Spatial distributions of nitric oxide in the Antarctic winter‐time middle atmosphere during geomagnetic storms

first_imgEnergetic electron precipitation leads to increased nitric oxide (NO) production in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere. NO distributions in the winter time, high‐latitude Southern hemisphere atmosphere during geomagnetic storms are investigated. NO partial columns in the upper mesosphere at altitudes 70–90 km and in the lower thermosphere at 90–110 km have been derived from observations made by the Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) onboard the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite. The SOFIE NO measurements during 17 geomagnetic storms in 2008–2014 have been binned into selected geomagnetic latitude and geographic latitude/longitude ranges. The regions above Antarctica showing the largest instantaneous NO increases coincide with high fluxes of 30–300 keV precipitating electrons from measurements by the second generation Space Environment Monitor (SEM‐2) Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector instrument (MEPED) on the Polar orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES). Significant NO increases over the Antarctic Peninsula are likely due to precipitation of >30 keV electrons from the radiation belt slot region. NO transport is estimated using Horizontal Wind Model (HWM14) calculations. In the upper mesosphere strong eastward winds (daily mean zonal wind speed ~20–30 ms‐1 at 80 km) during winter transport NO‐enriched air away from source regions 1–3 days following the storms. Mesospheric winds also introduce NO poor air into the source regions, quenching initial NO increases. Higher up, in the lower thermosphere, weaker eastward winds (~5–10 ms‐1 at 100 km) are less effective at redistributing NO zonally.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 4/29

first_img Written by April 29, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/29 Brad Jamescenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballRegion 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Gavin Robison drove in a pair of runs and the North Sanpete Hawks outlasted Delta 5-4 in Region 14 baseball action Thursday. Hunter Price earned the win on the mound and had seven strikeouts for North Sanpete in victory.Non-RegionBEAVER, Utah-Tate King posted a pair of RBI and Janzen Keisel earned the win on the mound as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs bested Beaver 9-4 in non-region baseball play Thursdsay. Crayton Hollingshead and Trexton Bailey drove in runs for the Beavers in the loss.SALINA, Utah-Kyden Peters drove in a pair of runs and the Milford Tigers beat North Sevier 7-5 Thursday in non-region baseball action. Deagan Brazell drove in two runs in defeat for the Wolves.SoftballRegion 14ROOSEVELT, Utah-Taryn Anderson drove in three runs as the Juab Wasps got past Union 8-6 Thursday in Region 14 softball play. Kyla Winter took the win in the circle for the Wasps. Addison Martin drove in two runs in defeat for the Cougars.SPANISH FORK, Utah-Paeton Johnson threw a three-inning no-hitter and Lexie Green’s 5 RBI led the way as the North Sanpete Hawks pulverized American Leadership 21-0 in Region 14 softball action Thursday. Lucy Oldroyd drove in three more runs in the rout for the Hawks.Non-RegionCIRCLEVILLE, Utah-Kaycee Gleave homered twice and the Piute Thunderbirds drilled Panguitch 16-9 Thursday in non-region softball play. Taylor Leyland added three RBI for Piute in the victory with Emma Jensen earning the win in the circle for the Thunderbirds. Siena Sawyer had 2 RBI in defeat for the Bobcats.BEAVER, Utah-Star Moon, Kaitlynn Limb and Emberlyn Eyre drove in two runs apiece as the Beaver Beavers outlasted North Sevier 9-8 in non-region softball action Thursday. Madi Robinson earned the win in the circle for the Beavers. Sydnie Henrie’s 3 RBI led the Wolves in the loss.MILFORD, Utah-Saini Faapouli’s 4 RBI led the Milford Tigers in victory as they bested Wayne 14-4 Thursday in non-region softball play. Presley Willden and Makaysha Davis each drove in 3 runs apiece in victory for the Tigers. Courtney McDermott earned the win in the circle for Milford.DELTA, Utah-Abby Chase drove in a pair of runs and Lexie Curtis earned the win in the circle as the Delta Rabbits mowed over Richfield 12-5 in non-region softball action Thursday. Echo Pallesen drove in a pair of runs for the Wildcats in the loss.last_img read more

