Ohio State wrestling set for seasons first dual against Davidson

The march to a season with individual and team national title hopes starts Thursday for the No. 5 Ohio State wrestling team, as it travels to Davidson, N.C., for its first dual match of the season. The Buckeyes, which have made appearances at the Eastern Michigan Open on Nov. 3, the UB Invitational in Buffalo on Nov. 4 and the Michigan State Open on Nov. 11, will put their national ranking to the test against the Wildcats. And while OSU came in first place at the Buffalo Invitational, Buckeyes coach Tom Ryan said some early season inexperience is showing. “Obviously it depends which weight class you are talking about, but overall there’s a lot of work to be done and it’s a good thing it’s November and not March,” Ryan said. Some younger wrestlers, however, might be excited for the challenge. Redshirt freshman Kenny Courts, winner of the freshman and sophomore division of the 184-pound weight class at the Michigan State Open, is ready for the trip. “This is going to be a good experience, it’s good for growing,” Courts said. “By the end of the season I have a lot of experience and put it all together for a big tournament.” Davidson is a team that has already won three dual matches against Spartanburg Methodist College, Belmont Abbey and Anderson University. Philip Elias, a 125-pound sophomore, has one of Davidson’s best records this season, 5-2, and scored 5.5 team points for the Wildcats at the Wolfpack Open on Nov. 11. Redshirt senior Nikko Triggas, who placed fifth in the 125-pound weight class at the Michigan State Open, will be taking on Elias in the meet. “They are supposed to have a decent 125-pounder, so I’m not looking over anybody and just got to get prepared for the match,” Triggas said. Another Davidson wrestler is 184-pound junior Scott Patrick, who currently holds a 9-1 record. He placed fifth and scored 18 total team points at the Wolfpack Open. “Although Davidson doesn’t have the support we have from an athletic department standpoint, we know that the nice thing about wrestling is you can field three or four tough guys in a lineup of 10 people,” Ryan said. “So we are certainly not taking them lightly.” Ryan said the Buckeyes’ goals are the same as any other match. “We want to see guys wrestle hard, build leads, get out and score points from the bottom position, make sure we aren’t giving up any points from the riding position,” Ryan said. Another challenge both teams will face is a weigh-in process one hour before the match to see if the wrestlers are eligible at their respective weight classes. Triggas said one-hour weigh-ins are much more difficult than tournament style. “Tournament style there’s a two-hour weigh-in, you give your body a little more time to recover, you can cut weight a little bit easier,” Triggas said. “With a one-hour weigh-in, literally you step on the scale and (wrestle) one hour from then … your body is not ready at that point.” Ryan said the team is going to leave Thursday morning and drive more than six hours to Davidson, N.C., in a bus that will allow them to lie down and relax. They will arrive at the campus at about 3:30 p.m. and compete at 7 p.m. “It’ll be a challenging day for them in a lot of ways even before the competition. These guys are ready for it,” Ryan said. “Hopefully, for lack of a term, it’ll toughen them up a little bit.” The Buckeyes will then travel to Blacksburg, Va., on Friday for a match with No. 12 Virginia Tech at 7 p.m., and finish the week with their home opener versus Pittsburgh Sunday at St. John Arena at 2 p.m. read more

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Braxton Miller named Big Ten offensive player of the year for the

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) attempts to avoid defenders during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor the second straight season, Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller has been named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native said he has grown this season in his second year on coach Urban Meyer’s offense.“Just leadership-wise and I actually know what I’m doing with the offense too because it was a new offense and a new coaching staff (last season),” Miller said during an interview on the Big Ten Network Tuesday. “Under coach Meyer and (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom) Herman, it was pretty tough at first but now in my second year in the offense, I’m pretty comfortable with what I’m doing.”Miller is coming off a regular season in which he threw for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns while only being intercepted five times. He also ran for 891 yards and eight touchdowns, good for second on the team and eighth in the Big Ten.His backfield partner, senior running back Carlos Hyde, leads the team with 1,290 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.But Hyde said after a 34-24 victory against Iowa, during which Miller threw for 222 yards and ran for 102, that Miller has “crazy talent.”“When Braxton’s running, I’m always expecting a big play. You never know that has unbelievable … crazy talent,” Hyde said. “He can make something … from nothing into something.”Miller was one of 10 Buckeyes who were named to the All-Big Ten first or second team Monday, being selected first-team by both the coaches and media.Early in 2013, Miller missed time, sitting out for almost three whole games after sustaining a knee injury in the first quarter against San Diego State Sept. 7. Last season, Miller took home the award after throwing for 2,039 yards and adding 1,271 on the ground.Penn State redshirt-senior linebacker Stephen Obeng-Agyapong said Oct. 23, before OSU beat Penn State 63-14, that Miller has game-changing talent.“He can make the play at any time, regardless of if you feel like you got him like, one on one,” Obeng-Agyapong said. “He has the ability to make you miss, so we have to corral the ball when he has it.”Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer said Nov. 13 having a quarterback that can run and pass like Miller has been something from which the offense has benefits.“It definitely changes the dynamic. We’re putting up 40-some points a game, so it’s working pretty well for us and his development,” Spencer said. “It’s coming along great … He’s playing really well right now and us as receivers, we’re executing pretty well for him.”Miller and the Buckeyes will look to continue their undefeated season Saturday when they take on the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans (11-1, 8-0) in the Big Ten Championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.After pulling out a 42-41 victory against Michigan to complete a second consecutive undefeated regular season, Miller expressed concern about the Spartan defense.“Watching film, the defense is pretty good,” Miller said. “They play hard, they had a good game plan and I feel like it was the best defense we played all year.” read more

