Email Previous articlePublic on the 2020 ball at Thomond ParkNext articleLimerick food bank comes under pressure Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond. WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement FIVE bands are set to play an all ages show live in Dolan’s Warehouse on Sunday August 16. Established Limerick bands Windings and Protobaby will be joined by three up and coming acts, Little Tents, Monday Villains and Locke & Quay.Limerick band Windings were Choice Music Prize nominees for their album ‘I Am Not The Crow’ in 2013. The band recently demoed tracks for their upcoming full album recording; reports hint that it sounds rather good.Protobaby have built up a large following since the release of the debut album ‘Sparks’. The band has played shows in the UK and Poland and has a new EP just about ready to go.The all ages show starts at 3pm, tickets are only a fiver for a chance for everybody, no ID required, to hear some of the best bands in Limerick right now. Windings, Protobaby, Little Tents, Monday Villains and Locke & Quay play Dolan’s Warehouse on Sunday August 16 from 3pm. Facebook NewsBreaking newsFive Limerick acts line-up for All Ages Limrock ShowBy Eric Fitzgerald – July 22, 2015 943 Print Twitter
Breakthrough in imaging for Lichtman and colleagues Related Closer view of the brain The researchers share another goal, Engert said — to make these data sets available to the scientific community as a sort of “whole-brain atlas,” which can be used to address any number of questions.“A good analogy is the sequencing of the genome,” he said. “Initially, that was a huge effort, and the next mountain to climb was to apply that technology to scientific questions. That’s one of the main goals here. We hope this can become a more routine tool for research … as a technology to compare brain structure and function.”The research was supported with funding from National Institute of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Research Foundation of Korea, and the National Science Foundation. Scientists appear closer than ever to unlocking the black box that is the brain, and they’re doing it with the help of a fish less than half an inch long.Led by Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramon y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, Florian Engert, a professor of molecular and cellular biology, and David Hildebrand, a postdoctoral fellow in Engert’s lab, a team of researchers has imaged every neuron in the brain of a larval zebrafish at nanoscale resolution.The breakthrough, described in a May paper in the journal Nature, will allow detailed investigation of how stimuli are processed by the brain and give rise to specific behaviors, the researchers said.Fundamentally speaking, Hildebrand said, the study serves as a proof of concept for a new approach to nanoscale brain imaging — by making some sacrifices in resolution, the team was able to image the entire brain, leaving open the possibility of scanning specific areas of interest with greater resolution.“Most studies have focused on imaging a small section of brain with very high resolution,” he said. “Instead of simply imaging a small section, we’ve actually pushed the methodology … so we can capture the entire brain of the zebrafish, and then as our questions require it, image regions at higher and higher resolution.”The larval zebrafish brain is less than 0.5 mm3 but it contains nearly 100,000 neurons. Pictured are adult zebrafish. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut even at lower resolution, Hildebrand said, interesting details jumped out.As part of the study, he said, the team uncovered an unusual level of symmetry among myelinated neurons — nerve fibers encased in an insulating layer, enabling signals to travel faster.“When we zoomed in on one particular subset, we found their position and shape were strikingly symmetrical across the midline of the fish,” Hildebrand said. “This [might] give us some insight into what type of developmental mechanisms control how their shapes are established. It may even allow us to start thinking about how these mechanisms may influence their connectivity to downstream targets.”“When you do something like this in a mammal … we found a long time ago, there’s no symmetry at all,” Lichtman added. “And not only that, the wiring diagram in that case is largely evolved during development through mechanisms that shape the nervous system to match the world it finds itself in. So it’s possible that these fish neurons that show this kind of stereotypy of left and right are wired based on nature rather than nurture.”“A good analogy is the sequencing of the genome,” says Florian Engert of the goal of a freely available whole-brain atlas. “We hope this can become a more routine tool for research.” File photo by Justin IdeIn addition to probing the developmental mechanisms behind how the brain is wired, the study points to a new method for understanding the neural circuits that drive certain behaviors.To do that, Engert said, researchers start with a precise description of a particular behavior. Using that description and known anatomy, they can develop hypotheses of how the brain is processing sensory information to generate behavior. Using data collected from ultrastructural brain imaging, they can then test whether the assumptions about the anatomy underlying those models are accurate.“But even more importantly, they can be used to reject hypotheses,” Engert said. “If what you find invalidates your model … then you’ve made progress in a very dramatic and painful way, but science advances when it hurts.”“One of the limits of imaging small chunks of brain is that it’s harder to infer what the inputs and outputs of the system are,” Hildebrand added. “Since we have essentially the entire brain of this organism, we can see the sensory inputs directly … and we can go all the way through that circuit and get back to some muscle group. It’s an unprecedented level of completeness.”
