Simultaneous measurements of the O2(¹Δ) and O2(¹Σ) Airglows and ozone in the daytime mesosphere

first_imgWe report simultaneous measurements of the O2(¹Δ) and O2(¹Σ) airglow volume emission rate profiles in the daytime mesosphere. We use these measurements to derive ozone concentrations separately from each airglow. The measurements were made as part of the Mesosphere‐Thermosphere Emissions for Ozone Remote Sensing (METEORS) sounding rocket project launched from White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. These data offer the opportunity to assess the consistency of ozone profiles derived from measurements of the oxygen airglows and thus provide a fundamental test of our understanding of dayglow physics and solar energy deposition. In both airglow‐derived profiles the ozone decreases with altitude throughout the middle mesosphere and a pronounced secondary maximum exists near 90 km. The derived ozone profiles are in agreement to within measurement uncertainty. This agreement confirms that the major processes responsible for the generation of mesospheric oxygen dayglow are well understood via measurement.last_img read more

Acute oil exposure reduces physiological process rates in Arctic phyto- and zooplankton

first_imgArctic shipping and oil exploration are expected to increase, as sea ice extent is reduced. This enhances the risk for accidental oil spills throughout the Arctic, which emphasises the need to quantify potential consequences to the marine ecosystem and to evaluate risk and choose appropriate remediation methods. This study investigated the sensitivity of Arctic marine plankton to the water accommodated fraction (WAF) of heavy fuel oil. Arctic marine phytoplankton and copepods (Calanus finmarchicus) were exposed to three WAF concentrations corresponding to total hydrocarbon contents of 0.07 mg l−1, 0.28 mg l−1 and 0.55 mg l−1. Additionally, the potential phototoxic effects of exposing the WAF to sunlight, including the UV spectrum, were tested. The study determined sub-lethal effects of WAF exposure on rates of key ecosystem processes: primary production of phytoplankton and grazing (faecal pellet production) of copepods. Both phytoplankton and copepods responded negatively to WAF exposure. Biomass specific primary production was reduced by 6, 52 and 73% and faecal pellet production by 18, 51 and 86% with increasing WAF concentrations compared to controls. The phototoxic effect reduced primary production in the two highest WAF concentration treatments by 71 and 91%, respectively. This experiment contributes to the limited knowledge of acute sub-lethal effects of potential oil spills to the Arctic pelagic food web.last_img read more

Another Remus 100 UUV for US Navy

first_img View post tag: Defense April 24, 2013 U.S. Navy undersea warfare experts are buying another REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from Hydroid Inc. in Pocasset, Mass., a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime AS in Kongsberg, Norway.The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I., needs the Hydroid REMUS 100 for continued development and testing, supplementing NUWC’s existing inventory of REMUS systems acquired previously to support a variety of program efforts, NUWC officials say.The NUWC is The Navy’s primary research and engineering center for underwater and submarine warfare.REMUS is short for Remote Environmental Measuring Unit S. The REMUS 100 slightly longer than five feet, is 7.5 inches in diameter, and weighs 85 pounds. It can operate to depths of 328 feet on missions lasting eight to 10 hours.Powering the REMUS 100 UUV is a direct-drive DC brushless motor and an open three-bladed propeller. It can swim as fast as 4.5 knots and navigates by Doppler-assisted dead reckoning, Inertial navigation system, and GPS.Operators control the REMUS 100 UUV with laptop computer-based software for programming, training, post-mission analysis, documentation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. The software enables one operator to control as many as four REMUS 100 UUVs at the same time.The REMUS 100 is suited to marine research, defense, hydrographic and offshore energy applications. It is small enough to be carried by two people, and can perform intricate sonar and oceanographic surveys over large areas, Hydroid officials say.Typical REMUS 100 applications include mine countermeasures, harbor security, debris field mapping, search and salvage operations, hydrographic surveys, environmental monitoring, fishery operations, and scientific sampling and mapping, Hydroid officials say.NUWC is buying the REMUS 100 UUV sole source because Hydroid is the only known source that can meet Navy requirements of a UUV that is man-portable, has an energy density of at least 1.2 kilowatt hours, Navy officials say.Researchers plan to use the REMUS 100 in exercises that require a UUV that can move as fast as four knots for as long as 10 hours. NUWC officials plan to release a formal request for quote (RFQ) to Hydroid around 1 May.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 24, 2013; Image: Kongsberg View post tag: UUV View post tag: Defence View post tag: REMUS View post tag: ANOTHER Another Remus 100 UUV for US Navy View post tag: 100center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today Another Remus 100 UUV for US Navy Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

