Here’s one anniversary Oakland A’s will never celebrate

first_imgAnyone with a sense of Oakland A’s history probably didn’t even raise an eyebrow when hearing the team just drew its smallest crowd of the season.They’ve seen the Coliseum much more barren than when 12,270 paid to watch the A’s get pounded 9-1 by the Astros on Tuesday night.Like what happened 40 years ago Wednesday on what remains the bleakest night in Oakland’s history.The boxscore from April 17, 1979 tells us 653 people were on hand when the A’s beat the Mariners. It’s believed the 653 …last_img

A Second Code Controls the DNA Code

first_imgMore has been discovered about the histone or nucleosome code (see 02/17/2004), a second genetic code independent of the DNA genetic sequence that directs the formation of proteins.  The New York Times (see also Science Daily) reported on work by scientists at Northwestern University who found that the wrapping of DNA around nucleosomes (made of proteins called histones with varying “tails” of atoms) follows a pattern that regulates how genes are expressed.  These patterns determine where transcription factors bind to the DNA:The pattern is a combination of sequences that makes it easier for the DNA to bend itself and wrap tightly around a nucleosome.  But the pattern requires only some of the sequences to be present in each nucleosome binding site, so it is not obvious.  The looseness of its requirements is presumably the reason it does not conflict with the genetic code, which also has a little bit of redundancy or wiggle room built into it.The transcription factors are prevented from binding to the wrong genes when they are wrapped around parts of the nucleosome that make them inaccessible.    The news story by Nicholas Wade states that this code is highly conserved (i.e., unevolved) in all living organisms:The nucleosome is made up of proteins known as histones, which are among the most highly conserved in evolution, meaning that they change very little from one species to another.  A histone of peas and cows differs in just 2 of its 102 amino acid units.  The conservation is usually attributed to the precise fit required between the histones and the DNA wound around them.  But another reason, Dr. Segal suggested, could be that any change would interfere with the nucleosomes’ ability to find their assigned positions on the DNA.Yet the phenomenon might just as well be interpreted as intelligent design instead of evolution.  In fact, Wade uses the D word at the end of the article, when describing how this new code explains a mystery about DNA – why there is redundancy in the number of codons that code for a given amino acid: “Biologists have long speculated that the redundancy may have been designed so as to coexist with some other kind of code,” he said.  “And this, Dr. [Eran] Segal [Weizmann Institute] said, could be the nucleosome code.”  See also the 07/21/2006 article on design-oriented research done at Weizmann (Rehovot, Israel). The work is done by specialists in “computational biology” – a field of study more appropriate for design thinking than for evolutionary speculating.  If Darwinists started computing the probability of evolution (see online book), they would get discouraged real fast.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ironic? New Google Apps Security Features For All Devices Except the Nexus One

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair The Google Enterprise blog has a post tonight about some new features being unveiled that should assuage some of the critics who discount the security of using Google Apps on a mobile device.The new features permit corporate IT policies to be enforced from the customer’s Google Apps console across different mobile devices with the exception of Android smartphones, which will eventually have similar features.It seems ironic not to include the Nexus One and other Android devices. But we have our own speculation why the Nexus One and other Android devices are not a part of this feature upgrade. Google has made it clear that the next version of the Nexus One will be an enterprise smartphone. We expect these features and more to be a part of this upcoming Nexus One device.We sought clarification on the matter this evening but have not yet heard back from a Google spokesperson.According to the post, Google Apps Premier and Education Edition administrators may manage iPhones, Nokia E series and Windows Mobile devices from the Google Apps administrative control panel. The service allows administrators to:Remotely wipe all data from lost or stolen mobile devices.Lock idle devices after a period of inactivity.Require a device password on each phone.Set minimum lengths for more secure passwords.Require passwords to include letters, numbers and punctuation.These are all security features that are cited as necessary for acceptance in the enterprise. The new features follow enhancements made last year, including the Google Apps Connector for Blackberry Enterprise Server. On Android devices, Google announced new Web versions of GMail and Google Calendar. Google Docs was also updated.Last year, the company also released Google Sync for iPhone, Nokia E Series and Windows Mobile devices. enabling Google Apps users to access and sync mail, calendar, and contacts from their mobile device to the Google cloud. alex williams Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#news#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