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Airbnb Hosts Can Chip In to Help House Displaced People

first_imgStay on target Airbnb’s new donations tool lets U.S. hosts pledge a portion of their lodging income to organizations helping people in need of temporary housing.As of May 1, innkeepers can choose what percentage of their Airbnb earnings to gift; 100 percent of contributions go directly to nonprofit partners.“We estimate that if every host in the United States contributed just 1 percent of their earnings, partner organizations could help find temporary housing for 2 million people this year,” according to the company.That’s well over Airbnb’s goal of sheltering 100,000 people by 2022.“Many hosts in our community are eager to help when a crisis hits, but aren’t always able to open their homes,” co-founder and Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia said in a statement. “We developed this donations tool to give them an easy, straightforward way to make an impact.”If every host in the US contributed just 1 percent of their earnings, partner organizations could help find temporary housing for 2 million people this year (via Airbnb)The new initiative is part of the company’s Open Homes program, which, for seven years, has seen Airbnb hosts open their homes for free to those affected by conflict, disaster, or critical illness.The Open Homes community has already helped more than 25,000 people.To participate, visit the Open Homes website to “start donating” or “offer your space.” (Before anyone crosses the threshold, willing hosts can message with the guest to decide if it’s a good fit and agree on length of stay.)Airbnb, meanwhile, is investing more than $20 million to help people in need of housing, offering grants to nonprofits like the Make-A-Wish Foundation and International Rescue Committee. The company has also partnered with disaster relief organization All Hands and Hearts.“We hope that through the company’s contributions, the Open Homes program, and our hosts’ generous donations, we can extend belonging to those who are facing their darkest hour,” Gebbia said.The donations tool will roll out globally later this year.More on Geek.com:This Massive Idaho ‘Potato’ Is Now a Cozy Airbnb You Can Stay InAirbnb in Hot Water Again Over Hidden CamerasAirbnb Host Admits to Killing Guest Over Unpaid $149 Bill Airbnb For Work Simplifies Business TravelAirbnb’s Oscar Mayer Wienermobile Rental Is a Hot Dog Lover’s Paradise last_img read more

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Epic Buys Rocket League Scores Another Goal Against Steam

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target While it’s no Fortnite, Rocket League is still a really popular video game. And it deserves to be! Cars playing soccer is just an inherently fun idea that developer Psyonix executed on perfectly. Combine that with a smart approach to cross-platform play and it’s no surprise the game still has a thriving esports scene four years later.And while Rocket League isn’t Fortnite, its success has still caught the attention of Fortnite’s creators Epic Games. The gaming giant has just purchased Psyonix (and therefore Rocket League) gaining another powerful multiplayer franchise as well scoring another goal against rival Steam.“We expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before,” said Psyonix in a statement. “We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.”It sounds like Psyonix and Epic both know that Rocket League isn’t broke, so don’t try to fix it. Just keep helping it grow with Epic’s vast resources. The game already runs on Epic’s Unreal engine. And more cynically, while Rocket League does cost money, its season-based games as a service multiplayer structure should be quite familiar to Fortnite players. We just hope Psyonix isn’t burdened with the harmful and exploitative culture of crunch that appears to plague other successful Epic Games teams according to new reports.Also notice that Psyonix specifically mentions the Epic Game Store. While it may not happen immediately, Rocket League will absolutely become the next high-profile game to leave Steam and appear exclusively on the Epic Games Store later this year. At least on PC. Key to maintaining Rocket League’s success is appeasing players on all systems including consoles like Nintendo Switch. Of course, this could all be moot if Valve calls Epic’s bluff and gives better cuts to developers. Epic’s Tim Sweeney’s recently said such a move would end this current PC game store cold war.If you haven’t played Rocket League, get on that, whether it’s through the Epic Games Store or anywhere else. And for more on what Valve is doing to drum up more interest in Steam in the face of these new threats, here are the latest details on the upcoming Valve Index VR headset.last_img read more

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Study Male and Female Superheroes Have Unrealistic BMIs

first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Popular superheroes, including Black Widow and Thor, might be able to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame, however, a new study suggests that these characters’ comic book depictions do not have a healthy body mass index (BMI) or realistic body proportions.The study, which was conducted by Binghamton University and SUNY Oswego, explored the BMI data of various superheroes. SUNY Oswego associate professor of human development Rebecca Burch and Binghamton University Ph.D. student Laura Johnsen, who published their findings in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, found that in comic books, male superheroes were on average obese, while female superheroes on average were close to underweight, said a Binghamton University press release.Burch and Johnsen collected BMI data for 3,752 Marvel Comics characters and analyzed the visualization of male and female superheroes. They focused on costuming and physical dimensions that accentuated hyper-masculine or hyper-feminine features like shoulder-to-waist ratio, jawlines, upper body muscularity, waist-to-hip ratio, and breast morphology. They discovered that the male higher body mass was generated by extreme upper-body masculinity, with male shoulder-to-waist ratios above human limits. On the other hand, female superheroes had lower than average body weight and much lower waist-to-hip ratios than average-sized humans.Just in time for #AvengersEndgame, new research featuring a Bing student! https://t.co/2MIVC4HlRo— Binghamton University (@binghamtonu) May 1, 2019“The main findings were that comic book characters are an expression of supernormal stimuli, and they have body morphology that is beyond what humans are capable of having. For male and female characters, there are certain characteristics that are associated with masculinity and femininity; for males, that tends to be wide shoulders and a narrow waist, and for females that tends to be a small waist-to-hip ratio, and a larger bust,” Johnsen said. “These are traits that humans tend to find attractive, but for comic book characters, artists take those traits and make them super-exaggerated.”The team pointed out how the superhero comic book bodies aren’t achievable in real life, and how movie makers use special costume effects to transform actors and actresses into these hyper-masculine and hyper-feminine figures.“People who read comic books know that these body types are fantastical representations of the human form,” Johnsen added. “It’s pretty clear you can’t create that body type through just diet and exercise. Even for the films, the costume designers have to modify costumes to make the actors look even more robust than they actually are in real life.”“We need to live up to our name.” Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is now playing in theaters. Get tickets: https://t.co/93jQYXAc6I pic.twitter.com/naIQZNMWLQ— The Avengers (@Avengers) April 30, 2019However, studying comic books from an evolutionary point of view can provide more insights into why certain superheroes have a particular look and why fans feel a connection with them.“Comic books and films are sometimes trivialized as ‘kids’ stuff,’ but increasingly they offer detailed and creative storylines and fine artistry,” Johnsen explained. “They also offer themes that reflect deep human emotion and desire. By studying comics from an evolutionary perspective, we gain insight as to the underlying origins for why the characters look the way they do, why we are attracted to them, and why we connect with them on such a personal level.”More on Geek.com:Girls Want — And Need — More Female SuperheroesIron Man Was Completely Right (‘Avengers: Endgame’ Spoilers)‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Box Office Recordslast_img read more

