Found in translation

first_imgOtger Campàs knows all about conquering language barriers.As a native of Barcelona, he grew up speaking Catalan and Spanish. While an undergraduate at the University of Barcelona, he studied the elegant language of theoretical physics. He dabbled in cooking there, too, and heard about unconventional techniques like “spherification” and “culinary foams.”In his postgraduate work, Campàs’ research exposed him to genetics and cell biology, fields with a vocabulary all their own. His interest in biophysics soon carried him to the Curie Institute in Paris, where he earned a Ph.D. and became fluent in French.Over the years, learning the lingo has been a rite of passage for this interdisciplinary researcher.Campàs, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has found himself translating yet again: integrating biology into mathematics, explaining physics to chefs, and designing a curriculum to teach science to non-majors. And his English has sharpened along the way.“In the beginning, the differences in language are always complicated,” Campàs says.Interdisciplinary work presents two challenges. The first is literally a language barrier. “If you do not know the specific vocabulary of a discipline—for example, the names of the proteins, or what a cell is—it is very difficult to communicate with people working in it,” he says.The second challenge lies in understanding what is relevant or interesting about a foreign field. Learn to appreciate the culture of biology, he says, and suddenly “you are able to think about the same problem from a new perspective.”last_img read more

Audobon Community Nature Center Hosting Little Explorers Program

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Max Pixel Stock Image.KIANTONE – When the leaves fall off a plant, what is left behind? Does every tree and plant lose its leaves in the winter?Adults and the three to eight-year-old child(ren) in your life can learn about “Evergreens and Conifers” at Audubon Community Nature Center’s Little Explorers, Saturday, December 12 10-11:30 a.m.Explore different trees and plants and figure out how they survive during these colder months. Along the way, learn what it means to be an evergreen, which trees are known as conifers, and which plants might be both.After an indoor lesson, attendees will head outside to find plant skeletons, identify evergreens and conifers, and look for evidence of the ways plants provide forest animals with the resources they need to survive the winter. A snack is provided after the walk and a craft is offered if there is time.Since the program takes place rain or shine,  officials say to be sure to dress for the weather.Audubon’s COVID-19 safety precautions require face coverings for all visitors ages 3 and up for indoor programs. Face coverings are also required when attendees cannot maintain physical distance outdoors, so plan to have one available.The fee for the program is $8 for adults, $6 for children and Nature Center members.Make reservations by Thursday, December 10, 2020, by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or by going to AudubonCNC.org and clicking on “Register for a Program.”The 2020 Little Explorers series is sponsored by Univera Healthcare. Little Explorers is presented on the second Saturday of every month, 10-11:30 a.m.Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.The first floor of the Nature Center building, including the Blue Heron Gift Shop, live animals, and the 2020 Nature Photography Contest winning photographs, is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because not all of the building is accessible, admission is by donation only.You are welcome to visit the 600-acre nature preserve from dawn to dusk daily. While practicing safe social distancing measures, you can enjoy the grounds and six miles of trails, and view Liberty, Audubon’s non-releasable Bald Eagle.To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours, visit AudubonCNC.org, or find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebooklast_img read more

Tony Poll Top Three: Fans Are Fuming Over If/Then’s Tony Snub!

first_img 3. Daniel Radcliffe for Best Actor in a Play – 11% Radcliffe delivers a stellar performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan as Billy, not that the nominators seemed to notice. Or ever seem to notice—this is the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner’s third time on the Great White Way boards, and the third time he’s been given the Tony cold shoulder. The production received a total of six nominations, including Best Revival of a Play and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Sarah Greene, but apparently there’s no magic spell for receiving a nod for this leading man. The 2014 Tony nominations were announced on April 29, and while we’re eagerly cheering on the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Audra McDonald and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, there were a number of shows and performers that were left behind. (Seriously, only four Best Musical nominees when they could have picked five? Don’t get us started!) We asked fans which Tony snub they’re fuming over most. The results are in, and here’s what you had to say. Still angry? We don’t blame you. Show those nominators how it’s done by choosing the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards nominees! View Comments 1. If/Then for Best Musical – 16% As Elizabeth would say/belt, “What the f*ck?!” Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy for all of the nominees, but it’s painful to see such a beautiful and original musical get left behind. Sure, past Tony winners Idina Menzel and composing team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey may have been nominated this year for their work, but where’s the love for the show? Come on, there’s an empty spot for a Best Musical nominee! 2. The Bridges of Madison County for Best Musical – 14% We cried our eyes out at the show, and now we’re reliving the heartbreak after this snub. While we’re at it, where’s Steven Pasquale on the list?! And did we mention that there’s a fifth spot left open on the list of Best Musical nominees? (Clearly, we’re not over it.) At least we can take solace in the tuner’s four nominations, including Best Original Score for Jason Robert Brown and Best Actress in a Musical for Kelli O’Hara.last_img read more

