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Taking a look at balancing food, energy and economics

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest January’s public program by the Environmental Professionals Network will look at humanity’s balancing act: producing enough food and energy, improving economies and social conditions, and protecting the environment, all while facing climate change and, by 2050, possibly 2 billion more people on the planet.“They’re enormous challenges,” said the network’s coordinator, David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.The network is a statewide professional group based in the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.The program, called “Adaptive, Resilient Land Management: Goals for the 21st Century,” is from 7:15 to 9:40 a.m. Jan. 26 in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus.Speaking will be:* Allison Thomson, science and research director at Washington, D.C.-based Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. The alliance, according to its website, works “to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality and human well-being.”* Ernie Shea, president and CEO of Lutherville, Maryland-based Solutions from the Land and coordinator of its North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. The alliance is helping farmers and foresters understand and adapt to climate change while maintaining their productivity.Moderating the discussion will be Fred Yoder, a corn, wheat and soybean farmer from Madison County, Ohio, and a past president of the National Corn Growers Association. In 2013, President Obama honored Yoder as a “Champion for Change” for his sustainability and climate change work.“Agricultural producers, other landowners and our broader society face enormous challenges and opportunities locally, nationally and globally,” Hanselmann said. “With little exaggeration, life itself hinges on our success in these matters.”Registration for the event is $10 and includes breakfast. The deadline to register is Jan. 22. Details and a link to register are at go.osu.edu/Jan2016EPN.Contact Hanselmann at hanselmann.3@osu.edu or 614-247-1908 for more information.Sponsoring the event are the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, Ohio Soybean Council, and Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.last_img read more