A Bright Future for Solar + Battery Systems in Australia

first_imgResidential photovoltaic (PV) systems, already a strong player in Australia, should get even more attractive over the next several years as home battery storage becomes increasingly available and less expensive, according to a new report.Summing up a study by the Climate Council, The Guardian said in an online article that Tesla plans to sell its 7-kilowatt Powerwall battery in Australia by the end of this year, helping to push down the cost of solar electricity and make off-grid residential PV systems competitive with grid-derived electricity by 2018.Tesla isn’t alone in targeting Australia, the report says. Enphase Energy is expected to launch its home energy systems, which combine solar generation, control, and storage, in Australia and New Zealand next year. The added competition will help drive down costs.The Climate Council, which describes itself as “an independent, crowd-funded organization providing quality information on climate change to the Australian public,” said in its report that battery storage capacity should increase 50-fold in less than a decade. Battery prices fell by an average of 14% a year between 2007 and 2014, and even sharper declines are in sight as several manufacturers scale up production. Changing rate structures also will helpThe report also notes that lower compensation for the excess electricity that homeowners feed into the grid will ultimately make electricity more expensive and battery systems more economical.“Households with solar PV which are no longer eligible for premium feed-in tariffs are now receiving a relatively low price for their solar power (a typical house in Victoria earns 6.2¢/kWh for solar power fed into the grid, dropping to 5¢/kWh in 2016), but are paying a much higher price to purchase electricity from the grid (typically around 33¢/kWh) at other times when the sun is not shining,” the report says.“As feed-in tariffs are phased out, cost reflective tariffs are brought in and electricity prices increase over time (particularly at peak times), solar PV systems with added battery storage will become the most economical solution to meet household electricity needs,” it continues. “Under these conditions, households will get the most benefit out of their solar PV systems by maximising their use of electricity generated by their own solar panels and minimising the amount of electricity they purchase from the grid.”Based on current prices for electricity, a battery system rated at 5 kWh to 8 kWh will pay for itself in less than 12 years, but that should drop to between 6 and 8 years if battery prices continue to fall as expected.The report found several other benefits with wider use of batteries:Households with no PV systems could use batteries to store electricity during off-peak hours when rates are low and use it later when grid power is more expensive.Lower prices for batteries will make electric cars cost-competitive with conventional vehicles within the next 20 years.Batteries deployed on a utility scale could make expensive upgrades to the grid unnecessary.Retailers that install batteries could avoid paying for expensive power from “peaking plants” that run only at times of peak demand. Solar already is popular in AustraliaMore than 1.4 million Australians already use PV systems to lower their electric bills, with the average system size reported at 4.5 kW. A big reason, the report says, is the high cost of electricity.“Electricity prices in Australia are higher than in Japan, the European Union, the United States, and Canada,” the report notes. “Four Australian states (South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia) are among the top six places with the highest electric prices when compared with 91 other countries, states and provinces worldwide.”Without citing any specifics, the report adds that PV systems in Australia are “among the most affordable in the world,” which has made them popular with lower and middle-income families. One survey of 700 households with PV found the average payback period was a little over three years; other studies have found systems pay for themselves in between four and 12 years.(The Australian PV Institute said that a grid-tied residential system of less than 10 kW cost between $2.50 and $3.50 AU per watt in 2013, or $1.80 to $2.50 U.S.)last_img read more

