Belgica antarctica (Diptera: Chironomidae): A natural model organism for extreme environments

first_imgBelgica antarctica (Diptera: Chironomidae), a brachypterous midge endemic to the maritime Antarctic, was first described in 1900. Over more than a century of study, a vast amount of information has been compiled on the species (3 750 000 Google search results as of January 10, 2021), encompassing its ecology and biology, life cycle and reproduction, polytene chromosomes, physiology, biochemistry and, increasingly, omics. In 2014, B. antarctica’s genome was sequenced, further boosting research. Certain developmental stages can be cultured successfully in the laboratory. Taken together, this wealth of information allows the species to be viewed as a natural model organism for studies of adaptation and function in extreme environments.last_img read more

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Notre Dame announces master’s degree in data science

first_imgSilicon Valley, here come the Irish.Notre Dame announced a new online Master of Science degree with a specialization in data science Tuesday, according to a University press release. The program is the result of a collaboration with AT&T and is meant to prepare graduates for careers as data scientists in a variety of industries.The 21-month degree program is offered by the department of applied and computational mathematics and statistics, in partnership with the department of computer science and engineering, the Mendoza College of Business and the department of psychology. At the pace of half of a full-time load, the program aims to attract working professionals, offering experience in management, marketing, information technology, government policy, health care, finance education and scientific research.“A graduate of this new program will be equipped with the academic training, analytical insight, imagination and practical skills necessary for success as a data scientist,” Elliott Visconsi, Notre Dame’s chief academic digital officer, said in the release. “Graduates will have the flexibility of mind to master new data science processes, tools and strategies as they emerge, and the ability to communicate effectively and act ethically in this exciting and fast-moving field.”Participants will be invited to weekend immersions with faculty and industry experts at Notre Dame and in Silicon Valley.AT&T experts will help design the program’s curriculum, according to the release. Current AT&T employees will also be eligible for discounted tuition and other benefits.“Every technology going forward must factor in software and data analytics — whether it’s 5G networks, internet of things, artificial intelligence or any of today’s numerous industry drivers,” John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer and group president of technology and operations said in the release. “AT&T is proud to collaborate with Notre Dame on this innovative online degree program to skill the next generation of data scientists.”The program is open for students of all academic backgrounds to apply, and begins in August 2017. More information can be found at datascience.nd.edu.Tags: AT&T, data science, master of science in data science, mendoza college of business, Silicon Valleylast_img read more

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Long Island Press Wins Top Honors at SPJ Press Club of Long Island Awards

