Buckeyes up 16-10. Barclay also kicked all six kickoffs.Though Barclay said that it was unfortunate that Pettrey was injured, he said he has benefited from stepping in while Pettrey was out.“It’s definitely a great opportunity to get some confidence for next year,” Barclay said of when he will likely step into the full-time starting spot. “I can take this and look back on some of the things I need to work on.”Barclay also echoed many of his teammates when he said that playing in front of over 93,000 people was an experience unlike any other.“When you get that kind of win and you actually get to be a part of the win, it holds its own,” Barclay said. “I’m just very glad that [Pettrey] and I got to play together in the Rose Bowl.”Pettrey, who is a senior, is set to play in an All-Star game in February, Tressel said, and is targeting a path to the NFL. read more

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