7 Tutorials for Learning Blackmagic’s DaVinci Resolve

first_imgIn the following tutorials, we’ll cover some of the best tips, tricks, and advice for working with Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.From its digital color correction roots back in the 1980s, DaVinci Resolve has transformed from a software with no more than a hundred users in 2009, to a product user-base of over two million in 2019, which is a number matching Apple’s Final Cut Pro X at its height in 2017. It’s safe to say that DaVinci Resolve is now one of the most popular video editing applications (both for color correction and non-linear editing) for film and video professionals.Yet, for many in the industry, DaVinci Resolve might seem a bit daunting. This is especially true for those who’ve been happy and comfortable with other editing platforms. However, if you’re someone starting out in video editing for the first time — or thinking about trying out a new platform for some specific changes — DaVinci Resolve is fast becoming a new editing workhorse for many.So, let’s dive into some of the best tutorials to get you started.Color Grading in DaVinci ResolveIn my professional film and video career — as both an editor and a shooter — DaVinci Resolve came up most often as one of the better solutions for working with color grading and specific situations, like the above — working with skin tones.However, while the app is much more than just a color grading software, for many it’s still one of the best options for touching up colors and tones. In the tutorial above, we not only get some great insights into how to work with different skin tones, but also how to make masks, unify tones, pair imperfections, and separate mixed nodes.You can read more about the whole process in this article here.DaVinci Resolve Easy Screen Pump EffectOne cool, simple trick — which is pretty easy to uniquely pull off in DaVinci Resolve’s NLE editing platform — is the iconic “screen pump” effect. You know, the one from concert or music videos where the screen seems to bounce with the beat of the song?In this quick tutorial, Jay Lippman shows us how to create this effect without going into color of fusion, but by simply applying some basic keyframing techniques.How to Remove Objects in DaVinci ResolveSo, less than a year ago Adobe turned some heads when they announced their “Content Aware Fill” tool for After Effects. This tool blew fans and editors away with its almost science fiction-level technology. And, while it’s a great option for After Effects users, in the tutorial above you can see that DaVinci Resolve (which is a free program as a basic offering) has the exact same technology.You can follow along in the tutorial above, or check out this full article to learn how to use the Content Aware Fill on your Resolve projects.Basic Fusion and CompositingGetting back to the basics in this tutorial by Casey Faris, we dive into a quick primer on how to navigate DaVinci Resolve, and the first steps you’ll need to take when just getting started. In many ways, the platform is quite similar to other popular NLEs. But, once you start really getting into the fusion and composition, it might help to have a guide in order to understand what’s going on — plus all the advanced options at your control.Using DaVinci Resolve’s Face Refinement ToolAs a good partner video and article to go along with the skin tone editing tutorial at the top of our list, DaVinci Resolve’s “Face Refinement Tool” is truly a remarkable tool video editors and color correctors/graders will love. DaVinci’s Face Refinement Tool was introduced in DaVinci Resolve 14, as seen in the video above.If you really want your models, subjects, or actors to look their best in your film and video projects, check out the full, in-depth article here.Create Neon Animations in DaVinci ResolveIn case you haven’t seen the trendy and stylized looks created by Blotter Media, you should definitely check out the channel here. And, if you’d like to add it to your films and videos, we have a great tutorial to recommend. Editor Jamie Fenn breaks down how to add the neon animations to your projects.Taking a simple example using his fingers, Fenn takes you through creating the painted, soft glows and the frame-by-frame technique of creating your custom animations.THE Total Guide to the Best Free Video EditorFinally, if you’ve checked through the videos above and feel like you’re ready to fully dive into DaVinci Resolve and truly MASTER the platform as one of your regular editing options, we actually have a multi-episode course that’ll teach you the following:How to Organize and Import Media in ResolveHow to Use the Edit Page in ResolveHow to Edit Your Video in DaVinci ResolveHow to Edit Audio in DaVinci ResolveHow to Render or Export in DaVinci ResolveHow to Set Up Basic User Settings in DaVinci ResolveHow to Color Correct and Color Grade in DaVinci ResolveYou can read more about the full course guide and check out some of the individual episodes in this full article here.Cover image via DaVinci Resolve.For more DaVinci Resolve and video editing tips, tricks, and resources, check out some of these articles below.Color Grading Tips: The Ins and Outs of Correcting for a Pink SkyHow to Use the Shared Node Feature in DaVinci ResolveColor Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveYour Guide to Working with Project Files in DaVinci ResolveQuick Tip: How to Use Optimized Media in DaVinci Resolvelast_img read more

