Curt Eckstein Wins Indiana Boys Cross Country State Championship

first_imgOldenburg Academy senior Curtis Eckstein left no doubt finishing well ahead of the field to win the boys individual state championship in 15:13.3.Runner-up Gabe Fendel, a junior at Hamilton Southeastern finished in 15:40.7. Third place went to junior Skylar Stidam (15:51.6) of Christian Academy of Indiana, sophomore Mitchell Rans (15:57.2) of Caston was fourth, and Lowell junior Alec Fleming (15:57.8) ended fifth.Eckstein’s 27.4-second differential was the second-largest winning margin since 1968 and he became the first cross country state champion in his school’s history.In addition to capturing The State Crown, Eckstein was named the winner of the Charles F. Maas Mental Attitude Award and Carmel High School’s Rachel Anderson received the Girls Mental Attitude Award.Eckstein is undecided on his college choice but plans to study Engineering. He is the son of Dave and Judy Eckstein of Batesville.Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance presented a $1,000 scholarship to each high school’s general scholarship fund in the name of each individual.Courtesy of The IHSAA.last_img read more

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Wright craves unlikely return home

first_imgNew St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright would like to see his first game in charge of the Perth side take place in his homeland – but admits it is more likely to be hosted by Rosenborg. The Northern Irishman’s side were drawn to play either Crusaders or the Norwegian outfit in the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Wright is gearing up for his first season as McDiarmid Park boss after replacing fellow Northern Irishman Steve Lomas as manager. But the former Distellery chief claims old rival Stephen Baxter and his Belfast Reds face a tough job in their first-round tie. Wright said: “I was thinking this morning that it would be quite ironic if my first game in charge was against a Northern Irish side. It would be nice to go back if it was Crusaders. But we can’t second guess things.” St Johnstone will travel to either Northern Ireland or Norway for the first leg on July 18 before hosting the return on July 25. Hibernian, meanwhile, have been drawn to take on either Drogheda from Ireland or Malmo of Sweden. The Scottish pair will have to make their way through two further qualifying rounds to reach the group stage of the competition. The ties they have been handed for the second round look potentially very tricky, though, and the same can be said for Irish club Derry City, who face Turkey’s Trabzonspor. Crusaders-Rosenborg, Drogheda-Malmo and the rest of the first qualifying round clashes will take place with the first legs on July 4 and second legs on July 11. The draws for both stages were made earlier on Monday, and there were six other teams from Britain or Ireland involved. In terms of Welsh sides, Airbus UK meet FK Ventspils of Latvia in round one, with the winners then playing Luxembourg’s Jeunesse Esch or Finland’s TPS Turku in round two. Prestatyn face another Latvian outfit in SK Liepajas Metalurgs for the right to take on Croats HNK Rijeka, and Bala are up against Estonia’s Levadia Tallinn and then, if they beat them, Pandurii Targu Jiu of Romania. There are two more teams from Northern Ireland in action – Glentoran meet Icelanders KR Reykjavik, with Belgium’s Standard Liege awaiting the victors, and Linfield have been paired with IF Fuglafjordur from the Faroe Islands, the winners then facing Xanthi of Greece in round two. Meanwhile, Ireland’s St Patrick’s Athletic will go head to head with VMFD Zalgiris of Lithuania, with the winning side then meeting either FK Teteks (Macedonia) or FC Pyunik (Armenia). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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NHL trade news: Flyers acquire Kevin Hayes from Jets

first_imgHayes, 27, will become an unrestricted free agent in July and Philadelphia already has plans to work on a new contract with him.BREAKING: We have acquired forward @KevinPHayes12 from Winnipeg in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. https://t.co/LhPG1pvcmP— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 4, 2019″By gaining the rights to Kevin at this time, it provides us with an opportunity to negotiate with him prior to July 1 when he is due to become an unrestricted free agent,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement. Erik Karlsson nearing decision on future with Sharks, report says Philadelphia has made a roster move.The Flyers traded a fifth-round pick in this year’s NHL draft to the Jets in exchange for Kevin Hayes, the team announced Monday. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Vince Dunn, Oscar Sundqvist back for Game 4 — just in timecenter_img Related News Hayes was acquired by Winnipeg in a trade with the Rangers in February for a 2019 first-round pick and a conditional 2022 fourth-round pick. He signed a one-year deal worth a little more than $5 million in July 2018 and went on to play in 20 regular season games for the Jets.Winnipeg was eliminated by the Blues in six games in the first round of the NHL playoffs.Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 appearances in 2018-19. He played for current Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault during the first four years of his career in New York.last_img read more