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Tesla Sued Over Fatal Crash Involving Model X With Autopilot Engaged

first_img The family of a Tesla owner that was killed when the Model X he was driving with the Autopilot feature engaged crashed into a concrete highway median in California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the carmaker.The lawsuit alleges Tesla’s Autopilot feature was “defective” and caused the death of Apple engineer Walter Huang, according to a press release.BREAKING NEWS: Tesla hit with lawsuit by family of Walter Huang, Apple Engineer who died last year when autopilot in Model X steered him into a traffic barrier Southbound 101 in Mountain View. #ABC7now pic.twitter.com/1cEql1vllc— Dan Noyes (@dannoyes) May 1, 2019Huang, who was 38, died from injuries sustained after his 2017 Tesla Model X slammed into a concrete highway barrier on U.S. 101 in Mountain View, Calif., on March 23, 2018. The vehicle’s semi-automated system “misread lane lines on the roadway, failed to detect the concrete median, and failed to brake the car, but instead accelerated into the median,” according to the complaint filed in the state court for Santa Clara County on April 26.A week after the crash, Tesla CEO Elon Musk published a blog post saying “the driver had received several visual and one audible hands-on warning earlier in the drive and the driver’s hands were not detected on the wheel for six seconds prior to the collision.”Tesla is “beta testing its Autopilot software on live drivers,” said Mark Fong, a partner at Minami Tamaki LLP, one of the firms representing Huang’s family. “The Huang family wants to help prevent this tragedy from happening to other drivers using Tesla vehicles or any semi-autonomous vehicles.”Family of Tesla Car Crash Victim Walter Huang Files Lawsuit Against Automaker, State of California (with @WalkupLawFirm) https://t.co/a3xlsahLda— Minami Tamaki LLP (@minamitamaki) May 1, 2019Huang’s family members told reporters that he’d mention how his vehicle would swerve toward the barrier while on Autopilot, and last year his brother said Huang complained to the Tesla dealership about it, according to Engadget.In his blog post, Musk said the reason this crash was so severe is because the crash attenuator, a highway safety barrier which is designed to reduce the impact into a concrete lane divider, had been crushed in a prior accident without being replaced. “We have never seen this level of damage to a Model X in any other crash,” he said.The allegations against Tesla include product liability, defective product design, failure to warn, breach of warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, and false advertising.The lawsuit also names the State of California Department of Transportation as a defendant. Huang’s vehicle impacted a concrete highway median that was missing its crash attenuator guard.More on Geek.com:Tesla’s New Vehicle Modes Protect Pets, CarsWatch: Teslas, EVs Were Struggling During the Polar Vortex, TooWatch a Tesla Model 3 Get Assembled From Start to Finish Stay on target Software Engineer Embedded Tesla Model 3 Key Fob In ArmTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow last_img read more

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NASAs InSight Lander Snaps Dreamy Sunrise and Sunset on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 NASA’s InSight lander recently captured a ‘Martian’ sunrise and sunset, and it makes the Red Planet look incredibly dreamy in space.On April 24 and April 25, also known as the 145th Martian day, or sol, of the mission, a camera on the probe’s robotic arm snapped the gorgeous photos, said a NASA press release. The shots were taken starting at approximately 5:30 a.m. and then again starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. in local Mars time. A camera under the spacecraft’s deck also caught some fluffy clouds drifting across Mars’ sky at sunset.Just a blissful day on #Mars as feathery clouds roll by me and the Sun shines on the horizon.More: https://t.co/1SSsYjsNjzMars Weather: https://t.co/gqGuWiEtbx pic.twitter.com/q9UooHuqKQ— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) May 1, 2019The InSight lander’s photos are available in “raw” and color-corrected versions. Some details pop out more in the raw versions, however, the color-corrected versions show the photos as the human eye would see them. What’s cool about the photos is that the sun only appears roughly two-thirds the size that it does when spotted from Earth, because Mars is much further from the sun than our planet.A sunrise on Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)This isn’t the InSight lander’s first time capturing ‘Martian’ activity: On March 2 and March 10, the lander took practice shots of the Red Planet’s sunrise and sunset. “It’s been a tradition for Mars missions to capture sunrises and sunsets,” Justin Maki, InSight science team co-investigator and imaging lead at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in the press release. “With many of our primary imaging tasks complete, we decided to capture the sunrise and sunset as seen from another world.”A sunset on Mars. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)The first mission to send back Mars sunrise and sunset images was the Viking 1 lander, which snapped a beautiful sunset on August 21, 1976, while the Viking 2 captured a sunrise on June 14, 1978. Since the Vikings’ trips, multiple sunrises and sunsets have been recorded by the Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit rovers.More on Geek.com:NASA’s InSight Lander Captures First Audio of ‘Marsquake’InSight Probe ‘Pushes Aside’ Stone, Continues Hammering MarsNASA’s InSight Lander Is Mars’ New Weather Forecast Providerlast_img read more