SURESH Raina struck a brilliant 84 to steer Gujarat Lions to a much-needed four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League yesterday.Gujarat had triumphed just once in 2017 prior to this encounter at Eden Gardens, while KKR had won four out of five and were flying high.The hosts had looked set for a score north of 200 after explosive contributions from Sunil Narine (42) and Robin Uthappa (72), striking his second half-century of the season, before eventually finishing on 187-5.Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum got the Lions off to an electrifying start during the powerplay, before captain Raina led his side towards victory with nine fours and three sixes in his 46-ball knock – the visitors getting over the line with 10 balls to spare.Earlier, KKR had got off to a flyer courtesy of Narine, with the West Indian scoring all of his runs in boundaries as he powered nine fours and a six, before holing out to James Faulkner off the bowling of Raina.That set the platform for a second-wicket partnership of 69 in 49 balls between Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir (33), before the latter skied a slower ball from Faulkner to opposite number Raina.In response, Finch perished for a quick-fire 31 from 15 early on as he and McCullum (33 off 17) helped the Lions reach 72-1 at the end of the powerplay.Raina helped steady the ship as wickets fell around him, with fellow left-hander Ravindra Jadeja (19 not out) joining him in a match-winning sixth-wicket partnership of 58 in 31 balls as the Lions skipper overtook Virat Kohli once more at the top of the all-time IPL run-scorers list. (OmniSPORT)
The 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship ended yesterday with France-born Nigerian player, Calvin Hemery and Indian Riya Bhatia winning the men and women’s singles respectively.The finals, which was shifted 24 hours because of heavy downpour in Lagos metropolis on Sunday, was the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.Frenchman Hemery won the tournament back to back as he was the winner of the first leg. Interestingly, his opponent in yesterday’s final was the same Bosnia Herzegovina opponent Aldin Setkic, who he defeated in the first leg. The final was an easy one for Hemery as Setkic retired when the game result was 4-2.To Hemery, whose father is from Edo State, winning the ITF World Tour was a thing of joy for him, adding that he felt elated with the support he received from Nigerian fans, which he described as one of the rallying forces that propelled the victory.The women’s singles final was a tough match for the winner, Indian Riya Bhatia, who was stretched in the three sets thriller by opponent from Slovenia, Nastja Kolar. The crucial match ended 7-5,1-6,6-3.Bhatia described her opponent as a good player, adding that it took her determined effort to win the match.The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu-Olu, who could not physically present at the finals was represented by the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh and the Director General, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafar.Dr Tandoh paid glowing tribute on behalf of the State government to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by Chief Pius Akinyelure for putting up a good organisation of the competition. He wished all the players safe journey to their respective detinations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Didier Drogba and Kurt Zouma went close for Chelsea in the opening stages in Slovenia, where a victory would clinch the Blues’ place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two games to spare.Zouma headed over from Cesc Fabregas’ cross and Drogba’s deflected shot was well saved by keeper Jasmin Handanovic.Having weathered some early pressure, Maribor, recently thrashed 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, had a decent spell and striker Tavares squandered a chance when he elected to pass rather than shoot after going past John Terry.But Chelsea regained the initiative and Andre Schurrle’s blushes were spared by an offside flag after the German contrived to miss from three yards out after being found by Willian.Drogba and defender Zouma were both given starting places for the Group G clash. Diego Costa and Gary Cahill are among the Chelsea substitutes, as is the fit-again Ramires.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Schurrle, Willian, Hazard; Drogba. Subs: Courtois, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Oscar, Salah, Costa.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The latest gadget on robots or Mars rovers could be whiskers. These tactile sensors provide ways to see in 3D, says a report on National Geographic News. Information about latitude, longitude and elevation can be gleaned from whiskers. Rodents continually rotate their whiskers to gather information, but seals and sea lions let the ocean currents flow around them. Joseph H. Solomon and Mitra J. Hartmann, engineers at Northwestern University, devised robotic whiskers and tested their sensitivity. Writing in the Oct. 5 issue of Nature, they said,Several species of terrestrial and marine mammals with whiskers (vibrissae) use them to sense and navigate in their environment – for example, rats use their whiskers to discern the features of objects, and seals rely on theirs to track the hydrodynamic trails of their prey. Here we show that the bending moment – sometimes referred to as torque – at the whisker base can be used to generate three-dimensional spatial representations of the environment, and we use this principle to construct robotic whisker arrays that extract precise information about object shape and fluid flow.They believe this knowledge could help improve robotic engineering. “Our results on biomimetically engineered whiskers may find application in land-based robots and autonomous underwater vehicles, in which a capability for tactile perception could broaden and enhance performance.” Sean Markey began his National Geographic article with a speculation about a future generation of Mars explorers: “Armed with high-resolution cameras and infrared sensors, the Mars rovers have been collecting data from the red planet in unprecedented detail…. But, some researchers say, the robotic space explorers could boost their performance if they added another powerful tool to their arsenal: whiskers.” See also the writeup on LiveScience.1Joseph H. Solomon and Mitra J. Hartmann, “Biomechanics: Robotic whiskers used to sense features,” Nature 443, 525(5 October 2006), doi:10.1038/443525a.It’s clear that the interpretation of whisker movements must come from the base, since the protein fiber that makes up a whisker contains no nerve endings. This means an elaborate sensory apparatus must inhabit the tiny follicle of each whisker. Car drivers used to install curb whiskers to sense the car position during parallel parking, but the transduced information was useful not to the car, but to the driver, who through auditory input could respond accordingly. Imagine what it would take to engineer a car to parallel park itself based on one curb whisker’s tactile response. Sensors would have to be mounted orthogonally at the base, and computer software would have to be written, complete with feedback to the steering and brakes. In the mammal body, whether of a rat, cat, seal or otter, sensing the conical movements of a whisker must require multiple nerve endings in each hair follicle. The timing and strength of each nerve response must be coordinated with brain software to draw the 3D image, and the reaction time must be nearly instantaneous to do the animal any good. This is all complicated by the large number of individual whiskers (nearly 20 per side on the face of this Weddell seal). All this technology can fit on the tiny head of a mouse or weasel, allowing the animal to gain a continuous image of its dark surroundings. Based on the observed performance, design-theoretic researchers could probably expect to find even more engineering behind this one tactile sense. Undoubtedly similar responses occur in hair follicles since we are aware of temperature and touch with those smaller antennae also – another reason not to shave, men, especially if you like cave exploring or crawling under the house.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
16 September 2011 South Africa has submitted its bid documents to host the €1.5-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s most powerful radio telescope – arguably the country’s most important contest since its successful bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The final documents supporting the SA-led African bid – South Africa’s response to a request for information issued by the international SKA Siting Group in June 2011 – were submitted ahead of Thursday’s deadline. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA, an instrument 50-100 times more sensitive and 10 000 times faster than any radio imaging telescope yet built. The international science funding agencies and governments involved in the international SKA consortium are due to announce the winning bidder in 2012, with construction likely to start in 2016 and take place in phases over several years, with completion by about 2022. More than 70 institutes in 20 countries, together with industry partners, are participating in the scientific and technical design of the SKA telescope, which will be located either in Australia and New Zealand or in southern Africa extending to the Indian Ocean Islands.Huge significance for Africa SKA South Africa director Bernie Fanaroff told Business Day this week that if Africa was to fulfil its potential as the next great economic growth destination, it needed large scientific projects such as the Square Kilometre Array. The design, construction and operation of the telescope will have a potentially massive impact on skills development in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the host countries but in all project partner countries. The SKA project will drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, and software and computing, with spin-off innovations in these areas set to benefit other systems that process large volumes of data. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said in a statement on Friday that Africa would “provide a home for the SKA to do revolutionary science”, describing SA’s proposal as “strong, cost-effective and robust”.‘Strong, cost-effective, robust bid’ South Africa’s proposed site for the core of the SKA – the remote, radio-“quiet” Karoo region of the country’s Northern Cape province – was “orders of magnitude better than any existing observatory, and is protected by the Astronomy Geographic Advantage Act,” Pandor said. “The excellence of our site has been recognised by the construction and operation of the world-leading PAPER and CBASS telescopes on our site, in which we are collaborating with leading US institutions. “Our team, with business and industry, has developed excellent solutions for how to provide power, data transport and infrastructure for the telescope very cost-effectively.”MeerKAT South Africa’s progress in building the Karoo Array Telescope (also known as the MeerKAT), an 80-dish precursor instrument for the SKA, “has won us many friends and has changed the way the international community sees us,” Pandor added. “Many leading international researchers are now taking up full or part-time positions in our universities and the MeerKAT team. “We are fully committed to the SKA, and so are our partners in Africa,” Pandor said. “Building world-leading science instruments and research in Africa will help us to create the skills, innovation and technology which will underpin our long-term vision for Africa as a leading economic power-house”.Decision by February or March 2012 According to the Department of Science and Technology, the bid reports will be evaluated by expert panels and considered by an independent SKA Science Advisory Committee of leading international scientists and science administrators. They may ask for further information or clarification from either of the bidders. SKA South Africa project representatives will meet this committee in the US in December. The committee will aim to make a recommendation on a site by January 2012. Its recommendation will go to the not-for-profit SKA company, which will be established in November, with about 15 governments as its members. They will consider the recommendation, and any other factors they wish to take into account, and aim to make a decision by February or March 2012.‘Eight years of work’ The department said that South Africa’s bid documents, covering a massive range of information – from measurements of radio frequency interference to working conditions for a highly skilled workforce of scientists and engineers – represented eight years of work. The South African SKA team “has worked closely with telecommunication service providers including Broadband InfraCo, Meraka, Nokia Siemens Networks, Seacom, FibreCo, Muvoni Weltex, EASSY, SIA Solutions and Cisco, and with Eskom, the City of Cape Town and Aurecon to come up with robust and cost-effective data transport, power and infrastructure proposals for the telescope.” The team had also received support from the Independent Communications Authority of SA, Sentech, the Departments of Communications and Public Enterprises, mobile providers Vodacom and MTN, and the National Association of Broadcasters, in designing solutions to reduce radio interference on the SKA site while still providing services to people in the area. “A great deal of support was also received from the SA Revenue Service, the Reserve Bank, Southern Mapping Geospatial, the HSRC, the Centre for High Performance Computing, the Council for Geosciences, the SA Weather Service, and many other government departments and service providers in preparing the bid reports.” SAinfo reporter
Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Tags:#DoE#Internet of Things#IoT#PARC#Sensor#smart home#Xerox David Curry PARC, the research and development arm of Xerox, announced on Tuesday that it has secured part of $19 million in federal funding from the Energy Department to develop peel-and-stick sensors for homes, businesses, and other buildings.The peel-and-stick sensors will be able to detect air quality, temperature, humidity, occupancy, and more, according to PARC. Instead of using batteries, which are hard to recycle, the sensors will be powered using RF energy.See also: Xerox beacon technology brings retail to commuters“Sensors need to be low-cost, easily deployed, require little or no maintenance, and be able to store enough energy to do their job. PARC’s flexible, printed and hybrid electronics enable the unique peel-and-stick form factor, provide affordable, plug-and-play installation, and allow for remote radio frequency power delivery,” said David Schwartz, project lead and manager of Energy Devices and Systems at PARC.PARC thinks that the peel-and-stick functionality will give the sensors compatibility in all scenarios, since it removes the hard installation process and provides more a deeper and more accurate understanding of the building environment.PARC sensors could be adopted to other marketsThe peel-and-stick sensors could be adopted in other markets, including building efficiency applications, smart cities, industrial and resident safety, and wearables.“Distributed, networked sensing and data collection is the basis of the IoT. PARC is poised to provide a variety of the IoT sensors given our deep and rich history in printed electronics,” said Schwartz.PARC is one of 18 selected projects by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the efficiency of America’s buildings. Earlier this year, the Energy Department revealed the annual energy bill for the entire country was $430 billion.“Improving the efficiency of our nation’s buildings presents one of our best opportunities for cutting Americans’ energy bills and slashing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “These innovative technologies will make our buildings smarter, healthier, and more efficient, driving us toward our goal of reducing the energy use intensity of the U.S. buildings sector by 30 percent by 2030.” Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces
Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Tags:#flickr#smugmug Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Today SmugMug, the leading photo management and sharing platform, announced the acquisition of Flickr, the online photo management and sharing application. This acquisition will create the most influential photography community in the world.For 15 years SmugMug has focused on helping the photographer and supporting their craft, with a business model that doesn’t use advertising or user data. Through this acquisition, SmugMug will now extend this dedication to the largest photography community in the world – benefitting tens of millions more photographers and putting their work and inspiration first.