Shumlin announces corrections facility superintendent switch

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin announced today that the superintendents of the Chittenden Regional and Northwest State Corrections Facilities in St Albans will switch facilities as part of the inmate relocation planned for later this year.The inmate relocation ‘ moving the female inmates from the St. Albans prison to the Burlington facility, and the men at Chittenden to Northwest State ‘ is part of the Governor’s effort to reduce recidivism in Vermont. There are more services available in Chittenden County to help the female inmates successfully transition out of prison, and the St Albans prison has additional space and more suitable facilities for male inmates.Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF) Superintendent Greg Hale and his St. Albans counterpart, Superintendent Dave Turner, requested the job shift.‘Greg’s experience with the male population will be a big asset when the men move to Northwest Regional,’ Gov. Shumlin said. Likewise, he added, ‘Dave has demonstrated compassionate leadership with the challenges experienced with the female population. This shift is a good change for the two superintendents and the inmates.’Hale joined the Corrections Department in 1988 as a correctional officer in the Northwest State Correctional Facility. Prior to his appointment to Superintendent of the Chittenden Regional Facility in 2009, he spent nearly 15 years working in the Burlington Probation and Parole office.Turner joined the Department in 1980, also as a correctional officer in the Northwest State Correctional Facility. When the Northeast Regional Correctional Facility opened in Saint Johnsbury, Dave worked in both the security aspect of corrections and casework. In 2009, he was appointed as the Superintendent of the Northwest State Correctional Facility.  Source: Governor’s office. 4.14.2011last_img read more

The Twentieth Anniversary of the World Wide Web (WWW) ‎

first_imgBy Dialogo March 16, 2009 GENEVA, March 13, 2009 (AFP) – This Friday founders of the World Wide Web ‎‎(WWW) celebrate their invention’s twentieth anniversary at its birthplace, the European ‎Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva. ‎ The Web (la Red in Spanish) was created by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee and his ‎colleagues at CERN (which is officially called the European Organization for Nuclear ‎Research) to help the thousands of scientists who collaborate on the organization’s ‎studies stay in touch and share the results of their work over long distances.‎ In March 1989, Berners-Lee, a young programming engineer on a temporary contract at ‎CERN, presented a paper titled “Information Management: A Proposal.”‎ His superior in Geneva called the draft “vague but exciting” and approved it.‎ ‎”They had the feeling that sooner or later it was going to happen,” recalled Belgian ‎engineer Robert Caillau, who teamed with Berners-Lee.‎ Together they began to study the language of hypertext – which begins the acronym ‎‎”http” in Internet protocol – and in October 1990 they developed the first Internet ‎browser, which is strikingly similar to current ones.‎ ‎”Everything we use now, blogs, etc, that was what we did in 1990. There’s no difference. ‎That was how we started,” Cailliau told the Swiss radio station RSR.‎ This new technology was made available to the public in 1991, when CERN concluded ‎that it did not have the capacity to ensure its development.‎ Two years later, the organization refused to receive royalties for the invention that ‎revolutionized the world of communications.‎ However, we must not confuse the Web with the Internet, warns Lynn St. Amour, ‎President of the Internet Society, for whom “the great success of Tim Berners-Lee was in ‎understanding the power and potential of the Internet.”‎ ‎”The Web is one of its applications, the best known and most widespread use of the ‎Internet,” she explains.‎ Cailliau, on his part, is still amazed by the applications of the WWW and says that he ‎would never have imagined that search engines would become so important.‎ ‎”I never thought that search engines would succeed. Those things are highly centralized ‎while the web is completely decentralized,” he said, without concealing that, on the other ‎hand, certain things irritate him about the business aspect of the development of the Web.‎ ‎”There are things I do not like: that some people live off advertising, because I designed a ‎model with automatic payment to pay information providers directly with digital ‎currency,” Cailliau emphasized.‎ ‎ “And there is, of course, the big problem of identity, the trust between those who post ‎web pages (for users) and those who view them, and the protection of children,” he ‎added.‎ It is hoped that Tim Berners-Lee – currently a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of ‎Technology (MIT) in the United States, and professor at the British University of ‎Southampton – will be present at the anniversary’s celebration.‎ Berners-Lee still leads the consortium that coordinates the development of the Web.‎last_img read more