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Watch Blue Origin Launches Test Flight of Its New Shepard Rocket

first_imgCongrats to the Blue Origin team on what looks to be another wholly successful flight #NS11 #LaunchLandRepeat— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) May 2, 2019Interestingly enough, New Shepard’s purpose isn’t to only ferry science research: The rocket was built for carrying paying customers to space. The six-seat New Shepard will need to undergo more tests first, however, the vehicle could be flying people sometime in the future.Photo Credit: Blue Origin/YouTubeMore on Geek.com:Blue Origin’s New Shepard Spacecraft Successfully Launches NASA ExperimentsCrack Open the Piggy Banks: Blue Origin to Charge $200K for Space FlightsSpaceX Conducts Static Fire Ties for Falcon Heavy Megarocket Core NASA Taps SpaceX, Blue Origin to Boost Space TechElon Musk Makes ‘Ballsy’ Joke About Jeff Bezos’ Blue Moon Lander on Twitter Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos’ space company, completed a record-breaking test flight of its New Shepard suborbital spacecraft on Thursday.The rocket, which blasted off from Blue Origin’s facility in West Texas at 9:35 a.m. EST, was the first time Blue Origin launched and landed one of its spacecrafts five times, CNBC reported. The NS-11 Mission, which was the 11th test flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, enabled 38 different science payloads for customers, including nine experiments from NASA, to be carried to suborbital space and back, Space.com noted.During the test flight, the New Shepard booster launched its capsule into suborbital space from the Texas-based launch site and then returned to Earth for a vertical landing. The capsule continued on a suborbital trajectory, re-entered our planet’s atmosphere, and made a parachute landing near Blue Origin’s original launch area.The New Shepard rocket sent Blue Origin’s capsule to an altitude of 346,406 feet and preliminary data indicated that the rocket reached almost Mach 3 on its way up (almost three times the speed of sound), with the mission lasting a little over 10 minutes.3-2-1… LIFTOFF! @BlueOrigin’s #NewShepard rocket just launched carrying nine @NASA_Technology-supported payloads, including a 3D printer for making metal parts, a medical suction device and more. Learn more about what’s on board: https://t.co/zT4mG0wY55 pic.twitter.com/UzZdkhaozB— NASA (@NASA) May 2, 2019Payloads that went for the fiery ride included some cool experiments, including a 3D-printing experiment conducted by the University of Kentucky that aims to advance off-Earth manufacturing technology, NanoRocks’ centrifuge that might allow researchers to collect biological data on suborbital rocket flights, and a Purdue University experiment created to improve deep-space spacecraft tanks’ fuel measurements.Touchdown! This is the 11th landing of a New Shepard booster, and the 5th landing for this particular vehicle #NS11— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) May 2, 2019center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Four Critically Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born at Chicago Zoo

first_img It’s a boy! And a girl! And another boy… and another girl!The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago has welcomed four red wolf pups — a critically endangered species, with less than 30 remaining in their native habitat of North Carolina. The pups, two males and two females born on April 13, are the first new litter of red wolf pups at the zoo in nearly a decade.The pups’ parents, Becca and Rhett, were recommended to breed as part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative effort among Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions to save the species, according to a press release.“Scientists estimate there are less than 30 red wolves left in their native habitat of North Carolina meaning species is on the very brink of extinction in the wild,” said Curator Dan Boehm. “We could not be more ecstatic for the arrival of these pups to help save this species and bolster the population.”One of the four new red wolf pups get a check-up. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)The Zoo said canine gestation is around 60 days with litters ranging from 3-6 offspring. The cubs typically stay in the den for the first month as they surpass critical milestones such as nursing, opening their eyes, and gaining strength.The pups have yet to venture from the den but have received their first veterinary check-ups.The pups’ parents were recommended to breed as part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)Once common throughout the Eastern and South Central United States, red wolf populations were decimated by the early 20th century as a result of intensive predator control programs and the degradation and alteration of the species’ habitat, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Red wolves are mostly brown and buff colored with some black along their backs, often with a reddish color on their ears, head and legs, and they grow up to weigh 45 to 80 pounds.Red wolves grow up to weight about 45 to 80 pounds. (Photo Credit: Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)Since 2005, Lincoln Park Zoo has been involved in the Red Wolf Recovery Program to try and assist the wild population with cross-fostering of zoo-born pups into wild family groups and other reintroduction efforts.More on Geek.com:Puppy Rescued From California Canyon Turns Out to Be… Not a PuppyUnique Red Wolf DNA Found in Texas CaninesBobcat That Survived California Wildfires Gives Birth to Four Kittens Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

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NASA Is Working With Cute Seals to Study Antarcticas Ocean Environment

