It’s Raining Methane on Titan’s Dunes

first_imgImagine a world where it rains liquid natural gas.  That world is Titan, the Mercury-sized moon of Saturn.  In Science this week,1 Cassini scientists reported large equatorial clouds over Titan’s vast dune fields, and a darkening of the surface after an apparent cloudburst.  Since only hydrocarbons can be liquid at the temperatures there, and methane is the most abundant, they have concluded that it has rained methane on the bizarre moon that has some atmospheric properties familiar to Earth: weather reports.    The story has been reported on Space.com, PhysOrg, and National Geographic, echoing the press release from JPL.  In National Geographic’s article, lead author Elizabeth Turtle estimated that the local weather may have varied from a drizzle to a flood.  Changes in surface brightness after the clouds were noted between October 2010 and January 2011.  According to the paper, the clouds extended over 1000 km but did not leave evidence of standing liquid on the ground.    Tetsuya Tokano from the University of Zoln in Germany commented on this discovery in the same issue of Science.2  The tropics on Earth are lush and wet; “But why are there apparently long dry seasons at Titan’s equator, in contrast to Earth’s tropical rainforest climate?” he asked.  The Cassini scientists reason that due to Titan’s seasons, clouds do not remain near the equator for long.  The rain did not leave lakes or puddles, but probably just wet the surface, including the icy sand grains making up the dunes.1.  Turtle, Lunine et al, “Rapid and Extensive Surface Changes Near Titan�s Equator: Evidence of April Showers,” Science 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1414-1417, DOI: 10.1126/science.1201063.2.  Tetsuya Tokano, “Planetary Science: Precipitation Climatology on Titan, ” Science, 18 March 2011: Vol. 331 no. 6023 pp. 1393-1394, DOI: 10.1126/science.1204092.None of the reports discussed the age issue, but it seems seasonal rains like this would have left evidence of vast deposits of sedimentation if cloudbursts have been going on for billions of years.  It appears that the drainage channels are being formed by currently active dynamic weather and are not relics of past epochs.  Unlike Earth, Titan does not appear to have plate tectonics or volcanoes (at least in abundance), and its surface winds are primarily confined to equatorial latitudes.  That means the surface is pretty static.  Methane may cycle through the atmosphere, but not liquid ethane that should have formed a global ocean miles deep after 4.5 billion years of steady precipitation (07/31/2008).    So we have raining methane on Titan, and reigning dogma on Earth.  In fact, it’s reigning cats and dogmas, speaking of the reigning cats in academia who sit on their A.S.S. (age of the solar system) and never budge.  Some stand-up scientist should model what the conditions on Titan would be expected to look like after billions of years of erosion and ask whether the model fits the observations.  It might shed some light where the sun never shines.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

MFLN Nutrition and Wellness Upcoming Webinars for 2018

first_imgOpportunities by kbuntuThe Power of Family Mealtimes: Strategies to Promote Health and Wellbeing  August 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDTCoconut Oil: Super Food or Super FadOctober 4 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDTClinical insight into vitamin B12October 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDTlast_img

3 Video Transcription Services for Video Editors

first_imgSave time in post-production by leveraging low-cost online video transcription services.  Create quick paper edits or stringouts by having your footage transcribed FIRST!Professional video transcription isn’t what it used to be.  No longer do you have to send tapes or DVDs off to a professional transcriptionist only to wait a week or two to get a digital or paper transcription back.  If you’re still working under this prehistoric method, take a look at these 3 online services that’ll get your video transcribed in a matter of hours – not weeks.  Discover how having a professional transcription created for your footage or final video can speed up your post production and give added value to your final product.Pro Video Transcription for Video EditorsBlog friends SpliceVine.com recently tipped us off to a new transcription service called VerbalInk.com (read that post here).  That got us thinking about the other options for transcription services and how many video editors may not even know they exist.  Although there are some software options that attempt to ‘transcribe on the fly’ (like Adobe’s Speech Analysis) these software options just cannot give as accurate a result as a trained human transcriptionist.  Especially with video, different shooting situations and mic setups may not provide optimal audio, so it’s going to take human intelligence to determine exactly what is being said and by whom.Having your videos transcribed is important not just good for improving post production (creating paper edits and quickly being able to locate soundbites), but also has positive impacts on final distribution.  If you’re going to post your video work online, a transcribed video will mean better search engine visibility (Google can’t discern what is being talked about in video) and a better experience for an audience that prefers to follow along with a written version (training videos & tutorials especially).Whether you’re a video editor, producer or in-charge of distribution, discover the value of having your footage or final video transcribed using low cost online services.  If your time is worth money, the following options could basically be considered free!Speechpad Video TranscriptionSpeechpad is the most popular online transcription service on the list.  The ability to upload or link to a variety of file types and websites make it a good choice for video editors.  For instance, you can include a link to your Vimeo or YouTube video page and the transcription will be made based on that.  Add timestamping to the video for an additional .25 cents a minute (important for making those paper edits).  We use SpeechPad for the transcription of the Premiumbeat video tutorials and have had good experience.  100% moneyback guarantee.$1/min delivered in one week$1.50/min delivered in 48 hours$2/min delivered in 24 hoursFoxTranscribe Video TranscriptionsLike SpeechPad, FoxTranscribe excels in the ability to upload a wide variety of file formats making it easier to get your videos in the transcription cue. The service is a bit more stripped down though, with only one pricing option: $1/min with delivery in 48 hours.  You can add a timestamp to your video for free, but it only appears in 2 minute intervals.  Like SpeechPad speakers are noted in the transcript, making it easier for interviews with more than one person.SpeakerText Video TranscriptionsSpeakerText specializes in video and podcast transcriptions.  Import your videos from a variety of online services including YouTube, Vimeo, Blip.TV, Brightcove, Wistia and others.  For added convenience you can add your entire library from any of these accounts making the import process even faster.Customers that get 10+ hours of video transcribed a month will have access to SpeakerText’s CaptionBox, an online plugin that highlights the words on the transcript as they are said in the video.   For video professionals that need are concerned with having the most options for their web videos, SpeakerText provides some nice additional options at the transcription cost of $2/min with 48 hour delivery.Do you get your video footage transcribed during post production?If so, what service do you use?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.last_img read more

Attempted sexual assault in school

first_imgAn unidentified man tried to sexually assault a Class IV girl student in the toilet of a private school in Panipat, a senior police official said on Thursday. A case has been registered under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act against the accused, after the girl’s father reported the matter to the police on Wednesday. “The girl was found crying in the school by her teachers. She insisted on meeting her parents. Her parents were immediately called and she left with them. At home, she narrated her ordeal,” Station House Officer (SHO) Sub Inspector (SI) Kavita of the Women Police Station in Panipat said.last_img read more

FBI San Diego presents the Women Behind the Badge

first_img KUSI Newsroom, March 21, 2019 Updated: 6:25 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, FBI San Diego will present a “Women Behind the Badge” event.A panel discussion with FBI agents will follow the mixe where people can meet current and former FBI special agents.Guests will also hear how professionals such as lawyers, engineers, and teachers became FBI agents.The event is open to the public, but advance registration is required.The event will be held in the Sorrento Valley area of San Diego.For more information click here. FBI San Diego presents the “Women Behind the Badge”center_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 21, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

11th Annual Phils Big BBQ at the Ballpark

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 11th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark is a tailgate experience like no other.The event promises fun for all with mouthwatering food, craft beer, live music, a kids zone, and, of course, watching the San Diego Padres go to bat against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Phill’s BBQ said 100 percent of the proceeds from this event go to Operation Bigs, a mentoring program for children of military families by Big Brother Big Sisters of San Diego County.For more information click here. Posted: July 12, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, 11th Annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark July 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Ft Monmouth LRA Hopes to Revive Army Barracks as Cultural Center

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A row of World War II-era barracks at the former Fort Monmouth on the northern New Jersey coast that had been slated to be torn down instead may be converted into a cultural center.The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, which recently put the 4.4-acre site up for sale, is looking for an entity that is interested in turning the property into a cultural center for art, music, entertainment or a museum, reported the Asbury Park Press. The property includes Soldiers Park, which a new landowner would be required to preserve. Alternatively, a buyer could convey the park to a public entity to maintain. The two-story wood frame buildings, located in the Eatontown portion of the property, were built in 1942. The Army converted them into administrative space following the war. A small portion of the site sits in Oceanport, but the LRA intends to work with the two municipalities to adjust the boundary so that it lies entirely in Eatontown.One entity has expressed interest so far, said Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly. “It will be a good addition to town,” Connelly said.last_img read more

Mophie Juice Pack Access battery case coming soon to latest iPhones

first_img See It CES Products $999 $999 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it 0 Sprint Tags 85 Photos The Juice Pack Access will come in multiple color options. Mophie Mophie will soon have a new battery case for the latest iPhones. The Juice Pack Access is set to ship before the end of March and has a built-in battery, wireless charging capabilities and is cut out at the bottom so you can use the Lighting port to plug the Lightning EarPods — or any other Lightning headphones. At $120, it definitely qualifies as a premium battery case. (No word on international pricing but we’ll add it as soon as we get it). The new design seems like a nice step forward for Mophie battery cases. It’s also worth noting that while you can charge both your case and phone by laying them on a Qi-enabled wireless charging pad, you can also charge the case via USB-C. A cable is included. mophie-juice-pack-access-portsEnlarge ImagePlug in those EarPods. Mophie Mophie Juice Pack Access key features Full access to Lightning portPriority+ charging will pass wireless and wired power to the iPhone firstEquipped with a built-in wireless receiver and transmitterCan charge your phone with any Qi-enabled wireless charger, including Mophie’s Charge Stream products USB-C input for wired chargingUsers may also charge the iPhone via the Lightning inputReduced height profile with dimensions more like a traditional case2,200-mAh battery for XS Max version Available during Q1 2019 for $120Comes in a variety of colors, including black, stone, gold, and dark red for the iPhone XS Max and iPhone X and XS, and black, blue, and red for the iPhone XR See It $999 $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Post a comment Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice See It CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Apple iPhone XS Best Buy Mobile Accessories CES 2019last_img read more