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Dinosaur Fossils Flaunt Physics

first_imgRecent announcements about dinosaurs show that even the large ones exhibited physics fitness.  Their size did not inhibit their mobility.T. rex racer:  Maybe Jurassic Park got it right after all.  According to Science Daily, “Tyrannosaurus rex was far from a plodding Cretaceous era scavenger whose long tail only served to counterbalance the up-front weight of its freakishly big head.”  A grad student at the University of Alberta studied the muscle attachments in the rib cage and tail and compared them to Komodo dragons and crocodiles.  He concluded that the monster could outrun any other animal in its hunting grounds.Flying giraffe:  Only a children’s storybook author would claim a giraffe could launch itself into the sky, but apparently some pterosaurs as large as giraffes did just Live Science reported, “Giraffe-sized pterosaurs may have pole-vaulted with their arms to launch themselves, just as vampire bats do, scientists now suggest.”  Contrary to previous ideas that they would have had to get a running start or jump from cliffs, the new study at University of Portsmouth suggests they could have “pole-vaulted” themselves from a standing position, using their front limbs, to get high enough to flap their enormous wings and fly – pretty good for an animal weighing 500 pounds or more.  A researcher, who was amazed at the tremendous size and power of these creatures, said, “Pterosaurs had incredibly strong skeletons – for their weight, they’re probably amongst the strongest ever evolved.”    New Scientist includes a video clip of the proposed launching mechanism.  The BBC News also reported on this story, and included a short audio interview with one of the scientists.Free-range dinosaurs:  The turkey you prepare for Thanksgiving may be a model animal for how some dinosaurs ran, according to Live Science.  Nobody knows if dinosaur meat tasted like turkey, but another article posted on PhysOrg reported the discovery of juvenile dinosaur footprints in Colorado near Denver.  According to the discoverers, “Speedy the Sauropod” was running like a scalded turkey when it made the tracks.France’s biggest dinosaur cache was announced by Science Daily.  Found this January, the quarry, covering several hundred square meters, includes large sauropods, five predators, and aquatic reptiles like turtles and crocodiles.  Some 400 bones have been uncovered since excavations began at the end of summer.  “The find is all the more exceptional as the bones are not only present in large numbers, but are also remarkably well preserved, having been buried rapidly” under alluvial sediments of a Quaternary river in Lower Cretaceous strata.  Similar dinosaur graveyards have been found in Britain and Spain, the article said.Were dinosaurs primitive animals on the way to becoming smart, like humans?  No; they were incredibly well designed, powerful and successful.  And they all died suddenly, often buried in mass graves.  If it weren’t for the evolutionary scenario imposed on the data, a very different picture of their origins and extinctions might be proposed.  What was Speedy running from?  Why are so many mashed together in water-borne sediments?  Why must we be told Darwin takes credit for explaining them?  “They’re probably amongst the strongest ever evolved” – good grief.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA-born scientist wins Nobel Prize