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target NASA is using an adorable data source to analyze Antarctica’s ocean environment, one that looks like Jabba the Hutt and swims with flippers.Scientist Lia Siegelman, a visiting research student at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is using data from a single tagged southern elephant seal to better understand small-scale ocean features around Antarctica, said a NASA press release. While global warming changes ocean currents and impacts Antarctic melt rates, collecting data from these remote seas could be valuable, so scientists can reduce the negative impact of climate change. With the seal data, Siegelman and her colleagues can better understand Antarctica’s ocean environment and how it impacts ocean currents.These @NASA oceanographers have flippers, dive in remote locations and are super cute. Here’s how we’re working with seals to better understand changing ocean currents: https://t.co/rYGWutEo3S: @Sorbonne_Univ_ / Etienne Pauthenet pic.twitter.com/6GKB4fyTpP— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 2, 2019Southern elephant seals, which could weigh as much as a midsize pickup truck, are super athletes in water climates. They spend nine to 10 months every year at sea, swim thousands of miles, and dive to depths up to 3,300 feet. Thanks to seals’ advanced diving skills, a tagged elephant seal can collect data from the entire top layer of the Southern Ocean, and in some cases, even travel under the Antarctic sea ice, which isn’t always accessible for conventional ocean instruments.“Even when they sleep, they dive – they float down like a leaf,” Siegelman said in the press release. “They average about 80 dives a day, spaced less than half a mile apart (700 meters), returning to the surface briefly for air but staying underwater up to two hours at a time.”Siegelman and her colleagues, who published their findings in the journal Scientific Reports, studied a three-month foraging voyage by a female seal, and according to the team, the animal logged 3,520 miles and dove 6,942 times. Unlike other seals, this female seal traveled to an area in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current where there’s a standing meander, a space where ocean floor topography develops a permanent bend in the path of the current.A scientist glues a tag to a seal on Kerguelen Island. (Photo Credit: Sorbonne University/Etienne Pauthenet)During her voyage, the seal spent roughly a third of her time zigzagging in this deep space and provided data from a region where little oceanographic measurements have been made. Siegelman and her team used the data to identify the location of fronts, which are sudden changes in water density, similar to cold and warm fronts in Earth’s atmosphere. These fronts, which are only three to 12 miles wide, can be beneficial to marine life: The sharp dividing lines between lighter and denser waters pull nutrients from the ocean floor, fertilize phytoplankton, and work their way up the food chain to fuel elephant seals’ appetites.For more than 20 years, scientists have been tagging seals from the Kerguelen Islands, a French territory in the Antarctic, to study seals’ behavior. In 2014, researchers began leveraging a new type of sensor that records every seal’s dive, which provides an oceanographic data set that can be used to study changing ocean currents.Seals are tagged in SO-MEMO (Observing System – Mammals as Samplers of the Ocean Environment), a French research program run by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). These tags, also known as sensors with antennas, are glued to the seals’ heads in accordance with ethical standards. When the seals return to land to breed or molt (shed dead skin), researchers remove the tags to obtain their data.More on Geek.com:‘Surprised’ Scientists Find Cocaine, Ketamine in Shrimps From UK RiversAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom DiscoveredWeird Whale Found by Fisherman Might Be Trained by Russian Navylast_img read more

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide Raiden

first_img There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Raiden. Joker and The Terminator Cross Over Into ‘Mortal Kombat 11’‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf Who Are They?Don’t get him mixed up with that Metal Gear character, Raiden is the Thunder God protector of Earthrealm (Earth) in the Mortal Kombat universe. He’s the one who assembles the various fighters to compete in the tournament to protect the realm. And as Mortal Kombat becomes increasingly obsessed with its own lore, Raiden has become the de facto protagonist, driving the plot because his godhood allows him to be the only one who really knows what is going on even across multiple timelines.Kombat KhronologyRaiden has been a champion of good since the original Mortal Kombat. His benevolent godhood also got him a spot in Injustice 2. But recently Mortal Kombat games have started to treat Raiden as a more wrathful, Old Testament god. And at the start of Mortal Kombat 11, he’s a corrupt borderline villain threatening preemptive strikes against Earth’s enemies.Koolest KustomizationsMortal Kombat already has enough bad guys so my Raiden is pure with his traditional white outfit, staff, and cone hat. My preferred moveset is also pretty traditional, keeping Raiden’s ability to teleport as well as fly into opponents from across the stage. However, my favorite new move is Storm Cell, a circular swirling lightning blast centered near Raiden that can really trip enemies up and when enhanced keep them in the air to set up juggle combos.How Gross Is The Fatality?Keeping in line with Raiden’s new violent temperament, his fatality this time toys with opponents before striking them down. He severs your limbs from your body but gruesomely them keeps them tethered via lightning, electrocuting you at the same time. The new move is called “Alternating Current,” reminding us of other electricity asshole Thomas Edison. Stay on target Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guidelast_img read more

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Peter Mayhew Chewbacca in Star Wars Dies at Age 74

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca in the Star Wars films, has died at the age of 74, according to his agent.On April 30, Mayhew passed away in his North Texas home with his family by his side, CNN reported. Mayhew’s official Twitter account posted the news on Thursday, however, a cause of death was not disclosed. In July, Mayhew had undergone spinal surgery to improve his mobility, The Hollywood Reporter noted. The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home. pic.twitter.com/YZ5VLyuK0u— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 2, 2019Mayhew played Chewbacca in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), Revenge of the Sith (2005), and The Force Awakens (2015). The London native also did other minor acting, including playing a minotaur in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) and he was working as a hospital orderly when he auditioned for the role of Chewbacca. Writer-director George Lucas hired Mayhew for Star Wars due to his 7-foot-3 physique, since he needed someone who would be taller than Darth Vader for the part.“We are deeply saddened today by the news of Peter Mayhew’s passing. Since 1976, Peter’s iconic portrayal of the loyal, lovable Chewbacca has been absolutely integral to the character’s success, and to the Star Wars saga itself.”-Kathleen Kennedy.More: https://t.co/iGfk9XRzKa pic.twitter.com/5edrPrEuRS— Star Wars (@starwars) May 3, 2019Even though Mayhew didn’t provide Chewbacca’s voice, which was created by sound designer Ben Burtt, Mayhew is credited for his excellent body language and expressiveness he brought to the 200-year-old Wookiee, which made fans love his character. Mayhew worked as a consultant on The Last Jedi (2017) and helped actor Joonas Suotamo transition into the role of Chewbacca.The Star Wars family, including Mark Hamill and JJ Abrams, posted sweet tributes to Mayhew on Twitter, describing him as “the gentlest of giants” and a “sweetheart to work with.”He was the gentlest of giants-A big man with an even bigger heart who never failed to make me smile & a loyal friend who I loved dearly-I’m grateful for the memories we shared & I’m a better man for just having known him. Thanks Pete #RIPPeterMayhew #Heartbroken @TheWookieeRoars pic.twitter.com/8xbq9HEWF2— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 2, 2019 pic.twitter.com/IN7JJxRSw2— JJ Abrams (@jjabrams) May 3, 2019Harrison Ford, the actor who played Han Solo in many Star Wars movies, also shared an emotional statement on Mayhew’s death. “Peter Mayhew was a kind and gentle man, possessed of great dignity and noble character. These aspects of his own personality, plus his wit and grace, he brought to Chewbacca,” Ford wrote in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter. “We were partners in film and friends in life for over 30 years and I loved him. He invested his soul in the character and brought great pleasure to the Star Wars audience. ”A private memorial service will take place on June 29, and there will be another gathering for Star Wars fans at EmpireConLA, which will be held in December 2019. Mayhew is survived by his wife Angie, and three children.More on Geek.com:‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Trailer Teases a Good Star Wars Game‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Finally Gets a New ExpansionCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkiecenter_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Cool Gifts for Every Star Wars Junkie