Watch The Red Hot Chili Peppers Cover Funkadelic At Bonnaroo [Pro-Shot]

first_imgThe Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival over the weekend, and it made many dreams come true. While the funk rock band played the Farm back in 2012, the spirit of the festival has since shifted from jam bands to mainstream acts. But whether you’re a hippie in the field, or a high school music lover, the Peppers will always be a band for everyone.RHCP’s set was a celebratory mix of picks, starting right off the bat with “Can’t Stop,” “Dani California,” and “Scar Tissue.” Along with a few songs from the 2016 record The Getaway were covers of The Stooges‘ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” and Funkadelic‘s “What Is Soul?” The headlining set closed with a huge string of favorites from across the years, including “Aeroplane,” “Snow ((Hey Oh)),” “Suck My Kiss,” “Soul To Squeeze,” and “By The Way.”Since Redbull sponsored a live stream all weekend, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have shared a few pro-shot videos from their set from what Flea pronounced was his “favorite” festival.What Is Soul?AeroplaneSuck My KissSetlist: The Red Hot Chili Peppers | Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival | 6/10/17Intro Jam, Can’t Stop, Dani California, Scar Tissue, Dark Necessities, The Adventures of Rain Dance, I Wanna Be Your Dog (The Stooges cover), Right On Time, Go Robot, Californication, What Is Soul? (Funkadelic cover), Aeroplane, Snow ((Hey Oh)), Suck My Kiss, Soul To Squeeze, By The WayE: Goodbye Angels, Give It Awaylast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Announces 2018 Fall Tour With Ghost Light, The Lil Smokies, & More

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass Fall Tour 2018:9/15 – Camden, NJ – Outlaw Music Festival9/16 – Holmdel, NJ – Outlaw Music Festival9/21 – Denver, CO – The Ogden Theatre9/22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre %9/23 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @9/26 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown *9/27 – Des Moines, IA – Brenton Skating Plaza *9/28 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre *9/29 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *9/30 – Columbia, MO – Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival10/2 – Fort Wayne, IN – The Clyde Theatre10/4 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station10/5 – Arrington, VA – The Festy Experience10/6 – Port Chester, NY – The Capitol Theatre10/7 – Stratton Mountain, VT – Stratton Mountain Resort10/31 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/1 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre #11/2 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/3 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox #11/7 – Crystal Bay, NV – The Crystal Bay Club/Crown Room #11/8 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre #11/9 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park #11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre #11/12 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren #11/14 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Jones Assembly #11/15 – Houston, TX – House of Blues #11/16 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ #11/17 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater #12/7 – 12/11 – Puerto Morelos, Mexico – Strings & Sol% – with The California [email protected] – with Turkuaz* – with Ghost Light# – with The Lil SmokiesView All Tour Dates Greensky Bluegrass has announced a two-leg, nationwide fall tour that will see them share the stage with Turkuaz, The California Honeydrops, The Lil Smokies, and Ghost Light.Spanning cities coast to coast, the band starts the tour with two shows in New Jersey at the Outlaw Music Festival sharing a bill with Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Tedeschi Trucks Band and others on September 15th through 16th before returning to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater for two nights September 22nd through 23rd. Following the mile high performances, the first leg of tour winds through the Midwest and culminates in the Northeast on October 7th. A pair of two-night stands in the Pacific Northwest kicks off on Halloween in Portland then onto Seattle before weaving through California and the Southwest before wrapping with a trio of dates in Texas. Head to the band’s website for more information.With the band’s upcoming appearances at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival next weekend, the band recently announced its collaboration with Telluride Brewing Co., to launch Greensky: An American Lager, which will be available in limited quantities at retailers across Colorado this summer. Information is available here.last_img read more