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Press brought home 15 honors at the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists’ Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Media Awards Thursday, clinching nearly a dozen of the competition’s top prizes and dominating several key categories.Founded in 1974, PCLI is a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization. Its annual contest and awards dinner recognizes journalistic excellence across media outlets throughout Nassau, Suffolk and the region. It was held at Woodbury Country Club on June 5.News organizations of all genres and sizes—from small community websites and weeklies to behemoths such as Long Island’s lone daily newspaper and the TV network its parent company also owns—go head-to-head, judged across more than 80 categories for the very best journalism.The Press, which only published 12 issues last year, took home nine First Place honors across many of the contest’s most competitive categories. These include: Crime & Justice, Environment, Health, Arts, Entertainment, Sports Feature, Non-Local News/Feature, Video: Government/Politics, and Humor.Press Editor in Chief Christopher Twarowski took home First Place honors in the Environment category for his investigative cover story “Atomic Warfare,” documenting the relentless struggles of sick and dying workers who unknowingly toiled atop a former nuclear waste site in Hicksville without ever being informed of its hazardous past by state regulators nor its owners.The expose also earned First Place honors in the Health category.Press Managing Editor Timothy Bolger took Third Place in the Environment category for his in-depth, comprehensive “Gas Pains: Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon.”Press contributor Shelly Feuer Domash earned First Place in the Crime & Justice category for her exclusive, probing cover story into the infamous $6 million theft at JFK’s Lufthansa Terminal, titled “The Heist: Nassau Cop Breaks Silence on Mob Case that Left 16 Dead, $6M Missing,” which offered new revelations into the 1978 case and predated a historic arrest in the case by the U.S. Attorney’s Office by two months.Press Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian grabbed a First Place nod in the Sports Feature category (despite the Press’ lack of a sports section) for his colorful, insightful and well-researched cover story “Julius Erving and the Nets’ Glory Days on Long Island.”Mian’s in-depth “Hollywood East: Behind the Scenes of L.I.’s Booming TV and Film Industry” also snatched First Place in the Entertainment category.Twarowski, Mian and Press Publisher Jed Morey won First Place in the Non-Local News/Feature category for “Revolution’s Family Tree: Blood-Soaked Roots of the Liberty Tree Bear Fruit Once Again in the Digital Age.” The several-thousand-word cover story was reported throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland—including at Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency is headquartered—and is an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the handful of independent journalists and activists covering U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning’s court martial.Twarowski and Press Staff Writer Jaime Franchi brought home Third Place accolades in the Best Headline category for their Pink Floyd-inspired title “We Don’t Need No Education: L.I. Parents & Teachers Revolt Against Common Core.”Franchi also won Second Place in the Editorial/Commentary category for Press sister publication Milieu Magazine with her revealing “Not So Blurred Lines,” addressing the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus’ tuckus-gyrating twerking on the VMAs.Press contributor Peter Tannen earned the First Place in the Humor category for his hilarious Just Sayin’ column “Long Island Slowly Drifting Toward Connecticut,” which sparked fear and consternation among some readers that did not realize it was an April Fool’s joke. The satire was also unfortunately reprinted as an actual news story by several local websites.Mian and Twarowski brought home First Place honors in the Video: Government/Politics category for their 12-minute mini-documentary “NDAA, Indefinite Detention, and the Battle Raging Against the Most Important Law You’ve Never Heard Of,” chronicling journalists’ and activists’ attempts to stop a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act to legalize the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and raise awareness about the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers.The duo was also honored with Second Place nods in the Video: Neighborhood/Community category for their powerful short “Superstorm Sandy One Year Later: Much Work Still to be Done,” documenting the ongoing struggles of aid workers and residents still coping with the decimation wrought in the storm’s wake.Twarowski’s “Atomic Warfare: Sick Employees Seek Justice in Lawsuit Over Former Nuclear Site in Hicksville” was awarded Third Place honors in the In-Depth Report/Series category.Press contributors Cassidy Kammerer and Catherine Xavier were honored with a First Place prize in the Arts category for their moving, masterfully crafted “Sandy Art: Beauty from Devastation,” which brought to life local artists’ emotionally gripping, literal transformation of hope and life from the utter wreckage and decimation left in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.Press contributor Steve Smirti and Twarowski shared Second Place nods in the same category for their colorful and fascinating “Art League of Long Island: L.I.’s Masters of Fine Art.”last_img read more

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10 fun facts about North Carolina