first_imgStay on target May 4 is Star Wars Day, which means you might need a thoughtful gift (or two) for all the galactic junkies in your life. These out-of-this world gifts will surely delight any Star Wars fan, whether they are all about the Empire or the Rebellion.Solo Lando Triangle T-ShirtSolo Lando Triangle T-Shirt (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Lando’s the star of the show, and you can gift your friends a tribute of the coolest general of the Rebel Alliance around — at least, in the future. He’s still awesome even in the Solo movie, and we couldn’t think of a better guy to bring him to life on the big screen. This T-shirt is a fantastic tribute!Buy it HereStar Wars Force FX LightsabersStar Wars Force FX Lightsabers (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Get your Jedi or Sith game on with these Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers, which are packed with technology from a galaxy far, far away, so you can experience cool lighting and sound effects during your next showdown. Make Obi-Wan Kenobi proud and step up your “fighting skills” with one of these mock weapons, which are available in a bright red or green hue.Buy it HereStar Wars: Solo Lando Calrissian Replica CapeStar Wars: Solo Lando Calrissian Replica Cape (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Have someone in mind who wants to make Lando Calrissian himself come to life by way of cosplay? Get them half the way there with this awesome (and durable-looking) replica cape, which would make even Donald Glover proud. Seriously, it looks pretty good. It also won’t break the bank and you’ll be known as that friend who truly understands cosplay. Congrats!Buy it HereStar Wars Plush BouquetStar Wars Plush Bouquet (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Adorable Ewoks are here for all the cuddles with this Star Wars Plush Bouquet. Inspired by the Battle of Endor, one of the most epic showdowns in the galaxy, this set comes with nine Return of the Jedi characters, including Chewbacca, Leia Organa Solo, Han Solo, C3-P0, and R2-D2. You’ll get your Rebel Alliance crew and Empire baddies together in this cute arrangement.Buy it HereStar Wars Pinache R2-D2 GulperStar Wars Pinache R2-D2 Gulper (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Need a way to carry around your favorite juice, tea, or other beverage? This stylish R2-D2 emblazoned cup will get you or anyone you know together. It’s appropriate for nearly any situation, even a business brunch! Take your fave droid with you everywhere you go.Buy it HereStar Wars: The Last Jedi Porg Animated PlushStar Wars: The Last Jedi Porg Animated Plush (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Wouldn’t it be great to have your own Star Wars pet? Well, now you can: This Last Jedi Porg Animated Plush takes cuteness to a new level. It actually flaps its wings and makes three different sounds from the film, and a helpful note from ThinkGeek: Don’t let your Wookiee eat it for a snack.Buy it HereStar Wars R2-D2 Cutout RugStar Wars R2-D2 Cutout Rug (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Welcome everyone into your home with this bright and vivid R2-D2 rug. Give it to anyone whose porch needs livening up, because they’re out there — it’ll look so much livelier with the cutest little droid of all time (BB-8, sorry, Artoo was first) perched at their door. It’s not going to cost an arm and a leg to brighten someone’s day. So do it with this amazing rug!Buy it HereStar Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap PurseStar Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap Purse (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Stay loyal to the First Order with this Star Wars Executioner Crossbody Flap Purse. You’ll fit right in with the Executioner Troopers, since this bag features faux leather, a front flap closure, and a zippered pocket, so you can keep all your valuables (and credit bills) safe and secure on your travels.Buy it HereStar Wars Choose Your Side CapStar Wars Choose Your Side Cap (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)Choosing sides in Star Wars can be tough, so if you’re ready to pledge your alliance with the Empire or the Rebellion, this choose your side cap is for you. Both caps come in a black hue and have the iconic logos on the front, so everyone will know whether you’re a Jedi or Sith fan. Plus, they can be adjusted just in case you need some more shade.Buy it HereiHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth HeadphonesiHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth Headphones (Photo Credit: ThinkGeek)If your home entertainment setup needs an upgrade, these iHome Star Wars Episode 8 Bluetooth Headphones will take your listening experience to new heights. Whether you’re streaming Star Wars movies, listening to music, or engaging in lightsaber training, these headphones will stay powered up to 12 hours and are wire-free. So, you can actually go to a galaxy far, far away without giving up your chill environment.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ Trailer Teases a Good ‘Star Wars’ Game‘Star Wars: The Old Republic’ Finally Gets a New ExpansionCoca-Cola Reveals Sci-Fi Soda for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

