70 Santa Cruz Blvd, Clear Island Waters. 70 Santa Cruz Blvd, Clear Island Waters. 70 Santa Cruz Blvd, Clear Island Waters sold prior to its scheduled auction for $1.35 million.Gold Coast buyers paid $1.35 million for this stunning four-bedroom home at Clear Island Waters.The property at 70 Santa Cruz Blvd was set to go to auction but the buyers decided to put in an offer too good to refuse.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoRay White Broadbeach agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo handled the sale.A highlight of the house is it’s outdoor timber deck and thatched cabana overlooking the waterfront. Inside, there are plenty of living areas along with high ceilings and stone and timber finishes.
Oldenburg Academy Swimming Results.Meet on 2/1/14 at Switzerland County.Women OA 122, South Ripley 101, Switzerland County 44.200 Medley Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Colleen Dietz, Erica Geers, Caroline Storms); 200 Free – 1st Colleen Dietz; 200 IM – 1st Erica Geers; 50 Free – 1st Caroline Storms; 100 Fee – 1st Caroline Storms; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Caroline Storms); 100 Back – 1st Elaine Welage; 100 Breast – 1st Colleen Dietz; 400 Free Relay – 1st (Meredith Maier, Madelyn Maier, Huntyr Rose, Elaine Welage). Caroline Storms and Colleen Dietz were winners in 4 eventsMenSwitzerland County 114, OA 81, South Ripley 40.Chris Nurrenberg – 1st 200 IM; John Pelzel – 1st 50 Free; 200 Free Relay – 1st (Liam Mungcal, Chris Nurrenberg, Jeremy Kelnhofer, John Pelzel); 100 Breast – 1st John Pelzel; Liam Mungcal – 2nd 50 Free.Meet on 1/30/14 at Columbus NorthWomen Columbus North 142, OA 33.Caroline Storms – 2nd 100 Free; Mikaela Fangman – 2nd 100 Breast.MenColumbus North 140, OA37.John Pelzel – 2nd 200 IM; Liam Mungcal – 2nd 50 Free.Submitted by OA Coach Shawwn Storms.
February 6, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSam Houston State (15-8, 8-4) vs. Nicholls State (14-9, 8-4)David R. Stopher Gym, Thibodaux, Louisiana; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Nicholls State goes for the season sweep over Sam Houston State after winning the previous matchup in Huntsville. The teams last played each other on Jan. 4, when Sam Houston State made just three 3-pointers on 19 attempts while the Colonels went 13 for 32 from deep on their way to a 70-58 victory. Nicholls St. looks to sweep SHSU SUPER SENIORS: Nicholls State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Warith Alatishe, Dexter McClanahan, Elvis Harvey Jr. and Andre Jones have collectively accounted for 63 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 69 percent of all Colonels points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Colonels have given up only 67.9 points per game to conference opponents so far, an improvement from the 73.4 per game they allowed to non-conference competition.MIGHTY MITCHELL: Across 23 appearances this season, Sam Houston State’s Kai Mitchell has shot 55.1 percent.PERFECT WHEN: The Colonels are 6-0 when they block at least five opposing shots and 8-9 when they fall shy of that mark. The Bearkats are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 65 points or fewer and 7-8 whenever opponents exceed 65 points.BEHIND THE ARC: Nicholls State’s McClanahan has attempted 156 3-pointers and connected on 32.1 percent of them, and is 5 of 19 over his last three games.STOUT STATE: Nicholls State has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 26.7 percent of all possessions this year, the fifth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
TOURISM chiefs are working behind the scenes to get Britain’s Prince Charles to visit Glenveagh Castle and Sliabh Liag next month.Charles and his wife Camilla will be in Ireland for four days between May 19 and May 22, with two days in the North and two days in the Republic.He is set to visit Lissadell and Mullaghmore, the scene of his great uncle’s assassination by the IRA in 1979. Lord Louis Mountbatten and three other people – including a teenage boy – died when the IRA blew up his fishing boat.The prince is expected to visit the scene of the tragedy.However Tourism Ireland is keen to use the visit to push tourism in the North West.Charles is a keen walker and environmentalist and tourism bosses want to include Donegal destinations during his trip. Slieve League are Ireland’s highest sea cliffs – and Glenveagh Castle our most visited attraction.“It’s the perfect opportunity to highlight the whole North West and we are looking at including stop-overs in Donegal,” said one Tourism Ireland source.“If we can include Glenveagh and Slieve League it would be a fantastic boost to Donegal.”Details of the trip won’t be made public until just hours beforehand for security reasons.But it is being welcomed as another chance for reconciliation. Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said he hopes the visit will be “an occasion to promote reconciliation, respect and understanding”.He added: “The visit by the British Queen to the Garden of Remembrance, her words of reconciliation and the subsequent meetings with Martin McGuinness demonstrated the potential of these events.”BID TO GET PRINCE CHARLES TO VISIT GLENVEAGH AND SLIABH LIAG was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalPrince Charlesvisit
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND – An ugly finish for the Oakland Raiders was matched by some ugly scenes from their fans Sunday in the team’s final game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.Dozens of extra security guards surrounded the sidelines in the fourth quarter to prevent fans from storming the field. That show of force worked, but there were still isolated incidents where fans were arrested after climbing over the …