Three chords and some Kierkegaard

first_imgThis article is part of a series on the impact of humanities studies in and out of the classroom.Storytelling has been a part of Brynn Elliott’s identity since she was a child, when she made up interpretive dances around her house and directed plays with her family’s nativity set. Coming to Harvard was an extension of that narrative.“I wanted to research songs,” said Elliott ’18, who started guitar at 16 and performs with a self-titled band. “I have written very personal songs, but the songs I’m most proud of are rooted in a deeper tradition than my own life.”The scholar-rocker got serious about music a year before arriving in Cambridge. In 2013, her name on Harvard’s wait list, Elliott left her Atlanta home to take an internship with music producer Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson) in Portland, Ore., recording a series of songs that included the Tolstoy-inspired “Dear Anna.”“At that time, the music was very singer-songwriter, countryish,” she said. “Now it’s pop-rock.”When Harvard accepted Elliott, who lives in Currier House, she brought along her guitar and a commitment to keep the band (most of whom are based in Los Angeles) going. They tour in summer, through winter break, and on some fall and spring weekends, totaling 70 concerts a year. This past summer, she released an EP titled “Jungle.”Philosophy courses have provided much of the inspiration for Elliott’s lyrics. In “Faith and Authenticity: Existentialism and the Human Condition,” she shifts between Kierkegaard and Sartre.“I get the artistic freedom of expression in my songwriting,” said Elliott. “It challenges me to think in a new way.”In the spring, Alison Simmons, the Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy, taught Elliott in “Beyond Dualism,” on 17th-century female philosophers, and found a student “constantly thinking through how the ideas and especially the ideas of people from history might help her make sense of her own experience, which, in turn, helps her communicate through her music.”“Her education is part of her art making,” Simmons said. “We’ve talked a good deal about her career. Some would like her to leave school to pursue her music full-time. But that would be like saying to Jimmy Page, ‘Unplug your electric guitar and we’ll go on the road without your power source.’ Thinking through complex — and even some bizarre — ideas in class is Brynn’s power source. Maybe when she wins an award Descartes will get a shout-out.” A monstrous passion Related In ‘Beowulf’ and other dead-language texts, junior finds enduring inspiration Carving out a music career while keeping up with her philosophy studies might seem like an identity split, but Elliott feels deeply rooted in both.“Pop music has lost its humanism,” she said. “There’s this whole sterility. If there’s not a human connection in that, it’s just going to be a fad. I’ll write songs that have a techno flair, but that are rooted in a tradition because it’s connected with people.”She’s the only student in a band of full-time musicians, which allows her to “be connected with people on stage, making sounds that primarily are not electronic.” Those collaborations, as well as the connections she’s made in the classroom, have been critical for Elliott, who came to Harvard having been homeschooled all of her life.“I didn’t have people I was learning with,” she said. “It sounds cliché, but not having exposure to other perspectives — what that means is that you don’t necessarily get a diverse set of opinions. Here my mind has just expanded so much, and I’ve translated that into my music.”She recalled going as a freshman to Simmons’ office hours, wanted to discuss a disappointing grade on one of her first papers.“I sat down and she was like: ‘How are you?’” Elliott said. “I started talking about the paper, and she said, ‘No, no, no. How are you doing?’ She was really trying to engage me. We’re all human and that’s kind of the most important thing to keep in mind when we’re writing papers, or writing music, or doing a club. That’s a big thing she’s taught me.”last_img read more

Sting’s The Last Ship Opens Officially On Broadway

first_imgThe Last Ship casts down its anchor and celebrates its Broadway opening at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 26. To celebrate the Sting, John Logan and Brian Yorkey tuner’s maiden voyage on the Great White Way, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson created this sketch of the cast in action. Broadway.com wishes the cast of The Last Ship a radical nautical opening! Related Shows About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. The Last Shipcenter_img The portrait features (clockwise from top left) Michael Esper as Gideon Fletcher, Collin Kelly-Sordelet as Tom Dawson, Aaron Lazar as Arthur Millburn, Rachel Tucker as Meg Dawson, Fred Applegate as Father O’Brien, Jimmy Nail as Jackie White and Sally Ann Triplett as Peggy White. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