Fabio Fognini realizes boyhood dream to win Monte Carlo Masters

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I was born in San Remo, and I was practicing here when I was young. I know really well this tennis club,” Fognini said. “My friends and family are happy now, because I have my name on this tournament that it’s something that when I was really young I was dreaming about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 13th-seeded Italian’s first title of the year came the day after he stunned defending champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets, becoming the first player to beat Nadal at the Monte Carlo Country Club since Novak Djokovic in the 2015 semifinals.“It has been an incredible week, I will keep working,” Fognini said. “I started the season badly so this is unbelievable.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “He definitely has the game for top 10,” Lajovic said. “We all know that tennis is not just tennis, it’s mental most of the time. So it depends on him.”The 48th-ranked Lajovic’s run to his first career final was unexpected. But the unseeded Serb rarely threatened in humid, overcast and slightly windy conditions.Fognini needed a medical timeout to receive treatment to his right foot and right thigh after the fifth game of the second set.But it did not impede him as he served out the match, clinching victory on his second match point when Lajovic hit a forehand wide.Lajovic graciously acknowledged he was outplayed.“I had to work much harder than him to win the points, this was the key,” he said. “When I was aggressive, I was able to make points and put him under pressure. But at times, my game was just off. I had a lot of unforced errors.”Fognini is only the fourth man to win the clay-court event since Nadal’s first of a record 11 wins in 2005. Djokovic, twice, and Stan Wawrinka also won.The last Italian before Fognini was Nicola Pietrangeli in 1968.The 85-year-old Pietrangeli, a two-time French Open winner, stood and applauded as Fognini dropped to his knees to kiss the surface.Pietrangeli walked gingerly onto the court and posed alongside Fognini as he held the trophy. The match started evenly enough, but Fognini broke for a 4-2 lead when Lajovic made an unforced error on forehand. Fognini then held his serve with a typically flamboyant one-handed, cross-court backhand to take control.Serving for the set, Fognini saved a break point with a forehand winner down the line, and then clinched it with an equally good backhand.Fognini broke for a 3-2 lead in the second set when Lajovic hit a forehand wide.After Fognini’s medical timeout, Lajovic missed an easy smash at 30-30 in the next game.With that miss, his slim hopes faded. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Road, sweet road! NBA away teams go 8-0 over weekend Italy’s Fabio Fognini kisses the trophy after defeating Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in the men’s singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April, 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)MONACO — On the clay courts where he once practiced as a youth with big dreams, Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his erratic career by beating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Monte Carlo Masters final.The local lad from nearby San Remo, a 40-minute drive away along the Mediterranean coast and over the Italian border, made a breakthrough at the highest level so far at the age of 31. Lajovic lost the first final of his career at age 28.ADVERTISEMENT Although it was Fognini’s ninth career title, it was his first at Masters level and will help him push closer to the top 10 when he climbs six places up to 12th in the rankings. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After going out in the third round of the Australian Open, Fognini had won only one match and lost six times before this tournament.Somehow, he’s turned it all around — and it feels exhausting.“Mentally I’m so tired but really, really happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career,” he said. “We are talking about Masters Series and the next one is a Grand Slam. So it is second in the line.”Fognini’s career has seen many flashes of brilliance — his flicked, laser-beam forehands fly down the line at astonishing speed and his cross-court backhand is equally dangerous — but also many temper tantrums. A player who has beaten Nadal three times on clay in his career, and beaten Nadal once at the U.S. Open after trailing by two sets, must be doing something right.But there have always been question marks hanging over Fognini, and finally winning a Masters may help shed some self-doubt.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View commentslast_img read more

Where Theres A Wheel Richie Parker Top NASCAR Engineer

The fact that Richie Parker can ride a bike and repair cars doesn’t seem like much of a big deal–until you see that he doesn’t have arms.Parker was born without arms, but that never stopped him from doing anything. Blessed with that I-can-do-anything spirit, Parker has landed a job as an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports, Nascar’s most winning organization.Rex Stump, engineering manager at Hendrick said, “Based on his resume, I knew he could do the things that I needed him to do, it was more a question of how,”Parker found a way, and there he was on the floor using his feet to build custom high-performance automotive parts.Parker’s inspiring story aired in a segment on ESPN on Sunday and even NBA Hall of Fame legend, Magic Johnson was moved by Parker’s story. “Richie Parker’s story proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. We should all stop complaining and giving excuses.” Johnson tweeted.Watch the video above. read more