HP Inc says to accelerate job cuts by 2016

first_imgHP Inc said it was accelerating its restructuring programme and now expects about 3,000 people will exit by the end of fiscal 2016 instead of over three years as it announced in September.Then, Hewlett-Packard Co had said it expected to cut about 33,300 jobs over three years, of which up to 3,300 were to be cut in HP Inc. It said then that 1,200 people would leave the company by the end of 2016.The restructuring will result in charges and associated cash payments of about $300 million in the current year, the company said.”This move is basically HP Inc embracing the tough pricing environment and shifting their focus to building their portfolio,” says Shannon Cross, an analyst for Cross Research.HP Inc, which houses former Hewlett-Packard Co’s legacy hardware business, reported a near 12 percent drop in quarterly revenue, as it struggles with weak demand for PCs and printers.Revenue in the company’s personal systems business fell 13 percent in the first quarter ended Jan. 31, while it declined 17 percent in its printing division from a year earlier.PC sales have been falling sharply worldwide, and the launch of Windows 10 has so far failed to rekindle demand.Printer demand has been hurt as corporate customers cut printing costs and consumers shift to mobile devices.The company, which is reporting results independently for the first time since being spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, forecast adjusted profit of 35-40 cents per share for its second quarter ending April 30.Analysts on average were expecting 39 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.HP Inc maintained its 2016 adjusted profit forecast at $1.59-$1.69 per share.The company’s earnings from continuing operations fell to $650 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter from $770 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier.Revenue fell to $12.25 billion from $13.86 billion.Analysts on average had expected earnings of 36 cents per share and revenue of $12.20 billion.HP Inc’s shares were marginally lower at $10.75 in extended trading on Wednesday. They had fallen more than 13 percent since the spinoff in early November to Wednesday.Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Co, also spun off from Hewlett-Packard Co, is expected to report results on March 3.last_img read more

Sensex Nifty consolidate gains on bullish Q3 earnings global cues

first_imgIndian stock markets extended their bull run on Friday, taking off from the 333-point Sensex rally and the 1.50 percent Nifty gain on Wednesday. At around 10.05 am, the Sensex was trading 167 points higher at 27,875, led by Axis Bank, GAIL (India), NTPC and ICICI Bank, while the NSE Nifty was up 47 points at 8,650.Read: Sector-wise analysis and stock picks by Motilal Oswal SecuritiesIT software services exporter Wipro was subdued with a loss of 0.64 percent at Rs 470 after declaring weak Q3 results on Wednesday though the Q4 IT revenue guidance was higher.On Wednesday, the US stock markets witnessed history when the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) crossed the 20,000-mark for the first time. The index rallied 9.5 percent since President Donald Trump’s victory over his rival Hillary Clinton on November 8, 2016, reported Marketwatch.It also marked the second-fastest, 1,000-point rally on the DJIA, taking 42 days to climb from 19,000, enabled by expectations of of a slew of “pro-business policies, including a rollback of regulations, tax cuts and fiscal spending,” the Marketwatch report said.HDFC Bank was trading with marginal gains of 0.83 percent at Rs 1,298 despite news of India’s second-largest private sector lender reporting a fall in its headcount between Q2 and Q3 this fiscal.”Nifty has now rallied by about 9 percent in a month. Global cues have been quite strong as well. With expectations of budget getting built up and consumption scenario returning to normal, domestic consumption stocks, housing finance, infra stocks could continue to remain in focus,” Motilal Oswal Securities said in a note on Friday.Finance minister Arun Jaitley is set to create history by presenting India’s first unified budget, after the Modi government decided to scrap the 92-year-old tradition of having a separate budget for Indian Railways, the world’s fourth-largest rail network. Budget 2017 is scheduled to be presented on February 1 and will be the fourth by the Modi government; it will come amid expectations of tax incentives for individuals and a likely stimulus to revive a note ban-hit economy.Bharat Electronics Ltd. (BEL), ITC and Sundaram Finance will be declaring their December quarter results today. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) have also turned bullish on Indian stocks; they were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 1,379 crore on Wednesday and “this could continue to fuel positive sentiment,” Motilal Oswal said in its note.last_img read more