Troy Tulowitzki to the A’s? It makes a lot of sense

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The A’s aren’t necessarily in the market for a shortstop, but an opportunity may have just presented itself.Hampered by injuries over the past few years, Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday afternoon, presenting the possibility of a homecoming with the A’s. Tulowitzki, 34, grew up in the South Bay a diehard A’s fan. After a standout career at Fremont High in Sunnyvale and Long Beach State, he quickly established himself as one of the premier shortstops …last_img

The three big Warriors things that will be defined by these NBA Finals

first_imgWhen the 2019 NBA Finals tips off Thursday, the Warriors will be taking on more than the Toronto Raptors, they’ll be taking on history.The Warriors have already become the first modern-era team to go to five-straight NBA Finals, but now, they have a chance to win four titles in five years — something else that has not been done since the Boston Celtics did it in a league of eight teams in the 1960s.Win the title and the Warriors’ run is inarguably one of the greatest in the modern history of …last_img

Doubts About Dates and Climate

first_imgNew findings cast doubt on scientists’ ability to be certain about their consensus views.Radiometric DatingPaper spotlights key flaw in widely used radioisotope dating technique (North Carolina State University). Physicists just noticed a factor not included in common radiometric dating techniques: differential mass diffusion. This means that different isotopes of parent or daughter elements can diffuse out of rocks at different rates.An oversight in a radioisotope dating technique used to date everything from meteorites to geologic samples means that scientists have likely overestimated the age of many samples, according to new research from North Carolina State University.The problem does not apply to radiocarbon dating, but only to radioisotopes that give long ages in the millions of years, such as rubidium-strontium. The researchers also believe that corrections can be made to make published dates more accurate. But the press release reveals something suspect: scientists usually see scatter in the dates, so they tweak the data according to an arbitrary standard:The data from radioisotope analysis tends to be somewhat scattered. So, researchers “normalize” the data by making a ratio with strontium-86, which is stable – meaning it doesn’t decay over time.The wrinkle, however, is that ratios will change if the other isotopes are moving around. In fact, strontium-86 is more likely to diffuse out, because it’s smaller. This can lead to date inflation. Michael Irving at The New Atlas quotes one of the researchers: “If we don’t account for differential mass diffusion, we really have no idea how accurate a radioisotope date actually is.”Climate ModelsQuestioning the consensus on man-caused climate change is one of the quickest ways to be labeled ‘anti-science’ in these times. So we dare not rely on any ‘global warming deniers’ here. We’ll look just at some recent news. Do the IPCC’s models take these factors into account?Vast peatlands found in the Congo Basin (Nature). How could anything on earth escape discovery after decades of satellite imaging and monitoring? Yes this article states, “The discovery of what is potentially the world’s largest continuous tropical peat complex has great implications for global carbon stocks, land management and scientific investment in central Africa.” Peatlands are supposed to be leading reservoirs of carbon. The authors feel that any change to this area, such as reduced rainfall, could affect its ability to store carbon. But if they didn’t discover this till now, their inputs of peat into carbon models must have been off.Holocene peatland and ice-core data constraints on the timing and magnitude of CO2 emissions from past land use (PNAS). Here’s another overlooked or miscalculated factor about human effects on climate. “Timing, extent, and impacts of preindustrial agricultural expansion are uncertain, yet crucial for understanding the role of humans in the Earth’s environmental history,” four American and European researchers say. “Our analyses of the terrestrial carbon balance reveal a large nonpeatland land carbon source after the Mid-Holocene climate optimum, not explained by land use, and we find that previously suggested links between CO2 and population and land-use history are not supported.” Listen to the sound of falling assumptions.Role of terrestrial biosphere in counteracting climate change may have been underestimated (University of Birmingham). The earth may be more of a climate-regulating CO2 sponge than previously thought, say these scientists. “New research suggests that the capacity of the terrestrial biosphere to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) may have been underestimated in past calculations due to certain land-use changes not being fully taken into account.” They also say, “Our work shows that the terrestrial biosphere might have greater potential than previously thought to mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon emissions from fossil fuels.”Unexpected result: Ocean acidification can promote shell formation (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research). These researchers found that due to a “self-regulating biochemical magic trick,” shellfish like foraminifera can still make their shells under acidic conditions. They wonder if this could lead to more rapid warming of the planet. But if they didn’t know this, how could they know that?New analysis supports mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows as effective climate buffers (Phys.org). “Recent research suggests that healthy, intact coastal wetland ecosystems such as mangrove forests, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows are particularly good at drawing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and storing it for hundreds to thousands of years.”Despite these discoveries and uncertainties, Big Science journals and reporters remain adamant that the science is settled. “Sea-level rise for centuries to come” warns Nature. Taking more swipes at the Trump administration, Nature also preaches, “Demand decisions based on evidence, not ideology” – including decisions on climate. And Phys.org continues the scare campaign, discussing “Finding ways to fix the climate before it is too late.” And the reporters at Live Science, who couldn’t criticize a scientific consensus if their lives depended on it, suggest we need a “fake news vaccine” to stop the spread of false information, including ‘fake news’ by deniers of climate change. “Studies of active climate scientists have found that between 82 percent and 97 percent of them agree that climate change is happening, and is human-caused,” Stephanie Pappas writes. The BBC likes this idea, too. Ten thousand Frenchmen couldn’t be wrong! Well, we just showed you a few who said they were.Past and future climate are not subject to direct observation. Neither are radiometric dates. All we have is right now. The rest is assumption and modeling. Philosophers know that induction is a problem. Extrapolation backward or forward into unobservable regions cannot be tested; it can only be modeled, but models are simplifications of reality, weighted with assumption. We can have great confidence in science that is observable, testable, and repeatable, like sending spacecraft to outer planets. It gets fuzzier and fuzzier the farther you get from the present. You can draw your own conclusions about the reliability of scientific confidence in their views, but no one should rest their confidence on arguments from authority alone. (Visited 118 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Miss Heritage Free State talks about discovering her identity