first_imgSyracuse, a .500 team in conference this season, is in the Final Four. What a time to be alive.SU (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) takes on No. 1 seed North Carolina (32-6, 14-4) on Saturday at 8:49 p.m.Get acquainted with 10 facts about the Orange’s rival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina:1. Everybody just get on the good footUNC is called the Tar Heels, and there are two possible reasons why. The first theory: During the Revolutionary War, British troops covered their feet with tar after crossing North Carolina rivers. The state has a lot of pine trees, so tar became one of its most important exports. The second: During the Civil War, North Carolina soldiers allegedly threatened to stick tar on the heels of retreating soldiers to make them stay in battle. Forgetting the impracticality of getting close enough to someone who’s trying to kill you to put a little tar on his heels, it’s a good story.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text2. Probably older than your great, great, great grandpaThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the country, founded in 1789. It’s also the only public university in the U.S. to award degrees in the 18th century. (Hint: They’re really, really proud of that.)3. Oregon TrailThe first student ever on UNC campus was Hinton James, who enrolled at the University on Feb. 12, 1795. According to legend, he walked to Chapel Hill from Wilmington. That’s 162 miles. He endured wilderness, animals and, if I learned anything from the Oregon Trail game, probably dysentery.  He made it there in two weeks and by the end of the year there were 41 students and two professors.4. Yeah, but do you have Calio’s?You know that circular rotunda with columns that you always see associated with UNC? It’s called “The Old Well,” smack dab in the middle of campus, and served as the university’s primary source of water for over a century. Today it’s just a water fountain. On the first day of class every semester, it’s a tradition starting at midnight to drink from that fountain to bring good luck and straight A’s.5. #SquadGoalsThere’s a famous street in Chapel Hill called Franklin Street. It’s named after a guy named Benjamin Franklin. But there’s a street that runs parallel to Franklin, Rosemary Street, with a way better backstory. A woman named Rose lived at one end of the street. Her good homie Mary lived at the other end. Yup.6. That’s Mr. Money Bags to youUNC has an annual budget of $2.4 billion, making it the school with the deepest pockets in the Final Four. That is slightly less than double Syracuse’s 2015 budget of $1.28 billion. Villanova’s budget isn’t public and Oklahoma is at $886 million.7. Why you so obsessed with me?There was a time when the American colonies loved England (or at least just talked trash behind their back). So a church was built in North Carolina called “Church of England New Hope Chapel” and it once stood atop the hill at the crossroads at the center of town. King gossip Thomas Paine aired his grievances and said, “England’s not that cool.” Years later, the town dropped the “Church of England,” apparently lost “New Hope” and became just Chapel Hill.8. His AirnessIf you need this fun fact to tell you that possibly the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan, went to North Carolina then you should click our “Men’s Basketball” tab and start reading immediately. You need to be all caught up by Saturday.9. Smoke if you got ’emNorth Carolina is the largest producer of tobacco in the United States, growing nearly 375 million pounds per year. UNC aptly sits along Tobacco Road through the state. North Carolina’s production is more than double the second-largest producer, Kentucky.10. “Sorry, we only got Pepsi products.”This line is probably delivered a lot more in UNC than a lot of other places. Caleb Bradham, credited with inventing Pepsi Co., was a Tar Heel. Comments Published on March 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Uganda Cranes hold Congo to draw, set eyes on CECAFA

first_imgThe Cranes team that faced Congo. PHOTO VIA @masindeonyango?? Congo 1-1 Uganda ?? (Goal Milton Karisa )??  Ghana  1-1  Egypt ??Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AFP | Uganda ended their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a draw away in Brazaville courtesy of a first half goal by Milton Karisa.Marvin Baudry gave the home team an early lead that was cancelled just one minute later by Karisa.Coach Moses Basena travelled to Congo with a side that had many new players being readied for the upcoming regional and African tournaments.The team however travelled with star of Uganda’s campaign, Cranes captain Denis Masinde Onyango, who has conceded only two goals in six games.After falling out of the race to make Russia World Cup 2018, Cranes now eye CECAFA 2017, CHAN 2018 and AFCON 2019 tournaments. Egypt topped World Cup qualifier Group E to secure a place in the Russia finals after beating Uganda and Congo 1-0 in their last two matches last month.CRANES START XI: Onyango; Wadada, Juuko, Isinde, Walu, Wasswa, Iguma, Mutyaba, Karisa, Muleme, Serunkuuma. Standings Group EEGY – 13 ptsUGA – 9 pts GHA – 7 ptsCGO – 2The Cranes starting line up that destroyed Egypt, which was the highlight of their campaign.Recalled Shikabala scores as Egypt drawShikabala marked his recall by Egypt with a superb goal during a 1-1 draw away to Ghana Sunday in the final World Cup Africa zone Group E qualifier.The match in Cape Coast was a dead rubber as the ‘Pharaohs’ won the mini-league and secured a place at the 2018 finals in Russia by defeating Congo Brazzaville last month.It will be Egypt’s first appearance at the World Cup since 1990, while Ghana miss out after playing in the last three editions.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper rested a number of first choices, including Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, giving fringe players like Shikabala a chance to impress.The Saudi Arabia-based midfielder made the most of his first national team appearance for three years by slamming a low pass past goalkeeper Richard Ofori on 61 minutes.But the lead lasted only three minutes with Ghana levelling through an Edwin Gyasi shot from outside the box that took a deflection and wrongfooted goalkeeper Sherif Ekramy.The ‘Black Stars’ almost snatched victory in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time during a goalmouth scramble.Ghana lacked several regulars, including Andre and Jordan Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Thomas Partey.Tweets about @OfficialFUFA Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Mo’ne Davis’ Taney Dragons eliminated from LLWS by Jackie Robinson West