A crucial fossil palaeontologists are hailing as a true “missing link” in the evolutionary record has been uncovered in the arctic. The discovery of a well preserved species of fossil fish bridges the gap between finned fish and their four legged relatives. This croco-fish creature, documented in Nature,1 named Tiktaalik roseae has joints in its front arms and can prop itself up like a crocodile, yet has the jaw and balancing fins of a more primitive fish. The front fins are well on their way to becoming limbs, having the internal skeletal structure of an arm, including elbows and wrists, but with fins instead of fingers. It seems as if we have “caught” a transition in the act. Much of the weakness of the evolutionary theory rests on these gaps that are unaccounted for with fossil records; but at last, one such transformation is right before our eyes. The creature would represent an evolutionary window about 380 – 360 million years ago, about the time it took sea dwelling fish to differentiate into land dwelling critters. A remark by one palaeontologist perhaps steals some of the croco-fish’s thunder when he says, “Tiktaalik was probably an unwieldy swimmer, probably living in shallow waters, only hauling itself on land temporarily to escape predators.”1Daeschler, Edward B., Shubin, Neil H., Jenkins, Farish A. Jr., “A Devonian tetrapod-like fish and the evolution of the tetrapod body plan,” Nature, April 6, 2006: Vol. 440, p. 757-763, DOI: 10.1038/nature04639.Shubin, Neil H., Daeschler, Edward B., Jenkins, Farish A. Jr., “The pectoral fin of Tiktaalik roseae and the origin of the tetrapod limb,” Nature, April 6, 2006: Vol. 440, p. 764-771, DOI: 10.1038/nature04637.Why did fish, competent swimmers that they were, develop arms and legs and walk away? This poses just a few questions to say the least. Everyone seems to be in agreement that the fish would not immediately develop a sophisticated method of land locomotion and would thus remain rather ungainly on land for at least a few million years or so before the mechanism was refined. Why then, would a creature at home in the sea forsake the very medium that sustained it, and venture out on land to become, pardon the pun, a true fish out of water? As ungainly as they may have been in the water they would have been even more so out of the water, therefore how is this to be considered favorable? Natural Selection, Darwin’s brainchild would seem to weed out these unfavorable mutations as opposed to propagating them. Easy for us to come in a posteriori and tie the loose ends together; but to be completely honest, the fish did not decide it would be beneficial to walk on land and then determine to sprout arms. I thought the Lamarckian ideas were thrown out years ago? How then do these undertones manage to still get incorporated into modern thought?—Lydia Bye(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
How do homing pigeons find home? Scientists at University of Frankfurt may have found the answer: magnetic minerals in their beaks. A press release from Springer Publications describes the amazing pigeon techno-beak:In histological and physicochemical examinations in collaboration with HASYLAB, the synchrotron laboratories based in Hamburg, Germany, iron-containing subcellular particles of maghemite and magnetite were found in sensory dendrites of the skin lining the upper beak of homing pigeons. This research project found that these dendrites are arranged in a complex three-dimensional pattern with different spatial orientation designed to analyze the three components of the magnetic field vector separately. They react to the Earth’s external magnetic field in a very sensitive and specific manner, thus acting as a three-axis magnetometer. The study suggests that the birds sense the magnetic field independent of their motion and posture and thus can identify their geographical position.This mechanism is probably not unique to homing pigeons, the article states. It might be found in all birds – and even in other animals that excel at navigation. Indeed, “many animals display behavior that is modified or controlled by the Earth’s magnetic field.” These include animals as diverse as sea turtles, lobsters and butterflies. A spin-off of this discovery is the human desire to imitate it. Will similar nanotechnology someday help doctors target drugs in the body? Will it spur inventions into new data storage devices? Will it reduce the size of magnetometers on aircraft and spacecraft? Too early to say. First, inventors must find ways to synthesize these sensors. One of the scientists at the University of Frankfurt commented, “Even though birds have been producing these particles for millions of years, the main problem for scientists who want to find benefits from their use will be the technical production of these particles.”Millions of years would not help pigeons develop techno-beaks. Aside from that bit of Darwinian flatulence, this is an astonishing announcement. It goes to show that no skill in nature just happens; there must be structure adequate for each function. Homing pigeons have been known for a long time. People have marveled at pigeon navigational abilities since antiquity, but only now do we begin to understand what machinery is involved. The iron-containing structure in the beak is just one aspect of a system. As with eyes and ears, a brain must be adequate to process the continuous information flow and make quick decisions. Would that Charles Darwin, that famous pigeon-breeder, had known about this. Things might have been different in 1859.