3D Printing: How to Jumpstart A Stalled Tech Revolution

first_imgTo appeal to mainstream consumers, companies should be promoting the heck out of MakerBot’s Thingiverse, 3D Systems’ Cubify.com and other 3D blueprint catalogs. People love to shop, and these sites are bursting with downloadable free and paid designs—including customizable jewelry, cups, keychains, smartphone cases, tablet stands, lemon juicers, Star Wars cufflinks and much more—that render faster than FedEx could possibly deliver. One More CaveatThere’s yet another potential roadblock to 3D printing, although its outlines are still unclear: Possible health concerns. A recent study out of the Illinois Institute of Technology (published in the journal Atmospheric Environment) found that commercially available 3D printers emit substantial volumes of potentially harmful nanoparticles.On one level, this finding isn’t a complete shock; 3D printers, after all, use industrial processes scaled down for home use. On another, though, this is clearly an issue the makers of 3D printers will have to address head-on—potentially with new designs incorporating safety features, should further studies confirm these potential health risks.These blueprint stores could be the key. They are to 3D printers what app stores are for mobile devices. They’re an alternative to online craft marketplaces like Etsy. And they could give a distinctly real-world spin on social sharing that trumps Likes and badges by giving people an easy way to create, transmit and share physical items, even over distance.This is the final piece of the puzzle. More affordable pricing, ease of use and hot marketing hype have laid the groundwork. Now, it’s up to the companies to capture the imagination of average Joe or Jane Customers. If they can do that, the consumer tech revolution the industry so badly wants may finally be poised to take off. For more information about 3D printing, check out The Shapeways Blog or Make Magazine’sUltimate Guide to 3D Printing, or for more ideas for practical use-cases, visit this recent article from The New York Times.  Image of Star Wars cufflinks, Cartoon Character Maker and Citrus Juicer: Courtesy of Thingiverse users belch,sethmoser and walter, respectivelyAll other product/software images: Courtesy of companies as mentioned. UPDATE August 1, 2013: Today another supporter joined the cause: The 3D Scan-to-Print Web App hopes to make 3D printing even easier for end users. Its mission, as listed on Kickstarter: To “create a printable 3D model of any object using only a depth camera and a web browser!” For more, click here.  Why You Love Online Quizzes 3D printing, now effectively six years old, should be a blockbuster hit. It’s science fantasy made real, a futuristic technology that would put devices akin to Star Trek replicators in people’s homes. Its pioneers believe that 3D printing—which uses a variety of techniques to build physical objects from digital designs and a variety of plastic liquids, sheets or powders—can do for manufacturing what 2D printers did for publishing. In short, they anticipate a desktop revolution that puts fabrication capabilities once reserved for big corporations directly in the hands of creators of all types (ordinary people, too). See also: How An Army Of Makerbot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future [Video]Unfortunately, high costs, required technical skills and utter failure to convey its benefits have stalled the movement before it really got started. Now, though, several distinct trends seem likely to bust those barriers (though there are also caveats, of course; see below). Here’s how it could all unfold—like a grand master plan for making widespread adoption of 3D printing a reality.Step 1: Drop The Price 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The Remaining ChallengesThere’s one more area the industry needs to focus on, and it’s a simple, yet crucial one: Creating customer demand. That’s an easy sell for creative niches like inventors, modelers and other artists who want to see real-life renderings of their concepts. But not everyone wants to design their own objects.  Pirate3D has a different approach. It offers a browser-based tool that uses drag-and-drop editing of “Smart Objects.” Starting with a stock object, users can manipulate shapes and dimensions by clicking and pulling on the top, sides, etc. (For a demo, click here.) See also: How Hard Is It To Get And Use A 3D PrinterStep 3: Show It OffDespite the bad press over the possibility of 3D-printed guns, 3D printing’s overall profile in the media has been positive. MakerBot stopped by The Colbert Report in 2011 before hitting Fashion Week a year later to offer 3D-printed sunglasses for menswear designer Asher Levine’s new line. Doctors now save lives using 3D-printed surgical implants, and NASA’s investing $125,000 to research printed food fit for space travel. (Looks like chocolate has been nailed. Next up: Pizza!)  3D Systems’ minimalist Cube 3D costs $1,299. Even less is the $499 Solidoodle, which was the cheapest unit I’d heard of … that is, until I spotted Pirate3D’s Kickstarter campaign. That $347 Buccaneer printer is potentially a game-changer. The beautiful, compact machine (that’s it pictured at the very top of this post) broke its $100,000 funding goal in the first 10 minutes. And by the end, it nabbed a cool $1.4 million in pledges. Of course, you get what you pay for. The Replicator 2 outputs bigger, more refined objects (up to 410 cubic inches) than the Buccaneer, whose build volume maxes out at 114 cubic inches. But if the MakerBot is the professional laserjet, then the Pirate3D unit is the home inkjet— a petite hobby printer whose Applesque beauty makes it a deskworthy appliance. Step 2: Make It Easy To Use3D printers work in a similar fashion to their 2D cousins, just with different materials and techniques. Modern 2D printers expel ink, line by line, until a document or image appears. Likewise, 3D printers extrude PLA or ABS plastic material, layer by layer, until a physical object takes shape. Or they lay down polymer powders or liquids and fuse them into position, again layer by layer. In both 2D and 3D printing, something needs to act as the print job, to tell the machines what to output. For 3D printers, that’s a design or blueprint.  How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? History makes one thing clear: Price can make or break new products. Just ask the Chromecast or the Surface RT. MakerBot, which is now owned by commercial 3D printing firm Stratasys, charges far less for its Replicator than the tens of thousands that high-end professional printers fetch. But not everyone can afford $2,199 for a Replicator 2. Tags:#3d printing#Kickstarter#MakerBot#manufacturing Related Posts This is where things get sticky. Animators and architects may know computer assisted design, but the rest of us don’t. And most of us never will, so user-friendly solutions are paramount. There’s already some simple software that dumbs down professional design programs, but a few companies are going a step or three further.  MakerBot’s Digitizer, unveiled last March, works like a photocopier. Users place small objects in the machine, and it scans and automatically creates a digital blueprint. The company also jumped on Microsoft’s new native 3D printing support for Windows 8.1 recently. Its new drivers enable direct plug-and-play support with PCs, so people can use their favorite programs to create and print directly to Replicators.  As the hype spreads, so do access and availability. Staples shoppers can now check out the Cube 3D in person, see the unit, ask questions and possibly even catch in-store demos. Microsoft will carry the Replicator 2 in its retail locations and online as well, joining MakerBot’s own website and brick-and-mortar storefront in New York. And e-tail giant Amazon now carries the machines in a special section of its website. See also: It’s Cool That Staples Now Sells 3D Printers—But You Don’t Need OneOther retailers, like Britain’s Tesco, see another opportunity: 3D printing services akin to photo printing at the local drug store. This type of arrangement could be a magic bullet for the technology. It would give people a way to experience it without a large upfront investment. [Update August 2, 2013: 3D printing services have also come to UPS.]  adriana lee Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