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ITS San Giorgio ends Op Sophia deployment

first_img Italian Navy amphibious transport dock ITS San Giorgio wrapped up her participation in the EU-led operation Sophia and headed home on February 14.ITS San Giorgio had been part of the maritime group from October 22, 2016, and was in charge of training Libyan Coast Guard and Navy personnel in no-combat skills at sea, in particular to counter human smuggling and trafficking.During this period, 89 Libyan trainees completed the first training period thanks to specialized teams of trainers and translators, with the cooperation of other European agencies such as FRONTEX, UNHCR, IOM and CISOM (Corpo Italiano di Soccorso dell’Ordine Di Malta). Furthermore, the Italian Guardia di Finanza contributed with their patrol boats with the first phase of training.The first 89 trainees will become future instructors of the Libyan Navy Coast Guard and Libyan Navy. The training was focused on international humanitarian law, human rights, international maritime law, maritime safety and security, marine environmental protection, search and rescue, fishery control and language skills (English).ITS San Giorgio is now sailing toward her homeport of Brindisi where it is expected to arrive in the following days. Italian transport dock ITS San Giorgio ends Operation Sophia deployment Share this article View post tag: Op Sophia February 15, 2017 View post tag: EUNAVFORcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Italian transport dock ITS San Giorgio ends Operation Sophia deployment Authorities View post tag: ITS San Giorgio View post tag: Italian Navylast_img read more

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Oxford conducts more animal testing than any other UK university

first_img“Universities such as Oxford should be leading the way in the development of more humane and human-relevant research methods instead of perpetuating an outdated practice that leads to the suffering and death of thousands of animals. We urge Oxford and all universities to focus on innovative and ethical scientific techniques for the 21st century for the good of both humans and animals.”The campaign group SPEAK, the Voice for Animals, has collated what they allege to be examples of unnecessarily cruel experiments conducted at Oxford. These include brain damaged monkeys being forced to watch fish, monkeys being placed in small cages and set thousands of tests, and monkeys having part of their brain’s visual cortex removed then kept alive and tested for nine years.After Oxford, the universities with the next highest number of animal testing procedures were Edinburgh (212,695), UCL (202,554) and the University of Cambridge (181,080). The top ten universities in the UK for animal testing combined carry out 1.37 million procedure a year, a third of the UK total.In 2005, an Animal Liberation Front arson attack upon the Longbridges boathouse—which houses rowing boats from Hertford and several other colleges—caused £500,000 worth of damage and destroyed 24 boats. In 2006 and 2007 several makeshift bombs were detonated on university property before Mel Broughton, an animal rights activist, was jailed.These attacks sought to prevent the construction of a new Oxford University biomedical and animal research facility that would bring all research animals together under one roof. The campaign was unsuccessful and the Biomedical Sciences Building became operational in 2009.The top ten institutions conduct more than two thirds of all UK university animal research, completing a combined total of 1.37 million procedures Oxford is yet to respond to Cherwell’s request for comment. Data released this week revealed Oxford University carries out experiments on more animals than any of the UK’s other top ten biomedical research universities.Oxford carried out over 226,000 procedures in 2015, roughly split between experiments and the breeding of genetically modified animals, with 99 per cent of the procedures conducted upon rodents or fish.Oxford University stated in a press release, “Animal research has played a key role in the development of virtually every medicine that we take for granted today… Medical research is a slow process with no easy answers, but animal research helps to take us incrementally closer to treatments for cancer, dementia, stroke and countless other conditions.“While many animal studies do not lead directly to treatments for diseases, ‘basic science’ research helps scientists to understand different processes in the body and how they can go wrong, underpinning future efforts to diagnose and treat various conditions. Additionally, many studies will show that a line of research is not worth pursuing.”Medical and health related teaching at Oxford was recently declared the best in the world by Times Higher Education for the sixth year running, in part thanks to animal research carried out at the university. This research is carried out under the terms of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK, a charter that commits signatories to greater openness and transparency about how and why animals are used in research.Director of Science at Cruelty Free International Dr Kathy Taylor told Cherwell, “We believe the public will be shocked to learn that Oxford University, one of the country’s most highly regarded academic institutions, is also responsible for conducting over 225,000 experiments on animals per year, more than any other university in Britain.“Despite a trend in universities recognising this isn’t the way to do research, the stats from Oxford University’s figures remain consistent, showing that little effort has been made to reduce the numbers of animals tested on or experiments carried out.last_img read more