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Cassini spacecraft continues to astound scientists and the public with its pictures from the Saturn system. New discoveries have been made about the rings and small moons embedded within them. At times, it appears that destructive processes are at work. Some scientists, though, see them evolving. Can ring particles grow into moons? And is that how planets grew from rings around stars?Readers might first enjoy this closest-ever look at Daphnis, a small moon that orbits in the Keeler Gap in the rings, published Tuesday. Hints of a crater can be seen on this little 5-mile object, and the scallops and gouges it creates as it passes the ring edges are obvious (see second photo and Space.com article).Other moonlets have been found embedded within the rings. Though too small to see, they can be detected indirectly by propeller-shaped wakes they leave. Perturbations closer to Saturn move faster; those outside move slower. The two oppositely-directed wakes create the propeller shape. Some of these had been detected in 2006. There may be millions of these large ring particles that are big enough to create the propeller structures, but too small to clear a gap in the rings. Now, about a dozen of the largest ones, one estimated half a mile in diameter, have been tracked for as long as four years. The Cassini team issued a press release about them. It was picked up by Space.com and Science Daily. Some of them launch material a half mile out of the ring plane; others have been seen to change orbits over time, perhaps by being bumped around in the rings, or because of the influence of passing large moons. In a way, these observations fulfill expectations from Voyager days in the 1980s that rings might contain embedded moons that act either as sources or sinks for ring particles (e.g., NASA 1981, Harvard 1980).Because these observations represent the first time that embedded objects in a dust disk have been tracked, scientists are getting excited about the possibility of learning whether they can grow or “accrete” into larger objects like moons – and whether the same principles might apply to the growth of planets from dust disks around stars. Indeed, last month Space.com and PhysOrg joined in JPL’s suggestion that some of the small moons outside were born from ring particles. Their low density and saucer shapes, combined with young ages (estimated less than 10 million years based on freshness of the surface) led scientists to propose that moons are still forming today. But are moons grinding down, or winding up? The Cassini press release cautiously made an argument for the latter. Though the press release headline stated that the propeller objects “reflect solar system origins,” it only suggested that the processes observed at Saturn “gives scientists an opportunity to time-travel back into the history of our solar system to reveal clues about disks around other stars in our universe that are too far away to observe directly.” Imaging team lead Carolyn Porco was more confident. She claimed that “Observing the motions of these disk-embedded objects provides a rare opportunity to gauge how the planets grew from, and interacted with, the disk of material surrounding the early sun.”Not all is well in theories of planet formation, though. Astrobiology Magazine complained this week that many of the exoplanets discovered around other stars do not fit theories of the origin of the solar system. “Over the past two hundred years, a standard model emerged to explain how solar systems form,” it began (that model began with the “Nebular Hypothesis” by Laplace in 1796). “Using our own solar system as a guide, the model explains the existence of a central star (our Sun), an inner system of rocky, ‘terrestrial’ planets, and an outer system of ‘gas giant’ planets, all orbiting in nearly the same plane of rotation as the central star.” It worked out well when there was only one system to study (ours). Unfortunately for modelers, “Recent discoveries of planetary systems around other stars have challenged this model. These exoplanet discoveries have included gas giant planets in close orbit around their stars, some of which are in radically different planes of rotation from their primary stars.”Modelers have come up with “Various schemes suggested to explain how a gas giant could form beyond the ice line and then move inward toward the star,” the article continued. But is giving this necessity a name like “migration” sufficient to qualify as an explanation? Perhaps transfer of angular momentum from the disk would make a gas giant start spiraling in, but how could it get kicked into a high-inclination orbit? The ad hoc addition of a passing star might kick a giant planet out of the plane, or even make it revolve backward. “There are a lot of things going on that we didn’t anticipate,” one modeler remarked.A downside of all this chaotic interaction and migration is that it makes life less probable around other stars. Systems with gas giants moving wildly would easily kick habitable planets out to oblivion. Aside from that concern, another researcher was dubious about whether adding passing stars and migrations improves our understanding of planet formation. “I have a hard time believing that improbable events like this could lead to a large percentage of planets in retrograde orbits,” he said. It seems a little premature, therefore, to think that small-scale processes in Saturn’s rings will shed light on where our “relatively peaceful” solar system came from.He would probably be even more incredulous after reading Jonathan Henry’s article in the latest Journal of Creation from CMI (24:2, August 2010, pp. 87-94). Dr. Henry shows from Laplace to the present that “Solar system formation by accretion has no observational evidence.” Accretion has never been shown to work in any realistic lab