first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Reabetswe Mabine says celebrating your heritage is more than just your attire and your cultural norms.Reabetswe Mabine, a Play Your Part ambassador, says everyone is called for something. “It is important to use your gifts and talents in making South Africa a better place.” (Image: Hlasela TV Online)Melissa JavanReabetswe Mabine, Miss Heritage Free State 2016, says she celebrates her heritage daily. The 22-year-old learned during her time as Miss Heritage that heritage did not particularly have to do with dress or specific cultural norms.“If it was so, I would only be of relevance on Heritage Day,” she says, laughing.“You need to remember the concept of our identity holistically, that is: who we are, where we have come from as a society and as individuals, as well as where we are going.“All of this creates a sense of heritage,” she says. “Therefore how I celebrate my heritage on a daily basis is by remembering my identity in Christ.”Mabine is also an avid reader – her favourite books include the Bible and The Lady: The Life and Times of Winnie Mandela by Emma Gilbey.She spoke about herself and her role as Miss Heritage Free State in a Q&A with Brand South Africa.What prompted you to want to make an impact in your community?I have been involved with community projects since I was about 20. That is when I started identifying the various needs among primary- and high school female learners.I entered my first pageant, and while engaging with these young ladies, I would notice some of the socio-economic problems they faced on a daily basis.There is the need for empowerment, in terms of one-on-one mentorship. [Many of them also need] school uniforms and sanitary towels.I want to enable them to become successful individuals in society despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.In what projects are you involved?I am mainly involved with projects that have to do with building the confidence of the girl child, thus providing her with the necessary tools to succeed in life. These may be anything from collecting sanitary towels, to bursaries, to matric farewell dresses.What were the highlights of your year as Miss Heritage Free State?My highlight of the pageant was when I won of course. But most importantly, when my initial purpose of entering the pageant was fulfilled, which was to discover my identity as a young individual and stand firm in it.This was manifested when I started speaking and mentoring young girls in the province. Encouraging them to know who they are and strive to achieve their dreams regardless of their circumstances.[I relate to them] because many times I felt disadvantaged in achieving my dreams merely because of my background.Do you use technology and social media to spread your message?Yes, as a millennial and a communications major at the University of the Free State, I have come to learn that social media has become one of the biggest platforms in terms of spreading a message. It is also largely accessible by most people.Therefore, I use my Facebook, Instagram and even WhatsApp accounts to encourage people and get support for whichever worthy cause or project that I am busy with at that moment.Why should all South Africans play their part in their communities and be brand ambassadors for South Africa?They say that two is better than one – read Ecclesiastes 4:9. Therefore, it will not only take the government’s intervention to correct the wrongs of the country. Each citizen playing an active role, however small it may be, to salvage our country’s current situation.How do you start making a difference in your community?Start small. Find what you are most passionate about and go find the need for that thing.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — July 24, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We can see another damp feeling type of day today, as clouds hold over all of Ohio, and we have another day of light precipitation to deal with. Today’s action favors better rain totals over the eastern half of the state, but we will not rule out action anywhere. In the east, we can see a tenth to half an  inch, and in the west a sprinkle to a few hundredths are possible. Still, there is likely less moisture around over a good 60% of the state than we saw yesterday.WE will even see some additional moisture for early Wednesday in east and northeast Ohio, although the rest of the state should be drying out and getting more sun there.Drying continues through Thursday, as humidity values fall.We still have a weak cold front sagging into the northern part of the state overnight Thursday night into early Friday, but moisture held by the wave is significantly lower. This will bring scattered showers totaling no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two to 40% of the state north of I-70 in the overnight Thursday early Friday period. That forecast is lower on moisture totals and lower on coverage than our previous look and we would not be surprised to see the front wither to nearly nothing by the time we get there. We see nothing south of I-70.Dry weather back for the balance of Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday. We should see temps climb a bit over the weekend as south flow develops ahead of our next system.Monday we see our next storm complex moving into the state. The map at right shows a possible set up for just after sunrise Monday morning. Models have started to have a bit more disagreement on timing and duration, along with strength. We are seeing signs of the track and speed mimicking our last system this past weekend, moving slowly across the eastern corn belt due to a strong upper level ridge and high-pressure dome off the Atlantic coast. However, we are not making any changes to our forecast at this time, except to pull back on moisture for the Sunday night and Monday period. Right now, we are looking at a half to 1.5” and will pull coverage back to 70%. We are going to leave Tuesday and Wednesday dry this morning and challenge mother nature to give us a little more data. We will revisit the system tomorrow morning. We should be dry the remainder of the week.We are leaving the extended period alone this morning. We have dry weather through the 4th, and then have a system coming together in the western belt that will take a few days to push east. This will likely bring some half to 1-inch moisture potential back to the eastern corn belt for the 5th and 6th. High pressure returns on the backside of that system.last_img read more