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ELPERS ELECTED VICE PRESIDENT OF CITY COUNCIL

first_imgJONATHAN WEAVER OUSTED FROM LEADERSHIP ROLE BY NEWCOMER JUSTIN ELPERS At last tonights City Council 2017 reorganization meeting a major political blow was handed to political power broker Jonathan Weaver (D) Councilman At-Large.Firth Ward City Councilman Justin Elpers (R) outed former Vice President Weaver by a 6 to 3 vote Prior to the vote 3rd Ward and newly re-elected City Council President Missy Mosby (D) and Finance Chairman and 6th Ward Councilman Dan McGinn gave a passionate plea to persuade Council members to vote to re-elect Mr. Weaver Vice President of City Council. Their plea failed on deaf ears.Newly elected City Council Vice President Justin Elpers has established himself as the leading conservative voice on City Council.  He is also known as an independent thinker. He is extremely quiet but very personal.  He is married and has 3 children.  He is a teacher in the EVSC school system.Council watchers are expecting Mr. Elpers to encourage Council to consider doing more research and have public and open discussion on issues that are important to the majority of the citizens of Evansville. Supporters of Mr. Elpers are also hoping that he will also persuade Council to make decisions based on “good public policy and not back room politics.We are now hearing that a couple of members of Council would like to see current City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn replaced by 3rd Ward Council member Anne Hargis-CPA.  They believe that Mrs Hargis CPA degree shall be extremely helpful this coming budget year because of the major financial over spending shortfalls facing Council in the 2017 budget year. Mr. McGinn has upset many in the business leaders and conservatives because of his tax and spend way of doing business. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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BeachLife Festival Combines Best Of California Coastal Culture To Create Promising Music Platform

first_imgPhoto: Brandon Weil The best festivals on the annual calendar do more than congregate great bands, delicious food, and eye-popping art. Like the palm trees and desert winds at Coachella, and the fountains and landscaping of Chicago’s Grant Park at Lollapalooza, the events that grow into massive phenomena are grounded in the way they integrate, connect with, and embody the spirit of their surroundings.Which is to say, if Saint Rocke owner Allen Sanford, Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg,  and LiveList founder Rob Lissner play their cards right in the years to come, they should have a long-lasting hit on their hands in the BeachLife Festival. The inaugural gathering on Redondo Beach proved to be the perfect combination of timeless music, tasty local eats, coastal vibes, and a wide variety of accommodations to fit just about any budget. Better yet, seemingly every decision made by the organizers—up to and including the use of falcons on site to scare away seagulls, pigeons, and other pesky birds—showed a respect for and understanding of this spectacular setting.The 8.6-acre site across from the Crowne Plaza Hotel tidily contained the entire three-day festival and made for quick trekking for the all-age, easygoing crowd. Whether swaying to Bruce Hornsby’s classics on the turf at the HighTide Stage, skipping to Donavon Frankenreiter in the sand at the LowTide Stage, or rocking out to Lost Beach between food vendors at the smaller RipTide Stage, BeachLife offered a sampling of comfortable settings in which to enjoy a slate of artists well-suited to the clientele native to Los Angeles’ South Bay.Even in that small space, the festival managed to pack in plenty of creature comforts, from free arcade games for kids and VIP viewing areas at both of the main stages, to celebrity chef-curated eats at the SideStage Experience and living room-like accouterments in (and stunning sunset views from) the Captains Cabanas. Festival-goers hardly had to pay top dollar for access to gourmet food familiar to LA locals, be it an acai delight at Amaze Bowls, a lobster roll from Captain Kidd’s Fish Market, a beachside burger at Ruby’s Diner, a slice of classic festival pizza courtesy of Spicy Pie or a perfectly singed pie cooked up by Roberta’s.All of this would’ve been little more than window dressing, though, without great music. To that end, BeachLife delivered with offerings that, while spectacular on their own, fit the overall Southern California vibe to a tee while hitting on every subset therein.For those keen on plant-based reggae grooves, there was Steel Pulse pulling from a song catalogue spanning more than four decades and Ziggy Marley mixing his own songs with those of his legendary father. For lovers of breezier tunes, there were the strums of Jason Mraz and the uplifting harmonies of Dawes. For folks pining for the care-free nostalgia of ‘90s alt-rock, Sugar Ray, Everclear, and Violent Femmes offered their respective blasts from the past—all on Saturday, no less, after Chris Robinson revived the Black Crowes’ repertoire with As the Crow Flies on Friday.If you were a little bit country and a little bit rock n’ roll, you could’ve caught Grace Potter on one stage, Big Head Todd and the Monsters on another, and stuck around to see Willie Nelson and Family close down the festivities on Sunday. If you were a retired hippie in search of some favorite jams, you were probably in heaven, whether starting Day 3 with a bit of worship to Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, rekindling a love for live music to Blues Traveler or basking in the spryest performance in some time from the great Bob Weir—be it spearheading his own set with the Wolf Bros or dropping into Slightly Stoopid’s “Acoustic Roots” show (also featuring Chali 2na of Jurassic 5).Best of all, a diligent attendee could’ve seen all of the acts on the HighTide and LowTide stages (and checked out all the other offerings) without extraordinary effort. The set times were arranged to allow for performers to take turns between stages and the audience to migrate accordingly.Granted, much of that scheduling was likely an invention of necessity. After all, in such close quarters, having two full-sized stages rocking at once would’ve created a bit too much sonic dissonance for this tranquil coastal community to abide.Odds are, though, that the BeachLife Festival won’t always be so cozy. The founders have made no secret of their desire to upgrade the facilities, including a small park of water slides near the LowTide Stage that remained off-limits for the time being. With a 10-year lease on the site, the organizers should have ample opportunity to experiment with the space and (perhaps) expand to accommodate more stages, more kiosks and, of course, more customers.In truth, BeachLife has already situated itself to reach countless music lovers who couldn’t bring themselves to Redondo Beach for Cinco De Mayo weekend. The festival was practically designed to be broadcast to the world, with LiveList involved from the jump and cameras of all kinds spanning the grounds.Clearly, BeachLife is equipped to grow far beyond the bounds of the sands and the marina that constituted much of the festival’s borders. With that may come an even more eclectic lineup to suit the tastes of a more global audience.For now, though, BeachLife is a fitting complement to the ever-multiplying slate of modern mega-festivals—one that felt far more like a long-running staple of a vibrant community than a first-year upstart on a crowded concert calendar. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Kristin! Pippin! The Phantom Visits the Queen!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. The Phantom of Windsor Castle: Original Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford was recognized by the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle March 7, according to the BBC. The Tony winner was made a CBE (that’s Commander of the Order of the British Empire, in case you were wondering), for his work supporting a wide range of charities. Acrobat-Actor Orion Griffiths’ Inspirational Return Journey to Pippin After Injury: Trust us, the CBS This Morning video below is worth watching. It’s an inspirational story to take us into the weekend. Pippin’s Orion Griffiths suffered a serious back injury and managed to make a remarkable recovery using his sister as a role model. Kristin Chenoweth to Play London: U.K. fans are going to get to see Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth! The Tony and Emmy winner will play a one-night-only concert, An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth, at the historic Royal Albert Hall on July 12. The star will take fans on a ride of laughter, heartbreak and thrills with an array of her most memorable songs and Broadway show tunes, including music from Wicked, Glee and Promises, Promises. Kristin Chenoweth View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