If you thought speculative development in the City was a thing of the past…think again

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Plenty of old world charm close to the water

first_imgThe kitchen at 193 Oxley Ave, Margate.“The area has a great community feel and I’ll never find another house like this one. “I’d love to see someone who would live in the house and keep going with restoration buy it.”The property is being marketed by Loren Mulholland and Jonathan Gordon of Ray White Redcliffe. The home at 193 Oxley Ave, Margate.THIS beautifully presented art deco home is on the market in  Margate. The double-brick, three-bedroom property at 193 Oxley Ave is on a 688sq m corner block walking distance from the water. Owners Shane and Kerrie Collis bought the home two years ago and have spent the time since giving the property a revamp. “It had been a rental property when we bought it,” Mr Collis said. “We tried to bring it back to the 1940s period, that art deco look.“We did our research and we repainted some of the rooms and gave a the place a general tidy up.” The home at 193 Oxley Ave, Margate.The home has high ceilings, original stained glass windows, ornate cornices and original cypress timber floors. “The windows are what make the house along with the ornate cornices,” Mr Collis said. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There is a sunroom at the front of the home, a lounge room further in and a kitchen and meals area. The master bedroom has a beautiful bay window with a front yard outlook and the two other bedrooms are a good size. There is also a family bathroom, home office with built-in storage, and a laundry. center_img The home at 193 Oxley Ave, Margate.Outside, there is a single car garage, a garden shed and a 6m x 4m shed. Mr Collis said he even added a bench out the front of the home so the oldies who stroll down to the water have somewhere to sit. “We get good breezes and the home is only 450m to the beach,” he said. “It’s close to everything including a great little set of shops down the road where the service is second to none. last_img read more

Home in prime position to be sold at auction

first_img18 Grange Court, Castle Hill 18 Grange Court will be open for inspection on Sunday from 11am-11.45am and Wednesday 5pm to 5.45pm. For more information call Sally Elliott on 0409 550 454. NESTLED in bushland on the side of Castle Hill with echidnas, wallabies and butterflies for neighbours lies this expansive three-level home.18 Grange Court, Castle Hill, will be sold under the hammer on October 27.It has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car accommodation and is on a 775sqm block of land.Smith & Elliott principal Sally Elliott said the property offered seclusion while still being close to schools, The Strand and CBD.center_img 18 Grange Court, Castle Hill“As soon as you get in the house you realise what a good block of land it is,” she said.“You have no rear neighbours except for the animals and it’s so private.”From the main bedroom there is a picture window view out to Pallarenda while the house’s multiple deck look out to bushland and The Pinnacles.The master bedroom has an ensuite while two other bedrooms open out to their own deck area.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The property also has irrigated gardens as well as inground pool, solar power and is airconditioned throughout.Ms Elliott said the home would make the perfect base for a family. 18 Grange Court, Castle Hill“This is certainly a family home because you have so much space and it has so many living areas both indoor and outdoor,” she said.“The kids that are there now have been building cubby houses in the bush so it’s a really magical place for children.“There is more than 500sq m of space, so it’s not your average suburban house. “This is a house where you could have four or five children and they could all still have their own private space.”last_img read more