first_imgMo’ne Davis hits RBI in Pennsylvania’s Taney Dragon’s win over Texas (AP Photo)Mo’Ne Davis, the breakout star of this year’s Little League World Series, and her Taney Dragons of Philadelphia were eliminated from the tournament by an all-Black team, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West, in a 6-5 loss Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.Davis wasn’t eligible to pitch after taking the mound Wednesday in an 8-1 loss. Instead, the pitching spotlight was on Jackie Robinson West’s Marquis Jackson, who pitched a beautiful game despite a slow start. Taney’s Zion Spearman hit a double off Jackson in the first inning, and Jack Rice followed with a two-run single to stake Taney to a quick 2-0 lead.Philadelphia pitcher Mo’ne Davis, center, heads back to the dugout with her teammates.But Jackie Robinson West fired back by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including two runs off a double by Joshua Houston. Jackie Robinson West scored two more runs in the second inning to extend their lead to 6-2.After the early slips, Jackson didn’t give up another run while he was on the mound and pitched through most of the third inning, striking out several batters to keep the Taney Dragons scoreless. He eventually reached the Little League World Series maximum pitch count of 85 pitches and was forced to leave the mound and switch to second base.After a scoreless third inning, Spearman nailed a two-run RBI single in the top of the fourth inning to cut Jackie Robinson West’s lead to 6-4. Taney’s Kai Cummings then blasted a home run in the fifth inning to make it 6-5; but thereafter, the Dragons’ offense dried up in the sixth inning and their comeback bid fell short.Jackie Robinson West now advances to the U.S. Championship game, and will play Las Vegas on Aug. 23 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.– See more at: http://www.afro.com/mone-davis-taney-dragons-eliminated-from-llws-by-jackie-robinson-west/last_img read more

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Kootenay Chill Basketball squad finds success in South Okanagan

first_imgKootenay Chill won three of four game during a recent Lake City Spring Tip-off Basketball Tournament in Penticton.The Chill, a collection of players from the Nelson area, defeated teams from Kelowna, host Penticton and Kamloops during the spring basketball event.In the opener, Kelton Forte paced the attack to lead Kootenay past U13 Junior Heat 41-33.The Chill started slow, trailing 14-8 before outscoring the Junior Heat squad 18-6 to take a 26-20 lead at halftime.Kootenay continued its strong play in the second half to grab the eight point victory.Against Lake City U14 from Penticton, the Chill used full-court pressure to open an 11-1 lead en route to a 44-25 victory. Nathaniel Pan lead the way with eight points in the first half to finish with a game-high 16 points. Van Kozak chipped in 13 while Forte had eight points. Pan was named player of the game for Kootenay.In Game three, the undersized U12 Junior club team overcame a 15-point deficit to take a 40-39 lead over the Chill in the second half of the contest.Kootenay regained its composure to go on a 15-4 run in a 55-44 victory.The Chill had led the game 25-10 at one point.Kozak was name Player of the Game.In the final contest, the Chill met a very well-coached Pro Hop squad from Kamloops, losing 56-35.The Kamloops squad used full-court pressure to build a 43-11 lead at halftime.Kootenay regrouped in the second half to outscore Pro Hop 24-13. However, the first half deficit was too great as Pro Hop registered the win.Kootenay Chill U14 and U13 squads next action is in Kamloops at the Pro Hop Tournament.The players on both teams are from Trafalgar and Steve Nash Youth Basketball programs in the Heritage City.last_img read more

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Dallas 112, Warriors 109: Warriors fold in crunch time

first_imgDALLAS – This time, Kevin Durant would receive the ball on one of the last plays and there would be no arguing about it.Even if the Warriors drew up the play that Durant wanted, neither he nor his teammates could write the ending they wanted to help counteract a tumultuous week.The Warriors finished with a 112-109 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. Durant had a team-leading 32 points by going 11-of-24 shooting and 10-of-11 from the free-throw line, but he went only 1-of-7 from the …last_img read more