first_img8 October 2002South African born and educated molecular biologist Sydney Brenner and two of his colleagues have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their research into the genetic development of organs and the “programmed death’ or “suicide’ of cells.Brenner, Sir John Sulston of the UK and Robert Horvitz of the US will share the US$1-million prize for identifying the key genes that regulate the formation of organs and the controlled elimination of old cells in a worm approximately 1mm long – and showing that corresponding genes exist in higher species, including humans.Their discoveries “are important for medical research and have shed new light on the pathogenesis of many diseases’, the Nobel Foundation said on its web site.Brenner is the fourth South African born or raised scientist to win a Nobel prize, after CAT scan co-inventor Allan Cormack, Max Theiler for his research on yellow fever, and Aaron Klug for his research on macromolecules.It was Brenner, widely regarded as a giant in molecular biology, who put the worm or nematode Caenorhabditis elegans on the scientific map, after realising in the 1960s that fundamental questions about cell differentiation and organ development were difficult to tackle in higher animals.C. elegans, on the other hand, provided the perfect subject for research: transparent and fast-growing, its cell division could be directly observed under the microscope; multicellular yet simpler than mammals, its genetic secrets were relatively accessible and at the same time applicable to more complex species.Brenner provided the basis for the award-winning research in a 1974 publication in which he broke new ground by demonstrating that specific gene mutations could be chemically induced in the worm’s genome. Different mutations, he showed, could be linked to specific genes and specific effects on the worm’s organ development.“This combination of genetic analysis and visualisation of cell divisions observed under the microscope initiated the discoveries that are awarded by this year’s Nobel Prize’, the Foundation said.The knowledge of programmed cell death that Brenner, Sulston and Horvitz arrived at has helped the scientific community to understand how some viruses and bacteria are able to invade our cells, and how abnormal (either excessive or reduced) cell death plays a part in a number of diseases, including Aids, stroke and cancer.Today, for example, many cancer treatment strategies are based on the stimulation of the body’s cellular “suicide programme’. According to the Foundation, further exploration is called for to “reach a more refined manner to induce cell death in cancer cells’.Germiston boy, Wits studentBrenner was born in Germiston, South Africa on 13 January 1927, and studied medicine and science at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg before going to Oxford, where he received a D.Phil in chemistry in 1952.After a brief return to South Africa he returned to England, spending the bulk of his 50-year career in Cambridge, where he directed the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.He retired in 1992 – but came out of retirement four years later to become director of science at the Molecular Sciences Institute, a private research institute in Berkeley, California. He retired from this job at the end of 2000, and almost immediately took up an offer to become a distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, where he now lives.“I don’t want to retire to play golf. Science is one’s hobby and one’s work and one’s pleasure”, Brenner is quoted as saying on the Beyond the Human Genome Project page of the Harvey Mudd College web site.Brenner is best known for his work in the 1960s, which established the existence of messenger RNA, which transmits information from DNA to proteins. That discovery won him the prestigious Lasker Award in 1971 for basic medical research.More recently, he has been part of a team studying vertebrate genome evolution using the Japanese puffer fish. Brenner won a second Lasker award in 2000 for work in medical sciences, honouring his achievements over a lifetime. “The first one was for science”, Brenner commented at the time. “The next one was for surviving.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 11th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ideal weather conditions allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 10th. Hay and pastures have greened up, and hay is expected to be cut in the coming weeks. Unusually warm and dry weather allowed farmers the opportunity to plant round the clock last week, and tremendous progress was made. In one week’s time, a season of delays jumped to one that is outpacing the five year average, as corn growers planted an estimated 40% of their acreage. This was the fastest weekly progress since 50 percent of the crop was planted during the week ending May 13, 2007. The current record is 65 percent planted on the week ending May 4, 2003.View the current Crop Progress Report for Ohio herelast_img read more