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London’s Dreamgirls, Starring Amber Riley, to Release Cast Recording

first_img View Comments Amber Riley in London’s ‘Dreamgirls'(Photo: Dan Brinkhoff) London’s lauded production of Dreamgirls, starring Amber Riley, is releasing a full cast recording. The Sony Music Classical album is due out on Amazon on April 14—and fans can pre-order it today.The Casey Nicholaw-helmed production at the Savoy Theatre marks the musical’s London debut. The double-album, produced by Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger and mixed by Andy Bradfield,  was recorded live at the theater with a 14-piece orchestra. The original Broadway cast recording garnered two 1983 Grammy Awards for Best Musical Album and Best Vocal Performance for Jennifer Holliday’s “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”Featured on London’s Dreamgirls cast album will be stars Riley, Liisi LaFontaine, and Ibinabo Jack, as well as Joe Aaron Reid, Adam J. Bernard, Tyrone Huntley and Nicholas Bailey. Need something to hold you over until this cast album hits earbuds? Watch Amber Riley slay the iconic number “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” below.center_img Or, hear Riley and LaFontaine perform “Listen.” There’s no way, no, no, no, no way we won’t have this cast album on repeat.last_img read more

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Minnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion

first_imgMinnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bismarck Tribune:Great River Energy aims for 50 percent of its power to come from renewable sources within the next 12 years. A proposed wind farm in south central North Dakota would be a large component of the Minnesota-based cooperative to get there.The GRE board approved the initiative and announced the new goal Wednesday at its annual meeting. “Great River Energy has already met Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements,” Great River Energy President CEO David Saggau said in a statement.The 50 percent goal also comes with interim renewable energy goals of 30 percent renewable generation capacity by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.GRE’s renewable portfolio includes 468 megawatts of wind energy, 50 megawatts of which are produced in North Dakota. Assuming its purchase partner, NextEra Energy Resources, receives the necessary regulatory approvals to build, GRE aims to have 350 megawatts of wind production in the state in 2020 with the addition of the proposed 133-turbine Emmons-Logan wind farm. Success of that project would make it GRE’s largest single source wind power contract.Wind is the cooperative’s second-largest source of power behind its roughly 1,200 megawatts of coal-fired electric generation capacity from its two North Dakota-based power plants. The proposed wind farm would close the gap between the two generation sources, bringing wind production up to 768 megawatts. It would increase the amount of power produced by GRE in North Dakota to 1,800 megawatts, benefiting the cooperative’s Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based membership. “Renewable energy, particularly wind, is currently our lowest-cost option for new generation resources,” Saggau said.More: Power cooperative doubling down on renewableslast_img read more

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