Norwich Firm to Assist Governments and Non-Profits

first_imgJB PHILLIPS CONSULTING, LLC, a Vermont-based public finance advisory firm, has been established to serve the capital needs of smaller government and non-profit entities in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.As municipalities, school districts, and non-profits (including hospitals, independent schools and museums) assess the need for improvements, renovations and building projects, alternative funding sources may be considered to avoid deferring facility upgrades.Judy Phillips, Norwich, the firms founder and Principal, is an experienced public finance professional, with over 20 years experience in both the public (NYC government) and private (JP Morgan, Bankers Trust and Merrill Lynch) sectors. She can assist non-profit issuers with their capital plans, through preparation of tax-exempt issues for project financing and as an advisor for investor relations.For additional information about the firm, check the web site: www.jbphillipsconsulting.com(link is external), or call Judy Phillips at (802) 649-2389.###last_img read more

Road Trip Essentials

first_imgField-tested favorites for adventure travel – whether you’re traveling to the Andes or the Appalachians, make sure these items are in your pack.1. Eagles’ Nest Outfitters Doublenest Hammock The ENO Doublenest Hammock is a more snuggly, comfy alternative to clunky chairs and pole tents. Just sling the hammock straps around a couple of trees, and your bed is ready. The DoubleNest’s high-strength nylon easily accommodates two people, perfect for a romantic cuddle under the stars. $60; eaglesnestoutfittersinc.com2. Brunton Freedom Solar Recharger Traveling with tech gear? The Brunton Freedom Solar Battery captures enough solar power to charge and recharge the batteries of devices like GPS units, iPods, smartphones, and digital. Charge it in the car, from the laptop or via solar energy. If you’re away from the power outlet for a few days, make sure you have this in your pack. $55; brunton.com3. Bowsers Eco-Tahoe and Eco-Futon Dog Beds The Eco-Tahoe uses eight inches of blown recycled fiber to fill this ultra-thick, super-soft  rectangle bed. Its rugged design endured the abuse of an 85-pound dog for years without tearing or even staining. Its removable cover washes easily, and the handle makes it an ideal bed (for you or your dog) to throw in the back of the car or truck on an outdoor adventure. The Eco-Futon’s comfy, polar fleece is stuffed with super-loft recycled fiber, which stayed fluffy and unclumped. $95 Tahoe; $53 Futon; theuncommondog.com4. Benchmade Griptilian 551 Knife This lightweight, easy-to-use stainless steel knife also offers one of the toughest, most durable folding blades available today. The blade uses an ambidextrous thumb stud to control the locking mechanism, making it extremely easy to flick the knife open with one hand. The affordable, durable Griptilian has long been the knife of choice for elite adventure travelers. $60; benchmade.com5. Kleen Kanteen The 40-ounce bottle and cap are totally free of BPA and other toxins, and the flavor-free stainless steel is both durable and lightweight. It’s the healthiest and safest water bottle available, and it’s handcrafted to last a lifetime. Bonus: Klean Kanteen is a member of 1% for the Planet. $25; kleankanteen.com6. SteriPen Adventurer Opti The SteriPen is the quickest, safest, and most travel-friendly option for adventure travelers. Whether in the backcountry or the bathroom of a dirty motel, the SteriPen provides clean water by sterilizing it with 48 seconds of ultraviolet light. The Adventurer Opti makes water purification easier than ever with its slim, ultralight design. $63; steripen.comlast_img read more

What does your credit union want for Christmas?

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s Christmastime again, which means family and friends are running about making preparations for the big day. Shopping, cooking, cards, all that fun stuff. Many families will drop hints with children asking some variation of the age-old question “What do you want for Christmas?”While responses from children will undoubtedly be as many and varied (and potentially expensive) as they always are, have you ever thought about what your credit union might say if asked a similar question? As strategic marketing consultants for credit unions and banks across the country, it’s a question we ask frequently this time of year.“ABC Credit Union, what would you like for Christmas?”Note: Try not to picture your credit union sitting on a mall Santa Claus’ lap. Trust me, I did and it’s a hard image to forget.What’s on your credit union’s wish list this year? The answer really lies in your own heart and mind. What do you think your credit union needs most?last_img read more