10 Tech Companies That Announced Funding Today; Which is Most Likely to Change the World?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Polls#web Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img While reading RSS feeds today, I was struck by the number of consumer and enterprise web technology startups announced that they have raised money from investors – all in one day! Fundings aren’t usually the kind of news that ReadWriteWeb covers, but these are some very interesting companies – and they all just got a big infusion of cash to continue and expand their work.Which of the following ten companies that announced funds raised today do you think are most likely to make it? To really make an impact on the web and the world? We’ve embedded a poll below and I’m very curious to see who gets the most votes. Below that poll I’ve also embedded another poll asking ReadWriteWeb readers whether a feature like this would be of interest if we ran it regularly. Let us know what you think! marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Internet Trailblazer Jean Case Shares How to Make Your Failures Matter

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Free In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others.It’s normal to feel nervous about striking out on your own. But if you start to feel yourself hesitate in pursuit of your goals, take Jean Case’s motto to heart and “Be Fearless.”Case is the CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation. She has been running the organization with her husband, AOL co-founder Steve Case, since 1997. Through their work, the Cases are dedicated to dismantling myths about who can be a business leader by providing not only data but resources and funding to help underrepresented entrepreneurs make an impact.Much of Jean Case’s career has been about seeing what others might not, especially in the world of technology. Before the Case Foundation, she worked in strategic marketing roles at early online service The Source and at GE’s Information Services Division. She then made the leap and joined the startup that would evolve into AOL.In addition to her duties at the Case Foundation, she is the chair of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees and sits on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company.Case shared her insights about how make your mistakes truly count and how to find the people that will keep you honest and help you identify your strengths.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.Can you tell me about a time that you needed to create an opportunity for yourself or others? How did you approach it?Early in my career, I ended up at GE working on an online service. I was on a really fast track at GE and everything was going swimmingly. Then this opportunity came along for a new startup. It looked like this opportunity could lead to much greater impact in terms of democratizing access to ideas, information and communication. I had to make the jump.What I find is that every moment where there was some some big opportunity around the corner it was usually preceded by necessitating risk to make that jump. When I think about sort of pivots or turns or opportunities that were created I think back to that. Of course that company would become AOL, but at the time it was a real risk in proving that [it was a good idea]. My mom and friends said, “Are you crazy? You got the best job in the world. Why would you take a risk and go there?” I never considered that a mistake. Related: This Young Entrepreneur Shares the 3-Step Strategy She Uses to Banish Self-DoubtDid this experience or any other in your career change how you think about leadership?I’ve been pretty public about a failure that we had at the Case Foundation, which was a global water initiative in sub-Saharan Africa. I launched it at the Clinton Global Initiative with President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush by my side. It was very high profile. As we got started, things weren’t going well. The initiative wasn’t going forward the way we wanted it to, there were just problems cropping up everywhere. So we spent about a year trying to course correct and then it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to.So we faced the tough decision of what to do and it was at that moment where I determined I had to be transparent and clear with our stakeholders and the public and just