Qatar crisis to speed the rise of Asia’s spot LNG trade

first_imgFILE PHOTO: A membrane-type liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker is moored at a thermal power station in Futtsu, east of Tokyo, Japan February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File PhotoBy Henning GloysteinSINGAPORE (Reuters) – Qatar’s isolation by other Arab nations has dealt a strong hand to Japanese utilities in talks reviewing long-term gas contracts with the top LNG exporter, likely accelerating a shift to a more openly traded global market for the fuel.If Japan gets its way in the periodic contract review, the world’s biggest buyer of LNG would have to import more short-notice supplies from producers such as the United States, another step away from rigid deals that run for decades towards a more active spot market.At stake for Qatar are 7.2 million tonnes of annual liquefied natural gas (LNG) sold in contracts that expire in 2021. The $2.8 billion a year in gas mostly goes to Japan’s JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric that is the world’s single biggest LNG buyer.“Since the crisis emerged, the Japanese are sure not to renew all contracts and they will push very hard to get more flexible terms,” said an advisor on LNG contracts, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of ongoing negotiations.Qatar and Japan as seller and buyer will each account for nearly a third of 300 million tonnes to be shipped this year in 500 tankers. Any change in how volumes trade between them is sure to jolt an industry where practices in place since the 1970s are already being challenged.In some ways the situation is similar to what happened in Europe between 2008 and 2014, when amid an economic crisis and tensions between Europe and Russia, European utilities renegotiated gas purchase terms, freeing up more supplies for spot markets.Three deals between Japan and Qatar are under a periodic review, three sources with knowledge of the matter said, potentially allowing for some adjustments, and the buyers may also only partially renew the contracts when they expire.An official with a Japanese buyer would not comment on individual contracts, but said purchase agreements were typically reviewed every five years.That fits with the deals under discussion, which will expire in 2021 and were signed in 1997/1998 and in 2012.Qatar Petroleum was not available for comment.TABLES TURNLNG volumes grew to 260 million tonnes last year from 250 million tonnes in 2015, produced by around a dozen countries, with more than half coming from Qatar, Australia and Malaysia.Thirty-nine countries imported LNG in 2016, up by four from the previous year, with 70 percent of world consumption in Asia.Facing competition from new producers, Qatar talked tough with Japan ahead of the contract reviews, warning buyers not to demand too many changes, or Japanese companies could be squeezed out of their stakes in Qatar’s LNG projects.But the tables have turned since Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cut ties with Doha, boycotting its trade and weakening Qatar’s negotiating position.Cheniere, the only U.S. company to export LNG so far, is offering its supplies as an alternative.“This dispute is a timely reminder of the value of the diversity and flexibility of supply that destination–free U.S. exports bring to individual buyers,” said Cheniere spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder.Unlike other exporters, Cheniere allows its buyers to re-sell cargoes.The Qatar crisis “will further encourage international LNG buyers to include more American LNG … for reliability reasons,” said Kent Bayazitoglu, director of market analytics at Gelber & Associates in Houston.MORE TRADE: SURVEYThis all comes as a growing number of producers and importers are joined by more commodity houses that trade LNG.Supplies are outpacing demand, leaving a lot of LNG stranded without takers and pulling down Asian LNG spot prices by over 70 percent since 2014 to below $6 per million British thermal units.Trying to bring their LNG to the market, producers including Australia’s Woodside Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell have said they will grant greater contract flexibility.Spot LNG trading made up 18 percent of supplies in 2016, up from 15 percent a year before, according to the International Group of Liquefied Natural Gas Importers.In an informal Reuters survey, a majority of more than 30 industry experts expected at least 25 percent of Asian LNG volumes to be traded in the spot market by the end of next year. And if Japan wins concessions from Qatar, this share could rise faster, traders said.Preparing for this, trading houses are beefing up their LNG presence.Top commodities traders Vitol and Glencore have both said this year that they expect more spot trading over the next 18-24 months.Vitol says its physical LNG trading volumes will rise from 3 million tonnes in 2016 to 4.5 million tonnes this year.Japanese trading houses, eyeing the changes being driven by the country’s utilities, are also preparing for more spot trade.“We are going to reinforce our LNG team at our energy trading unit in Singapore as LNG spot trading is on the rise,” Hiroyuki Kato, executive vice president of Mitsui Co Ltd said last week.(Reporting by Henning Gloystein; Additional reporting by Scott DiSavino in NEW YORK, Mark Tay in SINGAPORE, and Aizhu Chen in BEIJING; Editing by Tom Hogue)last_img read more

Nigeria: Humanitarian aid lacking for children at IDP camps

first_imgThe Dalori IDP camp in Maiduguri in north eastern Nigeria is home to thousands that have been displaced by attacks in the region by Boko Haram militants.Those there say that its not much but at least their children are safe and have a place to call home albeit temporarily.Attacks by Boko Haram have displaced almost 1.4 million children from their homes.Humanitarian organizations working in the region now say the hike in the number of displaced has stretched their capacity to respond adequately. Leslie Mirungu reports. UNICEF calls humanitarian action for children Nigeria’s Children Day Aid for Nigeria: Hungry children most at risk as militants’ insurgency renews Relatedlast_img