experiment. Particles do not accrete into planets: they bounce off one another or break into smaller pieces. Furthermore, there is no evidence of nebula collapse, of stars forming, or of planetary systems forming. There is much evidence for disruption, destruction, and dissolution, but not the accretion of small objects into bigger ones.Henry reminds modern readers that 19th-century modelers found a coincidental spacing of the planets that fit a mathematical formula, and called it “Bode’s Law.” In the absence of supporting evidence, some thought that this spacing constituted a “law of nature” that other extrasolar systems would have to obey. Well, they didn’t. Hot Jupiters and renegade orbits abound, and as Astrobiology Magazine admitted, our solar system “may be something of an exception.” Over and over, Henry shows that the easy, observation-deprived speculations of Laplace and others have fallen under the merciless onslaughts of observations. As early as 1859, James Clerk Maxwell showed, based on his model of Saturn’s rings, that larger particles cannot coagulate from revolving small particles – a blow to the Nebular Hypothesis as well.Modelers keep trying to escape the empirical evidence by inventing ad-hoc elements to their models – migration, disk instability, and other heuristic suggestions to try to maintain their bottom-up, evolutionary world view. But alas, “Accretion theory and the nebular hypothesis… require conditions that natural law has not been shown to be capable of providing, such as artificially low collision velocities between accreting particles,” Henry ended. “Outside of scientific discussion, such physically impossible conditions are called miracles, implying that the origin of the heavenly bodies was a supernatural event, the claim the Bible makes.”So if you must believe in miracles anyway, why not choose the ones that were designed for a purpose? You might find that thought – purpose, design – propelling you to new heights of joy and appreciation for being able to read this article in the calm, pleasant air of a Privileged Planet – one that not only meets our physical needs, but provides us a platform from which to make scientific discoveries about Saturn, stars, and the whole universe.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Until today, Dyyno was probably best known for powering the video back-end of popular gaming portals like Xfire or Outspark, where hundreds of users stream live videos of their gaming sessions at any given time of the day. Starting today, however, Dyyno will also offer personal and customizable channels for individuals and businesses. Thanks to Dyyno’s hybrid P2P approach, users can easily stream their games, videos, webcams, and presentations from their desktop to up to 10,000 concurrent viewers.We had a chance to talk to Dyyno’s CEO Raj Jaswa and Vamshi Sriperumbudur, the company’s head of marketing, last week. During the demo, they both stressed the fact that Dyyno’s hybrid P2P architecture allows the company to provide reliable video streams while also keeping prices low. Dyyno can backfill these P2P streams with the help of its own servers, though at this point, the team has managed to bring the ratio between P2P traffic and streams from it’s own servers up to 98%. PricingPersonal accounts with one channel cost $10 per month (up to 10 concurrent viewers) and the company also offers accounts for small businesses at $100 per month (with 10 channels) and an account geared towards larger enterprises at $1,000 per month (which allows for 100 channels with 1000 concurrent streams). Not-for-profits, as well as education and religious organizations can also get access to this account for $1,000 per month. Tags:#Product Reviews#web CompatibilityBecause of the company’s reliance on its proprietary P2P architecture, however, users will have to install a plugin when they want to watch your streams. Currently, Dyyno doesn’t offer a plugin for Macs, so this might be a deal breaker for quite a few potential users for now, though the company expects to ship its Mac plugin soon. While Dyyno works well in Firefox and Internet Explorer, we should also point out that Google’s Chrome also isn’t supported yet.Easy to Use, Excellent Video QualityWhen it works, however, Dyyno works extremely well and just as advertised. To share any part of your screen, you just drag and drop the Dyyno logo from the desktop client to any window and the sharing session will start. If you want to switch to another application, just drag the logo over to the next application. The video quality was generally excellent and you can also manually set the output resolution (up to 1024×768) and frame rate (up to 20 frames per second). In addition, you can also broadcast sounds from your computer as well. WebExBecause Dyyno can easily stream video from any application, including webcams, video players, and games, it makes for a very flexible platform. In addition, Dyyno also offers a solution for Cisco’s popular WebEx online meeting solution. This brings all of Dyyno’s capabilities to WebEx and makes it easy to integrate Dyyno into a platform that a lot of companies have already invested in.A Few Missing FeaturesWe did miss a few features, though. It would be nice, for example, if channels featured a chat room, something we have come to expect from similar solutions. It is also currently not possible to embed a video stream on another site. The company tells us that these features are forthcoming, but for the time being, they are sorely missed.Overall, though, assuming you are on a Windows PC, Dyyno offers a high-quality solution for anybody who needs to stream video from a desktop directly to the web. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting