Chennai: A 27-hour countdown began Sunday for the launch of India’s EMISAT satellite along with 28 nano satellites of global customers from Sriharikota Monday, a mission which would witness the ISRO placing payloads in three orbits and conducting space experiments for the first time.The EMISAT satellite is aimed at electromagnetic measurement. The countdown began at 6.27 am (local time) for the launch on board Indian Space Research Organisation’s third generation workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its 47th flight, ISRO said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The four-stage PSLV-C45 will blast off from the second launch pad at the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 125 kms from here, at 9.27 AM (local time) Monday, agency officials said. The mission will mark several firsts to the credit of the space agency as it would manoeuvre satellites in various orbits and orbital experiments including on maritime satellite applications. According to ISRO, a new variant of the rocket PSLV-QL equipped with four Strap-On motors in the first stage is used for the launch. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KPSLV, also used in India’s two key missions — “Chandrayan” in 2008 and Mars Orbiter in 2013, is a reliable and versatile launch vehicle for ISRO with 39 consecutive successful flights till June, 2017 and five-in-a row from January 2018. The rocket has encountered only two failures so far — its maiden developmental flight ended unsuccessful way back in 1993. In September, 2017 the flight went off without any hitch but the IRNSS-1H Satellite could not be released into orbit after the PSLV-C39’s heat shield failed to open on reaching the orbit. In Monday’s mission, ISRO scientists would place the satellites and payloads in three different orbits, a first for the agency. After injecting the 436 kg primary satellite EMISAT, intended for electromagnetic spectrum measurement, at around 17 minutes from lift off in a 749 km orbit, they would restart the fourth stage again. During this initiative, all the other 28 customer satellites, totally weighing about 220 kgs, would be released by lowering the fourth state to around 504 kms orbit. Again, the fourth stage would be reignited and further lowered to 485 kms orbit to serve as an orbital platform for carrying out space borne experimentations for the first time in ISRO’s history. According to ISRO, this is the first time it has been envisaged to provide a micro-gravity environment for research organisations and academic institutes to perform experiments. The PS4-fourth stage hosts three payloads in this mission. They are automatic identification system from ISRO for Maritime satellite applications capturing messages transmitted from ships. Automatic Packet Repeating System from AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation), India to assist amateur radio operators in tracking and monitoring position data. Advanced Retarding Potential Analyzer for lonospheric Studies (ARIS) from Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) for the structural and composition studies of ionosphere. The other 28 international satellites — 25 3U type, two 6U type and one 2U type nano satellites — are from Lithuania (two), Spain (1), Switzerland (1) and the United States (24). All these satellites are being launched under commercial arrangements, ISRO said. The previous launches by ISRO this year include the imaging satellite Microsat-R for military purpose along with 1.2 kg Kalamsat in January onboard PSLV-C44. In February, ISRO launched India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 from the European launch service provider Ariane from French Guiana.
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This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves With E3 2019 right around the corner, it’s a better time than ever to make sure your gaming gear is as up-to-date as it can possibly be. There’s a deluge of new, taxing games coming to PC, and you’re going to want to make sure you can run anything you throw at your dedicated gaming machine.The impressive Asus ROG Strix Scar II Gaming Laptop is currently up for grabs for a pretty insane discount, and you’ll want to jump on it before it (very rapidly) goes out of stock. This model, which typically retails for $1,699.99, is currently on sale for $400 off at $1,299.99. This is an excellent price if you’re looking to pick up a new gaming laptop, especially with the impressive tech you’re getting here.It boasts a 17.3″ inch IPS panel display, an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GB GDDR5, as well as a 1TB HDD and customizable RGB keyboard. If you want to light up your keys with your favorite colors and alternate them to your liking, you can absolutely do that. Plus, with a brushed aluminum lid and a slim bezel around the display, it’s an attractive laptop that you’ll love opening up any time you’re ready to dive into the latest new release.It also comes packing three USB 3.1 type-A ports, a USB type-C port, HDMI, a mini Display port, Ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an SD card slot as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Most importantly, it’s good to go when it comes to just about any game on the horizon. And, yes, before you ask, it can handle Fortnite on the go.Had your eye on this bad boy for some time? Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger now that it’s significantly cheaper. Stay on target
The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Ever wished you owned your very own R2 series astromech droid? Lego wants to make your dream a reality… and teach you a little coding along the way!For this year’s May the Fourth festivities, Lego announced a brand new addition to their already expansive Star Wars collection. It’s a three-pack of buildable droids that features R2-D2. Also included are a mouse droid and a gonk droid.These droids aren’t just meant to be built and posed, though. They’re a part of Lego’s Boost series.A Lego Boost set doesn’t just guide you through construction process. It’s designed to give Lego fans a fun, uncomplicated way to explore the worlds of coding and robotics. When they introduced Boost in 2017, they pitched it as a less complicated take on Mindstorms.This is Lego’s first licensed Boost set, and the Star Wars universe is a perfect fit.Once you’ve finished building your droid you can fire up the mobile app and take it for a spin. The programming interface is a bit like Scratch. You piece together routines by dragging and dropping different steps into a sequence. Lego keeps it simple by structuring Boost code like sentences — you build them from left to right.Other Boost set come with activities that you can walk through to get comfortable with the coding process. This one’s Star Wars themed, however… so Lego opted to call them “missions” this time around.The original Boost Creative box was already an amazing little kit and a great way to get kids interested in STEM activities. By adding Star Wars to the mix, Lego has upped the cool factor considerably.You definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Lego Boost, either. Especially not this one, Star Wars fans. These really are the droids you’re looking for!The 1177-piece Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will hit stores on September 1st with a retail price of $199.99.More on Geek.com:Lego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn BrailleCool Gifts for Every Star Wars JunkieLego Unveils Massive New Star Wars Tantive IV Set Stay on target
You’re on a geeky pop culture site so you’re already familiar with Batman and you’re almost definitely familiar with his blockbuster debut (save for the serials and the Adam West movie), starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. It’d be a waste of my time and yours to rehash the plot of the movie (Batman does Batman stuff, fights Joker, there’s Prince music, etc.) and writers way smarter than me have already talked about what Burton brought to the directorial role and the effect it had on Batman’s trajectory as a cultural force in the coming decades. So what is there to talk about?I’ve been thinking about archetypes lately, specifically in relation to Batman and Superman (the back-to-back releases of Shazam and Brightburn, both of which play on the Superman archetype to some extent, are largely what’s prompted this). Superman hit the big 8-0 last year and his cranky best pal is joining the club in 2019. Eighty years is a long, long time for a couple of buff dudes in tights to stick around in the public mind. But it’s 80 years later and they’re more prominent than ever. Need proof? Just look at how Twitter reacted the day that it leaked that it was relatively likely that Robert Pattinson would be playing Batman in the next live-action movie.(Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Revisiting Burton’s Batman provides a unique perspective on the character’s longevity and the reason we still care about him all these years later. The reason it does so might surprise you, though. See, Burton’s Batman isn’t eternal in the slightest. More than any MCU movie, more than Superman: The Movie, and maybe even more than The Dark Knight, Batman feels like a product of its time. This doesn’t apply solely to performance or production design or the film’s photography so much as it does the way it interprets the mythos of Batman.Think about the typical interpretation of Batman today, the one present in everything from writer Scott Snyder’s lengthy comic run with the character to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of him in BvS. He’s mostly seen as an uber-prepared physical specimen who has already thought out and prepared for every single series of events possible; a cold, calculating crime-busting machine. I’m not sure when this became the consensus take on the character but I know that it’s largely a reaction to the character’s appearances in The Dark Knight and back to back runs by writers Grant Morrison and Scott Snyder that furthered this interpretation.That’s why it’s so weird to revisit Batman ‘89 — the character was in such a different place in the public consciousness then and Burton and Keaton’s take on the character reflects this much. In Keaton’s Bruce Wayne we see a far more human man behind the mask. In his Batman we see the human behind the iconography — and this is a movie very heavy on iconography, so that’s saying something. Burton and Keaton craft a far more human, restrained Batman than we’ve seen in a while — likely because Batman wasn’t the might-as-well-be-superhuman character he so often is today back then.Full disclosure though, I wasn’t alive in ‘89 so I can’t speak to specifics. I’m sure plenty of y’all weren’t either. But that’s part of what’s so fun about watching this movie today — it’s so easy to glean from it how fans saw the character at the time. While I’ve read enough Batman comics of the era to know that the character wasn’t exactly the Gothic icon Burton makes him into in the movie, there are elements of the design and interpretation of the character that feel ripped from the pages of those comics — most notably the film’s interest in Bruce Wayne over Batman. When Keaton suits up he’s awesome as the legendary Caped Crusader but it’s out of costume that he really shines. It feels like a great deal of Batman discourse over the last decade or so has focused on the idea that Bruce Wayne doesn’t really exist — that the identity of Batman is all that exists anymore and Bruce Wayne is simply a mask he wears in public.Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger in ‘Batman.’ (Photo Credit: Warner Bros.)Aside from how boring and defeatist a take this has become (the idea of the clash between a superhero identity and a secret identity is half the fun of the genre!) it doesn’t allow writers or actors to explore how interesting a character Bruce Wayne is. That Keaton is given the space to make Bruce feel like a character in his own right — and an interesting one at that as Keaton is on the record as saying is take is that Bruce is a traumatized weirdo — feels revelatory today.Here’s the thing, though: I can’t say that I hope Matt Reeves or future directors take inspiration from Burton’s Batman. The character has evolved and shifted in the public consciousness since then and any interpretation of him in the future should reflect that. Batman is an archetype but an ever-changing one, a character that you can’t really break through experimentation. He’s inherently malleable and that’s why he has the longevity he does. Robert Pattinson’s rumored casting in the role seems like a bit of a curveball considering the last few men who have donned the cape and cowl but that’s probably a good thing — it means we might be in for something new, something modern. We might be getting the next Michael Keaton as Batman, which isn’t to say that the performance will resemble Keaton’s, but rather that 30 years from now it will feel distinctly of its time — in the best way.More on Geek.com:Vintage Shelf: ‘The Hunger’Vintage Shelf: ‘In the Mouth of Madness’Vintage Shelf: ‘Cobra’ Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time
Stay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Before the Caped Crusader conquered every medium out there, from video games to movies to cartoons to Prince music videos, Batman was first of course a comic book character, the comic book character of DC Comics alongside Superman. And Batman’s history in his home medium is rich and unexpectedly varied if all you know of him is a gravely Christian Bale voice.If you want to familiarize yourself with Batman’s comic book legacy, you’ll soon have an exciting new chance. The Society of Illustrators, a New York City art society, is about to open three new art exhibits celebrating 80 years of awesome Batman drawings.Opening June 12 and running until October 12, these three exhibits collectively showcase over 200 pieces of original Batman art that fall under all sorts of different themes. If you don’t know where to start, consider going to the opening reception on June 21 kicking everything off.“Illustrating Batman: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture,” the main exhibit, is a comprehensive look at Batman in comics. Famous Batman creators like Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Jim Lee are all featured. And along with illustrated art you can enjoy Batman toys and commercials and essays.“Batman Collected: Chip Kidd’s Batman Obsession” is a more personal collection from graphic designer Chip Kidd. But you’ll still recognize rare pieces from heavy hitters like Alex Ross and Bruce Timm.And for all you folks who wish Batman was more anime, check out “Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan” and discover the quirky classic 1960s Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata.If you’re in New York and this all sounds cool to you, head over to the Society of Illustrators for Batman tickets while there’s still time. For more on Batman, get ready for Robert Pattinson’s take on the Dark Knight in the upcoming movie and revisit the 1989 Tim Burton classic.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Since cameras have become smaller and more portable, scientists have been attaching them to animals — everything from sharks (to see how they hunt for prey) to penguins (to see how they communicate with each other in the icy waters off Antarctica).However, researchers haven’t much done with cats as they could be difficult to work with, according to Science magazine. One ecologist is trying to change that with a new study involving 16 cats and 16 small cameras.Maren Huck, behavioral ecologist at the University of Derby in the United Kingdom, attached small cameras on 16 cats and followed them for up to four years as they prowled their neighborhoods.Her findings, published in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, provided some interesting insights on the behavior of felines.For one, they’re not lazy as you think. “Cats are seen as relatively lazy, especially compared to dogs. But we saw that when they were outside, they became superalert,” Huck told Science magazine. “They scanned their surroundings, sometimes for a half-hour or more on end.”They could also be quite sociable. “[Even] though cats are highly territorial, they didn’t always fight with other cats they encountered,” said Huck. “Often, they just sat a couple of meters away from each other for up to a half an hour. They may have been sizing each other up. Sometimes they would engage in a greeting, briefly touching noses.”The ecologist also told Science magazine cameras could also help provide more insight on how to improve their quality of life as pets. “There is also debate over whether cats should be kept indoors all the time. If we find that cats seem more bored or stressed out when kept indoors — for example, by pacing, like some animals do at the zoo —that means we need to think more about enriching their indoor lives, or giving them some outside time,” Huck said.More on Geek.com:Scientists Attach Cameras to White Sharks to Watch How They Hunt Their PreyHere’s What Happened When Scientists Left Camera Traps to Record Wild ApesEgyptian Fruit Bats Trade Food for Sex, Study Finds Stay on target
Got change? You can place your quarters in this human flesh-like coin purse and freak everyone out at the grocery store or laundromat.Doooo, a Japanese DJ, designed the almost-realistic purse, which resembles a man’s mouth with five-o’clock shadow stubbles, AOL.com reported. The music producer uploaded a video of his bizarre creation on Twitter and it has generated more than 250,000 likes and 150,000 re-tweets.人肉小銭入れ作りました pic.twitter.com/k6SIDETWD5— doooo (@44doooo) June 1, 2019“I made a human flesh coin purse,” Doooo wrote on Twitter. In the video, he demonstrates how to use the coin purse, which includes opening a fake jaw, plump lips, and carefully placing some coins in the super-tight space. Even the teeth look real, since they’re not perfectly straight.人肉小銭入れと人肉印鑑は首にかける事ができます pic.twitter.com/aP3qyV3hjD— doooo (@44doooo) June 3, 2019If you’re interested in this wacky coin purse, it’s sadly not up for sale at the moment. However, you can enjoy Doooo’s other odd projects, including a human skin-inspired finger seal and squishy phone case, on his Twitter account.More on Geek.com:Man Wins $344M Powerball Jackpot With ‘Lucky’ Fortune Cookie Numbers Fan-Made ‘Zelda’ Tabletop Game Returns You to the WildSan Diego Padres Criticized for Needless Bee Murders Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site
Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Iron Man may be dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Endgame (no matter how loudly you whine on your stupid fan petition that shouldn’t even exist) but actor Robert Downey Jr. sure isn’t. The reformed former prisoner now has more money than God following his decade-long career as Iron Man. And fortunately, it appears he isn’t about to use that cash to fall back into old bad habits.Instead, Downey Jr. has announced a new Earth-saving initiative, The Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet through the power of advanced technology that actually exists.Downey Jr. announced the organization at Amazon’s re:MARS, a conference dedicated to fields like robotics and space and machine learning and other Iron Man-esque topics. And lucky for us our best and brightest minds are still trying to think of ways to save this planet from the ravages of man-made climate change instead of just exporting human capitalism across the Solar System.“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said according to Variety. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”The Footprint Coalition is slated to launch next April. We’re also looking forward to Downey Jr.s’ upcoming YouTube Red documentary about artificial intelligence. Hopefully he gets some help from his fellow wealthy Avengers actors. This is a way better solution for saving Earth than just wiping out half of humanity. For more on how the Earth is doomed unless we radically act now here’s why climate change is forcing reindeer to eat seaweed and why global income inequality is on the rise alongside global temperatures.
Stay on target Starbucks to Deliver Nationwide Via Uber EatsUber’s New Rideshare Tier Is the Height of Comfort Uber Elevate, Uber’s aerial ride-hailing division, is not making its big debut yet, however, Uber will start offering Uber Copter, a helicopter transportation service, in New York City next month.Starting July 9, Uber Copter will only be available to Uber users who are Platinum and Diamond members of Uber Rewards, the company’s loyalty program, The New York Times reported. Users can book the aerial service via Uber’s app, which will transport them between Lower Manhattan and Kennedy International Airport in a quick eight-minute flight. The aim of Uber Copter is to axe the total time it takes to travel between both places, which could take at least 60 minutes and during rush hour, more than two hours, Engadget reported.Like Uber rides, Uber Copter will determine pricing based on demand and the average ride will cost users between $200 and $225 a person. However, this price also includes ground transportation to and from each point on the trip. In Lower Manhattan, customers will be picked up or dropped off by car to the Uber Copter helipad and at Kennedy International Airport, they’ll be picked up by a car at the helicopter tarmac and driven directly to their terminal and vice versa if they’re coming back from airline travel.Here’s how it works: Customers can book an Uber Copter trip right on the spot or up to five days in advance of their desired flight time. Each helicopter can fit up to five passengers and will be in service from Monday to Friday during afternoon rush hour. Once a user reserves a seat, they will receive an email confirmation and boarding pass from Uber.An Uber Copter boarding pass. (Photo Credit: Uber)Uber Copter’s helicopter service will be operated by Newark-based HeliFlite. For each flight, there will be two pilots on board and passengers will be shown a 90-second safety video before they leave. One downside though is that these helicopters can’t accommodate large suitcases, so passengers will only be allowed to travel with one carry-on weighing 40 pounds or less and one personal bag.Even though Uber Copter will only be available in New York City for now, Eric Allison, the head of Uber Elevate, said the company aims to bring Uber Copter service to other cities in the future.“This is a trip that so many travelers make a day, and we see an opportunity to save them a huge amount of time on it. Our plan is to eventually roll out Uber Copter to more Uber customers and to other cities, but we want to do it right,” Allison said told The New York Times. “The main goal of this initial venture is to understand the operations behind aerial vehicles.”Watch: Melbourne to Be First International City to Trial Uber Air Flying TaxisMore on Geek.com:Uber Now Deactivates Poorly Rated RidersUber Black Users Can Silence Drivers With New ‘Quiet Mode’Uber Reveals the Most Bizarre Items Forgotten By Riders
Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Scientists are studying the remains of a Pleistocene wolf, dating back to 40,000 years ago, which was found “perfectly preserved” in permafrost in Siberia, Russia.The severed head of the wolf, believed to be 2 to 3 years old when it died, was unearthed last year in the shores of Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, the Siberian Times reported.Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia.Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.https://t.co/w4FoRB16Ur pic.twitter.com/8QbthEfay1— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 8, 2019Albert Protopopov, head of the department of mammoth fauna research at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic, said the find represents the first-ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.“We often find wolf skulls quite often, this is a common find… even several puppies have already been found. The uniqueness of this find is that we found the head of an adult wolf with perfectly preserved soft tissues and brain,” Protopopov told Interfax-Far East.The wolf head measures about 40 cm (about 15 inches) long, said to be about half the full length of a modern wolf. Images of the discovery show that the wolf’s fur and fangs are still intact.The head is being studied in Yakutsk, where scientists from Japan and Sweden have also joined the team of researchers analyzing the find.According to the Siberian Times, the discovery was announced at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, where scientists also presented the discovery of the well-preserved remains of ancient cave lion cubs.“Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,” said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner, as per the Siberian Times.“We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today,” Suzuki said.More on Geek.com:Dracula’s 15th-Century Cannoballs Unearthed in BulgariaArchaeologists Find Ancient ‘Cheerios’ at Bronze Age Site2,000-Year-Old Marble Head of God Dionysus Unearthed in Rome Stay on target
Former Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone believes Peter Hartley will be lucky to escape punishment for his disgraceful comments.Johnstone believes the new look Rangers team can handle any physicality threats pose to them by Motherwell ahead of their Scottish Premiership clash this weekend.“I am really surprised at Peter Hartley coming out and saying what he did about the incident with Fabio Cardoso last season. It is an absolute disgrace.” Johnstone said, according to Evening Times.“The only reason he has apologised is because his manager will have spoken to him and because the Compliance Officer is looking into it.”Ex Rangers striker insists cup success will be sweet for Rangers Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 19, 2019 Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone insists winning the Scottish FA Cup would be good for the club this season.The Gers travel to the Central…“He should never have said it in the first place. For a captain of a club to come out with something like that is disgraceful and he will be a very lucky man if he escapes any punishment.”“Rangers certainly know what to expect at Fir Park now and Motherwell will be trying to get in and about them and to get at them with a dig here and there.”“It will take strong refereeing from Craig Thomson and he will have to be really, really vigilant about what is going on and the challenges that are being made.”
Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman was left fuming over his side’s costly mistakes following their 2-1 defeat to FranceA Kylian Mbappe first-half opener was cancelled out by Ryan Babel after the break for Holland.But Olivier Giroud muscled past Virgil van Dijk and produced a superb volley from Benjamin Mendy’s cross to seal France their fifth successive victory over the Dutch.“‘You play against France and do not expect you to be in charge of the field for ninety minutes but the dangerous moments also came from our mistakes. That’s what it’s about. I am really angry now,” said Koeman, according to Football-Oranje.“Fortunately, we have some colour on our face. We have not only worked hard and hard, but also the way we have played. After the break, we were better and France had to return.Van Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.“But at a number of crucial moments it was not good on our part. The 2-1 of France was painful and unnecessary. That is not allowed, it has nothing to do with quality.”But there were some aspects of the performance that the former Everton boss was happy with.“I think we are on the right track. We have shown that in large parts of the match,” he said.“But we also need to improve things, certain moments are punished.”
For voluntary giving, Alaskans can opt to donate a portion of their PFD in increments of $100 to an education raffle. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Some Alaskans will notice some changes next year when they go to apply for their 2019 Permanent Fund Dividend. That money is split three ways, 50 percent to fund public education across the state, 25 percent to an education endowment fund and the remaining quarter goes toward the raffle, which offers four prizes to be paid out annually. Alaskans will now be given the choice for voluntary giving, in addition to Pick.Click.Give and save with the UA college savings program. Another change, first-time filers are now able to sign off on the application electronically. The Permanent Fund Dividend application season is January 1 through March 31 each year.
Del. Jill P. Carter (D) and Sen. Christopher Shank (R) . (Courtesy Photos)The Maryland General Assembly is on the precipice of passing stronger shielding protections for persons with misdemeanor criminal records. Sen. Christopher Shank (R) and Del. Jill P. Carter (D) shared this news with an audience during a recent forum on shielding and expungement protections.At the forum, “How Long Is Too Long,” held at the University of Baltimore School of Law on Jan. 12, a panel of experts, including Shank and Carter, discussed the pros and cons of shielding and expungement protections for persons with criminal convictions. Shielding laws hide past criminal convictions from persons conducting background checks, while expungement wipes the convictions from their record.The Maryland Second Chance Act, which would shield certain misdemeanor criminal convictions from background checks after a specified period, comes before the legislature this session. Shank and Carter expressed optimism about its passage in the 2015 General Assembly.Marc Mauer, executive director of the Sentencing Project, spoke at the forum about the consequences of a criminal conviction that go beyond any court ordered sentence. “When the judge says, ‘I’m sentencing you to do five years in prison,’ he or she doesn’t say that I’m going to limit your right to receive public benefits, or live in public housing, or your right to vote for periods of time, or anything like that. Nobody in the courtroom talks about that, but that in fact is what’s happening,” Mauer said.Mauer called these consequences a “life-long sentence,” and noted that communities of color and the poor are disproportionately affected.Shank said, explaining his support for the Second Chance Act, we have to rethink our approaches to criminal justice, citing high costs to the state with limited results. “We spend over a billion dollars a year [on corrections in Maryland]. That is a lot of money. That is more money than we spend on higher education in this state, it’s crowding out a lot of other spending, and our recidivism rate is still hovering around 40 to 45 percent in this state. So if I am true to my [fiscal conservative] principles . . . I would say that continuing to spend a billion dollars and then seeing this rate of recidivism means that we should be doing some things a little bit differently,” Shank said.Shank said a study showed that the risk a convicted person will commit certain crimes again matches the risk of the general population after a certain amount of time. He said this information drives his support for shielding protections for those crimes after an allotted period.Carter said while the General Assembly prides itself for being a progressive institution, it has not been progressive on criminal justice matters. This is why she believes it is important to support an incremental change – like the one the Second Chance Act represents – when one might prefer a bill, for example, that did not require a waiting period before records eligible for shielding or expungement.“We’re talking about a legislature that still has not allowed persons to expunge non-convictions [arrests not resulting in convictions]. Given that, I think we have to push forward very forcefully, but I think we have to consider some kind of a wait-period. I know how far we have been from expanding expungement and how difficult it’s been to even get [the Second Chance Act] passed, which [shields] minor, misdemeanor convictions, of little to no consequence that really probably shouldn’t be convictions that bar people from opportunities anyway,” said Carter.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named Monday to Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s preseason All-America Second Team. The announcement marked the first preseason All-America team for the 2019 season.Wyatt was a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-America Third Team honoree as a sophomore in 2018 after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. The Louisville native ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles while leading the Cardinals to their 11th NCAA Championship berth in the last 12 seasons. In addition to his All-America honor, Wyatt was also an All-ACC First Team selection last season and was named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team.The Cardinals are scheduled to open the 2019 season against UConn with a three-game series on Feb. 15-17 at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida, the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers. Louisville’s home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium is set for Feb. 20 at 3 p.m., ET against Eastern Kentucky. 2019 Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-Americans Story Links 2019 LOUISVILLE BASEBALL SEASON TICKETSAfter one season of ticketed admission for all home games, the Cardinals are giving free admission back to the fans in 2019. Louisville’s 15 ACC games as well as non-conference games against UK and Vanderbilt will be ticketed events at Jim Patterson Stadium. All other non-conference matchups, including games against Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Xavier, will have free admission.The 2019 reserved chairback ticket packages, which include one ticket to each of the 17 ticketed games, are priced at $110 for adults, $90 for senior adults/youths and $90 for families of four or more. Season tickets for the Left Field Berm are also available at $50 per ticket. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by calling 502-GO-CARDS or by visiting the Louisville Cardinals Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 at Cardinal Stadium (2800 South Floyd Street) on weekdays from 9 a.m., until 5 p.m., ET. Complete details on 2019 UofL baseball tickets can be found at gocards.com/bsbtickets. FOLLOWING THE CARDINALS ON SOCIAL MEDIAFans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter at @UofLBaseball and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ulbaseball. Print Friendly Version
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: “Emergence of modern continental crust about 3 billion years ago” Nature Geoscience, 2015. DOI: 10.1038/ngeo2466AbstractThe continental crust is the principal record of conditions on the Earth during the past 4.4 billion years. However, how the continental crust formed and evolved through time remains highly controversial. In particular, the composition and thickness of juvenile continental crust are unknown. Here we show that Rb/Sr ratios can be used as a proxy for both the silica content and the thickness of the continental crust. We calculate Rb/Sr ratios of the juvenile crust for over 13,000 samples, with Nd model ages ranging from the Hadean to Phanerozoic. The ratios were calculated based on the evolution of Sr isotopes in the period between the TDM Nd model age and the crystallization of the samples analysed. We find that the juvenile crust had a low silica content and was largely mafic in composition during the first 1.5 billion years of Earth’s evolution, consistent with magmatism on a pre-plate tectonics planet. About 3 billion years ago, the Rb/Sr ratios of the juvenile continental crust increased, indicating that the newly formed crust became more silica-rich and probably thicker. This transition is in turn linked to the onset of plate tectonics5 and an increase of continental detritus into the oceans. Earth’s crust slowly being destroyed © 2015 Phys.org One of the difficulties with determining the age of the Earth’s crust is that the crust itself is constantly undergoing melting and re-deposition due to subduction. This is a larger factor for the ocean floor than in continental crust because the continental crust is thick and buoyant, making it less susceptible to subduction. By combining information from various radioisotope pairs found in the continental crust, one can unearth clues as to how the crust was formed and when. In this paper, Dhuime, et al. studied the abundance of rubidium compared to strontium. Rubidium (87Rb) becomes strontium-87 (87Sr) through radioactive decay. Strontium-87 has a half-life of 48.8 billion years. Strontium-86, the most abundant isotope of Sr, is stable and does not undergo radioactive decay. Therefore, the abundance of 87Sr in the continental crust can be traced to the radioactive decay of 87Rb, and based on its half-life, one can determine the age of a rock sample.Whenever the Earth’s crust re-melts or is formed from magma deposition, the amount of 87Rb and silica increases in the residual melt, but the amount of 86Sr does not. Consequently, 87Rb/86Sr correlates with silica content. The silica content is important because the composition of the continental crust is predominantly silica, while the early Earth’s crust was likely mafic, or composed of predominantly iron and magnesium. To calculate 87Rb/86Sr, Dhuime, et al. first determined the 87Sr-to-86Sr ratio and then determined what the ratio was at the time when the crustal melt crystallized. From this they were able to calculate 87Rb/86Sr and therefore determine the amount of silica present at various time periods.This calculation was performed for over 13,000 volcanic and plutonic rock samples of varying ages, based on neodymium model ages. Results show that at about 3 billion years ago the Earth’s continental crust transitioned from a mafic crust to a silica-rich crust. Silica content increased from 3 billion years to 1 billion years ago. At 1 billion years, the amount of silica started to gradually decrease. This result coincides with previous studies using other radioisotope ratios. Furthermore, Dhuime, et al.’s data show that there is a positive correlation between the increase in 87Rb/86Sr and silica and crustal thickness. The authors point out that the gradual increase of 87Rb/86Sr from 3 billion years to 1 billion years may indicate that the Earth’s continental crust was thickening. They estimate that the average thickness of new continental crust increases from ~20 km at 3 billion years ago to ~40 km at 1 billion years ago, and then decreases to ~30 km to the present.Since subduction is a result of plate activity, the transition at 3 billion years may also indicate the onset of plate tectonics. The thickness of new continental crust reached a maximum and then began decreasing. The authors point out that this may coincide with the time of the Rodinia supercontinent and mountain formation.Overall, this study provides compelling evidence that the continental crust formed 3 billion years ago, coinciding with the onset of plate tectonics. Additionally, silica content could be used as a metric for determining crust thickness over time. Journal information: Nature Geoscience (Phys.org)—New research sheds light on how and when the modern day continents began to form. Researchers from the University of Bristol analyzed radio isotope abundances in 13,000 samples of continental crust of varying age and found that the continents began to form around 3 billion years ago. This date may coincide with when plate tectonics began. Their research appears in Nature Geoscience. Citation: Radioisotope studies show the continental crust formed 3 billion years ago (2015, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-radioisotope-continental-crust-billion-years.html Explore further Variation in the thickness of juvenile continental crust through time. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Geoscience, 2015. doi:10.1038/ngeo2466