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Advances in Windows

first_imgWindows have a huge impact on the energy use of our homes. Fortunately, there have been dramatic advances in window technology over the past thirty years. This column will take a look at factors that affect the energy performance of windows.Multiple panes of glass. A single layer of glass—and the layers of relatively still air on both sides of it—insulate to about R-1. If we add a second pane of glass ( “glazing” in industry parlance) separated by an air space, we increase the insulating value to between R-1.75 and R-2. We can do this by adding a storm window or by using two layers of glass in the prime window. Two layers of glass with a sealed air space between them is referred to as an “insulated glazing unit,” and most windows sold in the U.S. today have such glazing. Providing three layers of glass or two layers of glass and a suspended plastic film boosts performance further by creating two layers of trapped air.Thickness of the air space. Older insulated glass units often have just a quarter-inch air space. If that air space is increased to a half inch, the insulating performance of the window, measured at the center of the glass panel, increases about 15%. If the spacing is too wide, though, the air can form convection loops and the insulating performance drops a bit. Assuming air fills the space in the sealed insulated glazing unit, the optimal thickness of the air space is between ½ inch and 1 inch. We’ll see that if a gas other than air fills that space, the optimal thickness may differ.Low-emissivity coatings. In the mid-1970s scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology figured out that a very thin metallic coating on a layer of glass or plastic film would block the escape of radiant heat. These coatings allow shortwave length light to pass through (so we can see through them just fine), but they block longer wavelength heat radiation. Technically, they reduce the emittance of radiant heat—thus the name, low-emissivity or low-e. For windows sold in our climate, low-e coatings have become fairly standard.Low-e coatings can be deposited on the glass (referred to as soft-coat low-e), or they can be incorporated into the surface of the glass when the glass is still molten (referred to as hard-coat or pyrolytic low-e). In general soft-coat low-e adds more R-value than hard-coat low-e, but it also blocks more solar gain, so may not be the best choice for south-facing windows when you want to benefit from passive solar heating—more about that in a future column.Assuming a half-inch air space, adding a layer of soft-coat low-e to one of the panes of glass boosts the energy performance (measured at the center of the window) by over 50%.Low-conductivity gas fill. Some gasses have lower conductivity than air, so replacing the air in a sealed insulated glazing unit with one of these low-conductivity gas fills can boost insulating performance. The most common gas-fill is argon, though krypton is even better and is used in higher-performance windows. With krypton, the optimal thickness is about a quarter-inch.Improved edge spacers. In an insulated glazing unit, the panes of glass are held apart by a continue glazing spacer—usually a hollow channel of aluminum. Because aluminum is highly conductive, this spacer creates a “thermal bridge,” reducing the overall insulating performance of the window—and sometimes causing condensation at the window edges (because the inner glass surface will be colder there). There are some alternative “warm-edge” spacers on the market made of thinner-walled stainless steel channel, silicone, or rubber.Frame materials. Finally, some window frame materials insulate better than others. Wood provides about R-1 per inch. Hollow fiberglass or vinyl channel that is insulated with fiberglass or foam insulation can boost the insulating performance of the entire window unit (glazing plus frame). The better the energy performance of the glazing, the more significant the heat flow through the frames. This is also why—with high-performance glazings—windows with large undivided glazing units perform better than windows with lots of small panes of glass; the latter have a higher proportion of framing.By combining the best of these glazing and frame technologies, center-of-glass insulating values can be increased up to R-8 or even higher and whole-unit R-values (accounting for heat loss through the frames) can reach R-5 or higher. Only a few U.S. manufacturers provide such top-performing windows. Canadian window manufacturers are much more focused on energy performance.last_img read more