“Since day one our passion has been empowering photographers to tell the stories they want to tell, the way they want to tell them, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms this commitment,” said Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug. “Uniting the SmugMug and Flickr brands will make the whole photography community stronger and better connected. The enduring quality of photography is so much more than clicks and likes—photography has the power to change the world. Together, we can preserve photography as the global language of storytelling.”SmugMug was started in 2002 and has since become an amazing community for photographers worldwide. SmugMug is home to millions of passionate photographers and billions of secure photographs. The SmugMug platform provides photographers with website designs that offer a safe, easy and convenient way to share, showcase and sell their stories. SmugMug gives photographers complete control over who accesses their photos, and provides robust e-commerce features that make it easy to turn passion into profit.At its heart, SmugMug encourages and empowers its community of photographers to learn, share, and inspire one another. SmugMug provides 24/7 support, from real people, along with tips, tutorials, and training events, and also hosts webinars and forums with leading photographers.Founded in 2004, Flickr is an active, global community of photographers that encourages users to find their inspiration. Home to tens of billions of photos and two million groups, photography lovers come to Flickr to share their passion, discover spectacular images, hone their craft, and engage with friends old and new.“We share SmugMug’s mission to cater to people—professionals, amateurs, and everybody in between— who invest time, energy and love into their photos,” said Andrew Stadlen of Flickr. “We look forward to becoming part of the SmugMug family and continue to grow, innovate and delight our global community of photographers.”SmugMug has purchased Flickr and vowed to revitalize the photo service that has for some time been left to itself.I had a chance to chat with Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug about the acquisition. Here is what he said;Tell us a little bit about why SmugMug acquired Flickr?Since the beginning our focus has been on the photographer, and our investment in Flickr reaffirms our dedication to this vibrant community of creators. Together, SmugMug and Flickr represent the world’s most influential community of photographers. The opportunity to unite these two communities and businesses was one we couldn’t pass up.What is the plans with the coming over the coming 2-3 years?For now there will be no immediate changes to Flickr services. In the near term we plan to listen to the community, which is what we have done since we started SmugMug. So for now, listen to the community and their needs and go from there.What are the plans with the current Flickr team?The Flickr staff will continue to operate from San Francisco and remain in their current roles. We have no plans for changes to Fantastic staff—they will be a critical part of the brand’s next chapter as part of the SmugMug. Andrew Stadlen and Eric Willis will join SmugMug’s leadership where they will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of the brand.What does this mean for photographers across the globe?The Flickr community is healthy and thriving, and for the time being will continue to operate as a separate brand. Moving forward, we will look for opportunities to bring photographers together to share and inspire one another as they hone and grow their craft. We will be able to share more details on our plans in the coming weeks and months. SmugMug and Flickr, together will continue to innovate based on the specific needs of the photographers we serve.Do you see this acquisition as the first of many for SmugMug?Our focus for the immediate future is to bring the Flickr community and its employees on to the SmugMug successfully, listen to the community and ensure the future of Flickr is a success.
When some people talk about cost savings, they are really talking about price reductions. To them, the easiest and fastest way to see an improvement on their Profit & Loss statement is to reduce the actual spending in a category by extracting a price concession. That is, in fact, one way to reduce costs. It is also the most direct way to reduce costs.The direct way to reduce costs is not very often the best choice when what you cut costs of things that are strategic, and where reducing costs actually takes money out of the outcomes you are trying to improve.Maybe people are using too many Post-it Notes. Maybe they waste paper. Maybe they are wasting money on things that are unnecessary to the results you are trying to produce. By all means, cut away. But what about spending on things that are strategic, that produce real value, that allow you to compete and win in your space?For most companies, a greater investment in one line on a Profit & Loss statement can massively reduce another line, generating greater cost reductions than had that supplier reduced their price. One company I know charges 3 times as much for their product than anyone else charges for what is perceived to be the same product with the sales result. Prospective clients are horrified by the idea of adding 3 times the cost to that line on their P&L, especially after bidding work at the lower price. But this company’s product reduces their labor spend by 75-percent, and the cost of labor is their greatest expense.By spending more on one line, you can drive down costs on other lines. For this to be true, you must be able to justify the delta between your price and the price your prospective client is paying now—and you have to convince them that price and cost are different, and that lowering the price often has the opposite effect of what they’re trying to accomplish.