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Get Paid to Sleep as Mattress Firms Summer Snoozetern

first_imgStay on target Google Fit Now Tracks Sleep, Adds Dark ModeStudy: Nighttime Smartphone Gazing Probably Won’t Disturb Internal Clock Make money in your sleep as Mattress Firm’s new “Snoozetern.”The retailer is looking for a new in-house bed tester to analyze optimal head and foot positions for Netflix binging, Instagram stalking posting, reading, eating, etc.“Typically, catching Z’s at work is frowned upon, but if you are the next Snoozetern, it’s part of the job,” Mattress Firm’s website said.But the position of official internal influencer involves more than just sleeping: One lucky slumberer will support social media campaigns, write reviews, record videos, and learn the ins and outs of digital content creation.Paid interns must be 18 years or older, proficient in napping (regardless of time of day), passionate about sleep and comfort, creative, comfortable in front of the camera, and able to use video editing software.Oh, and you’ve gotta live in Houston, Texas.(And while the internship can earn academic credits, applicants don’t need to be in college; Mattress Firm accepts all candidates over 18.)Think you’re ready to sleep full time?To apply, visit the Mattress Firm website and submit your resume and relevant information. Don’t sleep on it, though: Today is the last day to apply for the (recumbent) position, which runs through July.The top three to five finalists will be asked to create a “fun and engaging video” for publication on Mattress Firm’s Instagram, where followers can vote for their favorite.If you don’t make the cut this year, keep dreaming and try again next summer.More on Geek.com:Can Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep?Sleeping Twice a Day is Better, Healthier, and More NaturalSleepOvation’s 700 Mini Mattresses are What Dreams are Made Oflast_img read more

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Katic having mixed feelings about Rangers win

first_imgRangers Football Club’s Nikola Katic has revealed he has mixed feelings after the team’s 1-0 victory over FC Ufa in the UEFA Europa League playoffs on Thursday night.The Scottish club were frustrated for long spells during the game, and central defender Katic also shared parts of the frustration but he was able to take some positives from the game.Speaking to RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s official website, he said: “It was a tough game for us. They stayed in a low block so it was hard for us to score more goals – it is not a bad result – we won, we got a clean sheet, but it could be better.”“It is good [to get another clean sheet]. When you play European home games, a clean sheet at home is a really important thing, and it is a reward for all the players in the team.”gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“We have an advantage. It is not big, but we go there to try and play better and maybe to score an away goal to go to the Europa League group stage.”Katic is really settling into life as a Ranger alongside Connor Goldson at centre-half, and he continued: “It is great to play here in front of 50,000 every game. The fans really live the game with the players and enjoy every tackle and you feel really good here.”“Connor and I want to win every duel and Alfredo wants to score every shot, and that is what I like here.”Before the second leg, Gers travel to Motherwell for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership clash, and Katic added: “It is a really tough schedule for us now, but we go step by step. The next step is Motherwell away and we want to win every game in the league. Hopefully we can get three points from this game.”last_img read more

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Bale is expected to be available for Madrid

first_imgThe Wales national team footballer was not selected to play for his country against Spain or Ireland and will be able to play against LevanteWelsh superstar footballer Gareth Bale is suffering from fatigue, hence, he has not been selected to play for his county against Spain or Ireland.Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs talked about the footballer’s fatigue problems and how he did not want to risk him.“I expect him to be fit for the weekend. It was nothing really, just a bit of fatigue, but we had to be careful,” said Giggs to Sky Sports.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“If we did play him then you run the risk of it being a bigger injury, so we didn’t want to risk it. I would imagine he will be fine for the weekend.”“He just wasn’t right and hadn’t done the workload,” added Bale. “If it was a cup final or something then potentially, we might [have played him],” he added.“The plan was to leave it as late as possible. I expect him to train this week and be ready for the weekend.”last_img read more

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Borough Seeks Outside Legal Representation For FERC Process

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly authorized the borough to intervene in the application of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation regarding the AK LNG Project. To date, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the City of Valdez have proposed that the LNG terminal be located in their respective jurisdictions instead of Nikiski. John Quick, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor’s chief of staff, told the Kenai Borough’s public advisory committee on the project August 6: “Right now we have Valdez and Mat-Su hemming and hawing for this project, and they’re intervenors. If we’re not at the table, we’re not at the table. So I think this will put us in a better position to have a bigger voice from the borough, and do everything we can to make sure this project lands in Nikiski.” The borough is now the third municipality in the state to be granted intervenor status on the project, the other two being Valdez and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Intervenor status will allow parties the right to request a rehearing of a FERC order and to challenge a final commission order in federal court.center_img In a letter to the assembly from Colette Thompson, Borough Attorney: “It is difficult to accurately predict the extent the borough will be involved going forward but we estimate that fees and costs will total at least $100,000.” The borough contracted with the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP to represent it in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions process. The borough assembly will look at an ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting authorizing the necessary funds for the amount of costs and legal services provided to date and preliminarily estimated future services.last_img read more

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Legislation To Curb Legal Immigration — What Could It Mean For Houston

first_img Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPresident Trump pumps a fist during a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House July 26. On Wednesday, he’s unveiling legislation that would curtail legal immigration.President Trump just endorsed controversial legislation to curb legal immigration to the U.S. To learn what this means for Houston, we talk with Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.last_img

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Faced With Failure State To Propose New Plan To Protect West Texas