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Drainage on Exterior Walls

first_imgLast week I wrote about “deep-energy retrofits”—strategies for dramatically reducing the energy consumption of an existing house. In northern climates, such retrofits often involve adding a layer of rigid insulation to the exterior of a house. If you’re removing the siding to add insulation, this is a great time to provide a drainage layer—or “rainscreen”—before reinstalling siding.A rainscreen detail provides an air space between the exterior siding or cladding and the wall sheathing (whether rigid insulation, as described above, plywood, or wood).That air space does two primary things. First, it allows any moisture that gets through the siding or cladding to evaporate and dissipate up and out, or flow down to the bottom of the wall.Without this air space, moisture can soak through into the wall cavity—where it can potentially cause rotting and mold growth, and (with fiberglass or cellulose insulation in the wall cavities) significantly degrade the R-value of the insulation. In fact, if siding or cladding gets wet and then heats up (such as when the sun comes out after a rain storm), that heat can create a strong driving force for water vapor—pushing that moisture into the wall.Second, a rainscreen ensures that the back side of the siding or cladding will maintain similar conditions as the front side. This reduces stress on the siding or cladding, which improves the service life of both the material itself and any coating. Painted wood siding, such as clapboards or board-and-batten, installed over a rainscreen can dry out after it gets wet and won’t have to be repainted as often. In relatively rainy climates, most houses with wood siding have to be repainted or stained every four or five years to keep it looking good, but if the siding is properly primed and painted (see below) and installed using a rainscreen detail, it can last more than 15 years before repainting or staining is needed.While rainscreen detailing doesn’t affect energy performance to a significant extent, it is particularly important with a highly insulated wall system that may have difficulty drying out if it gets wet. Building science expert Peter Yost suggests that we “manage energy and moisture with equal intensity.” Any time we make improvements to a home’s energy efficiency, we should look for opportunities to improve durability. Furthermore, less frequent painting or siding replacement indirectly saves energy, because of the energy that’s “embodied” in those materials we would be using.Rainscreen detailing should be a part of standard construction practice. The rainscreen can most easily be made with strapping installed over the sheathing (1x4s, for example)—perpendicular to the siding. With horizontal clapboards, vertical strapping should be installed; for board-and-batten siding, horizontal strapping.There are also some specially designed materials that provide a rainscreen, such as “Cedar Breather” from the Benjamin Obdyke Company. When providing a rainscreen, the window and door trim has to account for the added thickness.While a rainscreen detail is important with wood siding, it also makes sense with fiber-cement siding and brick cladding. Brick can absorb a lot of water, which can be driven into the wall when the exterior heats up. Vinyl siding usually does not require a separate rainscreen, because it’s made in such a way that air can flow through it relatively easily. Creating a rainscreen takes a little extra work, but it’s a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. In fact, I believe it’s so important that it should be required by code.On the subject of the durability of paint, it’s worth noting that if new wood siding is being painted, it should be primed and painted on all four sides (and ends) before it is exposed to sunlight for a significant period of time. The best option is to do all the priming and painting before installing the siding (some siding is sold with factory priming). Once wood is exposed to sunlight, the surface begins breaking down, and it will not hold paint as well.last_img read more

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Indian players are suffering from mental fatigue, says Upton

first_imgIf a team indulges in playing relentlessly, the players start suffering from “mental fatigue” and that’s exactly what has happened with the Indian players, feels former mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton.Upton said if a player is on the conveyor belt all the time, it create situations like those experienced by the Indian cricketers during the World Cup, where they fought hard to keep their food down, while Yuvraj Singh became physically sick due to anxiety.”The current schedules ask players to be machines. We can guess the physical impact on players but what is very little understood is the mental fatigue the players experience when crossing the ropes in every single game where there is that much amount of pressure,” Upton told a cricket website from South Africa.The Indian players will go straight into an ODI series against England at home after the current tour. It will be followed by full fledged series against West Indies at home and then head Down Under for a tough battle against Australia.Some of the players like M.S. Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli will also have Champions League assignment. Upton didn’t mince words stating that World Cup had taken its toll on players.”That World Cup was a monumental process, both preparing for the tournament and enduring it for seven weeks. It was a very, very long tournament. The physical drain on the players, I don’t think even the players realise the extent to which they were absolutely stuffed.”advertisement”I spoke to Yuvraj Singh who said he was sick for nearly two weeks after the World Cup and I know there were a lot of players who were mentally down after the World Cup,” he said.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Ukrainian authorities We thwarted massive cyberattack

first_imgMINSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities say they’ve thwarted a huge cyberattack and are blaming Russia for the alleged digital assault as tensions between the two countries have flared.The Security Service of Ukraine said in a statement that hackers used malicious accounting documents to target the information technology systems of the country’s judiciary.The SBU described the alleged hacking as “massive” but produced little detail about the extent, timing, nature or severity of the hacks.Ukraine has been buffeted by extraordinarily damaging cyberattacks since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and Russian-backed forces overran eastern Ukraine, leading to years of fighting.The grinding conflict escalated on Nov. 25 when Russian forces fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels carrying 24 seamen.Russian government officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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