say this isn’t working. We need to pivot, we need to walk away from this initiative and find a new way forward in clean water. That’s exactly what we did. That was a watershed moment for me because it really was the most public moment of acknowledging failure up until that point in my life. Today, when I speak, particularly on college campuses, I often open with what I call my failure resume because [my talk] will follow this bio that sounds so perfect. Like everything just went as I planned it. Then I talk about whose failures or mistakes I made along the way and how they almost had to happen in order for these other opportunities to emerge.What surprised you most about opening up about that failure?We do ourselves a disservice if we don’t talk about how the best things don’t come easy. I often quote Albert Einstein, who said failure is success in progress. If we looked at it that way, we would probably feel very different in those low moments, because we could really embrace the idea that something great must be around the corner.[I wrote a blog post about what had happened] and that was going to be our message to the world that we have failed. When I hit send, I was filled with insecurity. I worried about what people would say. But in fact what happened is a number of colleagues and peers started calling, emailing and finding me and saying thank you. No one ever talks about it. So that actually for us began something that was to emerge as a major initiative called Be Fearless. [We looked at] great movements, companies, products and ask experts what’s behind them. It always involves risk-taking. You have to be open to the idea that you may fail and if you do fail, make that failure matter, by making it right.What personal traits or strategies do you rely on to create opportunity for yourself and others?I learned about myself early on that my true north is that I really love to empower others. There’s this myth out there that to find success you have to step on others. I have found exactly the opposite. A great path to success is to focus on empowering others. Chances are that’s going to lift you and where you’re trying to go — and at the same time lift people around you.Related: You Need to Meet Your Challenges With Pathological Optimism at Every TurnWhen you experience a setback, what do you do to keep going? How do you get unstuck?We all have our blind spots. Particularly if you’re in a valley, it’s really tough to see over the mountain. But it turns out you might have colleagues, friends and family members who can kind of put things in perspective. So first I surround myself with what I call my personal board and I advise the next generation. I always ask them, Do you have a personal board? Those people can be honest with you about your strengths and weaknesses and maybe see beyond what you can see. I turn to that when I have challenges.For people who want to advocate for themselves, what are actionable steps they can take to make themselves heard? What steps do you take?Women particularly struggle with self-advocacy. We’re brought into this world really championing others. On the subject of how to advocate for yourself, it’s really important to have a solid set of folks in your life who know you well and can help you understand what your strengths and weaknesses are, because often we can’t see our own strengths and weaknesses very clearly. So once someone points out your great gifts, now you have a list. Treat advocacy like a muscle. Be confident about your strengths and literally rehearse it in front of a mirror if you have to, before you’re in a situation where you are advocating for yourself. Be comfortable with your go-to talking points around what makes you uniquely qualified or in a position to do this.Is there a blindspot that leaders have about opportunity? What should they be doing instead?If you have a group of people with different perspectives around the table, you are going to end up in a better place, in decisions you make and in things you decide to invest in. Where there are more diverse teams, you can make better, smarter decisions. Leaders think about the point of having diversity as a check-the-box thing, instead of a powerful business opportunity. What I think has changed only in recent years — and we still need more — is data to drive to help this become clear for those who need to see it.center_img 8 min read March 30, 2018last_img read more