I’m disappointed with stars pull out of CWG: Saina

first_imgAce shuttler Saina Nehwal fears that mass pull out by top athletes from the Commonwealth Games will rob spectators of a chance to witness some great contests.Reports of tourist-attack and foot-bridge collapse, coupled with fears of dengue epidemic and doubts over hygiene of Games Village have let to the withdrawal of many top stars and Saina said she is disappointed.”I’m disappointed with the pull-out of some top athletes from the Delhi Games. If competition is not there it does not feel good as people come to see good contests,” Saina said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Thursday.Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal. Photo: Bhaskar PaulA number of participating countries have criticised the living conditions of the rooms in the towers that have been installed for the athletes and Saina said she was pained to read and hear about these negative publicity.”I am sad and it feels bad to hear these on television.But I cannot comment about the Games village as I am yet to see it. Without seeing it’s not proper for me to comment,” Saina said.In what should bring cheers to the ears of the under-fire Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, Saina also gave a big thumbs up to the badminton venue.”I have played there and it’s a top class arena. The stadium is excellent,” she said.Talking about India’s chances at the Commonwealth Games, Saina said the hosts are well poised to win a medal in each of the six events in badminton in Delhi.advertisement”We have all trained very hard in Hyderabad for the Commonwealth Games and I’m confident we have a chance to win a medal in every event we participate in,” said the world No.3.Six gold medals and an equal number of silver and bronze are on offer in badminton which is to be held at the Siri Fort Complex along with squash.Saina said the challenge for India would come from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland.”We can expect tough challenge from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland,” said the Hisar-born shuttler who is the brightest medal hope in badminton for the country in the CWG as well as the November Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.Talking about her own chances, especially in the light of the comments from her predecessor Aparna Popat that the country expected nothing less than a gold from her, Saina promised she would do her best.”I cannot promise a medal though I will be aiming for the gold. But I will give it my best shot,” she said.Saina said she had put the World Championship, where she lost in the quarter finals despite being ranked second, well behind her and was looking forward to the Delhi Games followed by the Asiad.”I am happy I tried my best and am now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I feel my fitness levels have increased by over 60 per cent since the world championship. But we have to wait and see how things pan out,” she said.Saina said it was totally wrong to compare the sports infrastructure that exists in India to that of China because only in the last couple of years that the country has started to do well at the top most level like the Olympics.last_img read more

Aetas show endurance, skills in Allianz ‘Conquer Challenge’ race

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “OCR is really getting traction with the Philippines, especially with our partnership with Conquer Challenge which has made OCR accessible to Filipinos,” said Communications Director Rei Abrazaldo.“We are exploring discussions with the Conquer Challenge group on how again we can make a difference next year. This year we had three races, we had a night race as well.” Abrazaldo said. “We’re looking at other options to reach more Filipinos.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team Lakay celebrates Christmas with four world titles, experiences to share Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Jacob King tries to finish one of the obstacles during the Allianz Conquer Challenge. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCLARK–In one of the hardest races of the Allianz Conquer Challenge, one of the premier obstacle course races in the Philippines, this year, selected Aetas showcased their skills and endurance last Sunday at Clark Global City.The Aetas from Porac, Pampanga–one of the communities that Allianz Philippines, the title sponsor of the Conquer Challenge Race, supports–were introduced to Obstacle Course Racing in an effort to promote social inclusion.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Twenty-one Aetas and partnered with Allianz employees for the 10-kilometer race lined with 25 physically-demanding obstacles that were sure to test one’s stamina.But the Aetas were undaunted by the obstacles that were meant for elite athletes, who also competed in the race which served as one of the qualifiers for the national team pool with OCR part of next year’s Southeast Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefOne of the obstacles during the 10-km Conquer Challenge. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“I had a lot of fun, I learned a lot too. The obstacles earlier were like a lesson in life. If you don’t work hard enough for something, you really won’t be able to achieve your goals,” Reina Baclay, 18, told INQUIRER.net after the race.On top of a long run under the heat of the sun, the participants had to overcome hurdles like balance beams, rope climbs, monkey bars, warped wall, slingshot, and dead ball carry among others. LATEST STORIES Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Duterte urged to order review of all power deals with generation firmscenter_img 3 IS-linked gunmen slain in Maguindanao offensives The Aetas, though, seemed to like the toughest parts of the race like Jacob King, 21, who enjoyed the rope climb part–which a lot of participants were not able to finish.“I’m used to it (rope climb). In my area, there were a lot of big tree roots and we climb them so I know how to do it,” King, a student in  Villa Maria Integrated School in Porac, told INQUIRER.net.The tandem of Jacob King and Allianz exec Alexander Grenz. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“We believe Obstacle Racing fits very well (for Filipinos). In life, you have overcome a lot of obstacles and you need someone to help you. Like today in the race, with the Aetas together, you need a partner who can help you,” said Allianz chief operating officer Alexander Grenz, who was King’s partner for the race.Allianz vowed that its work with Aetas of Porac, Pampanga “is not a one-time affair,” like its support for Obstacle Course Racing in the Philippines.The insurance company started its partnership with Conquer Challenge PH, one of the local brands for OCR in the country, last year and with the boom of the sport, Allianz is expected to continue its help.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ Comelec disputes PCIJ report on voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fans are in a frenzy as Netflix reveals that Henry Cavill is coming to Manila View commentslast_img read more

Police reports on an attack on Sweet ts Employee on stolen items

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA Sweet T’s restaurant worker was attacked and hospitalized after two masked men entered the restaurant demanding cash.Both men fled the scene before the police arrived. The woman was treated for her injuries and released. Also, police report that a home under construction was broken into and nine rolls of paint steel and a gallon of gas were stolen … and a home in Five Cays lost a television set, a DVD player and a cell-phone at the arms of robbers. The Police is also investigating a Malicious Damage to Property incident in the Long Bay area, where it was discovered that the wires in a breaker box were cut.last_img read more

BAHAMAS Church Service for Parliamentarians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 21, 2018 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis, centre, Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Halson Moultrie, right, and Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, third from right, along with other House of Assembly members, pictured, participate in a church service for parliamentarians at Church of God Cathedral, Lily of the Valley Corner, on Wednesday morning, January 17, 2018.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

On Base Wants to Hear from You

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR In an effort to ensure On Base is best serving the needs of its readers, we are asking you to fill out a five-question, online survey. Your feedback is important to us so that we can consider possible changes to improve the newsletter’s format and content. Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered into a drawing to win $100 off of registration to Installation Innovation Forum 2019 in Miami from March 4-6.Thanks in advance for taking this survey and helping us ensure On Base continues to meet your needs.last_img read more