first_imgSteve JurvetsonTexas hopes to unveil a new strategy to protect the threatened dunes sagebrush lizard by the end of next month. And the endangered species expert managing the remake for the state says the new approach will not only work but stand the test of time — unlike its predecessor.“It will be a lot better,” said Robert Gulley, the director of economic growth and endangered species management at the state comptroller’s office, which oversees species protection.The news comes about half a year after Gulley’s team opted to scrap the state’s original approach, implemented in 2012, after determining it had failed to protect the threatened West Texas reptile whose habitat spans the oil-rich Permian Basin.The 6-year-old Texas Conservation Plan was plagued by problems almost from the start.Crafted by then-Comptroller Susan Combs to head off an official endangered species listing by the federal government, which the state’s oil and gas industry and Republican establishment said would greatly hinder energy production and impact the state’s economy, the plan depended on voluntary participation by oil and gas companies and other major land users who agreed to limit the impact of their operations on lizard habitat in exchange for regulatory certainty.But — among other problems — fewer companies enrolled in the plan than expected. It also significantly underestimated the size of the lizard’s habitat, which is more than a third larger under the plan Gulley’s team aims to submit to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for consideration by July 31.Environmental groups had always opposed the plan and sued over it in 2013, but they ultimately lost the legal battle.In 2015, the year he took office, Comptroller Glenn Hegar hired Gulley, a renowned expert on environmental law and mediation, to scrutinize the plan. He and his team made some changes to address its flaws over the years, including quietly firing the nonprofit foundation the state had entrusted to oversee the conservation plan whose board consisted of oil and gas lobbyists.But last year, an insurmountable challenge emerged.Companies that mine the fine-grain sand that oil and gas companies use for hydraulic fracturing — and that is preferred by the dunes sagebrush lizard — descended on West Texas, disturbing hundreds of acres of habitat in a matter of months. (The sand had previously been shipped in from northern states.)The conservation plan didn’t contemplate the arrival of such an industry, which is almost entirely unregulated by the state.And it would have been impossible to do so, Gulley said in an interview.“It wasn’t that they got it wrong,” he said.Gulley alerted the Fish and Wildlife Service last August that the plan was under significant threat because of all the new mining activity and began working on a rewrite last November.The new plan will still be voluntary but will account for the booming frac sand mining industry, as well as a growing solar and wind industry.Still, only eight of the 17 frac sand mines will be able to participate (they have already enrolled in the current plan). It’s not that rest of them don’t want to, Gulley said, but are already operating in known habitat so aren’t eligible. That could change after Gulley’s team finishes a “threat analysis” of the industry, which could be completed as soon as this week.In an ideal world, Gulley said, all of them would participate.Todd Staples, president of the powerful Texas Oil and Gas Association, said in a statement that “the stakeholders are clearly demonstrating their commitment to develop a suitable path forward that will protect the lizard and allow for sustained responsible development.”“Voluntary efforts resulted in millions of dollars invested and countless hours of research aimed toward ensuring an appropriate balance between protecting the species, responsibly growing jobs and our economy through the development of oil and natural gas, and respecting the rights of all private property owners,” he said.Gulley said the biggest improvement in the new plan is the habitat map, which he said is much easier to read and spans about 259,000 acres. (The map in the previous plan covered only about 197,600 acres.) The proposed plan also will feature a diverse mitigation program that will be managed within the comptroller’s office — “taking the day-to-day burden off oil and gas,” Gulley said — and include activities like conservation easements, removing abandoned oil wells and unused roads.Gulley said the overarching goal of the new plan is “durability” — that it will be both flexible enough to deal with new challenges for years to come, even as energy production in the region is expected to persist indefinitely, and able to withstand any future petitions to list the lizard as endangered.The rewrite became more urgent in May when environmental groups filed another such petition. The Fish and Wildlife Service must issue an initial decision 90 days after the petition is filed and a final one nine months after that.Gulley says the goal is to have the new plan in place before then. (A new Trump administration policy that aims to have environmental assessments done in six months or less may help the cause.)A Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said the agency “has reviewed the petition and has begun preparing a 90-day finding,” which are published in the Federal Register, but doesn’t have a publication date yet.The agency “was notified by the Texas Comptroller’s Office about the proposed revision to the Texas Conservation Plan,” Beth Ullenberg said in a written statement. “The Service replied that it had received the letter and supported the revision effort.”Chris Nagano, a senior scientist for the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups that filed the petition, said that they would be fine without an official listing as long as any new plan meets federal requirements for habitat conservation.“Our goal is that the lizard does OK, that he doesn’t go extinct,” Nagano said. “And if a conservation plan is going to work and the lizard doesn’t get a listing, that’s fine. We’re agreeable to that. But if they come forth with another plan that just isn’t going to work, that’s when we’re going to court.”Nagano said the comptroller’s office hasn’t reached out to the groups for their input; a spokesman for the comptroller’s office said Gulley’s team plans to involve all stakeholders.Meanwhile, Gulley said the petition has helped to drive interest from the oil and gas industry, which fears an official listing that would put heavy restrictions on land use in lizard habitat.“We’re very concerned about that potential listing,” said Ben Shepperd, president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, adding he likes what he has seen so far of the remake. “We use a lot of sand in our business, and I think the economic advantage of having [the mines] more closely located is good and they’re an important input to our industry.”“I think the petition has sort of spurred the controller and industry to update the plan,” he added. “Any good plan needs revising after a period of time.”Disclosure: The Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Permian Basin Petroleum Association have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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After Chicago China CMs St Stephens invite cancelled

first_imgKolkata: The St Stephen’s College authorities have cancelled the programme where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was scheduled to address a meeting, citing ” protocol” issues.Banerjee was scheduled to address a gathering at the college on August 1. This was for the first time when a Chief Minister from Bengal had been invited to address the students of the college, one of the premier educational institutions in the country.The college is under the Church of North India. Interestingly, the college authorities did not specify any reason for cancelling the programme except citing the ” protocol” issue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”First the Vivekananda event in Chicago… then her China visit… and now St Stephens!””Mamata Banerjee is giving the BJP-RSS sleepless nights. Let them keep trying… she cannot be silenced. The Bengal CM’s trip to Delhi is on schedule. She will be chief guest at the “Love your Neighbour” conference organised by India’s largest Christian body, The Catholic Bishops Conference of India, on 31st July at 2.30 pm” said a senior Trinamool MP.It may be mentioned that recently two of Banerjee’s foreign trips got cancelled and in both the cases, no specific reason was cited. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn June, Banerjee was scheduled to visit China and accordingly all arrangements were made. At the last minute, the trip was cancelled as it could not be decided who would meet her on behalf of the Chinese government.The state government had alleged that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not take much interest in the trip. However, the ministry denied the allegation made by the state government.Banerjee was scheduled to address a gathering at Chicago in-end August to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions, which was held in Chicago on September 11, 1893. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission had invited Banerjee to be present at the function.However, RKM wrote a letter to Banerjee expressing its inability to hold the meeting following the death of Swami Abhiramananda, one of the assistant general secretaries of the Order and ” other reasons.”It was learnt that RKM had succumbed to the pressure of the Ministry of External Affairs.last_img read more

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