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What Does ‘The Cloud’ Really Mean?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The term cloud is widely used to refer to a whole family of products and services offered by many companies across the Web. So many in fact, that the term has become overloaded, meaning many things to many different people.Some critics say that the cloud is nothing new. They argue that it is a marketing buzzword being applied to things that have been around for a long time.This, in our opinion, is what qualifies as the cloud: a product or service whose only delivery model is via an Internet connection, and in the past was traditionally provided in house. In other words, whilst the capability is not new, the delivery model is new. The current growth in cloud services – and hence the buzzword bandwagon – is due to service providers and service consumers of all types figuring out that this shift is possible and desirable.The term is also being used in ways that have a tenuous connection with the traditional definition of the cloud. But this does not mean we should ignore the common situations where it is applied, and instead try and understand the different characteristics that makes something in the cloud (or “out there” as Larry Ellison notes)These are the different categories of services being offered in the cloud:Applications: pieces of software that people or whole communities of people can use to do things. Traditionally, these application would have been installed and maintained in house and maintained by the IT department. But for most businesses, high-speed, reliable Internet connections are a reality and looking after a server is a distraction from their core businessExamples: Hotmail (which pre-dates the cloud), GMail, Salesforce, Google Apps and DropBox.Services: resources that can be used by other application developers to build bigger applications.Examples: online payment systems, address look ups, credit scoring, file storage, image hosting and identity management.Utility Computing: services based on a pay-for-use model where users pay for capacity provisioned or capacity used. These services are typically oriented around buying server time, and paying for horsepower and the metered services used such as bandwidth or memory consumption. Users of utility computing apply it to any application they desire. Many build Web sites, while other uses may be document production, hosting VOIP switches or running massive processing jobs like mining large datasets or weather simulation.The heavy-weight champion in this category is undeniably Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud service (EC2), but there are some up-and-coming contenders.Application Platforms: environments where applications are hosted and run, which the application developers are not responsible for. The platforms usually offer resources such as storage, which are accessed via proprietary libraries. Tasks like backup, disaster recovery and scaling the applications hosted on these platforms is transparent to the application developer. These platforms are generally designed to deliver some kind of Web-based user experience and often impose some restrictions around the developer’s choice of implementation language and the application’s access to the underlying computer.By selecting a specific application platform, and writing applications to the proprietary libraries, application developers are locking themselves (albeit wittingly) into that vendor’s technology. They are trading simplicity and time-to-market with the freedom to walk away from that platform.Examples: Google’s App Engine and Microsoft’s Windows Azure.Photo credit: schristiacenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… tim hastingslast_img read more

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Weekly Poll: Is the iPad 2 Suited for the Cloud?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The iPad 2 includes a camera built in that you can use for video conferencing. It has built-in tethering for embedded hotspots. It has WiFi and 3G. It has AirPlay for streaming media to your Apple TV.But what does it not have? For one, it lacks wireless synchronization. There is no cloud-based iTunes. MobileMe is pretty much the same as always.So, what gives? Is the iPad 2 suited for the cloud?Yes, of course it is. Can you use an online storage service with an iPad 2? Yes. Egnyte is launching an enterprise app that syncs files from the device and back online. Box has its own iPad app.There are thousands of examples we can point to. The iPad 2 is the connection hub. It creates a space for online tools that use multi-tenant architectures. That space is fluid. The iPad experience is fluid. It’s through the experience of using the iPad 2 that we can begin to see what the cloud represents. And that’s a reality that Lewis Carroll shows in Alice in Wonderland when time and space, in the words of Marshall McLuhan, are neither “uniform nor continuous.” Are we not all Mad Hatters? Do we not all experience that instant, fluid embrace when we hold it in our hands?No, of course it is not.The iPad 2 is a device that does not have a wireless sync. It does not have the ability to access MobileMe in any fluid way. iTunes is still on the iPad. It is beautiful, but Steve Jobs is wrong. It is more like a PC than anything else. What do you think?last_img read more

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