Met office forecasts heavy rainfall

first_imgDhaka recorded 94mm of rainfall on Friday. Photo: Prothom AloHeavy to very heavy rainfall has been forecast for parts of Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions for the next 24 hours, reports UNB.In its Heavy Rainfall Warning, the Met office said the forecast will be valid from 10:00am Saturday to 10:00am Sunday.Rain was battering the capital in the afternoon when the report was being filed. The sky was cloudy.Dhaka recorded 94mm of rainfall on Friday.The Met office said heavy to very heavy rainfall was likely to occur at places over some parts of the country as the monsoon is active over Bangladesh.Heavy rainfall often triggers landslides in the hilly regions of Chattogram division. In the morning, a landslide killed two commuters in Rangamati’s Kaptai upazila.last_img read more

Get ready for spring shopping

first_imgThe event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look.  Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwaitlast_img read more

Roadworks in Stafford Borough this week

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across Stafford Borough this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads across the area can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Stafford Borough between Monday July 30 and Sunday August 5. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. Information supplied by local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreArmed police called to reports of man with machete A-R Bishops Offley: Roadworks and Road closure on Doley Road, Bishops Offley until August 10. Bishops Offley: Multi-way traffic signals on Tunstall Lane from August 1 until August 7 (On the junction of Doley Road and Tunstall Lane) Croxton: Two way signals on Main Road until July 30 Darlaston: Lane closure on A34 The Fillybrooks until September 3 (from roundabout with Newcastle Road to Junction with Meaford Road( Derrington: Multi-way traffic signals on Billington Lane, Castle View and Mount Pleasant from July 23 until July 31 Eccleshall: Two way signals on B5026 Stone Road between July 23 and August 10 (from car park to junction of Hartlands Road) Eccleshall: Road closure on Sturbridge Lane until July 31 Meaford: Two-way traffic signals on Meaford Road from June 11 until September 3 (from junction with the Fillybrooks to Tower Road and Rookery Lane roundabout) Milford: Multi-way traffic signals on The Green from July 10 until August 6 Read MoreCabbies: ‘Beggars are making £20 to £30-a-day outside Stoke Station’… Now police are cracking down on the problem S Salt: Road closure on the The Casey near the junction with Salt Road on August 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Aston Hill, Aston between July 30 and August 4 Stafford: Stop/go boards on Baswich Lane from August 1 until August 3 Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Baswich Lane from July 23 until September 2 Stafford: Two way signals on Baswich Lane between July 30 and August 30 (at junction of Blackheath Lane/Tixall Road/Baswich Lane) Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Beaconside from July 26 until July 31 Stafford: Two way signals on Stone Road between July 30 and September 3 (Between 91 and 87 Stone Road) Stafford: Road closure and roadworks on Waterfront Way from July 10 until August 24 Stafford: Two way signals on West Way from July 23 until August 17 (from the junction with Coleridge Drive to the Junction with Shakespeare Road Stafford: Multi-way traffic signals on Wolverhampton Road from July 30 until August 3 Stone: Road closures and roadworks on Aston Roundabout at junction with A51 until August 31 Stone: Two way signals on Brooms Road until September 4 (From Aston Roundabout to junction of Opal Way) Stone: Roadworks and Road closure on Eccleshall Road until November 1 (between A34/A51 and Eccleshall Road) Stone: Two way signals on Lichfield Road between July 30 and August 1 (Outside number 113) Stone: Two way signals on Lichfield Road until July 31 (Outside number 138) Stone: Road closure and roadworks on Oulton Road from July 30 to August 13 Stone: Two way signals on Yarnfield Lane until September 3 (Outside the Walton Inn and at the junction with the Fillybrooks) Sturbridge: Stop/go boards on Swynnerton Road opposite Baden Hall from August 1 until August 3 Swynnerton: Two way signals on A51 Stone Road between July 25 and August 1 (near Long Compton Farm) Sugnall: Two way signals on DEccleshall Road between July 27 and July 31 (near Halfway House) T-Z Woodseaves: Two way signals on Eccleshall Road between July 30 and August 10 Yarlet: Lane closure on A34 Stone Road, Redhill, Yarlet from August 5 until August 8 – outside Redlands Farm Yarnfield: Give and take traffic control on Yarnfield Lane from July 31 until August 1 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more